9 PM Routine:  A nightly reminder to remove valuables and fobs from vehicles and lock them has been published on the Borough’s Facebook and Twitter pages for the past month.  In the year 2021 and, as of this writing in 2022, all of the vehicles stolen from the Upper Saddle River community were left outside of the garage, unlocked, and had the key fobs left inside.  Please continue to secure your vehicles at all times, during the day and overnight, always remove fobs, and park inside the garage whenever possible.  As there have been incidents during the daytime, it is important to keep vehicles locked at all times


Extension of Settlement Agreement:  On April 5, 2018, a settlement agreement was signed regarding the eruv installed by a New York State religious group.  The eruv, originally covering 19% of the land area of the Borough, encompassing 638 acres and 557 homes, was cut back to 7.5% of the land area, and 253 acres with 230 homes.  The agreement was signed by both parties for a total of three years.  The eruv in Upper Saddle River connects the eruv in Mahwah and Montvale.


The Governing Body has reached an agreement that extends the settlement for another three years.  There is no expansion of land area or additional homes involved. 


Air Traffic Noise Complaints:  Please see the contact information below to register a complaint regarding air traffic, noise or low flying aircraft.  It is important to register complaints to the proper authorities.  More information can be found on our website, www.usrtoday.org

FAA Resources:

TEB Airport Resources:

Third Round of Free At-Home Covid Tests Is Now Available:  The federal government is providing another round of free Covid tests.  Visit https://www.covid.gov/tests to order your free at-home test kits or call 1-800-232-0233 if you need assistance.   Each residential household is entitled to one order of 8 rapid antigen Covid tests.  There is no cost or shipping fee. Tests will arrive via USPS.  


Creative Gardens:  The Borough has applied for a Bergen County Open Space grant for the purchase of Creative Gardens, in the amount of $1.7 million.  This is 80% of the purchase price of $2.35 million.  The former site of Creative Gardens, located at 409 East Saddle River Road, was purchased by the Borough last year.   The 4.45-acre site had been approved for a four-home subdivision, however; when those plans did not move forward, the Governing Body decided to purchase the land for an agreed upon price of $2.35 million.  This is the same process that we followed when purchasing the nine acres of land at One Lake Street, resulting in a $1.6 million grant award towards the initial purchase cost of $2 million.    There is no guarantee of receiving the grant but we are cautiously optimistic.  Residents will be kept updated as this moves forward.  In the meanwhile, the process to designate the land as open space will begin with the anticipation of creating an attractive passive park. 

Joanne L. Minichetti – Mayor  jminichetti@usrtoday.org

Steven DiMartino – sdimartino@usrtoday.org

Jon Ditkoff – jditkoff@usrtoday.org

Sarah Drennan – sdrennan@usrtoday.org

Arman Fardanesh – afardanesh@usrtoday.org 

Joanne Florio – jflorio@usrtoday.org

Roger Masi – rmasi@usrtoday.org  


A Message from the Upper Saddle River Police Department

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is located on E Street in Washington D.C.  The walls of the memorial contain over twenty-three thousand names of officers from throughout the United States that gave the ultimate sacrifice while protecting others.  Each year, the second week of May serves as “Police Week,” in our nation’s capital.  Officers from every state participate in a Candlelight Vigil to honor fallen officers.  Prior to the vigil, thousands of bicycle riders from departments far and near, conclude the Police Unity Tour.  The tour is a 300 mile journey from the World Trade Center to Washington D.C. that culminates with a sea of blue riders traveling through and around the sacred walls of the memorial.  The riders are surrounded by the surviving family members of the fallen, whose names are eternally etched into the stone. 

Both active and retired members of the Upper Saddle River Police Department participate in the Unity Tour each year. This year’s participants were retired Sgt. Emmett McDowell, P.O. Anthony Pulizzano, P.O. Luke Gallo, and Captain Ed Kane.

Each one of our members agree that it is the most rewarding and moving experience of their career.  Take time this month to pay tribute to the 619 new names added to the memorial walls in 2022 and please visit the website of the National Law Enforcement Memorial (nleomf.org).


Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church – 64th Annual Strawberry Festival

Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church River, 318 West Saddle River,  Upper Saddle River invites to  its 64th ANNUAL STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL ON SATURDAY, JUNE 18TH, from

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. 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 bergenhighlandsumc@gmail.com or check out our website: bergenhighlandsumc.org. 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.


Lions Club Carnival Back in 2022 – June 7 – 11, 2022

After a long two year absence, the Lions Club Carnival will return to Lions Memorial Park beginning Tuesday, June 7th through Saturday June 11th from 6:00 PM to around 10:30 PM nightly. Rides, Games, Food & Fun! All rides all night with a $35 Wrist Bands sold at the park each night. Help the Lions Charities help those in need in the communities we serve.


USR Library News

Library Survey: Your Feedback Matters Please help the Library move into the future by completing the Strategic Plan Survey which can be found on our website: www.uppersaddleriverlibrary.

org after May 1st. Your feedback is important to us.  Whether you have a library card or not, you are encouraged to fill out the survey.


Friends of The Library Book Sale – June 11th

The Friends of the Library thank all who have supported our monthly Book Sales so far this year. We are grateful for your support so we can provide the extra programs and offerings you have come to enjoy at the library. Please mark your calendars for our upcoming sales on Saturday, June 11th  from 10 a.m. -1:00 p.m. We have thousands of books to tempt every reader at incredibly low prices. Stop by and buy!


Adult Walk-In Health Clinic Resuming – June 23, 2022.

The monthly Adult Walk-In Clinics will be resuming at the Borough Hall beginning June  23, 2022. 

They will be held the 4th Thursday of every month from 12:00pm – 1:00pm.   


The Woman’s Club

Woman’s Club members are busy keeping fit with walking groups and exploring with local day trips. Our monthly Book Group is thriving.  Members will host an appetizer/dessert reception and Baby Shower to benefit Baby Basics at Children’s Aid and Family Services and The Lighthouse Pregnancy Resource Center on June 7th at Anona Lake Pavilion.  Coming September 17th––our 6th annual Town-Wide Garage Sale! Start saving those treasures for the sale as you organize this summer!

New members are always welcome to join.  Contact nona.maher@gmail.com for information.


Brush Pickup

Bundled brush pickup will run through October 31, 2022. Bundles must be tied and able to be

lifted overhead into a truck. No larger than 4” in diameter or greater that 5’ in length.


Household Hazardous Waste

There will be a Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus NJ. The collection hours are 9 a.m.-3.p.m., rain or shine. This drop off is free of charge for Bergen County Residents, ID required. Visit www.bcua.org for additional information.


BCUA Document Shredding, Electronics & Tire Recycling Event

The Bergen County Utility Authority will sponsor this event on Sat., June 4, 2022 at Bergen County Campgaw Mountain Reservation, 200 Campgaw Road, Mahwah, NJ. Collection hours are 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., rain or shine. This event is for Bergen County residents, ID required



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.


Garbage:   Every Monday & Thursday


West Side: Tuesday June 7 & 21   

East Side:  Tuesday June 14 & 28

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

Curbside White Goods:  Thursday, May 5, 2022.  Call 201-327-2196 x221 to schedule an appointment for the appliance at LEAST three days prior.

Next Curbside Bulky Trash:  Friday, June 17, 2022.


Mayor and Council Regular Meeting – Thursday, June 2, 2022

The next Regular Meeting of the Mayor and Council will be held on June 2, 2022 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

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