Kinnelon, New Jersey
Kinnelon is a borough in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 10,248, reflecting an increase of 883 (+9.4%) from the 9,365 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 895 (+10.6%) from the 8,470 counted in the 1990 Census. It is a low-density, suburban community, with many parks and trails.
Kinnelon, New Jersey
|Borough of Kinnelon|
Census Bureau map of Kinnelon, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||March 21, 1922|
|Named for||Francis S. Kinney|
|• Body||Borough Council|
|• Mayor||James Freda (R, term ends December 31, 2022)|
|• Municipal clerk||Karen Iuele (acting)|
|• Total||19.186 sq mi (49.693 km2)|
|• Land||17.987 sq mi (46.587 km2)|
|• Water||1.199 sq mi (3.106 km2) 6.25%|
|Area rank||147th of 566 in state|
10th of 39 in county
|Elevation||699 ft (213 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||238th of 566 in state|
20th of 39 in county
|• Density||569.7/sq mi (220.0/km2)|
|• Density rank||433rd of 566 in state|
33rd of 39 in county"
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (Eastern (EDT))|
|Area code(s)||201 and 973|
|GNIS feature ID||0885269|
Once known as Charlotteburg, Kinnelon was formed as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 20, 1922, from portions of Pequannock Township, based on the results of a referendum passed on March 21, 1922. The borough's name comes from Francis S. Kinney, who purchased 5,000 acres (20 km2) of land in the 1880s for an estate that included Lake Kinnelon, and built St. Hubert's Chapel in 1886 on an island in the lake.
Kinnelon is home to Smoke Rise, a private gated community recognized as one of the oldest gated communities in the United States. It includes more than 900 unique homes located on 2,500 acres (1,000 ha) in addition to Lake Kinnelon.
- 1 Geography
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Economy
- 4 Parks and recreation
- 5 Government
- 6 Education
- 7 Transportation
- 8 Notable people
- 9 References
- 10 External links
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 19.186 square miles (49.693 km2), including 17.987 square miles (46.587 km2) of land and 1.199 square miles (3.106 km2) of water (6.25%).
The borough is home to Silas Condict County Park, which covers 1,000 acres (400 ha) and was dedicated in 1964. Tripod Rock is located in Kinnelon's Pyramid Mountain Natural Historical Area, portions of which are located in the borough. Its largest lake is Lake Kinnelon, which is within Smoke Rise, a private gated community of 900 homes located on 3,000 acres (1,200 ha).
Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Bald Hill, Brook Valley, Charlottesburg, Fayson Lakes, Ideal Lake, Jacksonville, Saw Mill Pond, Smoke Rise, Stickle Pond, Sun Tan Lake, Surprise Lake and Untermeyer Lake.
Portions of the borough are owned by the City of Newark, Essex County, for their Pequannock River Watershed, which provides water to the city from an area of 35,000 acres (14,000 ha) that also includes portions of Hardyston Township, Jefferson Township, Rockaway Township, Vernon Township and West Milford.
1930-1990 2000 2010
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 10,248 people, 3,472 households, and 2,926.896 families residing in the borough. The population density was 569.7 per square mile (220.0/km2). There were 3,600 housing units at an average density of 200.1 per square mile (77.3/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 93.05% (9,536) White, 0.91% (93) Black or African American, 0.05% (5) Native American, 4.26% (437) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.51% (52) from other races, and 1.22% (125) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.08% (418) of the population.
There were 3,472 households out of which 41.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.4% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.7% were non-families. 12.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.24.
In the borough, the population was spread out with 27.2% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 19.0% from 25 to 44, 35.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.5 years. For every 100 females there were 99.7 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 95.8 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $129,664 (with a margin of error of +/- $11,416) and the median family income was $144,318 (+/- $7,698). Males had a median income of $98,094 (+/- $7,382) versus $71,886 (+/- $9,897) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $56,826 (+/- $3,939). About 1.4% of families and 1.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.4% of those under age 18 and 0.8% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 9,365 people, 3,062 households, and 2,685 families residing in the borough. The population density was 523.5 people per square mile (202.1/km2). There were 3,123 housing units at an average density of 174.6 per square mile (67.4/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 95.60% White, 0.58% African American, 0.04% Native American, 2.84% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.33% of the population.
