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Borough News & Events - Please also visit our Facebook page for more updates and fun facts!

Homestead Benefit Deadline Extended - Property Tax Relief Program

2015/2016 Deer Management Program

25th Annual Tree of Lights Ceremony hosted by the Watchung Rescue Squad, December 5th at 5:30PM

Somerset County invites veterans, their families and advocates to attend a Town Hall meeting & Claims Clinic at 10AM on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Somerset County Human Services Building at 27 Warren Street.
For more information, contact Jennifer Myers
at 973-297-3384 or jnnifer.myers6@va.gov.

Commencing November 2, 2015 until January 22, 2016, the Assessor's office will be doing the annual reassessment inspections for the Borough of Watchung.  A Field Inspector from the Assessor's office will visit your property in an effort to verify and update the data in our files. 

The Field Inspector will only require a brief walk through of the interior of your home which we hope will not inconvenience you.

If you are not available at the time the Field Inspector visits your home, then a postcard will be left with the Inspector's name and phone number.  Please call the Inspector directly to schedule an appointment. 
Inspection appointments cannot be made through the office, you must call the Inspector directly.

The general areas to be inspected this year are:

1) North of Valley Road to Route 78 and from East side of Hillcrest Road to Joan Drive and Cardinal Drive.
2) West side of Hillcrest Road to Hughes Lane including Schmidt Circle and High Tor.
3) South side of Valley Road between Hill Hollow Road area and Bonnie Burn Road, north of Johnston Drive.

We would like to extend our appreciation for your anticipated cooperation in making this maintenance program a success.

In late September the Borough mailed out Fall newsletters.  We have received word that possibly some residents might not have received this fall newsletter. Also in July, the Borough sent out an Office of Emergency Management(OEM) magnet and newsletter and it’s possible some residents may have not received this helpful information too.  Please contact Borough Hall in the event you might have encountered some difficulty in received the Fall newsletter or OEM magnet.  Please contact Borough hall at 908-756-0080 with inquiries or concerns.  Thank you for your attention to this matter.

2015 Leaf Pick Up Fee Waived

The Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management is partnering with the county Road Department to collect old scrap tires, with or without rims, Monday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Nov. 20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the South County Public Works Garage.  The Garage is located at 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844.

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

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.

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

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.

Stop 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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