Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
|Franklin Lakes, New Jersey|
|Borough of Franklin Lakes|
Map highlighting Franklin Lakes's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
|Incorporated||March 11, 1922|
|Named for||William Franklin|
|• Mayor||Frank Bivona (R, term ends December 31, 2018)|
|• Administrator||Gregory C. Hart|
|• Clerk||Sally T. Bleeker|
|• Total||9.847 sq mi (25.507 km2)|
|• Land||9.379 sq mi (24.292 km2)|
|• Water||0.469 sq mi (1.214 km2) 4.76%|
212th of 566 in state
3rd of 70 in county
|Elevation||522 ft (159 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2014)||10,837|
231st of 566 in state
35th of 70 in county
|• Density||1,129.1/sq mi (435.9/km2)|
|• Density rank||
364th of 566 in state
65th of 70 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0885225|
Franklin Lakes is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 census, the borough's population was 10,590, reflecting an increase of 168 (+1.6%) from the 10,422 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 549 (+5.6%) from the 9,873 counted in the 1990 Census. As of the 2000 Census, Franklin Lakes had the 18th-highest per-capita income of all 566 municipalities in the state. Nationwide, Franklin Lakes ranked 17th among the highest-income places in the United States with a population of at least 10,000. Becton Dickinson, a Fortune 500 company, is headquartered in Franklin Lakes.
Franklin Lakes was formed by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 11, 1922, from portions of Franklin Township, based on the results of a referendum held on April 11, 1922. The borough was named for William Franklin, the illegitimate son of Benjamin Franklin, a steadfast Loyalist who served as the last colonial Governor of New Jersey.
In 2010, Forbes.com listed Franklin Lakes as 146th in its listing of "America's Most Expensive ZIP Codes", with a median home price of $1,306,546.
- Geography 1
- 2010 Census 2.1
- 2000 Census 2.2
- Economy 3
- Popular culture 4
Local government 5.1
- Emergency services 5.1.1
- Federal, state an county representation 5.2
- Politics 5.3
- Local government 5.1
- Education 6
- Roads and highways 7.1
- Public transportation 7.2
- Notable people 8
- Historic sites 9
- References 10
- Sources 11
- External links 12
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 9.847 square miles (25.507 km2), including 9.379 square miles (24.292 km2) of land and 0.469 square miles (1.214 km2) of water (4.76%).
Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or wholly within the borough include Bakers Pond, Blauvelt Lakes, Campgaw, Crystal Lakes, Ferdinands Mills, Hopper Lake and Pulis Mills and Shadow Lake.
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 10,590 people, 3,527 households, and 3,012 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,129.1 per square mile (435.9/km2). There were 3,692 housing units at an average density of 393.6 per square mile (152.0/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 88.92% (9,417) White, 1.41% (149) Black or African American, 0.04% (4) Native American, 7.34% (777) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.83% (88) from other races, and 1.46% (155) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 4.96% (525) of the population.
There were 3,527 households, of which 40.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.4% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.6% were non-families. 12.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.00 and the average family size was 3.29.
In the borough, 27.4% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 16.7% from 25 to 44, 33.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.9 years. For every 100 females there were 97.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.8 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $151,224 (with a margin of error of +/- $16,426) and the median family income was $155,156 (+/- $33,998). Males had a median income of $125,586 (+/- $20,759) versus $63,170 (+/- $13,069) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $74,219 (+/- $9,917). About 0.7% of families and 1.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.7% of those under age 18 and 1.8% of those age 65 or over.
Same-sex couples headed 28 households in 2010, double the 14 counted in 2000.
As of the 2000 United States Census of 2000, there were 10,422 people, 3,322 households, and 2,959 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,102.5 people per square mile (425.8/km2). There were 3,395 housing units at an average density of 359.2 per square mile (138.7/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 91.35% White, 0.92% African American, 0.11% Native American, 6.33% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.74% of the population. 29.8% of residents reported being of Italian ancestry in the 2000 Census, the highest percentage recorded as a percentage of borough population.
