The Randolph Township Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the community center located at 30 Calais Road.
This event will be fun for the whole family, with a performance by the Irish step dancers of Club Rince as well as bagpipes by Ian Gallagher. The menu will include:
New CSI Class Offered This March:
Posted: January 24, 2020
The Randolph Township Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department is pleased to announce the arrival of a new class offering this March—Crime Scene Investigation (CSI).
This CSI class, geared towards students in 6th through 12th grade, will meet Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the community center on Calais Road. The class fee is $95.00 for Randolph children and $105.00 for non-resident children.
Taught by a former Atlantic County detective, students will learn and work a mock crime scene investigation from the beginning of the investigation/crime scene, all the way through to the investigation’s end, culminating with a mock trial.
Students will learn the importance of the most recent, state of the art technologies including procedures in collecting and processing many different types of evidence. They will also learn the importance of documentation and processing evidence. Many topics will be covered in this class including crime scene reconstruction, fingerprint classification, lifting fingerprints at the crime scene, classifying those prints and comparing them to a suspect(s). The class will also examine shoe print patterns, blood splatter analysis, DNA electrophoresis, basic chemistry, courtroom procedures and the basics of testifying in an investigation from both the defense’s and prosecution’s perspective.
The free 8-week program will take place every Wednesday from February 5 through March 25, 2020 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at India Brook Village, 36 Calais Road, Building B in Randolph.
A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. The program is led by two trained peer leaders and program participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance.
Please call to RSVP or for more information at 973.537.7125
Programming for Senior Citizens Expanded
Posted: January 17, 2020
The Randolph Township Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department has expanded its programming for senior citizens. All Randolph Township residents age 60 and older are encouraged to join!
The goal is to provide an opportunity for a safe, healthy and fun environment for participation in activities and events. Recreational, social and educational programs are offered.
An annual membership fee of $10 per person will include a Senior ID card, direct delivery of information and advance registration on programs, as well as special events and trips. In addition, members will be able to take advantage of several members’ only activities at no cost.
Monthly meetings are typically held on the first Tuesday of each month and can include activities such as cooking demonstrations, ice cream socials, guest speakers, luncheons and more.
Registration for 2020 is open. Register by visiting the recreation office at the community center on Calais Road, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Need more information or have questions? Call 973.989.7084.
Randolph Rompers Open House
Posted: January 8, 2020
Randolph Rompers Preschool will be hosting an open house at the community center on Calais Road on Monday, January 13, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Randolph Rompers is a state certified preschool program that strives to develop social, emotional and age appropriate educational growth through fun learning activities.
Students will enjoy a balanced academic curriculum of letter and number recognition/writing, math skills, colors and shapes through a variety of activities and experiences servicing several types of learning styles.
3-year old class
Provides a foundation for future education and socialization.
Meets Monday and Wednesday 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (must be potty trained)
Tuition for Randolph residents—$1025
Tuition for Non-Randolph residents—$1125
4-year old class
Focuses academically on Kindergarten readiness topics.
Meets Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Tuition for Randolph residents—$2000
Tuition for Non-Randolph residents—$2100
All classes are held at the Randolph Community Center and the schedule follows the Randolph Township school calendar.
Registration begins Monday, January 13, 2020 at our online registration site and in-person at the community center on Calais Road.
Rally Against Hate
Posted: January 7, 2020
The entire Morris County community is invited to a rally against hate. The rally, titled Morris County Community Rally Against Hate will take place on Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Gottesman RTW Academy, 146 Dover Chester Road in Randolph.
The event signifies a community coming together to make a statement against hatred and bigotry that is targeting the Jewish community and other faiths in our state and nation.
The event is sponsored by the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon and Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, in concert with clergy from across Morris County.
Dog/Cat License Renewals Due Soon
Posted: January 3, 2020
The Randolph Township Health Department would like to remind residents that all dogs and cats must be licensed by 7 months of age and have a current tag affixed to a collar or harness.
Newly acquired dogs and cats must be licensed within ten days of acquisition.
Licenses are good for one year and must be renewed by January 31 of each year for dogs and by February 28 of each year for cats.
License applications are automatically mailed in December to all registered pet owners. For your convenience, we have also made these applications available for download from our Dog/Cat Licenses page.
As mandated under state law, a condition of licensure requires that each dog or cat has a current rabies vaccination. Please note that our free rabies immunization voucher program, as explained on the Dog/Cat Licenses page, has a defined time period for redemption—it is available between January 1 and February 28.
Have questions or need more info? Contact the health department at 973.989.7050.
Mayor’s Reorganization Address
Posted: January 2, 2020
Mayor Christine Carey addressed attendees at Randolph’s January 2, 2020 reorganization meeting. The following is the text of her speech.
Good evening. Happy New Year and welcome to 2020.
Thank you to all of the family members, friends, staff, and elected officials who have come here today to be a part of this reorganization meeting. I especially want to thank my husband Frank and my sons, Nick and Joey, for being here tonight to support me.
It is such an honor and a privilege to serve as the mayor of Randolph in 2020. I am really looking forward to a very rewarding and productive year.
Once again, I want to express my thanks to our outgoing mayor, Jim Loveys, for doing such a great job this past year.
I would also like to thank all of my colleagues on the council and Deputy Mayor Veech, for their dedication and service to the Randolph community and for their support and guidance. We work very closely as a team.
