ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–At 8:15 p.m. the Hope Fire Company of Allentown, Allentown EMS, and Allentown Police Department responded to South Main Street for a two-vehicle motor vehicle crash. Upon arrival an Amazon Delivery van appeared to rear end another vehicle traveling south on Main Street. Initially there was a reported injury but it did not appear that anyone was transported to the hospital from the scene. Firefighters applied oil absorbent and prepared the vehicles to be towed away that were leaking fluids. Allentown Police Department is investigating the crash. No further details are available at this time.
ALLENTOWN – UPPER FREEHOLD, NJ (MONMOUTH)–In the 70th season of the Allentown/Upper Freehold Cal Ripken league, this year’s 12-year-old Redbird All Star team won the organization’s first ever 12-year-old state championship. In the District and State Tournaments, where they won both tournaments, they went for a combined 9-0 record, outscoring their opponents 105-30. This was their second consecutive District Championship for the team. The Redbirds went on to the Mid-Atlantic regional tournament where they finished in 3rd place out of 10 teams. They had an overall summer record of 18-5, outscoring the opposition 201-69.
2022 Cal Ripken State Champions, the Redbirds won 15-2 against the defending state champion, Mt Laurel. Coaches: Jeff Heissler, Kevin Kolbeck, Steven Toporek, Tedy Filis, Front row L to R: Aiden Deal, Santo Vasta, Chase Toporek, Zack Cieslak, Ryan Heissler. Back row: L to R: Dominick Kolbeck, Luke Barber, Damien Porras, Danny Ducalo, Vincent Filis, Zack Guttorsmen, Luca Franzen, Matt Laurinaitis
TAVI Hosts Free Concert on September 17, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.
August 30, 2022
ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Acclaimed as the premier touring jazz big band in the United States, the US Army Field Band’s Jazz Ambassadors will perform a free concert in Allentown, New Jersey on Saturday, September 17, 2022 beginning at 3 pm behind the Allentown United Methodist Church, 23 Church Street, Allentown, NJ. In case of rain, the concert will be held on the same date and time in the Allentown High School Auditorium at 27 High Street, Allentown, NJ 08501.
The band is coming to Allentown at the invitation of The Allentown Village Initiative (TAVI) through its “Allentown Arts” program, a series of performances and exhibits throughout the year designed to highlight the artistry of Allentown and Upper Freehold in the historic setting of the village of Allentown. Allentown Arts is made possible through the generosity of our community as well as a grant from Monmouth Arts, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners.
Established in 1969, the 19 piece Jazz Ambassadors orchestra has performed in all 50 states and around the globe. From Carnegie Hall to London, and now to Allentown New Jersey, the Jazz Ambassadors have brought America’s original art form – jazz – to audiences of all ages. Please bring a chair and join us for a program of favorites. Come early and browse TAVI’s “Makers Market” featuring the creativity of our area’s artisans and small businesses. Make it an afternoon and enjoy a stroll down historic Main Street with its unique shops and restaurants. More information on the band is available at https://www.armyfieldband.com/about/ensembles/jazz-ambassadors
Visit www.allentownvinj.org for news and information about TAVI’s ongoing community service programs. A volunteer driven, 501(c)(3) organization, TAVI welcomes everyone’s input and participation.
The Allentown FFA chapter of Allentown, NJ, has been recognized in 2022 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization.
The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. These chapters improve chapter operations using the National Quality FFA Chapter Standards and a Program of Activities that emphasizes growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership.
Chapters that received star ratings during judging this summer and will be recognized at the 95th National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct 26-29.
All star-rated FFA chapters receive honors made possible by corporate sponsor John Deere.
“At John Deere, we believe that FFA will grow the next generation of leaders capable of changing the world for the better,” Aaron Wetzel, vice president of production systems at John Deere, said. “Star chapters help inspire these vital leaders through their exceptional commitment to FFA’s mission, which they bring to life through inspiring agricultural education, rich career exploration, and meaningful community service.”
