Vaccination Info from NJ: New Groups Now Eligible

Effective Monday, March 29, 2021, additional individuals that live, work, or are educated in New Jersey are now eligible to receive the vaccine.

These new categories include essential workers in the following sectors:

  • Food production, agriculture, and food distribution, including grocery store workers and restaurant staff
  • Eldercare and eldercare support staff
  • Warehousing and logistics
  • Social service workers and support staff
  • Elections personnel
  • Hospitality, including casino workers and hotel/lodging staff
  • Medical supply chain
  • Postal and shipping service
  • Clergy
  • Judicial system

Beginning April 5, 2021, even more people will be eligible for the vaccine, including the following:

  • All individuals aged 55+
  • All Individuals 16 and over with intellectual and developmental disabilities:
    • Developmental disabilities are a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas.
  • Essential workers in the following sectors:
    • Communications, IT, and media workers, including communications infrastructure support (engineers, technicians) and members of the press
    • Laundry service workers, including workers in laundromats, laundry services, and dry cleaners
    • Real estate, building, and home service workers, including construction workers, code officials, plumbers, electricians, HVAC technicians, property management, and maintenance workers
    • Retail financial institution workers, including bank tellers, lending service, public accounting, and check cashing workers.
    • Sanitation workers, including workers providing disinfection and janitorial services for all essential facilities and modes of transportation; city sanitation workers; residential, commercial, and industrial solid and hazardous waste removal.
    • Utility workers, including electrical generation and supply system, natural gas delivery, nuclear power plant, water supply, telephone, cable/fiber optical/broadband/cellular service workers
    • Higher Education workers, including educators and support staff
    • Librarians, including support staff at municipal, county, and state libraries (i.e. those not included in K-12 announcement)

For a complete list of who is currently eligible for the vaccine, click here for more information.

Getting the Vaccine if You Are Eligible

If you are eligible for the vaccine, please keep an eye out for an email notifying you of an available appointment in the Vaccine Scheduling System. If you prefer not to wait for an appointment through NJVSS, there are additional ways to get vaccinated:

Dedicated Vaccine Appointment Assistance for Seniors (Aged 65+)

Individuals aged 65 and older can now call a special senior hotline at 856–249–7007 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for vaccination scheduling support. Dedicated appointment slots are reserved for those aged 65 and older. Appointment availability and scheduling varies by location.

Find more information

You can also follow @NJDeptofHealth, @NJGov, and @GovMurphy on social media

Unsubscribe from NJVSS and Related Email Updates

If you have already been fully vaccinated and no longer want an appointment through NJVSS, please click here to be removed from the system.

Please note that we may still email you occasionally with urgent information.

Improve Your Image! March 9th

Photo Above: Karen Ambrose & Jen Pierce at Sweet Gourmet. Photo by Frank Veronsky

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Join Frank Veronsky, Photographer and Educator,
for an informative and inspirational presentation on How to create better photographs for business or personal pursuits.

Free to members of the Montgomery Business Association (join us!)

or $10 for non-members


Learn tips and tricks that will make a real difference on the impact of images that you make for Social Media.
Get better at photographing family and friends.
In a Virtual world, you might be what you post.
So I say, Improve Your Image! Join us on March 9th at 6:30 to get a new vision.

Register online:

Hosted by the Montgomery Business Association and Sponsored by Frank Veronsky Photography.

$10M in Small Business Emergency Loans from NJEDA – Pre-register Feb. 10-22

Montgomery Business Owners: Please read below press release from NJEDA

​NJEDA Announces $10 Million Second Phase of its Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program

Authority Will Open Program Pre-Registration on February 10, 2021 

TRENTON, N.J. (January 27, 2021) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today announced it will open pre-registration for Phase 2 of its Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program at 9:00 a.m. EST on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. The $10 million program expansion will support New Jersey small businesses and nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and will be capitalized by a United States Economic Development Administration (USEDA) Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act appropriation. Any business or entity that intends to apply for a loan must first pre-register during this pre-registration period, which will run from 9:00 a.m. EST on February 10, 2021 to 5:00 p.m. on February 22, 2021.

