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Press Release & News Archive 2012

Recovering from Hurricane Sandy

Refer here for recovery information from Hurricane Sandy...


Somerset County News on Hurricane Sandy

Refer here for Somerset County News on Hurricane Sandy...


January is Radon Awareness Month

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E-waste Recycling Reminder

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Department of Public Works Christmas Tree Pick-Up

Christmas Trees will be picked up from January 2, 2013 through January 31, 2013. Please place unwrapped trees at the curb. All ornaments and decorations must be removed from trees. Do not block roadways or fire hydrants. CHRISTMAS TREES ONLY! No brush, wreaths, or leaves will be collected.

For further information or questions, please call the Department of Public Works between 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM at (908) 769-2914.


January Holiday Pick-up Schedule, First Saturday Drop-Off

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NPPD Ongoing Investigation to Death of Borough Resident

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North Plainfield PBA Annual Toy Drive

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December 24 Motor Vehicle Accident

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Symbolic Display of Sympathy for Newtown Connecticut Victims

Dear Residents,

In support and unity, and to show the residents of the community of Newtown, Connecticut that they are not alone in the darkness that they must endure this holiday season, the Borough of North Plainfield will not light the holiday displays at the municipal complex on the night of Wednesday, December 19th.

On behalf of the Mayor & Council, we urge all residents to join Howell Twsp., Woodcliff Lake, and many other municipalities in the state in this symbolic display of sympathy by keeping all holiday decorations off on the night of December 19th.

While we will resume our normal lighting of the displays on Thursday, December 20th, the victims, their families, and those affected by this tragedy will remain in our hearts and prayers throughout this holiday season and beyond.

Respectfully,
Michael Giordano, Jr.
Mayor


County Presents Citations to Disability Advocates Awards Winners

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Somerset County Libraries Receive Economic Vitality Award

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BOBO Friday Collection - Dec. 21

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Facts For Older Adults On Registering For Disaster Assistance

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Art of the Masters Program Features Vincent van Gogh

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Protecting Yourself and Your Family during the First Three Days of an Emergency

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Disaster Recovery Center Will Close After Dec. 15

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Freeholders Offer Tips for Waste-Free Holidays

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Project Warm Your Heart

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Annual Tree Lighting and Santa Comes to Town

Moved to Sunday, December 9th, starting at 4 pm
Everyone is invited to join us at Vermeule for Santa's arrival at 4 pm, holiday music, balloon caricatures, hot chocolate, cookies and other refreshments, and more!

Mayor Giordano will celebrate the holiday season by lighting the tree.


Apply for Disaster Food Assistance Starting Nov. 26

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Hurricane Sandy Children's Flyer

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'Toys for Tots' Campaign for 2012

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Have You Been Displaced Due to Hurricane Sandy?

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Summary or Synopsis of 2011 Report of Audit


Somerset County Senior Centers Announce December Programs

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Freeholders Praise First Responders, Volunteers & Residents Who Assisted During Hurricane Sandy

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Free Diabetes Self-Management Workshops Available

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Sandy Relief Thanksgiving Event

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North Plainfield Library November - December Programs

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Thanksgiving Items Being Collected For Somerset County Food Banks

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New Jersey Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission to Arrive in North Plainfield

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Verizon Hurricane Sandy Special Report

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Please Take Note

THE BOROUGH OF NORTH PLAINFIELD IS EXPERIENCING FREQUENT AND LENGTHY E-MAIL AND INTERNET OUTAGES AS WE ATTEMPT TO GET THE MOST RECENT HURRICANE SANDY RELATED INFORMATION TO ITS WEBSITE USERS. ALTERNATE MEANS OF OBTAINING THIS INFORMATION CAN BE HAD BY TUNING TO 1630 AM RADIO, CONTACTING BOROUGH HALL DIRECTLY, OR BY OBSERVING THE ELECTRONIC SIGN AT BOROUGH HALL. HURRICANE INFORMATION IS BEING GIVEN A PRIORITY DURING THIS EMERGENCY, AND OTHER INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED AS SOON AS RESOURCES PERMIT.


Update - North Plainfield School District Schools NOT Open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

North Plainfield School District schools will be closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, November 7th, 8th, and 9th due to down wires, trees, and power loss in schools and the community. We expect schools and offices to reopen on Monday, November 12th.


Ridewise - Commuter Travel Information

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Property Tax Grace Period Extends Through Tuesday, November 13

Please note that property taxes that were due November 1 can be paid through November 13 with no interest or penalty charges accruing. Taxes paid after this date will incur interest charges back to November 1. This extended period is possible due to the traditional ten day grace period ending on Saturday, November 10 and the closure of Borough Hall due to the Veterans Day holiday being observed on November 12.


