Oradell, New Jersey

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Oradell, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Oradell
The Oradell train station in the year 2007.
The Oradell train station in the year 2007.
Map highlighting Oradell's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Map highlighting Oradell's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Oradell, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Oradell, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°57′24″N 74°01′58″W / 40.956651°N 74.032858°W / 40.956651; -74.032858Coordinates: 40°57′24″N 74°01′58″W / 40.956651°N 74.032858°W / 40.956651; -74.032858[1][2]
Country  United States of America
State  New Jersey
County Bergen
Incorporated March 8, 1894 as Delford
Renamed November 12, 1920 as Oradell
Government[6]
 • Type Borough
 • Mayor Joseph L. Murray, Jr. (term ends December 31, 2015)[3]
 • Administrator Laura J. Graham[4]
 • Clerk Laura J. Graham[5]
Area[1]
 • Total 2.577 sq mi (6.673 km2)
 • Land 2.424 sq mi (6.278 km2)
 • Water 0.153 sq mi (0.395 km2)  5.92%
Area rank 370th of 566 in state
38th of 70 in county[1]
Elevation [7] 39 ft (12 m)
Population (2010 Census)[8][9][10]
 • Total 7,978
 • Estimate (2012[11]) 8,083
 • Rank 289th of 566 in state
48th of 70 in county[12]
 • Density 3,291.5/sq mi (1,270.9/km2)
 • Density rank 201st of 566 in state
42nd of 70 in county[12]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07649[13][14]
Area code(s) 201[15]
FIPS code 3400354990[1][16][17]
GNIS feature ID 0885337[18]
Website www.oradell.org

Oradell is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. At the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 7,978,[8][9][10] reflecting a decline of 69 (-0.9%) from the 8,047 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 23 (+0.3%) from the 8,024 counted in the 1990 Census.[19] The borough includes a dam on the Hackensack River that forms the Oradell Reservoir. Oradell is a suburb of New York City, located approximately 15 miles (24 km) northwest of Midtown Manhattan.

Oradell was originally formed on March 8, 1894, as the borough of Delford, from portions of Harrington Township, Midland Township and Palisades Township.[20] The borough was formed during the "Boroughitis" phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County, in which 26 boroughs were formed in the county in 1894 alone.[21] The name "Delford" was a portmanteau created from the names of two communities within the new borough: Oradell and New Milford.[22] The Hotel Delford had been constructed in 1870 after the construction of the first railroad to reach the area.[23] On November 12, 1920, the borough's name was officially changed to "Oradell", based on the results of a referendum held ten days earlier.[20][24] Oradell derives from "ora" (Latin for "edge") and "dell".[25]

New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Oradell as the 68th best place to live in New Jersey in its 2010 rankings of the "Top Towns" in the state. This ranking also makes the borough the seventh best place to live in Bergen County.[26]

Geography[edit]

Oradell is located at 40°57′24″N 74°01′58″W / 40.956651°N 74.032858°W / 40.956651; -74.032858 (40.956651,-74.032858). According to the United States Census Bureau, Oradell borough had a total area of 2.577 square miles (6.673 km2), of which, 2.424 square miles (6.278 km2) of it was land and 0.153 square miles (0.395 km2) of it (5.92%) was water.[1][2]

Oradell Reservoir was formed by the Oradell Reservoir Dam placed on the Hackensack River, which was started in 1921 and finished in 1923. The reservoir is fed by the Pascack Brook and Dwars Kill in addition to the Hackensack River. The Dam has greatly reduced the amount of flooding in the eastern part of Oradell caused by the Hackensack River, though it also resulted in the loss of flora and fauna that depended on the fresh water that flowed down the river.[27] Fed by rain from Hurricane Irene in August 2011, the water level in the reservoir was two feet above the top of the dam, allowing billions of gallons of water to flow over the dam and exacerbating flooding conditions in Oradell and New Milford.[28]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 746
1910 1,005 34.7%
1920 1,286 28.0%
1930 2,360 83.5%
1940 2,802 18.7%
1950 3,665 30.8%
1960 7,487 104.3%
1970 8,903 18.9%
1980 8,658 −2.8%
1990 8,024 −7.3%
2000 8,047 0.3%
2010 7,978 −0.9%
Est. 2012 8,083 [11] 1.3%
Population sources:
1900-1920[29] 1900-1910[30]
1910-1930[31] 1900-2010[32][33][34]
2000[35][36] 2010[8][9][10]

2010 Census[edit]

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 7,978 people, 2,749 households, and 2,293 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,291.5 per square mile (1,270.9 /km2). There were 2,831 housing units at an average density of 1,168.0 per square mile (451.0 /km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 85.79% (6,844) White, 0.68% (54) Black or African American, 0.08% (6) Native American, 11.26% (898) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.80% (64) from other races, and 1.40% (112) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 4.98% (397) of the population.[8]

