What is now Edison Township was originally incorporated as Raritan Township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 17, 1870, from portions of both Piscataway Township and Woodbridge Township. Portions of the township were taken to form Metuchen on March 20, 1900, and Highland Park on March 15, 1905. The name was officially changed to Edison Township on November 10, 1954, in honor of inventor Thomas Edison, who had his main laboratory in the Menlo Park section of the township.
Edison was ranked the 28th most livable small city in the United States by CNN Money Magazine, and the 2nd in New Jersey in 2006 in Money Magazine's "Best Places To Live". In 2008 two years later, Money Magazine changed the town's ranking to 35 out of the top 100 places to live in the United States of America. Edison Township was not on the 2007 list because that year's list included only municipalities with a population of 50,000 or less. In the 2006 survey of America's Safest Cities, the township was ranked 23rd, out of 371 cities included nationwide, in the 13th annual Morgan Quitno survey. In 2009, Edison was ranked as one of "America's 10 Best Places to Grow Up" by U.S. News and World Report. The rankings focused on low crime, strong schools, green spaces, and abundance of recreational activities.
Replica of Edison's lab where he invents the first commercially practical lightbulb. Henry Ford, Edison's longtime friend, built it at the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan.
In 1876, Thomas Alva Edison set up his home and research laboratory in New Jersey on the site of an unsuccessful real estate development in Raritan Township called "Menlo Park", (currently located in Edison State Park). While there he earned the nickname "the Wizard of Menlo Park." Before his death at age 83 in 1931, the prolific inventor amassed a record 1,093 patents for creations including the phonograph, a stock ticker, the motion-picture camera, the incandescent lightbulb, a mechanical vote counter, the alkaline storage battery including one for an electric car, and the first commercial electric light.
It was in his Menlo Park laboratory that Thomas Edison came up with the phonograph and a commercially viable incandescent light bulb filament. Christie Street was the first street in the world to use electric lights for illumination. Edison subsequently left Menlo Park and moved his home and laboratory to West Orange in 1886. His Menlo Park lab has been called one of the greatest laboratories ever.
Acoustic trio MKS performs at The Coffee House in Edison on a Saturday evening.
Near Piscatawaytown village, a portion of the Township was informally known as "Nixon," after Lewis Nixon, a manufacturer and community leader. Soon after the outbreak of World War I, Nixon established a massive volatile chemicals processing facility there, known as the Nixon Nitration Works. It was the site of the 1924 Nixon Nitration Works disaster, a massive explosion and resulting fire that killed 20 persons and destroyed several square miles of the Township.
Edison is primarily a middle-class community with more than 75 ethnic communities represented. Edison has a large Jewish community next to Highland Park, with multiple synagogues located in Edison. Edison also has a growing Indian community and a number of temples serving the religious needs of the community. Reflecting the number of Edison's residents from India and China, the township has sister city arrangements with Shijiazhuang, China, and Vadodara, India.
Edison hosts one of the region's main centers of Asian American cultural diversity.
As part of the 2010 Census, 28.3% of Edison residents identified themselves as being Indian American. In the 2000 Census, 17.75% of Edison residents identified themselves as being Indian American, the highest percentage of Indian American people of any place in the United States with 1,000 or more residents identifying their ancestry.
There were 34,972 households, of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.3% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.2% were non-families. 20.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.26.
In the township, 22.7% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 27.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.1 years. For every 100 females there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.8 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $86,725 (with a margin of error of +/- $3,000) and the median family income was $100,008 (+/- $2,624). Males had a median income of $66,898 (+/- $4,094) versus $50,953 (+/- $1,462) for females. The per capita income for the township was $36,464 (+/- $1,184). About 3.5% of families and 7.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.6% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.
Street scene along Amboy Avenue.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 97,687 people, 35,136 households, and 25,881 families residing in the township. The population density was 3,243.0 people per square mile (1,252.2/km2). There were 36,018 housing units at an average density of 1,195.7 per square mile (461.7/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 59.49% White, 29.27% Asian, 6.89% African American, 0.14% Native American, .04% Pacific Islander, 2.02% from other races, and 2.15% from two or more races. 6.37% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 35,136 households out of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living in them, 61.1% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.3% were non-families. 21.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.19.
In the township the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 34.0% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.0 males.
