Morris Plains Borough Weekly Update
Friday, October 9, 2020

Upcoming Municipal Meetings
Meeting notices and agendas will be published at www.morrisplainsboro.org
Wed, 10/14, 7:30 pm Board of Health Meeting
Thursday, 10/15, 8:30 pm Council Meeting h

Municipal Offices Closed Columbus Day, Monday, 10/12
Fall and Halloween Fun!
Trick or Treat at the Firehouse!
Send in your photos!
October 18th Concert!
Oct 24th Bonfire!
Chalk fun for K-8! Oct 20th
Display your scarecrow in town!
Contactless Food Drive this Saturday!

The Morris Plains Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will be holding a “CONTACTLESS” Food Drive 

Saturday October 10, 2020.

Community Park Pavillion
Time: 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M.

Please place your items in the trunk of your car, drive up to the Pavillion and one of the members will retrieve the items with NO contact.

Donated canned goods and non perishable items will benefit the Interfaith Food Pantry.

Annual Super Soccer Saturday Food Drive - A Huge Success!

Thank you to all the soccer families, our community, our volunteers for helping to make the 13th annual food drive a great success!

The weigh in = 1, 610 pounds from 3 locations and 26 volunteers!
Farmer's Market
Oct 10th - Last One This Year!!
Saturday 9-1

Come out and thank all our vendors for toughing it out this season. We figured out how to make it work for the residents of Morris Plains. It's been a great season and we especially want to thank all the customers for their patience and perseverance! Also huge thanks to Alanna Garavaglia, Linda Toscano and Marybeth Soutar for helping out, and of course, former Mayor Frank who is always there to help (and do the heavy lifting). Much appreciation to the Morris Plains Police Department for setting up the market every Saturday morning and the DPW for providing the barricases, cones and keeping the market clean!

Don't miss all these goodies for the final week!

Mums and pumpkins, cider and apple cider donuts. You can freeze the croissants and scones to enjoy in the weeks to come. Stock up on your olives & pickles and the delicious dinners from Paolo's kitchen. Don't forget to leave room in the freezer for the pierogies and stuffed cabbage, and cheese babka too. Last chance to buy the handmade jewelry and body products and candles from Grady Carroll!

NOTHING BUNDT CAKES will return this weekend for the final Market! Hooray!!!  

The Morris Plains Co-Operative Playschool volunteers will have an information table at the Market. Stop by and see the great programs they offer.

The Morris Plains PBA will host a table to sell the pink patches and t-shirts to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. How proud we are of our police officers! 

Shoppers required to wear masks and practice social distancing. There will be no samples or any tasting. No pets, please.

SEE YOU BACK IN 2021!  
Sue McCluskey

Free Flu Shot Available in October to those who Qualify
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wellness Day has been canceled for this year. Free Flu Vaccines will still be available for Morris Plains residents age 50 and over OR under age 50 with a pre-existing condition (and with a doctor's note) at "Fast ER", 130 Speedwell Ave., Morris Twp. (862-242-8053) during the month of October. Must show proof of Morris Plains residency.
You have until Sunday to rep 07950!
Click on the flyers for more info - great gift for college students or anyone who loves Morris Plains!
Order at www.Elainesteamwear.com or 1-800-485-2644
Friday, Oct 16th!
THE STRIDES FOR EDUCATION 5K IS BACK, OCT. 23-25!
And this time, it's virtual. It's the same healthy community event to support our schools that you know and love--but now you can run or walk wherever you like. All participants are entered into a raffle for prizes. Send us your selfies as you do your course!


Learn more about signing up or becoming a sponsor at www.educationfoundationmp.com. Click on flyer to enlarge.

All Season's Garden Club Scentsy Fundraiser


Love those decorated trees lining the streets of Morris Plains in the winter?

Please help the All Seasons Garden Club keep our town festive with their October fundraiser. Stock up on gifts or treat yourself - 25% is donated!


