ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Around 10:30 pm a crowd between 1,000 and 2,000 gathered in the MATRIX Northeast Business Park off Applegate Drive. Witnesses in the area stated cars could be heard over a mile away burning out, racing, and exhaust backfiring. Calls were also coming into Robbinsville Township Police reporting the same noises coming from the back of the industrial park.
When Robbinsville Township Police arrived they reported a crowd of between 1,000 and 2,000 and requested assistance to disperse the crowd from Allentown and New Jersey State Police.
The crowd did disperse and roads were blocked to they could leave the area using I-195.
About an hour later another crowd formed this time in Hamilton Township on Sloan Avenue near I-295 and the NJ Transit Train Station and the movie theater. Part of the crowd was dispersed again and left towards Lawrence Township. A County wide alert went out to alert neighboring police departments of the group.
ALLENTOWN, (MONMOUTH)-HAMILTON (MERCER)–Halloween was celebrated a little different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Parades were canceled or a different type of event was held and candy was distributed sometimes using a long pipe or other creative ways to practice social distancing. Many wore masks while out trick-or-treating.
ROBBINSVILLE-HAMILTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Cats Rescue (TCR) and The Healthy Animal of Robbinsville held a cat adoption event this Saturday, October 31. Volunteers of Trenton Cats Rescue showed up to the event in their Halloween costumes, encouraging others to tag along.
It all started when members of “Trenton Trappers” and volunteers from the Trenton Animal Shelter combined and formed Trenton Cats Rescue. TCR is an all-volunteer, foster-based rescue group that serves the greater Trenton area, with a 30-35 mile radius from Trenton. With the help of Trenton Cats Rescue, the Trenton Animal Shelter is now a no-kill shelter, unless Euthanized for medical reasons. Currently, TCR has around 80 active foster homes, and just under 300 cats and kittens in the rescue.
Just this year alone, TCR has had an intake of just under 800 cats. Over 660 of those cats have since been adopted, beating last year’s record of 611. Despite Trenton Animal Shelter being closed for over three months, 23 percent of TCR’s adoptions came from the shelter. Because of the COVID shutdown, that record has yet to be broken from 2019’s record of 51.5 percent.
Today, 17 cats and kittens were adopted at The Healthy Animal. Trenton Cats Rescue also has a Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) program. TNR is a method for attempting to humanely and effectively manage feral cats. So far, Trenton Cats Rescue has TNRed over 400 cats this year. They also have a resident assist program. This program helps area residents who don’t have the means to get their animals the medical attention they need. It consisted of neutering/spaying cats, dental work, shots and vaccines, and more. Their goal with this program is “to prevent cats that are happy in a home from being surrendered.” In 2020, the residence assist program has provided to 93 animals.
Besides TCR making Trenton Animal Shelter a no-kill shelter, they also assist in vetting the animals. The animal shelter does not have a licensed veterinarian, which is needed for most medical procedures on animals. TCR will do snap tests, neuter/spay, vaccines, etc. They also microchip all of the cats.
Trenton Cats Rescue, in close conjunction with Trenton Animals Rock (TAR), are working on a proposal for the City to help transform their “tiny” animal shelter into something that the Capital could be extremely proud of. TCR is selling masks at The Healthy Animal for $20. These masks are handmade, washable, reversible, and have elastic ear loops. All money goes directly to Trenton Cats Rescue. Photos of masks are provided below. You could also donate to TCR on their website: http://www.trentoncats.org/donate/
Trenton Cats Rescue would also like to give a big thank you to The Healthy Animal of Robbinsville for all the help they have provided since they opened.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER): Hamilton Police, Hamilton Fire Department, Robert Wood Johnson EMS, and Capital Health Paramedics responded to the 2200 block of Nottingham Way near Sterling Avenue around 6:24 pm Saturday night after a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle.
The pedestrian, a 64-year-old female from Hamilton, was struck by a 2017 Land Rover, occupied by a 56-year-old female from Robbinsville. The pedestrian suffered serious injuries and was transported to Robert Wood Johnson in Hamilton.
The crash investigation is ongoing and any witnesses are asked to contact officer Christopher Clugsten of the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit at (609)581-4000 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609)581-4008.
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Photos by: Dennis Symons, Tyler Eckel and Brian McCarthy
EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Today Air Force One touched down with President Trump for a campaign rally that was held in Newtown, PA near Washington Crossing. The event was held at “Keith House – Washington’s Headquarters” where he delivered remarks on “Making America Great Again, Again”
Security was tight, roads were shut down in the area including I-295. Detours were in the area until the rally was complete and the President was on his way to his next scheduled stop in Reading, PA.
Air Force One Touches Down at Trenton-Mercer County Airport today for a campaign rally in Pennsylvania: