Boonton, New Jersey
|Boonton, New Jersey|
|Town of Boonton|
|Motto: A Great Place to Live and Work"|
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||March 16, 1866|
|• Mayor||Cyril Wekilsky (term ends December 31, 2015)|
|• Administrator||Terry McCue|
|• Clerk||Cynthia Oravits|
|• Total||2.506 sq mi (6.490 km2)|
|• Land||2.335 sq mi (6.048 km2)|
|• Water||0.171 sq mi (0.442 km2) 6.81%|
|Area rank||374th of 566 in state
31st of 39 in county
|Elevation||397 ft (121 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2012)||8,465|
|• Rank||275th of 566 in state
23rd of 39 in county
|• Density||3,574.6/sq mi (1,380.2/km2)|
|• Density rank||179th of 566 in state
8th of 39 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0885164|
Boonton is a town in Morris County, New Jersey, United States, that was chartered in 1867. As of the 2010 United States Census, the town's population was 8,347, reflecting a decline of 149 (-1.8%) from the 8,496 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 153 (+1.8%) from the 8,343 counted in the 1990 Census. The town was originally called "Boone-Towne" in 1761 in honor of the Colonial Governor Thomas Boone.
The development of Boonton began in about 1829, as a result of the construction of the Morris Canal and the formation of the New Jersey Iron Company. The original location of the town is now largely under the Jersey City Reservoir, completed in 1904. In 1908, the waters from this reservoir were the first municipal water supply in the United States to be chlorinated. The decision to build the chlorination system was made by John L. Leal and the facility was designed by George W. Fuller.
- 1 Geography
- 2 Demographics
- 3 History
- 4 Government
- 5 Education
- 6 Transportation
- 7 Places of interest
- 8 Boonton Holmes Public Library
- 9 Notable people
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Boonton Town is located at United States Census Bureau, the town had a total area of 2.506 square miles (6.490 km2), of which, 2.335 square miles (6.048 km2) of it is land and 0.171 square miles (0.442 km2) of it (6.81%) is water.(40.903818,-74.406369). According to the
|Population sources: 1870-1920
1930-1990 2000 2010
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 8,347 people, 3,235 households, and 2,112 families residing in the town. The population density was 3,574.6 inhabitants per square mile (1,380.2 /km2). There were 3,398 housing units at an average density of 1,455.2 per square mile (561.9 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 78.81% (6,578) White, 4.82% (402) Black or African American, 0.31% (26) Native American, 10.05% (839) Asian, 0.01% (1) Pacific Islander, 2.79% (233) from other races, and 3.21% (268) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.02% (920) of the population.
There were 3,235 households of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.7% were non-families. 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the town, 21.2% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 27.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.4 years. For every 100 females there were 101.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.6 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $79,097 (with a margin of error of +/- $9,165) and the median family income was $89,965 (+/- $14,678). Males had a median income of $53,495 (+/- $4,466) versus $47,463 (+/- $7,099) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $33,366 (+/- $4,035). About 5.6% of families and 10.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.8% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 8,496 people, 3,272 households, and 2,159 families residing in the town. The population density was 3,619.5 inhabitants per square mile (1,395.9/km2). There were 3,352 housing units at an average density of 1,428.1 per square mile (550.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 83.00% White, 4.00% African American, 0.21% Native American, 7.8% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 2.20% from other races, and 2.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.9% of the population.
There were 3,272 households out of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.6% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.0% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.11.
In the town the population was spread out with 21.9% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 35.4% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 98.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.9 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $65,322, and the median income for a family was $75,147. Males had a median income of $60,518 versus $40,634 for females. The per capita income for the town was $29,919. About 6.7% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.4% of those under age 18 and 6.6% of those age 65 or over.
During the 18th century, the settlement of Boonetown (variously spelled as Booneton or the current Boonton) was established on the Rockaway River, about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) downstream from the current site of the town. As early as 1747, Obadiah Baldwin ran an iron refining forge there using the iron ore and charcoal available in the area together with water power from the river. As the ironworks grew, workers and their families formed a community that was named "Boone-Towne" in honor of the Colonial Governor, Thomas Boone, in the year 1761. The present town bears only small resemblance to the village of Booneton Falls, and still less to the village of Old Boonton, whose site has been covered by the Jersey City reservoir since 1903.
