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Your Fondest Memory of Places in Worcester

This page is for people to share their memories of places they remember in Worcester.

i used to live on mayfield street.i went to school at abbott street elemetry school from kindergarden to 4th grade,there was the most wonderfull school my mom started as lunch gaurd and went on to be the head of the parents was the princapil he helped mom get to run for head of the school distrect.soon the started o talk about tearing the school down i rember how much that upset me i loved abbott st.soon they decited to remoldel that and make apts out of it.thats whensome relif came i culd still look at it and i went there to get on brick to hold a memory and to this day i still have sighned by my prinicpal.
I lived in Worcester from 1929 to 1943. I used to live on Lyman St. I remember the 4th of July and the Veterans day parades that threaded there way through all the cemeteries that were in that area. I miss the cool drink stands and the very PATRIOTIC Worcester people. I go back every other Sept. for a month but it isn't the same now.........Bob
Comment by: Robert L Spencer
I miss the movie theatres like the Family, Warner, Capital, Plymouth. Elm St, Olympia, Lois Poli. Royal, Strand. Rialto & Park ave. I miss the old Greek pop corn guy with plenty of butter and salt on the Worcester common. All the stores on Main and Front St. Denholms, Filenes, Kresges, Peoples Bank, Woolworth, JJ Newburys Shacks, Prudence, Regal Shoes, Sherers. All the Hock shops, Eden Gardens, pool halls, Bowling alleys, Shacks, Sears&Roebucks, Western Auto, Speedys Drive in, Restaurants And Bars up one street and down another. A city where you never had to lock your doors.......I felt they lost their compass and couldnt find the way back. Now,after the loss of six brave men, they have gotten their bearings back and are pulling together as a family and taking care of one another like never seen before. God Bless The City of Worcester, The Real Heart Of The Commonwealth..
Comment by: Neil H. Donahue
The Silver Spoon walk up diner out in what I think was Leicester - out on a back road in the middle of nowhere. Affectionately called "Greasys" by our gang,it was run by a couple of ladies and the special was hot dogs - 6 for a buck. They cooked them in a big pan on an old stove with onions and sauce and peppers and everything. The parking lot was always packed and it was the place to go for a carload of hungry young kids in highschool who just got their licences. I went there in the 1960-1963 timeframe.

Note from webmaster: You're talking about Hot Dog Annie's on Route 56 according to my mom, where the dogs were always 6 for a buck. Still there, still packed on the weekends, though the dogs cost a little more.

Comment by: Pete Taylor
Thank you so much for this wonderful website. I was born in Worcester in 1946 at City Hospital. My family moved to a small suburb when I was 5 years old, but Worcester remained a huge part of my life until I was married. My first apartment was on Lancaster St. behind the Courthouse. I worked in Worcester from 1965-1970 at Harrington Richardson Arms Co. on the corner of Park Ave. and Chandler St. Although I went to school in another town, we spent a lot of time cruising Highland St. and going to Speedy's on Shrewsbury St. Years ago, the movie American Graffiti could have taken place in Worcester. I loved shopping downtown before the Worcester Center and the Galleria were built. Filene's Bargan Basement was the best. And Denholms & McKay was the most in place to buy clothes. There were so many great places to shop, Lerners was there on the corner of Pleasant and Main, and I remember Marion's (a little hat shop further down towards Lincoln Square near Barnards. I was quite a shopper back then. But I also remember the Art Museum. My husband and I had our first dates there. He also served with the National Guard and reported to the Armory once a month for weekend duty. My first child was born a Hanhaman Hospital. I loved the theatres, the clubs, like the Brandy Banjo, and going to eat at the El Morroco. They had the best salad dressing. I think it had mint in it. Anyway, Worcester was a great place in the 60's. I haven't been back for 30 years. I probably wouldn't recognize it. Thanks for the memories.
Comment by: Tracy Gilbert
What I remember most about growing up in Worcester is Great brook Valley. When we lived there it was a real neighborhood. All the parents looked out for everyones kids and it was a great place to grow up. I lived there in the late 60"s and early 70"s. We(neighborhood children) would play baseball, football, and many other fun things people in neighborhoods just don't do anymore. It was a special time and I fondly remember GBV.
Comment by: Steve C
Well I just wanted to say that today makes 47 years since the Tornado of 1953.Many people died because of that terrible storm. i hope people who lived through that fateful day write about it here.
Comment by: steve c
One of my fondiest memory's is visiting my grandmother's house on queen st. Then walking to the Mart with my Aunt Moe. It was always exciting to go to the Mart I always knew I was gonna get something there if it was a coloring book or a new barbie, what ever it was the Mart was the only place to get it from. I also have very found Memory's of Great brook Valley I lived there from 66 when i was one till I was 11 when we moved out. I went to Clark St, school from kindergardening through 6th grade. My Father made those time's the most memerable cause he was the little league coach and the school bus driver. All the kids in the neighborhood played together if it was a game of balltag, or rolloring scatting around the clotheslines it was fun no matter what we did. We also painted the cellar walls and used grocier carts and made a fun house downstairs. Great brook Valley was a beautifull wonderfull place to grow up and I Cherish every momemory of that time in my life. Ann M. Hetz
I grew up in the Leicester/Worcester area, and went to Leicester High School - I remember Hot Dog Annie's, and watching the sunrise from the top of the spiral staircased tower on Bancroft Towers, and I used to hang out with friends inside the old, crumbled remains of Union Station. There were very dangerous places to climb around in there, and on the precarious, rusted, lossely bolted catwalk thingy on the underside of it's curved roof - a dizzy height above the rusty scrap metal and crumbled cement objects and broken glass below it, as well as on top of the roof. I have one sad memory about a best friend of mine who I went to Leicester High with, Karren Barrier, who was brutally murdered on that same roof, stabbed, lit on fire, and kicked down inside below,in early 1990 (if I remember the date correctly). My favorite memories, however, were in Greenhill Park, East Park (if I remember that name correctly - it's on Shrewsbury street - saw a flock of bats there one night), two playground/parks on Dorchester street - one large, one small - and Homer's Field in the virtually unknown wild blueberry patches, where I spent, uhm, quality time with my beautiful ex-wife (then fiance) Dalrene ^_^ Another favourite memory, my *most* favourite, was my son, Seth, being born on June 8th, 1990 at Worcester Memorial Hospital ^_^ I also remember 'Bell Hill' (Belmont st. Hill - one of Worc.'s seven hills) before it had anything on it - just a lot of dirt and grass. The night-time city view from there was spectacular, and I'd get there by climbing Gage st., one of the steepest streets I've ever known. Speaking of Worcester's seven hills, there used to be a joke about Boy's Trade - it seems they were gonna call the school "Seven Hills Industrial Tech.", but the T-shirt's wouldn't look good with that abbreviated on it ("S.H.I.T.")!!!! ^_^ I remember the Q.V.C.C. and the Worcester Artsists Group, where local and other bands played like Crystal Myth, and Subjugator, and Toxic Shock, and I also remember a couple/few cool guys from the Worcester City Hell Rats ^_^ I've had many friends in Worcester, and I've missed the places I've been, people I've known, and times I've had there. Thank you for an *excellent* website. Keep up the great work!!!! Seeya!!!!
Comment by: Jesse Robinson
So much has happened to Worcester since I was a kid.I can remember a time when you could ride the bus and feel safe,and go out at night and not be in fear.I still believe that most people are good and the few that make it hard on the rest are the ones who will know what it is like one day to be afraid.I'm not scared even though I was once held up at knife point while driving my taxi. The guy who robbed me seemed like a nice guy and we talked and he told me how he had been out of work and it was tough.Then he put a butcher knife to my throat.That was 12 years ago and he spent 5 years in jail and I still have nightmares about that night
Comment by: stephen c
We arrived in Boston one bitterly cold January day in 1982 from England. Pete had a job with The Paul Revere Ins. Co. in Worcester and this was the start of a big adventure for us, especially as we had been married for only 5 days when we arrived. We ended up renting an apartment in Shrewsbury, Imperial Arms (I think!) and we had the most fantastic time. We stayed in the U.S. for nearly 3 years and have so many wonderful memories, skiing on Wachusett, sailing on Quinsigamond, hiking, biking, camping etc. etc. I have never tried so many sports and everything was on the doorstep. I still tell people that Mass is the the best place in the world to live you have everything. We travelled quite a bit while we were in America, from Boston down to Florida to Niagra thru' Maine, N.H., Canada, to Hawaii and the West Coast, but nowhere could beat New England. We came back to be nearer our family and now have 3 children, but I often wish we'd stayed. So if any reads this who remembers us, we'd like to say 'HI' and one day we'll be back for a visit. Thanks Worcester for enriching our lives!!!! One thing I miss is the four seasons, those bitterly cold winters when a snowstorm was predicted and everyone would rush out to stock up on beers! The spring and lovely hot summer and my favourite season - fall. Here the whole year mingles into one damp season!!
Comment by: Elaine & Pete Wilkinson
I was born 24 April 1953 so even though I lived through it I really have no memories of the tornado that ripped our house apart. My mother told me how the sky got very dark, she ran upstairs and pulled me out of the crib. After the storm she went back upstairs to find the crib showered with broken glass. We used to have a book with pictures from the tornado but it somehow got lost during a move. We used to live at 132 Fairhaven rd. I believe the elementary school I used to go to was called Greendale but don't really remember. We used to go to an amusment park called White City?, It was by a lake. Last time I was in town there was a shopping plaza at that location. My sister and I used to have fun on the slides in the funhouse. We used to slide down them on pieces of burlap. There also were some guys who always tried to chase us out of the building.
Comment by: Donald A. Wilson
I remember going up to the old insane asylum with my friends,always trying to find a way into the building. We would always get chased away from security. I recently visited Worcester and needed to go see what the old building looked like. The buildings there are still majestic looking and I hope they preserve these structures for a very long time
Comment by: gclark
My 1st wife went to school in "Woos-tah" in the early 70's. I remember hanging around the Boynton when it was still just a neighborhood bar. I remember Iandoli's Market. I remember (just barely) seeing John Sebastian in concert at the Worcester Memorial Auditorium. (Long before the Centrum.)
Comment by: Terry Moody
It's been a long time. Make that a long long time. I grew up in Gardner and we would go to a dance hall. I think it might have been Lakeside. It was by a river and there was an amusement park with a long slide which started at the top of the hill and ended up in the water. The ballroom hosted big bands of the era, and had two large ballrooms from which you could select some soft cuddle dancing or go to the smaller and "get it on" This had to be around 1950-55, and only when I could borrow my dad's car since mine couldn't get that far. Would any other "Old Fart" care to elaborate...
Comment by: R Archam
Wow, talk about "waltzing down memory lane"! Hi there!!! I'm Bruce Hedquist, a Worcesterite. It's funny, for I just got back from an east coast trip, visiting my sister and her family on Long Island, NY. I decided to take a quick side trip up to Springfield, Greenfield (GCC alumnus), Worcester and the Cape. Things sure have changed in some places, like downtown especially, but a lot is still as I remember it too. My dad and his dad built a solid stone (boulder?) wall in 1950 and it is still standing rock solid and as true as the day it was built! The old house is still looking great too, in fact it's one of the nicest looking homes in the immediate neighborhood. Unfortunately I can't say the same about my second home in Paxton. Well anyhow, I was born at Hanhamann Hospital @ 1:05am July 31, 1942. I lived my first 16 years at 14 Park Villa Ave, just off Malden, in the "summit" area, just north of what's called "Greendale". I went to Burncoat (K-4), Sacred Heart Academy (5-6), Burncoat Junior High (7-8), Assumption Prep (9-10 1/2), and Wachusett Regional (10 ½ - 12), graduating from there in 1960. My family (Mom Frances, Dad Edward, & Sister Marilyn) moved to Paxton in the summer of 1958 living at 17 Tanglewood Road, just off Pleasant St. After a half year of "commuting" to the "Prep" and after seeing all those great looking girls in Paxton and Holden, I pleaded with Mom & Dad to let me go to this wonderful new co-ed high school in Holden! I didn't regret it for sure - what with all those late Friday night "submarine races" at the various reservoirs, sprinkled throughout those roads between Leicester, Paxton and Holden. Friends: Bill Crosby, Neil Parmenter, Penny Gould, Marcie Yankshus, Linda Humphreys, Roger Handy, Judy Lawrence, the Meola brothers, Paul and ? Antler (brothers), Faith Johnson, and Pete ? Then later on in Paxton: Andy Bertrand, John Kortes, Dick Wylie, Marsha Forrester, Jay Cunningham, Jack Whitney, Bob McMahon and Ann Lindberg. Cool places: Pinecroft Dairy, Hillcrest & Greenhill Park G.C.'s (golf), "sock-hops" at Burncoat Jr. High, Sci-Fi movies at the West Boylston Drive-In, the burgher & shake place across from WRHS (now a strip mall), hiking up old Blueberry Hill when there still was wild blueberries on top (now just Condo's and I-290), Mechanics Hall wrestling (at least the building is near a marina on the lake and he raced them. One time he took me out on a test run and I was just just so pumped up! To Donald A. Wilson : The June 19(?) 1953 Tornado was seen by me as it hurdled down out of the Holden hills, running easterly, just south of Malden Street, across Blueberry Hill and West Boylston Street and then crashing onto Burncoat Street! I was sitting on our front porch on Park Villa, playing hi-fi audio tapes of rock & roll music earlier recorded off a local radio station. I heard this roaring sound and first thought that it was one of those new fangled aircraft called a jet fighter. Then I saw the dark funnel shaped cloud quickly moving its way along and I yelled for my mom and sister to come out. They missed seeing most of it. But the next day, we visited the Burncoat Street disaster area, helping the Red Cross and friends whose homes were totally demolished. There was still a smell of death lurking. I lost a classmate in that one. Another thing was our church, the Holy Rosary on Fales, was so devastated that Assumption Prep opened up their chapel to the area catholics, for us to use for Sunday Masses. That was how I learned about the wonderful brothers and priests at Assumption Prep and soon developed an urge to get an education there. Well, my Mom was a big influence on that one anyhow. Previous to that time, the school was kind of cloistered dormitory type environment for only "canuck" kids. Now that campus is home to QCC (Quinsigamond Community College), ever since the Prep moved over alongside its big brother Assumption College. And Don, you were right on about "White City", just across Shrewsbury St. from Spag's and along the shores of "Q Lake". That amusement park was sure a wonderful place on those hot steamy summer nights! I took my girlfriend Doreen from Shrewbury there several times, while home on leave from the Navy, during the very early '60's. By the way, Don, you're not the famous Land Surveyor, who has written books on the subject, are you. If so, we got some talking to do. I'm a L.S. too, working out here in Fresno for the California DOT. Perhaps you remember me from some of your lectures and presentations. One last thing, after the Navy and some school and work in Maryland, I went to Greenfield Community College, graduating from there in 1967. I then worked at Raytheon a couple of years near Lowell and Andover, living in Boxford, before going out west in the early '70's. Anybody have any connections there? Fondly, Bruce
Comment by: Bruce Edward Hedquist
I have many many fond memories of Worcester. They all revolve around playing lead guitar for Crystal Myth (Rob, Dave, Brian, Sean, Neil, Greg, - where the hell are you guys?), working at E.U.Wurlitzer's (Jay Tullio - you are the man!!), and being madly in love with Gina Sodano (again - where the hell are you?). I can't believe the number of years that have passed. If any of this rings a bell with anyone PLEASE email me. Those were some of the craziest and most wonderful times of my life!
Comment by: S.Derrick
Growing up in Worcester in the 70's was a blast,I grew up all over this city,the things we did going downtown to rollerskate and then Webster Square in the early 80's.I'd have to say Green Hill Park on a snowy day was the best,and driving up to the Airport to watch the planes come and go.We lived in GBV and I went to Clarke St.School I remember this gym teacher named Mr. Brown who taught me how to do a back flip.Swiming at Brownie Beach and foolishly jumping off the catwalk(no-one ever got hurt)My Dad's family has a lot of history here too "The Hazard Clan".Alot has change from then and now but it still feels like Worcester
Comment by: Jessica Hatt(Gallant)
I saw Bruce Sunquist's note on Worcester and had to reply. I remember him and others that he named. I was born 1942 and lived on Marland Rd. I was there when the Tornado hit. I was outside with a wwII german helmet on picking up hail stones when my sister called and said there was something bad comming. I just made it to the basement when it went past. Marland Rd is right next to the Assumption Collage. We had slate shingles on our house and pieces of them were driven into the birch trees in our yard. My cousins car was moved about 50 feet and not a scratch,others were completly destroyed. My mother had to walk home just after the storm. I also spent a lot of time at the summitt. Richard Shyllberg
Comment by: richard shyllberg
coffee kingdom, getting kicked out was expected. marybeth owned it and ran it like a queen. everyone went- people from the neighborhhood, kids after school. i used to stick my nose in the door to smell the fresh beans before i ever hung out there. the worester artists group and all the practice spaces afterwards. all the music and art that people were doing and getting together to show eachother and share. bancroft towers. yeah we always found a way to get in even if it meant climbing the damn wall. made some videos. the hill behind doherty, skipping class and taking naps, looking out across the city.
