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Ocean Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey
Township in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States
Ocean Township is a township located in east central Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. Ocean Township consists of three main unincorporated communities: Wanamassa, Oakhurst and Wayside. The township is divided into two ZIP codes, 07755 (Oakhurst) and 07712 (Wanamassa & Wayside, main city Asbury Park). Small portions have Allenhurst (07711), Deal (07723) and Long Branch (07740) ZIP codes.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 10.99 square miles (28.47 km2), including 10.87 square miles (28.15 km2) of land and 0.13 square miles (0.32 km2) of water (1.14%).
Other unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Cold Indian Springs, Colonial Terrace, Deal Lake, Deal Park, Dogs Corners, Edgemere, Elberon Park,Green Grove, Indian Springs, Oakhurst Manor, Poplar, Shadow Lawn Manor,Wayside, Wertheins Corner,West Allenhurst and West Deal.
Of the 10,611 households, 30.1% had children under the age of 18; 54.8% were married couples living together; 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present and 30.1% were non-families. Of all households, 24.9% were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.09.
22.7% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 23.1% from 25 to 44, 31.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.8 years. For every 100 females, the population had 93.2 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 89.7 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $78,806 (with a margin of error of +/- $6,218) and the median family income was $100,682 (+/- $8,339). Males had a median income of $66,774 (+/- $6,581) versus $42,216 (+/- $5,707) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $40,432 (+/- $2,161). About 4.0% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.
There were 10,254 households, out of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.3% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.4% were non-families. 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.14.
In the township the population was spread out, with 25.5% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $62,058, and the median income for a family was $74,572. Males had a median income of $52,376 versus $35,439 for females. The per capita income for the township was $30,581. About 3.6% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.
Parks and recreation
Ocean Township has five named parks. The largest, Joe Palaia Park (formerly the Deal Test Site), is the site of the Township's July 4 celebration, and the Italian American Association of the Township of Ocean's annual five-day festival. Ocean Township also contains Weltz Park, an undeveloped parcel of the Monmouth County Park System.
Ocean Township maintains a membership-based pool and tennis club for residents, with the pool open during the summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Ocean Township operates within the Faulkner Act (formally known as the Optional Municipal Charter Law) under the Council-Manager form of government (Plan A), implemented based on the recommendations of a Charter Study Commission as of July 1, 1963. The township is one of 42 municipalities (of the 565) statewide that use this form of government. The Township Council is comprised of five members who are chosen at-large by the voters on a non-partisan basis to serve concurrent four-year terms of office in elections held as part of the May municipal election. At an annual reorganization meeting, the Township Council selects one of its members to serve as Mayor. The five-member Council sets policy and adopts local ordinances while the Council-appointed Township Manager oversees the day-to-day administration of the Township. The Mayor presides over the Council and, as a member, has a voice and a vote in its proceedings.
As of 2020[update], members of the Township Council are Mayor Christopher P. Siciliano, Deputy Mayor John P. Napolitani Sr., Robert V. Acerra Sr., Margie Donlon and David Fisher, all serving concurrent terms of office ending on June 30, 2023.
In January 2017, John Napolitani was chosen to fill the seat vacated by Deputy Mayor William Garofalo when he resigned from office in December 2016; Napolitani will serve on an interim basis until the November 2017 general election, when voters will select a candidate to serve the balance of the term of office.
In the May 2015 municipal election, the One Ocean slate won, with incumbents William Garofalo, Richard Long, Donna Schepiga and Christopher P. Siciliano winning re-election together with Robert Acerra, who won his first term of office.
At its January 1, 2015, meeting, the Township Council chose Christopher Siciliano to fill the position of mayor that was vacated when William Larkin resigned from office the previous November after 24 years on the council and the previous 12 years as mayor. The council appointed Richard Long to fill Larkin's vacant council seat.
Monmouth County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders consisting of five members who are elected at-large to serve three year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats up for election each year as part of the November general election. At an annual reorganization meeting held in the beginning of January, the board selects one of its members to serve as Director and another as Deputy Director. As of 2020[update], Monmouth County's Freeholders are
Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone (R, Neptune City, term as freeholder ends December 31, 2022; term as freeholder director ends 2021),
Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley (R, Hazlet Township, term as freeholder ends December 31, 2021; term as deputy freeholder director ends 2021),Lillian G. Burry (R, Colts Neck Township, 2020),
Nick DiRocco (R, Wall Township, 2022), and
Patrick G. Impreveduto (R, Holmdel Township, 2020).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 18,379 registered voters in Ocean Township, of which 4,936 (26.9%) were registered as Democrats, 3,813 (20.7%) were registered as Republicans and 9,621 (52.3%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 9 voters registered to other parties.
