9-30: Q&A Tonight, Shred Day Sat., Business Networking Tomorrow, Case Report

Tonight: Student-Organized Monty for Justice Q&A

Monty for Justice is hosting a virtual Q&A session on anti-racism with township leaders on Wednesday, September 30th from 7-9PM. With featured panelists such as Mayor Sadaf Jaffer, Deputy Mayor Marvin Schuldiner, and other local administrators, this Q&A is a great opportunity to communicate transparently with your local government and ask your questions about how Montgomery is addressing systemic racism on a local level.

Interested in attending, or cannot attend but have questions you would like answered? Register at tinyurl.com/montyvirtualqanda. The Monty for Justice team will send all registered attendees Zoom credentials in advance of the event.

Monty4Justice is a grassroots organization led primarily by Montgomery students and alumni dedicated to fighting for social justice through education and community outreach. To learn more about Monty for Justice visit montyforjustice.org or  Instagram @monty4justice.


Secure Paper Shredding This Saturday

Somerset County will hold a secure document shredding event on Saturday, October 3rd from 9 AM to 1 PM (or until truck fills) at Montgomery High School, 1016 Rt. 601, Skillman, NJ 08558.

These events (usually ~ 8 per year) are open to any Somerset County resident with I.D.

Proof of Somerset County residency is required. Residents can bring a combination of up to six bags, containers or boxes per trip. No businesses allowed. No commercial vehicles allowed. For more information, call 908-203-6018, email PublicWorks@co.somerset.nj.us, or go to https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/shredding

For more dates, go to:

https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/home/showdocument?id=37431


 

Outdoor Speed Networking Business Event Tomorrow

Come join the Somerset County Business Partnership for an early evening in-person networking event at TD Bank Ballpark. All safety protocols will be followed including 6 feet social distancing, facemasks and other precautions. This will be a speed networking event & will allow you to meet and introduce your business to everyone that attends.

With in-person networking opportunities being rare during these times, we encourage you to take advantage of this event in order to increase your contact list. Read more.

Also, please view a recording of the Sept. 24th Virtual Diversity and Inclusion Summit of Somerset County Business Partnership featuring Mayor Sadaf Jaffer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBD3zPx5rK8&feature=youtu.be

 


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There have been zero (0) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Wednesday, 9-28-20.

As of 9 am today, 9-30

NJ cases: 205,275
NJ deaths: 16,122
Somerset County cases: 5,830
Somerset County deaths: 577
Montgomery cases:  173
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

24       <20
26       20-29
16       30-39
27       40-49
38       50-59
24       60-69
4        70-79
20       80+

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

– 165 presumed recovereda

–     7 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/

*****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: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/

9-28: Safety Reminder, Free Outdoor Movie Night Fri., Video of Panel on Covid-19 & South Asian Community, Case Report

Twp. Offices’ Visitor Safety Reminder

All visitors to Montgomery Township municipal buildings are reminded that they must wear facial coverings over nose and mouth and call ahead for an appointment at (908) 359-8211 (Town Hall) or (609) 436-3023 (Community Center). Thank you for abiding by Montgomery Township’s safety protocols.


“Hocus Pocus” Free Outdoor Family Movie on Oct. 2

Register by Wednesday!

Montgomery Twp. Recreation has organized a free outdoor movie night for residents on Friday, Oct. 2nd. Space is limited and registration, which closes 9/30, is required due to covid-19 precautions.

The film Hocus Pocus will be shown at the park on Covert Drive behind the municipal building, near the dog park, on Friday, 10/2. The movie is free but we ask everyone to please register so we have an accurate count in advance.

To register, go to https://register.communitypass.net/Montgomery. Log-in or set-up your free Recreation account. Select Montgomery Recreation programs. On the next screen select Special Events and Seminars, where you will find the Movie Night.

