Update on the former Apple Ridge Golf Course: (As previously communicated via SwiftReach 911)

On Thursday, October 17, 2018, the Borough engineer, Boswell Engineering, sent correspondence to the Upper Saddle River Mayor and Council summarizing recent events regarding surface water testing performed onsite by a Mahwah resident at the former Apple Ridge Golf Course on September 30, 2018.  Due to persistent concerns regarding the quality of surface water exiting the site via the Pleasant Brook, the Governing Body directed Boswell Engineering to conduct surface water arsenic sampling to determine potential health impacts.  Testing was performed by their office on October 18, 2018 at five (5) locations in the Borough.   In addition, the Governing Body directed Boswell to conduct monthly testing and to share the results with the NJDEP and the public until further notice.  The Governing Body and Boswell Engineering remain fully committed to protecting public health and the environment as a paramount responsibility. 

All test results were forwarded to the project LSRP and NJDEP, Bureau of Remedial Action Permitting inquiring if these results would change a prior determination that all onsite remediation was successfully concluded as of December 22, 2017. All water samples met both the federal and state drinking water standards.   More information on the sampling and test results can be found on the Borough’s website, www.usrtoday.org

Lynne Mitchell serves as the Acting Bureau Chief of the Bureau of Remedial Action Permitting.  Ms. Mitchell consulted with Kevin Schick, Bureau Chief of the Bureau of Environmental Evaluation & Risk Assessment. Both experts evaluated the recently submitted information.

The NJDEP is the agency tasked with developing regulatory standards and guidance for the evaluation and remediation of contaminated sites. This agency also has oversight authority over the implementation of remediation activities which protect public health and the environment.  The Borough recognizes the NJDEP as the appropriate agency to evaluate and make determinations concerning the remediation performed on the former Apple Ridge Golf Course tract and the surrounding area. It is important to note that the NJDEP not only interprets environmental standards relating to both remediation and drinking water, they are also the agency that establishes them. Although some comments on social media state the incorrect standards are being used, it is the NJDEP that establishes the standards.  ALL of the reports from our engineer’s office are based upon written NJDEP determinations while NONE of the emails and social media postings questioning the remediation has ANY backup by the NJDEP. 

The email response below affirms the NJDEP’s prior position that all remediation was successfully completed as of December 22, 2017.

“The results of the surface water analysis completed by the municipality do not alter the Department’s opinion that the historically applied pesticides at the Apple Ridge Golf Course have been satisfactorily remediated and the final remediation document issued by the LSRP is protective. The concentrations of arsenic detected in both the filtered and unfiltered samples are well below the Surface Water Quality Standards Freshwater Aquatic Chronic number of 150ppb.  Although it is inappropriate to compare the surface water sampling results to the NJ Drinking Water Standards, the results are also below those much more conservative standards.   These results are believed to be representative of naturally occurring arsenic in native soil and not indicative of arsenic associated with historically applied pesticide use. The difference between the arsenic concentrations detected in the filtered and unfiltered samples is associated with suspended soil particles (turbidity) in the water sample. Controlling the surface water turbidity can be accomplished with improved soil conservation and construction practices, not through any action associated with the implemented remedial action.”

Lynne Mitchell, Acting Bureau Chief

Bureau of Remedial Action Permitting

Site Remediation and Waste Management Program

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection


Never Miss an Upper Saddle River Event Again!  The Borough of Upper Saddle River is excited to announce a free digital service to help everyone stay informed about events in our great community.  We are excited to introduce Burbio.com — a free website and app that puts Upper Saddle River school & school sports, government, library, and community events in one place. With Burbio, you can select calendars to follow, create a personalized event feed, sync events to your Google or iPhone calendars instantly and get notified when things change!   Burbio is not utilized for emergency information; rather it features all our community events in one convenient place.  It should prove to be a convenient resource for many of our residents. 

Simply sign up at www.Burbio.com or download the app for iPhone or Android to get started.  If you are involved in a non-profit group or organization and want to get your events on Burbio, please contact: groupsupport@burbio.com.  We think many residents will find Burbio to be convenient and simple.  Our community offers so many wonderful events and this should be a great new way to stay up to date with everything going on in Upper Saddle River!

