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Water Restrictions Effective Immediately!! Please share.


All South River Public Schools are closed tomorrow!


Snow streets in effect! Please help our DPW by parking your vehicles off of Borough streets so that they can do a good job plowing!



Governor Murphy has announced a State of Emergency beginning at 12:00PM tomorrow, Saturday, January 19, 2019.

The State Emergency Operations Center will be activated as of 12:00PM Saturday, January 19, 2019, as well.

What is a State of Emergency?

New Jersey State law allows the Governor and County and Local Emergency Management Coordinators to declare a State of Emergency during significant weather events and natural disasters. The emergency declaration is a tool used by the government officials who are managing the emergency. It allows State agencies to quickly respond to needs of citizens, reassign personnel, and deploy vehicles, trucks, and equipment to respond to the incident. A State of Emergency allows the government to act more quickly than it can during non-emergency times.

What does this mean to you? When a State of Emergency is issued, State and/or local Emergency Management officials will communicate with New Jersey’s citizens through traditional media outlets such as television, radio and newspapers, and through other information channels, such as the Internet, social media or the Emergency Alert System. Citizens should pay close attention to news reports when a State of Emergency is announced.

At times, travel restrictions are part of a State of Emergency. This is typically done to allow snowplows to clear the roads. At other times government offices may be closed, or evacuations may be recommended. A State of Emergency permits government officials to recommend specific actions that citizens should take to insure the safety of their families and homes during the emergency. Each emergency is different, and different factors will impact the decisions made by State officials in response to the incident.

Large and small private businesses should make informed decisions about early closures, delayed openings, cancellations and closures based on current and impending weather conditions, emergency plans and policies of your organization, designation of essential employees, and restrictions on travel. If travel restrictions are put into place, it will limit whether or not employees can travel to your work site.

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Winter Safety

Winter safety tip: Did you know that carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can occur when a fuel-burning appliance or machine, such as a furnace, heater or generator, is not working or vented properly. CO is a colorless and odorless gas, and breathing it in at high levels can be fatal.

Important CO Poisoning Prevention Tips

- Gas-Powered Generator Never use a gas range or oven to heat a home.
- Never leave the motor running in a vehicle parked in an enclosed or partially enclosed space, such as a garage.
- Never use a generator, pressure washer, or any gasoline-powered engine inside your home, basement, or garage or less than 20 feet from any window, door, or vent.
- When using a generator, use a battery-powered or battery backup CO detector in your home.
- Never run a generator, pressure washer, or any gasoline-powered engine inside a basement, garage, or other enclosed structure, even if the doors or windows are open, unless the equipment is professionally installed and vented. Keep vents and flues free of debris, especially if winds are high. Flying debris can block ventilation lines.
- Never use a charcoal grill, hibachi, lantern, or portable camping stove inside a home, tent, or camper.
- If conditions are too hot or too cold, seek shelter with friends or call NJ 2-1-1 to find a warming center.
- If CO poisoning is suspected, call 911 or your local Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 or consult a health care professional right away.

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Tonight is "Blackout Wednesday" and one of the biggest drinking nights of the year. It also marks the start of the holiday drinking period. This makes for a good time to offer a reminder of the dangers of drinking and driving. These statistics highlight just how dangerous it is during the period between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve.

Help ensure you and others have a safe holiday season. If you plan on drinking, be sure to have a designated driver, call a sober friend for a ride, call a taxi or use a ridesharing service.


Not all kids are fortunate enough to spend the holiday season at home with their family. To help brighten the holidays for these children, the dispatchers from the South River Police Department are organizing a toy drive this holiday season. The toy drive will benefit the Bristol Meyers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick.

Those wishing to support the efforts of our department’s dispatchers can donate new, unwrapped toys at Police Headquarters (61 Main Street) between November 20th and December 8th. A drop off bin is located in the lobby.

Dispatchers from our department will then sort the toys and, along with other members of our department, hand deliver them as they visit hospitalized children.

