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December 1-9, 2009


joe leone, it is good to here from you. i retired from the philadelphia police dept. in november 2003. as a captain. joe do you see or hear from any of the st. francis people? i see bill slaven and jock senechal several times a year. i hear from jack seeber, he is a ortho. sergeon in johnstown, pa. i also see jim clark, jungle jim, from unit block of seymour st. his brother ken clark lives in fla. talk to you later.
ORVILLE T. BALLARD, AKA. BUD BALLARD, i live in northeast phila. pine valley [12-09-2009]

Lou Pauzano: I am very saddened to hear about the passing of Lou Cetrullo-he was from South Philly but he really was a Germantowner. My sister[Joan] worked as a pharmacist at his drug-store after she closed Manor Drug on Queen Lane. Joan thought that Lou was a real gentleman. I know that you and Doc[John Flaherty] were good friends with him.Tom Cusack[Goo's neighbor] also wants to get together with the great jump-shooter[Pat McIlhinney]-the four of us will get together to break bread. Do you still like Italian-food?
J. Bruce [12-09-2009]

Bill James - you may be correct about the Juicy Fruit mailman. I was thinking Stan was is nmae, but Frank may be correct. Either way, he was a nice man and he brought a lot of joy to many kids. I am sure we will always remember his smiling face.
Bob D'Angelo [12-09-2009]

Here is to Lou Cetrullo.....so sorry to hear of his passing. I worked at Louis Pharmacy ( formerly Lane Collins) all through high school. My co-workers were Bob terranova, Jerry Funaro, Bill James and Billy Dailey. Lou was a great man and wonderful role model. He actually offered to help pay tuition for me if I would go to Temple (his alma mater) and major in Pharmacy. Regrettably, I did not take him up on the offer. A nicer man could not be found !He had a lovely wife Marly and two daughters. Thanks to Lou Pauzano for letting us know of Lou's passing. I'm sure others will attest that he was a great guy!
Bob D'Angelo [12-09-2009]

Tom Cusack: How could you miss the most wonderful nun of all time. 3d Grade with St. Ann Michael. She was funny, beautiful and could beat all of us in the schoolyard races. She left St. Francis of Assisi the next year and we organized a pilgrimage an rode the 23 trolly car all the way to Chestnut Hill on a Sunday afternoon to visit her. She had the most important quality of a great teacher—a sense of humor.
Jack Brogan, St. Francis of Assisi grad [12-09-2009]

Kind of ironic that an ex Germantown resident, IC student and CD grad, was instrumental in the closing of CD, and issued the final death notice to the school. Pray all you want, but don't get your hopes up. The likelihood of Cardinal Dougherty High School staying open next year is not likely at all. That's the take-away from a letter the Archdiocese of Philadelphia posted on the school's Web site. "We ask that you not give credence to those who would say that Cardinal Dougherty High School will stay open," school Superintendent Mary Rochford writes. Her letter went up Friday ­ the very same day supporters rallied behind two former Dougherty students who presented a "letter of intent" to buy the school for $20 million, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. A Little CD Tune to Lift Your Spirits"There are many well-intentioned people who have ideas or thoughts as to how CDHS can be saved. Please know that if it were possible in any way at all to have saved the school then the Archdiocese of Philadelphia would have done so," Rochford told parents. That sentiment provoked Steve Schmidt, one of the alumni trying to keep the school open, to counter with a plea over the weekend asking all CD alumni to donate $100 immediately. Schmidt accused church leaders of abandoning the CD family. "This drastic step came from the Archdiocese's unwillingness to let the church (us the community) be involved in any decisions," Schmidt said. The Archdiocese announced in October that both Dougherty and Northeast Catholic would close. Student populations have dwindled so much that there's not enough money to keep the schools operating. Rochford's letter warns that even if someone were able to keep the school open and operating, the church would not support the move, the school would not be called Cardinal Dougherty and there is no guarantee it would even be Catholic. "We would also caution that when one is talking about children's educational lives the mission is so critical it should not be left to an untested experiment," says Rochford.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida [12-09-2009]

John Fleming/Anon - I didn't call Germantown the badlands. If you read my post, it was the 3-block section that I had to go through to pickup my newspapers. And, there is no need to explain to me why the Italians moved out of Germantown. My Irish parents and families of other nationalities moved from the area for the same reasons. The same reason why your parents moved from Logan. While Germantown did change during my growing up years, I have many fond memories of Germantown and IC that far overshadow the few not-so-fond memories.
Dennis McGlinchey, One who would never post as "anonymous" [12-09-2009]

Yeah, I sure do remember Bert the Ice cream man and his truck. Always somebody trying to ring his bell. Sadly, when the neighborhood changed, he got robbed then never to be seen again. Anybody remember a guy named Frank the huckster with his produce truck? Can't forget Charles' Chips/Pretzels in the can.
Don Barrella, Warwick Twp Bucks Co. [12-09-2009]

Seems like my best times were playing baseball at the "Boy's Club"and hanging out at Fernhill Park. Linda, the D'Ambrosio's were tailors on Wayne Ave. Most of my time was with my cousin Bob DAngelo. I think he and I were like brothers, we did everything together. My thoughts of Germantown was one place of many different people, but it seems when I go back I relate to the music that was so much of our lives. The 4 Seasons, Drifters, Temps,The 4 part harmony sang on the street corners. Even the Folk music that became part of the "Ivy League" dress . It was a wonderful time,and a great place to grow up.
Joe_DAgostino@msn.com [12-09-2009]

Bonnie: Thanks for mentioning Del's. I had forgotten what that place was called. I remember that somebody got it to where we could lift off the metal piece from the top of the pinball machine, between the flipper buttons, and then we'd slide the glass down enough to stick a finger in and hit one of the special bumpers or whatever, to rack up a bunch of games, and then put everything back to normal. Then we'd take turns playing out all those games. That was what we mortals did. Cheech could rack up those games legally.
Bill James [12-09-2009]

Allen's was located on the SWC of Greene St. & Chelten Ave. (Santa entered on Chelten Ave. side)and Rowell's was located on the SEC of Germantown & Chelten Aves.
Correct Location of Dept. Stores, No longer there......... [12-09-2009]

To whoever anoymous is: Either you are not Catholic or you have forgotten what was taught to you concerning infalliablity in the Catholic Church. The pope is the ONLY person that is infalliable when speaking of matters that are of faith and morals, no one else, including the priests.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay Florida [12-09-2009]

Tom Cusack: John is my older brother. He is well and living in Connecticut. Chalie and Dennis are our cousins and lived next door to us on Logan St. Peg McGeehan Johnson
Peg McGeehan Johnson [12-09-2009]

Jack McHugh: That mailman's name was Frank. I lived on his route, on Keyser Street, and we just called him Frank the Mailman. I heard him referred to a lot as the Chewing Gum Mailman also. He had an Irish last name but I don't remember it. He knew how many kids lived in each house and that's how many pieces of gum that house got. He was a great guy even without the gum. He was always friendly and kind to the kids and to the adults. I have a photo of him on our front porch delivering the mail, right after he climbed over the railing between our neighbors porch and ours. Thinking about Frank the mailman reminds me of the great dentist I had too....Dr. Manning on the 200 block of Coulter Street.
Bill James [12-08-2009]

if you go onto the germantownbrickyard site there is a picture of sant climbing up the latter into Allens at Germantown and chelton
raymond dawes [12-08-2009]

Last evening I became aware that Lou Cetrullo passed away on December 28 2008 in Tempe, Arizona. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Marly. More Info can be obtained at Legacy. Com. Don't know if this info was already posted or not but thought I would pass it along since Lou was a friend of many of us in Germantown. Hey Bruce, when are we going to have lunch with Pat?
louis F pauzano Sr, age 68, lives in south phila. [12-08-2009]

