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Monthly Archives for March 2022

Distracted Driving Enforcement and Awareness Campaign to Start

Posted: March 30, 2022

The Randolph Township Police Department will be cracking down on distracted drivers during April as part of New Jersey’s UDrive. UText. UPay. enforcement campaign.

Beginning April 1 and running through the end of the month, the high visibility law enforcement initiative will target motorists who engage in dangerous distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand-held cell phones and sending text messages while driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2019 alone, 3,142 people were killed in distracted driving crashes on our nation’s roads and an estimated 400,000 people were injured. Driver inattention has remained the most frequently cited cause of fatal and incapacitating crashes in New Jersey, over seven times higher than the total crashes cited for unsafe speed over the five-year period 2015-2019. Driver inattention was a contributing circumstance in nearly 49 percent of New Jersey crashes in 2019.

Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving. Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for five seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.


Spring Clean Communities Day and Document Shredding

Posted: March 29, 2022

Clean Communities
Join local civic and scout organizations in tidying up Randolph Township at our “Clean Communities Day” on Saturday, April 23, 2022. All participants will receive gloves, garbage bags and t-shirts. Group leaders can arrange to pick up supplies the week of April 18. Mini-grants are available for civic groups. Call the health department at 973.989.7050 to sign up.

Paper Shredding
As part of its Clean Communities Day, the Randolph Township Health Department will once again offer confidential paper shredding services to residents, free of charge, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on April 23rd in the municipal building parking lot. Pandemic safety guidelines will be in effect. Residents must have their NJ driver’s license available as proof of residency. Residents will be required to follow the traffic pattern, park where directed, and remain in their vehicles. A DPW employee will assist residents with their items.

This shredding service is:

  • For Randolph residents only.
  • Personal, confidential documents generated in the home only (not commercial or home-business generated).
  • Limited to three file boxes per household (file box = 1.5 cu feet).
  • Confidential documents do not include junk mail and store flyers or solicitations. Please separate this material from confidential documents.
  • Documents must be free of any metal clips, rings or binders and should not include any CDs, x-rays, plastic file folders, etc.

Have questions? Contact the health department at 973.989.7050.


Alert from the Randolph Township Police Department

Posted: March 28, 2022

It has been brought to the township’s attention that some residents may be receiving the solicitation pictured below in the mail.

Please be advised that this mailer is not associated with the Randolph Police Department or the Randolph PBA 403. If you are unsure of the authenticity of a flier you have received, please feel free to contact the Randolph Police Department and an officer will gladly provide assistance.

The Randolph Police Department (PBA 403) would also like to thank those residents that have already made their contributions to the 2022 PBA 403 Sticker Drive. Your support is greatly appreciated!


National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Posted: March 23, 2022

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, April 30, 2022 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.


Spring 2022 Large Item Clean Up Week

Posted: March 23, 2022

The spring bulk collection week begins Monday, April 18, 2022. Items must be placed curbside by 6:00 a.m. on Monday. Please note the collection is simply an extension of your one-item-of-bulk-trash per weekly curbside collection service available to residents throughout the year.

Blue Diamond will be through each street one time for this collection and will not make return trips. Household trash must be clearly separated from your bulk items. Bulk items should not be placed in a box; loose items must be in trash cans or disposable bags. Latex paint cans must be dried out. Place can(s) in a trash can or pour mixture of paint into garbage bag with kitty litter. Mixture must be almost solid.

Items accepted include non-metal furniture, couches, mattresses, box springs, rugs/carpeting (rolled and tied in four foot lengths). Items never collected during the bi-annual bulk collection and/or weekly curbside trash collection include all recyclable items (metal, paper, e-waste), prohibited items (hazardous waste, building materials, and items weighing more than 200 lbs.), and vegetative waste.


Annual Spring Branch Collection

Posted: March 21, 2022

The township will be conducting the annual spring branch collection beginning the week of April 18, 2022. All branches need to be placed curbside by this date as it will be a ONE TIME ONLY pick up. No return trips will be made. This collection usually takes four weeks to complete.

