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Monthly Archives for July 2020

Randolph Ranked as One of the Safest Communities in the Nation

Posted: July 30, 2020

Randolph Township was ranked #33 in the SafeWise report of the top 100 safest cities in America in which to live and work; six other Morris County towns also made the list.

The security experts at SafeWise compiled their Safest Cities list by analyzing 2018 FBI crime reporting statistics and population data.

SafeWise Communications Manager Sage Singleton stated, “This is an opportunity to recognize police officers, city officials and neighborhood watch leaders for their efforts. It’s a great chance to shine a light on a municipality’s continuing commitment to public safety.”

Mayor Carey was pleased with the news. “The safety of Randolph residents is a top priority for the township council, the township staff, and of course, the Randolph Police Department,” she said. “We are all committed to keeping our community safe and it’s wonderful to see the results of our efforts recognized in this way.”

SafeWise has been conducting a comprehensive study of safety in the U.S. and putting out an annual ranking for six years.


2020 Census—It’s Safe, Easy and Important!

Posted: July 29, 2020

Fill it out now!!

The census is a count of every person who lives in the United States and its territories; it takes place every 10 years. By April 1, 2020 every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You can respond online, by phone or by mail; the online form is available in many different languages.

The following are answers to frequently asked questions.

  • What’s in it for me?
    Your responses inform where over $675 billion is distributed each year to communities nationwide for clinics, schools, roads and more. Census data gives community leaders vital information to make decisions about building community centers, opening businesses, and planning for the future. It fulfills your civic duty because it’s mandated by the U.S. Constitution. The United States has counted its population every 10 years since 1790. Your responses are used to redraw legislative districts and determine the number of seats your state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Is my information safe?
    Your responses are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. They cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way—not by the FBI, the CIA, the DHS and not by ICE.
  • When can I respond to the census?
    You can respond as soon as you receive your invitation. In May, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin following up in person with households that have yet to respond.
  • What will I be asked?
    You will be asked a few simple questions like age, sex and the number of people who live in your home, including children.
  • What won’t be asked?
    The census will never ask for Social Security numbers, bank or credit card numbers, money or donations, or anything related to political parties.

For more information, visit the U.S. Census Bureau website.


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: July 23, 2020

All information, alerts and announcements related to the current COVID-19 situation are now posted on this separate page »

STATE INFORMATION
On Monday, July 20 2020, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 168

Since Monday, the Governor further clarified that the order allows yoga, pilates and martial arts studios to re-open with capacity limitations of 25% as long as participants are masked and practicing social distancing.


Primary Election Information

Posted: July 23, 2020

The Morris County Board of Elections continues to update the results from the primary election held on July 7, 2020. View the results

On April 8, 2020 Governor Murphy issued Executive Order No. 120 postponing the federal and state primary elections from June 2, 2020 to Tuesday, July 7, 2020.

On May 15, 2020 the governor then issued Executive Order No. 144, authorizing the July 7th primary election to be conducted primarily via vote-by-mail ballots.

View vote-by-mail frequently asked questions 

All active Republican and Democrats will automatically receive a vote-by-mail ballot. All unaffiliated voters will receive a special vote-by-mail application which requires the voter to complete, select a party and return the application to the county clerk’s office before a ballot is issued. All inactive Republican, Democrat and unaffiliated voters will also receive the vote-by-mail application.

Each municipality will have one consolidated polling location. Any voter who appears at a polling place on the day of the July primary election shall vote a provisional ballot, except that a voter with disabilities may vote on an ADA-accessible voting machine. Vote-by-mail ballots cannot be dropped off at the polling location on Election Day.

The only polling location for Randolph Township will be the municipal building at 502 Millbrook Avenue. Residents are strongly encouraged to utilize the vote-by-mail ballots.

Morris County Elections Center


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: July 20, 2020

All information, alerts and announcements related to the current COVID-19 situation are now posted on this separate page »

COUNTY INFORMATION
Scam Alert: Cyber Criminals Exploiting COVID-19 Data with Scare Tactics
With many new cases of coronavirus being recorded daily, scammers know that many people are afraid and they plan to exploit that fear. They are sending phishing e-mails claiming to have official “new” or “updated” data on COVID-19 in your area. These e-mails are intense, urgent, and are designed to spark a knee-jerk reaction. Don’t fall victim to their scare tactics! Learn more


Brundage Outdoor Comedy Show

Posted: July 20, 2020

Brundage Park Playhouse misses you and thinks you can use a night of socially distanced laughter right around now.

