MISSING JUVENILE 10/21/2020 - KAHIEE HOWARD

COVID-19 CASES REPORTED IN HAMILTON TOWNSHIP AS OF 10/23/2020:

2,162 TOTAL POSITIVE CASES

187 DEATHS

1,777 RECOVERIES

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

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

Social Media

Hamilton’s FREE E-mail Newsletters

Don’t miss important notices, reminders and information

Hamilton's Free E-mail Newsletter service is a great resource for residents

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!
10/1/2020 - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update - October 2020

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

Dealing with Food Insecurity?

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

Daily Updates

10/23/2020

Township Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month with "Pink Out"

Today Township employees joined in "Pink Out" in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month and to bring greater awareness and education to the cause. Township Buildings will be lit in pink and you will see pink ribbon yard signs in front of some buildings this month.

 

Facts about breast cancer:

  • Even though breast cancer is more common in women, men can get it too.

  • For 2020 the American Cancer Society projects over 276,000 breast cancer cases to be diagnosed in women and 2,620 cases in men.

  • Aside from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women.

  • Mammograms can help detect the early stages of breast cancer.

  • There are over 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the US!

     

    Tips to lower your risk:

  • Exercise regularly

  • Maintain a healthy weight

  • Don't drink alcohol, or limit alcoholic beverages

  • Breastfeed your children, if possible

  • Talk to your doctor about other ways to lower your risk, especially if you have a family history of breast cancer

     

    For more information on breast cancer please visit the CDC (cdc.gov) or American Cancer Society (cancer.org)

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of October 23rd, Mercer County has 9,072 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 & Event Updates

    Week of October 25th-October 31st

    Monday, October 26th

    The Library Board of Trustees will be meeting via conference call beginning at 5pm. Please click here for dial-in instructions.

     

    The Township Council will be holding a special hybrid meeting at the Call Center Training Room (5 Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. Way Hamilton, NJ 08619) and via conference call beginning at 6:30pm. Click here for more information.

     

    Tuesday, October 27th

    The Shade Tree Commission meeting has been cancelled.

    The Zoning Board will be holding a special meeting using the Zoom application beginning at 6pm. Please click here for instructions on how to observe and participate in this meeting.

     

    Thursday, October 29th

    The Green Team Subcommittee of the Environmental Commission will be conducted both in-person at the Call Center Training Room (5 Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. Way Hamilton, NJ 08619) and using the Zoom application beginning at 6:30pm. Please click here for instructions on how to participate using either means.

     

    Friday, October 30th

    The Police Division is sponsoring a free Halloween Drive-Thru from 6-8pm at Police Headquarters. See the flyer below for more information.

Tomorrow is National Prescription Take Back Day

October 24th marks National Prescription Take Back Day

 

Today, from 10 AM until 2 PM, Mercer County Sheriff Jack Kemler and his office are hosting a National Prescription Take Back Day. The event, which allows for the safe disposal of unused, expired, and potentially easily abused opioid painkillers and other prescription medication, is being held in the parking lot across from the Mercer County Administration Building located at 640 South Broad Street, Trenton. You may also dispose of vape pens and e-cigarette devices at this event – no syringes, sharp instruments, liquid medications, or solutions will be accepted. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing rules.

 

If you are unable to make it to the County sponsored event, visit https://www.fda.gov/drugs/disposal-unused-medicines-what-you-should-know/drug-disposal-drug-take-back-locations for a list of other permanent disposal locations near you. Additionally, the Hamilton Township Police Division Headquarters has a box to drop-off unwanted prescriptions in its lobby (1270 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road, Hamilton).

 

Remember – no one should ever have to face substance addiction alone – there is hope for treatment and recovery. For a list of available resources visit the Hamilton Township Municipal Alliance Against Substance Abuse webpage at https://HamiltonNJ.com/HAASA

Mercer County to Host

Drive-By Job Fair

Mercer County's One-Stop Career Center will be hosting their first Drive-Thru Job Fair! On Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, job seekers can connect with more than 40 potential employers who are actively looking for new employees. Additionally, Mercer County will offer free information on other county services and resources.

