Police Department Notice

The Totowa Police Department has issued a warning concerning an important traffice issue:

There have been several car crashes that involve vehicles that have been parked contrary to traffic and then have pulled out into oncoming traffic. It is a violation of N.J.S. 39:4-135 to park in this manner. It is required to park on the right side of the roadway and in the direction of traffic.

The fine for this violation is $54.

4th Quarter Property Tax Notice

The last day to pay 4th Quarter taxes, with no interest, is Tuesday, November 12, 2019. Payments can be made in person in the Tax Department at 537 Totowa Road, by mail or by clicking this "Pay Online" link

Trunk or Treat

The Board of Recreation will be having a Trunk or Treat on Friday, October 25th from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at the parking lot behind Washington Park School Softball Field. You will need to bring your own candy to hand out and there will be a prize at the end of the evening for the best decorated trunk.

You must be registered to participate. See attached registration information. TOTOWA RESIDENTS ONLY. Please respond by October 8, 2019. Any questions, please contact Recreation Director Mark Monteyene (973) 956-1781.

Home Improvement Program

The Borough of Totowa invites you to apply to the New Totowa Home Improvment Program. If you live in Totowa, own your home, and your total gross annual income falls below the income limit for your household size, you may qualifty. Please review flyer for income restrictions. If you have additional questions or if you do not have internet access, call the Borough Representative at (609) 664-2781.

Annual Hydrant Flushing

In the next several weeks, the Department of Public Works will be flushing fire hydrants, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 am – 2:00 pm (weather permitting).  Should you experience discolored water, run the cold water only until the water runs clear.  For more information, you can contact the Department of Public Works at 973-956-1000, ext. 1071.

4th Annual Community Health and Wellness Fair

The Borough of Totowa Mayor and Council together with the Board of Health and the Borough of Totowa Public Library invite you to their 4th Annual Community Halth and Wellness Fair on Saturday, October 19 at the PAL Building (located on Chamberlaine & Lincoln Avenues) from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. For more information you can email Councilwoman Debbie Andriani at dandriani@totowanj.org or call the Library at 973-790-3265.

Turkey Trot - Borough of Totowa's 5K Challenge

The Borough of Totowa Board of Recreation along with the Totowa Library Foundation will be holding their 1st Annual 5K Challenge (Turkey Trot) on Sunday, November 24, 2019. Race will begin at 10:00 am on Campus Road (map enclosed). All are welcome - Families - Friends - Strollers. To register, visit runsignup.com/totowa5kchallenge. For inquiries, please contact Recreation Director Mark Monteyene (973) 956-1781. For other Board of Recreation events, please visit https://sites.google.com/view/totowa-rec-events/home.

Board of Recreation Tennis Courts

The tennis courts at the PAL must now be kept locked. You will need to make an appointment to play tennis or pickle ball. To set up a time to play, please contact Mark Monteyne, Recreation Director at 973-956-1781 or email him at mmonteyne@totowanj.org.

Board Of Recreation's Totowa Trotters

The Board of Recreation presents Totowa Trottters - Spring into shape with Totowa's brand new walking club at the Totowa PAL walking trail. Dates and times will be based on the group's needs. Please call Board of Recreation Director Mark Monteyne for more information at 973-956-1781 or email him at mmonteyne@totowanj.org.


New Recycling Requirements

The Recycling Market’s requirements have changed and will no longer be accepting any type of plastic bag with recycling items.  This includes putting your commingled or paper recycling in a plastic bag. Please do not place any of your recyclables in any type of plastic bag. Some examples are:

- grocery store bags
- department store bags
- garbage bags
- clear recycling bags
- Plastic case wrapping (water, gatorade, soda, juice etc)
- Cleaner bags

  Your recycling must be placed loose, in a recycling container only, or it will not be collected. Click here for more information.

Geese Sightings

Have you seen Geese at any of the Boroughs Parks, or any of our Recreational Facilities? If so, please contact Geese Chasers at 855-664-3373. You can leave a message on their machine - make sure you give them the park/facility name and address. Thank you.

