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Piscataway Township, New Jersey

Piscataway Township, New Jersey
Piscataway Township, New Jersey Population (2007)[2] 52,565 - Total 2,688.6/sq mi (1,037.9/km2) - Density Time zone - Summer (DST) ZIP code Area code(s) FIPS code GNIS feature ID Website Eastern (EST) (UTC-5) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4) 08854, 08855 732 and 908 34-59010[3][4] 0882167[5] http://www.piscatawaynj.org/

Location of Piscataway Township highlighted in Middlesex County. Inset: Location of Middlesex County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.

Census Bureau map of Piscataway Township, New Jersey

Coordinates: 40°32′23″N 74°27′59″W / 40.53972°N 74.46639°W / 40.53972; -74.46639 Country State County Formed Incorporated Government - Type - Mayor Area - Total - Land - Water Elevation [1] United States New Jersey Middlesex October 31, 1693 February 21, 1798 Faulkner Act Mayor-Council Brian C. Wahler 19.0 sq mi (49.1 km2) 18.8 sq mi (48.6 km2) 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2) 1.05% 92 ft (28 m)

Piscataway Township (pronounced /pɪˈskætəweɪ/) is a Township in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 50,482. The name Piscataway derives from its original settlers who lived near the Piscataqua River (partially the boundary between the states of New Hampshire and Maine), whose name derives from Pisgeu (meaning "dark night") and awa ("Place of"), or it may come from the Lenape word meaning "Great Deer".[6] The area was first settled in 1666 by Quakers and Baptists who had left the Puritan colony in New Hampshire.[7] Piscataway Township was formed on December 18, 1666, and officially incorporated on February 21, 1798.[8] The community, the fifth oldest municipality in New Jersey,[9] has grown from Native American territory, through a colonial period and is one of the links in the earliest settlement of the Atlantic Ocean seacoast that ultimately led to the formation of the United States. Over the years, portions of Piscataway were taken to form Raritan Township (March 17, 1870, now Edison), Dunellen (October 28, 1887), Middlesex (April 9, 1913) and South Plainfield (March 10, 1926).[8] Piscataway is in Central Jersey with easy access to major highways, including Interstate 287, the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike. Society Hill is a census-designated place and unincorporated area located within Piscataway Township. Piscataway has advanced educational and research facilities due to the presence of

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Rutgers University and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Rutgers Stadium is in Piscataway. In 2008, Money magazine ranked Piscataway 23rd out of the top 100 places to live in America.[10]

Piscataway Township, New Jersey
1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 5,865 7,243 10,180 19,890 36,418 42,223 47,089 50,482
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— 23.5% 40.5% 95.4% 83.1% 15.9% 11.5% 7.2%

Geography
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 19.0 square miles (49.1 km²), of which, 18.8 square miles (48.6 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (1.05%) is water. Piscataway is bordered by nine municipalities in Middlesex County, Union County, and Somerset County: Plainfield on the northeast, Dunellen on the north, Middlesex on the northwest, South Bound Brook and Franklin Township on the west across the Raritan River, New Brunswick on the south (across the river), Highland Park and Edison on the southeast, and South Plainfield on the east. The township consists of the following historic villages and areas: New Market, known as Quibbletown in the 18th Century, Randolphville, Fieldville and North Stelton. The original village settlement of Piscatawaytown is located in present day Edison Township. Piscataway is often segmented into unofficial sections by local residents which include Bound Brook Heights "the Heights"), New Brunswick Highlands, Lake Nelson, Randolphville, Arbor, New Market, North Stelton, Fellowship Farm and Possumtown. Significant portions of Piscataway make up part of historic Camp Kilmer and the Livingston and Busch Campuses of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The Arbor and New Brunswick Highland sections of Piscataway were historically African American neighborhoods. The New Market section historically comprised the Quaker village of Quibbletown. The early name of the village originated from the fact that settlers of different religious denominations quibbled about whether the Sabbath should be observed on Saturday or on Sunday in the village.

Demographics
Historical populations Census Pop. %±

4.1% Est. 2007 52,565 Population 1930 - 1990.[11] As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 50,482 people, 16,500 households, and 12,325 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,688.6 people per square mile (1,037.9/km²). There were 16,946 housing units at an average density of 902.5/sq mi (348.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 48.81% White, 20.31% African American, 0.21% Native American, 24.80% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.08% from other races, and 2.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.93% of the population. As of the 2000 census, 12.49% of Piscataway’s residents identified themselves as being of Indian American ancestry, which was the fourth highest of any municipality in the United States and the third highest in New Jersey — behind Edison (17.75%) and Plainsboro Township (16.97%) — of all places with 1,000 or more residents identifying their ancestry.[12] There were 16,500 households out of which 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.6% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.3% were non-families. 19.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.29. In the township the population was spread out with 21.9% under the age of 18, 14.1% from 18 to 24, 33.3% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 8.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 97.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.2 males. The median income for a household in the township was $68,721, and the median income for a family was $75,218. Males had a

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median income of $47,188 versus $36,271 for females. The per capita income for the township was $26,321. About 2.7% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.