The median household income in the township is $69,746, and the median income for a family was $77,976. Males had a median income of $53,303 versus $36,829 for females. The per capita income for the township was $30,148. About 3.3% of families and 4.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.3% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.
Edison is a transportation hub, with an extensive network of highways passing through the township and connecting to major Northeast cities, New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Trenton, Washington, D.C. and others.
Edison hosts various roadways. State roads include Route 27, and 440, both of which are state-maintained. U.S. Route 1 also passes through the township. Interstate 287 passes through Edison, where it houses its southern end at I-95. The municipality also houses about a 5-mile (8.0 km) section of the New Jersey Turnpike (Interstate 95). Exit 10 is located in Edison, featuring a 13-lane toll gate and a “unique” interchange design. When the “dual-dual” setup of the turnpike was created, it first started in Edison Township, and continued north to Exit 14 in Newark. It wasn’t until 1973 that the “dual-dual” was extended south of 10 to Exit 9 in East Brunswick Township (and then extended further south in 1990 to Exit 8A in Monroe Township).
Since Interstate 287 connects to Interstate 87 (the New York State Thruway), Exit 10 (of the turnpike) is one of the busiest interchanges to be used by tractor-trailers as it connects the New Jersey Turnpike to the New York Thruway. For truck drivers, it is the only connection they have to the Thruway as the Garden State Parkway, which has its northern terminus at the Thruway, prohibits trucks from using the roadway north of Exit 105. Due to Interstate 95's discontinuity in New Jersey, U.S. 1 serves as a regional artery linking the New Jersey Turnpike and Interstate 287 to Interstate 95 and Interstate 295.
Edison was selected as one of the first communities by the New Jersey Department of Transportation to have a red light camera enforcement system operated by RedFlex Traffic Systems, Inc. The three-year contract, which allows for up to two one-year extensions, provides for the system to be installed at up to 75 locations.
A hostess serves pastry at an Edison coffee house.
Majesco Entertainment, a video game company, has its corporate headquarters in Edison. Other companies have warehouse operations within Edison. These companies include the regional hubs for FedEx, UPS, and Newegg. In addition Edison is home to the State's largest private convention center, the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center located within the Raritan Center Business Park. raritan Center itself is the largest industrial park on the east side of the Mississippi River. The United States headquarters of the international company Zylog Systems is located in Edison.
Edison is served by three Area Codes today which are 732, 908 and 848. Area Code 848 is an overlay area code that was created so there were no more splits as there are today.
Edison has Five Verizon Central offices serving the Township:
Central Office Rahway (Switch ID: RHWYNJRADS5) (Area Code 732): Serving from Wood Avenue North to Roxy Ave on the west side of the Street inward to New Dover Road.
Central Office Plainfield ( Switch ID: PLFDNJPFDS5) (Area Code 908): Serving Roxy Avenue heading north into South Plainfield on both sides of Inman Avenue.
Central Office Metuchen (Switch ID: MTCHNJMTDS5) (Area Code 732): Serving the Towns of Edison, Metuchen and Iselin (Technically Iselin Numbers that have 732-283 and 732-404 are routed out of the Woodbridge Office Switch ID: WDBRNJWDDS5).
Central Office Edison (Switch ID: EDSNNJEDDS5): Serving South Edison with phone numbers that come up as “New Brunswick” - 732-339, 732-393, 732-572, 732-777, 732-819, 732-985, and Exchanges for “Metuchen” that are 732-248, 732-287, 732-650.
Central Office Fords (Switch ID: FRDSNJFRDS5): Serving Eastern Edison area and Raritan Center areas with 732-225, 732-346, 732-417, 732-512 and Perth Amboy Exchanges 732-661, 732-738.
In 1982, The BPU and New Jersey Bell, after receiving thousands and complaints from both North and South Edison residents, had made an exception that any calls originating and terminating in the Township would be considered a local call. This was due to the new home construction in Edison were existing cables that belonged to the Rahway central office were assigned to give new phone service to over 400 homes.
In 1997, mandatory ten-digit dialing came to Edison with the introduction of Area code 732. Edison residents living on Roxy Avenue once again were in the spotlight in the news, with one side of the street served by the Rahway central office (Area code 732) and the other side of the street is served by the Plainfield central office (Area Code 908). Residents complained to the BPU and Bell Atlantic that it would be easier to yell across the street then dial a ten-digit number call their neighbor across the street.
