10-5: Six new COVID Cases; Flu Clinics Start Tomorrow; Monty Offers 3 COVID Vaccines; Ida Recovery Event Tomorrow; New Fire Engine Celebrated at “Wetdown”; Explore Local History; Monty Arts Council Holds Return to Art; Election Info

Posted on October 5, 2021

COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been six (6) new cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 10-1-21.


ANNUAL FLU CLINICS WILL BEGIN TOMORROW

The Montgomery Township Health Department will begin its annual flu vaccination clinics starting tomorrow, 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.

“We’ve been so focused on COVID-19 for the last 18 months. We need to remember that the regular flu can be dangerous, too, and can knock you out of action for days and days,” said Montgomery Township Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey. “We are having more contact with other people, and other viruses,  make sure to get a flu shot.”

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.


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.

Parents of unvaccinated teenagers can take advantage of Thursday’s Pfizer clinic from 4 -7 pm at the Otto Kaufman Center for anyone 12 and older. The clinic will provide third shots of the Pfizer vaccine to those who 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. Those people eligible for a Pfizer booster shot, at least six months after your second Pfizer shot.

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

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.


HURRICANE IDA RESOURCE EVENT IN SOMERVILLE TOMORROW

Somerset County and the American Red Cross are hosting a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) at the Lincoln Hose Co. tomorrow, Wednesday, from 3 to 7 pm.

The county is bringing together more than a dozen non-profits and agencies committed to helping Somerset County residents recover from this terrible storm. ALL Somerset County residents impacted by Ida are invited to attend.

The event will be held at the Lincoln Hose Company 4, 34 Warren Street, Somerville.  Participants will include the American Red Cross; ARC of Somerset; Atlantic Health System Respite Care Program; Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen; Central Jersey Housing Resource Center; FEMA; Legal Services of Northwest Jersey Inc.; Rapid Relief Team of North America; Salvation Army; Somerset County Board of Social Services; Somerset County Department of Human Services; Somerset County Operation Helping Hand; Team Rubicon USA; Zarephath Christian Church.

For additional information, dial 2-1-1.


NEW FIRE ENGINE CELEBRATED AT “WETDOWN” SATURDAY

Montgomery Township Volunteer Fire Co No 2 is holding a delayed “Christening” of their new fire engine, #468, at a “Wetdown” celebration on Saturday October 9 at 10 am. The engine was purchased in 2020, but due to the pandemic the wetdown event was postponed.

A Wetdown is an event popular in U.S. Firefighting that celebrates the purchase of a new piece of equipment. Typically, neighboring Fire Departments vie to hose down the new firetruck—and one another! All are welcome to watch the fun unfold and join for refreshments.

Held at Fire Station 46, 529 County Route 518 Skillman, the event will feature a 50-50 Drawing, Prize Raffle, and Beer Garden. Prizes include Yeti Coolers, the Bad Axx, and Radio Strap. Participating vendors include Ridgeway Leatherworks, Mugs, T-Shirts, and Food.


EXPLORE LOCAL HISTORY THIS WEEKEND

The Dirck Gulick House.

Somerset County’s annual Journey through the Past weekend will offer residents a chance to see over 20 historic buildings—many rarely open—this Saturday and Sunday, October 9th and 10th. Two Montgomery sites are on the list – the Dirck Gulick House on Route 601 and the Voorhees-Opie Barn and farm museum behind the 124 Club on Montgomery Road.

Also passing through Montgomery is the Millstone Valley National Scenic Byway, which is offering a self-guided tour via the MVP Coalition website Additional activities are a history hunt, trading cards, and a history traveler contest.

Participants can pick up a program guide to all participating sites in the county when they arrive at their first location.


BUY TICKETS TO MONTGOMERY ARTS COUNCIL INAUGURAL EVENT

Montgomery Township’s new Arts Council is hosting A Return to Art, a 3-day visual arts exhibition and sale, Oct. 22-24, featuring local and regional New Jersey artists. The Arts Council was formed this year by Montgomery Township’s volunteer-driven Economic Development Committee to showcase local and regional artists while providing the community with in-person access to artists who might be their neighbors.

“This event is meant to be a celebration. Artists and their communities are craving meaningful connection after spending over 16 months in lockdown.” says Karen Tuveson, Chair of Montgomery’s Arts Council. “Slowly opportunities are returning, but there still aren’t enough venues for artists to exhibit, meet the public, and cultivate collectors. Art is something best experienced in person.”

Deputy Mayor Marvin Schuldiner, liaison to the Montgomery Economic Development Commission, pointed out that artists who create physical products are small business owners. “Making art is a business. We all want to support our small local businesses. Artists are struggling just as much as shop owners in brick-and-mortar buildings.”

To learn more and buy tickets, visit the Montgomery Arts Council website.


VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE NEXT WEEK

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. 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.