Habitat for Humanity of Burlington and Mercer Counties and Benebone Break Ground on a New, Affordable Home in Ewing, NJ

September 22, 2021

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On Tuesday, June 22, Habitat for Humanity of Burlington and Mercer Counties (Habitat BMC) and Benebone hosted a ground breaking ceremony for a new, affordable home site in Ewing, NJ.

“Through our growing partnership with Benebone, we are not just providing a family with a home – we are providing them with valuable things like safety, stability and opportunity, while fostering long-term success and growth,” explained Habitat BMC CEO Lori Leonard. “We hope this new home can provide hope, safety and security to a family in need – a healthy environment and accepting community for them to plant roots and thrive for generations to come.”

Benebone’s CEO Peter Toolan said: “At Benebone, there’s more to our story than making great dog toys.  Doing good is at the core of our company’s value system. We strive to do right by our customers, employees, business partners and the community. We’re a family business, and there is no more universal family need than that of a home. We’re thrilled to join Habitat for this important cause. And yes, we’re eager to build a doghouse, should the family be so inclined!”

The groundbreaking ceremony included brief remarks from Leonard, Benebone’s CEO Peter Toolan and Ewing Township’s Mayor Bert Steinmann, as well as light refreshments for invited guests. Additionally, Habitat BMC and Benebone partnered with a local dog rescue, 4 Paws Dog Rescue, to have adoptable dogs onsite at the event.

“4 Paws Dog Rescue of NJ is so excited to be partnering with these two amazing organizations. We are very passionate about helping the local community and are honored to team up with likeminded organizations,” said Christina Micarelli, co-founder of 4 paws Dog Rescue of NJ.

The new home in Ewing will feature 3 bedrooms and 1 ½ bathrooms, ample living space, spacious dining area and kitchen space featuring energy-efficient appliances and more. The home also boasts lovely outdoor space and is a perfect location within the local Ewing community – close to local schools, shops, entertainment and amenities. The neighborhood where the future Habitat BMC/Benebone home is located is also very close to the longtime home of Peter and Jim Toolan, the father and son pair behind the Benebone company.

Founded in 2012, Benebone has enjoyed explosive growth making high quality dog chew toys in the USA. Benebone has previous ties to Habitat for Humanity through Jim, who has been an avid volunteer for Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley (Habitat Lehigh Valley) in Allentown, PA for a number of years. The Toolan’s previously sponsored a home build for a family in Bethlehem, PA.

For more than 30 years, Habitat BMC has been offering programs and services for people in need of affordable homeownership opportunities and current homeowners who seek to preserve, repair and improve their homes in Atlantic, Burlington, Mercer and parts of Middlesex counties. The growing partnership between Benebone and Habitat BMC demonstrates both of their steadfast commitment to the communities they serve and a shared vision of building a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Habitat BMC is now taking applications for this new home in Ewing – if you are an individual or family interested in applying, kindly visit: https://www.hfhbmc.org/services/available-homes/

About Habitat for Humanity of Burlington and Mercer Counties

Habitat for Humanity of Burlington and Mercer Counties (Habitat BMC) is an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, which operates through independent, local affiliates to ensure that all functions of the organization have maximum relevance and impact on individual communities. In the fall of 2020, the Burlington and Mercer Counties affiliate merged with the Atlantic County affiliate to make a greater impact on affordable housing options in New Jersey. Habitat BMC serves families in need in Atlantic, Burlington, Mercer and portions of Middlesex counties, and manages ReStore locations in Egg Harbor Township, Hamilton and Maple Shade. Since its inception, the affiliates have collectively built nearly 300 and repaired over 150 homes for low- and moderate-income families, serving 77 municipalities and over 1.1 million residents. To learn more about Habitat BMC, visit http://www.hfhbmc.org.

About Benebone: 

Benebone is a leading brand of USA-made durable chew toys for dogs. The company’s simple mission is to make lives better for dogs and the people who love them. Benebone’s core values center around awesome products, building and serving communities, and a good dose of fun. Learn more at www.benebone.com.


Photos by Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

Two People Shot In Area Of Oakland Street and Hoffman Avenue

June 22. 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Detective Lieutenant Peter Szpakowski  told MidJersey.News that on Monday, June 21, 2021 at approximately 3:57 p.m. Trenton Police Communications received calls for a shots fired in the area of Oakland Street and Hoffman Avenue. Patrol and Street Crimes arrived and located one male, Victim #1 a 62 year old City resident, with a gunshot wound to his finger. Victim #1 was transported by EMS to Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Shortly after, Victim #2 a 20 year old City resident, arrived at Regional Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the right calf.

Shooting Response Team is continuing this investigation.


Dog Missing Over 2 Weeks Found By NJ State Troopers Swimming In Barnegat Bay

June 22, 2021

BRICK TOWNSHIP, MANTOLOKING, NJ (OCEAN)–Earlier this morning, Troopers Ryan Koehler and Vincent Ferdinandi, of Point Pleasant Station, located a Golden Retriever that was reported missing out of Brick, N.J. since June 6.

Troopers were preparing for their shift when they were dispatched to the report of a dog swimming in Barnegat Bay. Troopers Koehler and Ferdinandi responded in a vessel and located Chunk, who was swimming in the area of the Mantoloking Bridge, and were able to bring him safely to shore.

Chunk, who is three years old, was missing for more than two weeks. Needless to say he was ecstatic to be reunited with his grateful owners.


Road Rage, Argument Leads To Stabbing In Trenton

June 21, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–At 5:03 a.m. the drivers of two vehicles were arguing with each other near Route 129 and Cass Street. Both vehicles came to a stop near the railroad tracks of Cass Street and Route 129.

According to Trenton Police Detective Lieutenant Peter Szpakowski one had a golf club and the other a knife. Both parties engaged in an altercation that led to one of the combatants being stabbed multiple times. The victim was treated at the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center for multiple stab wounds.

The Trenton Police Department Criminal Investigation Bureau is continuing the investigation.


2 Alarm For Well Involved Commercial Building In Lakewood

LAKEWOOD, NJ (0CEAN)–Around 4:30 a.m. Lakewood Police department received 9-1-1 calls reporting a possible structure fire in the area of 357 357 Squankum Road and Engine 5 was dispatched. Upon arrival police confirmed and reported a working fire, reporting flames from the 2nd floor. Engine 5 laid a supply line and started an interior attack and a 2nd alarm was called for sending additional equipment to the scene from Lakewood and surrounding towns.