The National FFA Organization is a school-based national youth leadership development organization of more than 735,000 student members as part of 8,817 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Around 2:24 p.m. a vehicle traveling south bound on North Main Street near Probasco Drive ran off the roadway striking and severing a utility pole and continued down the shoulder of the roadway hitting small trees and mailboxes before coming to a rest on the side of North Main Street. Firefighters from Allentown-Upper Freehold Hope Fire Company responded to the scene as well as Allentown – Capital Health EMS. No injuries were reported. PSE&G was called due to the damaged pole and the road was closed in the south bound direction. Allentown Police Department is investigating the crash. No further details are available about the crash.
ALLENTOWN-UPPER FREEHOLD TWP., NJ (MONMOUTH)–The Allentown / Upper Freehold Baseball, 7U Redbirds are on the ride of their young lives this season. They are currently still undefeated with a combined record of 24-0 between the Travel and Allstar season that began in March. The 7U Redbird team has won four titles so far. Starting with a championship at the Homerun for Heroes Tournament in Vorhees on Memorial Day weekend. Next up was completing a perfect travel season and winning the West Division Championship. The redbirds followed that up by winning the Cinnaminson Summer Slam Tournament on June 26, 2022. The redbirds most recent title came this weekend in Delran vs 16 other teams in the Summer Slugfest Tournament.
The coaches are:
Chris Georges, Paul Bencivengo, Scott Noga and Jim Sapia.
The players are:
AJ Gualtieri, Austin Stover, Conor Mctamney, Jack Bencivengo, Jack Georges, Jax Lepoidevin, Jaxson Sapia, Joey Hope, Kaden Nisar, Luke Noga, Kris Smith, Luke Starace, Mike Clyne
UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Around 7:38 a.m. firefighters from Upper Freehold Township-Hope Fire Company of Allentown and Capital Health EMS – Allentown responded to I-195 East Bound for a multi-vehicle accident. The accident was found between Exit 8 and Exit 11 in the left shoulder of the highway. A pickup truck carrying paint was involved in the crash and spilled paint all over the roadway. There was of one person with moderate injuries and others with minor injuries. New Jersey State Police, NJ DOT closed two lanes diverting traffic to the shoulder and away from most of the spilled paint during the clean up operation. No further details are available at this time.
This morning the members of IAFF Local 4306 responded on to 195 for a MVA. Crews secured the power to the vehicle and stayed to help block traffic. Photo: IAFF Local 4306
ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The 2022 Allentown Lions Memorial Day Parade was held Monday, May 30th. The Parade began at 10:30 a.m. on North Main Street and ended in front of the elementary school on High Street. The 2022 Parade Grand Marshal was, Mr. Mark Guterl, UFRSD Superintendent
Partial list of parade participants:
• Active Military
• Allentown and Upper Freehold Twp. Dignitaries
• Civil Air Patrol Color Guard
• Knights of Columbus TAVI Float
• Allentown and Robbinsville High School Marching Bands
• Stonebridge Middle School Marching Band
• Ancient Order of Hibernians Bagpipe Band
• Shamrock & Thistle Bagpipe Band
• Jerry Rife’s Rhythm Kings
• Fire Departments & First Aid Squads
• Local Service Clubs & Organizations
• Shrine Crescent Temple Clowns
• Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts
• Future Farmers of America with Cavalcade of Tractors, Little League Teams, 4 H Clubs
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 www.allentownvinj.org Registrants will be assigned timed starts in 30 minute intervals beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 18, 2022.
Ribbon cutting celebrated during the Allentown Spring Stroll on May 1
May 3, 2022
ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Perennial Home celebrated their ribbon cutting ceremony during the 2022 Allentown Spring Stroll on May 1st, officially opening in Allentown after relocating from Hightstown after almost 20 years in business. Owner Karen West did the honors cutting the ribbon with Mayor Tom Fritts officiating. Artist were painting and carving in front of the store during the event which was well attended by local villagers and many more customers that followed from the former location. Perennial Home brings a wealth of experience with a unique variety of home furnishings and accessories including one of a kind items and products from local artisans. Furniture, jewelry, cards, baby items and artwork fill the sunlit interior of the store making it a warm inviting space to shop.
