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Articles From 1984 – 1985

Greenpoint Gazette – September 1984

Charter Member Passes

ARTHUR TOBER departed this life September 20, 1984 in the comfort of his home, 52 Sutton Street, Greenpoint Brooklyn, New York. He was born on Kingsland Avenue, Greenpoint, and Brooklyn on November 26, 1921. Arthur Tober was the son of the late Edward and Mary (Szulecki), both Polish born and brother of Delores and the late Wanda Tober. As a youngster, Arthur received an early education at P.S. 110. He then went on to graduate from Alexander Hamilton High School. Shortly after graduating, he served 41/2 years in the U.S. Coast Guards during World War II. Upon completing his services to his country, he went on to become an expert carpenter hobbyist. As a career he opened his own business in Health and Beauty Aids. While starting a new civilian life, little did he know that he was to meet a new and everlasting love. Stand­ing on the platform of the Nassau Avenue train station, he met a lovely young, woman by the name of Jean Staniszewska. Later on, this great man and his lovely woman became one as they wed on April 23, 1950 in St. Stanislaus Kostka, R. C. Church. Mr. Tober was a charter member of St. Stanislaus Memorial Post #1771 and St. Stanislaus R. C. Church. As a member, he dedi­cated years of service in many areas. He is survived by: his devoted wife Jean and a host of relatives and friends. Reposed at the Evergreen Funeral Home, Inc. Until Monday, Sept. 24th Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stanislaus Kostka R. C. Church, 10.00 a.m. Interment Calvary Cemetery.

Greenpoint Gazette – September 1984

Prevent Child Abductions

Vice Commander Joseph Swiatek, Chairman of the Child­ren & Youth Committee of St. Stanislaus Memorial Post 1771 today issued a statement urging community parents to help pro­tect their children at an early age to deal with potentially dangerous situations. Swiatek stated: “Between 1.3 and 1.8 million children are reported missing in the United States every year. Some run away others are abducted by strangers or by parents. Each year between 20.000 and 50.000 cases of missing children remain unsolved by the police. Authori­ties suggest: that a child when old enough be taught his/her full name, address and complete telephone number.”

Continuing. Swiatek advised: Parents can take positive actions to protect their .children. They can teach them:

That no adult has authority over them simply by virtue of size-that the children can say no.

To know their home address including the city and state and phone number with area code.

To use both pushbutton and dial phones for local and long distance calls.

To memorize emergency phone numbers.

To run to the nearest public place store or police station if they feel unsafe.

To watch for enticements from strangers-like candy, or requests to help find a lost dog or cat.

Not to get close to a car if a stranger calls out for directions or anything else, it is easy for a, stranger to pull a child into a car.

Not to open the door to strangers.

Not to tell callers that mom or dad isn’t home, say they can’t come to the phone and will call back.

Not to walk alone if they can help it.

To walk near the curb, on lighted streets at night and against the traffic, and to travel known routes.

To run away, scream and make lots of noise if they are followed or grabbed by a strang­er. The last thing a dangerous stranger wants– is a lot of attention.

To go to the checkout counter and wait to be called on the. loudspeaker if they are separated from you in a store.

Never to go out to a parking lot alone.

To tell parents immediately if anyone or any incident has made them feel uncomfortable.

Concluding; Swiatek indicated: “Parents” should keep recent, clear photographs of their children in at least two different poses just in case an unfortunate incident occurs,”

Greenpoint Gazette – September 1984

Vietnam Veterans
Tuition Awards

New York State veterans, who served in the service between 1/1/63 and 5/7/75, studying at any degree granting institution in New York State, can receive a tuition award up to $5OO.OOper semester for full-time undergrad­uate study ($250.00, if part-time). To be eligible, veterans must apply for a NYS Tuition Assis­tance Program (TAP) award. ­Information can be received by seeing your Post Service Officer. Additionally, for toll free inform­ation on TAP financial aid, veterans can call 1-800-642-6234 or 1-800-642-6238 weekdays bet­ween 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Some shorts George Apen (VFW-Post 1818) advises that Billy Ray Cameron, a Vietnam Veteran, of Sanford, North Carolina, has been elected-installed as national commander-in-chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at the 85th annual convention in Chicago Chester Maleszsewski, Sr. (House Chairman  PLAY Post 3) was all smiles over the recent successful” Bush Beer Let’s Get Acquainted” party. Post is sponsoring a Night-at-the-Races social fundraiser on September 28th (8p.m.)   St. Stanislaus Memorial American Legion Post 1771 will hold the annual installation on Saturday evening September 22nd. Commander Edward Dubowski thanks all the members who volunteered their time during the successful Fall Carnival. All veteran posts are hoping that you (the veteran reading this article will join. Just drop-in and say hello. If you need an introduction, contact me.

Greenpoint Gazette – September 1984

World War II Veteran Honored

With the assistance of Congressman Stephen J. Solarz, Greenpoint resident Edward Dubowski received 8 decorations and citations more than 40 years after he earned them in world War II.

