8-17: Kindness Rocks Program, Energy Aggregation Round to End, Car Theft Prevention, Case Report

Posted on August 17, 2020

Kindness Rocks to Create a Path of Hope

The Montgomery Recreation Department is working with local artists to create a Path of Hope within the Montgomery community as a response to these unusual times. This path will be created by using stones painted by adults and children and placed around the trees and Meditation Garden at the Otto Kaufman Community Center (OKCC), 356 Skillman Road, Skillman.

A version of this idea dates back before the pandemic to 2018 with an international movement known as “Kindness Rocks,” as described on the Today Show.

Participation is easy!  Just find stones you like and use acrylic paints or permanent markers to create a design on the stone. Add your name if you like and finish your work of art with varnish to weather-proof. Then you can go to the OKCC and place your stones in areas allocated for the path, and while doing so you can admire the work of the others too! Just be sure to maintain social distance from other people who do not live with you.

The idea is to bring the community together through this artistic initiative.

“Art heals, its calms and inspires,” explains Spriha Gupta, a Montgomery artist, who proposed the project to the township. “The process of drawing is very freeing and we can express ourselves better through drawing or painting at times than in words. It’s a wonderful way to share your emotions with the family and contribute to the community as each pebble will add to the path of hope.

We will come out stronger together,” Gupta said.

Read more about this and other community initiatives on Montgomery Together at: https://montgomerytogether.us/community-initiatives/


Energy Aggregation Program Round #3 to End

Montgomery Township is winding down a 15-month round of energy aggregation, which expires in September. While very pleased with the savings of Round III, the Township is not renewing the program at this time and all customers will be returned to PSE&G due to current market conditions.

The Township went to the market and bid for a new residential third-party electrical supplier, as has been done before the end of every round. The bids received were not competitive with the current PSE&G rate. When our current third-party contract with Constellation New Energy expires, residents in the program will see their bills reflect the return to PSE&G for their electrical supply. Residents in the program will receive a notice by mail from PSE&G in August. The transition should be seamless and there is nothing further that residents need to do.

The Township will check market conditions in 2021 to see if the energy market is more competitive and will rebid if warranted.

For a more detailed explanation of the status, please read this status summary:

Montgomery Community Energy Aggregation Program Round III Update – August 2020

Full program history found at: https://twp.montgomery.nj.us/about-montgomery/energy-aggregation-program/. Any questions may be directed to our energy consultant, Gabel Associations, at (855) 365-0770.


Police Safety Reminders

Tips to Avoid a Car Burglary or Theft

1.) Lock your doors, roll up your windows. Suspects often look for unlocked cars, as well as sheds and garage doors.

2.) Turn off your car. Never leave your car running or left unattended and take your keys out of the ignition.

3.) Take your valuables. Don’t leave valuables in the vehicle, or in plain sight. Even change in a cup holder can attract a thief. Police also note that it’s important to keep personal documents, checkbooks, and driver’s licenses in your possession at all times.

4.) Hide your things. If you can’t bring everything with you, hide it in the trunk, under the seat or out of view.

5.) Keep your keys with you. If someone has access to your home who you don’t want to drive your vehicle, make sure the keys are not available.

6.) Park in secure areas. Keep your vehicle in the garage or in the driveway. Try to avoid parking in the street if possible. Park in a well-lit area or a section with motion lights.

7.) If you have a car alarm, don’t forget to activate it. If you don’t have one, consider getting one.

8.) Get a vehicle locator. For stolen vehicles, consider having some type of vehicle locator installed, such as LoJack.

9.) Report anything suspicious. Anyone wishing to report suspicious behavior should call 9-11 immediately. Those wishing to report sighting of potential suspects should contact Det./Sgt. Brian Hofacker at 908.359.3222. There is also an anonymous tip line you can access to get out info to reduce crime. Call Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 888-577-TIPS (8477).



Note: There have been zero (0) new cases in Montgomery/Rocky Hill since our last report Friday, 8-14-20.

The Montgomery Health Dept. is monitoring travelers from out-of-state ‘hot spots’ for self-quarantine.

As of 9 am today, 8/17

NJ cases: 187,455
NJ deaths: 15,903
Somerset County cases: 5,307
Somerset County deaths: 565
Montgomery cases:  136
Montgomery deaths: 7
Rocky Hill cases: 7
Rocky Hill deaths: 0

Age Ranges of Cases in Montgomery & Rocky Hill:

13       <20
18       20-29
19       30-39
22       40-49
26       50-59
19       60-69
6        70-79
20       80+

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

– 133 presumed recovered a

–     3 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/