 Burbio will be available in addition to the printed Borough bulletin, e-mailed bulletin sent monthly via SwiftReach 911, Borough of Upper Saddle River on Facebook and Upper Saddle River on Twitter, as well as the Borough website, www.usrtoday.org.  If you haven’t registered for SwiftReach 911, please register on our website as it is utilized for emergency information, traffic updates as well as community news. 


Oktoberfest 2018:  Thank you to USR Cares, Recreation and the USR Department of Public Works for a fantastic community day – Oktoberfest 2018.  Organized by a committee headed by Sharon Reissman, our community and service organizations played a huge role in its overall success.  Thank you to everyone that participated.  The generous sponsors and vendors provided funding for USR Cares, a 501c instituted to assist USR residents in crisis.  Learn more about USR Cares, its mission and how you can help at www.usrcares.org


Community Events:   The USR 5K run will be another wonderful community event on Thanksgiving morning.  Thank you to all of the sponsors, participants and volunteers.   Many community events are planned for the holiday season.  Please register for Burbio at www.burbio.com, check the Borough Facebook page at The Borough of Upper Saddle River or follow us on Twitter at Upper Saddle River and never miss an event! 

General Election:  Tuesday, November 6, 2018:

Polls open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

DISTRICT 1 & 2-Cavallini School Gymnasium

DISTRICT 3-Borough Hall

DISTRICT 4 & 5-USR Public Library (Powers Room)

Call Borough Clerk Rose Vido (201) 934-3963 if you have any questions.


White Goods Pickup:  Thursday, November 1, 2018.  Call 201-327-2196 x221 to schedule appointment for the appliance at LEAST three days prior to the pickup date.

Curbside Bulky Trash: Friday, November 16, 2018

Household Hazardous Waste:   There will be a Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Bergen County Utilities Authority, Foot of Empire Blvd, Moonachie, NJ. The collection hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. rain or shine. Free of charge for Bergen county residents, ID required. Visit www.bcua.org for additional information.

Please note:  There will be NO garbage pickup on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 22.  Service will resume on the following Monday. 


A Message from the Police Department:   On Sunday, November 4, 2018, daylight saving time will end. This means clocks will be turned back, and we get an extra hour of sleep. Unfortunately, it also means that there may be an increase in residential burglaries. In the past, law enforcement has found that burglars will take advantage of less daylight to commit their crimes. Even though motor vehicle burglaries and car thefts seem to be reported on a more frequent basis, this does not mean that residential burglaries are not occurring. Throughout the County, residential home and commercial burglaries are still occurring, regularly. In an effort to help residents protect themselves, we would like to remind you of the following home burglary prevention tips.

• Set lights on timers, and make your home look occupied at all times.

• Install exterior lighting with motion sensors, around the perimeter of your home.

• Have a neighbor or family member collect mail and newspapers, if going away. Stop all mail and newspaper deliveries, if someone is not available to pick up these items on a regular basis.

• If you have an alarm system, use it.

• Make sure that all outside doors and windows are locked before you leave.

• Do not leave expensive items out in the open.

• Keep shrubbery trimmed away from entrances and walkways.

• Do not make it easy for a criminal. Criminals are opportunistic.

• Most importantly, call The Police Department, IMMEDIATELY, if you observe any suspicious activity, vehicles, or persons in your neighborhood. The longer you wait to call, the less likely we will be able to find and identify the vehicle or person.

Please check the Upper Saddle River Police website for further Crime Prevention Tips or call our Detective Bureau or Crime Prevention Officer, Sergeant William Lynch, at 201-327- 2700 for further assistance.


USR Library Friends Election Day Book & Bake Sale: Tuesday, November 6th, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Support the Friends and buy a book and a treat! The shelves are stocked with gently used books, fiction and non-fiction for all ages, and a wide variety of children’s books and media.


The Upper Saddle River Boy Scout Troop 133 cordially invites you to join us for our Annual Election Night Pasta Dinner: Tuesday, November 6, from 4:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.at Old Stone Church Education Building (500 East Saddle River Road, USR).


The Election Night Pasta Dinner is a town tradition – The USR Boy Scouts have been doing this for more than 25 years! This community-wide event provides Troop 133 with a great way to showcase the achievements of our Scouts while giving us an opportunity to meet and talk with friends, neighbors, and families new to our town.  In addition, the Election Night Pasta Dinner is Troop 133’s major fundraiser for the year. The money raised repairs/replaces equipment used on outings and as Scouts work on ranks/merit badges, offsets the costs for high adventure trips, and helps fund special projects.