Although the Army finally released the medals in May, Solarz officially presented them to Dubowski on September 18th in a special ceremony in Solarz’s office at 619 Lorimer Street. The decorations and cita­tions that Dubowski received were the Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic­Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Philippine Defense Ribbon, and the Honorable Service Lapel Button. Dubowski earned the awards during the three and a half years that he served in the Army during World War II From January 1941 to August 1945, Dubowski served as a private first class infantryman in various spots in the Pacific, including the Philippines.

Dubowski owns his own business in Greenpoint and has been active with the American Legion. He is a past commander of St. Stan’s Memorial Post.

Greenpoint Gazette – September 4, 1984

Legion Urges Registration

Commander Edward J. Dubowski, St. Stanislaus Memorial American Legion Post 1771, today issued a statement urging all community residents to register to afford the privilege of voting in the general  election to be held on November 6th.

Commander Dubowski in­dicated: “The Americanism Committee is promoting a registration drive and has sent a letter to each of our member requesting that every voter sign a voter. About 1,200 mail  registration forms have been distributed. Today, I ask those still not registered in the community, to register. ”
Continuing, “It has been said I many times, but it can’t be said I enough: EVERY VOTE COUN­TS. Bad politicians are elected by good citizens, who do not vote. Many people feel that their one vote means very little, that it is a waste of their time to go to the polls. Nothing is further from the truth. If one more person had voted from each village, town, or precinct, the outcome of many an election would have been different. But, of course, before you can vote, you must register. ”

Commander Dubowski stated: “We need your help. The time has come the time is here … the time is now to make a concer­ted effort to reduce the ‘no shows’ on Election Day. You can help, by registering. Veterans have fought to maintain our Republic ­democracy. Unless individua1s participate, government of the people, by the people, and for the people doesn’t work.”

Concluding, Dubowski advised “If you moved for haven’t vote, within the last two years, you need to re-register. Local registration at New York City polling places, generally the local public school will be held on October 9th and 13th between the hours of 1 p.m. and 9p.m.”


Greenpoint Gazette – September 5, 1984

G. I. Bill Of Rights Hailed

The American Legion, led by National Commander Keith Kreul and a delegation of past national commanders, National Executive Committeemen and other officials, recently participated in ceremonies on Capitol Hill and at the Pentagon commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the signing of the G. I. Bill of Rights.

Commander Edward J. Dubowski St, Stanislaus Memorial Post 1771. indicated recently to post members that the”.., educational benefits provided an essential tool. that made it possible for millions of veterans to receive further training, as they readjusted to civilian life.”

The American Legion was congratulated by President Ron­ald Reagan for its support of the original G. I. Bill. President Reagan stated: The legislation was “one of the most enlightened laws our government has ever adopted. Since Legionnaire Harry Cohnery wrote the first G. I. Bill, more than 18 million veterans have received some form of training. For more than eleven million veterans the American dream has been transformed into a reality for them and their families in the form of home ownership.

Community residents needing any assistance concerning on­going veteran rights are urged to visit St. Stanislaus Memorial Post 1771 and to contact Post Serve Officer. Richard W. Fitzgerald. Sr.

Greenpoint Gazette – September 5, 1984


STANLEY BARANOWSKI of Monitor Street passed away after a prolonged illness on August 13, 1984 at the age of 66. He was born and raised in Greenpoint; was a Veteran of WWII USA; an active member of the American Legion St. Stan’s Post #1771; the Holy Name Society; St. Aloysius YMCC and the Knights of Columbus Fidelity Council 495. He is sur­vived by his beloved wife Lottie (Gondek), loving children Mary Theresa, Stanley and Robert; mother Jozefa (Pietruszewska), brothers George and Henry, nieces & nephews, nieces & nephews. The funeral took place from the Stobierski Lucas GARDENVIEW FH Ltd., 161 Driggs Avenue on August 16, 1984. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Stanislaus Kostka RC Church. Burial followed in the family plot in Calvary Cemetery.

STANLEY A. MACIEJ of Humboldt Street, passed away sud­denly on August IS, 1984 at the age of 65. He was born and raised in Greenpoint; was a Veteran of WWII-USA; a member of the Holy Name Society; the Ushers & Collectors Society; a member off the American Legion St. Stan’s Post #1771 and the American Legion 40 & 8 Voucher #17. He is survived by his beloved wife Anne (Wroblewski), cherished daughter!  Elaine Zarkewicz; loving grand sons David and Andrew; dear brother Frank Madej; nieces & nephews. The funeral took place from the Stobierski Lucas GAR­DEN VIEW FH Ltd., 161 Driggs Avenue on August 18, 1984. Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Stanislaus Kostka RC Church. Burial followed in the family plot in St. John’s Cemetery.

Greenpoint Gazette – September 5, 1984

American Legion Hails
Youth Of America Week

Edward J. Dubowski Comman­der of St. Stanislaus Memorial American Legion Post 1771, today issued a statement congratulating the National Football League, (NFL) Alumni for sponsoring “Youth of America Week”, Sep­tember 2nd through 8th.

