Hometown Heroes

Visionary Returns, Feted

by Allan Appel | Oct 25, 2017 11:39 am | Comments (2)

Allan Appel PhotoThey celebrated buying, rehabilitating, and selling scores of homes to first-time homeowners and in the process revitalizing a stretch of Newhallville that many had given up on.

Not on the agenda but very much part of the event was also celebration of the return to action of the man who has lead that effort for decades: founder and executive director of Neighborhood Housing Services, who has returned from a life-threatening stroke to be the very model of optimism and resiliency.

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NHFD Hails Its Heroes

by Allan Appel | Oct 16, 2017 7:02 am | Comments (5)

Allan Appel Photo“You’re crawling down the hallway of a burning building. Your ears are beginning to burn. Your hair is beginning to catch on fire ... then you hear a moan. You reach up and grab someone lying on a bed, and out you go.

“There’s no greater feeling than to be be able to save people’s lives.”

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“Miss Librarian” Passes Half-Century Mark

by Allan Appel | Oct 26, 2016 10:56 am

Allan Appel PhotoMarianne Carolla remembers when there were eight neighborhood library branches, not only the five current (including the main). In particular she remembers the storefront branch on Chapel at Norton, where the paperbacks hung on spindles as in an old book store window.

Once a man, a library patron, came in and said to her, “I want something that’s hot to trot.”

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