COVID-19 CASES REPORTED IN HAMILTON TOWNSHIP AS OF 8/11/2020:

1,824 TOTAL POSITIVE CASES

172 DEATHS

1,105 RECOVERIES

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

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7/1/2020 - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update - July 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

7/31/2020

Traffic Advisory

Resurfacing of Hamilton Ave

Beginning Monday, August 3rd, you may need 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 Hamilton Avenue between Cypress Lane and Newkirk Avenue.

Parking on Hamilton Avenue will be prohibited within the construction zone during working hours (9am-3:30pm, Monday-Friday). Access will be permitted for local businesses, residents, service and emergency vehicles.

This project is expected to last approximately 3 weeks, weather permitting.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of July 31st, Mercer County has 8,023 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 August 3rd-August 7th

Tuesday, August 4th

The Zoning Board Meeting will be conducted using the Zoom application beginning at 6pm. Please click here for information on how to observe and participate in the meeting.

MVC Centers to Begin Restart of Knowledge Testing 8/3

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission announced today that driver knowledge exams, also known as “written” driver tests, will be available to all drivers, including commercial drivers, by appointment starting August 3. All Licensing Centers except Oakland and Flemington will offer the tests.

Appointments can be made up to thirty days in advance, at https://mymvc.state.nj.us/apps/schedule-knowledge-test-appointment.html. Customers are cautioned that demand will be high, so it may take time to secure an appointment.

Road tests, which re-started June 29, continue on a by-appointment basis. More information about road tests is available at the MVC website.

For more MVC news and updates, customers should visit NJMVC.gov.

7/30/2020

Fire Hydrant Flushing

Residents should be aware that fire hydrant flushing is occurring throughout Hamilton Township.

Flushing hydrants is an important preventive maintenance activity that verifies proper operation of the hydrant and ensures adequate water flow will be available if the need for firefighting arises. Flushing also removes sediment that naturally accumulates in water pipes. Removing these materials through flushing maintains the high quality of the water we provide to you.

When hydrant flushing occurs you may notice slightly yellow, orange, or brown-colored water coming from your faucet. If this happens, simply run your cold water tap for three to five minutes. If the water is still discolored, wait about 30 minutes and run the water again. This temporary discoloration only affects the appearance of the water – it does not cause a health or safety risk.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of July 30th, Mercer County has 8,000 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

     

    Celebrate Buy Local Week

    Buy Local Week in the Garden State!

    In 2019, New Jersey chose the last full week of July as “Buy Local Week” in order to support our state’s local farmers and producers. Hamilton Township is home to countless farms and fresh produce stands – with so many choices now is a great time to eat some Jersey fresh produce – bring the farm to your table. You can look up where to find Jersey Fresh local products at findjerseyfresh.com

7/29/2020

Spotted Lanternfly Reporting Guidelines

The Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, an invasive planthopper, has been discovered in our area. This insect has the potential to greatly impact the grape, hop, small fruit, vegetable and horticultural industries. Early detection is vital for the protection of New Jersey businesses and agriculture.

The Spotted Lanterfly adult (pictured below) is approximately 1 inch long and a half inch wide. The forewing is gray with black spots and the wing tips are reticulated black blocks outlined in gray. The hind wings have contrasting patched of red and black with a white band. The legs and head are black; the abdomen is yellow with broad black bands. Immature stages are black with white spots, and develop red patches as they grow.

If you see eggs masses, scrape them off, double bag them and thrown them away. You can also place the eggs into alcohol, bleach or hand sanitizer to kill them. Specimens of any life stage can be turned in to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture's lab for verification. A photograph at any life stage can be submitted to SLF-plantindustry@ag.nj.gov. If you can't take a specimen or photograph, call the New Jersey Spotted Lanternfly Hotline at 1-833-223-2840 (BADBUG0) and leave a message detailing your siting and contact information.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of July 29th, Mercer County has 7,984 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

     

    Mental Health Matters

    Resources Are Available

    If you If you or a loved one are struggling mentally or emotionally, know that you are not alone and resources are available to help you through this time.