Join us on the lawn by the gazebo between the Randolph Library and the Randolph recreation center at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2020 for an evening of safe stand up comedy!

We are ready to showcase some of the area’s hottest comedic talent, with credits that include Last Comic Standing, SiriusXM Radio, NYC’s hottest clubs, and more! Parental discretion advised. Bring your own chairs and masks as we can’t be held responsible for release of droplets as a result of snorts of uncontrollable laughter!!!

Tickets are $15.00. Limited audience space available so act fast! Use Community Pass to secure your tickets now! Use the drop-down menu that reads “Brundage Park Playhouse Events 2020.”

Have questions? Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address).


Message from the Mayor

Posted: July 20, 2020

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported in New Jersey on March 4 and a short time later, on March 17, we reported the first confirmed case in Randolph. Since that time, 323 Randolph residents have tested positive for the virus. Some have experienced mild symptoms, some have experienced severe illness requiring hospitalization and 21 residents who contracted COVID-19 infections unfortunately passed away. While health experts learn more each day, they still can’t predict with certainty who is more likely to suffer serious consequences from infection with COVID-19.

Throughout this trying time, the Randolph community has stood together to fight this pandemic. Overall, residents have been extremely supportive of one another and have complied with social distancing mandates, stay-at-home orders and the governor’s directives. It has been reassuring to see the decline in cases reported in Randolph over time. Our weekly average of reported cases has dropped from a high of 50-60 in April to an average of 4 cases per week in July. Hopefully, this trend will continue. We know that other states are now experiencing a significant increase in COVID-19 infections and the epicenter has shifted from New York and New Jersey to states such as Florida and Arizona. While New Jersey was hit hard early, we have made great progress. There are many unknowns, though, and it’s uncertain what the next few months will hold.

These past few months have certainly been a unique time for all of us. Everything in our lives has been disrupted—our jobs, schools, businesses, family events and celebrations, leisure activities, vacations—the list goes on. It’s been wonderful to see glimpses of normalcy return recently as some businesses re-open and outdoor dining gives us a chance to get out.

However, as the COVID-19 virus continues to pose a threat to all of us, it’s important that we continue to practice basic social distancing—wearing face masks and maintaining a 6 foot distance from others when out in public. As opposed to national data indicating a higher incidence of the infection in older individuals, 77% of the COVID-19 infections confirmed in Randolph have occurred in individuals under 60 years of age, so we all need to be cautious.

As Mayor of Randolph, I hear from community members every day and I know many are growing frustrated as the pandemic persists. Everyone wants to return to normal. I have heard from residents who are very fearful of contracting the COVID-19 virus and urge caution, and I have heard from others who feel that the virus is not a serious threat to them. I have heard from residents who think businesses are re-opening too quickly and others who think businesses aren’t re-opening quickly enough. While many residents support wearing face masks at all times when not at home, I have heard from residents who don’t believe they should have to wear face masks at all. My point is that there are diverse opinions and feelings among residents, which is understandable.

However, as a community, we are following and enforcing all state guidelines and directives related to the COVID-19 pandemic. While public health officials have always had policies and procedures designed to curb infectious outbreaks, this novel coronavirus is proving to be unique. Our public health experts are learning more about this virus every day and their recommendations have evolved as more information has become available. The changing of recommendations can understandably lead to confusion and doubt, but they are modified based on the most up-to-date scientific information availble.

We are truly all in this together. I thank you for the sacrifices you are making and I ask for your continued patience and understanding during this difficult and challenging time. Please wear face masks when out in public and practice social distancing. Stay safe and take precautions to protect yourself, your family and our community.

Mayor Christine Carey
July 20, 2020


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: July 16, 2020

All information, alerts and announcements related to the current COVID-19 situation are now posted on this separate page »

STATE INFORMATION
Representative Mikie Sherrill has launched a second survey for small businesses in the 11th District to collect feedback on the challenges continuing to face the small business community due to COVID-19 and in reopening. Learn more

COUNTY INFORMATION
Hedden County Park Temporarily Closed Due to Negative Activities
The Morris County Park Commission has announced the closing of Hedden County Park for two weeks due to negative activities by some park patrons, including dumping of trash, starting fires, alcohol use and blocking waterways, among other issues. The closure began Tuesday, July 14; the park is scheduled to reopen on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.


