River Edge, New Jersey
|River Edge, New Jersey|
|— Borough —|
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||June 30, 1894|
|• Mayor||Sandy Moscaritolo (D, term ends December 31, 2013)|
|• Administrator||Alan P. Negreann|
|• Total||1.895 sq mi (4.909 km2)|
|• Land||1.854 sq mi (4.802 km2)|
|• Water||0.041 sq mi (0.107 km2) 2.18%|
|Area rank||421st of 566 in state
52nd of 70 in county
|Elevation||49 ft (15 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Rank||216th of 566 in state
30th of 70 in county
|• Density||6,116.3/sq mi (2,361.5/km2)|
|• Density rank||83rd of 566 in state
23rd of 70 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0885372|
River Edge is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 11,340, reflecting an increase of 394 (+3.6%) from the 10,946 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 343 (+3.2%) from the 10,603 counted in the 1990 Census.
The community was originally incorporated as the borough of Riverside by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on June 30, 1894, from portions of Midland Township, at the height of the "Boroughitis" phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County, based on the results of a referendum held the previous day. On December 1, 1930, the borough's name was changed to River Edge.
River Edge is located on the western bank of the Hackensack River at (40.926766,-74.037468). According to the United States Census Bureau, River Edge borough had a total area of 1.895 square miles (4.909 km2), of which, 1.854 square miles (4.802 km2) of it is land and 0.041 square miles (0.107 km2) of it (2.18%) is water. It is bordered by Paramus, Oradell, New Milford, and Hackensack. A suburb of New York City, River Edge is located approximately 8 miles (13 km) west of Upper Manhattan.
1900-1990 2000 2010
2010 Census 
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 11,340 people, 4,134 households, and 3,163 families residing in the borough. The population density was 6,116.3 inhabitants per square mile (2,361.5 /km2). There were 4,261 housing units at an average density of 2,298.2 per square mile (887.3 /km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 73.42% (8,326) White, 1.52% (172) Black or African American, 0.05% (6) Native American, 22.19% (2,516) Asian, 0.08% (9) Pacific Islander, 1.25% (142) from other races, and 1.49% (169) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.66% (869) of the population.
There were 4,134 households out of which 38.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.8% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.5% were non-families. 20.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.21.
In the borough the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 29.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.4 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.4 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $97,816 (with a margin of error of +/- $7,136) and the median family income was $109,335 (+/- $12,278). Males had a median income of $71,219 (+/- $6,936) versus $63,305 (+/- $12,071) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $38,772 (+/- $2,392). About 3.0% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.0% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.
2000 Census 
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 10,946 people, 4,165 households, and 3,102 families residing in the borough. The population density was 5,804.5 people per square mile (2,236.1/km2). There were 4,210 housing units at an average density of 2,232.5 per square mile (860.0/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 84.12% White, 1.06% African American, 0.08% Native American, 12.60% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.81% from other races, and 1.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.31% of the population.
There were 4,165 households out of which 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.4% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.5% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.5% 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 3.11.
In the borough the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 17.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 90.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.7 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $71,792, and the median income for a family was $80,422. Males had a median income of $62,044 versus $41,085 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $33,188. About 2.5% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.5% of those under age 18 and 2.6% of those age 65 or over.
Local government 
River Edge 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 and only votes to break a tie. 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 2012[update], the Mayor of the Borough of River Edge is Sandy Moscaritolo (D, whose term of office ends December 31, 2015). The members of the River Edge Borough Council are Council President Paul Cordts (R, 2012), Alphonse Bartelloni (R, 2013), Kathleen Murphy (D, 2014), Edward Mignone (R, 2013), Thomas Papaleo (D, 2014) and Johnny Porco (R, 2012).
Federal, state and county representation 
River Edge is located in the 5th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 38th state legislative district. Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, River Edge had been in the 39th state legislative district.
New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District is represented by Scott Garrett (R, Wantage Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).
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 Connie Wagner (D, Paramus). 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 6,497 registered voters. Of registered voters, of which 1,947 (30.0% of all registered voters) were registered as Democrats, 1,334 (20.5%) were registered as Republicans and 3,216 (49.5%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were no voters registered to other parties.
In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 52.2% of the vote here (2,706 ballots cast), ahead of Republican John McCain, who received 46.7% of the vote (2,422 ballots), with 80.0% of registered voters participating. In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 49.8% of the vote in River Edge (2,821 cast), ahead of Republican George W. Bush, who received around 49.3% (2,790 votes), with 5,661 ballots cast among the borough's 6,988 registered voters, for a turnout of 81.0%.
River Edge has two primary schools as part of the River Edge Elementary School District, both of which served students in Kindergarten through 6th grade until a Kindergarten facility annexed onto Cherry Hill, the New Bridge Center, was opened in 2007 and the elementary schools became 1-6 schools. River Edge has two primary schools as part of the district, both of which serve students in 1st through 6th grade. Schools in the district (with 2009-10 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are: New Bridge Center (PreK - K), Cherry Hill School (grades 1-6; 791 students) and Roosevelt School (1-6; 514 students).
River Edge shares public secondary schooling with Oradell. Together, they make up the River Dell Regional School District. Students in grades 7 and 8 attend River Dell Regional Middle School at the Oradell border in River Edge. Students in grades 9 - 12 attend River Dell Regional High School a block away in Oradell.
