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Improvements at Memorial Park Continue

Memorial Park is an important hub for our community and recreational programs.

We are pleased to announce that improvements at Memorial Park are continuing. The construction of the new gazebo project is ongoing, and the first mural has been painted on the park facilities building. This beautiful mural provides a nice view from the gazebo, and the mural was completely paid for from a generous grant from Building Bridges to Better Health, an initiative of Healthier Somerset.

We are continuing to seek out grants to pay for additional murals and other Memorial Park improvements. We appreciate your patience and support as the Borough continues its commitment toward park improvements that benefit all South Bound Brook residents and families.

Recall of Green Sprouts Toddler’s Stainless-Steel Bottles and Cups

Somerset County Department of Health

LINCS* Notification

Terry Clancy, PhD, RN, NRP

Director, Public Health & Safety

There has been a recall of Green Sprouts Toddler’s Stainless-Steel Bottles and Cups. Please view the recommendations from the CDC below:

These products are being recalled because they contain a bottom base that can break off and expose a lead-containing solder dot, posing a lead poisoning hazard to the child. More information about this recall including specific items being recalled is available on the CPSC’s website. We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues and partners.

In addition, we encourage health care providers to

Somerset County Park Commission To Host ‘Festival of Trees’ for Families

Somerset County Park Commission To Host ‘Festival of Trees’ for Families

 

Accepting Toys for Tots Donations Until Dec. 13

 

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – Get into the holiday spirit and visit the “Festival of Trees” from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 to Thursday, Dec. 29, but closed for the holiday weekend on Dec. 23 to 26. The Somerset County Park Commission will be hosting the display at the Environmental Education Center (EEC) at 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.    

The exhibit is a feast for the eyes, featuring multi-theme and multi-room tree exhibits with dazzling decorations. The whole family will enjoy this event. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person. Refreshments will not be available.

 

Social Distancing

Masks are optional, but the Park Commission encourages social distancing and reserves the right to modify its rules or cancel the event when complying with the governor’s Executive Order.

Toys for Tots Drop-Off Location

Help bring joy to a child’s Christmas and donate an unwrapped toy. Donors can drop off toys in the Toys for Tots bin in the lobby of the EEC until Dec. 13. For more information about Toys for Tots and other drop-off locations, visit SoCoNJ.gov/sheriff.

For more information about the Festival of Trees, contact the EEC at 908-722-1200, ext. 5002, or visit www.somersetcountyparks.org. Individuals with hearing and speech impairment can call the Relay Service at 711.

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, an 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.

 

Environmental Education Center (EEC)
The 
EEC at Lord Stirling Park offers approximately nine miles of hiking trails, programs led by Naturalists, school field trips, fun festivals, nature-themed exhibits, facility and classroom rentals, a resource library, science and conservation research, and more. The EEC’s goal is to improve environmental literacy in Somerset County and beyond.

 

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Walk-in Services Available for Job Seekers in Somerset and Hunterdon Counties

News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

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

Sara Sooy, Commissioner Ÿ Paul M. Drake, Commissioner Ÿ Doug Singleterry, Commissioner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov. 10, 2022

Walk-in Services Available for Job Seekers in Somerset and Hunterdon Counties

The Greater Raritan One-Stop Career Center Employment Services and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), located at 75 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Somerville, are open for walk-in services for job seekers in Somerset and Hunterdon Counties beginning Monday, Nov. 14. Both offices have public-use computers available for career-related work.

Virtual and phone services by appointment will continue to be available at the Employment Services and DVRS offices as they have been since the beginning of 2022. The hours of operation for both services are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, excluding state holidays. For more information about Employment Services, call 908-704-300. To find out about DVRS call 904-704-3030.

This expansion of services provides even greater support for job seekers in conjunction with the nearby Greater Raritan One-Stop Career Training Center located on the second floor of 27 Warren St. in Somerville, which has been open for more than a year.

While walk-in services are now available at all offices, jobseekers should consider making appointments so the staff will be readily available to assist with resumes, training and general career questions. For information about all system-wide career services, visit www.thegrwdb.org.