Tickets are $10 per person (advanced purchase) or $12 at the door. EAT IN or TAKEOUT options are available. Ask your favorite Scout about tickets or visit usrscouts.com.  We hope you will join us.


Free Rabies Clinic:   Upper Saddle River’s free rabies clinic is scheduled for Monday, November 12, 2018 at the USR Firehouse between 6:00-7:30pm. Dogs on leashes will be vaccinated from 6:00- 7:00 p.m. and cats in carriers from 7:00-7:30 p.m.


Adult Walk-In Health Clinic:  Thursday, November 20, 2018 (please note date change) from noon to 1 p.m.  Services include a Health History Evaluation, Blood Pressure Measurement, Height and Weight, Individualized Counseling and Education, Referral and Follow-up and a Confidential Consultation with a Public Health Nurse.   This is free of charge to adult USR residents through the Borough’s contract with the County of Bergen Health Department. For more information please call 201-327-2196.


USR 5K Run Thanksgiving Morning, Thursday, November 22, 2018: Registration is open for the 20th Anniversary Upper Saddle River 5K Run. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning November 22nd with the run starting at 9:00 a.m. at Cavallini Middle School. Pre-registration is recommended. Mail-in and on-line options are explained at www.usr5k.org. The fee is $30.00 and $35.00 on day of the run. Pre-registered runners can pick up their shirt and number the evening before, November 21st 5:00-8:00.p.m. at Cavallini Middle School. All donations should be made out to the Borough of USR and sent to Upper Saddle River 5k Run, PO Box 569, Saddle River, NJ 07458. We are in need of volunteers for both Wednesday night and Thursday morning.  Interested in volunteering or making a corporate or individual donation, contact Barry Ervin at 201-327-7367 or barryervin@optonline.net.    


The USR Woman’s Club would like to thank the community for their support of the 2nd annual Town Wide Garage Sale in September, and continues its charitable endeavors–volunteering at the Community Thrift Shop, filling birthday bags for Emmanuel House in Midland Park, and helping to staff the 20th annual USR Thanksgiving Run and collecting food for the Center For Food Action. Planned activities include a trip to Kykuit, an evening at Board and Brush, a Restaurant Night Out, and a Holiday Social. Upcoming Club events will be listed on the new Burbio site (accessed through USR today), as well as on our website usrwomansclub.org, Like us on our new Facebook page USR Woman’s Club. Upcoming meetings are November 13th and December 4th at 7 p.m. at the USR Library. All area women are welcome.


USREF 2019 Award for Excellence:  The Upper Saddle River Educational Foundation (USREF) is seeking nominations for the 2019 Award for Excellence.  The Award will be presented to the Honorees at the USREF Town Night Out Gala which will take place on April 6, 2019 at Seasons Catering in Washington Township, NJ.

This year, the USREF is seeking nominations for Upper Saddle River’s “Power Couple”.  The nominees must both be residents of Upper Saddle River, provide exceptional (unpaid) public service to the community (e.g., sports, boy/girl scouts, community and/or school events, non-profit organizations, emergency services, etc.) and serve as a role model for the children in the Upper Saddle River School District.

The deadline for nominations is December 7th, 2018.

You may submit your nominations by either:
1) Emailing a nomination letter to kmueller504@gmail.com;
2) Mailing a nomination letter to: USREF, P.O. Box 831, Saddle River, NJ 07458, Attn: Award for Excellence Committee; or
3) Completing an online nomination form which can be found by visiting our website (www.usref.org) or the USREF Facebook page.

Please contact Karen Mueller, President of the USREF at (917) 297-4553 or kmueller504@gmail.com,if you have any questions.


Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving,

Joanne L. Minichetti, Mayor – jminichetti@usrtoday.org

Roger DeBerardine, Council President – rdeberardine@usrtoday.org

Steven DiMartino – sdimartino@usrtoday.org

Jon Ditkoff – jditkoff@usrtoday.org

Vincent Durante – vdurante@usrtoday.org

Joanne Florio – jflorio@usrtoday.org

Thomas Hafner – thafner@usrtoday.org