Municipal Messenger Monthly/ October
October Zoom Meetings

Mon, Oct 5th:
Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC), 6 PM
Mon, Oct 5th: Planning Board, 7:30 PM
Wed, Oct 7th:
Parks & Rec Advisory Committee, 7 PM
Thurs, Oct 8th: Environmental Commission, 7 PM
Wed, Oct 14th:
Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC), 7 PM
Thurs, Oct 15th: Open Space Committee, 7 PM
Mon, Oct 19th: Planning Board, 7:30 PM
Wed, Oct 21st: Township Committee, 7 PM
Mon, Oct 26th: Board of Adjustment, 7:30 PM

Further information on remote access & public participation via Zoom can be found on the Township website's "agenda center " & " calendar " closer to the meeting date.
October Department of Public Works(DPW) Dates

Wed, Oct 7th: Large Item Collection , call the DPW, 973-326-7398 or request a pick-up online in advance,  link
Thurs, Oct 8th Large Item Collection , call the DPW, 973-326-7398 or request a pick-up online in advance,  link
Mon, Oct 12th: Columbus Day, No Collection Services
Tues, Oct 13th: Mon Trash & Recycling Collection
Wed, Oct 14th: Tues Trash & Recycling Collection
Thurs, Oct 15th: Wed Trash & Recycling Collection
Fri, Oct 16th: Thurs Trash & Recycling Collection
Mon, Oct 19th: Leaf Collection begins, sector two(2). More info below.
Oct 19th-23rd (Mon-Fri): Large Metal and Appliance Collection , call the DPW, 973-326-7398 or request a pick-up online in advance,  link
Curbside Leaf Collection Program
Beginning on Monday, October 19th we will begin our annual Leaf Collection Program. The Township is broken up into three(3) Sectors for this service; this year we will begin in Sector two(2). Click here to find your sector. We ask residents to place materials out for collection utilizing the guidelines below.
Acceptable Materials and Guidelines for Curbside Placement:
  • All materials must be placed along the curb line, not in the street, and kept 10 feet from all storm drains.
  • Only leaves, grass, and plant vegetation may be combined in a pile together.
  • All materials should be placed loosely along the curb (no bags, paper or plastic).
  • Do not place brush in leaf piles.
Unacceptable Materials:
  • Brush, dirt, logs, tree parts, tree stumps, & tree trunks.
We want to thank all residents for their cooperation. If you have any questions, please contact our Department of Public Works Office at 973-326-7398 or email
Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Events
Saturday, October 10th / 9 AM- 2 PM
Chatham High School
255 Lafayette Ave., Chatham, NJ 07928
-Ordinance 31-19: Prohibiting the use of plastic bags by retail establishments within the Twp.
-Resolution 109-20: Authorizing extension of effective date from July 1, 2020 to Oct 1, 2020
-Resolution 194-19: Urging NJ to ban single-use plastic bags in retail

Resolution 194-19
WHEREAS, on average, one person uses 500 single-use plastic bags per year, 4 billion single-use plastic bags are used annually in New Jersey, and 102 billion are used nationwide; and
WHEREAS, it is beyond dispute that the use of single-use, plastic carryout bags has a severe and negative environmental impact on the local and global environment as a result of the greenhouse gas emissions emitted to produce such bags, the land-based and ocean-based pollution created, the hazards posed to wildlife, the hazards posed to sources of water for humans, and the negative impact on the ecosystem and food chain as a whole; and
WHEREAS, 5% or fewer single-use plastic carryout bags are actually recycled; and
WHEREAS, taxpayers in all New Jersey municipalities, including the Township of Morris, currently bear the costs associated with the negative effects of single-use plastic carryout bags on the solid waste stream, drainage, litter, and the negative consequences of the foregoing environmental impacts; and
WHEREAS, taxpayers in all New Jersey municipalities, including the Township of Morris, currently bear the costs associated with improper placement of plastic bags in recycling containers resulting in increase costs for contaminated recycling;...

Learn More
Notices Regarding the Nov 3rd General Election
  • Please read this announcement from County Clerk Ann F. Grossi for detailed information on how the 2020 General Election will be conducted.
  • Mail-in Ballots will be mailed to all registered voters no later than October 5th. Please read these instructions on how to vote by mail and ensure that your vote is counted.
  • Click here to see the list of towns whose Mail-In Ballots have been mailed out so far.
Cantoberfest/Sat, Oct 3rd/10 AM- 2 PM
Hillside Hose Co. & Hillside Hose Ladies Auxiliary are sponsoring a Cantoberfest. A food drive benefiting the Interfaith Food Pantry.

