Closter, New Jersey
|Closter, New Jersey|
|Borough of Closter|
The former station depot of the Erie Railroad's Northern Branch as seen from the crossing of County Route 502 (High Street) in Closter.
|Nickname(s): "Hub of the Northern Valley"|
Map highlighting Closter's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Closter, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Country||United States of America|
|Incorporated||January 1, 1904|
|• Mayor||Sophie Heymann (R, term ends December 31, 2014)|
|• Administrator||Richard Sheola|
|• Clerk||Loretta Castano|
|• Total||3.295 sq mi (8.535 km2)|
|• Land||3.164 sq mi (8.196 km2)|
|• Water||0.131 sq mi (0.339 km2) 3.98%|
|Area rank||323rd of 566 in state
24th of 70 in county
|Elevation||39 ft (12 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2013)||8,545|
|• Rank||273rd of 566 in state
45th of 70 in county
|• Density||2,646.0/sq mi (1,021.6/km2)|
|• Density rank||235th of 566 in state
45th of 70 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|Area code(s)||201 exchanges: 750, 767, 768, 784|
|GNIS feature ID||0885190|
Closter (pronounced [ˈkloːsta] or [ˈkloːstə], with a long o) is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 8,373, reflecting a decline of 10 (-0.1%) from the 8,383 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 289 (+3.6%) from the 8,094 counted in the 1990 Census.
Closter, first settled in 1710, was formed by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on January 1, 1904, from portions of Harrington Township. On March 29, 1904, Harrington Park was created from portions of Closter, Harrington Township and Washington Township. After the turn of the 20th century, Closter changed from being sprawling estates and farms into an upper middle class suburban town.
- 1 Geography
- 2 Demographics
- 3 History
- 4 Government
- 5 Education
- 6 Transportation
- 7 Shopping and entertainment
- 8 Notable people
- 9 Sources
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Closter is located at United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 3.295 square miles (8.535 km2), of which, 3.164 square miles (8.196 km2) of it was land and 0.131 square miles (0.339 km2) of it (3.98%) was water.(40.97289,-73.960315). According to the
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 8,373 people, 2,747 households, and 2,327 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,646.0 per square mile (1,021.6/km2). There were 2,860 housing units at an average density of 903.8 per square mile (349.0/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 64.17% (5,373) White, 1.31% (110) Black or African American, 0.05% (4) Native American, 31.65% (2,650) Asian, 0.01% (1) Pacific Islander, 1.54% (129) from other races, and 1.27% (106) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 5.98% (501) of the population.
There were 2,747 households, of which 43.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.2% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.3% were non-families. 12.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.02 and the average family size was 3.30.
In the borough, 26.7% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 20.5% from 25 to 44, 33.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.2 years. For every 100 females there were 96.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $117,147 (with a margin of error of +/- $14,096) and the median family income was $128,656 (+/- $13,704). Males had a median income of $93,578 (+/- $13,709) versus $64,167 (+/- $13,864) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $50,501 (+/- $4,636). About 3.2% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.2% of those under age 18 and 3.4% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 8,383 people, 2,789 households, and 2,320 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,644.3 people per square mile (1,021.0/km2). There were 2,865 housing units at an average density of 903.7 per square mile (349.0/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 75.32% White, 0.93% African American, 0.10% Native American, 21.56% Asian, 0.81% from other races, and 1.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.09% of the population.
As of the 2000 Census, 12.75% of Closter's residents identified themselves as being of Korean ancestry, which was the seventh highest in the United States and fifth highest of any municipality in New Jersey, for all places with 1,000 or more residents identifying their ancestry. As of the 2010 Census, 21.2% residents (1,771 people) indicated that they were of Korean ancestry.
There were 2,789 households out of which 43.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.9% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.8% were non-families. 14.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.0% 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 3.30.
