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Virtual Town Halls to Address COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy

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The  New Jersey Department of Health  (NJDOH) is hosting two free virtual town halls aimed at addressing facts, fears and myths related to the COVID-19 vaccines. Registration is required for both. When participants register, they can submit questions that they would like addressed during the town hall. The first, "Saving Lives with the COVID-19 Vaccine in NJ Asian-American Communities," takes place  from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 20.  To register, visit:  https://bit.ly/39EjPYt . The town hall will be moderated by Janine Llamzon, a nurse with St. Joseph's University Medical Center in Paterson, and will feature Dr. Hafeza Shaikh, Cherry Hill Free Clinic and cofounder of CommUNITY SJP; and Dr. Naveen Merohtra, pediatrician and adjunct faculty member, Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. A second "Saving Lives with the COVID-19 Vaccine" town hall, for the general public, will be held  from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 27.  To register, visit:  https://bit.l

Mercer County Park Commission to Conduct Prescribed Burn at Baldplate Mountain

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The Mercer County Park Commission has approved a prescribed burn plan to be implemented by the New Jersey Forest Fire Service (NJFFS) at Baldpate Mountain. The Forest Fire Service has worked in collaboration with the Park Commission's Stewardship Department in recent months to develop the plan, which is tailored to improve the ecological condition of the Park Commission-managed natural area. The primary goal of this prescribed burn is to perform large-scale invasive species management in forest blocks that have high ash tree composition. The Park Commission is planning to restore the forest areas affected by the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect. In some parts of the forest on Baldpate Mountain, ash is one-quarter of the forest's canopy, and in small areas, up to 75 percent of the canopy. Prescribed fire will assist in the preparation of these sites for future reforestation efforts by controlling non-native invasive understory plants and promoting regeneration of native spe

Mercer, Penn Princeton Health to Partner on COVID-19 Vaccination Program

The County of Mercer and Penn Medicine Princeton Health are partnering to expand the availability of COVID-19 vaccination opportunities in Mercer County, announced Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. "This public-private partnership will provide convenient and free vaccinations to our residents, and we are excited to have Princeton Health come onboard to help us meet the needs of the community during this pandemic," Mr. Hughes said. Beginning May 6 , Princeton Health will manage the second of Mercer County's fixed-base vaccination sites, located at the lounge at Mercer County Park's rink. In addition, Princeton Health will provide staff to operate Mercer County's new mobile unit, which will schedule community-based vaccination clinics at locations throughout the county to vaccinate underserved and hard-to-reach populations, such as the elderly or those without transportation. The other vaccination clinic, in collaboration with Capital Health, is at CURE Arena

The Jewish Center Participates in The Daffodil Project

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  Members of The Jewish Center gathered outside the building this past Sunday for a memorial ceremony to remember the 1.5 million children who died in the Holocaust. Over 250 daffodils were planted back in October in their honor along the side of the building. The Daffodil Project is a worldwide effort to remember the children of the Holocaust by planting 1.5 million daffodils around the world, one for each child who died, as well as to remember the children who are suffering from humanitarian crises taking place in the world today. Daffodils were chosen because of their yellow bell that resembles the Star of David, the symbol of Judaism, as well as the yellow stars the Jewish people were required to wear during the Holocaust. Yellow is also the color of remembrance and hope. The Jewish Center is one of over 266 locations that participated in The Daffodil Project around the globe. The project was created by Am Yisrael C

Spring Planting Volunteer Opportunity

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Join the Stewardship team in a spring planting at Rosedale Park with a focus on beautifying areas next to the Lawrence Hopewell Trail extension. The goal will be to install over 1,500 native trees and shrubs this spring, and to make this effort happen we are seeking help from volunteers. The large planting project is a yearlong effort that involves planting, fence installation, and invasive species management. This effort will make Rosedale Lake, the Stony Brook, and Rosedale Park an even better place to recreate and enjoy nature. Click here to register

County to Rsurface Section of Whitehead Road in Hamilton

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Due to deteriorated pavement surface conditions, Whitehead Road (County Route 616) between East State Street (CR 535) and 3rd Street in Hamilton Township is scheduled for milling and resurfacing by the Mercer County Department of Transportation and Infrastructure. Work is expected to begin Monday, April 26 , with an anticipated completion time of approximately two weeks, weather permitting. During construction, Whitehead Road will be closed to through traffic from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday . Motorists will be directed to use Sweetbriar Avenue, Sloan Avenue, Klockner Road and East State Street; however, access will be permitted for local residents, businesses, and service and emergency vehicles. Normal traffic conditions will resume at all other times.

Mercer County Announces Installation of Electric Car Chargers

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Ownership of electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles is growing by the year, and with an eye toward that trend, Mercer County is committed to the inclusion of sustainable practices such as the support of EVs. To meet the growing need for vehicle charging stations,  Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes  announces that Mercer County has been awarded a grant of $88,000 to install EV charging stations at close to a dozen county-owned locations. The funding comes through the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection's Pay$ to Plug In Program, which was designed to expand the state's growing network of electric vehicle infrastructure, allowing residents, businesses and government agencies to purchase and drive electric vehicles. "Studies show that range anxiety, the fear that the car will somehow run out of power, is a fear that keeps consumers from investing in electric vehicles, and our goal is to expand the opportunities to charge a vehicle and furth