Maplewood, New Jersey
Maplewood, New Jersey
|Township of Maplewood|
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||April 1, 1861 as South Orange Township|
|Renamed||November 7, 1922 as Maplewood township|
|• Body||Township Committee|
|• Mayor||Dean Dafis (D), term ends December 31, 2022)|
|• Administrator||Jerry Giaimis|
|• Municipal clerk||Elizabeth J. Fritzen|
|• Total||3.88 sq mi (10.04 km2)|
|• Land||3.87 sq mi (10.03 km2)|
|• Water||<0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2) 0.08%|
|• Rank||302nd of 565 in state|
11th of 22 in county
|Elevation||115 ft (35 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||103rd of 566 in state|
11th of 22 in county
|• Density||6,155.3/sq mi (2,376.6/km2)|
|• Rank||82nd of 566 in state|
9th of 22 in county
|Time zone||UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))|
|GNIS feature ID||0882220|
Maplewood is a township in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. The township is an inner-ring suburban bedroom community of New York City in the New York metropolitan area. As of the 2020 United States census, the township's population was 25,684. As of the 2010 United States census, the township's population was 23,867, reflecting a decline of 1 person (0.0%) from the 23,868 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 2,216 (+10.2%) from the 21,652 counted in the 1990 Census.
When surveying the area now known as Maplewood, Robert Treat found several trails used by Lenape tribes of Algonquian Native Americans, though there was only sparse pre-European settlement. These paths form the basis for what are the township's main thoroughfares today.
The first European settlers arrived around 1675, primarily English, Dutch and French Puritans who had earlier settled Hempstead, Long Island, and Stamford, Connecticut, via Newark and Elizabeth. They had acquired most of today's Essex County from the Native Americans and followed three trails that roughly correspond to South Orange Avenue, Springfield Avenue and Ridgewood Road. These three routes resulted in the development of three separate communities that coalesced to become Maplewood and South Orange. Those who came from Newark on the trail that now corresponds to South Orange Avenue settled the area that became South Orange village.
Six families (with last names of Smith, Brown, Pierson, Freeman, Ball and Gildersleeve) came up today's Ridgewood Road and established scattered farms around a center that became Jefferson Village, named after Thomas Jefferson. This settlement, which roughly corresponds to downtown Maplewood today, developed several mills and orchards. John Durand, the son of Hudson River School painter Asher Brown Durand (who was born in Maplewood in 1796), describes the place as a picturesque but slightly backward community with close ties to Springfield. The apple harvest was apparently quite impressive and included the "Harrison" and "Canfield" varieties. By 1815, there were approximately 30 families in the community. Although the residents of the area were predominantly Presbyterian, the first house of worship was a Baptist chapel in 1812. This was in use until 1846 and fell into disrepair until 1858, when it was taken into use as a Methodist Episcopal church.
Those who came up today's Springfield Avenue settled on a hill crest near today's intersection between Tuscan and Springfield Avenue and established a hamlet known as North Farms. Over time, this community became known as the Hilton section. It became a stagecoach stop between Newark, Jersey City (then Paulus Hook), and Morristown and thereby a center for trade and light manufacturing. The village changed its name from North Farms to Middleville in 1830, and then to Hilton in 1880 when it was granted a post office. In 1855, Seth Boyden settled in what was then Middleville to retire but innovated a number of agricultural products, especially berries. Boyden also built and put into operation the first steam engines to service the railroad through Maplewood. The area became known for its orchards and related industries, including cider mills and rum distilleries, as well as honey and livestock.
In 1802, Jefferson Village and North Farms were named as districts within the Township of Newark.
The three communities developed and functioned independently, each establishing their own school associations: South Orange established the Columbian School in 1814, which would form the basis of Columbia High School; North Farms established the North Farms Association in 1817; and Jefferson Village the Jefferson Association in 1818. In 1867, when the State of New Jersey established public education through the School Law, the newly appointed County Superintendent merged the three associations into one school district, which was formalized in 1894 as the South Orange-Maplewood School District. James Ricalton, a teacher born in New York of Scottish parents who became the school district's first permanent teacher, helped set the high standard of education that persists in the school district to this day.
Maplewood was originally formed as South Orange Township, which was created on April 1, 1861, from portions of Clinton Township and what was then the Town of Orange. Portions of the township were taken to form South Orange village (established May 4, 1869, within the township and became fully independent on March 4, 1904) and Vailsburg borough (formed March 28, 1894, and annexed by Newark on January 1, 1905) The name of the township was changed to Maplewood on November 7, 1922.
