Edison reports zero new COVID-19 cases for second time this month, Department of Public Works continues to clean up debris from tropical storm

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EDISON – Edison officials reported zero new cases of COVID-19 for the second time this month, according to the Edison Office of Emergency Management on Aug. 10.

The total number of COVID-19 cases remains at 1,988. The township has lost 233 residents to COVID-19, according to Middlesex County.

The grace period for third quarter tax payments has been extended to Aug. 13 due to Tropical Storm Isaiah, which left many parts of the township without power including the municipal building.

The Edison’s Department of Public Works personnel are diligently working to clean up roadways following the tropical storm. Residents, businesses are asked to pile storm debris at curbside. Clean ups will continue over the next several weeks.

The Edison Senior Center, 2963 Woodbridge Avenue, will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday as a cooling center. Those using the cooling center will be required to wear a face covering and will have their temperature taken along with providing contact information. Please contact the office at 732-248-7345 for further information.

Menlo Park Mall and all indoor malls reopened on June 29. For more information visit https://www.simon.com/mall/menlo-park-mall.

The Edison Public main library at 340 Plainfield Ave., reopened on July 13. Patrons must wear face masks. Gov. Phil Murphy announced public libraries are allowed to reopen on July 2 with 25% capacity.

The library hours will increase the week of July 20 to 1-8:30 p.m. on Monday and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday.

The reopening of the north branch library at 777 Grove Ave. began on July 27 and the Clara Barton branch at 141 Hoover Ave. will follow in August.

No seating and study tables at the library will be available. No meetings or programs will be held at least through Labor Day. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours. For more information contact edisondirector@lmxac.org.

The Edison Public Library has launched a COVID memory project. Residents are welcome to share their experiences during the coronavirus through a questionnaire and any images and videos documenting experiences. All items submitted will be reviewed for the library’s archive. For more information visit edisonpubliclibrary.net/covidMemory.shtml.

The Edison Summer Playground for children ages 5-12 began on July 13 and will run weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon through Aug. 14. Arts and crafts, games and special activities are planned and will be held at the playgrounds at Elder Park, John Marshall School, Woodbrook School and Yelencsics Park.

Mayor Thomas Lankey issued an executive order ahead of the reopening of outdoor dining on June 15. The executive order, which will run through Oct. 31, allows restaurants and food establishments to eliminate up to 20% of their existing onsite parking to accommodate tables for consumption of food and beverages. Hours of operation for outdoor dining will run from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the township reserves the right to review and revoke approval of applications. The fee for application permits have been waived. For more information visit edisonnj.org.

The Edison Farmers Market is open from 1-3 p.m. every Wednesday at the Jade Dynasty parking lot, 925 Amboy Ave., through October.

On Aug. 5, the farmers market added La Canasta Produce to the market with additional fruit and vegetable offerings.

La Canasta joins vendors Asprocolas Acres, La Bonbonniere Bake Shop, Fresh Honey and Honey Products, Bebe’s All Natural Masalas – Indian sauces for a variety of foods, Elcha’s Eats, and P.M. Naturals.

For more information about pre-order and pickup visit Asprocolasacres.com, la-bonbonniere-bake-shoppe.myshopify.com, www.countrybirdandgarden.net, bebesallnatural.com, and elchaseats.com.

The township has resumed the collection of cardboard from outside of the recycling container on regular recycling days.

Edison Township was not provided any other information regarding the new cases.

For Middlesex County information visit discovermiddlesex.com/covid19/ or www.middlesexcountynj.gov/covid19.