August 2019

Here's the latest information about things going on in the Borough of Pompton Lakes this month, assembled and produced by the Public Information Department.
Mayor Serra's Message
Summer is in full swing and Pompton Lakes continues with summer activities for everyone to enjoy.

The Pompton Lakes Business Improvement District organizes Free Concerts sponsored by local businesses held at the Library Lawn. Pompton Lakes’ residents are fortunate in having the opportunity to enjoy a free concert just about every month throughout the summer. All are welcome, so reach out to your friends, family and neighbors; catch a bite to eat before the concert at one of the many eatery’s here in Pompton Lakes. The music begins at 7:00pm, bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the performances.

Pompton Lakes National Night Out, hosted by the Pompton Lakes Police Department, scheduled for Tuesday August 6th, will be held in the Pompton Lakes High School parking lot between the hours of 7:00pm-10:00pm. National Night out is a night that provides the opportunity for neighbors and friends to gather and meet with local law enforcement, while building safer communities.  Please join us - all are welcome to enjoy great food, giveaways, music and demonstrations during this community gathering.

Pompton Lakes Recreation along with the Mayor and Council will hold the annual Senior Picnic on August 8th at 12:00 noon at the Elks Lodge. Seniors have the opportunity to come together and enjoy each other’s company while listening to live music, served a variety of delicious food, drinks and desserts.

Pompton Lakes 15 th Annual Pompton Day held on Sunday, September 1 st with a rain date of Monday, September 2 nd. Family and friends can experience a fun filled day where everyone is welcome to enjoy and participate in recreational events, vendors, food trucks, music, games and performances.  
Until next time,

Mayor Michael Serra  

Top Stories
Meet Ashley Lucyk, Prevention Coalition Coordinator
Where did you grow up?

Born and raised in Pompton Lakes, NJ. I graduated from Pompton Lakes High School in 2012.

When did you start working for the Borough of Pompton Lakes?

July 2018

Coalition Coordinator Ashley Lucyk (right)
What are your primary duties?

As the Coalition Coordinator, I am responsible for the coordination of the Pompton Lakes Municipal Alliance, Drug Free Communities (DFC) grant and other coalition grants that the town is awarded. It is up to me to ensure that all requirements of the Pompton Lakes DFC grant are met. I coordinate monthly coalition meetings, and produce the agenda and minutes. I continually work on building capacity and expanding the coalition’s involvement in the community. I ensure that current data and community trends are collected, analyzed, and utilized for coalition efforts, including the creation of and updating of the logic model and action plans of the Coalition. I promote coalition platforms via press releases, advertising, media, flyers, community events, and other means deemed beneficial for increasing awareness. I coordinate and conduct parent/youth/community presentations as needed on behalf of the coalition. I attend trainings and meetings as needed or required as the Coalition representative from Pompton Lakes and manage special projects (such as Sticker Shock campaign, TIPS trainings, etc.) for the coalition. Lastly, I conduct Town Hall meetings on specific focuses (Underage Drinking, Prescription Drugs, Marijuana, or Vaping) annually or as outlined by grant requirements.

From the Shade Tree Commission: Emerald Ash Borer Warning!
Borough of Pompton Lakes Urges Residents to Be On the Lookout for the Tree-Killing Emerald Ash Borer.

Pompton Lakes, NJ - As this invasive pest can easily spread to neighboring trees, all residents should check their ash trees for symptoms of infestation.

“The emerald ash borer will kill 99 percent of all ash trees within the next few years,” said the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. “Residents should identify ash trees on their property and monitor for signs of damage or decline such as unusual woodpecker activity or missing bark.”

Information regarding the Emerald Ash Borer can be found on our website.

Since the discovery of emerald ash borer in Michigan in 2002, the beetle has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America. In May 2014, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture confirmed New Jersey’s first detection of the emerald ash borer in Bridgewater in Somerset County, NJ.

The emerald ash borer is a small, metallic green, non-native invasive pest. Trees can be infested for years before the tree begins to show symptoms of infestation. Symptoms include canopy dieback, woodpecker activity, missing bark, D-shaped exit holes, shoots sprouting from the trunk, and S-shaped larval galleries under the bark.
If a tree is already infested or in poor health, it may be best to remove the tree before it becomes infested and poses a hazard to people and surrounding structures. But for those residents with high-value ash in good health, trees can be treated before they become infested.

A Certified Tree Expert can help residents evaluate, then treat or remove ash trees. Contact the Board of Certified Tree Experts at 732-833-0325 for a list of professionals serving your area.

