Mahwah, New Jersey
|Mahwah, New Jersey|
|Township of Mahwah|
Ramapo College arch
Map highlighting Mahwah's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Mahwah, New Jersey
|Incorporated||April 9, 1849 (as Hohokus Township)|
|Reincorporated||November 7, 1944 (to Mahwah)|
|• Type||Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council)|
|• Body||Township Council|
|• Mayor||William Laforet (term ends December 31, 2016)|
|• Administrator||Brian Campion|
|• Clerk||Kathrine Coletta|
|• Total||67.835 km2 (26.191 sq mi)|
|• Land||66.545 km2 (25.693 sq mi)|
|• Water||1.290 km2 (0.498 sq mi) 1.90%|
102nd of 566 in state
1st of 70 in county
|Elevation||75 m (246 ft)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2014)||26,500|
95th of 566 in state
9th of 70 in county
|• Density||389.1/km2 (1,007.7/sq mi)|
|• Density rank||
380th of 566 in state
66th of 70 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|ZIP code||07430, 07495|
|GNIS feature ID||0882312|
Mahwah is a township in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 25,890. The population increased by 1,828 (+7.6%) from the 24,062 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 6,157 (+34.4%) from the 17,905 counted in the 1990 Census. The name "Mahwah" is derived from the Lenape word "mawewi" which means "Meeting Place" or "Place Where Paths Meet".
The area that is now Mahwah was originally formed as Hohokus Township on April 9, 1849, from portions of Franklin Township. While known as Hohokus Township, territory was taken to form Orvil Township (on January 1, 1886; remainder of township is now Waldwick), Allendale (November 10, 1894), Upper Saddle River (November 22, 1894) and Ramsey (March 10, 1908). On November 7, 1944, the area was incorporated by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature as the Township of Mahwah, based on the results of a referendum held that day, replacing Hohokus Township.
New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Mahwah as its 9th best place to live in its 2008 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey.
- History 1
- Climate 2.1
- Economy 3
- Parks and recreation 4
- 2010 Census 5.1
- 2000 Census 5.2
- Local government 6.1
- Federal, state and county representation 6.2
- Politics 6.3
- Highlands protection 6.4
- Public schools 7.1
- Private school 7.2
- Higher education 7.3
- Vocational schools 7.4
- Roads and highways 8.1
- Public transportation 8.2
- Notable people 9
- References 10
- Sources 11
- External links 12
The Lenape and ancestral indigenous peoples were the original inhabitants of Mahwah (the meeting place) and surrounding area. Their descendants have combined with other Native Americans and ethnicities and were recognized in 1980 by the state as the Ramapough Mountain Indians. They number approximately 5,000 people living around the Ramapo Mountains of northern New Jersey and southern New York. The tribe is officially recognized by New Jersey, but does not have federal recognition. Their tribal office is located on Stag Hill Road in Mahwah, and the Chief of the Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation is Dwaine Perry (as of March 2007).
For 25 years, Mahwah hosted the A&P Tennis Classic, a tune-up for the U.S. Open tennis tournament held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City's Flushing Meadows–Corona Park.
The 75-room, three-story Crocker Mansion was built in 1901 for George Crocker, son of railroad magnate Charles Crocker. The estate, located at Crocker Mansion Drive, is one of New Jersey's historical landmarks.
Ford Motor Company operated the Mahwah Assembly plant from 1955, producing 6 million cars in the 25 years it operated before the last car rolled off the line on June 20, 1980. At the time of its completion, it was the largest motor vehicle assembly plant in the United States. The Ford plant, along with other businesses such as American Brake Shoe and Foundry Company, helped contribute to the economic development of the town and its reputation for low home property taxes. The Mahwah town sports teams remain named Thunderbirds in honor of the Ford plant.
