7-6: One New Case; Proclamation Thanks Civic Groups for Pandemic Response; Community Picnic in Park on Friday; How to get Vaccinated; Monty Photo Contest Begins; Affordable Housing Opens; Cooling Center Open

Posted on July 6, 2021

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There has been one (1) new case of COVID-19 in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 7-6-21. Due to the holiday weekend, detailed demographic data are not available at this time. For further statistics, go to the Health Dept.’s COVID-19 portal.


PROCLAMATION THANKS CIVIC GROUP FOR PANDEMIC RESPONSE

The Township Committee last Thursday passed a proclamation acknowledging major contributions by residents and local civic groups to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The proclamation says, in part: “Montgomery’s community leaders, township employees, and residents pulled together to help and protect each other, allowing us to weather the pandemic better than most communities, and to bounce back to a more normal summer in 2021.”

The proclamation gives special thanks to three specific civic organizations: “Montgomery Township Committee extends to the Montgomery Emergency Medical Services, the Princeton Elks Lodge, and the Rotary Club of Montgomery and Rocky Hill our most sincere gratitude and appreciation for their generosity, kindness, and commitment to the people of Montgomery Township.”

The full proclamation will be read by the mayor at a community picnic on Friday, July 9.


COMMUNITY PICNIC IN PARK TO THANK PANDEMIC RESPONDERS

The Montgomery Township Committee is hosting a Picnic in the Park at Montgomery Veteran’s Park on July 9 at 6:30pm, near the pavilions at lower parking lot, to thank civic organizations for going above and beyond to help residents during the pandemic. Everyone is invited.

There will be live music and a free dessert. Residents are encouraged to bring their own picnic dinner, ideally take-out from a Montgomery restaurant.  Also consider bringing lawn chairs or blankets in case the pavilions overflow.


HOW TO GET VACCINATED

For residents seeking the vaccine, the quickest option this week is to use the NJ Vaccine Finder website to identify the clinic or pharmacy with immediate appointments. For teenagers 12- to 17-years-old, choose the Pfizer vaccine.

Montgomery Township Health Department is offering clinics next week:

  • Wednesday, July 14, 5pm to 7pm, Pfizer Clinic for ages 12+ at Princeton Wellness and Fitness. The CVS in Belle Mead is also offering appointments for the Pfizer vaccine to ages 12+.
  • Friday, July 16, 5pm to 7pm, J&J Clinic for ages 18+ next to the playground at Montgomery Dog Park (Covert Drive).
  • Saturday, July 17, 9AM to 11AM, Moderna Clinic for ages 18+ at Otto Kaufman Community Center.
  • Friday, July 23, 5pm -7pm, Moderna Clinic for ages 18+ at Pike Run Clubhouse.

Walk-ins are always accepted, but appointments can be scheduled for your convenience. Visit the Montgomery Health Department website for additional details.


ENTER MONTGOMERY WEEKLY PHOTO CONTEST!

The Rec Dept. will be starting our annual “Show Us Your Montgomery” photo contest this week. The contest runs now through Aug 27. Each week residents will submit photos of “their Montgomery” to recreation@twp.montgomery.nj.us. Each week the Rec staff will vote on a weekly winner, and the winning photo will become the Rec Department’s Facebooks cover photo for the week.

Each week’s winning photo will be entered into the Grand Prize drawing. The residents will vote on the weekly winning photos the week of August 30th and the winner will be announced September 6th.  For additional detail, visit the Recreation Department website.


86 AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS OFFICIALLY OPENED

Montgomery Mayor Devra Keenan and Planning Director Lori Savron inspect a common room at Montgomery Crossing, officially opened Friday. Photo by Barbara Preston.

Montgomery Township and developers from PIRHL cut the ribbon on a newly completed 86-unit affordable housing project called Montgomery Crossing, near the intersection of Routes 206 and 518.

Mayor Devra Keenan thanked township staff and private sector partners from PIRHL and Sharbell Development Corporation for making the innovative new project possible at a location close to retail and bus service.  “This is exactly the way affordable housing should be done,” the mayor said.

Applications for the complex are being accepted online at https://mxapartments.com/. For additional details and photos, read The Montgomery News online.


COOLING CENTER OPEN TODAY & TOMORROW

With the weather forecast above 90 degrees today and tomorrow, Otto Kaufman Community Center at 356 Skillman Road will be open as a cooling center for residents in need of a break from the heat from 8 am to 6 pm. WIFI and charging stations are available. Masks are required while indoors.