SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ- On Friday, March 10th, 2017 at The Imperia in Franklin, New Jersey, Somerset County will honor 10 Outstanding Women. The Honorees are women who live in Somerset County that have been "doing amazing things everyday," said Somerset County Freeholder Patricia Walsh, who is a liaison to the county Commission on the Status of Women.

The categories for this years' award recipients will be the arts, business, education, government, hometown hero, medicine, and volunteerism. The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders commented on the recipient for Government:

Government Carol Manuele Bianchi of Bernards served as the township’s mayor in 2016 and has been on the Township Committee since 2013. As mayor, she maintained the fiscally conservative policies that have earned Bernards Township a triple-A bond rating, one of the very lowest equalized tax rates in New Jersey, and zero debt.  She served as the first female chairperson of the township Planning Board.  She got involved in government as an organizer and co-leader of a citizens group, "Citizens for a Clean and Safe Millington Quarry,” which successfully worked with the government to stop the importation of fill to the quarry and to require testing for contamination and state oversight. She is co-chair of the Somerset County Employer Legislative Committee and the Somerset County Business Partnership Legislative Committee and vice president of the Somerset County Governing Officials Association; she earned the association’s 2016 Elected Official of the Year award.  She is a graduate of Rutgers University, a magna cum laude graduate of Seton Hall Law School, and a 2010 graduate of Leadership Somerset. 

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Four other Bernards Township women were also among the county's 10 outstanding women. They are Caren Frost Olmsted and Carolyn Kelly, for the arts; Jody C. D’Agostini, as Hometown Hero; and Kathleen I. (Kippy) Piedici, for volunteerism. More to come.  

Click Here for the official Somerset County March 2017 Announcement

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