January 19, 2021 - Missing Person - Todd Dekis

COVID-19 CASES REPORTED IN HAMILTON TOWNSHIP AS OF 1/20/2021:

5,195 TOTAL POSITIVE CASES

213 DEATHS

2,137 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?

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

Dealing with Food Insecurity?

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

Daily Updates

1/20/2021

WATCH: Associate Director of Economic Development Kate Kane Gives Update on Chamber LIVE

Earlier this week, Kate Kane, Associate Director of Economic Development for Hamilton Township was featured on Chamber LIVE, a program hosted by the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber. As Small Businesses continue to struggle during these cold months of the pandemic, this Township Team is on the move to make sure that the vitality of their business in the Township of Hamilton stay #Openforbusiness! From Propane programs and door to door stimulus checks, Show Host, Christine Curnan discusses with Kate the various ways the Administration of this New Jersey Small Town is doing everything in their power to proudly say Hamilton Township is OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

Get to know Kate Kane and more about Hamilton Townships Economic Development by watching the broadcast here! https://www.facebook.com/princetonmercer/videos/561768308130134

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of January 20th, Mercer County has 22,115 total positive cases of COVID-19. The State Department of Health announced that they believe our next surge of COVID-19 cases will start as early as next week and continue into February. While Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is expected to be readily available, the main concern at this time is the potential need for hospitals to move to contingency staffing. Let's do our part to keep cases and hospitalizations low. 

 

  • 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 on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 visit covid19.nj.gov or

    cdc.gov/coronavirus

     

    COVID-19 Vaccine Information

     

    As of January 14, 2021 the following groups are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and can begin to make their appointments.

  • Frontline First Responders

  • Long Term Care Facility Residents

  • Paid/unpaid persons working/volunteering in a healthcare setting

  • Persons aged 65 and older

  • Persons aged 16-64 years old who have at least one chronic medical condition that poses high-risk for severe COVID-19

     

    At this time, the best place to register for the vaccine is through the NJVSS system HERE

     

    For a list of open vaccination sites visit:

    covid19.nj.gov/vaccine

Remember: Health Insurance is Still Available Through GetCoveredNJ

The Hamilton Township Division of Health would like to remind everyone it’s not too late to obtain health insurance for 2021. Open enrollment is available until January 31st! Visit https://nj.gov/getcoverednj/ to find a plan that’s right for you and your family and to
see if you qualify for financial assistance.

1/19/2021

Council Meeting Tonight 6:30 PM on Zoom

The Hamilton Township Council will be meeting this evening beginning at 6:30 PM. Please be advised that due to the State of Emergency (COVID-19), this meeting will be conducted remotely via Zoom.

Participants may join by visiting:
http://www.zoom.us/join or by phone 1-929-205-6099

Meeting ID: 943 6641 2478
Passcode: 546915 

Participants will be put in a waiting room prior to the meeting starting. They will be muted and may request to speak by opening the “Participants” window and selecting “Raise Hand”. Participants joining by phone may raise their hand by dialing *9.

  • As of January 19th, Mercer County has 21,956 total positive cases of COVID-19. The State Department of Health announced that they believe our next surge of COVID-19 cases will start as early as next week and continue into February. While Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is expected to be readily available, the main concern at this time is the potential need for hospitals to move to contingency staffing. Let's do our part to keep cases and hospitalizations low. 

  • 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.

  •  

  • COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update
    As of January 14, 2021 the following groups are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and can begin to make their appointments.

  • Frontline First Responders
    Long Term Care Facility Residents
    Paid/unpaid persons working/volunteering in a healthcare setting
    Persons aged 65 and older
    Persons aged 16-64 years old who have at least one chronic medical condition that poses high-risk for severe COVID-19 (see photo for details)

  • For a list of open vaccination sites visit:
    covid19.nj.gov/vaccine


    For more information on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 visit 
    covid19.nj.gov or cdc.gov/coronavirus

 

1/15/2021

A Message From Mayor Martin

Good Afternoon and Happy Friday! 

