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From N. Y. Herald Tribune, 1961 (exact date unknown)
Teaneck, N.J., Called Model of Democracy
It holds the popular teenage dances, and until he moved a few years ago, writer Jim Bishop dropped in regularly. This longtime Teanecker was active in many local events and it was at his home there that he wrote his popular books, "The Day Lincoln Died," "The Day Christ Died" and "The Glass Crutch."
When he gets home to Mildred St., singer Pat Boone spends a lot of time with his Little League ball team. Residents are high in the ranks of the arts, sports and industry. They are pretty proud of such other taxpayers as novelist Robert Molloy, songwriter Moe Jaffe, blind singer Al Hibbler, Eddie Ames of the Ames Brothers, jazz trombonist J. J. Johson, Yankee catcher Elston Howard, N.Y. Giants tackle "Rosy" Brown and Mrs. W. W. Rindlaub, a top ad executive in Manhattan.
Said Township Manager Warner Schmid: "If anyone checked, he'd see we still have the same characteristics and community spirit that earned us the 'model' honor in 1949."
As an individual of its school is perhaps proudest of its school system, on which it spent an astonishing 53.9 percent of its 1960 budget of $8,160,526. Its high schools were first in the state teach aviation back in 1932.
Juvenile misconduct is at a minimum, local government is largely harmonious and intergroup relations are devoid of racial or religious bias. All public services are modem and efficient.
With a foundation of old Dutch, Huguenot and Quaker families -- now blended with former New York apartment dwellers--Teaneck has kept itself residential. Except for a few garden-type apartments, homes are largely one-family and there are no factories. Route 4 runs through the community and the town owns the rights-of-way on both sides. Hence, no gaudy billboards, no road-stands.
Parks and playgrounds take up 20 percent of total area. The big park, Municipal Plaza, is the site of Summer songfests and concerts by the community symphonic orchestra and chorus; in the Winter they are given in the Community Center or Armory. The 81-piece orchestra, founded 20 years ago by Donald Mairs, is conducted by Saul Schectman.
No isolated Shangri-La is this "model town." It is only four miles west of the George Washington Bridge.
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