Charles M. Merjave, chairman of the Americanism Committee, stated: “Since1982, the NFL Alumni have set aside the first week of the NFL season to work and spend time with the youth of their NFL cities, both to serve the needs of the community and to present young people with positive role models -“examples of the benefits of making the right choices at a time when they are constantly exposed to drugs and alcohol, sex and, violence, and crime without punishment in the mass media.”

Continuing MerJave added: “In the first year, Youth of America Week touched the lives of 10,000 kids in the 14 NFL cities. III 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill, which proclaimed Youth of America Week nation Wide. The Alumni reached 50,000 kids in 26 NFL cities, and their goal for 1984 is to reach over a quarter of a million with their message of hope and concern. This program offers direction for our most priceless resource kids.

Commander Dubowksi urged community residents to join in with the NFL Alumni and pro­mote/support the Youth of America Week movement by contact­ing the NFL Alumni Chapter in New York City or by calling NFL Alumni Headquarters at” (305) 564-6118.

Greenpoint Gazette _ September 25, 1984

Commander Dubowski Installed

Edward J. Dubowski was in­stalled as Commander of St. Stanislaus Memorial Post 1771 by Kings County American Legion Commander Joseph Hickey, last Saturday evening.

Dubowski, commander of the post during 1982-83, is the owner of Eddies Hardware Store on Manhattan Avenue. He is a World War II veteran and served in the U.S. Army Infantry Ranger 27th and 40th Divisions.

Installed during the ceremony were: Vice Commanders Edward Bizinski, Charles Maykowski and Joseph Swiatek, Adjutant Henry Bialous, Chaplain Edward Bla­zak, Sergeant-at-Arms Anthony Podgurski, and Executive Committeeman Casimir Michalski and Walter Ra,chwalskL Jr. Past Commander Nicholas Stefanizzi, Sr. (PCC) was thanked by Commander Hickey for a year of excellent service to the post. Rev. Edward Gates gave the Benediction. Past Commander Charles M. Merjave was chair­man of the Installation Program A hot meal was served and music entertainment provided by the “Grandma’s Gran’s sons.”

Charles M. Merjave Chairman
Public Relations Committee

Greenpoint Gazette – October 1984

American Legion: Children’s
Halloween Party

Vice Commander Joseph Swiatek, chairman of the Children & Youth Committee of St. Stanislaus Memorial American Legion Post 1771, today urged all community residents to “Make Halloween a Safe and Fun Night” in Greenpoint-Williamsburg.

Halloween it’s a time for fun and frolic, a time, for just a moment, when children achieve some of their fantasies, as they gleefully don costumes to become their favorite heroes or villains, heroines or witches. Then, it’s off to knock on neighbor’s doors to ask the age-old question, Treat-­or-Treat?” and accumulate a wide variety of goodies.

Swiatek stated: “As a alternate to door-to-door “trick-or­-treating”, The American Legion, our Post, is sponsoring a free admission member/community Halloween Party for children on Sunday, November 4th, beginning at 2 p.m. (100 McGuiness Boulevard).

Continuing, Swiatek added: “The event will include carnival like activities with games; such as, ducking for apples for the delight of the young ones. Refreshments will be served: hot dogs and soda. A costume parade with prizes awarded for the most original dress in different age groups. “NOTE: Children must be accompanied by an adult, preferably a parent.

Concluding, Swiatek stated: “Responses to questions or additional information can be received by visiting the Post Lounge, Friday/Saturday/Sunday/Monday evenings after 8 p.m. I particularly look forward to seeing Post Members at the’ Post Lounge Oktober­fest/Halloween Party on Friday evening October 26th.”

Greenpoint Gazette – October 9, 1984

POW – MIA Medals Available

Commander Edward J. Dubowski, St. Stanislaus American Legion Memorial Post 1771, announced today, that bronze miniature replica medals of the bronze congressional medals issued to honor American mission and unaccountable from the hostilities in Southeast Asia are now available from the United States Mint.

A public law approved Septem­ber 24th, 1983, provided for the speaker of the House of Represen­tatives and the president pro tern of the U.S. Senate, to present bronze medals on behalf of Congress to the 2,494 Americans listed as missing or otherwise unaccounted for the three inch bronze medals were to be accepted by the next of kin in recognition of the person’s service and the commitment of the American people to their return.

Commander Dubowski stated: “Leaders of the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate designated Senator Robert C. Byrd, sponsor of the legislation, to symbolically present a three-inch bronze medal to the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia. The ceremony was held on July 21st, during the annual meeting of the league in Arlington, VA. The balance of the medals are to be presented in statewide ceremonies over the next several months.

