Remembering the Past: National Police Week

By Diane Norek Harrison

SOUTH AMBOY-In honor of National Police Week, May 15 to May 21: In July of 1964, The South Amboy Lions Club, the South Amboy Police Department and the South Amboy Police Reserves conducted the annual bicycle safe driving test to over 200 children in the Sacred Heart parking lot. The bicycles were required to negotiate through an obstacle course, while giving proper hand signals under the watchful eyes of Patrolman August Charmello and Reserve Lts. Ryan and Parish.

Upon completion of the course the children were presented with safe driver decals and a wallet identification card. The William Kurtz Agency at 172 John St. furnished the necessary material for the test that were distributed by the police department through the three grammar schools in the city.


WOODBRIDGE-Former area resident, Harold Miller, remembers circa the 1950s: “there was three policemen who lived in the area of New Brunswick Ave. and King George Road. They were: Mr. T. Dalton, Captain John Egan and a Mr. J. Egan. Across from captain Egan’s house was a sunday school, which was part of the Lutheran Church of Perth Amboy.”

If you have your own memories of the past in Middlesex or Union counties, 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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