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Monthly Archives for August 2017

Artworks Studio Presents Riddle Run 2017

Posted: August 31, 2017

Artworks Studio, a program operated by Randolph’s Department of Parks and Recreation, is sponsoring a fun special event for the second year…Riddle Run 2017.

To play, download and print out the Riddle Run worksheet  or pick one up from the recreation department, located at the community center on Calais Road.

Head to Brundage Park (Carrell Road, between Center Grove and Millbrook) and follow the clues to Freedom Park. Painted posts will be numbered 1-73. Put the corresponding letter from the back of each numbered post on the worksheet and once you have solved the riddle, take your worksheet and answer to the recreation department for a prize (while supplies last).

Riddle Run starts Friday, September 1 at 3:00 p.m. and ends September 15 at 3:00 p.m.

Remember…keep the answer a secret, so that others may play!

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Fall 2017 Large Item Clean Up Week

Posted: August 31, 2017

[2018 Fall Bulk Collection Week is scheduled for the week of September 24, 2018.]

The township-wide collection of large household garbage items will take place the week of September 25, 2017.

All residents must place bulk clean up items curbside no later than 6:00 a.m. on Monday, September 25.

Streets for each regular route will be done once only. They will not return to a section once they have finished.

Loose household items must be placed curbside in bags or cans (not recyclable cardboard boxes). Please be sure to clearly separate regular household trash from your cleanup items.

The following items may be placed curbside:

  • Household Furniture
    Couches, chairs, mattresses, box springs, dressers, tables, etc. Note: Metal furniture is recycled at the recycling center.
  • Latex Paint
    Please be sure to completely dry out by using cat litter or sand to absorb liquid.
  • Carpet
    Approximately 110 sq. ft. (rolled and tied rug no more than four ft. long).

The following items may NOT be placed curbside:

  • All Building/Construction Materials
    Wooden fences, plywood, paneling, studs, retaining walls, boards, doors, windows, concrete, bricks, mortar, cabinets, bathtubs, countertops, roofing materials, etc.
  • Auto Parts/Tires
    Used motor oil , mufflers, engines, etc.
  • All Recyclables
    View the township’s list of recyclables.
  • All Metal
  • White Goods
    Large household appliances such as stoves, refrigerators, washers, dryers, etc. Curbside pickup is available year-round by advance arrangement. To have one or more of these items removed, all you need to do is call the health department at the number below. There is a fee of $30.00 per item.
  • Lawn Waste
    Leaves, branches, grass clippings, etc.
  • Computers/Televisions
  • Hazardous Materials
    Chemicals, pesticides, etc.
  • Items of exceptional size/weight
    Items weighing over 200 pounds or longer than five feet; includes boats, hot tubs, pianos, etc.

Have questions regarding acceptable materials? Contact the health department at 973.989.7050.

Fall Clean Communities Day 2017 and Document Shredding

Posted: August 31, 2017

Randolph’s Fall Clean Communities Day will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the municipal building located at 502 Millbrook Avenue in Randolph.

Clean Communities Day is sponsored by the New Jersey Clean Communities Council and the Randolph Health Department. All residents, businesses and groups are welcome to join the community as hundreds of people help clean up the parks, schools and streets of litter and recyclables.

An appreciation continental breakfast and free t-shirt distribution follows with assignments and instructions. Gloves and garbage bags will be provided. Mini-grants are available for civic groups.

Confidential paper shredding services will once again be available to residents for their personal confidential documents free of charge at the municipal building between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12 noon. Confidential documents do not include junk mail and store flyers or solicitations. Please separate this material from confidential documents. Residents are limited to 3 file boxes per household. This service is not offered to commercial entities.

Call the Randolph Health Department at 973.989.7050 to sign up for Fall Clean Communities Day; pre-registration is required by Friday, September 22, 2017.

Morris County Remembers 9/11

Posted: August 28, 2017

Join Morris County on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at its16th remembrance ceremony as we honor those lost on 9/11.

The ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Morris County September 11th Memorial on West Hanover Avenue in Parsippany-Troy Hills, across from the Morris View Healthcare Center and adjacent to the Morris County Public Safety Academy. It will be held rain or shine. Parking will be available across the street from the memorial. Shuttle buses will be available.

New York City firefighter John Fila will be the featured speaker. John is a member of Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9, which lost 15 of its members on September 11, 2001, as they were some of the first responders to the attack at the World Trade Center.

The event will feature the reading of the names of all Morris County residents who passed on 9/11 and the 15 members of Engine 54 who lost their lives, a candlelight vigil, an invocation by Pastor Sidney Williams of Morristown’s Bethel AME Church, and musical selections by the Morris Choral Society, students from the Morris County School of Technology, and the Police Pipes and Drums of Morris County. Fire, police, EMTs and other emergency responders will join the ceremony. Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

Hazardous Waste & Computer/TV Disposal

Posted: August 28, 2017

The Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority will conduct a Household Hazardous Waste Disposal/Used Consumer Electronics Recycling event on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy, 500 West Hanover Avenue in Parsippany.

Morris County residents will be able to drop-off unwanted hazardous materials and electronic devices including computers, monitors, printers, scanners, fax machines and televisions from their households. Businesses are not allowed to participate.

In addition to the electronic devices mentioned above, acceptable materials include: pesticides, herbicides, oil-based paints, stains, paint thinners and removers, solvents, automotive fluids, rechargeable and button cell batteries, pool chemicals, darkroom chemicals, aerosol cans (not empty), propane cylinders, small quantities of asbestos (wetted, double bagged and sealed with duct tape), driveway sealant, roofing tar, fluorescent bulbs, PCB-ballasts, mercury thermometers and switches, household cleaning products, and muriatic acid.

