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Hillside, New Jersey
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Map of Hillside Township in Union County. Inset: Location of Union County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Hillside, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°41′45″N 74°13′44″W / 40.695889, -74.2288Coordinates: 40°41′45″N 74°13′44″W / 40.695889, -74.2288[1][2]
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Union
Incorporated April 29, 1913
Government[3]
 • Type Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council)
 • Mayor Joseph Menza (term ends June 30, 2013)[4]
Area[2]
 • Total 2.761 sq mi (7.150 km2)
 • Land 2.750 sq mi (7.122 km2)
 • Water 0.011 sq mi (0.028 km2)  0.39%
Elevation[5] 56 ft (17 m)
Population (2010 Census)[6][7][7][8][9]
 • Total 21,404
 • Density 2,528.1/sq mi (976.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07205[10]
Area code(s) 908 and 862/973
FIPS code 3403931980[11][2][12]
GNIS feature ID 0882211[13][2]
Website http://www.townshipofhillside.org

Hillside is a township in Union County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 21,404.[6][7][8]

Hillside was incorporated as a township on April 3, 1913, from portions of Union Township, based on the results of a referendum held on April 29, 1913.[14]

The town is split between area codes 908 and 862/973.

Geography[edit | edit source]

Hillside township is located at 40°41′45″N 74°13′44″W / 40.695889, -74.2288 (40.695889,-74.2288). According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 2.761 square miles (7.150 km2), of which, 2.750 square miles (7.122 km2) of it is land and 0.011 square miles (0.028 km2) of it (0.39%) is water.[1][2]

The township is located on the northern edge of Union County and is bordered to the northwest by Irvington and to the north and northeast by Newark, both in Essex County. Elizabeth borders Hillside to the east and southeast, while Union borders to the west.

Demographics[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1920 5,267
1930 17,601 234.2%
1940 18,556 5.4%
1950 21,007 13.2%
1960 22,304 6.2%
1970 21,636 −3.0%
1980 21,440 −0.9%
1990 21,044 −1.8%
2000 21,747 3.3%
2010 21,404 −1.6%
Est. 2011 21,524 [15] −1.0%
Population sources:1920-1930[16]
1930-1990[17] 2000[18] 2010[6][7][8]

2010 Census[edit | edit source]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 21,404 people, 7,112 households, and 5,533 families residing in the township. The population density was 7,784.0 inhabitants per square mile (3,005.4 /km2). There were 7,536 housing units at an average density of 2,740.6 per square mile (1,058.2 /km2). The racial makeup of the township was 34.75% (7,438) White, 53.19% (11,384) African American, 0.22% (47) Native American, 2.73% (585) Asian, 0.03% (7) Pacific Islander, 6.22% (1,332) from other races, and 2.85% (611) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.63% (3,774) of the population.[6]

There were 7,112 households out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 22.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.2% were non-families. 18.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.01 and the average family size was 3.41.[6]

In the township the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 27.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.0 years. For every 100 females there were 86.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.3 males.[6]

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $55,520 (with a margin of error of +/- $5,760) and the median family income was $67,492 (+/- $5,643). Males had a median income of $44,421 (+/- $3,088) versus $42,927 (+/- $4,392) for females. The per capita income for the township was $35,486 (+/- $3,349). About 9.4% of families and 11.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.7% of those under age 18 and 13.3% of those age 65 or over.[19]

2000 Census[edit | edit source]

As of the 2000 United States Census[11] there were 21,747 people, 7,161 households, and 5,578 families residing in the township. The population density was 7,793.6 people per square mile (3,009.5/km2). There were 7,388 housing units at an average density of 2,647.7 per square mile (1,022.4/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 40.03% White, 46.54% African American, 0.23% Native American, 3.45% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 5.26% from other races, and 4.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.50% of the population. 11% of the current population is of Portuguese ancestry or origin.[18]

There were 7,161 households out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.5% were married couples living together, 18.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.1% were non-families. 18.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.04 and the average family size was 3.45.[18]

In the township the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 88.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.2 males.[18]

The median income for a household in the township was $59,136, and the median income for a family was $64,635. Males had a median income of $39,439 versus $31,817 for females. The per capita income for the township was $21,724. About 3.2% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.4% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.[18]

History[edit | edit source]

Hillside was created from parcels of land carved out of neighboring Newark, Elizabeth, and Union. It originally contained the farms of Woodruff, Conant and Saybrook. Local streets still bear their names.

Hillside was incorporated shortly after the appearance of Halley's Comet in 1910, and for that reason, the team nickname of Hillside High School is the "Comets." Several local businesses take the name "Comet" for the same reason.

The Hillside Historical Society was established in the 1980s in the Woodruff home on Conant Street, perhaps the township's oldest. The Woodruff House and Eaton Store Museum is operated and maintained by the Hillside Historical Society. Purchased by the Society in 1978, the house has been faithfully restored to its original grandeur. The Woodruff House spans three centuries in one structure, from the original 1735 building, to the 1790 addition, to the 1890s kitchen all the way to the 1900s store. The society has also added to the grounds an authentic post and beam barn, a Phil Rizutto and All Sports Museum honoring the Hillside legend as well as an archive to house the many documents the society has obtained over the years.

