Jan-Feb 1999 Guestbook Log
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John (JJ) Devine, 9 Ebony, now Massapequa,NY keep up the good work. I'll help spread the word! JJD1906@aol
Thanks for putting this site together. I lived at 16 Fane Court all my life, moved out of the beach in 19972. I fond memories of the "point","meadows' beach", at the end of Everett avenue. I have some great photos of our kindergarten class ('57) that I would love to share. Will need some advice on how to post them... Bill Theodorou, 16 Fane E-mail Theoism@AOL
The picture you have of the canal has an incorrect caption, it should read (Looking across the canal to Bartlett Place).
***Just a Local***
What do you mean "just" a local? For us, you're a valuable resource: someone who's on the spot and willing to correct the details our collective 30+ year old memories have forgotten. Thanks!--Marret
It's been over 35 years since I lived in Gerrittsen Beach Brooklyn, and when I found this site a week or so ago, my memory has been running wild especially since reading some of these "old day's" stories. When I see names like Jimmy McBurney, Norman Johnson, etc., and also referencing names like the Lightfoots', Theodoreaus', so many things and events come to mind, some good, some bad, some embarassing, but all solid. I also think of names like Billy Klein, Jimmy Lightfoot, Walter McQuillen, George Burtchell, Dottie Lynch nee Burtchell, Kenny Rice, Bobby and Andy Posqualone,Kenny Obermuller, Carol Doyle, Kathy Nedwell, Ingrid Ulrich, Dale Mazza, Paul Ricca, and on and on. I thought I would have a stroke when I read about Mau-Mau island & skiing, Meadows Beach, Riviera boat yard, St. James minstrel shows with the director Mrs. Potter, the Cadet Corps on Friday night (dodge ball) Fran & Izzy..... un-believable memories. I'm going to make alot of notes and put together some kind of story board, if for no other reason then to test my memory. Thank you for all of this. Bob Olson, formerly 36 Ira Court
Yesterday I started off my note saying it's been over 35 years since living in the Beach. That was wrong, I left the Beach after being discharged from the service in 1966....So it's really been 32 years. Bob Olson, formerly 36 Ira Court
It has been almost twenty years since my wife(Diane Minze)and myself (Brian Schreiber) have lived in Gerritsen Beach. It was fantastic to see the web site and it definetly brought back many fond memories. I still stop in when ever I get the chance to see old friends and new upgrades to the area. As I learned a long time ago, "You can take the boy out of the beach; But you can't take the beach out of the boy." Keep up the good work and hope to see alot of you this summer...
Brian & Diane Schreiber
Hey Bob Olson formally of 36 IRA Court, how about an "E" mail address?
Hey Olson, where's your "E" mail address?
January 15, 1999 Sorry, I forgot RCO@TMRINFO.COM Bob olson
We are having a Reunion for Ex-Brooklynites who now live in West Central Florida. (Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough Counties) It will be held in Clearwater Beach area hotel in May. Come join the great 'Bklyn' folks who live in the area. Those who wish to attend please e-mail Tom at: BKLYNREUNION@webtv.net Thanks
Would love to hear from anyone from the Beach. Went to 277, Marine Park then Sheepshead Bay. It's hard to find old friends. I found an old neighbor. I lived at 54 Celest Court, across from the McRobbies,next to the Gillespies.My childhood friends were Irene and Kathleen Jones and Jimmy McRobbie, Debbie Calendrillo, Peggy Mcglocklin.Where are you all???
Forgot put my e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi, my name is Bill Samuelsen & I am a lifelong resident of G.B.I thought you might like this picture for your site, it is a photo I took of the Creek in the winter of 1996. This is the view of Gerritsen Beach from the Knapp st. side of the Creek. [Note: the photo will be uploaded to the site soon--webmaster]The picture was taken from the fishing boat "ALFHILD", which is owned by John Orloff, who is also a G.B resident. A friend of mine just sent me your site today & I think it is terrific! If you are interested I have a lot more photos to send, both sides of my family are long time G.B, residents, my moms maiden name is Theresa Foy & she has been here since the 1940's, My dad is Warren "Bunky" Samuelsen, & he has lived here since the 30's, feel free to post this if you want, my email is email@example.com
My husband Bill Samuelsen just showed me this site and it is fantastic...Looking forward to visiting it in the future. JANJANSAM@AOL.COM
So far, I have managed to hook up with about 10 people that I have not been in touch with, for over 30 years. Its fantastic!!!!!!
So, you should all send me the information I need to include you in the new Address Book (see the Memories page). That way you can find your old pals even faster.
