The city of Summit is comprised of approximately 21,000 individuals from all walks of life, and many ethnic and religious backgrounds. Summit is 6.1 square miles in area, 21 miles west of New York City, 90 miles northeast of Philadelphia and one hour north of the New Jersey shoreline and public beaches. It is a commuter hub which enjoys Mid-Town Direct train service and bus service to NYC, approximately a 35 minute train ride in rush hour. Summit is an easy 15 minute drive to Newark Liberty International Airport.
The city of Summit was incorporated in 1899, and is known as "the city on the hill." It was a Victorian-era summer retreat for city dwellers hoping to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. It is a community of wooded properties, gracious homes and a vibrant business center reminiscent of "Main Street, USA." The downtown area has an abundance of charming shops, restaurants, movie theatres, a YMCA, library and train station, all within walking distance of many of the town's neighborhoods. Summit's charm and appeal is evidenced in that people choose to "move-up" within the town instead of buying larger property elsewhere.
Summit's well regarded public education system includes 2 primary centers (pre-school and K), 5 elementary schools (1-5), 1 middle school (6-8, see photo to the left) and 1 high school (9-12). The Summit school system has consistently been ranked among the highest in New Jersey. Additionally, Summit is the home of 3 fine private schools, and several pre-schools.
Places of Worship
A diversity of religious denominations is represented within the city limits. Places of worship include: Calvary Episcopal Church, Central Presbyterian Church, Christian Science Church, Christ Church of Summit, Fountain Baptist Church, Jewish Community Center, St. John's Lutheran Church, St. Teresa's Roman Catholic Church, Temple Beth Hatikvah, Temple Sinai, and the Unitarian Church.
Summit is the home of the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, which celebrates artists and their works from across the country. Here you can take a variety of studio art classes for adults and children, and view several galleries with changing exhibits. The Summit Community School provides enrichment classes in many different areas of interest to Summit residents of all ages. The Reeves-Reed Arboretum owns 12.5 acres within the city limits and hosts ongoing nature lectures, tours and classes as well as opening its facilities annually to the public for its Harvest Festival. Summit boasts a fine parks and recreation system, including a 9-hole municipal golf course, tennis and platform tennis courts, 5 public parks, a wonderful community pool and community theater. Children have a choice of participating in many recreational sports such as soccer, lacrosse, football, basketball, and Little League baseball.
Short Hills / Millburn
The Township of Millburn, which includes the prestigious residential community of Short Hills, is located in the southwest corner of Essex County and covers about 10 square miles. It is 20 miles west of New York City and is approximately 35-40 minutes by express train to New York Penn Station and a quick 15-20 minutes from Newark Liberty International Airport.
Millburn Downtown is unique in that it offers upscale, high-end, Fifth Avenue shopping along with quaint small town traditional shops. The downtown and local shopping areas offer a variety of unique specialty shops, service based businesses, and professional offices. Its residential community boasts magnificent homes and delightful winding roads giving it a unique charm hardly equaled anywhere.
The school district is made up of four elementary schools, a middle school with grades 5 through 8 and a four year high school. New Jersey Monthly magazine has consistently ranked the school system among the top 5 in the state, and in 2008 the magazine ranked it #1 in New Jersey. Millburn schools also receive a national ranking as having one of the most academically challenging high schools in the courntry. In addition there are two co-educational private day schools in Short Hills and a parochial school which serves the elementary grades.
Places of Worship
A diverse community of many faiths served by Mt. Zion AME, First Baptist Church of Millburn, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Community Congregational, Christ Church of Short Hills, St. Stephen's Episcopal, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Wyoming Presbyterian Church, St. Rose of Lime Roman Catholic, Temple B'nai Jeshrun and Congregation B'nai Israel.
The Township offers a wide variety of recreational programs including a Community Pool and a par 3 golf course. In addition, there are many fine restaurants, a movie theater, the Short Hills Hilton, The Mall at Short Hills and a wide variety of cultural venues, including the renowned Paper Mill Playhouse (the state theater of New Jersey), and the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary.
Located at the southern edge of Morris County, Chatham Borough and Chatham Township are quiet and carefully developed residential communities that comprise 12 square miles. (Boro 2.4 sq. miles, Township 9.2 sq. miles.) Because these neighboring communities share so much in common they are often referred to as the Chathams. Together their population is around 18,000. The two towns not only share their name but their post office and zip code, the library, a wonderful recreation department, and since 1988, the school district of the Chathams.
Named one of the top 10 places to live by Money Magazine in 2005, and the #1 place to live in the state by New Jersey Monthly Magazine, Chatham can best be described as a bedroom community, conveniently connected to major highways, Mid-Town Direct train, and bus service to New York City. The Boro maintains a charming town center, ripe with quaint shops, historic buildings, and restaurants. The Township provides more spacious country living as well as a suburban setting with larger homes and properties, newer single family homes and condominium developments.
School District of the Chathams
The School District of the Chathams is keenly committed to preparing its children for life in a global society in the 31st centruy. It was given the Blue Ribbon award from the State of New Jersey in 2004, and was granted "no child left behind" status in 2005. With a student population of 3500, the district is comprised of three elementary schools (K-3), one 4th-5th grade school, a middle school for grades 6-8, and a four year high school.
Great Swamp outdoor education center, Chatham Community Theatre, 2 public pools, 3 private swim and tennis clubs, a country club with an 18 hole golf course, 11 churches of all denominations, public tennis courts, public parks, Newark Liberty International Airport 20 minutes away, movie theatre, close to Short Hills and Livingston Malls, a very active Newcomers Club.
