Waldwick, New Jersey
|Waldwick, New Jersey|
|Borough of Waldwick|
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||April 1, 1919|
|• Mayor||Thomas A. Giordano (term ends December 31, 2015)|
|• Administrator||Gary Kratz|
|• Clerk||Paula M. Jaegge|
|• Total||2.087 sq mi (5.404 km2)|
|• Land||2.067 sq mi (5.353 km2)|
|• Water||0.025 sq mi (0.051 km2) 0.95%|
|Area rank||404th of 566 in state
46th of 70 in county
|Elevation||223 ft (68 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2012)||9,857|
|• Rank||248th of 566 in state
38th of 70 in county
|• Density||4,656.8/sq mi (1,798.0/km2)|
|• Density rank||120th of 566 in state
30th of 70 in county
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0885429|
Waldwick is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 9,625, reflecting an increase of 3 (+0.0%) from the 9,622 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 135 (-1.4%) from the 9,757 counted in the 1990 Census.
Waldwick is located at United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 2.087 square miles (5.404 km2), of which, 2.067 square miles (5.353 km2) of it is land and 0.025 square miles (0.051 km2) of it (0.95%) is water.(41.013615,-74.125919). According to the
The Ho-Ho-Kus Brook flows through the center of town in a roughly southward direction.
Inhabited during the pre-Columbian era by the Lenape Native American tribe, the region surrounding Waldwick was first explored by Europeans when a Dutch trading expedition landed near there c. 1610. With the creation of the Nieuw Amsterdam colony in 1624, the present site of the borough, along with the rest of northeastern New Jersey, became a Dutch possession. During the period from 1624-1664 it was sparsely developed by Dutch settlers, mainly for agricultural purposes. With the annexation of Nieuw Amsterdam by the English in 1664 came a nearly instant increase in immigration to the region and the development of several settlements in and around the present borders of the borough.
In the mid-19th century, Waldwick and the surrounding area constituted a small settlement within Franklin Township, an area that encompassed much of northwestern Bergen County. On January 1, 1886, Orvil Township was formed from portions of Hohokus Township and Washington Township. Not long after, the Erie Railroad created a stop in the township, bringing about the first major population boom in the region's history. Still later, around the 1870s, the area constituting modern-day Ridgewood broke away from Orvil; not too long afterwards, Orvil Township as an independent municipality began to fade. On April 7, 1919, a council of citizens voted to incorporate as the borough of "Waldwick", from the remaining portions of Orvil Township. With the creation of the borough of Waldwick, Orvil Township was dissolved.
Various derivations of the borough's name have been offered, including one that "Waldwick" is Old English, from "wald" (forest) and "wick" (settlement, place, or light). According to The History Of Bergen County written in 1900 by James M. Van Valen, the name Waldwick comes from a Saxon language word meaning "beautiful grove".
|Population sources: 1900-1920
1900-1990 2000 2010
* = Lost territory inprevious decade.
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 9,625 people, 3,420 households, and 2,681 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,656.8 inhabitants per square mile (1,798.0 /km2). There were 3,537 housing units at an average density of 1,711.3 per square mile (660.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 90.63% (8,723) White, 1.08% (104) Black or African American, 0.11% (11) Native American, 4.99% (480) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 1.76% (169) from other races, and 1.43% (138) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.62% (830) of the population.
There were 3,420 households of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.1% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.6% were non-families. 18.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.20.
In the borough, 25.2% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 28.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.2 years. For every 100 females there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.9 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $95,774 (with a margin of error of +/- $7,836) and the median family income was $104,335 (+/- $12,466). Males had a median income of $66,838 (+/- $8,541) versus $57,137 (+/- $6,800) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $41,689 (+/- $3,047). About 2.8% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.2% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 9,622 people, 3,428 households, and 2,677 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,616.2 people per square mile (1,786.1/km2). There were 3,495 housing units at an average density of 1,676.8 per square mile (648.8/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 92.68% White, 0.59% African American, 0.04% Native American, 4.52% Asian, 1.31% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.31% of the population.
There were 3,428 households out of which 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.5% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.9% were non-families. 18.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.22.
In the borough the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.0 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $75,532, and the median income for a family was $82,208. Males had a median income of $60,671 versus $37,145 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $30,733. About 1.3% of families and 2.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.7% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over.
