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RICHIE BURRIESCI FRIENDS AND THE LINCOLN STUDIO ASSOCIATES
Miss Mildred Hoglin almost fifty years after Rich Burriesci and Bob Marchand had her at St. Sebastian's School in Woodside NYin the 5th Grade (1964-1965)
MS. MILDRED HOGLIN IN 2009 AT AGE 72
THE BURRIESCI – RINALDO FAMILY TREE 1870 - 2009











COLOGERO BURRIESCI m CRUCIFISSA LOMONTE                                                                          NICOLO RINALDO m FRANCESCA ALESSI  (May 3, 1903) Brooklyn NY
(1870 - 1959)                          (1875 - 1961)                                                                                             (1883 - 1959)               (1890 - 1960)
In the village of Mezzojuso, Provincia di Palermo, SICILY                                                                       In the village of Sambucca, Agrigento, SICILY                             










  DONALD (born DOMONIC)THOMAS BURRIESCI (1919 – 2000) m SYLVIA ANN RINALDO (BURRIESCI) (1924 – 1987)  Married April 8,1945 @ St. Sebastian’s R.C. Church in Woodside, NY where she was baptized as well as their five children    
begat DONALD CARL BURRIESCI (July 30, 1946) begat ROBERT NICOLAS BURRIESCI (November 9, 1947 – February 23, 1949) begat JOHN FRANCIS BURRIESCI (March 16, 1949) m/d (Elsa Lopez) begat Angela and Dean begat RICHARD CHRISTOPHER BURRIESCI (September 24, 1954) *begat VIVIAN MARY LOUISE (BRENNAN) (March 22, 1957) m (John Joseph Brennan, Jr.) begat Marin, John and William                     


RICHARD CHRISTOPHER BURRIESCI (1954) m HOPE MARIE MAKER (BURRIESCI) (1953) Married in Richmond, Virginia 1975 and Divorced 1992     
begat MELANIE LISA BURRIESCI (October 16, 1975) in Richmond, Virginia begat DAWN APRIL BURRIESCI (June 22, 1979) in Syosset, Long Island, New York begat JOYA GRACE BURRIESCI (September 17,1982) in Richmond, Virginia who begot EMMA GRACE VEST (May 14, 2009)


THE FIRST COUSINS OF THE CHILDREN OF DONALD & SYLVIA BURRIESCI ARE: Peter (1920 - 2003), Carlo (1923 - 2001), Frances Amendola (1924 - 1996), Joseph (1928), Crucy (1937) 
are the children of Mary and Thomas Trentacoste (who came to America 1920). + Carlo and Frances are the children of Tom and Frances Burriesci + Christine and Connie are the children of Peter and Tessie Burriesci +Tincaro “Tiny” and Nicholas Burriesci are the children of Tony and Lena Burriesci

Frances, Celia (Goodwin) and John Rinaldo are the children of Jack and Pamilla Rinaldo + Theresa (Rosati) is the daughter of Mary Pisciotta and step-daughter of Joe Pisciotta/ Tessie m Frank Rosati  +  Nicholas “Sonny” Rinaldo, Carol, Ralph and Janet are the children of Dan and Muriel Rinaldo + Susan and Thomas Rinaldo are the children of Gaspar (Joe) and Frances Rinaldo + Margaret, Michael and Frances are the children of Josephine and Nicholas Stella + Angelo and Nicholas Carione are the children of Vito "Willie" and Virginia “Tudy” Carione






























