Sense Of Place

admin on May 23rd, 2010

Well, this house is not directly across the street, but while growing up that house belonged to an elderly man, Dick Whalen, that I had little interest in.  The house shown here belonged to an elderly couple, the Sylvernales, that had a granddaughter my age who would come to visit them.  Anna O’Brien was a […]

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This is the one and only corner house on Emerson Street (the other three corners are empty lots), on the opposite end of the street from where I live.  It was also the home of Jane Dolan, the only person in the neighborhood who graduated from high school in the same class as me.  As […]

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admin on April 25th, 2010

The O’Cains were another family with kids my age, this time all boys (Chris, Brian, Tim), who lived in an apartment above the funeral home on Maple Avenue.  In recent times that apartment has changed tenants on a regular basis, which probably should be expected, though it did not seem strange to me back then […]

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admin on April 18th, 2010

This house is now owned by Chris Grosjean but was once the home of the Welz family with their five girls around my age.  In case you are wondering, there is no longer snow in Norfolk, the Maple Avenue photos were all taken on the same day during the winter.  One advantage of winter shots […]

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admin on April 11th, 2010

My chemistry teacher, Sal Passamano, lived nearby on Maple Avenue. I knew little about him until I went to Northwestern, a regional middle and high school for four towns. My first impression was one of apprehension. Walking down the hallway near his classroom you occasionally heard “You KNUCKLEHEADS!” in a very loud voice. Once I […]

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admin on April 4th, 2010

I admittedly don’t know who owns this house on Maple Avenue now, but growing up and into young adulthood it belonged to the Fairmans, who had kids my age.  I had two memorable holiday experiences there.  They held Christmas Eve parties.  One year the forecasters were practically guaranteeing we would not have a white Christmas, […]

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admin on March 28th, 2010

Norfolk has a UCC Church and Catholic Church that operate all year.  Then we have an Episcopal Church that operates only in the summer and is in my neighborhood, on Mills Way.  The neighborhood kids entered a few unoccupied buildings, including the “haunted house” featured last week, but to my knowledge none of us ever […]

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admin on March 21st, 2010

The Manor House is a bed and breakfast place, very close to where I live, of some renown.  It started out, at least from my perspective of a young child, as a haunted house.  The Manor House was abandoned in the early to mid sixties and gave the appearance of those haunted houses you saw […]

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admin on March 7th, 2010

I grew up with this long garage in my backyard.  You probably can’t see the property marker, but it reveals that the garage goes right up to the property boundary on two sides.  For that matter, so does the neighbor’s garage that you see in white.  Neither practice would be allowed today with zoning requiring […]

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admin on February 14th, 2010

Emerson Street is a short street with a 90 degree turn in the middle.  My block is the east side of Emerson Street below the turn.  Last week’s Sense of Place featured the brown house that belonged to Bill Hurst when I grew up.  When he died a few years ago that left me the […]

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