Day: July 10, 2020

Robbinsville: Foxmoor Power Outage

8:00 am update July 11, 2020 PSE&G outage map shows no active outages in Robbinsville. Most of Foxmoor’s power was restored after 1:00 am and appears all has been restored now.

1,076 Estimated PSE&G customers without power (Update: now restored early morning July 11, 2020)

July 10, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Fire Department and Robbinsville Township Police are at a ground transformer that had caught fire and exploded near Chadwick Court causing a power outage around 10:30 pm tonight.

Power is out near Pond Road, Hutchinson Road including Walden Circle, Andover Place, Notting Hill sections.

PSE&G is notified and responding. A text message sent to a PSE&G customer said estimated restore of 1:45 am or later.

The PSE&G reporting system estimates 1,076 customers are without service in Robbinsville.

Reminder MVC Is Closed Saturday July 11, 2020

Motor Vehicle Commission Offices are now split into “Licencing Centers” and “Vehicle Centers” make sure your visit the right office for the right service or you’ll just waste more of your time.

July 10, 2020

See official NJ Motor Vehicle Commission Information And Updates Here

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Vehicle Centers and Licensing Centers will be closed Saturday, July 11, and will return to regular operating hours Monday, July 13.

Before heading out to your local Motor Vehicle Commission Office for service check the chart to see if it is a “Licencing Center” or “Vehicle Center”

If you need a licence you will need to go to a “licencing center” and bring all your licence required paperwork with you.

If you need things such as registration, plates and other vehicle items you need to visit a “Vehicle Center”

Please check the official MVC website for updates so you don’t waste hours and hours in line to just be turned away and have to go to another location the next day to restart the process.

Don’t forget your mask or you won’t get in.

Interactive Chart Here

What are “Licensing Centers” and “Vehicle Centers”?

In order to maintain social distancing, some agencies have been designated as Licensing Centers and some as Vehicle Centers.

In Vehicle Centers, we are processing vehicle transactions only:

• Registration/title transfers for private sales
• New registrations/titles, individual and in bulk.
• Salvage titles.
• License plate transactions.
• No renewals for unexpired registrations. Those can be done online at
• No license transactions.

In Licensing Centers, we are processing license transactions only:

• First-time licenses and permits (REAL ID will be an option).
• Out-of-state transfers.
• Expired CDLs, TVRs (temporary visa restricted licenses), and any other expired licenses not eligible for online renewal.
• REAL ID, only if:
o You have a scheduled appointment; or
o You have an email verifying your appointment was cancelled; or
o You are due for renewal of your standard license.
• No other REAL ID walk-ins will be allowed.
• No driver knowledge tests are available at this time.
• No renewals, replacements, or changes of address for unexpired licenses/IDs. Those can be
done online at
• No vehicle transactions: no registration or title work.

Everyone who enters the MVC agency will be required to wear a face covering. If a customer cannot wear a face covering, MVC will make other arrangements for their transaction.

Licencing Center, Freehold, NJ:

Vehicle Center, South Brunswick, NJ:

Vehicle Center, Trenton, NJ:

Update: Remote 204 Acre “L-Field” Wildfire Contained In Jackson

July 10, 2020

See yesterday’s story here: Jackson Brush Fire Creates Smoke Haze And Fallout In Area

JACKSON TOWNSHIP, NJ (OCEAN)–The New Jersey Forest Fire Service has reached 100% containment of the 204-acre wildfire in a remote area of the Colliers Mill Wildlife Management Area in Jackson Township.

As expected, significant rainfall today from Tropical Storm Fay assisted containment efforts.

All crews have been released from the wildfire scene. There were no injuries and no structures were in danger.

A Forest Fire Service pilot flying over the area Thursday afternoon spotted smoke and reported the fire.

NJ State Police Arrest Man In Connection Of Upper Freehold Burglaries

July 10, 2020

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Troopers Arrest Man for Commercial Burglary and Theft of Services

The New Jersey State Police have arrested Christopher Woods, 56, of Howell, N.J., for allegedly committing several burglaries at storage facility in Upper Freehold Township, Monmouth County.

On Friday, July 3, troopers from Hamilton Station began investigating multiple burglaries at the Store and Lock Self Storage facility in Cream Ridge, Monmouth County. As a result of the investigation, troopers identified Woods as the suspect of three burglaries at the facility during the month of May.

