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#976 2010-04-12 15:54:13

COJAC
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

YEAH MIKE, HIS PARENTS LIVED IN WHITESTONE. THEY HAD A NICE HOUSE THERE. FATHER MAC TOOK MYSELF AND A COUPLE OF GUYS FROM THE BOYS CLUB THERE ONCE, WE MET HIS PARENTS, I REMEMBER HIS FATHERS NAME WAS WHITEY.NICE PEOPLE. I TALKED TO HIM ABOUT 20 YEARS AGO AND HE TOLD ME HE WAS WORKING WITH THE PRISON SYSTEM OF NY. MY BROTHER RAN INTO HIM ON THE LIRR AND GOT HIS NUMBER, BUT I'VE LOST IT SINCE THEN.

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#977 2010-04-13 08:33:41

Mike The Duck
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Thanks, Cojac. I guess the Whitestone connection referred to his parents. I'll see if my mom and some of her friends might be able to find out where he's now living.

Mike

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#978 2010-04-13 22:16:44

nealsims
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

I looked him up again in the white pages. There was a listing for John McVernon in Whitestone, but no number. It listed his age as 76. That would be about right.

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#979 2010-04-16 15:15:30

Olivia
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

nealsims--Try spokeo.com   There's a listing for a John McVernon, age mid 70's. It says NY, NY, but it's a Bronx zip code & it gives a telephone#. It says he's single & has lived there for 28yrs, so I doubt if it is Father Mac, but it's all I could find.

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#980 2010-04-18 12:18:58

john m
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

A new thread and not a segue from the Father Mac thread above ...

In Delaware there are two cases proceeding through the courts related to child abuse and the pernicious effects these crimes had and continue to have.  What's new, at least to me, is the rash of new victims not directly connected to the original cases.  One involves the Wilmington Diocese and the other Beebe Hospital in Lewes, DE.  The former has declared bankruptcy from the awards negotiated with victims of abuse by Catholic priests and the latter is facing that possibility as a result of the Earl Bradley case.   Catholic school teachers, support staff and other lay workers of the diocese have their pensions and retirements in limbo as a result of the abuse lawsuits.  Over 2,000 "new victims", albeit financial not physcial, are being impacted.  Beebe Hospital, who employed Bradley and failed to investigate reports of abuse 15 years ago, is already facing 18 lawsuits and bankruptcy is being discussed.  Standard & Poor lowered their bond rating this week 10 notches from a solid BBB+ to junk status, CCC-.  The hospital serves the high growth eastern Sussex County area in Delaware.

It's a shame what certain individuals did and the harm they continue to inflict on the innocent.  I've never heard a whisper of anything similar at SH ... and I hope I never do.

john m

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#981 2010-04-20 12:06:05

john m
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

My last post was a bit heavy for the preceding threads.  Sorry about that!

On the lighter side, anyone remember the May procession at SH and the crowning of the May queen?  Don't remember the selection process at all.

john m

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#982 2010-04-21 20:56:42

Mike The Duck
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

I vividly remember that NOTHING of that sort ever happened to me while I was a student at SH. I haven't heard any stories of such things happening there, either.

Mike

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#983 2010-05-03 11:42:49

evelyn1974
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Registered: 2010-05-03
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Hey, I'm new to this site.  I went to Sacred Heart School from 1965 & graduated in 1974.  From there I went to Domincan Commercial before my parents had the family move to Kansas City.  We were at the tail end of the "White Flight".


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#984 2010-05-03 21:07:26

john m
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Evelyn

KC is a bit far.  Most families moved within 10-15 miles!  Any older brothers or sisters?  I graduated in '68.

john m

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#985 2010-05-03 21:26:56

Mike The Duck
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Welcome, Evelyn.

Wow! I agree with John: KC is a long way away from Queens.And to think that my folks didin't want to move to Nassau County because they felt it was too far away....