Comment by: laura goldstein
I was born and raised in Worc.and lived on the lower end of Vernon st (#193)-- went to Sacred Heart elementary and then St.John's High on Temple St.class of 55. I have often thought of those friends i had in my early years at Sacred Heart -- Pat Cross - Carol Bennett- Tommy Fulmer- Jimmy Dumont- Bill & Bob Grady - Ray Moquin - Dave Whelan - George Murphy and so many others which I cannot remember at present - In 1952 my Dad built a home on Heywood St. and we moved there in 1953 -- I enlisted in the Navy in 1955 and spent the next 20 yrs there retiring in 1975. I have stayed pretty much in contact with those friends i met in 1953 and beyond but it's those pre 1953 that I have no info at all on the above named folks. Thankyou
Comment by: Dan Murphy
I grew up on Providence Street, right across from the Worcester Academy, and went to Union Hill Elementary School, Grafton Street Junior High and Commerce High School. I remember the Worcester tornado really well, and helped bring injured people to the hospital with my boyfriend. The devastation was incredible and I remember so clearly to this day. There was an incredibly majestic, old, Red Maple Tree in the front of the Worcester Academy, and that was my secret hiding place. I could climb that tree and sit in its huge, leafy branches, and watch my neighborhood go about its daily routine. I lived on Providence Street from about 1948 to about 1955, first at #88 then at #63 near Tagman's Bakery, and I can tell you that it was a great neighborhood to be brought up in. Everyone cared about everyone, and we shared a common grief when the Blue Starred Flags during WWII turned to Gold Stars. I will never forget my old neighborhood and the friends and experiences I had there.
Comment by: Bobbi (Serra) Davis
Can anyone help me? I am trying to find out what happened to the People's Bank of Worcester. Seems they also had branches in Auburn, Holden, West Boylston and Westboro. Thanks.
Comment by: janice lahaye
Born in Worcester in 1948 and lived there until 1965. Would love to find friends from Winslow Street School, Seaver Street School, Chandler Junior High. Fond memories of Coes Pond and Carolyn and Cindy Marvin. Grew up on Winfield Street; any "kids" around from there. What a fun childhood with many races and religions and we all got along fine. My saddest time was when Pat Murphy moved and the Slowicks moved. My heart was broken for a long time. Don't have friends like that anymore!
Comment by: Lois (Cormier) Cheney
Lived on Cutler for my first 6 months of life... then we moved out to Spencer. I can remember taking the bus into Worcester to the Registry to get my Driving License. - Spider Gates was never as scary as the stories. But it was always fun to drive down there. - mkp
Comment by: Mike Pellegrino
Hi I was born in Worcester in 1939. Lived on Keefe Place that is not there anymore.Use to jump the train in my back yard and ride it to Lincoln Square got off at the boys club.In my back yard was the Black Stone Canal.I sold newspapers on the corner for 4 cents on Main St. also in front of St. Johns Church. Sold cool aid on Lincoln St. I went to Belmont St. School.Not there anymore.I remember all the theathers down town.I use to bum for coins outside the Plymouth and spend the whole day there. Spent many a day at Green Hill Park. I am so glad I had those memories. I moved to Holden when I was 13. Went to Holden Jr. High School. Great times. I could go on for ever. I think the best times in Worcester was the 40's and tha 50's.
Comment by: Bob Cutroni
im now 25 years old. i was born in worcester for the first yr of my life i lived on the coner of mendon and grafton st. then my parents bought a apartment on houghton st and to this day we still live in this apartment 25 yrs later except i moved up stairs.. my dad,s family had lived at 5 mendon st since he was a little boy and some of his family still live there now.. my fondest memories are going to the candy store at the coner of dorchester and houghton st. with my brother then going to the broken down old play ground across the street which is now rebuilt and a nice addition to the neiborhood thats were i take my 3 children to play. i went to grafton st school from kindergarden to 6th grade and i have to say my favorite teacher mrs. cutter i had in 1st grade is still there teaching that grade to this day.i remember playing soft ball at the big park across the street from east middle school i remember the hot days walking up to holmes field pool with my friends and the sound of the ice cream truck coming down the street. the best things about worcester is the many nice things i remember as a kid are still around and now my children can enjoy them too. sherry guinto
Comment by: sherry guinto
I lived in Worcester 12 years of my life now I'm in Leicester. I loved going to Crompton Park, Skylite, Elm Park, Vernon Hill, playing softball for Vernon Hill and Maranville, the church parking lot on Cambridge Street, Nami's Market, in front of Kendra's house, taking bus to Worcester outlet mall, train going bye at night, the monkey tree, Jackie, Corey, Lisa, Steven, under the highway bridge, in the fort, snow fort, church bizarre's on Cambridge Street, Millburt Street School Spree days & hebert's candy sales, Just Millbury Street school all together, recess, Mini olympics, projects fair, field trips, academic olympics, sunday school, community garden, patrol leaders, Billy, Danielle, Eva, Eric, and thats a lot of my childhood memories in Worcester :)
Comment by: Krystina
i've lived in worc/millbury my whole life until 'bout 2 years ago when i joined the air force. there's so many things i miss. i miss going to coney island and playing paradice by the dashboard light, just to tick people off because it was like 20 mins long and they couldn't hear their songs. driving down the highway and seeing allmerica financial, waveing at my dad at work (yeah, i was lame.)the smell of the air just after a thunderstorm, haveing to listen to peter, paul, & mary (which i also miss, mom.) driving to school in the snow, blareing WAAF. going to hampton beach every summer and kicking my dad's butt at the motorcycle game. there's alot i miss, and even though germany is pretty, it will never compare to the beauty that the northeast holds. i envy all that are there right now.
Comment by: Jennifer Nelson
i miss worcester i grew up there all my life till i was 21 then moved to florida i wen't to south high in the 80s but you know what people be thankfull for what a beutifullstate you live in cause the whole state of florida does not compare with worcester it will alway's be home to me
Comment by: raymond delisle
I now live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I've been here since 1995. Prior to that I had lived in Rhode Island. I left Worcester in 1977. I had gone to St. Joseph School on The Hill and spent my middle school years at Shepherd Knapp School in Boylston. I graduated from Assumption Prep in 1968 and then went to Holy Cross for my bachelor's. Worcester and Worcester County have played a big part in my development. I am a proud native son. What do I remember? I remember the rolling hills and the magnificent fall colors that dotted the hillsides - even the ones jammed with three-deckers. I miss three-deckers. Living in the midwest I have found only one place that has authentic three-decckers. Madison, WI, just in the shadow of the state capitol. I miss Spag's. Who wouldn't!!! No bags at Spags. I miss Lake Quinsigamond and my uncle's house on the water. I miss water skiing under the Route 9 bridge. I miss my mother's restaurant and diner - Messier's - located on The Island. It was a great place to get a great lobster. It's called something else now and I think has a big green hat on it. I miss my house located on Blithewood Avenue - it was almost out of the city but still part of it. It's now the main office of a condo development called Rolling Oaks. I missed my backyard that was six acres large and nearly all woods. I would run back there and get lost in boyhood dreams. The woods are no more. The condos have taken over. I miss the spa at the end of Massasoit and Blithewood. You could get anything in there. Amything that cost a nickle. I missed the Blithewood Avenue school...though I never went there. I licked the playground. I miss the Worcester Auditorium where you could see Holy Cross play and all the big shows came there before the civic center was built. I miss the fact that no one knows where Worcester is and that Worcester is pronounced Woostah and not Wor-ches-ter. And that there is no "H" in Worcester. "Get the H out of Worcester" we used to say as kids. I miss Ware Pratts and the Worcester Art Museum - luckily still around and one of the best in the country for its size. I miss the the view from Bancroft Tower. I miss Wachusett Mountain. - I know it's not in Worcester but you could see it from there and visit it in 45 minutess. I miss Polar Orange Dry. The best soft drink ever. I miss frappes and really good fried clams and did I mention - rolling hills and absolutely eye-popping fall foliage right in the heart of it all - right in the "heart of the commonwealth." I salute you Worcester - home to the smiley face and the space age. Home to the valentine and barbed wire. Home to hard working people who dropped their Rs at the end of words like "cah" and "stah" and put them where they don't belong on words like "idea-r". To all those who read these words and have written some on this page as well - Worcester was a pretty special place to grow up in...a pretty special place to remember.
Comment by: Joe Gadbois
So much has changed since september 11th.I find myself thinking back to when I was child in gbv. It was a happy time.Be strong people and we will win this war.Happy holidays to one and all........................steve c
Comment by: STEVE C
Wow, after reading all those memories, it just stirred mine. I remember dancing with Jimmy Scott at Lakeside. He was an old, old guy, but a great dancer. Don't remember the bands, but they must have been pretty good local guys. Also the group that played at on 371 Park Ave. That would be Emil Haddad's group. Great combo. They used to play "Stardust" when I'd walk in with my (then) fiance. He's long deceased, but pleasant memories remain. I used to work at Memorial Hospital, Lerner's (corner of Main) and at Worcester County Trust Co., before it became Worcester County National and then was swallowed by Shawmut and then, I guess, by Fleet. Is Fleet a Bank or a Medical appliance? I graduated Commerce High in 1951, but attended North and Major Edwards, when it was a High School. Now living (happily) in Florida. My guitar-playing husband and I belong to a group of country musicians who entertain five or six days a week at various locations around west central Florida. Retirement ain't for sissies, it's for having a blast! We both used to belong to musical groups up there, but at different times. Does the Worcester County Light Opera Club still exist? How about the group that performed the Messiah around Christmas time at the Auditorium. Great memories. Ralph sang with them (the group that sang the Messiah) and still sings with our groups down here. He's still going strong, and sounds great. I'm still pounding on my old keyboard and they still come out to hear us, so we must be doing something right. Thanks for the wonderful memories, Worcester!
Comment by: Marilyn (Williams)Harper
I moved to Worcester in 1979. In was the best city I've ever lived. Three of my four children were born there. The people are great. I love everything about Worcester, the transportation, people, stores, all surrounding cities. My sister-in -law is still there. I've moved to Florida to be with my sick mother. But I would go back in a heart beat. I remember taking my children to Lincoln Park. My oldest son (now 26 years old) use to love the animals there, he always loved to see the pigs. I loved to see my children in the snow, and yes we always had sooooo much snow. Thank you for giving us such a good time. WORCESTER nancy m.
Comment by: Nancy Mojica
My best memory of christmas was in 1970. We lived in GBV at the time and we had so many people at our house and me and my brother Richard snuck into the kitchen and stole 8 cans of beer.Well being 10 and my brother 9 we only needed 1 beer to make us drunk as skunks.We lived on the third floor and we started tossing the beers we knew we could not drink out the window.Mr Blevins informed my father that beer was flying out our window,Mr Blevins lived below us in the same house.Well dad was a little ticked and he told us that Santa would not be coming that night.We cried all night until we fell asleep. We walked into our living room thinking the worst but when we looked we all had toys and Dad said that Santa gave us a second chance.I miss my dad and I will never forget that Christmas. May all of you have a safe and peacful holiday season.............stevc
Comment by: s charbonneau
I have many,the best was every Christmas time my mom& Dad would take us downtown on a Wednesday night yearly out for supper then we would walk up,and down Main st. looking in all the stores windows listening to Christmas carols out of each store,the displays were awesome Denholms with it's mechanical Santa,Across the street Filenes with the train.People carrying wrapped packages wishing each other Merry Christmas.I also have memories of going with my Grandmother downtown and she would get all dressed up,and I had to wear dress pants no dungarees in fact in 50's,60's when I was growing we never wore jeans.The Park theater at Webster sq.on weekends saturday matinees,we paid .$25 to get in a movie short subject afew cartoons,serials then .10 for drink .15 for candy or popcorn..50 for an afternoon of fun Paul B.
Comment by: Paul Bondi
Briefly...Leesville Pond off of Hope Avenue...many days of fun camping nearby and walking on 'rubber ice' in the spring. The old YD Diner at the corner of Hope Avenue and Southbridge St...I worked there and at South Terminal Market next door. The diner is gone now. Was back in '94 for my Mom's funeral, and tried to find some of the old places. I left in the 50's to join the Air Force. Came back on leave many times. Miss the beautiful parks, El Morocco restaurant and my old house on the first corner of Tracy Place. Malvern Rd. School...where the teacher put our milk on top of the radiator...yes....until lunchtime. The trolleys on __________St. at the opposite end of Hope Ave...great ride downtown. I think they sold all the old style trolleys to Argentina, and bought the 'trackless trolleys'. Ed Foley
Comment by: Ed Foley
IMMORTALIZED IN WORCESTER I was born in Worcester and have lived here off and on for the past thirty years. My fondest memory/surprise was when I became “immortalized” on the bridge at Green Street. One day my best friend Belinda, her cousin visiting from Canada, and I were walking down Green Street and a group on photographers asked if they could take our picture for a mural. We said yes but didn’t think it would ever happen. I moved away and returned a couple years later to find that photograph painted onto the bridge. [We are the three girls on the left.] Over ten years later it is still there. Now that I’m moving from Worcester again, I couldn’t resist adding my fondest memory/surprise of Worcester.
Comment by: Susan Olsen Orpilla
Iwas born in Worcester March 3rd 1938, Ilived out main south. Went to Freeland st School, then Gates Lane school.and then South High 1955 I went in the Air Force. I lived across the street from Dolan oldsmoble. I remember Toro's market on Shrewsberry st. where you could buy a Sub Sandwich for .15cents. my Grandfather was good friends with Spagie, who owned Spag's in Shrewberry. My Grandparents worked at White City. Yes I have forn memories of Worcester. Would'nt change those days for anything.I moved to New Jersey in 61 and to Tennessee in June 89, two mile's from DollyWood theme Park.
Comment by: Al Warhurst
I grew up in Douglas, which is right outside of worcester. I was born in 1985. Growing up, I used to love to go to the centrum for the circus, concerts and hockey. My first double date happened there. two of my fondest memorys of worcester though are a program that used to be run at the U Inc building on plantation street called safe homes. It was sort of like a Big Brother Big Sister program for GLBT teens. It was the only place during my high school years that I could go that I felt safe and just "ok" to be myself. The program still runs, but it has moved its location and changed how it is run. But nothing will ever beet those days standing out on their steps with friends just debating over things and having a good time. The other thing is the 4th of july program worcester puts on every year on shrewsbury street. Ever since I was a little girl I have attended. Many of my family reunions have happened there, and many dates. I moved away to NY last year and missed the 4th of july, but worcester will always be in my heart, and one day I plan to move home.
Comment by: Katelyn Bouckaert
Worcester will always hold a special place in my heart. I was born 7/11/79 3:23 pm at Memorial Hospital and lived on Winfield St. for the first 17 years of my life. I remember the harsh winters shoveling snow off the basketball courts at Beaverbrook park--when the original courts were still on Mann st? My mother would walk me to Elm park to feed the ducks while eating hotdogs sold by the vendor on Hudson St. Throwing a grapling hook and rope throught the window of the Bankcroft Tower was always a fun challenge--the view remains the best that Worcester has to offer. Living on Winfield st, I spent most of my childhood running through the streets of Main South--May, Hollywood, Woodland, Queen, King, Stoneland Rd, Florence, Dewey etc. My mother would walk me to a playground on Florence st, but to get there we would had to walk by a tall pine tree that appeared larger than life. I would always try not to look at it because I thought it would fall down on me. Coes Pond, Goldstar Diner, the Above Club, the Mart (Main St.), Spider gates, trick-or-treating through Tatnick Square(Midland St.), Doherty High, and sledding down the Greenhill Park hills--damn trees! Anyone from Chandler Street School (Main South). I remember the great basketball rivalry with Woodland st. School and Elm park. Go Bluestars! The St. Patricks Day parade was always great--even better than South Boston's! I really could go on forever about Worcester. I'll make sure to write frequently to this forum. Thank you for holding it!
