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Monthly Archives for October 2011

Cancer Screenings for Men Scheduled

Posted: October 28, 2011

Male cancer screenings will be held on Tuesday, November 29th at St. Clare’s Hospital, Dover Campus - St. Catherine’s Health Center from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. All Randolph adult male residents are invited to attend.

The screenings will include a physical exam, hemoccult fecal occult blood test, PSA blood test, urine test, blood pressure, consultation and education. The fee is $40.00; $35.00 for senior citizens.

Please call the Randolph Township Health Department to pre-register at 973.989.7050.

Emergency Alert System to be Tested

Posted: October 25, 2011

On November 9, 2011, a number of federal agencies will jointly conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS).

This test will kick off at 2:00 p.m. (EST) and will run concurrently across all time zones on all radio and TV bands. It is expected that the message being broadcast will run for approximately three minutes.

According to FEMA, the lead agency, although the EAS is frequently used by state and local governments to send weather alerts and other emergencies, there has never been a national activation of the system. Thus, the natiowide test will be instrumental in assessing the readiness and effectiveness of the current system and identifying improvements that may be needed.

During the test, the audio message will be the same for everyone—“This is a test.” Unfortunately, the video test message scroll, meaning the text displayed at the top of the screen, may not indicate that a test is being conducted. For this reason, local police and emergency management agencies are trying to get the word out to allay any undue public alarm.

More information:
FEMA: Nationwide EAS Test
A National Dialogue on the Emergency Alert System

Time to be Bear Aware Again

Posted: October 21, 2011

New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued an advisory regarding black bears and ways to minimize conflict with them during the fall as they forage for food prior to going in to hibernation for the winter months.

According to the release, black bears may be especially on the hunt this season for high calorie foods due to localized scarcities of acorns and other tree nuts.

To reduce the likelihood of attracting bears, residents are urged not to feed bears and to “bear-proof” their surroundings. Feeding bears—whether intentional or unintentional—invites trouble...and it only takes a few households with unsecured food for bears to create a nuisance bear that could affect an entire neighborhood.

The DEP offers the following tips:

  • Use certified bear-resistant garbage containers if possible. Otherwise, store all garbage in containers with tight-fitting lids and place them along the inside walls of your garage, basement, a sturdy shed or other secure area.
  • Wash garbage containers frequently with a disinfectant solution to remove odors. Put out garbage on collection day, not the prior night.
  • Feed birds only from December 1 to April 1, when bears are least active. If you choose to feed birds, do so during daylight hours only and bring feeders indoors at night. Suspend birdfeeders from a free-hanging wire, making sure they are at least 10 feet off the ground. Clean up spilled seeds and shells daily.
  • Immediately remove all uneaten food and food bowls used by pets fed outdoors.
  • Clean outdoor grills and utensils to remove food and grease residue to minimize odors. Store grills securely.
  • Do not place meat or any sweet foods in compost piles.
  • Remove fruit or nuts that fall from trees in your yard.
  • Properly installed electric fencing is an effective way of protecting crops, beehives and livestock.

Report bear damage, nuisance behavior or aggressive bears to the police or the DEP Hotline at (877) WARN-DEP.

Want more information about how to be bear aware? The New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife provides a useful repository of informational materials about living in “bear country.”

Don’t Miss the Morristown CraftMarket

Posted: October 17, 2011

The Randolph Kiwanis Club is sponsoring the 35th Annual Morristown CraftMarket at the National Guard Armory on Western Avenue in Morristown from Friday, October 21 through Sunday, October 23.

The Morristown CraftMarket is one of the nation’s longest running and most successful craft shows. This year’s juried show will feature the work of 160 artists from across the nation plus a fall plant sale offering elegant and unusual varieties, including one-of-a-kind living sculptures.

For all the details and a discount coupon, please visit the Morristown CraftMarket website.

Program on Deer Overpopulation in Randolph

Posted: October 15, 2011

The Randolph Parks Advisory Committee’s Deer Control Subcommittee will present an informational session about deer overpopulation in Randolph and the current steps being taken to control the problem. The program will be held in the cafeteria of the Randolph Middle School on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

Topics to be addressed include barriers and repellants, strategic gardening and deer plantings, bird feeder control, the possibility of deer hunting on the homeowner’s property and more.

Speakers will also cover some of the simple strategies homeowners can apply to help prevent damage to their property’s natural vegetation and costly installed landscape plantings. There will be time to address questions from the audience.

The free meeting is open to all Randolph residents. Although advance registration is not required, admission and seating will be limited to the room’s legal capacity. Questions? Call 973.989.7081.

