- Highland Park, New Jersey
official_name = Highland Park, New Jersey
settlement_type = Borough
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map_caption = Highland Park highlighted in Middlesex County. Inset: Location of Middlesex County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
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map_caption1 = Census Bureau map of Highland Park, New Jersey
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government_type = Borough
leader_name = Meryl L. Frank
established_title = Incorporated
March 15, 1905
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population_total = 14175
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population_density_sq_mi = 7614.1
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postal_code = 08904
area_code = 732
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blank_info = 34-31470GR|2 [ [http://mcdc2.missouri.edu/webrepts/commoncodes/ccc_nj.html A Cure for the Common Codes: New Jersey] , Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed
July 14, 2008.]
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Highland Park was formed as a borough by an Act of the
New Jersey Legislatureon March 15, 1905, when it broke away from the then Raritan Township (present day Edison)."The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 170.]
Highland Park is located at coor dms|40|30|1|N|74|25|33|W|city (40.500254, -74.425700).GR|1
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.8 km²), all of it land.
Highland Park received its name for its "Park like" setting, on the highland of the banks of the
Raritan River, overlooking New Brunswick.
estref= [http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/SAFFPopulation?_event=Search&geo_id=16000US3430840&_geoContext=01000US%7C04000US34%7C16000US3430840&_street=&_county=highland+park&_cityTown=highland+park&_state=04000US34&_zip=&_lang=en&_sse=on&ActiveGeoDiv=geoSelect&_useEV=&pctxt=fph&pgsl=160&_submenuId=population_0&ds_name=null&_ci_nbr=null&qr_name=null®=null%3Anull&_keyword=&_industry= Census data for Highland Park borough] ,
United States Census Bureau. Accessed December 12, 2007.]
footnote=Population 1930 - 1990. [ [http://www.wnjpin.net/OneStopCareerCenter/LaborMarketInformation/lmi01/poptrd6.htm New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990] , Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network. Accessed
March 1, 2007.] As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 13,999 people, 5,899 households, and 3,409 families residing in the borough. The population densitywas 7,614.1 people per square mile (2,937.5/km²). There were 6,071 housing units at an average density of 3,302.0/sq mi (1,273.9/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 72.06% White, 7.94% African American, 0.11% Native American, 13.63% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 3.59% from other races, and 2.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.18% of the population. 8.9% were of Italian, 6.6% Russian, 6.5% Irish, 6.1% Polish and 5.3% German ancestry according to Census 2000. 69.3% spoke English, 7.5% Spanish, 6.3% Chinese, 2.3% Hebrew, 1.9% Russian, 1.2% Hungarian and 1.1% Hindias their first language.
There were 5,899 households out of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.2% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.2% were non-families. 31.5% 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 2.37 and the average family size was 3.06.
In the borough the population was spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 37.1% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.4 males age 18 and over.
The median income for a household in the borough was $53,250, and the median income for a family was $71,267. Males had a median income of $47,248 versus $36,829 for females. The
per capita incomefor the borough was $28,767. About 5.3% of families and 8.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.7% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over.
The borough supports several active Jewish communities, and in 1978 was one of the first communities in New Jersey to gain an
Eruv. Through an arrangement with New Jersey Bell (now Verizon), a continuous wire was strung from pole to pole around the borders of the borough. The wires are inspected every Friday to ensure that the connections are complete. When intact, this Eruv, or symbolic wall, satisfies most Orthodox Jewishreligious requirements allowing residents to treat the entire borough as their home during the Sabbath. (The eruv now extends into parts of Edison, New Jersey.)
Highland Park has at times been a bedroom community for nearby Rutgers University and
Johnson & Johnsonin New Brunswick, with a resulting academic flair to the community. Nobel laureate Selman Waksman(Medicine, 1952) lived in the borough until he moved to Piscataway in 1954, and laureate Arno Penzias(Physics, 1978) lived in the borough until the 1990s.
Highland Park 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. 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. ["2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book",
Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 81.]
The Borough operates through Committees of the Council: Administration, Finance, Public Works, Public Safety, Community Affairs, Public Utilities, and Health, Welfare, and Recreation. The various departments, boards and commissions report to the Council through these committees.
The Mayor of Highland Park is [http://hpboro.com/gov_mfrank.htm Meryl L. Frank] .