Branch collection is limited to ONE LOAD per property owner, approximately four cubic yards (roughly 5 ft. long x 4 ft. wide x 5 ft. high). Branches can be no longer than four feet in length and three inches in diameter. This does not include leaves, vines, stumps, and building materials, or any other non-chippable items.

Loads larger than the guidelines listed above can be removed through the special brush collection policy by contacting the engineering office at 973.989.7066. There is a $150 fee for this additional service.


Mulch Available

Posted: March 18, 2022

Fine shredded wood mulch is available to residents. You may help yourself to it (free) at the recycling center on Sussex Turnpike or place an order for delivery to your residence.

There is a delivery charge of $100.00 per truckload. Each load is approximately 6-8 cubic yards.

If you would like to have mulch delivered to your residence, please complete the mulch order form  and return it, with payment, to the Randolph Township Division of Engineering. No order will be processed without receipt of payment. Make checks payable to the Township of Randolph.

Orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Deliveries will be made every Thursday and Friday beginning the week of March 1, 2022.

Questions? Call engineering at 973.989.7066.

One truck load of mulch.

 



Morris County Launches New Veteran & Family Counseling Service

Posted: March 17, 2022

Morris County has launched a “Veteran and Family Support Program” under contract with the Mental Health Association to assist veterans in re-establishing themselves with their families and in the community after returning home from duty.

The Veteran and Family Support Program is designed to provide free psychotherapy services to veterans, as well as group counseling and support to their families and friends. MHA describes it as a holistic approach to help veterans reunify with family as the returning service members simultaneously deal with post traumatic stress disorder and other psychological barriers to readjusting to civilian life.

There also will be referral components that link veterans to employment, finance and other services necessary to their readjustment. The program is one of three launched by the Morris County Board of County Commissioners through the Morris County Department of Human Services to assist returning veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. However, the programs are open to all veterans.

“We began these programs out of respect for our returning service members and the difficulties they and their families face after they come back from a conflict to pick up their lives again. Sometimes they need to talk to other veterans who faced the same difficulties re-entering our society. Some may find they need professional counseling, and their families may realize they too need some guidance in how to interact with a loved-one returning home from combat. As we said, Morris County wants to be here for our veterans, not only on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, but always,” said Commissioner Deputy Director John Krickus, a Marine Corps veteran.

The other programs launched include “Peer to Peer Support Counseling” to facilitate veterans being counseled by fellow veterans who shared similar experiences, and “Veteran Roundtables & Events” designed to bring veterans together in social settings.

The programs are being overseen by Morris County’s Veterans Services Office.

To access the Veteran and Family Counseling Program or for more information, contact Michele Walsh at 973.334.3496, ext. 515 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address).

Veterans interested in this and other services provided through Morris County may check with the Morris County Veterans Services Office website.


The Moving Wall Vietnam Veterans Tribute is Coming to Randolph

Posted: March 10, 2022

The last time the Moving Wall was in Morris County was 2004 when it was displayed in Jefferson Township. Nearly 20 years later it will be on display again in Randolph, NJ. VFW Post 7333 will be coordinating the Moving Wall event at the County College of Morris from Thursday, July 7 until Monday, July 11, 2022.

The Moving Wall is a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, designed to be a traveling exhibit to honor and recognize the memory of those who died in service to their country during the Vietnam War. When John Devitt, a Vietnam veteran, attended the 1982 dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., he felt its power and vowed to share that experience with those who might not have the opportunity to visit it. Devitt, Norris Shears, Gerry Haver and other Vietnam veteran volunteers built the Moving Wall. It has now traveled the country for more than 30 years.

During a press conference on March 9, it was confirmed that Randolph would be the host municipality for the Moving Wall exhibit. The press conference, attended by Senator Anthony Bucco, Assemblywoman Aura Dunn, staff of Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, Randolph Mayor Marie Potter and more, was held at CCM in Randolph, where the Moving Wall will be set up. During the conference, VFW Post 7333 Vice Commander Bill Menzel received several proclamations in support of the event from Bucco, Dunn, Potter, and Morris County Commissioner John Krickus.

