February 2020

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
As the Borough prepares to celebrate its 125 th Anniversary, I am reminded of the development and growth the community has experienced throughout the years.  I am honored to be a part of the Borough’s continued history and redevelopment within the community. 

The first major redevelopment project, Lakeside Commons Apartment, is nearing completion and this four story facility offers 52 one and two bedroom rental units. The complex will assist with the stabilization of taxes along with stimulating growth within the downtown area as it is within walking distance to shops, eateries, entertainment and local transit system. 

As the lead agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) partners with States and communities in an effort to collect data to identify flood hazards and assess flood risks. The data collected is incorporated into flood maps known as Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) that supports the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and are the basis for community floodplain management regulations and flood insurance requirements. Recently, the Flood Hazard Mapping study for the Borough of Pompton Lakes was completed and the flood maps have been revised. The Borough continues to object to changes within the revised maps and has appealed the revisions. The Borough has received the Letter of Final Determination and the revised FEMA Flood Maps will take effect on April 17, 2020. The new revised maps change the mapped flood hazard as well as building and insurance requirements. 

In an effort to alert residents of the FEMA mapping changes, the Mayor and Council, along with the Flood Advisory Board will host a presentation for Flood Hazard Mapping Revisions and Updates. The presentation is scheduled for Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 7:30 and Nick Agnoli, Engineer and Borough CRS Consultant will identify the map changes, flood insurance risks and mitigation actions.  I strongly urge residents to attend this presentation along with contacting their insurance company to further explore flood insurance options.

As winter continues, I would remind all residents to remove their vehicles during snow events until the roadways are cleared, basketball hoops should be removed from roadways, remove snow from your sidewalks and do not throw snow into the roadways. If your home is located near a fire hydrant clear the snow around the hydrant. Please be safe in the winter months. 

Until next time,

Mayor Michael Serra  

Top Stories
Pompton Lakes Fire Department Officers Sworn-in - CONGRATS!
Newly sworn in Fire Department Officers with Mayor Michael Serra.
Mayor Michael Serra administering the Oath of Office to the Officers.
Recycling Notice
The Borough of Pompton Lakes would like to inform residents on what is accepted in recycling.

Accepted Materials:
  • Mixed Paper, Office Paper, and Envelopes
  • Corrugated Cardboard (flatten and/or cut into bundles)
  • Telephone Books and Soft Cover Books
  • Glass Food and Beverage Jars (all colors)
  • Aluminum & Metal Beverage Containers
  • Pet Food Cans
  • Milk Jugs and Plastic Beverage Bottles
  • Detergent and Shampoo Containers
  • Juice Boxes & Juice/Beverage Cartons
  • Plastic with #1, #2, or #5 Symbols

Not Accepted:
  • Plastic Bags
  • Pizza Boxes
  • Light Bulbs
  • Aluminum Foil & Baking Pans
  • Drinking Glasses, Dishes, and Broken Window Glass
  • Ceramics and Pottery
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Motor Oil and Anti-Freeze Containers
  • Clothes Hangers
  • Cookie Tins and Bandage Tins
  • Carbon and Waxed Paper
  • Tissue Paper, Napkins, Paper Plates, and Paper Towels
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastics with #3, #4, #6, and #7 Symbols.

Any questions can be directed to the Department of Public Works at (973) 616-5900.
Trex Plastic Film Recycling
Help us earn a FREE Community Bench!!
Plastic Bags may be recycled under the "Trex Recycling Program". Look for the white plastic bag box at the following locations! (Lincoln Elementary School, Lakeside Middle School, St. Mary's Church, and Borough Hall). 

Borough Clerk's Office
The County of Passaic consists of many Divisions and residents from Pompton Lakes are afforded the opportunity to take advantage of County services and programs. The Passaic County Administration Building (973-881-4000) is located on 401 Grand Street, Paterson and the Passaic County Satellite Office (973-513-9900) is conveniently located at 1237 Ringwood Avenue, Haskell.   

The Passaic County Clerk’s Office offers Outreach Sites and provides scheduled dates and times throughout the year to come to the Borough of Pompton Lakes. During Outreach services, the County will process Passport Applications, issue Notary Oaths and Veteran’s Photo ID Cards. 

The Passaic County Board of Election’s Division trains residents who are interested in serving as poll workers during the Primary, General, and Special Elections.  

