Residents Encouraged to Learn about Their County

Post Date:03/27/2017 10:55 AM

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

“Our 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 Peter S. Palmer. “We have been participating in the National County Government celebration since its inception in 1991 and look forward to this opportunity each year.

“We hope you will participate in some of the events and will pick up literature for yourself and your friends and family who might enjoy and benefit from these services and programs,” he said.

Somerset County has programs for youth, older adults and professionals working with those populations; health-related programs; free clinics; drop-off recycling events; and so much more. Visit our website at for a wealth of information.
An information display hosted by the Somerset County Board of Freeholders/Public Information Office with literature from many county divisions will be in the lobby of the Somerset County Bridgewater Library at 1 Vogt Drive from Monday, April 3, to Friday, April 7.  Residents are invited to help themselves to materials. Call (908) 526-4016 for library hours or visit

Freeholder Director Peter S. Palmer will be at the Library Monday, April 3, at 4 p.m. and Freeholder Patricia Walsh will be there Thursday, April 6, from 9 to 11 a.m. They are looking forward to meeting with you and answering any questions you may have.

Various displays will be in the lobby of the Somerset County Administration Building, located at 20 Grove St. in Somerville. The county Office on Aging and Disability Services will have an information display April 3-28, the Surrogate’s Office from April 3-14 and the Sheriff’s Office from April 19-27.

The Solid Waste Management Division and Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County are sponsoring composting workshops Thursday, April 13, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Ted Blum 4-H Center, located at 310 Milltown Road in Bridgewater. A $50 registration fee includes attendance at a workshop, a compost bin and literature.  Registration is required by Thursday, April 6. For more information, call SWM Manager Melissa Harvey at (908) 231-7109, e-mail or visit, where a registration form can be printed and mailed along with the registration fee.

The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center is hosting Ben’s Birding Basics for adults and children ages 8 and older, with a parent. The free program will be Saturday, April 8, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Join Naturalist Ben Barkley who will teach how to identify and find birds in the field. The program is part lecture and part field application of skills learned.  Pre-registration is required by calling (908) 766-2489, ext. 0.  The EEC is located at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge.  Directions to the EEC are available at

The Somerset County Solid Waste Management Division will hold a free Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off event for Somerset County residents and farmers on Saturday, April 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Warren Township Public Works Garage, located at 1 Bardy Road in Warren. No registration is necessary, but proof of residency is required.  For more information, call SWM Manager Melissa Harvey at (908) 231-7109, e-mail or visit

The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office will hold a medicine collection drop-off event Saturday, April 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Warren Township Public Works Garage, located at 1 Bardy Road in Warren.  Residents can safely dispose of unwanted and outdated prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications. For more information about medicine collection in Somerset County contact Capt. Steve SanAntonio at (908) 231-7168, Sheriff’s Officer Nick Fazio at (908) 231-7140, ext. 9 or go to and click on Home Medical Waste.

The Somerset County Records Management Division will host a kick-off “Operation Secure Shred” countywide, rain or shine, free document shredding event for residents Saturday, April 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Somerset County Public Works Garage, located at 410 Roycefield Road in Hillsborough. Residents can bring up to six containers of documents for shredding. Staples and paperclips do not have to be removed. Please do not bring recyclable items such as junk mail, magazines and newspapers. This event is for residents only, not businesses.

Nine additional municipality-hosted events are scheduled. The upcoming County-Municipal Shredding Schedule will be available after March 27 at  For more information, contact the Somerset County Records Management Division at (908) 203-6018 or

The Somerset County Solid Waste Management Division is partnering with the Somerset County Road Division to collect scrap tires, with or without rims, Monday, April 17, through Friday, April 21, 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) 541-5021, e-mail or go to

The Somerset County Park Commission is hosting a free ranger-led guided hike at Washington Valley Park in Martinsville Wednesday, April 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Participants should meet in the main lot on Newmans Lane.  Registration is not required unless you are with a group. For more information, call (908) 231-0802, ext. 23. Information about Washington Valley Park is available at

