Piscataway, New Jersey
|Piscataway, New Jersey|
|Township of Piscataway|
John Onderdonk house
|Motto: A Proud Diversified Community|
Location of Piscataway Township highlighted in Middlesex County.
Census Bureau map of Piscataway Township, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Formed||October 31, 1693|
|Incorporated||February 21, 1798|
|• Type||Faulkner Act Mayor-Council|
|• Body||Township Council|
|• Mayor||Brian C. Wahler (term ends December 31, 2016)|
|• Clerk||Melissa A. Seader|
|• Total||19.029 sq mi (49.286 km2)|
|• Land||18.835 sq mi (48.782 km2)|
|• Water||0.194 sq mi (0.504 km2) 1.02%|
|Area rank||149th of 566 in state
7th of 25 in county
|Elevation||52 ft (16 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2015)||58,069|
|• Rank||26th of 566 in state
4th of 25 in county
|• Density||2,975.5/sq mi (1,148.8/km2)|
|• Density rank||216th of 566 in state
16th of 25 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|ZIP codes||08854, 08855|
|Area code(s)||732 and 908|
|GNIS feature ID||0882167|
Piscataway // is a township in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 56,044, reflecting an increase of 5,562 (+11.0%) from the 50,482 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 3,393 (+7.2%) from the 47,089 counted in 1990.
The name Piscataway may be derived from the area's original Native American residents, transplants from near the Piscataqua River defining the coastal border between New Hampshire and Maine, whose name derives from peske (branch) and tegwe (tidal river), or alternatively from pisgeu (meaning "dark night") and awa ("Place of") or from a Lenape language word meaning "Great Deer" or from words meaning "place of dark night". The area was first settled in 1666 by Quakers and Baptists who had left the Puritan colony in New Hampshire.
Piscataway Township was formed on December 18, 1666, and officially incorporated by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798, as part of the state's initial group of 104 townships. The community, the fifth-oldest municipality in New Jersey, has grown from Native American territory, through a colonial period and is one of the links in the earliest settlement of the Atlantic Ocean seacoast that ultimately led to the formation of the United States. Over the years, portions of Piscataway were taken to form Raritan Township (March 17, 1870, now Edison), Dunellen (October 28, 1887), Middlesex (April 9, 1913) and South Plainfield (March 10, 1926).
Piscataway has advanced educational and research facilities due to the presence of Rutgers University, whose main campus spills into the township. High Point Solutions Stadium, home field for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team, is in Piscataway. Part of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is located in Piscataway as well.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Economy
- 5 Sports
- 6 Government
- 7 Emergency services
- 8 Education
- 9 Transportation
- 10 Points of interest
- 11 Notable people
- 12 References
- 13 External links
In 1666, the first appointed Governor of New Jersey, Philip Carteret, granted 12 new settlers from Massachusetts a 100 square mile lot of land that was later founded as the townships of Woodbridge and Piscataway. After this original purchase, additional settlers from the Piscataqua River area of New Hampshire also moved to the area, bringing the name. Coming from a lumbering, shipbuilding and fishing background, these settlers, consisting of mostly Baptists and Quakers, were comfortable with their new surroundings, and looking forward to starting a new life away from political and religious persecution in the north. They were also enterprising and pioneering families who were already experienced in wilderness settlement. Before the original settlers, there were pioneer scouts who surveyed theses new lands and waterways. The town name of Piscataway came from these early pioneers who originally came from the town of Piscataqua. During the original land purchase, the pioneers had signed 12 Articles of Agreement with Governor Carteret, which served as the legal basis for the government of Piscataway and Woodbridge and which shaped the democratic development of self-government. In short, these articles were mainly designed to provide liberty and land ownership for new families and to allow them to establish their own government representatives and religious freedoms.
After a few line and boundary changes, Piscataway and its out plantations were reported to total 40,000 acres, with 66 square miles of land in 1685. The Lenni Lenape Indians were natives to the entire Piscataway area, but were quietly displaced to smaller areas as settler numbers increased. The Indians had established defined trails that the settlers used to travel through the wilderness area and branch out to new lands. Over time, many of these primitive trails became the main routes of travel from town to town and still exist today. The trails along the Raritan River were named after a local Indian tribe called the Raritangs. Piscataway Township is the fifth oldest town in New Jersey and among the fifty oldest towns in the United States.