New Jersey's Clean Energy Program

Energy Efficiency Rebates are now available for New Jersey residents, Businesses and Government through New Jersey's Clean Energy Program. For more information, see attached flyer, call (866) NJSMART or visit NJCleanEnergy.com/TIPS.

Totowa ranked #7 in LendEDU’s study on the Best NJ Towns for Bagel Lovers.

April 2017 - LendEDU compiled rankings for the Best New Jersey Towns for Bagel Lovers list by using licensed data and a unique scoring system. For each town in New Jersey with a population above 5,000, they were able to find the exact number of bagel shops. That number was divided by the respective town’s population and the resulting number was LendEDU’s Bagel Density Index. A higher Bagel Density Index meant a better ranking, and Totowa had one of the best scores in the state!

The full report and methodology can be found here:  https://lendedu.com/blog/best-new-jersey-towns-bagel-lovers/

Emergency Notifications

Please visit our Office of Emergency Management page to make sure you are included when a message is sent by Mayor John Coiro or our local emergency response team. It takes just a moment to fill in the appropriate information and you will be notified in the event of emergency situations or critical community alerts. You may also download a mobile app for your cell phone to receive any alerts.

County Clerk Services at the Totowa Public Library

The Passaic County Clerk's Office holds full Passport services, Veteran ID’s and Notary registrations on a monthly basis, at the Borough of Totowa Public Library. These services are offered every third Tuesday (11:00 am - 1:00 pm), and on every first Thursday (5:00 pm- 7:00 pm).

If you have any questions, please call the Totowa Library at 973-790-3265.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Passaic County will be collecting Hazardous Waste on the days listed below from 7:30 am until 2:00 pm - RAIN OR SHINE: Please note: This is for Passaic County residents only. Click here for more information and to view the list of acceptable and unacceptable items.

- Sunday, April 7, 2019 at the Wayne facility - 1310 Route 23 North, Wayne NJ (Behind Ski Barn)

- Saturday, June 8, 2019 at the West Milford Recycling Ctr, 30 Lycosky Dr, West Milford, NJ (off Marshall Hill Road)

- Sunday, September 8, 2019 at Passaic Couny Community College, 500 Union Avenue, Wanaque, NJ

- Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the City of Passaic Borough Hall, 333 Passaic Street, Passaic (Parking lot corner of Passaic and State St)

Passaic County Tire Recycling Amnesty Days

The Passaic County Office of Solid Waste & Recycling Programs will be holding its Tire Recycling Collection Event for residents on the days listed below from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm - RAIN OR SHINE.

- Saturday, April 27, 2019, at Haledon Municipal Complex, 510 Belmont Avenue, Haledon NJ

- Sunday, September 15, 2019 at the Clifton Boys & Girls Club, 181 Colfax Avenue, Clifton NJ

- Sat., December 8, 2019 at the Bloomingdale Municipal Complex, 101 Hamburg Tpke, Bloomingdale NJ

Residents of Passaic County may bring up to 8 non-commercial tires (with or without rims) per household. Click here for locations.

Please note: This is for Passaic County residents only.

Computers and Electronics Collection


Passaic County will be collecting computers and electronic equipment for residents (and small businesses) on the days listed below from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm - RAIN OR SHINE. Here is a listing of what items will be collected. Small businesses must pre-register by calling 973-305-5738. For more information please click here. Please note: For Passaic County residents.

- Friday, March 29, 2019 and Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Passaic County Facility, 1310 Route 23 North, Wayne, NJ

- Friday, May 17, 2019 and Saturday May 18, 2019 at Hawthorne Memorial Pool, 32 May Street (off Wargaraw Rd), Hawthorne NJ 07506

- Friday, October 4, 2019 and Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Beuhler's Cultural Center Parking Lot, 950 High Mountain Road, North Halden

Passaic County’s Document Shredding & Recycling Events

Passaic County’s Document Shredding & Recycling Event will take place on the following dates from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. (RAIN OR SHINE). The program is free of charge for residents who may bring up to 6 bankers boxes worth of paper items for shredding and recycling. Participants must take back containers that documents were brought in.  To see the list of items that are acceptable/nonacceptable and/or for more information, please click here.

Please note: This is for Passaic County residents only.