Mike

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#986 2010-05-04 09:20:41

evelyn1974
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

I was originally born in Denver, CO in 1960 & my father moved us to NY in 1961. My dad had brothers & sisters that lived in NY.  We lived in Brooklyn somewhere on Hopkins Ave. Too young to remember. Then moved to CH in 1963.  We lived at 118-11 Springfield Blvd.  My dad worked at JFK  for a company called Brass Rail, then was hired at TWA. Well, he saw the changes coming to CH & was not happy about it.  So he put in a bid to transfer back to the midwest & that's how we ended up in KCMO.  He has since retired from TWA before it went out of business.
As for myself; I told my parents that when I turned 18, I was going back home to NY. I haven't been back since 1978.  Guess I'm a midwestern girl now.
I am the oldest of 3.  My brother went up to 3rd grade in SH. he was born in Brooklyn. My sister was born at Frankling Square General Hospital, but was 3 years old when we moved to KC.
I had cousins by the same last name, Mayorga, but they moved to Miami, FL while still in the primary grades. I was the only one to graduate from SH.
I have so many memories of CH & that's one of the reasons I won't back.  I want to remember CH of the 60's thru early 70's.
I'll share some of the good 'ole memories little by little.
Thanks for the warm welcome.
E.


Sacred Heart School Class of '74

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#987 2010-05-04 09:38:26

Olivia
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Hi Evelyn---Welcome. I love reading people's stories. Yours is really interesting. I graduated from SH in 1956. I started there in the 3rd grade, the year it opened. Transferred from PS136. I have great memories of Cambria, but not of Sacred Heart. The nuns back in the day had a cruel streak that took me a while to get over. My parents gave into white flight & moved to New Hyde Park in '62 or '63. I was away @ school @ the time & never felt a part of NHP. The youngest of my sibs graduated from SH in '62, so I'm too old to have known most of the people who post here. Anyway, welcome. It's fun re living the memories posted here.

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#988 2010-05-04 10:24:25

Jenn
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Registered: 2009-06-23
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Welcome E There are some really great stories here.  When you get the chance try to read each page.  I am younger then most of the people on here.  So I dont really know anyone.  However I do love to read about everyone.  I have my own memories of Cambria Hts. While everyone was leaving I was just starting out.  I have posted a few of my memories, so enjoy and welcome!

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#989 2010-05-05 10:34:24

Mike The Duck
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Brass Rail? Didn't they run bars at the World's Fair?

Funny, but it's always this time of year when I think about the changes that took place in CH and the "white flight" as we now call it. I'm not quite sure when it started, but in my little "postage stamp of native soil" (namely 222nd Street between 116th and Linden) it began in either 1964 or 1965. Perhaps it began an year or so earlier in other parts of CH. I see it as one of the many tragedies of NYC social history, because there was really no need for it. Fear took over (assisted by any number of block-busting real esate agents for sure--I still remember the deeply-suntanned white real estate guy who rang every doorbell on the block telling folks that crime was on the way and that we should sell our houses now before they lost all their value. It worked in some cases.), and in just two years or so half of the residents had sold their houses and left. Now in all honesty, crime DID INDEED skyrocket. The once-safe neighborhood became a place where some folks were actually afraid to go out at night (and with good reason in certain sections of CH). Each year another family left (at times they did so secretly without saying good-bye). We stayed until September of 1971, which is as long as my folks could hold out in a house and place both of them loved so much.

Unlike some folks here, I go back and visit as often as I can. I can understand and respect why some folks would rather not return, but I feel I have to go back as I loved CH so much when I last lived there at the ripe old age of 16. Many of the houses on the side streets still look so nice, and SH school looks pretty much the same aside from the peeling window frames. Of  course, as many of us have noted here in the forum, Linden looks more or less horrible, and it's the current "spectacle" of this once-gorgeous thoroughfare that stands as one of the saddest legacies of old NYC.

