Borough News Room
Madison Students to Star in Madison Environmental Commission Green Vision Forum
Madison, NJ – February 22, 2021 – The Madison Environmental Commission is hosting the third annual Green Vision Forum virtually via Zoom on Wednesday March 24 at 6:30pm. The stars of the evening will be students from Madison’s elementary, junior and high schools, along with students from Drew University, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Saint Elizabeth University.
School green teams will share their vision for a greener Madison. “This is an exciting opportunity for students to explore environmental topics that inspire them to make change in their schools, campuses and communities.” says event organizer Kirsten Wallenstein of the Environmental Commission. “It is amazing to see the positive impact these student leaders have on Madison. Past projects have motivated residents to take environmental actions by skipping the straw, remembering their reusable water bottle, or starting to compost.”
Mayor Bob Conley, Borough Council Members, and other town officials will attend the event, which will be held virtually for the first time. “I am thrilled that the Green Vision Forum will go on despite the pandemic,” says Mayor Conley. “These students and future leaders demonstrate a passion for improving the environment with creative ideas for taking action.”
“I am looking forward to hearing the student’s ideas.” says John Hoover, the Borough Council Member who serves as the Environmental Commission’s liaison. “The student enthusiasm always makes this event an inspiring learning experience for town officials, educators and the public.”
Please visit Rosenet.org for the Zoom link, which will be posted by Monday, March 1.
New Jersey Expands Vaccine Eligibility. Call Center Resources Now Available.
Madison, NJ – January 22, 2021 – COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna have received Emergency Use Authorization (EAU) by the Food and Drug Administration for administration in the United States. Both vaccines require two doses given 21 or 28 days apart, depending on the vaccine. As of January 21, more than 4.7 million New Jerseyans are eligible to receive the vaccine including: paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials; long-term care residents and staff; sworn police and fire personnel; residents 65 and older; residents between the ages of 16-64 with medical conditions, as defined by CDC, that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus.
Supplies of the vaccine remain limited with only a little more than 100,000 doses reaching New Jersey each week. This means that the availability of appointments will also be limited, even for those eligible, for the foreseeable future. “This is an incredible undertaking,” noted Eric Range, President of the Madison Board of Health. “New Jersey has never tried to deploy this much vaccine this fast ever before. Our partners at the State and County are literally creating systems on the fly. This means that information is constantly changing, adding to the frustration for everyone. We will arrive at our destination but it will not be overnight,” continued Range.
Madison residents are, for the time being, primarily served by the Morris County Regional Vaccination Site at the Rockaway Townsquare Mall in Rockaway Township. This site is a partnership between the State of New Jersey, Morris County and the Atlantic Health System. As the Madison Health Department is not a vaccination site, staff there cannot make, change or cancel COVID-19 vaccine appointments. In addition to the regional site, there are currently a handful of other vaccine sites serving Morris County residents, with more expected in the coming weeks and months. A full list of vaccine sites can be found online at covid19.nj.gov/vaccine.
At this time, the Madison Health Department encourages all eligible residents to register online at both the New Jersey Vaccine Schedule System (covid19.nj.gov/vaccine) and via the Atlantic Health Registration Portal for the Morris County Vaccination Site (www.atlantichealth.org). For residents who do not have internet connectivity or ready access to an email account, call centers are now available from both the State (1-855-568-0545) and Morris County (973-829-8250). Updates and local COVID-19 resources can also be found on the Borough website, www.rosenet.org/covid.
Borough of Madison to Participate in this Evenings
COVID-19 National Moment of Unity and Remembrance
Madison, NJ – January 19, 2021 – The Borough of Madison will be joining in the nationwide memorial this evening, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 5:30 P.M. to honor those who have lost their lives to the COVID-19 pandemic. Landmarks and communities throughout this great nation have come together to join this tribute to show unity and remembrance.
In Washington, D.C., the memorial ceremony, which is scheduled as part of the Inauguration Celebration for President-Elect Joseph R. Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala D., will feature the lighting of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and ringing of church bells.
“The inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris represents the beginning of a new national journey — one that renews its commitment to honor its fallen and rise toward greater heights in their honor. In that spirit, it is important that we pay tribute to those we have lost — and their families — and come together to unite our country, contain this virus, and rebuild our nation,” said Presidential Inaugural Committee CEO and President of Delaware State University Tony Allen.
Right here in Madison, the memorial will include the illumination of the Hartley Dodge Memorial in light amber, the color of a candle, and the sounding of church bells throughout town. Bells will be rung a total of 40 times, reflecting the 400,000 lives lost in the United States. Each ring will represent 10,000 lives lost nationally. Within each ring, we will remember the 18 Madison residents who we lost over this last year to COVID-19.
Residents are encouraged to get involved by lighting a candle and placing it in your window or ringing your own bell at 5:30 P.M.
“I encourage all residents to join us this evening, from the comfort of your own home, as we join in the nationwide memorial where we will not only be remembering the 18 Madisonians that we have lost due to COVID-19, but also the 400,000 Americans that have left us this past year. This memorial shows the importance of looking back to remember all the lives that we have sadly lost, while also looking forward with hope and a brighter future,” said Mayor Robert H. Conley.
More information on the COVID-19 Memorial can be found online at https://fb.me/e/19tR3ETJq
Mayor Robert H. Conley statement on MLK Day
Madison, NJ - January 18, 2021- Today, we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He’s looking down on us, probably with mixed feelings 53 years after he was taken from our world. He would look with pride to Georgia, with Rev. Raphael Warnock about to take the oath of office as the first African American Senator to represent the state, and Kamala Harris as the first woman of color ready to take the oath of office as Vice President of the United States.
At the same time, Dr. King would be saddened by the systemic racism still present in our society and the innocent black lives unjustly lost due to the use of lethal force driven by racial bias. He would have been horrified to witness the recent attack on our capital, the temple of our democracy and the symbols of hate worn by many of the protestors. Today as we celebrate the life of a man who taught tolerance and peaceful protest, let us pull together to make our community and our country a better place for all.
In the words of Dr. King, “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
Letter from Mayor Conley to all Madison Police Department Officers ahead of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
Madison, NJ - January 8, 2021 - Mayor Robert H. Conley issues the following letter to all members of the Madison Police Department ahead of tomorrows National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day:
"Tomorrow, January 9 is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, an important day every year but truly needed in 2021.
On Wednesday, as our Capitol Building was attacked, we saw the scary video of a Capitol Police officer being chased by thugs in the hallowed halls of Congress. This was a strong reminder that every day that an officer puts on the blue, he or she is not only ready to serve and protect but willing to put themselves in harm’s way.
On the local level in the middle of a pandemic, you continued to serve and protect. Responding to accidents, medical emergencies and while keeping our residents safe you did not let the spread of the COVID-19 virus stand in the way of your duty. When residents and neighbors gathered for the “End the White Silence” rally on the plaza of Hartley Dodge Memorial, you talked to the participants to develop community. And when those intent on causing disruption with verbal attacks, you remained calm. And had they been successful in disrupting the peaceful gathering, you were ready to restore calm.
And of course, not only do you wear the blue, but you also wear Madison on your sleeves, representing our great town in every neighborhood and on every street. I don’t want to forget the effort you made with creating special birthdays for our children, a former Mayor and even a centenarian with the drive-by celebrations. And of course, when it looked like Santa would not be able to visit, the Madison Police partnered with the Toto’s and the Fire Department, creating a holiday that wouldn’t be forgotten.
So, on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day let it be known that our residents truly appreciate those who every day put on the uniform of the Madison Police Department to serve our great community. Thank you for everything you do!"
Statement from Mayor Robert H. Conley on Yesterday's Violence at the United States Capitol
Madison, NJ – January 7, 2021 – Mayor Robert H. Conley issues the following statement regarding yesterday’s violence at the United States Capitol:
“The sights of yesterday’s attack on the Capitol; the ‘Peoples House’, will forever be embedded in our minds. Just as the images of planes flying into the World Trade Center, we will remember exactly where we were when attacks took place on our own soil. While I certainly don't want to compare the loss of 9-11 to yesterday, this is a moment in history that must never be forgotten. As President-Elect Biden said yesterday, ‘Words do matter.’ Just as our nation pulled together after the last attack it is time for us to use our words and actions to come together to make our country and community stronger."
Hartley Dodge Memorial Horn to sound at midnight on January 1, 2021
Madison, NJ – December 22, 2020 – At the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2021, the horn atop Hartley Dodge Memorial (50 Kings Road) will sound as we welcome in 2021 and put 2020 behind us forever.
The 85-year-old horn apparatus, which sits at the top of Hartley Dodge Memorial, is bolted to the metal superstructure, right underneath the massive bronze bell which was installed by Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge and her husband Marcellus Hartley Dodge in 1935. Originally used to signal fire calls, and inform residents of snow days, the horn is now blown at key important times throughout the year, including September 11, and most recently on every Monday at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic as we honored the frontline workers.
With this year not being an ordinary year, the nonprofit Hartley Dodge Foundation, in coordination with the Borough of Madison will sound the horn at midnight on January 1, 2021. Since its original purpose was to inform the residents of issues, the horn is able to be heard up to 6-miles away, depending on the direction of the wind.
We’re informing residents that the sounding of the horn should not come as a concern or worry, but more as a way for us to put 2020 behind us and move forward to a hopeful, healthy and positive new year in 2021.
New Holiday Traditions in Madison
Additional Information for Friday's Events
Madison, NJ – November 23, 2020 – As mentioned last week, like most things in 2020, the holidays will look a bit different this year, but there will still be plenty of holiday spirit in the Rose City! For the safety of all residents, our traditional Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting have been cancelled for this Friday, November 27, and replaced with what we hope will be some wonderful new traditions.
Below, please find detailed information on Santa’s Journey through Madison (Operation Santa Claus), as well as information on the virtual tree lighting of this year’s spectacular tree.
Operation Santa Claus
On Friday, November 27, 2020 around 10:00 A.M. Santa will begin his journey around town on Geraldine, Madison’s antique fire engine, by the Madison Fire and Police Departments. Santa will travel each street in Madison, by zones. An interactive Google Map, identifying the seven zones can be found here. We will begin in Zone 1 and proceed accordingly. For everyone’s safety, Santa will only be waving, but his helpers will be handing out treats to all those who cheer him on throughout his journey. Just listen for the sirens to know that Santa is on his way!
Follow along on Santa’s journey throughout Madison on Borough of Madison social media channels, Facebook and Twitter, where we will be continuously monitoring and updating residents on his journey, while attempting to answer any questions that might arise. Please note that the complete journey throughout Madison will take approximately 4-5 hours. Your patience is greatly appreciated.
Madison Christmas Tree
This year’s tree, a pine tree that had been growing on the grounds of St. Vincent Martyr for years, was graciously donated by Father George from St. Vincent Martyr. When first approached about offering it up for this year’s tree, Father George was hesitant on removing a tree that they had been so fond of. After much thought, Father George thought, “wouldn’t it be truly wonderful to gift the town with our beautiful tree in this year that we are so in need of the Christmas spirit!” Because of their generous donation of the tree, it will stand on Waverly Place through the holiday season as a sign of Hope, Peace, Light - reminding us to let our lights shine through as acts of kindness, care, and compassion - and Joy.
We are so grateful to Father George and the entirety of St. Vincent Martyr for sharing their beautiful tree for of Madison to enjoy.
Virtual Tree Lighting
The virtual lighting of the Christmas Tree on Waverly Place will commence following Operation Santa Claus, and will be broadcast live on the Borough of Madison YouTube Channel. Links will also be posted on www.rosecitychristmas.com.
Approximately five minutes before the lighting, notices will be posted on Borough of Madison social media channels, Facebook and Twitter, with direct links to the livestream for all residents to watch and enjoy. Our primary concern is everyone’s health and safety during these unprecedented and difficult times, and therefor crowds will not be permitted to form on Waverly Place during the lighting. We are urging and requesting that all residents watch the lighting from the comfort of their own home.
We would like to thank the following organizations who made this year's traditions possible: Madison Christmas Committee, Toto Family, BoxCar, Inc., Madison Chamber of Commerce, Madison High School - Key Club, Provident Bank of Madison, Madison Fire Department, Madison FMBA Local 74, Stop & Shop of Madison, North Star Athletic Club, Madison PBA Local 92, Walgreens of Madison, Madison Rotary Club, Madison Elks Club
A PDF of the release can be found here.
EV Expo to be Held on Thursday, November 5 at Sunday Motor Co. Café
Madison, NJ – October 23, 2020 – On Thursday, November 5, the eye-catching cars parked outside Sunday Motor Co. Café in Madison won’t be gas guzzlers. Owner Nick Vorderman is partnering with the Environmental Commissions of Madison, Chatham Borough and Chatham Township to host an EV Expo from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M.
