Keyport, New Jersey
|Keyport, New Jersey|
|Borough of Keyport|
|Nickname(s): "Pearl of the Bayshore"|
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||April 2, 1908|
|• Mayor||Harry M. Aumack, II (term ends December 31, 2014)|
|• Administrator||Lorene K. Wright|
|• Clerk||Valerie T. Heilweil|
|• Total||1.469 sq mi (3.807 km2)|
|• Land||1.395 sq mi (3.614 km2)|
|• Water||0.074 sq mi (0.193 km2) 5.06%|
|Area rank||455th of 566 in state
37th of 53 in county
|Elevation||26 ft (8 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2012)||7,233|
|• Rank||312th of 566 in state
23rd of 53 in county
|• Density||5,188.4/sq mi (2,003.3/km2)|
|• Density rank||106th of 566 in state
11th of 53 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0885268|
Keyport is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 7,240, following a decline of 328 (-4.3%) from the 7,568 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 18 (-0.2%) from the 7,586 counted in the 1990 Census. Keyport's nickname is the "Pearl of the Bayshore" or the "Gateway to the Bayshore".
Keyport is part of the Bayshore Regional Strategic Plan, an effort by nine municipalities in northern Monmouth County to reinvigorate the area's economy by emphasizing the traditional downtowns, dense residential neighborhoods, maritime history, and the natural beauty of the Raritan Bayshore coastline.
Keyport is located at United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.469 square miles (3.807 km2), of which, 1.395 square miles (3.614 km2) of it was land and 0.074 square miles (0.193 km2) of it (5.06%) was water.(40.432114,-74.201529). According to the
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At the 2010 United States Census, there were 7,240 people, 3,067 households, and 1,693 families residing in the borough. The population density was 5,188.4 inhabitants per square mile (2,003.3 /km2). There were 3,272 housing units at an average density of 2,344.8 per square mile (905.3 /km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 80.00% (5,792) White, 7.20% (521) Black or African American, 0.28% (20) Native American, 2.38% (172) Asian, 0.03% (2) Pacific Islander, 7.62% (552) from other races, and 2.50% (181) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.26% (1,322) of the population.
There were 3,067 households of which 23.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.7% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.8% were non-families. 37.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 3.15.
In the borough, 19.8% of the population were under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 27.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.5 years. For every 100 females there were 97.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.6 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $56,509 (with a margin of error of +/- $7,915) and the median family income was $82,714 (+/- $13,757). Males had a median income of $56,156 (+/- $6,693) versus $41,782 (+/- $4,326) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $28,545 (+/- $2,210). About 4.9% of families and 9.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.6% of those under age 18 and 8.0% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 7,568 people, 3,264 households, and 1,798 families residing in the borough. The population density was 5,358.4 people per square mile (2,072.4/km²). There were 3,400 housing units at an average density of 2,407.3 per square mile (931.0/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 85.2% White, 7.0% African American, 0.12% Native American, 2.22% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.96% from other races, and 2.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.09% of the population.
There were 3,264 households out of which 25.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.4% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.9% were non-families. 38.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 3.11.
In the borough the population was spread out with 21.8% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 33.2% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.8 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $43,869, and the median income for a family was $58,176. Males had a median income of $40,324 versus $34,036 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $23,288. About 4.9% of families and 7.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.7% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.
Keyport is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at large. 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.
As of 2013[update], the Mayor of Keyport is Republican Harry M. Aumack, II, whose term of office ends December 31, 2014. Borough Council Members are Council President Joseph E. Sheridan (D, 2014), Ken Howe (R, 2013), Sophia Lamberson (D, 2015), Ken McPeek (D, 2015), Clemente Toglia (R, 2013) and Joy-Michele J. Tomczak (D, 2014).
Harry Aumack, II, was selected as mayor in April 2013 to fill the vacant seat of Robert McLeod, who had resigned in the previous month citing internal battles within the local Republican party, exemplified by the struggles to fill a council vacancy in late 2012. Ken Howe was named in January 2013 to fill the vacant seat that expires at the end of 2013 of Republican Evelyn Ambrose, who resigned in December 2012 as she was relocating to Puerto Rico.