The Boonton Iron Works were founded about 1770 by Samuel Ogden who, with others in his family, purchased a 6-acre (24,000 m2) tract along the Rockaway River. Throughout the American Revolutionary War the Booneton Iron Works was busily engaged in supplying numerous miscellaneous iron products for the military. After the war, operations at Boonton were continued under John Jacob Faesch and his two sons, and, later, by William Scott, who vainly sought to instill new life in the declining business. In 1824, Scott's interest in rejuvenating the antiquated ironworks faded when he learned that the Morris Canal was soon to be constructed, and that it would be of little service to the Village of Booneton a mile or more away.
The nearness of the canal to Booneton Falls made that site ideal for a large factory. A group of business men in New York City incorporated themselves in 1830 as the New Jersey Iron Company, with a capitalization of $283,000. Machinery and ironworkers were imported from England, and with the erection of the mills, a new town, called Booneton Falls, began to appear on the rugged hillside overlooking the river.
The town's Main Street is unique in that it is pitched against a cliff overlooking the 'Hollow' of the Rockaway River. This was said to follow an old Native American Trail, which followed the original deer path.
The new Iron Company flourished for nearly 50 years. The new village of Booneton Falls - like the older Booneton downstream - was essentially a one-industry town. After the Company closed down its operations in 1876, the town was on the verge of collapse.
Although several attempts - one by Joseph Wharton - were made to re-establish iron works on a smaller scale, none endured for any great length of time. Only vestiges of foundations and structures remain in the "Hollow", between Plane Street and the river, to remind Boonton of its own Iron Age.
One of the first of the new industries secured for the town was a silk factory, which, as Pelgram & Meyer, and, later as Van Raalte, Inc., contributed materially to the town's prosperity. Others that followed were a knife factory, a paper mill (at the old village, by then called Old Boonton), a nail factory, a brass and iron foundry, and a carriage factory. The Morris Canal, although going into a rapid decline, still employed a number of men; the Lackawanna Railroad, which had completed its Boonton-Paterson branch in 1875, gave employment to a number of Boonton people and provided commuter service to a number of Boonton residents who worked in New York City. There were, of course, many individually owned businesses, such as blacksmith shops, machine shops, bakeries and a miscellany of stores, all of which began to prosper as the nation emerged from the depression of the 1870s.
In 1891, the Loanda Hard Rubber Company was founded by Edwin A. Scribner, and began the manufacture of molded hard rubber products. Seven years later, Mr. Scribner died, and the management of the firm fell to his son-in-law Richard W. Seabury. In 1906, was Richard W. Seabury, who, casting about for new materials, learned of experiments with synthetic resins made by Dr. Leo Baekeland, for whom the well-known material, Bakelite, was later to be named. Originally intended by Dr. Baekeland for a synthetic varnish, the new material was used by Seabury in making the world's first molding of organic plastics in 1907. Boontonware, a molded plastic dinnerware, was sold nationwide. George Scribner, son of Loanda founder Edwin Scribner, opted to continue the business of plastics molding and established Boonton Molding. The company went on to produce the famous Boontonware dinnerware, molded plastic plates, bowls, and cups manufactured in the 1950s and 1960s. The company also operated a factory outlet store in Boonton for many years. George Scribner was eventually inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame for being a pioneer in developing molding techniques and applications at Boonton Molding Co. from 1920, and preeminent contributor to the development of the industry through his services as president and board chairman of the SPI during the period 1943-1947. His older brother Charles E. Scribner intended to join the family business but it was discovered that he was color blind, he then attended Princeton University and later Harvard Law. He served as Margaret Sanger's lawyer and then as the first Chairman of the Board of Planned Parenthood. He was instrumental in orchestrating Sanger's trip to Japan through correspondence with General McArthur.
The molded plastics industry was to some extent responsible for bringing the radio and electronics industries to the Boonton area. In the 1920s, the burgeoning radio industry created a large demand for molded parts, and, thereby, attracted the attention of Richard W. Seabury, who organized Radio Frequency Laboratories to exploit that new field. Spawned by that original company, more than a half dozen radio and electronics firms were later formed, and recognized internationally for the excellence of their products. A well-known example among radio engineers was the Boonton Radio Co., located in nearby Rockaway, which manufactured a high-quality test instrument known as a Q meter, still used by hobbyists today. Most of those companies are now divisions of larger corporations and have relocated elsewhere, having undergone name changes in many cases. The Boonton Radio Co., for instance, was purchased by Hewlett-Packard. RFL Industries, Aircraft Radio Corporation, Measurements Corporation (founded by Jerry Burnett Minter and two partners and later sold to the Edison Company after World War II), and Ballantine Laboratories are among those that contributed materially to the prosperity of the area.