When the Morris and Essex Railroad from Newark was extended to the area in 1838, a land speculator by the name of John Shedden built a railroad station in Jefferson Village and named it Maplewood. This name came to comprise areas known as Hilton, Jefferson Village, and areas previously part of Springfield. In 1868, farms were subdivided into parcels for residential housing and the area became a commuter suburb.
Edward C. Balch (1858–1934) was a homebuilder who envisioned Maplewood as a suburban community and starting around 1900 developed a total of 176 homes in the township, earning him recognition by The New York Times as the "Father of Maplewood."
The 1920s saw significant growth in new residents and structures.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 3.88 square miles (10.04 km2), including 3.87 square miles (10.03 km2) of land and <0.01 square miles (0.01 km2) of water (0.08%). A pond is in Memorial Park, the Rahway River runs through the township and there is a municipal pool club with four man-made pools of water; the remainder of the area is land.
|Climate data for Maplewood|
|Average high °F (°C)||39
|Average low °F (°C)||18
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||4.13
1870–1920 1870 1880–1890
* = Lost territory in previous decade.
The 2010 United States census counted 23,867 people, 8,240 households, and 6,287 families in the township. The population density was 6,155.3 per square mile (2,376.6/km2). There were 8,608 housing units at an average density of 2,220.0 per square mile (857.1/km2). The racial makeup was 56.27% (13,430) White, 35.30% (8,426) Black or African American, 0.18% (44) Native American, 3.04% (725) Asian, 0.03% (6) Pacific Islander, 1.82% (434) from other races, and 3.36% (802) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.68% (1,595) of the population.
Of the 8,240 households, 42.8% had children under the age of 18; 57.8% were married couples living together; 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present and 23.7% were non-families. Of all households, 19.1% were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.33.
28.3% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.6 years. For every 100 females, the population had 90.6 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 85.4 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $101,463 (with a margin of error of +/− $6,610) and the median family income was $122,102 (+/− $9,324). Males had a median income of $83,656 (+/− $10,885) versus $57,422 (+/− $5,551) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $47,404 (+/− $2,404). About 1.5% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.5% of those under age 18 and 3.1% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 23,868 people, 8,452 households, and 6,381 families residing in the township. The population density was 6,207.1 people per square mile (2,393.6/km2). There were 8,615 housing units at an average density of 2,240.4 per square mile (864.0/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 58.78% White, 32.63% Black, 0.13% Native American, 2.86% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.56% from other races, and 4.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.23% of the population.
There were 8,452 households, out of which 40.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.2% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.5% were non-families. 20.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.8% 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 3.27.
In the township, the age distribution of the population shows 28.0% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.1 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $79,637, and the median income for a family was $92,724. Males had a median income of $57,572 versus $41,899 for females. The per capita income for the township was $36,794. 4.4% of the population and 3.4% of families were below the poverty line. 4.9% of those under the age of 18 and 6.0% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.
Arts and culture
In 2018 Brooke Lea Foster of The New York Times described Maplewood as one of several "least suburban of suburbs, each one celebrated by buyers there for its culture and hip factor, as much as the housing stock and sophisticated post-city life."
The township owns and operates the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts at 10 Durand Road. The Center, a former Christian Science Church, was donated to the town by Jean Burgdorff, a local real estate entrepreneur. The building was transferred to the town on October 15, 1988. In 2008, the township committed to a $130,000 plan to improve the building.
Every year, on the weekend following the weekend closest to July 4, there is a concert in town called Maplewoodstock. The free concert consists of local and national bands performing alongside various stalls showcasing local businesses.
Architecture and landscape
Many of the more recognizable buildings and spaces were the work of famous architects and landscape designers. Most of the schools and the Municipal Building were the work of Guilbert & Betelle. The center of town is dominated by Memorial Park, a design of the Olmsted Brothers. The Olmsted firm was also responsible for the landscaping at Ward Homestead, designed by John Russell Pope, and now known as Winchester Gardens, located on Elmwood Avenue. On the opposite side of town is another Olmsted work, South Mountain Reservation. The Maplewood Theater, designed by William E. Lehman, was where Cheryl Crawford first revived Porgy and Bess.
