Day: June 9, 2021

Lacrosse: Allentown Girls Defeat Manasquan In NJSIAA Semifinal Round, Final Round Tomorrow At Rumson-Fairhaven

June 9, 2021

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Yesterday’s (June 8, 2021) NJSIAA semifinal round of the girls lacrosse South Jersey, Group 2 Tournament was on hold due to lighting and needed to be finished today because of a thunderstorm and the final round being set for tomorrow.

Just as the Allentown and Manasquan girls took the field a clap of thunder was heard putting the game on hold for a half hour. The lacrosse teams were finally able to take the field at 4:18 p.m. when the all clear was given.

The game resumed with 14:32 left in the second half. Score was Allentown 8 and Manasquan 7 when the game resumed.

The game was tied 9-9 as the clock in regulation ran out. Allentown was able to score first in overtime and won the game sending them to the final round tomorrow.

The Allentown girls team will play at Rumson-Fairhaven tomorrow in the final round at 2:00 p.m.

Rumson-Fairhaven is ranked #1 and Allentown is ranked #2

Yesterday’s story: Girls Lacrosse: NJSIAA Tournament Game On Hold Due To Thunderstorm

In other Allentown NJSIAA tournament play, Baseball and Softball are both at Colts Neck High School tomorrow both games are set for 2:30 p.m.

Trenton Police Director Sheilah Coley Terminated Effective Today

Trenton, N.J. – Mayor W. Reed Gusciora announced that effective today, June 9, 2021, Sheilah A. Coley will no longer be the Director of the Trenton Police Department.

“Director Coley dutifully served the City of Trenton during its most trying times,” said Mayor Gusciora. “Police departments are rightfully under public scrutiny like never before, and social unrest and COVID-19 have exacerbated many of the conditions Trenton has struggled with for decades. But Director Coley’s efforts to increase accountability, modernize law enforcement technology, and diversify the TPD command staff have been commendable. However, my administration has decided to move in a different direction and will begin a search for a new Director immediately. We thank Director Coley for her service to our residents and wish her the very best in her future endeavors.”

Mayor Gusciora is currently evaluating replacement candidates and will make an announcement when a decision is made. Top priorities include building on TPD’s accomplishments over the last few years while also working to expand recruitment, boost community engagement and improve efforts to combat violent crime, which was at an all-time high last year.

In the meantime, Captain James Slack, a veteran with nearly 30 years of service with the TPD, will assume command of the department.

“Captain Slack has served every bureau within the department and has been recognized for his exemplary performance throughout his career,” said Mayor Gusciora. “We have no doubt that TPD will be in capable hands while we find a permanent replacement.”

Trenton Celebrates Groundbreaking on Vessel Housing Redevelopment Project on Perry Street

June 9, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor W. Reed Gusciora today announced the start of a redevelopment project by Vessel Technologies Inc. (Vessel) on Perry Street that will turn a former city-owned vacant lot into modern, affordable, and energy efficient housing for Trenton residents.

The property at 121-125 Perry Street is in the Canal Banks Redevelopment Zone. Pursuant to a redevelopment plan that was approved by City Council in February 2021, a Vessel affiliate purchased the property from the City of Trenton in order to redevelop it into a modern, attainably-priced, luxury housing site.

The plan calls for a modular, productized housing system that features six two-bedroom units with smart-home integrated technology allowing residents to control lighting, temperature and other features with voice commands or mobile devices. The units will also feature high efficiency LED Lighting and energy efficient appliances. Completion is tentatively planned for Labor Day this year.

“This design is an excellent way to maximize the potential of a vacant lot in our city,” said Mayor W. Reed Gusciora. “Turning around the city lot by lot, block by block is our number one priority. Seeing a modern residential space added to the character of this neighborhood over the next few months is big step to that plan.”

“This new development blending the old with the new will jump start the revitalization of Perry Street,” said Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson. “I believe that young people who want to reside in the City will definitely show interest in renting in the vessel that will be equipped with all of the modern technology. The North Ward of Trenton is on the move and this new exciting project I believe will encourage people to reside here. Perry Street is a gateway to the City: what better place to develop this project?”

“The City of Trenton, under the leadership of Mayor Gusciora has been a tremendous partner in bringing us to where we are today – breaking ground on a new, unique apartment building on Perry Street,” said Neil Rubler, Founder and CEO of Vessel. “This particular lot offers us a perfect canvas for what we build and we hope this is the first of many opportunities to work together to achieve the city’s vision of growth and redevelopment.”

Project Freedom, Freedom Village In Robbinsville Town Center South, Grand Opening

June 9, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Township Mayor Dave Fried, flanked by Business Administrator Joy Tozzi, members of Township Council and his staff, were on hand today to help cut the ceremonial ribbon at Freedom Village – the new Project Freedom location in Town Center South.

The original Project Freedom Robbinsville (NJ) location at 223 Hutchinson Road is a complex of 30 units designed specifically to provide housing and activities for 46 individuals with various disabilities. That project was completed in October, 1991.

Project Freedom Is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that develops and operates barrier-free housing to enable individuals with disabilities to live independently. In addition, supportive services such as recreation, training and advocacy are provided.

The brand new, 72-unit apartment community features one, two and three bedroom apartments surrounding a large Community Center. The buildings are a three-story design, with private entrances in front and all are totally barrier-free and accessible for people using wheelchairs. The buildings have elevators, central heat and air conditioning.

