Westwood, New Jersey
|Westwood, New Jersey|
|Borough of Westwood|
Westwood Gazebo in 2014
|Motto: "Hub of the Pascack Valley"|
Map highlighting Westwood's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Westwood, New Jersey
|Incorporated||May 8, 1894|
|• Body||Borough Council|
|• Mayor||John Birkner, Jr. (term ends December 31, 2015)|
|• Clerk||Karen Hughes|
|• Total||2.314 sq mi (5.992 km2)|
|• Land||2.266 sq mi (5.868 km2)|
|• Water||0.048 sq mi (0.124 km2) 2.07%|
387th of 566 in state
42nd of 70 in county
|Elevation||66 ft (20 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2014)||11,149|
224th of 566 in state
33rd of 70 in county
|• Density||4,814.5/sq mi (1,858.9/km2)|
|• Density rank||
115th of 566 in state
29th of 70 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|ZIP codes||07675, 07677|
|GNIS feature ID||0885442|
Westwood (known as "The Hub of the Pascack Valley") is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 10,908, reflecting a decline of 91 (-0.8%) from the 10,999 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 553 (+5.3%) from the 10,446 counted in the 1990 Census. Westwood is part of the New York metropolitan area and many of its residents regularly commute to New York City for work and leisure.
Westwood was officially incorporated as a borough on May 8, 1894, from portions of Washington Township, early during the "Boroughitis" phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County, in which 26 boroughs were formed in the county in 1894 alone. Isaac D. Bogert served as the first mayor of the Borough. In April 1909, Westwood was enlarged through the annexation of the "Old Hook" section of the borough of Emerson, and on September 24, 1957, portions of the borough were exchanged with Emerson.
- History 1
- Geography 2
- 2010 Census 3.1
- 2000 Census 3.2
- Local government 4.1
- Federal, state and county representation 4.2
- Politics 4.3
- Emergency services 5
- Education 6
- Roads and highways 7.1.1
- Public transportation 7.1.2
- Healthcare 7.2
- Transportation 7.1
- Shopping and entertainment 8
- Annual events 9
- Notable people 10
- References 11
- Sources 12
- External links 13
The Lenni-Lenape Native Americans inhabited this part of the state and shared it with the transient hunters and trappers until the permanent settlers began to enter in mid-18th century. In the early 19th century, the area that would later become Westwood was within the larger political boundaries of Harrington Township, which had been established by royal charter in 1775. In 1840, the western half of Harrington Township became Washington Township, with the Hackensack River as the dividing line. Washington Township was an agrarian region with isolated farmsteads. Early families, including the Hoppers and Ackermans, are buried at the Old Hook Cemetery. An 18th century mill was situated at the dammed stream near the intersection of today's Mill Street and First Avenue. This mill was on an important east west pathway and was the first on Musquapsink Brook. The mill was largely destroyed after a fire set by an arsonist and was dismantled in 1910.
A brief description of Washington Township written in 1844 described it as a township with six stores, four schools for 135 students, six grist mills, and 14 saw mills.
The first wave of concentrated development took place as the result of the coming of the Hackensack and New York Railroad in 1870, which followed the route of today's Pascack Valley Line. On March 5, 1870, service began between Westwood and New York City (via Jersey City and a ferry ride). Several small hotels were built near the depot, and in 1872 several houses in the latest European-influenced styles began to be built along Centre Avenue. Old maps show that growth occurred simultaneously on the land both to the east and west of the tracks. The commercial buildings included lumber and coal sheds, stores, and a bakery. There was a chapel on the corner of Third and Park Avenues. The triangular park that has played an important role as a place of community gatherings is also shown on the 1876 map.
By the 1880s, Westwood had four factories, several distilleries, a new school, a laundry and grocery store, and a new Reformed Church. In 1890, following a meeting of interested residents, those favoring the incorporation of Westwood as an independent borough conducted a petition drive. In 1894, Westwood separated from Washington Township and became an independent borough. Elected as the borough's first mayor was Isaac D. Bogert.
In 1899, a water plant constructed by Cornelius S. DeBraun provided service to the houses that had been built along the borough's newly laid streets. By the time of the 1905 New Jersey Census, there were 234 dwellings housing a population of 1,044.
Lincoln High School was constructed around the turn of the 20th century, which also saw the introduction of electricity, telephones, and automobiles to the town. Underwood & Underwood Stereoscope Company opened a plant during the first decades of the 20th century, and many congregations established their first chapels, which were replaced in later years as the congregations grew in numbers and wealth. Following a typical pattern of development throughout the 20th century, the results are a mature railroad suburb almost covered with housing units, commercial, municipal and ecclesiastical buildings. The borough still retains the open space of the triangular park at its center.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 2.314 square miles (5.992 km2), including 2.266 square miles (5.868 km2) of land and 0.048 square miles (0.124 km2) of water (2.07%).
