8/14/2020 - MISSING PERSON  - Kory Castrantas

 

COVID-19 CASES REPORTED IN HAMILTON TOWNSHIP AS OF 9/18/2020:

1,991 TOTAL POSITIVE CASES

187 DEATHS

1,527 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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Questions or Concerns Regarding COVID-19?

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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

Dealing with Food Insecurity?

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

Daily Updates

09/18/2020

Traffic Advisory -Sloan Avenue

Beginning Wednesday, September 23rd, you may wish to plan an alternate route to your destination as the Mercer County Department of Transportation will be working on a milling and resurfacing project on Sloan Avenue (CR649) between the I-295 Overpass and Quakerbridge Road.

 

?Construction and partial road closures will take place Monday Friday, from 9AM 3:30PM. During this time, work will be completed in half width sections, with single lane single direction traffic at all times. The work is expected to last approximately 2 weeks, weather permitting.

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of September 18th, Mercer County has 8,544 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing continues for any new case and any follow up for previously confirmed cases. 

 

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

 

  • 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.

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

 

Township Meeting and Event Updates

Week of September 21st-25th

Tuesday, September 22nd

The Shade Tree Commission will be meeting via audio conference beginning at 6:30 pm. Please click here for call in information: https://hamiltonnj.com/popup.aspx?listing=ShortEvents|9/22/2020|506807|2682

 

The Zoning Board of Adjustment will be meeting beginning at 6pm using the Zoom application. Please click here for information on how to observe and participate in this meeting: https://hamiltonnj.com/content/228309/228375/229641/default.aspx

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The Township will be hosting a free Rabies Clinic for cats and dogs from 5pm-7pm at the McManimon Building (320 Scully Ave) Please click here for more information and COVID-19 guidelines: https://hamiltonnj.com/qcontent/NewsFeed.aspx?FeedID=3585

 

Thursday, September 24th

The Planning Board will be meeting beginning at 6pm using the Zoom application. Please click here for information on how to observe and participate in this meeting: https://hamiltonnj.com/content/228309/228375/229625/default.aspx

 

Census 2020

Get Counted Before Time Runs Out!

It’s easy to make a difference in your community – you can even do it from the comfort and safety of your own home, but time is running out.

 

The State of New Jersey as a whole has a record 68.2% self-response rate - surpassing that of the last three censuses in 1990, 2000 and the 2010. That is higher than this years’ National self-response rate of 65.9%. However, what may be even more impressive is Hamilton Township’s self-response rate at 77.3% thus far.

 

Join your fellow Hamiltonians and Americans, respond to the 2020 Census today before it’s too late, because the deadline is September 30th! Answer online, via phone or through the mail, just don’t delay, because your response helps to provide Federal funding to our town for important services such as education, roads and libraries, while also impacting business decisions and so much more for the next 10 years.

09/17/2020

HTSD to Host Weekly Pop-Up School Houses

The Hamilton Township School District will be hosting weekly Pop-Up School Houses. At these, students and their families will have the opportunity to meet HTSD staff, connect with community organizations, receive free/reduced lunch applications, and get technology, academic and emotional support.

School Houses will be on Wednesdays from 4pm-6pm at the following locations:

  • September 23rd: Sunnybrae Elementary School

  • September 30: Lalor Elementary School

  • October 7: Kuser Elementary School

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of September 17th, Mercer County has 8,534 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing continues for any new case and any follow up for previously confirmed cases. 

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

 

  • 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 Tax Rebate for Middle-Class Families In FY2021 Budget

As part of the State's revised Fiscal Year 2021 (FY2021) budget, Governor Murphy announced today a tax cut that will pay an up to $500 rebate to approximately 800,000 New Jersey families. 

This will be an up to $500 rebate for families with incomes under $150,000 per couple—or $75,000 for a single individual—with at least one dependent child. This rebate will be automatically distributed to eligible taxpayers in the summer of 2021, providing much-needed relief for middle-class families.  

The Governor also announced that the definition of “dependent” in the state tax code will be changed to match the federal tax code.

The final revised FY2021 budget will be announced ahead of the September 30, 2020 deadline. It will take effect on October 1, 2

 

Keep Your Pets Safe from COVID-19

09/16/2020

September is National Preparedness Month

Disasters Don't Wait - Make Your Plan Today

September is National Preparedness Month and we all know, it is harder to play catch up then it is to prepare ahead of time. Now is as good a time as any to ensure you and your loved ones are prepared before a disaster strikes, which we all hope it never will.

