Denville, New Jersey
|Denville, New Jersey|
|— Township —|
|Nickname(s): "Hub of Morris County"|
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||April 14, 1913|
|• Type||Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council)|
|• Mayor||Thomas W. Andes (term ends December 31, 2015)|
|• Administrator||Steven Ward|
|• Clerk||Donna I. Costello|
|• Total||12.641 sq mi (32.741 km2)|
|• Land||11.867 sq mi (30.736 km2)|
|• Water||0.774 sq mi (2.005 km2) 6.12%|
|Area rank||185th of 566 in state
14th of 39 in county
|Elevation||505 ft (154 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Rank||152nd of 566 in state
12th of 39 in county
|• Density||1,401.8/sq mi (541.2/km2)|
|• Density rank||346th of 566 in state
21st of 39 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0882204|
Denville is a township in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 16,635, reflecting an increase of 811 (+5.1%) from the 15,824 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 2,012 (+14.6%) from the 13,812 counted in the 1990 Census.
Denville is known as the "Hub of Morris County" for its location along major transportation routes at the center of the county. In 1988, as part of the town's 75th anniversary celebration, a time capsule was buried that contained "artifacts" from that era.
Native Lenape Native Americans were known to travel the Minisink Trail for centuries before Europeans arrived in New Jersey. Part of that trail cut across what is now southern Denville, roughly following the course of Route 10 and Mount Pleasant Turnpike. Some research has indicated that there was a Lenape campsite along the trail in Denville, on or near the Ayres / Knuth Farm Historic Site along Route 10.
When Dutch and English settlers began to arrive in the new world in the early 17th century, the Minisink Trail was the likely route they traveled to explore the interior. Daniel Denton, one of the purchasers of what is known as the Elizabethtown Tract in 1664, led an expedition into the interior of northern New Jersey. In 1670, he wrote the first English language description of the area. Some researchers would later conclude that it was Denton who lent his name to the naming of Denville.
Some researchers have suggested that European settlers began to come to the Denville area as early as 1690. These early settlers were primarily Dutch and English from Long Island, Quakers from Philadelphia, and Germans. William Penn and several other proprietors began to survey and stake out lands in the Denville area around 1715. These surveys are the first documentation of Denville. Between 1730 and 1760, several forges and mills were erected in Denville along the Rockaway River and the Denbrook. A number of communities associated with the forges and mills began to emerge. Ninkey and Franklin in southern Denville developed around the forges there of the same names. Denville village developed around the Job Allen Iron Works. Early developers of Denville, such as the Hussa family and A.B Crane & Co., were intrinsic in shaping the residential and lake communities.
A letter from early Denville settler John Hinchman in the year 1800, recounts some of the oral history of Denville from 50 years earlier, as stated to him by some of the elders of the time. Hinchman explains in his letter that the naming of Denville can be traced to a "den" of wild animals located in the swampy regions along the Denbrook and Rockaway River. The animals would bask on a knoll that juts out into the meadows where they were hunted by the native Lenape. This "den", Hinchman states, was the basis for the name of Denville and the Denbrook.
Denville Township is located at United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 12.641 square miles (32.741 km2), of which, 11.867 square miles (30.736 km2) of it is land and 0.774 square miles (2.005 km2) of it (6.12%) is water.(40.888479,-74.488377). According to the
The Tourne county park is in portions of Denville, Boonton Township and Mountain Lakes. The park covers more than 540 acres (220 ha) of undeveloped land and offers a view of the New York City skyline from its peak standing 897 feet (273 m) high.
Denville has 11 named bodies of water within township limits. The four major residential lake communities are Cedar Lake, Indian Lake, Rock Ridge, and Lake Arrowhead (including Great Bay and Bay of Deep Waters). Estling Lake is a private summer community, which has some full year residents. The three minor lakes are Cooper Lake, Hollstein Lake, and Openaki Lake. The town also has Cooks Pond, a recreational lake available for public use by membership.
Most residents of Denville live in the non-lake communities in the township, including Bald Hill, Union Hill, Beacon Hill, Ivy Crest, and Denville Farms communities among others.
|Population sources: 1920-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 16,635 people, 6,432 households, and 4,509 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,401.8 inhabitants per square mile (541.2 /km2). There were 6,734 housing units at an average density of 567.4 per square mile (219.1 /km2). The racial makeup of the township was 89.49% (14,887) White, 1.42% (236) Black or African American, 0.12% (20) Native American, 6.52% (1,084) Asian, 0.01% (1) Pacific Islander, 0.78% (129) from other races, and 1.67% (278) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.31% (883) of the population.
There were 6,432 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.8% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.12.
