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Borough of Pompton Lakes Achieves Prestigious Silver Level Certification for Second Year in a Row by Sustainable Jersey

Among 18 Municipalities to Reach Silver

Pompton Lakes, N.J. - November 19, 2021 — The Borough of Pompton Lakes has earned Silver Certification from Sustainable Jersey for 2021 for the second year in a row, the organization announced this week. It is one of 55 municipalities across the state that were certified this year, and one of 18 to achieve Silver Certification, according to Sustainable Jersey.Pompton Lakes RGB

To achieve Silver Certification, a municipality must score at least 350 points. Pompton Lakes had 350. A total of 457 of New Jersey's 565 municipalities are engaged in the certification program.

The Borough of Pompton Lakes earned points through specific actions such as communications and public information, local economy and business, pedestrian and bicycle safety, complete streets, safe routes to schools, tree maintenance and planting, flood mitigation activities, and many more. 

Noteworthy projects that put Pompton Lakes over the silver threshold include the adoption of a Complete Streets Policy, which was passed in 2020, buy local outreach and marketing, which is performed by the Pompton Lakes Business Improvement District, and various recycling education and compliance activities, which is managed by the Public Works Department.  Programs like plastic film recycling and prescription drug drop off also helped the Borough reach silver status.  

Towns were certified based on how they performed in areas such as improving energy efficiency, health and wellness, reducing waste, sustaining local economies, protecting natural resources and advancing the arts.

"Reaching Silver Certification for Sustainable Jersey is a significant achievement for Pompton Lakes, and the culmination of an effort that began soon after we first reached Bronze level in 2018", said Council President and Green Team Liaison Erik DeLine. "We are 1 of only 64 municipalities in the state who are currently certified at this level. It is a demonstration of our community’s dedication in being a more resilient and sustainable community. It could not have been accomplished without the work and support of our Mayor and Council, the Borough’s Public Information Officer Michael Carelli, the Borough’s Administration and Departments, and the volunteers who serve on our Boards and Committees." 

Sustainable Jersey provides tools, training and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability initiatives. The program culminates in a certification award to municipalities and schools that have documented meeting a set of standards. Sustainable Jersey participants have successfully implemented and documented over 16,500 sustainability actions.

Over $5.6 million in grants have been provided by Sustainable Jersey to towns, school districts and schools for community-based projects that create healthy and sustainable communities in New Jersey

It’s Utility Scam Awareness Week: Learn the Telltale Signs

PSE&G urges customers to think twice if someone threatens to immediately shut off their power

Pompton Lakes, N.J. - November 16, 2021 - PSE&G will join Utilities United Against Scams (UUAS) to recognize the sixth annual Utility Scam Awareness Week, Nov 15-19. National Scam Awareness Week is an advocacy and awareness campaign focused on educating customers and exposing the tactics used by scammers. 

“The pandemic has created financial hardship and escalated stress levels for many of our customers, and that is a perfect environment for scammers to thrive,” said Deb Affonsa, PSE&G’s vice president Customer Care and chief customer officer. “Bad actors create the impression of an urgent problem in the hopes that our customers will panic, preventing our customers from seeing all the clues that they are indeed being scammed. I would like to reinforce, PSE&G is not currently shutting off residential customers for nonpayment. PSE&G wants to help all our customers who are behind on their energy bills with affordable payment agreements to help our customers get back on track, together.” 

PSE&G reminds customers to be alert to scams – particularly scams demanding immediate bill payment via a prepaid credit card or digital money transfer, or offering a bill discount due to a good payment history.

What to look out for:

  • You receive a call from what looks like PSE&G on your caller ID.
  • The caller threatens to shut off your service and demands an immediate payment by cash, pre-paid card, or digital money transfer apps.
  • The caller informs you that you require a new meter and demands a deposit before the installation can occur (PSE&G does not require a deposit for a new meter installation).
  • You're given a phone number to call back that, when called, may sound similar to PSE&G’s automated call system.
  • The caller alerts you that, because of your good bill-paying history, you’re eligible for a bill reduction or discount but you must provide information first.

PSE&G never requires payment with a prepaid card and does not offer bill discounts. As another reminder, PSE&G does not accept payment via prepaid gift cards, digital money transfer apps or cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin.

