Day: August 18, 2022

Aurora Borealis – Northern Lights Possible In North Jersey, Upstate NY, Northern Areas Of PA

August 19, 2022 Update:

For Central Jersey the viewing the Aurora Borealis was a bust the K-Index went down to 4 and the Aurora Forecast Map showed that it stayed mostly in Canada and some northern most states such as New Hampshire, Vermont, NY, could possibly see it according to the forecast map.

The Aurora Borealis Northern Lights were a no show in Central NJ. After some enhancement of the image file some color could be seen in the area under the big dipper, but it is hard to tell if it was related to the Aurora Borealis. This image was taken August 18, 2022 at 11:54 p.m.

Image taken August 19, 2022 at 12:00 a.m. looking north towards the big dipper.

Many are predicting that the Aurora Borealis also known as the Northern Lights could possibly be seen tonight August 18, 2022 as far south as North Jersey. Unfortunately, most of New Jersey’s sky is littered with light pollution making it harder to see since you need dark sky to see the Auroa clearly. See this light pollution map from

Locally, if you want to see the lights head up to areas North of Lambertville with a clear sky to the north with less light pollution. If you stay in NJ to try and capture the lights, try the Delaware Water Gap area that has less light pollution.

See article from Northern lights (aurora borealis): What they are & how to see them

Keep checking the SPACE WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER and check the Aurora Forecast map and when the green is overhead there is a good chance of seeing the Aurora. Check the Estimated Planetary K-INDEX and with a K-Index of 7 for NY Catskills, North Jersey and higher for southern areas you may have a chance to see the Aurora.

The Space Weather Prediction Center shows the K-Index at four currently and was higher during the day reaching five and most likely an aurora would not be seen this far south. Yesterday the K-Index was at six and most people reported not seeing an aurora in PA or NJ.

If the Aurora Forecast Map is green overhead and the K-Index is high enough head out and see if you can see the lights. For New Jersey the past several chances have been a bust so don’t be disappointed if it does not happen for us.

Aurora Borealis – Northern Lights captured in Stowe, Vermont by Publisher Dennis Symons of MidJersey.News in early morning hours of July 23, 2022 while on vacation.

Several factors are needed to capture the lights, clear dark sky, a camera with high iso, a fast lens, a tripod and a long shutter speed of 5 to 10 seconds and a strong enough aurora. This image was captured using a Canon 5D Mark IV on a tripod with a Tamron 15-30mm 2.8f at 3.2f, iso 10,000 for 6 seconds. Try to keep your exposures less than 10 seconds for most images since the rotation of the earth the stars will blur as the shutter stays open longer. There are ways to overcome the blur using a star tracker but that is more advanced.

Shiseido Americas And East Windsor Host U.S. Senator Cory Booker With Tour Of East Windsor Facility And Town Hall With Local Employees During Summer 2022 Road Trip

Booker Concluded the 2022 Jersey Summer Road Trip yesterday and visited all 21 counties during the trip, focused on his ongoing work to serve the people of New Jersey

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Shiseido Americas executives welcomed U.S. Senator Cory Booker to a tour of the East Windsor facility and a town hall with local employees.  Shiseido, celebrating its 150th Anniversary, opened in East Windsor in 1998 and is now home to the company’s North American manufacturing center and one of its Global Innovation Centers.  Senator Booker toured the East Windsor Shiseido facility, one of the Township’s premier employers, and conducted a Town Hall Question & Answer forum with a packed room of company employees, among 21 county events in New Jersey. 

            The Shiseido East Windsor 350,000 square foot facility employs over 340 workers, produces over 2,600 products, and includes manufacturing and innovation with three shifts/five days per week.   Shiseido is an environmental leader, with installation of their solar array, and LED upgrades.  Shiseido cosmetic and perfume brands include:  Shiseido Ginza Tokyo, NARS, Drunk Elephant, Cle de peau, Tory Birch, Serge Lutens, Issey Miyake, Dolce & Gabbana, and Narciso Rodriguez. 

            Mayor Mironov stated, “East Windsor is proud of the beneficial partnership we have enjoyed with the global cosmetics giant Shiseido, which is a great business model, community model and a pro-active environmental leader.  Shiseido represents for East Windsor the best of our high-tech, high-growth companies within our Einstein’s Alley corridor.  Shiseido, with a long company history of promoting and protecting our green environment, directed by the dedicated corporate leadership and staff of Shiseido Americas, has set an admirable model for businesses in our community and around the world.  We are pleased to welcome and bring together another partner in Senator Booker to learn more about Shiseido’s business operations, innovative ideas and sustainable practices and leadership.”