Piscataway Township, New Jersey
For the 2008-2009 Legislative Session, the 17th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Bob Smith (D, Piscataway) and in the Assembly by Upendra J. Chivukula (D, Somerset) and Joseph V. Egan (D, New Brunswick).[17] The Governor of New Jersey is Jon Corzine (D, Hoboken).[18] Middlesex County is governed by a sevenmember Board of Chosen Freeholders, elected at-large to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis. As of 2008, Middlesex County’s Freeholders are Freeholder Director David B. Crabiel (Milltown), Freeholder Deputy Director Stephen J. "Pete" Dalina (Fords), Camille Fernicola (Piscataway), H. James Polos (Highland Park), Ronald Rios (Carteret), Christopher D. Rafano (South River) and Blanquita B. Valenti (New Brunswick).[19]

Government
Local government
In November, 1966, Piscataway voters, under the Faulkner Act, approved a Charter Study and elected a Charter Study Commission to recommend the form of Government best suited to Piscataway’s needs. The Commission recommended Mayor-Council Plan F, and in November 1967, the voters approved, and the new form of government was inaugurated on January 1, 1969. Under Plan F the Mayor is the administrator and the Council is the legislative body. A full time business administrator, appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council, and responsible to the Mayor, supervises the dayby-day operation of municipal government. Terms of office for the Mayor and Council members are four years, on a staggered schedule. There are seven Council members, one representing each of four wards, and three At-Large members.[13][14] The Mayor for life of Piscataway is Brian C. Wahler. Members of the Township Council are:[15] • Council President Mark Hardenburg (Ward 1) • Council Vice President Loretta Keimel (Ward 2) • Kenneth Armwood (At Large) • Millie Scott (At Large) • James Huben (At Large) • Steven D. Cahn (Ward 3) • Michelle Lombardi (Ward 4)

Emergency services
Piscataway is divided into four fire districts which are served by a total of six volunteer fire companies. District 1 • New Market Fire Co., 801 South Washington Ave. District 2 • River Road Fire Co., 102 Netherwood Ave. • Holmes Marshall Fire Co., 5300 Deborah Dr. • Possumtown Fire Co., 85 Stratton St. South District 3 • Arbor Hose Co., 1780 West Seventh St. District 4 • North Stelton Fire Co., 70 Haines Ave. Fire Prevention • Fire Marshall’s Office, 555 Sidney Rd. Fire District Map • Piscataway’s Fire Districts

Federal, state and county representation
Piscataway is in the Sixth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey’s 17th Legislative District.[16] New Jersey’s Sixth Congressional District, covering portions of Middlesex County and Monmouth County, is represented by Frank Pallone (D). New Jersey is represented in the Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

Education
The Piscataway Township Schools serves almost 7,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12 under the leadership of Superintendent of Schools, Robert L. Copeland.[20] In addition to its high school, there are four schools that educate students in kindergarten through third grade, two intermediate schools serving grades 4-5, and three middle schools for students in grades six, seven, and eight.

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Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[21]) are: Elementary schools (Grades K-3) • Eisenhower Elementary School, 360 Stelton Road - 518 students • Grandview Elementary School, 130 North Randolphville Road - 539 students • Knollwood Elementary School, 333 Willow Avenue - 509 students • Randolphville Elementary School, One Suttie Avenue - 494 students Intermediate Schools (Grades 4-5) • Arbor Intermediate School, 1717 Lester Place - 505 students • Martin Luther King Intermediate School, 5205 Ludlow Street - 486 students Middle Schools (Grades 6-8) • Conackamack Middle School, 5205 Witherspoon Street - 552 students • Quibbletown Middle School, 99 Academy Street - 543 students • Theodore Schor Middle School, 243 North Randolphville Road - 520 students High School (Grades 9-12) • Piscataway Township High School, 100 Behmer Road - 2,227 students Middlesex County schools: • Nu-View Academy Piscataway Campus, 1 Park Ave. - Programs for students with symptoms of; Depression, ADHD, Conduct Disorder, Thought Disorder, or Anxiety Disorder. • Bright Beginnings Learning Center, 1660 Stelton Rd. - Programs for students with Autism. • Piscataway Regional Day School, 1670 Stelton Rd. - Programs for students with Autism. • Raritan Valley Academy, 1690 Stelton Rd. - Programs for students with behavioral disabilities, learning and/or language disabilities. • Middlesex County Vo-Tech High School Piscataway, 21 Suttons Ln. - Vocational and Technical High School. Private schools: • St. Frances Cabrini School (PreK-8) • Our Lady of Fatima School (PreK-8) • Lake Nelson Seventh-day Adventist School (PreK-8) • Timothy Christian School (K-12) Colleges & continuing education • Rutgers University Busch and Livingston Campuses

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• University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Piscataway Campus (which overlaps with Rutgers Busch Campus)[22][23] • Cortiva Institute - Somerset School of Massage Therapy • Gibbs College Piscataway Campus

