Glen Rock, New Jersey
Glen Rock is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 11,601, reflecting an increase of 55 (+0.5%) from the 11,546 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 663 (+6.1%) from the 10,883 counted in the 1990 Census.
Glen Rock, New Jersey
|Borough of Glen Rock|
Map highlighting Glen Rock's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||September 14, 1894|
|Named for||Prominent glacial erratic|
|• Body||Borough Council|
|• Mayor||Bruce Jay Packer (D, term ends December 31, 2019)|
|• Administrator||Lenora Benjamin|
|• Municipal clerk||Jacqueline Scalia|
|• Total||2.738 sq mi (7.091 km2)|
|• Land||2.714 sq mi (7.028 km2)|
|• Water||0.024 sq mi (0.063 km2) 0.89%|
|Area rank||360th of 566 in state|
33rd of 70 in county
|Elevation||131 ft (40 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||209th of 566 in state|
28th of 70 in county
|• Density||4,275.2/sq mi (1,650.7/km2)|
|• Density rank||139th of 566 in state|
35th of 70 in county
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (Eastern (EDT))|
|GNIS feature ID||0885233|
As of the 2010 census, Glen Rock had a median household income of $140,882. The borough has been voted one of the best places to live in New Jersey for its low crime rate, good schools, close proximity to New York City and its high property values, including in 2018, when Niche ranked it the 19th best place to live in New Jersey.
Glen Rock was formed on September 14, 1894, from portions of Ridgewood Township and Saddle River Township during the "Boroughitis" phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County, in which 26 boroughs were formed in the county in 1894 alone. The main impetus for the break from Ridgewood Township was the decision to have Glen Rock students attend a new school closer to the center of Ridgewood instead of their one-room schoolhouse located at the intersection of Ackerman Avenue and Rock Road. Originally, the borough was to be named "South Ridgewood", but in order to prevent confusion with the neighboring Ridgewood Village, resident Monsieur Viel suggested the alternative name of Glen Rock.
Glen Rock was settled around a large boulder in a small valley (glen), from which it gets its name. The boulder, a glacial erratic weighing in at 570 short tons (520 t) and located where Doremus Avenue meets Rock Road, is believed to have been carried to the site by a glacier that picked up the rock 15,000 years ago near Peekskill, New York and carried it for 20 miles (32 km) to its present location. The Lenape Native Americans called the boulder "Pamachapuka" (meaning "stone from heaven" or "stone from the sky") and used it for signal fires and as a trail marker.
The borough was the site of one of Bergen County's most serious public transportation accidents. In 1911, a trolley operator for the North Jersey Rapid Transit Company, one day away from retirement, died in a crash with an opposing trolley around the intersection of Prospect and Grove Streets that was caused by signal problems. In addition to the death of the opposing trolley operator, 12 people were injured. This crash in part hastened the demise of this transportation mode which ran from Elmwood Park, New Jersey to Suffern, New York and competed with the Erie Railroad. The right of way for this trolley line was purchased by the Public Service Enterprise Group and is still visible today.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 2.738 square miles (7.091 km2), including 2.714 square miles (7.028 km2) of land and 0.024 square miles (0.063 km2) of water (0.89%).
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 11,601 people, 3,917 households, and 3,290.280 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,275.2 per square mile (1,650.7/km2). There were 4,016 housing units at an average density of 1,480.0 per square mile (571.4/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 87.16% (10,111) White, 1.37% (159) Black or African American, 0.09% (10) Native American, 9.09% (1,054) Asian, 0.03% (3) Pacific Islander, 0.62% (72) from other races, and 1.66% (192) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.54% (527) of the population.
There were 3,917 households out of which 46.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.4% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.0% were non-families. 14.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.28.
In the borough, the population was spread out with 30.0% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 19.7% from 25 to 44, 32.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.2 years. For every 100 females there were 94.5 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older 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 $140,882 (with a margin of error of +/- $13,445) and the median family income was $160,360 (+/- $10,024). Males had a median income of $110,506 (+/- $13,238) versus $64,250 (+/- $11,788) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $61,013 (+/- $6,466). About 1.1% of families and 1.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.6% of those under age 18 and 2.2% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 11,546 people, 3,977 households, and 3,320 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,246.1 people per square mile (1,638.9/km2). There were 4,024 housing units at an average density of 1,479.9 per square mile (571.2/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 90.07% White, 1.81% African American, 0.16% Native American, 6.48% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.61% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.72% of the population.
