8-3: Four New Cases; Back-to-School Vaccine Event Thursday; Rent Relief and NJ Eviction Moratorium; Tax Bills Delayed; Montgomery Restaurant Week Begins Thursday; Montgomery to Honor Local Purple Heart Recipients

Posted on August 3, 2021

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been four (4) new cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 7-30-21. Many of the recent cases are occurring among unvaccinated children, prompting quarantines for their families. For further statistics, go to the Health Department’s COVID-19 portal.

The Montgomery Health Department is offering several convenient vaccination opportunities in the coming days, listed on the township vaccination webpage. No appointments required.


BACK TO SCHOOL KICK-OFF VAX CLINIC THURSDAY

With the rise of the highly transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus, the Montgomery Township Health Department is urging families to vaccine teenagers 12 to 17 this week, in time to be protected when schools reopen.

To help, the Montgomery Recreation Department is partnering with the Health Department to host a “Back to School Kick-Off” vaccine clinic Thursday featuring free ice cream for any teen receiving their first dose.  In addition, the first 20 teens to get vaccinated will receive donated gift certificates to local restaurants and shops—including New World Pizza, Robinson’s Chocolates, and Thomas Sweet’s. The Rotary Club of Montgomery and Rocky Hill is donating Apple Air Pods for a drawing among newly vaccinated youth.

The clinic will use the Pfizer vaccine approved for ages 12 and older, from 4 to 7 PM at the Recreation Department’s Otto Kaufman Community Center at 356 Skillman Road. We recommend you pre-register on the health department website, but walk-ins are also accepted.

The August 5 date was chosen because it is the last day to start the vaccination process and be fully vaccinated on the first day of school. The Pfizer vaccine requires 5 weeks from the first dose to full immunity, including 21 days between shots plus 14 days following the second dose. With school opening September 9 in Montgomery, that means the deadline for a first dose is August 5 for children to be fully protected in time for school.

Another good opportunity for vaccinating a child is the CVS at 2311 Route 206 in Belle Mead. They offer the Pfizer vaccine daily, with appointments required. You can make your appointment online now.

Parents with questions about the vaccine should talk to their child’s healthcare provider or to call the Montgomery Health Department at (908) 533-9331.


RENT RELIEF AVAILABLE, AS NJ EVICTIONS ARE DELAYED

The nationwide ban on residential evictions for nonpayment of rent expired on Saturday, but New Jersey is one of several states that continues to prevent evictions via state law. The New Jersey eviction moratorium continues through the end of 2021.

Nevertheless, tenants are liable to pay back-rent, which is why rent relief programs are in place for New Jersey tenants. By applying now, renters may be able to avoid large past-due balances when the eviction moratorium ends in December.

Rent relief funds from the Emergency Rental Relief Program (ERRP) are available for eligible Somerset County families who are having trouble paying their rent because of a COVID-related loss of income. To receive assistance, applicants must complete an application and submit the required documentation.  To apply or review eligibility rules, visit the county website.


TAX BILLS DELAYED

Due to a delay in receiving certified tax rates from Somerset County, the mailing has been delayed for the 2021 Final Property Tax Bills for Montgomery Township, normally due on August 1. Ample notice will be given to all residents regarding a new due date as soon as we have data from Somerset County.  Please contact township CFO Michael Pitts if you have any questions at mpitts@twp.montgomery.nj.us or (908) 359-8211.


MONTGOMERY RESTAURANT WEEK STARTS THURSDAY!

The Montgomery Business Association, the Montgomery News, and the township are collaborating on Montgomery Restaurant Week between August 5 and 15 to encourage residents to patronize local businesses recovering from the pandemic.

Twenty restaurants are participating, some of whom are offering special menu items and/or discounts. As of today, special offers had been announced by Alfonso’s, New World Pizza, Playa Bowls, Sweet Gourmet, Blawenburg Bistro, and Tiger’s Tale. Learn more at : MontyRestaurantWeek.com


NATIONAL PURPLE HEART DAY IS SATURDAY, AUGUST 7
Seeking Purple Heart Recipients with a Montgomery Connection to be Honored

 

Did you know that Montgomery Township has the honorable distinction of being designated a Purple Heart Community? August 7th is National Purple Heart Day – a perfect time to remember our brave soldiers who sacrificed so much for the freedom and opportunities we all enjoy.  The Montgomery Veterans Memorial Committee, working in conjunction with Montgomery Township and The Montgomery News staff, have been collecting stories for a “Purple Heart in Our Community” article to be published in September.

If anyone reading this knows of any Purple Heart recipients currently residing in Montgomery Township, or are current Township residents that are immediate family members of a Purple Heart recipient (including your parents /grandparents) with whom the committee has not yet spoken,  please contact:  mvmc@twp.montgomery.nj.us or call (908) 359-8211 Ext. 2279. They would like to recognize and honor all our Purple Heart residents on this special day and look forward to publishing all their compelling stories next month.