There were 3,322 households out of which 43.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 82.0% were married couples living together, 4.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 10.9% were non-families. 8.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.13 and the average family size was 3.34.
In the borough the population was spread out with 28.7% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 24.1% from 25 to 44, 31.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.7 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $132,373, and the median income for a family was $142,930. Males had a median income of $97,233 versus $45,588 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $59,763. About 2.6% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.
Franklin Lakes hosts the corporate headquarters of Becton Dickinson, the medical technology firm founded in 1897. Medco Health Solutions, a leading pharmacy benefit manager, was based here until it was acquired by Express Scripts, another PBM, in 2012.
Urban Farms Shopping Center is a major shopping center in the community. Franklin Lakes has The Market Basket, a supermarket/bakery/catering store.
Franklin Lakes is the setting of a Bravo network reality television series, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, and has also been the setting of MTV's My Super Sweet 16 and VH1's My Big Fat Fabulous Wedding.
Franklin Lakes was used for filming the fictional upstate New York town of Dargerville in the Law & Order episode "Knock-Off".
Franklin Lakes 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 Franklin Lakes, 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. All council meetings are held at the Borough Hall located on DeKorte Drive, formerly Municipal Drive.
As of 2015, the Mayor of Franklin Lakes is Republican Frank Bivona, whose term of office ends on December 31, 2018. Bivona replaced former Mayor Maura DeNicola after she was elected to the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Members of the Franklin Lakes Borough Council (with party affiliation, term-end year and committee assignments listed in parentheses) are Council President Paulette Ramsey (R, 2017; Public Safety), Joseph Cadicina (R, 2016; Public Works), Charles J. X. Kahwaty (R, 2015; Planning and Development), Joseph F. Kelly (R, 2017; Recreation and Parks), Thomas G. Lambrix (R, 2015; Finance and Administration) and Ann Swist (R, 2016; Environmental and Community Affairs). Charles Kahwaty had been appointed in January 2011 to fill Frank Bivona's council vacancy.
The borough administrator is Gregory C. Hart.
The Franklin Lakes Police Department is headed by Chief Carmine Pezzuti.
The Franklin Lakes Fire Department is an all-volunteer fire department, founded in 1924. The FLFD has two locations, one known as "Headquarters" which is located off of Franklin Avenue, and the other is the "Southside" Firehouse, located on Franklin Lakes Road. The current chief of the FLFD is Denny Knubel. The Assistant Chief is Ryan Dodd.
Federal, state an county representation
- Franklin Lakes official website
- Franklin Lakes Fire Department
- Franklin Lakes Public Schools
- Franklin Lakes Public Schools's 2012–13 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- School Data for the Franklin Lakes Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics
- Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District website
- Franklin Lakes Public Library
- The Franklin Lakes Journal
- Former Franklin Lakes Nike missile site
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- Friedman, Roger. "Jacko Lived With New Jersey Family for Three Months", Fox News, November 19, 2007. Accessed March 16, 2008. "Michael Jackson, homeless and drifting — and still in default on a $23 million loan against his Neverland Ranch — spent the last three months living in Franklin Lakes, N.J., in a family’s private home, trying to be normal."
- Chass, Murray. "REUSCHEL, YANKEES STILL APART", The New York Times, February 12, 1982. Accessed October 16, 2012. "ABSTRACT - Rick Reuschel, like Tommy John, is involved in a contract dispute with the Yankees and, like John, has not reported to the team's voluntary camp. Both pitchers are still at home, John in Franklin Lakes, N.J., and Reuschel in Arlington Heights, Ill."
- Grady, Denise. "Carolyn Kaelin, Breast Cancer Surgeon, Dies at 54", The New York Times, August 9, 2015. Accessed August 11, 2015. "Dr. Kaelin was born Carolyn Mary Scerbo on April 4, 1961, in Syracuse, and grew up in Franklin Lakes, N.J."