Registration will close at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Check-in starts at 6:00 pm Friday, Oct. 2nd and the movie will start around 7:00 pm. All participants must wear a mask to go to and from their viewing point. Bring a blanket or beach chair! Generously spaced areas will be marked out on the grass for each family group. Parking will be available in the parking lot of The Grove Shopping Center, corner of Belle Mead-Griggstown Rd. and Rt. 206. Pre-packaged popcorn will be provided courtesy of the Harlingen Church.

For more information or questions please email recreation@twp.montgomery.nj.us or call 609-466-3023. Don’t wait to register!


 

Panel on Covid-19 in the South Asian Community

ISAAW NJ held a panel on September 27 in which Covid-19 and contact tracing in the South Asian Community was extensively discussed. Montgomery Township, NJ Deputy Health Officer Devangi Patel and other state and regional health officials participated. ISAAW stands for Inspiring South Asian American Women. Website: isaawnj.org
To view the discussion, go to Montgomery’s YouTube channel at:

https://youtu.be/q2WTooiM6YQ


 

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There have been zero (0) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Friday, 9-25-20.

As of 9 am today, 9-28:

NJ cases: 204,107
NJ deaths: 16,107
Somerset County cases: 5,808
Somerset County deaths: 573
Montgomery cases: 173
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

24 <20
26 20-29
16 30-39
27 40-49
38 50-59
24 60-69
4 70-79
20 80+

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

– 165 presumed recovereda

–     7 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/

*****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: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/

9-25 : Ballot Box Ready, Monty for Justice 9-30, Mental Well-being & Self-Care, Case Report

Vote-by-Mail Ballot Drop Box Now at Municipal Bldg.

A voter ballot return box is now in place by the front door of the Montgomery Township municipal building at 2261 Rt. 206, Belle Mead. It is bolted in place and protected by security cameras.  This is an alternative means for voters to return ballots, rather than by mail. Every active registered voter should have received or will soon be receiving a vote-by-mail ballot by mail. (Check your active voter registration status at:  https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/registration-check Voter registration to vote in the November 3rd general election ends Oct. 13th.)

Here is a list of all 13 ballot box locations:

2020 BALLOT BOX LOCATIONS IN SOMERSET COUNTY

The Somerset County Clerk has created an online step-by-step photo tutorial on how to cast a vote.  Go to: https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/elected-officials/county-clerk/election-division/2020-general/voting-steps#ad-image-0

For a video tutorial in both English and Spanish, go to: https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/2020general and click on the right tab, labeled: “VIDEO TUTORIALS”.

The vote-by-mail ballot itself also includes directions.


 

Monty for Justice Virtual Q&A on Anti-racism Sept. 30

You’re invited! Join Monty for Justice in a virtual Q&A session on anti-racism with township leaders on Wednesday, September 30th from 7-9PM. With featured panelists such as Mayor Sadaf Jaffer, Deputy Mayor Marvin Schuldiner, and other local administrators, this Q&A is a great opportunity to communicate transparently with your local government and ask your questions about how Montgomery is addressing systemic racism on a local level.

Interested in attending, or cannot attend but have questions you would like answered? Register at tinyurl.com/montyvirtualqanda. The Monty for Justice team will send all registered attendees Zoom credentials in advance of the event.

Monty for Justice is a grassroots organization led primarily by Montgomery students and alumni dedicated to fighting for social justice through education and community outreach. To learn more about Monty for Justice visit us at montyforjustice.org or find us on Instagram @monty4justice.


 

Mental Well-Being and Self-Care

2020 has been a year of upheaval related to the coronavirus pandemic and need for societal and individual change. How do we cope with difficult or uncertain circumstances in a healthy way?  What are some good ways to combat stress? Here are a few ideas to help maintain a healthy balance:

Self-Awareness

There is a proverb: “As a man thinks, so is he.” The mind is a powerful engine that sets an individual’s direction.  A person’s view of the world shapes the world around them.  Take stock.  Spend a few quiet moments alone to think about how you think and how you are feeling.  Has there been a change in recent months?  Assess if you are acting in sound, supportive ways towards yourself.