Continuing Dubowski in­dicated: “The medal was designed by Thomas Mason Nielson of Woodbridge, Virginia, whose Navy service included two tours in Vietnam on a landing craft in the Mekong Delta and secondly aboard the aircraft carrier Ranger. The medals obverse features an eagle in a bamboo forest. Around the top border appears MISSING WHILE SERVING IN THE DEFENSE OF FREEDOM IN SOUTHEAST ASIA and at the lower border is POW*MIA. The medals reverse features the Vietnam. Service Medal sym­bolically lying on a surface ready for the recipient to claim it. The inscriptions are: YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN and BY ACT OF CONGRESS SEPTEMBER 1983. The lettering HONORING AMERICANS STILL MISSING appears around the top border. The date 1961, year of the first Southeast Asia POW/MIA, ap­pears, as does the year of the cease-fire, 1973. On the lower border is VIETNAM*LAOS*CAMBO­DIA. ”

Concluding, Commanderr Dubowski advised that “The I 5/16th miniture bronze replicas (No. 678 on the Mint’s Medal List can be ordered by mail at a cost of $2.25 each. The mailing address is: The United States Mint (Medals), P.O. Box 500, Philadelphia, Pa. 19105.

Greenpoint Gazette – October 23, 1984

American legion Urges
Halloween Safety

Commander Edward J. Dubowski, St. Stanislaus Memorial American Legion Post 1771, has issued a statement urging all residents to “Make Halloween a Safe and Fun Night. ”

Dubowski noted: fantasies ­come true can turn sour if trick ­or treatees and their parents don’t prepare for the possible hazards’ of the occasion. To reduce the hazard potential, Vice Comman­der Joseph Swiatek, chairman of the Children & Youth Committee, has prepared a list of helpful tips for parents, which appears below:

1. Parents can prepare for a safe outing for the youngsters by helping with costumes, which should be light in color (easily seen by motorists), and short enough to prevent tripping.
2. Costume material should be of flame-resistant materials.
3. Youngsters should wear cosmetics and hats instead of masks, which limit vision. If a mask isn’t adjusted properly, the eyeholes may shift and totally block the child’s vision.
4. Parents should accompany young children on trick-or-treat rounds and preferably during daylight hours – Note: On Sunday morning, October 28th (2 am), clocks are moved back one hour and Eastern Standard Time retur­ns.
5. A child should never go “trick -or-treating” alone.
6. Children “trick-or-treating” after dark, should have reflective tape strips attached to their costumes.
7. All “goodies” received, no matter what the age of the child, should be inspected by a parent, prior to be eaten by the child.

Swiatek emphasized that”… The American Legion, as an organization, emphasizes both the fun and safety precaution aspects the occasion. – Make Halloween A safe and Fun Night.

Greenpoint Gazette – November 13, 1984

On Sunday, November l1th, St. Stanislaus Memorial American Legion Post 1771 observed Veterans Day with a special ceremony and celebration. Our National Commander, Clarence M. Bacon, in his monthly message to members outlined what the American Legion programs are and what is being promoted in the interests of all our nation’s veterans.

As the majority of veterans aren’t members of any veterans organization, to make everyone aware of what is occurring, below appears the full text of National Commander Clarence M. Bacon’s, message: “Next to Defense, America’s Veterans Must Rank First”.

In the United States, democracy and the veteran are inextricably bound. The veteran has preserved our democracy in time of war. Our democratic government has provided veteran rights. Public focus this month is on both democracy and our nation’s veterans.

We will soon elect a president to serve the next four years and elect senators and representatives who will constitute the 99th Congress.

In Washington, D.C., hundreds of thousands of veterans will ob­serve a Vietnam Veterans National Salute II. They will at­tend Washington area events on Veterans ‘Day, weekend and witness the unveiling of a statue at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Nov. 11.

I pointed out the link between these events in my testimony before the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees recently  Veterans answered, the call to defend our nation.

It was their first priority; it is The American Legion’s first priority. And while ranking veterans affairs second to national defense among our national priorities may be questioned by some, it simply recognizes the government’s obligations to those who performed the highest duty of citizenship. It also recognizes that reasonable benefits and ser­vices to veterans constitute a federal responsibility.
I told both committees The American Legion generally is pleased with the fiscal year 1984 VA budget of $27.2 billion. It is the largest appropriation ever for veteran’s programs, yet it represents less than 3 percent of federal expenditures for the fiscal year.
The point: Veteran’s programs do not consume an increasing share of the federal dollar. We ex­pect the 99th Congress and the president to recognize the efficacy of V A expenditures and develop an adequate VA budget for the fiscal year 1986.

Hand in glove with an adequate budget is upgrading current medical   facility and funding for major construction projects. We approve of the nearly $1 billion in combined funding for major and minor construction projects for this fiscal year.

This construction and upgrading is absolutely essential to meet ever- expanding need t for top-grade medical care delivered to veterans who need it now and for those who are entering their twilight years.

The aging veterans population, is growing in geometric proportions. There are 10.7 million WWII veterans with an average age of 64 years. More important by the year 2010 the total veteran population over 65 will be 12 million Geriatric research and the provision of extended health care and medical services by the VA must be undertaken immediately.