Cable TV: Edison has Cablevision's Optimum service. Before Cablevision, there was TKR, which was so poorly run that many FCC and BPU complaints about programming and many town hall meetings eventually forced change when TKR began running fiber optics through town to as they put it “TKR – Beyond Television”. TKR was bought out by Cablevision.
Edison Township operates within the Faulkner Act under the Mayor-Council form of government, implemented as of January 1, 1958, based on the recommendations of a Charter Study Commission. Edison is governed by a mayor and a seven-member Township Council. Members of the council are elected at-large in partisan elections to four-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with three or four seats coming up for election every even year, with the mayoral seat up for vote at the same time that three seats are expiring.
Elected in 2013 and serving a 4-year term, the current Mayor of Edison is Thomas Lankey. He is also currently Senior Vice President at JFK Hospital Health System in Edison. He has served on the Board of Directors at Magyar Bank for over 15 years and is its Vice Chairman. Current council members include: Robert Karabinchak, President; Michael Lombardi, Vice President; Robert Diehl; Wayne Mascola; Sudhanshu Prasad; Alvaro Gomez; and Sapana Shah.
The past and only female Mayor of Edison was Democrat Antonia "Toni" Ricigliano, whose term of office ended on December 31, 2013.
Running on a good government platform and a call to reform the Democratic Party, Jun Choi won the June 2005 primary by a 56–44% margin, defeating longtime incumbent Mayor George A. Spadoro, the first time in Edison history that a challenger won the Democratic primary. Choi won endorsements from mainstream Democratic leaders including Bill Bradley, for whom he worked on the 2000 presidential campaign, and was unexpectedly endorsed by a number of traditionally candidate-neutral unions in Edison.
In the ensuing general election, Choi did not face a Republican candidate, but instead faced a former Democrat turned Independent, William (Bill) Stephens. An article in The American Prospect details aspects that Choi brought together in his 2005 mayoral campaign, including 1. attracting new voters into the process, 2. a good government message, 3. anti-Wal-Mart or economic justice theme and 4. an effective Internet-based progressive mobilization.
On Election Day, November 8, 2005, Jun Choi declared victory, leading in unofficial results with a vote of 12,126 to 11,935. However, due to the small margin of victory, candidate William Stephens pursued a recount and subsequently, an election contest, both without success. On January 1, 2006, at age 34, Mayor Choi was sworn-in by GovernorJon Corzine as the youngest Mayor in Edison history. Choi ran for re-election in 2009, but was defeated in the primary election by Antonia "Toni" Ricigliano, who went on to win the general election, and took office January 1, 2010.
Recent politics in Edison have concerned plans for zoning the township to facilitate the creation of "walkable" communities that will attract businesses, while still maintaining open spaces and parks and easy access to commuter transit. This strategy is meant to encourage "Smart Growth."
Politics in Edison since the 2005 mayoral election have been polarized by an attempt by retail giant Walmart to open a store in central Edison near the junction of Interstate 287 and New Jersey Route 27. Even though Jun Choi stated in his Mayoral Campaign that he would stop Walmart from being built, Walmart filed suit and won, and Choi was there to cut the yellow ribbon when the store was opened.
Federal, state, and county representation
Edison is located in the 6th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 18th state legislative district. Prior to the 2010 Census, Edison had been split between the 6th congressional District and the 7th Congressional District, a change made by the New Jersey Redistricting Commission that took effect in January 2013, based on the results of the November 2012 general elections.
Middlesex County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders, whose seven members are elected at-large to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year. At an annual reorganization meeting held in January, the board selects from among its members a Freeholder Director and Deputy Director. As of 2014[update], Middlesex County's Freeholders (with committee chairmanship, party affiliation, residence and term-end year listed in parentheses) are Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios (Ex-officio on all committees - D, term ends December 31, 2015; Carteret), Freeholder Deputy Director Carol Barrett Bellante (County Administration - D, 2014; Monmouth Junction, South Brunswick Township), Kenneth Armwood (Business Development and Education - D, 2016; Piscataway), Charles Kenny (Finance - D, 2016; Woodbridge Township), H. James Polos (Public Safety and Health - D, 2015; Highland Park), Charles E. Tomaro (Infrastructure Management - D, 2014; Edison) and Blanquita B. Valenti (Community Services - D, 2016; New Brunswick). Constitutional officers are County Clerk Elaine M. Flynn (D; Old Bridge Township), Sheriff Mildred S. Scott (D, 2016; Piscataway) and Surrogate Kevin J. Hoagland (D, 2017; New Brunswick).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 53,352 registered voters in Edison Township, of which 25,163 (47.2%) were registered as Democrats, 6,242 (11.7%) were registered as Republicans and 21,929 (41.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 18 voters registered to other parties.
