10-23: Halloween Health Guidance, Mayor & Public Health Nurse Video on Covid-19, Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been two (2) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Wednesday, 10-21-20.  Full report at the end of this e-bulletin.


PLEASE STAY SAFE THIS HALLOWEEN!

By Stephanie Carey, Montgomery Health Officer

As Halloween approaches next week, New Jersey and the nation are entering an increasingly dangerous period for the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  My department urges Montgomery households to exercise caution when engaging in Halloween activities, so that we can remain a comparatively safe haven even as the virus accelerates in nearby communities.

The United States today hit a new peak in single-day new infections, the same week that the State of New Jersey crossed the threshold that would put us on our own list of “quarantine states.”  At 1,000 cases per day, New Jersey’s new infection rate is three times higher than our summertime lows.

NEW JERSEY’S DAILY NEW COVID CASES RISING

 

While Montgomery has had one of the lowest rates of infection in the state, there has been a recent uptick. Most of these new cases can be traced to private, indoor social events.

For these reasons, we strongly recommend against indoor Halloween parties and door-to-door trick-or-treating.  Please following the advice of the New Jersey Health Department and look for “safe” alternative ways to have a happy Halloween.

Halloween during COVID-19 can still be fun! Decorations and socially-distant greetings are fine. Congregating closely in groups is not.

  • Instead of trick-or-treating at front doors, residents are asked to participate in “Driveway” or “One-way” trick-or-treating: Place bowls or treat bags in the front yard or in driveways and sidewalk edges – in any way that works best for them – to reduce contact and exposure in accordance with CDC guidance. Wave to the children from your porch or window. Trick-or Treat at 6 Feet!
  • Face masks are required for trick-or-treaters and parents/guardians. Skip the costume masks this year and decorate your face mask. Make sure your face mask covers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face.
  • Limit groups of trick-or-treaters and parents/families traveling together. No one should be congregating closely. If another group is close to yours, wait and allow time for them to move on before approaching the next house.
  • Shouting and screaming requires greater distancing to be safe. This is important considering the typical “Trick-or-Treat” call. The greater the distance, the lower the risk of spreading a respiratory virus.
  • Be prepared to adjust on the fly. The rules may change as the number of cases change.

You may find a few non-profits or businesses that are offering outdoor, socially-distanced activities that meet safety guidelines.

Enjoy the holiday, build new memories, and continue working together to keep our community safe. We’ve come so far – thank you for continuing to keep our community safe and healthy!


 

Video: Mayor & Public Health Nurse on Covid-19 Efforts

In the video linked below, Mayor Sadaf Jaffer interviews Katie Williams, Montgomery Township Public Health Nurse. They discuss Montgomery Health Dept.’s Covid-19 containment efforts and how Montgomery is faring.  They also delve into how a contact tracing team works.  Telephone calls to residents diagnosed with coronavirus include advising them on how to quarantine safely, and helping them to recall their close contacts while contagious.

Katie stresses the important of everyone in the community fighting ‘pandemic fatigue’ and staying vigilant with preventative measures such as mask wearing, washing hands, and social distancing.  Although labs and medical practitioners report new cases to the Health Dept, anyone who has had a positive case in their household can proactively call Montgomery Health Contact Tracing Team (908-359-8211) and learn more about what to do next.  She feels that the high level of cooperation by Montgomery residents has helped keep the community safer.  Mayor Jaffer responds with a big ‘Thank you Montgomery!’

 



TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been two (2) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report, Wednesday, 10-21-20.

As of 9am today, 10-23

Montgomery cases:  197
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

31       <20
29       20-29
18       30-39
30       40-49
43       50-59
26       60-69
6       70-79
20       80+

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

– 186 presumed recovered

–    10 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: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/,  State of NJ DOH’s COVID-19 Case Chart , and https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/

10-21: Answers to Your Voting Questions, Covid Testing Locations, Blood Drive 11/04, Case Report

 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been three (3) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Monday, 10-19-20.  Full report at the end of this e-bulletin.