    Individuals seeking immediate crisis assistance can call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

    For free emotional support, guidance, and mental health referrals please call New Jersey's Mental Health Hotline at 877-294-HELP (4357) or visit njmentalhealthcares.org

    For those seeking information on scheduling an appointment with a mental health agency, or for someone currently in crisis who cannot wait for an appointment, visit https://www.nj211.org/mental-health-resources

    You also may call the SAMHSA Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or Text TalkWithUs to 66746 (TTY 1-800-846-8517).

7/28/2020

WATCH: This Month in Hamilton

With Mayor Martin and Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri

Today, Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin and Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri sat down to film the July episode of “This Month in Hamilton,” a new monthly radio show hosted by Mayor Martin on WBCB 1490AM radio.

To see this broadcast, click the image above or visit: https://www.facebook.com/288692944533514/videos/869578840232800 or listen on your radio or through www.wbcb1490.com on Thursday, July 30th at 5 pm

Listen and watch "This Month in Hamilton" live on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 10 AM at www.facebook.com/WBCB1490.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of July 28th, Mercer County has 7,966 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 Releases Updated Travel Advisory List

    As of July 21, 2020

    Governor Murphy today advised individuals traveling to New Jersey from additional states with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. The updated advisory includes three additional states - Illinois, Kentucky and Minnesota.

    As of Tuesday, July 28, there are currently 36 states and territories total that meet the criteria to quarantine: Alaska; Alabama; Arkansas; Arizona; California; Delaware; District of Columbia, Florida; Georgia; Illinois, Iowa; Idaho; Indiana; Kansas; Kentucky, Louisiana; Maryland; Minnesota, Missouri; Mississippi; Montana; North Carolina; North Dakota; Nebraska; New Mexico; Nevada; Ohio; Oklahoma; Puerto Rico, South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Virginia; Washington; and Wisconsin.

    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.

    World Hepatitis Day

    Find the Missing Millions

    Today, July 28th marks World Hepatitis Day (WHD) and this year’s theme is to #FindTheMissingMillions. 290 million individuals worldwide are living with viral hepatitis and are unaware, however tests are available and treatments are accessible – there is no need to suffer or for lives to be lost.

    Here in Hamilton Township our Health Department offers testing by appointment only, which includes Hepatitis, through our clinic for qualifying individuals. Additionally, the Health Department offers the adult and child Hepatitis A and B vaccines for those who may be under or uninsured. To learn more about this service call (609) 890-3884, your call will remain confidential.

7/27/2020

Cooling Center Open Tomorrow Extreme Heat Expected

 

The heat continues this week! The Township will be offering a cooling center at the Senior Center, 409 Cypress Lane, from 10am-4pm on Tuesday (7/28).

Temperatures will be taken at the door, and masks and social distancing between groups will be required. Please note that the facility will be limited to 25% capacity.

PSE&G also reminds residents that this weather can often lead to more energy usage and higher electric bills. The following tips can help you save energy and money on your bill:

  • Don't cool an empty house or business - set your thermostat higher when you are away
  • Close blinds and draperies facing the sun to keep out the sun's heat
  • Don't cool unused rooms - Close the vents and shut the door
  • Ceiling fans cool fast and cost less than air conditioning - in hot weather, set your ceiling fan to spin quickly, counterclockwise to push air downward towards the floor
  • Seal holes and cracks around doors and windows with caulk or weather-stripping

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of July 27th, Mercer County has 7,934 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

Estimated 3rd Quarter Taxes

Hamilton Township has become aware that some residents in a specific zip code may not have received their estimated 3rd quarter tax bill due to an issue with the USPS. If you have not received your estimated bill you can look up your bill on our website here or call HAMStat at (609) 586-0311 to have a duplicate bill sent.

Additionally, because of this issue the Township has extended the grace period an extra week from August 10th to August 17th. After August 17th interest will revert back to August 1st.

When the 2020 tax rate for Hamilton Township has been certified by the Mercer County Tax Board, hopefully by September, the Tax Collector will then send out reconciled bills for 4th quarter 2020 and 1st and 2nd quarter 2021. This reconciled bill will reflect the TOTAL taxes billed for the calendar year 2020.

Due to the pandemic, all municipal buildings are closed for daily operations to the public. Therefore, payments can either be:

  • Mailed to 2090 Greenwood Ave., PO Box 00150, Attn: Tax Office, Hamilton, NJ 08650-0150; or
  • Dropped off in our red drop box located at Town Hall which is accessible Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm; or
  • Paid online here.