Opening Perennial Home in Hightstown in 2002 and bringing her experience to her customers has been a rewarding step in extending Karen’s decorating skills to help her clientele with their decorating dilemmas. Above all, she helps her customers love their home whatever their style may be. Now located in the heart of Allentown at 24 South Main Street, Perennial Home is accessible from most major central New Jersey highways.
Hours, Directions and Contact information:
Email: email@example.com Phone: 609.448.8830 Address: 24 South Main St, Allentown, NJ 08501 Perennial Home is located in the heart of downtown Allentown on South Main Street and is easily accessible from Routes 33 ,130, 195,539,524 and 526 as well as exit 7 of the turnpike.
ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The Spring Stroll is today Sunday, May 1st on South Main Street (between Church Street and High Street). The roadway will be closed starting at 7:30AM on Sunday and will remain closed until 5:30PM Sunday night. Detour information will be posted. The event will kick off at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.. Residents are asked to remove their cars from South Main Street starting at 6 a.m. on Sunday.
Event parking is available at the Newell Elementary School. There will be a shuttle bus there to take visitors to the event. Handicapped parking is also available at Newell Elementary School and the shuttle bus is equipped for handicapped individuals. Additional handicapped parking is available behind Bruno’s One Sweet Ride.
Restroooms will be stationed at: the Old Mill, on Lakeview Drive, and at the gas station next to Allentown Wine and Liquors. Handicapped restrooms are available at Old Mill and next to the gas station. All restrooms will have hand washing stations.
Unicorn rides, pony rides, and two bounce houses will be stationed near Pete Sensi Park and on the bridge by the Old Mill. There will be live entertainment in front of the Old Mill. The 4H petting zoo and Hope Fire Company touch-a-truck will be placed on Lakeview Drive near Sluder Law Firm. There will be food trucks, crafters, vendors, and more on South Main Street. There will be no activities in Heritage Park this year.
New Jersey Lottery’s Million Dollar Replay Grand Prize Drawing was held today at Caesars Atlantic City Hotel and Casino, where more than $1,500,000 in prizes were awarded to our lucky players. Today’s top prize winner was Ronald Demura of Lawrenceville in Mercer County. The winner stood up in shock as his name was called out as New Jersey Lottery’s newest millionaire. Fourteen other Lottery players also received prizes ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 as part of the Grand Prize Drawing.
Throughout 2021, New Jersey Lottery players from all over the state submitted their non-winning instant tickets online for a second chance to win big prizes. Each quarter, 100 names were selected and awarded a $250 prize, as well as entry into today’s Grand Prize Drawing. An additional 19 raffle prizes were awarded to Million Dollar Replay finalists in attendance at the event today: seven $1,000 drawings, seven $300 Scratch-Offs drawings, and five gift basket drawings (containing $200 in Scratch-Offs plus Lottery swag). In addition to these drawings, there were 16 prizes drawn for the livestream sweepstakes open to the public, including one gift basket and 15 $200 Scratch-Off prizes. Guests also enjoyed the photo booth and prize wheels that provided many other opportunities to win.
New Jersey Lottery Executive Director James Carey, who assisted in the drawing, said, “I am thrilled to hold our 11th annual Million Dollar Replay. After last year’s event was virtual due to the pandemic, we are excited to be back in-person. Being able to add the excitement of minting a new millionaire makes it even better.”
Master of Ceremonies Steve Trevelise of NJ101.5 entertained the audience with jokes and witty banter throughout the event by interacting with the guests and prizewinners. Host Lauren Berman, conducted the drawing for the semi-finalists with the help of Lottery staff. The entire drawing process was completed under the observation of Mercadien, P.C. Certified Public Accountants.