Lakewood and surrounding departments battled the fire for a good 30 minutes to knock down the main body of fire and took an additional hour to bring the fully under control.

The Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire.

No other information is available at this time.

MidJersey.News has reached out to Lakewood Police Department but has not received a reply as of this afternoon.

Photos and video by: Ryan Mack, Jersey Shore Fire Response




One Critical And Two Others Stabbed In Howell Township

June 20, 2021

HOWELL TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–At approximately 12:10 a.m. June 19, 2021 Howell Police Communications received a 9-1-1 call reporting multiple people stabbed at Rodina Hall located at 243 Alexander Avenue.

Upon arrival, Howell officers were faced with a chaotic scene. They were met by security personnel who led them to three male victims who had significant  injuries after being stabbed. 

The officers were told three suspects fled the scene of this large party.  Officers Hurley and Norton quickly located two of the three along Route 9. They were identified as a 17 year old from Lakewood and a 44 year old resident of Patterson.   They were detained. 

Three Howell Police K9s responded along with our drone that is equipped with an infrared camera to search for the third. As of now, that third person has not been located.  It is also speculated there may not have been a third person involved.

Medical personnel including paramedics from RWJ/SB evaluated the victims and all three were transported to a local trauma center.  Currently, one still remains admitted.  He is expected to live.

Officers from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Crime Scene and Major Crimes units responded and assisted with processing the scene and interviews that included language translation. 

This investigation is ongoing. Currently, no one has been charged.  

If anyone has any information regarding this incident you are encouraged to contact Detective Bonner at 732-938-4575 x2647 or you can use our anonymous text service http://www.p3tips.com

We thank surrounding agencies for their assistance. This includes Lakewood Police and Jackson EMS.



East Brunswick Man Charged With Murder; Beat Victim With Baseball Bat

June 20, 2021

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Frank LoSacco of the East Brunswick Police Department announced yesterday that a man has been arrested and charged with the murder of a male who was known to him.

Curtis Wright, 57, of East Brunswick has been charged with murder and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

On June 19, 2021, at approximately 6:49 A.M., authorities responded to a residence on Main Avenue following the report of an unconscious male. Upon their arrival, authorities located Howard Smith, 53, of East Brunswick who showed signs of blunt force trauma. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation by Detective Alex Danese of the East Brunswick Police Department and Detective Ryan Tighe of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined Wright attacked the victim with a baseball bat.

Wright is presently lodged at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center where he is being held pending a pre-trial detention hearing in Superior Court.

The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Danese at (732) 390-6900 or Detective Tighe at (732) 745-3287.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Wright are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


Freedom Day A Juneteenth Celebration In Allentown

June 19, 2021

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)-A Juneteenth celebration was held today in Heritage Park in Allentown. It was a day of unity where everyone was invited to come together and celebrate the voices from diverse Africana (African American) culture.

Allentown Village Initiative walking tour with local historian John Fabiano, Executive Director, Monmouth County Historic Commission, “They Came For Freedom: Allentown & the Underground R.R.” was held in the morning. The tour visited several significant Underground Railroad locations in and around Allentown. To read more on the Underground Railroad read New Jersey’s Underground Railroad Heritage, “Steal Away, Steal Away” A guide to the Underground Railroad in New Jersey, download and read free from the NJ State Library.

Throughout the day there were several performances, music, and speakers on the stage. In the park there were several interactive displays on African American history and cultural heritage.


Juneteenth Celebrated At Mercer County Stables

June 19, 2021

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)-The Mercer County Park Commission joined the African American Cultural Collaborative in celebration of Juneteenth today, June 19, 2021 at the Mercer County Stables.

Visitors learned about Black Equestrians and the fascinating history of Black Cowboys!

To learn more about the Juneteenth celebrations, see www.taacf.com

Photo gallery of today’s event below:


Photos by Brian McCarthy, OnScene News



3 Day Juneteenth Celebration Kick-Off Held Tonight at War Memorial

June 18, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County (AACCofMC) in partnership with the NJ Legislative District 15 (Senator Shirley Turner, Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds Jackson and Assemblyman Anthony Verrelli) and Outdoor Equity Alliance are planning an inaugural 3-day, city-wide Juneteenth Celebration. This event is scheduled for Friday, June 18 through Sunday, June 20, 2021 in the capital City of Trenton. The Presenting Sponsors are Wells Fargo and St. Francis Medical Center.

On September 10, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation (S19) which designated the third Friday of June a State and public holiday, known as Juneteenth Day. “Juneteenth was a defining moment in American History, claiming the beginning of African American independence in the country”, said Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds Jackson, who sponsored the legislation that became a law. It was time for the commemoration of a pivotal moment in history to become an official state holiday, underscoring its importance to our communities and giving time for reflection on how far we have come and have to go to achieve equality and justice for all.”

Latarsha Burke, Executive Director of AACCofMC, said, “as a Collaborative, we endeavor to be more than just a festival and I was ecstatic and humbled to have been approached by Assemblywoman Reynolds-Jackson to spearhead this significant event in our capital city.” The goal of the Collaborative is to Educate, Empower and Unite Africans in the diaspora through cultural arts, health and wellness, entertainment and sports. The purpose of this carefully planned and socially distanced event is to highlight a few very poignant and current issues through displays of culture, collaboration, commerce, unity and education. The City of Trenton, Mercer County Parks Commission and many other partners have been working diligently to ensure public safety.

Although the weekend will center on contributions of African American people in our region, all communities and groups are invited to join. The planning committee has been extremely busy mobilizing partners over the past six months. Commitments from Greater Trenton, Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum and the Center for Child and Family Achievement have evolved into a plethora of family centered activities that will be held simultaneously in Downtown Trenton. As a result of collaboration with the Let’s Ride Foundation and the Samuel McCoy Scholarship Fund, a Juneteenth Freedom Day Bike Ride will also start at Mill Hill Park on Saturday and travel throughout Mercer County, with options for novice to advance riders to explore neighboring towns including Ewing, Lawrence, Hamilton and Hopewell.

