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Monthly Archives for June 2021

New Chief of Police Appointed

Posted: June 30, 2021

Randolph's New Police Chief
Chief Will Harzula

At the township council meeting of June 24, 2021, Township Manager Stephen Mountain announced that Lieutenant Will Harzula has been selected as the new chief of police for the Township of Randolph. Lieutenant Harzula will replace Chief David Stokoe, who will be retiring from the position on June 30th.

Raised in Middlesex, New Jersey, Lieutenant Harzula was a three-sport athlete in high school and graduated with honors. After high school, Lieutenant Harzula went on to attend The College of New Jersey and graduated with a bachelor of arts in law and justice in 1998.

Upon graduating college, Lieutenant Harzula enlisted in the U.S. Army. While enlisted, Lieutenant Harzula rose to the level of E-6 Staff Sergeant. He also attended the prestigious Army Ranger School, completing the program as a Distinguished Honor Graduate. Lieutenant Harzula was deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11. While in active duty, his squad completed several successful missions. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his actions while deployed.

In 2003, Lieutenant Harzula left the military to pursue a career in law enforcement. After graduating from the Union County Police Academy that year, he was appointed as a Randolph Township patrol officer. Following his appointment, Lt. Harzula rose through the ranks to the post of Lieutenant, a capacity in which he served since 2013. During his eight-year tenure as lieutenant, he headed the Patrol Division for six years and the Detective Division and Internal Affairs for two years.

Lieutenant Harzula brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the position of police chief. He also possesses a deep understanding of Randolph Township and will continue to advocate the community policing philosophy demonstrated by his predecessors. Most importantly, Lieutenant Harzula is a leader. Throughout his career he has exhibited a command presence, and these leadership skills will allow him to effectively transition into the role of chief of police.

Lt. Harzula currently resides in Middlesex, New Jersey with his wife, Susana, and three children. He will be sworn in privately to allow him to assume the position on July 1st. A public swearing-in ceremony will be held later in July.

 


2021 Freedom Festival

Posted: June 16, 2021

2021 Freedom Festival
Thursday, July 1 - Saturday, July 3

The Freedom Festival is back for 2021! The three-day Freedom Festival will again showcase music, amusements and more. While you kick back and enjoy the music, enjoy your favorite festival food like funnel cake, fried Oreos, sausage and peppers, and hot dogs. Bring your family and friends to the County College of Morris, and enjoy the carnival rides, games, vendors, food, and family entertainment!

Please be aware that smoking and pets are not allowed on the CCM campus. Anyone found violating these policies will be asked to leave the campus.

  • Thursday, July 1
    Freedom Festival
    6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Rides, games, food, music, free family entertainment, and vendors.
  • Friday, July 2
    Freedom Festival
    6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Rides, games, food trucks, DJ, free family entertainment, and vendors.

    Fireworks
    Starts at 9:45 p.m.
    DJ 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    The best show in Morris County!
    $5 donation per car.
  • Saturday, July 3
    Parade Day
    Kicks off at 10:00 a.m.
    Parade route from Dover Chester Road & Quaker Church Road (Mt. Fern Church) to the County College of Morris.

    Freedom Festival
    6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Rides, games, food trucks, music, free family entertainment, and vendors.

The parade marches rain or shine. If fireworks are cancelled on July 2, the rain date will be July 3. If the festival is cancelled on July 3, the rain date will be July 4. In the case of questionable weather, check the township home page for updates.

Sponsored by the Randolph Kiwanis Club in partnership with Randolph Township


Coyote/Bear Awareness

Posted: June 4, 2021

Once again, there has been an increase in bear and coyote sightings in the township. It is important to take precautions to protect yourself and your pets.

Since bears are attracted by garbage odors, properly securing your garbage is one of the best ways to prevent bears from becoming a nuisance in your neighborhood. For tips on proper garbage management, and what to do if you encounter a bear, visit the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife website. Remember, never feed bears! It’s illegal in New Jersey and it’s dangerous. Report black bear damage or nuisance behavior to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s 24-hour, toll-free hotline at 1-877-927-6337.

The Randolph Township Police Department will respond to all bear sighting reports. The police department’s response is limited to observing the bear and notifying residents in the area that a bear has been sighted. The police will not take any other action, unless the bear is aggressive and poses a threat to public safety.

Coyotes generally avoid humans, even when their home range encompasses largely urban or suburban habitat. However, the presence of a free buffet in the form of pet food, compost, or trash can lure coyotes into yards and create the impression that these places are bountiful feeding areas. Without the lure of food or other attractants, their visits will be brief and rare but a coyote who finds food in one yard may learn to search for food in others.

Deliberately feeding coyotes is a mistake. You may enjoy hand-feeding animals, but this is a surefire way to get them accustomed to people, and it will ultimately lead to their demise. Here are some general rules:

  • Avoid feeding pets outside. If you must, feed them only once per day and remove the food bowl as soon as your pet has finished its meal.
  • If you use compost, use enclosed bins and never compost meat or fish scraps.
  • Clean up spilled bird seed around feeders.
  • Remove fallen fruit from the ground.
  • Keep trash in high-quality containers with tight-fitting lids and place the cans curbside the morning of collection (instead of the night before).
  • If coyotes are present, make sure they know they are not welcome. Make loud noises, blast a canned air siren, throw rocks, or spray them with a garden hose.

Free-roaming pets, especially cats, may attract coyotes into neighborhoods. The best way to minimize risk to pets is never to leave them outside unattended. For cats, this means either keeping them indoors at all times or letting them outside only under your supervision wearing a harness and leash or in a secure enclosure (such as a catio).

Dogs, especially small dogs, are also vulnerable to coyote confrontations. These incidents generally involve those who are either accustomed to people (usually due to wildlife feeding), or coyotes who are protecting their territory, their mate, or their pups. Always walk dogs on a leash and attend to them when they’re outside unless you have a coyote-proof fence, which is either at least eight feet tall and made of material that coyotes cannot climb or at least six feet tall with a protective device on top.

For more information and tips about coyotes, visit the Humane Society’s website.