Continuing in the effort to combat opioid abuse, the Township of Randolph will be participating in the Morris County Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Residents can anonymously and confidentially drop off unwanted or expired prescription medications in front of the ACME at 690 Millbrook Avenue (on the corner of Sussex Turnpike). Doing so eliminates drugs that can fall into the wrong hands.
The project, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the U.S. Justice Department, has proved very popular—last year, the DEA reported collecting almost 900,000 pounds of unwanted medicines around the country.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is in the process of adopting new flood insurance rate maps (FIRMs) for Morris County.
A FIRM is a document published by FEMA that graphically depicts flood zones. There are several different types of flood zones that impact Randolph Township. These FIRMs are used to assess the flooding risk for properties as well as determine the requirement and costs of flood insurance and the applicability of flood damage prevention regulations.
Flood insurance is mandatory for any property in a designated flood zone that is financed with a federally-backed mortgage. Flood insurance can be purchased for properties that are not within a flood zone at a relatively low cost. More information on the program is available on the Morris County Planning Board’s website.
The cost for flood insurance varies based on a number of factors including the flood zone, height of the structure relative to the depth of flooding, residential vs. commercial property, etc.
The process of remapping the township involved the review of the prior mapping which, for Randolph Township, was adopted in the late 1970s/early 1980s. The new FIRMs are based on updated flood plain modeling using newer storm data and topography. The new maps will be published in digital form and include aerial photography making them easier to read and identify properties.
Before the maps are adopted and become effective, there is a public information and comment process. There is no fixed time period for any of the specific steps except for the 90-day appeal period, which has not yet started. FEMA has advised that the time period for adoption is generally from 18-24 months. It should be noted that the timing of events is subject to a variety of influences, including the fact that virtually all FEMA staff have been mobilized to Texas and Florida for the current recovery efforts.
FEMA will be hosting the following open houses for residents to ask questions and get additional information as to how the maps may impact them.
November 8, 2017
4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Public Safety Training Academy Gymnasium
500 West Hanover Avenue, Morristown
November 9, 2017
4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
PAL/Community Center (next to Lincoln Park Library)
10 Boonton Turnpike, Lincoln Park
Randolph Joins Morris County Stigma-Free Movement
Posted: October 13, 2017
November 1, 2017 Conference Scheduled
Entitled “Removing the Stigma of Mental Illness and Addiction: Building Healthy Communities,” the conference will be held at the Morristown Medical Center at 100 Madison Avenue in Morristown, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Complete details about this public event
The Randolph Township Council recently passed a resolution to declare the township stigma-free, making it the 24th town to join the Morris County “Stigma-Free” initiative that aims to help eradicate the stigma associated with mental illness and substance abuse disorders.
This grass roots initiative recognizes the high prevalence of mental illness and substance use disorders in our communities, and promotes re-education and understanding that can help lead to treatment and recovery—minus the stigma associated with these illnesses.
“I am very happy that Randolph has joined the Morris County Stigma-Free initiative,” said Randolph Mayor Christine Carey. “This initiative recognizes that the stigma associated with mental illness, including substance abuse disorders, has been identified as the primary reason individuals fail to seek help. We want to create a culture in our community that supports our residents in asking for help and in seeking treatment.
The county’s goal in creating a stigma-free initiative is to disseminate information and foster a stigma-free environment where people are free from judgment and can get the help they need to recover. It has created a stigma-free website to call attention to the initiative, provide information and resources, and a calendar of upcoming events related to mental illness and substance abuse. A stigma-free toolkit also is available for towns and communities.
The Randolph Township Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services is offering pumpkin painting for children ages 3 through 3rd grade on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. This fun hour will be at the community center on Calais Road right next to the library.
Please have your child bring a smock and a box to put his/her wet painted pumpkin in.
Cost is $10.00 per child. Pre-register by noon on October 23 at our online registration site. Once you log in, look for this event listed under Fall 2017.
If you have any questions, please call 973.989.7081.
The Secret Garden at the Playhouse
Posted: October 6, 2017
Brundage Park Playhouse is proud to present “The Secret Garden,” adapted from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett and directed by Ray Gelpke.