The second phase of the Small Business Emergency Assistant Loan Program will make up to $100,000 in low-cost financing available to eligible New Jersey small businesses and nonprofits to help with recovery and reopening efforts as a result of COVID-19. The funding can be used to pay rent or mortgage, payroll, and/or utilities. It can also be used to purchase inventory, personal protective equipment (PPE), or COVID-related inventory, furniture, fixtures, or equipment.

Program applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first served basis, with priority given to applicants that have received no greater than $10,000 in government assistance from any federal, state or local (county/municipal) assistance program.Most eligible businesses will be able to apply for up to $100,000, but if a business was approved for a loan under Phase 1 of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program, it will be eligible under Phase 2 only for an amount that will not exceed $100,000 in the aggregate of the two phases. To promote equity, $3.5 million of the funding will be reserved for businesses in Opportunity Zone-eligible census tracts.

Applicants MUST pre-register in order to apply for the Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program. Pre-registration for the Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program will open at 9:00 a.m. on February 10, 2021 on the New Jersey COVID Business Information Portal and will remain open until 5:00 p.m. on February 22, 2021. Only entities that pre-register will then be able to access the program application beginning 9:00 a.m. February 24, 2021. The order in which final applications are received may affect funding availability, as referenced above.

“New Jersey businesses continue to feel the economic weight of COVID-19 as the pandemic stretches into 2021,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “As we begin to see the second COVID wave plateau, we are encouraged that there is a light at the end of the tunnel representing the economic recovery we have been working toward. That recovery can only be attained by connecting small business owners with resources they need to re-emerge from the pandemic. We are grateful for the USEDA appropriation, which will enable us to reach more small businesses throughout the state.”

To be eligible for financing through Phase 2 of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program, small businesses and non-profit organizations must be in existence and in operation from at least February 24, 2020, have $5 million or less in annual revenue, and have a physical commercial location in New Jersey. They also must be able to describe how they were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Home-based businesses and real estate holding companies are among the entities that are not eligible for financing under this program.

In line with the terms of Phase 1 of the program, Phase 2 loans will have ten-year terms with zero percent interest for the first five years, then resetting to the NJEDA’s prevailing floor rate for the remaining five years, with a three percent cap.

The NJEDA initially created its Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program in the Spring of 2020 as part of a suite of resources for small businesses and nonprofits following Governor Murphy’s signing of Executive Order 103, declaring a State of Emergency and a Public Health Emergency. The first round of funding from the program resulted in more than 150 businesses being approved for a total of more than $10.4 million.

Comprehensive information about New Jersey’s coronavirus response is available at

To read Governor Murphy’s full economic plan, please visit:

About the New Jersey Economic Development Authority
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses call NJEDA Customer Care at 609-858-6767 or visit and follow @NewJerseyEDA on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn.

Source: NJEDA

Reopening Guidance

Employer/Business Outreach Packet 

Recommended Signage

Face Covering Required

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Cleaning High Touch Surfaces 

I Wear My Mask in Public for 3 Reasons

Mask Up

Outdoor Dining

Time. Space. People & Place

What is Your COVID-19 Risk Level?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New Jersey Governor’s Orders and Public Health Guidance

Non-Essential Construction, Curbside Pickup at Non-Essential Retail Businesses, and Gatherings in Cars
Summary of Non-Essential Construction

Outdoor Dining Protocols and Process to Expand Premises for Liquor License Holders
New Jersey Department of Health Outdoor Dining Executive Order  
Checklist Guidance for Outdoor Dining Establishments
Summary of Key Points Outdoor Dining

Youth Camps:
New Jersey Health Department Youth Camps/Day Care Guidance
Summary of Key Points Youth Camps/Day Cares

Swimming Pools/Recreational Bathing
Public Health Guidance from State Health Department 
Summary of Governor’s Order Key Points Swimming Pools and Recreational Bathing
CDC Guidance on Swimming Pools and Recreational Bathing

Child Care Centers
Public Health Guidance from State Health Department

Tanning and Body Art Establishments
Summary of Governor’s Order Tanning and Body Art Establishment

PPE Discounts for Small Businesses – EXTENDED Thru Dec. 17th

Small businesses  — organizations with 100 or fewer employees may purchase PPE at a 65% discount through the State’s PPE Access Program.

Discounts available through the PPE Access Program have been extended.  Small business owners can now apply and purchase PPE items until December 17th at 11:59 pm. If you have previously been approved, your retailer portal will automatically be updated with the December 17th expiration date. 