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 10,908 people, 4,438 households, and 2,858 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,814.5 per square mile (1,858.9/km2). There were 4,636 housing units at an average density of 2,046.2 per square mile (790.0/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 82.98% (9,052) White, 4.62% (504) Black or African American, 0.31% (34) Native American, 7.38% (805) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 2.77% (302) from other races, and 1.93% (211) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 11.58% (1,263) of the population.
There were 4,438 households, of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.0% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.6% were non-families. 31.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.11.
In the borough, 21.9% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.8 years. For every 100 females there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.8 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $79,133 (with a margin of error of +/- $5,195) and the median family income was $107,966 (+/- $10,189). Males had a median income of $70,598 (+/- $14,566) versus $52,721 (+/- $10,753) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $40,839 (+/- $2,990). About 1.8% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.9% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.
Same-sex couples headed 21 households in 2010, an increase from the 19 counted in 2000.
As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 10,999 people, 4,485 households, and 2,879 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,745.0 people per square mile (1,830.5/km2). There were 4,610 housing units at an average density of 1,988.8 per square mile (767.2/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 86.60% White, 5.72% African American, 0.14% Native American, 4.39% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.67% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.00% of the population.
There were 4,485 households out of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.8% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% 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 3.08.
In the borough the population was spread out with 21.5% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 33.6% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.1 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $59,868, and the median income for a family was $77,105. Males had a median income of $50,800 versus $42,459 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $32,083. About 1.8% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 8.7% of those age 65 or over.
Westwood is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body consists of a mayor directly elected by the voters and a six-member Borough Council. The Mayor serves a four-year term of office, and the Borough Council members serve three-year terms of office 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 Westwood, the most common system used in the state, is a "weak mayor / strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.
As of 2015, the Mayor of Westwood is Democrat John Birkner, Jr., whose term of office ends December 31, 2015. Members of the Westwood Borough Council are Council President Ray Arroyo (R, 2015), Robert Bicocchi (R, 2016), Beth Dell (R, 2016; appointed to serve an unexpired term), Peter A. Grefrath (R, 2015), Christopher Montana (R, 2017) and Christopher Owens (R, 2017).
In September 2015, the Borough Council selected Beth Dell from a list of three candidates nominated by the Republican municipal committee to fill the vacant seat of Robert Miller expiring in December 2016. In announcing his resignation, Miller cited commitments to his family and concerns about the impact of extended service by elected officials.
In March 2014, the borough council unanimously selected Christopher Owens to fill the vacancy of John "J" Sciara, who had resigned the previous month from a term ending December 2014.
Federal, state and county representation
Westwood is located in the 5th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 39th 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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- Staff. "Harold Medina, U.S. Judge, Dies at 102", The New York Times, March 16, 1990. Accessed October 28, 2015. "Harold R. Medina, a Federal judge for more than three decades, who achieved lasting fame for his handling of the trial of 11 Communist leaders in the 1940's, died in his sleep on Wednesday at Pascack Valley Hospital in Westwood, N.J., where he was admitted on Monday with a slight fever, his grandson Standish Forde Medina Jr. said. Judge Medina was 102 years old. Judge Medina, who retired from the bench at the age of 92, lived at the Valley Nursing Home in Westwood."
- Gent, George. "Carlotta Monterey O'Neill Dies; Widow of Playwright Was 82; Ex-Actress Shared 24 Years of Artist's Life Model for 'Strange Interlude's' Nina", The New York Times, November 21, 1970. Accessed October 27, 2015. "Mrs. Eugene O'Neill, widow of the playwright, died last Wednesday at the Valley Nursing Home in Westwood, N.J., where she had been living since last summer."
- Shane, Scott. "A Political Gadfly Lampoons the Left via YouTube", The New York Times, September 18, 2009. Accessed June 11, 2012. "The son of a materials engineer and a physical therapist, Mr. O’Keefe grew up in Westwood, N.J., becoming an Eagle Scout and starring his senior year in high school in the musical Crazy for You."
- Kampfe, John. "Star-Spangled Films Burst with New Jersey Flavor", Jerseywood, July 3, 2015. Accessed October 27, 2015. "The pilot of the B-2 bomber from which a nuclear warhead was dropped on Houston in an attempt to stymie the aliens was played by Bergen County native Jeff Phillips. Phillips was born in Westwood and grew up in Hillsdale."
- Staff. "EX-BERGEN COUNTY OFFICIAL TO LEAD WHITMAN'S BANKING DEPARTMENT", The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 20, 1994. Accessed September 22, 2011. "Gov. Whitman chose a former Bergen County assemblywoman and county attorney yesterday to head the Department of Banking as she continued to fill cabinet positions. Whitman's choice of Westwood resident Elizabeth Randall brings to 13 the number of cabinet jobs filled."
- Duggan, Amelia; and Spelling, Ian. "Big Name, 'Small' Start: Famous people who entered the world in Bergen", Bergen.com, May 9, 2012. Accessed December 23, 2013. "Former Ford model and actress Katie Sagona grew up in Westwood and made her screen debut when she was four years old in the film Kiss of Death."
- Kevin Sampson player profile, Kansas City Chiefs, backed up by the Internet Archive as of September 30, 2007. Accessed July 29, 2013.
