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New Bridge Baseball History

by Kevin Wright, Bergen County Historical Society

New bridge landing NJ, Lithographs, based largely upon eyewitness observations and sketches, record the growing popularity of baseball among soldiers, who played games in camp during leisurely interludes of the American Civil War. Baseball grew into a truly national pastime, as both an athletic competition and spectator sport, when returning veterans established the now standardized game in hometowns from coast to coast.

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Gottheimer Highlights North Jersey’s Role in Revolutionary Era and Calls for Increased Promotion of Historic Sites to Boost Tourism

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HO-HO-KUS NJ, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer, in celebration of Independence Day this week, stood within the Crossroads of the American Revolution to highlight New Jersey’s rich history and the importance of investing in developing North Jersey’s tourism economy and in preserving historical sites.

Gottheimer, joined by local historic preservation leaders and reenactors, visited the Hermitage Museum today, the home of Theodosia Bartow Prevost, which hosted revolutionaries including Alexander Hamilton, the Marquis de Lafayette, and New Jersey’s own Aaron Burr. George Washington also used the home as a headquarters.

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Bergen County Real-Estate Then and Now

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New Bridge landing NJ, On May 5th, 1778 through the recommendation of #GeorgeWashington Baron #VonSteuben would attain the commission of Inspector General for the Continental Army. Due to his service during the War, he received a stately mansion on the banks of the Hackensack. When the Baron would sell this land and go to NY state, we have a fantastic description of what New Bridge must have looked like from the historian Kevin Wright:

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Ridgewood Celebrates 125 Years : Varian Fry

Ridgewood Celebrates 125 Years

Ridgewood NJ, This year Ridgewood, NJ is celebrating its 125th anniversary! To commemorate the occasion, the Village of Ridgewood is holding a series of events to highlight various moments from the past, and to look forward to our future.

KNOW YOUR VILLAGE HISTORY: Varian Fry was an American journalist who ran a rescue network in Vichy France that helped approximately 2,000 to 4,000 anti-Nazi and Jewish refugees to escape Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. Born in New York City his parents moved his family to Ridgewood in 1910. He grew up in Ridgewood and enjoyed bird-watching and reading. Before his death in 1967, Fry wrote his memoirs called, ‘Surrender on Demand’, which recounted his French experience. In 1991, The United States Holocaust Museum awarded Varian Fry the Eisenhower Liberation Medal.

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July 2nd Lantern Tour Hosted by Bergen County Historical Society

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New Bridge Landing ,Get your Fourth of July started off right by joining us for a Lantern Tour on the grounds where our Country’s independence was forged.

Historian and BCHS President Jim Smith leads a lantern tour of Historic New Bridge Landing

Meet at the Campbell-Christie House.
Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main Street, River Edge. Admission: $12 adults, $7 students, BCHS members free. Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 7 pm.

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Bergen County Historical Society Picks Team for Vintage Baseball Game

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New Bridge Landing NJ, for Bergen County Historical Society gentlemen from River Edge stepped up to the plate to form a team for Vintage Baseball for the game with the Flemington Neshanocks on July 13.

First meeting was last night. Thanks Mike Ginch for putting us in touch with these players! BCHS Joe Restivo and Sean Hennessy will be joining the team too, to form The Enterprise Club of New Bridge. We met Sean O’Leary, Steven Baxter, Ken Schuff plus six more fellows.

Game takes place at Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main St, River Edge, NJ, 11 am-2 pm. $10 adults, $5 students.

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June 14th is Flag Day

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Ridgewood NJ, In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The United States Army also celebrates the U.S. Army birthday on this date; Congress adopted “the American continental army” after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.

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The Village Continues to Disregard it’s American History and Fiduciary Obligations Toward Schedler Property

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Ridgewood NJ, There has been an ongoing debate about the Schedler property in Ridgewood. Artifacts dating back to the Revolutionary war were discovered on this property. Here is a British Lieutenant’s sword, dated 1747, found at Schedler. Also, a letter written by the same man describing his approach to battle on this exact site. Our Village Stewards are moving towards converting this historical, untouched, wooded area into another ball field. The archaeological investigation that was suppose to happen never did. Instead, the Village spent 99k to remove valuable trees and soil, possibly destroying American History. Further destruction was permitted when developers got approval to cover and bury the parcel with excavated soil. Now the Village has ordered more clearing and tree removal. What a blatant disregard for American History and fiduciary obligations.

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The New Jersey State Trooper that Saved D-Day

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Sidney Spiegel was with General Dwight D. Eisenhower in England in the early spring of 1944. Eisenhower was at a D-Day planning meeting and awaiting the arrival of top-secret film of the French Coast.

The courier who was to deliver the film had a hole in his satchel. When he arrived at the meeting, they discovered that he had lost it somewhere along the way.

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FBI Investigated Bigfoot in 1970s

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Ridgewood NJ, according to CBS News just weeks after the Indian Army allegedly discovered the mysterious footprint of the yeti, the FBI released documents Wednesday regarding a 1976 investigation into another hairy mythical creature: Bigfoot.

In 1976, federal investigators responded to a request by Peter Byrne, director of the Bigfoot Information Center and Exhibition, which was sponsored by the Academy of Applied Science in Boston, to analyze mysterious hairs attached to a piece of skin. After the “Washington Environmental Atlas” wrote in 1975 that the FBI had analyzed a scrap of hair and it “was found to belong to no known animal,” Byrne asked whether the FBI had truly conducted this analysis.

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