Saddle River, New Jersey
|Borough of Saddle River|
Map highlighting Saddle River's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Saddle River, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||November 22, 1894|
|Named for||The Saddle River|
|• Body||Borough Council|
|• Mayor||Albert J. Kurpis (R, term ends December 31, 2019)|
|• Administrator||Jerry Giaimis|
|• Municipal clerk||Vanessa Nienhouse|
|• Total||4.980 sq mi (12.896 km2)|
|• Land||4.924 sq mi (12.752 km2)|
|• Water||0.056 sq mi (0.144 km2) 1.12%|
|Area rank||276th of 566 in state|
13th of 70 in county
|Elevation||184 ft (56 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||447th of 566 in state|
65th of 70 in county
|• Density||640.2/sq mi (247.2/km2)|
|• Density rank||421st of 566 in state|
67th of 70 in county
|Time zone||UTC−5:00 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4:00 (Eastern (EDT))|
|GNIS feature ID||0885384|
Saddle River is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 3,152, reflecting a decline of 49 (−1.5%) from the 3,201 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 251 (+8.5%) from the 2,950 counted in the 1990 Census.
Saddle River is one of the wealthiest small municipalities in the United States and was ranked 9th in New Jersey in per capita income as of the 2010 Census. Based on 1989 per capita income, Saddle River was ranked the richest suburb in the nation among those with 2,500 or more people.
Despite being fairly close to Manhattan, a bucolic atmosphere pervades in town, due in part to a minimum zoning requirement of 2 acres (0.0081 km2) for homes. The borough contains both newer mansions and stately older homes on vast tracts of land.
Saddle River was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on November 22, 1894, from portions of Orvil Township, based on the results of a referendum held three days earlier. The borough was formed during the "Boroughitis" phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County, in which 26 boroughs were formed in the county in 1894 alone. Saddle River's referendum passed on November 19, one day before the referendum passed for the formation of the neighboring borough of Upper Saddle River. An additional portion of Orvil Township was annexed in 1903.
The borough is named after the Saddle River, which flows through the borough and is a tributary of the Passaic River, which in turn was named for a stream and valley in Saddell, Argyll, Scotland.
Saddle River is home to the following locations on the National Register of Historic Places:
- Achenbach House – 184 Chestnut Ridge Road (added 1979, burned down in 2004)
- Ackerman House – 136 Chestnut Ridge Road (added 1983)
- Abram Ackerman House – 199 East Saddle River Road (added 1983)
- Garret and Maria Ackerman House – 150 East Saddle River Road (added 1986)
- Garret Augustus Ackerman House – 212 East Saddle River Road (added 1986)
- Ackerman-Dewsnap House – 176 East Saddle River Road (added 1986)
- Ackerman-Smith House – 171 East Allendale Road (added 1986)
- Ackerman-Dater House – 109 West Saddle River Road (added 1983)
- J. J. Carlock House – 2 Chestnut Ridge Road (added 1986)
- Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saddle River and Ramapough Building – 96 East Allendale Road (added 1986)
- Alonzo Foringer House and Studio – 107 and 107B East Saddle River Road (added 1986)
- Hopper House – 45 West Saddle River Road (added 1984)
- Joe Jefferson Clubhouse – 29 East Saddle River Road (added 1986)
- O'Blenis House – 220 East Saddle River Road (added 1986)
- Garret K. Osborn House and Barn – 88 and 90 East Allendale Road (added 1986)
- Dr. East G. Roy House – 229 West Saddle River Road (added 1986)
- Saddle River Center Historic District – Along West Saddle River Road at jct. of East Allendale Road (added 1986)
- Stillwell-Preston House – 9 East Saddle River Road (added 1986)
- Andries Thomas Van Buskirk House – 164 East Saddle River Road (added 1983)
- Laurance Thomas Van Buskirk House – 116 East Saddle River Road (added 1983)
- B. C. Wandell House-The Cedars – 214, 223, and 224 West Saddle River Road (added 1986)
- F. L. Wandell Estate and Ward Factory Site – 255–261 East Saddle River Road (added 1990)
- Dr. John Christie Ware Bungalow – 246 East Saddle River Road (added 1986)
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 4.98 square miles (12.896 km2), including 4.924 square miles (12.752 km2) of land and 0.056 square miles (0.144 km2) of water (1.12%).