“This is a great day for Project Freedom and I believe a great day for Robbinsville,” Project Freedom Executive Director Tim Doherty said. “We’ve had such a good partnership with the town over the years. Our mission is independence – independence for individuals with disabilities and that is very special to us.”

Mayor Fried lauded the beautiful complex and paid tribute not only to Doherty and Project Freedom Co-Founder Norman Smith for their monumental efforts, but also to former Washington Township mayor and current Project Freedom Board of Trustees Charmain Herb Schneider for “helping to set the foundation that makes Robbinsville such a great place to live.”

“Robbinsville is home to the first Project Freedom and we could not be more proud that Tim and Norman chose Robbinsville again,” Mayor Fried said. “Robbinsville has embraced affordable housing, and what many people don’t know is our town is 10 percent affordable. But I challenge them all the time to find it and point it out to me. That’s because of places such as this. We want everyone to feel welcome. We want everyone to feel included. When we talk about inclusion we all have to work together and get things done. We want everyone to feel like they are a part of this community and this facility in the heart of Town Center really represents what we’ve been trying to accomplish.”

Norman Smith, Co-Founder and Associate Executive Director of Project Freedom said, “This December will mark the 30th anniversary of 34 people with disabilities making Robbinsville our home. We were welcomed with open arms by the community as we shopped, played, and thrived in a neighborhood that grew around us. We rolled and walked though diverse neighborhoods where our presence was not seen as unusual. Our neighbors have helped us when our chairs mysteriously found mud holes, and we helped them with community efforts for the betterment of the community. So, it is very exciting for me to see another neighborhood in Robbinsville develop where Project Freedom will be a key part.”

“This is your home now. More importantly, this is a place where you can start down a path of independence and freedom. Follow your dreams. Follow your heart. Follow your ambitions. Whatever path you choose, honor your freedom and do it with determination!” Smith said.

Moorestown, Burlington County Man Gets Over 5 Years In Prison For Defrauding Investors Of Over $1.5 Million

June 9, 2021

A Burlington County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 65 months in prison for defrauding several investors of more than $1.5 million, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Brett Cooper, 44, of Moorestown, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Renee Marie Bumb to an information charging him with one count of money laundering. Judge Bumb imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in Court:

Cooper and two other individuals created a “high-yield bank scheme” and solicited investments from multiple investors, telling them that they could double or triple their initial investments in 60 to 90 days. Cooper set up several shell companies, including a company he named Peninsula Water Development and another named Dream Holdings, and he had the investors wire money to bank accounts that he had set up for these shell companies. Cooper admitted that he never invested any of the money and that he transferred the money to his personal accounts used it to pay his living expenses and for other personal expenditures. Cooper also wired some of the money from the investors to two other conspirators. A total of eight victims lost money due to Cooper’s fraudulent scheme.

Cooper was previously found liable for damages related to the fraud scheme in a civil case brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In the civil case, Cooper was ordered to pay over $2 million in damages and fines in November 2015.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Bumb sentenced Cooper to three years of supervised and fined him $25,000. Restitution will be determined at a late date.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited agents with IRS – Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael Montanez in Newark; and attorneys and investigators for the Securities and Exchange Commission, under the direction of Division of Enforcement Director Stephanie Avakian, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick C. Askin of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Camden Office.


Defense counsel: Edward Crisinino Esq., Haddon Township, New Jersey

Update: Trenton Shooting on N. Hermitage Avenue

June 9, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)—Trenton Police Department Detective Lieutenant Cynthia Hargis told that the Trenton Police Communication Bureau received a call of a shooting in process at 37 N. Hermitage Avenue.

Upon Police Officers arrival, they were flagged down by a driver who was transporting the victim to the hospital. A Police Officer then transported the victim to the hospital for treatment.

The victim (James Prickett, 41 yrs old) from Trenton, NJ, stated he was standing in front of 37 N. Hermitage Ave, looking for friends and then decided to walk in Gilbert Alley, when he heard a noise and fell to the ground.

The victim alleged that an unknown suspect, wearing a mask, then took $1000.00 in US currency from his pocket and fled the area.

The victim sustained a through and through gunshot wound to the right buttocks. 

This investigation is on-going and being investigated by the TPD Shooting Response Team.  

The victim is listed in stable condition at this time according to LT. Hargis

Last night’s story here: Shooting Reported On North Hermitage Ave. In Trenton

2.4 Earthquake Hits Tuckerton, New Jersey

June 9, 2021

TUCKERTON, NJ (OCEAN)–The US Geological Service is reporting a 2.4 magnitude earthquake in the area of Tuckerton Cove this morning near the following coordinates +/- 2km:

39.574°N  74.336°W

39.574000, -74.336000

The coordinates land under Tuckerton Cove, between “Thorofare Point” off Great Bay Boulevard in Little Egg Harbor Township and “Gaunt Point” near South Green Street in Tuckerton Borough.

The Ocean County Sherriff’s Office reports, “We received a report of a house shaking earlier in Little Egg Harbor. We are not confirming this to be an earthquake, only sharing information.”


2.4 mb_lg± 0.1


39.574°N  74.336°W± 2.0 km


5.0 km± 1.9

Origin Time

2021-06-09 11:52:35.705 UTC

Number of Stations

Number of Phases


Minimum Distance

40.6 km ( 0.37° )

Travel Time Residual

0.71 s

Azimuthal Gap


FE Region

New Jersey (494)

Review Status



US ( us7000ebfb )

Location Source

US 1

Magnitude Source

US 1


US 1