8-6: Seven New Cases and Eleven for Week; Get J&J Vaccine Tonight, Tomorrow; Vaccinate Teenagers for School; Montgomery Restaurant Week; Rent Relief and Eviction Moratorium; Nominate Environmental Champions; Tax Bills Delayed


There have been seven (7) new cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 8-3-21, and eleven (11) or the week.

About three-quarters of recent cases are among unvaccinated people, who are six times as likely as vaccinated people to get sick, and 30 times as likely to be hospitalized. “Getting your shot is the best way to protect yourself and your friends,” said Montgomery Township Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey.

For further statistics, go to the Health Department’s COVID-19 portal.


Want to be protected quickly against the COVID-19 virus? The Johnson & Johnson vaccine offers protection within two weeks of obtaining a single-dose vaccine and it is being offered tonight and tomorrow morning by the Montgomery Township Health Department.

The J&J clinics are at the Montgomery Township Municipal Building at 2261 Route 206 in Belle Mead from 5-7pm this evening from 9-11 AM tomorrow morning. Adults 18 and older are eligible. Additional details are available on the township vaccination webpage. No appointment necessary.


Mayor Devra Keenan with newly vaccinated teenagers yesterday.

Montgomery Township vaccinated dozens of teenagers yesterday at a special “Back to School” clinic at the Otto Kaufman Community Center. Free ice cream, gift certificates, and prizes were offered.

The township urges parents to vaccinate their teenagers as soon as possible in advance of schools reopening. The Belle Mead CVS at 2311 Route 206 is offering the Pfizer vaccine to those 12 and older daily, with appointments required. Make your appointment online.


The Montgomery Business Association, the Montgomery News, and Montgomery Township are collaborating on Montgomery Restaurant Week through August 15 to encourage residents to patronize local businesses recovering from the pandemic.

“Join me this weekend in supporting our great local restaurants, either by dining in or buying take-out,” said Montgomery Township Mayor Devra Keenan. “Our local businesses are vital to the quality of life we enjoy in Montgomery and making sure they rebound from the health crisis is important.”

Twenty restaurants are participating; many are offering special menu items and/or discounts. As of this morning, special offers had been announced by Aja Asian Cusine, Alfonso’s, Beniamino’s Cucina, Blawenburg Bistro, Buy the Cup, 206 Corner Deli, Genteel’s Brick Oven, New World Pizza, Playa Bowls, Ricky’s Thai, Robinson’s Chocolates, Rocky Hill Inn, Sahara Restaurant, Sweet Gourmet, The Tiger’s Tale, and Ya Ya Noodles. Learn more at the township website: MontyRestaurantWeek.com.


The nationwide ban on residential evictions for nonpayment of rent expired last Saturday, but New Jersey is one of several states that continues to prevent many evictions through the end of 2012, under a law signed by the Governor Wednesday.

As described this week NJ.com, “renters making less than 80% of the area’s median income will be shielded from eviction through Dec. 31. Those with income above 80% of the median will see the moratorium come to an end on Aug. 31.”

The law also appropriates $500 million of New Jersey’s federal American Rescue Plan aid for rental assistance and $250 million for utility payments. That relief is available to residents with income less than 120% of the area’s median.

All tenants are liable to pay back-rent, which is why rent relief programs are in place for New Jersey tenants. Rent relief funds from the Emergency Rental Relief Program (ERRP) are available for eligible Somerset County families who are having trouble paying their rent because of a COVID-related loss of income. To receive assistance, applicants must complete an application and submit the required documentation.  To apply or review eligibility rules, visit the county website.


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 deadline for nominations has been extended to September 1.

The Township is seeking nominations 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.

Send nominations 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.


Due to a delay in receiving certified tax rates from Somerset County, the mailing has been delayed for the 2021 Final Property Tax Bills for Montgomery Township, normally due on August 1. Ample notice will be given to all residents regarding a new due date as soon as we have data from Somerset County.  Please contact township CFO Michael Pitts with questions at mpitts@twp.montgomery.nj.us.