COVID-19 vaccinations are well on their way here in Hamilton. Since the end of December, under the leadership of Department of Health Director Kathy Fitzgerald and Hamilton Health Officer Chris Hellwig, Hamilton has partnered with neighboring towns to distribute vaccine to our area healthcare workers and first responders. 

With the Governor’s announcement this week that individuals 65 years old or older plus those between the ages of 16-64 with chronic health conditions are now eligible for the vaccine, we have seen demand for the vaccine skyrocket. Since Wednesday, our Township has received over 1,000 calls and emails from residents wanting to get an appointment. At this time, we are taking all of the names and contact information for anyone who reaches out and putting all on a waitlist in the order they call. 

Unfortunately, given our vaccine allotment, we are booked through the end of the month. However, working with Mercer County and area health organizations, we expect that by the end of the month there will be a significant increase in the amount of vaccine available, as well as the amount of professionals available to administer the vaccine. 

At this time, the best place to register for the vaccine is through the NJVSS system. There are also many sites already up and running throughout New Jersey that you can find and register for individually.  Even if you have reached out to the Township to get on our waitlist, you should still register through the NJVSS system to give yourself the best chance at getting the quickest appointment. 

If you or a loved one needs to get tested, our Health Department has put together a list of area facilities that are administering tests, the type of test they administer and approximate turnaround time. The list can be found on our Department of Health website. In addition, Mercer County has at-home test kits available and still offers free testing sites each week.  

This has been a long 10 months for all of us with still more difficult days ahead. It has tested our resolve individually and as a community, but all of us have continually met the challenge. There is a light at the end of this dark tunnel and if we continue to work together, we will come out stronger once we get there! 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of January 15th, Mercer County has 21,330 total positive cases of COVID-19. The State Department of Health announced that they believe our next surge of COVID-19 cases will start as early as next week and continue into February. While Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is expected to be readily available, the main concern at this time is the potential need for hospitals to move to contingency staffing. Let's do our part to keep cases and hospitalizations low. 

 

  • 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.

     

    As of January 14, 2021 the following groups are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and can begin to make their appointments.

  • Frontline First Responders

  • Long Term Care Facility Residents

  • Paid/unpaid persons working/volunteering in a healthcare setting

  • Persons aged 65 and older

  • Persons aged 16-64 years old who have at least one chronic medical condition that poses high-risk for severe COVID-19 (see photo for details)

     

    For a list of open vaccination sites visit:

    covid19.nj.gov/vaccine

     

    For more information on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 visit covid19.nj.gov or

    cdc.gov/coronavirus

Hamilton Township Celebrates Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day With Scholarship Awards

On Wednesday, January 13th Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin presented three Hamilton Township School District students with the 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service and Scholarships Awards. These students each received a $450 scholarship and were selected by the Tribute Committee based on their dedication to public service and clear commitment to academic excellence.

“While we are not able to gather in person for our Annual Tribute Ceremony this year due to COVID-19, I am happy that we as a Township have still found a way to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy and present three deserving Hamilton Township School District students with a scholarship award that both commemorates their dedication to service and sets them up to further their educational careers,” said Mayor Jeff Martin. “I wish Olena, Ryan and Lauren the best of luck in all of their future endeavors. I am proud of the strong spirit of community service we have here in Hamilton”

You can read the full press release and learn more about the scholarship recipients here. https://hamiltonnj.com/news/?FeedID=3675

Township Updates Week of January 18th-22nd

Monday, January 18th

In observance of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Township Offices will be closed. Garbage will be collected.

