Totowa, New Jersey
|Totowa, New Jersey|
|Borough of Totowa|
Map of Totowa in Passaic County. Inset: Location of Passaic County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Totowa, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||March 15, 1898|
|• Body||Borough Council|
|• Mayor||John Coiro (R, term ends December 31, 2018)|
|• Municipal clerk||Joseph Wassel|
|• Total||4.065 sq mi (10.528 km2)|
|• Land||3.994 sq mi (10.345 km2)|
|• Water||0.071 sq mi (0.183 km2) 1.74%|
|Area rank||294th of 566 in state|
8th of 16 in county
|Elevation||262 ft (80 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2016)||10,904|
|• Rank||225th of 566 in state|
12th of 16 in county
|• Density||2,704.9/sq mi (1,044.4/km2)|
|• Density rank||230th of 566 in state|
10th of 16 in county
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (Eastern (EDT))|
|ZIP Codes||07502, 07511, 07512|
|GNIS feature ID||0885420|
Totowa (pronounced "TO-tuh-wuh" //) is a borough in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 10,844, reflecting an increase of 912 (+9.2%) from the 9,892 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 285 (-2.8%) from the 10,177 counted in the 1990 Census.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Sports
- 7 Government
- 8 Emergency services
- 9 Education
- 10 Transportation
- 11 Points of interest
- 12 Media and culture
- 13 Notable people
- 14 References
- 15 External links
The name of Totowa comes from the Native American name for the Great Falls of the Passaic River in nearby Paterson, and literally means "sinking or falling water," or "between mountains and water."
In 1696, George Willocks, a Scottish land speculator, purchased a tract of land known as Willock's Patent, which included most of modern-day Totowa, Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson) and Little Falls. Located in the western part of Manchester Township, Willock's Patent was resold to Anthony Brockholls and the Van Houten family. The land was retitled the "Totowa Patent," and divided into three parcels, and more land was acquired through the "Garret Mountain Purchase".
In 1895, residents of the southern section of Manchester Township began to become disenchanted with governing officials, and following the election of 1896, many independent municipalities were formed. The formation of the Borough of Totowa was discussed at the Willard Park Hotel on Totowa Avenue, and headed by brothers Joseph and Robert Boyle. On March 15, 1898, the Borough of Totowa was officially incorporated under Chapter 56 of the Laws of New Jersey, signed by Governor John Griggs. On April 12, 1898, the first election of the Borough of Totowa was held at the Willard Park Hotel, which would become the unofficial town hall until the municipal building was completed in 1910.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 4.065 square miles (10.528 km2), including 3.994 square miles (10.345 km2) of land and 0.071 square miles (0.183 km2) of water (1.74%).
|Population sources: 1900-1920|
1930-1990 2000 2010
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 10,804 people, 3,783 households, and 2,826 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,704.9 per square mile (1,044.4/km2). There were 3,918 housing units at an average density of 980.9 per square mile (378.7/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 85.44% (9,231) White, 2.30% (248) Black or African American, 0.10% (11) Native American, 5.92% (640) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 4.22% (456) from other races, and 2.02% (218) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.35% (1,550) of the population.
There were 3,783 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.8% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.3% were non-families. 21.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.19.
In the borough, the population was spread out with 20.1% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 29.4% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.3 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 90.8 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $72,568 (with a margin of error of +/- $11,834) and the median family income was $82,750 (+/- $13,865). Males had a median income of $58,750 (+/- $10,202) versus $42,641 (+/- $10,936) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $35,978 (+/- $4,380). About 4.3% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.8% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 9,892 people, 3,539 households, and 2,643 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,474.8 people per square mile (954.8/km²). There were 3,630 housing units at an average density of 908.2 per square mile (350.4/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 93.40% White, 1.12% African American, 0.02% Native American, 2.26% Asian, 1.97% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.37% of the population.
As of the 2000 Census, 37.2% of town residents were of Italian ancestry, the seventh-highest percentage of any municipality in the United States, and second-highest in New Jersey (behind Hammonton, at 45.9%), among all places with more than 1,000 residents identifying their ancestry.
There were 3,539 households out of which 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.3% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.3% were non-families. 21.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the borough the population was spread out with 18.3% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 21.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.6 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $60,408, and the median income for a family was $69,354. Males had a median income of $44,462 versus $33,869 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $26,561. About 0.8% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.