- Ultimate Frisbee (now called simply "Ultimate") was invented in Maplewood in 1968 by students at Columbia High School. A plaque commemorating the birthplace of Ultimate Frisbee is located in the student parking lot.
- Maplewood is the birthplace of the wooden golf tee, invented by William Lowell at the Maplewood Golf Club in 1921.
- Maplewood has been the site for several films, including I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Garden State, Gracie, One True Thing, and Stepmom.
- Zach Braff, a Columbia High School alumnus, filmed a scene in his 2004 film, Garden State, where he and Natalie Portman drive by the front of Columbia High School.
- In the 2007 film Gracie, the plot is set in and partially filmed in Maplewood and Columbia High School. Producer Andrew Shue and actress Elisabeth Shue both attended Columbia, and the plot is loosely based on their lives during high school.
- Bullet For My Valentine filmed their music video for "Waking the Demon" in Maplewood.
- The main character of the Robert Sheckley novel Dimension of Miracles, Thomas Carmody, is from Maplewood. He revisits the town, albeit one belonging in an alternate universe, late in the book.
- Novelist Philip Roth, who grew up in neighboring Newark refers to Maplewood in several of his novels, including Goodbye, Columbus.
- StarFish, a rock band for children.
Parks and recreation
- Memorial Park is a 25-acre (10 ha) park adjacent to the railway station, designed in the 1920s by landscape architects Brinley and Holbrook and the Olmsted Brothers that has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Other town parks include Maplecrest Park, DeHart Park and Milo S. Borden Park.
- The town is bordered to the northwest by South Mountain Reservation, a 2,100-acre (850 ha) nature reserve on the Rahway River that is part of the Essex County Park System.
- The East Branch of the Rahway River travels through the township.
Maplewood is governed under the Township form of government, one of 141 municipalities (of the 564) statewide that use this form. The governing body is a Township Committee, which is comprised of five members who are 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 for a one-year term, and another to serve as Deputy Mayor. The Mayor has the responsibility of Chair for the Township Committee meetings with voice and vote. The Mayor is considered the head of the municipal government.
The Township Committee is the legislative body of the municipality and is responsible for enacting the township's laws. The Township Committee is also an executive body. Under this form of government, the elected Township Committee sets policy and overall direction for the Township. The Township staff, under the direction of the Township Administrator, carries out Committee policy and provides day to day services. The Township Administrator serves as the chief administrative officer and is accountable to the Township Committee.
As of 2022[update], members of the Maplewood Township Committee are Mayor Dean Dafis (D (D, term on committee ends December 31, 2023; term as mayor ends 2022), Deputy Mayor Victor De Luca (D, term on committee ends 2023; term as deputy mayor ends 2022), Nancy J. Adams (D, 2024), Jamaine L. Cripe (D, 2024) and Frank McGehee (D, 2022).
Federal, state and county representation
For the 117th United States Congress, New Jersey's Tenth Congressional District is represented by Donald Payne Jr. (D, Newark). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2027) and Bob Menendez (Harrison, term ends 2025).
For the 2022–2023 session, the 27th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Richard Codey (D, Roseland) and in the General Assembly by Mila Jasey (D, South Orange) and John F. McKeon (D, West Orange).
Essex County is governed by a directly-elected County Executive, with legislative functions performed by the Board of County Commissioners. As of 2022[update], the County Executive is Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. (D, Roseland), whose four-year term of office ends December 31, 2022. The county's Board of County Commissioners is comprised of nine members, five of whom are elected from districts and four of whom are elected on an at-large basis. They are elected for three-year concurrent terms and may be re-elected to successive terms at the annual election in November. Essex County's Commissioners are Commissioner President Wayne L. Richardson (D, District 2 – Irvington, Maplewood and parts of Newark's South and West Wards; Newark), Commissioner Vice President Carlos M. Pomares (D, District 5 – Belleville, Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, Montclair and Nutley; Bloomfield), Tyshammie L. Cooper (D, District 3 - Newark: Part of West Ward; East Orange, Orange and South Orange; East Orange), Brendan W. Gill (D, at large; Montclair), Romaine Graham (D, at large; Irvington), Rufus I. Johnson (D, at large; Newark), Leonard M. Luciano (D, District 4 – Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Livingston, Millburn, North Caldwell, Roseland, Verona, West Caldwell and West Orange; West Caldwell), Robert Mercado (D, District 1 – Newark's North and East Wards, parts of Central, South, and West Wards; Newark), Patricia Sebold (D, at-large; Livingston). Constitutional officers elected countywide are: County Clerk Christopher J. Durkin (West Caldwell; D, 2025), Register of Deeds Juan M. Rivera Jr. (Newark; D, 2025), Sheriff Armando B. Fontoura (Fairfield; D, 2024), and Surrogate Alturrick Kenney (D, 2023).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 16,399 registered voters in Maplewood, of which 9,306 (56.7%) were registered as Democrats, 1,439 (8.8%) were registered as Republicans and 5,645 (34.4%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 9 voters registered as Libertarians or Greens.
