Norwood Take-Back Day is Coming Up!

Why is this environmental news? Because proper disposal of prescription drugs protects the water supply! Medicinal chemicals cannot be removed from your sewer or storm drains and eventually end up in the environment, including drinking water. Protect our water supply-please dispose of your unused/expired medications safely! See below:

Got Drugs?

Norwood participates in the National Take-Back Initiative National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day collections twice a year. This day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. The next Day is October 22, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  at the Community Center- go to the DEA National Take-Back Initiative page to find a location near you – click here for their home page.




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Columbia University-Earth Institute LDEO Open House

(See attached flyer-you won’t want to miss this day!!)


Forwarded message below:

Dear Friend,

It is a pleasure to invite you to Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory biennial Open House on Saturday, October 8, 2016 in Palisades, NY­—a day filled with fun and informative earth science activities for parents, children and science enthusiasts of all ages. Exhibits are aimed at different ages and educational levels, from elementary school-age children to college students, citizen scientists and those well versed in the earth sciences.

At Open House you can —

  • Visit the Seismic Sound Lab and experience the sights and sounds of earthquakes.
  • Create your own eruptions at our hands-on exhibit featuring volcanoes of different eruptive intensity, volcanic rocks, and volcano research.
  • Attend an earth science lecture on the latest research and discoveries at the Observatory.
  • Explore the Arctic of the future through hands-on activities that demonstrate the impact of sea ice loss.
  • Tour the Core Repository to learn about one of the world’s most unique and important collections of sediment cores from every major ocean and sea.
  • And much, much more
    Please visit the Open House website for details on exhibits, parking, and the free shuttle to Lamont from Columbia University’s Morningside Campus.
Admission is free of charge, with a suggested $5 donation. We look forward to having you join us on October 8, 2016.
Open House is only one of many ways that the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is committed to educating the next generation and sustaining the planet. With your support, you make possible our scientific research, education programs, and the transformation of our science into solutions through collaborations with engineers, public health specialists, policymakers and others.
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is a core component of the Earth Institute.
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Comprehensive Tree Ordinance Update

CORRECTION: The new draft will be heard at the October Work Session on the 26th. At tonight’s Council work session, a revised draft tree ordinance is being discussed with Shade Tree Committee authors. This revision incorporates the new Borough Clearcutting Ordinance as well as comments received at our last Council presentation in the Spring. Please attend if you are interested in this discussion so you can provide resident input to the Council when hopefully the final draft is reviewed at public reading.Fox Hill Trail Definition 025

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WANTED: Trail Volunteers and Stewardship Monitors

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Do you like to go for walks in the woods?

Do you like to build and/or like your trails neat/walkable?

Join the Norwood Trail Volunteer and/or the

Conservation Easement Stewardship Crew and

Keep Norwood Green!!!

Contact  or 201-835-5687 or the Norwood EC Facebook page at with your name and contact information and your interest.

*We also welcome new members on both the Environmental Commission and Norwood Green Team. Please let us know if you are interested!*

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Calling all Environment-Minded People!

Are you an: outdoorsman or woman? Boy or Girl Scout Leader? Environmental educator, scientist, biologist? Hiker, biker, birder, botanist, gardener, historian, tree-hugger, animal lover? Health nut? Planner, Surveyor, Engineer, Attorney?   Enjoy clean air, water, soil, recreation? Interested in sustainability, energy efficiency, recycling? Concerned Norwood resident?

The Norwood Environmental Commission is actively seeking new members. No special skills or background required other than residency!! We are a non-partisan, volunteer, appointed advisory board, working to maintain the quality of life that residents in our community expect. No minimum number of meetings are required to become a member and there is no cost, just an interest in the community. Please contact the Chair, Christine Hageman at if you or someone you know is interested in joining or you want to learn more!

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Electronics Recycling Update

For the past few years, Norwood residents have been able to drop off their old electronics and televisions at the Norwood DPW and/or schedule a pickup on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, in compliance with the e-Waste recycling law. This arrangement benefited both the Borough and our residents, as the electronics recycler paid the Borough for the collected electronics by weight. Due to the changing recycling market, including restrictions placed on incoming recyclable electronics by other countries, the Borough now has to pay to have these items picked up. While the scheduled pickup arrangement will continue this year until further notice, the Borough requests that residents now dispose of their electronics at the  County recycling days scheduled throughout the year, instead of behind the DPW. These dates are listed in the Borough calendar and online at The next electronics recycling collection date is this coming Sunday, August 21st at Bergen Community College in Paramus from 9am to 2 pm.

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Drought Watch Status as of 8/14

From: New Jersey Drought Information
 Comment on the Drinking Water Supply Indicators:

Following substantial rainfall in late July, the NJDEP’s drinking-water-supply indicators experienced modest improvements since issuance of a Drought Watch for the Northeast, Northwest and Central water supply regions on July 25, 2016.  Despite the welcomed rainfall, concerns over the lingering effect of months of below-average precipitation remain. If dry weather and warmer-than-average temperatures return, conditions will likely deteriorate and bring the prospects of future drought response actions back into play.  To help avert this possibility, continued cooperation by the public to use water wisely is necessary. Helpful water conservation tips are available at:

See .pdf link below for more detailed information on your region:

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