Niagara Gazette


October 21, 2013

HIGGS: The open classroom concept at Harry F. Abate


Niagara Gazette — The Abate School was the first new construction of an elementary school in the downtown area since the Tenth Street School in 1913. Architect was Mogens Hertz of the Canon Partnership and the major contractor was local contractor Sicoli and Massaro. During 1976 the athletic field behind the school was named the Herkimer Hendrick Athletic Field who was a retired athletic director for the school district. It was dedicated to Myron “Min” Hendrick, a city recreation director.

A personal memory of the times involved my employment at the Taggart-Mayne Insurance Agency which was located on Lockport Street just about where the entrance to the Abate School is located. Of course, we had to move as part of the property acquisition and we ended up on Niagara Avenue near Main Street across from what was then the local “Green Stamp Store.” That was when Glenn Hubbard joined the agency. Mel Ricker owned the building and I see him occasionally when I am at Memorial Medical Center as he is a volunteer there.

While I was at the Main Street Library, I looked at the window display on the Main Street side that was loaned by local historian Paul Gromosiak. It was dedicated to the memory of Dolores Marino who passed away on Aug. 31. Dolores was a retired language teacher and was President of the Niagara Falls Public Library Board of Trustees at the time of her passing. Dolores was active in the community as well and will be missed.

The exhibit is titled “A Taste of Niagara’s Past” and history enthusiasts will focus on “Local Native Americans,” “French and Indian Wars,” the “Devil’s Hole Massacre,” the “War of 1812” and the “Old Stone Chimney” as depicted by Paul. Stop in and take a look.

Coming soon at the Main Street Library is the City Council Candidates Night. Scheduled for Oct. 30, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the second floor auditorium, it is sponsored by the Niagara Falls Block Club Council, the Kiwanis Club of Niagara Falls and the NAACP – Niagara Falls Chapter. The evening will be moderated by Corey Bower, a professor at Niagara University who will present questions and topics submitted in advance by the public to the six actively campaigning candidates. You can submit your question to Prof. Bower at The general election takes place on Nov. 5 and polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mark these dates in your calendar to meet the candidates and be an informed voter.

Norma Higgs serves with the Niagara Beautification Commission and Niagara Falls Block Club Council.

Norma Higgs serves with the Niagara Beautification Commission and Niagara Falls Block Club Council.

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