In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 84.4% of the vote (10,007 cast), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 14.9% (1,764 votes), and other candidates with 0.8% (91 votes), among the 11,924 ballots cast by the township's 17,391 registered voters (62 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 68.6%. In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 81.9% of the vote (10,649 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain with 16.6% (2,156 votes) and other candidates with 0.7% (90 votes), among the 13,003 ballots cast by the township's 16,523 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.7%. In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 76.3% of the vote (9,113 ballots cast), outpolling Republican George W. Bush with 22.7% (2,709 votes) and other candidates with 0.6% (90 votes), among the 11,943 ballots cast by the township's 15,289 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 78.1.
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Democrat Barbara Buono received 69.0% of the vote (4,833 cast), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 29.6% (2,074 votes), and other candidates with 1.4% (97 votes), among the 7,116 ballots cast by the township's 17,502 registered voters (112 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 40.7%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 72.2% of the vote (5,871 ballots cast), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 20.3% (1,650 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 6.2% (507 votes) and other candidates with 0.8% (65 votes), among the 8,135 ballots cast by the township's 16,202 registered voters, yielding a 50.2% turnout.
Maplewood is a diverse and family-friendly community. The township has a downtown area alternatively known as "the village" or "Maplewood Center" with a movie theater, several upscale and mid-scale restaurants, a small supermarket, independent café, two liquor stores, a toy store and an independent bookstore. The structure of the downtown is largely unchanged since the 1950s. Maplewood won New Jersey Monthly magazine's Downtown Showdown in 2015, with the editor's noting the community's "myriad boutiques, art galleries and notable restaurants".
Maplewood counts among its residents a large number of theater professionals working in Broadway and off-Broadway productions, owing to the town's convenient rail access and relatively short commute via train into Manhattan. In 2010, a group of 32 of these actors and technicians formed their own repertory theater company and named it Midtown Direct Rep, after the NJ Transit line on which they all commuted.
Maplewood is part of the unified South Orange-Maplewood School District, together with the neighboring community of South Orange. The district has a single high school (located in Maplewood) two middle schools a central pre-school and neighborhood elementary schools in each municipality. As of the 2019–2020 school year, the district, comprised of 11 schools, had an enrollment of 7,353 students and 576.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.8:1. Schools in the district (with 2019–2020 school enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Montrose Early Childhood Center (133 students, in Pre-K; located in Maplewood), Seth Boyden Elementary Demonstration School (493 students, in grades K–5 located in Maplewood), Clinton Elementary School (605, K–5; Maplewood), Jefferson Elementary School (544, 3–5; Maplewood), Marshall Elementary School (518, K–2; South Orange), South Mountain Elementary School (647, K–5; South Orange), South Mountain Elementary School Annex (NA, K–1; South Orange), Tuscan Elementary School (K–5, 637; Maplewood), Maplewood Middle School (827, 6–8; Maplewood), South Orange Middle School (786, 6–8; South Orange) and Columbia High School (1,967, 9–12; Maplewood).
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the township had a total of 59.06 miles (95.05 km) of roadways, of which 54.56 miles (87.81 km) were maintained by the municipality, 4.47 miles (7.19 km) by Essex County and 0.03 miles (0.048 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Two nearby controlled-access highways serve Maplewood: the Garden State Parkway, which runs north–south, and Interstate 78, which runs east–west.
There are approximately 226 streets within Maplewood. Springfield Avenue is a state highway (Route 124, from Irvington to Morristown), and four thoroughfares are Essex County roads (Valley Street, Millburn Avenue, Irvington Avenue, Wyoming Avenue).