There were 3,977 households out of which 43.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.1% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.5% were non-families. 14.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.22.
In the borough the age distribution of the population shows 29.4% under the age of 18, 3.9% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $104,192, and the median income for a family was $111,280. Males had a median income of $84,614 versus $52,430 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $45,091. About 2.1% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.0% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.
Glen Rock's central business district is situated on a roughly 0.2 mile (0.3 km) stretch of Rock Road between the borough's two train stations. Long-standing businesses include the Glen Rock Inn, a bar and restaurant in operation since 1948, and the Rock Ridge Pharmacy, opened in 1950.
Glen Rock is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, 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 used by Glen Rock, 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 advice and consent of the council. The council appoints a professional borough administrator who is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Borough, responsible to the Mayor and Council.
As of 2019[update], the Mayor of Glen Rock is Democrat Bruce Jay Packer, whose term of office ends December 31, 2019. Members of the Borough Council are Council President Kristine Morieko (D, 2021), Amy Martin (D, 2020), Arati Kreibich (D, 2020), Michael R. O'Hagan (R, 2019), Bill J. Leonard Jr. (R, 2019) and Mary Barchetto (D, 2021) 
Bruce Packer won the mayoral seat in the 2015 general election over incumbent John van Keuren, who had been seeking a fourth term. Packer's Democratic running-mates William "Skip" Huisking and Kristine Morieko were also elected to three-year Borough Council terms, giving the borough a Democratic mayor for the first time in 12 years, and a 3-3 split on the council.
Glen Rock's borough government recognizes an annual Poverty Awareness Week. The community comes together for an annual project to combat extreme global poverty. In 2007 the community built a Habitat House in Paterson, New Jersey (the second home built by Glen Rock residents), and the community was honored as Paterson Habitat's Volunteers of the Year (a first for a community). In 2008 the Borough came together for the Water for Africa Music Festival. The event raised the funds to pay for two Roundabout PlayPump water systems in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2009, the community continued its battle against poverty, raising funds to battle malaria in hurricane-ravaged Haiti.
The Borough government has declared Glen Rock a sustainable community, pursuing a "Green Up" policy that reflects a commitment to protecting the borough's trees, water and general environment. Shade trees are provided at no cost annually to citizens with cooperation from the DPW. On April 10, 2019, the Borough Council passed an ordinance outlawing single-use plastic bags in retail establishments.
Federal, state and county representationEdit
Glen Rock is located in the 5th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 38th state legislative district. Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Glen Rock had been in the 35th state legislative district.
For the 116th United States Congress, New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District is represented by Josh Gottheimer (D, Wyckoff). 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 38th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Joseph Lagana (D, Paramus) and in the General Assembly by Lisa Swain (D, Fair Lawn) and Chris Tully (D, Bergenfield). In May 2018, Lagana took the Senate seat after Robert M. Gordon left office, while Swain and Tully took the seats vacated by Tim Eustace and Lagana. The Governor of New Jersey is Phil Murphy (D, Middletown Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Sheila Oliver (D, East Orange).
Bergen County is governed by a directly elected County Executive, with legislative functions performed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders. The freeholders are elected at-large in partisan elections on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year; a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Chairman Pro Tempore are selected from among its seven members at a reorganization meeting held each January. As of 2018[update], the County Executive is Democratic James J. Tedesco III of Paramus, whose term of office ends December 31, 2018. Bergen County's Freeholders are Freeholder Chairman Thomas J. Sullivan Jr., (D, Montvale, term as freeholder ends 2019; term as freeholder chairman ends 2018), Freeholder Vice-Chairwoman Germaine M. Ortiz (D, Emerson, term as freeholder ends 2019; term as freeholder vice-chairwoman ends 2018), Freeholder Chairman Pro-Tempore Mary J. Amoroso (D, Mahwah, term as freeholder ends 2019; term as freeholder chairman pro-tempore ends 2018), David L. Ganz (D, Fair Lawn, 2020), Steve Tanelli (D, North Arlington, 2018),Joan Voss (D, Fort Lee, 2020) and Tracy Silna Zur (D, Franklin Lakes, 2018), Bergen County's constitutional officials are County Clerk John S. Hogan (D, Northvale, 2021), Sheriff Michael Saudino (D, Emerson, 2019) and Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, Cresskill, 2021).