DEP Reminds Drivers to Look Out for Deer

Posted: October 13, 2011

Once again, with the arrival of the fall breeding season, New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is cautioning motorists to be especially alert while driving to avoid collisions with white-tailed deer. "White-tailed deer become most active and unpredictable during the annual fall rut," said Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Chanda. "At this time of year, deer are much more likely to dart into roadways without warning. Drivers need to be extra alert to avoid collisions that could result in serious injuries or even death." According to DEP wildlife officials, the peak of the mating season in northern New Jersey occurs during the first three weeks of November. In many instances, deer will wander closer to and onto roadways. They may suddenly stop in the middle of a road, crossing and even re-crossing it. The danger is particularly pronounced at dawn and dusk when many people are commuting to and from work. DEP officials offer the following tips for driving during deer season:
  • If you spot a deer, slow down and pay attention to possible sudden movement. If the deer doesn't move, don't go around it. Wait for the deer to pass and the road is clear.
  • Pay attention to "Deer Crossing" signs; they are there for a reason. Slow down when traveling through areas known to have a high concentration of deer so you will have ample time to stop if necessary.
  • If you are traveling after dark, use high beams when there is no oncoming traffic. High beams will be reflected by the eyes of deer on or near roads.
  • If you see one deer, be on guard...others may be in the area. Deer typically move in family groups at this time of year and cross roads single-file.
  • Don't tailgate. Remember, the driver in front of you might have to stop suddenly to avoid hitting a deer.
  • If a collision appears inevitable, do not swerve to avoid impact. The deer may counter-maneuver suddenly. Brake firmly, but stay in your lane. Collisions are more likely to become fatal when a driver swerves to avoid a deer and instead collides with oncoming traffic or a fixed structure.
  • Report any deer-vehicle collision to a local law enforcement agency immediately.

2011 Halloween Parade

Posted: October 11, 2011

The 2011 Halloween Parade will be held on Tuesday, October 25, 2011, from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Randolph Middle School. This event is open to Randolph children up to age 10.

Come show your costumes before the big day of trick-or-treating. Prizes and treats will be available to all participants. This event is co-sponsored by the Newcomers’ & Neighbors’ Club of Randolph.

There is no fee to attend, but please pre-register for this event through our online registration site. Once you log in, look for this event listed under Fall 2011. Although registrations will be accepted in-person on the day of the parade, we encourage all participants to pre-register to save time checking in. Boo!

Saturday Construction Permits

Posted: October 6, 2011

As a result of adverse weather conditions over the last several months, a number of major construction projects have been significantly delayed, several of which need to get buttoned up before the onset of winter.

Consequently, permission has been granted for Saturday construction activities for the following projects:

  • CCM campus parking lot lighting
  • Calais Road library and community center
    (both the site and building contractors)
  • DPW Maintenance building project on Sussex Tpke.
  • Sussex Turnpike sewer
    (to date, no request has been made)

In each case, the construction firm may start up equipment no earlier than 8:00 a.m. and must shut down their sites by sundown.

The Board of Education is also being granted permission if it has any project that runs the risk of not being completed before winter weather sets in.

For any questions or complaints, please contact the township manager’s office at 973.989.7060.

Polling Places for the Upcoming General Election

Posted: October 5, 2011

The polling places for the upcoming November 8th general election for districts 3, 15, 17 and 19 have temporarily been changed due to construction at the Senior Community Center. See below to determine where to vote.

  • District numbers 3 and 19
    Municipal Building, 502 Millbrook Avenue
  • District numbers 15 and 17
    Rescue Squad Building, 780 Route 10 West
    (west of Dairy Queen)

Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The complete list of voting locations for all elections may be accessed from the “View Randolph’s Polling Places” link at the top of the voter information page.

Need more information? Contact the Township Clerk’s Office at 973.989.7041.

Cancer Screenings for Women Scheduled

Posted: October 1, 2011

Female cancer screenings will be held on Thursday, October 20th at St. Clare’s Hospital, Dover Campus - St. Catherine’s Health Center from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. All Randolph Township adult female residents are invited to attend.

The screenings will include a breast exam, pap smear, Hemoccult fecal occult blood test, blood pressure, breast self-exam education and consultation. The fee is $50.00.

Please call the Randolph Township Health Department to pre-register at 973.989.7050.

Seasonal Flu Clinic Scheduled

Posted: October 1, 2011

The Randolph Health Department will be holding a seasonal flu vaccination clinic on Thursday, October 27th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at town hall, located at 502 Millbrook Avenue in Randolph.

The fee is $20.00, free to those with Medicare Part B ONLY. Those with any Medicare co-pay plans must self submit for reimbursement.

All residents age six months and older are encouraged to obtain the flu vaccine.

Advanced registration for the clinics is not required. Call 973.989.7118 for more information.

In order to speed your visit, download and complete the requisite consent form(s) in advance:

Flu vaccine 
Flu vaccine—nasal spray 
Flu vaccine—pediatric 

Vaccine Information Statements (VIS)
VIS are information sheets which explain the benefits and risks of a vaccine:

Influenza Vaccine 

Influenza Nasal Spray 

Take a Bus Tour of Historic Randolph!

Posted: October 1, 2011

The Historical Society of Old Randolph (HSOR), in conjunction with the Landmarks Committee, is sponsoring a bus tour of the historic sites in the township on Saturday, October 29, 2011.

The bus will depart at 2:00 p.m. from the Randolph Museum at the entrance to Freedom Park on Millbrook Avenue. A guide will narrate the tour that winds around all areas of the township.

The cost for the tour, which includes admission to both the Randolph Museum and the Friends Meeting House, is $5.00 for adults and free for children under 12.

Bus seating will be on a first come, first served basis. To reserve your seats, please call Joan Brembs at 973.895.2847.