Sign up for NEW Emergency Alert Sysyem

Morris County has moved to a new emergency alert system called AlertMorris. In our towns, it is called AlertChester.

With AlertChester, you can receive emergency alerts by email, text, phone, or whichever method of communication you prefer.

Sign Up for free here.

If you were a member of the County’s old notification system, Everbridge, your information was forwarded to AlertChester. But we ask that you register again, so we are sure to have captured everyone in the new system. Registered users will receive periodic e-mails from Smart911 to update their contact information.

Smart911

AlertChester automatically signs you up for Smart911 which provides you and your family with potentially life-saving Smart911, which is an important and free emergency 9-1-1 call component for those jurisdictions (including Morris County) who’s 9-1-1 center utilizes this product.

Working with Rave Mobile Safety, the county first rolled out Smart911 in late 2017:

https://morriscountynj.gov/2017/10/smart911-free-emergency-call-service-is-now-available-to-a-majority-of-morris-county-residents/

Smart 911 is FREE, and your information is secure, accessible only to a 9-1-1 call taker.  This service can provide key information to responders that can make your family safer.  For example:

  • Address Details: How to access your home, number of bedrooms, location of utility shut-offs, and if you live in a multi-family building;
  • Family Details: Number of residents, ages, photos of children, and your landline and mobile phone numbers;
  • Medical Information: Medical conditions of certain residents, medications taken/required, allergies, mobility of residents, and if special equipment is needed in an emergency;
  • Animals: A list of your pets, service animals and livestock, and their names so responders are aware of them as they enter your home. Also, include the name of your veterinarian;
  • Emergency Contacts: Family members, friends or neighbors to be contacted in case of an emergency;
  • Vehicles: Make, model and license plate number in case of a motor vehicle accident.

Residents can offer as much or as little information to first responders through Smart911 as they wish.

Alerts on Social Media

Chester Police media alert accounts on Facebook and Twitter are Chester Police NJ and @ChesterPoliceNJ.

Morris County’s social media alert accounts on Facebook and Twitter, @MCUrgent, also have changed their names to @AlertMorris. Get updates from OEM and multi-jurisdictional emergency alerts through your favorite social media platform!  If you’d already signed up for @MCUrgent, there’s nothing to do – you’ll see @AlertMorris in your Twitter and Facebook feeds. Otherwise, follow @AlertMorris today!

Tax Letter from Mayor Hoven

Mayor Hoven has written a letter to Chester Borough Residents regarding their tax bills. She describes this year’s budget, school taxes, and affordable housing. Residents are encouraged to read the letter to better understand their tax bills. Anyone with questions may reach out to the Mayor at jhoven@chesterborough.org

Please open this post, then click link below to access the letter.

Mayor Hoven’s tax letter

Summer Art Classes Offered

Chester Borough Recreation is pleased to offer many art classes this summer for students of all ages. Classes take place at the Field House. For a small fee, students will receive supplies and instruction. Check out our many exciting classes, described on these flyers:

 

Residents asked to help with mosquito control

Remove Standing Water from Your Property

Morris County Residents Asked to Join the Battle Against MosquitoesA very wet spring created an environment in many parts of Morris County that is quite conducive to the breeding of mosquitoes, which are causing a major nuisance for residents.

This Spring, county mosquito control teams tackled heavy mosquito breeding areas via trucks, ATVs and back-mounted sprayers.

Residents in all 39 Morris County towns also are being asked to help out in this battle. Between what seem-to-be constant rain showers, county mosquito control officials are asking you to thoroughly check the outside of your house, apartment, condominium, or wherever you live in Morris County and drain sources of standing water to eliminate areas where mosquitoes can breed.

Morris County Residents Asked to Join the Battle Against Mosquitoes

Empty water from planters

Try to eliminate all sources of standing water, such as planters, gutters, old tires, wheelbarrows, clogged gutters and other sources of standing water that can breed mosquitoes.

“If everyone would take steps around their own homes to eliminate standing water, it could make a very big difference, reducing the number of mosquitoes by many hundreds of thousands, if not millions, where you live,’’ said Mosquito Division Superintendent Kristian McMorland.

The Morris County Division of Mosquito Control has been active for months preparing for this year’s mosquito battle, but you can make a difference when it comes to mosquitoes around where you live.

“It’s important to remove or clean or repair anything that can collect rain or sprinkler water – such as clogged gutters, old car tires, wheelbarrows, planters, trash can covers, birdbaths, old tarps, or unused swimming or wading pools,’’ said McMorland. “Even just a bit of standing water can produce a huge number of mosquitoes that can have a negative impact on your quality of life.’’

