A Note from Mayor Joanne Minichetti: To celebrate the occasion of my being sworn in as mayor in January of 2012, and to help bring the community together, I asked everyone attending the ceremony to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Center for Food Action.  I also asked that residents who wished to participate drop off foodstuffs at Borough Hall during that month.  The collection box proved so popular that we decided to keep it going.  Seven years later, the donations have grown from my dropping them off monthly, to the Center sending a truck down to pick them up from Borough Hall on a regular basis.   The Center is holding its “Souper Bowl” event this February.  Cans of soup, along with all other types of non-perishable foods, are needed.  Consider participating by dropping off canned or boxed items at Borough Hall during normal business hours, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  If those hours don’t work, please email me at jminichetti@usrtoday.org.  I’m happy to assist. 


1st Quarter Taxes Due Feb. 1: The Tax Office wishes to remind residents that the first quarter 2019 taxes are due on or before February 1st. Upper Saddle River offers a ten-day grace period. If real estate taxes are not paid by February 11th, State law requires that interest is then due from February 1st to the date they are paid. The Borough accepts checks or money orders only.  Residents can also pay taxes on-line athttps://www.usrtoday.org/tax-collector/


White Goods Pickup:  Thursday, February 7, 2019.  Call 201-327-2196 x221 to schedule appointment for the appliance at LEAST three days prior to the pickup date.


Bulky Trash Pickup:  The next bulky trash pickup is scheduled for Friday, March 15, 2019. 


Get Organized in the New Year with Burbio:  The Borough of Upper Saddle River has partnered with a free digital service to help everyone stay informed about events in our busy community.  Burbio.com is 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!   Sign up at: www.Burbio.com or download the app for  iPhone or Android to get started and never miss an event again!

If you are involved in a non-profit group or organization and haven’t listed your events on Burbio yet, please contact: groupsupport@burbio.com.   We know you’ll love how simple and easy Burbio makes it to stay up to date with everything going on in Upper Saddle River!


Dog and Cat Licenses Due by February 15:  Upper Saddle River dogs and cats are due for their annual licenses.  There is a $5 late fee for dogs and cats registered after February 15, 2019.

The new 2019 certificates and tags have been available at Borough Hall starting January 2019.  Licenses are required for all dogs and cats that have had rabies shots.  Proof of rabies immunization, which must be valid through the 10th month of the licensing year as required by the State of NJ, and proof of neutering/spaying (if applicable) are also required.  USR basic licensing fee for dogs is $15 and for cats $5.  There is an additional charge of $3 for a non-neutered/spayed dog or cat.  This fee is established by the State to help control the stray animal population. 


A Message from the Upper Saddle River Police Department: “Neighbors helping neighbors… Police the Community”

The Community Camera Program is a community safety program instituted by the Upper Saddle River Police Department (USRPD) which allows both residents and businesses to partner with the USRPD in the fight against crime.  Simply by registering your home or business surveillance system with the Upper Saddle River Police Department you can be an invaluable asset in solving crimes in your neighborhood.  When a crime occurs in your neighborhood, the Upper Saddle River Police Department will call on you and request a copy of your video footage.  This footage may help establish leads, identify suspects and save valuable investigation time.  All registered camera locations will be stored in a secure database and entered into our Records Management System allowing the Police Department to map out locations of camera systems throughout the Borough.  Residents and businesses will only be contacted by the Upper Saddle River Police Department in the event of a crime occurring in the area of your camera coverage.

Registration forms will be available to residents after February 1st 2019.  Forms can be obtained from the Upper Saddle River Police Department website, Facebook page and will be available at Police Headquarters.    Please contact the Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant William Lynch at 201-327-2700 or by email wlynch@usrpd.net if you should have any questions or would like a registration form emailed to you. 


USR Police Dept Reminder Regarding Alarms: if you have not updated your alarm information within the last four (4) years please do so. You can download the alarm registration form from our website, www.usrpd.net, or stop into Police Headquarters and pick up a form.


