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Belleville, New Jersey
The Cherry Blossom Capital of America
(French: "Belle ville" meaning "Beautiful town") is a township in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 35,926, reflecting a decline of 2 (0.0%) from the 35,928 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,715 (+5.0%) from the 34,213 counted in the 1990 Census. -- Wikipedia
Hillside Pleasure Park, Belleville, N.J. circa 1902
Essex County Isolation Hospital, Soho Hospital, Belleville NJ
Cherry trees or cherry blossom trees?
Q: As a native Belleville-ite (Bellevillian, someone who grew up in Belleville), it bugs me when the cherry blossom trees are referred to as "cherry trees" because they are a cherry-blossom trees, not cherry trees. The fruit of the cherry tree is cherry. But the fruit of a cherry blossom tree is a blossom. Feel free to correct anyone around you who makes this mistake. You might want to point out that there are two kinds of cherry blossom trees: the single blossom and the double blossom. But don't be a bore about it.
Cherry Blossom Trees, Not Cherry Trees?
A: Thank you for contacting the County of Essex. I spoke with our horticultural staff and, in fact, our trees do get cherries. The cherries are just small and insignificant, meaning they are not ornamental or of any food value to wildlife or us.
Yes, in general, our trees have been selected for their ornamental floral display. However, even the cherries grown for fruit get beautiful pink and white flowers; thus, using the term cherry blossom trees to refer to only the ornamental trees is technically incorrect.
-- Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs
Clipping courtesy of Judy Holloweg Hatfield
July 21, 1967
Famous Locals ... to name a few
Singers and Such
Philip Van Courtlandt
Russell Baker - Growing Up
Stephen Crane - The Red Badge of Courage
Frances Goodrich - The Real Nick and Nora, Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Nicky Arnold - Welcome Back, Kotter
Gene Hutmaker - Banned in the Bronx
Joanne Fischer Schroeder and Bob Fischer - Doona and Friends
Mark Cervasio - Life's a Ball
A Fool's Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Age of Bush, Obama, and Trump by Lonnie Bunch III
By Norman Price
Recent News and Views
The Belleville Times
Web site creator, local author Anthony Buccino
Entire contents OldBelleville.org
© Anthony Buccino
The writings of Belleville native Anthony Buccino
Greetings From Belleville is Buccino's fourth collection of essays but the first wholly dedicated to his Belleville writings.
Images of America - Belleville, NJ by Nicole Canfora
Banned in the Bronx by Gene Hutmaker
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