Fort Hamilton High School will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Shore Road School on Saturday, October 29, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sprawling campus — which includes a large athletic field and swimming pool — was established on the site of the former and historic Crescent Athletic Club, know during its heyday as the the club for the “rich and famous.” In fact, the original tennis courts where the first Davis Cup competition took place are still located on the athletic field.
The cornerstone for the school was laid by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia on September 24, 1940 with Brooklyn Borough President John Cashmore participating in the ceremonies, and the first principal was Augustus Ludwig. Other principals have included Jon Leder, Morton Stone, Charles Loiacono, Diego Coscarelli, Rainer Melucci, Alice Farkouh, Jo Ann Chester and currently Kaye Houlihan.
The day’s program will include an open house, tours of the school, refreshments in the girls’ gym, and ceremonies at 1 p.m. in the Larry Laurenzano Performing Arts Theater, to include a performance by the school’s championship marching band. The popular musical contingent seen in many local parades and Disney World is also celebrating their 25th anniversary year.
As a graduate and member of the alumni association, I urge all former Fort Hamiltonites to come back, enjoy the festivities, tour these fine halls of learning and stroll down memory lane! For additional details go to fhalumni.org.
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Almost coincidentally, one of the stellar graduates of FHHS and a Hall of Famer, State Senator Christopher Mega, Class of 1948, and U.S. Army veteran, was further memorialized and honored with a street co-naming on the block where he lived in Dyker Heights. This past Saturday (October 15), a street sign designating the corner of 80th Street and 10th Avenue as “Senator Christopher J. Mega Way” was unveiled by his wife Madelyn and members of the Mega family.
A host of current and past elected officials and community leaders were in attendance. Among them were State Senator Marty Golden, former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Congressmember Dan Donovan, Assemblymembers Pam Harris and Peter Abbate, Councilmember Mark Treyger, former State Senator Robert DiCarlo, former Councilmembers Sal Albanese, John Gangemi and Mike Long, and past Assemblymembers Arnaldo Ferraro and Luigi Marano.
The invocation and sign blessing were performed by Monsignor Peter Kain from St. Ephrem’s Church. The unveiling ceremonies were emceed and coordinated by Gentile, also a former state senator.
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As I’m sure you know, residents are no longer allowed to place large electronic devices such as computers, monitors, TVs, fax machines, printers, modems, keyboards, etc. on the sidewalk for New York City Sanitation pickups. This coming Saturday, (October 22) from 11 a.m.to 3 p.m., State Senator Marty Golden is holding a recycling event inside the parking lot of our Lady of Angels Church. Enter on 73rd Street between Third and Fourth Avenues. In addition to bringing your electronic items, there will be a shredding truck available, and a collection area for clothing and accessories. The groups providing these free services include the AARP, Lower East Side Ecology Center and Goodwill Industries.
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