make your own family tree
The example of a branch of the BURRIESCI - RINALDO family tree shows five generations. The source is Richard Christopher Burriesci who became a grandfather. From the source commence with the names of all four grandparents to include the maiden names of the grandmothers. In this particular case there are a total number of 66 names.
MEZZOJUSO, PALERMO, SICILIA
HOME OF THE  BURRIESCI, TRENTACOSTE AND LOMONTE FAMILIES
AGRIGENTO, SICILIA
HOME OF THE RINALDO AND ALESSI FAMILIES
 HESTER STREET & MULLBERRY STREET RESPECTIVELY CIRCA 1910
COLOGERO (CARLO) & CRUCIFISSA (CRUCY) BURRIESCI EVENTUALLY SETTLED HERE IN NEW YORK'S LITTLE ITALY AT THE TIME OF THIS PICTURE IN 1910
NICOLO (NICK) & FRANCESCA (FRANCES) RINALDO EMMIGRATED FROM SICILY DIRECTLY TO BROOKLYN, NEW YORK IN 1903
St. Sebastian's School 
  Woodside, Queens,  Long Island, NY
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A toast to the Lights of Brooklyn and the men and women of ST. FRANCIS PREP in Fresh Meadows, New York as they celebrate 150 years as a Christian institution devoted to superior education, athletic excellence and producing outstanding American male and female citizens!(the words below were written by Richard C. Burriesci, Class of 1972 and are sung to the tune of "On For Old St. Francis")
Hail the Lights of Brooklyn .. Men of Saint Francis Prep!The days of us in Brooklyn, we will not forget.We were proud to wear the colors red and blue...And to ole Saint Francis Prep we will be true! We had no field of our own, no track or tennis nor tennis courtsYet, the Lights of Brooklyn excelled in all sports!Hail to Franciscan Brothers and the teachers tooAnd to ole St. Francis Prep we will be true. Now, they're in Fresh Meadows the Brooklyn days are gone ...Now, there's men and women ...but the spirit still goes on!We are proud to wear the colors red and blue...And to ole Saint Francis Prep we will be true!
VIEW FROM SFP. I RAN THIS BRIDGE 2X DAILY THE WILLIAMSBURG BRIDGE IN GREENPOINT
   CRUCIFISSA AND COLOGERO  BURRIESCI ON APRIL 8, 1945
NICOLO AND FRANCESCA RINALDO ON APRIL 8, 1945

BOTH BURRIESCI BROTHERS DONALD CARL BURRIESCI GRADUATED SFP IN 1964 AND RICHARD CHRISTOPHER BURRIESCI GRADUATED SFP IN 1972. THESE ARE THEIR GRADUATION PHOTOS

Richard Burriesci
ST. ANNE'S Garden City
Cologero was a stone mason
Nicolo was a barber and bookie
MS. ROSEMARIE TRENTACOSTE, DAUGHTER OF THE LATE CARLO TRENTACOSTE (1923 - 2001) AND CYNTHIA TRENTACOSTE RECENTLY CONTACTED HER COUSIN RICH BURRIESCI WHILE SEARCHING "TRENTACOSTE/SICILY" ON GOOGLE TO FIND THIS PAGE CONTAINING THE BURRIESCI - RINALDO FAMILY TREE. SHE HAS AGREED TO UPDATE AND CONTRIBUTE MORE FAMILY HISTORY AND BRING BACK PHOTOGRAPHS FROM ITALY/SICILY WHEN SHE VISITS THIS COMING SEPTEMBER 2010. I LAST SAW ROSE WHEN SHE WAS JUST ELEVEN YEARS OLD IN DIX HILLS, LONG ISLAND. OH MY! SHE TURNED OUT TO BE A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN AT  THIS AGE OF 43!
 