I would like to recognize our exceptional township staff and professionals, including those here this evening, Police Chief Stokoe, Donna Luciani, our clerk, and of course our town manager, Steve Mountain. The staff who work in this building and throughout the town really do a terrific job of keeping this town safe, keeping it running very smoothly and providing quality services to Randolph residents.
I would also like to thank the many residents who raise their hands and volunteer to serve the Randolph community, on various advisory committees and boards, many of whom are being appointed this evening, and also those who volunteer as coaches and certainly as volunteers on our rescue squad and our fire department.
As mayor this year, I will also be a member of the Economic Development Committee, which serves as a liaison between the township and the Randolph business community. I look forward to working with our local businesses, especially those who are currently planning to open new businesses in our community, including Wawa and Metro Self Storage, both to be opening on Route 10 in 2020.
In addition, I am looking forward to being the council liaison, along with the deputy mayor, to the Randolph Board of Education. We have a close working relationship and open communication with the BOE and meet with them on a regular basis to discuss issues that affect both organizations and joint projects that may benefit our residents.
Looking forward, it’s going to be a busy year in Randolph. I would just like to briefly mention a few key initiatives for 2020:
2020 Budget - Budget season is upon us. As always, our goal is to prepare a budget that meets the community’s needs while balancing the long term financial stability of the municipal organization and minimizing the tax impact. Randolph is only one of a handful of the 565 municipalities in NJ that has a AAA bond rating from both Standard and Poor and Moody’s. The rating is an acknowledgement by these two institutions of the very strong financial position Randolph enjoys due to sound fiscal management. The rating benefits the community because it affords us the lowest possible interest rates if we borrow money.
We have 3 budget meetings scheduled on Saturday, January 25 at 8:30 a.m.; Thursday, February 6 at 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 22 at 8:30 a.m. All meetings are open to the public. We encourage input and participation from the public. Additional public hearings will be held in March and a final budget will ultimately be adopted in April.
Recreation - One of the reasons people love living in Randolph is our 600 acres of parks, 16 miles of trails and numerous recreation programs. We are looking forward to the successful completion of the construction of Veterans Community Park on Calais Road in 2020. The new 90-acre park will feature an amphitheater, a 1/4 mile paved, lighted walkway loop, a community garden, picnic pavilions, pickleball courts, paved and natural trails and multiple open areas for passive recreation and public events.
In accordance with our parks master plan, we will also be making enhancements to our current parks, such as the replacement of field lighting at Brundage Park this year.
COAH - Also, in 2020, we expect to have a final settlement of the township’s Housing Element and Fair Share Plan and have a final determination of the municipal affordable housing obligations through 2025. We will be communicating more about this important topic throughout the year.
Along those lines, we will be completing remediation of the former EA Porter site on Bennett Avenue and plan to transition the property to Habitat for Humanity, who will be constructing 25 affordable housing units. This is a project the town has been working on for quite some time and we are very happy and proud of our collaboration with Habitat for Humanity.
Cell Tower - Building permits have been issued for the construction of the new cell tower behind the municipal building. This of course, will improve communications in this critical area of schools, police, and township government.
There are also several important infrastructure projects that we will focus on in 2020.
We anticipate completing several water and sewer projects, including:
Meadowbrook water line replacement (paving and final phase drainage improvements)
Farm and Arnold Road sewer improvements
Meadowbrook Pump Station
CCM Pump Station
In addition, we will be updating the sewer system master plan. The plan presents a description of the existing sanitary sewer system as well as a detailed analysis of future needs along with recommendations to ensure the successful and effective operation and maintenance of the sanitary sewer systems of the township.
In 2020 we will also make several infrastructure improvements to town hall, which is now over 40 years old. This building is kept in great shape, but there is work that needs to be done, such as drainage improvements, the replacement of the building’s air handler units and upgrade/replacement to the town hall phone system.
We will continue to work with and push the NJ State Department of Transportation for a plan to address the needed improvements to the Route 10 corridor intersections that are within Randolph Township. We recognize this is a source of frustration to our residents.
These are just a few of the many projects that we will be undertaking in what looks to be a busy and exciting year for Randolph.
In closing, I’d like to wish everyone good health and much happiness in 2020.
Mayor Christine Carey
January 2, 2020
Youth & Family Ice Skating
Posted: January 2, 2020
Looking for something for your family or teenagers to do on Friday and Saturday evenings during the winter? Thanks to New Jersey Coalition for Education and Positive Choices, youth and families can ice skate at a discounted rate for 10 weekends this winter. The discounts are during specific skate sessions from Friday, January 3 through Saturday, March 7, 2020.
Friday night ice skating at Mennen Sports Arena will cost $7 including skate rental. DJ Earl provides the music. The box office opens at 7:30 p.m. and skating is open from 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. The arena is located at 161 Hanover Ave., Morristown.
Saturday night ice skating at Aspen Ice Arena runs from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. and costs $10 including skate rental. The arena is located at 16 Aspen Drive, Randolph.
The sponsors seek to provide an opportunity for teens and adolescents to have fun with their friends in a safe, chaperoned, healthy and drug-free environment. The program is open to Morris County youth of all ages and their families.
The Randolph Township Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services will be hosting a job fair on Saturday, January 4, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon at the community center located at 30 Calais Road.
The job fair will offer opportunities in various part-time and seasonal positions. Some of the positions include counselors for day and teen camp, seasonal park maintenance, Artworks, Randolph Beach lifeguards and gate keepers, among others.
Questions? Need more information? Contact the recreation department at 973.989.7081.