Stay Connected

Is there a friend, neighbor, or family member you’ve been thinking about but haven’t had time to call lately?  Is there someone who you feel comfortable speaking with – to share a good laugh or even a good cry?  Check in.  Reconnect. It’s good for them and it’s good for you.  Find ways to stay involved in your local community.  Community Initiatives are found on MontgomeryTogether.us.

Physical Care

Good self-care is important.  Be a good caretaker to yourself by asking the following questions:  Am I eating well?  What can I do to sleep more soundly and be better rested?  Do I find ways to get enough exercise / re-energize?  Exercise releases endorphins which have a positive effect upon mood and thought patterns. Make a regular habit of doing one new activity that you find refreshing.

Take Time to Unplug

While good routines are essential, it is also important to get away from them occasionally and take a mental health break.  Even if it’s just a stop for a coffee/tea/smoothie or an hour walk or bike ride in a park, make time to treat yourself and de-stress.  Bonus: Research is confirming that the sights, sounds, and smells of a forest have a healing effect upon people.

If You Are Experiencing Difficulty ….

Do not try to power through and go it alone if you find you are struggling with negative thoughts or behaviors.  There are resources available to help.  Reach out, especially when you don’t feel like it. Talk to a friend or family member or your doctor about how you are feeling.  Just that conversation may take a burden off of your shoulders.  September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. (Linked from NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness). There are many community support groups and professional mental health care resources available locally to help.  There is even a Crisis Text Line (text NAMI to 741-741).  Take care of yourself and look out for one another! See the helplines list on MontgomeryTogether.us at:

https://montgomerytogether.us/getting-help/mental-health-resources/


 


TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

 

Note: There have been four (4) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Wednesday, 9-23-20.

As of 9 am today, 9-25

NJ cases: 202,100
NJ deaths: 16,097
Somerset County cases: 5,777
Somerset County deaths: 573
Montgomery cases:  173
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

24       <20
26       20-29
16       30-39
27       40-49
38       50-59
24       60-69
4        70-79
20       80+

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

– 165 presumed recovereda

–     7 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/

*****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: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/

 

 

 

Reminders on Visiting Municipal Offices

Montgomery Township is committed to the health and safety of our residents, employees, and the general public during COVID-19. We encourage everyone to conduct all business by non-contact methods, such as phone or email or virtual meeting, whenever possible.  But if the scheduling of an in-person appointment is necessary, please see the following safety rules:

1. Phone or email remain the preferred communication methods in order to  protect everyone’s health. Contact information for all departments can be found on the departmental pages of the Twp. website  or in The Montgomery Guide (PDF). The main municipal phone number is (908) 359-8211 Mon.- Fri. 8AM-4:30PM.

2. All requests for in-person visits will be evaluated to determine their necessity or if other options are suitable. If needed, arrangements will be made for an appointment at a specific date and time.

3. In the event of an in-person visit, each department will be responsible for pre-screening residents using a brief health questionnaire. The questionnaire contains basic contact questions related to COVID-19. See:
https://twp.montgomery.nj.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/COVID-Public-Questionnaire_Fillable.pdf

4. Visitors are asked to announce themselves by mobile phone upon arrival, if possible. The relevant staff member will meet them at the entrance at the appointed time.

5. Each visitor must wear a facial covering and will have their temperature taken via no-touch thermometer prior to entering the building.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation with the above safety requirements.

Source: Montgomery Twp. Administration

9-23: New Flu Shot Dates, Voter Ballot Boxes ETA, Biz Forum Online Tonight, Case Report

Stop the “Twindemic”:  Get your flu shot!

Health Department adds Clinics as vaccine arrives

 

Due to high demand for flu vaccination, Montgomery Health Department is scheduling its fall flu clinics on a rolling basis as vaccine arrives.   All clinics will be by appointment to allow for social distancing.

For the most updated schedule, check our website https://health.montgomery.nj.us/.