 


 

Answers to Your Voting Questions in 2020

By Donna Kukla, Montgomery Township Clerk

In response to the ongoing global health crisis, New Jersey has made changes to voting procedures for 2020, resulting in many questions being asked of my office. One of the most common questions is, “Can I vote as usual on Election Day?”

The short answer is “no.” Due to COVID-19 restrictions, every registered voter in New Jersey was provided a vote by mail ballot. Voting in person will be conducted via paper provisional ballot, and there will be no voting on a machine except for voters in need of assistance due to a disability.

The primary way to vote is using a vote by mail ballot submitted either by U.S. mail, or at one of 13 red, white, and blue ballot drop boxes in Somerset County, including at top of the front steps of the Montgomery Township Municipal Building at 2261 US-206 in Belle Mead.

All registered voters should have received a vote by mail ballot by now. If your ballot was lost or damaged, you can request a replacement ballot online or in person at the County Administration Building at 20 Grove Street in Somerville from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.

On Election Day, November 3rd, voters can bring their vote by mail ballot to their designated polling place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.to hand to a polling worker, or they can cast a provisional paper ballot. There will be four polling locations open in Montgomery. It may not be your traditional voting location.

  • Central Jersey Masonic Center, 345 Kingston-River Road, Princeton (Dist. 1, 13, 18)
  • Otto Kaufman Community Center, 356 Skillman Road, Skillman (Dist. 2-4, 16, 19)
  • Montgomery Evangelical Free Church, 246 Griggstown Road, Belle Mead (Dist. 5, 6, 10-12, 17)
  • Montgomery Township Municipal Building, 2261 Route 206, Belle Mead (Dist. 7- 9, 14, 15)

You can look up your District Number and Polling Location at:  https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/polling-place-search

We also hear questions about the process for counting mail-in and provisional ballots.  As always, the Somerset County Board of Elections is responsible for counting all vote by mail and provisional ballots, regardless of how these ballots are submitted. The Board of Elections is made up of four members, two Republicans and two Democrats, who work together to ensure the vote count is accurate, transparent, and fair. Once they have counted the paper ballots, they submit the results to the County Clerk who adds in the machine vote from voters in need of assistance due to a disability, and then certifies the election.

The county clerk has issued answers to a list of Frequently Asked Questions. Get answers by clicking on the questions below.

When is the 2020 General Election?
How do I request a replacement Ballot?
Can I get in-person help with voting?
How do I track my ballot to be sure it is received?
Where are the drop boxes?
Can I vote in person?
Do I need to put a stamp on my ballot?
What if someone is no longer at my address?
Who will count my ballot?
Why does my signature matter?
How can I submit my Vote by Mail Ballot?
Who is eligible to cast a ballot?
What are the key dates for the 2020 Election?
How long will it take to get final Election Results?
Will a preliminary vote count be available?

If you still have election questions after reading the FAQs, the fastest way to get answers is to use the County’s SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS online form.  The County Clerk’s Office will answer within one business day.

(Above FAQs posted on the Montgomery Twp. website for your convenience, sourced from “The Somerset County 2020 General Elections Guide.”)

 


Where to go locally for Covid-19 Testing

Drive-up covid-19 testing is conducted free of charge most Thursdays at a public testing site run by the Somerset County Health Dept. at Raritan Valley Community College.  More info at below link.

There are also a number of pharmacies and commercial laboratories which offer testing.  There is a charge for testing at these locations, but it is often covered by health insurance.

For our local testing centers list, go to the testing page of the Montgomery Health Department’s COVID-19 section at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/


 

Montgomery EMS Blood Drive November 4th

 

Donate Blood and we will let you know, if you have the antibodies to help patients battling with Covid-19.


Wednesday, November 4, 2020  1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location – Montgomery EMS
8 Harlingen Road
Belle Mead, NJ 08502
Meeting Room

APPOINTMENTS ONLY:  You may make an appointment using the link:

https://donor.cbsblood.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/52740

 

For more information or to schedule a donation, call 877-258-4825 or visit vitalant.org

Donor Guidelines:

* All Donors are required to WEAR A CLOTH BASED MASK OR FACE COVERING

* Weigh at least 110 lbs.

