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Apr 20 12 8:13 AM

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Hi - Webmaster here again. Hope you will all read this.

I am going to post here the last entries I received yesterday to Your Thoughts on the Germantown site.

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Apr 20 12 8:16 AM

name: Dennis McGlinchey email: dmcg1956@gmail.com locale: Born & raised in East Germantown message: „X Barbara, I certainly feel your pain with the upcoming closing of IC. But, know that the priest scandals have nothing to do with the closing of these churches in Germantown. I'm as angry as the next person over that, and would never even think to defend the actions of the priests and the handling by the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church in Germantown has been struggling for decades. The Archdiocese has been subsidizing IC since the 1980s, and probably have been doing so for SFA just as much and just as long. With changing demographics, the area became majority African-American. African-Americans are traditionally Christian, but not Catholic. IC was down to 250 families, and that number was projected to decline as many of those are older. Something had to give over there. Though sad, I can accept IC being closed as a parish. I only wish they would keep it open as a worship site just like they are doing with the Manayunk churches. As a side note, though I knew it wouldn¡¦t do any good, I sent an email to the Archdiocese expressing my dissatisfaction that they did give more notice on the closing. IC no longer having a parish hall, any farewell luncheon would have to be offsite. With the short notice, there isn¡¦t enough time to pull anything together and get a mailing out. I received a generic response from a Msgr Rodgers saying they can understand my sadness at the closing of ¡§my¡¨ parish and that it is their hope that I would join the newly created parish at St. Vincent De Paul. In other words, they didn¡¦t even read my email for the point and purpose of it, assumed I was a current parishioner, and then sent out that canned, generic response that basically said nothing. All I can say is, as a Catholic, I am so glad that my faith is deeply rooted in Catholic doctrine and principles, and not in these clueless, self-motivated people who serve as priests and church leaders. referrer:

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Apr 20 12 8:16 AM

name: J. Bruce Schmitt message: Jack Brogan: I wish you the best of luck in your novel about Germantown-Frank McCourt is an excellent role-model.You listed many Germantown characters which will be of great use in your novel. I agree with you that Herb Adderly was the greatest athlete to come out of Germantown and Herb was "The Man". John Berkery was one of the greatest entrepreneurs to come out of Germantown-nobody took their clothes there but he had a lucrative business. As you know, John Berkery did attend The Jesuit Institution at 17th&Girard-The Prep. You did not mention Mike "Mugsy" Masterson in your post and he was another great character from The Hollow who attended The Prep. Mugsy's sister,Jean,was a great basketball player as was her cousin,Connie Tippett. You were so fortunate to know Connie so well since she had it all-beauty,talent,and her smile was like sunshine. Your good friend,Sonny Kennedy also had an eye for beauty-Sabina Cunningham was simply knocked-out gorgeous. Your other friend,Mr. Fashiom-plate[Frank Felice] appreciated the curvaceous beauty of Helen Harkins. Talking about beauty, you knew Al Tector whose sister was a beauty from Boston. You would be remiss if you did not use Tom Cueball Cusack in your novel-you knew him from SFA,The Hollow,and LaSAlle. Cueball is one of the great dancers from Germantown, bowlers and raconteurs. He even hung out at The Dunes[Somers Points] with one of the Famous Philly Collectors. You could also use Cisco Payne's brother,John, for a source, since he not only shot hoops with Goo Guarinello but he even did some driving in John Berkery's Big Automobile. You mentioned Dom Raffaele,who had that outstanding personality but you must include Rocky Raffaele. Rocky had a presence and he was truly out of a Damon Runyan Character-as a kid,I always thought that he was one cool dude-warts and all. You must slip Tom Yannessa from LaSalle and Germantown into your novel. God threw away the mold when he made Tommy. Herb Adderly and Tom Yannessa were 2 intimidating characters. One could take Tom Yannessa into any firing-range in America and nobody could click off rounds like Tom Y. He would be the only guy that I ever knew who could walk into Berkery's Tailor Shop on Wayne Avenue and barkout,"Where's My Fudging Clothes". If Tom Y. had been in charge of those Secret Service Agents in Colombia,nobody would have stiffed the working-girl since they would have slept alone. Jimmy Binns deserves to be in your novel, great lawyer,street-savy,and the only guy who could outdress Frank Shary Felice. I would also consult Frank Baggs Klock for some poetic entries and encounters in life. There was a lot of baseball at The Hollow and Paul Borian and Bill Haas must be mentioned. Jack Brogan! You and Cousin Joe write so well-Monk and I think that your novel will be extraordinary.

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Apr 20 12 8:17 AM

name: Dennis McGlinchey email: dmcg1956@gmail.com locale: Born & raised in East Germantown message: Webmaster - I stumbled upon this site in 2003 and have enjoyed it ever since. At times, there is the usual contentiousness that you find on any blog, but the positive far exceeded the negative, and it was the quality of the discussions that kept me coming back. Thank you for your efforts and work in providing this forum for as long as you did, and for maintaining that quality and the high standards. I'm sure we tried your patience from time to time!! :) Very much appreciated. I joined the new discussion board and will see how that goes. Thank you again.