Area car dealers will showcase their latest EV models and residents will share their experiences driving hot-off-the-assembly line models that include Tesla, Porsche, Chevrolet and Volvo.
“I love cars; I love racing,” says Vorderman. “It’s clear to me that EVs are the future—no doubt about it,” continued Vorderman.
He points out that EV prices are coming down, technology is improving—and New Jersey is offering $5000 rebates on all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles.
Madison Mayor Robert H. Conley says that his town is very aware that the EV future is coming. “Together with the NJ DEP It Pay$ To Plug In grant, we’re in the process of installing 10 EV charging stations strategically placed throughout Madison, with the hopes of more to be installed in the near future,” says Conley. The Chatham’s have plans to install additional charging stations.
Jessica Romeo of the Chatham Environmental Commission notes that Governor Murphy has committed to getting 330,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2025. “He’s doing an aggressive push to reduce transportation emissions by 87% by 2050,” says Romeo. Currently transportation accounts for 42% of New Jersey’s carbon emissions.
Torri Van Wie of the Chatham Borough Environmental Commission will support the EV Expo by bringing two plug-in hybrids—a Porsche Cayenne Hybrid and BMW X5 eDrive. “I love performance in a car,” says Van Wie. “And, I’m an environmentalist. My hybrids let me have both.”
The Sunday Motor Co. Cafe is located at 27 Kings Road, Madison. During the EV Expo it will serve a full menu and offer both indoor and outdoor seating.
A PDF of the release can be found here.
Pictured above - Sunday Motor Co. owner Nick Vorderman with a Tesla Model 3.
Community Garden Pollinator Plant Giveaway Scheduled for Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, November 1
Madison, NJ – October 20, 2020 – To help make Madison pollinator friendly, the Community Garden has grown milkweed, blue lobelia, wild bergamot and 10 types of native perennial plants. Madison residents are invited to dig up two plants (for free) on Saturday., October 24 and Sunday, November 1 from 1 to 5 pm.
The Community Garden’s native plant varieties are listed at tinyurl.com/pollinatorgiveaway. The time slot sheet is available at tinyurl.com/fallpollinators. Reservations and masks are required. Tools will be provided. Residents must bring their own plant containers (plastic cups or bags with garden soil will work). Extra plant containers will be gladly accepted for future pollinator plant giveaways.
“For our giveaway, we planted a fifty-foot bed with seeds from our pollinator meadows,” says Stephen McAuliffe, chair of the Community Garden Advisory Committee. “Joan Maccari of the Madison Environmental Commission, along with volunteers from the Rutgers Master Gardener’s Program. helped harvest the seeds. Alice Wade of the Garden Club of Madison also helped us with on cultivation,” continued McAuliffe.
Pollinator plants are an essential part of an eco-system. McAuliffe explains that moths and butterflies need specific host plants to lay their eggs and feed their caterpillars. “Monarch butterflies, will only lay their eggs on milkweed,” he says.
“I’m so inspired by our green teams in Madison,” says Maureen Byrne, Borough Council liaison to the Community Garden Advisory Committee and the Madison Environmental Commission. “If all of us add milkweed and other pollinator plants to our yards, we can help mitigate the habitat loss that we all watch happen every day.”
For questions, contact MEC@rosenet.org
A PDF of the release can be found here.
Halloween is "On" in Southeast Morris County
Some Event Have Been Cancelled
Madison, NJ – October 15, 2020 – With Halloween around the corner, we are facing the challenge of continuing to keep each other safe during these unprecedented times, while also allowing some sense of normalcy around traditional events like Halloween.
Working alongside the Mayors from the four communities in Southeast Morris County, Madison Mayor Robert H. Conley is joined in support and commitment by Mayor Thaddeus J. Kobylarz, Chatham Borough; Mayor Michael Kelly, Chatham Township; Mayor Mark Taylor, Florham Park and Mayor Catherine J. Wilson, Morris Township, that for now, each municipality intends to hold Halloween, unless there is an uptick in COVID-19 cases and state guidance is changed.
Trick-or-Treating is “on” in Southeast Morris County on Saturday, October 31st. While traditional trick-or-treating is considered a higher risk activity by the CDC, there are ways to mitigate some risk given the general outdoor nature of trick-or-treating. In order for all residents to have a safe, yet enjoyable Halloween, the Mayors recommend the following guidance:
- If you plan to give treats, consider ways you do so in a socially distant, less contact way. Consider one of these options from the NJ Department of Health Halloween Guidelines:
- Good option: Limit interaction or contact with trick-or-treaters, wear a mask when individuals come to the door, and regularly wash hands;
- Better option: Leave a treat bowl on a porch, near the sidewalk, end of driveway or in a place where it may be easily accessed while adhering to social distancing;
- Best option: Arrange individually packaged candy or goodie bags so that trick-or-treaters can grab and go without accessing a shared bowl;
- Use the universal sign of a porch light on as well as a “Trick-or-Treat Here” or “No Thank You” sign to indicate if you are welcoming trick-or-treaters this year. Signs for Madison residents can be picked up at Hartley Dodge Memorial (50 Kings Road) or the Health Department at the Civic Center (28 Walnut Street). Digital versions can be downloaded on Rosenet.org;
- Trick-or-treaters should stay with their small groups—ideally groups that are members of their own household or “bubble”;
- Wear a face covering. Your costume mask is not a substitute;
- Maintain social distance from others, including other groups of trick-or-treaters and those giving treats at their homes;
- Trick-or-Treat in your own neighborhood unless that is not possible. Do not visit other towns to trick-or treat.
Those that choose to host private gatherings must comply with the current NJ State requirements for indoor and outdoor gatherings. The Madison Health Department strongly recommends smaller, outdoor gatherings.
Within Madison, Halloween events sponsored by or traditionally permitted by the Borough that draw larger crowds, including the Halloween parade, magic show, downtown business trick-or-treating and trunk-or-treat will not occur this year.
“I am proud to be working with the mayors from the surrounding municipalities, as well as the Madison Board of Health, to ensure that there is some sort of normalcy during this Halloween amidst the pandemic,” said Mayor Conley. “The choices we make this Halloween, and every day, can have a major impact on the lives of our friends and neighbors. If we follow the simple safety recommendations, we can ensure that residents from all municipalities can enjoy Halloween in a safe manner, while remaining Madison Strong,” continued Conley.
In addition to working with the Mayors, Mayor Conley held a Halloween Preparedness Committee meeting with five Madison residents ranging between grades 2 and 8. Collectively their guidance followed that of the New Jersey Department of Health, and CDC. Some recommendations the committee discussed were:
- Placing the candy on a table instead of in a bowl so that trick-or-treaters were not touching multiple pieces;
- Staying within your neighborhood;
- Creating a cardboard tube for a candy shoot;
- Only trick-or-treat with close contacts;
- Maintain social distancing;
In addition to COVID-19 safety procedures, they wanted to remind all residents to never trick-or-treat alone and only take factory sealed candy and check for any puncture holes before enjoying it.
Madison’s elected officials, Borough Administration and the Health Department will continue to monitor the health data between now and Halloween weekend. Any further updates to our plans will be shared on Rosenet.org and via Borough social media.
A PDF of the release can be found here.
Printable signs can be found here.
October 7 is Energy Efficiency Day in Madison
Madison, NJ – October 7, 2020 – Mayor Robert Conley and the Borough Council have proclaimed October 7, 2020, as Energy Efficiency Day in Madison. They are joining a national movement of governments and universities encouraging residents to take local action with money-saving, energy-efficient upgrades.
“Madison is a leader in encouraging energy reduction,” said Mayor Robert H. Conley in issuing the Energy Efficiency Day Proclamation at the recent Borough Council meeting. “Since 2017, we have offered $49 discounted home energy audits with Ciel Power. To date, more than 200 homeowners in Madison have participated in the program and nearly 40 households have installed energy-saving improvements that will lower household energy consumption by up to 30%,” continued Conley.
The Madison Home Energy Assessment program gained national recognition in a 2018 New York Times piece. Featured in the cover story of the Real Estate section, the piece included an interview with Madison resident Peter Teshima and highlighted Madison’s ongoing home energy audit program.
Ann Huber, of the Madison Environmental Commission, notes that energy efficiency upgrades can be as simple as switching to LED lighting. According to energyefficiencyday.org, changing just five frequently- used bulbs can save $75 in annual energy costs.
Here are additional tips from EnergyEffiencyDay.org:
1. Seal Leaks
On average, heating and cooling account for almost half of a home’s energy consumption. Little leaks can be equivalent to leaving open a 3-foot-by-3-foot window. Tip: Take simple steps like caulking windows, sealing leaks around chimneys and recessed lighting, and sliding draft guards under your doors to save up to 20% on heating costs.
2. Maintain Your HVAC System
Make sure to clean or change your furnace filters regularly. A dirty furnace filter will slow down airflow, making the system work harder to keep you warm (or cool), costing you more money. Tip: Consider getting a winter tune-up. Just as a tune-up for your car can improve your gas mileage, a semi-annual or yearly tune-up of your heating and cooling system can be vital to improve efficiency, saving you money and making your home more comfortable.
3. Turn the Electronics Off
That sounds easy, but too often we forget and leave electronics plugged in that are not in use. Tip: Turn off unnecessary/idle lights, appliances, and electronics. A power strip can help turn off multiple items at once. (Sometimes the simplest things are really effective!)
4. Winter Tip: Invite the Sun In
It feels like the sun abandons us during the winter, but that doesn’t mean we should ignore it during the shorter days. Tip: Open curtains/shade on your west-and south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and save 2%-12%.
5. Clean Clothing Efficiently
A washing machine spends 90% of its energy to heat water. Tip: Modern detergents are formulated for cold water use, so there’s no performance downside to giving up hot water. Try to run full loads as much as possible—a machine uses roughly the same amount of energy regardless of the load size. Also, consider air-drying.
Madison residents can sign up for a discounted $49 home energy audit, go to www.cielpower.com/Madison. An audit with a New Jersey Clean Energy-certified contractor makes your home eligible for rebates and loans for your retrofit costs.
About Energy Efficiency Day:
According to energyefficiencyday.org, the message of Energy Efficiency Day is to “Save Money, Cut Pollution, and Create Jobs.” “Our goal is to share tips, tools, and stories that promote the multiple benefits of energy efficiency, from lower costs to healthier homes. Energy efficiency is the cheapest, quickest way to meet our energy needs, cut consumer bills and reduce pollution.” Energy Efficiency Day is a collaborative effort of dozens of energy efficiency advocacy groups around the United States, including the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Alliance to Save Energy, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
A PDF of the release can be found here.
Joint Municipal Court Recommends the Appointment of the Honorable Jonathan H. Rosenbluth as Presiding Judge
Madison, NJ – September 28, 2020 – The Joint Municipal Court, serving the Borough of Madison, Borough of Chatham, Township of Chatham, Township of Harding and the Township of Morris, has announced the appointment of the Honorable Jonathan H. Rosenbluth as Presiding Judge.
After serving the Borough of Madison for 21 years, and being the sole Presiding Judge for the Joint Municipal Court, the Honorable Gary F. Troxell has announced his retirement at the end of this calendar year. “We thank Judge Troxell for his many years of service not only to the Joint Court, but to the Borough of Madison,” said Council President and Joint Court Committee Member Carmela Vitale. Besides hearing cases, Judge Troxell also held yearly mock court sessions with 2nd grade students from St. Vincent Martyr School and participated in the bi-yearly “Every 15 Minutes” program at Madison High School.
In addition to the recommendation from the Joint Court Committee, Morris County Assignment Judge, Stuart A. Minkowitz, has issued an Administrative Order of Approval appointing Judge Rosenbluth as the Acting Judge, and state representatives, Senator Richard J. Codey, Assemblywoman Mila Jasey and Assemblyman John F. McKeon have expressed their support of the appointment. Now awaiting gubernatorial appointment from Governor Murphy, the Joint Court Committee looks forward to swearing in Judge Rosenbluth in January of 2021.
In addition to presiding over the Joint Municipal Court, Rosenbluth also serves as the Municipal Court Judge for South Orange, Union, Springfield, Passaic and Kenilworth for many years. “When looking for the new presiding judge, the Joint Court Committee was interested in finding a successor who had the same traits and qualifications as Judge Troxell,” said Council Member and Joint Court Committee Member Astri Baillie. “With his extensive background in other Municipal Courts, Judge Rosenbluth exemplifies all the traits that we were looking for, and we look forward to welcoming him to the Joint Court,” continued Baillie.
Rosenbluth is a graduate of Rutgers University and earned his law degree from the University of Maryland.
“I wish Judge Troxell all the best on his well-deserved retirement,” said Mayor Robert H. Conley. “His professionalism in and out of the court room will be greatly missed, but I look forward to Judge Rosenbluth taking the bench in January. His years of experience will be beneficial for the Joint Court,” continued Conley.