In the borough the population was spread out with 28.0% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.0 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $83,918, and the median income for a family was $94,543. Males had a median income of $65,848 versus $39,125 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $37,065. About 1.7% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.0% of those under age 18 and 1.8% of those age 65 or over.
The Lenni Lenape Native Americans tilled the soil, hunted in the woods, and fished in the rivers and streams before the Dutch arrived in the early 18th Century. The Dutch settlers, though, left an indelible mark on the area. Early records show that after the English takeover of New Netherland, English Governor Philip Carteret in 1669 granted a real estate speculator named Balthaser De Hart a strip of property which extended east and west from the Hudson River to the Tiena Kill, and north and south from today’s Cresskill into Palisades, New York. It is within these geographical boundaries that lies what is now known as Closter. The northern half of this tract of land consisting of 1,030 acres (420 ha) (extending from what is Closter Dock Road northward) was purchased by Barent and Resolvert Nagel on April 25, 1710, who along with the Vervalen family first settled what is now Closter.
The name Closter is of Dutch origin and it first appears in 1745, when Arie Arieaense purchases “A certain tract of land lying on Tappan in Orange County and in the province of New York at a certain place called Klooster” (At that time, Closter, New Jersey was considered part of New York State.). Klooster, means “a quiet place, a monastery or cloister.” This location in 1710 when the Nagel brothers first settled it was a quiet place, with very few people in the immediate area. The topography gave a sense of isolation and protection, tucked behind the highest point of the Palisades and protected by limited access. The original settlers must have felt “cloistered,” as if in a monastery. The name was originally pronounced with a “ow” sound, phonetically, “Klowster.”
Later, just before the American Revolution, these isolated settlers began to feel the imposing hand of the British Crown in their lives – not only in governmental affairs but also by the influx of English culture upon their own language and culture. And as a result the “K” in Klooster was dropped and was replaced with a “C” so the now growing village became known as Clooster.
By 1795, with the emerging new American culture, the second “o” in Clooster was dropped, and the American English “long o” sound was adopted which led to today’s pronunciation of Closter.
Reminders of Closter's early Dutch history abound - with local streets named after some of the early families (Bogert, Demarest, Durie, Naugle, Parsells, Vervalen, Auryansen, Haring, and Westervelt), and a rich collection of unique Jersey Dutch houses.
The arrival of the Northern Branch in 1859, followed by additional train service from what became the West Shore Railroad, brought residents to the community who could commute to Manhattan via the ferry across the Hudson River at the railroad's Weehawken depot. Closter's central location earned it the nickname "Hub of the Northern Valley".
Closter is 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 Closter, 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 Closter Borough is Republican Sophie Heymann, whose term of office ends December 31, 2014. Members of the Closter Borough Council are Council President John C. Glidden, Jr. (R, 2016), Victoria R. Amitai (R, 2016), David Barad (R, 2014), Arthur B. Dolson (R, 2015), John W. Kashwick, Jr. (R, 2014) and Alissa J. Latner (R, 2015).
In the 2011 general election, incumbent Councilmembers John Kashwick and David Barad were re-elected to three-year terms of office after running unopposed.
In the 2010 general election, incumbent Mayor Sophie Heymann (1386 votes) was re-elected to a new, four-year term over former Councilwoman Linda Albelli (913 votes) while Councilman John C. Glidden, Jr. (1402 votes) and Councilwoman Victoria R. Amitai (1401 votes) were elected to new, three-years terms over former Councilman Michael "Jack" Kelly.
Closter has its own fire department that formed in 1893. The department responds to an average of 275 calls a year.
Federal, state and county representation
New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District is represented by Scott Garrett (R, Wantage 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).
