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Somerset County Focuses on Services, Programs in April

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SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - April is National County Government Month: A time to learn what programs fit your needs!

 Somerset County Freeholder Director Mark Caliguire invites residents to learn about Somerset County through informational displays and activities at various county locations during National County Government Month in April.

“Somerset County will join county governments nationwide in celebrating National County Government Month to raise public awareness and understanding about county government so residents can take full advantage of available programs and services,” said Freeholder Director Mark Caliguire.

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“We look forward each year to providing opportunities for you to learn about the many programs and services Somerset County Government offers,” he said.  “We hope you will participate in events that interest you and will pick up literature either for yourself or your friends and family who might enjoy or benefit from these services.  Our county website – www.co.somerset.nj.us – also is a wealth of information.

“Somerset County has programs for youth, older adults and professionals working with those populations; health-related programs; free clinics; drop-off events; and so much more.  A listing of Somerset County programs and services is available from the drop-down menu at www.co.somerset.nj.us/howdoi.html

 “Somerset County has been participating in National County Government events since its inception in 1991, so this is our 25th year!” he added.

An information display hosted by the Somerset County Board of Freeholders/Public Information Office with literature from many county divisions will be available in the lobby of the Somerset County Bridgewater Library at 1 Vogt Drive from Saturday, April 11, to Saturday, April 18.  Residents are invited to help themselves to materials. Call (908) 526-4016 for library hours or visit www.somerset.lib.nj.us/locationlist.html.  Contact Joanne Vuoso of the Somerset County Public Information Office for information at (908) 231-7020 or vuoso@co.somerset.nj.us.

Somerset County Freeholder Deputy Director Patricia L. Walsh is looking forward to meeting and talking with residents at the Library display Wednesday, April 15, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Also, Freeholder Walsh will attend a volunteer celebration and luncheon at the Hillsborough Senior Center at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, to thank the many volunteers who assist on many levels at the senior center.

The Somerset County Department of Health will have an information display focusing on healthy lifestyles through April 30 in the lobby of the Somerset County Administration Building, located at 20 Grove St. in Somerville.

They also will present a program titled “Would You Like Fries With That?” Thursday, April 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Franklin Township Public Library in Conference Room A/B at 485 Demott Lane in Somerset.  The program will provide tips and tricks so you can make healthy dining choices when you eat out.  For information, call Michele Samarya-Timm at (908) 231-7155 or email her at SamaryaTimm@co.somerset.nj.us

 The Somerset County Office of Emergency Management (OEM),  Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services, Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center and Somerset County Department of Health will have  information displays in the lobby of the Somerset County Administration Building, located at 20 Grove St. in Somerville, from Monday, April 13, through Friday, April 17. 

 Information about emergency preparedness and free training offered through the county’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be available at the OEM table.  For more information about the OEM, contact Tony DeMatteo at (908) 725-5077 or dematteo@co.somerset.nj.us. For more information about the senior centers operated by Somerset County Government, contact Caitlin Witucki at (908) 704-6339 or Witucki@co.somerset.nj.us or visit http://bit.ly/SeniorCtrsSomCty

Staff from more than a dozen Somerset County Government divisions will host an open house from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, in the Human Services Building at 27 Warren St. in Somerville.  They are looking forward to meeting and assisting residents and providing literature about the many programs and services available to residents.  Parking is available in the two lots adjacent to 27 Warren St. or in the four-story parking deck. For information, call (908) 704-6338 or visit http://bit.ly/HumanSrvsOpenHouse

The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office will hold a medicine collection drop-off event Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Warren Township Public Works Garage, located at 1 Bardy Road.  Residents can safely dispose of unwanted and outdated prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications. For more information about medicine collection in Somerset County, and specifically the Rx Mission Drive-in/Drop-off program, contact Lt. Steve SanAntonio at (908) 231-7168 or Sheriff’s Officer Thomas Wallace at (908) 231-7138 or visit http://bit.ly/MedicineDisposal

