Ridgewood, New Jersey
|Ridgewood, New Jersey|
|Village of Ridgewood|
Map highlighting Ridgewood's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Ridgewood, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||November 20, 1894|
|• Type||Faulkner Act Council-Manager|
|• Body||Village Council|
|• Mayor||Susan Knudsen (term ends June 30, 2018)|
|• Manager||Roberta Sonenfeld|
|• Clerk||Heather Mailander|
|• Total||5.818 sq mi (15.069 km2)|
|• Land||5.752 sq mi (14.898 km2)|
|• Water||0.066 sq mi (0.172 km2) 1.14%|
|Area rank||263rd of 566 in state
8th of 70 in county
|Elevation||85 ft (26 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2015)||25,621|
|• Rank||99th of 566 in state
10th of 70 in county
|• Density||4,339.0/sq mi (1,675.3/km2)|
|• Density rank||136th of 566 in state
33rd of 70 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC−5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC−4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0885369|
Ridgewood is a village in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the village population was 24,958, reflecting an increase of 22 (+0.1%) from the 24,936 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 784 (+3.2%) from the 24,152 counted in the 1990 Census. Ridgewood is a suburban bedroom community of New York City, located approximately 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Midtown Manhattan.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Parks and recreation
- 5 Government
- 6 Education
- 7 Local media
- 8 Transportation
- 9 Notable people
- 10 Points of interest
- 11 References
- 12 Sources
- 13 External links
In 1700, Johannes Van Emburgh built the first home in Ridgewood, having purchased a 250 acres (100 ha) property in 1698.
The Village of Ridgewood was created on November 20, 1894, with the same boundaries as Ridgewood Township. The Village became the municipal government while the Township remained a school district. In 1902, the village added portions of Orvil Township, which were returned to Orvil Township in 1915. In 1925, Ridgewood Village acquired area from Franklin Township (now Wyckoff). On February 9, 1971, Ridgewood acquired area from Washington Township. On May 28, 1974, it acquired area from Ho-Ho-Kus. The name of the village derives from the characteristics of its terrain.
- Ackerman House (222 Doremus Avenue) - 222 Doremus Avenue (added 1983) was constructed by Johannes and Jemima Ackerman c. 1787 on their 72-acre (29 ha) property and remained in the Ackerman family until the 1920s.
- Ackerman House (252 Lincoln Avenue) - 252 Lincoln Avenue (added 1983) is a stone house constructed c. 1810 and named for either David or John Ackerman.
- David Ackerman House - 415 East Saddle River Road (added 1983).
- Ackerman-Van Emburgh House - 789 East Glen Avenue (added 1983) was built c. 1785 by John Ackerman and purchased by the Van Embergh family in 1816.
- Archibald-Vroom House - 160 East Ridgewood Avenue (added 1984).
- Beech Street School - 49 Cottage Place (added 1998).
- Paramus Reformed Church Historic District - Bounded by Franklin Turnpike, Route 17, Saddle River, south side of cemetery and Glen Avenue (added 1975). The Old Paramus Reformed Church was established in 1725, though the current building dates to 1800. During the Revolutionary War, the church was used for several years by the Continental Army, and in 1778 it was the site of the court martial of General Charles Lee.
- Rathbone-Zabriskie House - 570 North Maple Avenue (added 1983).
- Ridgewood Station - Garber Square (added 1984).
- Van Dien House - 627 Grove Street (added 1983).
- Vanderbeck House - 249 Prospect Street (added 1983).
- Westervelt-Cameron House - 26 East Glen Avenue (added 1983), constructed c. 1767 by John R. Westervelt.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village had a total area of 5.818 square miles (15.069 km2), including 5.752 square miles (14.898 km2) of land and 0.066 square miles (0.172 km2) of water (1.14%).
Ridgewood has a hot-summer humid continental climate (Dfa) and the hardiness zone is 7a bordering on 6b.
|Climate data for Ridgewood, New Jersey|
|Average high °F (°C)||38
|Average low °F (°C)||19
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||3.58
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 24,958 people, 8,456 households, and 6,756 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,339.0 per square mile (1,675.3/km2). There were 8,743 housing units at an average density of 1,520.0 per square mile (586.9/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 82.21% (20,518) White, 1.59% (398) Black or African American, 0.06% (16) Native American, 12.99% (3,242) Asian, 0.02% (4) Pacific Islander, 1.06% (265) from other races, and 2.06% (515) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 5.27% (1,316) of the population.
There were 8,456 households, of which 45.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.1% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.1% were non-families. 17.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.34.
