Washington Township, Bergen County, New Jersey
|Washington Township, New Jersey|
|Township of Washington|
Map highlighting the Township of Washington's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of the Township of Washington, Bergen County, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Country||United States of America|
|Incorporated||April 13, 1840|
|• Type||Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council)|
|• Mayor||Janet Sobkowicz (term ends December 31, 2013)|
|• Administrator||Catherine Navarro-Steinel|
|• Clerk||Mary Ann Ozment|
|• Total||2.959 sq mi (7.665 km2)|
|• Land||2.909 sq mi (7.534 km2)|
|• Water||0.050 sq mi (0.130 km2) 1.70%|
|Area rank||335th of 566 in state
26th of 70 in county
|Elevation||89 ft (27 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2012)||9,220|
|• Rank||254th of 566 in state
40th of 70 in county
|• Density||3,128.8/sq mi (1,208.0/km2)|
|• Density rank||208th of 566 in state
44th of 70 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0882311|
Washington Township, formally the Township of Washington, is a township in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 9,102, reflecting an increase of 164 (+1.8%) from the 8,938 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 307 (-3.3%) from the 9,245 counted in the 1990 Census.
- 1 Geography
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Government
- 4 Education
- 5 Transportation
- 6 Entertainment
- 7 Community
- 8 History
- 9 Notable people
- 10 References
- 11 Sources
- 12 External links
Washington Township is located at United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 2.959 square miles (7.665 km2), of which, 2.909 square miles (7.534 km2) of it was land and 0.050 square miles (0.130 km2) of it (1.70%) was water.(40.988306,-74.064693). According to the
The township is located in the northern portion of Bergen County, which in turn is in the far northeastern corner of New Jersey, 15 miles (24 km) northwest of New York City. It is within the Hackensack River watershed, which comprises Musquapsink Brook, Schlegel Lake, Pascack Brook, Oradell Reservoir, Woodcliff Lake Reservoir, and Lake Tappan.
Located within the Pascack Valley of north-central Bergen County, elevations rise gradually in an east to west/south to north trajectory, and range anywhere from 50 feet (15 m) or less in the wooded swamplands behind Westwood Regional High School to approximately 360 feet (110 m) just west of Van Emburgh Avenue. Three hills are in the township: at the border of Westwood, west of Pascack Road, and another located west of Van Emburgh Avenue. Being higher in elevation, it is slightly cooler and less prone to flooding then the rest of the valley and other parts of northwestern Bergen County.
The southern end of the township bordering Paramus and Emerson is wooded wetlands at the convergence of Musquapsink Brook and three cemeteries, and has consistently the densest overnight and morning fog in the area.
|Population sources: 1840-1920
1840 1850-1870 1850
1870 1880-1890 1910-1930
1900-2010 2000 2010
* = Lost territory in previous decade.
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 9,102 people, 3,261 households, and 2,632 families residing in the township. The population density was 3,128.8 per square mile (1,208.0 /km2). There were 3,341 housing units at an average density of 1,148.5 per square mile (443.4 /km2). The racial makeup of the township was 90.50% (8,237) White, 1.08% (98) Black or African American, 0.01% (1) Native American, 6.47% (589) Asian, 0.02% (2) Pacific Islander, 0.62% (56) from other races, and 1.31% (119) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 5.44% (495) of the population.
There were 3,261 households, of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.0% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.3% were non-families. 16.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.15.
In the township, 22.9% of the population were under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 21.2% from 25 to 44, 30.1% from 45 to 64, and 19.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45.1 years. For every 100 females there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.7 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $117,394 (with a margin of error of +/- $14,960) and the median family income was $133,191 (+/- $10,285). Males had a median income of $91,038 (+/- $11,435) versus $56,599 (+/- $4,609) for females. The per capita income for the township was $48,415 (+/- $4,855). About 1.6% of families and 2.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.8% of those under age 18 and 0.6% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 8,938 people, 3,219 households, and 2,687 families residing in the township. The population density was 3,071.1 people per square mile (1,185.9/km2). There were 3,245 housing units at an average density of 1,115.0 per square mile (430.6/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 92.07% White, 0.98% African American, 0.04% Native American, 5.57% Asian, 0.44% from other races, and 0.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.35% of the population.
There were 3,219 households out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.2% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.5% were non-families. 14.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.07.
In the township the population was spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 27.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $83,694, and the median income for a family was $88,017. Males had a median income of $67,090 versus $41,699 for females. The per capita income for the township was $39,248. About 1.5% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.5% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over.
