Items of Interest

Affordable Health Coverage - NJFamilyCare
Be Bear Aware
Combating the Mortgage Foreclosure Crisis (.pdf download)
Dangers of Lead Based Paints
Discounted Phone Service for Qualified Low-Income Individuals
DON’T FALL VICTIM TO A SCAM
Census Data 2010 Census State Apportionment Release
2010 Regional Census Information
Emergency Preparedness
Energy Assistance Programs from NJCleanEnergyProgram
      Comfort Partners Program
      Lifeline & Low Income Programs
      Weatherization Program (.pdf download)
      ENERGY STAR® Qualified Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
Family Intervention Services
Filing of Consumer Complaints with the Department of Banking and Insurance
Hanover Township Afghans Available
MAPS (Morris Area Paratransit System for Seniors and the Disabled)
Morris County Homeowner Housing Rehabilitation Program
Morris County Mosquito Commission Information
New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center
Non-Solicitation List
Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey
Petroleum Underground Storage Tank (UST) Remediation, Upgrade & Closure Fund
Prescription Drug Assistance
Property Maintenance
RADON Information
Senior Assistance for Independent Living (Link to NewBridge)
Shade Tree
Social Security's Programs and Benefits
State Government & Your Local Taxes
Volunteer Opportunities


New Jersey HomeKeeper Program provides financial assistance to New Jersey homeowners who have a track record of making their mortgage payments on time  but are now at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure as direct result of unemployment or underemployment. DISCOUNTED PHONE SERVICE FOR QUALIFIED LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS.  https://www.njhomekeeper.com/

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Communications Lifeline provides discounted phone service to qualified, low-income senior citizens, families and individuals. Along with Link Up America, which makes new phone connections easier to afford, these services provide an important community service. Verizon New Jersey asks your help in sharing this vital information about these programs to those who need it. If you are interested in these programs, or if you would like additional information on eligibility and enrollment, please call NJ Shares at 1-888-337-3339 or log onto www.njshares.org.

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HANOVER TOWNSHIP AFGHANS
Looking for that unusual, affordable gift.  What about our Hanover Township afghan? It's ideal for birthdays, special holidays, Mother’s Day, Father's Day, Housewarming, college send offs or a thank you gift. Treat your children, parents or grandparents to a nostalgic remembrance.
Affordably priced at $25.00 in 2 colors, Colonial Blue and Cranberry. Available at Town Hall's General Office.

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New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center
The New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center (TBBC) provides free public library service to New Jersey residents of all ages who cannot easily read standard printed materials due to a visual impairment, physical handicap or a learning disability.  For more information go to: www.njsltbbc.org.

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Be a Good Neighbor - Be Bear Aware

Never feed a bear.  It's dangerous, and it's against the law.

New Jersey is home to all kinds of beautiful wildlife ­including black bears.

Black bears are getting a lot of attention these days, for the wrong reasons. They're venturing too close to homes and into backyards, looking for food.  Bears that look for food near your home or in your yard likely have learned bad habits from people who feed them intentionally, or unintentionally by carelessly leaving out food or garbage.

People who feed bears think they're helping them.  But it only invites trouble. It can make them a nuisance or even aggressive. When that happens, the bears must be destroyed to protect your family and your neighbors. What's more, it's illegal to feed bears in New Jersey. Anyone who feeds bears could face a penalty of up to $1,000 for each offense.

Taking steps to avoid attracting bears with food or garbage is the best way to prevent them from becoming a nuisance near your home.

Here's what you can do to Be a Good Neighbor - Be Bear Aware:

Use bear-proof garbage containers, if possible. They offer the best protection. Otherwise, store all garbage in airtight containers and place them along the inside walls of your garage, or in the basement, a sturdy shed or other secure area.

Put out garbage on collection day, not the night before.

Wash garbage containers with disinfectant solution at least once a week to remove odors. Draping rags soaked in bleach over your garbage bags also help to eliminate odors.

Feed dogs and cats outside during daylight hours only. Immediately after feeding pets, remove all uneaten food and scraps as well as food bowls.

Clean outdoor grills thoroughly after each use. Grease and food residue will attract bears.

Do not place meat or any sweet foods in compost piles.

