Somerset County Seeks Input for Needs Assessment Survey for Older County Residents

News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director | Melonie Marano, Commissioner Deputy Director

Doug Singleterry, Commissioner |  Sara Sooy, Commissioner | Paul Drake, Commissioner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 3, 2022

Somerset County Seeks Input for Needs Assessment Survey for Older County Residents

Annual Public Survey Provides Data to Ensure Effective, Equitable Services for Somerset County Residents

SOMERVILLE, NJ — The Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services (OoA&DS) is conducting a survey to identify the most necessary programs and services for people age 60 and over, persons living with disabilities and caregivers who reside in Somerset County.

“We are asking seniors, persons living with disabilities, and caregivers to complete this brief survey to help us ensure we are providing the right resources to the right people,” said County Commissioner Paul M. Drake, Human Services liaison. “It is critical that we obtain feedback from residents of all income levels, living situations and health status, so we can plan accordingly to deliver effective, equitable services.”

The Needs Assessment Survey will be available online and through county-operated senior wellness centers, service provider agencies, and the OoA&DS. To complete the survey, visit https://SoCoNJ.gov/Needs-Survey.

All information is confidential. If there is more than one eligible member in the household, each person should complete their own survey. Caregivers may complete the survey for a loved one who is unable to complete the form.

Data collected from this survey will guide County officials in prioritizing and planning for future programs and services.

The Office on Aging and Disability Services connects seniors, their caregivers, and adults with disabilities to the programs and services they need to remain independent and active in their community.

Examples of currently funded programs include information and assistance, paratransit services, home health services, Project Lifesaver, congregate nutrition programs, and home delivered meals. Every three years the OoA&DS develops an Area Plan that is submitted to the State Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services for approval. The plan is updated in the interim years. The Area Plan identifies and incorporates needs and trends along with the programs and services that will be funded to address them.

For more information about the survey or other programs and services, contact the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services at 908-704-6346 or toll-free at 1-888-747-1122.

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Somerset County Shifts To Once-weekly COVID Vaccination Clinic At Senior Wellness Center

Somerset County Shifts to Once-Weekly COVID Vaccination Clinic at Senior Wellness Center

With State-Leading Vaccination and Booster Rates, County is Rededicating COVID Resources While Ready to Ramp Up Should the Need Arise

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With State-Leading Vaccination and Booster Rates, County is Rededicating COVID Resources While Ready to Ramp Up Should the Need Arise

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Following the highly successful COVID vaccination campaign during the Delta and Omicron surges, Somerset County is now reducing the number of clinics held each week in recognition of reduced demand. Because the Senior Wellness Center in Bridgewater had opened for in-person services again starting this week, Friday’s clinic at the location has been postponed and will be operating on Wednesdays only beginning the week of March 7, 2022.

“I can’t stress how important it continues to be for everyone to follow CDC recommendations and get vaccinated and boosted to protect themselves and their loved ones from serious cases of COVID-19,” said Commissioner Director Shanel Y. Robinson. “Anyone who wants to be vaccinated can come to our Wednesday clinic or a mobile clinic, and if there is a need we are ready to ramp up to quickly provide more clinics.”

Somerset County has worked hard since December 2020 to be sure that every resident who wants to be vaccinated has access to vaccine no matter their hometown or personal circumstance both at its own clinics and with municipal and private partners. This comprehensive, coordinated effort has resulted in 76.5 percent of Somerset County residents being vaccinated and 59 percent boosted, the highest rates for both in the state.

“When there was great demand for COVID vaccinations and testing during Omicron we were ready to accommodate it at our clinics and with our partners, but now there is less demand and we are moving to once-a-week clinics supplemented by mobile clinics when requested,” said Commissioner Doug Singleterry, liaison to the Department of Health. “We’ve learned so much about how to rapidly and effectively distribute vaccine to the public over the past year, and while we are hopeful we will not need to do so, our fantastic Department of Health is ready to expand its vaccination clinics quickly.”

