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Millburn Township, New Jersey
—  Township  —
Map highlighting Millburn's location within Essex County. Inset: Essex County's location highlighted within the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Millburn, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°44′2″N 74°19′13″W / 40.73389°N 74.32028°W / 40.73389; -74.32028Coordinates: 40°44′2″N 74°19′13″W / 40.73389°N 74.32028°W / 40.73389; -74.32028
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Essex
Incorporated March 20, 1857
Government [1]
 - Type Township
 - Mayor Sandra Haimoff (R,2009)
 - Business Administrator Timothy P. Gordon[2]
Area
 - Total 9.9 sq mi (25.6 km2)
 - Land 9.4 sq mi (24.3 km2)
 - Water 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
Elevation [3] 305 ft (93 m)
Population (2007)[4]
 - Total 18,755
 - Density 2,106.2/sq mi (813.6/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07041 (Millburn)
07078 (Short Hills)
Area code(s) 973
FIPS code 34-46380[5][6]
GNIS feature ID 0882221[7]
Website http://www.twp.millburn.nj.us
Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1930 8,602
1940 11,652 35.5%
1950 14,560 25.0%
1960 18,799 29.1%
1970 21,089 12.2%
1980 19,543 −7.3%
1990 18,630 −4.7%
2000 19,765 6.1%
Est. 2007 18,755 [4] −5.1%
Population 1930 - 1990.[8]
Panoramic view of Millburn, NJ

Millburn is a township in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 19,765.

Millburn Township was created as a township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 20, 1857, from portions of Springfield Township.[9][10][11]

Millburn also includes the hamlet of Short Hills. Millburn comprises the historic Wyoming district, and South Mountain and Millburn Center areas. Short Hills contains the sections of Knollwood, Glenwood, Brookhaven, Country Club, Merrywood, Deerfield-Crossroads, Mountaintop, White Oak Ridge, and Old Short Hills Estates.

Millburn is known for its proximity to South Mountain Reservation and for The Mall at Short Hills. Millburn is also home to the Paper Mill Playhouse, a 70-year-old regional theater.

New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Millburn as the 53rd best place to live in New Jersey in its 2008 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey.[12]

Contents

Geography

Millburn is located at 40°44′02″N 74°19′13″W / 40.733751°N 74.320141°W / 40.733751; -74.320141 (40.733751, -74.320141)[13], approximately 15 miles from Manhattan and is bordered by the municipalities of Livingston, Florham Park, Chatham, Summit, Springfield, Union, Maplewood and West Orange.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 9.9 square miles (25.6 km2), of which, 9.4 square miles (24.3 km2) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) of it (5.25%) is water.

The West Branch of the Rahway River runs through downtown Millburn.

Demographics

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 19,765 people, 7,015 households, and 5,604 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,106.2 people per square mile (813.6/km2). There were 7,158 housing units at an average density of 762.8/sq mi (294.6/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 88.91% White, 8.40% Asian, 1.10% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, and 1.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.04% of the population.

There were 7,015 households out of which 44.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.6% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.1% were non-families. 17.4% 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 2.82 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the township the population was spread out with 30.2% under the age of 18, 3.2% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.2 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $130,848, and the median income for a family was $158,888. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus $51,603 for females.[14] The per capita income for the township was $76,796. About 1.2% of families and 1.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.4% of those under age 18 and 1.0% of those age 65 or over.

Although at one time the Short Hills section of Millburn Township was restricted, as evidenced by many of the old property deeds, today Millburn has one of the largest Jewish communities in Essex County, along with neighboring Livingston and South Orange. Short Hills still has a restricted club, called the Short Hills club, located near the North Pond. [3] Philip Roth's popular novel Goodbye, Columbus about a newly affluent Jewish family in the 1950s, was set in the Short Hills section of Millburn, and a key scene takes place at the Millburn High School track.

The township has also become very popular with young professionals moving out of Manhattan, thanks to direct train service to Penn Station.[15]

Government

Local government

Downtown Millburn
Milburn Short Hills Volunteer First Aid Squad

Since its incorporation as a municipality in 1857, Millburn has operated under the Township form of government with a five-member Township Committee. The Township Committee is elected directly by the voters in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one or two seats coming up for election each year.[1] At an annual reorganization meeting, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor. A Business Administrator manages the day-to-day functions of the Township.

