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Goodbye, Sweet Memory

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 This is a different blog than I usually write. It's more of a memoir and a eulogy for a place that played an integral part of  the molding of a young boy an his friends in New Rochelle. It's gone now, just a memory that I will cling to until I can no longer speak. If you don't want to go on and read it, my dear friends, I will thoroughly understand. This is something that is close to my heart, and close to the hearts of the young men and women that I grew up with. I wrote it for them. I wrote it for myself. But it is open to any who have had places that meant so much to them be torn down or shuttered.



                                                 The Original Modern Through The Years

                                                            Memorial Day, 2012

On Lincoln's Birthday, this past Saturday, February 16, 2013, the boys that grew up in New Rochelle in the '50s and '60s of the last century, had their latest Fellowship meeting at the Modern Pizzeria…

Ed Koch 1924 - 2013

Tribute To Mayor Ed KochJohn Zaffino  February 1, 2013 · So Ed Koch is gone. The Lawyer and Politician who always strove to speak for the common man, because, stripped of his titles, he was Ed Koch, Citizen Of New York and the World. He was witty and lovable and plain spoken, never hesitating to say what was on his mind or to share what was in his extremely large heart. He love New York and all of it's multitude of characters and all of it's turmoil and troubles. As a councilman, and as Mayor, he attacked them all with a gusto, determined to make the city a better place to live, and he did! He stood with his beloved Police Department, but when the cops were wrong, he was not afraid to say so.
He stood up to gay slurs during that campaign against Mario Cuomo, when slogans started showing up which said "Vote for Cuomo, not the Homo". Ed, with out saying it, declared that a person's sexual preference was a private matter, and I always admired the fact…