The borough is bounded by eight municipalities in Bergen County: the boroughs of Upper Saddle River, Woodcliff Lake, Hillsdale, Ho-Ho-Kus, Ramsey, Waldwick, and Allendale, and a tiny portion of Washington Township.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 3,152 people, 1,216 households, and 893.760 families living in the borough. The population density was 640.2 per square mile (247.2/km2). There were 1,341 housing units at an average density of 272.4 per square mile (105.2/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 84.71% (2,670) White, 2.09% (66) Black or African American, 0.10% (3) Native American, 9.42% (297) Asian, 0.06% (2) Pacific Islander, 1.17% (37) from other races, and 2.44% (77) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.14% (162) of the population.
There were 1,216 households out of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.5% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.5% were non-families. 23.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.08.
In the borough, the population was spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 14.1% from 25 to 44, 35.0% from 45 to 64, and 24.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50.5 years. For every 100 females there were 89.8 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 86.9 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $97,197 (with a margin of error of +/− $48,774) and the median family income was $162,500 (+/− $61,174). Males had a median income of $162,740 (+/− $30,154) versus $56,339 (+/− $25,675) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $86,812 (+/− $16,562). About 0.9% of families and 1.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 0.0% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 3,201 people, 1,118 households, and 926 families residing in the borough. The population density was 642.6 people per square mile (248.2/km2). There were 1,183 housing units at an average density of 237.5 per square mile (91.7/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 89.85% White, 0.75% African American, 7.15% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.81% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.56% of the population.
There were 1,118 households out of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.6% were married couples living together, 3.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.1% were non-families. 14.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.05.
In the borough the age distribution of the population shows 22.5% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 19.5% from 25 to 44, 32.9% from 45 to 64, and 20.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.0 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $134,289, and the median income for a family was $152,169. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus $61,458 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $85,934. About 2.8% of families and 3.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.4% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.
Saddle River is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body consists of a mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term. 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 in a three-year cycle. The borough form of government used by Saddle River, the most common system used in the state, is a "weak mayor / strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council. The mayor serves as chief executive officer, and is an ex-officio member of all municipal committees and is the approving authority in the Borough of Saddle River. Mayoral appointments to the various boards and committees in the borough are subject to confirmation by the Borough Council. Borough Council members serve on various operating committees and function in a liaison capacity to provide information and direction to the entire governing body.
As of 2019[update], the mayor is Republican Albert J. "Al" Kurpis, whose term of office ends December 31, 2019. Members of the Saddle River Borough Council are Council President Eric C. Jensen (R, 2020), John A. DeRosa (R, 2021), Ronald A. Gray (R, 2019), Rosario J. Ruffino (R, 2021), Alexandra Samouilidis (R, 2019; appointed to serve an unexpired term) and Paul Schulstad (R, 2020).
In January 2019, Alexandra Samouilidis was selected to fill the seat expiring in December 2019 that had been held by Ronald Yates.
Federal, state and county representation
For the 116th United States Congress, 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, term ends 2025).
For the 2018–2019 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 39th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Gerald Cardinale (R, Demarest) and in the General Assembly by Holly Schepisi (R, River Vale) and Robert Auth (R, Old Tappan).
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 2,387 registered voters in Saddle River, of which 286 (12.0% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,211 (50.7% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 889 (37.2% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There was one voter registered to another party. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 75.7% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 96.0% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 1,268 votes (72.9% vs. 43.5% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 448 votes (25.7% vs. 54.8%) and other candidates with 15 votes (0.9% vs. 0.9%), among the 1,740 ballots cast by the borough's 2,519 registered voters, for a turnout of 69.1% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County). In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 1,253 votes (66.6% vs. 44.5% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 598 votes (31.8% vs. 53.9%) and other candidates with 18 votes (1.0% vs. 0.8%), among the 1,880 ballots cast by the borough's 2,481 registered voters, for a turnout of 75.8% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County). In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 1,279 votes (68.6% vs. 47.2% countywide), ahead of Democrat John Kerry with 566 votes (30.3% vs. 51.7%) and other candidates with 11 votes (0.6% vs. 0.7%), among the 1,865 ballots cast by the borough's 2,377 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.5% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 84.7% of the vote (845 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 14.3% (143 votes), and other candidates with 1.0% (10 votes), among the 1,032 ballots cast by the borough's 2,475 registered voters (34 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 41.7%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 968 votes here (74.4% vs. 45.8% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 283 votes (21.8% vs. 48.0%), Independent Chris Daggett with 39 votes (3.0% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with one vote (0.1% vs. 0.5%), among the 1,301 ballots cast by the borough's 2,436 registered voters, yielding a 53.4% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
The Saddle River School District, serves students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade at Wandell School. As of the 2017-18 school year, the district and its one school had an enrollment of 151 students and 16.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.2:1.
