March 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 Spring approaches there are some upcoming annual events I want to share with you:
Pompton Lakes High School students will once again participate in the annual CTO ( Change of Town Officers program ) scheduled for March 23, 2020. Students will meet with their Council counterparts to discuss their assigned activities prior to the Regular Council Meeting on March 11, 2020. The students will then take on the position of their counterpart and assume their official duties along with the students who take on the role of the Administrator and Municipal Clerk to plan an Agenda with topics of their own choice to run a Mock Council Meeting . The CTO meeting begins at 7:00pm in the Municipal Council Chambers and I would encourage residents to attend, as the students are creative and resourceful and provide what they perceive to be of importance.

Once a year, the OEM ( Office of Emergency Management) Coordinator, Al Evangelista presents an Emergency Awareness Seminar. The program will take place on March 18 th at 7:00pm in the Municipal Chambers and residents should take advantage of the vital information offered during the presentation. Each year, Mr. Evangelista offers topics that assists with the planning and preparation for a disaster; flooding, weather related power outages, shelter information, developing an evacuation plan etc.

The Governing Body is pleased to participate in the League of Municipalities Celebration of NJ Local Government Week scheduled for April 19 thru 25, 2020. Local Government promotes services to enhance the quality of life for residents and the League program encourages citizens to support those activities within the Borough of Pompton Lakes. As part of the celebration, I have initiated a Mayor’s Book Club and have appointed a Mayor’s alternate to promote the “One Book, One Town” as an activity during NJ Local Government Week. The book selection for the “One Book, One Town” will launch the week of April 19 th and further details will follow through Friends of the Library and local social media. 
The Borough Historic Commission continues to plan activities for the Borough’s 125 th Anniversary Celebration in conjunction with the Celebration of NJ Local Government Week. The Town will hold the official celebration on July 25, 2020 at Hershfield Park and the Historic Commission has secured a generous donation from Tilcon for sponsorship supporting the activities during the celebration. The Passaic County Freeholders have planned to commemorate and recognize the Anniversary during the Freeholders Meeting scheduled to be held in Pompton Lakes on April 28, 2020. The Historic Commission continues to work with the Passaic County Office of Cultural and Historic Affairs and the Friends of the Pompton Lakes Library to coordinate a series of promotional activities leading up to the event. Additional information to follow for the day’s events. 

This is an exciting year for the Borough of Pompton Lakes. Please continue to watch for updates as we approach the 125 th year celebration of our wonderful town.

Until next time,

Mayor Michael Serra  

Top Stories
NJ League of Municipalities Scholarship Opportunity for Pompton Lakes HS Juniors and Seniors
The New Jersey State League of Municipalities and I have an excellent scholarship opportunity for the High School Juniors and Seniors from the Borough of Pompton Lakes. We have teamed up to offer three $1,000.00 scholarships through the Louis Bay 2nd Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Competition.
This statewide scholarship competition centers on the theme "What My Municipal Government Does Best” and seeks to advance the virtues of elected and volunteer members of municipal government. 

Many of the elected officials and appointed board members serve the Borough of Pompton Lakes with little to no compensation. It is their altruistic desire to serve their community which compels them to public service. These officials, along with a cadre of dedicated professionals, are guardians of our hometown comforts and security. They give of their time and talents to help plan our community and preserve our way of life. They serve us year-round, every day and yet are hardly noticed. This scholarship competition will help rectify that, while encouraging our future municipal leaders. 

Full details on the application process for this scholarship is seen here. 
Pompton Lakes Police Department Participates in Education Foundation First Ever Free Throw Contest

Patrolman Forte, Patrolman Capobianco, and Patrolman Flynn showed their support for the Pompton Lakes Educational Foundation by participating in the annual Free Throw Fundraiser. Collectively, they managed to shoot 36% from the line. I doubt we’ll be quitting our day jobs anytime soon to join the NBA. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who participated!
Pompton Lakes Flood Advisory Board Flood Map Information Session

The Pompton Lakes Flood Advisory Board hosted a successful Flood Mapping Information Session on Thursday February 27, 2020. Thanks to FAB Chairwoman Lauren Venin and the entire Board for organizing the event and to Nicholas Agnoli, P.E. for presenting.
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 Municipal Clerk maintains the official terms for the positions within the various boards, committees and commissions. 

