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Northvale, New Jersey
Borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States
The borough of Northvale was formed on March 15, 1916, from the remaining portions of Harrington Township, based on the results of a referendum held on April 4, 1916. With the creation of Northvale, Harrington Township was dissolved. Portions of Northvale were transferred to create the borough of Rockleigh, as of March 13, 1923. The borough's name derives from its location and topography.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.27 square miles (3.28 km2), including 1.27 square miles (3.28 km2) of land and <0.01 square miles (0.01 km2) of water (0.24%).
Of the 1,564 households, 38.7% had children under the age of 18; 67.8% were married couples living together; 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present and 19.1% were non-families. Of all households, 16.3% were made up of individuals and 8.8% 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 3.32.
25.2% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 23.2% from 25 to 44, 30.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.2 years. For every 100 females, the population had 98.7 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older 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 $86,607 (with a margin of error of +/- $13,519) and the median family income was $89,125 (+/- $16,380). Males had a median income of $66,563 (+/- $14,582) versus $31,228 (+/- $7,496) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $35,404 (+/- $4,301). About 3.7% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.7% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.
There were 1,575 households, out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.2% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.5% were non-families. 18.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.21.
In the borough the population was spread out, with 22.5% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.2 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $72,500, and the median income for a family was $81,153. Males had a median income of $50,901 versus $37,563 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $28,206. About 2.4% of families and 3.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.9% of those under age 18 and 1.4% of those age 65 or over.
Northvale 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 Northvale 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 2020[update], the Mayor of Northvale is Independent Patrick Marana, whose term of office ends December 31, 2022. Members of the Borough Council are Council President Peter Sotiropoulos (R, 2021), Thomas R. Argiro (D, 2020), Louis J. DeLisio (D, 2022), Francis E. Devlin (D, 2022), Joseph E. McGuire (R, 2021) and Kenneth F. Shepard (D, 2020).
In December 2015, the borough council selected Michael Small from a list of three candidates nominated by the Democratic municipal committee to fill the seat vacated by Gloria Libby, who had left office earlier that month to follow her employer, Mercedes-Benz USA, which had relocated its headquarters from Bergen County to Atlanta.
In March 2014, Mayor Paul Bazela resigned from office after being convicted of theft in his role as operations manager for the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, after a jury found that he had used PVSC employees to repair the homes of individuals connected to him. Then-Borough Council President Ed Piehler was chosen to succeed him as acting mayor.
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 2,699 registered voters in Northvale, of which 701 (26.0% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 560 (20.7% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 1,437 (53.2% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There was one voter registered to another party. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 58.2% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 77.7% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
In the 2016 presidential election, Republican Donald Trump received 1,155 votes (51.3% vs. 41.6% countywide), ahead of Democrat Hillary Clinton with 994 votes (44.2% vs. 54.8%) and other candidates with 66 votes (2.9% vs. 3.0%), among the 2,250 ballots cast by the borough's 3,060 registered voters, for a turnout of 73.5% (vs. 72.5% in Bergen County). In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 1,100 votes (53.3% vs. 43.5% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 924 votes (44.8% vs. 54.8%) and other candidates with 21 votes (1.0% vs. 0.9%), among the 2,064 ballots cast by the borough's 2,825 registered voters, for a turnout of 73.1% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County). In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 1,206 votes (54.9% vs. 44.5% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 949 votes (43.2% vs. 53.9%) and other candidates with 14 votes (0.6% vs. 0.8%), among the 2,198 ballots cast by the borough's 2,798 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.6% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County). In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 1,188 votes (55.9% vs. 47.2% countywide), ahead of Democrat John Kerry with 912 votes (42.9% vs. 51.7%) and other candidates with 14 votes (0.7% vs. 0.7%), among the 2,125 ballots cast by the borough's 2,743 registered voters, for a turnout of 77.5% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 65.8% of the vote (876 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 32.6% (434 votes), and other candidates with 1.7% (22 votes), among the 1,371 ballots cast by the borough's 2,739 registered voters (39 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 50.1%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 842 votes (54.1% vs. 45.8% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 606 votes (38.9% vs. 48.0%), Independent Chris Daggett with 73 votes (4.7% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 5 votes (0.3% vs. 0.5%), among the 1,557 ballots cast by the borough's 2,722 registered voters, yielding a 57.2% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
The Northvale Public Schools serve students in kindergarten through eighth grade at Northvale Public School. Students from Rockleigh, a non-operating school district, attend the Northvale district as part of a sending/receiving relationship. As of the 2018-19 school year, the district, comprised of one school, had an enrollment of 534 students and 47.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 11.4:1. In the 2012-13 school year, Thomas Jefferson School (for grades K-4) and Nathan Hale School (for grades 5-8) were combined to create the Northvale Public School, as part of an effort to reduce costs associated with running two separate schools that shared a common campus and corridor.
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 22.67 miles (36.48 km) of roadways, of which 20.11 miles (32.36 km) were maintained by the municipality and 2.56 miles (4.12 km) by Bergen County.
The television show Ed, which ran from 2000 to 2004, was filmed in Northvale. The interior and exterior shots for "Stuckeybowl" were filmed at the now closed and demolished bowling alley, formerly known as "Country Club Lanes". Housing for seniors ages 55+ now exists on the site.