 

Registration is encouraged. Walk-ups are welcome. Face Coverings are required.

 

Email jobs@mercercounty.org or call 609-989-6066

REGISTER HERE

10/22/2020

Fall in Love with the Hamilton Township Animal Shelter

Fall in Love with the Hamilton Township Animal Shelter & Adoption Center this Saturday, October 24th!

Between 10AM and 2PM, during our open house you can:

  • Meet adoptable animals

  • Learn about volunteer opportunities

  • Tour our newly renovated shelter

  • Meet our new Shelter Manager, Animal Control Officers and staff.

    Visit www.hamiltonnj.com/animalshelter for more information

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of October 22nd, Mercer County has 9,048 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

Hamilton Township Announces More Aid to Local Businesses

Hamilton Township Department of Community and Economic Development announces the Township’s CARES Act Grant. The Township has appropriated $400,000 of New Jersey’s CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF Funds) to support this initiative. Earlier this month Hamilton Township was awarded $1,877,299 in aid from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Division of Local Government Services CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund.

The Hamilton CARES Act grant objective is to provide additional aid, of up to $5,000, to the community’s businesses economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program application will be made available online through December 1, 2020. This initiative is in addition to the $90,000 previously allocated for the Hamilton Small Business Assistance Program and an additional $200,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, which was approved by Council on Tuesday evening. Together, these programs will total nearly $700,000 in assistance for our local businesses.

“As we all know, COVID-19 continues to both be a health and economic crisis and our small businesses need help to weather the storm,” stated Mayor Jeff Martin. “Each business in Hamilton provides an important piece to our overall economy. Hamilton Township is committed to ensure that our local business community is supported, as they have supported our residents, throughout this difficult time in our history.”

“Our small businesses and our restaurant establishments are the backbone of our local economy,” said Council President Rick Tighe. “Council is happy to support this allocation of funding to our business community in a time of need. We are grateful to Mayor Martin and our state partners for the quick disbursement of this aid.”

To be eligible, businesses that apply must be registered with the Township’s new Business Registry program. Businesses can register by visiting

HamiltonNJ.com/BusinessRegistry. Applications for the Hamilton CARES Act grant can found on HamiltonNJ.com/CaresActGrant. Anyone seeking more information may contact Kate Kane, Associate Director of Economic Development at kkane@hamiltonnj.com.

Mercer County Offering Free At-Home Testing for COVID-19

Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes yesterday announced that County residents 14 years or older, and anyone employed as a first responder or health care worker in Mercer, now can sign up to receive a free COVID-19 saliva test to be administered at home through a partnership between the County and Vault Health Services of New Jersey.

In addition, the County soon will begin offering COVID-19 testing at pop-up mobile sites that visit different municipalities, also in partnership with Vault Health Services.

The saliva collection test for COVID-19 has the same effectiveness as the nasal swab test. It is not an antibody test, but rather is designed to determine if an individual is currently infected with COVID-19 and has the potential to infect others. This test is performed under the supervision of a Vault healthcare provider through a video telehealth visit, eliminating the risk of person-to-person exposure to the virus.

Individuals seeking a test should visit www.mercercares.org to register. You will be required to provide proof of residency or employment. After your eligibility is verified, you will receive a digital link to Vault’s webpage to request a county-funded test kit. The kit will be shipped overnight with instructions on how to schedule a Zoom telehealth meeting with a certified healthcare worker who will virtually instruct you about how to properly collect a saliva sample for shipment to the Rutgers Clinical Genomics Laboratory for testing. Test results are expected to be returned within 72 hours. If your test is positive, or if you have symptoms, call your health care professional. Any questions can be directed to HomeTesting@mercercounty.org.