With the winter season approaching, NJEDA has expanded their discount program. Small business discounts have increased to nearly 70%, and discount caps have doubled in value. In addition, all discounts will now be valid until December 17th.  See below to learn more about the program expansion.



Source: New Jersey Economic Development Agency

12-9: Cases Rise by 22; Free Flu Clinic; Rent Relief Available; Gifts for Families in Need; Food Pantry Raises Funds; Holiday Farmer’s Market; Detailed COVID Case Report


There have been twenty-two (22) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Monday, 12-7-20. See full case report at the end of this ebulletin.


The Montgomery Health Department is sponsoring a FREE flu clinic on Monday, December 14, from 4-7pm at Otto Kaufman Community Center. Vaccinations available for ages 4 and up, by appointment only.  Appointments can be made on our website:


In response to the financial hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic, Somerset County has established a rent relief program using Federal grant monies. Over $400,000 in rent relief is still available to county residents, including in Montgomery, who have suffered COVID-related income loss, subject to income limitations.

Additional information, and an easy-to-use online application are available here. Paper application forms are available by calling 908-541-5756.



The Montgomery Township Food Pantry is seeking donations of holiday gift cards from local retailers to distribute to 50+ families who are currently relying on the pantry for food assistance.

“Our families enjoy the ability to personally select the gifts they purchase and, this year, feel more comfortable receiving gift cards rather than the gifts themselves because of COVID,” said resident Lisa Youngberg, who helps organize the annual holiday giving program for families in need, modified this year for the COVID era. “We also wanted to lend a hand to our local retailers with a ‘Shop Local’ emphasis.”

Two types of gift cards are requested in denominations of $25:

  1. Montgomery retailer gift cards, including salons, gift shops, confectioners, shoe stores, hardware, health & fitness, restaurants, etc.
  2. Nearby toy and warm clothing retailers, such as Kohl’s, Target, and Walmart.

Gift cards should be dropped off or mailed by December 22nd to the Montgomery Food Pantry, 356 Skillman Road, Skillman, NJ 08558. Email Montgomery Community Resource Manager Denise Crowley at with any questions.


“Kidsgiving” organizers delivered donations to the Montgomery Food Pantry. They are (l-r) Hetal Soni, Ankita Patel, Rupal Shah, Deputy Mayor Marvin Schuldiner, MJ Narula, Jai Narula, Raina Rauf, and Kiran Rauf.

Montgomery’s teachers, parents, and “kids” produced substantial donations to the Montgomery Food pantry in the last week.

On behalf of Montgomery Township School District teachers, Staci Anderson presented to the food pantry a $2,500 check, in addition to four shopping carts of donated food. The contribution was part of the NJEA Pride Grant program.

The Montgomery Charity Foundation’s third annual “Kidsgiving” enlisted local parents and children in an event last weekend that collected 500 food items for the Montgomery Food Pantry. They collaborated with MontyCares, Rotary, and Boy Scout Troop 850, churches, and over two dozen businesses in Montgomery and Hillsborough.

These generous efforts are part of the larger Montgomery Food Pantry holiday-season push to raise funds for grocery gift cards and to restock shelves for local families in need. Donations are accepted online or by check via the Montgomery Together website.


Montgomery Mayor Sadaf Jaffer at a recent Farmer’s Market.

The Montgomery Friends of Open Space wraps up its 18th Farmer’s Market season this Saturday, 9am to noon, with an annual Holiday Market, held outdoors at Village Shopper near Mooyah.

Vendors include Christopher’s Soaps, The Granola Bar, and produce vendors Clifford Farm, Orchard Farm Organics, and Zell’s Farm.  The hoop houses are producing luscious fresh fall and winter vegetables.  Back for the Holiday Market will be Woods Edge Wool Farm, with alpaca wool clothing and gifts.

The market will have gift selections from stocking stuffers to farm fresh wreaths to shelf-stable organic soups and statement clothing. All sourced from our local farms!



There have been twenty-two (22) new cases in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report, Monday, 12-7-20.


