June 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
Welcome to the first issue of our new monthly digital newsletter. Each month the Borough will provide residents with a digital newsletter featuring top stories, community happenings and announcements.

Residents are encouraged to sign-up for the digital newsletter here.

I am pleased to announce that next year the Borough will be celebrating its 125 th Anniversary. 

As we move forward into the year, please look for upcoming events acknowledging the formation of our Borough. 

The Mayor’s message will highlight a new topic each month keeping residents informed of the activities within our great community. I am excited to provide this source of outreach as a new approach to connect with residents. 

Until next time,

Mayor Michael Serra  

Top Stories
Autumn Falls Twin Falls by: Judith Bradaric
Pompton Lake PRIDE 2019 Photo Contest
The Borough of Pompton Lakes for the past 7 years has hosted the "Pompton Lake PRIDE Photo Contest" in which both residents and non-residents can enter by submitting a photo of a "Pompton Lakes Waterway". Over the years, there has been thousands of submissions via the "Pompton Lake PRIDE Facebook Page".
The Borough of Pompton Lakes is excited to announce that the Pompton Lake PRIDE Photo Contest is back for 2019! 

Those interested may submit their photo by posting a photo using the hashtag #PomptonPride or by using submitting here through the PRIDE entry form. 

Win a Kayak! The kayak will be awarded to the photo with the most amounts of Facebook “Likes”. (Click the blue "Like" button on each photo to vote) Photos MUST include imagery containing Pompton Lakes waterways. (Lakes or Rivers)

Congrats to Mr. Shadiak on his retirement!
Congratulations to Mr. Louis Shadiak on his retirement as Principal of Lincoln Elementary School. The Mayor and Council officially designate May 22nd as "Louis Shadiak Day" in the Borough of Pompton Lakes! Congrats!
Mayor Serra with Mr. Shadiak
Mayor Serra presenting Proclamation
Borough Clerk's Office
As one of my many responsibilities as the Municipal Clerk, I am the Election Official for the Borough of Pompton Lakes. I am responsible for overseeing and certifying the Primary and General Elections. 

The Primary Election is scheduled for Tuesday, June 4 th , 2019 and the polling sites will open at 6:00 a.m. and will close at 8:00 p.m. One week prior to the election, all registered voters will receive a paper election ballot through the mail informing them of the upcoming election along with the District they vote in. 

If you are not a registered voter and interested in voting in future elections please contact my office for additional information. Poll workers are needed for upcoming elections. Please contact my office and I will assist you with the process of becoming a poll worker. 

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

Upcoming Public Meetings
Borough Council Meeting: June 12th and June 26th at 7:30 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Shade Tree Commission: June 10, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Open Space Committee: June 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Redevelopment Agency Meeting: June 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Zoning Board of Adjustment: June 25, 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:
June 12, June 26
Borough Wide Paper Pickup: June 5, June 19
Metal: Every Monday and Thursday
Garbage: Please refer to the Borough Calendar for Garbage Collection dates
Pompton Lakes Library
Cecil B. DeMille Summer 2019 Film Festival
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.

June 11 - 6:00 p.m.
June 25 - 6:00 p.m.
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, June 26, 2019
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
National Trails Day June 1st
Join Pompton Lakes at its 5th National Trails Day for the official ribbon cutting of the Morris Canal Greenway on Saturday June 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Morris Canal Greenway, Riveredge Drive, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442. Following the ribbon cutting at 10am, there will be a short walk along the Greenway.

For more information, visit the Pompton Lakes Open Space Committee Facebook page.

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.

Pompton Lakes Free Concerts
The Pompton Lakes Business Improvement District (BID) is hosting the first "Free Concert" on Thursday June 13, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. featuring "The Flying Obersons" at the Library Front Lawn.
Paper Shredding
The Borough of Pompton Lakes is hosting a "Paper Shredding" Event on Saturday June 1, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Pondhole Parking Lot, behind Rhino Theatre.

Safe and Secure shredding for your confidential documents. The shredder destroys any staples, clips, binders, and books. The event is rain or shine!

Women's Cancer Screening
The Borough of Pompton Lakes Health Department, Atlantic Health System, and Associates in Women's Healthcare is hosting a "Women's Cancer Screening" on Tuesday June 18, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Carnevale Center, St. Mary's Parish, 10 Lenox Avenue, Clinic Room, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442.

