Fair Lawn, New Jersey
Fair Lawn, New Jersey
|Borough of Fair Lawn|
"A great place to visit and a better place to live."
Map highlighting Fair Lawn's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||March 6, 1924|
|Named for||David Acker's estate, Fairlawn|
|• Type||Faulkner Act (Council-Manager)|
|• Body||Borough Council|
|• Mayor||Kurt Peluso(D|
|• Manager||Jim Van Kruiningen|
|• Municipal clerk||Marilyn B. Bojanowski|
|• Total||5.201 sq mi (13.472 km2)|
|• Land||5.139 sq mi (13.311 km2)|
|• Water||0.062 sq mi (0.161 km2) 1.20%|
|Area rank||270th of 566 in state|
11th of 70 in county
|Elevation||69 ft (21 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||69th of 566 in state|
4th of 70 in county
|• Density||6,315.4/sq mi (2,438.4/km2)|
|• Density rank||77th of 566 in state|
22nd of 70 in county
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (Eastern (EDT))|
|Area code(s)||201 exchanges: 398, 475, 703, 791, 794, 796, 797|
|GNIS feature ID||0885214|
Fair Lawn is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, and a suburb located 10 miles (16 km) from New York City. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 32,457, reflecting an increase of 820 (+2.6%) from the 31,637 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,089 (+3.6%) from the 30,548 counted in the 1990 Census.
Fair Lawn was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 6, 1924, as "Fairlawn," from portions of Saddle River Township. The name was taken from Fairlawn, David Acker's estate home, that was built in 1865 and later became the Fair Lawn Municipal Building. In 1933, the official spelling of the borough's name was split into its present two-word form as "Fair Lawn" Borough.
Radburn, one of the first planned communities in the United States, is an unincorporated community located within Fair Lawn and was founded in 1929 as "a town for the motor age." Fair Lawn is home to a large number of commuters to New York City, to which it is connected by train from two railroad stations on NJ Transit's Bergen County Line, the Radburn and Broadway stations.
Fair Lawn's motto, coined by Jake Janso, is "A great place to visit and a better place to live." Fair Lawn has been rated as one of the top 10 best places to live in New Jersey. According to Nerdwallet, Fair Lawn witnessed a 5.3% increase in its working-age population between 2009 and 2011.
- 1 History and historical significance
- 2 Geography
- 3 Ethnic diversity
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Sports
- 7 Parks and recreation
- 8 Government
- 9 Education
- 10 Emergency services
- 11 Transportation
- 12 Popular culture
- 13 Notable people
- 14 Historic sites
- 15 References
- 16 Further reading
- 17 External links
History and historical significance
The first settlers of Fair Lawn were members of the Lenni Lenape tribe, a peaceful group of hunter gatherers who eventually sold their land to incoming Dutch and Irish Settlers and migrated to Pennsylvania. The new colonists turned the region, part of the New Barbadoes Township, into five large farm lots, conjoined by two main roads - Paramus and Saddle River - and named it "slooterdam" (after a V-shaped sluice-like fishing weir built in the Passaic by the Lenni Lenape). The name stuck until 1791. In the 1800s, these five lots became nine smaller lots, and three new roads - Fair Lawn Avenue, Lincoln Avenue, and Prospect Street - were constructed to encourage mobility between them. Eighty houses were built by 1861, and the renamed Small Lots, now a part of the Saddle River Township and home to multiple vegetable and fruit farms and dairies, became a clear agricultural community. Berdan Avenue, a new road located near five Berdan family farms, was soon added and Victorian homes were built alongside it and in nearby areas. The grandest of the estates, perched atop a hill by Small Lots Road was David Acker's estate "Fairlawn," from which the township gets its name (Images of America, Page 7).
Rapid suburban development of the town occurred in three sections: the River Road-Fair Lawn Avenue area known as "Memorial Park", the area at Lincoln Avenue and Wagaraw Road known as "Columbus Heights", and the area east of the railroad and south of Broadway, known as Warren Point. The development of this section was catalyzed by the "establishment of a post office, a railroad station, and a trolley to the Hudson River" (Images of America, Page 8).
In the 1900s, Fair Lawn residents were displeased about the schooling situation as part of Saddle River Township; the schools were either dilapidated or too far away for Fair Lawn residents, and citizens felt that they were not getting schools comparable to the tax money they were paying. As such, a movement to separate from Saddle River Township was born. Fair Lawn residents petitioned to the state, asking to incorporate as an independent borough, and in April 1924, the borough of Fair Lawn was voted into existence.
Fair Lawn is home to the following eight sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places:
- Peter Garretson House, 4-02 River Road (1974)
- Irregular pattern between Radburn Road and the Erie Rail Road tracks in Radburn (1975)
- G.V.H. Berdan House, 1219 River Road (1983)
- Richard J. Berdan House, 2407 Fair Lawn Avenue
- Cadmus-Folly House, 19-21 Fair Lawn Avenue
- Naugle House, 42-49 Dunkerhook Road - Built in the 1750s, the house was acquired by the borough.
- Jacob Vanderbeck Jr. House, 41-25 Dunkerhook Road - Constructed in 1754, the house was named by Preservation New Jersey as one of New Jersey's 10 most endangered historic places
- Radburn station, Pollitt Drive (1984)
Other sites, in addition to those listed above, are also considered historic by the Historic Sites Survey Committee of the Bergen County Historic Sites Advisory Board, including:
- Henry A. Hopper House
- George Washington School (Recommended as a National Register possibility, but needs further documentation)
- Fair Lawn, Berdan, and Prospect Avenues, Plaza and Radburn Roads
- Peter Demarest House on Fair Lawn Avenue
- Warren Bronze and Aluminum Factory on Second Street
In July 1982, an NJ Transit train derailed and crashed into a pasta factory, killing the train's engineer. The derailment resulted from a group of teens who had tampered with the tracks. Two of the five youths charged with the crime were convicted of manslaughter for their roles in the incident and were given five-year sentences in a state correctional facility.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 5.201 square miles (13.472 km2), including 5.139 square miles (13.311 km2) of land and 0.062 square miles (0.161 km2) of water (1.20%).
The borough borders Paterson (in Passaic County, across the Passaic River) to the west; Hawthorne across Lincoln Avenue to the West; Glen Rock across Harristown Road, Maple Avenue, the northern border of the former Nabisco plant and its extension north of Garwood Road and Naugle Drive to the north; Ridgewood across the Saddle River to the northeast; Paramus across the Saddle River to the east; Rochelle Park across another point in the Saddle River to the southeast; with Saddle Brook across the two longer portions of South Broadway and their extensions through Rosario Court to the south; and Elmwood Park across the Bergen County Line, New Jersey Route 4 (Broadway), Cyril Avenue and Willow Street to the south.
Fair Lawn is an incorporated collection of diverse neighborhoods, each with its own distinct character and vibe. Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the borough include:
- Berdan Grove, an affluent residential neighborhood of single-family homes behind Thomas Jefferson Middle School, surrounding Berdan Grove Park on Berdan Avenue. This neighborhood is home to the borough's highest concentration of Asian Americans and includes Milnes Elementary School.
- Broadway District contains the major commercial thoroughfare of Broadway and houses the Broadway District commuter stop for NJ Transit's Bergen County Line train. Roughly located around the Warren Point and Lyncrest areas, the district also extends as far as Morlot Avenue along the tracks, roughly around or a little after Glen Rock Lumber, housing many industries on Banta Place. The Broadway District is mainly a shopping district as it contains many stores, eateries, hobby centers, salons, and other businesses. Not only is it the largest stretch of stores within Fair Lawn, it also houses one of the highest densities of nail and beauty salons in the United States. The Broadway District stretches from the Route 4 split with Route 208 and continues all through Fair Lawn and includes a few blocks of Elmwood Park. Broadway also hosts the route of local Paterson-New York Spanish Company mini buses, known locally as guaguas, as a cheaper alternative for commuters to and from New York. It is not only the sole district within the Borough that gives access to the guaguas but is one of only a handful of Bergen-Passaic-Hudson districts that even offers this service.
- Central Fair Lawn is bounded by Morlot and Fair Lawn Avenues on the south and north, respectively, by River Road on the west, and Route 208 on the east and northeast. The borough's Municipal Complex, which houses its administrative, legal, financial, and police divisions, is located in this neighborhood, as are the Fair Lawn Public Library, Fair Lawn High School, and John A. Forrest Elementary School.
