COVID-19 CASES REPORTED IN HAMILTON TOWNSHIP AS OF 8/7/2020:

1,811 TOTAL POSITIVE CASES

172 DEATHS

1,071 RECOVERIES

FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION VISIT covid19.nj.gov

 GENERAL QUESTIONS? CALL: 2-1-1 OR TEXT NJCOVID TO 898-211

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5/1/2020 - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update - May 2020

Resource Guides, Helpful Contacts & Other Information

Questions or Concerns Regarding COVID-19?

Call 2-1-1

Text "NJCOVID" to 898-211

Text your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance

Visit covid19.nj.gov

 

Coping with Stress

If you're feeling stressed, anxious or depressed due to COVID-19, please call New Jersey's Mental Health Hotline at 877-294-HELP (4357) or visit njmentalhealthcares.org for emotional support, guidance, and mental health referrals as needed. 

 

You also may call the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or Text TalkWithUs to 66746 (TTY 1-800-846-8517).

 

Looking for Employment During COVID-19?

The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the outbreak. Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community at jobs.covid19.nj.gov/

 

The State has also created a special intake tool for employers seeking to have openings posted on the portal. Employers can access the intake tool directly via jobs.covid19.nj.gov/intake

 

Resource Guide

Senator Booker's Office compiled a Resource Guide full of information includes a variety of topics impacting New Jerseyans during the COVID-19 pandemic to view it, click here.

 

Dealing with Food Insecurity?

You can find a list of Mercer County Food Pantries and Meal Services here.

 

Flattening the Curve by Staying Home. Staying Healthy.

Help stop the spread of germs by staying home and practice physical distancing when venturing for essential services. Continue to check on the elderly and anyone else you believe might need a helping hand. Where possible we urge everyone to continue to support our local businesses and merchants.  By working together to flatten the curve we will prevail, we are #HamiltonProud

Daily Updates click here for earlier versions

5/29/2020

COVID-19 Update-Hamilton Township & HTSD 

5-28-2020 Hamilton Township COVID-19 UPDATE

Yesterday, Mayor Martin, Director of Health, Recreation, Senior and Veteran Services Kathy Fitzgerald, and Hamilton Township School District Superintendent Dr. Scott Rocco sat down to film a community update video. Click here to watch the video in full: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JI0tyttx3qk

 

See below for more information on the School District's 2020 graduation plans:

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update 

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As of May 29th, Mercer County has 6,775 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. 

 

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Protect yourself with the following steps:

  • Stay Home -- except to pick-up essentials such as  food and medicine.
  • If you must go out, Keep Your Distance -- stay at least six feet away from others -- and Wear a Face Covering
  • Wash Your Hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place, as well as after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not accessible, Use a Hand Sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid Close Contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay Home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

 

Township Meeting & Event Updates

 

In an abundance of caution, this year's Independence Day Fireworks & Concert, originally scheduled for Friday, July 3rd, has been cancelled. 

 

Tuesday, June 2nd

The Town Council Meeting will be conducted via audio conference. All rules and regulations that govern Council Meetings are still applicable, and there will be opportunity for public comment. Please find detailed instructions on how to join the call here

 

Thursday, June 4th

The Municipal Alliance Commission Meeting has been cancelled. 

 

State Announces Short Term Rental Assistance Program to Help Residents Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic

 

Governor Murphy and Lieutenant Governor Oliver today announced the COVID-19 Short-Term Rental Assistance Program. The program will provide rental assistance to low- and moderate-income households that have had a substantial reduction in income as a result of the pandemic, including those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

 

The program will open for applications in July and begin paying rental assistance in September.  Qualifying households will be expected to pay 30 percent of their income toward rent, and the program would pay the remainder of their rent up to DCA's fair market rent payment standard. 

 

The program will devote approximately 20 percent of funding to serve those who are very low income and homeless or at risk of homelessness with up to 12 months of rental assistance. 

For the remainder of the funding, DCA will administer an online lottery. When the lottery is opened, households may submit applications and participants will be selected from the overall pool of applicants through a randomized process based on eligibility and the lottery criteria. Applicants selected through the lottery will be eligible to receive up to six months of short-term rental assistance. Should further funding become available, DCA will serve additional households.

 

Households may qualify for the lottery based on the below standards:

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a New Jersey resident.
  • Maximum income up to 80 percent of area median income (AMI).
  • Must have been current in their rental payments as of March 1, 2020.
  • Must be able to provide proof of impact of COVID-19 beginning on March 9, 2020 when Governor Murphy declared the state of emergency.
  • Layoff;
  • Reduced work hours;
  • Unpaid leave to take care of children due to school and daycare closures; and/or
  • Need to self-quarantine for 14 days resulted in a loss of income 

The COVID-19 Short Term Rental Assistance Program website will launch on June 15 with additional information at https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/shorttermrap.html.

5/28/2020

NAMIWalks Your Way: A National Day of Hope

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NAMIWalks Your Way: A National Day of Hope couldn't be more fitting for Saturday, May 30th, as the #HopeIsInHamilton campaign and Mental Health Awareness Month are drawing to a close. Mercer County Residents will be joining NAMI organizations around the country on Saturday with a virtual walk! Get involved by going for a walk outside in your backyard, neighborhood or park, or maybe inside on a treadmill-however you decide to participate, just know that you are doing it for a good cause-raising Mental Health Awareness and showing Hope Is In Hamilton! 