 

  • Make a Plan – include how you plan to communicate before, during and after a disaster. If you already have a plan, make sure no changes are necessary due to COVID19

  • Build a Kit – gather supplies that will last for several days for each person in your home and your pets

     

    Additional Resources Available Include:

  • Sign up for emergency alerts to your mobile phone through CODE Red – Hamilton Townships Emergency Notification System: hamiltonnj.com/featured/?FeedID=1171

  • Sign up for preparedness text messages from FEMA: Text PREPARE to 43362 (msg/data rates apply)

  • Visit PSE&G to learn more about Emergency Preparedness nj.pseg.com/safetyandreliability/emergencypreparedness

  • Alert PSE&G ahead of time if anyone in your household utilizes Life-Sustaining Equipment which requires electricity to operate. To learn more visit: nj.pseg.com/saveenergyandmoney/gethelppayingyourbill/additionalresources

  • “NJ Register Ready – New Jersey’s Special Needs Registry for Disasters” – designed specifically for residents with disabilities or access and functional needs (or their families, friends, caregivers and associates) to provide information allowing emergency responders to better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergency. To learn more, call 2-1-1 or visit registerready.nj.gov

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of September 16th, Mercer County has 8,526 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing continues for any new case and any follow up for previously confirmed cases. 

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

 

  • 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

 

Census 2020

BIG NEWS: New Jersey’s current self-response rate for the #2020Census is the highest we’ve achieved in the past four Censuses!

Our current statewide self-response rate is 68.1% and our statewide overall response rate is over 92%.

Have you filled out the Census yet? You can still respond online, via phone or mail so visit https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond.html to learn more. 

09/15/2020

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

In the United States alone, an estimated 15,780 children between the ages of 0-19 are diagnosed with cancer each year. That means every 3 minutes a family hears the heartbreaking news that their child has been diagnosed with cancer. New Jersey is just one of 21 states that mentions Childhood Cancer in their Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan. The New Jersey plan has 3 main goals – it looks to improve care for those diagnosed, advocate and educate. (information sourced from American Childhood Cancer Organization & the New Jersey State Cancer Plan)

And so, September is recognized as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month around the world. In a show of support and solidarity this week, the Hamilton Township Municipal Building will be lit in gold because no child and no family should ever have to face childhood cancer alone!

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of September 15th, Mercer County has 8,510 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing continues for any new case and any follow up for previously confirmed cases. 

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

 

  • 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

 

Town Council Meeting Tonight 9-15-2020

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. Should you have difficulties connecting, please leave a comment on this thread and we'll address with you directly.

 

State Releases Updated Travel Advisory List

As of September 15, 2020

Governor Phil Murphy today advised individuals traveling to New Jersey from states or territories with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state or territory. The updated advisory includes one additional territory-Puerto Rico-with California, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada and Ohio removed from the list, bringing the total to 30 states and territories. The travel advisory applies to any person arriving from a state or territory with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

As of Tuesday, September 15, there are currently 30 states and territories that meet the criteria stated above: Alabama; Alaska; Arkansas; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Guam; Iowa; Idaho; Indiana; Illinois; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Missouri; Mississippi; Montana; North Carolina; North Dakota; Nebraska; Oklahoma; Puerto Rico; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Virginia; Wisconsin; and West Virginia.

Travelers and those residents who are returning from impacted states should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging. Individuals should leave the place of self-quarantine only to seek medical care/treatment or to obtain food and other essential items. 

It is expected that individuals will follow the public health advisory to self-quarantine. The list of states will be updated on a rolling basis and is accessible here

 

09/14/2020

MCIA to Host Hazardous Waste Collection & Electronics Recycling Event  9/18-9/19

Do you have electronics and household hazardous waste items like aerosol cans, car batteries, oil based paint and fluorescent bulbs you are looking to get rid of? If so, then this Friday and Saturday Mercer County residents can visit the Dempster Fire School to dispose of these and other hazardous items that cannot be disposed of in your regular trash. Be sure to check out the attached image for more details on the Mercer County Improvement Authority event – including a list of items that can and cannot be disposed of, as well as COVID19 protocol which has been put in place for everyone’s safety.

 

Friday, September 18, 2020 from 12PM – 5PM

Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 8AM – 3PM

Dempster Fire School located at 350 Lawrence Station Road

This event will be held Rain or Shine

Questions? Visit http://mcianj.org/hhw

 

 

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of September 14th, Mercer County has 8,498 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing continues for any new case and any follow up for previously confirmed cases. 

