Glen Rock, New Jersey
|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
Census Bureau map of Glen Rock, New Jersey
|Incorporated||September 14, 1894|
|Named for||Glacial boulder|
|• Mayor||John van Keuren (R, term ends December 31, 2015)|
|• Administrator||Lenora Benjamin|
|• 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%|
360th of 566 in state
33rd of 70 in county
|Elevation||131 ft (40 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2014)||11,901|
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||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0885233|
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.
- History 1
- Geography 2
- 2010 Census 3.1
- 2000 Census 3.2
- Economy 4
- Local government 5.1
- Federal, state and county representation 5.2
- Politics 5.3
- Education 6
- Roads and highways 7.1
- Public transportation 7.2
- Culture 8
- Notable people 9
- References 10
- Sources 11
- External links 12
Glen Rock was formed on September 14, 1894, from portions of Ridgewood Township and Saddle River Township, "that being the year the county went crazy on boroughs". The borough was formed 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.
Glen Rock was settled around a large boulder in a small valley (glen), from which it gets its name. From a 1985 article in The New York Times, "Glen Rock is named for a 570-ton boulder, believed to have been deposited by a glacier, that stands at the northern end [sic] of Rock Road, the town's main street. Called Pamachapura, or Stone from Heaven, by the Delaware (Lenape) Indians, it served as a base for Indian signal fires and later as a trail marker for colonists."
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%).
Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the borough include Ferndale.
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 11,601 people, 3,917 households, and 3,290 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. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 4.54% (527) of the population.
There were 3,917 households, 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, 30.0% of the population were 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 age 18 and over, 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.
Same-sex couples headed 20 households in 2010, an increase from the 15 counted in 2000.
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.
Corporate residents of Glen Rock include Genovese & Maddalene, an architectural firm that specialized in designing churches.
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 2015, the Mayor of Glen Rock is Republican John van Keuren, whose term of office ends December 31, 2015. Members of the Borough Council (with party affiliation, term-end year and committee assignments listed in parentheses) are Council President Michael O'Hagan (R, 2016; Public Safety), Amy Martin (D, 2017), Carmine Nogara (R, 2015; Revenue & Finance), Joan Orseck (D, 2015; Parks, Public Grounds & Recreation), Art Pazan (R, 2017; Building Development & Public Property) and Mary Jane Surrago (R, 2016; Public Works & Solid Waste).
In the 2012 General Election, Republican incumbents Carmine Nogara and Joan Orseck won re-election, fending off Democrat Howard Fox, who had also lost in 2011. With Orseck having switched parties in 2012, borough government in 2013 was entirely Republican.
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.
Federal, state and county representation
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.
New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District is represented by Scott Garrett (R, Wantage Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus, 2019).
The 38th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Robert M. Gordon (D, Fair Lawn) and in the General Assembly by Tim Eustace (D, Maywood) and Joseph Lagana (D, Paramus). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
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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.'"
- Abbott, Jim. "This Bud's For You: That's The Message Of The Promotions For Wkcf News Anchor Bud Hedinger, The Man Around Whom The Station Is Building Its News Image.", Orlando Sentinel, December 7, 1999. Accessed February 28, 2011. "It didn't take long for John Harris Brady Hedinger III to become Bud. His mother, Annorah, gave him the nickname on the day he was born - Jan. 23, 1947 - in suburban Glen Rock, N.J."
- 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. Accessed September 2, 2013. "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."
- St. John, Warren. "Sound Bites Man (Don't Touch the Dial)", The New York Times, April 7, 2002. Accessed March 21, 2012. "Mr. Montone, 48, lives his life on what colleagues call John Montone time. He wakes up each day at 3:20 a.m. in Glen Rock, N.J."
- Americans Playing Abroad, Soccer Times, as of September 15, 2013. Accessed November 1, 2013. "Samuel Petrone - forward - Mjällby AIF - Glen Rock, N.J."
- Snider, Susannah. "Marketing Executive Keeps Things Social on Internet", Los Angeles Business Journal copied at Social Media and More. Accessed November 3, 2014. "'Authenticity is really in,' noted Spira, who grew up in Glen Rock, a small New Jersey town."
- Fujimori, Sachi. "Meet the Tahans: Glen Rock brother-sister team lighting up the big screen", The Record (Bergen County), December 19, 2010. Accessed February 2, 2011.
- Bieselin, Robert. "Talking with Glen Rock's Titus Andronicus about the band's new album", The Record (Bergen County), April 20, 2010. Accessed February 2, 2011.
- De Santa, Richard. "Glen Rock school district names first Poet Laureate", Glen Rock Gazette, August 27, 2013. Accessed September 2, 2013. "Former student Michael Torpey, a 1998 alumnus who is now a working actor in New York, said, 'Okey was a real hero to his students. He lived free, he lived fully, his laugh was big, and when he was excited his eyes got even bigger. He felt things strongly, and taught us that there was no shame in big emotions, as Jon was saying; just a large, vibrant force.'"
- Ludovicus M. M. Van Iersel, United States Army Center of Military History. Accessed February 28, 2011.
- Staff. "Uncle Floyd - His TV Program Gathers a Cult - It's So Bad, It's Good", The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 26, 1984. Accessed December 10, 2014. "He studied piano as a child, and like his brothers - Jimmy, an arranger for the vocalist Phoebe Snow, and Larry, for years a saxophonist for Frankie Valli - began making a living at music soon after his graduation in 1969 from Glen Rock High School in Bergen County."
- Biography, Jimmy Vivino. Accessed December 19, 2006.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the spin-off series Rhoda.
- Bud Hedinger (born 1947), Orlando, Florida radio personality.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Glen Rock include:
Glen Rock is home to an architecturally prominent Sikh gurudwara; while up to 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.
The Hendrick Hopper House is a historic building located on the corner of Ackerman Avenue and Hillman Avenue. The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 as site #83001526.
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 has two separate New Jersey Transit train stations: Glen Rock (Main Line) on the Main Line located at Rock Road and Main Street, and Glen Rock (Boro Hall) 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 New Jersey Transit's other train lines.
As of May 2010, 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.
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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 United States Department of Education as part of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, which Education Secreatary Arne Duncan described as schools that "represent examples of educational excellence".
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.
The Glen Rock Public Schools serve students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's six schools had an enrollment of 2,392 students and 200.7 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.92:1. The district consists of six schools (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) which include four K-5 elementary schools — Richard E. Byrd School (237 students), Central Elementary School (326), Clara E. Coleman School (281) and Alexander Hamilton Elementary School (246) — Glen Rock Middle School for grades 6-8 (563) and Glen Rock High School for grades 9-12 (739). 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.
Glen Rock resident Gurbir Grewal, a member of the Indian American Sikh community, was nominated by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to the position of Bergen County prosecutor in September 2013.
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).
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As of March 23, 2011, 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).
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