FLEMINGTON, NJ - With an eye toward safety for all, but particularly the borough’s veterans, Flemington’s governing body, along with members of VFW Post 7856, have cancelled the traditional Memorial Day parade on May 25 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The VFW said they regret this decision, but that they made it prudently with the safety of members, many of whom are in the high-risk population, as their priority.
The focus on social distancing to stop the spread of the coronavirus has also forced the cancellation of a number of other events in Flemington: the Cinco de Mayo celebration planned for May 2, the town-wide yard sale planned for May 15 through May 16; and the Girls on the Run 5K planned for May 31.
The next community event that could be in jeopardy due to COVID-19 is the July 3 fireworks. Mayor Betsy Driver said that there is still some time before a decision has to be made, citing on or about June 1 as the deadline.
“We have some options,” she said, “we can have the fireworks on July 3, postpone them until a later date, maybe Labor Day, or cancel them completely for 2020.”
“We don’t want to make that decision too soon,” she added. “It’s a big decision for everybody to make.”
In other COVID-19 related news, Driver announced that while most downtown businesses are closed, streetscape work will resume in an effort to get the project completed before stores reopen. She explained the state inspection revealed that some of the ADA specifications were not in complete compliance, including the angle where some sidewalks meet the crosswalk.
“The ADA standards are very specific,” she said.
Also, gutter areas along the curb where new pavement was laid has to be redone.
“The pavement was sub-par and put down at a bad temperature,” Driver said.
The mayor specifically mentioned the intersections of Bloomfield and Main and Bloomfield and Mine. The road work on Reaville may also be resumed.
All of the streetscape work is expected to be completed over the next few weeks, the mayor said, if the weather cooperates.
OEM Corp. Brian McNally said that the borough’s N95 face mask order – placed about two months ago – has arrived. Unfortunately, all of the masks are size small.
Testing at Raritan Valley Community College continues, registration and date information are available on the borough website.