3-31: One Death and 23 New Cases; Vaccines for Travel-Limited Seniors; Video Update of New Municipal Center; Brush Fire Closes Province Line Road; Job Fair April 15th; COVID Testing; Detailed COVID Case Data

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been twenty-three (23) new cases and one (1) new death in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 3-29-21. New cases are surging again, primarily among younger residents. Detailed case data are available at the end of this ebulletin.


 

MONTGOMERY RECEIVES VACCINE DOSES FOR SENIORS

Montgomery Township yesterday received 100 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine for homebound and transportation-limited seniors in Montgomery, ages 65 and older.  If you or somebody you know meets those strict criteria, please contact the Montgomery Health Department. A limited number of home visits to homebound seniors by Health Department professionals.

To get on the Montgomery Health Department list of travel-limited seniors, call 908-359-8211 x2400 as soon as possible.

About two-thirds of seniors in Somerset County have been vaccinated, but that leaves many still vulnerable, as indicated by the additional death of a Montgomery senior due to COVID-19 this week.


VACCINE ELIGIBILITY EXPANDS AGAIN

Starting Monday, April 5, vaccine eligibility in New Jersey will expand to all persons 55 and older, and to persons 16 and older with developmental disabilities, and people working in additional occupations such as real estate, banking, higher education, and utility companies.  For additional details, visit the state COVID website.


SEE MONTGOMERY MUNICIPAL CENTER PROGRESS IN VIDEO

The construction of Montgomery’s new Municipal Center is making rapid progress near the corner of Route 206 and Orchard Road. Montgomery Mayor Devra Keenan has today released a video update for residents including drone footage and interviews with the building’s architect and construction manager.

You’ll also see detailed architectural drawings that will allow you to imagine what the new municipal offices and library will be like to visit.  The project remains on schedule for opening mid-2022.

The municipal complex is partly funded by more than $5 million in New Jersey state grants 30-year, low-interest bonds.


PROVINCE LINE ROAD CLOSED AFTER BRUSH FIRE

High winds last weekend knocked down utility poles on Province Line Road and started a brushfire, closing the road indefinitely between Route 518 and Cherry Valley Road. After Montgomery Fire Companies 1 & 2 arrived on the scene, additional utility poles were knocked down, one hitting a firetruck.

Firefighters were able to control and extinguish the blaze, and no injuries occurred.



DRIVE-THRU JOB FAIR PLANNED APRIL 15 AT RVCC

Dozens of employers in Hunterdon and Somerset counties will offer information about job openings at their businesses during the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board (GRWDB) Drive-Thru Job Fair, running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 15, at Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg.

Employers of all sizes in the two counties are invited to take part in the free event. As of March 23, 20 business and career-support agencies have signed up to offer information; they represent a range of industries, including healthcare, education, IT, logistics, retail sales, salons, the U.S. Post Office, and many more. Employers have until Tuesday, April 6, to sign-up and provide jobs information. Employers will not need to be present at this free event. Additional details for employers is available here.

On April 15, job seekers are invited to come to Raritan Valley Community College where staff and partners will be stationed in the parking lot across from the RVCC Workforce Training Center and will hand out complete packets to drivers – one per car. Registration for job seekers is not required but is encouraged so that participants can be connected to other career-related resources. Staff distributing the bag of career information will be wearing masks and gloves. Drivers should observe safety protocols as well.


 

COVID TESTING IMPORTANT FOR SPRING BREAK TRAVELERS

It’s Spring Break vacation week for Montgomery schools starting, which means some local families will be traveling.

If you or a member of your household is vacationing, travelers should be sure to get tested before interacting with friends, families, and neighbors upon their return home. Montgomery Township has arranged to hold a free COVID testing clinic to be held at the Township Municipal Building on April 8th from 1-4pm. You can sign-up for the clinic here, or you can walk-in. Additional options are available locally as well:

  • Central Jersey Urgent Care is offering rapid testing and PCR at its mobile test center in Montgomery Shop Rite parking lot. Telemedicine consultation required before appointment is given.  Call 732 538-2300 or see their website: CJ Urgent Care Skillman.
  • Jersey Pediatric Care (In Hillsborough) is offering testing and care for those up to age 21. Travel-related testing is also available for adults over age 21 without symptoms.  Call their office to schedule at 908-262-2343

COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been twenty-three (23) new cases and one (1) new death in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 3-29-21.

As of 9AM today, March 31

Montgomery cases: 1116

Montgomery deaths: 22

Rocky Hill cases:  25

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

278    <20

182    20-29

111    30-39

174    40-49

170    50-59

113    60-69

40      70-79

73      80+

1141 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

 

– 1082 presumed recovered a

– 36 currently ill

– 23 fatalities

 

a “Presumed recovered” means cases that have met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation. A minimum of 10 days from diagnosis, or three days after symptoms resolve, whichever is longer.

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/

 

Vaccination Info from NJ: New Groups Now Eligible

Effective Monday, March 29, 2021, additional individuals that live, work, or are educated in New Jersey are now eligible to receive the vaccine.

These new categories include essential workers in the following sectors:

  • Food production, agriculture, and food distribution, including grocery store workers and restaurant staff
  • Eldercare and eldercare support staff
  • Warehousing and logistics
  • Social service workers and support staff
  • Elections personnel
  • Hospitality, including casino workers and hotel/lodging staff
  • Medical supply chain
  • Postal and shipping service
  • Clergy
  • Judicial system

Beginning April 5, 2021, even more people will be eligible for the vaccine, including the following:

  • All individuals aged 55+
  • All Individuals 16 and over with intellectual and developmental disabilities:
    • Developmental disabilities are a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas.
  • Essential workers in the following sectors:
    • Communications, IT, and media workers, including communications infrastructure support (engineers, technicians) and members of the press
    • Laundry service workers, including workers in laundromats, laundry services, and dry cleaners
    • Real estate, building, and home service workers, including construction workers, code officials, plumbers, electricians, HVAC technicians, property management, and maintenance workers
    • Retail financial institution workers, including bank tellers, lending service, public accounting, and check cashing workers.
    • Sanitation workers, including workers providing disinfection and janitorial services for all essential facilities and modes of transportation; city sanitation workers; residential, commercial, and industrial solid and hazardous waste removal.
    • Utility workers, including electrical generation and supply system, natural gas delivery, nuclear power plant, water supply, telephone, cable/fiber optical/broadband/cellular service workers
    • Higher Education workers, including educators and support staff
    • Librarians, including support staff at municipal, county, and state libraries (i.e. those not included in K-12 announcement)

For a complete list of who is currently eligible for the vaccine, click here for more information.


