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Grapost

Newtown, PA

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Oct 16, 2010
 
I lived there as a kid from 1957 to 1966. The owner of the property Dr. Gabriel Elias REFUSED to make any repairs to anything. The roads were full of holes, sewage backed up into the streets, damaged units were boarded up instead of fixed and no upgrades to the properties were ever made. His brother Hymie used to drive through at times and we'd throw rotten apples at his car. The only good thing sbout living there was all the houses were very close together so you got to know alot of neighbors and for us kids there were plenty of kids nearby to play with. Everybody was within walking distance of each other so you really got a sense of community living there.
Crow

Philadelphia, PA

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Nov 27, 2010
 
Grapost wrote:
I lived there as a kid from 1957 to 1966. The owner of the property Dr. Gabriel Elias REFUSED to make any repairs to anything. The roads were full of holes, sewage backed up into the streets, damaged units were boarded up instead of fixed and no upgrades to the properties were ever made. His brother Hymie used to drive through at times and we'd throw rotten apples at his car. The only good thing sbout living there was all the houses were very close together so you got to know alot of neighbors and for us kids there were plenty of kids nearby to play with. Everybody was within walking distance of each other so you really got a sense of community living there.


I was born and raised in Lacey Park. 1973-1992. The best lesson learned growing up in Lacey Park was that knowing you were already starting your life from the very bottom, therefore it inspired you to go no where else... but upward.
Hal

San Clemente, CA

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Dec 30, 2010
 

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We lived in Willow Grove as kids. I remember my father drove me through Lacey Park (I think he called it Lacey Gardens) to show me what poverty looked like. I remember it as a very sad place.
Joy

Vineland, NJ

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Dec 31, 2010
 
I lived in Lacey Park until 1959. I remember lots of kids and even as a young child I felt a sense of community there. All my relatives lived there too. My Dad was in the Navy at the time. Lacey Park was real sad looking for awhile, but now looks alot like I remember it.
Ed Harkanson

Plainfield, NJ

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Jan 4, 2011
 

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I Lived in Lacey Park From 1951-1973. I'm proud to be from The Park. "Outsiders" used to make fun of us, but you can rest assure that they never knew what it was like to live in a tight nit community like ours. We were there for each other. We appreciated what we had and what we didn't have. I just attended The Parker reunion in 2010, and it was great seeing people I haven't seen in 40 years. I have never heard about any other town, ANYWHERE, doing that. Love being a PARKER.
Darlene

Warminster, PA

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Jan 27, 2011
 
Ed Harkanson wrote:
I Lived in Lacey Park From 1951-1973. I'm proud to be from The Park. "Outsiders" used to make fun of us, but you can rest assure that they never knew what it was like to live in a tight nit community like ours. We were there for each other. We appreciated what we had and what we didn't have. I just attended The Parker reunion in 2010, and it was great seeing people I haven't seen in 40 years. I have never heard about any other town, ANYWHERE, doing that. Love being a PARKER.
Not everyone was "there" for each other, Ed. Some were only concerned with their own hides, but I understand what you are saying; you are talking about the majority. Also, in many neighborhoods in the city, everyone looked out for each other including adults who looked after the kids of their neighbors. Yes, this is a great feeling and a wonderful way to grow up! And, the us against them("Outsiders") mentality generated a lot of aggression and negativity...not a good thing. But, we all need something or someone to believe in especially when we are young....just an observation. Darlene
Darlene

Warminster, PA

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Jan 27, 2011
 
Not everyone was "there" for each other, Ed. Some were only concerned with their own hides, but I understand what you are saying; you are talking about the majority. Also, in many neighborhoods in the city, everyone looked out for each other including adults who looked after the kids of their neighbors. Yes, this is a great feeling and a wonderful way to grow up! And, the us against them ("Outsiders") mentality generated a lot of aggression and negativity...not a good thing. But, we all need something or someone to believe in especially when we are young....just an observation.
Darlene

Warminster, PA

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Jan 27, 2011
 

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Hal wrote:
We lived in Willow Grove as kids. I remember my father drove me through Lacey Park (I think he called it Lacey Gardens) to show me what poverty looked like. I remember it as a very sad place.
What a "dad!" And did your father do anything to help people who lived in poverty, or did he teach you to help?
Darlene

Warminster, PA

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Jan 27, 2011
 
Crow wrote:
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I was born and raised in Lacey Park. 1973-1992. The best lesson learned growing up in Lacey Park was that knowing you were already starting your life from the very bottom, therefore it inspired you to go no where else... but upward.
The best lesson one could learn from living here!!
bob bender

