Day: September 15, 2023

REV UP NJ and Alliance Center for Independence Hold Rally At NJ Statehouse

September 15, 2023

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER) The November NJ Statewide Elections are crucial for people with disabilities. Both the state senate and state assembly are up for grabs.

“There is a lot at stake and our voices need to be heard,” said Carole Tonks, executive director of the Alliance Center for Independence (ACI) ACI leads REV UP in New Jersey, which is part of a national movement that promotes the turn out of people with disabilities for elections. REV UP was started by American Association People with Disabilities (AAPD)in 2016, and the name stands for “Register, Educate, Vote, Use your Power!”

REV UP’s mission is to build the power of the disability vote. REV UP NJ and ACI hosted an event at the NJ State House to kick off their fall election activities and to celebrate the power of the disability vote. It feature speeches by voting rights advocates, resources tables, and live entertainment. NJ Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin gave the keynote address and said that democracy is strongest when everyone votes. Other speakers reinforced that theme.

“Before we go to public meetings, before we demonstrate, before we conduct sit-ins, and before we get arrested, we need to vote. The rest is meaningless unless we exercise our right to vote,” declared Norman A. Smith, co-founder of Project Freedom Inc.

REV UP NJ is dedicated to remove barriers to voting, promote accessible voting machines and polling places, educate voters about issues and candidates and protect voters’ rights to participate in elections.

Photos below by: Brian McCarthy, Onscene News

One Dead, Two Critical, Ten Displaced In 2-Alarm Fire In Trenton

September 15, 2023

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Department, Public Information Officer, Detective Lieutenant, Nathan Bolognini told reported that there was a 2-Alarm fire at apartment buildings 205-207 Hamilton Avenue this morning around 6:43 a.m. Ten people were displaced, one was deceased, one critical and one extremely critical that was transported to a burn unit. The fire remains under investigation at this time.

No further details are available.

Original story:

Trenton police and fire dispatchers received multiple 9-1-1 calls around 6:43 a.m. for a reported fire with entrapment at 207 Hamilton Avenue. Firefighters reported heavy fire from the 2nd floor and called for an “all-hands” sending additional units to the scene around 6:45 a.m. Two minutes later at 6:47 a.m. A Second Alarm was called and there was reported entrapment on the third floor of the apartment building. Firefighters pulled a victim out at 6:55 a.m. on the primary search of the building. At 7:02 p.m. additional police were called to help with traffic as cars were running over the fire hoses in the street. The fire was placed under control at 7:14 a.m. Additional units from the area were called into the City to cover firehouses. – Preliminary information from radio reports and times are approximate.