Virginia: Your e-mail address came through garbled. Please send it to me again directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that I can add it to the Address Book. Thanks.--Marret
GREAT SEEING MY YOUTH ON THE WEBSITE .. OUT OF THE BEACH 40 YRS. BUT A LOT OF NAMES ARE VERY FAMILAR..I WAS THERE WHEN WE SPELLED GERRITSEN WITH 2 T'S GERRITTSEN.. VERY HARD FOR A YOUNGSTER TO SPELL ... ..MY SISTER STILL LIVES IN THE BEACH...LIVED AT 48CANTON 39CANTON 45DARE ..ALBERT(ALBY)SUMELL..ASUM@WEBTV.NET
Hi, great website. My name is Peter Wernersbach and I have lived in the beach all my life. It's great to see all the photo's and read the news articles. My mother-in-law, Vera Govertsen (Johnsen) says that the site you call Whitney Mansion is actually where servants lived. The original mansion was across the street (where the weeds are). She is a wealth of information of Gerrittsen (correct spelling as per the G.B.F.D) Beach and I will see if I can get some pictures from her to post on your website. My email is:email@example.com
Lived in Marine Park so this is very enlightening. Thanks. Steve Lustig firstname.lastname@example.org
Like a few other people, I have to tell you..the correct spelling is Gerrittsen Beach. I gues the city was trying to save some money on their road signs! Mike Karnbach..... Mkvol@aol.com
Mike: I think I'll stick with Gerritsen. It's not strictly correct, but that's how I know it. Besides the search engines have it that way! (I draw the line at Celest.)--Marret
Dear Maretta: Your new format and web site is a pleasure to behold. Looking at the list of blue star mothers and the familiar names whom many were my mothers friends(Delia Cunningham, passed away at 48 yrs of age in April 1937.) She loved bingoes and the social life around Resurrection church activities, Bazaars, picnics, card parties etc. I can't understand anyone saying the Whitney mansion was the servants quarters. as long as I can remember since 1925, when I moved to the beach it was the only buildng facing the water, except the Old Mill. During the WPA days when they took about 4 yrs to buils the wooden pavilion I visited the mansion with some friends, about 1934 and spoke to the watchman at the mansion. He invited us inside, it was full of wheelbarrows and tools, a table and a couple of old chairs and very damp and gloomy. I also went inside the old mill many times, we went in thru the paddle wheel openings and slid down the old shiny slides where ground grain went to bins. More later. Loved the photos, but couldn't see anyone I knew. In the background of the photo taken from the whiney mansion seems to be the large coal bins of Nurns Bros coal co. about 150 ft tlall on Flatbush Ave. they were anout a qtr mile before the airport. that is if the photos were tken facing the water, and the cars on the other side could be on Flatbush Ave, just a guess! At that time there was only swamps between the creek and Flatbush ave. anyone know more? Jack Cunningham email@example.com
I would like to let Freddie Mockler know that St. James is having a 75 Anniv. Dinner and Dance 4/24/99 at Buckly's. You would see a lot of your old friends. Virginia (Simolin) Dipersia, Virginiadp @aol.com.
Hi all! My wife just brought this website home from her co-worker Anne Tedesco, and I have to say I haven't been able to get away from it for 2 hours! I haven't even navigated through half of it. It's great seeing names and memories from long ago. I'm a life long Beach resident, as is most of my family. If I ever get through the whole site, I'll try to send you some helpful postings. For now anyone can contact me at Gjpben@aol.com (George Benecke) or my wife Pat nee Cwikla at Mrspattieb@aol.com Thanks for the com links to many old friends. George Benecke
I love Gerritsen's cinematic legacy: "City Across the River" w. Tony Curtis, and "Moscow on the Hudson" w. Robin Williams. How about a bit about its literary legacy: "A Stone for Danny Fisher," by Harold Robbins, and "Only the Dead Know Brooklyn," by Thomas Boyle, who drew inspiration for the Gerritsen Beach segment in his book from his vist to the Tamaqua?
Bob Schreiber firstname.lastname@example.org
I love it. Please post more pictures. This site is great.
