Remembering The Past: Odds And Ends Of The Past Around The Area

by Diane Norek Harrison

I received the following: “Diane, You make people feel good by reminding them of the joy of a more innocent time, and a lot of times that makes their day. It comes so naturally to you that you don’t even see it as special…well it is. Keep writing stuff that make people happy and brings them together…you do that well.”

PERTH AMBOY-Thomas Saboy remembers “I spent my summers at Washington Park in the early 1940s. They had swings, seesaw, a big sandbox and a pool with a shower in the middle. As I got older I went to the free beach every summer day.”


SAYREVILLE-A lifelong Sayreville resident remembers: “Before Truman School was built on Taft Place in the President Park Development, the kids in the area would play baseball there.”

On Aug. 31, 1952, a Dedication Ceremony was held at the opening of the new Emma L. Arleth School on Washington Road.

CARTERET-Carol’s Chicken and Vito’s Beer Garden were two businesses located on Salem Avenue.

EDISON-Remember the Fotomat on Parsonage Road? The free-standing little building where you would drop off your film to be developed? If anyone remembers any other ones for any of the towns please write! There were also: Dunhill Furniture, Edison Travel, Games of Fun on Route 27, Kemco Trans on Linwood Grove, Linwood Liquors, Mom’s Diner, Pacella’s Deli, Parsonage Diner, Royal Oaks nightclub, Stewart’s Root Beer on Oak Tree Road, Thoughts ‘N Things on Route 27 and Zip’s Ice Cream.

METUCHEN-Does anyone remember Beef Locker, Corner Confectionery on Amboy Avenue, Keifer’s Clambakes, The Mayfair Foodtown, Mayfield Grill, Mr. Toth’s Candy Store and Sawadee Thai Restaurant; Main Street?

Send what you remember from around the area. If you have Memorial Day, spring or summer information, please send it as soon as possible. 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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