November 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 Serra's Message
Veterans Day is an important day for showing our appreciation towards members of our military.  Please join the Mayor and Council during the Borough of Pompton Lakes Annual Veterans Day Ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, November 13 th , 6:30pm at the Carnavale Center as we recognize those who are serving or have served our country. We must remain mindful of those Veterans who serve our Country protecting our freedoms and values as a nation. Remember to express your appreciation and gratitude not only on Veterans Day but every day by simply acknowledging a Veteran for their service. 
Another group I would like to recognize is our Chamber of Commerce. The Pompton Lakes Chamber of Commerce are a local organization of businesses, professionals and eateries who promote the community. The Pompton Lakes Chamber of Commerce members serve as spokespeople and representatives for our business community by stimulating growth in the business district. Members organize events and activities throughout the calendar year; Annual Car Show and Holiday Stroll. I thank the members for their continued support in making our business district an inviting community to shop in.    
A reminder that leaf pick up has begun and to revert to the Town Calendar for the garbage and leaf pick up schedules.  I would also like to thank residents for their patience and adhering to the new State Regulated Recycling changes that recently occurred. The Borough and the DPW has worked diligently to inform residents by means of social media, the Borough website, Channel 77, WGHT Radio and the notification system to inform residents of the modifications made to recyclables. 
The Borough Health Department provides free and moderate cost health programs and clinics that are available to residents. This month’s programs include Free Rabies Clinic at the Firehouse, Stroke Screening, and Flu Vaccines. Please visit the Borough website, Facebook and channel 77 for full details.
Please remember Election Day, Tuesday, November 5 th , polls are open from 6:00am – 8:00pm and refer to your sample ballot for your voting district.  
In Closing, I would like to wish everyone a Safe Thanksgiving Holiday.

Until next time,

Mayor Michael Serra  

Top Stories
Congratulations - Pompton Lakes Police Department Promotions

Congratulations to the following Pompton Lakes Police Department Promotions: Acting Chief Derek Clark, Captain Ryan Cichon, and Sergeant Brian Zimmermann. The Borough of Pompton Lakes thanks you for your service to our community and keeping us safe!
Captain Ryan Cichon
Acting Chief Derek Clark
Sergeant Brian Zimmerman
Mayor Serra with Acting Chief Derek Clark, Captain Ryan Cichon, and Sergeant Brian Zimmerman
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
Notary Services:
The Municipal Clerk’s Office provides notary services for residents of Pompton Lakes as a courtesy and there is no fee for this service. The Notary Public serves as an impartial witness to the signing of documents and attests to the signature on the document. Notary services are available at the Municipal Clerk’s office during regular hours of operation and no appointment is necessary. Any homebound resident may call the Clerk’s office to have this service provided at the resident’s home. All documents that are to be notarized must be signed in the presence of the notary public and proper identification must be provided.
Individuals who wish to become a Notary Public may seek the assistance of the Passaic County Clerk during the application process and have the oath of office administered at the County Clerk’s Office. The Passaic County Clerk’s office provides outreach assistance and is available in Pompton Lakes to assist in the processing of Passport applications, issue Notary Oaths and Veteran’s Photo ID Cards. Please refer to the website and channel PLTV77 for the schedule.  
Elizabeth Brandsness, RMC
Municipal Clerk/Deputy Administrator
973-835-0143 ext. 238

Upcoming Public Meetings
Borough Council Meeting: November 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. (Council Chambers) **Only ONE Meeting in November**
Shade Tree Commission: November 11, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Open Space Committee: November 14, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Redevelopment Agency Meeting: November 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Zoning Board of Adjustment: November 26, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Lake Restoration Committee: November 12, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Environmental Committee: November 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
M.U.A.: November 18, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Library Trustees: November 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. (Pompton Lakes Library)
Planning Board: November 19, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
BID: November 21, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. (274 Wanaque Avenue)
Historic Preservation Committee: November 26, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Recreation Commission: November 26, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Garbage and Recycling Cheat Sheet
Garbage Pickup Notice:

Attention Pompton Lakes Residents: Our goal is to keep our town clean and running smoothly. Residents cooperation is paramount to achieving this goal.