- Horowitz, Craig. "Tears of a Cop: From an oval-office meeting to the front pages of the tabloids: Bernie Kerik talks about the perfect storm that wrecked his career.", New York (magazine), May 21, 2005. Accessed May 25, 2011. "He had no idea what was about to hit him. On Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, Bernie Kerik was at home in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, with his family. He was answering e-mail and cleaning up some paperwork when the White House called at around 4:30. Dina Powell, the president’s headhunter, was on the line."
- Staff. "King Comeback Is Slowed", The New York Times, October 20, 1986. Accessed October 13, 2013. "Just when it looked as if Bernard King's long and arduous rehabilitation was beginning to show results, the Knick forward suffered another setback. While jogging near his home yesterday in Franklin Lakes, N.J., King inadvertently stepped in a hole and sprained his right ankle and knee."
- Staff. "Franklin Lakes' Ross Krautman is All-Big East", The Record (Bergen County), December 9, 2010. Accessed November 10, 2013. "Ross Krautman’s freshman season at Syracuse has exceeded expectations.Not only are the Orange headed for their first bowl game since 2004, the first-year placekicker from Franklin Lakes was selected to the All-Big East Conference second team Wednesday."
- Rohan, Virginia. "Housewives Report: Franklin Lakes' Jacqueline Laurita calls it quits", Bergen.com, September 29, 2011. Accessed October 13, 2013. "Jacqueline Laurita of Franklin Lakes has quit the Bravo reality show, according to People magazine, which quoted an unnamed source saying, 'Jacqueline [Laurita] definitely quit. She had to walk away for her sanity.'"
- Staff. "PLUS: COLLEGE FOOTBALL; LoVecchio Leaves Notre Dame", The New York Times, May 23, 2002. Accessed August 15, 2013. "It's just a personal decision, that's all I'm going to say right now, LoVecchio said by telephone yesterday from his home in Franklin Lakes, N.J."
- Staff. "‘Real Housewives of NJ’ kids take Hoboken; In interview, reality show brothers won’t confirm new show being filmed here", The Hudson Reporter, February 13, 2011. Accessed October 13, 2013. "The Manzos are the two sons of Franklin Lakes resident Albert Manzo, who owns the Brownstone banquet hall in Paterson, and his wife Caroline, one of the more prominent housewives on Bravo TV’s Real Housewives of New Jersey show."
- Dina Manzo: Bio and Links, Bergen.com. Accessed October 13, 2013. "Dina Manzo, former star of Bravo television's The Real Housewives of New Jersey, resides in Franklin Lakes with her husband Tommy Manzo and daughter Alexia."
- Staff. Giant undertaking, The Washington Times, February 6, 2004. Accessed May 26, 2011. "That was how the former Washington Bullets center and one-time movie actor — he appeared with Billy Crystal in My Giant — spent most of the past few years: being with his wife, tending his two sons and taking care of their home in Franklin Lakes, N.J. "
- Lamb, William. "Northjersey.com : Arts & EntertainmentEncounter with Obama turns Frankln Lakes man into 'Celebrity Magnet'", The Record (Bergen County), September 18, 2010. Accessed May 10, 2012. "The way Tom Murro tells it, a chance encounter with President Obama on a Martha's Vineyard golf course last summer had a transformative effect on him. Suddenly, the Franklin Lakes father of two became the 'Celebrity Magnet,' known for an uncanny ability to attract, rub elbows and be photographed with some of the world's most famous people."
- Costa, Brian. "Former New York Mets manager Willie Randolph to return to Flushing with Milwaukee Brewers Friday", The Star-Ledger, April 17, 2009. Accessed January 28, 2011. "Randolph, a Franklin Lakes resident, was clearly stung by his firing last year."
- Silverman, Stephen M. "Kelly Ripa: 'All My Children,' Indeed", People (magazine), February 25, 2003. Accessed May 26, 2011. "Last summer, PEOPLE reported that Ripa had found a way to make more time in her day: She and Consuelos sold their suburban Franklin Lakes, N.J., home for $915,000 and moved into a Manhattan condo -- which put her near the ABC studio where she shoots Live."
