by Diane Norek Harrison
WOODBRIDGE-More memories from Ed Wilson: “I attended St. James Grammar School on Amboy Ave. for nine years. Just across the street was the Cookie Jar Bakery, now a gourmet branch of a mini-chain of bakeries. In the 50′s, it was family owned and operated. The smells from that store — when the wind was just right — were enough to completely distract us from whatever lesson we were supposed to be studying. They had wonderful cakes, pies, cookies, as well as bread and rolls. I can remember going to the counter, proudly handing over a dime and receiving in return a handful of butter cookies, topped with colored sugar. They were to die for!
“The school cafeteria did not, in fact, serve food, but was a place for us to eat lunches brought from home. We were even allowed to leave school property for lunch, and frequently ate at the Rio Dinner, followed by a shared dime’s worth of treats from the Cookie Jar.
“I have fond memories of several other stores in Woodbridge. There was Ceasar’s Sweet Shop, The Park Sweet Shop, Weises’ Army Navy, and, probably my all-time favorite, Mrs. Tier’s Hardware store on School Street, Publix and Vaticano’s Shoe Repair.”
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