More Memories Of The Woodbridge Golden Bears & 1970s Businesses

pastBy Diane Norek Harrison

WOODBRIDGE—I received this information from John Trosko III after my 2007 columns on the Woodbridge Golden Bears:

“I recently read your articles about the Golden Bears and Greyhounds football teams. My father played for both teams in the 1940s. He played center and linebacker. He was also on the 1938 and 1939 Woodbridge High School state championship teams. He was selected to the All Middlesex County first string team in 1939.

“I have some of his old write-ups, in particular, a 6-0 game between the Bears and Greyhounds played in the mud at Legion Stadium. 1,500 people attended. I would like to know what year it was, as the date is not with the write-ups. My father played for the Greyhounds then. I still have his 1939 Woodbridge jacket and the remains (moths) of his Golden Bears sweater. It was yellow-gold and had two black bands on the left sleeve with a golden bear logo and black embroidered star with the number 1 on it. My father’s name was John Trosko.”

If anyone has anymore to add on this subject, please email or send copies of your material.

This is from material given to me for my column. If any of these businesses are still around today and you have a history of them please let me know for another column. Or, if you have any more to add from anything written here, please send it!

1970– The Land Lord” was playing at the Walter Reade Theatre, which was located in the Korvette Shopping Center in September. There was also a kiddie show at 2 p.m. showing “Thief of Baghdad.” “A Man Called Horse” was playing at the Fox Theatre. “The Cheyenne Club” and “A Man Called Horse” were playing at the Plainfield-Edison Indoor-Outdoor Garden State at 1310 Oak Tree Road in Iselin. Jack Lennon and Sandy Dennis starred in “The Out of Towners” at the Iselin Theatre, “Viva Max,” starring Peter Ustinov, was also playing. Adults paid $1 and children 50 cents, except Saturday evening.

Sterling-Edison on Route 9 was selling vinyl corlon inlaid Armstrong for $2 a square yard and it regularly sold for $7.95 and up. Cash and carry. They also had famous brand carpet tiles-12×12 perfect quality at 39 cents each — regularly 59 cents — in nine shining colors.

Roger’s Hair Company was located at 146 New Brunswick Avenue and Anchor Crafts was in business at 97 Woodbridge Avenue in Sewaren. Servisoft of Woodbridge had rock salt for water softeners for $2.65 per hundred pounds.

1974-Abelsons Jeweler was in Woodbridge Center.

1978-Car Spa on Route 440, next to Two Guys, was charging $1.43 for a car wash. Hopelawn businesses included Victor’s Barber Shop at 86 New Brunswick Avenue, Rina’s Italian Kitchen and Pizza at 689 Florida Grove Road, Spa Spring Exxon at 74 West Pond Road, Gulliver’s Travel Service at 687 Florida Grove Road, The Rumplestiltskin Stores, Inc. at 75 New Brunswick Avenue, and General Toyota at 119 Route 184.

Albert’s “Hair At Its Best” was located at 75 Main Street and Laconia Music Center was at 103 Main Street. Alpha Associates, Inc was located at 2 Amboy Avenue and Vinnie’s Auto Car, Phillips 66 was at 251 New Brunswick Avenue in Fords.

If you have your own memories or past material for any section of Woodbridge which includes: Avenel, Colonia, Fords, Hopelawn, Iselin, Keasbey, Menlo Park Terrace, Port Reading, Sewaren and Woodbridge Proper, please send to be used in my columns. You can email me at or send copies of your material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey Street, Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201.

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