My Father: CARLO TRENTACOSTE (Born: November 16, 1923  Died: May 19, 2001
My Mother: CYNTHIA HELEN CAMBRIDGE TRENTACOSTE (Born: April 11, 1927  Died: August 28, 1999)
I have a older brother CARLO TRENTACOSTE, JR. born June 24, 1965 and I am a Christmas gift born December 22, 1966
 THE TRENTACOSTE - CAMBRIDGE FAMILY TREE 1870 - 2010
THE FOCAL PERSON IS ROSEMARIE TRENTACOSTE (1966) WHOSE PATERNAL GREAT-GRANDPARENTS ARE COLOGERO  BURRIESCI (1870 - 1959) AND CRUCIFISSA LOMONTE BURRIESCI (1875 - 1961) LISTED ABOVE IN THE BURRIESCI - RINALDO TREE
ROSEMARIE'S GRANDPARENTS ARE THOMAS TRENTACOSTE (1894 - 1975) and MARY BURRIESCI TRENTACOSTE (1904 - 1984)   
THOMAS TRENTACOSTE m MARY BURRIESCI TRENTACOSTE
(1894 - 1975)(1904 - 1984)
begat PETER TRENTACOSTE (1920 - 2003) m WILLIE HIGGINS begat: Thomas, Maria, Peter, Margaret, Irene and Rosemary
begat CARLO TRENTACOSTE (1923 - 2001) m CYNTHIA HELEN CAMBRIDGE  (1927 -1999) (my parents)
begat FRANCES TRENTACOSTE AMENDOLA (1924 - 1996)
begat JOSEPH TRENTACOSTE (1928) m MILAGOS "MILLIE" MELENDEZ begat:
begat CRUCIFISSA "CRUCY" TRENTACOSTE RILEY (1937) m THOMAS RILEY in 1971 and begat GINA (1975) and BERNADETTE (1979)
CARLO TRENTACOSTE (1923 - 2001) m CYNTHIA HELEN CAMBRIDGE TRENTACOSTE (1927 -1999)  
begat CARLO TRENTACOSTE, JR. born: June 24, 1965
begat ROSEMARIE TRENTACOSTE born: December 22, 1966


My name is Gina (Trentacoste) Riley, and I am Crucy Trentacoste (Riley)'s (1937) daughter. In looking up family history, I found your website





(and saw my first cousin Rosemarie's picture there!)
My mom (Crucy Trentacoste) married Thomas Riley in 1971.  I was born in 1975, my sister Bernadette in 1979. Bernadette is a doctor in Long Island (will be married in April of 2011), and I am a professor in NY. My son, Ben, was born in 1996.
We would love to keep in touch :)  It was so nice to see a picture of my great grandmother and grandfather.  I called my mom as well, and she was excited to hear that you are all doing terrific :) Great family memories! Thank you for your website! Gina :)


SYLVIA BURRIESCI, TOM AND MARY TRENTACOSTE IN THE CATSKILL MTS 1964
HERE LIES COLOGERO & CRUCIFISSA BURRIESCI AND THOMAS AND MARY TRENTACOSTE IN ST. RAYMOND'S CEMETERY IN THE BRONX, NEW YORK
BURIED JUST 40 FEET BEHIND THEM IS BILLIE HOLIDAY THE JAZZ SINGER
click underlined name for photo
Loving this :) It's like a game of fill in the blanks....Ok...correction - my mom (Crucy) was a Maryknoll Sister between 1961 - 1964. After she left the convent she got her B.A. @ Mercy College and her M.S. @ Hunter College. She married my dad (Tom Riley) in 1972. My mom's brother Peter (1920) married Willie (Higgins) in 1943.  They had 6 children: Tommy (died in 2006); Maria, Peter, Margaret, Irene, & Rosemary. My mom's sister Frances (1922 - 1996) married Louis Scadutto in 1957, he died in 1959. She then married Tony Amendola in 1961.  He died in 1982.  My mom's brother Joe (1927) married Milagros "Millie" Melendez in 1955 or 1956.  They had two children, Joseph & Linda.
and LINDA
  anybody out there that has family pictures of our relatives please e-mail them toTheLincolnStudio@yahoo.com
GINA RILEY-DALY begat BENJAMIN DALY (1996)
CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE
MARGARET TRENTACOSTE WAGNER
ROSEMARY TRENTACOSTE ROMANO
MORE TRENTACOSTE COUSINS LEFT TO RIGHT
FOUR DAUGHTERS OF PETER & WILLIE TRENTACOSTE
BERNADETTE RILEY

