I was born at Presbyterian Hospital in
1949. I lived at 147 First Street in Newark (between Sussex Ave
and Roseville Ave). I went to Sussex Ave Grammer School and attended
Essex Co. Girls Voc. & Tech H.S. on N. 13th Street.
I used to have a singing group in high school called the "Caresses".
We performed on the Disco Teen Show at the old Mosque Theater (downtown
Newark). I graduated in June 1966. I loved being brought up in Newark.
Used to hang out at a soda fountain shop called "Hollies"
(corner of Roseville Ave and First Street). Remember going to Ting-a-lings
for Italian lemon ice and to Jimmy Buffs for Italian Hot Dogs. I
remember going to the Tivoli Theater and watching continuous movies
all day (including cartoons) where 25 cents bought you a bag of
popcorn and candy bar and a soda.
My uncle (Augie Mascellino) owned a bread bakery on Nesbit Street
(near St. Lucy's church). My grandfather (Sebastian (Joe) Biasi)
was a bootblack at the Court House for over 60 years. I remember
ice skating in Branch Brook Park in the winters and riding through
the park in the spring to see all the apple blossoms. Growing up
in Newark was the best.
After the riots my family moved to Central Jersey. I still have
an uncle that lives in Newark (Bill Biasi) on N. 9th Street and
my older brother (Vincent Gowers) who lives on Columbus Street (right
off of Bloomfield Ave) in Bloomfield. I just found out about this
site today and have been fascinated. Thank you for bringing back
so many wonderful memories.