- Dunkerhook, the Dark Corner (Donckerhoek in old Dutch), is on both sides of a former bridge over the Saddle River, in Fair Lawn and Paramus, near Fair Lawn Avenue. The Vanderbeck and Naugle houses there are both from the 18th century.
- The Heights, more precisely known as "Columbia Heights", is located near Hawthorne's industrial section along the Passaic River on Wagaraw Road and Hawthorne's residential area at Lincoln Avenue as well as bordering Bunker Hill in Paterson. This well-maintained neighborhood houses some local industry outside of the McBride Industrial District that borders Glen Rock and is known by some of its residents as the "Bunker Hill Extension" or the "Walsh Area".
- Hendersonville, also referred to as "Riverside East". This diverse neighborhood, located between Columbia Heights and the Municipal Complex within the "Westmoreland District", as well as sharing Route 208 with the neighboring borough of Glen Rock, is a mostly residential community of two-family Cape Cod-style houses located down the stretch of Henderson Boulevard curving around to 11th Street. Distinct to this neighborhood in comparison with other two-family districts and sections is that each Cape Cod has two doors in the front so each residing family has its own entrance into its respective quarters, a blueprint that was abandoned shortly after being built in favor of a "one door, two entrances" model. Westmoreland Elementary School is located in this neighborhood.
- Lyncrest neighborhood, located south of Morlot Avenue, in alignment with Paterson's 33rd Street split into that city's Upper Eastside and Eastside neighborhoods, is an extension of the Eastside and notable for its older, stone houses in the footsteps of homes once owned by Paterson's former silk barons. This community is also diverse, with immigrants from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, as well as various parts of the Americas. It is home to many Orthodox Jewish, Indian American, and Russian American families, among other ethnic and religious groups. Lyncrest streets "1st-6th" are also known by the name of "Rivercrest" by locals, due to the split level and Cape Cod-style architecture of housing located in the "River Dip" adjacent to Memorial Park. Lyncrest Elementary School is located in this neighborhood.
- McBride Industrial District is the area incorporating the McBride Industrial Park located between Fair Lawn Borough's border with Glen Rock and the Chandler Houses and Fair Lawn Commons communities. It currently houses the former Nabisco cookie factory, which has played a major role in not only Fair Lawn's identity itself, but also Glen Rock, Ridgewood, Paterson, Prospect Park, Haledon, Hawthorne, and Western Paramus near the Dunkerhook and Saddle River Areas, causing those venturing throughout these areas to coin the nickname "Cookie-City" as a general area term, describing the fragrance of freshly baked cookies that filled these areas on baking days. In the past, the McBride Industrial District took up both sides of Route 208, stretching from Fair Lawn Avenue to the intersection at Maple Avenue and Harristown Road, running up to the Bergen County Line train tracks via the Radburn District, and housing companies such as Nabisco, Kodak, Maxell, and others. More recently the district has been in the process of deindustrialization and corporate gentrification, as older companies fold or move out, replacing industrial properties with residential-commercial "mini-cities", as well as the headquarters of New Jersey's Columbia Savings Bank.
- Memorial Park, a working-class neighborhood (sometimes called the "River Dip", "East River Area","Eastside Dip", or the more modern "Yang"; the aerial view of the neighborhood makes a "Ying Yang" symbol with neighboring East Side Park) within and around the River Road Improvement District with street addresses aligned with the corner of 33rd Street and Martin Luther King Way (Broadway) in neighboring Paterson. The Memorial Park neighborhood borders the Passaic River and contains the park next to Memorial Middle School named Memorial Park which houses a World War II Memorial commemorating those who fought in the war. The park is the terminus of the annual Memorial Day parade and the site of the Memorial pool and beach as well as the Independence Day fireworks show. Residential gentrification is occurring with the leveling of two-family rental housing for more modern single-family housing in this area.
- Radburn is a planned community also housing the landmark Radburn Plaza building, which was destroyed in a fire in 2002 and subsequently rebuilt. With its safe and easy access to local businesses and schools, and Fair Lawn's largest U.S. Postal Service branch, this neighborhood also offers commuter trains from Radburn station to the Secaucus Junction rail transfer station as well as to the PATH train in Hoboken, both of which provide rail connections to New York City. This neighborhood includes Radburn Elementary School and Daly Field. An annual street fair is held here in June.
- Radrock Estates is a small neighborhood around two streets, Well Drive and Split Rock Road, with a private park within the block they enclose, reminiscent of nearby Radburn but a separate development built about 1940. The entrance street from Fair Lawn Avenue has an entrance pillar on each side displaying the name. The surrounding area to the north and east, while built after World War II, is considered to be an extended part of Radrock Estates. Although it is a very diverse residential section, this neighborhood shares the conveniences of living in Radburn including dining, retail access, as well as rail access from Radburn Station.
- The River Road Improvement District, with an annual street fair in autumn, houses many functional businesses, including numerous banks, ethnic restaurants and supermarkets, small offices, retail telecommunications outlets, both a United Parcel Service store and a U.S. Post Office branch, and the landmark Joker's Child comic book store. River Road in this district is also zoned for apartments located above businesses.
- Warren Point, a residential area located near the Broadway Improvement District. Bordering Saddle Brook and Elmwood Park, it has many stores, big and small, and many eateries. The neighborhood also offers commuter trains from Broadway station to Hoboken's PATH and to Secaucus Junction via the Bergen County Line, as well as the "Paterson-New York Shuttle". Warren Point Elementary School and the private St. Anne School are located in this neighborhood.
- The neighborhood stretching along both sides of Saddle River Road in Fair Lawn is not officially named but has its own character as another affluent enclave. This neighborhood includes a portion of the Saddle River, Saddle River County Park, and Fair Lawn's eastern border with Paramus. The whole area is referred to by many as the "Saddle River District". Due to obvious differences throughout this side, there are sections that are identified by locals including the "Dunkerhook section" (named after the section of the County Park located in the vicinity) starting at around the shared border with Glen Rock and Paramus down to Morlot Avenue. In the spring, summer, and autumn, fishermen frequent this section, as the Saddle River within Dunkerhook is stocked with trout. The neighborhood south of Morlot Avenue is referred to as the "Saddle River section", which borders Saddle Brook in addition to Paramus, and which shares access to the Saddle River as well as bike trails for leisure or access to the Westfield Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus.
There also exist more intricate micro-neighborhoods within macro-neighborhoods throughout the borough, such as "Fair Lawn Commons" (The Commons) off Route 208, located within the Radburn Historical District, yet which has a separate, more affluent feel and modern look and subculture; Radburn's El Dorado Village, which is known for its Eastern European immigrant residents; and just to its west, the "Chandler Houses". Fair Lawn's newest neighborhood is Fair Lawn Promenade (The Promenade), a mixed-use development extending northward from The Commons along Highway 208 North, consisting of apartments, shops, offices, and restaurants, with the motto to be able to "live, shop, work, and play" in one locale.
These distinct communities are located throughout the borough, and each has its own flair, making Fair Lawn not just ethnically, racially, and religiously diverse, but also an experientially diverse borough notable even amidst Bergen County's diversity on a larger scale.
Fair Lawn has a longstanding tradition of ethnic diversity and a tolerance for people of different ethnicities and religious faiths. Continuing steady immigration from Eurasia, Asia, Europe, and Latin America has transformed Fair Lawn into an international melting pot, and over 50 languages and dialects are spoken in the borough.
History of ethnic diversity
Fair Lawn has been a noted center for Jewish culture over a period spanning several decades. Since the early 2000s, the Orthodox Jewish population has been increasing significantly and has replaced the earlier decreases in members of the non-Orthodox Jewish sects. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russian Jews began to migrate to Fair Lawn. Fair Lawn's Jewish American population has therefore maintained an at least one-third presence overall for several decades. Russian Jews were then followed by Russian Orthodox Christians. Over 10% of the borough's population is of Russian descent, the highest of any community in New Jersey, and increasing with continued migration of Russian Americans from Brooklyn. The size of Fair Lawn's Russian American presence prompted an April Fool's satire titled, "Putin Moves Against Fair Lawn". Fair Lawn also has the largest Israeli American community in Bergen County. On November 22, 2015, the Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey celebrated the grand opening of a permanent home at 17-10 River Road in Fair Lawn, after being housed at various locations, mostly in neighboring Paterson, for decades.