DAUGHTER OF CRUCY (TRENTACOSTE) AND THOMAS RILEY

BURRIESCI
TRENTACOSTE
LOMONTE
RINALDO
ALESSI
CLICK THE ISLAND OF SICILY TO LEARN ABOUT THE SICILIANS MIGRATION IN AMERICA
THE BURRIESCIs ENTERED AMERICA IN 1900 VIA THE PORT OF NEW ORLEANS "LITTLE PALERMO"
THE RINALDOs ENTERED AMERICA IN 1898/1903 respectively AT ELLIS ISLAND THE PORT OF NEW YORK and settled at 79 Greenpoint Avenue in Brooklyn, NY
"NOONA" and "DADA" to the Trentacoste grandchildren
MY MAMA AND PAPA CYNTHIA & CARLO TRENTACOSTE ON THEIR WEDDING DAY
MY GRANDPARENTS MARY & TOM TRENTACOSTE ON THEIR GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
MY BROTHER CARLO, JR. ... HE IS HIS FATHER'S SON
St. Sebastian's Class of 1968
 The Burriesci - Rinaldo and Trentacoste Family Tree
IRENE TRENTACOSTE OLIN
MARIA TRENTACOSTE MUTINO
DON AND BROTHER JOHN BURRIESCI NOVEMBER 13, 2010
COUSINS CARIONE AND BURRIESCI REUNION AT SYLVIA BURRIESCI'S WAKE SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 1987
NICKY CARIONE
DON BURRIESCI
ANGELO CARIONE
JOHN BURRIESCI
RICH BURRIESCI
The Wedding of Peter and Willie Higgins 1940
CARLO            FRANCES                  THOMAS                    MARIA                     PETER                JOSEPH  
CRUCY           WILLIE HIGGINS TRENTACOSTE
MARIA TRENTACOSTE (1904-1984) and KEITH LAWRENCE WAGNER (1983-1998)
MARGARET AND MOM WILLIE WHO DIED 11/12/2010
LAWRENCE WAGNER, MARGARET TRENTACOSTE WAGNER, MARGARET LORETTA WAGNER, CHERYL MARIE WAGNER AND
KEITH LAWRENCE WAGNER (who died 8/7/1998)
JOHN, DON and RICH taken 12/20/10
TOMMY, DAD and MOM (Pete and Willie)
Casa di Trentacoste
and the House of Wagner

REGARDING THE FAMILY OF RICH BURRIESCI: OUR FATHER DONALD (DOMINIC) BURRIESCI WAS PRETTY MUCH RAISED BY TITSI MARY (ELDEST AND ONLY SISTER) BECAUSE HE WAS THE YOUNGEST CHILD OF COLOGERO AND CRUCIFISSA BURRIESCI ERGO THE TRENTACOSTE FAMILY IN THE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPH ABOVE WERE LIKE SIBLINGS

THE RINALDO CLAN
SiciliaItalia
A photograph enhances your family tree by putting a face to a name and a place
Human Beings are all connected to one another because we are all God's DNA
 Rose Trentacoste Fulton brings you to Sicily and Italy September 2010
I'm with Fred
I'm with Rose
Rosemarie Trentacoste and her husband Fred Fulton
SICILY'S PASSIONATE NIGHT SKY
VIEW FROM MY HOTEL WINDOW IL GIGLIOTTI

ENJOY CURRENT PICTURES OF SICILY TAKEN SEPTEMBER 2010 COURTESY OF ROSEMARIE TRENTACOSTE AND FRED FULTON

Mangia!!