What PSE&G will and won’t discuss over the phone:

  • A genuine PSE&G representative will ask to speak to the account owner.
  • If that person is available, the representative will explain why they are calling and provide the account name, address and current balance.
  • If the account owner is not available, the PSE&G representative will not discuss the account at all and ask that a message be left for the Customer of Record to call 1-800-436-PSEG (7734).

For more information, visit pseg.com/scamalert

“It’s perfectly acceptable for the customer to hang up the phone. The scammer’s initial goal is to pressure their targets and convince them that they work for the utility,” said UUAS Executive Director Monica Martinez. “Scammers are extremely sophisticated in their tactics, and, by simply ending the call, you can end their scam. If you are unsure, you can always call back the utility by dialing the number found on your bill or on their website, and they will provide you with the correct information.”

PSE&G is a member of the UUAS collaborative. UUAS, a consortium of more than 145 U.S. and Canadian electric, water, and natural gas utilities and their respective trade associations, has helped to create awareness of common and new scam tactics and to cease operations of nearly 5,000 toll-free numbers used against utility customers by scammers.

NJDEP: Single-Use Plastic Straws to Only be Provided Upon Request, Effective Thursday, Nov. 4

A provision of New Jersey’s commitment to reduce plastics pollution statewide will take effect on Thursday, Nov. 4best_crop_abf702a27481012ee02e_Skip_The_Straw_Cling_v5-88a9c411 when food-service businesses may provide single-use plastic straws to a customer only upon request, the Department of Environmental Protection and NJ Business Action Center announced today.

Food-service businesses includes all restaurants, convenience stores and fast-food businesses, each of which must also educate their employees and customers about the restriction. Consumers will still be able to purchase packages of straws and beverages prepackaged with a straw, such as juice boxes, after Nov. 4.

The restriction on single-use plastic straws is part of a broader state law enacted in 2020 banning the sale or provision of single-use plastic carryout bags from stores and food-service businesses; single-use paper carryout bags from grocery stores larger than or equal to 2,500 square feet; and use of polystyrene foam food-service products. These additional provisions of the law take effect on May 4, 2022 and will supersede any established local laws at that time.

“When we move beyond single-use plastics, we can reduce our reliance on the fossil fuels that create plastic, remove a source of litter from our communities, and protect wild and marine life from the harm of ingesting or becoming entangled in plastic products,” DEP Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette said.

The DEP, NJ Business Action Center and the NJ Clean Communities Council are working together to help businesses and communities understand and comply with the law.  A new website at www.nj.gov/dep/plastic-ban-law/ includes helpful information for regulated entities, including a Frequently Asked Questions page, a list of establishments and how the law impacts them, a copy of the law, and more. 

Additionally, the NJ Business Action Center has created a clearinghouse at https://business.nj.gov/bags/vendorclearinghouse to aid businesses in identifying vendors and manufacturers who sell the reusable carryout bags permitted by the new law.

  • To learn more about the Clean Communities Council’s Bag Up NJ campaign, visit www.bagupnj.com.
  • For a video about BagUp NJ, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxxIrduooSk
  • Follow Commissioner LaTourette on Twitter and Instagram @shawnlatur and follow the DEP on Twitter @NewJerseyDEP.

Passaic County Announces Mail In Ballot Requests for the November 2021 General Election

Pompton Lakes, N.J. - October 20, 2021 - Passaic County Clerk, Danielle Ireland-Imhof announces additional hours for mail-in ballot requests for the November 2021 General Election. Registered Passaic County voters who do not wish to vote on a voting machine at an In-Person Early Voting Center or at their polling location on Election Day, may apply for a Vote-by-Mail Ballot at the Passaic County Clerk’s Office in Paterson or the Wanaque Satellite office on the following dates: 

 

PATERSON LOCATION

Passaic County Administration Building

401 Grand Street, Room 130

Paterson, New Jersey 07505

 WANAQUE LOCATION

Passaic County Clerk’s Satellite Office

1237 Ringwood Avenue

Wanaque (Haskell), New Jersey 07420

Monday, October 25

8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 26

8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 27

8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 28

8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Friday, October 29

8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 30

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sunday, October 31

CLOSED

CLOSED

Monday, November 1

8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Please note the following:

  • •All voters will have their temperature checked upon arrival. 
  • •All voters are asked to wear a face covering and observe appropriate social distancing. 
  • •Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 19:63-4, no person shall serve as an authorized messenger or as a bearer for more than three qualified voters in an election, except that an authorized messenger or bearer may serve as such for up to five qualified voters in an election if those voters are immediate family members residing in the same household as the messenger or bearer.


