Letter: Reader reminisces about the ‘good old days’

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To the editor:

We all have memories of the areas we grew up in years ago. In my case, I grew up in the Water Street-Beecher Street-Howard Avenue area.

The Casales, the Mongillos, the Meccariellos, the Deangelises, the Aldis, the Carbones, the Testas, the Andersons, and more, were all in that area.

The old Little League field at the bottom of Mill Street; warm summer time; the Gray Sox versus the White Sox; John Battista calling the game as one of the “first” announcers; and Peter Marenna and John Mailman Velodota umpiring the games.

Beecher Street School stickball or tennis ball baseball games; flag or touch football—because the playground was tar; or just hanging around the school; Mark, John, Marie, Trit, Ricky, Rit, and others. We had Grimaldis, Zawizsas, and Hopkos for nearby stores to grab some soda or ice cream.

Business then in that area was good. Perillo’s Oil, Phil’s Barber Shop, the three stores, Mongillo’s Asphalt Paving, Casale’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Phil’s Restaurant—good pizza—and Commercial Auto on Beecher—Still meeting there in the morning for coffee and town news.

If you’re 50, 60, 80, or “whatever,” keep your good old days in your heads and hearts. For the most part, they were good days, and years, in our lives. Make the most of each day, enjoy life, family, friends, and everything.

Take care.

Richard Casale, Southington

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