The largest industry in the town of Boonton during the 20th century began in 1917, when E.A. Stevenson & Company established the "Butter Works" on the site of the old Knox Hat factory, and started processing coconut and other vegetable oils and making margarine. Under later operation by E.F. Drew & Company, the Boonton plant grew to be one of the largest edible oils processors in the country. The plant closed in the early 1990s, and the site is now a Walmart.
In recent years, Boonton has attracted several art galleries. Most of the galleries are located on the 800 block of Main Street, with a total of six galleries in the area surrounding Boonton Avenue and Main Street that is often referred to as the Boonton Art District. The galleries hold an art walk showcasing the galleries opening receptions on the first Friday of each month.
Boonton was incorporated as a Town under a charter granted by the New Jersey Legislature in March 1867. Under the charter, the new town was governed by a seven-person Board of Trustees, but, by an amendment to the charter in 1872, authority was vested in the Mayor and Common Council. Boonton operates using the town form of government and is governed by a Mayor and Board of Aldermen. The mayor is elected at large. The Board of Aldermen consists of eight members, with two Aldermen elected from each of four wards on a staggered basis, with one seat from each of the four wards coming up for election each year.
- Ward 1: Michael Eoga (2013) and Daniel Carey (2014)
- Ward 2: Dr. Clifford Keezer (2013) and Bob Tullock (2014)
- Ward 3: Robert Looker (2013) and Terry Dunn (2014)
- Ward 4: Patricia Bujtas (2013) and Anthony Scozzafava (2014)
Federal, state and county representation
New Jersey's Eleventh Congressional District is represented by Rodney Frelinghuysen (R, Harding 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, North Bergen).
The 25th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Anthony Bucco (R, Boonton) and in the General Assembly by Tony Bucco (R, Boonton Township) and Michael Patrick Carroll (R, Morris Township). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
Morris County is governed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, who are elected at-large to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year. As of 2011, Morris County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director William J. Chegwidden (Wharton), Deputy Freeholder Director Douglas R. Cabana (Boonton Township), Gene F. Feyl (Denville), Ann F. Grassi (Parsippany-Troy Hills), Thomas J. Mastrangelo (Montville), John J. Murphy (Morris Township) and Hank Lyon (Montville Township),
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 5,037 registered voters in Boonton, of which 1,029 (20.4%) were registered as Democrats, 1,956 (38.8%) were registered as Republicans and 2,051 (40.7%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There was one voter registered to another party.
In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 51.6% of the vote here (2,087 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain with 46.5% (1,881 votes) and other candidates with 1.0% (41 votes), among the 4,045 ballots cast by the town's 5,262 registered voters, for a turnout of 76.9%. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 53.1% of the vote here (1,978 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 45.0% (1,677 votes) and other candidates with 0.9% (44 votes), among the 3,724 ballots cast by the town's 5,086 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 73.2.
In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 55.5% of the vote here (1,372 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 33.8% (835 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 9.0% (222 votes) and other candidates with 0.8% (19 votes), among the 2,474 ballots cast by the town's 5,161 registered voters, yielding a 47.9% turnout.
The Boonton Public Schools serve students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics) are School Street School (grades K-3; 315 students), John Hill School (4-6; 200), Boonton Middle School (was 7&8; 147) and Boonton High School (9-12; 587 students).
The district's high school serves students from Boonton and also those from Lincoln Park, who attend as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Lincoln Park Public Schools, with Lincoln Park students accounting for a majority of students at the high school, including about 285 students as of the 2011-12 school year. The two districts have sought to sever the more than 50-year-old relationship, citing cost savings that could be achieved by both districts and complaints by Lincoln Park that it is granted only one seat on the Boonton Public Schools' Board of Education. In April 2006, the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education rejected the request.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel School is a Catholic school for preschool through eighth grade operated under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson, and has been in operation though the parish as far back as 1882.
Places of interest
- Grace Lord Park provides recreation opportunities and hiking trails, including a view of Boonton Falls.