The Somerset County Park Commission Leonard J. Buck Garden is holding a plant sale and Earth Day celebration, Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 23, from noon to 5 p.m. Lectures will be held at 1 p.m. on both days.  On Saturday you can enjoy  “Wildflowers and Weeds” by Dorothy Smullen, naturalist and teacher at the New Jersey Audubon, and on Sunday “Conifer Survey” by Frank Goodhart, past president of the American Conifer Society. Guided tours of Buck Garden will be at 2 p.m. A variety of choice plants will be available for purchase, including shade and sun perennials, wildflowers, herbs, rock garden plants, dwarf conifers, deer-resistant plants and woody plants.  For more information call (908) 234-2677. The Leonard J. Buck Garden is located at 111 Layton Road in Far Hills. Garden information is available at

The Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services is holding events for seniors, age 60 and above. Seniors are asked to call the Senior Center directly to learn about attending and scheduling lunch. A suggested donation for lunch is $2.50 for those over age 60. Advance notice for lunch requests is by 10 a.m., one business day before attending, unless there is a specified registration date. For a complete listing of programs at the senior centers operated by Somerset County Government and more, go to

The six senior centers will be hosting Bubbles for Autism events to observe Autism Awareness Month Thursday, April 6, and Friday, April 7, as follows: April 6: Somerset County Senior Wellness Center at  Basking Ridge at 10:15 a.m. and the Montgomery and Warrenbrook senior centers  at 11:30 a.m.  April 7: Somerset County Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater and the Hillsborough and Quail Brook senior centers at 10:30 a.m. For information contact Paulann Pierson, Office on Aging and Disability Services, at (908) 704-6334 or

Quail Brook Senior Center in Somerset: Monday, April 3, 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a presentation by the Somerset County Planning Division on agriculture and farmland preservation. Meet a local farmer who will give a firsthand account of farming in Somerset County and take part in a blindfolded taste test to see if you can tell the difference between organic and supermarket fruits and vegetables. Call (732) 563-4213 for details.

Somerset County Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater:  Tuesday, April 4, from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Take advantage of the opportunity to safely dispose of expired and unused medication when a Somerset County sheriff’s officer will be on hand to collect them.  Also enjoy a visit from a sheriff’s officer and his K9 partner.  Call (908) 203-6101 for details.

Somerset County Senior Wellness Center at Basking Ridge: Friday, April 7, 10:30 a.m. Enjoy the works of photojournalist Jim DelGuidice as he takes you on the ultimate road trip through his photos to many famous and not-so-famous locations along Morris County backroads. Call (908) 204-3435 for details.

Hillsborough Senior Center:  Wednesday, April 12, at 11 a.m. – Join well-known photographer Walter Choroszewski as he presents New Jersey in art and photography from engravings, paintings and photos found at museums and the Library of Congress. He will discuss the art periods that influenced the artwork and will give biographical information about each artist. This program is made possible, in part, by funds from the NJ State Council on the Arts/Department of State and administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant. Call (908) 369-8700 for details.

Warrenbrook Senior Center in Warren:  Monday, April 17, 10:30 a.m. – Enjoy speakeasy fun and celebrate the “Roaring ‘20s” with the Pettit Sisters as they sing and dance their way through a musical presentation of that era. Call (908) 753-9440 for details.

Montgomery Senior Center in Skillman:  Friday, April 28, 10:15 a.m. – Get ready to have the five functions of your brain activated – strategic planning, memory and recall, analytical thinking, creativity and imagination, and kinesthetic thinking – with Ageless Grace. The Ageless Grace fitness program can be performed either while sitting or standing. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and sneakers. Call (609) 466-0846 for details.

For more information about County Government Month, contact Joanne Vuoso of the Somerset County Public Information Office at (908) 231-7020 or  For information about specific programs, contact the divisions or senior centers directly.

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