Garwood Police Alerts and Updates

Phone: 908-789-1500
Current updates and alerts for the Borough of Garwood

403 South Avenue 
Garwood, NJ 07027
Chief James Wright
Fax: 908-789-2804
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Garwood Police Alerts and Updates

Recycling Notice Regarding Plastic Bags

by Garwood Police Department on 06/21/18

Effective Immediately: No black plastic bags can be used when putting your recyclables out to the curb. This special announcement was given to us by the recycling hauler representative from Waste Management. If your recycling is put in black bags it will be left behind at the curbside. Please comply with this notice on your next scheduled Wednesday pick up so you may avoid any potential problems.

Thank you. Mayor Lombardo

A Letter from The Mayor concerning Petro/Casale Cleanup

by Garwood Police Department on 05/13/18

To my fellow Garwood residents:

While a resident has recently raised concerns about air quality at the Petro/Casale cleanup site, I assure you the developer has complied with all state and federal regulations and there are no air quality issues. I understand the concerns about this matter, however they need to be addressed by licensed professionals who are qualified to answer them, not by me or members of the Council. I have arranged for a town hall meeting at 7 PM on May 30th, at the Lincoln School, to alleviate your concerns.

This redevelopment project has been in the works for about 10 years. The contamination issue at this site was known and previously disclosed as required by New Jersey law. The Borough Council declared the area in need of redevelopment and adopted a redevelopment plan. Our Planning Board approved a site plan after extensive public hearings, conditioned on the developer obtaining all proper state and federal approvals. Neither the council nor the Planning Board has oversight of, or authority over, environmental cleanups as state and federal authorities preempt local government. Russo Development disclosed all required information about site contaminants to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP) and the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during an extensive four phase application process, found on the EPA website and previously linked on Garwood's website.

The party responsible for ensuring proper environmental cleanup occurs is the Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP), who is licensed by NJDEP, and who can face criminal and civil penalties if false findings are made. The LSRP is on site, submits reports to NJDEP and may require procedural changes or additional testing during cleanup to comply with safety regulations.

The work Russo is currently undertaking is asbestos remediation, along with utility disconnections, not demolition. While there is a local permit requires for this remediation of removing asbestos it is not part of the Uniform Construction Code enforced at the local level. Cranford must simply ensure that all the requires paperwork is submitted. An air quality monitor is on site at all times that asbestos removal is ongoing.

Russo Development submitted applications for requires permits to the Cranford Building Department, however these will not be issued until asbestos remediation is complete. Russo has projected actual demolition to begin late June or earl July. Because of contamination embedded in the steel structure of the Casale/Petro buildings, demolition will be done 'by hand". This does not mean literally by hand, but that all demolition will be controlled with smaller equipment (no wrecking ball) as required by NJDEP & EPA to control dust.

While neither the EPA, DEP or the developer is required by law to notify adjacent property owners, I understand resident concerns on the issue. I am in discussions with Russo personnel about additional measures that they can take during this process to inform Garwoodians of the cleanup actions being taken on site. We will also discuss communication plans and updating the Borough website with our department heads to keep our residents informed.

Again, I appreciate your concerns about this matter. Please come to the town hall meeting set for May 30th at the Lincoln School at 7 PM to address all concerns.

Thank you.

Charles Lombardo
Mayor of Garwood

::Future Road Work Advisory::

by Garwood Police Department on 04/06/18

Elizabethtown Gas will be replacing aging gas mains, gas meters will be moved from inside of homes and businesses to the outside, and service lines will be replaced. The streets that will be directly affected are Anchor Place, North Avenue, and Winslow Place. Elizabethtown Gas has not provided an exact date at this time but are expected to start middle of April. Anchor Place will be shutdown during the construction so please plan alternate routes. Any questions regarding the construction can be forwarded to Elizabethtown Gas.


by Garwood Police Department on 03/21/18

The Garwood Police Department in conjunction with Garwood Municipal Alliance will be holding it's first ever Youth Academy. The Academy is open to Garwood students in 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Academy will also be open to students outside the Borough of Garwood, if they meet the grade requirement and are a relative of a Garwood student also attending the Academy. The week will be filled with activities, team building projects, physical training, as well as demonstrations from law enforcement units from around the County and State. The cost for each recruit will be $30.00. Applications for the Youth Academy can be picked up at Garwood Police Headquarters. You can also print the application by clicking here. Deadline for applications will be May 25, 2018. Late applications will not be accepted. We hope to see you in August for a fun week of training with you Garwood Police Force.

For more information contact:
Sgt. John Wright (908)-789-1500 email: 
Sgt. PJ Lewis (908)-789-1500 email:

Office Hours for Parking Permits

by Garwood Police Department on 02/28/18

Any residents or commuters in need of parking permits for their vehicles can come into Police Headquarters on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 3pm and 6pm and apply. For an application to print at home click here Any questions or comments can be directed to Parking enforcement Officer John Patterson at

Toys For Tots Pickup

by Garwood Police Department on 12/16/17

Packed up and ready to go! Once again thank you all for your generous donations. A little over 400 toys in total were collected for this years Marines' Toys for Tots. Special thank you to Kessler's Corner, ShopRite of Garwood, The Garwood Rest, The Garwood First Aid Squad, and the Garwood Fire Department, for their combined efforts in collecting the donations for this wonderful cause.

Toys for Tots Drive

by Garwood Police Department on 12/15/17

With the help of the Garwood Fire Department, Lincoln School and local businesses, The Garwood Rest and Kessler's Corner, The Garwood PBA had a very successful Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive. This event is very special to Sergeant Lewis and Lt Rocco as they have both served honorably in the Marine Corps. Our thanks go out to everyone that help make the holiday season better for those in need.

Pictured from L-R are Sergeant Philip Lewis, Garwood Fire Chief Len Spina, Garwood Rest employee Marilyn Petraccoro, and Lt Samuel Rocco.

Check your Halloween Candy!

by Garwood Police Department on 10/26/17

Please check your children's candy!or these items!

NJ Register Ready Program

by Garwood Police Department on 09/05/17

With the storm season rapidly approaching and the devastating blow Hurricane Harvey left to the state of  Texas, Chief Wright and the Garwood Police Department are urging all residents who have special needs or caregivers of special needs residents to sign up with NJ Register Ready. Register Ready is New Jersey's Special Needs Registry for Disasters and allows New Jersey residents with disabilities or access and functional needs and their families, friends, caregivers and associates an opportunity to provide information to emergency response agencies so emergency responders can better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergency.

The information collected here is confidential an will not be available to the public. The information will be held securely and only used for emergency response and planning. To register online with NJ Register Ready go to (to register on the website all that's needed is a current email address to create an account) or call 2-1-1 toll free. A link on the left column of our homepage will be available for future registrants.

Why should you register?

Exclamation To be notified by local officials when an evacuation has been ordered.

Lt. Rocco honored by the Garwood Municipal Alliance

by Garwood Police Department on 05/11/17

The Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse celebrated the Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner at the Galloping Hill Caterers on May 9th. Garwood's own Lt. Sam Rocco was recognized by the Garwood Municipal Alliance for his tireless dedication to the D.A.R.E. program in Lincoln School and his volunteer service on the Alliance. Shown with him is Barbara Tweedle Chair of the Garwood Municipal Alliance who presented the award. Congratulations Lt. Rocco!