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Calling All Veterans

Register with the Mayor for upcoming Veteran's events by emailing Provide your name, mailing address, phone number, email address, branch and years of service, and rank.

Garbage and Recycling

Garbage and Recycling

Garbage disposal is the responsibility of the resident and they must contract with a private waste hauler for pickup. Residents can bring their recycling to the Recycling Center. Please check the link below for information.


Prepare Before
Clean-up & Repair

When working on home and/or business repair be sure to both protect yourself when cleaning mold and beware of asbestos. Get further info via the flyer provided below.

Dumpster and POD Permits Required

Dumpster and POD
Permits Required

Essex County Division of Senior Services

Essex County Division
of Senior Services

This Division offers a wide range of services to Essex County Senior Citizens, such as adult day care centers and basic transportation services.

For more information, please call the Division of Senior Services at...
(973) 395-8375

Car Theft Advisory

Residents Urged to Lock Car Doors After Recent Break-Ins

The Essex Fells Police Department would like to remind residents to always lock their car doors to recent car burglaries and vehicle thefts in the area. The vehicles that were entered were left unlocked.

Residents are also reminded to remove any valuable items inside their vehicles such as GPS units, iPods and other electronic devices. As always please call us to report any suspicious activity.

Annual Essex County Holiday Lights Spectacular

Essex County Executive DiVincenzo invites the public to spend part of their holiday season at the Annual Essex County Holiday Lights Spectacular at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo. Free admission is being offered at The Holiday Lights Spectacular, which will be held as follows:
Dates:             Friday, Saturday, Sunday, November 22, 23 & 24 &
                        Nov. 29, 30 & Dec. 1
                        Daily from Friday, December 6 to
                        Tuesday, December 31
Times:             5 to 9 p.m. each night
Place:              Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex
                         Essex County Turtle Back Zoo
                         560 Northfield Avenue
                         West Orange, NJ

The Holiday Lights Spectacular will be closed on December 24th and 25th.

"We invite the public to make this Essex County holiday tradition your family tradition! Turtle Back Zoo will be turned into a Winter Wonderland, with extraordinary seasonal lighting exhibits and costumed characters. Stroll the landscaped paths of our Zoo and admire the illuminated images of everything from toy soldiers to penguins," DiVincenzo said. "We are offering free admission to make this exciting attraction available to everyone. We also are encouraging our visitors to bring non-perishable food items, new unwrapped toys, and new and gently used winter coats to help our families in need," he noted.

Carbon Monoxide Does NOT Discriminate - Cold Weather Brings Increased Risk of Poisoning

Don’t Be the Next Statistic. Experts at the state’s poison control center are all too familiar with the dangerous, even deadly health effects of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. The center is often involved in the medical management of patients exposed to carbon monoxide.

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas overlooked by many because it gives no warning – you can’t see, smell, hear, or taste it. The effects of CO are hard to detect, and symptoms often mimic those of viral illnesses like the common cold and the flu. Additionally, the gas is undetectable without a working carbon monoxide detector. This combination creates the perfect storm for a dangerous, even deadly public health risk.  

Last month, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J) visited the New Jersey Poison Control Center at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School to discuss the significant health risks posed by carbon monoxide exposure. While visiting the poison center, he announced bipartisan legislation requiring carbon monoxide detectors be installed in all federally subsidized residences. It is important to remember that CO poisoning poses a risk to all people and pets, including those living in public or rural housing.

November 2019 Programs at the Essex County Environmental Center

A variety of programs are being offered at the Essex County Environmental Center during the month of November that will teach children and adults about nature and help them gain a greater appreciation and understanding of our environment. Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. invites children and adults to visit the Environmental Center where they can enjoy an enriching recreational experience through nature and conservation activities.
“Our Environmental Center has become the premiere location for environmental education and nature appreciation. With the help of our partner groups, our dynamic schedule of events and activities will captivate all ages,” DiVincenzo said. “Walk in our woods, discover habitats, get pointers on gardening, learn about nature photography and much more. It’s all about nature and it’s all at our Environmental Center,” he added.
Events scheduled for November are as follows:

DEP Reminds Motorists to be Extra Cautious on Roadways as Deer Mating Season Begins, Daylight Hours Get Shorter

Drivers are urged to use extra caution and watch for white-tailed deer as deer mating season gets under way and darkness arrives earlier, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today.