Jurassic Week

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Protecting Yourself and Your Family during the First Three Days of an Emergency

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Youth Services Workshop Focuses on Increasing Cultural Competency

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HERO Campaign Team Invites Bars to Join HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers

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All-Hazards Mitigation Plan Annual Progress Report Available Online for Public Comment

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Adopt-A-Family Program to Benefit Food Banks

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Somerset County Clerk's Office Extends Hours Before Election Day

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North Plainfield gives green light to new Costco Wholesale retail store

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Poll: Will the new Costco help revitalize the Rt. 22 corridor

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Deer Caution

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Trust Fund Program Provides Rental Assistance

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North Plainfield Health and Wellness Fair

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Technical Assistance Available for Sustainable Development Projects

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Somerset County's 'Weekend Journey' Through the Past

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Somerset County Investment Framework

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North Plainfield Planning Board Costco Application Meeting

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Arts Grant Funding Opportunity

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Three Recycling Drop-Off Opportunities In October

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Creative-Arts Therapy to Abused Children in Somerset County

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Somerset County Announces 4-H Fair Drawing Winners

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Fall Leaf Clean-Up Help Available to Elderly, Disabled Residents

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Public Auction to be Held for Various Surplus Equipment

TAKE NOTICE that a public auction will be held by the Borough of North Plainfield on the internet commencing October 9, 2012 on the following website: www.propertyroom.com to auction various surplus equipment no longer in use by the Borough at public sale pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:11-36 to the highest bidder.


Geraud Avenue Re-Bid

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Adopt-A-Family

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Manville To Hold A Family Health and Safety Day

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Services, Programs Disability Services Expo

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Are You Prepared For a Hurricane Or Other Disasters?

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Drop Off Unwanted Medicines At The Next Operation Take Back

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National Fire Prevention Week

This year, National Fire Prevention week is October 7th through the 13th. The theme is: "Have 2 Ways Out" The North Plainfield Fire Department will be conducting an Open House at our fire headquarters on Saturday, Oct. 6th between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Please bring your family to our fire station that day, located at 8 Lincoln Place , adjacent to the Borough municipal building.


Nominations Sought for Disability Advocates Awards

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Next 'BOBO Friday' Collection is Sept. 21

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West Nile Virus Case Confirmed in Somerset County

A case of West Nile Virus in Somerset County, NJ, has been confirmed in a woman who was hospitalized but has recovered. Her property and those of adjacent residents were inspected and sprayed for mosquitoes.

"We want to take this opportunity to remind the residents of Somerset County of the steps they can take at home to protect themselves and their families against the risk of transmission of this mosquito-borne disease," said Freeholder Mark Caliguire, public health and safety liaison.

Using an EPA-registered insect repellent, maintaining screen doors and windows, using insect netting on infant carriers and strollers, and limiting outdoor activity at dawn and dusk are all effective ways to prevent mosquito bites and reduce your risk of getting West Nile Virus.

It is also very important to remove potential mosquito breeding sites around your home, as mosquitoes begin to breed in any puddle or standing water that lasts more than four days. Standing water can be found in flower pots, tire swings, pool covers, buckets and cans. Water in birdbaths and pet dishes should be changed every few days, and gutters and drain pipes should be maintained to prevent clogs and standing water.

A swimming pool that is left untended can produce enough mosquitoes to result in neighborhood-wide complaints. Homeowners are urged to clean and chlorinate swimming pools that are not being used.

For more information about community-based mosquito control programs, call 1-888-666-5968. For a fact sheet on West Nile Virus, visit the Somerset County Health Department website at www.co.somerset.nj.us/health/Docs/WNV_factsheet.pdf


Supportive Services for Veteran Families

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Striving For Good Health

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West Nile Virus Fact Sheet

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Volunteers Sought for Fall Leaf Clean-Up

Flexible Days, Hours

Would you like to help an elderly or disabled person get his or her yard ready for the winter months?

The Somerset County Office of Volunteer Services is looking for volunteers for its annual fall leaf clean-up program. Volunteers are needed to rake leaves for elderly and disabled homeowners around the county who have no other means to do yard work.

The annual leaf clean-up project will take place Saturday, Nov. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All participants are invited to lunch at the Office of Volunteer Services.

Anyone who would like to help but cannot make it on Nov. 17 is welcome to schedule an alternative date and time by calling Laurie Beckhorn at the Office of Volunteer Services at (908) 541-5715.


Sign Up for Free Email Alerts and E-Newsletter from Somerset County

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NJDEP's Efforts Against West Nile Virus

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NJDEP Press Release - Mosquito Outbreak

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Project First Class presents collection to Food Bank Network

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Freeholders to Place Wreath at 9/11 Memorial

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Mosquito Adulticiding Schedule Announced for Aug. 30

Below is the Somerset County Public Works Department's schedule for mosquito adulticiding on Thursday, Aug. 30:

North Plainfield:
Greenbrook Road South to Parkview Avenue between Harrington and Lawrence
Areas West of West End Avenue

Manville:
East side of Main Street

Green Brook:
Areas South of Route 22, between Washington Avenue and Rock Avenue

Raritan:
Arnold Avenue South to Old York Road between Woodmere and Weiss
Frelinghuysen South to Railroad Avenue between Victoria Street and Route 206