Latex paint will not be accepted, nor will explosive or highly reactive materials, such as picric acid or nitro compounds. For information about safe disposal of explosive or reactive material, call 973.829.8006.

There is no longer a fee for residents to drop-off and recycle electronics. There is, however, a $5.00 fee for each BBQ-sized propane cylinder. Payment must be made by check only.

For more information, call 973.829.8006 or visit the MCMUA website.

Crackdown on Drunk Drivers to Begin

Posted: August 18, 2017

The Randolph Police Department will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the 2017 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide Labor Day crackdown.

Beginning August 18, 2017 and running through September 4, 2017, law enforcement officers will be out in full force, taking part in a nationwide effort to combat drunk and impaired driving.

The Randolph police wish everyone a safe and happy Labor Day weekend and would like to remind everyone:

  • If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink alcohol, before going out.
  • Take mass transit, a taxi, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
  • Spend the night where the activity is held.
  • Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
  • If you’re 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 you to your doorstep.

Randolph’s police department is one of a number of police agencies in Morris County to receive a grant from the Division of Highway Traffic Safety to cover the cost of the enforcement campaign.

Solar Eclipse Projector Building & Viewing

Posted: August 16, 2017

Artworks Studio is hosting a free event this Monday, August 21, 2017 from 1:20 to 4:00 p.m. at Freedom Park Pavilion to build a simple and safe NASA-approved projector to view the solar eclipse.

Bring a cereal box or other similar box and Artworks will supply foil, pins, tape and paper. That is all that is needed! The projector is not for looking towards the sun—to use it, you will put your back to the sun and view a crisp shadow of the eclipse in your projector.

It is very important to not look directly at the eclipse unless you are using approved viewing glasses or a projector—severe eye damage can occur.

Join us from 1:20 - 2:00 p.m. to build your projector, then stay to view the eclipse! The eclipse begins at 1:22 p.m. and will peak at 2:44 p.m. with 73% coverage. The eclipse will end at 4:00 p.m.

To see how to build your own projector at home, go to Artworks Studio’s Facebook page and watch the NASA-produced tutorial.

We hope to see you on Monday. No registration required, just show up!

Here’s to a cloud-free, safe and exciting eclipse!!

The Historical Society of Old Randolph Helps Randolph Reminisce

Posted: August 8, 2017

The Historical Society of Old Randolph (HSOR) has been helping Randolph citizens reminisce for over thirty years. The popular Randolph Reminisces program brings citizens together to learn and to remember how Randolph used to be.

Dr. Anthony J. Iacono has graciously agreed to be the guest speaker for the Monday, August 21, 2017 Randolph Reminisces program. Dr. Iacono is the president of the County College of Morris (CCM) and he holds a doctorate in American history. Since the college is located in the historic portion of Randolph known as Center Grove, Dr. Iacono will share the history of the college in our town.

The program will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Randolph Museum, located at the Millbrook Avenue entrance to Freedom Park. There is no admission fee.

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Coyote/Bear Awareness

Posted: August 8, 2017

Once again, there has been an increase in bear and coyote sightings in the township. It is important to take precautions to protect yourself and your pets.

Since bears are attracted by garbage odors, properly securing your garbage is one of the best ways to prevent bears from becoming a nuisance in your neighborhood. For tips on proper garbage management, and what to do if you encounter a bear, visit the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife website. Remember, never feed bears! It’s illegal in New Jersey and it’s dangerous. Report black bear damage or nuisance behavior to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s 24-hour, toll-free hotline at 1-877-927-6337.

The Randolph Township Police Department will respond to all bear sighting reports. The police department’s response is limited to observing the bear and notifying residents in the area that a bear has been sighted. The police will not take any other action, unless the bear is aggressive and poses a threat to public safety.

Coyotes generally avoid humans, even when their home range encompasses largely urban or suburban habitat. However, the presence of a free buffet in the form of pet food, compost, or trash can lure coyotes into yards and create the impression that these places are bountiful feeding areas. Without the lure of food or other attractants, their visits will be brief and rare but a coyote who finds food in one yard may learn to search for food in others.

Deliberately feeding coyotes is a mistake. You may enjoy hand-feeding animals, but this is a surefire way to get them accustomed to people, and it will ultimately lead to their demise. Here are some general rules:

  • Avoid feeding pets outside. If you must, feed them only once per day and remove the food bowl as soon as your pet has finished its meal.
  • If you use compost, use enclosed bins and never compost meat or fish scraps.
  • Clean up spilled bird seed around feeders.
  • Remove fallen fruit from the ground.
  • Keep trash in high-quality containers with tight-fitting lids and place the cans curbside the morning of collection (instead of the night before).
  • If coyotes are present, make sure they know they are not welcome. Make loud noises, blast a canned air siren, throw rocks, or spray them with a garden hose.

Free-roaming pets, especially cats, may attract coyotes into neighborhoods. The best way to minimize risk to pets is never to leave them outside unattended. For cats, this means either keeping them indoors at all times or letting them outside only under your supervision wearing a harness and leash or in a secure enclosure (such as a catio).

Dogs, especially small dogs, are also vulnerable to coyote confrontations. These incidents generally involve those who are either accustomed to people (usually due to wildlife feeding), or coyotes who are protecting their territory, their mate, or their pups. Always walk dogs on a leash and attend to them when they’re outside unless you have a coyote-proof fence, which is either at least eight feet tall and made of material that coyotes cannot climb or at least six feet tall with a protective device on top.

For more information and tips about coyotes, visit the Humane Society’s website.