Day: December 8, 2022

St. Michael’s, “Angel of Faith” Statute Restored

December 8, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton’s “Angel of Faith” monument was reported stolen from St. Michaels at the corner of North Warren & Perry Steets sometime the weekend of May 12, 2022. Someone used a saw to cut the statue down by its legs and only the feet remain where the statue once stood. 

On May 19, 2022 the Angel of Hope statue was recovered from a scrap yard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Trenton Police said from video surveillance footage obtained by the NJSP, Property Crimes Unit Detective Sergeant Kurfuss, Detectives Feliciano, Furman, Wood, Villanueva and Technical Services Unit Detective Michael Nazario of the Trenton Police Department were able to track down the vehicle used and individuals responsible for the theft. Two suspects were identified and Charged with the offense. 

Since the recovery Seward Johnson Atelier has been working hard to repair and restore the Angel of Faith statue. It was replaced back in its original spot and unveiled during last night’s 2022 Holiday Celebration.

“This was the miracle on Perry Street,” said Mayor Gusciora.  “Our police tracked down the statue in a scrap yard in Philadelphia and brought the pieces to Johnson Atelier the original foundry, where they returned it to its natural beauty. This iconic statute greets visitors as they enter our city and represents the hope and aspirations of the Capital City.”

The Angel of Faith was erected by Mayor Donal J. Connolly, Citizens Committee 1947-1959 and the City of Trenton. The monument was dedicated to the people of Trenton on October 27, 1986.









Above photos by: Brian McCarthy


Photo below provided by: Trenton Police Department


City of Trenton Holds 2022 Holiday Celebration

December 8, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The City of Trenton Holiday Celebration was held on Wednesday, December 7, starting at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall and continuing to two other locations.

This year’s celebration included a holiday float procession leading to three festive locations; choir performances; the addition of holiday lights along South Warren Street funded by the Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) program; extended business hours in Downtown Trenton; and the unveiling of restored St. Michael’s statue rescued from a Philadelphia scrapyard.

4:30 – City Hall Atrium, 319 E. State St.

  • Greeting: Mayor W. Reed Gusciora
  • Musical performance: TCHS Orchestra and SPROUT U School of the Arts

5:30 – City Hall Front Steps

  • Tree lighting ceremony
  • Holiday float procession: from City Hall to Angel Island

6:30 – Angel Island, N. Warren St. and Perry St.

  • Greeting and unveiling of restored St. Michael’s statute: Mayor W. Reed Gusciora
  • Refreshments and welcome: Rev. Msgr. Joseph L. Roldán, St. Mary’s Church of the Assumption
  • Musical performance: Christmas Carols by Friendship Baptist Church Choir
  • Refreshments and book giveaway: St. Michael’s Episcopal Church vestibule
  • Holiday float procession: from Angel Island to Downtown

7:00 – Downtown Trenton, S. Warren St. and Front  St.

  • Greetings and unveiling of new holiday street lighting: Mayor W. Reed Gusciora
  • DJ providing Christmas and holiday music
  • Refreshments and lighting funded by UEZ program
  • Hot chocolate, coffee, and free popcorn provided by Signal 22
  • Extended business hours: Participating establishments below
    • Big Easy
    • Starbucks
    • Smokehouse
    • Downtown Deli
    • Hummingbird
    • Classics Used Books
    • Skill-lit
    • Sunrise Diner
    • Lobby Club
    • Arlee’s
    • The Station

Photos by: Brian Mcarthy


The unveiling of restored St. Michael’s statue rescued from a Philadelphia scrapyard.



No Serious Injuries Reported In Two Separate Accidents On Old York Road

December 8, 2022

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–There were no reported serious injuries in two separate accidents hours apart in the same location on Old York Road yesterday Wednesday, December 7, 2022.

The first accident was reported in the 1300 Block of Old York Road about 1/8 mile south of Herbert Road when a vehicle left the roadway and ended up in a field of sod. The Robbinsville Township Fire Department and EMS were dispatched at 3:05 p.m. Upon arrival none of the occupants of the vehicle wanted transport to the hospital.

The second accident was reported at 8:00 p.m. when a sport utility vehicle overturned onto its roof in the area as the earlier accident. The Hope Fire Company of Allentown and Allentown-Capital Health EMS were detailed to the scene. Upon arrival the occupants were out of the vehicle and did not wish transport to the hospital. Hope firefighters remained on location until the vehicle was upright and fire police assisted with traffic control.

New Jersey State Police are investigating both crashes. No additional details are available.


The first accident was reported in the 1300 Block of Old York Road about 1/8 mile south of Herbert Road when a vehicle left the roadway and ended up in a field of sod. The Robbinsville Township Fire Department and EMS was dispatched at 3:05 p.m. Upon arrival none of the occupants of the vehicle wanted transport to the hospital.


The second accident was reported at 8:00 p.m. when a vehicle overturned onto its roof in the same area as the earlier accident. The Hope Fire Company of Allentown and Allentown-Capital Health EMS was detailed to the scene. Upon arrival the occupants were out of the vehicle and did not wish transport to the hospital.