The Borough Council consists of Council President [http://hpboro.com/gov_ef-dublin.htm Elsie Foster-Dublin] , [http://hpboro.com/gov_jerickson.htm Jon Erickson] , [http://hpboro.com/gov_fgoodhart.htm Fern Goodhart] , [http://hpboro.com/gov_gminkoff.htm Gary Minkoff] , [http://hpboro.com/gov_jmorris.htm Jeffrey Morris] and Mark Watson. [ [http://hpboro.com/gov.htm Mayor & Borough Council Members] , Borough of Highland Park. Accessed
March 18, 2007.]
Federal, state and county representation
Highland Park is in the Sixth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 17th Legislative District. [ [http://www.lwvnj.org/pubs/CG06.pdf 2006 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government] , New Jersey
League of Women Voters, p. 58. Accessed August 30, 2006.]
Highland Park Public Schoolsserve students in prekindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[ [http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/school_list.asp?Search=1&DistrictID=3407170 Data for the Highland Park Public Schools] , National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed May 15, 2008.] ) are [http://www.highlandpark.k12.nj.us/irving/ Irving Primary School] (PreK-1; 432 students), [http://www.highlandpark.k12.nj.us/users/jwoods/bartle2004/index.htm Bartle Elementary School] (grades 2-5; 409), [http://www.highlandpark.k12.nj.us/users/mweb Highland Park Middle School] (grades 6-8, the 6th grade was added in 2007; 215) and
Highland Park High School (grades 9-12; 454).
There are five main roads in Highland Park:
New Jersey Route 27- Known as Raritan Avenue, it traverses for about 1 1/2 miles through downtown and the outskirts of Highland Park. The section between Adelaide and Fifth Avenues runs virtually east to west and divides the town into the north and south sides.cite web|url=http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/refdata/sldiag/00000027__-.pdf|title=Route 27 straight line diagram|author= New Jersey Department of Transportation|accessdate=2007-12-23]
*County Route 514 - Starts as a road named Woodbridge Avenue that splits off at Route 27 at South Sixth Avenue. It runs through the southeast region of the borough.cite web|url=http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/refdata/sldiag/00000514__-.pdf|title=Route 514 straight line diagram|author=
New Jersey Department of Transportation|accessdate=2007-12-23]
*Middlesex County Route 622 - River Road in Highland Park, stretches for over convert|1|mi|km|sing=on in the western region of the borough following the curving bank of the Raritan River.cite web|url=http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/refdata/sldiag/12000622__-.pdf|title=Route 622 straight line diagram|author=
New Jersey Department of Transportation|accessdate=2007-12-23]
*Middlesex County Route 676 - This is Duclos Lane and it forms a portion of Highland Park's eastern border with Edison. Road spends .49 of a mile in Highland Park.cite web|url=http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/refdata/sldiag/12000676__-.pdf|title=Route 676 straight line diagram|author=
New Jersey Department of Transportation|accessdate=2007-12-23]
*Middlesex County Route 692 - Cedar Lane in the northern section of the borough intersects with River Road.cite web|url=http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/refdata/sldiag/12000692__-.pdf|title=Route 692 straight line diagram|author=
New Jersey Department of Transportation|accessdate=2007-12-23]
New Jersey Transitlocal bus service is provided on the 810 and 814 routes. [ [http://www.njtransit.com/sf_tp_rc_middlesex.shtml Middlesex County Bus/Rail Connections] , New Jersey Transit. Accessed June 21, 2007.]
There is a new state of the art Environmental Center on River Road, just a few hundred feet upstream from the
Albany Street Bridge. The Borough's Environmental Commission envisions this center as a stop along a riverbank walking trail that would link Johnson Park with Donaldson Park and beyond, to the Meadows environmental area on the Edison border. [ [http://www.leoraw.com/hpenv/news/ Highland Park Environmental News 2007] , accessed January 3, 2007.]
The native Lenape people hunted on this hilly land aside the gently flowing Raritan River and their trails crisscrossed the area. One of the earliest European settlers was Henry Greenland, who owned convert|384|acre|km2 of land and operated an inn along the Mill Brook section of the Assunpink Trail during the late 1600s. Others early settlers included George Drake, Reverend John Drake, and Captain Francis Drake, kinsmen of the famous explorer. In the early 1700s, a few wealthy Europeans including the Van Horns and Merrills settled on large tracts of land establishing an isolated farmstead pattern of development that would continue for the next 150 years.