ABOUT THE JOINT MUNICIPAL COURT
The Joint Municipal Court, established in February of 2011 originally served Madison, Chatham Borough, Chatham Township and Harding Township. In January of 2013 Morris Township was added to the Joint Municipal Court. Serving the five municipalities, the Joint Court is an independent branch of government constitutionally entrusted with the fair and just resolution of disputes in order to preserve the rule of law and to protect the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States and this State. The Joint Court Committee, comprised of two representatives appointed by each governing body sets policy for the Joint Court. With one Presiding Judge, a court administrator and three deputy court administrators, the Joint Court handles over 23,000 cases yearly.
A PDF of the release can be found here.
Madison environmental commission composter sale
Madison, NJ – September 18, 2020 – To help residents go green, the Madison Environmental Commission is selling compost bins and rain barrels at wholesale prices. Orders may be placed at www.tinyurl.com/compostersale up until September 29. Pick up will be Sunday, October 4.
The Earth Machine compost bin, which retails for $100, will be sold for $60. It is a passive composter that turns food scraps into nutrient-rich fertilizer in approximately six weeks. “Composting is an important climate action that is easy to take during COVID-19,” says Claire Whitcomb, Environmental Commission Chair. Food accounts for 22 percent of municipal solid waste, according to MIT. “For those who don’t want to do backyard composting, curbside pick-up with Java’s Compost is another option available in Madison,” Whitcomb adds.
Rain barrels, which will be sold for $70 each, help reduce the drain on our aquifer and cut household water bills by up to 40 percent. Rain water, free from chlorine and water treatment chemicals, is an excellent water source for lawns, plants and gardens. The 55-gallon barrel comes with an overflow hose and spigot and features a fine mesh lid to keep debris from getting in and mosquitos from getting out.
A video with composting tips from residents is available on Facebook via @GreenMadisonNJl. Questions on the composter and rain barrel sale may be addressed to MEC@rosenet.org.
Borough of Madison Town-Wide Yard Sale, October 3, 2020
Madison, NJ - August 31, 2020 - For the third year in a row, the Madison Environmental Commission is encouraging residents to go green by hosting individual yard sales on one common date at one common time. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, October 3 from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
“The Town-Wide Yard Sale is a great way to meet your neighbors and shop in an environmentally friendly way,” says Councilwoman Maureen Byrne, Borough Council liaison to the Environmental Commission. Because of COVID-19, she explains that all yard sale participants are being asked to “wear masks, make hand sanitizer available at their tables and set up their sales to facilitate social distancing.”
All homeowners are encouraged to put up street signs for their yard sales. In addition, they are invited to be part of a digital map that tells shoppers their addresses along with the type of merchandise offered.
Publication on the map is part of a partnership with TapIntoMadison.net. Listings are $10 each and will be published not only on TapInto Madison but on its sister sites for neighboring towns. A Google Map with all the yard sale locations will be published on TapInto Madison several days before the event and will be posted on the Facebook accounts for the Borough of Madison and GreenMadisonNJ. To list a yard sale, visit www.tapintomadison.net CREATE AN ACCOUNT or SIGN IN then SUBMIT CONTENT, EVENT LISTING, NON PROFIT $10 and type in MADISON for the location.
“We’re pleased that the Town-Wide Yard Sale is continuing, especially since so many residents are decluttering in the wake of COVID-19,” says Claire Whitcomb, Environmental Commission Chair. She notes that a new Facebook group exclusively for Madison residents, Madison Swap and Share NJ, is a great forum for giving away merchandise and shopping second hand at no cost.
“The page went from zero to 800 members in a matter of months,” she says. “Everything is free and residents can ask to borrow items for weddings, parties or other needs.”
Many nonprofits stopped accepting donations of clothing and household items during the pandemic. Among those that have resumed pickups are the Vietnam Veterans of America (vva.org), the Lupus Foundation of America (Lupuspickup.org), GreenDrop (gogreendrop.com), the Market Street Mission (marketstreet.org) and Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore (morrisrestore.org/donate), which does some pickups and accepts antiques, furniture, flooring, brand new plumbing,painting supplies, doors and more.
For more information on the Town-Wide Yard Sale, contact MEC@rosenet.org.
A PDF of the release can be found here.
Borough of Madison Holds Preparedness Meeting Ahead of Tropical Storm Isaias
Madison, NJ – August 3, 2020 – The Borough of Madison is continuing to monitor the inbound weather event from Tropical Storm Isaias that will impact Madison, beginning this evening, and lasting through tomorrow. Current forecasts from the National Weather Service shows Madison receiving rain, localized flooding and wind gusts.
This morning, Mayor Conley held a virtual preparedness meeting with all departments to ensure that critical department (Madison Police Department, Fire Department, Electric Department and Department of Public Works) are adequately staffed, prepared and ready to respond in the event of flooding, power outages, downed trees or other natural disasters. All departments are currently in storm prep mode, ensuring that all equipment that could be necessary is prepared and ready to be deployed. Generators for our sump pumps have been serviced and we are doing enhanced storm drain cleanings and street sweeping to reduce the potential of flooding.
“Madison officials held a virtual internal preparedness meeting this morning, where it was determined that we are ready and prepared for Tropical Storm Isaias, which we will begin to see effects this evening through tomorrow,” said Mayor Robert H. Conley. “All departments that are critical during these times have met and prepared required equipment and personnel. The Electric Department is prepared to respond to power outage calls and all other departments are prepared to respond as necessary. As with any storm, I ask that all residents please obey direction and communication from borough officials, so that we can safely address and respond to all calls,” continued Conley.
We are requesting that all dining establishments remove pop-up tents, tables and chairs this evening and properly secure them or bring them indoors. All residents are asked to secure loose items like tents, garbage cans and umbrellas. We encourage all residents and businesses with sump pumps to check that they are working and operational today.
“The ‘home town’ utility service that the Madison Electric Department provides all of its customers is something that we’re proud of here in Madison,” said Conley. “To ensure we can continue to provide that service, I have spoken to the leadership of JCP&L to emphasize that both of our feeder lines remain open and operational and that in the event they need to cut power, on their end, that they properly notify us ahead of time,” continued Conley.
To report a power outage 24/7/365, please call (973) 966-7330. We ask that you please reserve 911 for emergencies only.
Updates, as necessary, will be posted on borough social media (Facebook & Twitter), www.Rosenet.org and sent out via AlertMadison. Not yet registered for our emergency notification system (AlertMadison)? Register today by visiting www.AlertMadison.org.
A PDF of the release can be found here.
Madison Environmental Commission to hold Composting Eco Tip Forum
Madison, NJ – June 17, 2020 – Composting at its simplest is a mix of dried leaves and food waste, but it comes with lots of questions. To provide answers, the Madison Environmental Commission has tapped residents with varying styles of composting to participate in a community Eco Tip Forum via Zoom. The forum will be held virtually on June 24 at 7:00 P.M.
“We’ll offer feedback on the types of composters on the market—tumblers, Earth Machines and worm bins,” says Claire Whitcomb, chair of the Madison Environmental Commission. “And, we’ll have lots of time for questions and personalized advice. We’ve found that people learn best from their friends and neighbors,” continued Whitcomb.
For those who are curious about Java’s Compost new curbside service, Michelle Bradley, co-founder, will be on hand to answer questions. “We’re servicing a number of surrounding towns and are excited to have launched in Madison,” says Bradley. She points out that Java uses a commercial facility so it can accept items like meat, bones and dairy that can’t be composted in a backyard.
The benefits of composting are numerous. For homeowners, it provides nutrient-rich fertilizer, which enhances soil, retains water and stores carbon. Composting also recycles food waste without causing methane emissions in landfills. According to the Washington Post, methane is 28 times more potent than CO2. This is one reason why Project Drawdown has ranked reducing food waste as the number one action to fight climate change.
Registration for the Composting Eco Tip Forum is required. To sign up, visit https://compostingecotips.eventbrite.com. A Zoom link will be provided two days before the event to registrants.
For questions, write to the Madison Environmental Commission by emailing MEC@rosenet.org.
Joint Statement from the Borough of Madison and the Madison Police Department on the Death of George Floyd
Madison, NJ – May 30, 2020 – Mayor Robert H. Conley, Chief Darren P. Dachisen Sr. and Madison Police Chaplain Reverend A. Craig Dunn (Madison First Baptist Church) issue the following statement regarding the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota:
“The horrific footage of the incident that recently occurred in Minneapolis is inconsistent and contrary to all that we (Madison and Madison Police Department) have not only learned while attending police academy, but what we have learned as human beings. What is depicted in the footage is not who MPD is as law enforcement professionals. We are equally disturbed and saddened to see the other officers on the scene not interject and prevent the tragic loss of life.
Madison Police Department (MPD) is an accredited agency, which not only requires the continuous training on topics like racial profiling, harassment, ethics, cultural diversity, use of force, dealing with mental illness and substance abuse to name a few, but also requires MPD to track and have an early warning system in place to alert command staff to use of force patterns and/or trends. Any and all use of force incidents are required to be properly reviewed by a member of our command staff. We want to encourage the Madison community that this type of behavior is not, and never will be, acceptable by any members of MPD. As an agency, MPD officers are provided tools and equipment which provide alternatives to the use of deadly force, as well as de-escalation techniques.
We will not allow what occurred in Minneapolis to tarnish the relationship with the residents of Madison, that MPD has focused on growing over the years through community outreach programs like National Night Out. On behalf of the Borough of Madison, our deepest sympathies go out to Mr. Floyd’s family during this unbearable time.”
A PDF of the release can be found here.
Getting Started with Home Composting: Madison Environmental Commission Shares Tips and Resources
Madison, NJ — April 24, 2020 – The 50th Anniversary of Earth Day was held on April 22, but the Madison Environmental Commission (MEC) encourages people to celebrate Earth Day every day. It’s offering two ways to do so by composting at home: Java’s Compost can provide curbside pick-up of food scraps (including vegetation, meat, bones and dairy) if just 20 people from Madison preregister. Or you can compost right in your backyard.
“Either solution will reduce your environmental footprint significantly — and make your trash less smelly during the summer,” says Claire Whitcomb, MEC chair. “Plus, you’ll be rewarded with amazing, microbe-rich fertilizer for your garden.”
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), food scraps and yard waste make up more than 28 percent of what we throw away. Composting has these benefits:
- It keeps biodegradable materials out of landfills — where they release methane, a potent greenhouse gas that’s stronger than carbon dioxide and is a major contributor to climate change. "All organic matter eventually decomposes — but in a landfill it does so without oxygen," explains Maureen Byrne, Madison Borough Council member and Council liaison to the MEC. "A head of lettuce, for example, takes 25 years to decompose in a landfill. Composting speeds the process by providing the ideal decomposition environment, reducing waste and methane."
- It creates nutrient-dense organic material that enriches soil and reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. Adding compost to soil helps retain moisture, suppress plant diseases and pests, and grow healthier plants and more nutritious food.
For home composting, the recommended recipe is creating a compost pile with an equal amount of "browns" to "greens."
- Browns are dead leaves; branches, twigs and other wood material; paper; hay and straw;
- Greens are pesticide-free fresh grass clippings, vegetable waste, fruit scraps, and coffee grounds
Alternate layers and moisten materials as they are added. The browns provide carbon for your compost, the greens provide nitrogen, and the moisture helps break down the organic matter. Smaller pieces will break down more quickly, so tear or cut up larger pieces. Research different types of compost bins online to see what works for your needs and available space. Locally, the Farm at Green Village is selling a variety of backyard composters by request, including the kind that tumble. They can order one for you for pickup at their Chatham Township location. Email email@example.com to inquire about available models and pricing.
What to Compost
The Madison Environmental Commission offers a downloadable flyer that lists what can and can’t be composted at home. Compostable items include:
- Coffee grounds and paper filters;
- Cotton and Wool Rags;
- Dryer and vacuum cleaner lint;
- Fireplace ashes;
- Fruits and vegetables;
- Grass clippings;
- Hair and fur;
- Hay and straw;
- Nut shells;
- Shredded newspaper;
- Tea bags;
- Wood chips;
- Yard trimmings
What Not to Compost
Keep these 8 things out of your compost — for your own health and the health of your plants, and to prevent odor problems and pests:
- Black walnut tree leaves or twigs — Release substances that might be harmful to plants
- Coal or charcoal ash — Might contain substances harmful to plants
- Dairy products (e.g., butter, milk, sour cream, yogurt) and eggs — Create odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies
- Diseased or insect-ridden plants — Might infect other plants
- Fats, grease, lard, or oils (whether animal- or vegetable-based) — Create odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies
- Meat or fish bones and scraps — Create odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies
- Pet wastes (e.g., dog or cat feces, soiled cat litter) — Might contain parasites, bacteria, germs, pathogens, and viruses harmful to humans
- Yard trimmings treated with chemical pesticides — Might kill beneficial composting organisms
To learn more about home composting, visit epa.gov/recycle/composting-home or the Rutgers Agricultural Experiment Station website. For questions, you can also email the Madison Environmental Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A PDF of the release can be found here.