An invite only Kick-Off will start the festivities on Friday with expected greetings from New Jersey Governor Phil D. Murphy, Congresswoman Bonne Watson-Coleman, sponsors and others. Simultaneously, Newark’s Mayor Ras Baraka, will be featured in a StreamYard Kick-Off Panel discussion entitled “How We Get Free: Artivism in the Past, Present and Future” which is sponsored by Art All Night 2021 in collaboration with the AACCofMC. Saturday will include events in downtown Trenton including a Main Stage with local and world-renowned entertainers. The headliner will be American Jazz musician Marcus Johnson. Local community activist Crystal Feliciano will serve as host for the Main Stage. A nearby Legacy Stage will feature youth/young adult entertainment hosted by “The #1Host” Kevin Hines and community champion Jasi Edwards. A Children’s Literacy Village including free books and interactive demonstrations, will open with a ribbon-cutting by Senator Shirley K. Tuner who sponsored a portion of the village. The Healthy Living Experience is being presented by Mama Yoga’s Wellness Coaching and Training and will include Trenton’s Health Team and Capital City YMCA featuring speakers, fitness, dance and activities for youth to seniors. Mercer County Stables will also serve as a location for an equestrian experience with the Crazy Faith Riders. The finale will be a Gospel Celebration on Sunday in historic Mill Hill Park featuring Trenton’s own JVR and Union Baptist Church’s Ensemble. WIMG and gospel recording artist Craig Hayes will serve as host for Sunday’s concert.

Burke says, “We believe that the inclusion of people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds promotes unity.”

For more information please call 609-474-4073 or visit www.taacf.com



Allentown High School Class of 2021 Senior Car Parade

June 18, 2021

ALLENTOWN-UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The Allentown High School Senior Car Parade, a tradition that was restarted last year due to COVID-19 was held tonight though the streets of Allentown and Upper Freehold Township. The parade started at 6:00 p.m. and featured the Class of 2021. It was reported the tradition was held prior to 1980 and faded away and restarted last year due to the pandemic. The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office and members/fire police from the Hope Fire Company of Allentown assisted with the parade.

Video and photo gallery from the 2021 Senior Car Parade:




Allentown High School 2020 Senior Parade Click Here


Faulty Camera Equipment To Blame In Smoke Condition At Justice League, Great Adventure Indoor Ride

June 18, 2021

JACKSON, NJ (OCEAN)–Six Flags Fire Department along with Jackson and Millstone Township Fire Departments were dispatched to Six Flags Great Adventure for a smoke condition inside the JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis “Hall of Justice” ride. Upon arrival of the fire department, the incident commander reported a light smoke condition inside the building and that they were trying to locate the source. About 15 minutes into the call firefighters found the source of the smoke and returned incoming units.

Six Flags Great Adventure spokesperson, Kristin Fitzgerald told MidJersey.news in statement, “The Six Flags Fire Department and local fire companies responded to one of our indoor rides shortly after 7:00 p.m. The safety of our guests and team members is our highest priority. All guests and team members safely exited the ride building within minutes. No one was injured. The source was a faulty camera component.”



Six Flags Great Adventure Video

Two NJ Brothers Charged With Homicide In Bucks County, Pennsylvania

June 18, 2021

BUCKS COUNTY, PA–District Attorney Matt Weintraub announced yesterday Thursday, June 17, 2021, that two New Jersey brothers will be charged with killing a man found dead in Richland Township.

Anthony Joel Gamble, 19, and Joshua David Gamble, 17, both of Somerset, N.J., are charged with criminal homicide, criminal conspiracy, possession of an instrument of crime and tampering with evidence. The younger Gamble is being charged as an adult. 

The Gambles were arraigned Thursday by Magisterial District Judge Lisa J. Gaier and were sent to Bucks County Correctional Facility without bail.

The brothers are accused of killing a man found stabbed to death early Thursday in a wooded area in the 500 block of East Pumping Station Road. The victim has not yet been positively identified and an autopsy is scheduled for Friday, June 18, 2021.

The investigation began at 12:03 a.m., Thursday, when a Pennsylvania State Trooper spotted what appeared to be disabled vehicle with its blinkers activated in the area of East Pumping Station Road, north of Heller Road, in Richland Township.

The vehicle was described as silver Subaru with New Jersey registration plates. A second vehicle, an Audi A5 with Florida plates, was parked 100 feet from the Subaru.

Walking toward the Audi, the state trooper saw a male lying on the ground in a nearby wooded area. The trooper identified himself but got no response from the male.

The male was detained and later identified as Joshua Gamble. 

Joshua Gamble had blood on the top part of his shoes and was wearing a plastic-coated work glove on his left hand. A similar right-handed glove was found where he had been lying on ground. Joshua Gamble was also in possession of a Subaru key fob, which was stained with what appeared to be blood.

 As troopers detained Joshua Gamble, they heard what sounded like a man running through the woods near them. A male subject then emerged and ran toward the Subaru and troopers ordered him to stop.

The male was detained and identified as Anthony Gamble. He also had blood on his shoes, as well as his shirtsleeve. Two work-type, coated gloves were found in his pants pockets.

As the investigation continued, police located a substantial amount of blood inside the Audi and requested backup.

Police entered the woods and found the body of deceased male, a short distance away from where Joshua Gamble had been lying and where the Audi was parked.

The initial investigation indicates the unidentified male appeared to have stab wounds about his head, neck, upper chest, and arm.

A large knife was found on the passenger floor of the Audi. The knife had blood on the blade and its wooden handle.

Police found a cellphone and sanitizing wipes on the roof of the Audi, and a second cellphone was found inside.

The investigation found that Joshua Gamble purchased the wipes and two sets of coated work gloves from a nearby 7-Eleven in Richlandtown, about 20 minutes before state police showed up.

“The Gamble brothers have no apparent connection to this area, being Richland,” District Attorney Matt Weintraub said at an afternoon news conference. “Obviously this case is ongoing, I can’t predict the future, I don’t know what other facts will be revealed to us, but as of right now, we are unable to discern any reason for them to be in Bucks County, in Richland Township.”

Weintraub also added that there is a presumption that this homicide occurred in Bucks County because there is a presumption in the law that a homicide is deemed to have occurred in the jurisdiction where the victim is found deceased unless there is evidence to the contrary.

“For that reason, we will presume that Bucks County has jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute this murder,” he said.

This case is being investigated by Bucks County Detectives, Pennsylvania State Police and Richland Township Police and is assigned for prosecution to Deputy District Attorney Monica W. Furber and Deputy District Attorney Kristi Hoover. 

