Essex Fells Residents Invited to
West Caldwell Pools
The Township of West Caldwell invites you to join the West Caldwell Swimming Pools. You can pay and sign up on line at the West Caldwell Pool website or by post by completing and mailing in the printable application form available in the link below.
Vote by Mail Applications at Essex County Clerk's Office
The Essex County Clerk’s Office will be open as a public service on Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM to serve voters who are seeking Vote by Mail Applications for the upcoming Primary Election.
Christie Administration Encourages Residents to Remove Standing Water on Property to Reduce Mosquito Population
To prevent mosquitoes this summer, the Departments of Health and Environmental Protection are asking homeowners, businesses and contractors working on rebuilding to drain sources of standing water outdoors and routinely check property for containers collecting water where mosquitoes can breed.
Steps that residents, business owners and contractors can take to reduce populations of the insect on their properties include:
At least once or twice a week, empty water from flower pots, pet food and water dishes, birdbaths, swimming pool covers, buckets, barrels, and cans
Check for clogged rain gutters and clean them out
Remove discarded tires, and other items that could collect water
Be sure to check for containers or trash in places that may be hard to see, such as under bushes or under your home
Police Officer Joseph Ficchi, Jr. Sworn In
Good Evening and Welcome to the Borough of Essex Fells’ Council meeting.
Any time we swear in a new police officer to the Essex Fells Police Department, it is a very special event for our little town. It not only reaffirms our commitment to providing the residents of Essex Fells with the finest police department comprised of the finest officers, but also reminds us of the hard work and dedication that our Police Department Chief and officers put forth in finding the best and most qualified officers that make the right “fit” for our town. This is no easy task, and Officer Joseph Ficchi, Jr. is such an officer. I can honestly say that for a town so small, the application and review process is extremely detailed and complete, ranking alongside the vigorous and rigorous application process of the New Jersey State Police. Officer Ficchi was chosen from a large field of over 100 very qualified candidates, and Chief Kulik, Lieutenant Allen, and the officers of the Essex Fells Police Department are very much thanked by this Mayor, Council, and people of Essex Fells for all their hard work.
Police Officer Joseph Ficchi, Jr.
Joseph is the son of Joseph and Rosemary Ficchi and lives in Whippany, New Jersey. He has two sisters and one younger brother. Joseph graduated from the Whippany Park High School, and while there, he was a wrestler. Following high school, Joseph attended the Fairleigh Dickinson University, graduating in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice. Joseph is also a certified personal trainer and certified high school athletic coach. While attending college, Joseph worked part-time at the ROC House Fitness Center in Whippany as a trainer and coached wrestling at Whippany Park High School. Upon graduation, Joseph was employed by Planned Companies in Parsippany as a security supervisor.
Essex Fells School Named as Reward School
Essex Fells School has been identified as a “Reward School” by the NJ Department of Education. This outstanding distinction means that EFS is among the highest performing schools in the State as measured by school-wide proficiency and sub-group proficiency on the NJASK assessments. Our overall proficiency was greater than 90% over the past three years. Specifically, we are one of 48 “High Achieving” schools on the list and one of 17 elementary schools. The additional nine schools listed for this distinction are those that showed “High Growth.”
The Essex Fells Community should be extremely proud of this honor. The hard work and dedication of our staff and students has paid off in earning this grand status. Thank you for the continued support of Essex Fells School where “Studies Pass into Character.”
Essex Fells Among The Best Performing Municipal Websites
The Borough of Essex Fells was recently ranked among the top 50 of the best performing municipal websites in New Jersey. A recent project by the Monmouth University Polling Institute and the Graduate Program in Public Policy, looked at 540 New Jersey municipalities to determine the Best Practices for Municipal Websites, which included factors such as citizen interaction, online government services, and social networking.
“Obviously, we are thrilled that we came in among the top 50,” said Francine T. Paserchia, Administrator/Borough Clerk of Essex Fells. “Our website has a lot of content on it allowing residents to gain access to information themselves, which in turn has alleviated some calls coming into the office. We will continue to have more information posted to keep our residents informed and to work toward being No. 1!”
According to a 2011 Monmouth University poll, websites have become one of the most important tools for citizens to get information about their municipalities, and are the first place NJ residents go for information about their hometowns from local events and meetings to online services and emergency alerts.
Essex Fells’ website was built by AlphaDog Solutions (ADS), a NNJ municipal web design and management company representing 12 other municipalities. AlphaDog’s contract with the borough includes daily website content management, a feature that is becoming increasingly popular.
“If it wasn’t for AlphaDog Solutions and the tools they give us to get information out to our residents, we wouldn’t be in the top 50,” said Paserchia.
“While the Borough of Essex Fells’ website was professionally designed to be aesthetically pleasing, it is important to note that this ranking was not a design contest, it focused on content,” said Michael Melham, president of ADS. “Essex Fells’ high ranking is a testament to the Borough’s Administration continued commitment to openness and transparency.”
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Fishing Derby in Essex County Verona Park
Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs invite the public to participate in Essex County’s 2013 Fishing Derby. The free events will be held in six locations in the Essex County Park System, with an evening fishing derby in Essex County Verona Park.
“Our fishing derbies are an excellent opportunity for our children to enjoy the historic Essex County Park System in a different and fun way. You’ll have a great time creating your own ‘big fish’ stories and spending some quality time with your friends and family in some of the most beautiful parks in the area,” DiVincenzo said. “I invite everyone to come out, cast their lines, Experience Essex and take a look at the improvements we are making to revitalize our parks,” he noted.
Sponsored by the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, each derby is free and open to children ages 15 and younger. All children must be accompanied by an adult and bring their own fishing pole, bait, bucket and chair. Prizes in various age categories for catching the first and most fish will be awarded at the conclusion of each derby.
Notice of Borough Council Meeting
Please be advised that the Essex Fells Borough Council is changing the date of their Regular May Meeting from May 21, 2013 to May 28, 2013.
The meeting is as follows:
Date: May 28, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Essex Fells Borough Hall
Council Chambers - 2nd Floor
255 Roseland Avenue
Essex Fells, NJ 07021
Formal action will be taken at this meeting.
Francine T. Paserchia
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