A few important winter weather reminders: During snow and ice events, garbage and recycling need to be placed curbside. Trucks can’t get in and out of driveways.  To ensure pickup, please place tightly sealed containers at the curb.


By ordinance, overnight parking is not allowed on any municipal street.  Vehicles parked overnight will receive a summons.  If special circumstances are involved, please call the Police Department.  Keeping the roadways clear becomes even more important during winter months, as roadways are being salted and plowed.  Cars parked overnight in the roadway will be towed. 

Please don’t forget to plow a 3-foot clearing around any fire hydrant near your residence.  It is the responsibility of the homeowner to keep these clear of snow and ice.  Summons will be issued.  The USR Volunteer Fire Department has installed tall markers so the hydrants can be located more easily.






Free Senior Event:  A Free Art Workshop for Seniors (65+): Watercolor session at Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church.   Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 11a.m. -1 p.m. Free soup and salad lunch will be served.  Register by February 2nd by emailing  bergenhighlands@optonline.net or calling 201-327-3960.  Hosted by Zoe Anderson for her Girl Scout Silver Award project and Bergen Highlands UMC, located at 318 W. Saddle River Road in Upper Saddle River.


Woman’s Club $pread The Love Mega Raffle:  2019 might be your lucky year! Get your ticket to win Valentine’s Day $ today! The Woman’s Club is sponsoring a $pread The Love Mega Raffle. Only 300 Tickets will be sold at $50 each. Prizes are: $2500 Visa Gift Card $1500 Visa Gift Card $1000 Visa Gift Card Proceeds will benefit USR First Responders, Scholarships and other charitable causes. Tickets are going fast! Get yours today! Call Diana Nash 201- 669-8468. Drawing will take place at Borough Hall on February 14th at noon.


Adult Walk-In Health Clinic:  Thursday, February 28, 2019 from noon-1 p.m. at Borough Hall.  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 on the 4th Thursday of each month through the Borough’s contract with the County of Bergen Health Department. For more information, please call 201-327-2196.


JCO Make-A-Wish Luncheon:   Save the date to join the JCO in celebrating our 6th year of granting wishes at our annual Make-A-Wish luncheon on March 1 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This year we have adopted the wish of a young boy who has bone cancer. He likes to swim and loves to eat chips. He wants to visit Mexico because he learned about it on his IPAD and wants to see the pyramids. He hopes to swim and eat lots of chips on a Western Caribbean Cruise. To donate a raffle prize or for more information please contact the JCO at jconorthernbergencounty@gmail.com.


Upper Saddle River Youth Guidance Council:  Welcome to 2019!  We are excited for our 5th Graders.  They have just started their D.A.R.E. program with our new D.A.R.E. Officer Anthony.  We will miss Detective Tara, and we are sure that Officer Anthony will do a wonderful job with our children and the program.  This year D.A.R.E. Graduation will be held on April 29, 2019 at 8:30 AM, so all 5th grade parents mark your calendars.

D.A.R.E. Officer Anthony will also be checking in with the Reynolds and Bogert students to make an introduction of himself to all of the children.  This will be done over the first quarter of 2019. 

2019 Books vs Badges will be held on March 22, 2019 at Northern Highlands Regional High school.  Come on out and cheer on your favorite team.  Who will bring the trophy home this year??????  The Books?  Or, the Badges?  PLEASE NOTE, we are moving digital with our ticket sales this year.  More information to come on how to get tickets and tee-shirts for this great event, so stay tuned.

The Youth Guidance Council’s purpose is to assist in coordinating the integration of community plans affecting the welfare of all children of the community.  The D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program is an integral part of the Council.  Drug-free and alcohol-free activities and programs are provided.  Monies for all Youth Guidance Council activities and programs are raised through a county grant, matching funds from the Borough, fundraisers, and donations.  Please like us on Facebook (Upper Saddle River Youth Guidance Council)



Joanne L. Minichetti – Mayor