Greetings From Belleville, growing up in the tiny northern New Jersey town

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.

You don't have to be from New Jersey to enjoy this book, you just need an inclination to remember when chasing the mosquito man and his big blue DDT cloud was a great thrill for kids on their bikes or running in their Keds!

Greetings from Belleville, New Jersey: Collected writings

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.

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Collected writings by Anthony Buccino

"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

Greetings From Belleville, New Jersey -  by Anthony BuccinoWaiting 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 hike over mountain in search of nudist camp

Bob Dylan in Belleville

Flashback, summers and Suntan Lake

No Christmas

How many hammers is enough?

A father's place

My generation

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

Counting change

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”


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The Nutley Sun
The Belleville Times
The Independent Press of Bloomfield
The Glen Ridge Paper
The Nutley Journal
The Belleville Post
New Jersey Monthly

Paterson Literary Review
U.S. 1 Worksheets
Rattlesnake Review
Medusa's Kitchen
Voices In Italian Americana
Edison Literary Review
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