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Glen Ridge is a borough in Essex County, New Jersey, and as of the United States 2010 Census, the population was 7,527.  Glen Ridge's public school system is one of the top-ranked in the state.  Glen Ridge was also ranked the 38th Best Place to live in New Jersey.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.3 square miles, all of it land.  It is bounded by Bloomfield, Montclair and East Orange.  Glen Ridge at the most six blocks wide. In the borough north of Bay Avenue, "the Panhandle", it is only three or two blocks wide.

Interstate 280, the Garden State Parkway, and commuter bus service to New York City provide transportation efficiencies. 

Parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, league sports, tennis courts, paddle tennis courts, a swimming pool, and a golf course ensure quality leisure activities.

The Glen Ridge Public Schools serve students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade.  Schools in the district are two elementary schools — Linden Avenue School and Forest Avenue School — Ridgewood Avenue School for grades 3-6 and Glen Ridge High School for grades 7-12.

All students at Ridgewood Avenue School are required to move through the stations of the Synergistics Lab, solving real world problems through the study of mathematics, science, and technology.

Glen Ridge High School houses students in grades 7-12. Excellence in standardized test scores far exceed both the state and national averages.  The High School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and has been cited for excellent curricular and co-curricular programs.

New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Glen Ridge High School as the 4th best in the state in 2010, following up its 5th best ranking in New Jersey in 2008 of the "Top Public High Schools" in New Jersey.

Bloomfield College, is located in nearby Bloomfield (467 Franklin St).

Some Points of Interest in Glen Ridge include--
- Fitzgeralds 1928 Restaurant, 13 Herman St, Glen Ridge
- Glen Ridge Country Club - 555 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge
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- Jitney Service Program - This shuttle bus program provides Glen Ridge commuters transportation to the Ridgewood Avenue Train Station near the corner of Ridgewood and Bloomfield Avenues.
- National Register of Historic Places listings include the Glen Ridge Historic District, Roughly bounded by Bay St., Essex and Midland Aves., Adams Pl., Spencer Rd., and Franklin Place, Glen Ridge

Historically, Glen Ridge traces its beginning to 1666 when sixty-four Connecticut families led by Robert Treat bought land from the Lenni Lenape Native Americans and named it New Ark to reflect a covenant to worship freely without persecution. The territory included the future towns of Bloomfield, Montclair, Belleville and Nutley.

When Bloomfield seceded in 1812, Glen Ridge was a section "on the hill" composed mostly of farms and woodlands with the exception of a thriving industrial area along the Toney's brook in the Glen. For most of the nineteenth century, three water-powered mills produced lumber, calico, pasteboard boxes and brass fittings. A copper mine and a sandstone quarry were nearby.

With the arrival of the Newark and Bloomfield Railroad in 1856, and the construction of the Glen Ridge Train Station, and also the New York & Greenwood Lake Railway in 1872, Glen Ridge began its transition to a suburban residential community.  Stately homes slowly replaced orchards and wooded fields.  In 1891, Mountainside Hospital, a local hospital with more than 300 beds, was founded.

Residents "on the hill" became unhappy with their representation on the Bloomfield Council.  In spite of repeated requests to Bloomfield officials, roads remained unpaved, water and sewer systems were nonexistent, and schools were miles away.  Area residents marked out the boundaries of a 1.45-square-mile area to secede from the adjoining town.  In1895, the decision to secede passed and Robert Rudd was elected the first mayor of Glen Ridge.

Glen Ridge was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature in 1895, from portions of Bloomfield Township.  In 1981, the official name was changed to the "Township of Glen Ridge Borough" to take advantage of federal revenue sharing policies, but then in 1993, the borough's original name of "Glen Ridge Borough" was restored.

Of the many legacies left to the town by its founders, the one that has become its trademark is the gas lamps. With only 3,000 gaslights remaining in operation in the entire United States, Glen Ridge has 665 such lamps lighting its streets.  In 1924, Glen Ridge became the first municipality in New Jersey to establish a zoning ordinance.

The name Glen Ridge was derived from the mountain ridge and the glen associated with Toney’s Brook.  A tranquil community of Glen Ridge Borough is almost entire residential with a small scattering of business and industry combining with Mountainside Hospital to give the community a good balance of services and economic activity.

The picturesque glen remains undeveloped, providing open space for hiking and other outdoor activities close to home.  Freeman Gardens also graces the area with beautiful and fragrant rose gardens. 

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