Tropical Storm Ida hit New Jersey extremely hard on September 1, 2021, with 30 deaths reported statewide and flooding unlike any we have had since Hurricane Floyd and Irene.

 

Emergency Response:  24 individuals were rescued from cars trapped in rapidly rising water in our small municipality during the storm.    Lions and Hess Parks were damaged and the dam and a portion of a semi-constructed bridge on Lake Road were swept away by the rushing river. 

 

Our police officers and volunteer firefighters did not hesitate to enter the rushing water and rescue those who needed help.  The police were able to utilize a truck designed to enter deep water that had been obtained from the military in preparation for such an event.  Dispatch received an unprecedented number of calls that night.  Our volunteer ambulance volunteers stood by at the ready.  And as always, our OEM Ted Preusch and our DPW were out in the storm through the night.  Many of our long-term emergency responders and police said the storm was unlike any they had responded to before. 

 

At the October 7, 2021 Mayor and Council meeting, at 8 p.m., police officers, dispatchers and firefighters who were instrumental in the response will be acknowledged for their efforts.  24 lives were saved that evening in just a few hours.  The story could have ended quite differently for these individuals and their families.  Please join the Governing Body as we honor these brave emergency responders.  The zoom link for the meeting can be found below. 

 

Lake Road:  At an emergency council meeting on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, a contract was approved for the completion of the Lake Road bridge on an emergency basis to Joseph M. Sanzari Construction.  Sanzari has been on site since September 2, 2021 restoring the damage caused by the storm and will complete the bridge allowing for a seamless process.  The necessary materials have been secured and work has commenced.  Sanzari has estimated the final work will take approximately four weeks and will be completed well before the winter months.   Once completed, the bridge will be reopened to traffic. 

 

FEMA and Storm Assistance:  Many residents and local businesses experienced flooding and other storm-related issues.  FEMA representatives were at the Upper Saddle River Borough Hall on Sunday, September 19, 2021 to assist anyone wishing to make a claim.  Anyone who has not filed a claim, and still wishes to do so, can file either by visiting www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA.  If planning to file, please do so immediately.   More information can be found at https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_iappg-1.1.pdf.  This is the FEMA Assistance Program and Policy Guide, which explains the Individual Assistance program in general and detailed terms. The Governing Body authorized a special storm bulky trash pickup on Friday, September 17, 2021 to aid in disposing of storm damaged materials.  The next regular bulky trash pickup is scheduled for Friday, October 1, 2021.  Branches will be picked up curbside through October 29, 2021.   

 

NJDEP Info:  NJDEP regulations do not allow anyone to redirect the flow of a waterway, including the Saddle River and its tributaries, or disturb the riparian zone.  Substantial fines can be issued by the state.  For residents looking for information regarding NJDEP guidelines, please visit https://www.nj.gov/dep/or call 866-DEP-KNOW or 609-777-3373.

 

Recreational Facilities:  Lions Park and Hess Park have been reopened for sports and leisure but restoration continues.  Please be advised that the restrooms are not open in Hess Park but have been reopened in Lions Park.  The Department of Public Works did a great job in getting these parks back up and running along with many community volunteers who stepped forward to assist and were a huge help in opening the parks as quickly as possible. Thank you to everyone who offered their help. 

 

BeKind21:  The USR schools, community organizations, the USRA Coalition and the Governing Body are working together to promote the BeKind21 program.  The program, organized by the Born This Way Foundation, founded by Lady Gaga and her mother, fosters empathy by encouraging people to perform an act of kindness daily for 21 days.  A proclamation in support of the program will be read at the October 7, 2021 Mayor and Council meeting and blue ribbons will be shown around town in support from October 1st through October 21st.  “The world has been heavy.  Let’s lift each other up.”

 

Oktoberfest:  Oktoberfest is scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 9, 2021 with a rain date of Sunday, October 10th, at Lions Park.  Don’t miss this fabulous community event.  Our community and service organizations will be on hand, there will be activities for all ages including hayrides, rides for the kids, live entertainment, local vendors, a silent auction, delicious food and a biergarden.  Proceeds support USR Cares, a 501c organization, formed to respond to USR residents in crisis.  Learn more at www.usrcares.com

 

Please read this bulletin carefully and mark your calendars as October is a busy month in Upper Saddle River with a variety of community events.  You won’t want to miss any of them!