Fair Lawn has historically also had a large Italian American population, 19.7% in 2000, but this number is decreasing as the descendants of the original Italian immigrants are being displaced by immigrants from around the globe.
A magnet for immigrants
Fair Lawn's reputable school district, safe and well-policed neighborhoods, and the borough's convenient access to commercial centers and hospitals, a complex network of highways, transit lines, New York City, and Newark Liberty International Airport, have all made Fair Lawn a magnet for new immigrants from several regions around the world. The 2012 American Community Survey conducted by the Census Bureau showed a significant increase in the Asian American population, including the Asian Indian, Filipino American, Chinese American, Korean American, and Vietnamese American populations, and the Polish American population is also growing. The public library in Fair Lawn holds storytelling programs in Hindi and Hebrew languages, while Mandarin Chinese has been taught in the school district since the 2007-08 school year.
A number of places for congregation cater to different nationalities in Fair Lawn, including three Korean churches, one Taiwanese church, Young Israel of Fair Lawn, Saint Leon Armenian Church, and the (Italian American) Cosmos Club of Fair Lawn. Several Filipino organizations are based in Fair Lawn.
Immigrants from former Soviet Union
Given the established presence of Russian Americans in the borough, immigrant nationalities native to other republics of the Former Soviet Union, including Ukrainian Americans, Georgian Americans, Armenian Americans, and Uzbek Americans have also established an increasing presence in Fair Lawn.
As a suburb of New York City, Fair Lawn has a diverse population. Muslim immigrants, including Albanian Americans and Macedonian Americans, as well as Latino Americans, including Peruvian Americans and Puerto Rican Americans, have settled in Fair Lawn's western flank, in the Memorial Park neighborhood between the River Road Improvement District and the Passaic River, where there is also a small but stable African American minority.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 32,457 people, 11,930 households, and 8,971 families residing in the borough. The population density was 6,315.4 per square mile (2,438.4/km2). There were 12,266 housing units at an average density of 2,386.7 per square mile (921.5/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 84.36% (27,380) White, 1.75% (567) Black or African American, 0.06% (20) Native American, 9.72% (3,154) Asian, 0.00% (1) Pacific Islander, 2.35% (762) from other races, and 1.77% (573) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.15% (3,296) of the population.
There were 11,930 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.7% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.8% were non-families. 21.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.17.
In the borough, the population was spread out with 22.0% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 30.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.1 years. For every 100 females there were 92.2 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 88.9 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $92,727 (with a margin of error of +/- $4,701) and the median family income was $112,650 (+/- $5,760). Males had a median income of $70,990 (+/- $3,246) versus $54,358 (+/- $2,815) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $40,146 (+/- $1,700). About 2.1% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.3% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 31,637 people, 11,806 households, and 8,901 families residing in the borough. The population density was 6,121.0 people per square mile (2,362.7/km2). There were 12,006 housing units at an average density of 2,322.9 per square mile (896.6/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 91.54% Caucasian, 4.92% Asian, 0.74% Black or African American, 0.04% Native American, 1.37% from other races, and 1.38% reporting two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 5.51% of the population.
There were 11,806 households out of which 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.5% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.6% were non-families. 21.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.12.
In the borough the population was spread out with 22.8% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.7 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $72,127, and the median income for a family was $81,220. Males had a median income of $56,798 versus $41,300 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $32,273. About 2.6% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.7% of those under age 18 and 6.9% of those age 65 or over.
Businesses headquartered or located in Fair Lawn include:
A major cookie/bakery/office operation of Nabisco/Mondelēz International, the borough's largest employer and taxpayer, is located along Route 208 North in Fair Lawn, just adjacent to the border with Glen Rock.
U.S. Technologies, a high-precision electronics corporation, is headquartered in Fair Lawn.
Columbia Bank (New Jersey), the fourth largest mutual financial institution in the United States, and the largest mutual bank domiciled within the State of New Jersey, is also headquartered in Fair Lawn.
A. Zerega's Sons Inc., founded in 1848 in Brooklyn and currently based in Fair Lawn, describes itself as the fifth-largest pasta maker in the United States, producing 100 million pounds of pasta annually.
The Filipino American Festival, Inc., a non-profit corporation describing its mission to include educating Filipino Americans to engage in community partnership, is headquartered in Fair Lawn. The company presents the annual Filipino-American Festival in Bergenfield in eastern Bergen County.
Fair Lawn Promenade is a mixed-use retail / residential / business complex that opened on April 1, 2014. It has shops, restaurants, condominium rooms, and offices. Businesses there include the first East Coast location of The Habit Burger Grill as well as the first Noodles & Company in New Jersey. TKL, an international clinical research company, is also located there.
Fair Lawn has one of the original organized street hockey/DekHockey programs in the state. The Fair Lawn Flyers competed in the first national street hockey championships in 1976 in Leominster, Massachusetts.
Fair Lawn Lanes includes 32 bowling lanes, an arcade, and a lounge.
Parks and recreation
Parks in Fair Lawn include:
- Dietch's Kiddie Zoo is a former children's zoo that opened in 1951. It also included kiddie rides and a train ride. The zoo closed in 1967.
- Memorial Park- located on 1st Street, which has an inline skating rink, playing fields, basketball courts, and a beach park.
- Berdan Grove Park- located on Berdan Avenue, home of the John Alaimo Field for baseball, basketball courts, walking paths, and a playground.
- Gregory Park- located on 28th Street, which has a basketball court, playground, baseball field, and a walking path.
Fair Lawn operates within the Faulkner Act (formally known as the Optional Municipal Charter Law) under the Council-Manager plan E form of New Jersey municipal government, as implemented as of January 1, 1986, based on direct petition. The governing body is a five-member Borough Council. Members of the Borough Council serve four-year terms in office and are elected at-large in partisan elections in odd-numbered years on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election every other year as part of the November general election. All policy making power is concentrated in the council. At an annual reorganization meeting held after each election, the council selects a Mayor, a Deputy Mayor, and a deputy mayor for Community Affairs from among its members. The mayor presides over its meetings with no separate policy-making power. A borough manager is appointed by the council to serve as the municipal chief executive and administrative official.
As of 2017[update], the members of the Borough Council are Mayor John J. Cosgrove (R, term as mayor ends December 31, 2017; term on council ends 2019), Deputy Mayor Amy E. Lefkowitz (R, 2017), Deputy Mayor of Community Affairs Kurt Peluso (D, 2019), Lisa Swain (D, 2019) and Marc A. Zharnest (R, 2017; appointed to serve an unexpired term).
In May 2017, the Borough Council selected Marc A. Zharnest from three candidates nominated by the Republican municipal committee to fill the seat expiring in December 2017 that had been held by Daniel Dunay until he resigned from office as he was moving out of the borough.
Standard Borough Council meetings, Government-access television (GATV), are televised on local cable TV when held in the vouncil chambers in the Fair Lawn Municipal Building. Work sessions, where laws are discussed and prepared for adoption, are not usually televised.
Boards and commissions
Fair Lawn's government extends beyond the Council and departments in the form of the following boards and commissions, which are generally staffed by volunteers appointed by the Mayor and Council:
- Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention
- American with Disabilities Advisory Committee
- Arts Council
- Broadway Special Improvement District
- Cadmus House Museum
- Environmental Commission
- Garden Committee
- Green Team Advisory Committee
- Historic Preservation Commission
- Open Space Committee
- Planning Board
- Property Maintenance
- Rent Leveling Board
- River Road Improvement Corporation
- Shade Tree Advisory Committee
- Zoning Board
Federal, state and county representation
Fair Lawn is located in the 5th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 38th state legislative district. Prior to the 2010 Census, Fair Lawn had been part of the 9th Congressional District, a change made by the New Jersey Redistricting Commission that took effect in January 2013, based on the results of the November 2012 general elections.
New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District is represented by Josh Gottheimer (D, Wyckoff). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (Paramus, 2019).
For the 2018–2019 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 38th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Joseph Lagana (D, Paramus) and in the General Assembly by Lisa Swain (D, Fair Lawn) and Chris Tully (D, Bergenfield). In May 2018, Lagana took the Senate seat after Robert M. Gordon left office, while Swain and Tully took the seats vacated by Tim Eustace and Lagana. The Governor of New Jersey is Phil Murphy (D, Middletown Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Sheila Oliver (D, East Orange).