In an effort to increase efficiency and transparency, we will be using decals to communicate with residents whose waste has not been picked up as scheduled due to an ordinance violation.

We understand that it can be disconcerting to come home and see that your garbage or recycling has not been picked up as you had expected, and we want to work with all residents to ensure that future collections are completed as scheduled while ensuring the safety of our hardworking DPW employees.
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:
November 13 & 27
Borough Wide Paper Pickup: November 6 & 20
Metal: Every Monday and Thursday
Garbage: Please refer to the Borough Calendar for Garbage Collection dates
Pompton Lakes Library
Pompton Lakes Library
Heritage Quest is a new electronic resource licensed by the State Library in 2019 that is available to public, school and academic libraries. Heritage Quest Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical resources to help New Jersey residents find their ancestors.

Access Heritage Quest from home Here
Pompton Lakes Library
The Friends of the Pompton Lakes Library will be hosting "Learn How We Reached the Moon" on Wednesday November 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at the Library with NASA Ambassador Mike Green. View the full moon with weather permitting through our telescope!
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, 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.

Pompton Lakes Library
The Pompton Lakes Library is hosting "Holly House Tour 2019".

Do you like to decorate for the holidays? We are looking for homes for this year's Holly House Tour.

For more information contact Helene at (973) 222-1183 or

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
Toddler Yoga

Monday November 4, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Pompton Lakes Public Library, 333 Wanaque Avenue, Pompton Lakes. For toddlers and preschoolers with special needs 18 months to 3 years (currently enrolled in Early Intervention).  
Siblings under age 5 are welcome to attend. Toddler yoga is a great way for children to improve their coordination, balance, body awareness & gross motor skills in a fun & interactive way. Yoga has also shown to help decrease tantrums, support better and longer sleep, improve listening, following directions and self-regulation. Parent participation is required. Please bring a towel! Class will end with a special Story Time. Registration is required and space is limited. Email family or call , 973-256-8484 x204. Registration ends on Tuesday, October 28, 2019. Please include: Your name, telephone #, and the children attending, with their age(s).
Community Announcements
Pompton Lakes Business Improvement District
The Pompton Lakes Business Improvement District (BID) is hosting a BID Bucks Sale on Saturday November 9, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Columbia Bank, 413 Wanaque Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442.
Veterans Day Ceremony
The Borough of Pompton Lakes Mayor and Council invite you to the Pompton Lakes Veterans Day Ceremony on Wednesday November 13, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Carnevale Center, 10 Lenox Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442.
Health Department
The Borough of Pompton Lakes Health Department and Chilton Medical Center are pleased to offer a Stroke Screening on Saturday November 2, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. The cost is $10.

This screening includes:
  • Blood Pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Glucose Screening
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Health Education

Screening will be held at the Borough Hall, 25 Lenox Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442.

To register, please call (973) 835-0143, ext. 235.
Health Department
The Borough of Pompton Lakes is pleased to offer Flu Vaccine Clinics on the following dates:

  • Monday November 4th from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

These will take place at the Borough Hall, 25 Lenox Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442.

The cost is $15.00. and free with Medicare Part B

Registration is required at (973) 835-0143, ext. 235.
Health Department
The Borough of Pompton Lakes offers free dog and cat rabies clinic on Saturday November 9th, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Pom pton Lakes Firehouse, 1 Passaic Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442.

In order to renew your license for 2020, your rabies vaccine should not expire prior to 11/1/20.
Coffee with the Council
The Borough of Pompton Lakes is hosting a "Coffee with the Council" on the following dates at Hug a Mug Coffee and Tea, 222 Wanaque Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442:

  • November 4th from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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 Fall 2019" now until November 13, 2019.

