BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ With so many businesses that offer services or products closed or having reduced hours due to COVID-19, residents in the Somerset Hills area are sometimes left wondering what's still open. To answer that very question, Bernards Township resident Ron DePasquale developed an app with a realtime answer to that question.www.stillopen.app.
As of this week, DePasquale said that the app list 46 businesses, with a public form to submit new entries or changes.
Given that food remains of the public's most essential needs during the shutdown, DePasquale said that restaurants and food stores are the most commonly listed businesses. He said he will also sometimes add information on big box stores.
However, he said that some family-owned businesses, and even an embroiderer, are listed, along with pet services. Most of the businesses are in the Basking Ridge and Bernardsville area, with some entries from nearby towns like Bedminster, he said.
"The site is mostly focused in our immediate area but I include that to be as far north as Morristown and as far south as Somerville _ anything within what I consider a reasonable travel time from Basking Ridge, he said. He said he is willing to add other businesses if requested.
The project is free of charge, although donations are accepted, according to the website.
DePasquale can be reached through his website, stillopen.app or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DePasquale is also involved with food collections, including using donations to buy meals for essential workers, such as the employees at Memorial Sloan Kettering Basking Ridge lunch on April 14.