Month: January 2020

Basketball: Hightstown 78 Steinert 63

January 31, 2020

HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–The Hightstown High School boys basketball team defeated Steinert with a final score of 78-63 at home tonight.

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Mercer Generating Station Demolition Noise Saturday February 1, 2020

January 31, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Hamilton Township Office of Emergency Management has released a statement saying that there will be elevated noise levels on the morning of Saturday February 1, 2020 coming from the Mercer Generating Station. Residents in the area may here additional noise tomorrow morning.

From Hamilton Township:

The Hamilton Township Office of Emergency Management would like to alert residents that on Saturday, February 1, 2020 demolition is scheduled to occur at the Mercer Generating Station Site located on Lamberton Road, Hamilton, NJ.

Residents in the immediate area may hear elevated noise levels coming from the site during the morning hours on that date.

For any questions, contact the Hamilton Police Division at 609-581-4000.

Hamilton Township Fire Chief Mark Antozzeski Retires

January 31, 2020

By: Dennis Symons, Jr.

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At 0900 this morning Hamilton Township Fire Chief Mark Antozzeski contacted Mercer County Central and signed off radio for the last time before backing the chief’s vehicle into the station. The Chief was surrounded by firefighters and a large flag was draped from Truck 17 during the event. Chief Antozzeski has been with the department since 1991.

After the ceremony at the day room table I had an opportunity to talk to the chief about some past significant calls in the township. One of the calls was during 2001 terrorist attacks Anthrax was sent though the Hamilton Township Postal Facility. The call was a major operation bringing Federal, State and Local agencies to the scene. The fire department was on scene for at least three days. We discussed that all the different Federal, State and Local agencies at the time did not regularly work together had little to no compatible communication capabilities or structure. The scene command structure was set up by the fire department using the Incident Command System (ICS) portable radios and a command post was set up to run the operation efficiently while hazardous materials teams and investigators went about their work.

Another signifigant call was “The Barrel” April 6, 1999 fire at the Country Barrel Inn in the Crosswicks area section of town. Chief Antozzeski was fire captain for that fire. We were able to discuss some other local fires prior being dispatched to Upper Freehold Township on a mutual aid call.

We wish Chief Antozzeski a great retirement and while I was working at Robbinsville (before I retired) it was a pleasure working with you. Good luck in the future and enjoy your retirement.

13th Annual Allentown FFA PAF Gift Auction & Spaghetti Dinner March 21, 2020

The Allentown FFA Parents, Alumni, and Friends (PAF) will be hosting the 13th Annual Gift Auction andSpaghetti Dinner on March 21st, 2020 at 6:00PM at the Hope Fire House, 82 County Road 526 in Allentown, NJ. Doors will open at 5:30PM.  The Allentown FFA PAF provides support to the Allentown FFA Chapter of Allentown High School throughout the year through scholarships, leadership training programs, and more. 

Proceeds from the Allentown PAF Alumni Gift Auction will provide students with opportunities to pursue careers in veterinary science, agricultural technology and mechanical systems, earth sciences, environmental science, horticulture, aquaculture, and many other essential fields of work. Students are given the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom through FFA activities, such as competitive events and leadership trainings.

This event provides the Allentown FFA PAF with necessary funds to assist with chapter activities. This includes travel to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, the New Jersey FFA Convention, and various Career Development Events (CDEs) throughout the year. These are tremendous opportunities for members to grow personally and professionally. Through fundraising events, such as the Annual Gift Auction, all students have the opportunity to participate in any of the Chapter, State, and/or National activities, regardless of their financial situation.

Admittance for the 13th Annual Gift Auction is $15.00. The admittance ticket includes an All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner. Seating is limited to the first 175 individuals. Please arrive early to secure your seat.  No seats will be saved. Donations are also being accepted.

Join the Allentown FFA Alumni/ PAF at this special event and support this very worthy cause!

For further information, please contact the Allentown FFA at (609) 259-7292 x1440 or x1443. To learn more about the National FFA Organization, please visit 

Wrestling: Allentown Falls To Hightstown 21-52

January 29, 2020

By: Dennis Symons, Jr.

HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–The Allentown Redbird wrestling team fell to the Highstown Rams with a final score of 21-52 tonight.

It was Hightstown’s Senior Night and the Rams locked up the Colonial Division Title at the last home meet of the season. The next match ups for most local teams will be at Robbinsville High School this Saturday for the Mercer County Wrestling Tournament.

Team Score Allentown 21 Hightstown 52

Individual scores:

126lbs.  Allentown Kolin O’grady 3, Hightstown Gio Morina 6 (w )

132lbs.  Allentown Joey Lamparelli (Pin 2:18), Hightstown Anthony Orlando

138lbs.  Allentown Jack McDonough, Hightstown Kether Thornton (Pin 0:37)

145lbs.  Allentown Parker Schloss 6, Hightstown Elijah Rodriguez 17 (w )

152lbs.  Allentown Matt Paglia 6 (w ), Hightstown Alex Stavrov 3

160lbs.  Allentown Doug Fusco 7, Hightstown Robert Doss 14 (w )

170lbs.  Allentown Nick Golden (Pin 0:57), Hightstown Nico Leaver

182lbs.  Allentown Paskal Miga (Pin 4:22), Hightstown Juan Cobos

195lbs.  Allentown Walter Diebel (Pin 4:49), Hightstown Chris Stavrov

220lbs.  Allentown Dan Schweitzer, Hightstown Brenden Hansch (Pin 1:34)

Heavy weight Allentown Jake VanDenBogart (Pin 1:16), Hightstown Bryan Bonilla

106lbs. Allentown FFT, Hightstown Robert Fattore

113lbs.  Allentown Vinny Grassullo, Hightstown Sean Baur (Pin 2:45)

120lbs.  Allentown Vinny Datello, Hightstown Joe Obst (Pin 1:27)