BOROUGH OF MADISON ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION OFFERS CURBSIDE DELIVERY OF POLLINATOR PLANTS
Madison, NJ – April 16, 2020 - Since 2018, Joan Maccari of the Madison Environmental Commission has grown 100 pollinator plants, including milkweed and lobelia, to give away at events throughout April and May. This year, the MEC is offering a new twist: Free Curbside Delivery on Select Dates.
Curbside delivery can be arranged by filling out an online order form at https://tinyurl.com/pollinatororders. Because of the added service, the MEC is hoping that residents will be inspired to give back to the town and make a voluntary donation to the Madison Small Business Recovery Grant Program, https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/help-the-madison-nj-small-business-community-recover. “We believe that environmental vitality and economic vitality are what make Madison such a special place to live,” says Claire Whitcomb, MEC Chair.
Plants will be delivered throughout April and May as the seedlings mature. Quantities are limited and residents may only order one (1) plant per household.
The delivery schedule is as follows:
- April 22 for Wild Bergamot and Purple Giant Hyssop;
- May 2 for Great Blue Lobelia, Cardinal Flower and River Oats;
- May 28 for Tall/Poke Milkweed, Swamp/Pink Milkweed, Common Milkweed and Butterfly Milkweed.
Photos of all species are available on the online order form. Only one (1) species may be ordered. Because of the limited quantities, a similar plant may need to be substituted.
“The MEC’s curbside delivery program will brighten our lives and our yards in a time of crisis,” says Maureen Byrne, Borough Council liaison to the MEC. “I personally grow milkweed because I know it’s the only plant that monarchs will lay their eggs on. Other butterflies also depend on specific host plants for their eggs and caterpillars. My hat’s off to Joan Maccari for her dedication to growing pollinator plants for our community—for three straight years.”
A PDF of the release can be found here.
COVID-19 AWARENESS MESSAGE FROM MAYOR ROBERT H. CONLEY
Madison, NJ – March 10, 2020 – Mayor Conley and the Borough Council recognize that residents are concerned and may be experiencing feelings of uncertainty and fear about the growing number of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases that have been reported in the United States, as well as the recently reported presumptive positive cases within New Jersey. We would like to assure all residents that we are working diligently within Madison, in conjunction with county and state partners, to respond to the public health threat posed by this virus.
Last week, Mayor Conley convened a strategic preparedness meeting in regards to CONVID-19 with key stakeholders throughout the Borough to discuss preparation and response strategies, as the situation changes every day. Attendees included the Madison Health Department, Madison Office of Emergency Management, Drew University, Madison Public Schools, St. Vincent Martyr School and the Madison YMCA. Working closely in coordination with our local Health Department and Office of Emergency Management, we are prepared and ready to respond should the virus emerge in Madison. Members of our first responders (police, fire and ems) are routinely trained, and complete frequent emergency response drills of this nature. In communication with Morris County and local area hospitals, ample volunteers and first responders are prepared to assist in the event of an emergency.
Simple steps that you can take to prevent the spread of the flu and common cold will also help prevent COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
- Avoid contact with people who are sick;
- Stay home while you are sick and avoid contact with others;
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing;
- Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces.
This is not a time to panic, but a time for preparation. We ask that you do your part to help keep Madison safe and healthy.
Please share fact not fear and refer to credible sources like the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the New Jersey Department of Health or Rosenet to obtain updated information on COVID-19. Information from these organizations can easily be found on our COVID-19 update page at www.rosenet.org.
The Council, Administration, Health Department and Office of Emergency Management would like to emphasize that this is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation, but we remain vigilant in providing updated information and guidance as it becomes available.
The safety of all residents is our highest priority, and we assure you that we stand ready to respond should COVID-19 appear in Madison.
For the latest information, please visit our Coronavirus Update page on www.rosenet.org
A PDF of the release can be found here.
LAW ENFORCEMENT ASKS FOR THE PUBLIC’S HELP TO COMBAT CAR THEFT AND CAR BURGLARIES
An Auto Theft Task Force has been created to stop a persistent trend in car thefts and car burglaries in Morris County, as experienced by other counties in northern New Jersey.
Vehicle owners, too, can reduce the thefts and protect their property by following a few simple steps.
In a recent three-day period alone in Morris County, six vehicles were stolen – in Madison, Mountain Lakes, Montville, Mount Olive and Roxbury – including two that were taken in afternoon daylight.
In 2019 in Morris County, 215 vehicles were stolen and another 233 vehicles were burglarized.
In 2018, 227 vehicles were stolen in Morris County and another 231 vehicles were burglarized, with valuables removed, but the vehicles were not removed from the premises.
In the majority of these cases, stolen vehicles have been left unlocked by the owner with a key fob left in the car allowing a thief to immediately drive it away.
Alarmingly, in some incidents in Morris County, suspects have entered victims’ homes by using garage door openers found in unlocked vehicles. Once inside the homes, thieves have been able to locate key fobs and steal cars.
Unlocked vehicles that do not have a key fob inside are also being searched for valuables. In some cases, car burglars have resorted to smashing windows of vehicles parked at gyms, parks, and day care centers and grabbing purses, wallets and other valuables left inside. Bank and credit cards stolen from inside these vehicles are being used in multiple locations, compromising victims’ finances.
Of critical concern to law enforcement is that some vehicles stolen in Morris County have been used to commit violent crimes in other areas, such as shootings, armed robberies and homicide. One incident involved a vehicle stolen from Parsippany that was used in a shooting involving three firearms in Essex County.
High-end makes and models – Mercedes Benz, Lexus, Range Rover, Porsche, Audi and Ford pick-up trucks – are most commonly targeted. But when they are locked, and no key fob is available, other models are targeted.
Communities targeted by thieves are generally close to highways, including Routes 80, 287, 46 and 24. Most of the vehicles have been recovered – 75 percent – but typically are damaged. The stolen vehicles have predominantly been disposed of in Essex County.
Community members are asked to be the first line of defense in preventing car thefts and car burglaries. Law enforcement asks you to take simple, proactive steps
to discourage thieves who roam residential neighborhoods in the dark of night, checking parked vehicles on streets and in driveways to determine whether they are locked.
- Vehicles should never be left unlocked.
- Never leave a key fob in a vehicle.
- Neighbors should watch out for neighbors. Call your neighbor if you see that their car is unlocked or valuables are visible inside the vehicle.
- Report any suspicious activity or person.
- Call 911 to report crimes in progress.
To further combat this and other issues affecting our community, a multi-agency auto theft/anti-crime task force has been launched to enhance patrols and further investigations of auto theft and other pattern-type crimes. This initiative, first conceptualized by Chief Andrew Caggiano of the Montville Police Department, has come about through a partnership between the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, the Morris County Police Chiefs’ Association, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the New Jersey State Police Auto Theft Task Force, in coordination with various law enforcement agencies.
“This vital task force will help us identify thieves and stop a stream of offenders from entering Morris County to steal from people when they’re asleep, visiting a gym or store, or when they are out of their home at work. The task force will enable us to conduct immediate investigations, across county lines, in an effort to locate vehicles and hold suspects accountable more quickly,” Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon said.
Montville Township Police Chief Andrew Caggiano said of his call for an Auto Theft Task Force: “In Montville, we are a geographically and economically convenient location. As such, we are experiencing a scourge of vehicle thefts and burglaries. I realized that there is strength in the combining of our forces, and proposed the Auto Theft Task Force.”
Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp lauded this initiative, saying, “Chief Caggiano has taken the lead on this effort. However, we need our residents to be vigilant to prevent these crimes.”
Chester Police Chief Thomas Williver, who serves as President of the Morris County Police Chiefs’ Association, said: “We find that by joining agencies and supplying personnel to a task force, we can create a situation of force multiplication. We support Chief Caggiano and all of the Morris County Chiefs whose jurisdictions are affected by this dangerous crime spree. This is intelligence-led policing and will help all of our communities.”
The Newark Police Department also is a partner in the task force, and in February 2020 started its own 90-day pilot program called the Felony Auto Theft Investigative Unit. According to Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose, Newark police as of February 2020 recovered 120 vehicles stolen from other municipalities, with 41 of them, or 34 percent, involved in violent crimes.
Law enforcement is also tapping into technology to communicate with neighborhoods where car thefts or burglaries occur and ask residents to check for surveillance footage that may prove helpful in identifying suspects and other vehicles that may have been involved. Several apps that use home Wi-Fi to alert homeowners to the presence of someone at their door or within range of a security camera can provide a high-density video stream of activity on the exterior of their property.
The critical aspect of this initiative is to partner with members of the community, who are asked to be alert and provide information to law enforcement so that they can target suspects committing crimes in the county. “If you see something, say something.” Not just near your home but anywhere you observe something suspicious.
The Morris County Auto Theft Task Force can be contacted at 973-285-6300 or after hours at 973-285-2900.
Press inquiries may be made to Peggy Wright, Public Information Officer, Morris County Sheriff’s Office. 973-285-6654
STUDENTS TO STAR AT GREEN VISION FORUM
Madison, NJ – March 9, 2020 – The Madison Environmental Commission is holding its third annual Green Vision Forum on Thursday, March 19 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Madison Community Arts Center, 10 Kings Road. Once again, the stars of the evening will be students from Madison’s elementary, junior and high schools, along with college students from Drew University and Fairleigh Dickinson University.
The students will present their ideas for a greener Madison to an audience that includes both parents and town officials—Mayor Robert H. Conley, members of the Borough Council, district administrators and members of the Board of Education
“We want to listen to student voices in Madison and see what we can do to take action,” said Mayor Conley. “At last year’s Green Vision Forum, students presented on the environmental hazards associated with plastic bags - and now we’ve enacted a plastic bag ban. Another presentation on plastic straws led to Madison’s Skip the Straw initiative during Restaurant Week,” continued Conley.
This year, Kirsten Wallenstein will join Renee Shalhoub of the Environmental Commission, who has chaired the Green Vision Forum since it first started three years ago, as her co-chair.
“I’m looking forward to hearing the kids’ ideas and gaining a deeper understanding of what environmental issues Madison cares about,” says Maureen Byrne, Borough Council liaison to the Environmental Commission. “It’s exciting to see this level of enthusiasm from our students and future leaders.”
For more details, please contact the Environmental Commission at MEC@rosenet.org.
A PDF of the release can be found here.
Pictured: Central Avenue School Green Team and Debbie Mantone, Special Education Teacher, are collecting plastic bottle caps to be recycled into park benches. As the students will report, the teams have sorted, cleaned, and weighed 350 pounds of plastic caps. It takes 200 pounds of plastic caps to make one park bench.
BOROUGH OF MADISON RECYCLING CHANGES
Madison, NJ – February 12, 2020 – The Borough of Madison announced important changes to our recycling program that began on January 1, 2020. Starting this year, only plastic containers (bottles and non-bottles) coded 1, 2 and 5 will be accepted for curbside recycling.
Residents are encouraged to look for the recycling symbol on the bottom of plastic containers before disposing of plastic.
Acceptable plastic bottle/containers include the following:
- Containers that are coded #1 (PET/PETE, Poly-EthyleneTerephthalate) include water, soda and salad dressing bottles, microwavable food trays, and peanut butter containers;
- Containers coded #2 (HDPE, High Density Polyethylene) include milk jugs, shampoo bottles, and butter and yogurt tubs;
- Containers coded #5 (PP, Polypropylene) include ketchup and syrup bottles, and some yogurt containers.
These changes to the recycling program are due to restrictions imposed by China on their imported recycling commodities. Due to the restrictions put in place, Madison’s recycling program has been negatively impacted, thus resulting in certain plastic containers no longer being accepted as part of curbside recycling.
Madison’s contract for hauling and recycling was recently re-bid. Due to the restrictions, our hauler for recycling now had to make other arrangements for disposal and recycling of all goods. This has caused garbage and recycling costs for 2020 to go up approximately $322,500.00 for the year. Waste removal, which is the hauling of waste and recycling, cost $1,657,300.00 in 2019. In 2020, that cost has increased by 19.46% to $1,979,800.00 due to the restrictions and lack of facilities within the area accepting recyclables.
Those plastic bottles/containers that are now unacceptable include:
- Plastics with no container code (no number in a recycling symbol);
- Plastics coded #3 (V, PVC Vinyl), which include cooking oil and mouthwash bottles, clear food packaging, and PVC piping;
- Plastics coded #4 (LDPE, Low Density Polyethylene) used in plastic shopping bags and trash bags;
- Plastics coded #6 (PS Polystyrene) used in disposable cups, plates, egg cartons, and clamshell take-out containers;
- Plastics coded #7 (Other) used in three-to-five gallon water jugs and some food containers.