Bound Brook:
Talmage Avenue and West Main Street


September Recycling Calendar

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County Employees' Grow Off Benefits Agape House

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Geraud Avenue - Addendum No. 1

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All-Hazards Mitigation Plan: Take the Online Survey

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Borough of North Plainfield Notice of Contracts Awarded

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Curbing Hunger Month Food Drive Collects 40K Pounds of Donations

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North Plainfield Library Adult Programs - September/October

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Applicants Sought for Leadership Somerset Program

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Vermeule Arts Center August, September offerings

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Giant Yard Sale

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Next "BOBO Friday" Collection is Aug. 17

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NOTICE TO BIDDERS-Geraud Ave. Sewer Improvements

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Somerset County Offers Composting Workshops

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Visit the 4-H Fair for Fun and Information

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Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

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Somerset County 4-H Fair

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Somerset County to Hold Two Saturday Drop-Offs

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Donated School Supplies Sought for Food Bank Families

Drop Off Donations Thru Aug. 24

The Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women (SCCSW) has launched its annual "Project First Class" school-supplies collection. Children of families served by the Food Bank Network of Somerset County will benefit from the donations.

Although any types of school supplies will be welcome, the children are most in need of backpacks - even gently used ones - as well as new notebooks, three-ring binders, paper, highlighters, markers, pens, pencils and crayons.

Donations may be dropped off to the Somerset County Freeholders' Office on the third floor of the county administration building at 20 Grove St. , Somerville , now through Aug. 24. The office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free parking is available in the adjacent Bernie Field Parking Deck off East High Street.

"This is a chance to help kids start the new school year right," said Freeholder Mark Caliguire, commission liaison. "Many families are struggling to meet basic needs, and school supplies may be out of reach for them financially."

The SCCSW serves as an advisory board to the Board of Chosen Freeholders to address present and potential needs of women and to develop a greater public awareness of women's issues.

Project First Class co-chairs are Commission members Jane O'Donnell and Kacey Dyer. For more information, contact Jane O'Donnell at (908) 234-9302.


3rd Annual North Plainfield Farmers Market Festival

In English

In Spanish


Library Now Hosting "BOBO Fridays" Bins

The next "Buy One, Bring One" food drop-off sponsored by the Somerset County Board of Freeholders is this Friday, July 20.

"We've added a number of library locations to make it more convenient to donate," Freeholder Director Patricia Walsh announced. The program has collected more than 12,000 pounds of donations since she launched it two years ago.

"This monthly food collection program benefits needy families countywide and is desperately needed during the summer months, when other donations have dropped off sharply," Freeholder Walsh said.

Look for the blue BOBO Fridays bins at these county locations:
* Somerset County Administration Building, 20 Grove St., Somerville
* Somerset County/Bridgewater Library, North Bridge Street & Vogt Drive, Bridgewater
* Park Commission Headquarters, 355 Milltown Road, Bridgewater
* Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge
* Lord Stirling Stable, 256 S. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge

Several towns have BOBO Fridays bins in their municipal buildings: Bedminster, Franklin, Green Brook, North Plainfield and Raritan.

The following county branch libraries also now have BOBO Fridays bins: Bound Brook Memorial Library, Mary Jacobs Memorial Library (Rocky Hill), North Plainfield Library, Peapack-Gladstone Library, Somerville Public Library and Warren Township Library.

Canned or boxed food items are accepted. Personal-care items, including bath soap, deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo and toilet paper, also are collected since these items are not covered by food stamps.

Although the targeted collection schedule is the third Friday of every month, the bins are available every day, so donations may be dropped off at any time during regular business hours at all locations.


Recycling Change Regarding Electronic Waste

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Program Provides Rental Assistance

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Striving For Good Health

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National Night Out

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Shred It And Protect It

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Artists Invited to Submit Artwork for Exhibit

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Farmers Market Vouchers Available for Older Adults

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North Plainfield Library Adult Programs - July/August

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Borough of North Plainfield Notice of Contracts Awarded

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Recycling Calendar for July

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4th of July Details - Parade, Fireworks,...

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North Plainfield Fire Department Monthly Report - May

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North Plainfield Police Department Monthly Report - April

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Somerset Street Summer Car Cruise

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Addendum to Municipal Complex Exterior Repairs for Bidders

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STEP (Summer Teen Evening Program) to Begin Tuesday, June 26

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Harrison Avenue Road Improvements Bids Welcome

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Older Artists Invited to Submit Artwork for Display

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Route 22 Sustainable Corridor Improvements Project

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Workshop Focuses on Healthy Lifestyles for Families

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June is Curbing Hunger Month in Somerset County

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Taxicabs Inspected

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Library Events - June

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Donate food and watch a Somerset Patriots game on June 7

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Wildfire Insurance Issues

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Grill Safely This Summer Season

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Somerset County Senior Centers Announce June Programs

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1st Saturday of the Month Drop-off - June 2nd

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North Plainfield Sustainable Seminar

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2012 1st Annual Al LaJeunesse Softball Tournament

Battle of the Badges

Cops vs. Firemen

The Finest vs. The Bravest

Playing softball for our friend Al.

