Dundee Island Ribbon Cutting
The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders held a ribbon cutting for the County’s newest park, Dundee Island Park in Passaic City, New Jersey.
Dundee Island Park – a $12 million dollar project funded by the Passaic County Open Space, Farmland, and Historic Preservation Trust Fund, Passaic County Capital Budget, and a $5 million dollar grant from the NJDEP Office of Natural Resource Restoration Newark Bay Complex Grant – is the County’s first riverfront park and first addition to the Passaic County Park System in 50 years.
The Dundee Island Park project construction has been managed by the Trust for Public Land through an agreement reached by the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, City of Passaic, and the Trust for Public Land. The new Dundee Island Park includes an array of elements, including an elevated field house with a concession and restroom facilities, a refurbished soccer field, playground, spray park, fitness and exercise equipment, a community garden, boat launch, river walk, landscaped improvements, ornamental security lighting throughout the entire park, art and place making features, including a sculptor designed by a local artist, and an amphitheater.
2020 Swearing In Ceremony
January 8, 2020
The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders held the annual reorganization meeting on January 6, appointing Freeholder Cassandra "Sandi" Lazzara to serve as Freeholder Director and Freeholder Pasquale "Pat" Lepore to serve as Freeholder Deputy Director. At this meeting, Matthew P. Jordan, Esq. was appointed Passaic County Counsel.
On January 8, Passaic County held a swearing in ceremony for Freeholders Pat Lepore and Terry Duffy and Sheriff Richard Berdnik at Passaic County Technical-Vocational Schools. Governor Phil Murphy administered the Oath of Office to the freeholders and Judge George Rhode administered the Oath of Allegiance to Sheriff Berdnik.
Celebrating the Holiday Season
The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders held their annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 10. Students from Memorial Day Nursery in Paterson, enjoyed Christmas carols sung by PCTI's "Tech Tones" and received a surprise visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
This year, Passaic County partnered with the Lighthouse Pregnancy Resource Center and the Boys & Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic to bring holiday cheer to children ages infant to six. The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Passaic County officials, employees and residents of Preakness Healthcare Center, and the Passaic County Sheriff's Department distributed toys to over 250 children as part of the Angel Tree Toy Drive. Seven angel trees were distributed among Passaic County offices, including the Passaic County Administration Building, Passaic County Superior Court, Preakness Healthcare Center and the Passaic County Sheriff's Department. Various Passaic County employees and Passaic County Sheriff's Officers generously volunteered to help organize and load the toys bags.
On December 23, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders held their annual Menorah Lighting Ceremony. Rabbi Michel Gurkov and Rabbi Mayer Gurkov led the audience in song, prayer and offered a brief explanation of the origins of Hanukkah.
90th Anniversary of Preakness Healthcare Center
December 9, 2019
On December 9, 2019, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders presented Passaic County Preakness Healthcare Center with a proclamation in recognition and celebration of their 90th anniversary. In attendance were various elected and appointed officials, including current and former Passaic County freeholders, Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh and a representative for Senator Mikie Sherrill, who also presented Preakness Healthcare Center with a proclamation in recognition of their 90 years of service to residents.
The Preakness Healthcare Center, formerly known as Preakness Hospital, began its mission to care of the elderly, chronically ill and disabled in 1961, with the merging of Valley View and Hope Dell. In 2009, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders built a new facility for Preakness Healthcare Center, replacing the old one. The new facility expanded to house 406 residents. It continues to provide long term skilled nursing care, sub-acute care, behavioral care, respiratory, respite and hospice care, to ensure the utmost care for its residents.
Veterans Day 2019
On November 7, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, in conjunction with the Passaic Vicinage Superior Court, hosted their annual Veterans Day Ceremony. Passaic County also honored veterans in a medal ceremony.
Dundee Island Park Groundbreaking Ceremony
November 1, 2019
Construction on Passaic County's first riverfront park has officially begun. On November 1, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, along with several other officials, including Passaic City Mayor Hector Lora and Assemblyman Gary Schaer, broke ground on the multi-million dollar Dundee Island Park project, located on Veterans Court in Passaic, NJ.
