Brick Township, New Jersey
|Brick Township, New Jersey|
|Township of Brick|
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||February 15, 1850|
|Named for||Joseph W. Brick|
|• Type||Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council)|
|• Mayor||Stephen C. Acropolis (term ends December 31, 2013)|
|• Administrator||Scott M. Pezarras|
|• Clerk||Lynnette Lannarone|
|• Total||32.315 sq mi (83.697 km2)|
|• Land||25.715 sq mi (66.602 km2)|
|• Water||6.600 sq mi (17.095 km2) 20.42%|
|Area rank||76th of 566 in state
10th of 33 in county
|Elevation||16 ft (5 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2012)||75,322|
|• Rank||13th of 566 in state
3rd of 33 in county
|• Density||2,919.4/sq mi (1,127.2/km2)|
|• Density rank||218th of 566 in state
9th of 33 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0882075|
Brick Township (also commonly known as Bricktown or Brick) is a township in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township had a population of 75,072, making it the state's 13th-largest municipality and the third most populous municipality in Ocean County (behind Lakewood Township and Toms River Township), having seen a decline of 1,047 residents (-1.4%) from its population of 76,119 in the 2000 Census, when it was the state's 12th most-populous municipality.
While the majority of Brick Township is located on the mainland, Ocean Beaches I, II and III are situated on the Barnegat Peninsula, a long, narrow barrier peninsula that separates Barnegat Bay from the Atlantic Ocean. The mainland and beach area of the town are not geographically adjacent.
Brick Township was incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 15, 1850, from portions of both Dover Township (now Toms River Township) and Howell Township. The township was named after Joseph Brick, the owner of Bergen Iron Works located on the Metedeconk River. Portions of the township were taken to form Point Pleasant Beach (May 18, 1886), Bay Head (June 15, 1886), Lakewood (March 23, 1892), Mantoloking (April 10, 1911) and Point Pleasant (April 21, 1920). In 1963 voters rejected a referendum that would have changed the township's name to "Laurelton".
The Havens Homestead Museum is dedicated to the Havens family that originally settled in the Laurelton / Burrsville section of Brick. The museum is the original Havens home which lies on a small plot of farmland. The museum has a gift shop and runs tours of the property daily.
After hovering for years in the top five, in 2006, the township earned the title of "America's Safest City", out of 371 cities included nationwide in the 13th annual Morgan Quitno survey. Since the year 2000, Brick Township has been the safest "city" (population over 75,000) in New Jersey. In 2003 and 2004, Brick Township was ranked as the second safest city in the United States after Newton, Massachusetts. In 2005, Brick Township had dropped down to the fifth safest "city" (population over 75,000) in the United States, before it rebounded to the top in 2006.
Brick Township has also been in the news for a claimed autism epidemic, in which 40 children out of over 6,000 surveyed were found to be autistic, though Brick's autism rate is statistically not far removed from national average. Many of the children found to be autistic were born in Northern New Jersey and other parts of the country. There is no evidence that the levels of autism are linked to any specific environmental factor in Brick. Parents of children diagnosed with autism have moved to the township in order to make use of the special education programs offered by the school district.
In October 2012, parts of Brick were devastated by Superstorm Sandy. Barrier island and other waterfront properties were particularly hard hit. Homes and such buildings as the Shore Acres Yacht Club sustained major damage; some buildings had to be demolished.
Brick Township is located at United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 32.315 square miles (83.697 km2), of which, 25.715 square miles (66.602 km2) of it is land and 6.600 square miles (17.095 km2) of it (20.42%) is water.(40.061736,-74.10962). According to the
|Population sources: 1850-2000
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The major county routes that pass through are CR 528, and CR 549 (as well as its spur). Two state routes pass through: Route 70 and Route 88. The Garden State Parkway passes through the western part of the municipality with three interchanges: Exits 91, 90, and 89 (Exit 91 is only accessible from the south-bound Garden State Parkway).
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 75,072 people, 29,842 households, and 20,173 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,919.4 inhabitants per square mile (1,127.2 /km2). There were 33,677 housing units at an average density of 1,309.6 per square mile (505.6 /km2). The racial makeup of the township was 93.05% (69,856) White, 2.00% (1,502) Black or African American, 0.14% (104) Native American, 1.56% (1,173) Asian, 0.04% (27) Pacific Islander, 1.80% (1,350) from other races, and 1.41% (1,060) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.06% (5,301) of the population.
