Ridgefield Park, New Jersey
Ridgefield Park is a village in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the village's population was 12,729, reflecting a decline of 144 (-1.1%) from the 12,873 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 419 (+3.4%) from the 12,454 counted in the 1990 Census. Of 565 municipalities statewide, Ridgefield Park is one of only four with a village type of government in New Jersey, though it operates a Walsh Act (city commission) form of government. Of the four New Jersey villages, only Loch Arbour had retained the village form of government, while Ridgewood operates under the council-manager form, and the Township of South Orange Village operates under a special charter form with many characteristics of village government.
Ridgefield Park, New Jersey
|Village of Ridgefield Park|
Map highlighting Ridgefield Park's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||June 15, 1892|
|• Type||Walsh Act|
|• Body||Board of Commissioners|
|• Mayor||George D. Fosdick (term ends May 10, 2020)|
|• Municipal clerk||Deborah Fehre (acting)|
|• Total||1.919 sq mi (4.971 km2)|
|• Land||1.723 sq mi (4.464 km2)|
|• Water||0.196 sq mi (0.507 km2) 10.19%|
|Area rank||420th of 566 in state|
51st of 70 in county
|Elevation||56 ft (17 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||191st of 566 in state|
26th of 70 in county
|• Density||7,385.6/sq mi (2,851.6/km2)|
|• Density rank||54th of 566 in state|
15th of 70 in county
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (Eastern (EDT))|
|GNIS feature ID||0885368|
Ridgefield Park was formed as a village on June 15, 1892, within Ridgefield Township, based on the results of a referendum passed on June 6, 1892. Overpeck Township was formed on March 23, 1897, to be coextensive with Ridgefield Park village, and was created within Ridgefield Township for the purpose of administering a Board of Education. Portions of the village gained in both 1921 and 1926 were taken from Bogota and Teaneck. On May 31, 1938, Overpeck Township became Ridgefield Park Township. The village was named for the area's terrain.
The village's Fourth of July Parade, first established in 1894, is said to be the longest continuously celebrated such event in New Jersey and one of the oldest in the country. The village eliminated its July 4 fireworks in 2009, citing the $50,000 cost in the face of the difficult economy, but committed to retain its parade.
- 1 Geography
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Economy
- 4 Government
- 5 Education
- 6 Transportation
- 7 Popular culture
- 8 Notable people
- 9 References
- 10 Sources
- 11 External links
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village had a total area of 1.919 square miles (4.971 km2), including 1.723 square miles (4.464 km2) of land and 0.196 square miles (0.507 km2) of water (10.19%).
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 12,729 people, 4,851 households, and 3,274.425 families residing in the village. The population density was 7,385.6 per square mile (2,851.6/km2). There were 5,164 housing units at an average density of 2,996.2 per square mile (1,156.8/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 66.09% (8,413) White, 6.40% (815) Black or African American, 0.35% (44) Native American, 11.48% (1,461) Asian, 0.01% (1) Pacific Islander, 11.93% (1,519) from other races, and 3.74% (476) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 36.18% (4,605) of the population.
There were 4,851 households out of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.5% were non-families. 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.25.
In the village, the population was spread out with 21.9% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 28.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.3 years. For every 100 females there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 90.6 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $60,656 (with a margin of error of +/- $8,846) and the median family income was $83,189 (+/- $13,092). Males had a median income of $51,781 (+/- $2,949) versus $47,714 (+/- $8,394) for females. The per capita income for the village was $30,893 (+/- $2,038). About 3.1% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.8% of those under age 18 and 10.2% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 12,873 people, 5,012 households, and 3,242 families residing in the village. The population density was 7,435.7 people per square mile (2,873.0/km2). There were 5,134 housing units at an average density of 1, 145.8/km2 (2,965.5/sq mi). The racial makeup of the village was 78.20% White, 4.10% African American, 0.22% Native American, 7.85% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 6.50% from other races, and 3.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 22.24% of the population.
There were 5,012 households out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.7% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.3% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.24.
In the village, the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 34.4% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $51,825, and the median income for a family was $62,414. Males had a median income of $44,507 versus $35,217 for females. The per capita income for the village was $24,290. About 4.7% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.9% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.
On the east side of the Village (east of I-95), to the south of Bergen County's Overpeck Park, lies Overpeck Corporate Office Park (located on Challenger Road). The office park contains approximately 1 million square feet of Class-A office space which has undergone substantial renovations and upgrades in the past 8 years. The Office Park also contains an AMC Movie Theater and Hilton Garden Inn Hotel. Corporate residents of Overpeck Corporate Park include the headquarters of Samsung Electronics America and American Stock Transfer.
