Deal, New Jersey
Deal is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States, settled by European immigrants in the mid-1660s and named after an English carpenter from Deal, Kent. As of the 2010 Census, the borough's population was 750, reflecting a decline of 320 (-29.9%) from the 1,070 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 109 (-9.2%) from the 1,179 counted in the 1990 Census.
Deal, New Jersey
|Borough of Deal|
House on Ocean Avenue
Map of Deal in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County in New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Deal, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||March 7, 1898|
|Named for||Deal, Kent, England|
|• Type||Walsh Act|
|• Body||Board of Commissioners|
|• Mayor||Samuel M. Cohen (term ends May 12, 2020)|
|• Administrator / Municipal clerk||Stephen R. Carasia|
|• Total||1.318 sq mi (3.415 km2)|
|• Land||1.240 sq mi (3.212 km2)|
|• Water||0.078 sq mi (0.203 km2) 5.95%|
|Area rank||469th of 566 in state|
40th of 53 in county
|Elevation||30 ft (9 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||546th of 566 in state|
51st of 53 in county
|• Density||604.8/sq mi (233.5/km2)|
|• Density rank||426th of 566 in state|
49th of 53 in county
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (Eastern (EDT))|
|Area code(s)||732 exchanges: 517, 531, 660, 663|
|GNIS feature ID||0885194|
Deal boasts a significant population of Orthodox Sephardic Jews, mainly of Syrian extraction. In the 2000 Census, 16.4% of Deal residents identified as being of Syrian heritage, the greatest percentage of Syrian Americans in any municipality in the country. As much as 80% of Deal's population are Sephardi Jews, and the population swells to over 6,000 during the summer, many of them Syrian Jews. Most of the town consisted of homes close to or over one hundred years old in the Victorian and American Foursquare styles.
It was also named the 4th most expensive zip code in New Jersey in 2017, with a median sale price of $1,207,500.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Government
- 5 Education
- 6 Houses of worship
- 7 Transportation
- 8 Climate
- 9 Ecology
- 10 Notable people
- 11 References
- 12 External links
A group from Rhode Island settled in the area of Middletown Township and Shrewsbury Township in the mid-1660s, after having purchased what was known as the Monmouth Patent. Thomas Whyte, an English carpenter from the shore-side community of Deal, Kent, acquired 500 acres (200 ha) in Shrewsbury Township along the shore that became known as "Deal", from the name of the English town. Present-day Norwood Avenue dates back to the early 18th century construction of the Long Branch-Deal Turnpike.
On August 14, 1829, at 11:30 PM local time, the fall of a meteorite was observed. The weight of the recovered stone was 28 grams (0.99 oz). The meteorite was officially named "Deal" and it was classified as an ordinary chondrite L.
During WW2 Deal Beach was known as place for German spies to enter into the United States by Submarine. People were warned to not go to the beach or shine lights in that direction. There was a big sign on a rock with a warning.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.318 square miles (3.415 km2), including 1.240 square miles (3.212 km2) of land and 0.098 square miles (0.203 km2) of water (5.95%). The borough's beaches have been expanded significantly due to reclamation of the beach by way of dredging.
Deal Lake covers 158 acres (64 ha) and is overseen by the Deal Lake Commission, which was established in 1974. Seven municipalities border the lake, accounting for 27 miles (43 km) of shoreline, also including Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Interlaken, Loch Arbour, Neptune Township and Ocean Township.
|Population sources: 1900-1920|
1930-1990 2000 2010
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 750 people, 333 households, and 182.151 families residing in the borough. The population density was 604.8 per square mile (233.5/km2). There were 926 housing units at an average density of 746.7 per square mile (288.3/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 91.60% (687) White, 1.60% (12) Black or African American, 0.00% (0) Native American, 3.47% (26) Asian, 0.13% (1) Pacific Islander, 2.00% (15) from other races, and 1.20% (9) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.33% (55) of the population.
There were 333 households out of which 12.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.8% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.3% were non-families. 35.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.90.
In the borough, the population was spread out with 14.3% under the age of 18, 11.9% from 18 to 24, 17.6% from 25 to 44, 27.6% from 45 to 64, and 28.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50.9 years. For every 100 females there were 88.0 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 82.7 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $59,615 (with a margin of error of +/- $17,199) and the median family income was $95,833 (+/- $32,359). Males had a median income of $52,625 (+/- $17,303) versus $25,139 (+/- $4,348) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $46,867 (+/- $8,038). About 4.1% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.4% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 1,070 people, 434 households, and 289 families residing in the borough. The population density was 880.5 people per square mile (338.6/km2). There were 953 housing units at an average density of 784.3 per square mile (301.6/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 94.39% White, 1.21% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 2.71% from other races, and 1.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.05% of the population.
