GLEN ROCK, NJ
Glen Rock is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 11,601, reflecting an increase of 55 (+0.5%) from the 11,546 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 663 (+6.1%) from the 10,883 counted in the 1990 Census.
The borough has been one of the state's highest-income communities. Based on data from the American Community Survey for 2013-2017, Glen Rock residents had a median household income of $162,443, ranked 6th in the state among municipalities with more than 10,000 residents, more than double the statewide median of $76,475.
Glen Rock was voted one of the best places to live in New Jersey for its low crime rate, good schools, close proximity to New York City and its high property values, including in 2018, when Niche ranked it the 19th best place to live in New Jersey.
Glen Rock was formed on September 14, 1894, from portions of Ridgewood Township and Saddle River Township during the "Boroughitis" phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County, in which 26 boroughs were formed in the county in 1894 alone. The main impetus for the break from Ridgewood Township was the decision to have Glen Rock students attend a new school closer to the center of Ridgewood instead of their one-room schoolhouse located at the intersection of Ackerman Avenue and Rock Road. Originally, the borough was to be named "South Ridgewood", but in order to prevent confusion with the neighboring Ridgewood Village, resident Monsieur Viel suggested the alternative name of Glen Rock.
Glen Rock was settled around the Glen Rock, a large boulder in a small valley (glen), from which the borough gets its name. The rock, a glacial erratic weighing in at and located where Doremus Avenue meets Rock Road, is believed to have been carried to the site by a glacier that picked up the rock 15,000 years ago near Peekskill, New York and carried it for to its present location. The Lenape Native Americans called the boulder "Pamachapuka" (meaning "stone from heaven" or "stone from the sky") and used it for signal fires and as a trail marker.
The borough was the site of one of Bergen County's most serious public transportation accidents. In 1911, a trolley operator for the North Jersey Rapid Transit Company, one day away from retirement, died in a crash with an opposing trolley around the intersection of Prospect and Grove Streets that was caused by signal problems. In addition to the death of the opposing trolley operator, 12 people were injured. This crash in part hastened the demise of this transportation mode which ran from Elmwood Park, New Jersey to Suffern, New York and competed with the Erie Railroad. The right of way for this trolley line was purchased by the Public Service Enterprise Group and is still visible today.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 2.72 square miles (7.04 km2), including 2.70 square miles (7.00 km2) of land and 0.01 square miles (0.04 km2) of water (0.51%).
Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the borough include Ferndale.
The borough borders the municipalities of Fair Lawn, Paramus and Ridgewood in Bergen County, and Hawthorne in Passaic County.
The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $140,882 (with a margin of error of +/- $13,445) and the median family income was $160,360 (+/- $10,024). Males had a median income of $110,506 (+/- $13,238) versus $64,250 (+/- $11,788) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $61,013 (+/- $6,466). About 1.1% of families and 1.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.6% of those under age 18 and 2.2% of those age 65 or over.
Same-sex couples headed 20 households in 2010, an increase from the 15 counted in 2000.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 11,546 people, 3,977 households, and 3,320 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,246.1 people per square mile (1,638.9/km2). There were 4,024 housing units at an average density of 1,479.9 per square mile (571.2/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 90.07% White, 1.81% African American, 0.16% Native American, 6.48% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.61% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.72% of the population.
There were 3,977 households, out of which 43.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.1% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.5% were non-families. 14.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.22.
In the borough the age distribution of the population shows 29.4% under the age of 18, 3.9% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $104,192, and the median income for a family was $111,280. Males had a median income of $84,614 versus $52,430 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $45,091. About 2.1% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.0% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.
Glen Rock's central business district is situated on a roughly 0.2 mile (0.3 km) stretch of Rock Road between the borough's two train stations. Long-standing businesses include the Glen Rock Inn, a bar and restaurant in operation since 1948, and the Rock Ridge Pharmacy, opened in 1950.
Corporate residents of Glen Rock include Genovese & Maddalene, an architectural firm that specialized in designing churches.
Glen Rock is governed under the borough form of New Jersey municipal government, which is used in 218 municipalities (of 564) statewide, making it the most common form of government in New Jersey. The governing body is comprised of the Mayor and the Borough Council, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. The 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 Glen Rock 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 Council appoints a professional borough administrator who is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Borough, responsible to the Mayor and Council.
, the Mayor of Glen Rock is Democrat Kristine Morieko, whose term of office ends December 31, 2023. Members of the Borough Council are Council President Teresa Gilbreath (D, 2022), Mary Barchetto (D, 2024), Jonathan Cole (D, 2023), Robert Dill (D, 2022), Amy Martin (D, 2023) and Jill Orlich (D, 2024).
In January 2020, the Borough Council chose Caroline Unzaga from a list of three candidates nominated by the Democratic municipal committee to fill the seat expiring in December 2021 that had been held by Kristine Morieko until she stepped down to take office as mayor.
In July 2019, the Borough Council selected Michelle Torpey from a list of three names nominated by the Republican municipal committee to fill the seat expiring in December 2019 that was vacated by Bill J. Leonard Jr. after he resigned from office and announced that he was moving out of the borough.
Bruce Packer won the mayoral seat in the 2015 general election over incumbent John van Keuren, who had been seeking a fourth term. Packer's Democratic running-mates William "Skip" Huisking and Kristine Morieko were also elected to three-year Borough Council terms, giving the borough a Democratic mayor for the first time in 12 years, and a 3-3 split on the council.
