6-29: No New Cases; 85% of Monty Adults Started Vax Process; Cooling Center During Heat Wave; Nominate an Environment Champion; Financial Relief Available; Detailed COVID Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been no (0) new cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 6-25-21. Detailed Case Report at the end of this ebulletin.


85% OF MONTGOMERY ADULTS HAVE HAD AT LEAST ONE VAX DOSE

Montgomery Township and Rocky Hill continue to lead most Somerset County municipalities in the number of adults who have started or completed the process of vaccination against COVID-19. Fully 85% of Montgomery adults and 91% of Rocky Hill adults have had at least one dose, well ahead of the New Jersey average of 69%.

In addition, 42% of all Montgomery teens aged 12 to 17 have at least started the process of vaccination, even though the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for that age group for just seven weeks ago.

“I’m very proud of our health department and residents for their diligence in getting vaccinated as quickly as they have,” said Mayor Devra Keenan. “It has been many weeks since we surpassed the national goal of 70% of adults vaccinated by the Fourth of July. Now let’s see how close we can get to 100% of our residents vaccinated against this serious disease.”


COOLING CENTER AND UTILITY REMINDER FOR HEAT WAVE

The Montgomery Township Office of Emergency Management warns residents to take precautions during the 90-plus degree weather that returned to the area on yesterday. The combination of high temperatures and humidity can be dangerous, particularly for the elderly and people with underlying health conditions.

The township has offered suggestions for beating the heat, and a cooling center has been established at the Otto Kaufman Center at 356 Skillman Road from 8am to 6pm, today and tomorrow.  Users are requested to sign-in, fill out a covid screening form, and wear a mask.

Please let neighbors & friends in town know the cooling center is available, especially any elderly residents or families with young children. Residents are welcome to visit, read, rest, play a board game, and do paperwork while cooling off. There is WIFI connectivity, and several charging stations are available. Please call the Recreation Department with any questions at (609) 466-3023.

PSE&G has announced the utility company is prepared to meet the demand for additional power and utility crews are ready to respond to service interruptions should they occur.  PSE&G also reminds customers that hot and sticky weather can lead to more usage and higher electric bills. Customers can save energy and money this summer by following simple tips:

  • Don’t cool an empty house. Set your thermostat higher when you are away.
  • Seal holes and cracks around doors and windows with caulk or weather-stripping.
  • Replace air filters monthly. Dirty filters make air conditioner work harder.
  • Use a microwave or crockpot instead of the oven, or grill outdoors.
  • Close blinds and draperies facing the sun to keep out the sun’s heat.
  • Don’t cool unused rooms. Close the vents and shut the door.
  • Ceiling fans cool fast and cost less than air conditioning.

Download the PSE&G mobile app to report outages and receive information on restoration times, crew locations and more. Register for MyAlerts to receive text notifications at pseg.com/outagecenter.


NOMINATE YOUR ENVIRONMENT CHAMPION!

The Montgomery Environmental Commission wants to recognize township residents, students, businesses and organizations who are taking steps to protect our shared environment with the inaugural Montgomery Environmental Awards.

For example, tell us about the efforts of your neighbor who turned their yard into a backyard habitat, or a student who volunteers to shine a light on environmental issues, or a local business going above and beyond to incorporate sustainable practices into their operations.

The Township is seeking nominations by July 15 in these categories:  1) Climate Change & Clean Air; 2) Water Resources; 3) Healthy Ecosystems & Habitats; 4) Landowner of the Year; and 5) Healthy & Sustainable Businesses.  For a description of eligibility, award categories, and the nomination process, visit the EC website.

Nominations are due by 4pm July 15 via email to LWasilauski@twp.montgomery.nj.us or via mail to:  Montgomery Environmental Commission, 2261 Van Horne Road, Belle Mead NJ 08502.

Winners will be announced this fall.


FINANCIAL RELIEF AVAILABLE

Relief programs are available to people impacted financially by the pandemic.

  • Recently, the income limits and the amount of funds have been increased for Somerset County families who are eligible to receive money from the Emergency Rental Relief Program (ERRP) to help keep them in their homes if they have lost their income due to the pandemic.  Additional information, and an easy-to-use online application are available.
  • A new Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service to eligible households. The program also offers a discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider (such as CenturyLink, Comcast or Verizon, and many cellular providers) or by visiting  sort by org. For more information, check out the Broadband Benefit Consumer FAQ.
  • Assistance is available to help you pay your utility bills. All New Jerseyans with outstanding balances are encouraged to apply for utility assistance programs now to lower their balances and also contact their utility company to request a flexible repayment plan. You may be newly eligible for financial assistance programs to help you pay your bills. You can learn more and apply for utility help now using a new screening tool from the NJ Department of Community Affairs at gov/dca/dcaid.
  • Funeral expense relief is available via the Federal Emergency Management Agency for people who have had to pay funeral expenses for a family member lost to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Funeral relief information is available online.

DETAILED COVID CASE REPORT

There have been no (0) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill, since our last report on Friday, 6-25-21.

 

As of 9AM today, June 29

Montgomery cases: 1275

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  35

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

322    <20

214   20-29

149    30-39

206    40-49

180   50-59

122    60-69

44    70-79

73    80+

 

1310 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

–  1284 presumed recovered a

– 1 currently ill

– 25 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/

6-25: One New Case; Vaccinate at Pike Run Today & Farmer’s Market Tomorrow; Spanish Language Vax Video; Financial Relief Available; Help Monty EMS Win Vehicle; Nominate an Environment Champion; Detailed COVID Report

 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There has been one (1) new case of COVID-19 in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Tuesday, 6-22-21, and just that one case the entire last week. Detailed Case Report at the end of this ebulletin.


 

VACCINATE AT PIKE RUN TODAY & FARMER’S MARKET TOMORROW

A recent clinic at the Pike Run Clubhouse.

Montgomery is offering several free vaccine clinics over the next week for persons 18 and older, including a clinic this afternoon and evening at the Pike Run Clubhouse. Appointments and walk-ins will be accepted at these clinics:

  • Montgomery will offer the Moderna vaccine on June 25th from 3pm to 7pm at the Pike Run Clubhouse.
  • Both the Moderna and the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine will be offered at the Montgomery Farmer’s Market at the Village Shoppes Saturday June 26th from 9am-noon.
  • The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be offered at the Elks Club Monday June 28th from 5-7pm.

Visit the Montgomery health department website for a complete list of clinics. The Pfizer vaccine is available for ages 12 and older, while the Moderna and J&J vaccines are for 18 and older. If you are looking to book an appointment for family members 12 and older, use the state’s vaccine finder website for a local pharmacy or clinic.

The Montgomery Health Department says the high rate of vaccination in Montgomery is the reason case counts have dropped to zero.

“Case counts are down because the vaccines are so effective, and 84% of our adults have started or completed the vaccination process,” said Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey. “If you are not among them, now is the time.”


HEALTH DEPT. RELEASES VAX VIDEO IN SPANISH

The Montgomery Township Health Department is working hard to reach our most vulnerable populations with vaccines for COVID-19. As part of this effort, a new video has been released in Spanish (with English subtitles) for sharing on social media and messaging apps.

