Greetings from Belleville, New Jersey - Collected writings
by Anthony Buccino
I’m thankful for growing up in old Belleville. New Jersey, that is, not Belleville, Ontario, or Belleville, Illinois, or Belleville, Michigan, or Belleville, Kansas or even Belleville, Paris. I’m thankful for growing up in good old Belleville, New Jersey.
Buccino's first collection of Belleville-only writings
Belleville native Anthony Buccino has collected your favorite, most-requested of his nonfiction writings about life and growing up in the second half of the 20th Century in Belleville, New Jersey.
Greetings From Belleville, New Jersey - Collected writings includes more than 40 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.
This is Buccino's fourth collection of essays but the first wholly dedicated to his collected writings about Belleville.
The author attended Holy Family School in Nutley while living down the street, across Meacham hill in Belleville. He also attended School 10, Belleville Junior High School and was graduated from Belleville High School where he also wrote for the student page in The Belleville Times.
In 1990, he served as editor of The Belleville Times and in the mid-1990s he was the managing editor of The Belleville Post where he wrote a weekly Rambling Round column.
Buccino writes with clarity and humor. 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 and online.
"The author gives a heartfelt glimpse into life in his hometown. It will appeal most to others from similar places, but the nostalgia and reminiscence will appeal to all readers who long for the home and life of their youth....
"The author's writing is friendly and easy to relate to, but sometimes he spends too long discussing things in depth that most readers are already familiar with (like defrosting early electric freezers). The author's friendly voice sounds like a neighbor swapping great stories on the back porch. Readers feel like they know the author, his family, and his town.
"The author's casual voice occasionally lends itself to informal grammar and word usage. While many, many details have the ring of familiarity, the author also brings out the unique aspects of his own experience. The author's humor, thankfulness, and openness are the book's greatest assets. The cover image suggests a more rural life than the small town setting depicted in the book."
-- Judge, Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards
Table of contents
Waiting for Jerry the ice cream man
the TV Man
Don the TV Man
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 hike over mountain in search of nudist camp
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
Published by Cherry Blossom Press
Buccino earned a Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism award in the Media-Affiliated Blog category with these three posts:
“Don the TV Man”
“Penny Candy from the Corner Store”
“Gary’s English Racer vs. My Schwinn”
Some columns are included in other Buccino books.
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New Jersey author Anthony Buccino's stories of the 1960s, transit coverage and other writings earned four Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism awards. The Pushcart Prize-nominated writer has been called ' “New Jersey’s ‘Garrison Keillor” or something to that effect.’
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