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Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill Announces Pompton Lakes Prevention Coalition 'Drug Free Communities' Grant Award

POMPTON LAKES, NJ -- Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) announced $340,417 in federal grants for the Pompton Lakes Prevention Coalition. The community engagement grants are funded by the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“Kids deserve to grow up in an environment that supports good choices, and we are all better off when our youth have the tools and education they need to avoid drugs,” said Rep. Sherrill. “Thank you to the Pompton Lakes Prevention Coalition for your important work, and congratulations on earning this federal support.”

The Pompton Lakes Prevention Coalition builds and strengthens community collaboration in support of local efforts that foster a drug free lifestyle among youth and create a healthy community. The Coalition will use this grant by implementing programs and campaigns like Sticker Shock, Parents Who Host Lose the Most, Talk. They Hear You., Project Alert, Keep a Clear Mind, and Don't Get Vaped In.

“This grant is very important to our community,” said Pompton Lakes Mayor Michael Serra. “This funding helps us educate and react to drug and alcohol concerns at an early age to help combat future problems with youth substance74445746_2364584187126549_2193273265005264896_o abuse.”

The Pompton Lakes Prevention Coalition was created to prevent underage drinking and marijuana use among local youth. This group of local citizens interview, survey, and collect specific information about Pompton Lakes and collaborate with various community groups to foster prevention.

“The Pompton Lakes Prevention Coalition is extremely grateful to be awarded continuation with the Drug-Free Communities Support Program,” said Ashley Lucyk, the Pompton Lakes Municipal Alliance Coordinator, who leads the grant. “This next phase of funding will help us to bring new programming to our local youth and community members. This grant allows us to foster drug free lifestyles and create change, and we are thrilled to continue these efforts.”

The DFC Program provides grants to community coalitions to strengthen the infrastructure among local partners to create and sustain a reduction in local youth substance use. Recognizing that local problems need local solutions, DFC-funded coalitions engage multiple sectors of the community and employ a variety of environmental strategies to address local substance use problems.

The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, is the nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent youth substance use. Directed by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the DFC Program provides grants to community coalitions to strengthen the infrastructure among local partners to create and sustain a reduction in local youth substance use.

Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown to be Conducted Locally as Part of Statewide Year End Campaign

Pompton Lakes, N.J. — Law enforcement officials from Pompton Lakes will be cracking down on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs as part of the annual end of year “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign. 

Beginning December 4, 2020 and continuing through January 1, 2021, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.

The national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” effort endeavors to raise awareness about tDrive Sober or Get Pulled Overhe dangers of impaired driving through a combination of high-visibility enforcement and public education. During the last five years New Jersey has experienced more than 36,000 alcohol involved crashes resulting in 648 fatalities. This is a critical law enforcement program that can save lives during a time of the year when social gatherings with alcohol increase the risk of impaired driving.

Last year, 22% of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey were alcohol-related. Nationally, 10,511 people died in 2018 in drunk driving crashes. The societal cost associated with these crashes is estimated to be $44 billion annually. 

Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2020 Year End Holiday Crackdown offer the following advice for the holiday season:

  • Take mass transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home. 
  • Spend the night where the activity or party is held.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.  
  • Always buckle-up, every ride. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver. 
  • If you are intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive or escort you to your doorstep.
  • Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.

Welcome to Pompton Lakes -- Randy's Homemade Ice Cream

POMPTON LAKES, NJ - August 30, 2020 - Randy's Homemade Ice Cream has officially opened in the heart of Screenshot (19)Downtown, located at 322 Wanaque Avenue, Suite D, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442.

The shop serves premium homemade ice cream, always with their signature animal cracker topping on each cup. 

Randy's offers a variety of fresh, homemade flavors such as mint chocolate chip, cookies and cream, and Madagascar Vanilla. 

Pompton Lakes Mayor Michael Serra welcomed Randy's to Downtown Pompton Lakes. "It is great to see a new business come into town under such difficult times. Myself and all our residents wish him the best of luck. I know I will be in for a cone as soon as I have the chance", said Mayor Serra.  

Councilman and Borough Liaison to the Business Improvement District William Baig commented, "I'd like to welcome Randy's Ice Cream to downtown Pompton Lakes. As a new business in town customers are reporting a business with a great atmosphere and staff and Awesome diary fresh ice cream."  

Business Hours are Tuesday through Friday 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sunday's 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and closed on Monday's. 

Welcome to Pompton Lakes!


Getting Started with Home Composting: Borough of Pompton Lakes Shares Tips and Resources

POMPTON LAKES, NJ — May 23, 2020 – The 50th Anniversary of Earth Day was held on April 22, but the Borough of Pompton Lakes encourages people to celebrate Earth Day every day. 

open-composterAccording to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), food scraps and yard waste make up more than 28 percent of what we throw away. Composting has these benefits:

  • It keeps biodegradable materials out of landfills — where they release methane, a potent greenhouse gas that’s stronger than carbon dioxide and is a major contributor to climate change. All organic matter eventually decomposes — but in a landfill it does so without oxygen. A head of lettuce, for example, takes 25 years to decompose in a landfill. Composting speeds the process by providing the ideal decomposition environment, reducing waste and methane.
  • It creates nutrient-dense organic material that enriches soil and reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. Adding compost to soil helps retain moisture, suppress plant diseases and pests, and grow healthier plants and more nutritious food.

For home composting, the recommended recipe is creating a compost pile with an equal amount of "browns" to "greens."

  • Browns are dead leaves; branches, twigs and other wood material; paper; hay and straw;
  • Greens are pesticide-free fresh grass clippings, vegetable waste, fruit scraps, and coffee grounds

Alternate layers and moisten materials as they are added. The browns provide carbon for your compost, the greens provide nitrogen, and the moisture helps break down the organic matter. Smaller pieces will break down more quickly, so tear or cut up larger pieces. Research different types of compost bins online to see what works for your needs and available space.

What to Compost:

Compostable items include: 

  • Coffee grounds and paper filters;
  • Cotton and Wool Rags;
  • Dryer and vacuum cleaner lint;
  • Eggshells;
  • Fireplace ashes;
  • Fruits and vegetables;
  • Grass clippings;
  • Hair and fur;
  • Hay and straw;
  • Houseplants;
  • Leaves;
  • Nut shells;
  • Sawdust;
  • Shredded newspaper;
  • Tea bags;
  • Wood chips;
  • Yard trimmings

What Not to Compost:

Keep these 8 things out of your compost — for your own health and the health of your plants, and to prevent odor problems and pests:

  • Black walnut tree leaves or twigs — Release substances that might be harmful to plants
  • Coal or charcoal ash — Might contain substances harmful to plants
  • Dairy products (e.g., butter, milk, sour cream, yogurt) and eggs — Create odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies
  • Diseased or insect-ridden plants — Might infect other plants
  • Fats, grease, lard, or oils (whether animal- or vegetable-based) — Create odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies
  • Meat or fish bones and scraps — Create odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies
  • Pet wastes (e.g., dog or cat feces, soiled cat litter) — Might contain parasites, bacteria, germs, pathogens, and viruses harmful to humans
  • Yard trimmings treated with chemical pesticides — Might kill beneficial composting organisms

Learn More:

To learn more about home composting, visit epa.gov/recycle/composting-home or the Rutgers Agricultural Experiment Station website. For questions, you can also email the Pompton Lakes Environmental Protection Committee at environmentalcommittee@pomptonlakes-NJ.gov.