- Ocean Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey
Ocean Township, New Jersey — Township — Coordinates: Coordinates: Country United States State New Jersey County Monmouth Incorporated February 21, 1849 Government – Type Faulkner Act (Council-Manager) – Mayor William F. Larkin – Administrator Andrew Brannen Area – Total 11.1 sq mi (28.8 km2) – Land 11.0 sq mi (28.6 km2) – Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2) Elevation 79 ft (24 m) Population (2010) – Total 27,291 – Density 2,454.3/sq mi (947.6/km2) Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5) – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4) ZIP code 07712 Area code(s) 732 FIPS code 34-54270 GNIS feature ID 0882601 Website http://www.oceantwp.org
The Township of Ocean was created by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1849, from portions of Shrewsbury Township. Portions of the township have been taken to form Long Branch (April 11, 1867), Eatontown (April 4, 1873), Asbury Park (March 26, 1874), Neptune Township (February 26, 1879), Sea Bright (March 21, 1889), Allenhurst (April 26, 1897), Deal (March 7, 1898), Monmouth Beach (March 9, 1906), Interlaken (March 11, 1922) and Loch Arbour (April 23, 1957). The original boundaries of the township stretched from the Shrewsbury River to the southern tip of Avon-by-the-Sea.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 11.1 square miles (29 km2), of which 11.0 square miles (28 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2), or 0.81%, is water.
Ocean Township is 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.
Historical populations Census Pop. %± 1930 2,892 — 1940 4,200 45.2% 1950 6,734 60.3% 1960 11,622 * 72.6% 1970 18,643 60.4% 1980 23,570 26.4% 1990 25,058 6.3% 2000 26,959 7.6% 2010 27,291 1.2% * lost territory
Population 1930 - 1990.
As of the census of 2000, there were 26,959 people, 10,254 households, and 7,341 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,443.3 people per square mile (943.7/km²). There were 10,756 housing units at an average density of 974.8 per square mile (376.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 84.48% White, 5.67% African American, 0.15% Native American, 6.27% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 1.58% from other races, and 1.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.51% of the population.
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.
Ocean is accessible by a few 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.
Ocean Township operates under the Faulkner Act (Council-Manager) form of government. The Township Committee is elected at large by the voters in nonpartisan elections to serve four-year terms of office on a concurrent basis. At an annual reorganization meeting, the Township Committee 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 Council sets policy for the municipality. The Mayor presides over the Council and, as a member, has a voice and a vote in its proceedings.
As of 2011[update], members of the Township Council are Mayor William F. Larkin, W. Michael Evans, William J. Garofalo, Donna L. Schepiga and Christopher P. Siciliano. The terms of all five councilmembers end on June 30, 2011.
On October 10, 2002, former mayor Terrance D. Weldon pleaded guilty in United States District Court for the District of New Jersey in Newark to taking $64,000 in bribes. His arrest was part of the first phase of a federal investigation known as Operation Bid Rig. On August 25, 2007, after almost 5 years, Weldon was finally sentenced to 58 months of prison by Senior U.S. District Judge William Walls.
Federal, state and county representation
Ocean Township is in the 6th Congressional district and is part of New Jersey's 11th Legislative District.
New Jersey's Sixth Congressional District is represented by Frank Pallone (D, Long Branch). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).
11th legislative district of the New Jersey Legislature, which is represented in the New Jersey Senate by Sean T. Kean (R, Wall Township) and in the New Jersey General Assembly by Mary Pat Angelini (R, Ocean Township) and Dave Rible (R, Wall Township). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
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 one or two seats up for election each year.  As of 2011, Monmouth County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Robert D. Clifton (R, Matawan; term ends December 31, 2013), Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Curley (R, Red Bank; 2012), Thomas A. Arnone (R, Neptune City; 2013), Lillian G. Burry (R, Colts Neck Township; 2011) and Amy A. Mallet (D, Fair Haven, 2011).
