Message from the Mayor About COVID-19 and Halloween
Posted: October 23, 2020
Residents have been inquiring about recommendations for celebrating Halloween this year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s challenging because parents want their children to experience the fun festivities typically associated with this time of year, but they also want to keep their families safe. Randolph Township is not “cancelling” Halloween as some have asked, but rather is leaving it up to individuals to decide what is best for their own families. I thought it might be beneficial to summarize key advice from the CDC and other public health experts for those planning to participate in Halloween activities.
The CDC recognizes that some traditional Halloween activities can increase the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus. For those who still plan to put out treats, the CDC recommends steps to take to make trick-or-treating safer, such as:
Avoiding direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
Giving out treats outdoors, if possible.
Setting up a station with individually bagged treats, rather than putting them in one container.
Washing hands before handling treats.
Wearing a mask.
Those who plan to trick-or-treat should limit their groups to their household members, stay local, and restrict the number of houses on their route. Trick-or-treaters over the age of 2 should wear a cloth face mask. A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask. Wearing a cloth mask under a costume mask is not recommended since it could make breathing difficult. As always, everyone should stay at least 6 feet away from others not in their household and wash their hands frequently in order to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus.
Experts also suggest alternatives to trick-or-treating such as celebrating Halloween by decorating your home, carving or decorating pumpkins with your family, visiting a pumpkin patch while adhering to social distancing guidelines, watching Halloween-themed movies at home, or holding an outdoor parade in neighborhoods so everyone can show off their costumes.
In Randolph, several activities have been planned to help make this Halloween season fun. While the annual Trunk or Treat event has been cancelled, the Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with the Mt. Freedom Fire Company, has planned two fun Halloween events in its place. For more information, please visit the township website.
A Riddle Run is underway until October 28. Residents are challenged to find all 16 of the decorated posts on the trail at Brundage Park. Once all letters are collected, participants should unscramble the riddle and bring their completed worksheet to the community center.
This fall, the Randolph Lions Club also sponsored a fun community building event and challenged residents, business owners, school clubs and town groups to build their own scarecrow. Perhaps you have seen several of them around town? The deadline for displaying scarecrows was October 10th and winners of the competition will be announced very soon.
The Randolph Township Health Department will be holding a seasonal flu vaccination clinic on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the township municipal building
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:
COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of Trunk or Treat. But have no fear. Randolph, in partnership with the Mt. Freedom Fire Company, has planned two fun Halloween events in its place.
From October 19 to October 26, 2020, find all of the decorated posts on the trail at Brundage Park. Look for the letter located on the post; there are 16 posts in all. Once you have collected all of the letters, unscramble the phrase and bring your worksheet to the community center on Calais Road no later than 4:00 p.m. on October 26, 2020. Prizes will be given out on Friday October 30th. Stop by the community center on October 30th between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to collect your prize. Good luck and Happy Halloween!
Virtual Costume Contest
Calling all ghouls and goblins alike! Please join us for our first annual virtual Halloween costume contest. This contest is open to children from ages infant to 16, and families. Participants will be broken down by age groups. There will be 3 winners from each age group.
Awards will be given for:
2 & under
Please write “Costume Contest” in the subject line and indicate which age group you are participating in. Please have your child hold up a piece of paper that says “Randolph Costume Contest 2020.”
Submissions will be accepted via e-mail from October 19 - October 26, 2020. Winners will be notified via e-mail by October 30th. Winners will have their photos posted on the Randolph Township Facebook page.
This free program, presented by NewBridge Services, will cover topics such as how the pandemic has affected youth and families, dealing with stress of schools reopening and/or virtual learning, recognizing mental health concerns in youth, maintaining social relationships and strategies, tools and resources to help cope.
Outdoor Dining Safety
Posted: October 19, 2020
Some residents have questioned why the township isn’t allowing local restaurants to use certain heaters underneath their outdoor dining tents.
The reason is not only for the safety of the patrons, property owners and first responders but also, for compliance with the state of New Jersey Uniform Fire Code (2015 International Fire Code New Jersey Edition).
Due to the New Jersey Department of Health guidelines regarding COVID-19 and indoor dining, the need for temporary tents and membrane structures increased this year to accommodate outdoor dining.
The Randolph Township Fire Prevention Bureau has worked with all of the local restaurants to develop safe, temporary outdoor dining areas that meet the intent of the Uniform Fire Code. As the weather turns colder there is a need to heat these spaces, a challenge that becomes increasingly difficult due to safety and code requirements.
Portable propane heaters have been removed from under the tents as these heaters do not meet code requirements, and pose a serious health and safety risk to the people using the tent. In addition, the Uniform Construction Code has regulations on the permanent installation of natural gas, propane, and electric outdoor heaters to be used under tents. These products are tested and certified to be safe for that type of installation when installed by qualified contractors; the Randolph Township Construction Department inspects these installations.
