This Week in Rockland: Newspaper Excerpts: Flashback Friday: Week of December 2

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December 2, 1932 – 90 YEARS AGO
The Ramapo Valley Independent

       The physical examination of the pupils in the Suffern Grade School being completed, Miss Swart, the school nurse, will now institute the mid-morning lunch.
       Every child who is underweight is expected to drink a half pint of milk each forenoon. A special price of four cents each has been arranged so that this added financial burden will be practically negligible. In extreme cases, however, financial help will be given. No needy child will be overlooked.
       It is a proved and recognized fact that all school children are benefited by this light but nutritious lunch during the forenoon. This is true even where the home meals are carefully planned.
       There is, however, one group of pupils who should not take the midmorning milk. This is the over-weight group,—those who are more than 10% above the average weight. Obviously, they do not need it, and furthermore, it would aggravate their present condition. We therefore, request the parents to cooperate with them in refusing these children the added nourishment. 
                                                                                                         Dr. R. F. Sengstacken, M.D. 
                                                                                                            School Physician

November 16, 1947 – 75 YEARS AGO
The Village News

[Image: The Village News, December 1947, cover page]        Thanksgiving Day, here at the Village means to the boys and girls a day of plenty. The best dinner of the year and a full day of field sports more than justified their hopes. Mrs. Scales and her kitchen staff surpassed themselves, and Johnnie Burns put on his usual high-class field events. A vote of thanks goes to the kitchen workers who labored to heap the tables with everything from soup to nuts, beautiful roasted turkeys with all the trimmings, with seconds for all, big portions of mince and apple pie, plus oranges, apples, nuts, etc.
       About two and a half tons of turkey had to be prepared, a ton and a quarter of sweet potatoes, about a ton and a half of white potatoes, hundreds of pies, thousands of pounds of vegetables, plus fruit and nuts to be arranged in attractive dishes. Truly a man sized job!
       The kitchen staff can have the satisfaction that this year’s dinner was voted the best ever, in spite of the high standards of other years. The boys and girls really enjoyed themselves.
       In the morning, Mr. Burns, our Physical Training Instructor, staged a football game between the Reds and the Blues. Both teams were composed of the more rugged patients. The Reds won this well-contested game, Green being the outstanding player for the Reds, with Smith a close second. The score was Reds 24, Blues 18.
       In the afternoon a soccer game between the Reds and the Blues to give the Blues the chance to avenge the morning defeat. But here again the Reds were the strongest aggregation. Captain Brathwaite of the Reds led his men to an easy victory. Final score, Reds 6, Blues 0. The weatherman was very kind, and the day was a perfect day for field sports. We all felt that we had a lot to be thankful for this year.

                                                                                                         –Mark Reiner, Cottage A

November 29, 1972 – 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

       A “test team” task force on discrimination organized by the county Human Rights Commission has uncovered “blatant bias against blacks” in two apartment complexes in Pearl River and Spring Valley, according to chairman Leonard Cooke.
       According to Cooke, in both the Spring Valley and Pearl River cases, white couples and black couples took turns visiting the complexes where apartments were known to be available. The black couples were told that the units had been rented and subsequently whites were informed the vacancies still existed, he said.
       Cooke said at a meeting of the commission Monday that formal charges of discrimination in housing were prepared in behalf of the complainants by the county commission and forwarded to the state division.
       He said he could not identify the owners or addresses of the apartments involved until the state completes its investigation of the charges and unless the cases reach the stage of public hearings.
       The test teams were organized by Grace White of Spring Valley as part of the commission’s new Housing Advisory Council.
       Cooke praised what he termed “the sense of commitment on the part of the test teams as reflected in the prompt response and amount of personal time devoted by the volunteer men and women who took part in the probes.”
       But he said additional volunteers are needed for the test teams and other task force subcommittees of the Housing Advisory Council.
       The next meeting of the Council is Thursday at 8:30 p.m. at the county office building, he said.

This Week in Rockland (#FBF Flashback Friday) is prepared by Clare Sheridan on behalf of the Historical Society of Rockland County. To learn about the HSRC’s mission, upcoming events or programs, visit or call (845) 634-9629.


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