Milltown, New Jersey
|Milltown, New Jersey|
|Borough of Milltown|
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||January 29, 1889|
|• Mayor||Eric A. Steeber (term ends December 31, 2015)|
|• Clerk||Mike Januska|
|• Total||1.596 sq mi (4.134 km2)|
|• Land||1.551 sq mi (4.018 km2)|
|• Water||0.045 sq mi (0.116 km2) 2.80%|
|Area rank||443rd of 566 in state
22nd of 25 in county
|Elevation||36 ft (11 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2012)||6,946|
|• Rank||322nd of 566 in state
22nd of 25 in county
|• Density||4,443.0/sq mi (1,715.5/km2)|
|• Density rank||133rd of 566 in state
10th of 25 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0885303|
Milltown is a borough in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 6,893, reflecting a decrease of 107 (-1.5%) from the 7,000 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 32 (+0.5%) from the 6,968 counted in the 1990 Census.
Milltown was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on January 29, 1889, from portions of North Brunswick Township, based on the results of a referendum held three days earlier. The borough was reincorporated by resolution of the borough council on May 2, 1896. A portion of East Brunswick Township was annexed in 1902.
Milltown is located at United States Census Bureau, Milltown borough had a total area of 1.596 square miles (4.134 km2), of which, 1.551 square miles (4.018 km2) of it is land and 0.045 square miles (0.116 km2) of it (2.80%) is water.(40.450239,-74.434786). According to the
The borough borders North Brunswick Township to the west, and East Brunswick Township to the east. The Lawrence Brook, a tributary of the Raritan River, flows through the borough after exiting the Farrington Lake. The dam, under Main Street creates a reservoir, the Mill Pond.
Long before the arrival of the first Europeans, the Lenape had established settlements along the Lawrence Brook. The discovery of many artifacts in the area above today's municipal building (now a small county park) suggests the presence of a Native American settlement. In 1678, Thomas Lawrence, a New York baker, acquired a large area around the Lawrence Brook, which likely included today's Milltown. The Lawrence Brook was then called Piscopeek (and on later maps, Lawrence's Brook). The names and marks of several Native Americans (Quemareck, Quesiacs, Isarick, Metapis, Peckawan and Turantaca) appear on the bill of sale. In 1769, Fulcard Van Nordstrand advertised the sale of a large gristmill on the bank of Lawrence Brook. It would soon be called Lawrence Brook Mill. The 1903 classic western film The Great Train Robbery was shot in Milltown.
In March 2010, the Milltown City Council voted against changing the name of Petain Avenue, citing the difficulties that the street's residents would endure if the name changed. Petain Avenue is named for Philippe Pétain, a French World War I general who later became the leader of the Vichy France government during World War II. The Vichy Regime willfully collaborated with Nazi Germany, taking state action against "undesirables," including Jews, Protestants, gays, gypsies, and left-wing activists. In total, the Vichy government participated in the deportation of 76,000 Jews to German extermination camps, although this number varies depending on the account; only 2,500 survived the war. After the War, Petain was charged with perjury and sentenced to life in prison due to his old age. Every city in France has since changed the name of streets formerly known as Petain.
|Population sources: 1900-1920
1930-1990 2000 2010
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 6,893 people, 2,599 households, and 1,915 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,443.0 inhabitants per square mile (1,715.5 /km2). There were 2,698 housing units at an average density of 1,739.0 per square mile (671.4 /km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 92.44% (6,372) White, 1.23% (85) Black or African American, 0.13% (9) Native American, 3.37% (232) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 1.58% (109) from other races, and 1.25% (86) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.46% (445) of the population.
There were 2,599 households of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.9% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.3% were non-families. 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the borough, 21.8% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 30.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.6 years. For every 100 females there were 97.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.5 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $89,457 (with a margin of error of +/- $14,398) and the median family income was $103,750 (+/- $7,631). Males had a median income of $63,377 (+/- $5,321) versus $41,029 (+/- $3,358) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $33,472 (+/- $2,034). About 2.9% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.9% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 7,000 people, 2,627 households, and 1,943 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,452.0 people per square mile (1,721.5/km2). There were 2,670 housing units at an average density of 1,698.1 per square mile (656.6/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 93.86% White, 0.76% African American, 0.16% Native American, 3.07% Asian, 1.16% from other races, and 1.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.73% of the population.
There were 2,627 households out of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.9% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.0% were non-families. 21.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.12.
In the borough the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.2 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $68,429, and the median income for a family was $77,869. Males had a median income of $50,338 versus $38,220 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $29,996. About 1.3% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 1.3% of those age 65 or over.
Milltown is governed under the Borough form of government by a Mayor and a six-member Borough Council. The Mayor is directly elected by the voters to serve a four-year term of office. Members of the Borough Council serve three-year terms in office on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year.