Bergen County is governed by a directly elected County Executive, with legislative functions performed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders. The freeholders are elected at-large in partisan elections on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year; a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Chairman Pro Tempore are selected from among its seven members at a reorganization meeting held each January. As of 2018[update], the County Executive is Democratic James J. Tedesco III of Paramus, whose term of office ends December 31, 2018. Bergen County's Freeholders are Freeholder Chairman Thomas J. Sullivan Jr., (D, Montvale, term as freeholder ends 2019; term as freeholder chairman ends 2018), Freeholder Vice-Chairwoman Germaine M. Ortiz (D, Emerson, term as freeholder ends 2019; term as freeholder vice-chairwoman ends 2018), Freeholder Chairman Pro-Tempore Mary J. Amoroso (D, Mahwah, term as freeholder ends 2019; term as freeholder chairman pro-tempore ends 2018), David L. Ganz (D, Fair Lawn, 2020), Steve Tanelli (D, North Arlington, 2018), Joan Voss (D, Fort Lee, 2020) and Tracy Silna Zur (D, Franklin Lakes, 2018), Bergen County's constitutional officials are County Clerk John S. Hogan (D, Northvale, 2021), Sheriff Michael Saudino (D, Emerson, 2019) and Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, Cresskill, 2021).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 20,302 registered voters in Fair Lawn, of which 7,150 (35.2% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 3,613 (17.8% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 9,528 (46.9% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 11 voters registered to other parties. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 62.6% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 80.2% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 8,374 votes (54.1% vs. 54.8% countywide), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 6,815 votes (44.0% vs. 43.5%) and other candidates with 188 votes (1.2% vs. 0.9%), among the 15,473 ballots cast by the borough's 21,563 registered voters, for a turnout of 71.8% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County). In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 8,834 votes (53.2% vs. 53.9% countywide), ahead of Republican John McCain with 7,464 votes (45.0% vs. 44.5%) and other candidates with 147 votes (0.9% vs. 0.8%), among the 16,595 ballots cast by the borough's 21,378 registered voters, for a turnout of 77.6% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County). In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 8,745 votes (54.3% vs. 51.7% countywide), ahead of Republican George W. Bush with 7,177 votes (44.6% vs. 47.2%) and other candidates with 118 votes (0.7% vs. 0.7%), among the 16,102 ballots cast by the borough's 20,372 registered voters, for a turnout of 79.0% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 57.1% of the vote (5,377 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 41.8% (3,932 votes), and other candidates with 1.1% (100 votes), among the 9,642 ballots cast by the borough's 20,718 registered voters (233 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 46.5%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 5,503 ballots cast (51.1% vs. 48.0% countywide), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 4,590 votes (42.6% vs. 45.8%), Independent Chris Daggett with 521 votes (4.8% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 71 votes (0.7% vs. 0.5%), among the 10,763 ballots cast by the borough's 20,714 registered voters, yielding a 52.0% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
The Fair Lawn Public Schools serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2014-15 school year, the district's nine schools had an enrollment of 4,828 students and 384.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.6:1. Schools in the district (with 2014-15 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics.) are John A. Forrest Elementary School (279 students; grades K-5), Lyncrest Elementary School (229; K-5), Henry B. Milnes Elementary School (377; K-5), Radburn Elementary School (447; K-5), Warren Point Elementary School (398; K-5), Westmoreland Elementary School (348; K-5), Memorial Middle School (460; 6-8), Thomas Jefferson Middle School (660; 6-8) and Fair Lawn High School (1,465; 9-12). In both the 1990-91 and 1997-98 school years, Fair Lawn High School received the National Blue Ribbon Award from the United States Department of Education, the highest honor that an American school can achieve. In 2016, Lyncrest Elementary School was one of ten schools in New Jersey recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education, a recognition celebrating excellence in academics.
In December 2014, Fair Lawn voters approved by a greater than 2-to-1 margin a $12.8 million expansion and capital improvement referendum to be implemented by the Fair Lawn Public Schools. The referendum funds the initiation within two years of a full-day kindergarten in the district, a program offered by most districts countywide, as well as a roof replacement program at six schools. The expenditures will include $2.2 million in state aid, with the remaining $10.6 million covered by bonds issued by the school system. The full-day kindergarten program is slated to begin in September 2016.
Public school students from the borough, and all of Bergen County, are eligible to attend the secondary education programs offered by the Bergen County Technical Schools, which include the Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, and the Bergen Tech campus in Teterboro or Paramus. The district offers programs on a shared-time or full-time basis, with admission based on a selective application process and tuition covered by the student's home school district.
Fair Lawn has an all-volunteer fire department. The department has four stations—Company 1 on George Street, Company 2 at Route 208 South (before Maple Avenue Bridge), Company 3 located at the corner of Plaza Road and Rosalie Street and Company 4 on Radburn Road. Fair Lawn residents are served by the all volunteer Fair Lawn Volunteer Ambulance, Inc., which provides 24/7 emergency medical services. This service is equipped with four state of the art ambulances stocked with all necessary supplies to handle any medical emergency. Fair Lawn is also served by the all-volunteer Fair Lawn Rescue Squad. The squad provides heavy rescue and hazardous materials (HAZMAT) services to the residents and businesses of the borough.
Fair Lawn also has a police department that was founded in 1930. In 2014, the department responded to over 400 calls.
Fair Lawn is interwoven by a robust network of roads. As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 99.60 miles (160.29 km) of roadways, of which 84.00 miles (135.18 km) were maintained by the municipality, 11.13 miles (17.91 km) by Bergen County and 4.47 miles (7.19 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Fair Lawn is traversed by two state highways, New Jersey Route 4, which connects Fair Lawn to New York City via the George Washington Bridge, and New Jersey Route 208, which links Fair Lawn to the New York City bypass highway Interstate 287.
Fair Lawn has several main roads crossing through it forming a rough 3x3 grid. Running north–south are Saddle River Road, Plaza Road, and River Road (County Route 507) while Broadway, Morlot Avenue, and Fair Lawn Avenue run east–west, and Route 208 runs northwest–southeast. Running east–west between and parallel to Morlot and Fair Lawn Avenues is Berdan Avenue, a residential thoroughfare which is bisected by Route 208 into two discontinuous segments, the western one of which contains Fair Lawn High School.
Fair Lawn Avenue is considered the borough's main street, containing its Borough Hall, Police Station, and Public Library. The road goes west over the Passaic River into Paterson, and on the east, Fair Lawn Avenue ends at Saddle River Road, which through Dunkerhook Park becomes Dunkerhook Road, and becomes Century Road once in Paramus, at Paramus Road. The intersection of Fair Lawn Avenue and Plaza Road form what could be considered a "town center", with several shopping plazas and the Radburn train station all within walking distance. In October 2015, a community meeting was held to discuss a vision for this corridor. Other commercial areas include Broadway and River Road.
Route 208 has its southern terminus in Fair Lawn and bisects the borough from the northwest to the southeast, where it eventually merges with Broadway to become Route 4 just west of Fair Lawn's border with Paramus. Taken the other direction, Route 208 flows northwest to Interstate 287 in Oakland. Numerous commercial establishments and office buildings line Route 208 along the northwestern half of this limited access highway's trajectory through Fair Lawn.
South of Route 4, Saddle River Road goes through the eastern side of Fair Lawn and into Saddle Brook, where it provides a link to both the Garden State Parkway and Interstate 80. North of Route 4, Saddle River Road provides a link to Glen Rock.
Grid-based address system
Fair Lawn uses a street address numbering system in which most Fair Lawn addresses are given hyphenated numbers, such as 10-13 Some Street. Less than 1% of addresses in New Jersey use this kind of numbering system and Fair Lawn's nearly 10,000 hyphenated addresses account for nearly half of them. This numbering system is also used in Queens, New York City. Exceptions to this numbering system generally exist on the Glen Rock, Hawthorne, and Saddle Brook sides of Fair Lawn and within the Radburn development. The system, dating at least as far back as the 1930s, was designed to allow emergency personnel to quickly locate addresses.
The first numbers (before the dash) correspond to block-distances from Broadway (on streets that run North-South) and to the numbered streets in the borough (example: 2nd Street, 17th Street, etc.) on the streets that run East-West; with the highest numbers being in the low 40s, and the lowest numbers being 0-30, etc. Addresses south of Broadway / Route 4 start with a zero and a hyphen, which can cause confusion with those unfamiliar with the grid system. Most GPS systems and online address entry forms do not accept the dash, though addresses entered without the dash are typically handled properly.
