'The Cherry Blossom Capital of America'
The township of Belleville is located in the northeastern part of the state, about seven miles west of New York City.
It is bordered on the south by the City of Newark, on the north by the township of Nutley, on the west by the township of Bloomfield, and on the east by the Passaic River, North Arlington and Kearny.
Belleville was part of Newark, then part of Bloomfield when it broke away from Newark.
Belleville, or Second River as it was also known, broke away from Bloomfield and included North Belleville which broke away into Franklin and later renamed Nutley*.
Belleville, New Jersey, is the Cherry Blossom Capital of America, where not only do the trees bloom in Belleville Park but the township has hundreds of the special trees planted throughout.
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Cherry trees or cherry blossom trees?
As a native Belleville-ite (Bellevillian, someone who grew up in Belleville), it bugs me when the cherry blossom trees are referred to as "cherry trees" because they are a cherry-blossom trees, not cherry trees. The fruit of the cherry tree is cherry. But the fruit of a cherry blossom tree is a blossom. Feel free to correct anyone around you who makes this mistake. You might want to point out that there are two kinds of cherry blossom trees: the single blossom and the double blossom. But don't be a bore about it.
Cherry Blossom Trees, Not Cherry Trees?
Thank you for contacting the County of Essex. I spoke with our horticultural staff and, in fact, our trees do get cherries. The cherries are just small and insignificant—meaning they are not ornamental or of any food value to wildlife or us.
Yes, in general, our trees have been selected for their ornamental floral display. However, even the cherries grown for fruit get beautiful pink and white flowers; thus, using the term cherry blossom trees to refer to only the ornamental trees is technically incorrect.
-- Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs
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Belleville and Nutley in the Civil War a Brief History
by Anthony Buccino
A compilation of information documenting the participation of Belleville and Nutley in the American Civil War. Includes information on six local soldiers killed in action in the War Between the States, plus information on the battle campaigns in which they gave up their lives. Also lists information on participation in various New Jersey and other state militias by local men.
Remembering The Men Who Paid For Our Freedom
The 8th anniversary paperback edition includes additional information on Belleville in the American Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War, WWI, WWW II, Korea, Vietnam and peacetime casualties.
In the last century, Belleville lost 157 sons while in service to our country. This collection, gathered from newspaper clippings and other sources collects what we know about these young men in an effort that their sacrifice not be forgotten.8th Anniversary Edition available on Amazon and Kindle
Dutch Reformed Church past and future
Belleville (Second River) in the American Revolution
Belleville native Anthony Buccino has collected his favorite and most-requested writings about life and growing up in Belleville, New Jersey. Greetings From Belleville, N.J., is Buccino's fourth collection of essays but the first wholly dedicated to his collected writings about Belleville.
Belleville High School - Now Belleville Middle
A Brief BMS History Swimming pool: Fact or fiction?
The Four Belleville High Schools - Village of Second River
Local author Anthony Buccino's Connections to Old Belleville
By Norman Price
The Forges & Manor of Ringwood Refers to the Schuylers copper mines in Belleville, N. J.
Mike Lamberti - Buc Shots
Books of Interest
Images of America: Belleville by Nicole Canfora
HILLSIDE PLEASURE PARK, Belleville, New Jersey
The history of one of the largest amusement parks ever built in New Jersey
by Michael C. Gabriele
YOUNTAKAH COUNTRY - A Poetic View of Nutley, Old and New
Anthony Buccino brings his mix of verse, history and humor to the Lenni Lenape, Annie Oakley, Mark Twain, Richard Stockton, the Colonial Garden, the Velodrome, Valium and the Oval.
AMERICAN BOY: Pushing Sixty
Belleville native Anthony Buccino published AMERICAN BOY: Pushing Sixty, Working class verse about life and growing up in New Jersey. From the center of the Baby Boom, his working class verse views life and growing up in Belleville in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, and growing older through the oughts.
Bloomfield Avenue: A Jewish-Catholic Jersey Girl's Spiritual Journey by Linda Mercadante
Read about life in Old Belleville on Belleville Patch
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Two profiles of Anthony Buccino
Nutley poet discusses
Belleville in Verse
*According to Frank Speer in Nutley Was Born in Strife, Strategy and Secession, in 1812, the northern half of Newark seceded and became part of Bloomfield, until 1839 when the eastern third broke off to form Belleville which was centered on the Second River.
Nutley came to be known as North Belleville. Due to taxation without representation, the people of what is now Nutley hated Belleville so much that they refused the name North Belleville and took the name of Franklinville in honor of Benjamin Franklin’s only son, William, New Jersey’s last royal governor. A separate town was chartered in 1874, when Franklinville became Franklin. As early as 1849, Franklinville had its own Post Office. The name Nutley was adopted in 1903.
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