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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
A brief history
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
A History of the Belleville Fire Dept. Memorial Bell
Belleville Streets Honor Fallen Police, Fire Captain
An old Belleville, NJ, street view of the mind
Airplane Explodes, Crashes Into Belleville High School
July 21, 1967
Belleville Sons Honor Roll Remembering the men who paid for our freedom
Memorial Street Signs Honor Belleville Sons Where They Lived
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
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
Belleville, New Jersey's own Lonnie Bunch III ascends to the top of his profession, as the new Secretary of the Smithsonian; Bunch is the first African-American in the 173-year history of the Smithsonian to be named its Director by Mike Lamberti
The Smithsonian's Lonnie Bunch: A passion for history
Smithsonian Spotlight: National Museum of African American History
Brookdale Soda Memories
Village of Second River
By Norman Price
Web site creator, local author Anthony Buccino
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The writings of Belleville native Anthony Buccino
Belleville, NJ, Books
Nutley, NJ, Books
Cherry Blossom Press
Greetings From Belleville, New Jersey
Greetings From Belleville is Buccino's fourth collection of essays but the first wholly dedicated to his Belleville writings.
Belleville Sons Honor Roll
Belleville and Nutley in the Civil War: a Brief History
Images of America - Belleville, NJ
by Nicole Canfora
Banned in the Bronx by Gene Hutmaker