July 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's Message
Summer is here and the Borough of Pompton Lakes provides various activities to keep our children safe and active.   The Pompton Lakes Council, the Recreation Department and the Prevention Coalition / Municipal Alliance support and encourage children to participate in the various activities offered through the summer months. 

Pompton Lakes Recreation Department offers the following:
Summer Day Camp, a 5 week program began on June 24 th and runs through June 26 th at Hershfield Park from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Campers in grades pre-k through 6 th must be registered to attend the summer camp program. The program includes sports, arts and crafts, workshops, and field trips.

Middle School Summer Camp begins on July 8 th and runs through July 19 th form 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. located in the Pompton Lakes High School Gym. All who attend must be registered. 

The Teen Center is opened throughout the day at specific times for those who are registered. Summer hours are Monday through Thursday, 1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Friday, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The Teen Center offers activities that include the use of a pool table, a game room and an open gym.  

Summer Community Events 

Senior Picnic, scheduled for August 8 th at the Pompton Lakes Elks Lodge from 12:00 noon through 2:00 p.m. and this is a free event for all seniors. 

Town Wide Garage Sale July 13 th from 9:00 a.m. to dusk; summer concerts on the Library Lawn during July and August; National Night Out August 6 th beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Pompton Lakes High School back parking lot.

Save the Date -- Pompton Day, scheduled for Sunday, September 1 st , rain date Monday, September 2 nd provides activities throughout the day.     

Until next time,

Mayor Michael Serra  

Top Stories
Meet Daniel O'Rourke, Superintendent of Public Works
Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Maywood, NJ

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

I started working in the Borough of Pompton Lakes in February 2018
Daniel O'Rourke, Superintendent of Public Works
What are your primary duties?

My primary duties are to make sure garbage and recycling is scheduled and collected, do maintenance of the roadways, the removal and/or trimming of trees as well as the scheduling, snow plowing and ice control on the roadways, and to maintenance and cleaning of all the borough properties and parks. Lastly it is also maintaining the budget and making sure equipment is kept up to a good standard .

The Shade Tree Commission alerts of damaging insect the "Spotted Lanternfly"
See It, Report It!

What to do:

  • If you see egg masses, scrape them off, double bag and throw away. You can also place the eggs in alcohol, bleach or hand sanitizer to kill them.
Collect a specimen:

  • Specimens of any life stage can be turned into the New Jersey Department of Agriculture's lab for verification.

Take a photo:

  • With your GPS function turned on your smartphone or a camera with GPS, take a photo of any life stage (including egg masses). Submit the photo to slf-plantindustry@ag.nj.gov.

NJ Spotted Lanternfly Hotline
1-833-223-2840 (BADBUG0)
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 njtreeexperts@gmail.com for a list of professionals serving your area.

The Morris Canal Greenway is officially open!
The Morris Canal Greenway is officially open! Thank you to Passaic County Planning and Economic Development, Canal Society of NJ, Pompton Lakes Mayor & Council, H2M Engineering, Pompton Lakes DPW and Open Space Committee and my fellow Trails Maintenance volunteers for all the work over all the years that went into this project. Special thanks to our former Environmental Officer Ed Merrill and Councilman Erik DeLine.
Morris Canal Greenway Tree Marker
National Trails Day
Group Presentation
Councilman Erik DeLine presenting
Mental Health First Aid Training

On June 18, 2019, seventeen (17) dedicated community members completed the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training provided by the Mental Health Association in collaboration with the Pompton Lakes Health Dept., and Chilton Medical Center. The MHFA training — like regular First Aid or CPR — is designed to give people the skills to identify when someone might be struggling with a mental health or substance abuse problem and to connect them with appropriate support and resources when necessary. The group had representations from the police department, places of worship, governing body, and concerned residents.

The training is a part of the borough’s stigma-free initiative that aims to eradicate the stigma towards mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The Borough of Pompton Lakes is devoted to raise awareness about the disease and to become a true stigma-free town. To find out more about the stigma-free initiative, please visit http://www.pomptonlakesgov.com/356/Stigma-Free
Pompton Lakes Stigma Free Task Force
PRIDE Photo Contest Winners!

During the June 27 th Mayor and Council Meeting members of the Flood Advisory Group / PRIDE presented certificates to Heather and Duncan two of the five winners selected in the photo contest. 
Borough Clerk's Office
This is the time of the year solicitors begin to canvass the neighborhoods. Borough residents who request that solicitors not solicit on their property can simply be added to the “No Solicitation” list by filling out a “No Solicitation Form” available in the Clerk’s office or on the Borough Website at www.pomptonlakes-nj.gov under “Clerks Office”.
Rules And Regulations For Solicitors 

Solicitors must register with the Borough and carry identification along with a licensed permit 

A solicitor (including charitable organizations) must first file an application with the Borough and adhere to procedures and guidelines prior to the issuance of a license to solicit

A solicitor shall be provided with a copy of the “No Solicitation” list by the Municipal Clerk with their license and/or permit. The licensee or permittee, their employees, agents, assistants or helpers shall thereafter refrain from any solicitation on the properties set forth on the list. Solicitors must follow these rules and contact the Borough weekly for an updated list of addresses on the no solicitation list. (no names are included on the list)

Solicitors are permitted to solicit during the following times; 10:00am through 9:00pm. Solicitors are prohibited to solicit on Sundays and holidays. 