The Passaic County Health Department organizes outreach events and raises awareness of on-going and developing threats to public health.  As part of the Health Department services, the Mosquito Control Division monitors and provides an Integrated Pest Management in an effort to control and reduce the mosquito population.  

The Department of Senior Services, Disability and Veterans Affairs, manages and coordinates numerous services for the Aging/Disabled, Adult Day Care, Veterans Affairs, Para-Transit, Nutrition Services and Energy Assistance. 

Senior activities include the Annual Art Show, the Children’s American Sign Language Workshop, and 2020 Senior Police Academy.
For additional information on the above programs please refer to the Passaic County Website, the Pompton Lakes Website and the Pompton Lakes Local TV Channel 77.


  • Senior Services - 973-569-4060               
  • Nutrition Services - 973-569-4099
  • Transportation - 973-305-5756               
  • Adult Day Care - 973-569-4080
  • Energy Assistance - 973-569-4032               
  • Veterans Affairs - 973-569-4090

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

Upcoming Public Meetings
Borough Council Meeting: February 12, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. and February 26, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Shade Tree Commission: February 10, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Open Space Committee: February 13, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Redevelopment Agency Meeting: February 20, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Zoning Board of Adjustment: February 25, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Lake Restoration Committee: February 11, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Environmental Committee: February 13, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Library Trustees: February 24, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (Pompton Lakes Library)
Planning Board: February 18, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
BID: February 20, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. (BID Office, 274 Wanaque Avenue)
Historic Preservation Committee: February 25, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Recreation Commission: February 25, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. (Civic Center)
Stormwater Management Committee: February 27, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Flood Advisory Board: February 27, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Prevention Coalition: February 27, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (BID Office, 274 Wanaque Avenue)

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:
February 12 & 26
Borough Wide Paper Pickup: February 5 & 19
Metal: Every Monday and Thursday
Garbage: Please refer to the Borough Calendar for Garbage Collection dates
Pompton Lakes Library
Pompton Lakes Library
New Hours for 2020:

Monday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday - Closed
Pompton Lakes Library
Borough of Pompton Lakes 125 th Anniversary – The Friends of the Pompton Lakes Library will be participating in events throughout the year to celebrate our history, including the contribution of the library over the years. The Friends of the Pompton Lakes Library will host speakers to talk about local features and using the Library’s archive to support the celebration.

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.

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.

Pompton Lakes Library
Rosetta Stone Library Solution  is now available through your local library! Improve your English or learn another language with Rosetta Stone Library Solution. This is an effective, easy-to-use program that allows you to learn a new language on your own time. Choose from 30 languages! All you need is your Pompton Lakes Public Library card!
Pompton Lakes 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 friends@friendsofpomptonlakeslibrary.org
Pompton Lakes Library
The Pompton Lakes Library presents "Bagels and Books Discussion Group". The group meets on the 1st Thursday and 3rd Monday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at the Library.

Dates for 2020:
  • Thursday February 6, 2020
  • Monday February 17, 2020
  • Thursday March 5, 2020
  • Monday March 16, 2020
  • April 2, 2020
  • Monday April 20, 2020
  • Thursday May 7, 2020
  • Monday May 18, 2020

Pompton Lakes Library, 333 Wanaque Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442.
Pompton Lakes Library
The Pompton Lakes Library is hosting "Winter Story Time 2020" for 11 weeks from January 20 to April 3. Registration form must be turned into the Library.
Pompton Lakes Library
Book Sales – The Friends of the Pompton Lakes Library will be hosting book sales throughout the year. They will be at town events including Pompton Day, the Car Show, concerts and events on the Library lawn. The annual Library Book Sale will take place on May 8 and May 9. Donations of gently used books will be accepted during the month of April.
Community Announcements
Prevention Coalition
The Pompton Lakes Prevention Coalition is hosting a seminar on Vaping on Thursday March 5, 2020 at Pompton Lakes High School Library, 44 Lakeside Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442. Questions, contact Ashley Lucyk at coordinator@pomptonlakes-nj.gov.
Pompton Lakes Business Improvement District
The Pompton Lakes Business Improvement District (IND) is hosting a BID Bucks Sale on Saturday February 8, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., or while supplies last at ther BID Office, 274 Wanaque Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442.

