Scam Alert:

JCP&L Utility Scam Alert
A recent scam involves a caller posing as an electric company employee threatening to shut off power unless an immediate payment is made, using a pre-paid debit card such as a Green Dot card. These pre-paid cards are available at convenience stores and drug stores, and customers can use them to pay bills or add money to online accounts. JCP&L does not endorse the use of Green Dot cards as a bill payment method. If a customer receives a call from someone demanding payment of their electric bill by using a Green Dot card, they are being scammed and should report the crime to local authorities. Although JCP&L representatives sometimes do call customers to remind them that a payment is past due, they explain how a payment can be made using one of the following established payment options: • Direct Debit • Automated Phone Payment - 1-866-569-4770 • Authorized Payment Location - www.firstenergycorp.com/forms/paymentagencies • Mail Any customer who has doubts about a call from someone claiming to be from JCP&L, especially one demanding immediate payment, should call JCP&L’s customer service number at 1-800-662-3115. For more information, visit www.firstenergycorp.com/paymentoptions.

 

PSE&G is once again urging customers to be vigilant to a telephone scam where callers threaten to shut off electric or gas service if payment is not made that day.

The scam, which has been reported across the country, involves payments using Green Dot MoneyPaks, and currently seems to be targeting customers in Mercer County.  (PSE&G alerted the public to a similar scam several times in 2013.)

 how does the scam work? 

  • Individuals pretending to be PSE&G employees call customers and demand that they make payment within hours using a Green Dot Money Pak, a type of pre-paid card.
  • Customers are told to purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak at a pharmacy or convenience store, use cash to put money on to the card, and then provide the number on the card to the person who called them.
  • Customers are advised that if they do not immediately call back and provide the MoneyPak information, their gas/electric service will be shut off that day.
  • Typically, after the customer provides that MoneyPak number, the scammer transfers the funds to a prepaid card, and cashes it in at an ATM.

 what should customers know?

  • Customers should be wary of callers who demand immediate payment and threaten service termination.
  • PSE&G does not accept Green Dot Money Pak cards.  PSE&G offers a variety of payments options, and would never require a customer to use one specific type of payment.
  • When PSE&G makes an outbound phone call to customers, customer-specific information is shared with the customer.  That information includes the account name, address, number and current balance.  If customers do not receive this correct information, they likely are not speaking with a PSE&G representative.
  • Any customer who has doubts about the legitimacy of a call from PSE&G — especially one in which payment is requested — should call PSE&G directly at 1-800-436-PSEG (7734).
  • PSE&G customers scheduled for disconnection due to nonpayment receive written notice on their bill at least 10 days in advance.  Customers who are struggling to pay their bill are encouraged to call PSE&G at 1-800-357-2262 to discuss payment options and visit pseg.com/help to learn about programs that can help.


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AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Established in late-2001 by Ordinance of the Governing Body, the Hopewell Township Agricultural Advisory Committee is vested with the responsibility of promoting and preserving agriculture as a viable economic activity within Hopewell Township. Working on a Township-wide basis, the Committee serves as a forum for discussion of local agricultural practices and as an agent of change for public policies that may impact farming and the preservation of farmland.

Reporting to the Planning Board and the Township Committee in an advisory capacity, the Agricultural Committee enjoys the following general duties:

Make recommendations to the Planning Board and Township Committee as to municipal land use procedures that strengthen and sustain agriculture;

Undertake studies to determine the existence of farmland and the potential for farmland preservation throughout the Township;

Prepare and forward to the Planning Board and Township Committee plans, maps and grant applications for the preservation of farmland, including but not limited to submissions to the New Jersey State Department of Agriculture (Planning Incentive Grant Program), and grant-supported programs administered by the Mercer County Agricultural Development Board; and

Perform other advisory duties as may be requested by the Planning Board and Township Committee.

The Hopewell Township Agricultural Advisory Committee consists of five voting members. The Committee meets at 7:30 p.m.at the Township Building on the first Tuesday of every month. The public is invited to participate. For further information, please contact Lucia Huebner (466-0277 or grassfedbeef@gmail.com) or John Hart (737-2008 or jhart89@aol.com).

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AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

Members
Term
Ann Carcagno Unexpired to 12/31/15
John R. Hart, Jr., Ex-Officio, Township Committee Member 1/6/14 to 12/31/14
Mary Jo Herbert 1/6/16 to 12/31/16
Lucia Stout Huebner, Chair 1/7/13 to 12/31/15
George Sciarrotta 1/5/12 to 12/31/14
Mitchel Skolnick 1/5/12 to 12/31/14
Christopher Pazdan, Alt. No.1 1/6/14 to 12/31/16
Vacant, Alt. No. 2
Unexpired to 12/31/14
Robert Miller Administrative Officer


Proposed Rules for On-Farm Direct Marketing Facilities, Activities, and Events
Hopewell Township Right to Farm Ordinance (PDF 62kb)
Comprehensive Farmland Preservation Plan(PDF 8.8mb)
2011 PIG Project Areas  (PDF 289kb)
Municipal Planning Incentive Grant Application  (PDF 1.2mb)
New Jersey State Agricultural Development Committee
Mercer County Farmland Preservation Planning Committee
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