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On September 11, 2015 the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Watchung will hold a memorial service to honor those who lost their lives during the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.

The service will be held at 5:30 pm on the Village Green at the Watchung Circle across from the Texier House. All are invited to attend! In the event of inclement weather the ceremony will be held in the all purpose room at Valley View School, Valley View Road, Watchung.

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month / Turn the Town Teal

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Gerald M. Mobus Memorial Fishing Derby
Saturday, September 12th  from 9:00 to 11:30 AM at Watchung Lake

Watchung’s Fall Farmer’s Market is scheduled to run every Sunday from September 13th through October 25th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Best Lake parking lot.  The market will include local food vendors, local produce, food trucks, and entertainment this year including free yoga, zumba and art demonstrations.


The Texier House Museum located in the Watchung Circle, 10 Mountain Boulevard,  is noted as one of the four new participating historic sites for this year's Weekend Journey through the Past. This year, 30 historic sites countywide will be open free to the public on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 11, from noon to 4 p.m.

For a complete list of participating sites and more information, visit www.SCHistoryWeekend.com

Electronic Waste Recycling Moves to Two New Locations for Somerset County Residents

How to Deal with Hot Summer Days



Watchung History Day, Saturday, September 26th from 11:00AM until 4:00 PM on the Village Green.  Don’t miss the Civil War Reenactors!



Free Rabies Vaccination

Free Rabies Vaccination for Cats & Dogs through Middle-Brook Regional Health Commission.  Residents can bring their pets to any of the locations below.  Cats must be transported in a carrier and all dogs must be leashed.

South Bound Brook-11/7/15 from 9AM to 10AM at the South Bound Brook Municipal Garage (44 Washington Ave.)
Watchung 12/5/15from 9AM to 10AM at the Watchung Fire House (57 Mountain Blvd.)
Green Brook- 11/7/15 from 11AM to 12 PM at the Green Brook Fire House (115 Greenbrook Rd.)
Bound Brook- 12/5/15 from 11AM to 12PM at Bound Brook Police/Borough Hall

Flu Clinic

The Middle-Brook Regional Health Commission will be offering public flu clinics in the fall of 2015.  Please contact the health department at 732-968-5151 or 908-753-8000 ext. 239 for further information.  You will also be able to search for clinics throughout the State at:  http://www.nj.gov/health/flu/findflushot.shtml.


The Texier House Museum will open during 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).

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.


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

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

How to Safely Operate a Backup Generator


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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.

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.

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)



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.




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