Beachwood, New Jersey
|Beachwood, New Jersey|
|Borough of Beachwood|
Map of Beachwood in Ocean County. Inset: Location of Ocean County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Beachwood, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Country||United States of America|
|Incorporated||April 12, 1917|
|• Mayor||Ronald F. Roma (term ends December 31, 2015)|
|• Clerk||Elizabeth A. Mastropasqua|
|• Total||2.849 sq mi (7.377 km2)|
|• Land||2.848 sq mi (7.376 km2)|
|• Water||0.001 sq mi (0.001 km2) 0.02%|
|Area rank||349th of 566 in state
17th of 33 in county
|Elevation||62 ft (19 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2013)||11,172|
|• Rank||222nd of 566 in state
12th of 33 in county
|• Density||3,878.4/sq mi (1,497.5/km2)|
|• Density rank||158th of 566 in state
4th of 33 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0885153|
Beachwood is a borough in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population increased to 11,045, reflecting an increase of 670 (+6.5%) from the 10,375 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,051 (+11.3%) from the 9,324 counted in the 1990 Census. the highest recorded in any decennial census.
Beachwood is located at United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 2.849 square miles (7.377 km2), of which, 2.848 square miles (7.376 km2) of it was land and 0.001 square miles (0.001 km2) of it (0.02%) was water.(39.928405,-74.202189). According to the
What is now the borough of Beachwood dates its settlement to a 1914 plan backed by the publishers of the New-York Tribune, under which 1,763 acres (7.13 km2) of Berkeley Township were purchased and sectioned off as a summer colony called "Beachwood". Buyers paid $19.60 for a plot of land measuring 20 by 100 feet (6.1 m × 30.5 m) and received a six-month subscription to The Tribune as a bonus. The first residents of the community moved in during April 1915, and work on a Club House, the Pier, the Bath House, the Lodge, a dining hall and a railroad station were planned to be completed by the end of May. Other offerings within the development included tennis courts, and facilities along the beach and on the river for canoeing, sailing and swimming. The first "cottages" in the community were constructed during that first summer season.
A Property-Owner's Association was established in 1916. In addition to overseeing local services within the development, the organization also advocated that the community should become an independent municipality. Legislation was passed by the Legislature on March 22, 1917, and a referendum approving the establishment of the borough passed on April 12. On May 11, the borough's first council was elected, along with Joseph H. Senior, who was chosen by the voters as Beachwood's first mayor. A Board of Education was formed the following year, with school transportation provided on the back of a truck outfitted with wooden benches.
In December 2008, the Beachwood Historical Alliance was established, with the goal of the creation of an official town-run Preservation Commission for the purpose of recognizing, restoring and preserving aspects of Beachwood's formation, history and heritage.
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At the 2010 United States Census, there were 11,045 people, 3,682 households, and 2,953 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,878.4 per square mile (1,497.5/km2). There were 3,826 housing units at an average density of 1,343.5 per square mile (518.7/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 92.81% (10,251) White, 1.79% (198) Black or African American, 0.07% (8) Native American, 1.50% (166) Asian, 0.01% (1) Pacific Islander, 2.44% (269) from other races, and 1.38% (152) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 8.13% (898) of the population.
There were 3,682 households, of which 36.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.7% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.8% were non-families. 15.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.00 and the average family size was 3.31.
In the borough, 25.5% of the population were under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 29.0% from 45 to 64, and 9.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.0 years. For every 100 females there were 98.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.9 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $78,611 (with a margin of error of +/- $5,668) and the median family income was $83,083 (+/- $4,210). Males had a median income of $58,981 (+/- $3,686) versus $46,632 (+/- $5,031) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $28,366 (+/- $1,915). About 5.2% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.9% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 10,375 people, 3,475 households, and 2,818 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,757.3 people per square mile (1,451.4/km2). There were 3,623 housing units at an average density of 1,312.1 per square mile (506.8/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 95.66% White, 0.97% African American, 0.13% Native American, 1.13% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.11% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.22% of the population.
There were 3,475 households out of which 42.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.0% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.9% were non-families. 15.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.98 and the average family size was 3.31.
In the borough the population was spread out with 28.5% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 32.8% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 8.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 97.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.1 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $59,022, and the median income for a family was $64,190. Males had a median income of $41,204 versus $30,189 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $21,247. About 2.9% of families and 4.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.6% of those under age 18 and 2.7% of those age 65 or over.
Beachwood was originally governed under the Walsh Act commission form of government, which was maintained until the mid-1970s. Beachwood is now governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle. The Borough form of government used by Beachwood, the most common system used in the state, is a "weak mayor / strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.
As of 2014[update], the Mayor of Beachwood is R Ronald Roma, whose term of office ends December 31, 2015. Members of the Beachwood Borough Council are Council President Steven Komsa (R, 2014), Beverly Clayton (R, 2015), Gregory Feeney (R, 2014), Gerald W. LaCrosse (R, 2016), Thomas Miserendino (R, 2015) and Edward Zakar (R, 2016).
