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					Volume 1, Issue 2

September 7, 2003
                                     The Passaic County Update
                                   A Publication of the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders
                                                                                         Lauren Vande Vaarst, Editor

                                   County Website Now Offers Free E-mail Subscription Service
                                   If you have not recently visited the
                                   Passaic County website located at
                                   www.passaiccountynj.org you need to
Passaic County Board of            log on and take a look at us now!
Chosen Freeholders                 Our temporarily redesigned homepage
                                   allows you to see and access some of
                                   our newest features quickly and easily.
James Gallagher
Freeholder Director                The most exciting new feature we now
                                   offer is an e-mail communication system
Lois A. Cuccinello, Chair          that provides residents with around the
Public Works & Recreation                                                        communicate proactively with resi-
                                   clock access to information about             dents interested in meeting agendas &
Sonia Rosado, Chair                Passaic County from the comfort of their      resolutions, press releases, construc-
Administration, Finance & Law      home or office.                               tion/road work alerts, mosquito control
                                   The website and e-mail communication          spraying schedules, and other impor-
Peter C. Eagler, Chair
Health, Education &                services will be easy to use and will         tant information and forms. “This ser-
Community Service                  allow residents to select items from a list   vice is part of the County’s ongoing
Elease Evans, Chair                of important announcements to create a        commitment to offer residents cutting
Planning & Economic                profile of information they wish to           edge services that make government
Development                        receive automatically by e-mail. Personal     more accessible and responsive”, said
Michael G. Mecca, Jr.              subscription profiles can be modified at      Freeholder Director James Gallagher
                                   any time. The e-mail communication            for Passaic County.
Walter W. Porter, Jr.              service will allow Passaic County to
                                                                                                     See Website on page 6

Inside this issue:
Camp Hope                      2   New Soccer Field Coming to Garret Mountain Reservation
Meet the Editor                2   Freeholder Lois Cuccinello, is pleased to     The original cost estimates for the
What’s New in Passaic County   3
                                   announce that to meet the growing de-         soccer field have been cut in half by
                                   mand for recreational fields countywide,      the County’s ability to truck in good
Pathway Unit Opens at PHC      4   the Old Tower Picnic area on Garret           quality soil from other County
County Recycling Events        4   Mountain Reservation is being trans-          construction sites rather than having
                                   formed into a regulation size soccer field    to purchase the fill. Funds for the pro-
News From the Clerk’s Office   4   with an adjacent parking lot. This cur-       ject are being provided by the County’s
What’s Noteworthy in PC        5   rently underutilized area is a perfect        Open Space Trust Fund. The soccer
                                   location and will need only some grading      field should be ready for play in Spring
Upcounty Satellite office      6   and fill to complete the transformation.      of 2004.
Seniors Hear about Services    6
                                             To contact the Passaic County Update :
What’s New on Website          6             Phone (973) 881-4426 or E-mail pcupdate@passaiccountynj.org
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For County Kids and Seniors Camp Hope is the Place for Four Seasons of Fun
Camp Hope in West Milford was          Northwestern Mutual Insurance.
originally founded as a residential    Mr. Ellis’ donation enabled Camp
summer camp for the underprivi-        Hope to purchase four new 5-
leged children of Passaic County.      seat paddleboats for the children
While this beautiful 50 acre camp      to enjoy. The Martini Foundation
located on the shores of Green-        has also been a generous sup-
wood Lake continues its original       porter of the camp.
mission to offer the children of
                                       As summer camp ends and the
Passaic County a summer respite
                                       school year begins Passaic
it has also evolved into a year
                                       County’s senior citizens reclaim
round hospitality center for senior
                                       Camp Hope as their own. From
citizens from all over the County.
                                       September to June senior groups       Camp Hope Happenings:
Every July and August, Camp            from around the County eagerly
Hope bustles with energy and           pack buses to visit Camp Hope. A      • The Camp Hope Commission with
                                                                               $200,000 in funding provided by the
laughter as hundreds of the            day at Camp Hope is a day filled
                                                                               Freeholder Board will begin a com-
County’s children converge at the      with good food, friends, and activi-
                                                                               plete renovation of the camp’s cab-
camp to enjoy a fun filled week of     ties such as bingo, line dancing, live ins. The Commission hosted a suc-
swimming, ball games, nature           music, bocce, and horseshoes. The       cessful fundraiser last year to raise
hikes, and campfires. The              Tuesday Night Supper Club and a         additional funds for this project and
Freeholder Board sponsors all          Line Dancing Program are also           future events are being planned. The
qualified children to attend camp      popular programs for the seniors.       County is also beginning to repave
free of charge for one week in the     “The year round use and multi           the main road at the camp.
summer. Camp Hope is run by a          generational appeal of this           • In July the Camp Hope Commission
dedicated, well trained, and           outstanding County facility speaks      dedicated a newly installed flagpole
caring staff; many of whom were        volumes of the creativity and hard      and monument to the men and
once campers themselves. This          work of both the Camp Hope staff        women who have served in all past
year boating on the lake is back       and Commission”, says Freeholder        and present American military
thanks to a generous donation of       Peter Eagler.                           operations.
$2,000 by Mr. Kevin L. Ellis, a
Ringwood native and employee of                                             You can contact Camp Hope at (973) 881-2487

