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The following is a weekly notice from Lawrence Township:

2016 Red White and Bang Kids Triathlon: The Recreation Department will host the 7th Annual Red, White and Bang Kids Triathlon on Monday, September 5th.  This race is a great way to end the summer and to help support the 2017 fireworks!  The triathlon is for kids between the ages of 6 to 16 years old.  For more details on the race and the registration form you may contact the Recreation Department or go our website:  www.lawrencetwp.com/rec.html

Sponsors and volunteers can contact the Recreation Office at 609-844-7065 for additional details on how to support this event.

Monday August 15 is a Recycling Collection Day.

Tax Bills: Third quarter tax bills are due no later than Tuesday, September 6, 2016.  If payment is received after that date, interest will be assessed back to August 1st.  If you have any questions regarding your tax bill, please call 609-844-7041.

Summer Preparedness: New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness has put out safety tips to provide families with important information for the summer season.  You can go to their website to see all these tips and other helpful information:  http://nj.gov/dcf/families/safety/summer/

Fire Hydrant Inspections and Flushing: Please be aware that Trenton Water Works will be performing fire hydrant inspections and flushing during the months of July and August in Lawrence Township.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Trenton Water Works at 609-989-3222.

Tick Bite Prevention: Residents are reminded at this time of year when more time is spent enjoying being outdoors, to take precautions to prevent tick bites.  Tickborne diseases, which are spread by tick bites, include Lyme Disease, Ehrlichinosis and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

Here are a few actions you should take to help prevent tick bites:

  • When going outside, protect yourself and your children with bug repellent.  Always follow the label directions carefully for safe use of bug repellents.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.  Tuck your pants into  your socks to keep ticks away from your skin.
  • Avoid walking in high grass and along brush and bushes where ticks live.  Avoid sitting directly in the grass and on the ground.
  • When returning from outdoor activities, always check yourself and your children for ticks.  A thorough tick check is important to locate ticks before they attach to your body and bite.

Mosquito Control – Safeguarding County Residents: Mercer County conducts a highly sophisticated mosquito control program to safeguard the health of county residents. Please go to our website to see the full article from the Mercer County Mosquito Control Commission.  www.lawrencetwp.com/health.html

Road Work: The bridge over the Shipetaukin Creek on Carter Road is still under construction; however, be advised that this is a Transportation Trust Fund project and  the Governor has placed a hold on these projects until further notice.  During this construction project Carter Road will be closed to all traffic.  Please go to the website for additional details:  www.lawrencetwp.com Roadwork and lane closures continue on Route #1 between the Brunswick Circle and Lake Drive.  Please use caution this area.

What You Need to Know About Coyotes and Foxes: Despite being one of the most successful urban mammals, many people are surprised to see a coyote or fox in their backyard and that surprise often leads to panic.  The good news is that there really is not much to worry about. For more details about these animals go to: www.wildlifehotline.org/coyotesfoxes.html

Yard Waste Collection: The week of August 15 is Zone 3 for yard waste pickup.  Please be considerate and place your items on the curb ONLY if you are in  Zone 3.

Material shall be placed in an area on the street not greater than four feet (4′) from the edge of the pavement.  Trees greater than 8-inches caliper may not be disposed of through curbside collection.  Materials shall not be piled greater than three feet (3′) in height.  Once the collection truck has collected your street, they will not return until next month’s collection.

If you are unsure about your zone or need to see additional details regarding zone pickup, go to the Public Works page on our website:
www.lawrencetwp.com/pw.html

Lawrence Township Eco-Waste Collection Program: Lawrence Township continues to offer an optional recycling program that allows residents the opportunity to compost their organic waste.  Removing organic materials from the waste stream will reduce the amount of trash that is taken to the landfill.  According to the EPA, food scraps and yard waste make up 20 to 30 percent of the waste stream. If you are interested, please complete the enrollment form:
http://lawrencetwp.com/pw-organicwaste.html

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