* Eat a meal before donation

* Bring ID

* Drink plenty of water before and after donation

For more information about Montgomery EMS, please visit mems47.org

Because of you, life doesn’t stop!

#VitalToLife

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been three (3) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report, Monday, 10-19-20.

As of 9 are today, 10-21

Montgomery cases:  195
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

31       <20
28       20-29
17       30-39
32       40-49
42       50-59
25       60-69
6        70-79
20       80+

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

– 186 presumed recovered

–     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: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/,  State of NJ DOH’s COVID-19 Case Chart , and https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/

COVID-Testing

 

For the General Public:

Public Testing Sites (listed by proximity to Montgomery Twp.): 

            1. Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ [Testing FAQs]
                    • Is open every Thursday. Will be open Thurs., October 22 from 10am – Noon
                    • Testing is free of charge and only available to Hunterdon and Somerset County
                      residents, age five (5) and older, who are exhibiting symptoms, such as fever, dry cough
                      and shortness of breath.
                    • Individuals NO LONGER NEED a written doctor’s authorization. Proof of residency, such as a valid driver’s license or state issued identification, is required.
                    • Residents can make an appointment by visiting https://somerset-hunterdon.adlabscovidtest.com.
                    • Residents without access to a computer can call 908-203-6014, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
                    • Somerset County residents who do not have an appointment will be turned away.
                    • For the safety, health and security of staff and volunteers, patients must arrive by car. The testing site will not allow entry if residents don’t arrive in a vehicle, even if they have a valid driver’s license and prescription.
                    • Other test sites can be found online by visiting the New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub at https://covid19.nj.gov/testing.

          1. PNC Bank Arts Center, 116 Garden State Parkway, Holmdel, NJ
            Both Federal Testing Sites in NJ were closed June 30, 2020. See above link to list of other testing site locations, and below.
          2. Bergen County Community College, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ
            Both Federal Testing Sites in NJ were closed June 30, 2020. See above link to list of other testing site locations, and below.

        • Commercial Laboratory Testing

          Commercial labs are offering COVID-19 testing to individuals who meet certain criteria. Do not go to a commercial lab and ask to be tested for COVID-19. Work with your healthcare provider to coordinate testing. All costs and fees associated with commercial laboratories testing is the responsibility of the patient.

          Somerset County: 

          CVS Pharmacy

    CVS is offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing at the following locations in and near town:

        1. CVS Pharmacy: 2311 Route 206, Belle Mead, NJ
        2. CVS at Princeton Avenue, 881 State Highway 206, Princeton, NJ

    Customers must remain in cars and the pharmacy will provide kits through the drive-thru window and a CVS Pharmacy team member will observe the self-swab process to ensure it is done properly.

     

10-19: State Travel Quarantine, “A Proud Heritage” Webinar Tues., Taxes Due Nov. 1, Covid-19 Cases Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been three (3) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Friday, 10-16-20.  Full report at the end of this e-bulletin.


 

38 States Now on NJ’s Travel Quarantine List

Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia have been added to the travel quarantine advisory for people returning to or visiting New Jersey, bringing the total number of states and territories included to 38.

People traveling to New Jersey from the 38 states or territories with significant community spread of COVID-19 should quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the state or territory.

The travel advisory applies to anyone arriving from a state or territory with a positive COVID-19 test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

States and territories included in the updated travel advisory are: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

“As cases have increased within our own state and we work to contain clusters, it is vital to ensure that we are taking all steps necessary to stop the further spread of COVID-19 from out of state,” said New Jersey Governor Murphy. “It remains critically important for anyone arriving to New Jersey from these 38 states and territories to get tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantine for 14 days.”

Travelers and New Jersey residents who are returning from the 38 states and territories should self-quarantine at their homes, a hotel, or another temporary lodging place. People should leave the place of self-quarantine only to seek medical care or to obtain food and other essential items, officials said.

The list of states will be updated on a rolling basis and is accessible online.


 

TOMORROW ON ZOOM – A Proud Heritage: The African American History of the Sourland Region

Montgomery Township’s One Montgomery Committee is honored to host a very special Zoom webinar on Tuesday 10/20 at 6pm as part of the Montgomery Mosaic initiative entitled “A Proud Heritage: The African American History of the Sourland Region” by speakers Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills, two of the founders of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum [https://www.ssaamuseum.org/].

