8-31: Ten New Cases; Vaccinate Teens Before School Reopens; Get Vaccinated for Work; Donations for Afghan Refugees; Prepare for Ida; Donate Used Linens; Video Shows Off Monty Arboretum; County Seeks Input on Preservation Plan

Posted on August 31, 2021

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been ten (10) new cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 8-27-21. Throughout August, about 40% of the cases have been among youth under 20 years of age.


VACCINATE TEENS BEFORE SCHOOL REOPENS

 

School starts next Thursday, September 9, and about one-third of local teens 12-17 are not yet vaccinated. The Montgomery Township Health Department strongly recommends vaccination, even with universal masking in New Jersey schools.

“The CDC just published an analysis of data that shows vaccination remains our best tool to stop the pandemic:  Unvaccinated people are 5 times more likely to get sick, and nearly 30 times more likely to be hospitalized, than vaccinated people,” said Montgomery Township Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey.

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.


GET VACCINATED QUICKLY TO MEET EMPLOYER MANDATES

Many New Jerseyans are facing new vaccination requirements from employers, such as hospitals and state, county, and municipal governments. To help residents get vaccinated quickly for work, Montgomery Township will offer the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine every Friday afternoon in September, from 2-4 pm.

The J&J vaccine provides full vaccination status in just two weeks from the date of vaccination. The township will accept all walk-ins, but also provides appointments for your convenience on the health department website.


DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR AFGHAN REFUGEES IN NEW JERSEY

More than 1,200 refugees from Afghanistan arrived at the New Jersey Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst this week with only the clothes on their backs. Over the next week or so, another 24,000 refugees are expected to arrive at the base.

The Muslim Center of Greater Princeton in Princeton Junction has started a clothing and supply drive to help the refugees, from 10 am to 10 pm through September 6. They are located at 2030 Old Trenton Road in Princeton Junction.

Skillman resident Pat Cannon brought this donation opportunity to the attention of the township. She is helping to coordinate donations from her neighbors who have reported visiting the Muslim Center and found the drop-off convenient, and that the organizers “couldn’t have been more welcoming and appreciative.”

According to the Red Cross, the first wave of refugees included many women, children, and babies. Pastors and others helping with relief efforts report that there is an immediate need for diapers and women’s underwear of all sizes, clothing, blankets, shoes, feminine hygiene supplies, wipes, baby food, lotion, towels, and other new items. Do not donate glass items, tampons, or pillows.


PREPARE FOR FLOODING RELATED TO STORM IDA

The remnants of Hurricane Ida are forecast to pass through our area Wednesday and Thursday, dumping large amounts of rain and causing flooding of the Millstone River and its tributaries.  The National Weather Service is estimating the Millstone River to crest at 13.5 feet Thursday night, similar to the flood level a week ago.

The Montgomery Police Department and Office of Emergency Management recommends residents prepare for the possibility of roads being closed for flooding, and possible loss of electricity. Do not attempt to drive through floodwaters: “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”

During the recent floods, Montgomery Police were forced to rescue a motorist who attempted to drive through high water.


ANIMAL CONTROL SEEKS USED LINENS

Montgomery Animal Control is seeking donations of well-worn towels, sheets, and blankets to help provide comfort to the animals we encounter. Our Animal Control team uses these old linens for bedding, and to reduce stress in animals we interact with.

Please bring your clean, worn-out towels, sheets, and blankets to our drop box in the Municipal Building foyer or drop off at the Health Department during business hours through September 15.


GET READY FOR FALL RECREATION SIGN-UPS

The Fall Montgomery Recreation Newsletter is available online in preparation for registration beginning September 7 at 8 AM.  The newsletter offers after school programs, virtual seminars, athletics, and senior programs, etc.

In-person programs require that masks be worn for COVID-19 safety.


NEW VIDEO SHOWS OFF MONTY ARBORETUM

 

The Montgomery Shade Tree Committee has released a 2-minute video that tells about the history and significance of the Montgomery Township Arboretum of Native Flora on Harlingen Road. The new video is this first in a series about the arboretum, in which Mayor Devra Keenan calls it, “one of Montgomery Township’s hidden gems.”

The video encourages township residents of all ages to walk, jog or bicycle through the accessible pathways in this beautiful 50-acre treasure adjacent to Montgomery Veterans Park. The video has been created for the Shade Tree Committee by local filmmaker Robert Meola.


SOMERSET COUNTY SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT INTO PRESERVATION PLANS

 

Somerset County is believed to be the first county in the country to incorporate three individual plans – Open Space, Farmland and Historic Preservation – into its overall, encompassing Preservation Plan. The current draft plan has been posted on the county’s website at www.co.somerset.nj.us/PresPlan21.  Public feedback is being sought before the plan is formally adopted.

The plan covers planning for the protection and prioritization of historic, open space, and agricultural assets in Montgomery Township and 20 other municipalities in the county.

“Our Planning Division has done an amazing job, and now we want to hear from the public to make sure that our plan meets the needs of the entire community,” said Commissioner Director Shanel Robinson.  Virtual public meetings will be held on these dates:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 22 – 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 28 – 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Register for one of the Zoom public meetings at: https://bit.ly/PublicMtg21.