Day: May 20, 2021

AG Grewal Announces 2021 Annual “Click It or Ticket” Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign

NJ Law Enforcement Agencies to Join Nationwide Crackdown on Drivers and Passengers Who Don’t Buckle Up

May 20, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–As New Jersey begins to reopen ahead of the busy summer travel season, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the Division of Highway Traffic Safety today announced the upcoming launch of a statewide seat belt enforcement campaign aimed at promoting safe travels on New Jersey roadways.

Starting Monday, May 24, state, county, and local police departments throughout New Jersey will join law enforcement agencies across the country in the 2021 “Click It or Ticket” campaign, a national enforcement mobilization targeting unbuckled drivers and passengers.

To kick off this year’s campaign, which will run through June 6, 2021, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania will team up for a one-day, four-hour “Border to Border” (“B2B”) event featuring highly visible seat belt enforcement for drivers at state border checkpoints.

“Seat belts have been proven to be one of the best ways to prevent death and serious injury in a crash. Yet statistics show that many people still don’t buckle up,” said Attorney General Grewal. “The Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign is aimed at educating the public on the importance of abiding by seat belt laws. It could literally save your life.”

In 2019, nearly half (47%) of the 22,215 passenger-vehicle occupants killed in crashes nationwide were not wearing seat belts, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”). In New Jersey that year, 42% — 108 of the 260 — passenger-vehicle occupants who were killed were unrestrained, NHTSA reports. And in passenger vehicle fatalities occurring at night (6 p.m. – 5:59 a.m.), the percentage of those killed and not wearing seat belts jumps to 55%. 

Across the campaign, participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a “no-excuses” approach to seat belt enforcement, writing citations throughout the day and with a particular focus on nighttime enforcement. In New Jersey, the maximum penalty for a seat belt violation is $46.  

“Wearing a seatbelt reduces the risk of fatal injury by 45 percent and critical injury by 50 percent,” said Eric Heitmann, Director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “By working together to enforce New Jersey’s seat belt laws during the Click It or Ticket campaign, participating law enforcement agencies are promoting safe habits that will help reach our goal of zero fatalities on New Jersey roadways. If enforcement wakes people up to the dangers of unrestrained driving, we’ll consider our mission to be a success.”

To enhance law enforcement efforts during the Click It or Ticket campaign, the Division is providing a total of $810,120 in grant funding to 134 agencies throughout the state. The money helps agencies pay for additional officers on the road, seat belt checkpoints, and other enforcement initiatives during the campaign. All police departments in New Jersey are invited to support the campaign, whether they receive grant funding or not. 

The Click It or Ticket campaign was not held in New Jersey last year due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the most recent campaign in 2019, which ran from April 1 through April 21, 2019, 341 police agencies – or 70% of all agencies statewide – participated in the enforcement effort. In addition to issuing a total 14,548 seat belt citations, those agencies wrote 5,670 speeding citations, and made 858 impaired driving arrests.

To learn more about the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit

Click It or Ticket 2021 Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign
New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety
May 24 – June 6, 2021

Local grants listed below:

Burlington Bordentown Township $6,000
Burlington Burlington City $6,000
Burlington Burlington Township $6,000
Burlington Mount Laurel $6,000
Burlington Willingboro $6,000

Mercer Ewing $6,000
Mercer Hamilton $7,500
Mercer Lawrence $4,800
Mercer West Windsor $6,000

Middlesex Carteret $6,000
Middlesex Metuchen $6,000
Middlesex Monroe $6,000
Middlesex New Brunswick $7,500
Middlesex North Brunswick $6,000
Middlesex Old Bridge $7,500
Middlesex Piscataway $7,500
Middlesex Plainsboro $6,000
Middlesex Sayreville $6,000
Middlesex South Brunswick $7,500

Monmouth Asbury Park $6,000
Monmouth Freehold Borough $6,000
Monmouth Freehold Township $6,000
Monmouth Manalapan $6,000
Monmouth Marlboro $6,000
Monmouth Middletown $6,000

Ocean Barnaget $6,000
Ocean Berkeley Township $6,000
Ocean Brick Township $7,500
Ocean Jackson $6,000
Ocean Ocean County Sheriff $6,000
Ocean Ocean Township $6,000
Ocean Seaside Heights $6,000

Kick Off To Memorial Day *Free* Food-A-Thon 2021

May 20, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor W. Reed Gusciora announced today that the City of Trenton Fire Department, the Trenton Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association (FMBA) Locals 6 & 206 and Buzzetta Catering will host the second annual Food-A-Thon tomorrow, May 21, 2021 at the City Hall parking lot from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The event is free for all Trenton residents and employees. The event will serve cheesesteaks, burgers, chicken tenders, fried Oreos, funnel cakes, and more.

