Day: November 1, 2020

Robbinsville HS Switches To Virtual Learning And Sports Suspended For The Rest Of Short School Week

November 1, 2020 – Updated with information emailed from Brian J. Betze, Superintendent Robbinsville Public Schools

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–According to an email shared on the Around Robbinsville Facebook group (see below) there was someone associated with the high school was in close contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and will be switching to virtual learning for the week. High school sports are also suspended for the remainder of the short school week this week. According to the 2020-2021 schedule the school is in session only 2 days this week for the NJEA convention (Thurs/Friday) and staff professional day (Wednesday).

“Although we are disappointed that we’ve had to close for these three days and suspended sports for the week, we are thankful that we have made it through two months and, unlike many other school districts,  averted school closures to this point.” said  Brian J. Betze, Superintendent Robbinsville Public Schools

“I will always put the well-being, health and safety of staff members and students before anything else when making these decisions. We are working closely with the county health department in making our decisions based on what’s best for all involved.”  Superintendent Betze also said.

As MidJersey.News has learned in the past with other school districts and their action plans that this is normally done out of an abundance of caution to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. For further information see e-mail below.

One upset parent reportedly has threatened via social media to protest in front of the Superintendent’s house because of the COVID-19 closure. That will not solve anything.

Lets take a look back and listen to what our Mayor Dave Fried said in an August 1, 2020 Facebook post”

“Let’s also support the Robbinsville Township School District and its new superintendent, Brian Betze. This is a very tough time to take on a challenge such as educating our children. We will have some positive cases in our schools at some point it is inevitable. We will need to deal with those just as we dealt with our first cases in town on March 22 – without panic. It will be scary. It will be emotional. But we will get through it together. People have asked me and, yes, both of my children will be going back to school in a live setting. Take care of yourself … and each other God bless you all.” – Mayor Dave Fried

e-mail posted on the Around Robbinsville Facebook group sent to parents from Robbinsville Schools:

November 1, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians:

This letter is to inform you that today we learned someone associated with the high school was in close contact with someone with a confirmed case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Close contact is defined by CDC as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a culmination of at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic clients, two days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

After consulting the county health department and due to this incident’s circumstances, I am closing the high school and implementing 100% virtual learning for only the high school students, and staff for the remainder of this shorten week and reassess the situation by Friday, November 6. The details around this case also necessitate that our high school sports program be immediately suspended for the remainder of the week out of an abundance of caution. Should contact tracing be warranted, you will be notified by our health department or the Division of Public Health of Mercer County.

We ask that you be on the lookout for the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 in your child. Symptoms can include but are not limited to fever, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, chills, shivers, muscle aches, fatigue, congestion, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, and new loss of smell or taste. Please take cautionary steps since not everyone will get all these symptoms, and please contact the school if you see any signs of infection.

As always, I appreciate our community’s anticipated support and cooperation as we traverse through the particulars of this pandemic. I ask everyone in town to assist our efforts by remaining vigilant, following the guidelines, and acting sensible when dealing with this health concern. Should you have any questions about this situation, please feel free to email me directly at Expect an update later this week and an update from RHS administration regarding the schedule later today.


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Brian J. Betze

Superintendent of Schools

The Show Must Go On: How the Senior BFA students at TCNJ put on their solo exhibitions during a pandemic

November 1, 2020

Story by: by Lily Gilston

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–This year has been anything but ordinary, and the 14 Senior Visual Arts students at the College of New Jersey can attest to that statement as they navigate planning their one-and-only Solo exhibitions on campus. 

With hard work and dedication, and with the support of the TCNJ Art Department and the TCNJ Art Gallery, the Seniors are able to showcase their work from behind the glass windows of the Art and Interactive Multimedia (AIMM) building on campus. Visitors can see the work from the AIMM Courtyard, which was once a communal gathering place in between studio classes. The courtyard is accessible through the Lot 5 parking lot on the Ewing campus and overlooks the football field. Visitors will be required to follow the COVID-19 guidelines implemented throughout the TCNJ campus, including wearing a mask at all times and maintaining 6-feet of social distance. 

Session One of the Senior BFA solo exhibitions opened on Wednesday, October 28th, and will be on view to the public until November 4th. 