Register for the webinar at:

bit.ly/ProudHeritage

Learn about the African American presence in this region dating back to colonial times which has been left out of our local history. Buck and Mills also co-authored a book If These Stones Could Talk. The book aims to provide a clearer understanding of the African American experience and their accomplishments in Hopewell Valley and surrounding area.

Looking very much forward to this presentation as we learn about an important part of our community’s heritage. Please share with your networks and others who may be interested..

Organized by Montgomery Mosaic / One Montgomery

 


 

Quarterly Property Taxes Due Nov. 1

Dear Residents,

Just a reminder that 4th quarter 2020 property taxes are due on 11/01/20 with a grace period ending 11/10/20.  Your taxes may be viewed any time on our website at : https://twp.montgomery.nj.us/departments/finance/payment/

Please feel free to contact the tax office with any tax questions you may have.

Thank You,

Michael W. Pitts Jr., CPA, CMFO, CTC, QPA

Chief Finance Officer  / Tax Collector

Montgomery Township

908-359-8211

 


 


TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been three (3) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report, Friday, 10-16-20.

As of 9 are today, 10-19

Montgomery cases:  192
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

29       <20
28       20-29
17       30-39
31       40-49
42       50-59
25       60-69
6        70-79
20       80+

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

– 183 presumed recovered

–     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: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/,  State of NJ DOH’s COVID-19 Case Chart , and https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/

 

10-16: Groundbreaking for New Municipal Center; “A Proud Heritage” History Talk Tues.; Flu Shots Appts.; Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been two (2) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Wednesday, 10-14-20.  Full report at the end of this e-bulletin.


Montgomery Township Celebrates Groundbreaking of New Municipal Center & Library

After decades of Township growth and increasing demand for services, Montgomery Township officially broke ground Thursday, October 15th on its long-awaited new municipal center. Montgomery Township municipal government will soon better meet the needs of its community through a modern, efficient, ADA accessible public space.

A breezy, blue sky greeted shovel and hard hat when the ceremony was held yesterday morning at the 45- acre project site, located at the northwest corner of Route 206 and Orchard Road. Both Montgomery Township and Somerset County officials, who assisted in project financing, were eager to push forward and begin construction, which should take 18-24 months.

VIEW PHOTOS OF THE GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY

Speaking on behalf of the Montgomery Twp. Committee, Mayor Sadaf Jaffer stated, “Thank you to all the elected leaders (past and present), professionals, and community members who are gathered here as we break ground on a new municipal center for Montgomery Township, the first such endeavor in decades.”

Somerset County Freehold Director Shanel Robinson, Somerset County Freeholder Melonie Marano, and Township Administrator Donato Nieman joined the mayor in making celebratory remarks.

The municipal center is designed for use by residents, business owners, employees, and visitors, which will include those patronizing a Somerset County Library System branch on the first floor.

The municipal center will provide the community with a meeting place in close proximity to the public schools. There will be safer and easier access to the public offices. The first floor will include a public library and public meeting rooms, which will face Orchard Road. The municipal administrative offices and additional meeting spaces will be located on the second floor. (View Artist Renderings of Municipal Complex.)

“Today’s Montgomery Municipal Center groundbreaking ceremony is proof that even with the unprecedented constraints imposed by the COVID pandemic, Somerset County is committed to moving forward and improving services for our constituents,” said Somerset County Freehold Director Shanel Robinson. “We are proud to have been able to work with Mayor Jaffer and her administration throughout the project and look forward to standing here on the day it is completed.”

The Somerset County Library System branch will include small study rooms, a conference room, a children’s section, a lounge area for parents and casual readers, and lockers outside for after-hours pick-up of books via a code sent to mobile phone or device.

“This project shows how well local and county government can work together, providing state of the art municipal offices and innovative library services that will benefit the community for decades,” said Freeholder Melonie Marano, who serves as a liaison to both the Somerset County Improvement Authority (SCIA) and Somerset County Library System.  “This is truly a joint effort, with Somerset County Improvement authority financing helping build a municipal complex for Montgomery businesses and families that will house a library for residents here and in surrounding communities to enjoy.”