 

Sincerely,

Joanne L. Minichetti – Mayor  jminichetti@usrtoday.org

Joanne Florio, Council President – jflorio@usrtoday.org

Steven DiMartino – sdimartino@usrtoday.org

Jon Ditkoff – jditkoff@usrtoday.org

Sarah Drennan – sdrennan@usrtoday.org

Vincent Durante, – vdurante@usrtoday.org

Arman Fardanesh – afardanesh@usrtoday.org 

 

A Message from the Upper Saddle River Police Department:

 

The Police Department, Mayor’s Safety Committee, Department of Public Works, and others continually work on traffic safety improvements throughout the Community.  These include, but are not limited to, roadway improvements, traffic studies, commercial/passenger car enforcement operations, new roadway safety and speed limit signs, and pedestrian/motor vehicle safety messages.  It has been our hope that all these improvements have helped to make our roadways safer for drivers and pedestrians alike.  Over the years, there has been a focus on improving safety for pedestrians and motorists in the area of Lake Street/ East Saddle River Road near Elmers Country Store. These improvements include pedestrian countdown clocks, a concrete sidewalk, maintenance of overgrown trees, repainting of crosswalks, pedestrian crossing signs, “No Crossing” signs near the library, overhead street lighting, the reconfiguration of the left turn lane on Lake Street to assist with traffic flow, and No Left Turn signs into and out of the Elmer’s entrance, located on Lake Street.   These physical improvements need to go hand in hand with pedestrians and motorists doing their part to make this area safer.  This means that both children and adults must use the sidewalk provided, cross only in the designated crosswalks, walk/run against traffic, ride bicycles with the flow of traffic, wear helmets while riding bicycles and electric scooters and abide by traffic signs and other traffic control devices.   

 

If you should have any questions related to traffic safety, please feel free to contact our traffic officer Louis Lupinacci at llupinacci@usrpd.net

 

Voter Registration

Tuesday, October 12, 2021  is the last day to register to vote in the November 2, 2021  General Election.  Registration forms are currently available at the Borough Hall weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (The Borough Hall remains closed, kindly knock on the side door).  They can also be downloaded from the County website: https://www.bergencountyclerk.org/services/36. On October 12, 2021,  registration forms will be available at the Upper Saddle River Police Department from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., which should be completed and left with the Dispatcher.  Call Borough Clerk Joy Convertini (201) 934-3975 if you have any questions.

 

Note the following polling places.

District 1 & 2 – Cavallini School gymnasium.

District 3 – Borough Hall

District 4 & 5-Upper Saddle River Public Library (Powers Room)

 

4th Quarter Taxes Due Nov. 1, 2021

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

 

Generator Information: 

Generators are often in high demand after a bad storm and lengthy power outage. For your safety, the Building Department advises all residents to have generators installed by a professional. If you have questions about generators, please call the Building Official at 201-934-3966.  

 

 

 

For more information on generators, please read the following article:   

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/power-outage/safe-generator-use.html

 

Senior and Special Needs Registry: 

Please visit the Borough website, www.usrtoday.org, if you or a family member would benefit from being registered with the Police Department’s Special Needs and Senior Emergency Watch Program.  For example, a resident that is oxygen dependent, wheelchair bound or has other health issues that will help our emergency services to serve the resident better in an emergency should be registered.   This information is kept completely confidential and is used only in an emergency.  Visit the following link to download the form.  Fill it out and return it to the Police Department. www.usrtoday.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Senior-Special-Needs-Registration.pdf

 

In addition, you can contact O&R’s Customer Service Department and ask to have someone placed on their Special Needs registry as well.  If you or a loved one is on life support, you can enroll in their Life-Support Equipment program. It doesn’t guarantee uninterrupted electric service, but when power outages occur, the program is intended to provide information and notifications to help those registered to stay informed, prepared, and safe.  Learn more here:  https://www.oru.com/en/accounts-billing/payment-assistance/life-support-equipment

 

Electric Car Week Event – Saturday, October 2, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Upper Saddle River Environmental Committee and Sustainable New Jersey’s Bergen EV Hub are sponsoring National Drive Electric Week, a national program that creates awareness around driving electric vehicles, as well as other green initiatives.

Dealers will be onsite to provide product demonstrations and put visitors behind the wheel of various EVs.  Local owners will also have their own tailgate area where they can show off their cars and teach everyone about the benefits of owning electric.