Avoid feeding birds. They will survive without the supplemental seed that attracts bears. If you choose to feed birds, do so during daylight hours only, between December 1 and April 1, when bears are least active. Suspend feeder from a free-hanging wire, making sure it's at least 10 feet off the ground. Bring feeder indoors at night. Clean up spilled seeds and shells.

Pick up any fruit that falls from fruit trees daily, and discard it in your airtight garbage containers.

Consider installing electric fencing to protect crops, beehives and small livestock, if you live in an area with a large black bear population.

Report black bear damage or nuisance behavior to your local police department or the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife at (877) 927-6337.

Visit www.njfishandwildlife.com for more information on black bears.

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PARTNERSHIP FOR PRESCRIPTION ASSISTANCE

Program Overview: Rx4NJA
Partnership for Prescription Assistance
Who We Are:
Rx4NJ brings together America's pharmaceutical companies, doctors, patient advocacy organizations and civic groups to help low-income, uninsured patients get free or nearly free brand-name medicines. Our mission is to increase awareness of and enrollment in existing patient assistance programs for those who may be eligible. Rx4NJ offers a single point of access to more than 350 public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 150 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies.
What We Offer:
Help for Those in Need
Many people have difficulty affording health care, including prescription medicines. A number of patient assistance programs provide help to patients who lack prescription drug coverage and earn less than 200% of the federal poverty level (approximately $19,000 for an individual or $31,000 for a family of three).*
More than 27 million people in the United States make less than 200% of the federal poverty level and are uninsured.
Access to Free or Nearly Free Medicines for Those Who Qualify
Patients will be directed to the public or private programs most likely to meet their needs. Rx4NJ helps low-income, uninsured patients:

    . Enroll in more than 150 company patient assistance programs

    . Access more than 2,300 medicines for free or at a low cost

    . Learn how to contact government programs for which they may  qualify, such as PAAD, Senior Gold, Medicaid, Medicare, or the State Children's Health Insurance Program

Easy Enrollment
Finding the right program can be complicated. That's why Rx4NJ is mak1ng the process much easier for patients by offering:

    . A single toll-free number (1-888-RXFORNJ) and website (www.rx4nj.org) for access to information about all available programs

    . Trained specialists to help identify programs and help fill out forms

Qualifications vary by programs

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Lead Safe NJ

The State of New Jersey has launched an awareness campaign- Lead Safe NJ to educate the public about the dangers of lead-based paint. The following programs that can help combat and eliminate lead poisoning are offered through the Department of Community Affairs:

Emergency Lead Poisoning Relocation Program: provides financial assistance to relocate a child and the family when that child has tested positive lead poisoning.

Lead Hazard Control Assistance Fund: provides direct financial support to assist property owners remediate lead hazards. Detailed information regarding these programs as well as other resources including program applications is available at www.LeadSafeNJ.org

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Property Maintenance Services and Funding

As Property Maintenance Officer for the Township of Hanover, I have seen the need for information on funds & services provided by Morris County to be made available to our citizens. For the citizens of Hanover Township who may be having difficulty with the Property Maintenance of their homes, there is a variety of agencies that provide services and funds based on various qualifications. Senior citizens and their families can obtain helpful information through the Morris County Department Human Services and agencies listed below.

    El DeSimoni 973-515-6686

    Morris County Department of Human Services, Division on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans

Information and Referral services for Morris County Residents, senior citizens & their families. The Department of Human Services provides several telephone numbers for convenience:

    800-564-4656
    973-285-6848

    State of New Jersey and Morris County NJ EASE program

Easy, local access to a coordinated system. Individuals or caregivers can receive information on a variety of services designed to foster the independence and dignity of Morris County Citizens.

    Morris County - 800-564-4656
    State of NJ - 877-222-3737

Catholic Charities Hope House is open to ALL Morris County Residents 973-361-5555

Fix-It Operation - A safety assessment of you home is performed to identify potential hazards. Provides Preventive Maintenance, Safety Assessments and MINOR Home Repair Related to Health & Safety, including plumbing, carpentry, masonry, electrical, summer yard work.

Weatherization Program - Caulking / Insulation Repair / Minor heating repairs.

Chore Program - Perform minor chores (house cleaning, errands). Call for rates & information.

