FAIRFIELD, NJ — Fairfield Township Police Chief Anthony Manna reported during Monday’s township council meeting that May 15 marked the culmination of the department’s Law Enforcement Against Drugs (L.E.A.D.) program, a ten-week program for students in fourth-through-sixth grades at the Churchill School.

The program not only addresses the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, he said, but also provides coping mechanisms to handle the pressures of living in today's world. Manna said it was the first time in recent years that the police department was directly in charge of the anti-drug, anti-alcohol and positive-choice curriculum.

“I am happy we are back in the schools,” he said.

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The program ended with L.E.A.D. Day, which Manna said took a lot of work but was well worth it.

The celebration included the Atlantic Air-1 Medivac helicopter landing at the school and a visit from the Paterson Police Department’s K9 unit. The Municipal Alliance Committee provided lunch and sponsored the program. The sixth graders graduated and received T-shirts for the occasion.

Manna thanked officers Jeffrey Dean and James High, Jr. for doing “a phenomenal job” with the program.

It was also announced on Monday that all Fairfield districts will vote in the primary election in the large multi-purpose room at the new recreation complex building on 221 Hollywood Avenue on Tuesday, June 6. All elections will be held at this location from now on, according to the council, and the polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Councilman John LaForgia reminded everyone that on Sunday, June 4, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hollywood Avenue Park, the Fairfield Municipal Alliance Committee is hosting the 2017 Fairfield Family Fun Night and Food Truck Event.

The event will include inflatables, a bounce house, large slide, obstacle course, rock wall, Velcro wall, a trackless train, carnival games, a balloon artist, face painter, and tattoo artist. Food trucks will be onsite as an additional purchase.

Wristbands will be sold for children only. Wristbands are $5 if purchased early at the municipal clerk’s office or at the recreation department or $10 at the event.

Strollers, food and drinks are not permitted on the turf field. A stroller parking area will be provided.

Co-sponsors for the events are Fairfield Recreation, Fairfield Police Department, Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department and Fairfield Knights of Columbus.

The night is part of Drug and Alcohol Prevention Awareness as related to the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

In other news, Philip Alagai, Essex County chief of staff and liaison to Fairfield, announced that there will be free admission to Turtle Back Zoo on Saturday, June 3. He said the zoo hopes the new lion exhibit to be ready for that day, depending on the weather.

He also announced that the county recently sprayed for mosquitoes, and the council members thanked him for the quick response to their request. Due to the rainy weather, the mosquitoes in Fairfield were abundant.

To read more about this meeting, where council members and Manna praised former police chief Stephen Filipow, who died last week, click HERE.