Glen Ridge Country Club apologizes to neighboring towns for fireworks
By ERIN ROLL
A fireworks display in Glen Ridge last week was met with a number of complaints in Montclair and other neighboring towns.
The Glen Ridge Country Club hosted a charitable fundraising event on Wednesday night, April 26, that concluded with a fireworks display.
The fireworks were loud enough to be heard in Montclair and in other nearby towns, but fireworks are uncommon on midweek April nights, prompting many people to take to social media to find out what the noise was.
Posters on the Montclair Watercooler page on Facebook complained about the effect the fireworks had on pets and children, and their potential effect on combat veterans. Many also complained to town officials about not having been notified there would be fireworks late on a school night.
The country club issued this statement over social media: “We apologize to the Glen Ridge, Montclair and Bloomfield communities for the late fireworks display at the Glen Ridge Country Club last night. While this display was put on by a private charitable organization hosting a function at our club, we allowed it to take place on our property and are fully responsible for the resulting disturbance,” the letter said.
“We take our relationship with Glen Ridge and the neighboring communities very seriously, and in this instance, we needed to be a better steward of that relationship. We again apologize for the disturbance and we will certainly give more consideration to our neighbors moving forward.”
The Montclair Fire Department gave the permit and supervised the display, as it provides fire protection services to Glen Ridge as part of a shared service agreement between the two towns.
Glen Ridge Mayor Stuart Patrick released a letter, which was posted on that town’s municipal website, about the event. In the letter, Patrick said that the borough had “received numerous thoughtful letters and emails complaining about the event.”
He continued, “The Mayor and Council and Public Safety Department believe the comments in the correspondence are fully justified. Please accept our apology for this disruption. Let me assure you that we are deeply committed to quality of life issues and have already taken steps and will take additional steps, in coming days, to ensure that this type of situation will not happen again.”