10-07: Habitat for Humanity Events, Ash Borer Advice & Sourland Impacts, Full Case Report


There has been one (1) new case in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Monday, 10-05-20.  Full report at the end of this e-bulletin.



First Habitat for Humanity Home Breaks Ground in Montgomery Township!

On a picture-perfect day in September, Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity blessed and dedicated the site of the future home of Cicely Caldwell and family. It marks the first Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity home to be built in Montgomery Township, and the affiliate’s 54th home in Somerset and Hunterdon Counties.

                    The Caldwell Family with Mayor Sadaf Jaffer

Soon-to-be new homeowner Cicely Caldwell and her children were joined by Montgomery Mayor Jaffer, Administrator Donato Neiman, Planning Director Lori Savron, the extended Caldwell family, and representatives from Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity to celebrate a day that marks new beginnings for the Caldwells.

At the ceremony, Ms. Caldwell recalled learning that Habitat for Humanity was building a home in Montgomery Township, and how she sat in her car signing up for classes. Receiving the news of her selection a few days before Christmas, Caldwell said, “Habitat miraculously provided me, a single mom, with the opportunity to become a homeowner, and it just means everything to me and my children.”

In addition to a mortgage payment, Habitat homeowners pay for their home by investing what Habitat calls “sweat equity” into the home. In order to qualify for a Habitat home, potential homeowners have to show they’ve lived or worked in the community for at least one year, have proof of income within a set range, and must commit to serving approximately 325 hours on the job site, building their very own house alongside a team of volunteers, Habitat employees, and contractors.

Due to Covid-19 safety precautions, RV Habitat was limited in the number of in-person attendees that could safely be on site, but a live video stream was broadcast from the site for all to see. The video can be watched here: https://www.facebook.com/RVHFH/videos/858510468390783/

CLICK HERE to read other upcoming events showcasing Habitat for Humanity’s latest efforts in Montgomery Township.  All members of the public are invited to join us!


Emerald Ash Borer : What Residents Can Do
Sourland SoloFest Fundraiser for Forest Renewal

At their October 1st meeting, the Township Committee passed a resolution recognizing the threat of the Emerald Ash Borer to our forests, with an estimated 24 million ash trees at risk State-wide.  The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive species of beetle with a distinctive metallic green color that feeds on ash trees, ultimately killing them.

Montgomery’s Environmental Commission and Shade Tree Committee have prepared advice for homeowners with ash trees in their yard, including guidance on treatment and replanting.

The Sourland Conservancy is hosting the Solo Fest on October 10 to raise awareness of the ash tree crisis and to encourage planting a new generation of trees to keep our forests healthy.  Musicians will host solo and small group performances within the beautiful landscape of the Sourlands. Tune in at 8:00PM on October 10, and count how many amazing spaces in Montgomery are featured: (https://www.sourland.org/solofest)!



There has been one (1) new case in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Monday, 10-05-20.

As of 9 am today, 10-07

Montgomery cases:  179
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

26       <20
27       20-29
16       30-39
28       40-49
39       50-59
24       60-69
5       70-79
20       80+

185 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 167 presumed recovereda

–   11 currently ill

–     7 fatalities

a “Presumed recovered” means 30 days have elapsed since individual’s diagnosis and the person is not hospitalized.

For further statistics, go to the Health Dept.’s COVID-19 portal: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/,  State of NJ DOH’s COVID-19 Case Chart , and https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/