NJ Transit provides passenger rail service to Maplewood station on the Morristown Line and Gladstone Branch to Newark Broad Street Station, Secaucus Junction and New York Penn Station, with connecting service to Hoboken Terminal.
NJ Transit bus service to Newark on the 25, 37 and 70, and to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 107 route. Independent Bus provides bus service on its 31 route.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Maplewood include:
- Harriet Adams (1893–1982), author of some 200 books, including nearly 50 in the Nancy Drew series
- Mobolaji Akiode (born 1982), former Nigerian women's professional basketball player
- Jason Alexander (born 1959), actor, best known for his role as George Costanza in Seinfeld
- Amy Arnsten, neuroscientist
- Juliette Atkinson (1873–1944), tennis player who won the US Open singles title three times, in addition to seven US Open titles in doubles and three in mixed doubles
- Kathleen Atkinson (1875–1957), tennis player who won two US Open doubles titles together with her sister Juliette
- Shan K. Bagby (born 1967), U.S. Army brigadier general and the 28th Chief of the Army Dental Corps
- Dan Barry, reporter for The New York Times
- Arthur C. Bartner (born 1940), musician best known as the director of Spirit of Troy, the marching band for the University of Southern California
- Ahmed Best (born 1973), voice actor who portrayed Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars film series
- Jeremiah Birnbaum (born 1978), singer, songwriter and guitarist
- Mark Blum (1950–2020), Obie Award-winning theater actor who also appeared extensively in films and television, including a lead role in the 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan
- Seth Boyden (1788–1870), inventor
- Zach Braff (born 1975), actor, Scrubs, Garden State
- Marques Brownlee (born 1993), YouTube personality under the name 'MKBHD'
- Norbert Leo Butz (born 1967), actor, and his wife Michelle Federer (born 1973), an actress
- P. J. Byrne (born 1974), film and television actor who has appeared in Horrible Bosses, Final Destination 5 and Wolf of Wall Street, as well as being the voice of Bolin on Nickelodeon's animated TV series The Legend of Korra
- Archie Campbell (1903–1989), Major League Baseball player
- Patricia Charache (1929–2015), physician specializing in infectious disease and microbiology
- Alta Cohen (1908–2003), former professional baseball player who played outfield from 1931 to 1933 with the Brooklyn Robins/Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds
- Claude Coleman Jr. (born 1948), musician who is best known as the drummer for the alternative rock group Ween.
- Robert De Grasse (1900–1971), cinematographer
- Paula Dow (born 1955), served from 2010 to 2012 as the 58th Attorney General of New Jersey, appointed by incoming Governor Chris Christie
- Asher Brown Durand (1796–1886), painter
- Raymond M. Durkin (1936–2014), politician who served as chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee
- Christine Ebersole (born 1953), actress and Tony Award winner, is a current resident
- Pablo Eisenberg (born 1932), scholar, social justice advocate and tennis player
- Mike Enoch (born 1977), White Nationalist blogger and podcaster, founder of The Right Stuff Radio
- Paul R. Ehrlich (born 1932), entomologist, professor of population studies and author of The Population Bomb
- Bruce Feirstein (born 1956), screenwriter and humorist best known for his contributions to the James Bond series and his best selling humor books, including Real Men Don't Eat Quiche
- Fred Feldman (born 1941), philosopher who specializes in ethical theory.
- Christian Fuscarino (born c. 1981), community organizer, LGBT activist and the Executive Director of Garden State Equality
- Justin Brice Guariglia (born 1974), visual artist and former National Geographic photographer
- Jules Heningburg (born 1996), professional lacrosse player on the Redwoods Lacrosse Club of the Premier Lacrosse League and New England Black Wolves of the National Lacrosse League
- Grace Foster Herben (1864–1938), educator and missionary
- David Javerbaum (born 1971), executive producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
- Amos E. Joel Jr. (1918–2008), electrical engineer who invented a switching device that allowed for the creation of cell phones, among his more than 70 patents
- Benjamin Franklin Jones (1869–1935), Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly in 1900
- Joe Kinney (born c. 1968), college baseball coach and former outfielder who is the head coach of the Lafayette Leopards baseball team
- Eileen Kraus (1938–2017), business executive who broke the glass ceiling to become the first woman to run a major bank in Connecticut
- George Ludlow Lee Sr. (1901–1966), chairman of the board of Red Devil, Inc.