Skin Cancer Screening
Atlantic Medical Group is hosting a Community Skin Cancer Screening on Monday March 23, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Atlantic Health Pavilion, 242 West Parkway, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444. Registration is required at (973) 831-5475.
Board of Health
The Borough of Pompton Lakes is hosting a Free Eye Screening on Monday April 13, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Borough Hall, 25 Lenox Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442. Registration is required at (973) 835-0143, ext. 235.
Board of Health
The Borough of Pompton Lakes is offering a well-child clinic for ages birth to 21 years. Appointment is required at (973) 694-1800, ext. 3236.
Emergency Management
The Pompton Lakes Office of Emergency Management is hosting an Emergency Awareness Seminar on Wednesday March 18, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Borough Hall, 25 Lenox Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442.
Pompton Lakes Celebrates 125th Anniversary
The Borough of Pompton Lakes is celebrating its 125 Anniversary on July 25, 2020 at Hershfield Park! More details to follow!
Seasonal Parking Reminder
The Borough of Pompton Lakes would like to remind residents that there is NO PARKING on snow covered roadways.

Until the storm has subsided and the roads are sufficiently plowed to allow for the safe passage of traffic.

DO NOT shovel or blow snow into roadways.

Non-compliance with the above will result in fines and/or towing of vehicles.

In addition, remove basketball hoops and stands that are in or near the roadway.
No Solicitation Registration
5-21.12 "No Solicitation" list and "No Solicitation" signs.

A. The Borough of Pompton Lakes shall institute a list of Borough residents who request that solicitors not solicit on their property. The "No Solicitation" list shall be maintained by the Municipal Clerk.
B. Residents of the Borough shall have their name and address added to the list by the Municipal Clerk upon receipt of a written request for such action. Such requests shall be maintained with the list.

C. Prior to any conduct of a solicitation covered by this section, the solicitor receiving a license or permit to solicit shall be provided with a copy of the "No Solicitation" list by the Municipal Clerk with the license or permit, and the licensee or permittee, their employees, agents, assistants or helpers shall thereafter refrain from any solicitation on the properties or to the names set forth on the list.

D. Borough residents and property owners may post "No Solicitation" signs on their property. In such event, no solicitor shall solicit or canvass on such properties.

(1983 Code § 125-31)

The form can be found on the Borough  Website  
Please E-Mail this  form  to the Municipal Clerk at clerk@pomptonlakes-nj.gov

Fax 973-839-8132 or Mail to: Borough of Pompton Lakes, 25 Lenox Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442, Attention Municipal Clerk

Pompton Lakes Recreation is hosting a Men's Basketball League. The league runs every Tuesday from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Lincoln Elementary School, 44 Mill Street, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442. The cost is $50 for the season and the season runs until the spring. You may still come down and signup!
Pompton Lakes Recreation is hosting "Get Fit Fall 2019" starting on January 6, 2020.

The program runs every Monday and Wednesday from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Lincoln Elementary School, 44 Mill Street, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442.

$50 for all 16 classes
$35 for 10 classes
$5 drop in fee for 10 or less classes.

Questions, call Ellen at (973) 460-2894.
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 is hosting "Walking Club" on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in Lakeside Middle School Hallway. (Excluding 11/5, 11/7, 11/28, 12/24, 12/26, 12/31, 2/18, 3/24, 4/14, 4/16).

The Pompton Lakes Family Meetup was created to bring caregivers and children together in an effort to explore our area,
have fun and foster supportive family planning. The group meets the first Saturday of every month from 10:00am – 11:30am at the Civic Center. Come meet your neighbors over a cup of coffee and snacks while giving your children the opportunity to play in a stress-free environment. This group is open to children of all ages.
Pompton Lakes Recreation is hosting a Field Hockey Clinic from March 23-27 (excluding March 24th) from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Lakeside Gym and Field. This is for grades 1-8. The registration fee is $80.00. Please bring your field hockey stick, mouth guard, and shin guards. Contact Nancy at (973) 616-2973 with any questions.
Pompton Lakes Recreation is hosting a Softball Clinic from March 16-20 at Lakeside Gym from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. for grades 1-8. The registration fee is $80.00 on site. Register online here.
Save the date! Pompton Day 2020 is on Sunday September 6, 2020.
Trails Committee
Trail Maintenance Events for 2020:

Family Hike Series - 2020:
  • April 19 at 10 a.m.
  • Castle Point Loop Trail
  • Skyline Drive Ringwood
  • May 3 at 10 a.m.
  • Appalacian Trail at Pochuck Valley
  • 451 NJ-94, Vernon
  • June 6 at 10 a.m. (Trails Day 2020)
  • South End Trails Pompton Lakes
  • Program to be announced!
  • September 20 at 2 p.m.
  • Demarest Nature Center
  • Wakeless Drive, Demarest
  • November 8 at 2 p.m.
  • Norvin Green State Forest
  • New Weiss Center
  • Snake Den Road, Ringwood