Public school students from Saddle River attend the Ramsey Public School District's middle school and then have the option of attending either Ramsey High School or Northern Highlands Regional High School as part of sending/receiving relationships with each of the respective districts. As of the 2017-18 school year, Northern Highlands High School had an enrollment of 1,352 students and 113.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.0:1, while Ramsey High School had an enrollment of 838 students and 83.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.1:1. One of under ten districts with a dual send-receive relationship, three quarters of Saddle River's high school students attend Northern Highlands and about a quarter attend Ramsey High School.
All students in 8th grade 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.
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 39.23 miles (63.13 km) of roadways, of which 26.40 miles (42.49 km) were maintained by the municipality, 10.88 miles (17.51 km) by Bergen County and 1.95 miles (3.14 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Saddle River is served mainly by Route 17, which runs directly through the borough, but certain portions are served by locations in Ho-Ho-Kus, Waldwick, Upper Saddle River, and Allendale. The Garden State Parkway is within a short distance of the borough at exit 171 in Woodcliff Lake.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Saddle River include:
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- Danny Aiello (1933–2019), actor.
- Gary Bettman (born 1952), Commissioner of the National Hockey League.
- Mary J. Blige (born 1971), recording artist and Grammy winner
- Larry Blyden (1925–1975), actor.
- Jim Burt (born 1959), former NFL player.
- Tim Cahill (born 1979), former soccer player.
- Nick Cannon (born 1980), actor, producer, rapper and entrepreneur.
- Vince Carter (born 1977), formerly of the New Jersey Nets.
- Andrew Dice Clay (born 1957), actor and comedian.
- Vince Colletta (1923–1991), comic book artist.
- Rocco Commisso (born 1949), billionaire, founder of Mediacom.
- Vincent Curatola (born 1953), actor known for his role playing Johnny Sack on the television series The Sopranos.
- James P. Dugan (born 1929), former member of the New Jersey Senate who served as chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.
- Alonzo Foringer (1878–1948), painter best known for his World War I Red Cross promotional poster, "The Greatest Mother in the World".
- Carol Haney (1924–1964), actress.
- Mary Higgins Clark (born 1927), author of suspense novels.
- Wil Horneff (born 1979), actor.
- Mark Jackson, (born 1965), former NBA player and former head coach for the Golden State Warriors.
- Wyclef Jean (born 1969), three-time Grammy Award-winning rapper, singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, and politician.
- Ajit J. Khubani (born 1949), business mogul, founder of Telebrands.
- Jason Kidd (born 1973), former player and former head coach of the New Jersey / Brooklyn Nets
- Joumana Kidd (born 1972), actress and journalist who is the former wife of Jason Kidd.
- Andrew Kissel (1959–2006), murdered real estate developer.
- Mariusz Kolodziej (born 1966), boxing promoter and entrepreneur.
- David Lat (born 1975), blogger.
- Richard Nixon (1913–1994), United States President, and First Lady Pat Nixon (1912–1993), who lived there from 1981 to 1991.
- Jeffrey Nordling (born 1962), actor who appeared in the series Dirt.
- Rosie O'Donnell (born 1962), comedian and television personality, homeowner since 2013.
- Kenneth Pasternak (born 1954), businessman, entrepreneur.
- Caroline Pennell (born 1995), singer-songwriter who was a contestant on the fifth season of The Voice.
- Mario Perillo (1927–2003), tour operator.
- Eleanore Pettersen (1916–2003), one of the first female architects in New Jersey.
- Sam Raia, politician who served as Mayor of Saddle River and former Chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee.
- Ja Rule (born 1976), rapper.
- Lisa Scafuro (born 1958), documentary film maker and children's book author born in Saddle River who still resides part of the year.
- Samantha Scarlette (born 1990), is a soft grunge / alternative rock singer-songwriter and Goth fashion designer.
- Danielle Schulmann (born 1989), soccer player who plays as a forward for Sky Blue FC in the NWSL.
- Daniel Silna (born 1944), co-owner of the former ABA team the Spirits of St. Louis who has profited from TV revenue earned as part of the deal in which four ABA teams were merged into the NBA.