On Election Day, November 7, 2007, Council President Robert Bergen was elected Mayor, taking the seat of two-term incumbent John J. Merla. Merla pled guilty to federal corruption charges on January 18, 2007, for accepting bribes to obtain municipal contracts. Bergen assumed the post of Mayor on January 1, 2007.
Federal, state and county representation
New Jersey's Sixth Congressional District is represented by Frank Pallone (D, Long Branch). 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 13th district of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Joseph M. Kyrillos (R, Middletown Township) and in the General Assembly by Amy Handlin (R, Middletown Township) and Declan O'Scanlon (R, Little Silver). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 4,442 registered voters in Keyport, of which 1,251 (28.2%) were registered as Democrats, 950 (21.4%) were registered as Republicans and 2,240 (50.4%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There was one voter registered to another party.
In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 52.1% of the vote here (1,759 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain with 44.6% (1,506 votes) and other candidates with 1.7% (56 votes), among the 3,374 ballots cast by the borough's 4,704 registered voters, for a turnout of 71.7%. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 50.0% of the vote here (1,649 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 48.4% (1,596 votes) and other candidates with 0.8% (35 votes), among the 3,297 ballots cast by the borough's 4,620 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 71.4.
In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 55.2% of the vote here (1,284 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 34.3% (796 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 8.0% (185 votes) and other candidates with 1.2% (29 votes), among the 2,324 ballots cast by the borough's 4,544 registered voters, yielding a 51.1% turnout.
The Keyport 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 Keyport Central School (grades PreK–7; 610 students) and Keyport High School (grades 8–12; 532).
Students in public school for ninth through twelfth grades from Union Beach attend the district's high school as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Union Beach School System.
Keyport is known for its oyster industry, which had been one of the world's largest suppliers until overfishing and pollution led to a collapse of the industry in the early to mid 20th century. In August 2010, NY/NJ Baykeeper suspended an effort to recreate the oyster reefs in Keyport's Raritan Bay after the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection cited concerns that the oysters could be harvested and sold to the public despite the persistent heavy pollution in the water after concerns had been raised by the United States Food and Drug Administration that patrols were insufficient to ensure that the oysters in the reef were not being harvested.
It was the home of the Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company which operated from 1914 to 1930 and built seaplanes for the United States Navy during World War I. Its planes were mostly military seaplanes and flying boats, including aircraft that offered some of the first scheduled air service using seaplanes.
Keyport is credited as the birthplace of the "Lazy Susan", designed by William Bedle in 1845. It was the site of the professional dance debut of film star Fred Astaire in 1903 at age four, together with his sister Adele, as part of an act that earned a review that called the duo "the greatest child act in vaudeville.
Keyport is home to Espresso Joe's, a coffee shop and venue for local musical and artistic acts.
Keyport is home to many diverse businesses, and has a bustling shopping district located on West Front Street, located one block in from the waterfront. The business district is now under control of the Keyport Bayfront Business Cooperative (which was established in 2011 to replace the now-defunct Keyport Business Alliance) which helps to organize events that benefit the businesses in Keyport as well as the city as a whole.
Notable current and former residents of Keyport include:
- Piotr Czech (born 1986), NFL placekicker.
- Juanita Hall (1901–1968), actress best known for her role as "Bloody Mary" in the movie South Pacific.
- Garret Hobart (1844–1899), Vice President of the United States from 1897 to 1899, spent his boyhood years in Keyport at a home on Broad Street, which was destroyed in the Great Fire of September 21, 1877.
- Moe Jaffe (1901–1972), songwriter and bandleader.
- Pat Kennedy, men's basketball coach at Towson College.
- Georg J. Lober (1892–1961), sculptor.
- Horace M. Thorne (1918–1944), awarded the Medal of Honor for valor during World War II.
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- Heumiller, Keith. "Keyport council selection causes stir with GOPHowe will replace Ambrose through December", Independent, January 24, 2013. Accessed October 16, 2013. "The Keyport Borough Council appointed a new member to the governing body Jan. 15, following a contested selection process that has some local Republicans up in arms. Ken Howe, a chemist who campaigned on the GOP ticket for Borough Council in 2011 and 2012, was selected to replace former Republican Councilwoman Evelyn Ambrose, who resigned in December due to a move to Puerto Rico. Howe will serve for the remainder of 2013."