Due to contractors' dumping of hazardous wastes at the Ringwood Mines landfill site before federal regulation, it has been designated as an EPA Superfund site which needs extensive environmental cleanup. In 2006, some 600 Ramapough Indians filed a mass tort claim against Ford for damages.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 26.191 square miles (67.835 km2), including 25.693 square miles (66.545 km2) of land and 0.498 square miles (1.290 km2) of water (1.90%). It is the largest municipality in Bergen County by area, more than 2½ times larger than the next-largest municipality, Paramus, and covering 10.6% of the total area of the entire county.
Mahwah is near the Ramapo Mountains and the Ramapo River. Interstate 287 passes through Mahwah, but the only point of access is at the New Jersey–New York border, where 287 meets Route 17. U.S. Route 202 runs through Mahwah from Oakland to Suffern, across the state line.
Several state and county parks are located in Mahwah, including Campgaw Mountain Reservation, Darlington County Park and Ramapo Mountain Reservation, all operated by Bergen County. The Ramapo River runs through the western section of Mahwah.
Mahwah is bordered by the towns of Upper Saddle River, Ramsey, Allendale, Wyckoff, Franklin Lakes, and Oakland in Bergen County; Ringwood in Passaic County; and Airmont, Hillburn, Ramapo and Suffern in Rockland County, New York.
Upper Saddle River
Unincorporated communities, localities, and place names located partially or completely within the township include the residential areas of Ackermans Mills, Bear Swamp, Bogerts Ranch Estates, Cragmere, Cragmere Park, Darlington, Fardale, Halifax, Havemeyers Reservoir, Masonicus, Mountainside Farm, Pulis Mills, Ramapo Farm and Wanamakers Mills, along with the mixed residential and commercial area of West Mahwah.
Mahwah has a temperate mesothermal climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa).
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Corporate residents of Mahwah include:
- DialAmerica Marketing corporate headquarters.
- Inserra Supermarkets, a member of the ShopRite retail cooperative, operating approximately 22 stores. It is a family-owned business and is one of the 500 largest private companies in the United States.
- Jaguar Cars and Land Rover vehicles North American Headquarters.
- Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, book publisher.
- Maquet Datascope Corporation – manufacturer of intra-aortic balloon pumps and sterile collagen products.
- Mindray Medical North America headquarters – manufacturer of patient monitoring devices.
- New York – New Jersey Trail Conference headquarters, with new facilities under construction at the historic Darlington Schoolhouse under construction.
- New York Stock Exchange Data Center – one of the world's most robust and secure data centers.
- Radware Inc. North American headquarters.
- Radwin North American headquarters.
- Sharp Electronics, USA
- Stryker Corporation's orthopedic business.
- UPS world technology headquarters.
- Mahwah Mall, which is to be built at the site of the Sheraton Crossroads Hotel. Many Mahwah citizens were against the mall being built because the mall would cause high congestion, increased crime rate, and increased pollution, but the planning board approved the plan in January 2014 for a mall that would include 600,000 square feet (56,000 m2) of selling space.
Parks and recreation
Campgaw Mountain Reservation is a Bergen County accredited park, covering 1,351 acres (547 ha) in Mahwah and portions of Oakland, that has campgrounds and ski slopes for skiing.
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 25,890 people, 9,505 households, and 6,245 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,007.7 per square mile (389.1/km2). There were 9,868 housing units at an average density of 384.1 per square mile (148.3/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 85.67% (22,180) White, 2.62% (678) Black or African American, 0.56% (146) Native American, 7.81% (2,021) Asian, 0.01% (2) Pacific Islander, 1.40% (363) from other races, and 1.93% (500) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 6.26% (1,622) of the population.
There were 9,505 households, of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.3% were non-families. 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.05.
In the township, 19.8% of the population were under the age of 18, 16.2% from 18 to 24, 20.3% from 25 to 44, 29.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.4 years. For every 100 females there were 87.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.6 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $92,971 (with a margin of error of +/- $5,209) and the median family income was $107,977 (+/- $7,049). Males had a median income of $85,873 (+/- $6,728) versus $54,111 (+/- $3,935) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $53,375 (+/- $3,851). About 2.2% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.7% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.