Tournament starts Saturday, June 30th 11am

Krausche Field, High School, North Plainfield, NJ 07060

Donation $10.00

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Profiles of Positive Aging Recipients Recognized

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Housing Options Maps Available

Two updated maps showing the locations of housing options for low- and moderate-income residents and for older adults are now available on the Somerset County Planning Board website at www.co.somerset.nj.us/planweb/maps.htm

"These are among the most popular resources produced by the county Planning Board," said Freeholder Patrick Scaglione, the board's freeholder liaison. He also is president of the board of directors for the Centerbridge I and II developments in Bridgewater , which provide low-income and senior housing.

"Many individuals and families have found these maps to be very helpful when seeking affordable housing or senior housing opportunities in the county," he said. "They show what is potentially available countywide, and provide the contact information they need in order to learn more about individual housing facilities and developments."

The "Low and Moderate Income and Inclusionary Housing Development" map features more than 90 developments in 11 Somerset County municipalities, as identified by the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing (COAH). The map indicates total number of units - rental, sale and age-restricted - in each development as well as the project's status as proposed or completed.

The "Senior Housing Options" map covers various types of housing for older adults, including Continuing Care Retirement Communities; Residential Health Care, Long Term Care or Sub-acute Care Facilities; Shared Senior Living Residences; Low/Moderate Income, Independent Living Senior Housing; Market Rate Senior Housing; Assisted Living Facilities; and Active Adult Retirement Communities, which may include both market-rate and low- and moderate-income options.

For further information about either map, or to receive a printed copy if you do not have Internet access, contact Laurette Kratina in the Somerset County Planning Division at 908-231-7021 or planningbd@co.somerset.nj.us


Hunger Never Takes A Vacation

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Bid Notice - Municipal Complex Exterior Facade Repairs

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Senior Citizen and Disabled Resident Transportation Assistance Program

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Watch for Those Orange Curbing Hunger Bags

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Fundraiser for the North Plainfield Humane Society

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Somerset County Announces Year-Round Medicine Drop

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Somerset County Residents Can Help Curb Hunger

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Somerset County to Hold Saturday Drop-off in May

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Water Use Advisory recommended by the NJDEP

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9th Annual Track & Field Meet

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Somerset County Senior Centers Celebrate Older Americans Month

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Electronic Recycling Day

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Prevent Identity Theft by Shredding Documents

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Hunger Never Takes A Vacation

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Friends of Vermeule Mansion Giant Yard Sale

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Clean Community Day

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Police Consolidation Report

Police Consolidation Report Envisions Five Precincts To Serve Somerset County Municipalities Towns Have Final Say About Participation

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Home Energy Assistance Program

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Operation Secure Shred Calendar

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NPHS PTO Giant Yard Sale

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Recycling Tours Scheduled to Celebrate Earth Day, County Government Month

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Got Drugs?

The North Plainfield Police Department will be accepting the expired meds for disposal on Saturday, April 28 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

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Youth Leadership Somerset Seeks Applicants for 2012-13 Program

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NJDEP Press Advisory - Trout Stocking

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Displays, Programs to Celebrate County Government Month

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Somerset County to Hold Three Recycling Events in April

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Senior Housing Options

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Lindley G. Cook Camp Offering Open House

The Lindley G. Cook in Stokes Forest is holding an Open House on Saturday April 21, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. This event is open to the public and is FREE. There wil be crafts, canoeing, archery, hikes and a barbeque. For more information, please contact the camp at 973-948-3550 or www.nj4hcamp.rutgers.edu.


Operation Medicine Cabinet

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Adult Co-Ed Softball Sign-Up

Two additional Adult Co-Ed Softball sign-ups will be held on Tuesday, April 10th and Wednesday, April 11th from 7:00PM to 9:00PM. Sign-ups will be held in the "Blue Room" next to the Vermeule Community Center located at 614 Greenbrook Road. Registration Fee is $35.oo. For further information please contact Larry LaRonde at lltap@comcast.net.


Somerset County Bar Foundation's 7th Annual 5K Run/3K Walk

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Pedestrian Safety Education and Enforcement Program

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Seventh Annual Legal Runaround

REGISTER NOW!
Seventh Annual Legal Runaround

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Certificate and Report of School Taxes - BOE 2012-2013

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North Plainfield School Budget Slideshow

View the North Plainfield School Budget Slideshow

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North Plainfield Bulk Waste Program for 2012

North Plainfield Bulk Waste Program for 2012 is currently accepting applications for a one time annual pick-up during the month of April. When arranging for Bulky Waste appointments please remember:

- Appointments are reserved on a first come first serve basis and will only be made upon payment of fee.

- An application must be submitted with a non-refundable permit fee of $10.00 per item up to $50.00 for the maximum of five (5) items at the time of registration. Completed applications can be dropped off to the Department of Public Works between the hours of 8am - 1pm, Monday - Friday.

