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Norwood, New Jersey
Borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States
On March 14, 1905, Norwood seceded from its parent Harrington Township and was incorporated as an independent borough.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 2.79 square miles (7.24 km2), including 2.79 square miles (7.21 km2) of land and 0.01 square miles (0.02 km2) of water (0.32%).
Of the 1,927 households, 36.8% had children under the age of 18; 67.8% were married couples living together; 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present and 20.0% were non-families. Of all households, 18.2% were made up of individuals and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.23.Same-sex couples headed 7 households in 2010, an increase from the 6 counted in 2000.
23.1% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 18.6% from 25 to 44, 31.7% from 45 to 64, and 20.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46.1 years. For every 100 females, the population had 88.0 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 85.4 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $102,132 (with a margin of error of +/- $9,413) and the median family income was $107,356 (+/- $10,538). Males had a median income of $80,837 (+/- $8,419) versus $56,429 (+/- $15,763) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $38,755 (+/- $5,524). About 0.6% of families and 1.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.9% of those under age 18 and 0.9% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 Census, 12.69% of Norwood's residents identified themselves as being of Korean ancestry, which was the eighth highest in the United States and sixth highest of any municipality in New Jersey, for all places with 1,000 or more residents identifying their ancestry.
There were 1,857 households, out of which 41.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.8% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.8% were non-families. 13.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.97 and the average family size was 3.26.
In the borough the population was spread out, with 25.8% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 26.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.4 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $92,447, and the median income for a family was $100,329. Males had a median income of $70,000 versus $37,059 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $40,039. About 2.3% of families and 4.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.4% of those under age 18 and 2.9% of those age 65 or over.
Norwood 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 Norwood 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 Norwood is Republican James P. Barsa, whose term of office ends December 31, 2023. Members of the Borough Council are Joseph Ascolese (R, 2021), Thomas L. Brizzolara (D, 2021), Anthony Foschino (R, 2022), Paul Haberman (R, 2020), John Rooney (D, 2022) and Barry Scott (R, 2020).
In November 2018, the Borough Council selected Anthony Foschino from a list of candidates nominated by the Republican municipal committee to fill the vacant seat expiring in December 2019 that had been held by Frank Marino.
Federal, state and county representation
Norwood 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 3,518 registered voters in Norwood, of which 961 (27.3% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 728 (20.7% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 1,829 (52.0% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were no voters registered to other parties. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 61.6% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 80.1% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
In the 2016 presidential election, Democrat Hillary Clinton received 1,415 votes (50.5% vs. 54.8% countywide), ahead of Republican Donald Trump with 1,249 votes (44.6% vs. 41.6%) and other candidates with 89 votes (3.2% vs. 3.0%), among the 2,801 ballots cast by the borough's 3,824 registered voters, for a turnout of 73.2% (vs. 72.5% in Bergen County). In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 1,296 votes (49.8% vs. 43.5% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 1,275 votes (49.0% vs. 54.8%) and other candidates with 18 votes (0.7% vs. 0.9%), among the 2,604 ballots cast by the borough's 3,683 registered voters, for a turnout of 70.7% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County). In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 1,458 votes (50.3% vs. 44.5% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 1,389 votes (47.9% vs. 53.9%) and other candidates with 25 votes (0.9% vs. 0.8%), among the 2,897 ballots cast by the borough's 3,761 registered voters, for a turnout of 77.0% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County). In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 1,461 votes (51.9% vs. 47.2% countywide), ahead of Democrat John Kerry with 1,317 votes (46.8% vs. 51.7%) and other candidates with 25 votes (0.9% vs. 0.7%), among the 2,813 ballots cast by the borough's 3,766 registered voters, for a turnout of 74.7% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 66.7% of the vote (966 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 31.7% (459 votes), and other candidates with 1.7% (24 votes), among the 1,486 ballots cast by the borough's 3,510 registered voters (37 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 42.3%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 1,031 votes (52.7% vs. 45.8% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 803 votes (41.0% vs. 48.0%), Independent Chris Daggett with 92 votes (4.7% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 11 votes (0.6% vs. 0.5%), among the 1,957 ballots cast by the borough's 3,630 registered voters, yielding a 53.9% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
The site of the former Erie Railroad station in Norwood on September 11, 2011
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 25.31 miles (40.73 km) of roadways, of which 18.27 miles (29.40 km) were maintained by the municipality and 7.04 miles (11.33 km) by Bergen County.
The forests in Norwood house many deciduous species, sheltering deer, wild turkey, turtles, foxes, rabbits, and even coyote. Suburban sprawl is beginning to interfere with the wildlife. Deer and auto collisions as well as coyote and human interaction is a problem.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Norwood include:
Chodae Community Church - By 2000, the congregation had grown to 700 members and the church sought approval from the borough for the construction of a $5 million, 47,000-square-foot (4,400 m2) facility on a 7 acres (2.8 ha) site that would include a sanctuary large enough to accommodate 720 worshipers. A local citizens group, the Norwood Civic Association was created to oppose church's plans, with more than one-third of all resident families joining the organization, which argued that the size of the proposed church would cause flooding and cause congestion on Sundays, given the proximity between the proposed site and the borough's athletic complex.