The Randolph Township Fire Prevention Bureau and Randolph Township Construction Department will continue to work with the local restaurants to provide a safe environment for their patrons and staff.
NJ Department of Health Halloween Guidance
Posted: October 19, 2020
Trick-or-treating tips, options for distributing candy, and protocols for outdoor activities are among the health and safety guidelines urged by the New Jersey Department of Health in its guidance to help trick-or-treaters and others celebrating Halloween amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Township of Randolph, in conjunction with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, will be participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Residents can anonymously and confidentially drop off unused or expired prescription medications, controlled substances and over the counter 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.
In addition to helping communities rid their counties of unused prescription drugs, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day promotes awareness of juvenile prescription drug prevention efforts.
On Thursday, October 15, 2020, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order No. 190 prohibiting utilities, including publicly owned water systems, from shutting off service provided to residential accounts or any account that primarily serves residential customers for non-payment through March 15, 2021.
Additionally, any residential account, or account that primarily serves residential customers, that has been disconnected due to nonpayment since March 16, 2020 will be reconnected at no cost to the customer, with the exception of disconnections required for public health and safety.
Electronic Tax Sale
Posted: October 16, 2020
TOWNSHIP OF RANDOLPH
NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL PROPERTY FOR NON-PAYMENT OF 2019 TAXES AND OTHER MUNICIPAL CHARGES
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. randolph.newjerseytaxsale.com
I have been hearing from residents who are concerned about the recent increase in COVID-19 cases reported in Randolph. I share their concerns. Over the last week, more cases of COVID-19 were reported in Randolph than we have seen reported on a weekly basis since early May. Over the last five months, we have continued to report a small number of new cases each week, but since the start of October, the numbers are increasing. There doesn’t appear to be one clear reason for the increase in reported cases. There has been no “super spreader” event in Randolph. Many cases involve one family member getting infected and then infecting others in their household. Sometimes the source of the exposure can be identified, but other times no clear incident can be identified. As we know, individuals without symptoms can still be infected with the virus and spread it to others unknowingly.
The increase in COVID-19 infections is not unique to Randolph and, in fact, is being reported in many states throughout the country. In New Jersey, new COVID-19 cases have spiked to a 4-month high and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 infections are also on the rise. State officials warned last week that New Jersey is bracing for a potential second wave of the coronavirus that could escalate quickly if residents become complacent about prevention practices. We all remember the early months of the pandemic in New Jersey. In March and April, many Randolph residents were sick; many were hospitalized and some unfortunately passed away. Since then we have been doing a great job of following public health guidelines and keeping the rate of infection low. However, the pandemic is not over.
I join public health officials in asking residents to be cautious as the pandemic wears on. I urge everyone to continue social distancing, avoiding crowds, washing hands frequently, staying home if you don’t feel well, quarantining if you have been exposed to someone with the virus and wearing a face mask in public. I know that many people don’t like to wear face masks. However, public health experts have documented that masks can reduce the probability of transmitting the COVID-19 virus to others. When you wear a mask, you are being considerate and helping to protect your family, friends and neighbors. It seems like a worthwhile sacrifice. We all have an impact on each other.
It is particularly important that we all continue to follow the public health guidelines considering the following. With temperatures dropping, we are all likely to spend more time indoors where the virus can be more easily spread. In addition, many of us may have more people in our homes during the upcoming holidays, including returning college students and family visiting from out of town. It doesn’t mean that as we approach this typically festive season that we cannot enjoy the time with friends and family. We just need to be smart about how we manage this time together. We have all made so many sacrifices since the pandemic began and by adapting intelligently we have reduced the spread in our community. The coming months will be no different. It’s important that we continue these efforts and remain vigilant.
Please, let’s all do our part to keep the Randolph community safe.
Mayor Christine Carey
October 12, 2020
Significant Increase in Car Theft and Car Burglaries
Posted: October 12, 2020
Randolph Township and Morris County in general continue to experience both vehicle thefts and thefts from vehicles parked in residential settings during the overnight hours. The last two years have shown a significant increase throughout Morris County and the numbers are quite alarming.
In the majority of these incidents, the vehicles have been left unlocked and the keys or the key fob have been left inside the vehicle.
Residents play the most significant part in preventing these incidents and are the first line of defense when protecting valuables and property. The only way for you to protect your property and help prevent these incidents from continuing to occur is to simply remove all valuables from the vehicle each day and to lock your vehicle especially when parked in your driveway or on the street in front of your house. Never leave your keys or the key fob inside the vehicle and when possible park your vehicle inside a locked garage.