In the village, 30.7% of the population were under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 21.1% from 25 to 44, 30.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.0 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $143,229 (with a margin of error of +/- $10,530) and the median family income was $172,825 (+/- $9,197). Males had a median income of $111,510 (+/- $12,513) versus $77,651 (+/- $9,008) for females. The per capita income for the village was $67,560 (+/- $3,740). About 2.2% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.4% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 24,936 people, 8,603 households, and 6,779 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,308.9 people per square mile (1,662.8/km2). There were 8,802 housing units at an average density of 1,521.0 per square mile (587.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 87.82% White, 1.64% African American, 0.04% Native American, 8.67% Asian, 0.59% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.78% of the population.
There were 8,603 households out of which 44.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.4% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.2% were non-families. 18.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.30.
In the village, the population was spread out with 30.0% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $104,286, and the median income for a family was $121,848. Males had a median income of $90,422 versus $50,248 for females. The per capita income for the village was $51,658. 3.0% of the population and 1.8% of families are below the poverty line, including 2.5% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.
Parks and recreation
Park facilities in Ridgewood include:
- Graydon Park, located between Linwood and North Maple Avenues, includes a pool, baseball field, soccer field, and roller rink.
- Veterans Field, located next to the library and police station, includes four baseball and softball fields, as well as a bandshell offering free concerts. The Ridgewood High School baseball team plays its home games here.
- Citizens Park, located across the street from George Washington Middle School, includes two baseball fields and a soccer field. The hill is often used in the winter for sleigh riding.
Ridgewood is governed within the Faulkner Act (formally known as the Optional Municipal Charter Law) under Council-Manager plan B, as implemented on July 1, 1970, by direct petition. Under this form, the governing body consists of five council members who are responsible to hire and oversee a professional Village Manager who has full executive power for all departments. The government consists of five council members, with all positions elected at-large in nonpartisan elections to serve four-year terms on a staggered basis, with either two or three seats coming up for election in even-numbered years on the second Tuesday in May. At a reorganization meeting held on July 1 after newly elected council members take office, the council chooses a mayor and deputy mayor from among its members, with the mayor presiding over Council meetings, but without any executive authority. The Village Council appoints a Village Manager to oversee the day to day operations of the Village, to handle personnel, citizen inquiries and complaints, and to handle the administrative duties of the Village. The Village Council passes local laws, makes appointments to various Boards and Committees, and awards various contracts for purchases of goods and services used by the Village. They also review, amend, and adopt the annual budget for the Village prepared by the Village Manager and Chief Financial Officer.
As of 2016[update], members of the Ridgewood Village Council are Mayor Susan Knudsen (term on council and as mayor ends June 30, 2018), Deputy Mayor Michael Sedon (2018), Ramon Hache (2018), Jeff Voigt (2018) and Bernadette Walsh (2018).
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, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus, 2019).
For the 2016–2017 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 40th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Kevin J. O'Toole (R, Cedar Grove) and in the General Assembly by Scott Rumana (R, Wayne) and David C. Russo (R, Ridgewood). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
Bergen County is governed by a directly elected County Executive, with legislative functions performed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders. As of 2015[update], the County Executive is James J. Tedesco III (D, Paramus; term ends December 31, 2018). 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. Bergen County's Freeholders are Freeholder Chairwoman Joan Voss (D, 2017; Fort Lee), Vice Chairman Steve Tanelli (D, 2015; North Arlington) Chairman Pro Tempore John A. Felice (R, 2016; River Edge), David L. Ganz (D, 2017; Fair Lawn), Maura R. DeNicola (R, 2016; Franklin Lakes) Thomas J. Sullivan Jr., (D, Montvale, 2015; serving the unexpired term of office that had been occupied by James Tedesco before he was sworn in as County Executive) and Tracy Silna Zur (D, 2015; Franklin Lakes). Countywide constitutional officials are County Clerk John S. Hogan (D, Northvale), Sheriff Michael Saudino (R) and Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, Cresskill).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 15,983 registered voters in Ridgewood, of which 4,727 (29.6% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 4,125 (25.8% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 7,118 (44.5% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 13 voters registered to other parties. Among the village's 2010 Census population, 64.0% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 92.4% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 6,181 votes here (50.5% vs. 54.8% countywide), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 5,852 votes (47.8% vs. 43.5%) and other candidates with 130 votes (1.1% vs. 0.9%), among the 12,232 ballots cast by the village's 17,124 registered voters, for a turnout of 71.4% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County). In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 7,387 votes here (55.5% vs. 53.9% countywide), ahead of Republican John McCain with 5,743 