Pre-registration is required. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (973) 835-0143, ext. 235.

Screening Includes:
  • Clinical Breast Exam
  • Pelvic Exam & Thin Prep Pap
  • Health Education
  • Blood Pressure
  • HPV Test is an additional $45.00
  • Hemoccult Kit is an additional $5.00.
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:

  • June 10 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.

June 18th - End of August

Questions, please contact Mike at (973) 715-5234.
Pompton Lakes Recreation is hosting "Field Hockey Camp" on June 24th to June 28th at Lakeside Field from 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. The camp is for grades 2 - 8.

Registration Fee: $80.00

Register online or on site starting at 8:00 a.m.

Must bring a mouthpiece, shin guards, and stick!

Any questions, call Nancy Ettinger at (973) 616-2973.

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!
Registration June 4th and 6th

Pompton Lakes Recreation Summer Camp, Middle School Camp, and Field Hockey Camp registration is currently open! The next in-person registration for summer camp, Middle School Camp, and Field Hockey Camp is June 4, 2019 and June 6, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Pompton Lakes Teen Center. You may also register online using the link below.

The Pompton Lakes Riverdale Youth Organization Competition Cheer Sign-ups are Sunday June 2, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at 222 Wanaque Avenue, Suite 301, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442.

All cheerleaders ages 3-18 from Pompton Lakes and surrounding towns.

Any questions, please contact Paula Sturla at paulasturla@optonline.net.

Open Space Committee
The Pompton Lakes Open Space Committee Trails Maintenance Subcommittee is hosting a "Family Hike" at Palisades Interstate Park. We will meet at the Ross Dock Picnic area at 10:00 a.m. There is a cash-only parking fee of $10 per car. Questions, please email trails@pomptonlakes-nj.gov.
Pompton Lakes BID Mystery Photo Challenge
The Pompton Lakes Business Improvement District (BID) presents "Mystery Photo Challenge" from July 1st to June 15th.

Pick up your game card and identify the Pompton Lakes photos.

Enter to win over $1000. in prizes! Details on the card.

KEEP IT FUN! Do not post your answers.

Follow the Borough of Pompton Lakes!

Passaic County
Looking for a new way to enjoy some time outdoors? On June 6 from 6:30 p.m. to dusk, join us for a free clinic on fly casting. This event is open to the public and all materials will be provided.
RSVP to info@jwffclub.org. For more information, call (973) 881-4833.
Passaic County
The Opening Reception for upcoming exhibitions at the Passaic County Arts Center at the John W. Rea House will be held on June 6th between 6:00-9:00pm.
Meet and greet with the exhibition artists.

Light refreshments will be served.

First Responders Flash Briefing
Pompton Lakes Police Department

The Pompton Lakes Police Department would like to announce the addition of "Abby" to the Pompton Lakes Police Department. We are fostering her for 30 days from Tri-Boro Animal Welfare. If everything works out, she will be ours!
Abby with the Police Department!
Abby loves photos!
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.
Pompton Lakes Fire Department New Member Caitlin Halat
Congratulations to the Pompton Lakes Fire Department's new member Caitlin Halat!

Caitlin was sworn in by Mayor Serra while Chief Jason Ekkers held the Bible. Now it’s off to the Fire Academy for basic training.
Pompton Lakes Riverdale First Aid Squad

June 1, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Pompton Lakes Riverdale First Aid Squad
700 Ramapo Ave, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442

4 out of 5 car seats are used incorrectly!

Proper car seat use can save lives and reduce injuries. Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death of children over the age of 6 months in the United States. The proper use of car seats is one of the simplest and most effective methods available for protecting the lives of our young children.
Traffic Updates
Jefferson Avenue Bridge Road Closure Update
Jefferson Ave Bridge will be officially closed starting, May 30, 2019 for construction, and will be closed for approximately three weeks. Please plan alternate route. Check for updates on the Borough's Facebook Page.
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Pompton Lakes Borough Council
Mayor Michael Serra

Council Members
Council President - Terri Reicher
William Baig, Frank Jaconetta, Ekamon Venin, Erik DeLine, Jennifer Polidori
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Borough of Pompton Lakes, New Jersey
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