There were 3,062 households out of which 45.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 80.6% were married couples living together, 5.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 12.3% were non-families. 9.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.06 and the average family size was 3.27.
In the borough the population was spread out with 30.0% under the age of 18, 4.3% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 29.7% from 45 to 64, and 9.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.9 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $113,991, and the median income for a family was $128,593. Males had a median income of $88,870 versus $65,069 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $45,796. About 2.3% of families and 2.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under age 18 and 0.6% of those age 65 or over.
- Meadtown Shopping Center - a shopping center located on Route 23 in Kinnelon. It has stores and restaurants including Petco and Marshalls.
Parks and recreationEdit
- Silas Condict County Park - located on Kinnelon Road. It was established in 1963 and it includes picnic areas, athletic fields, hiking trails, and the Casino, an old house that was represented as a speakeasy in the Prohibition era. The Casino is used for parties, rentals, and other events. The park has a big lake, good for fishing and paddle boating. Paddle boats are available for renting at the park. The park is operated by the Morris County Park Commission.
- Stony Brook Park - located on Valley Road. It includes recreational areas and playgrounds surrounded by a lake.
Kinnelon 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 Kinnelon, 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.
As of 2018[update], the Mayor of Kinnelon is Republican James Freda, whose term of office ends December 31, 2022. Members of the Borough Council are Council President William "Bill" Yago (R, 2018), Randall I. Charles (R, 2020), James Lorkowski (R, 2019; appointed to serve an unexpired term of office), William C. Neely (R, 2019), Vincent Russo (R, 2018; appointed to serve an unexpired term of office) and Glenn L. Sisco (R, 2020).
Vincent Russo was appointed to fill the seat expiring in December 2018 that had been held by Carol M. Sventy. In January 2018, James Lorkowski was appointed to fill the seat expiring in December 2019 that had been held by James Freda.
In January 2017, Glenn Sisco was selected from three candidates nominated by the Republican municipal committee and appointed to fill the seat expiring in December 2017 that had been held by Adam N. Barish; Sisco, who served on an interim basis until the November 2017 general election, had been mayor for 40 years, from 1970 to 2010.
In March 2016, the Borough Council unanimously selected William Neely from three candidates nominated by the Republican municipal committee to fill the seat expiring in December 2016 that had been held by Stephen Cobell until his resignation the previous month after nearly 12 years in office; Neely will serve on an interim basis until the November 2016 general election, when voters will choose a candidate to serve the balance of the term of office.
Selected by a 3-2 majority of the borough council from among three potential candidates, Clifford Giantonio was sworn into office in April 2014 to fill the vacant seat of Ronald Mondello, who had resigned in the previous month citing personal and work conflicts.
Federal, state and county representationEdit
For the 116th United States Congress, New Jersey's Eleventh Congressional District is represented by Mikie Sherrill (D, Montclair). 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 26th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Joseph Pennacchio (R, Montville) and in the General Assembly by BettyLou DeCroce (R, Parsippany-Troy Hills) and Jay Webber (R, Morris Plains).
Morris County is governed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, who are elected at-large in partisan elections, to three-year terms on a staggered basis, with either one or three seats up for election each year as part of the November general election. The Freeholder Board sets policies for the operation of six super-departments, more than 30 divisions plus authorities, commissions, boards and study committees. Actual day-to-day operation of departments is supervised by County Administrator, John Bonanni. As of 2019[update], Morris County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Douglas Cabana (R, Boonton Township, 2019), Deputy Freeholder Director Heather Darling (R, Roxbury, 2020), Kathryn A. DeFillippo (R, Roxbury Township, 2019, John Krickus (R, Washington Township, 2021), Thomas J. Mastrangelo (R, Montville, 2019), Stephen H. Shaw (R, Mountain Lakes, 2021), and Deborah Smith (R, Denville, 2021).