Members of the Township Committee are Mayor Sandra H. Haimoff (R, term ends December 31, 2009), Deputy Mayor James F. Suell (D, 2008), former mayor Daniel J. Baer (D, 2010), Thomas C. McDermott (R, 2010), Ellen Steinberg (D, 2008).[10]

Haimoff became the new Mayor in 2008 following the expiration of former mayor Daniel Baer's term on December 31, 2007. Daniel Baer's service had marked the first time in the history of the town that a Democrat held the title of Mayor.

Federal, state and county representation

Millburn is split between the Tenth and Eleventh Congressional Districts and is part of New Jersey's 21st Legislative District.[16]

New Jersey's Tenth Congressional District, covering portions of Essex County, Hudson County, and Union County, is represented by Donald M. Payne (D, Newark). New Jersey's Eleventh Congressional District, covering western portions of Essex County, all of Morris County, and sections of Passaic County, Somerset County and Sussex County, is represented by Rodney Frelinghuysen (R, Harding Township). New Jersey is represented in the Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

For the 2008-2009 Legislative Session, the 21st District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the Senate by Thomas Kean, Jr. (R, Westfield) and in the General Assembly by Jon Bramnick (R, Westfield) and Nancy Munoz (R, Summit).[17] The Governor of New Jersey is Jon Corzine (D, Hoboken).[18]

Essex County's County Executive is Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. The executive, along with the Board of Chosen Freeholders administer all county business. Essex County's Freeholders are Freeholder President Blonnie R. Watson (at large), Freeholder Vice President Ralph R. Caputo (District 5), Johnny Jones (at large), Donald M. Payne, Jr. (at large), Patricia Sebold (at large) Samuel Gonzalez (District 1), D. Bilal Beasley (District 2), Carol Y. Clark (District 3) and Linda Lordi Cavanaugh (District 4).[19]

Politics

On the national level, Millburn leans toward the Democratic Party. In 2008, Democrat Barack Obama received 59% of the vote here, defeating Republican John McCain.[20]

Education

The Millburn Township Public Schools serve students in prekindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[21]) are five K-5 elementary schools — Deerfield Elementary School (522 students), Glenwood Elementary School (448), Hartshorn Elementary School (569), South Mountain Elementary School (353) and Wyoming Elementary School (328) — Millburn Middle School for sixth through eighth grade (1,070) and Millburn High School for grades 9-12 (1,283).

During the 2007-08 school year, Millburn High School was recognized with the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education[22][23], the highest award an American school can receive.[24][25] It was also named as one of the Top 100 High Schools in U.S. News and World Report's first ever ranking of U.S. high schools. It was also ranked as Number 148 in Newsweek Magazine's listing of "America's Best High Schools" in the August 5, 2005 issue.[26] The ranking was solely based on the number of AP exams taken by the students at the school in the past year divided by the number of graduating seniors. 96.6% of the class of 2006 were planning to attend a four-year college, or other post-secondary education.[27]

New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Millburn High School as the best high school in New Jersey in its 2008 rankings of the "Top Public High Schools" in New Jersey.[28]

The influx of younger families into the community has led to significant growth in public school enrollment, with projected attendance forecast to double from 1990 to 2007.[15]

Far Brook School is a private, nonsectarian coeducational day school located in the Short Hills section of Millburn, serving students in nursery through eighth grade, with a total enrollment of 197 students. The Pingry School's Lower School (K-6) campus is located in Short Hills. St. Rose of Lima School is a Catholic school with 260 students in PreK-3 to 8th grade, operating under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Newark.

Library

Transportation

Millburn Township is served by two New Jersey Transit railroad stations along the Morristown Line: the Millburn station, located at the intersection of Essex Avenue and Lackawanna Place near the Millburn Free Public Library, and the Short Hills station, located near The Crescent Street between Hobart Avenue and Chatham Road. The latter station is also the site of the Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society museum.

