Rutherford, New Jersey
|Rutherford, New Jersey|
|— Borough —|
|Nickname(s): "Borough of Trees"
"First Borough of Bergen County"
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||September 21, 1881|
|• Mayor||Joseph DeSalvo, Jr. (term ends December 31, 2015)|
|• Administrator||Corey Gallo|
|• Total||2.942 sq mi (7.618 km2)|
|• Land||2.806 sq mi (7.267 km2)|
|• Water||0.136 sq mi (0.352 km2) 4.61%|
|Area rank||337th of 566 in state
28th of 70 in county
|Elevation||66 ft (20 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Rank||143rd of 566 in state
16th of 70 in county
|• Density||6,437.4/sq mi (2,485.5/km2)|
|• Density rank||73rd of 566 in state
21st of 70 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0885383|
Rutherford is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 18,061, reflecting a decline of 49 (-0.3%) from the 18,110 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 320 (+1.8%) from the 17,790 counted in the 1990 Census. It is an inner-ring suburb of New York City, located 8 miles (13 km) west of Midtown Manhattan.
Rutherford is located at United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 2.942 square miles (7.618 km2), of which, 2.806 square miles (7.267 km2) of it is land and 0.136 square miles (0.352 km2) of it (4.61%) is water.(40.820314,-74.106041). According to the
Rutherford is bounded by the Passaic River bordering Clifton and Passaic to the west, the Erie Railroad bordering East Rutherford to the north and east, the Hackensack River bordering Secaucus to the southeast, and Berrys Creek, Wall Street West and Rutherford Avenue bordering Lyndhurst to the south and southwest.
The ridge above the New Jersey Meadowlands upon which Rutherford sits was settled by Lenape Native Americans long before the arrival of Walling Van Winkle in 1687. Union Avenue, which runs from the Meadowlands to the Passaic River, may have been an Indian trail, but was more likely a property boundary line; it was referenced in the 1668 grant of land by proprietary Governor Philip Carteret to John Berry.
During the early days of settlement, the land that is now Rutherford was part of New Barbadoes Township, as Berry had lived in Barbados, another English colony, before claiming his grant in New Jersey. New Barbadoes was part of Essex County from 1693 to 1710, when Bergen County was formed. In 1826, the land became part of Lodi Township (of which today's remaining portion is now South Hackensack). When Hudson County was formed in 1840, the area that is today North Arlington, Lyndhurst, Rutherford and East Rutherford became part of Harrison Township (of which today's remaining portion is Harrison town). However, the area reverted to Bergen County in 1852 and became known as Union Township.
Part of the region was known as Boiling Springs for a powerful and ceaseless spring located in the vicinity. Contrary to some modern beliefs, the spring actually consisted of cold groundwater seeps rather than hot springs.
The Erie Railroad built its Main Line from Jersey City across the Meadowlands in the 1840s. Daniel Van Winkle, a descendant of Walling, donated land in 1866 for a train station at Boiling Springs. Several resorts were built along the Passaic, with guests disembarking at Boiling Springs station and taking Union Avenue to the river. Later, the railroad opened a station closer to the river, at Carlton Hill.
At the time, much of the property in Rutherford was farmland owned by the estate of John Rutherfurd, a former New Jersey legislator and U.S. Senator, whose homestead was along the Passaic River, near present-day Rutherford Avenue. Van Winkle opened a real estate office at Depot Square (now Station Square) to sell the land of the Rutherfurd Park Association, and began to lay out the area's street grid. The main roads were Orient Way, a wide boulevard heading south-southwest from Station Square, and Park Avenue, which headed west-southwest from Station Square to bring traffic to the new Valley Brook Race Course in what is now Lyndhurst.
In the 1870s, the area began to be called "Rutherford". The definitive reason for the change in spelling of the final syllable from "furd" to "ford" is unknown, though the change may have been the result of name recognition of the Ohio politician Rutherford B. Hayes, who was elected President in 1876, or could have been because of a clerical error done by the United States Postal Service. The Post Office opened a facility called "Rutherford" in 1876. On September 21, 1881, the Borough of Rutherford was formed by formal vote of secession from Union Township. By then, the community had about 1,000 residents.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 18,061 people, 6,949 households, and 4,663 families residing in the borough. The population density was 6,437.4 inhabitants per square mile (2,485.5 /km2). There were 7,278 housing units at an average density of 2,594.1 per square mile (1,001.6 /km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 77.57% (14,010) White, 2.92% (527) Black or African American, 0.07% (13) Native American, 13.08% (2,362) Asian, 0.01% (1) Pacific Islander, 3.68% (664) from other races, and 2.68% (484) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.08% (2,543) of the population.
There were 6,949 households out of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.8% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.9% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% 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 3.17.