Troopers determined on three seperate occasions Woods used bolt cutters and stole approximately $ 5,000 worth of personal property. Troopers also discovered he failed to reimburse the facility for contracted services on numerous occasions totaling $1500.

Troopers located Woods later that day at a residence in Howell and arrested him without incident.

Christopher Woods was charged with burglary of a commercial structure and theft of services. He was released pending a court date.

Charges are mere accusations, and the accused is considered innocent until proven guilty.

Trenton Water Saga Continues: Statement From Mayor Gusciora

Statement by Trenton Mayor W. Reed Gusciora on the Jurisdictions

of Hamilton, Ewing and Lawrence Townships Joining the

State of New Jersey Lawsuit Against Trenton Water Works (TWW)

Other related stories on Trenton Water:

Trenton Water Works Issues 2020 Water Quality Report

Attorney General, DEP File Lawsuit Asking Court to Address Violations at Trenton Water Works that Pose Risks to Public Health

NJDEP Requests NJ Attorney General To File Legal Action Against Trenton For Failure To Comply With Safe Drinking Water Act

July 10, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–I read with great interest and concern the letter in lieu of a brief to Mercer County Superior Court Judge Robert Lougy from Elissa Grodd Schragger, Esq., a director and attorney for Hamilton Township. I would like to take this opportunity to present facts that refute her letter.

When I took office on July 1, 2018, I pledged to the people of Trenton and TWW’s 63,000 ratepayers that I would turn around one of the oldest water utilities in the United States. I vowed to reverse almost three decades of neglect and mismanagement by previous administrations.

First and foremost, TWW belongs to the people of Trenton. It is a highly valuable asset owned by the city. TWW is ours to modernize. It is ours to invest in. It is ours to use as a job-creation engine for our students and residents. It is ours to celebrate and to protect. We embrace that ownership and work hard to produce on average 28 million gallons of water each day for the residents in our five-municipality service area, drinking water that meets and even exceeds state and federal regulatory expectations. 

TWW is not for sale. As Mayor, my administration and I will resist any forced sale regardless of who attempts to make it, be it the state or another municipality.

In 740 days, despite an uphill battle with City Council, my administration has been committed to the challenge of leading TWW’s successful transformation, fueled by a disciplined approach that has yielded substantial, quantifiable results.

In September 2018, my administration separated TWW from the Department of Public Works, establishing the Department of Water and Sewer to help advance its reorganization and modernization and increase staffing levels to comply with a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Administrative Consent Order (ACO).

TWW has achieved several significant accomplishments in the last 12 months.

·     First, another important ACO deliverable: the hiring of 70 new employees, several involving key positions at our water-filtration plant. This reduced TWW’s vacancy rate to 5 percent from 45 percent—10 percent is the water-industry standard. 

·     We launched Phase 1 of our $150 million Lead Service Line Replacement Program that will replace 4,300 lead services in our system by June 2021.

·     We launched a corrosion-control project (zinc orthophosphate) for TWW’s high service area to prevent lead particles originating in lead service lines and household plumbing from leaching into our drinking water. Our lead action levels are in compliance with the federal Lead and Copper Rule.

·     We completed the Radnor Avenue water-main extension in Ewing Township, a $600,000 project that restored fire suppression to a 400-home community.

·     We improved the performance of four superpulsators (SPs) at our water-filtration plant; SPs remove particles that form during chemical coagulation.

·     We successfully rehabilitated the water-filtration plant’s two chlorine contact basins to improve disinfection and reduce disinfection byproducts.

·     We started a $2-million project to replace all 24 filters at the water-filtration plant to improve treatment efficiency; 12 of the 24 are complete.

·     We rehabilitated the Ewing Booster Station.

·     We completed inspection of all 3,547 fire hydrants and reduced the number of out-of-service fire hydrants from 75 to 9, using internal construction and maintenance personnel.

·     We designed and are executing a $405-million, six-year capital plan, which is our blueprint for innovation and excellence in drinking-water production, water storage, water distribution, and removing all lead services from the TWW system within five years.

·     We established the Office of Communications and Community Relations (OCCR) to handle external outreach through print publications, Facebook and traditional media, photography, special events, and emergency response.