And so it goes, as the inevitability of change always rears its head. Fortunately this forum affords us the chance to remember what we once had (and to appreciate what we NOW have, as well). Perhaps by reading the posts here we "beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

Mike

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#990 2010-05-06 20:50:26

john m
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Mike

You've put a much more positive spin on that line than I think is the norm.  Melancholy is more of what comes to my mind when I read that in the context of Gatsby.  But I guess when thinking about good ole CH, it makes sense to be more positive.   How about something like:

And on that cheek and o'er that brow   
So soft, so calm yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow
But tell of days in goodness spent



john m

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#991 2010-05-07 13:59:25

Toni
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From: Queens NY
Registered: 2009-08-30
Posts: 36

Re: cambria heights, Queens

Lolololol... i just opened a box of shells (pasta) and as I'm making them for my kids, i cant help but remember Johns deli....and how we would get "25 cents worth"....I often tell my kids about all these random little things about Cambria and it just reminds me of the amazing place I grew up in!!

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#992 2010-05-11 10:52:18

Mike The Duck
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

[quote=john m]Mike

You've put a much more positive spin on that line than I think is the norm.  Melancholy is more of what comes to my mind when I read that in the context of Gatsby.  But I guess when thinking about good ole CH, it makes sense to be more positive.   How about something like:

And on that cheek and o'er that brow   
So soft, so calm yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow
But tell of days in goodness spent



john m[/quote]
John,

You bet there's a bit of melancholy in that line--and a joy at getting through things, too, a happiness at having experienced things that might not have turned out as we would have liked and surviving them. It seems both fit nicely into our memories of CH.

I have that poem by Byron framed on my office wall....

Now I'm packing for my annual fishing trip to NW Ontario!

Mike

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#993 2010-05-27 10:11:26

Olivia
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

To all of the veterans on this board---Thank You

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#994 2010-05-27 19:25:36

john m
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Olivia prompted a Memorial Day thought:

I remember going to the draft board in Jamaica in 1972 to register for the draft. with some friends  Just turning 18, we probably wanted the draft card to get into bars legally more than we wanted to think about getting drafted.  But I answered all the questions and promised to serve if called.   When the lottery occurred, I received a number in the 200's and thus was unlikely to be called at that stage of the Viet Nam war.  Fortunately, the draft ended the year before an no one was called in my year.

How different would life had been if the war and draft had continued and I had served in VN?

john m

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#995 2010-06-09 13:07:24

Bill
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Registered: 2009-12-25
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Fr. Mac was a rat f@*k. He was out for himself in everything he did

Doc

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#996 2010-06-10 07:36:40

SA224
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Nice Doc ! at last someone with balls posts on this site .

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#997 2010-06-10 08:58:44

Mike The Duck
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

That's the spirit.....

I guess not all folks liked him, eh?

Mike

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#998 2010-06-26 11:38:47

akakos
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Hi, my name is Andrea Kakos,  old address of 115-111, 230th St.   I moved to So California in 1969, but my Mother stayed in Cambria until she passed away in 1986. I found this site quite by accident and am so pleased that most of us are still around but I found very few familiar names.  Anybody out there from Bill's Luncheonette or  Billy's Night Life?  I went to St Catherine of Sienna in St. Albans, then Dominican Commercial for a year, then on to the awakening world of Andrew Jackson, graduated in 1963(maybe '64, I forget.)   Is there anyone who remembers me?

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#999 2010-06-28 16:58:37

Olivia
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Posts: 1326

Re: cambria heights, Queens

Hi Andrea. Welcome to the board. I lived on the corner of Murdock Ave & Colfax St in western CH, near St Albans. I went to grammar school @ PS136 thru 1st or 2nd grade & then Sacred Heart thru 8th grade. Andrew Jackson for all of HS. I graduated from Jackson in 1960, so we most likely didn't know each other. Jackson is now a magnet school. I'm not sure what that is, but it has to be better than the drug infested hole that it had become. Welcome. I hope that you meet up w/some old friends.

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#1000 2010-06-28 17:03:47

Toni
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From: Queens NY
Registered: 2009-08-30
Posts: 36

Re: cambria heights, Queens

We are having a Sacred Heart Reunion,....info can be found on Face book....the page name is "Sacred Heart 2010 Reunion" and the actual RSVP page is called "Sacred Heart Reunion"........it started as a 1970 grad reunion, but has since grown....if you went to Sacred Heart in the late sixties through 71.....visit the page and try to make it....going to be a great time!!!!

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