Cedar Grove Things to Do
A Plethora Of Fun!
For the adventurous traveler there are tons of things to do in Cedar Grove:
* Stop in at Bond's for lunch, and don't forget to order a refreshing Awful-Awful. Awful big, awful good! Drink three and get the fourth one free!
* Shop at one of Cedar Grove's three modern supermarkets: A&P, Food Fair or ShopRite.
* Are you a gun owner? Try your skill at Greeley's Gun Range.
* Go for a strike at Tower's bowling alley.
* Enjoy dinner and a live show at The Meadowbrook.
* Get your snacks from the vending machine, find a comfortable seat, and enjoy cartoons and a great movie at The Oxford Theater in Little Falls.
* End your busy day listening to a babbeling brook as you enjoy a delicious treat at Taylor's Dairy.
Cedar Grove Restaurants
Ralph's: Italian Delights
Ralph's restaurant, at the corner of Lindsley Rd. and Stevens Ave., is a pleasant neighborhood style Italian restaurant.
Who can ever forget the huge evergreen tree in front of the owner's house across the street, decorated with hundreds of colored lights at Christmastime. That kind of lighting is commonplace today, but it was something special when I was a kid.
Cedar Grove Nightlife
Going Out Tonight?
So, another night you gotta go out? Would it kill you to stay home for once in awhile? You don't eat, you don't sleep, always running around! If I ran around like that, I would have a heart attack and die, just like that. Would that stop you? You don't care if I live or die! Hey, you shouldn't worry. What's a mother's heart? Who cares if that heart is broken? Not you, that's for sure. Go! Enjoy!
Oh, maybe if you're in the neighborhood you could stop in and see Shirley's daughter, Rosalie. A fine girl, not like those skinny-minnies you usually go out with.
AGAIN WITH THE LOOK! You want I should smack you in the head? Go on, get outta here!
Cedar Grove Transportation
The preferred method of transportation around Cedar Grove, for the non-driver, was the Public Service bus #114. This line is no longer in service, possibly due to the many senior residents who mistakenly attempted to get on the similar looking afternoon school bus for the high school, a traumatic experience, to be sure.
Cedar Grove Shopping
The Savvy Shopper
While visiting Cedar Grove, the savvy shopper will find a marvelous selection of department stores and specialty shops. In Montclair. Or Bloomfield. But not Singac.
What to buy: Gasoline
What to pay: How much you got?
Cedar Grove Local Customs
The New Jersey Driver
One of the most exciting things that a visitor to Cedar Grove can do is to actually drive on the roads. One should be aware that Pompton Avenue, although marked as a four lane highway, is not marked as such in the town center. Be that as it may, it is in fact, four driving lanes, as the unaware visitor will be informed by local drivers, using various hand signals, involving one or more fingers.
During the evening rush hour, if you listen carefully you can hear, just above the insistant car horns, the merry greetings of the home going drivers as they cheerfully offer suggestions to one another as to What they can put Where.
Cedar Grove Warnings and Dangers
Speed limit signs in town are reportedly smaller than their counterparts ouside of town. This often leads to an encounter with Cedar Grove's "Boys In Blue," some of the nicest darn fellows you'd ever want to meet, unless your opening gambit is that old joke about "Gee, your eyes look glazed."
Cedar Grove Tourist Traps
A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned
It's happened to all of us at one time or another. You buy something at a convenience store for 56 cents. You give the person three quarters. They give you back two dimes. Why? Well, either they're out of pennies or they just can't be bothered. It's their business to do as they want.
I had stopped at a gas station where Route 46 goes through Great Notch. I was buying gas for my car (you can't pump your own gas in NJ) and told the guy not to round it up. (All that spilled gas on the ground doesn't do ME any good.) The bill was $12.36. I gave the man three fives. He gave me my change. $2.60.
"Where's the rest of my change?"
"Ahh.... I don't have any pennies."
I said, Look chief, that's not my problem. He started to argue and than his buddy came over and got four cents out of his pocket and gave it to me.
Hell, it's only four cents, but in my 56 years I've never had a business just assume that the customer should take the loss because they supposedly did not have enough change. Maybe the longer these guys are in our country the more acclimated they may become.
Cedar Grove What to Pack
Miscellaneous: If you are from the Sunny South, be sure to bring a Yankee/Redneck dictionary so that you are better able to understand the 'patois' of the local natives. Remember: New Jersey is north of the Mason-Dixon Line, that imaginary line that separates "ya'll" from "youse guys."
Cedar Grove Off The Beaten Path
At the top of second Watchung Mountain, at the northern end, stands a huge ice age boulder that we called Egg Rock. Egg Rock sat beside the old fire road that went over the mountain, and was a wonderful destination for hikers hiking through the quiet woods until they STARTED BUILDING HOUSES ALL OVER THE PLACE AND NOW IT'S JUST A FREAKING LANDSCAPE ELEMENT FOR....(ahem).... sorry.
Cedar Grove Sports & Outdoors
Morgan's Farm, on the north end of town, is a charming place to buy cider and pumpkins in the fall. But when the snow starts, that's when the fun begins! Behind the farm is a short hill where adventerous skiers schuss at breathtaking speeds, albeit for something less than three seconds. Going back up the hill? No problem. An ingenious cable system, pullied to the axle of an ancient car frame and powered by it's engine, will pull you right up.
For fun for the whole family, go to the driving range just up the hill from Morgan's. The snow covered, sloping grass range gives you a lo-o-ng ride on your Flexible Flyer. Watch out for that first drop - it's a lulu!
Cedar Grove Favorites
The Way It Was
Favorite thing: What a town! It's different now, it's changed. But it will always be the same.
Your home town is a place of firsts. Think of all the things that happened to you for the first time, good and bad. It's where you were shaped, a part of what made you into what you've become. There is purpose to your life, and value. Your hometown contributed some of that.