 

Hashtags for the event include: #NAMIMercer #NotAlone #MentalHealthForALL #NAMIWalksMercer #StrongerTogether

And don't forget to add #HamiltonProud #HopeIsInHamilton 

 

For more information on the NAMI Walk visit www.namiwalks.org/mercercounty

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update 

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As of May 28th, Mercer County has 6,670 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. 

 

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Protect yourself with the following steps:

  • Stay Home -- except to pick-up essentials such as  food and medicine.
  • If you must go out, Keep Your Distance -- stay at least six feet away from others -- and Wear a Face Covering
  • Wash Your Hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place, as well as after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not accessible, Use a Hand Sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid Close Contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay Home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

 

CVS Expands Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing to Hamilton Location

 

CVS Health announced today that they have expanded their drive-thru coronavirus testing to a total of 45 New Jersey store locations, including 200 Route 33 in Hamilton Township, 08619 beginning tomorrow, May 29th. 

Customers will be asked to remain in their cars while the pharmacy providts a self-swab kit test. CVS will then sent the test to a third party lab, which will provide results in approximately three days. Those seeking a test must preregister through www.cvs.com to make an appointment. For more information and to find more CVS testing locations click here

 

Traffic Notice: Route I-195 EB Hobson Ave to CR 526

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Beginning Wednesday, June 3 the New Jersey Department of Transportation will complete a micro-milling, high performance thin overlay and striping work on Route I-195 EB from Hobson Avenue to County Road 526, which includes portions of Hamilton and Robbinsville. There will be a single lane closure between 8:00 PM and 5:00 AM.

 

Please note that this information is subject to change and work is weather dependent.

5/27/2020

TODAY - The Great Hamilton Takeout

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Today is the day! It's The Great Hamilton Takeout and our Township eateries and restaurants are awaiting our takeout, curbside, and delivery orders. 

 

Don't forget you can show your support for today's event by adding a Facebook frame to your profile picture by clicking 'add frame' under update profile photo and searching "The Great Hamilton Takeout" where you will find 'I Ordered Today' and 'Proud Participant' frame options. 

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update 

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As of May 27th, Mercer County has 6,592 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. 

 

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Protect yourself with the following steps:

  • Stay Home -- except to pick-up essentials such as  food and medicine.
  • If you must go out, Keep Your Distance -- stay at least six feet away from others -- and Wear a Face Covering
  • Wash Your Hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place, as well as after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not accessible, Use a Hand Sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid Close Contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay Home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

 

Township Council Special Meeting CANCELLED - 5/27/2020

 

The Hamilton Township Council Special Public Meeting originally scheduled for today, May 27th at 6:30 has been cancelled. 

 

The subject of this meeting was to hear the appeal to Council of the Zoning Board of Adjustment granting use variances and site plan waiver to John and Ellen Maziarz for the property known as Block 2713, Lot 16 A/K/A 101 Uncle Pete's Road, Hamilton Township, New Jersey. 

 

Please continue to check our website for any Township meeting updates. 

 

Resource Guides, Helpful Contacts & Other Information

 

Questions or Concerns Regarding COVID-19?

Call 2-1-1

Text "NJCOVID" to 898-211

Text your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance

Visit Covid19.nj.gov



Coping with Stress

If you're feeling stressed, anxious or depressed due to COVID-19, please call New Jersey's Mental Health Hotline at 877-294-HELP (4357) or visit njmentalhealthcares.org for emotional support, guidance, and mental health referrals as needed. 

 

You also may call the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or Text TalkWithUs to 66746 (TTY 1-800-846-8517).



Looking for Employment During COVID-19?

The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the outbreak. Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community here:

jobs.covid19.nj.gov/  

 

The State has also created a special intake tool for employers seeking to have openings posted on the portal. Employers can access the intake tool directly via 

jobs.covid19.nj.gov/intake 

 

Resource Guide

Senator Booker's Office compiled a Resource Guide full of information includes a variety of topics impacting New Jerseyans during the COVID-19 pandemic to view it, Click Here

 

Dealing with Food Insecurity?

You can find a list of Mercer County Food Pantries and Meal Services here

 

Flattening the Curve by
Staying Home. Staying Healthy.


Help stop the spread of germs by staying home and practice physical distancing when venturing for essential services. Continue to check on the elderly and anyone else you believe might need a helping hand. Where possible we urge everyone to continue to support our local businesses and merchants.  By working together to flatten the curve we will prevail, we are....

#HamiltonProud

5/26/2020

TOMORROW- Join In The Great Hamilton Takeout

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Tomorrow, May 27th, is the Great Hamilton Takeout and we can't wait to see where you order from.  Comment below with restaurant and eatery ideas for curbside, delivery or takeout and don't forget ordering isn't limited to just dinner either, you can order breakfast... lunch or even dessert!

Show your support by adding a frame to your Facebook profile photo by going to add frames and searching for "The Great Hamilton Takeout" where you will find an 'I Ordered Today' frame and a 'Proud Participant' frame.

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update 

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As of May 26th, Mercer County has 6,544 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. 

 

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Protect yourself with the following steps:

  • Stay Home -- except to pick-up essentials such as  food and medicine.
  • If you must go out, Keep Your Distance -- stay at least six feet away from others -- and Wear a Face Covering
  • Wash Your Hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place, as well as after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not accessible, Use a Hand Sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid Close Contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay Home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

 

NAMI NJ To Host Webinar on Student Mental Health and Positive Parenting

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Friday, May 29th 11-12

The COVID-19 pandemic has individuals of all ages feeling uncertain about the future and struggling to cope with emotions related to the loss of "normalcy." For children, the lack of positive structure and social emotional learning may manifest in challenging behaviors, such as irritability, distractibility, and difficulty managing transitions. This is an especially difficult time for children with special needs, who may not be receiving adequate academic accommodations while quarantining. 