Dennis Mc"G". I think that many of the Italians on this site, feel that they would have remained in the homes their ancestors (who would have left them) had the neighborhood not changed into 'the badlands' as you call it/ Who wants to live in a high crime area, of homes that are NOT taken care of anymore? Those homes could have been handed down from generation to generation/ And financially speaking we'd all be better off today/ instead of working maybe two jobs just to pay the heat/elec. bills that have gone up. For that matter> many Europeans< would have remained there, not just those from Italy...thanks, 'Anon'.forever.
ANON [12-08-2009]

Dennis McGlinchey: The only reason we are venting against the prejudice experienced by Italians was in response to the venom of "Gerry" who insisted that one of the bloggers on this site did not experience it firsthand from the diocese when he attended Catholic high school and, in fact, the church would "never" do that. It had nothing to do with prejudice per se, only a response to a real idiot. Go back in the archives and you will see how this string started. We all know that prejudice was practiced both before and after, but that was not what "Gerry" was defending the clergy about, only the Italian-bashing. All of us were only responding to him and his head-in-the sand attitude. You say that priests are only human, but remember that the Catholic Church teaches that they represent Jesus and are infallible in matters of faith; therefore they should be above sin themselves, especially overt prejudice.
Anonymous [12-08-2009]

Joe D'Agostino: My mom had a couple of best friends named Frank and Jeny D'Ambrosio...they'd be around 89 yrs. old by now, or older...My mother and father spoke very highly about that family. My mom was Angelina Pilotta-Kulik..(and my dad's name was Joseph -Kulik. Thanks, Linda Kulik-Fontana
Linda Fontana, Montgomeryville,Pa. [12-08-2009]

Rich Rizzo, nice post of memories of the togetherness of those neighborhoods and how folks looked after one another. I live in the burbs. All very nice people but you really don't know them other than their names and a wave as they are driving past or a quick hi, how're you doing. After marrying, I lived in Roxborough until 1993. My street there was much like I knew in Germantown, a lot of friendliness and you knew your neighbors. Moving to suburbia, I noticed the difference right away. Again, all nice people but is is such a different environment than I knew in Germantown, Lawncrest and Roxborough.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [12-08-2009]

Bruce .. good to hear from you ... send me an email so I can send some stuff to you that I think you will like ... I will give Pat Mc a call .. he had one of the best jump shots in the neighborhood ... I would like to join you when you get together again ...
Tom Cusack [12-08-2009]

Jack McHugh: We had the same mailman on Fernhill Road. I think the thing that got me to connect with your memory was the relay boxes. I'd forgotten them. There was one on the corner of Apsley and Morris Street. That great mailman would do up the 46 hundred block of Fernhill Road and then down the 4600 block of Morris Street across from Fernhill Park. Every time he'd have a posse of kids in tow. And every time he'd be telling us how he hoped his angel had put some gum in the relay box. Well, we did too because the angel always came through and we got a stick of gum. When other kids wanted to grow up to be cops and firemen, I wanted to be a mail man. Funny how a small thing was a big deal to little kids. Thanks for that memory.
Jack Brogan, Waiting for the deer to come down in the field out our window [12-08-2009]

Rich Rizzo: You sure brought back some memories through the people you named. I got my haircut in John and Al's (Sylvestri's) for years. There was always a running conversation in there. It was in progress when you got there and it continued after you left. Most customers took part. Lots of funny stuff. One day Al screwed up my DA so bad that I took my business to Al Palladino on Narragansett St. He was a nice guy but he didn't have the entertainment that John and Al provided. I also remember Webby and John well. It was the only bar that I knew (complete with ladies entrance) where swearing was not allowed. Webby was a little guy and was the enforcer, but what a punch. You did not want to get nailed by him. I remember there was a guy named John Shanks, a roofer. He had a bag pipe band. Once a year, he and his band would parade with their bagpipes and kilts and drums right down Price St. and end it in Webby's bar. It was a great show. I remember John also and his wife and children. Your story gave me flashbacks. Thanks!
Dan Hartnett, Former East Germantown [12-08-2009]

December 7, 1941 "A day that will live in infamy" Take a moment to remember our Vets from WW II today. Thank you.
Dave Linn, US Army [12-08-2009]

Answering anonymous on his/her 12-07 posting asking for the names of the teaching nuns at St. Francis .. I graduated in June '54 ... here goes ... 1 st grade - Sr. Rita Josephine; 2nd grade - Sr. St. Monica; 3rd grade - Sr. (I can see her face and can't remember her name); 4th grade - Sr. St. Austin; 5th grade - Sr. Mary Stephan; 6th grade - Sr. St. Anselm; 7th grade - Sr. St. Anselm again; 8th grade - Sr. Claire Eleanor. I went to LaSalle High after graduating St. Francis so I never had the privilege of being taught by Sr. George Aloysius nor Sr. Florence Marie in the 9th grade .. I thought "Big George" was pretty cool .. she was a friend of my family and I got to know her "off duty" ... she was perfect for teaching the 9th grade.
Tom Cusack [12-08-2009]

Charlie McGeehan ... I believe you are Johnnie's younger brother .. how is he doing? I thought he was one of the funniest guys I knew ...
Tom Cusack [12-08-2009]

Jack McHugh... The mailman's name was Frank. Sorry I don't know his last name. He was on that route for a lot of years. Remember Bert the popcicle man?
Bill Honnen [12-08-2009]

Here goes the list of what I can remember of the teaching nuns at St. Francis. Sister Michael Eileen, Sister Rita Michael, Sr. Miriam Dolores, Sister Mary Immaculate, Sister George Aloysius, Sr. Grace Winifred, Sr. Clare Eleanor, Sister Mercita, Mrs. Whitty used to teach there, and that's all I can remember..........
Ginny [12-08-2009]

Rosemarie Rinaldi. I now feel vindicated that Larry remembers the tarsh can incident. Please let him know that it scarred me for life and I have a great adversion to trash ( just kidding).Actually I am surprised that he even remembers me,as I was a little kid and he was buddies with my older brother Tony. Please give him my regards! Strange the things that you remember from childhood !
Bob D'Angelo [12-08-2009]

Joe D'agostino, my cousin, Santa entered at Allens, not Rowells. I know because I worked there at Christmas in 1966. You always were misinformed ! Dr.Anastasi was a trip. He actually made house calls, and when your parents sent for him,you knew you were getting a shot! By the way, you stole Kodner's drug store and Dave's Drug Store blind. Surely you will burn for that Cuz
Bob D'Angelo [12-08-2009]

Charlie Mc Geehan - you are absolutely correct.They were the best of times and I often wonder if we aooreciated it while it was happening. My point is with all the challenges we had,including some prejudice and discrimination, sadness,heartbreak etc.it was all part of learning and growing. When all is said and done we had it made as kids. I guess it is true when they say "Youth is wasted on the young " !
anonymous [12-08-2009]

Jack Mc Hugh, The mailman who gave out chewing gum was named Stanley .It was Juicy Fruit,if I recall correctly and he was one hell of a nice man.My family moved from Keyser St to Newhall St. when I was 5 years old ( 1953 )and I recall Stan handing out gum on both streets.
Bob D'Angelo [12-08-2009]

Buddy, didn't you become a detective in Germantown at one time. There are lots of guys from our class who went to St. Francis who comment on this site. Ed Burke often sends in a blog.I hope more guys respond to your blog, maybe a a small reunion will come about.Keep in touch.
Joe Leone [12-08-2009]