South River Police Department’s dispatchers are proud to be uniting together as a group to support this worthy cause and look forward to putting smiles on the faces of less fortunate kids this holiday season.


CPSC demonstrations showing some of the safety hazards of holiday cooking.


The South River Police Department is pleased to announce two new options for residents to submit reports by telephone and online.

The first is our newly established tip line which allows concerned residents to report crime or suspicious activity information. Reports can be submitted by dialing 732-613-3099.

The tip line allows citizens to leave a voicemail which is then reviewed by a Detective. If you wish to remain anonymous, you do NOT have to provide your contact information. However, if you wish to receive a phone or email response from an officer or would like to discuss the information further with an officer, please provide a phone number or an email address where you can be reached.

The second is POLICE•it which is part of DO•it, the borough’s new suite of online services. POLICE•it allows residents to submit reports online for concerns including parking issues, traffic problems, criminal activity and drug activity. Police-it can be accessed at

Neither of these options are emergency lines and should NOT be used to report crimes in progress or emergency situations. These services are not a replacement for 9-1-1. Residents should also keep in mind that reports submitted online or via the tip line are reviewed during the normal business hours of 8:30am - 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

If you witness or are experiencing an emergency situation, please call 9-1-1 immediately. An emergency is any serious medical problem (chest pain, seizure, bleeding), any type of fire (business, car, building), or any life-threatening situation (fights, person with weapons, etc.) or any crime in progress (when the suspect is still on scene or has just fled).

Non-emergency calls should be directed to 732-238-1000 which is the South River Police Department’s non-emergency telephone number. A non-emergency incident is property damage, break-in to a vehicle (when suspect is gone), theft of property (when suspect is gone), vandalism (when suspect is gone), panhandlers, intoxicated persons who are not disorderly, or cars blocking the street or alleys.

To learn more about DO•it, South River’s new online services, visit


Important info for November:
Borough Offices will be OPEN on Tuesday, November 7th.
Borough Offices will be CLOSED on Friday, November 10th.
Borough Offices will be CLOSED on Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th. GARBAGE THAT IS PICKED UP ON THURSDAY WILL BE COLLECTED ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND.


Keep plastic bags out of your recycling bins. When a plastic bag gets into the system, it can snag conveyor belts and wheels in the sorting machines, bringing the whole process to a grinding halt. Plastic bags can be taken back to the store you received them from, or you can re-use them as trash-can liners, to pick up after your dog, or get crafty and make a bracelet. You can reduce their use altogether by picking up a few reusable bags.


Below is our schedule for the 2017 Curbside Leaf Program.


Save the date for South River's 9th annual National Night Out and join us for lots of fun activities, all while promoting community togetherness!

An event flyer and registration form for vendors, businesses and community groups is available at the following link:


South River Summer Rec 2017 sign up is finally here. We're excited to announce that this year we are offering the option for children to extend their day, partnering with the YMCA to offer a


NWS Mount Holly - NJ shore: Dangerous rip current risk rises dramatically between 2 PM-5PM. S wind 20-30 MPH this afternoon. Swim per lifeguard flags.


Vendors, businesses and community groups: Registration is now open to join us at our 9th annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 1st.

A registration form is available at the following link:

Residents: Keep an eye on our social media accounts in the coming weeks for details on what we have planned for this year's National Night Out!


4th of July Garbage Collection Info.



WHAT: Middlesex County Mobile Shredding Event. Shred old files, receipts, bills, financial statements and any other documents with confidentiality concerns.

WHERE: South River DPW Complex - 9 Ivan Way

WHEN: Saturday, June 24th - 9am to 12pm
(or until truck is full)

This FREE service is sponsored by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders in conjunction with the Borough of South River and is open to Middlesex County residents only (no business or commercial shredding will be accepted).


Each vehicle is limited to a maximum of 5 file boxes or up to 100 pounds in a manageable container.




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I was a member of the South River "Civil Defense team" back in the mid 1970's when Ken James ran it. I wonder if any old members follow this site. Best Wishes to all of the current members!