 

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

 

  • 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 New Jersey Overview

    Wednesday, September 16th

    11 am - 12 pm

     

    Join NAMI NJ to learn about the wide range of services that they provide to our State's diverse population!

     

    NAMI NJ is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. Through education, support, advocacy and public awareness programs NAMI NJ fosters understanding about mental illness, confronts stigma often associated with mental disorders, advocates for public policies that benefit those affected by mental illness, and promotes research into the causes, treatment and recovery of mental health disorders.

     

    REGISTER HERE

09/11/2020

9/11 - We Will Never Forget

It is hard to believe that 19 years ago we woke up to a beautiful September morning, readied ourselves for work, school, or wherever else our day would take us, not knowing that soon all of our lives would change forever. 

Today, we pause to remember the lives that were tragically cut short, their loved ones, family members, and friends who each year honor those they lost and cherish the memories they made together. Today, we thank our first responders who heroically ran in - not knowing what lied ahead. Today, we remember all those who gave of themselves only to become sick in the years following, from their days as rescue workers. Today, we thank all involved to help rebuild our Pentagon, create memorials across the country, and construct the Freedom Tower, united in American pride.

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of September 11th, Mercer County has 8,467 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing continues for any new case and any follow up for previously confirmed cases. 

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

 

  • 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 Updates

Week of September 14th-19th

Monday, September 14th

The Cultural Affairs and Performing Arts Advisory Commission will be meeting via conference call beginning at 6:30 pm. Click here for the call in information.

Tuesday, September 15th

The Township Council meeting will be conducted via audio conference beginning at 6:30 pm. Click here for instructions on how to listen and participate in this meeting.

Wednesday, September 16th

The Planning Board will hold a special in-person meeting beginning at 5 pm at the Hamilton Manor, 30 NJ 156 Hamilton, NJ 08620. Click here for more information.

 

Governor Signs Legislation Extending MVC Deadlines

Governor Murphy has signed legislation (A4486) which authorizes the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) to use stored driver's license or identification card photos for longer than eight years and limits certain appointment times at MVC locations to senior citizens and persons with certain medical conditions during COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor also signed A4520, which temporarily extends deadlines to register vehicles and obtain driver's licenses for new State residents during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

A4486 extends the validity of all driver’s license and identification card photographs from a maximum of eight years to a maximum of 12 years. The bill further allows residents 65 years of age or older to be eligible to use a stored photograph for each standard driver’s license or standard identification card renewal. The legislation also requires the chief administrator, during the COVID-19 public health emergency, to reserve one day per week or a certain time each day or each week at certain commission agency locations to offer appointments exclusively to the following individuals to register a newly purchased, newly acquired, or transferred motor vehicle: (1) senior citizens, and (2) customers who, due to a medical condition diagnosed by a licensed medical doctor or osteopathic physician and evidenced by proof, in a form prescribed by the chief administrator, cannot wear masks or face coverings.

A4520 provides that a person who is allowed to operate a motor vehicle as a non-resident has 120 days (up from 60 days) to obtain a New Jersey driver’s license and to register a motor vehicle upon becoming a resident of the State, if that person becomes a resident during the Coronavirus 2019 public health emergency, which is defined as the period of time during which Executive Order No. 103 of 2020, and any subsequent executive order extending the public health emergency, is in effect.  

09/10/2020

Local Finance Board Approves Hamilton Fire Consolidation

The Department of Community Affairs’ Local Finance Board unanimously approves Hamilton Township fire service consolidation.

 

Under current structure, Hamilton fire services are comprised of nine, autonomous fire districts. Each of the nine districts is governed by five elected commissioners and have their own individual budgets. Under the proposal submitted before the Local Finance Board today, all nine districts would be consolidated and become part of a newly formed Hamilton Township Fire Department funded by municipal taxes.

 

The process to consolidate the fire districts has been one the Township has considered for over twenty years with the most recent proposal beginning in 2015. This proposal has faced many setbacks of the last five years, but remained one of the top priorities for Mayor Jeff Martin’s administration.