In addition, New Jersey Transit operates multiple bus lines along Millburn and Essex Avenues, including the 70 route that stops at the Millburn RR station on a route between Newark and Livingston. The MCM3 Morris County Metro local route also serves the community.[29]

Local Media

Millburn Patch is a news and information site serving Millburn. It has sister sites in next door Maplewood and South Orange. All three sites were launched in February 2009 by Patch Media.

The Item of Millburn and Short Hills is a weekly newspaper published by North Jersey Media Group. It has been serving the community for many years. The Item focuses on community issues and provides in depth coverage of local rec league and Little League sports, school plays and concerts, high school sports and community events. It is published weekly on Thursdays.

The Local is a news and information site run by the New York Times. It is an attempt at a new news model by the organization, aiming to combine the breadth and accessibility of 'viral' news media with the standards and quality found in a professional news organization. Once an area is selected for local coverage, they will assign/hire an editor who will live in the area, whose job is to encourage and edit submissions to the site. The Local has multiple coverage areas: One editor oversees the news content from Maplewood, Millburn and South Orange.

The Independent Press is distributed free of charge to every address in the Township. www.nj.com/independentpress/

Sesquicentennial

Millburn celebrated its 150th Birthday in its downtown, June '07. It was one of the biggest celebrations in Millburn history.[30]

Points of interest

Noted residents

Notable current and former residents of Millburn include:

