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WebNews #26; St. Patrick's Day Edition; Saturday March 17, 2007


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Happy Saint Patrick's Day:"Saint Patrick's Day (March 17th), is an Irish holiday honoring Saint Patrick, the missionary credited with converting the Irish to Christianity (in the A.D. 400's). In America, Saint Patrick's Day is a time to wear green and party. The first American celebration of Saint Patrick's Day was in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1737." (More....)

House Kids: 41 more names added to "House Kids List": Many thanks to Art & Gloria Kingsley (26 names) and Ricardo Marquez (14 names). Ricardo just found our alumni website and sent us the 14 names. Raymond Petrosky (a.k.a. Raymond Wakeley) also found our website.

Here are the 41 names: Eugene (Swamp) Sostre (1971-1980), brother Edwin Sostre, Jorge L. Almeida Sr., Eddie Almeida (1942-1950), John Coveney, John Hom, James P. McCann, James T. McCourt, Joseph P. McGrath, Juan Thomas Mercado, Richard O'Connor, Joseph Scheaffer, (3 Altomare brothers) Albert, John and Mario, James Di Tullio, (3 Gibbons brothers) George, John and Nicholas, Thomas Gibney, Charles Gorbea, Richard Lundgren, Cornelius F. Sullivan, Paul J. Wellington (brother of Steve Wellington), Henry Soto, Jose Garcia, Terry Pacheco, Bernard Gerald, Jesus Fontanez, Eddie Morales, Felix Mendez, Freddy Justiano, Nicholas Justiano, George Shoby, Eugene Munn, Tommy Martin, Miguel Collazo, Angel Rodriguez, Angel Garcia and Raymond Petrosky (a.k.a. Raymond Wakeley - birthname, DOB 12/06/1960).

NewsAlert: Must Read - Great eMail Information 03/17/07 Important information about Replying to and Forwarding E-mails

Letters: From: Mercedes Feliciano (Daughter of "House Kid" David T. Feliciano), Sent: Friday, January 26, 2007 1:00 PM

Hey Everyone,
Here is a good site that kids and adults can play to learn basic financial terms and finance concepts... It is a theme park of 5 games...
The real reason I am sending this is because I was a main designer of the site ... check it out.
Click on the link below, then click on games to enter the theme park...

Letters: From: Joseph R. Stanaitis: To: Gary Stern; Sent: Fri 3/9/2007; Subject: Exhibit examines Rockland's Catholic heritage

As a 70 year old alumnus of St.Agnes School in Sparkill, I wonder why all those orphanages for so many years starting in the late 1800s up thru the present century that were in Rockland County were not mentioned for the contributions those religious Sisters, Priests and children made to the Catholic and secular prosperity of the county.

I am referring to St.Dominic in Blauvelt, Dominican Sisters, St.Agnes in Sparkill, the Sparkill Dominicans and the Sisters of Charity at St.Agathas in Nanuet.

the exhibit is not complete without their contributions.why were they not included?

From: Gary Stern, To: Joseph R. Stanaitis; Sent: Saturday, March 10, 2007; Subject: RE: Exhibit examines Rockland's Catholic heritage

Dear Mr. Stanaitis,

There is plenty in the exhibit about the sisters' communities. I could only touch on a few things in my article. But keep in mind, the curator could only work with what was available. She told me that some parishes and communities had few artifacts to share.

But I would suggest that you go see the exhibit. It is very well done.

All the best,

The exhibit: What: "Rockland's Catholic Heritage: The Bicentennial of the Archdiocese of New York" When: Opening reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Exhibit will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through June 17, 2007. Where: Historical Society of Rockland County, 20 Zukor Road, New City Information: 845-634-9629.

Letters: From: Bernard S. Neville: To: David T. Feliciano; Sent: Monday, February 19, 2007; Subject: Hi David, read story of Ed Kelly.....

hi david, read story of ed kelly...... i knew his brother, thomas kelly, he was in our group, and he worked during the summer , for a time, at the tallman mtn pool in the concession stand. tom was in one of the short stories i wrote that was published in the rockland journal. that was there long walk from nyack , after the bus line canceled service, and we had to walk back to the house in a blinding snow storm... i do not know if the stories are still up there on the web...but if they are, ed can read the one about this brother and i , and our walk back to the house...... i can say that story was dedicated to him... joe rosen, before he passed on, said that tom had passed on from cancer..... the last time i saw tom was the time when coach came to new york , and we met him at the America legion post in sparkill, there were a great number of houses kids there.... it was also the last time that i ever saw coach.... rest in peace....