In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 50.6% of the vote (6,621 cast), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 48.3% (6,326 votes), and other candidates with 1.1% (140 votes), among the 13,185 ballots cast by the township's 19,049 registered voters (98 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 69.2%. In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 50.7% of the vote (7,278 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain with 46.9% (6,737 votes) and other candidates with 0.9% (134 votes), among the 14,364 ballots cast by the township's 19,444 registered voters, for a turnout of 73.9%. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 50.3% of the vote (6,941 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 48.7% (6,721 votes) and other candidates with 0.6% (112 votes), among the 13,791 ballots cast by the township's 18,237 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 75.6.
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 67.6% of the vote (5,335 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 31.1% (2,456 votes), and other candidates with 1.3% (103 votes), among the 7,995 ballots cast by the township's 19,142 registered voters (101 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 41.8%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 56.7% of the vote (5,314 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 35.4% (3,324 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 6.7% (625 votes) and other candidates with 0.6% (59 votes), among the 9,377 ballots cast by the township's 18,743 registered voters, yielding a 50.0% turnout.
As of May 2010[update], the township had a total of 131.98 miles (212.40 km) of roadways, of which 119.74 miles (192.70 km) were maintained by the municipality, 4.56 miles (7.34 km) by Monmouth County and 7.68 miles (12.36 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Ocean Township is accessible by several major roads. The Route 18 freeway traverses the western part while Route 35 passes through in the east.Route 66 runs along the southern border with Neptune and Route 71 straddles the eastern border with Deal and West Long Branch. The Garden State Parkway is located west of Ocean in neighboring Tinton Falls.
^ abcMayor and Council, Township of Ocean. Accessed March 2, 2020."The Township of Ocean's five-member, non-partisan Council operate under the Council-Manager form of government. Council members serve four-year concurrent terms. The Council is elected at large with the Mayor elected among the Council members.... All present Council terms expire June 30, 2023."
^ abAbout Our TownArchived July 18, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, Township of Ocean. Accessed July 31, 2012. "We are presently bordered by Eatontown and West Long Branch on the north; Long Branch, Deal, Allenhurst and Interlaken on the east, Neptune and Asbury Park on the south; and Tinton Falls on the west. Our many neighborhoods include Oakhurst, Wayside, Wanamassa, West Allenhurst, Deal Park, Colonial Terrace, Shadow Lawn Manor, and West Deal."
^Home Page, Deal Lake Commission. Accessed July 8, 2015. "The Deal Lake Commission was created by the seven Monmouth County, NJ towns that surround Deal Lake. The Commission was chartered in 1974 by the Borough of Allenhurst, City of Asbury Park, Borough of Deal, Borough of Interlaken, Village of Loch Arbour, Neptune Township, and Ocean Township."
^Stine, Don. "Ocean Names New Councilman", The Coaster, January 25, 2017. Accessed February 18, 2017. "John Napolitani, a former Interlaken Borough Council member and current alternate member of the Ocean Township Board of Adjustment, has been appointed to fill the unexpired term of former Ocean Township Deputy Mayor William Garofalo, who stepped down at the end of last year."
^Radell, Dan. 'Mayor's ticket sweeps Ocean Twp. election", Asbury Park Press, May 13, 2015. Accessed June 29, 2015. "Incumbent Mayor Christopher P. Siciliano was the top vote-getter with 3,001 votes, about 15 percent of the vote. Running on the One Ocean ticket with Siciliano were: Deputy Mayor William Garofalo, who received the second-most votes, with 2,793; incumbent council members Richard Long, 2,614, and Donna Schepiga, 2,490; and newcomer Robert Acerra, 2,775."
^Walter, Kenny. "Ocean Township welcomes new mayor in 2015"Archived January 9, 2015, at the Wayback Machine, Atlanticville, January 8, 2015. Accessed January 12, 2015. "For the first time since 2002, a new person is sitting in the mayor's seat in Ocean Township.Councilman Christopher Siciliano was appointed mayor during a Jan. 1 ceremony, replacing longtime Mayor William Larkin, who announced his retirement in November. The council is expected to vote Jan. 7 to appoint Richard Long, who is currently vice president of the Ocean Township School District Board of Education, to serve the remainder of Larkin's council term, according to Siciliano."