The video features Amanda Pulagrin, whose job is to focus on at-risk communities through outreach.  A special focus is on landscape and construction workers. Residents are encouraged to share the video with Spanish speakers whom they know.


WATCH VIDEO & HELP MONTGOMERY EMS WIN A VEHICLE!

A compelling video that tells the story of Montgomery Emergency Medical Services is earning an audience nationwide, thanks to being named a finalist first-responder organization in a contest for a new emergency vehicle.

The winner of a Land Rover Defender will be selected based on the number of votes from the public at the Land Rover First Responder contest website. If you’d like to support Montgomery EMS, you can vote every per day between now and Monday June 28 at midnight.


 

FINANCIAL RELIEF AVAILABLE

 

 

Relief programs are available to people impacted financially by the pandemic.

  • Recently, the income limits and the amount of funds have been increased for Somerset County families who are eligible to receive money from the Emergency Rental Relief Program (ERRP) to help keep them in their homes if they have lost their income due to the pandemic.  Additional information, and an easy-to-use online application are available.
  • A new Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service to eligible households. The program also offers a discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider (such as CenturyLink, Comcast or Verizon, and many cellular providers) or by visiting  getemergencybroadband.org. For more information, check out the Broadband Benefit Consumer FAQ.
  • Assistance is available to help you pay your utility bills. All New Jerseyans with outstanding balances are encouraged to apply for utility assistance programs now to lower their balances and also contact their utility company to request a flexible repayment plan. You may be newly eligible for financial assistance programs to help you pay your bills. You can learn more and apply for utility help now using a new screening tool from the NJ Department of Community Affairs at gov/dca/dcaid.
  • Funeral expense relief is available via the Federal Emergency Management Agency for people who have had to pay funeral expenses for a family member lost to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Funeral relief information is available online.

 


NOMINATE YOUR ENVIRONMENT CHAMPION!

 

The Montgomery Environmental Commission wants to recognize township residents, students, businesses and organizations who are taking steps to protect our shared environment with the inaugural Montgomery Environmental Awards.

For example, tell us about the efforts of your neighbor who turned their yard into a backyard habitat, or a student who volunteers to shine a light on environmental issues, or a local business going above and beyond to incorporate sustainable practices into their operations.

The Township is seeking nominations by July 15 in these categories:  1) Climate Change & Clean Air; 2) Water Resources; 3) Healthy Ecosystems & Habitats; 4) Landowner of the Year; and 5) Healthy & Sustainable Businesses.  For a description of eligibility, award categories, and the nomination process, visit the EC website.

Nominations are due by 4pm July 15 via email to LWasilauski@twp.montgomery.nj.us or via mail to:  Montgomery Environmental Commission, 2261 Van Horne Road, Belle Mead NJ 08502.

Winners will be announced this fall.


DETAILED COVID CASE REPORT

There has been one (1) new case in Montgomery and Rocky Hill, since our last report on Tuesday, 6-22-21.

 

s of 9AM today, June 25

Montgomery cases: 1275

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  35

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

322    <20

214   20-29

149    30-39

206    40-49

180   50-59

122    60-69

44    70-79

73    80+

 

1310 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

–  1284 presumed recovered a

– 1 currently ill

– 25 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/

6-21: Zero New Cases and No Active Cases; Monty Clinics for all 3 Vaccines; No Masks for Rec N Crew Camp; Spanish Language Vaccine Video to Share; Rain Garden Virtual Workshop; Detailed COVID Report

NO ACTIVE CASES IN TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been zero (0) new cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 6-18-21. For the first time over a year, the Montgomery Health Department has no residents currently sick with COVID-19 in Montgomery or Rocky Hill. Detailed Case Report at the end of this ebulletin.


MONTGOMERY OFFERING ALL THREE VACCINES

A recent clinic at the Pike Run Clubhouse.

The Montgomery Health Department says the high rate of vaccination in Montgomery is the reason case counts have dropped to zero.

“Case counts are down because the vaccines are so effective, and 83% of our adults have started or completed the vaccination process,” said Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey. “If you are not among them, now is the time.”

Montgomery is offering several vaccine clinics over the next week for persons 18 and older:

  • Montgomery will offer the Moderna vaccine on June 25th from 3pm to 7pm at the Pike Run Clubhouse.
  • Both the Moderna and the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine will be offered at the Montgomery Farmer’s Market at the Village Shoppes Saturday June 26th from 9am-noon.
  • The Moderna vaccine will be offered at the Elks Club June 28th from 5-7pm.

This week’s Pfizer clinic at Montgomery High School is full and no longer taking appointments. If you are looking to book an appointment for family members 12 and older, use the state’s vaccine finder website for a local pharmacy or clinic.

All clinics are open to walk-ins, but it is also possible to make an appointment. Visit the Montgomery health department website for a complete list of clinics. The Pfizer vaccine is available for ages 12 and older, while the Moderna and J&J vaccines are for 18 and older.


HEALTH DEPARTMENT RELEASES VAX VIDEO IN SPANISH

The Montgomery Township Health Department is working hard to reach our most vulnerable populations with vaccines for COVID-19. As part of this effort, a new video has been released in Spanish (with English subtitles) for sharing on social media and messaging apps.

The video features Amanda Pulagrin, whose job is to focus on at-risk communities through outreach.  A special focus is on landscape and construction workers. Residents are encouraged to share the video with Spanish speakers they know.


SIGN UP TODAY FOR REC N CREW CAMP TO AVOID LATE FEE

The Governor’s office issued new summer camp guidelines that allow youth to go without masks outdoors regardless of vaccination status.  However, when indoors, masks are still required unless children are eating or drinking.

Montgomery’s Rec N Crew camp starts tomorrow, and the Recreation Department is determined to make this camp season as safe and fun as possible. Please contact John Groeger at jgroeger@twp.montgomery.nj.us or call 609-466-3023 if you have any questions or concerns about Rec N Crew camp.

Camp lasts 6 1/2 weeks beginning Wednesday, June 23 and ending Friday, August 6.  It will be held on the West side of OHES for grades 1-3, on the East side of OHES for grades 4-6, and at Montgomery Veterans Park for grades 6-9.  Camp runs from 8:30am to 3pm, with “pre-camp” available 7:30-8:30am and “post-camp” available 3- 6pm. The cost of basic camp is $600, with an additional charge of $125 for pre-camp and $250 for post-camp.  All prices are for the full 61/2 weeks of camp.  After today there will be a $25.00 late fee, so sign up today!  Register at https://register.communitypass.net/Montgomery   We look forward to seeing your children this summer!

The Governor’s office issued new summer camp guidelines that allow youth to go without masks outdoors regardless of vaccination status.  However, when indoors, masks are still required unless children are eating or drinking.


TOWNSHIP WORKSHOP THURSDAY ON MAKING A RAIN GARDEN

Have you considered adding a rain garden to your landscape to enhance its beauty, improve drainage and create wildlife habitat? If so, join a Rain Garden Planning Program on Zoom Thursday, June 24, from 7 to 8:30pm.