Getting the Vaccine if You Are Eligible

If you are eligible for the vaccine, please keep an eye out for an email notifying you of an available appointment in the Vaccine Scheduling System. If you prefer not to wait for an appointment through NJVSS, there are additional ways to get vaccinated:


Dedicated Vaccine Appointment Assistance for Seniors (Aged 65+)

Individuals aged 65 and older can now call a special senior hotline at 856–249–7007 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for vaccination scheduling support. Dedicated appointment slots are reserved for those aged 65 and older. Appointment availability and scheduling varies by location.


Find more information

You can also follow @NJDeptofHealth, @NJGov, and @GovMurphy on social media


Unsubscribe from NJVSS and Related Email Updates

If you have already been fully vaccinated and no longer want an appointment through NJVSS, please click here to be removed from the system.

Please note that we may still email you occasionally with urgent information.

3-29: Eight New Cases; NJ Vaccinations Accelerating; Getting Vaccinated; Sign Up for Testing Now; Arbor Day Activities; Summer Jobs with Montgomery Rec; Detailed COVID Case Data

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been eight (8) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 3-26-21. Detailed case data will not be available until our report on Wednesday. For further statistics, go to the Health Dept.’s COVID-19 portal: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/ and  State of NJ DOH’s COVID-19 Case Chart.


NJ VACCINATIONS ACCELERATING

The number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in New Jersey approached 4 million over the weekend, in a state of 8.9 million people.

In Somerset County, approximately 18% are fully vaccinated, close to the state average. According to Montgomery Township Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey, the rate of new cases among seniors—who are the most likely to be vaccinated—has dropped sharply. Only 3 of last week’s 26 cases were among residents 60 and older.

“We’re seeing a positive impact from the vaccines, which is reason for us all to hang in for a bit longer as we all get our turn for vaccination,” said Ms. Carey.


GETTING VACCINATED

New Jersey has expanded vaccine eligibility to educators and many other groups, including transportation workers, migrant farm workers, members of tribal communities, individuals experiencing homelessness or living in shelters, and more. A recent article in Bridgewater Patch contains a useful guide to the latest sites for getting vaccinated in Somerset County.

To get vaccinated, all residents must sign up on the state website, covidvaccine.nj.gov, so you can be notified when you become eligible. You can also call the New Jersey Call Center Vaccination Support Number between 8 AM and 8 PM:  855-568-0545.  Those who are eligible may also sign up for hospital-based, public, and private sites offering vaccination, such as CVS, and the several New Jersey “Mega Sites.”  There is a new Vaccine Finder website that may be useful, particularly for local pharmacies: https://vaccinefinder.org/search/

Montgomery Township is keeping a list of seniors with limited ability to get to a vaccination site due to a lack of internet or transportation. We are hopeful that Montgomery will soon have vaccine doses to offer directly to transportation-limited seniors, but they need to get on our list. Encourage them to call 908-359-8211 x2400 to get on our list as soon as possible.


 

FREE COVID TESTING IN MONTGOMERY APRIL 8TH

Montgomery Township has arranged to hold a free COVID testing clinic to be held at the Township Municipal Building on April 8th from 1-4pm. You can sign-up for the clinic here, or you can walk-in. Additional options are available locally as well:

  • Central Jersey Urgent Care is offering rapid testing and PCR at its mobile test center in Montgomery Shop Rite parking lot. Telemedicine consultation required before appointment is given.  Call 732 538-2300 or see their website: CJ Urgent Care Skillman.
  • Jersey Pediatric Care (In Hillsborough) is offering testing and care for those up to age 21. Travel-related testing is also available for adults over age 21 without symptoms.  Call their office to schedule at 908-262-2343

MONTY ARBOR DAY EVENTS IN APRIL

Witch-hazel trees, which turn yellow in fall, are being given to students as part of Arbor Day.

Montgomery’s Shade Tree Commission has planned festivities in April to celebrate Arbor Day. Throughout April, a contest at Mary Jacobs Library for young and old involves a guessing game: “Can you guess the number of seeds? Can you tell which tree they came from?” The entry with the closest seed count (and the correct name of the tree) will win a copy of the Eyewitness Guide to Trees.

A Willow Oak Tree will be planted in Mill Pond Park in celebration of Arbor Day will occur April 9 at 3pm, assuming good weather. Mayor Devra Keenan, members of the Township Committee, the Montgomery Township Administrator, and other guests have been invited to the ceremony. The public is invited as well. For additional information or questions, or in case of rain, email shadetreecommittee@twp.montgomery.nj.us

In addition, the Shade Tree Committee will offer a virtual workshop to all 3rd and 4th grade students at the Village Elementary School. The children will be given a 2-foot fall-blooming native witch-hazel seedling for planting in their yards. They will be taught how to handle the trees and how to plant them. A general “tree talk” will follow, stressing the functions of trees in the environment and what the children can do to make a change for the better.  The program is prepared and run by the Montgomery Township Shade Tree Committee and involves many volunteers.


 

MONTY RECREATION IS HIRING!

If you enjoy being outdoors rather than behind a desk or a cash register, and if you would prefer playing games with children instead of being in Zoom meetings with adults, Montgomery Recreation has the job for you! We are looking for fun, energetic, reliable, enthusiastic individuals—teens and adults—who are interested in being a part of our Rec N Crew Camp team in a wide variety of roles.  Interested applicants MUST be available for the entire camp season (6/23-8/6).

