Ridgewood, New Jersey
|Ridgewood, New Jersey|
|Village of Ridgewood|
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||November 20, 1894|
|• Type||Faulkner Act (Council-Manager)|
|• Mayor||Paul Aronsohn (term ends June 30, 2014)|
|• Manager||Ken Gabbert|
|• Clerk||Heather Mailander|
|• Total||5.818 sq mi (15.069 km2)|
|• Land||5.752 sq mi (14.898 km2)|
|• Water||0.066 sq mi (0.172 km2) 1.14%|
|Area rank||263rd of 566 in state
8th of 70 in county
|Elevation||85 ft (26 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2012)||25,205|
|• Rank||99th of 566 in state
10th of 70 in county
|• Density||4,339.0/sq mi (1,675.3/km2)|
|• Density rank||136th of 566 in state
33rd of 70 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0885369|
Ridgewood is a village in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the village population was 24,958, reflecting an increase of 22 (+0.1%) from the 24,936 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 784 (+3.2%) from the 24,152 counted in the 1990 Census. Ridgewood is a suburban bedroom community of New York City, located approximately 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Midtown Manhattan.
The Village of Ridgewood was created on November 20, 1894, with the same boundaries as Ridgewood Township. The Village became the municipal government while the Township remained as a school district. In 1902, the village added portions of Orvil Township, which were returned to Orvil Township in 1915. In 1925, Ridgewood Village acquired area from Franklin Township (now Wyckoff). On February 9, 1971, Ridgewood Village acquired area from Washington Township. On May 28, 1974, it acquired area from Ho-Ho-Kus.
In 1700, Johannes Van Emburgh built the first home in Ridgewood, having purchased a 250 acres (101 ha) property in 1698.
Ridgewood is located at United States Census Bureau, the village had a total area of 5.818 square miles (15.069 km2), of which, 5.752 square miles (14.898 km2) of it is land and 0.066 square miles (0.172 km2) of it (1.14%) is water.(40.981591,-74.113506). According to the
|Climate data for Ridgewood, New Jersey|
|Average high °F (°C)||38
|Average low °F (°C)||19
|Precipitation inches (mm)||3.58
|Population sources: 1890-1920
1900-1990 2000 2010
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 24,958 people, 8,456 households, and 6,756 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,339.0 inhabitants per square mile (1,675.3 /km2). There were 8,743 housing units at an average density of 1,520.0 per square mile (586.9 /km2). The racial makeup of the village was 82.21% (20,518) White, 1.59% (398) Black or African American, 0.06% (16) Native American, 12.99% (3,242) Asian, 0.02% (4) Pacific Islander, 1.06% (265) from other races, and 2.06% (515) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.27% (1,316) of the population.
There were 8,456 households of which 45.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.1% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.1% were non-families. 17.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.34.
In the village, 30.7% of the population were under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 21.1% from 25 to 44, 30.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.0 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $143,229 (with a margin of error of +/- $10,530) and the median family income was $172,825 (+/- $9,197). Males had a median income of $111,510 (+/- $12,513) versus $77,651 (+/- $9,008) for females. The per capita income for the village was $67,560 (+/- $3,740). About 2.2% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.4% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 24,936 people, 8,603 households, and 6,779 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,308.9 people per square mile (1,662.8/km2). There were 8,802 housing units at an average density of 1,521.0 per square mile (587.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 87.82% White, 1.64% African American, 0.04% Native American, 8.67% Asian, 0.59% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.78% of the population.
There were 8,603 households out of which 44.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.4% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.2% were non-families. 18.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% 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 3.30.
In the village, the population was spread out with 30.0% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $104,286, and the median income for a family was $121,848. Males had a median income of $90,422 versus $50,248 for females. The per capita income for the village was $51,658. 3.0% of the population and 1.8% of families are below the poverty line, including 2.5% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.