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- Keyport Public Schools 2013 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed October 16, 2013. " Keyport is located in central Monmouth County and educates students pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. We are a receiving district for students from Union Beach that attend Keyport High School."
- Cheslow, Jerry. "If You're Thinking of Living In/Union Beach, N.J.; Waterfront Borough Making a Comeback", The New York Times, May 5, 2002. Accessed August 6, 2012. "MOST Union Beach students go on to the 523-student Keyport High School in the neighboring borough of Keyport. A handful of students are accepted into Red Bank Regional High School, after passing admissions tests to its three specialized programs: visual and performing arts; information technology; and finance."
- Bria, Amy. "Oysters returned to bay in Keyport", Asbury Park Press, July 9, 2001. Accessed July 10, 2012. "Eighty years ago, Keyport produced more oysters for market than almost anywhere else in the world. But pollution and overfishing led to the depletion of the oyster in Raritan Bay off the shore of Keyport."
- Perez-Pena, Richard. "New Jersey Halts Oyster Restoration Project", The New York Times, August 9, 2010. Accessed July 10, 2012. "A decade of efforts to restore marine life to the polluted Raritan Bay suffered a serious setback on Monday when, under orders from the state, an environmental group pulled up the oysters it had cultivated there.But after years of wrangling with the State Department of Environmental Protection, the group, NY/NJ Baykeeper, said it was not surrendering, just beating a tactical retreat."
- Staff. "Keyport: A brief history", Asbury Park Press, March 16, 2000. Accessed July 10, 2012. ""Aeromarine Plane and Motor Co. opens a factory in Keyport. It manufactures training planes for the Navy, so-called 'flying boats' used in the first sea-plane passenger service, and the first torpedo bomber."
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- Darrach, Brad. "He Made Us Feel Like Dancing; The Master Is Dead at 88, but His Legacy of Style, Grace, Elegance and Wit Will Long Endure", People (magazine), July 6, 1987. Accessed October 16, 2013. "After less than a year of instruction, billed as the Astaires ('because Austerlitz sounded like a battle'), Adele and Fred made their first professional appearance—in Keyport, N.J. They were paid $50 for a 'split week' and got a socko review in the local weekly: 'The Astaires are the greatest child act in vaudeville.'"
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- Heumiller, Keith. "Keyport proposes changes to business cooperative", Independent, August 15, 2013. Accessed October 16, 2013. "A number of changes could be coming to the Keyport Bayfront Business Cooperative (KBBC), which manages the borough’s business district.... The KBBC was established in late 2011 after the decertification of the borough’s previous district management corporation — the Keyport Business Alliance (KBA), which borough officials said routinely clashed with the governing body."
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- Vrentas, Jenny. "Rutgers closes out program's strongest NFL Draft showing with late-round picks, undrafted free agents", The Star-Ledger, April 26, 2009. Accessed November 25, 2012. "In other Jersey news -- though not Rutgers-related -- Keyport's Piotr Czech signed with the Steelers. Czech, a former kicker for Wagner College, was in camp with the Ravens last year."
- "Wagner kicker Piotr Czech earns All-America honors; Senior Named to 2007 AFCA Subdivision All-America Team', Wagner University. Accessed November 25, 2012. "Wagner College senior kicker/punter Piotr Czech (Keyport High School/ Keyport, N.J.), the school record holder in field goals made and a six-time Northeast Conference Special Teams Player of the Week, capped his brilliant career by being named to the American Football Coaches Association All-America Team."
- Staff. "Juanita Hall, the Bloody Mary of 'South Pacific,' Dies at 66; Soprano - Actress Captivated Broadway With 'Happy Talk' and 'Bali Hai'", The New York Times, March 1, 1968. Accessed August 6, 2012. "Juanita Hall, the Bloody Mary of South Pacific on the stage and screen, died here last night in Southside Hospital of diabetes complications. She was 66 years old and lived in Keyport, N. J.... The singer-actress was born in Keyport, Nov. 6, 1901, the daughter of Abram and Mary Richardson Long."
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