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RECREATION SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

FEBRUARY SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS (SEWER) DUE

This is a reminder for those residents who have a sewer assessment payment due in FEBRUARY for Johnston Drive, Bonnie Burn Rd. and Valley Drive. 
Past due payments are subject to additional interest, calculated at the same rates as delinquent taxes, and payments that remain unpaid from the prior year are subject to sale at the annual tax sale.  Please check your schedule for the amount due or contact the tax office.


You are cordially invited to join the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women and the RVCC Office of Multicultural Affairs for a special Women's History Month Program: "A Woman's Story: A Celebration of Culture" on Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Raritan Valley Community College Conference Center. Pre-registration requested by March 29th.


The Watchung Regional Hills Municipal Alliance (WHRMA) is hosting a free viewing of the movie The Anonymous People on Monday, April 3rd at 6:30 pm at the Watchung Hills Regional High School, PAC Auditorium.


Easter Egg Hunt, April 8, 2017


LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

At PSE&G, we know that winter heating costs can be challenging for households that are low income or on a fixed budget.  The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) can help, but is only taking applications until April 30, 2017.  LIHEAP provides financial assistance towards winter heating and medically necessary cooling bills.  It also screens program applicants for another payment assistance program, the Universal Service Fund (USF), which provides low income households with a monthly credit of $5 to $150.  There are also payment assistance programs for clients who are not low income, but have fallen behind on their energy bills.  For more information and to download program applications, visit pseg.com/help or call 1-800-510-3102.  Attached is a quick reference guide on all programs, as well as a LIHEAP application


2017 Excellence in the Arts 

The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission is pleased to announce it is accepting nominations for the 2017 Excellence in the Arts Awards. 

The awards are dedicated to honoring those individuals and organizations demonstrating exemplary leadership in and dedication to fostering the fine and performing arts in Somerset County.  

Awardees are considered in each of the following categories: 

ARTS IN EDUCATION or MENTORSHIP
ARTS IN THE COMMUNITY
ASPIRING YOUNG ARTIST 

Additionally, one young artist will be selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Friends of Somerset County Cultural & Heritage, Inc. 

If you know of a nominee who merits recognition, an application form and guidelines can be printed from the attached document (or found on-line at http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/public-works/cultural-heritage/excellence-in-the-arts

Nominations must be received by March 3, 2017. Awardees will be honored at a ceremony on April 19, 2017 at the Green Brook Middle School Auditorium.  

Please spread the word of this wonderful opportunity to honor Somerset County artists, organizations, corporations, mentors or individuals supporting the arts in Somerset County.  We would be grateful if you would forward this email to those who might be interested in submitting a nomination. 

Any questions or for a hard copy of the application, please contact Kaitlin Bundy at bundy@co.somerset.nj.us or at (908) 231-7000 ext. 7246.


Watchung Hills Regional High School District Newsletter


The Watchung Recreation Department is conducting a brief survey for 2016.  By completing this survey and giving feedback we can focus on areas of concern and improve our community. 
Please click here to access the survey


PILGRIM PIPELINE

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The Watchung Governing Body opposes the construction of a new bi-directional pipeline though the Township that would transport crude oil and refined petroleum products between Albany, New York and Linden, New Jersey.  To learn more about the CAPP and other municipalities who stand against the Pilgrim Pipeline, visit www.stoppilgrimpipeline.com.


Sign Up for Emergency Alerts from Somerset County


Some Tips if You See a Bear


Watchung homeowners may apply now to borrow up to $25,000, interest free, to repair their homes through the Watchung Housing Rehabilitation Program.  Homeowners must meet State income guidelines to qualify.  Please click here for an application form. Details on the program can be obtained through Steve J. Weinberg at 732-390-4745 or steve.weinberg@mac.com.


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


Lion’s Club Eyeglass Donation


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


 



ADVISORIES

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS


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)

 

UTILITIES

Understanding Electricity Usage and Costs


Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) is closely monitoring the developing weather conditions associated with the storms forecasted.  JCP&L is prepared to activate its storm response and Incident Command System plans. 

In the event outages occur due to severe weather, customers without power are encouraged to report their outage by calling 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877), clicking the “Report Outage” link on www.firstenergycorp.com, or by texting out to 544487.   

Customers should immediately report downed wires to 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877), or call their local police or fire department.  JCP&L reminds customers to stay away from downed wires, even if they believe they are no longer carrying electricity.  Extra caution should be used in areas where downed lines are tangled with trees or other debris.  Motorists are cautioned to treat intersections with inoperable traffic signals as four-way stops. 

JCP&L customers can subscribe to email and text message alert notifications to receive weather updates in advance of major storms and updates on scheduled or extended power outages.  Visit www.firstenergycorp.com/connect to enroll.  

Follow JCP&L on Twitter @JCP_L, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JCPandL or online at www.jcp-l.com 


Water Quality Reports Available Online for New Jersey American Water Customers

New Jersey American Water announced today that the company’s 2015 Water Quality Reports are now accessible through its website at newjerseyamwater.com.  The annual report details the quality of water supplied by New Jersey American Water against the compliance standards established by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. It describes local drinking water sources, testing conducted on the water, substances detected, and the levels of those substances. Commonly asked questions and the relevant answers concerning local drinking water are also included in the report.  Printed copies of the report are available to customers who cannot -- or do not wish to -- access it online. Customers can call the company’s customer service center at 800-272-1325 and request a copy of their local district’s report and it will be mailed to them.  In addition to the water quality report, customers can learn more about New Jersey American Water’s environmental stewardship and obtain further information on water quality at http://www.amwater.com/njaw/Water-Quality-and-Stewardship

Important information regarding Lead in Drinking Water


PSE&G customers who feel they need assistance paying your energy bill can find information at this link


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


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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