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Alert Update

The water main break on Cedar and Valley View Road has been repaired. 

NJ American has confirmed that there is not a water main break on Nottingham Dr.  While regular maintenance was being performed at a pump station, service was interrupted for some residents and water pressure is being stabilized. Water boil alerts are not in effect.


Somerset County Freeholder Director Mark Caliguire has announced that the Somerset County Freeholder board will present medals this fall to past and current Somerset County residents who served in the U.S. military in Southwest Asia between 1990 and 1995. The presentations will be made as part of the American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) exhibit at the Somerset County Park Commission’s North Branch Park on Milltown Road in Bridgewater. Eligible veterans are asked to complete a registration form by Aug. 1. To complete the form online, go to www.co.somerset.nj.us/medalforms. For more information, eligibility requirements or to request that the form be mailed to you, call (908) 541-5720 or email veteransmedal@co.somerset.nj.us


NOTICE OF CHANGE IN MEETING DATE

Please be advised that the regular meeting of the Mayor and Council originally scheduled for Thursday, July 16, 2015 has been changed to Thursday, July 9, 2015. The meeting will be held at the Borough Hall, 15 Mountain Boulevard, Watchung, NJ 07069, and will begin at 7:00 P.M.


Summer Schedule: TEXIER HOUSE MUSEUM

The Texier House Museum will open during July and August, by appointment only.

For an appointment, please call Barbara Diem at 908-756-5949 or Betty Jean Aldrich at 908-755-6575.


The Borough will be implementing summer hours where staff at Borough Hall will be available to the public until 7:00 PM on Thursdays and until 12:00 PM on Fridays. This schedule will be in effect from June 4th through September 4th in an attempt to accommodate residents who cannot visit Borough Hall during regular business hours (8AM-4PM).


The Borough of Watchung is currently working with St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center to reduce the goose population through the Humane Society's goose egg addling protocol.  To ensure that this program is effective, the Borough needs your cooperation.  Please report any visible nests to Borough Hall at 908-756-0080.  Please DO NOT TOUCH or DESTROY the eggs.  This is a Federal Offense and is also counterproductive to the egg addling efforts.


Please refrain from feeding the geese in town for public health and safety reasons. Borough Ordinance No. 00/26 can be found in our code book on this website for additional details on violations.


DEP’S DIVISION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE OFFERS TIPS TO REDUCE ENCOUNTERS WITH BLACK BEARS DURING ACTIVE SPRING PERIOD


Lion’s Club Eyeglass Donation

CALL BEFORE YOU DIG - 811 (Before you begin projects that involve digging, dial 811 to locate underground utility lines which will help  prevent you from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines).


Volunteers Wanted for the following - Fire Department Volunteers Urgently Needed, Neighborhood Captain Program, Green Team


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


2015 Shred Schedule


THE NJDEP’s Compliance and Enforcement Program is now on Facebook. They are able connect and share relevant and useful compliance assistance topics, training updates and advisories on a regular basis.  Please visit https://www.facebook.com/NJDEPComplianceandEnforcement and “Like” their page to receive up-to-date information.


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


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.


How to Safely Operate a Backup Generator



ADVISORIES


On Thursday, June 25th, the Department of Public Works will be working with Asplundh Tree Service to remove two dead trees on Johnston Drive. Work will begin at 8 AM and the road will remain open during the removal. Please expect delays and plan accordingly.


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.

 

MISCELLANEOUS


The NJDEP’s Compliance and Enforcement Program is now available on Facebook. Please visit their page at https://www.facebook.com/NJDEPComplianceandEnforcement.


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)

 

UTILITIES


Call Before your Dig  -  811

The federally mandated, national phone number, 811, helps prevent you from unintentionally hitting under-ground utility lines.  Before you begin projects that involve digging, dial 811 to locate underground electric, gas or other utility lines.  Digging without this information can cause power outages, and it’s extremely dangerous.

Simply tell the 811 operator where you’re planning to dig and what type of work you will be doing, and your local utility companies will be notified.  Within a few days, they will mark the location of the underground lines.  Please call at least three days in advance to avoid unnecessary delays to your project.  Know what’s below-Call before you dig!

For more information, visit www.call811.com


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.



PSE&G Customers Always on the Go 
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.

 

 

WATCHUNG BOROUGH CALENDAR

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