Not to be ignored are the constant questions surrounding the­ consequences of service in Vietnam. I told the House and Senate I committees that we intend to honor our commitment to the welfare of all veterans.

The 99th Congress must enact legislation that allows a presumption of service connection for those disabilities scientifically traced to Agent Orange exposure. We “‘Will not accept attitudes from VA employees who are, unsympathetic to Vietnam veterans’ special problems. We will take what ever action necessary to iden­tify physicians or adjudicators who refuse to acknowledge Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PT­SD) a pathological condition. And we encourage the expansion of PTSD units and the creation of a national center for PTSD research and health-care training.

The special needs of examination and health care for the woman veteran also have been a primary focus in recent years. We are heartened by the efforts directed toward health-care techniques involving privacy of treatment and” an awareness of gender-related disorders. We in­tend to see these veterans receive their full range of benefits and services.

The persistent problem of veteran unemployment also will be a priority item on The American Legion agenda for the 99th Congress. So far, great strides have been made: the creation of, an assistant secretary of labor for veterans employment and training; enactment of the Jobs Training Partnership Act and Emergency Veterans Jobs Training program; reauthorization of the Targeted Jobs Tax Credit program and the veterans Reappointment Authority; and continuing efforts to restrict contracting our certain veterans’ jobs.

Our next president and our 99th Congress may look to us for any assistance to maintain the best possible programs of benefits and services for veterans. As an organization comprising veterans ­from all four wars in which the United States has been involved in during the 20th Century. The American Legion will continue to promote the interests of all our nation’s veterans.

Residents interested in joining The American Legion are urged invited to visit the St. Stanislaus Memorial Post 1771 at 100 McGuinness Boulevard any Friday or Saturday evening, after 7 pm, and ask to see Vice Com­mander Edward Bizinski Membership Chairman.

Greenpoint Gazette – December 1984

Retirement of Old Colors Ceremony

St. Stanislau Memorial Post 1771 announced today that the Post Americanism Committee will hold a “Retirement of Old Colors Ceremony” on Saturday after­noon December 8th at 2:30 p.m. on Post grounds at 100 McGuinness Boulevard.

Post Commander Edward J. Dubowski stated: “American Flags, which have become unserviceable (faded and worn) should be retired, not destroyed, at a respectful rite. A Flag may be a flimsy bit of printed gauze, or a beautiful banner of finest silk. Its intrinsic value may be trifling or, great but its real value is beyond price for it is precious symbol of all but that we and our comrades have worked for and lived for, and died for – a free nation of free men and women true to the faith of the past, and devoted to the ideals and practice of Justice, Freedom and Democracy.

Community residents and associations are urged to bring unserviceable flags to the Post Lounge any Friday, Saturday or Monday evening after 8 p.m. or Saturday/Sunday afternoon after 2 p.m. Additionally unserviceable flags can be brought to Eddies Hardware at 688 Manhat­tan Avenue, near Norman Avenue.

Additionally, scouts, veterans, and the community-at-Large are invited to attend the short but symbolic service, which will include a remembrance to the servicemen who died during the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Greenpoint Gazette – December 4, 1984

American Legion: New
Property Tax Exemptions
For Veterans

Commander Edward J. DubIowski St Stanislaus Memorial Post 1771 informed community residents today that Chapter 525 of the laws of 1984 (Assembly Bill 9119B and Senate Bill 9905) has been approved and creates a new and more equitable system of real property tax exemptions fur veterans, amends section 458.

Veterans have been receiving real property tax exemptions for many years. However, the value of those exemptions varied accord­ing to the assessing practices of the community in which a veteran lived. Veterans who lived in communities using fractional assessment formulas generally received more benefit–from their exemptions than did veterans who lived in communities assessing at full value. In addition the veterans of Korea and Vietnam could not quality for exemptions that were equal to the exemptions enjoyed by the veterans of the prior wars.

Dubowski stated: “The new law will treat all veterans equally. It establishes a new 10-year property tax exemption of 15 percent of the assessed value of the residence of any veteran who served during wartime and a 25 percent exemption for those veterans who served in a combat zone. There is also an additional exemption for those veterans who were disabled as a result of their service. Veterans who currently receive exemptions under the old law will continue to receive those exemptions. However, veterans who apply for exemptions in the future will be covered by the new law.

Continuing, Dubowski expressed caution on implementation with in New York City, as the new law set a balance between local government’s need for a strong tax base and the desire to treat the State’s veterans fairly and equitably.

Local governments can elect not to participate in the new veterans exemption program or can reduce the maximum exemptions established by the new law. In either case, a local government must act by local law and must do so prior to certain dates specified in the new law.

Commander Dubowski urged all residents/veterans to write Councilman Abraham Gerges (111 Court Street/Brooklyn, NY 11201) and urge him to support immediate full implementation by introducing legislation in the City Council. Similar correspon­dence should be sent to Mayor Edward I. Koch and the other members of the Board of Estimate.