As of 23 March 2011[update], there were a total of 8,112 registered voters in Glen Rock, of which 2,490 (30.7% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,971 (24.3% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 3,645 (44.9% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 6 voters registered to other parties. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 69.9% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 99.9% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 3,326 votes (52.6% vs. 54.8% countywide), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 2,881 votes (45.5% vs. 43.5%) and other candidates with 50 votes (0.8% vs. 0.9%), among the 6,326 ballots cast by the borough's 8,486 registered voters, for a turnout of 74.5% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County). In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 3,762 votes (55.3% vs. 53.9% countywide), ahead of Republican John McCain with 2,955 votes (43.4% vs. 44.5%) and other candidates with 45 votes (0.7% vs. 0.8%), among the 6,807 ballots cast by the borough's 8,316 registered voters, for a turnout of 81.9% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County). In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 3,333 votes (51.5% vs. 51.7% countywide), ahead of Republican George W. Bush with 3,092 votes (47.8% vs. 47.2%) and other candidates with 38 votes (0.6% vs. 0.7%), among the 6,475 ballots cast by the borough's 7,931 registered voters, for a turnout of 81.6% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 61.6% of the vote (2,606 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 37.2% (1,574 votes), and other candidates with 1.1% (48 votes), among the 4,329 ballots cast by the borough's 8,196 registered voters (101 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 52.8%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 2,204 ballots cast (47.2% vs. 48.0% countywide), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 2,116 votes (45.3% vs. 45.8%), Independent Chris Daggett with 299 votes (6.4% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 11 votes (0.2% vs. 0.5%), among the 4,666 ballots cast by the borough's 8,203 registered voters, yielding a 56.9% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
Gurbir Grewal, a member of Glen Rock's Indian American Sikh community, was nominated by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to the position of Bergen County prosecutor in September 2013. Grewal was sworn as an assistant attorney general and acting Bergen County prosecutor on January 4, 2016.
The Glen Rock Public Schools serve students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2015-16 school year, the district and its six schools had an enrollment of 2,471 students and 208.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.9:1. Schools in the district (with 2015-16 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Richard E. Byrd School (256 students; in grades K-5), Central Elementary School (307; K-5), Clara E. Coleman School (273; K-5), Alexander Hamilton Elementary School (263; K-5), Glen Rock Middle School for grades 6-8 (573) and Glen Rock High School for grades 9-12 (746). The high school underwent a $45.3 million renovation project that started in 2009 and was completed for the 2011-12 school year, which included a new science wing, a creative arts department and system updates. The district's high school was one of 18 schools statewide (and three public high schools) honored in 2018 by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program by the United States Department of Education.
Public school students from the borough, 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.
Academy of Our Lady is a Catholic school for students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade that is affiliated with St. Catharine's Roman Catholic Church located in Glen Rock and Our Lady of Mount Carmel in neighboring Ridgewood, and is operated under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. In September 2013, the school was one of 15 schools in New Jersey to be recognized by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, which Education Secretary Arne Duncan described as schools that "represent examples of educational excellence".
Roads and highwaysEdit
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 44.67 miles (71.89 km) of roadways, of which 35.23 miles (56.70 km) were maintained by the municipality, 8.87 miles (14.27 km) by Bergen County, and 0.57 miles (0.92 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Glen Rock has two separate NJ Transit train stations: Glen Rock–Main Line station on the Main Line located at Rock Road and Main Street, and Glen Rock–Boro Hall station on the Bergen County Line at Harding Plaza between Maple Avenue and Rock Road. Both lines provide service to Hoboken Terminal, with transfers available at Secaucus Junction to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan and to most of NJ Transit's other train lines.
NJ Transit provides bus service to and from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 148 (on Route 208), 164, and 196 (also on Route 208) bus lines, service to the George Washington Bridge Bus Station on the 175, and local service on the 722 (on Lincoln Avenue) and 746 bus lines.
In October 2005, many scenes of prominent locations in town were shot for the film World Trade Center, starring Nicolas Cage and directed by Oliver Stone, with Glen Rock having had 11 residents who were killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Glen Rock is home to an architecturally prominent Sikh gurudwara. As much as 90% of the borough's Indian American constituency was estimated by one member in 2014 to have moved to Glen Rock within the preceding two-year period alone. In February 2015, the Glen Rock Board of Education voted to designate the Hindu holy day Diwali as an annual school holiday, making it the county's first district to do so.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Glen Rock include:
- Camille Abate, attorney and Democratic Party politician.
- Kim Barnes Arico (born 1970), women's college basketball coach who is the head coach of the University of Michigan women's basketball team.
- Larry Arico (born 1969), former head college football coach for the Fairleigh Dickinson University–Florham Devils and William Paterson University Pioneers football programs.