There were 29,842 households of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.05.
In the township, 20.7% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 29.9% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.6 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.6 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $65,129 (with a margin of error of +/- $2,969) and the median family income was $81,868 (+/- $2,081). Males had a median income of $60,769 (+/- $1,755) versus $41,361 (+/- $1,655) for females. The per capita income for the township was $33,258 (+/- $891). About 4.1% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.1% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 76,119 people, 29,511 households, and 20,775 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,901.5 people per square mile (1,120.5/km²). There were 32,689 housing units at an average density of 1,246.0 per square mile (481.2/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 95.81% White, 0.99% African American, 0.10% Native American, 1.19% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.85% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any nationality were 3.85% of the population.
There were 29,511 households out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.8% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.6% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.07.
In the township the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 90.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.8 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $52,092, and the median income for a family was $61,446. Males had a median income of $44,981 versus $31,020 for females. The per capita income for the township was $24,462. About 3.1% of families and 4.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.8% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.
The Laurelton Circle was located near the center of Brick Township. The traffic circle was at the junction of Route 70, Route 88, and Princeton Avenue. It was converted to a traffic light regulated intersection in 1986, due to an increase in traffic and accidents. To reduce the need for left turns, a short portion of eastbound Route 88 was re-routed onto Princeton Avenue. Some other movements are controlled by jughandles and a two-way connection in the northwest corner.
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The township operates under a Mayor-Council plan 2 form of government under the Faulkner Act, as implemented on January 1, 1990, based on direct petition. The mayor is elected for a four-year term without limitation as to the number of terms. In November 1988, the voters approved a referendum which returned the township to the partisan system of government. As a result, Township elections, which had been held in May, are now held in November.
The mayor is the township's chief executive and administrative officer and is responsible for administering local laws and policy development. The mayor makes various appointments, prepares the township's budget, and approves or vetoes ordinances adopted by the Township Council (which may be overridden by a ⅔ vote of the Township Council). The mayor appoints, with the advice and consent of the Township Council, the business administrator, the township attorney, and the directors of the Departments of Public Safety, Engineering and Public Works.
As of 2013[update], the mayor of Brick Township is Republican Stephen C. Acropolis, whose term of office ends December 21, 2013. Members of the Township Council are Council President Bob Moore (D, 2015), Vice President Susan Lydecker (D, 2015), Domenick Brando (R, 2013), John Ducey (D, 2015), Jim Fozman (D, 2015), Joseph Sangiovanni (R, 2013) and Dan Toth (R, 2013).
Former Mayor Joseph C. Scarpelli resigned as of December 8, 2006, amid a federal corruption probe into township government. On January 8, 2007, Scarpelli pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges for accepting money from developers in exchange for using his official position to obtain approval for development projects. Township Clerk Virginia Lampman was appointed to fill the role of mayor until the Township Council could select a replacement. On December 17, 2007, former Scarpelli was sentenced in Federal Court in Newark to serve 18 months in prison and was fined $5,000, after admitting that he had accepted bribes from 1998 to 2003.
On January 4, 2007, Daniel J. Kelly (D), the Township's Planning Board chairman, was appointed the new mayor by a three-member township council subcommittee. On November 6, 2007, Stephen C. Acropolis defeated Kelly in a race to fill the remaining two years of Scarpelli's term.
Federal, state, and county representation
Brick Township is located in the 3rd Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 10th state legislative district. Prior to the 2010 Census, Brick Township had been part of the 4th Congressional District, a change made by the New Jersey Redistricting Commission that took effect in January 2013, based on the results of the November 2012 general elections.
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, North Bergen).
The 10th district of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by James W. Holzapfel (R, Toms River) and in the General Assembly by Gregory P. McGuckin (R, Toms River) and David W. Wolfe (R, Brick 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. 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 2013[update], Ocean County's Freeholders (with department directorship, residence and term-end year listed in parentheses) are Freeholder Director John P. Kelly (Law and Public Safety; Eagleswood Township, term ends December 31, 2013), Freeholder Deputy Director James F. Lacey (Transportation; Brick Township, 2013), John C. Bartlett, Jr. (Finance, Parks and Recreation; Pine Beach, 2015), Gerry P. Little (Human Services; Surf City, 2015) and Joseph H. Vicari (Public Works, Senior Services; Toms River, 2014). Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Scott M. Colabella, Sheriff William L. Polhemus and Surrogate Jeffrey W. Moran.