 

Parents may feel stretched thin, thrust into home school teaching, while continuing to maintain productivity at their own jobs. In addition, parents may need to adjust their expectations of what their children can accomplish during this time, and how to manage behavioral and academic boundaries. Join Dr. Ashley Zultanky for a 1-hour webinar on positive parenting and learn strategies on how to cope with and minimize problem behaviors. 

 

REGISTER HERE

 

Resource Guides, Helpful Contacts & Other Information

 

Questions or Concerns Regarding COVID-19?

Call 2-1-1

Text "NJCOVID" to 898-211

Text your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance

Visit Covid19.nj.gov



Coping with Stress

If you're feeling stressed, anxious or depressed due to COVID-19, please call New Jersey's Mental Health Hotline at 877-294-HELP (4357) or visit njmentalhealthcares.orgfor emotional support, guidance, and mental health referrals as needed. 

 

You also may call the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or Text TalkWithUs to 66746 (TTY 1-800-846-8517).



Looking for Employment During COVID-19?

The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the outbreak. Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community here:

jobs.covid19.nj.gov/  

 

The State has also created a special intake tool for employers seeking to have openings posted on the portal. Employers can access the intake tool directly via 

jobs.covid19.nj.gov/intake 

 

Resource Guide

Senator Booker's Office compiled a Resource Guide full of information includes a variety of topics impacting New Jerseyans during the COVID-19 pandemic to view it, Click Here

 

Dealing with Food Insecurity?

You can find a list of Mercer County Food Pantries and Meal Services here

 

Flattening the Curve by
Staying Home. Staying Healthy.
 

Help stop the spread of germs by staying home and practice physical distancing when venturing for essential services. Continue to check on the elderly and anyone else you believe might need a helping hand. Where possible we urge everyone to continue to support our local businesses and merchants.  By working together to flatten the curve we will prevail, we are....

#HamiltonProud

5/22/2020

National EMS Week

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Today, we pause to celebrate our EMS workers during National EMS Week. As frontline workers, these individuals administer prehospital emergency medical care, providing both basic and advanced medical care at the scene of an emergency and on route to a hospital.

Our EMS workers make us #HamiltonProud and show us #HopeIsInHamilton all year long.

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update 

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As of May 22nd, Mercer County has 6,295 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. 

 

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Protect yourself with the following steps:

  • Stay Home -- except to pick-up essentials such as  food and medicine.
  • If you must go out, Keep Your Distance -- stay at least six feet away from others -- and Wear a Face Covering
  • Wash Your Hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place, as well as after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not accessible, Use a Hand Sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid Close Contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay Home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

 

Township Update                 

Week of May 24-May 30 



As the number of new COVID-19 cases in Hamilton Township continues to slow, so will the updates we publish. Beginning today, we will be sending out updates Monday-Friday, excluding holidays. For weekend updates visit https://covid19.nj.gov/

 

 

Monday, May 25th

As a reminder, all Hamilton Township buildings will be closed May 25th in observance of Memorial Day. Garbage will not be collected. 



Wednesday, May 27th

The Shade Tree Commission meeting has been cancelled. 



Thursday, May 28th

The Planning Board Meeting has been cancelled.

 

State Updates

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New Jersey beaches are officially open! If you're planning to visit our shore communities over this Memorial Day weekend, please remember to practice social distancing and wear a mask.

 

Today, Governor Murphy announced that he will be signing an executive order lifting the limit on outdoor gatherings from 10 to 25 individuals, indoor gatherings will remain limited to 10 people. The capacity will also be raised to 25 individuals for charter and fishing boats, outdoor batting cages, driving ranges, and other outdoor recreational businesses.

 

Additionally, public and private recreational campgrounds may open, effective immediately. 

 

For more information please visit: nj.gov/governor

5/21/2020

Township Facilities Update      

Parks, Golf Range, Animal Shelter

 

In a continuing effort to gradually reopen Hamilton Township facilities, Mayor Jeff Martin announced today that beginning tomorrow, Friday, May 22nd at 9am, the Township will be reopening several Township amenities.  All of our tennis courts and our skate park will reopen; skate park attendance will be limited to 10 people at a time. The Dog Park will be open, with a limit of 10 persons in the small dog section and 10 persons in the large dog section. There will be no limit on the number of dogs present. Additionally, the driving range at our Golf Center will reopen at 11:30am while the miniature golf course remains closed until further notice.

 

The Hamilton Township Animal Shelter & Adoption Center will be reopening to volunteers by appointment only. Anyone wishing to volunteer may make an appointment by calling (609) 890-3550 or emailing the new shelter manager Donielle Killian-Gioia  at dgioia@hamiltonnj.com. Due to ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19, restrictions may apply to certain indoor volunteer activity.

 

"We take these steps today so more of us can get back to our normal, pre-COVID lifestyle.  We will continue to gradually reopen what we can while adhering to the guidance of the CDC and our State and local health department.  As a township, we also continue to work with many of our local businesses, especially our restaurants, so they can be ready to open as safely and as quickly as possible.  I thank you all for your patience as we go through this together and I look forward to seeing you soon!"   

 

Please continue to practice CDC guidelines such as maintaining social distancing and wearing masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update 

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As of May 21st, Mercer County has 6,205 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. 

