Remembering The Past: Around Old Bridge

by Diane Norek Harrison

OLD BRIDGE- The Beach Tavern was located in the Laurence Harbor section of Old Bridge in the 1950s, on the Laurence Harbor Boardwalk. It opened on Sunday at 7 a.m. with refreshments and entertainment. The Beach Tavern was open all year round.

In December 1954, the Laurence Harbor Casino Roller Rink held its Grand Opening. They had free admission and grand opening specials. Chicago Skates with Hyde Shoe, all sizes — men’s, women’s and children’s — for $14.95 and Airo Skate case for $4.95.
Duffy’s Lounge was on Highway 35.

When Old Bridge Township was Madison Township there were: Launder Well, Harry’s Department Store and Main 5 cents to $1.00 and Up Department Store, all on Main Street. Madison Village Cleaners was on Cliffwood Avenue and Laurence Harbor Parkway. Robert Hall was on Route 9 and Madison State Bank was on Route 9 at Ticetown Road.

In the 1960s, there were “milk machines” at the Gulf Station on Bordentown Avenue and Cheesequake Road and one in front of Pete’s Deli on Ernston Road near Bordentown Avenue.

Please send your own memories from any section of Old Bridge to be used in my column.

If you have your own memories or past material for any town 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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