Mayor’s Column: Fall Leaf Collection

Mayor Michael Mignogna discusses leaf collection dates and procedures.

The fall season brings the changing of leaves and yardwork.

Voorhees Public Works Department offers two options for leaf collection. The first allows loose leaves to be left at curbside, but only during the designated dates listed below. Residents can find the scheduled pick-up dates on the Township’s website (voorheesnj.com) and on Channel 19 for Comcast subscribers and Channel 38 for Verizon subscribers. Also, signs will be posted at the entrance of each development prior to your scheduled week. Leaves should be raked to the curb line in front of your home the weekend prior to the scheduled week for your neighborhood’s pick-up. Leaf piles should be free of branches and twigs since such items clog the vacuum chute. Residents should also continue to place their grass in cans or biodegradable bags and not use plastic bags as they will not be accepted at our recycle facility.

The second option allows leaves to be put in trash cans or biodegradable bags to be placed curbside on Sunday after 4 p.m. and by 6 a.m. on Monday for pick-up Township wide. Leaves should not be mixed with regular trash as the leaves will be recycled separately.

Please refrain from putting tree trimmings or branches at curbside during leaf season. The chipper service will not be available. Please do not put leaves, grass or vegetative waste in blue trash carts.

Leaf collection for the first option scheduled for the week of Nov. 1 to Nov. 5 and the week of Nov. 22 to Nov. 26 includes Acorn Hill, Ashland Terrace, Brian’s Run, Carriagebrooke Farm, Country Lane, Golfview, Franklin Square, Greenridge, Kirkwood, Lost Tree, Mews, Old Ashland, Osage, Ridgeview Ct., Rygate, Stafford’s Wold, Staffordshire Estates, Staffordshire Farms, Sunnyfield, Three Pond, Traditions, Turbridge, White Horse Road and Woodcrest Acres.

Neighborhoods scheduled for pick-up from Nov. 8 to Nov. 12 and Nov. 29 to Dec. 3 include Alluvium Woods, Avian, Birch Hill Estates, Cherry Brook Farms, Christopher Tract, Colony, Hearth Stone, High Point, Huntington Ridge, Kress Acres, Lake Villa Dr., Las Brisas, Partridge Run, Rainwood, Ridgewood, Sturbridge Estates, Sturbridge Heights, Sturbridge Lakes, Sturbridge Woods, Terra Verde, Wilderness Lakes, Willow Oaks, Winfield Estates, Woodglen, right side of Gibbs/Kresson Road from Kresson Rd. to Cooper and Cooper to Centennial, right side of Cooper from Rt. 73 to Kresson/Gibbs  Rd. and right side of Gibbs/Kresson to Kresson Rd.

Neighborhoods scheduled for pick-up from Nov. 15 to Nov. 19 and Dec. 6 to Dec. 10 include Alluvium, Alluvium Lakes, Beagle Club, Braddocks Woods, Centennial Mills, Chateau Woods, Devonshire, Dutchtown Road, Elm Tree, Fairway Estates, Jillian’s Way Kresson Road, Lafayette Ave, Lafayette Hills, Lake Villa, Lippincott Ave, Old Egg

Harbor Rd., Reserves, Royal Ct., Tylers Way, Woodbrook, right side of Gibbs/Kresson Rd. from 561 to Cooper and right side of Cooper to Rt. 73. As we have in the past we will return to all areas of the Township for additional leaf collection as weather allows.

** Voorhees Township’s Annual Halloween Festival will be held on Sat., Oct. 30 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at The Voorhees Town Center. Take an old-fashioned hayride or pick a pumpkin from the Voorhees Business Association’s Pumpkin Patch. Candy and refreshments will be plentiful. Activities will include a Halloween Costume Parade, pumpkin painting and decorating, balloon artists, a Halloween themed magic show and face painting. The Voorhees Township Police Department will be providing Halloween safety tips. For more information, visit voorheesnj.com or call 856-882-SHOW.

**The hours for “trick or treating” on Halloween in Voorhees are 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Also, an 8 p.m. curfew will be in effect the evenings of Oct. 30 and Oct. 31 for those under the age of 18. The Township is once again making door hangers available to advise children whether a home is participating in “trick or treating.” The door hangers are available at the Halloween Festival, Town Hall, the Voorhees Police Headquarters, the Kirkwood and Kresson Fire Stations, the Post Office on Centennial Blvd, the Animal Orphanage and The Animal Welfare Association.  Printable flyers are available on the Township Website at voorheesnj.com for residents to place on doors advising whether they are participating.

** The Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation will hold its 19th Annual Virtual Birthday Bash on Friday, Nov. 5 at 6:00 p.m. Held in the comfort of your own home, this event features a brief, dynamic program and includes a Signature Silent Auction Boutique, digital Ad Book, tribute messages and videos. The Foundation furnishes Teen Lounges in hospitals to enhance the quality of life for teens with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. For donations over $150, a unique “Bash in a Box” will be delivered just in time for you to enjoy! For more information, call (856) 784-0615 or visit info@arvf.org.