Comment by: Anthony J. Sweet
IN refernce to a queation for Janice LAhage about Peoples BAnk , thereis one I see on RT 395 south going towards exit 85. In which indeed brings you to Foxwood Casino's Sincerely Bea Vincequere
Comment by: Beatrice Vincequere
I was born in 1947 and lived in worcester went to union Hill Grafton Street jr. high and Commerce high after graduation i was married and moved to Auburn. I remember my grandfather taking me down to the train station to watch them come in also he would set his watch by the whistle every. As a teen I went dancing on saturday night with my friends to Mount Carmel (The REC) Father Bafaro always said the faster way home is the safer way. Thinking back life was wonderful and simple. I'm a grandma now and take the kids down memory lane they look at me quite puzzled. Summers at Lake Park Speedy's all of it was part of y life and will always be part of my dearest memories
Comment by: Pat jennings
GBV (#48) was my life from 62-77 and all of the fun we had playing and not having to worry about the crap that plagues communities these days. It was the best and if you were a part of it you'll always hold it fondly. Nice to see some familar names here, too! Motorcycle track Hot rocks Parkers Penny candy Bonfires on the 4th Youth Corps in the Summer(Gimp) Etc...
Comment by: Keith
my best memories of worcester is when i had a dance studio on front st. then later on shrewsbury st. so many people have past through my life. i started teaching when i was 16 years old. before then i taught for tointon - hickey. oh such memories. friends that have still stayed in my life are so many through the years. i just had a call from walter fields who now also lives in florida after 15 yrs. he came to my home for dinner. daria atanian is one of my favorite people , she too is living in florida. my great friends the mc governs [miss kay ] are here for the winters. she too was a dance teacher. toots and lou ventresca , bev demarco, jerry conte, etc. too many to mention. my recitals are some of my best memories also. having a boat on lake quinsigamond with my family , baseball games at lake park with my late husband andy. murry broder, and all his shows. too many memories to write. i will write a book. honey felicetti
Comment by: honey felicetti
I remember the TOINTON-HICKEY Dance studio; which was just across the street from "The Mart's" parking lot. In the 70's, my sister- Terri Sturtevant and cousin - Cindy Jefferson attended classes with Mrs. Hickey. The Rodgers family also spent a lot of time there. My grandfather was a dance teacher (in Worcester) from way back - around the 20's and 30's; he went by the name of Al Mayo, his real name was Al Marengo. Al met Dot Rolands (I'm not even sure if her last name is spelt right), she was from Leceister. They had three boys; one of them being my dad William Sr. I spent most of my time around the block from the dance studio and The Mart, at IONICS AVE BOYS' CLUB. I had some great teen memories of the "club", but remember some of the bullies when I was younger. Those that I had close frienships at the boys' club were: Richard Peterson, Harold Booth, Tony Kutcher and of course my cousins - Danny, Bobby, and Joey Jefferson. I can't forget the Plouffe boys - Ronald and Rayomond. I remember the Wooster boys were the ones to fear in those parts (Main South); but I later got along with Kenny and Willie. Suzanne Knowlton and Maureen LaVallee (sp) were some of the girls I remember from that area; of course there was Mary and Nina Kutcher as well. The LITTLE LEAGUE PARADES were some of my most memorable thoughts of Worcester. They started from May street, headed down Main Street, and ended somewhere around Chandler Street. A goofy thought came to mind aboutthe high school marching bands; I'd be walking along the sidewalk (as the parade went by) and would find myself lock-step with the drums - kid's stuff, it was great. I'm now retired from the U.S. Coast Guard after 22 years of service, and am about to begin a second career (after going to college in my 40's) as an elementary school teacher in Florida. Mr. Pero at Woodland Street school (in the 60's) and Mr. Paul O'Neil, a math teacher at Grafton Middle school(in the early 70's), have to be the two teachers that I look back at that made a difference in my life. I hope I can follow in their footsteps and make them proud - where-ever they are. If I forgot anyone - sorry.
Comment by: Will (Billy Sturtevant) Marengo
Where do I begin... I miss so many of my friends from the Worcester area. From 1965 thru 1972 I played in bands and did shows as a single...worked 6 years for murry broder troupe I miss a lot of that group. In the early 60's my band "The Night Riders" played a lot of outdoor shows and teen clubs then I got a little older and formed "Dave Daniels And US" and played all the local clubs and dinner clubs in the area. Went to Chandler Jr. High and wish I could talk to the old folks again. I live in Shreveport, LA now and have been in the music business all my life it seems... I traveled accross the country as lead guitar player for "Claude King" ( Wolverton Mountain ) for over 14 years. Married, two kids and run an internet business now. Well I miss Worcester and if there are any folks that still remember me I wish you well and hope you think of me as I do ya'll a lot. From David Daniels aka Cotton Dan...
Comment by: David Daniels
I was born in Worcester November 9, 1958 and baptized at Our Lady of the Rosary Church. We lived at 34 Oneida Avenue and moved to PA in 1965. Although I lived there a short time, I have fond memories of taking Dance classes from Mindy Kay (who I swear is referenced in a previous email as I believe her last name was McGovern). My first recital was a tap dance to "The Good Ship Lollipop" - and I still remember the first step!!! I'm still dancing and hope Mindy Kay is too. I went to school at St John Ascension - first and second grade and still remember my "best" friend Mary - but can't remember her last name!!! My other best friends from my neighborhood were Chrissy Smith and Tricia Higgins. My sister Cindy and I went back about five years ago and had a blast rediscovering old landmarks/memories. Our Dad worked for State Mutual (different company now) which we see when we head down 290 on our way to/from visiting Cindy in Maine.
Comment by: Suzanne (Donnellan) Howat
Worcester East Middle School 73-74, Earth Day cleaning the empty lot across the street, Marcus Department store with an elevator operator, visiting the Easter Bunny at Denholm's downtown, Zayre's near Beaver Brook, football games for South at Foley Stadium, Fishers Market on Maywood Street for kool-pops, The Spa on Lovell Street for comic books and donuts, Columbus Park School Miss Cote, Mr Houle, and the big television in the gym to watch the NASA Apollo launches. The 1976 Bi-Centennial Worcester parade and the BubbleGum ball, I rode in a car in the parade after winning a spot on the Queen's court! Eddy's Dept Store when it was two buildings one for men/boys and one for women/girls, The Rolling Stones performing a surprise concert at that little bar on Green Street circa 1978-79?, Bozo the Clown taped on Channel 27 on Beverly Road-visiting the show with Campfire Girls and being given a gift of Wonder Bread. Dance classes at Mindy Kaye dance studio on Bluebell Rd in the Burncoat section of town. Fairlawn Hospital before the renovations, very spooky. Swimming at Heald's beach on Indian Lake private and so clean. Watching Mark of the Devil at the movies and receiving a free "puke bag of popcorn" because it was so scary. Lime Rickey's at so many of the little sandwich shops. Milk delivery from Hillcrest Dairy on Park Avenue and Maywood Street. Crashing Clark University Spree Day while a student at South High (just paint your face and you'd fit right in!), Maury's Delicatessen on Main Street. St Pat's celebrations at Breen's, McGuire's, and Mulcahey's. The Pub on Park Avenue when it first opened in the late 70's. Bennett Field at Webster Square, a maddening crowd of mostly Irish from large families drinking beer and running from the cops. Hurdy Gurdy record store on Main Street. Hip Bone Boutique on a side street near downtown, sold very cool clothers in the early 70's. Cinema 1 at Webster Square playing Jaws for about a year. The vending machine on Main Street near Minit Car Wash that sold milk. The shoe cobbler next to The Blarney Stone on Maywood Street. The castle of stone on the little hill behind Columbus Park School. Running through the woods along Beaver Brook Parkway and watching a kid paddle a canoe in a huge puddle after a tremendous rainfall. The Little Kitchen for daintly lunches when shopping with Mom downtown. Christmas window displays along Main Street and the lunch counter at Kresge's. Ice Skating at the Webster Square Rink, and roller skating at Mechanic's Hall. Aerosmith playing at one of those two places? Sunday afternoon rock concerts at Institute Park. The Kinks playing at WPI. Being cool at Chadwick Square Diner. Kemp's burgers on Park Avenue before Chandler Street. The new slide at Greenhill park that spiraled! Ice skating on Coes pond. The Ivy Boutique at Tatnuck Square for upscale beautiful women's clothing. Windsor Button shop for earrings and all kinds of cool stuff, Plum's lounge, and the nightclub underneath it all at the Worcester Center Galleria. Taking a day trip to Whalom Park and riding on the Tumblebug and wooden roller coaster. LakeView amusement park in Mendon, where they had a ride (the caterpillar?) that had a hood cover the car once the ride got up to a certain speed. Onion rings and fried clams at Mille Mitchell's in Mendon. The Oxford Drive-In. Weddings at the Knight's of Columbus on Coes Pond. Hit or Miss store on Mill Street for clothes bargains. Gloria Stevens workout center,(a pre-cursor to Curves). Crystal Park and people cutting class from South High. The Klondike Inn restaurant in Grafton. Good Fridays spent partying at "the res" on Apricot Street. The oval , Tessier's field, the Horse Field, Friendly's on Main near the Leicester line, and finally where are they now; East Middle Alums; Patty Errede, Christopher Goretti, Eddy Soucie, Mr Vuona, and how about those Columbus Park alums; Wendy Maciejewski, Mary Gully, Christine Connors, Brendan Murphy, James Kenny (GIGI), Sheila Lavallee, Beth Ayres, Patty Bennett, Karen Bolen, Miss O'Connor (Grade 2), Miss Nugent (Grade 1), David Eisner, Francis Canavan, Phil Gosler, Debbie Wise, and the list goes on.....
Comment by: Jane
I was born in 1952 and have lived in Worcester my entire life. I grew up in the Greendale section. Attended Andover Street and Burncoat Jr/Sr HS. I now live on the west side..Went swimming at Norton/Heald beach and would enjoy a root beer at A & W near the black eagle landmark. Things I remember: The Boulevard Spa The Comic Strip The Flamingo restaurant Mount Carmel Fairs Robert Hall clothing store Seeing The Rolling Stones, Beachboys etc at the Auditorium Chicken wingos at Kemps White City amusement park Bonfires on the 4th at Kendrick Field Santa visiting the FW Woolworth store on Lincoln Street Annual CYC Parades The Rag Man..Milk Man...Bread Man Joe Swartz Little League games Hanging out at "The Wall" Ice creams at Pinecroft Fireworks on the 4th @ Greenhill Park I could go on and on........ The memories I hold dear...Worcester was a great place growing up and is a great place growing old......
Comment by: Kathy(Caravalho)Dalianis
i remember the little theater, the worcester memorial auditorium with the late george flynn as a lighting man.the eden gardens / tillies / bronzos / kelleys rainbow gardens. the red top./ the moores./ the frolics/ all places where i entertained over the period of so many years. people like the conti bros. nils hagberg, charlie lucci, walter fields, carol zannotti, the nadeau sisters, lillian sidaris, tottie fields, smiling jack smith, jack carter, andre the musician, all the wonderful bands that played those clubs.i remember my theatrical store near spags, so much fun. the st. anns orphanage that i brought shows to.traveling with the murray broder shows, harrington corner where my andy waited for me every day after working at telechron. dancing in front of city hall with the red cross selling war bonds. it goes on and on.
Comment by: honey felicetti
Flying to New York from Worcester Airport (Battery-B Farm)on the DC-3's of Northeast Airlines in the late 1940's and early 1950's. Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Baily Combined Shows, at Beaver Brook Playground. The penny candy at Jack's drug store on the corner of June and Chandler Street. Sunset Park, Lake Quinsigamond on hot afternoons. Snow sliding on Newton Hill. Those great steamed hot dogs from Tom's lunch cart. Late nights at the Broadway on Water Street. And much, much more.........
Comment by: Bob Coven
I moved to Worcester in 1956 with my family. My mother Helen Wyman (Auger)was born in Worcester in 1916, and lived on St. Anne St. I grew up off of Providence St. near Worcester Academy on Chapin St. I have many wonderful memories of Worcester. My friends and I would play stickball in the schoolyard of Union Hill School until someone hit a homerun onto the roof of the Academy Auditorium. Then we would go look for returnable bottles until we had enough to go down to Zeko's store on Providence St. and buy another "pinkie'. We had a ball sledding down the nearby hills, and riding our bikes and scooters down Dorchester St. I went to Providence St. Jr. High; and would walk most of the time down Providence St. to School, meeting schoolmates along the way. I would go skating in the winter on the frozen pool of Vernon Hill Park with my first girlfriend. Some of the best times I had were singing in the Boys Choir at All Saints Church on Pleasant and Irving Sts., going to the Boys Club on Ionic Ave, and bowling candlepins with my buddies down off of Waldo St.
Comment by: Ralph Wyman
Bell pond, Green Hill Park, Lincoln Square are forever in my memory. During hot summers, I could swim at Bell pond to cool off. Ever try swimming across it? The pond was best during the 60's while being a kid. Remember watching the fireworks from atop of Bell Hill during the 4th? Great place to see the sights. Green Hill was green during the summer and white with snow during the winter. Sliding down the hills at the park was fun. You could get a cardboard box and slide down the grass during the summer and sled/toboggan during the winter. At the lake there in the park, people would fish for carp, feed the ducks and catch some sun while hanging out. Green Hill was awesome. This might sound dumb but Lincoln Square was a rotary with a large flag pole in the middle sitting in the center of 5 streets at the bottom of Belmont Street. The Boy's Club faced the circle and us young kids would go to the club after school. Sometimes, my brothers and other kids would play in that square after leaving the club. We'd spin round & round real fast, get dizzy and then lie down face-up near the flag poll. We’d look up and watch the flag spin around in our dizzy state. We played all kinds of tag games there -- it was fun.
Comment by: Alton Drake
One of my fondest memeories as a child is my Mom & Dad taking me and my siblings to "Holand Rink", up on Lincoln Street, Worcester, right accross the street from "All America" formely called "State Mutual". This is where most of us learned to swim. They had swimming lessons available to the public that we participated in at least two or three days a week. At the end of the swimming season in the 1960's, I can remember jumping off a boat that was provided for the swimming test and passed. Unfortunity "Holand Rink" is no longer there. Donna (Ducas) DuVarney
Comment by: Donna M. DuVarney
i remember dancing at the rainbow garden when i was 12-13. i danced with the service men in between shows. i tapped danced and twirled the baton. my mom was there with me. we had a great time. i took dance lessons with tointon & hickey in the middle 1040's. does anyone have pictures of the rainbow garden or the brick bar that i also danced at.i would love any memoribilla from that time. also the dance school. thanks gertie
Comment by: gertrude duggan
Like Billy Sturtevant I hung out at the Ionics Ave Boys Club and fought in 6 Golden Glove tournaments, wonder if Billy Sturtevant has a brother named Al (Alfred).
Comment by: Bill Charest
Please allow me to resubmit my story with the proper spelling about "Holland Rink" Thank You. One of my fondest memories as a child is my Mom & Dad taking me and my siblings to "Holland Rink", up on Lincoln Street, Worcester, right across the street from "All America" formerly called "State Mutual". This is where most of us learned to swim. They had swimming lessons available to the public that we participated in at least two or three days a week. At the end of the swimming season in the 1960's, I can remember jumping off a boat that was provided for the swimming test and passed. Unfortunately "Holland Rink" is no longer there today. Donna (Ducas) DuVarney July 15, 2005
Comment by: Donna DuVarney
Baking Baklava with Grandma Flo :)
Comment by: Devan Atanian
I grew up on Park Avenue from about 1956 until 1971. I lived next door to the Monfreda family. I lived at 458 Park Ave. We had so much fun all the three deckers filled with kids. I went to Downing St School, Woodland Prep and graduated from South High in 1972. I too remember swimming at Coes Pond. I also remember Izzy's penny candy store. I went to the Methodist church on Park Ave which was later torn down to put up a KFC. I remember the Fish and Chip store on the corner of Park Ave and Enfield St. They were the greasiest and the best Fish and chips around. Cumberland Farms was across the street from us on the corner of Downing Street. I remember when the lights went out in 1965 it was so much fun for us kids! Most of all I remember make sure you're in by the time the street lights come on! Lynn (Pierce) Peterson
Comment by: Lynn Peterson
I was born 1937 in Brooklyn,N.Y. moved to Worcester in 1945. I remember when WW1 ended and had my first double bubble gum. I attended St John grammer school on Temple St and attended Commerce High, class of 1956. Old friends, Sally Macki, Judy Johnson and Martha Carlson. I went dancing at Our Lady of Mt.Carmel. Swam at Bell Pond, Coes Pond, Lake Park (Lake Quinsigamond) Spent many Saturday nights at White City, Subs from Toro's and Toscano's, Parkway Diner (which I visited 2003) Down town was alive with departments stores, Movie houses, Lois Poli, Warners, Lois Poli Elm and the Capital on Front St. We shopped at Richard's Heleys at the corner of Main and chandler. I think of other old friends, Johnny Salerno, Toni Penucci, Loretta Neadeau (The Neadeau Sisters) Does any remember Me? What happened to Leofanti's in Grafton, I went to school with Aldo Leofanti , Buddy Gabriella, Tony Tadisco. I left Worcester in 1974, have since Lived in Colorado, Texas and now have retired to Florida. But I would give anything to return to Worcester, where my heart and fondest memories remain.
