As usual, a lot happened. The Democrats took over in Washington, but lost in New Jersey. Michael Jackson died. A plane crash-landed safely in the Hudson River. Another plane went down in Buffalo, killing a family in Bloomfield and a saxophonist in Glen Ridge. Restaurants and shops came and went, but Montclair Book Center turned 25. The iconic Fountains of Wayne closed on Rt. 46, but the iconic band named for it played a big school fundraiser in Montclair. Weekend train service came, but daily service deteriorated. The Benson Street station was sold. Bloomfield’s Foley Field stands were shut down right before July 4th. Gideons handed out bibles in Glen Ridge. Buses and trucks crashed into buildings. Storms came, trees fell. Presby Iris Gardens became an Essex County park. Luna left town. The Montclair Art Museum put on a major Cezanne exhibit. And, oh yes, Dressing for Pleasure went out of business after an illegal dungeon was discovered — but oh what a fight at city hall!
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