Photo Courtsey of Bill Grippo, BHS'62
The Annual Sidewalk Sale
by Terri DeLucia, Class of '79
Back in those days, life seemed happier and simpler. Our parents would let us come and go without any worries. Bergenfield had such a wonderful charm, with its long time residents, and everyone looked out for one another. Shop owners knew their customers by name. Everyone was on their honor, and nobody took advantage of the open-air market feeling that today would invite bad behavior by those less scrupulous.
There was even a higher level of respect among people back then, especially
It was precisely this mindset that I believe made the Sidewalk Sale
of yesteryear seem so
After it was all over, and the stores closed down, the task of cleaning
up the Avenue was at hand. In keeping with the true spirit of the day,
LeeAnn and I were there till the end,
I feel so fortunate to have grown up in such a wonderful town. I have such fond memories of my childhood and my hometown. The era in which we grew up made such a difference compared to today's attitudes, mentality and seemingly unpersonal feelings to the communities in which people live. I remember my mother and father always stressing to us that Home is a place where you should feel safe and loved. There was enough bad in the outside world, even back then, and it was instilled in us as children to appreciate, respect, and love our Home. And Each Other. The simplicity and innocence of Bergenfield's Annual Sidewalk Sale brought out the best in all whose lives it touched.
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