The landscaping of the new complex will provide green spaces and out-of-doors meeting places and include a rain garden.  Preserved open space will maintain the view from Rt. 206.

In closing remarks, Twp. Administrator Donato Nieman summed up the new municipal complex’s significance as follows:

“The purposes are two-fold: This will provide residents/businesses with a much-needed public gathering place in town. Plus, well-designed facilities are absolutely essential to efficient municipal operations, so that we can fully serve the needs of the Montgomery community now and in the future,” he concluded.

Despite the need for masks and pre-cautions during covid-19, many Montgomery Township and Somerset County officials joined in celebrating this eagerly awaited event.  Those on hand for the milestone included Somerset County Administrator Mike Amorosa, Asst. County Administrator Colleen Mahr, County Library Administrator Brian Auger, Montgomery Twp. Deputy Mayor Marvin Schuldiner, and Twp. Committee Members: Catherine Gural, Devra Keenan, and Kent Huang. Police Director James Gill, Township Asst. Administrator / CFO Michael Pitts, and Township Attorney Kevin Van Hise were joined by township employees. A number of former Montgomery mayors and deputy mayors were in attendance, including Louise Wilson, Donald Matthew, Ed Trzaska, Rich Smith, Peter Treichler, Ted Maciag, and Brad Fay.



TUESDAY ON ZOOM – “A Proud Heritage: The African American History of the Sourland Region”

We are honored to have a very special presentation entitled “A Proud Heritage: The African American History of the Sourland Region” by speakers Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills, two of the founders of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum.

Learn about the African American presence in this region dating back to colonial times which has been left out of our local history.

Buck and Mills also co-authored a book, *If These Stones Could Talk.* The book aims to provide a clearer understanding of the African American experience and their accomplishments in Hopewell Valley and surrounding area.

Register for the Zoom webinar at: bit.ly/ProudHeritage

Organized by Montgomery Mosaic / One Montgomery

 


 

On-line Sign-up for Health Dept. Flu Shots Now Open

New Clinics added!

The following clinics have just been added by appointment only:

  • Saturday, October 17, 9AM to 12 Noon age 10 and up,Drive through Clinic at Montgomery Municipal Building
  • Wednesday, October 21. 9AM to 11AM  Age 65+ (High Dose) only, Otto Kaufman Community Center
  • Tuesday, October 27, 3PM to 5PM, ages 4 and up—Walk-up Clinic at Toll Gate School, 275 S. Main Street in Pennington Borough

Appointments can be made on our website:

https://health.montgomery.nj.us/flu/

Individuals without internet access can call 908-359-8211 x2227 for appointments.  More info at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/flu-vaccination-clinics/

 



TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been two (2) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report, Wednesday, 10-14-20.

As of 9 are today, 10-16

Montgomery cases:  189
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

28       <20
27       20-29
17       30-39
30       40-49
42       50-59
25       60-69
6        70-79
20       80+

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

– 180 presumed recovered

–     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: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/,  State of NJ DOH’s COVID-19 Case Chart , and https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/

10-14: Food Pantry Needs YOU, Census Ends Tomorrow, Get Your Flu Shot, Case Report

 REMINDER: The Montgomery Township Municipal Building, 2261 Rt. 206, Belle Mead will be temporarily closed tomorrow 11-15 from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM due to a scheduled event.


TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There has been one (1) new case in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Monday, 10-12-20.  Full report at the end of this e-bulletin.


 

Food or Monetary Donations Needed:
Montgomery Food Pantry

 

Supporting Our Neighbors

There are people in Montgomery who are struggling to make ends meet. We recently reopened the pantry for client visits and many families are making appointments. Both monetary and non-perishable food donations are very much needed so that the Montgomery Food Pantry can meet the needs of our community during this difficult time, especially with the holiday season around the corner.

