Day: December 31, 2020

Monroe Township Mourns Passing Of Mayor Gerald W. Tamburro

December 31, 2020

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of the honorable Mayor, Gerald W. Tamburro.  Mayor Tamburro passed away surrounded by his family.    

Always service-oriented and loyal to his community, Tamburro was elected as second-ward councilman in November 2001. He went on to serve as Township Council President for eight years before being elected Mayor in 2015.  He was a tireless and passionate advocate for Monroe Township residents and served the township with love and pride.    

A National Guard veteran, Mayor Tamburro valued and honored all veterans and made it a point to personally meet each Monroe veteran when possible.     

In both his public and private life, he was an extraordinary family-man, mentor and leader. Monroe Township administration and all staff members express their deepest condolences to the Tamburro family.  

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Demarco Funeral Home please visit for information on COVID-safe drive through visitation.  Township flags will be flown at half-staff for seven days to honor Mayor Tamburro and his decades of service. 

Rest in peace, Mayor.  You will be missed.

State Law provides that the current Council President, Miriam Cohen, assumes the role of Acting Mayor during the process of filling the vacancy in the office of the Mayor.  Over the course of the next 30 days the Township Council will complete the process of appointing an interim Mayor to serve until a special election to be held in November of 2021.

Statement by Governor Murphy on the Passing of Monroe Mayor Gerald Tamburro

“Mayor Gerald Tamburro was an example of the right person going into public service for the right reasons. Instead of spending his retirement from the private sector in quiet pursuits, Jerry dedicated his last two decades to the people of Monroe, his adopted hometown, which responded by electing him to township council and twice as their mayor.

Jerry’s legacy of service will be his tireless work to protect Monroe’s taxpayers and their quality of life, and the pride he took in never having let a developer pull a fast one against the township.

More than anything, however, Jerry was a friend to many and a loving family man. He lost his wife of 60 years, Carole, last year and I take some solace in knowing he and Carole are now reunited. He was a good and unwavering personal friend, even in those early days when he didn’t have to be, and his support was always truly meaningful. Tammy and I send our most heartfelt condolences to his and Carole’s six children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”

Mayor Gerald W. Tamburro

Mayor Gerald W. Tamburro was elected in November 2015 and sworn-in as the Township’s new Mayor on January 1, 2016 for a term of four years. Tamburro resides in Greenbriar at Whittingham with his wife Carole with whom he shares six children and nine grandchildren.

A retired banker, he served as vice president of commercial lending for the National State Bank of Elizabeth and as president of a community bank in New Jersey. Tamburro earned his bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University and is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University.

Prior to taking on the duties of Mayor, Tamburro had been elected in November 2001 as the second ward Council representative, serving as council president for eight years.  He is currently a member of the Monroe Township Planning Board and previously served as chairman of the Affordable Housing Board, chairman of the Master Plan Review Committee, Council representative to the Americans with Disabilities Act Committee, vice chairman of the Middlesex County Planning Board and a member New Jersey Training School Citizens Review Committee.

Three Men Arrested For Narcotics And Weapons Offences In Lakehurst

December 31, 2020

LAKEHURST, NJ (0CEAN)–Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, Lakehurst Police Department, and Manchester Township Police Department Narcotics Enforcement Team conducted a collaborative investigation into the distribution of heroin and cocaine in the Ocean County area.  This cooperative, multi-agency investigation ultimately identified a room at the Travel Inn and Suites in Lakehurst, New Jersey, as being utilized by three individuals to store and distribute quantities of heroin and cocaine.

