8-24: Ten New Cases; Free Ice Cream at Back-to-School Vax Clinic; Montgomery Mandates Employee Vaccination; 3rd Dose Available; Submit Art for Community Healing Event; Be Ready for Next Emergency; Great Road Bridge Update; Ribbon Cutting for Sweet Gourmet

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been ten (10) new cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 8-20-21. Half of the new cases are among residents under the age of 20.


FREE ICE CREAM WITH VACCINE FOR MONTY TEENS

With township schools scheduled to open soon, the Montgomery Township Health Department strongly recommends vaccinating eligible teens 12 and older as soon as possible.

Montgomery will hold a second “Back to School” clinic with free ice cream on Thursday, August 26, from 4pm to 7pm at the Otto Kaufman Community Center at 356 Skillman Road. The clinic will use the Pfizer vaccine, the only one approved for teenagers.  While it is not necessary to pre-register, you may do so for convenience on the health department website.


TOWNSHIP MANDATES VACCINES FOR EMPLOYEES

The Montgomery Township Committee on Thursday passed a resolution requiring all township employees to be vaccinated within 30 days, with few exceptions. By that time, all employees will be required to provide evidence of vaccination.

The policy was brought forward by Township Administrator Donato Nieman in consultation with the Montgomery Health Department. “We know that people are losing their lives ever day to this virus and we have to act to protect one another and to bring this thing to an end,” said Montgomery Township Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey.

Mayor Devra Keenan made a motion to adopt the new policy which was unanimously approved by the full committee.

The township decision coincides with the FDA’s full approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, New Jersey’s announcement that state employees and schoolteachers must be vaccinated or regularly tested.


MONTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFERING THIRD VACCINE DOSE

The Montgomery Township Health Department is now offering third doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine to immunocompromised residents, in accordance with new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control. Residents who meet these criteria are encouraged to book an appointment via the health department website or call 908-533-9331.

The CDC has also announced that all persons who received the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines will be eligible for an additional dose eight months after the second dose, beginning September 20. The Montgomery Health Department will begin offering those third doses according to the CDC guidelines in late September.

To prepare for additional doses, Montgomery residents are encouraged to download the New Jersey recommended “Docket” app to their smartphones to conveniently access and display the exact dates, vaccine types, and batch numbers they received previously.


SUBMIT ART FOR COMMUNITY HEALING EVENT NEXT MONTH

 

Residents of all ages are encouraged to submit pandemic-inspired art or stories to be featured at a community healing event on September 20 at the Princeton Elks Lodge on Route 518 in Skillman.

Art of all kinds is welcome including, but not limited to, paintings, drawings, videos or recordings, crafts, poetry, essays, etc. The deadline to submit art is Monday, September 13. Submissions may be turned in at the Montgomery Township Municipal Building Front Desk or through email to clabelle@twp.montgomery.nj.us.

The free event is called Montgomery Together: Lighting the Way Forward – An Evening of Hope & Healing.  Organizers are the Montgomery Township Health Department and Municipal Alliance, in partnership with the Montgomery Recreation Department, Princeton Elks Lodge, and Somerset County Department of Human Services.

The event will feature an Interactive Art Gallery and Candlelight Vigil. The indoor gallery will be open from 3-7pm, with an outside candlelight vigil to follow. The rain date for the Candlelight Vigil is Tuesday, September 21st at 7PM (dusk). Masks will be required both indoors and outdoors.

For more information or questions, email Celine LaBelle at clabelle@twp.montgomery.nj.us or call at 609-874-8007.


BE READY FOR THE NEXT STORM OR EMERGENCY

Montgomery Township Police report a few township roads were closed temporarily during Tropical Storm Henri this week.  Yet the storm provided a reminder to be prepared. If you or a member of your household is particularly vulnerable during a public emergency, the MTPD and Office of Emergency Management recommend you sign up with the statewide Register Ready database, which forwards information to local first responders.

This registry is a safety net for residents who may find it difficult to evacuate during an emergency.  The New Jersey Special Needs Registry is free, voluntary, and strictly confidential. It is designed to help people who may have difficulty during an evacuation because of physical or cognitive limitations, language barriers or lack of transportation.

Registering will help first responders, such as police, fire, and rescue squad personnel, make the best use of limited time and resources to help people during an emergency.

It is also recommended that everyone sign up for the Nixle emergency notification system. Additional information is available on our public safety webpage.


GREAT ROAD BRIDGE REHABILITATION PUBLIC UPDATE

Somerset County’s Engineering Department held a public meeting last week to provide an update on the rehabilitation of the Great Road bridge over the Beden’s Brook. The study is intended to restore the structural integrity of the almost 40-year-old bridge which has been classified as structurally deficient.

A recording of the public meeting can be viewed online and includes a 40-minute presentation by engineering professionals. Additional project information is available at a dedicated website, www.greatroadbridge.com/.


SWEET GOURMET BUSINESS OPENING

 

Township Committeeperson Neena Singh (center) at the Sweet Gourmet ribbon cutting.

Sweet Gourmet, a boutique bakery, officially opened its doors at the Princeton North Shopping Center in Skillman this month.  Township Committeewoman Neena Singh, liaison to the Economic Development Commission, participated in a ribbon cutting with other members of the EDC, owner Karen Ambrose, and family members.


LAST WEEK TO MONTGOMERY PHOTO CONTEST!

The Rec Department has reprised its annual “Show Us Your Montgomery” photo contest. Through August 27, residents may submit photos of “their Montgomery” to recreation@twp.montgomery.nj.us. Each week the rec staff will vote on a weekly winner, and that photo will become the Recreation Department’s Facebook cover photo for the week.

Each week’s winning photo will be entered into a 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.