- Zusman, Charles. "Bergen freeholder candidates debate before county-wide election; Forum sponsored by Jewish Standard and JCRC", Jewish Standard, October 19, 2012. Accessed November 10, 2013. "'Children have to live and thrive in a safe community,' Tracy Silna Zur of Franklin Lakes, Tanelli’s running mate, said. Government must provide for the needy but 'hold the line by making sure we have smarter government.'"
- Davis, Ken. "RUTGERS FANS HOLD A HOMECOMING BARBECUE FOR RETURNING SON CHRIS SIMMS TAKES HIS PLACE ON THE GRILL", Hartford Courant, September 15, 1999. Accessed May 26, 2011. "Freshman quarterback Chris Simms learned that Saturday. The son of former Giants quarterback Phil Simms, he grew up in Franklin Lakes, N.J., and played at Ramapo High School, where he was USA Today's high school offensive player of the year in 1998."
- Staff. "Jets notes: Matt Simms makes his NFL debut", The Record (Bergen County), October 28, 2013. Accessed November 10, 2013. "Matt Simms was on the run, looking for first-down yardage. The Franklin Lakes native wasn't thinking about the Jets being down 40 points. He simply was trying to make a play on fourth down."
- Staff. "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Danielle Puleo, Chris Simms", The New York Times, August 8, 2004. Accessed October 16, 2012. "Danielle Marie Puleo, a daughter of Gloria A. Puleo and Robert V. Puleo of Franklin Lakes, N.J., was married last Sunday to Chris David Simms, a son of Diana Simms and Phil Simms, the former New York Giants quarterback, of Franklin Lakes."
- Phil Simms biography, All American Speaker. Accessed December 18, 2006.
- Verdon, Joan. "Storch, ex-Toys 'R' Us CEO, becomes chairman of grocer SuperValu", The Record (Bergen County), January 14, 2014. Accessed April 15, 2015. "Storch, a Franklin Lakes resident, is a new appointee to the 11-person SuperValu board."
- Abma, Rebecca K. "Franklin Lakes Remembers, Reflects on 9/11; Memorial Pond dedicated during Sept. 11 10th Anniversary commemoration ceremony.", Wyckoff-FranklinLakesPatch, September 11, 2011. Accessed October 16, 2012. "One of the more touching moments of the ceremony included Franklin Lakes resident JT Taylor, artist and songwriter formerly of Kool & The Gang, debuting a song he wrote in honor on 9/11 titled American Family."
- Roberts, Jeff; and Stapleton, Art. "Giants notes: Franklin Lakes' Justin Trattou removed from roster", The Record (Bergen County), October 8, 2013. Accessed November 10, 2013. "Franklin Lakes native Justin Trattou was removed from the 53-man roster Tuesday to make room for the return of running back Da’Rel Scott."
- Broussard, Chris. "1999–2000 N.B.A. PREVIEW; Marbury-Van Horn Duo May Be Up With the Best", The New York Times, October 31, 1999. Accessed October 13, 2013. "Marbury, a Brooklyn native, seems to have a strong enough personality to endure being close to home, and Van Horn is content living with his wife and two children in Franklin Lakes, N.J."
- Rohan, Virginia. "British voice of American business", The Record (Bergen County), May 12, 2010. Accessed November 13, 2013. "Now, here he is all these years later, with his own show, Varney & Company on Fox Business Network, and a lovely house in Franklin Lakes, where he has lived for the past 16 years."
- Holahan, Catherine. "Teen Loses Book Deal ; More Novels Apparently Plagiarized", The Record (Bergen County), May 3, 2006. Accessed October 13, 21037. "Company representatives refused to say whether the Franklin Lakes resident would have to return any of the $500,000 advance she received for the two books. Repeated calls to Viswanathan's home were not returned."