votes (43.2% vs. 44.5%) and other candidates with 80 votes (0.6% vs. 0.8%), among the 13,306 ballots cast by the village's 16,867 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.9% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County). In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 6,656 votes here (50.7% vs. 51.7% countywide), ahead of Republican George W. Bush with 6,357 votes (48.4% vs. 47.2%) and other candidates with 94 votes (0.7% vs. 0.7%), among the 13,141 ballots cast by the village's 16,325 registered voters, for a turnout of 80.5% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 62.9% of the vote (4,259 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 36.2% (2,453 votes), and other candidates with 0.9% (59 votes), among the 6,864 ballots cast by the village's 16,103 registered voters (93 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 42.6%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 4,192 votes here (48.8% vs. 45.8% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 3,885 votes (45.3% vs. 48.0%), Independent Chris Daggett with 423 votes (4.9% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 44 votes (0.5% vs. 0.5%), among the 8,582 ballots cast by the village's 16,509 registered voters, yielding a 52.0% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
The Ridgewood Public Schools consist of nine public schools and two additional school facilities, which house a pre-school program operated through the district and a private day care center. As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's 10 schools had an enrollment of 5,702 students and 418.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.62:1. Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Glen School (35; Pre-School and Private Day Care Center), six K-5 elementary schools – Henrietta Hawes Elementary School (409), Orchard Elementary School (335), Ridge Elementary School (497), Irwin B. Somerville Elementary School (502), Ira W. Travell Elementary School (392) and Willard Elementary School (476), Benjamin Franklin Middle School (700) and George Washington Middle School (687) for grades 6-8 and Ridgewood High School (1,669) for grades 9-12. The school was the 28th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 339 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2014 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", using a new ranking methodology. The school had been ranked 28th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 20th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The school was ranked 404 in U.S. News and World Reports national rankings for 2016.
Public school students from the village, 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.
The Holmstead School serves students of high school age with high intellectual potential who have not succeeded in traditional school settings. Students are placed in the school by referral from their home public school districts, with tuition paid for by the school district.
Preschools in Ridgewood include Bethlehem Early Learning Center, West Side Presbyterian, First Presbyterian School and the Montessori Learning Center.
The village of Ridgewood is served by two weekly community newspapers – The Ridgewood News and the Ridgewood Suburban News. The papers are published by North Jersey Media Group. The daily newspaper for the region is The Record which is also published by North Jersey Media Group. The company's website, NorthJersey.com, has a Ridgewood town page that includes local coverage from all three of these papers. Patch Media provides Ridgewood with its own daily news website, which offers news, events, announcements and Local Voices.
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the village had a total of 94.70 miles (152.40 km) of roadways, of which 79.79 miles (128.41 km) were maintained by the municipality, 13.77 miles (22.16 km) by Bergen County, and 1.14 miles (1.83 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Major roads that pass through Ridgewood include New Jersey Route 17, Franklin Turnpike, and County Route 507 (Maple Avenue).
The Ridgewood train station is served by the NJ Transit Main Line as well as the Bergen County Line. The station features three platforms. The first is for all trains headed south toward Hoboken Terminal. The second is for Bergen County Line trains headed in the same direction, and the third is for Main Line trains headed toward Suffern and Port Jervis. New Jersey Transit trains on both the Bergen County and the Main Lines go to Hoboken, stopping at Secaucus Junction, for transfers to trains to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan and other destinations served by the station. Parking is limited near the Ridgewood train station. There are usually taxicabs available right at the train station; the taxi building is on the northbound platform.
New Jersey Transit buses in Ridgewood include the 148, 163 and 164 to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, the 175 to the George Washington Bridge Bus Station, and local service offered on the 722 (to Paramus Park and Paterson), 746 (to Paterson, as Ridgewood is its terminus) and 752 (to Hackensack) routes. Except for the 148 route, all the others stop at New Jersey Transit's Ridgewood Bus Terminal on Van Neste Square.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Ridgewood include:
- Joe Antonacci (born 1960), boxing ring announcer and emcee.
- David Baas (born 1981), offensive lineman who played for the New York Giants.
- Adam Badeau (1831–1895), Union Army Brevet Brigadier General and author.
- Robert T. Bakker (born 1945), paleontologist, whose research helped support the theory that some dinosaurs were warm-blooded.
- MC Paul Barman (born 1974), rapper.
- Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr (1831–1919), British novelist.
- Guy Benson (born 1985), conservative talk radio personality who has been a Fox News contributor.
- Jeffrey Blitz, filmmaker who directed the 2002 documentary Spellbound and the 2007 film Rocket Science.
- Alicia Boren (born 1997), artistic gymnast.
- Jim Bouton (born 1939), former Major League Baseball pitcher who wrote the tell-all book Ball Four.
- Brenda Buttner (born 1961), senior business correspondent and host of Bulls & Bears on the Fox News Channel.