Police Dept. Accreditation

Posted: July 15, 2020

The Randolph Township Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of its program to achieve accreditation by verifying that it meets recognized professional best practices.

Administered by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with best practice standards in five basic areas: the administrative function, the personnel function, the operations function, the investigative function, and the arrestee/detainee function.

Agency employees and the public are invited to offer comments by calling 973.989.7031 on July 20, 2020 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Comments will be taken by the assessment team. E-mail comments may be sent to the .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address).

Telephone comments are limited to 5 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards. A copy of the standards is available for inspection at the Randolph Township Police Department. Please contact Dr. Bonnie Yeager at 973.537.7110 for more information.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Randolph Township Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them by e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address), Accreditation Program Director or write to the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12, Marlton, N.J. 08053.


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: July 14, 2020

All information, alerts and announcements related to the current COVID-19 situation are now posted on this separate page »

STATE INFORMATION
On Monday, July 13, 2020, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 165 lifting the 50% capacity limits on NJ Transit and private carrier vehicles.

Learn more about the steps NJ Transit is taking to protect its customers and employees.


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: July 10, 2020

All information, alerts and announcements related to the current COVID-19 situation are now posted on this separate page »

STATE INFORMATION
NJ MVC
License, registration and inspection expiration dates have been further extended. Driver licenses/IDs, vehicle registrations, inspections & temporary tags expiring March-May now extended to September 30, 2020. Those expiring June-August are extended to December 31, 2020. More info


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: July 9, 2020

All information, alerts and announcements related to the current COVID-19 situation are now posted on this separate page »

STATE INFORMATION
On Wednesday, July 8, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order No. 163 requiring individuals to wear face coverings in outdoor public spaces when it is not feasible to maintain a six-foot distance from others, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners.


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: July 8, 2020

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COUNTY INFORMATION
Morris County and Jersey Cares Partner on Grocery Shopping for Seniors and Disabled
The Morris County Office on Aging, Disabilities and Community Programming is partnering with non-profit Jersey Cares to provide volunteers to do grocery shopping for older or disabled residents across all of Morris County. Eligible participants must be either over age 60 or be disabled and between ages 18-59 and in need of shopping assistance. Consumers can call the ADRC hotline at 973.285.6848 or 1-800-564-4656 and request volunteer shopper assistance. Volunteers have been vetted by Jersey Cares and are ready to serve Morris County residents. You may also sign up to be a Volunteer Shopper! More information


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: July 7, 2020

All information, alerts and announcements related to the current COVID-19 situation are now posted on this separate page »

COUNTY INFORMATION
Table of Hope Mobile Food Delivery
On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, Table of Hope, in partnership with Morris Habitat for Humanity, is hosting a free food giveaway including groceries, fresh produce, dairy items and canned goods. The event will take place at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore parking lot, 274 South Salem Street, Randolph, between 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. The event is open to all, with no income guidelines or pre-registration requirements. Volunteers will be assisting to sort food into bags and place the bags of food into the trunks of cars. Recipients may walk-up as well. To maintain social distancing, recipients should remain in their vehicles and food will be placed in their cars by the event volunteers. Table of Hope is operated by the Spring Street Community Development Corporation; its mobile food pantry delivers food to those in need throughout Morris County.


Rep. Sherrill to Hold Virtual Meeting on COVID-19

Posted: July 7, 2020

Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) will hold a virtual “Monday with Mikie” meeting on COVID-19 response, reopening and recovery on Monday, July 13, 2020 beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Rep. Sherrill will be joined by Randolph Mayor Christine Carey, Senator Anthony Bucco (LD-25), Morris County Chamber of Commerce President Meghan Hunscher and Morristown Medical Center Section Chief of Infectious Disease Dr. Jason Kessler.

“Our communities have come together during this unprecedented time in so many different ways,” said Representative Sherrill. “Monday with Mikie is another opportunity for residents to ask questions about COVID-19, the latest on reopening and to talk about the continuing federal response to the pandemic. I’d like to thank Mayor Carey, Senator Bucco, Ms. Hunscher, and Dr. Kessler for joining us for this meeting.”