- Devencentis, Philip. 'Franklin Lakes Education Foundation hosts inaugural house tour", Franklin Lakes - Oakland Suburban News, May 20, 2010. Accessed October 13, 2013. "Ivy Becker, owner of the 18th-century Ackerman-Boyd House on Franklin Lake Road, said the tour will not only promote education of borough schoolchildren, but help inform the public about architecture, interior design and landscaping.Becker said her home, which she has lived in for five years, is representative of Dutch Colonial Revival, a construction type characterized by flaring eaves and gambrel roofs. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983."
- Ball, Howard Lee. "Franklin Lakes & The Space Program", The Franklin Lakes Journal, October 3, 2012. Accessed October 13, 2013. "RMI operated a test stand at 936 Dogwood Trail from 1942 until 1943 and abandoned the site in 1944.At this location, RMI built a block house and test stand.... Through the efforts of local historian Edward J. Lenik, this site was nominated and placed on The National Register of Historic Places in 1978 (ID number 79001472)"
- Ackerman-Boyd House - 1095 Franklin Lake Road (added 1983)
- Blauvelt House - 205 Woodside Avenue (added 1985)
- De Gray House - 650 Ewing Avenue (added 1983)
- Packer House - 600 Ewing Avenue (added 1983)
- Albert Pulis House - 322 Pulis Avenue (added 1983)
- Reaction Motors Rocket Test Facility - 936 Dogwood Trail (added 1979)
- Storms House - 1069 Franklin Lake Road (added 1984)
- Van Blarcom House - 834 Franklin Lake Road (added 1984)
- Van Houten House - 778 Vee Drive (added 1983)
- Van Houten-Ackerman House - 1150 Franklin Lake Road (added 1983)
- Van Koert-Winters House - 615 Franklin Avenue (added 1984)
- Van Winkle House - 798 Franklin Lake Road (added 1984)
- Aaron Winters House - 358 Woodside Avenue (added 1984)
- Winters-Courter House - 831 Circle Avenue (added 1983)
Franklin Lakes is home to the following locations on the National Register of Historic Places:
- Noelle Bassi (born 1983), butterfly swimmer who won the silver medal in the women's 200m butterfly event at the 2003 Pan American Games.
- Alicia Boren (born 1997), artistic gymnast.
- John Calipari (born 1959), NBA and college basketball coach.
- Harry Carson (born 1953), Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker who played for the New York Giants and co-host of Fox's Giants Game Plan.
- Derrick Coleman (born 1967), former NBA player who played for the New Jersey Nets.
- Blake Costanzo (born 1984), football player.
- John Culligan (1916–2004), former CEO of American Home Products (now owned by Wyeth).
- Kirk DeMicco, screenwriter, director and producer, best known for writing and directing Space Chimps and The Croods.
- Dwight Gooden (born 1964), former MLB pitcher for the New York Mets.
- reality television personality and singer., who has been featured as one of The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
- Dan Grunfeld (born 1984), professional basketball player.
- Ernie Grunfeld (born 1955), former NBA player and general manager.
- Sam Huff (born 1934), former linebacker and game day radio color commentator for the Washington Redskins, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
- Michael Jackson (1958–2009), singer, lived in Franklin Lakes during 2007.
- Tommy John (born 1943), All-Star pitcher who lived in Franklin Lakes while with the New York Yankees.
- Carolyn Kaelin (1961-2015) cancer surgeon at the Dana–Farber Cancer Institute who founded the Comprehensive Breast Health Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital in 1995.
- Bernard Kerik (born 1955), former New York City Police Commissioner.
- Bernard King (born 1956), former player for the New Jersey Nets.
- Ross Krautman (born 1991), placekicker for the Syracuse Orange football team.
- Jacqueline Laurita, cast member on the reality television series The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
- Matt LoVecchio (born 1982), starting quarterback for the University of Notre Dame football team in 2000-01, and for Indiana University in 2003-04.
- Caroline Manzo (born 1961), cast member on the reality television series The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
- Dina Manzo, cast member on the reality television series The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
- Tom Murro (born 1966), journalist, columnist, television personality.
- Willie Randolph (born 1954), former MLB player and manager for the New York Mets.