The water in a wheelbarrow can produce enough mosquitoes to infest your entire neighborhood.

The most common backyard species of mosquito travels only about thousand feet from where they are spawned. Mosquitoes spend their juvenile life stage in the aquatic environment and will go from egg to adult in about one week during the summer. So removing standing water near your home can have a dramatic impact on your mosquito population.

In addition to the nuisance of mosquitoes, they also bring the possibility of mosquito borne diseases, such as West Nile virus, which is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito.

“Our county team does a great job of working to battle mosquitoes in some of the toughest breeding grounds in the county but they need your help when it comes to making a difference in your yard or neighborhood,’’ said Freeholder John Cesaro, liaison to the County Mosquito Control Division. “What steps you take, or don’t take, can affect families living all around you.’’

Mosquitoes require standing water for 7 days to complete their development.

Steps you can take to reduce mosquito populations include:

  • Morris County Residents Asked to Join the Battle Against MosquitoesAt least once a week, empty water from flowerpots, pet food and water dishes, birdbaths, swimming pool covers, buckets, barrels, and cans.
  • Check for clogged rain gutters and clean them out.
  • Recycle discarded tires, and remove 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.

Look very carefully around your property for anything that could hold water in which mosquitoes can lay eggs. If your home is under construction, make sure standing water is not collecting on tarps or in any receptacles.

Additional tips on how to limit mosquitoes on your property include:

  • Drill holes in the bottom and elevate recycling containers that are left outdoors;
  • Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens are fashionable but become major mosquito producers if they are allowed to stagnate;
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, including those that are not being used. An untended swimming pool can produce enough mosquitoes to result in neighborhood-wide complaints;
  • Be aware mosquitoes may even breed in the water that collects on pool covers;
  • Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers that have accumulated on your property.

It is also a good time now to check screens in windows and doors and make any necessary repairs to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.

For more details on mosquitoes, visit: https://morriscountynj.gov/mosquito/info/

Also, check out the following videos for advice on dealing with mosquitoes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_ekfQ-F4F4 or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiQXLZnU7lA

Classic Car Show June 10th

Chester’s 18th Annual Classic Car Show

Take a Stroll Down Memory Lane

On Sunday, June 10th, Chester will be bursting with Classic Cars and Trucks along Historic Downtown Main Street! 

This Thrilling Motor Exhibit is FREE to the public and includes a display of the finest classics, customs, muscle, special interest, antiques, pro street cars and more!

Schedule of Events:

  • 8:00 am – 10:00 am: Exhibitors Register their Vehicles at the Top of Perry Street.
  • 10:00 am – 4:00pm: Show Times
  • 4:00 pm: Trophies awarded at the top of Perry Street.
    (Note: Vehicle must be registered and the owner and vehicle must be present to be eligible for trophy.)

*Plus All Day Shopping, Dining, and Exploring throughout Chester*

Trophy Categories:
• Best Engine
• Best Truck
• Best Paint
• People’s Choice
• Best in Show
• Top 5 Winner

Musical entertainment includes DJ-Doc South. Portion of proceeds to benefit Eric Koby Adoption Fund.

Stroll Chester’s charming, brick-lined sidewalks with over 80 specialty shops featuring antiques, crafts, clothing, jewelry, home furnishings, pet products, confections and wonderful eateries. For brand-name shopping and additional dining, visit The Streets of Chester Shopping Center. There is something for everyone here in Historic Chester, NJ! Visit www.ilovechester.com for complete details.
Questions? Contact Toni Perry at toni@twdirection.com

Chester Craft Fair June 2nd and 3rd

Make plans to attend the 20th Annual Spring Chester Craft Show, being held on Saturday and Sunday, June 2nd and 3rd, 2018 from 10:00-5:00.

Ranked in Top 60 craft shows IN THE COUNTRY, with over 160 ARTISTS from around the region…and 25 NEW ARTISANS!

Admission: $4.00.  No dogs/pets allowed.

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Experience a wide variety of handmade items including traditional craft, fine art and country crafts.  Find unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list as well as beautiful handcrafted furnishings for your home.

Be sure to stroll through Historic Chester and visit over 80 unique shops and eateries which are just steps away from the show. You will discover a wonderful selection of antiques, crafts, clothing, jewelry, home furnishings and accessories, gourmet pet products, confections and wonderful eateries. There is something for everyone in Historic Chester, NJ

For complete details, visit www.ilovechester.com