Pursuant to Article VII Section II of the New Jersey State Constitution, each county in New Jersey is required to have three elected administrative officials known as "constitutional officers." These officers are the County Clerk and County Surrogate (both elected for five-year terms of office) and the County Sheriff (elected for a three-year term). As of 2019[update], they are County Clerk Ann F. Grossi (R, Parsippany, 2023), Sheriff James M. Gannon (R, Boonton Township, 2019) and Surrogate John Pecoraro (R, Mendham Borough, 2019).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 7,122 registered voters in Kinnelon, of which 1,117 (15.7%) were registered as Democrats, 3,310 (46.5%) were registered as Republicans and 2,694 (37.8%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There was one voter registered to another party.
In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 65.5% of the vote (3,497 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 33.2% (1,772 votes), and other candidates with 1.3% (68 votes), among the 5,354 ballots cast by the borough's 7,463 registered voters (17 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 71.7%. In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 62.4% of the vote (3,638 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 36.1% (2,105 votes) and other candidates with 0.9% (55 votes), among the 5,829 ballots cast by the borough's 7,334 registered voters, for a turnout of 79.5%. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 64.4% of the vote (3,517 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 34.7% (1,895 votes) and other candidates with 0.5% (35 votes), among the 5,463 ballots cast by the borough's 6,955 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 78.5.
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 75.3% of the vote (2,419 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 23.5% (754 votes), and other candidates with 1.3% (41 votes), among the 3,260 ballots cast by the borough's 7,424 registered voters (46 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 43.9%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 66.2% of the vote (2,669 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 25.6% (1,032 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 5.9% (237 votes) and other candidates with 1.5% (61 votes), among the 4,034 ballots cast by the borough's 7,167 registered voters, yielding a 56.3% turnout.
The Kinnelon Public Schools serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2014-15 school year, the district and its four schools had an enrollment of 2,024 students and 174.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.6:1. Schools in the district (with 2014-15 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Kiel Elementary School (316 students; in grades K-2), Stonybrook Elementary School (492; 3-5), Pearl R. Miller Middle School (509; 6-8) and Kinnelon High School (684; 9-12). In 2016, Kinnelon High School was named #3 in the state by New Jersey Monthly magazine, the school's highest ranking ever in the magazine's biannual rankings, and was listed as a top 500 high school by Newsweek.
Our Lady of the Magnificat School, a Catholic school that had been operated since 1964 under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson, closed after the 2009-10 school year in the face of declining enrollment and increasing deficits that the parish could no longer sustain.
Roads and highwaysEdit
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 54.41 miles (87.56 km) of roadways, of which 44.94 miles (72.32 km) were maintained by the municipality, 7.42 miles (11.94 km) by Morris County and 2.05 miles (3.30 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Kinnelon include:
- Juan Agudelo (born 1992), soccer player for the New England Revolution in Major League Soccer.
- Kurt Allerman (born 1955), former NFL football player.
- Laura Benanti (born 1979), musical theatre actress, who has appeared in numerous Broadway theatre productions.
- DJ Envy (born 1977) is a New York-based DJ who works at syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1.
- Ray Forrest (1916-1999), pioneering TV announcer, host and news broadcaster from the very earliest TV era.
- Bryan Gallego (born 1993), professional soccer player.
- Erik Hanson (born 1965), former Major League baseball pitcher.
- Brett Hearn (born 1958), modified stock car driver.
- Ian Joyce (born 1985), professional soccer player who played for the Major League Soccer club Colorado Rapids.
- Roman Oben (born 1972), former NFL football player.
- William A. Pailes (born 1952), astronaut who flew as a payload specialist aboard STS-51-J on the Space Shuttle Atlantis.
- Glenn Sisco, politician who served as the mayor of Kinnelon for 42 years, making him one of the longest-serving mayors in the state of New Jersey.
