Day: April 29, 2020

UPDATE: Missing Child Found

Update June 30, 2020 Missing again and found again:

Hamilton, NJ:  On June 30, 2020 Hamilton Police were notified that Ivan Johnson had returned home.  Detectives responded to the residence and found Johnson to be in good health.  The Hamilton Police Division would like to thank all those that publicized and shared this missing person case.

May 1, 2020 at 10:30 pm FOUND

Hamilton, NJ:  Ivan Johnson was located in the West Trenton area by Hamilton Police on 5/1/2020 after information received from an area resident.  Ivan appeared to be in good health and was returned to his guardian.  The Hamilton police Division would like to thank all those that publicized and shared this missing person case.

April 29, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—On April 27, 2020, Hamilton Police were detailed to the 1700 block of Chambers Street, on a missing 12 year old juvenile. Ivan Shawn Johnson was last seen leaving his address on April 27, 2020 at approximately 11:30 pm possibly heading to a friends’ house in Trenton.                                                                        

Ivan Shawn Johnson was last seen wearing a black jacket with a white hoodie underneath, navy blue pants and red Nike shoes. 

Ivan Shawn Johnson is known to frequent the area of Cadwalader Park, Carteret Avenue, and the 800 block of Genesee Street in Trenton.  He may also be in the possession of a white bicycle.

Hamilton Police Juvenile Detectives are asking that the public contact Detective Kevin Krall at (609) 689-5826 or via email at if Ivan Shawn Johnson is located.  The public can also contact the Hamilton Police Department at (609) 581-4000 with any information regarding this incident.

Reopening Saturday, Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Reopening State Parks and Golf Courses

Order Restores County Authority to Open or Close County Parks

April 29, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 133, reopening state parks and golf courses, and restoring the authority of county governments to determine whether county parks will be open or closed. The order takes effect at sunrise on Saturday, May 2. “We understand that New Jerseyans want to get outside and get some fresh air as the weather warms up,” said Governor Murphy. “However, this should not serve as an open invitation to rush back to normalcy and break the necessary social distancing measures we’ve put in place. This approach will also bring New Jersey in line with our neighboring states, which will discourage residents from needlessly crossing state lines for recreation.”State Parks and Forests:  The order allows State parks and forests to open to the public for passive recreation, including fishing, hunting, boating, canoeing, hiking, walking, running or jogging, biking, birding, and horseback riding.  Picnic areas, playgrounds, exercise stations and equipment, chartered watercraft services and rentals, swimming, pavilions, restrooms, and other buildings and facilities, such as visitor centers, interpretive centers, and interior historical sites, shall remain closed at this time. To limit physical interaction, the State parks and forests must implement reasonable restrictions that include:

  • Limiting parking to 50% of maximum capacity and prohibiting parking in undesignated areas;
  • Prohibiting picnics;
  • Requiring social distancing to be practiced except with immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners; and
  • Banning organized or contact activities or sports; and gatherings of any kind.

The order also recommends that people wear a cloth face covering while in public settings at the parks and forests where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.“More than ever, we know how important it is for the people of New Jersey to take a break from the ongoing self-quarantine and that there are few options for outdoor recreation,” said DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe. “Just as the decision to close parks and forests was not made lightly, the decision to reopen them has also been made with careful thought and consideration for the health and well-being of the public. We urge visitors to only visit their closest parks, keep their distance from others while outdoors, wear masks and follow the guidelines established to protect public health.”County Parks:  The order opens county parks to the public, except any parks closed by the county prior to Executive Order No. 118 that required all county parks be closed (the county will now have the ability to reopen its parks if it chooses).  This will treat county parks the same way as municipal parks – the locality gets to determine whether they are open or closed.  County and municipal parks that remain open must abide by the restrictions placed on State parks in today’s Order.All recreational campgrounds and transient camp sites at campgrounds shall remain closed to the public. Residential campgrounds, including mobile home parks, condo sites, and existing/renewing 2020 yearly seasonal contract sites may remain open.  Counties and municipalities can also place restrictions on the ability of residential campgrounds, including mobile home parks, to accept new transient guests or seasonal tenants, as defined by Administrative Order Nos. 2020-08 and 2020-09.Golf Courses:  The order also opens golf courses so long as they adopt minimum social distancing policies that include:

  • Implementing electronic or telephone reservation and payment systems while still providing options for populations that do not have access to internet service or credit cards;
  • Extending tee times to sixteen minutes apart;
  • Limiting the use of golf carts to one person unless being shared by immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners; 
  • Requiring frequent, and after each use, sanitization of high-touch areas such as restroom facilities, range buckets, golf carts, and push carts; 
  • Restricting the touching of golf holes and flags;
  • Closing golf center buildings, pro shops, and other buildings and amenities; 
  • Removing bunker rakes and other furniture-like benches, water coolers, and ball washers from the course;
  • Discontinuing club and equipment rentals; 
  • Prohibiting the use of caddies; and 
  • Limiting tee times to two players unless the foursome consists of immediate family, caretakers, household members or romantic partners.

The golf course may impose additional restrictions as necessary to limit person-to-person interactions. The order also recommends, but does not order, that employees, players, and other individuals on the golf course wear cloth face coverings while on the golf course. Additionally, the order clarifies that miniature golf courses and driving ranges must remain closed. 

CDC Foundation Donates 30,000 FFP2 Masks to City Of Trenton

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor W. Reed Gusciora today thanked the CDC Foundation for generously donating 30,000 European certified high-grade protective masks to the City of Trenton to further the fight against COVID-19.  

The CDC Foundation is an independent nonprofit and the sole entity created by Congress to mobilize philanthropic and private-sector resources to support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s critical health protection work. 

“This is a welcome gift for the community,” stated Trenton’s Mayor Gusciora. “The impact will be felt immediately among our most at-risk populations. This donation from the CDC Foundation will ensure that our First responders, and City workers will continue to have the necessary personal protective great to best support our residents.”  

Former Mayor Doug Palmer helped to facilitate the initial conversations between City officials and representatives from the CDC Foundation.  

“I’m just thankful that the CDCF recognized the need here in the Capital City. When I heard that they had PPE’s to donate, we made sure to get Trenton on their radar, and had a conference call that very same day. The City put together a very comprehensive application, and that made the job a lot easier.” Stated Mayor Palmer.  

 “Our City is far from done. But we see a light at the end of the tunnel, and these PPE’s are helping to get us there.” Concluded Gusciora.  

Free Ice Cream Or Italian Ice Special Event Held By Vesuvio’s Pizza Of Millstone

April 29, 2020

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Yesterday between 3 pm and 6 pm Vesuvio’s food truck “Slices and Ices” handed out over 350 free ice creams and Italian ices during a special event held across from the pizzeria in the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices NJ Properties lot.

Frank Costaglioa from Vesuvio’s provided the free ice cream and Italian Ice. Volunteers including eleven agents from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices NJ Properties helped take orders, direct traffic and hand out ice in a manor to keep the “social distancing” practice in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the kids arrived with their parents someone took the order and then a few seconds later they were handed their treats. Vesuvio’s offered vanilla or chocolate ice cream and the other option was cherry or lemon Italian ice. Everyone had gloves and masks to keep everyone save.