The $12 million project is a collaboration between the County of Passaic, City of Passaic and Trust for Public Land. It is being funded by a $5 million grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection; the Passaic County Open Space, Farmland, and Historic Preservation Trust Fund; and the Passaic County Capital Budget.
Once finished, the park will include a new field house, amphitheater, river walk, athletic field, picnic area, among other amenities.
Youth in Government Day
October 22, 2019
On October 22, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted their annual Youth in Government Day. Students from high schools across Passaic County are invited to tour County sites, speak to County officials and participate in various activities. This initiative allows students get a glimpse of the different roles in government and how the County functions to support the residents in all sixteen of its municipalities, including them.
This year, students toured the Passaic County Freeholder's Board Room, Passaic County Community College, Dey Mansion and Preakness Healthcare Center. They received an overview of the functions of each facility and had a chance to ask questions and directly interact with county officials, receiving many beneficial "words of wisdom."
At the Preakness Healthcare Center, students helped residents participate in Music Bingo.
To conclude their day, students were picked to play the roles of Freeholder, County Administrator, County Counsel and Clerk to the Board, and play their parts through the actual Freeholder Board meeting which included the conference agenda, regular board meeting and awarding proclamations.
October 19, 2019
Passaic County hosted the annual Oktoberfest festival on October 19 in Weasel Brook Park. Attendees enjoyed live music from Clifton's own Swingman and the Misfits Mutts, food options from a variety of food trucks and beer from Ghost Hawk Brewing Co., the first craft brewery in Passaic County.
This event was presented by the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Friends of Passaic County Parks, Inc., in partnership with Ghost Hawk Brewing Co.
Paws in the Park 2019
October 12, 2019
Paws in the Park not only supports the Passaic County Sheriff's Department's K-9 Unit, which patrols county parks and county-owned properties, but proceeds also support the Sheriff's Mounted Patrol Division, K-9 Memorial, funding for pet food for homebound residents, Meals on Wheels, among many other services Passaic County offers advocating for animals. This year, part of the proceeds raised will fund the addition of three canines and bullet proof vests.
Paws in the Park 2019 was sponsored by:
|TD Bank||Boswell Engineering||BluePearl Veterinary Partners|
|PBA Local 265
||Millennium Strategies||Railroad Construction Co. Inc.|
|Totowa Bagels||Oradell Animal Hospital||The Happy Hound Social Club|
|LAN Associates||Hodes Veterinary Group||Clip Shoppe School of Dog Grooming|
|Aton Computing||Johnston Communications||Passaic County Education Association|
|Roscoe the K-9 Cop||Columbia Bank Foundation|
Karen L. Cisco Pool Pavilion at Camp Hope
October 3, 2019
On October 3, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders held a ribbon cutting ceremony dedicating the newly constructed Camp Hope pool pavilion to Karen L. Cisco, the recently retired, longtime Executive Director of Camp Hope.
Karen Cisco was appointed Executive Director in 1990 and Camp Hope flourished under her leadership. She oversaw the expansion of the grounds, which now span 62 acres and include a small island in Greenwood Lake. The camp also opened a new pool and spray park, renovated seven cabins, planted hundreds of trees and rehabilitated seven cabins. During her tenure, Camp Hope began the Passaic County Senior Program, allowing seniors to enjoy the camp during its off-season. In her 29 years as Executive Director, Karen hosted 57,000 children and 87,000 senior citizens at Camp Hope.
Dey Mansion Garden Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
September 28, 2019
The newly restored Dey Mansion gardens were revealed on September 28 at the Garden Extravaganza. The project, sponsored by the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Friends of Dey Mansion, Inc., in conjunction with the Passaic County Department of Cultural and Historical Affairs, brought the gardens back to their former grandeur. The original Dey Mansion gardens were designed by the famed Olmsted Brothers Firm in the 1800s.