Pompton Lakes Police visits Summer Recreation Camp!
Thank you to the Pompton Lakes Police Department for teaching Summer Recreation Campers the importance of bike safety last week. They loved riding their bikes with you at the bike rally!
2019 Summer Rec Camp
A Huge Success!
Pompton Lakes Summer Recreation Camp ended on Friday July 26th, 2019. Huge thank you and shout out to all of the volunteers that put together the camp, and the volunteers and local businesses that visited the camp. Thank you to the Recreation Commission for another great year and to the Summer Camp Director! Have a great summer!

Thank you to the Summer Recreation Camp Counselors!
Borough Clerk's Office
Prior to conducting a Bingo or Raffle, an organization must first apply for a State Identification Certificate from Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission. The Commission oversees the operation of games conducted by charitable, educational and religious organizations for the State of NJ. The Commission determines eligibility for organizations and is the enforcing agent who governs charitable gaming.

Once an organization receives their State Identification Certificate, the Borough Clerk’s Office will assist qualified organizations with obtaining a Bingo or Raffle License for games of chance to be conducted within the Borough.  
Process For Filing A Bingo Or Raffle Application

  • Organization must file an application in the town the Bingo or Raffle games are to be held
  • per State regulations, all licensing applicants/members in charge of gaming are subject to criminal background checks 
  • Applicants should allow at least six to eight weeks for the application process
  • Applicants are responsible for adhering to State gaming regulations

If your organization has additional questions please contact my office for assistance. 

Elizabeth Brandsness, RMC
Municipal Clerk/Deputy Administrator
973-835-0143 ext. 238

Upcoming Public Meetings
Borough Council Meeting: August 14, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. (Council Chambers)
**Only 1 meeting in August**
Planning Board: August 20, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Shade Tree Commission: August 12, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Environmental Protection Committee: August 8, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Historic Commission: August 27, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Recreation Commission: August 27, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Municipal Utilities Authority: August 19, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Lake Restoration Committee: August 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Open Space Committee: August 8, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Redevelopment Agency: August 15, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Zoning Board of Adjustment: August 27, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Business Improvement District: August 15, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. (BID Office, 274 Wanaque Ave.)
Prevention Coalition: August 22, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. (BID Office, 274 Wanaque Ave.)
Stormwater Management Committee: August 22, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Flood Advisory Board: August 22, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Garbage and Recycling Cheat Sheet
Recycling Center

The Borough Recycling Center is located on Grove Street and is open to all Borough Residents and Businesses. Residents and Businesses must display on their mirror or show the attendant a valid Borough decal or I.D. upon entering the Center. The Center is open Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
The Recycling Center offers biodegradable lawn and leaf bags at a cost of $.35 cents per bag. The following materials are accepted at the Recycling Center:

  • Grass Clippings
  • Leaves, Brush & Tree Limbs (max length 8 ft; max diameter 2 inch)
  • Co-mingled Glass, Plastic & Metal Recyclables
  • Aluminum cans - must be separated from other co-mingled recyclables
  • Paper & Cardboard Recyclables
  • Corrugated Cardboard – must be separated from other paper recyclables
  • Electronic Equipment & Computers
  • Metals
  • Waste Engine Oil
  • Car Batteries
Tires may be brought to the Recycling Center at a cost of $2.50 per tire without the rim and $5.00 per tire with rim. Propane tanks are not accepted at the Recycling Center.
Recycling No Paper:
August 14 and 28
Borough Wide Paper Pickup: August 7
Metal: Every Monday and Thursday.
Garbage: Please refer to the Borough Calendar for Garbage Collection dates
Pompton Lakes Library
Pompton Lakes Library Summer Reading Club
Blast Off! This summer with the 2019 Pompton Lakes Public Library Summer Reading Club – A Universe of Stories! from Monday, July 8 to Friday, August 16.
Young explorers from pre-school to eighth grade can take part in a variety of summer-fun activities. Read books for prizes, make a new craft each week, and have a payload of fun at the Pompton Lakes Public Library!
Register and pick up your reading log and mission briefing in the Children’s Room after June 24. For further information visit or find us on Facebook.
PALS Plus Summer Reading Club
3, 2, 1, Blast Off! with the 2019 PALS Plus Summer Reading Expedition: A Universe of Stories! PALS Plus, the library consortium of the best Passaic, Essex and Hudson County libraries, invites everyone to visit their local library and pick up a copy of the 2019 Summer Reading Expedition: A Universe of Stories official bookmark.
Your assignment: complete a minimum of 5 of the 10 tasks listed on the back of each bookmark to be entered into a drawing for a Visa Gift Card. Show your completed bookmark at any PALS Plus library between June 24 and September 9, 2019 to be eligible.
PALS Plus offers explorers a galaxy of material to discover. Together, we share books, audio books, music and movies as well as, our digital collections, which feature eBooks, and more. Libraries are the launch pad to learning and exploring the vast universe around us. For additional information, visit .

