Remembering The Past In Woodbridge

Remembering the Past by Diane Norek HarrisonWOODBRIDGE-Woodbridge is thought to be named for the Rev. John Woodbridge of Newbury, Massachusetts, the town from which the Puritan settlers who chartered the community in 1669 came. It consists of Iselin, Colonia, Avenel, Keasbey, Sewaren, Hopelawn, Fords, Port Reading, Menlo Park and Woodbridge proper.

The first influx of residents came after World War II, when many returning serviceman were able to acquire GI mortgage loans and buy a single-family home.

Other notable bits of Woodbridge include: Woodbridge Center Mall, built by the Rouse Company in 1971 as one of the state’s first indoor shopping malls and the Arthur Kill, a tributary that allows oil tankers and other ships to sail between Newark Bay to Raritan Bay.

Please share your own memories or past material you have saved from any of the sections of Woodbridge mentioned above 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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