Residents who would like to participate may register for the virtual meeting (scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Register”). To listen via telephone, call 415-527-5035; the access code is199 882 1350.

Want to submit a question? Fill out this form


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: July 6, 2020

All information, alerts and announcements related to the current COVID-19 situation are now posted on this separate page »

STATE INFORMATION
On Thursday, July 2, 2020, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order No. 161, increasing outdoor gathering capacity to 500 people, effective 6:00 a.m. on Friday, July 3. Outdoor religious services and political activities continue to have no numerical limits. All indoor gatherings continue to be limited to 25 percent capacity of the rooms in which they will take place, with a maximum of 100 persons.

Also on Thursday, July 2 Governor Murphy issued Executive Order No. 162, extending the public health emergency in New Jersey for an additional 30 days.

COUNTY INFORMATION
Table of Hope Mobile Food Delivery
On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, Table of Hope, in partnership with Morris Habitat for Humanity, is hosting a free food giveaway including groceries, fresh produce, dairy items and canned goods. The event will take place at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore parking lot, 274 South Salem Street, Randolph, between 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. The event is open to all, with no income guidelines or pre-registration requirements. Volunteers will be assisting to sort food into bags and place the bags of food into the trunks of cars. Recipients may walk-up as well. To maintain social distancing, recipients should remain in their vehicles and food will be placed in their cars by the event volunteers. Table of Hope is operated by the Spring Street Community Development Corporation; its mobile food pantry delivers food to those in need throughout Morris County.


Drive-In Movie Night

Posted: July 6, 2020

Updated July 7, 2020 4:15 p.m.—Amazing response to the drive-in movie as we sold out for this event in just 30 minutes! Thank you to everyone for your quick interest and response. We will look at holding more events of this nature!

The Randolph Township Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services is hosting a drive-in movie night on Friday, July 17, 2020.

The movie, Trolls, will be shown at County College of Morris, 214 Center Grove Road in Randolph, Parking Lot 3. Admission to the parking lot begins at 7:30 p.m., show time is at 8:15 p.m.

The cost is $10.00 per car; please do not register per person.

With the safety of our residents and staff a top priority, tickets will only be sold online. No tickets will be sold onsite. Tickets may be purchased using Randolph’s Community Pass system, under Community Events 2020.


Road Construction

Posted: July 2, 2020

The following road projects will get underway the week of July 6, 2020.

Meadowbrook Road
The final paving of Meadowbrook Road from Old Chimney Road to Butternut Road will be conducted between July 6 and July 10, 2020, weather permitting. The paving operation will require partial closures of Meadowbrook Road from Old Chimney Road through Butternut Road with traffic detoured via Rolling Ridge Road, Timber Lane and Old Chimney Road. Residential properties within the paving area will have limited vehicular access to their driveways during the paving and are recommended to move their vehicles to the side streets prior to the paving operation. There may be short periods of time where access to portions of Meadowbrook Road and some driveways may not be possible, however, the township will be coordinating with the contractor to minimize the inconveniences. It is recommended that residents avoid driving or walking in or along the street through the active construction area except when necessary to access their homes. Police will be onsite to direct traffic during paving, with traffic alternating as required. Work hours will be from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. If you have any questions, please contact Wayne Corsey in the engineering department at 973.989.7069.

Jennifern Avenue, Fords Road and Clover Lane Curb Installation
For all three roads, Cifelli Construction will begin the curb installation on Monday, July 6 and should complete it by Friday, July 17, 2020, weather permitting. There may be short periods of time where access to portions of these roads and some driveways may not be possible, however, the township will be coordinating with the contractor to minimize the inconveniences. Work hours will be from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. If you have any questions, please contact Wayne Corsey in the engineering department at 973.989.7069.

Canfield Avenue Paving
As part of the gas main installation project, Rockborn Paving will be milling and paving portions of Canfield Avenue from Route 10 East to Sussex Turnpike on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Northbound traffic on Canfield Avenue will be temporarily detoured to Morris Turnpike West and back to Route 10 East. Southbound traffic from the intersection of Route 10 and Canfield Avenue will not be interrupted. Police will be onsite to direct traffic as required. Work hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the work will be completed the same day. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ralph Carchia at the Gray Supply Corporation, 973.366.7272, or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address).