Pompton Poets
Click  Here  to read participant’s poems.

Poets, writers, readers and listeners join the Pompton Poets with George Pereny, poet, musician and educator.
Meeting at the Pompton Lakes Library, 333 Wanaque Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442 at 7:15 p.m.
Mr. Pereny is an accomplished writer, musician and educator for over the past 40 years. He has taught English at all levels from grammar school to college. Since the age of sixteen, he has written and performed his poems and songs all over the metro area. Over the years he has been published more than 200 times in anthologies, magazines and newspapers. His writings include two published books, several volumes of poetry, and other works. He was a founding editor of the literary/art magazine Lunch in 1975 and in 1977 Mr. Pereny founded Footwork which evolved into the Paterson Literary Review. Then in 1980 Mr. Pereny was editor of The Local Paper in Pompton Lakes.

The Pompton Poets is looking for new members to share their love of poetry. All are welcome to join and meet others, from first time poets to published writers and everything in between.

2019 scheduled meetings:

Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Chess Club
The  Oakland/Pompton Lakes NJ Chess Club  meets at the Library every Monday and Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm.  
Five chess sets and a clock are available, although players are encouraged to bring their own equipment as well.

Bagels and Books
Attention book-lovers!
If you like to read, review books, have fun, and eat, please join us for “Bagels and Books”

Meetings take place on the 1st Thursday and 3rd Monday of the month at 10:30 a.m.
Free beverages and snacks
Upcoming Meetings : July 15, August 1, August 19, September 5 and September 16.

*Note - there will be only one meeting during the month of July.
Pompton Lakes Library Book Dedication
We invite you to honor family members, friends and associates with a lasting gift to The Free Public Library of the Borough of Pompton Lakes, Emanuel Einstein Memorial. It is a special way to honor a loved one and to celebrate a special occasion, holiday or family event such as a birth, graduation or anniversary. A book
dedication is also a wonderful birthday gift for all ages. For a donation of $25 or more, you can add a new item to our Library collection. You can select a subject area or material type, or allow Pompton Lakes Public Library to select the new item. Each donated item will receive a bookplate with the name of the person honored and the donor. The recipient will receive a letter informing them of the donation.
Friends of the Library
Are you a friend of the Pompton Lakes Public Library? Join us! The Friends of the Pompton Lakes Public Library is an independent non-profit volunteer organization working to further the educational needs of the community through its support of the Emanuel Einstein
Memorial Library, also known as The Pompton Lakes Library. We are proud of our library and its importance to our community and we’re committed to helping the library in as many ways as we can. We welcome other library lovers to join us in supporting the Pompton Lakes Library. For more information, contact: The Pompton Lakes Library 973-835-0482 or
Summer Hours

The Library will be CLOSED on Saturdays during the months of June, July and August starting May 25 until August 31.
Community Announcements
Pompton Lakes Free Concerts
The Pompton Lakes Business Improvement District (BID) is hosting FREE Concerts on the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday August 14th at 7:00 p.m.
  • The Kootz
  • Thursday August 22nd at 7:00 p.m.
  • Big Mamou
  • Wednesday August 28th at 7:00 p.m.
  • Jersey Sound

All concerts are held on the Pompton Lakes Library front lawn - bring a lawn chair!
National Night Out 2019
Join us for National Night Out on Tuesday August 6, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at the Pompton Lakes High School Parking Lot. This event is hosted by the Pompton Lakes Police Department.
Thyroid and Carotid Screening
The Pompton Lakes Health Department is offering a Thyroid and Carotid Screening on October 28 th from 10:00AM to 1:00PM at the Pompton Lakes Municipal Building- 25 Lenox Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442. Call 973-835-0143 x235 for an appointment (required).
Borough Hall Summer Hours
Summer Work Schedule shall run through Friday, August 30, 2019 (Memorial Day to Labor Day).

The office hours for all administrative departments will be as follows:

Monday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Tuesday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Wednesday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Thursday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Friday 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable summer!

BID Bucks Sale August 2019
The Pompton Lakes Business Improvement District will be hosting a BID Bucks Sale on Saturday August 10th, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., or while supplies last.

New Location: 413 Wanaque Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442.

Purchase $150.00 in BID Bucks for $100.00.

Only one (buy $100-get $150) per family, while supplies last on a first come, first served basis. No exceptions.

