7-17: Library Agreement Reached, Anti-Racism Workshop 7-25, Farmers Market Sats., Main St. Feature, Case Report


Montgomery Township Mayor Sadaf Jaffer signed an agreement today to continue library services at the Mary Jacobs Library. This agreement has been approved by Montgomery Township, Rocky Hill, the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Somerset County Library System, and the Mary Jacobs Library Foundation.

Mayor Jaffer stated: “I am especially grateful to Committee person Devra Keenan for heading up a library transition sub-committee which developed this agreement together with our partners. I also thank Deputy Mayor Marvin Schuldiner for his role in advocating creative and cooperative solutions that will serve both the Montgomery and Rocky Hill communities. Finally, I thank Freeholder Melonie Marano for her leadership in making this happen. The Mary Jacobs Library is highly valued by many of our residents. This outcome is a win for everyone involved.”

Media coverage: https://www.themontynews.org/post/mary-jacobs-library-is-safe-for-years-to-come


7-25 Free Workshop Filling Quickly:
Understanding and Combating Racism —  Causes, Consequences, and Antidotes

What is racism? Why do humans engage in racism and under what circumstances?  What is implicit bias?  How can you become an anti-racist?

In light of recent events, more people are becoming aware of how important it is to educate ourselves and become proactive in seeking solutions to racism in our society.  Many do not realize that they may be a part of the problem, due to passivity and complicit behaviors.

A presentation and workshop discussion on this topic, geared towards discrimination against members of the black community in particular, will be held remotely on Zoom on Saturday, July 25, 2020 from 9 AM to 3 PM, with an hour break at Noon.  The above questions will be explored and participants will discuss the realities in our society, and how to build a more resilient community. Participants will be given tools to combat prejudice and discrimination based on common stereotypes. See flier for more details. Please join us remotely on July 25th!  Advance registration is required:

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MFOS’ Farmers’ Market

Saturdays 9a-12p

New hours and location this season

WHERE: Village Shopper III,
1378 Route 206, Skillman (near Mooyah’s)

WHEN: Saturdays, 9 am – 12:00 pm, June 6 – October 31

Summer favorites are coming in. Many choices:

  • Fresh onions, garlic, swiss chard, tomatoes, beets, bell peppers, broccoli, and cucumbers from Fairgrown Farm, Clifford Farms, and Von Thuns
  • Sweet granola and bars from Granola Bar
  • Chicken or fruit pies from Griggstown Farms
  • CORN AND PEACHES ARE HERE! Grilled buttered corn and peach crisp here we come!
  • Have you made a delicious meal from the fresh items from our market? Send it to us and we’ll share it! E-mail your creation to our market manager, Lorette at FarmMarketManager@MontgomeryFriends.org

2020 Vendors

Christopher Soaps: Handmade, 100% all-natural, vegan soaps with essential oils

Clifford Farm Organics: Certified organic vegetables, flowers, fruit

Fairgrown Farm: Vegetables, lettuces, berries and herbs.

Griggstown Farms: Poultry, pot pies, soups, sauces, fruit pies, eggs

The Granola Bar: Organic granola bars and loose granola

Orchard Farm Organics: Certified organic vegetables, herbs and flowers, soups, tomato sauce and pesto

Von Thun’s Farms: 5 generations of Von Thuns! Vegetables, berries, tree fruits

Zell’s Farm: Heritage vegetables and farm-grown mushrooms

The Montgomery Farmers Market is operated by the MONTGOMERY FRIENDS OF OPEN SPACE. Go to their website at: https://montgomeryfriends.org/ to find out how to get involved in supporting our local farmers AND preserving open space in Montgomery.


Our Virtual Main Street Video feature of the day is Tumbles Gymnastics in the Princeton North Shopping Center. Tumbles offers weekly children’s summer camps which build upon developmental and social skills in a fun and nurturing environment. The owners and staff are carefully following State covid-19 safety guidelines, cleaning procedures, and social distancing measures. Please check out their video on MontgomeryTogether.us’s Virtual Main Street.


Note: There have been four (4) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report 7-15-20. Over the last week, half the new cases are under age 30.

The Montgomery Health Dept. is monitoring travelers from out-of-state ‘hot spots’ for self-quarantine.

As of 9 am today, 7/17

NJ cases: 176,551
NJ deaths: 15,684
Somerset County cases: 5,051
Somerset County deaths: 553
Montgomery cases:  128
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

12           <20
15           20-29
19           30-39
21           40-49
24           50-59
19           60-69
5           70-79
19           80+

134 confirmed and probably cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

– 115 presumed recovered a

–   12 currently ill

–     7 fatalities

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

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

*****DISCLAIMER***** Reported numbers on this page may not match the figures provided on the Somerset County page.  This is due to differences in reporting times.

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