Morris County Housing Rehabilitation Program (through HUD) 973-285-6060; 285-6030

Provides funds to Income-eligible homeowners to complete necessary major repairs to their primary residence (such as roofing, furnaces, paint, plumbing, electrical). Call for Financial Guidelines, or see Housing Rehab Program Brochure

Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs is open to ALL Morris County Residents

    Main telephone number: (973) 366-1131
    Director: (973) 366-4770

    Funds available for Home Energy and Weatherization Program
    Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
    Heating assistance for low income seniors
    Funds available for boiler cleaning, furnace replacement, insulation, etc.

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Shade Tree
:   (973) 285-2928
Will assess and attend to maintenance of trees on County Roads that may fall within division guidelines, the "33 ft. "from center yellow line" boundaries. Call for details.

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Morris County Community Development:
973-285-6030
Louise McGarva, Chief Loan Officer

Financial assistance available for rehabilitation of owner-occupied houses to assist township residents in removal of unsafe conditions in their dwellings, such as plumbing, heating, septic/water, electrical, roof, structural. Funding is provided under the Morris County Community Development of Housing and Urban Development. Eligibility is based on federally recognized income guidelines.
 
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ENERGY STAR® Qualified Compact Fluorescent Bulbs.
  The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, through its Office of Clean Energy and New Jersey's Clean Energy Program™, has been working diligently to encourage New Jersey residents to change their incandescent light bulbs to ENERGY STAR® qualified compact fluorescent bulbs.  Every bulb changed saves money, energy and the environment.  All of this is part of the New Jersey's Change a Light, Change the World, campaign in conjunction with the national EPA campaign.

All cities and towns throughout New Jersey are urged to become Clean Power Community Partners and ask their residents to take the New Jersey ENERGY STAR pledge.  Cities and towns are taking up the challenge to have their community register the most pledges from residents to change their incandescent light bulbs to ENERGY STAR® qualified compact fluorescent bulbs.  Help put Hanover on top by clicking on the Take the Pledge link below.  Be sure to select "Township of Hanover" from the "Which organization referred you here...." drop down box.  Save money and energy.  TAKE the PLEDGE!   

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RADON DANGERS, TESTING AND REPAIR


Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, after cigarette smoking. And it is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

Radon occurs naturally in the soil and can affect any home. Even if your neighbors have tested and did not have a radon problem, your home may still have elevated levels.

Fortunately radon testing is easy and inexpensive. Test kits can be purchased at many local hardware stores. You may also contact the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection at 1-800-648-0394 for a list of contractors that provide testing services and kits.

Once identified, radon problems can be fixed - for no more than the cost of a typical home repair.

To find out more about radon call the New Jersey Department of Environmental protection at 1-800-648-0394 or the Township of Hanover Health Department at 973-428-2485.

Protect your family from the risk of lung cancer - take the simple step of testing your home for radon. You'll be glad you did!

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PETROLEUM UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANK (UST) REMEDIATION, UPGRADE AND CLOSURE FUND:
NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION  
Bureau of Contract & Fund Management
Phone: (609) 777-0101                         Fax: (609) 292-4401

The Underground Storage Tank Remediation, Upgrade & Closure Fund (UST Fund) is a grant and loan program administered jointly by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA). The UST Fund provides financial assistance for both leaking and non-leaking underground storage tanks. The non­leaking component of the UST Fund is administered by the NJEDA. Information about this program is available on NJEDA's web-site at http://www.njeda.com, or by contacting their Customer Care Representative at (609) 777-4898. The leaking tank component of the UST Fund is co-administered by the NJDEP and the NJEDA. Information about this program is available on NJDEP's web-site at http://www.nj.gov/dep/srp/finance/ustfund, or by calling (609) 777-0101.
NON-LEAKING TANKS
The non-leaking tank program provides grants for reimbursement for removal and replacement of unregulated home heating oil tanks. The amount reimbursed for tank removal is capped at $1,200.00. The amount reimbursed for tank replacement is $1,800.00, and the replacement tank must be an Above Ground Tank (AST), to the maximum extent feasible, to qualify for tank replacement funding.
LEAKING TANKS
Financial assistance for eligible applicants that have leaking underground storage tanks includes grants and low interest loans for the reasonable costs associated with the remediation of the discharge that occurred from the leaking tank. Loans are capped at $2,000,000.00 and grants are capped at $500,000.00, with the exception of properties located within certain state designated planning areas.
ELIGIBILITY
The UST Fund is open to both regulated and non-regulated underground storage tank owners and operators. Eligible applicants include homeowners, corporations, non-profit groups, voluntary fire, ambulance, first aid, emergency, rescue companies or squads, independent institutions of higher education, and public entities. Different eligibility requirements apply to the different categories of applicants.

