December 24, 2020
Township Weekly Update
Our first snowstorm of this winter season was challenging to prepare for as forecasts ranged from one to 10 inches of snow with high winds. Currently, the National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning beginning this evening with heavy rains and wind gusts as high as 60mph. The ground is already saturated and the high winds, rain and snow melt make power outages a possibility.
We are only days into winter, and so it bears repeating that communication is always important but in times of emergencies and possible power outages it is vital. The Township uses various methods for communications and, when power outages occur some, like house phones, become inoperable. Please review the letter sent detailing how to stay informed HERE and ensure that you are registered for as many options as possible. Weather updates sent via email and posted on line can always be found on our website and linked HERE.
We are thankful for the Marlboro Office of Emergency Management led by Chief Pezzullo for their efforts to prepare for an incoming storm. The Department of Public Works directed by Robert Miller are at work throughout the night before, during and after a storm. I am very grateful for all they do to keep us safe and the roads cleared as quickly as possible.
Holiday Schedule Changes – Town Hall municipal offices will be closed on Friday, December 25 in observance of Christmas Day. The recycling pickup for zone 4 only, will have a special collection date of Saturday, December 26. Please have items curbside by 7am. There is no curbside pickup on Christmas Day. The Recycling Center is open normal hours on Saturday, December 26 from 8am to 4pm. The Police are open 24/7 and can be reached at 732-536-0100. Emergencies dial 911.
Holiday House Decorating Tour – Our first Holiday House decorating tour is a success! A great family activity for this holiday weekend, click on our interactive map and enjoy the lights. The map is linked on the upcoming events section on our website and HERE.
COVID-19 Testing in Marlboro: This past week, I announced COVID-19 testing for Marlboro residents. The testing trucks are located in the Recreation Center Parking lot and are drive-up. The testing is done via saliva test, you do not have to be symptomatic and results are emailed in 72 hours. Dates are currently scheduled through January. Please review the flyer for dates/times, the QR code to pre-register and what is needed to expedite the process. There will be no out-of-pocket costs for the test. The flyer is posted on our website and HERE.
Testing is also available at more than 400 locations throughout the state.
- Visit the NJ COVID hub for a complete list in NJ:
- Monmouth County provides testing locations for residents and first responders throughout the County. Please complete the Testing Requisition Form ahead of your visit. Locations and times are subject to change so please check the website at com.
COVID-19 Data Dashboard- As of yesterday:
- New Jersey- New Cases: 4,919/Total Cases: 445,138
- Monmouth County – New Cases: 356/Total Cases: 29,070
- Marlboro Township – New Cases: 11/ Total Cases 1,560/ Active Cases 457
Complete data throughout the state is available on the state website at www.covid19.nj.gov Residents with general questions or concerns about the COVID-19 should contact the Monmouth County Health Department phone bank by calling 732-845-2070 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
I know that for many of us, this holiday will be different. If you are isolating and away from loved ones, it can be particularly difficult. Please know you are not alone. Call or text the national hotline at 800-985-5990. Local resources can be found on our Township COVID-19 Resource guide posted on the website or click HERE and scroll down to ‘Health and Wellness’.
On behalf of the Township Council and the Employees I wish those that celebrate a Merry Christmas and everyone a wonderful weekend.
Thank you and be safe,
Mayor Jon Hornik