The Joe Louis Story to be Screened in the Boxer's Hometown

The Friends of the Pompton Lakes Library will continue their annual film festival with a special screening of the Joe Louis Story on Friday October 1st, 2021

Undefeated World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis lived and trained in Pompton Lakes during the time he was World Champion.  Born in Alabama, and growing up in Detroit, Joe Louis came to Pompton Lakes in 1935 to train at Dr. Joseph Bier's Health Farm on Perrin Ave (now the location of the local Elks Lodge).  He stayed and trained there,Louis Movie - 2021 on and off, until his professional retirement in 1949.

Louis was welcomed in the town, attracting admirers and supporters to watch him train and sometimes treating local children to ice creams.  He donated earnings from promotional fights to help purchase the town’s first ambulance, and later contributed to the building of a police communications tower.

The Friends of the Pompton Lakes Library are celebrating Joe Louis' achievements and his connection to Pompton Lakes by showing the movie telling his life story and featuring many of his 25 championship wins.  The film will be screened on the library lawn on Friday October 1st from 7pm and preceded by an introduction from local historian, Paul Bowlby, who has amassed a wealth of knowledge and a collection of rare Joe Louis photographs and memorabilia.

(A rain date of Sunday October 3rd has been reserved in case of inclement weather)

This program is made possible in part by a grant administered by the Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council from funds granted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  The Friends acknowledge all their local partners for making this Film Festival possible, including the Pompton Lakes Mayor’s Office and Council, the Pompton Lakes BID and the Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council, 

Steve Edgeller, President of the Pompton Lakes Library said, “We’re looking forward to showing this rarely seen movie which  celebrates Joe Louis, his achievements and his records which still stand today.”

The Friends of the Pompton Lakes Library is an independent non-profit volunteer organization working to further the educational and informational needs of the community through its support of the Emanuel Einstein Memorial Library, also known as The Pompton Lakes Library.  The Friends of the Pompton Lakes Library is a not for profit 501(c)(3) corporation.

If you would like more information about this event, please contact Steve Edgeller, at (973) 513 9468 or email at friends@friendsofpomptonlakeslibrary.org.

Passaic County Clerk Announces Expanded Outreach Services

Paterson, N.J. - September 22, 2021 – Clerk Danielle Ireland-Imhof is pleased to announce the return of the expanded outreach sites and services. The Clerk’s Office will process Passport applications, issue Notary Oaths andlogo Veteran’s Photo ID Cards on the following dates.

Customers can now skip the line and book online.  Schedule your appointment by visiting the Passaic County Clerk’s office website, www.PassaicCountyClerk.org, and click on the “Book Now” button. When utilizing the online scheduling tool, you will be asked to enter your full name, phone number and email address to schedule the appointment.  Once the appointment is scheduled, you will receive a confirmation email, providing the details of the appointment and the list of required documents and fees needed for the appointment.  You will also receive a follow-up reminder email the day before your scheduled appointment.

All COVID-19 safety protocols remain in effect for both employees and the public.  When coming to any of the outreach sites, you can expect frequently disinfected surfaces, social distancing, mask or face covering requirements, and protective glass between customers and County Clerk’s Office employees.  

Clerk Danielle Ireland-Imhof and her staff look forward to safely serving you.

Should you require additional information or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (973) 225-3690 or visit our website at www.PassaicCountyClerk.org.

Borough of Pompton Lakes Announces Small Business Grant Program

Grant Program Opening September 13, 2021 at 8 a.m.

Pompton Lakes, N.J. – September 8, 2021 – The Borough of Pompton Lakes is announcing the Pompton Lakes Small Business Grant Program, a program that will directly assist eligible Pompton Lakes Businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Mayor Michael Serra and the Borough Council have made funds available by the Federal Government within the American Rescue Plan "dedicated to supporting Pompton Lakes’ small business community."Grant Extended - 2021

The Grant Program is open to businesses located and operating in the Pompton Lakes Business Improvement District.  Grants are available up to $5,000 per eligible business. The grant program opens on September 13, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. and closes on September 27, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. 