Madison is a borough located within Morris County. It is less than 25 miles from Manhattan and enjoys both Mid-Town Direct and Downtown NYC train service. There are more than 16,000 people living in the 4 square mile community. It has been known since the late 1800's as the "Rose City" for the many blossoms that were grown here for markets around the world.
Madison is the perfect blend of Main Street conveniences, suburban amenities, and rich parklands. Some 16 parks can be found throughout Madison totaling more than 100 acres. Madison is known as a "college town", and is home to Drew University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and nearby St. Elizabeth's College. Madison's history dates back to the Revolutionary War.
Madison has three elementary schools, one junior high school and one high school. There are also 3 parochial elementary schools close by, one in Madison, one in Chatham Boro, and one in Florham Park. There is also a Catholic High School located in town.
Places of Worship
Madison is a diverse community of many faiths including: St. Vincent Catholic Church, The Presbyterian Church of Madison, The United Methodist in Madison, Grace Episcopal Church, Beth African-Methodist-Episcopal Church, Madison Baptist Church, and Madison First Baptist.
The New Jersey Shakespeare Festival is on the campus of Drew University. The season opens in mid-May and runs through early September. The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts located on Main Street has gone through extensive restoration and renovation and the new museum offers a wide range of exhibits, programs and activities for adults, children and families.
Westfield is an attractive community within 25 miles of New York City. The current population is approximately 30,000, and the town limits encompass 6.7 square miles. Conveniently located next to major highways and public transit, Westfield offers easy access to New York City and Newark via train, as well as Newark Liberty International Airport, and other areas of metropolitan New Jersey.
Westfield has a small town environment that offers diverse cultural, recreational, educational and social activities. It is well known for its excellent school system, and its vibrant downtown shopping and activities. A variety of housing styles exist in all of its leafy, treed neighborhoods, with stately older homes blending with mid-century construction and new homes under construction.
Westfield has a highly regarded public school system, that consistently ranks high in New Jersey Monthly's biannual school issue. Kindergarten for the whole town goes to Lincoln School Early Childhood Learning Center; 6 elementary schools cover grades 1-5. Two middle schools hold grades 6-8, with one 4 year high school.
Places of Worship
Many opportunities for worship are available in Westfield. Local churches in the town include First United Methodist Church, Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, Bethel Baptist Church, Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Saint Luke African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, First Baptist Church, and Temple Emanuel.
Westfield is home to numerous musical and choral groups, including a fully professional orchestra, the Westfield Symphony Orchestra, the Arbor Chamber Music Society, many singing groups, and several theatre groups. The New Jersey Workshop for the Arts is located here, a learning center for fine and performing arts. The downtown is a regional destination with over 50 restaurants and eating establishments, and over 200 retail stores, a mix of independent owners and national chains. And don't miss the town's 9 parks and one public pool complex, as well as several private swim and tennis clubs.
Berkeley Heights is home to over 13,000 individuals, and is 6.2 square miles in size. It is approximately a 45 minute commute by train into New York City and a 20 minute drive to Newark Liberty International Airport. It is a residential town, with a mix of historic homes, new construction, and everything in between.
Berkeley Heights is a comfortable town which offers a diversity of architectural styles while providing slightly larger parcels of land and a feeling of being "in the country yet close to town."
The Berkeley Heights school system has been consistently ranked within New Jersey's top 75 High Schools by NJ Monthly magazine, achieiving steadily higher rankings over the past few years. There is a K-1 school, three 2-5 elementary schools, a middle school which encompasses grades 6-8 and a four year high school.
Places of Worship
Places of worship in the town of Berkeley Heights include: Westminster Presbyterian Church, Mountain Ridge Bible Chapel, Faith Chapel, Diamond Hill United Methodist Church, and Church of the Little Flower (Roman Catholic.) Jewish residents have a choice of synagogues in nearby Summit, Warren, and Basking Ridge.
Berkeley Heights has its own Community pool, public tennis courts, movie theatre and is home to many different types of easting establishments, offering Thai, Italian, Mexican, Chinese, and American cuisine. Berkeley Heights offers a thriving shopping district. For new residents, the Newcomers Club of Summit, Berkeley Heights and New Providence provides activities for young and old alike in and around the area.
A unique neighborhood in Berkeley Heights is Free Acres, originally designed as an artists retreat and now is home to people of all walks of life who appreciate the community spirit associated with living in this unique section of town.
Rich in history, the Borough of New Providence dates back to 1720 when it was known as "Turkey Town." Today, within its three and one half square miles, New Providence is a gracious tree-lined community, which still cherishes the emblems of a worthy past. It's population is around 12,000 residents.
Turkey Town enjoyed a name change more than a century ago. The choir loft of the Presbyterian Church collapsed into the pews on an early Sunday morning. No one was yet in attendance at service, which caused the Pastor to remark that it was "providential" that the collapse occurred when it did, injuring no one. He suggested a name change for the town because of the providence of God. Henceforth the town was known as New Providence.
The school district consists of two K-6 elementary schools, Allen W. Roberts and Salt Brook School, a middle school for grades 7 and 8 and a four year high school. Private day schools and parochial schools as well as colleges and universities are within easy driving distance.
Places of Worship
This diverse community of many faiths is served by: Faith Lutheran Church, our Lady of Peace Roman Catholic Church, Presbyterian Church of New Providence, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, St. Luke's Reformed Episcopal Church and United Methodist Church of New Providence.
New Providence offers a downtown shopping area with a variety of stores, restaurants and other services. In addition, the internationally acclaimed Mall at Short Hills is only minutes away. The Borough offers a wide variety of recreational programs including a friendly community pool and indoor and outdoor tennis courts.
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