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Over 60 . . . And Getting Younger: January 16, 2014

The Dry Goods Store

The store was the most important member of the Greenberg Family. The store was on 174th Street in the East Bronx (now called the South Bronx). It was situated between between Bryant Avenue and Vyse Avenue.

The goods sold in the store were ladies cotton house dresses selling for $5 to $8. Today, ladies no longer wear these dresses. Also in stock was a whole wall of ladies nylon stockings. The stockings were sold in pairs, but not attached for both legs, not panty hose.

During World War II, nylon stockings were a very precious item. After all, nylon was being used in parachutes and other necessary war items. My father had no patience for his Bronx clientele. After a lady would say “no” too many times, my dad would yell “Out, out, get out of my store.”

As the bedraggled customer was heading for the door, my mother would step in and say, “Never mind him. What do you want?”  My mother was irresistible. She would sell to the customer on the way out. The customer was pleased, and everyone was satisfied.

My sister and I rarely entered the store. My father was too difficult to work for. He really was never at ease on the floor of the store. To my mother, selling merchandise off the shelves was her greatest pleasure next to her two lovely children, my sister and I.

Eventually when my father became ill with stomach cancer, they sold the store, and moved to Pelham Parkway, (a lush neighborhood in the Bronx).

I remember the day the store was sold. A buyer came into the store looked at the shelves stocked full of merchandise. He made a low bid. The buyer and my parents were standing next to the National Cash Register, as my mother accepted the bid. She was depressed at the time because of my father’s physical weakness and she had lost much of her vitality.

As my mother said “yes,” a customer handed my mother a pair of anklets to purchase. My mom put them in a paper bag and took the 50 cents for the purchase. She was about to put the money in the register, when the new store owner put out his hand and took the 50 cents saying, “That is my money now.”

That ended 40 years of the Dry Goods business at 174th Street in the Bronx.

News

Eight students from Jericho High School, the largest number of students from any school on Long Island this year, are among the 300 semifinalists picked from 1,800 entrants nationally and overseas in the annual Intel Science Talent Search.

Brookville’s Green Vale School students were featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Sport Rocketry, the official journal of the National Association of Rocketry.

The seventh-grade students competed nationally at the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) last May in Virginia and were the youngest rocket scientists competing. They were also the only team from Long Island that qualified to enter the competition and one of only two teams from New York State.


Sports

The Syosset Braves 11-year-old football team recently won the Superbowl Championship Game against the Rosedale Jets with a final score of 13 to 0.

The Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho 5-Kilometer Run started and finished at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage on Dec. 21. The top local finisher was Tim Mahony of Syosset, who scored in 11th place overall and third in the 15 to 19 age group.

Other locals winning awards in this year’s Ho Ho Ho Run were Gina Ferraro of Syosset (2nd woman, 35-39 age group), Patty Santella of Syosset (3rd woman, 45-49 age group), Kim Solomine of Syosset (2nd woman, 55-59 age group).


Calendar

Jericho Wheelchair Basketball

January 17

Reality Check on America’s Economy, Health Care & Budget

January 17

Open Forum: Now What Do I Say?

January 21



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com