February 2017 Newsletter

JCP&L Storm Update
JCP&L reminds customers to immediately report any downed wires to the company, or their local police and fire department. Customers should never go near a downed power line, even if they think it is no longer carrying electricity. Extra caution should be used in areas where downed lines are tangled in trees or other debris. To report downed wires or power outages, call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877), or click the "Report Outage" link at www.firstenergycorp.com.

        Stigma Free Morris County: Opiate Abuse
Workshop for Parents on Feb. 23
Parents from Across Morris County Invited to Free Feb. 23 Workshop in Pequannock on Spotting Signs of Teen Drug Use
As the opioid epidemic grows (with the Governor making the issue a statewide priority for 2017), parents and caregivers from across Morris County are invited to a free workshop, "Hidden in Plain Sight," that will be held on Feb. 23  in Pequannock and will focus on learning how teens conceal their use of drugs and alcohol.
"This interactive workshop should open parents' eyes to signs their children may be using drugs without their knowledge," said Mary Vineis, director of Community Response and Education at nonprofit NewBridge Services, which runs in-school prevention programs and provides addiction treatment. "Items that on first glance may seem innocuous may, in fact, be tools their children are using to ingest drugs or alcohol, or to cover up the use," Vineis said. Vineis is alos the Pequannock Township Municipal Alliance Coordinator.
The 90-minute workshop, which is open to all residents, is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at the First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains (529 Newark Pompton Turnpike).
"We urge all interested county residents to attend this important session, especially if you are parents of teenage children who are now facing peer pressure and more adult-type situation," said Morris County Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo, who works closely with county Human Services agencies and addictions programs. "You may be surprised by what you learn."
"Parents, grandparents, caregivers and other adults will get to explore a mock teenager's bedroom, to learn to identify drug paraphernalia and hiding places, along with other signs that may indicate alcohol or other drug use by a teen," said Phyllis Minicuci, project coordinator of the Pequannock Township Coalition and a prevention specialist at Morris County Prevention is Key.
The event is sponsored by Community Partners for Hope, a coalition of 11 community groups and houses of worship committed to raising awareness about the opioid addiction crisis. Presentations will be made by the Pequannock Township Coalition and the Pequannock Police Department.
Within the past month, more than three out of 10 high school seniors report drinking some alcohol and one in six have engaged in binge drinking. By 12th grade, about half of adolescents have abused an illicit drug at least once, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Drug overdoses claimed more than 1,500 lives in New Jersey in 2015, an increase of 21 percent from 2014, with heroin deaths accounting for 918 of them, according to the New Jersey Medical Examiner's Office. Nationwide, the number of opioid-involved deaths has more than quadrupled since 1999.
Substance abuse trends, signs, symptoms and lingo will be explained at the workshop. "By becoming aware of the signs, parents can intervene sooner," said Doug Cook, a past president of the Pequannock Valley Rotary who helped organize the workshop. Pequannock police will have its mobile drop box so residents can safely dispose of unused/expired prescription drugs.
"Hidden in Plain Sight" is the second workshop in a series of programs. Adults only may register for "Hidden in Plain Sight" at  CPFH1701.eventbrite.com . An April 3 program at Pequannock High School will feature former Boston Celtics player Chris Herren, who overcame heroin addiction.
Community Partners for Hope is a not-for-profit corporation that addresses important issues facing communities. The goal for this series of programs is to educate members of tour communities about drug addiction (especially heroin and other opiates) and to introduce them to resources, so they have places to turn for help.
The following organizations are supporting this important initiative: Chilton Medical Center; First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains; Good Shepherd Episcopal Church of Lincoln Park and Montville; Holy Spirit Catholic Church; NewBridge Services; Pequannock Municipal Alliance; Pequannock Township Coalition; Pequannock Valley Rotary; Suburban Woman's Club of Pompton Plains; The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Saviour; and W/HIM Women's Hands in Mission. Email  outreach@cpfhnj.org  for more information.

Pequannock Township Fair Housing
Pequannock Township Police Department

 The police department would like to remind residents that parking vehicles in the street is prohibited when streets are snow and ice covered.  Vehicles are now permitted to park on the township streets overnight throughout the winter months.  We would also like to remind residents that it is their responsibility to make sure sidewalks are cleared of any snow or ice within 24 hours of the end of any snow accumulation.  With the cooperation of our residents we can make sure our children have a safe passage when they walk to and from school.