Recycling materials that will be collected, including plastic bottles and containers coded 1, 2 and 5, include aluminum cans, glass bottles and jars, steel (tin) cans, newspaper, corrugated cardboard, mixed paper, and organics, including leaves, grass clippings, brush, logs, stumps, branches and tree parts.
Residents are reminded to ensure that recyclables are empty and clean before placing them to the curb. Plastic bags are not to be used for curbside recycling as they can be caught in the machinery at the recycling center and cause delays, contamination and increased processing costs. Clean, dry plastic bags should be recycled at local supermarkets. Contaminated materials could result in the entirety of the truck being denied at the recycling center, and cause all of its contents to be brought to a landfill instead.
For additional information, including your recycling/garbage/yard waste collection schedule, and a simple ’What Goes Where?’ feature, download the free Recycle Coach App through the App Store or Google Play
A PDF of the release can be found here.
MADISON ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION ECO TIP FORUM: REDUCING PLASTIC WASTE
Madison, NJ – January 31, 2020 – The Madison Environmental Commission is hosting an Eco Tip Forum to help residents easily reduce plastic waste. The forum will be held on Wednesday, February 12 at 7 pm in the Chase Room of the Madison Public Library, 39 Keep Street.
“Many of our habits are being challenged by Madison’s new recycling rules that limit plastics to #1, #2 and #5 items,” says Claire Whitcomb, Chair of the Madison Environmental Commission. “The March 1 plastic bag ban, which takes place in Madison and the Chathams, will present further challenges. Fortunately, many Madison residents have developed creative, effective ways to reduce their reliance on plastic. We decided to hold a community event so we can all learn from them—and each other.”
At the Eco Tip Forum, Jessica Griffin, a mother of four small children, will talk about packing waste-minimizing lunches; recycling; and small, easy waste reducing steps that make a big impact.
Olga Coman, an expert in essential oils, will share DIY recipes for making cleaning and beauty products—in reusable containers.
Other residents and MEC members will offer tips for plastic-free shopping, foolproof composting and sustainable gift giving.
“This forum couldn’t be timelier,” notes Maureen Byrne, Borough Council liaison to the Environmental Commission. “Madison is going through big changes because the market for recycling has contracted now that China is no longer taking US waste. Recycling used to generate revenue for the Borough, now materials that were formerly recycled add to our trash costs,” continued Byrne.
Residents are invited to bring both questions and solutions, along with any eco products they love—folding metal straws, muslin bags for holding fresh produce, beeswax wrap to replace plastic wrap and more.
Admission is free but seating is limited, so reservations are requested. RSVPs can be made on the Madison Public Library’s website, www.madisonnjlibrary.org.
A PDF of the release can be found here.
BOROUGH OF MADISON AWARDED $10,000 FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY PROJECT
Madison, NJ – January 21, 2020 - Sustainable Jersey announced that the Borough of Madison was one of ten recipients awarded a $10,000 grant funded by the Gardinier Environmental Fund. The grants support proposals such as adding electric vehicles (EVs) to municipal fleets, solar projects such as the purchase of solar technology, completion of solar energy feasibility studies and solar education; and innovative energy efficiency projects in municipal buildings.
“I applaud the efforts of the Sustainable Madison Committee for their determination to help improve Madison’s green footprint through grants like this one from Sustainable Jersey,” said Mayor Robert H. Conley. “This grant will support engineering studies and financial analyses to evaluate community solar feasibility at three borough-owned parking lots, while also allowing us to generate preliminary design material and conduct community outreach,” continued Conley.
“The need for innovative energy projects has never been more urgent as New Jersey tops the list as one of the fastest-warming states in the nation,” said Randall Solomon, Executive Director of Sustainable Jersey. “These grant recipients demonstrate leadership and a commitment to advancing climate action that will help New Jersey meet more ambitious targets moving forward toward a low-carbon future.”
“The Gardinier Environmental Fund is committed to conserving the Earth’s energy resources and enhancing renewable energy measures,” said Gene Wentzel, president, Gardinier Environmental Fund. “We are proud to stand alongside Sustainable Jersey, and to continue to fund worthy projects that support our mutual goals in New Jersey.”
Since 2009 the Sustainable Jersey Grants Program has distributed over $5.5 million in grants to New Jersey schools and municipalities to help make their communities more livable, environmentally friendly, and prosperous.
ABOUT SUSTAINABLE JERSEY
Sustainable Jersey provides tools, training, and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability programs. Currently, 80 percent or 453 of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities are participating in the municipal certification program and 347 school districts and 900 schools are participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program.
Sustainable Jersey’s partners include the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program. Program underwriters include the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program, the PSEG Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Sustainable Jersey Grants program for municipalities is funded by the PSEG Foundation and the Gardinier Environmental Fund. Platinum sponsors are South Jersey Gas, New Jersey Natural Gas and PSE&G. The Gold Sponsor is Elizabethtown Gas. Silver Sponsors are NJM Insurance Group, Bayshore Recycling, Northfield Bank, New Jersey American Water, Jersey Central Power & Light, Atlantic Health System and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. The Bronze Sponsors are Covanta, Greener by Design, Ørsted, Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt & Cappelli LLC, First Environment, Roux Associates, Republic Services, The ECG Group, Bryan Electric and Red Oak Power.
A PDF of the release can be found here.
BOROUGH OF MADISON TO HOLD REORGANIZATION MEETING ON JANUARY 5, 2020
GOVERNOR MURPHY TO CONDUCT THE SWEARING IN CEREMONIES
Madison, NJ – December 17, 2019 - The Borough of Madison will hold its annual public reorganization meeting for 2020 on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 3:00 P.M., in the Council Chamber of the Hartley Dodge Memorial, 50 Kings Road.
Recently re-elected Mayor Robert H. Conley, will take the oath of office for his third term as Mayor of Madison, a four-year term, which has not happened in Madison since Madison’s first Mayor James Preston Albright in 1906. As the 32nd Mayor of the Borough of Madison, Conley, came into office in 2012 after serving for seven years as a Council Member.
In addition, recently re-elected Council Member Maureen Byrne, and newly elected Rachel Ehrlich will take the oath of office as Council Members, a three-year term. Byrne, who began her first term in office in 2016, will start her second term. Her running mate, Ehrlich, has been involved with the Planning Board since August 1, 2017, but will begin her first term in office.
Conducting the oath of office for Conley, Byrne and Ehrlich will be New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. Expected to be joining Governor Murphy is recently re-elected Assemblyman John F. McKeon and Assemblywoman Mila Jasey, as well as Governor Richard J. Codey.
Mayor Conley, Council Members and Borough Officials will honor the service of outgoing Council Member Patrick W. Rowe, who served two terms as a Council Member from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2019, and served as Council President in 2018.
The agenda will also include official action, which includes, but is not limited to, appointments and reappointments of Boards and Committees for 2020, adoption of resolutions to facilitate Borough business including awarding professional services contracts for 2020 and naming of Borough Officials.
A PDF of the release can be found here.
MADISON ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION HOLIDAY ECO TIPS
Madison, NJ – November 27, 2019 – The holidays are a time of giving—and creating waste. Annually, Americans discard 38,000 miles of ribbon and $11 billion worth of packing materials, according to the National Environmental Foundation. The Madison Environmental Commission has compiled a list of easy ways to go green this holiday season:
- Recycle styrofoam peanuts and bubble wrap at Pack Ship N More at the Staples Mall (300 Main St.);
- Give your gifts in reusable boxes, bags and decorative tins to minimize gift wrap. Consider decorating old shoe boxes which you can use year after year;
- Save and reuse ribbon;
- Choose gift wrap that is 100% paper so that it can be recycled. Foil or paper with glitter or tape cannot be recycled. Rope or ribbon handles on gift bags must be removed before recycling;
- Recycle non-alkaline batteries at the back door of PC Problems, 50 Main St. Button cell, lithium and rechargeable batteries are accepted;
- Try non-material or experiential gifts such as gift certificates to local spas, movies and restaurants. Give a membership to a museum or simply donate to a charity in your recipient’s honor;
- Opt out of catalogs and junk mail at dmachoice.thedma.org or catalogchoice.org;
- Avoid buying products with single-serve packaging — whether it’s for gifts or entertaining;
- If you have leftovers at a party, pack them up in reusable containers and send your guests home with goodie bags. Food waste is a major contributor to greenhouse gases;
- Support Small Business Saturday and shop local on November 30. Madison’s stores, which include five eco-friendly consignment and thrift shops, add to the vibrancy of our town;
- If you receive new appliances or electronic devices, donate your old ones to groups like the Vietnam Veterans (vva.org) who pick up at your door. If items are in poor condition, recycle them with Green Vision in Randolph (gvinc.org). They take “anything with a plug”;
- Donate extra reusable bags at the Hartley Dodge Memorial, 50 Kings Road. The MEC will distribute them to the Senior Center, Drew students and the Wind of the Spirit Immigrant Resource Center.
“All of us can see a visible increase in trash at our curbs during the holidays,” says Maureen Byrne, Borough Council liaison to the Madison Environmental Commission. “Fortunately it’s easy to reduce our holiday impact.
A PDF of the release can be found here.
BOROUGH OF MADISON ACHIEVES PRESTIGIOUS
SUSTAINABLE JERSEY SILVER-LEVEL CERTIFICATION
Madison, NJ – November 27, 2019 – Sustainable Jersey representatives announced yesterday that the Borough of Madison has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification. Madison is one of only 27 New Jersey municipalities that have attained certification at the silver-level in 2019. All of the municipalities were honored at the Sustainable Jersey Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, November 19 in Atlantic City with Mayor Robert H. Conley accepting the award for Madison.
“The achievements of the Sustainable Madison Advisory Committee in this silver certification process shows that the volunteerism of long hours, hard work and dedication paid off for this dedicated team of volunteers as they were determined to prove that Madison is a town that is committed to being sustainable,” said Mayor Robert H. Conley. “Achieving the third highest total points out of all participants is not an easy task, but thanks to all that reside and/or work in Madison, your day-to-day actions help us keep Madison green! This is just another reason why New Jersey Monthly recently ranked Madison the #1 Town To Live In,” continued Conley.
To become Sustainable Jersey certified at the silver-level, the Sustainable Madison Committee submitted documentation to show it had completed a balance of the required sustainability actions, meeting a minimum of 350 action points. In addition to reaching 350 points, each community had to create a green team and select at least three out of twelve priority action options. Madison completed seven of the twelve priority actions, with an additional action pending, by completing a fleet inventory, energy tracking and management, municipal carbon footprint, natural resource inventory, prescription puse pledge. In addition to the seven priority actions, they also submitted the final documentation for another priority action, energy efficiency for municipal facilities, and once approved by Sustainable Jersey by year end, it would bring our priority actions up to eight out of twelve.
“Congratulations to all of the municipalities that have achieved certification this year,” said Randy Solomon, Executive Director of Sustainable Jersey. “Earning certification involves more than just implementing sustainable actions. It takes extraordinary leadership and a real commitment to making our communities better. As New Jersey tops the list as one of the fastest-warming states in the nation, the next ten years will be a critical period for making progress. Sustainable Jersey certified towns are a force for change as they create a path forward to advance sustainability.” Certified towns excelled in areas such as improving energy efficiency, health and wellness, reducing waste, sustaining local economies, protecting natural resources and advancing the arts.
About Sustainable Jersey
Sustainable Jersey provides tools, training and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability programs. Currently, 80 percent or 450 of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities are participating in the municipal certification program and 339 school districts and 884 schools are participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program.
Sustainable Jersey’s partners include the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program. Program underwriters include the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program, the PSEG Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Sustainable Jersey Grants program for municipalities is funded by PSEG Foundation and the Gardinier Environmental Fund. Platinum and 10th Anniversary sponsors are South Jersey Gas, New Jersey Natural Gas and PSEG. The Gold Sponsor is Elizabethtown Gas (10th Anniversary Sponsor). Silver Sponsors are NJM Insurance Group (10th Anniversary Sponsor), Bayshore Recycling (10th Anniversary Sponsor), Northfield Bank (10th Anniversary Sponsor), New Jersey American Water (10th Anniversary Sponsor), Jersey Central Power & Light (10th Anniversary Sponsor), Atlantic Health System (10th Anniversary Sponsor) and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. The Bronze Sponsors are Covanta, Greener by Design, Ørsted, Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt & Cappelli LLC, First Environment, Roux Associates, Republic Services, The ECG Group and Bryan Electric.
