10-1: Four new COVID Cases; Monty Offers All Three COVID Vaccines; Flu Clinics Begin October 6; Help Plant Trees in the Sourlands; Watch Anti-Bullying Film; Container Facility Hours Changing; Election Info

Posted on October 1, 2021

COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been four (4) new cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Tuesday, 9-28-21, and eight (8) cases since last Friday. The Montgomery Health Department has concluded the mid-September spike in cases was mainly related to Labor Day travel.


TOWNSHIP OFFERING CLINICS FOR ALL THREE COVID VACCINES

Montgomery Township is offering all three available COVID-19 vaccines in clinics it is hosting over the next two weeks. Visit the Health Department website to choose the day, time, and vaccine that meets your needs. Walk-ins are welcomed at every clinic, although appointments are available for your convenience.

The one-shot Johnson & Johnson is offered today and every Friday from 1-3 pm at the Municipal Building.

The Pfizer vaccine will be available for next Thursday, October 7, from 4 -7 pm at the Otto Kaufman Center for anyone 12 and older, including residents who qualify for a third-shot booster. If you are 65 or older, a long-term care resident, an adult with underlying medical conditions, or an adult at increased risk of COVID-19 exposure because of your job, you are now eligible for a Pfizer booster shot, at least six months after your second Pfizer shot.

The Moderna vaccine will be offered Saturday, October 9, at the Pike Run Clubhouse. Additional vaccination opportunities, including at local pharmacies, can be found at the NJ vaccine finder website.


ANNUAL FLU CLINICS WILL BEGIN OCTOBER 6

The Montgomery Township Health Department has announced that the first annual flu vaccination clinic will be held October 6 at the Otto Kaufman Community Center on Skillman Road.  Hours are from 9 to 11 am and 6 to 8 pm. Residents aged 4 and older are eligible. Masks are required and short-sleeve shirts encouraged.

Flu shots are free for Seniors with Medicare, for first responders, and for residents who lost their job or insurance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  For all others, the cost is $25 and can be paid via credit card or check.

Advance appointments are required and available during daytime and evening hours. Walk-ins are accepted, but you’ll get quicker service if you sign up online or make an appointment by phone at 609-874-8007.


OVER $15K RAISED AND DONATED TO FAMILIES DISPLACED BY IDA

Two local charities, the Princeton Elks Lodge 2129 and the Montgomery Charity Foundation, raised more than $15,000 in combined donations to benefit 23 families displaced by Hurricane Ida one month ago.

According to the Elks, who raised over $10,000, the funds helped with cleanup, lodging, and food. The Princeton Elks are keeping their Ida relief drive open because a few of the families need longer-term housing assistance.

“Montgomery Township is deeply grateful to these two civic groups, and to the many residents who donated,” said Montgomery Mayor Devra Keenan. “We continue to work closely with community groups to match resources to families in need.”

Montgomery Charity Foundation’s next big fundraiser is the 4th annual Kidsgiving Event on December 5th which will again be held at Code Ninjas Hillsborough-Montgomery as a drive-by holiday event. They will be collecting non-perishable unexpired food for the local food pantries and unwrapped gifts and gift cards for Steps-Together, a local charity that assists Somerset County families facing medical crises. Last year over $20,000 in combined cash, food, and goods was raised and donated right in our community. To learn more or donate to the charity, please visit their website montgomerycharityfoundation.org.


HELP PLANT TREES IN THE SOURLANDS OF MONTGOMERY

An ash tree killed by Emerald Ash Borer.

Montgomery Township is partnering with the Sourland Conservancy and the Montgomery Friends of Open Space to host two volunteer tree-planting events in the Sourlands.

The recent flash flooding due to the remnants of Hurricane Ida have highlighted the importance of strengthening the resilience of our forests, particularly at a time when ash trees, which comprise about 20% of the forest, are being killed by the invasive Emerald Ash Borer insect.  By planting trees along stream banks and in flood plains, volunteers will aid in the prevention of soil erosion and increase the groundwater storage capacity of these areas.

See the details below and follow the links to pre-register.  Wear sturdy shoes and long pants, bring work/garden gloves and water.  We will provide the tools, plants, and how-to instruction.

Rock Mill Preserve – October 13 – 14

Join us at Rock Mill Preserve on 360 Grandview Road to help us plant 200 trees along the Rock Brook stream corridor.  To sign up, register here for a two-hour time slot here.

Folusiak Property – November 11-13

Join us at the Folusiak property located at 150 Hollow Road (entrance just north of the railroad tracks) to plant 1,000 shrubs and trees.  A multitude of bird species are utilizing this unique wet meadow habitat, so we are adding understory plants along a tributary stream to provide a habitat corridor for the birds, and other wildlife.  The Washington Crossing Audubon is assisting by providing a bird inventory before and after our planting and is recommending native plant species attractive to birds in the region. To sign up, register for a two-hour time slot here.

The Sourland Conservancy offers on YouTube a one-hour documentary with music that describes the importance of reforestation projects in the Sourlands.


ANTI-BULLYING FILM RECOMMENDED FOR MONTY TEENS

The Municipal Alliance of Montgomery – Rocky Hill encourages parents and children 13 and older, school staff, and community leaders to view an important documentary about bullying. The film, The Upstanders, is available for free on Tuesday, October 5, at 7pm. To register go to: REGISTRATION LINK

This documentary—about resilience and the power of connection to end bullying—addresses aspects of our everyday lives that is not often talked about.  Block out October 5 on your family calendars and watch together!


CONTAINER FACILITY RETURNS TO NORMAL HOURS NEXT WEEK

After today, Montgomery Township’s Container Facility at 12 Harlingen Road will return to its regular hours on Tuesday and Thursday, 8 am to 2 pm. No appointments or coupons will be required for the disposal of storm debris. Normal operation of the Container Facility will resume October 12, with coupons required.


VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE APPROACHES; ELECTION POLL WORKERS NEEDED

Many residents have received mail ballots for the 2021 New Jersey State Election that is now officially underway. Mail ballots can be returned via the US Postal Service or deposited in a secure drop box beginning late next week. The Somerset County list of drop boxes includes the Montgomery Township Municipal Building at 2261 Route 206 in Belle Mead.

If you are not yet registered to vote, or uncertain of your status, New Jersey offers a voter portal to assist you. The registration deadline is October 12.

Somerset County is still in need of paid poll workers for Election Day and for the first-ever “early in-person” voting that begins October 23. Residents interested in learning about temporary employment as a poll worker should visit the Somerset County Board of Elections website, where they will also find an application form.