In the township the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 23.0% from 25 to 44, 31.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.4 years. For every 100 females there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.9 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $103,435 (with a margin of error of +/- $5,379) and the median family income was $122,600 (+/- $7,473). Males had a median income of $85,571 (+/- $9,730) versus $61,382 (+/- $2,135) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $49,990 (+/- $3,235). About 0.0% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.8% of those under age 18 and 1.7% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 15,824 people, 5,990 households, and 4,312 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,307.1 people per square mile (504.5/km²). (in the 2010 Census there are 16,635 people). There were 6,178 housing units at an average density of 510.3 per square mile (197.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 92.64% White, 1.14% African American, 0.08% Native American, 4.64% Asian, (in the 2010 Census it was 1,084 or 6.5%), 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.44% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.64% of the population; In 2010, Hispanic or Latino ethnicity were 5.3% of the population.
There were 5,990 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.8% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.0% were non-families. 23.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.11.
In the township, the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.1 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $76,778, and the median income for a family was $90,651. Males had a median income of $63,413 versus $42,392 for females. The per capita income for the township was $38,607. About 1.7% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.4% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.
Denville Township is governed under the Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council) system of municipal government, by a mayor and a seven-member Township Council, all elected to four-year terms of office. Four council members are elected from each of four wards. Two years later, the three at-large and the mayoral seats are up for election.
As of 2012[update], the Mayor of Denville Township is Thomas Andes (R, term of office ends December 31, 2015). Members of the Denville Township Council are Gene Fitzpatrick (R; Ward 3; 2013), Douglas N. Gabel (R; Ward 1; 2013), Christopher Golinski (R; Ward 2; 2013), Donald Kuser (R; at-large; 2013), Stephanie Lyden (R; 2015), Kevin Scollans (R; 2015), Deborah Smith (R; at-large; 2015).
Federal, state and county representation
New Jersey's Eleventh Congressional District is represented by Rodney Frelinghuysen (R, Harding Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).
The 25th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Anthony Bucco (R, Boonton) and in the General Assembly by Tony Bucco (R, Boonton Township) and Michael Patrick Carroll (R, Morris Township). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
Morris County is governed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, who are elected at-large to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year. As of 2011, Morris County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director William J. Chegwidden (Wharton), Deputy Freeholder Director Douglas R. Cabana (Boonton Township), Gene F. Feyl (Denville), Ann F. Grassi (Parsippany-Troy Hills), Thomas J. Mastrangelo (Montville),John J. Murphy (Morris Township) and Hank Lyon (Montville Township),
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 11,789 registered voters in Denville Township, of which 2,288 (19.4%) were registered as Democrats, 4,951 (42.0%) were registered as Republicans and 4,542 (38.5%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 8 voters registered to other parties.
In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 54.5% of the vote here (5,266 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 43.7% (4,230 votes) and other candidates with 1.2% (118 votes), among the 9,670 ballots cast by the township's 12,226 registered voters, for a turnout of 79.1%. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 58.5% of the vote here (5,214 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 40.5% (3,606 votes) and other candidates with 0.6% (68 votes), among the 8,914 ballots cast by the township's 11,605 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 76.8.
In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 61.3% of the vote here (4,092 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 29.0% (1,934 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 8.3% (554 votes) and other candidates with 0.5% (31 votes), among the 6,673 ballots cast by the township's 12,070 registered voters, yielding a 55.3% turnout.
Chamber of Commerce
The chamber is focused on making the community and business districts a better place for businesses, residents and visitors. Each year a pair of teenagers are crowned as Mr. and Miss Denville. They are participants in a winter holiday parade and weekend-long celebration. They are chosen for their volunteer work in Denville, and overall hard work.
The Denville Township School District serve public school students in Kindergarten through eighth grade. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Lakeview School (grades K-5; 726 students) Riverview School (K-5; 458) Valleyview Middle School (6-8; 667).
Students in public school for grades 9 - 12 attend Morris Knolls High School, which is located in Denville, but has a Rockaway address, along with residents of most of Rockaway Township. The high school is part of the Morris Hills Regional High School District, which also serves the residential communities of Rockaway Borough, Rockaway Township and Wharton.
St. Mary’s Prep is an elementary school, and Morris Catholic High School is a four-year comprehensive Roman Catholic regional high school that was founded in 1957, both of which are operated as part of the Diocese of Paterson.
The Denville Train Station on New Jersey Transit's Morristown Line and Montclair-Boonton Line, has service to Hoboken Terminal or to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan via Midtown Direct. Denville is actually two stations located within the same property. The Morristown Line station is two platforms located on a curve while the Montclair-Boonton Line station is a single platform next to the closed Denville Tower.
Newark Liberty International Airport, is located 27.5 miles (44.3 km) southeast of Denville in Newark, New Jersey. Other nearby airports include LaGuardia Airport (43 miles from Denville) and John F. Kennedy International Airport (54 miles from Denville), both of which are in Queens, New York City.
- The farm scene from the film version of Torch Song Trilogy was filmed at the Knuth Farm.