The excitement of winning was already in the air when after Host Lauren Berman directed attention to the Big Spin wheel located next to the stage. The Big Spin game is New Jersey Lottery’s revolutionary new Scratch-Off that allows players the opportunity to extend their play beyond the paper ticket to online for a chance to spin a large mechanical wheel to win up to $300,000. Two players won an opportunity to spin the wheel. Both contestants won $50,000 each. For information on The Big Spin Scratch-Off ticket and jackpot, visit our website at: https://www.njlottery.com/en-us/scratch-offs/01728.html
Grand Prize Winner Story:
Ronald Demura is a regular Lottery player, who plays consistently at the same two retailers near his home. He came to the Million Dollar Replay hoping to win something and was in shock when his name was called to win the million dollar prize. His wife and the rest of the room cheered as he began walking toward the winners’ table. Saying that he was ecstatic is an understatement. Ronald has been retired for a few years, enjoying life with his family. Now he will get to pay off his house and, hopefully, his wife can join him in retirement.
A 15-year-old from Allentown High School and a 17-year-old from Freehold Regional High School District were pronounced deceased.
April 20, 2022
FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A single-car crash has claimed the life of two passengers in Freehold Township Tuesday evening, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey.
On Tuesday April 19, 2022, at approximately 10:38 p.m., the Freehold Township Police Department responded to a report of an overturned vehicle. The subsequent investigation revealed that a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by a 17-year-old male from Howell, was travelling southbound on Route 9, in the vicinity of 3468 Rt. 9, when the vehicle changed lanes and the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing the vehicle to spin out. The vehicle ran off the road to the right side, striking a curb and several concrete bollards. The vehicle then rolled over and came to a final stop in front of 3468 Rt. 9.
As a result of the crash, two of the vehicle’s passengers, a 15-year-old male from Allentown, and a 17-year-old male from Manalapan, were pronounced deceased. The driver and two remaining passengers were taken to a local hospital. The driver and one passenger, a 15-year-old Manalapan girl, were treated for minor injuries and subsequently released; one other passenger, a 17-year-old Allentown male, remains held pending medical observation.
The crash remains under investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Monmouth County SCART and Freehold Township Police Department.
Anyone who witnessed the crash or has information to assist the investigative team is urged to contact Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Brian Boryszewski at 800-533-7443, or Freehold Township Police Department Officer Alexander Fay at 732-462-7908.
Dear UFRSD Community,
This morning, we received news of a tragic accident. Last night, one of our Allentown High School students was killed in a car accident. We also know that another student from an area high school was also killed. There were three survivors of the accident, one of which was from AHS.
News like this is the worst type of news for anyone to hear. Today, we are thinking of the parents, siblings and family of all families involved. Any support we can offer our families, we will.
In the meantime, we know that this can be an enormous challenge for students to process and understand; at times, it’s even hard for adults to comprehend a tragedy like this. Therefore, today and tomorrow, we are offering counseling services to students and staff. Today, we will have counselors available from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. and tomorrow (Thursday) from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Allentown High School (go to the main entrance).
If anyone needs any special help and support, please reach out directly to Mrs. Embley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UFRSD will do whatever we can to support our students, staff and the families involved in this accident. We will keep everyone updated as information becomes available.
WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville – Allentown High School Cooperative Ice Hockey team shuts out Lawrence Township High School with a final score of 6-0 in the Mercer County Tournament.
The Robbinsville – Allentown will advance to the semifinal round to be held at 8:00 p.m. on February 16, 2022. The match up will be decided after Notre Dame and Hopewell play their quarterfinal game on Monday, February 14, 2022.
ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–In Allentown “Speed Enforcement Zones” have started, and signs are posted on both North and South Main Street. According to Allentown Mayor Fritts in a post this afternoon stated, “Anyone caught violating our speed limits, will be required to appear in court which will mandate additional fines above the speeding violation.”
Do not speed in Allentown, NJ. According to the post additional measures will be announced in the coming days.
Message from Allentown Mayor Fritts:
Good afternoon Allentown residents,
It has been a long time coming but our speed enforcement zones have started. Our first two signs are installed on North and South Main Street. Additional signs will be installed on Church and Waker.
Speed enforcement signs are permanent and renewed annually through resolution. Anyone caught violating our speed limits, will be required to appear in court which will mandate additional fines above the speeding violation.
We are working hand and hand with the Allentown Police department and will proactively be tracking metrics that we will share with the community. Please tell your family members, neighbors and visiting guests. Our priority is to take care of our families, children walking to and from school and visiting guests to our community. