Mark your calendars and plan on attending this year’s Vernon Day celebration on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Maple Grange Community Park!
Vernon Day will run from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will feature over 75 vendors, free bounce houses, demonstrations, music and other fun events along with shopping and tasty treats for purchase.
Come on out and share a beautiful day with your community! The event, sponsored by Vernon Township and the Vernon PAL, will be held rain or shine.
Need more information? Call the Vernon PAL at 973.764.9514.
Change in Polling Place Location
Posted: May 15, 2017
Due to concerns with American’s with Disabilities Act compliance, the Barry Lakes Clubhouse (districts 15 and 16) will not be used as a polling place. All voters for districts 15 and 16 will be voting at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 184 Breakneck Road in Highland Lakes.
The mayor and council of the Township of Vernon have proclaimed May 15 - May 21, 2017 Police Week, in grateful appreciation of the Vernon Township Police Department.
Police Week 2017 Proclamation
WHEREAS, the Congress and President of the United States have designated the week of Monday, May 15, 2017 through Sunday, May 21, 2017 as National Police Week; and
WHEREAS, the members of the Township of Vernon Police Department play an essential role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms of the Township of Vernon; and
WHEREAS, it is important that all citizens know and understand the duties, responsibilities, hazards and sacrifices of their law enforcement agency, and that members of our law enforcement agency recognize their duty to serve the people by safeguarding life and property, by protecting them against violence and disorder, and by protecting the innocent against deception and the weak against oppression; and
WHEREAS, the men and women of the Vernon Township Police Department unceasingly provide a vital service.
NOW, THEREFORE, Council President Jean Murphy, Mayor Shortway and the Vernon Township Council do hereby proclaim that the week of May 15, 2017 through May 21, 2017 is designated as Police Week in the Township of Vernon and call upon all citizens and patriotic civic and educational organizations to observe this week with appropriate ceremonies and observances in which all of our community may join in commemorating law enforcement officers, past and present, who, by their faithful and loyal devotion to their responsibilities, have rendered a dedicated service to their communities and, in so doing, have established for themselves an enviable and enduring reputation for preserving the rights and security of all citizens.
2017 Gypsy Moth Aerial Suppression Program
Posted: May 4, 2017
Updated May 19, 2017: Gypsy moth spraying has been completed for Vernon.
Gypsy moth egg mass surveys, conducted by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, indicate that gypsy moth populations will be very high during May and June 2017. Leaf feeding by the caterpillars of this pest will cause severe defoliation of many of our trees. Consequently, Vernon Township has entered into a cooperative control program with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and the United States Forest Service. This program is being operated on an integrated approach, utilizing a pesticide with a naturally occurring active ingredient to reduce defoliating population of this forest pest. The aerial spraying will be employed around residential and recreational areas to reduce tree loss, while natural control agents will be encouraged to reduce pest levels in remote, uninhabited areas.
In your area, the only biological insecticide, Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki (FORAY 76B, EPA Reg. #73049-49) will be applied once by aircraft at a dosage rate of 38 B.l.U.s (64 oz.) per acre by Downstown Airport, Inc.
The spray operation is expected to begin on or after May 15, 2017 through June 16, 2017, or until completion. The exact date of application will depend on climatic conditions and the development of the caterpillars and trees in your area. A township contact can be reached at the administration office at 973.764.4055, ext. 2240 to answer any questions you may have about the exact timing and dates of treatment.
To ensure precise placement of the spray material, aircraft will conduct treatments only when there is little or no wind. Daily spray operations normally are conducted in the early morning between 5:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and possibly between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. in the evening. However, NO pesticide application for gypsy moth control will take place between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.
Although Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki use has very minimal risk to humans or wildlife, individuals wishing no exposure to either themselves or their children, before or after this one hour no spray shutdown time should remain indoors during the treatment. If you must go outside, wear rain gear or use an umbrella to prevent contact with spray material, especially if you hear the aircraft working in your area.
Trained personnel for the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and Vernon Township will assist in the program. Pilots will be carefully briefed to ensure that the spray material is being applied in the proper areas, as directed.
The program is being conducted to protect and preserve the municipality and your valuable shade tree resources. Your understanding and cooperation will be very much appreciated.
Individuals wishing additional information about pesticides may contact the National Pesticide Information Center at 800.858.7378. For emergencies, call the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System at 800.222.1222. For pesticide regulation information, pesticide complaints and health referrals, call the New Jersey Pesticide Control Program at 609.984.6507.
Upon request, the pesticide applicator or applicator business shall provide a resident with notification twelve (12) hours prior to the application, except for Quarantine and Disease Vector Control only, when conditions necessitate pesticide application sooner than that time. Additional information about the program is also available at the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s website.
2017 Trails of Vernon Challenge
Posted: May 3, 2017
The challenge officially kicks off on June 3, 2017 in celebration of National Trails Day and goes until October 3, 2017.
The challenge is not a race…it is an individual challenge for personal growth. It’s about making a commitment that may change life for the better!
This is a perfect opportunity to introduce people to the natural beauty of Vernon. So get unplugged, get outdoors and start your journey to a new you!