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FUN TIMES

I spent time in Woodmont in the late twenties and thirties from before I was a teenager until I graduated high school.  We would go there in April or May, depending on the weather. My father used to bring us to school and then we’d take the trolley – it was still a closed trolley in the spring – to Woodmont.  We stayed until Yom Kippur.
 
My parents were Samuel & Eva (Sarotcheik) Ruderman.  My father was a builder and helped build the Hebrew Congregation of Woodmont in 1927, and the social hall in 1947!

HAPPIEST DAYS OF MY LIFE

I began coming to Woodmont when I was six years old in 1929. We would come up by trolley (and later by bus) in June, and stay through Yom Kippur. My parents, Alex and Eva Sterling, and my 3 siblings and I lived in Hamden during the year.  When we began coming to Woodmont, we rented a cottage each summer, and then in 1937, my parents bought a cottage on 23 Hillside Ave.
                                                         

GOOD TIMES

From about the age of ten and through my teenage years, and later after I got married, I spent summers at Woodmont. Woodmont  was a Jewish teenage hangout. We would go there (from New Haven) for the day, return, and then go back again at night to hang out at Sloppy Joe’s. They would run the open-air trolley in the summer, and we would take it to Woodmont, or drive the car. All of my friends were in Woodmont during the summer.
 
I remember the triangle (property) of Sloppy Joe’s being “jammed” – you couldn’t walk across it, it was so full of people.

LOVELY PLACE TO GROW UP

My father, Abraham Smolen, was a vegetable peddler. In the summertime, if he came back early from work, he would throw us into the back of his truck and we’d go up to Woodmont for the rest of the day.  On weekends, from when I was 7 or 8 (about 1936), we’d go to Platt’s parking lot on Seabreeze Ave. They had a “barn” with curtains for women and children to change. We paid to park and then spent the day.  My mother would make her hamburgers and mashed potatoes, tie up the pot with a dishtowel, we’d get in the truck, and go to Platt’s.

WOODMONT IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLACES IN THE WORLD!

I spent summers in Woodmont from 1921 until the mid ’40s. My parents were Ben and Tanya (Tatiana) Unger. My younger sister Lee and I spent summers with our parents at 12 Soundview Ave. (It has since changed to #36.) All of the neighbors were friendly with each other and got along well. Our immediate neighbors, the Grahns, had two younger sons who were like brothers to me.
We lived in New Haven and my father ran Unger’s Car Repair on the corner of Elm & Howe Streets. In the summers we’d come up to Woodmont.
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