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Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge board members Christine Taylor, Don Marner, Leann Lydon, Meredith Malgiere, Sue Godar, Jane Egan, Carol Chapman, Sue Fremegen and Reed Dubow. (Photo by Ted Axelrod)
Posted: Friday January 11, 2013, 3:56 PM
By Amelia Duggan - (201) Magazine

Oakland is known for its excellent school system, great recreation program and strong sense of community. It is nestled in the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains and remains one of Bergen's quieter, more rural communities.

Around Town

Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge is one of the country's only "no-kill" shelters and operates on a simple mantra that all animals have the right to humane treatment.

Community Building

If you just moved to Oakland, join the Newcomers and Neighbors Club. Developed by five mothers of children active in theater, the Oakland Community Theater group puts on several shows a year and donates a part of the proceeds from each show to local organizations.

Parks & Recreation

Residents take advantage of Ramapo Mountain State Forest, where they can hike, fish, bike and canoe. The Recreation Committee organizes sports not only for children, including soccer, lacrosse and roller hockey, but they plan programs for adults.

All activities are played on the fields on Oak Street, which consist of nine baseball and softball fields, six tennis courts, a roller-hockey rink, basketball courts and other facilities. Located on Lawlor Drive is the very active Senior Center, which offers art classes, bowling, line-dancing and tai chi.

The Town Carnival is a big hit every year. The three-day festival held at the Recreation Field features rides, games and plenty of food.

Popular Eateries

Oakland is a small town with a big appetite, and there are a variety of restaurants to satisfy any craving, including Elm Street Grill, Hansil's Bar and Grill, The Timbers and the Lenape Valley Grill. Be sure to also check out Portobello, Café L'amore, Cenzino (pictured above) and Trovato Due II.


During the Revolutionary War, George Washington slept in the Van Allen House in July 1777. The house is now open for tours.

Radio station WVNJ 1160 AM, The Voice, is licensed to Oakland.

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