- Martha Byrne (born 1969), actress who performed on Broadway as a child in Annie and as an adult in the role of Lily Walsh in As the World Turns.
- Todd Caliguire, former member of the Bergen county Board of Chosen Freeholders.
- Peter Carlisle (born 1952), Mayor of Honolulu.
- Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (born 1957), writer, art historian and curator who was the Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA (13).
- Harlan Coben (born 1962), The New York Times best-selling author of Promise Me, Tell No One and No Second Chance.
- Tabatha Coffey (born 1967), contestant (and Fan Favorite winner) on season one of Bravo's Shear Genius and host of Tabatha's Salon Takeover.
- Leonard A. Cole (born 1933), dentist, political scientist and expert on bioterrorism and terror medicine.
- Jerry Coleman (1924–2014), former second baseman for the New York Yankees, baseball sportscaster.
- Kelly Conheeney (born 1991), soccer player who plays as a midfielder for Sky Blue FC in the NWSL.
- Christopher J. Connors (born 1956), politician who represents the 9th Legislative District in the New Jersey Senate.
- Paul M. Cook (born 1924), founder and CEO of Raychem, a chemical manufacturing company that reached $2 billion in annual revenue.
- Megan Crane (born c.1973), novelist.
- Toshiko D'Elia (born 1930), Masters athletics long distance running legend.
- Meghan Daum (born 1970), author who writes for the Los Angeles Times.
- Barbara Demick, author of Nothing to Envy.
- Todd Demsey (born 1972), professional golfer.
- Fairleigh Dickinson, Jr. (1919–1996), member of the New Jersey Senate from 1968 to 1971 who sponsored the 1969 legislation that created the Hackensack Meadowlands Development Commission.
- Anne Donovan (born 1961), three-time basketball All-American at Old Dominion University and three-time Olympic team member. Ranked #8 on the Sports Illustrated list of The 50 Greatest New Jersey Sports Figures.
- Fred DuVal (born 1954), businessman, civic leader and author who is vice president of Clean Energy Fuels and was the unsuccessful Democratic nominee in the 2014 Arizona gubernatorial election.
- W. Cary Edwards (1944–2010), former member of the New Jersey General Assembly who served as New Jersey Attorney General from 1986 to 1989.
- Niles Eldredge (born 1943), paleontologist.
- Jeff Feagles (born 1966), Punter for the National Football League New York Giants.
- Mike Ferguson (born 1970), politician who served as member of the United States House of Representatives representing New Jersey's 7th congressional district from 2001–2009.
- Ray Forrest (1916–1999), pioneering TV announcer, host and news broadcaster from the early TV era.
- Varian Fry (1907–1967), journalist who helped save many from persecution and deportation in Vichy France during The Holocaust, most notably the French artist Marc Chagall.
- Louis Gambaccini, transportation official who served as General Manager of the Port Authority Trans Hudson (PATH) rail system and as the New Jersey Commissioner of Transportation.
- Bill Geist (born 1945), correspondent, CBS News Sunday Morning, lived in Ridgewood for 20 years.
- Gina Glantz (born c.1943), political strategist, campaign manager, field director and consultant.
- Roger Curtis Green (1932–2009), archaeologist of South Pacific civilizations.
- Daniel Henninger, The Wall Street Journal columnist.
- Jason Heyward (born 1989), outfielder for the Chicago Cubs.
- Sonny Igoe (1923–2012), jazz drummer.
- Cosmo Jarvis (born 1989), singer-songwriter.
- Margaret Juntwait (1957–2015), the voice of the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts.
- Jay Kennedy (1956–2007), editor and writer who joined King Features Syndicate in 1988 as deputy comics editor and was named as editor-in-chief in 1997.
- Peter S. Kim (born c.1957), president of Merck Research Laboratories.
- Richard Kollmar (1910–1971), stage, radio, film and television actor, television personality and Broadway producer.
- Bowie Kuhn (1926–2007), Commissioner of Baseball from 1969–1984.
- L.A. Beast (born 1984 as Kevin Strahle), competitive eater.
- Jeffrey M. Lacker (born 1955), President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.
- Mike Laga (born 1960), Major League Baseball player from 1982 to 1990.
- Robert Sean Leonard (born 1969), Tony Award-winning actor, current regular in TV series House.
- Alfred Lutter (born 1962), actor and consultant born here, best known for his performances in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and The Bad News Bears.
- Martha MacCallum (born 1964), news anchor on Fox News Channel.
- Herbert F. Maddalene (born 1932), architect who was a partner in the firm of Genovese & Maddalene.