- Kelly Ripa (born 1970), actress and talk show host.
- Tracy Silna Zur, member of the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
- Chris Simms (born 1980), Former NFL quarterback.
- Matt Simms (born 1988), NFL quarterback who plays for the New York Jets.
- Phil Simms (born 1954), former New York Giants quarterback, football commentator.
- Gerald L. Storch (born 1956), former CEO of Toys "R" Us.
- James "J.T." Taylor (born 1953), singer/songwriter/producer of Kool & the Gang.
- Justin Trattou (born 1988), defensive end who has played in the NFL for the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings.
- Keith Van Horn (born 1975), former NBA player who lived in Franklin Lakes during his time with the New Jersey Nets.
- Stuart Varney (born 1949), economics journalist who has appeared on the Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network.
- Kaavya Viswanathan (born 1987), novelist noted for highly publicized plagiarism scandal.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Franklin Lakes include:
From the late 1800s until 1966, Franklin Lakes had passenger train service at the Crystal Lakes and Campgaw stations on the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway.
Route 208 runs for 2.2 miles (3.5 km) across the borough's midsection, from Wyckoff to its western terminus at its intersection with Interstate 287 in Oakland. Interstate 287 enters on the borough's western border with Oakland and heads north towards Mahwah,with the highway's exit 59 in the borough. County Route 502 (Breakneck Road / Franklin Lakes Road) enters from Wayne Township in Passaic County at the borough's southwest corner, runs along the border with Oakland and re-enters Franklin Lakes, heading north towards Wyckoff.
As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 92.97 miles (149.62 km) of roadways, of which 71.64 miles (115.29 km) were maintained by the municipality, 16.75 miles (26.96 km) by Bergen County, and 4.58 miles (7.37 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Roads and highways
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.
Prior to the formation of the regional high school district, students from Franklin Lakes and Wyckoff had attended Ramsey High School as part of a sending/receiving relationship, until the Ramsey Public School District informed officials from the two communities that the Ramsey school would no longer have space to accommodate out-of-district students after the 1956-57 school year.
Public high school students from Franklin Lakes in ninth through twelfth grades attend the schools of the Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District, which also serves students from Oakland and Wyckoff. Students entering the district as freshmen have the option to attend either of the district's high schools, subject to a choice made during eighth grade. Franklin Lakes, Oakland and Wyckoff (FLOW district) approved the creation of a regional high school in 1954 by a vote of 1,060 to 51, with Ramapo High School (in Franklin Lakes) opened in 1957 and Indian Hills High School in 1960. Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Indian Hills High School, located in Oakland (1,179 students) and Ramapo High School, located in Franklin Lakes (1,093 students).
Students in Kindergarten through eighth grade attend the Franklin Lakes Public Schools. As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's four schools had an enrollment of 1,396 students and 138.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.06:1. Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Colonial Road School (K-5; 310 students), High Mountain Road School (PreK-5; 284), Woodside Avenue School (K-5; 297) and Franklin Avenue Middle School (6-8; 505).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 81.6% of the vote (2,697 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 17.8% (587 votes), and other candidates with 0.6% (20 votes), among the 3,360 ballots cast by the borough's 7,580 registered voters (56 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 44.3%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 2,739 votes (69.9% vs. 45.8% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 1,023 votes (26.1% vs. 48.0%), Independent Chris Daggett with 110 votes (2.8% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 17 votes (0.4% vs. 0.5%), among the 3,918 ballots cast by the borough's 7,564 registered voters, yielding a 51.8% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
In the John Kerry with 1,923 votes (33.2% vs. 51.7%) and other candidates with 32 votes (0.6% vs. 0.7%), among the 5,792 ballots cast by the borough's 7,251 registered voters, for a turnout of 79.9% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).
As of March 23, 2011, there was a total of 7,446 registered voters in Franklin Lakes, of whom 1,141 (15.3% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 3,307 (44.4% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans, and 2,986 (40.1% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 12 voters registered to other parties. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 70.3% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 96.8% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
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