Celebrate Patriot Thomas Paine’s 230th Birthday with a celebration at the Fort Lee Museum on January 29th at 7pm The Fort Lee Historical Society and the Fort Lee Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs invite you to our annual celebration of Thomas Paine’s birthday. This year we celebrate a few days ahead of the date – our celebration is scheduled for Friday, January 27th at 7pm at the Fort Lee Museum at 1588 Palisade Avenue adjacent to Monument Park. The evening will include our Thomas Paine reenactor Ken Miller and period music by troubadour Thaddeus MacGregor. Thomas Paine was a member of General Washington’s army here in Fort Lee and he encamped with 3,000 fellow soldiers in the area surrounding our museum in 1776. Here in Fort Lee he began to write his famous American Crisis. Admission is free but seating is limited. Light refreshments will be served. For further info contact us at (201) 693-2763.
The Fort Lee Film Commission rings in 2017 with a monthly podcast that will center on the film history of America's first film town, Fort Lee, NJ. The podcasts include news about upcoming events, film screenings and details about the soon to be built Barrymore Film Center here in Fort Lee. The hosts of the podcast Fort Lee Film Town USA are FLFC Executive Director Tom Meyers and FLFC Chair Nelson Page. The podcast can be found at the following link: fortleefilmtownusa.com.
The 15th annual Fort Lee Arts & Music Festival is set for Sunday, June 4, 2017 on Lemoine Avenue between Main Street and Bruce Reynolds Boulevard. There will be two stages of free musical entertainment and over 100 arts & crafts and food vendors and artists. For an application please download below or call the Fort Lee Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs at (201) 693-2763. Application fee is $75 made out to the Borough of Fort Lee. Deadline for receipt of application and fee is May 20, 2017.
Annual John Barrymore Birthday Fundraiser for the Fort Lee High School Drama Department on February 15, 2017
The Fort Lee Film Commission will hold a celebration of acclaimed actor John Barrymore's 135th birthday on February 15, 2017 at 7pm at Santorini Restaurant at 202 Central Road in Fort Lee (parking in adjacent lot). This is across the street from the former Buckheister's Hotel and John Barrymore Way which is where 18-year-old John Barrymore made his stage debut in a the play "A Man of the World" directed by his dad Maurice Barrymore as a fundraiser for Fire Company #2 in the Coytesville section of Fort Lee. Maurice was a resident of Coytesville and his son spent that year with his dad in Coytesville at the family home on Hammett Avenue. Tickets for the fundraiser are $25 each and all proceeds go towards programs of the Fort Lee High School Drama Department for the benefit of the student actors of Fort Lee High School. Seating is limited to 50 and the price includes appetizers and soft drinks with a cash bar as well as a performance by our Barrymore reenactor. Call (201) 693-2763 to reserve tickets - all checks can be made out to the Fort Lee Film Commission.
The Borough of Fort Lee has released the third installment of a video newsletter that showcases the people and places of Fort Lee's past, present and future: "Fort Lee Today On Demand". Please visit our YouTube Channel, and subscribe.
The Reorganization Meeting of the Fort Lee Board of Adjustment will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 309 Main Street, Fort Lee, New Jersey.
The Reorganization Meeting of the Fort Lee Planning Board will be held on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 309 Main Street, Fort Lee, New Jersey.
There is so much to do here in Fort Lee and its government's job to communicate with each and every one of our residents so that everyone has an opportunity to participate in our many activities, programs, and events. From our 5K Diabetes Run and Health Fair to our incredible Holiday Tree Lighting and Main Street Art Festival, Fort Lee has become the "place to be" in northern New Jersey. As Mayor it is very frustrating to hear one of our residents say "I wish I knew about that, I would have attended" or "when was that event, I am sorry I missed it". In an effort to "get the word out" and make sure all of our residents are aware of what's going on here in Fort Lee, there are a few new and exciting initiatives that we have put into place to make sure no one is ever left out and which are available at no cost to all of our residents.
PLEASE BE ADVISED that the regular public meeting of the Fort Lee Planning Board scheduled for Monday, December 19, 2016 at 7:30 P.M. is being canceled due to lack of agenda The next regular public meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 9, 2017 at 7:30 P.M. All meetings are held in the Council Chambers, Fort Lee Municipal Building, 309 Main Street, Fort Lee, New Jersey.
The Fort Lee Parking Authority has announced that there will be free three-hour parking in the Borough starting Monday, December 12, 2016 and continuing through January 1, 2017.
The three-hour free parking on Borough streets in the downtown business district and in the Borough's parking lots will be for three hours only, after which normal parking enforcement will resume.
Because it is a joyous season, the Parking Authority and Mayor Sokolich and the Borough Council decided to grant three hours of free metered parking to invite and encourage residents to come out to shop at local stores and dine in the Borough's fine restaurants.
The Parking Authority wishes you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season!
The reorganization meeting of the Borough of Fort Lee Mayor and Council will take on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. The meeting will be held at the Memorial Municipal Building, 309 Main Street, 1st Floor Council Chambers, Fort Lee, NJ 07024. An agenda for the reorganization meeting will be available in the Borough Clerk’s Office on Wednesday, January 4th at 12:00 Noon.
Fall Leaf Collection Schedule
As in the past, there will be no fixed schedule for leaf pickup and the schedule is set for November 1 through December 15. Leaves may be placed in either paper bags placed at the curbside, loose in garbage receptacles, or piled at the curbside.
The Borough understands that this program requires the cooperation of our residents. Be assured that the efforts of all our residents help protect our environment, increase safety and reduce operating costs.
Thank you for your assistance.
The last date for grass pick up by Miele Sanitation was on October 15th.
The Fort Lee Historical Society new exhibit "The Kids of Fort Lee" opens on October 22, 2016 and runs through April 2017. The museum will be closed until October 22 for this exhibit installation. The exhibit will include rare archival photos and artifacts as well as vintage toys and a case devoted to the old 5&10 on Main Street and its toy displays.
The Fort Lee Historic Preservation Commission and the Fort Lee Historic Society will sponsor a discussion of the National Park Service Battlefield Grant Award won for a study of the Revolutionary War in the neighborhood of present day Monument Park in Fort Lee. The Borough's chosen consultant for this project, Revolutionary War historian and author Todd Braisted, will discuss the progress of his research and the importance of this area in terms of the history of the American Revolution. This meeting is open to the public and will take place on Tuesday, October 18th at 8pm at the Fort Lee Museum at 1589 Parker Avenue. For further info call the Fort Lee Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs at (201) 693-2763.
The Fort Lee Today newsletter publishes quarterly and brings you up-to-date news about the Borough of Fort Lee. The newsletter is mailed to residents, and made available for download on this web site.
The Borough of Fort Lee Mayor & Council is pleased to offer you and your family/friends a free discount drug card. Simply print the free card below and receive savings of up to 75 percent at over 56,000 pharmacies across the country. This card is especially helpful if you are uninsured or underinsured. However, even if you have insurance, you can still use this card to get a discount on non-covered drugs. All prescriptions processed through the program are completely confidential (no name required on card).
This program also includes discounts on eyeglasses, hearing, diabetic supplies, and more. You can print as many cards as you need. Please feel free to forward this free Prescription Drug Card to your friends and family. This card is pre-activated and can be used immediately.