Comment by: Marjorie (Deyo) Marien
Worcester was a huge part of my whole life - although I moved out of Massachusetts in 1980, I always like cities that remind me of Worcester, which is one reason I like my current home (Baltimore). My parents were from Worcester - married at Christ the King in Tatnuck in 1957, 2 blocks from her parents' house. My dad's family lived on Lagrange St off of Main St, which I understand is now a very unsafe place but in the 1940s-60s was still an Albanian immigrant enclave. We moved from Connecticut to West Brookfield in 1969 and I worked in Worcester almost every summer while I was in college, including one summer at Peoples Bank in the (then brand new) Worcester Center and one summer at Riley Stoker (does it still exist??). My fondest memories include going to the main library every couple of weeks (our big Saturday outing, go to the library and visit all the grandparents), shopping at Denholms where the elevator operator announced the departments at each floor, going with my grandfather to Spag's (I still have a yardstick from Spag's) or with my grandmother to Iandoli's. My grandfather's mother was part of a family with several immigrants from Ireland who came in the 1880s but he lost touch with them because she died of TB in 1911 when he was only 8 - I know they're there - if anyone comes of a family named Cronin whose patriarch was Daniel from County Kerry who came over in the late 1880s aged about 20 and spoke Irish at home, you're probably related to me and I'd love to find you!
Comment by: Caroline F
Some of my fondest memories of Worcester were when I was just a teenager and was my Dad's "secretary" for the Ionic Ave Boys Club, my Dad was well known and loved by all that had the pleasure of knowing him, my Dad was Mario Sarro, Sr, the Ionic Ave Boy's Club Boxing Instructor. I used to type all the programs for the Golden Glove tournaments and was always in attendance at the events - to this day, boxing is still one of my favorite sports, not so much the sport, but the memories I have of the time I shared with my dad.
Comment by: Gina English
I was born in Worcester in 1979 at Memorial Hospital. I grew up on Windsor St, just below Green Hill Park. I went to Harlow St Fundamental Magnet School. I went there until I was in thrid grade and then moved to the "country" after that...i.e. North Brookfield. I remember going to the Galleria and Skylite Roller Skating rink. There was another rink we went to around the corner but I don't remember the name of it. There was a place on Lincoln St that had the BEST fish and chips, but only on Friday nights. I remember going to Caldors in Lincoln Square. I LOVED the fireworks on the Fourth at Greenhill Park. Lots of good memories from Worcester. I used to hang out with Joe Angelini, Jeff Fellows and a few other kids from Windsor Street. I loved growing up there.
Comment by: Anne Glanville-Adams
All right Billy Charest! I remember the name and vaguely remember the face. Yes, Alfred (Al) is my brother. He now lives in Tampa. Mario was certainly a great man. I never got into boxing at the boys' club - I was on the swim team- but always admired Mario. Will (Billy Sturtevant) Marengo
Comment by: Will (Billy Sturtevant) Marengo
I was born in Worcester. My parents came from Puerto Rico to leave here. They bought a small little apartment away from town. A couple years later we then moved to Washington Heights. I have so many memories of living there. My brother would be off at Pre-School and my dad would be working and me and my mom would just go strolling around. Before I started Pre-School we then moved into town in this three story apartment right next to Santiagos Supermarket. Me and my family would go shopping there all the time. Though later they would replace this little market into an even bigger market. It still had the same name though. I went to Chandler Pre-School. A nice little school for young kids. Great teachers when I first went there. Kindergarden. My first year at Seven Hills Charter School. The bestest school in the city of Worcester. Her name was Mrs.Hines. A great wise teacher. Though I only had her two years. She then moved to Boston with her husband when I moved to second grade. For second grade I had Ms.Pain. Need me explain no more. Third grade. Ms Howes. I will never forget Ms.Howes. She changed me so much. I had her for third and fourth grade. It was like a party every day with her. Literally. I remember the Comb Commercials. Boy you would wish to see this little project we put together. Hilarious. Fifth Grade. Now I dont remember this teachers name,but then again I would only have her for 3 and a half months. That is I would be moving to Orlando. Now I still havn't explained everything. During my Seven Hill years I lived in the bestest complex in the city. Plumley village. So many memories! We would walk to the Media Mall or the Centrum Centre. The Centrum Centre was by far the most amazingest place in Worcester. WWF,Britney Spears,the circus. Again it was awesome! Everyday I would watch WWF with my brother and cousins. It was my daily schedule. First do homework,then play outside with my bestest friend Talia and Denmar,(who I will explain to you about in just a moment),then go inside and watch WWF. Now Talia and Denmar. Talia was hispanic just like me. She was my age and but only a grade higher. Now she just started Highschool. Denmar was her little brother. I believe he's about 11 years old now. Anyways we would play outside and build little dirt houses and ride our bikes. I loved hanging around with my best buds. November 8th 2002. The day I would leave my little town behind forever. It was a long trip ahead. We packed all our stuff up,which took up to three months because we were still waiting for an apartment. We then hit the road towards the future. Now Talia and Denmar would be moving to Austin the next summer. I talk to Talia on the phone every other Holiday. We are still the bestest of friends. Including Denmar. Orlando is way different from Worcester. Lots of crime here and different places. Of course. I'm now in the eighth grade,still in middle school. I want to be a fashion designer when I grow up and start a business that I could make lots of money out of. I'm now into that celebrity stuff. I've been to Universal,I've been to Sea World,I've been to Disneyland. Yes. So many things have changed since then. Including me. Though somethings have never changed. I still watch (WWE),though my favorite wrestler Eddie Guerrrero died just a few weeks ago. I sort of enjoy the outside. I'm very lazy now. And I enjoy being with my friends. Somethings never change.
Comment by: Jennifer Cruz
I lived in worcestor as a young child from 1955-1962. My parents were dirt poor. We moved from one furnished dump to another. Oxford St., Dudley Pl., Austin St., Chandler St., Pleasant St., Orange St. and others that I cant remember the names of. I went to kindergarten at the Oxford St school. I remember the neighborhood had many huge old buildings and a lot of trees. I remember an apt on the corner of Austin and Oxford that still haunts me today. The place was scary. My dad died in 62 and is buried in Hope cemetary. Piedmont St was another sad memory. I think kids today have it better, I hope. Worcestor back then, was a dead end for kids from a poor family.
Comment by: Dianne Casey
the worcester county light opera club was my first intro. to live stage performing. i went on to major in theatre and communications in college and acting and dance professionally in equity shows, feature films and tv as a member of the screen actors guild.i still am active in this & sporatic undercover special police work! i have wonderful memories of studying acrobats with george & ruby hickey (tointon hickey) across from the mart. is the store still there? the dance recitals (shows) were wonderful and my mother was also a theatre buff. i was fond of the hagberg family...nils hagberg...his daughter susie helped me with tap dancing..murray broder.. friendlys..filenes father worked at harrington was a wonderful social worker in worcester..parents are buried in b'nai brith cemetery. i was born in hospital and lived on the 'west side'...between chandler and may street school...miss cahill..(6th grade teacher).. chandler junior high... (mr. class)..classical hi..(too many 'clicks')& more memories... my sister miffi also remembers worcester well..
Comment by: Jane
My memory was about a small hamburger place in Greendale, Worcester. Not A&W... I cannot for the life of me remember it's name. The hamburgers cost 20 cents and had little cut up onions in them. It was long before McDonald's came along. Was it Castle Burger?? Any way it was a old hang-out of mine. Anyone remember????????
Comment by: Linda Brunelle
I remember going through the piece of woods I called the "black dirt". There was "cinamon" there, rocks of bown stuff you could write with like chalk. Then I would enter another neighborhood and get to Coes Pond. When I was young, we'd swim at the "Knights" or Knights of Columbus. Then it was closed to the public. Other people in my neighborhood said Coes's was too poluted. There was a lot of trash in the woods, and the water was brown. But I swam there every day in the summers. I could swim across to the Webster St. side where the Big Discount was. I brought an old pair of glasses with me so I could see from the middle of the pond. There was an island to stop at. When I was 16 I met there a boy I loved named Jimmy Morelli. Also there was a boy named Sainty or Joey Saint Marie,a guy named Van, and a girl named Mary Borowy. The great thing about Worcester were the many ponds to swim in. Also,You could always get halfway up a hill on the bike from the speed from going down the previous hill. Elm Park had great bridges to ride a bike over. The Worcester Art Museum and Craft Center were wonderful.So were the Alternative School and Dynamy. I also remember Whalom Park and the amusment park at White City.(Why was it named that?) Davie Daniels, did you know my dad, Harold, he used to mention you, or my brother, Preston? They were musicians. Thanks for the site. Rhonda Wainshilbaum
Comment by: Rhonda Wainshilbaum
My hometown, Worcester, MA born in 1946. Greatest part of my life was my childhood. Went to Dix St School, Sever St School, Oxford St School then to Commerce High. Spent Saturday nights at Mt Carmel dances. Afternoon at Speedy's on Shrewsbury St. A friend of mine, her grandfather owned Homers Lunch on Front Street. I worked at Waite Hardware while in high school. My best friends father worked the elevator at the old Mayflower Hotel on Front St. Use to shop at Denholms, Barnards. Remember the old record store around the corner from the Warner Theater ?? you could go in and listen to the records before you bought them. MEMORIES are the greatest!!! Mary (Didzbalis) Arduca
Comment by: Mary (Didzbalis) Arduca
My favorite memories of Worcester are of my grampas beach-Point Rok. My grampa John Raines passed away this past week and I am cruising the internet to try and find some photos of him from the fire department. I stumbled across this page and enjoyed reading things that my dad Ronald boudreau has mentioned to me growing up. Nice to read them and smile when I need it.
Comment by: Beth
I was born in Worcester in 1944, seems like a lifetime ago when I read the memories people have presented here. We lived on Vineyard Street across from a sandpit (I think that's what it was). There was a green pigeon coop on the top of the small hill there. Now, I believe a church is on that spot. I remember watching the coal truck dump coal through our basement window, I would watch those black stones slide down that metal shoot, seemed interesting at the time. I attened Columbus Park (or street) school only until the second grade then we moved to Auburn. My father worked at Norton Company, they would give the employees free turkey's every Thanksgiving. That roller coaster at White City made me real nervous, but I loved it, I was 5 or 6 at the time. All those movie thearters; candy, two movies, cartoons, newsreals..whew! What a bargin! I was all less than $2 and that include the bus ride from Auburn. Now the popcorn is $4, yes I still like movies and candy.
Comment by: P Cote
Tointon-Hickey Dance Studio, I had forgotten about that. I went there from 60-64ish with my then best friend Patricia O'Brien. I recall the recitals - boy, I wasn't very good... The Mart, Ionic Ave Boys first dances there when I was 11 or so. The YMCA dances, South High School (Class of '64)going to dances at the Lake when the Black Orchids played, at the Armory... I spend days on this website, memories of my childhood (sigh). I worked for the Telegram & Gazette before moving to California after the '78 blizzard. My brothers still live there. Barb (Siergie) Knox
Comment by: Barb Knox
I remember Speedy's and East park, being the best places to hang around. I grew up on Shrewsbury Street, Camassa Terrace to be exact. I went to Adams Street School and remember Mr. Riley teaching us there. We watched the Coca Cola Bottlers thru their window on Shrewsbury St on the way home from school. My dad wad born in Farno Italy and came to America thru Ellis Island in 1911, along with my grandmother, 1 sister and 2 brothers. My childhood from those days growing up will never be forgotten, neither will the Parkway Diner, Scanos, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Father Bafaro and all else. Natalie
Comment by: Natalie (Bargnesi) Siedentopp
Moved to worcester in 1979 in the 2nd grade at May St school. Hanging out at Worcester State College, getting chased by the security. Good friends, Erol, Jeff, Pat, Mike....Abbot Street school closed in 5th grade, we got all the "new kids". We thought we were cooler. Just missing Chandler Junior high (closed), had to go to Forest Grove. Missing the bus on purpose in the nice weather and walking for 45 minutes to get there. Sneaking cigarettes behind The Dairy Mart and the cleaners at June and Chandler. Going to Keggars by coes pond with huge Bon fires. And behind Doherty. The cops would come up but you could see their flashlights, and take off. Going to Arthurs Bagels on June Street. Then went to Worcester Voke. Most of my friends went to Doherty. Good times
Comment by: Tyler
I have been reading all about these wonderful people from Worcester and how they enjoyed their youth here in our great city. I too ,recall many things and places that I loved in my youth , also. "Johnny Hines" was the first place we kids went to every Saturday night to dance. Then we went to and saw all,the big named bands at the Plymouth theater.Such as Danny Kayes orchestra. who would allow the customers to lead his band.Not to mention all of the others that appeared here in the early 40's and the 50's. We also went to the Polish club on Green St at least three times a week. Had lots of fun there. Then we had more fun times, down the Lake Ball Room ,dancing and where we saw more named bands like the Dorsey Brothers...Harry James...Glen MIller and many more Those times, we were all in the poor catergory but oh ,we had it all. In the winter we had access to any where we wanted to slide or go skating , Lake Quinsgamond was first priorty and the smaller ponds in each ones area. I wish that my children could have had the chance to see how how happy we all were then .We were well satisfied with what we had. Sincerly, Beatrice V
Comment by: Beatrice Vincequere
Hi I remeber living in Great brook valley #43.Our neighbors where ,the McDonalds(chuck,steve,pammy)The Blevins(Richard,david,carol,mike,kathy),Mr&Mrs Rivers(thier son Johhny),Mrs Dazinkavitch(spelled wrong)Sons Paul,Eddie,daughters Mary,Judy,Barbara,...........Mike Rousseau and his sister Teresa.....My Father coached Little league for many years Tris Speaker and growing up there was a wonderful time.I now live inMaryland and I still remember all those people .IWe lived there from 1967 to 1973 or 4...............steve c
Comment by: steve charbonneau
Worcester was a magical city at night in the wintertime. I remember taking the bus downtown on Wednesdays, when the stores stayed open. I loved to go into Denholm's with its twinkling Christmas tree all the way up to the roof. When you entered the elevator, there were different bells for different departments. Scharfman's Jewelery displays were magnificent. I loved to buy records at Woolworth's. Lunch at Hong Fong (up the stairs)on Main Street. And the Commons, before the ridiculous reflecting pool, were extraordinary. The old grave yard, the fountain and, remember the popcorn man on Front Street? As I grew older, I saw The Rolling Stones at the auditorium. Van Morrison played the Comic Strip. And J. Giles and The Grateful Dead played Clark University. There were spas where you bought lunch, pizza places that sold you a wicked good slice and a thirty five cents admittance at the Leows Poli Theatre. Worcester needs to reclaim its soul. It was a working class city that beat with the heart of working people. I visit today and find the downtown cold, uninviting, trying to be something it is not. How do we bring Worcester back? Donna
Comment by: Donna (Olson) Red Wing
My memories go back further than most. I'm 85years old. I arrived in Worcester after the crash in i929. My parent's decided to bring their family,15 children, to Worcester. We left from Sanford Maine. Our first home was on Gardner St. After a few years we moved to the next block,Kilby St. That was my last home before joining the navy,1942. My memories are many which I remember vividly. Example; All of us kids went to Holy Name School.During that period we would often play at Crystal Park which was across the street from the school. Periodically, we would enjoy seeing tug of war competition, at the park, between Clark University students. Several years later a few of us,brother and sisters found enjoyment by going to Johnny Hynes dance hall on Friday nights. Drinking was not allowed there. The main event after the dance was a banana split at the drug store ,across the street.One dear friend which I met there later perished in the Cocoanut Grove fire. Other tasteful activities after the dances were goimg to the Waldorf Restaurant for Apple Pie Alamode. While doing 3 years of Navy Service I met my wife.Thank God ,we're still enjoying good health. We've been married 61years. My surviving sisters and brother have never left Worcester and neighboring towns. Our family reunions now number over 350 people.