If someone solicits at your home and you are on the “No Solicitation” list or have a no solicitation sign on your property, immediately contact the Police Department (non-emergency 973-835-0400) to file a complaint.

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

Upcoming Public Meetings
Borough Council Meeting: July 17, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. (Council Chambers)
**Only 1 meeting in July**
Planning Board: July 16, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Shade Tree Commission: July 8, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Environmental Protection Committee: July 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Business Improvement District: July 18, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. (274 Wanaque Avenue)
Historic Commission: July 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Recreation Commission: July 23, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Municipal Utilities Authority: July 15, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Library Trustees Committee: July 22, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Lake Restoration Committee: July 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Open Space Committee: June 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Redevelopment Agency Meeting: July 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Zoning Board of Adjustment: July 23, 2019 at 8:00 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:
July 10 and 24
Borough Wide Paper Pickup: July 3 and 17
Metal: Every Monday and Thursday
**No Pickup on July 4th**
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 www.pomptonlakeslibrary.org 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 www.pomptonlakeslibrary.org .

Cecil B. DeMille Summer 2019 Film Festival continues!
This summer, the Friends of the Pompton Lakes Library present a Film Festival honoring Cecil B. DeMille. The Film Festival celebrates DeMille's achievements and his connection to Pompton Lakes by screening four of his movies.

Film Screenings Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. at Christ Church, 400 Ramapo Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442.

  • July 2 - 6:00 p.m.
  • July 16 - 6:00 p.m.

Purchase your tickets at the Pompton Lakes Library for $5.00.

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.

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
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!

Borough Nurse Summer Hours
The Borough Nurse will begin summer hours beginning on Monday July 1, 2019, through Monday, August 26, 2019 as follows

  • Monday's 8:30am - 10:30am

All residents are welcome to stop by her office during these hours.

Pompton Lakes Stigma Free Giveaway Contest!
The Borough of Pompton Lakes and Pompton Lakes Stigma Free Task Force is providing a GIVEAWAY.

It's simple, just post the hashtag #PomptonLakesStigmaFree on your social media page to enter.

5 winners will be randomly drawn and notified on July 31st. Winners will receive a free t-shirt and $20.00 BID Bucks from the Pompton Lakes Business Improvement District !
Pompton Day 2019
The Pompton Day Committee is still seeking vendors for Pompton Day on Sunday September 1, 2019. For more information, email pomptonday@gmail.com.
Town-Wide Garage Sale
The Borough of Pompton Lakes is hosting a "Town Wide Garage Sale" on Saturday July 13, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. - dusk.

No permits or fees required.
Rain Date is Sunday July 14, 2019.

To submit your address for the social media map, please email Michael Carelli at plsocialmedia@pomptonlakes-nj.gov. The map will be posted a week before the Garage Sale that way residents know what homes and businesses are participating!

For more information, call (973) 835-0143, ext. 275.

Mystery Photo Challenge Answers Revealed!
The Pompton Lakes Business Improvement District (BID) congratulates the winners of the Mystery Photo Challenge!


  • Station 1 Records & Books
  • Ice Cream Station
  • Alley next to Tom's Barber Shop
  • Just-a-Buck Dollar Store
  • Chanos Latin Kitchen
  • Thatcher McGhee's
  • Benjamin Franklin Plumbing
  • Pompton Electric Supply

Thank you to everyone who participated!
Poll Workers Needed
For more information regarding qualifications, training, hours and rate of pay contact the Municipal Clerk at 973-835-0143 ext. 238 or Passaic County Board of Elections at 973-881-4527 or 973-881-4528.

Women's Cancer Screening
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 www.nyyankees.com.
  • 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.
Coffee with the Council
The Borough of Pompton Lakes is hosting a "Coffee with the Council" on the following dates at the Pompton Lakes Starbucks:

  • July 8th from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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, from June 27th 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 riverdalerec@gmail.com

Please note: Softball is cancelled for July 4th, and will resume on July 11th.
Riverdale Recreation presents CoEd Kickball every Tuesday 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!
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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.

Starting June 20, 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., starting June 17.

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.

Classes start June 22. 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. Classes begin June 17.

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. The first class will be held on June 25. Classes will resume July 9 and continue throughout the summer. 

For more information and cancellation updates, call (973) 881-4833.
First Responders Flash Briefing
The Pompton Lakes Police Department participated in the 36th Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run. Our leg of the run began at Butler PD and ended at the Shoprite in Lincoln Park. This event raises a significant amount of money for the Special Olympics each year. Thank you to all of the runners and all of the donors who gave money to this very worthy cause.
Junior Police Academy
The Pompton Lakes Police Department will be holding the Junior Police Academy for qualified boys and girls who will be entering sixth, seventh, or eighth grade in September 2019. The program will be held at Pompton Lakes High School, during the week of July 22nd-26th. This five day curriculum will include various presentations from guest law enforcement agencies, hands on practices, and physical training to give the student an idea of what training is involved in becoming a Police Officer. The daily schedule is from 9am-3pm. All applications can be picked up at Police Headquarters.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sgt. Rodriguez at 973-835-0400.

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 plfdchief@optonline.net.
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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