- Greenwood Cemetery
Boonton Holmes Public Library
The Boonton Holmes Public Library has been in operation since 1894. The building in which it resides was willed to the Town of Boonton by James Holmes for use as a public library. Holmes was born March 7, 1815, in Massachusetts and moved to Boonton in 1850 to take charge of the Taylor & Lord Nail Factory. Since he had spent much of his early life moving from place to place and from job to job when he was able to lay down roots in Boonton he developed a strong loyalty to the town and committed himself to its development. He became very involved in local politics and used his fortune to help develop municipal organizations and community projects. Holmes held several political posts in his life such as serving as Mayor of Boonton, on the State Board of Education, and on the Boonton Board of Education. Holmes also used his wealth to improve the town, one example was when he donated the land and purchased the equipment to begin the firehouse in South Boonton. He served as a volunteer fire fighter in Boonton from the time he arrived until his death. Holmes also started the first Boonton National Bank and served as its president. Mr. Holmes died on February 26, 1893.
The building itself dates much further back to when Eliza A. Scott purchased the corner lot in 1849 from the New Jersey Iron Company. Miss Scott built the first structure on the site in that same year. In 1850, the Iron Company engaged James Holmes to serve as superintendent of the nail factory which had just been constructed. James Holmes bought the property and 2 lots for $5,000 in 1856. He resided at his mansion house until his death in February 1893. Mr. Holmes bequeathed his house and lot to the Boonton Library Association which had incorporated in 1890. On July 1, 1893, the Association disbanded and reorganized itself as the Holmes Library which had been established in May under the terms of Mr. Holmes’ will. The gift included the mansion house, $5,000 for endowment purposes only, $2,000 for refitting the house as a library, and $1,000 for the purchase of books. The will stipulated that the Library be governed by a Board of Trustees composed of three lifetime members appointed by him, one member from each of the existing churches at the time, and one member from the Board of Education. The Library officially opened in 1894. Since its opening the library itself has only been on the first floor, and in later years the basement. The upper two floors have been used, at various times, as business space, a Masonic Hall, and most recently as three apartments. The basement also has been used commercially and has at one time housed the printing press for the Boonton Times newspaper. In 1895, Charles Grubb rented rooms in the Holmes Library and installed presses in the basement where on Oct. 4, 1895 he published the first issue of The Boonton Times newspaper. In 1911, he moved to the corner of Main and Cornelia Streets. The Boonton Holmes Library has gained control of the entire building and is currently beginning renovations to the structure so that the upper floors can be used by the public. The Boonton Holmes Public Library was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, on November 30, 1972.
Notable current and former residents of Boonton include:
- Othmar Ammann (1879-1965), structural engineer whose designs include the George Washington Bridge, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and Bayonne Bridge.
- Anthony Bucco (born 1938), member of the New Jersey Senate.
- Tony Bucco (born 1962), member of the New Jersey General Assembly who has served together with his father in the New Jersey Legislature since taking office in 2010.
- Mario DeMarco (1924–1956), professional Canadian football and NFL player who died in the Trans-Canada Air Lines Flight 810 disaster.
- Don Edwards (born 1939), singing cowboy.
- Helen Gahagan Douglas (1900–1980), actress and politician.
- John Hill (1821–1884), represented New Jersey's 4th congressional district from 1867 to 1873, and New Jersey's 5th congressional district from 1881 to 1883.
- Andrew D. Hurwitz (born 1947), Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
- Jim Lewis (born 1955), writer for The Muppets.
- Mike Michalowicz (born 1971), author and entrepreneur.
- Peter Onorati (born 1954), actor.
- Peter and Paul JJ Payack, (born 1950) authors. Paul JJ Payack is founder of Global Language Monitor. Peter Payack is Poet Populist of Cambridge, Massachusetts 2007-2009.
- Joshua S. Salmon (1846–1902), represented New Jersey's 4th congressional district from 1902 to 1903.
- Jeffrey L. Seglin (born 1956) journalist and writer.
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- Lincoln Park School District 2013 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed August 27, 2013. "Lincoln Park participates in a sending-receiving relationship with Boonton High School, which offers a comprehensive educational program for children in grades 9 through 12. The Lincoln Park School District sends approximately 285 students to Boonton High School."
- Commissioner of Education Decision, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed March 29, 2011.
- Morris County Elementary / Secondary Schools, Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson. Accessed August 27, 2013.
