Police Department Promotion of Lt. William Thielacker
Councilman Davis Swearing In Ceremony
On January 6, 2014, Councilman Davis was sworn in at the Reorganization Meeting. He is pictured with his family and Mayor Abbot.
Councilman George Peck's Farewell Address
This is a copy of Councilman Pecks Farewell Address given at the Reorganization Meeting held on January 6, 2014.
First I want to thank my family for their love and support.
I want to thank the residents of Essex Fells for the honor and privilege to serve them as their Town Councilmen for 7 years.
I want to thank the employees of Essex Fells who make the everyday logistics of town business occur seamlessly and effortlessly. Chief Kulik, Roger Kerr, and Jack Pohlman are invaluable assets to the Police, DPW, and Water Depts. Marty Murphy, Chris Battaglia, and Joe Faccone round out the legal, financial, and auditing aspects of our EF team of experts.
I want to give SPECIAL THANKS to Francine who has proven to be a great leader and an effective town administrator, town clerk, town purchaser, town record keeper, etc. Francine literally and figuratively makes it all happen. Megan and Brittany are her bright, cheery, and pleasant staff who give additional charm and efficiency to Town Hall.
I want to thank all of the past and present Essex Fells Councilmen for their hard work and devotion. They were always willing to listen, patient to give a response, and positive with their support or criticism.
Lastly, I want to give the highest praise possible to Mayor Ed Abbot, who gives his heart and soul to Essex Fells. I respect and admire his unwavering dedication and his significant contributions to our Town.
In conclusion, my goal as a Councilmen was to leave Essex Fells a little better than I when I started. I am very confident that with the help of many family, friends, town employees, Councilmen, and Mayor Abbot, I accomplished this goal. Essex Fells is a brighter gem today and will continue to shine bright in the future.
Thank you everyone and God Bless Essex Fells.
PSE&G Responds to Cold Weather Challenges
With frigid weather gripping the region, PSE&G is monitoring its gas system and taking steps to ensure it can meet the demands of customers. These steps include maintaining and adjusting pressure at various points in our system.
We also have extra personnel on hand to respond as quickly as possible and handle emergency requests. Both PSE&G's appliance service business and call centers are prepared to respond to an influx of customer "no heat" calls as temperatures remain extremely low during the next few days.
Customers should be aware that although their heating systems may be working properly, the frigid temperatures are making it difficult to maintain the same thermostat setting.
Mayor Abbot's 2015 State of the Borough Address
Good evening, Happy New Year, and welcome to the Borough of Essex Fells’ Re-Organizational meeting of 2015.
This is a remarkable night. You have just witnessed an amazing event. An event that separates our free, democratic world from all others and an event that did not take place on the world’s stage, but rather right here in the Beloved Borough of Essex Fells, in this 1.3 square miles of the “Enchanted Forest”: The democratic transference of “the power of the people.”
Just now, John King, Ed Davis, and only a few weeks ago, Greg Hindy took an oath of office that said that they swear that they will “will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of New Jersey” and that they will “bear true faith and allegiance to the same” and here’s the most important thing - “under the authority of the people.” “Under the authority of the people.” That’s you folks - that’s the power that you have entrusted them with, have entrusted us all with, and that you have entrusted every elected official who has ever sought your support. As our Lt. Governor and Secretary of State Kim Guadagno stated at the swearing in ceremony of our friend and neighbor, Mayor Joseph Tempesta of West Caldwell, we are granted this sacred authority “by the people” and not by a party, or by friends, or by any other influence, but “by the people” who have chosen us, who have entrusted us to represent them in this most noble cause of public service, and who have put their trust in us to do what is best for “the people” of the Borough of Essex Fells. We have sworn to it; and it is something that we do not ever take lightly. And, as if that solemn and weighty oath is not enough, we add the final kicker, credited to George Washington himself when he took the oath of office for the Presidency, “So help me God." (but of course, there is disagreement on its authenticity in the historical community).
The transference of power is powerful stuff. Thank you all for being here to witness it.
View Mayor Abbot's Entire Address Here
Updated Info: 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, and three (3) proofs of residency (1. deed, lease or tax bill; 2. driver’s license; 3. public service bill).
Preschool tuition for the 2015-2016 school year is $2,000. 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.
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 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.