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Week of July 4th, 1969 – 50th Anniversary News Series

Week of July 4, 1969

50th Anniversary News | Saratoga Springs, NY

series by Mary Flanagan, Associate Real Estate Broker & lifelong Saratogian

519 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY: Currently home to Roohan Realty and other local businesses, this historic building served as the city's movie theater for forty years from 1938 to 1978.

519 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY: Currently home to Roohan Realty and other local businesses, this historic building was actually a movie theater for forty years (1938-1978).

2019 marks Roohan Realty’s 50th year in business! We would like to take you back to 1969 and share what was happening in the news – locally and nationally. We’ve been having a great time reading old newspapers and hope you enjoy seeing the historic Roohan Realty connections as much as we do. Community involvement and public service have been ingrained in our business from the very beginning – a commitment that continues today. Check back every Thursday for a fresh flashback to 1969!

1. New Prince of Wales

Prince Charles is crowned Prince of Wales in Caernarfon, a town of 9,200 people that swelled to 250,000 for the coronation on July 1, 1969:        

2. What A Way To Go!

One way bus fare to the Big Apple is just $8.40:

3. Chow Down on Chicken for the Fourth of July

Big Fourth of July Specials at the Red Barn – feed your family with a 21 piece meal for under $5!

4. Fourth Season of NYC Ballet

The New York City Ballet Opens for its fourth Season, featuring famed ballerina, Patricia McBride:

5. St. Peter’s 1st Priest Principal

Reverend John E. Connolly is named the first Priest Principal of St. Peter’s Academy:


6. Commissioner Boosts Police Force for Summer

“Beefing up the local department early is in keeping with [Public Safety Commissioner, Kenneth E. King’s] policy of maintaining proper motorized and foot patrols in line with the steady increase in population and tourism…”

7. “Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?”

The Community Theater is showing Romeo and Juliet (1968), starring Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey:


mary beth flanaganMary Flanagan is an Associate Real Estate Broker at Roohan Realty with over 30 years of experience as a licensed REALTOR® specializing in residential real estate. A lifelong resident of Saratoga Springs, NY, Mary is extremely knowledgeable about not only Saratoga’s real estate market, but also its history and the community as a whole. She is an active board member for Racing City Rotary Club and U.S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site, and served on the Saratoga Springs Zoning Board of Appeals from 1994 to 2004. In her free time, Mary enjoys researching and writing about Saratoga’s history; she authored Roohan Realty’s Saratoga Centennial blog series in 2015 and is currently working on an Anniversary News series to commemorate our company’s 50th year in business this year (2019). View Mary’s bio & current listings

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