Riverside Township, New Jersey
|Riverside Township, New Jersey|
|Township of Riverside|
Riverside Station on the River Line
Riverside Township highlighted in Burlington County. Inset map: Burlington County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Riverside Township, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||February 20, 1895|
|• Mayor||George Conrad, Sr. (term ends December 31, 2014)|
|• Administrator||Meghan Jack|
|• Clerk||Susan Dydek|
|• Total||1.614 sq mi (4.180 km2)|
|• Land||1.489 sq mi (3.856 km2)|
|• Water||0.125 sq mi (0.323 km2) 7.73%|
|Area rank||439th of 566 in state
34th of 40 in county
|Elevation ||20 ft (6 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2013)||8,053|
|• Rank||285th of 566 in state
20th of 40 in county
|• Density||5,425.9/sq mi (2,095.0/km2)|
|• Density rank||100th of 566 in state
1st of 40 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|Area code(s)||856 exchanges: 461, 764, 824|
|GNIS feature ID||0882098|
Riverside Township is a township in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 8,079, reflecting an increase of 168 (+2.1%) from the 7,911 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 63 (-0.8%) from the 7,974 counted in the 1990 Census.
Riverside Township is located at United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 1.614 square miles (4.180 km2), of which, 1.489 square miles (3.856 km2) of it was land and 0.125 square miles (0.323 km2) of it (7.73%) was water.(40.035677,-74.955801). According to the
1930-1990 2000 2010
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 8,079 people, 2,959 households, and 2,027 families residing in the township. The population density was 5,425.9 per square mile (2,095.0 /km2). There were 3,147 housing units at an average density of 2,113.5 per square mile (816.0 /km2). The racial makeup of the township was 80.21% (6,480) White, 6.39% (516) Black or African American, 0.26% (21) Native American, 0.95% (77) Asian, 0.05% (4) Pacific Islander, 7.04% (569) from other races, and 5.10% (412) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 11.34% (916) of the population.
There were 2,959 households, of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.2% were married couples living together, 14.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.22.
In the township, 23.1% of the population were under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 27.0% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.3 years. For every 100 females there were 101.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.6 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $56,377 (with a margin of error of +/- $4,391) and the median family income was $65,825 (+/- $9,709). Males had a median income of $46,962 (+/- $4,387) versus $32,413 (+/- $6,739) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $24,243 (+/- $2,264). About 3.9% of families and 8.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.4% of those under age 18 and 2.3% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 7,911 people, 2,978 households, and 1,992 families residing in the township. The population density was 5,197.2 people per square mile (2,009.5/km²). There were 3,118 housing units at an average density of 2,048.4 per square mile (792.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 90.22% White, 4.44% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 2.28% from other races, and 2.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.11% of the population.
There were 2,978 households out of which 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.4% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.1% were non-families. 27.3% 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 2.64 and the average family size was 3.21.
In the township the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 33.4% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 99.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.2 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $43,358, and the median income for a family was $52,479. Males had a median income of $36,556 versus $25,510 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,758. About 6.7% of families and 8.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.4% of those under age 18 and 8.0% of those age 65 or over.
Riverside Township is governed under the Township form of government with a five-member Township Committee. The Township Committee is elected directly by the voters at-large in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year as part of the November general election in a three-year cycle. At an annual reorganization meeting, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another as Deputy Mayor.
As of 2014[update], members of the Riverside Township Committee are Mayor George F. Conard, Sr. (D, term on committee ends December 31, 2014), Deputy Mayor Lorraine M. Hatcher (D, 2015), Timothy M. LeConey (D, 2015), Robert R. Prisco (R, 2016) and Robert VanMeter (D, 2014).
On Election Day, November 7, 2006, Mayor Chuck Hilton and fellow Republican James Ott were running for reelection to the Township Council, but were defeated by their Democratic opponents, newcomers Lorraine Hatcher and Thomas Polino. The anti-immigration ordinance passed by the Township Committee that imposed fines on any business that hires or any landlord who rents to an illegal immigrant was a major issue in the campaign.
Federal, state and county representation
New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District is represented by Jon Runyan (R, Mount Laurel 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 7th district of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Diane Allen (R, Edgewater Park Township) and in the General Assembly by Herb Conaway (D, Delanco Township) and Troy Singleton (D, Palmyra). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
Burlington County is governed by a Board of chosen freeholders, whose five members are elected at-large in partisan elections to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year. The board chooses a director and deputy director from among its members at an annual reorganization meeting held in January. As of 2014[update], Burlington County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio (R, 2014; Florence Township), Deputy Director Joseph Howarth (R, 2014; Evesham Township) Aimee Belgard (D, 2015; Edgewater Park Township), Joseph B. Donnelly (R, 2016; Cinnaminson Township) and Joanne Schwartz (D, 2015; Southampton Township). Gargiano was named in March 2014 to serve the unexpired term of Leah Arter and was chosen to fill her position as Freeholder Director.
The Riverside School District serves public school students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's three schools had an enrollment of 1,370 students and 115.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.90:1. Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Riverside Township Elementary School for grades PreK-5 (675 students), Riverside Township Middle School for grades 6-8 (262 students) and Riverside Township High School for grades 9-12 (433 students).