Same-sex couples headed 49 households in 2010, an increase from the 27 counted in 2000.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 24,062 people, 9,340 households, and 6,285 families residing in the township. The population density was 927.9 people per square mile (358.3/km²). There were 9,577 housing units at an average density of 369.3 per square mile (142.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 87.93% White, 2.16% African American, 0.70% Native American, 6.31% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.50% from other races, and 1.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.27% of the population.
There were 9,340 households out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.8% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.7% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the township the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 32.2% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.4 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $79,500, and the median income for a family was $94,484. Males had a median income of $62,326 versus $42,527 for females. The per capita income for the township was $44,709. About 1.2% of families and 2.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.8% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.
Mahwah is governed within the Faulkner Act (formally known as the Optional Municipal Charter Law) under the Mayor-Council system of municipal government (Plan B), implemented by direct petition as of July 1, 1984. The governing body consists of a mayor and a seven-member Township Council, with all members elected at-large to four-year terms of office in non-partisan elections held as part of the November general election in even years, with either three seats (and the mayoral seat) or four seats up for vote. The legislative power of the municipality is exercised by a seven-member Township Council. In September 2010, the township council voted to shift the township's non-partisan elections from May to November, citing increased voter participation and prospective savings of $30,000 associated with supporting each election, with the first November election taking place in 2012.
As of 2015, the Mayor of Mahwah is Independent William C. Laforet, whose term of office ends December 31, 2016, after first being elected in November 2011 to serve the balance of the term of Richard Martel through December 31, 2013. Members of the Township Council are Council President John F. Roth (2016), Council Vice President Steven Sbarra (2016), Mary Amoroso (2018), Janet Ariemma (2018), Lisa H. DiGiulio (2016), Robert Hermansen (2018) and Jonathan Wong (2018).
John Speich resigned from the council in June 2013 from a seat that expired in December 2014, but the vacancy could not be filled until the November 2013 general election, as the council was unable to reach consensus on a replacement.
In August 1997, due to personal debt, then-Mayor David J. Dwork shot and killed himself in the town's mayoral offices. There were also unverified allegations of corruption. Dwork was memorialized with a tree dedicated to him at the site of the Mahwah Public Library. Dwork was succeeded by Richard J. Martel, then a township council member, who served for 14 years until his own death, of natural causes, on March 7, 2011. Martel himself was succeeded by Council President John DaPuzzo as acting mayor.
Federal, state and county representation
Mahwah is located in the 5th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 39th state legislative district. Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Mahwah had been in the 40th 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 39th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Gerald Cardinale (R, Demarest) and in the General Assembly by Holly Schepisi (R, River Vale) and Robert Auth (R). 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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- Roger Nash Baldwin (1884–1981), one of the founders of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
- Stephen Birch (1872–1940), a leader of Kennecott Copper whose 730-acre (3.0 km2) farm was sold to the state and became the site of Ramapo College.
- Curt Blefary (1943–2001), American League Rookie of the Year, 1965.
- Lawrence Boadt (1942–2010), Roman Catholic priest and publisher.
- Foxy Brown (born 1979), rapper.
- Frank Chamberlin (1978–2013), NFL linebacker.
- David J. Dwork (1938–1997), mayor of Mahwah who served from 1991 until his death by suicide in the face of mounting personal debt.
- Alan Geisler (1931–2009), food chemist best known for creating a popular hot dog sauce.
- Alice Guy-Blaché (1873–1968), filmmaker who has been considered the first woman director in the motion-picture industry.
- Kevin Haslam (born 1986), offensive tackle who currently plays for the Oakland Raiders.
- Henry Osborne Havemeyer (1847–1907), art collector and entrepreneur who founded the American Sugar Refining Company.
- James Hoch, poet.
- John Hollinger (born 1971), basketball analyst and writer for ESPN.com.
- Joyce Kilmer (1886–1918), poet who lived with his family in Mahwah until his service and death in World War I.
- Bob Kratch (born 1966) former guard on the Super Bowl XXV Champion New York Giants.
- Ernst Lieb (born 1955), President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA.
- Carl "Spider" Lockhart (1943–1986), safety who played his entire career with the New York Giants.
