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Taxes, Water and Sewer

Look Up Your Property
Taxes Online

Borough Residents wishing to view their Property Taxcharges please click the link below.

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

NJ Top Towns

Essex Fells is One
of NJ's "Top Towns"

Essex Fells ranked favorably in New Jersey Monthly's annual list of the top towns in the state. Click the link below to see the full listing.

Buy a Paver and Support Essex Fells

Buy a Brick
Support Our Youth

The Essex Fells Recreation Foundation invites you to participate in the Buy a Brick Program!

When you purchase a personalized brick that will line the entrance to the new Fieldhouse at the Recreation complex, you are supporting the development of the youth in our community.

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.

Essex County Executive DiVincezo Announces July as Parks and Recreation Month

Public Invited to Enjoy Yoga, Concerts, Movies and Arts and Crafts
at Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex
West Orange, NJ –Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs announced a month-long schedule of activities to celebrate July as National Parks and Recreation Month. The County Executive invites the public to enjoy “Wellness on the Waterfront,” which includes yoga demonstrations, concerts, movies, and arts and crafts at the Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex in July. All events are free.
“National Park and Recreation Month is the perfect opportunity to highlight the beauty of our open spaces, the importance of recreation facilities and the positive impact they have on our wellness and quality of life. The area overlooking the Orange Reservoir provides a beautiful and unique spot to host a diverse lineup of activities to exercise, entertain and inspire you,” DiVincenzo said. “We invite the public to celebrate with us and look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events,” he added.
On Monday evenings, free yoga classes for adults are being offered.These classes are suitable for beginners and great for the seasoned yoga practitioner. Bring a yoga mat and dress comfortably. Meet in the Clipper Pavilion next to the paddle boat area on Cherry Lane. Classes are held rain or shine. For more information, call 973-228-8776. Yoga will be held as follows:
Dates:             Mondays, July 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2015            
Times:                        6:30 p.m.
Place:             Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex
Clipper Pavilion
Cherry Lane
West Orange, NJ
On Tuesday evenings, elevate your visit to the Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex with Jammin’ in July, a free series of concerts at the Clipper Pavilion. Performances include jazz, rock and roll, steel drums and more. Jammin’ in July will be held as follows:
Dates:             Tuesdays, July 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2015           
Times:                        7 p.m.
Place:             Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex
Clipper Pavilion
Cherry Lane
West Orange, NJ
On Wednesday evenings, bring a lawn chair and enjoy “Zoo-vies,” a free series of summer blockbuster movies under the stars on the rooftop of the new Turtle Back Zoo Parking Garage. Participants are asked to bring their own lawn chairs. Admission is free and the deck will be open for seating at 7 p.m. The movies will be shown at dusk. Refreshments will be for sale. Rain will cancel the presentation. The schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, July 1: Into the Woods
Wednesday, July 8: Yogi Bear
Wednesday, July 15: The Lorax
Wednesday, July 22: ET
Wednesday, July 29: 101 Dalmatians
On Thursday evenings, the Montclair Art Museum Art Truck will serve up nature art at the Clipper Pavilion. The MAM Art Truck is a mobile studio that offers creative art projects. So come spend some time outdoors getting artistic. The MAM Art Truck will be available as follows:
Dates:             Thursdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2015
Time:              5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Place:             Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex
Clipper Pavilion
Cherry Lane
West Orange, NJ

Wellness at the Waterfront is sponsored by The Essex County Parks Foundation and The Zoological Society of New Jersey.

Notice of Special Meeting of the Planning Board

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Essex Fells Planning Board will meet to discuss or act upon public business in accordance with the attached agenda on Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 255 Roseland Avenue, Essex Fells, New Jersey.  Formal action may be taken.  Notice of revisions or additions to the above schedule will be posted and advertised as required by law.

Dated:  June 23, 2015

                        MICHAEL D. SULLIVAN
                        Attorney for the Planning Board

View Official Notice Here

Never Use a Portable Gas Generator Inside or Near a Home

 June is National Safety Month

The high winds, lightning and heavy rainfall associated with summer storms can cause power outages. When storms are severe and cause extended outages that require backup electricity, PSE&G urges customers never to use a portable electric generator inside of or in very near proximity of a home, business or any enclosed space. Gas generators should be used with caution, following all safety and operational guidelines in order to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, electric shock and fire.
CO is odorless, tasteless and can be deadly. All internal combustion engines produce CO and can produce dangerous levels of CO very quickly. Prior to installing and running the generator have CO alarms installed throughout the house.
Symptoms of CO poisoning include headache dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain and confusion. Symptoms can occur immediately or gradually after long-term exposure. If any of these symptoms are experienced while using a portable generator, get to fresh air immediately and call 911.
Portable generators should be used for emergency standby power only and for short periods of time. If it is necessary to use a standby generator, it should be installed and connected by an experienced person or a licensed electrician. The installer should brief the owner on all safety aspects of the operation of the generator.
If a portable generator is used to provide power during an outage, use it properly.

A generator should only be used outside on stable ground and away from any windows and vents to prevent deadly fumes from entering the home through an opening.

  •     Do not use a generator in close proximity to an enclosed area, its placement could allow CO to enter and build up in occupied spaces.
  •     Make sure a generator has 3 to 4 feet of clear space on all sides and above it to ensure adequate ventilation.