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 48,760 registered voters in Brick Township, of which 9,992 (20.5%) were registered as Democrats, 12,206 (25.0%) were registered as Republicans and 26,528 (54.4%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 34 voters registered to other parties. Among the township's 2010 Census population, 65.0% (vs. 63.2% in Ocean County) were registered to vote, including 81.9% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 82.6% countywide).
In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 58.1% of the vote here (21,912 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 39.9% (15,031 votes) and other candidates with 1.3% (489 votes), among the 37,704 ballots cast by the township's 50,742 registered voters, for a turnout of 74.3%. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 60.9% of the vote here (21,888 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 37.8% (13,596 votes) and other candidates with 0.8% (363 votes), among the 35,954 ballots cast by the township's 48,235 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 74.5.
In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 67.3% of the vote here (17,822 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 25.2% (6,675 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 5.0% (1,336 votes) and other candidates with 1.0% (272 votes), among the 26,479 ballots cast by the township's 49,529 registered voters, yielding a 53.5% turnout.
The Brick Public Schools serve students in prekindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Brick Primary Learning Center for prekindergarten and kindergarten (692 students), seven elementary schools serving grades 1-5 (except as indicated) — Drum Point Elementary School (488), Emma Havens Young Elementary School (K-5; 894), Herbertsville Elementary School (246), Lanes Mill Elementary School (520), Midstreams Elementary School (525), Osborneville Elementary School (293) and Veterans Memorial Elementary School (640), Lake Riviera Middle School (1,066) and  (1,294) for grades 6-8, and Brick Memorial High School (1,415) and Brick Township High School (1,778) for grades 9-12.
Nonsectarian private schools include Cuddle Care Early Childhood Center and Ocean Early Childhood Center. St. Dominic Elementary School is a Roman Catholic private school overseen by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton, and St. Paul's Christian School, a Methodist private school, serve students in nursery through eighth grade.
WBGD 91.9FM (Brick Green Dragons) went on the air in the 1970s and was originally located at Brick Township High School, later moved to broadcast from Brick Memorial High School. In 2007 during routine roof maintenance and repair work the broadcast tower was cut off the roof, and was never replaced or repaired. WBGD has ceased operations.
In 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, the Pop Warner Brick Mustang cheerleaders went to compete against other teams from across the nation in Disney World. In 2003, the junior peewee Mustang cheer squad was the first to win the national title in Brick Township history.
Brick is home of the Ocean Ice Palace, built in 1960, which hosts the Brick Hockey Club. The rink is also home to the Brick Stars, a special needs hockey team who has home games and practices.  
Notable current and former residents of Brick Township include:
- Robert Auriemma, New Jersey's all time winningest high school ice hockey coach. He is also ranked fourth nationally for wins among high school ice hockey coaches, achieving his 600th on January 8, 2008.
- Harry Bernstein (1910–2011), author of The Invisible Wall.
- Hank Borowy (1916–2004), Major League Baseball All-Star pitcher who played for the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates and Detroit Tigers. He lived the majority of his life in Brick Township and died there at age 88.
- Nick Catone (born 1981), mixed martial artist who participates in the Ultimate Fighting Championships.
- Jim Dowd, (born 1968), former player in the National Hockey League (NHL), won a Stanley Cup with the 1994-95 New Jersey Devils and last played for the Philadelphia Flyers.
- Kirsten Dunst (born 1982), actress, grew up in the township before relocating to California.
- Garrett Graham (born 1986), NFL tight end who plays for the Houston Texans.
- Jack Martin (1887–1980), Major League Baseball infielder who played for the 1912 New York Yankees (Highlanders), 1914 Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Braves, who lived out his twilight years in Brick Township and is the namesake of Jack Martin Boulevard.
- Tom McCarthy (born 1968), television announcer for the Philadelphia Phillies.
- Travis Spader, ATV motocross racer, lived in Brick when he won his GNC National Championship in 2000.
- Art Thoms, (born 1947), NFL defensive tackle for the Oakland Raiders (1969–1975) and Philadelphia Eagles (1977).
- Warren Wolf, long-time football coach for Brick Township High School who served on the Brick council as freeholder and in the state assembly.
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- Nee, Daniel. "As Federal Report on Autism is Released, Brick School Officials Wish Funding Promises Were Kept", January 24, 2011. Accessed January 20, 2013. "Still, Hrycenko and Magovern agreed that the noted program in Brick is necessary, despite a lack of assistance from outside sources. 'There's no doubt about it,' said Magovern. 'Especially in the autistic population, a lot of people move here because we provide those services in the district.'"
