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Montvale, New Jersey
Borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States
Montvale was incorporated as a borough on August 31, 1894, from portions of Orvil Township and Washington Township. 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. On February 15, 1896, Montvale acquired part of Orvil Township. In 1906, Montvale added further land from Orvil and Washington townships, and in 1912, Montvale added territory from Upper Saddle River. On May 20, 1959, portions of Montvale were passed to River Vale, and on December 9 and 14, 1965, territories were exchanged between Montvale and Upper Saddle River. The borough's name is derived from its topography.
Harry De La Roche Jr. was convicted in 1976 of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his parents and his two brothers. The incident was recounted in the 2008 documentary Harry: A Communication Breakdown written, produced and directed by Jon Doscher and Fran Ganguzza, based on Roberta Roesch's book Anyone's Son.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 4.03 square miles (10.45 km2), including 4.02 square miles (10.42 km2) of land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) of water (0.25%).
Of the 2,778 households, 39.3% had children under the age of 18; 68.6% were married couples living together; 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present and 20.7% were non-families. Of all households, 17.6% 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 2.82 and the average family size was 3.22.
26.8% of the population were under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 23.6% from 25 to 44, 29.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.9 years. For every 100 females, the population had 95.6 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 93.1 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $111,633 (with a margin of error of +/- $13,448) and the median family income was $140,026 (+/- $14,508). Males had a median income of $100,000 (+/- $13,987) versus $55,000 (+/- $4,957) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $53,974 (+/- $7,262). About 3.6% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.4% of those under age 18 and 1.5% of those age 65 or over.
There were 2,509 households, out of which 37.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.4% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.3% were non-families. 17.4% 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 2.80 and the average family size was 3.18.
In the borough the population was spread out, with 25.9% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 28.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.4 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $93,031, and the median income for a family was $104,047. Males had a median income of $80,355 versus $37,440 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $45,448. About 0.9% of families and 0.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.4% of those under age 18 and 1.0% of those age 65 or over.
Montvale is home to the corporate headquarters of numerous major companies including the former Japanese firm, Sharp Corporation (Sharp US Headquarters) and Benjamin Moore. In January 2015, Mercedes-Benz USA announced that they would be moving their headquarters from New Jersey to the Atlanta area later that year. The company had been based in North Jersey since 1972 and has had 1,000 employees on a 37-acre (15 ha) campus in Montvale. Despite incentive offers from the State of New Jersey to remain in Bergen County, Mercedes-Benz cited proximity to manufacturing facilities and a growing customer base in the southeast in addition to as much as $50 million in tax incentives from Georgia governmental agencies. The borough was the world headquarters for The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (parent company of supermarket chains including A&P Markets, Pathmark and Waldbaum's) from the 1970s until its bankruptcy in 2015.
Montvale is home to the operational headquarters of Ingersoll Rand, Pentax and KPMG have a large local presence. The international marketing and commercial services headquarters of Western Union are located in Montvale.
The Shoppes at DePiero's Farm is a strip mall located on the former site of DePiero's Farm that opened on September 24, 2017. It is located just off exit 172 of the Garden State Parkway, directly across from the former Mercedes-Benz headquarters office. Notable tenants include the first location of Wegmans in Bergen County. Due to restrictive state blue laws in effect in Bergen County, most retail stores in the strip mall are closed on Sundays except for grocery stores and restaurants.
Montvale is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government, which is used in 218 municipalities (of the 565) statewide, making it the most common form of government in New Jersey. The governing body is comprised of a Mayor and a Borough Council, 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 is comprised 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 Montvale 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 Mayor and Council meet every second Tuesday of the month for formal public meetings and on the last Tuesday of the month for informal work sessions. Meetings are open to the public and residents are given the opportunity to speak on proposed ordinances and other matters of concern at the formal meetings. Government-access television (GATV) usually televises the first meeting of each month on the local Public-access televisioncable TV channel.
The Mayor is the Chief Executive Officer of the Borough, and as such presides over all public meetings, provides leadership in the development of community projects and makes appointments to various boards. The Borough Council exercises all legislative powers including adoption of the municipal budget, bond ordinances and the general business of the community.