Rain gardens can help us manage storm water runoff from rooftops, driveways, lawns, roads, and parking areas. Rain gardens are attractive and look like regular perennial gardens, but they are highly functional. During a storm, a rain garden captures storm water, and allows the water to soak slowly into the ground rather than running into storm sewers.  By capturing storm water, rain gardens help to reduce non-point source pollution (i.e., road sediment/salt, fertilizers, pesticides, bacteria from pet waste, eroded soil, grass clippings, litter, etc.) and protect local waterways.

In this online workshop, Kory Kreseider, Stormwater Specialist with the Watershed Institute, will teach homeowners how to plan and plant their own raingarden, enhancing their property and their neighborhood!

Please register through our sign-up form below.  You will be contacted by the Watershed Institute via email the week of the event with the needed Zoom credentials: https://twp.montgomery.nj.us/rain-garden-sign-up/


NEW RECYCLING ‘TOTES’ TO ARRIVE IN PARTS OF BELLE MEAD

Many residents in the northeast part of Montgomery’s Belle Mead section will receive new 65-gallon “totes” for recycling around July 1, with pick-ups to begin July 16th. They have wheels to easily move around and have color-coded lids that are permanently attached.

Additional details, including maps and what items may be recycled, is available on the recycling totes page of the Montgomery Township website.


DETAILED COVID CASE REPORT

There have been no (0) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill, since our last report on Friday, 6-18-21.

As of 9AM today, June 22

Montgomery cases: 1274

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  35

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

322    <20

213   20-29

149    30-39

206    40-49

180   50-59

122    60-69

44    70-79

73    80+

1309 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

–  1284 presumed recovered a

– 0 currently ill

– 25 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/

6-18: Zero New Cases; Health Officer Gives Pandemic Reports; No Masks for Rec N Crew Camp; Monty Clinics for all 3 Vaccines; Neena Singh Appointed to Township Committee; Car Parade and Graduation; Rent Relief Still Available; Detailed COVID Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been zero (0) new cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 6-16-21. In addition, there were zero (0) cases for the entire last week, the first time that has happened since exactly one year ago. Detailed Case Report at the end of this ebulletin.


HEALTH OFFICER & MAYOR PRAISE PANDEMIC RESPONSE

Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey last night told the Township Committee that Montgomery is doing extremely well in terms of its pandemic response and has come through the health crisis better than most towns.

In a presentation that compared Montgomery to other communities, Ms. Carey showed that the COVID-19 infection rate was less than half the statewide average, and that residents have been quick to get vaccinated against the disease. As of this week, over than 80% of adults in Montgomery have had at least one dose of vaccine.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our health department for its effective response to this public health crisis, and also of our residents who have taken the warnings seriously and embraced the COVID-19 vaccines,” said Montgomery Township Mayor Devra Keenan.


NO MASKS REQUIRED OUTDOORS AT REC N CREW CAMP

Last week the Governor’s office announced new camp guidelines that allow youth campers to go without masks outdoors regardless of vaccination status.  However, when indoors, masks are still required unless children are eating or drinking.

Montgomery’s Rec N Crew camp starts one week from today, and the Recreation Department is determined to make this camp season as safe and fun as possible. Please contact John Groeger at jgroeger@twp.montgomery.nj.us or call 609-466-3023 if you have any questions or concerns about Rec N Crew camp.

Camp lasts 6 1/2 weeks beginning Wednesday, June 23 and ending Friday, August 6.  It will be held on the West side of OHES for grades 1-3, on the East side of OHES for grades 4-6, and at Montgomery Veterans Park for grades 6-9.  Camp runs from 8:30am to 3pm, with “pre-camp” available 7:30-8:30am and “post-camp” available 3- 6pm. The cost of basic camp is $600, with an additional charge of $125 for pre-camp and $250 for post-camp.  All prices are for the full 61/2 weeks of camp.  After June 22 there will be a $25.00 late fee, so sign up today!  Register at https://register.communitypass.net/Montgomery   We look forward to seeing your children this summer!


MONTGOMERY OFFERING ALL THREE VACCINES

With 83% of Montgomery adults now vaccinated, the Montgomery Township Health Department will aim even higher by offering clinics for each of the three vaccines over the next two weeks.

  • Montgomery will offer the Moderna vaccine Saturday, June 19th, from 9am-noon at the Otto Kaufman Community Center and on June 25th from 3pm to 7pm at the Pike Run Clubhouse.
  • The Pfizer vaccine will be offered to persons 12 and older June 24 from 5-8pm at Montgomery High School.
  • The Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine will be offered at the Montgomery Farmer’s Market at the Village Shoppes Saturday June 26th from 9am-noon and at the Elks Club June 28th from 5-7pm.

All clinics are open to walk-ins, but it is also possible to make an appointment. Visit the Montgomery website for a complete list of clinics. The Pfizer vaccine is available for ages 12 and older, while the Moderna and J&J vaccines are for 18 and older.


TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE APPOINTS NEENA SINGH AS NEW MEMBER

Committeeperson Neena Singh

The Montgomery Township Committee last night selected Neena Singh to join the governing body at by a unanimous vote of 4-0. Following state law for mid-term vacancies, Ms. Singh was one of three nominees offered by the Montgomery Democratic Organization to replace former Committeeperson Catherine Gural, who recently resigned her position.

After the vote, Ms. Singh immediately took her chair and participated in the rest of the regularly scheduled virtual meeting.


 

HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR CAR PARADE AND GRADUATION

Monday evening, graduating seniors of Montgomery High School held a “Car Parade” as a COVID-safe way to celebrate the milestone of completing high school during a historic public health crisis.

Mayor Devra Keenan was among the judges who selected Car #19 (shown above) as the best decorated vehicle.  The winners included Carli Resta, Alexis Krowiak, Amanda Krowiak, Maddie Schmelzer, and Zach Feola.

Classes ended today for Montgomery schools and the seniors graduate tonight.


RENTAL RELIEF STILL AVAILABLE

Renter relief funds from the Emergency Rental Relief Program (ERRP) are still available for eligible Somerset County families who are having trouble paying their rent because of a COVID-related loss of income.

Recently, ERRP income limits and the amount of funds were increased for eligible families from the lesser of $3,000 or three months’ rent to the lesser of $6,000 or six months’ rent. Applicants who are eligible for funding to help offset their owed rent will have their aide amount paid directly to landlords through a partnership with Somerset County Social Services.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a resident of any Somerset County municipality (except Franklin Township) and have a current lease or rent agreement. They must also have a household income limits below $69,000 for single person households, $78,900 for two person households, and 88,700 for three person households. Limits are higher for larger families.

To receive assistance, applicants must complete an application and submit the required documentation.  To apply or review eligibility rules, visit the county website.


DETAILED COVID CASE REPORT

There have been no (0) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill, since our last report on Wednesday, 6-16-21.

As of 9AM today, June 18

Montgomery cases: 1274

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  35

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

322    <20

213   20-29

149    30-39

206    40-49

180   50-59

122    60-69

44    70-79

73    80+

 

1309 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

–  1283 presumed recovered a

– 1 currently ill

– 25 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/

6-16: Zero New Cases; Rec N Crew Camp Without Masks; Monty Clinics Offer all 3 Vaccines; Juneteenth Event Tomorrow; Earth Day Event Yields Donations; Rain Garden Workshop; Detailed COVID Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been zero (0) new cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 6-14-21. With the reduction in cases, these reports will be reduced to twice per week going forward. Detailed Case Report at the end of this ebulletin.


