- Wayne, New Jersey
official_name = Wayne, New Jersey
settlement_type = Township
mapsize = 250x200px
map_caption = Map of Wayne Township in Passaic County. Inset: Location of Passaic County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
mapsize1 = 250x200px
map_caption1 = Census Bureau map of Wayne, New Jersey
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Passaic
Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council)
leader_name = Christopher P. Vergano
established_title = Incorporated
March 15, 1898
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 65.2
area_land_km2 = 61.7
area_water_km2 = 3.5
area_total_sq_mi = 25.2
area_land_sq_mi = 23.8
area_water_sq_mi = 1.4
population_as_of = 2006
population_total = 54849
population_density_km2 = 876.3
population_density_sq_mi = 2269.5
timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_footnotes = [Gnis|882314|Township of Wayne,
Geographic Names Information System, accessed January 4, 2008.]
elevation_m = 53
elevation_ft = 174
latd = 40 |latm = 56 |lats = 31 |latNS = N
longd = 74 |longm = 15 |longs = 2 |longEW = W
postal_code = 07470, 07474, 07477
area_code = 973, 862
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 34-77840GR|2 [ [http://mcdc2.missouri.edu/webrepts/commoncodes/ccc_nj.html A Cure for the Common Codes: New Jersey] , Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed
July 14, 2008.]
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website = http://www.waynetownship.com
Wayne is a Township in Passaic County,
New Jersey, United States, located less than 15 miles from midtown Manhattan. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township had a total population of 54,069. Wayne was formed as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislatureon April 12, 1847, from portions of Manchester Township. Totowa was formed from portions of Manchester and Wayne Townships on March 15, 1898."The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 211.]
Wayne was ranked at No. 32 on "Money" magazine's 2006 "best places" list, among towns in the nation with populations greater than 50,000. [ [http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2006/snapshots/PL3477870.html Best Places to Live 2006: Wayne, New Jersey] , "Money" magazine, accessed
July 18, 2006.] .
Wayne is home to Willowbrook Mall, Wayne Hills Mall,
Wayne Towne Center, and also High Mountain Park Preserve.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 25.2 square miles (65.2 km²), of which, 23.8 square miles (61.7 km²) of it is land and 1.4 square miles (3.5 km²) of it (5.44%) is water. Due to its large geographic area, Wayne shares its borders with 11 neighboring towns. Franklin Lakes and Oakland in Bergen County; Fairfield and North Caldwell in Essex County; Lincoln Park and Pequannock in Morris County; and Haledon, Little Falls, North Haledon, Pompton Lakes, and Totowa in Passaic County.
Wayne has a number of lakes, with distinct communities and neighborhoods located around them. These include Pines Lake, Packanack Lake, Lions Head Lake, Tom's Lake and Pompton Lakes (half of which is in Wayne). The
Passaic Riveralso flows through a portion of Wayne and often floods near Willowbrook Mall and riverside neighborhoods.
In 1694, Arent Schuyler, a young surveyor, miner and land speculator, was sent into north-western
New Jerseyto investigate rumors that the French were trying to incite the local Lenni-LenapeNative American population to rebel against the English. Schuyler found no evidence of a rebellion, but discovered a rich fertile valley where the Lenni-Lenape grew a variety of crops. Schuyler reported his findings to the English and then convinced Major Anthony Brockholst, Samuel Bayard, Samuel Berry, Hendrick and David Mandeville, George Ryerson and John Mead to invest in the purchase of the land he referred to as the Pompton Valley. The seven chose Schuyler to be negotiator with the Lenape for the rights to the area. Samual Bayard, however, was chosen to negotiate with the East JerseyCompany which maintained land rights over the area that is now Wayne. Approximately 5,000 acres were purchased on November 11, 1695. The area now known as Wayne Township then became part of New Barbadoes Township in Bergen County.
In 1710, this same area became part of Saddle River Township in Bergen County. By 1837, the residents of Wayne found themselves in Manchester Township in the newly named Passaic County. Finally, on
April 12, 1847the first Wayne Township organization meeting was held at the Henry Casey House on the Paterson-Hamburg Turnpike. The first mayor, called the Chairman of the Township Committee until 1962, was William S. Hogencamp. The citizens voted to name the town after American Revolutionary WarGeneral Anthony Wayne.