Dubowski concluded by urging eligible community veterans to  …join The American Legion and support actions similar to the new property tax exemption, which was earned by service to our Nation. The American Legion believes that Korean and Vietnam Was veterans are entitled to the same benefits, as those of prev­ious wars, and invites eligible veterans to join The American Legion.” Visit the Post any Friday or Saturday evening (100 McGuinness Boulevard) and ask for an application or to speak to Vice Commander Edward Bizinski (Membership Chairman).

Greenpoint Gazette – 1985

American Legion: Need A Lift?

Commander Edward J. Dubowski, St., Stanislaus Memorial American Legion Post 1771, announced today that the Post has presented complementary copies of the American Legion’s Scholarship Handbook, NEED A LIFT?  to the Greenpoint Branch and the Leonard Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.

NEED A LIFT? is one of the services offered the young people of our Nation by The American Legion. – The 34th Edition (The 1985 Issue) consists of 144 pages, which lists several hundred million dollars in scholarships and loans provided each year through colleges, individual State, cor­porations, endowments and other organizations. Total sources of scholarships, loans and part-time jobs to help students annually are estimated by The American Legion’s Education Program to be in excess of $2,000,000,000.

Joseph Swiatek, chairman of the Post Children & Youth Committee, stated: “In the development of the handbook, an attempt has been made to give emphasis to the opportunities available to children of deceased and disabled veterans. However, The American Legion’s goal is to interest and assist all students to further their education, as fat as, their capabilities will permit. ”

Continuing Swiatek stated: “Students should consider the following important” factors in planning.

(l) Before applying for a I scholarship, the student should establish his eligibility to enter the school of his/her choice.

(2) A student should begin planning toward this scholarship application early in his/her high school years.

(3) Students and parents should consider the combination of savings, scholarships, loans and part-time employment to expenses of education.

Residents (parents 8:nd studen­ts) can visit Post. Headquarters. (100 McGuiness Boulevard) any Friday /Saturday evening after 7 p.m. or Saturday/Sunday afternoon after 2 p.m. and review a copy of “NEED A LIFT?”

Greenpoint Gazette – January 1985

Veteran Job Alert

Commander Edward J. Dubowski, St. Stanislaus Memorial American Legion Post 1771, today urged qualified veterans to apply for the NYC Police Department administrative aide exam to be held on January 19th.

There will be more than 800 clerical and administrative posit­ions opening up in the police I department, Housing Police and: Transit Police in the next year.

Dubowski stated: “The starting salary for police administrative aide is $15,543 a year with a 10% differential for night shifts. The benefits include 11 paid holidays, sick leave, four weeks vacation and health and pension plans. The salary will increase, because the union is negotiating for a raise, which is retroactive to last July 1st.”

Qualifications for the exam are typing skills of 35 words per minute, a high school diploma or equivalent and either one year of full time clerical experience, 30 college credits or two years active military duty.

Commander Dubowski, concluding, stated: “Anyone interested in the exam may apply at any police precinct or transit or housing facility. Applications can be picked up at the City Depart­ment of Personnel at 49 Thomas Street, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Additional information may be obtained by calling (212) 732-7848.

Greenpoint Gazette – January 29, 1985

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Stamp

Commander Edward J. Dubowski, St. Stanislaus Memorial Post 1771, provides the following data on the recently issued 20-cent commemorative Vietnam Veter­ans Stamp honoring the memorial by the U.S. Postal Service.

The V-shaped memorial structure was designed by former Yale architectural student. Maya Ying Un, arid is composed of two black granite walls, each nearly 250 feet long. The walls are cut into a grassy slope between the Wash­ington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.

The walls are inscribed with the names of 57,939 American miss­ing and dead. They are listed in chronological order beginning with the first casualty in the summer of 1959 and ending with the last in the spring of 1975.

Designer of the stamp was Paul Calle of Stamford, Conn., who also designed the 1983 Pearl Buck and Voluntarism stamps. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial stamp was prepared under the direction of Howard Paine, a design coordinator for the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee.

Stamps can be purchased at most local post offices or order from Washington (Postmaster, Washington. D.C. 20066.

Additionally Commander Dubowski advised that the Postal Service has announced the issuance of a commemorative stamp recognizing the service of Korean War veterans on July 26, 1985, which is the 30th anniversary of the conclusion of the Korean War.

Greenpoint Gazette – March 1985

American Legion Memorial
Mass & Service

St. Stanislaus Memorial Post 1771 has scheduled its annual  Memorial Mass and Services for deceased members of the Post and Auxiliary Unit 1771 for Sunday March 24th (Passion Sunday) at 11 a.m. in St.  Stanislaus Kostka Church on Driggs Avenue.

Chaplain Edward Blazek has; indicated that preparations are well under way. As in the past doughnuts and coffee will be available for the Legionnaires before the parade to the church which is scheduled to begin at about 10:30 a.m. The parade route starts at Post Headquarters (100 McGuinness Blvd.), down Norman Avenue to Humboldt I Street, with conclusion at the church.

