Day: April 6, 2022

Coast Guard Aircrew Medevacs Man from Fishing Vessel 45 Miles East of Point Pleasant

April 6, 2022

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Coast Guard medevaced a 46-year-old man from the fishing vessel Captain John Wednesday approximately forty-five miles east of Point Pleasant. 

Another crewmember aboard the Captain John used a marine radio to notify Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay watchstanders of the medical emergency at about 5:30 p.m. 

Watchstanders consulted the duty flight surgeon who recommended a medevac. The Coast Guard then immediately launched an MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City.

Additionally, a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light deployed to provide additional support. 

The man was safely medevaced at about 6:30 p.m. and taken to Air Station Atlantic City where his care was transferred to awaiting emergency medical services personnel.

Communication is key on the water. Having a VHF marine radio is the most reliable way to alert the Coast Guard to emergencies at sea. For more information on marine radios, please visit the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center.

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New Jersey Establishes Telework Pilot Program for State Employees

New Program Will Not Impact In-Person Services at New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development or Motor Vehicle Commission

April 6, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER) – The New Jersey Civil Service Commission (CSC) today voted to approve a pilot program empowering State of New Jersey departments and authorities to establish a telework program for employees. This action is a bold step toward modernizing New Jersey’s State workplace landscape while maintaining core services and ensuring responsiveness to the needs of constituents. Additionally, the shift to telework will offer more workplace flexibility, allowing State agencies to compete with the private sector by broadening strategies and incentives for talent recruitment and retention. 

The pilot program will last one year and apply to all State departments and authorities, with an implementation deadline of July 1, 2022.

“Telework will accelerate the modernization of New Jersey’s State government to reflect the evolving workplace landscape,” said Governor Murphy. “Our union partners have been integral to the creation of this telework pilot program. Through collaboration, we can continue to build a workforce equipped to handle the demands of the modern workplace.”

“The approval of the Model Telework Pilot Program is a monumental step that addresses the current needs of the State workforce,” said Civil Service Commission Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Deirdré Webster Cobb Esq. “During the height of the pandemic, we witnessed State employees successfully continue to deliver critical State and public services while teleworking. As we witness changes around the world in the landscape of how we work, it is important for us to adapt in order to attract and retain qualified State workers.” 

“CWA applauds Governor Murphy for taking the initiative in proposing a robust Pilot Telework Program for the State workforce,” said New Jersey State Director of the Communication Workers of America Fran Ehret.  “This is a significant step forward and demonstrates the progressive leadership of this administration to carve new paths for fairer and stronger public services.  We look forward to working with the Governor and his cabinet in implementing this program in a manner that is equitable and ensures that the highest quality services continue to be delivered to the public.”  

Not all State employees will be eligible for telework due to the nature of their jobs. For example, Department of Labor & Workforce Development and Motor Vehicle Commission employees whose primary job responsibilities involve in-person services will not be eligible for telework.

The pilot telework program establishes general parameters for all State departments and authorities to follow when developing their department-specific telework policies. Parameters include: 

  • All departments and authorities will be required to offer a telework program of no more than two working days per week based on operational need.  
  • Appointing authorities should make available flextime schedules and/or alternate work programs for employees who are not eligible for telework when operational needs allow. 
  • Employees will be required to engage in an application process to determine eligibility. Both employees and managers will be required to complete telework trainings as part of the approval process. 
  • Significant discretion shall be given to appointing authorities to consider operational needs when determining telework schedules for eligible employees.
  • Each department will be required to consult with relevant unions when developing their telework plans.   

All pilot telework plans must be submitted to the New Jersey Civil Service Commission (CSC) by June 1st and implemented by July 1st.

Shed Fire with Exposure Extinguished in Ortley Beach Section of Toms River

April 6, 2022

TOMS RIVER, NJ (OCEAN)–Around 4:40 p.m. several 9-1-1 calls were received reporting a shed fire in the 2000 Block of Bay Boulevard in Ortley Beach section of Toms River. Firefighters found a well involved shed fire with exposure, with fire extending to a three-story home. Firefighters pulled two hand lines and extinguished the fire. There was damage to the exterior of the neighboring home. The fire is under investigation by the Toms River Fire Prevention Bureau.