Somerset County’s has also suspended the twice-weekly COVID testing clinics in recognition of the wide availability of testing kits from the state and federal governments, and from local medical providers. Residents can continue to request free tests be mailed to their homes from the state at https://learn.vaulthealth.com/nj/ and from the federal government at https://learn.vaulthealth.com/nj/. A full listing of local testing clinics can be found at http://soconj.gov/COVIDtest.

The Somerset County’s Department of Health’s innovative community outreach and clinics over the past year includes:

  • December 2020 – Somerset County receives first doses of the Pfizer COVID vaccine and begins vaccinating health care workers and first responders
  • January 2021 – Drive thru clinics for first responders, health care workers, and older residents with underlying conditions at Raritan Valley Community College
  • February 2021 – Partnering with FEMA to address racial disparities with a mega-clinic at the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Franklin
  • February 2021 – Developing a Senior Citizen Waiting List to ensure appointments were available for older residents
  • April 2021 – Upon federal approval of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, began vaccinating the homebound in their residences
  • May 2021 – Somerset County expanded its drive-thru clinic to include Rutgers Plaza in Franklin, and held as many as eight pop-up clinics each week in underserved communities such as Bound Brook, Manville, North Plainfield, and Somerville
  • June 2021 – Began partnering with schools to vaccinate students 12 and older
  • July 2021 – Somerset County surpasses 71% vaccination of all residents 12 and older
  • August/September 2021 – Expanded both testing and vaccination partnership with schools to make in-person education safer and less stressful. In-school closed clinics continue through 2022.
  • October 2021 – Booster shots become available at all Somerset County clinics as recommended by the CDC
  • November 2021 – Somerset County sets up weekly Friday clinics for 5-11 years olds to help shorten lines and ease the stress of vaccination for the children
  • December 2021 – Somerset County launched the “Give Your Holidays a Boost” campaign to expand the percentage of vaccinated and boosted residents
  • January 2022 – In recognition of the effectiveness of booster doses against serious illness from Omicron, Somerset County pushes booster vaccinations at all its clinics leading to a state leading 59% booster rate
  • February 2022 – With the reduced threat of Omicron, Somerset County opens five Senior Wellness Centers for in-person services and meals, and reduces the number of weekly vaccination clinics due to lowered demand

Help protect your family and reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus in your community by getting vaccinated with an approved vaccine and practicing everyday healthy habits. The following interventions may also help stop the spread of coronaviruses and other respiratory diseases:

  • Wear a well-fitted mask if over two-years of age and not up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, and for all residents in locations where there may be a high rate of transmission
  • Maintain distance from others – at least two arm’s length apart
  • Avoid crowds
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Monitor health daily and stay home when sick, and
  • Stay up to date with vaccines

Since information on COVID-19 is being regularly updated, it is important to stay informed through reliable resources. Follow public health experts such as the CDC at http://www.cdc.gov, the New Jersey Department of Health at http://www.nj.gov/health and the Somerset County Department of Health at http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/health.

The Somerset County Department of Health (SCDOH) is the lead agency for public health emergency preparedness and response in Somerset County. Funding for these activities is provided by the CDC’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement through the New Jersey Department of Health.

Somerset County To Hold First Saturday And E-waste Drop-off Events On March 5

Residents Can Help Reduce Landfill Waste and Protect the Environment

Proof of residency and social distancing are required at both events.
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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County is hosting its monthly First Saturday and E-Waste drop-off events on Saturday, March 5, in Bridgewater and Hillsborough. These two free, monthly events benefit the environment by allowing residents to safely dispose of items and help reduce landfill waste and protect the environment.

FIRST SATURDAY

Residents can bring recycling items such as newspapers and junk mail, as well as items that cannot be picked up by trash collectors to the First Saturday of the Month Drop-off on Saturday, March. 5, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Somerset County Recycling Center, located at 40 Polhemus Lane, Bridgewater, NJ 08807.

Social distancing is required: Residents should remain in their vehicles. Staff will be available at every station to help residents remove items.

Proof of residency is required: Residents must have a current driver’s license, valid lease, tax bill or any other bill that shows proof of their Somerset County address. Pre-registration is not required. Businesses or commercial vehicles are NOT permitted.

