DPW to spray for vegetation control in May

The Borough of Chester’s Department of Public Works will be conducting “Right of way vegetation management” throughout the month of May. All treated areas within parks/public areas will be marked with flags reading “Pesticide Treated Area”. Residents are advised to avoid these areas until the flags are removed.

Areas to be treated include, but are not limited to, the following locations:

Road sides – At or near fire hydrants, street signs, vegetation control

Grove St. Park – poison ivy control

Collis Lane Ball Fields and adjoining Park – poison ivy control

Municipal Buildings – poison ivy and vegetation management

Stargazing party canceled

The stargazing party scheduled for the evening of Friday, April 21st has been canceled due to inclement weather / poor viewing conditions. We will work on rescheduling and will post new information at a later date.

Annual Health Screening for Chester Borough Residents 5/4 – 5/5

The Bernards Township Health Department is conducting the Annual Health Screening on Thursday, May 4th and Friday, May 5th from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at St. James Church located at 184 S. Finley Ave. in Basking Ridge. In-person pre-registration is required at the Bernards Township Health Department at 262 S. Finley Avenue in Basking Ridge from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday starting Monday, April 17th.

This screening includes comprehensive blood work such as a lipid profile measuring total, HDL and LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, as well as blood pressure check, urinalysis, and stool hemocult. Cost for the screening is $35 for residents and $45 for non-residents with an additional fee for optional Thyroid Screening and for measure of Hemoglobin A1c.

The Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) test may be used to screen for and diagnose diabetes and pre-diabetes in adults. A non-diabetic person will have an A1c result less than 5.7%. For most diabetics, it is recommended that they aim to keep their hemoglobin A1c below 7%. Results should always be discussed with your healthcare provider.

This year the FIT (Fecal Immunochemical Test) is offered for an additional cost of $15 for residents and $20 for non-residents. This test is easy to do and requires only one sample yearly and is done in place of the hemoccult test. It is a more sensitive test and detects only human blood, not blood or dye from food.

The Annual Health Screening is a great way to identify health concerns to ensure optimal and timely treatment. In addition, if someone has elevated blood lipids, diabetes, hypertension or another chronic health issue, this is a great way to check their progress in addition to their yearly physical with their doctor. There is a $5 processing fee for cancelled appointments.  For more information call (908) 204-2520 or visit www.bernardshealth.org.

The Bernards Township Health Department is the contractual health agency for Bernards  Township, Bernardsville Borough, Chester Borough, Long Hill Township, Mendham Borough, and Peapack and Gladstone Borough.

Rep. Lance invites HS students to conference 4/29

From Rep. Leonard Lance:

It is my privilege to invite your high school students to participate in a special New Jersey Seventh Congressional District Student Government Conference that I am hosting district-wide.  The conference is open to all high school students in grades 9 through 12 who reside in the Seventh Congressional District of New Jersey.

At this conference, students will be put in the role of lawmaker – tasked with balancing the federal budget and reforming tax policy while weighing the priorities of protecting the Nation, funding education and government services and the country’s entitlement programs.  This conference will give the student an active role and hands-on role experience in government.

Additionally, students may RSVP directly at www.lance.house.gov/studentconference.   The conference will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Mountainside Borough Hall in Mountainside, New Jersey.

I hope you will encourage your young constituents to participate in this year’s New Jersey Seventh Congressional District Student Government Conference.  Should you have any questions please contact John Malone in my Westfield office at John.Malone@mail.house.gov or (908) 518-7733.

Best personal wishes.                                                                                                              



Leonard Lance

Member of Congress

Brush and Leaf Removal – 2017 Guidelines


Spring Brush Clean up – April 10th – 14th

Fall Brush Clean up – October 9th – 13th

Limbs/large branches:  1” to 4” diameter.  Place branches in neat piles with butt ends in same direction facing the curb. This material does not need to be tied.

Brush:  1” or less diameter.  Tie material in 3-4 foot bundles and place at curb.  Use string, NOT WIRE!

Do not mix with grass, leaves, roots, stumps, garbage etc.  This will not be picked up.


October 16th – November 22nd

Please place leaves in piles behind the curb line.  Leaves should not extend more than 2 feet into the street.

Leaves cannot be closer than 10 feet from the storm drain as per NJDEP regulations.

Leaves will NOT be picked up if: put in bags, mixed with grass, sticks or garden debris.

All brush and leaves must be placed out at the curb prior to 8 am on the required dates.  Brush and leaves that are not picked up due to non-compliance with the above will become the responsibility of the homeowner.    

Take our Communications Survey

Chester Borough would like to be able to reach all of its residents in order to communicate information in a timely manner. Please let us know your preference about you would like to be reached by filling out a short survey with your contact information. Please open this post and click on the link in order to take the survey. Thank you!

Click here to take the survey.

Summer Rec Camp Registration now open

Summer Rec Camp – priority registration for Chester residents is taking place now until 4/3.  Regular camp registration opens 4/3/17.

To register please visit https://register.communitypass.net/chestertwp

You can easily register online at any time, day or night.

Camp employment application deadline 3/31/17 

Scholarship applications – now accepting, deadline 4/15/17


Chester Rec Camp has a limited number of partial scholarships available. Please complete the scholarship application in its entirety and return to Recreation Director, 1 Parker Rd., Chester NJ 07930 or email to: recreation@chesterborough.org
Deadline for applications is 4/15/17.

Sponsor a Child

Would you or your company like to donate to send a kid to camp? Please email recreation@chesterborough.org or call 908-879-5100 x 825 for more info and how you can make a difference in the life of a child!

Employment Opportunity

Chester Township Recreation Summer Day Camp is now accepting applications for employment. Kindly fill out this application and send it to the Recreation Director by the deadline of March 31, 2017. Mail to: Recreation Director, Chester Township, 1 Parker Rd., Chester NJ 07930 or e-mail to: recreation@chesterborough.org