Ridgefield Park, New Jersey
|Ridgefield Park, New Jersey|
|— Village —|
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||June 15, 1892|
|• Type||Wash Act|
|• Mayor||George D. Fosdick (term ends April 30, 2016)|
|• Total||1.919 sq mi (4.971 km2)|
|• Land||1.723 sq mi (4.464 km2)|
|• Water||0.196 sq mi (0.507 km2) 10.19%|
|Area rank||420th of 566 in state
51st of 70 in county
|Elevation||56 ft (17 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Rank||191st of 566 in state
26th of 70 in county
|• Density||7,385.6/sq mi (2,851.6/km2)|
|• Density rank||54th of 566 in state
15th of 70 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0885368|
Ridgefield Park is a village in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. as of the 2010 United States Census, the village's population was 12,729, reflecting a decline of 144 (-1.1%) from the 12,873 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 419 (+3.4%) from the 12,454 counted in the 1990 Census. Of 566 municipalities statewide, Ridgefield Park is one of only four with a village type of government in New Jersey, though it operates a Walsh Act (City Commission) form of government. Of the four New Jersey villages only Loch Arbour had retained the village form of government, while Ridgewood operates under the Council-Manager form and the Township of South Orange Village operates under a Special Charter form with many characteristics of village government.
Ridgefield Park was formed as a village on June 15, 1892, within Ridgefield Township, based on the results of a referendum passed on June 6, 1892. Overpeck Township was formed on March 23, 1897 to be coextensive with Ridgefield Park village, and was created within Ridgefield Township for the purpose of administering a Board of Education. Portions of the village were taken gained in both 1921 and 1926 from Bogota and Teaneck. On May 31, 1938, Ridgefield Township became Ridgefield Park Township.
The village's Fourth of July Parade, first established in 1894, is said to be the longest continuously celebrated such event in New Jersey and one of the oldest in the country. The village eliminated its July 4 fireworks in 2009, citing the $50,000 cost in the face of the difficult economy, but committed to retain its parade.
Ridgefield Park is located at United States Census Bureau, the village had a total area of 1.919 square miles (4.971 km2), of which, 1.723 square miles (4.464 km2) of it is land and 0.196 square miles (0.507 km2) of it (10.19%) is water.(40.854705,-74.019926). According to the
1900-1990 2000 2010
2010 Census 
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 12,729 people, 4,851 households, and 3,274 families residing in the village. The population density was 7,385.6 inhabitants per square mile (2,851.6 /km2). There were 5,164 housing units at an average density of 2,996.2 per square mile (1,156.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the village was 66.09% (8,413) White, 6.40% (815) Black or African American, 0.35% (44) Native American, 11.48% (1,461) Asian, 0.01% (1) Pacific Islander, 11.93% (1,519) from other races, and 3.74% (476) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 36.18% (4,605) of the population.
There were 4,851 households out of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.5% were non-families. 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.25.
In the village the population was spread out with 21.9% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 28.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.3 years. For every 100 females there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $60,656 (with a margin of error of +/- $8,846) and the median family income was $83,189 (+/- $13,092). Males had a median income of $51,781 (+/- $2,949) versus $47,714 (+/- $8,394) for females. The per capita income for the village was $30,893 (+/- $2,038). About 3.1% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.8% of those under age 18 and 10.2% of those age 65 or over.
2000 Census 
As of the census of 2000, there were 12,873 people, 5,012 households, and 3,242 families residing in the village. The population density was 7,435.7 people per square mile (2,873.0/km2). There were 5,134 housing units at an average density of 1, 145.8/km2 (2,965.5/sq mi). The racial makeup of the village was 78.20% White, 4.10% African American, 0.22% Native American, 7.85% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 6.50% from other races, and 3.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 22.24% of the population.
There were 5,012 households out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.7% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.3% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% 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 3.24.
In the village the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 34.4% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $51,825, and the median income for a family was $62,414. Males had a median income of $44,507 versus $35,217 for females. The per capita income for the village was $24,290. About 4.7% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.9% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.
Local government 
Ridgefield Park has been governed under the Walsh Act since 1912. The Board of Commissioners consists of five members, elected at large in non-partisan elections to serve four-year terms on a concurrent basis. The commissioners elect one commissioner as mayor, however the mayor is only responsible for his or her departments and serves as the chair of the commission.
As of 2012[update], the members of the Ridgefield Park Board of Commissioners, whose terms of office all end in 2012, are Mayor George D. Fosdick (Commissioner of Public Safety), John H. Anlian (Commissioner of Public Affairs), Maggie Boyd (Commissioner of Revenue and Finance), Adam MacNeill (Commissioner of Parks and Public Property) and Hugo R. Poli (Commissioner of Public Works).
In elections held on May 13, 2008, the four incumbents running for re-election — George D. Fosdick (1,210 votes), Maggie Boyd (1,142), John H. Anlian (1,063) and Hugo R. Poli (1,006) — all won new terms in office. Challenger Adam MacNeill received 1,037 votes to win the seat vacated by Joseph Storer, with Frank Scerbo (653) and Junior Hernandez (458) falling short.
Federal, state and county representation 
Ridgefield Park is located in the 9th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 36th state legislative district. Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Ridgefield Park had been in the 37th state legislative district.
New Jersey's Ninth Congressional District is represented by Bill Pascrell (D, Paterson). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).
The 36th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Paul Sarlo (D, Wood-Ridge) and in the General Assembly by Marlene Caride (D, Ridgefield) and Gary Schaer (D], Passaic). 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 2013[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, 2013; River Edge), Maura R. DeNicola (R, 2013; Franklin Lakes), John D. Mitchell (R, 2013; Cliffside Park), Steve Tanelli (D, 2015; North Arlington) and Tracy Silna Zur (D, 2015; Franklin Lakes). Countywide constitutional officials are Sheriff Michael Saudino (R), Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, Cresskill) and County Clerk John S. Hogan (D, Northvale).
