Memories Of Old Ronkonkoma
Long Island 70s Kid

Poway, CA

#82 Oct 3, 2013
Ronk Man wrote:
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I do! It was Grant's first, when the shopping center was first built. Then, when Grants folded, the old Woolworth from Portion Road & Foster Ave. moved into the Grants building- and then became Woolco, I believe; Then Caldor; and now Kohls.
Anyone know if Eddie's Pizza is still in that center? That was there from day one!
From what I understand, Eddie's pizza closed this past year. My family used to eat there all the time before we moved to California. I always hoped I would get a chance to return for another slice, but that's not going to happen now. Loved their pizza!
Dale S

Ronkonkoma, NY

#83 Oct 23, 2013
The new bakery on Hawkins ave is called S&D Pastry shop.Their pastry and homemade bread is great! They are right next to where Brunos restaurant used to be.
joefish625

York, PA

#84 Dec 1, 2013
OMG yea H&H was the best. I used to go there in the 80s when I was a kid. when did they go out of business?
dmtkphk wrote:
oh and yes, H&H Bakery had the BEST JELLY DONUTS. We would go there on a Sunday morning with my dad and it would be packed. We were little so we were squished in like sardines. I can remember staring at the floor at the little cream/pink ceramic tiles for what seemed like hours. They also had those very cheesy 1960 Wedding Figurines on display. Oh the days of the early 70's.
Dan

Middle Island, NY

#85 Jul 18, 2014
There was also a restaurant called Papa Chicks and of course Brunos. We used to gets buns at H and H after church at St. Joseph.
Dan

Middle Island, NY

#86 Jul 19, 2014
We moved to Lake Ronkonkoma from Queens in 1958. There were two restaurants on Hawkins Ave. Brunos, of course and a place called Papa Chicks. The original Sachem Library was on the west side of Hawkins in a small building near Church Street. I remember a barber shop also, somewhere near the bakery.
We used to get our gym clothes at Yarlows.
okeefe_1960

Ronkonkoma, NY

#87 Aug 18, 2014
Clare O'Keege - Does anyone remember Tavern on the Lake? Does anyone have any photo's that were taken there?
Jules

Fort Myers, FL

#88 Sep 17, 2014
Original T Jefferson wrote:
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Thanks! Some of that stuff I did not know.(But we always knew Al and "Murray" Yarlow...)
Was that Gehweiler's the same business that became the florist that had been next-door to Tom's in the 60's and 70's?(My sister had worked there in the 60's)- I think there was a shoe store between Gehweiler's and Tom's?
Then there was Fayne's drugstore.....and then two small shops between Fayne's and Agnew & Taylor (I think one was a real estate office for a while?)
On the south side of Portion Rd. before they built the Grant's (now Kohl's) shopping center and "Valley National Bank" and all, was there anything there?(My earliest memories of that stretch were of it being all torn up, when they had it all bulldozed to build the shopping center).
Thanks again for the interesting info!
I graduated from Saint Josephs in 62 & Sachem in 65. Remember sitting in booster seat at barber across from Agnew & Taylor. Remember Pfeiffers & root beer floats. Mike,Eddie& Pat Sullivan were friends of mine. Their Mother was a Straub & I can remember her working the checkout counter. I remember Browns Juvenile --next to J-J's. Remember going to A& P with my Mom--Pat Verbeeck. I remember the Ronkonkoma Diner--owned by Mike & Mary Ramoska. I worked with Mike Sr & Mike Jr in Post Office in Ft. Myers , Florida. Mike & Marys son Butch tended bar for many years at Brunos. Remember stopping at H&H bakery after church, for Crumb Buns, Seeded rolls , salt sticks & the buns with raisins & drizzeled coating?I drove down Hawkins avenue from the expressway & felt like I was going down memory lane. I remember Turners amusement park, Eberhardts garage now a beverage barn, the Bluebird inn & Uncle Eds for pizza & bar & shuffleboard. We use to jump the fence at the Smithtown drive in & catch a show. Carvel across the streen from Bavarian inn. Remember Raynors & Yerks Beach. & the Vanderbuilt mansion on the lake!!
Ron K Onkoma

Glasgow, KY

#89 Sep 20, 2014
Jules, you seem to be the only person who remembers the Carvel across from the Barbarian Inn!

That Carvel was already abandoned when I was a kid in the 70's. I'd see the building every time we'd go to my sister's, and it was unmistakable that it had been a Carvel- but nobody seemed to know anything about it, nor did anyone ever speak of having gone there or seen it when it was in operation- which made it seem very mysterious to a kid!

