Posting will Resume in Feb. 2018

Happy New Years to all our followers and friends.

Over the New Year’s weekend I came down with a viral infection that includes a hacking cough and sore throat.  I plan to rest through January to recover fully from this infection so that I may resume my regular schedule here at WordPress.

I expect to be back in February.


–EmilyAnn Frances May


Christmas Break 2017: The Dyker Heights Lights

Christmas 2017

Every year I return to the neighborhood where I grew up.  As I walk up and down the blocks to the heart of Dyker Heights many memories come back.  Some happy, some sad.  Overall I still admire the beauty, the seclusion and the sense of continuity that flows through the area.  This is especially true when I return at Christmas.  As I get closer to the area between 80th to 84 Streets between 11th to 13th Avenues, the entire landscape transforms into an electric Christmas wonderland.

This year the lighting displays were more subdued.  There were no animated figures or loud music.  The crowds were absent, too.  This made this year closer and more intimate for me.  Small groups of people, many with children, congregated in front of the mini-mansions for fabulous photo ops.  As soon as the flash went off, though, they moved on and as a result the sidewalks were easily navigated.

The mini-mansions looked beautiful and grand this year.  What I liked the most was that the smaller houses, similar in size to the one I grew up in, also had a chance to shine with well thought out ornaments, displays and lights.  I decided to take pictures of these homes with just a few of the mini-mansions.  I hope you enjoy this short tour of the neighborhood where I grew up.  In the year ahead you will learn more about Dyker Heights as the story of the lives of my Mom and maternal Grandparents continues to unfold.

The photos I took may be reused freely.  A link back to this blog would be a great way to say “Thanks!”

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights 2017







Christmas 2017: Update on Mike, Katy and Jake


Christmas 2017-Jake

Jake Lingle, December 21, 2017.

Uncle Sammy and Aunt Kathie are headed for Baltimore, Maryland today.  They will spend Christmas with the Knipp and Lingle families.

Aunt Kathie anticipates more hugs and cuddles with her grandson Jake.  Jake was born in February 2017 to her son Michael and daughter-in-law Katy.

Michael sent the latest photo of Jake.  I think I see a little of Aunt Kathie in that bright smile!

Merry Christmas to the Knipp and Lingle families!


Previous Posts about Michael, Katy and Jake

Michael and Katy’s Wedding, Baltimore, MD, June 11, 2016

Baltimore June 10-12, 2016

41e-Baby Lingle is coming February 2017!

Interlude: Jake’s First Halloween




Interlude: Jake’s First Halloween

Katy and Michael Lingle enjoyed dressing their son Jake as an astronaut for his first Halloween.  Michael is my Aunt Kathie’s son.  He and Katy Knipp were married in June 2016.  In a few days, Jake will be 9 months old.  The time is going quickly!

jake katy and mike 10-30-17

Jake Lingle as a NASA astronaut.

Aunt Kathie, Uncle Sammy and I look forward to more photos and family stories about Jake as Holiday Season 2017 progresses.  Baby’s first Thanksgiving and Christmas are always special.  Then each year the milestones Jake achieves will be gifts to us as well.

Previous postings about Michael, Katy and Jake:

Michael and Katy’s Wedding, Baltimore, MD, June 11, 2016

46e-Mike and Katy Lingle Update: Welcome to the world, Jake!

50a-Serrapede Family in America: Family and Match Making


After the posting of 50-Serrapede Family in America: Josie and Sam get married, 1930 I heard from Cousin Michael Muro. He sends his regards to Uncle Sammy and our readers. Michael has spent the last three months hosting Giuseppe Carnicelli of Agropoli during his stay in the United States. Michael has travelled with Giuseppe from Pittsburgh to New York, Florida and other locations. Giuseppe has also been studying English conversation and reading during this time. Michael and Giuseppe will return to Italy after the July 4th holiday.

Michael shared with me additional information about his own family’s connections with Josie and Sam. Based on these relationships Michael offers up some scenarios that expand the possible ways in which Josie and Sam were brought together.

Relationship Notes

50a-michaels20pedigree20chart_zps4cza8w2vPedigree Chart for Michael Muro with maternal and paternal lines.

50a-emilyanns20pedigree20chart_zpsvqpheu0pPedigree chart for EmilyAnn Frances May showing her maternal line only.

Michael and I share Nicola “Nick” Muro as our common ancestor.

Nick Muro was:

–Michael’s Grandfather along his paternal line.
–EmilyAnn’s Great Grandfather along her maternal line.

Michael’s maternal Grandparents were:

–Raffaele (Ralph) and Pasqualina (nee Camperlingo) Di Fiore

Michael’s paternal Grandparents were:

–Nicola “Nick” and Rose (nee Rosina Aiello Marasco) Muro 

Michael’s parents were:

–Raymond (Raimie) and Frances (nee Di Fiore) Muro

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49-Serrapede Family in America: The Little Church in Dyker Heights, 1930


Filomena Serrapede D’Agosto was the eldest sister of Sam Serrapede.  She was the first member of Sam’s family to come to America.  Filomena married Giuseppe D’Agosto in 1923.  Giuseppe secured employment as a truck driver for the New York City Department of Sanitation.  The D’Agosto family lived in Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY.

In 1925 Sam came to America with the intention of making a new life for himself.  He aimed at getting himself established through securing employment and beginning the process towards citizenship.  Giuseppe and Filomena provided him with a place to live during his first five years in America.

Relationship Notes

• Sam (Sabato) Serrapede was:
• The son of Gennaro and Emilia (nee Pappalardo) Serrapede of Agropoli, Salerno, Campania Province in Italy.
• Sammy’s father.
• EmilyAnn’s maternal Grandfather.

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