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Hi Alyce:

I remember Mr and Mrs Hooven very well. They were great people. Mrs Kolas was so nice. Our neighborhood group consisted of Warren Gross, Jamie Connors, Jimmy John Hooven, Ken Hesselpoth, Jimmy Kelly, Alan Kolas and sometimes his cousin Paul. I actually have photos of the crowd sitting on a wall on Glendale Street across the street fromthe Gordon's house. The gals that we sometimes hug out with were Rita and Claire Fox, Barb Deabler, Jeanie Morton, Helen Quinn. We were the crazy kids playing Bells Out and Spooks in the driveway. Syick ball did nt work so well as we usually "roofed" the ball within minutes of starting the game. I left Philly in 1984. I was married that year as well. I've lived in several places due to job transfers and promotions but I love Missouri. I fly a lot for my job. My wife and I were stranded during 911. We were in Yellowstone on that fateful day. Air Travel was curtailed for several days. I still rememner flyingback into St Louis on one of the limited flights. The planes wer parked at the gates and nobody else was on the parking shuttle. I still remember my mom sending me to CR Caterers for luncheon meat. Blasee's Bakery on Markland Street was excellent. I still remember Renells above the PennFruit. I have such good memories of the old neighborhood. I attended LaSalle. You mentioned Millersville. Did you know Dr Karvellas's daughter, Christine? She went to Millersville. Dr Karvellas was a podiatrist, who had an office on Lycoming Street between Dugan and "L" Streets.


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Bill
Don't know about Teresa as well as her siblings.Saw Kathy back in the early 80's.heard she is living in CONNECTICUT.i remember jeanmarie Hooven -Smith telling me that.
I tried looking them up on Google and found nothing.When I talk to jean I will ask her.
When did you move?I moved in 1979 and made three visits to philly. Haven't flown since 911.Everyone is now gone on the block.Alans mom and then Mr.Hooven.
For the past 35 years I would call Mr.Hooven once a year.it was always nice talking to him.
I will always remember both he and mrs.hooven.


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I'm not sure why they called Herbie's, Greenie's, but we called it Herbie's as well. The store on the corner of Glendale and Luzerne was Sam's Deli. Sam passed away and his son Jerry took over. It is now a Deli operated by a Korean family.

My nickname was "Alfie" as in What's it all about Alfie? Not sure why the big kids gave me that nickname but it stuck.

I'm not sure what happened to the Gordon's house. I was in the same grade as Theresa at Holy Innocents. Do you know how she is doing?

Your parents are in their 90's - wow! I lost both of mine. My Grandmother actually passed this week at the age of 97. I just returned to Missouri from Philly after attending the funeral.

Californa sounds great and I am glad that you are doing well.


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Hi margie
I am trying to picture you.Who were your neighbors Your house wasn't far from mine.Did you live next to the bowman's? I haven't seen pat bowman since I moved out to California.I had to be in elementary school when we played in the ally.i remember playing red light green light.i hated that game.Always got kicked out.
How about tag.Hated that too.
Remember the Mr.Softy truck? Yum
What about snow cones at herbies.is that the right name? And of course slushi with vanilla ice cream from the store on luzerne and glendale ( forgot the name) Was it called radio ball? I kinda have that stuck in my mind.


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Yahoo!Good hearing from both of you.Alan is living down south somewhere.I still correspond with his sister to check up on his mom.They were our neighbors for over thirty years.She now lives in jersey.Its hard to believe our parents are ninety years old.
Herbie what a character.He was a nice guy and trusted all his customers who had a standing bill.Yes we were one of those who charged it (we had a page in a composition book).Hard to believe it but we did and dad would always go later on and pay the bill.what happened to him?
Who was greenie? Who were the boys who worked behind the counter? I remember his wife.
What happened to the Gordons house?
Richard is doing well.Graduated from Rutgers Law School.As for me have been teaching in the same district for 35 years and no I am not ready to retire.


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Sorry for the typos - My typing is horrendous - I'll just blame the keyboard.

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Hi Alyce:

I remember your brother Richie and yourself. I hung out with Ken Hesselpoth. Richie would play basketball with the "Big Kids" over at Hoppo. I used to take the grocry orders (by bike - no gears) for John Sturm's butcher shop at Lycoming and Glendale. Herbie the pharmacist. at Greenies used to give my perscriptions to take along with the grocery orders. My how times have changed. Alan Kolas lived on our block and he was also part of our little kid croud back them. Bottle caps, stickball, halfball, wireball, stepball, wallball - I remember it all. Went to LaSalle H.S> and LaSalle college.


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Alyce - I remember you, you had a brother. I lived at 4027 Glendale Street and we use to play all sort of games in our driveway between M St. and Glendale St. I use to love to play bottle caps. We all played together really nice. I now live in Las Vegas, NV.

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Ahh!Me too however I graduated in 1968.Then Harding and then Frankford.Remember Mr.Clayton.
How about Mr.Gallager? After high school I went to PCC and then Millersville.
I can remember so many people and often wonder what happened to them.
This site is awesome!!!! Juniata Park will always be remembered!How many of you played bottle caps in the street.Traffic never a question.Rarely cars drove up Glendale.Better yet, How many of you went sledding down Bills Hill? The names we gave to places.Ha!


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I graduated from Hopo in 1973

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