 

“With today’s approval by the State, we are one step closer to having one Hamilton Township Fire Department in early 2021,” stated Mayor Jeff Martin. “In an unprecedented year of economic difficulties, consolidation could save the township, and therefore our residents, roughly $1.5 million a year in reduced fire service costs all while keeping the same number of fire houses and firefighters. This is an extraordinary moment in both Hamilton and New Jersey history. I want to thank all that have worked to make this happen including Governor Murphy and his administration, our Legislative leaders – Senator Greenstein, Assemblyman DeAngelo, and Assemblyman Benson, our Township Council, our fire consolidation subcommittee members including -- Councilman Pat Papero, Jr., Councilman Anthony Carabelli, Jr., Mark Murranko, Joe Monzo, Chief Richard Kraemer, Scott Goldsmith, Nick Buroczi, Shane Mull, Richard Braslow, and all of the Hamilton Firefighters.

 

"This is a great step forward in ensuring our firefighters have the ability to continue their excellent quality of service to our community," said Senator Linda Greenstein. “I commend the work of the Martin Administration and our Hamilton Firefighters who worked so hard to find a workable plan."

 

“I’m thrilled that the Local Finance Board has approved the Hamilton’s fire consolidation proposal,” commented Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo. “This is an important step in securing a more responsive and effective fire service that will save taxpayers money. I look forward to seeing this continue moving forward so that we can improve the safety and well-being of Hamiltonians in every neighborhood.”

 

"From standing in front of Rusling Hose Fire Company three years ago to now, I have believed that the time is right to have a strong Township wide uniform fire service,” stated Assembly Dan Benson. “It's safer for our residents, as well as, the firefighters serving us in harm's way. Just as importantly, it makes economic sense in the long run to ensure that all Hamilton residents receive the same high level of service regardless of their zip code. Congratulations to the Mayor and Council on this important milestone achieved through their hard work. “

“When Hamilton’s firefighters took on the consolidation effort nearly four years ago they did so with a goal of making their community safer,” Eddie Donnelly, President of the NJFMBA said. “Today’s result is a testament to the positive things that can happen when labor and management work together.”

The Local Finance Board approved the application by a unanimous vote of 7-0. The next step would be coordination with the Civil Service Commission for organizational transfer of all current fire district employees.

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of September 10th, Mercer County has 8,455 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing continues for any new case and any follow up for previously confirmed cases. 

 

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

 

  • 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

    Today is

    World Suicide Prevention Day

    It’s OK to ask for help!

    World Suicide Prevention Day is recognized on September 10th each year. Established in 2003, this day has brought much needed attention and awareness to suicide and its prevention -striving to remove the stigma associated with suicide. 

    Know the Facts

    (sourced from https://www.iasp.info/wspd2020/):

  • Suicide is ranked amongst the top 20 leading causes of death globally

  • Responsible for over 800,000 deaths – that’s 1 suicide every 40 seconds

  • For every suicide, apx. 135 people experience grief and are affected

  • For every 1 suicide, 25 others are attempted and countless more contemplate suicide

     

    If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, we urge you to reach out for help.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, for free confidential support, 24/7: 1-800-273-TALK(8255) https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

  • New Jersey Suicide Prevention Hopeline for free confidential support, 24/7: 1-855-NJ-HOPELINE(654-6735) http://www.njhopeline.com/

    It is important to know there is help… it is okay to ask for help. Working together we can prevent suicide!

    Census 2020

    Help Us Meet Our Goal!

    Since our last Census reminder the overall response rate in Hamilton has risen, but we still have a bit to go to reach our goal of 80% completion before the September 30th deadline.

    Help to ensure a Strong Future for future generations of Hamiltonians by responding today:

 

09/09/2020

Township to Host Meeting with Restaurants and Eateries - CHANGE OF LOCATION

In an effort to address the needs and concerns of our local restaurants and eateries during these difficult times, the Hamilton Township Office of Community and Economic Development will be hosting an in-person meeting tomorrow, September 10th, to discuss navigating through this pandemic.

The meeting will now be held at the Nottingham Ballroom (200 Mercer Street Hamilton, NJ 08690) from 10 am - 11:30 am (please note the change in location.)

During the meeting, they will cover:

  • Ways our office can assist your business and how we can help.

  • Input as we establish a Permanent Outdoor Dining Ordinance for 2021.

  • Open Discussion –Questions, Challenges, Trends, and more.

     

    To register, email your name, phone, email and business name to kkane@hamiltonnj.com.

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

    As of September 9th, Mercer County has 8,439 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing continues for any new case and any follow up for previously confirmed cases. 