^ abMayor & Council, Borough of Norwood. Accessed March 1, 2020. "The municipal corporation is comprised of a Mayor and six Council members. Each Council member chairs a committee that they are responsible for."
^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."
^Norwood Board of Education District Policy 0110 - Identification, Norwood Public School District. Accessed April 2, 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 eight in the Norwood School District. Composition: The Norwood School District is comprised of all the area within the municipal boundaries of Norwood."
^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 of 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."
^Comprehensive Annual Financial Report of the Northern Valley regional High School District, New Jersey Department of Education, for year ending June 30, 2018. Accessed April 2, 2020. "The Northern Valley Regional School District is comprised of the municipalities of Closter, Demarest, and Haworth that are constituents of the high school in Demarest. Harrington Park, Northvale, Norwood, and Old Tappan are constituents of the high school at Old Tappan.... The district is governed by an elected Board of Education, who serves three-year terms and is administrated by a Superintendent of Schools, School Business Administrator/Board Secretary, and other appropriate administrators and supervisors. The Board seats are proportionate to student enrollment by town. The current membership consists of Closter (2), Demarest (1), Haworth (1), Harrington Park (1), Northvale (1), Norwood (1), and Old Tappan (2)."
^ abcdefRondinaro, Gene. "Picturesque, Affluent West of Palisades", The New York Times, November 3, 1996. Accessed October 29, 2013. "A short distance west of the Palisades and bordering the Boy Scouts' Camp Alpine is the picturesque and affluent Bergen County Borough of Norwood, just 10 miles northwest of the George Washington Bridge.... Like Mr. Harper, other sports figures such as Don Mattingly, Gene Michael, Craig Nettles, Jim (Catfish) Hunter and Kenny Anderson have at one time or another called the borough home."
^Tarrazi, Alexis. "Colleen Broomall's star is rising", Northern Valley Suburbanite, August 25, 2010. Accessed May 16, 2017. "Born Aug. 30, 1983, Broomall grew up in the small, Borough of Norwood with her parents, Barbara and Bill and her three siblings, Debbie, Tom and Jim."
^Staff. "Walter H. Jones, Jersey Politician", The New York Times, July 20, 1982. Accessed June 15, 2015. "Walter H. Jones, a former New Jersey State Senator and Assemblyman, died yesterday at Pascack Valley Hospital in Westwood, N.J. He was 69 years old and lived in Norwood, N.J."
^Milani, Jerry. "An inside look at 'Munson: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain'"Archived August 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, New Jersey News Room, July 27, 2009. Accessed October 29, 2013. "NJNR: Thurman had a New Jersey connection as well - he and the family lived in Norwood for a time. How did that work out? MA: It was a beautiful home.... When they built their home in Ohio, it was modeled after the house in Norwood. Thurman had a very active role in its design and construction."
^Raj, Sunil Sunder. Dianna Russini, Double G Sports. Accessed August 16, 2019. "Originally from the Bronx, Russini's parents' moved the family to Norwood, New Jersey to give Dianna and her siblings a better life and education."
^"How Santa Made Me an Atheist", JulianSanchez.com, December 27, 2003. Accessed October 14, 2014. "On the five minute walk from the Norwood Public School to my house, I seriously considered the possibility that there might be a God for the first and last time."
^Passow, Sam. "Forward Direction: Abi Varghese", The Record, April 4, 2017. Accessed May 16, 2017. "'We always thought the Indian community was not represented in the comedy platform, especially the Indian diaspora who are from abroad,' says Varghese, a Norwood resident who grew up in Englewood after his family immigrated here when he was a kid."
^Hanley, Robert. "Communities; One Church, Two Visions", The New York Times, February 6, 2000. Accessed December 3, 2017. "In its 14-year history, the ChoDae Presbyterian Church in New Jersey has blossomed into one of the biggest Korean-American congregations in northern New Jersey. Its membership has grown to about 700 people from 50, and many of its three Sunday services in a rented 250-seat Lutheran church in Paramus are filled to overflowing. After a four-year search for new land, ChoDae has chosen seven wooded acres near the ball fields and swim club of this quiet suburb of 5,700 people in northeastern Bergen County and has drafted plans for a handsome new $5 million church. Besides a 720-seat sanctuary, the building would include 14 classrooms for Sunday school and Bible study and a fellowship hall with two gymnasiums. ChoDae's senior pastor, the Rev. Young-Chin Cho, called the proposed church 'our dream and our vision.'"
Municipal Incorporations of the State of New Jersey (according to Counties) prepared by the Division of Local Government, Department of the Treasury (New Jersey); December 1, 1958.