The Council's powers include adoption of ordinances; reviewing, revising and adopting the budget; making appropriations; levying taxes; authorizing bond issues; providing for the internal structure of local government; providing by ordinance for the creation and abolition of jobs; fixing salaries and establishing general municipal policy.
As of 2020[update], the Mayor of Montvale Borough is Republican Michael Ghassali, whose term of office ends December 31, 2023. The Montvale Borough Council consists of Council President Douglas M. Arendacs (R, 2020), Rose S. Curry (R, 2020), Dieter Koelling (R, 2021), Timothy E. Lane (R, 2022), Christopher A. Roche (R, 2022) and Annmarie Russo-Vogelsang (R, 2021).
In the November 2011 general elections, Roger Fyfe was re-elected to his second four-year term of office, while his Republican running mates Rose Curry and Leah LaMonica won three-year terms on the Borough Council, with all three taking their seats as of January 2012.
Federal, state and county representation
Montvale is located in the 5th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 39th state legislative district.
Bergen County is governed by a directly elected County Executive, with legislative functions performed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders. The freeholders are elected at-large in partisan elections on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year; a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Chairman Pro Tempore are selected from among its seven members at a reorganization meeting held each January.
As of 2018[update], the County Executive is Democratic James J. Tedesco III of Paramus, whose term of office ends December 31, 2018. Bergen County's Freeholders are
Freeholder Chairman Thomas J. Sullivan Jr., (D, Montvale, term as freeholder ends 2019; term as freeholder chairman ends 2018),
Freeholder Vice-Chairwoman Germaine M. Ortiz (D, Emerson, term as freeholder ends 2019; term as freeholder vice-chairwoman ends 2018),
Freeholder Chairman Pro-Tempore Mary J. Amoroso (D, Mahwah, term as freeholder ends 2019; term as freeholder chairman pro-tempore ends 2018),
David L. Ganz (D, Fair Lawn, 2020),
Steve Tanelli (D, North Arlington, 2018),Joan Voss (D, Fort Lee, 2020) and
Tracy Silna Zur (D, Franklin Lakes, 2018), Bergen County's constitutional officials are
County Clerk John S. Hogan (D, Northvale, 2021),
Sheriff Michael Saudino (D, Emerson, 2019) and
Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, Cresskill, 2021).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 5,132 registered voters in Montvale, of which 1,080 (21.0% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,546 (30.1% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 2,499 (48.7% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 7 voters registered to other parties. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 65.4% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 89.3% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
In the 2016 presidential election, Republican Donald Trump received 2,221 votes (51.0% vs. 41.1% countywide), ahead of Democrat Hillary Clinton with 1,960 votes (45.0% vs. 54.2%) and other candidates with 178 votes (4.1% vs. 4.6%), among the 4,402 ballots cast by the borough's 5,780 registered voters, for a turnout of 76.2% (vs. 72.5% in Bergen County). In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 2,275 votes (56.1% vs. 43.5% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 1,718 votes (42.3% vs. 54.8%) and other candidates with 39 votes (1.0% vs. 0.9%), among the 4,057 ballots cast by the borough's 5,494 registered voters, for a turnout of 73.8% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County). In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 2,277 votes (54.4% vs. 44.5% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 1,854 votes (44.3% vs. 53.9%) and other candidates with 30 votes (0.7% vs. 0.8%), among the 4,186 ballots cast by the borough's 5,272 registered voters, for a turnout of 79.4% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County). In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 2,221 votes (55.7% vs. 47.2% countywide), ahead of Democrat John Kerry with 1,738 votes (43.6% vs. 51.7%) and other candidates with 18 votes (0.5% vs. 0.7%), among the 3,988 ballots cast by the borough's 4,874 registered voters, for a turnout of 81.8% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 69.5% of the vote (1,714 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 29.5% (728 votes), and other candidates with 0.9% (23 votes), among the 2,514 ballots cast by the borough's 5,299 registered voters (49 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 47.4%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 1,590 votes (57.9% vs. 45.8% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 972 votes (35.4% vs. 48.0%), Independent Chris Daggett with 133 votes (4.8% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 15 votes (0.5% vs. 0.5%), among the 2,744 ballots cast by the borough's 5,197 registered voters, yielding a 52.8% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
Montvale has a volunteer fire department that was established in 1924. The department consists of a chief, an assistant chief, two captain companies, and two lieutenant companies. The station is home to Engine 1, Engine 2, Engine 4, and Tower 5.