Kevin Howard BKDJ1025@aol.com
Reading through this website is quite a trip down memory lane. I'm afraid I don't remember the Kauffner family, but I've seen so many names that I do remember. Marret, I want to thank you for the wonderful job you've done on this site. I got a lot of laughs from Jim Fetters ice story from that wicked winter of '62. There were lots of tales from that year. My friends, Doc Nixon, Jerry & Steve Daniels, Waltie Benecke, Gary Smith, Ronny Coico and myself had to fish Peter Gravina out of the creek at least 3 times that year. His mom was "Hotsy Gravina" and she wanted to kill all of us for taking him out on the ice. Hey, we always got him out. The last time I saw Billy Austin was at his going away party from the Vollies when he went into the Navy. I remember the Jenkins brothers, George and Gerard. I think George hung out with my cousin Diane Bellamy's crowd. I think they were altar boys at Resurrection with me under Father Shevlin and Father Breslin. Artie and Hannah Richards were my neighbors when I lived on Ivan and Bartlett. I also drove a bus with Artie at the TA. It sounds like they've moved away. Diane Minze (Schreiber) lived across the street from my parents, George and Betty Benecke, on Ebony Court. I think Jack Cunningham may have been Margie Cunninghams father, a girl I went to Sheepshead with and also that hung with our crowd at Resurrection dances. I don't remember kids with guns bigger than bb guns over in the sands, but we used to go hunting for rabbits with bow and arrows. Sal the barber would give us 50 or 60 cents for each one and he'd give you back the fur after he'd skinned it. Ray Donnelly was the king of rabbit hunters for my generation. I was on the Little Leagues championship team for 1959 or 60, the Rams. The sponsor was "Wurtzel Motors"??? They were a Plymouth dealership over on Flatvush and U. I can't remember all the other teams and sponsors. Jack's Dept. Store had the Sabres and the Cort Club had a team but I don't remember the names. I was also on a minor league team called the Chiefs, but I don't remember the sponsor or the other minor teams. Any help??? I will continue to visit this site and get immense pleasure from all the memories stored here. I hope to hear from some of the people I grew up with that moved away. Anyone that grew up with my sisters Cathy or Jeanne can contact me for their email addresses. George Benecke (Geojpben@aol.com)
I loved the photos, stories and memories of the beach. I am looking for a few friends... Carol DeWitt Louie Ferrier Paul Wittenberg Peter Cavanaugh Billy Walsh
My e-mail address is...Trainer40@aol.com Karen
I think that there should be more photos of THE BEACH, ALSO THE SCHOOLS, PS 277, AND THE PRIVATE SCHOOLS AS WELL. THERE ARE A LOT OF US WHO WANT TO KEEP IN TOUCH...
Hey Bob Olson its me Danny remember Nanook or Me Santa Claus I now live in Central Florida my email is email@example.com
Hi miss the beach lived at 2473 Gerritsen ave at the bus stop in mid 70's now residing in central florida Dan Wolfe
Wow! What a wonderful website! My husband, Kevin McHugh of Hazel Ct. and I, Susan (Witkowski) have been out of the Beach for 21+ years now, although we do make frequent trips back to see the family still on Aster Ct. We now live in Scottsdale, AZ with our four children. Would love to hear from old friends (the Duds) or Resurrection graduates from both 1968 and 1969. Our e-mail address is Mcwit6@AOL.com
About 50 years ago there were barracks converted into veterans housing in Gerritsen Beach. My husband and two boys lived there for about two years. Many veterans with wives and young children formed a cohesive community. It was a positive experience. I often wonder what became of the friends I made there. from Sol@aol.com Solita Sheehan
The sight is great. My whole family came from the beach my dads name was John Cangley,he and his sisters and brother grew up on Eboney Ct.His sisters were Peggy and Estelle,his brother is Eddie[shorty].My Aunt Stelle Witkowski still lives in the beach.My wife was also raised in the beach,her maiden name is Jenny Milia,she lived on Fane CT.When is was younger she hungout with Patsey Kelly,Mary Tucker and Linda Saito.Also my cousins are there to the Nixons,Hoags AND Witkowski's.My Mom was born there too,her maiden name was Hazel Purkess. John & Jenny Cangley
If you want to see more pictures, help me find them. I've used up all of mine. I'd like to see more pictures of the beach and the schools too, but the grammar school (PS277) was built later than I took photos.
Great Site I lived in the beach for 18 years had my wedding reception on Kiddie Beach. My mother is the one and only 50/50 lady of Kiddy Beach Mary Melia. I visit the beach now and then but live near Syracuse Ny my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org If you remember me write I will respond. thanks Anthony Melia
I really love this website! It's not only stirred up some long forgotten memories but has put me in touch with long ago friends! I have been forwarding this website to others that I know will thoroughly enjoy it also. Thank you. Susan (Witkowski) McHugh......McWit6@aol.com
Hi again forgot to put my email address my cousin Susie (Witkowski)McHugh just reminded me.It's JGCangley@clinic.net.
