Day: June 21, 2022

McDonald’s Of Trenton Celebrates “Thank You Crew” Nominee Ashanti Ross On World Music Day

June 21, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)– Ashanti Ross has been recognized for her continuous dedication and service to McDonald’s customers at the McDonald’s of Trenton on Olden Avenue in Ewing Township. She recently used her musical talents to perform for guests at her McDonald’s location, providing a unique and meaningful experience for those who dined at the restaurant.  

McDonald’s ‘Thank You Crew’ is a new nationwide campaign that invites customers across the country to recognize and celebrate McDonald’s crew and managers in their local restaurants that go above and beyond while inspiring others. To show their appreciation, store operators are hosting a one-of-a-kind thank you experience that is unique to each nominated Crew Member.

Ashanti held a performance and received a surprise celebration with her coworkers today, as she prepares to attend Berklee College of Music in the fall. Falling on World Music Day, this event aims to show appreciation for Ashanti’s commitment to McDonald’s and spotlight her musical abilities.

Ashanti Ross, McDonald’s ‘Thank You Crew’ Nominee plays at the Trenton McDonalds on Olden Avenue in Ewing Township this morning. Above Photos by: Brian McCarthy

Ashanti was surprised with a celebration at her McDonald’s location where she was presented with a college prep gift basket and cake by Keith and Kevin Smolar, Trenton McDonald’s and The Smolar Group Inc. Restaurants Owner Operators, as well as the People Experience Lead for The Smolar Group, Katelyn Smolar, to show their appreciation for her commitment to customers and fellow crew members alike. Ashanti performed a wonderful in-store concert featuring violin covers of Arianna Grande, Drake and more, and even moved outside so guests in the drive-thru could hear her performance! She was also joined by Angela Yu, the Franchise Business Partner for the McDonald’s Corporation, for a piano and violin duet.

Falling on World Music Day, this event served to thank Ashanti for always going above and beyond at McDonald’s as part of their new ‘Thank You Crew’ initiative, where McDonald’s crew and managers are celebrated in their local restaurants for their inspiring service. Ashanti will be attending Berklee College of Music in the fall, and her McDonald’s family was proud to shed light on her musical abilities and give her the special crew celebration she deserves!

Ashanti Ross, McDonald’s ‘Thank You Crew’ Nominee plays at the Trenton McDonalds on Olden Avenue in Ewing Township this morning. Above Photos by: Brian McCarthy

Above Photos by Brian McCarthy

Lawrenceville And Trenton Men Arrested For Theft And Desecration Of “Angel of Hope”

The pair scrapped the statue for $1,626.00 at a Philadelphia, PA, Scrapyard

June 21, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Police say that on May 7, 2022, the “Angel of Hope” statue was stolen from in front of 140 N Warren St. in Trenton, New Jersey. During the course of the investigation, it was found that Kevin L. Hampton, 51 years of age from Lawrenceville, New Jersey, and Zachary Carey, 48 years of age from Trenton, New Jersey were identified, charged, and arrested for the theft. During the investigation. detectives found that in the early morning hours of May 5th the statue was cut from its base in front of St. Mary’s Church, loaded into Hampton’s GMC Sierra pickup truck, then taken to a scrapyard in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, where Hampton and Carey scrapped the statue for $1,626.00

Both individuals were charged with Theft and Desecration of Venerated Objects.

File Photos by: Brian McCarthy

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Wildfire Update: NJ Forrest Fire Service Reports 13,500 Acre Fire Now 85% Contained, Routes 206 and 542 Reopen

June 21, 2022

The New Jersey Forrest Fire Service is reporting that continue to make substantial progress in containing a wildfire in Wharton State Forest – Washington, Shamong, Hammonton & Mullica Townships – which has reached 13,500 acres in size and is 85% contained.


✅ Route 206 – Reopened 11 a.m.

✅ Route 542 – Reopened 10 a.m.

Batsto Village, Atsion Recreation Area and all associated hiking and mountain bike trails remain closed to visitors. The Mullica River Campground and Lower Forge Campground are closed. Kayak and canoe launching along the Mullica River is closed from the Atsion Recreation Area to Batsto Village. These closures will remain in effect until further notice. Pinelands Adventures has suspended kayak and canoe trips.

18 structures are threatened. There are no reported injuries.

Motorists traveling in the area should remain cautious of smoke and watch for firefighters and fire vehicles that may be working on nearby roadways. Smoke impacts will remain elevated into the evening hours as winds diminish, and partial cloud cover moves over the area.

Please remember, “No Drones in Fire Zones – If YOU fly, WE can’t!”

Helpful Wildfire Terminology

🔥 Wildfire – An uncontrolled fire burning the different types of vegetation that cover the land. A wildfire is considered a “major wildfire” after it exceeds 100 acres in size.

🔥 Containment – When reporting on a wildfire a percentage of containment will be given, which will state how much of the fireline has been completed.

🔥 Backfire – A fire intentionally set along the interior edge of a fireline by Forest Fire Service staff to consume fuel in the path of a wildfire and/or to change the direction of force of a fire’s convection column.

🔥 Fireline – The part of a containment or control line that is scraped or dug to mineral soil.

🔥 Threatened – Critical infrastructure, roads, homes and commercial buildings that are in the vicinity of a wildfire.