Items Accepted: Drop off up to eight tires – with or without rims – scrap metal, used motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze, and the usual curbside materials, including chipboard items, plastic bottles and containers marked #1 through #7. Chipboard items include gift, shoe, shirt- and all retail boxes, as well as cereal, cookie, pasta, cake and cracker boxes without the plastic liners. Accepted also is poster board, backing from writing pads and empty dried-out steel paint cans.

Items NOT Accepted: Somerset County does NOT accept textiles at the First Saturday of the Month drop-off. Residents should continue to recycle used textiles at any local charity donation bin.

To learn more about First Saturday events call the Somerset County Recycling Center at 732-469-3363. Click here for a complete listing of recyclable items, recycling events and more.

ELECTRONIC WASTE DROP-OFF

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Dispose of items cluttering the home at the Electronic Waste Drop-off event to be held on Saturday, March 5, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the South County Public Works Garage, located at 410 Roycefield RoadHillsborough, NJ 08844.

Social distancing is required: Residents should remain in their vehicles until otherwise instructed. Residents are required to remove items without assistance and place items on pallets as instructed by the staff.

Proof of residency is requiredResidents must have a current driver’s license, valid lease, tax bill or any other bill that shows proof of their Somerset County address. Pre-registration is not required. Businesses or commercial vehicles are NOT permitted.

Items Accepted: Computers (desktops and laptops), monitors (cathode-ray tube and flat panel), televisions (cathode-ray tube and flat panel), copiers, digital cameras, DVD players, e-book readers, fax machines, MP3 players, personal digital assistants (PDAs), printers, stereos, radio equipment, VCRs, audiovisual equipment, typewriters, camcorders, telephones, cellular phones, circuit boards, modems, telephone mainframes, keyboards, mice, scanners, cables, wiring, power supplies, mainframe equipment and controllers.

Items NOT Accepted: Batteries are not accepted. Residents can recycle household hazardous waste, including lithium and rechargeable batteries at scheduled Household Hazardous Waste drop-off events.

For a complete list of items accepted at the Electronic Waste Drop-off, visit or contact the Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management at 908-231-7109. Residents can also send an email to solidwaste@co.somerset.nj.us.

A complete listing of recyclable items, recycling drop-off events (First Saturday of the Month, Household Hazardous Waste, Rx medicine, E-waste) and more, are available at www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle

Use the free Recycle Coach app to get personalized and up-to-date recycling information. Click here to download the app.

Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services to Reopen Five Senior Wellness Centers on March 2

News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director | Melonie Marano, Commissioner Deputy Director

Doug Singleterry, Commissioner | Sara Sooy, Commissioner | Paul Drake, Commissioner

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 28, 2022

Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services to Reopen Five Senior Wellness Centers on March 2

Grand Reopening Themed-Events Planned to Welcome Back Seniors

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services will reopen five of its senior wellness centers on a trial basis, after serving clientele via virtual programs, outdoor activities, and curbside lunch programs throughout the pandemic. Senior centers will resume in-person activities beginning March 2, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and will have exciting grand reopening themed-events throughout the month. Senior center clientele must comply with COVID restrictions and registration is required.

“We have been eagerly anticipating the reopening of in-person activities at the centers for almost two years,” said Somerset County Commissioner Director Shanel Y. Robinson. “These programs are a vital part of many seniors’ lives by helping them to stay emotionally connected and physically healthy. We are excited that the time has finally come for us to begin returning to normal.”

Grand reopening ceremonies will feature music, activities, and food. A list of dates, locations and entertainment is available online.

“We are finally easing our way back into normalcy and are excited to welcome the return of our seniors at the centers,” said Somerset County Commissioner Paul M. Drake. “Our dedicated staff persevered and adapted very quickly during COVID, making it possible for us to provide virtual programs during the pandemic. The staff has really missed seeing clients in person.”

 

The following senior wellness centers will reopen beginning March 2, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.:

  • Senior Wellness Center at Basking Ridge, 908-204-3435
  • Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater, 908-203-6101
  • Senior Wellness Center at Hillsborough, 908-369-8700
  • Montgomery Senior Center, 609-466-0846
  • Quail Brook Senior Center, 732-563-4213

 

Registration Is Required

The clientele must register in advance and provide proof of vaccination or show county-approved exemption.