Fair Lawn is served by the Radburn and Broadway train stations on the NJ Transit Bergen County Line, which offers service to Lower Manhattan via the Hoboken Terminal, and connections at Secaucus Junction to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan and to most other NJ Transit train lines.
NJ Transit buses include the 144, 145, 148, 160, 164 and 196 routes to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan; the 171 and 175 to the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal; and the 746, 758 and 770 lines, offering local service.
Spanish Transportation and its jitney buses / guaguas operate out of its terminal located one block from the NJ Transit Paterson Terminal on Broadway in downtown Paterson. The two lines, the Broadway and Main Street jitneys, begin at its respective Main Terminal on Broadway, with the Broadway-Washington Heights line heading west on Broadway with frequent local stops then continuing onto Route 4 before crossing the George Washington Bridge and dropping commuters off in front of the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal with access to the A Train. The Main Street-42nd Street route heads south down Main Street and makes frequent local stops through Clifton and Passaic, then makes sporadic non-local stops until undergoing the Lincoln Tunnel, dropping commuters off via 42nd Street in front of the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Fair Lawn lies 20 miles (32 km) north of Newark Liberty International Airport, approaches to which are directly over Fair Lawn, and 8 miles (13 km) northwest of Teterboro Airport. John F. Kennedy International Airport is 30 miles (48 km) away and LaGuardia Airport is located 22 miles (35 km) to the east, both located in New York City.
- In the 1976 film Taxi Driver, when Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) is talking to a Secret Service agent, he provides a false name (Henry Krinkle), and a false address (154 Hopper Avenue, Fair Lawn, New Jersey). There is a Hopper Avenue in Fair Lawn, but 154 Hopper Avenue does not exist, and the ZIP code he provides is also incorrect (61045, which is actually in Kings, Illinois).
- In 1981 punk rock band The Misfits, who later became one of the original pioneers of hardcore punk, recorded their studio demo titled "The Fairlawn Sessions" at New Found Sound Studio with original singer Glen Danzig.
- In the 1996 Mel Gibson movie Ransom, Fair Lawn is seen when Gibson is told to turn from Route 4 onto Saddle River Road (Fair Lawn) and into the rock quarry (which is actually located in Haledon, New Jersey).
- In the 2004 movie Taxi, Fair Lawn can be seen on the map that Detective Washburn (Jimmy Fallon) is reading. The map is fake, since it shows a fictional uncompleted highway off the Garden State Parkway in Oradell.
- At the beginning of the "Pine Barrens" episode of the television series The Sopranos, Mob boss Tony Soprano tells Paulie Walnuts and protege Christopher Moltisanti to visit a Russian mobster, Valery, in Fair Lawn. However, this scene was shot in Paterson. A scene in the episode "The Happy Wanderer" was filmed in front of the historic Radburn Building.
- Fair Lawn was featured in the movie The Other Guys starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. The two main characters travel to Fair Lawn, New Jersey to get accounting files.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Fair Lawn include:
- Matt Ahearn, former member of the New Jersey General Assembly who represented the 38th Legislative District from 2002–2004.
- Ian Axel (born 1985), singer-songwriter, pianist, and member of the band A Great Big World.
- Jeffrey Boam (born 1946), screenwriter best known for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Lethal Weapon 2 and 3.
- Steve Bornstein (born 1952), President and CEO of the NFL Network.
- Brendan Burke (born 1984), sportscaster for the Utica Comets.
- Anthony Campanile (born 1982,), defensive backs coach at Boston College and former tight ends coach for Rutgers University.
- Gérard Debaets (1899-1959), Belgian racing cyclist.
- Russell Dermond (1936-2015), sprint canoer who competed in the 1956 and 1960 Olympics.
- John E. Dohms (1948-2012), researcher of the pathology of avian diseases.
- Barry Edelstein (born 1965), theatre director, author, and educator who serves as Artistic Director of the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California.
- Steven Ehrlich (born 1946), architect who is the founding partner of the practice Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects, formerly known as Ehrlich Architects.
- Tracy Eisser (born 1989), rower who won the gold medal in the quad sculls at the 2015 World Rowing Championships.
- Donald Fagen (born 1948), singer-songwriter and co-founder and lead singer of Steely Dan.
- Nicholas Felice (born 1927), served in the New Jersey General Assembly and was mayor of Fair Lawn.
- Jim Finn (born 1976), football player with the New York Giants.
- David Gewirtz, CNN columnist, cyberterrorism adviser and presidential scholar.
- Robert M. Gordon (born 1950), member of the New Jersey Senate since 2008, who served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 2004–2008 and was mayor of Fair Lawn from 1988–1991.
- Neal Gottlieb (born 1977), ice cream entrepreneur who founded Three Twins organic ice cream.
- Boris Gulko (born 1947), International Grandmaster and former winner of the U.S. Chess Championship.
- Larry Hochman (born 1953), orchestrator and composer who won four Emmy Awards for his original music on the TV series The Wonder Pets and a Tony Award for his orchestrations for The Book of Mormon.
- Šaćir Hot (born 1991), soccer player for the New York Red Bulls, the United States U-20 team, and Boston College; attended Fair Lawn High School.
- Allen Kay (born 1945), advertising executive.
- Naomi Kutin (born c. 2001), world record-setting powerlifter.
- Steve Malzberg (born 1959), radio host.
- Mike Meola (1905-1976), pitcher in Major League Baseball who played between the 1933 and 1936 seasons.
- Antonio Matarazzo (born 1993), professional soccer midfielder who currently plays for Orlando City B in the USL.
- Lee Meredith (born 1947 as Judi-Lee Sauls), actress who appeared in The Producers, Hello Down There and The Sunshine Boys.
- Jillian Morgese (born 1989), actress.
- Millie Perkins (born 1938), actress, who played the title role in her first film as the star of The Diary of Anne Frank.
- Ron Perranoski (born 1936), Major League Baseball pitcher from 1961-1973.
- Philip Plotch (born 1961), author, professor and transportation planner.
- Billy Price (born 1949), soul singer.
- Maurice Purtill (1916-1994), drummer in the Big Band era, most notably the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
- Roberta Rogow (born 1942), writer of speculative fiction and fan fiction, and a filk music singer-songwriter.
- Steve Rothman (born 1952), Congressman who represented New Jersey's 9th congressional district from 1997–2013.
- Ira Rubin (1930-2013), world champion professional contract bridge player.
- Charlie Schlatter (born 1966), actor.
- Loren Schoenberg (born 1958), jazz musician, conductor and educator who is founding director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.
- Dave Sime (born 1936), sprinter who won a silver medal in the 100m dash at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.
- Regina Spektor (born 1980), singer.
- Brendan Suhr (born 1951), Director of Program Development for the UCF Knights men's basketball team and former NBA scout and assistant coach.
- Steve Swallow (born 1940), jazz double bassist and bass guitarist.
- Donna Vivino (born 1978), stage and screen actress, who has performed the starring role of Elphaba in the Broadway National Tour production of Wicked.
- Reginald Weir (1911-1987), African-American tennis player and physician.
- Julius Wiggins (1928-2001), publisher and founder of Silent News, the first newspaper for the deaf.
- Benjamin Yudin (born 1944), Rabbi of Congregation Shomrei Torah in Fair Lawn.
- Richie Ranno (born 1950), member of the band Starz.
A significant historic site in Fair Lawn is the Passaic River Fishing Weir, a prominent archaeological feature just north of the Fair Lawn Avenue Bridge. It was constructed by Lenape tribe members and is the best-preserved of several such weirs on the Passaic River.
- G. V. H. Berdan House - 1219 River Road (added 1983)
- Richard J. Berdan House - 24-07 Fair Lawn Avenue (added 1983): Purchased by Richard J. Berdan in 1808, the home was constructed for the Bogert family circa 1750.
- Cadmus-Folly House - 19-21 Fair Lawn Avenue (added 1983)
- Peter Garretson House - 4-02 River Road (added 1974): With a homestead that dates back to 1719, the sandstone house is one of the oldest surviving structures in Bergen County. The Garretson Forge and Farm Restoration operates the site, owned by the county, as a farm museum.
- Naugle House - 42-49 Dunkerhook Road (added 1983): Constructed in 1776, the home was visited by the Marquis de Lafayette. The site was purchased by the borough in 2010 for $1.7 million, and a plan has been formulated to repair the home and preserve the grounds as open space.