Okay, an OLD friend pointed out that I gave the wrong years for both my husband and my Resurrection graduation. What can I say but my memory is failing me. That's why I love this website, it's brought back so many memories. We graduated in 1967(Susan Witkowski) and 1968(Kevin McHugh). Would love to hear from old friends at McWit6@AOL.com
I bring this up every morning before I go to work. I have passed this address on to others. I write back and forth to some new people and the same people I have always been writing to from the beach. We keep in touch with Mike D'Ambra who was very influential years ago in the beach with the young people. Kitty Shults
I think this site is great. Just moved to West Florida from Gerrittsen Beach and its great to see names I recognize. Grew up in the Beach and will always consider it home. We love to hear from any old friends out there. Michele Meservey, e-mail DJSM@ewol.com
I just wanted to sy Hi and thanks for this web site. My Bother and his wife (Kevin & Sue Mchugh) turned me on to this web site... it's great! I grew up on 16 Hazel Ct and now live in Manchester, NH. with my wife and two children. I usually get back to "the Beach" at least once or twice a year. My other brother and his wife (Robert & Linda Mchugh) still live there. Incase you haven't guessed I'm Vince (Vinny) McHugh and My Email address is VinceMch@AOL.COM
Hi Marret, This is fantastic. I must say, the day you had the most hits, Feb 9, was the day I found out about it, I E-Mailed everybody I could think of. I was born in Gerritsen Beach in 1927, and never moved away, been here my whole life. Frank & I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversay last June. We raised 11 children, most of them live here in the beach, but we have 3 daughters who live in Scottsdale, Ariz. Our daughter Sue, is so excited about this web site, she has found so many long lost friends, they are now trying to get a reunion started, Marret, you can't imagine what this has done for all of us, you are anamazing person. I mentioned that I too have many old pictures, lots of history, we were slightly confused as to what we could do with everything, since there was a book published about the Beach, and we never could afford to even come close to it, we're still trying to put our information in some sort of form, that would interest people, and maybe putting it on this web site would be our answer. Again thank you Marret, Estelle Witkowski THEWITS14@AOL.com
Dear Marret, What a wonderful website you've created. My husband and I only moved here 5-1/2 years ago, but reading through this site we certainly made a wise decision. What memories people are sharing. Gerritsen Beach was a great place to live years ago and it still is. I really like looking at all the old pictures and reading the stories. Thank you for maintaining such a great website. Lynne & Gary Halstead, 106 Beacon Court
Hi - My name is Glenn Smith. I grew up in the beach during the 1960's and 70's. My friends included Desmond Gillespie, Jim Brandow, Ronnie Barone, Carlos Marinos etc. I have many memories of those times - the cadet corps with Major Rule, scouts with Arte and Hannah Richards, and 277, class of 1972 - Jackie Donlon Joe Rochford, Kevin Cassidy et el.
I've been a National Park Ranger for 18 years, now stationed in Scranton, PA but come home regularly to visit my mom - Suzanne Smith, and my sister and her familly - Janet, Doug, and Keith Frerichs.
HI THIS SITE IS GREAT. I LIVED ON STUART & AVE X FOR 22 YEARS. I RAN THE G.B. HOCKEY LEAGUE BEHIND P.S.277 FOR 10 YEARS.MY NAME IS ANTHONY ARCAMONE LOVE TO HEAR FROM SOME PLAYERS AND OLD FRIENDS ALSO. WE HAD GREAT PARTIES AT JOE VOLPE'S HOUSE. REMEMBER!!!!!!! MY E-MAIL STUMMPYK@AOL.COM
Hi! Mike(Bucky)Heinz of the "Heinz Clan"(all 13 of us). We lived on Stuart St and went to Resurrection. Joey,Gerard,Billy and myself all went thru the Gerritsen Beach Little League and the Roller Hockey League. One Great Site! My heart went "THUMP" when I saw Susan Witkowski's name! Hi Sue! And Billy Fetter and a host of others! My email is email@example.com Please send a note!
