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My grandparents, my parents and then me for almost thirty years (moving back and forth until I got it right) lived in Nutley until settling in Radnor, PA. My parents grew up in Nutley and I grew up on Kierstead Ave. It is mind blowing when you read all the memorable entries that left me feeling obligated to write (while feeling old). Here's my two cents (which used to buy a piece of Bazooka bubble gum at the candy store Mr. Agresta used to run on Bloomfield Avenue by the corner of Harrison St.)
Eat well, remember your roots, drink handcrafted microbrews, enjoy small batch bourbons (America's only indigenous spirit…really!) Have a Ripper for me (I hate Philly cheese steaks) and George and Louie Ritacco make the BEST pizza (I love those guys)
Keith is not nearly as old as he thinks he is.
Nutley's best kept secret
Remember Cerami's Dairy on River Road, where Valley National Bank is now and the cows used to cross over River Road onto a grassy area which is now Route 21. Remember the old Hat Factory which was were Dunkin Donuts is now standing and the terrible fire that they had back in the 40's which destroyed the building. Remembering Algieri's electronic shop also on River Road I also remember when the Jr. High School was Nutley High and the Prom was in the gym then most everyone went into the City for a show
I have a question for Mike Kozub, who wrote the passage that I have included below. He mentioned the old Sost garage. That was owned and operated by my grandfather, father and uncle. I was wondering if Mike knew them. I would love to hear from him. My e-mail is email@example.com. Thanks for your time and I hope to hear from someone soon. Linda (Sost) Wilk
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Seeing the Old Nutley site sure got the flashback machine cranking even though I can't remember breakfast today....
I remember when Tom Peters got his job with Ed Mulligan in the old Sost garage. They had him wear a WHITE shirt to fix cars! Made no sense to me.
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OK Mike, so I wore a white shirt, I worked on clean cars. Remember Eddy Kalooky's Pontiac you could start it with any GM key. How about jumping Dave Lautenschlaegers old Ford with a nickle across the switch and moving on him.
Flat Heads forever but my chevy was faster.
At the ripe old age of 13 my parents moved to Miami
in 1949,we lived
So even though we lived in Clifton all
of our activities revolved
I remember the ITT tower being
built, my mother taking a Nutley cab
Football in the fall was great especially on Thanksgiving morning pitting Nutley against Kearny. On the front lawn of Nutley High School we would take our scrap metal for the war effort.
I now live in Atlanta and came across
the web site by accident and I
I was born in Newark's 1st Ward [Branchbrook park area} and a cousin of my mother married a person with exactly the same name as you.
Sorry to take so much of your time but
thank you for all the time you
Is it possible to get an E-mail for Nick Homyak . I believe I grew up with this guy on Humbert Street in Nutley.
As a lifelong [except for three years] resident of Nutley, I have quite a few memories. I grabbed candy out of the barrels in Candy Corner. I've had ice cream sundaes in The Western Scoop. I've eaten fried fish in Seafood Galley. I took swimming lessons at ITT and skated on the pond in the winter.
I bought my first Kiss poster at Sound Tree. I took guitar lessons at Giovine's. I carved my name in the men's room at Maggie's Garter. I've been chased with a broom by the crazy old lady that used to live next to Town & Country Diner. I went to Roseanne's Sweet Shoppe every two weeks to buy the new copy of Circus Magazine and had a real Cherry Coke at the fountain.
Amazingly, my name is still spray painted on the wall by the stairs in "The Park". I've shopped at Food a Rama and Delmonico's Pharmacy. I used to buy baseball cards at "Steve's". I've had coffee at the counter in Dunkin' Donuts.
I've had my baptism, communion, confirmation and wedding at St. Mary's. I'll have my funeral there too. I remember the "old church".
Rutt's Hut is not a memory, it's a way of life. I have heard Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" played on the jukebox in Santini's and Mr. Sub's. I've eaten Italian hot dogs pulled from jet black oil by the tall bald man in B&T's while "Angie" played on the jukebox.