“Our small businesses are critical to the success of our economy and have been challenged throughout this crisis,” said Pompton Lakes Mayor Michael Serra. “This program will assist our local small businesses to move forward and begin the recovery process.  We urge all those that are eligible to apply.” 

To learn more about eligibility and program details, and to apply, visit https://pomptonlakes.arpgrants.com/index2.html?ver=3

For questions, businesses may contact pomptonlakesgrants@nwfinancial.com

Borough Announces 3rd Dose COVID-19 Vaccination Availability Through Wayne Health Department

Pompton Lakes, N.J. - September 1, 2021 - Mayor Serra is pleased to announce that the Borough of Pompton Lakes is offering a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine for individuals determined eligible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

COVID-19 booster doses will tentatively be available starting September 20th for those that have been vaccinated eight (8) months ago.  Only Pfizer and Moderna are available for 3rd and booster doses.E73ugcmWQAglhV9

In addition, vaccines are available at no charge to everyone and anyone 12 years and older who would like to be vaccinated.  Even better than that, recipients can choose the brand of vaccine they’d prefer, Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson, as well as WHERE and WHEN they would like to be vaccinated by choosing a variety of opportunities the Wayne Health Department has available.      For an appointment please call (973)694-1800 ext. 3237 or you can schedule your own by visiting www.waynetownship.com.  Walk-ins are always welcome every Wednesday at the Health Department from 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm located at 475 Valley Road.  Homebound residents who need to be vaccinated in their homes are invited to call Wayne Township’s Nursing Department at (973)694-1800 ext. 3237 to schedule an appointment for themselves, their family members, as well as their caretakers. 

In addition, the Health Department would be happy to come to any business or faith-based organization to provide a free onsite vaccination clinic.  For more information or to schedule an appointment or clinic, please call (973)694-1800 ext. 3237.

Lidl Opens its Doors in Pompton Lakes

Pompton Lakes, N.J. - September 1, 2021 - Lidl, a German discount grocery store chain, opened its newest New Jersey store today right here in Pompton Lakes, N.J.

The store is located at Pompton Lakes Towne Square Plaza, 47 Wanaque Avenue, Pompton Lakes, N.J. 07442.241061554_4632426590109338_255446814673680736_n

“We are very excited about our new supermarket Lidl here in Pompton Lakes,” said Pompton Lakes Mayor Michael Serra. “This has been in the works for 2 years and it is great to see it come to fruition. Thank you to the Lidl staff, the Pompton Lakes Council, Business Improvement District, Planning Board, and all those involved on this great accomplishment”.

The new Store Manager gave a shout out to the early morning shoppers.

“We look forward to welcoming you into our store and introducing you guys to our high quality products, unbelievably low prices and unique shopping experience. We’re very eager to serve you,” said the Store Manager before cutting a ceremonial ribbon.

Lidl offers fresh produce, meat, bakery items and a wide selection of household products. The German grocery store boasts its low prices and convenient store layouts.

After opening its first Garden State location in Vineland in 2019, Lidl has expanded to open 21 total N.J. locations since.

There are currently over 100 stores across the East Coast and more than 11,000 Lidl stores throughout 32 countries.

Anticipation Grows for Lidl's Grand Opening in Pompton Lakes

 Pompton Lakes, N.J. - August 31, 2021 — If this week's opening of the Lidl store in Pompton Lakes is any indication of future outcomes, Wednesday's grand opening of the Pompton Lakes store will join its place among the Borough's favorite events of the summer. 

Lidl is not the typical American grocery store with thousands upon thousands of products, often with dozens in theDQOH5WWFQBDDHN4JE7JLW7BVPY same category. Instead, the Lidl team carefully curates the best quality items at the best price. Lidl has a 'bring your own bag' policy, so instead of paying the grocer mark-ups to cover the cost of single-use bags, costs are kept under control.

The ribbon cutting for Wednesday's grand opening will take place shortly after the doors open at 7:30 A.M. 

The new store is located at 47 Wanaque Avenue, Pompton Lakes, N.J. 07442. 

The Pompton Lakes location will be Lidl's 21st store to open in the Garden State. Lidl has New Jersey stores in Lacey, Brick, Cherry Hill, Union, Lawrenceville, Bayonne, Hazlet, Glassboro, Park Ridge, Burlington, Bergenfield, Woodbridge, Weehawken, Egg Harbor, Vineland, Howell, Eatontown, North Brunswick, Belleville, and Garwood. Lidl was reported to have considered opening a location in Montclair's Lackawanna Plaza, but that hasn't come to fruition.