On February 8, 1777 a running battle took place between approximately 2,000 British and Hessian troops under the command of British General Charles Lord Cornwallis and the local patriot militia led by Colonel Charles Scott and a separate militia commanded by Brigadier General Nataniel Warner.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 19.029 square miles (49.286 km2), including 18.835 square miles (48.782 km2) of land and 0.194 square miles (0.504 km2) of water (1.02%).
The township lies on the south side of the Raritan Valley, a line of cities in Central Jersey, along with New Brunswick, Highland Park and South Plainfield. Piscataway is 45 minutes southwest of New York City and 53 minutes northeast of Philadelphia.
Piscataway is bordered by nine municipalities: Dunellen, Edison, Highland Park, Middlesex, New Brunswick and South Plainfield in Middlesex County and Franklin Township and South Bound Brook in Somerset County and Plainfield in Union County.
Piscataway is often segmented by local residents into unincorporated communities, localities and place names which include Arbor, Bound Brook Heights ("the Heights"), Fellowship Farm, Fieldville, Johnson Park, Lake Nelson, New Brunswick Highlands, New Market (known as Quibbletown in the 18th Century), Newtown, North Stelton, Possumtown, Randolphville, Raritan Landing and Riverview Manor. The original village settlement of Piscatawaytown is located in present-day Edison Township.
The Arbor and New Brunswick Highland sections of Piscataway were historically African American neighborhoods.
The New Market section historically comprised the Quaker village of Quibbletown. The early name of the village originated from the fact that settlers of different religious denominations quibbled about whether the Sabbath should be observed on Saturday or on Sunday in the village.
|Population sources: 1790-1920
1840 1850-1870 1850
1930-1990 2000 2010
* = Lost territory in previous decade.
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 56,044 people, 17,050 households, and 12,958 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,975.5 per square mile (1,148.8/km2). There were 17,777 housing units at an average density of 943.8 per square mile (364.4/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 38.46% (21,554) White, 20.69% (11,596) Black or African American, 0.31% (173) Native American, 33.45% (18,744) Asian, 0.02% (13) Pacific Islander, 3.59% (2,011) from other races, and 3.48% (1,953) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 11.22% (6,289) of the population.
There were 17,050 households, of which 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.9% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.0% were non-families. 18.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.33.
In the township, 20.1% of the population were under the age of 18, 17.8% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33.0 years. For every 100 females there were 99.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.8 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $88,428 (with a margin of error of +/- $3,958) and the median family income was $95,483 (+/- $3,327). Males had a median income of $57,308 (+/- $4,335) versus $48,606 (+/- $1,863) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $31,254 (+/- $1,335). About 2.5% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.9% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 50,482 people, 16,500 households, and 12,325 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,688.6 people per square mile (1,037.9/km²). There were 16,946 housing units at an average density of 902.5 per square mile (348.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 48.81% White, 20.31% African American, 0.21% Native American, 24.80% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.08% from other races, and 2.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.93% of the population.
As of the 2000 Census, 12.49% of Piscataway's residents identified themselves as being of Indian American ancestry, which was the fourth highest of any municipality in the United States and the third highest in New Jersey—behind Edison (17.75%) and Plainsboro Township (16.97%)—of all places with 1,000 or more residents identifying their ancestry.
There were 16,500 households out of which 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.6% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.3% were non-families. 19.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.29.
In the township the population was spread out with 21.9% under the age of 18, 14.1% from 18 to 24, 33.3% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 8.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 97.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.2 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $68,721, and the median income for a family was $75,218. Males had a median income of $47,188 versus $36,271 for females. The per capita income for the township was $26,321. About 2.7% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.
Corporate residents of Piscataway include:
- American Standard Brands
- Cintas Corporation
- Colgate-Palmolive, Research and Development
- Gorgias Press, an academic publisher that specializes on Eastern Christianity. George Kiraz is the president. Founded in 2001, it reprinted 12 rare works on Eastern Christianity and the Ancient Near East in its first year. The press moved to publishing new books while continuing to reprint academic books. As of 2010, its catalog contained about 2,500 titles.
- Hapag-Lloyd America, an international shipping company.
- Ingersoll Rand and its wholly owned subsidiary Trane
- Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Inc.
- Pepsi Cola Bottling Group - bottling plant.