In 1685, John Inian bought land on both shores of the Raritan River and built two new landings downstream from the Assunpink Trail's fording place. He established a ferry service and the main road then was redirected to lead straight to the ferry landing. This river crossing was run by generations of different owners and a ferry house tavern operated for many years in the 1700s. [ Kolva, Jeanne and Joanne Pisciotta. "Highland Park; Borough of Homes". (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2005) pp. 18-19.] A toll bridge replaced the ferry in 1795. The wood plank
Albany Street Bridgewas dismantled in 1848 and reconstructed in 1853. The present day stone arch road bridge was built in 1892. It became the Lincoln HighwayBridge in 1914 and was widened in 1925.
John Henry Livingston, newly chosen head of Queen's College, purchased a convert|150|acre|km2|sing=on plot of land in 1809, which would hereafter be known as the Livingston Manor. Now, a gracious Greek Revival house built around 1843 by Robert and Louisa Livingston stands on this property. The Livingston Homestead, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, was owned by the Waldron family throughout most of the 20th century. [ Spies, Stacy. "National Register nomination for Livingston Homestead" (Washington, DC, National Park Service, 2001).] It remains Highland Park's most prominent historic house.
In the early 19th century, both the
Delaware & Raritan Canaland a railroad were constructed largely to serve the commercial center of New Brunswick across the river. In 1836, the New Jersey Railroad and Transportation Companybuilt a rail line that terminated on the Highland Park side of the Raritan River and established a station named "East New Brunswick." The Camden and Amboy Railroadbuilt a wood, double-deck bridge which eliminated the station stop in 1838. It was destroyed by a suspicious fire in 1878. [ Kolva, Jeanne and Joanne Pisciotta. "Highland Park; Borough of Homes". (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2005)p. 42.] An iron truss bridge was quickly built upon enlarged stone piers, which in turn was replaced in 1902 by the twelve span, concrete-covered, stone arch bridge currently standing.
Despite the canal and the railroad, Highland Park's land continued to be used for agriculture. Residential development slowly began 30 years later, with several stately houses constructed on Adelaide Avenue and more modest houses constructed on Cedar, First, and Second Avenues and Magnolia, Benner, and Johnson Streets. In the 1870s, the small hamlet became better known as "Highland Park", a name derived from the suburban housing development although the area adjacent to the railroad tracks continued to be called "East New Brunswick." [ Kolva, Jeanne and Joanne Pisciotta. "Highland Park; Borough of Homes". (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2005)] 1870 was also the year in which Highland Park was annexed to the newly formed
Raritan Township. [Snyder, John P. "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968." (Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969) p. 170.]
The seeds were sown for Highland Park's independence from Raritan Township over the issue of public schooling. Highland Park had its own school district and on
March 15, 1905the Borough of Highland Park was formed. Important factors were the desire for an independent school system and a related dispute over school taxes. The fire department, which had formed in 1899, also wanted more local control over their affairs. The 1905 New Jersey census counted 147 dwellings in the new borough. In 1918, Robert Wood Johnson IIwas appointed to the Highland Park Council and became mayor in 1920. His summer house and estate was located on River Road, just north of the railroad tracks.
Over the past 100 years, Highland Park's lands have been parceled into ever-smaller suburban residential plots. Planned developments included Watson Whittlesey's Livingston Manor development begun in 1906; the Viehmann Tract, also on the north side; Riverview Terrace on the south side; Raritan Park Terrace in the triangle between Raritan and Woodbridge Avenues; and East New Brunswick Heights in the Orchard Heights neighborhood. It has taken years of continuously constructing houses and apartment buildings to create the largely residential borough.
Highland Park's industrial development in the 19th and 20th centuries included such businesses as a brewery,
Johnson & Johnson, The John Waldron Machine Company, Turner Tubes, Flako Products, and the Janeway & Carpender Wallpaper factory. The borough is the birthplace of the Band-Aid[ Kolva, Jeanne and Joanne Pisciotta. "Highland Park; Borough of Homes". (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2005) p. 109.] and Flako Products packaged mixes for baked goods. However, the industrial nature of the borough completely declined by the 1960s. The commercial zones along both Raritan and Woodbridge Avenues continue to thrive with "mom & pop" shops, many that have lasted for generations.
Throughout the 20th century, Highland Park's religious institutions, educational facilities, and municipal governance have kept pace with the growth of the town. The trends of local autonomy and control that shaped Highland Park in the past continue to this day.
Highland Park also was home to Drug Fair, the largest independent drug store in New Jersey, from 1955-1999. Drug Fair was owned by Donald Weiss and served the residents of the area.