Saturday, October 3rd from 10 AM- 2 PM
Hillside Hose Fire House- 132 Western Ave

Please view the flyer for "most needed items".
2020 Flu Clinic for Seniors
Thurs, Oct 8th/ 1 PM- 3 PM/ Appointment ONLY
For Morris Township Residents 60+
Municipal Building, 50 Woodland Avenue /Senior Meeting Room. By Appt. only, call 973-326-7390 to make an appointment.

Vaccine is free for all who have traditional Medicare B.
Be sure to bring your Medicare Card with you.
The cost for those with Medicare HMO, private pay, no insurance, private insurance, or no Medicare B:
$25 Quadrivalent Vaccine
$40 for High Dose (available to those 65+)

Questions? Please call the Health Dept. at 973-326-7392 or email
Helpful Reminders from the Fire Prevention Bureau
  • Fire Prevention Week is October 4-10th. Check out some cool activities here: home safety checklist & kids activities.
  • Time to have your chimneys cleaned/inspected in preparation for the cold months.
  • The Annual Kid’s Night at the Firehouse will be cancelled for this year; we look forward to seeing you in 2021! 
  • Change your clocks, change your batteries! 

The Morris Township Fire Dept. is always here to help! Any resident needing assistance with changing their smoke/carbon monoxide detector batteries can call 973-326-7435
Medication Return Box- 49 Woodland Avenue
Morris Twp. Police Dept. has a "Medication Return Box" to dispose of all your expired, unwanted, or unused over-the-counter and prescription medications. Approved Items: 

  • Prescription & Over-the-Counter Medications
  • Vitamins
  • Medication Samples
  • Veterinary Medications
  • Narcotics
  • Empty Containers

DEA National Drug Take Back Day: Oct 24th.
For more info visit closer to the date. 
Trading Card Contest

Rules and Information are as follows:
  • The contest will run from October 1st, 2020 through March 31st, 2021
  • You must be 14 years of age or younger
  • You must be a resident of Morris Township or Morristown
  • You must register here (complete registration any time during the contest period)
  • Collect as many trading cards as you can and be entered in to win a Free Bicycle!

How will it work? Simply ask any officer if they have their trading card on them. Then that officer must sign and date the card for it to be a valid collection. We will feature officers throughout the weeks and host meet and greets.
April 2021, we will meet with all contestants to see how many cards they have collected. The person with the most amount of cards – WINS A FREE BICYCLE! If there is a tie, then we will enter all names and draw one randomly to select a winner. There will be additional prizes as well for contestants.
Also, we will mail one card to every registered contestant with the list of officers so they can follow along with who they have collected and who they still need to collect.

If you have any questions – please call (973) 326-7450.

This program was sponsored by the Morristown / Morris Township Joint Municipal Alliance.
These cards were produced by Fully Promoted / EmbroidMe in Morristown.
The Health Corner - Morris Township Health Dept.

As people go back to work, school, and routines it is important to remember taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health.

The COVID-19 pandemic, social isolation and other current events may leave you feeling sad, angry, alone and stressed. 
Here are some tips to hopefully help your mental well-being during these trying times.  

Also check out:
Clean Community Month in October!
Due to Covid- 19, the annually held Clean Community Month in April was rescheduled to October. Clean-ups will be held on Saturdays, beginning October 10th and run through October 31st.

Morris Township civic associations, sports organizations, and individual volunteers are invited to join in this important community event.

Please contact the Parks & Rec Dept. at 973-326-7371 to confirm your participation and drop-off location for supplies.
Morris Township Senior Club Concert, Featuring The Kootz

Open to Township of Morris Seniors. Come catch up or meet some of the Senior Club members & join!
Wed, Oct 7th/ 12:30 PM- 3 PM / Ginty Pool / Lunch will be provided
  • Must bring own chair/blanket & face coverings are required.
  • Pre-Registration required, call Linda, 973-886-0563. Registration is limited so call now!
Trunk -or- Treat
Sat, Oct 24th/ 4PM- 6PM / Dwyer Lane
Registration is required to give out candy & attend. Individually wrapped candy only, all ways of handing out candy must be contactless. Ex. pre-made candy bags, zip lock bags, cups, etc... No homemade treats.
Space is limited so sign up early thru Community Pass.
Outdoor Halloween Movie, The Addam's Family & Bonfire
Sat, Oct 24th beginning at dusk,
approx. 6 PM/ Ginty Field
Hot chocolate will be available.
Bonfire to follow with the Morris Township Fire Dept. Bring chairs & blankets and enjoy this treat of a movie!