- leadership studies.
- F. Herbert Bormann (1922–2012), scientist who helped discover the ecological impact of acid rain.
- Rob Delaney (born 1984), Major League Baseball pitcher who plays for the Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Rays.
- James Gandolfini (1961–2013), actor known for playing Tony Soprano on HBO's The Sopranos.
- Michael Jahn (born 1943), Edgar Award-winning author of mystery novels and thrillers.
- Jason Knapp (born 1990), professional baseball pitcher.
- Tommy La Stella (born 1989), second baseman for the Atlanta Braves.
- Robert Sean Leonard (born 1969), actor best known for his roles in House and Dead Poets Society.
- Harold Medina (1888-1990), lawyer, teacher and judge who is most noted for hearing landmark cases of conspiracy and treason.
- Carlotta Monterey (1888-1970), stage and film actress who was the third and final wife of playwright Eugene O'Neill.
- Jeff Phillips (born 1968), fitness trainer and former actor best known for his work in Guiding Light, As the World Turns and the 1996 film Independence Day.
- Elizabeth Randall, former member of the New Jersey General Assembly and Bergen County Clerk.
- Katie Sagona (born 1989), model and actress who appeared in You've Got Mail and Grumpier Old Men.
- Kevin Sampson (born 1981), tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Westwood include:
Since Downtown Westwood has many stores, there is a sidewalk sale held every summer. People can shop indoors or outdoors during this event. There are also fun activities and games included besides the shopping.
Each December, Westwood holds its own holiday parade called "Home for the Holidays". Participants of the parade include the Park Ridge High School marching band, The Emerson High School marching band, and many more. The parade ends with Santa Claus riding on top of one of the fire trucks. Afterwards, there is a tree and candle lighting with hot foods included.
Westwood has a movie theater located on Center Avenue.
The Fritz Deitl Ice Rink, which opened in 1958, is home to Doug Brown Power Skating programs and offers open ice sessions, figure skating lessons, skating school, and Stick Time open hockey.
The Westwood Plaza is an outdoor shopping mall that has a Kmart and other stores and restaurants.
Shopping and entertainment
Pascack Valley Hospital (PVH), a 291-bed hospital located at 250 Old Hook Road, filed for bankruptcy on September 24, 2007, and shut down on November 21, 2007. On October 1, 2008, Hackensack University Medical Center opened Hackensack University Medical Center at Pascack Valley as a satellite emergency department. As of 2013, the facility has been expanded to include 128 patient beds, all in single rooms.
Westwood is served by New Jersey Transit at the Westwood train station, located at Broadway and Westwood Avenue. The Pascack Valley Line runs north-south to Hoboken Terminal with connections via the Secaucus Junction transfer station to New York Penn Station and to other NJ Transit rail service. Connections are available at Hoboken Terminal to other New Jersey Transit rail lines, the PATH train at the Hoboken PATH station, New York Waterways ferry service to the World Financial Center and other destinations and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail service.
As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 39.29 miles (63.23 km) of roadways, of which 31.23 miles (50.26 km) were maintained by the municipality and 8.06 miles (12.97 km) by Bergen County.
Roads and highways
Zion Lutheran School, adjacent the eponymous church founded in 1905, is a private school for students in Kindergarten through eighth grade.
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.
As of the 2010-11 school year, Ketler Elementary School, which had served K-4, was shifted to become Westwood Regional Middle School for grades 6 and 7, while the other elementary schools would all serve K through 5, and the high school was shifted to grades 8-12 (from 7-12).
 (1,022; 8-12).Westwood Regional High School (450; 6-7, opened in Fall 2010) and  (298; K-5) — Westwood Regional Middle School (288; K-5), Washington Elementary School Students in public school for grades
Westwood also has a separate volunteer ambulance corps that was formed in 1935.
Westwood has its own volunteer fire department. It was established in 1894. The station is home to Engine 12, Engine 16, Truck 14, and Rescue 17.
Westwood has a police department that was founded in September 1894. months after the borough was established, with the appointment by Mayor Bogert of two marshals; The first permanent officer was hired in 1921. The department is located in the municipal Building.
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 64.3% of the vote (2,134 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 34.7% (1,150 votes), and other candidates with 1.0% (34 votes), among the 3,404 ballots cast by the borough's 6,830 registered voters (86 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 49.8%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 4,288 votes (62.9% vs. 45.8% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 2,104 votes (30.8% vs. 48.0%), Independent Chris Daggett with 352 votes (5.2% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 26 votes (0.4% vs. 0.5%), among the 6,822 ballots cast by the borough's 12,051 registered voters, yielding a 56.6% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
In the John Kerry with 2,576 votes (47.4% vs. 51.7%) and other candidates with 47 votes (0.9% vs. 0.7%), among the 5,436 ballots cast by the borough's 6,837 registered voters, for a turnout of 79.5% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 6,847 registered voters in Westwood, of which 1,805 (26.4% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,986 (29.0% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 3,049 (44.5% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 7 voters registered to other parties. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 62.8% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 80.4% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
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