Vol. 58 - 2019
April 9, 2019
Hunterdon Freeholders
Add Preserved Acres At No Cost
To The County
Photo courtesy of Hunterdon Land Trust
The Hunterdon County Freeholders recently approved the preservation of 77 acres of farmland that straddles Glen Gardner, Hampton, and Bethlehem, and gained 209 forested open space acres in Union and Bethlehem, all at no cost to the County.
 
Freeholder Matt Holt, the Board’s liaison to the Department of Planning and Land Use, stated, “ Preserving land that ensures a multigenerational farm remains as farmland in perpetuity, and gaining significant forested land that creates trail opportunities and maintains the county’s natural beauty and viewscapes, without needing to use County open space monies, is an exceptional achievement by our staff.”

Hunterdon Freeholders Salute
Sheriff's Officers Who Also Serve
In Army National Guard
Hunterdon County’s Freeholder Board, at the March 5 th meeting, gave special recognition to two members of Sheriff Fred W. Brown’s staff for their service in the Army National Guard.

The Freeholders, in honoring Sheriff’s Officer Thomas Illes and Sheriff’s Investigator Raymond Scarpa, III, as citizen soldiers who stand ready to answer the call, noted that the Army National Guard plays an important role in protecting America’s freedom.

Freeholder Board Director Suzanne Lagay stated, “The Freeholders are most appreciative of the sacrifice and dedication required to hold a full-time job with the Sheriff and serve in the National Guard. We also recognize the sacrifice made by the Guard members’ families in the face of military deployments.”

Lanza: Join On-Line Petition Calling For Legislature To Reverse Governor's School Aid Cuts
Hunterdon County Freeholder Board Deputy Director John E. Lanza has called on parents, school officials, educators, property taxpayers and students to join an on-line petition calling for the Legislature to reverse the Governor’s proposed education aid cuts to Hunterdon County school districts.

Nineteen Hunterdon County school districts are scheduled to lose $2.1 million in education aid under Governor Phil Murphy’s proposed FY 2020 state budget.

Lanza said, “These school aid cuts are devastating to many districts and will have serious ramifications such as property tax increases, educational programming cuts, and potential staff layoffs. We need to make the Legislature understand the gravity of the situation.

Legislators will respond when the public makes their collective voices heard. The Legislature has the power to change the school funding allocations, as part of the budget process prior to the start of the new state fiscal year on July 1 st .”


“We hope to collect as many signatures as possible which we will forward to the State Legislature to let them know that the proposed aid cuts will hurt school kids, homeowners, and teachers, and must be reversed.” Lanza concluded.
Hunterdon County Chamber Radio with Freeholder Director Suzanne Lagay

Janis Clark, RN, preparedness Supervisor, Public Health Nurse, from the County's Health Department. Discussing functional exercises, planning and preparedness for disasters and their collaboration with the Office of Emergency Management.

i nformation
19TH ANNUAL EARTH DAY FESTIVAL

Saturday, April 27th - 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. Echo Hill park.
Admittance is FREE !
All ages are invited to attend.
Strikeout Hunger NJ

6th Annual Softball Tournament
Saturday, May 4
2 PM to 5 PM

Admission is an item for the food pantries .


Hunterdon County Senior Center

The Grandparent Series is a four part lecture designed especially for seniors interested in learning about the challenges that face our youth every day.

County Health Department seeks volunteer actors for emergency preparedness exercise
For questions or to participate, contact Janis Clark at (908) 806-4617, or via e-mail at  jclark@co.hunterdon.nj.us .

Saturday June 8th and
Sunday June 9th

Hunterdon Central Regional High School

Click the image above for more information
RED CROSS
National Volunteer Week


A Big Thank You To All
Of The Volunteers

More than 90 percent of the Red Cross workforce is volunteers who respond to more than 62,000 disasters across the country. From blood donations to first aid training that saves lives, the Red Cross is there helping here in the U.S.A. and around the world.
Visit Red Cross.org to find your local chapter. Twitter: @redcross
Hunterdon County DPW: Road Construction on Route 523

County Route 523 construction began April 1, 2019.

FROM: Delaware Drive, Delaware Township
TO: N.J.S.H. 29 Stockton

Plan alternate route or expect delays. The Contractor is DeSantis Construction Inc. Construction is expected to continue until mid June. 
Hunterdon County Library

23rd Annual Book Sale
2019 Dates: April 27 -29

RVCC Planetarium Plans Laser Concerts, Star Shows for All Ages in April

Planetarium tickets cost $10 for one show, $16 for two shows on the same day. For reservations and information, call 908-231-8805. For additional information, visit www.raritanval.edu/planetarium .

RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .
Click the image above for information on all Hunterdon County Parks & Recreation Programs in April and May.

All programs require pre-registration unless otherwise stated .

Please note that cost is per participant, including children and accompanying adults, unless stated otherwise
Flag Drop Boxes Available
At Local Libraries

Worn and well used flags can be turned in for proper retirement to local flag drop boxes available at the main County Library, at the Route 12 Complex in Raritan Township and at the North County Library, 65 Halstead Street in Clinton.

Residents needing further assistance, please contact by email: veterans@co.hunterdon.nj.us
Hunterdon County's Communication System was first established in 1975 and was the first county-wide agency to have 9-1-1 in New Jersey. With continuous 24-hour coverage, providing help and assistance when needed, this week is designated to all those who answer the call.

Thank you to all of the Hunterdon County Communication workers!
Podcast: Bringing Multi-Sector Partners Together To
Tackle Obesity In Hunterdon County, NJ

This podcast episode features the work of the Hunterdon County Partnership for Health, a multi-sector coalition that includes over 60 community agencies that share a common interest in improving health in Hunterdon County, NJ. Kim Blanda is a Project Director at Hunterdon Healthcare, Dr. Rose Puelle is a Senior Director of Population Health at Hunterdon Healthcare, and Karen DeMarco is the Director of the Hunterdon County Department of Health. Together, they are working on a project funded by New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI) focused on healthier weight as a mechanism for improving community health.

* Hosted by: Peter Eckart, co-founder of All In: Data for Community Health
* Podcast Guests: Kim Blanda, Dr. Rose Puelle, and Karen DeMarco, Hunterdon County Partnership for Health.

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Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders
and Constitutional Officers

Suzanne Lagay  
Director
John E. Lanza 
Deputy Director
J. Matthew Holt
Susan Soloway 
Shaun Van Doren

Mary H. Melfi
County Clerk
Fred W. Brown
Sheriff
Susan J. Hoffman
Surrogate
Anthony P. Kearns III
Prosecutor
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