7-2: Three New Cases; 89% of Monty Adults Started Vax Process; How to get Vaccinated; Fireworks Safety for July 4th Weekend; Water Conservation Order Ended; Monty Wins $20,000 Sustainable Jersey Grant

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been three new cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Tuesday, 6-29-21, and three cases over the last full week. Due to holiday schedules, there is no detailed case report today. For further statistics, go to the Health Dept.’s COVID-19 portal.


89% OF MONTGOMERY ADULTS HAVE HAD AT LEAST ONE VAX DOSE

The vaccination rate for adults in Montgomery Township jumped from 85% to 89% in just the last week, far surpassing the national target of 70% by the July 4th holiday, and the current statewide average of 71%.  Also, the percentage of teens 12 to 17 years old who have had at least one dose of the vaccine rose from 42% to 53%.

Reflecting on the high rate of vaccination at last night’s Montgomery Township Committee meeting, Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey said: “At this point of the pandemic, any additional death is a needless tragedy. The vaccines work. Vaccines save lives. Let’s end this thing. If you are struggling with a decision to get vaccinated, if you have a friend or loved one who is struggling with a decision to get vaccinated, offer them your support, offer them your encouragement. We’ve got the information, and we have resources to help support a vaccine decision.”

Residents with questions may call the health department directly at 908-359-8211 x 2227.


HOW TO GET VACCINATED

For residents seeking the vaccine, the quickest option is to use the NJ Vaccine Finder website to identify the clinic or pharmacy with immediate appointments. For teenagers 12 to 17 year old, choose the Pfizer vaccine.

Montgomery Township Health Department is offering appointments in mid-July:

  • Wednesday, July 14, 5pm to 7pm, Pfizer Clinic for ages 12+ at Princeton Wellness and Fitness.
  • Friday, July 16, 5pm to 7pm, J&J Clinic for ages 18+ next to the playground at Montgomery Dog Park (Covert Drive).
  • Saturday, July 17, 9AM to 11AM, Moderna Clinic for ages 18+ at Otto Kaufman Community Center.
  • Friday, July 23, 5pm -7pm, Moderna Clinic for ages 18+ at Pike Run Clubhouse.

PICNIC JULY 9 TO THANK CIVIC GROUPS FOR PANDEMIC RESPONSE

The Montgomery Township Committee is hosting a Picnic in the Park at Montgomery Veteran’s Park on July 9 at 6pm to thank three civic organizations for going above and beyond to help residents during the pandemic. Everyone is invited.

There will be live music and a free dessert. Residents are encouraged to bring their own picnic dinner, ideally take-out from a Montgomery restaurant.  Also consider bringing lawn chairs or blankets in case the pavilions overflow.

Montgomery Mayor Devra Keenan will read a proclamation thanking Montgomery Emergency Medical Services, the Princeton Elks Club in Skillman, and the Rotary Club of Montgomery/Rocky Hill.  All are invited to attend.


FIREWORKS SAFETY FOR JULY 4TH WEEKEND

There are certain novelty and ground-based fireworks which were legalized in New Jersey a few years ago. Be sure to know the rules!

Persons 16 years of age or older may lawfully buy, possess and use certain sparkling devices and novelties. These permissible fireworks are limited to hand-held or ground=based sparklers, snakes, and glow worms; smoke devices; and trick noisemakers, including party poppers, snappers, and drop pops. The sale, possession and use of all other fireworks requires a valid permit.

Legal fireworks can still be dangerous. Use them away from structures, including homes, decks and sheds. Avoid setting off fireworks near trees, wooded areas and areas around the home with mulch. Keep fireworks away from children. Soak spent fireworks in water before throwing them in the garbage.

Additional information is available from the State of New Jersey.


WATER CONSERVATION ORDER ENDED

New Jersey American Water has lifted the mandatory water conservation order that was issued on June 29 to customers in the western and southern regions of its Raritan water system, including Belle Mead.

Customers were asked to limit their water use to essential purposes only while New Jersey American Water worked to repair a 36-inch main break in Somerville. The main has been repaired and normal water usage may resume.


MONTGOMERY WINS $20,000 SUSTAINABLE JERSEY GRANT

Sustainable Montgomery includes (l-r) Township Engineer Gail Smith; Planning Director Lori Savron; Environmental Commission members Greg Kaganowicz and Mary Reece (chair), Assistant Engineer Mark Hermann.

Montgomery Township was one of four municipalities to win a $20,000 grant from Sustainable Jersey to fund local environmental projects. Another 28 towns received smaller grants. Montgomery’s grant will be used to improve the effectiveness of detention basins to reduce stormwater runoff.

“Montgomery is excited to receive this grant and begin a pilot project to retrofit a few older detention basins with newer green infrastructure techniques that will provide a host of environmental benefits, such as increasing groundwater recharge, improving water quality, and reducing the frequency of mowing,” said Montgomery Mayor Devra Keenan. “This will also make us better neighbors to those communities downstream by helping to reduce flooding.”

The grant was presented in a virtual ceremony this week to Sustainable Montgomery, the township’s designated “green team.”

In 2019, Montgomery Township was one of only fourteen towns in New Jersey to have earned Sustainable Jersey Certification during all 10 years since the program launched in 2009.

The mission of Sustainable Jersey is to “empower New Jersey communities to build a better world for future generations with the tools, training, and financial incentives necessary to pursue critical sustainability initiatives.” The grant funding was provided by the PSE&G Foundation.