MUNICIPAL MESSENGER MONTHLY / March
MARCH MEETINGS
All meetings are held at the Municipal Building,
50 Woodland Avenue unless otherwise noted.

Mon, March 2nd: Planning Board, 7:30 PM
Tues, March 3rd: Senior Club Meeting,
Newbridge Church, 1 PM- 3:30 PM
Wed, March 11th:
Transportation Advisory Committee, 7 PM
Thurs, March 12th:
Environmental Commission, 7 PM
Mon, March 16th: Planning Board, 7:30 PM
Wed, March 18th: Board of Health, 5:00 PM
Wed, March 18th: Township Committee, 7 PM
Mon, March 23rd: Board of Adjustment, 7:30 PM
Tues, March 31st: Historic Preservation, 7:30 PM

* Dates and times are subject to change, please check the website's calendar, www.morristwp.com.
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS DATES
 Wed, March 11th: Large Item Collection , call the DPW, 973-326-7398 or request a pick-up online in advance,  link
Thurs, March 12th: Large Item Collection , call the DPW, 973-326-7398 or request a pick-up online in advance,  link
Mon, March 23rd- Fri, March 27th: Large Metal and Appliance Collection , call the DPW,
973-326-7398 or request a pick-up online in advance, link
* Automated Trash & Recycling Collection Reminder:
Carts shall be placed along the curb, in the street, arrows facing out, and 4 ft between the cart and all obstacles i.e. leaf piles, snow banks, mailboxes, under trees, or in close proximity to other containers or vehicles
The Morris County Park Commission (MCPC) is collaborating with the New Jersey Forest Fire Service (NJFFS), a unit of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Parks and Forestry, to conduct prescribed burns of MCPC forests and meadows in 2020. 
 
To view the areas with possible burn plots please use our interactive mapping application at  https://bit.ly/mcpc-burns.

The MCPC has worked with the NJFFS to successfully conduct prescribed burns at 11 of its facilities since 2010 including Lewis Morris County Park, Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center, Willowwood Arboretum and Mahlon Dickerson Reservation. The MCPC’s Natural Resources Unit monitors ecological conditions in burned areas to aid in future decision making related to management burns.
 
More information about the NJFFS Prescribed Burning Program can be found online here .

Trail Closure Maps
closures only apply on day of burn
Between March 12 and March 20, invitations to participate in the 2020 Census will start arriving in households across the country. Visit Census.Gov for more information and take a look at the US and World Population Chart
Check Out This Useful Information From Our Morris Township Police Department (MTPD)
  • Recently MTPD investigated a fraud of approximately $80,000. Our resident was defrauded out of this money by a person posing as an Apple Customer Service Representative. The MTPD would like residents to be aware of this scam and realize that criminals are using any means of contacting people that may appear to be legitimate. The Apple Inc. name displays with the apple symbol. Please always check by calling a company first before transferring any money. This also applies to other companies like JCP&L, PSE&G, Verizon, IRS, etc. They should not be asking for wire transfers. Be vigilant and contact the customer service numbers listed on your bills. It appears that these scams are being targeted at elderly people although not exclusively. Also, take the time to talk to family members about how to avoid scams like this.
  • Do not be alarmed by the police activity on the Delbarton Campus, Tuesday, March 3rd and Thursday, March 5th from 7-3 pm, Morris Township Police will be conducting active shooter training.
  • The Skyline Sanitary Sewer Project is an extensive project that will result in Road Closures around the surrounding area until late summer, stay up-to-date regarding closures with the Morris Township Police Dept. through Nixle.
  • Come have coffee with some of Morris Township Police Dept.'s finest at the newly opened A&B Bagels located at 187 Speedwell Avenue in Morris Township. They will be there starting at 8 AM on Sun, March 15th. This is a great for you to meet our officers and for our officers to meet you!
Crime Prevention Tips From the MTPD
Safeguard Your House
  • All accessible windows need securing. Second-story windows can be accessed by ladder, trash cans, nearby trees, garage rooftops, or shrubbery, and basement windows are one of the most popular points of entry for a burglar
  • Illuminate the perimeter of your house and door areas with enough light to see
  • Use timers throughout the house that have variable time changes
  • Cut or trim shrubbery so that it does not obstruct viewing from inside or outside
  • Secure air conditioners to the window opening to prevent them from being pulled out or pushed in
  • Secure attached garage as you would your dwelling, as it is an access point into your home
  • Consider an alarm, security camera, ring...a variety of options now with different price ranges
Safeguard Your Vehicle
Vehicles are stolen for a variety of reasons, including theft for parts, insurance fraud, retagging, exporting, & joy riding. Help prevent theft & damage to your vehicle:
  • Always lock and secure your vehicle, including putting your windows up
  • Always activate your alarm when you leave your vehicle
  • Never leave keys in your vehicle
  • Never leave valuables in your vehicle, including items such as a GPS, cell phone, laptop, tablet, or charging cord
Keep in mind suspects on previous occasions have used garage door openers located in the vehicles to open the garage door to allow access to other vehicles and the home.
Health Corner
TOWNSHIP OF MORRIS HEALTH DEPT.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Colorectal cancer affects men and women of all racial and ethnic groups, and is most often found in people who are 50 years old or older.