Criminal charges are allegations subject to proof in court. Defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.



Coast Guard medevacs injured mariner in Absecon Inlet, New Jersey

June 17, 2021

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Coast Guard medevaced an injured mariner after his vessel ran aground in Absecon Inlet Thursday morning. 

Just before 3 a.m., watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay command center received a transmission on VHF-FM channel 16 from a mariner stating that he ran aground, hit his head and was potentially taking on water.

The command center launched a 29-foot Response Boat—Small boat crew from Station Atlantic City. Once on scene, the crew found the mariner’s vessel high aground and not taking on water. They brought the mariner aboard and transited to Station Atlantic City where emergency medical technicians transported him to Atlantic Care Hospital.

“We are grateful that this mariner had communications equipment on board in order to reach out for help,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Austin Perkins, the coxswain aboard the RB-S from Station Atlantic City. “You never know when you may need to reach out for assistance, and having a VHF radio on board could end up saving your life.”


Driver Not Wearing Seatbelt Suffers Serious Injuries Flown To Trauma Center; 2 Others With Minor Injuries Treated And Released

June 17, 2021

STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, NJ (OCEAN)–On Thursday, June 17th at 3:37PM a motor vehicle collision occurred on Route 539 near Cervetto Road. The crash involved a 1998 Volkswagen convertible operated by Fiona Kaufman, 19 of Mays Landing. After passing Cervetto Road, Kaufman lost control of her vehicle resulting in striking a parked pickup truck in a driveway, and coming to rest after crashing into a large tree.

At the time of the collision, Kaufman was not wearing a seatbelt. She sustained a head trauma and was subsequently flown to Atlantic City Medical Center for treatment. Kaufman had two other passengers on board, both juveniles, who sustained minor injuries and were treated at Southern Ocean Medical Center and released.

The crash is currently under investigation by Officer Pascale and Officer DeMarco of the Traffic Safety Bureau. Any witnesses are asked to call 609-597-1189, extension 8436.


If you follow the MidJersey.News Facebook or Twitter accounts you would have heard about this accident as a traffic alert earlier today as the incident was happening:




Brick, NJ Man Arrested For Terroristic Threats For Two Separate Bomb Threats On Point Pleasant Beach Boardwalk

June 17, 2021

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ (OCEAN)–The Point Pleasant Beach Police Department announced the arrest of Nkosi Jones, 19 years of age, from Brick, NJ.   After an investigation conducted by detectives from this department, Nkosi Jones was charged with; (2) two counts of False Public Alarm, a second degree crime and (2) two counts of Terroristic Threats, a third degree crime for calling in two separate bomb threats on the Point Pleasant Beach Boardwalk.

On Thursday, June 3, 2021 at approximately 1315 hrs. the Point Pleasant Beach Police Department responded to Jenkinson’s Main Business Offices on the Point Pleasant Beach boardwalk for a report of the business receiving a phone call reporting a bomb threat. Due to the nature of the threat, members of this agency, with the assistance of several other law enforcement agencies immediately evacuated the boardwalk, beach, and surrounding businesses. Several bomb detection K9’s were brought in and the entire boardwalk was searched. At approximately 1600 hrs. the boardwalk was deemed safe and reopened to the public.

On Friday, June 4, 2021 Jenkinson’s Main Business Office received another phone call reporting a bomb threat.  This department evacuated the boardwalk, beaches, and surrounding businesses, and called in numerous K9 bomb detection teams to clear the boardwalk once again.

Chief Joseph A. Michigan stated, “I’d like to thank all of the surrounding agencies that responded on two separate occasions to assist our officers with evacuating and searching the boardwalk.” “I’d also like to acknowledge the members of my detective bureau for their hard work and efforts in this investigation to locate and identify Mr. Jones as the suspect who made the threatening phone calls on both June 3rd and June 4th.”

Mr. Jones was taken into custody without incident, processed, and transported to Ocean County Jail pending future court proceedings.  If anyone has any additional information about these incidents, please contact the Detective Bureau at 732-892-0500 ext. 173.

Mr. Jones has been only charged with these crimes and is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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Off-Duty NJ Trooper and Good Samaritan Save Two Distressed Kayakers

June 17, 2021

MANASQUAN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–An off-duty New Jersey State Trooper and a good Samaritan saved two distressed kayakers who fell overboard in the Glimmer Glass Creek in Manasquan, Monmouth County. (Brielle Road between Green Avenue and Draw Bridge Lane-Glimmer Glass Lane)

On Sunday, June 13, Sergeant First Class Erin Smith was traveling over the Glimmer Glass Drawbridge when she noticed an overturned kayak, two orange life vests floating, and two women struggling in the water. She immediately exited her vehicle, ran towards the bridge and called to the struggling women to ask if they needed assistance.

While speaking with the women, Brielle resident, Andrew Jacobs, who was riding his bicycle over the bridge with his family, offered his assistance to rescue the women. Both SFC Smith and Andrew Jacobs jumped off the Glimmer Glass Draw Bridge into the water and swam to the victims.  Together, they were able to get to the kayakers and bring them safely to the shore.

A short time later, members of the Manasquan Police Department, Manasquan Fire Department, Manasquan lifeguards, Brielle Police Department, and Brielle First Aid Squad arrived to assist.  The victims were treated on scene and released.

Due to the quick actions of SFC Erin Smith and Andrew Jacobs, we are happy to report that both victims are doing well.



UPDATE: Coast Guard suspends search for possible downed aircraft off Long Island Beach, New Jersey

June 17, 2021

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, NJ (OCEAN)–The Coast Guard suspended its search for a possible downed aircraft off Long Island Beach, New Jersey, Thursday afternoon.

“After careful consideration, we have suspended the search for the reported aircraft,” said Lt. Cmdr. Ben Walsh, Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator for Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay. “Swift action from our Coast Guard crews and local partners and extensive coverage of the search area allowed us to come to this decision, pending further developments.”

The Coast Guard received a report at 11:52 a.m. that a plane had potentially entered the water one mile offshore. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay diverted an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City. A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew and a 29-foot Response Boat—Small crew from Station Atlantic City and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew and a 29-foot Response Boat—Small crew from Station Barnegat Light also responded to the search area.

Other agencies involved include:

  • New Jersey State Police
  • Long Beach Township Police
  • Long Beach Township Beach Patrol
  • Tow Boat U.S.