List of mayors of Highland Park, New Jersey
Livingston Manor Historic District
Livingston Manor was a subdivision built upon the lands surrounding the Livingston family homestead. This subdivision was the brainchild of Watson Whittlesey (1863-1914), a real estate developer born in Rochester, New York. Whittlesey was more than a typical land speculator; he was a community builder, which was noted by his residency in various Livingston Manor houses from 1906 to 1914, and by his active involvement in the municipal affairs of Highland Park. Instead of auctioning lots like his 19th century predecessors, Whittlesey sold subdivided lots with either a house completely built by his company or with the promise of providing a company-constructed house similar to those previously constructed.
The suburban development grew between 1906 and 1925 when Whittlesey's company, the Livingston Manor Corporation and its successor, the Highland Park Building Company, constructed single-family houses from plans produced by a select group of architects. While a variety of building types and styles are present on each block, the buildings in the district are distinct by the use of specific building plans found nowhere else in Highland Park and by the embellishments that are typical of the Craftsman philosophy, which emphasized the value of the labor of skilled artisans who showed pride in their abilities.
In the first years of this development, the houses were constructed one entire block at a time beginning with the southeast side of Grant Avenue between Lawrence Avenue and North Second Avenue. The next block to be developed was the northwest side of Lincoln Avenue between Lawrence Avenue and North Second Avenue. Six stucco bungalows were then constructed on the southern side of Lawrence east of Lincoln Avenue. As the housing development grew in popularity, houses were constructed less systematically by block, and more often on lots that individual homeowners randomly selected from the remaining available properties. Whittlesey used plans from architects George Edward Krug and Francis George Hasselman, as well as plans generated by several local architects including John Arthur Blish and William Boylan. Several of Livingston Manor's Tudor Revival houses were designed by Highland Park's eminent architect, Alexander Merchant. Merchant created numerous buildings in New Brunswick and Highland Park (see list below). Like other early-20th century architects, he was active during the period of early American modernism, but having trained at the firm of
Carrère and Hastings, Merchant developed and maintained a classical design vocabulary.
Many workers in the building trades such as Harvey E. Dodge, Frederick Nietscke, a carpenter and Harold Richard Segoine, a contractor, have also been identified as Livingston Manor Corporation employees as well as Livingston Manor residents. Whittlesey, with his wife Anna, also lived in several Livingston Manor houses including the Spanish Colonial style house at 35 Harrison Avenue designed specifically for them.
The Manor is now celebrating its centennial. On
December 1, 1906, the first deeds were transferred to two individual homeowners. Many prominent New Brunswick and Highland Park residents bought houses in this new neighborhood. They included Rutgers College professors, school teachers, bank employees, factory owners, and store owners. Census data shows that most of the women were housewives and mothers. There were many extended families. Some families took in boarders and several households included live-in servants. [ US Census 1910, 1920, and New Jersey Census of 1915.] Sixty-two houses had been constructed in Livingston Manor by 1910.
In 1912, Watson Whittlesey hired a sales agent, John F. Green, and began selling bungalow lots. These properties were smaller and less expensive, and a set of plans for a bungalow was given to any purchaser. By 1913, 120 houses had been constructed in Livingston Manor.
Dubbed "Lord of the Manor", Whittlesey created a neighborhood spirit by giving receptions to the residents; by providing playgrounds for the children; and by encouraging the men to take a more active part in public affairs. After his death on
April 8, 1914, Manor residents turned out in the hundreds to attend a memorial service at his house.
The Highland Park Building Company was incorporated in 1914 by long-standing members of his company including builder Robert Lufburrow and engineer Harold Richard Segoine. In 1916, Mrs. Whittlesey, who was president of the Livingston Manor Corporation, turned over the privately owned streets, sidewalks, and curbs to the Borough. Remarkably, there were no provisions for the borough to accept public ownership of the sewers. That required an act of legislation at the statehouse in Trenton, which was accomplished by Senator Florance, Assemblyman Edgar, and signed by Governor
Walter Evans Edgethe following year. Anna Wilcox Whittlesey, "Lady of the Manor", died on August 16, 1918. She was remembered as "a woman of rare refinement and culture, and the soul of hospitality."
Highland Park's identity as a streetcar suburb was transformed to that of an automobile suburb during the 1920s. Two hundred and ten dwellings had been constructed in Livingston Manor by 1922. The Livingston Manor Corporation continued to have transactions into the 1960s, but the area's significant development had taken place by 1925.