- Radburn - Irregular pattern between Radburn Road and Erie RR. tracks (added 1975)
- Radburn station - Pollitt Drive (added 1984)
- Jacob Vanderbeck Jr. House - 41-25 Dunkerhook Road (added 1983): Constructed in Dutch stone by Jacob Vanderbeck in the 1750s, the house has had a number of prominent owners, including Fair Lawn mayor and Assemblyman Richard Vander Plaat. Owned by a developer who has sought to use the site to construct a large-scale assisted-living facility, the house has been listed on Preservation New Jersey's 2013 list of the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in New Jersey.
Fair Lawn also has a close association with two historic areas along the Saddle River in Paramus. One is the Easton Tower, a Bergen County historic site that consists of a stone tower and a small dam which mark the site of the colonial-era Jacob Zabriskie mill and the 19th-20th centuries-era Arcola community park. Another is the Dunkerhook community, focused around the New Jersey designated historic road, Dunkerhook Road. The western section of the community includes the Naugle House and the Jacob Vanderbeck Jr. House, and the eastern section included a slave and free-African American community that consisted of a school, a cemetery, a church, and houses including the now-demolished Zabriskie Tenant House.
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- Diduch, Mary. "Fair Lawn to fix historic Naugle House", The Record (Bergen County), July 16, 2014, backed up by the Internet Archive as of August 15, 2014. Accessed September 16, 2017. "The council allocated $1,800 from its municipal open-space fund to fix the Naugle House. The stone residence, purchased by the borough in 2010, was built in the 1750s. It sits next to the Jacob Vanderbeck Jr. House – also known as the Vander Plaat House — another Colonial-era home that is not borough-owned."
- Pries, Allison. "Fair Lawn home named one of N.J.'s 10 most endangered historic places"[permanent dead link], The Record (Bergen County), May 22, 2013. Accessed May 28, 2017. "An 18th Century Dutch stone house that the borough declined last year to purchase has been named one of the state's 10 most endangered historic places by Preservation New Jersey.... The Jacob Vanderbeck Jr. House, also known as the Vander Plaat House, located off Dunkerhook Road sits on a three-acre parcel near the Naugle House – another Revolutionary War-era home that Fair Lawn purchased in 2010 for $1.7 million using municipal and county open space funds and state Green Acres money. The single-story home overlooking the Saddle River was built in 1754 and remained in the Vanderbeck family until 1800."
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- Rooney, Matt. "Putin Moves Against Fair Lawn", Save Jersey, April 1, 2014. Accessed September 16, 2017. "In a move certain to carry dire geopolitical consequences for the world, the Russian Federation has moved troops into the 32,000-person borough of Fair Lawn, New Jersey, only days after annexing Crimea and strengthening its troop positions along the Ukrainian border."
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- Putrino, Tracey. "Chinese program growing in Fair Lawn School District", Community News (Fair Lawn), September 11, 2013, backed up by the Internet Archive as of March 4, 2016. Accessed September 16, 2017. "With more than 200 students already enrolled, the Fair Lawn School District's Chinese program is now expanding to third grade.... The Mandarin Chinese program begin in the 2007-08 school year for middle school students and has grown each year."
- Diduch, Mary; and Maag, Christopher. "North Jersey Filipinos marshal aid for typhoon relief", The Record (Bergen County), November 9, 2013, backed up by the Internet Archive as of March 5, 2016. Accessed September 16, 2017. "The Handang Tumulong Foundation, based in Fair Lawn, continually accepts donations to help those in the Philippines and typically holds fundraisers in the fall, said its former president and board member Nelsie Parrado of Fair Lawn."
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- Newman, Richard. "Oreo maker investing in Fair Lawn bakery ", The Record (Bergen County), February 8, 2014, backed up by the Internet Archive as of October 10, 2016. Accessed September 16, 2017. "Mondelez International Inc., Fair Lawn's biggest private employer and the borough's top payer of local real estate taxes, is going to invest tens of millions of dollars to modernize the old Nabisco bakery, a landmark on Route 208 since the 1950s, the company said."
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- Morley, Hugh R. "Fair Lawn pasta maker predicts price hikes amid flour shortage", The Record (Bergen County), October 29, 2014, backed up by the Internet Archive as of March 10, 2016. Accessed September 16, 2017. "Fair Lawn-based A. Zerega's Sons Inc., a 166-year-old company that makes 100 million pounds of pasta a year, says it has yet to raise prices in response to an increase in the price of semolina flour, milled from durum wheat and used make pasta, from about 25 cents to 50 cents a pound.... Zerega first felt a dramatic price rise about a month ago, after the May-to-August North American growing season, said Mark Vermylen, vice president of the company that describes itself as the fifth-largest pasta maker in the U.S."
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- Diduch, Mary. "Fair Lawn voters approve $12.8M referendum", The Record (Bergen County), December 9, 2014, backed up by the Internet Archive as of June 2, 2016. Accessed September 16, 2017. "Borough voters approved a $12.8 million capital improvement project that will provide six schools with new roofs and expand an elementary school, paving the way for full-day kindergarten. The state through grants will pay for $2.19 million of the project, leaving the district to pay for the remaining $10.6 million with a bond."
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- Diduch, Mary. "Fair Lawn's number maze: Hyphenated addresses can be confusing", The Record (Bergen County), February 1, 2015, backed up by the Internet Archive as of August 10, 2016. Accessed September 16, 2017. "Few municipalities use the system; Queens, one of the five boroughs of New York City, is one that does. Of the 3.9 million addresses in the state, 21,970 have hyphenated addresses. Nearly half — about 10,000 — are in Fair Lawn, with Newark trailing with about 6,000, according to the Postal Service.... Homes and buildings south of Broadway — Route 4 — have a zero before the hyphen, followed by the building number. Structures north of Broadway are given a number before the hyphen that corresponds to the street."
- Radburn station, NJ Transit. Accessed October 11, 2013.
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- Ginsberg, Leonard. Rhapsody on a Film by Kurosawa, p. 205. Trafford Publishing, 2008. ISBN 9781425174378. Accessed November 5, 2013. "First, a psychopathic hero is not a novelty. 'My name is Hnery Krinkle. K-R-I-N-K-L-E. 154 Hopper Avenue.... You know, like a rabbit, hip, hop. Ha, ha. Fair Lawn, New Jersey.' Travis Bickle falsely identifies himself."
- "The Misfits Recording Sessions". Misfits Central. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
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- Faerman, Zlata. "Q&A: 'The Other Guys' director Adam McKay", The Palm Beach Post, August 23, 2010. "If you had to point to Fair Lawn on a map of New Jersey, could you do it? McKay: I would look around Mount Clair [sic]? Is that close? I grew up in Philly so I have some limited Jersey knowledge."
- Chen, David W. "A County Leader at the Core of a Pay-to-Play Fight", The New York Times, January 25, 2006. Accessed September 16, 2017. "'The empire-building is getting your feet in town, helping the minority win control, and then controlling the appointments and no-bid contracts,' said Matt Ahearn, a former Democratic assemblyman from Fair Lawn who had a falling-out with Mr. Ferriero."
- McCall, Tris. "Ian Axel's 'New Year' is an impressive debut", The Star-Ledger, May 20, 2011. Accessed July 21, 2011. "Axel, who grew up in Bergen County and graduated from Fair Lawn High School, isn't a showy pianist. He doesn't take lengthy solos or call attention to his considerable technique.... Ian Axel, who grew up in Fair Lawn, makes his Bowery Ballroom debut on Tuesday."
- Farrell, Mary H. J.; and Kelley, Jack. "Jeffrey Boam's Two Scripts Make Him a Lethal Box Office Weapon After a Long Crusade for Success", People (magazine), September 4, 1989, Vol. 32 No. 10. Accessed September 16, 2017. "The middle child of an aeronautical engineer and a housewife, Boam moved with his family from Fair Lawn, N.J., to Sacramento, Calif., at 11. He was planning to become a sketch artist when he discovered the film school at UCLA."
- Ostrowski, Jeff. "In any currency, ESPN a cash machine", Sports Business Daily, December 21, 1998. Accessed January 2, 2014. "Bornstein, a native of Fair Lawn, N.J., graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1974 with a film degree. His early career included stints at a Milwaukee TV station and lugging equipment as a free-lance cameraman for the Milwaukee Brewers."