- David Madden (born 1981), founder and executive director of both the National History Bee and the National History Bowl who was a 19-day champion on Jeopardy!.
- Paul Mara (born 1979), National Hockey League defenceman who has played for the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers.
- Major Thomas B. McGuire Jr. (1920–1945), the second-leading air ace in World War II, who was killed in action on January 7, 1945, and awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously. McGuire Air Force Base is named in his memory.
- Julia Meade (1925-2016), film and stage actress who was a frequent pitch person in live commercials in the early days of television in the 1950s, most notably on The Ed Sullivan Show.
- Richard Muenz (born 1948), actor and baritone singer best known for his theatrical work.
- Kim Ng (born 1968), Senior Vice-President for Baseball Operations with Major League Baseball.
- Buddy Nielsen (born 1984), singer of the rock band Senses Fail.
- Tom Nolan, publisher of Golf World.
- Jeffrey Nordling (born 1962), actor, who has appeared in the series Dirt and 24.
- Helen O'Bannon (1939–1988), economist who served as the Secretary of Public Welfare for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
- Evanka Osmak (born 1980), sports anchor for Rogers Sportsnet.
- Richard and Joan Ostling (born 1940 and 1939–2009 respectively), co-authors of Mormon America: The Power and the Promise.
- Cassie Ramone (born 1986) and Katy Goodman of the indie rock band Vivian Girls.
- Real Estate, indie rock band.
- William Remington (1917–1954), accused Soviet spy convicted of perjury.
- Chico Resch (born 1948), hockey sportscaster and former NHL goalie who lived in the village when he played for the New Jersey Devils.
- Bobby Richardson (born 1935), former second baseman for the New York Yankees.
- Nelson Riddle (1921–1985), musician and arranger for various artists such as Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.
- Eric S. Rosengren (born 1957), President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
- Marge Roukema (1929–2014), politician who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives.
- Kieran Scott (born 1974), author of Private and I Was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader.
- Bob Sebra (born 1961), MLB player for the Texas Rangers, Montreal Expos, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, and the Milwaukee Brewers.
- Jordin Sparks (born 1989), American Idol winner, lived here as a child while her father played with the Giants.
- Phillippi Sparks (born 1969), former NFL cornerback who played most of his career with the New York Giants.
- Michael Springer (born 1979), former MLL player.
- Wayne Tippit (1932–2009), character actor who appeared in Melrose Place and lived in Ridgewood until 1990.
- Casper Van Dien (born 1968), actor, Starship Troopers, Sleepy Hollow. Van Dien Avenue is named for his great-great-grandfather.
- David Van Tieghem (born 1955), percussionist, composer and sound designer.
- Melinda Wagner (born 1957), composer, winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in music.
- Douglas Watt (1914–2009), theater critic for the Daily News.
- Bill Wielechowski (born 1967), member of the Alaska Senate, representing the J District since 2006.
Points of interest
The Ridgewood Post Office was the site of a postal killing in 1991, where a former postal worker, Joseph M. Harris, killed his former supervisor, Carol Ott, with a katana and shot her fiancé, Cornelius Kasten Jr., at their home. The following morning, on October 10, 1991, Harris shot and killed two mail handlers at the Ridgewood Post Office.
Warner Theater is a Bow Tie Cinema located on East Ridgewood Avenue.
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- Senior Watch, Northwestern University. Accessed December 15, 2013. "'It occurred to me that someone was getting paid to go to every game and tell thousands of people what was happening,' says the Medill School of Journalism senior from Ridgewood, N.J."
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- Staff. "'Empire's Got Talent': Bergen native Martha Byrne holds one night only event", Bergen.com, November 8, 2011. Accessed December 20, 2013. "Waldwick native and Ridgewood resident Martha Byrne held an 'Empire's Got Talent' event last night in New York City."
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- Staff. "Peter Carlisle officially Honolulu's 13th mayor, says rail is a priority", The Hawaii Independent, October 12, 2010. Accessed December 20, 2013. "Prior to running for mayor, Carlisle served for 14 years as Honolulu's elected Prosecutor. He was born in 1952 in Ridgewood, New Jersey, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the UCLA School of Law."
- "Curatorial Lecture: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev", Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. Accessed December 15, 2013. "A curator and writer, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (b. Ridgewood, NJ, 1957) is the Artistic Director of documenta (13), 2012."
- "Book looks at what drives teens JERSEY INK", The Star-Ledger, May 25, 2006. "Coben, who was born in Newark and grew up in Livingston, graduating from Livingston High School, has relatives in Livingston and often goes there. He has lived in Ridgewood since 1992."
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- "The Takeover: Ridgewood Salon owner, Tabatha Coffey, gets new show on Bravo", (201) magazine, April 5, 2011. Accessed July 27, 2011.