Bob D'Angelo: I concur with Linda Fontana's commentary that you write well and that your Thanksgiving Blog was beautiful and so positive about Germantown and it's people. Your Irish buddy[Charlie Mc] even liked it. The Old Blacksmith[Your Dad] from Wayne Ave. must have been proud of his sons-they all write so well and very literate. Brother Joe even likes the Theater-I hope that he has time to enjoy Plays since he has such a busy schedule. I gather that you are very busy since your old buddy[Charlie] likes to joke with you about your great blogs. I only hope that your golf-game is as good as your posts. Being a Hollow Guy, I know the bets for a round are more than chump-change.Bob! Keep posting and do'nt throw anybody in the trash-cans.
J.Bruce Schmitt [12-08-2009]

Joe D'Agostino: Dr. Annastasi, Palo's Market, Jacob Kodner, Sal's, Joe's, Jarvis's, Fasano's and Del's are all Wayne Avenue classics. I remember Dr. Annastasi making house calls with his black bag at his side. We all hung at Del's after school and looked for ways to get extra games from the pin ball machines.
Bonnie Gatto [12-08-2009]

I ran into Lynn Frusco yesterday. I hadn't seen him in a lot of years, but he's still the same good looking guy. We reminisced abouy many good times at the Hollow and talked about many of our old friends.
Bonnie Gatto [12-08-2009]

to anonymous post [12-07-2009] How about Sister Grace Winifred ?
Leo [12-08-2009]

Bob D'Angelo: Those "senior" moments do come and go, don't they? Larry now remembers the trash can incident (it was only a minute or so) and says he's glad you took it for what it was - a joke - and don't hate him or your brother for it. He also says, hi.
Rosemarie Rinaldi [12-07-2009]

I have been sending in my thoughts, but for some reason I never see them posted. What's up?
Joe D'Agostino, Age 62, live in South Jersey, Grew up in Germantown. My cousins are the D'Angelo's and D'Ambrosio's [12-07-2009]

Bob D'Angelo: Chalk it up to "senior moments", but Larry doesn't remember the trash can incident. At least you didn't become claustrophobic or let it turn you into a sociopath. He says he's glad you have taken it so well.
Rosemarie Rinaldi [12-07-2009]

when i was a kid i went to the new lyric movie every saturday afternoom. i hungout at nicoletti, wister & wakefield janet nicoletti introduced me to my wife. i worked at d'angelos esso gas station in 4700 block of germantown ave. across the street from st. micheals of the saints. played football at the city rec. center on bayton street. played baseball at happy hollow. went to school at st. francis of assisi 1 thru 9th grade. i went to high school at notheast catholic. went to the dances on saturday night at trinty lutheron church church on germantown ave. just south of the gtm boys club. i also was a member of the gtm. boys club. i belonged to the indian lore club at the boys club, which was run by mr. riggs. i had a lot of good times growing up in germantown.
ORVILLE T. BALLARD (BUD BALLARD), i am 68yrs old lived at 4601 germantown ave. [12-07-2009]

Joe Leone ? Jackie's Brother ? if so I know a few stories I bet you don't share with your kids & Grandkids (lol) Just wanted to let you know, Politics was a " BIG ISSUE " on here a while back when the name " Frank Rizzo " came up . It was so bad I quit viewing the site for a while You are absolutely right, you can't take Germantown out of the guy/girl
Dolly, NE Philly [12-07-2009]

Bobby D'Angelo. I always enjoy reading your thoughts. Keep remembering the good times, for we had many. As I get older I think back to all the baseball,bball & football games I played at the Hollow,and how I love to be able to do it again. You think about all the good friends. Boy we were really lucky to call Germantown HOME.
Chalie MC Geehan [12-07-2009]

12-04-2006, A crime scene investigator, who was also headed to the murder scene at the bar, was hurt while trying to stop a robbery. Three investigators were in a CSI van on the 4600 block of Wayne Avenue when they saw a man robbing a woman outside of Wayne Junction. When they tried to stop it, the alleged robber got into a scuffle with police. One of the officers suffered a broken arm. The suspect was arrested and now faces numerous charges
anonymous [12-07-2009]

This message is for Bill Cupo. I just want to Thank you for your kind words on My Father Emilio. He pasted away in 1992 and soon after his Family cut off all ties with us, so the only stories that My Brothers and I get to hear are the ones Our Mother(Eileen Yeiter Leech) shares with us. Thanks again!
Dana Leech [12-07-2009]

Anonymous (12-3-09)Rowells was at the corner of Germantown and Chelten. Allens at the corner of Chelten and Green is where Santa would climb up the Fire truck's ladder.
Maryalice, still in G'town [12-07-2009]

In the 1950’s, there was a mailman who gave out sticks of chewing gum to the children in our area, I’m not sure of his name or what actual streets he carried mail on, but I know he delivered from Fitler school along Seymore doing the streets off of there, down to at least Newhall St. He said one time that he got the job with the Post Office shortly after getting out of the army after WWII-- -I remember him from the 1950’s giving out gum to the children on his route. On day behind Fitler I counted 12 kids lined up to get gum, I counted them because I was curious as to how much gum he took with him each day, since my grandmother’s house was on the last part of his route and most of the time he still had gum. As long as I knew him he gave out the gum, rain or shine. This was the days when the mailman worked out of the office on Coulter St. near Germantown Ave., taking a PTC bus or trolly to their route and then as they walked from street to street, picking up more mail to delivered from relay boxes along the route. At one point the post office moved to the big lot on Greene St. behind the ACME. Needless to say this mailman was the most popular one in Germantown--at least with the kids.
jack McHugh [12-07-2009]

i am interested in getting in touch with members of st. francis of assisi class of 1956.
ORVILLE T. BALLARD JR. AKA BUD BALLARD, i lived at 4601 germantown ave. i 68 yrs old [12-07-2009]

Santa entered Allen's from Ladder 8's aerial ladder on Chelten Ave. To all those dancers, did any of you ever go to the Irish Center on Carpenter Lane and try to converse and dance with those girls who spoke with a brogue?
Dave, Germantown 50's & 60's [12-07-2009]

Dan Hartnett: You are so right about neighbors being different in the suburbs. I also live in Bucks County. I've been here for about 30 years. When I moved in, my neighbors were great and we all helped each other out. But as the older people moved out, the younger ones really don't have the time to invest in the neighborhood. I hate sounding like an old fogey but I really couldn't have been bothered with all of the technology that the kids today are dealing with. You woke up, called someone, met up somewhere, and had a full day of doing things. The only contact I had on school days with my best friend was through a note we handed each other every morning when we met up before heading off to different schools. After school we would meet up with other friends and stop for something to eat, and plan what we were going to do after our homework was done. Any change of plans could be handled by a phone call. It wasn't a tragedy if you showed up late and everyone had gone somewhere. You either found them or located someone else to hang out with. That's what was great about having a bunch of little sections within Germantown. It was hard not to be noticed going in or out of your house either. If you lived in a row house, there would be neighbors sitting on their steps that you couldn't avoid talking to. If you had a porch, the neighbors would be sitting on their gliders watching your every move. Looking back, there were a lot of lessons learned when you stopped to talk for a minute. One retired teacher used to call the cardinals in her back yard by name, and they actually all flew to her. I was amazed. Another taught me recipies with the food she grew. Yet another even used to yell to me to "Stand up straighter" as I passed by. My friends used to sit on my porch with my mother learning how to knit and crochet. We used to have a porch swing (for a very short period of time)and my cousins and I wanted to see what would happen if we swung very hard. Well, needless to say, after several good swings we knocked the railing completely off of the porch. We had planned to push it back up and nonchalantly walk away, but when we looked up, several neighbors were staring us, so we had no choice but to tell on ourselves. You certainly didn't need a surveillance camera in those days. Where I live now, kids don't even come to see if they can mow your lawn or shovel snow. Many a kid when I was growing up would have a nice little business going come the first big snowfall.
Lynne [12-07-2009]

