Day: February 23, 2020

Quick Action By Hamilton Firefighters Save Home

February 23, 2020

By: Dennis Symons, Jr.

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Hamilton Township Fire Department was dispatched to the 1700 Block of South Broad Street tonight for a house of fire around 9:30 pm. Upon arrival, the first officer reported smoke showing from the 2nd floor and called an “All Hands” sending additional help to the scene as well as covers from surrounding towns. Crews searched for occupants and stretched a 1 3/4 landline to the 2nd floor where they found a fire in the wall. Firefighters located the base of the fire and quickly extinguished the fire as well as any extension. The fire was declared officially under control at 9:57 pm.

The Hamilton Township Fire Marshal and Hamilton Township Building Department Electrical Inspector were on scene investigating.

Allentown FFA Wreath Laying Ceremony For First FFA President

February 23, 2020

MANALAPAN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The Allentown FFA held a wreath laying ceremony for the first FFA National President from Freehold, NJ today the 2nd day of FFA Week. This has been a tradition tracked back in Allentown FFA scrap books as far as 1975.

Applegate was elected first FFA president in 1928 (Called New Farmers of America in 1928) First National FFA Convention is held in Kansas City, Mo.: 33 delegates from 18 states (Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin) are in attendance.

More on NJ’s FFA History here at the NJ Department of Agriculture website.

Leslie N. Applegate was born on October 20, 1911 and died in December 1971. Anyone wishing to visit Applegate is buried in Old Tennent Cemetery 454 Tennent Rd, Manalapan, Section C, Lot 16, Grave 279

NJ Forrest Fire Service Prescribed Burns

February 23, 2020

Today, February 23, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service will be conducting prescribed burning operations in the following areas.

Morris County
– Mendham – Valley Road
Somerset County
– Bernardsville – Hardscrabble Road
Sussex County
– Andover – Kittatinny Valley State Park

Burlington County
– Shamong – Wharton State Forest
– Bass River – Warren Grove Bombing Range
Ocean County
– Berkeley – Township Line Road
– Berkeley – Dover Forge Road
– Jackson – Jackson Township Schools
Monmouth County
– Howell – Atlantic Avenue

Cumberland County
– Commercial – Millville Wildlife Management Area
– Lawrence – Millville Wildlife Management Area
– Maurice River – Peaslee Wildlife Management Area
Gloucester County
– Franklin – White Oaks Wildlife Management Area

This schedule is weather dependent and subject to change.

If in doubt about the source of smoke or fire, call 9-1-1 or 877-WARN-DEP (877-927-6337).

More information about prescribed burning can be found here:

Monday Februray 24, 2020

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service has determined that the weather conditions on Monday, February 24th will be safe and suitable for prescribed burning.

The Pole Farm and Reed Bryan sections of Mercer Meadows will be CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, beginning Monday morning.

For more information on prescribed burning, please visit:!/activities/prescribed-burns