Click on the flyer for more details.
Library Shredding Fundraiser

Fall Shredding will take place on Saturday November 7th from 9am-Noon. $6.00 per bag/box.
Visit the library's Facebook page for details!
ANNUAL DEER CULL PROGRAM 9/12- 2/20

Mayor Jason Karr and Chief of Police Michael Koroski would like residents to be aware that the Borough’s annual deer cull began last Saturday, September 12th, and will continue through February 20, 2021. The purpose of the program is to manage the deer population on park, recreation and open space areas within the Borough without excessive conflict with park users or neighboring properties. Prior to the commencement of the cull each year, a safety meeting is held with the limited number of participants to verify their hunting credentials and review the strict rules of the program. Hunters are also reminded that some of the zones approved for hunting remain open to the public. Hunting zones throughout the Borough have orange warning signs posted at the boundary lines of each area.
           The objective of the deer culling program is to reduce the population of white-tailed deer for the purpose of restoring and improving forest health by reducing deer overbrowsing of the forest understory and ornamental plantings within the community, reducing health risks related to Lyme disease transmitted from deer to humans, and to reduce motorist collisions with deer, in an organized program and manner consistent with state regulations.
Election Information

Please visit our website for all the latest election information.

Senior Citizens and Disabled Residents Transportation Assistance Program Informational Public Hearing Oct 13th

Click on Document to Enlarge


Other Items Of Interest Around The Borough

Please Do Not Put Any Leaves At Curbside before Mid-October

Residents are reminded not to put piles of leaves curbside. Leaf pickup does not begin until October 19th. If you have a landscaper please advise them as well. Thank you.
PSE&G Meter Inspection Info

As New Jersey continues to carefully reopen, PSE&G has begun to resume inspecting meters in the very near future, work that was paused over the last several months in response to the spread of COVID-19. We are inspecting natural gas meters in your community, ensuring the continued safety and reliability of your gas service. We conduct these safety inspections to check for surface corrosion, leaks and other conditions that might require repair.
 
Here are three key pieces of information about the meter inspection:
  • The inspection, which is separate from a meter reading, is free and will take about 10 minutes.

  • There is no need to make an appointment at this time.  

  • Unless the meter requires immediate repair, there will be no interruption to service.
 
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the interest of maintaining the safety of our customers and our employees, PSE&G employees and PSE&G contractors will follow safety protocols guided by the CDC and NJ State Department of Health, as well as all directives from the Governor’s Office and county/municipal governments.
 
Here’s what your residents need to know about the upcoming meter inspections related to COVID:
  • Prior to entering the building, PSE&G’s technician will ask the individual providing access a series of pandemic-related safety questions that will help guide PSE&G’s protocol.

  • PSE&G technicians will be wearing personal protective equipment and will practice social distancing.

  • The PSE&G technician will ask that anyone in the building maintain a safe distance from the technicians and allow him/her through the nearest entryway in proximity to the meter(s).
 
Someone over the age of 18 will need to give our technician access if you have an inside meter. The technician will need to perform a visual inspection of the meter.
 
Meters that are located outside will also be inspected. Although technicians will be on the property, customers do not need to be home for outside meter inspections.
 
PSE&G reminds customers to always ask for identification when a utility worker comes to the door. Employees carry a PSE&G photo identification badge, wear PSE&G logo apparel and drive PSE&G cars or trucks. If residents are concerned in any way, please call PSE&G’s customer service line at 800-436-PSEG (7734) to verify the identity of our employee.
 
We appreciate your help in ensuring that PSE&G can continue to provide you with safe and reliable natural gas service – now and in the future.

Coronavirus Information and Listings of Coronavirus Related resources Are Available On The Town Website.
For Coronavirus related information and resources available to all Morris Plains residents, please visit the town website at www.morrisplainsboro.org
Visit www.2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020 to complete your 2020 US Census and help Morris Plains get our share of federal funding.
 
Municipal Court Update - 9/11/20

In an effort to maintain public safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, the municipal court will continue to host remote virtual court sessions.  Please contact us to schedule a proceeding and/or provide updated personal information.   
 
If you are disputing a traffic ticket and do not wish to appear in court, many cases are now eligible for review through the Online Municipal Case Resolution System at njmcdirect.com. You may select the option for case dispute and enter your ticket information.  Eligible traffic tickets will be reviewed by the prosecutor and you will be notified with their recommendation. 
 
Our office is here to serve you during the hours of 8:30-4:30 Monday through Friday.   While the building is closed for public entry, you may call the court to schedule an appointment at 973-538-4019. We are committed to delivering exceptional customer service in "The Community of Caring" and strive to provide a satisfying court experience for all.   
 
Morris Plains Webmaster Melissa Gibson can be reached at morrisplainsweb@gmail.com
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