·     We rolled out a web-based payment portal that offers customers more ways to manage and pay their TWW bills.

In summary, we are returning TWW to its position as a leading public water system in the U.S., and we are doing so by making the needed investments in our plant, our water-distribution system, our well-trained workforce, and in our communications with internal and external communities. We will continue to repair TWW’s reputation and rebuild trust with our customers, who are the lifeblood of our operations.

I am honored to be a steward of this important work, and I am always available to our service-area mayors and residents who share a stake in TWW’s restoration as it transforms into a 21st century water system guided by excellence and innovation.

Continuing Coverage: NJ MVC Failure Day 4, Hundreds Brave Tropical Storm Fay At MVC Agencies Around The State

From the National Weather Service for the Freehold area: “This Afternoon: Tropical storm conditions expected. Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 77. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.”

July 10, 2020

FREEHOLD (MONMOUTH), SOUTH BRUNSWICK (MIDDLESEX), TRENTON (MERCER), NJ –Hundreds at the Freehold Motor Vehicle Commission Office gathered early this morning to do in person transactions to get their drivers licences as Tropical Storm Fay started moving though the area. Some waiting in line said they were there prior to 5:00 am.

Everyone had some kind of rain gear and umbrella as they waited in the downpour and windy conditions.

Freehold’s sign said it was only processing drivers licence issues at this office. Many people need their drivers licence for work such as commercial drivers and some employers may want an actual licence that is not expired even though by “executive order” licences were extended.

This afternoon a large group was seen huddled under a canopy trying to stay out of the sideways driving rain at the Trenton Motor Vehicle Commission at 120 South Stockton Street.

South Brunswick on Route 130 had a crowd that was able to fit under the overhang of the building.

People who have moved to NJ, people who need a drivers licence for work, people seeking a first time drivers licence, and other drivers licence issues that need an in person visit are waiting in these long lines. Some older citizens that may not be computer savvy or have access to the Internet to process online transactions. Some think that the people waiting for licences are only teenagers for their first time licence and that is far from the truth there are a lot of others mixed in of all ages waiting in long lines and all kinds of weather.

Hundreds lined up outside Trenton Motor Vehicle Commission Office at 120 South Stockton Street in Trenton:

Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News

Hundreds are lined up braving Tropical Storm Fay at the Freehold, NJ Motor Vehicle Commission Office for drivers licences.

Truck Rips Down Phone And Fiber-optic Cable

July 10, 2020

UPPER FREEHOLD, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Around 10:45 a delivery truck on Imlaystown-Hightstown Road tangled in some wires and pulled down almost a half mile of telephone and fiber-optic cable. The accident happened in the area of 90 Imlaystown-Hightstown and wires were down almost Yeger Drive, luckily none fell into the roadway itself just short of a 1/2 mile of wire.

Firefighters from Hope Fire Company helped remove cable from the truck so it could be moved after Jersey Central Power and Light checked the area. Verizon was notified so expect a repair crew in the area this afternoon.

Dancer stands with New Jersey Outdoor Alliance On Wildlife Management Area Closings

See related MidJersey.News stories here: Assunpink, Stone Tavern, Rising Sun And Prospertown Lakes Shut Down, Not Just The Boat Ramps As “Restricted” Areas July 6 to 27, 2020

Prospertown And Assunpink Boat Ramps “Restricted” Due To State Employee Furloughs

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The New Jersey Outdoor Alliance took a major hit this week when Governor Phil Murphy decided to close many of the wildlife management areas due to budgetary constraints. The organization released a statement on Murphy’s actions, saying that it makes no sense to furlough land management staff since they are paid by profits made from the users of the parks and license fees. 

Assemblyman Ron Dancer agrees with the NJOA and called on Governor Murphy to reconsider these latest rounds of closures.

“Our park systems continue to get the short end of the stick,” stated Dancer (R-Ocean). “After fighting for weeks to get the parks to reopen, now Gov. Murphy restricts public access to the outdoor wildlife management areas.  We cannot continue to allow the misuse of fees paid for fishing and hunting licenses that are dedicated to keep open, manage and maintain our wildlife management areas as pointed out by the NJOA.”

This isn’t the first time the group has challenged Murphy on his executive orders.  For weeks, NJOA repeatedly called on Murphy to reopen parks which eventually led to the reopening of state parks.