TOWNSHIP OF WASHINGTON

LATEST NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION & RESOURCES CLOSURES & CANCELLATIONS DUE TO COVID-19

TOWNSHIP OF WASHINGTON COVID-19 TASK FORCE    HALLOWEEN DECORATING CONTEST WINNERS!


 •  LATEST MESSAGE FROM HEALTH OFFICER - view here

 
GOV MURPHY'S LATEST ANNOUNCEMENTS - view here

 • LATEST MESSAGE FROM MAYOR CALAMARI - view here 

 • LETTER FROM CHIEF SKINNER - view here re: police procedures


 • LETTER FROM WTFD CHIEF ZITKO - view here

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GOV. MURPHY'S EXECUTIVE ORDERS - click here to view 

 • BERGEN COUNTY EXEC TEDESCO UPDATES  - view here
 

 • VITO TRAUSE EVENT PROGRAM (pdf) - 10/31/20 • 11:00am • in front of the HS

•VOTE-BY-MAIL INSTRUCTIONS
 - Vote by mail ballots were mailed. For Instruction on How to Vote by mail, how to Return Your Ballot and how to Track Your Ballot, please visit our
ELECTIONS / VOTING webpage.  *Bergen County will be Live Streaming the Counting of Ballots 10 days before Election Day. The public is welcome to monitor the opening and counting of ballots every day by clicking here.

• UPDATE ON FIREHOUSE CLOSURE -  We would like to provide an update on the closure of the firehouse. At no time were any residents or businesses in town exposed through this incident. The time between the exposure and the closure of the fire house the department did not respond to any calls. Notifications would have been made had there been. This was done as an extreme precaution. At no time was the entire department on quarantine. As per guidance from the CDC and the health department 3 members were quarantined. Out of an abundance of caution we decided it was in the best interest of the department to take a pause and test all of our members who even remotely may have been exposed as a way of ensuring the safety of our department and its ability to provide the services we do. We have since tested all of the members with zero positive tests. We will remain out of service with mutual aid coverage until November 3rd. We would also like to thank our neighbors with the Hillsdale, Paramus, and Woodcliff Lake Fire Departments for covering us while we ensured the safety of our members and our community. Sincerely William Bilias, Director and Kevin Zitko – Fire Chief

• ALL TOWN FIELDS TO RE-OPEN SATURDAY 10/31/20 - all lightning detectors are operational.

• VITO TRAUSE STREET RENAMING CEREMONY  - 10/31/20 at 11:00 AM - click here 

 HALLOWEEN 2020 - Halloween is NOT canceled in the Township, however due to state social distancing regulations, Colonial Blvd, which has been the hub of Halloween festivities, will NOT be closed off to traffic as in the past couple of years. However, we are happy to announce that Halloween and traditional-style trick-o-treating will still take place throughout our neighborhoods. We hope you will join us for other spooky festivities in the month of October! Please visit here for upcoming planned events including our home decorating contest, free lawn sign giveaway, pumpkin carving contest and movie nights!

 HALLOWEEN GUIDANCE FROM NJDOH regarding parties and/or Trick or Treating.(pdf) - How can I safely trick-or-treat and celebrate Halloween? Click here for guidance from the state.

• HALLOWEEN / MISCHIEF NIGHT CURFEW - Please be advised there will be a strict curfew on Cabbage/Mischief Night (October 30, 2020), as well as Halloween (October 31, 2020), of 9:00 PM, which is in accordance to Ordinance 184-1. The siren will sound at 9:00 PM sharp.

• DPW REMINDERS - Leaf pick up begins with Zone 1 on November 2nd. Visit the DPW page for additional info.

