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About the Community of Mountainside

Mountainside is a borough in Union CountyNew Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 6,685, reflecting an increase of 83 (+1.3%) from the 6,602 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 55 (-0.8%) from the 6,657 counted in the 1990 Census.

Mountainside was incorporated as a borough on September 25, 1895, from portions of Westfield Township, based on the results of a referendum held the previous day.

New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Mountainside as its 16th best place to live in its 2008 rankings of the “Best Places To Live” in New Jersey, as well as eighth in the 2010 list.

Geography

Mountainside is located at 40°40′51″N 74°21′37″W (40.680722,-74.360292). According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 4.049 square miles (10.487 km2), of which, 4.008 square miles (10.380 km2) of it is land and 0.041 square miles (0.107 km2) of it (1.02%) is water.

The borough is bordered to the north by Summit, to the east by Springfield Township, to the south by Westfield, and to the west by Berkeley Heights and Scotch Plains.

Demographics


As of the 
2010 United States Census, there were 6,685 people, 2,468 households, and 1,866 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,668.0 inhabitants per square mile (644.0 /km2). There were 2,558 housing units at an average density of 638.3 per square mile (246.4 /km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 91.31% (6,104) White, 1.97% (132) Black or African American, 0.00% (0) Native American, 4.94% (330) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.42% (28) from other races, and 1.36% (91) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.09% (407) of the population. Census 2010

There were 2,468 households out of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.7% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.4% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the borough the population was spread out with 23.2% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 18.2% from 25 to 44, 30.0% from 45 to 64, and 23.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47.2 years. For every 100 females there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.1 males.

The Census Bureau’s 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $116,210 (with a margin of error of +/- $22,182) and the median family income was $135,086 (+/- $14,679). Males had a median income of $95,030 (+/- $9,312) versus $58,818 (+/- $8,974) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $52,844 (+/- $5,530). About 1.5% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.

Echo Lake Park view in autumn.

A landscape artist paints an autumnal scene at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside.

There were 2,434 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.9% were married couples living together, 5.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.9% were non-families. 17.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the borough the population was spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 3.8% from 18 to 24, 22.9% from 25 to 44, 27.3% from 45 to 64, and 24.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 89.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.1 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $97,195, and the median income for a family was $105,773. Males had a median income of $78,595 versus $52,667 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $47,474. About 2.0% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.9% of those under age 18 and 2.9% of those age 65 or over.

Government

Nature path in Watchung Reservation.

Playfields in Watchung Reservation in Mountainside.

Union County’s Trailside Nature & Science Center hosts many activities for education for children as well as exploration of nature and local history.

A play area for children in Watchung Reservation in Mountainside.

Local government

Mountainside Borough is governed by a Mayor-Council form of government as authorized through the Option Municipal Charter Law (commonly called the Faulkner Act). Enacted by the New Jersey Legislature in 1950 this form of local New Jersey government provides for the election of a Mayor for a term of four years and a Borough Council consisting of six members, elected for three-year terms each, with two seats coming up for election each year. Both the Mayor and Borough Council are elected at large, that is, to represent the entire community. Elections for all officials in Mountainside Borough are conducted on a partisan basis during the November General Election.

As of 2012, the mayor of Mountainside is Paul N. Mirabelli, whose term of office ends on December 31, 2015. Members of the Borough Council are Council President Keith C. Turner (2014), Deanna Andre (2014), William R. Lane (2012), Robert W. Messler (2012), Glenn Mortimer (2013) and Jeffrey R. Wass (2013).

Federal, state and county representation

Mountainside is located in the 7th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey’s 21st state legislative district.

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).

The 21st Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Thomas Kean, Jr. (R, Westfield) and in the General Assembly by Jon Bramnick (R, Westfield) and Nancy Munoz (R, Summit).  The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).  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, with an appointed County Manager overseeing the day-to-day operations of the county. At an annual reorganization meeting held in the beginning of January, the board selects a Chairman and Vice Chairman from among its members.  As of 2013, Union County’s Freeholders are Chairman Linda Carter (D, Plainfield, term ends December 31, 2013), Vice Chairman Christopher Hudak (D,Linden, 2014), Bruce Bergen (D, Springfield Township, 2015), Angel G. Estrada (D, Elizabeth, 2014),Mohamed S. Jalloh (D, Roselle, 2015), Bette Jane Kowalski (D, Cranford, 2013),Alexander Mirabella (D, Fanwood, 2015), Daniel P. Sullivan (D, Elizabeth, 2013) and Vernell Wright (D, Union Township, 2014). Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi (D, Union Township, 2015), Sheriff Ralph Froehlich (D, Union Township, 2013) and Surrogate James S. LaCorte (D, Springfield Township, 2014).  The County Manager is Alfred Faella.

Education

The Mountainside School District serves public school students in Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade. Schools in the district (with 2009-10 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[51]) are Beechwood School in grades PreK-2 (267 students) and Deerfield Schoolin grades 3-8 (522 students)

Public school students in grades 9-12 attend Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with theBerkeley Heights Public Schools.

Emergency medical services

The Mountainside Rescue Squad covers Mountainside. Due to membership shortage the Mountainside Rescue squad is covered by Atlantic EMS at times.

Transportation

New Jersey Transit bus operations routes 114 and 117 provide service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan in New York City whileroutes 65 and 66 travel to Downtown Newark, all making local stops at points in proxmate communities. An early use of bus rapid transit in New Jersey, a BBS (bus bypass shoulder, originally called a BOS or bus on shoulder lane) has been in operation for many years. Unlike most towns along Route 22, zoning in Mountainside does not allow for much commercial development adjacent to the freeway. For a one mile stretch in the town, the eastbound shoulder on the arterial road can be used for peak hour buses.  In 2012, NJDOT regulated the BBS as an exclusive bus lane from 6 to 7:30am. In 2009, NJDOT funded construction of two bus turnouts along the road in nearby Union.

Newark Liberty International Airport is approximately 11 miles (18 km) east of Mountainside.

Notable people

Notable current and former residents of Mountainside include:

  • Angelo DeCarlo (1902–1973), member of the New York Genovese crime family.
  • Harry Devlin (born 1918), cartoonist for magazines such as Collier’s Weekly.
  • Bitty Schram (born 1968), actress who appeared on Monk.
  • Jeff Torborg (born 1941), Major League Baseball player and manager.
  • Dale Torborg (born 1971), conditioning coordinator for the Chicago White Sox and former professional wrestler best known for his time in World Championship Wrestling.

All information about Mountainside courtesy of /Wikipedia.

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