October 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 Fall approaches and leaf season begins, I would remind all residents to refer to the Town Calendar for the Garbage and Leaf Schedule. Please note the pick-up schedule will vary, so therefore, you should check the schedule posted in the calendar. Residents also have the option to dispose of their leaves at the Recycling Center.    

The Luxury Apartment Complex project located on the corner of Colfax and Lakeside Avenues has been completed and the units are occupied. Those interested in renting an apartment unit should contact the facility. 

Welcome to new residents as you settle into our community. I hope you and your families find Pompton Lakes to be a great place to live and you experience the Cardinal Pride. Information regarding Town events, meeting schedules and news can be found within the Town Calendar, Borough website, Facebook and Channel PLTV77. I would urge all new residents to sign up for Emergency Notifications.  

Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to alter events, the Annual Fireworks Display took place in Hershfield Park. I would like to thank the Fire and Police Departments for their assistance during the event. 

The weather was perfect and residents enjoyed the spectacular display throughout Town while adhering to Covid-19 guidelines. This year, the Annual Garage Sale scheduled in July was postponed and was held on Saturday, September 26, 2020 and those who participated were advised to social distance. Out of an abundance of caution, the Annual Chamber Of Commerce Car Show and Fire Prevention Week Open House has been cancelled; Halloween Hunt to be determined.

The Federal Government provided $650,000.00 in funding for expenses related to Covid-19 and the Borough expended the funds on equipment and improvements for Borough buildings. I, along with Councilmembers understand the importance of providing residents and employees a safe environment to do business with the Borough. As we move forward, we continue to look for ways to keep our employees and community safe. 
I met with executives from JCP&L and Senators to address the response for the recent power outage. I would urge residents to voice their concerns and displeasure with the handling of the response for both JCP&L and Cablevision during the last storm event.

We continue to make improvements to our roadways throughout the Borough. Last month paving occurred on Stiles Court and portions of Jefferson Avenue. Paving for Colfax Avenue will ensue within the next two weeks. 

The Borough will move forward with plans for upgrades to Open Space lake property along Lakeside Avenue. All-inclusive playground equipment will be added to the area as well as a floating walkway along the lake area. This project is expected to begin sometime in the Spring or Summer of next year and funded through the Open Space Trust Fund.

I would like to thank residents for taking the time to fill out their Census form. New Jersey has reached a record 68.3% self-response rate, surpassing the last three censuses in self-response: the 1990, 2000, and the 2010 Census. 

Stay safe, continue to abide by COVID-19 restrictions and enjoy the autumn weather.

Until next time,

Mayor Michael Serra 
Borough Clerk's Office
General Election – Tuesday, November 3, 2020 

NEW JERSEY VOTES – election education campaign and the launch of the new 2020 Voter Information Portal website Vote.NJ.Gov along with the New Jersey Voter Information and Assistance Line – 1-877-NJ-Voter (1-877-658-6837).

Late Night Voter Registration hours will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 and the Clerk’s office will be opened from 8:00am through 8:00pm. 

The Passaic County Clerk, Danielle Ireland-Imhof announced updates for Passaic County residents for the 2020 General Election. 

Vote-by-mail ballots for the November 3, 2020 General Election will be mailed to every active, registered voter. Specific changes for voting in the 2020 General Election are as follows:

  • All active, registered voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot without the need to fill out an application.
  • Ballots will be mailed to voters by Monday, October 5, 2020.
  • Voters will have several options to choose from when deciding how to return their completed ballot:
  • Option 1: Mail your completed ballot to the Passaic County Board of Elections with the postage-paid envelope provided with your ballot.
  • Option 2: Drop your completed ballot in one of the Secure Drop Boxes located throughout Passaic County. Secure Drop Box locations will be determined and announced by the Passaic County Board of Elections.
  • Option 3: Return your completed ballot to your assigned polling place on Election Day.
  • There will be limited polling locations for in-person voting on Election Day. Voters who do not complete their vote-by-mail ballot but instead wish to vote in-person will be provided a paper provisional ballot. ADA accessible voting machines will be available for disabled voters.
  • A notice of assigned polling locations will be mailed to voters, but, sample ballots will not. Sample ballots will be posted for viewing at www.PassaicCountyClerk.org.
  • The voter registration deadline remains October 13, 2020. New Jersey residents who are not registered to vote will have the opportunity to register online on a new system launching September 4, 2020. More details will be shared regarding this system as further information is made available. 

