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For those of you who still check into this site, I am waiting for my copy of Joe Harrison's book that traces the history of Saint Stephen's Cemetery. I met Joe on this site back in 2007; that's when he started gathering notes for the book. He contacted me because I had written a few anecdotes about the cemetery which focused on its use back in the forties and fifties. By that time the cemetery had become a play area for the neighborhood kids. The cemetery had been closed by the end of the nineteenth century. None of us kids thought that playing there was ghoulish or disrespectful - it was a grand open space.

Added: February 17, 2019
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Good job Bob and Ed Gavin for keeping this up. I left Philly in 2000 amd moved to SC. Still here. Let me know about the next reunion. My husband, Jimmy Walsh passed away in September 2011. A great man and a wonderful 52 years married.

Class of 1953


Added: February 8, 2019
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Any one have a uniform that we wore in 1960s?

Added: January 12, 2019
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Well, the local parade of Mummers and their followers that keeps 2nd Street very, very lively has ended. The barriers are being removed, the trash is being picked up, the lingerers are being gently moved on. Now things can get back to normal. Oh yeah, Happy New Year everyone!

Added: January 1, 2019
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A short Christmas story: I'm thinking of my fifth-grade sister (Sister Saint Raphael) admonishing the class just before Christmas, 1951. She said that we should not say "merry Christmas." Her view was that we should say "happy Christmas." As far as she was concerned "merry" was a pagan term (I kid you not!) and hinted of wild, physical goings-on. "Happy," for Sister, suggested what I gathered to be a more reverent state of mind. Clearly, I never forgot her distinction, or I wouldn't be writing this today. The bottom line is that I'm wishing all of you a merry and happy and joy-filled Christmas.

Added: December 25, 2018
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Happy Thanksgiving to all of you alumni and to anyone else who has checked into this site. For me, that half-day Wednesday marked the beginning of the Christmas season. It was such a joy to start the season with a grand holiday like Thanksgiving and then savor each day until Christmas. My state of mind was similar to what I felt during summer break: don't let it pass quickly!

Added: November 22, 2018
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Hi Bill its been a long time.

Added: November 7, 2018
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Hello Bill Carlino. I remember your surname very well; did you have any younger brothers or sisters who attended Saint Stephen's? Also, I recall your dad's shop on Broad Street. By the time I was a freshman at North Catholic I always got my hair cut at Jerry's Barber Shop, a few doors down from Carlino's Flower Shop. Jerry Salerno had a couple of kids in our school. I'm glad you found this site; I hope you've looked through the extensive photo collection.

Added: November 5, 2018
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I Attended ST Stephens from 1940 T0 1948. (Actually until 1949 because my Freshmen High School was spent at the Parish because the High Schools-North and Roman were stuffed.)
Well I am trying to make with any of my classmates or associates from that area.
I lived above my dad's flower shop at 3715 N. Broad ST- across from the BEUREY Building.


Added: November 2, 2018
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Graduated from St Stephens in 1964. Any future reunions I would like to be informed. Thank you.

Added: October 24, 2018
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