(Wed Jan 15, 2014)
Mayor's Message 2014
Welcome to Closter’s web site!
Our borough is a very special place – with Blue Ribbon schools, six great parks, including two jogging tracks, two tennis courts, a bocce court, a hockey rink, multiple immaculately kept ball fields, a band shell, and several children’s playgrounds, one of which was chosen “Best in the County” by the Bergen Record newspaper.
We have a 133 acre nature center with a beautiful pond (presently being renovated) and six hiking trails. We have a museum, the Belskie, which provides new and highly acclaimed exhibits monthly. Our library is one of the most comprehensive and busiest in the County..
Our residents worship at fourteen different churches, temples and synagogues. And they volunteer in large number for those churches as well as the American Legion, the Elks, the Lions, the League of Women Voters, Boy and Girl Scouts, and most especially, our Fire Department and Ambulance Corps. Our food pantry serves those less fortunate among us (and takes both contributions and request for help through this site)
Our very comprehensive recreation program serves over 1000 youngsters through grade 8 and our innovative challenger program serves those who are less able. Nearly 100 volunteer coaches are mentors and teachers to these youngsters in their athletic endeavors.
Closter is proud to provide some unique services: the Borough MacBain farm on Hickory Lane lets residents pick current produce, one day’s worth at a time, at no cost whatsoever. Mulch and wood chips are free at the DPW yard, and, once a year, we deliver these items by ½ truck loads to those residents who request them – also at no charge. We do not charge for discarded electronic equipment which can be brought to the DPW yard at any time the yard is open.
In addition to the information you will find on this web site, each resident receives a DPW calendar each year, with much useful information about our solid waste pick-ups, various meeting date schedules, and key department information . To highlight emergency and other important news, the Borough robot-calls all our residents for which we have access phone numbers.(If you have an unlisted number or a cell phone, please provide our Police Department with the number, so we can reach you) We also rely on phones to monitor our elderly residents, who sign up for a program whereby they call our police each morning. If the police do not receive a call, they will go to the individual’s home to check on them and forestall any emergency.
Check this web site for the meeting dates of our Council, Boards and Commissions, and for any special events, as well as special announcements, and various announcements from affiliate governmental sources, as well as the municipal budgets, agendas, and minutes. The web site also allows you to file any concerns to be followed up by Borough staff and officials, and to access numerous forms from our Building Department and Clerk’s office.
We hope you will find this site your connection to our community and its 8500 residents.
Mayor Sophie Heymann