Dispatched Stations:
Station 44
Station 45
Station 27
Station 28
Station 26
Station 69

Hamilton Township and Hamilton School District Announce Plan for Shared Municipal Complex

April 6, 2022

HAMILTON, NJ (MERCER) – Hamilton Township and Hamilton Township School District are pleased to announce a conceptual plan to construct and occupy a municipal complex that would bring the Township and School District offices together.

In late 2020, Hamilton Township acquired the long-vacant property at 1750 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road. The property, which is known to have been the former home of ShopRite, has been vacant for well over 17 years. Looking to redevelop the property for public use, the Township had requested the community to provide input for the site. While residents offered many great ideas, the suggestion of a joint municipal complex stood out. The plan for a municipal complex would continue to foster decades of shared services in furtherance of the idea that the Township and District serve to benefit the Township and school communities and each other.

While the complex design has yet to be drafted, both entities agree that the facility would feature space for the community to have improved access to public meetings and events and provide an area for District and Township professionals to train and develop in technologically ready space. The complex would capitalize on environmental, economic, and workforce efficiencies resulting from bringing multiple Township and School District facilities under one roof. As the property owner, the Township would lease half of the complex to the School District upon completion of construction.

“The current municipal building, built in 1928, has served the Township well over the past nearly 100 years,” said Mayor Jeff Martin. “In 1930, Hamilton’s census was 27,121; we are more than three times that number in 2020 at over 92,000 and need a facility that can properly serve our residents and a much larger community. I want to thank the Hamilton Council and HTSD for their partnership in moving this conceptual plan forward. Additionally, upon completion, I will ask Council to sell Greenwood Avenue land to HTSD for $1 for a new school site.” 

This plan would allow the Township to close three buildings – 2090 Greenwood Avenue (Municipal Building), 2100 Greenwood Avenue (Division of Health), and 2388 Kuser Road (Division of Recreation) and move services under one roof to save on maintenance and operational costs. “With an elevator that hardly works, office space that can’t be used due to fumes, and a myriad of other problems, the Township Municipal Building is falling apart,” continued Mayor Martin.

“The joint municipal complex offers an opportunity to develop space fit for our professional educators and community partners,” stated Dr. Scott Rocco. “The Park Avenue building is a converted elementary school that has served us well but has limitations as our district modernizes its approach to learning and how it engages with parents and stakeholders. We look forward to working with the municipality in creating a town complex that works for our students and families.”

 “I want to thank the Mayor and Council for involving the Hamilton Township Board of Education in this process and giving us the chance to be partners in developing a site that will bring so many community services together for our students, families, and township residents,” said School Board President Susan Lombardo

“As Councilwoman, teacher, and mother of two daughters in the school district, and experiencing the growing partnership between the district and Township firsthand over the last two years, it is clear to see why this move is a win-win for Hamilton. This ambitious once-in-a-lifetime opportunity allows the Township, as a whole, to streamline and modernize services to better serve all of our residents,” stated Township Council President Nancy Phillips.

The Township will work with the School District to start soon on design, as well as contracting for the demolition of the current building. 

European Wax Center Opens in East Windsor

April 6, 2022

EAST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP. NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members Denise Daniels, David Russell, Alan Rosenberg and John Zoller joined owners and franchisees Dipali Patel and Varsha Patel, Director of Operations Marisa Cashel, District Manager Carmen Leonardo and staff for the ribbon cutting of European Wax Center located in East Windsor Village Center next door to Target on Princeton Hightstown Road. 72 Princeton Hightstown Rd, East Windsor, NJ 08520

Mayor Mironov stated, “East Windsor welcomes European Wax Center, a quickly growing franchise in this industry of full waxing services and hair removal products as they further expand their operations with a local store.  As one of the over 25 multi-state locations owned by the franchisees, we congratulate them for selection of this prime location in the East Windsor Village as part of their expansion efforts in New Jersey.”

European Wax Center, which began as a family-owned business, opened their first center in 2004 and offers a proprietary waxing process using 100% natural bees wax imported from Europe.  In addition to licensed and professionally trained wax experts, their facility offers private waxing suites and a full line of body, skincare and brow products formulated without parabens or mineral oil.  With over 800 locations nationwide, European Wax Center is a head-to-toe gender neutral waxing service which touts its longer lasting and healthy results.  European Wax Center is the official waxing partner of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

Current hours of operations are Monday thru Friday 8 A.M. to 9:30 P.M. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 A.M. to 6 P.M.  Drop-ins are welcome and appointments can be made by calling (609) 918-4500 or by vising