Earlier MidJersey.News report here: US Coast Guard Responds To Report Of Downed Aircraft Off LBI


My Salon Suite Grand Opening In Hamilton Township

June 17, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin was present to welcome My Salon Suite to our community with a Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Monday, June 7, 2021. 

My Salon Suite’s unique concept was brought to Hamilton by owner Joe Carretta. My Salon Suite offers state of the art salon and spa suites featuring quiet-glide sliding glass doors for privacy and a 24-hour security system offering secure code access entry for My Salon Suite clients. Twenty-seven salon owners were attracted to this new space conveniently located in the Court at Hamilton Station, formerly the Clover Square Shopping Center. Each Salon owner, called a My Salon Suite member, was able to customize their suite to best capture their individual vibe and spirit. 

 “We are breaking a record this evening, I don’t think we have ever seen more businesses open in one day! It is so wonderful to see so many new businesses celebrate with the opening of My Salon Suite,” said Mayor Martin. 

The twenty-seven My Salon Suite members at the Quakerbridge Road location include: Ashanti Rose Pro Beauty, Chrissy’s Studio 202, CV Hair Studio, June Hair Company, Karma Salon By Heather Michelle, The Second Look Salon, Hair By Jen Kelly, Color Me Pink, Estilo by Jennifer Leigh, GK Stanza Di Bella, Meticulous Nails, Waxed Away, Hair Bliss By Julie D, Studio Posh, Kristina’s Hair Salon, Shear Intuition, Sunset Aesthetics, Olivia Deleon Beauty, Studi-O3, Your Salon, Sharelle’s Studio 202, Tara Alicen Studio, Hair Diva Fashions, T & T Hair Suite, Thairapy By Tiffany, T & T Salon Suite, and Hair By Vicky B. 

To learn more about the My Salon Suite location in Hamilton and how to book an appointment visit www.mysalonsuite.com/hamilton-square

Check out hamiltonnj.com/economicdevelopment to learn of the new businesses that have recently opened or relocated to Hamilton and read up on why Hamilton is a great place for businesses to call home! 

Egg Harbor Township Man Pleads Guilty To Sending False Distress Call To US Coast Guard

June 17, 2021

An Atlantic County, New Jersey, man yesterday admitted sending a false distress call to the U.S. Coast Guard and submitting fraudulent information on a loan application, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Andrew Biddle, 51, of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb to an indictment charging him with one count of bank fraud and one count of causing the U.S. Coast Guard to render unnecessary aid.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On June 25, 2014, Biddle submitted documents to secure a loan for $55,000 from Southeast Financial Credit Union. Biddle listed as collateral for the loan a boat and provided a fraudulent appraisal document for the boat. Biddle also submitted to Southeast Financial a document that falsely listed his gross earnings as owner of Professional Boat; a document that falsely inflated the net income for Professional Boat; and a fraudulent income tax return. Based on the fraudulent documents Southeast Financial fund the loan and deposit $55,000 into Biddle’s account.

Between February 2014 and July 2014, the Egg Harbor Township Police Department filed theft charges against Biddle. Biddle admitted that on July 20, 2014, he and a passenger took a boat out of Seavillage Marina in Northfield and traveled across Great Egg Harbor Inlet to a restaurant in Somers Point to have dinner. During dinner, Biddle and the passenger finalized a scheme to fake Biddle’s disappearance. After dinner, Biddle and his passenger traveled back to the marina by boat. The passenger dropped Biddle off between two piers so that he could be picked up by another individual and driven out of the area. The passenger then continued back to Seaville Marina and he intentionally hit a navigational marker in Great Egg Harbor Inlet near Longport. The collision caused the passenger to be ejected from the boat. The passenger caused someone to call 911. Based on that call the U.S. Coast Guard, New Jersey State Police and Longport fire/rescue responded to the area to search for and try and save Biddle. The U.S. Coast Guard and others searched for Biddle using vessels and helicopters on July 20 and 21, 2014. Biddle admitted that while the Coast Guard was searching for him, he was in Florida.

Biddle admitted that he faked his disappearance in order to avoid prosecution by authorities in Atlantic County, but eventually turned himself into authorities in Atlantic County on Feb. 12, 2015.
The count of bank fraud carries a maximum potential penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. The false distress call to the U.S. Coast Guard carries a maximum potential penalty of six years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 18, 2021.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch Jr., and detectives of the N.J. State Police, under the direction of Colonel Patrick J. Callahan for the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea. She also thanked the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service, Egg Harbor Township Police Department, and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office for their assistance.

The government is represented by Senior Trial Counsel Jason M. Richardson of the U.S. Attorney=s Office Criminal Division in Camden.

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Defense counsel: Thomas Young Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Camden


City of Trenton to Hold Webinar Introduction to the American Rescue Plan

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor W. Reed Gusciora today announced that the City of Trenton will host a public webinar on Zoom Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. to give an overview of the American Rescue Plan and discuss eligible expenses related to the federal guidelines.

Those interested in attending the webinar can visit this link Wednesday, June 23 at 6:00 p.m. The presentation will be followed by a brief Q & A to address any comments or concerns. The webinar will be recorded so residents who cannot attend the meeting will still have access to the discussion. No registration is required beforehand.

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan contains $360 billion in state and local aid to help employ essential workers, assist struggling families and small businesses, and make critical infrastructure investments. Trenton will receive $72,913,998 across two payments, the first $36.5 million of which was received on May 19, 2021. City Council voted to adopt a Resolution to accept this first round of funding on May 27, 2021.

The funds received must be appropriated by the City no later than Dec. 31, 2024 and expended by Dec. 31, 2026.

On May 10, 2021, sixty days after President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law, the U.S. Department of Treasury issued its “Interim Final Rule,” which details eligible uses for funds. The Interim Final Rule is currently open for a 60-day comment period, which will close on July 9, 2021.

Eligible expenses include supporting public health costs, addressing negative economic impacts related to COVID-19, replacing lost public sector revenue, providing premium pay for essential workers, and investing in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure. Generally, municipalities must assess whether and how the proposed use would respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and identify the connection between the negative impact and how the assistance alleviates that impact.

The guidance offers wide latitude to support public health initiatives and resources, including COVID-19 mitigation and containment, medical expenses, and behavioral and mental health services. This also includes capital investments in public facilities to meet operational requirements related to the pandemic. Municipalities are also empowered to address negative economic impacts for individuals, households, small businesses, and non-profits, especially in low-income and socially vulnerable communities.