As of Election Day, November 4, 2008, there were 6,054 registered voters. Of registered voters, 2,170 (35.8% of all registered voters) were registered as Democrats, 918 (15.2%) were registered as Republicans and 2,963 (48.9%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were three voters registered to other parties.
In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 61.9% of the vote here (3,104 ballots cast), ahead of Republican John McCain, who received 36.7% of the vote (1,839 ballots), with 83.1% of registered voters participating. In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 55.4% of the vote in Ridgefield Park (2,681 cast), ahead of Republican George W. Bush, who received around 43.5% (2,104 votes), with 4,835 ballots cast among the village's 6,575 registered voters, for a turnout of 73.5%.
In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 53.7% of the vote in Ridgefield Park (1,657 cast), outpolling Republican Chris Christie, who received around 39.6% (1,223 votes), with 3,085 ballots cast among the village's 6,753 registered voters, for a turnout of 45.7%.
The Ridgefield Park Public Schools serve students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2009-10 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are three K-6 elementary schools – Grant School (201 students), Lincoln School (376) and Roosevelt School (389) – and Ridgefield Park High School for grades 7-12 (1,197). Students from Little Ferry attend the high school as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Little Ferry Public Schools that has been in place since 1953. Many student from the village of Ridgefield Park attend Hackensack Christian School.
New Jersey Transit bus routes 155, 157, 161, 165, 167 and 168 provide service between Ridgefield Park and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, and the 83 route provides service to Hackensack and the Journal Square Transportation Center in Jersey City.
Interstate 80, Interstate 95 (the New Jersey Turnpike), and U.S. Route 46 pass through Ridgefield Park, where a 12-screen movie theater owned by AMC as well as numerous businesses such as Samsung are located.
Notable people 
Notable current and former residents of Ridgefield Park include:
- Jimmy Gnecco (born 1973), musician from the Ours.
- John Huchra (1948–2010), astronomer.
- Capt. Robert A. Lewis (c. 1918–1983), co-pilot of the Enola Gay.
- Ozzie Nelson (1906–1975), actor.
- George Warrington (1952–2007), served as executive director of New Jersey Transit.
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- Klein, Alvin; and Emblen, Mary L. New Jersey Guide, The New York Times, July 3, 1994. Accessed July 12, 2011. "Ridgefield Park will strike up the band with extra gusto at this year's Fourth of July parade tomorrow because it is the 100th and, the sponsors assert, the longest consecutively produced one in the nation. Residents of the village took seriously the suggestion made years before by John Adams that the nation's citizenry to celebrate independence with parades, fireworks and joyous gatherings. Volunteer committees have put together an observance every year since 1894 in spite of two World Wars, the Great Depression and other distractions."
- Kocieniewski, David. "Bad Economy Dampens Celebrations for July 4th", The New York Times, June 21, 2009. Accessed July 12, 2011. "But in Ridgefield Park, N.J., home of the state’s oldest Fourth of July celebration, village leaders decided this year that because of the exceptionally bleak economic outlook, they could not afford to put on their traditional show, which costs about $50,000. “I’m not going to say it’s a luxury, because fireworks are a very important tradition, and Fourth of July is a very important day,” said Ridgefield Park’s mayor, George D. Fosdick. “But if you’re confronting a situation where you’re afraid you may have to lay people off and cost a family its livelihood, then it’s a decision that you have to make.” Mr. Fosdick said the village would hold the rest of its Independence Day celebration, including its home- and business-decorating contest and two parades."
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- Data for the Ridgefield Park Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed July 12, 2011.
- Little Ferry Public Schools 2010 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed July 12, 2011. "The Little Ferry Public School district is a unique district nestled in Southern Bergen County. We enjoy the full support of our board of education, governing body, parents, and the community at large. We have just shy of 1,000 students in our Pre-K – 8th Grade setting, and are responsible for over 400 high school students who we send to either Ridgefield Park Jr.-Sr. High School or the Bergen County Vocational Technical High School and Academy."
- James, George. "School Districts' Battle On Tuition Goes to Court", The New York Times, December 16, 1989. Accessed May 27, 2008. "Little Ferry, a borough of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) and 9,900 people, has sent its high school students to this neighboring 1.92-square-mile (5.0 km2) village of 12,000 people, since 1953."
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- Spelling, Ian. "Ours lead singer Jimmy Gnecco will perform in Manhattan", The Record (Bergen County), May 20, 2010. Accessed August 15, 2012. "Gnecco – who was born in Teaneck, raised in Ridgefield Park and lives in Bogota — plays every instrument on the album, which includes such songs as 'Rest Your Soul,' 'Take a Chance,' 'Mystery' and the title track."
- Overbye, Dennis. "John Huchra Dies at 61; Maps Altered Ideas on Universe", The New York Times, October 13, 2010. Accessed October 14, 2010.
- Fosdick, George. History of Ridgefield Park High School, Ridgefield Park Jr. / Sr. High School Alumni Association. Accessed March 21, 2008. "Bud Lewis '37 was the co-pilot of the Enola Gay Aircraft which dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, leading to the end of World War II, a war in which over 1,000 RPHS graduates served."
- Fosdick, George. History of Ridgefield Park High School, Ridgefield Park Jr. / Sr. High School Alumni Association. Accessed March 21, 2008. "Among those who rose to national prominence are Ozzie Nelson ’23, a radio and television performer who often mentioned his RPHS experiences on his radio and television programs."
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- Rialto Theater