Remembering The Past: Around Union County

By Diane Norek Harrison

I received the following from Raymond Bladzinski after my March 29 column: “Hi Diane, after reading your article about more about Fife, Drum and Bugle Corps, in the City of Elizabeth in the 1950s, I am sending you a portion of one of the articles you wrote in your column from Aug. 9, 2007.

“I wrote about the ‘Polish Falcons’ on Third St., The T.A.B.S. organization on the corner of 2nd and E. Jersey St. and The St. Anthony’s Drum Corps. in the Italian section of Elizabeth.

“As I said I played the drums in The Falcons Band, I was 13 years old and the youngest member in the band. The T.A.B.S. Band had black and white uniforms, and to this day I do not know what T.A.B.S. letters stood for. St. Anthony’s Corps.  was a top-notch band and really turned on to the crowd when they marched in parades. There was also a Drum Corps. in North Elizabeth from the Blessed Sacrament Parish on North Ave.

“I have some pictures my parents took of parades I marched in. I will try and get them to send to you, I hope that some of what I wrote can help the person looking for pictures from the late 1940s to the 1950s knows that there are a few of us still around to “REMEMBER THE PAST.”

“After your March 29 column, I knew at one time I mentioned to you there was also another roller skating arena called ‘Dreamland Arena,’ Both were on Newark Ave. Me and some of my friends from St. Patrick’s High School spent many nights skating in both arenas.

“Diane, Please keep writing your column, You cannot know how much it means to us who lived back in the ‘Good Old Days.’ It makes us feel young again.”

If anyone knows what T.A.B.S. stood for, please let me know, to include in my column and for Mr. Bladzinski.

If you have your own memories or past material for any town in Middlesex or Union counties, please 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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