Ridgewood is governed under Council-Manager plan B within the Faulkner Act, as implemented on July 1, 1970, by direct petition. Under this form, the public elects five Council Members who act as a Board of Directors. Their principal responsibility is to hire and oversee a professional Village Manager who has full executive power for all departments. The Village Council is the governing body of the Village of Ridgewood. The government consists of five council members, with all positions elected at large in nonpartisan elections to serve four-year terms on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election in even-numbered years on the second Tuesday in May. At a reorganization meeting held on July 1 after newly elected council members take office, the council chooses a mayor and deputy mayor from among its members
The Village Council appoints a Village Manager to oversee the day to day operations of the Village, to handle personnel, citizen inquiries and complaints, and to handle the administrative duties of the Village. The Village Council passes local laws, makes appointments to various Boards and Committees, and awards various contracts for purchases of goods and services used by the Village. They also review, amend, and adopt the annual budget for the Village prepared by the Village Manager and Chief Financial Officer. The Mayor presides over Council meetings, but has no executive authority.
As of 2013[update], members of the Ridgewood Village Council are Mayor Paul Aronsohn (term on council ends June 30, 2016; term as mayor ends June 30, 2014), Deputy Mayor Albert Pucciarelli (2016), Gwenn Hauck (2016), Thomas M. Riche (2014) and Bernadette Walsh (2014).
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, North Bergen).
The 40th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Kevin J. O'Toole (R, Cedar Grove) and in the General Assembly by Scott Rumana (R, Wayne) and David C. Russo (R, Ridgewood). 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 15,243 registered voters. Of registered voters, 4,734 (31.1% of all registered voters) were registered as Democrats, 4,057 (26.6%) were registered as Republicans and 6,447 (42.3%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were five voters registered to other parties.
In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 54.9% of the vote here (6,597 ballots cast), defeating Republican John McCain, who received 44.2% of the vote (5,306 votes), with 79.0% of registered voters participating. In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 51% of the vote here, defeating Republican George W. Bush, who received around 48%.
The Ridgewood Public Schools consist of nine public schools and two more additional school facilities, which house a BOE-run pre-school program and a private day care center. The district consists of nine public schools and one additional school facility, which houses a BOE-run pre-school program and a private day care center. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Glen School (Pre-School and Private Day Care Center), six K-5 elementary schools – Henrietta Hawes Elementary School (400), Orchard Elementary School (339), Ridge Elementary School (493), Irwin B. Somerville Elementary School (501), Ira W. Travell Elementary School (392) and Willard Elementary School (485) – Benjamin Franklin Middle School (689) and George Washington Middle School (663) for grades 6-8 and Ridgewood High School (1,668) for grades 9-12. The high school was the 28th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 328 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2012 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 20th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.
According to the New Jersey Department of Education, Ridgewood is a socioeconomic District Factor Group of J, the highest of eight categories. Ridgewood Public Schools is the largest school district in Bergen County, New Jersey, with an enrollment of 5,568 students as of the 2006-07 school year.
The Holmstead School serves students of high school age with high intellectual potential who have not succeeded in traditional school settings. Students are placed in the school by referral from their home public school districts, with tuition paid for by the school district.
Pre-schools in Ridgewood include West Side Presbyterian, First Presbyterian School, and the Montessori Learning Center.
The village of Ridgewood is served by two weekly community newspapers – The Ridgewood News and the Ridgewood Suburban News. The papers are published by North Jersey Media Group. The daily newspaper for the region is The Record which is also published by North Jersey Media Group. The company's website, NorthJersey.com, has a Ridgewood town page that includes local coverage all three of these papers. Patch Media provides Ridgewood with its own daily news website, which offers news, events, announcements and Local Voices.
The Ridgewood station is served by the New Jersey Transit Main Line as well as the Bergen County Line. The station features three platforms. The first is for all trains headed south toward Hoboken Terminal. The second is for Bergen County Line trains headed in the same direction, and the third is for Main Line trains headed toward Suffern and Port Jervis. NJTransit trains on both the Bergen and the Main Lines go to Hoboken, stopping at Secaucus Junction, for transfers to trains to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan and other destinations served by the station. Parking is limited near the Ridgewood train station. There are usually taxicabs available right at the train station, as the taxi building is on the northbound platform.