In the borough the population was spread out with 21.0% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 29.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.3 years. For every 100 females there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.2 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $85,783 (with a margin of error of +/- $4,632) and the median family income was $104,293 (+/- $6,102). Males had a median income of $70,071 (+/- $8,275) versus $55,080 (+/- $4,045) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $41,662 (+/- $3,383). About 3.6% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.5% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 18,110 people, 7,055 households, and 4,670 families residing in the borough. The population density was 6,451.7 people per square mile (2,488.4/km2). There were 7,214 housing units at an average density of 2,570.0 per square mile (991.2/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 81.99% White, 2.70% African American, 0.04% Native American, 11.34% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.86% from other races, and 2.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.59% of the population.
There were 7,055 households out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.5% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.8% were non-families. 28.3% 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 2.52 and the average family size was 3.16.
In the borough the population was spread out with 20.8% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 32.6% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.3 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $63,820, and the median income for a family was $78,120. Males had a median income of $51,376 versus $39,950 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $30,495. About 2.3% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 6.9% of those age 65 or over.
Rutherford 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.
Council members receive committee assignments by the mayor annually and serve as liaisons during the year between Borough departments and committees and the governing body. The Borough operates with numerous committees to assist the government in carrying out its responsibilities. In addition to statutory bodies such as the planning board and zoning board of adjustment, dozens of volunteers staff other committees appointed annually, providing recommendations to the council.
As of 2012[update], the Mayor of the Borough of Rutherford is Joseph DeSalvo (R, term ends December 31, 2015). Members of the Rutherford Borough Council are Kim Birdsall (D, 2014), Jack Boyle (D, 2013), George Fecanin (D, 2013), Ray Tetro (D, 2015), Frank Nunziato (D, 2015) and Michael Sartori (R, 2014).
Federal, state and county representation
New Jersey's Ninth Congressional District is represented by Bill Pascrell (D, Paterson). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen). Following the death of Frank Lautenberg on June 3, 2013, Governor Chris Christie named New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa (R, Branchburg) to fill the vacant seat on an interim basis from June 10 until an October special election is held to fill the balance of Lautenberg's term.
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 10,094 registered voters. Of registered voters, of which 3,429 (34.0% of all registered voters) were registered as Democrats, 2,181 (21.6%) were registered as Republicans and 4,480 (44.4%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were four voters registered to other parties.
In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 53.9% of the vote here (4,515 ballots cast), ahead of Republican John McCain, who received 44.4% of the vote (3,724 ballots), with 83.2% of registered voters participating. In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 52.2% of the vote in Rutherford (4,539 cast), ahead of Republican George W. Bush, who received around 46.3% (4,030 votes), with 8,698 ballots cast among the borough's 11,077 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.5%.
Thanks to its easy access to New York City by rail, Rutherford became an early bedroom community. Following the initial wave of settlement in the late 19th century, an additional building boom occurred in the 1920s, when the majority of the borough's current housing stock was constructed.
Public Service Railway brought trolley lines into Rutherford around the start of the 20th century. The lines extended east to Jersey City, south to Newark, north to Hackensack, and west to Passaic. By the late 1940s, these were replaced by bus service.
Today, New Jersey Transit offers service to New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal 163 (Limited), 190, 191, 192 and 195 routes, while the 76 bus provides service between Hackensack and Newark. The Bergen County Line train stops at Rutherford's 1898 depot en route from Hoboken to Suffern, with connecting service at Secaucus Junction to New York Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan and Newark Airport.
The original Route 17, in the 1920s, came through downtown Rutherford. Following the 1927 New Jersey State Highway renumbering, the new NJ 2 (later NJ 17), was built in 1928, skirting the southeast edge of the borough, between the residential area and the New Jersey Meadowlands.
In 1948, a new bypass road along the southwest edge of the borough was built to bring traffic from Clifton and points west to the Lincoln Tunnel. The construction of the highway spur Route S3 (now NJ 3) caused the demolition or relocation of numerous borough homes. Plans are being made to replace the Route 3 bridge over the Passaic River and to improve the safety of the section of highway that passes through Rutherford. Construction is slated to begin in 2010.
The Rutherford Police Department (RPD) provides emergency and protective services to the borough of Rutherford. The RPD consists of 33 officers and five cadets currently in training. The current chief is John Russo who was appointed on March 26, 2013. The RPD responds to approximately 11,000 calls per year and conducts criminal investigations through its detective bureau.
The police department was originally organized in June 1879 as the Rutherford Protective and Detective Association.
The Rutherford Fire Department (RFD) is an all-volunteer fire department. The RFD was organized in May 1871 and consists of one Chief, one deputy chief and three assistant chiefs. There are five fire companies in three fire houses. Each company has a Captain and a Lieutenant. The department is staffed by 75 fully trained firefighters. The RFD utilizes three Engines, a Ladder truck, a Heavy Rescue, a Special Service Unit and a boat.