- Siemens Hearing Instruments, the world's largest manufacturer of hearing aids.
- Telcordia Technologies, World Headquarters
Louis Brown Athletic Center is the home of the Rutgers University men's and women's basketball teams, and was the home of the professional New Jersey Nets during 1977–1981. The venue was originally named the Rutgers Athletic Center, still called the RAC by many, and can accommodate 9,000 attendees.
Yurcak Field is a multi-purpose soccer and lacrosse stadium, built in 1994, and holds 5,000 people. The stadium is officially named "The Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium at Yurcak Field" in honor of Ronald N. Yurcak, a 1965 All-American Rutgers lacrosse player. Rutgers University and Major League Lacrosse's New Jersey Pride both host their home games at this stadium.
In November 1966, Piscataway voters, under the Faulkner Act, approved a Charter Study and elected a Charter Study Commission to recommend the form of Government best suited to the township's needs. The Commission recommended Mayor-Council Plan F. Voters approved the plan in a referendum in November 1967 and the new form of government was inaugurated on January 1, 1969. Under Plan F the Mayor is the administrator and the Council is the legislative body. A full-time business administrator, appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council, and responsible to the Mayor, supervises the day-by-day operation of municipal government. There are seven Council members, one representing each of four wards, and three at-large members. The Mayor and Council members serve four-year terms on a staggered basis, with either the three at-large seats (and the mayoral seat) or the four ward seats up for vote in even years as part of the November general election.
As of 2016[update], the mayor of Piscataway is Democrat Brian C. Wahler, whose term of office ends December 31, 2016. Members of the Township Council are Council President Gabrielle Cahill (D, 2016; At Large), Council Vice President Chanelle C. McCullum (D, 2016; At Large - elected to serve an unexpired term), Jim Bullard (D, 2018; Ward 2), Steven D. Cahn (D, 2018; Ward 3), Camille Fernicola (D, 2016; At large - elected to serve an unexpired term), Michele Lombardi (D, 2018; Ward 4) and Frank Uhrin (2018; Ward 1).
Camille Fernicola was appointed to fill the at-large seat expiring in December 2016 that had been held by Michael Griffith until his death in November 2014. In the November 2015 general election, Fernicola was elected to serve the balance of the term of office.
Chanelle McCullum was appointed in April 2013 to fill the vacant at-large seat of Kenneth Armwood, who had been the township council president until he was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders. McCullum was elected in November 2013 to serve the balance of the unexpired term through its expiration in December 2016.
Federal, state and county representation
New Jersey's Sixth Congressional District is represented by Frank Pallone (D, Long Branch). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus, 2019).
For the 2016–2017 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 17th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Bob Smith (D, Piscataway) and in the General Assembly by Joseph Danielsen (D, Franklin Township) and Joseph V. Egan (D, New Brunswick) The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
Middlesex County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders, whose seven members are elected at-large on a partisan basis to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either two or three seats coming up for election each year as part of the November general election. At an annual reorganization meeting held in January, the board selects from among its members a Freeholder Director and Deputy Director. As of 2015[update], Middlesex County's Freeholders (with party affiliation, term-end year, residence and committee chairmanship listed in parentheses) are Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios (D, term ends December 31, 2015, Carteret; Ex-officio on all committees), Freeholder Deputy Director Carol Barrett Bellante (D, 2017; Monmouth Junction, South Brunswick Township; County Administration), Kenneth Armwood (D, 2016, Piscataway; Business Development and Education), Charles Kenny ( D, 2016, Woodbridge Township; Finance), H. James Polos (D, 2015, Highland Park; Public Safety and Health), Charles E. Tomaro (D, 2017, Edison; Infrastructure Management) and Blanquita B. Valenti (D, 2016, New Brunswick; Community Services). Constitutional officers are County Clerk Elaine M. Flynn (D, Old Bridge Township), Sheriff Mildred S. Scott (D, 2016, Piscataway) and Surrogate Kevin J. Hoagland (D, 2017; New Brunswick).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 31,266 registered voters in Piscataway Township, of which 11,355 (36.3%) were registered as Democrats, 3,034 (9.7%) were registered as Republicans and 16,859 (53.9%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 18 voters registered to other parties.
