It was the Roman author, Pliny, who wrote that “Home is where the heart is.” And for more than 150,000 men, women and children, home is the tri-county region of Northern New Jersey where the lifestyle is as good as it gets!
This 88 square-mile area, consisting of 14 communities in Passaic, Morris and Essex Counties, warms the hearts of its residents for many reasons, not the least of which is that it offers something for everyone.
Types of Communities
In size, the communities start with tiny one square-mile Haledon and go all the way to vast 27 square-mile Wayne Township. Residences range from multi-million-dollar mansions to modest one and two-family homes. While each of these communities cherishes its own sense of pride, determined to protect its beauty and natural resources, they also welcome businesses that will provide employment and help hold down the tax rate.
One of the great advantages of domicile-hunting in the Tri-County area is the broad selection of living accommodations available, ranging from small apartments and inexpensive homes to lavish condos and million-dollar estates. For the elderly, facilities are available from comfortable senior-citizen villages to special-health-care communities. And the real estate brokers will go all out to help anyone looking for the ideal abode.
One of the basic ingredients of an enjoyable lifestyle is the ability to get where you want to go, as quickly and easily as possible. Just 30 minutes away, via the Lincoln Tunnel or George Washington Bridge, is New York City with its theaters, museums and landmarks. If you prefer a quiet beach, a noisy casino or a charter fishing boat, Atlantic City and Cape May are only three hours away on the Garden State Parkway. Head north on Route 287 and you’re on your way to charming New England. You can reach historic Philadelphia in only a few hours on the New Jersey Turnpike, and the Pocono Mountain resorts are even closer on Route 80. You can even board an airplane to anywhere in the world at nearby Newark , LaGuardia or Kennedy Airports. But if shopping is your bag, there are giant malls and handy shopping centers throughout the Tri-County area.
Opportunities to play tennis, softball, soccer or the sport of your choice abound in Northern New Jersey, as well as places to swim, hike and ski. If golf is your game, the Upper Montclair Country Club in nearby Clifton and the North Jersey Country Club in Wayne have challenging and well-maintained courses. Modern and well-run fitness and health centers provide a wide variety of programs to get you in shape and keep you there. And most municipalities in the area conduct organized sports leagues for children of all ages. But if you prefer spectator sports, there are enough opportunities nearby to satisfy the most enthusiastic fan throughout the year. The Giants and Jets play football at the Meadowlands complex in East Rutherford, where the Nets play basketball. At the same complex you can watch both thoroughbreds and trotters coming down the stretch. The Devils also play hockey at the Prudential Center in Newark. Finally, just a little further away you can watch the World Champion New York Yankees in the Bronx, the Amazin’ Mets at Shea Stadium in Queens, and the Rangers and Knicks at Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden.
Close by, the Shea Center for the Performing Arts at William Paterson University in Wayne hosts a Sunday afternoon jazz series. The Orchestra at William Paterson University, co-founded as the Wayne Chamber Orchestra and sponsored by the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce, has earned its international reputation for its Saturday night concerts. Only a half-hour drive away, The New Jersey Performing Art Center in Newark offers a remarkable schedule of concerts and other cultural presentations; it’s worth the trip just to sit in the gorgeous NJPAC hall. Some of the best known popular and classic artists appear at the PNC Bank Arts Center just a quick drive down the Garden State Parkway.
Whatever your preference, from fast food to gourmet dining, you’ll find it in the Tri-County area. You can choose your cuisine, from American, Italian, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish to Indian. Naturally, we strongly recommend that you check out some of the dining establishments who are members of the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce.
From the latest in Parisian fashions to the best bargains in clearance markdowns, you’ll find whatever your shop-until-you-drop heart desires in the Tri-County area. Virtually every community served by the Tri-County Chamber has its own downtown shopping area, and some boast several. If mall shopping is your specialty, giant Willowbrook Mall with its 180 retail stores and Wayne Towne Center, highly popular with cost-conscious shoppers, are nearby. Many communities have smaller malls, such as the Preakness Shopping Center and Wayne Hills Mall, both in Wayne. Along both sides of Route 46 and Route 23, you’ll also find strips of shopping centers, many with stores of national chains as well as some classy boutiques.
Many parents are drawn to the Tri-County area by its modern and effective educational systems with their emphasis on the new technologies. Elementary and middle schools use such teaching techniques as team-teaching, cooperative learning and hands-on science programs. Several of the area’s public, private and parochial high schools consistently rank among the highest in New Jersey, and an above-average percentage of their graduates go on to college. Passaic County Community College in Paterson, Passaic County Technical Institute in Wayne, and Berdan, The Institute for the Health Professional, all offer excellent specialized courses to meet their students’ needs.
High school graduates have a wide choice of colleges, universities and business schools in the area. William Paterson University, based in Wayne, offers 29 undergraduate majors and 17 graduate programs. Courses of study are available in the arts and communications, business, education, the humanities and social sciences, and science and health.
At one of the state’s premier business schools, Berkeley College in West Paterson, students can study for associate degrees in business administration, fashion, paralegal, international business,health, interior design and office administration.
Hospital facilities in the Tri-County area, comparable to the best in the country, address a broad spectrum of health issues from prevention and treatment to long-term care. Chilton Memorial Hospital in Pompton Plains is a 254-bed acute-care community hospital with more than 500 physicians on staff, along with a modern facility for cancer care. Wayne General Hospital, a 229-bed community hospital in Wayne, offers a broad range of medical/surgical, critical care, emergency and diagnostic services.
The Tri-County area also offers a wide choice of facilities for the elderly, ranging from nursing homes to assisted living to convalescent/rehabilitation centers. Among the best in the area are Alterra Wynwood in Wayne, the Lincoln Park Subacute & Rehab Center, The Christian Health Care Center in Wyckoff, Llanfair House in Wayne, Sunrise Assisted Living of Wayne and Sunrise Assisted Living of West Essex. Passaic, Morris and Essex Counties, along with the municipalities in the Tri-County area, have departments of health and human services offering a broad spectrum of health services to their residents.
Excellent child day care facilities and nursery schools are available throughout the Tri-County area.
The Tri-County area has a rich spiritual heritage dating to the first congregations of colonial days. Two of the area’s oldest churches -the Dutch Reformed Church in Wayne and the Fairfield Reformed Church in Fairfield date back to the 17th century. More than 60 churches, synagogues and other places of worship, representing virtually every faith and denomination, are located in the Tri-County area. Most are actively involved in programs designed to serve the broader human needs of the community, and all welcome new parishioners.