The Township of Washington is governed withn the Faulkner Act (formally known as the Optional Municipal Charter Law) under the Mayor-Council system of municipal government (Plan E), implemented based on the recommendations of a Charter Study Commission as of January 1, 1970. The governing body consists of a mayor and a five-member Township Council, all of whom are elected at-large on a partisan basis to four-year terms of office, as part of the November general election. Members of the Township Council are elected to serve four-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with three seats up for election together and the other two seats (along with the mayor) up for election two years later in odd-numbered years.
As of 2013[update], the Mayor of Washington Ttownship is Republican Janet Sobkowicz, whose term of office ends December 31, 2013, and had been a councilwoman for 28 years before being elected as Mayor in November 2009. Members of the Township Council are Council President Steven Cascio (R, 2015), Glenn Beckmeyer (R, 2015), Joseph D'Urso (R, 2013), Fred Goetz (R, 2013) and Richard Hrbek (R, 2015).
Federal, state and county representation
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 39th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Gerald Cardinale (R, Demarest) and in the General Assembly by Holly Schepisi (R, River Vale) and Bob Schroeder (R, Washington Township, Bergen County). 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 6,381 registered voters in Washington Township, of which 1,364 (21.4% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 2,412 (37.8% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 2,601 (40.8% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 4 voters registered to other parties. Among the township's 2010 Census population, 70.1% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 91.0% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 2,883 votes here (58.3% vs. 43.5% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 2,000 votes (40.5% vs. 54.8%) and other candidates with 33 votes (0.7% vs. 0.9%), among the 4,941 ballots cast by the township's 6,619 registered voters, for a turnout of 74.6% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County). In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 3,146 votes here (58.1% vs. 44.5% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 2,159 votes (39.8% vs. 53.9%) and other candidates with 42 votes (0.8% vs. 0.8%), among the 5,418 ballots cast by the township's 6,735 registered voters, for a turnout of 80.4% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County). In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 3,207 votes here (59.6% vs. 47.2% countywide), ahead of Democrat John Kerry with 2,137 votes (39.7% vs. 51.7%) and other candidates with 27 votes (0.5% vs. 0.7%), among the 5,379 ballots cast by the township's 6,582 registered voters, for a turnout of 81.7% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).
In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 2,329 votes here (56.7% vs. 45.8% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 1,475 votes (35.9% vs. 48.0%), Independent Chris Daggett with 200 votes (4.9% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 20 votes (0.5% vs. 0.5%), among the 4,110 ballots cast by the township's 6,623 registered voters, yielding a 62.1% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
Public school students in grades Kindergarten through 12 attend the Westwood Regional School District, a comprehensive regional school district serving students from both the Township of Washington and Westwood Borough. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are four elementary schools — Berkeley Avenue Elementary School (287 students; grades K-5), Brookside Elementary School (371; K-5), Jessie F. George Elementary School (354; PreK-5), Washington Elementary School (318; K-5) — Westwood Regional Middle School (411; 6-7, opened in Fall 2010) and Westwood Regional High School (973; 8-12).
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.
Immaculate Heart Academy is a parochial, college preparatory, all-girls Catholic high school located on Van Emburgh Avenue, operating under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. The school was founded in 1960 as the first all-girls school operated by the Newark Archdiocese.
Roads and highways
The township had a total of 43.48 miles (69.97 km) of roadways, of which 34.76 miles (55.94 km) are maintained by the municipality, 6.90 miles (11.10 km) by Bergen County and 1.82 miles (2.93 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
Located within the New York metropolitan area's arterial network, the township is easily accessible by car. The Garden State Parkway and County Route 502 travel through the township, and Route 17 is nearby.
New Jersey Transit bus route 165 serves nearby Westwood with access to and from the Township of Washington to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan and local service on the 752 route. Westwood train station can also be easily accessed from the township.
Rockland Coaches provides express service from Pascack Road and Washington Avenue via Garden State Parkway Exit 168, with weekday rush-hour service provided to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, going to New York in the morning and returning to the township weekday evenings on routes 46, 47 and 49.
Washington Township has a Bowtie Theaters movie theater. Located in the Washington Township Shopping Center, it has three viewing screens.
The Township of Washington offers various sports activities - baseball, softball, football, cheerleading and soccer - which are played at the numerous parks and fields throughout the town. Clark Field includes a little league baseball field with two large dugouts and electronic scoreboard, a basketball court, a playground, sandbox, and a concession stand. The playground has many slides, monkey bars, games, gliders, fire poles, regular swings, baby swings, and a tire swing. Memorial Field is in the center of the township and provides facilities for multiple use: baseball, softball, soccer and youth football. Adjacent to the Washington Elementary School, it also includes a recreation building with concession stand and a covered picnic pavilion.