As of today, the following clinics are confirmed by appointment only:

  • Wednesday, September 30:  Senior walk-up FULLY BOOKED
  • New! Wednesday, October 7, 9AM to 10:30 AM Outdoor Walk-up at Otto Kaufman Senior Center, 356 Skillman Road  AGE 65+ ONLY
  • Tuesday, October 6, 3PM to 5PM,  Outdoor Walk-up at  Rocky Hill Borough Hall Gazebo, 15 Montgomery Road
  • Additional drive-through clinics will be announced for October as flu vaccine shipments arrive.

Public Health officials are getting ready for a surge in respiratory illnesses this fall.  Officials worry that an anticipated “second wave” of COVID infections will strike at the same time as seasonal influenza, resulting in a “twindemic” that could push the health care system to the breaking point.  Montgomery Township Health Department is encouraging everyone to get their annual flu shots as soon as the flu vaccine is available locally.

“We are anticipating 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.”   Enhanced safety measures include:

  • All vaccinations will be provided by appointment only.  Appointments can be made now by emailing health@twp.montgomery.nj.us or by calling 908-359-8211 x2227.
  • Consent forms will be emailed, and forms to print and complete will be posted on the Health Department Website, https://health.montgomery.nj.us/.
  • Appointments will be spaced to allow for social distancing, and to allow nurses extra time to disinfect between patients.
  • Clinics will be offered both as drive-through, and walk-up outdoor clinic models.

“We are having to re-work our whole model of how we deliver vaccines, quickly, safely, and to a large population,” said Carey.  “In addition to protecting our community from the flu right now, this fall’s clinics give us the chance to better prepare for the day sometime in the future when a COVID vaccine becomes available.”

Safety Rules for Walk-Up Clinics

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Appointments are mandatory
  • Please print your consent form at home and complete before going to the clinic.

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)

 

VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT BOX @ MUNI BUILDING ETA

Montgomery Township has been informed that Somerset County will be delivering ballot return boxes to all townships, including Montgomery, this week.  Montgomery’s box will be located by the front door of the municipal building at 2261 Rt. 206, Belle Mead and is covered by security cameras.  Vote-by-mail ballots should be arriving in the mailboxes of every active registered voter shortly. (Check your registration status at:  https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/registration-check )

Should a voter wish to place their ballot in a return box prior to Montgomery Township’s box being available this week, we advise that a ballot box is already in place in front of the Somerset County Administrative Offices at 20 Grove St. Somerville, NJ. (See photo.)

Somerset County Clerk has also released a step-by-step photo tutorial on how to cast a vote.  Go to: https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/elected-officials/county-clerk/election-division/2020-general/voting-steps#ad-image-0

For a video tutorial in both English and Spanish, go to: https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/2020general and click on the right tab, labeled: “VIDEO TUTORIALS”.

 


 

MONTGOMERY BIZ FORUM TONIGHT – Join Us!

 

Montgomery Township will host a Business Forum tonight, Sept. 23 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm as a Zoom Webinar. No advance registration is necessary. The purpose of this forum is to connect local business owners with township professionals and elected officials to get the latest information and open the discussion for businesses to get as many related questions answered right then and there.

Chris Edwards, the new CEO of the Somerset County Business Partnership, will join a virtual Montgomery Business Forum on September 23 to talk about how businesses county-wide are responding to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.  In addition, Township staff related to Health, Planning, Finance, Code Enforcement, and Police will be available to answer questions on local reopening measures and current health and safety regulations/recommendations.

Those wishing to participate should use the following link to join the webinar (there is no need to pre-register):

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83407518532?pwd=TzJlWWc1djF3NDR1UUJVOG5ja3VwQT09  Passcode: 161181 or go to Zoom.us and use Webinar ID: 834 0751 8532 and Passcode: 161181.

For businesses unable to attend, the forum will be recorded and available for viewing in a few days on the Township website at the meetings video webpage’s Specialty Tab.


 


TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There have been zero (0) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Monday, 9-21-20.

As of 9 am today, 9-23

NJ cases: 200,988
NJ deaths: 16,082
Somerset County cases: 5,725
Somerset County deaths: 572
Montgomery cases:  169
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

25       <20
23       20-29
18       30-39
26       40-49
37       50-59
24       60-69
4        70-79
18       80+

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

– 158 presumed recovereda

–   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/

*****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: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/

 

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MEMS Blood Drive Oct. 16

Montgomery EMS Blood-drive

Because of you, life doesn’t stop!

