Day: May 14, 2020

Developing Story: Garbage Truck Vs Bike Accident In Hamilton

May 14, 2020


HAMILTON, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township Police, Hamilton Township Fire Department and EMS responded to a serious accident when a garbage truck ran over a bike. The accident occurred at the intersection of South Olden and Graffam Avenue late this afternoon.

One person was taken to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center, Trenton with serious injures. Police are still investigating and should be releasing press information soon. Once we receive official press information we will update the story.

3 Vehicles On Fire With Exposure Quickly Knocked Down By Hamilton Firefighters

Photos, video and story by: Dennis Symons, Jr.

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Hamilton Township Fire Department was detailed to Bills Towing and Auto Body on Weller Avenue for a fire around 6:50 pm.

Upon arrival Hamilton firefighters found three vehicles on fire behind a locked yard gate at the auto body shop. Firefighters cut open the gate using a saw and advanced a hose line to extinguish the fire. Firefighters also gained access to the building and roof area to check for extension. Some siding and other materials on the building. Firefighters remained on scene for overhaul and the Township Fire Marshal is investigating.

Another Day Another Trenton Shooting

May 14, 2020

Breaking News, Developing Story: This is from preliminary reports from the scene of what we know. If police or another agency release official information the site will be updated so please check back for updates. When information is not released from the agency in charge in a timely manor we will provide what we know.

Read about yesterday’s shooting here

Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police were detailed to the liquor store in the 100 Block of East Hanover Street for report of a shooting. Trenton EMS responded and transported an individual to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center. No other information about the incident was available at the time of this report.

This is the second known shooting within the past 24 hours in Trenton and you can read about yesterday’s shooting here

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Allowing Beaches, Boardwalks, Lakes, and Lakeshores to Remain Open with Social Distancing Measures in Place

May 14, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 143, allowing beaches, boardwalks, lakes, and lakeshores to remain open with social distancing measures in place. The Order takes effect on Friday, May 22.“I’m thrilled to announce that the Jersey Shore will be open to families across our state and region in a way that is consistent with protecting the public health of every beachgoer,” said Governor Murphy. “This action will ensure that New Jerseyans can enjoy our state’s greatest natural resource ahead of the summer months.”“Today’s announcement is a shot in the arm for our shore communities and will allow our beaches to open for Memorial Day with important public safety provisions in place,” said Cape May County Freeholder and Mayor of Sea Isle City, Leonard Desiderio. “Under Governor Murphy’s leadership, New Jersey is steadily moving forward through this unprecedented crisis.”Under Governor Murphy’s Executive Order, the following shall remain closed on private and public beaches, boardwalks, lakes, and lakeshores: water fountains, picnic areas, playgrounds, pavilions, indoor recreational facilities, and other buildings and facilities, such as visitor centers. There is an exception allowing bathrooms, showering areas, and changing areas to stay open. To limit physical interactions, the Order requires municipalities, lake commissions, private club associations or entities, and other local government to implement reasonable restrictions, including:

  • Imposing non-discriminatory capacity restrictions;
  • Requiring that members of the public practice social distancing;
  • Developing and implementing lifeguard training and beach operation plans that address COVID-19 considerations;
  • Removing, taping-off or otherwise blocking all benches and tables;
  • Prohibiting the tying together of boats to prevent group gatherings;
  • Developing and implementing a continuous public outreach campaign, including signage, social media, town and county websites, mobile device applications, radio, and banner-plane advertising;
  • Prohibiting special events such as festivals, concerts, fireworks, and movies;
  • Prohibiting all organized or contact activities or sports;
  • Limit occupancy in public restrooms; and
  • Implementing sanitization protocols. 

The restrictions also apply to public piers, docks, wharfs, boat ramps, and boat landings throughout the State. Municipalities, counties, any responsible commission, association, or unit of county or local government, and private beach clubs may impose additional restrictions to the ones listed above and retain the legal authority to close beaches or boardwalks if they choose to do so.Due to the diverse nature of the shore and lake communities, the Order does not mandate specific social distancing measures. Examples of social distancing measures left to a municipality’s discretion include but are not limited to the following:

  • Demarcating six feet of spacing in any areas where the public may form a line;
  • Limiting the number of lifeguards to each stand or tower, maintaining social distance between lifeguards, and adding stands or towers as necessary;
  • Installing physical barriers between the public and employees in ticket or beach badge sale booths; and
  • Limiting occupancy of ticket or beach badge sales booth to one person at a time.