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Pompton Lakes: What You Need to Know Now About the Spotted Lanternfly

Pompton Lakes, N.J. - August 17, 2021 - The spotted lanternfly, with its whitish upper wings and red lower wings dotted with black spots, has become a familiar sight across the county lately. State and local officials are still asking you to kill it.

A spokesperson for the state Department of Agriculture, which also advises the “stomping out” of the spottedE8XebDUXMAYKLJ- lanternfly, said that the insects are no threat to humans or pets, but they are plant eaters and can feed on approximately 70 different types of vegetation.

The insects also excrete a sugary substance as they feed, which can attract bees, wasps and other insects and promote mold growth, the department notes.

If residents have infestations of the bug on their properties, they can refer to the department’s list of ways to treat them.

Those who see spotted lanternflies in the county should also report them using the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s online tool or by calling 833-4BADBUG (833-422-3284).

Reports filled out by individuals contribute to a database used by the state and U.S departments of agriculture to help determine infested areas and possible treatment for high-risk properties. The treatment is based on location, risk and available funds.

People visiting quarantined areas are advised not to park under tree lines, to keep the windows rolled up when parking their vehicles and to check for spotted lanternfly eggs or insects and destroy them before leaving.

According to the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University, young spotted lanternflies hatch from eggs and are black with white spots. As they grow, the nymphs become red and black with white spots and may be found in large numbers on a wide range of hosts, including landscape trees.

“Now is a critical time for management efforts as even these young adults will not become reproductive until September,” posted Anne Nielsen, an entomology specialist at the Rutgers Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

In addition to taking the recommended steps, concerned residents can email other questions to SLF-plantindustry@ag.nj.gov

Borough Hosting Town-Wide Garage Sale on Saturday September 25

Pompton Lakes, N.J. - August 6, 2021 - The Annual Borough of Pompton Lakes Town Wide Garage Sale is on Saturday September 25, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. until dusk37124628_10216952130218381_2544874968781422592_n. The rain date is Sunday September 26, 2021. There are no permits or fees required to register your home. Shoppers can access a digital map and spreadsheet for participating homes by visiting www.pomptonlakes-nj.gov and search "Town Wide Garage Sale".

Participants wishing to register their home are asked to email Michael Carelli at plsocialmedia@pomptonlakes-nj.gov by September 17, 2021. 

The Borough is working to make this a zero waste event by asking yard sale hosts to donate their leftovers to local charities. Among the groups that will pick up donations of clothing and household items are the Vietnam Veterans of America (vva.org), GreenDrop (gogreendrop.com), the Market Street Mission (marketstreet.org) and Habitat for Humanity’s Restore (https://habitatrestorewayne.org/), which does some pickups and accepts antiques, furniture, flooring, brand new plumbing, painting supplies, doors and more.

Residents and visitors are asked to please be mindful of pedestrians. 

Any questions, please contact plsocialmedia@pomptonlakes-nj.gov.. 

NJEDA Announces Community Stage Relief Grant Program for Small Businesses

Pompton Lakes, N.J. - August 5, 2021 - The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today announced the New Jersey Community Stage Relief Grant Program. The $17.5 million program will provide grants of up to $300,000 to eligible for-profit establishments that host at least two regularly occurring live performances or events per week. More information about the program is available at https://business.nj.gov/covid/covid-relief-venues. 

The arts and culture industry has seen major disruption as a result of the pandemic. This includes venues that host live performances or events and the businesses that organize, promote, produce, and manage these live events. To address this impact, Governor Phil Murphy allocated $17.5 million of Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) and American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to the NJEDA to support arts and culture organizations. This is in addition to $7.5 million in grant funding for nonprofit arts venues awarded by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

The New Jersey Community Stage Relief Grant Program announced today will use the $17.5 million allocated to the NJEDA to provide grants equal to 30 percent of a qualified establishment’s decline in operating revenue from 2019 to 2020, up to a maximum grant award of $300,000.

The New Jersey Community Stage Relief Grant Program is only open to for-profit establishments with arts focused NAICS Codes or businesses that make 50 percent or more of their operating revenue from the organization, hosting, promotion, production, or management of live music or performances.

