Remembering The Past: More 1930s Woodbridge Memories

by Diane Norek Harrison

WOODBRIDGE-Here are more wonderful memories from Martha Storey Webb:
“Publix Drug Store was where the VNA (Visiting Nurse Association) is today. Busy Bee Market came next, to later become Pappas Restaurant (owned by Charles and Marian Pappas), now San Remo Pizza.

“On the corner of William and Main streets was the 5 & 10 and A & P, which now houses Floral Express. On the opposite corner was Morris Choper’s Department Store. Their son, Sonny Choper, was my brother Jim’s best friend. The also extended credit to so many needy families. The IL. Castello’s Restaurant now occupies this corner. Then came Weiner’s Liquor Store. There was a house next but I don’t know who lived there.

“Then came the building where Albert’s Beauty Salon, dating back to 1890. At one time Mary and Patrick Nolan opened a pool parlor in this building. Then came a house where the LaPenta family lived. Mr. LaPenta had a huge vegetable garden in the back.  A tailor shop was next.

“After the tailor shop was the  Methodist Episcopal Manse. Now, we have a the beautiful Methodist Episcopal Church which was dedicated in September 1832. This building is a wonderful landmark for this lovely old town. Then came two houses owned by a Mr. Brown. The property is now the National Bar School, Ace Nails and Cigars & Tobacco and Blimpees.

“On the corner of Main and Fulton streets was Bernstein Grocery Store. The Kath family lived upstairs and later the Blum family. Mr. Bernstein also extended credit to many people. After all, these were the Depression years. Doors were never locked and neighbors took care of one another.

“Well, here we are, back to the corner of Main and Fulton Streets. I lived there until I was about 17 and remember it as if it were yesterday.”

To be continued next week.

If you have your own memories or past information for Carteret, Edison, Metuchen, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy or Woodbridge you can email me at or send copies of your material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201.

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