While some people may only know the town of Mahwah because of a glancing mention in the Bruce Springsteen song "Johnny 99," the city has had a long and distinguished history.
Some know it for its parklands, some for the historic Ford plant, and sports fans remember it for 25 years of great tennis matches at the A&P Classic, which served as a warm-up for the U.S. Open.
The Leni Lenape Indians called it Mawewi, but the name Mahwah is said to refer to the place where fields and streams meet. The area was originally formed as Hohokus Township on April 9, 1849 and was incorporated in 1944.
The Township of Mahwah is a 26.7-square-mile suburban community situated to take advantage of the natural beauty of the Ramapo Mountains and the Ramapo River on its northwestern border. Mahwah is a natural route northward from New York City (a mere 30 miles away), has easy access to air and rail transportation, and is bordered by the towns of Upper Saddle River, Ramsey, Allendale, Wyckoff, Franklin Lakes, Oakland and Ringwood, New Jersey, and Suffern in New York.
"Mahwah is unique in that it is quite spacious," says Mayor Richard J. Martel. "The tax rate is excellent, the schools are very good. The Ramapo Montains give you a lot of opportunities for hiking, biking, skiing in the winters. It's everything you could want."