Spring Lake, New Jersey

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Spring Lake, New Jersey
settlement_type = Borough
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map_caption = Spring Lake in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.

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map_caption1 = Census Bureau map of Spring Lake, New Jersey

subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = New Jersey
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Monmouth
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government_type = Borough (New Jersey)
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = Jennifer Naughton
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established_title = Incorporated
established_date = March 14, 1892

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area_total_km2 = 4.4
area_land_km2 = 3.4
area_water_km2 = 1.0
area_total_sq_mi = 1.7
area_land_sq_mi = 1.3
area_water_sq_mi = 0.4

population_as_of = 2006
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population_total = 3475
population_density_km2 = 1051.6
population_density_sq_mi = 2723.8

timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_footnotes = [Gnis|885406|Borough of Spring Lake, Geographic Names Information System, accessed January 4, 2008.]
elevation_m = 5
elevation_ft = 16
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longd = 74 |longm = 01 |longs = 37 |longEW = W

postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 07762
area_code = 732
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 34-70110GR|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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website = http://www.springlakeboro.org
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Spring Lake is a Borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 3,567. Spring Lake and its environs are known as the "Irish Riviera" because of the large Irish-American population in the area, with Spring Lake having the highest percentage of Irish Americans of any municipality in the United States. [Warner, Susan. [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9805E0D81330F937A25754C0A9649C8B63 "Painting By The Numbers: What And Where Is Home?"] , "The New York Times", July 14, 2002. Accessed January 30, 2008. "Spring Lake, New Jersey's so-called Irish Riviera, is indeed New Jersey's most Irish municipality. Just over half of Spring Lake's population, 50.7 percent, said it had roots in the auld sod."]

Spring Lake was formed as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 14, 1892, from portions of Wall Township), based on the results of a referendum held on March 8, 1892. On February 24, 1903, the borough of North Spring Lake was annexed."The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 186.]

The second of the five victims of the Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916, Charles Bruder, 27, was killed on July 6, 1916, while swimming approximately 130 yards from shore in Spring Lake. [ [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6725578 Find A Grave information for Charles Bruder] .] The wave of attacks took place between July 1 and July 12, 1916, along 80 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline.

Spring Lake is home to the Spring Lake 5 Mile Run, a race that circles the town beginning and ending at the beach front. It has more than 5,000 participants annually.


Spring Lake is located at coor dms|40|9|10|N|74|1|37|W|city (40.152861, -74.026961)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.4 km²), of which, 1.3 square miles (3.4 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (23.39%) is water.

Wreck Pond is a tidal pond located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by Wall Township and the boroughs of Spring Lake, Spring Lake Heights, and Sea Girt. The pond is the center of the Wreck Pond Watershed, which covers about 12 square miles in eastern Monmouth County.


estimate= 3475
estref= [http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/SAFFPopulation?_event=ChangeGeoContext&geo_id=16000US3470110&_geoContext=&_street=&_county=spring+lake&_cityTown=spring+lake&_state=04000US34&_zip=&_lang=en&_sse=on&ActiveGeoDiv=&_useEV=&pctxt=fph&pgsl=010&_submenuId=population_0&ds_name=null&_ci_nbr=null&qr_name=null&reg=null%3Anull&_keyword=&_industry= Census data for Spring Lake borough] , United States Census Bureau. Accessed July 28, 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 3,567 people, 1,463 households, and 983 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,723.8 people per square mile (1,051.3/km²). There were 1,930 housing units at an average density of 1,473.7/sq mi (568.8/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.77% White, 0.34% African American, 0.28% Asian, 0.11% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.73% of the population.

There were 1,463 households out of which 23.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.8% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the borough the population was spread out with 21.8% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 19.6% from 25 to 44, 28.9% from 45 to 64, and 25.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 86.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.2 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $89,885, and the median income for a family was $103,405. Males had a median income of $88,924 versus $41,000 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $59,445. None of the families and 2.6% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 6.6% of those over 64.

39.4% of Spring Lake residents identified as being of Irish American ancestry in the 2000 Census, the highest percentage of Irish Americans of any place in the United States. [http://www.epodunk.com/ancestry/Irish.html Irish Ancestry by City] , Epodunk. Accessed June 4, 2006.]