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

  • 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 Launches Voter Information Portal

     

    Today, the New Jersey Department of State went live with a online voter registration form and voter information portal. Visit https://nj.gov/state/elections/ to:

  • Register to vote

  • Confirm your voter registration

  • Set up an account to track your mail-in ballot

    Remember to return your vote by mail ballot. Persons who wish to vote in-person at the polls will receive a provisional ballot (accommodations will be made for those with disabilities).

    The deadline for voter registration for the 2020 General Election is October 13th. Need the paper application? Click here.

     

    NAMI to Host "In Our Own Voice" Webinar

    Thursday, September 10th

    7 pm - 8:15 pm

    NAMI In Our Own Voice is a program for community education and reducing stigma, as trained volunteers share their lived experience of mental health recovery; What Happened, What Helps, and What’s Next.

    This is a presentation given over 200 times a year to a wide variety of audiences, including high school and college classes, professional trainings, family education courses, and congregations.

    REGISTER HERE

09/08/2020

Happy 1st Day of School!

As our timelines fill with first day of school photos, we wanted to pause this morning as we couldn’t let today pass without wishing the Hamilton Township
School District - Mercer County
students, teachers, staff and parents a very happy 1st day of school.
Although this school year is beginning much differently than any past school
year – we know you will make the best of your virtual education experience,
continuing to put your best foot forward, listening and learning. Each and
every one of you have the potential to do great things, you make us Hamilton
Proud!

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of September 8th, Mercer County has 8,432 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing continues for any new case and any follow up for previously confirmed cases. 

 

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

 

  • 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

 

 

Job Fair Tomorrow 9-9

Searching for a job? Inter States Insurance Company will be sponsoring a Community Job Fair tomorrow, September 9th from 11 am - 1 pm. In addition to other employers, Hamilton Township will be on site with employment applications and to discuss current vacancies. Please see the flyer above for more information.

 

State Releases Updated Travel Advisory List

As of September 8, 2020

Governor Phil Murphy today advised individuals traveling to New Jersey from states or territories with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state or territory. The updated advisory includes four additional states-Delaware, Maryland, Ohio and West Virginia-with Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands removed from the list, bringing the total to 35 states and territories. The travel advisory applies to any person arriving from a state or territory with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

 

As of Tuesday, September 8, there are currently 35 states and territories that meet the criteria stated above: Alabama; Alaska; Arkansas; California; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Guam; Hawaii; Iowa; Idaho; Indiana; Illinois; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maryland; Minnesota; Missouri; Mississippi; Montana; North Carolina; North Dakota; Nebraska; Nevada; Ohio; Oklahoma; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Virginia; Wisconsin; and West Virginia.

 

Travelers and those residents who are returning from impacted states should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging. Individuals should leave the place of self-quarantine only to seek medical care/treatment or to obtain food and other essential items. 

 

It is expected that individuals will follow the public health advisory to self-quarantine. The list of states will be updated on a rolling basis and is accessible here

09/04/2020

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

Hamilton Township will hold its annual September 11th remembrance ceremony on Friday, September 11, 2020 at 1:00 PM inside the Klockner Road Entrance of Veterans Park at the September 11th Memorial Grove.

 

The ceremony will include the participation of Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin, Hamilton Township Council, Hamilton Police Chief James M. Stevens, Hamilton Fire Chief Richard Kraemer, Father Stanley Krzyston of St. Vincent de Paul Church, the Hamilton Township Patriotic Committee, as well as the Hamilton Township Police and Fire Honor Guards, the Hamilton Township Fire Department Pipe & Drum Band, and members of Hamilton’s Police, Fire and Emergency Management personnel communities.   

 

“Our nation will never forget the tragic events of September 11th, the lives we lost that day, nor those that were changed forever. We thank all first responders for their service and sacrifices made not only on that somber day but each and every day,” says Mayor Jeff Martin. “I invite all those who are able to join us for our annual somber September 11th remembrance ceremony at the September 11th Memorial Grove.”  

 

Veterans Park, home to Hamilton’s September 11th Memorial Grove and the location of this ceremony, holds a Steel Beam from the World Trade Center, as well as a Fire Fighter monument and a memorial to the five Hamilton residents we so tragically lost on September 11, 2001 (William Reed Bethke, Daniel Leonard Maher, Susan L. Schuler, Jeannine Damiani-Jones, and Richard Guadagno).