It has always been locally recognized that Livingston Manor is an important neighborhood in Highland Park. The
Livingston Manor Historic Districtwas listed in the New Jersey Register on April 1, 2004and in the National Register of Historic Placeson July 7, 2004. This text was condensed from the National Register nomination written by Borough Historian, Jeanne Kolva. [ Kolva, Jeanne and Joanne Pisciotta. "Highland Park; Borough of Homes". (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2005).]
Buildings designed by Alexander Merchant
* 55 South Adelaide Avenue (1909)
* Lafayette School on South Second Avenue and Benner Street (original school-1907 and Second Avenue wing-1915. The third wing on Second Avenue was designed by Merchant's son Alexander Merchant, Jr. in 1952)
* Reformed Church on South Second Avenue (original church-1897 and auditorium wing circa 1920)
* Irving School on Central Avenue (original building-1914)
* The Center School on North Third Avenue (formerly the Hamilton School in 1914)
* The Pomeranz Building on Raritan Avenue and South Third Avenue (1920)
* 82 Harrison Avenue (1913)
* Two houses on Cliff Court (1914)
* Several houses on South Adelaide Avenue near Cliff Court (1910-1914)
* The Highland Park High School (original building-1926)
* The Masonic Temple on Raritan Avenue at North Fourth Avenue (1923) It remains as a one-story commercial building after a fire in 1965 destroyed the upper levels of the auditorium and offices.
* The Brody House at corner of Raritan and North Adelaide Avenues (built 1911--demolished 1997)
* The former Police Station at 137 Raritan Avenue (now a deli).
Notable current and former residents of Highland Park include:
Jim Axelrod, CBS news correspondent.Granieri, Laurie. "Actor, journalists honored as alumni", " Home News Tribune", May 6, 2005."On May 14, the borough high school will honor alumni Willie Garson, best known as Stanford Blatch on the former HBO series "Sex and the City," CBS news correspondent Jim Axelrod and WNYC Public Radio news anchor and "Morning Edition" host Soterios Johnson."]
Harvey Jerome Brudner(1931-), engineer and inventor. cite news |first=|last=|authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Happy Birthday, Joyce Kilmer |url= |quote=Harvey J. Brudner, of Highland Park president of the Joyce Kilmer Centennial Commission ... |publisher= Home News Tribune|date= December 7, 2006|accessdate=2007-04-01 ] cite news |first=Elias |last=Holtzman |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=It's hard to imagine a world without trees. |url= |quote=Master of ceremonies was Dr. Harvey J. Brudner of Highland Park, a retired scientist and physicist, who is an Alliance director and a long time aficionado of Kilmer. |publisher= Home News Tribune|date= November 29, 2007|accessdate=2007-12-23 ]
Earle Dickson(1892-1961), inventor of the Band-Aid. [http://www.highlandparkchamber.com/news/viewNews.asp?ID=187 The Mayor's Viewpoint: Celebrating a century of progress] , accessed April 8, 2007.]
Samuel G. Freedman, Author and columnist for " The New York Times". [Groner, Jonathan. [http://www.mainejewish.org/page.html?ArticleID=56315 "This Is Not Your Father's World: An Interview with Samuel G. Freedman"] , Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine. Accessed April 16, 2008. "Freedman himself grew up in Highland Park, New Jersey in a family that was, in his words, 'totally secular.'"]
Willie Garson(1964-), actor best known for his role as Stanford Blatch in " Sex and the City".
Rebecca Goldstein(1950-), author, philosopher, and 1996 MacArthur "Genius Award" winner. [ [http://www.columbia.edu/cu/record/archives/vol22/vol22_iss2/Goldstein_Howard_Fellowships.html "Goldstein and Howard Receive MacArthur 'Genius' Fellowships"] , " Columbia UniversityRecord", September 6, 1996. Accessed July 22, 2007. "Her works include The Mind-Body Problem (1983), The Late-Summer Passion of a Woman of Mind (1989), The Dark Sister (1991), Strange Attractors (1993) and Mazel (1995). She lives in Highland Park, N.J."]
Alan Guth(1947-), physicist and cosmologist. [ [http://web.mit.edu/physics/facultyandstaff/faculty/alan_guth.html ALAN H. GUTH, Victor F. Weisskopf Professor of Physics] , Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Accessed June 11, 2007. "Professor Alan Guth was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 1947. He grew up and attended the public schools in Highland Park, NJ, but skipped his senior year of high school to begin studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology."]