Ridgefield Park has been governed under the Walsh Act since 1912. The Board of Commissioners consists of five members, elected at-large in non-partisan elections to serve four-year terms on a concurrent basis. The commissioners elect one commissioner as mayor, however the mayor is only responsible for his or her departments and serves as the chair of the commission.
As of 2017[update], the members of the Ridgefield Park Board of Commissioners are Mayor George D. Fosdick (Commissioner of Public Safety), John H. Anlian (Commissioner of Public Affairs), Maggie Boyd (Commissioner of Revenue and Finance), Adam MacNeill (Commissioner of Parks and Public Property) and Hugo R. Poli (Commissioner of Public Works), all serving concurrent terms of office ending in May 2020.
In elections held on May 13, 2008, the four incumbents running for re-election—George D. Fosdick (1,210 votes), Maggie Boyd (1,142), John H. Anlian (1,063) and Hugo R. Poli (1,006)—all won new terms in office. Challenger Adam MacNeill received 1,037 votes to win the seat vacated by Joseph Storer, with Frank Scerbo (653) and Junior Hernandez (458) falling short. The five incumbents won re-election in the May 8, 2012, municipal election, with Fosdick again chosen as mayor.
Federal, state and county representationEdit
Ridgefield Park is located in the 9th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 36th state legislative district. Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Ridgefield Park had been in the 37th state legislative district.
For the 116th United States Congress, New Jersey's Ninth Congressional District is represented by Bill Pascrell (D, Paterson). 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 36th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Paul Sarlo (D, Wood-Ridge) and in the General Assembly by Gary Schaer (D, Passaic) and Clinton Calabrese (D, Cliffside Park). Calabrese was sworn into office on February 8, 2018 to fill the seat of Marlene Caride, who had resigned from office on January 16, 2018 after being nominated to head the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance.
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 March 23, 2011, there were a total of 6,593 registered voters in Ridgefield Park, of which 2,249 (34.1% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 957 (14.5% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 3,382 (51.3% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 5 voters registered to other parties. Among the village's 2010 Census population, 51.8% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 66.4% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 3,162 votes here (66.3% vs. 54.8% countywide), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 1,508 votes (31.6% vs. 43.5%) and other candidates with 45 votes (0.9% vs. 0.9%), among the 4,768 ballots cast by the village's 7,035 registered voters, for a turnout of 67.8% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County). In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 3,256 votes here (61.6% vs. 53.9% countywide), ahead of Republican John McCain with 1,932 votes (36.5% vs. 44.5%) and other candidates with 47 votes (0.9% vs. 0.8%), among the 5,288 ballots cast by the village's 6,980 registered voters, for a turnout of 75.8% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County). In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 2,681 votes here (55.4% vs. 51.7% countywide), ahead of Republican George W. Bush with 2,104 votes (43.5% vs. 47.2%) and other candidates with 31 votes (0.6% vs. 0.7%), among the 4,835 ballots cast by the village's 6,575 registered voters, for a turnout of 73.5% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 55.6% of the vote (1,473 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 43.0% (1,138 votes), and other candidates with 1.4% (36 votes), among the 2,686 ballots cast by the village's 6,694 registered voters (39 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 40.1%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 1,657 ballots cast (53.7% vs. 48.0% countywide), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 1,223 votes (39.6% vs. 45.8%), Independent Chris Daggett with 166 votes (5.4% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 11 votes (0.4% vs. 0.5%), among the 3,085 ballots cast by the village's 6,753 registered voters, yielding a 45.7% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
The Ridgefield Park Public Schools serve students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2014-15 school year, the district and its five schools had an enrollment of 2,052 students and 185.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.1:1. Schools in the district (with 2014-15 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Thomas Jefferson Early Learning Center (133 students; in grades K-1), Grant Elementary School (209; 1-6), Lincoln Elementary School (356; 1-6), Roosevelt Elementary School (398; 1-6) and Ridgefield Park High School (1,258; 7-12).
The district is one of the small number in the state with schools recognized by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program in consecutive years, with Grant Elementary School earning the designation in 2010 and Lincoln Elementary School being honored in 2011.
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.
Roads and highwaysEdit
As of 2014[update], the village had a total of 29.04 miles (46.74 km) of roadways, of which 21.64 miles (34.83 km) were maintained by the municipality, 4.38 miles (7.05 km) by Bergen County and 1.36 miles (2.19 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 1.66 miles (2.67 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
The historic Route 46 Hackensack River Bridge crosses the river to Little Ferry. The double-leaf bascule bridge was constructed in 1934 and extends for 1,549 feet (472 m), with the draw bridge at the center of the span.
For much of the 20th century Ridgefield Park was served by the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railroad (NYSW) and the West Shore Railroad, a division of New York Central (NYCRR) at three passenger station in the village: Little Ferry Station, Ridgefield Park Station and Westview Station.
