Newark will always be #1 on my list. We
attended St. Rocco's on Ashland St. The main Church was on Hunterdon
St. My grandfather owned a business called "Modern Sportswear"
on 14th Avenue. We lived on So. 15th St., where we were surrounded
by a fish market, fruit and vegetable market and a deli. Some of
my friends went to 15th Ave. school. For entertainment my mom would
give us $5.00 and we would take the 31 So. Orange Avenue bus and
head on up to the Stanley Movies. At one time, we were going to
West Side H.S. for our Sabin oral sundays (an oral vaccine). We
lived during the riots which were scary and fun at the same time.
Mr. Softee and Mr. Humor always came around on the warm nights.
My big event for the week was going downtown to Bamberger's with
my grandmother every Saturday. My neighborhood was mostly Italian
and Hispanic, but we all got along. We left Newark in 1968. I haven't
been back since. Although I did attend Girl's Vocational H.S. on
North 13th St. I graduated there in 1972. I could go on and on.
Also, this was the time where Dave Toma the famous cop was in that
area. Does anyone remember Dave?