Day: May 16, 2022

90-Minute Underground Railroad Waling Tour On Juneteenth In Allentown, NJ

May 16, 2022

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Did you know that Allentown New Jersey was a stop on the Underground Railroad?  Local historian John Fabiano will tell the amazing story during a free 90 minute walking tour sponsored by The Allentown Village Initiative (TAVI) on Saturday, June 18, 2022 beginning at 10 a.m. in Pete Sensi Park, Main Street Allentown, NJ. With Mr. Fabiano’s introduction, “They Came for Freedom” will lead participants past historic homes, shops, cemeteries and landmarks which played a part in helping escaped slaves from the South reach freedom in the North. 

A long-time Allentown resident, Mr. Fabiano serves as the Executive Director of the Monmouth County Historical Commission and is an avid local history expert. He has conducted extensive research on Allentown history and is a frequent presenter, sharing a wealth of knowledge with our community. Allentown’s Underground Railroad history is unique thanks to documented sources of this activity, which are rare due to the secrecy kept. Please register in advance for a timed tour start at  Registrants will be assigned timed starts in 30 minute intervals beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 18, 2022.

Mayor Gusciora Establishes Largest Public Safety Advisory Committee in New Jersey

Citizens’ panel will advise Mayor and Council in reports issued every six months; subcommittees to address particular needs in the community

May 16, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Today, Mayor W. Reed Gusciora established the largest public safety advisory committee in New Jersey, empowering 11 prominent members of the community to formalize the engagement process between City departments, community stakeholders, and the residents of Trenton.

“One mayor cannot do this alone. Two people, a mayor and a police director, can’t do this,” Gusciora said in a press conference at City Hall. “We must do this together. It’s going to take all of us. It’s going to take our police team, yes. But it’s also going to take our health team, our inspections team, our housing and fire and recreation teams.”

Known as the CHANGE (Citizens’ Health And Neighborhood Growth Engagement) Committee, its members will issue a public safety advisory report every six months, so that the administration, City Council, and other agencies like the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and Trenton Public Schools can formally receive community feedback to inform decisions.

“It’s going to take community partners from the state, from Mercer County, and from inside our City — maybe even from City Council,” Gusciora continued. “But most of all, it’s going to take the engagement of our citizens. These remarkable citizens have offered their time and dedication as members of the inaugural CHANGE Committee. They are the leaders we need to start the discussion.”

The focus of the committee, laid out in the executive order, includes:

  1. Policies and Procedures
  2. Leadership, Talent, and Recruitment
  3. Use-of-Force Tactics and Less-than-Lethal Weaponry
  4. Community Relations and Partnerships

The eleven members of the CHANGE Committee are:

  • Charles Boyer
  • Jonette Smart
  • Kenneth Miles
  • Pearlie Ames-Murray
  • Phillip Bonaparte
  • Rachel Cogsville-Lattimer
  • Regina Thompson-Jenkins
  • Robert Donaldson
  • Rosa Lewis
  • Rosa Rosado
  • Timothy Jordan

The external agencies providing liaisons to the CHANGE Committee are:

  • Office of Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman
  • Office of State Senator Shirley Turner
  • Offices of Assembly Representatives Verlina Reynolds-Jackson & Anthony Verrelli
  • Trenton Public Schools
  • Trenton Housing Authority
  • Mercer County County Executive
  • Mercer County Commissioners
  • Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office

PHOTOS BY: Brian McCarthy OnScene News

Wawa’s Community Care Coffee Vehicle Visits Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center for Nurses Week, Distributes Free Coffee to Healthcare Heroes

May 16, 2022

NEPTUNE, NJ (MONMOUTH)–On Friday May 13, 2022 WaWa’s Community Care Coffee Vehicle visited Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center for Nurses Week. The visit was part of Wawa’s Nurses Week Coffee & Care Tour, a series of 10 stops across the company’s Mid-Atlantic operating area. A total of 3,000 free cups of coffee was distributed to healthcare heroes.

Big Snow American Dream To Reopen on May 27, 2022

May 16, 2022

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Big SNOW American Dream, North America’s first indoor, real-snow ski and snowboard center providing guests with year-round winter indoors, today announced it will reopen on Friday, May 27 from 1:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, the venue will host a snow-studded Beach Party, including DJ entertainment, live ice-sculpting, complimentary photo shoot sessions and an opportunity to meet and ride with athletes from Burton. Guests can also expect door prize giveaways throughout the day, including 50% off return visit vouchers.