CLICK A SMILEY FACE TO VIEW "WHEN YOU'RE SMILING!" YouTube
and now we are on to Roma and Napoli
ROSE AND FRED'S TRAVEL AND ADVISORY BOARD
ROME'S MARBLE BAND
BRING OUT THE GLADIATORS!
TAKE ME TO THE FORUM!
DO I SMELL CHEESE?
FREDO e ROSA
AND NOW, I TELL YOU MORE
THE SISTENE CHAPEL PAINTED BY MICHELANGELO
friends
...and now onto Napoli

ST. JOHN'S ATONEMENT SEMINARY 38TH YEAR SINCE CLOSING REUNION   Pictured left on June 15, 2007 are:

Bradley Thomas Copp, Richard Christopher Burriesci and Wesley Edward Prussing, Jr.
A TRIBUTE TO OUR MOTHER:SYLVIA RINALDO BURRIESCI (1924-1987)
Our mother Sylvia believed "Hell is on earth with frequent glimpses of Heaven" and literally wrote letters to Jesus to speak her mind to God.  There was a very special place in her heart for children with Down's Syndrome. She never let us forget that we had a brother Robert who lived two ill saddened years 1947-1949 but was her Guardian Angel and was made happy and whole with God in Heaven. She much preferred being a mother than a wife.  Her father wanted her to be a lawyer; she certainly had the hootspah and brains but not the stamina nor dirty dealing that comes with the turf.  She was a warrior for principle and would spend a dollars worth of time over being cheated out of a penny causing many a stir with my father. Our mother literally was sick most of her life spending much of it in hospitals; and although she loved the sun it made her sick in childhood having such fair skin and so she loved the shade of large oak trees. Sylvia was the mother of opinions and too many times spoke her mind. She loved the Jewish people and even spoke Yiddish. Her Jewish bosses loved her. Manhattan Eye and Ear Hospital, whom she worked for a brief time, offered to give her a free nose job but she declined because it was a source of laughter and she would lose her Jewish look even though she was 100% Sicilian.  She would go out of her way to play the clown because she truly believed that laughter was the best medicine! This was her charm and gift to family, friends and most of all to strangers often at the expense of her own dignity and sometimes to the embarrassment of my father. She was so much for the underdog embracing the Frankenstein monster and Quasimodo, the Hunchback of Notre Dame for their sad lot in life even though fiction,  she was aware of so many millions around the world really had a similar fate. She was really not a bad cook but would purposely burn the meals so my father would take us out to eat. She loved Diners and cozy hangouts to a fault! Some of the things I am saying may sound unflattering and maybe so but she never sought perfection in others or herself just acceptance and respect for one another as do I. So I believe that many of the six point six billion people on earth today can relate to a character such as our mother Sylvia. This June 7, 2012 will be the 25th Anniversary of her death and I hope to visit her grave at St. Charles Cemetery on that day with two New York Frankfurters in hand,  one for her to celebrate her life. Then on to a diner in Huntington, Syosset or perhaps Woodside where she was born and raised calling Long Island her home.
SYLVIA RINALDO at age 16
SYLVIA BURRIESCI at age 57
SYLVIA RINALDO later Burriesci and CELESTE FILIPPELLI later Nielsen IN 1942
SYLVIA'S HUSBAND WAS DONALD THOMAS BURRIESCI 1919 - 2000

HER CHILDREN ARE:

DONALD CARL BURRIESCI 1946
ROBERT NICHOLAS BURRIESCI 1947 - 1949
JOHN FRANCIS BURRIESCI 1949
RICHARD CHRISTOPHER BURRIESCI 1954
VIVIAN MARY LOUISE BURRIESCI BRENNAN 1957
THE SIMPLE EXPLAINATION OF FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS
It is easy to understand the relationship between siblings and a TRUE Aunt and Uncle as opposed to the respectable title of "Aunt" and "Uncle" but the Cousin especially "once removed" might be confusing. In simple terms remember that COUSINS share the same Grandparent to make them first cousins. When one cousin whose Grandparent is the same as the other cousin's Great-Grandparent then that relationship is FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED as in the case of Rosemarie Trentacoste and me Rich Burriesci that is her Great-Grandfather is my Grandfather Cologero Burriesci. Same Great-Grandparent makes them Second Cousin. Great-great Grandparent makes them Third Cousins and so on.
Mildred Anne Hoglin (1937- 2012)
In Loving Memory of   MS. MILDRED ANNE HOGLIN   (1937-2012)
who taught and mentored students here at this school for fifty years
NO WOMAN LOOKED BETTER IN A BEEHIVE HAIRDO!