- Joseph Simmons (born 1964), aka Reverend Run, the "Run" in Run-D.M.C. and star of his family's reality show Run's House.
- Russell Simmons (born 1957), godfather of hip-hop, whose house has been up for sale following his divorce from Kimora Lee Simmons.
- Ben Vereen (born 1946), Tony Award-winning actor, dancer, and singer.
- William B. Widnall (1906–1983), politician who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives for 24 years representing New Jersey's 7th congressional district.
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- Staff. "Tuition to rise $219 under new contract", Town Journal, November 19, 2009, backed up by the Internet Archive as of March 4, 2016. Accessed November 14, 2017. "With no high school in the borough, Saddle River students have the option of enrolling in either Ramsey High School or Northern Highlands. The new deal replaces the previous agreement that covered 1998 to 2008."
- Welcome, Ramsey School District. Accessed January 21, 2020. "Welcome to the Ramsey Public School District. Our district is comprised of three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school where approximately 3400 students are educated. We have a send-receive relationship with the students of Saddle River for middle school and high school."
- Ramsey Public Schools 2016 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed November 14, 2017. "Ramsey's 2900 students are educated in two K-3 primary schools, one 4-5 upper elementary school, a middle school for grades 6-8 and a 9-12 comprehensive high school. In addition to serving the residents of Ramsey, the District educates the students of Saddle River in grades 6-12 through a send-receive relationship."
- Northern Highlands Regional High School 2016 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed November 14, 2017. "A four-year public high school, Northern Highlands strives to address the needs of all of its students who come from four towns in northern Bergen County: Allendale, Upper Saddle River, Ho-Ho-Kus, and Saddle River."
- Ramsey Schools Overview, Saddle River School District. Accessed November 14, 2017. "Following graduation from Fifth grade, students enter Eric Smith Middle School in Ramsey, New Jersey. Upon graduation from Eighth grade students may attend Ramsey High School."
- Northern Highlands High School Overview, Saddle River School District. Accessed November 14, 2017. "Northern Highlands High School is located in Allendale New Jersey and is one of the two high schools Saddle River students may elect to attend."
- School data for Northern Highlands Regional High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 1, 2019.
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- Obernauer, Eric. "Montague to poll parents on school preference", New Jersey Herald, June 27, 2015. Accessed November 14, 2017. "Among them is the Saddle River School District, an affluent K-5 district in Bergen County that formerly sent its students in grades 6-8 to Ramsey Middle School and its students in grades 9-12 to Ramsey High School. About 15 years ago, Saddle River formed dual send-receive relationships allowing students in grades 9-12 to choose between Ramsey and Northern Highlands high schools, both upscale districts as well. Fred Palumbo, the school business administrator in Saddle River, told the New Jersey Herald in a phone conversation about it last year that the arrangement has worked well, with an estimated 70-75 percent of students choosing Northern Highlands and the remaining 25-30 percent opting to remain in Ramsey."
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- Narvaez, Alfonso A. "Francis W. H. Adams, 85, Dies; Led New York City's Police Force", The New York Times, April 21, 1990. Accessed October 7, 2019. "Born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., on June 26, 1904, Francis William Holbrook Adams grew up in Saddle River, N.J., and rode a horse to school in Ho-Ho-Kus about a mile and a half away."
- Nash, Margo. "Jersey Footlights", The New York Times, September 5, 2004. Accessed September 20, 2011. "Mr. Aiello's singing has the bounce of his idols Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra and Louis Prima, and the throaty lyricism of another idol, Tony Bennett. But on the phone from his home in Saddle River, Mr. Aiello spoke in a soft voice about his new career."
- Staff. "Weddings/Celebrations; Lauren Bettman, Brian Gershengorn", The New York Times, August 17, 2003. Accessed September 20, 2011. "Lauren Gayle Bettman, a daughter of Shelli and Gary Bettman of Saddle River, N.J., was married last evening to Brian Jeffrey Gershengorn, the son of Renee Gershengorn of New City, N.Y. Rabbi Ronald S. Mass officiated at the Pierre in New York."
- Coleman, Chrisena. "Mary J. Blige pays $12M for N.J. mansion", New York Daily News, March 27, 2008. Accessed July 30, 2008. "Grammy winner Mary J. Blige plunked down $12.3 million in cash for a Saddle River, N.J., mansion, the Daily News has learned."
