7-9: One New Case; Community Picnic in Park Tonight; Vaccine Clinics Next Week; Recycling May Be Delayed; Explore Parks for Park & Rec Month; Monty Photo Contest Begins; Financial Relief Available

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, 7-6-21 and two (2) cases for the last week. For further statistics, go to the Health Department’s COVID-19 portal.

The Montgomery Health Department would like to remind parents with children who are too young to be vaccinated, to continue to choose outdoor activities, be mindful of indoor events especially when gathering with other unvaccinated people and continue to take precautions when visiting recreational facilities.


COMMUNITY PICNIC TONIGHT TO THANK PANDEMIC RESPONDERS

The Montgomery Township Committee is hosting a Picnic in the Park today, July 9 at 6 pm at Montgomery Veteran’s Park, near the pavilions at lower parking lot. The purpose is to thank civic organizations for going above and beyond to help residents during the pandemic.

Special thanks will be given to Montgomery EMS, the Princeton Elks Lodge, and Rotary of Montgomery/Rocky Hill. 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.


HOW TO GET VACCINATED

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

Montgomery Township Health Department is offering clinics next week:

  • Wednesday, July 14, 5pm to 7pm, Pfizer Clinic for ages 12+ at Princeton Wellness and Fitness. The CVS in Belle Mead is also offering appointments for the Pfizer vaccine to ages 12+.
  • 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.

Walk-ins are always accepted, but appointments can be scheduled for your convenience. Visit the Montgomery Health Department website for additional details or call the Health Department at (908) 533-9331.


ENJOY PARKS & RECREATION MONTH

 

July is Parks & Recreation Month! It is a great time to enjoy Montgomery Township and Somerset County parks.

Have you hiked to the top of the Sourland Mountain or visited Montgomery’s own arboretum? Have you walked your leashed dog on the long and winding pathways at Skillman Park, or taken children to the playground at Bessie Grover Park? Have you visited the rose garden, mini-golf, and paddle boats in Colonial Park in Franklin? Visit our parks this July, and all summer long!


ENTER MONTGOMERY WEEKLY PHOTO CONTEST!

The Rec Dept. will be starting our annual “Show Us Your Montgomery” photo contest this week. The contest runs now through Aug 27. Each week residents will submit photos of “their Montgomery” to recreation@twp.montgomery.nj.us. Each week the rec staff will vote on a weekly winner, and the winning photo will become the Rec Department’s Facebooks cover photo for the week.

Each week’s winning photo will be entered into the Grand Prize drawing. The residents will vote on the weekly winning photos the week of August 30th and the winner will be announced September 6th.  For additional detail, visit the Recreation Department 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  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.