Banana Tree News Re-Launches!


Welcome to Banana Tree News -the new hyper-local news website for Glen Rock NJ. Thank you for visiting us at Banana Tree News (BTN).  Let me introduce myself. My name is Julie Maxwell Allen. I grew up in Glen Rock, NJ and graduated GRHS in 1988.  When I was still living in Glen Rock I was very involved with GRVAC, the Glen Rock Pool.  I own GR Web, LLC.  GR originally stood for Grassroots and was primarily a web and graphics design company.  However, Glen Rock friends began thinking GR meant Glen Rock.   You may choose whichever you prefer.

Over the years, I have continued to want to know what is happening in the home town I love.  Anyone who has lived in Glen Rock knows it is a distinctive family and community oriented small town despite being in a vast suburban environment.  I and many other former Glen Rockers used to follow and blog on The Glen Rock Patch. I loved how local it was. In our opinions when it started to merge with Ridgewood, and then AOL sold it,. it lost its focus.  Because of this I wanted to recreate a web site similar to what we had a few years ago with the patch, but keep it focused strictly on Glen Rock.  We plan to become a quick and single source for all local news and events. So Glen Rock news comes fast, first, and foremost.

We have several different methods of getting local news to you.  We have set up communication with Mayor Van Keuren, the Glen Rock Police department, the Recreation Department, and the schools.  We have reporters attending pertinent borough meetings. We ask that all other town organizations and churches contact us to have their news and events posted on this single source Glen Rock news web site.  For our web site launch, a number of Glen Rockers have already submitted articles and photographs pertinent to Glen Rock.   We are always looking for contributors to write for BTN. If you are interested please contact us.  And a note to Glen Rock businesses:  Keep your name in front of your local customers so they shop locally by advertising here.



One big question I have received is why the name Banana Tree News.  You probably know Kilroy’s Wonder Market has had a Banana Tree in its store for almost 100 years. For those years, even when the tree has been moved, people would gather around and exchange town news and gossip. And you can’t gossip and exchange news at the banana tree without one or a few pretzels from the yellow pretzel barrel.


So please wander around the Banana Tree News (sorry no pretzels here).  Sign up for email alerts and sign up to be able to post on the BTN. This is a friendly environment … no nastiness here. IF you do not see some news or articles that you think we should have – please let us know.  We want to be the quickest single source for all Glen Rock News (well, except for the real banana tree – can’t compete with that!.)

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