Applications are available now through April 16th.  Please click the appropriate link to apply as a counselor or counselor-in-training. Some supervisory roles available. For questions, email John Groeger at jgroeger@twp.montgomery.nj.us


 

3-26: Five New Cases; Three Ways to Help Our Seniors; Sign Up for Testing Now; Vaccine Update; Montgomery Farmer’s Market Tomorrow; Summer Jobs with Montgomery Rec; Free Document Shredding; Detailed COVID Case Data

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been five (5) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 3-24-21. Over the last 7 days, there have been 26 cases, the first time we’ve recorded fewer than 30 weekly cases since February 5. Detailed case data are available at the end of this ebulletin.


THREE WAYS YOU CAN SUPPORT OUR SENIORS

A pre-pandemic performance of GREASE at the Montgomery Senior Center.

By Devra Keenan
Mayor of Montgomery

The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly difficult for the seniors in our community who have suffered the most fatalities and significant isolation due to social distancing restrictions.  I’d like to share with you several ways that everyone in our community can support our seniors today.

  1. Today has been declared “Pick up the Phone and Call Day by WNYC. It’s a great time to call a senior you know in Montgomery to make sure they are ok.
  2. Montgomery Township is keeping a list of seniors with limited ability to get to a vaccination site due to a lack of internet or transportation. We are hopeful that Montgomery will soon have vaccine doses to offer directly to transportation-limited seniors, but they need to get on our list. Encourage them to call 908-359-8211 x2400 to get on our list as soon as possible.
  3. Somerset County has just published a new list of virtual activities for seniors (60 and older). Tell a senior you know about this resource if they have internet access. To register for a program or class, call 908-203-6101 or email Donlin@co.somerset.nj.us.

I am deeply proud of the extent to which our community has come together to support each other during this difficult time.  Today, please join me in turning our attention to our seniors.


 

SIGN UP FOR TESTING BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

By Stephanie D. Carey
Montgomery Township Health Officer

New Jersey’s COVID travel restrictions are still in place—for a reason.  It still is not safe to travel out of state, and if you do, you are required to quarantine for 10 days upon your return to New Jersey.

With Spring Break vacation for Montgomery schools starting, my department is concerned about the risk of new infections acquired while traveling and brought back to Montgomery when schools reopen April 7th. That is why the school district has a strict policy in place that requires 10 days of virtual-only learning after any trip outside of New Jersey or nearby states (NY, DE, PA, CT).

If you travel, be sure to get yourself tested before interacting with friends, families, and neighbors upon your return. Montgomery Township has arranged to hold a free COVID testing clinic to be held at the Township Municipal Building on April 8th from 1-4pm. You can sign-up for the clinic here, or you can walk-in. Additional options are available locally as well:

  • Central Jersey Urgent Care is offering rapid testing and PCR at its mobile test center in Montgomery Shop Rite parking lot. Telemedicine consultation required before appointment is given.  Call 732 538-2300 or see their website: CJ Urgent Care Skillman.
  • Jersey Pediatric Care (In Hillsborough) is offering testing and care for those up to age 21. Travel-related testing is also available for adults over age 21 without symptoms.  Call their office to schedule at 908-262-2343

Yet nothing can replace the importance of continued vigilance. With increasing rates of vaccination, we are finally able to see the end of the current health emergency arriving soon. We must continue to wear masks, wash hands, and remain socially distanced from each other until the emergency is over.

If you or other household members do travel, keep these principles in mind:

  1. Outdoor socializing is always better than indoors. Take advantage of the nice weather and see people outdoors during the warmth of the day, while avoiding crowds.
  2. Minimize the interaction among people who live in different household. The good news is that fully vaccinated grandparents can now visit with unvaccinated adult children and grandchildren—but only one unvaccinated household at a time!
  3. If you travel, wear a mask any time you are with people who do not live with you, and maintain social distance.
  4. It is better not to fly to a traditional Spring Break location, but if you do, follow the guidance provided by the CDC.
  5. Upon your return, self-quarantine from anyone who did not travel with you.  Get tested 5 days after your return, before having close contact with others (or self-quarantine 10 days without a test).

We need to get through just a couple of more months until vaccinations are available to everyone. Please be as cautious as you possibly can be.


VACCINE UPDATE

New Jersey has expanded vaccine eligibility to educators and many other groups, including transportation workers, migrant farm workers, members of tribal communities, individuals experiencing homelessness or living in shelters, and more. A recent article in Bridgewater Patch contains a useful guide to the latest sites for getting vaccinated in Somerset County.

To get vaccinated, all residents must sign up on the state website, covidvaccine.nj.gov, so you can be notified when you become eligible. You can also call the New Jersey Call Center Vaccination Support Number between 8 AM and 8 PM:  855-568-0545.  Those who are eligible may also sign up for hospital-based, public, and private sites offering vaccination, such as CVS, and the several New Jersey “Mega Sites.”  There is a new Vaccine Finder website that may be useful, particularly for local pharmacies: https://vaccinefinder.org/search/


 

WINTER FARMER’S MARKET TOMORROW

 The Montgomery Friends of Open Space continues to hold its Winter Farmer’s Market outdoors at Village Shopper near Mooyah on the fourth Saturday of the month, including tomorrow, March 27, from 9 AM to Noon. The final open-air winter market will be April 24.

Vendors include Christopher’s Soaps, The Granola Bar, and produce vendors Clifford Farm, Orchard Farm Organics, and Asian veggie guy, Zell’s Farm.

Warm up with farm fresh shelf-stable organic soups, herbal teas, hoop-house grown produce. All sourced from our local farms!

MFOS’ Farmers’ Market follows recommended guidelines for the health and safety of their customers.   Click here for the guidelines.

Regular season (every Saturday morning) begins in June.  Market sponsorships available! For more information, email the Farmers’ Market manager at FarmMarketManager@montgomeryfriends.org.


 

MONTY RECREATION IS HIRING!

If you enjoy being outdoors rather than behind a desk or a cash register, and if you would prefer playing games with children instead of being in Zoom meetings with adults, Montgomery Recreation has the job for you! We are looking for fun, energetic, reliable, enthusiastic individuals—teens and adults—who are interested in being a part of our Rec N Crew Camp team in a wide variety of roles.  Interested applicants MUST be available for the entire camp season (6/23-8/6).

If you’re 14 or 15 years old, you may consider applying to be a Counselor in Training (CIT).  This is a non-paying position, but you will gain valuable experience as well as earn volunteer hours.

