Saddle Brook, New Jersey
|Saddle Brook, New Jersey|
|Township of Saddle Brook|
Map highlighting Saddle Brook's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Saddle Brook, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Country||United States of America|
|Incorporated||March 20, 1716 as Saddle River Township|
|Renamed||November 8, 1955 as Saddle Brook Township|
|• Type||Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council)|
|• Mayor||Erik J. Pietranski (R, term ends December 31, 2014)|
|• Clerk||Peter Lo Dico|
|• Total||2.716 sq mi (7.034 km2)|
|• Land||2.689 sq mi (6.964 km2)|
|• Water||0.027 sq mi (0.071 km2) 1.00%|
|Area rank||363rd of 566 in state
35th of 70 in county
|Elevation||46 ft (14 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2012)||14,021|
|• Rank||180th of 566 in state
24th of 70 in county
|• Density||5,080.2/sq mi (1,961.5/km2)|
|• Density rank||109th of 566 in state
28th of 70 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|Area code(s)||201 and 973|
|GNIS feature ID||882308|
Saddle Brook is a township in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 13,659, reflecting an increase of 504 (+3.8%) from the 13,155 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 141 (-1.1%) from the 13,296 counted in the 1990 Census.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Government
- 5 Education
- 6 Transportation
- 7 Television station
- 8 Points of interest
- 9 Notable people
- 10 References
- 11 Sources
- 12 External links
Saddle River Township was created on March 20, 1716, and consisted of all of the territory in Bergen County west of the Saddle River, making it one of the oldest municipalities in Bergen County. It was incorporated on February 21, 1798, as one of the initial group of 104 townships incorporated in New Jersey.
After its formation in 1716, Saddle River Township was split up in 1772 by royal decree with the northernmost half becoming Franklin Township, was named after the last royal governor of New Jersey, William Franklin, son of Benjamin Franklin. Pompton Township was established in 1797 from parts of both Franklin and Saddle River Townships west of the Ramapo River, leaving sections of both townships disconnected to the west of Pompton Township. West Milford Township was formed from the discontinuous, western sections of both Franklin and Saddle River townships in 1834.
In the initial wave of "Boroughitis" in which 26 new boroughs were created in 1894 alone and two more in 1895, Glen Rock (on September 14, 1894) and Lodi (December 22, 1894) split off from the township followed shortly thereafter by Wallington (January 2, 1895). East Paterson (April 18, 1916; renamed to Elmwood Park effective January 1, 1973), Garfield (April 19, 1917) and Fair Lawn (April 5, 1924) subsequently split off.
Saddle Brook is located at United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 2.716 square miles (7.034 km2), of which, 2.689 square miles (6.964 km2) of it was land and 0.027 square miles (0.071 km2) of it (1.00%) was water.(40.902976,-74.101061). According to the
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At the 2010 United States Census, there were 13,659 people, 5,286 households, and 3,690 families residing in the township. The population density was 5,080.2 per square mile (1,961.5 /km2). There were 5,485 housing units at an average density of 2,040.0 per square mile (787.6 /km2). The racial makeup of the township was 84.35% (11,521) White, 2.31% (316) Black or African American, 0.16% (22) Native American, 8.21% (1,121) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 3.19% (436) from other races, and 1.78% (243) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 12.20% (1,666) of the population.
There were 5,286 households of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.7% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 25.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.13.
In the township, 20.2% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 28.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.4 years. For every 100 females there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.2 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $79,279 (with a margin of error of +/- $6,351) and the median family income was $92,861 (+/- $9,495). Males had a median income of $60,214 (+/- $5,753) versus $44,243 (+/- $3,010) for females. The per capita income for the township was $33,674 (+/- $2,295). About 0.0% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.6% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 13,155 people, 5,062 households, and 3,578 families residing in the township. The population density was 4,830.8 people per square mile (1,867.3/km2). There were 5,161 housing units at an average density of 1,895.2 per square mile (732.6/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 90.73% White, 1.39% Black, 0.04% Native American, 4.74% (U.S. Census), 1.70% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.27% of the population.
Among those resident who reported their ancestry in the 2000 Census, the most common were Italian (35.7%), Irish (15.7%), Polish (13.1%) and German (11.0%). The number of residents who reported being of Italian ancestry in the 2000 Census (adjusted for the total number of ancestries reported) was the 15th highest of any municipality in New Jersey.
There were 5,062 households out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.6% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.11.
In the township the population was spread out with 20.2% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.1 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $63,545, and the median income for a family was $73,205. Males had a median income of $49,834 versus $34,542 for females. The per capita income for the township was $27,561. About 1.4% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.
Saddle Brook operates within the Faulkner Act (formally known as the Optional Municipal Charter Law) under the Mayor-Council system of municipal government (Plan 2), implemented by direct petition as of January 1, 1991, after voters approved a referendum supporting the change in June 1990. The township is governed by a Mayor and a five-member Township Council. Members of the Township Council are elected at-large in partisan elections to four-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either two seats (plus the mayoral seat) or three seats up for election in even-numbered years as part of the November general election.