How You Can Help

Donations are still needed! These can be monetary, for use in purchasing ShopRite gift cards or they can be non-perishable and non-food grocery items. Most needed items are: laundry detergents, cleaning products, paper towels, toilet paper, boxed tissue, napkins, boxed cereal, canned tuna or chicken, mayonnaise, disposable face masks, and hand sanitizer.

Please contact the Recreation Department at (609) 466-3023 to drop off donations. Monetary donations can be mailed to the Montgomery Food Pantry, 356 Skillman Road, Skillman, NJ 08558.

Online donations can be made by visiting: https://register.communitypass.net/Montgomery. Once logged on, choose “Montgomery Recreation Trust Programs” and then select “Food Pantry Donations”.  If you have any questions, please email recreation@twp.montgomery.nj.us Thank you!!

Do YOU  Need Food?  You Are Not Alone!!

Many in our community are finding themselves in difficult times – you are not alone!  Please don’t hesitate to reach out!  All communications are confidential and we ensure your privacy.

Please contact Community Resource Manager Denise Crowley at: (609) 466-1054 or montyfoodpantry@gmail.com

Thank You!

Through the incredible generosity of many in our town, the Montgomery Township Food Pantry was able to meet the needs of struggling neighbors during this time. From April to September the Food Pantry sent out over $24,000.00 in ShopRite gift cards to more than 50 Montgomery families in need.

Once again, our community has demonstrated its genuine concern and stepped up to make a difference in the lives of many! Please help.

Montgomery Together


 

Tomorrow is Last Day for Census Response

The #2020Census will end on Thursday, October 15, but online self-response in NJ will be available until 6 AM on 10/16. This will be your last chance to be counted for the next 10 years. There’s still time to make a difference for your community. Take 10 minutes and #FillitOutNow at 2020CENSUS.GOV or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish). #NJCensus2020 #NJGOTC

 


 

On-line Sign-up for Health Dept. Flu Shots Now Open

Another New Clinics added!

The following clinics have just been added by appointment only:

  • Saturday, October 17, 9AM to 12 Noon age 10 and up,Drive through Clinic at Montgomery Municipal Building
  • Wednesday, October 21. 9AM to 11AM  Age 65+ (High Dose) only, Otto Kaufman Community Center
  • Tuesday, October 27, 3PM to 5PM, ages 4 and up—Walk-up Clinic at Toll Gate School, 275 S. Main Street in Pennington Borough

Appointments can be made on our website:

https://health.montgomery.nj.us/flu/

Individuals without internet access can call 908-359-8211 x2227 for appointments.  More info at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/flu-vaccination-clinics/



TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There has been one (1) new case in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Monday, 10-12-20.

As of 9 am today, 10-14

Montgomery cases:  187
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

28       <20
27       20-29
17       30-39
29       40-49
42       50-59
24       60-69
6        70-79
20       80+

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

– 177 presumed recovereda
–    9 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: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/,  State of NJ DOH’s COVID-19 Case Chart , and https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/

Flu and Pneumonia Vaccination Clinics

Vaccinating by Appointment Only

The following clinics have just been added by appointment only:

  • Saturday, October 17, 9AM to 12 Noon, Drive through Clinic at Montgomery Municipal Building, 2261 Rt. 206, Belle Mead, NJ 08502
  • Wednesday, October 21. 9AM to 11AM  Age 65+ (High Dose) only, Otto Kaufman Community Center, 356 Skillman Road, Skillman, NJ 08558
  • Tuesday, October 27, 3PM to 5PM, ages 4 and up—Walk-up Clinic at Toll Gate School, 275 S. Main Street in Pennington Borough

“We are seeing a surge in demand for flu shots this season,” says Montgomery Township Health Officer Stephanie Carey.  “At the same time, we are re-designing the way we operate our flu clinics, to implement social distancing and prevent crowding.”

To reserve your shot:

All vaccinations will be provided by appointment only. Appointments can be made on our website:

 
https://health.montgomery.nj.us/flu/

 

Individuals without internet access can call 908-359-8211 x227 for appointments.

Consent forms will be collected on-line.

Appointments will be spaced to allow for social distancing, and to allow nurses extra time to disinfect between patients.

