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Sayreville

Sayreville is a borough located on the Raritan River, near Raritan Bay in Middlesex County, New Jersey. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 40,377, and has a total area of 18.8 square miles, of which, 2.8 square miles of it (15.20%) is water.

Sayreville is bordered the east by Parlin, an unincorporated area in Old Bridge Township and Sayreville.  Sayreville is bordered the southwest by and the south by Old Bridge Township, and was originally incorporated as a township in 1876 from portions of South Amboy Township.  In 1919, the borough was reincorporated as the Borough of Sayreville.

The borough is about 25 miles southwest of downtown New York City, 5 miles southwest of Staten Island, and 50 miles northeast of Philadelphia on the southern bank of the Raritan River.

Sayreville uses four ZIP codes 08872, 08871, 08879, and 08859. 08872 and 08871 are the Sayreville zip located in the borough itself. 08879 is the South Amboy zip located in the informal sections of Morgan and Melrose of Sayreville, the City of South Amboy, and the informal section of Laurence Harbor of Old Bridge Township.  08859 is the Parlin ZIP code located partially in the Borough of Sayreville and Old Bridge Township.

Although the borough remains an industrial town, the addition of many technology companies and a growing residential population has changed the landscape of this central New Jersey town.

The Sayreville Public Schools serve students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district are four K-3 elementary schools — Emma Arleth Elementary School, Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School, Harry S. Truman Elementary School and Woodrow Wilson Elementary School — Sayreville Upper Elementary School for grades 4-5, Sayreville Middle School for grades 6-8, and Sayreville War Memorial High School for grades 9-12.

Jesse Selover Elementary School offers a half-day program for children ages 3 to 5 years with mild to moderate disabilities, and a full-day program for children of the same age with moderate disabilities who require a greater degree of time and attention.

Sayreville enjoys proximity to several major roadways - the Garden State Parkway, New Jersey Turnpike (Interstate 95), Interstate 287 which becomes Route 440 — providing access to Staten Island and Long Island, New York points — U.S. 1, U.S. 9, Route 18, Route 34, Route 35 and Route 36.

Three highway bridges span the Raritan River from the Sayreville side. The Edison Bridge on U.S. 9 and the Driscoll Bridge on the Garden State Parkway connect Woodbridge on the north with Sayreville on the south. The Victory Bridge carries Route 35, connecting Sayreville with Perth Amboy.

New Jersey Transit offers service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan via the 131 and 139. Service within New Jersey is offered to Newark on the 67, to Jersey City on the 64, and to other local destinations on the 815 and 817 routes.

Points of Interest include--
- Starland Ballroom -- a concert venue. Sayreville also has several night clubs such as PURE, Deko, Club 35, Pub 35 and smaller bars, clubs, and pubs.
- Faith Fellowship Ministries World Outreach Center -- a non-Denominational "megachurch."
- Sayreville has two community football and cheerleading teams, the Sayreville Leprechauns and Morgan-Parlin Panthers.

Some restaurants include--
- Arirang Hibachi Steakhouse (Japanese) - 986 Route 9 S, Sayreville
- Big Wally's Subs (Sandwiches/Subs and Soups) - 3322 Washington Rd, Parlin
- Camillo's Restaurant & Pizza (Pizza) - 31 Macarthur Ave, Sayreville
- Nunzio's Pizzeria (Italian, Pizza and Cheesesteak) - 426 Raritan St, Sayreville
- Happy Garden Usa (Asian) - 2909 Washington Rd, Parlin
- Tj's Pizza & Subs (Sandwiches/Subs and Pizza) - 3107 Bordentown Ave, Parlin
- Pizza Heaven (Pizza) - 777 Washington Rd, Parlin
- Kenny Sushi Peking Garden (Sushi) - 881 Main St, Sayreville
- Santino's Pizza (Pizza, Italian, Sandwiches/Subs) - 499 Ernston Rd, Parlin
- Koto (Asian - 20 Jernee Mill Rd # 3, Sayreville
- Sayreville Diner (Diner Food) - 5 Fisher Street, Sayreville
- F & J Italian Specialties Deli (Pizza, Sandwiches/Subs) - 563 Main St, Sayreville
- Lam's Garden Chinese Food (Chinese) - 309 Main Street, Sayreville
- Romeo's Restaurant & Pizza (Pizza) - 20 Jernee Mill Rd # 65, Sayreville
- Tower Of India (Indian) - 499 Erston Rd, Parlin