“Our first responders serve our city in many ways outside their regular duties,” said Mayor Gusciora. “We’re grateful for all the partners who put this wonderful event together and encourage our staff and Trentonians alike to enjoy the festivities together tomorrow.” 

Masks and social distancing will be required. Masks will be provided if needed. 

Last year’s event

View last year’s event here: Trenton Firefighters FMBA Locals 6 & 206 Provide Food To City Residents And Workers

2nd Alarm in Toms River Brought Under Control Quickly

May 20, 2021

TOMS RIVER, NJ (OCEAN)–On Thursday, May 20, 2021 at approximately 10:20 AM multiple police and fire units responded to Orchid Court in Toms River for a reported structure fire. Upon arrival the unit was fully involved. Two occupants, who were home at the time of the blaze, were able to safely exit the home and call 911. Police evacuated nearby residences as a precaution. There were no tenant injuries in the incident. Two family dogs, and a cat, did perish in the fire. Toms River Animal Control was able to rescue a cat from the scene in an adjoining home.

Toms River Fire Companies quickly brought the fire under control and were able to save the adjoining homes in the complex. The American Red Cross responded to the scene and provided support for the displaced family. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but not deemed suspicious at this time. It is under investigation by Toms River Fire Inspector Charles Bauer. Please direct further inquiries to the Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention.

Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention Inspectors along with the Toms River Police Detective bureau are currently investigating a fire that took place this morning at 121 Orchid Court in Toms River. The fire was reported at 10: 22 this morning. Based on the number of phone calls the fire was escalated to a 2nd Alarm response. Companies responding on the initial dispatch and 2nd alarm were Pleasant Plains Fire Company, Toms River Fire Companies No. 1 & No.2, Silverton Fire Company, East Dover Fire Company and Island Heights Fire Company. Firefighters had the fire under control in twenty-three (23)minutes. –John NovakActing Chief Inspector

Smith & Cuellar introduce ‘Get the Lead Out’ bill to fund drinking water clean-up & infrastructure projects

Bipartisan bill would help States & utilities like Trenton Water Works

May 20, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC –Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) have teamed up again and reintroduced their bipartisan legislation—the Get the Lead Out Act (HR 3300)—to combat the life-threatening risk of lead in drinking water systems in their districts and across the country. First introduced in 2020, the legislation would provide $66.2 billion over ten years and direct every utility in America to develop a plan to identify and remove lead pipes that threaten the health of residents—especially children.

“Clean, safe drinking water is not a luxury, it’s an essential necessity of everyday life,” said Smith, prime sponsor of the bill. “People need to know that the water they drink and cook with is both clean and safe for themselves and their families—and the lead service line replacement provided by this bill will help give them that peace of mind. All levels of government—federal, state and local—must work together to make clean tap water a reality.

“Replacing the old service lines that deliver drinking water in Trenton and Hamilton in my home state of New Jersey and countless municipalities throughout the country is not just important—it’s critical to good health.” Smith said. “Congressman Cuellar and I will continue to advance this bipartisan legislation to address the threat of lead in drinking water, which can cause long-term harm in adults and is especially dangerous for children, who are particularly  vulnerable to lead.”

Already endorsed by Environment America and the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Get the Lead Out Act is poised for expedited consideration and is expected to be reviewed by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce as early as next week.

“Water is essential to our everyday lives, and no family should have to worry about whether or not their drinking water is tainted with lead,” said Rep. Cuellar, lead co-sponsor.  “Unfortunately, many communities face this issue, leading to devastating health and developmental impacts—especially in children.

“This legislation will provide resources to ensure utility companies invest in critical infrastructure plans to remove the lead, and other dangerous chemicals, from the distribution lines,” Cuellar said. “I will continue to fight for safe drinking water in the 28th Congressional District of Texas and improve my constituents’ health and livelihoods.”

HR 3300—the Smith-Cuellar Get the Lead Out Act—directs all community water systems across the U.S. to develop a plan to identify and replace all lead service lines (LSLs) in their system within 10 years. The plan must be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval.

For community water systems that would struggle to fund these measures, the Smith-Cuellar bill authorizes nearly $66.2 billion over ten years with $46.5 billion targeted specifically for LSL replacement within the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF)—the main federal program to help states upgrade drinking water infrastructure. The DWSRF is a federal-state partnership fund and a key source of grants that allows states to receive monies from the EPA and in turn offer low interest loans—and even forgivable loans—to local water systems to achieve healthy drinking water. While Congress currently authorizes up to $1.9 billion annually to fund DWSRF projects such as lead remediation, the proposed legislation would authorize $4.65 billion in grants available annually for lead removal.