 

Tuesday, January 19th

The Township Council will be meeting using the Zoom application beginning at 6:30pm. Please click here for instructions on how to observe and participate in this meeting. https://hamiltonnj.com/popup.aspx?listing=ShortEvents|1/19/2021|518089|2924

 

1/14/2021

Hamilton Township Free Virtual Job Fair Announced for March 16

Mayor Jeffrey Martin and the Hamilton Township Economic Development Advisory Commission (HTEDAC) will offer a FREE Virtual Job Fair for residents seeking employment in the greater Hamilton Township area. The Virtual Job Fair will showcase job openings from a range of employers in various fields and skillsets, including representatives from Amazon, UPS, FedEx, local labor unions, and area small businesses. The Virtual Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, March 16, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

“In these challenging economic times, we are thankful to the Commission for finding an innovative way to help residents learn about local employment opportunities as well as provide an outlet for our businesses and vendors to fill their vacancies,” said Mayor Martin. “Hamilton is a vibrant community with businesses large and small and an eager workforce. I look forward to welcoming all to this Job Fair.”

The Virtual Job Fair will be held using Hop-in, a virtual meeting platform accessible in your internet browser without additional software. Job Seekers will log-in to full-group sessions, then select from Company Showcase sessions with career opportunities in Healthcare, Construction, Professional Services, Information Technologies, Project Management, Courier, and Customer Services.

“Mayor Martin, the HTEDAC, and our partners are working diligently to build a thriving workforce for Hamilton Township. Offering a Virtual Job Fair allows Hamilton Township residents access to numerous job opportunities in a safe and easy way,” said HTEDAC Chairperson Lori Danko.

Represented companies will be available to discuss their open positions and answer questions in a face-to-face video environment, as well as collect resumes from prospective employees.

HTEDAC is currently seeking additional companies interested in participating and has available event sponsorship opportunities. Questions and sponsorship inquiries can be directed to HTEDAC Vice-Chairperson Gretchen DiMarco at htedac@gmail.com.

 

Further information registration for the Virtual Job Fair can be found online at:

https://hopin.com/events/hamilton-township-job-fair

 

The Virtual Job Fair is part of the Hamilton Township Economic Development Advisory Commission’s work to support economic development across the community. HTEDAC is an official municipal government commission comprised of volunteers, serving as an advisory body to the Mayor and Township Council through interaction with the Department of Economic Development.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of January 14th, Mercer County has 21,161 total positive cases of COVID-19. The State Department of Health announced that they believe our next surge of COVID-19 cases will start as early as next week and continue into February. While Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is expected to be readily available, the main concern at this time is the potential need for hospitals to move to contingency staffing. Let's do our part to keep cases and hospitalizations low. 

 

  • 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

Meet HAMStat – Lindsey

If you’ve been a Township resident for any period of time, chances are you’ve worked with or spoken to our HAMStat Call Center representatives. Our dedicated HAMStat team takes residents’ calls Monday through Friday from 8AM-4PM. They also maintain the HAMStat Knowledge Base, where you can find answers to questions like specifications for putting up a shed, the Ecological Facilities’ holiday schedule, how to reserve a tennis or pickle ball court, and so much more.

While HAMStat does its work over the phone, we wanted Township residents to “meet” our Call Center Representatives. Today’s #MeetHAMStat is introducing you to Lindsey…

Hi, my name is Lindsey. I have worked with the Township for approximately 14 years, and with the Call Center since it opened in 2009. When I heard the Township was opening this department, I jumped on the opportunity, as I truly love assisting residents with the customer service that they deserve. I enjoy working together as a team with the other departments so we are able provide our residents with the information and knowledge they are requesting.  I strive to give everyone kindness and happiness when assisting anyone on the phone. I look forward to speaking with you soon and hoping to make your day a little brighter.

Do you have a question that you think Hamilton Township can help you with? Call HAMStat at (609) 586-0311

Children's Programming and Crafts Available through the Hamilton Township Public Library

The Hamilton Township Public Library's Winter Reading Program will begin on Wednesday January 20th. Children 0-12 and their families are encouraged to log their reading at https://hamiltonlibrary/readsquared.com for a chance to win a small prize. 