Others scheduled to attend*   USR Environmental Committee, Sierra Club, electric landscaping equipment, a solar roofing vendor and more.  *Subject to Change

Here’s a link with more details.

https://driveelectricweek.org/event?eventid=2899

Saturday October 2, 2021 10am to 2pm Cavallini Middle School, 392 West Saddle River Rd. USR  Cost:  FREE TO ALL

 

USR Library – One Book USR Kickoff, Sunday, October 3, 2012 – 2:00 p.m.

Join us as we all read The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore and explore the fascinating world of Edison, Westinghouse, and Tesla at the turn of the Century! A month-long series of events are planned and co-sponsored by the library. Multiple opportunities will be offered to join book discussions and there will be presentations on the inventors and the legal challenge that inspired a change in the operation of law firms. We’ll take a trip to Menlo Park, enjoy an evening event and a movie night, experience the fashions of the time and sample cocktails of the period––all while learning more about the early days of electricity and the geniuses who changed the world.

 

USR Historical Society Bergen County Quilt and Coverlet Show – Friday, October 1 & Saturday October 2, 2021

A rare opportunity to see 80 quilts and 36 coverlets from 14 of Bergen County’s Museums and 16 private collectors. It is history that is stitched and woven. Tickets are $10. For details, visit www.bergencountyquiltand coverletshow.com

 

Annual Harvest Festival – Saturday, October 23, 2021, 1:00p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Annual Harvest Festival, held at the 1739 Hopper Goetschius House Museum will be on Saturday, October 23, from 1 to 4 pm. Taste apple cider from our old-fashioned cider press in the Dutch barn, hear spooky stories in the schoolroom, visit the gypsy fortune teller, and watch the blacksmiths at the forge. See demonstrations of colonial crafts and cooking in the outkitchen and tour the house and barn. Sit and listen to a Blue Grass Band while munching on a grilled hotdog. Entrance: Members are Free; Non-members: Adults, $5; Children 16 & under, Free. Parking will be in Lions Park. Handicapped parking will be at the museum lot. For information, visit www.usrhistoricalsociety.org

 

Oktoberfest 2021 – Saturday, October 9, 2021, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Please mark your calendars now!  USR’s Oktoberfest is back and will be better than ever!   The event will take place on Saturday, October 9, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 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 sharonreissman@gmail.com. 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 usrcares@gmail.com.  There are varying levels of sponsorship. 

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

 

Safe Bike Skills Riding Course:  Saturday, October 16, 2021 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Bogert Elementary School, 391 W. Saddle River Road, USR, NJ

  • Kids must bring a bike with pumped tires
  • Kids must be able to ride independently, training wheels are fine
  • Helmets must be worn during the activity
  • Parent/guardian permission is required

Riders will learn:  Proper helmet fitting, pre-ride safety check, proper hand signals, bicycle handling safety.

Conducted by the USR & Allendale Police Departments

Sponsored by USRA Coalition 

 

Thanksgiving USR 5K Run 2021: 

After a one-year pause, registration is now open for the 22nd Anniversary Upper Saddle River 5K Run, continuing its tradition on Thanksgiving Day. Doors open at 7:30am on Thanksgiving morning November 25th with the run starting at 9:00am 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 24th 5:00-8:00pm 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. If you are interested in volunteering or making a corporate or individual donation contact Ed Gartner at USRRecreation@aol.com

 

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 info@usrtoday.org. 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.

  • DUE TO COVID, CLOTHING AND TEXTILES ARE NOT ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME. 
  • NO PLASTIC BAGS OF ANY KIND WILL BE TAKEN AT THE RECYCLING DEPOT.

USR GARBAGE AND RECYCLING COLLECTIONS – October 2021

Garbage:   Every Monday & Thursday

Recycling:

West Side: Tuesday October 12 & 26    

East Side:  Tuesday October  5 & 19     

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

Curbside White Goods:  Thursday, October 7, 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. 

Hazardous Waste Collection: Sunday, October 17, 2021 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

There will be a Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, 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 or contact BCUA at 201-807-5825.

 

Mayor and Council Regular Meeting – Thursday, October 7, 2021

The next Mayor and Council Meeting will be held on October 7, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.   The meeting agenda can be found on the Borough website: www.usrtoday.org. The meeting will be held via teleconference (Zoom) and the necessary credentials to join the meeting are as follows:    

___________________________________________________________________________

Computer:  Link: https://zoom.us/j/842319706

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.