Breezy Point Historical Society

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2018 Newsletter

Dear Members & Friends,

No other memory of Breezy Point compares for those of us in our late 50s and over of visiting Kotter’s candy store on Market Street and spending what seemed like hours deliberating over what penny candies to buy. Some of us saved our used bubble gum to stick down between the wooden planks on the boardwalk to retrieve dropped coins and others “redirected” their Sunday collection to finance those highly anticipated Kotter’s visits. The granddaughter of the owners of Kotter’s recently donated a wonderful collection of photographs of Market Street and Kotter’s to the Society which we look forward to sharing with you this summer.

Have you stopped by and visited our new office at the Medical Center? We now have additional space for our growing collection of photographs, artifacts and video histories. A big thank you once again to the Cooperative for supporting our efforts! Please clip out our 2018 schedule in this newsletter to ensure that you will not miss one of our programs this summer. Also remember to read our weekly column in the Rockaway Point News for informative articles about Breezy’s history and upcoming events.

Book Signing

Book Cover of Footprints in the Sand of Time

Our first event (see details below) will take place on July 1st with a book signing by Breezy’s own historian Mary Elizabeth Smith and co-author Lee Rosenzweig. Their beautiful new coffee table book includes some of Mary Elizabeth’s best articles from her column in the Pointer with new photographs from the Society’s collection. We hope to see you on July 1st to meet the authors and talk about old times - refreshments will be served.

Mary Sweeney

Author Mary Elizabeth Smith

We would like to acknowledge the passing of one of the Society’s founding trustees, Mary Sweeney. Mary and her parents were life long residents and operated a successful real estate business here at the Point. Mary was a strong advocate for Breezy Point and her devotion will long be remembered.