In the line of march will be Kings County Commander Joseph Hickev, members of County Staff and Color Guard, the KCAL Band, the Honor Guard of the Post, and the Color Guards of. Posts located throughout Brooklyn.

After Mass, the groups will march to Mc Goldrich Park and then back to the Post Memorial grounds for a memorial service and the placement of a wreath by Post Commander Edward J. Dubowski and Unit President Rose Cutler. Four wreaths will be placed along the line of march at various monument sites.

All veterans and community residents are invited to join in the remembrance of our honored war dead and deceased members. Legionnaires are requested to wear their blue caps and residents are asked to display the Flag of the United States on March 24th.

Greenpoint Gazette March 26, 1985

Post 1771 Honors 25 Yr.
Members & Gazette

By Charles M. Merjave
Chainnan, Public Relations Comm.

St. Stanislaus Memorial Post 1771 observed the 66th anniversary of the American Legion with a gala celebration of this significant milestone last Saturday evening by honoring post mem­bers with over 25 years of continuous membership and service with the presentation of 25 year pins.

The festivities, part of a world­wide celebration among the more than 15,000 American Legion Posts located throughout the United States, included: a free dance for members and a hot din­ner consisting of roast beef, kiebasa and kapusta, ham, salads, and a large birthday cake. Over 60 people attended.

Commander Edward J. Dubowski presented a special award plaque to the Greenpoint Gazette, “The Voice of Green­point,” fur the support the paper has given the Posts programs and dedicated service to the Greenpoint community. Editor Ralph Carrano in accepting the award, expressing appreciation, indicated that the award was important to the Gazette, because the Post was one of the important organizations that have con­tributed to stabilizing and im­proving the community.

Charles .M. Merjave, PC, chairman – master of ceremonies, noting that it was 35 years ago (December 9th, 1949), since the Post received its temporary char­ter and that the awards and cer­tificates on the wall were only a symbol and recognition of the Post activity through the years, stated: “… More important is the help we have provided to those in need and requiring assistance or a helping hand.”

Chaplain Edward Blazek read the Opening Prayer and Benedic­tion, Michael Justynowicz, PC led the reciting of the Preamble to the American Legion Constitution and Vice Commander Edward Bizinski announced the names of the members who received the 25th Year Pin award: [members]

John T. Adamek
Andrew Antoszewski
Raymond Bates
Phillip Bianculli
Vito Bica
Leon J. Bilyk
William Brunning
David J. Cain, Jr.
Frank J. Cendrowski
John F. Costello
Casfmir C. Daczynski
Thurlow C. Grady
Anthony Horst
Edward Horst
Walter J. Jerzeinski
Fred J. Leies
John Lutz
James Platia
Thomas E. Skubin
Charles Smith
John Smolen
“Emil Warchol
Chester Zalewski
Walter P. Ziembicki

Cmdr Anthony T. Kuras (USN-Ret} Commander Dubewski extended an invitation to all eligible veterans of Greenpoint to become Legionnaires. “More and more eligible war veterans’ are recognizing that The American Legion is an organization which ‘Gets involved’. Membership in The American Legion gives the veteran an opportunity, to become involved in meeting the needs of the community, state, and nation through the Legion’s many and varied programs.”

Greenpoint Gazette – April 1985

To The Editor:

Many people believe that patriotism is dead. I don’t find that hard to believe. Look around your city and see how many flagpoles there are on top of buildings with no flags on them. How many people do you see during a parade take off their hats and put their hand over their heart to show respect for the flag?

There was a time when our country was new that the Flag was considered” a living thing. Of .all the symbols and signs of the world, there is no other that is so symbolic as the Flag of our nation. It signifies hundreds of years of humanity’s struggle up­ward. It reveals for all the people the spirit of liberty and human freedom. His symbol of national independence, not a royal house or family, but of over 200 million free people united into a nation, one and inseparable.

The colors of the Flag are symbolic of our nation. As George Washington put if, “we take the stars from heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white strips thus, showing that we have separated from her, and the stripes shall go down to posterity representing liberty. ”

Flags of other countries tell of a glorious past. But because of the youth of our nation, ours reveals a glorious future.

Not only is it the flag of our forefathers, but our flag, the flag of our children, and their children. Its spirit is the spirit of our nation. Its history is that of the American people. ‘Our flag is a message to the world of our triumph in popular government, of liberty, idealism, and patriotism. It is the living symbol of our great republic.

Let us take some time to ponder the meaning of our flag and our nation. Maybe it’s time we got back to the grass roots to find out just where we have come from, where we are, and where we are going. When you see the Stars and Stripes displayed, my friend, stand at attention and put your hand over your heart. If your throat chokes and tears come to 1- your eyes, don’t be ashamed; you may never have a nobler emotion.

