Heating Oil Discharge into Beden’s Brook

Yesterday evening (4/8/19) MTPD and Somerset County Haz Mat responded to a complaint of fuel oil odor and sheen on Bedens Brook at Mountain View Road.

The Haz Mat team traced the source of the material to a home heating oil tank off of Great Road.  An estimated 600 to 900 gallons of home heating oil escaped from the tank.  The tank has been pumped of the remaining material.  However, a significant amount of oil remains in the ground.

NJDEP and Somerset County Haz Mat have placed a series of booms across Bedens Brook from the source downstream to Mountain View and to Cherry Hill Road.  Clean-up and the soil remediation continues.

We are asking residents to report any fuel oil odors, or sheen on the brook, to the Health Department during regular business hours, or to MTPD after business hours so we can follow up during daylight.  Particularly important would be reports of odor or sheen downstream  (East of) Cherry Hill Road, as that would indicate further movement.

MTHD recommends that people not wade or play in the Bedens Brook  between Great Road and Cherry Hill Road until further notice.

Please call the Health Department during regular business hours at (908) 359-8211 to report any fuel oil odors, or sheen on the brook.

April is National Public Health Week

MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP RESOLUTION  2019:  RECOGNIZING NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK 2019

Whereas, the week of April 1-7, 2019, is National Public Health Week, and the theme is “Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health.”;  and

Whereas, since 1995, the American Public Health Association, through its sponsorship of National Public Health Week, has educated the public, policymakers and public health professionals about issues important to improving the public’s health; and


Whereas,
good health requires making healthy choices that improve our health, setting an example for our family and friends;  as well as supporting efforts to improve the factors that affect everyone’s health and limit the ability for many people to make healthy choices; and

Whereas, during National Public Health Week, we celebrate the power of prevention, advocate for healthy and fair policies, share strategies for successful partnerships and champion the role of a strong public health system, and

Whereas, It is only when we come together that we are strong enough to create the healthiest nation in one generation.

Now therefore, be it resolved this 21st Day of March, 2019, that the Township Committee of the Township of Montgomery joins with its Board of Health and its Health Department in celebrating National Public Health Week 2019, and its focus on building safe, healthy communities.

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (nhtsa.gov), between 2012 – 2017, nearly 20,000 people in the U.S. were killed in a crash involving a distracted driver.

In April, as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, NHTSA will again be partnering with state and local enforcement for the U Drive. U Pay campaign as a reminder to all drivers that distracted driving is deadly and illegal.

Common distracted driving behaviors include, grooming, eating, texting, drinking, using your smart phone for directions or other types of browsing, all of which will be monitored and ticketed. Texting is considered the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for five seconds, which is like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed.

Everyone can get involved in ending distracted driving. Teens and parents need to talk to each other and parents need to be careful to model good behavior. educators and employers can help spread the word about the dangers of distracted driving. Employers have the opportunity to set a company policy on distracted driving.

Take responsibility. When you’re behind the wheel, your only commitment is to driving. Everything else can wait.

Community Health Equity Forum

Montgomery Township Health Department in Cooperation with

One Montgomery, Montgomery Mosaic, and the Montgomery-Rocky Hill Municipal Alliance present

“Improving Access and Understanding of Healthcare in Montgomery”

A Community Forum on Fairness and Health Equity

Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Montgomery Municipal Building, 2261 Route 206, Belle Mead, NJ

See Agenda for more details.

Montgomery Twp. Stream Cleanup

Join us and your neighbors to help clean up your town!

Click here for the flyer.

April 6, 2019 from 9AM – 11AM @ the Veterans Park (235 Harlingen Rd, Belle Mead, NJ 08502)

Important Details

  • This is a rain or shine event, so dress accordingly
  • Wear long pants and closed-toed shoes
  • Gloves and bags will be provided
  • Bring a reusable water bottle
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • If you have a large group, please email Erin Stretz (info below) to let us know to bring more supplies!

Questions? Contact Erin Stretz at estretz@thewatershed.org

 

Not My Kid!

Montgomery Evangelical Free Church and Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey Present

NOT MY KID!

What every parent needs to know about preventing substance abuse.

April 8, 2019

7:00 – 8:00 pm

Register at tiny.cc/notmykid

Montgomery Evangelical Free Church

246 Belle Mead-Griggstown Road, Belle Mead, NJ 08502

(908) 874-4634

Healing Hearts Camp 2019

June 7-9, 2019

A free weekend, overnight camp in the beautiful Poconos for families who have lost a loved one to cancer. Fun recreational activities are combined with therapeutic grief activities to provide emotional support.

WHERE IS IT?

Malibu Dude Ranch

Milford, PA 18337

www.malibududeranch.com

WHO CAN ATTEND? : Families or guardians with children and teens ages 4 and up, who lost  a loved one to cancer within the past two years.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: Horseback riding, fishing, swimming, games, a campfire and remembrance ceremony. Activities begin Friday night and end Sunday afternoon.

Space is limited, and on a first come first served basis. We encourage you to call to register with us today.

For more information, contact Claire Grainer, LCSW at 201-301-6811 or cgrainger@cancercare.org or Kathy Nugent, LCSW at 201-301-6809

Program is sponsored by Eisai.

Click here for flyer with additional information.

January is Radon Action Month!

Montgomery Township Health Department has designated  January as Radon Action Month,  in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Radon Program.

In announcing Radon Action Month, Stephanie Carey, Health Officer said, “Radon is a serious health risk. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer — and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. But because radon is invisible and odorless it is easy to ignore this potential hazard in our own homes.”

Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally when uranium and radium break down in the soil and in rock formations. Radon gas moves up through the soil and finds its way into homes through cracks in the foundation and openings around pumps, pipes and drains.

“A significant number of homes in Central New Jersey are predicted to be above the acceptable limits for radon,” Carey said. “We would like to see as many homes tested as possible, to reduce the radon risk in our communities.

During Radon Action Month,  Montgomery Township Health Department will provide Free Radon test kits and education, while supplies last. Kits are available at :

  • Montgomery Township Health Department: 2261 Route 206, Belle Mead.
  • Hopewell Borough Hall: 88 East Broad Street, Hopewell Borough
  • Pennington Borough Hall: 30 North Main Street, Pennington Borough

Radon is measured in picoCuries per liter (pCi/L) of air. The average U.S. indoor level is 1.3 pCi/L. At 4 pCi/L, the risk of lung cancer from radon is greater than the risk from fire or other home accidents. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the DEP recommend that action be taken to reduce radon levels if the level in the home is greater than or equal to 4 pCi/L.

Testing for radon is simple and inexpensive. The free test kit program is made possible by a grant from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. The DEP Radon Program can also provide a list of certified companies that provide testing services or do-it-yourself test kits – residents can contact the Program at (800) 648-0394 or www.njradon.org. Test kits can also be obtained from many hardware stores.

If the test indicates a radon problem, radon mitigation systems can be installed at a cost similar to that of other home repairs. A list of certified mitigation companies is also available from the Radon Program.

For more information on radon, contact us at (908) 359-8211 x227 or the DEP Radon Program at (800) 648-0394 or visit www.njradon.org.