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Monthly Archives for February 2023

Call for Artists

Posted: February 14, 2023

Arts in the Park 2023
Randolph Arts in the Park 2023

Arts in the Park is an annual festival celebrating visual, performing, and literary art. Local artists will have an opportunity to showcase their talent in Randolph on Saturday, May 20, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m at Veterans Community Park. The rain date is May 21, 2023.

The Randolph Arts in the Park (RAP) is seeking New Jersey visual artists who are 18 and older and would like to showcase their artwork. Entries are restricted to fine art, including but not limited to the following mediums: oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, photography, collage, mixed media, clay, fiber, etc. Each application will be juried by a RAP Committee.

Applications are due no later than March 10, 2023. Notification of acceptance will be no later than April 3, 2023.

A non-refundable jurying fee of $50 covers the space or booth assignment as well.

Application for Visual Arts Participation 

For event details and information, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address).

Notice of Grant Award—Recycling Tonnage Grant

Posted: February 13, 2023

Health Officer Mark Caputo is pleased to announce that Randolph Township received notification from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection that our most recent recycling tonnage report submittal was approved and has resulted in the township being awarded $71,400 for its recycling efforts. The grant amount is typically commensurate with the recycling rate in a given community.

As in the past, Randolph ranks amongst the leaders in Morris County, primarily due to our residents being great recyclers. This year we received the second highest award behind Parsippany, which has twice the population and a much larger commercial presence.

Update Regarding Proposed Project at Shongum Lake & Special Assessment

Posted: February 10, 2023

As previously reported, the Shongum Lake Property Owners Association (“SLPOA”) has been conditionally awarded a loan from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP”) to perform the dredging of strategic areas within Shongum Lake. NJDEP has conditionally awarded the amount of $5,000,375.

Randolph Township requires that SLPOA demonstrate that a minimum of two-thirds of the approximately 801 properties are in favor of the project and the special assessment. On February 9 the township received a total of 538 petitions in favor of the proposed project satisfying the township’s requirement in order to consider authorizing a co-borrower agreement and special assessment ordinance.

Concerning the NJDEP loan, the loan is repayable at two percent (2%) interest, over the course of twenty (20) years. The law governing the NJDEP loan program requires that Randolph Township act as co-applicant and co-borrower on the loan, and specially assess all of those properties that benefit from the project. The assessment would be made against all of the approximately 801 properties that have a license or a lake right to use Shongum Lake. The amounts assessed would be used to pay-off the loan over the twenty-year period.

Randolph Township has prepared frequently asked questions about the special assessment process .

Utility Assistance Program

Posted: February 10, 2023

Family Promise of Sussex County is a local non-profit homeless prevention agency which has a program called LIHEAP. LIHEAP is a utility assistance program that helps those in need pay for their heating and water costs.

If you’re one of the 20 million Americans who are behind on their utility bills, LIHEAP can help!

Who can apply? Anyone! Renters, homeowners, those who have income and those who don’t.

What’s included? Natural gas, electricity, propane, oil plus water and sewer utilities.

For more information, visit their website or call 973.579.1180.

Liberty Tree Project Update

Posted: February 8, 2023

The Historical Society of Old Randolph (HSOR) and the Rotary Club of Randolph have joined forces to save an artifact of our township’s natural, national and cultural history by preserving a piece of the massive White Oak known as the Liberty Tree.

Dating back to 1720, the Liberty Tree was a “first growth” tree, a survivor from the time when this region was covered by virgin forest and pre-dated the Revolutionary War. The tree was removed in August 2018 due to safety concerns, with its trunk and branches saved and stored at the Randolph recycling center. At this time, the remnants of the Liberty Tree need to be cut, debarked, dried, and treated in order to be salvageable to complete the planned slice exhibits.

We need your help! Please share information with friends and family, attend the open house/talk on February 28, 2023 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Randolph Community Center, and contribute to the HSOR Liberty Tree Fundraising Campaign.

For more information, contact the HSOR project lead, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address) or 201.621.3684 or the HSOR president and project advisor, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address) or 973.895.3869. Donations can be sent to HSOR, P.O. Box 1776, Ironia, NJ 07845.

A Message from the Randolph Township Fire Department

Posted: February 7, 2023

Lithium-ion batteries supply power to many kinds of devices including smart phones, laptops, e-scooters and e-bikes, e-cigarettes, smoke alarms, toys, and even cars. If not used correctly, or if damaged, these batteries can catch on fire or explode.

The Problem

  • These batteries store a large amount of energy in a small amount of space.
  • Sometimes batteries are not used the right way; batteries not designed for a specific use can be dangerous.
  • Like any product, a small number of these batteries are defective. They can overheat, catch fire, or explode.

Safety Tips

  • Purchase and use devices that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Only use the battery that is designed for the device.
  • Put batteries in the device the right way.
  • Only use the charging cord that came with the device.
  • Do not charge a device under your pillow, on your bed, or on a couch.
  • Do not keep charging the device or device battery after it is fully charged.
  • Keep batteries at room temperature when possible. Do not charge them at temperatures below 32°F (0°C) or above 105°F (40°C).
  • Store batteries away from anything that can catch fire.

Signs of a Problem
Stop using the battery if you notice the following problems. If it is safe to do so, move the device away from anything that can catch fire. Call 9-1-1.

  • odor
  • change in color
  • too much heat
  • change in shape
  • leaking
  • odd noises

Battery Disposal

  • Do not put lithium-ion batteries in the trash.
  • Recycling is always the best option.
  • Take them to a battery recycling location or contact your community for disposal instructions.
  • Do not put discarded batteries in piles.

Charging an E-Bike
Charge your battery in a flat, dry area away from children, direct sunlight, liquids, tripping hazards, and in a location where the e-bike is not at risk of falling.