Points of interest
• WVPH is the community radio station of Piscataway High School and Rutgers University. • Yurcak Field is a multi-purpose soccer and lacrosse stadium, built in 1994, and holds 5,000 people. The stadium is officially named "The Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium at Yurcak Field" in honor of Ronald N. Yurcak, a 1965 All-American Rutgers Lacrosse player. Rutgers University and Major League Lacrosse’s New Jersey Pride both host their home games at this stadium. • Ferrer Colony and Modern School, the remnants of the 1910 Utopian society

Corporate residents
• American Standard Brands and Trane, American Standard Companies successors, World Headquarters • Hapag-Lloyd America, An international shipping company.[24] • Pepsi Cola Bottling Group A Pepsi Cola bottling plant. • Cintas Corporation • Colgate-Palmolive, Research and Development • Siemens Hearing Instruments, is the world’s largest manufacturer of hearing aids.[25] • Telcordia Technologies, World Headquarters

Notable residents
Notable current and former residents of Piscataway Township include: • Mike Alexander (born 1965), former NFL wide receiver.[26] • John Celestand (born 1977), 30th Pick of 1999 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.[27] • Malcolm Jenkins (born 1987), cornerback for the Ohio State Buckeyes, now a member of the New Orleans Saints.[28]

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• Asjha Jones (born 1980), WNBA basket player for the Connecticut Sun.[29] • Lisa Marie (born 1968), Actress in Planet of the Apes, and Sleepy Hollow.[30] • Brandon Renkart (born 1984), practice squad player for the New York Jets.[31]

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[16] 2006 New Jersey Citizen’s Guide to Government, New Jersey League of Women Voters, p. 62. Accessed August 30, 2006. [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 on 6 June 2008. [19] Elected County Officials, Middlesex County, New Jersey. Accessed February 21, 2007. [20] Who’s Who in the Piscataway School District, Piscataway School District. Accessed September 23, 2007. [21] Data for the Piscataway Township Schools, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed September 23, 2007. [22] http://maps.rutgers.edu/maps/ default.aspx?preadj=true&campus=4?300,0 [23] http://www.umdnj.edu/vtourweb/campus/ pway/index.htm [24] Hapag-Lloyd America Inc., Hapag-Lloyd. Accessed February 22, 2008. [25] "Instant manufacturing: from jet parts to hearing aids, the manufacture of finished goods directly from digital files and piles of powder is a growing trend. Someday, retail stores might even print out a product just for you.", Technology Review, November 1, 2003. Accessed September 30, 2007. "It works so well that Siemens, the world’s largest maker of hearing aids, is completely switching to the technology at several factories." [26] Mike Alexander, database Football. Accessed November 24, 2007. [27] Mallozzi, Vincent M. "BIG EAST REPORT", The New York Times, January 17, 1996. Accessed April 15, 2008. "One of the players who played well in Kittles’s absence against West Virginia was the freshman John Celestand, a 6-3 guard from Piscataway N.J., who scored 14 points against the Mountaineers." [28] Malcolm Jenkins, Rivals.com. Accessed December 2, 2007. [29] Asjha Jones profile, Women’s National Basketball Association. Accessed September 6, 2007. "A Parade, USA Today and Street & Smith First Team AllAmerican at Piscataway High School, averaging 22.2 points, 11.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.5 blocks and 2.9

References
[1] USGS GNIS: Township of Piscataway, Geographic Names Information System, accessed April 15, 2007. [2] ^ Census data for Piscataway township, United States Census Bureau. Accessed October 4, 2008. [3] ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved on 2008-01-31. [4] A Cure for the Common Codes: New Jersey, Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed July 14, 2008. [5] "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved on 2008-01-31. [6] The Origin of New Jersey Place Names: P, GetNJ.com. Accessed June 28, 2007. [7] Cheslow, Jerry. " If You’re Thinking of Living in: Piscataway", The New York Times, June 28, 1992. Accessed June 28, 2007. [8] ^ "The Story of New Jersey’s Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 172. [9] Welcome to Piscataway, NJ, accessed February 8, 2007. [10] Best Places to Live 2008, Money Magazine, accessedJuly 27, 2008 [11] New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990, Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network. Accessed March 1, 2007. [12] Asian-Indian Communities, Epodunk. Accessed February 18, 2007. [13] Piscataway Township Government, Township of Piscataway. Accessed December 14, 2006. [14] 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 81. [15] Piscataway Mayor and Council, Township of Piscataway. Accessed March 18, 2007.

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steals…Scored a school career-record 2,266 points and had 1,256 rebounds." [30] Lee, Linda. "A NIGHT OUT WITH: Lisa Marie; A Vargas Girl in the City", The New York Times, July 29, 2001. Accessed October 1, 2007. "She was raised in Piscataway, N.J., and came to the city in her teens to study dance." [31] Brandon Renkart profile, NFL. Accessed October 4, 2008.

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External links
• Piscataway Township website • Piscataway Township Schools • Piscataway Township Schools’s 2006-07 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education • Data for the Piscataway Township Schools, National Center for Education Statistics

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