Comment by: Ray Girard
I grew up in South Worcester. 2a Douglas St. on the corner of Grand. Went to Canterbury St. School and Worcester Boys Trade. Born in 1944 I remember the 4th of July bon fires at Malonys field and little bonfires lit throughout the city driving the fireman and police crazy. The Parads on main st. They were huge. Holy Cross football. Crystal Park ice skating and sledding. Sacred Heart Sunday school on saturday.PNA Drum Corp.Downtown was thrilling before they knocked it all down.All the theaters,bowling alleys and pool halls. Stores on Main St(no need to name them we all remember)Ionics Ave. Boys Club where I learned to swim.Yes everyone went to Hot Dog Annies. Car hops. I could go on and on. Left Worcester around 1960 but not too far away. Quinsigamond Ave in Shrewsbury. Thanks for the Memories.Take a look at Google Images Worcester Ma.
Comment by: Raymond P. McNamara
I lived in Worcester during 1985-1987, and I loved it. I liked going to movies at the Galleria, having both a morning and an evening paper, eating at the Webster House in Webster Square, the 24-hour Zaryes a little bit farther up route 9 near Stafford Ave, Spags, the discount section at Fairs, the very friendly people, driving West on Route 9 and going from city to beautiful country in just a few miles. Worcester is truly a wonderful place.
Comment by: David Roberts
I was born in Worcester, in 1946. I lived on Bancroft Tower Road for 18 years and the tower was my backyard. I walked up there every day to play and climb the trees. We ice skated in Elm Park and had hot chocolate and Devil Dogs across the street where Price Chopper now resides. Every winter we watched the cars sliding down Farnum Street and it was our private hill for our own sledding fun. I remember walking down to Jay's on Highland Street. That little narrow store carried everything in the world. I went to Lee Street School and bought candy before the bell rang at Sam's Candy Store. Then I went to Chandler for a year and I was in the first graduating class of Forest Grove Jr. High. Then I went on to Classical HS and BU. I remember the tornadoe and also when an airplane crashed into the houses near us. That was sometime in the 1950's I think.I remember crawling under the fence to watch the Worcester Tech games and feeling so clever about it. I left Worcester when I went to BU in 1964, only returning for visits. Those days are gone forever.
Comment by: Sue
I never lived in Worcester but I went to school there.I lived in No. Brookfield and went to Girls Trade School there in Worcester. I have been looking for that school over the years but cannot find it. I know that the Girls Trade and Boys Trade combined but when I dont know. I have never heard anyone mention the Girls Trade. I went there in the early 50s. And I do remember the tornado that ripped through Worcester. I was on my way home from school on the bus as the tornado hit. There was a lot of damage done from that tornado. I used to walk downtown on my lunch hour. I had one friend that I remember and I have a picture of her still to this day. Her name was Lillian Rivers. She later went on to work at the telephone Co. and I lost track of her. If anyone remembers the Trade school I would love to hear about it. I have a lot of fond memories from that time. Betty Brown (Parrish)
Comment by: Betty Parrish
I was born in worcester ma. july of 1979. I am 27 now. I used to live on gage st the big gray house on corner at top of hill. Which is now painted another color (cant remember). I live in south carolina now. I moved down in summer of 1995. I went back last year to see family and friends. Things look different. I remember a few things about there. I standing on porch and seeing "the whistler" walk by. He scared me sometimes. I also remember going to green hill park to slide down hills in winter. I also remember a camp of somekind at green hill park. I remember jason stone as my neighbor. If anyone knows him email me please. I remember eating play dough with him...hahaha. Lets see i remember when my bus was going up that hill next to gage st it lost its breaks and rolled backwards into building at bottom of hill. I remember my neighbore the Crue family, a police officer lived downstirs from us. They were the goodrich family. If im not mistaken they had doberman dogs in back yard. That always keepted me out of there. I wish i could remember. If any of you think you know me or wanna email me feel free My name is Ann (Pitchman) Morgan
Comment by: ann morgan
I grew up in Worcester, attended East Kendall Street elementary School. I remember walking up to Bell pond on those Hot steamy days for a day of swimming with family and friends. GreenHill Park was also a great time for us as kids, we used to visit the Fish pond with the Huge Carp fish swimming around, feeding them bread. Sliding down the huge hills in the winter months... Visting the buffalo and the deer, they also had lamas, never liked them to much as I seen them spit on someone as a kid.... I used to live on Oakwood Place off Belmont Street, now its a parking lot for Memorial Hospital.... Reading some of your messages brought back a lot of fun memories for me as a child.... Happy Times and Great memories... Alice
Comment by: Alice
I grew up in Worcester in the 50's and 60's and have nothing but fond memories.... Around 1956-1957 We lived on Waverly St., just off Providence and Harrison sts. Near the Water St. area. I attended Ledge St. School, and then on to St. John's Grammar. I remember when they put the Freeway in... They tore down Ledge St. School and dynamited huge craters to make way for the freeway... Me and my friends would sit and wait for the the warning horn blast just before the dynamite.. and then.. BOOM ! Dirt would fly thousands of feet in the air ! Harrison St., with stores near the bottom of the hill that had live chickens and poultry ! The Rag Man,with his horse and buggy going down the street, yelling RAGS!!! With tall Gus following him hanging on to the horse's tail ! Water ST... The Broadway.. Boston Spa... Table Talk Pie... The Rialto theater at Christmas time-- Free show for all the kids with gifts for us all ! Vernon Hill Park with the swimming hole that had a water blast shooting up in the middle !... Crompton Park- the same ! Green Hill Park ! White City ! And who could forget Spag's ! Highland ST. Friendly's and all the shops there! Downtown--- Denholm's, Kresge's, Woolworth's--- I used to sell The Telegram & Gazzete on the outside of Kresge's front door-- yelling "FINAAHLL GEEZZETTE" !! Ionic's Ave Boy's Club ! Worcester Auditorium... The Comic Strip ! Webster Square--Maury's Delicitesan Hot Dog Annie's in Liecester-- Liecester Airport Dances! I've been living in Calif. for the past 30 years or so but there are no memories like Worcester--- I come and visit once in a while, and it has changed some,but I will always remember the good times of growing up in Worcester! I will return someday !! Wayne Dufault August, 2006 (ALSO...BANCROFT TOWER!)
Comment by: Wayne Dufault
Really too many to tell.....I remember the day and what I was doing with my sisters June 9, 1953, Pincroft dariy the early years, Having milk home delivered by Pincroft dariy, lighting the match fot the T&G photographer every year at the greenhill fireworks, Grew up in Elmpark area, Dix street and GBV in thr late 50's Early 60's, Too many more as Cheif Photographer for the old WSMW=TV27
Comment by: Ed McCue
God, I have so many memories...Worcester is such a small town...I grew up in the North End - North Street...Went to Edgeworth St. School. Do you remember the teachers Mrs. Riodan, Mr. Hill, Mr. Messina, Mrs. Brigham, Miss O'Connor, Mrs. Tisdale, Mrs. Brown the best teachers in the world - Our plays Stone Soup - going home for lunch during school...Worcester's 350th parade, Mrs. McHugh (my Mom) making us cakes, making us uniforms, halloween parties & trick or treating - scary setups in the neighborhood, spaghetti dinners - the best of the best...the north end...Edgy and proud to be one - Football champions, baseball champions, basketball champions! Forest Grove Jr. High class of 1976. The blizzard of '78. Burncoat Sr. High class of 1979. We had a such a great time, such a great time...good friends, great families. Edgy was the best, we took care of one another - that's the way it was and still is! Remember, WPI, Worcester Memorial Auditorim, Clark University the best concerts in the world - The Colgate Holy Cross football games the Jack D Johns concerts, lol. The fantastic rock bands! Blue Moon, Zonkeras, The band that used to Jam on Prescott Street with the D'Angelo brothers...great concerts out at Dean Park in Shrewsbury. Bonfires for the 4th of July - does Edgy remember the one that blew up. The bowling alley below the Palladium - "Earthquake" played there in surround sound. The apple orchard on Milbrook Street, swiping apples on weekends...the Train Cars under the highway... the school dances - partying at Burncoat Park...Sanctuary, below the galleria... Immaculate Conception Church, Fr. Edward Connors - the most wonderful man to pass through life on this earth...The Ninth Division WWII coming to Worcester, every year with General West Moreland and many other amazing dignitaries...Turkey Lurkey at Immaculate Conception. Woolworths, the soda fountain at Grants department store. Shacks on Maine Street. Keg parties at River Road...& up on Grafton Hill. The Gold Star Cafe (how bout Giggles the Clown)...meeting up the night before Thanksgiving...So many fond memories of this wonderful beautiful town, I'd get sick of it sometimes...but, I'd never give up growing up here...and the friends I've made and the memories that are burned in my mind...Thank you for having this page...maybe someone will remember...God Bless those who have passed on and we have lost many - especially Joey...your our special firefighter and we love you...
Comment by: Patty
Does anybody remember the "Happenings" at various parks around the city sponsored by WORC 1310? The DJs would always spin dance records or local bands would play there. Remember Beep Beep and the Roadrunners and the Joneses and a bunch of others? Sometimes the WORC Good Guys would bring an actual recording star like Neil Sedaka to lip sync to their hits. Hundreds of kids used to come to those events which were emceed by DJs like Johnny Gardner or Dick Smith. Also, I remember way back when Bobby Darin came to White City. Even though White City amusement park was technically in Shrewsbury, it was still a "Worcester" memory for a lot of us.
Comment by: Richard Potts
So much history in Worcester its hard to find a place to start. Born in june of 1957 at St. V's and living on Tacoma street of Great Brook Valley. This was a soldiers place to live after the war and is in no way a reflection of what it is today. Clark street school was always a journey to walk to. When I was old enough to ride a bike the steep uphill path just before the school was always a thrill. I remember the winters where you could jump out the second story window down into the snow drifts. How I'd catch crayfish in the summer and walk up the pipe that went up to constition ave by the stream. The great bonfires on july 4th. How I burned down the whole field behind Chino avenue and caught the worst case of poison ivy that sent me into the hospital for ten days. Walking all the way to Parkers penny candy in West Boylston or walking to Lincoln plaza when Whites used to be there. Getting up early in the morning to trout fish on opening day at Qunsigamond lake and waiting for the whistle to blow before we could drop a line. There used to be a bait shop there when I was young. We would be dropped off at Lincoln street boys club and swim naked in the pool because that was the way it was when we were young. Swimsuits for the boys who were getting older were 10 cents. I remember the Valhala where when I was just a boy we heard all sorts of stories about the place. I recall a sign above that said "Its Cott to be good". That was when the rotary was in "the right place before they moved it so many time. We had wood working at the Boys club where I first learned how to biuld things. The upstairs movie was "Jason and the Argonaughts" and it cost a dime to watch. We used to walk to Denholms and ride the elevator thatwe thought was just so cool. I miss the window dispalys they used to have during Christmas. And in Easter I thought it was amazing that they put this "Bunny Balloon" inside another balloon. How'd they do that. I remember getting a ten cent banana split at Woolworths if you picked the right balloon and when they used to sell the forty fives and little green turtles. We never had freinds like we did when we were young. I miss that.....someitmes I wish we could go back to the special times in our lives and relive the sights,sounds and smells of those moments. Heavy sighs....
Comment by: John Clinton
I was born, and grew up and still live in the Webster Sq. area.As a child we did not need to venture out of Webster Sq. as we had 2 supermarkets,First National(which now houses an auto part store),Beulah Brothers Supermarket.Zendgians drug store,which also was the post office for our area,then Ben Harris a Druggist but also dealt in Herbs,then there was Malony's spa where we would gather and listen to the juke box while dringing COCA COPLA out of fountain style,and Hires Root Ber in the big Barrel,and frosted mugs all were $.10 then we had restaurants Webster sq.grill,Renie,and Leos(Italian),Soda Shoppe(now Webster House),Maurys Deli(different location then) and of course the much missed White House.Park theater (which had trampolines for entertainment before movie) Our parents would give us each .50 cents .25 for movie,and .25 for soda,candy/or popcorn. we had a movie,short subject,serial previews,and intermission.If needed larger items we would go downtown to our great stores Denholms,kresges,woolworths,JC Mcinnes,Barnards,Grants and on and on what memories.Every Christmas season our parents on a wednesday nite would take us out for supper downtown,then walk up and down Main st. looking in all the store windows at their displays.Each store also pip[ed music outside their store so everyone in and outside the store could hear the music,and people carried CHRISTMAS packages wrapped and everyone greeted you with Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year or Happy Holidays. What can be done to improve Worcester they asked? Back then I would have said nothing "IT WAS A WONDERFUL LIFE" PAUL
Comment by: Paul B
We are from a military family and lived at 12 Hitchcock Road, Worcester, Massachuetts in the 1940's and we lived at Assumption Prep as Greyhounds. The Varsity basketball team won The New England Catholic High School Basketball Championship. They beat St. John's of Worcestor for the Championship. This team was coached by Charlie Bibaud. The team was made up of John Conners-C; Bob Potvin -F; John "The Shot" "Seaweed" Foley-F; Roger Dibuque-G; John Granger-G; Bill Harding; Dee Conners; Roger Roberge and others. This team went on to play for the All New England High School Championship at the Boston Gardens---losing th Hillhouse of Connecticut who had a High School All-American Player-John Egan who later went onto Providence College then the pros. This Assumption Prep Team was as good as you get---They played team ball. most of these players graduated in 1957. John "The Shot" Foley was only a junior and stayed on to break Wilt Chamberlain's High School Scoring Records. John Foley was a High School All-American First Team Basketball Player. My brother and I played on the Junior Varsity with Dickie Conners, John Connolly and others. My family moved back to soutern California before our junior year. We made a great many good friends at Assumption Prep. Coach Andy Alaska was the Assumption College Basketball coach who led his team in a Charity Game for A Holy Cross Baseball player who was hit in the head. It was the first time that Assumption College Basketball team ever got to play Holy Cross. Assumption College beat Holy Cross by one or two points in the last seconds of the game. Go Greyhounds!
Comment by: Bill & Don Moriarty
I grew up in Worcester until I was 25 - one of my favorite memories as a child was going down to Water Street on a cold Sunday morning with my dad and getting fresh hot bulkies for Sunday dinner....I can still smell them =) I've move around alot and am now in South Carolina I love it, but Worcester will always be with me and remembered fondly.
Comment by: Lisa (Misale) Samuel
I was born in 1953 and actually grew up in Shrewsbury, but swam on the YWCA Synchro-Maids until I graduated high school in 1971. I remember swimming at the pool at Denholms and then at the Y where it is now. Many happy memories.
Comment by: Nancy (Reed) Behan
My oldest sister Carol was born at Fairlawn Hospital in 1948. Nancy came next in 1955, then I was born at Fairlawn in 1957. We lived in Spencer MA. above what was known as Roy's market...for many years. We lived in Spencer until 1959 then moved to New Hampshire. For many years, our parents made trips to Worcester to visit neighbors and friends. We love watching the old 8mm films of our family trips to White City Amusement Park. We have fond memories of the Saliba family on Uncatina(sp) Ave. Our parents often talked about the hurricane and it's horror. We often talk about the Black and White Restaurant in Spencer. I am amazed at how Worcester has changed over the years. I am very interested in seeing photos of Fairlawn Hospital as it was back in the 1950's. Reading the memories of Worcester on this sight has been fun! It is a great idea. Thanks!
Comment by: JoAnne (Agosta )Mead
Guess I could write a book. So many memories. Went to Woodland Prep near Clark U., traveled some with Murray Broder and Danny Duggan, sang at Kelley's Rainbow, The Moors,got married and went into community theatre. Remember having season tickets to The Little Theatre at the back of the Auditorium and loving it! Guy Palmerton Players were there during the summers. Started a young performer's group, Theatre Showcase. Had the Nadeaus and Walter and some really great talent. Performances were at Mechanics Hall (Washburn Hall). Loved the Palace (Loew's Poli), the Capitol, The Warner, and The Plymouth. Sang in a radio show held in Denholm's of all places! AND on WORC. Miss the friends I hung out with. Most of them are gone now. Remember well the tornado. Never will forget that thing. Mom was called by the Red Cross to hail any vehicle she could and get herself to Memorial Hosp where she was put to work with a pair of tweezers to take glass out of children's faces. Had nightmares for years. Dad was one great guy. Ran the fights at Mechanics Hall and then at the Municipal Auditorium, and then went into the clergy! Remember my first boyfriends and how exciting a time that was. Barn dances, hay rides, even proms at Worcester Poly in a strapless gown I imagined might do a downward glide if I danced anything but the slow dances! Coes Pond wasn't my hangout. Mostly Tatassit Beach in Shrewsbury. We'd head for a ride near Clinton Dam during the hot summers, and skate at Elm Park or Crystal Pond across from Clark the winter. ... As I said, I could write a book! Claire Cameron (nee Shapiro)
Comment by: Claire Cameron
I was a boarder at St Anne's Orphanage on Granite St. from 1933 to 1943 when I was sent back to my mother because boys were not allowed to stay there after the age of 12 but I never remember the Nuns being known as the Grey Nuns. Does any one else out there have any memories of St Anne's during the first half of the 20th century?