 

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Protect yourself with the following steps:

  • Stay Home -- except to pick-up essentials such as  food and medicine.
  • If you must go out, Keep Your Distance -- stay at least six feet away from others -- and Wear a Face Covering
  • Wash Your Hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place, as well as after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not accessible, Use a Hand Sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid Close Contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay Home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

 

Great Hamilton Takeout 5/27/20

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Does your kitchen deserve a break... looking to have date night in... or family fun day? Join your fellow Hamiltonians by ordering takeout from a local restaurant Wednesday, May 27th during the Great HAMILTON Takeout!I So mark your calendar today to support our local businesses!

 

State to Launch Online Grocery Shopping for SNAP Recipients

 

New Jerseyans enrolled in the state's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be able to use their benefits to order groceries online starting next week.  Online shopping will be available through Amazon and participating Walmarts, ShopRites and The Fresh Grocers.

NJ SNAP recipients will be able to use their benefits card to order groceries from Amazon starting on May 27.



Walmarts, ShopRites and The Fresh Grocers that that provide online shopping will also accept online ordering with SNAP benefits starting on May 28.



Recipients will be able to use their Families First Electronic Benefits Transfer card to purchase eligible groceries from the participating retailers. Under federal rules, SNAP benefits cannot be used to pay for delivery fees.

 

To learn more, recipients can visit Amazon.com/SNAP to register their EBT card. Visit here to learn about Walmart's SNAP online program.  Any Walmart, ShopRite or The Fresh Grocer that currently provides online shopping will also accept online ordering with SNAP benefits.

 

Visit njhelps.org to learn more and apply for food assistance and other benefits

5/20/2020

Fill Out The 2020 Census Today!

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Help shape our community by answering the 2020 Census today. The 2020 Census provides important information to the small business community, which in turn affects hiring practices and provides insight into their potential customer base. During this time, it is especially important to give our business community all the resources we can to be successful and Census information is just one of those valuable resources.

Be someone's hope today by completing the 2020 Census https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond.html 

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update 

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As of May 20th, Mercer County has 6,162 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. 
 

Please remember that a contact tracer will never ask for your social security number, ban or credit card number, or your insurance information. 

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Protect yourself with the following steps:

  • Stay Home -- except to pick-up essentials such as  food and medicine.
  • If you must go out, Keep Your Distance -- stay at least six feet away from others -- and Wear a Face Covering
  • Wash Your Hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place, as well as after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not accessible, Use a Hand Sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid Close Contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay Home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

 

Mercer County Moves COVID-19 Drive Up Testing Site to Trenton

 

Mercer County has relocated its appointment-only, drive up testing site for COVID-19 from Quaker Bridge Mall in Lawrence to the parking lot across from the County Administration Building at 640 South Broad Street in Trenton, one block south of CURE Insurance Arena, effective Tuesday May 19. The change was made in anticipation of commerce returning to the mall in the near future. 
 

Testing will be providing for symptomatic Mercer County residents 18 or older who have an appointment. If you are symptomatic for COVID-19 and want to be tested, contact your health practitioner. If you do not have a doctor, call an urgent care center or call the Henry J. Austin Health Center at 609-278-5900 to see if you need testing. 

 

State to Allow In-Person Vehicle Sales  

 

Beginning today, in-person sales at car dealerships, motorcycle dealerships, boat dealerships, and bike shops, may resume by appointment only and with social distancing measures in place. The Administrative Orderstates that businesses may permit customers to test drive these vehicles provided that the individual is given access to the vehicle alone, or in the case of a boat, with an employee of the business if social distancing can be maintained, and the business cleans and sanitizes the vehicle after such test drive. 

5/19/2020

Town Council Meeting 5-19-2020

Tonight's Town Council Meeting will be conducted via audio conference.

 

All rules and regulations that govern Council meetings are still applicable, and there will be opportunity for public comment.

 

Please find detailed instructions on how to join the call below.

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update 

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As of May 19th, Mercer County has 6,018 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. 

 

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Protect yourself with the following steps:

  • Stay Home -- except to pick-up essentials such as  food and medicine.
  • If you must go out, Keep Your Distance -- stay at least six feet away from others -- and Wear a Face Covering
  • Wash Your Hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place, as well as after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not accessible, Use a Hand Sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid Close Contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay Home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

 

Mercer County Community College Launches Student Emergency Fund 

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As the effects of COVID-19 continue to be felt on both the health and economic front, many local college students have been hit especially hard, as some were working two, even three part-time jobs in hopes of building the foundation for a brighter future. In many cases, those part-time jobs are no longer there.  Despite this crisis, the faculty, staff, and administration at Mercer County Community College has gone to extraordinary measures to continue to deliver quality, affordable educational opportunities, implementing innovative on-line and remote solutions to deliver coursework uninterrupted. But these students still need our help.

 

In response, the  the MCCC Student Emergency Fund was launched to support student success during this challenging time. This fund focuses on helping students who are currently enrolled but for whatever reason cannot afford to finish the rest of the semester, pay for upcoming classes, or even graduate. 

For more information on how you can help with the Student Emergency Fund visit www.mccc.edu/mercermatters. If you're a student looking for financial assistance please visit http://www.mccc.edu/cares

 

NJMVC Further Extends Driver License, Registration, and Inspection Expiration Dates Due to COVID-19 

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Governor Phil Murphy and New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Chief Administrator Sue Fulton today announced additional extensions to driver license, registration, and inspection expiration dates in their continuing efforts to mitigate COVID-19 and safeguard public health.