Remembering Dr. Annastasi, Palo's Market, Jacob Kodner and his drug store on Seymore and Wayne ave. How we used to drive him nuts. Sal's Steak House, Adel's - it just goes on and on. Someone wanted to know the Department Store where Santa arrived- that was Rowel,s. I see that my cousin Bob DAngelo can't stay away from this site. He has too much time on his hands.
Joe DAgostino [12-07-2009]

The GHS did dicipline, but the most important and meaningful stuff came from family and friends. The neighborhood had a way of taking care of you. Phil the Taylor would tell you to watch yourself hanging out on the corner and then punch you in the chest and say if you mess up there was more of that coming and Ill tell your Father. the Sylvestri brothers who owned the barber shop above Phil and Al the barber on Naragansett St were good like that too. When I went in the army in 64 Phil gave me such a shot and said be careful dont screw up. Sylvestri gave me and my brother Don a free haircut, the last one before they buzzed it all off. Webby and Johnny, my cousins, brought me in the bar and gave me a free drink, I was under 21 and never went in there. Mom came out of the store onto the corner and kissed us. There were a lot of us going away at the same time from that corner, just before Christmas 1964. We were all neighborhood guys from CD, GHS, Italian, Irish, who looked out for each other from when we were kids till we went away. Thats the stuff I miss, you dont get that in the Burbs and Gerry could never take that away from us.
rich Rizzo [12-07-2009]

Hi Kevin McKernan, Always nice to hear the memories of another class of '62 grad. I did note one small error. I believe you meant Fr. McDevitt, as there was not Fr. McDermont, when we were there. While never getting detention from Fr. McDevitt, I did have on confrontation with him in freshman year. It was during lunch, when he was reading the daily announcements, and I was at a table with a "class clown", who always added his own comments to the announcements, with a comic overtone. I was caught laughing, and Fr. McDevitt called me over to the podium, where he cold cocked me with a slap, that he had to get on tippy toes to reach me, as, if you remember he was on the short side. He was mostly known for getting attention by doing a "countdown" using his fingers. Yes, Fr. Peck was an imposing figure, most noted for his way of trying to call a student in a crowded hallway, by saying something such as "Hey you, in the suit coat, black hair etc." I used to like to watch him when a student after being caught, would try to offer him some sort of cock and bull story, and Fr. Peck would just listen with a half smile on his face, that would say "Is that the best you can do?" Fr. Dunn, also used to use the elevator as his own private boxing ring. Although I never had any contact with him, I always thought he was a real decent guy, and I was most shocked by him being named in the DA's report about abusive priests. I had Fr. Foster for Biology starting in 1959. Initially he was sort of good guy, always cracking jokes all the time. He even made a game out of his paddling. He would roll a die, and you had to get a higher number them him to avoid getting paddling, and if you didn't you got the number he rolled. Most of the different teachers had their own personal brand of physical punishment. Fr. Stec, had his drumstick, named Igor. Mr Manion, a typing teacher, who gave gave me the best advice, when he said if you are thinking of going into the Navy, learn to type. He was right, it got me out of a lot of work. He used to like to turn around his college ring and thump a student on the head. Remember freshman year and Fr. Uricheck? He was the baddest of the bad. He always walked around with that sadistic grin on his face, just looking for a student to get out of line.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida [12-07-2009]

Can anyone name all the teaching nuns besides Sister Rita Josephine in the late 40's and early fifties, at St' Francis??
anonymous [12-07-2009]

I know I will be setting myself up for a backlash with this post but this “oh, the Italians were discriminated against” thing is getting old. We all know it happened. We all know it is a sad and shameful chapter of Germantown history and beyond. But, why is your outrage so selective? Why are you not expressing outrage over the discrimination and prejudice experienced by the Irish in Germantown before the Italians? That was very real. Why are you not expressing outrage over the discrimination and prejudice experienced by the African Americans and other groups after the Italians? That was very real. Why are you only outraged at the discrimination and prejudice directed towards Italians and no one else? I know, I know, the first response will be that I never experienced it. I did, sort of. I grew up in Germantown as it was changing. When I delivered newspapers for the Bulletin, there was a year or more where the pick-up place was at Devon and Wister. To get there, I had to go through what I called the badlands. Many times I got my butt kicked for no other reason than the color of my skin. It happened, I survived it, I got over it and I harbor no hard feelings. And, continue to go over to Germantown today for work with IC and for other volunteer work. Sadly, discrimination did happen, but you survived it, and should now get over it as an occurrence of the times. As for the continued attacks on the Catholic Church, as a Catholic, while they are hurtful to me, I understand the need to vent. A lot of mistakes where made by the clergy and I will never defend them or their errors. I am as angry as anyone. But, my faith has not been shaken because my faith was not, and is not, in the clergy. They are as human as the rest of us, with fault and prone to errors. And, they are still making them. Go read last month ’s edition of Philadelphia Magazine, the article called “Sins of the Father”. Be prepared to be outraged by not only the actions of that priest, but also by the defensive comments of Bishop McFadden today. Shows that the hierarchy still doesn’t get it. Then again, my faith is not in those people…..
Dennis McGlinchey, One who will never leave a post as "anonymous" [12-07-2009]

Tom Cusack: It's great to see you posting again. I was breaking bread with our mutual friend-Pat McIlhinney in Marlton which is not far from your home in Mt. Laurel. You are welcome to join us-Pat's brain is still working and the conversation can be enlightening-especially from Pat being a Math-Major. I enjoyed your blog about dancing and Pat and Sandy[wife] also liked to cut some rug on the floor. Back in the day when you were hanging out in the dance-halls,I was trying to hang on the rim at various courts-including Fernhill where you hung out. You went to dances at St. Joe's[29th&Allegheny],I went to the Pub across the street and later in the Evening,we did some mid-night dancing at The Continental. You knew my good-friend[Dave Heil] and we had great times at The Continental-it was a great place inundated with a bunch of characters. In college,I went dancing at Sunnybrook Ballroom[Pottstown and our dates thought it was cool.My wife[Ludmila] was a good dancer,she danced with an Ukrainian Dance Group and at the same time grew up in Tango Country[Argentina]. There are certain Ethnic-Groups who really like to dance. I would go to The Polish-American Club on Sunday and doing The Polka after a few drinks could be a dizzy experience.Living in Germantown was a great place to grow up-especially for the dancers like you,Bob Kephart,Al Petresi,Sid Payne[Bandstand]. Tom! Keep Posting and get in touch with your Cherry Hill neighbor[Pat].
J.Bruce Schmitt [12-04-2009]

Lorraine Cupo Kelly: Your fashion comments are so appropriate. What you described, white bucks, button down shirts, khakis and a white rain coat (never buttoned) were known as going "Ivy". For us, it didn't have anything to do with what kind of music fan you were; it was simply the next phase or fad. It sure was a radical change.
Dan Hartnett, Former East Germantown [12-04-2009]

Linda, I am sorry to say that Dick Wurst Passed last year.. Barbarba came up from TX to handle things.. Butch was at the services.. We still have Frank and Joe from Yeasley also some of the older guys in reilly marching .. Reilly has Bill and Carol, Mary Frank's sister, Al Carols brother We called him Clem.. I do not want to put last names on this site.. Reilly is full of old Drum Crops friends.. Rosemarie.. Count me in if you get another get to gether..
Erda, West Norriton.. [12-04-2009]