Ocean Township is part of the Ocean Township School District, a consolidated school district serving students in grades K - 12 in both Loch Arbour and Ocean Township. Schools in the district (with 2008-09 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Ocean Township Elementary School (K-4; 455 students), Wanamassa Elementary School (K-4; 360 students), Wayside Elementary School (K-4; 652 students), Ocean Township Intermediate School (5-8; 1,327 students) and Ocean Township High School (9-12; 1,386 students).
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 four-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.
Notable current and former residents of Ocean Township include:
- Lou Barbaro (1916–1976), professional golfer.
- Bob Davis (born 1945), former NFL quarterback whose career included three seasons with the New York Jets.
- Eric Nies (born 1971), actor, male fashion model, dancer, and singer, best known for being a cast member in the first season of MTV's The Real World.
- Adam Sarafian (born 1986), national champion pole vaulter in 2004.
- Bruce Springsteen (born 1949), musician.
- Ashley Tisdale (born 1985), of Disney's The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and High School Musical.
- Phil Villapiano (born 1949), NFL linebacker for the Oakland Raiders.
- Wendy Williams (born 1964), radio shock jock and host of The Wendy Williams Experience.
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- ^ Administration, Township of Ocean. Accessed April 6, 2011.
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- ^ a b "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Ocean township, Monmouth County, New Jersey". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. http://factfinder2.census.gov. Retrieved September 2, 2011.
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- ^ "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 183.
- ^ New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990. Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network. Accessed March 1, 2007.
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- ^ a b Mayor and Council, Township of Ocean. Accessed April 6, 2011.
- ^ O'Connell, Carolyn. "Larkin selected as township’s mayor", 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."
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- ^ 2011 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government, New Jersey League of Women Voters, p. 62. Accessed May 31, 2011.
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- ^ Monmouth County Government, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Accessed January 5, 2011.
- ^ Freeholder Director Robert D. Clifton, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Accessed January 7, 2011.
- ^ Deputy Director Freeholder John P. Curley, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Accessed January 7, 2011.
- ^ Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Accessed January 7, 2011.
- ^ Freeholder Amy A. Mallet, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Accessed January 7, 2011.
- ^ Board of Chosen Freeholders, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Accessed January 7, 2011.
- ^ Rizzo, Nina. "Monmouth County freeholders sworn into office", Asbury Park Press, January 6, 2011. Accessed January 7, 2011.
- ^ DeNicola, Linda. "Ocean Township voters approve school budget: Taxes will rise 3.3 percent in Ocean, decrease in Loch Arbour", Atlanticville, April 28, 2005. Accessed July 21, 2008.
- ^ Data for the Ocean Township School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed April 6, 2011.
- ^ American Association of the Township of Ocean website, accessed May 14, 2007.
- ^ "LOU BARBARO IS DEAD; WON JERSEY GOLF TITLE", The New York Times, October 13, 1976. Accessed November 26, 2007.
- ^ 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."
- ^ Lynn, Allison. "Nies 'n' easy: MTV stud Eric Nies has his life back in shape.", People (magazine)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."
- ^ Hall, Trisha. "Habitats/Elizabeth Street; A Loft for Living, Working and Sharing", The New York Times, April 23, 2000. Accessed May 14, 2007. "When Mr. Nies first saw the space he was, by his own description, living nowhere. Sometimes he stayed with friends in Manhattan, sometimes with his mother in Ocean Township, in southern New Jersey."
- ^ Morris, Tim. "Sarafian is national champion after Adidas meet, The Hub, January 25, 2004. Accessed January 10, 2011.
- ^ "Brucebase.org.uk: 00/03/69 - CHALLENGER EASTERN SURFBOARDS WANAMASSA, NJ"
- ^ Kirkpatrick, Rob (2007). The Words and Music of Bruce Springsteen Greenwood Publishing Group, pp. 8 ISBN 0275989380 "The band's manager, Tinker West (who also owned the surfboard factory over which Springsteen lived) was from California..."
- ^ "'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."
- ^ 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."
- Ocean Township official website
- Ocean Township School District
- Ocean Township School District's 2009–10 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the Ocean Township School District, National Center for Education Statistics
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