Students from Riverside Township, and from all of Burlington County, are eligible to attend the Burlington County Institute of Technology, a countywide public school district that serves the vocational and technical education needs of students at the high school and post-secondary level at its campuses in Medford and Westampton Township.
Roads and highways
The township had a total of 27.39 miles (44.08 km) of roadways, of which 24.14 miles (38.85 km) are maintained by the municipality and 3.25 miles (5.23 km) by Burlington County.
The Riverside station, located on Zubrugg Way (formerly Franklin Street), provides service on the River Line light rail system, offering southbound service to Camden and the Walter Rand Transportation Center with connections to PATCO Speedline trains to Philadelphia and the Camden County suburbs and northbound service to the Trenton Rail Station with connections to New Jersey Transit trains to New York City, SEPTA trains to Philadelphia and Amtrak trains.
In July 2006, a controversial ordinance was passed by the township committee trying to handle the large amount of unauthorized immigrants, primarily from Brazil, that had moved into the township. The ordinance stated that employers who hired an illegal immigrant and landlords who rented to them would be fined $1,000 - $2,000 per incident and could possibly lose their business license. In response to the ordinance, several civil groups including the ACLU and People for the American Way took or contemplated legal actions against the ordinance.
In August 2007, the ordinance was repealed, and some have speculated that the exodus of over 1,000 immigrants from Riverside to other New Jersey townships was a major factor. The ordinance repealing the law cited the high cost of defending it against further legal challenges.
Many people born in Riverside Township were born at Zurbrugg Hospital during a period of about 75 years beginning in 1915. People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Riverside Township include:
- Jim Bailey (born 1949), singer, film, television and stage actor, and female impersonator.
- Deron Cherry (born 1959), played for the NFL Kansas City Chiefs from 1981–1991, and was a six-time Pro Bowler at safety.
- Lesley Choyce (born 1951), author.
- Bill Duff (born 1974), former professional football player who has been host of Human Weapon on the History Channel.
- John W. Dutko (1916–1944), recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions against German troops in Italy during World War II.
- Michael Giacchino (born 1967), music composer, notably for the TV series Lost and Pixar's The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Up.
- Derek Holloway (born 1961), retired football player, who was a wide receiver in the NFL for the Washington Redskins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- Adam Hughes (born 1967), comic book artist.
- George Lehmann (born 1942), former professional basketball player who played in the NBA and ABA.
- Todd Lehmann, former basketball player (and son of George Lehmann), who played for Drexel University where he led the nation with 9.29 assists per game in his senior year.
- Pierre Leon (1838-1915), Medal of Honor recipient for his actions during the Civil War.
- Arthur Raymond Randolph (born 1943), judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
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- Panaritis, Maria and Wood, Sam. "Riverside to repeal immigrant laws: After an exodus of Brazilian residents, officials plan to end penalties sought for hiring and housing those here illegally.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 23, 2007. Accessed August 23, 2007.
- Hurdle, Jon. "New Jersey town scraps law on illegal immigration", Reuters, September 18, 2007. Accessed August 9, 2013. "Riverside Township's decision to scrap the law, agreed late on Monday, represents the first time that a municipality planning such a measure has backed down in the face of a lawsuit, said Omar Jadwat, an attorney with the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project.... In Riverside, about 10 miles northeast of Philadelphia, an ordinance rescinding the law cited high legal costs and the defeat of the Hazleton law for its decision to repeal."
- History, Zurbrugg Memorial Hospital. Accessed January 18, 2014.
- Staff. "JIM BAILEY BANKS ON FABULOUS FAKES", Philadelphia Daily News, May 13, 1983. Accessed November 26, 2013. "They moved to New Jersey when Jim was 10, and lived in Palmyra, Riverside and Willingboro before locating in Vincentown, where he visited them this week before his shore date."
- Deron Cherry, Database Football. Accessed January 24, 2008.
- Lesley Choyce - Biography, Waterfront Views. Accessed November 30, 2013. "Prolific author Lesley Choyce was born in Riverside, New Jersey in 1951."
- Bodnar, Jason. "Former football player ready to tackle a career in acting", Burlington County Times, October 17, 2005. Accessed November 30, 2013. "Now 1993 Delran High School graduate Bill Duff is trying his hand at a new entertainment career: acting. Duff, who now lives in Riverside, plays a 'Freezer Nasty' monster in "Nightmares X-treme Scream Park," an interactive show playing through Oct. 31 at the Wachovia Spectrum."
- Winkler, Renee. "WWII vet a witness to the unspeakable", Courier-Post, May 5, 2008. Accessed February 26, 2011. "South Jersey recipients of the Medal of Honor were John W. Dutko of Riverside, Francis X. McGraw of Camden and Benjamin George Jr. of Carneys Point, all privates ."
- Staff. "Music to create images HD:South Jersey native Michael Giacchino has written his first symphony, a tribute to Camden's rebirth that will be premiered during May's `Millennium Concert of Hope'", Courier-Post, March 26, 2000. Accessed February 26, 2011. "'I like to tell a story with music' says the 32-year-old composer who was born in Riverside and grew up in Edgewater Park."
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