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Maywood is a borough
Borough (New Jersey)
A borough in the context of New Jersey local government refers to one of five types and one of eleven forms of municipal government....

 in Bergen County
Bergen County, New Jersey
Bergen County is the most populous county of the state of New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, its population was 905,116. The county is part of the New York City Metropolitan Area. Its county seat is Hackensack...

, New Jersey
New Jersey
New Jersey is a state in the Northeastern and Middle Atlantic regions of the United States. , its population was 8,791,894. It is bordered on the north and east by the state of New York, on the southeast and south by the Atlantic Ocean, on the west by Pennsylvania and on the southwest by Delaware...

, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough population was 9,555.

Maywood was incorporated as a borough on June 29, 1894, from portions of Midland Township
Midland Township, Bergen County, New Jersey (Historical)
Midland Township was a township in Bergen County, New Jersey, in the United States, that was formed on March 7, 1871, from portions of New Barbadoes Township....

, based on the results of a referendum held that day, at the height of the "Boroughitis
Boroughitis
Boroughitis was a political phenomenon that spread throughout the U.S. state of New Jersey in the late 19th century, which led groups of residents to unite to form boroughs from within and among the many townships that were the prevalent form of local government at the time. This phenomenon was...

" phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County.

Geography


Maywood is located at 40.905030°N 74.062795°W (40.905030, -74.062795).

According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
The United States Census Bureau is the government agency that is responsible for the United States Census. It also gathers other national demographic and economic data...

, the borough has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km²), all of it land.

Demographics



As of the census
Census
A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. It is a regularly occurring and official count of a particular population. The term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common...

of 2000, there were 9,523 people, 3,710 households, and 2,626 families residing in the borough. The population density
Population density
Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and particularly to humans...

 was 7,326.2 people per square mile (2,828.3/km2). There were 3,777 housing units at an average density of 2,905.7 per square mile (1,121.8/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 84.57% White, 2.79% African American, 0.07% Native American, 7.16% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 3.31% from other races
Race (United States Census)
Race and ethnicity in the United States Census, as defined by the Federal Office of Management and Budget and the United States Census Bureau, are self-identification data items in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify, and indicate whether or not they are...

, and 2.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.71% of the population.

There were 3,710 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples
Marriage
Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found...

 living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.2% were non-families. 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the borough the population was spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 86.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.5 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $62,113, and the median income for a family was $73,419. Males had a median income of $49,566 versus $38,193 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
Per capita income or income per person is a measure of mean income within an economic aggregate, such as a country or city. It is calculated by taking a measure of all sources of income in the aggregate and dividing it by the total population...

 for the borough was $28,117. About 2.5% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 3.3% of those age 65 or over.

Local government


Maywood is governed under the Borough
Borough (New Jersey)
A borough in the context of New Jersey local government refers to one of five types and one of eleven forms of municipal government....

 form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at large. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office and only votes to break a tie. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year.

, the Mayor
Mayor
In many countries, a Mayor is the highest ranking officer in the municipal government of a town or a large urban city....

 of Maywood is Timothy J. Eustace, (Democratic Party
Democratic Party (United States)
The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Republican Party. The party's socially liberal and progressive platform is largely considered center-left in the U.S. political spectrum. The party has the lengthiest record of continuous...

, term ends December 31, 2011). Members of the Borough Council are Council President John E. Savage (D, 2012), Marianne F. Auriemma (D, 2012), Paul S. Bresko (D, 2011), Adrian Febre (R
Republican Party (United States)
The Republican Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Democratic Party. Founded by anti-slavery expansion activists in 1854, it is often called the GOP . The party's platform generally reflects American conservatism in the U.S...

, 2013), Erich Fleischmann (D, 2013) and Nancy M. Jengo (D, 2011).

In elections held on November 2, 2010, ~49% of the registered voters turned out to fill two seats on the Borough Council. Democratic incumbent Erich Fleischmann (for his third term) and Republican newcomer Adrian Febre won, with Febre's win giving the Republicans their first seat on the Maywood Council since 2005. Losing were newcomers Democrat Rich Bolan and Independent Rick DeHere. Incumbent Lorraine Lapin did not run to retain her seat.