NO MASKS REQUIRED OUTDOORS AT REC N CREW CAMP

Last week the Governor’s office announced new camp guidelines that allow youth campers to go without masks outdoors regardless of vaccination status.  However, when indoors, masks are still required unless children are eating or drinking.

Montgomery’s Rec N Crew camp starts one week from today, and the Recreation Department is determined to make this camp season as safe and fun as possible. Please contact John Groeger at jgroeger@twp.montgomery.nj.us or call 609-466-3023 if you have any questions or concerns about Rec N Crew camp.

Camp lasts 6 1/2 weeks beginning Wednesday, June 23 and ending Friday, August 6.  It will be held on the West side of OHES for grades 1-3, on the East side of OHES for grades 4-6, and at Montgomery Veterans Park for grades 6-9.  Camp runs from 8:30am to 3pm, with “pre-camp” available 7:30-8:30am and “post-camp” available 3- 6pm. The cost of basic camp is $600, with an additional charge of $125 for pre-camp and $250 for post-camp.  All prices are for the full 61/2 weeks of camp.  After June 22 there will be a $25.00 late fee, so sign up today!  Register at https://register.communitypass.net/Montgomery   We look forward to seeing your children this summer!


MONTGOMERY OFFERING ALL THREE VACCINES

With 83% of Montgomery adults now vaccinated, the Montgomery Township Health Department will aim even higher by offering clinics for each of the three vaccines over the next two weeks.

  • Montgomery will offer the Moderna vaccine Saturday, June 19th, from 9am-noon at the Otto Kaufman Community Center and on June 25th from 3pm to 7pm at the Pike Run Clubhouse.
  • The Pfizer vaccine will be offered to persons 12 and older June 24 from 5-8pm at Montgomery High School.
  • The Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine will be offered at the Montgomery Farmer’s Market at the Village Shoppes Saturday June 26th from 9am-noon.

All clinics are open to walk-ins, but it is also possible to make an appointment. Visit the Montgomery health department website for a complete list of clinics. The Pfizer vaccine is available for ages 12 and older, while the Moderna and J&J vaccines are for 18 and older.

If any resident needs help with transportation, New Jersey’s 2-1-1 program is offering free round-trip Lyft rides for vax appointments. Just call 2-1-1 to arrange a ride. For more help, call Somerset County’s COVID Hotline at (908) 231-7155.


COUNTY CELEBRATES JUNETEENTH TOMORROW

For the first time, the  Somerset County Board of Commissioners will commemorate Juneteenth at a festive event on June 17, from 6 to 7 p.m., on the county’s historic courthouse green located at 20 North Bridge St., Somerville.

Attending this celebration will be honored guest Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, elected county officials, the founders of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (SSAAM) in Skillman, a local poet, and the Somerset County Youth Council. The public will hear the story of emancipation, resilience, and brilliance told by experts and through performance artistry.

Additional information is available online.


SUCCESSFUL EARTH DAY YIELDS DONATIONS

Montgomery Environmental Commissioners (l-r) Sarah Roberts, Susann Brown, Frank Derby, Yasmine Reyes, and Mary Reese.

The Montgomery Environmental Commission held a very successful recycling and donation event on Sunday. They collected three dumpsters of electronics and one of metal; over 1,000 plastic flower pots; and 1 Sherriff’s Office SUV filled with expired/unwanted medications.

In addition, residents donated eight shopping carts filled with Montgomery Food Pantry donations, over 50 tennis racquets for the National Junior Tennis League of Trenton, 22 bags of golf clubs to First Tee of Trenton, and over 200 pairs of sneakers/athletic shoes to the MORE Foundation.

“The Food Pantry would like to thank all the residents who generously dropped off donations at Sunday’s Earth Day event – hundreds of pounds of non-perishable food and supplies were donated,” said Ellen Robbins, Montgomery’s Food and Safety Wellness Coordinator.  “We often think about families in need of food around the fall and winter holidays, but food insecurity is an everyday problem, and our donations typically drop in the summer months, so these donations will be a tremendous help in the coming weeks.”


TOWNSHIP WORKSHOP ON MAKING A RAIN GARDEN

Have you considered adding a rain garden to your landscape to enhance its beauty, improve drainage and create wildlife habitat? If so, join a Rain Garden Planning Program on Zoom Thursday, June 24, from 7 to 8:30pm.

Rain gardens can help us manage storm water runoff from rooftops, driveways, lawns, roads, and parking areas. Rain gardens are attractive and look like regular perennial gardens, but they are highly functional. During a storm, a rain garden captures storm water, and allows the water to soak slowly into the ground rather than running into storm sewers.  By capturing storm water, rain gardens help to reduce non-point source pollution (i.e., road sediment/salt, fertilizers, pesticides, bacteria from pet waste, eroded soil, grass clippings, litter, etc.) and protect local waterways.

In this online workshop, Kory Kreseider, Stormwater Specialist with the Watershed Institute, will teach homeowners how to plan and plant their own raingarden, enhancing their property and their neighborhood!

Please register through our sign-up form below.  You will be contacted by the Watershed Institute via email the week of the event with the needed Zoom credentials: https://twp.montgomery.nj.us/rain-garden-sign-up/


DETAILED COVID CASE REPORT

There have been no (0) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill, since our last report on Monday, 6-14-21.

 

As of 9AM today, June 16

Montgomery cases: 1274

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  35

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

322    <20

213   20-29

149    30-39

206    40-49

180   50-59

122    60-69

44    70-79

73    80+

 

1309 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 1283 presumed recovered a

– 1 currently ill

– 25 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/

6-14: Zero New Cases; Vaccine Clinic at Somerset Patriots; Local Health Survey; Shelly Bell on Panel about Women in Public Service; Juneteenth Event; Rec N Crew Camp; Municipal Building Reopens June 14; Detailed COVID Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been zero (0) new cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 6-11-21. Detailed Case Report at the end of this ebulletin.


GET VACCINATED AND SEE FREE SOMERSET PATRIOTS GAMES

RWJ University Hospital is partnering with the Somerset Patriots on a “Strike Out COVID-19” vaccination event using the Pfizer vaccine at the ballpark in Bridgewater for anyone aged 12 and older on Wednesday June 16 from 5 to 8pm. Everyone who gets vaccinated will receive free tickets to the game that evening, and to the July 7 game upon returning for a second dose.

To participate, visit rwjbh.org/covid19vaccine and select “Somerset Patriots” as your preferred location.

You can find earlier vaccination opportunities on the New Jersey Vaccine Finder website, where you are likely to find appointments for 12 and older at the Pike Run Plaza CVS, and for 18 and older at the Montgomery Shopping Center Walgreens.

The Montgomery Township Health Department will hold its next Moderna vaccine clinics on June 19th at the Otto Kaufman Community Center and on June 25th at the Pike Run Clubhouse. All Montgomery clinics accept walk-ins, but you can get an appointment on the Montgomery health department website.

If any resident needs help with transportation, New Jersey’s 2-1-1 program is offering free round-trip Lyft rides for vax appointments. Just call 2-1-1 to arrange a ride. For more help, call Somerset County’s COVID Hotline at (908) 231-7155.