Comment by: Paul Bashaw
I lived in Worcester as a child from 1958 to 1963. My dad was in the Air Force and stationed at the little Worcester airport. We lived on 9 Mt. Vernon St. across from a large park. I went to the Belmont Street School from Kindergarten to the beginning of the 4th grade. I remember the school was big and old. My mom still has school pictures that we used to take with our class every summer. I remember my parents taking us to Green Hill Park to feed the ducks and see the reindeer. I also remember going to some lake or pond in the summer that had a playground and a grassy area to picnic. I didn't think about White City Amusement Park until I read the other emails but I think my mom has some pictures of us taken there. That place was a real treat for us as kids. I remember that around the corner from where we lived was a little candy store that was owned by the family of two of the kids I went to school with, their names were Cheryl and Rusty. I had a friend who also lived around the corner named Corinne Daley. I remember Lincoln St. and the plaza where we used to go shopping and Ralph's super market. Somewhere on Lincoln is the church where I made my first communion too. There was a family that my parents were friends with named Payne that lived on Grafton St. I think. Spagg's was kind of a hardware store there and their slogan was "there are no bags at Spaggs" meaning they never bagged your purchases. I had a lot of happy memories of Worcester. I remember that late in the 60's we went back there but it had changed so much. I wasn't at all like I remembered or my parents remembered. In 1963 we moved from Worcester because my dad was stationed at Cape Cod and I have great memories of that too.
Comment by: Deborah (Tibbetts) Stone
I took dancing lessons from Tointon-Hickey in the lae 50's and early 60'. Wasn't Mrs. Hickey grand? I don't know how old she was, but she was elegant and VERY limber. I was born at Memorial Hospital in 1946 - word was that my mother went to another one (Hahnemman I think), but there was something going on healthwise in the nursery so she was referred to Memorial. I remember the tornado having watched out the window on the 5th floor of the apartment building we lived in at 14 Oread Street. It was the janitor and his family's apartment and why we went there instead of to the basement was always a mystery to me. It was eerie feeling the building sway, and then when a big tree fell in the yard next door, I ran from the window. I remember dances at the Ionic Ave Boys Club, at St. Peters, at South (where I graduated from), fish and chips from the little storefront, the "I bet you can't's" from the corner diner (May and Main), walking the streets and not being afraid, the Queen Street Spa, being a candystriper at City Hospital, the night Old Woodland Street School burned down, going to the movies for a quarter - and buying a gallon of gas at the Merit station going towards the lake for the same price, Speedy's, my good friends that I've lost touch with, ah, yes... But, the 1978 blizzard was enough for me and I've been in Southern California since then. Barb
Comment by: Barb (Siergie) Knox
What wonderful memories these letters provoke! I lived in Worcester from 1940 until 1960 but my parents continued to live on June St., until the early 80s. I attended schools Greendale; Andover Street and Greendale Grammar and I went to both North and South High School. Greendale was a wonderful community in which to grow, up populated by hard working families who worked at Norton Abrasives and Wickwire Spencer Steel. Who could forget Indian Lake and Norton Beach, the Boulevard Spa and the Higgins Armory? Being a musician, I was friends with many of the people mentioned in other letters, Perry Conte, Emil Haddad among them, and played at clubs between Worcester and Framingham including. The Speedway, The Driftwood, 371, The Bonfire, The Barn, Montecello, Maridor and so many more. I remember restaurants like Kimballs and Dinty Moores and going to Water St. for fresh bread and delicatessen meats, Shrewsbury St. for Italian food at the Boulevard and Speedway Diners, and who doesn’t’ remember the Wigwam on Qunsigamond for the best pizza. Then there were the sub sandwiches at Maurey’s Delicatessen in Tatnuk Square, and Coney Island for the hot dogs. And the El Morocco was legendary especially among musicians and night clubbers. Downtown Worcester was paradise. I worked at Denholms while I was in High School and remember the wonderful stores that surrounded City Hall. I recall getting the bus in front of McGinnis’s (sp?) Department store, the smell of the Planters Peanut’s Store, catching a movie at the Loews Poli, or the Plymouth or the Elm street, roller skating at the rink in Tatnuk Square. I live near Los Angeles now and it wasn’t until I traveled throughout the country that the experience if growing up Worcester impacted me. It was a truly wonderful city and the memories it inspires continue to enrich my life.
Comment by: Bill Tannebring
Does anyone remember the roller skating restaurant that was off Chandler Street (across Park Avenue) and near the Tatnuck Book Store now? I have been trying to think of the name of the place because some of my work mates don't believe there was one. To come to think of it, that was a pretty nutty idea, give a lot of adults roller skates and drinks at the same time. It was a lot of fun, but didn't last very long. If anyone knows the name,that would be great. Sharon Francis
Comment by: Sharon Francis
I remember living on Montague Steet in Worcester. There were many drug dealers and guns going off constantly. I couldnt walk down my street without worrying that I am going to get shot or such. The sad thing is, everybody remembers the happy things that happened when they were playing sports in the streets, walking wherever they wanted to, not worrying about anything. The thing is, me being 20, I grew up worrying about being broken into, or being jumped walking around my neighborhood. I wish the old neighborhood hadnt turned out like this...
Comment by: Eric England
I too have fond memories of Worcester. I lived at the Summit until I turned 18, moving then to Auburn. I remember Burncoat Elementary School when we had to walk to and from, even at lunchtime and even in the dead of winter. I then went to Burncoat Jr. High and Commerce High class of '61A. I worked at PaperCraft Greeting Cards lying about my age while I was in Jr. High and Speedy's later on. My first real job was at Worcester County National Bank. Life was so good back then. There were dances every weekend somewhere. Sometimes at South High School, sometimes at Chaffin's in Holden and the best of all - Lakeside on Lake Quinsigamond. We'd also go to White City when a good group would come to town. I can remember meeting Dion. He could have used a change of clothes as he had breakfast schmoots stuck to his shirt. I grew up going to day camp at the Greendale Y and also trying so hard to learn to play drums for the American Legion Drum and Bugle Corp. I was terrible. I was in Holden at my aunt's the day the tornado struck. I was 11 years old. The hail stones were big and the air was an odd color. As soon as I ran into the house we were hustled down to the basement and shoved under a utility sink for protection. The storm was very loud and when it was over and we went outside, it was awful. The smell was like nothing I had ever smelled before or after. I guess it was from all the broken and uprooted trees. My aunt's house had moved off the foundation and the garage was gone. It ended up going through the side of a home two houses up. I got hysterical because my bike was in that garage and now it was destroyed.(Remember, I was 11) Clothing, drapes, everything was hanging from the trees that were still standing. I learned later that a baby had been pulled from his mother's arms and, well, let's just say he died. I too went to Hot Dog Annie's many times, shopped at Denholm's and Barnards, had dinners at the T & T Grill and Eden Gardens. To be truthful, I didn't think I had any fond memories of Worcester but I was wrong.
Comment by: Penny McHugh (Gould)
I couldn't sleep thinking of things I overlooked when I wrote last night. I wonder if you also remember: Filene's Bargain Basement that eventually moved to the Galleria and ended up on the second floor. Am I the only one that found a problem with this? Sharfman's? I remember shopping at Sharfman's when it was on Main Street across from Denholms. It remained a classy store even after it moved to Worcester Center but I have no idea where they are now. I worked at Ulian's while in high school and even got credits for it. It was fun shopping up and down Main Street during the holiday season. We'd make our way all the way from Denholms to Barnards, arms loaded with bundles in high heels. If it started to snow - great. Every corner had a Salvation Army Santa ringing his bell hoping for a little pocket change from shoppers. Liggets(sp)on one corner and Eastens (sp)on the opposite side of Main Street. Nearby and behind was Sampson's Deli where I would have lunch often. Yum. Also, Putnam & Thurstons and the Hong Fong Chinese Restaurant above White Owl Tobacco Shop were great for lunch also. One of the very best memories for me was cutting class and going for coffee and a doughnut at the Cottage Donut Shop "down the hill" on Main Street. Great coffee, greatest doughnuts. One last comment about Brownie Beach. Someone mentioned this place in their comments. My only memory is when this beach made the paper because of the raw sewerage that was in the water along with all the people. I guess that isn't considered a fond memory, huh? Penny McHugh (Gould)
Comment by: Penny McHugh (Gould)
It was great to read the various comments from the different generations and brought back a lot of great memories for me. Many memories that were brought back by reading the various comments on this site. I must admit it made me feel my age and I was amazed by how much I had forgotten. Worcester is a great American city....something I certainly did not realize when I was a resident. Much more historically important than I ever realized. Go Worcester!
Comment by: Mark Wolosz
how did you forget the perley's. Also how could you forget the rahalls. Bill Sturtevant I remember you so well. We hung out in almost every day. I remember being the first girl to become a member of the Ionic Ave. Boys club. They had to kick me out so many times they just decided to let me join since I wouldn't go away. Except they wouldn't let me near the swimming pool because the guys didn't wear suits. The Carol's were never mentioned, Jackie and Joanne. Jakie I believe married someone from Leicester and Joanne became a nurse. Which reminds me of other people that haven't been mentioned which was Kevin Mondino and Rob. Oh yeh I want to say hi to Joey, Bobby Jefferson. And what fond memories of Tony Kutcher and Nina. We really had some fun. Wow these really are great memories. I hope Billy, Nicky, and Janet add their memories. And oh the memories of Dave and Pucky Goodrich. If you guys are reading thanks for all the good times. Dave I have very fond memories of you and it was nice to see you years back when I was in Worcester. Punky what are you doing now? Well anyway it was nice reading the stories of Worcester. I look forward to hearing from some of the others that I mentioned. Of course I cannot tell some of the stories of what we did we all may get in trouble for them. Anyway looking forward to hear from everyone.
Comment by: Brenda Perley
hello.. I am 25 years old.. I found this page om accident, but I am glad I found it... I'm from the Cambridge St area- Camp St to be more specific. I lived right next to the pool in South Worcester for many years.. I have to say my fondest memory of all time in Worcester was watching the South High boys basketball team reach success.. However, their dreams were shattered 2 seasons ago by a few really bad calls. They went from having 2 team fouls to having 15 team fouls within a short period of time.. I can't wait for the day the Worcester Public high schools (especially South High) get the respect they truly deserve from: coaches, referees, parents, other students, politicians, police officers, teachers, etc... The children of Main South and South Worcester can't and won't be held down forever.. Thank you for your attention.. Please feel free to comment FOR or AGAINST my feelings..
Comment by: stephen with a PH
Hello from a city slicker! I have so many fond memories of Worcester. I grew up in Main South; I attended Holy Name of Jesus Elementary School. We spent many days and nights at Crystal Park. I have 5 siblings four have graduated from South High, and two of us graduated from David Hale Fanning. It was great hanging around with all the neighborhood kids, Gauvin’s, Sullivan’s, Bourque's, St.Germain's, Marlowe's,Dwyer’s, Laperle’s, Farrell's, Saulnier's, Chapman's & of course the Bordage's. We were there daily in any kind of weather. The summers were spent playing ball ( we were lucky if the basketball nets would survive one whole season)or swimming, winters skating on the pond (won’t forget the tub in the middle you could see through the ice)) and sledding. We traveled in groups of ten or more every day. We walked or took our bikes everywhere. We didn’t need much to entertain us; if Jerry was around he was better than any comedy station! Great fun! Paulette
Comment by: Paulette
To Dave Daniels, Hi Dave, we were in the 7th grade together at Chandler junior high. We had Mr. Warren for math, Miss Erickson for english, Mr Carlson for wood shop etc. etc. My memories of you were that you always drawing picture of guitars everywhere. You left school as i recall and then the next time i saw you was while I was working at Economy Foods on Pleasant street when you stopped in to buy something. I remember your audition for the talent show that never quite happened and the two of us playing together for Mrs. Milias' 7th grade music class. You on guitar and vocals- me on drums and vocals. hope you are well, John
Comment by: john moran
I was born in Worcester and lived there for the first 22 years of my life. I went to Woodland Street, then the Woodland Annex, then Worcester East Middle and Doherty High. I lived in the Main South area. I lived just down the street from the Jeffersons (Danny, Bobby, Joey & Cindy) the Sturvedents (Billy, Alfred) I also hung out with the Benoits (Donna & Kenny). The Goodriches ( Punky, David & Darlene were also part of the neighborhood crew. I also remember the Kutchers (Tony, Nina),I think there was an older sister the Pickens, I went to school with Brenda. I remember hanging out at Castle Park looking for the buried treasure rumored to be there. Swimming at Beaver Park, Crystal Park, Coes Pond and Heald Beach during the summer months. Rollerskating at Mechanics Hall, shopping at the Mart, the little league parades down main street, while sitting at that prime roof top spot. Whalom Park for Sunday fun, and every now and then a trip to Rocky Point amusement park in RI. I remember going to the Girls Club on Main Street, I think it was a church. Enjoying the smell of fresh baked pies from the Table Talk bakery while driving through Kelly Square. Spags, working at Stop & Shop. Worcester Science Center, Ronnies, Hot Dog Annies. I'm glad I found this site, so many memories of great times.
Comment by: Karen DeBoise
I used to grow up in Worcester for 14 years... I love Green Hill Park because it have great playground. Today it is not. Sadly. I only remember 5 location of movie theaters. I would love someone to tell me names of them... One at Webster Square, one next to city hall on main st., one at Lincoln Plaza, I know White City Cinema and I know General Cinema under Galleria. I just want to find name and make sure I get correct names. Today they are all gone. Worcester got new movie theater but it's just weird feeling. I miss old movie locations. Wonderful memories. I remember seeing movie like Die Hard, Back to the Future 3, ET... holla me at
Comment by: Jara
Wow, loved all the comments on growing up in Worcester. I especially can relate to going to Bell Pond in the hot summers.....remember that sandwich shop across the street? Is it still there? I live in Missouri now. I also remember Denholms, Marcus, Barnards, and American Supply. Of course there was Grant's and Newberry's too.
Comment by: Diane Bellione Morgan
worcester boys trade ,class of 1958/electrical and carpentery. teachers were murray and cooney.watching the girls walk by from north high.
Comment by: hank s
I grew up on Heardsliegh Street ,no longer there. fond memories are still with me. I remember places that are no longer there, such as Waldorf restaurant, worked there part time job after school. went to worc voc appx 1948. remember all the shops on Main street, barnards, filenes lerners, belle shops , Liggetts drug store on one corner across from city hall. remember lakeside twin ballrooms at lake quinsigamond, those were special saturday nights. Down town Worcester the place to be, always something to see and do. remember well V D day when every patriotic citizen was at city hall celebrating, what a joyous time that was. worshiped at Wesley Methodist Church at Lincoln square sang in the choir ,went to sunday school and had some of the greatest times I remember. I came across this page quite by accident ,but, have enjoyed all the comments and fond memories described by others. many of those places and times I too was great. What a special page this is hope to return and read again. thank you to all the people submitting all these treasured memories .A time of great joy and happiness colored with the beauty and great cultures of a great city. looking for a pic of the bridge at Elm Park I would love to paint it . many thanks to the creator of this page .
