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Janey Way Memories #162

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Learning about My Family History By Martin Relles Back in the 1950s when I was growing up on Janey Way, every Father’s Day my family attended an Italian Picnic in McKinley Park.  In fact, all of my extended family attended.

Janey Way Memories #161

When Sacramento Was a Boxing Town

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By Martin Relles Last Thursday, when I picked up my granddaughter Gabrielle for dance, I got into a conversation with my son-in-law Ryan.  I asked him about his plans for the weekend, and he told me he was attending a

Janey Way Memories #160

Remembering My Favorite Cowboy Heroes

By Marty Relles Back in the 1950s, when I grew up on Janey Way, all my heroes were cowboys.  I watched them every Saturday on a black and white television.  I loved them all, but three of them stood out

Janey Way Memories #159 A Mixed-up Neighborhood

By Martin Relles When I grew up on Janey Way in the 1950s and ’60s many Italian families, with names like Costamagna, Puccetti, Viani, Thomasetti, Relles and Petrocchi lived in our neighborhood. However, at second glance, our neighborhood really was

Janey Way Memories #158 Snow Trips

The lush white snow that blankets the Sierra’s this month provides a pleasant respite from the bare brown dirt we saw the last couple of years.  It also brings back memories of the snow trips of my youth. When I

Janey Way Memories: Remembering My Grandmother

When I was growing up on Janey Way in the 1950s and ’60s, I spent a lot of time at my grandmother’s house on 52nd Street and 14th Avenue.  We were there for all the big holidays:  Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve

Janey Way Memories #154 Thursday Mornings at La Bou

I retired from service with the State of California in 2002 after nearly 31 years on the job.  I was just 55 years old. I hadn’t planned on retiring that early, but after having cardiac bypass surgery in September of

Janey Way Memories – Sacramento State College

Sacramento State College played a very important role in my life. When I was young, growing up on Janey Way, I often walked across Elvas Avenue, over the levee and onto its sprawling campus. There, I did things like playing

Janey Way Memories #152

The Old Armory

Last Thursday, as I returned home from my weekly visit to Fancy Feet Dance Academy with granddaughter Gabrielle, I drove by the old National Guard Armory on Elvas Avenue and J Street. Something seemed different about the old facility, and

Janey Way Memories 150 An Anniversary of Sorts

Today marks an anniversary of sorts for my column. On July 2, 2009, I wrote the first volume of Janey Way Memories: “The Story of the Janey Way Gang.” This column is the 150th volume. Much water, as they say,