Glen Ridge is a borough in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 7,527, reflecting an increase of 256 (+3.5%) from the 7,271 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 195 (+2.8%) from the 7,076 counted in the 1990 Census.
Glen Ridge was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 13, 1895, from portions of Bloomfield Township, based on the results of a referendum held the previous day. In 1982, the borough's official name was changed to "Township of Glen Ridge Borough". Glen Ridge was one of more than a dozen Essex County municipalities to reclassify themselves as townships to take advantage of federal revenue sharing policies that allocated townships a greater share of government aid on a per capita basis. Effective May 1993, the borough's original name of "Glen Ridge Borough" was restored. The borough's name comes from the ridge formed by Toney's Brook.
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The Glen Ridge Art Patrons Association (GRAPA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the fine, visual and media arts in the Glen Ridge schools and community. We support the presentation of the Glen Ridge Arts festival every year in May which is sponsored by the Glen Ridge Home and School Association. A portion of the proceeds from this event are dedicated to providing scholarships to students continuing as art majors in college and to acquiring much needed equipment for school art rooms.
The Glen Ridge Public Schools serve students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2014-15 school year, the district and its four schools had an enrollment of 1,853 students and 141.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.1:1. Schools in the district (with 2014-15 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Forest Avenue School (217 students in grades K-2), Linden Avenue School (226; K-2), Ridgewood Avenue School (585; 3-6) and Glen Ridge High School (824; 7-12). The class sizes are fairly small allowing for more one on one help. This is very beneficial to the student because the teaching becomes more personal. Additionally, teachers are typically always available for extra help after school hours.
The high school was the 12th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 328 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2012 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 4th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The students attending the public schools at Glen Ridge High School are academically very competitive. Their work ethic is extremely strong, providing them with high test scores such as standardized tests.
The center of Glen Ridge offers neighborhood stores including a coffee shop, pharmacy, automobile repair shop, cleaners, nail salon, yoga studio, florist and restaurants.
Glen Ridge also boasts several bank branches and a full-service post office.
Only minutes away from the Township of Montclair's Restaurant Row and downtown shopping, Glen Ridge is also close by several major shopping malls including the Garden State Plaza, Short Hills, Livingston, and Willowbrook.
And for the ultimate shopping experience, Glen Ridge is just fourteen miles from Manhattan.
As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 23.29 miles (37.48 km) of roadways, of which 18.19 miles (29.27 km) were maintained by the municipality and 5.10 miles (8.21 km) by Essex County.
The primary roads directly serving Glen Ridge include County Route 506 and County Route 509. Major highways near the borough include the New Jersey Turnpike, Interstate 80, Interstate 280, the Garden State Parkway, U.S. Route 46, Route 3 and Route 21.
NJ Transit provides bus service to Newark on the 11, 28 and 29. Buses from DeCamp Bus Lines run to and from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan. The town of Glen Ridge is a little over a mile long, making everything pretty easy to get to by walking or biking.
Commuters can also take trains from the Glen Ridge station (formerly named Ridgewood Avenue), where NJ Transit provides service to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan and to Hoboken Terminal via the Montclair-Boonton Line. There are many other train-stations near the town Glen Ridge depending on where in Glen Ridge you live.
The town has a jitney service which provides transportation to and from the Glen Ridge Station for commuters. This service has a fee and is only available between certain hours in the day. The Freeman Parkway Bridge crosses over the railroad.