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 WTPD Press Release - Residential Burglaries
Please click here to read the full press release. Residents are urged to report any suspicious activity in a timely manner.

 Road Construction / Traffic Alert
On or about Monday, July 7th, PSE&G is scheduled to begin its gas main replacement project in Westwood. Work will begin in the areas of Broadway, Jefferson, Irvington, Washington, Park and 3rd. All stores and businesses will be open during this project. Work will be from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM – Monday to Friday.

Property Tax Bills Delayed - The Bergen County Tax Board determines the tax rate for all municipalities in the county.  The tax rate is expected to be released during the week of July 28, 2014.  Once the county releases the rate we shall begin processing tax bills.  The estimated time of mailing is August 1st.  The grace period will be extended accordingly as per state statute. The Tax Collector may provide anyone wishing to pay earlier with an estimated 3rd quarter tax installment.
Twp. OEM Along w/WTPD Looking for Members to Begin Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program - click here
E-Recycling collected at DMF Center on Tue.'s 7am-3pm & Sat.'s 9am  - 1pm
►Report Open Road Emergency Repair Work to Administrator - more info
►Lightning Detection System Installed - click here info & alert sign-up

►Meals on Wheels - Senior citizens or disabled people interested may call 201-358-0050 or visit PVMealsonWheels.
Remember to Recycle!      Place your container at the curb on Thursday night.    Remember to Recycle!
COMMUNITY NEWS

Junior Police Academy 2014

This year the Pascack Valley Junior Police Academy comprised of Officers and recruits from the Township of Washington, Westwood and Hillsdale held its largest class ever. Class #14 had 120 recruits.  The children had an amazing trip to West Point Military Academy and several agencies came and put demonstrations on for them. The following agencies participated this year:
Bergen County PD K-9 Unit, Bergen County Bomb Suad DEA, Hackensack Medical Center Air One (see photo)


K of C Presents 2014 Scholarship Awards

The Knights of Columbus held its annual Awards Night, May 29th at the Council Hall, 79 Pascack Rd.  The council recognized local students for their scholarship and extracurricular involvement. Five Westwood High School seniors were awarded $1,000 scholarships this year. Paul Elterlein, president of the Picarella Trust Fund, read the impressive academic, athletic, and community service records of each recipient before presenting $1,000 awards to (L to R) Brendan O'Sullivan, Darian Henry, Catherine Saunders, Amanda Sontag and Keith Haas Brendan will major in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing at Marist College. Darian will study Business with a concentration in accounting at Monmouth University; Catherine will attend Rutgers as a Communications major;  Amanda will attend Ohio State to study Athletic Training/physical therapy and Keith will attend Rutgers University as an undeclared major.


Vets Honored at Memorial Day Parade

Click title above for parade recap. Prior to Veteran's Day 2013, WCTV interviewed Township Veterans, who recounted their experiences in battle during World War II (Vito Trause, US Army, Prisoner of War), the Korean War (Thomas Carbone, John Valerio, both in the US Army), and Vietnam (Steve Kohlreiter, US Navy). It aired on the Cablevision and Verizon systems for Veteran's Day and this past Memorial Day. It can be viewed on WCTV You Tube. Please click here for a new photo gallery of this year's parade!
 

The Golden Seniors Invite New Members

The Golden Seniors of the Township of Washington was founded in 1982, as its By-laws state, “to provide wholesome recreation and pastimes that create outlets and diversions to uplift morale above the daily routine.” As with any organization, the need for new members to keep it fresh is the why we are reaching out to the ‘younger’ (60 and older) seniors who reside in the Township to join us. Please visit us here for all the details on meetings & great activities & trips!

COUNTY & STATE NEWS
►NJDHSS - Guide to Gathering Clams!
clam diggingNaturally occurring bacteria can multiply in clams during hot temperatures, and can make you ill.  This simple guide (click here) will inform you how to handle them safely during harvest, transportation & storage.

►Encourages Proper Use of Pesticides & Fertilizers for Spring Maintenance of Homes, Lawns & Gardens - click here for press release

►Bergen County Summer Collection DatesBergen County Collection Dates


Please click on the icon to the right for a flyer with complete details on the county collection program. Summer dates are 6/22 & 9/6. Items accepted: tires, electronics, computers and paper shredding will be available.
EMERGENCY SERVICES NEWS/ ALERTS
Chief for a Day

Chief for a dayWestwood Regional Middle school student Ben Waldinger recently served as Chief for a Day performing "administrative duties as well as participating in the Twp. of Washington's Memorial Day parade. Pictured l to r are Seargant Arsenio Pecora, Ben Waldinger and Captain Glenn Hooper. 
 


Dr. Seuss Week - Read Across AmericaDr. Seuss Week

Juvenile  Officer Vincent Montalbano was the mystery reader for Ms. Kropiewnicki's 5th grade class at Washington Elementary School in Washington Township.
 



PBA Annual Toy DrivePBA toy drive

Pictured to the right are Corporals Glock and  Pecora helping out at the annual PBA toy drive today! Members from local police departments, fire departments and the military will descended upon the Closter Fire Dpt. where over two dozen Bergen County police departments delivered all the toys they have collected at their departments and volunteers sorted through them according to age and sex. The toys were then be loaded onto U-Hauls, buses and trucks and delivered to area hospitals and programs by Santa Claus.
 
Township Resident & Officer Honored


Richard Skinner - Billy Cook AwardThe North Jersey Regional Crime Prevention Officers Association held its annual holiday luncheon and awards ceremony on Dec. 12th, during which 12-year-old Billy Cook was honored as an "Exceptional Citizen." Cook, a seventh grader at Westwood Regional Middle School, collects baseballs and asks people to write encouraging messages on them to be sent soldiers overseas. The Association sought to recognize Cook for his service to others, to the troops and the impact he is having with his project. In addition Lieutenant Richard Skinner was also honored as Crime Prevention Officer of the Year. Pictured from left is Lt. Richard Skinner and Billy Cook For more information on this event, please click here
Township Officer Struck by Vehicle - In the early morning hours of July 20th, 2013 Officer Heather Castronova was struck by a dark colored SUV on Fern St. while issuing a parking summons.  The vehicle left the scene of the accident, continuing North making a right onto Washington Ave. heading  towards Westwood. This vehicle may have damage to the right front area. The PBA is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person involved. Anyone with knowledge of this incident is requested to call 201-664-1140, ext. 169.

Washington Twp. Volunteer Ambulance Corp is Seeking Volunteers to drive its ambulances on weekdays. Volunteer drivers are only required to take two days' worth of driving courses and a few hours of CPR classes. Anyone who is available between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at least one day per week could help. Please consider this great opportunity to help your community and its residents who truly do appreciate it. Anyone interested in joining the Washington Township Ambulance Corps should call (201) 664-3784.
 
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