 

COVID Restrictions

The Office on Aging and Disability Services continues to follow state-mandated public healthcare guidelines and is committed to providing a safe environment for its staff and clientele; therefore, senior centers will begin reopening on a trial basis. Clientele will be required to wear face masks and maintain social distance while at the senior centers.

 

Lunch at the Senior Centers

All five county-operated senior centers will offer a nutritionally balanced lunch on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, for a suggested donation of $2.50. Lunch registration is required before 10 a.m. on the previous business day. Menu choices include a hot meat-based or meatless entrée or a cold meat-based or meatless boxed lunch.

Virtual Programs and Grab & Go Lunch

Zoom activities will continue to be available each month. Grab & Go lunch programs are also still offered at all locations on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and to all seniors regardless of their vaccination status. For more information about Grab & Go lunch and virtual programs, visit https://bit.ly/SrLunch2022.

For more information about the County-operated senior wellness centers, call 908-704-6346, toll-free at 1-888-747-1122, email OfficeAging@co.somerset.nj.us or visit https://bit.ly/SrCenters2022.

 

Somerset County-Operated Senior Wellness Centers

The county-operated senior wellness centers offer a wide range of experiences for active older adults in a social and uplifting atmosphere to positively impact their overall health. The senior centers offer exercise and wellness classes, health screenings, art, music, history, science, dance, and literature classes, computer courses and educational programs, discussion groups, and other learning opportunities. Seniors will meet new people, learn about other cultures, and can enjoy lunch with friends.

Somerset County Office of Youth Services to Host Free ‘Prevention of Secondary Trauma’ Workshop

News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director | Melonie Marano, Commissioner Deputy Director

Doug Singleterry, Commissioner | Sara Sooy, Commissioner | Paul Drake, Commissioner

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 17, 2022

Somerset County Office of Youth Services to Host Free ‘Prevention of Secondary Trauma’ Workshop

Participants Can Earn Professional Development Credits

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Office of Youth Services is hosting “Prevention of Secondary Trauma,” a free Zoom workshop to be presented on Feb. 25. In this workshop, Executive Director of CASA Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren counties Tracey Wilson Heisler will teach participants how to prevent secondary traumatic stress that can occur from hearing people’s firsthand traumatic experiences. The deadline to register is Feb. 22.

 

“These past few years have been trying for many people. Even if you haven’t been personally affected by Hurricane Ida or COVID, you probably know someone who has,” said Somerset County Commissioner Paul M. Drake, Youth Services liaison. “Learning self-care techniques to help prevent secondary trauma is necessary for maintaining mental and physical health, and it is a good skill for everyone to learn.”

 

The workshop is ideal for emergency workers, volunteers, and healthcare professionals who work with victims of trauma, but it can also benefit anyone interested in learning useful tools for self-care.

Workshop presenter Tracy Wilson Heisler has extensive experience working with trauma victims. As Executive Director of CASA SHaW for 15 years, Ms. Heisler recruits, trains, and coaches citizens to become court advocates for children living in foster care who have been victims of abuse. Previously, Ms. Heisler was a case supervisor for the Florida court system and counseled adult and juvenile offenders. She was also a counselor for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Workshop Registration, Date and Time

The free workshop will be presented on Feb. 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., via Zoom. To register, contact Gretchen Craig at gcraig@co.somerset.nj.us. Registrants will receive an email with their login information before the workshop begins. Participants can earn 1.5 Professional Development Credits.

Somerset County Office of Youth Services

The Office of Youth Services collaborates with government and community agencies to plan and develop programs and services for at-risk youth. In addition, they provide 24-hour response and intervention, assessment, and family counseling for youth and their families in crisis. Youth Services also offer training and education to communities and non-profits about current topics related to youth and their families.

 

CASA

The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of New Jersey and the county-based CASA programs, support and promote best interest child advocacy so every child and youth placed in foster care and other out-of-home placements can be safe, have a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive.