Big M, a privately held American clothing retailer which operates the brands Mandee, Annie Sez and Afaze, is based in Totowa. Big M filed for bankruptcy protection in 2013, precipitated by damage from Hurricane Sandy.
The Totowa Police Athletic League (PAL) is a volunteer organization that offers several sports to the children of Totowa from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. Established in 1952, the PAL strives to provide children throughout the borough with the fellowship of sports. These include baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, football, hockey, and cheerleading. Although the Totowa PAL is independent from the Borough of Totowa, it uses fields and facilities owned by the municipality. Meetings, registrations, and events are held at the PAL building, built in 1963 and located on Chamberlain Avenue.
Totowa is governed under the borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body consists of a mayor and a borough council, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The borough council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle. The borough form of government, the most common system used in the state, is a "weak mayor / strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances, subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the council's advice and consent.
As of 2016[update], the Mayor of Totowa is Republican John Coiro, whose term of office ends December 31, 2018. Members of the Totowa Borough Council are Council President Philip Puglise (R, 2016), Debbie Andriani (R, 2017), William Bucher Jr. (R, 2017), Lou D'Angelo (R, 2016), Carolyn Fontanella (R, 2018) and Anthony L. Picarelli (R, 2018).
Councilmember John Waryas resigned from office in June 2014, citing personal issues. That month, the Borough Council selected Brendan Murphy from three candidates nominated by the Republican municipal committee to fill Waryas' vacant seat on an interim basis. In the November 2014 general election, Phil Puglise was elected to serve the balance of the term of office.
Federal, state and county representation
Totowa is located in the 11th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 40th state legislative district. Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Totowa had been in the 35th state legislative district. Prior to the 2010 Census, Totowa had been part of the 8th Congressional District, a change made by the New Jersey Redistricting Commission that took effect in January 2013, based on the results of the November 2012 general elections.
New Jersey's Eleventh Congressional District is represented by Rodney Frelinghuysen (R, Harding Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (Paramus, 2019).
For the 2018–2019 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 40th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Kristin Corrado (R, Totowa) and in the General Assembly by Kevin J. Rooney (R, Wyckoff) and Christopher DePhillips (R, Wyckoff). The Governor of New Jersey is Phil Murphy (D, Middletown Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Sheila Oliver (D, East Orange).
Passaic County is governed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, who are elected at-large to staggered three-year terms office on a partisan basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year as part of the November general election in a three-year cycle. At a reorganization meeting held in January, the board selects a Director and Deputy Director from among its members to serve for a one-year term. As of 2017[update], Passaic County's Freeholders are Director Cassandra "Sandi" Lazzara (D, 2018; Woodland Park), Deputy Director Bruce James (D, 2017; Clifton), Assad R. Akhter (D, 2018 - appointed to serve an unexpired term; Paterson), John W. Bartlett (D, 2018; Wayne), Theodore O. Best Jr. (D, 2017; Paterson), Terry Duffy (D, 2019; West Milford), and Pasquale "Pat" Lepore (D, 2019; Woodland Park). Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Kristin M. Corrado (R, 2019; Totowa), Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik (D, 2019; Little Falls) and Surrogate Bernice Toledo (D, 2021; Prospect Park).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 6,950 registered voters in Totowa, of which 1,355 (19.5% vs. 31.0% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 2,562 (36.9% vs. 18.7%) were registered as Republicans and 3,030 (43.6% vs. 50.3%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 3 voters registered to other parties. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 64.3% (vs. 53.2% in Passaic County) were registered to vote, including 80.5% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 70.8% countywide).
