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What's on your mind

This is a place to post comments, photos, whatever...about growing up in the Hialeah Area...or anything else that is on your mind. In the past, we've been using our individual webpages for this purpose, but now we have a dedicated forum on our website. Please note that this forum is "not secure" and that comments you make are available to anyone that visits this website.   Vince "Vinny" Rusinak

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08/30/20 02:33 PM #372    


Lamarr Wade

I remember visiting my Grandfather in north Florida about 1955.  He was a farmer that on occasion grew watermelons.  Not every year because the watermelon market at that time was eratic.  Some years the farmers received a huge price, then the next year could not sell their melons at any price.  Regardless, I was there near harvest time during a year that he did grow melons.  Every day Grandfather and several Grand Kids would go to the "watermelon patch" (which was 40 acres) early in the morning to eat watermelons.  He would cut/break a melon, take a small bite and move on to another.  In ten minutes or so he would cut several dozen melons.  Of course, us kids did not understand he was "testing" the quality of his crop and was only cutting cull melons that would not sell anyway.  Regardless, we had plenty to eat.

08/30/20 03:24 PM #373    


Alice Lacedonia (Pace)

My memories of eating watermelon didn't happen in Hialeah.  As a child  I spent summers at my grandparents house in Key West.  On hot summer afternoon with the shade on the east side of the house we eat a slice of watermelon outside the kitchen door.  Of course it was messy and drip down our face and onto our clothes.  Afterward it was time for a bath!  The other great thing to eat was mangos!  Also, very messy but also provided yellow stains to your cloths! This is a great opportunity to look back to our younger days!

08/30/20 03:49 PM #374    


Patricia Spivey (Zgodzinski)

Our summers were always great and we always had watermelons! Being a kid and not interested in where things came from I can't tell you where most of our watermelons came from! They just appeared and they were delicious. It could have been The Watermelon Fairy! I do know when we went to my Grandparents house in North Carolina every summer there was always a watermelon under their huge tree near the driveway waiting for us. My Grandfather grew them in his garden! They were oblong and fat with rich red meat and plenty of seeds. And juicy! They are still my favorite summer time fruit! I thump, too, but unfortunately I can no longer hear the hollow sound! We always ate our watermelons outside. Too messy for inside. My mother taught my son and daughter how to shoot the seeds for distance! Good memories! Good times! 

08/30/20 06:24 PM #375    


Sandy Johnson (Witt)

Almost all of us who lived in our Hialeah High neighborhood remember how terribly hot it was during the summer. One of the first things I wanted to do was to have a watermelon that I could share with my friends. My father felt the same way, so I was able to have watermelons there very soon. I wasn't the only one in our neighborhood who wanted to eat watermelons. Leslie Thornbury, Kurt Almoina and several others enjoyed watermelons in our front yard (because there was more shade there than there was in our backyard - next to noisy Red Road, unfortunately). Anyway, I have wonderful memories of Hialeah. I guess eating watermelons was part of experiencing summer vacation in South Florida. What I remember the most was bringing each of my friends a big slice of watermelon. In my memory, I still feel that those were wonderful times!

08/31/20 05:59 PM #376    


Bill Coffeen

Christopher ... I spent my summers up the mountain in Highlands at my grandmothers 

09/01/20 02:31 PM #377    


Christopher "Chris" Smith

Oh yeah, the Highlands. Spent many summer picnics up there. I think that's where something called (I don't recall who called them this) "The Stribling Shoals". But it was great fun to slide down the smoothe, water covered, slanted rock that was a giant slide. The good ole' days for sure.

09/02/20 04:33 PM #378    


James Ward

Remembering our fallen classmates City of Hialeah park located On West 76 St. & 16 Ave

09/02/20 04:33 PM #379    


James Ward

09/03/20 11:32 AM #380    


Alice Lacedonia (Pace)

Thank you James Ward for bring the memorial for a fallen classmate to our attention.

09/03/20 11:35 AM #381    


Bruce Nierenberg

well done Jim. Our thoughts and prayers and appreciation to all those and their families who gave the ultimate for our country.

