Category Archives: History

The Zen of Sewing

We can never know about the days to come, but we think about them anyway…. I come from a long tradition of sewing. My grandmother was a talented seamstress, starting when she was very young, designing and constructing ensembles that … Continue reading

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Sail On, Sailor

John Thomas Laughlin, 60-year resident of Williston Park, NY, died on March 3, 2013, in Hospice at the Tuttle Center. John was born on December 2, 1925, to James Loughlin and the former Mary Mulligan, both relatively recent immigrants from … Continue reading

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Use Other Door

As a kid in the early sixties, I was fascinated with places that seemed exotic (still am!), and alternate entrances to local businesses were high on that list. Because my mother, who usually accompanied us on downtown shopping excursions, always … Continue reading

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Provenance of Willy Park Ambiguous

Hmmm…. Not only is the derivation of Willy Park uncertain, but there doesn’t seem to be agreement on just how it should be spelled. Witness the Willie Park Cleaners, on Willis Ave, and then Willy Parkers American Bar and Grill … Continue reading

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Origins of my Origin

 An acquaintance is making some pilgrimages to the town we both grew up in, and emailed my brother and me to see if we wanted him to take pictures of anything in particular. We did a little reminiscing back and … Continue reading

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