Comment by: Barbara russell gervais
This is to John Moran, I do remember! I played a lot of clubs in worcester, I moved to Florda in 1972, If you can send me an e-mail it's check out and search the Cotton Dan David Daniels
Comment by: David Daniels
I remember worcester well and a place called White Castle had the greatest little hamburgers and a youg waitress Cheryl Pion she could melt the ice out of your drink with those eyes
Comment by: missing inaction
Holland Rink?? Green hill fireworks?? Old skyline Drive before I290 Those were the days that will last forever
Comment by: paul p
I was born in Worcester in 1948. Growing up in Worcester during the 1950's was fantastic. I lived on Irving Place, behind the Mart when I started Kindergarten. I remember learning about the Pilgrim's first Thanksgiving with the Indians. It was quite a shock when a family of Micmac Indians showed up at our door on Thanksgiving day. In keeping with the Pilgrim tradition, I had invited them. I went to Chandler street school at that time. I next remember living on Davis street by City Hospital. At that time I was going to Saint Paul's Catholic school. Davis street was a great street to live on then but by 1973 it had become a slum. Buy 1958 I was living on Freelend Terrace right across the street from South High School. It was then that my world began to expand. There was an old mansion on Main Street in front of us. An old lady named Mrs. Tennenbaum would let us play in the carraige hous on her property. One day I showed her a copy of Life Magazine that I had found in the carriage house and there was a photograph of a young girl on the cover. Mrs. Tannenbaum told me that the girl's name was Anne Frank. It was'nt until years latter that I came to understand the tradegy and importance of Anne Frank. Since the late sixties a Mac Donalds sits on the site of Mrs. Tannenbaum's home in Main South. At that time I was going to Freeland Street School. 4th through 6th grade I lived on Preston Street off of Murray ave right behind the Y.M.C.A on main street. Once again, I was back at Chandler Street School, which was torn down years ago.I used to enjoy going to the Piedmont Center right behind my house on 8 Preston street. I used to help my friend, David Corbett deliver his papers on his down town office delivery route. There used to be a used magazine store on Southbridge Street, right across from the old post office. After we were done delivering newspapers we would go there to buy comic books. Back then new comic books cost ten cents. At the used store they were 5 comic books for 25 cents. We would also sneak into the "adult section" to peek at the Bettie Page magazines.I belonged to the Ionic boys club. I enjoyed swimming there and the library on the second floor. In the 50's Ionic Ave boy's Club would show movies every Saturday afternoon in the auditorium. I enjoyed that. Someone who posted on this page talked about the movie theaters in Worcester but could not remember the names. Buy the old post office was the Lowes Poli. I saw the Creature From The Black Lagoon there when I was 5 years old and at 8, Elivis Presely's first movie, Love Me Tender. When it played there they were actually taking teenaged girls out of the theater on stretchers. On Front or Franklin street was the Capital Theater which buy the mid 70's became the Paris Cinema, a porn theater. Across the Worcester Common was the Warner Theater. A short distance away, just off of Main Street was the Fine Arts Theater which was a porn house although Elivi's movie Viva Las Vegas was shown there in 1964. The final theater in down town was the Plymouth. It was an unusual theater. On street leveal was the concession stand. Then you had to walk downstairs to get to the actual theater, which was underground and there was a second concession stand. By the mid 60's the plymouth was rarely open. I do remember when I was home on leave from boot camp in the summer of 69 I went to the Plymouth and saw Clint Eastwood's "Where Eagles Dare". In late 1961 my parents bought thier home in Auburn. Now I had a new place to explore. I knew Worcester like the back of my hand and eventually I came to know Auburn the same way.I have had three life long habits. I love exploring, reading and movies. By the time I was 17 I was taking day trips on the Greyhound or Trailways buses to Boston.I remember sitting on the porch of my parent's home the summer I was 15 and telling a friend that I did not want to spend my entire life living in the place I grew up in.Bye the way, I forgot to mention the Park Avenue theater. The manager/usher there used to give me comic books every time I went there during the summer of 1958. The manager would go on to fame and infamy years latter and be known as Abbie Hoffman, the radical Hippie leader of the 60's. My first summer vacation job was at Zayers at White City. I worked there six days a week, 7am to 10 am as a store janitor. I can remember going to White City when it was an amusment park.The parks that I remember in Worcester were Crystal Park,Greenhill Park and Hayden Park. I worked in several factories in Worcester including Parker and Harper, Smith Valve and Holden Plastics. One summer I worked at a rat infested woolen mill in Auburn.I also worked at Arrow Dental Lab and Beauregard Dental Lab. I attended the New England School Of Mechanical Dentristry In Boston.In April of 1968 I was involved in a very bad head on collision on route 148. It was all over the front opage of the Sunday Edition of the Telegram. The prognosis, that I would always walk with a limp and more than likely have to use a cane. Bingo! permanent defferment from the draft. No Viet Nam for me.One year latter my injuries had heald far beyond what my doctors expected. No limp, no cane. On a Friday in mid May 1969 I left work and as I walked to the bus stop the idea that there had to be someplace better to be and something better to see entered my mind. The following Monday, on my Lunch hour I went to see the recruiters. I was sent to Springfield, lied my way through an induction physical. I spent my last Memorial Day as a civilian on the Cape. June 9, 1969 I was on my way to bootcamp. For the next four years I did two tours of duty in Viet Nam and visited many countries. I returned to Worcester on March 3, 1973. My two best friends and I went to the Stafford Hotel to drink and catch up. What a nightmare. It was the first night in Massachusetts that the legal age to drink was 18. I stayed in Worcester for the next 21 months. It had changed so much in the four years that I had been gone. There was this thing that had gobbled up a good part of the city called a Mall. It was the Worcester Center. Most of the fabulous movie theaters that I had gone to were gone except for the Lowes Poli or Palace as it had once been called/\. It had morphed into the first multi screen theater in the area, now, or then called, The Showcase Cinema.In December, 1974 I re-enlisted in the service and it would be 21 years before I returned to Worcester. I spent the next two years in Europe. By the time I left the service in December, 1976 I had traveled to a total of 47 countries. Upon discharge in 1976 I flew to Los Angeles to start a new life. I worked in the movie industry for a few years and was involved with several movies and telivision shows such as Happy Days, LaVerne And Shirley, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman and How The West Was Won. I got to know several stars such as Sylvester Stalonne, Lucille Ball,Michael Landon, Aldo Ray and others. In 1983 I became involved in real estate and my office was at the corner of Whilshire Blved and Donheny in Beverly Hills. Now I live in the pacific Northwest with my family. In my mid forties I became involved in Martial Arts and more recently, target shooting. I still read and love movies. I did return to Worcester after 221 years away. It was December, 1995. I stayed with old friends for ten days. I was so suprised at how small Worcester looked to me. I saw the Miss Worcester Diner where my friends and I would go to eat, Cony Island, the best hot dogs in the world. Gone was speedys and thier great inion rings. The people that I remember from living in Worcester are old classmates. David Corbett, Maria Bemikis, lorraine and Kenny Puzo. I also remember that my sister took dance lessons from Honey f in Shrewbury. mAYBE i WAS AROUND 11 but she was so hot for an older women. I have traveled the world and had so many remarkable adventures and experinces. We never know where life will take us but the one thing that is certain, Worcester was the best place in the world to grow up.Anyone that mayy have known me way back then is free to contact me at
Comment by: Gary Gilfoy
I have lived in Worcester since 1973, when i was 6. My dad retired from the Airforce and wanted to raise his family in his hometown. His mother lived in the same house on Norcross St for 63 years. I have many great memories of this town, and of growing up on Ashmore Rd on the West side (my parents are still there!)Swimming at Coes Pond, whatching the planes at the airport, ice skating at Elm Park. We used to play in the field behind the old Chandler Junior High. I took gymnastics lessons at Gigueres when it was just one tiny building. I went to Tatnuck School on Pleasant St, and remember school lunch was white bread, bologna, and mustard on a styrofoam tray. Comfort food of my youth! The Blizzard of '78 was a child's dream - no school for weeks. We jumped off the roof of our garage into the snowpiles. My dad made us shovel, however. We always had hot bulkies from Water Street for sunday breakfast. I went to Chandler Junior High. Everybody went rollerskating at Webster Square on friday nights. They always played "Freebird". We would take the bus downtown to the Galleria and stay all day with 3 bucks in your pocket. I loved Windsor Buttons! We blew alot of quarters playing pinball in the Dream Machine. Remember Orange Julius? This was before foodcourts. We also used to shop at Audreys Hideaway, around the corner from the mall. I went to Doherty, class of 1985. There was just grades 10-12 then. We had keg parties on the hill behind the school. We used to cut school, and shortcut through Elm park to go to the Friendlies on Highland St. My dad was driving by one time, and I had to hide in the bushes! We had football games at Foley Stadium - I don't think I ever actually WHATCHED the games. My friends and I would try to sneek booze in there. Everyone packed into the Tatnuck Square Friendlies after the games. It was really small then, with just a counter and a few booths. Tatnuck Square was a popular hangout then. I rememeber freezing my a** off wearing tight jeans and high heels in the snow. At least my hair would look good - I used enough Aqua Net to deplete the ozone layer. My first job was at Jordan Marsh, in the Giftwrap dept in the basement. I later was "promoted" to Womens Sportswear. I also worked in the Jordan Marsh bakery and cafe. Remember their famous blueberry muffins? I could see the fountain from there. Filenes Basement was great to dig around in. I also worked in a little clothing shop called GW Walrus. There was a McDonalds on Main St with a balcony. I remember chicken nuggets was very popular. We also hung out at Spider Gates. My friend Anthony and I got into a bad car accident near there one night. It was pitch black! I saw alot of movies at Showcase cinemas. I saw Friday the 13th in 3D there. It was packed, too. I also remember camping out at the Centrum overnight to buy tickets. My first concert there was Rush. I also saw AC/DC, Journey, and Van Halen, among others. When I got married, I couldn't wait to get out of Worcester. When I got pregnant, I couldn't wait to raise my own kids here. Now my oldest is going to my old highschool and making his own memories. Worcester gets a bad rap - it's great if you know where to find your fun! My Dad and I enjoyed reading all the submissions!
Comment by: Christine (Johnson) Keidan
This comment is for Linda Brunelle. I was born in 1956 and I lived in the Greendale section. The Hambuger joint you are talking about is "Gino's" It was located right near Barber's Crossing....
Comment by: Deb (Pearson) Schonborg
thanks to all of you for all the memories you brought back. I forget who made the comment, but it was an Italian gentleman who sold the popcorn on the commons, I hung with his son. thanks to whoever mentioned the "stones" at the Auditorium ,no one believes me ,I was there also, who can tell me the name of the record store on Main St. that had the little booths you could go in and listen to "rock&roll"? different world then (50's -60's) Main St., Front St. during the Holidays "silver bells" always reminds works at green hill ,killa b-ball at crompton park , sunset beach, yes,and "hot dog Annie's" good to know it's still there. White city ,the amusement park ,"Harrys pastrami shack," (yes I know it's now in Westboro,but it's not the same) and the DINERS ALL,opening day of fishing season at Lake Quinsig. The old museum of natural History ,( I forget the location?, help) Spooky place when you were a little kid , dark and all manner of stuffed creatures. great memories thanks again
Comment by: Pat D.
Didn't spend that many years in Worcester but they sure were memorable. In 1967 when I was 14 our family moved to an apartment on Pleasant Street just down from Newton Square. On our first day I remember standing with my Mom looking out the front window and seeing 2 or 3 young guys carrying paper bags bolting down Newton Hill, hopping the wall and running down our driveway. I thought hmmm, this was going to be an interesting place to live. Newton Square and Duffy Field soon became my 'hood and I became one of the maybe lesser known "Newton Square" boys (Freaky Bob), a connection to Worcester that will always be with me. So many great memories from wall ball on the monument, stick ball in the tennis courts, pickup basketball games, singing Beatle tunes in the Grove, helping to fill the pit, to seemingly endless walking to friend's houses throughout those incredible neighborhoods. Also some not so great memories of those crazy days as well, such as friends that didn't make it or nearly didn't get through. Here's to all of them and to those of you that may recall a bit of those times with me. If anyone remembers me and would like to get in touch please drop me a line at
Comment by: Bob McKee
born in worcester 46,graduated from woodland prep and south high.will never forget selling newspapers in front of denholms from 1957 until 1960s.miss the dances at st peters and bethany church,the races at westboro speedway and especially thompson raceway on finer people anywhere.have lived in texas since discharge from military.always look forward to visiting family 2-3 times per year.
I was born in Worcester in 1942 and attended Holy Family School in Orange St.I remember piano lessond during lunch hour,half the day in French , living rosary in May at Notre Dame Church...I'd like to hear about memories of classmates Kathleen O'Reilly
Comment by: Kathleen O'Reilly McGinn
I grew up in the Grafton Hill area, and went to St. Stephen's school in the 60's. Moved away more than 20 years ago, though I've been back several times since. A few random Worcester memories: Homer - the guy who sold papers on Main Street. He reputedly sold "numbers" (illegal wagering). We used to pass him and ask "hey Homer, what's the number", and he would just say "no number, no number". I remember a pre-McDonald's burger place called "Hawkeye's". Don't remember the exact location, but I think it was near Notre Dame cemetary. I took some boxing lessons with Mario Sarro -- whom I recall as a very nice man -- at the Boys Club. But, we did some boxing exhibitions around the area. I was in one at the old state hospital. That was kind of a strange place and a strange place for kids to be putting on a "show". I did attend some of the Golden Gloves tournaments (as a spectator) and remember one big final round between a guy named Tommy Mallett and someone named Jenkins (I think there were several Jenkins brothers at the Boys Club). I remember in the late 60's, one big item in the news was the construction of the expressway. And during construction near Holy Cross, several people were killed when several girders for the expressway overpass fell onto Cambridge (?) street. As a cub scout, we toured the Town Talk bakery. Our tour guide identified himself as Harry Brown and said that his initials -- HB also stood for "hot bread". Used to listen to Paul Larsen on WNEB (?). He used to announce birthdays, and would play a recording of "Happy Birthday", -- stopping it to sing the names of anyone who submitted their names. My mother sent in my name once. But, I got such a ribbing from my classmates that I asked her not to do it again. It wasn't in or around Worcester, but I remember going to an amusement park called "Pleasure Island". Stores and buildings: "The Fun House", the store (don't remember name) on the now-gone section of Front Street that always had a fire sale, the Sheraton Hotel, which became "50 Franklin Street" (don't know what now). Woolworths, Newberry's, W.T. Grant, Kennedy's...
Comment by: Tom Andre
I was born at Memorial hospital as well, 07/11/1960 Anthony. I also worked there at the hospital the day you were born. I was a Volunteer at the age of 19. That day was my birthday back in 1979 the day you were born. I had a cake in the volunteer office... Wow what a memory. I moved to Ohio in 1983 ( Cleveland area ) Thanks for reminding me of 1979 july 11th... Jim
Comment by: Jim
I was born in March of 1940 I remember Abbott St. School Chandler St Jr High, Beaverbrook and the circus and Elm Park, Newton hill. I also remember Kenny J of Pleasant St and good ole fish and chips from Pleasant St.Coney Island hot dogs on Southbridge St.Wrestling at Mechanic Hall, Green Hill Park, Blueberry picking at the Airport Webster Sq.roller rink. I remember Harrington corner, All Saints Church, also Tatnack Sq, Coes Pond there is just to many things to remember it was the good life and I've gone back a few times since I left in 61, I now live in New Jersey. Thanks for letting me think of the good times.
Comment by: Beverly Warhurst
This site is a great accidental find as I read of others' memories and revisit some of my own. I wonder if any of the readers can recall the names of teachers at the Old Chandler Jr. High back in the mid 70's. One of my sons is trying to recall the name of one of his teachers when he attended Chandler Jr. High from 1974 to 1976. So any names could ring the right bell. My memory is that John Laws was the principal then and Mr. Carey Vice Principal.I have never forgotten Mr. Laws having one of his classes at Dix Street sing for me "The Yellow Rose of Texas". I can see him standing so tall and erect and so pleased by his students and their disciplined pouring out of that Yellow Rose. Van Aroian
Comment by: Van Aroian
to richard potts; yes i remember seeing bobby darin at white city, i also saw brian hyand there also...sealed with a kiss..on saturday nites....
Comment by: Norma
to patty m from north st, i was your next door neighbor, i went to school with bobby, and my younger brother went to school with eddie, small world.....
Comment by: Norma
Back in 1960 to 65 I was on the run from state school; I hid in Burncoat Park every summer some may remember this. After all these years, I found out, I was never a ward of the state. My name is Don Arpin , don't forget me, thanks to all.
Comment by: Don Arpin
I was born and raised in Worcester. Lived there till I got married and moved away. I lived in the main south area. Went to Freeland St School and then to Darling St and graduated from Commerce High in 1958. Remember hanging out at Crystal park and ice skating in the winter, then after school going to Chuck N Eddie's for vanilla cokes and going on hay rides leaving from South High. Watched many of Clark University's tug of wars. If there is any one with any info on a fifty year reunion for Commerce High. Please let me know. Would love to attend. I now live in Pasadena,Texas.
Comment by: Janice(Pepin) Young
Great reading on this link. I grew up in Worcester from 1960 to 1973. Nearly everyone has mentioned something I remember doing. My early years I lived on Austin Street and attended Oxford St. School. Took my wife back to Mass in 2006 to show her my stomping grounds. Surprised to see the first 3 places I lived are torn down. Someone above mentioned the apartment at the corner of Oxford and Austin streets. I live just two house fro there. I remember Grady's store on the corner and how I used to try and trick old man Grady out of candy when his son was looking. I to went to Woodland Prep in 1967 and 68. From there I went to South High from 1969-73. Joined the Navy in 73 and never moved back. I was playing Raquetball at a health club in Phoenix Arizona in 2005 and played a match against a man with a heavy Mass accent. Started talking after our game and found out he went to South when I did. Told me he and 2 other 73 Grads also live in Arizona. Our talk lasted a while and before I new it I was missing some old friends. I never received any class reunion notifications, no 5th, 10th, 20th, 25th or 30th. I would enjoy getting in touch with any of the Woodland Prep or South High folks from my time period if your out there. I don't mean to leave Oxford School off but it was 40 plus years ago. I still have the class pictures from 1st grade thru 6th and remember most of the names of the people in them. If your out there and feel like catching up on a decade or two :), Email Me....