Jean-Ray Turner, a reporter for the Elizabeth Daily Journal, wrote Along the Upper Road, in the 1970s, a book of the history of Hillside.

Hillside has been the home of Bristol-Myers Squibb and for years was the site of the Lionel Trains factory. The town thrived for decades and reached an economic peak in the 1960s. Blue collar workers who lived primarily in the central part of town were employed in local manufacturing concerns. White collar workers established the neighborhood known as Westminster where Yankee shortstop and broadcaster Phil Rizzuto lived for most of his adult life, until his death. That section of town also included the private Pingry School for boys, which became co-ed in 1974.

In the 1950s and 1960s the township was approximately one-half Jewish, many of whom lived either in Westminster or in the area of Hillside near Chancellor Avenue, adjacent to the Weequahic, section of Newark. This section of Newark was the early home of comedian Jerry Lewis and writer Philip Roth ("Portnoy's Complaint").

In the early 1950s the township established Conant Park, its largest. The park is bounded by the Elizabeth River and Conant Street. At the rear area of the park near Pingry School was the boundary of the Kean Estate, the boyhood home of Governor Thomas Kean (1982–1990). The wealthy Kean family also donated the land on Morris Avenue and helped to establish Newark Normal College in 1885, which was renamed Kean College, and later Kean University, in the family's honor.[20] Also in the 1950s the Town Hall, Police Headquarters and Municipal Library were constructed at the corner of Liberty and Hillside Avenues.

Popular township organizations include Rotary International, Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, Elks, the Hillside Industrial Association, the Hillside Business and Professional Women's Club, the Republican Club and the Democratic Club, as well as a number of ethnic clubs and associations.

In 1991, police from both Hillside and Newark fired nearly 40 shots at a van that had rammed a Hillside police vehicle after a high-speed chase. The pursuit had started after the van had been reported stolen at gunpoint in Newark and was being followed by three Newark police cars before crossing into Hillside. Two of the people inside the vehicle were killed and four of the five other passengers were wounded, though the Union County Prosecutor indicated that there was no clear explanation for why the police had started shooting.[21] The Reverend Al Sharpton held a rally outside Town Hall on Hillside Avenue demanding that the police officers involved in the shootings should be prosecuted for their actions.[22]

Government[edit | edit source]

Local government[edit | edit source]

Hillside is governed under the Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council) form of New Jersey municipal government, by a mayor and a seven-member Township Council. Four council embers come from wards and three are elected at large, all elected to four-year terms in office on a staggered basis in non-partisan elections.[3]

As of 2012, the Mayor of Hillside is Joseph G. Menza. The Township Council President is Angela R. Garretson, the Council Vice President is President Carlisle, Jr. and Frank Deo all members (at-large) the wards are represented by Tonia Hobbs (Ward 1), Salonia Saxton (Ward 2), Donald DeAugustine (Ward 3) and Gerald Freedman (Ward 4).[23]

Federal, state and county representation[edit | edit source]

Hillside is located in the 10th Congressional District[24] and is part of New Jersey's 20th state legislative district.[7][25][26] Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Hillside had been in the 29th state legislative district.[27]

New Jersey's Tenth Congressional District is represented by Donald M. Payne (D, Newark). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

Template:NJ Legislative 20 The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham).[28] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[29]

Union County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders, whose nine members are elected at-large to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis with three seats coming up for election each year.[30] As of 2011, Union County's Freeholders are Chairman Deborah P. Scanlon (Union, term ends December 31, 2012)[31], Vice Chairman Alexander Mirabella (Fanwood, 2012)[32], Linda Carter (Plainfield, 2013)[33], Angel G. Estrada (Elizabeth, 2011)[34], Christopher Hudak (Linden, 2011)[35], Mohamed S. Jalloh (Roselle, 2012)[36], Bette Jane Kowalski (Cranford, 2013)[37], Daniel P. Sullivan (Elizabeth, 2013)[38] and Nancy Ward (Linden, 2011).[39][40]

Education[edit | edit source]

The Hillside Public Schools serve students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2009-10 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[41]) are A.P. Morris Early Childhood Center & Saybrook Annex (K-2; 858 students),[42] Calvin Coolidge (3-6; 198),[43] Hurden Looker (3-6; 398),[44] George Washington (3-6; 356),[45] Walter O. Krumbiegel Middle School for grades 7 and 8 (443)[46] and Hillside High School for grades 9-12 (906). Hillside High School on Liberty Avenue was originally constructed in 1941, replacing the Coe Avenue (A.P. Morris) School which became a grammar school. Additions were later added to accommodate the baby-boomers of the 1950s and 1960s. In the mid-sixties the high school held some 1,500 students.

Catholic grammar schools included Christ the King on Columbia Ave and St. Catherine of Siena School in Elizabeth on North Broad Street until the two were merged in 2004 to form Hillside Catholic Academy,[47] with the students from both schools together at the facility on Bloy Street.[48]

A portion of Kean University is located in the Westminster Section of Hillside, on the grounds of the former Pingry School.