The 39th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Gerald Cardinale (R, Demarest) and in the General Assembly by Holly Schepisi (R, River Vale) and Bob Schroeder (R, Washington Township, Bergen County). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
Bergen County is governed by a directly elected County Executive, with legislative functions performed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders. The County Executive is Kathleen Donovan (R, Rutherford; term ends December 31, 2014). The seven freeholders are elected at-large in partisan elections on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year, with a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Chairman Pro Tempore selected from among its members at a reorganization meeting held each January. As of 2014[update], Bergen County's Freeholders are Freeholder Chairman David L. Ganz (D, 2014; Fair Lawn), Vice Chairwoman Joan Voss (D, 2014; Fort Lee), Chairman Pro Tempore John A. Felice (R, 2016; River Edge), Maura R. DeNicola (R, 2016; Franklin Lakes), Steve Tanelli (D, 2015; North Arlington) James J. Tedesco, III (D, 2015; Paramus) and Tracy Silna Zur (D, 2015; Franklin Lakes). Countywide constitutional officials are County Clerk John S. Hogan (D, Northvale), Sheriff Michael Saudino (R), Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, Cresskill)
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 4,930 registered voters in Closter, of which 1,348 (27.3% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,060 (21.5% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 2,519 (51.1% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 3 voters registered to other parties. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 58.9% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 80.4% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 1,857 votes here (52.3% vs. 54.8% countywide), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 1,639 votes (46.2% vs. 43.5%) and other candidates with 30 votes (0.8% vs. 0.9%), among the 3,550 ballots cast by the borough's 5,136 registered voters, for a turnout of 69.1% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County). In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 2,184 votes here (55.2% vs. 53.9% countywide), ahead of Republican John McCain with 1,715 votes (43.4% vs. 44.5%) and other candidates with 28 votes (0.7% vs. 0.8%), among the 3,955 ballots cast by the borough's 5,187 registered voters, for a turnout of 76.2% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County). In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 2,100 votes here (52.6% vs. 51.7% countywide), ahead of Republican George W. Bush with 1,860 votes (46.5% vs. 47.2%) and other candidates with 27 votes (0.7% vs. 0.7%), among the 3,996 ballots cast by the borough's 5,086 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.6% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).
In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 1,238 ballots cast (48.7% vs. 48.0% countywide), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 1,156 votes (45.5% vs. 45.8%), Independent Chris Daggett with 112 votes (4.4% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 7 votes (0.3% vs. 0.5%), among the 2,543 ballots cast by the borough's 5,064 registered voters, yielding a 50.2% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
The Closter Public Schools serve students in Kindergarten through eighth grade. As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's two schools had an enrollment of 1,110 students and 88.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.61:1. Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Hillside Elementary School (with 551 students in grades K-4) and Tenakill Middle School (with 559 students in grades 5-8).
Students in ninth through twelfth grades attend Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest in Demarest, together with students from Demarest and Haworth. The high school is part of the Northern Valley Regional High School District, which also serves students from Harrington Park, Northvale, Norwood and Old Tappan. Local students had attended Closter High School until Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest opened in 1955, whereupon the Closter school was closed.
Public school students from the borough, and all of Bergen County, are eligible to attend the secondary education programs offered by the Bergen County Technical Schools, which include the Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, and the Bergen Tech campus in Teterboro or Paramus. The district offers programs on a shared-time or full-time basis, with admission based on a selective application process and tuition covered by the student's home school district.
Roads and highways
Coach USA's Red and Tan Lines provides service from Closter to the Port Authority Bus Terminal via the 20 and 14E bus routes. Saddle River Tours / Ameribus offers limited service to the George Washington Bridge Bus Station offered on the 84 route.
Shopping and entertainment
Closter has an outdoor mall called Closter Plaza. It has stores (including a Kmart), restaurants, and a movie theater.
The Closter Golf Center includes a two-story driving range and a mini golf course.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Closter include:
- Coe Finch Austin (1831-1880), botanist and founding member of the Torrey Botanical Club.
- Abram Belskie (1907–1988), British-born sculptor.
- Benjamin Blackledge (1743–1815), first English teacher in Closter and "the most prominent man in the northern part of Bergen County".
- George Dayton (1827 - ?), represented Bergen County in the New Jersey Senate from 1875 to 1877.