MY BROTHER DONALD ATTENDED SSS 1952-1960



Richard C. Burriesci and Robert J. Marchand are two of your first fifth grade students you taught and mentored when you came to St. Sebastian's School in Woodside NY in 1964. You was strict but was beautiful and loved.



No one looked better in a beehive hairdo. You will be lovingly remembered by many thousands of your students and friends you touched the past fifty years. 
 

CLICK HER PHOTO TO SEE MORE TRIBUTES
CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE
ROSE IS NOW MRS. ROSEMARIE TRENTACOSTE FULTON
NICOLO arrived in America in 1898 - FRANCESCA in 1903
COLOGERO & CRUCIFISSA arrived in America in 1900
begat MARY (TRENTACOSTE) (1904-1984)
begat THOMAS BURRIESCI (1906-1982)
begat PETER BURRIESCI (1912-1992)
begat ANTHONY BURRIESCI (1914-1979)
begat DOMONIC (DONALD) BURRIESCI (1919-2000)

begat JACOB RINALDO (1904-1966)
begat MARY PISCIOTTA (1905-1982)
begat RALPH RINALDO (1907-1928)
begat GASPAR (JOSEPH) RINALDO (1910-1985)
begat DANIEL RINALDO (1912-1972)
begat THOMAS RINALDO (1914-1980)
begat JOSEPHINE STELLA (1921)
begat SYLVIA BURRIESCI (1924-1987)
begat VIRGINIA (TUDY) CARIONE (1928)
FIRST 20 YEARS IN USA LIVED AT 79 GREENPOINT AVE., BROOKLYN, NY
PETER TRENTACOSTE, JR.
PETE JR. IN VIET NAM 1969
FELICIA TRENTACOSTE (daughter of Pete Jr.)
CLICK FILM TO VIEW PETER TRENTACOSTE, III
TRENTACOSTE FAMILY
A WEDGE IN WOODSIDE KNOWN AS ST SEBASTIAN 
by Richard Christopher Burriesci

My mother fell in love with Clark Gable on the same aisle the priests of St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church dole out Holy Communion every Sunday in the 21st Century. The edifice was then LOEWS WOODSIDE THEATRE in 1939 when it premiered "Gone With The Wind" starring Clark Gable. She was just 15 too young to marry but did walk the aisle of a cozy wooden church with my father, DONALD T. BURRIESCI on April 8, 1945 across the street on Woodside Avenue by her father's barber shop at 57th Street. That was the original chapel of St. Sebastian still used on occasion in lieu of the present auditorium of St. Sebastian School built in 1926 two years after my mother SYLVIA was born to Nicolo and Francesa Rinaldo of Sicily, Italy in the house of present day DAN RINALDO SPORTING GOODS her brother and still run by my 80 year old cousin Nick "Sonny" Rinaldo. My grandfather Nick came to Woodside 100 years ago and purchased that very house. I too, was born in that house 60 years ago as well my four siblings.  

My brother DONALD CARL BURRIESCI made his mark attending all eight years at SSS excelling at sports and grades. He was the Nuns Delight 1952-1960.

