10-12: Six new COVID Cases; COVID and Flu Shots at Pike Run Clubhouse; COVID Stress Counseling Offered; Buy “Return to Art” Tickets; Voter Registration Deadline Is Today

COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been six (6) new cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 10-8-21.


NEW HEALTH OFFICER ASSUMES DUTIES

Devangi Patel (l) at a retirement event for Stephanie D. Carey (r).

Devangi Patel this week assumed the duties of Montgomery Township Health Officer following the retirement of longtime officer Stephanie D. Carey. Ms. Patel has been Ms. Carey’s deputy for three years and has served a total of seven years in the department, where she has served as Health Educator, Accreditation Coordinator, and Municipal Alliance/Youth Services Commission Coordinator.

Ms. Patel has been working in the public health field for 11 years and is the current president of the New Jersey Society for Public Health Education. Before joining the Montgomery Township Department of Health, she was Breast Health Outreach Coordinator for Somerset Medical Center.

Ms. Patel is a licensed Health Officer and a Masters Certified Health Education Specialist. She earned a Master’s of Public Health in Health Education and Behavioral Science from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and a Bachelors in Psychology from Rutgers University.

Last week, she gave the health department’s official update on the pandemic to the Township Committee during a regularly scheduled meeting.


PIKE RUN HOSTS COMBINED COVID AND FLU SHOT CLINIC

The Montgomery Township Health Department is offering both the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine and annual flu shots at a combined clinic at the Pike Run Clubhouse this Friday from 5 to 7 pm. The clinic at 40 Pike Run Road is open to everyone, regardless of whether they reside in the Pike Run development.

Appointments are recommended but not required. The Township website provides additional information and registration for the COVID-19 vaccines and the annual flu shots. You can also schedule an appointment by calling (609) 874-8007.

Flu shots are free for Seniors with Medicare, for first responders, and for residents who lost their job or insurance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  For all others, the cost is $25 and can be paid via credit card or check.

Additional COVID-19 vaccination opportunities, including at local pharmacies, can be found at the NJ vaccine finder website.


COUNSELING OFFERED FOR PEOPLE IMPACTED BY COVID-19

Rutgers University Behavioral Health Center (UBHC) is offering mental health clinicians and/or substance abuse clinicians to assist with the short-term needs of people dealing with problems related to COVID-19. They have a toll-free phone number which is live Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, serving as an initial point of entry for individuals seeking mental health and substance uses services from COVID-19. Therapeutic services are provided through telehealth.

To access the service, call 833-223-0011 Monday to Friday between 9 am and 5 pm. Additional information is available in a short video.


BUY TICKETS TO MONTGOMERY “RETURN TO ART” EVENT

Montgomery Township’s new Arts Council is hosting A Return to Art, a 3-day visual arts exhibition and sale, Oct. 22-24, featuring local and regional New Jersey artists. The Arts Council was formed this year by Montgomery Township’s volunteer-driven Economic Development Commission to showcase local and regional artists while providing the community with in-person access to artists who might be their neighbors.

“This event is meant to be a celebration. Artists and their communities are craving meaningful connection after spending over 16 months in lockdown.” says Karen Tuveson, Chair of Montgomery’s Arts Council. “Slowly opportunities are returning, but there still aren’t enough venues for artists to exhibit, meet the public, and cultivate collectors. Art is something best experienced in person.”

Deputy Mayor Marvin Schuldiner, liaison to the Montgomery Economic Development Commission, pointed out that artists who create physical products are small business owners. “Making art is a business. We all want to support our small local businesses. Artists are struggling just as much as shop owners in brick-and-mortar buildings.”

To learn more and buy tickets, visit the Montgomery Arts Council website.


VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE TODAY

Today is the last day to register to vote for New Jersey’s statewide November 2 election. If you are not yet registered to vote, or uncertain of your status, New Jersey offers a voter portal to assist you.

Many residents have received mail ballots for the 2021 New Jersey State which can be returned via the US Postal Service or deposited in a secure drop box beginning. The Somerset County list of drop boxes includes the Montgomery Township Municipal Building at 2261 Route 206 in Belle Mead. For the first time, New Jersey is offering early in-person voting, starting October 23.

Somerset County is still in need of paid poll workers for Election Day and for the first-ever “early in-person” voting that begins October 23. Last week, New Jersey raised the minimum pay for poll workers from $200 to $300. Residents interested in learning about temporary employment as a poll worker should visit the Somerset County Board of Elections website, where they will also find an application form.


BRIDGEPOINT AREA ROADWORK UPDATE

Milling and road repairs on Dead Tree Run Road (Bridgepoint Road to Mill Pond Road) and Mill Pond Road are expected to start on or about Thursday, October 14, 2021. Paving is to follow during the week of October 18th.

Please follow posted detour and note that the work zone is in blue (see photo). Access for residents who live in the work zone will be limited, particularly during paving. Mill Pond Park will be accessible using Dead Tree Run Road from River Road. Accommodations will be made if River Road experiences a closure.

Please sign up for Montgomery Township Police Nixle alerts for periodic updates, or text your zip code to 888777.


FIRE PREVENTION OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY

Montgomery Township’s Annual Fire Prevention Open House will be held this year at Station 46 in Blawenburg on Saturday, October 16 from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Come learn about fire safety, meet the volunteer responders, and see the apparatus that make up Montgomery emergency services. Ring the bell on an antique fire truck! Applications for new members will also be available. Participating first responder groups include Station 45 (Belle Mead), Station 46 (Blawenburg), Montgomery Emergency Medical Services (MEMS) 47, Station 53 (Rocky Hill), and the Montgomery Township Police Department.

Family Friendly event! Activities include a car extrication demonstration, tours of a New Jersey Forest Fire Service brush truck and fire trucks, and sprinkler system demonstrations.

The event will be held at the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Co. 2, 529 Rt. 518, Skillman, NJ.