For more information, call Art (973) 865-5906.
Pompton BID - Unlock the Loot
Unlock the Loot coming this August! Up to $2,000 in prizes! Shop, dine, or use a service at any of the participating businesses, ask them for a key, and see if your key opens the chest on 9/7 - find out where to get your key on August 12th, 2019!

Pompton Day 2019
The 15th Annual Pompton Day will take place on September 1, 2019. Rain date is September 2nd.

Kids Activities:
  • Kids Fishing Derby
  • 5k Run and Walk
  • Kids Zone
  • Dunk Tank
  • Petting Zoo
  • Live bands and DJ
  • Fireworks to end the night!

Pompton Day Raffles
  • Tickets are on sale NOW!
  • $5.00 each ticket
  • You can win $500.00, $300.00, or $200.00 Visa Gift Card
  • Winning tickets will be called right before the fireworks and you do not have to be present to win!

Yankees Trip Rotary
The Rotary Club of Pompton Lakes is hosting a Bus Trip to Yankee Stadium for the Yankees vs Toronto Blue Jays on September 22, 2019.

The cost is $70.00 which includes ticket and transportation to the venue.

  • Bus departs at 10:00 a.m. from the Pompton Lakes High School.
  • Return approximately 90 minutes after the last pitch.
  • Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Stadium information, go to
  • Payment must be made in advance
  • Please make checks payable to: "Pompton Lakes Rotary Foundation"

Only 100 seats available! First come first serve!
Call (973) 830-0326 or (973) 831-6826 for reservations.
Trail Maintenance Committee
Trail Maintenance is proud to announce upcoming projects by both the Lakedale Girl Scouts and Troop 388 Boy Scouts! We look forward to working with our local Girl Scout Cadette and Eagle Scout candidate and hope this is the start of many years of partnerships with our scouting groups! 
Trail Maintenance Committee invites you to "Summer Trail Maintenance Day 2"
Summer Trail Maintenance Day 2 is August 18th at 9 am. Meet at Willow Field. Bring gloves, hand tools, and/or weed wackers. We supply bags. Service hours are available for Scouts and other service organizations. 

Family Hike Series resumes in September!
Flood Advisory Board
We welcome two new members to the board! Katie Cole and Cristiane Jennings have joined the Flood Advisory Board. Ms. Cole brings a great deal of experience and knowledge to of flooding and local and regional government. Ms. Jennings is a long time South End resident and is very active in various community organizations. Ms. Jennings has taken on the role of recording secretary.  
Flood Advisory Board
Links to river gauges for the four rivers impacting our community can be found on the Flood Advisory Board's page on the
Pompton Day 5k Run & Walk
37 years young,`3 with the Pompton Lakes Recreation Department in support of Pompton Lakes Day, the P. L. 5K is ready for those that want to experience a unique hybrid style race course. The race course traverses a number of fields, roads, and even a "pipeline" path!!!. A  map of the course will be posted on race day to
ensure everyone knows where they will be running!!! The course will be well marked and there will be course marshalls placed in key locations. A single water stop at the c course center will keep you hydrated. A little cross country, trail and mixture of roads will accommodate the palette of almost any runner. Be sure to check this one out!

Pompton Lakes Recreation is hosting Volleyball every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at Hershfield Park. The program is for adults only.

Program runs until end of August.

Questions, please contact Mike at (973) 715-5234.
Riverdale Recreation invites you to CoEd Softball every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at the Riverdale Elementary School, to the end of August.

This program is open to Riverdale and Pompton Lakes residents. No registration required.

Please bring a bat and glove and water.

Questions - email
Riverdale Recreation presents CoEd Kickball every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Riverdale Elementary School in Riverdale.

This event is open to Pompton Lakes Residents. There is no registration required.

Please note: The time has been changed to 6:30 p.m.
Pompton Lakes Recreation is hosting "Yoga Classes" every Tuesday and Thursday at the Pompton Lakes Teen Center from 7:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. There is a $5.00 drop-in fee!
Pompton Lakes Recreation presents "Get Fit Fall 2019" which starts on September 23, 2019 and runs until November 13, 2019. Get Fit takes place every Monday and Wednesday from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Lincoln Elementary School, 44 Mill Street, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442.

Price: $50 for all 16 classes
$35 for 10 clases
$5.00 drop in fee!

Questions, contact Ellen Brown at (973) 460-2894.

