|Westfield, New Jersey|
|— Town —|
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Formed||January 27, 1794|
|Incorporated||February 21, 1798 as township|
|Reincorporated||March 4, 1903 as town|
|• Type||Special Charter|
|• Mayor||Andrew Skibitsky (term ends December 31, 2013)|
|• Administrator||James H. Gildea|
|• Clerk||Claire J. Gray |
|• Total||6.743 sq mi (17.463 km2)|
|• Land||6.719 sq mi (17.401 km2)|
|• Water||0.024 sq mi (0.062 km2) 0.36%|
|Elevation||118 ft (36 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Density||4,512.2/sq mi (1,742.2/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0885436|
Westfield is a town in Union County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the town's population was 30,316, reflecting an increase of 672 (+2.3%) from the 29,644 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 774 (+2.7%) from the 28,870 counted in the 1990 Census.
The old village area, now the downtown district, was settled in 1720 as part of the Elizabethtown Tract. Westfield was originally formed as a township on January 27, 1794, from portions of Elizabeth Township, while the area was still part of Essex County, and was incorporated as a one of New Jersey's first 104 townships by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798. It became part of the newly formed Union County on March 19, 1857. Portions of the township have been taken to form Rahway Township (February 27, 1804), Plainfield Township (April 5, 1847), Cranford Township (March 14, 1871), Fanwood Township (March 6, 1878, now known as Scotch Plains), Mountainside (September 25, 1895) and Hillside (April 3, 1913). The Town of Westfield was incorporated on March 4, 1903, replacing Westfield Township.
- 1 Geography
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Government
- 4 Education
- 5 Public transportation
- 6 Services
- 7 Media
- 8 Notable people
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Geography[edit | edit source]
Westfield is located at United States Census Bureau, the town had a total area of 6.743 square miles (17.463 km2), of which, 6.719 square miles (17.401 km2) of it is land and 0.024 square miles (0.062 km2) of it (0.36%) is water.(40.651644,-74.343447). According to the
Six municipalities border the town of Westfield: Mountainside to the north, Springfield Township to the northeast, Garwood and Cranford to the east, Clark to the southeast, and Scotch Plains to the west and southwest.
Neighborhoods[edit | edit source]
Westfield consists of two sides of the town, the North Side and the South Side. The following are distinct neighborhoods in the town:
- Country Club Estates
- The Gardens
- Indian Forest
- Kimball Avenue Historic District
- Manor Park
- Stoneleigh Park
Library[edit | edit source]
The Westfield Memorial Library was founded in 1873 as the "Every Saturday Book Club" and has evolved over the past century into the Westfield Memorial Library of today. The Library is located in a large, modern, Williamsburg-style building at 550 East Broad Street. The library's collection consists of over 250,000 books, two dozen public computers, a wide array of multimedia options, a large youth services area with a vivid mural depicting Westfield history, and multiple tables and carrels for studying. The library offers classes for adults and children, storytimes for children, and computer instruction.
Downtown[edit | edit source]
Westfield's downtown features many local and national stores, such as Lord & Taylor and several landmarks that were shown and used in the NBC network television show Ed such as the Rialto Theater. There are over 40 restaurants and casual dining establishments throughout the downtown. Downtown is located mostly north of the Westfield train station. The downtown area has a mix of independent stores and boutiques as well as national stores. Over one-third of the retailers and restaurants have existed for 25 years or more.
Downtown Westfield, with over 200 retail establishments and 400 commercial enterprises, is a regional destination in New Jersey. The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) manages the Special Improvement District (SID) area's growth and enhancement. The DWC is participates in the National Main Street program associated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is funded by a SID assessment on downtown properties and operates as the district's management agency. The DWC sponsors marketing efforts and promotions, special event planning, urban design and building improvement projects. The DWC works closely with the town government and volunteer groups to improve the downtown area. In 2004, Westfield won the Great American Main Street Award from the National Trust. In 2010, Westfield was the winner of the America in Bloom contest for communities with a population of 25,001 - 50,000 against the other two towns entered in their category. Shopping and dining in Westfield also attracts citizens from other communities across the State of New Jersey.
Several war memorials (including ones dedicated to the Korean War, World War II, and the Spanish-American War) are located in a plaza near the downtown. The plaza is also home to the September 11 Memorial Park, which pays special tribute to the residents of Westfield who died on September 11, 2001.
