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Murder in Poughkeepsie’s Little Italy

Murder in Poughkeepsie’s Little Italy Did you know that card games can be deadly? Of course you did. If you have ever seen a western film you know that the guns start flying out whenever someone drinks too much liquor and loses too much money. Well, this sort of thing doesn’t just happen in Hollywood folks, it happened right here in Poughkeepsie! Some games can get you so hot and bothered that friendships can end, or people can, well, die. Have you ever played the game of “Big Boss and Little Boss” also known as “Brisque?” Well that was the game that was played when tempers got too high and someone lost their life in 1935. Fifty-two year old Phillip Nuzzi lived on the second floor apartment at 91 North Bridge Street right in the center of the area known as Little Italy. He was the father of nine and had been the “Italian Boss” for Spoor and Lasher Company. Nuzzi’s friend and hot dog vendor, John Matera lived in the apartment on the first floor. On the evening of May 5, 1935, these men along with Andrew Digilio and Joseph DiCosmo were sitting together in Matera’s apartment, drinking wine and

Murder in Poughkeepsie’s Little Italy2023-01-20T10:58:30-05:00

What’s Cooking Blog – Entry #25: Sometimes Slow and Steady…

What’s Cooking Blog – Entry #25: Sometimes Slow and Steady… Whenever you happen to read this, Happy New Year! Like a small avalanche, life very eagerly pushed us into the New Year and with it bestowed a few unexpected tasks. Too late for the pebbles to vote, January, more than usual, required meal options that would save time and energy but leave enough leftovers to repurpose throughout the week and facilitate multi-tasking. Contending with NY’s variable winter weather during the peak of flu season, our choices also had to be nutritious. …While it may have been stored out of sight, the crockpot wasn’t completely out of mind. Title of Cookbook: The Anti-Inflammatory Diet Slow Cooker Cookbook: Prep-and-Go Recipes for Long-Term Healing Author of Cookbook: Madeline Given, NC.  What prompted you to check out this cookbook? After attempting a recipe from Healthy Slow Cooker Revolution a few months earlier, a little less successfully than I preferred, it was time to try again. What did you like about this cookbook? Primarily, I liked this cookbook’s accessibility. It was a pleasant surprise to find all of the ingredients called for in the recipe in the cabinets and freezer. Comparable to the “Pot Roast with Red Wine

What’s Cooking Blog – Entry #25: Sometimes Slow and Steady…2023-01-23T14:00:10-05:00

Exploring Lorraine Hansberry

Select Sundays February 12, 19, 26, 2:30 PM Boardman Road Branch Library. Registration required for each session.

Exploring Lorraine Hansberry2023-01-26T12:30:15-05:00

Herman’s Christmas Wonderland

Herman’s Christmas Wonderland If you grew up in the Poughkeepsie area between the 1960s and the 1990s, it’s possible that you visited Herman’s Christmas Wonderland display as a child (that is, if you’re into the whole Christmas thing). There was something special about getting the family together in the minivan and driving down Route 44 to the Pleasant Valley nursery where you could stroll through the “Christmas tunnel.” There you would see handmade displays like, the North Pole, ski slopes, Eskimos, and of course, the Nativity scene. As we are all getting older and feeling a bit nostalgic, we thought this would be the perfect time to revisit an old holiday favorite that is now sadly a thing of the past. In 1960, William Herman opened a nursery and garden center in Pleasant Valley. The business was very successful with their slogan, “For every Bloomin’ thing” that attracted everyone from beginner gardeners to professional landscapers. In 1962, the store set up their first Nativity scene with live animals and “2 of Santa’s real live reindeer,” Dancer and Prancer. The following year the store planned an even bigger display and placed advertisements in the papers that proclaimed that Herman’s Christmas Land had

Herman’s Christmas Wonderland2023-01-10T14:25:33-05:00

What’s Cooking Blog – Entry #24: A Merry Generous Community

What’s Cooking Blog – Entry #24: A Merry Generous Community What’s in your community refrigerator? You may not be aware that the Oakwood Friends School partnered with the Poughkeepsie Public Library to install a “Community Refrigerator” on the ground floor of the Adriance Memorial Library (located at 93 Market Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601). The Poughkeepsie Journal published an article November 21, 2022 highlighting how the idea for a high-school assignment evolved and became a public service that would benefit the community. According to the article, here’s how it works… “Organizers of the community fridges ask for donations that are packaged, not expired and food products that are needed, such as fruits, vegetables, dairy products and meat products. Donations can be placed directly in the fridge. To make a monetary donation, contact the Poughkeepsie Community Fridge by emailing poughkeepsiecommunityfridge@gmail.com or messaging them on Instagram @pougkeepsiecommunityfridge. The Poughkeepsie Community Fridge is open during library hours...” To reiterate, guidelines are posted in English and Spanish on the side of the refrigerator next to suggested contributions. For convenience, a few are listed below. All ingredients and allergens must be labeled. All items must be labeled with an expiration date. No items past their "Best Before" date. No

What’s Cooking Blog – Entry #24: A Merry Generous Community2022-12-20T11:19:40-05:00

Christmas Card Time!