When registering, individuals should have their health insurance card handy, but a lack of insurance will not prevent someone from using at-home COVID-19 testing. Federal rules require the collection of insurance information to support the testing program. Under federal law, all forms of public and private insurance must cover FDA-approved COVID-19 tests with no out-of-pocket costs to insured persons.

10/21/2020

Hamilton Township Announces New Business Registry

Continuing its efforts to support and connect with local businesses, Hamilton Township announced today the launch of its Business Registry.

Having a Business Registry will benefit both the Township and our businesses in several ways. The Registry is designed to allow the Township to have greater communication with business owners. By email or phone, it will allow the Office of Community and Economic Development, especially the Division of Economic Development the ability to offer assistance and resources valuable to their success and business growth. Collecting information such as emergency contacts and operations allows our first responders to better assist in emergency situations.

Once this information is collected, it can be used to further our mutual economic interests, accurately measure growth and gauge the variety and quantity of businesses that the Township is home to.

“This new Business Registry will transform the way that Hamilton is able to interact and communicate with our local businesses so that we can be a better resource,” said Mayor Jeff Martin. “Not only this, but it will provide the Township a unique opportunity to formally measure our success and opportunities for growth with a system that can put us on a path for even greater economic prosperity moving forward.”

Very early on in the pandemic, we realized our inability to quickly and effectively communicate with our businesses on critical info. This registry is designed to fill that gap at no-cost to our businesses.

This project is being spearheaded by the Township Department of Community and Economic Development, who will connect with local business organizations such as the Hamilton Township Economic Development Advisory Commission, Shop Hamilton and the Hamilton Partnership to further their reach.

"It is essential that all Hamilton businesses receive information efficiently from the local government,” said Hamilton Councilman Anthony Carabelli. "Especially faced with this current pandemic, there are programs and incentives announced frequently that could be missed if not for the Business Registry. I applaud the efforts of the Mayor and his Economic Development team for launching this worthwhile initiative.”

While registration is free, businesses are required by Township Ordinance 20-24 to register. Fines will be imposed should businesses fail to register by the December 31, 2020 deadline. The registration form is available online as well as hard copy. For more information and to register a business, visit www.hamiltonnj.com/businessregistry

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of October 21st, Mercer County has 9,031 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

    Imagine A Day Without Water

 



Yesterday, Mayor Martin and the Hamilton Township Council
presented a proclamation with regards to A Day Without Water, a national day of
education and awareness on what it means to have clean, safe water. Today,
October 21, on what is “Imagine a Day Without Water” across our nation, we
pause to remember we shouldn’t take water for granted for a multitude of
reasons that go far beyond drinking it.

No Water Means…

No Coffee

No Shower

No Toilet Flushing 

No Hygiene 

No Fishing

And so much more…

Mayor Martin made a promise on his first day in office, to not
stay in his lane when it came to Trenton Water Works and our residents and
businesses. He has not forgotten that pledge, as Hamilton Township joined with
the Department of Environmental Protection and has since helped to push for an
expedited trial in their law-suit to ensure Hamilton Township and the
surrounding areas get the high quality water they so deserve.

Nearly everything we do
requires water and it is our responsibility to protect the water supply.
However this is not just a challenge for adults, children can make a difference
too! The American Water Works Association and Water Environment Federation have
put together a number of fun activities for children to learn about water
supply and pipes – check them out by visiting:

https://www.awwa.org/.../Communications/VOWPipeUpGame.pdf

Updated Quarantine Advisory Issued for Individuals Traveling to New Jersey

As of October 20, 2020



Yesterday, Governor Phil Murphy 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 the addition
of Arizona and Maryland, bringing the total to 39 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, October 20, there are currently 39 states and
territories that meet the criteria stated above: Alabama; Alaska; Arizona;
Arkansas; Colorado; Florida; Georgia; Guam; Iowa; Idaho; Indiana; Illinois;
Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maryland; Michigan; Minnesota; Missouri;
Mississippi; Montana; North Carolina; North Dakota; Nebraska; New Mexico;
Nevada; Ohio; Oklahoma; Puerto Rico; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South
Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Virginia; Wisconsin; West Virginia; and
Wyoming.