There were 434 households out of which 19.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.2% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.02.
In the borough the population was spread out with 20.5% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 21.9% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 26.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $58,472, and the median income for a family was $65,313. Males had a median income of $57,857 versus $27,813 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $38,510. About 7.8% of families and 11.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.0% of those under age 18 and 6.6% of those age 65 or over.
Deal is governed under the Walsh Act form of government by a three-person Board of Commissioners whose members are chosen in non-partisan voting to serve four-year terms of office on a concurrent basis as part of the November general election.
As of 2019[update], members of the Deal Committee are Mayor Samuel M. Cohen (Commissioner of Public Affairs and Public Safety), Morris Ades (Commissioner of Revenue and Finance) and David Simhon (Commissioner of Public Works, Parks and Public Property), all serving concurrent terms of office ending May 12, 2020.
Mayor Harry Franco, who had first been elected as a commissioner, died on January 30, 2013.
Federal, state and county representationEdit
For the 116th United States Congress, New Jersey's Sixth Congressional District is represented by Frank Pallone (D, Long Branch). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (Paramus, term ends 2025).
For the 2018–2019 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 11th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Vin Gopal (D, Long Branch) and in the General Assembly by Joann Downey (D, Freehold Township) and Eric Houghtaling (D, Neptune Township).
Monmouth County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders consisting of five members who are elected at-large to serve three year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats up for election each year as part of the November general election. At an annual reorganization meeting held in the beginning of January, the board selects one of its members to serve as Director and another as Deputy Director. As of 2018[update], Monmouth County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone (R, Neptune City, term as freeholder ends December 31, 2019; term as freeholder director ends 2018), Freeholder Deputy Director Lillian G. Burry (R, Colts Neck Township, term as freeholder ends 2020; term as deputy director ends 2018), John P. Curley (R, Middletown Township, 2018), Patrick G. Impreveduto (R, Holmdel Township, 2020) and Dr. Gerry P. Scharfenberger (R, Middletown Township, 2019; appointed to serve an unexpired term). Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon (R, 2020; Ocean Township),Sheriff Shaun Golden (R, 2019; Howell Township) and Surrogate Rosemarie D. Peters (R, 2021; Middletown Township).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 616 registered voters in Deal, of which 113 (18.3%) were registered as Democrats, 146 (23.7%) were registered as Republicans and 357 (58.0%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were no voters registered to other parties.
In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 71.4% of the vote (225 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 27.9% (88 votes), and other candidates with 0.6% (2 votes), among the 316 ballots cast by the borough's 602 registered voters (1 ballot was spoiled), for a turnout of 52.5%. In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 71.0% of the vote (303 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 25.8% (110 votes) and other candidates with 0.5% (2 votes), among the 427 ballots cast by the borough's 678 registered voters, for a turnout of 63.0%. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 66.7% of the vote (314 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 32.1% (151 votes) and other candidates with 0.5% (4 votes), among the 471 ballots cast by the borough's 768 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 61.3.
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 75.8% of the vote (122 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 22.4% (36 votes), and other candidates with 1.9% (3 votes), among the 163 ballots cast by the borough's 597 registered voters (2 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 27.3%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 65.4% of the vote (172 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 31.6% (83 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 3.0% (8 votes) and other candidates with 0.0% ( votes), among the 263 ballots cast by the borough's 654 registered voters, yielding a 40.2% turnout.
The Deal School District serves public school students in kindergarten through eighth grade at Deal School. As of the 2015-16 school year, the district and its one school had an enrollment of 165 students and 15.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.6:1.
For ninth through twelfth grades, students attend Shore Regional High School, as part of a sending/receiving relationship. As of the 2015-16 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 621 students and 57.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.9:1. The relationship succeeds a previous agreement under which students from deal attended Asbury Park High School in neighboring Asbury Park as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Asbury Park Public Schools.
Students also have the option to attend Academy Charter High School in Lake Como, which accepts students on a lottery basis from the communities of Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Avon-by-the-Sea, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Deal, Interlaken and Lake Como.