• NOTICE FROM THE TAX COLLECTOR: - 4th Quarter Bills Reconciled tax bills for 4th qtr. 2020 and 1st & 2nd qtrs., 2021 were mailed on 9/24/20.  The Due Date is 11/01/20 with a grace period through 11/10. *PAY TAXES ONLINE HERE *Please note as of 11/15/20, the E-check convenience fee for online payments will now be $1.95. The credit card and debit card fees remain the same at 2.95%. Fees are charged by the processor, not the Township.
2019 Senior Freeze (Property Tax Reimbursement) - The Governor's budget fully funds the 2019 Senior Freeze program. Payments are expected to be paid to eligible taxpayers beginning on October 15, 2020. UPDATE: The application deadline for the 2019 Senior Freeze Program has been EXTENDED to 12/31/20.
2017 Homestead Benefit - 2017 Homestead Benefit payments will be paid to eligible taxpayers beginning in May 2021.  Please contact the Tax Collector with any questions or concerns at 201-666-8797 or email here 

• HIGH DOSE FLU CLINIC FOR SENIORS - 11/2/20 - WALDWICK - Northwest Bergen Regional Health Commission will administer a limited number of HIGH DOSE flu vaccines (ages 65+ only) on Monday, 11/2, 2:00pm–4:00pm at the Waldwick Health Center, 22 Whites Ln. (behind Ambulance Building), Waldwick. This clinic is BY APPOINTMENT ONLYcall 201-445-7217, x201 to schedule.  NO Walk-ins. *Regular dose vaccine NOT available at this clinic. Click here for more details.

• Regional Community Mobile Covid-19 Testing - 11/04/20 (date changed from 10/30) • 9 am-2:30pm • 406 Rivervale Rd. River Vale- Click here for flyer.

• FREE RABIES CLINIC - 11/7/20 - click here for more info and required form.

• ALERT- UPDATE - issue with the Lightning Detection System at Memorial Field has been resolved and it is fully functioning.

 POWER OUTAGES - Visit the PSE&G OUTAGE CENTER for info on pending storms & outage information by clicking here. REPORT outages to PSE&G hereTOWNSHIP 2020 ROAD PAVING SCHEDULE - click here  


• MAIL/DROP BOX - a mail/drop box is outside of Town Hall for depositing all incoming mail, tax payments, fees & corrspondence. *No cash should be placed in the mailbox and all payments must be in a sealed envelope, addressed to the proper department and identified by address or block & lot. Pay taxes online here.

 SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL EATERIES - Visit here for a list of local establishments open and serving our community.

• PROPERTY OWNERS: - If your property borders a piece of property which the Township of Washington owns, and you are interested in purchasing such adjacent property, please send a letter/email of interest to Mayor Peter Calamari  
• ISO - GARAGE SPACE. We are looking for anyone willing to donate a space large enough to store the backup ambulance rig over the winter months. If you are able to help, please call the Ambulance Corp directly at 201-664-3784.
 
If you have trouble accessing info contained within this site, contact the website admini at: website@twpofwashington.us or call 201-664-4404. 

Alerts & Notifications


CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE Swift911™ is a system that makes phone calls to specific people or areas in the event of an emergency or for sharing important information. All the calls you receive will have the Caller ID of 'Township of Washington' or 'Washington Township Police Department'. A confirmation email will be sent. (remember check your spam/junk email folder if you do not see it)


KEEP INFORMED BOTH AT HOME AND ON THE GO
Public Safety AlertsEmergency Notices and Instructions Important Local Notices

HOW WILL I RECEIVE THESE ALERTS?  Alerts or notifications from the Township will be sent by one or more of the following methods:
A voice call to your home and / or mobile #'s
A text message to your mobile phone
An email to one or move addresses
Residents using the Swift911™Publicmobile app will receive pushnotifications.

You can subscribe (or unsubscribe) to specific alert types and your information is always kept private and confidential. If you are not receiving these calls, CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE to add or update your contact information. You may also remove yourself from our lists.

Applications / Forms / SignUps



FORMS / SIGN UP   For resident's convenience, this page contains all the most requested forms, permits, applications and sign up options including our No Knock List registration and our E-mail Notice sign up.  

• SIGN UP FOR OUR EMAIL NEWSLETTER BY TEXT! - sign up for our email notices by texting the word TOWNSHIP to 22828 and entering your email address.



 

Calendar


 VIEW ONLINE CALENDAR Our full online calendar is availble for viewing and printing.

2020 Township of Washington Calendar  PDF File - click here

(Hard copy to be mailed to each residence the end of January / beginning of February.)

