City News Briefs: Scholarship Opportunity, Sewer Disposal Guidelines Reminder and Spring 'Green' Events Detailed


SUMMIT, NJ - In a string of news coming out of City Hall this week, the City of Summit is asking for residents' assistance relative to recent sewer issues, announcing the availability of a scholarship for high school students, and detailing the dates of upcoming spring events with a 'Green' theme.

Sewer Disposal Guidelines

The City of Summit is experiencing blockage issues with its sanitary sewer system caused by the flushing of adult and baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, and improper disposal of cooking oils.

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Although often labeled as biodegradable, these items -- when flushed -- can create massive blockages in the sewer system and potentially cause problems for homeowners. The City asks residents to dispose of these products in the trash rather than the toilet.

When cooking oil is disposed in the sewer system, it can clog pipes and eventually pollute local waterways. Rather, avoid disposing cooking oil in the kitchen sink by allowing it to cool and adding it to household garbage. For more information on the City of Summit sewer system, please contact the Department of Community Services at 908-273-6404.

Scholarship Opportunity for High School Juniors and Seniors in Summit

Mayor Nora Radest and the New Jersey State League of Municipalities are offering a three, $1,000 scholarships for high school juniors and seniors in Summit.

Three scholarships are being offered through the Louis Bay Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Competition, a statewide competition that centers on the theme 'What My Municipal Government Does Best'.

“This is an excellent opportunity for students in Summit and I encourage all juniors and seniors to apply,” explains Mayor Radest, who will select one semifinalist, who will then be designated a state semifinalist. The Scholarship Committee of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities will select 15 finalists and three winners.

To access the application and more information on the competition, visit

Free Market, Earth Day Clean-Up, and Arbor Day

The dates for three annual spring events -- the Summit Free Market, Earth Day Clean-Up, and Arbor Day -- have been announced.

The Summit Free Market will be held on Saturdays April 29 and May 6, at the City of Summit Transfer Station, located at 40 New Providence Avenue. Residents can bring yard sale-quality items to share with others, and take whatever they want for free. For more information on the Summit Free Market, visit

The City of Summit’s 11th annual Earth Day Clean-Up will be held on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23. Members of the community, individuals and groups, are encouraged to participate and help improve Summit’s parks and open spaces. For more information about the 2017 Earth Day Clean-Up, contact

An Arbor Day celebration is planned for Friday, April 28 at Brayton Elementary School. More information on the event will be forthcoming.

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