Edison memories

DianeNorekHarrison-pastEdison-The following memories are from Marisa: “My memories are from the 70’s/80’s. I lived on a street in Metuchen that backed to Roosevelt Park. Back then we could cross the train tracks and be right there. Then we would walk to Menlo Mall.

I liked the articles I found online. My pediatrician was Dr. Donald Kline. There used to be a Carvel in Colonial Village. We could ride our bikes there. I miss the Parsonage Diner. I used to work at Star Hosiery when Menlo Park Mall was 1 floor. The owner is now in Colonial Village in Lingerie by Susan. I remember the best bagels were made at that mall.

I remember sled riding at Roosevelt Hospital and ice skating on the lake. There was an island we could skate to but were not allowed to go on. That island is long gone. The lake used to be lined with beautiful weeping willow trees making it a lovely place to walk hand in hand with a boyfriend.

I’m trying to find someone who remembers the man frozen in ice that we paid 25ยข to view at Menlo Park Mall. What was that about?
The iceman was on a platform in front of Bamberger’s where Santa would be. They claimed he was the abominable snow man. Some think he was a prank by Barnum & Bailey. All I know is I didn’t sleep that night. A friend since 2nd grade and I to this day will say, “remember HIM?”, when we see each other.

An avid gardener, mom used to live at Arcadian Gardens which was across from Pathmark where she also bought groceries at the mall. Most of my memories are from that area.

Another great memory is the drive in theater that was off Wood Ave. and Oak Tree Road. I saw the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the indoor theater they also had there.

Then the roller skating rink. Oh that’s where we had the most fun meeting boys and skating to disco. My best friends and I would sneak on the train in Metuchen to Metro Park and walk up Wood Ave. to the rink. That rink moved to Woodbridge.

It was a great place to grow up.”

Memories from any town in Middlesex or Union counties are welcome.

You may contact the author at dianenorekharrison@juno.com

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