 

Effective immediately, the following documents, if expiring between March 13 and May 31, have been extended to July 31. Documents expiring June 30 are extended two months to August 31, and those expiring July 31 are extended to September 30.

  • All Standard driver licenses (including permits) and standard non-driver IDs
  • Privately owned and commercial vehicle registrations 
  • Vehicle inspections
  • Purple Heart/Disabled Veteran placards
  • Temporary tags

On March 13, the NJMVC initially announced two-month extensions for licenses, registrations, and inspection stickers expiring in March, April, and May, timelines that have now been pushed back.

 

The NJMVC encourages customers to utilize online services, which have been expanded during the COVID-19 crisis. In most cases, customers can renew a license, replace a lost license, change an address, renew a registration, and complete other transactions through the NJMVC's online services portal 

 

Customers also should check NJMVC.gov for the latest information and updates.

5/18/2020

Student Art at the Hamilton Township Public Library

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Hamilton Township School District art teachers and students each year display their work during the Annual Hamilton Student Art Exhibit in the Spring at the Hamilton Township Free Public Library.  This year a number of our schools and students were ready to share their artistic talents with the town, but unfortunately, were unable to do so due to COVID-19 and the stay at home order. 

The Library still wishes to share the creativity of our area school children with the community and will be sharing pictures of the art on their Facebook page -- @HamiltonTownshipFreePublicLibrary throughout the month of May.  Make sure to check their page often!

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update 

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As of May 18th, Mercer County has 5,950 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. 

 

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Protect yourself with the following steps:

  • Stay Home -- except to pick-up essentials such as  food and medicine.
  • If you must go out, Keep Your Distance -- stay at least six feet away from others -- and Wear a Face Covering
  • Wash Your Hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place, as well as after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not accessible, Use a Hand Sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid Close Contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay Home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

 

Township Ecological Facility to Reopen to Commercial Businesses

Beginning tomorrow, May 19th, at noon, the Hamilton Township Ecological Facility will reopen for use to commercial businesses and contractors. The following policies and procedures will be in place at the Facility until further notice: 

  • Non-Township personnel will not be permitted inside Facility offices
  • All transactions will take place through a two-way mail box located next to the sliding window
  • A signature will not be required for any debit or credit card payments, but receipts will be available through the same two-way mail box
  • Per Council action on May 5, 2020, the following price increases will be instated immediately:
    • brush disposal: $20 per yard ($30 minimum)
    • leaf disposal: $20 per yard ($30 minimum)

State Announces The Road Back Strategic Restart Plan

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Governor Murphy unveiled more details on a multi-stage approach to execute a responsible and strategic economic restart to put New Jersey on the road back to recovery from COVID-19. 

 

The multi-stage blueprint, guided by the Governor's Restart and Recovery Commission and complementary Advisory Councils, plans for a methodical and strategic reopening of businesses and activities based on level of disease transmission risk and essential classification. 

 

For more information click here.

5/17/2020

The Great Hamilton Takeout


Have you heard about the Great American Takeout? Hamilton Township and local restaurants are coming together for a Great HAMILTON Takeout on Wednesday, May 27th. So mark your calendar today to support our local businesses!

COVID-19 Update

As of May 17th, Mercer County has 5,825 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. 

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Protect yourself with the following steps:

  • Stay Home -- except to pick-up essentials such as  food and medicine.
  • If you must go out, Keep Your Distance -- stay at least six feet away from others -- and Wear a Face Covering.
  • Wash Your Hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place, as well as after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not accessible, Use a Hand Sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid Close Contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay Home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

For more information visit covid19.nj.gov

 

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month
Yesterday, Governor Murphy announced the NJ MentalHealthCares helpline 1-866-202-HELP.  NJ MentalHealthCares is New Jersey's behavioral health information and referral service. Their staff of behavioral care specialists use their experience and understanding of the behavioral health system to provide emotional support for issues related to COVID-19 and other mental concerns. The hotline is staffed 7 days a week, 8 AM to 8 PM. 
 
Additionally, it was announced that the Department of Human Services has been awarded $2.8 million in federal funding for mental health services. 


NAMI NJ is offering a "Crisis Planning for Families" webinar this Wednesday May 20 from 1-2 PM. 

This webinar will provide family members and caregivers with tools to help their loved one during a mental health crisis. There will be a panel with a family member and a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) trained police officer who will speak about their experiences. 

Workshop attendees will be able to:
  • Identify triggers and warning signs of a mental health crisis
  • Identify tools to help their loved one in a mental health crisis
  • Understand how to respond to law enforcement
  • Consider ways to prevent a crisis

5/16/2020

Happy Armed Forces Day

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As Mayor, I know I speak for our entire township when I wish all those serving in our military both near and far a very Happy Armed Forces Day. Each and every day our military personnel put on their uniforms and make countless sacrifices so that we can be a free nation. Like so many others on the frontlines, the members of our armed forces never imagined they would be fighting a war against an invisible enemy- COVID-19; but they have risen to the occasion and continue to fight for us all. Today and every day the members of our armed forces make us #HamiltonProud, they show us #HopeIsInHamilton.

Thank you for your service and Happy Armed Forces Day!

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update 

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In Hamilton, the past week marked the slowest weekly rate increase in positive cases since March. Keep practicing social distancing and wearing of face coverings in public. It is working and will allow us to safely reopen soon!

 

As of May 16th, Mercer County has 5,719 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. 

