The earliest uses of the word "Teaneck" were in reference to a series of Lenni Lenape Native American camps near the ridge formed by what became Queen Anne Road.
Chief Oratam was the leader of a settlement called "Achikinhesacky" that existed along Overpeck Creek in the area near what became Fycke Lane.
After the American defeat at the Battle of Fort Washington, George Washington and the troops of the Continental Army retreated across New Jersey from the British Army, traveling through Teaneck and crossing the Hackensack River at New Bridge Landing, which has since been turned into a state park and historic site commemorating the events of 1776 and of early colonial life.
In 1965, Teaneck voluntarily desegregated its public schools, after the Board of Education approved a plan to do so by a 7–2 vote on May 13, 1964.
The Art School at Old Church was established in 1974 as a non-profit, nonsectarian cultural resource center.
A band of artists and friends seeking to start a community art school saw promise in a local 19th-century church building.
Paramus has some of the most restrictive blue laws in the nation, banning nearly all white-collar and retail businesses from opening on Sundays except for gas stations, restaurants and grocery stores, and a limited number of other businesses.
Other early European settlements were established along what became Teaneck Road, which is the site of a number of Dutch stone houses that remain standing since their construction in the 1700s, several of which have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.The mission of the Art School at Old Church is to improve the quality of life in the community and region through a variety of educational and cultural offerings.The Art School at Old Church does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national/ethnic origin, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships or employment practices.Whether in our health and rec departments, or membership office, working with children, adults, seniors or individuals with special needs, every JCC staff member helps shape our organization in fundamental ways.Explore our listings below to see if there's an opportunity that's right for you.Through their hard work and dedication, the group transformed the old church into a center for artistic learning and enrichment.