In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 74.4% of the vote (15,659 cast), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 24.4% (5,125 votes), and other candidates with 1.2% (262 votes), among the 21,227 ballots cast by the township's 33,597 registered voters (181 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 63.2%. In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 71.0% of the vote (15,978 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain with 27.2% (6,111 votes) and other candidates with 1.0% (215 votes), among the 22,491 ballots cast by the township's 32,398 registered voters, for a turnout of 69.4%. In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 64.2% of the vote (12,627 ballots cast), outpolling Republican George W. Bush with 34.3% (6,749 votes) and other candidates with 0.8% (218 votes), among the 19,670 ballots cast by the township's 27,842 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 70.6.
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Democrat Barbara Buono received 50.6% of the vote (5,388 cast), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 48.2% (5,129 votes), and other candidates with 1.1% (122 votes), among the 10,823 ballots cast by the township's 34,170 registered voters (184 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 31.7%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 54.9% of the vote (6,773 ballots cast), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 37.6% (4,637 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 6.0% (738 votes) and other candidates with 0.9% (111 votes), among the 12,334 ballots cast by the township's 31,079 registered voters, yielding a 39.7% turnout.
Fire and EMS
Piscataway is divided into four fire districts which are served by a total of two volunteer rescue squads and six volunteer fire companies, one of which combines both fire and EMS services. The fire districts are the zones in which fire departments operate, and although the volunteer EMS squads follow the basic regions of the districts, only North Stelton Fire Rescue EMS is a part of a fire district. Additionally, on weekdays and weekends from 6am until 6pm, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital staffs an ambulance in Piscataway. When the volunteer rescue squads are not in service, either Rutgers University Emergency Services or Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital may be asked to send an ambulance.
- District 1
- Arbor Rescue Squad (EMS), 1790 W. 7th Street (partial coverage)
- River Road Rescue Squad (EMS), 101 Shirley Parkway (partial coverage)
- New Market Fire Company, 801 South Washington Avenue
- North Stelton Fire Rescue (EMS), 70 Haines Avenue (partial coverage)
- District 2
- River Road Rescue Squad (EMS), 101 Shirley Parkway
- River Road Fire Company, 102 Netherwood Avenue
- Holmes Marshall Fire Company, 5300 Deborah Drive
- Possumtown Fire Company, 85 Stratton Street South
- District 3
- Arbor Rescue Squad (EMS), 1790 W. 7th Street
- Arbor Hose Company, 1780 West Seventh Street
- District 4
- North Stelton Volunteer Fire Company, 70 Haines Avenue
- Fire Prevention
- Fire Marshall's Office, 555 Sidney Road
The primary law enforcement agency in the township is the Piscataway Police Department. Rutgers University Police Department operates on its campuses within Piscataway. The New Jersey State Police patrols the section of Interstate 287 that bisects the town.
The Piscataway Township Schools serves students in Kindergarten through twelfth grades with its high school, four schools that educate students in kindergarten through third grade, two intermediate schools serving grades 4–5, and three middle schools for students in grades six, seven, and eight. As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's 10 schools had an enrollment of 7,287 students and 516.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.12:1. Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are the four elementary schools — Eisenhower Elementary School (grades K–3; 540 students), Grandview Elementary School (Pre-K–3; 730), Knollwood Elementary School (K–3; 499) and Randolphville Elementary School (K–3; 557) — both Arbor Intermediate School (556) and Martin Luther King Intermediate School (551) for grades 4 and 5, three middle schools for grades 6–8 — Conackamack Middle School (433), Quibbletown Middle School (579) and Theodore Schor Middle School (606) — and Piscataway Township High School with 2,236 students in grades 9–12.
- Middlesex County schools
- Nuview Academy Piscataway Campus, 1 Park Avenue – Programs for students with symptoms of; Depression, ADHD, Conduct Disorder, Thought Disorder, or Anxiety Disorder.
- Bright Beginnings Learning Center, 1660 Stelton Road – Programs for students with Autism.
- Piscataway Regional Day School, 1670 Stelton Road – Programs for students with Autism.
- Raritan Valley Academy, 1690 Stelton Road – Programs for students with behavioral disabilities, learning and/or language disabilities.
- Middlesex County Vocational Technical High School Piscataway Campus, 21 Suttons Lane – Vocational and Technical High School.
- Private schools
- Lake Nelson Seventh-day Adventist School serves students in PreK–8.