- Leyla McCalla (born 1985), musician
- William G. McLoughlin (1922–1992), historian and prominent member of the history department at Brown University from 1954 to 1992
- Cedric McMillan (1977–2022), IFBB professional bodybuilder
- Anisa Mehdi, film director and journalist
- Richard Meier (born 1934), architect whose work includes his design of the Getty Center
- Bea Miller (born 1999), finalist on The X Factor
- Grace Mirabella (1929–2021), fashion journalist who was editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine between 1971 and 1988, after which she founded Mirabella magazine
- Candy Moore (born 1947), actress who began her career appearing on television series as Leave It to Beaver, The Lucy Show and Letter to Loretta
- Paul J. Moore (1868–1938), represented New Jersey's 8th congressional district from 1927 to 1929
- Clayton Morris (born 1976), Fox News Channel co-host
- Ibtihaj Muhammad (born 1985), sabre fencer and member of the United States fencing team, best known for being the first Muslim woman to wear a hijab to compete for the U.S. team at the 2016 Summer Olympics
- Yosh Nijman (born 1995), American football offensive tackle for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League
- Kevin O'Connor (born 1968/1969), television personality who has been the host of the PBS home renovation series This Old House since 2003
- Ellen Pao (born 1970), lawyer and business executive, who was CEO of Reddit
- Kym Ragusa (born 1966), writer and documentary filmmaker
- James Ricalton (1844–1929), teacher, photographer and inventor
- Eugene G. Rochow (1909–2002), inorganic chemist who worked on organosilicon chemistry
- Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919), spent several summers in Maplewood visiting his uncle Cornelius V.S. Roosevelt's home and property, known as The Hickories, covering 100 acres (0.40 km2), an area now partly covered by Roosevelt Road and Kermit Road
- Rotimi (born 1988), actor and singer
- Herb Scherer (1929–2012), professional basketball player who played for the Tri-Cities Blackhawks and New York Knicks
- Norman Schwarzkopf Sr. (1895–1958), first superintendent of the New Jersey State Police and father of U.S. Army general Norman Schwarzkopf Jr.
- Robert Sheckley (1928–2005), science fiction writer
- Tim Squyres (born 1959), film editor of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hulk, Life of Pi and Syriana, among others
- SZA (born 1990), Neo Soul / R&B artist
- Agnes Sligh Turnbull (1888–1982), novelist and short story author
- Judith Viorst (born 1931), author and journalist
- George M. Wallhauser (1900–1993), represented New Jersey's 12th congressional district from 1959 to 1965
- George W. Webber (1920–2010), president of the New York Theological Seminary
- Kiely Williams (born 1986), singer / actress from The Cheetah Girls
- Richard Wolin (born 1952), historian
- Teresa Wright (1918–2005), actress
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- Gosselin, Kenneth R. "Eileen Kraus, a Banker Who Broke Barriers, Dies", Hartford Courant, July 8, 2017. Accessed May 1, 2022. "Eileen Shanley Kraus was born July 19, 1938, and grew up in Maplewood and Short Hills, N.J."
- "The History of the 1912 Bernards Township Town Hall – The Astor Estate in Basking Ridge", Mr. Local History Project. Accessed September 3, 2019. "Mr. George L. Lee Sr., his wife Dulciena Harrison Smith Lee, and his son George L. Lee Jr. were from Maplewood, New Jersey."
- Rentner, Simon. "Cellist, Banjoist, and Singer-Songwriter Leyla McCalla Revisits Her Own Root System, on The Checkout", WBGO, December 4, 2017. Accessed January 15, 2020. "Leyla McCalla has traveled a winding path as a musician, from the European classical canon to the folkways of her Caribbean heritage. Born into a Haitian-American family in Queens, she was raised in Maplewood, and brought up in the New Jersey public school system."
- Daniels, Lee A. "W. G. McLoughlin, Professor of History At Brown, Dies at 70", The New York Times, January 6, 1993. Accessed September 23, 2013. "He was born in Maplewood, N.J., served as an Army officer in Europe in World War II, graduated from Princeton University in 1947 and received a doctorate from Harvard University in 1953."
- "Maplewood Native Cedric McMillan Places in Nationwide Bodybuilding Competition", The Village Green, October 5, 2017. Accessed April 12, 2022.
