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Somerset County's New Website Features Local's Photos

Posted in NJ.com on April 7, 2016 by Craig Turpin

Somerset County rolled out a new website recently.

"The website has been completely redesigned and reorganized, making it more user friendly," Freeholder Director Patricia Walsh said in a news release. "You'll notice a more streamlined homepage with easy access to information that the public requests most frequently.

"Also, the website is designed to display on mobile phones and tablets as well as desktop computers."

After a competitive proposal review process, the county hired Vision Internet of Santa Monica, Calif., to revamp the site. An in-house website project team guided the redesign and personnel from each county department and division contributed to their respective pages, according to a news release.

Somerset County launched its first website in November 1997 and has done several in-house upgrades over the years.

The photos on the new homepage are the winning entries in the contest that the county ran last year.

Winners include:

  • "Sunflower Sunset" by Gary Wiesner, Hillsborough
  • "Pottersville Peach" by Cindy Malatesta, Basking Ridge
  • "Lamington General Store" by Linda Bock-Hinger, Bridgewater
  • "The Bridgetender's  House" by Christopher Skillman, Martinsville
  • "Glowing Harvest Field" by Sam Lopez, Hillsborough
  • "Riders to the Finish Line" by Ann Wazeter, Bernardsville
  • "NJ Transit Train 5175 Crosses the North Branch Viaduct" by Thom Horvath, Bridgewater
  • "Main Street, Somerville" by Deborah Gichan, Somerset County Vo-Tech Schools employee
  • "The Basilone Memorial Parade" by Thom Horvath, Bridgewater
  • "Standing Tall" by Susan A. Capetta, Somerville

In conjunction with the new website, the county now is offering emergency email and text alerts via Nixle.com. To sign up for this free service, click on the Emergency Alerts button in the center of the county homepage.

To sign up for wireless alerts only, text SCNJALERTS to 888777. If you were already receiving emergency-alert emails or texts from Somerset County, there is no need to re-register.

Website visitors also still have the option to subscribe to updates on about 50 different county topics, including press releases, e-newsletters, meeting agendas and minutes, senior center activities, recycling schedules and more.

Those already subscribed under the previous website, your free subscription is automatically continued. To sign up for the first time or to change preferences, go to Email Subscriptions from the homepage.

Questions or comments about the new county website can be emailed to the Public Information Office at publicinfo@co.somerset.nj.us.

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