A Jersey girl defends Glen Ridge, and Alex Beam, a Boston Globe columnist, eats crow:
Two natives of Glen Ridge, N.J., objected to my calling their suburban Shangri-La a ”white-bread hell” in a column about Newton’s alarming coyote infestation. (The actual text referred to a ”white-bread hell like Wayland or Glen Ridge, N.J.” and, curiously, no one from Wayland complained.) ”I was born and raised in Glen Ridge,” wrote Mary Beth Olbrys, ”so you can imagine my surprise to find out that I lived my first 18 years in a white-bread hell! I would be very interested to know what experience you had in Glen Ridge that brought you to that conclusion.”
Now would be a good time to formally apologize to the residents of Glen Ridge, and wish them health and prosperity in the new year.