8-27: Six New Cases and 16 for the Week; Vaccinate Teens Before School Reopens; 3rd Dose Available; Police Video Shows Benefit of Locking Doors; Submit Art for Community Healing Event; Financial Relief Available

Posted on August 27, 2021


There have been six (6) new cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Tuesday, 8-24-21, and 16 new cases since last Friday. Throughout August, 42% of cases have been among residents under the age of 20. With schools reopening soon, the Montgomery Township Health Department encourages all parents to vaccinate their eligible teens ages 12 and older.


The nearest opportunity to vaccinate teenagers before school opens is the Belle Mead CVS at 2311 Route 206 which is offering the Pfizer vaccine to those 12 and older daily, with appointments required. Make your appointment online.

Last night, the Montgomery Health Department gave approximately 50 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to local teens as part of a special clinic at the Otto Kaufman Community Center.



The Montgomery Township Health Department is now offering third doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine to immunocompromised residents, in accordance with new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control. Residents who meet these criteria are encouraged to book an appointment via the health department website or call 908-533-9331.

The CDC has also announced that all persons who received the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines will be eligible for an additional dose eight months after the second dose, beginning September 20. The Montgomery Health Department will begin offering those third doses according to the CDC guidelines in late September.

To prepare for additional doses, Montgomery residents are encouraged to download the New Jersey recommended “Docket” app to their smartphones to conveniently access and display the exact dates, vaccine types, and batch numbers they received previously.


The Montgomery Township Police Department has investigated 14 stolen vehicles since May 2019, including the theft of a 2013 Range Rover last Friday on River Road. The common denominator in all but one case: The cars were unlocked with the keys left inside.

In one instance, the theft of a second vehicle was interrupted when an intruder entered the home and encountered the homeowner inside the residence and fled. It is believed the suspect had entered the residence to search for keys to the second vehicle. Police Director Captain James Gill explains the problem is not just unlocked car doors, but also unlocked doors to residences.  Too often, car keys are left readily visible just inside the house, creating an incentive to enter.

MTPD this week released a Nest doorbell video provided by a Rutgers Lane resident whose locked doors defeated an attempted theft in May 2021. Two unknown persons are seen arriving via car. One walks up the driveway and attempts to open the parked vehicles, while the other walks up to try the front door of the residence. Footage shows both people returning to their vehicle and leaving after finding all doors locked.

“Although disturbing to see, the Rutgers Lane incident should be seen as a success,” said Captain Gill. “The potential thieves were thwarted by the vehicles and the residence being locked and/or secured. These homeowners are to be commended for routinely locking their home and cars at night. That’s what everyone needs to do.”



Residents of all ages are encouraged to submit pandemic-inspired art or stories to be featured at a community healing event on September 20 at the Princeton Elks Lodge on Route 518 in Skillman.

Art of all kinds is welcome including, but not limited to, paintings, drawings, videos or recordings, crafts, poetry, essays, etc. The deadline to submit art is Monday, September 13. Submissions may be turned in at the Montgomery Township Municipal Building Front Desk or through email to clabelle@twp.montgomery.nj.us.

The free event is called Montgomery Together: Lighting the Way Forward – An Evening of Hope & Healing.  Organizers are the Montgomery Township Health Department and Municipal Alliance, in partnership with the Montgomery Recreation Department, Princeton Elks Lodge, and Somerset County Department of Human Services.

The event will feature an Interactive Art Gallery and Candlelight Vigil. The indoor gallery will be open from 3-7pm, with an outside candlelight vigil to follow. The rain date for the Candlelight Vigil is Tuesday, September 21st at 7PM (dusk). Masks will be required both indoors and outdoors.

For more information or questions, email Celine LaBelle at clabelle@twp.montgomery.nj.us or call at 609-874-8007.



Relief programs are available to people impacted financially by the pandemic.

  • Income limits and the amount of funds have been increased for Somerset County families who are eligible to receive money from the Emergency Rental Relief Program (ERRP) to help keep them in their homes if they have lost their income due to the pandemic.  Additional information, and an easy-to-use online application are available.
  • A new Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service to eligible households. The program also offers a discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider (such as CenturyLink, Comcast or Verizon, and many cellular providers) or by visiting https://getemergencybroadband.org/  sort byFor more information, check out the Broadband Benefit Consumer FAQ.
  • Assistance is available to help you pay your utility bills. All New Jerseyans with outstanding balances are encouraged to apply for utility assistance programs now to lower their balances and also contact their utility company to request a flexible repayment plan. You may be newly eligible for financial assistance programs to help you pay your bills. You can learn more and apply for utility help now using a new screening tool from the NJ Department of Community Affairs at gov/dca/dcaid.
  • Funeral expense relief is available via the Federal Emergency Management Agency for people who have had to pay funeral expenses for a family member lost to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Funeral relief information is available online.