The first flag of our nation rose over thirteen colonies lover 200 it years ago. Today over 200 million it Americans from sea” to shining sea, and great islands of two oceans owe its allegiance. It has been brought to this proud status a by loyalty and self-sacrifice. We have fought for it and heroes have died for, it. It is the living spirit of liberty in all of us. Let us respect it If and honor it accordingly.

Lg .(Factual information obtained from the U.S. Flag Code of the  American Legion).

Mr. Charles M. Merjave
Chainman, Americanism Committee

Greenpoint Gazette  April 13, 1985

Nite at the races at St Stanistaus Memorial Post 1771. 100 McGuinness Blvd. Donation $200 per person Doors open 8:00 pm. Free Beer, Hot dogs, Coffee and Door prizes.

Greenpoint Gazette – SUN. APRIL 14

St. Stanislaus Memorial American Legion Post 1771 announced today that a “Penny Social'” will be held in the main ballroom (100 McGuiness Boulevard) beginning at 2 p.m. As in the past, the donation is $2.00 per person. Refreshments will be served and a good time is insured to all. Included will be a special 50-50 donation drawing.  Proceeds for this social benefit will go to the Kings County American Legion County Band. Commander Edward J. Dubowski, noting that PCC Nicholas Stefanizzi, Sr. is the County Band Committee Chairman, urges all members ‘to come out and enjoy the day.

Greenpoint Gazette – May 1985

ST. Stanislaus Memorial Post#1771 A. L.
Holding An Irish Concert

The St. Stanislaus Memorial Post #1771 A. L. is holding an Irish Concert on Saturday, June 1st, 1985. It will begin at 8 PM with dancing after the concert.

The Chairman, P .C. Richard Fitzgerald, Sr. stated the American Legion has always promoted ethnic affairs in all the communities they work in. He stated you can travel over many areas of Queens and see ethnic concerts. Especially in Sunnyside and Woodside. These ethnic af­fairs last all through the summer. The people of the communities visit each others concerts no mat­ter what nation is represented.

We don’t have enough of this going on in Greenpoint. We, at the Post hope we can start an ac­tion that might result in having many ethnic affairs and actions. Throughout Greenpoint Fitzgerald said, “as an example you don’t have to be Irish to attend this concert”. We are hoping when our elected officials read this, they will attend with some of their constituents, no matter what race or religion they honor as their own.

The elected officials aides claim they keep their bosses abreast of what affairs are being put forth in Greenpoint. I hope they read this.

We of the Post believe this country is strong because it is a melting pot of many races and all those in the pot respect and love their heritage. This is why we say let this be the beginning of all kin­ds of affairs honoring all heritages.

Come and join this effort at 100 McGuinness Blvd. The donation is $10.00 per person. At this affair you will see Ritchie O’Shea and the Frank Keegan Band, Marie Fran­ces plus the Hertin Irish Step Dan­cers. There will also be vendors selling the famous Irish Fisherman Sweaters and the Claddagh Rings that all nationalities are wearing.

Greenpoint Gazette – May 1985

Dubowski Issues
Memorial Day Address

Commander Edward J. Dubowski, St Stanislaus Memorial American Legion Post 1771, today gave a Memorial Day I address at services held at Post Headquarters. Below appears the full text:

Memorial Day 1985, if it truly is to commemorate those who fought in defense of our country, might best be consecrated to the cause of peace, not just within the United States, but throughout the world.

The highest tribute the living can pay’ to the dead of our nation’s wars is to insure that they I have not died in vain. In these perilous times, we can pay meaningful homage to those who have given their lives in service to their county, if we succeed in maintaining the freedoms for which they fought and died.

Memorial Day is an all American holiday, a day that has its roots in the war, which had threatened to split our young republic in two. This commemorative tradition began as Decoration Day on April 25, 1866; when a group of young ladies, in Columbus, Miss., gathered flowers to decorate the graves of loved ones in the community cemetery.

The custom soon expanded through an order in 1868, issued by Gen. John A Logan, comman­der-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic. His order called upon all GAR units to conduct suitable exercises including the decoration of graves of fallen comrades, and close with this timeless admonition: “Let no ravages of time testify to coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.” Today our nation pauses to honor its heroic dead. But, as we pause in this reverent moment of remembrance, let us not forget those who served and survived, many with bodies maimed and minds tortured by the horrors of their experiences. Let us also reaf­firm our sacred pledge “to care for him who shall have borne the burden of battle his widow and his orphan.”

Greenpoint Gazette – May 1985

Pinelawn Pilgrimage

St. Stanislaus Memorial Post 1771 American Legion will have a pilgrimage to the Long, Island National Cemetery at Pine13wn on Sunday May 22nd.

There will be one bus leaving Post 1771, 100 McGuinness Blvd. at 12 noon sharp.

Reservations may be made by printing your name on a piece of paper with the section and grave number you are visiting. Place in envelope and leave it at the Post Lounge or drop it off to Commander Eddy Dubowski before May 15th. Remember, there is only one bus and reservations will be accepted on a first come first served basis until the bus is full.