LOCAL HOSPITAL SEEKS PUBLIC FEEDBACK ON HEALTH NEEDS

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset/RWJBarnabas Health is asking for public feedback and suggestions about health care needs in our community.

Bruno and Ridgway Research Associates Inc., a private market research firm, is conducting this online survey on behalf of RWJBarnabas Health.  Results will be used to inform program offerings and services in our community.

To participate, go to the website www.brra.com/Health2021.


MONTGOMERY’S SHELLY BELL SPEAKS TONIGHT ON WOMEN IN PUBLIC SERVICE

Join the inspiring “Women in Public Life: Pathways to Civics and Service” Zoom event hosted by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women on tonight, June 14, at 7 p.m. The program is an uplifting webinar that will take participants through the journey of three special guest speakers and their successful career path in public service.

This presentation is the first of the “Women in Public Life” webinar series that will show participants the range of opportunities that are available for women in public service and how they can achieve success.

Guest speakers include:

  • The Honorable Shelly L. Bell, M.A., a fellow of Emerge New Jersey with extensive political and government experience, elected in 2020 as the first African-American to serve on the Montgomery Township Committee;
  • Dr. Sandra Grundfest, M.A. Ph.D., founding commissioner of the New Jersey State Commission on the Status of Women; and
  • Joyce Eldridge-Howard B.S., M.A., an educator for forty years, and a former member of the Hillsborough Board of Education.

To join the Zoom webinar, click here, enter the Meeting ID: 836 3814 8166 and Passcode: 053494.


COUNTY CELEBRATES JUNETEENTH THURSDAY

For the first time, the  Somerset County Board of Commissioners will commemorate Juneteenth at a festive event on June 17, from 6 to 7 p.m., on the county’s historic courthouse green located at 20 North Bridge St., Somerville.

Attending this celebration, will be honored guest Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, elected county officials, the founders of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (SSAAM) in Skillman, a local poet, and the Somerset County Youth Council. The public will hear the story of emancipation, resilience and brilliance told by experts and through performance artistry.

Additional information is available online.


Sign Up Kids for Rec N Crew CAMP This Summer

Montgomery Recreation is still taking registrations for its Rec N Crew Summer Camp.  Camp begins on June 23 and runs through August 6.  It will be held on the West side of OHES for grades 1-3, on the East side of OHES for grades 4-6, and at Veterans Park for grades 6-9.

Camp runs from 8:30am to 3pm, with “pre-camp” available 7:30-8:30am and “post-camp” available 3- 6pm. The basic cost is $600, with an additional charge of $125 for pre-camp and $250 for post-camp.  Sign up today at https://register.communitypass.net/Montgomery

The Montgomery Recreation Department also offers a variety of in-person and virtual summer creative camps and sports camps.  For more information or to sign up, visit www.montgomeryrecreation.com or call 609-466-3023. Register and pay online or bring your forms and payments to the Otto Kaufman Community Center at 356 Skillman Road.


MUNICIPAL BUILDING REOPENS TODAY

Montgomery Township Municipal Building at 2261 Route 206, in Belle Mead, reopen to the public today, June 14, now open daily from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Mask-wearing is required of all employees and visitors.

The Otto Kaufman Community Center (OKCC) at 356 Skillman Rd in Skillman has already reopened between 8am and 6pm Monday through Friday for residents signing up for programs or visiting the Food Pantry. The facility is also being used for vaccine clinics, blood drives, and elections. Masking is required of all staff and visitors.

However, neither the municipal building nor community center will be available for public meetings, nor for meetings of community groups, and the OKCC gymnasium remains closed to rentals.

Township Committee meetings, and meetings of boards and commissions, will continue virtually on Zoom for the time being.


DETAILED COVID CASE REPORT

There has been no (0) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill, since our last report on Friday, 6-11-21.

As of 9AM today, June 14

Montgomery cases: 1274

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  35

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

322    <20

213   20-29

149    30-39

206    40-49

180   50-59

122    60-69

44    70-79

73    80+

1309 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

–  1283 presumed recovered a

– 1 currently ill

– 25 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/

6-11: One New Case; Vaccine Clinic at Somerset Patriots; Shelly Bell on Panel about Women in Public Service; Rec N Crew Camp; Recycling & Donation Event Sunday; Municipal Building Reopens June 14; Detailed COVID Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There has been one (1) new case in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 6-9-21. This is the second week in a row with just one case.

In Montgomery Township, 73% of adults have completed the vaccination process and 83% have had at least one dose.

“People are confused about masking rules,” said Montgomery Township Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey. “Bottom line: if you aren’t vaccinated keep your mask on indoors.  Everyone needs to mask in health care settings, in facilities serving children, on public transportation, and in government buildings. Private businesses may also require masks of all customers and employees.”

Unvaccinated residents with questions about vaccine safety or effectiveness are encouraged to call the health department at 908-359-8211 x2400.

Detailed Case Report at the end of this ebulletin.


GET VACCINATED AND SEE FREE SOMERSET PATRIOTS GAMES

RWJ University Hospital is partnering with the Somerset Patriots on a “Strike Out COVID-19” vaccination event using the Pfizer vaccine at the ballpark in Bridgewater for anyone aged 12 and older on Wednesday June 16 from 5 to 8pm. Everyone who gets vaccinated will receive free tickets to the game that evening, and to the July 7 game upon returning for a second dose.

To participate, visit rwjbh.org/covid19vaccine and select “Somerset Patriots” as your preferred location.

You can find earlier vaccination opportunities on the New Jersey Vaccine Finder website, where you are likely to find appointments for 12 and older at the Pike Run Plaza CVS, and for 18 and older at the Montgomery Shopping Center Walgreens.

The Montgomery Township Health Department will hold its next Moderna vaccine clinics on June 19th at the Otto Kaufman Community Center and on June 25th at the Pike Run Clubhouse. All Montgomery clinics accept walk-ins, but you can get an appointment on the Montgomery health department website.

If any resident needs help with transportation, New Jersey’s 2-1-1 program is offering free round-trip Lyft rides for vax appointments. Just call 2-1-1 to arrange a ride. For more help, call Somerset County’s COVID Hotline at (908) 231-7155.


MONTGOMERY’S SHELLY BELL TO SPEAK ON WOMEN IN PUBLIC SERVICE

Join the inspiring “Women in Public Life: Pathways to Civics and Service” Zoom event hosted by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women on Monday, June 14 at 7 p.m. The program is an uplifting webinar that will take participants through the journey of three special guest speakers and their successful career path in public service.

This presentation is the first of the “Women in Public Life” webinar series that will show participants the range of opportunities that are available for women in public service and how they can achieve success.

Guest speakers include:

  • The Honorable Shelly L. Bell, M.A., a fellow of Emerge New Jersey with extensive political and government experience, elected in 2020 as the first African-American to serve on the Montgomery Township Committee;
  • Dr. Sandra Grundfest, M.A. Ph.D., founding commissioner of the New Jersey State Commission on the Status of Women; and
  • Joyce Eldridge-Howard B.S., M.A., an educator for forty years, and a former member of the Hillsborough Board of Education.