The Gusciora Administration and City Council are currently considering options based on the updated guidance. Following the passage of the American Rescue Plan, the Office of the Mayor also assembled an advisory committee of city officials, policy experts, and community leaders to help evaluate upcoming projects.

Residents interested in learning more about the American Rescue Plan can visit https://talktrenton.org/trenton-american-rescue-plan-advisory-committee.


US Coast Guard Responds To Report Of Downed Aircraft Off LBI

UPDATE: Coast Guard suspends search for possible downed aircraft off Long Island Beach, New Jersey

June 17, 2021

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, NJ (OCEAN)–The United States Coast Guard, NJ State Police, multiple fire and police units are operating off of Long Beach Township in the area of 26th Street for a reported glider type plane in the water. So far nothing has been found and some units are still actively searching.


Coast Guard units are responding to reports of a downed aircraft off Long Beach Island, New Jersey, Thursday.

The type of aircraft and number of people involved remains unknown.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air Station Atlantic City was diverted to respond to the area. A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew and a 29-foot Response Boat—Small crew from Station Atlantic City and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew and a 29-foot Response Boat—Small crew from Station Barnegat Light launched to assist with search efforts.

The Coast Guard will release more information as it becomes available.


Photo by: Marie Lazore


Central and South Jersey Girl Scouts wrap up successful cookie season

Monroe Township, Middlesex County, NJ resident among the Council’s Top 10 Elite Cookie Entrepreneurs selling over 2,200 packages of cookies.

June 17, 2021

The Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey (GSCSNJ) knew it would be challenging in the midst of a global pandemic when the 2021 Girl Scout cookie season began in January. Due to social distancing restrictions, they were not able to knock on doors and use their traditional cookie selling methods. In true Girl Scout fashion, the resourceful girls were up for the challenge and put their innovation and leadership skills to the test by implementing creative ways to keep themselves and customers safe while striving to have a successful cookie season.

With the help of local businesses, the community, and innovative thinking of the girls, GSCSNJ succeeded in having a strong cookie season. One Girl Scout, Josephina Corona of Monroe Township, was among the Council’s top 10 elite cookie entrepreneurs this year. Corona sold over 2,200 packages of cookies.

This year, the Girl Scouts offered virtual, hybrid, and socially responsible in-person options to sell cookies including unique partnerships with Walmart and Grubhub. Walmart allowed local troops to set up cookie booths at stores and Grubhub offered contact-free cookie deliveries. The girls gained hands-on e-commerce experience as they fulfilled orders.

The Girl Scouts also started the Cookie Angel program this year, which provided an opportunity for businesses and donors to connect with local troops and support their cookie sales. Businesses purchased cookies virtually and gifted the cookies to their customers, employees, or local organizations. This year’s Cookie Angels included Advantage Outfitters, Bordentown Home for Funerals, Brown & Brown Insurance, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, and the Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company. Local organizations received the cookie donations from the program.

To recognize the top cookie sellers this year, the Juliette’s Pearls Club was created to honor Elite Entrepreneurs. The club is named after Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts who sold a beloved string of pearls to fund the operating expenses of the first Girl Scout Council. The top sellers received a necklace with a single pearl or their membership in the club. Each year they are among the Elite Entrepreneurs, they will receive an additional pearl to recognize their accomplishments. Corona received a necklace and her first pearl.

“We are so very proud of our Girl Scouts and all they accomplished for their cookie sales in spite of the pandemic,” said Ginny Hill, GSCSNJ CEO. “The girls used essential skills they learn in our program such as innovation, goal setting, and money management, and pivoted their approach to help them achieve their goals. Girl Scout cookies are known and loved by so many. We were glad to have provided something familiar during this time of uncertainty, while supporting programs to benefit girls for years to come.”

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest female-led entrepreneurship and financial literacy program in the country. Proceeds from sales are critical because they benefit local troops and GSCSNJ and assist in developing innovative programs that build girls of confidence, courage, and character who make a difference in their communities.

For more information about the Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ, visit gscsnj.org.

About Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ, Inc.

Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ (GSCSNJ) is the premier organization serving 12,000 girls ages K-12, and 9,000 adult members and volunteers in over nine counties. GSCSNJ shapes leaders for tomorrow by empowering girls to take on bold challenges, discover their own passions and strengths, act with character, and engage fully in fun, relevant experiences that encourage friendships and build life-long skills.


East Windsor Police Blotter June 2021

June 17, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–East Windsor Police Blotter through June 16, 2021.


1)            DUI

Location: Route 33/Route 133 Time/Date: 2:10 AM, 6/4/2021

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing a vehicle stopped in the lane of travel on Route 33 near Route 133. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests . The individual was later released pending court action.

Defendant:                         Marco   Vivar East Winds or, NJ 25 Years of Age

Charges:              DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Bryan Butchon

2)            DUI

Location : Etra Road/Ward Street Time/Date: 12:15 AM, 6/6/2021

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing the vehicle fail to maintain its lane. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The individual was later released pending court action.

Defendant:         Jose Morocho-Arias Hightstown, NJ

34 Years of Age

 Charges:             DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving

Failure to Maintain Lane Failure to Wear Seatbelt

Arresting Officer: Sergeant David Oleksy

3)            Drugs

Location: Days Inn

Time/Date : 4:15 AM, 6/6/2021

The officer located a disoriented male in the Days Inn parking lot. While speaking with the individual , the officer observed drug paraphernalia in plain view inside his vehicle. The officer conducted a vehicle search and located wax folds of heroin and hypodermic needles. The individual was arrested and released pending court action.

Defendant:         David Rakowski Clarksburg, NJ 41 Years of Age

Charges:              Possession of Heroin

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Joseph Zucchero

4)            DUI

Location : Probasco Road Time/Date: 8:35 PM, 6/6/2021

The officer responded to Probasco Road, at the request of a neighboring police agency, to search for a vehicle regarding a motor vehicle accident that occurred in their jurisdiction. The officer located the involved vehicle and individual, who appeared intoxicated. The individual admitted to driving the vehicle and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests . The individual was later released pending court action.