In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 58.8% of the vote here (22,409 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain with 39.3% (14,986 votes) and other candidates with 1.1% (418 votes), among the 38,129 ballots cast by the township's 55,305 registered voters, for a turnout of 68.9%. In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 55.2% of the vote here (20,000 ballots cast), outpolling Republican George W. Bush with 43.1% (15,615 votes) and other candidates with 0.6% (311 votes), among the 36,205 ballots cast by the township's 52,308 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 69.2.
In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 46.6% of the vote here (11,230 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 44.5% (10,727 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 6.4% (1,549 votes) and other candidates with 1.0% (243 votes), among the 24,097 ballots cast by the township's 53,358 registered voters, yielding a 45.2% turnout.
The Edison Township Public Schools serve students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade. The district's two high schools separate the south and north ends of Edison. In the Edison High School zone to the south, there are six K–5 elementary schools, while in the J.P. Stevens High School zone there are five K-5 elementary schools. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are 11 elementary schools — Benjamin Franklin Elementary School (573 students in grades K-5), Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School (573; grades PreK-5), Lincoln Elementary School (706; K-5), Lindeneau Elementary School (472; K-5), James Madison Primary School (633; PreK-2), who then move on to James Madison Intermediate School (564; 3–5), John Marshall Elementary School (593; K-5), Menlo Park Elementary School (805; K-5), James Monroe Elementary School (429; K-5), Washington Elementary School (550; PreK-5) and Woodbrook Elementary School (861; K-5) — John Adams Middle School (Edison, New Jersey) (765; from James Madison Intermediate and MLK Jr.), Herbert Hoover Middle School (827; from Franklin, Lincoln and Monroe), Thomas Jefferson Middle School (774; from Lindeneau, Marshall and Washington) and Woodrow Wilson Middle School (861; from Menlo Park and Woodbrook) for grades 6–8 and both Edison High School (1,982; from Hoover and Jefferson) and J.P. Stevens High School (2,244; from Adams and Wilson) for grades 9–12.
J.P. Stevens was the 80th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 328 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2012 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 65th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed, while Edison High School was ranked 174 in 2012 and 169 in 2010.
Middlesex County College is also home to the Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Technologies, an engineering-based high school, which is part of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools. The high school is free for all Middlesex County residents, but admission is based on a test, past grades, and other academic and extracurricular activities. About 160 students, 40 per grade from around the county attend the Academy.
In Edison, the sizeable Asian/Chinese population had pushed for years to establish a Chinese School where students could learn the Chinese language. In 1998, Huaxia Edison Chinese School (which teaches Simplified Chinese) was established in Thomas Jefferson Middle School. Huaxia currently resides in Edison High School. However, many families from Taiwan send their children to Edison Chinese School, located at John Adams Middle School, or Tzu Chi, located at Woodrow Wilson Middle School. These schools both teach Traditional Chinese. JP Stevens High School also offers Mandarin Chinese and Hindi as an elective language for students who are interested in learning it.
Edison Landfill, landfill site undergoing environmental cleanup since it was ordered closed in 1977.
Edison has three public libraries: the Main Library is on Plainfield Avenue in South Edison, near Edison station; North Edison Branch is on Grove Avenue, and the Clara Barton Branch is in the Clara Barton downtown area, on Hoover Avenue. Library service also includes a popular Bookmobile.
The Edison Municipal Complex, located off Route 27 next to the Edison Square/Clarion Hotel office park.
Ford Motor Company had a plant here, the Ford Assembly Plant on U.S. Route 1, assembling the Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series trucks. The plant closed in 2004, with about 1,420 workers losing their jobs.Hartz Mountain purchased the property and is proposing a mixed-use retail center that began construction in 2007. Township officials have negotiated no housing on the site, to be called "Edison Towne Square." Instead, it is hoped that a community center can be built at no cost to taxpayers alongside the retail and commercial space. So far Sam's Club is the only retail store built on the property.