- Granlund, Dave. "Utica Comets Weekly Notebook # 6 - Meet Radio Broadcaster Brendan Burke", Observer-Dispatch, July 22, 2013. Accessed November 2, 2014. "In speaking with Burke, a native of Fair Lawn, NJ, I now have another reason to eagerly await the start of the Comets inaugural season."
- Anthony campanile, Boston College Eagles football. Accessed July 16, 2018. "Hometown: Fair Lawn, N.J.; High School: Fair Lawn"
- Gabriele, Michael C. The Golden Age of Bicycle Racing in New Jersey, p. 93. The History Press, 2011. ISBN 9781596294271. "Following his retirement in 1945, he opened a bicycle shop in Paterson and resided in Fair Lawn and North Haledon."
- Russell Dermond, Sports Reference. Accessed November 23, 2017. "Born: December 31, 1936 (Age 80.327, YY.DDD) in Fairlawn, New Jersey, United States"
- Staff. "In memoriam; Friends, colleagues remember Prof. John Dohms", UDaily, March 7, 2014. Accessed May 10, 2016. "Born in New York City, Dr. Dohms graduated from Fair Lawn High School in New Jersey in 1966."
- Quartararo, Elizabeth. "Missing since 2012, professor remembered by friends and relatives", The Review, March 3, 2014. Accessed May 10, 2016. "Bernard Kaplan, a university English professor who has known Dohms since they were both children growing up a block away from each other in Fair Lawn, N.J., said shortly after Dohms' disappearance, he traveled to their hometown to pass out flyers and let neighbors know to look out for him."
- Launer, Pat. "New Face at the Old Globe", San Diego Jewish Journal, January 31, 2013. Accessed March 19, 2016. "Edelstein (pronounced EH-duhl-steen), was born in Paterson, N.J. He grew up in Fair Lawn, N.J., where he attended Fair Lawn High School and went on to graduate summa cum laude from Tufts University."
- Haldeman, Peter. "Steven Ehrlich; Exploring Privacy and Community at Home in Venice Beach", Architectural Digest, August 31, 2004. Accessed June 13, 2016. "Raised in Radburn, New Jersey, America's first planned community, Ehrlich spent six years working in Morocco and Nigeria after architecture school."
- Tracy Eisser, USRowing. Accessed September 16, 2017. "Hometown: Fair Lawn, N.J."
- Beckerman, Jim. "Donald Fagen joins forces for a tribute to early R&B", The Record (Bergen County), September 2, 2010, backed up by the Internet Archive as of November 2, 2014. Accessed September 16, 2017. "Geographically, he can trace his roots to Passaic, where he was born, to Fair Lawn, where he was raised, and to Kendall Park, then a muddy no-man's-land between New Brunswick and Princeton that he couldn't wait to get out of."
- "Assemblyman Nicholas R. Felice". Archived from the original on February 25, 1998. Retrieved 2017-04-11. , New Jersey Legislature. Accessed June 2, 2010.
- Zinser, Lynn. "Pro Football; For Giants' Finn, There's No Place Like Home", The New York Times, September 6, 2003. Accessed January 2, 2014. "When he signed with the Giants in March, they wondered if he would beat out the incumbent fullback, Charles Stackhouse, and fretted about whether he could handle playing in the spotlight of New York, just miles from where he grew up in Fair Lawn, N.J."
- Gewirtz, David. "The Coming Cyberwar: A Matter of When, Not If", U.S. 1 Newspaper, September 10, 2008. Accessed February 7, 2011. "A native of Fair Lawn, Gewirtz earned his bachelor's in computer science at Worcester Polytechnic in Massachusetts in 1982."
- Nobile, Tom. "Governor makes campaign stop in Fair Lawn", Community News (Fair Lawn), October 30, 2013, backed up by the Internet Archive as of March 7, 2016. Accessed September 16, 2017. "He also threw endorsements behind local state senate and assembly candidates, including Republican State Senate candidate Fernando Alonso, who is running against Democratic Sen. Robert Gordon of Fair Lawn."
- Ghert-Zand, Renee. "Talking with … An ice cream man who likes it green", j. (newspaper), August 23, 2013. Accessed September 16, 2017. "Did you eat at lot of ice cream growing up in Fair Lawn, N.J.?"
- Byrne, Robert. "Chess", The New York Times, November 15, 1994. Accessed June 30, 2012. "In winning the United States Championship in Key West, Fla., in late October, Boris Gulko performed in close accord with every grandmaster's daydreams. The 47-year-old former Soviet champion, who lives in Fair Lawn, N.J., won with captivating combinations, trenchant tactics, precise positional play and excellently executed endgames."
- Leichman, Joseph. "Revolving", The Jewish Standard, November 25, 2005. Accessed May 10, 2016. "When Larry Gates and Larry Hochman were growing up in Fair Lawn, they used to walk home from school singing Beatles songs together."
- Vasquez, Andy. "Red Bulls sign Fair Lawn's Sacir Hot", The Record (Bergen County), February 1, 2011, backed up by the Internet Archive as of September 7, 2012. Accessed September 16, 2017. "On Monday, the Red Bulls announced the signing of Hot, a 19-year-old defender who played soccer and football at Fair Lawn.... Hot recently returned from Europe and soon after was offered a contract. The decision to stay close to home — Hot still lives in Fair Lawn — was not a difficult one."
- Dougherty, Philip H. "Advertising; New Shop Seeks Its Own Niche", The New York Times, February 16, 1982. Accessed May 10, 2016. "Like his sidekick, Mr. Kay, 36, started out in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, but moved to Fair Lawn, N.J., before he started high school."
- Attrino, Anthony G. "Fair Lawn's Supergirl hopes to become the strongest woman in the world", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, December 10, 2017. Accessed August 24, 2018. "Though she is just 16 years old and 132 pounds, Naomi Kutin of Fair Lawn can lift more than three times her body weight."
- Kilgannon, Corey. "Meet Supergirl, the World’s Strongest Teenager", The New York Times, December 1, 2017. Accessed August 24, 2018. "Naomi Kutin, 16, who lives in Fair Lawn, N.J., has been competing in power lifting since she was 8."
- Kurland, Rachel. "Supergirl Lifts — and Squats — the Bar High", The Jewish Exponent, December 14, 2017. Accessed August 24, 2018. "Naomi continues to grow up in the powerlifting community, as well as the modern Orthodox community in her hometown of Fair Lawn, N.J. Her journey will debut in a new documentary, Supergirl, which airs on PBS Dec. 18 at 10 p.m."
- Jennings, Rob. "Thousands attend Labor Day tea party", Daily Record (Morristown), September 8, 2009, backed up by the Internet Archive as of November 2, 2014. Accessed September 16, 2017. "'How do you give back until you get,' said Malzberg, who lives in Fair Lawn and did not name the school declining to show the speech."
- Nowlin, Bill. "Mike Meola", Society for American Baseball Research. Accessed May 10, 2016. "He moved to New Jersey and was active in church and Republican Party affairs in the Fair Lawn, New Jersey, area where he made his home."
- Antonio Matarazzo Bio, Columbia Lions men's soccer. Accessed June 13, 2016. "Hometown: Fair Lawn, N.J.; High School: Fair Lawn"
- Rohan, Virginia. "Once a Bombshell...", The Record (Bergen County), July 1, 2001, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 5, 2016. Accessed September 16, 2017. "Meredith -- so convincing as the Swedish tease -- was born and raised Judi-Lee Sauls in Fair Lawn, and adopted her stage name right before The Producers."
- Beckerman, Jim. "Fair Lawn actress gets starring role in Joss Whedon's take on Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing'", The Record (Bergen County), June 18, 2013, backed up by the Internet Archive as of September 17, 2016. Accessed September 16, 2017. "'For me, the whole experience was a dream,' says Jillian Morgese, 23, a Fair Lawn native who can be seen in her first major film role in a funky new version of the Shakespeare comedy, opening nationwide on Friday."
- "New Picture", Time (magazine), March 30, 1959. Accessed January 2, 2014. "His choice was an 18-year-old model from Fair Lawn, N.J. named Millie Perkins."
- Finch, Frank. "Sluggers Benched, So Dodgers Jar Mets 9-2", Los Angeles Times, June 7, 1964. Accessed January 2, 2014. "Several thousand fans from Fair Lawn, NJ, were on hand to honor their most celebrated citizen, Ron Perranoski."