Throughout the 18th and 19th Centuries, Wayne Township remained a peaceful farming community. The
Morris Canalran through the southwestern part of Wayne, carrying produce to market and coal from Pennsylvania. The canal was replaced by the railroad at the end of the 19th century. In the early 20th century, Wayne grew as a vacation retreat for wealthy New Yorkers. In the summer, hordes of people from Manhattanand Brooklyncame to live in the summer bungalows and enjoy the beautiful rivers. World War IImarked the impetus for tremendous change in Wayne. Summer bungalows were converted to year-round residences to accommodate factory workers. Following the war, farmland was converted to residential living. As Wayne grew, it adopted its current form of government in 1962.cite web | title = The Governing Body | publisher = Wayne Township | url = http://www.waynetownship.com/council.htm | accessdate = February 4 | accessyear=2008] Modern highways, including New Jersey Route 23, U.S. Route 46, and Interstate 80 made Wayne Township easily accessible, and several national firms have located here.
estref= [http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/SAFFPopulation?_event=ChangeGeoContext&geo_id=06000US3403177840&_geoContext=01000US%7C04000US34%7C16000US3439390&_street=&_county=wayne&_cityTown=wayne&_state=04000US34&_zip=&_lang=en&_sse=on&ActiveGeoDiv=geoSelect&_useEV=&pctxt=fph&pgsl=010&_submenuId=population_0&ds_name=null&_ci_nbr=null&qr_name=null®=null%3Anull&_keyword=&_industry= Census data for Wayne township] ,
United States Census Bureau. Accessed August 1, 2007.]
footnote=Population 1930 - 1990. [ [http://www.wnjpin.net/OneStopCareerCenter/LaborMarketInformation/lmi01/poptrd6.htm New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990] , Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network. Accessed
March 1, 2007.] As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 54,069 people, 18,755 households, and 14,366 families residing in the township. The population densitywas 2,269.5 people per square mile (876.4/km²). There were 19,218 housing units at an average density of 806.7/sq mi (311.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 90.05% White, 1.66% African American, 0.10% Native American, 5.67% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.17% from other races, and 1.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.09% of the population.
There were 18,755 households out of which 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.4% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.4% were non-families. 20.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.19.
In the township the population was spread out with 23.2% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $83,651, and the median income for a family was $95,114. Males had a median income of $61,271 versus $39,835 for females. The
per capita incomefor the township was $35,349. About 1.6% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.1% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.
As of 2007, according to "Sperling's Best Places" and Fidelity National Financial, the median income for a household in the township now stands at $91,416, with the income per capita at $40,834. The median home value in Wayne is $599,000.Fact|date=February 2008
Wayne Township is governed under the
Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council)system of municipal government. A mayoris elected by the voters in partisan elections to serve a four-year term. A nine-member council forms the legislative branch of the township government. Three council members are elected at large and one from each of six wards for a term of four years."2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book", Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 169.]
Wayne's mayor is Christopher P. Vergano, appointed at the 2008 Reorganization Meeting to replace Scott Rumana. [ [http://www.waynetownship.com/mayor.htm Township of Wayne: Office of the Mayor] , Township of Wayne. Accessed
February 4, 2008.] Members of the Wayne Township Council are:
*Ward 1 Councilmember: Alan Purcell
*Ward 2 Councilmember: Joseph DiDonato
*Ward 3 Councilmember: Gerard Porter (Council President)
*Ward 4 Councilmember: Joseph Scuralli
*Ward 5 Councilmember: Chris F. McIntyre
*Ward 6 Councilmember: Paul V. Margiotta
*Councilmember at Large: Lawrence Maron
*Councilmember at Large: Joseph G. Schweighardt
*Councilmember at Large: Ann Mary O'Rourke
Federal, state and county representation
Wayne is part of New Jersey's 40th Legislative District and is in the Eighth Congressional District. [ [http://www.lwvnj.org/pubs/CG06.pdf 2006 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government] , New Jersey
League of Women Voters, p. 65. Accessed August 30, 2006.]
