The annual Midland Avenue block party was brought to a halt by Glen Ridge police on Saturday night, with “no reason given” by the police, according to Glen Ridge resident J. Allen Suddeth, who emailed Baristanet while officers were breaking up the party.
Suddeth and other partygoers couldn’t understand why the “family friendly event” that has been an annual tradition in the neighborhood for over 20 years was forcibly brought to a halt around starting around 8:00 p.m., complete with police cars, search lights and armed officers.
“Tons of kids were still playing in the street — from [ages] five to 15 — laughing and eating ice cream,” said Suddeth. “A quiet rock band was playing, as per usual every year, folks were talking. I was squiring my handicapped mother-in-law there to take it all in, and neighbors were talking. A fine, Pollyanna scene.”
The Glen Ridge Police were contacted, but would not comment on the incident.
The police interruption of the block-long party left “many angry parents… and a real bummer for the party and the kids,” said Suddeth. “There were no fights to break up, no drama at all and no reason to shut us down.”