You're literally the first person I've ever seen make reference to that Carvel!
Jayar

Brooklyn, NY

#90 Sep 20, 2014
Jules wrote:
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I graduated from Saint Josephs in 62 & Sachem in 65. Remember sitting in booster seat at barber across from Agnew & Taylor. Remember Pfeiffers & root beer floats. Mike,Eddie& Pat Sullivan were friends of mine. Their Mother was a Straub & I can remember her working the checkout counter. I remember Browns Juvenile --next to J-J's. Remember going to A& P with my Mom--Pat Verbeeck. I remember the Ronkonkoma Diner--owned by Mike & Mary Ramoska. I worked with Mike Sr & Mike Jr in Post Office in Ft. Myers , Florida. Mike & Marys son Butch tended bar for many years at Brunos. Remember stopping at H&H bakery after church, for Crumb Buns, Seeded rolls , salt sticks & the buns with raisins & drizzeled coating?I drove down Hawkins avenue from the expressway & felt like I was going down memory lane. I remember Turners amusement park, Eberhardts garage now a beverage barn, the Bluebird inn & Uncle Eds for pizza & bar & shuffleboard. We use to jump the fence at the Smithtown drive in & catch a show. Carvel across the streen from Bavarian inn. Remember Raynors & Yerks Beach. & the Vanderbuilt mansion on the lake!!
Were you a Woolley Boy?

http://patch.com/new-york/sachem/don-woolley-...
RonkRalph

Ronkonkoma, NY

#91 Sep 24, 2014
Ronk Man wrote:
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I do! It was Grant's first, when the shopping center was first built. Then, when Grants folded, the old Woolworth from Portion Road & Foster Ave. moved into the Grants building- and then became Woolco, I believe; Then Caldor; and now Kohls.
Anyone know if Eddie's Pizza is still in that center? That was there from day one!
Eddie's Pizza is still there but Mike is the new owner. He's the tall guy who worked behind the counter for years
RonkRalph

Ronkonkoma, NY

#92 Sep 24, 2014
Long Island 70s Kid wrote:
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From what I understand, Eddie's pizza closed this past year. My family used to eat there all the time before we moved to California. I always hoped I would get a chance to return for another slice, but that's not going to happen now. Loved their pizza!
Reopened. Mike is he new owner. He worked behind the counter for years
Jeannie1

Selden, NY

#93 Oct 23, 2014
Hello Lake Ronkonkomans, if you have a Facebook page, there is a group called "I live or have lived in Lake Ronkonkoma, why don't you mosey on over and join the group, would love to hear memories you all have and so would all the other members
Tom

United States

#95 Feb 2, 2015
Aldjos. Lous coffee pot. Will bees Triple sec. Uncle SAMs. Duffields. Mikes deli. Marottas bike shop
Paul

Salem, VA

#96 Feb 11, 2015
Jules wrote:
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I graduated from Saint Josephs in 62 & Sachem in 65. Remember sitting in booster seat at barber across from Agnew & Taylor. Remember Pfeiffers & root beer floats. Mike,Eddie& Pat Sullivan were friends of mine. Their Mother was a Straub & I can remember her working the checkout counter. I remember Browns Juvenile --next to J-J's. Remember going to A& P with my Mom--Pat Verbeeck. I remember the Ronkonkoma Diner--owned by Mike & Mary Ramoska. I worked with Mike Sr & Mike Jr in Post Office in Ft. Myers , Florida. Mike & Marys son Butch tended bar for many years at Brunos. Remember stopping at H&H bakery after church, for Crumb Buns, Seeded rolls , salt sticks & the buns with raisins & drizzeled coating?I drove down Hawkins avenue from the expressway & felt like I was going down memory lane. I remember Turners amusement park, Eberhardts garage now a beverage barn, the Bluebird inn & Uncle Eds for pizza & bar & shuffleboard. We use to jump the fence at the Smithtown drive in & catch a show. Carvel across the streen from Bavarian inn. Remember Raynors & Yerks Beach. & the Vanderbuilt mansion on the lake!!
Wow you remember Turners? I didnt think anyone remembered that Do you remember the water pumps on the sides at Duffields?
Jayar

Farmingville, NY

#97 Mar 17, 2015
What Was There...

http://www.whatwasthere.com/browse.aspx #!/ll/40.846627,-73.052794/zoo m/10/
Kev66

