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Norovirus is a very contagious virus that can infect anyone. You can get it from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. The virus causes your stomach or intestines or both to get inflamed. This leads you to have stomach pain, nausea, and diarrhea and to throw up. These symptoms can be serious for some people, especially young children and older adults. The Washington Township Health Department would like residents to learn about the virus, symptoms, prevention, and treatment by visiting the CDC website.

The coyote involved in the Jan. 11 attack on the Columbia Trail was found to have rabies by state officials. That coyote was euthanized by Morris County Park Police at the scene of the attack.

This recent incident illustrates the importance of:

$1·         Taking precautions to avoid contact with wild animals it at all possible.

$1·         Keeping domestic animals away from wildlife when possible

$1·         Keeping your pets and livestock rabies vaccinations current

$1·         Renewing your dog and cat licenses every January

Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal, usually a wild animal like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes.

Bats are a high risk carrier of rabies. Avoid contact with all downed or dead bats. Call the Health Department or Police Department immediately if you find a bat in your home. The Police Department does not remove bats from a residence, but can provide a referral, and assistance in having a paid service respond to the scene.

You should seek medical attention if you are exposed to or bitten by a suspect wild animal. If your pet has an encounter with a wild or unknown animal, call your veterinarian. Your pet will likely require a booster shot. If possible, do not handle your pet within two hours of the incident to avoid contact with the saliva of the wild animal. Wear gloves if you need to handle your pet immediately following an encounter.

In addition to household pets, other domestic farm animals such as cows, horses, etc. should be vaccinated against rabies. Rabies is a serious public health threat but it is a preventable disease.

For more information from The US Center for Disease Control visit: 

Please call the Health Department 908-876-3650 if you have any questions.

For police, call 911 or 908-876-3232 x 0 for non-emergencies.

For information on coyotes visit:









Washington Township wishes to receive proposals for services in connection with the operation of a summer camp program to be held at Rock Spring Park in the Township of Washington, County of Morris

The summer camp program will run from the day after the last day of the school year to the day before the first day of the following school year.  The summer camp program shall be open to residents and non-residents of the Township of Washington and shall operate each day, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. with a before and after care program from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

A copy of this proposal may be obtained at the office of the Township Administrator, 43 Schooley’s Mountain Road, Long Valley, NJ 07853 or on the Township Website  Responses to this Request for Proposals for Summer Camp Program must be received no later than February 22, 2017.  Proposals should be mailed or delivered to:

Andrew Coppola, Administrator

Washington Township

43 Schooley’s Mountain Road

Long Valley, NJ 07853

            All proposals shall be presented to the Township Administrator by the parties bidding or their agents at the place and time designated or by mail as above.  The Township will not assume responsibility for proposals forwarded through the mail if lost in transit at any time before the close of business on February 22, 2017.

            No proposal will be considered unless accompanied by an Ownership Disclosure Statement, Non-Collusion Affidavit, a New Jersey Business Registration Certificate, and an Affirmative Action Affidavit.

            The Township will evaluate and rank all proposals in accordance with the methodology set forth in the proposal documentation.

            The Township reserves the right to waive minor defects and informalities in any proposal and to reject any and all proposals, or to accept proposals that are in the opinion of the Township in the best interest of the Township.

            No bidder may withdraw his proposal within sixty (60) days after the actual date of the opening of proposals.

            Bidders are required to comply with the provisions of P.L. 1975, c. 127, and any amendments thereto, regarding Affirmative Action.  The successful bidder, upon notification of the Township’s intent to award a contract to said bidder, must supply the Township with one of the following Affirmative Action documents:

            1.         A photocopy of the bidder's Federal Affirmative Action Plan Approval Letter; or

            2.         A photocopy of the bidder's Certificate of Employee Information Report; or

            3.         The Township’s copy of the bidder's completed Affirmative Action Employee Information Report Form.

            The bidder's Affirmative Action documentation must be supplied to the Township within ten (10) days of the bidder's notification of the Township’s intent to award.  If the bidder fails to supply the Township with the necessary Affirmative Action documentation, the Township may declare the bidder non-responsive.

            Simultaneous with the submission of bids, the corporation or partnership so bidding shall furnish a statement setting forth the names and addresses of all stockholders in the corporation who own ten percent (10%) or more of the stock in any class, or of individual partners in the partnership who own ten percent (10%) or greater of interest therein pursuant to Chapter 33, P.L. 1977.  Bids will be rejected if they do not contain this disclosure statement.

            By order of the Township Committee of the Township of Washington.


                                                                             Andrew Coppola, Administrator

                                                                                Township of Washington

Morris Habitat for Humanity is offering Seniors of Morris County, NJ a special home repair program that makes accessibility and energy efficiency improvements to enable senior citizens to move around safely inside their homes and complete the routines of daily living.  By doing this, the program hopes to help Morris County senior citizens continue to live in their own homes longer and maintain their independence. 



If you have a fire hydrant in front of your home or close by, please take the time to shovel it out so that it will be visible and accessible to responding fire engines. 

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