COUNTY & STATE NEWS

 
  • The BCUA’s April 5th Household Hazardous Waste collection event scheduled for Bergen Community College has been canceledUntil further notice, the BCUA has suspended its electronics recycling program and composter sales at its Little Ferry/Moonachie facility
 
  • The BCUA's April 26th & June 6th Tire/Electronic/Paper Shredding event, scheduled for Bergen Community College has been canceled.
     
  • STATE PARKS - open spaces at state parks and wildlife management areas still availabe for passive recreation.  Enclosed facilities, campgrounds at state parks, forests and recreation areas closed. Click here for complete press release.

•  2020 BCUA Hazardous Waste Collection Dates (4/5 & 5/9 dates canceled)
•  2020 Recycling Regional Event Dates for BC Residents  (Flyer)

ALL UPCOMING BERGEN COUNTY EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES!
Check out all the upcoming events and opportunities sponsored by the county.  Click here for an events listing with posters and click here for a regular calendar view of all the county has to offer. 


BC BOARD OF ELECTIONS NOTICE - POLL WORKERS NEEDED! Make $200 A Day - Visit here for details

NJ PROPERTY TAX RELIEF PROGRAMS - Senior Freeze & Homestead 

FRAUD ALERT: Genetic Testing Scam - Medicare Fraud

NJDEP WEEKLY UPDATE - Click here for latest news releases

SUEZ LETTER ADDRESSING WATER QUALITY 
Want to know if you have a lead service water line? Click here
What should SUEZ customers know about lead in drinking water in Bergen & Hudson counties? Click here for facts & faq

WOMEN VETERANS: Receive care through all stages of your life - click here for detailed information.

VETERANS AFFAIRS OFFERS ASSISTED LIVING & HEALTH CARE
Many Veterans may be eligible for VA health care. Enrollment in VA health care satisfies your Affordable Care Act health coverage requirement—no add-on insurance plan is needed. VA encourages you to explore your health care benefits, including preventive, primary, and specialty care; prescriptions; mental health care; home health care; geriatrics and extended care; medical equipment and prosthetics; and more.  Click here for enrollment information

BERGEN COUNTY HOME IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
Can't afford needed home improvements?  It's time to GET HIP!  Click the flyer to the right for further details or Call 201-336-7210 or email GetHIP@co.bergen.nj.us


NJ STARS COLLEGE TUITION PROGRAM
The New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship (NJ STARS) program is an initiative created by the State of New Jersey that provides New Jersey's highest achieving students with free tuition at their home county college. Click here for further information.

VETERAN SERVICES - NJ CAREER CONNECTIONS
If you are a Veteran looking for work, collecting Unemployment or your Unemployment has recently ended, you may qualify for the:Employer Partnership Grant On-The-Job Training Program.
For more info, come to our Re-employment Opportunities (R/O) in person.
 ***** Monday & Thursday ***** 8:45AM or 12 :45PM *****
All sessions start promptly  No appointment Necessary

DPW / Recycling


DMF / RECYCLINGOur Department of Public Works page has the answers to all your questions regarding:
ALL RECYCLING & GARBAGE PICK UPS ARE IN EFFECT - DPW YARD IS NOW OPEN
  • Household garbage pick up options
  • Recycling pick up
  • Grass / garden debris pick up 
  • Leaf pick up 
  • Household (bulk) debris pick up
  • Shredding & e-recycling events 
  • BCUA Hazardous Waste collection dates
  • Household Appliance pick up
  • Purchasing an ecology permit (dmf sticker) to bring items to the town dump

 