Glen Rock's borough government recognizes an annual Poverty Awareness Week. The community comes together for an annual project to combat extreme global poverty. In 2007, the community built a Habitat House in Paterson, New Jersey (the second home built by Glen Rock residents), and the community was honored as Paterson Habitat's Volunteers of the Year (a first for a community). In 2008, the Borough came together for the Water for Africa Music Festival. The event raised the funds to pay for two Roundabout PlayPump water systems in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2009, the community continued its battle against poverty, raising funds to battle malaria in hurricane-ravaged Haiti.
The Borough government has declared Glen Rock a sustainable community, pursuing a "Green Up" policy that reflects a commitment to protecting the borough's trees, water and general environment. Shade trees are provided at no cost annually to citizens with cooperation from the DPW. On April 10, 2019, the Borough Council passed an ordinance outlawing single-use plastic bags in retail establishments.
Federal, state and county representation
Glen Rock is located in the 5th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 38th state legislative district. Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Glen Rock had been in the 35th state legislative district.
, there were a total of 8,112 registered voters in Glen Rock, of which 2,490 (30.7% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,971 (24.3% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 3,645 (44.9% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 6 voters registered to other parties. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 69.9% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 99.9% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
In the 2016 presidential election, Democrat Hillary Clinton received 4,063 votes (60.4% vs. 54.2% countywide), ahead of Republican Donald Trump with 2,355 votes (35.0% vs. 41.1%) and other candidates with 206 votes (3.1% vs. 4.6%), among the 6,787 ballots cast by the borough's 8885 registered voters, for a turnout of 76.7% (vs. 72.5% in Bergen County). In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 3,326 votes (52.6% vs. 54.8% countywide), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 2,881 votes (45.5% vs. 43.5%) and other candidates with 50 votes (0.8% vs. 0.9%), among the 6,326 ballots cast by the borough's 8,486 registered voters, for a turnout of 74.5% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County). In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 3,762 votes (55.3% vs. 53.9% countywide), ahead of Republican John McCain with 2,955 votes (43.4% vs. 44.5%) and other candidates with 45 votes (0.7% vs. 0.8%), among the 6,807 ballots cast by the borough's 8,316 registered voters, for a turnout of 81.9% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County). In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 3,333 votes (51.5% vs. 51.7% countywide), ahead of Republican George W. Bush with 3,092 votes (47.8% vs. 47.2%) and other candidates with 38 votes (0.6% vs. 0.7%), among the 6,475 ballots cast by the borough's 7,931 registered voters, for a turnout of 81.6% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 61.6% of the vote (2,606 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 37.2% (1,574 votes), and other candidates with 1.1% (48 votes), among the 4,329 ballots cast by the borough's 8,196 registered voters (101 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 52.8%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 2,204 ballots cast (47.2% vs. 48.0% countywide), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 2,116 votes (45.3% vs. 45.8%), Independent Chris Daggett with 299 votes (6.4% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 11 votes (0.2% vs. 0.5%), among the 4,666 ballots cast by the borough's 8,203 registered voters, yielding a 56.9% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
Gurbir Grewal, a member of Glen Rock's Indian American and Sikh communities, was nominated by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to the position of Bergen County prosecutor in September 2013. Grewal was sworn as an assistant attorney general and acting Bergen County prosecutor on January 4, 2016.
The Glen Rock Public Schools serve students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2019–20 school year, the district, comprised of six schools, had an enrollment of 2,567 students and 224.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.4:1. The operation of the district is overseen by a nine-member board of education.
Schools in the district (with 2019–20 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are
Richard E. Byrd School with 272 students in grades K-5,
Central Elementary School with 345 students in grades K-5,
Clara E. Coleman School with 318 students in grades K-5,
Alexander Hamilton Elementary School with 279 students in grades K-5,
Glen Rock Middle School with 601 students in grades 6-8 and
Glen Rock High School with 715 students in grades 9-12.
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 Bergen County Academies in Hackensack and the Bergen Tech campuses in Teterboro and 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.
Academy of Our Lady is a Catholic school for students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade that is affiliated with St. Catharine's Roman Catholic Church located in Glen Rock and Our Lady of Mount Carmel in neighboring Ridgewood, and is operated under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. In September 2013, the school was one of 15 schools in New Jersey to be recognized by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, which Education Secretary Arne Duncan described as schools that "represent examples of educational excellence".
Roads and highways
, the borough had a total of of roadways, of which were maintained by the municipality, by Bergen County, and by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Glen Rock is served by Route 208, which runs southeast to northwest from Fair Lawn to Oakland.
Glen Rock has two separate NJ Transit train stations: Glen Rock–Main Line station on the Main Line located at Rock Road and Main Street, and Glen Rock–Boro Hall station on the Bergen County Line at Harding Plaza between Maple Avenue and Rock Road. Both lines provide service to Hoboken Terminal, with transfers available at Secaucus Junction to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan and to most of NJ Transit's other train lines.
NJ Transit provides bus service to and from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 148 (on Route 208), 164, and 196 (also on Route 208) bus lines, service to the George Washington Bridge Bus Station on the 175, and local service on the 722 (on Lincoln Avenue) and 746 bus lines.
In October 2005, many scenes of prominent locations in town were shot for the film World Trade Center, starring Nicolas Cage and directed by Oliver Stone, with Glen Rock having had 11 residents who were killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.The Hendrick Hopper House is a historic building located on the corner of Ackerman and Hillman Avenues. The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 as site #83001526.
Glen Rock is home to an architecturally prominent Sikh gurudwara. As much as 90% of the borough's Indian American constituency was estimated by one member in 2014 to have moved to Glen Rock within the preceding two-year period alone. In February 2015, the Glen Rock Board of Education voted to designate the Hindu holy day Diwali as an annual school holiday, making it the county's first district to do so.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Glen Rock include:
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