CARTERET-The following memories are from Robert Zaleski: “Price’s Men’s Store was operated by Sol and Gerry Price (brothers) and their mom worked there also doing alterations. Both Sol and Gerry enjoyed playing tennis but Sol was by far the better player. Gerry retired to Miami Florida, not sure about Sol. I actually helped the Price’s at their store when they were on vacation, probably about 1972.
Don’t forget Brown’s store in Chrome, Frank was the main salesguy
Don’t forget Tommy’s hot dogs. He started with a little hot dog wagon about
1964 and got a bigger one, then a truck. Then he bought a house where he runs his
business (I believe still today) right across from the small park by the shopping center.
Also Carport Swim Club, not sure when that opened, but my family was a member around 1965 for a few years. Large olympic size pool, cabanas, rec building and tennis court. Owned by a guy last name (really can’t spell it) Wegalinsky.
I graduated from Carteret High School in 1969 and I remember the Vietnam War reports when one of our own got hurt or killed. That was not a happy memory.
There was a large fire in the shopping center probably 1968. The night before my college boards, destroyed most of the shopping center. I believe it started either in the paint store or the dry cleaners.
Also, the Polar Cup ice cream stand, about two blocks from the high school, which I believe is still there.
Across from Nathan Hale grammer school was a candy store “Mascalley’s” again, poor spelling.
There was a bowling alley with 32 lanes across from the turnpike exit. It was expanded to 52 lanes. Then they took the new 20 lanes out and made it into a roller skating rink.
Right by the shopping center was Carroll’s Hamburgers, a chain I guess from the mid ’60s.
Thanks for the trip down memory lane.”
Memories from any town in Middlesex or Union counties are welcome.
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