I Revisit My Old Neighborhood; A Video

I just HAD to do it …

This is a video blog, rekindling my memories of the old neighborhood. And my schools, of course. It was a nostalgic visit, one I needed to do since I write so often about it. I hope my long time neighborhood friends can so identify. As I thought about and finally did the video, the following words came to mind: connectedness, comfort, social boundaries, physical boundaries, sense of identity, continuity, challenge, safety, security, mothers, fathers, friendsWatch the video and add some words.

George J. West Graduation                             1954

It is about twelve minutes long. Oh, and yes, when I pick up that ball on the baseball field, I realize it was a softball, not a baseball. But the prop worked; just another connection.

Perhaps it may incite you to write your story, return to YOUR neighborhood and realize the emotion.

Please click on the link.

I return to the old neighborhood

© 2019




By | 2018-12-31T13:49:20+00:00 January 3rd, 2019|Neighborhood, Stories of the 1940's and 1950's|18 Comments


  1. Peter Voccio JR. January 3, 2019 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Ed, We shall view later in the day. I loved my childhood, yes, and visit remembering all the older folks and the friends that I played and attended school with. I do keep in touch with a few over the years.(PRECIOUS!)

  2. Peter Voccio JR. January 3, 2019 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    Ed, thank you for that heart warming tour. I could see you were deeply touched as we were. Ann was familiar with many of the locations growing up in Mount Pleasant. Our son Chris got his first hair cut 1967 at Rico’s on the corner of Wealth and Academy Avenue. I worked out of the office for Metropolitan Life in the early 1960s at 1062 Chalkstone Avenue down the street from the Castle theater before being promoted and transferred to the Smith building behind city hall.

    • Ed January 3, 2019 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      Nice that we shared so much including ‘Rico the Barber’

  3. Tom Mulvey January 7, 2019 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    Well done Ed. Peter and Bill may not be happy that you ratted them out!

    • Ed January 7, 2019 at 7:27 pm - Reply

      Ah, Tom. They got over it long ago. In fact, I did not rat them out. They confessed!

  4. Ellen Cyronak January 7, 2019 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    Ed I loved that story. Seeing I was frdim the neighborhood remember all the places very well. I remember the name Triano not sure of the spelling someone by that name lived next door to me on Huron st,

    • Ed January 7, 2019 at 7:31 pm - Reply

      Well, Ellen, my mother’s maiden name was Troiano if that’s who you mean. What was your street?
      Thank you for the kind comments. I had fun doing the shoot, although it was quite an emotional trip.

  5. Beverly Thompson January 7, 2019 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    Very nice video. I enjoyed seeing the area where you grew up as well as enjoying reading about those days. It’s always strange going back to your old neighborhood. It always looks so small. I was born in the Lakewood area of Warwick and moved to Norwood when I was 8 1/2. and lived there until I was married. I often drive past that house in Norwood for a look and would love to see inside today.

    • Ed January 7, 2019 at 7:28 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Beverly. We had similar feelings, as I am sure so many do.

  6. Bob/Norma Conroy January 7, 2019 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    God bless you, Ed. This video was wonderful; brought back many memories of the
    old neighborhood. I watched this film over and over. Keep up the great work
    you do. Bob/Norma Conroy

    • Ed January 7, 2019 at 7:40 pm - Reply

      Love you guys. Longtime friendships never die. Wish we had a Castle Theater these days.

  7. Ellen Cyronak January 7, 2019 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    Hi Ed I lived on 11 Huron st. Not sure of the name Triano they had a son nobody around to help me out all gone now very sad my maiden name was Burns what was your friends Danny last name

    • Ed January 7, 2019 at 11:25 pm - Reply

      Ellen, my friend is Danny Falls. I was very close to his entire family… Billy, Eddie,Nancy, Dotty and Marge. His Dad was the Fire Chief.Is your brother Ray?
      Not sure there were Troiano’s on Huron.

  8. Ellen cyronak January 8, 2019 at 12:05 am - Reply

    Yes my brother was ray. I remember red falls. Had a crush on him when I was 14 my father was on the Prov. Police dept. that’s why we had to live in Prov.

    • Ed January 8, 2019 at 12:12 am - Reply

      Wow! Good stuff indeed. So nice to connect with so many 😊😊

    • Ed January 8, 2019 at 8:59 pm - Reply

      Our neighborhood was a great place.

  9. Tom Farley January 8, 2019 at 3:24 am - Reply

    I lived at 40 Wealth Avenue with my older sister and my parents. We lived there from about 1947 to 1953. My playmates were Bill Lepre (Ed’s Cousin and Carol’s son)
    and Peter Iannucillii, Ed brother. The video brings back old memories and is told with feeling and accuracy. Blessed Sacrament School was my school the first four years of elementary school. I later attended LaSalle Academy with Bill Lepre and many other friends. Today my residence is in south county where I see Bill and Steven Lepre from time to time.

    Thank you for bringing my childhood back to me

    (Dr) Tom Farley

    • Ed January 8, 2019 at 12:05 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Tom. Yes, I remember you and your sister very well. I appreciate your kind comments. Doing the shoot was very fun and quite emotional. All the best. Pleased you enjoyed it.

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