FAIRFIELD, NJ - Fairfield Township Mayor James Gasparini announced at the Monday council meeting that the Fairfield Municipal Alliance Committee (FMAC) received a $55,519 grant from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

“This will help with all the great work that Chairperson Denise Cafone and FMAC liaison Councilman Tom Morgan, along with the many volunteers, do for the township. They put in a lot of hard work and effort. This will go a long way,” Gasparini said.

Council President Michael McGlynn reminded residents that it is the season for leaf pick up. All leaves should be at curbside, and only leaves. Also he reminded residents to mindful of keeping storm sewers open.

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The second annual community Trunk or Treat sponsored by the FMAC will be held at the Fairfield Recreation Complex on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. All cars must be registered at $10.00 per car. Registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 27. Set up will begin at 5 p.m., and all trunks need to be parked and ready to go no later than 5:45 p.m. All cars must enter from Big Piece Road. There will be a trunk decorating contest, costume parade, music, inflatable haunted house, and a corn maze.

There will be a rain or shine paper shredding event in Fairfield on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Department of Public Works’ garage on 230 Fairfield Road located behind the Fairfield Township Municipal Building. There is a limit of five file boxes or 100 pounds per resident. Staples and paperclips do not have to be removed. Documents should not be bound, and wet or damp paper will not be accepted. There is to be no recyclable junk mail, magazines or newspapers, and participants are welcome to watch as their documents are shredded.

An Essex County paper shredding day will be on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Essex County Public Works, 99 West Bradford Avenue, Cedar Grove. Commercial and large quantity users may not drop off items. Proof of residency is required.

Councilman Tom Morgan stated that the Winter Wonderland and Christmas tree lighting events will be held on Sunday, Dec. 3 from 4 to 9 p.m. All attractions are free. There will be an iceless ice skating rink, world largest rocking horse ride, snowman bounce house, trackless train, strolling Christmas carolers, horse and carriage rides, interactive Christmas ornament for family pictures and photos with Santa. There will be hot pretzels, roasted chestnuts, an indoor café serving coffee, hot chocolate, pastries and cookies. This is a drug and alcohol free event sponsored by the Fairfield Recreation Department and the FMAC.

Also at 6 p.m. at the Winter Wonderland event, the four year old Busy Hands class will sing holiday songs followed by recreation’s king and queen welcoming a “Special Guest” and the lighting of the Christmas tree.

Luminaries can be picked up at the event for $10.00 for a packet of ten. They also may be ordered on line or at the clerk’s office.

Councilman Joseph Cifelli reported that taxes are due on Nov. 1, and if anyone did not receive a bill, please contact the tax office.

The mayor and council gave their condolences to the family of Mary Scangarello, a long time Fairfield resident, employee of the town, and dedicated volunteer. Scangarello was superintendent of Fairfield recreation from 1962-1995.