Day: December 22, 2019

Ability Tree New Jersey Hosts Christmas Celebration in Robbinsville for Individuals & Families with Disabilities

Robbinsville, NJ– Robbinsville’s Pond Road Middle School was filled with laughter and cheer as Ability Tree New Jersey hosted its annual Christmas Party.  More than 200 guests and 50 volunteers from across the state created beautiful crafts, snapped festive photos in the photo booth, played games, caroled with the Lifetree Community Church choir, shared a meal from Chicken Holiday and coffee from the Robbinsville Starbucks, received gifts, played with therapy dogs from The Golden Halo Outreach, and of course spent time with the big man himself, Santa! Even Frosty the Snowman made an appearance this year! Toys for Tots and Autism NJ (with help from Amazon) generously donated hundreds of gifts!  

A faith-based, community-focused, 501c3 organization, Ability Tree New Jersey envisions families impacted by disability being accepted and supported in their local community, and enjoying healthy relationships in their neighborhoods, schools, workplaces and churches.  Ability Tree reaches out to families with special needs through recreation, education, support, and training (R.E.S.T.). Programs include recreation and respite nights for children with special needs and their siblingssibling scholarships for graduating seniors, and helping community organizations and events become more accessible. For adults with disabilities, Ability Tree NJ offers their hallmark Ability Camp each summer (July 13-17, 2020) and SociAbility events throughout the year. 

Robbinsville resident Dr. Natalie Schuberth, a practicing psychologist and Ability Tree New Jersey’s President, worked with a great team to organize the Christmas celebration.  “The Ability Tree NJ Christmas party one of my favorite days of the year and feels like a family reunion where we can connect with old friends and make new ones,” explained Schuberth.

To participate, volunteer, or donate to Ability Tree New Jersey, visit their website at www.abilitytree.org/newjersey. 

More than $100,000 in Heroin Seized by the Mercer County Narcotics Task Force

December 20, 2019

The Mercer County Narcotics Task Force concluded a month-long investigation recently with
the seizure of more than $100,000 in heroin, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri
reported.
Onofri stated that, on Wednesday morning, December 18, 2019, detectives with the MCNTF
initiated surveillance of the investigation’s target, Bryan Capellan, as well as two residences he
utilizes in Hamilton. Detectives proceeded to execute search warrants at both locations, and
Mercer County Prosecutor’s Sergeant Joe Angarone utilized his K9 partner Bela to conduct
drug searches. Bela gave positive indications for the presence of a narcotics in a 2007 Crown
Victoria located at the residence in the 100 block of Marshall Avenue. During the search,
detectives located 11,650 bags of heroin, 400 grams of raw heroin, 50 grams of fentanyl, three
grams of marijuana and $19,291 in cash.
Onofri stated that the total amount of heroin seized has an approximate street value of
$107,000. The fentanyl has an approximate street value of $800.
Capellan, 31, was arrested at his residence on Deutz Avenue, Hamilton, and charged with
first-degree narcotics offenses. He is being held at the Mercer County Correction Center.
Officers with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, U.S.
Homeland Security Investigations, and the Hamilton, Princeton and Trenton police, under the
command of the prosecutor’s Special Investigations Unit, assisted with the investigation.
Despite having been charged, every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond
a reasonable doubt in a court of law.