To join the Zoom webinar, click hereenter the Meeting ID: 836 3814 8166 and Passcode: 053494.


Sign Up Kids for Rec N Crew Camp This Summer

Montgomery Recreation is still taking registrations for its Rec N Crew Summer Camp.  Camp begins on June 23 and runs through August 6.  It will be held on the West side of OHES for grades 1-3, on the East side of OHES for grades 4-6, and at Veterans Park for grades 6-9.

Camp runs from 8:30am to 3pm, with “pre-camp” available 7:30-8:30am and “post-camp” available 3- 6pm. The basic cost is $600, with an additional charge of $125 for pre-camp and $250 for post-camp.  Sign up today at https://register.communitypass.net/Montgomery

The Montgomery Recreation Department also offers a variety of in-person and virtual summer creative camps and sports camps.  For more information or to sign up, visit www.montgomeryrecreation.com or call 609-466-3023. Register and pay online or bring your forms and payments to the Otto Kaufman Community Center at 356 Skillman Road.


“HARD-TO-RECYCLE” AND DONATION EVENT SUNDAY

The Montgomery Township Environmental Commission is hosting a delayed Earth Day donation and recycling event Sunday, June 13, from 11am to 2pm at Skillman Park at 100 Main Boulevard in Skillman. Participants can drive-through and stop at the various “stations” to drop off donated and hard-to-recycle items.

Visit the Env. Commission’s Earth Day Fair website to see a map showing the drop-off locations.

Recycle/Discard:

  • Metal (courtesy of Klein Recycling)
  • Printer cartridges (courtesy of Technician X)
  • Plastic flower pots (courtesy of Shade Tree Committee)
  • Electronics
  • Expired/unwanted medications (courtesy of the Somerset County Sheriff)
  • Paper shredding for sensitive documents (no newspapers, 3 ring binders or bulldog clips; paper clips and staples are ok)

Donate:

All participants are asked to bring food and household items to donate to the Montgomery Food Pantry, which especially needs pasta sauce, fruit bars, granola bars, mayonnaise, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, and more.


MUNICIPAL BUILDING TO REOPEN JUNE 14

Montgomery Township Municipal Building at 2261 Route 206, in Belle Mead, will reopen to the public on Monday, June 14, from 8 am to 4:30 pm, but with mask-wearing required of all employees and visitors.

The Otto Kaufman Community Center (OKCC) at 356 Skillman Rd in Skillman has already reopened between 8am and 6pm Monday through Friday for residents signing up for programs or visiting the Food Pantry. The facility is also being used for vaccine clinics, blood drives, and elections. Masking is required of all staff and visitors.

However, neither the municipal building nor community center will be available for public meetings, nor for meetings of community groups, and the OKCC gymnasium remains closed to rentals.

Township Committee meetings, and meetings of boards and commissions, will continue virtually on Zoom for the time being. A list of virtual June meetings is available on the municipal website.


DETAILED COVID CASE REPORT

There has been one (1) new case in Montgomery and Rocky Hill, since our last report on Wednesday, 6-9-21.

As of 9AM today, June 11

Montgomery cases: 1274

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  35

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

322    <20

213   20-29

149    30-39

206    40-49

180   50-59

122    60-69

44    70-79

73    80+

 

1309 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

–  1283 presumed recovered a

– 1 currently ill

– 25 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/

6-9: No New Cases; Free Vaccine Clinic at Somerset Patriots; Car Parade for High School Graduates; Nominate an Environment Champion; Recycling & Donation Event Sunday; Municipal Building Reopens June 14; Detailed COVID Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been no (0) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 6-7-21. Detailed Case Report at the end of this ebulletin.


GET VACCINATED AND SEE A FREE SOMERSET PATRIOTS GAME

RWJ University Hospital is partnering with the Somerset Patriots on a “Strike Out COVID-19” vaccination event using the Pfizer vaccine at the ballpark in Bridgewater for anyone aged 12 and older on Wednesday June 16 from 5 to 8pm. Everyone who gets vaccinated will receive free tickets to the game that evening, and to the July 7 game upon returning for a second dose.

To participate, visit rwjbh.org/covid19vaccine and select “Somerset Patriots” as your preferred location. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

You can find earlier vaccination opportunities on the New Jersey Vaccine Finder website, where you are likely to find appointments for 12 and older at the Pike Run Plaza CVS, and for 18 and older at the Montgomery Shopping Center Walgreens.

The Montgomery Township Health Department will hold its next Moderna vaccine clinics on June 19th at the Otto Kaufman Community Center and on June 25th at the Pike Run Clubhouse. Our next Pfizer clinic for 12 and older is June 24 at the Montgomery High School. All Montgomery clinics accept walk-ins, but you can get an appointment on the Montgomery health department website.

If any resident needs help with transportation, New Jersey’s 2-1-1 program is offering free round-trip Lyft rides for vax appointments. Just call 2-1-1 to arrange a ride. For more help, call Somerset County’s COVID Hotline at (908) 231-7155.


CAR PARADE MONDAY TO CELEBRATE CLASS OF 2021

The public is invited to bring noise makers to applaud the Montgomery High School 2021 graduates along a car parade route on Monday, June 14, at 5:30 pm. Best viewing areas include the sidelines of the road through Skillman Park. Seniors will gather at 5 pm at Montgomery High School.

The Montgomery Police Department will start the parade at 5:30 pm and run for an hour. Seniors will drive in decorated cars along a “nostalgic route” past Village Elementary School, Orchard Hill Elementary School, Lower Middle School, and the Upper Middle School.

Decorated cars will be judged by Montgomery Mayor Devra Keenan, and winners announced. More details, including a parade route map, can be found in the Montgomery News.


NOMINATE YOUR ENVIRONMENT CHAMPION!

The Montgomery Environmental Commission wants to recognize township residents, students, businesses and organizations who are taking steps to protect our shared environment with the inaugural Montgomery Environmental Awards.

For example, tell us about the efforts of your neighbor who turned their yard into a backyard habitat, or a student who volunteers to shine a light on environmental issues, or a local business going above and beyond to incorporate sustainable practices into their operations.

The Township is seeking nominations by July 15 in these categories:  1) Climate Change & Clean Air; 2) Water Resources; 3) Healthy Ecosystems & Habitats; 4) Landowner of the Year; and 5) Healthy & Sustainable Businesses.  For a description of eligibility, award categories, and the nomination process, visit the Environmental Commission’s Earth Day website.

Nominations are due by 4pm July 15 via email to LWasilauski@twp.montgomery.nj.us or via mail to:  Montgomery Environmental Commission, 2261 Van Horne Road, Belle Mead NJ 08502.

Winners will be announced this fall.


“HARD-TO-RECYCLE” AND DONATION EVENT ON JUNE 13

The Montgomery Township Environmental Commission is hosting a delayed Earth Day donation and recycling event on June 13 from 11am to 2pm at Skillman Park at 100 Main Boulevard in Skillman. Participants can drive-through and stop at the various “stations” to drop off donated and hard-to-recycle items.

Visit the Township Env. Commission’s Earth Day website to see a map showing the drop-off locations.