Huntington, NY

#99 Mar 30, 2015
Moralbass:
I remember Antonio, he was shell shocked but he was a pretty smart guy. I remember he spoke 4 or 5 languages. He would come into my Texaco station in the early 70s and hang out for a while, and always say, "Thank you my friend". Forgot about him, thanks for reminding me.
There was also Mr. Darcy right off the boat from Ireland, walk down Hawkins Ave every day.
M Lacombe

Lyman, SC

#100 Apr 12, 2015
Original T Jefferson wrote:
Anyone remember Miss Biance, the principal of Gatelot Elementary in the 60's/early 70's?
I got sent to her office only once- boy, that was SCARY! I liked her though, she seemed like a nice lady.
I remember Miss Bianca She was mean and would sometimes paddle kids w/ a piece of wood. I also remember teacher Wayne Savage and man was he a jerk. My mother almost beat him up. I moved to Lake Ronkonkoma when I was 9 and moved when I was 50. I remember the movie theater on Portion Rd where my sister BJ and I went to see The Night Of The Living Dead. We had to walk home when it was over and boy were we terrified! We ran home! Before we moved there my Uncle rented a bungalow near Brookhaven Beach on the Lake. There was a gay bar right at the entrance playing great music, and there was slides and car tire swings that swung out into the lake. I remember the fireworks the fire dept. shot off at the lake every 4th of July. I have many good memories of family and friends and yes the bakery in Ronkonkoma had the best jelly doughnuts.
M Lacombe

Lyman, SC

#101 Apr 12, 2015
Kev66 wrote:
Moralbass:
I remember Antonio, he was shell shocked but he was a pretty smart guy. I remember he spoke 4 or 5 languages. He would come into my Texaco station in the early 70s and hang out for a while, and always say, "Thank you my friend". Forgot about him, thanks for reminding me.
There was also Mr. Darcy right off the boat from Ireland, walk down Hawkins Ave every day.
I remember Mario Antonio Russo! He would walk around talking to cars and telephone poles. He was very friendly and would talk to everybody . I wonder what happened to him, and then there was Pinky a woman who seemed a little touched. She would walk up to us and say "Excuse me what year is it?" We'd tell her what year it was and she would yell that we were wrong and say it was 1950 and than run off yelling "You're crazy your crazy! I also remember Mr Pinkerton a Greyhound, and Mr. Magoo a St.Bernard. They were dogs that roamed the town freely
Matt Kennedy

Ronkonkoma, NY

#102 Jun 5, 2015
Jules wrote:
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I graduated from Saint Josephs in 62 & Sachem in 65. Remember sitting in booster seat at barber across from Agnew & Taylor. Remember Pfeiffers & root beer floats. Mike,Eddie& Pat Sullivan were friends of mine. Their Mother was a Straub & I can remember her working the checkout counter. I remember Browns Juvenile --next to J-J's. Remember going to A& P with my Mom--Pat Verbeeck. I remember the Ronkonkoma Diner--owned by Mike & Mary Ramoska. I worked with Mike Sr & Mike Jr in Post Office in Ft. Myers , Florida. Mike & Marys son Butch tended bar for many years at Brunos. Remember stopping at H&H bakery after church, for Crumb Buns, Seeded rolls , salt sticks & the buns with raisins & drizzeled coating?I drove down Hawkins avenue from the expressway & felt like I was going down memory lane. I remember Turners amusement park, Eberhardts garage now a beverage barn, the Bluebird inn & Uncle Eds for pizza & bar & shuffleboard. We use to jump the fence at the Smithtown drive in & catch a show. Carvel across the streen from Bavarian inn. Remember Raynors & Yerks Beach. & the Vanderbuilt mansion on the lake!!
Jules I don't know if you remember me, 50 years ago I married Barbara, Mike and Mary's oldest daughter we still live in Lake Ronkonkoma Just a little correction The stand across from the Bavarian was never a Carvel it was a Hamburger Joint then an Ice Cream stand run by Betty and Bill Skahill.......also it was the Lake Diner not the Ronkonkoma Diner. I guess you Know Butch (Ronnie) passed away a few years ago......a HUGE Loss
gary 4578

Newark, NJ

#103 Aug 3, 2015
michael panowich wrote:
<quoted text> HH bakery they would alway give you broken cookies and donuts, Slaters Toms stationary, I worked at caldors, i grew up on pine street off carol ave
Black and white cookies cupcakes wete unreal
Good old h h l was in stony brook 1966 to 1976

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