Houses of worshipEdit
Area synagogues and churches include:
- Edmond J. Safra Synagogue of Deal, the Hathaway Avenue Synagogue (Orthodox, Syrian traditions)
- Bet Yosef, Hechal Shaul Synagogue, Ahaba Ve Ahva (Orthodox, Syrian traditions, Egyptian traditions)
- Magen David of West Deal, (Orthodox, Syrian traditions)
- Ohel Yaakob, the Lawrence Avenue Synagogue (Orthodox, Syrian traditions)
- Ohel Simha, the Park Avenue Synagogue (Orthodox, Syrian traditions)
- Synagogue of Deal (Orthodox, Syrian traditions)
- Saint Mary's of the Assumption, at Richmond Avenue (Roman Catholic)
- Joseph S. Jemal Synagogue of Deal extension of the Hathaway Synagogue (Orthodox, Syrian traditions)
Roads and highwaysEdit
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 18.57 miles (29.89 km) of roadways, of which 17.11 miles (27.54 km) were maintained by the municipality, 0.00 miles (0 km) by Monmouth County and 1.46 miles (2.35 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
New Jersey Route 71 is the only state highway serving Deal directly. However, several other highways are accessible in neighboring towns, including New Jersey Route 35, New Jersey Route 18, New Jersey Route 66 and the Garden State Parkway.
According to the Köppen climate classification system, Deal, New Jersey has a humid subtropical climate (Cfa). Cfa climates are characterized by all months having an average mean temperature > 32.0 °F (> 0.0 °C), at least four months with an average mean temperature ≥ 50.0 °F (≥ 10.0 °C), at least one month with an average mean temperature ≥ 71.6 °F (≥ 22.0 °C) and no significant precipitation difference between seasons. During the summer months at Deal, a cooling afternoon sea breeze is present on most days, but episodes of extreme heat and humidity can occur with heat index values ≥ 95 °F (≥ 35 °C). During the winter months, episodes of extreme cold and wind can occur with wind chill values < 0 °F (< -18 °C). The plant hardiness zone at Deal Beach is 7a with an average annual extreme minimum air temperature of 3.4 °F (-15.9 °C). The average seasonal (Nov-Apr) snowfall total is between 18 and 24 inches (46 and 61 cm), and the average snowiest month is February which corresponds with the annual peak in nor'easter activity.
|Climate data for Deal Beach, NJ (1981-2010 Averages)|
|Average high °F (°C)||39.9
|Daily mean °F (°C)||32.4
|Average low °F (°C)||24.9
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||3.61
|Average relative humidity (%)||64.9||62.0||60.5||62.1||66.0||70.5||69.9||71.7||71.6||69.4||67.3||65.3||66.8|
|Average dew point °F (°C)||21.9
|Climate data for Sandy Hook, NJ Ocean Water Temperature (15 N Deal)|
|Daily mean °F (°C)||37
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Deal include:
- Rudolf Bauer (1889-1953), German-born painter who was involved in the avant-garde group Der Sturm in Berlin, and whose work would become central to the Non-Objective art collection of Solomon R. Guggenheim.
- Joseph Cayre (born 1941), investor and owner of Midtown Equities.
- Nadine Epstein, journalist and author who is editor in chief and CEO of Moment magazine.
- George K. Fraenkel (1921–2009), physical chemist.
- Tom Gallagher (1940-2018), diplomat, who in 1976, became the first officer of the United States Foreign Service to come out as gay.
- Frank Hague (1876-1956), Mayor of Jersey City from 1917 to 1947.
- Huntington Hartford (1911-2008), businessman, philanthropist, stage and film producer, and art collector. He was also heir to the A&P supermarket fortune.
- Sean T. Kean (born 1963), politician, who has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since being sworn into office on January 10, 2012, representing the 30th Legislative District.
- Albert Laboz, real estate developer.
- David Rockwell (born 1956), architect and designer.
- Patti Scialfa (born 1953), member of the E Street Band and wife of Bruce Springsteen.
- P. Hal Sims (1886–1949) and Dorothy Rice Sims (1889–1960), contract bridge celebrities and experts whose home in Deal was a headquarters and retreat for authorities on the game, 1920s–30s.
- Joseph Sitt (born 1964), real estate investor, founder of the retail chain Ashley Stewart, and founder of global real estate company Thor Equities.
- Maxine Stuart (1918-2013), actress.
- Jeff Sutton (born 1960), real estate developer, billionaire and the founder of Wharton Properties.
- Jeffrey Vinik (born 1959), investor and owner of the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning.
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- Johnson, Ken. "A Failed Love and a Museum's Birth; Bauer Recalls Key Figures in the Guggenheim's Creation", The New York Times, August 21, 2014. Accessed March 21, 2017. "In 1939, after a brief imprisonment — Bauer had been included in the Nazi-organized exhibition Degenerate Art two years earlier — he came to America, whereupon Guggenheim made him a hard-to-refuse offer. He would provide Bauer with a 25-room mansion in the shore town Deal, N.J., and a stipend of $15,000 a year (more than $255,000 today), the interest from a $300,000 trust fund."