Applications are available now through April 16th.  Please click the appropriate link to apply as acounselor or counselor-in-training. Some supervisory roles available. For questions, email John Groeger at jgroeger@twp.montgomery.nj.us


 

FREE DOCUMENT SHREDDING TOMORROW

Somerset County residents may shred personal documents for free with Operation Secure Shred on Saturday, March 27, at the Somerset County Public Works Garage, South County Facility located at 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until the trucks are filled. The event will be held rain or shine.

To comply with social distancing guidelines, residents must wear facial coverings and should be prepared to unload their items from their vehicle. Staff will be available to assist residents, if necessary. Residents must be prepared to present a current driver’s license, valid lease, tax bill, or any other bill that shows proof of residency at a Somerset County address. Pre-registration is not required. Businesses and commercial vehicles are NOT allowed.

Residents from any of Somerset County’s twenty-one municipalities can attend as many shredding events as they like and even if they are not residents of the town hosting the event. To view a list of shredding events visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/shredding.

Participants can bring up to six boxes, containers or bags of documents per visit, but they will be required to take back their receptacles. Staples and paperclips do not have to be removed. Junk mail, magazines and newspapers NOT accepted.


 

COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been five (5) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 3-24-21.

As of 9AM today, March 26

Montgomery cases: 1085

Montgomery deaths: 21

Rocky Hill cases:  25

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

275    <20

177    20-29

105    30-39

168    40-49

164    50-59

108    60-69

40      70-79

73      80+

1110 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 1060 presumed recovered a

– 28  currently ill

– 22 fatalities

 

a “Presumed recovered” means cases that have met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation. A minimum of 10 days from diagnosis, or three days after symptoms resolve, whichever is longer.

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/

COVID-19 Vaccine Helpful Tips & Tricks

For Individuals With NO Access to Internet

Call:
New Jersey State COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center: 855-568-0514

Montgomery Township Health Department: 908-359-8211

For Seniors Age 75+ Only: 
New Jersey COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center: 856-249-7007

CVS Pharmacy: 800-746-7287

Rite Aid Pharmacy: 800-748-3243

Walgreens Pharmacy: 1-800-9254-73367 (1-800-WALGREENS)

 

For Individuals With Access to Internet:

  1. Pre-register on the NJ State’s Vaccine Scheduling System at: www.covidvaccine.nj.gov

2. Pre-register at any of the State’s Mega Sites at:

MEGASITES

Facility NameFacility AddressMinimum AgeFacility Website
Atlantic County Megasite Atlantic City Convention Center 1 Convention Boulevard Atlantic City16 yearsvaccination.atlanticare.org
Bergen County MegasiteRacetrack at Meadlowlands 1 Racetrack Drive East Rutherford16 years hackensackmeridianhealth.org/covid19/meadowlands
Burlington County MegasiteMoorestown Mall (Lord & Taylor)
400 & 401 NJ-38 Moorestown
16 yearsvirtua.org/vaccine
Gloucester County MegasiteRowan College of South Jersey 1400 Tanyard Road Sewell16 yearsPre-register at covidvaccine.nj.gov/
Middlesex County MegasiteNJ Convention & Expo Center 97 Sunfield Ave. Edison16 yearsrwjbh.org/covid19vaccine
Morris County MegasiteRockaway Townsquare Mall 301 Mount Hope Avenue Rockaway16 yearsMorris County Vaccine Registration


       3. Follow the state’s unofficial “vaccine bots” on Twitter and Facebook. These are accounts managed by tech-savvy individuals who care and want to help residents secure appointments as soon as they become available. You will need to set up a Twitter and/or Facebook account if you don’t already have one.

Twitter Vaccine Bot Accounts:

    • twitter.com/c19vaxxupdates
    • twitter.com/nj_vaccine

Facebook COVID-19 Vaccine Groups:

  • New Jersey Covid Vaccine Info

3-24: Nine New Cases; Don’t Travel—But If You Do, Get Tested; Monty Speaks Out about Anti-Asian Racism; Vaccine Update; Donate Holiday Ham; Detailed COVID Case Data

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been nine (9) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 3-22-21. Detailed case data are available at the end of this ebulletin.


DON’T TRAVEL—BUT IF YOU DO, REGISTER FOR TESTING

By Stephanie D. Carey
Montgomery Township Health Officer

New Jersey’s COVID travel restrictions are still in place—for a reason.  It still is not safe to travel out of state, and if you do, you are required to quarantine for 10 days upon your return to New Jersey.

With Spring Break vacation for Montgomery schools starting Saturday, my department is concerned about the risk of new infections acquired while traveling and brought back to Montgomery when schools reopen April 7th. That why the school district has a strict policy in place that requires 10 days of virtual-only learning after any trip outside of New Jersey or nearby states (NY, DE, PA, CT).

Realizing some people will travel despite warnings, my department has arranged with Somerset County to hold a free COVID testing clinic to be held at the Montgomery Township Municipal Building on April 8th. Details will be forthcoming. Meantime, you can register NOW for these testing facilities so you or a household member can be tested before interacting with friends, neighbors, and family.

  • Central Jersey Urgent Care is offering rapid testing and PCR at its mobile test center in Montgomery Shop Rite parking lot. Telemedicine consultation required before appointment is given.  Call 732 538-2300 or see their website: CJ Urgent Care Skillman.
  • Jersey Pediatric Care (In Hillsborough) is offering testing and care for those up to age 21. Travel-related testing is also available for adults over age 21 without symptoms.  Call their office to schedule at 908-262-2343

Yet nothing can replace the importance of continued vigilance. With increasing rates of vaccination, we are finally able to see the end of the current health emergency arriving soon. We must continue to wear masks, wash hands, and remain socially distanced from each other until the emergency is over.

If you or other household members do travel, keep these principles in mind:

  1. Outdoor socializing is always better than indoors. Take advantage of the nice weather and see people outdoors during the warmth of the day, while avoiding crowds.
  2. Minimize the interaction among people who live in different household. The good news is that fully vaccinated grandparents can now visit with unvaccinated adult children and grandchildren—but only one unvaccinated household at a time!
  3. If you travel, wear a mask anytime you are with people who do not live with you, and maintain social distance.
  4. It is better not to fly to a traditional Spring Break location, but if you do, follow the guidance provided by the CDC.
  5. Upon your return, self-quarantine from anyone who did not travel with you.  Get tested 5 days after your return, before having close contact with others (or self-quarantine 10 days without a test).

