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Glen Rock is a borough in Bergen Countymarker, New Jerseymarker, United Statesmarker. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 11,546.

Glen Rock was formed on September 14, 1894 from portions of both Ridgewood Township and Saddle River Township, "that being the year the county went crazy on boroughs."


Glen Rock is located at (40.961109, -74.125766).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.1 km2), of which, 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2) of it is land and 0.37% is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 11,546 people, 3,977 households, and 3,320 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,246.1 people per square mile (1,638.9/km2). There were 4,024 housing units at an average density of 1,479.9/sq mi (571.2/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 90.07% White, 1.81% African American, 0.16% Native American, 6.48% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.61% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.72% of the population.

There were 3,977 households out of which 43.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.1% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.5% were non-families. 14.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the borough the population was spread out with 29.4% under the age of 18, 3.9% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $104,192, and the median income for a family was $111,280. Males had a median income of $84,614 versus $52,430 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $45,091. About 2.1% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.0% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.


Local government

Glen Rock is governed under the Borough 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 council appoints a professional borough administrator who is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Borough, responsible to the Mayor and Council.

The Mayor of Glen Rock is John van Keuren (R, term ends December 31, 2010). Borough Council Members are Art Pazan (R, 2011) Byron Arnao (D, 2009), Pamela Biggs (R, 2011), Michael O'Hagan (R, 2010), Council President Joan Orseck (D, 2009) and Mary Jane Surrago (R, 2010).

In elections held on November 6, 2007, voters filled an open mayoral seat and two seats on the borough council. Incumbent Republican John van Keuren (2,090 votes) ran unopposed. Republican newcomer Mary Jane Surrago (1,748) and her running mate, incumbent Michael O'Hagan (1,733), both won seats on the council, unseating Democratic incumbent Mark McCullough (1,685). Council control shifted from a 3-3 split in 2007 to a 4-2 Republican majority when the new council was seated in January 2008.

On Election Day, November 7, 2006, voters filled two open seats on the borough council that was at the time occupied with five Republicans and a single Democrat, with the two seats up for election held by Republicans not running for re-election. Key issues in the election were leadership, sharing services with the Board of Education and other municipalities, taxes and communication with residents. Newcomers Joan Orseck (2,536 votes) and Byron Arnao (2,392), both Democrats, defeated Republicans Jon Osborn (2,230) and Douglas Arpert (2,108), leaving a 3-3 split on the Borough Council for 2007.

Glen Rock Borough Government recognizes an annual "Poverty Awareness Week." The community comes together for an annual "Project" to combat extreme global poverty. In 2007 the community built a Habitat House in Paterson, NJ (the second home built by Glen Rock residents), and the community was honored as Paterson Habitat's Volunteers of the Year (a first for a community). In 2008 the Borough came together for the Water for Africa Music Festival. The event raised the funds for two PlayPump water systems in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2009, the community continued its battle against poverty, raising funds to battle Malaria in Hurricane ravaged Haiti.

The Borough government has declared Glen Rock a Sustainable Community. The "Green Up" policy means the Mayor and Council are serious about their trees, water and general environment. Shade trees are provided at no cost annually to citizens, thanks to the hard work of the Mayor and Council with cooperation from the DPW.

Federal, state and county representation

Glen Rock is in the Fifth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 35th Legislative District.


As of April 1, 2006, out of a 2004 Census estimated population of 11,525, Glen Rock has 7,682 registered voters (66.7% of the population, vs. 55.4% in all of Bergen County). Of registered voters, 1,405 (18.3% vs. 20.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,673 (21.8% vs. 19.2% countywide) were registered as Republicans and 4,603 (59.9% vs. 60.1% countywide) were registered as Undeclared. There was one voter registered to another party.

On the national level, Glen Rock used to be evenly split. In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 51% of the vote, edging Republican George W. Bush, who received around 48%. In the 2008 election it swung strongly Democratic. Democrat Barack Obama defeated Republican John McCain 54% to 44%.

Recently, an issue has been made of underage drinking occurring in the town. The Glen Rock Police Department, along with the high school administration and the local media have brought to the attention of parents an event known as the "keg race", a competitive beer drinking competition between graduating classes. The last graduating class to participate in this highly illicit custom was the class of 2008, illegally finishing 125 kegs between January 1, 2008 and June 19, 2008. The town has a reputation of underage consumption of alcohol. In recent years, the police have broken up many parties in which teens were consuming alcohol.


The Glen Rock Public Schools serve students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. The district consists of six schools (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) which include four K-5 elementary schools — Richard E. Byrd School (223 students), Central Elementary School (310), Clara E. Coleman School (332) and Alexander Hamilton Elementary School (276) — Glen Rock Middle School for grades 6-8 (617) andGlen Rock High Schoolmarker for grades 9-12 (714). In the Glen Rock High School graduating classes of 2004 through 2006, over 95% of students indicated that they would move on to a two-year or four-year college.

The High School is currently (2009)undergoing massive renovations, which will include a new state of the art science wing, an expanded creative arts department and energy efficient system updates, including solar panels. In 2009 the Board of Ed. adopted a pre-engineer program with the help of NJIT and the Stevens Institute. These renovations have started (2009) and have been projected to continue until 2011.

There is one parochial school, Academy of Our Lady which is affiliated with St. Catharine's Roman Catholic church located in Glen Rock and Our Lady of Mount Carmel in neighboring Ridgewood.


Glen Rock is served by two separate train stations, at Glen Rock marker on the Main Line and the Glen Rock marker on the Bergen County Line.

