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Monthly Archives for August 2020

Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: August 28, 2020

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STATE INFORMATION
On Tuesday, August 25, 2020, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 179 making modifications to this year’s primarily vote-by-mail general election. The modifications require county clerks to publish a notice reflecting this year’s primarily vote-by-mail process; permits county boards of elections to continue counting ballots every day until counting is complete; and requires election audits to be completed by December 4, 2020.

On Thursday, August 27, 2020, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 181 permitting gyms and health clubs, as well as amusement and water parks, to reopen their indoor premises to the public on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. contingent on meeting the required health standards and capacity restrictions established by the order.


Overdose Awareness Event

Posted: August 27, 2020

On Monday, August 31, 2020, the Morris County Department of Human Services in partnership with Senator Anthony Bucco, Sheriff James Gannon and the Morris County Board of Freeholders will host an Overdose Awareness event.

A memorial tree will be planted in remembrance of the Morris County residents who were taken by the drug epidemic, their grieving loved ones and those who continue to fight for recovery.

The ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. at 1 Medical Drive in Morris Plains on the lawn outside the Morris County Department of Human Services.

Residents are invited to attend the ceremony to raise awareness of overdoses and reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths.


2020 Fall Seasonal Flu Clinics

Posted: August 27, 2020

The Randolph Township Health Department will be holding multiple seasonal flu vaccination clinics in the coming weeks.

  • Thursday, September 10—Full
    10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Town Hall, 502 Millbrook Avenue, Randolph
  • Tuesday, September 15—Full
    10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Randolph Community Center, Calais Road, Randolph
  • Wednesday, September 16—Full
    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Town Hall, 502 Millbrook Avenue, Randolph
  • Tuesday, September 22—Full
    10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Town Hall, 502 Millbrook Avenue, Randolph
  • Tuesday, September 22
    1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Randolph Community Center, Calais Road, Randolph
  • Thursday, September 24
    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Town Hall, 502 Millbrook Avenue, Randolph
  • Tuesday, September 29—Full
    4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Town Hall, 502 Millbrook Avenue, Randolph
  • Tuesday, October 13
    3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Town Hall, 502 Millbrook Avenue, Randolph

All residents age six months and older are encouraged to obtain the free flu vaccine.

Vaccination is by appointment only; absolutely no walk-ins will be accepted. All persons must wear a mask covering mouth and nose; temperature check and screening assessment will be completed prior to receiving vaccine.

Register by calling the public health nurses at 973.537.7118. Clinic guidelines will be given to you at registration.

Those 65 and older and Medicare, please bring your Medicare card.


In order to speed your visit, download and complete the requisite consent form(s) in advance:

Flu vaccine 
Flu vaccine—pediatric 


Vaccine Information Statements (VIS)
VIS are information sheets which explain the benefits and risks of a vaccine:

Influenza Vaccine 


Free Food and School Supplies Distribution at CCM

Posted: August 21, 2020

Nonprofit Table of Hope, with support of the Morris County Board of Freeholders, sheriff, and other officials and organizations serving Morris County, will hold a food and school supplies distribution event at County College of Morris (CCM) on Saturday, August 29, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

All Morris County residents are welcome to attend to receive fresh produce, meat, dairy, canned goods and other groceries; there will also be a separate station to distribute backpacks with school supplies. The event will take place in Parking Lot 1 on the CCM campus; please use the Dover Chester Road entrance. Face coverings are required.


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: August 20, 2020

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COUNTY INFORMATION
Free Food and School Supplies Distribution at CCM
Nonprofit Table of Hope, with support of the Morris County Board of Freeholders, sheriff, and other officials and organizations serving Morris County will hold a food and school supplies distribution event at County College of Morris (CCM) on Saturday, August 29, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All Morris County residents are welcome to attend to receive fresh produce, meat, dairy, canned goods and other groceries; there will also be a separate station to distribute backpacks with school supplies. The event will take place in Parking Lot 1 on the CCM campus; please use the Dover Chester Road entrance. Face coverings are required.


