Woke up this morning, what did I see
A big black cloud hanging over me
I switched on the radio and nearly dropped dead
The news was so bad that I fell out of bed
There was a gas strike, oil strike, lorry strike, bread strike
Got to be a superman to survive
Gas bills, rent bills, tax bills, phone bills
I’m such a wreck but I’m staying alive


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Nice story from the New York Times on our very own Pete Hamill.

“It’s recognizable Brooklyn,” Mr. Hamill said. “I’ve just been wandering around, pushing the walker. There’s still neighborhoods. And after 30 years of the disappearing sky in Manhattan, to be able to walk out and be drowned by the sun and see real green trees and not paintings of them is just exhilarating.”

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USA. New York City. 1959. Brooklyn Gang.

USA. New York City. 1959. Brooklyn Gang.

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Park Bench Photo

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Today is September 11, 2016.

The first thing that comes to mind is the awful tragedy 15 years ago.

It’s a day this country will never forget.

Captain Vincent Brunton of Truck Company Ladder 105, one of the best from our neighborhood died that day. He was a firefighter. “Vinny” as we all knew him, was on the job in the World Trade Center doing his job…saving people.

Vinny attended Holy Name grammar school and Bishop Ford High School. Was an excellent athlete too. I recall watching him run point guard in the schoolyard during the summer league; and loved his passion playing football for Farrell’s down at Farragut Road.

Denis Hamill, our guy from the neighborhood wrote this piece for the Daily News in 2001.


Three Brunton brothers from Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn – Tommy, 44, Michael 43, Vinny, 42 – among the very best this city ever makes, all converged that morning to the very worst horror the city had ever seen. By midafternoon, Tommy Brunton bumped into his brother Michael and they would learn Vinny was missing. Tommy knelt in the Ground Zero ash and wept.

One more; Came across another story – check it out.


“I could go into his office at 11:30 p.m. and ask him a fire question and he would lean back in his chair and tell me countless stories,” the letter from the firefighter, Will Hickey, said. “He would say the best way to learn is from your mistakes. ‘If you’re not making mistakes, you are not trying.’ “

Keep Vinny’s family in your thoughts today.


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Took this off Facebook. A friend posted:

So suicide is the number one silent killer of good people!

So if it’s a killer, it should be a big concern.

But it’s not!

September is Suicide Prevention month.

May I ask my family and friends wherever you might be, to kindly copy and paste this status for one hour to give a moment of support to all of those who have family problems, health struggles, job issues, worries of any kind and just needs to know that someone cares?

Do it for all of us, for nobody is immune. I hope to see this on the walls of all my family and friends just for moral support. I know some will!!! I did it for a friend and you can too.

Suicide is no joke. I don’t know why we keep it a secret? Last year at our high school we had two young ladies take their lives. What a tragedy. It happened just one month apart. A freshman and a senior. I know people who have had a family member take their life. You probably do too. We need to come together and help each other. I don’t even know where to start. Oh wait, here’s a good place to start; let’s start being nice to each other. And most of all, reach out to someone. Call a friend. E-mail, or even send them a text message.

You never know who you can help…



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