In addition, the Library will also be offering craft kits for pick up on a regular basis. Supplies are limited to the first 50 registrants for each session. The first of these crafts, Snowflakes & Mittens, is pictured above. Registration opens the week before the pick-up date and may be completed by emailing childrensreference@hamiltonnjpl.org or calling 609-581-4060x3 Tuesday through Thursday.  

1/13/2021

Reminder - 2021 Dog License Applications Are Available

Are you a Hamilton Township resident? Do you have a dog(s)? If so, the Hamilton Township Animal Shelter would like to remind you to license your pet on or before February 28th. 

For more information and to download the application visit:

www.HamiltonNJ.com/AnimalShelter  

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of January 13th, Mercer County has 20,997 total positive cases of COVID-19. The State Department of Health announced today that they believe our next surge of COVID-19 cases will start as early as next week and continue into February. While Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is expected to be readily available, the main concern at this time is the potential need for hospitals to move to contingency staffing. Let's do our part to keep cases and hospitalizations low.

 

  • 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 Expansion of Residents Eligible to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

    Beginning TOMORROW, January 14th, the following New Jersey residents are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination:

  • Ages 65 years and older

  • Between the ages of 16-64 with medical conditions, as defined by CDC, that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus, a list of which is available here

    If you have preregistered at the State's vaccine website, covidvaccine.nj.gov, and are now eligible, you should soon be receiving your email that it is your time to make an appointment at a site near you to get your first vaccine dose.

1/12/2021

CDC Reports Rising COVID Cases Nationwide - Take Steps to Protect Yourself and Others

Recently, the CDC reported that cases of COVID-19 remain high across our country. With cases on the rise, we remind you to stay the course by practicing safe and healthy habits that can help to slow the spread.

 

  • Wear a Mask

  • Wash Your Hands

  • Stay 6 feet Apart from Others

  • Keep Gatherings Small

     

    Learn more at: www.cdc.gov/covid19

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of January 12th, Mercer County has 20,785 total positive cases of COVID-19. As new cases continue to increase in New Jersey we must be continue to protect one another.

 

  • 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

    Looking to Serve? Apply to Be a Member of a Township Board or Commission!

    Are you looking to get involved locally and make a difference in your community? Several Hamilton Township Boards and Commissions are currently seeking members! Whether you're interested in protecting the environment, our Public Library, or drug and alcohol prevention programs, we have something for you!

     

    To view all current vacancies and complete the Citizen Leadership Form, visit:

    www.hamiltonnj.com/BoardsCommissions

State Announces New Policies for 2020-2021 School Year

Yesterday, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 214 to affect the following changes for the 2020-2021 school year:

  • Waive Graduation Assessment Requirement To receive a high school diploma in New Jersey, a student must demonstrate proficiency on a state assessment and satisfy statutory requirements with respect to credits, curriculum content, and attendance. Executive Order No. 214 will waive the graduation proficiency test requirement for all 12th grade students who have not yet met the requirement. All other statutory graduation requirements remain in place.  

  • Remove SGOs from Teacher Evaluations Student Growth Objectives (SGOs) are measurable and specific academic goals for groups of students set by educators in consultation with their supervisors. In light of the pandemic, Executive Order No. 214 will remove SGOs as a component of formal educator evaluations for the 2020-2021 school year. As a result, all educators will be evaluated solely on observations conducted by supervisors, principals, or other school leaders. SGOs may still be utilized for other purposes, such as professional development.  

  • Extend Service Time Limitations for Certain Substitutes During the COVID-19 public health emergency, Executive Order No. 214 will help districts manage the increase in temporary and permanent teacher vacancies by allowing (1) those in the process of becoming certificated teachers to fill teaching vacancies for a maximum of 60 school days instead of 20 school days; and 2) fully certificated teachers who are currently employed as substitutes in an area outside of their credentials to fill teaching vacancies for a maximum of 60 school days instead of 40 school days.  