 

Therapeutic Recreation Registration Program Begins February 22 at 7 pm

We are super excited to be back in our building starting in March!  Everyone has been working hard to make this happen and we are excited for you to see the fresh look of the activity center.  Please see some important information below.
  • Registration for March/April Programs will begin on Tuesday February 22nd at 7:00pm.  Staff will be in the office from 7:00 – 8:00pm if you have any questions.  Phone in registration begins on Wednesday February 23rd at 9:00am
  • Attached are the directions for online registration.  If you need your household ID and password please do not wait until the last minute to get the information from us.
  • Please note we are only offering transportation in March.  The van we are borrowing will need to be returned for April.
  • You may register for as many programs as you like
  • Group homes may only register up to 2 people per program
  • If you need to miss a program, please let us know as we have waitlists for most programs.
  • If you are interested in an online training to learn the new registration process, please reply to this email and Lisa will set it up with you.
  • You will see a number in parenthesis after each program.  This is the activity number assigned to the program in RecTrac (our online registration system) and you can search for the program by name or number when looking for programs for which you want to register.
  • Masks are required at all indoor programs until further notice.  Masks are also required in all vans. 
  • Transportation is limited on our vans and will be granted on a first come first serve basis to ensure social distancing. 
  • We have consolidated the pick-up/drop off locations in the north to only 1 location that is centrally located.
      • Dewy Meadow Village Mall

403 King George Rd, Basking Ridge

      • A map will be sent to those being picked up at the location
  • Like many other businesses we are experiencing a shortage of staff.  Due to this the TR staff may have to limit or cancel transportation for certain programs.

Lisa & Gwen

Therapeutic Recreation Program Coordinators

Somerset County Park Commission

PO Box 5327 

North Branch, NJ 08876 

Main Line: (908) 526-5650 

FAX: (908) 429-5508 

www.somersetcountyparks.org

Somerset County Partners With Library System to Expand Reach of $7.76M Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Somerset County Partners with Library System to Expand Reach of $7.76M Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Partnership Puts ERAP Personnel in Direct Contact with Individuals and Communities Most Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Post Date: 02/15/2022 10:08 AM

Partnership Puts ERAP Personnel in Direct Contact with Individuals and Communities Most Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic 

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County is partnering with the Somerset County Library System to ensure that every Somerset County resident at risk of eviction due to COVID losses is aware of the County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). The County has hired six ERAP Educators, including three who are bilingual, to be available in libraries throughout the county to provide information on the program and help eligible residents complete applications.

“No one should face eviction because of financial difficulties brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Commissioner Director Shanel Y. Robinson. “The new ERAP Educators program at Somerset County libraries is our latest strategy to reach the most affected areas and help families maintain a stable home.”

Somerset County has allocated approximately $4.25 million of its initial ERAP award of $7.76 million to help more than 325 families stay in their homes, and is working to distribute the remaining $2.5 million in the coming months. The program will provide up to 18 months of support, including up to 12 months of rent or utility arrears and up to six months of future expenses.

“In my first week meeting people at the libraries, I completed five applications for tenants who were eligible for ERAP assistance,” said Carolina Guerrero, a founding ERAP Educator. “A lot of people don’t know about the program, and when they see our display and learn about the program, they are relieved. It’s such a joy to be able to help these families stay in the homes and communities they love.”

Although walk-ins are welcome, residents can make appointments with an ERAP Educator by visiting the Somerset County Library System website at https://sclsnj.org/erap/. Eligible Somerset County residents can also apply directly by downloading the form at http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/ERAP and submitting it via email to ERAP@co.somerset.nj.us.

“The support Somerset County provides through ERAP Educators not only means families can stay in their homes and kids in their schools, but also landlords are made whole and able to keep expenses and property upkeep current,” said Deputy Director Melonie Marano. “The ERAP program is also vital to Somerset County’s full economic recovery from the COVID pandemic, helping employees remain in homes near their jobs and injecting millions of dollars into local economies to support our retail stores, restaurants, and other businesses.”

