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CURRENT NEWS

Public Hearing Regarding the Johnston and Valley Drives Sanitary Sewer Special Assessment


Winter Traffic Advisory: 

Residents should know that whenever inclement weather is upon us, Hillcrest Road is subject to closure for safety reasons, and pending the County's availability to salt and plow. Keep this in mind when traveling this winter season.  

For traffic and safety updates, please be sure you are registered for Nixle alerts or resident emails.  Information on how to sign up can be found on the Borough’s website at www.watchungnj.gov  

Thank you, and drive safely.


Radon Kits available on a first-come, first-serve basis through
Somerset County for Radon Awareness Month


DOG LICENSE RENEWAL

All dog licenses expired on December 31st, 2014. You must renew between January 1st through January 31st. Renewal forms were included in the fall newsletter or you may download a copy of the application from our website www.watchungnj.gov.


2015 Shred Schedule


The Resource Center of Somerset provides services to domestic violence victims and their children throughout Somerset County.  Please visit Resource Center of Somerset for additional information or contact 908-359-0003.


Mayor proclaims January as Radon Action Month - Informational brochures on Radon available at Borough Hall


Effective January 1st, 2015 the Borough of Watchung has contracted with St. Hubert’s for animal control services


The Borough’s curbside Christmas tree pickup is underway from January 2nd  through January 30th. Set your natural Christmas tree out behind the curb, not in the street, for weekly pick-up by the Department of Public Works. Do not bag the tree and please make sure all ornaments, lights, and decorations are removed.


Accepting 2015 Farmer’s Market Application for Vendors until February 9th


Somerset County is offering 2 CERT classes on the following dates:

Class 1 - 3/26, 3/31, 4/2, 4/4, 4/7, 4/9, 411
Class 2 - 10/15, 10/20, 10/22, 10/24, 10/27, 10/29, 10/31

Interested participants can register on the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy online at https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/_trainingacademy/registration.html


Public Notice 2014/2015 Deer Management Program:

The Borough of Watchung wishes to inform all Borough residents and non-resident Borough property owners that a Borough-controlled deer management program will begin on December 1, 2014 and may continue until February 14, 2015. The program will be conducted under the same format as that previously utilized under the Community Based Deer Management Program.


Please also visit our Facebook page for more updates and fun facts!


How to Safely Operate a Backup Generator


DEP Tips On Encounters With Black Bears


NOTICE TO RESIDENTS:

Some residents have heard about the proposal/request of Pilgrim Pipeline to utilize the PSE&G right of way for the construction/installation of a pipeline. If approved, the pipeline would apparently run from Albany, NY to Linden. We have been advised that some residents close to the PSE&G easement might have received a letter from either Pilgrim or PSE&G providing details of the proposed plan. If you or any resident that you might be aware of may have received any communication of this nature, please ask them to send a copy to Borough Hall either by e-mail to TAtkins@watchungnj.gov or regular mail. You can also contact Borough Hall at (908)-756-0080. Thank you.


Fire Department Volunteers Urgently Needed


Neighborhood Captain Program


PSE&G Customers Always on the Go


Attention: JCP&L Customers:

A new outage communication tool is available!

JCP&L has a new enhanced 24/7 Power Center online outage map, available
at www.jcp-l.com. It displays individual outages, with best-available estimated restoration times, as well as the cause of the service disruption. Click on "My Town" when you enter this link.

Visit www.firstendergycorp.com/connet for information on how to connect directly to JCP&L with your mobile tools.


An Important Message from PSE&G:

We've heard your calls for better communication and made some significant changes there, too. We've ramped up our pre-storm messaging across all channels, with a focus on helping you understand what to expect from an event, how you can prepare and stay safe, and how you can best communicate with us. We launched MyAlerts, which allows our customers to opt in for text messages as well as email notifications about outages in their area and service restoration. We urge all our customers to sign up for MyAlerts  (http://www.pseg.com/myalerts)  and to update contact information with us now, before the next storm hits. Meanwhile, more communications upgrades are on the way. By this spring, customers will be able to report outages via text message, too. And, very soon, customers will be able to get localized outage information online and through their smart phones


The Borough is looking for residents who are willing to work on our volunteer boards.

ADVISORIES


Winter Traffic Advisory: 

Residents should know that whenever inclement weather is upon us, Hillcrest Road is subject to closure for safety reasons, and pending the County's availability to salt and plow. Keep this in mind when traveling this winter season.  

For traffic and safety updates, please be sure you are registered for Nixle alerts or resident emails.  Information on how to sign up can be found on the Borough’s website at www.watchungnj.gov  

Thank you, and drive safely.


UNION COUNTY PROJECT TO IMPACT SOMERSET COUNTY ROADS:

RAYMOND AVENUE OVER GREEN BROOK, PLAINFIELD/UNION COUNTY AND NORTH PLAINFIELD & WATCHUNG/SOMERSET COUNTY. This bridge is scheduled for replacement and will be closed on or about Monday, August 11, 2014. Raymond Avenue will remain closed to through traffic between Rt 22/Mountain Avenue and East Front Street for approximately 10 months. A detour route will be posted directing traffic using Leland Avenue, East Front Street and Terrill Road. During construction, access to Milton Place and local businesses will be maintained.


Department of Transportation Project- ROUTE 78 FROM MP 42.20 TO MP 50.60 TO BEGIN MID-JUNE 2015

The New Jersey Department of Transportation has planned to improve the riding surface and extend the service life of Route 78 from its interchange with Dale Rd/Drift Rd. to Route 124. The proposed project will encompass MP 42.20 to MP 50.60 in Watchung Boro, Somerset County, Berkeley Heights Twp., Summit City, Mountainside, Springfield Twp., and Union Twp. In Union County. The project will be constructed on or about mid-June 2015 with a completion date scheduled for late September 2015. Work will be conducted during off-peak hours, utilizing temporary lane closures.

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Watchung Educational Foundation Winter Event
Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Hosted by Watchung Senior’s: St. Patrick’s Celebration
March 12th departing at 9:45AM

Hosted by Watchung Senior’s: River Lady Lunch Cruise
May 20th departing at 9:00AM

PUBLIC NOTICES

Delivery of Unsolicited Material to your home. (more information)


An application form to register Borough addresses as a “Do Not Knock” location has been added to the Forms web page. (more information)


Somerset County Permanent Prescription Drop-off Box Locations
(more information - English - Spanish)

 

 

WATCHUNG BOROUGH CALENDAR

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