Vol. 85 - 2020
February 13, 2020
Hunterdon County Health Department Household Hazardous Waste Cleanup Day

Saturday, March 7, 2020
Hunterdon County Rt. 12 Complex
9 am to 1 pm
Hunterdon Sheriff Reminds Residents To Hang Up On Social Security Scam Calls
Hunterdon County Sheriff Fred W. Brown has issued a public service announcement reminding residents that “no government agency will ever contact a resident by phone, or via the internet, for the purposes of soliciting or collecting money,” and that residents should hang up on those scam calls.

The Sheriff recently received a call from a distraught resident who stated that he received a call from Social Security, informing him that his information had been used in a crime outside of the state and in order to safeguard his financial assets, funds had to be transferred to an electronic debit card. “This was a fraudulent, criminal, scam call,” the Sheriff said.

Raritan Township WWII Veteran Receives Highest French Honor
Photo, L to R: Susan J. Soloway, Freeholder Deputy Director and Veterans' Liaison,
John Paller (WWII Veteran) and Freeholder John E. Lanza. 
Joined by his family and a large crowd of fellow Veterans and officials at the Hunterdon County Historic Courthouse on Tuesday, Hunterdon County Veteran John Paller was presented with France’s highest award, the National Order of the Legion of Honor, for his service in combat during World War II.

In presenting the medal to Mr. Paller, France’s Consul General in New York, Ms. Anne-Claire Legendre, stated, “This prestigious distinction is an expression of the deep gratitude that the French people have for the Americans who contributed to the liberation of France in World War II. We will never forget the bravery of American heroes such as John Paller.”

Mr. Paller of Raritan Township, a veteran of 35 combat air missions with the 491st Bombardment Group during 1944 -45, recounted the names of each of his crew members that flew on the B-24 Liberator missions during the war, saying, “my crewmates deserve the credit and recognition for doing our job. They were good friends and great men.”

Hunterdon County Freeholder Board Deputy Director and Veterans’ Liaison Susan J. Soloway and Freeholder John E. Lanza presented Mr. Paller with a Proclamation from the Freeholder Board that noted, “John Paller is a member of special group of Americans that Tom Brokaw correctly referred to as “The Greatest Generation,” that were willing to give selflessly of themselves and pay the ultimate sacrifice, if necessary, to liberate the world from occupation and uphold freedom for future generations.”



See video below of John Paller, WWII Veteran from
WFMZ TV69's Emma Wright.
Newly Funded State Preservation Programs Will Help Hunterdon County
Hunterdon County’s open space, farmland preservation and historic preservation programs will benefit from recent legislative action approving several bills funding those programs, Freeholder John E. Lanza reported at the January 21 st Freeholder meeting.

Lanza, the Board’s liaison for the Planning Department and Cultural and Heritage Commission, stated, “The legislation appropriating funds for grants from the New Jersey Historic Trust is particularly important for Hunterdon County, as $747,000 in grant funds are now available for the historic preservation work planned for the County’s Historic Courthouse.”

Van Doren: PennEast Pipeline
Getting Nowhere In NJ
Decides To Divide Project
Freeholder Board Director Shaun Van Doren reported that the PennEast pipeline company, recognizing they are getting nowhere in New Jersey, has announced they have made a request to the FERC to divide the project into two phases. A Pennsylvania only phase and a second phase in New Jersey.

Van Doren pointed out, Penn East still does not have Clean Water Act approval from the NJDEP and must also receive approvals from the Delaware River Basin Commission, before proceeding in New Jersey. He noted, they are a long way away from ever seeing a second phase.
Hunterdon County Employees Attend
' Go Red For Women ' Luncheon Friday,
February 7th
Wearing red to raise awareness about heart disease, Freeholder Board Deputy Director Susan J. Soloway, Freeholder John E. Lanza, County Clerk Mary Melfi and Sheriff Fred Brown joined with Hunterdon County employees at a lunchtime 'Go Red For Women' event on Friday, February 7th.

The annual event is held by the American Heart Association to raise awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women.

Attendees heard a presentation by Dr. Ankur Tiwari of Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates on preventing heart disease, including eating a heart healthy diet and incorporating exercise as part of a regular routine. Participants also had the opportunity for blood pressure readings by the County’s Public Health Nurses.
County Health Officer Reports: Coronavirus Risk Low, Preparedness High

County Health Officer Karen DeMarco reported that there are presently no active Coronavirus (recently renamed COVID-19) cases in Hunterdon County or New Jersey.

Ms. DeMarco told the Board the County Department is monitoring updated information from the federal CDC and the state Health Department and that while the risk is low, preparedness in the County is high.

The Health Department is in contact with recent travelers to the affected region, assessing their risk for Coronavirus and providing guidance for monitoring signs and symptoms, in accordance with guidance from the New Jersey Department of Health.
Hunterdon Freeholders Recognize Parental Choice During School Choice Week

Hunterdon County’s Freeholder Board, at the January 21 st meeting, recognized the many educational options for school children and their parents by designating the week of January 26 to February 1, 2020 as School Choice Week in Hunterdon County, as part of the National School Choice Week program.

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Bridge and Road Closures and Detours

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New Jersey Department of Transportation

Public Information Center Meeting

Pavement Improvement Project Routes 31, 78 and 22

February 20th
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Clinton Township Municipal Courtroom
1370 Rt. 31 North, Lebanon
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Shaun C. Van Doren
Director
Susan J. Soloway
Deputy Director

J. Matthew Holt
John E. Lanza
Zach Rich

Mary H. Melfi
County Clerk
Fred W. Brown
Sheriff
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