Greetings From Belleville, N.J. - Collected writings
by Anthony Buccino
Buccino's first collection of Belleville-only writings
This is Buccino's fourth collection of essays but the first wholly dedicated to his collected writings about Belleville.
GREETINGS FROM BELLEVILLE, NEW JERSEY Collected writings includes more than forty essays and reflections on everything from junior high school bullies to selling pretzels for Ed Strat at Belleville High School football games at Municipal Stadium.
Buccino writes about those duck-and-cover drills in elementary school, junior high school bullies, and high school joy riding to Monk's Castle and Albino Village. Spanning six decades, this collection shares the bitter and the sweet, all in an ultimate tribute to growing up in this middle class township in northern New Jersey.
Buccino writes with clarity and humor in his columns about growing up in the second half of the 20th century. He has been called “New Jersey’s Garrison Keillor or something to that effect.” His writing about life in northern New Jersey has been published in area newspapers, Belleville Patch, NJ Voices, Baristanet and other publications.
Table of contents
Waiting for Jerry the ice cream man
Don the TV man
The pipeline under the power lines
Rainy day children of the summer
Gary's English racer vs. my Schwinn
Chasing the mosquito man
Air raid drill memories
Penny candy from the corner store
After the Titanic
Moving down Meacham hill
Pizza for dinner, so very rare
The first robin of spring
Bellwood Crier has-been
Summer peaches in the Rambler
Billy Newtner's bus rides
Yellow cracker school days
Selling pretzels at high school football
Job rock in prose
Peter Pan Revisited, again
Back to school, institutional green
Just another day on Police Beat
Memories of Brookdale soda
Brown bagging lunch through the years
Scouts seek nudist camp over the mountain
Bob Dylan in Belleville
Flashback, summers and Suntan Lake
How many hammers is enough?
A father's place
On outliving two classmates
Monk's castle joyrides
Do we ever stop missing our folks?
Married to a Christmas nut
Of Taylor ham, skorpers and Ashtabula
Who is Brother, who is Uncle Bim?
At Spatola's Home for funerals
Strangers in old photos
Editor imprisoned in Town Hall
School 10 students surprise Belleville scribe
Remembering a Belleville 'Red Tail' pilot
Italian American roots in Belleville, Nutley
Thankful for growing up in old Belleville
GREETINGS FROM BELLEVILLE, N.J. Collected writings
by Anthony Buccino
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