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The January 2006 Mendham Messenger
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Winter Ordinances Reminder

As we enter the winter months, I want to remind our citizens that we have a few town ordinances that safeguard the well being of all:
"No person shall park a vehicle upon any road in the Borough between the hours of 2:00AM and 6:00AM from November 1st through April 15th of the year." The™plirpdse of this ordinance Is to help the Borough Public Works Department clean our streets of any snow or ice which may fall.
"No person shall deposit any item, such as leaves or snow, upon any road or public thoroughfare." When raking, shoveling, or blowing leaves or snow, make sure you don't deposit these items into the streets or sidewalks. We need to keep these areas clear of debris so people and vehicles can safely travel on them.
"Persons owning or occupying property shall keep the sidewalk free of litter. This includes any material, which tends to create a danger to public health, safety or welfare." We have many pedestrians who walk in our town, including young children walking to school. Snow and Ice should be removed from the sidewalks. If pedestrians, especially our school aged children, are forced to walk in the street due to sidewalks blocked with snow ice would be considered a public safety issue.

Property Revaluation Update

Most property owners will have received letters from the revaluation company about their new valuations. If you have questions about the new valuations the Borough urges you please to follow the instructions provided by the revaluation company in the letter. Appointments to discuss valuations will take place in early January. Company representatives will be available for evening and Saturday appointments.

Pet Licensing

It is time again to renew your pets license for 2006. However, starting in 2006, the late fee and deadline to renew your pet has changed. The new late fee is $10 per pet, and the deadline is now February 1st. This does not apply to new pets being licensed for the first time. Any questions? please contact Karen Bellamy-Orgera, at 973-543-7152 ext. 10.

2006 Recycling Information

As usual, recyclables are to be at the curb the night before collection day in hard-sided, containers, no larger than 20 gallon capacity, and not lined with bags.
If your recyclables are not picked up on the scheduled day, phone the Mendham Borough Recycling Coordinator, at 543-7152, ext. 15, by 10:00AM the next day. For other questions, phone 543-7152, ext.22, for a recorded message.

January		5	19
February	2	16
March		2	16	30
April		13	27
May		11	25
June		8	22
July		6	20
August		3	17	31
September	14	28
October		12	26
November	9	No Collection on Thanksgiving Day
December	7	21
Recycling Preparation
All of the following containers may be put in the same recycling bin for collection: • Aluminum Cans
• Clear, brown, and green glass bottles and jars - Do not include drinking glasses, mirrors, light bulbs, window glass, or Pyrex®.
• Plastic Bottles coded 1 PETEor 2 HOPE. "Bottles" have smaller necks than bottoms. No other plastic.
• Steel / Tin) Cans
• Empty, Dry Paint and Aerosol Cans
Paint cans must be empty, dry, and have lids removed. Aerosol cans must be empty, with plastic nozzle removed.

Remove all caps/lids; metal caps/lids can be recycled, plastic caps/lids should be discarded. - — Rinse all
Includes all inserts that come with the newspaper. Cross-tie in bundles up to 12" high, not in bags. Keep separate from other papers.
Put in a collection bin or a brown paper bag:
• Junk Mail and Envelopes
• Magazines, Catalogues, Coupons
• Office Paper
• Paperback Books, Hardcover Books with covers removed (dispose of covers)
• Chipboard/Boxboard, eg. Cereal or egg boxes ~» — OofFugated Cardboard, flattened and tied
• Brown Paper Bags, in another bag, or in a reusable container with mixed paper.


The Lanes will have open bowling from 1:00-5:OOPM, on the 2nd and 3rd Sundays of January, February, and March (Jan 8th, 15th; Feb 12th, 19th, and Mar 12th, 19th). The cost is $3/game. Bowling shoes and bumper bowling for youngsters are available.
A Junior Bowling League for 4th grade through the high school years will begin on Wednesday January 4th, at 3: 30PM, and run for 9 weeks. This League is certified by the Youth Program of the USBC. A seasonal fee of $60 covers all bowling, membership in the USBC, bowling shoes, trophies and an end of season party. For more information, phone Mr. Connell, at 973-543-2621.

Short Winter for Garden Club

The Mendham Garden Club {MGC) is a dedicated group serving the Borough throughout the year in many ways. New members are welcome and annual dues are only $20. The MGC welcomes both experienced gardeners and those who want to learn about gardening. Why not make the Mendham Garden Club part of your new routine for 2006? This year's activities will include:

•    February, 21—Meeting/MGC History Lesson
•    March 21—Meeting/Plan for Plant Sale
•    April 18—Meeting/Final Plant Sale Preparation
•    May 20—Plant Sale
•    May 23—Meeting/Phoenix House Planting
•    June—Field Trip, Date to Be Announced
•    July-August—Tuesdays are workdays in the Phoenix House Garden
 or Oak Tree Triangle.
•    September 19—Meeting/Plant Exchange
•    October   17—Meeting/Phoenix House  Garden Clean Up
•    November 14—Gather Greens for Wreaths
•    November 28—Wreath Making
For further information, phone Emily Wood, President, at 973-543-3445.

Winter Food Safety

Will the food In your home be safe in the event of a power outage from a winter storm, or a flood? The USDA offers a number of suggestions for keeping our food safe to eat.

Keep the refrigerator at or below 40°F, and the freezer at or below 0°F. If the power goes out, keep the doors closed as much as possible to help retain the cold. An unopened refrigerator will keep food safely cold for about 4 hours. A full, unopened, freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours. If your freezer is not full, keep items close together. Dry ice or bagged ice will help keep your refrigerator cold if the power is going to be out for a prolonged time.

If the power is out for an extended time in the winter, you may be tempted to put defrosting foods outdoors, however it is much safer to freeze jugs of water or gel packs outdoors and use them to keep food cold in an ice chest. If frozen foods become partially or totally defrosted, they may be safely re-frozen if the food has not warmed above 40EF. Partial thawing and re-freezing may reduce the quality of some food, but the food will remain safe to eat. Be sure to throw out any foods that come in contact with raw meat juices.

Mendham Seniors Club

The Mendhams' Senior Citizens club meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, at 11:OOAM, in the Garabrandt Center. Each month's meeting offers members a chance to visit and enjoy their own bag lunches (beverages and desserts are provided by the club), as they observe informative and informational programs on a wide variety of topics. A new season of day-and overnight trips will begin in the spring.

Membership in the club is open to Mendham Borough or Township residents over age 55. Annual dues are $12. For more information about membership or activities, please phone Althea Lowe, at 973-543-3861.

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Dec 2005