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- Brick Township High School, Brick Public Schools. Accessed September 18, 2013.
- Directory, Brick Public Schools. Accessed September 18, 2013.
- New Jersey School Directory for the Brick Public Schools, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed September 18, 2013.
- School Directory, Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton. Accessed March 15, 2012.
- About Us, Saint Paul’s Christian School. Accessed September 18, 2013.
- Brick Dragon Pee Wee team wins division title, Brick Township Bulletin, October 26, 2006.
- Erickson, Stephanie. "Gooooooo, Clermont! Cheer Team Earns Kudos", Orlando Sentinel, December 12, 2003. Accessed January 22, 2012. "The Cheer & Dance Championships consist of 160 small and large squads competing in four age classifications. Taking first place in the junior peewee small division were the Brick Memorial Mustangs from Brick, N.J."
- Miller, Patricia A. "Township to buy Ocean Ice Palace for $5M; Building, 13.3-acre site to be used as new community center", Brick Township Bulletin, July 26, 2007. Accessed September 18, 2013.
- Scrimenti, Amanda. "Some things never change: Robert Auriemma a steady presence at BTHS", Asbury Park Press, January 25, 2005. Accessed August 4, 2008.
- Rich, Motoko. "Successful at 96, Writer Has More to Say", The New York Times, April 7, 2007. Accessed March 15, 2012. "Harry Bernstein at his home in Brick, NJ."
- Goldstein, Richard. "Hank Borowy, 88, Top Pitcher With Yankees and Cubs in 40's", The New York Times, August 26, 2004. Accessed January 22, 2012. "Hank Borowy, a right-handed pitcher who helped the Yankees capture pennants in 1942 and 1943, then starred for the last Chicago Cubs team to reach the World Series, died Monday at his home in Brick, N.J. He was 88.... Borowy, a native of Bloomfield, N.J., who pitched for Fordham University, was 15-4 as a rookie on the Yankees' 1942 pennant winners."
- Del Mastro, Rob. "Brick's Nick Catone a profile in courage", Asbury Park Press, May 19, 2004. Accessed January 6, 2011.
- Chere, Rich. "Former New Jersey Devils center Jim Dowd cut by Flyers", The Star-Ledger, October 4, 2008. Accessed November 11, 2008. "Jim Dowd, the Brick native who attended the Philadelphia Flyers' training camp on a tryout contract, was cut by the team Saturday morning."
- A waterfront haven named for iron works owner, Asbury Park Press, September 8, 2005.
- Garrett Graham, Houston Texans. Accessed January 6, 2011.
- Staff. "JACK MARTIN DEAD; OLDEST EX-YANKEE; Jerseyan, 93, Played at Shortstop for the Highlanders In 1912", The New York Times, July 6, 1980. Accessed December 2, 2008.
- Tom McCarthy, WFAN. Accessed August 26, 2007. "A 1986 graduate of Brick Memorial High School and a 1990 graduate of TCNJ, Tom and his wife Meg have four children: Patrick (10), Tommy (8), Maggie (5) and Kerri (3), and live in Allentown, NJ."
- Arritt, Dan. "Part-Timer Completes His Sweep of Series; Motor racing: Tustin's Dubach wins third in a row in Thunder Bikers at U.S. Off-Road Championship event in Anaheim.", Los Angeles Times, January 30, 2000.
- Art Thoms player profile, database Football. Accessed August 11, 2007.
- Art Thoms, Oakland Raiders. Accessed August 11, 2007. "I started playing football in high school. It was the freshman team at Wayne High School in Wayne, N.J. I played two years there and then my family moved to Brickjohn [sic], NJ. I played the last two years of high school ball there."
- Wall, Karen E. "The gray ghost wishes he could be invisible", Asbury Park Press, November 18, 1999. "He also served as mayor of Brick from 1971-75, was an Ocean County freeholder from 1975-81, a state Assemblyman from 1981-83, and served on the Brick Township Council from 1982 until his defeat in the mayoral race in 1993."
- Brick Township website
- Brick Public Schools
- Brick Stars Official Website
- Brick Public Schools's 2010–11 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the Brick Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics
- Brick Branch of Ocean County Library
- Bricktown Online - Community Information Portal
- Brick Township Historical Society
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