References

  1. ^ a b 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 95.
  2. ^ Administration, Millburn Township. Accessed August 6, 2007.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Township of Millburn, Geographic Names Information System, accessed August 6, 2007.
  4. ^ a b Census data for Millburn township, United States Census Bureau. Accessed October 20, 2008.
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  6. ^ A Cure for the Common Codes: New Jersey, Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed July 14, 2008.
  7. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  8. ^ New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990, Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network. Accessed March 1, 2007.
  9. ^ "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 129.
  10. ^ a b Mayor and Township Committee, Millburn Township. Accessed February 21, 2008.
  11. ^ Millburn History, Millburn Township. Accessed March 9, 2007.
  12. ^ "Best Places To Live - The Complete Top Towns List", New Jersey Monthly, February 21, 2008. Accessed May 11, 2008.
  13. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  14. ^ DP-3. Profile of Selected Economic Characteristics: 2000 for Millburn township, Essex County, New Jersey, United States Census Bureau. Accessed September 25, 2007.
  15. ^ a b Cheslow, Jerry. "If You're Thinking of Living In/Millburn Township, N.J.; A Town Where Both Halves Live Well", The New York Times, July 16, 2000. Accessed May 14, 2007."Although Millburn has a large number of doctors, lawyers and other professionals, the mayor said that the majority of newcomers are connected with the financial industries in Manhattan. Among the attractions is NJ Transit's Midtown Direct train service: commuters leaving Millburn end up at Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan, avoiding the more laborious route that terminates in Hoboken, where Manhattan-bound riders have to transfer to PATH trains.... As older residents sell their houses in Millburn, public-school enrollment is escalating sharply. It now stands at 3,714, compared with 2,283 in 1990. Dr. James F. Donovan, the superintendent of schools, said that by 2007, enrollment is projected at 4,500."
  16. ^ 2008 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government, New Jersey League of Women Voters, p. 60. Accessed September 30, 2009.
  17. ^ Legislative Roster: 2008-2009 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed June 6, 2008.
  18. ^ "About the Governor". New Jersey. http://www.nj.gov/governor/about/. Retrieved 6 June 2008.  
  19. ^ The Board of Chosen Freeholders, Essex County, New Jersey. Acecssed August 8, 2008.
  20. ^ http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/results_2009_doe.html
  21. ^ Data for the Millburn Township Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed April 13, 2008.
  22. ^ Addison, Kasi; and Juri, Carmen. "Three Essex schools capture blue ribbon", The Star-Ledger, October 7, 2007. Accessed October 14, 2007. "Principals in three Essex County schools found out last week their buildings joined an exclusive club of exemplary schools when the U.S. Department of Education named the nation's latest batch of No Child Left Behind -- Blue Ribbon Schools.... The three Essex County schools are Oakview School in Bloomfield, Millburn High School and Harriet Tubman School in Newark."
  23. ^ No Child Left Behind - Blue Ribbon Schools Program: 2007 Schools, United States Department of Education. Accessed October 15, 2007.
  24. ^ CIBA cited as one of the best by Education Department, Journal Inquirer, November 16, 2006. "The Blue Ribbon award is given only to schools that reach the top 10 percent of their state's testing scores over several years or show significant gains in student achievement. It is considered the highest honor a school can achieve."
  25. ^ Viers Mill School Wins Blue Ribbon; School Scored High on Statewide Test; The Washington Post. September 29, 2005 "For their accomplishments, all three schools this month earned the status of Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor the U.S. Education Department can bestow upon a school."
  26. ^ "America's Best High Schools", Newsweek Magazine, August 5, 2005.
  27. ^ Millburn High School 2005-06 School Report Card, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 14, 2007. 96.6% = Four-year College/University (93.0%) + Two-year College (3.0%) + Other College (0.3%) + Other Post-secondary School (0.3%).
  28. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008", New Jersey Monthly, August 7, 2008. The number one rating was based upon several comparative criteria including average SAT scores and percentage of students attending four year colleges and top universities. Accessed May 11, 2009.
  29. ^ Essex County Bus/Rail Connections, New Jersey Transit. Accessed June 20, 2007.
  30. ^ Kelley, Pat. "Thousands expected for parade, party: Highlight of township's 150th anniversary is this Saturday", Independent Press, June 6, 2007. Accessed June 25, 2007. "Millburn is the place to be on Saturday, June 9. Officials and residents alike are gearing up for one of the biggest events in the township's history as they prepare to celebrate Millburn's 150th anniversary with a huge parade and a day full of fun events."
  31. ^ Harris, Patricia. "TV bachelor retains his roots", The Item of Millburn and Short Hills, December 7, 2006. "Prince Lorenzo Borghese, the young bachelor whose selection of a potential life partner was chronicled on the recently completed television series “The Bachelor: Rome,” spent his formative years in the township."
  32. ^ Fisher, Ian. "James Fletcher, 72, NASA Chief Who Urged Shuttle Program, Dies", The New York Times, December 24, 1991. Accessed December 11, 2007.
  33. ^ Maynard, Kevin. "Up-and_Comers: Beyond the fairy tale", USA Weekend, April 11, 2004. ""Once upon a time there lived a pretty girl named Anne Hathaway. She was a typical teenager in Millburn, N.J., albeit with a surprise hit movie -- "The Princess Diaries" -- under her belt that raked in more than $100 million and won her the adulation of little girls everywhere."
  34. ^ "Adm. Herbert G. Hopwood Dies; Pacific Fleet Commander, '58-60", The New York Times, September 16, 1966. Accessed November 28, 2007. "Adm. Herbert Gladstone Hopwood, who was commander in chief of the United States Pacific Fleet at his retirement from the Navy in 1960, died this morning in St. Barnabas Hospital. He was 67 years old and lived at 68 Tennyson Drive in Short Hills."
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  38. ^ Caldwell, Dave. "IN PERSON; Renaissance Man", The New York Times, December 4, 2005. Accessed January 24, 2008. "The taciturn Mulcahy, who graduated from Millburn High School and lives in Basking Ridge, did much of the groundwork that let Schiano, after a few tough seasons, become a success in his home state -- their home state."
  39. ^ Horner, Shirley. "ABOUT BOOKS", The New York Times, October 3, 1993. Accessed December 19, 2007. "Previous recipients of the award, which has come to be known as the Michael, include Mary Higgins Clark of Saddle River, Belva Plain of Short Hills, Wende and Harry Devlin of Mountainside, the Nobel laureate Dr. Arno Penzias of Highland Park and Gay Talese of Ocean City."
  40. ^ She's got the look, The Observer, July 16, 2006. Accessed May 14, 2008. "She was born Rachel Zoe Rosenzweig in New York and grew up in Short Hills, New Jersey, the daughter of wealthy art collectors."
  41. ^ Capuzzo, Jill L. "From 'Saturday Night Live' to '700 Sundays'", The New York Times, December 12, 2004. Accessed July 31, 2007. "For one thing, it has allowed him to move his family back East, to Short Hills, from Los Angeles, where the Zweibels have been living for the last 15 years."

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