Anon, the store, where Santa climbed in to the window, was Allen's and I think it was at Chelten and Greene st. It was on Black Friday and as kids we were always there.
anthony [12-04-2009]

I remember Sister/Mother Rita Josephine from St. Francis. She was one of the "good guys". Strict but fair, tough but loving too. She was what a nun was supposed to be.....
Ginny Clark [12-04-2009]

Rosemarie hite Malageri: You said that your mom was bright, good and caring, and to that I say, the 'apple doesn't fall far from the tree", you are an exact replica of her..We are definitely going to get together soon for 'our girl' lunch...I can meet you one sun. afternoon at the >Red Lion" diner on County Line Rd/ and Rte..#611, across from the Old W.Grove Base.Good food and it's pleasant in there. But, you are great company, so I don't care where we end up going. Thanks for all of your kind words and comliments about me. I hope you have a super weekend/ and yes, my grandaughter is doing much better, thanks for caring. Linda
L.Fontana, Montgomeryville,Pa. [12-04-2009]

Anon: There were two main stores in "G" town at that locale. Rowell's and Allen's, but I am not too sure just how Santa entered...ha ha...Linda
Linda Fontana, Montgomeryville, Pa. [12-04-2009]

Bob D'Angelo: Yes, I do think back many times about my old neighborhood.I used to walk from Anderson/& Chelten to the Immac. Shrine every monday night. I think I could have been a nun back then, but NOT now.(ha)> Shopping at "G" and Chelten sts. was also a plus. You got to actually exercise by walking from store to store all around that neighborhood/ and not just run in and out of Malls, like we do today or "on line" to shop.We'd stop after achool for an icecream float at the 5 & 10 store, e.g. Woolworth's.and then go home to eat dinner afterwards. Boy, those were the days for sure, and I didn't even realize just how much I'd ever miss them. I went to some nice proms from No.Cath. High/ and also LaSalle, dated some nice Italian guys, then married one right off of the boat from Abruzzi/ you can't get much more Italian than that.I,too, enjoy reminising about fun days gone by. Enjoy the rest of your life, you seem to be such a nice person, that I hope God blesses you & your wife with many years of good health and happy moments to treasure. Respectfully, Linda.
Linda Fontana, Montgomeryville, Pa. [12-04-2009]

Hey Gerry did you have a twin brother Johnny and a sister named Eileen...if so your last name is McDermott if so my mom Eleanor Head (Poli) says hello.
anonymous [12-04-2009]

to Neaty Kelly...my mother Eleanor Poli told me to tell you hello.
anonymous [12-04-2009]

I remember Dr. Shubin. He would come to my nana Rose's house at the bottom of Heiskell St. I locked him and my nana Rose in the cellar one time I was about 4 yrs old. They bribed me with a taffy to get me to unlock the door.
anonymous [12-04-2009]

Dan Harnett: Gosh you are so nice. The Carole DiTomasso-Toth that is my friend, lived near both you & I, back in the day. She may have had dark hair then, but now does it lighter. She isn't actually tall nor thin, but is a beautiful lady inside and out/ The people we knew from "G" town, cannot be duplicated anywhere USA. We were a 'unique' breed. We all had such a sense of 'famliness' that it carries over> right up to this day, as you stated - eating a nice spaghetti dinner and having some Vino with your wife, that's quality time. One of my daughter's first jobs was in Jamison at the Face Off Circle Ice Rink. Her boss was an Italian guy named Pete, really good to her, too. I am always down in Hatboro..have friends who live there.We go to the R.Lion diner or the Eagle on Street Rd. I also live in the subs now...not the city/ but miss the comraderie that we had growing up/ The doors were always open & for the most part the people behind them were smiling in "G" town. I miss those days SO much. And to that I say a cheerful "Hello" to John DiRenzo, Ted Silary,Bill Cupo, Anthony "G",& Rosemarie hite Malageri, my new found friends on this site.Everyone have a great weekend.Linda "F". P>S> The Gallagher's I knew lived three homes up from me / and the sister's name was Ginny...Yep, Buddy Tacanelli sure did play the drums, and his practice routine gave my mom headaches...ha ha-he lived only one house up.
Linda Fontana, Montgomeryville, Pa. [12-04-2009]

All: I've been following with some amusement the difference in security among the public and parochial high schools mentioned on this site. I attended CD from '58-'62, and while I never had to cope with security guards or members of Philadelphia's finest patrolling our halls, that doesn't mean there wasn't discipline. I would classify this discipline according to several levels. On level one, most of my peers could be controlled simply by the folded arms and the "STARE" from Fr. Peck. Others could be controlled by the avalanche of "DETENTION SLIPS" handed out by Fr. McDermont. The more stubborn and obdurate of us required a higher form of corporeal punishment--physical contact. If you messed around in Fr. Dunn's class you were "invited" to put the gloves on in that little office off the gym. I was given the first punch which I aimed at his broken nose and then went into the fetal pose as he softened up my ribs and biceps--no hits above the neck (no evidence). No harm, no foul! We always left friends and I thought he was a wonderful priest...and I didn't screw around in his class often. But at the top, the biggest, baddest enforcer had to be Fr. Foster who patrolled the halls with his huge, oak paddle. I once saw him shatter the thing over the rear of a friend from K&A. The poor devil couldn't sit for a week. Most of us probably deserved a whack-- wannabe hoodlums that we were, But I just hated the way the big guy smiled after wailing on me...
Kevin Mc Kernan, Santa Barbara, CA. Linton's, Band Box and Brill's grad. [12-04-2009]

Does anyone remember what Dr. Harry M. Shubin died from ?
John DiRenzo [12-03-2009]

hi carol walsh, We are really trying toget together. Joanne was supposed to arrange it, but it never happened. So Rosaemarie and myself are trying to work it out. we are all getting older and it would be a dream to see each other.I know you wan to wait until spring, but would could it be possible to do it soon.Love You, Neaty
anita (kelly) gontz [12-03-2009]

Dear Rosemarie and Erda, I join the both of you in reminicing about the fond memories of marching with Yearsley Blackhawks. I recall the good times,marching with the both of you and many other fine individuals. The relationships that grew between many of us were and are ones to be treasured. Still following DCI;however, in the Cypress, Dallas, San Antonio,and, Houston areas. Hope to get back to Allentown/Eastern Circuit. Erda, please give our regards to those in Reilly Raiders. I check the Website from time-to-time. Is Dick Wurst still marching? To Bob D' who was a classmate of mine, stand-up and take a bow for saying it so well! As I stated in my email to you, I commend you. Helen D', I am not sure if you remember me but, I want to commend you for your comments as well. Do you recall my brother Paul introducing you to Chi-Chi? Paul and Chi-Chi were among a few other great soccer players such as Bucky Derney,Johnn Houston, Billy Jay, Charles Soley, Tommy Hairston, George Schuler, Dick Masterson, Tom Steiner, Frankie Layre, Paul Jeffords, Elizia, and, Ray Dawes who brought the only National Championship come to Germantown/Germantown Boys Club in 1958. The Coaches Ray Gloubrecht and Malcoim Hay. Paul Chiarolanza received most valuable player of the tournment. I have the picture and will post it at a later date on the Germantown Brickyard Website. Paul sends his best regards to you. Paul went onto play soccer for the US Marie Corp and elected to the All Star Team in Yokosuka, Japan, while serving oversees for a few years. I would be remiss in not mentioning Joey Chiarolanza another great soccer legend who continued on as a coach for a few years. Paul is interested in hearing some upcoming news along the way regarding a mini reunion. He had another engagement November 15. I will keep him posted. To all viewing this site, I extend best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year, one filled with many blessings! Warmest regards, Linda
Linda M. Chiarolanza-Raven [12-03-2009]