First Aid Squad
The Wayne Township Memorial First Aid Squad provides BLS (Basic Life Support) to all to reside in or travel through the Township of Wayne,
New Jersey. The squad operates five Type I Rescue Ambulances, three boats, and one Heavy Rescue Vehicle. The First Aid Squad operates from two buildings known as Uptown and Downtown. The Uptown building, located on Hamburg Turnpike, houses three ambulances, Rescue 976 and one boat. The Downtown building, located between Taylor Drive and PAL Drive, houses two ambulances and two boats. The Squad is run by an elected Chief and several other line officers. The township is divided into two zones (Uptown and Downtown).
Wayne Public Schoolsoperate 14 public schools in Wayne.
*A. P. Terhune
* [http://www.wayneschools.com/fallon/ James Fallon]
* [http://www.wayneschools.com/jfk/ John F. Kennedy]
* [http://www.wayneschools.com/schools/elementary/lafayette/ Lafayette]
* [http://www.wayneschools.com/pineslake/ Pines Lake]
* [http://www.wayneschools.com/randall/ Randall Carter]
* [http://www.wayneschools.com/ryerson/ Ryerson]
* [http://www.teacherweb.com/nj/gwms/newsletter/ George Washington Middle School]
* [http://www.wayneschools.com/schools/middle/schuyler_colfax/ Schuyler-Colfax Middle School]
* [http://www.yourclasspage.com/9733892120/ Anthony Wayne Middle School]
Wayne Hills High School(for students living north of Ratzer Road)
Wayne Valley High School(for students living south of Ratzer Road)
Passaic County Technical Institute
William Paterson University
* [http://www.ihmwaynenj.org/category.cfm?Category=6/ Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School]
* [http://www.olvschool.org/ Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School]
*De Paul Catholic High School
*Many other private elementary and high schools
Wayne is served by the Mountain View and Wayne Route 23
New Jersey Transitstations, offering service on the Montclair-Boonton Lineto Hoboken Terminalor on Midtown Direct trains (about 16%) to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattanvia the Secaucus Junction. A Wayne-Route 23 station opened in January 2008 which offers train service via the Montclair-Boonton Line and regular bus service into the Port Authority Bus Terminalin Midtown Manhattan.
NJ Transit provides bus service to the
Port Authority Bus Terminalin Midtown Manhattanon the 191, 193, 194 and 195; to Newark on the 11, 28 (Saturday and Sunday only) and 75 routes, with local service provided on the MCM1, 704, 705, 712, 744, 748, 970 and 971 routes. [ [http://www.njtransit.com/sf_tp_rc_passaic.shtml Passaic County Bus/Rail Connections] , New Jersey Transit. Accessed July 5, 2007.]
Some noted current and former residents include:
Alan Alda(1936-), television actor, writer, and director best known as Hawkeye Piercein the TV series"M*A*S*H".Kim Alexis (1960-)- moved to Packanack Lake with husband and former Ranger Ron Duguay
*Will Allen (1978-), Starting Defensive Back for the
Paul Bernbaum, writerof " Hollywoodland".
Tom Cruise(1962-), Academy Award-nominated movieactor.
*Dramarama, the alternative rock band, formed in 1983 in Wayne and achieved success with the song, "Anything, Anything (I’ll Give You)". The band features most of its original members, including frontman and singer/songwriter
John Easdale, and guitarists Mark "Mr. E Boy" Englert and Chris Carter, all of whom graduated from Wayne Hills High School in 1979. [Agnish, Jai. [http://www.montclairtimes.com/page.php?page=10883 "Dramarama"] , "The Montclair Times", November 28, 2005. Accessed October 6, 2007. ""The journey began in Wayne, where Easdale and the original bandmates - Mark “Mr. E Boy” Englert, Peter Wood, and Chris Carter -- grew up. It takes them through the hallways of Wayne Hills High School and rehearsals in the basement of the Sound Exchange record store on Route 23 in Wayne."]
Lisa Edelstein(1967-), award-winning American actressand playwright
Brandon Jacobs(1982-), Running back for the New York Giants
Cecil B. DeMille(1881-1959), filmpioneer and director of "The Ten Commandments".
Justin Crimmins, CFO of the Chili'srestaurant chain.