One-Stop Career Training Center, Flemington

Because of the current staffing capacity, the Greater Raritan One-Stop Career Center at 6 Gauntt Place in Flemington will not be open for walk-in services but is open by appointment for phone and virtual services, on Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To make an appointment, or for more information call 908-541-5780 or email onestop@co.somerset.nj.us.

One-Stop Career Training Center, Somerville

The Training Center will continue offering evening hours on Mondays, from 8:30 a.m.to 7 p.m., and is also open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, excluding county holidays.

Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board (GRWDB)

Staff members of the GRWDB are available to assist walk-ins and by appointment from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. located on the third floor of 27 Warren St. in Somerville.

Unemployment assistance is not available at any Greater Raritan location. Those with unemployment questions can call 732-761-2020 or visit https://myunemployment.nj.gov to explore additional resources or make an appointment for in-person assistance at one of the 13 locations around the state.

Career-seekers outside of Somerset and Hunterdon counties should note that the other One-Stop Career Centers around the state are adding walk-in availability at their locations beginning Nov. 14.

About GRWDB

The Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board oversees federally and state-funded career and employment services for businesses and residents in Hunterdon and Somerset counties. Weekly text alerts highlight career and job opportunities in Somerset and Hunterdon counties. Text “onestop” to 565-12 to sign up.

Somerset County CERT Volunteers Complete Basic Training CERT Members Are Vital to Local Disaster Response

News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

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

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

 

For Immediate Release

November 9, 2022
Contact Nathan Rudy at (908) 635-8401 for more information.

 

Somerset County CERT Volunteers Complete Basic Training

CERT Members Are Vital to Local Disaster Response

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County’s Office of Emergency Management graduated eight local residents from their Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training program. These volunteers spent twenty-six hours over seven days learning how to support their community and first-responders when disasters strike through a coordinated, team effort at the municipal or county level.

“Somerset County has experienced serious disasters over the past few decades, from apartment fires to COVID to deadly flooding,” said Commissioner Doug Singleterry, liaison to the Office of Emergency Management. “These men and women give up so much of their time and effort to ensure that their hometowns and neighbors are prepared for the next disaster, and we all owe them our gratitude and thanks.”

October’s CERT class included residents of Bound Brook, Franklin (Somerset), Hillsborough, Montgomery, and Peapack & Gladstone. Following their full week of training in Disaster Preparedness, CERT Organization, Light Search and Rescue, Disaster Psychology, Terrorism, Fire Safety, Medical Operations and Sheltering Operations each participant must complete a written exam and practical exercise to graduate.

Local CERT programs train and organize teams of volunteers to assist their families, neighbors, co-workers and other community members during emergencies when professional responders may not be immediately available to provide assistance.

Before, during, and after disasters, CERT volunteer teams perform basic response activities, including checking in on neighbors, distribution of information to the public, supporting emergency operations centers, and helping to manage traffic and crowds. The deployment of CERT volunteers to perform these activities frees up professional responders to focus efforts on more complex, essential, and often life-saving tasks. CERT volunteers also support their communities by organizing, promoting, and participating in emergency preparedness events, activities, and projects.

There is currently another CERT Basic Training Class being conducted in November, and more will be scheduled in the future. For more information regarding the CERT program, please utilize the following link – https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/public-health-safety/emergency-management/cert-volunteers

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Somerset County to Hold Free Document Shredding Event on Nov. 12

News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

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

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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 9, 2022

Somerset County to Hold Free Document Shredding Event on Nov. 12

‘Operation Secure Shred’ Helps Protect Residents Against Identity Theft

 

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Help guard against identity theft by bringing personal documents to “Operation Secure Shred.” Residents can take advantage of this FREE, easy and secure way to dispose of personal documents on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Somerset County Public Works Garage, North County Facility located at 411 Chimney Rock Road, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until the trucks are filled. The event will occur rain or shine.

Residents should be prepared to unload the items to be shredded from their vehicles. Staff will be available to assist them if necessary.

Proof of Residency

Residents must be prepared to present a current driver’s license, valid lease, tax bill or any other bill that shows proof of a Somerset County address. Pre-registration is not required. Businesses and commercial vehicles are NOT allowed.