John F. Kennedy Hospital, located on James Street off Parsonage Road is a 498-bed hospital founded in 1967.
Nixon Park, a large neighborhood surrounding Lincoln School. A "cookie-cutter" development of three-bedroom homes built in the very early 1950s, homes there were largely purchased by WWII veterans using the GI Bill. Constructed at the same time, and adjoining Nixon Park, were the Lincoln Village, Vineyard Village and Washington Park developments. Children from Lincoln and Vineyard Villages attended Lincoln School. Washington Park surrounded both the Washington School and the Saint Matthew's Catholic School (grades 1–8).
^Staff. "Artifacts found during search of Edison’s Piscatawaytown", Edison Sentinel, October 12, 2011. Accessed March 22, 2012. "Three artifacts discovered in the township’s oldest neighborhood are believed to date back to the Colonial era.... Piscatawatown and the Commons were founded in 1666 as the original settlement of Piscataway. The Commons is still public land and is one of the few remaining commons areas in the state. The location was part of Piscataway Township until 1870, when it became part of Raritan Township. In 1954, the area became part of Edison."
^Siddiqui, Dr. Habib. "Letter from America: Stopping Terrorism in the West", Asian Tribune, August 7, 2011. Accessed March 22, 2012. "Truly, the western governments should have an open and honest debate about why immigration is important for their very survival in this age. It may be a great idea that when their leaders visit New York for attending the UN sessions that they should opt for taking a ride in a taxicab, driven by a naturalized citizen of the USA, to places like Queens in New York City and Edison in New Jersey to get a flavor of what multiculturalism truly means."
^Staff. "SCHOOL NEWS: Middlesex County College", Home News Tribune, March 5, 2010. Accessed March 22, 2012. "The curator of the exhibit, Kathryn Myers, professor of art at the University of Connecticut, said the college's location in Edison made it an ideal choice for the program. 'Since Edison is home to a significant South Asian population, it is an appropriate site for this exhibition where an abundance of creative endeavors reflects the rich diversity of this community,' she said."
^Nutt, Amy Ellis (October 31, 2013). "Booker is officially a U.S. senator after being sworn in". NJ.com/Associated Press. Accessed October 31, 2013. "Former Newark Mayor Cory Booker was sworn in as a Democratic senator from New Jersey today, taking the oath of office, exchanging hugs with Vice President Joe Biden and acknowledging the applause of friends and family members seated in the visitor's gallery that rings the chamber.... Booker, 44, was elected to fill out the term of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died earlier this year."
^Boyd, Leslie. "Campuses are cities within Piscataway", Courier-News, October 26, 1999. Accessed October 9, 2013. "Across Metlars Lane is the 972-acre Livingston Campus, home to 2,145 undergraduate students and the Rutgers Athletic Center, where the university basketball teams play.... About one-third of the Livingston campus is in Edison and Highland Park."
^My story, Margie Palatini. Accessed March 22, 2012. "As Zoey Zinevich would say, “here’s the spill.” I grew up in Edison, New Jersey. Yup. It’s named after Thomas you-know-who, (He invented the light bulb, phonograph, movie camera, etc. etc. – lots of etc.) and his first laboratory was in Edison, then called Menlo Park."
^Jeffers, Glenn. "SHUTOUT IN RELIEF BETTER THAN SHUT-EYE", Chicago Tribune, August 9, 1997. Accessed March 22, 2012. Marc Pisciotta got the call around 11:45 Thursday night. The right-handed pitcher was going to Chicago.... 'I had to go into the clubhouse for some coffee,' said the Edison, NJ, native, who turned 27 Thursday."
^Thomas, Bob vya Associated Press. "Film Was Revelation For Susan Sarandon", The Palm Beach Post, April 24, 1981. Accessed October 9, 2013. "The new film Atlantic City displays the underside of that reviving New jersey resort, and it's a world that actress Susan Sarandon has visited. She grew up in Edison, N.J., an hour's drive distant, but before the movie, she had never seen Atlantic City, old or new."