- Elise Testone (born 1983), singer and American Idol contestant.
- Harry L. Towe (1898–1977), Congressman who represented New Jersey's 9th congressional district from 1943 to 1951.
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- Nash, Margo. "THEATER; To Recreate Ridgefield, It's All in the Local Detail", The New York Times, April 16, 2006. Accessed March 28, 2008. "Laura Benanti, who grew up in Kinnelon, recalls thinking that 'New Jersey was the epicenter of the 80's, at least the Willowbrook Mall was for me.'"
- Hyman, Vicki. "DJ Envy's Kinnelon mansion on market for $2M, bedazzled bathroom and all", NJ Advance Medis for NJ.com, March 16, 2016. Accessed May 15, 2016. "Nationally syndicated hip-hop DJ RaaShaun Casey, who goes by DJ Envy on Power 105.1 FM's morning show The Breakfast Club and also hosts a Sirius XM show, is looking to leave his lavish Colonial on seven gated acres in Kinnelon."
- Thomas, Robert McG. Jr. "Ray Forrest Is Dead at 83; Nation's First TV Personality", The New York Times, March 21, 1999. Accessed August 7, 2015. "Ray Forrest, who worked for many years at his family's jewelry store in Paterson, N.J., died on March 11 at a hospital near his home in Kinnelon, N.J."
- Havsy, Jane. "Kinnelon's Bryan Gallego latest Morris soccer player on the move", Daily Record (Morristown), August 1, 2014. Accessed August 6, 2015. "Gallego, a defender from Kinnelon, has only been training for a week after surgery on a broken foot. But there it was, a message from U.S. Soccer asking if he was available to join the under-23 national team in training camp in Nassau, Bahamas."
- Maloney, Tom. "Hanson gets the nod for opener: Jays' newcomer wants to make numbers do the talking for him", The Hamilton Spectator, March 30, 1996. Accessed August 21, 2012. "A 6-foot-6 righthander from Kinnelon, N.J., an unsigned draft pick of the Expos in 1983, an All-American at intellectually demanding Wake Forest in '85, a relentless worker, [Erik Hanson]'s best work as a pro has always seemed right around the corner."
- Erik Hanson, Baseball-Reference.com. Accessed August 21, 2012.
- Brett Hearn Biography, BrettHearn.com. Accessed August 7, 2015. "Hometown: Kinnelon, New Jersey"
- Schutta, Gregory. "Where are they now? Former Don Bosco soccer goalie Ian Joyce", The Record (Bergen County), October 22, 2013. Accessed August 6, 2015. "Besides coaching at Bosco, the Kinnelon native and Somerset County resident coaches goalkeepers for the Players Development Academy."
- Ragonese, Lawrence. "Former NFL star accepts Democratic chairmanship in Kinnelon", The Star-Ledger, February 9, 2009. Accessed September 9, 2009.
- William A. Pailes, NASA. Accessed August 28, 2012. "Born June 26, 1952, in Hackensack, New Jersey, but considers Kinnelon, New Jersey, to be his hometown.... Graduated from Kinnelon High School, Kinnelon, New Jersey, 1970."
- Walsh, Deborah. "Glenn Sisco gets a big send-off upon his retirement as Kinnelon's long-time mayor", Suburban Trends, November 29, 2010. Accessed August 7, 2015. "As a tribute to a man who gave so much to this borough in his 42 years as mayor and three years as a councilman, a sold-out crowd attended Mayor Glenn Sisco's retirement dinner at The Brownstone in Paterson on Nov. 21."
- Kolton, Tara. "Kinnelon grad singing her way to the top", Suburban Trends, February 20, 2012. Accessed April 3, 2012. "Kinnelon native Elise Testone has made it to the top 40 finalists of American Idol's season 11.Testone, a 2001 graduate of Kinnelon High School (KHS), endured several tough rounds of cuts in Hollywood to make it to Idol's top 40 during the Las Vegas round, which aired on Thursday night on FOX."
- Harry Lancaster Towe, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed July 8, 2007.
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