In elections held on November 3, 2009, ~47% of the registered voters turned out to fill two seats on the Borough Council. Incumbents Jack Savage (for his third term) and Marianne Auriemma (for her first full term after serving a year on an unexpired seat) retained their seats in an uncontested election.

In elections held on November 4, 2008, ~80% of the registered voters turned out to fill three seats on the Borough Council. Two were for three-year terms and one was for the last year of an unexpired term. Incumbent Nancy Jengo (2,512 votes) and newcomer Paul Bresko (2,347) won the two three-year seats over Anthony Klymenko (1,815). Newcomer Marianne Auriemma (2,478) won the one-year unexpired term unopposed.

In elections held on November 6, 2007, 39% of registered voters turned out to fill a four-year term for mayor and two three-year seats on the Borough Council. Democratic councilman Timothy J. Eustace (1,179 votes) won the mayoral race, defeating Republican challenger Alfred M. Ballerini (832) to become mayor. Democratic incumbents Lorraine LaPietra (1,124) and Erich Fleischman (1,111) won re-election to the council, with Republicans Antoinette Schmidt (853) and Susan D. Preziosi (851) trailing.

On Election Day, November 7, 2006, voters filled two seats on the Borough Council. As of Election Day, the council was composed entirely of Democrats, in a community in which registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by a small margin. The two Democratic incumbents, Timothy J. Eustace (1,822 votes) and Jack Savage (1,734) won re-election, defeating Republican Anthony P. Klymenko (1,040). The Democratic sweep gave Eustace his fourth term in office and Savage his second, and continued full Democratic control of the Council for 2007.

Due to the small population of Maywood, it is able to combine its Planning and Zoning Board into one entity.

Federal, state and county representation


Maywood is in the 9th Congressional district and is part of New Jersey's 38th state legislative district.




Politics


As of April 1, 2006, out of a 2004 Census estimated population of 9,505 in Maywood, there were 5,474 registered voters (57.6% of the population, vs. 55.4% in all of Bergen County). Of registered voters, 1,085 (19.8% vs. 20.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats
Democratic Party (United States)
The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Republican Party. The party's socially liberal and progressive platform is largely considered center-left in the U.S. political spectrum. The party has the lengthiest record of continuous...

, 899 (16.4% vs. 19.2% countywide) were registered as Republicans
Republican Party (United States)
The Republican Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Democratic Party. Founded by anti-slavery expansion activists in 1854, it is often called the GOP . The party's platform generally reflects American conservatism in the U.S...

 and 3,487 (63.7% vs. 60.1% countywide) were registered as Undeclared
Undeclared (New Jersey)
Unaffiliated is a status for registered voters in New Jersey. Those voters who do not specify a political party affiliation when they register to vote are listed as unaffiliated....

. There were three voters registered to other parties.

On the national level, Maywood leans slightly toward the Democratic Party. In the 2004 presidential election
United States presidential election, 2004
The United States presidential election of 2004 was the United States' 55th quadrennial presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 2, 2004. Republican Party candidate and incumbent President George W. Bush defeated Democratic Party candidate John Kerry, the then-junior U.S. Senator...

, Democrat John Kerry
John Kerry
John Forbes Kerry is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts, the 10th most senior U.S. Senator and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He was the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2004 presidential election, but lost to former President George W...

 received 51% of the vote here, defeating Republican George W. Bush
George W. Bush
George Walker Bush is an American politician who served as the 43rd President of the United States, from 2001 to 2009. Before that, he was the 46th Governor of Texas, having served from 1995 to 2000....

, who received around 48%.