09/03/20 12:47 PM #382    

Jack Taubin

Thanks Jim, knew Tim well and remember him as a very likeable guy . Great personality and car enthusiast. Met him through EJ Howe. Glad he is recognized in this way and is well deserved.

09/03/20 02:49 PM #383    


Jerry Sullivan

Wow, that's Great.  I didn't know a Park was named for Tim.   We were good buddys and Howie another good buddy we had alot of fun together.  Thanks for posting.   

09/03/20 02:53 PM #384    

Deidra Williams (Kennon)

That's wonderful thank you James for reminding us of so many that were lost.

09/04/20 02:09 PM #385    


Caryl Gardner (Broaderick)

My husband Art and I were best of friends with Timmy and Janie.  Janie was our matron of honor and one month before my husband was leaving for Vietnam Nam he was asked to be one of Timmy's pallbearers.  Extremely emotional to say it lightly.  We have treasured memories of many wonderful times together.  God bless all of our mighty military. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸Caryl(Gardner) and Art Broaderick 

09/04/20 08:06 PM #386    


Lynn Anderson (Dewhurst)

Another,Hialeah is McDonald Park is named after David H. McDonald, a Sargent who served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was unfortunately killed in action in 1969. Before his deployment, Sgt. McDonald was a City of Hialeah resident. Davy was also in our class and a member of the swim team.  I vaguely remember that he was the first fatility from Hialeah  


09/05/20 11:33 AM #387    

James Voyles (HHS 1963)

I knew both Tim and Davey.  Tim lived on E. 4th Avenue, just one house from the corner of 65th St. (Gratigny Rd.) I was one block further east, on 5th ave. and 65th St.  He and I were both in the Class of '63.  Davey and I were on the swim team together.  I was a diver, and Davey was a strong swimmer.  After graduation from HHS, Davey worked at O'Quinn Park, the hangout for us North Hialeah types. Spent many days and nights playing ping pong, pool and basketball there.  I'm glad to see that Hialeah has remembered them.  I've been gone from South Florida for almost 50 years, and I didn't know of these two parks.  Hialeah did have a wonderful recreation department.  R.I.P. both Tim and Davey. You are well remembered.

09/08/20 10:09 AM #388    


James Ward

Could not find a plaque commemorating David

09/08/20 04:58 PM #389    

Randall McGee (HHS 1963)

David was one of the nicest guys I've ever known. His name is also on the war memorial in Triangle Park located in South Hialeah. I post it every year on Memorial Day.

09/09/20 10:53 AM #390    

James Voyles (HHS 1963)

Ooops! Actually, Tim was in the class of '62, a year ahead of me.  That's the first mistake I've made this year!! frown

09/10/20 01:52 PM #391    


Nancy Lundblom (Blizzard)

I remember David as one of the nicest guys at Hialeah.  He always had a smile on his face and was friendly to everyone.  When I first learned of his death it was a shock, and still is today.  I am glad that the city of Hialeah has memoralized him and Tim Artman by naming parks after them.  Although I didn't know Tim personally, I knew who he was as he dated Jane Chapman and married her sometime after graduation.  We will never understand why two such promising young men were taken from us, but I will never forget them.  I have seen the Vietnam memorial several times in Washington DC, and the traveling memorial twice, and I always look for their names and say a prayer for them.  May they both R.I.P.

09/12/20 06:30 PM #392    


Richard Powell

09/12/20 06:33 PM #393    


Richard Powell

We lost Hershal this week, This picture above was taken at Shulas at our 2018 reunion, We got to catch up after 50 years, We both played sax in the TK s, So many memories, Gonna miss him and all his birthday wishes to everyone.

09/12/20 09:30 PM #394    


Richard Powell

09/12/20 09:33 PM #395    


Richard Powell

Hershal and me getting  ready for the Autumn Capers show in 1964 in picture above

09/13/20 09:12 AM #396    


Gene Baker

.Last time I saw Hershal was at Ormond Beach Round-up.  I was so happy to get a chance to reconnect with him after so many years!  I also have fond memories of him and Band.  My sincere condolences to his family.  May he have eternal peace!

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