Photo,from right:County Executive Brian Hughes,Freeholder Tony Carabelli, Rob Marazzo, and Chief of Veteran Services Ed Mazzeo organize goods donated by County residents and businesses for the "Operation Open Arms" drive to benefit US troops overseasFull size photo

Photo,from right:County Executive Brian Hughes,Freeholder Tony Carabelli, Rob Marazzo, and Chief of Veteran Services Ed Mazzeo organize goods donated by County residents and businesses for the "Operation Open Arms" drive to benefit US troops overseas

Contact: Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137

TRENTON, N.J. -Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced today that County Connection, Mercer County's comprehensive satellite service "store," has been operational for a full six months.

Hughes described the County Connection as a resounding success for government officials and residents alike. "I'm thrilled that the community has embraced the concept of a satellite store with open arms," said the County Executive. "Since we opened up shop out in Hamilton Square, the County Connection has gotten progressively busier with residents coming in for everything from recycling buckets to passport photos."

Since its opening on March 29, County Connection has hosted a variety of County-sponsored programs for residents, including workshops on veterans' benefits, first-time homebuyer seminars, and a health and safety fair. Beginning at noon on October 19, the County will host its second Consumer Rights Conference at the County Connection. This conference will address a diverse array of topics in consumer protection, including check fraud, home improvement scams, and identity theft; members of the public are encouraged to register by calling the contact number listed below.

The 2,100-square-foot, glass front store, located off Route 33 in the Acme Shopping Center, offers a variety of goods and services to County residents: notary public, veteran discharge papers, voter registration and absentee ballots, health screenings wills and probate, public access computers, recycle buckets, consumer affairs information, senior citizen information, health screenings, Mercer County Community College information, Parks and Recreations program, public transportation schedules and county maps, emergency management information and Rutgers Cooperative Extension information. Additionally, a meeting room is available for use by community organizations, veterans groups and nonprofit entities.

Parking at County Connection is free; the store is also located directly on NJ Transit bus route 603. Hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Residents may pay using cash, check or credit card. For more information about County Connection and a list of upcoming programs and events, call (609) 890-9800.