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|
|• Mayor||John Coiro (term ends December 31, 2018)|
|• 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 (2014)||10,937|
|• 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||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|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.
Totowa was formed as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 15, 1898, from portions of the now-defunct Manchester Township and Wayne Township. Its name comes from the Native American name for the Passaic Falls, and literally means "sinking or falling water," or "between mountains and water."
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Economy
- 5 Sports
- 6 Government
- 7 Emergency services
- 8 Education
- 9 Transportation
- 10 Points of interest
- 11 Media and culture
- 12 Notable people
- 13 References
- 14 External links
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 Borough. Located in the western part of Manchester Township, Willocks Patent was resold to Anthony Brockholls and the Van Houtens. The land was titled the "Totowa Patent," and divided into three parcels. The Totowa Patent and land acquired through the "Garret Mountain Purchase" included modern-day Totowa, Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson) and Little Falls.
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
At 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. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 14.35% (1,550) of the population.
There were 3,783 households, 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, 20.1% of the population were 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 age 18 and over, 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.
Among companies based in Totowa is Big M, a privately held American clothing retailer which operates under the brands Mandee, Annie Sez and Afaze. Big M filed for bankruptcy 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 2015[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 Phil Puglise (R, 2016), Debbie Andriani (R, 2017), William Bucher (R, 2017), Lou D'Angelo (R, 2016), Carolyn Fontanella (R, 2015) and Anthony Picarelli (R, 2015).
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 Cory Booker (D, Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus, 2019).
The 40th 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).
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 2015[update], Passaic County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Hector C. Lora (D, term ends December 31, 2015; Passaic), Freeholder Deputy Director Bruce James (D, 2017; Clifton), John W. Bartlett (D, 2015; Wayne), Theodore O. Best, Jr. (D, 2017; Paterson), Ronda Cotroneo (D, 2015; Ringwood), Terry Duffy (D, 2016; West Milford), and Pat Lepore (D, 2016; Woodland Park). Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Kristin M. Corrado (R, 2019), Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik (2016) and Surrogate Bernice Toledo (2016).
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.
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 2011-12 school year, the district's two schools had an enrollment of 989 students and 71.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.93:1. Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Memorial School, which houses 348 students in pre-Kindergarten through second grade, and Washington Park School. with 667 students in third through eight grade.
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.
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.
New Jersey 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.
- Dey Mansion is a colonial house where General George Washington took residence during the Revolutionary War. The house gives tours of all the artifacts and furniture left there and has a genuine blacksmith shop that makes clothes hooks and horseshoes for visitors. It is located on 199 Totowa Road, Wayne. Even though located in Wayne, Totowa residents believe that it is truly located in Totowa because it is barely past the border of the two towns.
- Totowa is home to three extensive luxury home developments: Dey Hill Farms, Arlington Estates, and Hickory Hill. Dey Hill Farms, the largest of the developments, was established in 1974 and received its name from the Dey Mansion located down the road. The development has been expanded since 1974, with the additions of Columbus Avenue, Flintlock Court, Liberty Ridge Extension, Centennial Court and Mountainview Court. A large tract of land within the development known as the Boonstra Parcel remains undeveloped.
- Totowa is 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.
- The headquarters of Greater Community Bancorp was located here. The bank operated 16 branches in North Jersey until its 2008 acquisition by Valley National Bank.
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.
- Lou Duva (born 1922), boxing trainer, along with his promoter sons, Dan and Dino, are from here. Their offices remain in town.
- Ralph J. Marra, Jr. (born 1953), acting United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey since December 2008.
- John Spencer (1946–2005), actor best known for his work on The West Wing.
- 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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- Archilla, Dylan. "Eccentric explorers Two New Jerseyans have made a career of discovering the state's 'weird' landmarks", 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."
- Dey Mansion, Passaic County, New Jersey.
- 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."
- Laurel Grove Cemetery Totowa, New Jersey. Accessed April 5, 2009.
- Staff. "Valley National Bancorp to Acquire Greater Community Bancorp", Reuters, March 19, 2008. Accessed August 11, 2013. "Greater Community is a financial holding company headquartered in Totowa,New Jersey. Greater Community operates 16 full-service branches in thenorthern New Jersey counties of Bergen, Passaic and Morris through its state-chartered commercial bank subsidiary Greater Community Bank."
- "ADT". Undercover Boss. Season 4. Episode 13. April 12, 2013. CBS.
- Beeson, Ed. "EXCLUSIVE: Burress involved in domestic disputes", 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."
- 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.'"
- "Arrests shine spotlight on an unknown crime fighter". The Star-Ledger. 2009-08-02. Retrieved 2009-08-03.
- 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."
- 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."
- Totowa Borough website
- Totowa Public Schools website
- Totowa Borough Public Schools's 2012–13 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- School data for the Totowa Borough Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics
- Passaic Valley Regional High School
- Borough of Totowa First Aid Squad
- TotowaStuff.com: Totowa's first interactive community website
- Laurie Giardino's photographic memoir, The Totowa Book of the Dead
- St. James of the Marches
- Totowa PAL website
- Passaic Valley Today newspaper