Linda Fontana: I was mistaken in my post to you. The girl I remembered was Carol Thomas from Rittenhouse St. but not Carole DiTomasso. Sorry for the confusion. Another person on your block that I knew and hung around with was Buddy Taconelli. He played the drums and I think he played football for CD.
Dan Hartnett, Former East Germantown [12-03-2009]

I was born and raised in Germantown and enjoy this site several times a week. I'm very intrigued about the conversation regarding descrimination against Italians. From my viewpoint, I always thought my Italian neighbors were more elite than us! They had their own school, St Michaels; they had kitchens in their basements; there was always peppers hanging out on the back porch drying; there were always lots and lots of family. I always thought of the Italian heritage as being warm and loving and family oriented. Isn't it funny how, when discrimination occurs (and I don't doubt that it did)some others perceive that same situation in an entirely different light? I am very grateful for growing up in Germantown with all the ethic diversity. I learned every Irish song in preparation for St. Patricks Day, ate home made Italian water ice at Wayne & Manheim and learn German from the spinster lady next door. I climbed the rocks at Happy Hollow, climbed the monkey bars in Fern Hill and bought clothes at Rowells. What a wonderful place to have grown up. I am sorry if anyone experienced prejudice there, my young eyes saw only the wonder of a very culturally rich and vital neighborhood.
anon [12-03-2009]

Dan Hartnett I read "your thoughts" about Phil the Tailor. I remember him and the fashion style of our teenage years in the 50's. I remember Bermuda shorts (usually charcoal gray) with knee socks (usually red). This type of outfit denoted that you were a Pat Boone fan. The short shorts with off-the-shoulder top denoted the Elvis Presley fans. I think the same was typical of "guy garb". The ones who wore khaki slacks, button-down shirts and white buck shoes were categorized as being Pat Boone fans. The guys with peg pants and DA haircuts were categorized as being Elvis Presley fans. I guess our parents thought the same thing back then that we think now..... What is this world coming to??? Oh, how life's outlook changes with our aging. Personally, I think life is a continuous stage that we continue to go through and evolve from. Some stages last longer than others; and some of us mature at different ages. It's just how it is! Life is Good! Take care. Thanks for the memories. Your old (meaning former, not chronological) neighbor from Haines Street...Lorraine (Cupo) Kelly
Lorraine (Cupo) Kelly, fl; cdhs 59, ic 55 [12-03-2009]

Hey PualB, my point, exactly. Eveyone is entitled to the points and opinions, but to be so vicious is so wrong and hateful.
anthonyg [12-03-2009]

Linda Fontana: Yes I do have a sister Linda who is now retired and living in the Dominican Republic. I never thought I would strike a nerve writing about Phil Carrozza. He was one of many small businessmen in our world who had an interesting story which is part of our neighborhood lore. What I didn't say is that I genuinely liked Phil, who like so many others, had an impact on some of us. People like him are what memories are made of. Here is something to think about. I live in the suburbs, Jamison Bucks County. Not only are people here not like Germantowners, they haven't got a clue. They would never know about or consider having block parties to help a neighbor who was unfortunate in some way. They don't understand the cameraderie or the neighborliness or the joy of walking down the street and saying hello to all the people that live on your street. In fact, most of them see the city in mythological ways and are afraid of it. They watch too much TV and see too many movies. I can tell by your posts that you are into it, and frankly Linda, I miss the way of life; all of the kind people, the simple folks, the characters, and yes, the tough guys and neighborhood stories. Where I live, the people are nice but they are antiseptic. They hide inside of themselves, worried about what the neighbors will think. Oh well, here's to the good old days, and they were! I had actually thought of going to your get together in Hatboro at La Fontana (having been there only two weeks before) but I thought that maybe it was a women's thing. I think I was wrong. There are people who post here whose names I know well but I never met and would have liked to have met. Maybe next time. I think I remember a Carole Di tomasso, very pretty girl, maybe a little tall and thin, brown hair. Could that be her? Did she ever go out with Ronnie Cupo? Not sure. In any case I did know the Sivels, Joe, Tom, and George. I also knew Gallaghers but I think they were from Price St., Ricky and his sister Barbara who married John Dougherty and sadly passed away. They were friends of my younger brother John. My wife cooks home made pasta dinners also. She and I sit at the table with a bottle of wine multiple times a week and have great conversation about everything. I think this kind of lifestyle is getting lost. In any case, thanks for your kind comments. They were much appreciated. I always enjoy your posts.
Dan Hartnett, Former East Germantown [12-03-2009]

Joe Leone .. I remember you from Brickyard and I absolutely agree with what you said in your 11-30 posting ... I am 68 and used to hang at Fernhill Park and down at the Wayne Junction Diner ... I remember running into you several times as I was growing up .. I have nothing but fond memories of my growing up in Germantown ... I hope you are soing well ... also to anonymous in the 12-2 posting ... Sister Rita Josephine was my first grade nun and then became principal of St. Francis of Assisi .. I was very sick with rheumatic fever in the second and third grades and she arranged for home schooling and got me through these grades ... she was a wonderful person and I never forgot her.
Tom Cusack [12-03-2009]

I saw this the other day and wanted to share: GOD determines who walks into your life,It's up to you to decide who you let walh away,and who you let stay,and who you refuse to let go. Joe O'Donnell
Joe O'Donnell, 66 yrs old : Mojave,Ca. [12-03-2009]

Way to go Rizzo, telling Gerry off. Is that you Rick? He is really catching it from everyone. Although, maybe he will get tired and just go away.
anthonyg [12-03-2009]

To anonymous. It is Sister Rita Josephine and she taught 8th grade in late 60's. Remember her well. Spent most of the year sitting in the back between the coats...
Paul O., 55 ; St. Francis [12-03-2009]

Linda Fontana- Not sure if I have the ability to be a writer, but I do enjoy posting and discussing Germantown. I hate seeing all the negative emails flying back and forth and I wish it would stop.This site should be for sharing memories ( good and bad) the people who impacted our lives and the myriad of experiences we shared or enjoyed. Certainly, we have all experienced prejudice,discrimination or even heartbreak, but isn't that merely part of any life experience ? I always have believe that it is important to remember the past, but, it is not where we start, but where we finish ! Also,always to remember the people who shared our lives.I don't think we knew each other back in the day. There were many D'Angelo's in Germantown. My Dad's cousins owned the construction company on Bringhurst St. Helen Leone and Carole D'Angelo married my cousins. I was the youngest of 4,( an older brother Anthony, a sister, Assunta and a brother Joe ) .My Dad had a blacksmith shop on Wayne Ave across from the Wayne Ave theatre and Happy Hollow. Being the youngest kid, I have great memories of many who post here like Larry Rinaldi ( he and my brother Tony put me in a trash can on Tacoma St.,put the lid on and left me.I don't know if Larry remembers it,but I do and chuckle every time I think of it) It was just a minute or 2,but when you are around 5 years old,it semmed like foreever) Paul Borian, Joe Raffaele, Bonnie Gatto, Bob Terranova (practically lived with us)Chalie Mc Geehan, Bruce Schmidt etc. all great people and like so many others, had their influence on me. I am just proud to say I grew up in Germantown and remember it with love and fondness. I enjoy reminising and remembering those who post and their families. It was a wonderful time of life that passed much too quickly. Don't you think ?
Bob D'Angelo [12-03-2009]

Dave Linn ....We may still be able to sneak in a round before the snow flies. Wish I ewas retired like you and Spider !
Bob D'Angelo [12-03-2009]

linda fontana .... you go girl ... ! rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [12-03-2009]