- Popper, Steve. "Burt Jr. Tackles First Base in Class A", copy of article from The New York Times, July 5, 2004. Accessed May 13, 2007. "Burt Jr. has time. While driving from his parents' home in Saddle River, N.J., to Brooklyn on Thursday for his second game with the Cyclones, he listened to the broadcast of the Mets' game and heard the description of Valent bobbling a ground ball and making an errant throw to Al Leiter covering first."
- "Retired Red Bulls star Tim Cahill's Saddle River mansion listed for $6.75 million". North Jersey. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
- Mizoguchi, Karen. "Nick Cannon acquires rural eight bedroom New Jersey estate 'to keep his twins out of the spotlight' after split from Mariah Carey", Daily Mail, March 4, 2015. Accessed September 30, 2015. "Nick – who has a net worth of over $20million – kept his little ones in mind when he 'strategically picked the secluded Saddle River neighborhood' in New Jersey."
- Youngmisuk, Ohm. "A Lot Of Stars, But Not Much Power", New York Daily News, November 1, 2005. Accessed September 20, 2011. "Is there a better backcourt in the league than the one that resides on the same street in Saddle River, N.J.? The two neighbors bowl and play Ping-Pong together when they aren't connecting on alley-oops."
- Moritz, Owen; and Coleman, Chrisena. "Family's Employes Stunned", New York Daily News, September 25, 1997. Accessed September 7, 2012.
- Sacks, Jason. "The Thin Black Line: Perspectives on Vince Colletta, Comics' Most Controversial Inker", Comics Bulletin. Accessed October 11, 2012. "One key fact that Bryant discusses is Colletta's palatial house in upscale Saddle River, New Jersey. Colletta loved the house, which he bought in 1962 and which today is worth about 3.6 million dollars. Even 50 years ago, the house was terribly expensive to buy and maintain, which meant that Vince needed to work very hard in order to pay his mortgage."
- McMenamin, Jessica. "All Due Respect; 'This thing of ours.' The phrase is a hushed acknowledgment, a hedge against uninvited ears. In 1999, an invitation was extended, and people around the world began a tutorial on the inner workings of an alleged waste-management firm in northern New Jersey. Eight years later, millions of people salt their vocabularies with phrases from their weekly sit-down with The Sopranos. And it's all because a Jersey guy's mom was driving him nuts.", New Jersey Monthly, December 21, 2007. Accessed September 30, 2015. "'I don't think there's one of us who thinks that all of this is real,' says Vince Curatola. The Englewood native, who recently moved to Saddle River, plays John 'Johnny Sack' Sacramoni, the head of the New York City Mob."
- Interview with James P. Dugan, Eagleton Institute of Politics Center on the American Governor at Rutgers University, February 27, 2008. Accessed December 17, 2013. "Q: Where did you live in those days? Were you in Bayonne? James P. Dugan: Yes. Q: Is it your hometown? Where do you live today? James P. Dugan: Saddle River."
- Alonzo Foringer House & Studio, National Register of Historic Places. Accessed September 30, 2015.
- Staff. "Carol Haney, Pajama Game Dancer, Dies at 39", The New York Times, May 12, 1964. Accessed September 30, 2015. "Miss Haney, who had been a choreographer in recent years, became ill at her home in Saddle River, N. J., on Tuesday night."
- Geiger, Mia. "Suspense queen sailing two ships", The Denver Post, April 6, 2007. Accessed May 14, 2007. "It seemed only natural for Clark to set the story on Cape Cod, a place that feels magical to the Saddle River, N.J., resident."
- Coutros, Evonne. "YOUNG ACTOR AIMS HIGH", The Record (Bergen County), April 12, 1994. Accessed October 28, 2007. "Horneff of Saddle River is starring opposite Peter Strauss and Jean Smart at 9 p.m. Sunday in The Yearling,..."
- Howard-Cooper, Scott. "Leadership Is His Specialty : Filling Clipper Point Guard Role Excites Mark Jackson", Los Angeles Times, October 2, 1992. Accessed September 21, 2013. "Jackson, who is building a home in Saddle River, N.J., won't play at Madison Square Garden until Jan. 2."
- Considine, Bob. "Saddle River resident Wyclef Jean eyes run for president of Haiti", The Star-Ledger, July 30, 2010. Accessed December 17, 2013. "Wyclef Jean, the Grammy-award winning musician and Saddle River resident, is considering a run for president of earthquake-ravaged Haiti, according to several published reports."