Perkasie, PA

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Feb 20, 2011
 
Ed Harkanson wrote:
I Lived in Lacey Park From 1951-1973. I'm proud to be from The Park. "Outsiders" used to make fun of us, but you can rest assure that they never knew what it was like to live in a tight nit community like ours. We were there for each other. We appreciated what we had and what we didn't have. I just attended The Parker reunion in 2010, and it was great seeing people I haven't seen in 40 years. I have never heard about any other town, ANYWHERE, doing that. Love being a PARKER.
there are hundreds of us out there who have moved away physically, but still remain parkers at heart.
CoolerGuy

Doylestown, PA

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Mar 5, 2011
 

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A "tight knit community" it may have been. Unfortunately, the neighborhood took a turn for the worse. It's now a haven for immigrants, drugs, crime, and poverty. The whole area of lacey park and centennial village now make up "the ghetto of warminster." I wonder when exactly this neighborhood started going downhill?
Hal

Dana Point, CA

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May 13, 2011
 
Darlene-My dad didn't take us their to gawk or look down on the residents. He wanted us to realize that others lived in dire circumstances and that we should be grateful for what we had. We were hardly affluent ourselves, just the normal middle-class family of the time. It made an impression on me--such that many years later I Googled "Lacey Gardens" to learn more. We moved to Orange County CA as soon as I graduated from grade school but I still retained a stark memory of the place.
Sam D

Chalfont, PA

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#15
May 22, 2011
 
I was born in the Park in 1945 and lived there until 1957. I had a wonderful childhood in the Park. There was plenty of kids to play baseball anytime. We learned how to hit a baseball by playing halfball. If you learned to hit a halfball, baseball was easy. Funiture was never thrown in the trash in the Park. There was always a family in need that would take your old furniture because it was an upgrade from there furniture. We got teased by the non-Parkers because we were poor, but only once because we would defend ourselves with courage. The Park allowed my parents and many others to save for their dream house. We moved to Jamison in 1957.
Dick Ahumada

New Hope, PA

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#16
Jul 24, 2011
 
I see in this picture on the left hand side of Jacksonville Rd in about the center of the pictue what I think is Rabbs farm which was accross the street from Lacey Park School,also in the bottome left hand corner is the Fischer and Porter Co. I worked there from 1956 to 1994. I moved to Lacey Park in Aug of 1942,and went to LP school then to Upper Southampton Hihg School. When I lived in Lacy Park I had manny frends and we had our own softball team called "The Dirty Socks" I still live in the Warminster area and see manny of the old friends from Lacey Park
Christine Reese

Philadelphia, PA

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#17
Jul 25, 2011
 
I grew up as a Parker born there in 71. Wouldn't change a thing. Proud to be always will be. Let people judge because I know those pretty little clothes shoes and houses everyone else thought made them better has more skeletons in their closets than us Parkers. Besides we grew up to be grateful not greedy snot nosed brats. And cool guy you have immigrants drugs and crime no matter where you live. Open your eyes.
Jose

Coeur D Alene, ID

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Sep 18, 2011
 
I remember going to Church at the Pentecostal Church at Lacey Park. I had hundreds of cousins that I never saw again. I remember this old man chew he sold snow cones on the street. Its been since the 90's since I stepped foot on Lacey Park. People use to call it Lazy Park, man did they hate hearing Lazy Park.
M Rafferty

Concord, NC

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#19
Sep 20, 2011
 
I grew up on Mercer street between '45 and '56. The park was the best place you could be as a boy growing up. Had loads of friends. I went to St. Joe's and then St. John Bosco's school. We couldn't wait for summer and swimming at the Neshaminy creek dam or the Warrington pool. Troop 72 was the greatest Boy Scout troop there was! I know the Park kind of went to the dogs after the 50's and 60's but while it was maintained it was a worthwhile place. I know some people denied living there, but I never did. I write novels now and I'm starting a memoir on my years in the Park. Those years were loaded with laughs and the book will be too. Hope this finds all of you "Parkers" well and happy.
R Clark

Doylestown, PA

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Sep 24, 2011
 
I lived in the park from 63 to about 73,when we moved to Hatboro on Lincoln Ave a short distance from the Park.My sister and I attending Lacey Park school during some of those years. My dad played with the Dirty Socks also,and was part of the championship team sometime in the 40's.He was also the chief of the fire police for the park during that time. My aunt also lived in the Park until the mid 80s. I recently applied for a home there,but decided I didn't want to be tied down in one spot. I plan to move on from this area,after my mom passes on. They really have cleaned up their act there,and told me when I applied for a home,if I was arrested for something,that I be evicted. I have some fond memories from living there,playing with my friends that lived there also.
Teresa

Newtown, PA

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Sep 25, 2011
 
Has anyone heard about Warminster Heights to be sold, along with the Charter Arms building in the near future?
samcro

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Sep 25, 2011
 

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Teresa wrote:
Has anyone heard about Warminster Heights to be sold, along with the Charter Arms building in the near future?
Sold? They should knock it down along with centennial village.

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