Session One features the work of emerging artists Lily Gilston, Sarah Valente, Halle Luttrell, Lucia Gardiner, Addison Cooper, and Shelly Crooz. Their paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, and installations will be viewed exclusively from the outside, unlike any solo exhibitions before this semester. Read more about the Session One shows here on the TCNJ Art Gallery website.

Fine Arts Major Halle Luttrell added, “We’ve all worked really hard these past couple of months to put together these shows, despite the challenging and perpetually changing situation we’re in. It’s the ultimate test for us as young artists, to overcome this adversity and think creatively to solve the problem of how to show our work, and in the end, we’ll all be better off from this experience.” 

Session Two of the Senior Solo Exhibitions features the work of Ash Albeser, Ryan Levy, Stephanie Rosenthal, and Jamie Davidson. Session Two will be on view from November 13th through November 19th, with a public Opening Reception held in the courtyard on Friday, November 13th from 5:30-7pm. Visitors will be required to follow the same safety protocols as with the first opening.

All BFA Seniors will have their work published on, with a virtual launch on November 12th at 7 PM that is open to the public. Samantha Kearney, Heather Simpson, Jayln Giles-Ewell, and Madison Cascardo will have exclusively virtual exhibitions published on the online platform.

The BFA Seniors thank their professor, Liselot Van Der Heijden, for encouraging them to “be good and do good work.” They also extend gratitude to the School of the Arts and Communications at TCNJ and the TCNJ Art Department for their flexibility and allowing time to work in-studio on their shows, and to Kyle Lopinto and Olivia Burton for their commitment to making sure the shows go on. 

Keep up with the Seniors @tcnjbfa21 on Instagram

Early Morning Accident On New Jersey Turnpike In Robbinsville Leaves Several Injured

November 1, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—New Jersey State Police Spokesman Sergeant Philip Curry told MidJersey.News that a crash occurred at 2:01 am on the New Jersey Turnpike North Bound Inner Roadway (car lanes-nickname) at mile post 62.1 in Robbinsville Twp. Preliminary information indicates that Levert Wooten, 30, of New Britain. CT, was involved in a two car motor vehicle accident and his 2011 Chevrolet became disabled in the left lane.  Wooten was outside of his vehicle when a 2020 Honda travelling northbound struck Wooten and the disabled Chevrolet.  Wooten sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash.

The driver of the Honda, Nicholas Rodriguez, 24, of Old Bridge, N.J. sustained moderate injuries and Honda passenger, Leanna Clark, 25, of Old Bridge sustained moderate injuries.

The northbound inner roadway was closed for approx. 4 hours resulting in minimal traffic congestion.  This accident is still under investigation and there is no further information at this time.

MidJersey.News has a list of responders as Robbinsville Township Fire Department and EMS, East Windsor EMS, Allentown EMS, RWJ at Hamilton EMS, Capital Health paramedics and others responded but don’t have a full list at this time. If further information becomes available the story will be updated.

Flags For Heroes

November 1, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Today starts “Flags For Heroes” that are on display in front of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton. The project has been started by the Robbinsville Hamilton Rotary and the flags will be on display from November 1 to November 14, 2020. The flags on display honors heroes who have made a difference in someone’s life.

BREAKING: 2 Stabbed 1 Hit By Car At Once Scene, 1 Stabbed At Another Scene And Fight With 16+ People In Front of Hospital In Trenton

November 1, 2020 Updated at 1:00 am

Story by: Tyler Eckel

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police, Trenton Fire Department, Lawrence EMS, Ewing EMS, Robert Wood Johnson EMS, and Capital Health Paramedics are all on scene in the 700 block of Riverside Avenue for two people stabbed and one person struck by a vehicle. This incident occurred around 1:00 am. Two “trauma alerts” were called as they were transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center.

Another stabbing was reported at a gas station in the 100 Block of South Olden Avenue. Paramedics were requested. The victim was transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center.

As all this was taking place a street fight with 16+ people was occurring in front of the Capital Health Regional Medical Center on the Brunswick Avenue side of the hospital.

BREAKING NEWS REPORT: Information provided is from radio reports. If official information becomes available, this story will be updated.