Waldwick operates under the Borough form of New Jersey government. The mayor is elected directly by the voters to serve a four-year term. 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 2013[update], the Mayor of Waldwick is Thomas A. Giordano (term ends December 31, 2015). Members of the Borough Council (with term-end year and committee chairmanships listed in parentheses) are Council President Frank Palladino (2014; Environmental Services Committee) Andrew Brennecke (2014; Chair of Recreation & Health Committee, Chair of Fire Protection Committee), Greg Bjork (2013; Chair Public Works Committee), Anthony Celeste (2015; Chair Buildings & Grounds Committee), Charles Farricker (2015; Public Safety Committee), and Donald Sciolaro (2013; Financial & Administrative Committee).
Federal, state and county representation
Waldwick is located in the 5th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 40th state legislative district. Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Waldwick 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 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 5,953 registered voters. Of registered voters, 1,459 (24.5% of all registered voters) were registered as Democrats, 1,523 (25.6%) were registered as Republicans and 2,965 (49.8%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were six voters registered to other parties.
In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 45.0% of the vote here (2,214 ballots cast), behind Republican John McCain, who received 53.8% of the vote (2,644 ballots), with 82.9% of registered voters participating. In the 2004 election, Republican George W. Bush received 50% of the vote in Cresskill, narrowly edging Democrat John Kerry, who received around 49%.
Students in Pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade are educated in the Waldwick Public School District. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Crescent School (grades PreK-5; 349 students), Julia A. Traphagen School (K-5; 417), Waldwick Middle School (6-8; 446) and Waldwick High School (9-12; 377).
During the 2009-10 school year, Julia A. Traphagen School was awarded the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive. It was the only school in Bergen County that year out of ten schools honored statewide and the first Bergen County elementary school to receive the honor in six years.
In addition, Waldwick is home of the Waldwick Seventh-day Adventist School; The Village School, a Montessori school for toddlers through 8th grade; and The Forum School, a facility for developmentally disabled youngsters. Pre-school experiences are also offered at Rainbow Corners day school, at the Methodist Church, Building Blocks Child Center at the Christ Community Church (across from the high school) Building Blocks and at Saddle Acres School.
Waldwick is served by New Jersey Transit by both the Bergen County Line and Main Line at the Waldwick train station. The station is located at the intersection of West Prospect Street, Lafayette Place and Hewson Avenue. The train lines runs north-south to Hoboken Terminal with connections via the Secaucus Junction transfer station to New York Penn Station and to other NJ Transit rail service. Connections are available at the Hoboken Terminal to other New Jersey Transit rail lines, the PATH train at the Hoboken PATH station, New York Waterways ferry service to the World Financial Center and other destinations and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail service.
Notable current and former residents of Waldwick include:
- Martha Byrne (born 1969), actress.
- Jay Dittamo (born 1959), drummer, percussionist, and music producer.
- Dave Fiore (born 1974), former pro football player.
- Charles Kinsey (1773–1849), Congressman.
- Alyson Kirk (born 1970), actress.
- Andrea Mistretta, artist noted for her annual New Orleans Mardi Gras posters.
- Allison Smith (born 1969), actress.
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- Julia A. Traphagen School, Waldwick Public School District. Accessed August 12, 2013.
- Waldwick Middle School, Waldwick Public School District. Accessed August 12, 2013.
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- Staff. "Waldwick elementary school earns 'Blue Ribbon' distinction", Waldwick Suburban News, October 8, 2009. Accessed April 1, 2011. "Julia A. Traphagen Elementary School has achieved something no elementary school in Bergen County has in six years, according to Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Penna: national distinction."
- Julia A. Traphagen School Receives 2009 National Blue Ribbon Award, Waldwick Public Schools. Accessed April 1, 2011.
- Martha Byrne, Annieorphans.com. Accessed October 27, 2007. "Martha Byrne – (July) Martha is making her Broadway debut at the age of ten. A resident of Waldwick, N.J., she attends St. Luke’s School and is the youngest of four children."
- Rotten Tomatoes Review on Band from Utopia DVD, Rottentomatoes.com
- Lange, Randy. "NINERS SIGN WALDWICK'S FIORE", The Record (Bergen County), January 20, 1999. Accessed May 2, 2007. "Dave Fiore, the San Francisco offensive tackle from Waldwick and"
- Charles Kinsey, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed March 1, 2007.
- Hanley, Robert. "New Jersey Journal", The New York Times, September 12, 1982. Accessed March 17, 2012. "Just ask Allison Smith and Alyson Kirk, 12-year-old neighbors, playmates and -until both made it to stardom in Annie - classmates at Waldwick's Traphagen School."
- Beckerman, Jim. "Poster Child for Hope ; Fired-Up Artist Offers New Orleans a Phoenix", The Record (Bergen County), January 11, 2006. Accessed August 31, 2013. "Floods, winds, death and destruction laid low New Orleans just as artist Andrea Mistretta of Waldwick was creating her 21st annual Mardi Gras poster."
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