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September 11, 2011

September 11th, a Decade Past

Filed under: Events,Historic Long Island,New York City by Bill @ 11:52 am

I haven’t thought much about the disaster that struck New York City 10 years ago. Not that I’ve forgotten, I never will, but there is enough pain and discomfort associated with those memories to make one want to avoid them. I can’t even watch the footage that they’ve been playing way too often on television this past week.

Everyone who lives on Long Island either lost someone or knows someone who lost someone on that day. September 11th is as much a Long Island tragedy as it is a New York City tragedy and a national tragedy.

Just a short note then to acknowledge and remember the victims and their families, the police, firemen, and all other rescuers and volunteers on the scene that day and the days and weeks after. You will not be forgotten and you have the gratitude of everyone in this great country.

The American Flag

June 20, 2011

Memorial Day 2011

Filed under: Historic Long Island by Bill @ 6:17 am

This Memorial Day we decided to visit Sagamore Hill, the home of Teddy Roosevelt. The short road trip took us through the picturesque town of Oyster Bay where we found a couple of nice places to eat and a beach with scenic views.

The highlight of the day however, was folding the huge American flag at Teddy Roosevelt’s home. We were there for the last tour of the day and our timing couldn’t have been better: it was time to take the flag down and we were offered the chance to help.

What a great experience it was holding that flag. At Roosevelt’s house. on Memorial Day.

The beautiful Oyster Bay Harbor

The oyster sloop Christeen is a National Historic Landmark

We stopped at Bonanza's for hot dogs. They've been here for over 100 years.

Sagamore Hill. Roosevelt built this house when he was only 25.

Bacon cheeseburger at Canterbury's


Sagamore Hill is now on their summer schedule–open 7 days a week. If want to tour the house now is the time to do it because the house will be closed for 2 years for renovations.

May 3, 2009

Huntington Memories Documentary

Filed under: Historic Long Island by Bill @ 3:38 pm

WLIW21 needs your Huntington memories for a new documentary

In the tradition of WLIW21’s award-winning New York the Way it Was series, WLIW21 is getting ready to explore the story of one of Long Island’s most interesting communities – Huntington.

Following the tremendous success of New York War Stories, which featured viewer-contributed videos and letters, WLIW21’s production team turns to viewers like you once again for stories, photos and home movies of family celebrations, sporting events, carnivals, parades and other Huntington activities.

If you lived in Huntington Village, Cold Spring Harbor, Huntington Station, Northport, Greenlawn, Dix Hills and Lloyd Neck between 1950 and 1990, please share with us your memories of the places and people that will always remind you of your hometown, Huntington.

Our cameras can capture Huntington today; we need your help to tell the story of yesterday.

Send your photos or movies (any format) to:

Stephanie Marsh
P.O. Box 21
Plainview, NY 11803

Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you want your submission returned.

All photo submissions will also be considered for the film’s DVD cover.

Email your stories of life in Huntington as you knew it to

Call 516.367.2100 x8461 with any questions.

September 4, 2007

Local American Legion Post Needs Help

Filed under: Historic Long Island by Bill @ 3:29 pm

Founded in 1919, the American Legion is an organization of wartime veterans that works to preserve the rights and interests of all U.S. veterans while at the same time serving America through community service activities.

The local posts, over 50 on Long Island, serve their communities directly with fundraising and volunteer work, and are the social centers of many veterans lives.

In short, these local posts are important not only to the people directly involved but to their surrounding communities as well.

Here’s a letter I received from Robert DeVito, commander of the Griswold – Terry – Glover post in Southold. Commander DeVito is in the midst of a fundraising campaign with a slight twist. After serving Southold for more than 60 years, this time, it’s the post that needs help.

Increased costs of operation, much needed building repairs, and competition from other catering facilities has placed this post under severe financial pressure.

Commander DeVito is doing his best to turn things around, and I can’t help but feel that these guys deserve a little support.



Southold, New York

From the Desk of the Commander;

As your Commander, I have to present you with some distressing news. Our G- T-G Post 803 is under a severe financial strain. Our expenses are rapidly exceeding our income. Some reasons for this are competition for our bingo players from other large gambling casinos. Another reason is that our Post caterers and our Hall are experiencing competition from local wineries that cater other parties and events.

We are all aware of the expenses for living these days. Some of our members are not aware of the financial burden of our Post. In the year 2005, the cost to operate our Post was approximately $60,000.00. The insurance and utilities alone represented almost half of that amount. The cost to maintain our Post, that is, the interior and exterior of our building is included in the above total amount. Some of the weekly and monthly expenses include carting trash, lawn maintenance and insect control, once monthly. General maintenance within the building requires a cleaning lady. Since the cost of these services continues to increase, we are finding it more difficult to cover these expenses.

There are members of the Post, the Ladies Auxiliary, along with members of the Son’s of the Legion who are working hard in order to keep our Post. There are certain items such as shingle repair, gutter replacement, wood rot, and painting that need to be done on the exterior of the building. There are also interior upgrades of the building that need to be addressed. These current conditions must be repaired otherwise the building will fall apart on us. We are in dire need of monetary donations in order to meet our many expenses.

Some of you may be asking how your annual membership dues are utilized. Three quarters of your membership dues are allotted to the state and county legion organizations. This leaves about ten dollars for our local Post 803. We have no control over these disbursements! I am sure this gives you a good picture as to where we stand financially.

I am attempting to address this financial shortfall by implementing a pledge drive. A donation of $100.00 or more, or whatever you can afford, from each member, would help keep this Post on the road to financial stability. Many of us have enjoyed the legion parades, functions and gatherings in our town. Let us enjoy many more good times at our Post! Please help to do your part to save our G- T -G Post 803. Can I count on you to take part in this pledge?

Please make checks payable to American Legion Post 803 General Fund.

Thanking you in advance,

Commander, G-T-G Post 803.

Mail all contributions to:

Griswold – Terry – Glover Post, No. 803
P.O. Box 591
Southold, NY 11971

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