New Officer Replaces Det. Lisa DeLuca

The police department would like to welcome the newest officer to its ranks.  The Pequannock Township Police Department recently hired Sean Higgins of West 
Milford, NJ.  Officer Higgins is a graduate of West Milford High School and William Paterson University where he received a Bachelor's Degree in sociology.  He was previously employed with the Passaic County Sherriff's Department starting in 2014 before accepting the job with Pequannock Township.  Patrolman Higgins replaces Detective Lisa DeLuca-Cannata who served the department and township for 25 years.   Det. DeLuca-Cannata served as a patrol officer until 1999 when she was assigned to the detective bureau.  Det. DeLuca-Cannata was responsible for solving and assisted in solving hundreds of cases over her career.  Her service to the department, the township and the citizens of Pequannock is greatly appreciated and she will be missed.  We wish her luck in her retirement.     

Narcan Training
With the Heroin Epidemic that is plaguing New Jersey the Pequannock Police Department in conjunction with the Center for Addiction Recovery Education & Success (C.A.R.E.S) and the Pequannock Collation held its first Naloxone Nasal spray or Narcan Training in Pequannock. The goal is to help give the lifesaving training to citizens and family member of opioid users in an effort to save lives. The Pequannock Police have been carrying Narcan since 2014 and have had numerous overdoses reversed since its deployment. Morris County has started an initiative to be stigma free when it comes to the way we view addiction. This program helps to shine a light on the opioid epidemic. 

Pequannock Township Public Library presents Harriet Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Dominion of Conscience
The Pequannock Township Public Library will present Harriet Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Dominion of Conscience portrayed by Kim Hanley on March 1 at 7:00 p.m. at Pequannock Township Public Library, 477 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Pompton Plains, NJ. This program is free and open to the public. Please call 973-835-7460 to reserve a seat. The program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
In 1852 Harriet Beecher Stowe published her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, or Life Among the Lowly. The depiction of life for African Americans under slavery with emotionally charged stories of Uncle Tom, Eliza, and Little Eva helped move the conscience of the country to the great and imperative cause of Abolitionism. It energized anti-slavery forces in the American North, while provoking widespread anger in the pro-slavery South. Allegedly, when she met Abraham Lincoln, he said, "So you are the little woman that wrote the book that started this great war?"
Kim Hanley, an actor, singer, costumer and dancer, trained and danced from an early age with the School of American Ballet and the Eglevsky Ballet in New York, as well as with the visiting Bolshoi Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Bill Hastings and Chet Walker. Ms. Hanley is also an accomplished costumer whose specialty is historical fashion. She includes among her bigger clients The Philly Phanatic. Kim's academic training includes a BFA in Restoration and History of Applied Arts from the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York.
For more information about this event, contact Debbie Maynard at 973-835-7460 or debbie.maynard@pequannocklibrary.org .  For more information about the Horizons Speakers Bureau please visit http://njch.org/programs/hsb/ .

Pequannock Library Adult Programs
Registration is required for most programs; please call 973-835-7460 to reserve a seat.
Martin Berry House: Three Centuries of America
On Thursday, February 16th at 7pm the Friends of the Martin Berry House will showcase rooms for fascinating tales from three centuries of families who lived in this historic 1 ½ story Dutch Stone House. Please call 973-835-7460 to reserve a seat.
Trivia Night @ the Library!
On Thursday, February 23rd at 7 pm come and test your trivia knowledge, meet new people, and try to win some prizes. Please call 973-835-7460 to reserve a seat.
Just Add Color; Adult Coloring Program
On Monday, February 27th, at 7:00 pm, join us to enjoy the calming benefits of coloring. Various coloring books and pencils will be available to choose from. Don't stress about registering, just come and enjoy.

Mark Your Calendars
Pequannock Township Shred Day

Saturday, June 3, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Pequannock Township Municipal Building, Front Parking Lot

Bring your personal and confidential paper documents and watch them be shredded for recycling.  No need to remove staples and paper clips.

Open to Pequannock Township residents only (no businesses please)


Township of Pequannock