Commerce[edit | edit source]

Portions of Hillside are part of an Urban Enterprise Zone. In addition to other benefits to encourage employment within the Zone, shoppers can take advantage of a reduced 3½% sales tax rate (versus the 7% rate charged statewide).[49]

Transportation[edit | edit source]

There is New Jersey Transit bus service to New York City and New Jersey points. There is one train line that passes through the town but there are no stations. The Irvington Branch of the Lehigh Valley Railroad breaks off of the mainline. The closest train stations are Union Station in Union, and North Elizabeth Station in Elizabeth.

Newark Liberty International Airport is approximately two miles east of Hillside.

Garden State Parkway, U.S. Route 22, and Interstate 78 are located in Hillside. A toll gate is located on the northbound lanes of the parkway, approaching the interchange for 78. The New Jersey Department of Transportation finished a project that added previously unavailable connections with the 2010 completion of a ramp that lets vehicles heading south on the Parkway connect to Interstate 78 heading east, which followed a project completed in 2009 that allowed drivers heading north on the Parkway to access Interstate 78.[50]

Notable people[edit | edit source]

Some noted current and former residents:

Evergreen Cemetery[edit | edit source]

Hillside is the site of Evergreen Cemetery, known locally as the burial site of many Roma (or Gypsy) families and a number of notable writers, including:

The Evergreen cemetery was mentioned in Weird NJ for an incident in 1902 when after a downpour, bodies were found on the streets. [65]

Pop culture[edit | edit source]

  • Hip hop artist Lauryn Hill mentions Hillside on her album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. In the song "Every Ghetto, Every City," in which she describes her experiences growing up in New Jersey, she raps, "Hillside brings beef with the cops."

References[edit | edit source]

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  4. ^ 2013 New Jersey Mayors Directory, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, dated February 21, 2013. Accessed February 27, 2013.
  5. ^ USGS GNIS: Township of Hillside , Geographic Names Information System. Accessed March 5, 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d e f DP-1 - Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 for Hillside township, Union County, New Jersey, United States Census Bureau. Accessed March 2, 2012.
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  19. ^ DP03: Selected Economic Characteristics from the 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates for Hillside township, Union County, New Jersey, United States Census Bureau. Accessed March 2, 2012.
  20. ^ 150 Years: Kean's History, Kean University. Accessed August 10, 2011.
  21. ^ Sullivan, Joseph F. "Question in Hillside Chase: What Caused Police to Fire?", The New York Times, June 11, 1991. Accessed August 10, 2011.
  22. ^ via Associated Press. "SHARPTON, 250 PROTEST HILLSIDE POLICE SHOOTINGS", The Press of Atlantic City, June 13, 1991. Accessed August 10, 2011. "The Rev. Al Sharpton led about 250 people in a march on City Hall and police headquarters Wednesday to demand that the police officers who killed a pregnant teenager in a stolen van be prosecuted."
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  33. ^ Freeholder Linda Carter, Union County, New Jersey. Accessed January 9, 2011.
  34. ^ Freeholder Angel G. Estrada, Union County, New Jersey. Accessed January 9, 2011.
  35. ^ Freeholder Christopher Hudak, Union County, New Jersey. Accessed January 9, 2011.
  36. ^ Freeholder Mohamed S. Jalloh, Union County, New Jersey. Accessed January 9, 2011.
  37. ^ Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, Union County, New Jersey. Accessed January 9, 2011.
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  39. ^ Freeholder Nancy Ward, Union County, New Jersey. Accessed January 9, 2011.
  40. ^ Board of Chosen Freeholders, Union County, New Jersey. Accessed January 9, 2011.
  41. ^ Data for the Hillside Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed August 4, 2011.
  42. ^ A.P. Morris Early Childhood Center & Saybrook Annex
  43. ^ Calvin Coolidge
  44. ^ Hurden Looker
  45. ^ George Washington
  46. ^ Walter O. Krumbiegel Middle School
  47. ^ Hillside Catholic Academy
  48. ^ About our School, Hillside Catholic Academy. Accessed November 20, 2007.
  49. ^ Geographic & Urban Redevelopment Tax Credit Programs: Urban Enterprise Zone Employee Tax Credit, State of New Jersey, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 25, 2009. Accessed August 4, 2011.
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  52. ^ Leepson, Mark. "NAMES THAT ECHO THROUGH OUR WARS", Chicago Tribune, November 11, 1993. Accessed January 4, 2011. "I'd remember Joe Tangarie from my hometown of Hillside, New Jersey. Joe and I were pals throughout basic training."
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  59. ^ Holy Cow! Rizzuto selling much of his memorabilia, Sports Illustrated, February 3, 2006. "Rizzuto is downsizing in preparation for a move from the family's longtime house in Hillside, N.J., to a smaller home."
  60. ^ Nieves, Evelyn. "Portrait of 2 Accused of Kidnapping: Ardent, Hapless Pursuit of Affluence", The New York Times, June 28, 1992. Accessed October 2, 2007. "Growing up in Hillside, N.J., Arthur Seale and Jackie Szarko were more than comfortable."
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