In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 57.2% of the vote (2,834 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 42.1% (2,083 votes), and other candidates with 0.7% (35 votes), among the 5,004 ballots cast by the borough's 7,265 registered voters (52 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 68.9%. In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 3,118 votes (58.0% vs. 37.7% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 2,026 votes (37.7% vs. 58.8%) and other candidates with 63 votes (1.2% vs. 0.8%), among the 5,375 ballots cast by the borough's 7,013 registered voters, for a turnout of 76.6% (vs. 70.4% in Passaic County). In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 2,981 votes (57.1% vs. 42.7% countywide), ahead of Democrat John Kerry with 2,029 votes (38.8% vs. 53.9%) and other candidates with 24 votes (0.5% vs. 0.7%), among the 5,224 ballots cast by the borough's 6,686 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.1% (vs. 69.3% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 68.2% of the vote (2,201 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 31.3% (1,009 votes), and other candidates with 0.5% (15 votes), among the 3,338 ballots cast by the borough's 7,323 registered voters (113 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 45.6%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 2,299 votes (60.3% vs. 43.2% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 1,236 votes (32.4% vs. 50.8%), Independent Chris Daggett with 142 votes (3.7% vs. 3.8%) and other candidates with 29 votes (0.8% vs. 0.9%), among the 3,811 ballots cast by the borough's 6,967 registered voters, yielding a 54.7% turnout (vs. 42.7% in the county).
The Borough of Totowa Police Department, located within the Totowa Municipal Building on Totowa Road, is responsible for law enforcement.
The Totowa Fire Department (TFD) is an entirely volunteer fire department and was established in April 1908. The TFD consists of four "companies:" Volunteer Fire Company #1 (1908), Lincoln Fire Company (1908), Riverview Fire Company #3 (1925), and Fire Rescue Company #4 (1955). The TFD consists of 98 volunteer firefighters.
The Borough of Totowa First Aid Squad was founded in 1951 to provide a free, volunteer based service to the residents of Totowa. The Borough of Totowa First Aid Squad Auxiliary was also formed to help raise funds to support and benefit the first aid squad. During the day, between the hours of 6:00 am and 6:00 pm, the emergency services are provided by Cardinal Ambulance, a private company founded in 2007, based on Minnisink Road.
Office of Emergency Management
The Borough of Totowa OEM is responsible for organizing, aiding, and providing emergency response units in the case of a "state of local disaster emergency." The OEM recruits volunteers of various disciplines to respond to local disasters and collaborates with both county and state officials in the event of a disaster.
Public school students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade are educated by the Totowa Borough Public Schools. As of the 2014-15 school year, the district and its two schools had an enrollment of 1,486 students and 79.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 18.8:1. Schools in the district (with 2014-15 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Memorial School which houses students in pre-kindergarten through second grade (405 students) and Washington Park School for grades three through eight (671).
For ninth through twelfth grades, public school students attend Passaic Valley Regional High School, which also serves students from Little Falls Township and Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson). The high school facility is located in Little Falls Township. As of the 2014-15 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 1,355 students and 104.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.9:1.
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 44.88 miles (72.23 km) of roadways, of which 30.30 miles (48.76 km) were maintained by the municipality, 10.75 miles (17.30 km) by Passaic County and 3.83 miles (6.16 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Totowa is located on several major roadways, including Interstate 80 and U.S. Route 46. Nearby roadways include New Jersey Route 23, New Jersey Route 3, and the Garden State Parkway. Totowa is also crisscrossed by several Passaic County Routes, including New Jersey Route 62, CR 632, CR 642 and CR 644. There are several crossings of the Upper Passaic River.
NJ Transit provides bus service to and from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 193 and 197 routes, and local service on the 712 route. Train service is available on the Montclair-Boonton Line at the Little Falls station.
Points of interest
- Annie's Road is a section of Riverview Drive between Totowa Road and Union Boulevard, which is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of a young woman killed in an accident.
- Totowa was home to the North Jersey Developmental Center, which serves 400 developmentally disabled citizens on its 188-acre (0.76 km2) campus. The state announced a plan that would close the center in Totowa and another in Woodbridge Township, as part of a plan in which residents of the centers would be dispersed to smaller, community-based housing programs.
- There are more dead people than living in Totowa, as the borough includes four active cemeteries: Holy Sepulchre Roman Catholic Cemetery, Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Mount Nebo Jewish Cemetery and the A.M. White Lodge Jewish Cemetery.
Media and culture
Totowa is located within the New York media market, with most of its daily papers available for sale or delivery. The area is also served by The Record and The Star-Ledger, which cover northern New Jersey.
A segment of the April 12, 2013 episode of the American version of the reality television series Undercover Boss was filmed in Totowa. In the segment, Tony Wells, the CMO for the home security provider ADT, visits Totowa to pose as a new employee being trained as a local sales representative.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Totowa include:
- Plaxico Burress (born 1977), NFL wide receiver who played for both the New York Giants and New York Jets.