 The Somerset County Solid Waste Management Division (SWM) will hold a free Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off event for Somerset County residents and farmers on Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Warren Township Public Works Garage, located at 1 Bardy Road.  No registration is necessary, but proof of residency is required.  For more information, call SWM Manager Diana Vigilante at (908) 231-7681, e-mail vigilant@co.somerset.nj.us or visit http://bit.ly/HouseHazWaste2015

 Also, SWM is partnering with the Somerset County Road Division to collect scrap tires, with or without rims, Monday, April 20, through Friday, April 24, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the South County Public Works Garage, located at 410 Roycefield Road in Hillsborough. The program is free.  Residents and farmers can drop off up to eight tires per household. For information, call (908) 541-5021or e-mail roaddiv@co.somerset.nj.us.

The Somerset County Park Commission will host a free park ranger-led guided hike along flat, paved and dirt trails at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater Wednesday, April 22, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Participants should meet at the Visitor Center. The rain date is April 23.  Registration is not required unless you are with a group.  For more information, call (908) 231-0802 ext. 23. Information about Duke Island Park is available at http://bit.ly/DukeIslandPark

Somerset County will hold an “Operation Secure Shred” countywide, rain or shine, free document shredding kick-off event Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the South County Public Works Garage, located at 410 Roycefield Road in Hillsborough.

Ten additional municipality-hosted events are scheduled throughout the year.  For information, contact the Somerset County Records Management Division at (908) 203-6018 or recordsmgmt@co.somerset.nj.us or go to http://bit.ly/2015Shredding

The Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services is holding events for seniors, age 60 and above. Seniors are asked to call the Center directly to learn about attending and scheduling lunch. A suggested donation for lunch is $2. Advance notice for lunch requests is one business day before attending. For a listing of all programs at the senior centers operated by Somerset County Government, visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/senior.html

·              Hillsborough Senior Center:  Friday, April 10, at 10:45 a.m. - Attend a “Welcome Spring Luau.” Enjoy hula-dancing lessons, lively island music, games, flower necklaces and a themed lunch. Wearing luau-inspired clothing is encouraged. Call (908) 369-8700 for details.

·              Montgomery Senior Center in Skillman:  Thursday, April 16, 10:30 a.m. – Learn about the life and works of Georgia O’Keefe, a 20th century American painter best known for her flower canvases and southwestern landscapes.  Attend a lecture, followed by a hands-on art project. Seating is limited to 16 people for the art project.  Call (609) 466-0846 for details.

·              Raritan Senior Center:  Tuesday, April 21, 10:45 a.m. – Enjoy Hatha yoga, which incorporates body postures, controlled breathing and meditation for better body alignment, improved balance and flexibility, improved circulation and more.  Call (908) 203-0001 for details.

·              Quail Brook Senior Center in Somerset: Wednesday, April 22, 10:30 a.m. – Enjoy a presentation titled “High Life: Free Spirit African Music and Dance,” and then put what you have learned into action. Call (732) 563-4213 for details.

·              Somerset County Senior Wellness Center in Basking Ridge: Friday, April 24, 10:30 a.m. – Enjoy “Springtime in Paris” as the senior center is transformed into a French café.  Experience Parisian café music by jazz musician Gordon James and then enjoy French-inspired cuisine for lunch.  Registration is required by April 21. Call (908) 204-3435 for details.

·              Warrenbrook Senior Center in Warren:  Monday, April 27, 11:45 a.m. – Learn about the history of jazz through songs with vocalist and trumpeter Gordon James.  The program will cover the “Big Band” singers and “Swinging Pop.” Reservations for this program are required by April 23. Call (908) 753-9440 for details.

·              Manville Senior Center: Thursday, April 30, 11 a.m. – Learn about mindfulness techniques to reduce anxiety and increase healing.  Discover the supported benefits of mindfulness: stress reduction, heightened working memory, focus, decreased emotional reactivity, greater cognitive flexibility and enhancement of self-insight. Call (908) 526-0175 for details.

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