Summer Newsletter 2016

Mark Your Calendars
Pequannock Township Shred Day

Saturday, October 15, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 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)

Pequannock Township Fair Housing
If you are interested in being on Pequannock Township's Fair Housing Interested Persons List, please call Fair Housing at 973-835-5700, ext. 198, or email us at and request a form. If you would like, you may download a form from the Township's Website. You may also request a copy to be faxed to you.
Some of the questions and materials you should be able to answer/provide are:
1. List ALL persons who would be living in the unit.
2. Does anyone live with you now who is not listed on the form?
3. Do you expect a change in your household composition?
4. Do you have any special housing needs?
5. If you are called to purchase an affordable housing unit, are you willing/able to purchase a unit at the time of making this application? If you are not, please do not apply. You can always re-apply when you are able to purchase an affordable housing unit.
6. Do you work full time, part-time or seasonally?
7. Do you rent or own a home?
8. What are your sources of income?
9. What is your total projected income for 2016?
10. What are your total income amounts for the past three years (gross income)?
These are some of the questions you should be able to answer when applying for affordable housing. Understanding that the current list changes, and some lists will be longer for low or moderate income housing. One, two and three bedroom units vary in how many families are currently on this list.
Fair Housing - Pequannock Township

Pequannock Township Police Department

Once again it is summer time and the police department would like to share some safety tips to keep your summer fun and safe.
Summer Safety:
With the summer here and school being out, the Pequannock Police Department would like to remind residents of a few summer safety tips;
  • Children under the age of 18 must always wear helmets when riding bicycles and parents should set a good example by wearing them too.
  • Children should never be left unattended near pools, lakes, ponds or any other bodies of water. Fences and gates should be checked around pools to make sure that locking mechanisms are in good working order and there is no damage to fence areas that would give children access to those areas when not being used by adults.
  • During the hot summer months, children and animals should never be left in cars unattended for even a short period of time. Even with the windows cracked open, the temperature can reach extremely dangerous levels very quickly causing heatstroke or death.
  • With school out for the summer, motorists should be cautious of children at play. Please be aware of your surroundings as you travel through our neighborhoods.       Avoid distracted driving by putting your cell phone down. State laws will be strictly enforced for these violations.
  • The police department would like to remind all residents that the private use of fireworks is against the law and very dangerous. If you plan on having a 4th of July party please be safe and avoid the use of any fireworks.
  • With graduation season here, we remind all parents that the police department will continue to strictly enforce a zero tolerance policy when it comes N.J. laws and township ordinances concerning underage possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages.   Please set a good example for your teens by not allowing underage drinking on your property.
As always have a fun, safe and healthy summer!
Torch Run for Special Olympics
Seven members of the police department participated in the Torch Run for the Special Olympics on June 10, 2016.  The run stated in Butler and concluded for department members at the Shop Rite Supermarket in Lincoln Park. Various school officials and several students from the Pequannock Valley Middle School also participated in the run. Members raised over $2,400 for Special Olympics NJ with donations coming from Crestmont Toyota, Dr. Darren McKeever DMD, Stop & Shop Supermarket, Frank's Coastal, Route 23 Honda, M John Scanlan Funeral Home and Pequannock PBA Local 172.
A Message from the Pequannock Twp. Traffic Bureau
Summer of 2016 is upon us and has brought many children and young adults out on our streets as they begin their summer vacation. This is a great time to remind the motoring public to be cautious of pedestrians in the crosswalks as well as insuring that we share the roads with bicyclists.
 It is also a perfect time for Parents to remind their children of proper bicycle safety as they travel throughout the township each day. Parents, please stress the importance of the use of a bicycle helmet for ALL children 17 and under; It's the Law.
 Thank you and please have a safe and happy summer of 2016!  
PBA Local 172 Scholarships
Pequannock Township P.B.A. Local #172 is incredibly honored to have donated money for scholarships to Pequannock Township High School senior class. The money, totaling $6,000, is donated annually to students who have displayed academic excellence throughout their four years of high school. The recipients of this year's scholarships were Derek Nelson, Samantha Kolasa, Michael Yaconis, Ronald Aiosa III, J.T. Murphy and William Troast. P.B.A. local #172 wishes the scholarship recipients, as well as, all recent Pequannock Township High School graduates the best in all their future endeavors.
The Junior Police Academy
The Junior Police Academy will be held July 18th - 22nd at the Pequannock First Aid building. We will be accepting approximately 40 youths including 2 peer leaders to participate in the program. During the course of the week the kids will have to the opportunity to work with multiple police agencies as well as other community volunteer organizations. The goal of the program is to provide the youths of this community with a valuable experience while creating a bond with law enforcement. The kids are given the opportunity to visit the Morris County Juvenile Detention Center, the Morris County Sheriff's Department specialized units, observe Atlantic Air One helicopter landing, watch police K-9s in action and many more exciting events. The program culminates with a final ceremony to commemorate the experience with their families. 
Street Fair
On June 12, 2016, Detective Lieutenant Michael Fairweather and Det. Steven Cicchetti attended the Pequannock Street Fair. During the event officers were able to provide residents with information ranging from current scams, drug trends and promote our prescription drug take back bins. As a result, residents were able to safely discard 14 pounds their unused or expired prescriptions.
Pequannock Township Crash Re-enactment
On June 7, 2016, Pequannock Police department participated in the crash reenactment held at the Pequannock Twp. High School. Patrolman James Dericks, Patrolman Michael Kimak and Detective Steven Cicchetti assisted the school in creating a realistic crash scenario to illustrate the harsh reality of drinking and driving. It was followed by a moving presentation by victims, doctors and our officers in the school's auditorium.