1/11/2021

Hamilton Police Report Spoofing of Community Policing Phone Number

The Hamilton Police Division is aware of fraudulent phone calls (spoof calls) requesting personal information including social security numbers from private citizens.

These calls are coming from a legitimate phone number, (609)581-4021, which is the Community Policing phone number at the Hamilton Township Police Division , in an attempt to frighten victims into providing their personal information over the phone.

Please know, the Hamilton Township Police Division will NEVER call you to request personal information such as your Social Security number. 

Spoofing technology allows a person to have a fraudulent number appear on the caller ID – thus the call may be coming from another state or country, but still have a local number displayed.

If you receive a suspicious call, hang up the phone immediately and do not provide any personal information.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of January 11th, Mercer County has 20,606 total positive cases of COVID-19. As new cases continue to increase in New Jersey we must be continue to protect one another.

 

  • 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 Officials Distribute CARES Act Grants to Small Businesses

    Over the last few weeks, township businesses who applied for the Hamilton Township CARES Act Grant which provides money to businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic began receiving their grant funding. With 140 grants being presented and in turn helping to keep our local economy healthy, we wanted to share with you a sampling of some of the businesses in town we have been able to show we care.

    As we’ve said multiple times before, Hamilton is proud to be home to these grant awardees and all of our local businesses – they truly are the backbone of our community.

     

    Please remember to show your support for our great businesses.

    Mercer County Park Commission to Conduct Prescribed Burns at Mercer Meadows

    The Mercer County Park Commission will perform prescribed burns at Mercer Meadows in Lawrence this winter and spring with the New Jersey Forest Fire Service (NJFFS). The NJFFS worked in collaboration with the Park Commission’s Stewardship Department on an initial prescribed burn in 2020. The next phase of the plan is set to begin in the days ahead.

     

    Properly conducted prescribed burns encourage native seed germination, reduce invasive plant pressure, and cycle nutrients into the soil. Increasing habitat quality and diversity along with promoting forest regeneration, managing invasive species, and grassland establishment are all benefits from conducting prescribed burns. The Park Commission anticipates the burns to have additional benefits such as reducing hazardous fuel loads to prevent unplanned, potentially damaging wildfires. Prescribed burns have also been successful in reducing tick and insect pest populations.

     

    The prescribed burns at the Pole Farm are expected to take place between January and late spring as determined by the Section Forest Fire Warden. There will be two areas receiving a dormant- season burn, to happen prior to April 15. These burns will occur over a one- to two-day period. Another area within the Pole Farm will undergo a growing-season burn later this spring, prior to June 15. The Section Warden will determine when the conditions fall within a safe range and will notify the Park Commission and appropriate township and emergency response officials with 48 hours’ notice before the burn will begin. For the safety of the public, the park will be closed during and immediately after the burns. The closure will be posted at all entrances, crossings and trailheads, as well as on the Park Commission website and social media pages.

     

    The fire will be lit, monitored and managed by the Forest Fire Service officials who have undergone rigorous training and are experienced in conducting safe and effective prescribed burns. All appropriate safety measures and precautions will be taken by those performing the burn. While the burn is in progress there will be law enforcement and fire personnel, equipment and vehicles present at the Pole Farm and surrounding areas. Specific conditions must be met in order to burn, including temperature, relative humidity, and wind speed and direction.

     

    For the days following the burn, there may be smoldering dead trees and logs within the burn areas. This activity is normal and need not be reported to the fire department or Park Commission as a fire hazard. Park Commission staff will be on site to monitor post-burn activity.

     

    For more information on the Mercer Meadows prescribed burn, including frequently asked questions, maps and resources, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

1/8/2021

Mercer County Offering free COVID-19 Testing 1/12, 1/19 and 1/26 

Mercer County, in partnership with Vault Health Services, will offer free COVID-19 testing on three consecutive Tuesdays -- Jan. 12, 19 and 26 -- from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the CURE Insurance Arena, 81 Hamilton Ave. The saliva test is available to County residents 14 years or older and anyone employed as a first responder or health care worker in Mercer County.