Michael Jacobs(1955-) Broadway playwright and award winning writer of many television series such as " Boy Meets World", "Dinosaurs" and " Charles In Charge".Fact|date=January 2008
John Seward Johnson II(1930-), sculptor and founder of the Johnson Atelier in Hamilton Township, Mercer County, New Jersey.
Soterios Johnson, WNYCradio host.
Jerry Levine(1957-), Film and TV Actor - " Teen Wolf", "Born on the Fourth of July".
Roy Lichtenstein, Pop artist.
*Arthur & Helen McCallum, inventors of Flako packaged mixes for baked goods. [ Kolva, Jeanne and Joanne Pisciotta. "Highland Park; Borough of Homes". (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2005)]
*Justin Louis, afternoon drive host at New Jersey's
WJLK, "94.3 The Point". [ [http://943thepoint.com/dj-justin-louis.htm Justin Louis DJ bio.] , Accessed October 16, 2007.]
Robert Wood Johnson II, Johnson & Johnson President, general, and philanthropist. Robert Wood Johnson II was mayor of Highland Park from 1920 to 1922. [Gardner, Joel R. and Harrison, Andrew R. [http://www.rwjf.org/files/publications/books/2005/chapter_07.pdf "The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: The Early Years"] , The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2005, p. 2. Accessed July 22, 2007. "Johnson married Elizabeth Dixon Ross, of New Brunswick, in 1916, and their wedding was the social event of the year. They moved into Bellevue, an estate in Highland Park, and their son, Robert Wood Johnson III, was born in 1920. While living in Highland Park, Johnson became involved in local politics and served a term as mayor while he was still in his twenties."]
Stephen B. Nolan, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. [ [http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/nolan.htm Stephen B. Nolan, Acting Director] , New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. Accessed July 22, 2007. "He served as a councilman in Highland Park, where he currently resides, and continues as a member of the town's Planning Board and Redevelopment Agency."]
Arno Allan Penzias(1933-) physicist and a co-winner of the 1978 Nobel Prize in physics. [Horner, Shirley. [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F0CE5DD1031F930A35753C1A965958260 "ABOUT BOOKS"] , " The New York Times", October 3, 1993] . Accessed December 19, 2007. "Previous recipients of the award, which has come to be known as the Michael, include Mary Higgins Clark of Saddle River, Belva Plain of Short Hills, Wende and Harry Devlin of Mountainside, the Nobel laureate Dr. Arno Penzias of Highland Park and Gay Talese of Ocean City."]
L.J. Smith, tight endwho currently plays for the Philadelphia Eagles. [ [http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/team/teamRosterDetails.jsp?id=563 L.J. Smith profile] , Philadelphia Eagles. Accessed June 9, 2007. "Growing up in the small town of Highland Park, NJ (2 square miles, population 14,500), Smith graduated from the local high school as part of a 115-person class.]
Joan Snyder, pioneering neo-expressionist feminist artist and 2007 MacArthur "Genius Award" winner. [Ronnen, Meir. "Joan Snyder at the Jewish Museum", " The Jerusalem Post", September 23, 2005. "Born in Highland Park, New Jersey in 1940..."] [www.macfound.org]
Darrell K. Sweet, professional illustrator best known for cover art for science fiction and fantasy novels.
Alan Voorhees, engineer and urban planner. [ [http://www.tollroadsnews.com/node/1386 Greats go down - Alan Voorhees, Rand Brown] , Tollroadsnews. December 24, 2005. Accessed July 22, 2007. "Born in Highland Park NJ, he was a distinguished Navy Seal in World War II, part of a team that regularly reconnoitered enemy occupied shores mapping beaches for good landing sites - for which he was awarded a Silver Star."]
* [http://hpboro.com/ Borough of Highland Park website]
* [http://www.highlandpark.k12.nj.us/ Highland Park Public Schools]
*NJReportCard|23|2150|0|Highland Park Public Schools
* [http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/school_list.asp?Search=1&DistrictID=3407170 Data for the Highland Park Public Schools] ,
National Center for Education Statistics
* [http://mysite.verizon.net/reswf4oi/highlandparkhistoricalsociety222/ Highland Park Historical Society]
* [http://www.leoraw.com/hpenv/ Highland Park Environmental Commission]
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