The Garden Extravaganza included tours of the Dey Mansion, the new gardens, food and a petting zoo hosted by Humor Me Farm.
Annual Senior Picnic 2019
September 18, 2019
On September 18, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Senior Services, Disability and Veterans Affairs hosted the annual Senior Picnic at the Upper Montclair Country Club. Passaic County seniors enjoyed lunch, music and dancing.
9/11 Remembrance Ceremony
September 11, 2019
On September 10, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders held a memorial ceremony to honor the lives that were lost on September 11th, 2001. Reverend John Givens gathered guests in prayer and unity. In addition, Passaic County Freeholders read the names of Passaic County residents who were lost on this tragic day 18 years ago. The ceremony ended with a wreath-laying next to the memorial at the Passaic County Public Safety Academy that includes a steel beam from the World Trade Center.
100th Anniversary of the American Legion
September 10, 2019
On September 10, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized the 100th Anniversary of the American Legion. Freeholder Deputy Director Cassandra "Sandi" Lazzara presented a proclamation to members of the Legion, on behalf of the Board.
The Legion also presented an award to the Board of Chosen Freeholders, County Administrator Anthony De Nova, and Clerk to the Board Louis Imhof for their support to the American Legion.
2019 Labor Day Parade
September 1, 2019
The annual Labor Day Parade was held on Sunday, September 1. The parade began at the historic Botto House in Haledon and concluded in the Great Falls Historic District in Paterson.
2019 Passaic County Fair
August 15 - 18, 2019
The 2019 Passaic County Fair has officially closed for the summer.
This year, the Passaic County Fair included live music from some of the best groups in Passaic County, delicious food options, new rides, carnival games and two spectacular firework shows.
We would like to thank all of our sponsors, vendors and attendees who made this year's fair such a success.
See you next year!
Rutgers Cooperative Extension High Tunnel Ribbon Cutting
July 8, 2019
The County of Passaic has opened a new Rutgers Cooperative Extension teaching and demonstration site at Preakness Valley Golf Course. This site includes a high tunnel, which is similar to a greenhouse and provides the opportunity to extend the growing season, by growing earlier into the spring and later into the fall, while protecting crops from excessive rain, wind, sun, cold, and in many cases from wildlife damage.
This urban project will play an important role in the training curriculum of the Rutgers Master Gardener Program of Passaic County by providing an appropriate space for hands-on learning.
The high tunnel was funded through a grant by the National Association of Conservation Districts under the Urban Agriculture Conservation Initiative. Rutgers Cooperative Extension partnered with the Hudson, Essex, and Passaic Soil Conservation District to apply for this grant. Learn more about this project on our news page.
Veterans Medal Ceremony
May 29, 2019
The United States Senate passed a resolution in 1999 designating May as National Military Appreciation Month. The month gives our nation a time to honor current and former military personnel, including those who have died in service to their country.
Passaic County Arts Center Opening Ceremony
The County of Passaic is proud to announce that the John W. Rea House, located in Goffle Brook Park in Hawthorne, NJ, will be designated as the “Passaic County Arts Center.” This historic home, which has undergone a complete restoration, will provide a rotating gallery space for both established and emerging artists. Additionally, the Passaic County Arts Center has multi-purpose studio spaces for art classes. The goal for the arts center is to enlist local artists to provide high quality, free, and lost cost, arts programming open to all residents of Passaic County.
|Exhibition: To See Each Other|
|May 28 through July 22, 2019
|Featured Artists: Andrea Coloma, Bleriot Thompson, David Fitzgerald, David D’Ostilio, Diane Car-bone, Donna Bassin, Eileen Burgess, Jie Li, Juan Ramiro Torres, Maryann Ficker, Niyani Simone, Poramit Thantapalit, Tina Ishihara, and Will Swink.|
|Exhibition: Forms & Layers|
|May 28 through August 4, 2019
|Featured Artists: Howard Nathenson and Elaine Lorenz.|
Memorial Day 2019
View photos from Memorial Day ceremonies throughout the County.