Defendant:                         Edgar Ortega East Windsor, NJ 50 Years of Age

Charges:              DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving

 Arresting Officer : Patrol Officer Joseph Zucchero

5)            DUI

Location: Route 133/Route 33 Time/Date : 12:30 AM, 6/9/2021

The officer responded to Route 133 East near Route 33 for a single car motor vehicle accident. Investigation revealed that the driver struck a guardrail. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests . The individual was later released pending court action.

Defendant:                         Nina Hannah Dundalk , MD 31 Years of Age

Charges:              DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving

Failure to Maintain Lane Driving While Suspended Unlicensed Driver

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Nicholas Hoffmann

6)            DUI

Location: Route 571/Route 133 Time/Date: 12:50 AM, 6/12/2021

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing the vehicle make an improper turn and fail to maintain its lane.   The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The individual was later released pending court action.

Defendant:                         Maeve Sheridan East Windsor, NJ 22 Years of Age

Charges:              DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving

Failure to Maintain Lane Improper Turn

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Joseph Zucchero

7)            DUI

Location: Route 130 South Time/Date: 1:05 PM, 6/12/2021

The officer responded to Route 130 South near Royal Plaza for a single car motor vehicle accident. Investigation revealed that the car struck a utility pole and the driver suffered minor injuries. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest. The driver was taken to RWJ Hamilton hospital for treatment and was released pending court action.

Defendant:

Charges:

Nicholas Baka Newark, NJ

55 Years of Age

DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving

Failure to Maintain Lane Umegistered Vehicle

Open Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle Consumption of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Nicholas Enea


8)            DUI

Location: Route 130/Route 133 Time/Date: 10:50 PM, 6/14/2021

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing the vehicle fail to properly utilize its turn signal while making a lane change. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The individual was later released pending court action.

Defendant:

Charges

David Angelo Toms River, NJ 57 Years of Age

DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving Failure to Signal Obstructing Traffic

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Michael Whalen


The charges referenced above are merely accusations and the press and public are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Robbinsville Township Municipal Clerk Michele Seigfried Named MCANJ Municipal Clerk Of The Year

June 16, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)—Today the Municipal Clerks’ Association of NJ, annual meeting was held at the Mercer County Boathouse, and Robbinsville Municipal Clerk Michele Seigfried was named Municipal Clerk Of The Year.

Honorees are those individuals who have made positive contributions to the profession for the benefit of all Municipal Clerks. Honorees must be members of the MCANJ, currently employed as a Municipal Clerk and tenured in their positions. Qualifications must include activities within the MCANJ and may include related community and volunteer work.

Michele Seigfried started her career in Plainsboro Township as the Deputy Township Clerk in 1998.  In 2003, she was hired as the Municipal Clerk and Registrar of Vital Statistics for Robbinsville Township.  She holds a BA from the College of New Jersey and earned the Registered Municipal Clerk, Certified Municipal Clerk, Certified Municipal Registrar, and Master Municipal Clerk certifications.

She has been speaking at training seminars for over 16 years on topics such as writing, liquor licensing, elections, vital statistics, management, legislation, for organizations such as the NJ League of Municipalities, the Municipal Clerk’s Association of New Jersey, AM/PM Services, the New Jersey Tax Collectors and Treasurers Association, various County Municipal Clerk’s Associations, and libraries.

She is a member of the MCANJ, the International Association of Municipal Clerks, Municipal Clerks’ Association of Mercer County, the Florence Township PTA, and the Registrars’ Association of New Jersey.

She has served on many committees over the past 18 years for the MCANJ including their Advisory Board, Records Committee, Manual Review Committee, Education Committee, Laws Affecting Municipal Clerks Committee, and Mini Conference Committee. She also previously served on the NJ League of Municipalities Legislative Committee, Rutgers University Writers Conference Advisory Board, IIMC Region II Conference Committee, and the Robbinsville Township Cable TV Advisory Committee.  She served as President for the Municipal Clerks’ Association of Mercer County from 2006-2010 and 2014-2016.

She is currently the Co-Chair of the MCANJ Conference Committee (2000-2022), Co-Chair of the MCANJ Legislative Committee, and the NJ Division of Community Affairs RMC State Exam Review Committee.  Michele also writes humorous articles for the MCANJ Newsletter, entitled ‘The Quill” as part of the Quill Committee and volunteers for Girl Scout Troop 21430.

All photos by: Dennis Symons, Jr. for MCANJ







All photos by: Dennis Symons, Jr. for MCANJ

Fully Involved Delivery Van Fire In Lawrence Township

June 16, 2021

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 4:30 p.m. the Lawrence Township Fire Departments were dispatched to the 200 Block of Bakers Basin Road for a well involved van fire. Upon arrival firefighters reported finding an Amazon delivery van fully involved in a parking lot. Firefighters extinguished the fire.

No other information is available at this time.

Photos by Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

Trenton Resident Stands Watch Aboard USS Ronald Regan (CVN 76)

June 16, 2021

SOUTH CHINA SEA, Yesterday June 15, 2021, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) 3rd Class Franchesca Rivera, from Trenton, New Jersey, stands forward lookout watch aboard the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the United States, as well as the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Santiago Navarro)


Parade For Past Chief Of Decou Hose Company Hamilton Township Station 15

June 15, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–In a show of support, firefighters from all around the area turned out to honor Past Fire Chief Skip Kontura of Hamilton Township Hose Company Station 15, who is battling cancer.

A little bit about Skip Kontura and his involvement in the fire service:

Ferdinand “Skip” Kontura was elected fire chief of the DeCou Hose Company in Hamilton Township at the age of 26 and was the youngest fire chief ever elected at the time.

Skip joined the fire company in June of 1954 as a junior member when he was 17 years old and two years later graduated Hamilton High West in 1956. He attended Menterey Peninsula College in California and studied courses in fire hydraulics, aircraft crash, fire and rescue techniques (CFR – currently called airport rescue firefighter) and fire protection equipment and systems. In NJ he took classes at the Mercer County Fire School, NJ State Fire College, National Fire Academy and an officer training school.

Skip remained fire chief for many years and took a special interest in fire hydraulics and equipment design. He ran many training drills involving water supply and large diameter hose.

In the July 1975 flood and Trenton Waterworks was flooded and out of service, Skip was involved in setting up a relay of pumpers to connect other surrounding water systems to Trenton with water. Water was pumped from Hamilton Township to Trenton and also Princeton to Trenton using fire apparatus. Since the water crisis of 1975 backup was installed between different local water systems, if one system is down an emergency valve can be opened to allow water to flow into the system, in 1975 no such emergency backup existed.

