Edgewater Borough News September 2014

By Gregory S. Franz – Borough Administrator


Edgewater Schools open Thursday, September 4, Leonia High School freshman orientation Wednesday, September 3, all students begin Thursday, September 4.

The Edgewater Police remind motorists to be aware of more pedestrians crossing the street during the school year and it is the law to stop for pedestrians who have entered a designated cross walk.  The Edgewater Police also remind pedestrians to cross at a signalized intersection with a designated crosswalk.  DO NOT CROSS MID-BLOCK AND ENDANGER YOURSELF AND OTHERS.

ONE WAY TRAFFIC RESUMES ON UNDERCLIFF AVENUE  In an attempt to regulate the flow of traffic and facilitate morning drop off at the George Washington School, beginning Thursday, September 4, during the school week only, Monday through Friday, Undercliff Avenue will be one way southbound from Orchard Street to Route 5 from 7:30am to 8:30am.


In observance of the Labor Day Holiday on Monday, September 1, the following schedules apply; Borough offices closed, no ferry service, no trash collection, and regular ferry service Friday, August 29, trash collection Tuesday, September 2.

VETERAN’S FIELD UPDATE By Mayor James F. Delaney

(The following information is reported as of press time and subject to change) A lot of things have happened over the last month since I have last written to you in the July edition.  Thanks to the cooperation of our environmental engineers First Environment, our site engineers Neglia Engineering, our special legal counsel Tim Corriston of Connell Foley, and our Borough attorney Phil Boggia, the Borough was able to prepare a set of bid specifications seeking sealed bids from contractors for the removal of the contaminated fill at Veteran’s Field.  Sealed bids are scheduled to be opened on Thursday, August 28 and the Council has 60 days to make a determination to hire a qualified contractor or not.  At the August 11 meeting, the Council introduced an amendment to the existing funding ordinance to provide an additional $4 million to the ordinance to cover the anticipated clean-up work.  While all of this was going on, the Mayor and Council also authorized our special legal counsel Tim Corriston to file a federal lawsuit against Waterside Construction and others for the removal and restoration of our field.  We also continued to assist the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the United States Environmental Protection Agency with their respective investigations of this matter.  The filing of the lawsuit and the involvement of the NJDEP and the USEPA have had a very positive impact on the negotiations Mr. Corriston has been conducting at mediation sessions with Waterside Construction.   As a result, Mr. Corriston is continuing to work with Waterside Construction’s attorneys in an attempt to reach a settlement with Waterside Construction which has admitted this disaster was caused by their poor work practices.  Critically, if Waterside Construction is permitted to return to the project, its work will be subject to oversight by First Environment and it will have to be conducted pursuant to a plan approved by the USEPA.  What this all means to you is that we are on the track to have a contractor performing work on our field to restore Veteran’s Field to what it once was, a spectacular open space and recreation area for our children and families to enjoy.  I know many residents have spoken out against having Waterside Construction return to perform the work, and I agree.  However, we are contractually obligated to attempt to resolve this matter and have Waterside Construction repair the damages at no cost to the Borough.  Since this negotiation process has been very tedious and monotonous to say the least, we took the initiative to go to bid in the event we cannot reach a settlement.


The Edgewater Sports Boosters, will be hosting their 4th Annual Golf outing on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the Meadows Golf Club, 79 Two Bridges Road, Lincoln Park, New Jersey, www.meadowsgolfclub.com, shotgun start 7:30am.  The cost is $150.00 per person which includes golf, cart, lunch, and refreshments; hole sponsorships are $200.00 per hole.  For information and reservations, contact Edgewater Recreation at 201-943-1700 ext.6000, “It’s for the kids”.

SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL SERVICE This year’s September 11 Memorial Service will take place in the Borough Hall Courtyard, Thursday, September 11, 55 River Road at 9:30 a.m. Let us not forget our three residents who perished on that fateful day, Robert M. Levine, Anne T. Ransom, Jayesh Shah and recognize those brave Americans who answered the call to duty.


City Place, along with the Edgewater Health Department is sponsoring its first ever “Woof Stock at City Place” on Saturday, September 13 from 11:00am to 5:00pm at City Place, 225 River Road.  Join them for a fun filled day with pet friendly activities and music all to benefit Pet Res Q.  Meet plenty of dogs and puppies available for adoption, along with a showcase of local pet-centric businesses along with a Doggie Fashion Parade with lots of prizes.  The Edgewater Health Department will be on hand for licensing and rabies vaccination information.


The Edgewater Health Department along with One Hudson Medical Associates invite you to a comprehensive health fair at the Edgewater Community Center, 1167 River Road, Saturday September 20, from 8:00am to 12:00noon.  Free medical screenings and the following medical specialist will be in attendance; family practice, pediatrics, psychiatry, physical therapy, dental, dermatology, acupuncture.  Also, complete blood profile screening of CBC, Metabolic Profile, and LIPID for the low cost of $20.00 by appointment only, must call 201-943-1700 ext. 6005 for an appointment.  FREE lead screening for children, healthy food tasting, giveaways, games and prizes for the kids.