Please advise if the short stories are still there and the e-mail address of ed kelly... this way he will appreciate the story.... tom worked in a diner just outside the factory in peirmont.. i know he went into the usaf, and then obtained a job with the uspo.... joe rosen told me he was upset with tom when he quit the uspo, if he ever followed through with it or not, i do not know..... tom had a great sense of humor... we all use to meet at the candy store on main street, about two blocks long..... i returned in 1999.. and the candy store and the bldg was just a huge hole in the ground. did not have much time to find out what happened... i did meet tarry and joe at the candy store around the corner, the only one left in sparkill..... it was just below what use to be the police station, that was upstairs...... always wondered what happened to emil and the candy store, the building, lucille, who worked behind the counter, jerry dell, and her sister maud dell,... went to there house for a house dance with some of the other houses kids.... jimmy dunn, walter hayward, etc...... there parents were friendly to us house's kids.......

take care,

Letters: Form Eugene Sostre: To: David T. Feliciano; Sent: Monday, February 12, 2007, Subject: Saint Agnes Alumni 71-80

Hi David,

.....We have a few things in common. we both like to run....i completed two nyc marathons 1984, 1990.... congratulations on your 18 marathons... wow... i just started running again.. since 1990.. blood pressure high, had to lose weight.. i lost thirty pounds since feb, 2006... i will be running in snow flake run at central park sat, feb. 24, saturday.

i will be mailing you a 1975 saint agnes year book and a photo of saint agnes ... at your cambria heights address ... if you have specific questions ..... please feel free to call at (phone number omitted) .. between 9-10 p.m......

just recently i attended a funeral for the group home parent "counselor" kris thistleton feb. 4, 2007, at montclair, nj.

i told some old friends about your saint agnes alumni website.. they were.. suprised.... i hope they contact you.

back in the 70's we use to call ourselves or out side people would referred to us as home kids ....because of the name of saint agnes home and school for children... sorry i gave wrong impression.... of home boys.

i will mail information around second week of march.... maybe you could enter section dedicated in web site for boys who attended saint agnes in the 70's.

o.k. web master...peace out and god bless...i'd really enjoyed viewing web the future i would like to submit my biography to web site ...please let me know what i have to do..... look forward meeting you at reunion... or at race.....

Eugene Sostre
saint agnes 71-80.

Letters: From: Richardo Marquez; To: Joseph R. Stanaitis; Sent: Sunday, February 25, 2007; Subject: New Questbook Entry

Hi. Do you know Peter Rivera, Henry Soto, Jose Garcia, Terry Pacheco, Bernard Gerald, Kevin Pryor and so many more....some of the guys they played on the football team the last year that they were there, terry Pacheco was the quaterback.....Bernard Gerald guard/tackel, Peter Rivera played tight end and I palyed guard/tackel (Ricard Marquez).....its hard to remember so way back its been so long. Its been over 40 years and I finally decide to see what was left of St. Agnes. It was sad to find out that the school closed down and so little was left to see. I just don't know why they didn't save some of the buildings, it holds so many memores too so many of us. I have a few pictures of the school. and I'll post it up on the web site. Or I'll email it to you. maybe you'll remember some of the guys. Well it was great to hear from you. I will keep in touch. Will keep St. Agnes living in all of us.

Ricardo Marquez
From: Joseph R. Stanaitis; To: Daniel J. Rodriguez; Sent: Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007; CC: Ricardo Marquez; Subject: New Questbook Entry

Ricardo, i'll forward this to danny rodriguez. i was there from 46-55. i'm one of the older guys. danny may know some of the fellows you were with. look forward to you coming tothe picnic in piermont in august..there's always a bunch of you younger guys there..
From: Daniel J. Rodriguez; To: Ricardo Marquez; CC: Joseph R. Stanaitis; Sent: Monday, Feb. 26, 2007; Subject: New Questbook Entry

Hello Ricardo Marquez:
I am really glad that you were able to connect. I have been in touch with Joe Stanaitis for about 5 years now mostly by email. Its been a great thing for me to be in touch with him, Jerry Merna, Mr. Antonnaci and the webmaster David Feliciano.

My two brothers and I were at St Agnes from 1969 to 1972. I do remember Kevin Pryor. He was sort of a legend to me because he could hit a spaldeen from the black top to over the Dorm, and he knew so much about turtles. The last time I saw Kevin was around ~1998 or so at the St. Agnes Alumni Association 50th Anniversary Event.

I come from a family of 10 siblings two of my brothers were with me at St Agnes: Reynaldo Rodriguez and Robert Rodriguez. Ray lives in the Bronx and Robert lives on Long Island. When I was at St Agnes I was in Rosary group and in St Dominick group. Mr O' Leary was the counselor of St Dominicks group when I was there. Mr. Hennion was the person in charge of the gym.

