Dear Neighbors:


In accordance with NJ Statutes, the Republican Municipal Committee has chosen Sarah Drennan to replace Councilman Douglas Rotella, who stepped down on June 15th.  Sarah was sworn in by Mayor Joanne Minichetti at the public meeting on July 1st at 8 p.m.  Sarah will serve as the council liaison to the Historic Preservation Commission and the USRA Coalition. 


 A resident of Upper Saddle River for the past eight years, Sarah has been an active member of the community.  She has served as a class parent and as PTO Vice President.  She has volunteered with the Girl Scouts and served several years as a Committee Member for the Boy Scouts, managing the Troop registration and renewal process. Sarah volunteers with USR Cares to visit with the elderly and at-risk in our community. 


5G Technology:

At the July 1st council meeting, the Governing Body passed a resolution to retain  special counsel with expertise in communication technologies.  He will provide the Borough guidance in the forthcoming Small Cell/5G technology as federal and state laws require. 


Oktoberfest 2021 – Saturday, October 9th


Please mark your calendars now!  USR’s Oktoberfest is back and will be better than ever!   The event is scheduled from noon to six p.m. on Saturday, October 9th at Lions Park.   Planning for this community event and fundraiser for USR Cares, a 501c devoted to assisting USR residents in crisis, is well underway.   Presented by the Borough of Upper Saddle River and USR Cares, this year’s theme will be International Food and Games.  Come down and enjoy live music, amusement rides for the children, games, crafts, vendors, a variety of delicious foods, and beer and wine from Defiant Brewery for purchase.  A senior tent will provide entertainment and a delicious lunch at no cost for USR residents aged 70+.  Our many community and service organizations will be participating as well.    Local cultural organizations are welcome as well.  Please make plans now to join your friends and neighbors on October 9th. 


Please help make this event a success.  USR Cares is looking for vendors, sponsors and raffle prizes. 


If you’d like a vendor’s booth, please contact Sharon Reissman at This is a great opportunity to showcase your home-based or local business. 


If you are willing to be a sponsor, or if you can donate a raffle prize, please email  There are varying levels of sponsorship. 


For more information about USR Cares, please visit or follow them on Facebook at USR Cares. 


Wishing everyone a nice and safe 4th of July weekend.



Joanne L. Minichetti – Mayor

Joanne Florio, Council President –

Steven DiMartino –

Jon Ditkoff –

Vincent Durante, –

Arman Fardanesh – 


A Message from the Upper Saddle River Police Department:

Summer is a fun time. Make it a safe time, too!

Below are some summer safety tips provided by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (NJDCF) These preparedness tips will help parents and other family members keep children safe this summer.


Drowning is one of the leading causes of child deaths each year. Here are some tips to help keep kids safe around water:

  • NEVER leave children swimming unattended. Drowning can occur in an inch or two of water.
  • Stay within an arm’s length of small children in water to protect against rapid drowning.
  • Warn children to never swim at a pool or beach alone or without a lifeguard.
  • Train children to swim at an early age.
  • Teach children that swimming in a pool is far different than swimming in open water.
  • Be certain only qualified and undistracted adults are entrusted with supervising children in water.
  • Always empty inflatable pools, buckets, pails and bathtubs after each use.
  • Personal floatation devices do not guarantee water safety.


The temperature inside a car can get dangerously hot, even in moderate weather with the windows slightly down. Kids can suffer from heat stroke causing serious injuries and sometimes death. Simply leaving the air conditioner on does not make your child safe. A child could put the car in drive, get caught in a closing power window or be abducted.

Here are some tips to keep kids safe around cars:

  • Never leave a child unattended in a car. Not even for a minute.
  • Always lock your car and secure the keys so that your kids can’t get to them.
  • Warn your children about playing in and around cars.
  • Install a trunk release mechanism so that kids can’t get trapped inside the trunk.
  • Get your kids out of the car first, and then worry about unloading the groceries and items out of the car.


  • Have kids wear a properly fitted helmet when riding a bike, skateboard, scooter or rollerblading.
  • Keep a shock-absorbing surface under and around home playground equipment.
  • Always supervise kids on play equipment.
  • Use caution with outdoor grills when children are present.
  • Install window guards to prevent children from falling out of windows. Install in any room where young children spend time.
  • Never depend on screens to keep children from falling out of windows.
  • Limit sun exposure for kids and infants.
  • Apply sunscreen, even on cloudy days, and reapply every two hours, or after swimming.

Third Quarter Taxes Due August 1, 2021

The Tax Office wishes to remind residents that the third quarter 2021 taxes are due on or before August 1, 2021.  Upper Saddle River offers a ten-day grace period.  If taxes are not paid by August 10th,  State law requires that interest is then due from August 1st to the date they are paid.  Check or money orders only, no cash will be accepted.  


USR Woman’s Club ~ Save The Date!

The Woman’s Club is sponsoring our 5th Annual Town Wide Garage Sale on Saturday, September 25th from 9am-4pm (rain date the 26th).

Get on the map! Info and application form can be found on the website—

If you’ve been re-organizing in COVID, this will be the day to get your unwanted treasures sold! We do all the advertising to bring buyers to your sale. A bonus this year––heavy duty pickup will be the next week.


Library News:   

The Friends of The Library are once again collecting gently used Adult, Young Adult, and Children’s Books for our monthly Book Sales which we hope to resume in the Fall.

The following must be recycled, not donated:

Any books with yellowed pages        Magazines

Text books                                           CD’s, DVD’s VHS Tapes

Encyclopedias                                     Outdated Computer or Technical Books                                                                            (over three (3) years old)

Disposing of these items yourself before you donate will save countless hours of volunteer time and help us to be ready for the Fall.  The Friends of the Library thank you for your partnership in raising much needed money for the extras that we all have come to value at our Library.


Thanksgiving USR 5K Run 2021:  

Mark your calendars. The USR 5K Race will be held Thanksgiving morning, November 25, 2021. More information will follow on our website If you are interested in being a sponsor or volunteer for the event, please contact Race Director Ed Gartner at


Summer Tennis Camps:  Summer Tennis camps still  have openings. For more information visit our website at  Or for more information contact Ed Gartner at


Garbage & Recycling:     GARBAGE WILL BE  PICKED UP ON MONDAY, JULY 5, 2021

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 July 6 & 20    

East Side:  Tuesday July 13 & 27     

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

Curbside White Goods:  Thursday, July 1, 2021.   Call 201-327-2196 x221 to schedule appointment for the appliance at LEAST three days prior.

Next Curbside Bulky Trash:  Friday, October 1, 2021. 37


Mayor and Council Regular Meeting – Thursday, July 1, 2021.

The next Mayor and Council Meeting will be held on July 1, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.   The meeting agenda can be found on the Borough website: 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.