The Borough of Pompton Lakes will have two Polling sites the day of the 2020 General Election. Lenox Elementary School will serve Districts 01, 02 and 03 and Lincoln Elementary School will serve Districts 04, 05 and 06. A Secure Drop Box has been installed in the back of the Municipal Building for completed Vote-by-Mail ballots. 
Additional information and announcements regarding the 2020 General Election will be posted at www.PassaicCountyClerk.org. Please direct questions to the Elections Division of the Passaic County Clerk’s Office at (973) 881-4127.

Offices within the Borough remain opened to the public and a mask is required prior to entering the building. Please be respectful and continue to practice social distancing and abide by COVID-19 restrictions. Department staff are also available by telephone or through email. For your convenience and safety, many applications and forms are available on the website, payments for taxes can be made online as well as 24 hour access to a drop box located in the lobby.  

Elizabeth Brandsness, R.M.C.
Municipal Clerk/Deputy Administrator
973-835-0143 ext. 238
Recent News
Governor Murphy Extends COVID-19 Emergency Order Another 30 Days
Governor Phil Murphy today extended the public health emergency and related restrictions on activities in New Jersey, which were first put into place at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic under an executive order he issued on March 8, 2020.
Executive Order No. 186, signed today, extends all executive orders previously issued by he Governor under the Emergency Health Powers Act. The new order also extends all actions taken by any state executive branch departments and state agencies in response to the public health emergency declared due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Under the state’s Emergency Health Powers Act, a declared public health emergency expires after 30 days unless renewed.

For the full text of Executive Order No. 186, click here.
Passaic County Announces October COVID-19 Testing Dates and Locations
The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders continues to offer free mobile testing to all Passaic County residents. Today, the County announced their October mobile testing dates.
In addition to Passaic County’s mobile testing program, the County also continues to offer free at-home testing to all county residents. Both the mobile and at-home testing programs are conducted using a saliva test, administered by Vault Health. 
“It’s important that we continue to offer free testing to our residents. While we’re glad the number of positive cases is low in our county, we want to make sure we take every preventative measurement possible to continue to keep those numbers low and prevent a possible second wave. Every person in our community matters, and along with social distancing and using caution, we want to ensure residents have access to free testing,” stated Freeholder T.J. Best.

The mobile testing operations will be conducted in various municipalities throughout the month of October. Residents will receive free testing, with proof of residency. Prescription and insurance are not required. The October mobile testing schedule is listed below, no appointment necessary*:
For more information and schedule, please visit www.passaiccountynj.org/covid19.

*More dates and locations to follow, mobile testing schedule is subject to change, please review county website to confirm location as dates get closer.
Pompton Lakes Environmental Protection Committee Announces River Clean Up Pledge: Keep Our Rivers and Streams Free of Debris
The Pompton Lakes Environmental Protection Committee has announced a river cleanup campaign as COVID-19 has forced the in person river clean up event to be cancelled.

Take the pledge here, and return to the Borough of Pompton Lakes, Attn: Borough Clerk, 25 Lenox Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442 or email it to clerk@pomptonlakes-nj.gov.
Pompton Lakes Health Department Announces Flu Vaccine Clinics
The Borough of Pompton Lakes Health Department has announced Flu Vaccine Clinics for ages 3 and up. Appointments are required - no walk ins. Register at (973) 835-0143, ext. 235.

The fee is $15 check or exact cash only. The vaccine is free with Medicare Part B.