Demographics[edit | edit source]
1930-1990 2000 2010
2010 Census[edit | edit source]
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 30,316 people, 10,566 households, and 8,199 families residing in the town. The population density was 4,512.2 inhabitants per square mile (1,742.2 /km2). There were 10,950 housing units at an average density of 1,629.8 per square mile (629.3 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 88.17% (26,729) White, 3.25% (984) African American, 0.12% (36) Native American, 5.67% (1,718) Asian, 0.03% (10) Pacific Islander, 0.79% (241) from other races, and 1.97% (598) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.92% (1,492) of the population.
There were 10,566 households out of which 43.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.0% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.4% were non-families. 19.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.31.
In the town the population was spread out with 30.0% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 22.5% from 25 to 44, 29.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.0 years. For every 100 females there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.2 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $127,799 (with a margin of error of +/- $10,580) and the median family income was $150,797 (+/- $11,480). Males had a median income of $111,762 (+/- $7,767) versus $71,217 (+/- $5,624) for females. The per capita income for the town was $63,498 (+/- $4,577). About 0.9% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.4% of those under age 18 and 2.0% of those age 65 or over.
2000 Census[edit | edit source]
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 29,644 people, 10,622 households, and 8,178 families residing in the town. The population density was 4,403.1 people per square mile (1,700.7/km²). There were 10,819 housing units at an average density of 1,607.0 per square mile (620.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 89.98% White, 3.88% African American, 0.09% Native American, 4.08% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.62% from other races, and 1.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.82% of the population.
There were 10,622 households out of which 40.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.0% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.0% were non-families. 19.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.20.
In the town the population was spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 4.0% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $98,390, and the median income for a family was $112,145. Males had a median income of $82,420 versus $45,305 for females. The per capita income for the town was $47,187. About 1.7% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 3.1% of those age 65 or over.
Government[edit | edit source]
Local government[edit | edit source]
Westfield is governed under a Special Charter granted by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature. The government consists of a Mayor and an eight-member Town Council, with all positions filled in partisan elections. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Town Council consists of eight members, with two members elected from each of four wards. Town Council members are elected to serve four-year terms on a staggered basis, with one seat in each ward coming up for election every other year. The Town Council holds weekly meetings open to the public where it discusses legislation under consideration.
As of 2012, the Mayor of Westfield is Andrew Skibitsky (R, whose term of office ends December 31, 2013). Members of the Westfield Town Council are Frank Arena (R, Ward 1 - 2015), Sam Della Fera (R, Ward 1 - 2013), JoAnn Neylan (R, Ward 2 - 2015), Vicki Kimmins (R, Ward 2 - 2013), David Haas (D, Ward 3 - 2013), Mark LoGrippo (R, Ward 3 - 2015), James Foerst (R, Ward 4 - 2015) and Keith Loughlin (R, Ward 4 - 2013). The GOP will hold a 8-1 majority in the Town Council (including Mayor Skibitsky) through 2013 when five Council seats (including Mayor) will be contested.
In the 2011 Town Council elections, incumbent Council Members Arena, Neylan, LoGrippo and Foerst were victorious.
In the 2009 Mayoral and Town Council elections, Mayor Skibitsky and Council Members Della Fera, Kimmins, Haas and Loughlin were victorious.
Westfield politics are dominated by a two-party system in which the Republican Party and the Democratic Party compete for elected offices. Historically, Westfield politics have been dominated by the GOP. The Westfield Republican Committee is chaired by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick and the Westfield Democratic Committee is chaired by Councilman David Haas.
Emergency services[edit | edit source]
Police[edit | edit source]
The Westfield Police Department (WPD) has been a vital part of the town's culture since its foundation. The chief of police is David Wayman, who was appointed in April 2012 to succeed John Parizeau. The department operates a Patrol Division, Traffic Safety Bureau, Records Bureau, Detective Bureau, Juvenile and Community Policing Bureau, and its own Emergency Services Unit. Westfield's Parking Services also falls under the jurisdiction of the WPD. Parking Services is responsible for monitoring parking and traffic safety within Westfield's Central Business District. This division in recent years has provided a major source of income for the town. In 2007, Westfield Parking Services issued 27,444 parking tickets of which 16,306 were for overtime parking at meters or in pay station lots. Each division of the WPD operates different vehicles, most with a classic black-and-white paint scheme. As of June, 2012, they are as follows:
- Patrol Division: Ford Crown Victorias (Units 41-49, 25 and 27-29), a Ford Expedition (Unit 40), an unmarked green Crown Victoria (Unit 39), and an unmarked black 2013 Ford Police Interceptor Utility (38).