We need to get through just a couple of more months until vaccinations are available to everyone. Please be as cautious as you possibly can be.


MONTGOMERY SPEAKS OUT AGAINST ANTI-ASIAN RACISM

Some of the speakers at Sunday’s event

By Shelly L. Bell
Township Committeewoman

As liaison to our new Inclusion & Equity Committee, I had the honor on Sunday to preside over a virtual community meeting in response to the racist shootings in three Asian-owned salons in Atlanta, Georgia last week.

Entitled “Montgomery Speaks Out Against Anti-Asian Racism,” the event drew dozens of community leaders, residents, and students, who spoke personally and movingly about their own experiences with racism, and the horror felt at the violence visited upon the Asian American community.  While it was terribly sad that this event was necessary, I am proud of the Montgomery community.

Our speakers included two former Asian American mayors of Montgomery, Dr. Sadaf Jaffer is the chairperson of our committee, as well as Cecilia Birge, who was mayor in 2008-2009. A recording of the event is available to watch on the Montgomery YouTube Channel, and the Montgomery News has published a summary of the event.

My colleague, Township Committeeman Kent Huang, captured the sentiment of many when he said: “Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are a proud community, a resilient community. We draw strength from our culture and from our heritage, from our lived experiences, and from each other. We stand together against all hate, whether that’s directed at Asian American and Pacific Islanders, Black, Indigenous and People of Color, our LGBTQ+ community, and any other minority group that faces intolerance and hate.”

We’re still feeling the pain from the past week’s horrifically racist attacks. As we all gather to mourn the loss of eight precious lives, including six Asian women, there must be no excuses for violence.

As a woman of color, I know the difficulties that racism and misogyny have caused today and always. We must speak out, and demand accountability. In these trying times, no one should remain silent.

We recognize that this recent occurrence cannot be regarded as a one-of-a-kind or rare. Rather, this is the continuation of a racist, violent, and misogynistic history against the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.

We hope every day for healing, but especially today. We stand united in allyship against hate and violence in any form.


VACCINE ELIGIBILITY EXPANDS

New Jersey this week expanded vaccine eligibility to educators and many other groups, including transportation workers, migrant farm workers, members of tribal communities, individuals experiencing homelessness or living in shelters, and more.

A recent article in Bridgewater Patch contains a useful guide to the latest sites for getting vaccinated in Somerset County.

To get vaccinated, all residents must sign up on the state website, covidvaccine.nj.gov, so you can be notified when you become eligible. You can also call the New Jersey Call Center Vaccination Support Number between 8 AM and 8 PM:  855-568-0545.  Those who are eligible may also sign up for hospital-based, public, and private sites offering vaccination, such as CVS, and the several New Jersey “Mega Sites.”  There is a new Vaccine Finder website that may be useful, particularly for local pharmacies: https://vaccinefinder.org/search/.

Montgomery Township is keeping a limited list of vulnerable, elderly residents lacking internet access or transportation, to help them get access to vaccine.  If you have no internet access, nor transportation, call 908-359-8211 x2400. If you have a neighbor meeting this definition, consider bringing this phone number to his or her attention.


DONATE YOUR SHOPRITE “HOLIDAY HAM” TO FOOD PANTRY

The Montgomery Township Food Pantry is pleased to announce that our ShopRite Turkey Donation program is being extended to donating hams during the spring holiday season. If you earn a free ShopRite Ham* and would like to donate it to the Food Pantry, visit the Montgomery ShopRite Service Desk.

You may sign up to donate your free ShopRite ham during store hours through Thursday April 1, 2021. Visit the ShopRite Service Desk. You will need to present your ShopRite Price Plus® Card at Customer Service. The earned free ham points will be deducted from your account and a ham will be donated to the Montgomery Township Food Pantry Program.

Please do not drop off hams at the Montgomery Township Food pantry since we cannot accept perishables. We have arranged a special program working directly with ShopRite. You can contact the Montgomery Food Pantry by email (Montyfoodpantry@gmail.com) or by phone (609-466-1054).

*To earn a free turkey, present your Price Plus® card to the cashier every time you shop at any ShopRite Supermarket and you will be automatically credited. Price Plus® club membership is required to participate. While you can be earning credit at any ShopRite towards your turkey, you must go to the Montgomery ShopRite courtesy desk to donate locally.

 


 

COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been nine (9) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 3-22-21.

As of 9AM today, March 24:

Montgomery cases: 1080

Montgomery deaths: 21

Rocky Hill cases:  25

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

275    <20

176    20-29

104    30-39

166    40-49

164    50-59

108    60-69

40      70-79

72      80+

1105 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

 

– 1043 presumed recovered a

– 40  currently ill

– 22 fatalities

 

a “Presumed recovered” means cases that have met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation. A minimum of 10 days from diagnosis, or three days after symptoms resolve, whichever is longer.

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/

 

3-22: Twelve New Cases; Vaccine Update; Free Film about Youth & Social Media; Donate Holiday Ham; Free Mental Health Help; Seeking Purple Heart Recipients; Detailed COVID Case Data

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been twelve (12) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 3-19-21. Detailed case data are available at the end of this ebulletin.


CAUTION ADVISED OVER SPRING BREAK

Mayor Keenan received a COVID-19 test at a clinic in Montgomery last week.
The next opportunity will be April 8.

By Stephanie D. Carey
Montgomery Township Health Officer

With Spring Break vacation for Montgomery schools starting on Saturday, my department is concerned about the risk of new infections acquired while traveling and brought back to Montgomery when schools reopen April 7th.

To help mitigate the risk, my department has arranged with Somerset County to hold a free COVID testing clinic to be held at the Montgomery Township Municipal Building on April 8th. This will enable returning vacationers to get tested before having close contact with friends, neighbors, and family.

Yet nothing can replace the importance of continued vigilance by residents. With increasing rates of vaccination, we are finally able to see the end of the current health emergency arriving soon. We must continue to wear masks, wash hands, and remain socially distanced from each other until the emergency is over.

