News & Events

Franklin Lakes Day and Lions Club Carnival

Wednesday, May 15 through Sunday, May 19
Parsons Pond Park Commuter Lot, Parsons Pond Road
From Community Director

The Borough of Franklin Lakes is partnering with the Lions Club who will be hosting a Carnival on Wednesday, May 15 through Sunday, May 19. Pay one price on Wednesday (5/15) and Sunday (5/19), $35 for ride wristbands..................

FLOW Film Festival

From the Environmental Commission
May 30 at 7:00 PM, Oakland Senior Center
Join the Franklin Lakes Environmental Commission the Annual Flow Green Film Festival. The event is a joint venture of the Franklin Lakes, Oakland and Wyckoff Environmental Commissions and Green Teams in partnership. "The Pollinators" is a cinematic journey around the United States following migratory beekeepers and their truckloads of honey bees as they pollinate the flowers that become fruits, nuts and vegetables we all eat. Guest speakers are Rich Stellingwerf from Werfs Honey & Oakland Beekeeper and Mary Birrer from New Jersey Audubon Lorrimer Sanctuary. Location: Oakland Senior Center, 20 Lawlor Dr, Oakland, NJ. Event flyer.

Community Garden Open

From Environmental Commission
We had a successful opening at the Community Garden. Approximately 12 people of all ages volunteered to turn the beds, add new soil and plant vegetables. We were happy to have students from FAMS and Woodside Ave Schools join us as well as other volunteers from the Community...............

Hidden in Plain Sight - Via Zoom

From the Board of Health
The Board of Health along with the Northwest Bergen Regional Health Commission present Hidden in Plain Sight, a 60-minute live, virtual experience intended for parents and other adults caring for youth, including school professionals, coaches, nurses, physicians, and scout leaders. The event will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Registration is required, email Alexandra at to register. View flyer with details.

2024 Municipal Budget Approved

The Borough's 2024 Municipal Budget was adopted by the Mayor and Council on May 7, 2024. The approved Municipal budget, which accounts for 15.5% of your property taxes (schools, County and Library expenses account for the remaining (84.5%), will result in an increase of $166.00 in municipal property taxes on the average assessed home in the Borough – an increase of 5.1%. View the links below related to the budget.....

Photos for 2025 Borough Calendar

From Webteam
“Photos of Flowers”
The theme for the 2025 calendar is “Flowers.” Send us your best shots and identify where each photo is taken and any information available on the name of the flower should be provided. Please do not send in photos with people in the pictures, just flower images. All pictures must have been taken in 2024. Maximum of 5 photos per photographer. All photos MUST be high resolution, and in landscape/horizontal orientation. Submit questions and photos by e-mail to

Clean Up Day Thank You

From the Community Director and Environmental Commission 
The Community Director and Franklin Lakes Environmental Commission would like to thank everyone in the Borough who helped in cleaning up our beautiful community on Saturday, May 4. It was a splendid day with neon yellow shirts everywhere carrying special biodegradable bags to contain the trash they collected. Over 100 pre-school children, students and adults scoured the streets and woods for debris left or carelessly thrown away by thoughtless individuals. The photos tell it all...

2023 Road Program

From Mayor and Council
The Mayor and Council approved the paving of additional road as part of the 2023 Road Program. The additional project scope includes paving the following six (6) roadways....

2024 Road Program

From Mayor and Council
The Mayor and Council approved a list of roadways to be included in the 2024 Road program. The list was compiled utilizing the latest Comprehensive Roadway Rating Survey as well as field evaluations performed by the Department of Public Works and Boswell Engineering. The following roads will be paved...

Attention Pet Owners – License Requirement and Free Rabies Clinics

From Borough Clerk 
Pet owners who have not obtained or renewed their cat or dog license(s) for 2024 must do so promptly to avoid receiving a summons for having an unlicensed pet in the Borough. If your pet’s rabies vaccination expires before January 1, 2025...................

Arbor Day Tree Plantings

From Shade Tree Commission
The Franklin Lakes Shade Tree Commission recognized Arbor Day on April 26, 2024 with the planting of two beautiful oak trees near the bocce court at McBride Field that were donated to the Borough.   Columbia Bank donated and planted one of the oak trees and longtime resident Tanya Gatti and her sons Eric, Christian, and Ryan, donated and planted a second oak tree as a memorial to Robert Gatti, Tanya's husband and the boys’ father, who lost his battle to cancer in April 2023. Robert loved to spend many happy days playing bocce at the court on McBride Field....