Maintenance Days - 2020:
  • Meet at Willow Field Back Parking Lot, bring gloves, hand tools. Trash Bags are supplied.
  • March 15 at 2 p.m.
  • May 9 at 10 a.m.
  • May 31 at 10 a.m.
  • June 14 at 9 a.m.
  • July 12 at 9 a.m.
  • August 16 at 9 a.m.
  • September 26 at 10 a.m.
  • November 19 at 10 a.m.

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Passaic County Events
Passaic County
The Passaic County Parks & Recreation office is proud to offer two series of children's sewing workshops this upcoming February & March at the Passaic County Arts Center in Goffle Brook Park in Hawthorne, NJ.

Space is limited so register soon!

Admission: $10 per child for each full series

Questions: Events@passaiccountynj.org

This program is sponsored by the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Passaic County
Embrace the beauty of winter with your family and awaken your imagination! Families with children of all ages, will enjoy beautiful photographs from the book "Stranger In The Woods" and engage in a brainstorming of ideas that will ignite the fires of everyone’s imagination. Artist Debra Storch will guide families in creating unique pieces of art.

Reservations are required as space is limited. Visit pcartscenter.org or call 973-706-6640 to reserve your space.

Presented By: Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders
Passaic County
We’re starting the celebration early with petting zoos with a wide variety of animals; inflatable rides for kids; fun and engaging presentations from the Turtle Back Zoo, the NJ Audubon Society, and more; natural food taste testings like honey, maple syrup, and preserves; guided nature hikes; Earth friendly arts & crafts; and so much more! (All Ages)
First Responders Flash Briefing
Pompton Lakes Police Department
Child Seats Aren’t Just For Babies!

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the second-leading cause of death for children 4 to 10 years old. Many children of this age should be riding in booster seats which have been shown to reduce the risk of serious injury by 45 percent compared to seat belts alone.
  • Booster seats protect children who are too big for a car seat but too small for a seat belt. Seat belts don’t fit children properly until they are at least 57” (4’9”) tall and weigh between 80 and 100 pounds. However, seatbelt fit varies in different vehicles as well as seating positions within the same vehicle. It is best to speak with a child passenger technician to assure your child is traveling safely.
  • One in five parents whose children carpool say they “bend the rules” when driving, letting children ride without seat belts and without the car seat or booster seat they would normally use. And 61 percent of parents say they notice other carpool drivers bending the rules. Safe Kids research also shows that one in four parents report they don’t buckle up their children on every ride.
Please call Pompton Lakes Police Department to schedule an appointment to have your child’s car seat checked.
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
Fire Hydrant Safety
Keep an eye on hydrants
When winter is at its coldest, you may want to spend most of your time inside. However, it’s important to keep an eye on what’s happening outdoors, too. Wintry weather can create fire safety hazards, such as ice or heavy snowfall that can obstruct fire hydrants. You can help reduce the risk by keeping fire hydrants accessible and clear of ice and snow.
Why it matters
In an emergency, every second counts. Fire hydrants that are blocked, concealed, or difficult to access due to snow or ice impede emergency fire response.
Fire trucks carry a limited amount of water, so one of the first tasks upon arriving at a fire is to locate a water supply from the nearest hydrant. Hydrants covered in snow can be difficult to locate, and uncovering them can waste valuable time needed during the firefighting operations.
Keeping them clear can mean easier access to water and more time doing what really matters — fighting the fire.
How to keep fire hydrants clear
In addition to removing snow and debris covering the hydrant itself, the Pompton Lakes Fire Department recommends clearing a 3-foot area around the hydrant for easier access.

Who should clear hydrants
Although there are few hard and fast rules concerning who should clear hydrants, it’s generally considered the responsibility of the residents occupying property near a hydrant.
Consider helping elderly friends, neighbors, or those with medical conditions to keep their fire hydrants clear.
The winter can be a time for enjoying the great outdoors with friends and family. Help keep your home safe from winter fire hazards by ensuring your fire hydrants are clear and readily accessible in an emergency.
The Pompton Lakes Fire Department also suggests maintaining a shoveled path from the street, sidewalk or driveway to the fire hydrant so that it is visible from the road and firefighters can easily access it.
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