My department joins with the CDC in recommending against Spring Break travel.  But if you or other household members do travel, keep these principles in mind:

  1. Outdoor socializing is always better than indoors. Take advantage of the nice weather and see people outdoors during the warmth of the day, while avoiding crowds.
  2. Minimize the interaction among people who live in different household. The good news is that fully vaccinated grandparents can now visit with unvaccinated adult children and grandchildren—but only one unvaccinated household at a time!
  3. If you travel, wear a mask anytime you are with people who do not live with you, and maintain social distance.
  4. It is better not to fly to a traditional Spring Break location, but if you do, follow the guidance provided by the CDC.
  5. Upon your return, self-quarantine from anyone who did not travel with you.  Get tested 5 days after your return, before having close contact with others (or self-quarantine 10 days without a test).

We need to get through just a couple of more months until vaccinations are available to everyone. Please be as cautious as you possibly can be.


 

VACCINE ELIGIBILITY EXPANDS

New Jersey this week expanded vaccine eligibility to educators and many other groups, including transportation workers, migrant farm workers, members of tribal communities, individuals experiencing homelessness or living in shelters, and more.

A recent article in Bridgewater Patch contains a useful guide to the latest sites for getting vaccinated in Somerset County.

To get vaccinated, all residents must sign up on the state website, covidvaccine.nj.gov, so you can be notified when you become eligible. You can also call the New Jersey Call Center Vaccination Support Number between 8 AM and 8 PM:  855-568-0545.  Those who are eligible may also sign up for hospital-based, public, and private sites offering vaccination, such as CVS, and the several New Jersey “Mega Sites.”  There is a new Vaccine Finder website that may be useful, particularly for local pharmacies: https://vaccinefinder.org/search/.

Montgomery Township is keeping a limited list of vulnerable, elderly residents lacking internet access or transportation, to help them get access to vaccine.  If you have no internet access, nor transportation, call 908-359-8211 x2400. If you have a neighbor meeting this definition, consider bringing this phone number to his or her attention.


 

PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT FOR GREAT ROAD (Rte. 601) BRIDGE

Somerset County, the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) and the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) will be hosting an online Public Information Center meeting to inform local residents, officials, businesses and the general public about the Local Concept Development (LCD) study to determine appropriate improvements to the Great Road Bridge over Bedens Brook near Blawenburg.

The meeting will be held virtually this Wednesday, March 24 from 6 to 8 PM.  Additional information, including how to attend the meeting, is available at this link. You can also sign up for email updates.

The purpose of this meeting is to inform the public of the condition of the bridge and to solicit public input and comment towards the project’s Purpose and Need Statement, which is needed to eventually gain funding for bridge improvements.


MUNICIPAL ALLIANCE HOSTS FILM ON SOCIAL MEDIA & YOUTH

The Montgomery Rocky Hill Municipal Alliance is hosting a free, virtual screening of the compelling new documentary LIKE on March 24th, 7:00 pm.

Over 2 billion people have smartphones today and we check them on average an 150 times every day. Technology makes our lives easier in so many ways – but what is the cost of our dependence, and our children’s reliance, on screens? LIKE reveals the true effects of technology on the brain and uncovers the impact social media can have on our lives. The film’s mission is to educate, inform and inspire people to effectively self-regulate their screen time.

The program is offered in partnership with the Somerset County Municipal Alliance. Funding is provided from the NJ Governor’s Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse and Somerset & Morris County Commissioners.

Parents, educators and community members interested in attending should RVSP at: http://bit.ly/WatchLIKE


 

DONATE YOUR SHOPRITE “HOLIDAY HAM” TO FOOD PANTRY

The Montgomery Township Food Pantry is pleased to announce that our ShopRite Turkey Donation program is being extended to donating hams during the spring holiday season. If you earn a free ShopRite Ham* and would like to donate it to the Food Pantry, visit the Montgomery ShopRite Service Desk.

You may sign up to donate your free ShopRite ham during store hours through Thursday April 1, 2021. Visit the ShopRite Service Desk. You will need to present your ShopRite Price Plus® Card at Customer Service. The earned free ham points will be deducted from your account and a ham will be donated to the Montgomery Township Food Pantry Program.

Please do not drop off hams at the Montgomery Township Food pantry since we cannot accept perishables. We have arranged a special program working directly with ShopRite. You can contact the Montgomery Food Pantry by email (Montyfoodpantry@gmail.com) or by phone (609-466-1054).

*To earn a free turkey, present your Price Plus® card to the cashier every time you shop at any ShopRite Supermarket and you will be automatically credited. Price Plus® club membership is required to participate. While you can be earning credit at any ShopRite towards your turkey, you must go to the Montgomery ShopRite courtesy desk to donate locally.

 

SEEKING MONTGOMERY PURPLE HEART RECIPIENTS

Attention all US Military Veterans, Active-Duty Armed Service Members, and their Families residing within Montgomery Township:  We are a designated Purple Heart Community, and as part of this honorable distinction the Montgomery Veterans Memorial Committee would like to recognize all Township residents who have earned or have had someone in their immediate family (including spouses and grandparents) who has earned the Purple Heart award.

Please contact:  mvmc@twp.montgomery.nj.us or (908) 359-8211 Ext. 2279 so that we can identify and recognize all our Purple Heart recipients and their families on National Purple Heart Day (August 7th).  Thank you!


COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been twelve (12) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 3-19-21.

As of 9AM today, March 22:

Montgomery cases: 1071

Montgomery deaths: 21

Rocky Hill cases:  25

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

272    <20

174    20-29

103    30-39

165    40-49

163    50-59

107    60-69

40      70-79

72      80+

1096 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 1043 presumed recovered a

– 31 currently ill

– 22 fatalities

 

a “Presumed recovered” means cases that have met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation. A minimum of 10 days from diagnosis, or three days after symptoms resolve, whichever is longer.

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/

 

Weekly Covid-19 Updates from State of NJ

Do you have questions about when and where you can receive the COVID-19 vaccine, contact tracing, traveling to or from the State of New Jersey, or even finding a new job? The State of New Jersey offers up-to-date information, resources, and guidance at our COVID-19 Information Hub.