Colorectal cancer is a leading cancer diagnoses in both men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society’s estimates the number of colorectal cancer cases in the United States for 2020 to be 104,610 new cases of colon cancer and 43,340 new cases of rectal cancer.

In the United States, colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and in women, and the second most common cause of cancer death's when men and women are combined. It's expected to cause about 53,200 deaths during 2020.

These statistics don’t have to be! Screening saves lives. Screening can find precancerous polyps—abnormal growths in the colon or rectum—that can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening also helps find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment works best.

If you are 50 years old or older, get screened now. If you think you may be at increased risk for colorectal cancer, speak with your doctor about when to begin screening.

 (source: CDC.gov and cancer.org )
T-Ball
Registration is open thru Community Pass
Date: 3rd week of April  
Ages: boys and girls ages of 5-7 (children must be 5 years of age by August 31, 2020)

Emphasis is placed on instruction, recreation, and sportsmanship. In order to maintain this successful and fun program we need as many volunteer coaches as possible.

Practice fields to choose from are listed below on a first come first serve basis, depending on coaches availability to field location.

  • Butterworth I
  • Butterworth II
  • Green 
  • Lake Road
  • Saunders
  • Vail
  • Woodland I
  • Woodland II

*If there are not enough coaches per field we will combine teams to different fields
T-Ball Coaches/ Rutgers SAFETY Clinic
If you are interested in volunteering to coach T-Ball for the 2020 season please register here . New and returning coaches must register and answer all the questions. If you are a new coach you will receive a call once registered. The Rutgers Coaches clinic is mandatory to coach T-Ball, the Township will register you for the class being held at the Municipal Building. Date: March 25th
Spring/Summer registration will be open on Community Pass March 1st. Spring/Summer brochures in digital and hard copies to follow.
The Morris Township Senior's Club collected four(4) large garbage bags worth of toiletries on their last trip and donated them to the Jersey Battered Women's Service, Inc.
Early Bird Swim Pool Registration is now open through April 30th. 
Rates will increase for standard registration beginning May 1st. 

To register for the early bird rate, visit: https://register.communitypass.net/morristownship
Please do not create a new account

For assistance, please call the Parks & Recreation Office at 973-326-7371. 

We hope to see you at the pools this season!
3/14/20: Granted municipal consent to hold the St. Paddy’s Day 5K . Organizers: Chris Russo and Heather McDermott - Superhero Events, LLC – Saturday, March 14, 2020 (rain date March 21, 2020), time:10:00 A.M. Parking areas: Ginty Pool, Loantaka Park, Township Municipal Parking Lots, South St. Office Building lots. Staging area will be the Ginty Field. Township Roads: Dwyer Lane, Fanok Rd., Kitchell Road, Spring Valley Road Expected number of participants: 700. Police: Morris Township Police Department for traffic control. Charity group: Police Unity Tour & Morristown High School Track and Field Association 
Morris Twp. Committee Office Hours
  • The Township Committee rotates Committee Members every second (2nd) Wednesday of the month
  • Check the website's "Township News" to find out which Committee Member will be available and exact times (times may vary month to month, generally 5PM- 7PM)
  • Morris Township Municipal Building, 50 Woodland Avenue
  • Bring your questions, comments, concerns or suggestions
  • We invite you to join us and look forward to talking with you!