 

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Protect yourself with the following steps:

  • Stay Home -- except to pick-up essentials such as  food and medicine.
  • If you must go out, Keep Your Distance -- stay at least six feet away from others -- and Wear a Face Covering
  • Wash Your Hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place, as well as after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not accessible, Use a Hand Sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid Close Contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay Home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

 

State Announcements



Shore Activities Reopening

Today, Governor Murphy announced that chartered-boat services, including fishing and watercraft rentals, may resume as of 6 am, Sunday, May 17th. Social distancing must be observed; sanitation must be maintained; and passenger and customer logs must be preserved in case contact tracing is necessary.



Governor Murphy Signs Legislation to Lessen Higher Education Financial Aid Issues for Students Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Yesterday, Governor Murphy signed legislation to provide relief for students enrolled in various state higher education financial aid programs and address the unique circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"My Administration has made higher education a priority, and we must ensure that no student's education is negatively impacted by circumstances outside of their control," said Governor Murphy. "This legislation will protect our students from unforeseen financial hardship brought about by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic."

S2356/A3946 directs the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) to exclude the Spring 2020 semester from a student's total lifetime eligibility limits for all state financial aid programs if a student is unable to finish the semester due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, students who withdrew or reduced credits during this time will not have to repay the state financial aid amounts that the student would have had to return under previous law.

The eligibility criteria for the New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship (NJ STARS) Program and the New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship II (NJ STARS II) Program will also be temporarily relaxed to allow students to remain eligible even if their Spring 2020 grade point average fell below the previous eligibility minimums.

"On behalf of students across New Jersey whose spring semester was disrupted by the COVID-19 crisis, we thank the Governor and the legislative sponsors for taking this important action to adjust state financial aid policies in recognition of the unusual circumstances students faced during this year's abrupt shift to remote learning," said David J. Socolow, executive director of HESAA. "HESAA has taken several other steps to support students during this pandemic emergency, and the law enacted today provides new tools we can use to assist students."


For more information visit: 

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5/15/2020

Township Meeting Updates

Week of May 17th-May 23rd

 

Monday, May 18th

 

The Library Board of Trustees meeting will be conducted via audio conference beginning at 5pm. Please click herefor dial-in instructions.

 

Tuesday, May 19th

 

The Planning Board will be conducting a Special Meeting via audio conference beginning at 1pm. Please click herefor dial in instructions.

 

The Hamilton Township Council will conduct their Regular Public Meeting beginning at 6:30pm via audio conference. All rules and regulations that govern Council meetings are still applicable, and there will be opportunity for public comment. Please click here for dial in instructions. 

 

Wednesday, May 20th

 

The Planning Board will be conducting a Special Meeting via audio conference beginning at 1pm. Please click herefor dial in instructions.

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update 

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As of May 15th, Mercer County has 5,673 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. 

 

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Protect yourself with the following steps:

  • Stay Home -- except to pick-up essentials such as  food and medicine.
  • If you must go out, Keep Your Distance -- stay at least six feet away from others -- and Wear a Face Covering
  • Wash Your Hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place, as well as after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not accessible, Use a Hand Sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid Close Contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay Home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

 

State Announces Updates to July 7, 2020 Primary Election

 

Governor Murphy announced today that our July 7th primary will be a primarily vote-by-mail election.

ALL registered Democratic and Republican voters will receive a postage-paid vote-by-mail ballot.

ALL unaffiliated and inactive voters will receive a postage-paid vote-by-mail ballot application.

The state will ensure that a limited number of in-person polling places in each county will be open to ensure that everyone can exercise their right to vote.

The deadline by which votes must be received by a county Board of Elections to be counted as valid will be extended from 48 hours after polls close to SEVEN DAYS after polls close. 

For more information visihttps://nj.gov/governor/

5/14/2020

Census 2020

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There is strength in numbers. 

Every 10 years we participate in the census which in turn impacts how federal funds are allocated and helps to shape the future of our community. 

In 2010, 75.4% of Hamiltonians completed the census-can we count on you to help us achieve an even higher level of participation this time around? 

It's never been easier, just go to https://2020census.gov/

If you have already completed the census for your household consider reaching out to a loved one who may not have been able to complete the 2020 census on their own and help them answer the call today too! 

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update 

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As of May 14th, Mercer County has 5,612 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. 

 

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Protect yourself with the following steps:

  • Stay Home -- except to pick-up essentials such as  food and medicine.
  • If you must go out, Keep Your Distance -- stay at least six feet away from others -- and Wear a Face Covering
  • Wash Your Hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place, as well as after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not accessible, Use a Hand Sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid Close Contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay Home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

 

 

State to Open Public and Private  Beaches Beginning 5/22/2020

 

Governor Murphy announced guidelines today to allow for the opening of all public and private beaches in New Jersey beginning Friday, May 22nd. 

While open, beaches will be subject to capacity and admission limitations. Beach-goers will also be expected to abide by six feet demarcations in certain areas and while face coverings will not be required, they are strongly encouraged. 

Special events such as volleyball, concerts, summer camps, and fireworks cannot be held. Playgrounds, rides, arcades, games, water fountains, picnic areas and water play equipment remain closed. 

 

For more information visit https://nj.gov/governor/

5/13/2020

Happy National Police Week!

 

During National Police Week we wanted to pause to thank our Hamilton Police Division who each and every day show us #HopeIsInHamilton and make us #HamiltonProud. We are forever thankful for all that our Police force does for our community, so often going above and beyond the call to help our residents, businesses and visitors.