- Applications will be available on the web at www.northplainfield.org or can be picked up at the Borough Hall.



COLLECTION GUIDELINE

Collection of materials will be made by Section according to the Borough of North Plainfield Collection Map. We are limited to the amount of stops per collection; therefore, it is on a first come, first serve basis. Collection of materials will be random within each section; therefore, material must be placed out at curb by 7:00 AM on the assigned collection date. It is important that all materials be out by 7:00 AM because collection moves quickly and your Bulk Waste will not be picked up if you do not have materials at curbside prior to established time. Please note that Bulk Waste pickup does not include metal. This is a separate pick-up. Any unauthorized materials in excess of the number of items sought for bulk waste pickup and/or which do not qualify for bulk waste pickup, which are left at the curb, must be removed by 6:00 PM of the day collection is made. Failure to comply will be subject to the provisions of Section 14-8.5 of the Borough Code.

Somerset County holds several recycling events each year for different recyclable materials. For more information on these recycling programs, visit their website at http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle or call the Somerset County Recycling Center at (732) 469-3363.


Learn About Backyard Composting

Wednesday, April 4th.

$50 REGISTRATION FEE INCLUDES: COMPOST BIN and BACKYARD COMPOSTING LITERATURE.

Advanced registration required.

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Youth Invited to Party Hearty

'Safe Night' Registration Deadline is April 6

BRIDGEWATER - Somerset County youth in grades 7 to 12 are invited to enjoy a "Safe Night" party and talent show on Saturday, April 14, from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School gym, located at 14 Vogt Drive . The theme is "Psychedelic."

"Safe Night" parties offer youth an evening planned by their peers and adults at which there are no weapons, alcohol, drugs or arguments and where they can party, play and learn.

Admission is $3, which includes refreshments. Seating is limited to the first 200 registrants. Registration and payment are due by Friday, April 6.

"The 'Safe Night' program is not just a one-night experience, because participants learn leadership, team building and character-building skills that will last them a lifetime," said Freeholder Deputy Director Peter S. Palmer, human services liaison.

"This is the 13th year Somerset County is hosting a 'Safe Night' program. The program brings youth from around the county together in a fun-filled, safe environment," he said. "It also provides an opportunity to share experiences and make new friends."

The evening will begin with an introduction by Somerset County Youth Council members Nikhil Naidu and Wesley Yiin and a welcome by Freeholder Palmer. Following will be a talent show, volleyball, basketball, games, a dance and the opportunity to experience firsthand what it feels like to drive while drunk by wearing Fatal Vision simulator goggles.

The "Safe Night" program is presented by the Somerset County Board of Freeholders, Somerset County Department of Human Services, Somerset County Youth Council and EmPoWER Somerset.

The "Safe Night" program was begun by former police officer Olusegun "Olu" Sijuwade through the City of Milwaukee Health Department in 1994. It is recognized by the National Crime Prevention Council as a model violence-prevention program.

To register or for information about the "Safe Night" program, contact Sarah Murchison of the Somerset County Department of Human Services at (908) 704-6307 or murchis@co.somerset.nj.us.


Sustainable Jersey Bronze-Level Certification

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Nominations Sought For Profiles of Positive Aging Recognition

Nominations Sought For 'Profiles of Positive Aging' Recognition

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Canned Food Donations Accepted Curbside on Any Recycling Collection Day

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New Jersey American Water 2012 Spring Flushing

New Jersey American Water Co. will be flushing hydrants in the Borough from March 18, 2012 through April 13, 2012. Be prepared for possible temporary pressure reduction and water discoloration.

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Launch of North Plainfield Community Garden

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North Plainfield Recreation - Annual Easter Egg Hunt

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Corrective Action Plan 2010 Municipal Audit

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HMFA Announces New, Low Mortgage Rate for Fire and Police Personnel

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Towns Join BOBO Fridays Program

Towns Join 'BOBO Fridays' Program

Next Drop-off Is March 16

The next "Buy One, Bring One" (BOBO) collection of food and personal-care items for Somerset County families in need will be held Friday, March 16.

Freeholder Director Patricia Walsh, who launched the program almost two years ago, announced that five towns now are hosting BOBO Fridays bins at their municipal buildings: Bedminster, Franklin , Green Brook, North Plainfield and Raritan .

"This is a great way to make donating more convenient for residents around the county," she said. "We're looking forward to having other municipalities join in the near future. The food banks continue to receive more requests for food, and this is a quick and easy way to help."

Look for the blue BOBO Fridays bins at these other public locations as well:
-Somerset County Administration Building, 20 Grove St. , Somerville
-Somerset County/Bridgewater Library, North Bridge Street & Vogt Drive , Bridgewater
-Park Commission Headquarters, 355 Milltown Road , Bridgewater
-Environmental Education Center , 190 Lord Stirling Road , Basking Ridge
-Lord Stirling Stable, 256 S. Maple Ave. , Basking Ridge


Canned or boxed food items are accepted. Personal-care items, including bath soap, deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo and toilet paper, also are collected since these items are not covered by food stamps.