Founded in 1872 by Arinobu Fukuhara with its origins as a western pharmacy in Ginza, Tokyo, Shiseido is one of the oldest and largest cosmetics companies in the world. Shiseido employs 42,000 employees in 120 countries and regions, with over $7.5B in net sales.  Shiseido operates in six regions:  Americas, Europe, China, Japan, Travel Retail, and Asia-Pacific (APAC).    Their mission includes “beauty innovations for a better world”.

From visits to businesses to local farms, roundtable discussions to townhalls, press conferences to small business walks, U.S. Senator Cory Booker concluded his 2022 Jersey Summer Road Trip yesterday. Over six days, Booker visited all 21 counties in New Jersey and highlighted his efforts to secure congressionally directed spending for critical New Jersey projects and organizations, his support of local industries, and his continued commitment to serving the state’s residents.

Booker launched his tour in Stafford Township to discuss the On P.O.I.N.T. program, which provides on-site social workers for police departments to address the high volume of social service-related calls and incidents they receive. He then announced legislation that would expand the VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, which promotes housing stability among very low-income veteran families, to former members of the National Guard and Reserves.

Booker hosted a listening session with New Jersey stakeholders to discuss food insecurity and hunger in New Jersey, the need to reform our nation’s food system, and the rising incidence of diet-related diseases. Booker will use the comments and feedback he received at the listening session, cohosted with New Jersey Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, for the upcoming White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health that he successfully secured funding for. Booker also announced over $1 million in federal grant money for Norwescap Food Bank to increase its capacity to distribute food and build a more modern facility.

To close out his road trip, Booker hosted a roundtable discussion in Cumberland County to discuss the county’s work to implement community violence intervention strategies that aim to reduce and prevent gun violence. Booker has been a proponent of such strategies; in 2019, he introduced the Break the Cycle of Violence Act, legislation that would provide federal grants to communities for gun violence intervention and prevention programs designed to interrupt cycles of violence. Research has shown that a combination of community-oriented intervention programs and commonsense gun control policies can reduce gun violence rates.

“Over the past days, I’ve had the chance to meet with advocates, elected officials, and residents of the Garden State who have graciously shared their feedback, concerns, and stories with me,” said Sen. Booker. “These conservations will stay with me and help me further advocate for our state as I return to Washington. It’s an honor to serve the people of New Jersey, and I know that together, we will address the unique challenges our state and nation faces.”

Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Shiseido Executive Team welcome U.S. Senator Cory Booker to the East Windsor Shiseido Americas facility for a tour and an employee Q&A Town Hall.  Pictured (from left to right) are:  Gail Boye, Executive Vice-President, Product Innovation & Commercialization; Ross Hammond, Vice-President, Manufacturing & Plant Manager; U.S. Senator Cory Booker; Max Bogaert, Executive Vice-President, Operations Shiseido Americas; Mayor Janice S. Mironov; and Takahiro Iwabuchi, Senior Vice-President, Regulatory & Americas Innovation Center.

Mayor Janice S. Mironov and U.S. Senator Cory Booker address a packed room of employees for a Q&A Town Hall meeting at Shiseido Americas East Windsor facility.

Mercer County Sheriff Jack Kemler Warns Of Scam

The scam used credible looking fake arrest warrants by email, claiming to be from Bucks County Sheriff’s Office.

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Sherrif Jack Kemler is reporting that a new scam is circulating across the Delaware River in nearby Bucks County. Local news services are reporting that scammers are reaching out to potential victims by sending fake arrest warrants by email, claiming to be from the Bucks County Sheriff’s Office. This scam is unique because the communications contain credible-looking warrants with the court’s seal, the judge’s name, and markings that the document comes from the Sheriff’s Office. When calling potential victims by telephone, the scammers are spoofing Judiciary or the Sheriff’s Office phone numbers and using the names of staff members to add to the appearance of credibility.

Of course, they ask for money to make it all go away with high-pressure tactics, the threat of arrest without immediate payment via pre-paid cards or online payment services like Venmo, Zelle, Paypal, etc.

“It is only a matter of time before it happens here, and I can confidently state that the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office will never call or email anyone and ask for money related to a court warrant,” said Sheriff Kemler.

“Unfortunately, it is difficult to crack down on these tech-savvy scammers because emails and calls are often generated from out-of-state or foreign locations,” noted Kemler.