^O'Connell, Carolyn. "Larkin selected as township's mayor"Archived September 19, 2003, at the Wayback Machine, Atlanticville, October 18, 2002. Accessed May 11, 2007. "On Oct. 10, Terrance D. Weldon, who was also the Asbury Park city administrator, pleaded guilty before Judge William H. Walls in federal court in Newark to taking $64,000 in bribes."
^Staff. "Former Ocean Twp. mayor gets 58-month prison term "Archived September 10, 2015, at the Wayback Machine, Atlanticville, August 30, 2007. Accessed July 31, 2012. "Terrance D. Weldon, former mayor of Ocean Township and the city manager for Asbury Park, was sentenced Aug. 27 to 58 months in federal prison for extorting more than $60,000 in cash bribes from three developers between 1998 and 2001, U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie announced. U.S. District Judge William H. Walls also fined Weldon $20,000 and ordered Weldon to surrender to the federal Bureau of Prisons by Jan. 21 to begin serving his sentence."
^Biography, Congressman Chris Smith. Accessed January 3, 2019. "Elected in 1980, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton, N.J.) is currently in his 19th two-year term in the U.S. House of Representatives, and serves residents of the Fourth Congressional District of New Jersey."
^Biography of Bob Menendez, United States Senate, January 26, 2015. "Menendez, who started his political career in Union City, moved in September from Paramus to one of Harrison's new apartment buildings near the town's PATH station.."
^. United States Senate. Accessed April 30, 2021. "Booker, Cory A. - (D - NJ) Class II; Menendez, Robert - (D - NJ) Class I"
^Ocean Township Board of Education District Policy 0110 - Identification, Ocean Township School District. Accessed April 19, 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 12 in the Township of Ocean School District. Composition: The Township of Ocean School District is comprised of all the area within the municipal boundaries of the Township of Ocean and the Village of Loch Arbour."
^Radel, Dan. "Loch Arbour votes to leave Ocean Twp. schools", Asbury Park Press, April 4, 2017. Accessed August 1, 2018. "Village voters have decided by an overwhelming margin to leave the Ocean Township School District and forge a (cheaper) different path. The tally Tuesday was 93 in favor to 4 opposed, according to the unofficial results from the Office of the Monmouth County Clerk.... The village's per-pupil education cost for Ocean Township now totals about $143,000, according to Mayor Paul Fernicola. He said the village will instead send students to West Long Branch and Shore Regional High School on a per-pupil tuition rate, not yet determined, that is substantially less than the current tab."
^Bowman, Bill. "Ocean Twp. woman enters race for GOP Assembly nod", Asbury Park Press, February 16, 2007. Accessed October 29, 2013. "She didn't go as public with her candidacy as others did, but Ocean Township resident Mary Pat Angelini is no less committed than her opponents to being one of the Republican candidates for the Assembly from the 11th District."
^"Paris When it Sizzles", Asbury Park Press, October 22, 2006. Accessed October 29, 2013. "The Dauphins then bought a home in the Oakhurst section of Ocean Township. 'We had a beautiful home; it was called Peter Pan Farm,' Eberhardt says."
^Conohan, Sherry. "2 women undertaking challenge of the channel", CentralJersey.com, May 28, 2004. Accessed January 19, 2021. "Nancy Steadman Martin, of Oceanport, and Michelle Davidson, of the Oakhurst section of Ocean Township, are training together for their back-to-back swims, scheduled for Aug. 7-14."
^Harvin, Al. "An Offseason Game; New Jersey Sports", The New York Times, January 12, 1973. Accessed December 15, 2007. "When Bob Davis was a senior at Neptune (N.J.) High School he had a decision to make-play basketball, or football. He chose football. "I was actually a much better basketball player in high school than I was a football player," says Davis, now a resident of Wayside, N.J., and the backup quarterback to Joe Namath of the New York Jets."
^USF2000 - Summer Vacation Over for Hindman, Trent Hindman, August 12, 2012. Accessed October 25, 2015. "While Trent Hindman's senior year at Ocean Township High School doesn't begin until September 5th, his open-wheel education picks up after a six-week break this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sport Car Course, for Round 6 and 7 of the 2012 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda. 'I can't wait to get back into the car', said Hindman from his Wayside, N.J. home."
^Lynn, Allison. "Nies 'n' easy: MTV stud Eric Nies has his life back in shape.", People, October 7, 1996. "It is a sunny morning in the spring of 1995, and Eric Nies is fiddling with the sunroof of the stretch limo heading to his hometown of Ocean Township, N.J."
