25 Things You Know If You're From Middletown, CT

25 Things You Know If You're From Middletown, CT

You'll have these memories if you grew up in this city.

Middletown, Connecticut. Population: over 47,000. Founded: 1650, under the Native American name Mattabeseck. Here are things only M-Town people will understand.

1. Our deep Italian roots.

Saint Sebastian's Church on Washington Street is an exact replica of the original one in Sicily, Italy. Middletown was a hub of Italian immigrants beginning in the 1890's.

2. Main Street is basically all restaurants.

But I'm not complaining. We've got everything from Mexican to fancy Italian to the good old American diner.

3. Someone painted a weird mural on our movie theater?

Remember when it used to be Destinta Theater? Now it's Metro Movies. Lame.

4. Wesleyan University students.

Driving through Wesleyan campus is just a giant game of dodging obstacles, AKA students crossing the street.

5. You grew up sledding at Foss Hill.

6. You either went to Middletown High, Xavier, Mercy, or Vinal.

And if you went to Vinal, you were called a "redneck."

7. And you probably went to UCONN.

Or at least own enough UCONN apparel to make it seem that way.

8. MHS versus Xavier rivalry.

And the annual Thanksgiving Day football game, which Xavier has won every year in the history of ever.

9. You spent your summers swimming at Crystal Lake.

10. And going to the Memorial Day parade on Main Street.

11. You drive past this frat house all the time.

12. And the Russell House.

13. And this awesome mural downtown.

14. Seeing this inn all the time, but you've never been inside.

15. Going North of Rapollo Avenue for cupcakes.

Get it? NORA Cupcakes?

16. Remember Javapalooza?

Now it's Sweet Harmony. I haven't been there since.

17. The iconic Amatos sign.

18. Rest in peace this fountain.

19. No matter where you go in town, you can see this building.

20. And most of the time, you can see Connecticut Valley Hospital too.

CVH is the one with the numbered, not named, graves. Creepy.

21. Our famous bridges.

Sometimes you can catch the swing bridge closed to allow a train to cross.

22. Grand Street Parking Lot was sadly replaced with the new Community Health Center.

It's a beautiful building though.

23. We have eight elementary schools, but only one school for sixth grade...

Yeah, I don't get it, either. For elementary school, we have Lawrence, Farm Hill, Snow, Moody, Spencer, Bielefield, Macdonough, Wesley. And for sixth grade, we have Keigwin. And that's it.

24. We have a restaurant called Asian Restaurant.

It's so when tourists and new Wesleyan students Google "Asian restaurants near me," it's the first result. Talk about genius.

25. Lin-Manuel Miranda went to Wesleyan.

And wrote a play at the Athenian Diner on Washington Street.

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25. "Let's go out tonight."

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28. "Can I use your straightener?"

29. "I need coffee."

30. "I'm bored, come back to the room."

31. "Should we go home this weekend?"

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37. "I need to get my life together...."

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44. "What should I wear tonight?"

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47. "Should we skip class?"

48. "What should we be for Halloween?"

49. "I love our room."

50. "What would I do without you guys???"

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The Glory Of Moving Far, Far Away

There is beauty in new beginnings.


In this day and age, people everywhere seem to have wanderlust. I like to say that July is when it is at its peak, especially for me. I am now adjusting to life in Coatesville, Pennsylvania with my family after moving from our previous home in Greensboro, North Carolina.

This is not my first time moving away, and it will certainly not be the last one either, but it still feels different to me. The main reason for that is because this is my last summer before I graduate from college.

It not only marks the end of my entire childhood, but it symbolizes the end of freedom. While I am still familiarizing myself with my new home, I want to take the time to write down how I feel right now.

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However, all of the places in Coatesville are new to me right now. Who knows what kind of memories I will have from all of the restaurants and stores here?

There is beauty in new beginnings, and I am already looking forward to stepping into a Wawa.

Happiness At Home

Fortunately, the moving process went very smoothly from the beginning for all of us. I kept the necessary belongings with me for the car ride and reunited with my other belongings quickly since the movers arrived the day after us.

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Make It Count Every Day

Like everything else in life, summer does not last forever. Even though it is not always easy to live in a new place, I am determined to make the most of it.

On one of our first nights at our new house, my sister chose the movie "Titanic" to watch that night. This is my most beloved movie and it made me feel more at home.

I cannot finish this section without giving credit to Jack Dawson. He once said, "I figure life is a gift and I do not intend on wasting it."

Since it has been almost a week since our journey here started, we have become accustomed to our family rituals including walking the dogs around the circle and watching the weekly showings of "America's Got Talent."

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