As of 2013[update], the Mayor of Saddle Brook is Democrat Karen Chamberlain, whose term of office ends December 31, 2014. Members of the Township Council are Council President Richard Conte (R, 2014), Joseph Camilleri (D, 2016), Andrew Cimiluca (R, 2016), Anthony Halko (R, 2014) and Florence Mazzer (D, 2016).
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 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 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). Connie Wagner (D, Paramus) stepped down from office as of October 1, 2013, and had been replaced on the ballot by Joseph Lagana, with her vacant seat to be filled on an interim basis. 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, 2016; River Edge), Maura R. DeNicola (R, 2016; Franklin Lakes), 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 March 23, 2011, there were a total of 8,377 registered voters in Saddle Brook Township, of which 2,890 (34.5% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,603 (19.1% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 3,882 (46.3% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 2 voters registered to other parties. Among the township's 2010 Census population, 61.3% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 76.8% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 3,264 votes here (51.5% vs. 54.8% countywide), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 2,945 votes (46.5% vs. 43.5%) and other candidates with 76 votes (1.2% vs. 0.9%), among the 6,334 ballots cast by the township's 8,789 registered voters, for a turnout of 72.1% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County). In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 3,495 votes here (51.5% vs. 44.5% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 3,159 votes (46.6% vs. 53.9%) and other candidates with 60 votes (0.9% vs. 0.8%), among the 6,785 ballots cast by the township's 8,628 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.6% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County). In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 3,467 votes here (52.7% vs. 47.2% countywide), ahead of Democrat John Kerry with 3,025 votes (46.0% vs. 51.7%) and other candidates with 53 votes (0.8% vs. 0.7%), among the 6,576 ballots cast by the township's 8,369 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.6% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).
In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 2,025 votes here (50.0% vs. 45.8% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 1,775 votes (43.8% vs. 48.0%), Independent Chris Daggett with 212 votes (5.2% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 16 votes (0.4% vs. 0.5%), among the 4,049 ballots cast by the township's 8,478 registered voters, yielding a 47.8% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
The Saddle Brook Public Schools serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Community School (preschool), three K-6 elementary schools — Franklin Elementary School (251 students), Long Memorial Elementary School (325 students) and Helen I. Smith Elementary School (333 students) — Washington School, which houses a number of the district's early intervention special education programs (16 students) and Saddle Brook High/Middle School for grades 7-12, combining both middle school and high school in a single building (786 students).
Public school students from the township, and all of Bergen County, are eligible to attend the secondary education programs offered by the Bergen County Technical Schools, which include the Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, and the Bergen Tech campus in Teterboro or Paramus. The district offers programs on a shared-time or full-time basis, with admission based on a selective application process and tuition covered by the student's home school district.
Roads and highways
The township had a total of 41.73 miles (67.16 km) of roadways, of which 31.45 miles (50.61 km) are maintained by the municipality, 6.91 miles (11.12 km) by Bergen County, 2.40 miles (3.86 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 0.97 miles (1.56 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
Saddle Brook hosts the intersection of the Garden State Parkway (Exit 159) and Interstate 80 (Exit 62), along with portions of U.S. Route 46. Route 4 and Route 17 are within a quarter mile of its borders.
The Parkway extends across the center of the township for 1.0 mile (1.6 km), heading northeast from Elmwood Park to Rochelle Park. Two toll gates are located in the township, with one toll gate on the northbound lanes of the parkway (just north of Exit 159), and the other toll gate used at the interchange for Exit 159.
Interstate 80 heads due east for 1.6 miles (2.6 km) from Elmwood Park to Lodi. U.S. Route 46 clips the township's southwest corner, heading southeast for 0.6 miles (0.97 km) from Garfield to Lodi on Saddle Brook's southern border.
New Jersey Transit's Plauderville rail station in the township's southwest corner at its border with Garfield, located at the intersection of Plauderville Avenue and Midland Avenue, provides service on the Bergen County Line to Hoboken Terminal, with transfers available at Secaucus Junction to New York Penn Station, Newark Penn Station, and Newark Airport, with transfers at Hoboken to PATH trains, Hudson Bergen Light Rail, and New York Waterway ferries.
New Jersey Transit bus service is offered to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 144, 145, 148, 160, 161 and 164 routes; and to other New Jersey communities served on the 707, 712 and 758 routes.
From 1999 to January 1, 2009, Saddle Brook had a Public-access television cable TV station with news bulletins (channel 77 on Cablevision and channels 38 and 39 on Verizon FiOS). This station was called SBC-TV. This public-access television channel was created in 1999 after Hurricane Floyd hit Saddle Brook in September 1999 so the town would have a way of receiving alerts. This station was shut down because of this station was not included in the budget for 2009. The station was once again placed on the air in 2011 with an all-volunteer staff, airing Township Council meetings and providing information of Township services, events and activities via a scrolling message board.