- Baseball All-Century Teams of the Decades, The Star-Ledger, backed up by the Internet Archive as of March 28, 2003. Accessed September 16, 2017.
- Plotch, Philip Mark. "Opinion: Indictments are an affirmation that our system is working", The Record (Bergen County), May 2, 2015, backed up by the Internet Archive as of March 4, 2016. Accessed September 16, 2017. "Philip Mark Plotch of Fair Lawn is an assistant professor of political science at Saint Peter's University and author of Politics Across the Hudson: The Tappan Zee Megaproject."
- Thompson, Toby. "Billy Price: East Coast Blue-Eyed Soul Man", copy of article from The Penn Stater at billyprice.com, January / February 2000, backed up by the Internet Archive as of September 27, 2012. Accessed September 16, 2017. "Forget Billy Price from Pittsburgh's rock cauldron. Meet William Pollak '71, '79, Liberal Arts, from Fair Lawn."
- Deffaa, Chip. Swing Legacy, p. 118. Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 9780810822825. Accessed October 11, 2013. "But at his apartment in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, Maurice ('Moe') Purtill recalls: 'You could have shot deer in the Glen Island Casino that first night. Nobody was there.'"
- via Associated Press. "On The Light Side Of News", The Gettysburg Times, March 9, 1977. Accessed May 10, 2016. "The first index og Star Trek stories, written by fans in the 10 years the show has been off the air, is being put together by a Fair Lawn librarian. Roberta Rogow has purchased 20,000 index cards on which she hopes to compile the 'Trekindex', a guide to finding all the works."
- Argetsinger, Amy; and Roberts, Roxanne. "'Leaner and Meaner' Rove Has Less Weight to Throw Around", The Washington Post, August 30, 2006. Accessed March 29, 2011. "Matched: Rep. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.), 53, who got teased when gossip columns and his hometown paper discovered his online personal ad two years ago (brown-eyed Libra, enjoys swimming, wine and jazz), had the last laugh Aug. 18 when he married Jennifer Anne Beckenstein, 48 -- a food bank publicist whom he met through Jdate.com -- in Nyack, N.Y. The two will honeymoon later in the year, his office said; for now, they're busy combining their five teens into one household in Fair Lawn, N.J."
- Levin, Jay. "Ira Rubin, world champion bridge player, dies at 82", The Record (Bergen County), February 7, 2013, backed up by the Internet Archive as of March 10, 2016. Accessed September 16, 2017. "Ira Rubin, who lived in Paramus for 35 years and in Fair Lawn before that, is survived by his children, Loribeth Kimmel, Eric Rubin and Jeffrey Rubin, and his former wife, Harriet Rubin."
- Rohan, Virginia. "Fair Lawn's Charlie Schlatter on his new TV project", The Record (Bergen County), February 12, 2010, backed up by the Internet Archive as of April 30, 2016. Accessed September 16, 2017.
- Parisi, Albert J. "Fond Memories of the 'King of Swing'", The New York Times, October 1, 1989. Accessed July 23, 2016. "'Everybody I knew as a kid was into rock bands and heavy-metal stuff, but it just didn't do anything for me,' said Mr. Schoenberg, a 31-year-old Fair Lawn native."
- via Associated Press. "Sime Has Great Day, Breaks World Record", Battle Creek Enquirer, May 6, 1956. Accessed September 16, 2017. "The 190-pound Fair Lawn, N.J., sophomore, a hot prospect for the U.S. Olympic team, won the 100-yard dash in 9.4, his sixth such performance this year."
- Bloom, Nate. "Noshes: Worth Checking Out", The Jewish Standard, June 29, 2007. "Spektor, 27, is far better known... She went to middle school yeshiva in New York and, for her first two years in high school, she went to the Frisch School in Paramus. She graduated from Fair Lawn High School."
- Brendan Suhr, UCF Knights men's basketball, backed up by the Internet Archive as of March 19, 2016. Accessed September 16, 2017. "A native of Fair Lawn, N.J., Suhr began his coaching career on the college level as an assistant at Detroit, before moving to Fairfield."
- Hawes, Peter S. via Associated Press. "Steve Swallow divided time; Purist turns on electricity", The Free Lance-Star, September 17, 1983. Accessed November 5, 2013. "Swallow, 42, grew up in Fair Lawn, N.J. He first took piano lessons when he was six. He later studied the trumpet and started playing bass when he was about 13 in after-school jam sessions."
- Belkin, Lisa. "Savvy 7-year-old acts like a real pro", Lawrence Journal-World, January 5, 1986. Accessed February 8, 2011. "Fair Lawn, N.J. - The actress 49 inches tall, 7 years old and missing three teeth - stood in the center of her den and patiently explained the difference between television commercials and real life."
- Staff. "Ball Beats Bonner in Final Of Jersey Senior Tennis", The New York Times, August 3, 1964. Accessed May 10, 2016. "Ball and Dr. Reginald Weir of Fair Lawn, N. J., took the doubles title by default from Bonner and Robert Biddle of Philadelphia."
- Matsumoto, Lori. "No Sound speaks up for the world of silence", The Mirror, July 5, 1970. Accessed November 30, 2017. "Julius Wiggins was born here in Toronto and grew up here. His love of the city and its idiosyncracies are obvious. He and his wife and three children lived on Acton Avenue in Downsview for 10 years before moving to Fair Lawn, New Jersey to begin publishing Silent News a year and a half ago."
- Preis, Nechama. "Close-up: Rabbi Benjamin Yudin; An 'outreach pro' -- who shuns the very term -- finds multiple ways to extend a warm hand of welcome.", Jewish Action, Spring 5758/1998 Vol. 58 No. 3. Accessed September 16, 2017. "In 1969, when Rabbi Yudin - then newly ordained by Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary -- moved with his wife, Shevi, to Fair Lawn for his first rabbinical position, his congregation had a mere 30 members."
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- Coyne, Kevin. "Pursuing a Secret of the Passaic", The New York Times, October 3, 2008. Accessed June 30, 2014.
- New Jersey: Bergen County, National Register of Historic Places. Accessed November 15, 2011.
- Winshell, Elaine B,; and Diepeveen, Jane Lyle. Fair Lawn, p. 11. Arcadia Publishing, 2001. ISBN 9780738509297. Accessed November 2, 2014.
- Homestead, Garretson Forge and Farm. Accessed September 16, 2017. "The Garretson homestead stands on a portion of land that was deeded to David Daniellse in 1708 by King George of England and the Lenni Lenape Chief, Spotted Tail. Peter Garretson purchased the property from Daniellse in 1719."
- Staff. "The Record: Preserving history", The Record (Bergen County), August 1, 2013, backed up by the Internet Archive as of August 23, 2013. Accessed September 16, 2017. "Fair Lawn bought the 1776 Naugle House three years ago, snatching it from the jaws of a developer with plans to build town homes on the property. Not only was the house saved, but so were the grounds, keeping precious open space open."
- Sudol, Karen. "Fate of Fair Lawn historic homes becomes clearer", The Record (Bergen County), July 29, 2013, backed up by the Internet Archive as of November 5, 2013. Accessed September 16, 2017. "Fair Lawn bought the house in 2010 for $1.7 million using municipal and county open space funds. The cost to develop the restoration plan — not the actual work on the house — was $38,500, funded through a county grant matched by the borough.... The house, which dates to 1776 and is listed on the national and state historic place registers, is said to have been the home of a paymaster for the Continental Army and to have once hosted the Marquis de Lafayette, the French nobleman who fought with the Continental Army."
- Radburn - National Historic Landmark Nomination form, National Park Service. Accessed December 29, 2016.
- Diduch, Mary. "Fate of old Fair Lawn house rests with proposal for senior complex", The Record (Bergen County), May 27, 2014, backed up by the Internet Archive as of September 18, 2016. Accessed September 16, 2017. "The zoning board is poised Thursday to hear an application to build an assisted-living facility on a three-acre parcel where an 18th-century historic structure sits. The preservation of the Jacob Vanderbeck Jr. house on Dunkerhook Road has been an issue in the borough for years, and now the historic commission there is looking to negotiate with the developer to possibly have the home moved so it can be preserved."
- 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in New Jersey 2013: Jacob Vanderbeck Jr. House Archived 2013-10-12 at the Wayback Machine., Preservation New Jersey. Accessed October 11, 2013.
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