Rookies & Veterans

The more things change, the more they stay the same... 

This Is Rutherford thought it would be fun to compare the thoughts of a
long-time resident with a relatively new transplant

Email thisisrutherford@gmail.com if you or someone you know would like to participate. 

Rookies Matt & Carmela Payne

Residents for 4 1/2 years

Favorite Places: Our House, Substance Salon

and Memorial Field

1). How many years have you lived in Rutherford?  

 

We've lived in Rutherford for 4 1/2 years, having moved here in June 2015.

 

2). Why did you decide to move to Rutherford?

 

After living in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, for 13 years, we were looking in Jersey City and Hoboken for more space, but everything seemed so expensive—like, Brooklyn expensive! Not to mention, the public schools weren't quite solid enough. So we started looking further afield. We have friends in Rutherford, so we were well familiar with the town, having spent the night a few times, enjoying the restaurants and relaxing around town. They have kids, so we knew how good the schools were. It all came together.

 

3). What are three of your favorite places in Rutherford?

 

Our house, Memorial Field, and Substance Salon.

 

4). Why do think people choose to raise families in Rutherford?

 

Not only are the schools great, but there's a real sense of community here. And yet we're right next door to a cultural capital, if not the cultural capital, New York City. There's so much our kids get to experience.

 

5). What is the most beautiful feature of our town?

 

The trees!

 

6). What do you find most inviting about Rutherford?

 

Probably what we've already mentioned—the sense of community. The people here are so friendly, and everyone loves to celebrate together. From the St. Patrick’s Day festivities to Halloween to the Holiday Parade to the Labor Day Street Festival, Rutherford likes to come together to celebrate special days, which we love!

 

7). What would you tell someone who is considering moving here?

 

"We've found an amazing house for you, and there's an Open House from 1-4 on Sunday. Come on out for lunch on Park Ave and then we'll go have a look!"

 

8).  What is your favorite season in Rutherford?  Why?

 

Fall. There's something magical about witnessing the weather change over the course of soccer practices and games from September into October and November. Trick-or-Treating around town is fun, too!

 

9)  What’s your favorite memory of living here?

 

There are so many, it's hard to choose! But, the holiday parade is really something special.

 

10)  What would be your ideal three-course meal if you could mix and match from every restaurant in town?

 

Sushi from Yellowtail to start, followed by a pasta from Risotto House, then and a curry from Red Basil. (And ice cream from Ice Cream Charlie's...you gotta have dessert!)

Veteran Lisa Rangel

Resident for 17 Years

Favorite Places:  Tryon Field, The Williams Center and Rutherford Pancake House

1). How many years have you lived in Rutherford? 

We moved here in November 2002, when my daughter was 9 months old.  So we are here for almost 17 years. We moved from Park Slope, Brooklyn. 

 

2). Why did you decide to move to Rutherford?

My parents lived in Union City and my entire Italian family on my mom’s side lives in NJ. So when my daughter was born, after a number of 2-hour drives that should have been 25 minutes to visit us in Brooklyn, my parents and extended NJ family basically said, “move to NJ or we can’t babysit or visit as much” ;)   And since we lived in a 4-floor walk-up building and couldn’t imagine how we would handle our eventual next child in a 4-floor walk-up, we did move to NJ. 

 

I grew up in Union City. We have a childhood friend who is Mom’s best friend who moved from Union City to Rutherford back in 1982-ish roughly. I always liked it here. When I was younger, I called visiting Rutherford “going to the country.”  

 

So when we moved to NJ, we looked at houses from Kearny to Hasbrouck Heights and I am glad we settled upon Rutherford. 

 

3). What are three of your favorite places in Rutherford?

My three favorite places are Tryon Field (I love to walk/run mindlessly around the track—I get my best writing ideas this way), meeting friends for breakfast at Rutherford Pancake House and eating popcorn while seeing movies at the Williams Center with its funky art on the walls. 

 

4). Why do think people choose to raise families in Rutherford?

Rutherford isn’t a “keep up the Joneses” type of town. That’s what I love about it. It’s unassuming and inclusive.  I think Rutherford is part Norman Rockwell’s, small-town character and part NYC convenience all rolled into one. It’s convenient and quaint. A rare find. 

 

5). What is the most beautiful feature of our town?

First, the trees. I love that we have so much green so close to NYC.  Second, you can see the NYC View coming down Pierrepont Ave. Third, when you turn onto Orient Way coming into rutherford from Barrows Avenue, driving down the tree-framed street is so welcoming. I feel like I have arrived home upon turning on to that street—well before I park and enter my house.  It’s heart-warming. 

 

6). What do you find most inviting about Rutherford?

This right turn on to Orient Way. The tree-lined canopied street is extremely welcoming. 

 

7). What would you tell someone who is considering moving here?

Get involved. It’s most rewarding and you meet the best people when you get involved. Rutherford is filled with passionate, respectable people from all walks of life who genuinely care for this town. It’s a great common unifying interest.   

 

8).  What is your favorite season in Rutherford?  Why?

Spring and Fall are my favorites.  I love spring flowers and fall foliage. When the weather is mild, I love running/walking for miles all over town. It’s my therapy and I see people along the way when I am on the road. It is therapeutic and fun!

 

9)  What’s your favorite memory of living here?

 

My son’s baseball and football games at Memorial field, my family’s participation in Rutherford Theatre Company back in the day and watching my daughter thrive at Nereid Boat Club. 

 

10)  What would be your ideal three-course meal if you could mix and match from every restaurant in town?

Appetizer: Any appetizer from Suprema. Specifically, their broccoli rabe is to die for. 

Entree: My comfort food is the Tuna Burger with no bun at Sonoma Bistro. 

Dessert: Anything Gluten-Free Vegan from Sweet Avenue Bakery. The carrot cake bread and donut holes are sinful.  

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