Do not connect a generator directly to home wiring. Power can flow out of your home into the electric system creating a hazard for utility crews working in the area. Home appliances must be connected to the portable generator via extension cords, unless the home is equipped with an electrician installed transfer switch.
Never fill the generator with fuel while it is running or still hot, and don’t store gasoline inside of the home or in attached garage.
Do not use all appliances at once. It may be necessary to turn off some appliances to avoid overload. And make sure any connected appliances are off before starting the generator.

Celebrate July 4th with the 2015 Essex Co. SummerMusic Concert Series

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. invites the public to celebrate the Fourth of July with three spectacular fireworks displays and exciting concerts by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in Essex County Branch Brook Park on Friday, June 26th, Shadows of the ‘60s in Essex County Weequahic Park on Tuesday, June 30th and Simply Diamond in Essex County Brookdale Park on Wednesday, July 1st. The 2015 Essex County SummerMusic Concert Series also moves into high gear with a Gospel Festival, House Music Festival and performances by the Air National Guard Band, Brick City Jazz Orchestra, Frank Valdes Quintet and Darlene Love.

“Our Free Concert Series offers a diverse lineup of performers who will take center stage in venues throughout our historic Essex County Park System. Pack a blanket, enjoy the cool evening breeze and dance to the sounds of classical, rock and roll, jazz, big band, Latin and more. We have a spectacular line-up that is sure to entertain and impress,” DiVincenzo said. “An evening in the parks with some of the area’s most talented musicians and our Spectacular Fireworks Extravaganzas are the perfect shows for Independence Day. Come out and celebrate your Fourth of July with us,” he added.

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‘Family Nights’ & ‘Zoo-vies’ at Essex Co. Turtle Back Zoo

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. invites the public to enjoy “Family Nights” and “Zoo-vies” at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo this summer. For Family Nights, the zoo will have extended evening hours on Wednesday and Thursday nights from June through August and, for Zoo-vies, popular movies for children will be shown on the top floor of the new Zoo Parking Deck at night.

“Family Nights and Zoo-vies gives children and our families another opportunity to enjoy an evening under the stars at Turtle Back Zoo and our beautiful South Mountain Recreation Complex. Come to Turtle Back in the evening when the temperature gets cooler and our animals get more active, and then stay to watch a movie under the stars in the unique setting of our new parking garage,” DiVincenzo said. “These evening activities are sure to be fun for the whole family,” he noted.

Family Nights at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo will be on Wednesday and Thursday nights in June, July and August. Instead of closing at 4:30 p.m., the zoo will remain open until 8:30 p.m. with the last admission at 8 p.m. Families also can enjoy a night out for dinner with a variety of specials, including fried chicken, barbeque spare ribs and pizza, being offered in the air-conditioned Zoo Café. Family Nights will be held as follows:

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Fire Department Training

The Borough of Essex Fells and the Borough of Caldwell will be conducting training for the Fire Departments beginning June 18, 2015 through July 1, 2015 at 9 Oldchester Road.

PSE&G Offers Electricity Safety Tips

June is National Safety Month

We rely on electricity every day ─ to light our homes and streets, keep food cold and power up our air conditioners on a hot day.  But electricity can be dangerous if not used properly and with caution. June is National Safety Month and Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), New Jersey’s largest utility, takes this opportunity to remind customers of 10 ways to avoid electrical safety hazards.
1. Never handle electric appliances with wet hands:Electricity and water don’t mix. Do not handle electric appliances with wet or damp hands, and never use electric appliances in wet or damp conditions unless the appliances are specifically rated for this use.
2. Protect electric outlets close to sources of water:Electric outlets in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and garages should be ground fault circuit interrupting (GFCI) outlets to reduce the chance of electric shock. GFCI outlets are required around pools and spas. Arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCI), especially in homes with aging wiring systems, can also be added to enhance protection from fires.
3. Secure electric sockets around toddlers and babies:Toddlers can easily insert objects into electric outlets that are not covered properly. All outlets within reach should be protected with plastic closures that fit snugly and cannot be removed easily. Also, replace or upgrade any faceplates that expose the wiring behind.
4. Eliminate defective or worn electric wires:Inspect all appliances and extension cords regularly to ensure that they are in good condition. Cords should not be loose or frayed and should have a grounding prong intact if so equipped.
5. Never work on electric equipment with the power on:When doing work on electric equipment, ensure that all sources of electricity to the appliance are turned off. Be sure to shut off the correct breaker. A simple voltage tester can be purchased for home use at a local electrical supply store.
6. Never pour water on an electric fire:Water acts as a conductor and can cause shock. You must use a fire extinguisher that is rated as Class C for use on electric fires.
7. Leave wiring to the professionals:Proper electric wiring for any building is critical and must meet codes and standards of safety. Employ the services of a licensed professional who can do the job safely and correctly.
8. Watch for overheating bulbs and lights:Lights and bulbs can be sources of heat and must be kept away from such flammable materials as upholstery, drapes, bedding and cribs. Never exceed the maximum wattage specified for the device.
9. Don’t misuse extension cords:Never use extension cords as a permanent substitute for additional outlets. Also, never overload extension cords and block off any unused outlets. Discard them if they have worn out wires or loose connections.
10. Check for covered cords and wires:Electric wires and cords radiate heat. Never cover wires with rugs or furniture. They could overheat and start a fire.

To learn more about potential electrical hazards and how to use electricity safely, visit the National Safety Council at or the Electrical Safety Foundation International at