Strawberry Festival: Saturday, June 12th from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.   The 63rd Annual Strawberry Festival will be here soon!!  (rain or shine) Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church 318 W. Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458.  Hand-picked local New Jersey strawberries and strawberry shortcakes will be served. Enjoy a wide selection of vendors, a Silent Auction, and games and crafts for the kids. For more information call 201-327-3960, email or checkout our website: The proceeds of the festival will aid us in our commitment to various missions including youth, outreach to Spring Valley Homeless ministry, and our local communities.  We will follow all CDC guidelines and curbside pick-ups are available. 


Annual Best Stuff Sale:  Saturday, June 26th  9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church 318 W. Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458 will be accepting donations beginning Monday, June 14th. We will be collecting only clean items in good condition. (ex., toys, home goods, games, sports equipment and small pieces of furniture such as chairs, small tables, etc.). We will NOT be accepting clothes, books, TVS, or VHS tapes.   If you have any questions, please call: 201-327-3960, email: or checkout our website


A Message from the Upper Saddle River Police Department:

The Upper Saddle River Police Department is continually educating our residents utilizing social media, and various publications. Recently, the police department acquired a Resource Guide called “Money Smart for Older Adults.”


The Money Smart for Older Adults Guide raises awareness among older adults and their caregivers on how to prevent elder financial exploitation and encourages advance planning and informed financial decision-making. Money Smart for Older Adults was developed jointly by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. 


Financial abuse occurs when someone steals or swindles money from a senior. Financial abusers tend to be trusted caregivers, friends, or relatives looking to extort the hard-earned life savings of the elderly.


Here are some important financial elder abuse statistics:


  • Seniors lose at least $2.6 Billion a year due to financial abuse — and possibly more due to unreported cases.
  • Only 1 in 44 cases of financial abuse is reported, according to the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA).
  • NAPSA also notes that elderly victims of financial abuse are three times more likely to die and four times more likely to enter a nursing home.
  • Financial abuse can take many forms, including identity theft, use of debit or credit cards, lottery scams, telemarketing or internet scams, or abuse of power of attorney.
  • If a senior lives with a child that is unemployed or suffers from substance abuse, they run a greater risk of financial abuse.

Free hardcopies of the “Money Smart for Older Adults Guide”, can be picked up at the Upper Saddle River Police Department.  The guide can also be found online by using the following link:  If you have any questions related to this topic, please contact our crime prevention officer Lieutenant William Lynch ( or our community outreach coordinator Detective Captain Edward Kane (  Both Officers can also be reached by calling 201-327-2700. 


Library News:  Summer Reading begins in June:  Readers of all ages will explore the animal kingdom with the “Tails and Tales” summer reading program. It’s open to Pre-K through adults, with reading clubs, activities, prize drawings, story times and more. Kick off the summer program with a virtual show for all ages on June 9th at 4 p.m., featuring Magician Steve Woyce.


USR Historical Society:  On June 12th at 2 p.m., join us at the museum for “Fashions through the Decades from the Hopper-Goetschius House” modeled by Student Trustees and volunteers and emceed by Ronnie O’Neill. Included will be clothing, jewelry, hats and accessories from the late 1800s through the 1960s. There will also be displays of special items and photos. The event will take place outside. Distanced chairs will be set up and masks required. Visit our website for more information. The museum is hoping to be open this summer. Visit  for updated announcements.


BCUA Document Shredding, Electronics & Tire Recycling Event Date:  The Bergen County Utilities Authority will sponsor this event on Sunday, June 5, 2021 at Bergen County Campgaw Mountain Reservation, 200 Campgaw Road, Mahwah, NJ. Collection hours are 9am-2pm, rain or shine. This event is for Bergen County residents, ID required. 


Garbage & Recycling:


If your regular pickup is missed, call Borough Hall at 201-327-2196.  You can leave a voice message with your address, or email Service may take longer than usual but it is ongoing as it’s a public health matter.  


The Recycling Depot is open on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to noon.





Garbage:   Every Monday & Thursday



West Side: Tuesday June 8 & 22     

East Side:  Tuesday June 1, 15 & 29      

NOTE: Must call by 10am the NEXT DAY to report missed Trash/Recycles.


Curbside White Goods:  Thursday, June 3, 2021.   Call 201-327-2196 x221 to schedule appointment for the appliance at LEAST three days prior.


Next Curbside Bulky Trash:  Friday, June 18, 2021. 


Mayor and Council Regular Meeting – Thursday, June 3, 2021.

The next Mayor and Council Meeting will be held on June 3, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held via teleconference (Zoom) and the necessary credentials to join the meeting are as follows:  


Computer:  Link:

Meeting ID:                        842-319-706

Phone:                 1-669-900-6833 or 1-877-853-5247

Then dial meeting ID (842-319-706) followed by #, then #, #9 to raise hand.  


Joanne L. Minichetti – Mayor

Steven DiMartino –

Jon Ditkoff –

Vincent Durante, –

Arman Fardanesh –  

Joanne Florio, Council President –

Douglas Rotella –