May 17, 2014

Yountakah Country

Yountakah Country

A Poetic View of Nutley Old and New

By Anthony Buccino


Buccino takes some history, some folk lore
and some current news and mixes them together
in this humorous and thoughtful collection
about the little town of Nutley, N.J., 
on the Yountakah River.

Buccino's own take on the township mixes history, tales and observations in a rich mix of what may or may not be the true history of Annie Oakley, the ITT tower, Lenni Lenape or Valium, not to mention the Velodrome and the headless rider or the parlous waters that rage through town on rainy days.

Knowing some of Nutley's history, readers will appreciate the twists and turns and maybe even learn something about the quiet little "Norman Rockwell town" in northern New Jersey.


For instance, did you know that the quiet little river that runs through Nutley was called Yountakah by Lenni Lenape, and so was their annual autumn feast - a predecessor to the Pilgrims' Thanksgiving? The name was also used by a large country club and golf course that bordered the Passaic River in town.


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December 17, 2011

Yountakah Country: print, Kindle and Nook


Cherry Blossom Press presents YOUNTAKAH COUNTRY A Poetic View Of Nutley Old And New by Nutley writer Anthony Buccino. The poetry collection is available on Amazon's Kindle, Nook, or in print (alt-cover)

The local writer takes some history, some folk lore and some current news and mixes them together in this humorous and thoughtful collection of verse about the little town now called Nutley in northeastern Essex County.

On these pages, Buccino brings in his mix of verse, history and humor the Lenni Lenape, Annie Oakley, Mark Twain, Richard Stockton, the Colonial Garden, the Velodrome and valium, overnight parking, the UN Gardens, the ITT tower, the Thin Man, Guthrie's general store, President Grant, Nutley Theater, pizza wars and more.


Buccino published twelve books, including six earlier full-length poetry collections:  
  • CANNED Booted, bumped, down-sized, fired, forced out, hated, hired, laid off, let go, out of work, out-sourced, pink-slipped, terminated, sacked, unemployed
  • Retrieving Labrador Days - Dog Tales In Prose And Verse;  
  • Sixteen Inches On Center
  • AMERICAN BOY: PUSHING SIXTY
  • VOICES ON THE BUS;  
  • ONE MORNING IN JERSEY CITY

He published three collections of essays based in and around New Jersey. Buccino blogs about life in New Jersey and about commuting at NJ.Com.

The Nutley Sons and Belleville Sons honor roll books recount the lives of more than 300 men who died in service to their country. Buccino is a business news editor in New York City.

Copyright © 2011 by Anthony Buccino, all rights reserved. Photos and content may not be used for commercial purposes without written permission.
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May 12, 2011

Editorial guages danger of Yountakah Rite

 A recent Nutley Sun editorial discusses the scary and continuing story of local youths who walk across the railroad trestle, as documented in Yountakah Rite a poem by Anthony Buccino in his latest collection YOUNTAKAH COUNTRY.

Editorial: Nutley tracks can lead to tragedy
NorthJersey.com
Awhile ago, the Nutley Police Department received information that a number of children were walking on the railroad tracks and trestles throughout the township. The railroad companies informed the department that the tracks were active and trains ...

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YOUNTAKAH COUNTRY
A Poetic View of Nutley Old and New
Local writer takes some history, some folk lore and some current news and mixes them together in this humorous and thoughtful collection of verse about the little town in north eastern Essex County. On these pages, Anthony Buccino brings together the Lenni Lenape, Annie Oakley and pizza wars.

March 06, 2011

Yountakah table of contents

YOUNTAKAH COUNTRY A Poetic View of Nutley, Old and New

INDIAN TRADERS
YOUNTAKAH COUNTRY
BRIGHT GREEN PARK
STOLEN POST OFFICE
WHEN GRANT CAME TO TOWN
CHURCH BELLS DUEL
ANNIE’S NOT MISSING CLOSETS
BELL LAP TAVERN
VELODROME
PILLARS OF NUTLEY
HOT LUNCH
RUMORS OF WAR
BOOTH PARK CAROMS
DREWE’S
YOUNTAKAH RITE
POOLS
VALIUM BREEZE
SNOW DAY
ITT TOWER
PLENGE’S FARM
BROOKDALE SODA
NUTLEY DINER
OVERLOOK
PARLOUS WATER
THE SEVENTY-FOUR RUNS THROUGH IT
AFTER A FIRE
DEADLY FRIENDS
NUTLEY SHUFFLE
PIZZA WARS OF NUTLEY
LOW BRIDGE
CALIFORNIA STEVE
UN GARDENS
STARTING MISHAP
FREEDOM RING
MEMORIAL GREENS
PEACETIME VIGILANCE
PIGEON MAN SECRETS
THOSE PEOPLE
STONE CUTTERS
OLD MAN UP THE BLOCK
SPECIAL DELIVERY
NUTLEY LITTLE THEATRE
A WONDERFUL TOWN
A LIVING EXAMPLE
NUTLEY HEIGHTS
ON MEACHAM HILL

Print version photo notes

Cover, 6, 9, 50 – Nutley Street signs
Page 1, 56 – Matchbook collection, courtesy Ed Stecewicz
Page 5 – Nutley Yesterday-Today
Page 7– Park Oval
Page 8, 36, 51, 53 – Nutley Museum display
Page 10, 15 – Brookline Ave.
Page 11 – Nutley Post Office
Page 13 – Velodrome program
Page 14 – Bloomfield Avenue
Page 19 – Passaic Avenue
Page 20 – Alexander Avenue
Page 21 – Nichols Park
Page 22 – Spring Garden School
Page 24 – Street sign, Belleville
Page 25 – Brookdale Beverages
Page 26, 29, 34, 35 – Franklin Avenue
Page 27 – Ridge Road
Page 28 – Memorial Park
Page 32 – Coeyman Avenue
Page 33, 52 – Washington Avenue
Page 37 – Kingsland Park
Page 38 – American Legion Post 70
Page 39 – Gold Star Mothers scrapbook
Page 41 – Booth Drive
Page 42 – Town Hall
Page 43 – Private residence
Page 45 – Park Avenue
Page 48 – Garden State Parkway
Page 49 – Erie Place

Photos by author, except as noted.

YOUNTAKAH COUNTRY A Poetic View of Nutley, Old and New
Copyright © 2010 by Anthony Buccino
All Rights Reserved
ISBN 978-0-9825677-46
Cherry Blossom Press, PO Box 110252, Nutley NJ 07110

Copyright © 2011 by Anthony Buccino, all rights reserved. Content may not be used for commercial purposes without written permission.

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September 13, 2009

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YOUNTAKAH COUNTRY
A Poetic View of Nutley, N.J.

By Anthony Buccino


A poet and history
are a dangerous combination.
Readers must decide what is true
and what is stretched
– and that’s precisely the point.
Be mad, be amused,
but go out
and find your own truths.


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First Posted June 21, 2006