Along with Park Ridge and Woodcliff Lake, Montvale is one of the communities that is part of the Tri-Boro Volunteer Ambulance Corps, founded in 1938 and provides EMS service to these three communities. Tri-Boro is a non-profit and full volunteer group which provides free emergency service to those in the community who need it at any time. Its headquarters is located in Park Ridge near Mill Pond.
Montvale has its own police department. The police station is located in the Borough Hall on Mercedes Drive.
Entrance to the Montvale Service Area along the northbound Garden State Parkway in Montvale
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 46.82 miles (75.35 km) of roadways, of which 36.54 miles (58.81 km) were maintained by the municipality, 8.49 miles (13.66 km) by Bergen County and 1.79 miles (2.88 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
Heather Zurich (born 1987), assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Long Island University Blackbirds women's basketball team.
Each Memorial Day, the Tri-Boro area consisting of Montvale, Woodcliff Lake, and Park Ridge all participate in the annual Memorial Day Parade. Since the 1920s every Christmas Eve Santa arrives in the park on a fire truck, and distributes stockings and toys to each child. In late June there is a Day in the Park featuring, rides for the children, contests, food, and live music, concluding with fire works. On September 11 a candle-lit Memorial Service is held.
^Harvey, Cornelius Burnham. Genealogical History of Hudson and Bergen Counties, New Jersey, p. 11, New Jersey Genealogical Publishing Company, 1900. Accessed September 2, 2013. "For a period of sixteen years following the passage of this act few boroughs were organized in the State, only three of them being in Bergen County.... As it was twenty-six boroughs were created in the county from January 23, 1894, to December 18, of the same year."
^http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-156295 "Terrence Howard at Starline Films Red Carpet Screening Event"], CNN.com, December 1, 2008. Accessed June 27, 2017. "Nov 26th at Chakra in Paramus NJ, Starline Films held their Red Carpet Screening Event for HARRY... a communication Breakdown, A documentary about a murder that took place in Montvale NJ on Thanksgiving weekend 32 yrs ago."
^Verdon, Joan. "The Wegmans: Why we are in Montvale", The Record, September 18, 2017. "Wegmans, the supermarket chain consistently ranked the best in the country by Consumer Reports, is opening a store in Montvale this week -- in part because chairman Danny Wegman fell in love with the family farm on the site.... Wegman said he felt an immediate emotional connection to the farm and country store, which the DePiero family had operated in Montvale since 1924, and to the DePieros who were still running the farm.... Bergen County's first Wegmans is slated to open in Montvale this September."
^Schwartz, Stephanie. "Montvale Republicans maintain control", Pascack Valley Community Life, November 8, 2011. Accessed August 3, 2015. "Republicans again swept the Montvale Mayor and Council elections, ensuring their stronghold on the town. Republican Mayor Roger Fyfe won a second term in office on Nov. 8, 965 to 719, beating former Democratic Councilman Elmer "Chuck" Wehrle, who ran as an Independent this year.... Republican Leah LaMonica, who was originally appointed to Fyfe's seat when he won his first term and then won her own council seat a year later, won her bid for reelection with 958 votes.... Rose Curry, the adult program coordinator at the library, won a three-year seat with 948 votes."
^Biography, Congressman Josh Gottheimer. Accessed January 3, 2019. "Josh now lives in Wyckoff, New Jersey with Marla, his wife who was a federal prosecutor, and their two young children, Ellie and Ben."
^Welcome, Montvale Public Schools. Accessed May 11, 2020. "The Montvale School District is made up of two schools serving students in grades PreK-4 at Memorial Elementary School and grades 5-8 at Fieldstone Middle School.... From Montvale, our students attend top-rated Pascack Hills High School."