New Jersey Transit buses in Ridgewood include the 148, 163 and 164 to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, the 175 to the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal, and local service offered on the 722 (to Paramus Park and Paterson), 746 (to Paterson, as Ridgewood is its terminus) and 752 (to Hackensack) routes.
Notable current and former residents of Ridgewood include:
- David Baas (born 1981), offensive lineman for the New York Giants.
- Adam Badeau (1831-1895), Union Army Brevet Brigadier General and author.
- Jim Bouton (born 1939), former Major League Baseball pitcher who wrote the tell-all book Ball Four.
- Peter Carlisle (born 1952), Mayor of Honolulu.
- Tyler Clementi (1992–2010), Rutgers University student who committed suicide after being outed on the internet by his roommate.
- Harlan Coben (born 1962), The New York Times best-selling author of Promise Me, Tell No One and No Second Chance.
- Tabatha Coffey (born 1967), contestant (and Fan Favorite winner) on season one of Bravo's Shear Genius and host of Tabatha's Salon Takeover.
- Jerry Coleman (born 1924), former second baseman for the New York Yankees, now a baseball sportscaster.
- Christopher J. Connors (born 1956), represents the 9th legislative district in the New Jersey General Assembly.
- Meghan Daum (born 1970), author who writes for the Los Angeles Times.
- Barbara Demick, author of Nothing to Envy.
- Anne Donovan (born 1961), Three-time basketball All-American at Old Dominion University and three-time Olympic team member. Ranked #8 on the Sports Illustrated list of The 50 Greatest New Jersey Sports Figures.
- Niles Eldredge (born 1943), paleontologist.
- George Hall (1849-1923), professional baseball player who played in the National Association and later the National League.
- Jeff Feagles (born 1966), Punter for the National Football League New York Giants
- Varian Fry (1907–1967), journalist who helped save many from persecution and deportation in Vichy France during The Holocaust, most notably the French artist Marc Chagall.
- Bill Geist (born 1945), correspondent, CBS News Sunday Morning, lived in Ridgewood for 20 years.
- Daniel Henninger, The Wall Street Journal columnist.
- Jason Heyward, (born 1989), right fielder for the Atlanta Braves.
- Sonny Igoe (1923-2012), jazz drummer.
- Margaret Juntwait (born c. 1957), the voice of the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts.
- Peter S. Kim (born c. 1957), president of Merck Research Laboratories.
- Bowie Kuhn (1926–2007), Commissioner of Baseball from 1969-1984.
- Mike Laga (born 1960), Major League Baseball player from 1982 to 1990.
- Robert Sean Leonard (born 1969), Tony Award-winning actor, current regular in TV series House.
- Alfred Lutter, (born 1962), actor and consultant born here, most famous for Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and The Bad News Bears.
- Martha MacCallum, (born 1964), news anchor on Fox News Channel.
- Paul Mara (born 1979), National Hockey League defenceman for the Montreal Canadiens formerly of the New York Rangers, was born in Ridgewood but was raised in Belmont, Massachusetts.
- MC Paul Barman, (born 1974), rapper.
- Major Thomas B. McGuire, Jr. (1920–45), the second-leading air ace in World War II, who was killed in action on January 7, 1945, and awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously. McGuire Air Force Base is named in his memory.
- Frankie Muniz, (born 1985), actor and professional racer, most famous for Malcolm in the Middle.
- Buddy Nielsen (born 1984), singer of the rock band Senses Fail.
- Tom Nolan, publisher of Golf World.
- Jeffrey Nordling (born 1962), actor, appearing in the series Dirt And most recently 24.
- Richard and Joan Ostling (born 1940 / 1939-2009 respectively), co-authors of Mormon America: The Power and the Promise.
- Cassie Ramone and Kickball Katy of the indie rock band Vivian Girls.
- Real Estate, indie rock band.
- William Remington (1917–1954), accused Soviet spy convicted of perjury.
