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Incorporated as a borough in 1895, Glen Ridge became a township in 1981 to take advantage of federal revenue sharing policies, becoming a borough again in 1993. The community’s history goes back to 1666, when sixty-four Connecticut families led by Robert Teal bought land from the Lenni Lenapi Native Americans, and named their new settlement New Ark, making a covenant to worship freely without persecution. Their community included the future towns of Bloomfield, Montclair, Belleville and Nutley. When Bloomfield seceded in 1812, Glen Ridge was a section on a hill, composed mostly of farms and woods With the coming of the railroad and the Glen Ridge train station, Glen Ridge developed into a residential community.



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