- Boroson, Warren. "How to plan for a disaster; Terrorist expert Leonard Cole of Ridgewood offers advice in 'fine new book' ", Jewish Standard, November 16, 2012. Accessed December 15, 2013. "Cole, a Ph.D. and DDS, is an adjunct professor of political science at Rutgers University-Newark and director of the program on terror medicine and security at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of the New Jersey Center for Biodefense. A resident of Ridgewood, he is a former president of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey."
- Brock, Corey. "Oh, Doctor! Coleman synonymous with Padres; In 40th year as radio voice of club, 'The Colonel' to be honored on Saturday", Major League Baseball, September 13, 2012. Accessed September 21, 2015. "Coleman started out calling the national game of the week for CBS, but he began calling Yankees game in 1963. Working and living in New York, Coleman said, was intense. He lived in Ridgewood, N.J., which was '19.9 miles from Yankee Stadium, but a million miles from New York.'"
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- Paul M. Cook, Chemical Heritage Foundation. Accessed September 22, 2015. "Born: April 25, 1924, Ridgewood, New Jersey"
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- Lemoine, Leah. "Citizen Fred", Phoenix, May 2014. Accessed September 22, 2015. "Though born in Ridgewood, N.J., DuVal's life has been defined by living in Arizona, where his family moved when he was in fourth grade."
- Romano, Jay. "On the Road With Cary Edwards", The New York Times, April 25, 1993. Accessed December 16, 2013. "W. Cary Edwards, 48, was born in Ridgewood and grew up in Bergen County. When he was 11 years old, his parents separated, and he moved with his mother, Virginia, and a brother and a sister to East Paterson."
- Wertheim, Margaret. "SCIENTIST AT WORK -- Niles Eldredge; Bursts of Cornets and Evolution Bring Harmony to Night and Day", The New York Times, March 9, 2004. Accessed January 30, 2012. "By his own admission, Dr. Niles Eldredge is a pretty mediocre horn player. Tootling on a cornet in his living room in Ridgewood, N.J., he pumps out a few bars of Bach, then puts down the instrument with a good-natured sigh."
- Pennington, Bill. "Homesick Punter Rejoins Giants", The New York Times, August 23, 2006. Accessed July 27, 2011. "'I told the Giants I was unofficially retired,' said Feagles, who then sold his house in Ridgewood, N.J., and bought a new one in Arizona."
- Mike Ferguson, Washington Post. Accessed September 22, 2015. "Born: July 22, 1970; Ridgewood, N.J."
- Thomas Jr., Robert McG. "Ray Forrest Is Dead at 83; Nation's First TV Personality", The New York Times, March 21, 1999. Accessed August 7, 2015. "Although it drew reams of appreciative mail from parents, the program attracted no sponsors, and after a couple of years it was canceled, drawing such an outpouring of protests it was immediately reinstated as a 90-minute Saturday morning fixture, and Mr. Forrest was off and running again, turning the basement of his Ridgewood, N.J., home into a one-man production studio, where he edited educational films, including many he made himself."
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- "A Neighborhood Mourns: Commentary By CBS News Correspondent Bill Geist", CBS News. Accessed October 1, 2007. "Ridgewood, New Jersey, is a small community of old homes, old trees, old values. It's where I live."
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- Herzog, Laura. "Ridgewood honors jazz great who went to RHS", The Ridgewood News, April 15, 2013. Accessed December 5, 2013. "Another name recognized by many serious musicians was former Ridgewood resident Sonny Igoe, who died last spring at age 88. A 1939 Ridgewood High School (RHS) 'distinguished alumni' graduate, Igoe was one of America's great big band drummers, who even played with the 'King of Swing' himself, Benny Goodman."
- Biography, Cosmo Jarvis - Bigger Thinker. Accessed December 16, 2013. "Born to an Armenian/American mother and a British father, Cosmo Harrison Krikoryan Jarvis began life in Ridgewood, New Jersey."
- Staff. "New Voice; Opera announcer with a New Jersey accent", The Record (Bergen County), October 5, 2004. Accessed December 20, 2013. "In the world of opera, Margaret Juntwait, born and raised in Ridgewood and Upper Saddle River, has certainly achieved an enviable position. The Metropolitan Opera announced that the WNYC-FM classical music host with the seductively smooth voice will announce Saturday afternoon radio broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera."
- Wakin, Daniel J. "Met Picks New Voice For Opera Broadcasts", The New York Times, September 29, 2004. Accessed December 20, 2013. "Ms. Juntwait, 47, was brought up in Ridgewood and Upper Saddle River, N.J., and went to work at WNYC in 1991. She lives in the Inwood section of Manhattan."