- Finn, Robin. "Lamborghini? But Wait, There’s More", The New York Times, July 9, 2010. Accessed October 7, 2019. "Mr. Khubani, 50, is the president of TeleBrands, a New Jersey-based telemarketing Goliath that he conjured in 1983 after seeing a magazine advertisement for a cheap but functional digital watch. He lives in Saddle River, N.J., with his wife, Poonam, and two of their three children."
- "New Jersey Nets Star Jason Kidd Files Divorce Papers Claiming He's An Abused Spouse", Fox News, January 10, 2007. "The couple has a mansion in upper-crust Saddle River, where they live with their three young kids – son T.J., 8, and twin 5-year-old daughters Miah and Jazelle."
- Zwain, Heather. "Free Spirit: The Flair of Saddle River's Joumana Kidd", (201) magazine, November 1, 2010. Accessed December 17, 2013. "Joumana Kidd may spend her days with her team of stylists, perfecting her flawless appearance for her next big hosting gig, but the truth is, this vibrant beauty prefers lounging in sweatpants, hair in a messy bun, at home with Trey, 12, and 9-year-old twins Miah and Jazelle. Kidd's Saddle River home is 100-percent kid proof."
- Hsu, Eric and Kim, Yung. "Family mourns real estate broker fatally stabbed in Conn.", The Record (Bergen County), April 8, 2006. Accessed August 29, 2013. "William Kissel, a chemist, was a manager for Sun Chemical Corp., before starting his own copier toner company in 1972. He moved the family to a small house in Woodcliff Lake from Manhattan before settling in Saddle River. Robert Kissel grew up to become a wealthy investment banker at Merrill Lynch and was sent to Hong Kong with his wife and three children."
- Ung, Elisa. "Ung: North Jersey bakery mass-produces artisanal breads", The Record (Bergen County), August 17, 2014. Accessed September 10, 2015. "Saddle River resident Mariusz Kolodziej began an artisanal bread empire in 1994 from scratch after arriving in the United States from his native Poland, then later built a gym in his bakery from which he manages fighters."
- Miller, Jonathan. "He Fought the Law. They Both Won.", The New York Times, January 22, 2006. Accessed December 17, 2013. "The child of Filipino doctors, Mr. Lat grew up in blue-collar Bergenfield and well-to-do Saddle River, where his neighbors included former President Richard M. Nixon. When he was young, he would go to the Nixon house to get candy, a Halloween card and a handshake from the former president."
- The Dark Comedian, Time (magazine) by Roger Rosenblatt, April 25, 1988. "About to publish his sixth book in ten years, 1999: Victory Without War, he has made Saddle River a Delphi for the nation's politicians."
- Geannette, Gloria. "G-Man: For actor Jeffrey Nordling, it's all in a day's work", Bergen.com, April 1, 2009. Accessed September 7, 2012. "Jeffrey Nordling plays straight-laced FBI agent Larry Moss on the current season of the Fox hit series 24. The actor, who was raised in Washington Township and Saddle River, has been working nonstop since 1985 when he finished the master's program in theater at Southern Methodist University in Dallas."
- Rohan, Virginia. "Bergen County native's 'Dirt' character reaps what he sows", The Record (Bergen County), January 1, 2007. Accessed August 29, 2013. "Nordling was born 3,000 miles from the craziness, at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, and grew up mostly in Washington Township (in the only house on the town's Times Square). When he was 15, the family moved to Saddle River, and Nordling transferred to Ramsey High School, where he became a soccer star."
- Lynn, Kathleen. "Rosie O'Donnell buys Saddle River home", The Record (Bergen County), January 7, 2014. Accessed September 10, 2014.
- Saitz, Greg S. "Former exec at Knight Capital Group cleared of fraud charges", The Star-Ledger, June 12, 2008. Accessed September 20, 2011. "The Securities and Exchange Commission had sued Kenneth Pasternak, a Saddle River resident who now runs a hedge fund, and another former Knight executive in 2005, accusing Pasternak of allowing improper trading at the Jersey City firm during the tech boom in 1999 and 2000."
- Dazio, Stefanie. "Saddle River singer Caroline Pennell talks about 'Voice' and future in music", The Record (Bergen County), December 29, 2013. Accessed September 30, 2015. "Hours after she returned from California on a red-eye flight following the show's finale, Pennell was sitting and at times lying down on the couch in exhaustion in her Saddle River home, reliving her experiences this year and talking about what she hopes to accomplish in the next one."