#VitalToLife

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


Friday, October 16, 2020

1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location – Montgomery EMS
8 Harligen 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/52738

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 contact: 908.359.4112 or giveblood@mems47.org

9-21: Health Dept: New Case Cluster, Fall Municipal/Community Newsletter, Case Report

CLUSTER OF COVID-19 CASES IN HILLSBOROUGH A NEW REASON FOR CAUTION IN MONTGOMERY

On Friday Hillsborough Mayor Doug Tomson put out an advisory regarding “several instances of probable test positives of COVID-19 occurring in Hillsborough Township.  The initial index case was at DC Gymnastics.”

According to Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie Carey, this Hillsborough cluster is impacting multiple towns, including Montgomery, since the facility attracts families from around the area. Several Montgomery cases and dozens of close contacts are associated with the situation, so the numbers may grow.

“We are seeing a big increase in contact tracing in Montgomery as a result of this recreation facility’s incident. This means it is extremely important for Montgomery residents to be extra cautious about participating in group events. Please maintain social distance, wear masks, and wash hands frequently as measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” Officer Carey said.

According to Officer Carey, Montgomery residents have been cooperating at a very high level when called by the Health Department for contact tracing, which helps health officials identify at-risk individuals so that they can be quarantined to slow the spread of COVID-19. She asks residents to continue to cooperate, particularly as the weather cools and people spend more time indoors.

“With fall activities starting to resume, and cooler weather bringing us indoors, it’s essential that we all do our part to mask up, continue social distancing, and avoid crowded events.  What each of us does right now will make all the difference in the weeks to come,” Ms. Carey added.

The Covid-19 hotline number of the Montgomery Health Dept. is 908-533-9319.

 


 

FALL MONTGOMERY MUNICIPAL NEWSLETTER – Just Out!

 

Fall 2020 Municipal and Community Newsletter PDF

Fall 2020 Municipal and Community Newsletter Flipbook

 

The above links will take you to a PDF file or a Flipbook file (better for mobile) of the Fall Montgomery Twp. Newsletter. Articles include the Message from the Twp. Committee, and announcements on Fall Flu Shot Clinics, our latest Business Forum Sept. 23, Gen. Election Info for Voters, the new Municipal Complex Project, GovPilot Launch, the Raymond Farm Preservation, Outdoor Family Movie Night Oct. 2nd, and much more!

 



TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There have been four (4) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Friday, 9-18-20.

As of 9 am today, 9-21

NJ cases: 200,154
NJ deaths: 16,069
Somerset County cases: 5,703
Somerset County deaths: 569
Montgomery cases:  169
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

25       <20
23       20-29
18       30-39
26       40-49
37       50-59
24       60-69
4        70-79
18       80+

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

– 158 presumed recovereda

–   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/

*****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: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/

 

9-18: Election Info Update, Spotted Lanternfly Control, Case Report

Updated Voter Information

The Somerset County Clerks Office and the Somerset County Board of Elections have released updated voter information for the 2020 General Election.  These releases include details on the methods of casting ballots and a list of all 13 Ballot Drop-off Box locations throughout the county,  which include the Montgomery Township Municipal Building, 2261 Rt. 206, Belle Mead, NJ 08502. It is highly recommended this year that voters return ballots as soon as they are able.

Please read the following Somerset County releases:

2020 GENERAL ELECTION VOTING PROCEDURES (updated 9-17-20)

BOARD OF ELECTIONS ADDS 14 POLLS & 8 BALLOT DROP BOX LOCATIONS (9-17-20)


WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT THE SPOTTED LANTERNFLY

 

The spotted lanternfly, an invasive fly that kills trees and crops has been found in our vicinity in New Jersey.

If you see a spotted lanternfly, report it and, kill it! Circle traps can be bought/made to protect trees.

