Silverbridge, I agree with you completely. You mentioned Westfield or Summit, but what about Somerville? It's amazing what they've done with that town. Everyone was so afraid the Bridgewater Commons would wipe that town out, but they turned it around and it's an amazing town now with lots of restaurants and stores. A great place to go! Why can't Dunellen do that?
As for a butcher, you are absolutely right, but I don't see that happening. I think those days of butchers, hardware stores, shoe makers, are rapidly disappearing. You brought back a great Dunellen memory for me, though. I grew up in Dunellen going to Stransky's Market run by Frank Stransky. What a nice man and what nice memories of going into the store with my father and getting free samples of coldcuts!
It's very hard to support such a small town. I can't believe Dunellen still has its own school system. There's been talk in the past about combining with Bound Brook, another struggling small town. In fact, there was talk many years ago about combining several services that are duplicated in each town. I don't know why these ideas were dropped.