^Welcome to Montvale, Montvale Public Schools. Accessed January 14, 2017. "The Montvale School District is made up of two schools serving students in grades PreK-4 at Memorial Elementary School and grades 5-8 at Fieldstone Middle School.... From Montvale, our students attend top-rated Pascack Hills High School."
^Board of Education, Pascack Valley Regional High School District. Accessed April 30, 2020. "The Pascack Valley Regional High School District Board of Education is comprised of nine board members elected by constituents in the four municipalities whose students attend Pascack Valley Regional High School District. Currently, three members are elected from the Borough of Hillsdale, two from the Borough of Montvale, two from the Township of River Vale, and two from the Borough of Woodcliff Lake."
^Finley, Bill. "Last Go-Round", The New York Times, May 13, 2007. Accessed September 7, 2015. "Yet the Rink in Montvale is scheduled to close June 3 to make way for a housing development, and roller skating fans in northern New Jersey will soon have to find something else to do or someplace else to skate."
^Home Page, Montvale Lanes. Accessed April 7, 2015.
^Josephs, Susan. "10 Women to Watch in 5771: Dana Bash", Jewish Woman Magazine. Accessed December 11, 2013. "Raised in Montvale, N.J., Bash grew up 'with an enormously strong Jewish identity' and can still remember all the songs she learned at her UAHC summer camp."
^Marco Capozzoli, ArenaFootball.com. Accessed May 17, 2016. "Hometown: Montvale, NJ"
^"Mills, Catalfo pace Syracuse", The Record, February 2, 1981. Accessed October 19, 2019. "Former New Jersey State wrestling champions Gene Mills of Pompton Lakes and Tim Catalfo of Montvale helped lead Syracuse to a 19-16 college wrestling victory over Navy yesterday.... Catalfo, a State champion at Pascack Hills in 1977, added to the Syracuse victory drive with a decision at 158 pounds."
^Eisenbraun, Mildred. "Edith M. Faulstich, 65, stamp expert and author", The Record, September 6, 1972. Accessed August 19, 2020, via Newspapers.com. "Edith M. Faulstich of 37 Inwood St., formerly of Montvale, N.J., and founder in 1945 of the Pascack Stamp Club, died Monday in United Hospital, Port Chester. She was 65. She was born in Brooklyn and lived in Montvale until 1951."
^Mrnarevic, Karen F. "Pascack Hills alum nominated for Emmy", Pascack Valley Community Life, October 1, 2009. Accessed August 3, 2015. "Zac grew up in Montvale, and even as a young boy, he exhibited a propensity for drawing."
^Cooper, Darren. "Liliko Ogasawara, New Jersey's first female wrestler, to be recognized at Boardwalk Hall", The Record, February 28, 2019. Accessed April 29, 2020. "NJSIAA Assistant Director Bill Bruno confirmed that former Pascack Hills wrestler Liliko Ogasawara would attend the girls state finals Saturday at Boardwalk Hall, present medals and be recognized by the crowd.... Ogasawara, a Montvale native, wrestled four matches for Pascack Hills in 1989 and has been recognized as the first girl to compete against boys in a varsity wrestling match."
^Kieran Scott, Teenreads.com. Accessed December 1, 2012. "A Jersey-girl through and through, Kieran grew up in Montvale, New Jersey, and attended Pascack Hills High School where she was a cheerleader, singer, actress and occasionally a student. She attended Rutgers University, graduated with a double-major in English and Journalism and now resides in Ridgewood, New Jersey in her very own bachelorette pad."
^Staff. "A Christmas story with a difference; Jersey Ink", The Star-Ledger, December 25, 2003. "Author: Kieran Scott * Book: Jingle Boy, Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, hardcover, $9.95. * New Jersey ties: Scott grew up in Montvale and now lives in Ridgewood."
^Sartor, Michelle. "So you think you can do science?", Pascack Valley Community Life, August 5, 2010. Accessed August 3, 2015. "Montvale resident Jeffrey Vinokur has taken a combination of two passions and shown the country that learning can also be entertaining."