Lou Duva(1922-), Hall of Fame Boxingtrainer and manager. [Rowe, John. [http://www.northjersey.com/news/aroundnj/The_life_of_a_legend_in_15_rounds.html "The life of Lou Duva in 15 rounds"] , " The Record (Bergen County)", February 17, 2008. Accessed June 28, 2008. "All due respect to Burgess Meredith, but if Sylvester Stallone wanted the most authentic-looking trainer for his "Rocky" movies he should have reached out for the Hall of Fame boxing trainer from Wayne."]
Queen Latifah(1970-), rap musician and Academy Award-nominated movie and television actress. [ [http://www.gale.com/free_resources/bhm/bio/latifah_q.htm Black History: Biography of Queen Latifah] , accessed December 11, 2006]
LL Cool J(1968-), hip hop musician and movie actor.
Gene Mayer(1956-), former tennis playerfrom the United Stateswho won fourteen singles titles during his career. At Wayne Valley, he went unbeaten in his two years on the tennis team. [ [http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F70E17FE3B5910728DDDAA0994DA405B878BF1D3 "Vilas Extended by Mayer"] , " The New York Times", February 13, 1977. Accessed December 10, 2007. "Guillermo Vilas, the Argentine left hander, had unexpectedly strong opposition, but ousted young Gene Mayer of Wayne, N.J., 7-6, 7-6, 6-1, in the semifinals of the $50,000 Springfield International, a Grand Prix tennis tournament."]
*Darryl "DMC" McDaniels (1964-), hip hop music pioneer and founding member of the group
Ryan Neill(1982-), Football long snapperand defensive endfor the Buffalo Bills
*Greg Olsen (1985-), Highly ranked Football
Tight Endprospect, Chicago Bears' 2007 first-round draft pick (31st overall). [ [http://www.chicagobears.com/team/player111.html Greg Olsen profile] , Chicago Bears, accessed April 29, 2007.]
Rich Seubert(1979-), Starting Left Guard for the New York Giants. Has come back from a gruesome leg injury to regain his starting job.Fact|date=December 2007
Guy C. Swan III, commanding general of the Military District of Washington. [Barry, Jan. [http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk0NSZmZ2JlbDdmN3ZxZWVFRXl5NzA0OTY1MSZ5cmlyeTdmNzE3Zjd2cWVlRUV5eTM= "Army general from Wayne had key role at Ford funeral"] , " The Record (New Jersey)", January 1, 2007. Accessed July 20, 2007. "Swan, who grew up in Wayne, was the military escort for Betty Ford at the funeral ceremonies in California and in the nation's capital, where he is the commander of the Military District of Washington. Swan's widely televised role as Mrs. Ford's escort set off a buzz among former neighbors in the Pines Lake section where he grew up and among Wayne Hills High School classmates."]
David Tyree(1980-), Wide Receiver for the New York Giantsand a 2005 Pro Bowl selection
George Washington(1732-1799), Founding Father and the first President of the United States. He resided in Dey Mansion during the American Revolutionary Warbefore the area was called Wayne. [ [http://www.passaiccountynj.org/ParksHistorical/Historical_Attractions/deymansion.htm Dey Mansion] , Passaic County, New Jersey.]
* Wayne is home to
Valley National Bank' corporate headquarters
* Wayne is home to
Toys "R" Us' corporate headquarters
* Wayne is home of the 1984 Girls AAU National Cross Country Championship Team (15-16 year old age group).Fact|date=August 2007
* Wayne is the home of the 1970
Little League World SeriesChampions. [http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0113088.html]
Preakness Stakes, a race in the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, was named after a race horse from Wayne's Preakness Stables, who won the Dinner-Stakes race at the Pimlico Race Coursein Baltimore, Maryland, sponsored by the Maryland Jockey Club on October 25, 1870. [ [http://www.waynetownship.com/his-way.htm The History of Wayne Township] , Wayne Township. Accessed August 25, 2007. "Another national celebrity was the Preakness horse. Purchased in 1868 by Milton Holbrook Sandford, owner of the Preakness Stables at the corner of Valley Road and Preakness Avenue, for $4,000. On his maiden start Preakness was entered into the 'Dinner Plate Stakes' at the new Pimlico race Track in Maryland. Preakness won the first race on October 25th, 1870. In 1873 the Maryland Jockey Club started a new racing classic for three year olds and named it "The Preakness" in honor of the first horse to win a race at Pimlico."]
