Youth Mental Health First Aid – Join the Movement

YMHFA flyer March 2018

A young person you know could be experiencing a mental health or substance use problem. Learn an action plan to help.

Become a Youth Mental Health First Aider. Anyone 18 or older can take this course. Recommended for parents, teachers, coaches, social workers, faith leaders and other caring citizens those who regularly interact with young people ages 12 –18.

WHEN: Sat, Mar 17th AND Sat, Mar 24th
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Participants must attend both sessions to be certified First Aiders

WHERE: Bernards Township Library
Program Room A
32 South Maple Avenue Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

COST: $50 – Includes all program materials, certification, and light refreshments.

Safe Medication Disposal – Drive-Thru Drop Off

Safe, Convenient, Anonymous Disposal of Medication

Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet!

10 AM TO 1 PM
WHERE: Bernards Twp Police Dept.
1 Collyer Lane
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

– Unused and expired prescription /over the counter medications
– Only solid medications, pills, patches, inhalers, and similar objects
NOT Accepted:
– Liquids, medical waste (including oxygen tanks) or syringes.

For more information, visit: or

NJ American Water Implements Temporary Treatment Changes in Water Treatment Plants

American Water Press Release

Media Contact: Denise Venuti Free

Director of Communications and External Affairs


VOORHEES, NJ (January 30, 2018) – As part of an annual maintenance program for its water distribution system, New Jersey American Water will temporarily change the water treatment process from a chloramine (combined) residual to free chlorine residual at the company’s Raritan-Millstone and Canal Road Surface Water Treatment plants. These plants serve New Jersey American Water customers in the following counties: Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset and Union.

“This periodic, scheduled change in disinfectant is a standard water treatment practice that allows us to continue to ensure safe, high-quality water for our customers,” said Anthony Matarazzo, Director of Water Quality and Environmental Management, New Jersey American Water. “We perform this distribution system maintenance program every year as an added measure to further disinfect the pipelines in our distribution system.”

The temporary treatment process will begin the week of February 12, 2018, and continue until the end of March 2018. During this period, some customers may notice a slight taste and smell of chlorine in their water. This is normal and will only be temporary until the system maintenance is complete. Customers who wish to reduce the taste of chlorine can place water in an uncovered glass container in the refrigerator overnight to dissipate chlorine faster.

“As always, we will continue to monitor water quality in the system to ensure that customers receive water that meets or is better than federal and state drinking water standards,” Matarazzo said.

The temporary treatment change applies to New Jersey American Water customers in the following communities. (Communities with an asterisk purchase water from New Jersey American Water.)

Hunterdon County: Flemington Borough*, Frenchtown Borough, Raritan Township, Readington Township, and Tewksbury Township

Mercer County: Hopewell Township, Lawrence Township, Princeton Borough, Princeton Junction, Princeton Township and West Windsor Township

Middlesex County: Cranbury Township, Dunellen Borough, Edison Township, Jamesburg Borough, Middlesex Borough, Monroe Township, North Brunswick*, Piscataway Township, Plainsboro Township, South Brunswick Township and South Plainfield Borough

Somerset County: Bedminster Township, Bernards Township, Bernardsville Borough, Bound Brook Borough, Branchburg Township, Bridgewater Township, Far Hills Borough, Franklin Township, Green Brook Township, Hillsborough Township, Manville Borough, Millstone Borough, Montgomery Township, North Plainfield Borough, Peapack & Gladstone Borough, Raritan Borough, Somerville Borough, South Bound Brook Borough, Warren Township and Watchung Borough

Union County: Berkley Heights Township, City of Rahway*, Clark Township, Cranford Township, Fanwood Borough, Garwood Borough, Hillside Township, Kenilworth Borough, Linden City, Mountainside Borough, New Providence Borough, Plainfield City, Roselle Borough, Roselle Park Borough, Scotch Plains Township, Springfield Township, Summit City, Union Township, Westfield Township and Winfield Park Township*

New Jersey American Water has used chloramines in its water treatment process since the 1970s. For more information, visit


New Jersey American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.7 million people. More information can be found at With a history dating back to 1886, American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company.  The company employs 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visiting