Neighboring states Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware now
meet the criteria for New Jersey’s travel advisory. Due to the interconnected
nature of the region and mode of transport between New Jersey and the three
states, a 14-day quarantine is not reasonable in all instances. Non-essential
travel to and from these states, however, is highly discouraged at this time.
New York and Connecticut are also discouraging non-essential travel to and from
New Jersey, but are not mandating that travelers quarantine due to the
interconnected nature of the region and economy.

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.

10/20/2020

Town Council Meeting Tonight 10-20-2020

Tonight's hybrid Council Meeting will be conducted in-person and using FreeConferenceCall.com.

Members of Council will be convening in-person at the Nottingham Firehouse (200 Mercer Street Hamilton, NJ 08690). Capacity is limited to 81 persons in total.

Overflow of members of the public and those that do not wish to join in-person will be accommodated via FreeConferenceCall.com.

Dial In Number: (425) 436-6376

Access Code: 380-993#

All rules and regulations that govern Hamilton Township Council Meetings are still applicable. Visit https://hamiltonnj.com/Council for more information.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of October 20th, Mercer County has 9,005 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

    Eat Better - Eat Together

    October is Eat Better Eat Together Month

     

    Did you know that eating together on a regular basis has been found to help reduce stress in adults, while also leading to improved social skills and better eating habits in both children and adults?

     

    In a time when our lives may seem like they have been turned upside down it is as important as ever to come together for a meal with family or loved ones. Take this as an opportunity to slow down and reconnect, whether you join together at breakfast, lunch, dinner or all three the benefits will be worth the time.

     

Hamilton Goddard School Receives State Grant from Economic Development Authority

The Goddard School of Quakerbridge Road, owned by Deepa Chawlani, provides children with a nurturing learning environment. To help cover essential expenses, Deepa worked with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) to receive a COVID-19 Phase II grant, protecting the health of students and educators.

 

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority established the Small Business Emergency Assistance Program to provide short-term, immediate payroll and working capital support to additional New Jersey SMEs that have been negatively impacted during the declared state of emergency, thereby helping to stabilize their operations and minimizing any potential furloughs and/or layoffs.

 

Under the initial phase of the program, eligibility was restricted to businesses of no more than 10 FTEs. In Phase 2, the employee eligibility cap was increased to no more than 25 FTEs. In Phase 3, the employee eligibility cap is further increased to no more than 50 FTEs.

 

The initial phase of the program restricted eligibility to entities that were operating under a set of industries as determined by the North American Industry Classification (NAICS) code. As in Phase 2, in Phase 3, the program will not be restricted by NAICS code, with the exception of certain prohibited businesses as outlined below, and funding will also be available to home-based businesses and sole proprietors registered within the State, both of which were ineligible under the initial phase of the program. Furthermore, all 501(c) non-profit entities will be eligible, with the exception of organizations whose primary activity is political lobbying.

 

Click here for more information.

10/19/2020

Township Library Offering Children Activities and Crafts

The Hamilton Township Free Public Library staff has been busy preparing activities for the children of our community.

 

This week’s offering (October 19th) is a stained glass Earth Project available for curbside pick-up. The kit includes all the items needed to complete the project – just in time to celebrate the landing and successful mission of Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission in space, 52 years ago this Thursday!   

 

You can also sign up for your child to receive a Halloween (non-food) Goodie Bag from our Library. Distribution will take place next week between Monday, October 26th and Saturday, October 31st – curbside.   

 

To learn more about either of these offerings or to make a reservation and schedule a pick-up please call 609-581-4060 ext. 4000 or visit https://hamiltonnjpl.org/childrens-event-request/ Please note these are available while supplies last and via registration only. When making an online reservation, be sure to include which give-away you are reserving. 

