Remembering The Past: Perth Amboy Memories

by Diane Norek Harrison

PERTH AMBOY-Here are more memories from Gerald Bertekap: “In the 1940s there was a great ice cream store on Smith Street called the Boston Ice Cream Kitchen. The best item on the menu was a dusty road, a banana split with powered malted milk sprinkled on a whipped cream made road on top. The floors were wooden with sawdust that was swept up ever night.

“The best movie theaters were the Roky, Crescent and Ditmas. There were two 5 and 10 cent stores where everything was 5 or 10 cents (nothing higher) in little glass sections on tables. All these are gone but the Coney Island hot dogs at Coney Island Restaurant and Crystal’s Restaurant were there for many years. Woolworth’s and Sears are gone.

“Doctor Tucker was the baby doctor for most residents. He gave no receipts, just told you how much and put the money in his pocket.”

Please send your Christmas and wintertime memories, or past material, to me by Oct. 15. Past information can be from any town, school, organization, etc. in Middlesex or Union County.

If you have your own memories of the past in Middlesex or Union counties, email me at or send copies of your past material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201

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