Education


The Maywood Public Schools
Maywood Public Schools
The Maywood Public Schools are a comprehensive community public school district that serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade from the Borough of Maywood, in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States....

 serve students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Memorial School serves kindergarten to third grade (354 students as of 2005-06). For the 1996-97 school year, Memorial School was formally designated as a National Blue Ribbon School
Blue Ribbon Schools Program
The Blue Ribbon Schools Program is a United States government program created in 1981 to honor schools which have achieved high levels of performance or significant improvements with emphasis on schools serving disadvantaged students. The program centers around a self-assessment conducted by the...

, the highest honor that an American school can achieve.

Maywood Avenue School
Maywood Avenue School
Maywood Avenue School in Maywood, Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, teaches grades four through eight as part of the Maywood Public Schools. Part of the school was used for the Greenwood Early Learning Center which was primarily used to run Pre-K and Kindergarten programs, but as of 2008,...

 serves fourth through eighth grade (459 students). The school offers a wide variety of after school activities ranging from cheerleading to chess club. All students have the opportunity to contribute to their school newspaper, The Hawk, and eighth graders may assist with their yearbook.

After graduating from Maywood Avenue School, students in public school for grades 9 - 12 attend Hackensack High School
Hackensack High School
Hackensack High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school located in Hackensack, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Hackensack Public Schools...

 in Hackensack
Hackensack, New Jersey
Hackensack is a city in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States and the county seat of Bergen County. Although informally called Hackensack, it was officially named New Barbadoes Township until 1921. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city population was 43,010....

, as part of a sending/receiving relationship
Sending/receiving relationship
A sending/receiving relationship is one in which a public school district sends some or all of its students to attend the schools of another district. This is often done to achieve costs savings in smaller districts or continues after districts have grown as part of a historical relationship...

 with the Hackensack Public Schools
Hackensack Public Schools
The Hackensack Public Schools are a comprehensive community public school district that serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade from the City of Hackensack, in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States....

, together with students from Rochelle Park
Rochelle Park, New Jersey
Rochelle Park is a township in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township population was 5,530....

 and South Hackensack
South Hackensack, New Jersey
South Hackensack Township is a township in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township population was 2,378....

.

Students also attend the Bergen County Academies
Bergen County Academies
The Bergen County Academies is a magnet public high school located in Hackensack that serves the high school population of Bergen County, New Jersey. The school was conceived by the late Dr. John Grieco. The current principal is Russell Davis; Raymond Bath is the vice principal; Dr...

, Bergen County Technical High School
Bergen County Technical High School
Bergen County Technical High School, also known as Bergen Tech, or more commonly "BT", is a public high school serving students in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States...

 or other schools including St. Peter's Preparatory School
St. Peter's Preparatory School
Saint Peter's Preparatory School is a private all-male Jesuit college-preparatory school located in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA...

, Bergen Catholic High School
Bergen Catholic High School
Bergen Catholic High School is an all-male Roman Catholic high school in Oradell, Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, serving students in ninth through twelfth grade...

, Don Bosco Preparatory High School
Don Bosco Preparatory High School
Don Bosco Preparatory High School is a private, Roman Catholic secondary school for young men, grades 9 through 12. Founded by the Salesians of Don Bosco, a religious order of priests and brothers, the school is situated on a campus in Ramsey, New Jersey, United States...

, Saint Joseph Regional High School
Saint Joseph Regional High School
Saint Joseph Regional High School is a private, Roman Catholic, college preparatory school for boys, located on a campus in Montvale, New Jersey. The school operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. St. Joseph Regional High School was founded in 1962 by the Brothers...

, Paramus Catholic High School
Paramus Catholic High School
Paramus Catholic High School is a co-educational Roman Catholic high school located in Paramus in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. The school, founded in 1965, is one of several high schools in the Archdiocese of Newark...

, Academy of the Holy Angels
Academy of the Holy Angels
The Academy of the Holy Angels is an all-female Roman Catholic college preparatory high school located in Demarest, Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, serving students in ninth through twelfth grade. The school operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark...