New Jersey Transit provides bus service to the Port Authority Bus Terminalmarker in Midtown Manhattan on the 148 (on Route 208), 164 and 196 (also on 208) bus lines, service to the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminalmarker on the 175, and local service on the 722 (on Lincoln Avenue) and 746 bus lines.

Route 208 travels through Glen Rock.

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Glen Rock include:

Popular culture

  • The TV show Ed filmed some scenes in Glen Rock.
  • In October 2005, many scenes of prominent locations in town were shot for the film World Trade Center, starring Nicolas Cage and directed by Oliver Stone
  • This town is probably famous among video gamers, mainly because it is the headquarters of the game developer Imagineering, once a developer of console games. In every game they had produced, the following message always appears in the title screen and in the instruction booklet: "Developed by Imagineering Inc., Glen Rock N.J.". This blatant advertising practice of displaying their hometown in their games is considered a very rare practice among game developers and is probably why Glen Rock became famous among video gamers.
  • Absolute Entertainment was a video game developer and publisher founded in Glen Rock that produced titles for the Amiga, Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Sega Game Gear, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Game Boy, Nintendo Entertainment System, and Super Nintendo Entertainment System video game consoles, as well as for the PC. The company was formed in 1986 by former Activision employees, and lasted until the founding fathers finally pulled the plug in 1995.
  • Glen Rock, New Jersey is also referenced in the Apple App Store game "Beer Bounce (Quarters)" that was released in August, 2008. When the player misses a shot in the game, the AI will randomly say, "Where did you learn how to play, Glen Rock, New Jersey?" Beer Bounce Game Page
  • Unlike most suburban towns whose names have little or nothing to do with reality, Glen Rock was actually settled around an enormous rock left by retreating glaciers in a small valley (glen). From a 1985 The New York Times article, "Glen Rock is named for a 570-ton boulder, believed to have been deposited by a glacier, that stands at the northern end of Rock Road, the town's main street. Called Pamachapura, or Stone from Heaven, by the Delaware (Lenape) Indians, it served as a base for Indian signal fires and later as a trail marker for colonists." Notwithstanding this article, Rock Road runs almost due East/West, so there is no "northern end"—nor is the rock at the end of Rock Road, which runs nearly another half mile to its western end. Also, while the Rock lies at the intersection of Rock Road and Doremus Avenue, the Rock is actually on Doremus, not Rock.[20432]

Places of interest


  1. "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 78.
  2. "History of Bergen County" Vol. 1, p. 366. Source shows September 12, 1894 as date of formation.
  3. 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 165.
  4. Glen Rock Borough Government, Borough of Glen Rock. Accessed July 5, 2008.
  5. "County of Bergen: 2008 County and Municipal Directory", Bergen County, New Jersey, p. 45. Accessed July 3, 2008.
  6. "Glen Rock election results", The Record , November 6, 2007. Accessed November 19, 2007.
  7. Bergen County election results, The Record , November 7, 2007. Accessed November 10, 2007.
  8. Glen Rock Election Guide, The Record , November 1, 2006.
  9. Glen Rock Election Results, The Record , November 8, 2006.
  10. Bergen County 2006 General Election Results, Bergen County, New Jersey. Accessed February 1, 2007.
  11. 2008 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government, New Jersey League of Women Voters, p. 57. Accessed September 30, 2009.
  12. "County of Bergen: Voter Statistics by Municipality, Ward & District," Bergen County, New Jersey, dated April 1, 2006.
  13. 2004 Presidential Election results: Bergen County, New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Elections, dated December 13, 2004.
  15. Kegrace 2004, Accessed February 26, 2009.
  16. Glen Rock parents get eye-opener about teens, The Record , January 31, 2006. Accessed December 9, 2007.
  17. Data for the Glen Rock Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed April 14, 2008.
  18. GLEN ROCK HIGH 2005-06 SCHOOL REPORT CARD, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 9, 2007.
  19. Routes by County: Bergen County, New Jersey Transit. Accessed September 9, 2008.
  20. Kihss, Peter. "Guy W. Calissi, 71, Retired Judge And a Jersey Prosecutor, Is Dead; College Scholarship Yielded Byrne Made 1970 Appointment", The New York Times, December 9, 1980. Accessed October 19, 2009.
  21. McKay, Martha. "Tech whiz cracks code tying it to AT&T network", The Record , August 24, 2007. Accessed August 27, 2007. "The 17-year-old Glen Rock resident posted the complicated steps on his blog Thursday.... 'I've lived and breathed that phone for the last two months,' said Hotz, a Bergen County Academies grad who won a prestigious $20,000 Intel science fair prize this year for a device that projects a 3-D image.
  22. Fox, Margalit. "John Houghtaling, Inventor of Magic Fingers Vibrating Bed, Dies at 92", The New York Times, June 19, 2009. Accessed June 20, 2009.
  23. St. John, Warren. "Sound Bites Man (Don't Touch the Dial)", The New York Times, April 7, 2002. Accessed October 23, 2007. "Mr. Montone, 48, lives his life on what colleagues call John Montone time. He wakes up each day at 3:20 a.m. in Glen Rock, N.J."
  24. Jimmy Vivino: Biography, accessed December 19, 2006.
  25. NEW JERSEY - Bergen County, National Register of Historic Places. Accessed November 7, 2007.


  • "History of Bergen County, New Jersey, 1630-1923;" by "Westervelt, Frances A. (Frances Augusta), 1858-1942."
  • "Municipal Incorporations of the State of New Jersey (according to Counties)" prepared by the Division of Local Government, Department of the Treasury (New Jersey); December 1, 1958.

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