Two of Rutherford's firefighters (Edwin L. Ward in 1965 and Thomas E. Dunn in 1994) have died in the line of duty.
The Rutherford First Aid-Ambulance Corps is a volunteer ambulance service that was organized in 1949. The corp consists of 40 members that operate under the supervision of the Captain, First Lieutenant and Second Lieutenant. The corps provides basic life support, and is staffed primarily by certified Emergency Medical Technicians. CPR-trained drivers are also sometimes on duty. They operate three Type III ambulances.
Public education began in Rutherford prior to 1900, but the oldest school structure that is still standing is the former Park School, built in 1902. It is currently the home of the Rutherford borough hall, on Park Avenue. The schools in the Rutherford School District (with 2009-10 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Lincoln (grades K-3; 352 students), Washington (K-3; 324), Pierrepont (4-8; 490), Union (4-8; 481) and Rutherford High School (778).
Rutherford formerly had three "neighborhood" schools for grades K-5 (Washington, Lincoln, and Sylvan) which fed into two "magnet" schools for 6-8. The magnet schools also served as elementary schools for their neighborhoods. Sylvan School was closed at the end of the 2004-2005 school year and has become a handicapped preschool, as well as office space for the special services department.
St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church was established in Rutherford in the 1890s and opened a school shortly thereafter. St. Mary's offers both a grammar school and St. Mary High School, which areoperated under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.
In 1942, Fairleigh Dickinson University was founded in Rutherford as a two-year college, anchored by the Iviswold Castle on Montross Avenue, which was built in the 1880s as a summer home by David B. Ivison. After FDU expanded to a four-year college and then to offering graduate programs, it acquired other, larger, campuses, and eventually left Rutherford, offering the campus for sale due to financial difficulties. In the fall of 1997, the Rutherford campus was purchased by Felician College, an independent private Roman Catholic institution, which often has cultural and community events.
Culture and recreation
William Carlos Williams, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who died in 1963, was born in Rutherford in 1883. For most of his adult life, he maintained a physician's office in the house in which he lived, at 9 Ridge Road, at the corner of Park Avenue, even as he continued his artistic endeavors.
The Rivoli Theatre was opened in 1922 as a vaudeville house but was quickly converted into a movie palace. It was known for a large crystal chandelier suspended from the center of the auditorium. On January 9, 1977, the Rivoli was severely damaged in a fire. Soon afterward, a plan was developed to restore the Rivoli and turn it into a performing arts center. The William Carlos Williams Center for the Performing Arts opened in 1981 and contains three movie screens as well as two performance halls. Since 1995, the Williams Center's primary focus has been on concerts, ballet, opera, and theater for children.
The Meadowlands Museum, which began as a project of parents of children in the public schools in 1961 and was originally based in a room at Sylvan School, moved to the Yereance-Berry House at 91 Crane Avenue in 1974. Its focus is on local history.
The GFWC Woman's Club of Rutherford is a non-profit volunteer organization that was organized in 1889. The club is located in the former Iviswold carriage house.
Rutherford Memorial Park, in the northwest corner of town along the Passaic, was set aside as parkland by the voters in 1951. Its 30 acres (120,000 m2) include two baseball diamonds, five softball diamonds, a Little League Baseball field, a football stadium, five tennis courts, two basketball courts, and three playgrounds. Other active recreation parks include Tamblyn Field, near NJ 3.
The borough also has several smaller passive parks, including Lincoln Park across from borough hall, which was renovated in 2004. It includes a band shell and several monuments, including a cannon dating to the Spanish-American War, and is home to the borough's 9/11 memorial, containing a piece of steel debris recovered from the site of the attacks. Sunset Park is located just north of the intersection of Union and Jackson avenues and is on the western-facing side of a rather steep hill. A plan to redesign the park is currently being developed. Firefighters' Memorial Park is a pocket park located at the intersection of Park and Mortimer Avenue.
Lincoln Park has been a host to town events, concerts, and memorials for decades. The Rutherford Community Band plays concerts during the summer. Other summer concerts are sponsored by the borough, as well as several movie nights in the park. In the fall, it has been host to the Bergen County Cultural Festival, which is funded and run by the Civil Rights Commission.
The first annual Rutherford West End Festival was held October 3, 2009, in the West End section of town.
Rutherford, together with Lyndhurst and North Arlington, was the site of the EnCap project, an effort to remediate landfills on the 785-acre (3.18 km2) site and construct homes and golf courses on top of the cleaned up site. On May 27, 2008, the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission terminated its agreement with EnCap Golf Holdings, the company that had the contract to redevelop the site, after the company had missed targets to clean up the landfills as part of the project.