- Detective Bureau: Unmarked Ford Crown Victorias as well as a 2012 Dodge Durango
- Traffic Safety Bureau: Ford Crown Victoria (24), Ford F-150 (22), and a 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 (23)
- Emergency Services Unit: Ford E-150 (70), Ford Expedition (71), and a trailer.
- Parking Services: Ford Crown Victorias (61-63) and a Ford Connect van (U1)
- Other: 2 BMW motorcycles (31-32) donated by JMK BMW of Springfield, NJ and a Chevy Tahoe used by the Chief of Police.
Fire[edit | edit source]
The Westfield Fire Department was formed in 1875 following a fire that destroyed a city block on East Broad Street. The WFD is a combination department with 36 paid/career firefighters and 15 volunteer firefighters. There are four platoons of eight (a Battalion Chief, two Lieutenants and five Firefighters) working a 24/72 hour work schedule out of two fire stations. Administrative members include the Chief of Department, the Deputy Chief of Operations, and the Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention. The Fire Safety Inspector position in the Fire Prevention Bureau was been eliminated in January 2009 due to budget cuts. The current Chief of Department is Daniel J. Kelly.
Westfield Fire Headquarters, located at 405 North Avenue West, is manned 24 hours a day by a Battalion Chief (Shift Commander), a Lieutenant and three Firefighters. These personnel man an Engine Company, first due on the north side of town, and the Ladder Company. A reserve Engine Company and a Utility Pick-Up are also housed at Fire Headquarters. The office of the Chief of Department and the Deputy Chief of Operations are located here as well.
Station 2, located at 1029 Central Avenue, is manned 24 hours a day by a Lieutenant and two firefighters. These personnel man an Engine Company, first due on the south side of town. A reserve Engine Company, a Utility Pick-Up, and a spare SUV are also housed at Station 2. The Fire Prevention Bureau is located at Station 2 and houses the office of the Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention.
The WFD in operates a fleet of four E-One Engines (2 x 2,000 GPM & 2 x 1,500 GPM) and 1 E-One 110' Ladder with two support pick-ups, one support SUV, and three staff 4x4 vehicles. The paint scheme for the older apparatus (Engine 4 and Truck 1) are yellow, with the newer apparatus (Engine 2,3,5) being red bodies with white cabs. The support vehicles, a Ford Pick-Up (Utility 7), a Chevy Pick-Up (Utility 8), and a Jeep Cherokee (Car 9) are red with white striping and the remaining staff vehicles, for Chief Officers, are unmarked Dodge Durangos (Car 1,11,12)
The WFD responds annually to approximately 2,000 calls for service. The WFD serves as a back-up EMS agency for the town if the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad is not readily available. All members are CPR-Defib certified with 27 members currently New Jersey certified EMTs with the remaining members trained to the first responder level. Both stations are always manned with FF/EMTs 24 hours a day.
The WFD is also a partner in the Union County Fire Mutual Aid agreement, responding to numerous requests for aid to any of the other 20 municipalities in Union County.
The career firefighters (excluding Chief and Deputy Chiefs) are members of The New Jersey Firefighter's Mutual Benevolent Association Local # 30 (NJ FMBA).
Federal, state and county representation[edit | edit source]
New Jersey's Seventh Congressional District is represented by Leonard Lance (R, Clinton Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).
21st Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature, which is represented in the New Jersey Senate by Thomas Kean, Jr. (R, Westfield) and in the New Jersey General Assembly by Jon Bramnick (R, Westfield) and Nancy Munoz (R, Summit). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
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. As of 2011, Union County's Freeholders are Chairman Deborah P. Scanlon (Union, term ends December 31, 2012), Vice Chairman Alexander Mirabella (Fanwood, 2012), Linda Carter (Plainfield, 2013), Angel G. Estrada (Elizabeth, 2011), Christopher Hudak (Linden, 2011), Mohamed S. Jalloh (Roselle, 2012), Bette Jane Kowalski (Cranford, 2013), Daniel P. Sullivan (Elizabeth, 2013) and Nancy Ward (Linden, 2011).