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Apr 20 12 8:17 AM

name: ORVILLE T. BALLARD email: oballard89@aol.com locale: SFA 56,& NECHS 60 message: ATTENTION MARIA CONNAUGHT. My name is Orville T. BALLARD, I lived at 4603 Germantown Avenue. Frank KLOCK is on YOUR THOUGHTS. I have not conversed with him lately. I you continue to put out the message you are trying to contact, you will succeed.

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Apr 20 12 8:18 AM

name: L.Fontana email: locale: Montgomeryville,Pa. message: CMM: You are so right. I loved C.A.Rowell's, but wasn't thrilled with Allen's. My mother, however, treated them both with the same respect in sales. Yes, the good old days of layaway reigned supreme.I got a lovely pair of Snakeskin pumps for Easter there in that manner of payment.So, I agree wholeheartedly with your statements about shopping in those great stores. Too bad their memory only remains in the corner of my mind now. Out of business, just like Gimbels, Wanamakers,etc.

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Apr 20 12 8:18 AM

name: Linda Fontana email: locale: Montgomeryville,Pa. message: Rosemarie hite-Malageri, I can't believe that I actually sat on the bus to go to "G"town with rollers in my hair, and a scarf wrapped around them. I shopped and went home that way. Gosh where was my pride? One time my boyfriend was walking down the street near to Allen's, and I actually hid from him, so he wouldn't know I put my hair up in rollers like that. Ha (lol) Thanks for that memory. Linda

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Apr 20 12 10:09 AM

You folks have certainly stirred memories. Mostly the names of kids I grew up with. I stumbled here while doing research about Germantown & Nicetown sandlot baseball teams of the 1940's. I grew up on the section of Zeralda Street that curves from Pulaski Ave to Apsley St. and moved out of the city in 1958 at the age of 17. Went to school at St Francis, played in Fernhill Park and Happy Hollow. My street-mates were George Baccaria, Tom Schaeffer, Raymond Lucas, and Nancy Bliss. But other names came flooding back, names I saw here: Vera Carey, Billy Haas, Bucky Durney, Tom McIntyre. In a plastic tub at the back of a closet I found a faded album titled "My Scoolmates" that holds thumbnail photos of my 4th grade class. It is signed by Sister Marie Consilii and holds pictures of Tom Schaeffer, Tom Conway, Phil O'Donnell, John Seeber, Herman Reese, Michael Peal, Richard Sirano, Francis Murphy, Frank Koster, Bill Gillespie, George Baccaria, Ed Scully, Pat Cashman, Francis Welsh, James Clark, Dennis Stevens, Bill Linhauser, Jim Romano, David Molloy, Charles Scanzello, and Sylvester Scanzello. Hi guys! All boys. Were we not allowed to collect girls photos? I recall Mary Ann Myers, Debbie Poole, Carol Burns, and Mary Gallagher. Thanks for reintroducing me! ~ Dick Richards (Ricciotti)

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Apr 20 12 11:21 AM

P.S. I did not give up my cell number and still was listed "member"

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Apr 21 12 10:03 AM

Okay, I'm learning some things. First of all, (Joe Daggs, you may be interested in this), I hadn't noticed in the lower left corner of the Reply section, there is an "Upload Files" button. That works like the browse Joe. Secondly, I tried to use it to upload a cartoon, but it said they have a 5 (MB?) limit. I forget the amount, but it was a 5, and I think it was megabytes. I hope this helps everyone.

John Payne

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Apr 21 12 5:54 PM

A posting tip for those who are interested. If you go to "edit profile" in the upper right hand corner, you will have an opportunity to type your name in a box that says signature, and then it will automatically appear at the bottom of all of your posts. It would save you having to do the introductory line at the beginning of the post each time. Just an FYI.

John Payne

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Apr 25 12 6:21 PM

Hi Helen. Success! You found your way in. If you go to the upper right corner, you will see a tab that says "edit profile". If you open that, and go to the signature block, you can put your name in, and then it will come up automatically when you post. Just an FYI. Welcome aboard. :)

John Payne

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Apr 26 12 4:35 PM

To 'icecoldbabydude7': Go back to bed and then get up on the other side! Didn't your mother teach you "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all"?

Catherine Manning Muir

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Apr 30 12 2:04 PM

Who remembers the large, apparently discarded after the demolition of the mansion Fern Hill, stones that lay on the ground to the right of the entrance to the Park at McKean and Abbotsford Road?  They were on the street side of the path that went from the driveway to the swing sets and the tennis courts on the left.  I remember there being two rows of the long, squared off pillar like stones.  As a very young kid I think my brother Alan told us younger kids that they the bones of a giant that fell there and became petrified.  Next time I’m in the area I’ll stop by to look, but I have a feeling they are no longer there.

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