This is available every Monday from 2:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m., and from 2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on October 5th and 19th at the Borough Hall, 25 Lenox Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442.
Borough of Pompton Lakes Collecting Plastic Film Through Trex Recycling Program
The Borough of Pompton Lakes is collecting plastic film through the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Program. This programs helps the Borough earn a free community bench for every 500 pounds recycled.

Drop off locations include:
  • Borough Hall
  • Library
  • St. Mary's Church
  • Lenox School (Closed due to COVID-19)
  • Lincoln School (Closed due to COVID-19)
  • Lakeside Middle School (Closed due to COVID-19)

Plastics to collect:
  • Bread bags
  • Newspaper sleeves
  • Plastic bags
  • Ice bags
  • Case overlap
Pompton Lakes Fire Prevention Open House Cancelled Due to COVID-19
Out of an abundance of caution due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Pompton Lakes Fire Department’s Open House scheduled for October 12th, 2020 has been cancelled.
Updated Quarantine Advisory Issued for Individuals Traveling to New Jersey, Bringing New Total to 35 States and Territories
35 States and Territories Include Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming
Governor Phil Murphy today advised individuals traveling to New Jersey from states or territories with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state or territory. The updated advisory includes five additional states — Arizona, Minnesota, Nevada, Rhode Island, and Wyoming — bringing the total to 35 states and territories. The travel advisory applies to any person arriving from a state or territory with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

As of Tuesday, September 22, there are currently 35 states and territories that meet the criteria stated above: Alabama; Alaska; Arkansas; Arizona; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Guam; Iowa; Idaho; Indiana; Illinois; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Minnesota; Missouri; Mississippi; Montana; North Carolina; North Dakota; Nebraska; Nevada; Oklahoma; Puerto Rico; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Virginia; Wisconsin; West Virginia; and Wyoming.

“To maintain our steady progress on the road back, we must continue to be vigilant and practice personal responsibility to reduce the potential for outbreaks,” said Governor Murphy. “It remains critically important for anyone arriving to New Jersey from these 35 states and territories to get tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantine for 14 days.”

Travelers and those residents who are returning from impacted states should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging. Individuals should leave the place of self-quarantine only to seek medical care/treatment or to obtain food and other essential items. 

It is expected that individuals will follow the public health advisory to self-quarantine. The list of states will be updated on a rolling basis and is accessible here.
Small Business Administration Announces COVID-19 Phishing Scams: Beware Local Business Owners
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the largest financial assistance bill to date, includes provisions to help small businesses. Fraudsters have already begun targeting small business owners during these economically difficult times. Be on the lookout for grant fraud, loan fraud, and phishing.
Scams and Fraud Schemes:


  • SBA does not initiate contact on either 7a or Disaster loans or grants. If you are proactively contacted by someone claiming to be from the SBA, suspect fraud.


  • If you are contacted by someone promising to get approval of an SBA loan, but requires any payment up front or offers a high interest bridge loan in the interim, suspect fraud.
  • SBA limits the fees a broker can charge a borrower to 3% for loans $50,000 or less and 2% for loans $50,000 to $1,000,000 with an additional ¼% on amounts over $1,000,000. Any attempt to charge more than these fees is inappropriate.
  • If you have a question about getting a SBA disaster loan, call 800-659-2955 or send an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.
  • If you have questions about other SBA lending products, call SBA’s Answer Desk at 800-827-5722 or send an email to answerdesk@sba.gov.
Pompton Lakes Prevention Coalition Announces 2020 Community Needs Survey
The Borough of Pompton Lakes Prevention Coalition has announced the 2020 Community Needs Survey. The coalition uses this survey annually as a tool to guide us in the next year of prevention efforts locally. After we assess the local need, we then develop a plan based on this needs assessment. The survey flyer provides both a QR code and a direct link to the survey.
Pompton Lakes Prevention Coalition Invites You to a Marijuana Seminar
The Pompton Lakes Prevention Coalition invites you to a seminar on Marijuana in the workplace on Friday October 30, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Read the book and join us in an online discussion:

Wednesday, September 30th at 10am
Wednesday, October 14th at 7pm
To reserve your seat at one of these sessions sign up with your contact information at this link. http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZSL8C2Z

Details for the online session will be provided prior to each of the dates listed above.
Pompton Lakes Business Improvement District Announces Restaurants Open for Take Out, Delivery, Outdoor and Indoor Dining
The Pompton Lakes Business Improvement District has announced an updated list of restaurants currently open for take out, delivery, and indoor and outdoor dining. Let's continue to support our local business during this rough time.
Passaic County Announces Fall Fest
The Passaic County Parks and Recreation Department has announced Fall Fest on October 24, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Camp Hope in West Milford.