 

Recently, the NJ Department of Agriculture added Somerset County to the State-wide quarantine list for spotted lanternfly.  The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that feeds on the sap of trees, and eventually kills them.  If you find any life stage of spotted lanternfly, you should try to destroy it. This insect is a threat to many trees and crops and we need help from everyone to try to prevent it from spreading.

While these insects do not target a single tree species (like the Emerald Ash Borer), the lanternfly is known to strongly prefer the “Tree of Heaven” (Ailanthus altissima).  The potential level of destruction for our community’s trees and forests is devastating.

We request that you consider removing any Ailanthus trees on your property because they serve to bolster the lanternfly population.

If you have any questions about identifying a lanternfly, or Ailanthus trees, please see accompanying photos or links below.

For photos and more information:

https://njaes.rutgers.edu/spotted-lanternfly/

Video on how to control invasive Ailanthus trees:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKLW2TXS1jg

Why you should control Ailanthus trees:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttBdl6OWFq4&feature=emb_rel_end


– The Montgomery Twp. Shade Tree Committee & Environmental Commission


TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

 

Note: There have been two (2) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Wednesday, 9-16-20.

As of 9 am today, 9-18

NJ cases: 198,361
NJ deaths: 16,057
Somerset County cases: 5,629
Somerset County deaths: 568
Montgomery cases:  165
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

21       <20
23       20-29
18       30-39
26       40-49
37       50-59
24       60-69
4        70-79
18       80+

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

– 151 presumed recovereda

–   13 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/

*****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: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/

9-16: Road & Bridge Projects, Sourland & Watershed – Free Oct. Events, Case Report

Road and Bridge Work Status Report

Please follow the below links to view a report on current and upcoming road and bridge construction projects in Montgomery Township.

This information is current to 9-11-20.  These projects listed may be the responsibility of the Township or other agencies including Somerset County (most bridge projects), and New Jersey State Dept. of Transportation (work on state highway Rt. 206).  The project time frames given are estimates only.  All projects are subject to the impact of weather and other unanticipated circumstances.

To aid our residents, businesses, and the motoring public, Montgomery Twp. Engineering’s latest status reports are posted on the Twp. website newsfeed on a regular basis:

ROAD & BRIDGE REPORT – 9-11-20

Notes with project details


 

Sourlands SoloFest Oct. 10 – Free Virtual Musical Event!

SAVE THE SOURLANDS SOLO FEST is a musical and educational celebration of the beauty and importance of New Jersey’s Sourland Mountain region, a vital 90-square mile natural area facing an invasive insect that will kill 1 million ash trees.  New Jersey musicians will entertain us amid stunning landscapes, as naturalists explain the importance of the Sourlands as a source of water, a wildlife habitat, and as a defense against climate change.”

More info at: https://www.sourland.org/solofest and see event trailer, partially filmed in Montgomery’s own Zion Crossing Park, the Stoutsburg-Sourlands African American Museum, and the Hidden Spring Lavender Farm.

 

 


 

Watershed Fest – Free Virtual Event Oct. 3rd

Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water
Celebrating the energy, power, and beauty of our planet
 

Featuring conversation of Guest Speaker, Richard Preston NYT Best-Selling Author with Jim Waltman, The Watershed Institute Executive Director

Q & A with the Audience

 

Richard Preston is a best-selling author of 10 books, including The Hot Zone and The Wild Trees. His fiction and non-fiction works reveal hidden worlds of nature and wonder.

Preston’s awards include the American Institute of Physics science-writing award and a National Magazine Award. He has the distinction of being the only non-physician to date to receive the Centers for Disease Control’s Champion of Prevention Award. He is also a regular contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Times.

Attendance at this virtual event is free to the public, although pre-registration is required. Go to:

https://one.bidpal.net/fest2020/welcome


 


TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There have been three (3) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Monday, 9-14-20.