Local government

Spring Lake 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. 58.]

The Mayor of the Borough of Spring Lake is Jennifer Naughton. Members of the Spring Lake Borough Council are Council President Joseph Erbe, John Fitzgerald, Frank Quinn, Joseph Rizzo, Janice Venables, plus a vacancy. [ [http://www.springlakeboro.org/electedofficials.html Elected Officials] , Borough of Spring Lake. Accessed January 30, 2008.]

Federal, state and county representation

Spring Lake is in the Fourth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 11th Legislative District. [ [http://www.lwvnj.org/pubs/CG06.pdf 2006 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government] , New Jersey League of Women Voters, p. 64. Accessed August 30, 2006.]


The H. W. Mountz School is a public school that serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The school had an enrollment of 282 students in the 2005-06 school year. [ [http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/school_list.asp?Search=1&DistrictID=3415570 Data for the H. W. Mountz School] , National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed July 6, 2008.]

Students attending public high school for grades 9-12 are assigned to Manasquan High School as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Manasquan Public Schools. Manasquan High School also serves students from Avon-by-the-Sea, Belmar, Brielle, Lake Como, Sea Girt and Spring Lake Heights who attend Manasquan High School as part of sending/receiving relationships with their respective districts. [ [http://education.state.nj.us/rc/rc07/narrative/25/2930/25-2930-000.html Manasquan Public Schools 2007 Report Card Narrative] , New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed February 18, 2008. "Manasquan High School receives students from seven different districts; Avon, Brielle, Belmar, Lake Como, Sea Girt, Spring Lake, and Spring Lake Heights."] [ [ About MBOE] , accessed September 7, 2006.] Students may also attend one of the magnet schools in the Monmouth County Vocational School District — Marine Academy of Science and Technology, Academy of Allied Health & Science, High Technology High School, Biotechnology High School, and Communications High School.

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Spring Lake include:
*George Ansbro, radio announcer for six decades on NBC and CBS
*Craig Biggio (1965-), Houston Astros Second baseman. [ [http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-22494852.html Mets, Biggio Talking] , "The Record (Bergen County)", November 17, 1995. "A former Seton Hall standout and Smithtown, L.I., native who keeps his off-season home in Spring Lake, ..."]
*Chris Candido (1972–2005), professional wrestlerFact|date=August 2007
*Johnny Candido, (1982-), professional wrestlerFact|date=August 2007
*Bill Carmody (1951-), head basketball coach at Northwestern University. [Stump, Scott. [http://infoweb.newsbank.com/iw-search/we/InfoWeb?p_action=doc&p_docid=10EB2009424CAB38&p_docnum=3&p_queryname=NaN&p_product=NewsBank&p_theme=aggregated4&p_nbid=A54A59TQMTE4NTg0NzQ0OS4yODY4NjU6MTo3OnJhLTE4ODg "Carmody struggles to overcome history"] , "Asbury Park Press", December 18, 2005. Accessed August 3, 2007. "The former Spring Lake resident is no stranger to traveling long distances, considering Northwestern's roster has been heavily sprinkled with foreign players during his tenure."]
*Mary Higgins Clark (1927-), writer. Her 2001 book "On The Street Where You Live" was set in Spring Lake. [ [http://www.barnesandnoble.com/writers/writerdetails.asp?cid=882815&z=y Meet the Writers: Mary Higgins Clark] , accessed March 22, 2007. "They now live in Saddle River, New Jersey; they also have an apartment in Manhattan and summer homes in Spring Lake, New Jersey and Dennis, Massachusetts."]
*Katharine "Kerry" Close (1992-), winner of the 79th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2006. [ [http://www.spellingbee.com/news_kerry.asp 13-Year-Old New Jersey Girl Wins Scripps National Spelling Bee] , Scripps National Spelling Bee press release dated June 1, 2006.]
*Al DeRogatis (1927-1995), an American football player and television sportscaster. [Reilly, Michael. [http://infoweb.newsbank.com/iw-search/we/InfoWeb?p_action=doc&p_docid=0EEED8160094EF6E&p_docnum=1&p_queryname=NaN&p_product=NewsBank&p_theme=aggregated4&p_nbid=A54A59TQMTE4NTg0NzQ0OS4yODY4NjU6MTo3OnJhLTE4ODg "Former Broadcaster DeRogatis Dies Of Cancer"] , "St. Louis Post-Dispatch", December 28, 1995. Accessed August 3, 2007. "Mr. DeRogatis, who lived in Spring Lake, died of cancer at Jersey Shore Medical Center."]
*Khigh Dheigh (1910–1991), actor, starred in the original film version of "The Manchurian Candidate".Fact|date=August 2007
*East Side Dave, associate producer and on air personality for the "Ron and Fez Show". [ [http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/gallery/daddy?pg=3 Who's your daddy? - Boston.com ] ]
*Jack Ford, Court TV news anchor. [ [http://nymag.com/nymetro/travel/features/4740/index3.html The UnHamptons: 9 Jersey Shore] , "New York (magazine)", May 28, 2001. Accessed July 28, 2007. "Spring Lake counts among its residents author Mary Higgins Clark, who set her latest novel here, as well as newscaster Jack Ford and Houston Astro Craig Biggio."]
*Gil McDougald (1928-), former New York Yankees infielder. [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?sec=health&res=990CE7D61E39F937A35752C0A963958260 BASEBALL: The Sweetest Sound of All; McDougald, Yankee Star of 50's, Can Hear Again After Operation] , "The New York Times", January 4, 1995. "The McDougalds had taken the nearly two-hour train ride from their home in Spring Lake, N.J., and would be going across the street to Bellevue Hospital."]
*Jack Nicholson (1937-), actor.cite book|last=McDougal|first=Dennis|authorlink=|coauthors=|title=Five Easy Decades: How Jack Nicholson Became the Biggest Movie Star in Modern Times|publisher=Wiley|date=2007|location=|pages=16|month=October|url=http://www.amazon.com/Five-Easy-Decades-Nicholson-Biggest/dp/0471722464/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1196227407&sr=1-1|id=ISBN-100471722464 "When Jack was ready for high school, the family moved once more-this time two miles farther south to old-money Spring Lake, Jersey's so called Irish Riviera, where Ethel May set up her beauty parlor in a rambling duplex at 505 Mercer Avenue."]