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: August 19, 2020

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STATE INFORMATION
Small Landlord Emergency Grant Program
The application portal for the Small Landlord Emergency Grant Program (SLEG) opened today at 9:00 a.m. The NJHMFA’s SLEG Program will reimburse small residential rental property owners for lost rent revenue due to COVID-19 between April and July 2020. High application volumes are anticipated. If you are unable to submit your application, please try again later. Please note that the application period ends August 26. View the application checklist


Small Landlord Emergency Grant Program

Posted: August 19, 2020

The application portal for the Small Landlord Emergency Grant Program (SLEG) opened today at 9:00 a.m. The NJHMFA’s SLEG program will reimburse small residential rental property owners for lost rent revenue due to COVID-19 between April and July 2020.

Although applications are not first-come, first-served and are open for a week, small residential rental property owners should prepare documents and make sure they are ready to apply. It is more important to have your application be correct and accurate than it is to submit early.

View the application checklist

High application volumes are anticipated. If you are unable to submit your application, please try again later. Please note that the application period ends August 26, 2020.


Senior Picnic at Brundage Park

Posted: August 18, 2020

Join us Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at Brundage Park for the senior picnic…or don’t!

Due to COVID-19, we are running the picnic differently this year. You have the option of coming and eating your prepared food at Brundage Park or you may drive to Brundage and pick up your prepared food.

Download and complete the invitation  to indicate your selection. The deadline for food order is Monday, September 7, 2020.

RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address) or call 973-989-7084.


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: August 17, 2020

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STATE INFORMATION
On Friday, August 14, 2020, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 177 which mandates that the November 3, 2020 general election be conducted primarily via vote-by-mail ballots. The Morris County Clerk will mail ballots to all “active” registered voters without the need for an application to receive a vote-by-mail ballot by October 5, 2020. The vote-by-mail ballots must be returned by November 3, 2020 by mail or dropped off at a secure drop box.


1st Annual Scarecrow Decorating Contest

Posted: August 17, 2020

Who in Randolph can decorate the most exciting scarecrow?

The Randolph Lions Club is sponsoring a community building event to challenge participants to build their own scarecrow. The competition is open to Randolph residents, business owners, school clubs and town groups.

The scarecrows will be judged on creativity and prizes will be awarded. There are three categories you can use as your inspiration for building your scarecrow.

  • Whimsical fantasy
  • Fun horror
  • First responders

For each category, there will be one 1st place prize winner of $250 as well as a ribbon. Second and 3rd place winners for each category will receive a ribbon plus there will be 2 honorable mentions for those who were close contenders!

All scarecrows must be in good taste and absent of adult, political or religious themes.

Registration begins August 23, 2020, display your scarecrow by October 10th, judging will take place beginning on October 17th, and the winners will be announced on October 25th.

You must be registered to compete and the registration fee is $40.00. To register, visit Randolph’s Community Pass system; the scarecrow contest will be listed under Community Events 2020. Complete the online registration form and mail your check made payable to the Randolph Lions Club, P.O. Box 241, Ironia, NJ 07845.


Drive-In Movie Night

Posted: August 14, 2020

Updated August 17, 2020—The drive-in movie is sold out!

Due to the amazing response of our last drive-in movie, the Randolph Township Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services is hosting another drive-in movie night on Friday, August 28, 2020.

The movie, Onward, 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 $15.00 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.

 

 


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: August 13, 2020

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STATE INFORMATION
On Wednesday, August 12, 2020, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 175 allowing public and nonpublic pre-K through grade 12 schools and colleges and universities to immediately reopen for in-person classes for the upcoming academic year. However, school districts that cannot meet all health and safety standards for safe in-person instruction will begin their school year with all-remote learning.


Optimum Service Issues after Isaias

Posted: August 12, 2020

The township has received information for those still having issues with their Optimum/Altice service.

Optimum has opened their outdoor WIFI hotspot network for both customers and non-customers to provide interim connectivity. View a list of available locations

Service Restoration: Troubleshooting Tips
Now that power has been restored to your home, your Optimum services should be back up and running. If you experienced a loss of power, it is best to restart your equipment using the following steps:

  • Unplug your equipment from its power source.
  • Wait 30 seconds.
  • Plug your equipment back into the power source.