White-tailed deer become more active during mating season, also known as the fall rut. Deer are more likely apt to suddenly run onto roadways during this time of year as bucks pursue does, risking the possibility of colliding with a vehicle. Increased deer activity is more likely to occur in the very early morning and around sunset, when visibility may be difficult.

“Deer are involved in thousands of collisions with motor vehicles in New Jersey each year, with the highest number occurring during the fall mating season,” Division of Fish and Wildlife Director Dave Golden said. “We urge all motorists to be especially alert to the possibility of deer suddenly darting onto roadways and to be aware of things they can do to reduce the risk of a collision and possible serious injury to themselves or their passengers.”

Traffic Advisory: Devon Road Closed for Utility Work

Attention: Devon Road is closed between Fells Road and Oval Road due to utility working being done on Devon Road. Barring inclement weather, the contractor will be working weekdays from 7 A.M. until approximately 5 P.M. for the next several weeks. The residents on Devon Road, Avon Drive, Windsor Place, and Holton Lane will be able to access their homes during the utility work hours. There is no parking on Devon Road during the time the contractors are working. Please follow the detours which are in place. Any traffic related issues, please contact the Essex Fells Police Department at 973-226-3000. Thank you for your cooperation during the utility work.

2019 Fall Leaf Letter

To The Residents of Essex Fells:
It’s that time of year again, when the leaves change color and, unfortunately, fall to the ground.  As always, we are requesting your cooperation.  Please review these requirements regarding the Borough’s autumn leaf collection.

Residents may place unbagged leaves at their curb for pickup by the Borough beginning Tuesday, October 15th and ending Friday, November 22nd.  The Borough may extend the end date for collection based on the weather and other conditions.  Notice of any such extension will be posted to the Borough’s website.  Any unbagged leaves put out before October 15th or after November 22nd (or any designated extension date) will not be picked up and may result in a summons for violating Borough ordinances.  

** Please Note:  All homeowners are responsible for advising their landscapers of these requirements and procedures, and any failure by their landscapers to comply.   Due to the hilly terrain and winding roads of Essex Fells, large landscaping trucks and trailers parked in the street can be hazardous to approaching motorists.  If possible, please allow landscapers to park their vehicles in your driveway.  If this is not feasible, ask that they park close to the curb line.  Warning cones should be placed in front and/or behind these vehicles if they cannot be seen clearly from a distance of 200 feet in either direction.  These measures should improve safety for all.
Leaves must be placed no more than three (3) feet on either side of the curb line and not piled more than three (3) feet high.  This will enable us to more easily reach the leaves with our equipment.  In addition, it will help to eliminate large piles of leaves in the street that can restrict traffic flow and cause a hazard.  DO NOT PILE LEAVES WITHIN 10 FEET OF CATCH BASINS OR FIRE HYDRANTS OR WITHIN 20 FEET OF ANY INTERSECTION.
because these foreign objects will damage our equipment and result in the equipment being out of service for repairs.  In addition, no yard waste or debris other than leaves should be placed at the curb without being in a bag or other container.  Please be advised that if this mixing occurs, the leaves will not be picked up by the Borough and will be left in front of your home.
BRANCHES:  As is the case throughout the year, all branches should be tied in bundles no more than 4 to 5 feet long, 3 to 4 inches in thickness and weighing no more than 50 pounds.  Any twigs should be placed in containers at the curb.   Please contact the Department of Public Works at 973-226-3400 to notify them of bundled branches or twigs that have been placed in containers that need to be picked up.   Please note that you only need to call the DPW for pickup of branches and twigs, not leaves.
Please be sure to place all debris in front of your own home and not in front of a neighbor’s property.  Doing otherwise is a violation of our litter ordinance and is subject to a summons.  

Thank you in advance for your assistance. It is greatly appreciated.

The Mayor and Council
Borough of Essex Fells

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