When everyone gives up on a city or a neighborhood inside that city, the results can get pretty depressing pretty quickly. There was a time when the West End of Amsterdam was a thriving component of this town, both a great place to raise a family and home to bunches of retail, service and manufacturing businesses that made it possible for so many in this community to put food on the table and send their kids to college. That’s not quite true any more but my hope is that some day it will be again. How? I’m not sure but if it does come back, today’s Amsterdam Birthday Celebrant will probably be at least part of the reason why.
I first met Anthony Marcellino the same way I met so many kids in this community, by coaching them. I had known his dad Tommy Sr. most of my life but it wasn’t until a Wee Men Majors tryout for new ballplayers over 20 years ago that I actually met his oldest son. We picked Anthony to be on our team and he became one of our two starting pitchers, the year our kids won the title. “Little Marce” went undefeated on the mound that season and really enjoyed playing the game.
So fast forward a couple of decades. Over that span, the lights went out for the last time on so many West End business establishments. Restaurants, grocery stores, barber shops, gas-stations all called it quits. But then a few years ago, I was driving over West Main on my way home and noticed the lights on inside the old Liber’s Tavern. Then maybe a week later, I was up at the Muni Clubhouse after a round of golf and someone mentioned that one of the Marcellino brothers (Anthony has two younger sibling’s; Tommy Jr. a.k.a Tommy Gunnz, the celebrated MMA fighter and Kit) was re-opening the once-popular watering hole as a pizza place.
So I did what every native Amsterdam west ender should do the next time they want a pizza, I ordered one from Marcellino’s…
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