Menzel is grateful to see the Moving Wall is finally making its way back into Morris County. “Thanks to the efforts of State Senator Anthony Bucco and VFW members like Emerson Crooks and Jack Sassaman, we will be able to experience the Vietnam Wall and honor our fallen service members. Our goal is to help bring healing to veterans, families and friends who suffered through this divisive conflict. The Moving Wall additionally is intended to educate youth about the Vietnam War and its impact on the nation and veterans.”

Supporting organizations include Vietnam Veterans of America, the American Legion, Disabled Veterans of America, Randolph Kiwanis Club, the Randolph Township Police Department, the Morris County Commission, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, the American Red Cross, Lake Hopatcong Elks #782, Catholic Charities USA, Warriors’ Watch Riders and the NJ State Legislature.

The Moving Wall includes the names of 69 soldiers from Morris County and nine from the section covered by VFW Post 7333. The four-day event is expected to attract 30,000 visitors with over 20,000 printed copies of a program guide to be distributed, in addition to being accessible online. The cost to bring the wall to Morris County is being entirely funded by private donations and staffed by volunteers. If you are an individual or organization who wishes to support the Moving Wall by donating, volunteering or advertising in the program guide, please visit the VFW Post 7333 webpage.

For more information, call 973.945.8507 or e-mail Bill Menzel, Vice President of Randolph VFW Post 7333, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address).

Vietnam veteran Bill Menzel and assorted officials

Clean Up and Clean Out Randolph Community-Wide Garage Sale

Posted: March 8, 2022

Join us as Randolph Township hosts its second annual community-wide garage sale.

The community-wide garage sale event will take place on April 23 and 24, 2022, rain or shine, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Whether you are looking to rid your house of accumulated clutter or to spend a day treasure hunting, this is a weekend event you do not want to miss.

Download, complete and return the registration form by Thursday, April14, 2022.

All registered garage sale hosts will have their address placed on the participating homes list that will be published on the township website on Wednesday, April 20th. No names will be included in the listing, just addresses. Participants are encouraged to place balloons on their mailboxes so that treasure hunters can easily locate the garage sale.

All garage sale hosts are required to follow the current health guidelines regarding masks and social distancing.


Mayor Potter’s Statement Regarding Ukraine

Posted: March 4, 2022

Mayor Marie Potter’s Statement Regarding Ukraine at March 3, 2022 Township Council Meeting

“I wanted to make a statement about the Ukraine-Russian war. The people of Ukraine have come to our shores over the past one and a half centuries, many of whom have settled in our State of New Jersey, our County of Morris and our Township of Randolph. Many Ukrainian-Randolph families have family and friends in Ukraine and are suffering terribly from this Russian assault. One of these Ukrainian-Randolph families, Christine and Myron Bytz, has brought this Ukrainian flag here today to bring to the forefront that this conflict affects the people of Randolph. Our Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill posted on her social media a way to send relief to Ukraine. She recommended dropping off supplies to the Ukrainian American Cultural Center of New Jersey in Whippany. On the center’s website are the details of the relief drive they are having this weekend.

Randolph has a history of supporting Ukraine - specifically noted in the 2014 Resolution No. 105-14, which needs to be emphasized today, where it was resolved that the governing body of the Township of Randolph expresses its deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of those who have given their lives in defending Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence. May God Bless the Ukrainian people during this difficult time.”

Mayor Potter recognized that former Mayor Roman Hirniak was in attendance. In 2014, Former Mayor Hirniak and the Council presented a resolution to Father Roman Mirchuk from the Ukrainian-American Cultural Center of New Jersey, and Ukrainian Consul General Igor Sybiga memorializing support for the fight of democracy in Ukraine and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Former Mayor Hirniak thanked the Council and Randolph Township for their continued support of Ukraine and the Ukrainian-American community in Randolph Township.

Here are few ways you can provide support to Ukraine:

  • Collection for the humanitarian aid drive to help the victims of the Russian War Against Ukraine is happening this weekend at The Ukrainian Center in Whippany, NJ.
    • Collection Dates: Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
    • View a list of items needed
  • The Ukrainian Community of Livingston is organizing a rally at the gazebo on the Livingston Memorial Oval from 2:15 - 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, for neighbors, friends and family to show their support and solidarity for Ukraine.
  • Westfield resident and Kyiv native, Max Ryvkin, started an online fundraiser to support Ukraine.