Somerset County began the ERAP program in September when New Jersey courts resumed scheduling mandatory settlement conferences after a moratorium due to the COVID pandemic. While evictions continued to be on hold through the new year, Somerset County staff were on hand at the very first hearings to offer on the spot assistance. Somerset County continues to partner with the courts to identify eligible tenants and landlords even as it broadens its efforts to directly reach more impacted communities.

Somerset County is also looking for additional community partners such as non-profits, community organizations, and houses of worship who may want to host ERAP Educators to help their own constituencies. Interested parties should reach out to ERAP@co.somerset.nj.us or (908)231-7128 to learn more about the program.

Somerset County residents can also seek rental assistance via:

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Statement by Commissioner Director Shanel Y. Robinson on the Recent Altercation at the Bridgewater Mall

STATEMENT BY COMMISSIONER DIRECTOR SHANEL Y. ROBINSON ON THE RECENT ALTERCATION AT THE BRIDGEWATER MALL

Post Date: 02/16/2022 6:20 PM

Video Statement Available at https://youtu.be/Pkl47kTOo7o 

SOMERVILLE, NJ – “As the first African American to serve as the Commissioner Director of Somerset County, I am heartbroken by the video that shows an African American teenager being handcuffed by police while the other teenager in the altercation is being treated as the victim.

 Shanel Robinson's Statement on the Recent Altercation at the Bridgewater Mall
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“I spoke with Governor Murphy and Attorney General Platkin today, and we all agree that the video of the incident at the Bridgewater Mall is upsetting and that there must be a full investigation to uncover all the facts and deliver accountability.

“As a mother and grandmother, watching incidents like this over the past few years has been particularly difficult. Having this happen in my own community where I raised my family makes it even worse, and my heart goes out to the young people who were involved, and to everyone who has been disturbed by this video.

“To ensure transparency, the Bridgewater Police have asked the Somerset County Prosecutor to handle the internal affairs investigation, and I have full confidence in their ability to find the answers and bring them to the public.

“I have reached out to both families to discuss the incident, and I am hoping to meet with them in the coming days.

“I will also be reaching out to Bridgewater Mayor Moench to discuss how we can work together to restore the trust between law enforcement and the people they serve.

“We as a community are being challenged, but I am convinced that we will rise to the challenge together.“

Somerset County Commissioner Director Shanel Y. Robinson
February 16, 2022

Somerset County Park Commission Offers a “New Deal” for Presidents’ Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 15, 2022

Somerset County Park Commission Offers a “New Deal” for Presidents’ Day

Golfers Encouraged to Treat Themselves Like Presidents with Discounted Gift Cards for Equipment, Tee Times, Lessons, More

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ – In honor of Presidents’ Day, the Somerset County Park Commission is offering golf gift cards with a special 20 percent bonus from Wednesday, Feb. 16 through Monday, Feb. 21. For example, a gift card with a value of $120 will cost only $100, and a gift card with a value of $600 would cost only $500.

“Somerset County has some of the finest public golf courses in the country, and this gift card sale gives our visitors a great opportunity to start the year fully equipped and ready to go,” said Somerset County Park Commission Secretary- Director Geoffrey Soriano. “Treat yourself like a President and lock in a 20 percent discount for the whole golf season by purchasing a gift card at one of our golf shops or over the phone this weekend.”

Somerset County’s Golf Shops will be open from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each of the six days of the sale. Visitors can stop by and purchase a gift card with 20 percent of value added on that can be used throughout the season for tee times, equipment, lessons, and more. For those who cannot make it to a golf shop during the sale, they can call the numbers below with a credit card and a gift card will be held at the shop or mailed to them.

Golf shop locations and phone numbers are:

  • Green Knoll Golf Course, 587 Garretson Rd, Bridgewater | 908-722-1301
  • Neshanic Valley Golf Course, 2301 South Branch Road, Branchburg | 908-369-8200
  • Neshanic Valley Learning Center, 2303 S. Branch Rd, Branchburg | 908-369-8232
  • Quail Brook Golf Course, 625 New Brunswick Road, Somerset | 732-560-9199
  • Spooky Brook Golf Course, Spooky Brook Golf Course | 732-873-2242
  • Warrenbrook Golf Course, 500 Warrenville Road, Warren | 908-754-8402

For locations and directions to the Somerset County Park Commission’s golf courses, visit www.somersetcountygolf.us/.