If your service does not return after restarting, it is possible that:

  • The power that feeds the network in your area comes from a different commercial power source than the power that feeds your home or business location or there is another issue relating to network power that needs to be addressed. Optimum is coordinating with the electric companies to identify these issues and ensure prioritization of repair or restoration.
  • There is damage to the Optimum network such as a downed utility pole or wire break; their crews are proactively working to rectify this type of damage to restore service.

Optimum has created the opportunity for customers to check service status online by signing in with Optimum ID and password. Under “Support,” located in the upper right corner, click “Service status.”

Report Service Issues:
Contacting Optimum via any of the below four channels will result in a trouble ticket being created that will direct a repair team to assess and address the issue:

Optimum will be providing credits proactively to customers whose services were impacted by the storm once commercial power was restored. Customers will receive the following message:

“We know how important your Optimum service is to you. Tropical Storm Isaias was one of the most powerful storms to strike the Northeast in years and our crews have been working around the clock to repair damage and restore your service as power returns. We appreciate your patience and will be providing a credit for the time that your Optimum services were not available when power was restored. There is no need to request this credit, we will simply apply it to your account in the next several weeks.”


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: August 11, 2020

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STATE INFORMATION
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today announced that its board has approved the use of $15.3 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Emergency Security (CARES) Act funding to provide grants through the authority’s Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program to businesses located in 12 New Jersey counties that did not receive direct allocations of CARES Act funding from the federal government. The funds will be added to the more than $100 million the NJEDA is currently administering to support COVID-19-impacted businesses. The additional $15.3 million approved for use today will go toward fulfilling eligible Phase 2 grant applications from businesses located in the 12 New Jersey counties that did not receive direct CARES Act funding allocations from the federal government: Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Morris, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren.


An Updated Message from Mayor Carey—August 10

Posted: August 10, 2020

Dear Randolph Residents,

JCP&L is reporting that power has been restored to all but 7 Randolph residents; those still without power should be restored later today. This is great news!

On Tuesday, approximately 9400 or 88% of all households in Randolph lost power when Tropical Storm Isaias hit our area. About 75% of these households had power restored by Friday evening and 99% were restored by Sunday morning. For many, it was a frustrating and difficult time. While I am very happy to have power back on, there are many aspects of JCP&L’s response to the storm that must be reviewed and addressed.

During the immediate crisis, we were in regular communication with JCP&L. Those discussions were primarily focused on the emergency and getting power restored to residents as quickly as possible. However, now that the immediate crisis is over, JCP&L will be conducting a thorough review and analysis of their response to the storm.

I have talked to many residents who share my concerns regarding JCP&L’s preparation for and in response to Tropical Storm Isaias and agree that 6 days without power is unacceptable. In the next few weeks, I will be participating in meetings being scheduled by JCP&L for an “after-storm review” with mayors and township officials from towns most affected by the storm to discuss JCP&L’s response, areas for improvement and preemptive strategies. Among the topics for discussion are:

  • Removal of trees close to power lines
  • Placement of power lines underground
  • Improved planning and preparedness for forecasted storms
  • Getting out-of-area crews on site faster
  • Better coordination of on-site recovery efforts, triaging, prioritization
  • Rapid and accurate dissemination of information to customers
  • Compensation for customers who lost refrigerated food and medicine and incurred other expenses

Our goal is to provide constructive feedback to JCP&L so they can be better prepared for the next storm.

Thank you for your patience over the past week.

Mayor Chris Carey


An Updated Message from Mayor Carey—August 7

Posted: August 7, 2020

Dear Randolph Residents,

As we head into the weekend, many residents in Randolph remain without power due to the damage caused by Tropical Storm Isaias, which brought up to 7 inches of rain and wind gusts of up to 65 mph to New Jersey. Once again, today township staff and officials have focused all of our efforts on assisting residents and getting power restored to our community.

JCP&L has brought in crews from out-of-state to help restore power to our area. I’m sure you have seen many of them in Randolph. I personally met crews from West Virginia and Ohio who are committed to helping New Jersey get back to normal. Throughout the state, JCP&L has 6,500 employees and contractors working on this recovery effort.