Anyone wanting a receipt should include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Please note that the estimated bill format is different from normal bills -- an example of an estimated tax bill can be found here.

Happy National New Jersey Day

Check Out All The Great Things Hamilton Has to Offer

Today is #NationalNewJerseyDay! One of the original 13 colonies, nicknamed the Garden State, the State of Innovation!

Our residents are known to be fiercely opinionated. We here in Hamilton know there is a Central New Jersey and are proud to call it our home. We are forever #JerseyStrong and #HamiltonProud of all of the offerings we have right here in our backyard:

  • Beautiful Parks and Natural Resources which bring us closer to nature – Veterans Park and Tulpehaking Nature Center
  • Countless Historical Sites -- John Abbot II House and the Isaac Pearson House
  • Connection to the arts -- Grounds for Sculpture
  • Numerous Farms and Fresh Produce Stands
  • Abundance of Recreational Opportunities – Golf Center
  • Myriad of Culinary and Shopping Options

How will you celebrate our great State today?

7/24/2020

Free Meal Distributions

Sponsored by the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen and the Sarala Bathena Foundation

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of July 24th, Mercer County has 7,879 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 July 27th-July 31st

    Monday, July 27th

    The Library Board of Trustees Meeting will be conducted via audio conference beginning at 5pm. Please click here for dial in instructions.

    Tuesday, July 28th

    The Zoning Board of Adjustment will be meeting via Zoom beginning at 6pm. Please click here for instructions on how to join the meeting.

    The Shade Tree Commission meeting originally scheduled for 6:30pm has been cancelled.

    Library to Update Hours of Curbside Service

    To better accommodate patrons, the Hamilton Library will be offering Contactless Curbside Service between the hours of 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM beginning Monday, July 27th. To reserve an item, please call 609-581-4060, Ext. 2.

7/23/2020

2020 Census

July is Independent Retailer Month

This month is Independent Retailer Month, of which Hamilton is home to many. But did you know that responding to the 2020 Census can help business make decisions that directly effect you… retailers and manufacturers use Census data to decide things like where to build their next manufacturing plant or to establish a distribution center, which in turn can mean more jobs and new businesses in our community and across our state. Join the more than 70% of Hamilton Township residents who have already completed the 2020 Census and #FillItOut today at https://2020census.gov/en.html !

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of July 23rd, Mercer County has 7,869 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         

    Music with Jim Gaven 7/24

    Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

    Sing and dance with musician Jim Gaven live on Facebook at 10:30 am Friday July 24th! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, you may join this event at  www.facebook.com/keyofawesomemusic .

7/22/2020

Library Now Accepting Returns

THE LIBRARY IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THEY ARE NOW ACCEPTING RETURNS!

Although the building remains closed to the public, the Library's outdoor book drops are open for returns 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For the safety of patrons and staff, returned materials are quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours, and then disinfected before being placed back on the shelf. We ask for your patience and understanding as items will remain on the cardholder’s account during this period.

Patron’s will not be charged fines or fees for the time their items remain in quarantine.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of July 22nd, Mercer County has 7,858 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

    Resources Are Available for Residents In-Need with Diabetes

    The Diabetes Foundation has announced that they are offering a Diabetes Supply Assistance Program for New Jersey residents experiencing financial hardship and are furloughed, unemployed, uninsured, or underinsured.

    This program offers two months of free supplies to children and adults in financial need to ensure they can continue to manage their care. This provides not only immediate support but also connections to programs available that offer free or discounted supplies.

    To complete the application, visit https://diabetesfoundationinc.org/supply-assistance-program/

7/21/2020

Council Meeting Tonight - 7/21/20

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of July 21st, Mercer County has 7,839 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 Library to Host Sciencetellers Video Party

    "Dragons, Return of the Ice Sorceress"

    July 27th at 7pm

    Long, long ago, two kids go on a daring adventure to find a dragon and save the kingdom from the Ice Sorceress! When things don’t go as planned, however, they must turn to themselves (and to science!) for the answer. A fun fantasy adventure with dry ice effects! Preview the show at sciencetellers.com/online.