- Curtiss, Richard H. Dr. Mohammad T. Mehdi (1928–1998), Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, April 1998. Accessed August 27, 2007. "Subsequently they had three daughters, Anisa, who now lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, Janan Chandler of Mississauga, Ontario, and Laila Hilfinger of Seattle."
- Meier, Richard. Building the Getty, p. 6. University of California Press, 1999. ISBN 0-520-21730-6. Accessed June 14, 2011. "At Columbia High School in my hometown of Maplewood, New Jersey, I took the usual art history and art courses."
- Kuperinsky, Amy. "'X Factor': Beatrice Miller, from Maplewood to 'giant mountain' in Malibu", The Star-Ledger, October 17, 2012. Accessed November 1, 2012. "Beatrice Miller has made it to the top 24 contestants on The X Factor, the talent competition judged by the likes of Simon Cowell, Britney Spears, L.A. Reid and Demi Lovato. Tonight, the 13-year-old from Maplewood finds out if she advances to the top 16."
- McGlone, Peggy. "Editor's memoir laments out-of-touch fashion industry", Star Tribune, October 8, 1995. Accessed December 30, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "When she was in fifth grade, she moved with her parents to suburban Maplewood, N.J. ('That kind of told us things were getting better economically') and eventually she attended and graduated from Columbia High School there."
- Leonard, Vince. "A 'Little Lucy'... Kind Of", The Pittsburgh Press, November 29, 1964. Accessed April 2, 2021. "Candy lives with her parents in North Hollywood. Born in Maplewood, N. J., Aug. 26, 1947, Candy started modeling in New York when she was 5. At 7, she was already doing television commercials."
- Paul John Moore biography, United States Congress. Accessed July 11, 2007.
- Cardwell, Diane. "LEDs Emerge as a Popular 'Green' Lighting", The New York Times, January 21, 2013. Accessed January 21, 2013. "'One day I randomly walked into a Home Depot and thought, LED — when did that happen?' said Clayton Morris, 36, a host of Fox & Friends Weekend, who was buying the bulbs in Vauxhall as part of his project to slowly replace the incandescents in his Maplewood home."
- Carter, Barry. "N.J. Muslim fencer at the tipping point of Olympic history", The Star-Ledger, February 12, 2016. Accessed August 8, 2016. "Ibtihaj Muhammad of Maplewood qualified for the Olympics and is considered to be the first American Muslim woman to compete in the games wearing a hijab, the scarf that covers her head."
- Yosuah Nijman, Virginia Tech Hokies football. Accessed October 25, 2020. "Hometown: Maplewood, N.J.; High School: Columbia"
- McCutcheon, Lauren. "Kevin O'Connor reveals how to get your home on This Old House, The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 16, 2018. Accessed March 26, 2018. "When This Old House host Kevin O’Connor takes the main stage at the Philadelphia Home Show this weekend, he’ll represent the O.G. of home-renovation shows. The Maplewood, N.J., native has hosted the contractor- and tradesperson-driven PBS program for 15 years, following hosts Steve Thomas (1989-2003) and Bob Vila (1979-89)."
- Primack, Dan, "Ellen Pao has landed ... at Reddit",Fortune, April 11, 2013. Accessed July 20, 2015. "In the post, Pao offered the following statement to Reddit users: 'I grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey, raised by enginerds on Star Wars, computers and books.'"
- Quinn, Sean. "CHS grad loses gender inequity complaint" Archived 2015-07-06 at the Wayback Machine, Essex News Daily, April 12, 2015. Accessed July 20, 2015. "After leaving her hometown of Maplewood, Pao garnered degrees from Princeton University, Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School."
- "Voices from the Gaps:: Kym Ragusa", University of Minnesota. Accessed December 27, 2017. "Her father was still not ready to acknowledge that he had a child, but eventually the secret was revealed to her grandparents when she came to live with them in Maplewood, New Jersey."
- Davie, Valerie. "World Traveler, Explorer, Photographer", Maplewood Matters. Accessed December 14, 2007.
- Bohning, James J. "Transcript of Interview with Eugene G. Rochow on January 24, 1995", Science History Institute. Accessed February 22, 2018.
- Bausmith, John C. "Maplewood", p. 62. Arcadia Publishing, 1999. ISBN 0-7524-1279-5. Accessed January 27, 2011.