The Clerk provides guidance to assure the boards, committees and commissions adhere to the Open Public Meeting Act / Sunshine Law and required meetings are advertised and posted in conformance with the law. During the Reorganization Meeting, a Liaison is appointed to oversee the board, committee, or commission they are appointed to. The Liaison will inform the Mayor and Council of their activities, concerns or accomplishments during Council Meetings and when warranted action may be taken by the Governing Body. 

Under the Local Government Ethics Law, an annual Financial Disclosure Form designed to facilitate and enhance transparency within Local Government must be completed by: any person, whether compensated or not: (1) elected to any office of a local government agency; (2) serving on a local government agency, which has the authority to enact ordinances, approve development applications or grant zoning variances; or (3) who is a managerial executive employee of a local government agency, as defined in rules and regulations adopted by the Director of the Division of Local Government Services in the Department of Community Affairs.  The Local Finance Board provides the online filing procedure and the Municipal Clerk registers and forwards the information on to the board, committee and commission members for completion. 

Board, committee, commission members are appointed by the Governing Body and adhere to a meeting schedule. If you are interested in serving as a member on a board, committee or commission please contact the Mayor or myself, the Borough Clerk, the Liaison or the Chair.
Elizabeth Brandsness, RMC
Municipal Clerk/Deputy Administrator
973-835-0143 ext. 238

Upcoming Public Meetings
Borough Council Meeting: March 11, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. and March 25, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Shade Tree Commission: March 9, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Open Space Committee: March 12, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Redevelopment Agency Meeting: March 19, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Zoning Board of Adjustment: March 24, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Lake Restoration Committee: March 10, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Environmental Committee: March 12, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Library Trustees: March 16, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (Pompton Lakes Library)
Planning Board: March 17, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
BID: March 19, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. (BID Office, 274 Wanaque Avenue)
Historic Preservation Committee: March 24, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Recreation Commission: March 24, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. (Civic Center)
Stormwater Management Committee: March 26, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Flood Advisory Board: March 26, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Prevention Coalition: March 26, 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:
March 11 & 25
Borough Wide Paper Pickup: March 4 & 18
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 Lakes Library
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.
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
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 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
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.
Pompton Lakes Library
The Friends of the Pompton Lakes Library have been awarded a second Arts Grant from Passaic County Cultural and Heritage Council to offer another film festival in Summer 2020.
Pompton Lakes Library
The Friends of the Pompton Lakes Library is pleased to be able to offer passes to the Morris Museum. The pass is good for admission of up to 2 adults and 3 children under 18 years old. Passes may be checked out for 7 days. There is a late fee of $5.00 per day. Stop by the Library for more information!
Community Announcements
Prevention Coalition
The Pompton Lakes Prevention Coalition is hosting a seminar on How Advertisements Promote Underage Drinking on April 8, 2020 at the Prevention Coalition Office, 274 Wanaque Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442.
Prevention Coalition
The Pompton Lakes Prevention Coalition is hosting TIPS Training on Saturday May 9, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Pompton Lakes High School, 44 Lakeside Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442.
Recreation Commission
The Pompton Lakes Recreation Commission is hosting their Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday March 28, 2020 at the Hershfield Tennis Courts at 2:00 p.m. Bring your own basket!
Historic Commission
Passaic County and the Borough of Pompton Lakes are hosting a ""Historic Walking Tour" on Saturday April 4, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in celebration of Pompton Lakes' 125th Anniversary. Please meet at the Pompton Lakes Library.
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
Board of Health
The Borough of Pompton Lakes will be hosting a Carotid Artery and Thyroid Screening on Wednesday April 29, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Borough Hall, 25 Lenox Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442. Registration is $30.00. Space is limited. To register, call (973) 835-0143, ext. 235.
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.
Board of Health
The Borough of Pompton Lakes is hosting a FREE Hearing Screening on Thursday May 28, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Borough Hall, 25 Lenox Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442. To register, call (973) 835-0143, ext. 235.
Board of Health
The Borough of Pompton Lakes is hosting an Osteoporosis Screening on Monday May 11, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Borough Hall, 25 Lenox Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442. The fee is $10 per participant. Space is limited and appointment is required. To register, call (973) 835-0143, ext. 235.
Board of Health
The Borough of Pompton Lakes is hosting a S.M.A.C. Blood Screening on Saturday April 18, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at the Borough Hall, 25 Lenox Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442. The fee is $25.00 per participant. A 12 hour fast is necessary for accurate results. Pre-registration is required at (973) 835-0143, ext. 235. Please bring 2 self addresses stamped envelopes with you. For an additional cost, the following tests are available:
  • PSA $18
  • Lyme Disease $21
  • Hepatitus B $15
  • Hepatitis C $17
  • TSH 1$7
  • Homocystine High Sensitive Cardiac CRP $30
  • Hemoglobin A1C $15
  • Vitamin D $20
  • Vitamin B-12 $16
Board of Health
The Borough of Pompton Lakes is hosting a "Safe Sitter" Information Class on April 14, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Borough Hall, 25 Lenox Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442. To register call (973) 831-5455 or email
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.
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