Meet the Editor
Since we have Issue One of the         The communication between                  My husband, Guy and I are Wayne
Passaic County Update “under our       government and the people it serves        natives, who are now raising our
belt” and Issue Two now circulating,   should always be a priority, and that is   sons, Max & Eric there. Before start-
it seemed a good time to talk about    why tools such as the newsletter and       ing in April as the County’s Commu-
the impact of the newsletter and       website (see story on page 1) are so       nity Organization Specialist, I have
introduce myself. The response to      important. I am now the Partner Admin-     been involved on a volunteer basis
the newsletter has been fantastic!     istrator for the County with GovDocs       since 1998 with both the Lambert
Judging by the phone calls and         and what an incredible project that is.    Castle Dedicated Trust and the
e-mails that I receive almost daily,   As we move forward in the website re-      Passaic County Planning Board.
people appreciate the information      design more and more information will      Remember to read the PC Update
and also the opportunity to contact    be available and that will only make       and log on to the Website to stay
someone for further information.       Passaic County better.                     involved & informed about your
 To contact the Passaic County Update:                                                 Lauren Vande Vaarst, Editor
 Phone (973) 881-4426 or E-mail pcupdate@passaiccountynj.org
Volume 1, Issue 2                                                                                            Page 3

 What’s New in Passaic County
   Dey Mansion receives Funds for         “Lewis and Clark” Passaic River            Passaic County welcomes
     Restoration of its Gardens             Survey has been completed                A&B Famous Gefilte Fish
 The NJ Historic Trust has awarded     Two interns from the Passaic River        A&B Famous Gefilte Fish is
 a $36,000 matching grant to the       Coalition (PRC) have recently com-        relocating from their manufactur-
 Dey Mansion in Wayne to               pleted a photographic survey of the       ing facility in Monsey, NY to
 complete a cultural landscape         Passaic River waterfront. Freeholder      Paterson. A&B, with 50 employ-
 report for the restoration of the     Lois Cuccinello, who developed the        ees was assisted in their reloca-
 gardens. The County will add a        project with the PRC, said “We are        tion by the County’s Department
 $12,000 matching grant to the         trying to look at the recreational and    of Economic Development.
 award.                                historic nature of the river as well as   A&B was able to secure $2 million
 The restoration of the gardens will   the economic development along the        in financing from Wachovia
 focus on preserving the historic      river. Riverfront development has         National Bank and a City of
 traditions of the original Olmstead   been successful in other areas and        Paterson Urban Enterprise Zone
 Brothers plans for the                we are basically trying to build on       loan of $350,000 to utilize for the
 Dey Mansion gardens.                  that idea”.                               purchase of real estate and
                                       The river survey report will be           machinery.
  Office of Emergency Management       presented to the Passaic County           A&B Famous Gefilte Fish will offi-
       receives Grant to support       Open Space Advisory Committee in          cially become part of the County
          Emergency Services                                                     in September.
                                       the fall.
 Freeholder Sonia Rosado, chair-                EPA awards Passaic County Brownfield Assessment Grant
 woman of Administration, Finance
 & Law committee is pleased to         Passaic County will receive a grant of $200,000 to provide funding for a
 announce the receipt of a nearly
                                       brownfield assessment inventory. The County plans on developing a
 half million dollar grant from the
 FY03 State Homeland Security          dynamic inventory and database of information on brownfield sites that
 Grant Program to support emer-        are contaminated with hazardous substances and located throughout the
 gency services countywide. The        County. The inventory and environmental site assessment will enable the
 monies will be divided between        County to assist municipalities in moving forward with the redevelopment
 Police, Fire, and EMS depart-         of contaminated sites. “With this funding from the federal government, we
 ments throughout the County to        hope to turn these contaminated sites into areas of economic revitaliza-
 assist them in purchasing special-    tion in Passaic County”, said Freeholder Elease Evans, chairwoman of the
 ized equipment to enable them to      Planning and Economic Development committee.
 respond in the event of terrorism.
                            Passaic County Film Commission has its Eye on Hollywood