Points of interest
Riverside Cemetery is a plot-holder owned Jewish cemetery with over 65,000 burials. Acquired by the Lakewood Cemetery Association in 1906, the 105-acre (42 ha) property includes an Italianate style home used as administrative offices that has been restored and expanded after the building was extensively damaged in a 1950 fire.
The Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation maintains a campus in Saddle Brook, in addition to other main campuses in Chester and West Orange. The Saddle Brook campus was established after the acquisition of Saddle Brook/Kennedy Memorial Hospital in 1993, and operates 112 beds, specializing in rehabilitation from stroke, brain injury, amputation, neurological conditions (including Multiple Sclerosis, ALS and Parkinson's disease), Joint replacement and orthopedic trauma
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Saddle Brook include:
- Steve Beauharnais (born 1990), defensive linebacker for the New England Patriots.
- Gary Brolsma (born 1986), Internet sensation and creator of the original Numa Numa Dance.
- Matthew Hendrickson (born 1972), world champion professional wrestler known as "Mr. Irresistible".
- Morgan Hoffmann (born 1989), professional golfer.
- Kim Jones (born 1969), broadcaster for the New York Yankees on the YES Network.
- Steve Maneri (born 1988), tight end for the Chicago Bears.
- Zane Kalemba (born 1985), professional ice hockey goaltender who has played for HC Banská Bystrica in the Slovak Extraliga.
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- Vrentas, Jenny. "NFL Draft: Rutgers' Steve Beauharnais ready to jump from under-the-radar prospect to NFL", The Star-Ledger, April 21, 2013. Accessed April 28, 2013. "Beauharnais had already earned a scholarship to Rutgers while playing for Saddle Brook High School, so Karcich was surprised to learn the teen planned to enroll in the private school in Montvale for his senior year.... Beauharnais was part of St. Joseph’s Non-Public Group III state title that season."
- Feuer, Alan; and George, Jason. "Internet Fame Is Cruel Mistress for a Dancer of the Numa Numa". The New York Times, February 26, 2005. Accessed December 13, 2013. "Mr. Brolsma, a pudgy guy from Saddle Brook, made a video of himself this fall performing a lip-synced version of 'Dragostea Din Tei,' a Romanian pop tune, which roughly translates to 'Love From the Linden Trees.'
- Kim, Yung. "SADDLE BROOK SUPERSTAR", The Record (Bergen County), June 17, 2002. Accessed March 18, 2011. "Matthew Hendrickson invented an entire persona for his professional wrestling career, but refused to deny his hometown of Saddle Brook for the charade. Hoping to trade on a 'Rocky' theme, promoters wanted to introduce 'Mr. Irresistible' as hailing from Philadelphia, but Hendrickson refused. 'He said he was from Saddle Brook, N.J., and had to be introduced as from there,' said promoter David L. Davis."
- Prunty, Brendan. "Somerville's Foley outduels Hoffmann to take Ike title", The Star-Ledger, June 25, 2008. Accessed December 17, 2013. "But Hoffmann did stay close and was one shot back as they came to the par-3 14th hole. However, an errant tee shot forced the Saddle Brook resident to scramble and make par, while Foley made another birdie."
- Klapisch, Bob. "YES, Ma'am: Yankees field reporter Kim Jones of Saddle Brook gets all the right answers", (201) magazine, July 2008, backed up by the Internet Archive as of September 24, 2010. Accessed December 17, 2013. "Luckily for the Saddle Brook resident, journalism has been an enduring strength. Jones hosts a talk show on WFAN, and since 2000 has been covering the NFL for The Star-Ledger of Newark, where she still delivers a once-a-week notes column."
- Tatum, Kevin. "Owls football gains 3 more commitments", The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 19, 2006. Accessed December 13, 2012. "The latest players to cast their lots with Temple are third-team all-state linebacker Andre Neblett of Rahway High (N.J.), tight end Steve Maneri of Saddle Brook High (N.J.), and offensive lineman John Palumbo of Queen of Peace in North Arlington, N.J."
- Alden, Bill. "NJ Native Kalemba Has Come a Long Way in Becoming Star Goalie for PU Men's Hockey", Town Topics (newspaper), December 27, 2006. Accessed December 17, 2013. "Zane Kalemba is a native of nearby Saddle Brook but he has come a long way to become the starting goalie for the Princeton University men's ice hockey team. After helping Bergen Catholic to the N.J. state high school championship as a freshman, Kalemba headed to New England to play at The Hotchkiss School."
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- Saddle Brook Township website
- Saddle Brook Public Schools
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- Data for the Saddle Brook Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics
- Saddle Brook general information
- Saddle Brook local news
- Saddle Brook Community News
- SBC-TV website
- Saddle Brook Police Department website
- Saddle Brook Fire Department website