Those going to the arena for testing should use Parking Lot 2 off South Broad Street to access Gate A. Testing will be conducted in the arena concourse. Bring identification showing Mercer County residency and a smartphone or tablet if you have one. No prescription is necessary. Please avoid eating, drinking, chewing gum or smoking 30 minutes prior to taking the test.

If you want to avoid the lines, Mercer County also offers an at-home saliva test for COVID-19, which can be requested by visiting www.mercercares.org. If you need help with the online registration process, assistance will be available at the arena.

An updated list of COVID-19 testing locations in Mercer County can be found on the Trenton Health Team’s website: https://trentonhealthteam.org/covidtests/ as well as on our Township website: https://hamiltonnj.com/Health

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of January 8th, Mercer County has 20,067 total positive cases of COVID-19. As new cases continue to increase in New Jersey we must be continue to protect one another.

 

1/7/2021

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation to Assist Small Businesses at Carella's

Governor Phil Murphy today signed into law the landmark New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020, which will provide economic support for small businesses, while propelling New Jersey’s economic recovery and growth for much of the next decade. The bill was signed at Carella's Chocolates of Hamilton!

The legislation includes a host of new initiatives including the Main Street Recovery Finance Program, which will provide a direct $50 million appropriation for grants, loans, loan guarantees, and technical assistance to small and micro businesses. The legislation also includes a Food Desert Relief program designed to ensure that all communities have access to fresh, healthy food. Incentives would offset the cost of development of a fresh-food grocery store in an area designated as a food desert.

The New Jersey Emerge program is a job creation tax credit focused on bringing new middle-class and well-paying jobs to our communities, with base and bonus structure for targeted industries and geographies. The New Jersey Aspire program is a gap financing program to support commercial, industrial, mixed-use, and residential real estate development projects, with an emphasis on higher need communities.

This legislation revamps several existing programs, including the successful Film and Television Tax Credit, which was expanded and enhanced to attract large studio construction to New Jersey, and the Offshore Wind Manufacturing credit, which now encompasses the entire state and will allow more businesses to qualify.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of January 7th, Mercer County has 19,897 total positive cases of COVID-19. As new cases continue to increase in New Jersey we must be continue to protect one another.

 

  • 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

     

    Artist Spotlight - Danny Coleman

    Danny Coleman is a veteran musician, radio show personality and music journalist from the south central portion of New Jersey.

    Forced to re-invent himself after a career ending back injury, he turned his love of radio and passion for music into a new career.

    As the Creator/Host of “Rock On Radio” Coleman conducts live on air interviews with a variety of guests including musicians, entertainers and entrepreneurs. A regular contributor to print and on line publications he has interviewed some of the largest names in rock music. Artists such as John Oates, Peter Tork, Ian Anderson, Nancy Wilson, Ann Wilson, Don Felder, John Sebastian, Liberty DeVitto, Gary U.S. Bonds, Carl Palmer, Jason Derulo and many others have given their time to him on air.

    “Rock On Radio” airs weekly at 7 p.m. EST on multiple internet stations and is syndicated on additional outlets in the US, the UK and Canada; recently the program celebrated its 11th Anniversary.

    Danny is also the Creator and Host of “Danny Coleman’s Got The Blues” airing on WWFM 89.1 FM HD2 radio and online at www.jazzon2.org where he features an hour of blues music from legends to local artists.

    Danny is also a former weekend air personality for WPOP Radio 77; an internet radio station playing music of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.

    E-mail: Rockonradio1460@hotmail.com

    Sites: https://dannycolemansrockonradio.com/

    www.facebook.com/dannycolemansrockonradio2

    www.newjerseystage.com

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