Recycle/Discard:

  • Metal (courtesy of Klein Recycling)
  • Printer cartridges (courtesy of Technician X)
  • Plastic flower pots (courtesy of Shade Tree Committee)
  • Electronics
  • Expired/unwanted medications (courtesy of the Somerset County Sheriff)
  • Paper shredding for sensitive documents (no newspapers, 3 ring binders or bulldog clips; paper clips and staples are ok)

Donate:

All participants are asked to bring food and household items to donate to the Montgomery Food Pantry, which especially needs pasta sauce, fruit bars, granola bars, mayonnaise, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, and more.


MUNICIPAL BUILDING TO REOPEN JUNE 14

Montgomery Township Municipal Building at 2261 Route 206, in Belle Mead, will reopen to the public on Monday, June 14, from 8 am to 4:30 pm, but with mask-wearing required of all employees and visitors.

The Otto Kaufman Community Center (OKCC) at 356 Skillman Rd in Skillman has already reopened between 8am and 6pm Monday through Friday for residents signing up for programs or visiting the Food Pantry. The facility is also being used for vaccine clinics, blood drives, and elections. Masking is required of all staff and visitors.

However, neither the municipal building nor community center will be available for public meetings, nor for meetings of community groups, and the OKCC gymnasium remains closed to rentals.

Township Committee meetings, and meetings of boards and commissions, will continue virtually on Zoom for the time being. A list of virtual June meetings is available on the municipal website.


DETAILED COVID CASE REPORT

There have been no (0) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill, since our last report on Monday, 6-7-21.

As of 9AM today, June 9

Montgomery cases: 1273

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  35

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

322    <20

213   20-29

148    30-39

206    40-49

180   50-59

122    60-69

44    70-79

73    80+

1308 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

–  1283 presumed recovered a

– 0 currently ill

– 25 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/

6-7: No New Cases; Vaccination Info; New Polling Locations for Tomorrow (June 8); Poll Workers Needed; Recycling & Donation Event Sunday; Municipal Building Reopens June 14; Financial Relief available; Detailed COVID Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been no (0) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 6-4-21.

“We are watching to see if any cases arise from Memorial Day activities, but, overall, this is amazing evidence of the power of vaccines to stop disease,” said Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey, speaking of the recent trend.

Detailed Case Report at the end of this ebulletin.


HOW TO GET VACCINATED IN JUNE

A family at Saturday’s vaccine clinic at OKCC.

Over 8 in 10 (82%) of Montgomery adults have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine. Among all eligible residents ages 12 and older, three-quarters (75%) have started or completed their vaccination process.  That means 25% of residents 12 and older in Montgomery still need to be vaccinated against the disease.

To schedule a vaccination appointment this week, your best option is to consult the New Jersey Vaccine Finder website where you are likely to find appointments for 12 and older at the Pike Run Plaza CVS, and for 18 and older at the Montgomery Shopping Center Walgreens.

The Montgomery Township Health Department will hold its next Moderna vaccine clinic on June 19th at the Otto Kaufman Community Center, and its next Pfizer clinic for 12 and older on June 24 at the Montgomery High School. All Montgomery clinics accept walk-ins, but you can get an appointment on the Montgomery health department website.

If any resident needs help with transportation, New Jersey’s 2-1-1 program is offering free round-trip Lyft rides for vax appointments. Just call 2-1-1 to arrange a ride. For more help, call Somerset County’s COVID Hotline at (908) 231-7155.


JUNE 8 ELECTION HAS SOME NEW POLLING LOCATIONS

Some Montgomery Township voters will be voting from new locations during the New Jersey primary election tomorrow, on June 8.

District 2 has been moved from the Blawenburg Fire Company to Otto Kaufmann Community Center. District 8 has been moved from the EMS Building to the Montgomery Evangelical Free Church. Districts 16 & 19 have been moved from the Cherry Valley Country Club to the Princeton Elks.  All other locations are unchanged.

A complete list of voting locations is available on the Montgomery Township website. Montgomery Township Clerk Donna Kukla advises residents to inspect their sample ballot to confirm the location where they are voting.


POLL WORKERS STILL NEEDED

Montgomery and other Somerset County municipalities are facing a shortage of poll workers to assist with tomorrow’s Primary Election.  Workers can earn $400 for a full day and $200 for a half day. Full day work begins at 5:30 am and goes to 8:30 pm. Half-day work is 7 hours.

If you would like to help, it is not too late! Get more information and sign up on the county elections website, and be prepared to take an online training course in time for tomorrow’s election.


“HARD-TO-RECYCLE” AND DONATION EVENT ON JUNE 13

The Montgomery Township Environmental Commission is hosting a delayed Earth Day donation and recycling event on June 13 from 11AM to 2PM at Skillman Park at 100 Main Boulevard in Skillman. Participants can drive-through and stop at the various “stations” to drop off donated and hard-to-recycle items.

Recycle/Discard:

  • Metal (courtesy of Klein Recycling)
  • Printer cartridges (courtesy of Technician X)
  • Plastic flower pots (courtesy of Shade Tree Committee)
  • Electronics
  • Expired/unwanted medications (courtesy of the Somerset County Sheriff)
  • Paper shredding for sensitive documents (no newspapers, 3 ring binders or bulldog clips; paper clips and staples are ok)

Donate:

All participants are asked to bring food and household items to donate to the Montgomery Food Pantry, which especially needs pasta sauce, fruit bars, granola bars, mayonnaise, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, and more.


MUNICIPAL BUILDING TO REOPEN JUNE 14

Montgomery Township Municipal Building at 2261 Route 206, in Belle Mead, will reopen to the public on Monday, June 14, from 8 am to 4:30 pm, but with mask-wearing required of all employees and visitors.

The Otto Kaufman Community Center (OKCC) at 356 Skillman Rd in Skillman has already reopened between 8am and 6pm Monday through Friday for residents signing up for programs or visiting the Food Pantry. The facility is also being used for vaccine clinics, blood drives, and elections. Masking is required of all staff and visitors.

However, neither the municipal building nor community center will be available for public meetings, nor for meetings of community groups, and the OKCC gymnasium remains closed to rentals.

Township Committee meetings, and meetings of boards and commissions, will continue virtually on Zoom for the time being. A list of virtual June meetings is available on the municipal website.


FINANCIAL RELIEF AVAILABLE

Relief programs are available to people impacted financially by the pandemic.

  • Recently, the income limits and the amount of funds have been increased for Somerset County families who are eligible to receive money from the Emergency Rental Relief Program (ERRP) to help keep them in their homes if they have lost their income due to the pandemic.  Additional information, and an easy-to-use online application are available.
  • A new Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service to eligible households. The program also offers a discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider (such as CenturyLink, Comcast or Verizon, and many cellular providers) or by visiting GetEmergencyBroadband.org. For more information, check out the Broadband Benefit Consumer FAQ.
  • Assistance is available to help you pay your utility bills. All New Jerseyans with outstanding balances are encouraged to apply for utility assistance programs now to lower their balances and also contact their utility company to request a flexible repayment plan. You may be newly eligible for financial assistance programs to help you pay your bills. You can learn more and apply for utility help now using a new screening tool from the NJ Department of Community Affairs at gov/dca/dcaid.
  • Funeral expense relief is available via the Federal Emergency Management Agency for people who have had to pay funeral expenses for a family member lost to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Funeral relief information is available online.