 Passaic County may be 3,000 miles from Hollywood, but considering that movies like “In & Out” and television
 shows such as the Sopranos and Law & Order have already been filmed in Passaic County our appeal to the
 industry is obvious. With our beautiful upcounty settings and the historic down county city centers we offer a
 wealth of locations for filming opportunities. The County of Passaic Motion Picture and Television Film Commis-
 sion was formed by the Freeholder Board to act as a liaison between the television and film industry and the
 County’s 16 municipalities. This group of active volunteers representing every County municipality is currently
 putting together guidelines in terms of cost, codes of behavior, and local contacts to make it easier for film and
 television crews to come and work in Passaic County. Since the County has to compete with other state and
 local commissions to attract business it is vital to make the process of a location shoot as simple as possible.
 The Film Commission’s goal is to attract business that can translate into big business for Passaic County.
Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholder s                                                                                   Page 4

Preakness Healthcare Center Opens Pathway Unit
With an eye towards the future,                                                                $3 Million Bonded for Preakness
Preakness Healthcare Center has                                                                        Rebuilding Project
already begun to diversify itself by
reaching out to meet the needs of                                                             Freeholder Peter Eagler, chair-
its residents and the community.                                                              man of the Health, Education
                                                                                              and Community Services
Preakness has responded by
                                                                                              committee is pleased to an-
opening new units such as Path-                                                               nounce that the Freeholder
way in July. Pathway is only the                                                              Board recently approved a $3
fourth Special Care Behavioral                                                                million bond towards the rebuild-
Management Unit in New Jersey.                                                                ing project slated for Preakness
The 24 bed unit specializes in the                                                            Healthcare Center. Gilbane
                                     Freeholders Peter Eagler and Lois Cuccinello
treatment and management of           cut the ribbon to open the Pathway unit at
                                                                                              Building Co. was hired as the
behavioral disorders such as ag-      Preakness Healthcare Center. Looking on                 consultant for the project and
gression, agitation, and disruptive     are County and Preakness Healthcare                   will assist in the selection of an
                                              officials and professionals.                    architectural firm to spearhead
disorders. The unit is licensed and
                                                                                              the project’s design.
certified by the State Department                  Pathway Coordinator                        A study will be conducted to
of Health and Senior Services of                     (973) 904-6198                           determine the most effective
NJ and is Medicaid certified.                                                                 way to rebuild Preakness.
                                                         PHC Admission Office
                                                       (973) 904-6048 or 6170

County Helps Residents to Help the Environment
Two upcoming events that the                  the County collected over a 100              provide avenues for proper disposal
County is sponsoring through its              tons of hazardous waste such as              of these hazardous materials.
Office of Recycling and Natural               paint, motor oil, and batteries and
                                                                                          Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Resource Program are Household                received 14 tons of outdated com-           Saturday, October 11, 2003 7:30AM-2PM
Hazardous Waste and Computer                  puter and electronic equipment.             at Passaic County Para-transit Station
& Electronic collection events.               Events such as these are important          1310 Route 23 N– Wayne (Treasure Island)
These events are free to all                  because they enable the County              Computer & Electronics Collection
Passaic County residents and are              and its residents to do their part to       Saturday, September 20, 2003 9AM-2PM
conducted rain or shine. In 2002,             help the environment, and they              Wanaque Valley Sewer Authority
                                                                                          Highland Avenue off Ringwood Avenue