Website: www.SustainableJersey.com; www.SustainableJerseySchools.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SJ_Program; www.twitter.com/SJ_Schools
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/sustainable-jersey
Pictured above left to right are Randall Solomon, Executive Director, Sustainable Jersey; Joan Maccari, Sustainable Madison MEC Rep.; Kathleen Caccavale, Chair, Sustainable Madison; Mayor Robert H. Conley; Council Member Maureen Byrne, and Anne-Marie Peracchio, Chairperson, Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees.
A PDF of the release can be found here.
MADISON ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION TO HOLD REUSABLE BAG DRIVE
Madison, NJ – November 25, 2019 - In anticipation of the March 1, 2020 plastic bag ban, the Madison Environmental Commission is launching a reusable bag drive. “We hope to collect a large amount of bags to donate community groups that are not likely to have a stash of reusable bags,” says Claire Whitcomb, Environmental Commission Chair.
Clean, gently used bags can be dropped off in the lobby of the Hartley Dodge Memorial Building (50 Kings Road) or at Grace Church (4 Madison Avenue). They will be distributed to Drew University students, the Madison Senior Center and the Wind of the Spirit Immigrant Resource Center, a nonprofit that is working on a Rethink Plastic campaign with the Latinx community in Madison.
Working together with the Mayors from Chatham Borough, Chatham Township and Morris Township, Madison Mayor Robert H. Conley is proud to see a large regional approach to the plastic bag ban. “There is no doubt that New Jersey will ban the single-use plastic bags sometime in the future, but we knew that we could make a difference by acting now. So many of our residents visit their neighboring town to shop, so by acting regionally we have minimized confusion by having similar rules in Madison, the Chathams and Morris Township,” said Conley. “While New Jersey is known as the ‘Home Rule Capital of the World’; time and time again, we have shown that we can work together! I look forward to seeing more partnerships implementing bans as we march towards a statewide regulation,” continued Conley.
“I am proud that Madison is taking a truly sustainable approach to ensuring that everyone in town has a reusable bag to use for their local shopping,” says Maureen Byrne, Borough Council Liaison to the Environmental Commission. Byrne has already donated a dozen of her own bags to the Senior Center.
“Drew University is proud to partner with the Madison Environmental Commission in this collaborative effort to reduce the use of disposable bags in our community,” notes Stephanie McCormick, the Drew University Director of Facilities Administration. “Beyond simply shopping with reusable bags, our students and other community members are eager to contribute to this ongoing zero waste education program.” Sustainability efforts are not new to Drew, which has been named by The Princeton Review in its Green Guide to Colleges for 10 years running.
There are no requirements as to the type of bags that can be donated, other than that they be in good condition. “Though materials matter—and biodegradable bags are preferred—the least sustainable bag in anyone’s closet is the one that’s not getting used,” says Whitcomb.
Questions about the Madison Environmental Commission’s reusable bag drive can be addressed to MEC@rosenet.org
A PDF of the release can be found here.
NEW SCHOOL YEAR DRIVER AWARENESS REMINDER
SLOW DOWN WHEN DRIVING WITHIN SCHOOL ZONES
Madison, NJ – August 27, 2019 – With the new school year starting in Madison in one week, on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, we would like to remind residents of some things that come with the new school year, as it pertains to driving.
- Younger children are more likely to be excited to see their friends, meet their new teachers, and get their seats in freshly decorated classrooms. Younger children are also more likely to make mistakes around roads;
- Many children will be starting new schools;
- They will be learning new walking paths, either to the school or to a bus stop;
- They may not have given themselves enough time on the new route, and will be hurrying;
- Their parents will be learning new driving patterns at an unfamiliar school;
- Older, high school children may be driving their own cars to school for the first time, also struggling with new traffic routes, congested school zones, and even more congested and confusing parking lots;
- Some schools have adjusted their drop-off or pick-up zones. School crossing guard posts may have been changed to meet demands;
All of this can have a ripple-effect to other drivers who will be coping with the actions, inactions, or bad actions of children and drivers.
The Borough of Madison and the Madison Police Department wants to take this opportunity to remind everyone to be especially aware as they operate their personal vehicles and work vehicles. The Madison Police Department will be strictly enforcing distracted driving. The next couple of weeks can be challenging. Please:
- Watch your speed. A couple of mph faster will not make a real difference in your arrival time;
- Scan sidewalks and parked cars for signs of movement;
- Keep a safe following distance. Even if you anticipated something, the driver in front of you may not be as alert as you are.
- Be particularly alert at intersections. Practice ‘covering your brake’ when called for;
- Put your phone down if you are operating a car.
A PDF of the release can be found here.
EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH IN EFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY
Madison, NJ – July 18, 2019 – The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for the area from Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21 with heat index values ranging from 100 to 112.
As part of the Borough of Madison Department of Recreation Policies and Procedures Heat Policy, should the relevant office of the National Weather Service issue a Heat Advisory, all athletic fields will be closed from noon until 5:30 p.m., automatically rendering any and all use during that time-frame as unauthorized by the Borough.
Residents are advised that the excessive heat and humidity, which is forecast for Friday through Sunday, can lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke, and are recommended to stay in an air-conditioned environment, stay out of the sun, and check on elderly relatives and neighbors.
Madison’s cooling stations are open and available for residents in need. The locations and their hours are:
Madison Public Library - 39 Keep Street
Monday - Wednesday: 10 A.M. - 9 P.M.
Thursday - Friday: 10 A.M. - 6 P.M.
Saturday: 10 A.M. - 5 P.M.
The Madison Civic Center - 28 Walnut Street
Monday - Friday: 8 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Hartley Dodge Memorial Building - 50 Kings Road
Monday - Friday: 8 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Madison Community House 25 Cook Avenue
Monday - Friday: 1 P.M. - 5 P.M.
Saturday & Sunday: 10 A.M. - 4 P.M.
A PDF of the release can be found here.
SUMMERHILL PARK TRAIL RIBBBON CUTTING CEREMONY
Madison, NJ - May 28, 2019 - The Madison Open Space, Recreation & Historic Preservation Advisory Committee and Parks Committee will be holding their ribbon cutting ceremony on National Trails Day® to celebrate the new trail loops at Summerhill Park. This event will be held on Saturday, June 1 at 11:00 a.m. and will include a ceremony as well as a tour of the new trails.
Summerhill Park is a beautiful wooded park in Madison, NJ. The land was acquired to preserve open space and natural resources as part of the Borough’s Open Space and Recreation Plan. The many access points within the park allows for the connection to downtown Madison, other parks and recreational facilities, and two of our schools.
Throughout Summerhill Park, trails were created due to generous support from the Morris County Planning and Preservation Trail Construction Grant Program. The estimated hiking mileage throughout the park is approximately 1.5 miles, but the Madison Open Space and Parks Committee continues to work to expand the trail network throughout our community.
Visitors can access the park from Dehart Place, Central Avenue, and Ridgedale Avenue. Open from sunrise to sunset, visitors can start at the Ridgedale trailhead and take the loop to Dehart Place where they can then walk down to get ice cream, a smoothie, or a delicious meal from one of Madison’s fine restaurants.
Access to the park for the ribbon cutting ceremony is best via Ridgedale Avenue between the Luke Miller House and Fairview Avenue.
“We look forward to the ribbon cutting at the new Summerhill Park Trails on National Trails Day®,” says Council President Astri Baillie. “These trails have been made possible thanks to a Morris County Trail Construction Grant, so join us as we officially open the park and take a walk on the newly created trails,” continued Baillie.
National Trails Day®, which is held on June 1, is a day of public events that is aimed at advocacy and trail service. The coming together of thousands of bikers, hikers, rowers, horseback riders, trail clubs, federal and local agencies, land trusts, and businesses aims to advocate for, maintain, and clean up public lands and trails.
A PFD of the release can be found here.
PLASTIC-FREE WEEK IN MADISON AIMS TO ENGAGE RESIDENTS IN REDUCING POLLUTION FROM SINGLE-USE PLASTICS
Madison, NJ – April 22, 2019 – The Madison Environmental Commission will be holding their first ever Plastic-Free Week from Saturday, April 27 to Saturday, May 4. The week includes giveaways as well as ideas for how to take action.
“We’re starting the week with a reusable bag giveaway at Stop & Shop and ending with a milkweed giveaway for residents who take our Plastic-Free Pledge,” says Claire Whitcomb, Chair of the Madison Environmental Commission.
The pledge, available online at https://www.rosenet.org/1140/Plastic-Free-Week, lists seven simple steps residents can take. Those steps include, but are not limited to utilizing reusable bags, skipping straws, saying no to Styrofoam, giving up bottled water, bringing a mug for take-out coffee, carrying cutlery and toting plastic containers for restaurant leftovers.
“Plastic-Free Week is meant to educate and inspire residents to take action,” says Maureen Byrne, Borough Council member and Madison Environmental Commission liaison. “Plastic pollution is a serious issue for our health and our water systems. Even bottled water contains microplastics,” continued Byrne.
Events that will take place during Plastic-Free Week include;
- A reusable bag giveaway at Stop & Shop (131 Main Street) on Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
- Milkweed will be given away on two separate occasions for those who take the Plastic-Free Week Pledge. The giveaways will take place at Madison Library’s Green Fair on Saturday, April 27 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm as well as on Saturday, May 4 at May Day in Madison, 11:00 to 1:00 pm at Hartley Dodge Memorial.
Both giveaways will be on a first-come, first-serve basis during the allotted times, or until they have all been given out, whichever comes first.
Madison residents are also urged that they can bring their plastic bags to Stop & Shop to be recycled, as well as learn about everyday products that can help reduce single-use plastic consumption. Bags that are recycled at Stop & Shop are picked up by TREK and turned into decking, benches and other products.
As an effort to engage Madison businesses in Plastic-Free Week, a team of Madison Public School students, Christian Wong, Maya Sze, and Carissa Finnerty of Madison High School and Amelia Nevin of Torey J. Sabatini School, have visited all Madison restaurants to explain the benefits that come when someone skips the straw. “Plastic straws are not recyclable and they are a hazard for wildlife,” explains Amelia Nevins. “Plastic-Free Week will help everyone understand how much plastic they really use,” explained Nevin.
“I commend the Madison Environmental Commission for preparing what is going to be a very useful week in Madison, Plastic-Free Week,” said Mayor Robert H. Conley. “Their efforts will, over the long term, help allow Madison residents and establishments learn the dangers that plastic has for our environment. I encourage you to take the Plastic-Free week pledge as we help keep Madison the environmentally friendly borough it is,” continued Conley.
In addition to the students who visited Madison businesses, volunteers were out educating stores on a recent Madison Borough Resolution (R108-2019) which encourages the use of recyclable paper bags and reusable bags instead of plastic bags, and requests that all retail establishments train their employees to “Ask before bagging” to give shoppers an opportunity to save a bag.
“We have a huge cast involved in Plastic-Free Week,” says Whitcomb. “This is an issue residents are passionate about.”
A PDF of the release can be found here.
MAYOR CONLEY LEADS DISCUSSION ON TRAFFIC ISSUES RELATED TO RT 24, 124 AND PARK AVENUE
ATTENDEES INCLUDED FEDERAL, STATE, COUNTY AND LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES
Madison, NJ – April 18, 2019 – Earlier this morning, Mayor Robert H. Conley lead a discussion regarding Route 24, Route 124 and Park Avenue traffic issues. Joining Mayor Conley was Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11), Governor Richard J. Codey, Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey (District 27), Assemblywoman Nancy F. Munzo (District 21), Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco (District 25), members from NJDOT including, Deputy Commissioner Joseph D. Bertoni, Chief of Staff Jay Jimenez, Office of Community Relations representatives Zenobia Fields and Andrew Swords, and representatives from Morris County including Freeholders Heather Darling and Stephen H. Shaw and Administrator John Bonanni and Engineer Christopher Vitz.
Also in attendance were the Mayors of six surrounding communities; Chatham Borough Mayor Bruce Harris, East Hanover Mayor Joseph Pannullo, Florham Park Mayor Mark Taylor, Hanover Township Mayor Ronald Francioli, Morris Township Mayor Jeffrey Grayzel, and Morristown Mayor Timothy Dougherty. The Mayors all offered critical insight on the impact the worsening traffic issues are having on their respective communities. They offered their commitment to working together to find potential solutions.
“Today’s discussion with federal, state, county and local representatives was a productive continuation of prior meetings addressing this topic,” stated Mayor Conley. “Now that we have new players in the game, and the willingness from state officials, including NJDOT to continue this discussion, I feel that we can move at an accelerated process to start to make changes that will benefit residents and employees who work within the surrounding area,” continued Conley.
At the recommendation of all in attendance, a committee will be formed to further the discussions that took place this morning so that a plan that is beneficial for all involved can be presented and funding can be sought after from the state and federal level. NJDOT has committed to listening and engaging in conversations with the committee, as they are eager to work together to create the best plan possible.