indie rockband Fountains of Waynetook their name from a lawn ornament store of the same name located in the township on the westbound side of U.S. Route 46, though no members of the band are from the town. [Tyrangiel, Josh. [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1006507,00.html "The Rise Of Mom's Boys"] , " Time (magazine)", December 22, 2003. Accessed August 25, 2007. "What drove Fountains of Wayne to Stacy's Mom was the usual soul-killing nightmare of the music industry. Schlesinger and Collingwood, both 36, met as undergraduates at Williams College and soon after started Fountains of Wayne (named after a lawn-ornament store near Schlesinger's New Jersey home), adding bassist Jody Porter and drummer Brian Young along the way."] The HBOseries " The Sopranos" also filmed an episode at the same store.
* In a
Hans and Franzsketch from Saturday Night Live, the pair says they are opening up a gym in Wayne. [ [http://thetravisty.com/Saturday_Night_Live.php?FN=Hans_and_Franz_featuring_Arnold_Schwarzenegger.wmv Saturday Night Live @ theTravisty ] ]
ZIP code(07470) is a palindrome. This fact was noted on an episode of the television series " Full House".Fact|date=August 2007
* A 74-foot-tall
Norway Sprucefrom Wayne was selected as the 2005 Rockefeller CenterChristmas tree. The tree, which weighed in at nine tons and was 42 feet wide, was Rockefeller Center’s 73rd Christmas tree. The Rockefeller Center tree was lit on November 30, 2005, and Wayne's contribution to New York City's holiday tradition remained lit through January 6, 2006. [ [http://www.wesh.com/news/5442311/detail.html Rockefeller Center Tree Lit During Star-Studded Ceremony] , WESH-TV, December 1, 2005]
* A scene from the movie "
Broken Flowers" with Bill Murray, Frances Conroyand Christopher McDonaldshows the McMansions across the street from Preakness Hills Country Club on Ratzer Road during its construction stages, as well as a newer housing development off of Alps Road at the corner of Ratzer Road.Fact|date=August 2007
* Wayne is home to the
Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps, a DCI Division III World Champion in 2005.
* Wayne is home to the Ice Vault ice rink, where world-class figure skaters such as
Johnny Weirand Stephane Lambieltrain and 1992 Olympic figure skatinggold medalist Viktor Petrenkocoaches. [ [http://www.icevault.com/figureskatingstaff.php Ice Vault Figure Skating Pro Staff: Retrieved June 28, 2008] ] [ [http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/news_digest/Lambiel_makes_coach_swap_to_raise_stakes.html?siteSect=104&sid=9183262&cKey=1212759918000&ty=nd SwissInfo.Ch: Lambiel Makes Coach Swap to Raise Stakes June 6, 2008] ]
Filming on location
The Sopranos" (TV Series)
Strangers with Candy" (TV Series)
Tonight at Noon" (2007)
The House is Burning" (2006)
* "" (2006)
The House is Burning" (2006)
Broken Flowers" (2005)
Bellclair Times" (2005)
Imaginary Heroes" (2004)
* "Unwound" (2003)
Two Weeks Notice" (2002)
Kountdown to Korn" (TV - 2002) How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
* "Dummy" (2002)
Dead Students Society" (1998)
* "City Hall" (1996)
* "Hackers" (1995)
Ghoul School" (1990)
* "Firstborn" (1984)
* "Carnivals" (1973)
The Adventures of Pete & Pete" (TV Series)
* [http://www.waynetownship.com/ Wayne Township Site]
* [http://wayneschools.com/ Wayne Schools Site]
*NJReportCard|31|5570|0|Wayne Public Schools
* [http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/school_list.asp?Search=1&DistrictID=3417280 data for the Wayne Public Schools] ,
National Center for Education Statistics
* [http://www.treehugger.com/files/2005/03/energy_planning.php Article on Wayne Cogeneration]
* [http://www.tricounty.org/ Tri-County Chamber of Commerce]
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