News from the Clerk’s Office
County Clerk, Ronni Nochimson is              • New NJ Realty Transfer Tax & Re-           Election Info for November 4th
pleased to announce a new                      cording Fees have been enacted
                                                                                           Monday, October 6- last day to register
Notary Public Photo Identification             and a fee schedule & calculation            to vote
Card available beginning                       guide are now available
                                                                                           Tuesday, October 28 - last day to apply
September 3, 2003. The photo                                                               by mail for an absentee ballot
                                              • NJ ABC cards are no longer being
Ids cost $15 and can be obtained
                                               issued at the clerk’s office                Saturday, November 1 - Clerk’s office
at either the Clerk’s Office at 401
                                                                                           will be open for those who need to
Grand Street or at Wayne Towne                • Passaic County Clerk Photo Ids
                                                                                           vote by absentee ballot
Center Mall on either the nights of            are available for Veterans, Fire-
                                               fighters, EMS workers, Notaries,            Monday, November 3 at 4PM -
September 3rd or 17th in the                                                               deadline to obtain an absentee ballot
center court from 6PM-9PM.                     and youths (from 1- 20 years old            in person
                                              Office of the County Clerk (973) 225-3632
Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholder s                                                                               Page 5

What’s Noteworthy in Passaic County
Passaic County Technical Institute                       Award Winners                         The Best of the Best
• PCTI was selected as one of 24              • Patricia Temprano was honored as        • The Educational Council of Passaic
  national winners of the American              Passaic County’s Teacher of the Year      County in association with North
  School Board Journal’s Magna                  at the 8th Annual Governor’s Teacher      Jersey Newspapers and The Record
  Awards 2003 program. Hudson                   Recognition Program. Ms. Temprano         honored the Class of 2003’s Vale-
  United Bank the school’s partner              teaches at Thomas Jefferson School        dictorians & Salutatorians.
  operates a full service bank at PCTI          in Hawthorne. Ninety-six of Passaic
                                                                                        • Students from all over the area
  which students staff under bank               County’s teachers were also awarded
                                                                                          participated in the North Jersey
  supervision.                                  with Governor’s Teacher Recognition
                                                                                          Robotics Competition 2003 held at
• Over the next four years PCTI will be                                                   PCCC. Competitors were put to the
  expanding its academic and career                                                       test in three challenges with awards
  areas and adding a modern Athletic                                                      also given for most spirited and
                                              • Congratulations go to two culinary
  Center to its Wayne campus. The                                                         best presentation.
                                                arts students from PCTI-
  expansion will allow PCTI to
                                                Shantae Ames & Sharona Wilkens                   Grand Prize Winner
  accommodate an additional 1,000
                                                are recipients of the prestigious               Valley Middle School
                                                “Garden State Silver Plate Scholar-
                                                                                        • Passaic County’s Teen Arts Festival
• School of Performing Arts begins              ship Award” presented by the
                                                                                          was held in May 2003 at PCCC.
  this September 2003. This new                 NJ Restaurant Association.
                                                                                          Students participated in Performing
  program is supported by highly ex-
                                                                                          and Visual Arts workshops and
  perienced instructors, two new re-
                                                                                          critique sessions with professional
  hearsal/classroom spaces, and a             • Dewan Kazi Rumman an incoming
                                                                                          artists from the tri-state area.
  newly renovated 1,000 seat                    sophomore at Kennedy HS was se-
  performance auditorium with                   lected to attend The Junior States-
  advanced digital equipment.                   man Summer School at Princeton
                                                University this summer. Dewan was
• Reserve Officers Training Program
                                                sponsored for the program by the
  (R.O.T.C.) new for September 2003.
                                                Passaic County Workforce Develop-
                                                ment Center.