National Register of Historic Places listings include--
- Sayre and Fisher Reading Room, Main St. and River Rd., Sayreville

Native Americans were the first settlers of Sayreville.  Tribes of the Navesink lived along the South River where Jernee Mill Road is located today.  This was noted on a 1656 New Jersey map by A. Vanderdonck, a Dutch surveyor and map maker.  During the 20th century, amateur archaeologists have found thousands of Indian artifacts at the location shown on the map.

Predating the incorporation of Sayreville in 1703, the Morgan Inn - later known as the Old Spye Inn - was established in what is now the Morgan section of Sayreville.  The inn was located on a hill overlooking the Raritan Bay.  The original owners, the Morgans were said to be related to the famous pirate, Captain Henry Morgan, who is said to have visited the Inn on more than one occasion.

It was during the American Revolutionary War that the Morgan Inn gained its new name, the Old Spye Inn, according to local legends.  A local British loyalist Abe Mussey was captured by American troops while signaling to British Ships on the Raritan Bay in 1777.  He was tried as a spy at the Inn, convicted in one-day trial and sentenced to death by hanging.  The Inn was destroyed by fire in the late 20th century, but its ruins remain on the National Register of Historic Places.

Originally known as Roundabout (for the river bends in the area) and then as Wood's Landing, it was renamed in the 1870s for James R. Sayre, Jr. of Newark, co-owner of Sayre & Fisher Brick Company that once flourished here.  Extensive clay deposits supported the brick industry from the early 19th century until 1970.  From its inception, Sayre & Fisher Brick Company quickly grew into one of the top brick making companies in Middlesex County.  Brick production grew from 54,000,000 bricks annually in 1878, to 178,000,000 bricks in 1913.  Company representatives in 1950 had estimated that a total of 6,250,000,000 bricks had been produced there.

In 1898 DuPont began production of gun powder at its plant on Washington Road.  The company would later build additional facilities in Sayreville for the production of Paint and Photo Products.

At one time the Raritan River Railroad passed through Sayreville and had several spurs to service Sayre & Fisher and other local industries.  Featured in a 1914 episode titled "The Juggernaut" of the silent movie serial "The Perils of Pauline", the railroad got a brief taste of stardom.  The episode was staged on the line, including the construction of a bridge over Ducks Nest Pond in Sayreville.  The pond is located in the back of Bailey Park, which is found on North Minisink.  The pond is dried up and closed off with a fence.  The park was once a meeting place, a place for all Sayreville residents, of any cultural background, any race, to come and enjoy the day in the pond and interact with others.  This was limited to Sayreville Residents only, however.  The park is located down in the woods, near the DuPont and Hercules factories.

The T. A. Gillespie Company Shell Loading Plant explosion, sometimes called the Morgan Depot Explosion, occurred on October 4, 1918 at an ammunition plant located in the Morgan area of Sayreville.  The initial explosion triggered a fire and subsequent series of explosions which continued for three days.  The facility, said to be one of the largest in the world at the time, was destroyed along with more than 300 buildings forcing reconstruction of South Amboy and Sayreville.

National Lead, a 900-acre waterfront site, which once served as an industrial center for Sayreville, has been vacant since 1982.  Sayreville Economic and Redevelopment Agency (SERA), has been heading up the development of the parcel of land commonly referred to as the National Lead Site / Amboy Cinemas lot since about 2000.  SERA will clear woods, trees, and wetlands and install an entire city complete with commercial, industrial, residential, and recreational, all near the Middlesex County Utilities Authority (Sewerage Authority) and the Middlesex County Fire Academy.

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