There is also a Catholic school in River Edge, St. Peter Academy, which is a K-8 school that operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. The Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey, which served 935 students in nursery through eighth grade as of 2006, was founded as the Yeshiva of Hudson County, and was re-established in Bergen County in 1979.
River Edge has two separate stations on New Jersey Transit's Pascack Valley Line. The two stations are River Edge (at River Edge Road on the north end of town) and New Bridge Landing (at Grand Avenue on the south end of town).
This line runs north-south to Hoboken Terminal with connections to the PATH train from the Hoboken PATH station and New Jersey Transit service to New York Penn Station via the Secaucus Junction transfer station. Connections are also available at the Hoboken Terminal to NY Waterway ferry service to the World Financial Center and other destinations.
New Jersey Transit also offers bus service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 165 route and local service on the 756 and 762 routes. The 11T/11AT route of Rockland Coaches also serves the Port Authority Bus Terminal, as well as providing service to Rockland County, New York.
Points of interest 
- New Bridge Landing, the site of The Bridge That Saved A Nation crossed by the Continental Army and General Washington as they retreated from the British attack on New York City on November 20, 1776.
- Campbell-Christie House is a historic home constructed in April 1774 in what was then Hackensack Township on the east side of the Hackensack River that was moved in its entirety in 1977 from New Milford
- Steuben House was used by George Washington as his headquarters for 16 days in September 1780.
Notable people 
Notable current and former residents of River Edge include:
- Ercole Mario Bertolino (born 1931), opera singer.
- Charley Casserly (born c. 1948), former General Manager of the Washington Redskins.
- J. Walter Christie (1865–1944), tank pioneer.
- Paul J. Fishman (born 1957), United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey.
- Freddie Hoffman (born c. 1959), bicyclist who has ridden more than one million miles on his bicycle.
- Harry and Patricia Kislevitz, creators of the Colorforms vinyl adhesive toy.
- Lucile Lawrence (1907–2004), harpist.
- Jack Lazorko (born 1956), former pitcher who played for the Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners, and the California Angels.
- Mickey Mantle (1931–95), former baseball player for the New York Yankees, member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Lee Meredith (born 1947), actress who played the role of Ulla in the 1968 screen version of The Producers.
- Billy Paultz (born 1948), former ABA and NBA basketball player, nicknamed "The Whopper."
- Teata Semiz (born 1934), member of the Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame.
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- Staff. "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Claudia Bertolino, Victor Harper", The New York Times, September 28, 2003. Accessed February 21, 2012. "Claudia Maria Francesca Bertolino, the daughter of Constance and Ercole Mario Bertolino of River Edge, N.J., was married yesterday to Victor Ray Harper, the son of Sandra and Michael Harper of Dana Point, Calif.... Her father is a retired opera singer, most recently in the company of Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Italy."
- Aldridge, David. "Casserly Goes According to The Plan; Redskins' Rocky Start Puts Focus On GM Who Put Team Together", The Washington Post, October 5, 1994. Accessed October 9, 2008. "Casserly knows this just as surely as he knows he's from River Edge, N.J."
- "A Century Ago", Bergen County Historical Society. Accessed October 9, 2008. "Walter Christie, the record-breaking automobilist, of River Edge, was nearly killed at Pittsburg on September 9, 1907, when running his machine at the rate of 70 miles per hour."
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- Reardon, Patricia; and Collina, Helen Lippman. "BICYCLISTS HEADING FOR THE OPEN ROAD", The New York Times, April 26, 1987. Accessed May 28, 2008. "SINCE 1965, says Freddie Hoffman of River Edge, he has bicycled more than 600,000 miles, or more than enough to go to the moon, orbit twice and come back."
- Hotchkin, Sheila via Associated Press. "Colorforms, at 50, an Idea That StuckToys: The simple vinyl shapes that kids slap onto shiny surfaces generate tens of millions of dollars each year.", Los Angeles Times, December 31, 2001. Accessed August 28, 2011. "The business outgrew the apartment near New York University and the couple moved to a house in River Edge. Later they started a factory in northern New Jersey, moving it several times before settling on Ramsey."
- Rabinowitz, Nancy. "At 93, harpist still is treasured teacher, mentor", South Coast Today, October 22, 2000. Accessed October 9, 2008. "Even if that means hopping a bus near her home in River Edge, N.J., and making the four-hour, 200-mile trip to her students at Boston University, where she has been on the faculty of the School for the Arts for the past 36 years."
- Berkow, Ira. "BASEBALL'S KING OF THE ROAD; Jack Lazorko Doesn't Pitch Here Anymore", The New York Times, July 11, 1993. Accessed February 6, 2013. "Few baseball careers have been anything like Jack Lazorko's, who was born in Hoboken, N.J., and grew up in River Edge to the north, and who has called so many places home since then that, he says, he has single-handedly kept map makers in business."
- Staff. "Mickey Mantle Comes of Age as a Slugger: A Prodigy of Power", Life (magazine), p. 102, June 25, 1956. Accessed August 29, 2011. "Two Mickey mantles practice on lawn of house in River Edge, N.J. As his father pitches, Mickey Jr. takes real Mantle swing. Ball is tied to string to save Mickey from chasing his son's hits."
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- Skevin, Tom. "A Nets fan reminisces", The Record (Bergen County), January 27, 2004. "I go back to when Billy Paultz of River Edge was a rookie. I was surprised in the 1970-71 season when I saw that the 6-foot-11 Whopper didn't even jump center - the much shorter Sonny Dove did."
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