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 Spring 2020" from March 9 to April 29.

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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Pompton Lakes - STIGMA FREE
Pompton Lakes - Stigma Free!
Why is it important to reduce stigma? 

The World Health Organization ranks mental health conditions, including alcohol and substance use disorders, as the leading cause of disability in the United States, affecting people of all ages and backgrounds. Nearly one in five U.S. adults
live with a mental illness (46.6 million in 2017), yet more than half will not seek treatment. Why? The main reasons cited are shame and fear of judgment from friends, family, and co-workers. In other words, the STIGMA associated with mental diseases-even though it's a disease like any other.

Helpful Tips to Be Stigma-Free:

  • Avoid using disrespectful terms to describe individuals with mental illness or substance use disorders.
  • Avoid blaming people with mental illness or substance use disorders for their afflictions.
  • Be a role model. Treat people with mental illness and substance use disorders with respect and encourage others around you to do the same. 
  • Declare your home or business to be a Stigma-Free Zone.
  • Spread the Word!

Walk for Hope - 2020
Join us for the 2nd Annual Walk for Hopeon Saturday May 30, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Hershfield Park. Together, we walk to reduce the stigma of mental illness and mental health conditions, and substance use disorders. This event is sponsored by the Pompton Lakes High School Health and Wellness Coalition, Pompton Lakes Prevention Coalition, and the Pompton Lakes Stigma Free Task Force.
Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-(800) 273-8255
Veterans Help Line
1-(800) 273-8255
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


This program is sponsored by the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Passaic County
Glow House Kids are bringing their fun and unique glow-in-the-dark art program to Passaic County’s parks. This is so much more than a traditional art class – Elisa will be helping develop your child’s confidence and creativity through art. Their inventive program nurtures empowerment in creative play across all domains: social, emotional, cognitive, and physical. (Ages 5 & Up)

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
Citizens Police Academy - 2020
The Pompton Lakes Police Department will be sponsoring the first ever Citizen Police Academy in 2020. All are welcome to attend. Anyone who has questions or is interested in the program may contact Officer Vanderstad at or 973-835-0400.
Project Medicine Drop Notice
The Project Medicine Drop Campaign has been a huge success. However, we kindly ask that people utilizing the drop box refrain from dropping needles or syringes. This poses a safety risk for our officers who are emptying the container. The Chilton Medical Center Container Exchange Program is located at 97 W Parkway Pompton Plains, NJ 07444 and will accept syringes. Please see for additional locations. Thank you for your cooperation.
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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