- Guy W. Calissi (1909–1980), New Jersey Superior Court judge.
- Keith Cardona (born 1992), goalkeeper for the Indy Eleven of the North American Soccer League.
- Michael Cavanaugh (born 1972), vocalist and musician, star of the Broadway musical Movin' Out.
- Daniel Flaherty (born 1993), actor who has appeared on the MTV show Skins as well as in films and commercials.
- Pauline Flanagan (1925–2003), actress.
- Bob Franks (1951–2010), member of the United States House of Representatives from New Jersey.
- Kristin Knapp French (born 1964), United States Army Brigadier General.
- Gurbir Grewal (born 1973), Attorney General of New Jersey since 2018, who is the first Sikh American state attorney General in the United States.
- Valerie Harper (born 1939), actress best known for playing Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the spin-off series Rhoda.
- Bud Hedinger (born 1947), Orlando, Florida radio personality.
- George Hotz (born 1989), first person to unlock iPhone for use with carriers other than AT&T.
- John Houghtaling (1916–2009), who created the Magic Fingers Vibrating Bed in the basement of his home here.
- Paul Melicharek, football defensive lineman who has played professionally for the Green Bay Blizzard and Lehigh Valley Steelhawks.
- John Montone, morning street reporter for 1010 WINS Radio New York.
- Samuel Petrone (born 1989), professional soccer forward who has played for the Swedish team Mjällby AIF.
- Julie Spira, author.
- Patrick Stickles (born 1985), musician and the lead singer, frontman and songwriter of the punk rock band Titus Andronicus.
- Charlie Tahan (born 1997), child actor in the 2007 film I Am Legend.
- Daisy Tahan, child actor who appeared in Nurse Jackie.
- Titus Andronicus, indie-rock band
- Michael Torpey (born 1979), actor, writer, producer, known for his webisode series "net_office" and Chase credit card commercials.
- Ludovicus M. M. Van Iersel (1893–1987), recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in France during World War I.
- Floyd Vivino (born 1951), actor also known as Uncle Floyd, lived and went to school in Glen Rock.
- Jimmy Vivino (born 1955), leader of The Basic Cable Band, the house band on the TBS late night program Conan.
- Adrian Wojnarowski (born 1969), sportswriter currently employed by ESPN
- Michael Zegen (born 1979), actor best known for his role as Joel Maisel on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
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- Harris, Chris. "Glen Rock schools to close for Diwali", The Record (Bergen County), February 24, 2015. Accessed August 29, 2017. "Schools in the borough will be closed on Nov. 11, since the Board of Education voted to add Diwali, a Hindu holy day, to the district’s calendar. District officials claim Glen Rock, which has a burgeoning Indian community, is the first district in Bergen County to formally recognize Diwali with an instruction-free day."
- Staff. "Sires defeats Vas in 13th District", Asbury Park Press, June 7, 2006. Accessed December 10, 2014. "On the Democratic side, civil rights lawyer Camille M. Abate, 52, of Glen Rock, faced Paul Aronsohn, 39, a former pharmaceutical public relations executive."
- O'Connor, Ian. "O'Connor: Glen Rock's Kim Barnes Arico is St. John's miracle worker", The Record (Bergen County), March 9, 2010, backed up by the Internet Archive as of August 10, 2016. Accessed August 29, 2017. "Out of her Rockwellian corner of Glen Rock, on the daily drive from Bergen to the urban realities of Queens, a mother of three tells a Big East success story that should embarrass every Tom, Dick and Harry – or every Norm, Freddie and Gonzo – failing to build a contender around the hurdles of their home, bittersweet home. Kim Barnes Arico, 39, head coach of the St. John's women, has future Sandra Bullock acceptance speech written all over her."
- Wayne, Stephanie. "Formal committee will study artificial turf field proposal", Glen Rock Gazette, October 16, 2009, backed up by the Internet Archive as of January 13, 2016. Accessed August 29, 2017. "Glen Rock resident Larry Arico, who is the athletic director and head football coach at Marist High School in Bayonne, said he has been on committees that have studied the safety of turf fields in-depth and nothing has shown that they are more dangerous than a grass field."
- Kihss, Peter. "Guy W. Calissi, 71, Retired Judge And a Jersey Prosecutor, Is Dead; College Scholarship Yielded Byrne Made 1970 Appointment", The New York Times, December 9, 1980. Accessed October 3, 2018. "Guy W. Calissi, Bergen County Prosecutor for 16 years and later a Superior Court judge, died Saturday at his home in Glen Rock, N.J."
