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Franks Column

Columbus Faced Brown Street

10-12-2020 By Lodge Member Frank Mentone When I was young, I used to ask my father when we could partake in a particular activity that I knew he wasn’t interested in. His answer was always the same. “When Columbus throws the ball down Brown Street,” he would bark. To those who grew up in that neighborhood, that was a standard reply from many fathers. The statue of Christopher Columbus was erected in 1892 in the Wooster Street green. The large monument of Columbus holding the globe, faced Brown Street. That… Continue Reading…

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Halloween has some special memories of my youth.

Halloween has some special memories of my youth.  As a youngster, “store bought” costumes were always what the other kids wore. My mother always made something out of what was hanging around the house. An old set of long Johns, a cardboard box, kitchen pots and pans and my sister’s skirts were some of her creative supplies. I remember wearing my sister’s school uniform skirt one year and getting a slap because I told her if I could borrow her face as well, it would be a super scary costume.… Continue Reading…

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