Federal, state and county representation
New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District is represented by Jon Runyan (R, Mount Laurel Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark; took office on October 31, 2013, after winning a special election to fill the seat of Frank Lautenberg) and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus).
For the 2014-15 Session, the 9th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Christopher J. Connors (R, Lacey Township) and in the General Assembly by DiAnne Gove (R, Long Beach Township) and Brian E. Rumpf (R, Little Egg Harbor Township). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
Ocean County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders consisting of five members, elected on an at-large basis in partisan elections and serving staggered three-year terms of office, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year as part of the November general election. At an annual reorganization held in the beginning of January, the board chooses a Director and a deputy Director from among its members. As of 2014[update], Ocean County's Freeholders (with department directorship, party affiliation, residence and term-end year listed in parentheses) are Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari (Public Works, Senior Services; R, Toms River, term ends December 31, 2014), Freeholder Deputy Director John C. Bartlett, Jr. (Finance, Parks and Recreation; Pine Beach, 2015), John P. Kelly (Law and Public Safety; Eagleswood Township, 2016), James F. Lacey (Transportation; Brick Township, 2016) and Gerry P. Little (Human Services; Surf City, 2015) Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Scott M. Colabella (R, 2015, Barnegat Light), Sheriff Michael Mastronardy (R, 2016; Toms River) and Surrogate Jeffrey Moran (R, 2018, Beachwood).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 6,714 registered voters in Beachwood, of which 1,329 (19.8%) were registered as Democrats, 1,661 (24.7%) were registered as Republicans and 3,718 (55.4%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 6 voters registered to other parties. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 60.8% (vs. 63.2% in Ocean County) were registered to vote, including 81.5% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 82.6% countywide).
In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 51.5% of the vote here (2,610 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 46.2% (2,342 votes) and other candidates with 1.3% (68 votes), among the 5,064 ballots cast by the borough's 7,008 registered voters, for a turnout of 72.3%. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 58.9% of the vote here (2,755 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 40.0% (1,869 votes) and other candidates with 0.6% (38 votes), among the 4,676 ballots cast by the borough's 6,492 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 72.0.
In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 64.3% of the vote here (2,169 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 27.8% (937 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 5.2% (175 votes) and other candidates with 1.7% (57 votes), among the 3,375 ballots cast by the borough's 6,933 registered voters, yielding a 48.7% turnout.
Public school students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade attend the Toms River Regional Schools, a regional public school system based primarily in Toms River Township that is the state's largest suburban district. In addition to students from Toms River, the district also serves the boroughs of Beachwood, Pine Beach and South Toms River. Students in kindergarten through 5th grades attend either Beachwood Elementary School in Beachwood or Pine Beach Elementary in the neighboring community of Pine Beach. Intermediate school students attend Toms River Intermediate School in Beachwood for grades 6-8. High school students attend Toms River High School South in Toms River Township for grades 9-12.
Roads and highways
As of 2010[update], the borough had a total of 57.09 miles (91.88 km) of roadways, of which 44.82 miles (72.13 km) were maintained by the municipality, 9.30 miles (14.97 km) by Ocean County and 1.49 miles (2.40 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 1.48 miles (2.38 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Beachwood include:
- Melbourne Armstrong Carriker (1879–1965), ornithologist.
- Ashley Alexandra Dupré (born 1985), former Emperors Club VIP Diamond Girl, who was a central figure in the prostitution scandal with Eliot Spitzer, then New York Governor.
- Mark Geiger (born 1974), soccer referee who officiated at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
- Jeffrey Moran (born 1946), Ocean County Surrogate and former member of the New Jersey General Assembly from 1986 to 2003, where he represented the 9th Legislative District, he served on the Beachwood Borough Council from 1970 to 1972.
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- via Associated Press. "Spitzer call girl sues 'Girls Gone Wild' impresario", Asbury Park Press, April 29, 2008. Accessed April 29, 2008. "Dupre, born Ashley Youmans, lived in Beachwood and Wall while growing up and attended Wall High School."
- Clunn, Nicholas. "PROJECT EARNS HIGH MARKS Lacey schools rave about renovations", Asbury Park Press, October 1, 2003. Accessed May 11, 2012. "Mark Geiger, a math teacher from Beachwood, said his new classroom in the high school's addition - referred to as the 'West Wing' here - has made teaching a bit easier."
- Cronin, Steve. "9TH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT / JEFFREY MORAN", The Press of Atlantic City, November 6, 1989. Accessed August 28, 2012. "In some ways, it can be said Assemblyman Jeffrey Moran has conducted only one campaign for office. That campaign started when Moran entered the 1985 Republican primary and continues as the Beachwood man now seeks his third term in the lower house."
- Beachwood municipal website
- Beachwood Historical Alliance
- Toms River Regional Schools
- Toms River Regional Schools's 2012–13 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
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- Beachwood Branch of Ocean County Library
- Beachwood Volunteer Fire Company Station 16