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

From Community Director
As Mental Health Awareness Month, May is a time to raise awareness of and reduce the stigma surrounding behavioral health issues, as well as highlighting the ways how mental illness and addiction can affect all of us........................

Memorial Day Ceremony

From Community Director
Monday, May 27, 9:30 AM - Rain or Shine
Join Mayor Kahwaty and Council for a Memorial Day Ceremony, Monday, May 27th at 9:30 AM, to commemorate our fallen heroes and in memory of all those who have served our country in a ritual of reflection, celebration and remembrance. Memorial wreaths will be presented by Borough organizations. The Ceremony will take place at Veterans Plaza, 745 Franklin Avenue (between Pulis Avenue and Bender Court). Live music by The 17 North Band and free breakfast empanadas sponsored by the Borough from Empanada Mania NJ.

Motorcyclist’s Safety Is Everyone’s Safety

From Police Department
May marks the beginning of riding season for many motorcyclists in America. It is also Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The Franklin Lakes Police Department is partnering up with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to remind all motorists that Motorcyclist’s Safety Is Everyone’s Safety..........................

National Heat Stroke Warning

From Police Department
Once You Park, Stop, Look, Lock 
Vehicular heatstroke is one of the leading causes of non-crash, vehicle-related death for children 14 and younger in the United States. Parents and caregivers who think child heatstroke deaths could “never” happen on their watch should think again...................

NJ Motor Vehicle Commission Mobile Unit Appointments Available

From Police Department
Tuesday, May 21, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM by Appointment
A limited number of appointments are available for REAL ID driver license, driver license renewals, non-driver ID cards, duplicate or replacement title, and vehicle registration renewals and duplicates. For details and to schedule a required appointment, visit NJMVC Mobile Unit. Location: 480 Bender Court, near Franklin Lakes Ambulance Corps Franklin Lakes.

Girls Scout Troop 96807, Pet Photo Contest

Paws For A Cause  
Please join the Mayors Wellness Campaign in assisting Franklin Lakes residents and Girl Scout Troop 96807 members Sienna, Sadie, Charlotte, and Diada for their Silver Award project, “Paws For A Cause” pet photo contest.................

Leaf Compost Drop-off Facility - Weekend Hours Ends May 19

The Leaf Compost Drop-off Facility, located on DeKorte Drive across from the Police Station, is open on weekends until May 19. Weekend hours are Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday from 9:00 AM to Noon. The facility will receive leaves from residents only. No professional landscapers will be allowed to use the facility. Residents may bring their leaves to the Leaf Compost Drop-off Facility during the week between 9:00 AM AM to 3:00 PM. Please call DPW at 201-891-4333 prior to dropping off your leaves to the compost, the gate is locked at all times.

Inaugural Franklin Lakes Recreation Golf Outing

From Community Director
Monday, May 20, 2024  
Please join The Franklin Lakes Parks and Recreation Foundation, The Franklin Lakes Football Booster Club and The Franklin Lakes Baseball Booster Club for an unforgettable day of golf and more at our Inaugural Recreation Golf Outing on Monday, May 20th at Arcola Country Club.........

Health Education Programs From Board of Health

Northwest Bergen Regional Health Commission, in partnership with Valley Health, is excited to share our in-person and virtual Health Education programs with you. These Health programs are free and open to the public and are updated frequently with new programs added every month! For program offerings, please visit the events calendar for upcoming programs ( This is also the best place to see the schedule of in-person events in your community by our Health Educator.....

2024 Annual Luncheon

From the Library
Wednesday, May 15, 11:30 AM
Friends of The Franklin Lakes Library Annual Author Luncheon is on Wednesday, May 15, 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM, at the Indian Trail Club, Franklin Lakes. Juliet Grames, author of the national and international bestseller The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna and.........................

Access Road to G. Thomas Donch Nature Preserve CLOSED and No Boat Rentals

Until further notice, the access road to the G. Thomas Donch Nature Preserve, off of High Mountain Road, will be CLOSED. Due to damage from recent storms, the road is unsafe, and the Borough will be installing a new culvert under the roadway.  Because of the permitting process involved with dam structures, it is anticipated that the road will be closed at least until late Spring 2024.  The Nature Preserve will continue to be open from dawn to dusk, but the parking lot and the road leading to the parking lot will be closed.  Park access will be on foot only, with parking on adjacent streets, where permitted. There are currently no boat rentals at the Nature Preserve until further notice.