    Please register at https://hamiltonnjpl.org/childrens-event-request/ to receive an access code.

    This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

    State Releases Updated Travel Advisory List

    As of July 21, 2020

    Governor Murphy today advised individuals traveling to New Jersey from additional states with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. The updated advisory includes ten additional states - Alaska, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Virginia, and Washington - with Minnesota removed from the list. 

    As of Tuesday, July 21, there are currently 31 states total that meet the criteria to quarantine: Alaska; Alabama; Arkansas; Arizona; California; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Iowa; Idaho; Indiana; Kansas; Louisiana; Maryland; Missouri; Mississippi; Montana; North Carolina; North Dakota; Nebraska; New Mexico; Nevada; Ohio; Oklahoma; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Virginia; Washington; and Wisconsin.

    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

7/20/2020

Heat Advisory in Effect Until 8pm Tonight

Dangerously hot and humid conditions are expected across much of the region as we get through this heat wave. While we will have a little relief tomorrow, hot and humid conditions are likely to continue through the week.

Stay safe today:

  • Stay hydrated (water is best)

  • Wear light weight, loose-fitting clothing

  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activities, especially during the hottest part of the day.

  • If you must be outside, take frequent breaks.

  • Check on your neighbors, friends, and family that don't have air conditioning.

  • Don't forget that heat does not go away at night! During heat waves the temperature tends to stay steady through the evening.

  • Do not leave children or pets in a vehicle unattended- cracking the window does not help reduce the temperature

    For the latest briefing package, visit: https://www.weather.gov/media/phi/current_briefing.pdf

    For the latest forecast, visit: www.weather.gov/phi

    For additional heat safety information, visit: https://www.weather.gov/safety/heat

     

     

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

    As of July 20th, Mercer County has 7,828 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

    WATCH: CommUNITY Conversations

    On July 8th, Mayor Jeff Martin participated in CommUNITY Conversations, a panel to discuss racism and discrimination, with NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri, Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried, and East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov.

    To watch this video in full visit

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1llGOVaxQKlvAbwE2opycewW9dNE_oOlV/view?invite=CNvl4fYO&ts=5f0c62bd

    For more information on this programming visit https://www.facebook.com/rvillecares

     

    Activity for High-Risk Sports to Resume Today

    Governor Murphy announced today that he will be signing an Executive Order to allow contact drills, practices and competitions to resume for high-risk sports. Practices must be held at outdoor venues only, and health and safety protocols will be put in place.

    For the most up-to-date information visit https://covid19.nj.gov/. To see all Executive Orders, go to https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/.

7/17/2020

Cooling Center Available 7/19-7/20

Extreme Heat Expected

 

Multiple days of extreme heat are expected in our area over the next several days. On Sunday, July 19th and Monday, July 20th, the Township will be offering a cooling center at Nottingham Ballroom, 200 Mercer Street Hamilton, NJ 08690 from 10am-4pm each day. Temperatures will be taken at the door, and masks and social distancing between groups will be required. Please note that the facility will be limited to 25% capacity.

 

PSE&G also reminds residents that this weather can often lead to more energy usage and higher electric bills. The following tips can help you save energy and money on your bill:

  • Don't cool an empty house or business - set your thermostat higher when you are away

  • Close blinds and draperies facing the sun to keep out the sun's heat

  • Don't cool unused rooms - Close the vents and shut the door

  • Ceiling fans cool fast and cost less than air conditioning - in hot weather, set your ceiling fan to spin quickly, counterclockwise to push air downward towards the floor

  • Seal holes and cracks around doors and windows with caulk or weather-stripping

     

    Other important safety notes:

  • Stay away from downed wires. Downed wires should always be considered live. Stay at least 30 feet away from downed wires and immediately call PSE&G at 1-800-436-PSEG (7734) to report

  • To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, do not run any gasoline-powered generators in a garage or other enclosed space

  • If you or a member of your household rely on electricity to operate life-sustaining equipment, please notify PSE&G at 1-800-436-PSEG (7734) and visit pseg.com/life

  • To report an outage with PSE&G:

  • Call 1-800-436-PSEG (7734)

  • Go to pseg.com/outagecenter

  • Text "OUT" to 4PSEG

     

     

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

    As of July 17th, Mercer County has 7,828 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

    Mental Health Matters

    Resources Are Available

    2020 has surely not come without it’s stressors, especially when it comes to COVID-19, and though we may be facing month 4 of what some may call a “new normal” there truly is nothing normal about it. 