- Emme (born 1963), plus-size model.
- Tom Gorman (1919–1986), Major League Baseball umpire.
- Bruce Harper (born 1955), former NFL running back and kick returner who played for the New York Jets.
- Israel Horowitz (1916–2008), record producer who became an editor and columnist on classical music at Billboard magazine.
- Richard Hunt (1951–1992), puppeteer best known for his association with The Muppets.
- Helen Jepson (1904-1997), lyric soprano who was lead soprano at the Metropolitan Opera from 1935 to 1941.
- Marcel Jovine (1921-2003), sculptor and creator of The Visible Man, The Visible Woman and The Closter Seal.
- Tommy La Stella (born 1989), second baseman for the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs.
- London Lee (born 1935), comedian billed as "The Rich Kid."
- Robert Lipsyte (born 1938), sports journalist and author.
- Sam Lipsyte (born 1968), author.
- Rich Luzzi (born 1978), frontman for Rev Theory.
- J. Massey Rhind (1860-1936), sculptor.
- Mike Stanton (born 1967) relief pitcher for the New York Yankees.
- Tom Waddell (born 1958), former Major League Baseball pitcher.
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- Our Communities, Northern Valley Regional High School District. Accessed August 28, 2014. "The seven towns that make up the Northern Valley Regional High School District - Closter, Demarest, Harrington Park, Haworth, Northvale, Norwood, and Old Tappan - are situated in the northeast corner of Bergen County, New Jersey."
- Northern Valley Regional High School District 2013 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed August 28, 2014. "There are seven local communities that send their students to the regional high schools: Closter, Demarest, Harrington Park, Haworth, Northvale, Norwood and Old Tappan."
- About Us, Bergen County Technical Schools. Accessed December 4, 2013.
- Admissions, Bergen County Technical Schools. Accessed December 4, 2013.
- Bergen County Mileage by Municipality and Jurisdiction, New Jersey Department of Transportation, May 2010. Accessed December 4, 2013.
- Routes by County: Bergen County, New Jersey Transit, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 22, 2009. Accessed July 22, 2011.
- Available Schedules, Coach USA. Accessed July 22, 2011.
- 20/84 Schedule, Saddle River Tours. Accessed August 27, 2014.
- Demarest, Sarah Austin "A Sketch of the Life of Coe Finch Austin", in Memoirs of the Torrey Botanical Club, 1917. Accessed December 4, 2013.
- Abram Belskie, Belskie Museum of Art and Science. Accessed August 16, 2007. "In 1931, Abram Belskie moved to Closter, where he would remain for the next fifty-seven years. Here he worked at the studio of the master-carver Robert Alexander Baillie."
- History of Closter, Borough of Closter. Accessed March 2, 2011.
- Van Valen, James M. History of Bergen County, New Jersey, p. 688. New Jersey Publishing and Engraving Company, 1900. Accessed December 4, 2013. "In 1868 a residence was established in Rutherford, N. J., and next a removal was made to Saratoga county, N. Y. In 1890 Mr. Dayton came to Closter where he has resided ever since."
- Pedota, Chris. "One couple's climb to hope Supermodel and husband tell their sides of coming back from his depression", The Kansas City Star, April 2, 2002. Accessed June 2, 2007. "Emme and Phillip Aronson at home in Closter, New Jersey."
- via Associated Press. "Former major league ump, Tom Gorman, Dies", Williamson Daily News, August 13, 1986. Accessed March 2, 2011. "CLOSTER, N.J. - Tom Gorman, a major league umpire for 25 years until his retirement in 1976, is dead of a heart attack. Gorman died Tuesday at the age of 67 at his home in this Northern New Jersey town."
- Spelling, Ian. "Hero Worship: Former Jets star Bruce Harper inspires sportsmanship and good character", (201) magazine, August 1, 2009. Accessed July 26, 2011. "Likewise, Harper is a Bergen lifer. He was born in Englewood, lived for a time in Fort Lee, bought a house in Englewood, moved to Norwood, and currently resides in Closter with his wife, Nancy."