Mayor's Corner

2019 Road Program – The Council has on its agenda a vote to accept the bid and award the contract for the program. The work should commence in April or May depending on the weather. Two valid things prevented it from being done last year. The Council did not authorize the bid to go out until more than a full month later than they did in 2018, and we hired a new Town Engineer that wanted extra time to get familiar with our roads. I rather we delayed the program six months than rush it though.
Intersection – We now have enough information from the County to commence the property acquisition phase of the project.
DMF – We have started our search for out of town properties to house the personnel and equipment temporarily while the building gets demolished and the soil gets remediated. I’m hoping to have a location identified in March.
New Ambulance and Fire Building – There was a meeting last week attended by myself, Councilman Cumming, the Architect and members from both organizations to finalize the plan for the building. The Architect now has what he needs to prepare the bid specs to go out to bid later this month or next.
Ambulance and Fire Department Annual Reorganization Dinners – It’s an honor and privilege to be invited to and attend these annual dinners with our spouses to swear their respective officers in for the new year, and thank them for all their service to the Town and its residents.
Town Calendars – I hope you have received the 2020 calendar. I want to recognize Bernadette for being the point person in consolidating all the info the department heads provided, getting Sponsors to defray the cost to the taxpayers, and working with the printer on the format and mailing. It’s not an easy job.
Recreation – Background checks will start to occur for the coaches in the next sport of the year which is Lacrosse.
Website and Facebook – We have done a soft release of the updated website and our new Facebook page. They will continue to be tweaked. When I checked the Facebook page over the weekend, we already had over 280 people liking and following the page. We welcome your comments about them.
Commuter Bus – Our neighbors in Montvale and Woodcliff Lake have worked with a new bus company, HIP, to service their residents needs that are being ignored by our current bus provider. The CEO of the company is attending our next Pascack Valley Mayors meeting to tell us more about what they provide. I would appreciate it if the commuters could visit their website at ridehip.com and let me know via email at mayor@twpofwashington.us if it’s something you would be interested in.

Online Tax Payment


Pay Property Taxes Online HERE Visit the Tax / Finance page for office hours and the latest message from the Tax Collector regarding additional payment options. As a reminder, Town Hall remains closed to the publc due to COVID-19 and at this time, you may not pay your taxes in person.
 

Pets


2020 DOG / CAT LICENSE REGISTRATION FORM  - All dog / cat licenses were due 1/31/2020 
*ADDITIONAL $25 LATE FEE begins 3/1/20.  Letters are going out from Tyco mid March followed by summonses in April if still not paid.

PET LICENSING
Local Ordinance requires that dogs and cats 7 months or older must be licensed. All pet licenses expire on January 31 of each year. Licenses renewed after January 31 are subject to an $5.00 late fee, licenses renewed after March 1 are subject to a $25.00 late fee. Rabies vaccine must be valid to November 1 of each license year. (Cats are not subject to a fine).
If you are mailing in your license form, you must include a copy of the rabies vaccine certificate along with a copy of the spayed/neuter information. Please make all checks payable to the "Township of Washington" and enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for your license to be sent. Dogs are not permitted to run at large. Owners may be subject to fine.  All forms can be found under Health Dept. Forms on this page (upper right).  

ANIMAL CONTROL  INFORMATION (TYCO), click here
                                                           
RABIES CLINIC-2020
Our FREE Annual Rabies Clinic will be held on Saturday, November 7th, 2020 at the DMF building located at 350 Washington Avenue from 9:00 am – 10:30 am.

2020 RABIES CLINIC SCHEDULE SURROUNDING TOWNS
 
TOWN DATE TIME LOCATION
Teterboro 03/19/2020 3:30-6:30  
 

Teterboro Animal Shelter:  Please bring all records from your vet to show proof of shots received before updated shots are administered.  Free rabies 3:30-6:30, any other (paid) shots, i.e. distemper, etc. will require a fee up until 5:30 Only FREE rabies between 5:30-6:30 Visit web site here for forms to be completed, suggested not required.

Recreation

COMMUNITY PASSThe Recreation Department offers online registration for all our programs. You may register and pay for your children's activities through a website called Community Pass.  Please visit the Recreation Department's page for more information regarding the programs offered both through the township and outside the township and their fees or click the Community Pass button above for direct access to sign up now and create an account for your family.  This is a one time set up, so each time from here on out all you need to do is select the programs you want and submit your payment.

#TOWNSHIP STRONG


Stay Strong, Support one another, practice Social Distancing and together we can get through anything.

Join the movement, support our community's public affairs initiative, and print your own sign to hang up for all to see! 

Click here for your own flyer. #TOWNSHIPSTRONG

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