High end vehicles such as Mercedes Benz, Lexus, Range Rover, Porsche and Audi appear to be the most common vehicles targeted, but when easy opportunities present themselves, other models are also targeted.
Of increasing concern is the fact that in some of these incidents in Morris County, and most recently Randolph Township from over the weekend, the suspects have forced entry into the victims’ home in search of keys or key fobs in order to steal the vehicle.
As you can appreciate, these incidents are extremely difficult for law enforcement to combat and prevent for a whole host of reasons. More often than not, the incidents are not revealed until the following day as vehicles are left unlocked with the keys inside while suspects roam neighborhoods in the dark of night. Furthermore, Randolph Township features numerous residential neighborhoods spread out across a twenty-one square mile area.
Please do your part to help prevent these incidents from continuing to occur in Randolph Township by securing valuables and locking your vehicle. Be a good neighbor and have adequate outdoor lighting or motion activated lighting and report suspicious incidents at the time they occur.
Take Control of Your Health
Posted: October 9, 2020
Are you or a loved one living with a chronic disease? NORWESCAP and the Randolph Township Health Department and Rockaway Division of Health invite you to attend a six-week workshop titled “Take Control of Your Health: Chronic Disease Self-Management.”
This free, evidence-based program will be held virtually on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., on October 14, 21, 28 and November 4, 11 and 18, 2020.
It is a peer-led program giving people with chronic conditions and/or their caregivers the knowledge, skills and confidence to take a more active role in their health care. Participants will learn strategies for managing symptoms, working with health care professionals, setting weekly goals, problem-solving, relaxing, handling difficult emotions, eating well and exercising safely and easily.
Help Stop the Spread of the Spotted Lanterfly
Posted: October 8, 2020
According to the Raritan Headwaters Association, the spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is not a species of fly at all—it is actually a planthopper that feeds on the sap of trees and grapevines, often resulting in great damage.
They have certain key ecological traits: they have few natural predators in their new home; they are very prolific and reproduce quickly; and they are flexible in their ecological requirements such as food, habitat, and temperature tolerances.
Once established, the spotted lanternfly can wreak havoc on our native species, which have never had the chance to meet them and evolve to compete or defend themselves against these newly introduced species.
The Morris County Stigma-Free Communities Initiative is a county-wide program that aims to eradicate the stigma associated with mental illness and substance use disorders; Randolph Township has been part of this initiative since October 2017.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health or substance use issues during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the committee’s COVID-19 Mental Health Resource page for connections to mental health support groups, online Naloxone training, state resources, and more.
Community Blood Drive
Posted: October 5, 2020
The Randolph Rescue Squad, in conjunction with New Jersey Blood Services, is holding a blood drive on Thursday, October 29, 2020 to help ensure blood is available for those in need.
The event will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the squad’s headquarters, located at 780 Route 10 West in Randolph.
Appointments are strongly recommended. Schedule an appointment. Walk-ins can be taken as long as social distancing guidelines can be maintained.
Please remember to eat, drink and bring your donor ID card or ID with name and photo.
Donate blood and receive Halloween treats as a thank you!
2020 Leaf Collection Program
Posted: October 1, 2020
Leaf Collection Update—December 16, 2020 The DPW has now completed collection of the leaves.
The public works department will begin the township’s annual leaf collection program at the end of October. The specific information by district can be found at the bottom of this page.
Residents, landscapers, contractors and lawn services may place loose leaves at the curb.
Leaves should be placed only in locations on the property ten or more feet from any storm sewer inlet on the street.
Only leaves should be placed at the curb; brush, grass, rocks and any other materials should never be included with the leaves.
Leaves cannot be placed at the curb any earlier than seven days prior to the week of the scheduled collection date.
Leaves need to be placed at the curb prior to the Saturday in which your district is scheduled to begin pick up.
Residents are urged to dispose of leaves on their own properties whenever possible since the stormwater regulations instituted by the state make it necessary to reduce the volume of leaves placed at the street.
Blowing leaves into wooded areas, placing leaves on acid loving plants such as pachysandra, or creating backyard compost piles will minimize costs associated with the collection and trucking of the leaves to a compost facility outside the township limits. Such disposal in wooded areas or on acid loving plants is also beneficial to properties.
Placing leaves and other yard waste on township parkland and open space is not permitted and is a violation of state regulations.
Violations of any of the above requirements will continue to be enforced by the health department and could result in a court summons being issued.
For residents who prefer to bag leaves instead of waiting for their district’s scheduled collection, the Randolph Township Department of Public Works will collect leaves placed in biodegradable bags on Mondays. To schedule a Monday collection, please call the engineering department at 973.989.7066 by 3:30 p.m. on the prior Friday. This service is offered as a courtesy to residents.
Anticipated Collection Schedule (collection starts on Saturday):