Safety Rules for  Drive Through Clinics

  • Masks are mandatory for everyone in car.
  • Appointments are mandatory
  • Paperless consent forms are embedded in your online registration.
  • Wear short sleeves
  • Maximum 4 people per vehicle, each seated by an open-able window
  • Minimum age of 10 years (with parent)

Costs

  • Free to Medicare
  • Free to residents who have lost their jobs, lost their insurance, or lost income due to the pandemic
  • Free to first responders and their households (with ID)
  • $25 to all others  (We will provide receipts for you to request reimbursement/cafeteria plan but cannot process these claims.  Your fee helps us help families who are struggling to get their shots)      

Register to Vote by Tomorrow, Flu Shot Clinics +, Town Hall Closing Briefly Thurs., Full Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been six (6) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Friday, 10-09-20.  Full report at the end of this e-bulletin.


 

Last Day to Register to Vote

 

🗓️Tomorrow, 10-13, is the LAST DAY to register to vote in New Jersey!

 

🗣️ Don’t miss the chance to use your voice.

 

🗳️Register NOW: vote.nj.gov

 

More voting information at: https://twp.montgomery.nj.us/what-you-need-to-know-to-vote/

 


Brief Closing of Municipal Building this Thursday

The Montgomery Township Municipal Building will be closed on Thursday, Oct. 15 from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM, due to a scheduled event.  Please note the time.  The building is otherwise open from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.  Thank you.

 


 

On-line Sign-up for Health Dept. Flu Shots Now Open

New Clinics just added!

 

The following clinics have just been added by appointment only:

  • Saturday, October 17, 9AM to 12 Noon age 10 and up, Drive through Clinic at Montgomery Municipal Building
  • Wednesday, October 21. 9AM to 11AM  Age 65+ (High Dose) only, Otto Kaufman Community Center

Appointments can be made on our website:


https://health.montgomery.nj.us/flu/

 

Individuals without internet access can call 908-359-8211 x2227 for appointments.

Further info at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/flu-vaccination-clinics/

 



TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There have been six (6) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Friday, 10-09-20.

As of 9 am today, 10-12

Montgomery cases:  186
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

28       <20
27       20-29
17       30-39
29       40-49
42       50-59
24       60-69
5       70-79
20       80+

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

– 168 presumed recovereda

–   17 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: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/,  State of NJ DOH’s COVID-19 Case Chart , and https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/

10-09: Halloween Reminders, New Flu Clinics Added, Full Case Report

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There has been one (1) new case in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Wednesday, 10-07-20.  Full report at the end of this e-bulletin.


 

Planning for a Safe and Happy Halloween

Montgomery Township Health Dept. Issues Covid-19 Safety Advice for Halloween

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related cautions, many communities are cancelling common Halloween events, including, trick-or-treating.  The Township asks the community to support and adhere to the below guidance to ensure that all the children – and everyone in town – remain safe and protected.

Halloween during COVID-19 can still be fun!  Decorations and socially-distant greetings are fine!  Congregating closely in groups is not!

  • Instead of trick-or-treating, residents are asked to participate in “Driveway” or “One-way” trick-or-treating: Place bowls or treat bags in the front yard or in driveways and sidewalk edges  – in any way that works best for them – to reduce contact and exposure in accordance with CDC guidance. Wave to the children from your porch or window. Trick-or Treat at 6 Feet!
  • Face masks are required for trick-or-treaters and parents/guardians. Skip the costume masks this year and decorate your face mask! Make sure your face mask covers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face.
  • Limit groups of trick-or-treaters and parents/families traveling together. No one should be congregating closely.  If another group is close to yours, wait and allow time for them to move on before approaching the next house.
  • Shouting and screaming requires greater distancing. This is important considering the typical “Trick-or-Treat” call!  The greater the distance, the lower the risk of spreading a respiratory virus.
  • Be prepared to adjust on the fly! The rules may change as the number of cases change.

Enjoy the holiday, build new memories, and continue working together to keep our community safe!  We’ve come so far – let’s just keep it going!