- Chico Resch (born 1948), hockey sportscaster and former NHL goalie who lived in the village when he played for the New Jersey Devils.
- Bobby Richardson (born 1935), former second baseman for the New York Yankees.
- Nelson Riddle (1921–1985), musician and arranger for various artists such as Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.
- Eric S. Rosengren (born 1957), President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
- Marge Roukema (born 1929), former member of the United States House of Representatives.
- Kieran Scott (born 1974), author of Private and I Was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader.
- Bob Sebra, (born 1961), MLB player for the Texas Rangers, Montreal Expos, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, and the Milwaukee Brewers.
- Jordin Sparks (born 1989), American Idol winner, lived here as a child while her father was playing with the Giants.
- Phillippi Sparks (born 1969), former NFL cornerback who played most of his career with the New York Giants.
- Michael Springer (born 1979), former MLL player.
- Wayne Tippit (1932–2009), character actor (Melrose Place) who lived in Ridgewood until 1990.
- Casper Van Dien (born 1968), actor, Starship Troopers, Sleepy Hollow. Van Dien Avenue is named for his great-great-grandfather.
- David Van Tieghem (born 1955), percussionist, composer and sound designer.
- Melinda Wagner (born 1957), composer, winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in music.
- Douglas Watt (1914–2009), theater critic for the Daily News.
- Bill Wielechowski (born 1967), member of the Alaska Senate, representing the J District since 2006.
- Ackerman House (222 Doremus Avenue) - 222 Doremus Avenue (added 1983)
- Ackerman House (252 Lincoln Avenue) - 252 Lincoln Avenue (added 1983)
- David Ackerman House - 415 East Saddle River Road (added 1983)
- Ackerman-Van Emburgh House - 789 East Glen Avenue (added 1983)
- Archibald-Vroom House - 160 East Ridgewood Avenue (added 1984)
- Beech Street School - 49 Cottage Place (added 1998)
- Paramus Reformed Church Historic District - Bounded by Franklin Turnpike, NJ 17, Saddle River, S side of cemetery, and Glen Avenue (added 1975)
- Rathbone-Zabriskie House - 570 North Maple Avenue (added 1983)
- Ridgewood Station - Garber Square (added 1984)
- Van Dien House - 627 Grove Street (added 1983)
- Vanderbeck House - 249 Prospect Street (added 1983)
- Westervelt-Cameron House - 26 East Glen Avenue (added 1983)
- Albert J. Zabriskie Farmhouse - E of Ridgewood at East 37 Ridgewood Avenue (added 1977)
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- "Book looks at what drives teens JERSEY INK", The Star-Ledger, May 25, 2006. "Coben, who was born in Newark and grew up in Livingston, graduating from Livingston High School, has relatives in Livingston and often goes there. He has lived in Ridgewood since 1992."
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- Herzog, Laura. "Ridgewood honors jazz great who went to RHS", The Ridgewood News, April 15, 2013. Accessed December 5, 2013. "Another name recognized by many serious musicians was former Ridgewood resident Sonny Igoe, who died last spring at age 88. A 1939 Ridgewood High School (RHS) 'distinguished alumni' graduate, Igoe was one of America's great big band drummers, who even played with the 'King of Swing' himself, Benny Goodman."
- "New Voice - Opera announcer with a New Jersey accent", The Record (Bergen County), October 5, 2004. Accessed August 2, 2007. "In the world of opera, Margaret Juntwait, born and raised in Ridgewood and Upper Saddle River, has certainly achieved an enviable position. The Metropolitan Opera announced that the WNYC-FM classical music host with the seductively smooth voice will announce Saturday afternoon radio broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera."
- Wakin, Daniel J. "Met Picks New Voice For Opera Broadcasts", The New York Times, September 29, 2004. Accessed August 2, 2007. "Ms. Juntwait, 47, was brought up in Ridgewood and Upper Saddle River, N.J., and went to work at WNYC in 1991. She lives in the Inwood section of Manhattan."