My grandfather as the barber, could not afford the four properties he had on that block, but he was a better bookie and gave much of his cuts to the Irish priests although he himself felt the church edifice would howl if he entered within its wall save my parents wedding day looking much like a scene from a mafia movie in a 90% Irish town. His wife my grandmother, was more saintly so my mother was ingratiated by the Sisters of Charity Halifax who would welcome her charming antics daily at their convent still there on 58th Street attached to the original rectory on 57th Street. The priests are no longer Irish and the nuns are no longer Halifax. And the movie house under the el on Roosevelt Avenue became a sanctuary when I was born in 1954. The corner stone says 1955 but I received baptism in that building November 7, 1954 so I guess I was a preview. The restoration that took place in 1994 under the reign of Monsignor Michael J. Hardiman brought it back looking much as I remember it receiving my first Holy Communion by Monsignor Edward Moran, its pastor for quite some time. I believe his mortal remains were on view in the present chapel known as Our Lady of Woodside which looked considerably different then when Father Edward Curran presided over his funeral. During the tenure of my grandfather, my mother, my brothers and sister all siblings attending St. Sebastian School, the pastors of St. Sebastian Parish only way out was in a casket.  

Now the school changed very little from the outside including the forest green trim windows although much modernized. A very cordial laity principal MS. JO ANN DOLAN now presides where once SISTER MARY JUSTA who looked ominous in that black and white habit with only a morsel of her clean white face but never a strand of hair showing and although under thirty years old wore shoes likened to Miss Gulch in the Wizard of Oz which also was shown in the present sanctuary of the main church of St. Sebastian in 1939. In the first grade I gave SISTER MARION DENNIS a nervous breakdown in the latter part of 1960 the of first semester tying her up during nap time after playing cowboys and indians. They gave me MISS ELIZABETH MEINZER the scourge of the east in my second grade. I can't tell you how many times I felt the ruler and was tamed before I got a very kind SISTER CATHERINE PATRICK in the third grade. When President John F. Kennedy was shot on November 22, 1963, my fourth grade teacher SISTER EILEEN MARIE cried so profusely she collapsed. Then I got a very strict but beautiful young woman who just became a teacher in 1964 and remained one for the next 52 years at St. Sebastian School. Her name was MISS MILDRED A. HOGLIN and just about everybody had her! The school needs to name a room after her. I was an altar boy under the leadership of another Irish import a kind but stern FATHER THOMAS RYAN who often was at odds with Miss Hoglin in my behalf. She made me wear eyeglasses! And she gave me a "U" in conduct which resulted in my father giving me a licking every open school week. How can I hate Miss Hoglin with her blonde behive hair and emerald eyes, my own Miss Crabtree! The Boys Brigade was the inspiration of MR. EDWARD FOWLEY and many field trips mostly to Washington D.C. was a healthy outlet for especially wayward boys. He was the Father Flannigan of Boytown! I'm not sure if there even is a brigade since his death and became the immortal Mr. Fowley to those who were privileged to know him. Circumstances beyond our control forced us to move out of Woodside in August 1965 and I finished elementary school at St. Anne's in Garden City. I returned home to my birthplace January 11, 2012 attending Mass often at St. Sebastian even though I live in Flatbush Brooklyn. WOODSIDE is where my heart is and although the culture has dramatically changed ST SEBASTIAN is where I found God.



It can be said, "I have no family; I just have blood relatives". It has been said that we choose our friends but we can not choose our relatives. Sometimes our relatives are our good friends and sometimes our friends become our enemies. Estrangement is a word pretty much familiar to every man, woman or child that ever existed. This can not be disputed because estrangement even exists in the history of the Almighty Creator of All - God Himself, for He created Lucifer albeit Satan, and it can be said at least for the time being, that they are estranged. For those of us living on earth who genuinely feel alone ... the fact is that they are not! No one without exception just poofed into existence! We all have biological parents even via the sperm banks. Whether we get along with, like or not, or ever know our blood relatives that include parents and children, brothers and sisters, cousins, nieces and nephews, grandparents and grandchildren, direct ancestors and descendants, it is a fact we all have a family tree. This is mine: