A diversion burglary occurs when you allow one or more people access to your house and, while inside, they distract you while another individual (3rd person) or one of the original individuals moves through rooms in your house stealing items.
If successful, you will not even realize what just occurred until they are long gone and you find items missing throughout the house.
Often, they will tell you that a utility problem exists in the immediate area and that they need to check something in the house or the basement. They are very friendly and may tell you that they were sent to the house by the town or a utilities company to check the house for problems. They may even have some sort of fake identification or clothing representing a legitimate company.
Unless previously scheduled work is to be performed at your house and you scheduled the work, do not allow anyone access to your house at any time unless you have first verified who the individual is and that they are legitimate.
You should ask for proper photo identification, what company they work for, what work is to be performed and ask them to wait at the locked door while you obtain a legitimate phone number and verify the same. More often than not, once you make these appropriate inquiries they will look to leave quickly.
Ultimately, contact the police department immediately to report suspicious individuals or incidents and never allow anyone access until you are certain and comfortable that they are legitimate.
Please call Sergeant Matt Rispoli from the Randolph Township Police Department Support Services Unit with questions at 973.537.7112.
Fundraiser to Benefit Brundage Park Playhouse
Posted: February 25, 2020
Due to the spread of coronavirus, this event has been cancelled.
Rocking with the oldies through the 50s, 60s and 70s, Nick Galletta and his group will provide a walk down memory lane. Join us for this delightful afternoon of your favorite old tunes as we listen and think back on days gone by.
Call for Artists
Posted: February 18, 2020
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this event has been cancelled.
Randolph Arts in the Park will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Applications are being accepted from now until April 1, 2020. Applications may be downloaded below and are also available at the community center.
Application for Literary Arts Participation
Entries are limited to literary works including but not limited to fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama and spoken word. It is not mandatory that literary works be published.
Application for Visual Arts Participation
Entries are limited to fine art which includes but is not limited to the following mediums: oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, photography, collage, mixed media, clay, fiber, etc.
Randolph Arts in the Park is made possible by a grant from Morris Arts, in partnership with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, as well as the support from Randolph Township and generous local sponsors.
March 2020 MAC Events
Posted: February 12, 2020
Due to the spread of coronavirus, these events have been cancelled.
On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the MAC will host a program titled “Let’s Clear the Air About Vaping” in the Randolph Middle School auditorium beginning at 7:00 p.m.
This program is intended to educate about the dangers of vaping in adolescents, the latest trends, risks of nicotine addiction in adolescents and how parents and children can talk about vaping. Join Rebecca Tritt MA, LAC, LCADC, NCC, a substance use navigator and therapist from Daytop Village to learn more about what vaping products are, why they are harmful and how to protect our children.
As part of Randolph Township’s commitment to the Morris County Stigma-Free Initiative, the MAC is offering the 8-hour public education program Youth Mental Health First Aid Training on Saturday, March 21, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Randolph YMCA Program House (14 Dover Chester Road).
This program introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, explains the importance of early intervention and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.
This course, designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents (teachers, school staff, coaches, youth group leaders, parents, etc.), uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis, provide help and connect young people to appropriate care. The program also teaches risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders and substance use disorder.
Commemorating 211 Day in Randolph Township
Posted: February 10, 2020
On February 11, 2020, NJ 2-1-1 and all 2-1-1s across the country will be commemorating 2-1-1 Day in honor of a national system designed to be a front line in resource and referral for those seeking help with health and human service needs.
In our state, the system was put in place when the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities designated the 3-digit dialing code as a direct line for information and referral services for New Jerseyans in need.
NJ 2-1-1 opened its doors in 2005 and has been answering calls for help since then, each year showing increasingly higher call volumes. In 2019, over 667,000 connections to help, reflecting an increase of 19% when compared to the previous year.
This year, the organization will be celebrating the day in Randolph Township, where officials have made some significant efforts to raise awareness for all that NJ 2-1-1 has to offer. “When I first learned about NJ 2-1-1, I was amazed by the extent of the resource database as well as the live assistance available at any time of the day or night,” Randolph Township Councilwoman Marie Potter explains.
Councilwoman Potter contacted NJ 2-1-1 to learn more and then took steps to introduce the service to then Mayor Loveys and Township Manager Steve Mountain. What they learned struck a chord. “There are times when people come into our offices and are looking for answers for difficult life challenges that they are facing. Up until now we haven’t always been able to find a solution for them,” says Mr. Mountain. “Now that we know about NJ 2-1-1, we can feel confident about asking them to call or search the online database to explore options that can help.”
This realization was the impetus for the training that will be taking place in the Randolph Township municipal building on the morning of February 11, 2020. An invitation to attend has gone out to first responders (lead EMTs, firefighters, police officers), municipal employees, school and student leaders and township librarians. The two-hour program will include an introduction to the 2-1-1 national network and a review of the history of NJ 2-1-1 by Executive Director Melissa Acree. The program will be followed by a tour of the organization’s website and resource database with tips about how to optimize a search. “We are looking forward to educating the leaders of Randolph Township about how they can best utilize our service so that they in turn will be able to share information about 2-1-1 with the public they serve who may need it the most,” explains Ms. Acree.
Randolph Township has already shown its commitment to its citizenry in this regard. After learning about NJ 2-1-1, they added its logo and a direct link to its website on the township’s home page and formed a committee dedicated to reaching out to service providers to ensure that all are represented in the 2-1-1 resource database.
“Our motto, ‘Where Life is Worth Living,’ reflects the belief that Randolph offers its residents a special place in which to live and raise a family,” says recently named Mayor Christine Carey. “We are all committed to doing what we can to equip our residents with the tools they need to live well. NJ 2-1-1 offers valuable resources that will help.”
Morris County Heritage Commission Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Posted: February 7, 2020
The Morris County Heritage Commission is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a calendar of special programming to highlight many aspects of Morris County’s history.
Anniversary programs for 2020 will include a wide variety of topics that celebrate and acknowledge Morris County’s rich history.
The topics were selected from featured articles published in the commission’s newsletter The Heritage Review, previously known as the County Circular, since the first issue in 1977.
Navigating Hope, a mobile outreach initiative designed to provide social services, will be at the Morris County One Stop Career Center, 13 Emery Avenue in Randolph on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
This initiative is a partnership between the Morris County Department of Human Services and Family Promise of Morris County. It is a complementary service to the Hope One van, which provides mobile mental health and addiction services across Morris County.
Navigating Hope offers on-site benefits eligibility screenings and application assistance, as well as linkage to other community services. No appointments necessary.