Clark Halloween Memories

By Diane Harrison

CLARK-Happy Halloween! Here are some memories from Kimberly Cooper Ramalho:

“Diane, I thought your column was really cute. It was great to read the memories of those who lived in my town, Clark, and those neighboring towns that I spent my childhood in. I offer a few memories of my own for consideration.

“What was nice about living in Clark around Halloween is that the community was very close. And while we didn’t know everyone in the neighborhood, we knew the families in every 10th house or so. My parents felt very safe with us going out after dark to trick-or-treat. There were a few families that gave the best treats. I loved Watchamacallits and popcorn balls. Me, my sister and our friends would dress up for some Halloweens in three or four costumes and go back to the houses who gave out good treats. No one ever turned us away for coming so many times. I think they appreciated our effort or they just weren’t that observant! Who knows?

“I grew up in Clark in a house my grandfather built on Franklin Street. We were the last house in Clark on the Rahway border. Clark was a great place to grow up. I always felt a great sense of community and safety. We never locked our doors to our home. In fact, my father used to leave his keys in the ignition of our car. To be honest it wasn’t that long ago.

“Jack’s Tavern was on the corner of Westfield Avenue and Central in a strip mall. There was also a laundromat in this strip mall.

“What I remember most are the times I spent with friends or siblings out and about. We would walk from my home, stop at Tony’s Pizza for a Sicilian slice and a Mountain Dew and then go to the swings at the Rahway Junior High. My sister and I would meet friends after school at Dave’s Deli to play video games. Once some friends got together behind Brewer School, which is now the town hall, for some underaged drinking! I played softball at “the Pit” and bowled at the Clark Lanes which is now a pharmacy. My friend and I made the long journey to the Clark White Diamond at midnight for burgers. Things have changed over the years, but my memories remain of a great little town, that nobody outside of Union County has ever heard of! Thanks for taking me down these memory lanes!”

Don’t forget I need winter, Christmas and Hanukkah past information by Nov. 7. If you want to see your memories or past material printed in 2009, please start sending. This is my last regular column for 2008. Coming up: winter and Christmas memories.

If you have your own memories or past material you can email me at or send “copies” of your material to me c/o CMD Media, P.O. Box 1061 Rahway, NJ 07065.

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