- Feuer, Alan. "Mario Perillo, 76, 'Mr. Italy' To Vacation Planners, Is Dead", The New York Times, March 2, 2003. Accessed September 20, 2015. "Mario Perillo, the silver-haired tour operator whose raspy television pitch, 'Go Perillo to Italy,' persuaded more than a million Americans to visit that country, died Friday at his home in Saddle River, N.J."
- Staff. "Eleanore Pettersen, 86, Pioneering Architect", The New York Times, January 18, 2003. Accessed October 14, 2015. "Eleanore Pettersen, a New Jersey architect who helped lead the way for women in her profession, died on Wednesday at her home in Saddle River, N.J.... Ms. Pettersen was born in Passaic, N.J."
- Friedman, Matt. "Recently resigned NJ Republican chairman to return", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, January 27, 2014. Accessed September 30, 2015. "Sam Raia, the mayor of Saddle River who recently resigned as New Jersey Republican state chairman, is coming back to the job, The Star-Ledger has learned."
- Holahan, Catherine. "Just a hip, hop and jump – Rappers making the move to Bergen County", The Record (Bergen County), October 10, 2005. Accessed August 29, 2013.
- Nolan, Sarah. "Saddle River native Scafuro premieres documentary on Soleri", Town Journal, October 17, 2013. Accessed December 28, 2015. "When Saddle River native Lisa Scafuro moved back to the land of her alma mater in Arizona 17 years ago, it was to draw inspiration from the raw beauty of the desert and focus on her passion: writing."
- Official Biography, Samantha Scarlette. Accessed December 28, 2015. "Samantha Scarlette is an Alternative Rock singer/song writer & film music supervisor, originally from Saddle River, NJ."
- Danielle Schulmann, UConn Huskies women's soccer. Accessed May 1, 2016. "Hometown: Saddle River, N.J. High School: Northern Highlands High"
- Sandomir, Richard. "No Team, No Ticket Sales, but Plenty of Cash; Former A.B.A. Owners Ozzie and Daniel Silna Earn Millions From N.B.A.", The New York Times, September 6, 2012. Accessed September 7, 2012. "If Federal District Judge Loretta A. Preska agrees, the Silna brothers — Ozzie, 79, and living in Malibu, Calif., and Daniel, 68, and living in Saddle River, N.J. — stand to receive millions more, all without having assembled a team or used an arena for more than three decades."
- Staff. "Mission to sellRev. Run and mogul brother unloading N.J. spreads", New York Daily News, June 20, 2007. Accessed December 17, 2013. "Rev. Run's $5.5 million colonial on Wildwood Road, Saddle River, N.J. Six bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 3 fireplaces, home theater, sound studio and lounge with hot tub."
- Reingold, Jennifer. Rush Hour: Russell Simmons, the godfather of hip-hop, has used street smarts and a platinum Rolodex to create a $300 million conglomerate. Now he's flexing his political muscle. Come inside the frenetic world of a modern entrepreneur., Fast Company, November 2003. Accessed December 17, 2013. "Easygoing, profane, and hilarious, Simmons regularly speaks all over the country to everyone from small-town entrepreneurs to Harvard MBAs, is photographed at every social event, takes an intensive yoga class every single day, and somehow makes it home every night to his palatial 35,000-square-foot spread in Saddle River, New Jersey, to see his two daughters, Ming Lee, 3, and Aoki Lee, 11 months."
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- via Associated Press. "Vereen moving to Saddle River", Daytona Beach Morning Journal, July 15, 1982. Accessed December 17, 2013. "Actor and Singer Ben Vereen is putting down new roots in Saddle River because, he joked Wednesday, the residents 'asked me to move out there to improve the neighborhood.'"
- via Associated Press. "Truck Driver Gets Probation", The New York Times, June 19, 1988. Accessed September 20, 2011. "Naja Vereen, 16, of Saddle River, N.J., was killed and her mother, Nancy, who was driving, was injured in the accident."
- Cook, Joan. "Ex-Rep. William B. Windall; Served In House For 25 Years", The New York Times, December 30, 1983. Accessed November 17, 2017. "William Beck Widnall, a New Jersey Republican who represented northern Bergen County in the House of Representatives for 25 years, died Wednesday in a Ridgewood nursing home after a long illness. He was 77 years old and lived in Saddle River, N.J., until he became ill."
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