Montgomery Teachers and School Board Settle on Contract

The Montgomery Township Education Association (MTEA) voted almost unanimously on May 22 to ratify a new four-year contract, which gives Montgomery teachers and support staff almost a 2.8 percent raise each year. “The agreement keeps us from falling further behind our neighboring districts and stops the trend of taking home less money than we took home the year before,” MTEA President Scott Mason said after the votes were counted. The new agreement is retroactive to July 1, 2018, and will run through June 30, 2022. The settlement calls for annual salary increases for non-administrative staff of 2.9 percent the first year and 2.7 percent in each of the subsequent three years. Also the 35 perce

Click Your Seatbelt in Montgomery, or Ticket: Police Campaign to Enforce Traffic Safety Laws May 20

Montgomery Township and Hopewell Police will participate in the annual "Click It or Ticket" seatbelt enforcement mobilization from May 20 through June 2. Montgomery and Hopewell police will join 128 New Jersey departments that will patrol heavily to ensure drivers and passengers are wearing their seatbelts. The state awarded $1,200 in grant money to Montgomery police and $5,500 to Hopewell to help cover the costs to participate in the campaign. Montgomery issued the following tickets during the 2018 Click It or Ticket campaign: 67 failure to wear seatbelts; 1 DWI; 7 speeding; 11 cell phone/texting while driving; 10 careless driving; 11 driving with a suspended license, and 168 "other" viola

Montgomery School District Superintendent Put on Paid Leave

Superintendent of Schools Nancy H. Gartenberg will begin paid administrative leave beginning May 15. Following a closed executive session, the Montgomery Township Board of Education voted at its regularly scheduled meeting on May 14 to put the superintendent on paid leave. Board members did not give a reason. In April, Gartenberg resigned from her position as superintendent, giving the school district 15 months notice. Her resignation is effective June 30, 2020. Gartenberg wrote in her resignation letter that she wants to "give the school district as much notice as possible to take the time necessary to launch a search process for a new superintendent." Gartenberg has been superintendent sin

Blessing of Animals Service

Passersby may witness a procession of pets, everything from dogs and cats to hamsters, and horses, in front of the Griggstown Reformed Church on Canal Road on Saturday, May 18 from 5 pm to 7 pm. Pastor Jeff Knol of the Griggstown Reformed Church and Blawenburg Reformed Church blessing a large, hairy, tarantula. Pastor Jeff Knol and the Griggstown Reformed Church are hosting a pet blessed. Any pets are welcome, whether they have two, four, or eight legs and Pastor Jeff will say a short blessing over each and every critter and creature. The event will take place on the front lawn of the church and people are encouraged to enjoy a time of food and fellowship during the event. The church is loc

The Monty News & TOTH Music Salute Local Fire Companies

Despite a tornado watch and thunderstorm, about 100 people came out to Thomas Sweet Cafe in Skillman on Friday, April 26. The event raised $900 for local fire companies. "The Montgomery News wishes to thank first responders for all they do for the community," says Publisher Norman Silverstein. This first concert event is to recognize our firefighters from the Rocky Hill Fire Department; from the Montgomery Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 on Griggstown Road in Belle Mead (aka Station 45); and Montgomery Township Fire Company No. 2 on Route 518 in Blawenburg (aka Station 46). "We are especially grateful to Thomas Sweet Cafe for hosting the event, and contributing $100 toward our fundrais

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