Pompton Lakes Recreation offers Paddle Boating on Pompton Lake on Saturday and Sunday's from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. weather permitted. The cost is $10 an hour. No registration required, just show up on the designated times!
Senior Picnic
The Borough of Pompton Lakes is hosting the Pompton Lakes Annual Senior Picnic on Thursday August 8th, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. noon at the Pompton Lakes Elks, 15 Perrin Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07436.
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What's going on in Passaic County
Passaic County
You don't need a gym membership to get fit and exercise. Get classes from trained professionals on how to use Goffle Brook Park and Weasel Brook Park's outdoor fitness circuits. Classes are designed for every level, and you can come to any class at any time.

Classes will be held in Goffle Brook Park every Thursday and Saturday at 9 a.m.

Classes in Weasel Brook Park will be held every Friday at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (973) 881-4833.
Passaic County
Looking to relax this summer? Join us at Garret Mountain's Overlook for free yoga classes. Classes are designed for all skill levels.

Classes will be held in Garret Mountain at the Overlook, every Thursday and Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

For more information, call (973) 881-4833.
Passaic County
Get into the groove with an exciting new take on yoga - Shake Your Soul.

Shake Your Soul is a movement practice that relaxes your nervous system, energizes your body, and awakens your soul through a powerful, fluid dance repertoire set to world music. This class is designed for all skill levels and there is no special clothing or equipment necessary.

Join instructor Amelia Sorce at the Boathouse at Garret Mountain Reservation every Saturday at 9 a.m. for this new way to meditate.
Passaic County
Meditation can help improve awareness and focus, reduce stress and improve emotional well being. Enjoy free classes at Garret Mountain this summer, sponsored by the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Join us in Garret Mountain's Great Meadow every Monday at 9:30 a.m. and every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. for this soothing class.

For more information, please call (973) 881-4833.
Passaic County
Does your family have a new dog or puppy that needs to get trained? You do not have to spend a fortune training Fido.

Come to Passaic County's free dog training sessions in Goffle Brook Park in Hawthorne. Each session is guided by a licensed professional.
Bring your dog to the Goffle Brook Park Dog Run every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for free training. Classes will cotninyue throughout the summer. 

For more information and cancellation updates, call (973) 881-4833.
Passaic County
In this 1 hour mindfulness meditation session, Lavene Gass, Motivational Speaker, will conduct a series of guided meditation techniques to not only aid in relaxation but to also balance the mind and body. Attendees will learn breathing techniques, methods of calming the mind and ways to stay focused.

Please bring a chair or yoga mat.

Sessions will be held inside of the Dey Mansion, check-in for the event will begin in the Visitor Center.

Please call our offices for more information or reservations 973-706-6640.

This program is free and open to the public.
First Responders Flash Briefing
The Pompton Lakes Police Department held a successful Junior Police Academy!
Junior Police Academy students at Pompton Lakes HS.
Junior Police Academy at the Passaic County Court House
Junior Police Academy students at Pompton Lakes HS.
Community ShareCam Program
Community Share Cam is a community safety program instituted by the Pompton Lakes Police Department which allows both residents and businesses to partner with the PLPD in the fight against crime throughout the Borough. Simply by registering YOUR home or business surveillance system with the Pompton Lakes Police, YOU can be an invaluable asset in solving crimes in your neighborhood.
When a crime occurs in your neighborhood, the Pompton Lakes Police will call on YOU and request a copy of YOUR video footage. This footage will help establish leads, identify suspects and save valuable investigative time. All registered camera locations are stored in a secure database and are entered into our Records Management System allowing the PLPD to map out locations of cameras throughout the Borough. Community ShareCam DOES NOT provide the Pompton Lakes Police with direct access to YOUR surveillance system. Residents and businesses will only be contacted by the PLPD in the event of a crime occurring in the area of your camera coverage.
“Pompton Lakes Police Department and you working together as neighbors”

To participate in the Community Share Cam Program register your information using the link below.

For further information contact the Detective Bureau at 973-835-3992

Pompton Lakes Fire Department
Interested in joining the Pompton Lakes Volunteer Fire Department? We drill every Monday evening.

Stop by and speak to one of us or talk to one of the Chiefs. We are a fraternal order that provides a vital service to the community. If you can’t stop by, send any inquiries to Chief Jason Ekkers at
Natural Gas Reminder

This is a reminder to all residents and businesses to call 9-1-1 immediately if they should smell the odor of natural gas inside or around their homes or businesses. While Public Service Gas Company generally responds in a timely manner, they always call the fire department as well to respond to your call. Time is of the essence in matters like this. Your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors DO NOT detect natural gas or propane. It is important to get the necessary response agencies en route as quickly as possible to test for natural gas and correct or secure the problem if there is one.
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