“We are excited to reopen Big SNOW to guests this Memorial Day Weekend,” said Trish McLeod, Director of Resorts Marketing & Sales, SNOW Partners. “We thank our visitors and team for their patience as we’ve worked diligently to resume the full operation of the facility. We are appreciative of all the hard work that has gone towards this reopening and look forward to welcoming guests back to our slope where we offer endless winter fun right here in New Jersey.”

As a thank you for combatting last September’s fire, Big SNOW’s ceremonial “first chair” will honor representatives from various responding fire departments. The venue will also offer discounted tickets to responding firefighters and their families interested in hitting the slopes this summer.

“We are tremendously thankful for the quick response and efforts made by the local fire departments last fall,” continued McLeod. “These complimentary tickets are just a small token of our appreciation. At Big SNOW, every day is a snow day, so we hope to see local firefighters and their families cool off and hit the slopes this summer.”

Ideal for first-timers or those just looking to keep their ski skills intact this summer, Big SNOW offers Snow Day packages that provide everything needed to enjoy a day on the snow. Packages include ski/board rental, outerwear, complimentary access to Terrain Based Learning skills areas and a team of dedicated instructors. This summer also marks the return of Camp BIG’s Summer Series – a four-day camp designed for children ages 5-12 to level-up on their ski and snowboard skills. Participating campers will receive continuous supervision with personalized on-snow instruction, complimentary ski or snowboard equipment rental and outwear rentals, as well as, slope access tickets, daily snacks and a goodie bag.

For more information, guests can visit, or keep up with Big SNOW on Facebook and Instagram @bigsnowad

Wall Township Man Charged With Aggravated Assault With A Deadly Weapon In Jackson Township Fight Involving A Machete

May 16, 2022

JACKSON, NJ (OCEAN)–Jackson Police reported that on Wednesday May 11, 2022 at approximately 5:15 pm, officers were dispatched to respond to East Pleasant Grove Road on the report of a group of subjects engaged in a fight in the street in front of a residence.
While enroute to the location, Police Officer Travis Ceppaluni was flagged down on Frank Applegate Road by a vehicle containing several occupants who had been involved in the incident. A male in the vehicle had sustained a severe head laceration which was reportedly caused by another subject at the location striking him in the head with a machete. The victim and the other occupants in the vehicle identified the suspect by name and all alleged that he had used the machete to attack the victim. The victim was treated by First Aid at the scene and then transported to an area hospital for further treatment.
Officers and detectives who had arrived at the residence on East Pleasant Grove Road made contact with the suspect and others from the residence. During the following investigation, a machete which displayed evidence of having been used in this incident was recovered and a suspect was taken into custody after being positively identified.
The officer’s investigation, which was also supported by videos of the incident which were obtained by detectives, revealed that the victim was reportedly involved in an ongoing dispute with the suspect and had gone to the residence to confront the suspect. The victim exited a vehicle which was parked in the street across from the residence and while standing in the street began calling to the suspect to come out from the residence. The suspect then exited the residence and immediately retrieved the machete from a car parked in the driveway and then walked the length of the driveway and into the street to directly confront the victim, who had obtained a beach chair from the trunk of the vehicle when he observed the suspect get the machete. The two then swung the items at each other and during the ensuing fight, the victim was struck several times with the machete. It appears the incident was ultimately broken up by uninvolved persons who stopped and intervened.
Also discovered in the investigation was that multiple other subjects from the residence were involved and that while the victim was on the ground, he was kicked in the head by a second male subject who had exited the residence. Additionally, a female passenger inside the car was forcibly pulled from the vehicle and thrown to the ground and assaulted.

Julian Ogle, age 20 of Wall NJ. The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office was contacted and an Assistant Prosecutor approved the second degree charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was also charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon. He was processed and later lodged in the Ocean County Jail.

This investigation is still ongoing at this time and additional charges may be pending. Anyone who may have information on this incident is asked to contact Jackson Detective Stephen Purtell at 732-928-1111.

  • The media and the public are reminded that any persons arrested or charged with any offenses or crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.