Teaneck is a suburban New Jersey town of 35,000 people. Since most of them commute to nearby New York City or various New Jersey industrial cities to their jobs or businesses, they look to Teaneck to provide comfort, peace, and the best in educational recreational facilities for their children.
The town is capably governed under the Council-Manager plan. This means that the people every four years elect five councilmen, who in turn elect one of their number as Mayor. The town council then appoints the town manager to conduct the affairs of the township much as a business executive would direct a business enterprise. The various departments of the municipal government, such as the Health Department, the Police and Sanitation Departments, work under the direction of the Town Manager who makes periodic reports to the Town Council on the state of affairs of the community.
Located in rolling countryside, the town has a natural beauty which its Department of Parks and Recreation does much to foster. Occupying roughly six squire miles, the town has reserved 20 percent of its area for parks and playgrounds. Situated only miles from the George Washing Bridge, which connects New Jersey and Manhattan, Teaneck is served by Route 4, a main highway leading directly to the Bridge. The town has purchased strips of land along either side of the highway, and is landscaping this parkway area, prohibiting advertising and other signs.
But what it does for its children makes Teaneck an outstanding community. A modern high school and seven excellently equipped grade schools comprise the educational system. There is also a Catholic school for those who prefer it. The Recreation Department, which has a paid Director, provides adequate recreational facilities for children at every age level. The Department of Health maintains Child-Hygiene Station which, among other services, provide free injections for smallpox, whooping cough and diphtheria.
This series of picture shows how the town of Teaneck is governed, and reflects the friendliness and informality that mark the relationship of government and people in this democratic town.
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