The event features snacks and juice, kids music by Kurt Gallagher, pumpkin decorating.

Masks and social distancing required. Bring your own seat, snacks and food, and no alcohol is allowed.

Register at passaiccountyrec.org.
Passaic County Announces Fun and Functional Family Fitness Classes
Passaic County is hosting Family Fitness classes at Camp Hope on October 9, 14, 23, and 28 from 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

All family sizes welcomed ages 5 and up. Social distancing and masks required. Parents must accompany your child. Register here.
Passaic County Provides Free Document Shredding
Passaic County is hosting various document shredding events:

  • Saturday November 21, 2020
  • The Paterson Museum, 2 Market Street, Paterson, NJ

The collection sites are open from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. or until the truck is full. The event is rain or shine.

COVID-19 Rules:
  • 1 person per car
  • Must wear a mask
  • 6 ft. social distancing
Accepted Materials:
  • Old checks
  • Bank statements
  • Utility Bills
  • Tax Returns
  • Computer Printouts
  • Medical Information
  • Envelopes, Paper, Newspaper, Letterhead
  • Staples

Unaccepted Materials:
  • Metal binders
  • Plastics
  • Overnight shipping envelopes
  • Carbon paper
  • Any other non-paper items
Passaic County Offering Computer and Electronics Recycling to Passaic County Residents
Passaic County is hosting various computer and electronics recycling events:

  • Friday October 2, 2020
  • Saturday October 3, 2020
  • Passaic County Arts Center, John W. Rea House, 675 Goffle Road, Hawthorne, NJ

Collection sites are open from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. rain or shine.

COVID-19 Rules:
  • 1 person per car
  • Must wear a mask
  • Stay in car
  • 6 ft. social distancing
Passaic County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Dates for 2020
Passaic County is hosting Household Hazardous Waste Collections for 2020:

  • Saturday October 24, 2020
  • Ringwood Park and Ride, 30 Cannici Drive, Ringwood, NJ
  • Sunday November 22, 2020
  • PCCC Wanaque Campus, 500 Union Avenue, Wanaque, NJ

Proof of Passaic County residence is required upon entry.
Passaic County Offering Medical Sharps Collection
Passaic County is offering a medical sharps collection on Sunday October 25, 2020 at the Wayne Township Municipal Building, 475 Valley Road, Wayne, NJ. Accepted materials include medical sharps in a rigid container. Residents only and no doctors offices.
COVID-19: Human Services Opens Applications for Coronavirus Child Care Tuition Assistance Program
New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson announced that applications are now open for the new COVID-19 child care tuition assistance program the Murphy Administration has created to help families with child care costs as schools open remotely.
The $150 million program will provide child care tuition assistance to New Jersey families with incomes up to $75,000 that are in need of either full or part-time child care due to their child’s remote learning schedule.

Families can apply for this assistance by completing the online application at www.ChildCareNJ.gov. Those applying will need proof of income and a notice or announcement from their child’s school of a remote learning schedule.
Garbage and Recycling News
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.
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:
October 14 & 28
Borough Wide Paper Pickup: October 7 & 21
Metal: Every Monday and Thursday
Garbage: Please refer to the Borough Calendar for Garbage Collection dates
Pompton Lakes Borough Council
Mayor Michael Serra

Council Members
Council President - Ekamon Venin
William Baig, Frank Jaconetta, Terri Reicher, Erik DeLine, Jennifer Polidori

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