What was the name of the old department store at Germantown and Chelten Aves? Santa would enter it by using a fire truck ladder.
anonymous [12-03-2009]

I lived in Germantown (Philly) for only two years, but it was during a great era. Germantown High was terrific; basically nice kids--no drugs or gangs and I traveled all over the city in safety. My, how times have changed! Remember the fun music? (And no one blew their brains out listening to it!) I'd love to hear from others who lived there during that period.
Sharon Workman, age 66, live near Atlanta; Germantown High grad '61 [12-03-2009]

Helen Leone D'Angelo: Your post was very well put/ and may I add that you are a beautiful person inside and OUT. Linda Fontana
L.Fontana, Montgomeryville,Pa. [12-03-2009]

helen leone deangelo i agree with you ... if you havnt been on that side of the fence then how can you fully appreciate that italian people of not so long ago lived with prejudice ...and probably still do in some areas ...or perhaps this person is very prejudice him/her self ... rosemarie rinaldi .... you hit it right on the head with this person. rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [12-03-2009]

Erda: Thanks so much for that attachment - it was great! Except for the fact that I now know I better hurry up and finish Christmas shopping!
Rosemarie Rinaldi [12-03-2009]

Anthony thanks for the kind words,yes he did take care of us,he was a good guy,and yes i remember your uncle joe(biggie)doing that to me he scared the hell out of me every day but i still waited for him every day I was not too bright.
gregg striano [12-03-2009]

hi linda fontana sorry to hear that your grandchild was sick during the holiday but am happy to hear that she is getting better .... i know exactally what you mean about this getting old stuff ... ha! but, what the heck at least we can get out of bed in the morning and have jobs ! you kiddo still look about 16 ! rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [12-03-2009]

to anon/gerry? i have been reading all that has been written here about prejudice against the italians ... soooooo of course i can no longer sit back and not jump in too .... my husband and i attended st vincents and during those years my husband was told several times by different priests and nuns for that matter that he and his siblings had no buisness being in st vincents and that they should go to the italian school (holy rosary)where they belong this was not said in a nice way but in a mean and condensending manner.. and i will make a note here that my husband was far from a stupid child and did quite well in school ...and he spoke english very well since he was born and raised here in the usa ... my own mother was treated very badly by the nuns and priests as well ... she didnot speak english very well when she started at st vincents and the nuns became very annoyed with this and would call her a stupid wop many times .... my mother was not a stupid person ...she was bright and a good and caring person even then as a child ... there were different sets of rules for the italians and then another set for others ... i dont know who you are but i do know one thing ... somebody who reacts so viciously as you do because there are so many of us who know that this did exist and will not allow you to make us believe otherwise makes me think that you are probably a prejudice person yourself ....
rosemarie hite malageri [12-03-2009]

TO ANON: The prejudice against Italians DID occur in your lifetime, because your lifetime is right up there with mine. Fortunately, most of our peers at the time had gotten past it, but some of their parents hadn't. This was in the 40s, 50s and 60s. As for the church in Germantown, witness Monsignor McGarrity of St. Francis. This was touched on in the archives some time ago. I also remember that my parish in Overbrook tried to combat this prejudice by having it discussed in class by the nuns. BTW, our parish priests were Irish at the time, so there were always exceptions to the rule. But the church as an institution did nothing citywide to combat it. As for the Holocaust, my reason for bringing that up is to address the revisionists who cannot accept history as it was and insists it didn't happen, like you and Gerry. Tell me, were you and Gerry in every parish and school in the city? Can you really say it never happened anywhere? How would you know? We who have experienced it know it for a fact. As for Mussolini, he aligned with Germany only to try to bring Italy and Rome back to its former glory. It had nothing to do with the Jewish "Solution". The Italians never took part in the Holocaust, only the war. And you can see that the citizens of Italy were against it all along because Mussolini got his just desserts from the populace. There's even a large Jewish settlement and many synogogues in Rome and have been there for centuries.
Rosemarie Rinaldi [12-03-2009]

i think you meant sister rita josephine, who later became mother rita... at st francis of assissi
anonymous [12-02-2009]

Thought you all would want to know! http://bellsouthpwp.net/h/o/holm5215/Untilxmas/Index.html
Erda, West Norriton.. [12-02-2009]

I haven't been on here for quite some time because of what has been going on. I just want to say that Gerry must have hit some nerves and pushed so many buttons by the responses that he has gotten directed to him. I could go on and on and name names, but you know who you are. I am not even going to respond to hime anymore, because I have written all I care to back to him. You good people know who you are and have really let him know. He has really ignited some fires.
anthonyg [12-02-2009]

Hey Greg, just saw the paper yesterday, Monday, about your brother-in-law, Bis. I am so sorry to hear about it. I still remember him taking us to the softball games at Waterview. He always took good care of us. And Greg, so many times I hear the oldies and remember your sister Louise playing them on the 45 player when you lived across the street from my grandmother. Remember when my uncle Joe lowered you, head first, into the sewer? Today that would be considered child abuse.
anthonyg [12-02-2009]

Carol(nee Walsh)I remember you and your sister Madeline. How are you both doing? I think you attended Mercy Tech with my sister Maryann. Please say hello to your sister for me, unless she is reading this also.
anthonyg [12-02-2009]

Anon(your 12/1/09 blog.You sound just like Gerry. My guess is that you are indeed Gerry in disguise.How dare you accuse Rosemarie Rinaldi of being unstable.For your information,Rosemarie's husband Larry experienced prejudice first hand.What right do you have to pass judgement. You are entitled to your opinions,like everyone else,but do you have to be so vicious?.....Paul Borian
Paul Borian [12-02-2009]

SOrry to one and all of you, for writing so much here, today. I never do that, but, given some of the posts, I felt compelled to do so. I was Hellbent.sorry, again. "L.."F".
L>A>F> [12-02-2009]

Attn:"74" yr. old -'Anon.' who has now verbally accosted Rosemarie Rinaldi, whom I don't even know. Listen, you are one naive man, if you don't know that ethnic prejudice did occur back in the day at "G"town. Most especially towards Italians. What baffles me the most, is that you are VERY opinionated, just like "Gerry", but, again, like him, will NOT put down your name...why not? If you so choose to give your negative opinions here on this> otherwise, lovely site, that's your prerogative, but 'man up' and sign your NAME, so we all can realize your proud heritage as well. thank you.Most respectfully, Linda "F".P>S> Let's stop going back so far into history making our analagies,ok? "(Don) Mussolini?" Let's get real here. Thank you.
L. Fontana, Montgomeryville, Pa. [12-02-2009]

Bobby D. Fore! You missed a good day.
D. Linn, Macoby Run [12-02-2009]

Dan Hartnett: I just called my friend Carole, to tell her of your kind words about Phil. She said she went to school in "G" town with a "Linda Hartnett". DO you have a sis named Linda?
Lin Fontana, Montgomeryville,Pa. [12-02-2009]

Bob D'Angelo: You should be a writer. Your words make my heart sing. Plus, your last name is gorgeous. How come I don't know you? ha-ha
Linda Angela Fontana, Montgomeryville, Pa. [12-02-2009]

Rosemarie hite Malageri: Thanks for your comments, always. My two yr. old grandaughter had Pneumonia, contracted it two days before Thanksgiving, so I was very upset. She is fine now, though ..had to take meds. My plans all got re-arranged, due to that, as you can imagine. I didn't really have a 'vacation', I sprained the back of my leg, and finally am able to walk, again. Ha- this is too much, Golden years my foot, whoever said this is the best post "50"? Wish I were '16', again. ha ha see you soon, I hope.Linda
Linda Fontana, Montgomeryville, Pa. [12-02-2009]

Dan Hartnett: WOW, talk about a small world..The Phil Carrozza that you speak so highly of......just happens to be related to one of my best friends (aunt). I go to Carole DiTommaso-Toth's home for dinner at least once a month, and low and behold, the aunt who lives with her is named Marie Carrozza. She was married to Phil, until he died, many years ago. She's a beautiful person inside and out/ even at 90 yrs of age.I will tell her that you mentioned his name, and it will make her both proud and happy.She's still sharp, mentally & can probably run circles around many of us, physically. Must have been all that good food she ate in "G"town/ she still makes home made soups and spaghetti's at her age, get that. Do your wives do that, for you? Amazing,eh? take care .Respectfully, Linda Fontana/ps.Did you know the Sivels or the Gallagher's from Anderson St.(That's where I lived),too.
L.Fontana, Montgomeryville,Pa. [12-02-2009]

Anon, perhaps you are not Italian and that is why you never encountered prejudice in the Catholic schools- still, it never stopped the Italians from excelling and becoming strong and colorful members of society. Rosemarie R. your input is always interesting and well received.