, and Immaculate Heart Academy
Immaculate Heart Academy
Immaculate Heart Academy is an all-girls college preparatory private Roman Catholic high school located in Washington Township, in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. The school was founded in 1960 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace as the first regional high school for girls in the Roman...


Religion


Maywood is home to Our Lady Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church, First Presbyterian Church, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Zion Lutheran Church, St. Martin's Episcopal Church, and Temple Beth Israel
Temple Beth Israel (Bergen County, New Jersey)
Temple Beth Israel is a Reconstructionist synagogue located at 34 West Magnolia Avenue in Maywood, New Jersey...

, a Reconstructionist
Reconstructionist Judaism
Reconstructionist Judaism is a modern American-based Jewish movement based on the ideas of Mordecai Kaplan . The movement views Judaism as a progressively evolving civilization. It originated as a branch of Conservative Judaism, before it splintered...

 synagogue
Synagogue
A synagogue is a Jewish house of prayer. This use of the Greek term synagogue originates in the Septuagint where it sometimes translates the Hebrew word for assembly, kahal...

 established in 1928, which moved to its current location in 1931.

Transportation


New Jersey Transit
New Jersey Transit
The New Jersey Transit Corporation is a statewide public transportation system serving the United States state of New Jersey, and New York, Orange, and Rockland counties in New York State...

 bus routes 144, 145, 148, 162, 163 and 164 serve the Port Authority Bus Terminal
Port Authority Bus Terminal
The Port Authority Bus Terminal is the main gateway for interstate buses into Manhattan in New York City...

 in Midtown Manhattan
Midtown Manhattan
Midtown Manhattan, or simply Midtown, is an area of Manhattan, New York City home to world-famous commercial zones such as Rockefeller Center, Broadway, and Times Square...

; The 175 route serves the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal
George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal
The George Washington Bridge Bus Station is a commuter bus terminal located at the east end of the George Washington Bridge in the Washington Heights area of Manhattan in New York City, New York....

; and the 712, 751, 752, 753, 755, 758 and 770 provide local service in New Jersey.

Route 17 passes through Maywood. Main roads in Maywood include Maywood Avenue, Central Avenue, Passaic Street, and Spring Valley Road.

Entertainment and eateries


Maywood has a variety of entertainment features that, for the most part, citizens have access to on a daily basis. The "center" of the town is located on West Pleasant Ave. from the intersection of Maywood Ave. to Lincoln Ave. This section of Maywood is essentially a business district where most of the local restaurants and shops reside. Eateries uptown include three pizza
Pizza
Pizza is an oven-baked, flat, disc-shaped bread typically topped with a tomato sauce, cheese and various toppings.Originating in Italy, from the Neapolitan cuisine, the dish has become popular in many parts of the world. An establishment that makes and sells pizzas is called a "pizzeria"...

 places (one being a hybrid with a luncheonette), two Chinese take-out restaurants (one being a Chinese-Mexican hybrid), a cafe
Café
A café , also spelled cafe, in most countries refers to an establishment which focuses on serving coffee, like an American coffeehouse. In the United States, it may refer to an informal restaurant, offering a range of hot meals and made-to-order sandwiches...

, a formal restaurant, a bakery
Bakery
A bakery is an establishment which produces and sells flour-based food baked in an oven such as bread, cakes, pastries and pies. Some retail bakeries are also cafés, serving coffee and tea to customers who wish to consume the baked goods on the premises.-See also:*Baker*Cake...

, a pub, and a bagel
Bagel
A bagel is a bread product, traditionally shaped by hand into the form of a ring from yeasted wheat dough, roughly hand-sized, which is first boiled for a short time in water and then baked. The result is a dense, chewy, doughy interior with a browned and sometimes crisp exterior...

 place. Two convenience stores also reside uptown, as does a Hallmark
Hallmark Cards
Hallmark Cards is a privately owned American company based in Kansas City, Missouri. Founded in 1910 by Joyce C. Hall, Hallmark is the largest manufacturer of greeting cards in the United States. In 1985, the company was awarded the National Medal of Arts....