- Jeff Chase (born 1968), film and television actor who played for the Albany Firebirds of the Arena Football League.
- Kristin Corrado, politician who represents the 40th Legislative District in the New Jersey Senate.
- Lou Duva (1922 - 2017), boxing trainer, along with his promoter sons, Dan and Dino. Their offices remain in the borough.
- D. C. Fontana (born 1939), television script writer and story editor, best known for her work on the original Star Trek franchise and several western television series.
- Kyle Gurrieri (born 1998), professional soccer player who plays for the Wilmington Hammerheads FC of the United Soccer League.
- Lady Clover Honey, drag queen, comedian and television correspondent.
- Ralph J. Marra Jr. (born 1953), acting United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey since December 2008.
- Juelz Santana (born 1982), rapper and actor, who has been a member of East Coast hip hop group The Diplomats.
- Ernie Smith (1899-1973), shortstop who played for the Chicago White Sox.
- John Spencer (1946–2005), actor best known for his work on The West Wing.
- Mike Sullivan (born 1967), quarterback coach for the Denver Broncos.
- Hubert Sumlin (1931–2011), guitarist for Howlin' Wolf who was a five-time Grammy Award Nominee and was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2008.
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- Lardner, Rex. "Bowling's Big League—a $14 Million Dollar Gamble: Hyped-up rules, new lanes and new gimmicks make bowling a novel spectator sport prospect", Sports Illustrated, October 30, 1961. Accessed March 22, 2011. "The bowlers warmed up. Some of the crowd ooed and aahed at the big hook of the New York Gladiators' young Johnny Meyer, a left-hander, and at the power of the Dallas Broncos' J.B. Solomon.... Unable to find a home on top of Manhattan's Grand Central Station, where it had hoped to perch like a city pigeon, the New York team finally landed in a new stadium at Totowa, N.J."
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- "Presidential General Election Results - November 6, 2012 - Passaic County" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Elections. March 15, 2013. Retrieved December 24, 2014.
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- 2008 Presidential General Election Results: Passaic County, New Jersey Department of State Division of Elections, December 23, 2008. Accessed January 16, 2013.
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- District Information Archived February 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine., Passaic Valley High School. Accessed January 27, 2015. "The regional district which is served by Passaic Valley High School is comprised of the communities of Little Falls, Totowa Borough and Woodland Park."
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- Home Page, Academy of St. Francis of Assisi. Accessed August 16, 2015.
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- Archilla, Dylan. "Eccentric explorers Two New Jerseyans have made a career of discovering the state's 'weird' landmarks", The Hudson Reporter, March 10, 2005. Accessed August 16, 2012. "During a recent visit to the White Manna, a customer sitting at the counter shouted, 'Tell the authors to take Annie's Road out of the book!' The man turned out to be an officer in the Totowa Police Department. He said he was tired of 'the crazies' coming out to look at 'Annie's Road,' otherwise known as Riverview Drive in Totowa. Legend says the road is haunted by the ghost of a girl who was hit and dragged by a truck."
- North Jersey Developmental Center, New Jersey Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities. Accessed August 16, 2012.
- Noda, Stephanie. "Fighting to keep developmental centers open, Englewood man seeks council support", The Record (Bergen County), August 1, 2013. Accessed August 24, 2013. "A state task force issued a binding decision to close Totowa's North Jersey Development Center and the Woodbridge Development Center in Middlesex County in August. The decision leaves the state with five open developmental centers. The state will redirect the funding toward community housing."
- History, Holy Sepulchre Roman Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum. Accessed June 25, 2017.
- Laurel Grove Cemetery Totowa, New Jersey, CMS Mid-Atlantic. Accessed June 25, 2017.
- Mt. Nebo Cemetery, Barnert Temple. Accessed June 25, 2017. "Our Mt. Nebo Cemetery was established in 1866 to provide a final resting place for future generations It is located a short drive south of the Barnert Temple, just off Route 80 in Totowa."
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- Beeson, Ed. "Exclusive: Burress involved in domestic disputes" Archived September 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine., The Record (Bergen County), September 24, 2008. Accessed November 16, 2008. "Totowa police responded to two domestic disturbance calls at Giants receiver Plaxico Burress's home the past few months, borough police Chief Robert Coyle confirmed today."