“I want to thank all that participated this morning,” said Conley. “The people that were present this morning expressing concerns and raising questions, are the same people, that when we all work together, will get something done, and, I look forward to getting something done that will benefit all,” continued Conley.
A PDF of the release can be found here.
BOROUGH OF MADISON RESTORES POWER FOLLOWING EARLIER WIDESPREAD OUTAGE DUE TO BLOWN JCP&L INSULATOR AT KINGS ROAD SUBSTATION
Madison, NJ – March 7, 2019 – This morning, around 11:00 A.M. the Borough of Madison experienced a widespread power outage. Upon immediate dispatch and investigation, the Madison Electric Department discovered a blown JCP&L insulator at the Madison Substation on Kings Road.
By 12:00 P.M. (noon) Madison Electric Department was able to restore power borough wide through our secondary feeder line. JCP&L arrived on scene to address the extensive damage to their infrastructure. As JCP&L continues to work on repairs to the damage that was caused by their blown insulator, Madison Electric Department is able to power the entire borough through the second feeder line.
“Thanks to the Madison Electric Department for their quick efforts as they efficiently and safely worked to address and correct the issue that was caused by JCP&L’s malfunctioning equipment,” said Mayor Robert H. Conley. “Safety, service and reliability are what Madison Electric Department endeavors to provide, and through their rapid response to restore power to all electric customers within an hour, they did just that,” continued Conley. Conley continued on, stating, “In addition to the Madison Electric Department, I would like to thank the Madison Police and Fire Departments, as well as Morris County, Chatham Borough, Florham Park and Harding Township, as they quickly and effectively responded to an onslaught of calls, including reports of individuals stuck in elevators, throughout the borough.”
Conley has been in communication with JCP&L President James Fakult, to ensure that repairs to their damaged infrastructure are addressed in a timely manner, as well as preventative maintenance so that another incident of this nature does not occur. JCP&L indicated that the full repair would be completed by end of day tomorrow, Friday, March 8th, returning the feed into Madison to full reliability. The Madison Electric Department will be working closely with JCP&L during the repair.
At this point, we do not expect any further blips in power or power surges. In the unlikely event that power has to be temporarily effected to allow JCP&L to address their issues, notice will be made via Borough social media and through Nixle.
We appreciate residents patience and understanding throughout the duration of the widespread outage, and remind residents that in the event of a power outage to please call (973) 966-7330. The Madison Police Department Dispatch Desk (973) 593-3000 and 911 are reserved for emergencies.
A PDF of the release can be found here.
BOROUGH OF MADISON HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES ANIMAL CONTROL SERVICES WITH ST. HUBERT’S ANIMAL WELFARE CENTER OF MADISON
Madison, NJ – January 31, 2019 – The Madison Health Department is pleased to announce that the Borough has partnered with St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center of Madison to take over animal control services.
The new agreement began January 1st and covers not only traditional animal control services—like apprehension of loose or lost domestic animals such as cats and dogs, emergency sheltering and quarantine services—but also enhanced support for other animal welfare programs like Madison’s trap, neuter and release (TNR) program, which aims to address the feral cat population.
“We are thrilled to be able to partner with one of the nation’s leading animal welfare groups, right here in Madison, to ensure that the animals that live in the borough are well cared for and are a safe addition to our community. Our partnership with St. Hubert’s means we can not only provide the animal control services required by law, but a number of additional benefits not available to most communities,” said Eric Range, President of the Madison Board of Health.
Additional benefits include domestic animal ambulance services for those unable to transport their sick or injured pet to the vet, and the ability to surrender animals in the event that residents can no longer or are unwilling to care for their pets. In addition, St. Hubert’s will remove deceased dogs and cats from Madison residents property and properly dispose of the remains at no charge.
Mayor Robert H. Conley echoes Range, stating; “our partnership for Animal Control is unique in benefit for Madison residents, as they are based right here within borough limits. The services and additional benefits that are included in our partnership provide caring and dedicated services towards the humane treatment of animals within Madison.”
For more information about animal control services in Madison, visit rosenet.org. Residents in need of immediate animal control services should contact the Madison Police Department 24-hours a day at 973-593-3000.
A PDF of the release can be found here.
NEW JERSEY TRANSIT REMOVES SERIOUSLY DISEASED COPPER BEECH TREE AT MADISON TRAIN STATION
Madison, NJ – January 29, 2019 – New Jersey Transit is in the process of removing the seriously diseased Copper Beech tree on their property at the Madison Train Station at the corner of Kings Road and Prospect Street today.
The Borough of Madison Shade Tree Management Board arborist, along with an arborist from NJ Transit determined that the tree had come to the end of its circle of life, due to the drought this summer, and posed a significant safety hazard to residents as well as the Midtown Direct train tracks.
When the roots on Copper Beech trees eventually deteriorate, the tree does not lose a limb here and there; the whole tree uproots and falls over as one. This poses a safety issue for residents at and near the train station, including pedestrian and vehicular traffic. As resident safety is our top priority, NJ Transit, based on the recommendations by both arborists, determined it was necessary to remove the tree.
The Friends of the Madison Train Station have already begun to make arrangements to purchase and plant a native replacement Copper Beech Tree in it’s location when weather allows this spring. In addition, pieces of the trunk will be salvaged and repurposed.
A PDF of the release can be found here.
BOROUGH OF MADISON HOLDS PREPAREDNESS MEETING AHEAD OF WINTER STORMS
Madison, NJ – January 17, 2019 – The Borough of Madison is continuing to monitor the inbound weather event that will impact Madison. The snow that is anticipated to arrive later this evening (Thursday) and fall into tomorrow morning (Friday) appears to be a minor storm, with accumulations between 1.0” – 2.0”.
Madison Department of Public Works is currently applying a salt paste pre-treatment to all borough roadways, and will have crews ready to treat roadways when accumulation occurs. In addition, Madison Police, Fire and Electric Departments have adequate employees ready to be dispatched in the event of emergencies and power outages.
The weekend storm system is currently a changing storm system. Due to the data and forecasts varying over the course of the next 24 hours, the borough is closely monitoring the weather system and will continue to provide updates as necessary.
“Madison officials held an internal pre-storm meeting this afternoon, where it was determined that we are ready and prepared for both storms - the one late this evening and the one that is forecasted to begin on Sunday afternoon into Monday morning,” said Mayor Robert H. Conley. “All departments that are critical during these times have met and prepared required equipment and personnel. The Department of Public works is prepared to treat and maintaining roadways as the weather shifts from snow to freezing rain, followed by a quick change of temperature. As with any storm, I ask that all residents please obey direction and communication from borough officials, so that we can safely treat and clear roadways,” continued Conley.
We encourage residents to remain off the roadways when snow accumulation takes place, to allow for the Department of Public Works, Morris County and State DOT crews to plow and treat covered roadways. Residents are reminded that in the event of a power outage to please call (973) 966-7330 which is answered 24/7/365. Please reserve 911 for emergencies only.
Updates, as necessary, will be posted on borough social media (Facebook & Twitter), www.Rosenet.org and sent out via Nixle.
A PDF of the release can be found here.
BOROUGH OF MADISON TO OFFER 0% INTEREST LOANS FOR FEDERAL WORKERS DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY THE PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
Madison, NJ – January 14, 2019 – Mayor Robert H. Conley announced at this evenings Council Meeting that the Borough of Madison will work with federal government employees that reside in Madison to offer assistance during the partial government shutdown, to ensure that residents are not displaced due to the effects of being furloughed without pay.
Through the Jacob Henry Perkins Trust, the borough will advance funds to establish 0% interest loans for families that are in need. This agreement would ensure that once the government re-opens and employees receive back pay for work during the shutdown that they would repay the trust with 0% interest.
The Borough of Madison will also seek legislation to waive interest charges on any municipal fees, which include but are not limited to, utility charges and property tax payments.
“As we all know, Madison is all about a strong sense of community, a community that stands and supports our residents, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. During this temporary government shutdown we understand that it is taking a toll on government workers not only in Madison, but nationwide,” said Mayor Conley. “Advancing funds from the Jacob Henry Perkins Trust will ease government workers during this difficult time,” continued Conley.
Government workers that are affected by the shutdown and would like to discuss the boroughs 0% interest loans are encouraged to contact Borough Administrator Raymond M. Codey at email@example.com. All inquiries will be kept anonymous and no public discussion will take place.
A PDF of the release can be found here.
REMARKS ON RECENT ARREST BY MADISON POLICE DEPARTMENT
RECENT VANDALISM DOWNTOWN LEADS TO ARREST OF MADISON RESIDENT
Madison, NJ – November 19, 2018 – On the morning of November 18, 2018 at 2:02 a.m., Madison Police Detectives Ken Shannon and Adam Riley arrested Jesse J. Kimball, 48 of Madison, NJ. During the evening of November 17th and the morning of November 18th, Madison Police were notified of vandalism throughout the borough, including several buildings on Waverly Place and Main Street, various signs on Main Street, and several locations within New Jersey Transit train station property on Kings Road. The spray paint vandalism depicted racial slurs that were targeted at a veteran Madison Police Officer.
Through the investigation, it was determined that Kimball was responsible for the vandalism. Within 12 hours of the initial report, Kimball was later located at a Main Street location, where he was arrested by Madison Police Officers and charged with 4th degree criminal mischief and harassment. Subsequently, Kimball was charged by NJ Transit Police with 4th degree criminal mischief. Kimball was later released pending a court appearance in Morris County Superior Court.
Upon initial report of the vandalism, the Madison Department of Public Works on call crew was called in to cover up the depicted racial slurs. The damage has been totaled in the amount of several thousands of dollars.
“These unfortunate set of events resulted in an outpouring of support from our residents and friends in Madison towards our Police Department and officers. The swift reporting by witnesses and thorough police work of our Madison officers helped bring the incident to a close, but I would not expect anything else from all involved,” said Darren Dachisen, Madison Police Chief.
“I appreciate the quick work of the Madison Police Department and Department of Public Works, to ensure that this incident was addressed and corrected as quickly as possible. I echo the statement from Chief Dachisen, and want to emphasize that this type of behavior is not accepted in Madison or anywhere for that matter,” said Mayor Robert H. Conley.
No further information is available at this time, and no further comments will be made on this case. The suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
BOROUGH OF MADISON INSTALLS THIRTEEN LIFESAVING AED CALL-BOX STATIONS
MADISON VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE CORPS TO OFFER FREE CPR CERTIFICATION COURSE TO ALL MADISON RECREATION VOLUNTEERS
Madison, NJ – November 6, 2018 – The Borough of Madison Recreation Department has installed three Automated External Defibrillator (AED) call-box stations and 10 AED cabinets’ at select playing fields and parks throughout the borough.
An AED is a portable device that has the capability to check a hearts rhythm, and, if needed, administer an electric shock during cardiac arrest to the heart in hopes of restoring a normal rhythm. If an AED is used in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, the victim’s chance of survival is three times more likely. The three AED call-box stands have the capability that when removed, they automatically broadcast a message over the police radio channel to allow for an expedited response by the Madison Police Department and the Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps (MVAC). The 10 AED cabinets are supplied with an AED, that when opened sets off an alarm.
“The installation of the AEDs throughout Madison allow us to be prepared when an emergency situation arises,” said Robert H. Conley, Mayor. “The accessibility throughout Madison will make it possible for Madison Recreation volunteers who are trained in proper use of an AED to provide rapid defibrillation until medics arrive, in the event that it’s needed by a player, coach or spectator,” said Conley.
Beginning on November 10th, the Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps, in conjunction with the Borough of Madison, will be offering free CPR certification courses to all Madison Recreation volunteers. Classes will be held on two Sundays per month at the Ambulance Corps Building, 29 Prospect Street. Each class will be instructed by one of the MVAC’s certified trainers. Classes will begin at 9:00 a.m. and last approximately four hours. Each class has a limit of 10 participants. After successfully completing the course, participants will receive a 2-year Basic Life Support certificate. To sign up, please visit www.bit.ly/madisonaed
“We feel the presence of these AEDs at our athletic fields, along with the corresponding training program, will go a long way toward enhancing the safety of our players and spectators alike,” said Zach Ellis, Director of Recreation. “We would also like to extend our thanks to the leadership of the Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps and specifically Paul Rogers and Kevin DeBiasse for providing a flexible course schedule for our coaches and volunteers,” said Ellis.
The three AED call-boxes are located at the Madison Recreation Complex, Dodge Field Playground and Dodge Field Baseball Field. The 10 AED cabinets are located at Bayley Ellard Field, Memorial Field (Rosedale Soccer Field), Memorial Field Ice Rink, Summerhill Park, Niles Park, Lucy D. Anthony Complex, Rosedale Baseball Complex, Madison High School and Madison Junior School.
Residents are reminded that the use of AEDs are intended for life saving use only. In the event that an AED is used, please call 911 immediately.
A PDF of the release can be found here.