- Saint Clare's Hospital was where Tony and Christopher were taken after their accident in episode 83 of The Sopranos, "Kennedy and Heidi".
- Married to Jonas, starring Kevin Jonas and wife Danielle, is filmed at their house here.
Notable current and former residents of Denville include:
- Pete Abrams (born 1970), cartoonist, writes and illustrates Sluggy Freelance.
- Frank Stephen Baldwin (1838–1925), calculating machine designer.
- Lexie Fyfe (born 1969 as MaryBeth Bentley), professional wrestler.
- Bill Bradley (born 1943), former pro basketball player and U.S. Senator.
- Janice Huff (born 1960), meteorologist on WNBC Channel 4 in New York City.
- Kevin Jonas (born 1987), actor/musician of the Jonas Brothers, who appears on E!'s Married to Jonas alongside of his wife, Danielle Deleasa.
- John Lees (born 1943), contemporary expressionist artist and art professor.
- Ashley Rose Orr (born 1990), actress.
- Lisa Rieffel (born 1975), actress, best known for her role as Emily Weston on Empty Nest.
- Babe Ruth (1895–1948), baseball player, Cedar Lake vacation house owner.
- Marvin R. Sambur (born c. 1946), former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force.
- Laura San Giacomo (born 1962), actress known for playing the role of Maya Gallo on Just Shoot Me!.
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- Program of Studies 2011-2012, Morris Hills Regional District. Accessed May 19, 2011. "MORRIS KNOLLS HIGH SCHOOL receives students from Denville, all of Rockaway Township with the exception of White Meadow Lake and the area described above in the southern part of Rockaway Township, Rockaway Borough south of Route #46 with the exception of the area of Rockaway Road and the Trailer Park behind the Boro Plaza (west of the railroad track) south of Route #46."
- Morris Hills Regional High School District 2010 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 19, 2011. "Our schools’ success is directly attributed to the support we receive from the residents of Denville, Rockaway Borough, Rockaway Township and Wharton – people who care about their children and who value education."
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- Bianco, Vito. Denville, p. 62. Arcadia Publishing, 2001. ISBN 0-7385-0907-8. Accessed April 16, 2012. "The Ayers-Knuth Farm is Denville's only national historic site.... This building served as a backdrop farmhouse in the movie Torch Song Trilogy."
- Moss, Linda. "Never Say 'Ciao,’ Tony", Multichannel News, June 10, 2007. Accessed April 16, 2012. "Family Health Care: After Tony and Christopher have their car accident, Tony is supposedly taken to St. Clare’s Hospital in Denville, N.J. Several of my family members have had surgery at that facility. And Federico Castelluccio, the actor who played Furio Giunta, lives in Denville."
- Hyman, Vicki. "'Married to Jonas': Kevin and Danielle Jonas make room for Daddy", The Star-Ledger, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 28, 2012. "Two minutes into Sunday’s premiere of the new E! reality show, set in and around Denville, Kevin Jonas and his wife Danielle are snuggling in their king-size four-poster bed when they hear Danielle’s father Bucky call “Dani!” from downstairs."
- Walker, Leslie. "Comics Looking to Spread A Little Laughter on the Web", The Washington Post, June 16, 2005. Accessed July 30, 2008. "Abrams, based in Denville, N.J., is among the dozen or more cartoonists who earn their living full time by creating Web comics."
- A Personal Story of Interest to Business Men and Accountants, Monroe Calculators. Accessed October 27, 2007. "Mr. Baldwin passed away at his home in Denville, New Jersey, April 8, 1925, within two days of reaching his 87th birthday."
- Seegers, Sandy. "Enjoying life inside ropes: Pro wrestling has provided Denville native rich experience", Daily Record (Morristown), August 27, 2008. Accessed August 28, 2008. "A co-worker, Brandi Wine, asked Fyfe, a native of Denville, if she'd like to train with her and become a professional wrestler. Soon, Fyfe, known as MaryBeth Bentley during her days at Morris Knolls High School, was in the ring."
- via Associated Press. MOST JERSEY REPRESENTATIVES HAVE EDGE IN FUND RAISING, The New York Times abstract, August 12, 1984. Accessed May 7, 2007. "Senator Bill Bradley, a Democrat from Denville who is running for a second term, raised more than $1.3 million in the first half of the year, according to the Federal Election Commission. "
- LaGorce, Tammy. "Wild About Weather: WNBC News meteorologist Janice Huff sits down for a Q&A about all things weather, and life in New Jersey.", New Jersey Monthly, March 15, 2010. Accessed May 19, 2011. "The longtime Denville resident, who says she’s in her 40s, attributes her sunny disposition to a love of weather in general. Even Jersey weather."
- Cathcart, Linda L. American still life, 1945-1983, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 1983. ISBN 0-06-430131-1. Accessed September 19, 2011. "John Lees: Born in Denville, New Jersey, in 1943, he received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, California in 1967."
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