- Caldera, Pete. "Sniffen Has His Act Together after Football", The Record (Bergen County). Accessed October 8, 2018. "This wasn't the career that Jeff Chase envisioned at Passaic Valley in the mid '80s. But here he is, in the company of Tom Cruise, shooting a scene with Paul Giamatti, standing on a red carpet with Donald Sutherland. Back in West Paterson and Totowa, he was Jeff Sniffen, a high school tight end and basketball player growing into an agile and affable 6-foot-7, 300 pound man."
- Cowen, Richard. "Corrado slate wins GOP nod in 40th District", The Record (Bergen County), June 6, 2017. Accessed March 15, 2018. "Corrado, who is from Totowa, racked up huge pluralities on her home turf, where she beat DiGaetano by a 4-to-1 margin."
- Nash, Margo. "Memories Linger Of a 'Baaad Boy' From Paterson", The New York Times, March 24, 2002. Accessed April 21, 2008. "'I tell you, he loved this town,' said Mr. Duva, who now lives in Totowa. 'He loved his people, and he loved good people.'"
- Beckerman, Jim. "Ex-Totowa resident a shaper of Star Trek", The Record (Bergen County), September 8, 2016. Accessed September 12, 2016. "'That was kind of the only way at the time,' says Fontana, who was born in Sussex, moved to Totowa a year later, and lived there for the next 19 years."
- D'Uva. Nancy. "Boys' Soccer: Totowa's Gurrieri working with U.S. Team", Wayne Today, September 11, 2013. Accessed October 12, 2015. "Totowa's Kyle Gurrieri played soccer at Passaic Valley High School his freshman year before accepting the invitation to the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Men's Residency Program for the 2013 fall semester."
- Biography Archived October 15, 2015, at the Wayback Machine., A Taste of Clover Honey. Accessed October 12, 2015. "Born as Kevin Clover Welsh in Totowa, New Jersey, a suburban town a few miles west of Manhattan, Clover eventually found her way across the Hudson River to become a sweet blossom in the New York City social and nightlife swirl."
- Margolin, Josh. "Arrests shine spotlight on an unknown crime fighter", The Star-Ledger, August 1, 2009. Accessed December 31, 2016. "Despite his Hudson County roots, Marra, 56, grew up a world away from Hoboken in the quiet, suburban Passaic County town of Totowa."
- Ortiz, Keldy; and Kanzler, Kaitlyn. "Rapper Juelz Santana will remain in jail on weapons charges", The Record (Bergen County), March 12, 2018. Accessed March 15, 2018. "Rapper Juelz Santana will likely remain in jail for the next two weeks, after he turned himself in to Port Authority police early Monday on charges he brought a loaded gun to Newark Liberty International Airport.The Totowa resident, whose birth name is LaRon James, allegedly fled the airport Friday after the gun was found in his carry-on luggage."
- Ernie Smith, Society for American Baseball Research. Accessed March 15, 2018.
- Lee, Jennifer 8. "Obituary: John Spencer, 'West Wing' actor", International Herald Tribune, December 19, 2005. Accessed June 9, 2007. "Spencer was born on Dec. 20, 1946, in New York City to John and Mildred Speshock, a truck driver and a waitress, and grew up in Totowa, N.J."
- Gleason, Kevin. "Sullivan’s roots suit Giants", Times Herald-Record, March 5, 2004, updated December 16, 2010. Accessed September 26, 2018. "Sullivan is laid-back with an easy, genuine smile. He will talk football all day if you want. But he still has a healthy glow that began taking shape on April 4, when wife Julie gave birth to Carmen Enriqueta. They are living in Totowa, N.J., a 15-minute drive, sans traffic, to Giants Stadium."
- Shapiro, T. Rees, via Washington Post News Service. "Totowa's Hubert Sumlin, influential blues guitarist, dies at 80", The Record (Bergen County), December 7, 2011. Accessed January 28, 2015. "Born in Greenwood, Miss., Mr. Sumlin lived in Milwaukee for most of his life before moving to Totowa 10 years ago."
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- Totowa Public Schools website
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- School data for the Totowa Borough Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics
- Passaic Valley Regional High School
- Borough of Totowa First Aid Squad
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- Laurie Giardino's photographic memoir, The Totowa Book of the Dead
- St. James of the Marches
- Totowa PAL website
- Passaic Valley Today newspaper