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Safety Alert from the NJ Dept of Community Affairs, Division of Fire Safety

The Office of the State Fire Marshal reports about a disturbing new trend manifesting itself online on social media sites such as Facebook and YouTube called "The Fire Challenge." Accurate statistics are not available as to the number of individuals injured or killed as a result of performing this stunt but at least one death of a 15 year-old boy in Buffalo, NY has been confirmed and several documented injuries have occurred. Please read the notice to be informed about this disturbing trend.

Morris Sponsors Summer Youth Public Safety Academy

The Morris County Board of Freeholders and the county’s Department of Law and Public Safety invite high school students who will be entering grades 9-12 to participate in a free summer Youth Public Safety Academy Aug. 11 through Aug. 15 at the county’s Public Safety Training Academy, 500 West Hanover Ave., in Parsippany.

The academy is a one week training program, whose objective is to expose the student “cadets” to some very rewarding careers in public safety, public service, including county government, emergency services, law enforcement and emergency management, said the youth academy’s coordinator, William Schievella.

“We will be placing strong emphasis on self-respect, respect of others, teamwork and commitment to one’s goals,” Schievella said.  “The academy is perfect for any high school student who would like a challenge this summer.”

The academy will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, with a structured, hands-on curriculum that will include interaction with county agencies; field trips; presentations from educators; an overview of Emergency Medical Services training; fire department, SWAT/SERT Team and K-9/Bomb Unit demonstrations; crime scene investigations; Emergency Management Special Operations Group and physical training; according to Schievella.

“All of our presentations will be offered in a fun, informative, interactive, educational and hands-on manner in a format similar to what actual police, fire and EMS academy cadets experience,” he said.

Freeholder Douglas Cabana said the freeholder board is sponsoring the academy to build interest in public service and public safety professions.
“Maybe, one day, because of the experience gained at the academy, one of these students will run for public office or pursue a career in law enforcement or volunteer as a firefighter or EMT,” said Cabana, freeholder liaison to the Department of Law and Public Safety.  “But, even if they don’t, the leadership lessons they will learn during the week will last them a lifetime.”

Lunch will be provided by the Academy each day. Upon completion of the academy, an official graduation ceremony will be conducted Friday, Aug. 15.

The required application forms, which must be completed and returned no later than July 15, are available online at

Completed applications should be sent to the Morris County Department of Law & Public Safety, P.O. Box 900, Morristown, New Jersey. The applications can also be e-mailed to or faxed to 973-829-8604.

Since space is limited, submission of an application prior to the deadline does not guarantee acceptance into the program. More information about the free summer Youth Public Safety Academy may be obtained by calling 973-829-8600.

Schievella, director of the Police Studies Institute at the College of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station, is a former chief of investigations with the Morris County Prosecutors Office.

Weather update 5-16-14

Steady rain is currently moving through western Morris County and will continue to fill in over the rest of the county in the next 2 hours. Rain will be moderate to potentially heavy at times through the afternoon hours ahead of the slow moving cold front. Rain is expected to diminish and push mostly east of Morris County later tonight with a slight chance of lingering light rain over eastern portions of the county up until 11pm. Rainfall across the county today will average between .75-2.00" over most areas. The main threat will be roadway ponding and poor drainage. No significant river flooding is expected, though small creek/streams may run high in the heavier downpour period.  

Have a great weekend and stay dry!

Route 10 bridge over the Passaic River, connecting East Hanover in Morris County with Livingston in Essex County.

Reminder: This is scheduled to begin this weekend. 5-7-14

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced a project to replace the Route 10 bridge over the Passaic River, connecting East Hanover in Morris County with Livingston in Essex County.
The $3.5 million, federally-funded project will replace the existing structurally-deficient and functionally obsolete bridge with a new concrete structure including deck, beams, bearings and parapets. In addition to the replacement of the existing bridge, NJDOT will resurface the roadway approaches on Route 10 in both directions.

Route 10 carries two 12-foot wide travel lanes in each direction over the bridge with 6-foot sidewalks. NJDOT has designed the bridge deck replacement work to be performed in stages, closing one side of the bridge for reconstruction at a time. During Stage I, the south half of the bridge (eastbound lanes) will be reconstructed, which is anticipated to last for approximately three months. Eastbound traffic will be detoured for the entire project, while westbound traffic will be maintained. Once complete, the contractor will then close the westbound half of the bridge and shift westbound traffic onto the newly constructed eastbound side.

NJDOT's contractor, Persistent Construction Inc., is scheduled this week to begin sign installation and work to expand Old Mount Pleasant Avenue eastbound from one lane to two lanes. Old Mount Pleasant Avenue westbound will remain one lane.

The eastbound half of the bridge is scheduled to be closed for reconstruction. At that time, eastbound traffic on Route 10 will be detoured for the entire length of the project. Route 10 westbound traffic will be maintained throughout the project .

  • Motorists traveling on Route 10 eastbound will be directed to River Road, Old Mount Pleasant Avenue and back onto Route 10 eastbound after Okner Parkway.
  • Local traffic for businesses between River Road and the bridge, and between Okner Parkway and the bridge will be maintained at all times.
  • Temporary traffic signals are planned at intersection of River Road and Old Mount Pleasant Avenue, and at Old Mount Pleasant Avenue and Okner Parkway to improve traffic flow at those intersections during construction.
Dynamic message signs will be deployed on Route 10 to alert motorists of the upcoming traffic pattern changes.NJDOT anticipates the project reaching completion by the end of 2014.

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT's traffic information website for real-time travel information.

Road Closures Due to Flooding (Updated 3:29pm)

All roads in Denville, with the exception of Riverside Drive (near Snyder Ave.) are now OPEN.

Harding Twp:
Advisory: Advise that Long Hill Rd is closed due to flooding. Plan alternate route.

Traffic: New Rd and Vail Rd bridge into Montville will remain closed due to flooding through evening rush. Please plan an alternate route.

Martin Luther King Avenue between George and Spring Street is closed.
Morris Street near Ridgedale Ave heading east has been reduced to one lane due to a sink hole.

Morris Township:
Washington Valley Road between Gaston Rd & Ranney Hill Road is closed.
Whitehead Road between Whispering Meadow Drive & Doe Hill Road is closed.

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