In the 2008 USA Network series In Plain Sight, during the episode, Stan by Me, two FBI agents are murdered and a federally protected witness is kidnapped in Northvale.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Northvale include:
John Calabro (1914-1994), artist and sculptor who has created coins, medals, plaques, busts, statutes and heroic-size works of famous events and notable figures from the world of politics, sports and entertainment.
^Historical Population Trends in Bergen County (1900-2010), Bergen County Department of Planning & Economic Development, 2011. Accessed September 26, 2019. Data for 1900, prior to the borough's formation, was extrapolated by analysts from Bergen County. Data shown in the source of 544 for 1910 and 769 for 1920 reflect the removal of the population of Rockleigh of 44 in 1910 and 58 in 1920.
^Bahrenburg, Caitlyn. "Northvale taps candidate who lost election bid to fill vacant seat", Northern Valley Suburbanite, December 16, 2015. Accessed May 20, 2016. "On Dec. 8 the Mayor and Council appointed Michael Small to fill the unexpired three-year term of former Councilwoman Gloria Libby, who resigned on Dec. 1. Libby stepped down to continue her role as a senior campaign specialist for Mercedes Benz, which relocated its headquarters from Montvale to Atlanta, Ga. in July."
^Na, Myles. "Northvale mayor guilty of theft, misconduct applauded at resignation", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, March 11, 2014. Accessed October 4, 2018. "Residents gave a tearful Mayor Paul Bazela a standing ovation Monday evening after he resigned at an emergency borough meeting, the Record reported. Bazela, 47, was an operations manager for the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission found guilty earlier Monday by a jury in Paterson on theft and misconduct charges. He and other officials assigned PVSC workers to fix the homes of friends and relatives."
^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."
^Northvale Board of Education District Policy 0110 - Identification, Northvale Public Schools. Accessed June 9, 2020. "Purpose: The Board of Education exists for the purpose of providing a thorough and efficient system of free public education in grades Kindergarten through Grade 8 in the Northvale School District. Composition: The Northvale School District is comprised of all the area within the municipal boundaries of Northvale."
^Board of Education, Borough of Rockleigh. Accessed June 9, 2020. "Rockleigh Borough is a 'sending district' in that there is no public school within the Borough. The Borough of Northvale is the 'receiving district' for elementary and high school public school children who reside in Rockleigh."
^Harris, Chris. "Giving Northvale school a new name isn't so easy", The Record, September 9, 2012. Accessed October 14, 2014. "A decision to consolidate and rename the borough's two public schools has raised the ire of several residents.... Changing the name of the Northvale schools -- which last year were the Thomas Jefferson Elementary School and the Nathan Hale Middle School -- to Northvale Public School was not done lightly, Superintendent Michael Pinajian said."
^Home page, Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan, backed up by the Internet Archive as of December 4, 2011. Accessed October 14, 2014. "Welcome to Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan, home of the Golden Knights. Although our students reside in four different towns; Harrington Park, Northvale, Norwood, and Old Tappan, once they arrive here they are treated as one."
^Rockleigh Public Services, Rockleigh, New Jersey. Accessed October 14, 2014. "Rockleigh Borough is a 'sending district' in that there is no public school within the Borough, except for three special-education schools administered by Bergen County.... The Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan, a nationally ranked high school, receives older children from Rockleigh Borough."
^Northern Valley Regional High School District 2016 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed March 1, 2020. "Located in the upper North Eastern corner of the state, Northern Valley Regional is comprised two high schools, Northern Valley at Demarest and Northern Valley at Old Tappan.... Our long standing successful and cost efficient Pre-K-12 consortium remains an exemplar model of shared services including seven local Pre-K-8 districts that send their students to the regional high schools: Closter, Demarest, Harrington Park, Haworth, Northvale, Norwood and Old Tappan."
^Our Communities, Northern Valley Regional High School District. Accessed May 31, 2016. "The seven towns that make up the Northern Valley Regional High School District - Closter, Demarest, Harrington Park, Haworth, Northvale, Norwood, and Old Tappan - are situated in the northeast corner of Bergen County, New Jersey."
^Perez, Chris. "Saddle River Tours pick up cancelled bus routes in Northern Valley", Northern Valley Suburbanite, May 8, 2014. Accessed July 2, 2014. "Rockland Coaches have made the decision to discontinue several bus lines that have serviced residents in the Northern Valley area. As of May 5, the 11C, 14K, and 20/84 routes to the George Washington Bridge bus terminal have ceased operation under Coach USA. Commuter routes 11C and 20/84 will now be serviced by Saddle River Tours."
^Haney, Thomas V. "Sculptor Creates 'Friends'", The New York Times, August 13, 1972. Accessed November 22, 2017. "Northvale -- 'It's a pleasure to work among friends such as these,' John Calabro said, with a gentle sweep of his hand, as the artist-sculptor introduced his visitor to the companions he has gathered in the studio of his home here.... Mr. Calabro does much of his work, except for heroic size projects, in the studio of his home on Campora Drive here. He had the house built to his specifications and took possession in 1964, moving from Demarest."
^Boggan, Tim. 2013 USATT Hall of Fame - Player Inductee: Terese Terranova, USA Table Tennis. Accessed January 26, 2020. "She participated in sports through all her years of elementary and high school. Northern Valley Regional High School is where she became very competitive in basketball, judo, swimming, track and field, and semi-pro basketball.... In 1971, while moving from Northvale, NJ, to Fort Lauderdale, FL, fate appeared in the form of a terrible auto accident."