I remember when Bradlee's was connected to Stop & Shop and you had to cross "the pipeline" to get there. I've played Asteroids at Rocky's when it was across from Garden State [ no hunting] I bought cigarettes at Rite Aid when they were 67 cents a pack.
I had my first bank account in Nutley Savings. I worked at Viola Bros. I played Pac Man in Ken's Corner. I've shopped at Gantner's and Peerless Stationary. My girlfriend worked at Thom McCann's. The Franklin theater was the only theater back then.
I've been to Sam Brown's more times than I care to remember, I'll be there at least once more. I used to get my hair cut at Nunzio's, since Nunzio died, I don't get my hair cut any more.
They changed the stop signs at Grant and Walnut two years ago, I'm still confused.
I have eaten cookies hot out of the oven from Famous Amos'. I remember when Ralph's had the best pizza and the Nutley Pub was a good place to just hang a few cold ones ... some things never change!
You are definitely
from old Nutley if you took dancing lessons at Miss Maureen's on
Franklin Ave., or if you remember stopping at Mr.Tozzi's Cleaners on
the afternoon walk home from St. Mary's school to get a drink of
water from his fountain, or hearing the tripe truck early on Tuesday
mornings and watching the little Italian Grandmas run out to get
brachiole or calves livers wrapped in brown paper for dinner... best
of all if you remember when Zinicola's bakery made pizza on Friday
nights and you could smell it for blocks! As kids we stopped at
Freddie's Grocery and Butcher shop on Union Ave across the street
from the White Oak Pharmacy. We could get penny candies. My
grandfather would give us 50 cents each and we would bring home 100
pieces of candy.....that was in the early '70's.
What a great site! Here are a few I didn't see:
The 5 and 10 on Franklin Ave. in Nutley Center and the lady with the big white hair-do watching every move you made as you shopped!
German Bakery on the corner of Franklin and Vreeland Avenues....we lived nearby and they used to cook our turkey on Thanksgiving for us! Great people!
The Grand Union!!! My dad used to pick up shopping carts for them and deliver groceries!
The gift shop on the corner of Franklin and Vreeland Avenues.
YES, I remember Up with People...was in it for quite some time. Great folks and great times!
The Shop-Rite Annex....was a great place! Remember when it WAS THE SHOP-RITE??
Gantner's Hardware...if you needed a part, they had it!
Candy store on Franklin and Vreeland....all that penny candy... filling up a bag right before you went to the Franklin Theater!
Holy Family Church...was in HF School when new one was built. Met my husband doing Holy Family Church theater in 1977...and still married!
How about those town musicals??? Carousel...was my favorite!
Love the website...will continue to watch it.
Please use my initials if you post any of this. Thanks for the great memories.
Here are some more memories from a former Nutley resident in the 1960s and 1970s:
1. Buying baseball cards from Nick's candy store on Franklin Ave and trading them among my friends while walking to Yanticaw School;
2. Playing travel basketball in the 6th grade for Mr. Garguilo - the best coach I ever had;
3. Watching my 3 older brothers play midget football on Sundays while my Dad announced the games on a portable microphone from the top of the stands;
4. Playing basketball under the lights at Boys Park and then running all the way to Franklin Ave b/c I was afraid of the dark;
5. Saturday morning rec basketball games at Radcliffe School;
6. Lunch time football games on the "Campus" at Yanticaw;
7. Slot car racing at the place on Franklin Ave that was next to the Annex with my brothers;
8. Trying to be the first to walk across a frozen Mudhole and falling through the ice - up to my knees;
9. Seeing the "World's Greatest Athlete" at a jam packed Franklin Theatre; and
10. Playing little league for Mr. Carbley. If we won, he'd buy the whole team hot dogs.
Thanks for letting me share.
Hi.....I have a small card and gift shop on Chestnut Street....Curious where I can obtain Nutley Postcards to carry ...People have been asking....Thank You ......
HI IM NOT FROM NUTLEY, BUT I'VE BEEN THERE A LOT. I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN HARRISON NJ. BUT I JUST WANTED TO TELL YOU THAT I REMEMBER THE O'DOWD'S MILK BARN ON RTE 10 IN PINE BROOK. IT WAS A GREAT PLACE AND HAD GIANT ICE CREAM SUNDAES. IM IN TEXAS NOW.