Although the targeted collection schedule is the third Friday of every month, the bins are available every day, so donations may be dropped off at any time during regular business hours at all locations. The program has collected almost 5 tons of donations since its inception in July 2010.


North Plainfield/Clean Community Day

Groups, Organizations, and Individuals are encouraged to attend the North Plainfield/Clean Community Day

Saturday, May 5th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

You are invited to take part in our Sixth Annual Clean the Town Event. Sponsored by the North Plainfield Forum, the work day will be an opportunity to meet our neighbors and work together to clean several designated areas of our town.

The day will begin with registration at 8:30 AM at the Vermeule Community Center located at 614 Greenbrook Road.

Those helping are asked to wear appropriate work shoes or boots and gloves. Bring a rake if possible!

All other supplies will be provided by the Borough.

T-Shirts will be given to volunteers at registration.

A picnic style lunch will be served at the Community Center from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

All volunteers are invited back for lunch!

For more information, call the Mayor's Office at (908) 769-2902


North Plainfield Lions Club/Pancake Breakfast

North Plainfield Lions Club/Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, April 1, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 12 Noon

The Italian American Club - 403 Somerset Street, North Plainfield

Cost- Adults $5.00; Seniors $3.00; Children $3.00

Tickets can be purchased at the door or from any Club Member!


Route 22 Traffic Signal Improvements

From the New Jersey Department of Transportation Public Information Center

Route 22 Traffic Signal Improvements/Signal Coordination/ITS Closed Loop System

From I-287 to Mountainside Borough M.P. 36.45 - M.P. 50.25 Somerset and Union Counties

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 4 - 7 PM

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North Plainfield Eagle Scout to Receive Congressional Citation and Mayoral Proclamation at March 11 Court of Honor

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Hiring Our Heroes Auto Services Employment and Information Services Fair

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Consumers Cautioned About Fast or Instant Tax Refunds

National Consumer Protection Week: March 4-10

The Somerset County Division of Consumer Protection is joining with federal, state and local government agencies and national organizations to celebrate the 14th annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) from March 4 through 10.

During NCPW, groups nationwide share tips and information that help consumers protect their privacy, manage money and debt, avoid identity theft and avoid frauds and scams.

"With the tax season upon us, our Consumer Protection Division is cautioning consumers to think twice about selecting a 'fast' or 'instant' tax refund," said Freeholder Robert Zaborowski, consumer office liaison. "This type of tax refund actually is a loan referred to as a Refund Anticipation Loan, or RAL, that carries fees and high interest rates paid by the consumer."

According to the National Law Center and Consumer Federation of America, refund anticipation loans cost taxpayers $738 million in 2008. The "fast" or "instant" tax refund is not the refund issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). It is a loan secured by the IRS refund and the refund will be smaller because of fees.

If a "fast" or "instant" tax refund is being contemplated, the annual percentage rate, all charges and fees, the maturity date of the loan and the charge for electronic filing should be considered. By filing online directly with the IRS and using direct deposit, refunds can be received in as few as 10 days.

If using the Internet to file, consumers also should know that the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels.

For more information, contact the Somerset County Division of Consumer Affairs at 908-203-6080 or Consumer_Protection@co.somerset.nj.us (NCPW)


Girl Scout Open Registration

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Program Provides Down Payment Assistance

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April School Election Moved To November General Election

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Music at the Mansion - March 4

An Afternoon of Music featuring teh Somerset Brass Quintet - March 4, 2012 at 3:00pm

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Amphibian Reptiles

After you touch amphibians or reptiles, wash your hands so you don't get sick!

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Annual Basket Auction/Tricky Tray

West End School PTA presents: ANNUAL BASKET AUCTION/TRICKY TRAY

SATURDAY, MARCH 2nd at the West End School

447 Greenbrook Rd

North Plainfield, NJ 07063

Doors open 6:00 p.m. - First Ticket @ 8:15 p.m.

$10 Admission gets you one sheet of lower level tickets

Refreshments will be sold

Some prizes include:

iPad

32 inch LCD Vizio TV

The Metropolitan Opera

American Girl

Coach

Blu-Ray Player

And MANY more

Adults only please


Volunteers Ready to Help Out This Tax Season

Appointments Available Through April 15

Volunteer tax counselors have been trained to assist Somerset County residents in preparing their federal and New Jersey income tax returns.

After passing the IRS and AARP tests, these volunteers are ready to help low- and middle-income residents prepare their tax returns. Special emphasis is placed on helping senior citizens and residents with disabilities.

All volunteers have taken additional training in order to help county residents who wish to file their returns electronically. E-filing enables taxpayers to obtain a more rapid refund if they have money coming back to them.

Tax-preparation volunteers will be working at locations around the county. Six sites - in Hillsborough, Raritan, Manville, Bridgewater , Franklin and Green Brook - have been designated for e-filing.

In 2011, approximately 2,090 tax returns were filed with the assistance of county volunteers.