Adult Events
July Programs
Call 973-835-7460 x4 to register.

From Giants and Dragons to T Rex:
A History of the Discovery of Dinosaurs
With: John Andrews,
NJ Astronomical Association
Thurs., July 14 at 7:00 p.m
With: Agnes Sydoryk
Sat., July 16 at 11:00 a.m.
Supplies provided by the library.
West Side Stories, Illustrated Lecture
With: Marty Schneit
Mon., July 18 at 7:00 p.m.
America Writes Its History
With: Jude Pfister, D.Litt.,
Chief of Cultural Resources,
Morristown National Park
Thurs., July 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Gardening in the Shade
With: Rutgers Master
Gardeners Speakers Bureau
Wed., July 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Raise Your Consciousness:
Heal Your Life (Fhealing)
With: Stacey McCann
Thurs., July 28 at 7:00 p.m

Young Adult (YA) Summer 2016 Events

Register in person or call (973) 835-7460, ext. 5. Refreshments will be served at each program.
Pequannock Township Residents only.
Book Club
Mondays, 5:00-6:00pm
June 27 * July 11, 25 * August 8, 22
*We will provide copies of each book*
Movie Night
Monday, July 25, 6:30-8:30pm
Open Mic Night
Monday, August 15, 6:00-8:00pm
YA Summer Reading Program
Register Beginning Saturday June 25th
Weekly prizes...Enter as many books as you wish.
Have a suggestion for a program you'd like to see at the library?
Contact our YA Librarian, Molly @

Are You Registered to Vote?
The General Election will be held on November 8th. There are elections for candidates in the following offices:
House of Representatives
Township Council
In order to vote you must be registered!
If you are not yet registered you must be registered by October 18th.
You may register to vote by mail or in person at the Morris County Clerk's Office or the Pequannock Township Clerk's Office. For your convenience, both the Morris County Clerk's Office and the Pequannock Township Clerk's Office will be open until 9:00 p.m. on October 18th.
Voter registration forms can be printed from this website:
Forms are also available in the County and Township Clerk's Offices.

Election Day Poll Workers
Interested in helping ensure the fairness and validity of our election process?
Poll workers, those who staff the polling locations for each of our elections, play an important role in ensuring that the voting process is fair and accessible. Elections are administered by the Morris County Board of Elections. If you are interested in working at a polling location, information may be obtained at the County Website here:
Or by contacting the Morris County Board of Elections at (973) 285-8350.

There are seats open on various Boards, Commissions, and Advisory Committees in the Township of Pequannock.  the Council makes appointments to the various boards in January of 2017.  If you are interested in participating in any of these, please reach out to the Township Clerk's Office at 973-835-5700, Ext. 121.  Volunteer applications are available in the Clerk's Office or on our Website.  Some openings for the coming year are on the following:  Economic Development Commission, Open Space Advisory Commission, Environmental Commission, Flood Control Advisory Committee, Senior Citizen Advisory Committee, and Fair Housing Committee. 


Township of Pequannock