Although this year our officers were not able to ride for those who died by participating in the Police Unity Tour, we know you will be back next year stronger than ever. In the meantime, we join together to pay tribute to all local, state, and federal police officers who have died, or been disabled, in the line of duty.

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update 

  

As of May 13th, Mercer County has 5,499 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. 

 

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Protect yourself with the following steps:

  • Stay Home -- except to pick-up essentials such as  food and medicine.
  • If you must go out, Keep Your Distance -- stay at least six feet away from others -- and Wear a Face Covering
  • Wash Your Hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place, as well as after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not accessible, Use a Hand Sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid Close Contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay Home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

 

Executive Order to Allow Curbside Pickup at Nonessential Businesses Beginning 5/18/20

Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 142, permitting the resumption of non-essential construction, curbside pickup at non-essential retail businesses, and car gatherings for the purpose of drive-through and drive-in events. The construction and non-essential retail provisions will take effect at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, May 18, while the car gatherings provision will take effect immediately.

Non-Essential ConstructionThe Order permits non-essential construction projects to resume effective at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, May 18. All construction projects must abide by the social distancing, safety, and sanitization requirements that are described in detail in the Governor's Executive Order.

Curbside Pickup at Non-Essential Retail BusinessesThe Order also permits non-essential retail businesses to allow curbside pickup of goods, beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, May 18, but businesses must continue to have their in-store operations closed to customers.  Businesses who choose to offer curbside pickup must abide by the requirements in the Order, which include but are not limited to the following:

  • In-store operations should be limited to those employees who are responsible for the operations required for curbside pickup;
  • Customer transactions should be handled in advance by phone, email, facsimile or other means that avoid person-to-person contact;
  • Customers shall notify the retailer by text message, email, or phone once they arrive, or make best efforts to schedule their arrival time in advance.  The customer should be asked to remain in their vehicle, if arriving by car, until store staff delivers the purchase;
  • Designated employees should bring goods outside of the retail establishment and place goods directly in a customer's vehicle when possible, avoiding person-to-person contact; and
  • Such businesses must follow social distancing and mitigation practices outlined in previous orders, including requiring workers to wear cloth face coverings when in contact with other workers or customers and gloves when in contact with goods or customers. 

Car Gatherings:  The Order states that car gatherings do not violate the Governor's ban on gatherings under Executive Order No. 107.  Examples of such car gatherings include but are not limited to drive-in movies, religious services, or drive-through farms or safaris.  Car gatherings will be subject to the restrictions in the Order, which include but are not limited to the following:

  • Attendees must remain in their same car throughout the gathering, unless 1) an occupant needs to get out of the vehicle for their health or safety or 2) an occupant needs to use the restroom;
  • The vehicle must remain closed at all times unless 1) there is six feet of distance between other vehicles or individuals or 2) an officer, public official or guard requires the vehicle to open;
  • Individuals organizing the gathering who are not in vehicles must follow social distancing and wear cloth face coverings; and
  • To the degree that a gathering requires pre-payment, or seeks donations of any kind, contactless options for pre-payment or donation, such as online or by telephone, must be offered wherever feasible.

Retail businesses operating in shopping malls are permitted to operate by curbside pickup, in accordance with the other requirements of this paragraph, but staff must bring the goods to customers at the exterior of the mall.  The indoor portions of shopping malls must remain closed, as required by the Governor's previous orders.

 

A copy of Executive Order No. 142  can be found here.

 

NJ MVC Announces Expansion of Online Services 

 

In response to COVID-19, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission is adding more online services:

  • Registrations & Renewals for more vehicle types
  • License Renewals
  • Address changes
  • Lost licenses & registrations
  • Suspension restorations by email
  • And more

For more information visit:

https://www.state.nj.us/mvc/online-services.html

5/12/2020

Happy National Hospital Week!



This week marks National Hospital Week. We, as a Township, are honored to have Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton as a member of our community. Each and every day the employees and volunteers of RWJ make us #HamiltonProud and show us #HopeisinHamilton as they go above and beyond for their patients and the public at large; and for that we are eternally grateful.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

 

As of May 12th, Mercer County has 5,426 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. 

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Protect yourself with the following steps:

  • Stay Home -- except to pick-up essentials such as  food and medicine.
  • If you must go out, Keep Your Distance -- stay at least six feet away from others -- and Wear a Face Covering
  • Wash Your Hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place, as well as after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not accessible, Use a Hand Sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid Close Contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay Home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton to Offer FREE Vehicle Sanitation for Health Care Professionals 

5/11/2020

How to Make a Rain Barrel

Rain Barrels can be a great addition to any home. They help with water conservation, reducing stormwater runoff and controlling water pollution. The collected water can then be used for things like watering your garden, washing your car or in a bird bath.

The Hamilton Township Environmental Commission was scheduled to host a Rain Barrel Workshop to teach residents how to create their very own rain barrel. Just because COVID-19 put a damper on an in person class doesn't mean you can't learn how to make one from home. Check out this video for more information!

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update 

  

As of May 11th, Mercer County has 5,393 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. 

 

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Protect yourself with the following steps:

  • Stay Home -- except to pick-up essentials such as  food and medicine.
  • If you must go out, Keep Your Distance -- stay at least six feet away from others -- and Wear a Face Covering
  • Wash Your Hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place, as well as after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not accessible, Use a Hand Sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid Close Contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay Home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

 

Safety, Sanitizing and Social Distancing Poison Control Centers Urges Safe Use of COVID-19 Prevention Products

 

Since Governor Murphy enacted his stay-at-home order, New Jersey residents have been stockpiling household cleaners and disinfectants used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on high-touch surfaces. Although these products are important to have on-hand, increased use and accessibility significantly increase the risk for mishaps, misuse, and mistaken identity exposures. All people including their pets are at risk for unintentional poisonings.