“While the matter remains under investigation by our friends in Pennsylvania law enforcement, the best advice now is to exercise common sense. Do not hit reply if you suspect an email might be a scam. If it is by phone, hang up,” Kemler added.

Anyone receiving a similar email or call should report the incident to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center at 609-989-6111.

Trenton Police Officer Charged With Domestic Violence, Threat To Kill, Criminal Coercion, And Endangering Welfare Of A Child In Lawrence Township

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On Thursday August 4, 2022 at 3:20 p.m., the Lawrence Township Police Department became aware of a Domestic Violence incident which was originally reported to the Princeton Police Department but discovered to have happened in Lawrence Township.

Through the investigation, it was determined that on several occasions starting in March of 2022, the victim reported that she was assaulted by her boyfriend at their residence on Sturwood Way. It was later determined that the boyfriend was a City of Trenton Police Officer. He was identified as Elijah Mitchell, 28-years-old, 1,000 block of Sturwood Way, Lawrenceville, NJ. Subsequent to a thorough investigation, Mitchell was charged with 3 Counts of Domestic Violence Strangulation (2C;12-1B13), 2 Counts of Threat to Kill (2C:12-3b), 1 Count of Criminal Coercion (2C:13-5A7) and 1 Count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (2C:24-4B1). Mitchell was taken into custody on Friday August 12, 2022 without incident.

Timothy J. Carroll, Public Information Officer for The City of Trenton told MidJersey.News that Mr. Mitchell is currently suspended without pay from the Police Department as a result of the pending criminal charges against him. The City has no other comment at this time.

All arrestees are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Trenton Police Bust Hit-And-Run Driver That Left Man In Critical Condition At America’s Most Dangerous Intersection, Lalor and Route 129

The collision at Lalor and Route 129 leaves a 66 year old man that was pushing a baby carriage full of ice across the highway in severe critical condition.

Today August 18, 2022, Trenton Police announced that Trenton Police Detective C. Bustamante and Detective N. Martinez were able to locate the fleeing vehicle which was identified as a grey Acura TL. The discovery of the vehicle along with additional information allowed them to ascertain the identity of the driver of the suspect vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was identified as 26-year-old Trenton resident Selena Tzul-Cano. On August 17, 2022, Tzul-Cano was placed under arrest and subsequently charged with Assault by Auto N.J.S. 2C:12-1C(1), Fleeing the scene of an accident involving an injured person N.J.S. 2C:12-1.1, Endangering an injured victim N.J.S. 2C: 12-1.2A and numerous traffic summonses.

August 16, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police, Trenton Fire, TEMS and Captial Health Paramedics were dispatched to Route 129 South at Lalor Street for a pedestrian struck with entrapment due to a person pinned under a vehicle at 8:22 p.m. A few minutes after arrival of emergency personnel Trenton EMS (TEMS) and paramedics were seen racing towards the Trauma Center Captial Health Regional Medical Center. Currently the man who was struck is fighting for life in the Trauma Unit.

Trenton Police Detective Lieutenant Bethesda Stokes told MidJersey.News that a male victim 66-years-old, was walking down Lalor Street towards Lamberton Road, as he was crossing Rt 129 South pushing a baby carriage that had ice in it, he was hit by a SUV that did not stop. He was then hit by a second car and got trapped underneath the car. The victim was transported to the hospital in extreme critical condition.

Trenton Police and Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Serious Collision Team were seen on scene investigating the crash.

No further details are available a this time.

August 17, 2022 Morning Update:

There were two vehicles involved in the crash. The suspect vehicle which is unknown at this time fled the scene. The secondary vehicle’s driver remained on the scene. The victim was crossing Rt. 129 on foot when the light was green to oncoming traffic. The suspect vehicle struck the victim causing him to go air born and into the right lane. The vehicle traveling in the right lane attempted to stop but was unable to in time resulting in the second vehicle running over the victim. The victim sustained severe trauma and he is still currently listed in extremely critical condition. This investigation is ongoing.

A study of the most dangerous intersections in the United States found that State Route 129 and Lalor Street is the most dangerous Intersection In America

The driver of the vehicle was identified as 26-year-old Trenton resident Selena Tzul-Cano. On August 17, 2022, Tzul-Cano was placed under arrest and subsequently charged with Assault by Auto N.J.S. 2C:12-1C(1), Fleeing the scene of an accident involving an injured person N.J.S. 2C:12-1.1, Endangering an injured victim N.J.S. 2C: 12-1.2A and numerous traffic summonses.