Some of the guys that I remember from St Agnes and I would like to see are: Victor and Jesus Fontanez, Eddie Morales, Felix Mendez, Freddy Justiano, Nicholas Justiano, George Shoby, Eugene Munn, Tommy Martin, and Miguel Collazo. One of the guysAngel Rodriguez became my God Father when I got baptized. I have not seen any of these guys since about 1974; 2 years after I had left St Agnes. I lived in the Bronx once I left.

Some of the teachers and counselors I remember: Wayne Cozart, Ms. Helen, Sister Ann Margaret, Sister Suso, Sister Dennis Michael, Ms Ciderella, Mr. Ellis.

I met Angel Garcia, who lives, in Piermont near St. Agnes at the last Picnic this past August. I have his email address. I got a cold call from a Ricky Morales, who lives in California, I have his telephone number. He was in St Agnes during our time frame but I did not know him.

Well I see that you live in Bayonne. My kids and I take music lessons at Pierro's Music on 45th street and Broadway. I live in Jersey City.

Daniel Rodriguez, PE
Dam Safety Program Manager
North Atlantic Divsion

Letters: From: Raymond Petrosky: Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2007; Subject: I think I'm alumnus

After searching long for where I came from, I have found your website. I've been reading the name lists, and have a question.

How do I post my name on the list, and do you verify the information. Even though I was told I lived at St Agatha's, when I went back this past fall, I really remembered nothing. I believe I lived there some time between 1960 and 1966.

Thank you for your time.

Raymond Petrosky (Wakeley - birthname, DOB 12/06/1960)

Three New GuestBook Entries:
Hi, I was resident at Saint Agnes 1971-1980... 1975-1980 I lived at Nanuet Group Home...gratuated from Nanuet High school.. Please send informaton about, next reunion... for years I thought about my friends there.. what ever happen to them... I was really suprised when I saw your website... I'M 45 years old....I was nine years old when I lived there.. IT SCARY .. for me but I got use to it.. It made me a better person .. I WAS ABLE TO GO TO college at syracuse Health science center... and graduated in 1986 .. my DEGREE is in cytotechnology..... at look for and detect cancer cells for a living... I employed at NEW YORK PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL... I have a wife, two children and house..... pretty good for a HOME KID..... I know if would have stayed in the projects in spanish Harlem .. I WOULD have been JAILED or DEAD ... ONE OF MY BROTHERS HAD DIED AND ONE WAS JAILED.... I aways felt deep down in my heart saint agnes was the best thing for me... as a child... no regrets.. May GOD BLESS ALL FELLOW SAINT AGNES ALUMNI!!!!
Eugene Sostre, Washingtonville, NY - Monday, January 29, 2007

This is a great website. Brings back memories. Thank you
Edward Kelly Belen, NM USA - Sunday, February 11, 2007

Anyone from St. Agnes school from 1963 thru 1973-74
Ricardo Marquez, Bayonne, NJ USA - Saturday, February 24, 2007

Gaspar Cipolla Ricardo C. Colon Harry Connors
Caesar Feliciano Carlos Feliciano David T. Feliciano Pastor (Pat) Feliciano Peter (Pedro) Feliciano
Stephen J. Fromholz, Sr. Louis A. Lopez George Charles Merna Gerald F. Merna Thomes G. Merna
Robert F. Pulliza Frank Jacob Rosenstine Joseph R. Stanaitis Joseph (Joe) Wiska

Raymond (Ramon) Adames John J. Antonacci Joseph Antonacci Dennis Bailey Lorenzo Calderon
Robert Coyle William Doherty Benjamin Feliciano Bob Keane James Lawson
James Merna Richard Merna Robert Merna John (Sammy) Tolins

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“Home Kids: The Story of St. Agatha Home for Children,” By Nancy Canfield: "Book Recounts Author's Life in Orphanage:"
By Pat Sherman UNION-TRIBUNE COMMUNITY NEWS WRITER, March 10, 2006. "Nancy Canfield knows how a single, immutable event can forever alter a child's life. In her recently published book, “Home Kids: The Story of St. Agatha Home for Children,” Canfield recounts the years she and four siblings spent at a Catholic orphanage in New York."  (More....)

'Home Kids' By Nancy Canfield: The story of St. Agatha Home for Children:
"We're going to take you kids,"
he pointed to each of us sitting on the couch and said our names in a sing-song voice "Jackie... Tommy... Hellen... David and Nancy," pausing between each name as if to prove he knew them, "to see a school tomorrow, a boarding school, see how you like it." He said this in a voice that implied it was temporary, like we'd have a choice about attending. With those words the Canfield siblings began a journey that profoundly shaped their formative years. Home Kids is Nancy Canfield's courageous retelling of her family's dramatic story and the inspirational story of St. Agatha Home for Children.  (More....)

Letters: 'Home Kids' By Nancy Canfield: The Story of St. Agatha Home for Children: Sent: 01/19/2006
Photos: St. Agatha Home Keepsake Photograph.

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