- Staff. "7 facts you should know about Nigerian singer signed by 50 Cent" Archived August 7, 2017, at the Wayback Machine, Nigerian Entertainment Today, June 25, 2015. Accessed August 7, 2017. "Rotimi was born in Maplewood, New Jersey to Nigerian parents and attended Columbia High School where he was marked out as a talent both on the school’s basketball team and the choir."
- Staff. "Former Blackbird Herb Scherer Passes Away" Archived March 17, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds, July 3, 2012. Accessed July 29, 2012. "Herb was born on December 21, 1928, at home in Maplewood, New Jersey. He attended Bloomfield Technical High School and Long Island University where he graduated in 1950 with a BS degree in physical education. A college basketball star, Herb was on the starting five of the nationally ranked LIU Blackbirds. Herb was drafted by the New York Knicks in 1950 where he played from 1951–1952. He married Mary Buist on June 9, 1951 and they settled in Parsippany, New Jersey for the next thirty years in the home he built for them."
- Schwarzkopf, Norman Jr., "It doesn't take a hero: General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the autobiography", p. 76. Random House, 1993. ISBN 0-553-56338-6. Accessed January 27, 2011.
- Jonas, Gerald. "Robert Sheckley, 77, Writer of Satirical Science Fiction, Is Dead", The New York Times, December 10, 2005. Accessed November 20, 2007. "Born in Brooklyn and raised in Maplewood, N.J., Robert Sheckley joined the Army in 1946 after graduating from high school, and served in Korea."
- Shyrock, Bob. "South Jersey native nominated for Oscar for 'Life of Pi'", South Jersey Times, January 12, 2013. Accessed October 24, 2015. "Former Wenonah resident Tim Squyres, who has edited 11 of director Ang Lee's 12 films, has been nominated for an Oscar for his work on Lee's acclaimed fantasy adventure Life of Pi.... Nominated for an Oscar previously for editing Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Squyres is a graduate of Gateway Regional High School and Cornell University whose parents reside in Wenonah. The father of two, Squyres now lives in Maplewood in Essex County."
- Sunderman, Eric. "From Buried in Books to Behind the Bar, Solana Rowe Sings Her Way Out", The Village Voice, April 10, 2013. Accessed May 28, 2014. "Raised an Orthodox Muslim, Rowe spent the first 10 years of her life in St. Louis, Missouri, before moving to Maplewood, New Jersey."
- Waggoner, Walter H. "Agnes Turnbull, Novelist, 93, Dies", The New York Times, February 2, 1982. Accessed July 29, 2012. "Agnes Sligh Turnbull, a popular and prolific novelist and shortstory writer, died Sunday at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J. She was 93 years old and had lived in Maplewood, N.J., for 60 years."
- Aarons, Leroy. "Judith Viorst Wrote 'Sometimes I Hate My Husband,' but to Author Hubby Milton, That's Poetic License" Archived September 16, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, People, February 18, 1980 Vol. 13 No. 7. Accessed August 4, 2016. "Born in Maplewood, N.J., the daughter of an accountant and a mother 'who was a reader and a bridge player,' Judith Stahl started writing poetry at age 7."
- George Marvin Wallhauser, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed December 13, 2007.
- Martin, Douglas. "George W. Webber, Social Activist Minister, Dies at 90", The New York Times, July 12, 2010. Accessed November 12, 2018. "The Rev. George W. Webber, a Protestant minister and educator whose quest to make religion more socially relevant led him to remake a major seminary, start storefront churches in East Harlem and begin a program to educate prison inmates as pastors, died Saturday at his home in Maplewood, N.J."
- Jackson, Chanta L. "Jersey girl in spotlight as Cheetah Girls return", The Star-Ledger, August 12, 2008. Accessed February 7, 2011. "But you might not know that Aqua, the brainy Cheetah Girl, is played by Kiely Williams, a Jersey girl who grew up in Newark and Maplewood and whose family lives in Hunterdon County."
- Richard Wolin profile, Encyclopædia Britannica. Accessed September 23, 2013. "Richard Wolin – Location: Maplewood, N.J."
- Thomas, Bob. "Teresa Wright Pride of the Yankees co-star dies" Archived 2007-11-03 at the Wayback Machine, copy of item from Associated Press, March 8, 2005. Accessed May 15, 2007. "Wright was born in New York City on Oct. 27, 1918, and grew up in Maplewood, N.J., where she showed promise in theatricals at Columbia High School."
- League of Women Voters: Maplewood – More than a Train Stop, published privately
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