 

Don’t forget, the Library is continuing to offer contactless curbside service hours for library materials. For details on how to take advantage of this service, visit www.hamiltonnjpl.org or contact our Reference Department by phone (609-581-4060, Ext. 2). Computer Time is back - Reference Desk at 609-581-4060 ext 2, available for 1 hour appointments, masks and temperature checks will be required and only the person on the reservation will be permitted inside the building. Additionally, Fax and Notary Services are available. To schedule an appointment please contact Circulation at 609-581-4060 ext. 1.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of October 19th, Mercer County has 8,975 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

 

Mayor Martin Testifies on Optimum/Altice Service To Senate Committee

This afternoon, Mayor Jeff Martin testified in front of the State Senate Law and Public Safety Committee along with Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried regarding the service of our local utility companies.

 

In particular, Mayor Martin focused on the poor quality of service that Optimum/Altice USA has provided to Hamilton residents, specifically over the last several months. While understanding that strains have been put on phone, internet and cable services with such a high volume of residents working from home, the quality of customer service that residents have received is unacceptable.

 

The Township will continue to monitor this issue and advocate for Hamilton Township residents.

 

NAMI NJ to Host "Estate Planning and Administration" Webinar

Tuesday, October 20th

7-8pm

 

Every adult should have an estate plan that includes a Will, a Power of Attorney, and a Medical Directive. For parents of individuals with a mental health or cognitive disability, estate planning is more complicated because parents want to provide for their loved ones while ensuring they maintain access to means-tested government benefits like supplemental security income, social security disability income, Medicaid and other services. Improper planning can jeopardize their children's services.

 

This workshop will explain estate planning basics, including a detailed discussion of special needs wills and trusts, as well as what to consider when appointing executors, trustees, and other fiduciaries. Attendees will walk away with a concrete understanding about how to provide for their children when they are gone. This hour-long presentation includes a Q&A for attendees.

 

REGISTER HERE https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4z_r1ta6S3eBQA0IuUDQnw

10/16/2020

Voter Participation Week-Return your Ballot!

This week is #NJVotes Voter Participation Week!

Now is the time to Plan – Participate- and don’t forget to practice Patience:

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of October 16th, Mercer County has 8,911 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 October 19th-October 23rd

Monday, October 19th

The Cultural Affairs and Performing Arts Advisory Commission will be meeting via conference call beginning at 6pm. Please click here for dial in instructions.

Tuesday, October 20th

The Township Council meeting will be conducted in person at the Nottingham Fire Company (200 Mercer Street) and using FreeConferenceCall.com beginning at 6:30pm. For instructions on how to participate using either means click here.

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

Thursday, October 22nd

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

NAMI NJ Continues to Offer Online Support Groups

Register for an Online Support Group!

NAMI Family Support Group

Tuesdays at 12pm

Wednesdays at 7pm

NAMI Family Support Group is a 60-90 minute support group for adult friends and family members (18+) of people with mental health conditions. Participants gain the support of peers who understand their experience and gain insight into others' challenges and successes.

REGISTER HERE

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group

Wednesdays at 12pm

Wednesdays at 7pm

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a 60-90 minute support group for adults (18+) with a mental health condition. Participants gain the support of peers who understand their experience and gain insight into others' challenges and successes.

REGISTER HERE

10/15/2020

Reminder: Township Offering Free Flu Clinics

The Hamilton Township Department of Health would like to remind our residents about our upcoming Flu Clinics, with the next one being Monday, October 19th at Nottingham Fire House from 4PM - 7PM.

Save Time by printing and completing the Flu Vaccine Registration Form in advance.

Please note the following:

  • Masks / Face Coverings WILL BE Required

  • Open to Hamilton Township Residents Ages 18 and Older

  • Please Bring Your Insurance Information

  • The Child Health Clinic will provide shots for those under age 18 by appointment only for children who are under-insured or uninsured. Call (609)890-3826 for additional information.