My fellow Germantowners and Philadelphiansmy how much we remember as we should. Now to go back and relive our dreams of ou8r pasted youth in such a wonderful place. I remember the rich folks putting up christmas lights, the decorated stores on Chew street. I thought i knew everyone in Philadelphia 44 Pa., now I realize that It was not so. I have seen the names of three people in on this site I have known. So therefore, symbollically I am on my way to the next reunion to meet some of you fine people who share some of my experiences, places, values, loves,education and youth. Let s go back and do it again
Steve Donohoe, 61 Gwermantown all the way and 1000 miles away [12-02-2009]

erda i really dont think i would have the staminia to march again ! i would love to wear those snappy uniforms and marching boots ... i loved that stuff and the sound of those drums and bugles ... nothing like it but, i really dont think i could keep up with you guys ... and besides i really think i lost my right foot and only have two left feet now ... ha! i have seen you in action girlfriend and you are darn good ... rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [12-02-2009]

linda fontana good to see your back ... i hope your vacation was a good one ! how was your thanksgiving ? rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [12-01-2009]

helen leone deangelo you are too funny ... just love your posts ...they sure put a smile on my face! my girlfriend and i paid a visit to st vincents some time ago ... and that school yard sure did "shrink" ha! i stood there and wondered how so many of us fit into that small space ... yet back then it seemed so big ! i felt the same way about the intersection of germantown and chelten ... when i was a kid it seemed like they seemed were the largest streets to cross yet that day we visited g town those same streets suddenly seemed soooo small ! wow! i loved those pretzels ... and the juice and milk ... what a treat to get during recess ! it gave us the fortitude we needed to go back to miss catherine's class room ha! rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [12-01-2009]

Mike Buchanan: Great blog! Thoroughly enjoyed it and your puns. Very original and creative. Do you think Gerry finally got it?
Rosemarie Rinaldi [12-01-2009]

Carol.. I know very well how it is to marry the wrong person.. and then come home to find your soul mate.. Keep intouch Erda
Erda, West Norriton PA [12-01-2009]

Rosemarie, You can always join Mike and me and join Reilly.. We are not to old to have a good time and have fun with friends.. I love the people at Reilly and marching with some of our old Yearsley friends is a joy!
Erda, West Norriton PA [12-01-2009]

Gia Rudich [12-01-2009]

Does anyone remember Sister Rita Joseph?
anonymous [12-01-2009]

HOW ABOUT THOSE FALCONS! In their final football game forever,North scored a touchdown on the final play of the game to defeat Frankford in their traditional Thanksgiving day football game.This rivalry began in 1930.Did you know that in 1979,for the series 50th anniversary,the game was played at Franklin Field and drew 24,000 fans.North ended up winning 42 games,losing 34,and 4 ties.WAY TO GO NORTH! You ended up a winner.....Paul Borian
Paul Borian [12-01-2009]

Thinking about my old neighborhood brought back some memories of local businesses. One that stands out is a tailor shop on Stenton Ave. just off of Haines St., known as Phil the Tailor's, actually Phil Carrozza. Phil had been an amateur boxer and some of the neighborhood guys liked to go in and spar with him, never a good idea. Phil had won the diamond belt. Sometimes in a sparring session with him, Phil would hear the bells. If that happened, you were in a lot of trouble because you were usually drilled through a rack of suits and dry cleaned clothes before reality returned to Phil and you were scraping yourself off the floor, but it was a neighborhood rite of passage. Phil also did some loan sharking, a valuable neighborhood commodity, and he would make you a suit or a pair of pants if you wished. This was the fifties. Here was the perfect pair of pants that Phil could make for you: Pegs, high rises, boxcar flaps, pistol pockets, slits, saddle stitching and barrel knees. Oops, I forgot shadow stripes. Match it up with a one-button roll-jacket, brick-toed shoes (Flagg Brothers)with cleats, pink and black argyle socks and six-button-benny and you were rady for LaSalle dance or any of the others that we frequented. It didn't matter if you couldn't dance. You looked good. Phil was a hard act to top. As absurd as it sounds, somehow or other I found it better than a baseball cap on sideways and jeans or baggy shorts that are barely hanging on, complete with skate board. I'll bet the ladies could chime in with some of their standard wardrobes. Any takers? I thin Bandstand set the fashion tone.
Dan Hartnett, Former East Germantown [12-01-2009]

Linda Fontana: Thank you so much for your kind words regarding my Thanksgiving posting. I guess I feel that no matter what we did as children, we were all influenced by those around us. Just the experience of growing up in a city with such ethnic, religious and cultural diversity was a great experience. Germantown offered that to all of us, regardless of our high school,level of education or social status. Germantown was our education, and I believe for the most part, it taught us well. We coexisted with others and moved on if we experienced prejudice or unkind acts. It toughened us up for life ! I long for its simplicity and convenience and the old days when we knew there was a safe haven in our homes. Life was much less complicated then and maybe we appreciated it more now that we have all left Germantown for other parts of the world. It is an experience that you can tell people about, but they will never fully comprehend it. I am thankful I lived it !
Bob D'Angelo [12-01-2009]

When I said it would be the last time I wrote on here I meant on the school subject.I love this cite I will read & sometime writ in. Marie
Marie [12-01-2009]

I was at St. Joseph's Hall for Girls (Gonzaga) in the 1960s and 1970s. Would love to get re-acquainted or even meet other girls that were there at the time. Thanks
Gia Linsalata Rudich, Gonzaga, IC-1970, CD-1974 [12-01-2009]

Rosemarie Rinaldi, Your conclusion that the Catholic church was "prejudiced" towards Italians is unfounded and has never been raised as an issue in Germantown and I am 74 years old. Italians and Germans and Irish and other nationalities: even Black students attended parochial schools without incidents. BUT for you to align this with the HOLOCAUST is showing you are very unstable and if i might suggest,prejudiced yourself. You are really pitiful, like the guys who send abusive insults at another blogger standing up for the Church.Yes,the child priest abuse ocurred but the discrimination and prejudice you describe twowards Germantown Italians did not happen in my lifetime. But the holocaust of Jews did (BTW the Fascists under Mussolini were allies with Nazi Hitler. Er emm? The Ialians helped Hitler until the Don Mussolini was felled. Amen
anon [12-01-2009]

hi jerry, i honestly believe you are enjoying the troops imensely. you sure have awakened the troops. i don't believe they are your true feelings. if that be the case, you belong in norristown state hospital. if its not the case, you are having one heck of a good time. for the rest of us, lets just ignore him. if we're lucky, he'll go away.
DREAMER [12-01-2009]

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