As of 9 am today, 9-16

NJ cases: 197,792
NJ deaths: 16,054
Somerset County cases: 5,611
Somerset County deaths: 568
Montgomery cases:  163
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

21       <20
22       20-29
17       30-39
26       40-49
37       50-59
24       60-69
4        70-79
18       80+

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

– 150 presumed recovereda

–   12 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/

*****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: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/

9-14: Flu Shot Clinics, Call to Teens – New Youth Leadership Council, Case Report

Stop the “Twindemic”:  Get your flu shot now!

Registration Open for Health Department Flu Shots

Public Health officials are getting ready for a surge in respiratory illnesses this fall.  Officials worry that an anticipated “second wave” of COVID infections will strike at the same time as seasonal influenza, resulting in a “twindemic” that could push the health care system to the breaking point.  Montgomery Township Health Department is encouraging everyone to get their annual flu shots as soon as the flu vaccine is available locally.

“We are anticipating 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.”   Enhanced safety measures include:

  • All vaccinations will be provided by appointment only. Appointments can be made now by emailing health@twp.montgomery.nj.us or by calling 908-359-8211 x227.  (Appointments cannot be made online for the Sept. 30 or Oct. 6 flu shot clinics.)
  • Consent forms and insurance information will be collected on-line.
  • Appointments will be spaced to allow for social distancing, and to allow nurses extra time to disinfect between patients.
  • Clinics will be offered both as drive-through, and walk-up outdoor clinic models.

“We are having to re-work our whole model of how we deliver vaccines, quickly, safely, and to a large population,” said Carey.  “In addition to protecting our community from the flu right now, this fall’s clinics give us the chance to better prepare for the day sometime in the future when a COVID vaccine becomes available.”

Due to high demand, clinic schedules will be posted at the Health Department website https://health.montgomery.nj.us/ as flu vaccine shipments arrive.  As of this writing, the following clinics are confirmed by appointment only:

  • Wednesday, September 30, 9AM to 1pm: Outdoor Walk-up at Otto Kaufman Senior Center, 356 Skillman Road Senior Citizens only—OFFERING HIGH DOSE VACCINE TO AGE 65+
  • Tuesday, October 6, 3PM to 5PM, Outdoor Walk-up at  Rocky Hill Borough Hall Gazebo, 15 Montgomery Road (Priority will be given  to Rocky Hill Residents)
  • Additional drive-through clinics will be announced for early October as flu vaccine shipments arrive

Safety Rules for Walk-Up Clinics

  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Appointments are mandatory
  • Paperless consent forms strongly encouraged.

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 (When you pay online, we will email receipts for you to request reimbursement/cafeteria plan but cannot process these claims)

 


 

Join the Montgomery Youth Leadership Council

Applications are open for Montgomery Township’s new Youth Leadership Council! The council is an ad-hoc committee to the mayor and will serve as an opportunity for students to attend various Township Committee meetings, share ideas in a space where change can be made, and improve their understanding of local government.

Students will be expected to attend 1-2 designated Township Committee meetings and 1-2 YLC meetings per month where they will discuss their thoughts and ideas, then share information with the community. Students may also seek out volunteer hours through their participation in the council. Montgomery residents ages 13-18 regardless of their enrollment in the Montgomery Township School District are eligible to apply.

The application link can be found here<https://forms.gle/fR7PPNc5xmH5ebm98> and will remain open for submissions until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20th of this year. Grades and other indicators of academic success are not taken into account during the selection process. Instead, selection is based on written responses to predetermined prompts. Those accepted will become active members of the council starting this fall. Any questions can be sent to monty.ylc@gmail.com. We look forward to reviewing your applications!

 


TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE REPORT

Note: There have been eight (8) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Friday, 9-11-20.

As of 9 am today, 9-14

NJ cases: 196,968
NJ deaths: 16,034
Somerset County cases: 5,575
Somerset County deaths: 568
Montgomery cases:  160
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 6
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

19       <20
22       20-29
16       30-39
26       40-49
37       50-59
24       60-69
4        70-79
18       80+

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

– 146 presumed recovereda

–   13 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/

*****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: https://health.montgomery.nj.us/covid-testing/