     

    We know some of our neighbors, friends and loved ones of all ages are experiencing feelings of isolation, hopelessness, anxiety and grief. And while it is key that we maintain 6’ physical distance whenever possible, it is equally as important to ensure we stay connected to one another. It is important that we are there for each other, that we continue to pay it forward, because no matter how small a gesture you may think it is, that gesture can mean a great deal to someone else.

     

    Remember, you never have to walk the path alone, we are all in this together!

     

    • New Jersey's Mental Health Hotline at 877-294-HELP (4357) or by visit njmentalhealthcares.org

     

    Good-Grief.org offers virtual support groups for families, webinars and information regarding mental health

     

    • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or Text TalkWithUs to 66746 (TTY 1-800-846-8517).

     

    mhanational.org/covid19 for a variety of resources including financial support, tools to connect with others, and more.

     

    naminj.org for resources, meetings, and more.

     

    harmonybaywellness.com offers a free telehealth support group for essential healthcare workers 

     

    Township Meeting Updates

    Week of July 20th-July 24th

     

    Tuesday, July 21st

    The Hamilton Township Council Meeting will be conducted via audio conference beginning at 6:30pm. 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, July 23rd

    The Planning Board Meeting originally scheduled for 7pm has been cancelled.

7/16/2020

Volunteers to Paint Phantom Fighter Jet At Veterans Park

At one time the sky was no limit for the United States Air Force Jet that now graces the entrance of North Entrance of Veterans Park – (across from Steinert High School).

Although it may be hot outside, that hasn’t stopped the volunteer crews from performing necessary maintenance work to the F4 Phantom Fighter Jet. Today, we express a debt of thanks and gratitude to the following groups and organizations who assisted in making this project happen:

• The Painters Union, District Council 711, who donated their time this week, taking on the daunting task of giving the Jet a fresh coat of paint

• The Hamilton Township Patriotic Committee who purchased and donated the necessary materials to accomplish the task

• The Hamilton Township Buildings and Grounds Crew who Power Washed the Jet in preparation for painting and provide daily on-site assistance

We hope you travel out to Veterans Park in the near future to see this and all the other monuments and pieces of military equipment which call our park home as we pay homage to the branches of the United States Military.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of July 16th, Mercer County has 7,827 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 Plan to Help Address Digital Divide for 2020-2021 School Year

    Governor Phil Murphy today unveiled his Administration’s plan to address unmet pre-K-to-12 student technological needs in New Jersey schools, commonly referred to as “the digital divide.” Efforts to ensure reliable internet connectivity and access to one-to-one digital devices are critical as we look ahead to the 2020-2021 school year and the reopening of schools, many of which are preparing reopening plans employing a hybrid schedule of both in-person and continued remote learning due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

    The Administration’s approach to closing the digital divide is three-pronged and consists of the following: 

  • The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) released today a Request for Information (RFI), seeking information and ideas to bridge the digital divide for New Jersey’s pre-K-to-12 students, including philanthropic support from companies and organizations to help close the digital divide in public schools. The RFI is available here and interested parties will have until July 31, 2020 to respond.

  • The DOE will offer a one-time $10 million formula grant using a portion of the State’s federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds. This funding will be disbursed to public school districts to purchase digital devices and internet connectivity for one-to-one student use based on need and the availability of philanthropic donations. Districts will be required to submit an application to DOE, which will be released next week, and demonstrate a plan for appropriate use of funds.

  • After philanthropy and ESSER Fund grants have been exhausted, the Administration will redirect Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) funds to close any remaining gap and fill the unmet digital device and internet connectivity needs of New Jersey students.

7/15/2020

An Exciting COVID-19 Update From Mayor Jeff Martin

Good afternoon Hamiltonians! Today we have a very exciting update to share.

Our first reported case of COVID-19 in Hamilton Township was March 18th, 2020. Today, July 15th, almost four months later, we have our first day of no reported new cases in town. This is a fantastic a