DENVILLE, NJ -- Denville Mayor Thomas Andes announced that there will be no public Memorial Day service this year. "Each of the main participating organizations will hold a very small and private ceremony," he shared in a statement issued Fri., May 22.

Moreover, the Fourth of July fireworks in Gardner Field has been postponed. "It is our hope to have a much-expanded display in 2021 to celebrate our Country’s independence together," Andes stated.

As for the town's summer recreation programs, the teen travel program has been canceled and refunds will be processed. "We hope to make a decision on the Summer Plus program in the coming two (2) weeks. Once decision is made regarding the Summer Plus program, we will place information on the Township website or you can contact Recreation Director Nick Panetta at (973) 625-8300 ext. 238," Andes announced. "No penalty refunds are available for anyone who has pre-registered."

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Starting this weekend, Cooks Pond will be open with strict capacity limits, mandatory health guidelines and social distancing precautions. Residents can contact Panetta for information on annual and weekly memberships, pricing and other information.

Andes reminded residents that all Denville parks and facilities remain closed for any sort of active recreation. Activities in or on ball fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, picnic tables and bathrooms are prohibited. "The parks are open for passive recreational purposes, such as walking, hiking and fishing (with license and badge). The dog park at Veterans Memorial Park is also open," according to Andes.

The Denville Public Library remains closed but continues to host interactive online events.

The mayor also provided an update on next week's trash and recycling pickup schedule:
-- Monday: no garbage pickup
-- Tuesday: Monday’s garbage pickup
-- Wednesday: Tuesday’s garbage pickup; no recycling
-- Thursday: recycling (commingled -- glass, cans and plastic)
-- Thursday/Friday: regular garbage pickup

Moreover, the recycling center is now open Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. To use the recycling center, residents must show identification that demonstrates Denville residency. "As our recycling center is one of the first in the area to re-open, ID checks will be performed," Andes warned.

Andes also reminded residents "to Shop Denville whenever possible, wear a mask in public spaces and respect social distancing standards. If we all work together, we will get through this."


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