Comment by: David J. Hunter
This is for Van Aroian, I just read your exerpt. I went to Chandler Jr. from 1973-1976 with John Laws as Principal. You were absolutely right about him standing so tall and erect. I was in the chorus back then. What a ball we had. I lived right next to chandler jr., so nothing got by my parents. If I forgot homework, I had no excuse, I had to go back and get it. Worcester State College is across the street and boy has that grown. At one time there used to be hot air balloons landing there and in the winter there used to be ice sculptures. What great memories.
Comment by: Lynda (Keidan) Breen
This is to paul Bashaw I was at St.Anns orpahnage from 1936-1946 And yes the nuns were known as the Grey Nuns. They wore long grey uniform type dreeses I remember sister Pereault and sister Trotier Im not sure of the spelling of there names But Im going by the sound of there names Sister trotier was the meane one. She would hit me just for smiling.
Comment by: John A. Vayo
To Paul Bashaw You can contact me at
Comment by: John A. Vayo
Early 60's Dick Clark at Fitton Field, with the Chipmunks and more than I can remember. Late 60's James Taylor at WPI, Early 70's J Giles Band at Worcester State spree day at Indian Ranch in Webster. Mid 80's Bruce Springsteen at the Centrum.
Comment by: Steve Duclos
Original Valley Girl from GBV how many of you remember the Dynamos Drum and Bugle Corp,trampoline at the neighborhood center,looking for and selling golf balls at the golf course,cutting through the golf course to get to holland rink. How's this one' remember the Milk Mobile, Louie's little ice cream truck, book mobile, dance classes with Doris Bagoshian. The Saturday night dances at the Y. Hopping the busses in the winter, Store Bus and Manny who would let you buy hamburg and pay next week. How many of you remember the Black Hawk Gang (or were members). The big rock behind Chino Ave. were we went to have a cigarette. The dirt road to Kozy Corner. Madelinas store after CCD class at St Joan of Arc with Fr.Sullivan.(may he rest in peace). The creepy cellars where everybody had a wire stall for storage. The smoke stack. Looking for polywogs under the bridge going up to Rollerskating at Mechanics Hall owned by Bob Sullivan. We couln't get away with anything because all the parents knew who you were,where you lived and what time you had to be home. I could go on and on. Best childhood ever,best friends,greatest memories.
Comment by: Fran S
Fran S. (Valley Girl) back again , how could I forget to mention Jerry the horse and Jackie the little black dog on the dirt road.
Comment by: Fran S.
1951-1956 I lived at At.Ann's Orphanage at 133 Granit St. Worcester, Ma. I have wonderful memories of this place and still remember most of my little friends. We had picnics across the street and at Christmas we went to all kinds of parties. The Sisters of The Grey Nuns were so wonderful to us. Much I learned is still with me today. St. Ann's was on a hill and over looked all of Worcester. "Does anyone remember this?"
Comment by: Barbara Eastman Tatro
I found this page and wanted to add some things. I was born in Worcester in 1950. Both my parents were also born in Worcester and now lie at the Hebrew Cemetery off Stafford Street, My Dad had a drugstore in Rice Sq from the late '50's to the late '70's until the big chains came in and killed off the small drugstores. I remember many snowy nights driving with Dad to deliver prescriptions in his VW Beetle. We actually would open the store at nights when an emergency happened and someone needed medecine. Go ask CVS to do that today! I remember skating at Elm Park and taking the bus from June St with my older sister in the '50's to see Martin and Lewis movies downtown. I remember Cinema One when they opened and the screen was great. I remember White City Amusement Park and Spag's during XMAS when they hung train sets on plywood boards on the ceiling. I remember Messier's Diner, Shack's clothes. My Mother worked at the Ivy Shop in Tatnuck Sq and we used to have lunch at Friendly's across the Street-she liked the tuna salad. I remember when Dad took us in our pj's in the car to see July 4 fireworks at Green Hill Park. I went to Worcester Academy Day Camp and remember learning to swim there and being coached in basket ball by Andy Laska (not Alaska- as I have seen in someone's recollections). MY grandma worked in downtown selling clothes at a women's store and bussed to our house on June St for Fri night suppers. I remember Denholms and an ice cream store downtown that my Mother would buy me ice cream sodas. I went to May St school, then Midland St schools, Classical High for one year and then Doherty as the first junior class. Then on to WPI. Worcester for all its faults was a great place to grow up in the 50's and 60's. People who didn't live there shouldn't make fun of it.
Comment by: Howard
I was born in Worcester in 1961 and grew up on Shattuck Street near Green Hill Park. I attended Wawecus Road School, Burncoat Jr. and Sr. High (Class of '79) I have lived in Boston for the past 25 years but my parents still live there and I visit often. Does anyone remember "The NOW Shop" on Main Street during the 70's? They sold roach clips and incense, and other hippy stuff. Pretty radical for Worcester! I also remember swimming at Holland Rink across from State Mutual on Lincoln Street. It used to be part of Green Hill Park but when they built I-290 it got cut off from the rest of the park. The rink closed down at the same time. Green Hill Park also used to have a small ski area over by Memorial Grove. They had a small T-bar ski lift. We used to feed the carp in the pond in Green Hill Park. Astro City and the Barnyard Zoo were also in Green Hill Park. There was a buffalo pen there too! They have all closed down but my sisters and brothers and I all have great memories of Green Hill Park. I also remember when the Worcester Center Galleria opened up in the early 70's. It was a huge deal and for many years the Galleria was always crowded with people. Going to Spag's in Shrewsbury was also an event. We had to stop at Frosty's next door every time we went to Spag's. Does anyone remember "Weepin' Willies" on Route 9? In high school a group of us would go drinking at Spider Gates behind the Worcester Airport. Someone would always end of screaming for no apparent reason and we would all jump in our cars and peel out as if a murderer was chasing us! Those were the days!
Comment by: Deirdre Cavanaugh
Well I was born in the year 1956 in the old ST.V's Hospital across the street from the then new hospital that is no longer there as well. The old St.V's Hospital turned into a school for nursing in the seventies. My entire family including myself at one time or another worked at St. V's in one department or another. I remember old downtown and all the great stores here that everyone mentions, I remember when you came up front st towards Denholms & McKay's at Christmas time, you would see the giant sants sitting on top of the big string Christmas Tree that was made by Denholms. Later after the stupid Mall destroyed downtown (thanks city developers) they put the big Santa atop of the front entrence to the mall. My father ownwed and worked in almost every diner in Worcester, we owned 'The Bluebell Diner" when it was located on Chandler St, before that it was 'Kirby's Bluebell Diner". My dad worked at "Miss Worcester Diner", and many others including being the chef at the Waldorf on Main St. I lived and grew up in and around Milbury Street, I attended Milbury St School and Providence St Jr high. My old friends were 'Bobby Bakker', 'George Miller"( He moved to Ohio) and 'Roger Desrosiers" and all the 'Gervais Family", and my old 3 girl friends, Carol and Kathleen from Milbury St School, and 'Laretta Basky's", who lived on Maxwell CT whos Grandmother used to chase me with a broom. I loved listening to WORC 1310 for the top 40's as we played Stratego in her back yard. All of my family are burried there in one cemitary or another, and I do miss the old Worcester, like the real trees with lights they used to attach to the light polls in downtown at Christmas time. I remember going under ground to go to the bathrooms before they filled them in when the did over the common. I was there in the blizzard of '78', and was traped like everyone else. Yeah I remember all those times, some were so very awesome and then some were no so grand. Both my daughter and grandson were born at Memorial Hospital and those are excellent memories, as well as those of my family having great times at camp and around the lake. My Aunt & Uncle used to own the 'White City Amusement Parks", and I grew up going to their home where they had many of the old vintage cars and building out in the back of their house, I used to love to play in them. I now live in Boulder Colorado, but I will someday own a home agian in Mass towards the Cape I think. So heres my email address if anyone remembers me and my family, by the way they used to call my dad 'Ronniee', Ronniee Bluebell Diner". Feel free to write me at Thanks for this site!
Comment by: Roland Waters Jr
H y'all. Born and raised in Worcester. My grandfather owned Messier's Diner and my Dad and uncle owned the Millbrook. Very fond memories of Vernon Hill (where my paternal grandmother lived), Water Street, "Kiddie Castle" store, etc. Went to Burncoat Elementary and Jr. High, then moved to Holden. Loved riding my bike from Burncoat area to Pinecroft Dairy. Remember the "new" McDonald's on West Boylston Street? We used to have to go all the way to Main South for a treat. Loved "skiing" at Greenhill Park and visiting the petting zoo there. Also, remember the 4th of July watching fireworks from the front lawn of State Mutual. I live in South Carolina now and miss that area a lot.
Comment by: Karen (Gosk) Fabregat
Gina English, your Dad Mario was a great man and I thank you myself for the time he told to teach us to box and the care he took of us, whether is was getting a pair of shoes or getting around to compete in the different shows we put on. If there is a Worcester Hall of Fame, Mario Saro (sp) Sr would be a shoe in, Gina, thanks for the fond memories. Bill Charest boxed from 1967-1975 Ionics Ave Boys Club
Comment by: Bill Charest
Hey Brenda Perley, I remember you and the rest of the Perley tribe, and yes you were they first and onluy girl allowed in the boys club, I remember when I lost a golden glove fight and you came and said some kinds words to me, thanks, anyways hope life has been good to you.
Comment by: Bill Charest
comment for Linda Brunelle. I remember going to a place called Hawkeye's for 18 cent burgers in the Greendale area back in the 1960's.
Comment by: Frank Deramo
Thank you for this page. We must remember our rich and blessed history in this land. Family, neighborhoods and community were so important. Every local school had fairs and bazaars to bring the neighbor together and raise funds for the school. Lee Street Elementary School was one of these schools. Every one walked to school who lived less than 1.9 miles from home. School was held even with a little snow, plus recess and gym were held. School held outside trips regularly to Parks for art drawings, Art Museums, Higgins Museum, Old Sturbridge Village, Science Center, etc.
Comment by: Roger (Hunt) Frost
Ive been living here over 70 years so all your memories i remember also.honey felicette we went to school together but i was a little older you were in my brothers class howard i went into your fathers drug store to get a coke and he told me JFK had been shot there were two hawkeye hamburger places i know of 1 was behing hope cemetary where the fruit stand is and the other was on w boylston st just at the west boylston line betty brown girls trade was on chattam st right across from st pauls i remember doctor gadbois when he lived on blithwood ave. schools gone now st anns is still there but its more day care than anything i worked at the blue bell on chandler st when paul and dot had it barbara hanley cayer
Comment by: barbara
Thursday, May 15, 2008 I was born in Worcester 1949. I remember getting a ride to Miss Hunters� and Miss Morgan�s nursery school on Beechmont Street in 1952-53. I remember walking across Oak Path to Lee Street Elementary School. We walked to school twice a day due to coming home for lunch. I was the trumpeter for taps at the Memorial Day Observance at school for Miss Robinson�s fifth grade class. I remember having to catch Elizabeth Kennedy�s braids (she sat in front of me in Miss Splain�s 6th grade class) cause they were whizzing by my face every time she moved her head to talk to the teacher or the next desk classmate in front of me. Miss Splain sent me to the principal and Miss Maynard gave me the ruler on the knuckles. Two of my chores in school was to clap the erasers, and lower the rope for the maintenance man (Does any one remember his name. He was a pleasant personality) so he could attach the flag and raise it when the school played the national anthem and then we said the pledge of allegiance. We also either read a passage from the Bible or the teacher read a passage. I remember Miss Splain in the sixth grade reading from Bible each morning. When I went to the next school in 1961 at Forest-Grove Junior High School, something was different, cause they had passed a law by the judges of the courts forbidding reading of the Bible. I missed that start of the day reading from the Bible in school. Once a year, usually in the fall the school held a Fair, or outside Bazaar, with booths full of games and selling items so to raise extra funds for the school. School was a family event. Years later I found out we had walked by a house every day on 10 Institute Road, (in the 1950�s and 1960�s) where the Dead Sea Scrolls or the Book of Daniel was held by a family till it was repurchased by the State of Israel and put back in Jerusalem. I remember a new high school opening up on Newton Hill named Doherty Memorial High School, of which there was a rush of students and teachers trying to get into the new building. I elected to go to North High School instead in 1964. I remember Jeff Cook and others in the neighborhood being part of a citizen petition at the City Council session at City Hall trying to stop the WNEB Radio Tower in Duffy Field area where a lot of the neighborhood youth would roam on our free time. I remember when the new Zoo Director came to town to help organize and build a zoo. We sold yellow bricks for $5, which was for a lifetime pass at he Zoo when it was built. I remember animals being borrowed from other Zoo�s to parade in our neighborhood and downtown at City Hall and other areas to get interest in a Zoo. Once a group of us held a sign at a Boston Red Sox game to get interest in the Zoo in Worcester. Does anyone remember the �Dig up Siegfried� sign? I remember the tents being set up by the railway yards on Southbridge Street where the B.T. Barnum and Bailey Circus would come once a year. There was always a parade of elephants and other animals on the first day they came to town from the train. I remember the hurricanes of the 1950�s (Hurricane Carol of 1956 was pretty significant, I believe) and the tornado of 1953. Looking down from Whitman Road, I saw Park Avenue and the Bus Company Garage flooded with water. I do remember when a student pilot tried to make an emergency landing on the frozen Indian Lake, but missed and wiped out the first three homes on the corner of Forest and Grove Streets. I do remember most neighborhoods had a corner family market and grocery store. (Do you remember Tech Market on Park Avenue and Russell Street, right next to Sam�s Candy Store)? First National Stores was the only supermarket till Iandoli Markets came along later in time in the late 1960�s. I remember when Sunday was the Sabbath and a day off according to the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. All stores and gas stations were closed. Drug Stores were open. Do you remember Tech Pharmacy? The first Friendly Icecream Stores was opened on Highland and North Ashland Street in 1963. The Awful Awful Ice Cream delight was $.35. A big beef hamburger was $.35. The first supermarket plaza was Lincoln Plaza in 1962. I remember when the airport; McGrath Field, had 7 airlines and a freight airline plus a small restaurant. I remember a speedway for cars in Westborough, with a demolition derby every Saturday night. I remember there were always races of cars up airport hill when the coast was clear of authority. I remember going up to Green Hill Park and seeing a buffalo in a big fenced in area. I remember the fireworks on July 4th were at Green Hill Park. I remember the foot traffic on Main Street sidewalks was so busy there were four lines of pedestrians. Two lines of pedestrians were going one direction and two lines of pedestrians were going the other direction. Stores would stay open late on Wednesday night till 7 or 8 PM. Nighttime was home, family, and neighborhood time. There was a different dress for downtown then for the back yard. I remember the food/restaurant called the Waldorf or automat where food was purchased from the early vending type machine lockers with quarters. I remember when the Worcester Public Library was in the old Higgins House on Elm Street. I remember when Worcester had its own telephone company. I left town in the late 1960�s for school and the military for a while, but could not go far in the world with out some reference to some person, product, service, education, and/or manufacturing company from this area. I felt blessed and proud of what my forebears built up through the grace and mercy of their faith through the Providence of Almighty God of the universe. in care of Hunt Frost
Comment by: Roger H. (Hunt) Frost
I remember White City my Grandfather took me there to go on the rides.I love to go there......But they took that away I remember the Carnivals that came to Worcester we had so much fun as a family going there......Then they took that away I remember walking in the parks with my girlfriend at night holding hands..But now gangs took over the parks....And they took that away I remember hanging out in south main street Worcester with my friends..Then drugs and hookers came in.....And they took that away I remember going to Water street to get fresh bread and donuts......But they took that away And i remember my mom taking me to Denholmes,Filenes,and Walgreens on main street......But they took that away I remember going to the Paris Cinema..Loews Palace..Showcase Cinema..Warner Theater..Capitol Theater.....But they took that away I remember living on Ledge st. in worcester the highway came through...And took that away.....Now i live in the south far,far away. My Poem ...They Took That Away By Robert Pitchman Web site designed & hosted by Robert Pitchman
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