The Order explicitly prohibits capacity limitations that discriminate against non-residents, low-income people, and other protected classes.The Order also recommends, but does not order, that people wear a face covering while in public settings at the beaches, lakes and lakeshores when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.The Order further clarifies that restaurants and bars located on the beaches, boardwalks, lakes and lakeshores are still limited to delivery and take-out services only and that amusements parks and arcades, and other places of public amusement located on the beaches, boardwalks, lakes, and lakeshores remain closed.  Any outdoor seating, such as tables or benches, must be removed, taped off, or otherwise blocked.To be consistent with the restrictions established in the Order, swimming in designated areas and picnicking will now be allowed at State Parks and Forests, as well as county and municipal parks.  Additionally, this Order reopens restrooms in parks, while requiring frequent sanitization measures, effective Saturday, May 16.A copy of Executive Order No. 143 can be found here.

Jersey Shore Beaches Will Be Open For Memorial Day Weekend With Restrictions

May 14, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Phil Murphy has announced: “The Jersey Shore will be open in time for Memorial Day Weekend, with social distancing guidelines in place. The Shore is central to our Jersey identity and we want to ensure that families can safely enjoy it this summer.”

Restrictions include:

  1. Capacity and admission limitations.
  2. Six feet demarcations in certain areas.
  3. Public outreach campaign on social distancing restrictions.
  4. No special events.
  5. Sanitization requirements.
  6. Playgrounds, rides, arcades, games, water fountains, picnic areas, and water play equipment will remain closed.

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Permitting Resumption of Non-Essential Construction, Curbside Pickup at Non-Essential Retail Businesses, and Gatherings in Cars

May 14, 2020

TRENTON – As part of New Jersey’s Road Back, Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 142, permitting the resumption of non-essential construction, curbside pickup at non-essential retail businesses, and car gatherings for the purpose of drive-through and drive-in events. The construction and non-essential retail provisions will take effect at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, May 18, while the car gatherings provision will take effect immediately.“I’ve been clear that data will determine dates, and what we are seeing gives us confidence that we can begin the careful restart of our economy,” said Governor Murphy. “Over the past eight weeks, New Jerseyans have taken our stay-at-home order seriously and have created the conditions that make this next phase possible. The steps we are taking allow for important standards of social distancing to continue with the return of safe, responsible business operations.” 
Non-Essential ConstructionThe Order permits non-essential construction projects to resume effective at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, May 18. All construction projects must abide by the social distancing, safety, and sanitization requirements that are described in detail in the Governor’s Executive Order.Curbside Pickup at Non-Essential Retail BusinessesThe Order also permits non-essential retail businesses to allow curbside pickup of goods, beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, May 18, but businesses must continue to have their in-store operations closed to customers.  Businesses who choose to offer curbside pickup must abide by the requirements in the Order, which include but are not limited to the following:

  • In-store operations should be limited to those employees who are responsible for the operations required for curbside pickup;
  • Customer transactions should be handled in advance by phone, email, facsimile or other means that avoid person-to-person contact;
  • Customers shall notify the retailer by text message, email, or phone once they arrive, or make best efforts to schedule their arrival time in advance.  The customer should be asked to remain in their vehicle, if arriving by car, until store staff delivers the purchase;
  • Designated employees should bring goods outside of the retail establishment and place goods directly in a customer’s vehicle when possible, avoiding person-to-person contact; and
  • Such businesses must follow social distancing and mitigation practices outlined in previous orders, including requiring workers to wear cloth face coverings when in contact with other workers or customers and gloves when in contact with goods or customers. 

Car Gatherings:  The Order states that car gatherings do not violate the Governor’s ban on gatherings under Executive Order No. 107.  Examples of such car gatherings include but are not limited to drive-in movies, religious services, or drive-through farms or safaris.  Car gatherings will be subject to the restrictions in the Order, which include but are not limited to the following:

  • Attendees must remain in their same car throughout the gathering, unless 1) an occupant needs to get out of the vehicle for their health or safety or 2) an occupant needs to use the restroom;
  • The vehicle must remain closed at all times unless 1) there is six feet of distance between other vehicles or individuals or 2) an officer, public official or guard requires the vehicle to open. There is a further exception allowing the opening of the vehicle if necessary for health or safety;
  • Individuals organizing the gathering who are not in vehicles must follow social distancing and wear cloth face coverings; and
  • To the degree that a gathering requires pre-payment, or seeks donations of any kind, contactless options for pre-payment or donation, such as online or by telephone, must be offered wherever feasible.

Retail businesses operating in shopping malls are permitted to operate by curbside pickup, in accordance with the other requirements of this paragraph, but staff must bring the goods to customers at the exterior of the mall.  The indoor portions of shopping malls must remain closed, as required by the Governor’s previous orders.
A copy of Executive Order No. 142  can be found here.