There were 2,749 households, of which 39.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.5% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.6% were non-families. 14.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.20.[8]

In the borough, 26.1% of the population were under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 19.8% from 25 to 44, 31.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.1 years. For every 100 females there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.2 males.[8]

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $123,750 (with a margin of error of +/- $23,641) and the median family income was $147,139 (+/- $14,419). Males had a median income of $91,332 (+/- $10,621) versus $68,208 (+/- $17,195) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $39,520. About 1.4% of families and 1.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.0% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.[37]

Same-sex couples headed 14 households in 2010, an increase from the 13 counted in 2000.[38]

2000 Census[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[16] there were 8,047 people, 2,789 households and 2,300 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,319.0 per square mile (1,283.9/km2). There were 2,833 housing units at an average density of 1,168.5 per square mile (452.0/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 90.07% White, 0.48% African American, 0.04% Native American, 8.09% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.09% of the population.[35][36]

3.1% of Oradell's residents identified themselves as being of Armenian American ancestry. This was the 11th highest percentage of Armenian American people in any place in the United States with 1,000 or more residents identifying their ancestry.[39]

There were 2,789 households of which 38.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.9% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.5% were non-families. 15.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.17.[35][36]

Age distribution was 25.2% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 26.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.1 males.[35][36]

The 2000 Census showed that median household income was $91,014 and the median family income was $102,842. Males had a median income of $76,683 versus $42,318 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $39,520. About 1.7% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 2.1% of those age 65 or over.[35][36]

Government[edit]

Local government[edit]

Oradell 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.[6] The Borough form of government used by Oradell, 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 makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.[40]

As of 2013, the Mayor of Oradell is Joseph L. Murray, Jr. (R, term of office ends on December 31, 2015). Members of the Borough Council are Council President James G. Koth (R, 2015), Donna Risse Alonso (R, 2015), Garrie Murphy (R, 2013), Edward Pfleging (R, 2014), Eric Shuler (R, 2013) and Michael Staff (R, 2014; serving an unexpired term).[41][42][43][44][45][46]

Michael Staff was named to fill the vacant seat of Antonio B. Meo, who resigned from office in December 2013 following his marriage and planned move out of the borough.[47][48]

Federal, state and county representation[edit]

Oradell is located in the 5th Congressional District[49] and is part of New Jersey's 38th state legislative district.[9][50][51] Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Oradell had been in the 39th state legislative district.[52]

New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District is represented by Scott Garrett (R, Wantage Township).[53] 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)[54][55] and Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen).[56][57]

The 38th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Robert M. Gordon (D, Fair Lawn) and in the General Assembly by Tim Eustace (D, Maywood) and Joseph Lagana (D, Paramus).[58][59] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[60] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[61]

Bergen County is governed by a directly elected County Executive, with legislative functions performed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders.[62] The County Executive is Kathleen Donovan (R, Rutherford; term ends December 31, 2014).[63] 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.[64] As of 2014, Bergen County's Freeholders are Freeholder Chairman David L. Ganz (D, 2014; Fair Lawn),[65] Vice Chairwoman Joan Voss (D, 2014; Fort Lee),[66] Chairman Pro Tempore John A. Felice (R, 2016; River Edge),[67] Maura R. DeNicola (R, 2016; Franklin Lakes),[68] Steve Tanelli (D, 2015; North Arlington)[69] James J. Tedesco, III (D, 2015; Paramus)[70] and Tracy Silna Zur (D, 2015; Franklin Lakes).[71][72] Countywide constitutional officials are County Clerk John S. Hogan (D, Northvale),[73] Sheriff Michael Saudino (R),[74] Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, Cresskill)[75][76][62]

Politics[edit]

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 5,587 registered voters in Oradell, of which 1,302 (23.3% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,774 (31.8% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 2,506 (44.9% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 5 voters registered to other parties.[77] Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 70.0% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 94.8% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).[77][78]

In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 2,354 votes here (53.7% vs. 43.5% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 1,973 votes (45.0% vs. 54.8%) and other candidates with 40 votes (0.9% vs. 0.9%), among the 4,386 ballots cast by the borough's 5,856 registered voters, for a turnout of 74.9% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County).[79][80] In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 2,491 votes here (51.9% vs. 44.5% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 2,245 votes (46.8% vs. 53.9%) and other candidates with 29 votes (0.6% vs. 0.8%), among the 4,798 ballots cast by the borough's 5,826 registered voters, for a turnout of 82.4% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County).[81][82] In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 2,592 votes here (55.5% vs. 47.2% countywide), ahead of Democrat John Kerry with 2,034 votes (43.5% vs. 51.7%) and other candidates with 32 votes (0.7% vs. 0.7%), among the 4,672 ballots cast by the borough's 5,696 registered voters, for a turnout of 82.0% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).[83]

