The City of Newark has announced that police, fire, and other uniformed emergency services will be unaffected by the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Street-sweeping, garbage, and bottling recycling collection services will take place during the next normal collection day in Zone A, on Thursday, January 21. Paper recycling will occur on Monday, January 25, 2016.
Newark, NJ -- Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Newark Municipal Council reminded residents that City Hall will be closed, and all non-emergency Newark municipal services will be suspended on Monday, January 18, 2016, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. All police, fire, and other uniformed emergency services will be unaffected.
Mayor Baraka stated, "Dr. Martin Luther King's life, works, words, and legacy stand as an inspiration and a challenge to all of Newark, America, and the entire world. He moves us to join in transforming our world - especially our corner of it in Newark - to one we can all believe in." "President Obama has urged us to honor Dr. King's legacy by making this important holiday a national 'Day of Service.' I urge all of Newark's residents to do so - whether cleaning up an empty lot, helping at a homeless shelter or mentoring a child. I also urge residents to uphold the City's sanitation ordinances, and while Newark City Hall will be closed in observance of this important holiday, the City will be prepared to respond to any emergency."
According to the Baraka administration, garbage collection that would normally occur on Monday, January 18, will take place on the next normal collection day in Zone A, Thursday, January 21. Therefore, residents should not put out their trash on Monday, January 18, as doing so may result in a fine. On Thursday, January 21, their regular collection day, residents must place their refuse and bottle and cans recycling at their curbs for pickup by 6 a.m. Street-sweeping services will also be suspended on Monday, January 18. The next paper recycling pick-up will occur on Monday, January 25.
The Department of Health and Community Wellness's inspection services, transportation for seniors, and health clinic, will not operate on Monday, January 19. Also, the Bureau of Vital Statistics will be closed. Residents will not be able to apply for permits, birth certificates, name change certificates, marriage licenses, or pay water or tax bills at City Hall. However, the Medical Director and Department's Division of Surveillance and Prevention are on call for non-life threatening medical and public health emergencies.
The Municipal Court will also close this holiday. Residents can make payments on parking and traffic tickets through the website www.njmcdirect.com<http://www.njmcdirect.com/>. To utilize this website, residents will need their summons number, including the prefix, and the City of Newark's court code, which is 0714.
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