As of 2013[update], the Mayor of Milltown Borough is Eric A. Steeber, whose term of office ends December 31, 2015. Members of the Milltown Borough Council (with term-end year and committee chairmanship listed in parentheses) are Council President Richard Ryan (2013; Public Works and Recycling), Randy Farkas (2014; Utilities), George Murray (2013; Finance, Planning and Administration), Patty Murray (2015; Parks and Recreation), Joseph Pietanza (2014; Public Safety) and Neil Raciti (2015; Environmental, Health and Social Services).
In the November 2011 General Election, Democrat Eric Steeber was elected to a four-year term as mayor, while his running mates Randy Farkas and Joseph Pietanza won three-year terms on the Borough Council.
Federal, state and county representation
New Jersey's Twelfth Congressional District is represented by Rush D. Holt, Jr. (D, Hopewell 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 17th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Bob Smith (D, Piscataway) and in the General Assembly by Upendra J. Chivukula (D, Somerset) and Joseph V. Egan (D, New Brunswick). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
Middlesex County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders, whose seven members are elected at-large to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year. At an annual reorganization meeting held in January, the board selects from among its members a Freeholder Director and Deputy Director. As of 2013[update], Middlesex County's Freeholders (with committee chairmanship, residence and term-end year listed in parentheses) are Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano (Ex-officio on all committees; South River, term ends December 31, 2013), Freeholder Deputy Director Ronald G. Rios (County Administration; Carteret, 2015), Carol Barrett Bellante (Finance; Monmouth Junction in South Brunswick, 2014), H. James Polos (Public Safety and Health; Highland Park, 2015), Charles E. Tomaro (Business Development and Education; Edison, 2014) and Blanquita B. Valenti (Community Services; New Brunswick, 2013). The seat of Stephen J. "Pete" Dalina (D-Fords, Woodbridge) – Chairperson, Infrastructure Management Committee, is vacant following his death in October 2013 after serving 23 years in office as the longest-serving freeholder in the county. Constitutional officers are County Clerk Elaine M. Flynn (Old Bridge Township), Sheriff Mildred S. Scott (Piscataway) and Surrogate Kevin J. Hoagland (New Brunswick).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 5,075 registered voters in Milltown, of which 1,609 (31.7%) were registered as Democrats, 823 (16.2%) were registered as Republicans and 2,643 (52.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were no voters registered to other parties.
In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 52.0% of the vote here (2,112 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 45.5% (1,848 votes) and other candidates with 1.6% (65 votes), among the 4,058 ballots cast by the borough's 5,250 registered voters, for a turnout of 77.3%. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 55.5% of the vote here (2,181 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 42.9% (1,683 votes) and other candidates with 0.9% (44 votes), among the 3,927 ballots cast by the borough's 5,064 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 77.5.
In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 55.9% of the vote here (1,684 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 32.6% (982 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 8.7% (261 votes) and other candidates with 1.6% (47 votes), among the 3,011 ballots cast by the borough's 5,096 registered voters, yielding a 59.1% turnout.
Students in public school for grades Kindergarten through eighth grade attend the Milltown Public Schools. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Parkview School (grades PreK-3; 357 students) and Joyce Kilmer School (4-8; 321).
County Route 617 (Ryders Lane) is a major artery serving the borough along the eastern border. The New Jersey Turnpike passes through for about a mile, but the closest interchange is in neighboring East Brunswick Township. Also, U.S. 1 is outside in neighboring North Brunswick.
Notable current and former residents of Milltown include:
- David Kikoski (born 1961), jazz pianist.
- Danny Pintauro (born 1976), actor who got started as a child actor on the television soap opera As the World Turns, and in the movie Cujo, and came to prominence on the television series Who's the Boss?.
- Peter Plantec (born 1943), writer, digital artist and software designer.
- David Schwendeman (1924–2012), last full-time chief taxidermist of the American Museum of Natural History from 1959 to 1988; lifelong resident of Milltown.
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- Durett, Jacqueline. "Democratic victors eager to lead Milltown: Steeber, Pietanza, Farkas say change is in store for borough", Milltown Sentinel, November 17, 2011. Accessed December 19, 2011. "For the first time in 13 years, Milltown will have a new mayor in 2012. And for the first time in a quarter-century, the mayor will be a Democrat. “It’s been a long time,” said Eric Steeber, who won the seat on Nov. 8, defeating Republican Ronald Dixon, who is currently a councilman, in a vote of 1,294 to 954. On Jan. 1, Steeber will take over for longtime Republican Mayor Gloria Bradford, who did not seek re-election. The Democrats also had success in the race for two seats on the Borough Council. Randy Farkas and Joseph Pietanza defeated the GOP’s Jules Dekovics and Stacey Waters."
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