Christmas Card Time! Are you a big fan of giving and receiving Christmas cards this time of year? Sometimes it feels like the only thing we get in the mail anymore is bills and random coupons we never asked for. However, this time of year, it is always a pleasure to receive a special card, hand-picked and signed with a warm greeting of the season. In our modern era, we can snap family photos with our smartphones and send the images off to be made into personalized cards or grab a giant box of various mass produced cards that we think look pretty. Or how about getting a local artist to make you some personalized cards? Plenty of locals in Poughkeepsie did this in the 1920s and 30s with our local artist, Thomas W. Barrett Jr. As we have mentioned in previous posts, Thomas W. Barrett Jr. was born in Poughkeepsie in 1902 and studied art in Boston at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. He lived and worked for a short time in New York City in the mid 1920s, before coming home to Poughkeepsie and moving back in with his family in their home at 55 Noxon

Christmas Card Time!2023-01-10T14:25:43-05:00

Time to Shop!

Time to Shop! It's the most wonderful time of the year folks! It's Black Friday and everyone is going to be starting their Christmas Shopping! Perhaps you are heading down to the Poughkeepsie Galleria, or you’re shopping small by hitting some local “Mom and Pop” establishments. Maybe you prefer to stay on the couch and surf the web for online deals. Either way, people have been searching for the best Christmas gifts for over a century. While the tradition of “Black Friday” shopping is fairly new, we’ve been doing it since at least the mid-20th century, and with less than a month to shop, this time of year has always been crunch-time for finding the right Christmas gift. In 1871, the Poughkeepsie Daily Eagle proclaimed that giving your family members a subscription to the paper was the best Christmas gift (well, obviously!), but there were several other organizations that also claimed they had the best gifts for your loved ones. Lucky, Platt, & Company, which was Poughkeepsie’s very own department store for over a century, made sure to attract their customers with large ads in the newspaper with slogans like “Our assortment of goods is large! Our prices are Way Down!

Time to Shop!2023-01-10T14:26:07-05:00

What’s Cooking Blog – Entry #23: Something to Simmer…

What’s Cooking Blog – Entry #23: Something to Simmer… This month’s What’s Cooking blog was inspired by a short grocery list of equally conscious motivators. Dinner needs to be on the table in the weeks leading up to and following holiday meals. A quick dinner, versatile enough to be the main course or served as a side 2-3 nights a week can be just as sustainable as using ingredients before they expire. Timing is everything. After reading the phrase Cook What You Have, I was determined to use perishables that I’d harvested from garden boxes after winterizing the yard, items from the pantry and leftover ingredients from the refrigerator. Broadly thinking, employing a little creativity could $ave time and make just enough room in the refrigerator for the holidays. Note: I haven’t actually held this cookbook in my hand; the title alone inspired me to request a copy and gave my mind permission to begin imagining the possibilities. Title of Cookbook: The Complete Book of Sauces, Salsas, Dips, Relishes, Marinades & Dressings. Author of Cookbook: Christine France. What prompted you to check out this cookbook?  For years I lived alone and avoided preparing some recipes because I couldn’t justify buying family-sized

What’s Cooking Blog – Entry #23: Something to Simmer…2022-11-21T09:54:44-05:00

General Custer was here! (well, parts of him)

General Custer was here! (well, parts of him) There are several battle names that everyone has heard of. Even if you don’t know when or why it was fought, or even who won it, you’ve heard the name. Names like the Battle of Gettysburg, or the Battle of Waterloo, or the Battle of Okinawa, and so on. One of the big names that is mentioned a lot is the Battle of Little Bighorn. Why? It was a major victory for the Plains Indians during the Great Sioux War of 1876, and it would be the location of the last stand and death of the famous General George Armstrong Custer. You may be wondering, how does this have anything to do with Poughkeepsie? When George Armstrong Custer went into battle on June 25, 1876, his goal was to round up all of the Plains Indians in the Black Hills and bring them to reservations. Anyone who didn’t come willingly was considered hostile and would be killed. Thousands of members of the Lakota, Dakota, and Cheyenne tribes had followed leaders like, Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, to lands around the Little Bighorn River; this is where Custer and about 700 members of the

General Custer was here! (well, parts of him)2022-11-10T12:09:47-05:00
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