- Heller, Steven. "Jay Kennedy, 50, an Editor and Scholar of Comic Strips, Is Dead", The New York Times, March 19, 2007. Accessed December 16, 2013. "Born in Toledo, Ohio, and reared in Ridgewood, N.J., Mr. Kennedy dated his interest in drawing and comics back to his boyhood memories of Tintin."
- Kim, Peter S. "MY FIRST JOB; Howdy, Buckaroo, Here's Your Apron", The New York Times, March 11, 2011. Accessed May 31, 2015. "My mother was a single parent and worked hard to make ends meet. I realized that in order to attend college, I would have to get a job. A Roy Rogers restaurant was opening near Ridgewood, N.J., my hometown, and I was hired on the spot to work there."
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- Blum, Ronald. "Former MLB commissioner Bowie Kuhn dead at 80", USA Today, March 16, 2007. Accessed March 10, 2008. "He sold his house in Ridgewood, N.J., and moved to Ponte Vedra Beach, where his home was shielded from bankruptcy proceedings."
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- Harper, Christine. "A Conversation with Jeffrey M. Lacker", Council on Foreign Relations, May 9, 2013. Accessed April 17, 2014. "It's delightful to be back in New York. I grew up just over the river, Ridgewood, New Jersey, and -- son's here, had dinner with my son last night and was treated to just an exceptional flight in over Lower Manhattan last night."
- Via Associated Press. "Laga keeps job with Tigers", Spokane Chronicle, March 24, 1986. Accessed September 27, 2012. "A first baseman, he has hit 100 homers in the last four years, but also has struck out 449 times. it's a funny business, baseball," the 25-year-old native of Ridgewood, NJ said."
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- Duggan, Amelia; and Spelling, Ian. "Big Name, 'Small' Start: Famous people who entered the world in Bergen", Bergen.com, May 9, 2012. Accessed December 16, 2013. "RIDGEWOOD: Martha Byrne, Jason Heyward, Alfred Lutter III, Jeff Nordling, Tara Reid, Charlie Tahan, Daisy Tahan"
- Rohan, Virginia. "Professional juggler", The Record (Bergen County), November 13, 2005. Accessed September 27, 2012. "'I'm sort of half in one world, half in the other at this point of the day,' says MacCallum, a Wyckoff native who has lived in Ridgewood since her elder son was 2 weeks old."
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- Paul Mara player profile, ESPN.com. Accessed December 20, 2013.
- U.S. Air Force Fact Sheet: Maj. Thomas B. McGuire Jr., Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, April 17, 2012. Accessed December 20,2013. "Maj. Thomas B. McGuire Jr., whose memory was preserved by the naming of McGuire AFB, was born in Ridgewood, N.J., Aug. 1, 1920."
- Roberts, Sam. "Julia Meade, TV Pitchwoman on 'Ed Sullivan,' Dies at 90", The New York Times, May 18, 2016. Accessed May 19, 2016. "Julia Meade Kunz was born on Dec. 17, 1925, in Boston, where her mother, Caroline Kunz (formerly Meade), a Shakespearean actress, was working at the time. Her father, Adam Kunz, was a typewriter salesman. The family lived in New York and moved to Ridgewood, N.J., when Julia was 10."
- Crossette, Barbara. "Richard Muenz", The New York Times, July 25, 1980. Accessed December 16, 2013. "Richard Muenz was born in 1948 in Hartford and grew up around Ridgewood, N.J.... He went on to Ridgewood High School, where he played and sang in school productions."
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- Staff. "Senses Fail performs two area shows", The Record (Bergen County), November 23, 2010. Accessed January 29, 2011. "Senses Fail frontman and Ridgewood native James 'Buddy' Nielsen knows he's indebted to his hometown for leading him to his calling in music. Just not in the way you might think."
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- Collins, Huntly. "Helen O'bannon, 49; Served State And Penn As A Top Administrator", The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 20, 1988. Accessed December 16, 2013. "Born in Ridgewood, N.J., Mrs. O'Bannon graduated with honors from Wellesley College in 1961."
- Stephenson, Madeline. "Evanka Osmak: Courting Success", City Life magazine, January 25, 2013. Accessed December 16, 2013. "Persistent Osmak, who was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey, relentlessly sent her demo tape to stations across North America."
- Joan Ostling, ObitsForLife.com. Accessed September 27, 2012. "OSTLING, Joan K. (nee Kerns) 69, of Ridgewood, a writer and college teacher, died of breast cancer on January 11."