^D'Alessandro, Dave. "This ref is doubly grand", The Star-Ledger, April 15, 2008. Accessed November 2, 2016. "And because he lived just down the street in Ocean Township, he was good enough that Holzman invited him back the next night, and the next, and the next."
^Anderson, Teja. "People On The Move - John Nies"Archived October 12, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, LivingMedia, June 27, 2010. Accessed August 14, 2012. "John Nies grew up in Ocean Township with his two sisters Kim and Tara and younger brother Eric (yes, the guy from MTV's The Real World), his parents, mother Anna May, a pre-school teacher and father Jack who was one of the longest running referees in NBA history. John Attended Ocean Township High School after his experiences in private school were not so pleasant. 'I went to RBC for two semesters and I got abused and hazed on the bus.'"
^"3-star Ocean Township QB Kenny Pickett talks re-opening his recruitment", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, May 23, 2016, updated August 23, 2019. Accessed September 24, 2020. "Last Monday, Ocean Township (Oakhurst, N.J.) junior quarterback Kenny Pickett decommitted from the Temple Owls, re-opening his recruitment, as he garnered new opportunities following a string of dominant camp performances this spring."
^Staff. "Scholar-in-Residence welcomes first female rabbi, Sally Priesand", Parsippany Life, April 13, 2012. Accessed October 29, 2013. "On Friday, March 16, Temple Beth Am in Parsippany welcomed Rabbi Sally Priesand, America's first female rabbi, for the temple's annual Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat Services and Program.... Rabbi Priesand, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, lives in Ocean Township."
^Morris, Tim. "Sarafian is national champion after Adidas meet", The Hub, June 25, 2004. Accessed January 1, 2017. "'Just hearing it is so cool,' said Ocean Township's Adam Sarafian, who can claim that title after winning the pole vault at last weekend's Adidas Outdoor Track and Field Championships at North Carolina State University in Raleigh."
^Gambaccini, Peter. "Bruce Springsteen, p. 71. Perigee Books, 1985. ISBN9780399511509. Accessed July 24, 2014. "Carl 'Tinker' West, owner of a surfboard factory in Ocean Township, let Bruce live upstairs over the factory in 1970, and in that same year drove Springsteen to California for a gig that paid $2,200."
^"'High School' success story", Asbury Park Press, March 7, 2006. "Even Ashley Tisdale is having a hard time believing her luck. Not only is the former Ocean Township resident starring in the hottest cable movie on the tube these days ... High School Musical ... and gracing the pages of Bop and Tiger Beat magazines, she's also sitting at No. 1 (along with her "High School Musical' cast mates) on the Billboard top 200 music chart."
^Music, Asbury Park Press, July 7, 1946. Accessed February 14, 2018. "While not a native son, Tommy Tucker, popular orchestra leader, has been intimately connected with the Shore for a number of years. He has made his home in West Allenhurst since 1941 when he came here to fill an engagement with his band at the Berkeley-Carteret hotel during the summer of that year."
^Voger, Mark. "'The Dark Knight Rises' executive producer remembers", The Star-Ledger, May 29, 2012. Accessed August 20, 2012. "Uslan, a Jersey City native who grew up in Ocean Township, achieved that goal as executive producer of eight Batman movies beginning with the 1989 film "Batman," directed by Tim Burton, and including the forthcoming "The Dark Knight Rises," directed by Christopher Nolan.... 'By the time I graduated Ocean Township High School (in 1969), I had a collection of 30,000 comic books dating back to 1936, which took up my folks' entire garage.'"
^Harvin, Al. "An Offseason Game; New Jersey Sports", The New York Times, January 12, 1973. Accessed November 16, 2008. "Some of the other Jersey residents on the team, according to Davis, are Bob Tucker, the New York Giants' tight end from Lincroft; Phil Villapiano, Oakland Raider linebacker from Ocean Township, and Ron Johnson, Giant running back, now a resident of Fort Lee."
^Fishman, Steve. "How New York's Shock Jockette Got Supersized", New York (magazine), October 16, 2005. Accessed December 3, 2007. "As a youngster, Wendy did not seem destined for success on the radio, or anywhere else. She grew up in Wayside, New Jersey, an upper-middle-class part of Ocean Township, one of four black students in her class, and one of the heaviest of any race."
^The Wendy Williams Experience, VH1. Accessed May 14, 2007. "Wendy grew up in Ocean Township, New Jersey where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Communications (with a minor in journalism) from Northeastern University in Boston."