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Monday, September 3, 2007

09/03/07 - The Weekend Roundup For Port Chester

Source: The Journal News

... 1-under par through four holes today during final-round play at the State Farm Classic in Springfield, Ill. The Port Chester native currently sits in a tie for 59th place at 1-over par for the tournament. She's 12 shots behind leader Sherri ...

Part one of two A new kind of train arrived in Stamford on Oct. 5, 1907.

The slower, less reliable steam-powered train sets had been replaced with groundbreaking electric trains, capable of getting commuters and travelers on the New York, New Haven and Hartford rail line between New York City and Stamford in 50 minutes.

The train left Grand Central Terminal at 9:09 a.m. and arrived at Stamford at 10:29 a.m. That is arrived one minute late appeared to be the only reported problem.

'Everything worked lovely,' Hoge Gilliam, a railroad superintendent, told The Advocate at the time.

Interviews with passengers revealed the ride was smoother than a steam locomotive and spared them the distractions of soft coal smoke and cinders. They also marveled about how the electric train seemed to accelerate and decelerate so quickly.

By 12:18 p.m., the first train back to New York left the Stamford station with about 100 passengers. The train carried mainly summer vacationers with a few commuters from Stamford and Greenwich, The Advocate reported.

The electric service, which began along the New Haven Line a few months before the first Stamford train -- in New Rochelle, N.Y., that July and at Port Chester, N.Y., in August -- marked a landmark development for the region's railroad that helped bring ridership to peak levels. Only a few years later, the rise of the automobile and increasing mismanagement issues caused commuting numbers to plummet..........



The other Greenwich murder

Source: New York Daily News

Summer was in its Labor Day swoon, and eighth grade loomed just ahead for Matthew Margolies.

His footloose days were numbered, so he decided to spend Aug. 31, 1984 - Friday of the holiday weekend - pursuing his favorite hobby: angling.

The gangly 13-year-old was Greenwich, Conn.'s version of Huck Finn. He was rarely seen without a fishing pole, stalking chubby trout in the Byram River near his home on Pilgrim Drive, which traverses the border between Greenwich and Port Chester, N.Y.

Young Margolies lived with his mother, Maryann, and older sister in the blue-collar Pemberwick section of Greenwich, far from the broad lawns and mansions of Belle Haven.

Maryann Margolies worked as a nurse, and Matthew was a latchkey kid, splitting time between his own home and that of his maternal grandmother, who lived a few blocks away.
It had been a difficult year for Matthew.

His parents had split up, and he had become estranged from his father, who moved to Texas. His beloved grandfather and angling guru, George Miazga, had died earlier that month, leaving Matthew without a fishing buddy...........

Skydivers tackle Pond Swoop challenge

Source: Poughkeepsie Journal

From pizza man to miracle man.

That wouldn't be the bad title for a biography of skydiver Jeff (Jeffro) Provenzano.

Last weekend, the former Port Chester/current Arizona resident won the 11th annual Pond Swoop Nationals skydiving competition at The Blue Sky Ranch in Gardiner.

The victory was the fourth straight at Gardiner for Provenzano, who won $4,000, taking the straight lane, carving lane and freestyle/expression and overall championships.

Straight lane, carving lane skydiving?

At Gardiner, this means exiting a plane at 4,000 feet, deploying your canopy at about 3,000 feet and "slowing" to about 60 miles per hour. Then you drag a foot as far as you can through the water in a designated lane of a 250-foot-long pond, then land on the ground - points added for style.

Freestyle requires basically the same skills, with a tough trick thrown in.
Provenzano's trick was the "miracle man" in which he did a complete 360, landing with his canopy lines twisted.

"People are doing things that five years ago were never dreamed of," said Gardiner resident Kamuran Bayrasli, a competitor who owns the Ranch's pro shop..........

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