- Kim, Peter S. "MY FIRST JOB; Howdy, Buckaroo, Here's Your Apron", The New York Times, March 11, 2011. Accessed July 27, 2011. "My mother was a single parent and worked hard to make ends meet. I realized that in order to attend college, I would have to get a job. A Roy Rogers restaurant was opening near Ridgewood, N.J., my hometown, and I was hired on the spot to work there."
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- Via Associated Press. "Laga keeps job with Tigers", Spokane Chronicle, March 24, 1986. Accessed September 27, 2012. "A first baseman, he has hit 100 homers in the last four years, but also has struck out 449 times. it's a funny business, baseball," the 25-year-old native of Ridgewood, NJ said."
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- Rohan, Virginia. "Professional juggler", The Record (Bergen County), November 13, 2005. Accessed September 27, 2012. "'I'm sort of half in one world, half in the other at this point of the day,' says MacCallum, a Wyckoff native who has lived in Ridgewood since her elder son was 2 weeks old."
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- Staff. "Senses Fail performs two area shows", The Record (Bergen County), November 23, 2010. Accessed January 29, 2011. "Senses Fail frontman and Ridgewood native James 'Buddy' Nielsen knows he's indebted to his hometown for leading him to his calling in music. Just not in the way you might think."
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- oan Ostling, ObitsForLife.com. Accessed September 27, 2012. "OSTLING, Joan K. (nee Kerns) 69, of Ridgewood, a writer and college teacher, died of breast cancer on January 11."
- McCall, Tris. "Ridgewood rocks: A slew of hot indie bands have roots in Bergen town", The Star-Ledger, August 1, 2010. Accessed November 28, 2012. "Guitarist and singer Cassie Ramone, a Ridgewood High School graduate who fronts the popular Vivian Girls, says that her parents moved to the Bergen County suburb to take advantage of the schools."
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- Klapisch, Bob. "Devils announcer Glenn "Chico" Resch reminisces on hockey and life in Bergen", (201) Magazine, December 15, 2010. Accessed October 13, 2013. "Today, he resides in Lyndhurst, before that Little Ferry, and back in his playing days, when he was making the daily commute to the Meadowlands, Resch nestled into the fabric of everyday life in Ridgewood, which he says, 'made me feel like I was in the heartland of America.'"
- Yorio, Kara. "Former Yankee Bobby Richardson signing new book in Ridgewood", The Record (Bergen County), September 18, 2012. Accessed July 30, 2013. "Former Yankee second-baseman Bobby Richardson and his family spent 10 summers living in Ridgewood during his playing career. The village is important to him, a place of some happy memories for a young and growing family."
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- Staff. "BRIEFING: POLITICS; ROUKEMA RETIRING", The New York Times, November 11, 2001. Accessed January 29, 2011. "Representative Marge Roukema, a leading voice in the Republican Party's moderate wing since her election in 1980, said last week that she would retire after her current term. Ms. Roukema, 72, of Ridgewood, is the longest-serving woman in Congress."
- Kieran Scott, Teenreads.com. Accessed December 1, 2012. "A Jersey-girl through and through, Kieran grew up in Montvale, New Jersey, and attended Pascack Hills High School where she was a cheerleader, singer, actress and occasionally a student. She attended Rutgers University, graduated with a double-major in English and Journalism and now resides in Ridgewood, New Jersey in her very own bachelorette pad."
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- Amodio, Joseph V. "Fast Chat: Jordin Sparks discusses life on Broadway", Newsday, October 14, 2010. Accessed January 30, 2012. "You used to live out here in the '90s, when your dad, Phillippi Sparks, played cornerback for the New York Giants. What stands out from that time? We lived a few years in Ridgewood, New Jersey. I walked to school. My dad sometimes would say, 'OK, I'm gonna drive you and your brother today.' But instead of school, he'd take us to Giants Stadium."
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- Staff. "An unusual trio summons its own music", The Star-Ledger, March 26, 2009. Accessed November 4, 2012. "Wagner, of Ridgewood, won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1999 for her Concerto for Flute, Strings and Percussion."
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