Education[edit | edit source]
Students in Kindergarten through 12th grade attend the Westfield Public Schools. The district has a central kindergarten, six elementary schools (grades 1-5), two middle schools (grades 6-8) divided by a "North Side / South Side" boundary, and one high school (grades 9-12). The schools in the district (with 2009-10 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Lincoln School (285 students), six elementary schools for grades 1-5 — Franklin Elementary School (633; North), Jefferson Elementary School (444; South), McKinley Elementary School (348; South), Tamaques Elementary School (426; South), Washington Elementary School (329; North) and Wilson Elementary School (468; North) — Roosevelt Intermediate School (780; North) and Thomas Alva Edison Intermediate School (759; South) for grades 6-8, along with Westfield High School (1,796) for grades 9-12.
There is also a Middle States accredited Catholic school, Holy Trinity Interparochial School, run by the three parishes of Holy Trinity and St. Helen's in Westfield along with Our Lady of Lourdes in Mountainside, which offers education from Pre-Kindergarten to 8th grade and operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.
Public transportation[edit | edit source]
New Jersey Transit's Raritan Valley Line provides rail service from the Westfield train station to Newark Penn Station in Newark with connecting service to Penn Station New York. Westfield's position and schedule on the Raritan Valley line make it highly desirable for commuters, as several times in the morning and evening rush hours a non-stop service is operated to/from Newark Penn Station. On these non-stop services, the one-way journey time to/from New York Penn Station is 50 minutes, or 20 minutes to/from Newark Penn Station. New Jersey Transit's 113 route provides bus service to New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal seven days per week from the town center, taking approximately one hour to NYC, with additional service available along Route 22 on the northern edge of the town (New Jersey Transit bus routes 114 & 117), taking approximately 45 minutes, and the 59 route provides local bus service between Plainfield and Newark. Olympia Trails also offers weekday bus service to New York City.
Newark Liberty International Airport is approximately 20 minutes away, most conveniently reached via Route 22, and Linden Airport, a general aviation facility is in nearby Linden, New Jersey. Newark Liberty International Airport is also easily accessible via New Jersey Transit train.
Services[edit | edit source]
Residential telephone service is handled by Verizon Communications. Westfield cable television is supplied by Comcast , which also delivers the Westfield Community Channel (ch 36), News 12 New Jersey (ch 62) and Scotch Plains Local Access Channel (ch 34) Public-access television cable TV. Verizon's Fiber Optic Service (FiOS) is also offered in Westfield, which gives the option of digital cable, high-speed internet and telephone service. Power is supplied through the Public Service Electric and Gas Company. Gas is supplied via Elizabethtown Gas and water by American Water of NJ. Recycling is collected curbside by private haulers contracted by the Department of Public Works on a biweekly basis, while trash is collected by private haulers hired by residents.
Media[edit | edit source]
Westfield was served by two weekly newspapers The Westfield Leader and The Record-Press, until The Record-Press ended publication in 2008. It is one of the communities served by the Courier News, a daily newspaper based in Bridgewater Township, and The Star Ledger based in Newark. Westfield Patch is an online newsource dedicated strictly to local Westfield news. It is updated around the clock by a small staff of paid editors and volunteer contributors.
- Westfield Community Television (WCT)
The local community access channel 36 operates out of the Municipal Building on Broad Street in Westfield on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and half of every Sunday. WCT provides limited community related programming, coverage of town council meetings, and operates the WCT Bulletin Board. WCT shares time on channel 36 with Blue Devil Television which originates from Westfield High School and produces nearly 200 original productions each academic year.
Notable people[edit | edit source]
Current and former notable residents of Westfield include
- Charles Addams (1912–1988), cartoonist for The New Yorker magazine, most famous for his cartoons of The Addams Family.
- Dr. Virginia Apgar (1909–74), creator of the Apgar score for assessing health of newborns.
- Billy Ard (born 1959), former NFL guard for the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers.
- Richard Bagger (born 1960), former mayor, selected by Governor Chris Christie to be his chief of staff.
- Robert Barchi, President of Rutgers University.
- Jon Bramnick (born 1953), member of the New Jersey General Assembly, District 21, since 2003.
- Bryan Beller (born 1971), bass guitarist known for his work with Mike Keneally, Steve Vai, Dethklok, James LaBrie of Dream Theater, and Dweezil Zappa.