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.
Santa's Mailbox!
Santa has dropped off a mailbox in Borough Hall. Be sure to drop your letter off, with a self-addressed, stamped envelope included, before December 18th. Santa will be sure to read your letter and mail back and special holiday note!
Holiday Stroll
Saturday, December 7th
Sponsored by the Pompton Lakes Chamber of Commerce and Business Improvement District. Tree lighting ceremony begins at 5:30pm in front of the library. Santa will arrive on the fire truck.
Location: Wanaque Avenue
Trails Committee
The Borough of Pompton Lakes Trail Maintenance Committee is hosting Fall Maintenance Days on November 16th and November 24th at 10:00 a.m. Bring gloves and pruners. Trash bags will be provided.

Trail Maintenance Committee
November 2, 2019 is Bulb Day! Pompton Lakes is once again participating in the City Green Dig In! grant program! You may recall our daffodil bulb planting project on the Morris Canal Greenway last year, led by Councilman Ek Venin and facilitated the Trail Maintenance Subcommittee. This year, we have been awarded a whopping 3,000 daffodil bulbs! The bulbs will be distributed over 14 sites throughout the borough. 
Planting day is Saturday, November 2nd. We are looking for Bulb Captains and Bulb planters to participate. Each Bulb Captains will be assigned an area and will be responsible for the volunteers at the location, documenting the planting, and cleaning up afterwards. Bulbs and planting instructions will be distributed to the Bulb Captains and planters at Borough Hall on 11/2. The time has not yet been determined. 
If you are interested in being a Bulb Captain or would like more information, please contact Councilman Venin at or Trail Maintenance at
Pompton Lakes Prevention Coalition
The Pompton Lakes Prevention Coalition is hosting a free Narvan Training on November 20th, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Carnevale Center, 17 Pompton Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442.

Training Includes:
  • Overdose Prevention Strategies
  • Signs and symptoms of overdose
  • How to administer narcan
  • Rescue breathing
  • Overdose Prevention Legal Rights
  • Support Information
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Passaic County Events
Passaic County
Come celebrate the season with us! The Dey Mansion will be fully decorated and alive with the sights and sounds of the 18th century. The weekend will be filled with music, hearth cooking, demonstrations and crafters as well as special appearances from the New Jersey's local militia. Visit our fully stocked gift shop to find a unique gift for everyone on your list and, as always, we'll have traditional Dutch Speculaas cookies!

This event is presented by the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

For more information, please call 973-706-6640.
Passaic County
On Monday, November 11th, 2019, Passaic County is honoring our veterans by waiving greens fees for the day at the Preakness Valley Golf Course.

Please check out the special rates we have year-round for our veterans.

For more information, please call 973 881 4921 or visit

Sponsored by the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders
Passaic County
Join us for an afternoon of wreath-making! Participants will be instructed on how to create their own festive holiday wreath using foliage and a variety of embellishments. Each participant will be provided with their own wreath-making kit.

Registration is required; RSVP by visiting today.

The fee is $30 per participant.

This workshop is presented in partnership with Bartlett’s Greenhouses & Florist of Clifton, N.J.
First Responders Flash Briefing
Pompton Lakes Police Department
Teen Driver Safety
Parents, teach your teen driver to be a safe driver during National Teen Driver Safety Week, and every day thereafter. If they can't handle the rules of the road, they can't handle the keys to the car.
Become familiar with New Jersey's graduated driver license (GDL) restrictions. Remind your teen that driving is a privilege, not a right, and it must always be taken seriously.
Fraud Notice
We have taken several recent reports regarding attempted fraud. Residents are receiving calls from individuals who are identifying themselves as representatives from the Social Security Administration . During the phone calls, the individuals are advising the residents they are under investigation due to their social security
card being linked to money laundering and drug trafficking crimes. We are reminding individuals that you should never agree to wire money or provide any personal information over the phone. If confidential information is given out, we recommend that you respond to police headquarters to file a police report. Thank you for your attention in this matter.
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
Pompton Lakes/Riverdale First Aid Squad
Pompton Lakes/Riverdale First Aid Squad spreading the word about Breast Cancer Awareness Month. THANKS TO ALL OUR FIRST RESPONDERS!!
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