- McCall, Tris. "Ridgewood rocks: A slew of hot indie bands have roots in Bergen town", The Star-Ledger, August 1, 2010. Accessed November 28, 2012. "Guitarist and singer Cassie Ramone, a Ridgewood High School graduate who fronts the popular Vivian Girls, says that her parents moved to the Bergen County suburb to take advantage of the schools."
- McCall, Tris. "Ridgewood rocks: A slew of hot indie bands have roots in Bergen town", The Star-Ledger, August 1, 2010. Accessed July 27, 2011. "Al-Rawi turned the attic of his mother's house into a studio, and there he recorded the debut album by Real Estate, Ridgewood's best-known musical export."
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- Klapisch, Bob. "Devils announcer Glenn "Chico" Resch reminisces on hockey and life in Bergen", (201) Magazine, December 15, 2010. Accessed October 13, 2013. "Today, he resides in Lyndhurst, before that Little Ferry, and back in his playing days, when he was making the daily commute to the Meadowlands, Resch nestled into the fabric of everyday life in Ridgewood, which he says, 'made me feel like I was in the heartland of America.'"
- Yorio, Kara. "Former Yankee Bobby Richardson signing new book in Ridgewood", The Record (Bergen County), September 18, 2012. Accessed July 30, 2013. "Former Yankee second-baseman Bobby Richardson and his family spent 10 summers living in Ridgewood during his playing career. The village is important to him, a place of some happy memories for a young and growing family."
- Levinson, Peter J. "September in the Rain: The Life of Nelson Riddle", via Google Books, p. 19. "Ridgewood is another of the upper-middle-class bedroom communities of New York.... Nelson and Leonard lived on the east side of town."
- Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Accessed October 2, 2013. "Eric Scott Rosengren was born on June 3, 1957, in Ridgewood, New Jersey."
- Staff. "BRIEFING: POLITICS; ROUKEMA RETIRING", The New York Times, November 11, 2001. Accessed January 29, 2011. "Representative Marge Roukema, a leading voice in the Republican Party's moderate wing since her election in 1980, said last week that she would retire after her current term. Ms. Roukema, 72, of Ridgewood, is the longest-serving woman in Congress."
- Kieran Scott, Teenreads.com. Accessed December 1, 2012. "A Jersey-girl through and through, Kieran grew up in Montvale, New Jersey, and attended Pascack Hills High School where she was a cheerleader, singer, actress and occasionally a student. She attended Rutgers University, graduated with a double-major in English and Journalism and now resides in Ridgewood, New Jersey in her very own bachelorette pad."
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- Amodio, Joseph V. "Fast Chat: Jordin Sparks discusses life on Broadway", Newsday, October 14, 2010. Accessed January 30, 2012. "You used to live out here in the '90s, when your dad, Phillippi Sparks, played cornerback for the New York Giants. What stands out from that time? We lived a few years in Ridgewood, New Jersey. I walked to school. My dad sometimes would say, 'OK, I'm gonna drive you and your brother today.' But instead of school, he'd take us to Giants Stadium."
- Litsky, Frank. "PLUS: LACROSSE; Princeton to Face Johns Hopkins Next", The New York Times, May 25, 2002. Accessed January 30, 2012. "Syracuse has skilled attackers in the sophomore Mike Powell and the senior Josh Coffman, both from Carthage, N.Y., and the junior Michael Springer of Ridgewood, N.J."
- Levin, Jay. "Actor Wayne Tippit dies at 76; longtime Ridgewood resident", The Record (Bergen County), September 4, 2009. Accessed December 20, 2013. "Wayne Tippit, a ruggedly handsome character actor who appeared on television's Melrose Place and in New York stage productions during a career that spanned a half-century, died last Friday in Los Angeles. The former Ridgewood resident was 76."
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- Kobel, Peter. "Percussionist Van Tieghem Hears A Different Drum", Chicago Tribune, August 18, 1987. Accessed October 29, 2012. "Van Tieghem -- tall, angular and soft-spoken -- grew up in Ridgewood, N.J., and now lives in downtown Manhattan. He played in a number of rock bands in high school and then studied percussion at the Manhattan School of Music."
- Staff. "An unusual trio summons its own music", The Star-Ledger, March 26, 2009. Accessed November 4, 2012. "Wagner, of Ridgewood, won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1999 for her Concerto for Flute, Strings and Percussion."
- Weber, Bruce. "Douglas Watt, New York Theater Critic, Dies at 95", The New York Times, October 2, 2009. Accessed July 27, 2011. "Douglas Benjamin Watt was born in the Bronx on Jan. 20, 1914, and he grew up in Hackensack and Ridgewood, N. J. His father was a structural engineer. He sped through high school and entered Cornell University in his middle teens, graduating at 19."
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