In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 1,775 votes here (53.8% vs. 45.8% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 1,320 votes (40.0% vs. 48.0%), Independent Chris Daggett with 158 votes (4.8% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 14 votes (0.4% vs. 0.5%), among the 3,302 ballots cast by the borough's 5,745 registered voters, yielding a 57.5% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).[84]

Education[edit]

The Oradell Public School District serves students in Kindergarten through sixth grade. As of the 2010-11 school year, Oradell Public School served 790 students.[85]

Oradell and neighboring River Edge share a combined public school district for seventh through twelfth grades, River Dell Regional School District which was established in 1958. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[86]) are River Dell Regional Middle School[87] in River Edge (with 548 students in grades 7-8) and River Dell Regional High School[88] in Oradell (with 1,036 students in grades 9-12).[89][90]

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.[91][92]

Oradell is home to Bergen Catholic High School, a private Roman Catholic college preparatory school that was founded in 1955 and is run by the Christian Brothers of Ireland, under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.[93][94] Oradell is also home to St. Joseph Elementary School, a Catholic school that serves children from Pre-K through grade 8, as part of the Newark Archdiocese.[95]

Organizations[edit]

Oradell has two Boy Scout troops - Troop 36 and Troop 142 - as well as two Cub Scout packs; Pack 136 and Pack 142.

Troop 36 was established on February 11, 1911. Originally known as Troop 1, it was one of the first Boy Scout troops chartered in the United States and the second troop chartered in New Jersey. Sponsored by American Legion Post 41 since 1919, Troop 36 is currently the oldest Boy Scout troop in the state of New Jersey and has the distinction of being the second-oldest continually operating troop in the United States. It is one of the largest and most decorated troops in New Jersey.[96] As of January 2007, Troop 36 had 127 Eagle Scouts.

Troop 142 was re-established in 1999, and has over 40 members and more than 20 Eagle Scouts.

Transportation[edit]

Roads and highways[edit]

The borough had a total of 35.17 miles (56.60 km) of roadways, of which 30.06 miles (48.38 km) are maintained by the municipality and 5.11 miles (8.22 km) by Bergen County.[97]

Public transportation[edit]

Oradell is served by New Jersey Transit at the Oradell train station, located at Oradell and Maple Avenues.[98] The station provides service on the Pascack Valley Line, which runs north-south to Hoboken Terminal with connections via the Secaucus Junction transfer station to New Jersey Transit one-stop service to New York Penn Station and to other NJ Transit rail service. Connections are available at the Hoboken Terminal to other New Jersey Transit rail lines, the PATH train at the Hoboken PATH station, New York Waterways ferry service to the World Financial Center and other destinations and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail service.[99]

NJ Transit bus service is available to and from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 165 route, while local service is offered on the 762 bus line.[100]

Rockland Coaches offers service on the 11T/11AT route from Stony Point, New York to the Port Authority Bus Terminal and on the 11C route from Spring Valley, New York to the George Washington Bridge Bus Station in Washington Heights, Manhattan.[101][102]

Places of interest[edit]

The Atwood-Blauvelt Mansion (1897)
  • The Atwood-Blauvelt mansion on Kinderkamack Road, built 1897, a prominent example of shingle style architecture. The property, covering 4.3 acres (1.7 ha), was purchased at foreclosure for $100 in March 2013, including assumption of mortgages totaling $3.9 million acquired over several years. The purchaser, a subsidiary of CareOne, had submitted plans to develop an assisted living facility on the site under which the mansion would be preserved.[103]
  • The New Milford Plant of the Hackensack Water Company was a water filtration and pumping plant located on Van Buskirk Island, an artificially created island in the Hackensack River, that operated until 1990 when it was donated to Bergen County.[104]
  • A small park in the center of town was created in the 1960s to honor Walter M. Schirra, Jr., astronaut, marked by a plaque that reads "Home of Commander Walter M. Schirra, Jr., USN, the first Jerseyman to orbit the Earth, Oct 3, 1962".[105]
  • Riverdell Hospital was located on Kinderkamack Road. Opened in 1959, it closed in 1981 after it became known as the site of the alleged killings in the "Dr. X" murder trial of Mario Jascalevich and was torn down in 1984.[106]
  • Memorial Field is a large park and field located across from Oradell Public School. Many recreational sport games are hosted on these fields, and the elementary school utilizes the park.
  • Little Firehouse Theater- a stage theater that was originally a firehouse. The Bergen County Players perform plays and musicals at the theater. [1]
  • Cool Beans - a locally owned cafe and performance space that hosts open mic nights for musicians and poets.[107]

Media appearances[edit]

In the 2004 movie Taxi, a map read by Detective Washburn (Jimmy Fallon) shows a fictional uncompleted highway off the Garden State Parkway in Oradell. The approximate location of the uncompleted highway is the location of the Bergen Regional Medical Center.

Notable people[edit]

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Oradell include:

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Oradell has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[124]

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