ROAD IMPROVEMENT UPDATE INFORMATION
AS IT PERTAINS TO THE FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL
Madison, NJ – August 31, 2018 – The Borough of Madison would like to thank all residents for the continued patience, understanding and cooperation as we continue to work diligently to upgrade required infrastructure throughout the borough. As we enter the beginning of the school year, we wanted to take this time to update you on three projects that have an impact on travel throughout the borough.
The only road closures we expect through Friday, September 7th with a potential impact to the school and traffic, is the closure and detours at the intersection of Greenwood Avenue, Fairview Avenue and Rosedale Avenue. Madison Police Department will ensure that detours are in place for an easy flow of traffic. PSE&G has finished up with the required gas main improvements between Main Street and Fairview Avenue. In the next few weeks, the borough will have our contractor, Midwest, complete a few minor curb and sidewalk repairs near Greenwood and Fairview, as well as lay down soil and seed in affected areas. The complete mill and paving of Greenwood is scheduled to take place at the end of September.
We only expect minor intermittent road closures between Main Street and Cook Avenue through Friday, September 7th. Small areas of sidewalks will be repaired. The work that will be done by Morris County, includes handicap ramps at the sidewalks, catch basins and a complete mill and overlay and is out of our jurisdiction. When more information becomes available we’ll ensure that it gets relayed to borough residents via Rosenet, NotifyMe® and our social media channels.
Cook Avenue & Community Place:
The entire length of Cook Avenue and Community Place will be closed to through traffic. Cook parking lot will be accessible. Beginning next week and lasting approximately three weeks, PSE&G will be working on Cook Avenue, from Central Avenue to Ridgedale Avenue and Community Place, from Park Avenue to the end to replace the gas main infrastructure. The Cook Avenue parking lot will remain OPEN and accessible throughout the duration of the project. For continued safety, the Madison Police Department will be assisting vehicles in and out of the lot during construction hours.
Please note that the potential end-dates, schedule and closures are all tentative and subject to changes due to weather. For the latest updates on road improvement projects, please visit: bit.ly/madisonriu. The next update will be available on Friday, September 7th.
A PDF of the release can be found here.
BOROUGH OF MADISON ELECTRIC DEPARTMENT AND JCP&L REFINE PROCESS FOR HELPING NEIGHBORS
MADISON AND JCP&L CONVERSATION ENDS WITH PLANS FOR EASIER DISPATCHING DURING ELECTRICAL OUTAGES
Madison, NJ – May 9, 2018 – Mayor Conley and Borough Staff met with JCP&L officials last week to establish a process for dispatching Madison Electrical Department personnel during significant electrical outages to assist in restoring power to neighboring towns.
Madison Electric Department is a ‘home town’ electrical department that for more than 100 years has been providing the Borough with reliable and safe electrical services. Madison Electric Department will first and foremost address any/all electrical outages within the Borough. When these outages are addressed, Madison Electric Department will help restore power in bordering neighbors (Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, Morris Township and Florham Park).
The Madison Electric Department, along with JCP&L will participate in annual training exercises that will allow Borough staff to be immediately dispatched by JCP&L in a time of need. This will allow for quicker dispatching than previously encountered.
“The ‘home town’ utility service that the Madison Electric Department provides all of its customers is something that we’re proud of here in Madison,” said Robert H. Conley, Mayor. “With this established process between the Borough and JCP&L, we’re able to utilize our Electric Department personnel when they’ve finished getting Madison back up and running, to help assist our neighboring towns get power restored, a shared service that I’m proud has been created so we can assist our neighbors during times of need.”
Madison’s Electric Department is prepared for and willing to meet any challenge to insure that customers have and will continue to have the finest electric service in the state of New Jersey. Their top priority is a commitment to their valued customers. Safety, service and reliability is what Madison Electric Department endeavors to provide. Visit www.rosenet.org for more information.
A PDF of the release can be found here.
Message from Madison Mayor Robert H. Conley regarding Federal Tax Reform Legislation (Senate Bill 1893)
On May 4, 2018, Governor Murphy signed Senate Bill 1893 which authorizes municipalities, counties, and school districts to establish one or more charitable trust funds, each for specific public purposes, and permits certain donations to those charitable funds to be credited toward the donor’s property tax obligation.
The entire message from Mayor Conley can be found here.
Police Department Accreditation Award - February 13, 2017The Madison Police Department was recognized at Monday’s Borough Council meeting for receiving accreditation from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP). Out of 470 Law Enforcement Agencies in New Jersey, there are 170 police departments that are accredited in the state of New Jersey. To achieve accreditation from NJSACOP, the police department’s policies, procedures, operations, support services and over one-hundred other standards were reviewed by NJSACOP.
The Madison Police Department accomplished something further; less than 1% of the accredited agencies have a flawless final onsite, as they did.
MVAC Lift Assist - January 5, 2017
The Corps would like to thank the residents of Madison and the Borough Government and Administration for their continued support which allows us to provide 24/7 emergency medical services free of charge to our residents year-round.
Pictures clockwise from bottom left are:
MVAC Captain Robert Landrigan, Tim Fawcett, Jenn Bruns, Corey Minnick, and Ahsan Ullan. Seated is Kimberly Marotts.
CrimeStoppers Program Award - November 28, 2016
Saint Vincent Thanksgiving Outreach Program - November 22, 2016
Madison PBA Local 92 Thanksgiving Food Drive - November 16, 2016
The food will be delivered to the Interfaith Food Pantry (IFP) in Morris Plains, where it will be sorted, packed and distributed throughout the month of November to Morris County households. According to Pantry officials, they expect to distribute 1,600+ complete Thanksgiving meals.
Items being sought include instant potatoes, stuffing, roll mix, turkey gravy, canned fruits and vegetables, brownie mix or cake mix and icing, Parmalat or powdered milk, coffee and tea, jello or pudding, salad dressings, condiments such as pickles and olives. Everyday items are also needed such as regular, hearty and low-salt soups, pasta and cereal.
This is not the first time the Madison P.B.A. Local 92 has helped the Pantry feed local families in need. The local P.B.A. has organized several community events to help the Pantry collect much needed food donations over the past few years. Carolyn Lake, IFP Director of Community Relations & Development commented “Just over the course of two years the Madison P.B.A. members have collected more than 1,800 pounds of food, which helps us tremendously as our program continues to grow.” Lake said that so far this year, the IFP has served over 7,300 residents. “Our clients are primarily low-income working families, people living on fixed incomes and folks unable to find adequate employment. We’re so grateful to the P.B.A. and the residents of Madison for reaching out to those in need”.
The IFP is also accepting donations of fresh and frozen turkeys, chickens and hams at their Resource Center, located at 2 Executive Drive, Morris Plains beginning October 27th.
“A lot of people don’t realize that it’s our own neighbors that need help.” said Dellavalle. “There are about 50 families in Madison alone that rely on the IFP to feed their families. It may be someone you know – a lot of people are living day to day just barely scraping by. We’re happy to be able to help them make their holidays a little brighter.”
New Jersey League of Municipalities Convention - November 15, 2016
All three panelists are members of Mayor Conley's Chief Executive Council for Madison, an organization of executives that live or work in Madison that is dedicated to civic engagement, corporate social responsibility and mentoring Madison public school students and Drew college students.
Over 130 municipal officials from around the state attended the panel discussion, which was moderated by Christy Tighe of Junior Achievement of New Jersey.
Many thanks to Dr. Baenninger and Mr. Bone for their time and support.
Local Executives Mentor Madison High School Students - October 21, 2016
Over 50 Madison High School students were treated to lunch and career advice from Cali Yost and Kathleen Lynch as part of the Chief Executive Council for Madison Emerging Leaders Lunch Series. Students learned about industry trends in the workplace, the challenges and benefits of entrepreneurship and the importance of informal networking at home, college and on the job. Cali and Kathleen met while undergrads at Bucknell University.
Cali is an internationally recognized flexible workplace strategist, speaker and author and is the founder and CEO of Flex+Strategy, Group/Work + Life Fit, Inc. For nearly two decades, she has helped hundreds of businesses and thousands of individuals partner for flexible work success. Kathleen is Chief Operating Officer for UBS Americas and Wealth Management Americas (WMA) and is responsible for the oversight of the front to back control environment and supports the execution of the business division's strategy, while also ensuring operational efficiency and effectiveness. Critical areas in Kathleen's portfolio include technology and operations, risk management and UBS's regulatory framework.
The Chief Executive Council for Madison is a program that connects executives that live or work in the Madison area with students from Madison High School and Drew University for mentorship, civic engagement and corporate citizenship. Founded by Madison Mayor Bob Conley, the organization is sponsored and supported by Quest Diagnostics, Drew University and over 80 C Suite and mid-level executives.
Madison Police Department, Fire Department, and Volunteer Ambulance Corps - October 14, 2016
Mayor & Council, Madison Police Department - October 14, 2016
“I appreciate the chaplains volunteering for this important position” said Mayor Conley. “Policing initiatives like this are extremely important and help strengthen the bond between the Police Department and the community.” Reverend Dunn has been serving as an unofficial chaplain for the Police department and was instrumental in helping the officers deal with the loss of Police Captain Joseph Cirella, noted Chief Dachisen.
Chaplains are trained to be certified for the Police Department, and help for a year-long position serving the community. The Chaplains will assist the Police Department with death notifications, youth offenders and other police related duties. Any ordained clergy member in the Borough is eligible to apply for the position.
Mayor & Council, Madison Police Department - July 14, 2016
Mayor Conley read the following statement at the Council meeting on July 11th.
“In my time as Mayor, we have stood here in these Council Chambers in silence for moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado, children and teachers in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, office workers in San Bernardino, California, adults enjoying a night out in Orlando, Florida and tonight I am asking for a moment of silence for five police officers murdered in Dallas, Texas. Five officers protecting citizens exercising their right of freedom of speech. Five officers willing to risk their lives to save others.
So please join me in a moment of silence for:
Transit Officer Brent Thompson
Officer Patrick Zamarripa
Officer Michael Krol
Officer Lorne Ahrens
Officer Michael Smith
And personal prayers and thoughts for the families they have left behind, the entire Dallas Police force, the members of the Madison Police Department and police officers across our country who need and deserve our support as they put their lives on the line every day for us.
In honor of the slain police officers and to show our support as a community for our police department, I have ordered the flag in front of the Hartley Dodge Memorial Building be flown at half staff through Friday, July 15th and American flags be flown on all Borough poles throughout town.”
Dept. Public Works: June 28, 2016
Residents are reminded that the Borough Yard on John Avenue is open from 9am - 11:30am on Monday and Friday for drop off of televisions, Styrofoam and other recyclable materials. Note, Pack, Ship & More in the Plaza is NO LONGER accepting Styrofoam recycling material. It must be brought to the Borough Yard. Electronic recyclable materials including vcrs, fax machines, computers and printers can be brought to the Borough Yard or they can be brought to PC Problems at 50 Main Street during normal business hours.
Pictured above are Madison residents Spencer and Tim Koppenol along with the Borough's newly hired Recycling Monitor, Bonnie Mulcahy. If you have any questions on recycling or trash, please visit www.rosenet.org or call 973-593-3088.
Health Department - June 23, 2016
The Madison Health Department has received numerous complaints about rat sightings and properties that are potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes. The Health Department is encouraging Madison residents to be aware of steps they can take to ensure the health and safety of themselves and their neighbors by keeping their properties well maintained.
To prevent mosquitoes from breeding and becoming a nuisance, follow these steps to reduce standing water in your yard:
• Unclog rain gutters
• Cover trash cans
• Clean out bird baths and stagnant fountains
• Repair leaky hoses
• Maintain small ponds
Steps to prevent rodents in your yard:
• Deny food source (use hard sided trash containers, plastic or metal to prevent garbage leakage)
• Make sure garbage containers have tightly fitting lids
• Remove any ripe fruits or vegetables from home garden
• Eliminate water sources (see above)
• Remove any accumulated garbage or debris
• Elevate any stacked wood
• Professional exterminator service
The Madison Health Department will take legal actions on any properties that do not attempt to alleviate these issues.
Please contact the Health Department at 973-593-3079 if you have any questions.
Department of Public Works
Police Unity Tour 2016
Madison Softball Gives Back to Community 2016
Madison Softball in conjunction with the Madison Recreation Department has also recently completed an $11,500.00 field upgrade at the Madison Junior School. With increased usage of the school fields necessary due to the loss of the Green Village Road Fields, new safety fencing and dugout areas were necessary to protect players and fans. With tremendous cooperation from the Board of Education and the Recreation Department, the project was completed over spring break and ready for opening day. Players in grades 3-8 will keep the fields busy 7 days a week. This marks the second field project initiated by Madison Softball at the Junior School. In 2010, the program also provided funds for an extensive field upgrade.
This cooperation is what makes Madison a great town to live in.