As of 9AM today, December 9

Montgomery cases: 454

Montgomery deaths: 7

Rocky Hill cases:  12

Rocky Hill deaths: 0


Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

107      <20

73      20-29

45      30-39

67      40-49

78      50-59

53      60-69

12      70-79

31      80+


466 confirmed and probable cases for Montgomery and Rocky Hill in total, of which:

–  401presumed recovered a

–  58 currently ill

– 7 fatalities


a “Presumed recovered” means cases that have met the criteria for discontinuation of isolation. A minimum of 10 days from diagnosis, or three days after symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. This definition represents a change from earlier in the pandemic before the CDC provided a definition.

For further statistics, go to the Health Dept.’s COVID-19 portal:,  State of NJ DOH’s COVID-19 Case Chart , and

Testing Site info found at:

Restaurants – Winter Tenting Guidance

Last Wednesday, the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) released the below linked guidance for the use of outdoor space by restaurants and other businesses.  Please make note of the important and timely deadlines, which in part, include “an establishment must file the UCC permit application and request for a variation, if applicable, by November 30, 2020. In order to provide sufficient time for the processing of permit and variation applications, municipalities may grant establishments a two-week extension from the November 30th deadline to remove the tent, provided that the establishment has filed with the permit application a snow plan that will be put into effect in the event of a forecasted weather event occurring in the time period of the extension.” 

NJ Dept. of Community Affairs – Restaurants Outdoor Space Utilization During Winter Months (Winter Tenting Guidance)

This and previous guidance for Outdoor Dining and UCC/UFC can be found at:



How to Track New Jersey’s Covid-19 Executive/Admin. Orders

The following link will take you to a State of New Jersey webpage which lists all standing covid-19 related executive orders by Governor Murphy:

The following link will take you to a State of New Jersey webpage which lists all covid-19 related Administrative Orders issued by the NJ State Police Office of Emergency Management:




NJ Reopening News & Montgomery Case Count


New Jersey has now reached the latter part of Stage Two reopening, which will soon include the reopening of gyms and restaurants. In Stage Two, moderate-risk activities restart, based on transmission rates and other evaluations of risk. (Statewide Covid-19 Activity Level Chart, NJ Dept. of Health, 8-22-20)

Exec. Order #181 reopens gyms/health clubs/fitness centers, as well as amusement and water parks at 6 AM on Tuesday, September 1st.

The State of New Jersey has announced this week that restaurants may reopen for indoor dining at 25% on Friday, Sept. 4th at 6 AM, just in time for the Labor Day weekend.  Additionally, movie theaters may reopen on September 4th at 25% capacity up to a maximum of 150 people and with additional restrictions promulgated by the DOH.  Finally, certain indoor gatherings may also increase to 25% capacity up to a maximum of 150 people. Check the New Jersey COVID Info Hub where the rules on restaurant and bar reopening and movie theater and other entertainment venues reopening may be found.

When leaving home, New Jerseyans should continue to wear a face covering and keep a social distance from others.

See below executive orders and guidance regarding gyms. At bottom is a Covid-19 Activity Level Chart from NJ Dept. of Health:












Note: There have been four (4) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Wednesday, 8-26-20. (There was no report last Friday.)

As of 9 am today, 8/31

NJ cases: 191,960
NJ deaths: 15,960
Somerset County cases: 5,420
Somerset County deaths: 567
Montgomery cases:  145
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 7
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

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

– 137 presumed recovereda

–     8 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:,  State of NJ DOH’s COVID-19 Case Chart , and

*****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:





SBA Announces New Reduced 504 Loan Debenture Rates

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced updated interest rates for its 504 Loan Program offered by Certified Development Companies (CDC), allowing small businesses to apply for the lowest interest rates since July 2018, by offering 20 and 25-year interest rates at 2.214% and 2.269%, respectively.

Small businesses looking for information on how to expand their business’s real estate or improve their working capital should visit:

The 504 Loan Program is an SBA business loan program authorized under Title V of the Small Business Investment Act of 1958, 15 U.S.C. 695 et seq. The core mission of the 504 Loan Program is to provide long-term financing to small businesses for the purchase or improvement of land, buildings, and major equipment, to facilitate the creation or retention of jobs and to support local economic development. Under the 504 Loan Program, loans are made in conjunction with private sector lenders to small businesses by CDCs, which are certified and regulated by the SBA to promote economic development within their community.