The Highland Cross Development is a proposed project that is to consist of 800 units of housing, including 160 affordable units, two hotels and a large retail component. Rutherford officials have been working to get approval for the project in the face of opposition from the 14 mayors of the Hackensack Meadowlands Municipal Committee.
Notable current and former residents of Rutherford include:
- Alfred Andriola (1912–83), cartoonist.
- Maxwell Becton (1868–1951), co-founder of Becton Dickinson.
- Howard Crook (born 1947), lyric tenor.
- George Dayton (1827-?), represented Bergen County in the New Jersey Senate from 1875-1877.
- Fairleigh S. Dickinson (1866–1948), co-founder of Becton Dickinson and the named benefactor of Fairleigh Dickinson University.
- Fairleigh Dickinson, Jr. (1920–96), member of the New Jersey Senate in 1968.
- Fireman Ed (born 1959), New York Jets unofficial mascot,.
- Kathleen Donovan (born 1952), County Executive of Bergen County, New Jersey who had previously been County Clerk and a member of the New Jersey General Assembly.
- John Dull, folk music artist and promoter.
- William H. J. Ely (1891–1942), district judge in New Jersey from 1924–1928 and represented Bergen County in the New Jersey Senate from 1932-1934.
- Charles Evered (born 1964), playwright and director.
- Beth Fowler (born 1940), actress.
- Louis Frey, Jr. (born 1934), Republican politician and former member of the US House of Representatives from Florida.
- Daniel Holsman, represented Bergen County in the New Jersey Senate from 1863-1865.
- William Labov (born 1927), linguist.
- John Cridland Latham (1888–1975), Medal of Honor recipient.
- Robert Leckie (1920–2001), author.
- John Marin (1870–1953), early modernist artist.
- René A. Morel (1932–2011), luthier.
- Peggy Noonan (born 1950), author of seven books and was Special Assistant to former President Ronald Reagan.
- Thomas R. Pickering (born 1931), United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 1989 to 1992.
- Kate Pierson (born 1948), singer with The B-52's.
- John Rutherfurd (1760–1840), U. S. Senator.
- Walter H. Stockmayer (1914–2004), chemist and university teacher.
- Winant Van Winkle (1879–1943), represented Bergen County in the New Jersey Senate from 1935-1940.
- Walker Whiting Vick (1878–1926), an aide to Woodrow Wilson.
- Alexander Russell Webb (1846–1916), writer and publisher.
- William Carlos Williams (1883–1963), poet.
- Chris Wragge (born 1970), a news anchor for WCBS-TV.
- Jim Garrett (born 1930), college football coach and professional football player.
- Bill Hands (born 1940), former professional baseball pitcher who was a 20-game winner for the Chicago Cubs.
- Frank Herrmann (born 1984), pitcher for the Cleveland Indians.
- Bobby Jones (born 1972), former pitcher who played for the New York Mets.
- Rodney Leinhardt (born 1970), professional wrestler.
- Vin Mazzaro (born 1986), pitcher for the Kansas City Royals.
- Shaun O'Hara (born 1977), center for the New York Giants.
- Pat Pacillo (born 1963), pitcher for Cincinnati Reds who debuted on May 23, 1987.
- Leo Paquin (1910–93), former football player.
- Eddy Rolon (born 1973), a professional mixed martial artist and submission grappler, has lived in Rutherford since 1996. Rolon is one of the first state licensed MMA competitors in New Jersey as well as the 2001 IFC Battleground Heavyweight champion.
- Jim Spanarkel (born 1957), former professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks and the Philadelphia 76ers.
- Michael Strahan (born 1971), former defensive end for the New York Giants.
- Stan Walters (born 1948), former offensive tackle who played for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Philadelphia Eagles.
- Corey Wootton (born 1987), defensive end for the Chicago Bears.
Rutherford is home to three current professional baseball players.
|Name||Position||Team Name||League||MLB Affiliation||Classification|
|Jack Egbert||Pitcher||Charlotte Knights||International League||Chicago White Sox||Class AAA|
|Frank Herrmann||Pitcher||Cleveland Indians||American League||Major League Baseball||MLB|
|Vin Mazzaro||Pitcher||Pittsburgh Pirates||National League||Major League Baseball||MLB|
Rutherford is home to the following locations on the National Register of Historic Places:
- Iviswold - 223 Montross Avenue (added 2004)
- Kip Homestead - 12 Meadow Road (added 1983)
- Rutherford Station - Station Square (added 1984)
- William Carlos Williams House - 9 Ridge Road (added 1973)
- Yereance-Berry House - 91 Crane Avenue (added 1983)
Pictures of Rutherford
The Ackerman house with the Yereance-Kettel house in the background.
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