NJ Transit bus routes 155, 157, 161, 165, 167 and 168 provide service between Ridgefield Park and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, and the 83 route provides service to Hackensack and the Journal Square Transportation Center in Jersey City.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Ridgefield Park include:
- Joan M. Clark (born 1922), former United States Ambassador to Malta.
- Richard Easterlin (born 1926), professor of economics at the University of Southern California, best known for the economic theory named after him, the Easterlin paradox.
- Alex Gaston (1893-1979), MLB catcher who played for the New York Giants and Boston Red Sox.
- Milt Gaston (1896-1996), right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball from 1924 to 1934.
- Jimmy Gnecco (born 1973), musician from the band Ours.
- Leonard W. Hatton Jr. (1956-2001), special agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who was killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center when he entered one of the towers to help evacuate the occupants and stayed when the towers collapsed.
- John Huchra (1948–2010), astronomer.
- James Gordon Irving (1913-2012), commercial illustrator and painter, best known for illustrating the early Golden Guide series of nature books.
- Louis F. Kosco (born 1932, class of 1950), politician who served in both the New Jersey General Assembly and the New Jersey Senate.
- Capt. Robert A. Lewis (c. 1918–1983), co-pilot of the Enola Gay.
- George Lowe (1895-1981), relief pitcher who appeared in a single game for the Cincinnati Reds during the 1920 season.
- Bobby Messano (born 1954), artist, guitarist and musician.
- Johnny Messner (1909-1986; class of 1928), bandleader, composer, saxophonist and vocalist during the big band/swing heyday.
- Ozzie Nelson (1906–1975), actor.
- Lawrence Nuesslein (1895–1971), sports shooter who competed in the 1920 Summer Olympics where won a total of five medals: two gold medals, one silver and two bronze medals.
- Gregory Olsen (born 1945), entrepreneur, engineer and scientist who, in October 2005, became the third private citizen to make a self-funded trip to the International Space Station.
- Amelia Stone Quinton (1833-1936), social activist and advocate for Native American rights, who co-founded the Women's National Indian Association in 1883.
- Hatch Rosdahl (1941-2004), football player who played for the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs.
- Daniel Ruch (born 1983), assistant soccer coach with Virginia Wesleyan who played professionally for two years for the Virginia Beach Mariners and the Wilmington Hammerheads.
- Hal Turner (born 1962), conservative talk radio host.
- George Warrington (1952–2007), served as executive director of NJ Transit.
- Yoojin Grace Wuertz (born 1980), novelist who wrote the 2017 book Everything Belongs To Us.
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- James, George. "School Districts' Battle On Tuition Goes to Court", The New York Times, December 16, 1989. Accessed August 19, 2013. "School officials in the borough, Little Ferry, which sends 202 students to the 546-student high school, say a partial audit several years ago raised suspicions that Ridgefield Park has overcharged them by hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent years.... Little Ferry, a borough of 1.5 square miles and 9,900 people, has sent its high school students to this neighboring 1.92-square mile village of 12,000 people, since 1953."
- Decicco, Robin. "Ridgefield Park's Lincoln School recognized as a Blue Ribbon School", Ridgefield Park Patriot, September 23, 2011. Accessed August 19, 2013. "Lincoln Elementary School was recently named a Blue Ribbon School by the New Jersey Department of Education, the most prestigious title in education, said Chris Onorato, superintendent of Ridgefield Park School District.... Ridgefield Park is one of the only districts in the country to receive two Blue Ribbon titles in back to back years. Last year, Grant Elementary School was named a Blue Ribbon School."
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- http://www.nj.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2016/01/amazon_prime_video_sopranos_boardwalk_new_jersey.html "N.J. binge-watching guide: 36 Amazon Prime picks from the Garden State", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, January 14, 2016. Accessed November 15, 2017. "Rounders - This 1998 movie stars Matt Damon and Edward Norton (and John Malkovich!) as underground poker players. Some scenes were filmed at Rutgers School of Law in Newark and the Elks lodge in Ridgefield Park."
- "Nomination of Joan M. Clark To Be Director General of the Foreign Service", Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, June 16, 1981. Accessed December 14, 2013. "Miss Clark resides in Washington, D.C. She was born March 27, 1922, in Ridgefield Park, N.J."
- Richard A. Easterlin, Population Association of America. Accessed November 15, 2017. "Richard Easterlin was born in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, in 1926 and studied engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology, where he earned an ME degree with distinction in 1945."
- Nowlin, Bill. "Alex Gaston", Society for American Baseball Research. Accessed November 14, 2016. "His high school was Ridgefield Park in New Jersey, the community where Milt was born. At the time of the 1900 and 1910 censuses, the family lived in Overpeck, Bergen County, New Jersey."