          Office of the County Prosecutor Announces Promotions

James Avigliano, Passaic County Prosecutor is pleased to announce that                 Freeholder Sonia Rosado congratulating
Glenn L. Brown has been promoted to Chief of Detectives and Michael J. Sika              Mr. Peter E. Carter, Ringwood School
has been promoted to Deputy Chief of Detectives. The proud officers took their          Superintendent and his award winning
oaths of office in front of a standing room only crowd of well wishers on July 2,             teachers; Ms. Norah Behre,
2003. On the preceding day the Prosecutor’s Office promoted seventeen of its           Ms. Meredith A. Nicholls, Ms. Mellissa
officers to rank advancements. Congratulations to all these fine officers, the          Flach-Bammer, and Ms. Anne Murphy-
pride of Passaic County law enforcement.                                                                Acovino

Upcoming County Events:

• September 9, 2003 at 5:30PM there will be a 9/11 Memorial Service preceding the Freeholder Meeting at 401 Grand
  Street in Paterson. All are welcome to attend.
• September 11, 2003 at Lambert Castle and Camp Hope there will be readings from the list of names of all the victims of
  9/11. If you wish to volunteer to read from the list of names please call (973) 881-4405
• October 4, 2003 - The Passaic County Municipal Alliances for Prevention of Substance Abuse 4th Annual Walk “Over the
  Rainbow to Prevention” on the grounds of Camp Hope in West Milford - Registration begins at 9AM
  Call (973) 881-2880 for further information
Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholder s                                                                               Page 6

County Looking to Open Satellite Office
Passaic County is exploring the               number of upcounty locations are         office hours in order to be more
potential opening of a satellite              being looked into. Freeholder Sonia      convenient. This would be a place
office to serve as both a County              Rosado, chairwoman of the                where people can come to and ap-
information center and branch                 Administration, Finance and Law          ply for passports, register to vote,
office for the County Clerk.                  committee believes wholeheartedly        and in the future may include the
The impetus for this satellite of-            in the concept and says, “this is a      ability to pay utility bills. The office
fice is to bring services closer to           further example of our ongoing           can also be used to promote the
the people that need them. The                commitment to open government            County’s historic and recreational
added bonus of a location with                and its accessibility to the residents   facilities and programs.
adjacent parking is also a major              of Passaic County”. The satellite        The satellite office offers many
consideration. While a shopping               office would be open on a schedule       possibilities and they will all be fully
center in Wayne has been men-                 different from normal governmental       explored.
tioned as a possible location, a

County Seniors Attend Public Hearing on Services
Seniors from all over the County              gave seniors an opportunity to
attended a public hearing on                  meet and greet their service pro-
Senior Services held in June in               viders, and to find out about the
West Paterson. The hearing gave               wide variety of programs and ser-
seniors the opportunity to voice              vices available to them.
their opinions and prioritize ser-
                                              The most popular topic of the day
vices that are available to them
                                              was the Passaic County Discount
through the County’s Office on
                                              Rx Program “POPS”. Information    At the Office on Aging Senior Art Show are
Aging. A number of guest speak-
                                              and applications for this program Freeholders Lois Cuccinello, Elease Evans
ers spoke on topics ranging from                                                     and Walter Porter congratulating
                                              are available by calling
Home Health Care to transporta-                                                 Best in Show award winner Betty M. Kievit
                                              (973) 881-4950.                    on her award winning pastel, “Our Anna”
tion needs. The hearing also

County Website Now Offers Free E-mail Subscription Service (continued from page 1)
“The e-mail communication ser-                access forms and information             GovDelivery is used by the public
vice is a critical part of this solu-         without having to visit County           sector in seven states and the Dis-
tion because we know that resi-               offices. The County benefits by          trict of Columbia.
dents will not check our website              improving its ability to respond
everyday for updates. We want to              more effectively to the public and to
be proactive and contact resi-                increase staff efficiency and reduce
dents by e-mail when information              operating costs, such as post-
                                                                                             Visit Passaic County at
of interest to them is available              age.Passaic County has contracted
online”.                                      with GovDocs Inc., a firm that
This service will benefit both resi-          specializes in e-government                     and sign up for our
dents of Passaic County and the               applications. Passaic County will         Free e-mail subscription service
County itself. The benefits to the            utilize its GovDelivery application to
public include staying informed of            manage the County e-mail
County projects and ability to                communication system.