 

Register Online for Health Department Flu Shots

The following clinics have been added by appointment only:

  • Saturday, October 10, 9AM to 11AM: Drive through Clinic at Hopewell Boro Train Station on Railroad Avenue, Hopewell
  • Saturday, October 17, 9AM to 12 Noon, Drive through Clinic at Montgomery Municipal Building

Appointments can be made on our website:

https://health.montgomery.nj.us/flu/

Individuals without internet access can call 908-359-8211 x227 for appointments.

Further details at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/flu-vaccination-clinics/

 


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There has been one (1) new case in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Wednesday, 10-07-20.

As of 9 am today, 10-09

Montgomery cases:  180
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

26       <20
27       20-29
16       30-39
28       40-49
40       50-59
24       60-69
5        70-79
20       80+

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

– 168 presumed recovereda

–   11 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: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/,  State of NJ DOH’s COVID-19 Case Chart , and https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/

10-07: Habitat for Humanity Events, Ash Borer Advice & Sourland Impacts, Full Case Report

 TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There has been one (1) new case in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Monday, 10-05-20.  Full report at the end of this e-bulletin.


 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HAPPENINGS

First Habitat for Humanity Home Breaks Ground in Montgomery Township!

On a picture-perfect day in September, Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity blessed and dedicated the site of the future home of Cicely Caldwell and family. It marks the first Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity home to be built in Montgomery Township, and the affiliate’s 54th home in Somerset and Hunterdon Counties.

                    The Caldwell Family with Mayor Sadaf Jaffer

Soon-to-be new homeowner Cicely Caldwell and her children were joined by Montgomery Mayor Jaffer, Administrator Donato Neiman, Planning Director Lori Savron, the extended Caldwell family, and representatives from Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity to celebrate a day that marks new beginnings for the Caldwells.

At the ceremony, Ms. Caldwell recalled learning that Habitat for Humanity was building a home in Montgomery Township, and how she sat in her car signing up for classes. Receiving the news of her selection a few days before Christmas, Caldwell said, “Habitat miraculously provided me, a single mom, with the opportunity to become a homeowner, and it just means everything to me and my children.”

In addition to a mortgage payment, Habitat homeowners pay for their home by investing what Habitat calls “sweat equity” into the home. In order to qualify for a Habitat home, potential homeowners have to show they’ve lived or worked in the community for at least one year, have proof of income within a set range, and must commit to serving approximately 325 hours on the job site, building their very own house alongside a team of volunteers, Habitat employees, and contractors.

Due to Covid-19 safety precautions, RV Habitat was limited in the number of in-person attendees that could safely be on site, but a live video stream was broadcast from the site for all to see. The video can be watched here: https://www.facebook.com/RVHFH/videos/858510468390783/

CLICK HERE to read other upcoming events showcasing Habitat for Humanity’s latest efforts in Montgomery Township.  All members of the public are invited to join us!


 

Emerald Ash Borer : What Residents Can Do
Sourland SoloFest Fundraiser for Forest Renewal

At their October 1st meeting, the Township Committee passed a resolution recognizing the threat of the Emerald Ash Borer to our forests, with an estimated 24 million ash trees at risk State-wide.  The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive species of beetle with a distinctive metallic green color that feeds on ash trees, ultimately killing them.

Montgomery’s Environmental Commission and Shade Tree Committee have prepared advice for homeowners with ash trees in their yard, including guidance on treatment and replanting.

The Sourland Conservancy is hosting the Solo Fest on October 10 to raise awareness of the ash tree crisis and to encourage planting a new generation of trees to keep our forests healthy.  Musicians will host solo and small group performances within the beautiful landscape of the Sourlands. Tune in at 8:00PM on October 10, and count how many amazing spaces in Montgomery are featured: (https://www.sourland.org/solofest)!


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 FULL CASE REPORT

There has been one (1) new case in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Monday, 10-05-20.

As of 9 am today, 10-07

Montgomery cases:  179
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

26       <20
27       20-29
16       30-39
28       40-49
39       50-59
24       60-69
5       70-79
20       80+

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

– 167 presumed recovereda

–   11 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: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid19/,  State of NJ DOH’s COVID-19 Case Chart , and https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

Testing Site info found at: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/