Ten year old Mary Lennox is a willful, spoiled, sickly child when she arrives at her uncle’s manor house in Yorkshire from India. Orphaned by a cholera epidemic, Mary must now live with Uncle Archibald Craven, whom she has never met, who is grieving for his beloved wife, Lily. When Mary discovers the withered, neglected garden that Lily had tenderly cared for, Mary decides to bring the secret garden back to life. Very soon the flowers are not the only things that blossom at Misselthwaite Manor.
Performances will be at the playhouse on October 6, 13 and 20 at 8:00 p.m., October 7, 14 and 21 at 5:00 p.m. and October 8, 15 and 22 at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets are $25.00 for adults and $20.00 for seniors (62+), military personnel and children under 12.
Bring your family to a fun and safe “Trunk or Treat” event on Saturday, October 28, 2017 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Brundage Park on Carrell Road.
This “spooktacular” event, co-sponsored by the Randolph Township Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services and the Mt. Freedom Volunteer Fire Company, will have hayrides, hot chocolate and an outdoor movie in addition to lots of candy. The best decorated trunks or storage areas will be eligible for special prizes. While ground effects and other decorations outside the car are welcome, they will not be considered in the judging.
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.—parking/set-up/outdoor movie
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.—trunk or treat and hayrides
7:45 p.m.—prizes awarded
For Trunk or Treat, registered cars will park in the parking lot and children will go from car trunk to car trunk to get their treats. All cars must be pre-registered in advance and must participate by distributing candy; one adult must remain with each car.
Admission is $15.00 per car, payable at the event. Pre-registration is required and can be accomplished by visiting our online registration site. The Trunk or Treat is listed under Fall 2017 programs. One registration per family is sufficient.
Proceeds benefit the Mt. Freedom Volunteer Fire Company.
Brundage Park will be closed to the public from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Only registered participants will be allowed into the park. No walk-ins from the trails or adjacent neighborhoods will be permitted into the park.
If you have any questions, please call 973.989.7081.
Smart 911 Emergency Call Service is Available
Posted: October 4, 2017
More than 70% of calls made to emergency 9-1-1 come from mobile phones. When dialing 9-1-1 from a mobile phone, the 9-1-1 call takers have little information to help you—only your phone number and a general sense of your location.
However, Randolph residents can now avail themselves of the new and free Smart911 service—from mobile phones or your landline—that gives first responders key information that can make the difference between life and death in an emergency.
Do you have a disabled person living in your home? Will first responders encounter an aggressive pet? Where is the shut-off valve to your natural gas flow?
Smart911 allows residents to create a safety profile at smart911.com for their household that includes vital information that you want 9-1-1 call takers and emergency responders to have in the event of an emergency. Residents can offer as much or as little personal or business information as they wish.
The Morris County Communications Center provides public service answering for Randolph Township under the county’s communications network umbrella. 9-1-1 calls made to emergency call takers will trigger Smart911 information displays.
When a person makes an emergency call, their Smart 911 Safety Profile transmits to the 9-1-1 center, allowing the 9-1-1 call taker to send the right response teams to the right location and with the right information.
Through the Smart 911 program, first responders can be aware of many details they would not have known previously.
For example, fire crews can arrive at a house fire knowing how many people live in the home and the location of bedrooms; EMS can be aware of allergies or specific medical conditions of residents; and police can access photos of a missing child in seconds rather than minutes or hours.
Smart 911 is FREE. Your information is secure, accessible only to a 9-1-1 call taker when you dial 9-1-1. This service can provide fast and efficient emergency services to you and your family. Key information provided to responders can make your family safer:
Address details: How to access your home, number of bedrooms, location of utility shut-offs, and if you live in a multi-family building
Family details: Number of residents, ages, photos of children, and your landline and mobile phone numbers
Medical information: Medical conditions of certain residents, medications taken/required, allergies, mobility of residents, and if special equipment is needed in an emergency
Animals: A list of your pets, service animals and livestock, and their names so responders are aware of them as they enter your home. Also, include the name of your veterinarian
Emergency contacts: Family members, friends or neighbors to be contacted in case of an emergency
Vehicles: Make, model and license plate number in case of a motor vehicle accident
The Opiate Epidemic: From Addiction to Recovery Forum
Posted: October 4, 2017
The Opiate Epidemic: From Addiction to Recovery forum will take place on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium at Randolph High School. All are welcome.