To take advantage of this free service this year, gather up all the required documents - W-2 forms, bank, broker and Social Security statements, medical and other expenses, and a copy of your last year's returns - and call the Somerset County Office of Volunteer Services at (908) 541-5710 for an appointment.

The program runs through April 15 and is by appointment only.


Music at the Mansion

The series of FREE musical programs at the North Plainfield's beautiful Vermeule Mansion continues with the Somerset Brass Quintet

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Somerset County Senior Centers Announce February Activities

The senior centers operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services announce the February program schedule. All programs begin at 11 a.m. unless otherwise listed. Please call for lunch reservations by 11 a.m. the day before you wish to come. For more information, contact the appropriate centers.

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Recycling Drop-off Scheduled for Feb. 4, Recycling Pick-up Adjusted for Presidents Day Holiday

Next First Saturday Recycling Drop-off is Feb. 4

BRIDGEWATER: Somerset County residents don't have to wait until spring to clean up around their homes. The Somerset County Recycling Center , located at 40 Polhemus Lane , will be holding its next First Saturday of the Month Drop-off event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 4.

First Saturday drop-off events enable busy residents to recycle outdated electronics, tires, clean textiles and usual curbside items in one fell swoop, as well as help people in the community who are less fortunate by donating food items for a local food bank.

As part of the program, residents can drop off up to eight tires - with or without rims, scrap metal, antifreeze and usual curbside materials, including chipboard items and plastic bottles and containers, marked #1 through #7. Chipboard includes gift, shoe, shirt and all retail boxes, as well as cereal, cookie, pasta, cake and cracker boxes, without the plastic liners. Also poster board and backing from writing pads are accepted.

In addition, effective January 2012, residents can drop off empty, dried-out steel paint cans.

Residents also have the option of disposing of clean dry textiles throughout the year by bringing them to scheduled Saturday drop-off events. Textiles include drapes, curtains, sheets, towels, belts, handbags, shoes (pairs), clean cloth and small stuffed animals. Textiles only will be accepted in a plastic bag.

Additionally, residents can drop off consumer electronics (e-waste). E-waste includes computers (CPUs), servers, monitors, terminals/CRTs, televisions, printers, fax machines, copiers, computer/laptop peripherals, telecommunication equipment (telephones, cellular phones, telephone mainframes), keyboards, mice, cables, wiring, circuit boards, modems, power supplies, laptops, docking stations and audio visual equipment.

Also typewriters, VCRs, mainframe equipment and controllers, camcorders, CDs, DVDs, computer disks, diskettes, videotapes, cassette tapes, and rechargeable and button-cell batteries are accepted. Residents should individually bag each battery or tape each terminal to avoid short-circuiting of batteries.

Residents also can drop off electronics at Newtech Recycling Inc., located at 600A Apgar Drive , Somerset 08873 , weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Both drop-off opportunities are free. For more information about Newtech Recycling Inc. contact them at (732) 564-3110 or http://www.newtechrecycling.com/.

No household hazardous waste will be accepted at First Saturday Drop-off events. The next Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off event will be March 24 in Bernards Township. For more information, contact the Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management at (908) 231-7031 or solidwaste@co.somerset.nj.us.

For a complete listing of recyclable items, recycling events and much more, visit http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle or call the Somerset County Recycling Center at (732) 469-3363.

Residents wishing to help the needy during these difficult economic times now have two opportunities. They can continue to bring canned goods and non-perishable food donations to First Saturday Drop-off events or, effective January 2012, put out canned goods in a plastic bag on their usual recycling pickup dates. Items will be delivered to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County. Perishable items and foods in glass containers are not accepted by food banks.

Recycling Pick-up Date Adjusted for Presidents' Day Holiday

The Somerset County Recycling Center , located at 40 Polhemus Lane in Bridgewater , will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20, in observance of the Presidents' Day holiday.

Curbside-recycling collection for residents of Branchburg and Raritan will be on Tuesday, Feb. 21. All other curbside pickups will be as regularly scheduled.

County offices will be closed on both Feb. 13 and Feb. 20 in observance of Lincoln 's Birthday and Presidents' Day, respectively. The Recycling Center , which is on a different schedule, will be open on Feb. 13 and curbside pickup will be as scheduled.

For more information, call the Somerset County Recycling Center at (732) 469-3363. To view the 2012 recycling collection schedule and more, go to http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle/recyclescedule.html.


North Plainfield Firefighters 9th Annual Event for the St. Baldricks Foundation

The head-shaving event for life-saving childhood cancer research - Saturday, March 24th at 1PM.

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Ballpark Community Box Available to Nonprofits, Community Organizations

Requests due by Feb. 24 for drawing:

Requests are now being accepted to use the 30-seat community box at the TD Bank Ballpark. To be eligible, applicants should be nonprofits whose client base consists of at least 50 percent Somerset County residents or community organizations that are located in Somerset County or have a facility based in Somerset County that serves the citizens of Somerset County . Applicants should provide a significant community service or volunteer element to Somerset County residents.