- Kozinn, Allan. "Israel Horowitz, Record Producer and Billboard Columnist, Dies at 92", The New York Times, January 8, 2009. Accessed January 9, 2009. "Israel Horowitz, a record producer who was also an executive editor and classical music columnist for Billboard magazine, died at his home in Closter, N.J., on Dec. 26."
- Alex, Patricia. "RICHARD H. HUNT, AT 40; BROUGHT MUPPETS TO LIFE", The Record (Bergen County), January 8, 1992. Accessed March 6, 2008. "Richard H. Hunt, a puppeteer who created several Muppets characters including Kermit the Frog's zealous sidekick 'Scooter,' died Tuesday. The Closter resident was 40."
- Staff. "Helen Jepson Chosen Chairman of Music Foundation Auxiliary", Raritan Township and Fords Beacon, July 20, 1950, p. 3. Accessed December 19, 2013. "Miss Jepson lives in Closter, Bergen County, and has been a resident of the state for a number of years.... Besides lecturing at Bergen Junior College, she conducts studios both in New York and on the grounds of her Closter home where she teaches New Jersey pupils."
- Cahill, William. A History of Closter's Sculptors Closter Historic Preservation Commission. Accessed December 11, 2011. "The fourth notable artist-resident of Closter was Marcel Jovine (1921-2003).... Jovine turned to fine art when the Borough of Closter asked him to create its seal, which commemorates the ride of the Closter Horseman."
- Kaufman, Michael T. "Marcel Jovine, 81; Designed Toys and Coins", The New York Times, January 27, 2003. Accessed November 8, 2011. "Marcel Jovine, who shaped such popular toys as the Visible Man and the Visible Woman before becoming an award-winning designer of coins and a sculptor of racehorses, died last Monday in Greenwich, Conn., at the home of his daughter, Andrea Coopersmith. He was 81 and lived and worked in Closter, N.J."
- Odum, Charles via Associated press. "MLB: Tommy La Stella steps right up", The Record (Bergen County), June 3, 2014. Accessed June 3, 2014. "The Braves received a needed boost from two players recalled from the minors last week. Now Tommy La Stella of Closter and Shae Simmons are set for their home debuts."
- Kraushar, Jonathan P. "Bergen: Comics' Haven", The New York Times, March 21, 1976. Accessed December 17, 2012. "For London Lee, for example, a resident of Closter, his childhood as a 'poor, little rich boy' provided him meat for his act for many years."
- Horner, Shirley. "ABOUT BOOKS", The New York Times, October 3, 1993. Accessed May 17, 2012. "The other inductees are... Robert Lipsyte of Closter, a sports columnist for The New York Times and the author of The Contender, a young-adult novel published by Harper in 1967 and still in print..."
- Staff. "Corrections", Poets & Writers, May/June 2010. Accessed July 28, 2011. "Sam Lipsyte's hometown is Closter, New Jersey, not Demarest, as stated in Failure's Fortune by Frank Bures (March/April 2010)."
- Rademacher , Brian. Interview with Rich Luzzi, Rock Eyez, June 2008. Accessed June 3, 2014. "Brian Rademacher: Where did you grow up? Rich Luzzi: Closter, New Jersey."
- Staff. "Meet the Reds", The Cincinnati Enquirer, March 29, 2007. Accessed June 2, 2011.
- via Associated Press, "Baseball career good fit for hurler", The Rock Hill Herald, August 3, 1981. Accessed July 28, 2011. "Former clothing salesman Tom Waddell's new career as a baseball pitcher for the Anderson Braves suits him fine.... The Closter, N.J. native signed as a free agent and is now pitching for the Braves' team in the South Atlantic League."
- Closter official website
- Closter Public Schools
- Closter Public Schools's 2012–13 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- School Data for the Closter Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics
- Northern Valley Regional High School District