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Interviews with former residents

Sunday, January 1, 1967

Mary Jo Falco Johnson will never forget the day of her First Holy Communion. She recalls that day in May of 1964 was not just a celebration for her family, but for her neighbors on Vine Street as well. When a neighbor heard about the occasion, she ran inside then returned with a gift for Mary Jo -- a hassock. This was not the typical gift of a rosary or Bible, but to Mary Jo, it represented her neighbor's generosity. Those who lived along Vine Street remember a community that was ethnically diverse, but one that was united in the desire to help each other.