Gift cards can be used for tee times, lessons, equipment, and other items and services at the five courses operated by the Somerset County Park Commission but cannot be used to purchase additional gift cards or food and beverages or used in conjunction with other discounts or sales. Sales taxes are not collected on the gift card purchases but will be applied at the time of sale.

 

Somerset County Park Commission
The Somerset County Park Commission stewards nearly 15,000 acres of county-owned open space, which is visited by 2 million park users each year. Five golf courses have three driving ranges, a pitch and putt course and a recreational putting course. Other attractions include a riding stable, an environmental education center, two tennis facilities, an outdoor pool, paddle boating, a rock and rare plant garden, an award-winning rose garden, arboretum, and a sensory and fragrance garden. Six county parks also offer amenities, such as athletic fields, picnic facilities, bike paths, fishing, birdwatching, cross country skiing, and hiking.

To stay up to date with Somerset County events and information, sign up for free email alerts at www.co.somerset.nj.us/subscribe or follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Somerset County to Hold County Government Month Poster Contest for County Students

News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director | Melonie Marano, Commissioner Deputy Director

Doug Singleterry, Commissioner | Sara Sooy, Commissioner | Paul Drake, Commissioner

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 14, 2022

 

Somerset County to Hold County Government Month Poster Contest for County Students

Fourth Grade Contestants to Submit Posters with Theme ‘My County’

 

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ – In honor of County Government Month in April, Somerset County’s Constitutional Officers are sponsoring a “My County” poster contest for fourth-grade students. The first-place winner will be awarded a pizza party for their class. Three winners will have their photographs taken and receive special certificates at the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners’ meeting on April 26, and their posters will be displayed on the county’s website. All contestants’ posters will be displayed in the County Administration Building in Somerville. The deadline for submission is March 15.

“We love sponsoring this annual poster contest. It’s a fun way to create awareness about local government and may even spark some children’s interest in becoming involved in government in the future,” said Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter. “Children are our future voters, innovators, and civic leaders, so it’s important that they have an awareness of the importance of civic responsibility and the various aspects of County government.”

“My County” Contest Guidelines

  • Contestants must be in fourth grade and attend a Somerset County school
  • The poster design and content should depict why they think Somerset County is great by using their knowledge of history, current events, or personal experience
  • Posterboard must be a standard size of 22” x 28”
  • Somerset County must be written in 4” black solid letters across the top of the poster
  • The student’s name, teacher’s name, and school must be printed neatly in the lower right-hand corner on the back of the poster

Poster Submissions

Posters must be mailed or delivered no later than March 15, 2022, to the Somerset County Surrogate, Bernice “Tina” Jalloh, at the Somerset County Administration Bldg., located on

20 Grove St., Somerville, NJ 08876. For more information about the contest, call 908-231-7003.

Somerset County Constitutional Officers

Sheriff Darin Russo has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience. He is a retired Lieutenant from the Franklin Township Police Department where he managed a staff of 16 officers, four sergeants and multiple police units. He has worked with Somerset County, state and federal agencies on high-profile investigations and has organized some of the largest mobilization of officers in the county to combat gang activity, violent crimes, and robberies. He has also received numerous citations and is a two-time recipient of the Somerset County 200 Club Award.

 

County Clerk Steve Peter graduated from Harvard University with a master’s degree in Linguistics and earned a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was elected Somerset County Clerk in 2017 and has served as Somerville Council President and Deputy County Clerk in Illinois. His public service experience includes as a member of NJ Restart and Recovery Advisory Council, and Downtown Somerville Alliance Board of Directors. 

 

Surrogate “Tina” Jalloh, Esq., was sworn in as the Somerset County Surrogate on Jan. 1, 2021. She is admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of New Jersey and the New Jersey Bar. She received a Juris Doctor from Rutgers University, a master’s degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University, and a Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University.

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