  • Pneumonia Vaccinations will be offered by appointment only for residents age 65 and older at the Division of Health. Call (609)890-3884 for more information.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of October 15th, Mercer County has 8,894 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

Moratorium on Utility Shutoffs Extended

The Governor announced today that he is signing an Executive Order extending the moratorium on utility shut offs. Specifically:

  • No household may have its electricity, gas service, or water shut off for nonpayment through March 15th, 2021. Service must be restored if it’s been disconnected during the public health emergency

  • Moratorium against the disconnection of internet or voice services is extended through November 15th, 2020

  • Households with school-age children who need internet connectivity for remote learning will be extended through March 15th, 2021

  • Cable providers MUST offer AT LEAST a 12-month repayment plan that would allow consumers to pay back what they owe over equal installments before disconnecting internet or voice services

State Opens Healthcare Exchange

NOW OPEN: New Jersey’s new state-run health care exchange.

Individuals eligible for subsidy assistance and premium tax credits will find the LOWEST NEW PREMIUMS since the passage of the ACA more than a decade ago.

Find an affordable health care plan: getcovered.nj.gov

10/14/2020

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween season is upon us and though the decision to participate in trick-or-treating this year is a personal decision, both for parents and homeowners, the Hamilton Township Health Department shares the below safety measures to assist in keeping us all safe this year. 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of October 14th, Mercer County has 8,866 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 Additional $100 Million in CARES Act Funding

Yesterday, state and federal leaders announced $100 million in additional Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and
Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to support New Jersey residents and
businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bulk of the money, $70 million, will be distributed to restaurants, microbusinesses, and other small
businesses through Phase 3 of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority
(NJEDA) Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program; an additional $10
million will be used to help small businesses purchase Personal Protective
Equipment (PPE) through the NJEDA Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program;
$15 million will go to support renters through the Department of Community
Affairs (DCA) COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program; and $5 million will
support food banks and other hunger relief efforts. 

Phase 3 of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program expands eligibility to any business
with 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) and increases the amount
of funding businesses can receive. To ensure funds flow to businesses that need
them most, Phase 3 includes set-asides for grants to restaurants and
micro-businesses. $35 million will be dedicated to support businesses classified
as “Food Services and Drinking Places” under NAICS code 722 and $15 million
will be directed to support “micro-businesses” that have five or fewer
employees. The remaining $20 million will be available to support any eligible
business. One third of each of these pools of will be directed to support
entities that are located in census tracts that were eligible to be
selected as a New Jersey Opportunity Zone.

The Administration is also providing $10 million of additional CARES Act funding to support the
Authority’s Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program. Launching in late
October, this program will utilize an innovative public-private partnership
model to enable businesses with 100 employees or fewer to receive grants in the
form of automatic discounts on PPE purchased through NJEDA-approved “Designated
Vendors”.

The Administration will also provide $15 million more in rent relief for New Jersey tenants through the
DCA’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program. This program reduces
the burden renters face by paying landlords directly for up to six months. The
funding announced today will cover rent incurred from August 1, 2020
through December 30, 2020. Payments per household will depend on a variety of
factors such as location, rental market, family size, and average per household
income. 

The remaining $5 million will be used to provide relief for New Jersey residents facing food insecurity.
These funds will build off of the $20 million announced in
July that the Department of Agriculture (NJDA) used to support
Emergency Feeding Organizations, which have been supporting food banks, food
pantries, hunger relief centers, and soup kitchens that provide food to those
in need.

The $100 million announced today will supplement the $115 million in CARES Act funds already allocated for
economic development and re-employment programs and the $100 million allocated
for housing assistance programs. On Friday, the Department of Human Services
announced its new Housing Assistance Program, which will use $12 million from
the CARES Act to provide rental or mortgage assistance payments on behalf of
eligible households that have suffered a financial hardship due to COVID-19.
More information on that program is available
here.

Tomorrow: Public Hearing on the Township's USEPA Grant Application