Upcoming Programs

  1. Presentation on Adverse Childhood Experiences by Resilient Youth of Somerset Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 6 PM in Somerville (27 Warren Street, Conference Room 1). This presentation is free for you to implement, so you may decide to bring it to your agency after previewing it!  (Flyer)
  2. Somerset County 4-H Center. New Photography & Healthy Living Fun clubs are starting on February 1st at 7pm in the Ted Blum 4-H Center. These clubs are for students in grades 4th-13th (1 year out of high school). There is no cost to join to the club.  (Flyer)
  3. Trauma – How It Impacts the Individual and Those Around Them. Tuesday February 6th | 6:00pm to 8:00pm. TriCounty CMO | 1st Floor Conference Room | 3040 Route 22 West | Branchburg, NJ. This presentation will review the different forms and symptoms of trauma and how it will impact the brain, relationships, and family dynamics. It will also explore secondary trauma, which impacts family friends and providers. It will provide information on treatment, how to be supportive, and self-care for all impacted by trauma. (Flyer)
  4. Life Planning: Who will care for my loved one when I am gone? Presented by Jason Miller, Director of Social Services, Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of NJ. Program is to educate families who have a loved one with a significant disability about the importance of planning for the individual’s future support. February 22nd, 6-8pm at 315 W. Washington Ave., Washington NJ, 07882.  (Flyer) 
  5. The Faith Community Nursing Ministry of Montgomery Evangelical Free Church will be hosting “ExcelAbility – Beyond Disability” on March 17, 2018 from 9:30am – 12:30pm at Montgomery Evangelical Free Church 246 Bellemead Griggstown Rd, Belle Mead, NJ 08502. Those with physical and/or cognitive disabilities, their caregivers, families, and friends will be motivated and provided with information to empower them to EXCEL and think differently about disabilities. (FLYER) 

Please share with your staff and community contacts!

REMINDER: Next Alliance Meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 12, 2018 at the Otto Kaufman Community Center (356 Skillman Rd, Skillman, NJ 08558)

Flu Season is Upon Us

The Health Department has reports of increasing numbers of influenza cases in schools and businesses in our area.  We are working closely with the School District to make sure that prevention measures are in place.

The flu vaccine, while not perfect, offers significant protection from the most severe complications of flu—talk with your doctor about getting the flu shot if you haven’t already done so.

Information about the Flu:

Be alert for symptoms in your family: Fever, body aches, coughing. The disease is spread by coughing, sneezing, and contact with contaminated surfaces.

You can help fight the spread of the flu:

  • Cover your cough with a tissue, or cough into your elbow
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces with disinfectant spray that is labeled to kill flu virus.
  • Stay home when you’re sick.  Do not send your child to school if s/he is sick!

 Check out these links:

NJ Department of Health –“Prevent the Spread of Flu”

NJ Respiratory Virus Surveillance Report (Week ending January 13, 2018)

Centers for Disease Control handout on preventing the spread of flu



Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic – Jan. 20 for Dogs & Cats

Protect your pet (and your community)! Saturday, January 20, 2018

Montgomery Fire Company #2 New Location! 

Located at 529 Route 518 in Blawenburg

DOGS:  9:00 am – 10:30 am

CATS:   10:30 am-12:00 noon

Dog & Cat licenses will also be available for purchase that day:
  • $20 for a neutered dog, $23 for non-neutered dog,
  • $10 for a neutered cat; $15 for a non-neutered cat
  • cash or check please.
For Safety’s sake
Please, no children under age 7.
Dogs must be on a short, sturdy leash—No retractable leashes!
Use of a soft muzzle is encouraged.
Dogs must be under control of an adult at all times.
Cats must be in a carrier

For more information, call Montgomery Township Animal Control 908-359-8211 x247

Radon Awareness Month – Test Kits Available

The Montgomery Township Health Department is working with the Greater Somerset Public Health Partnership (GSPHP) to recognize January as Radon Awareness Month.

Radon is an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas that occurs naturally in soil. It is released from the natural decay of the elements uranium, thorium and radium, and occurs in higher concentrations in certain areas of the state, including Somerset County.

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Radon is associated with 15,000 to 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States.

“In an effort to reduce the risk of exposure to radon gas, residents are urged to test their homes,” said Stephanie Carey, Health Officer of Montgomery Township.  “It’s not uncommon to find that homes on the same block will have different test results. Even if your neighbor’s home is not affected by radon gas, it does not mean that your home is in an acceptable range.”

Starting on Monday, January 2, to help residents to test their homes, one radon kit per household will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for $10 at the Montgomery Township Health Department.  Radon kits may be picked up at the Montgomery Township Health Department, 2261 Route 206, Belle Mead while supplies last.

For more information on radon testing or mitigation, contact the Montgomery Health Department at (908) 359-8211.