- Leonard Marshall (born 1961), former defensive end for the New York Giants.
- Bill McCutcheon (1924–2002), Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor.
- Krysten Moore (born 1989), anti-bullying advocate who won the 2007 Miss Teen New Jersey International pageant and the 2008 National American Miss New Jersey Teen pageant.
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- Maria Pitillo (born 1966), actress who appeared in the 1998 film Godzilla.
- Randy Reutershan (born 1955), football player who played for a single NFL season with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Al Sima (1921–1993), pitcher for the Washington Senators and other teams.
- Maia Wojciechowska (1927–2000), children’s author and winner of the Newbery Medal for her novel Shadow of a Bull.
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People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Mahwah include:
New Jersey Transit rail service is available from the Mahwah station to Secaucus Junction, Hoboken Terminal, and Newark on the Main Line and Bergen County Line. Passengers may also take advantage of express service on the same line from the Suffern station, just across the New York state line.
Route 17 extends 2.5 miles (4.0 km) from Ramsey until it forms a concurrency where it merges with Interstate 287. County Route 507 runs 2.0 miles (3.2 km) across the northeastern portion of the township, from Ramsey to an intersection with U.S. Route 202 near the state line.
Interstate 287 heads north from Franklin Lakes, continuing for 5.3 miles (8.5 km) to the New York State border. U.S. Route 202 heads north for 5.7 miles (9.2 km), running from Oakland to the New York State border.
Interstate 287 and Route 17 merge in Mahwah, and U.S. Route 202 also passes through. The northern terminus of County Route 507 is also in Mahwah. Interstate 87, the New York Thruway, is just outside the state in Suffern, New York.
As of May 2010, the township had a total of 110.29 miles (177.49 km) of roadways, of which 81.91 miles (131.82 km) were maintained by the municipality, 20.59 miles (33.14 km) by Bergen County and 7.79 miles (12.54 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Roads and highways
- Ramapo College is a public university founded in 1969 with more than 6,000 students.
Young World Day School serves students in pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade using Montessori an traditional educational methods.
Public school students from the township, 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 district's newest building, Lenape Meadows, was opened in 2002 and changed the way the district divided up grade levels. Since each the K-3 grades are broken up by location in the township which determines the elementary school to attend, before Lenape Meadows was built, students of that section of town attended Commodore Perry School. Commodore Perry School, Betsy Ross, and George Washington originally only housed the K-2 grades and the entire 3rd grade class attended Joyce Kilmer. The construction of Lenape Meadows was so massive that there was room for 3rd grade students as well, making Betsy Ross and George Washington house their students for 3rd grade, too.
 (9-12; 1,049).Mahwah High School (6-8; 796) and  (4-5; 528) — along with Ramapo Ridge Middle School (K-3; 175) and Joyce Kilmer Elementary School The
In 2004, the New Jersey Legislature passed the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act, which regulates the New Jersey Highlands region. Mahwah was included in the highlands preservation area and is subject to the rules of the act and the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council, a division of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Some of the territory in the protected region is classified as being in the highlands preservation area, and thus subject to additional rules.
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 70.4% of the vote (5,115 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 28.5% (2,070 votes), and other candidates with 1.1% (79 votes), among the 7,391 ballots cast by the township's 15,601 registered voters (127 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 47.4%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 4,602 votes (57.4% vs. 45.8% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 2,942 votes (36.7% vs. 48.0%), Independent Chris Daggett with 404 votes (5.0% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 34 votes (0.4% vs. 0.5%), among the 8,018 ballots cast by the township's 15,479 registered voters, yielding a 51.8% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
In the John Kerry with 4,829 votes (41.1% vs. 51.7%) and other candidates with 67 votes (0.6% vs. 0.7%), among the 11,758 ballots cast by the township's 14,759 registered voters, for a turnout of 79.7% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 15,168 registered voters in Mahwah Township, of which 3,410 (22.5% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 4,349 (28.7% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 7,399 (48.8% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 10 voters registered to other parties. Among the township's 2010 Census population, 58.6% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 73.1% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
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