Skip also key in running a “Pump-A-Thon” where a 15 mile relay of fire apparatus was used to set up a water supply at the Trenton Speedway. The Pump-A-Thon was to raise money for the Burn Center.


The first piece of apparatus in the parade was Special Services 15 one of the many fire trucks Skip helped design.




Off Duty Trenton Firefighter Pulls Body From River; In Possible Accidental Drowning

June 15, 2021 — Updated

By: Tyler Eckel

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)– A person was found dead in the Delaware River early Tuesday afternoon in a possible accidental drowning. Rescue crews were dispatched to Arm & Hammer Park, 1 Thunder Road, around 2:00 pm on a reported person in the water. The victim was quickly pulled from the water and pronounced dead on the scene.

Detective Lieutenant Peter Szpakowski of the Trenton Police Department told MidJersey.News that an off-duty Trenton Firefighter, Akyse Watkins, was in the area and flagged down by a concerned citizen. The off-duty Firefighter jumped into the river, retrieved the body, and swam back to the shoreline.  While on shore,  off-duty firefighter Akyse Watkins began CPR until EMS and Trenton Fire Department arrived on scene.

Trenton Fire Department and EMS along with Capital Health Paramedics, Trenton Police, Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, and Mercer County Prosecutors Office responded to the scene.

Detective Brian Jones is conducting the investigation, Detective Lieutenant Szpakowski said.




Highly Regarded Iron Mike Alum Joins Trenton Catholic Preparatory Academy, Inc. Team As Athletic Director

June 15, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

Trenton Catholic Preparatory Academy, Inc., McCorristin Campus, Home of the Iron Mikes is pleased and proud to announce the hiring of Marty Flynn as its new athletic director. Flynn will assume his duties at TCPA Immediately. 

In looking for an athletic director, the Board of Trustees of Trenton Catholic Preparatory Academy, Inc., felt it was important to bring in the best, most well-respected and experienced interscholastic athletic director to run the school’s sports program. Marty Flynn is a devoted and passionate alum who has a proven track record of exceptional leadership, expert vision, positive energy and a steadfast commitment to developing and boosting the Iron Mikes tradition of excellence.

In a distinguished career spanning over 40 years, Flynn has commanded multiple athletic and administrative roles including Director of Health, Recreation, Senior and Veterans Services for the Township of Hamilton, NJ, District Director of Athletics, K-12 in the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District, Princeton Junction, NJ, Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Health and Physical Education Graduate School and an Instructor in the Athletic Administration Master’s Program at The College of New Jersey, Hillwood Lakes, NJ, Director of Athletics, Nottingham High School, Hamilton, NJ and a Teacher/Varsity Baseball Coach, Hamilton High School West, Trenton, NJ.

Marty Flynn’s top career honors include Trenton Catholic Alumni Making a Difference Award, Directors of Athletic Association of New Jersey, Hall of Fame, New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association, Hall of Fame, Hamilton High West, Hall of Fame, NJ Baseball Coaches Association, Hall of Fame, 50 Golden Iron Mikes, Rev. Clarence O’Shea Gold Wave Club Award and Mercer County CYO Man of the Year.


“I am very grateful to the Board of Trustees for giving me the opportunity to be part of the leadership team at the “New” Trenton Catholic Preparatory Academy. The Board’s Herculean efforts to keep TCPA true to our founder Monsignor Michael McCorristin’s mission to provide a Catholic education to those who want one has been truly amazing. As a proud Alum I want to thank them! This all volunteer Board has assured me they are committed to maintaining the excellent athletic tradition established in 1962! I am personally committed to an education based interscholastic athletic program second to none that remains faithful to the mission and core values of our founder. This can only be achieved by a team approach including student/athletes, parents and staff. Onward and upward, Go Mikes!,” said Marty Flynn.

Adept and committed, Flynn brings to TCPA a diverse range of leadership and administrative abilities and skills that he mastered during his esteemed career working as Director of Athletics, K-12 in the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District. While at the district he was responsible for all aspects of the High School and Middle School athletic programs, supervision and evaluation of four building athletic coordinators, all coaching staff, professional development of all athletic staff, liaison to all athletic booster clubs, development and update of District Coaches Handbook, District Student/Parent Handbook for both High and Middle School levels. He was also a member of the District Administrative Council with the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendents, Principles and District Directors.

Flynn, a proud alum of St. Anthony High School class of ’69 has also earned his Bachelor of Science in Education, a Master of Science in Education, Principal Administrator’s Certificate and an additional thirty graduate credits from Trenton State College, Hillwood Lakes, NJ. Flynn has also further his education by accomplishing an additional five Leadership Training Courses through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. His certifications include the New Jersey Certificate in Health and Physical Education (K through 12) – Lifetime, New Jersey State Principal’s Certificate, New Jersey State Secondary Administrator Certificate and Certified Athletic Administrator NIAAA.

Flynn is well versed and immersed in all areas of education and athletics and has been involved at many levels including Executive Board Member, Chair of Eligibility and Appeals Committee, Girls Soccer and Girls Basketball Sectional Representative and Boys Ice Hockey and Baseball State Committees at the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association, Two Term President, Treasurer, Scheduler, Ice Hockey and Cheerleading Tournament Host for the Colonial Valley Conference and Vice President, Treasurer, Ice Hockey Tournament and Swimming Tournament Host for the Mercer County Tournament Association.

About Trenton Catholic Preparatory Academy, Inc.

Trenton Catholic Preparatory Academy, Inc., a Pre-K through 12th school, at McCorristin Campus and Home of the Iron Mikes, has been leading the way since 1962 with outstanding academics, STEM education, athletics, 100% graduation rate, championship “Iron Mikes” sports teams and providing a safe home where every student can strive and succeed.

Enrollment & Registration Open Now!

Trenton Catholic Preparatory Academy, Inc., at McCorristin Campus, Home of the Iron Mikes. Enrollment and Registration 2021-2022. Open Now! Outstanding Quality Pre-K through 12 Education. Please contact the Upper School at (609) 586-3705 or the Lower School at (609) 586-5888

Leading the way since 1962 with outstanding academics, STEM education, athletics, 100% graduation rate, championship “Iron Mikes” sports teams and providing a safe home where every student can strive and succeed.