On December 29, 2020, Detectives observed the subject individuals exit the motel room in question and enter a vehicle.  A motor vehicle stop was conducted by the Lakehurst Police Department, and all three individuals were placed under arrest for possessing quantities of heroin and cocaine.  Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, Manchester Township Police Narcotics Enforcement Team, and Lakehurst Police Department executed a court-authorized search warrant on the motel room.  As a result, Detectives seized approximately five bricks of heroin, a small quantity of marijuana, and a large 9mm capacity 50 round drum style magazine with hollow point bullets.  Arrested were:

Prosecutor Billhimer commends the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Asset Forfeiture Unit, Lakehurst Police Department Detective Bureau, Lakehurst Police Department Patrol Division, Manchester Township Police Department Narcotics Enforcement Team, and Manchester Township Police Department K-9 Unit, for their collaborative efforts in connection with this investigation.

The press and public are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

MidJersey.News 2020 Year In Review

December 31, 2020

A small sampling of the 1,705 articles and posts in 2020 by in a review of 2020.

Photos and stories by: Dennis Symons, Publisher, Tyler Eckel, Editor, and Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

January 1, 2020

Hamilton Inauguration Ceremony for Mayor Jeffrey Martin and Council Members Nancy Phillips and Pat Papero, Jr.

3+ Alarm Mansion Fire In Millstone Township

Febuary 1, 2020

Mercer Generating Station Implosion

February 2, 2020

Hamilton Township Fire Department Change of Command Ceremony

Fire Chief Mark Antozzeski (Fire District 9) retired on January 31, 2020. Fire Captain Arron Heller was promoted to Fire Chief

March 17, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic most St. Patrick’s Day Parades were canceled. A few gathered on the steps of Hamilton Township Station 17 to play a couple of numbers socially distanced.

Lia Fail Pipes and Drums of Mercer County, St. Patrick’s Day 2020 Performance

March 30, 2020

USNS Comfort, Arrives In New York City

April 23, 2020

“Echoing Our Appreciation” to Healthcare Workers & The Front Porch Project

April 28, 2020

Thunderbirds and Blue Angels Fly Over In “Operation America Strong”

April 28, 2020

Windsor School Serving Robbinsville For Generations Demolished Making Way For Housing And A Park

May 17, 2020

Dennis Symons Jr., CPP., M. Photog., (PPA Certified Professional Photographer and Master Photographer) reviewed how angles and lens techniques were used to distort overcrowding stories used nationally.

“Fake News” Or Real Overcrowding Photos, Were Lenses And Techniques Used To Distort The Story? You Decide

May 22, 2020

Veterans saved the tradition organizing flags to be placed at BG Doyle Veterans Cemetery the event was originally canceled by Governor Murphy’s lock down orders but veterans groups saved the tradition.

Veterans Save A Time Honored Tradition For Memorial Day, American Flags Are Posted At BG Doyle Veterans Cemetery

May 22, 2020

Trenton Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association FMBA Locals 6 & 206 Food-A-Thon to help Residents and City Workers

May 25, 2020

1,000+ Turn Out To Open NJ Rally In Point Pleasant

A little over a 1,000 people turned out at a rally in Point Pleasant, NJ to protest Governor Murphy’s lock down orders.

May 31, 2020 was in Trenton covering the Black Lives Matter protest at the State House and was also there when the protest turned violent around dark with looting, burning and violence in the City of Trenton.

BREAKING: Chaos In the City; Peaceful “Black Lives Matter” Protest Turns Violent After Dark

Trenton Burns As Rioters Torch Cars, Loot Stores And Clash With Police After “Peaceful Protest” Goes Violent At Dusk

June 7, 2020 reported that an tragic early morning accident involving a horse transport truck ran off the roadway and caught fire killing 10 horses en route from Florida to NY on the NJ Turnpike. This unfortunate National story was also picked up by the NY Times and NY Post and shared Internationally.

BREAKING: Turnpike Horror, 10 Horses Died In Horse Trailer Fire, 1 Person Inhalation Burns, 1 Other Injured

June 22, 2020

A New Jersey State Trooper is lucky to be alive after a dump truck crashed a traffic scene on the NJ Turnpike, hit is police vehicle and a Porsche. The trooper, driver of the dump truck, and the driver of a Porsche all sustained moderate injuries and were transported to an area hospital. There were no other occupants in the three vehicles. The inner roadway was closed for approximately six hours.

