As we add new content to this website, we will list it here. After you click the link to arrive at the page containing the new material, you may need to scroll down to get to the newer items. We will keep several months worth of "What's New" listings on this page so you can check out the new additions since your last visit to this site.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE YEARLY TRIPS TO WASHINGTON, DC 7/17/16
We received many more pictures from the graduating class trips to our nation's capital.Thanks to the son of Frank Osmers, also Frank. Jr. In the years from1953 through 1964 several graduating classes and staff went to our nation's capital to represent the Village. They were guests of Frank C. Osmers, Congressman from New Jersey's 9th District from 1939 to 1942 and again from 1951 to 1964.

FREQUENTLY UPDATED: THE BUILDINGS OF ST. JOSEPH'S VILLAGE: THE FINAL CHAPTER
The end is near for the orange brick buildings of St. Joseph's Village as demolition crews will soon reduce them to just piles of rubble. Many happy and sometimes sad childhood memories will be all that remain. READ>>

"LETS GET OUR PICTURE TAKEN ON THE MERRY-GO-ROUND." 3/5/13
Bernadette Murphy found a long lost and treasured picture of herself with her siblings at the Barbara Givernaud Cottage play area. HERE>>

"LETS GO! ST. JOSEPH'S!" 4/2/12
Did you know that the St. Joe's had a football team? We just received most of the names of the players and cheerleaders that were in a picture we had on the site for a long time without names. See them at the bottom of the class picture page. HERE>>

STAFF OBITUARIES 12/6/10
Two of our recent obituaries have been moved to a permanent location within the "People" section. READ>>

A FIRST GRADUATE'S VIVID MEMORY by Walter A. DeHon 6/25/10
Walter came to the Village from St. Joseph's Home for Boys and remembers the entire floor plan of every building and cottage. He recalls the many field trips and even the exact dates of each event that happened during his stay. He recalls the Christmas parties, Friday night films, school uniforms, sex education, and the cover-up to hide the truth behind his placement. READ>>

SEE THE VILLAGE ON GOOGLE MAPS 5/10/10
In addition to the aerial shot with each building labeled in detail, we now have an interactive aerial photo powered by Google Maps with navigation controls so you can zoom into specific areas and scrool around the Village and neighboring areas.
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NEW PROCEDURE FOR OBTAINING YOUR SJV RECORDS 1/14/10
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace are glad to help you
with a genuine need for your records. To protect privacy they ask that you follow this simple procedure as outlined HERE>>.

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE CHRISTMAS GIRAFFE? 12/22/09
What ever Santa giveth, sister taketh away. While Christmas at the Village brought many joys — the parties, food, singing, bus trips, and presents. But the presents didn't last. Somehow they always disappeared. This story was added to our collection of Christmas memories and is made up of excerpts from postings on Village Memories. While on the page, be sure to read or re-read the other stories. They will be sure to bring back warm Christmas memories and perhaps some not so warm ones.
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HOW MANY STSTUES DO YOU REMEMBER? 12/14/09
There were statues everywhere and when the nuns weren't looking the stairing eyes of a statue was.
READ>>

MEMORY BITS More added 5/18/09
Many more memory bits have been added. We will be frequently adding new ones, so look there often. These additions are excerpts from the Village Memories Yahoo! website.
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ONE GIVERNAUD CHILD'S MEMORY Added 4/27/09
An interview with a former Barbara Givernaud Cottage child.
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SELLING MY BODY by Dennis Rhodes Added 3/31/09
As the factory workers went on their lunch break, each Saturday a nun sat with a large black bag and innocent and sorry looking orphan by her side to collect money and sympathy. This is a story of how this well orchestrated scene affected one former St. Joseph's Village child and has remained vivid in his memory.
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MEMORY BITS Added 3/29/09
A new section has been added to help refresh your memory. Are your memories in bits and pieces. Here is a huge and growing list of bits and pieces of memories to help you recall many more memories. We focus here on the better times and the lighter side of the not so good times.
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PHOTO ALBUM REVEALS MANY FACES AND VISITING DAYS Added 3/27/09
Barbara Geiry sent us the first of many photos she and her family took during Sunday visits and at other times. Perhaps you may recognize someone. They fill 4 pages which incorporate a new method of displaying enlargements of each picture called Floatbox. We will implement this on all photo album pages throughout the site.
SEE ALBUM>>

NEW YORK TIMES ANNOUNCES OPENING Added 11/19/08
A Sept. 18, 1958 article reprinted from the New York Times headlines: "42 Boys Arrive at St. Joseph's Village; Jersey Borough of 132 to Double in Size."
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I'M DREAMING OF A VILLAGE CHRISTMAS READ>>
For the past several years, we have featured this collection of Christmas time memories from former children and staff of the Village.
If you have a Christmas memory of St. Joseph's Village, won't you please share it with us here. There were many trips to parties hosted by donors, Christmas concerts where the children sang, and decorations in the cottages. Post your memories on the Yahoo! discussion board, Village Memories. That way everyone in the discussion group can see your post and respond. Then we will copy your message to this Website to be a permanent record of Christmas memories at the Village. If you are not yet a member of the discussion group it is easy to sign up. just click on the join group link. If you prefer to send your memories story directly, mail to: jimbrown@optisonics.com

LOOKING FOR A FEW THINGS THAT WILL HELP FILL OUT THIS WEBSITE

1) A copy of the brochure that was used for the opening dedication of the Village. This is not the one with the family at the front desk. It is the one that has the large architects rendering of the village made before it was built. The aerial view rendering shows some cottages that were never built in the field on the South side of the corridor from the boys cottages.

2) A person who wants get involved in the research and writing of a history of the Village. This would include such things as how the funding was secured, planning for its construction, alternate plans considered, the combining of the three orphanages into one forming the Village, the concept of a "village", the years of operation, events for fund raising, trips and other events for the children, community involvement, what lead up to the final days of operation, and the sale of the property to the county.

3) I plan on having an article about the physical plant including details about the building, floor plans, and uses of each section. Does anyone want to assist me in writing this section who knows a lot about the building.

4) Although we often get photos of children and their activities at the Village, we would love to find photos that show more of the buildings and interiors so visitors can see spaces they remember and other can learn more about what the facilities were like. To date, the best and only good views we have is the promotional brochure.

If anyone is interested please write to me at jimbrown@optisonics.com

IT WAS A PART OF MY WHOLE LIFE
Nancy Garip remembers a childhood of playtime at St. Joseph's as she and her husband visit the site recently with a video camera. SEE VIDEO>>

A FEW REPORT CARDS SURVIVED ALL THESE YEARS
Some Village alumni still have their Mother Evangelista School report cards. READ>>

THE VILLAGE CANDY STORE IS OPEN AGAIN Added 9/5/06
Remember the candy store? Remember getting an allowance of fifty cents and everytime you were bad the sister would punch a hole in a small card to deduct five cents? Well, the Village Store is open again here in cyberspace. You can now shop again — virtually. You won't be able to buy candy, but you will be able to get things like school supplies for your children or a book by a former SJV resident. You won't need your punch card any more, but you will need your credit card!.
SHOP>>




A BOOK INSPIRED BY THE VILLAGE
Former resident Patricia Lynn Reilley authors Words Made Flesh
Purchase the book at the Village Store
GET INFO>>

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