- Stulbrg, Ariel. "Dominating Deal; Mapping out just how many properties NYC’s Syrian Jewish real estate moguls own in this Jersey Shore hamlet", The Real Deal (magazine), August 1, 2015. Accessed July 13, 2017. "Joe Sitt — CEO of Thor Equities, co-owner of Town Residential and founder of the Ashley Stewart clothing store — owns 71 Ocean Avenue, just up the beach from Sutton.... Joseph Cayre, the head of Midtown Equities, owns 18 and 24 Deal Esplanade and co-owns the adjacent plot at 11 Marine Place with his son Jack. "
- Epstein, Nadine. "From the Editor", Moment (magazine), January 6, 2016. Accessed September 22, 2019. "I grew up in Deal, New Jersey, where many Jews from Aleppo now live."
- Hevesi, Dennis. "George K. Fraenkel, Pioneering Chemist, Dies at 87", The New York Times, June 27, 2009. Accessed August 10, 2012. "George Kessler Fraenkel was born in Deal, N.J., on July 27, 1921, and grew up in Scarsdale, N.Y. He was one of three children of Osmond and Helene Esberg Fraenkel."
- "Pride Network honors six New Jersey leaders this Saturday in Asbury Park", Pride Network, November 3, 2016. Accessed July 26, 2018. "Tom Gallagher grew up in the servant’s quarters in Deal where he and his family worked for the family that founded MGM and Random House."
- Olszewski, Anthony. "Jersey City Mayor Frank Hague's Shore house", Hudson County Facts, April 10, 2010, copied from Life (magazine), February 7, 1938. Accessed March 21, 2017. "Hague's $125,000 Summer home at Deal, N.J. was paid for by check of John Milton, long Hague's lawyer and close crony."
- Levinson, Marc. The Great A&P and the Struggle for Small Business in America, p. 133. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011. ISBN 9781429969024. Accessed July 13, 2017. "Josephine Hartford O'Donnell and Josephine's brother, George Huntington Hartford II, had grown up amid wealth and privilege, first in a Park Avenue apartment, then in the exclusive shoreside town of Deal, New Jersey."
- Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey 2004, p. 261. Skinder-Strauss Associates, 2004. ISBN 1-57741-187-0. Accessed July 13, 2017. "Mr. Kean was born May 21, 1963, in Montclair. He grew up in Deal and is a graduate of Red Bank Catholic High School."
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- David Rockwell Biography, rockwellgroup. Accessed April 7, 2015. "David Rockwell, FAIA, has long harbored a fascination with immersive environments. He grew up in the theater—his mother, a vaudeville dancer and choreographer, often cast him in community repertory productions. But when he was 12, David's family had a dramatic scene change, moving from Deal, New Jersey to Guadalajara, Mexico."
- Stewart, Allison. "Patti Scialfa's Glory Days; With 'Lullaby,' the Boss's Wife Steps Into the Spotlight", The Washington Post, June 20, 2004. Accessed July 18, 2012. "Scialfa (pronounced SKAL-fah) grew up in the affluent suburb of Deal, N.J., and attended the prestigious jazz program at the University of Miami before moving to New York."
- Shattuck, Florence. "Do Women Excel Men at Bridge?", The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, May 14, 1933. Accessed March 25, 2015. "Dorothy Rice Sims is the charming hostess who presides over the beautiful Sims estate at Deal, N. J., which reminds one of the castles of the feudal barons in medieval days."
- Fox, Margalit. "Maxine Stuart, 94, Dies; Acted on Stage, Film and TV", The New York Times, June 17, 2013. Accessed July 13, 2017. "Maxine Shlivek was born on June 28, 1918, in Deal, N.J., and reared in Lawrence, on Long Island, and Manhattan."
- Kadoch, Joseph. "Real Estate Mogul Jeff Sutton Makes Waves on the Jersey Shore", Jewish Voice, January 25, 2012. Accessed July 13, 2017. "The owner of Wharton Properties, a commercial real estate company with prized holdings in New York City, made headlines recently when he purchased a property on the Jersey Shore for $22.6 million. Sporting 5.3 acres and an impressive 350 feet of beachfront, his new estate – located at 91 Ocean Avenue in Deal – represents one of the most expensive acquisitions made in Monmouth County real estate history."
- Staff. "Who is Jeff Vinik?" Archived 2015-05-20 at the Wayback Machine, Tampa Bay Times, February 5, 2010. Accessed June 2, 2015. "Born: March 22, 1959, Deal, N.J."
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