Borough of Rockaway, NJ
Morris County
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[Adopted 10-14-1971 by Ord. No. 5-71 as Secs. 17-1 through 17-28 of the 1971 Code of Ordinances]
[Amended 12-9-1976 by Ord. No. 15-76]
The definitions contained in this section shall apply in the interpretation and enforcement of this article.
DISORDERLY ASSEMBLAGE
Any two or more persons gathered together and acting in a boisterous, noisy, riotous, offensive, disorderly or threatening manner toward each other or others or committing any acts which in any way breach or disturb the peace or tend to breach or disturb the peace.
DISORDERLY HOUSE
Any building or structure or any part thereof which is used for gambling or which is frequented by prostitutes, criminals, gamblers, vagrants or persons violating the law or in which the law is habitually violated.
HOUSE OF ILL FAME
Any building or structure or any part thereof in which prostitution, lewdness or other unlawful sexual acts are permitted.[1]
PARENT or GUARDIAN
Includes any adult person having care or custody of a minor, whether by reason of blood relationship, the order of any court or otherwise.
PUBLIC PLACE
Any place to which the public has access and shall include but not be limited to any street, highway, road, alley, sidewalk or railroad station. It shall also include the front or the neighborhood of any store, shop, restaurant, tavern, theater or other place of business and public grounds, areas, parks, as well as parking lots or other vacant private property not owned by or under the control of the person charged with violating this article or, in the case of a minor, not owned or under the control of his parent or guardian.
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Editor's Note: The definition of "loitering," which immediately followed this definition, was deleted 11-14-1991 by Ord. No. 22-91.
All acts constituting lewd, immoral or indecent conduct, unlawful destruction of property, willful injuries to or unlawful interference with persons, hazards to the public health and breaches or disturbances of the peace not expressly mentioned in this article are severally prohibited.[1]
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Editor's Note: Original Sec. 17-3, entitled "Indecent exposure," which immediately followed this section, was deleted 11-14-1991 by Ord. No. 22-91.
No person shall sell or offer to sell any lewd or indecent picture, book, device or thing or exhibit or perform or cause to be exhibited or performed any lewd, immoral or indecent dance, show, play or other presentation.[1]
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Editor's Note: Original Sec. 17-5, entitled "Indecent language," which immediately followed this section, was deleted 11-14-1991 by Ord. No. 22-91.
No person shall write or cause to be written any lewd, indecent or obscene word or mark whatsoever or draw or cause to be drawn any lewd, indecent or obscene figure upon any house, building, wall, fence or other place in the Borough.
No person shall, by word, act, sign or other device, invite or solicit or aid or abet in inviting or soliciting unlawful sexual intercourse or any other unlawful, lewd, indecent or lascivious act.
No person shall maintain or cause or permit to be maintained a disorderly house or house of ill fame in any building or structure or on any premises owned, occupied or controlled by him nor shall any person permit any building or other structure or any premises owned or occupied or controlled by him to be frequented or used by noisy, riotous or disorderly persons or by prostitutes, gamblers or vagrants.
No person shall set up, keep or maintain or permit to be set up, kept or maintained, in any house or premises, any faro table, faro bank, roulette wheel or other device or game of chance for the purpose of gaming or any cockpit or other place for animals to fight nor shall any person hold or permit to be held, in any house or premises, any dogfight or cockfight.[1]
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Editor's Note: Original Sec. 17-11, entitled "Participation in, inciting unlawful assemblies," and Sec. 17-12, entitled "Engaging in brawls, altercations," which immediately followed this section, were deleted 11-14-1991 by Ord. No. 22-91.
No person shall at any time or place willfully disquiet, interrupt or disturb any assembly of people met for a lawful purpose, either by making a noise or by rude, disorderly or indecent behavior or profane language, either within the place of meeting or out of it, so near as to disturb the order and solemnity of the meeting, or shall, by noisy, rude, improper or disorderly conduct, in any library or reading room, disturb or interrupt the quiet and good order of those who resort to and use such library or reading room for reading or study.[1]
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Editor's Note: Original Sec. 17-14, entitled "Taking part in drunken, riotous, disorderly conduct," Sec. 17-15, entitled "Destruction of property," and Sec. 17-16, entitled "Hindering borough officials," which immediately followed this section, were deleted 11-14-1991 by Ord. No. 22-91.
[Amended 5-10-1990 by Ord. No. 9-90; 11-14-1991 by Ord. No. 22-91]
No person shall willfully obstruct, molest, hinder, annoy, frighten, threaten, insult or interfere with any other person lawfully upon any public thoroughfare or in any public place or in any automobile, bus or other public or private conveyance lawfully upon any public thoroughfare.
[Amended 12-14-1989 by Ord. No. 29-89]
A. 
No person shall place, throw, plow, snow blow, leaf blow, shovel or rake or suffer or permit the depositing of any leaves, snow, ice, stone, sticks, glass or any hard, dangerous or offensive substance upon any street, avenue, road, highway or other public thoroughfare nor shall any person throw any such object or substance at, upon or against any person, vehicle of transportation, building or other structure.
B. 
No person shall discharge or permit the discharge of water or any other liquid in any manner whatsoever upon any street, avenue, road, highway or other public thoroughfare, nor shall any person throw water or any other liquid at, upon or against any person, vehicle of transportation or other structure in a such a manner so that such discharge may create or present a hazard to the public health or unlawfully destroy property or cause injuries to or unlawful interference with persons or property.
[Added 3-9-2006 by Ord. No. 03-06]
No person shall unnecessarily obstruct any street, avenue, road, highway, alley or public place with any kind of vehicle or vehicles or with a box or boxes, lumber, wood or any other thing, but the provisions of this section shall not prevent persons who are building from occupying, until notified by any Borough official to cease such occupancy, 1/2 of the street in front of the place where they are so building, unless another person is building on the opposite side of the street, in which case neither shall occupy more than 1/4 of the street; no person who is building shall continue such occupancy of any street after notice from any Borough official or police officer to discontinue the same.
No person shall disturb the exercises of any school or molest or give annoyance to children attending such school or any teacher therein.[1]
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Editor's Note: Original Sec. 17-21, entitled "Drunkeness generally," which immediately followed this section, was deleted 11-14-1991 by Ord. No. 22-91.
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Editor's Note: Former § 183-13, Noise, was repealed 5-25-2017 by Ord. No. 05-17. See now Article III, Nuisance Noise.
No person shall conduct himself or herself in or about the Borough having concealed upon him or her any picklock, key, crowbar, jack, bit or other implement with any intent to break or enter into any building or shall have upon him or her any pistol, hanger, cutlass, bludgeon or other offensive or dangerous weapon nor shall any person be apprehended having upon him or her, whether concealed or not, any of the foregoing articles or things with the intent of committing any unlawful act nor shall any person be found in or near any dwelling, house, warehouse, stable, barn, coach house, garage, smokehouse or any place of public resort or assemblage for business, worship or amusement or other lawful purpose with intent to steal any goods or chattels; provided, however, that this section shall not apply to law officers and other persons duly authorized under certain statutes of this state to carry proper weapons of defense. Possession of any of the foregoing articles on a public thoroughfare shall be prima facie evidence of such intent.
No person shall go about from door to door or place himself or herself in the streets to beg or gather alms.
No person shall willfully and maliciously ring or cause to be rung any bell or alarm of any fire company or ambulance association thereby giving or causing to be given a false alarm of fire or ambulance call or shall willfully send any message of false alarm of fire or ambulance call by telephone or by any other method or means.