In order to focus funding on hard hit community-based arts and culture businesses and work towards Governor Murphy and Lieutenant Governor Sheila Y. Oliver’s goals of investment in New Jersey’s diverse communities, establishments that meet one of the baseline eligibility criteria must also be able to demonstrate that they:

  • Have a venue capacity of 2,500 or less;
  • Host at least two live performances per week;
  • Collect admission fees or sell tickets for events;
  • Pay artists for performing at their events; and
  • Experienced a 25 percent or greater operating loss between Q2 2019 and Q2 2020.

The NJEDA anticipates opening applications for the New Jersey Community Stage Relief Grant Program in August. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date and time at which the Authority receives the application.

In line with Governor Murphy’s commitment to a stronger, fairer recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, 33 percent of total funding available for the New Jersey Community Stage Relief Grant Program will be set aside to support establishments that have a commercial business address in a census tract that was eligible to be selected as a New Jersey Opportunity Zone.

Comprehensive information about the eligibility and document requirements for the New Jersey Community Stage Relief Grant Program is available at https://business.nj.gov/covid/covid-relief-venues.

Learn more about New Jersey’s COVID-19 response and other programs for businesses impacted by COVID-19 at https://business.nj.gov/covid.

About the New Jersey Economic Development Authority

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses call NJEDA Customer Care at 609-858-6767 or visit https://www.njeda.com and follow @NewJerseyEDA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Borough of Pompton Lakes Awarded $10,000 Grant from Sustainable Jersey and PSE&G Foundation

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Pompton Lakes, N.J. – June 29, 2021 - Sustainable Jersey announced that the Borough of Pompton Lakes was one of ten recipients awarded a $10,000 grant funded by the PSE&G Foundation through Sustainable Jersey. The grants support proposals such as adding electric vehicles (EVs) to municipal fleets, solar projects such as the purchase of solar technology, completion of team building activities; and innovative sustainable projects.

“I applaud the efforts of all of those involved for their determination to help improve the Borough's waterways through grants like this one from Sustainable Jersey,” said Mayor Michael Serra. “This grant will support invasive species removals at various locations along the Ramapo River, as well as restore native riparian plantings along the river bank,” continued Serra.

The grant application was developed by Council President Erik DeLine along with members of the Pompton Lakes Flood Advisory Board. 

The PSEG Foundation has contributed over $2.2 million dollars in funding to the Sustainable Jersey grants program for municipalities and schools. “The PSEG Foundation is committed to helping build sustainable and thriving communities by empowering and investing in the people, environment and infrastructure of the communities we serve, embodying our mission to help build better places to live and work,” said Rick Thigpen, senior vice president of Corporate Citizenship at PSEG and chairman of the PSEG Foundation. “Supporting Sustainable Jersey and local municipalities as they build sustainability programs puts resources where they’re needed to positively impact the environment and local communities, having a lasting impact on neighborhoods throughout New Jersey.”

Since 2009 the Sustainable Jersey Grants Program has distributed over $5.5 million in grants to New Jersey schools and municipalities to help make their communities more livable, environmentally friendly, and prosperous.

About Sustainable Jersey: 

Sustainable Jersey provides tools, training, and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability programs. Currently, 80 percent or 453 of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities are participating in the municipal certification program and 347 school districts and 900 schools are participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program.

Sustainable Jersey’s partners include the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program. Program underwriters include the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program, the PSEG Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Sustainable Jersey Grants program for municipalities is funded by the PSEG Foundation and the Gardinier Environmental Fund. Platinum sponsors are South Jersey Gas, New Jersey Natural Gas and PSE&G. The Gold Sponsor is Elizabethtown Gas. Silver Sponsors are NJM Insurance Group, Bayshore Recycling, Northfield Bank, New Jersey American Water, Jersey Central Power & Light, Atlantic Health System and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. The Bronze Sponsors are Covanta, Greener by Design, Ørsted, Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt & Cappelli LLC, First Environment, Roux Associates, Republic Services, The ECG Group, Bryan Electric and Red Oak Power.

Website: www.SustainableJersey.com; www.SustainableJerseySchools.com

"Art on the Ave": Taking Art to the Streets of Pompton Lakes

Pompton Lakes Business Improvement District Brings Vibrant Art Show to Downtown Pompton Lakes

A group of Pompton Lakes area residents and students are turning Downtown Pompton Lakes into aArt 5 colorful dreamscape in the largest collaborative art installation the Borough has ever had.