- History, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School. Accessed August 27, 2013. "Earliest photos of the school date from 1882, and the present school building was constructed in the 1920s."
- Montclair-Boonton Line, New Jersey Transit. Accessed October 8, 2013.
- Morris County Bus/Rail connections, New Jersey Transit, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 22, 2009. Accessed July 19, 2011.
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- LaGorce, Tammy. "BY THE WAY; Father Built Bridges", The New York Times, November 2, 2003. Accessed December 29, 2011. "With the opening of Boonton's Master Bridge Builder: Othmar Ammann last month at the Boonton Historical Society and Museum, climbing inside the mind of the eminent Swiss-born engineer became less complicated."
- Ragonese, Lawrence. "A new Trenton team: The Buccos", The Star-Ledger, November 7, 2009. Accessed July 19, 2011. "Father and son. Senator and assemblyman-elect. Anthony Bucco and Anthony Bucco Jr. The Buccos will serve together in the Legislature after the younger Bucco takes the oath of office Jan. 12, the result of his win Tuesday in Morris County’s 25th District. The Republican duo will join the small club of parent-child legislators who have served together in New Jersey.... Tony Sr., now 71, was first running for alderman in Boonton when his son was getting elected class president at Boonton High School."
- Andrikanich, Ryan. "Honoring a legend", Daily Record (Morristown), December 9, 2006. Accessed July 19, 2011. "On this day 50 years ago, one of the worst commercial aviation disasters in Canadian history took the life of a promising young American football player who began his career as an offensive lineman for Boonton High School.... Mario DeMarco was born and raised in Boonton and played football for four years as a starting offensive lineman."
- Staff. "Don Edwards", The Dallas Morning News, December 2, 2001. Accessed July 19, 2011. "Date and place of birth: March 20, 1939, in Boonton, N.J."
- Helen Gahagan Douglas, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed July 19, 2011.
- John Hill, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed September 3, 2007.
- Hawkes, Marilyn. "Hurwitz confirmed to U.S. appellate court", Jewish News of Greater Phoenix, June 15, 2012. Accessed December 17, 2012. "Hurwitz, 64, was born in New York City and grew up in Boonton, N.J. He attended Princeton University and Yale University Law School."
- Paik, Eugene "Boonton Museum Honors Accomplished Alumni", The Star-Ledger, June 19, 2009. Accessed July 19, 2011. "To Lewis, a former writer for The Jim Henson Company, Boonton's school on Lathrop Avenue appears to have a special knack for churning out fame-bound graduates."
- O'Brien, Walter. "Television show films episode in Clinton Township, gives restaurant a 'reality' check", Courier News, May 26, 2009. Accessed July 19, 2011. "Chelsea's Restaurant and Pub, 1051 Route 22 E., was the location Friday for the new television program Bailout, featuring host and entrepreneur Mike Michalowicz of Boonton, author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, and producer Wil Surratt, former executive producer of CNBC's The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch."
- Robertson, Nan. "Heard but Unseen, Seven Actors Share 'Talk Radio' Roles", The New York Times, July 30, 1987. Accessed August 27, 2013. "My coach at Boonton High School in New Jersey used to say of me, 'One hundred seventy-two pounds of blue twisted steel, tempered to perfection', Mr. Onorati recalled with a laugh..."
- A Million Words And Counting
- No Free Will In Tomatoes
- Staff. "Giants fan puts Glossary online", Daily Record (Morristown), January 25, 2001. Accessed December 17, 2012. "Just because the Boonton native has moved around a lot and now lives in the Bay Area, that doesn't mean he's given up on the Big Blue. Payack, the president and CEO of yourDictionary.com, is one of the minds behind the New York Giants Football Glossary and Baltimore Ravens Fan Glossary."
- Peter Payack: Cambridge's first Poet Populist!
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- Seglin, Jeffrey L. "THE RIGHT THING; My Principles, or the Milk and Cookies?", The New York Times, January 18, 2004. Accessed December 29, 2011. "GROWING up in Boonton, N.J., I routinely stopped at the supermarket on my way to the local bowling alley to pick up a package of Archway ginger cookies, my favorite snack at the time."
- Town of Boonton official website
- Boonton Public Schools
- Boonton Public Schools's 2010–11 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the Boonton Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics
- Boonton Holmes Public Library website
- Photos of Boonton on Flickr
- Daily Record - Regional area newspaper