Outdoor Interstate Youth Sports Can Resume

As of Friday, March 19th, interstate outdoor youth sports competitions can be held. The current prohibition on indoor interstate youth sports competitions will remain in effect. Attendees at outdoor youth sports competitions are limited to players, coaches, officials, and up to two parents or guardians per athlete.

Sports Guidance


New Jersey Vaccination Update

To get vaccinated, you can:

As of this week, more than 3.2 million vaccine doses have been administered in New Jersey and more than 2.1 million people have received at least one dose. On Monday, March 29th, eligibility will expand to additional frontline essential workers.

covid19.nj.gov/vaccine


Free Meals Available For All Students Through September

Summer meal sites are places where children, age 18 and under, can receive free meals. The meals are also available to persons over age 18 with mental or physical disabilities. Free summer meals will now be available through September 30th, 2021. The locations, dates, and times that meals are provided by schools, non-profits, and other organizations can be found on this interactive map by the USDA.

Free School Meals


Don’t Miss Out on Your Tax Credit

The Federal and New Jersey Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) programs can help put money back in your pockets. In 2021, more money is available, and more tax filers are eligible than ever before. Free tax return preparation is also available for people who generally make $57,000 or less, people with disabilities, and limited English-speaking taxpayers. Find free tax prep help near you, and learn more about the NJ EITC at njeitc.org.

Visit njetic.org


Vax Matters

Every Friday, the Department of Health is issuing a new edition of their vaccination newsletter, Vax Matters. Last week’s issue provided information about vaccination efforts at community health centers and eligibility expansion. A pdf of the most recent issue is available at the link below.

Vax Matters


Visit the Info Hub

3-19: Seven New Cases; Virus Transmission among Youth; Montgomery Mayor Addresses Pandemic Anniversary; Event Focuses on Against Anti-Asian Racism; Vaccine Update; Donate Holiday Ham; Detailed COVID Case Data

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been seven (7) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 3-17-21. Detailed case data are available at the end of this ebulletin.


VIRUS TRANMISSION AMONG YOUTH PROMPTS CONCERN

Montgomery’s weekly case count was 30 for the 7 days ending today, continuing a high plateau for new cases. Meantime, New Jersey reclassified Somerset County from the yellow to orange zone, reflecting worsening rates of transmission in our area.

At last night’s Township Committee meeting, Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey expressed concern that the “vast majority” of Montgomery’s new cases are among people under the age of 30 as we approach Spring Break, a time when many young people travel. On the positive side, she said cases among seniors are declining dramatically in response to vaccination.

Ms. Carey reported that over 25 people participated in a free COVID testing clinic in Montgomery this week. She said a second free clinic is planned for April 8, to facilitate testing for people who have traveled over Spring Break.  Her full report is available to watch on the township website.


MONTGOMERY MAYOR ADDRESSES PANDEMIC ANNIVERSARY

A moment of silence at last night’s Township Committee Meeting.

At last night’s meeting of the Montgomery Township Committee, held virtually, Mayor Devra Keenan spoke about the anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, its impact on Montgomery residents, and offered thanks.

She acknowledged the stress of over 1,000 cases among residents and led the Township Committee in a moment of silence for 21 Montgomery lives lost.

“I have started to have conversations with members of this Township Committee about how we can come together to honor those lives lost to the pandemic, and my hope is to hold an event in the future,” Mayor Keenan said.

She also spoke of smaller losses impacting everyone.  “We have lost thousands of meals with friends, holidays celebrations, vacations, backyard barbecues, youth sporting matches, graduation parties, and family traditions of all kinds. We have missed thousands of hugs of comfort, love, and friendship.”

“As painful as these losses have been, my heart is also full of thanks,” Mayor Keenan said, as she went on to thank Montgomery’s health department, first responders, local health workers, schools, teachers, and residents.

Last night’s speech by Mayor Keenan is available to watch on the township website. Her remarks begin after the COVID report at 05:30.


MONTGOMERY SPEAKS OUT AGAINST ANTI-ASIAN RACISM

Montgomery’s Inclusion and Equity Committee has organized an afternoon of reflection and solidarity on Sunday on the topic of Anti-Asian Racism.

“Montgomery Speaks Out Against Anti-Asian Racism” will be held via Zoom on Sunday March 21 from 4-5 PM. To join, sign-up at bit.ly/MontgomerySpeaksOut. If you wish to speak, email Township Committeewoman Shelly L. Bell, liaison to the Inclusion and Equity Committee at sbell@twp.montgomery.nj.us. Organizers will try to incorporate as many community speakers as time allows. All are welcome to attend.


VACCINE ELIGIBILITY EXPANDS

New Jersey this week expanded vaccine eligibility to educators and many other groups, including transportation workers, migrant farm workers, members of tribal communities, individuals experiencing homelessness or living in shelters, and more.

The State’s vaccine call center is pro-actively reaching out to people aged 75 and older who are registered to receive the vaccine to help with scheduling appointments.

To get vaccinated, all residents must sign up on the state website, covidvaccine.nj.gov, so you can be notified when you become eligible. You can also call the New Jersey Call Center Vaccination Support Number between 8 AM and 8 PM:  855-568-0545.  Those who are eligible may also sign up for hospital-based, public, and private sites offering vaccination, such as CVS, and the several New Jersey “Mega Sites.”  There is a new Vaccine Finder website that may be useful, particularly for local pharmacies: https://vaccinefinder.org/search/.

Montgomery Township is keeping a limited list of vulnerable, elderly residents lacking internet access or transportation, to help them get access to vaccine.  If you have no internet access, nor transportation, call 908-359-8211 x2400. If you have a neighbor meeting this definition, consider bringing this phone number to his or her attention.


DONATE YOUR SHOPRITE “HOLIDAY HAM” TO FOOD PANTRY

Volunteers from Princeton Elks, Montgomery Fire Department #2 Blawenburg , Montgomery Township Recreation and Venturing Crew # 4385  held a food drive at ShopRite last weekend.

The Montgomery Township Food Pantry is pleased to announce that our ShopRite Turkey Donation program is being extended to donating hams during the spring holiday season. If you earn a free ShopRite Ham* and would like to donate it to the Food Pantry, visit the Montgomery ShopRite Service Desk.