- Nowlin, Bill. "Milt Gaston", Society for American Baseball Research. Accessed November 14, 2016. "Nathaniel Milton Gaston was born on January 27, 1896, in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey.... The family lived in Overpeek, Bergen County, New Jersey. Milt attended a number of schools in New York City and New Jersey, and completed one year of high school at Ridgefield Park, but then left school and went to work."
- Spelling, Ian. "Ours lead singer Jimmy Gnecco will perform in Manhattan", The Record (Bergen County), May 20, 2010. Accessed August 15, 2012. "Gnecco – who was born in Teaneck, raised in Ridgefield Park and lives in Bogota — plays every instrument on the album, which includes such songs as 'Rest Your Soul,' 'Take a Chance,' 'Mystery' and the title track."
- Calderone, Joe; and Zambito, Thomas. "Farewell To FBI Bomb Expert And Father of 4", New York Daily News, October 1, 2001. Accessed November 15, 2017. "Son of a cop, Hatton starred as halfback on the Ridgefield Park football team, married his high school sweetheart and took the only job he'd ever wanted, as an agent with the FBI. His work took him to New Orleans for years, but, after being assigned to the Joint Bank Robbery Task Force in New York, he returned to Ridgefield Park.... On Saturday, as strains of an Elton John song filtered through the church, Hatton's Ridgefield Park class, members of the Class of '75, wiped away tears."
- Overbye, Dennis. "John Huchra Dies at 61; Maps Altered Ideas on Universe", The New York Times, October 13, 2010. Accessed August 19, 2013. "John Peter Huchra was born on Dec. 23, 1948, in Jersey City and grew up in Ridgefield Park, N.J., reading science fiction and popular cosmological books."
- Fandrich, Leslie. "The Golden Natire of James Gordon Irving", Uppercase magazine, Issue 15, Fall 2012. Accessed May 14, 2016. "Gordon was born June 2, 1913, in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, just a few miles from the home he has lived in for the past 60 years."
- Louis Kosco Class of 1950, Ridgefield Park Junior-Senior High School Alumni Foundation. Accessed November 15, 2017. "Senator Louis Kosco attended Lincoln School and was a member of the class of 1950 at Ridgefield Park High School."
- Cowen, Richard. "Humble hero of the atomic age: Passaic retailer helped deliver 'the bomb'", The Record (Bergen County), August 9, 2013. Accessed August 19, 2013. "Robert Lewis, the co-pilot of the Enola Gay, was a Ridgefield Park High School graduate."
- Fosdick, George. History of Ridgefield Park High School, Ridgefield Park Jr. / Sr. High School Alumni Association. Accessed August 19, 2013. "Among those who rose to national prominence are Ozzie Nelson '23, a radio and television performer who often mentioned his RPHS experiences on his radio and television programs. Bud Lewis '37 was the co-pilot of the Enola Gay Aircraft which dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, leading to the end of World War II, a war in which over 1,000 RPHS graduates served."
- George Lowe, Baseball-Reference.com. Accessed December 14, 2013.
- Ross, Rob. "ALBUM REVIEW: Bobby Messano, “Welcome To Deltaville, popdose.com, July 31, 2014. Accessed November 15, 2017. "Ridgefield Park, New Jersey native (and current Nashville resident) Bobby Messano steps up to the front of the line with his newest release on Marty Scott's JEM Recordings, Welcome To Deltaville. 10 slices of heavy blues that definitely make their mark."
- Staff. "Messner Into Army", Billboard (magazine), February 12, 1944. Accessed November 15, 2017. "Johnny Messner, the master of Ridgefield Park, N. J. and the maestro at McAlpin's Marine Grill for so many years, enters the army March 21."
- via Associated Press. "Ozzie Nelson Honored By Town", The Robesonian, October 19, 1992. Accessed August 19, 2013. "The actor, whose TV family entertained millions during the 1950s grew up in Ridgefield Park and graduated in 1923 from the town's high school."
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- George, Jason. "From a C Student to a Celestial Traveler", The New York Times, May 16, 2004. Accessed December 14, 2013. "In 1962, with an F in trigonometry and a C average at Ridgefield Park High School in New Jersey, Gregory Olsen seemed destined for the final frontier of a steady job, evenings in front of the television and, if lucky, vacations on the Jersey Shore."
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- https://web.archive.org/web/20110807054643/http://www.odusports.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/ruch_dan00.html Dan Ruch], Old Dominion Monarchs soccer, backed up by the Internet Archive as of August 7, 2011. Accessed November 15, 2017. "Hometown: Ridgefield Park, NJ; High School: Ridgefield Park"
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