“Lead service lines are a major source of drinking water contamination that threatens our childrens’ health,” said John Rumpler, Clean Water Program Director at Environment America.  “The Get the Lead Out Act not only provides $46.5 billion to replace these toxic pipes but also sets a 10-year deadline for water utilities to get the job done.  We commend Representatives Chris Smith and Henry Cuellar for reintroducing their bold, bipartisan measure. Congress should pass it swiftly—either on its own or as part of a major infrastructure package this year.”

Erik D. Olson, Senior Strategic Director for Health & Food at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said, “This bill would take a big step forward towards tackling the longstanding scourge of lead-contaminated tap water. It would generally require all lead service lines to be removed in 10 years and would authorize $46 billion to pull out these old lead pipes. We look forward to working with the sponsors and Congressional leaders to address additional issues as the bill as it moves through the process.”

 “The federal government must act on this critical legislation,” Rep. Smith concluded. “It’s long overdue and the cost of inaction is too high. Drinking water must be made safer for future generations of Americans.”

Iron Mikes Strong! Trenton Catholic Academy Saved From Closure

May 20, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– The Diocese of Trenton and Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. have completed an agreement with Trenton Catholic Preparatory Academy, at the McCorristin Campus to reopen as an independent Catholic school in the fall of September 2021.

The agreement will preserve and save the legacy of this nationally recognized Pre-K through 12th grade school, also known as Saint Anthony High School and McCorristin High School. Since 1962with over 10,000 graduates, the school has been a bedrock of outstanding academics, STEM education and athletics with a 100% graduation rate, and its acclaimed powerhouse championship “Iron Mikes” sports teams. The agreement will also carry on Monsignor McCorristin’s dream to enrich students’ lives through affordable quality Catholic education. In addition, the vision is to create a thriving, well-respected educational institution dedicated to academic excellence and to focus on the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical needs of the students as was supported throughout the years by Sr. Dorothy Payne, SSJand many other distinguished administrators.

In the new agreement, the Diocese of Trenton will lease the school property on which TCA school currently exists to the newly formed academy, which will assume the operations and management of the school on July 1, 2021.

The academy is now accepting student enrollment and registration. Contact the Upper School at (609) 586-3705, Fax: (609) 586-6584 or the Lower School at (609) 586-5888, Fax: (609) 631-9295.

Trenton Catholic Preparatory Academy is a New Jersey, not for profit corporation and is supported by the Iron Mike Foundation.In addition, TCPA is actively looking for additional worldwide sponsors, partners, donors and philanthropists to join their school team to assist with operating costs. Adopt a School today and support, encourage and celebrate diversity, inclusion and outstanding academics for children in grades Pre-K through 12th.

To support Trenton Catholic Preparatory Academy go to to donate or email at to join their team.

Newly Formed Founding Board of Trustees Quotes:

Margaret Raymond Flood:

“A group of us went into action when we heard the school was closing to put together a workable plan in an effort to keep it open for the many students and families who depend on it. My family and I went to school here, and I felt it important to do whatever was possible to preserve it.  We worked with the Diocese and a group of dedicated volunteers, and we are very happy to be part of continuing the legacy of our nationally recognized school,” said Margaret Flood, a 1984 graduate, founding board member and President.

Tracey Destribats:

“It’s been an incredible experience to work together and save this much needed academic institution that has been so important to so many students and their families.  We are proud to continue the mission started by Monsignor Michael McCorristin and the volunteers that helped build our school.  We thank our alumnae for all their support and look forward to welcoming everyone back to Trenton Catholic Preparatory Academy, “ said Tracey Destribats, a 1981 graduated and founding board member.

Paul Pennacchi:

“We want everyone to join our team and get involved, from past graduates to worldwide sponsors, to keep these doors open for many years to come. We are actively looking for additional partners, donors and philanthropists to assist with ongoing educational services and operating costs,” said Paul Pennacchi, a 1985 graduate, founding board member and Facilities Advisor. 

 Denise Viola:

“We’re a not for profit school and we’re definitely going to need everyone’s help with fundraising efforts and donations to the Your generosity will change lives forever and create a brighter future for young people by giving them a chance to thrive, live, succeed and become the leaders of tomorrow,” said Denise Viola, founding board member and Fundraising Advisor. 

 Ann Marie Williams-Gray:

“This school gave me the foundation to excel in life, so it was important to work extremely hard to keep this outstanding school open, because of its firm commitment and dedication to inspiring excellence, while embracing service, diversity, inclusion and acceptance for all,” said Ann Marie Williams-Gray, a 1982 graduate, founding board member and Media & Marketing Advisor.

 John H. Rittley:

“We are confident that the nurturing environment, outstanding academics and championship sports records will help increase enrollment at Trenton Catholic Preparatory Academy, McCorristin Campus in the next few years,” said John H. Rittley, 1975 graduate, founding board member and Board Attorney.