You may sign up to donate your free ShopRite ham during store hours through Thursday April 1, 2021. Visit the ShopRite Service Desk. You will need to present your ShopRite Price Plus® Card at Customer Service. The earned free ham points will be deducted from your account and a ham will be donated to the Montgomery Township Food Pantry Program.

Please do not drop off hams at the Montgomery Township Food pantry since we cannot accept perishables. We have arranged a special program working directly with ShopRite. You can contact the Montgomery Food Pantry by email (Montyfoodpantry@gmail.com) or by phone (609-466-1054).

*To earn a free turkey, present your Price Plus® card to the cashier every time you shop at any ShopRite Supermarket and you will be automatically credited. Price Plus® club membership is required to participate. While you can be earning credit at any ShopRite towards your turkey, you must go to the Montgomery ShopRite courtesy desk to donate locally.

COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been seven (7) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 3-17-21.

As of 9AM today, March 19

Montgomery cases: 1059

Montgomery deaths: 21

Rocky Hill cases:  25

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

269    <20

171    20-29

101    30-39

164    40-49

161    50-59

106    60-69

40      70-79

72      80+

1084 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 1024 presumed recovered a

– 38  currently ill

– 22 fatalities

 

a “Presumed recovered” means cases that have met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation. A minimum of 10 days from diagnosis, or three days after symptoms resolve, whichever is longer.

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/

 

3-17: Ten New Cases; Vaccination Update with Video; Free Film about Youth & Social Media; Free Mental Health Help; Sign Up for Spring Recreation; Seeking Purple Heart Recipients; Detailed COVID Case Data

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been ten (10) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 3-15-21. Detailed case data are available at the end of this ebulletin.


VACCINATION UPDATE WITH VIDEO

Starting this week, New Jersey has expanded vaccine eligibility to educators and many other groups, including transportation workers, migrant farm workers, members of tribal communities, individuals experiencing homelessness or living in shelters, and more.

The township’s health insurance agency has distributed a video that gives a good explanation about the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. Click to watch the video.

To get vaccinated, all residents must sign up on the state website, covidvaccine.nj.gov, so you can be notified when you become eligible. You can also call the New Jersey Call Center Vaccination Support Number between 8 AM and 8 PM:  855-568-0545.

Those who are eligible may also sign up for hospital-based, public, and private sites offering vaccination, such as CVS, and the several New Jersey “Mega Sites.”  There is a new Vaccine Finder website that may be useful, particularly for local pharmacies: https://vaccinefinder.org/search/.  

The State’s vaccine call center is pro-actively reaching out to people aged 75 and older who are registered to receive the vaccine to help schedule an appointment.  In addition, Montgomery Township is keeping a limited list of vulnerable residents to help them get access to vaccine.  If you lack internet access or transportation, call 908-359-8211 x2400. If you have a neighbor meeting this definition, consider bringing this phone number to his or her attention.


MUNICIPAL ALLIANCE HOSTS FILM ON SOCIAL MEDIA & YOUTH

The Montgomery Rocky Hill Municipal Alliance is hosting a free, virtual screening of the compelling new documentary LIKE on March 24th, 7:00 pm.

Over 2 billion people have smartphones today and we check them on average an 150 times every day. Technology makes our lives easier in so many ways – but what is the cost of our dependence, and our children’s reliance, on screens? LIKE reveals the true effects of technology on the brain and uncovers the impact social media can have on our lives. The film’s mission is to educate, inform and inspire people to effectively self-regulate their screen time.

The program is offered in partnership with the Somerset County Municipal Alliance. Funding is provided from the NJ Governor’s Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse and Somerset & Morris County Commissioners.

Parents, educators and community members interested in attending should RVSP at: http://bit.ly/WatchLIKE


SIGN UP TODAY FOR SPRING RECREATION

Montgomery Recreation’s spring newsletter has been posted online and should have arrived in your mailbox.  Registration started Monday, and some activities are filled and adding names to wait-lists. Don’t delay in checking out our offerings and sign up now! Some of the programs we’re most excited about:

  • “Move U,” a new introductory exercise class for adults held at Montgomery Park
  • Speed and Agility training for grades 7th and up at OKCC
  • “Soccer Squirts” for ages 3 to 7
  • Tennis at UMS for grades K-8

We will also offer virtual classes in the spring including cooking, coding, piano, and chess. All programs are closely monitoring state and local COVID guidelines.  If you have questions about our programs, please email us at recreation@twp.montgomery.nj.us or call at 609-466-3023.


SEEKING MONTGOMERY PURPLE HEART RECIPIENTS

Attention all US Military Veterans, Active-Duty Armed Service Members, and their Families residing within Montgomery Township:  We are a designated Purple Heart Community, and as part of this honorable distinction the Montgomery Veterans Memorial Committee would like to recognize all Township residents who have earned or have had someone in their immediate family (including spouses and grandparents) who has earned the Purple Heart award.

Please contact:  mvmc@twp.montgomery.nj.us or (908) 359-8211 Ext. 2279 so that we can identify and recognize all our Purple Heart recipients and their families on National Purple Heart Day (August 7th).  Thank you!


COUNTY OFFERING FREE MENTAL HEALTH HELP

If you or your family are experiencing feelings of isolation, fear, confusion, anxiety, or stress, Somerset County is offering free counseling through the new Somerset County Hope and Healing Crisis Counseling Program (CCP). The CCP  is funded through a FEMA/SAMHSA grant in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All support provided through this program is confidential, anonymous, and free. For more information, visit the Somerset County website or call the support hotline at 908-231-6414.


COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been ten (10) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 3-15-21.

As of 9AM today, March 17

Montgomery cases: 1052

Montgomery deaths: 21

Rocky Hill cases:  25

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

267    <20

171    20-29

99      30-39

165    40-49

160    50-59

103    60-69

40      70-79

72      80+

1077 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 1004 presumed recovered a

–  51  currently ill

– 22 fatalities

 

a “Presumed recovered” means cases that have met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation. A minimum of 10 days from diagnosis, or three days after symptoms resolve, whichever is longer.

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/