- Dave Brown (born 1970), NFL quarterback, 1992-2000 (New York Giants, Arizona Cardinals).
- Robert Nietzel Buck (1914–2007), aviator and author who broke the junior transcontinental airspeed record and thirteen other junior airspeed records in the 1930s started his flying career at the Westfield Airport.
- Gil Chapman (born 1953), running back and return specialist for the University of Michigan and New Orleans Saints.
- Steve Cheek (born 1977), NFL punter, 2001-2005 (San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs, Carolina Panthers).
- Michael Chertoff (born 1953), United States Secretary of Homeland Security and former United States district court Judge.
- Chris Christie (born 1962), Governor of New Jersey, who lived in Westfield for a year while his home in Mendham was under construction.
- Michael DuHaime (born 1974), Republican strategist and public affairs executive.
- Geoff Edwards (born 1931), actor and game show host.
- Edward Einhorn (born 1970), children's author, director and playwright.
- Mike Emanuel (born 1967), Chief Congressional Correspondent, Fox News, former White House Correspondent for Fox covering the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations.
- Dan Soucek (born 1969), North Carolina State Senator, 1987 Graduate of Westfield High School, 1991 Graduate of West Point.
- The Fashionites, a punk band active in the 1990s.
- Kevin Feige, film producer and President of Marvel Studios
- Michael Fennelly (born 1949), rock guitarist, singer and songwriter who performed with The Millennium and Crabby Appleton.
- Robert Greifeld, CEO of NASDAQ-OMX.
- Harry Hanan (1916–82), cartoonist of the syndicated comic strip Louie.
- Langston Hughes (1902–67), poet.
- Clark Hulings (1922–2011), realist artist.
- Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960), folklorist.
- Thomas Kean, Jr. (born 1968), New Jersey State Senator who ran for U.S. Senate and is the son of former Governor of New Jersey and 9/11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean.
- Kevin Kelly (born 1952), Founder of Wired magazine.
- Martin Kunert, film director and TV writer/producer (Voices of Iraq, MTV's Fear, Campfire Tales).
- Christian J. Lambertsen (1917–2011), "the father of the Frogmen".
- Marilyn Lange (born 1952), Playboy Playmate for May 1974 and Playmate of the year for 1975.
- Margaret Carver Leighton (1896–1987), children's author.
- Richard Leigh (1943–2007), co-author of The New York Times best seller The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail and other works of fiction and nonfiction.
- John List (1925–2008), murderer convicted in the deaths of his wife, mother and three children.
- Andrew McCarthy (born 1962), actor who appeared in Weekend at Bernie's.
- Patrick Morrisey, elected as Attorney General of West Virginia in 2012.
- Randolph Perkins (1871–1936), mayor of Westfield from 1903 to 1905, and represented New Jersey's 6th congressional district from 1921 to 1936.
- Paul Robeson (1898–1976), athlete, actor, singer, political activist, NFL guard from 1920 to 1922 for the Akron Pros and Milwaukee Badgers.
- Bret Schundler (born 1959), former Mayor of Jersey City and former New Jersey gubernatorial candidate.
- Coleen Sexton (born 1979), actress who made her Broadway debut at age 20 in Jekyll & Hyde in 2000.
- Matthew Sklar (born 1973), Tony Award-nominated composer for the Broadway musical The Wedding Singer. Associate conductor for many productions including 42nd Street, Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, Nine and Caroline or Change.
- Jeff Torborg (born 1941), MLB player and manager.
- P. Roy Vagelos (born 1929), former Chairman and CEO of Merck & Co.
- Jeffrey A. Warsh (born 1960), State Assemblyman and Executive Director of New Jersey Transit.
- Harrison A. Williams (1919–2001), U.S. Senator who was forced to resign in the face of expulsion due to his involvement in the Abscam case.
- Malinda Williams (born 1975), actress.
- Harold "Butch" Woolfolk (born 1960), NFL running back from 1982 to 1988 who played for the New York Giants, Houston Oilers and Detroit Lions.
- Dan Yemin, punk rock guitarist.
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- Westfield Town official website
- The Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce official website
- Westfield Public Schools
- Westfield Public Schools's 2009–10 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the Westfield Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics
- The Downtown Westfield Corporation
- The Presbyterian Church in Westfield
- St. Paul's Episcopal Church
- Westfield Profile with Graphics