^Staff. "B-Mets Plan "Giant" Event For Chris Snee Day", OurSportsCentral.com, April 15, 2008. Accessed October 16, 2011. "After high school, the son of Montrose residents Diane & Ed Snee earned a full scholarship to Boston College. After redshirting his first year, the Edison, NJ-born lineman evolved into a three-year starter for the Eagles and an All Big East performer before making himself eligible for the NFL Draft in January 2004."
^Chang, Kathy. "Edison’s TV station marks 20 years of broadcasting", Edison Sentinel, September 21, 2011. Accessed October 16, 2011. "Then, in 1994, with Mayor George Spadoro’s vision, the township sent its tapes to TKR Cable and began airing a segment called Focus on Edison as well as Township Council meetings and specials."
^Joel Stein – Columnist, Los Angeles Times. Accessed October 9, 2013. "Joel Stein is desperate for attention. He grew up in Edison, N.J., went to Stanford and then worked for Martha Stewart for a year."
^Sullivan, William J. "Edison native Jeremy Zuttah making impact on O-line for Bucs", The Star-Ledger, November 10, 2008. Accessed October 16, 2011. "Jeremy Zuttah was a sturdy presence during his Rutgers career, starting 40 of 44 games in his four seasons on the offensive line for the Scarlet Knights. Now, the Edison native has quickly made his presence felt in the NFL as a rookie with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers."
^Chang, Kathy; and Kesten, Karen L. "Birth of a town", Edison Sentinel, December 30, 2009. Accessed March 22, 2012.
^Camp Kilmer, National Archives at New York City. Accessed March 22, 2012. "Toward the end of 1941, with the threat of war imminent, the War Department chose a site between Edison and Piscataway, New Jersey as a staging area for troops."
^Dismal Swamp, Sierra Club. Accessed March 22, 2012. "The Dismal Swamp (located in Edison, Metuchen, and South Plainfield) is 660 acres and is designated a "priority wetland" by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service."
^Staff. "State Orders Edison Landfill Shut", The New York Times, June 28, 1977. Accessed March 22, 2012. "The State Department of Environmental Protection ordered today that Kin-Buc Inc. in Edison Township stop accepting solid waste and close its land-fill operation within 30 days."
^Home page, Edison Public Library. Accessed March 22, 2012.
^About JFK Medical Center, JFK Medical Center. Accessed March 22, 2012. "Founded in 1967, JFK Medical Center is a non-profit 498-bed community hospital, serving residents of Middlesex, Union and Somerset counties in Central New Jersey. With more than 900 affiliated physicians, JFK offers a complete array of advanced services including general and specialized surgery, cardiac care, maternity and pediatric care, and emergency medicine."
^Dudley, William L. (March 29, 1929). "Friendly Families: the Liangs". The Story of the Friends in Plainfield Including A History of Early Quaker Families. Retrieved March 22, 2012. "The Laing family composed a prominent part of the first permanent settlers in this neighborhood. John Laing, the progenitor of this long line in East Jersey, came over from Craigforth, Aberdeen County, Scotland, August 1685, landing in Amboy, near which place for a few years he lived with his wife Margaret and his children, John, Abraham, William, Christiana and Isabel. In 1698 he moved to "the Plains" near where South Plainfield now is. His son John married, in 1708, Elizabeth Shotwell, a direct descendent of the original Abraham Shotwell. His daughter Isabel, in 1700, married Joseph Fitz Randolph, son of Nathaniel."
^Chang, Kathy. "Edison YMCA breaks ground on expansion6,000-square-foot addition to better accommodate niche users", Edison Sentinel, March 7, 2012. Accessed March 22, 2012. "'Since December of 2002, when the Edison Branch YMCA at the Community Campus opened its doors in a unique collaboration with the Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, membership had grown steadily and now exceeds 8,000 adults and children,' said Florio. 'We recognized that as our membership grew, our facility must grow in order for us to better serve our members and the community.'"
^Kin-Buc Landfill NPL Listing History, Environmental Protection Agency. Accessed March 22, 2012. "The 220-acre Kin-Buc Landfill site is an inactive landfill that operated from the late 1940s to 1976. From 1971 to 1976,the site was a State-approved landfill for industrial and municipal wastes, both solid and liquid. The site accepted hazardous waste during this period, until the State revoked its permit in 1976 because of violations of several environmental statutes. An estimated 70 million gallons of liquid wastes, including 3 million gallons of oily waste, and over 1 million tons of solid waste, were disposed of between 1973 and 1976."