As the township does not provide for any recreational pool service, the Washington Township Recreation Club (WTRC) fills this void. Membership at the Washington Township Recreation Club, more commonly known as the 'swim club' or 'pool', is not limited to township residents and is open to any individual or family who wishes to join. In addition to the Olympic sized outdoor pool, the WTRC also offers a game room and picnic area. Additional recreational facilities include the Bergen County YJCC, offering fitness programs, indoor swimming and a variety of classes for all denominations. The town also has a privately owned Racquet and Health Club.
Schlegel Lake, once referred to as Schlegel's Pond and commonly referred to as Washington Lake, is a 28-acre (110,000 m2) artificial body of water privately owned and managed by the Washington Lake Association (WLA) since 1947, whose members have exclusive rights to use of the pond and surrounding property. WLA members may enjoy fishing, boating, picnicking, nature observation and other outdoor activities.
Washington Town Center is a shopping mall located in the center of the township, on Pascack Road. Stores include A&P, Rite Aid, PNC Bank, a Post Office and several restaurants and shops along with a movie theater which offers a variety of theatrical films. The privately held Washington Town Center is the township's single largest tax payer. Through a quirk in the town's tax code, the not-for-profit Washington Township Recreation Club remains the township's second-largest taxpayer.
The Township of Washington has its own TV station, Washington Community Television (WCTV), composed entirely of all volunteers. The non-profit, community access group provides a 24/7 electronic bulletin board telecast over several cable systems in surrounding towns and provides live programming and coverage of local events and activities on the Public, educational, and government access (PEG) cable tv channels. WCTV provides coverage of a variety of high school sporting events and its volunteers have been honored for their efforts.
As the township does not provide residential trash pickup service, residents must pay for trash pickup services though a choice of several private garbage companies.
The Lenape Native Americans were said to inhabit the town first and many names throughout the general area were passed down from the Lenape. Pascack and Kinderkamack are just two of the names which have been passed down. After they left, the Dutch were the first settlers, establishing gardens, apple orchards and truck farms.
The Township of Washington was created by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 13, 1840, from the territories between the Hackensack River and Saddle River that had been part of Harrington Township. At the time of its creation, the township encompassed an area of 19,525 acres (79.01 km2), more than 30 square miles (78 km2).
Growth in the area exploded after the Civil War with the completion of the New Jersey and New York Railway through the Pascack Valley, as communities were established near the railroad's stations.
The Borough Act resulted in a flurry of new boroughs created from portions of the township in 1894 as the "Boroughitis" phenomenon swept through Washington Township, with Westwood (May 8, 1894), Park Ridge (May 14, 1894), Eastwood (part; created June 6, 1894, borough lasted until 1896), Montvale (part; created August 31, 1894) and Woodcliff (part; created August 31, 1894, name changed to Woodcliff Lake in 1910) formed among the 26 boroughs created that year in the county. Hillsdale Township (now a borough) was created on March 25, 1898. Etna Borough, which ultimately became Emerson, was formed on April 8, 1903. River Vale (part) was the last to leave when it was created on April 30, 1906. The departures have taken the township from over 30 square miles (78 km2) to its current 3-square-mile (7.8 km2) size.
Seven Chimneys is a house with the described seven chimneys, located on Ridgewood Road atop a small hill. George Washington is said to have stayed at the house during the Revolutionary War. Seven Chimneys, the oldest house in the township, is an impressive example of eighteenth-century, regional, domestic architecture and is an important remnant of the community's early settlement period. The house is listed on the State Register and National Register of Historic Places. On November 3, 1968, the Bergen County Historical Society placed a historic-site marker on the property.
During the mid-1950s, the completion of the 173-mile (278 km) Garden State Parkway split the township in two. The Parkway created two access routes with Exit 166 on the southern border closest to Paramus and Exit 168 on Washington Avenue. The northernmost toll plaza was built off of East Glen. During the decade after the Parkway was completed, the township dramatically increased in population.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Washington Township include:
- Beverly Bower (1925-2002), operatic soprano.
- Carol Higgins Clark (born 1956), mystery writer.
- Mary Higgins Clark (born 1927), best-selling author of suspense novels.
- Raymond E. Johns, Jr. (born 1955), General, Commander Air Mobility Command, United States Air Force.
- John Markert (c. 1930–2011), politician who served as Mayor of Washington Township before being elected to the New Jersey General Assembly, where he served three terms representing the 39th Legislative District.
- Jeffrey Nordling (born 1962), actor, appearing in the series Dirt.
- B. J. Raji (born 1986), NFL player for the Green Bay Packers.
- Corey Raji (born 1988), professional basketball player.
- Bob Schroeder (born 1960), member of the New Jersey General Assembly and former councilmember in Washington Township.
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- Staff. "Vintage homes in lake communities", North Jersey Homes, June 11, 2011. Accessed August 20, 2013.