- Timothy Christian School is a K–12 that was founded in 1949.
- An-Noor Academy, a PreK–12 school that has served the area's Muslim community since 2000.
- Colleges and continuing education
- Rutgers University Busch and Livingston Campuses
- Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine and University Behavioral HealthCare (which overlaps with Rutgers Busch Campus)
- StenoTech Career Institute is a technical school that offers court reporting and medical transcription training.
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the township had a total of 206.70 miles (332.65 km) of roadways, of which 181.68 miles (292.39 km) were maintained by the municipality, 18.94 miles (30.48 km) by Middlesex County and 6.08 miles (9.78 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Piscataway is served by a number of roads. County roads include CR 501 (along the border with South Plainfield), CR 514 and CR 529. Route 18 currently ends at Hoes Lane, with plans to extend to Interstate 287. Interstate 287 passes through the center of the township for about 4 miles.
New Jersey Transit provides bus service to and from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 114 route, to Newark on the 65 and 66 routes, local service on the 819 line and additional service on the 980 route. Train service is not available in Piscataway, but service is available on the Raritan Valley Line at the Dunellen station and on the Northeast Corridor at the Edison station.
As of 2016[update] Taiwanese airline EVA Air, provides a private bus service to and from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City for customers based in New Jersey. This service stops in Piscataway.
Points of interest
- WVPH is the community radio station of Piscataway High School and Rutgers University.
- Ferrer Colony and Modern School and Fellowship Farm Cooperative Association are the remnants of the 1910s Utopian societies
- Road Up Raritan Historic District includes nine historic homes along River Road and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.
- Metlar-Bodine House is a museum dedicated to the history of Piscataway "from Indian trails to Interstate" and was established in 1979 in a house whose earliest portions date to 1728.
- Cornelius Low House, a Middlesex County Museum.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Piscataway include:
- Mike Alexander (born 1965), former NFL wide receiver.
- Edward Antill (1701-1770), colonial plantation owner, attorney, and early politician in New Jersey colony.
- Edward Antill (1742-1789), soldier who fought at the Battle of Quebec (1775) and was the son of the politician with the same name.
- Melissa Bacelar (born 1979), horror film actress.
- Justin Bailey (born 1977), basketball player for University of Hartford and then foreign professional teams for 13 years.
- Samuel E. Blum (1920-2013), chemist and physicist who developed the ultraviolet excimer laser.
- Marvin Booker (born 1990), linebacker who has played in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- Anthony Branker (born 1958), jazz musician and educator.
- John Celestand (born 1977), 30th pick of 1999 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.
- Mark Ciardi (born 1961), film producer and former Major League Baseball pitcher.
- Marc Cintron (born 1990), professional soccer player.
- Jeremy Crayton (born 1990), NFL football player for the Seattle Seahawks.
- Anthony Davis (born 1989), offensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers.
- Dwayne Gratz (born 1990), cornerback who has played in the NFL for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
- J. D. Griggs (born 1990), defensive end who has played in the Canadian Football League for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
- Rachael Hip-Flores, actress who has appeared in Good People in Love and the web series Anyone But Me.
- Malcolm Jenkins (born 1987), cornerback for the Ohio State Buckeyes, now a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.
- Asjha Jones (born 1980), WNBA basketball player for the Connecticut Sun.
- Joe Lizura (born 1961), television meteorologist, who has also been an actor, spokesperson, author and television show developer, writer and producer.
- Isaac Low (1735-1791), member of the First Continental Congress in 1774 who opposed armed conflict with the British and left the American side after the Declaration of Independence.
- Nicholas Low (1739-1826), merchant, developer, and younger brother of Isaac.
- Lisa Marie (born 1968), actress in Planet of the Apes and Sleepy Hollow.
- Luther Martin (1748-1826), Founding Father who refused to sign the United States Constitution as it violated states' rights in his view.
- Raqiyah Mays (born 1978), actress and hip-hop journalist.
- Richard Levis McCormick (born 1947), 19th President of Rutgers University.
- Matt Nagy (born 1978), quarterback coach for the Kansas City Chiefs who played in the Arena Football League.
- Joseph Fitz Randolph (1803-1873), member of the United States House of Representatives from New Jersey from 1837 to 1843.
- Brandon Renkart (born 1984), practice squad player for the Arizona Cardinals.
