by Diane Norek Harrison
ROSELLE PARK-Memories from John Kostopoulos: “Dear Diane, in Roselle Park, Locust Street did not extend to Five Points. It ended at the Woodruff Farm where Sumner Avenue now is. Next came the Tuck Farm, then came Five Points. This is why Tucker Avenue in Union changes to Locust Street in Roselle Park. Chestnut Street was the main highway to the shore. When the railroad closed Chestnut Street, Locust became the bypass through residential areas with school crossings. This hurt business centers in Roselle and Roselle Park.
“There was a road between a town in Roselle called Wheatsheaf and Connecticut Farms in Union that was part of a main road between Elizabethtown and Springfield. When Roselle Park parted from Union and became an independent borough in 1901, the engineers laid out all the streets into even blocks running north and south and east and west to make maximum use of existing area.”
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