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Springfield Township is a township in Union County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township’s population was 15,817, the highest recorded at any decennial census. Springfield was formed as a township on April 14, 1794, from portions of Elizabeth Township and Newark Township, while the area was still part of Essex County, and was incorporated as one of New Jersey’s first 104 townships by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798. It became part of the newly formed Union County on March 19, 1857, with portions remaining in Essex County used to create Millburn.
Springfield is the home of the Baltusrol Golf Club, which was the host to the 2005 PGA Championship. It has also hosted other golf major championships, including the U.S. Open, held on seven occasions at Baltusrol, most recently in 1993. Golfweek magazine ranked Baltusrol as the 36th best in its 2010 rankings of the “Best Classic Courses” in the country.
New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Springfield as the 85th best place to live in New Jersey in its 2010 rankings of the “Best Places To Live” in New Jersey.
The Springfield Public Schools serve students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2010-11 school year, the district’s five schools had an enrollment of 2,158 students and 162.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.27:1. All of the township’s schools are named after notable Springfieldians. For instance, the township’s High School is named after Jonathan Dayton, a signer of the United States Constitution. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Edward V. Walton Early Childhood Center (grades Pre K-2; 623 students), James Caldwell Elementary School (3-5; 214), Thelma L. Sandmeier Elementary School. (3-5; 210), Florence M. Gaudineer Middle School. (6-8; 451) and Jonathan Dayton High School (9-12; 561).
Adjacent to Florence M. Gaudineer Middle School is Saint James the Apostle School, a Catholic school serving grades Pre-Kindergarten thru 8 with an enrollment of 148 students, operating under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.
New Jersey Transit provides bus service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan in New York City and to points in New Jersey including Newark Penn Station. Parking is available for a fee at a municipal lot near the center of town (Hannah Street and Center Street) and in the Duffy’s Corner lot at Morris and Caldwell place, which provide easy access to all New Jersey Transit buses that run through town. Annual permits are available from the town hall.
Although there is no train station in Springfield, the Millburn and Short Hills New Jersey Transit stations are located nearby although neither allows commuter-hour parking for out of town residents and very limited parking hours even on weekends. The closest stations that allow out-of-town residents access to parking are Maplewood and Summit, although both also are full to capacity very early on weekdays. The 70 provides access from the center of town to NJ Transit’s Summit and Millburn stations; Eastbound it terminates at NJ Transit’s Newark Penn Station with connections to Amtrak, NJ Transit trains to New York Penn Station and to Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) service. The township also runs a jitney that operates on weekdays during morning and evening rush hours from the community pool to NJ Transit’s Short Hills station. NJ Transit buses 65, 66 and 70 (to Newark), the 114 (to Midtown Manhattan’s Port Authority Bus Terminal) and local service on the 52 route also run along the town’s major roadways.
Newark Liberty International Airport is approximately 10 miles east of Springfield.