- Paul Rudnick (born 1957), playwright, novelist, screenwriter and essayist.
- Gail Shollar (1957-1992), early victim of carjacking, whose death led to stricter penalties.
- Bob Smith (born 1947), member of the New Jersey Senate since 2002 who spent five years as mayor of Piscataway.
- Karl-Anthony Towns (born 1995), 1st pick of the 2015 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
- Kyle Wilson (born 1987), cornerback for the New York Jets.
- Eric Young, Jr. (born 1985), second baseman and outfielder who has played for the New York Mets.
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- About Melissa, Melissa Bacelar. Accessed November 24, 2013. "Melissa grew up in Piscataway, New Jersey. Her father came to America from Cuba when he was thirteen and her mother's family owns the oldest Lumber Yard in New Jersey, opened by her great grandfather in the 1900's."
- Davis, Ken. "Signing Period Ends, Recruiting Continues", Hartford Courant, November 17, 1994. Accessed January 2, 2015. "Hartford landed its third recruit of the early signing period when 6-1 guard Justin Bailey of Piscataway, N.J., signed a letter of intent. Bailey, described as a versatile guard by his coach, Paul Schoeb, helped Piscataway High School to a 23-2 record and a Group Four championship last season."
- Rutgers Oral History Archives: Blum, Samuel, Rutgers University, July 8, 1994. Accessed November 24, 2013. "My father and mother summered out here in what is Piscataway Township, a place called Ferrer Colony. It's five miles from here. They built a shack that they and I summered in, until I was ten.... He built a permanent winter home and we left the city. I enrolled in the Fellowship Farm School in Piscataway Township."
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- Lizura, Joe. Medieval Church Discovered, Joe Lizura Official Website, September 6, 2012. Accessed November 24, 2013. "At least I personally have a good feeling for 'old' because my hometown of Piscataway, New Jersey was founded in 1666 – old? yes, but still not as old as the Church under the parking lot in England."
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- Thomas, Kyle S. "Piscataway native making waves on NYC radio", Courier News, July 24, 2003. Accessed November 24, 2013. "PISCATAWAY - The day Raqiyah Mays found out the meaning of her name, she looked at her mother and told her she was going to make it big some day."
- Sullivan, John. "At Rutgers, Weathering An Ordeal", The New York Times, November 30, 2003. Accessed January 26, 2011. "From his early boyhood home in New Brunswick, Richard Levis McCormick would have glimpsed Old Queens above the river. Even after his family moved to the more rural town of Piscataway, the building would have been a familiar site as he visited the campus where his parents taught."
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- "Man Convicted of Rape-Murder in Carjacking at Shopping Mall", The New York Times, February 25, 1995. Accessed February 25, 2016. "Piscataway woman, Gail Shollar... Fear swept across New Jersey following Mrs. Shollar's murder. Residents packed self-defense classes, task forces were set up statewide to study the carjacking dilemma, and the Legislature stiffened penalties for the crime."
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- Haley, John. "Karl Towns of St. Joseph-Metuchen selected Gatorade State Player of the Year", The Star-Ledger, March 21, 2013. Accessed November 24, 2013. "Well, that's what people saw when Karl Towns, a sophomore at St. Joseph in Metuchen, found out he was chosen as the 2013 New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year on Thursday morning. 'Someone said they saw it on twitter,' said Towns, a Piscataway resident, taking a break from lunch."
- Cimini, Rich. "Wilson should fit right in with Jet set: Newest member of Gang Green has an attitude tailor-made for Rex Ryan's defense", ESPN, April 25, 2010. Accessed January 26, 2011. "This is confidence: As a kid growing up in Piscataway, N.J., Kyle Wilson taped a sheet of paper on the wall above his bed. On the paper he mapped out a four-point plan for his football journey: Pop Warner. High School. College. NFL."
- Castillo, Jorge. "Eric Young Jr. returns to where his baseball career began in his Mets' home debut", The Star-Ledger, June 28, 2013. Accessed November 24, 2013. "A decade had lapsed since Eric Young Jr. was last at the home of the Mets before he arrived at Citi Field today for his Mets home debut. On June 4, 2003, Young, then an 18-year-old Piscataway High School graduate, was drafted by the Rockies in the 30th round."
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- Piscataway Township Schools
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