The Pompton Lakes Business Improvement District started an expanding art installation along Wanaque Avenue, accessible by foot and bike; they’re calling it the “Art on the Ave.”

The lawn sign style paintings were created by residents of the Pompton Lakes area along with students from the Pompton Lakes High School. The collection features 100+ acrylic paintings, and growing, all with a different style and special story to tell. 

“It’s very hip. It’s very urban. Its got a lot of bright colors. It has so much character because of the artists. They’re so artistic, but they all have their own style.”, said a member of the Pompton Lakes Business Improvement District.

The "Art on the Ave" Art Show was a nice way to end a very challenging school year.", said Pompton Lakes High School Art Teacher John Turano.  "It helped to provide focus for both me and my students. Having the Art displayed throughout the community gave everyone involved a sense of pride."

The murals will be on display through mid-June. This show would not be possible without the enthusiastic participants and support from members of the Pompton Lakes BID, who organized the show. 

Come out to beautiful Pompton Lakes to experience the colorful art exhibit. 

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Pompton Lakes Celebrates Virtual Local Government Week April 18 to April 24

Social Media Series on the Borough's History Planned

POMPTON LAKES, N.J. - From April 18-24, 2021, the Borough of Pompton Lakes will join municipalities across theNJ Local Government Week - 2021Garden State with a virtual celebration of NJ Local Government Week.

Because local government is closest to most citizens, and the one with the most direct daily impact on residents, it is important for residents of all ages to understand how their local government operates, the services it provides, and the importance of their active involvement. 

“NJ Local Government Week is an opportunity to help our residents become more informed about the many services Pompton Lakes provides,” said Mayor Michael Serra. “We are excited to participate this year, and the virtual media series planned will provide an opportunity for residents of all ages to become more informed about services and organizations in our town, as well as learn about the Borough's history.” 

To celebrate Local Government Week, the Pompton Lakes Historic Commission will be showcasing historic pictures they have collected over the years. The photographs highlight different era's throughout the Borough's history, dating back to as early as the 1900's. These photos will be posted daily throughout the week, available on the Borough's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. 

NJ Local Government week, sponsored by the NJ State League of Municipalities, is a week-long celebration that raises awareness about the importance of municipal government and its daily impact on residents. For more information visit www.njlm.org/njlocalgovt or search the hashtag #NJLocalGovt on social media. 

Statewide Distracted Driving Enforcement and Awareness Campaign: UDrive. UText. UPay.

Campaign to be carried out April 1st to April 30th leonard-distracted-driving-blog

POMPTON LAKES, N.J. -- Law enforcement officers from the Pompton Lakes Police Department will be cracking down on distracted drivers during April as part of New Jersey’s UDrive. UText. UPay. enforcement campaign.

Beginning April 1 and running through the end of the month, the high visibility law enforcement initiative will target motorists who engage in dangerous distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand-held cell phones and sending text messages while driving. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2018 alone, 2,841 people were killed in distracted driving crashes on our nation’s roads and an estimated 400,000 people were injured. In New Jersey, driver inattention was listed as a contributing circumstance in 50 percent of the state’s crashes in 2018. Driver inattention was in fact listed as a contributing factor in crashes at a rate seven times higher than that of the next highest contributing factor (speed).

Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system — anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving. Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for five seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.

New Jersey is one of eight states nationally to receive dedicated federal funds this year to tackle the issue of driver distraction. This federal funding will be used for police overtime enforcement grants at the local level as well as a statewide multimedia public awareness campaign on this important issue.

Borough of Pompton Lakes Achieves Prestigious Silver Level Certification Through Sustainable Jersey

Among 18 Municipalities to Reach Silver

POMPTON LAKES, N.J. — The Borough of Pompton Lakes has earned Silver Certification from Sustainable Jersey for 2020, the organization announced this week. It is one of 55 municipalities across the state that were certified this year, and one of 18 to achieve Silver Certification, according to Sustainable Jersey.

To achieve Silver Certification, a municipality must score at least 350 points. Pompton Lakeslogo-sj-2020 had 370. A total of 457 of New Jersey's 565 municipalities are engaged in the certification program.

