West Essex Police Departments Seek Volunteers for Domestic Violence Response Team
The West Essex communities of Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, North Caldwell, Roseland, Verona, and West Caldwell, in conjunction with Rachel Coalition and the Safe House, has a team of specifically-trained volunteer advocates available to meet confidentially with the victims of domestic violence at police headquarters 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. The volunteer advocates, who are civilian members of the community, work in conjunction with the police to provide support, information, and referrals to victims of domestic violence at the time of crisis at your local police departments. The advocates also discuss with the victim their rights to obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order. DVRT volunteers, whose identities are kept anonymous are trained to empower victims to make decisions about their own lives.
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, have access to transportation, possess a valid NJ driver’s license, be willing to serve on an on-call basis, and submit to a background investigation and fingerprinting. Applicants must live in one of the 8 West Essex area towns. Applicants cannot have a criminal history or a history as a defendant in a domestic violence matter. The 40 hour intensive mandatory training course will be provided to successful applicants. Rachel Coalition will be conducting a 14 week training one night per week beginning in March on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Prior knowledge of domestic violence is not required. The West Essex Police Departments and Rachel Coalition are committed to culturally diverse teams to better serve the community. Bi-lingual capability is a plus.
To request a DVRT application, please contact Sergeant John Belotta, North Caldwell Police Department at 973-226-0800. Applications must be picked up in person and the deadline to file your application for the March training is January 31, 2015.
2015-2016 Kindergarten & Pre-K Registration
Essex Fells School has scheduled registration for the 2015-2016 kindergarten and preschool classes. Preschool Registration will be held on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 9:30am-2:30pm. Kindergarten Registration will be held on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 9:30am-2:30pm. Registration will be held in the school office, and a brief tour of the school is offered on both days at 9:00am.
For registration, parents should be prepared to present the child’s original birth certificate, immunization records, a three (3) proofs of residency (1. deed, lease, or tax bill; 2. driver’s license; 3. public service bill).
For preschool registration, a $500 non-refundable deposit must be presented at registration to hold a spot in the program. Parents of current preschool students, please note that you must re-register your child and place the $500 deposit to maintain their enrollment status. Registrants will be able to indicate a preference for the AM or PM class; however, a lottery system will be used to balance the classes, if necessary.
Children do not need to be present for registration. Screening, visitation, and parent orientation programs will be scheduled later in the spring. Essex Fells families requiring more information about kindergarten and/or preschool may contact the school at 973-226-0505.
2015 Dog License Application Information
The 2015 Dog License Application is now available and can be downloaded on the online forms page. Local Ordinance requires that all dogs, six (6) months of age or older, be licensed. Dog licenses may be obtained at the Borough Clerk’s Office between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. No licenses will be available after hours, on weekends or holidays or prior to January 5th, 2015. Written proof of rabies vaccination and neutering/spaying (if applicable) must be provided. Current dog licenses expire on January 31, 2015. All unlicensed dogs are subject to an additional late fee charge of $10.00 effective March 1, 2015. The fee for a duplicate license is $5.00.
Mayor and Council Award 5th/6th Grade Girls Soccer Team
The 5th and 6th grade girls Soccer team have won first place in their division! The Mayor and Council awarded them trophies at the Council meeting on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. Members of the team are Isabel Smith-goalie, Katherine Hulse, Hyat Pryor, Ava Evangelista, Natalia LaGuardia, Elizabeth Prioletti, Teresa McKiernan, Kelly Wood, Kelly Dingwell, Molly Simon, Reese Biggerstaff, Sophie Kearney, Katie Chodorcoff.
Mayor and Council with Team Member Natalie LaGuardia
Swearing-in of Councilman Greg Hindy
Councilman Greg Hindy being sworn in on November 25, 2014 with Mayor Abbot. He was accompanied by his wife and son.
Essex Co. Environmental Center Winter 2014-2015 Public Programs
The Essex County Environmental Center is located at 621-B Eagle Rock Avenue in Roseland in Essex County West Essex Park and is a facility of the Essex County Park System. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Essex County West Essex Park is open to the public every day from dawn until dusk.
Upcoming Events include:
GINGERBREAD HOUSE MAKING WORKSHOP - Saturday, Dec. 6 - 11am-1pm
ON SITE REGISTRATION AND CREATION OF YOUR GINGERBREAD HOME OR HABITAT! This is the last day to register for the contest. FREE
10th ANNUAL SUSTAINABLE HOMES GINGERBREAD CONTEST & EXHIBIT
Sustainable Gingerbread Homes will be on display from Wednesday, December 10 through Friday, December 19. Prizes will be awarded in various categories. All entries must be registered by Saturday, Dec. 6; submitted by Monday, Dec. 8. Call the Environmental Center at 973.228.8776 to register or for more information.
GREEN GIFT MAKING WORKSHOP - Saturday, Dec.13 - noon-1:30pm
For children ages 7 through 12. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $7 per child
LITTLE EXPLORERS WINTER CAMP - December 29, 30 & 31
For children in kindergarten to 3rd grade. For more information, call 973.228.8776. Fee: $80 per child for all three days OR $30 per child per day
Pre-registration is required for all programs unless otherwise noted. Click below for more upcoming events.
For more information, please call 973-228-8776.