- Home Page, Washington Community Television. Accessed August 20, 2013.
- Our History, Township of Washington. Accessed December 22, 2013. "We have a number of interesting places in our town, one of which is “Seven Chimneys” – a large 18th century stone house that stands high on a grassy knoll in the southern portion of the Township. Legend has it; George Washington stayed there a short period of time, which gives our community special history and pride."
- Harvey, Cornelius Burnham. Genealogical History of Hudson and Bergen Counties, New Jersey, p. 11, New Jersey Genealogical Publishing Company, 1900. Accessed December 22, 2013. "For a period of sixteen years following the passage of this act few boroughs were organized in the State, only three of them being in Bergen County.... As it was twenty-six boroughs were in the county from January 23, 1894, to December 18, of the same year."
- Staff. "Beverly Bower, 76, Soprano Who Sang At the Met", The New York Times, April 13, 2002. Accessed December 22, 2013. "Beverly Bower, an operatic soprano who sang the lead at the first performance in the new Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, died on March 24 at her home in Washington Township, N.J."
- Rohan, Virginia. "Mystery is in this Jersey writer’s blood", The Record (Bergen County), April 10, 2011. Accessed December 22, 2013. "For her 14th Regan Reilly mystery novel, Carol Higgins Clark chose a backdrop she knew well.... Mobbed is the first Regan Reilly book that Clark, who grew up in Washington Township, has set in the Garden State."
- Horner, Shirley. "New Jersey Q & A: Mary Higgins Clark; From a Life in New Jersey, Best-Selling Mysteries", The New York Times, October 18, 1992. Accessed December 22, 2013. "Ms. Clark first moved to New Jersey -- to Washington Township -- in 1956."
- Fard, Maggie Fazeli. "Washington Township native named newest four-star general", The Record (Bergen County), December 31, 2009. Accessed December 22, 2013. "Johns, Jr., the eldest child of Doris and Raymond Johns, Sr., grew up in Township of Washington with his younger brother, Kevin, and sister, Susan. He attended Westwood High School, where he met his future wife, Diana, and discovered what he wanted to do for the rest of his life."
- Clunn, Nick. "Ex-Assemblyman John Markert, 81, served three terms", The Record (Bergen County), June 5, 2011. Accessed December 22, 2013."John Markert, a three-term state assemblyman who began his political career by paving dirt roads in his hometown of Washington Township, died Thursday at his home in Florida."
- Rohan, Virginia. "Sex, Lies and Photographs; Bergen County native’s ‘Dirt’ character reaps what he sows", The Record (Bergen County), January 1, 2007. Accessed August 20, 2013. "Nordling was born 3,000 miles (4,800 km) from the craziness, at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, and grew up mostly in Washington Township (in the only house on the town's Times Square). When he was 15, the family moved to Saddle River, and Nordling transferred to Ramsey High School, where he became a soccer star."
- Larson, Craig. "Packers choose Raji; UConn's Brown goes to Colts", The Boston Globe, April 26, 2009. Accessed December 22, 2013. "Nestled among a houseful of family and friends in Washington Township, N.J., his 6-foot-2-inch, 332-pound frame resting comfortably, B.J. Raji was sporting a grin from ear to ear."
- Shaughnessy, Dan. "Sibling revelry at BC", The Boston Globe, February 3, 2011. Accessed December 22, 2013. "The Raji boys grew up in Washington Township, N.J., and starred at Westwood High School before earning scholarships to BC. Corey was New Jersey High School Player of the Year in 2006-07 and followed B.J. to Chestnut Hill, choosing BC over Miami and Virginia."
- Benson, Josh. "WORTH NOTING; Bob Schroeder, He's Not Dead Yet", The New York Times, September 4, 2005. Accessed February 3, 2011. "'I'm just keeping my name in the public,' said Mr. Schroeder, who has served as council president in his hometown, Washington Township."
- Clayton, W. Woodford; and Nelson, William. History of Bergen and Passaic Counties, New Jersey, with Biographical Sketches of Many of its Pioneers and Prominent Men., Philadelphia: Everts and Peck, 1882.
- Harvey, Cornelius Burnham (ed.), Genealogical History of Hudson and Bergen Counties, New Jersey. New York: New Jersey Genealogical Publishing Co., 1900.
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- Municipal Incorporations of the State of New Jersey (according to Counties) prepared by the Division of Local Government, Department of the Treasury (New Jersey); December 1, 1958
- Township of Washington official website
- Westwood Regional School District
- Westwood Regional School District's 2012–13 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the Westwood Regional School District, National Center for Education Statistics
- Township History
- Dutch Door Genealogy: Bergen County New Jersey Municipalities