SLOW DOWN MOVE OVER!!! It’s The Law!!!

BREAKING: NJ State Police Vehicle Destroyed By Dump Truck On NJ Turnpike

June 27, 2020

Rainbow ‘Trenton Makes’ Bridge for Pride Month

The Trenton Makes Bridge was lit in rainbow colors for Pride Month, many Pride events were canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

July 4, 2020

Salute To The Great Cities Of The American Revolution As Seen In Transit Though Mercer County

July 7, 2020

NJ Motor Vehicle Commission melts down with backlogs and long lines after being closed for COVID-19 for so long and many people needing to process documents in person.

NJ Motor Vehicle Commission Reopened causing large lines for people trying to process documents.

NJ MVC FAILURE: 1,000s Wait In Extreme Long Lines At NJ Motor Vehicle Commission Buildings, Complete Chaos as Fights Reported In Trenton and Edison

NJ Motor Vehicle Commission Disaster Day 2 After Reopening

August 18, 2020 broke the story ahead of other media outlets about the ATM Santander Scam in the area.

BREAKING: Police and FBI Investigating Multi-State ATM Robberies, Many Subjects Are In Custody More Actively Being Arrested

September 6, 2020 and September 11, 2020

On September 6, 2020 reported that the NJ Turnpike Authority removed American Flags on bridges and installed metal signs stating “Placement of signage or items of any nature on this structure is strictly prohibited.”  A peaceful protest was held in Sewaren, Woodbridge Township, NJ protesting the removal of American Flags from bridges on the New Jersey Turnpike.Governor Murphy directed the Turnpike Authority to stop removing the flags and the Robbinsville Police PBA #344 rehung the flags on area bridges on September 11, 2020

NJ Turnpike Authority Removes American Flags From Bridges, Flags Have Been In Place 19 Years Since Terrorist Attacks On The United States, September 11, 2001

American Flags Replaced On NJ Turnpike Overpasses In Robbinsville By Police Union

October 9, 2020

MidJersey.News publisher documents trip to NJMVC to renew a commercial drivers license that can only be done by an in person transaction.

Long Lines Continue To Plague NJ MVC Offices, And My MVC Experience Today

October 13, 2020

All 9 Hamilton Township Fire Districts were dissolved and consolidated under Hamilton Township and as of January 1, 2021 the departments will be administered by Hamilton Township. The department will be known as the Division of Fire, Hamilton Township, more commonly known as the Hamilton Township Fire Department.

Mayor Martin Signs Ordinances and Memorandum of Agreements to Consolidate the Hamilton Township Fire Division

October 20, 2020

Two children were murdered in ongoing violence in the City of Trenton. As of December 31, 2020 at the time of this report there have been an all time high of 40 murders in Trenton in 2020.

BREAKING: Two Trenton Children 8 yr. and 16 yr., Murdered As Suspect(s) Open Fire On Home

October 31, 2020

President Trump Touches Down At Trenton-Mercer County Airport For Campaign Rally In PA

October 31, 2020

BREAKING: Flash Mob Of +/- 2,000 Dispersed In Robbinsville, Similar Flash Mob Now In Hamilton

December 8, 2020

BREAKING: Trenton’s Homicide Rate Continues to Increase, Now at 40

A little over 3 weeks without a murder in the City of Trenton. As of 12:00 noon December 31, 2020 the number of murders in the City stands at 40 which is an all time high.

December 16 and 17, 2020

How Much Snowfall Did We Get?

Nor’easter Hits Area, Do Not Travel Tonight If Possible

BREAKING: Mercer County Plow Truck Hits Several Vehicles And Comes To Rest In Front Of Home On S. Broad Street

December 21, 2020

RWJ University Hospital Hamilton Administers First COVID-19 Vaccinations This Morning To Healthcare Workers

December 28, 2020

Mercer County Health Officer Association Distribution Of Moderna Vaccine To Health Care Workers