BY Georgette Gilmore | Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017 9:00am
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The Montclair History Center continues with its Price of Liberty film series — a series which deals with issues related to race, segregation, integration, and Civil Rights — with a free screening of Our Schools, Our Towns tonight, March 22 at 7 pm at Montclair Public Library (50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair).
Created by Masiel Rodriquez-Vars, the short film documents the history of the magnet school system in Montclair, which was designed in response to the racial inequities in the schools. There will be a discussion period with Rodriquez-Vars, Fourth Ward Councilor Dr. Renee Baskerville, former teacher Marcia Haddock, Hillside School teacher Eli Siebert, and Dr. Carole Willis. The discussion will be moderated by Lillian Edwards, PhD.
BY Frank Gerard Godlewski | Monday, Mar 20, 2017 1:00pm
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Summer Montclair By George Inness
The famous Montclair Springs were an amphitheater-like field, above South Mountain Avenue at the top of Hillside. Before the train lines that brought development circa 1856, West Bloomfield, soon to become Montclair, was a popular health resort with springs, brooks and pools of fresh mountain water flowing down the mountainside.
Downhill from the rocky ridge of the first mountain, the waters were tamed by stone swale culverts along the roadsides, while brooks and pathways intertwined through the wooded fields towards Eagle Rock, a famous destination for Hudson River Valley School Painters like George Inness and his son.
Montclair Springs on the 1856 West Bloomfield Map
BY Frank Gerard Godlewski | Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 1:00pm
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Afterglow, a panoramic neighborhood at the top of the mountain in Montclair, is one of those magical places of rare and outstanding beauty, especially for its characteristic mountain top sunsets. The legendary yellow brick road, that rises steeply from Bloomfield Avenue behind MKA, is a vintage technological feature thought to facilitate the assent by car in an era before the invention of fuel ejectors. Still at the beginning of the 20th century, Montclair was considered a “climatic station” a health resort destination for New York’s rich and famous. While the nearby, five star, Montclair Inn and the Mononomock Inn of Caldwell were thriving as a world class resorts and the big band era’s Meadowbrook Club was in full swing in Cedar Grove, Afterglow began to populate with luxurious mountain top weekend getaway estates. And long before baseball legend Yogi Berra moved to Montclair, there was Belleclaire, an Afterglow estate that served as a Yankee’s Association headquarters, hosting baseball legends Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth.
Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth are among the legends of Afterglow at the estate that was rented to the Yankee’s Organization manager George Weiss, according to local historian Robert Williams and journalist Phil Read. Weiss’s home at Belleclaire, was quite the Yankee’s hangout and considered a healthy mountaintop retreat.