Today, some sections of Randolph that had up to now been unaffected, lost power. This is unfortunate, but a temporary situation while crews work in certain areas. As of this morning, there were still approximately 5,500 residences in Randolph without power. JCP&L has estimated and is working toward a goal of having power restored to 2,000 of those homes by end of day today and to another 2,000 homes on Saturday. They will continue to work around the clock and through the weekend to get power back on in Randolph.

I have had a chance to speak to many residents today who are doing their best to stay positive during this time. Of course they are experiencing difficulties and frustrations. I am very sorry, but we do not have information to provide about when power will be restored to specific addresses.

As you know, many trees and branches came down during the storm and residents have inquired about branch pickup. Please place branches at the curb and crews from the public works department will be picking them up along all township streets. This collection may take several weeks to complete due to the significant volume of damaged trees and there will be more than one collection per house if needed.

Please stay safe.

Mayor Chris Carey


Storm-Related Branch Collection

Posted: August 7, 2020

Updated September 11, 2020: As of today, the Randolph Township Department of Public Works has completed the curbside collection of storm-related fallen tree branches. Residents who have not yet been able to bring their storm-related tree branches (only) to the curb may call 973.989.7066 to notify the department.

Updated August 21, 2020: The Randolph Township Department of Public Works is currently working on the curbside collection of storm-related fallen tree branches. Crews are collecting branches placed curbside along all township streets affected by the storm. The cutoff date for branches to be placed curbside is Friday September 4. The DPW crews will make their final collection immediately following this deadline.

Due to Tropical Storm Isaias on August 4, 2020, the township will be collecting storm-related fallen tree branches curbside effective immediately. Crews from the public works department will be collecting branches placed curbside along all township streets affected by the storm. Main roads are being collected first and then secondary roads will be collected.

Please ensure that only storm-related branches are placed curbside and are cut into manageable lengths, no greater than eight feet. The town will not be able to take stumps.

The township anticipates that the storm related branch collection program will take several weeks to complete due to the significant volume of damaged trees. We understand it may take residents several weeks to bring branches to the curb so there will be more than one collection per house if needed.

Residents can also drop off branches at the recycling center from Wednesday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Your cooperation and patience with the clean-up effort is greatly appreciated.


An Updated Message from Mayor Carey—August 6

Posted: August 6, 2020

Dear Randolph Residents,

Township officials and staff continued to work throughout the day today assisting residents and managing the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias. According to JCP&L, approximately 7,000 Randolph households are still without power. I understand that while residents have been very patient, they want and need to see results and have their power restored as quickly as possible. Every day without electricity brings increasing challenges and frustrations.

On a call with JCP&L this afternoon, they indicated that late yesterday an estimated time to restore power (ETR) of 11:00 p.m. August 11 was automatically designated for all communities in New Jersey. This information led to a lot of questions and concerns from residents. That ETR actually represented the worst-case scenario when JCP&L expects to have power restored to 95% of all customers in New Jersey. Their intention is to update this information with more accurate ETRs that reflect true data for specific, local areas in the next 24 hours. In general, JCP&L is anticipating that 85% of their customers will have power restored by midnight on Friday, August 7.

Township staff and officials are doing everything we can to facilitate the restoration of power in Randolph. Today I reached out to Governor Murphy’s office and Congresswoman Sherrill to make them aware of the challenges facing Randolph and the large number of residents who are still without power. In addition, I have spoken with Assemblyman Bergen and earlier today Senator Bucco and Assemblywoman Dunn visited Randolph to see the damage from Tropical Storm Isaias firsthand. I have asked all of these elected officials for their assistance.

We will continue to work on behalf of all Randolph residents and keep you updated with information as we get it.

Sincerely,
Mayor Christine Carey


A Message from Mayor Carey on the Storm

Posted: August 5, 2020

Dear Randolph Residents,

First and foremost, I hope everyone is safe and healthy after experiencing the impact of Tropical Storm Isaias on Tuesday. While the storm’s presence in Randolph was not prolonged, it was intense.