Popular Culture

Spring Lake is the setting for David Gebroe's movie "Zombie Honeymoon"Fact|date=August 2007 as well as the Mary Higgins Clark novel "On The Street Where You Live". [ [http://www.amazon.com/Street-Where-You-Live-Novel/dp/0743206029 "On The Street Where You Live"] , "amazon.com".] The opening scenes of Ulu Grosbard's 1968 film "The Subject Was Roses" were filmed in Spring Lake. [ [http://youtube.com/watch?v=pphgw4dfmuA] , "Clip from The Subject Was Roses"] [ [http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=1176&category=Notes] "Turner Classic Movies notes."] Spring Lake was also used as a stand-in for turn-of-the-century Atlantic City in the 1981 film Ragtime. [ [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082970/locations "Ragtime on IMDb"] ] In John Frankenheimer's 1962 film "The Manchurian Candidate", the character of Major Bennett Marco (played by Frank Sinatra) suffers from a nightmare set in Spring Lake. He imagines himself and his fellow soldiers sitting through a lecture by Mrs. Henry Whitaker of the Spring Lake Garden Club. A sign reveals the location of the lecture to be the fictional "Spring Lake Hotel." Eventually, the audience sees that the garden club meeting is merely an illusion and the platoon is actually at a meeting of Russian and Chinese officials in Manchuria. The Mrs. Whitaker character is actually a Chinese scientist named Dr. Yen Lo, portrayed by Spring Lake native Khigh Dhiegh. [ [http://www.geocities.com/emruf/mc.html "The Manchurian Candidate" script] ] [ [http://www.filmsite.org/manc.html "Filmsite.org" review] ]


External links

* [http://www.springlake.org/ Spring Lake Community website]
* [http://www.springlakeboro.org/ Spring Lake Municipal website]
* [http://www.hwmountz.k12.nj.us/ H. W. Mountz School]
*NJReportCard|25|4980|0|H. W. Mountz School
* [http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/school_list.asp?Search=1&DistrictID=3415570 Data for the H. W. Mountz School] , National Center for Education Statistics
* [http://www.springlake.org/ Spring Lake Chamber of Commerce]

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