According to a recent study, U.S. Poison Control Centers have seen a 20% increase in chemical exposure calls related to cleaning and disinfecting chemicals for the period of January-March 2020 as compared to the same time periods in 2018 and 2019. 

The New Jersey Poison Control Center recommends the following tips to prevent poisoning injuries during the COVID19 pandemic:

  • Be prepared for an emergency. Do not guess, every minute counts in poisoning situations. Save the Poison Control Center's contact information in your phone, 1-800-222-1222. Call FAST to treat a poisoning - Call FIRST to prevent one! 
  • Practice safe storage habits. Store potentially poisonous products like medicines, disinfecting wipes and sprays, cleaning chemicals, and hand sanitizer in their original packaging/containers with labels. Keep them away from food and drink items as mistaken identity can lead to poisonings. All items should be stored up out of sight and reach of children and pets.
  • Use one cleaning or disinfecting product at a time. Disinfectants, such as bleach, ammonia, vinegar, as well as other brand-name disinfectants can be safely used on non-porous surfaces for disinfection, but should never be ingested or used on skin. It is extremely dangerous to mix cleaning/disinfecting products together as it can form a toxic gas, putting you at risk for breathing problems. 
  • Self-medicating to prevent COVID-19 infection is dangerous.  Currently, there are NO vaccines, treatments, medicines, vitamins, supplements or other products approved to prevent, treat or cure COVID-19 infection. Best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
  • Supervise kids when using hand sanitizer. Children should never be allowed to use hand sanitizer without adult supervision as it can be extremely dangerous if they swallow a gulp of gel. Pets are also at risk for alcohol poisoning from ingesting hand sanitizer.
  • Prepare and serve food safely. Put away refrigerated and frozen foods immediately to prevent bacteria growth. Wash raw foods like produce with water, but never with cleaning/disinfecting chemicals and products. Using such products on food may cause you to ingest those chemicals, which are not meant for human consumption. 

In the event a poisoning emergency should occur, the state's poison control center is available 24/7 to help. Call (1-800-222-1222), or text (973-339-0702). If someone is unconscious, not breathing, hard to wake up, or having a seizure, call 9-1-1 immediately.  

5/10/2020
Happy Mother's Day

Mother's Day in Hamilton looks a lot different this year, just as it does all around our great country. 
 
Like so many of you, I too as your Mayor, was looking forward to our annual Azalea Festival and can't wait for us all to be together again soon.  In the meantime, we must remember it is only for now that we cannot come together to celebrate, it is only for now that we must socially distance, it is only for now that we need to stay home.  Today residents all over our town will find innovative ways to celebrate the important moms in their lives, through phone calls, emails, drive by waves and virtual visual calls.  Eventually we will be able to leave our homes for non-essential trips, we will be able to celebrate together in large groups, and we will be able to visit and hug our loved ones.
 
Moms so often are the glue, holding us together during the tough times, putting the needs of their family before their own.  Moms have continued to do just that throughout COVID-19 and although we may not be able to celebrate with them in person today the way we normally would, I ask you to join me in celebrating all the moms both near and far in wishing them a very Happy Mother's Day! 

COVID-19 Update

As of May 10th, Mercer County has 5,317 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. 

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Protect yourself with the following steps:

  • Stay Home -- except to pick-up essentials such as  food and medicine.
  • If you must go out, Keep Your Distance -- stay at least six feet away from others -- and Wear a Face Covering.
  • Wash Your Hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place, as well as after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not accessible, Use a Hand Sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid Close Contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay Home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

For more information visit covid19.nj.gov

FDA Approves First At-Home Saliva Collection Test for COVID-19

Emergency authorization granted to pioneering Rutgers lab and collaborators

NEW BRUNSWICK - Rutgers’ RUCDR Infinite Biologics received an amended emergency use authorization from the FDA late Thursday for the first SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus test that will allow people to collect their own saliva at home and send to a lab for results.

The decision follows the FDA’s recent emergency approval to RUCDR Infinite Biologics for the first saliva-based test, which involves health care workers collecting saliva from individuals at testing sites.

The new at-home saliva self-collection assay, developed by RUCDR in partnership with Spectrum Solutions and Accurate Diagnostic Labs, allows for broader screening than through the standard method using nose and throat swabs at a healthcare facility or testing location that requires a physical interaction with a healthcare professional.

“The impact of this approval means that not only do we no longer have to put healthcare professionals at risk for infection by performing nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal collections, we can now preserve precious PPE for use in patient care instead of testing and can significantly increase the number of people collected each and every day in places other than a healthcare setting,” said Andrew Brooks, chief operating officer and director of technology development at RUCDR, who also is a professor in the School of Arts and Sciences Department of Genetics at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

“This will enable testing for people that do not have the means to get to a collection center and/or are at home because they are sick, quarantined, at increased risk for infection or simply concerned about exposing themselves by traveling to a collection site. This approach will have a significant impact on helping people in New Jersey and across the United States get back to work as we will be able to monitor large numbers of people in a variety of locations.”

Full story: https://go.rutgers.edu/pswjdm3f

 

5/9/2020
May is National Bike Month - Helmet Safety 
With warmer weather, the parks re-opening and the desire to stay physically active, it is important to practice bicycle and helmet safety.