In order to be considered for a grant from both the non-leaking and leaking programs an applicant must have a net income of less than' $250,000.00, and a net worth of less than $500,000.00, excluding the applicant's primary residence and employer sponsored pension. Being below these threshold amounts does not guarantee an applicant a grant, but it does get the applicant evaluated for a grant. Whether the applicant receives the offer of a grant, a loan or a combination of the two, is determined by each individual applicant's financial situation.

IMPORTANT FACTS
Applicants performing remediation of a leaking UST at their primary residence can perform the work and submit an application to the UST Fund afterwards. If the remediation is being performed at a secondary property, the application must be submitted, and received by the NJDEP, prior to work commencement.

Applicants must enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the NJDEP. The MOA is an agreement to pay NJDEP Case Manager oversight costs, costs that are not covered by the UST Fund. Applicants must also pay an application fee to the NJEDA; $250.00 for homeowners and $500.00 for regulated tank applicants.

Applicants must use a NJDEP certified contractor when performing UST related removal and remediation work.  A list of certified contractors can be found at http://www.nj.gov/dep/srp/index.htm.

Applicants must make claims against their homeowner's insurance policy, and/or, tank service agreements prior to making application to the UST Fund. The UST Fund, by law, is the funding source of last resort for such remedial costs.

QUESTIONS:
        NON-LEAKING TANK PROGRAM - NJEDA - (609) 777-4898
        LEAKING TANK PROGRAM - NJDEP - (609) 777-0101

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FAMILY INTERVENTION SERVICES
Family Intervention Services is administering Morris and Sussex Counties Children's Mobile Response and Stabilization Services (CMRSS) program.  Mobile Response provides outreach assistance, in person, to families who are experiencing a crisis, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This service assists families in resolving the immediate crisis and helps to link them to a range of community services to facilitate family stabilization. They service children ages 5 through 17. This is a free service that may be beneficial for many of the families that you come into contact with. They have bilingual staff to assist Spanish speaking families. Additionally, they are available 24/7 by calling the Contracted Systems Administrator at 877-652-7624.  Additional information is available on Family Intervention Services web site (www.fisnj.org/about-us/programs-and-services.htm).

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SOLICITORS AND CANVASSERS BEWARE
TOWNSHIP ADOPTS ORDINANCE SIMILAR TO TELEMARKETERS NO CALL REGISTRY
During its March 11, 2004 regular meeting, the Township Committee adopted Ordinance No. 4-2004 which authorizes the collection, preparation and maintenance of a list of addresses of those premises within the Township where the owner and/or occupant has notified the Township Clerk’s office that soliciting and canvassing is not permitted on his/her premises. The non-solicitation list will then be forwarded to the Police Department which is responsible for the licensing of solicitors and canvassers. A solicitor receiving a permit will also be given a list of the residential addresses where soliciting or canvassing is not permitted. Names of homeowners or renters where soliciting or canvassing is not desired, will not be released. Similar to the Federal law which permits persons to list their telephone numbers in order to eliminate unwanted telemarketing calls, the Township’s law is designed in similar fashion so that residents are not inconvenienced or alarmed by the ringing of a doorbell at night.

Organizations such as veteran groups, fire companies, boy and girl scout troops and candidates seeking political office are exempt from the permitting requirements of the Township’s soliciting and canvassing regulations. Therefore, the non-solicitation list does not apply to these services, non-profit or civic organizations which are permitted to canvass.

If you wish to be placed on the non-solicitation list, please complete the form printed below and mail it back to the Township of Hanover, c/o General Office, P.O. Box 250, Whippany, New Jersey 07981-0250 or by calling the General Office at 973-428-2500.

Print and return the following form

REQUEST TO BE PLACED ON HANOVER TOWNSHIP NON-SOLICITATION LIST ORDINANCE NO. 4-2004

I, _____________________________ am the owner and/or occupant of
    (Print Name)

  _______________________________, in Hanover Township. I hereby notify the Hanover Township
    (Print Address)

Municipal Clerk that canvassing and soliciting is NOT permitted on my premises listed above.

Signature:___________________________ Date :_____________

 

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