County Report
August 2019
Board of Chosen Freeholders
John W. Bartlett Esq.,  Director  - Cassandra "Sandi" Lazzara,  Deputy Director
Assad R. Akhter - Theodore O. Best Jr. - Terry Duffy - Pat Lepore - Bruce James
2019 Passaic County Fair
Thursday, August 15 to Sunday, August 18
Thursday and Friday: 6:00 to 11:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 3:00 to 11:00 PM
It's that time of year! The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders in partnership with Friends of Passaic County Parks, Inc. will be hosting the annual Passaic County Fair beginning Thursday, August 15 and concluding on Sunday, August 18 at Garret Mountain Reservation. The County Fair will be open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 3 p.m. 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Festivities will include fireworks on Friday and Saturday, carnival rides and games, an array of food vendors, the 4-H tent, beer garden, pony rides and petting zoos, and much more for the whole family! Visit the Passaic County Fair Facebook page to see all the performers joining us at the County Fair.

Thursday is Family Night at the Passaic County Fair. Purchase a wristband for $20 for unlimited access to all of our carnival rides. Wristbands are available for purchase at the Fair, and are only available on Thursday.
2019 Passaic County Fair Entertainment Schedule
Thursday, August 15
6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
6:00 The Dalton Gang
8:00 The Kootz

Friday, August 16
 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
6:00 Inner City Ensemble
7:00 Opening Ceremony
7:30 Magician
9:00 Fireworks
9:30 RIFF
Saturday, August 17
3:00 PM to 11:00 PM
3:15 School of Rock
5:00 AM Radio Tribute
8:00 Memories Music
9:00 Fireworks
9:30 Memories Music

Sunday, August 18
3:00 PM to 11:00 PM
3:30 Uncle Floyd
5:30 Swingman & The Misfit Mutts
7:30 Craig Redmond & C-Dreams
9:30 The One 50 Project
Passaic County Opens New Rutgers Cooperative Extension Teaching & Demonstration Site
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Passaic County inaugurated a new teaching and demonstration site consisting of a high tunnel located at Preakness Valley Golf Course. The installation of this structure will allow Rutgers Master Gardeners, youth, and others to learn about horticultural and agricultural techniques. A high tunnel is a fairly simple, inexpensive greenhouse like structure consisting of an enclosed metal pipe framing covered with greenhouse grade plastic that provides the opportunity to extend the growing season, by growing earlier into the spring and later into the fall, while protecting crops from excessive rain, wind, sun, cold, and in many cases from wildlife damage.

This urban project will play an important role in the training curriculum of the Rutgers Master Gardener Program of Passaic County by providing an appropriate space for hands-on learning.
This high tunnel was funded through a grant by the National Association of Conservation Districts under the Urban Agriculture Conservation Initiative. Rutgers Cooperative Extension partnered with the Hudson, Essex, and Passaic Soil Conservation District to apply for this grant.

The high tunnel was built and installed at the Preakness Valley Golf course by Parks Department employees under the management of Director Darryl Sparta and Golf Course Superintendents Doug Vogel and Vincent Spano along with the guidance of the RCE Agriculture Associate, Cecilia Diaz. A number of parks department employees assisted in making this project possible: Daniel Alvarez was in charge of installing the irrigation system, Julio Delacruz and Frank Viglione were the official carpenters in charge of all the wood work, and John Burrafato and his crew were in charge of the masonry. The staff of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Passaic County is immensely appreciative of all their efforts. 
Prior to the grand opening, a 4-H youth group, along with recent graduates of the Rutgers Master Gardener program, and RCE staff, hosted the first planting event at the high tunnel on June 28, 2019. The event gave 4-H youth the opportunity to learn more about planting vegetables, building trellis to support plants as well as planting a pollinator garden. It also gave the Master Gardener graduates the opportunity to practice horticultural skills while mentoring the youth on the gardening techniques.

To view more photos from the opening ceremony of the High Tunnel, visit our  photo gallery
Save the Date: Paws in the Park 2019
Paws in the Park is a special annual event that takes place at Goffle Brook Park in Hawthorne. Every year, Paws in the Park holds a celebration that honors our pets and finds forever homes for local pets in need of adoption. All proceeds from the event go towards the Passaic County Sheriff's Department K-9 unit, which patrols the parks and county-owned properties. 

Paws in the Park 2019 will be on Saturday, October 12. This event will include pet adoptions, demonstrations by the Sheriff's Department K-9 Unit, food trucks, microchipping and more.

For more information, please visit the Paws in the Park Facebook page
Memorial Pet Garden
As part of an initiative to protect our K-9s, Passaic County is offering memorial bricks for purchase. These bricks are placed in the  Pet Memorial Garden , at the foot of the hill by beautiful Lambert's Castle. These bricks will surround our Sheriff's K-9 memorial, for K-9s that retired or fell in the line of duty. The proceeds of these bricks will benefit the Passaic County Sheriff's K-9 unit and are tax deductible. The form for the bricks can be  found here .
Upcoming Recycling Events
Recycling events are held rain or shine. For a full of list of acceptable materials for each event, visit the Recycling page on our website or call (973) 305-5738.
Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event
Sunday, September 8  
7:30 AM to 2 PM
Passaic County Community College
Wanaque Campus
500 Union Avenue, Wanaque, NJ 07465
Document Shredding and Recycling Collection Program
Saturday, September 14
9 AM to 1 PM
Passaic County Dept. of Senior Services
930 Riverview Drive, Totowa, NJ 07512
Tire Recycling Collections
Sunday, September 15
8 AM to 2 PM
Clifton Boys & Girls Club
181 Colfax Avenue, Clifton, NJ 07013
Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale and Education Program
Saturday, September 28
9 AM to 1:30 PM
Passaic Valley High School Parking Lot
100 E. Main Street, Little Falls, NJ 07424
Passaic County Clerk Outreach Dates
Every month, the Clerk's Office Outreach Program visits several locations around Passaic County offering Passport processing, Veteran IDs, and Notary Oaths.
Protect Your Skin While Having Fun in the Sun
Follow these tips from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Passaic County Department of Health to keep your skin safe this summer.
Eye Screenings
The Passaic County Department of Health will hold free eye screenings for residents on Thursday, August 22 in Paterson. Test results will be provided with referral. Referrals made as needed on results of diagnosis. To schedule an appointment, please call the Passaic County Department of Health Services at (973) 881-4396.
Thursday, August 22, 2019
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Center City Mall - P Level
301 Main Street
Paterson, NJ 07505 
Lambert Classic 8K Race
The second annual Lambert Classic 8K will be held on Sunday, September 22 at 8:30 a.m. The Lambert Classic 8K offers runners scenic views and a challenging course through two parks in the Passaic County Park System. The race starts at Garret Mountain Reservation and loops through Rifle Camp Park.

A 2-mile course is available to less experienced runners and children.
Couch to 8K Training Program
Not quite ready for the Lambert Classic 8K? No problem! Train for the race with our Couch to 8K Training Program.

Jessica, our Road Runners Club of America certified running coach, will instruct you every week on how to build up your strength and endurance to prepare for the Lambert Classic 8K on Sunday, September 22 in Garret Mountain Reservation.

This class will run at 9 a.m. every Sunday leading up to the 8K.
Culinary Herb Workshop
Discover more on the art of drying herbs and using them in culinary creations.