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Old 07-23-2008, 09:00 PM
 
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My dad and sisters lived at Woodycrest Home (for the Friendless, I think it was called at the time), an orphanage, in the Bronx, NY during the mid 1920's until the early 1940's. He is now 84 and I would love to tell him how I was able to find friends, aquaintances, or even some stories from others that lived there during this time would like to share. I'm always telling him about the 'power of the Internet' -- I know it would really amaze him!
His name is Rene Ponce and his two younger sisters are Olga and Angelina. He was born in mid 1920's but was put in the Home when he was about 4 or 5. He left when he was about 18; they all moved to NJ.
If anyone would like to share some stories or send your name so I may tell my dad, you may send an e-mail to me at dvd_94@yahoo.com; I know it would make him very happy. thanks!

 
Old 03-24-2009, 03:06 PM
 
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hello...my mother and 2 of her sisters also lived in woodycrest in the 1920's - probably about 1926-1930 - dorothy, frances, and anna lang. they have all passed away now, but dorothy spoke very highly of it (frances hated it). they were treated well and they taught her how to sew with a piece of gingham fabic. she went on to be an incredible seamstress - that was all the training she ever had. i couldn't tell you anything else about woodycrest - she was so young and only spent about 4years there. can you tell me the address? thank you, carolynp
 
Old 03-24-2009, 07:49 PM
 
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carolynp ~ The original poster posted that back in July and requested an email be sent with any info. That might be the best way to contact that person at this point.
 
Old 10-01-2009, 09:34 AM
 
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Hi I had three Aunts, Matilda, Gloria, Victoria Alonso that lived at Woodycrest. Sadly only Gloria is still alive. Do you know if there is any pictures of the kids at Woodycrest
 
Old 10-01-2009, 10:36 AM
 
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Hi, Lguarino6705 -- a good resource for photos is at: Home
My dad and I attended their reunion earlier in the year and it was wonderful for the "younger" alumni; there was only one "old timer" -- but it was a great group and we had a great time.
 
Old 01-12-2011, 10:12 PM
 
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Hi dvd, I was there in the later years (1958 - 1968). I suppose you could call me "younger". I attended PS 73 and Taft HS. Woody crest had a big reunion in June 2009 at a restaurant in Manhattan which I attended. Those in attendance were from the early 1950 - 1970's. The speaker was an "old" woody crest alumni from the early 1940's Nick Scarpetta, Fire Commissioner of NYC.
 
Old 01-28-2011, 09:46 AM
 
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I went to Woodycrest from 1960-1964. Am curious about the reunion or any future ones. I have shown my kids the old building as much as I could since was a Muslim headquarters at one time and is now some form of rehab center. Fond memories of 'rock park' 'Jerome park' Earl theatre and some of the counselors. Not so fond memories of other counselors
 
Old 01-30-2011, 07:04 PM
 
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Default Woodycrest reunions

For all you 'younger' alumni, please check out this site for upcoming reunions. My dad and I went in 2009 and most of the guests were under 50. Nice group of folks and everyone had a great time.

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Old 08-13-2011, 03:09 PM
 
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Smile woodycrest Home

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Originally Posted by stilts View Post
Hi dvd, I was there in the later years (1958 - 1968). I suppose you could call me "younger". I attended PS 73 and Taft HS. Woody crest had a big reunion in June 2009 at a restaurant in Manhattan which I attended. Those in attendance were from the early 1950 - 1970's. The speaker was an "old" woody crest alumni from the early 1940's Nick Scarpetta, Fire Commissioner of NYC.
I


was at woody crest for a few years also, I don't remember all the details, But I remember a family named Arnett, they all had first name that began with J.
Does anyone remember them?
 
Old 08-13-2011, 03:15 PM
 
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I do remember that they had redecorated the dorms, the one I was in had columns that they made look like trees, The Arnett family was there, they were from somewhere out west, I hope I can find some one that remembers them. I think it was in the mid Fiftys.
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