Saturday marked a series of firsts for Juneteenth in Montclair.
It was the first Juneteenth since the Montclair Public School district marked the holiday on its calendar. It was the first Juneteenth since Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law last year making it a public holiday in New Jersey, and since President Joe Biden — just this past Thursday — signed a law making it a federal holiday.
The weather was warm for autumn, with sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 60s. “We ordered this weather direct from John Lewis and Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” joked Cotter, who remarked that the late representative and Supreme Court justice were likely “upstairs” monitoring the election.
Schools Superintendent Jonathan Ponds said that he is aware of the concerns raised by some community members and students over the position’s not being filled, and that the matter is under investigation at this time.