Love your site!
Here's some from a kid who grew up on Emily Ave in the 70's:
ok. here are some memories from the Spring Garden side of town:
walking to Nichol's park to watch softball games - Stable's (sp?) Diner had the best team.
playing on the swings and drinking out of that metal-post water fountain (it's still there!)
sledding down devil's hill at Nichol's park
walking to Carl's to buy two packs of Winston and one pack of Kent for my mom and dad (I was 5)
Jenny the crossing guard
wiffle ball in the street, and yelling "car!!!" every 30 minutes or so...no one was parked on the street unless it was family visiting.
Playing "steal the bacon"
walking to school, and walking back home for lunch hour to watch Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley
Strawberry Festival - Chicago's greatest hits playing on a portable 8-track player during the whole event
- goldfish in plastic bags
- "cobra" the band of kids playing Kiss songs during the festival
- pony rides
- ink splat art
- custom made felt hats with a feather and Elmer's glue with sparkles poured in the shape of your name
Halloween - walking door to door for blocks after dark and not worrying about a thing! No flashlights and no caravan's waiting at the end of each block.
Spring Garden Halloween parade
driving around with the family to look at all the Christmas lights!
Park Oval Olympics
Fireworks on the 4th of July at the Park Oval (right after Dave Righetti threw a no-hitter against the Red Sox!)
Ralph's Pizza - watching Ralph himself make the pies!
Paul's Deli - "Cream O Land" milk with the plastic strip glued to the sides of the carton to hold two 1/2 gallons together.
Yankees - owned the world - where were YOU when you heard about Thurman Munson?
baseball cards (doubles, of course) clipped on to our bikes using clothes pins for that "motor" sound.
Banana Seats with that handle on the back (strictly for teaching others how to ride without training wheels)
Walking the tracks to Rizzuto Berra Bowling alley (without our parents knowing) - and not having enough money to actually play, but noticing all the memorabilia in the glass display cases.
Cub Scout peanut brittle
Soccer games at Monsignor Owens Park
Haffners' Garage and Bit 'n Spur Tavern and Tony's Barber Shop--all by the RR trestle at High and Franklin.
Kolodin's Drug Store and Kirk's Hardware across the street.
Senior Assembly '55 at the HS when real cannon was shot by yours truly and burned the curtain  and emptied the auditorium.
Franklin Theatre--"the ITCH"Mr. Asmuss (HS) and Mr. Goldberg(JHS) -principals. Teachers (1943 to 1955)with real impact on future lives: Yantacaw-- Ms.Courtelyou; Ms.Parks; Ms. Pryor; Ms.DeLong; Ms.Mitchell; Ms.Smith Jr. High-- Mr.Tien; "Limpy" Gimbel; Mr.D'Andrea; Mr. Blackman: Mr. Garnicius[sp?] High: Mr.Timmons; Mr.Fitch; Ms.Ciccone; Who were the great shop teacher and the art teacher?
Lovers' Lane at Garrett Mountain.
Awful Awful at Bond's
Tick Tock Diner on Rte #3
My Pals forever--now gone: Tommy Lubben and Norm Kelly.
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Not sure if this was mentioned but does anyone remember the "Little Willy" grave? I remember Bill Tones, Tony actually helps to run the Belleville Little League where my son plays. I lived right next to 7-11 and I remember it being built along with the dry cleaners right behind it.
Before it was Carvel on Franklin Ave., wasn't it a Krauzers?? I was in there every morning before H.S.
Remember when they would throw bread out the window at Vitiello's Bakery, if you screamed loud enough for it and it would be nice and hot!!
Does anyone remember the candy store directly on the corner of Passaic and Harrison?
Favorite hangouts were Santini's Pizzeria (every single day for lunch listening to Bon Jovi on the jukebox).
The "cheese" Always walking Franklin Ave., back and forth all night long!
the days !!
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