Attend Any Shredding Event

Residents from all 21 Somerset County municipalities can attend as many shredding events as they like and can participate even if they do not reside in the towns that are holding the events. To view a list of dates and locations for shredding events, visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/shredding.

Items Accepted

Participants can bring up to six boxes, containers or bags of documents per visit, but they will be required to take back their receptacles. Staples and paperclips do not have to be removed.

Items Not Accepted

Junk mail, magazines and newspapers will NOT be accepted.

For more information about “Operation Secure Shred,” contact the Somerset County Public Works Department at 908-203-6018 or email publicworks@co.somerset.nj.us.

Identity Theft

Victims of identity theft can visit the Federal Trade Commission’s online one-stop resource center, which provides a step-by-step process for recovering from identity theft and downloadable resources. Learn more, visit IdentityTheft.gov.

 

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Somerset County Park Commission to Host Holiday Floral Craft Workshop

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 7, 2022

Somerset County Park Commission to Host Holiday Floral Craft Workshop

 

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Register for a fun holiday craft workshop, by Monday, Nov. 14, and create a stunning floral centerpiece for any holiday table. Hosted by the Somerset County Park Commission, the Thanksgiving Floral Centerpiece Workshop will occur on Sunday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at North Branch Park on 355 Milltown Road, Bridgewater.

During the two-hour workshop, participants will use their creative thinking skills as Somerset County Park Commission Horticulture Manager Shauna Moore provides simple instructions to craft the centerpiece. Workshop participants will create a striking floral arrangement for their Thanksgiving table using long-stemmed, long-lasting seasonal flowers. This class is a great way to encourage creative thinking and help relieve holiday stress.

No experience or knowledge of floral design is necessary. There is a $55 fee per person, which includes all supplies. The class size is limited to 12 people. Participants should bring a box to carry their centerpiece home.

To register, call 908-722-1200 ext. 5721 or visit www. Somersetcountyparks.org. Individuals with hearing and speech impairment can call Relay Service at 711.

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, an 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.

 

North Branch Park

North Branch Park, the home of the Somerset County Park Commission’s administrative offices is in Bridgewater Township. The 194-acre park, acquired in 1961, offers nearly a mile of flora and fauna along the North Branch of the Raritan River. The park hosts the 4-H Fair, interesting exhibits, shows, and other fairs.

 

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Somerset County to Hold First Saturday and E-Waste Drop-Off Events on November 5

News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

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

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

 

Somerset County to Hold First Saturday and E-Waste Drop-Off Events on November 5

Residents Can Clear Their Homes of Clutter

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 1, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Somerset County is hosting the monthly First Saturday and E-Waste Drop-off events on Saturday, Nov. 5, in Bridgewater and Hillsborough. These two free, monthly events benefit the environment by allowing residents to safely dispose of their items in one fell swoop.

Somerset County Recycling is helping to support Project First Class by accepting school supply donations at the upcoming First Saturday Drop-off event on Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Somerset County Recycling Center, 40 Polhemus Lane, Bridgewater. Residents can take this opportunity to recycle their excess items and donate new school supplies to a worthy cause.

FIRST SATURDAY
Residents can bring recyclables such as newspapers, junk mail and other acceptable items to the First Saturday of the Month Drop-off on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Somerset County Recycling Center, located at 40 Polhemus Lane, Bridgewater, NJ 08807.

Residents should remain in their vehicles: Staff will be available at every station to help residents remove their 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 and 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, poster board, backing from writing pads, and empty dried-out steel paint cans.

Items NOT Accepted: Somerset County does NOT accept textiles at 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. For a complete listing of recyclable items, recycling events and more visit http://bit.ly/Recycling2022.

ELECTRONIC WASTE DROP-OFF
HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Dispose of items cluttering the home at the Electronic Waste Drop-off event to be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the South County Public Works Garage, located at 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844.

Residents should remain in their vehicles unless otherwise instructed and may need to remove items without assistance and place them on pallets as instructed by the staff.

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 and commercial vehicles are NOT allowed.

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 hazardous waste, including lithium and rechargeable batteries at scheduled Hazardous Waste Drop-off events.

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

A complete listing of recyclable items, recycling drop-off events (First Saturday of the Month, 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.

To download the app, visit http://bit.ly/SCRecycleCoach2022.

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