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On Monday, July 20th, Tilcon Construction began milling Ridge Road.  They will be back in one week to mill the following streets:
Jared Court; Kristy Lane; Oakridge Lane; Tall Timbers Road

The milling is necessary to remove the top of the existing pavement which will facilitate the paving work. Paving will begin approximately 2 to 3 weeks later. During this time, traffic in these areas could be affected. Please plan and prepare accordingly. We appreciate your patience and cooperation. If you have any questions please contact the Public Works Department at 908-756-0091

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




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).

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

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.

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

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The milling of Jared Court & Kristy Lane will begin on Friday, July 31st.    After the milling of Jared Court & Kristy Lane, Oakridge Lane and Tall Timbers will be milled.  The paving of Ridge Road will begin on August 4th.  Please plan your commute accordingly.  If you have any questions, please contact Public Works at 908-756-0091.



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.

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)



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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