 and a fitness center. In April 2009, a Subway
Subway (restaurant)
Subway is an American restaurant franchise that primarily sells submarine sandwiches and salads. It is owned and operated by Doctor's Associates, Inc. . Subway is one of the fastest growing franchises in the world with 35,519 restaurants in 98 countries and territories as of October 25th, 2011...

 was opened uptown, making this restaurant the first fast food restaurant
Fast food restaurant
A fast food restaurant, also known as a Quick Service Restaurant or QSR within the industry itself, is a specific type of restaurant characterized both by its fast food cuisine and by minimal table service...

 franchise
Chain store
Chain stores are retail outlets that share a brand and central management, and usually have standardized business methods and practices. These characteristics also apply to chain restaurants and some service-oriented chain businesses. In retail, dining and many service categories, chain businesses...

 to open in Maywood.

This "business district" of Maywood was recently renovated through a "Street Scapes" grant. It was used to fix up the sidewalks, streets, lighting, etc.

Maywood's Memorial Park is across the street from Memorial School on Grant Ave. and is open to anyone. The park includes multiple baseball fields and a vast open field for soccer, football, running, etc. Further back is a multi-hoop concrete basketball court and two jungle gyms with swings. Around the circumference of the park is a 1/2 mile long bike path.

Corporate residents


To this day, Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola is a carbonated soft drink sold in stores, restaurants, and vending machines in more than 200 countries. It is produced by The Coca-Cola Company of Atlanta, Georgia, and is often referred to simply as Coke...

 uses as an ingredient a coca
Coca
Coca, Erythroxylum coca, is a plant in the family Erythroxylaceae, native to western South America. The plant plays a significant role in many traditional Andean cultures...

 leaf extract prepared by a Stepan Company
Stepan Company
Stepan Company is a manufacturer of specialty chemicals headquartered in Northfield, Illinois. The company was founded in 1932 by Alfred C. Stepan, Jr., and has approximately 1,500 employees. It is currently run by his grandson, F. Quinn Stepan, Jr...

 plant in Maywood. The facility, which had been known as the Maywood Chemical Works (and is also a known Superfund site), was purchased by Stepan in 1959. The plant is the only commercial entity in the country authorized by the Drug Enforcement Agency to import coca leaves, which come primarily from Peru. The non-narcotic extract is sold to Coke, while the active ingredient is sold to a pharmaceutical firm for medicinal purposes.

Also located in Maywood are a Sears distribution center and a Duane Reade.

Historic sites


The Maywood Train Station has been restored after the question came up about possibly destroying the famous landmark. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places
The National Register of Historic Places is the United States government's official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation...

 since 2003 as Building #03000487. The station was restored by the all volunteer, non-profit Maywood Station Historical Committee who now operate the historic site as the Maywood Station Museum
Maywood Station Museum
The Maywood Station Museum is located in the 1872-built New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway station in Maywood, New Jersey, United States. The station underwent an extensive restoration by the volunteer, 5013 non-profit beginning in July 2002 and officially opened as a museum in September 2004...

.

Notable residents


Notable current and former residents of Maywood include:
  • Beverly Armstrong
    Beverly Armstrong
    Beverly Armstrong [Steuert] is a former female pitcher who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. She batted and threw right-handed...

     (born 1934), pitcher for Rockford Peaches
    Rockford Peaches
    The Rockford Peaches were a team in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League playing out of Rockford, Illinois for the entire existence of the league from 1943 to 1954....

    .
  • Alex Vincent (born 1981), known for his roles as a child actor in the Child's Play
    Child's Play (film series)
    Child's Play is a horror film franchise created by Don Mancini, with its first installment, Child's Play, being released on November 9, 1988. The film has so far spawned four sequels and has gone into other media, such as comic books. The films all feature Chucky, a killer Good Guys doll with the...

    movies.

Related reading

  • Kaminski, Edward S. (2010). Maywood - The Borough, The Railroad, and The Station. Arcadia Publishing, ISBN 978-0-7385-7234-5.

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