- Sunday, March 31, 2019 at Passaic County Facility, 1310 Route 23 North, Wayne, NJ

- Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Passaic Couny Community College, 500 Union Avenue, Wanaque, NJ

- Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Passaic County Senior Services, 930 Riverview Drive, Totowa, NJ 07512 

- Saturday, November 23, 2019 at the Paterson Museum, 2 Market Street, Paterson, NJ 07501

Compost Bin/Rain Barrel Sale and Education Program


Passaic County's Office of Solid Waste and Recycling is selling Compost Bins and Rain Barrels along with an Education Program on how to compost on the days listed below from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm (RAIN OR SHINE). For more information on how to purchase a Compost Bin, Rain Barrel or other items, please visit Passaic County's online store at www.passaiccompstersale.ecwid.com. For more information please click here. Please note: No residency is required - open to everyone.

- SPRING EVENT - Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Ringwood Public Library Parking Lot, 30 Cannici Drive, Ringwood, NJ

- FALL EVENT - Sunday, September 28, 2019 at Passaic Valley High School Parking Lot, 100 E. Main Street, Little Falls NJ

Used Bicycle and Sewing Machine Collection Event

Passaic County's Office of Solid Waste and Recycling will be collecting Used Bicycle and Sewing Machines on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (RAIN OR SHINE). Bikes should be rust free and sewing machines must be working. For more information please click here.

Lightning Detection System

The Borough of Totowa maintains a Lightning Detection System at several athletic fields throughout the borough that includes Minnisink Road Field, Kennedy Field, Veterans Field and the fields located at the PAL. A SUMMARY about the Lightning Detection System is available to educate the public about the system and current policies. Rules for complying with the Lightning Detection System are posted at each of the fields.

Water Quality Report

The Borough of Totowa is pleased to present its 2018 Water Quality Report.  The Borough is required to distribute this report by the USEPA on an annual basis.  You can view the report by clicking here. If you have any questions, please call the Department of Public Works at 973-956-1000 ext. 1071.

Social Security Information Available On-Line

The Social Security Association (SSA) now provides a service called My Social Security. This service is for people who currently receive monthly Social Security and/or Suplemental Security Income. Also, anyone who is 18 and older and has a work history may check their annual statement, which will no longer be mailed. Visit www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount today.

Solutions to Stormwater Pollution

NJDEP - Division of Water Quality - Did you know more than 60 percent of water pollution comes from things like motor oil, fertilizers, pet waste and detergents? By sharing the responsibility and making small, easy changes in our daily lives, we can keep common pollutants out of stormwater.

Things You Can Do Every Day To Protect Our Water.

Passaic County Fair Housing Notice

Passaic County fully endorses state and federal laws regarding housing discrimination and actively promotes full access to housing opportunity, both rental and ownership. To see the complete Fair Housing Notice, click here.

Winter Warning - No Parking on Streets

Just a reminder, there is no parking on streets when snow covered until the Department of Public Works has completed all snow removal. Throwing snow/ice

into the roads is NOT permitted. Click here for more details on our snow removal policy.

Please help keep our streets safe and park your vehcile(s) at the following facilities:

- The Community Center - 385 Union Boulevard
- The Municipal Complex Parking Lot - 537 Totowa Road
- Jefferson Place Parking Lot - Union Boulevard (next to American Legion)
- Veteran's Field Parking Lot - Totowa Road (Next to Laurel Grove Cemetery)
- PAL Building/Field Parking Lot - Chamberlain Ave (PAL building lot) and Crosby Avenue (field lot) which are both located off Lincoln Avenue

Utility Bill Assistance

During cold weather, paying heating bills can become a struggle for some New Jersey residents, but here are a number of programs available to provide assistance to moderate income customers, senior citizens, people on disability, as well as better known programs that assist people with low incomes. New Jersey residents who need help paying their utility bills should call 1-800-510-3102 to find out if they qualify for assistance from any program, and how to apply or click here for more information.


New Jersey Drug Card

The Mayor and Council offers a FREE New Jersey Drug Card which provides help for you and your family with your prescription drug costs. Create and print your Prescription Drug Card and receive savings of up to 75% at more than 56,000 national and regional pharmacies.