 

Seating for the ceremony will be limited and social distancing will be practiced, thus we encourage attendees to arrive early and bring their own lawn chairs. Masks must be worn when social distancing cannot be maintained. The ceremony will be held whether rain or shine.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of September 4th, Mercer County has 8,390 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing continues for any new case and any follow up for previously confirmed cases. 

 

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

 

  • 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 Updates

    Week of September 7th-11th

     

    Monday, September 7th

    In observance of the Labor Day Holiday, all Township Offices will be closed. Garbage will not be collected.

     

    Tuesday, September 8th

    Beginning September 8th, Township Offices will reopen to the public by appointment only. Masks will be required to enter, and visitors must complete a COVID-19 questionnaire. Appointments will be scheduled by each Department separately. Visit www.hamiltonnj.com to find contact information for the Department you need to speak with. At this time, the Public Library remains open only for curbside pick up and returns. Visit https://hamiltonnjpl.org/ for more information.

     

    The Zoning Board of Adjustment will be meeting remotely using the Zoom application beginning at 6pm. Please click here for instructions on how to participate.

     

    Wednesday, September 9th

    The Board of Public Officers will be meeting via conference call beginning at 2:30pm. Please click here for dial in instructions.

     

    The Economic Development Advisory Commission will be meeting remotely using the Zoom application beginning at 6:30pm. Please click here for instructions on how to participate.

     

    The Environmental Commission will be meeting via conference call beginning at 6:30pm. Please click here for dial in instructions.

     

    The Municipal Alliance Meeting is cancelled.

    The Planning Board will be meeting remotely using the Zoom application beginning at 6pm. Please click here for instructions on how to participate.

09/03/2020

WATCH: 2020 State of

Hamilton Township

2020 Hamilton Township State of the Township Address

No Neighborhood Ignored,

No Neighborhood Forgotten,

All One Great Hamilton Township!

 

Click here to watch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMHpway-7R8

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of September 3rd, Mercer County has 8,371 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing continues for any new case and any follow up for previously confirmed cases. 

 

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

 

  • 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 to Host Series of Drive-In Movie Nights and Concerts

Over the next several weeks, the Mercer County Park Commission will be hosting a series of free drive-in movies and concerts. Parking will be on a first come, first serve basis, and there will be a lounging areas for cars to set up chairs and blankets. The Park Commission will not be providing seating or food and drink. Visitors are asked to only leave their seating area to use the restroom and to wear a face mask when not in their space.

09/02/2020

RELEASE: Hamilton Township Announces Residential Tree Planting Initiative

HAMILTON, NJ – Hamilton Township will be offering free shade trees to Hamilton Township residents.

 

The residential tree planting initiative is due to the efforts of the Hamilton Township Shade Tree Commission. Over the next three years, Hamilton will spend over $1 million to remove dead and dying trees and plant new trees around town. The program is funded by private developers that pay into an escrow fund when trees are removed from properties under construction and, under the law, can only be used for this purpose. While the Township takes requests for new curbside trees year round, we are ramping up our efforts to reach all Hamilton Township residents on a neighborhood by neighborhood level. 

 

“We applaud Mayor Martin and the Hamilton Township Council for their efforts to provide free shade trees to the residents of Hamilton,” said Henry Gajda, Policy Director New Jersey LCV. “We know that local shade trees provide a litany of benefits, like increasing property values, improving soil and water conservation, storing carbon and helping moderate local climate. We encourage the residents of Hamilton to reach out to the Hamilton Township Division of Planning to participate in this great, free initiative.”

 

The Township plans to have the trees planted in curbside planting beds so that they will not interfere with sidewalks or utility lines. While there is no cost to residents for the trees, the Township asks that residents jointly care for the tree in the first three years of growth.

 

“Planting new trees throughout Hamilton, at no cost to our residents, is a win-win,” said Mayor Jeff Martin. Healthy trees provide environmental benefits such as cleaner air and cooler temperatures for homes they help shade – helping to lower energy consumption. Additionally, healthy trees improve property values by improving the appearance of a property. I want to thank the Hamilton’s Shade Tree Commission, Department of Public Works, and the Department of Community & Economic Development for spearheading this initiative, all at no cost to our residents.”

 

Residents seeking to bring more green into their neighborhood may contact the Division of Planning at (609) 890-3645 or via email at RPoppert@HamiltonNJ.com

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of September 2nd, Mercer County has 8,349 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing continues for any new case and any follow up for previously confirmed cases. 

 

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

 

  • 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

 

NAMIWalks Your Way 2020

September 26, 2020