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Old Bridge new COVID-19 cases remain low, PBA Local 127 continues to help local families in need

Old Bridge PBA Local 127 President Vinny Galgano (left) and PBA member Steve McCauley visit 11-year-old Jonathon, who has Angelman Syndrome. Old Bridge PBA Local 127 recently assisted Jonathon's family with the purchase of a pediatric wheelchair and for home improvements for the family.

OLD BRIDGE – Old Bridge officials reported one new positive COVID-19 case, which bring the total number of cases to 1,043, according to Old Bridge Mayor Owen Henry in his daily report on June 6.

The township has lost two more residents to COVID-19, which bring the number of residents lost to 65, according to Middlesex County.

Officials have provided updated charts of the cases, including cases in long-term care facilities and cases in each ward on the township’s website.

Members of Old Bridge Policemen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) Local 127 have assisted various families going through extraordinarily hard times during the pandemic. Many of the stories are shared on PBA Local 127’s social media page. Recently members became aware of one those families through friends who reached out to PBA member Steve McCauley and asked for some assistance for 11-year-old Jonathon Kramer.

Jonathon suffers from Angelman Syndrome, which is a genetic disorder causing developmental disabilities and nerve-related symptoms. Old Bridge PBA Local 127 assisted the Kramer family with the purchase of a pediatric wheelchair for Jonathon and also assisted in paying off some of their expenses for home improvements, which included the construction of a handicap bathroom and safety locks throughout the residence for Jonathon’s safety. Unfortunately, with all the precautions during the pandemic, members of Local 127 weren’t able to visit the Kramer family until May 30.

Old Bridge PBA Local 127 also recognized Mark Glazier, president of Nutrabio, for providing each member with their immune system support product called First Response on June 7. Nutrabio has donated its product nationwide to help keep first responders as healthy as possible during the pandemic. For more information visit https://www.nutrabio.com/firstresponse/.

The mayor has joined with the township’s local business owners in their demand to reopen their business establishments.

“The township and the local business owners recognize that small businesses are not only the backbone of our community and drive the local economy, but they are equally important to the nation’s economy,” he said. “The local business community provides access to and delivers essential services to our residents.”

In an effort to support and assist local businesses, the township has established a Business Advisory Committee led by the township’s Office of Economic Development, which will work directly with the township’s business community.

The township is now accepting temporary permit applications for outdoor dining, which Gov. Phil Murphy announced will reopen June 15.

Township officials and the Township Council discussed the creation of a temporary permit process for outdoor seating through Labor Day to help speed up the process at a meeting on May 4. The council approved the creation of the temporary permit process and waived the $95 permit fee.

Veena Sawant, township planner, said in 2018, the council adopted an ordinance for outdoor dining, which capped the number of outdoor seating at eight. If a restaurant wanted to have more than eight outdoor dining seats, it would prompt a planning and zoning review.

Sawant said with a temporary permit process each application will be evaluated thoroughly to ensure the health and safety of the residents and to ensure it does not hinder overall circulation of the location.

The township has canceled all 2020 summer camp programs with the health and well-being of campers in mind.

Old Bridge’s largest parks, Veterans, Geick and Mannino, and Lombardi Field Track are open daily for passive recreation from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

The township has also reopened four tennis courts at the Municipal Complex. The courts are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and players are asked to limit their court time to no more than one hour.

Three of the courts will be dedicated for tennis and the fourth will be for pickleball only. Signs will be posted on the fence indicating which courts are open and for which activity.

Two tennis courts at Carl Sandburg Middle School are also open.

The Bark dog park at Mannino Park has reopened. There will be a five dog limit in each area.

In addition to the state’s official website, covid19.nj.gov, residents can text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text messages and stay informed. To receive live text assistance, residents can text their zip code to 898-211.

To help sort out the rumors around the virus, in a joint effort by the New Jersey Regional Operations and Intelligence Center, division of the New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, and New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, a website has been established to combat rumors and disinformation regarding the virus. The COVID-19 Rumor Control and Disinformation website is njhomelandsecurity.gov/covid19.

The Old Bridge Township Office of Emergency Management is still looking for supplies to support township police, fire and first aid including N95 masks, surgical masks, Tyvek suits, hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes. Anyone able to donate supplies can call OEM Deputy Coordinator Mike Petschauer at 848-565-1324 or email mpetschauer@oldbridge.com.

The Old Bridge Food Bank is seeking donations. Two bins are set up outside at 1 Old Bridge Plaza for non-perishable food donations for collections on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Monetary donations in the form of checks can be mailed to Old Bridge Food Bank, 1 Old Bridge Food Bank.

For more information about COVID-19 related matters in Old Bridge, visit oldbridge.com/COVID and its social media pages.

For Middlesex County information on COVID-19 information visit discovermiddlesex.com/covid19/ or www.middlesexcountynj.gov/covid19.

Old Bridge PBA Local 127 recognized Mark Glazier, president of Nutrabio, for providing each member with their immune system support product called First Response on June 7. Nutrabio has donated its product nationwide to help keep first responders as healthy as possible during the pandemic.
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