DETAILED COVID CASE REPORT

There have been no (0) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill, since our last report on Friday, 6-4-21.

As of 9AM today, June 7

Montgomery cases: 1273

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  35

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

322    <20

213   20-29

148    30-39

206    40-49

180   50-59

122    60-69

44    70-79

73    80+

1308 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

–  1283 presumed recovered a

– 0 currently ill

– 25 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/

6-4: No New Cases; Moderna Vaccine Clinic Saturday; Mayor Leads Trails Day Walk; Vote in June 8 Primary; Senior Services Public Meeting; Recycling & Donation Event; Municipal Building Reopens June 14; Detailed COVID Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been no new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Wednesday, 6-2-21. Over the last week, there has been just one (1) case, the lowest weekly number in ten months.

“We are watching to see if any cases arise from Memorial Day activities, but, overall, this is amazing evidence of the power of vaccines to stop disease,” said Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey, speaking of the recent trend.

Detailed Case Report at the end of this ebulletin.


TOWNSHIP MODERNA VACCINE CLINIC TOMORROW

The Health Department administered the Pfizer vaccine to 180 adolescents and adults age 12+ last night at Montgomery High School. The next Pfizer Clinic for age 12+ will be on Thursday, June 24 at Montgomery High School. These Pfizer clinics can be scheduled via the New Jersey vaccine website.

The Montgomery Health Department will hold a Moderna vaccine clinic tomorrow at the Otto Kaufman Center from 9am to noon for anyone 18 and older. Appointments are available, but walk-ins are accepted as well.  To sign up for Saturday’s clinic, visit the Montgomery health department website. There will be another Moderna clinic at the Otto Kaufman Center on June 19.

If any resident needs help with transportation, New Jersey’s 2-1-1 program is offering free round-trip Lyft rides for vax appointments. Just call 2-1-1 to arrange a ride. For more help, call Somerset County’s COVID Hotline at (908) 231-7155.


JOIN MAYOR ON A TRAILS DAY WALK TOMORROW

Committeeperson Kent Huang and Mayor Devra Keenan will lead two trails walk Saturday at 12 & 1 pm.

On National Trails Day, Saturday June 5th, Montgomery will celebrate its newest trail, between the playground near the current municipal building on Route 206 and Montgomery Veterans Park on Harlingen Road. Montgomery Mayor Devra Keenan and Committeeperson Kent Huang will lead walks along the trail, at noon and 1pm.

In light of the relaxed public health guidance for outdoor activities, masks will no longer be required on this walk, and participation is unlimited. Therefore, it is not necessary to pre-register. Residents are encouraged to simply show up behind the municipal building at the appointed times to participate.

The one-mile trail meanders through a wooded area and crosses Pike Brook over a handsome new pedestrian bridge (shown above). Most of the trail is paved or hard gravel, making it accessible. The walk ends with a short overview of the Veterans Memorial, presented by a member of our local Veterans Committee.  You can continue walking the paths at the park, bring a picnic to enjoy, spend time at the playground, and walk back at your own pace.


MONTGOMERY FARMER’S MARKET OPENS TOMORROW

Montgomery Farmer’s Market will reopen for its 19th season tomorrow, June 5, from 9am to noon at the Village Shopper III, 1378 Route 206, Skillman, near the Mooyah restaurant.

Montgomery’s Farmers’ Market, a program of the Montgomery Friends of Open Space, features locally grown, conventional and certified organic produce, poultry, eggs, and other farm products. In addition to traditional vendors, the event will include educational tables to highlight local organizations and businesses.

Vendors include Christopher Soaps; Clifford Family Farm Wide; Fairgrown Farm; Griggstown Farm Market; Orchard Farm Organics; The Granola Bar; and Zell Farm.


JUNE 8 PRIMARY ELECTION HAS SOME NEW POLLING LOCATIONS

Some Montgomery Township voters will be voting from new locations during the New Jersey primary election on June 8.

District 2 has been moved from the Blawenburg Fire Company to Otto Kaufmann Community Center. District 8 has been moved from the EMS Building to the Montgomery Evangelical Free Church. Districts 16 & 19 have been moved from the Cherry Valley Country Club to the Princeton Elks.  All other locations are unchanged.

A complete list of voting locations is available on the Montgomery Township website. Montgomery Township Clerk Donna Kukla advises residents to inspect their sample ballot to confirm the location where they are voting.


PUBLIC HEARING ON SENIOR SERVICES JUNE 9

On June 9 at 10:30 a.m. the Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services and its Advisory Council will hold a public hearing via Zoom. Residents will learn about the programs and services available to adults aged 60 years and above, and persons with disabilities. Residents will also have an opportunity to identify and comment about the needs of their communities, recommend solutions, and voice opinions about home and community-based services.

To register for the hearing, or for more information contact Caitlin Witucki, Office on Aging and Disability Services at 908-704-6339. Written comments will be accepted up to June 9, 2021, as part of the record for this hearing.


“HARD-TO-RECYCLE” AND DONATION EVENT ON JUNE 13

The Montgomery Township Environmental Commission is hosting a delayed Earth Day donation and recycling event on June 13 from 11AM to 2PM at Skillman Park at 100 Main Boulevard in Skillman. Participants can drive-through and stop at the various “stations” to drop off donated and hard-to-recycle items.

Recycle/Discard:

  • Metal (courtesy of Klein Recycling)
  • Printer cartridges (courtesy of Technician X)
  • Plastic flower pots (courtesy of Shade Tree Committee)
  • Electronics
  • Expired/unwanted medications (courtesy of the Somerset County Sheriff)
  • Paper shredding for sensitive documents (no newspapers, 3 ring binders or bulldog clips; paper clips and staples are ok)

Donate:

All participants are asked to bring food and household items to donate to the Montgomery Food Pantry, which especially needs pasta sauce, fruit bars, granola bars, mayonnaise, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, and more.


MUNICIPAL BUILDING TO REOPEN JUNE 14

Montgomery Township Municipal Building at 2261 Route 206, in Belle Mead, will reopen to the public on Monday, June 14, from 8 am to 4:30 pm, but with mask-wearing required of all employees and visitors.

The Otto Kaufman Community Center (OKCC) at 356 Skillman Rd in Skillman has already reopened between 8am and 6pm Monday through Friday for residents signing up for programs or visiting the Food Pantry. The facility is also being used for vaccine clinics, blood drives, and elections. Masking is required of all staff and visitors.

However, neither the municipal building nor community center will be available for public meetings, nor for meetings of community groups, and the OKCC gymnasium remains closed to rentals.

Township Committee meetings, and meetings of boards and commissions, will continue virtually on Zoom for the time being. A list of virtual June meetings is available on the municipal website.


DETAILED COVID CASE REPORT

There have been no (0) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill, since our last report on Wednesday, 6-2-21.

As of 9AM today, June 4

Montgomery cases: 1273

Montgomery deaths: 24

Rocky Hill cases:  35

Rocky Hill deaths: 1

 

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

322    <20

213   20-29

148    30-39

206    40-49

180   50-59

122    60-69

44    70-79

73    80+

 

1308 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

–  1282 presumed recovered a

– 1 currently ill

– 25 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/