Thankfully, we are not aware of any township residents who experienced physical injuries due to the storm. However, several homes and buildings incurred structural damage with some being left uninhabitable. As you have probably seen firsthand, many trees and power lines were downed in Randolph during the storm and as a result approximately 90% of Randolph residents were left without power.

Our first responders, police, fire fighters and department of public works staff have been working aggressively to remove trees, open roads and intersections and ensure public safety. Randolph Township has been and continues to be in ongoing communication with the Morris County Office of Emergency Management and JCP&L to report damage in Randolph, monitor remediation efforts and assess timelines for prompt restoration of power to residents.

Due to the extensive damage from the storm, approximately 50% of JCP&L customers in New Jersey lost power. JCP&L has assured us that they are working around-the-clock to restore power to all customers as quickly as possible, although due to the extent of the damage statewide, it may take several days for power to be fully restored. As part of their efforts in advance of the storm, JCP&L had secured more than 1,800 additional personnel from areas not impacted by the storm to assist in restoration efforts in those areas that were impacted.

We are aware that many branches came down during the storm. We will be sending out information next week about additional curbside branch pick up to assist residents with clean up.

For Randolph residents in need of charging electronics, the Randolph community center is open as a charging station, subject to social distancing limitations.

Please stay safe and know that Randolph township staff and officials are working diligently to assist residents and get us back to normal as quickly as possible.

Remember that downed wires should be reported to JCP&L and to the Randolph police department. Residents should never go near a downed power line. For updated information on JCP&L’s current outages, visit the JCP&L website.

Sincerely,
Mayor Christine Carey


Coronavirus Information Update

Posted: August 4, 2020

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STATE INFORMATION
On Monday, August 3, 2020, Governor Murphy announced the decrease of indoor gathering capacity limit in response to the increase of COVID-19 cases in New Jersey. Indoor gatherings are now limited to 25 percent of a room’s capacity, but regardless of the room’s capacity, the maximum limit shall be 25 persons, down from 100 persons. For purposes of determining this limit, any private residence or residential unit shall be treated as a single room. However, the change will not be applicable to the following events: weddings, funerals, memorial services, religious services or celebrations, and political activities. These events may continue under the previous rules that limited them to 25 percent of a room’s capacity, but with a limit of 100 persons.


Storm Preparations August 3

Posted: August 3, 2020

The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning for our area. Tropical storm force winds of 30-40 mph, with gusts to 60 mph are expected Tuesday afternoon. The strong winds are anticipated to last into the evening, and have the potential to lead to the risk of downed trees and power lines. Heavy rain is expected beginning tonight, and continuing through Tuesday evening. Significant amounts of rainfall will likely cause flash flooding.

In the event of power loss, please call JCP&L at 1-888-544-4877 to report the outage, or click “Report Outage” link at the JCP&L website. JCP&L reminds customers to stay away from downed wires, even if they believe they are no longer carrying electricity. Extra caution should be used in areas where downed lines are tangled with trees or other debris. Motorists are cautioned to treat intersections with inoperable traffic signals as four-way stops and never drive through flooded roadways—“turn around, don’t drown.”

Be prepared for power outages, winds, and flooding:

  • Have flashlights and batteries ready
  • Charge cell phones and electronic devices
  • Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to use it
  • Purchase ice or freeze water-filled plastic containers to help keep food cold
  • Keep your car’s gas tank full since gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps
  • If you rely on anything that is battery operated or power dependent, such as a medical device, determine a back-up plan
  • Secure outdoor furniture, planters, umbrellas, etc.
  • Move vehicles to higher ground if possible

For more information and tips on storm preparedness, visit ready.gov.

The township’s contractor, Blue Diamond, will be collecting garbage and recycling as scheduled. However, due to the forecasted weather, collection will begin earlier at 6:00 a.m. to ensure they can get through the route safely. Be sure your garbage and recycling cans are out no later than 6:00 a.m. and adequately secure the materials inside the container. Emptied cans should be removed from the curb prior to the increased winds forecast for later in the day.