"Since the time the ballpark was constructed by the county, one 30-seat community box has been available for the benefit of nonprofits and community organizations," said Freeholder Director Patricia L. Walsh. "We are pleased to continue the tradition again this year."

Entry forms must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, and must include the organization's name and address, a contact person and phone number, the purpose of the organization and information about volunteer and/ or community service.

Entry forms must be mailed to Bonnie Lacamera of the Somerset County Administrator's Office, 20 Grove St., P.O. Box 3000 , Somerville , NJ 08876-1262 , hand-delivered to the Administrator's Office on the third floor between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. or faxed to (908) 231-1740.

Organizations may receive an entry form by calling (908) 231-7040 or by visiting the county website at www.co.somerset.nj.us/spotlight.html and printing a form for mailing, faxing or hand-delivery.

Forty home-game dates are available during the Somerset Patriots' 2012 baseball season. A drawing will be held in early March at the county administration building to determine which community groups will use the box. Organizations will be assigned available dates in the order in which they are drawn. There is no need for a representative of the organization to be present at the drawing.

Organizations using the community box must comply with all applicable rules, regulations and ordinances. Groups are responsible for arranging for and purchasing any food or beverages.

The community box is accessible to people with disabilities.

For additional information, call the Somerset County Administrator's Office at (908) 231-7040.


Public Auction to be Held

A public auction will be held by the North Plainfield Police Dept. on the Internet commencing March 1, 2012 on the following website: www.propertyroom.com to auction certain tangible personal property that has been in the possession of the Police Dept. either by finding or recovery under provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A:14-157.


Check Out These New Grant Opportunities On Our Youth Services Commission Page

Check Out These New Grant Opportunities On Our Youth Services Commission Page


Notice to Bidders: Leaf, Grass and Brush Pick-Up and Removal Services

THE BOROUGH OF NORTH PLAINFIELD will accept bids by mail, recognized overnight carrier or in person for leaf, grass and brush pick-up and removal services throughout the Borough of North Plainfield, until 10:00 A.M. on January 25, 2012 at the Borough Clerk's Office, Borough of North Plainfield, 263 Somerset Street, North Plainfield, New Jersey, at which time all bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. The Borough of North Plainfield shall not be responsible for any bid mailed which is lost in transit or delivered late by the postal service or recognized overnight carrier or by a respective bidder or representative. Bids should be submitted in a SEALED ENVELOPE, addressed to the Borough Clerk, Borough of North Plainfield, 263 Somerset Street, North Plainfield, New Jersey 07060 and clearly marked on the outside "Leaf, Grass and Brush Pick-up and Removal Services".

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Prescription Savings Program

For a low annual fee per household, Somerset County residents can save money on prescription drugs through the Prescription Savings Program.

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Mayor Michael Giordano State of the Borough Address

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An afternoon of chamber music

On Sunday, Jan. 15, at 3:00 PM at St. Bernards & St. Stanilaus Church, 1235 George St. Plainfield, four prodigious young musicians will present a FREE chamber music concert.

Lucia Nowik, Alex Wang, Johanna Nowik, and Cecelia Sha, all are members of the NJ Youth Symphony, and won the 2011 NJYS String Quartet Competition.

Come hear them play works by Mendelssohn and Schubert, and help launch them on their way to play in Vienna.


Upcoming Library Events

All events take place at the North Plainfield Library, 6 Rockview Ave. 908-755-7909

Thursday, January 12
Diabetes Health Screening offered by the Overlook Hospital Mobile Health Center [FREE]
To register call 1-800-247-9580 or 1-888-285-1460
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Food Stamps Information Program presented by the Community Food Bank of NJ [FREE]
In Spanish: 6:30 pm
In English: 7:30 pm

Wednesday, January 18
Relax, Renew & Rejuvenate - Seated Yoga [FREE] To register call the library at 908-755-7909
1:00 pm

Saturday, January 21
Hispanic Heritage Music Program with award-winning guitarist Jesse Rivera (all ages) [FREE]
2:00 pm

Wednesday, January 25
Budget & Managing Your Finances presented by Valley National Bank [FREE]
In Spanish: 7:00 pm

Wednesday, February 1
Budget & Managing Your Finances presented by Valley National Bank [FREE]
7:00 pm

Thursday, February 2
Book Discussion Group: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins [FREE]
7:00 pm

Wednesday, February 8
Partner Massage [FREE] To register call the library at 908-755-7909
7-8:30 pm

Thursday, February 9
Bone Density Screening offered by the Overlook Hospital Mobile Health Center [$10]
To register call 1-800-247-9580 or 1-888-285-1460
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Tuesday, February 14
Introduction to Microsoft Windows for Job Seekers [FREE] To register call the library at 908-755-7909
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Tuesday, February 21
Introduction to Microsoft Word for Job Seekers [FREE] To register call the library at 908-755-7909
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Saturday, February 25
The Libby & Co. Jazz Trio [FREE]
2:30 pm