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WATCHUNG’S MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY

The Mayor and Council of the Borough of Watchung will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 25th at 9:30 am at the Veteran’s Memorial located In front of the Texier House on the Watchung Circle, 10 Mountain Boulevard. (Rain Location inside Borough Hall) All are invited to attend!


THE BOROUGH WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWIING SPONSORS FOR SUPPORTING WATCHUNG’S 2015 COMMUNITY PICNIC

* WELDON MATERIALS * WARREN BLUERIDGE SPORTSMEN *
* CALDWELL BANKER * HOME DEPOT * US SPORTS * WEICHERT REALTY*
* GREAT CLIPS * COLORADO CAFÉ * HURLEY AGENCY *
* SOMERSET FARMS* * MARINO’S PIZZA * DUNCAN DONUTS*
* SUNBURST GYMNASTICS * TIGER SCHULMANN’S * WATER & WINE*
* MED EXPRESS * WATCHUNG/WARREN ROTARY CLUB*
* WATCHUNG LIONS CLUB *

* * AND WATCHUNG’S: * PBA * BOE * GIRL SCOUTS * ART CENTER * LIBRARY * CERT TEAM * HISTORICAL * PTO & PUBLIC WORKS *

THE WATCHUNG RECREATION COMMISSION


2015 Watchung Shred Event Saturday, June 13th from 9:00AM to 1:00PM at the Police Department Parking Lot ( 880 Somerset Street)


Cat Licenses must be renewed between May 1st and May 31st at Borough Hall. Cat License Forms can be obtained on the Borough’s website under forms. A $3 licensing fee applies for neutered/spayed cats and a $5 fee applies for non-neutered/spayed cats.


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


Bulky Waste Clean-Up


Lion’s Club Eyeglass Donation

HOMESTEAD BENEFIT FOR 65 OR OLDER, BLIND OR DISABLED
Residents who applied and qualified for the Homestead Benefit (income limits: $150,000 for homeowners age 65 or older or blind or disabled and $75,000 for homeowners under age 65 and NOT blind or disabled) will be receiving a HOMESTEAD BENEFIT ADJUSTED TAX BILL for the second quarter. Residents whose taxes are escrowed need to contact their mortgage company for further information. If you have any questions regarding this benefit, you may contact the New Jersey Division of Taxation at 1-888-238-1233. The NJ Division of Taxation website can be found at: http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/.


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

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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