Great site and the pictures bring back memories.My name is John Hughes and I grew up at 64 Gotham Avenue,on the canal.I have fond memories of the baseball games played both in the weeds and on the street,the basketball games at PS 277 and at the gymnasium at Resurrection Church.I still occasionally get hungry for a slice of Pizza at Victoria Pizza or some Cold cuts at the Deli on Florence and Gerritsen Avenue.When I was young,it was Olga and Ernie Deli,then it became P&E Deli,then Ferrara Bros and now I dont know the name.I do know the last 3 times I was in town to see my folks,the 1st thing my wife and I did was to stop off at Victorias for a slice of Pizza.I have been living in Southern California for the past 17 years and they do not make a satisfying slice of Pizza.My folks still live at 64 Gotham and as I understand,my mother is still active in the GBPOA.For the past 17 years I have worked as an Engineering technician in an Aerospace Company in Costa Mesa California.I currently preside with my wife in Anaheim California.My website that I can be reached at is Rev2hughes@aol.com.I love your site and will visit it frequently as well as Add a couple of memories of my own.I found out about this site from a friend and neighbor of mine named Les Sturt who I believe currently resides on Hyman Court.His web address is LSturt99@aol.com.He gave me the address of this website and I am glad that he did.I will be intouch
Hi All, I ran in to Fran & Izzy's daughter Susan out here on L.I. about 10 yrs. ago thru a mutual friend. She did not live on the beach but would go to the store everyday after school. She knew and loved the people there and who wouldn't. Graydon Ehlers lives in Holbrook as does Mickey Rocco. The Dillons,(Rocco, Howell) live in Moriches and of course Duffy and I live in Port Jefferson. Anyone wanting to say hi, may do so at FShults @aol.com Kitty (Fox) Shults
Hi This Is John Hughes Website Rev2Hughes@aol.com I just wanted to comment that not only is this a great site but the sites you link to are also great.Under the heading,Another Gerritsen Beach Site,I read a story about Dr John Elefterakis and the legacy that he left in Gerritsen Beach.Dr John, I can proudly say, was a friend of mine.In both baseball and basketball,John was both a teammate and and an opponent,depending on the year and the situation.In every phase of life,John not only exceled but in the process,made everyone around him better.I played Baseball with John at the Gerritsen Beach Little league,Played against him in the Gerritsen Beach Pony League and played with him during all the years of basketball at Resurrection.He was a perfectionist in the positive sense of the word and amazing enough,a super individual.You coundnt meet a nicer guy.His Charisma just drew people to him.In 1995 I met with him at his office where the Old Chimes Restaurant used to be.I didnt realize that at that time,it would be the last time I would see him alive.There are times I cant believe hes gone but I also know what he meant to Gerritsen Beach and the community.There is no way someone like John can be replaced.My condolences go out to the whole Elefterakis family.I would also like to mention that I remember also playing with and against his brother Greg and the cousins of the Elefterakis family,The Platis's. I believe both families still live on Stuart Street.When I think back,To typephrase a Bruce Springsteen song,they were Glory Days.
hi! love reading all the comments about the beach our family owned the house at 18 dare ct. from theearley fortys until i sold it in the sixtys. when my parents mickey and rosemary orlando moved to pa. our neighbors were the burns and across the street were the robertsons. my cousins anthony orlando's picture was in whitneys candystore. my e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. our names are rosalie and john venezia nee(orlando) we went to many affaires at the court club and the chimes was my parents hangout. would love to hear from anyone who remember.
We have realy enjoyed the site.We hope to hear from some friends. It has been almost 35 years since we left. Helen
We have realy enjoyed the site.We hope to hear from some friends. It has been almost 35 years since we left. Helen
I couldn't believe my eyes when I came across this site. I think it's great!!! I grew up on Merit Ct. in Gerritsen Beach and presently live on Florence Ave. (Kehoe's house). I know I know alot of you out there and you probably know me or my family, also. Hope to hear from you soon! Patricia Steen, E-mail: YO1964PMS@aol.com
Hi! What a great idea! I'm only afraid too many people will find out about one of the most wonderful places in the world! "the Beach", of course, is how everyone on my family referred to Gerritsen Beach. "OK, we'll to to the beach" was how a visit to my uncle, Tony Orlando was planned. Then, as it ended up I lived there three different times, after moving away...just had to go back, and back. Tony Orlando, and then,after Tony died, My Father and Mother,.Mickey and Rosemary Orlando lived at 18 Dare Court..my father, mother and sister and I lived at 15 Dare Court in the late 30's for a little while, too...much more to come with all the great memories of the beach, the Graham, the Chimes (later) and Resurection....does anyone remember Tony Orlando? he was famous for his "farm" in the back yard of 18 Dare Ct....how about the "park end" grocery...and I did see some one mention Mom Whitman's had to sneak my first Pepsi there, in the late 30s...I wasn't 'allowed" to have it for a reason I can't remember..if you recall, the sodas were kept in a box full of ice cold water...how about the party boat, "Rebel" docked at the end of Dare Ct? the owners of the boat, whose name I can't remember, lived in a houseboat right there next to the "Rebel's" dock....lots more to come from me...especially if someone remembers the name...great idea!!!!thank you... Ray Orlando '
forgot to show my e-mail address, Ray Orlando: email@example.com Please write...someone said on the website (yours) that memories were good medicine...right on!!!!!