The Borough of Pompton Lakes earned points through specific actions such as communications and public information, local economy and business, pedestrian and bicycle safety, complete streets, safe routes to schools, tree maintenance and planting, flood mitigation activities, and many more. 

Noteworthy projects that put Pompton Lakes over the silver threshold include the adoption of a Complete Streets Policy, which was passed in 2020, buy local outreach and marketing, which is performed by the Pompton Lakes Business Improvement District, and various recycling education and compliance activities, which is managed by the Public Works Department.  Programs like plastic film recycling and prescription drug drop off also helped the Borough reach silver status.  

Towns were certified based on how they performed in areas such as improving energy efficiency, health and wellness, reducing waste, sustaining local economies, protecting natural resources and advancing the arts.

"Reaching Silver Certification for Sustainable Jersey is a significant achievement for Pompton Lakes, and the culmination of an effort that began soon after we first reached Bronze level in 2018", said Council President and Green Team Liaison Erik DeLine. "We are 1 of only 64 municipalities in the state who are currently certified at this level. It is a demonstration of our community’s dedication in being a more resilient and sustainable community. It could not have been accomplished without the work and support of our Mayor and Council, the Borough’s Public Information Officer Michael Carelli, the Borough’s Administration and Departments, and the volunteers who serve on our Boards and Committees." 

Sustainable Jersey provides tools, training and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability initiatives. The program culminates in a certification award to municipalities and schools that have documented meeting a set of standards. Sustainable Jersey participants have successfully implemented and documented over 16,500 sustainability actions.

Over $5.6 million in grants have been provided by Sustainable Jersey to towns, school districts and schools for community-based projects that create healthy and sustainable communities in New Jersey.

Meet Elizabeth Brandsness: Pompton Lakes Borough Clerk/Deputy Borough Administrator

Every day, like clockwork, residents arrive at or call her office with numerous questions about a variety of topics,Liz Brandsness - 2021 requests for information, and solutions to problems.

Elizabeth Brandsness is Pompton Lakes’ Borough Clerk and Deputy Borough Administrator, the person you are most likely to see when you arrive at the Borough Hall, and the voice you are most likely to hear greeting you on the telephone. She manages to field the many calls every day and sees to it that the callers are served efficiently and effectively.

She also serves as the secretary for the Mayor and Borough Council by attending all their meetings. Her job there is to reduce the proceedings to the all-important minutes which are then reviewed, approved, and archived according to State law. Creating the minutes and preserving the Borough history is the centerpiece of her job. The Borough Clerk serves as the official record keeper and is the election official. On any given day, she may have contact with county, state, or federal agencies.   

Brandsness also coordinates the popular Borough Calendar and Information Guide. She is responsible for gathering all of the important meeting dates, garbage and recycling collections, and community events, and putting it in an all-inclusive document for the residents. The Borough Calendar keeps the residents informed and is much appreciated by many. 

She came to work for the municipal government of Pompton Lakes in November of 2001, and since then has made her career working here, rising from Clerical Assistant to her current position of Borough Clerk by taking state-mandated courses and passing the state examination in the spring of 2005.  She was appointed to the position of Borough Clerk in May of 2007.  Her position requires she take part in continuing education provided by the State of New Jersey. 

Brandsness was also appointed as the Borough’s Deputy Administrator in 2008, a position which she spends her time coordinating business activities with Borough Administrator Kevin Boyle and assuring documents are processed.   Brandsness also serves as the Community Rating System Coordinator, appointed in 2012, and was instrumental in the Borough achieving a Class 5 accreditation.       

In dealing with the public, she uses her skills to listen, deals with frustration while being respectful, answering questions, disseminating information and pointing visitors and callers in the right direction. She says the interaction and providing assistance to the public is something she enjoys and values.  

Over the years, Brandsness has experienced the impact of technology and, like many government employees, and has had to adapt to new methods of managing the business of this municipality of nearly 12,000 residents. 

“For me, being the Municipal Clerk is not just a job, it is personal. Pompton Lakes is a giving community that unites in good times and difficult times. I have experienced the impact and power of the many volunteers. It is an honor to serve in the community I call home” she says. “That's why so many stay here or long to return. The schools, the recreation programs, and the residents of Pompton Lakes all make it a wonderful place to live in and work for."

This story was written by newsletter correspondent Michael Carelli.

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.