23rd ANNUAL EDGEWATER ARTS and MUSIC FESTIVAL The 23rd Annual Edgewater Arts and Music Festival Sunday, September 14 from 11:00am to 6:00pm on Old River Road at Thompson Lane in Shadyside, art, music, car show and food. 


The iconic Hess tank farm on River Road will soon be no more.  The Hess Corporation has sold the property to an out of state firm who has yet to disclose their intended use.  However, they have acquired the necessary demolition permits to remove all of the storage tanks and ancillary buildings which will begin in the next week, all fuel has been drained from the property.  The demolition and site work is expected to be completed by the end of the year.  Borough Officials conducted a pre-demolition site meeting on August 27 and all are satisfied that the demolition work will be conducted according to the strictest safety standards.  The demolition will be performed manually by heavy equipment with minimal noise and dust.  Dust monitors will be positioned on site and as with any construction and demolition, surrounding neighbors should keep windows closed during the working hours of 7:30am to 4:30pm to mitigate noise and dust.

STORM PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION – As we approach the 2014 Hurricane Season, we take a minute to reflect on the 2 year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, this tropical storm caused severe damage to Edgewater.  Through the efforts of local, county and state emergency management personnel, our community was able to overcome the devastating effects of this storm.  Our Police, Fire, Ambulance, and Public Works Agencies along with many others, came together and worked through this critical time. The State Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has put together a comprehensive Hurricane Survival Guide (use link below). We ask that you please take a minute to look this over and share this information with family and friends. Link to Hurricane Survival Guide: (http://www.state.nj.us/njoem/plan/pdf/081412_hurricane_surviveguide.pdf) we need you to stay informed, make a plan, and build a hurricane kit.  Edgewater utilizes the Swift Reach Notification System, a subscription based e-mail, text message, and voice message system along with our municipal website and local television and radio stations.  You must subscribe and register your contact information by logging onto our web site at www.edgewaternj.org in order to receive emergency and community information.  Working together and being prepared is important to get us through the next weather event.  You can also stay informed about disasters and emergencies in New Jersey via the NJOEM’s social media and web links; follow the NJOEM  on Twitter @ReadyNJ, “like” us on www.facebook.com/READYNEWJERSEY, or get email and text message alerts via  www.Nixle.com or www.njalert.gov, or www.ready.nj.gov.

SUMMER MUSIC, and MOVIE SERIES AT THE MARINA – The Borough of Edgewater is pleased to announce the “summer music, drums, and movie series” at the Edgewater Marina.  A series of concerts, drums, and movies will be held throughout the summer at the Edgewater Marina.  Bring a chair or blanket and a light snack and enjoy a night of live entertainment with neighbors, friends, and family, entirely free.  Look for the upcoming schedule in future news releases and the borough web site.  Movies will be Monday Nights starting July 14 – August 4, Music will be Thursday Nights starting June 26 – August 28 with the following tentative concert schedule subject to change August 28 Fried Daddies, a soft rock band.

COASTAL CLEAN-UP DAY Join the Mayor and Council for our 3nd annual “Coastal Clean-Up Day” on Saturday October 11 at the Edgewater Marina at 10:00am.  Last year we had over 100 volunteers who helped in removing over 20 yards of debris and litter from the Hudson River shore line.  Contact Nancy Hayes for attendance information 201-943-1700 ext. 3134 or nancyh@edgewaternj.org.

FIRE PREVENTION WEEK – National Fire Prevention Week is October 6 to October 12.  The Edgewater Fire Department will be sponsoring safety instructional lessons at all Edgewater Schools which will culminate with the annual Fire Safety Exposition at the Edgewater Commons at McDonalds on Thursday, October 9.

EDGEWATER SHREDDING EVENT – Clean out all of those old receipts, bank statements, and legal documents no longer needed and bring them to our free shredding event on Saturday, November 8 at the Community Center, 1167 River Road, 9:00am to 1:00pm.  Dispose of these unwanted papers and watch as the state of the art machine safely shreds your documents.


The Bergen County Utilities Authority will be sponsoring the 2013 annual recycling event for computers, electronics, tires, and the shredding of paper documents.  For event details call 201-807-5825 or log onto www.bcua.org, all events will be from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. rain or shine at the following locations:

Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus

Bergen County Campgaw Mountain Reservation, 200 Campgaw Road, Mahwah

Saturday, October 25, 2014



The Bergen County Utilities Authority is sponsoring its 2013 annual hazardous waste disposal program at three locations county-wide.  The following items are acceptable and will be accepted for disposal: aerosol cans, paints, pesticides, solvents, and many items commonly found in the home that cannot be disposed in regular trash.  For event details and information call 201-807-5825 or log onto www.bcua.org.  All events are open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. rain or shine at the following locations and dates:

Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bergen County Campgaw Mountain Reservation, 200 Campgaw Road, Mahwah

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Saturday, November 1, 2014


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