- Fox, Ron. "Goalie Keith Cardona must 'save' his best attempt for later", Glen Rock Gazette, August 6, 2010. Accessed November 13, 2016. "It's difficult to believe that Parade Magazine All-American goalkeeper Keith Cardona once was a center-back. That was several years ago when the Glen Rock teen played for the Shooting Stars locally, and he felt content at that position.... Too bad Cardona won't be doing so for the Glen Rock High School team, even though he'll be a senior there next month."
- Dunlap, LucyAnn. "What's New in Princeton & Central New Jersey?", U.S. 1 Newspaper, July 8, 2009. Accessed February 28, 2011. "His home base is Las Vegas. He and his family moved there from Glen Rock, New Jersey, where they had lived while he was on Broadway."
- Rohan, Virginia. Commercials, TV and Motion Pictures."Glen Rock actor stars in MTV's Skins", The Record (Bergen County), January 17, 2011. Accessed February 2, 2011.
- Staff. "Final Curtain", The Irish Echo, May 6, 2003. Accessed August 29, 2017. "Actress Pauline Flanagan, one of the pillars of New York's Irish Repertory Theatre and 2001 winner of London's coveted Laurence Olivier Award, died in the early hours of last Saturday morning, after having suffered a massive stroke on June 23... It was, in fact, in the midst of one of these sojourns, guest-starring in playwright Tom Stoppard's 'Indian Ink' at the Missouri Repertory Theatre in Kansas City, that the actress became sufficiently ill that she had to withdraw from the play a week before its closing performance and return to her home in Glen Rock, N.J., only a few weeks ago."
- Dowling, Matthew J. "Election 2000 / For Franks, Family Life, Politics Go Hand in Hand", The Press of Atlantic City, October 29, 2000. Accessed December 10, 2014. "Franks, 49, was born in Hackensack and grew up in Glen Rock and Summit before attending college at DePauw University in Indiana."
- De Santa, Richard. "Glen Rock native named brigadier general", Glen Rock Gazette, May 18, 2012. Accessed March 28, 2013. "Despite her 26 years and obvious success in the military, French's decision to attend West Point after graduating from Glen Rock High School in 1982 did not immediately reflect that objective."
- Katzban, Nicholas. "Opioid crisis worse than crack epidemic, Glen Rock chief says", The Record (Bergen County), December 13, 2017. Accessed October 3, 2018. "Grewal, a Glen Rock resident, cited reporting by the New York Times that said while drug-related deaths remained relatively flat nationwide at around 10,000 per year in the ‘80s and ‘90s, that number jumped to about 55,000 in 2015, and is expected to hit 64,000 by year's end."
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- Ervolino, Bill. "Valerie Harper opens up about cancer fight in new memoir ", The Record (Bergen County), January 15, 2013. Accessed November 3, 2014. "But Harper, who was born in Suffern, N.Y., spent her early years in South Orange, Jersey City and Glen Rock — where her sister still lives and where, Harper insists, 'the Bergen Record was on the table every day.'"
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- McKay, Martha. "Bergen Teen Claims Win in Global Race to Unlock Iphone; Tech Whiz Cracks Code Tying It to AT&T Network", The Record (Bergen County), August 25, 2007, backed up by the Internet Archive as of January 12, 2016. Accessed August 29, 2017. "The 17-year-old Glen Rock resident posted the complicated steps on his blog Thursday.... 'I've lived and breathed that phone for the last two months,' said Hotz, a Bergen County Academies grad who won a prestigious $20,000 Intel science fair prize this year for a device that projects a 3-D image.
- Fox, Margalit. "John Houghtaling, Inventor of Magic Fingers Vibrating Bed, Dies at 92", The New York Times, June 19, 2009. Accessed May 9, 2012. "Tinkering in the basement of his home in Glen Rock, N.J., Mr. Houghtaling tested 300 motors before hitting on one that was light, unobtrusive and made the bed tingle at just the right frequency."
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- Stevens, Amanda. "John Sebastian & GR's Jimmy Vivino Electrify Mexicali Live; Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Sebastian and Vivino shared the stage in Teaneck", Ridgewood Patch, December 12, 2011. Accessed October 18, 2017. "John Sebastian and Glen Rock native Jimmy Vivino performed at Mexicali Live in Teaneck Saturday night before a full house. Vivino, a Glen Rock High School graduate, is the band leader of the Basic Cable Band on Conan O'Brien's late night talk show."
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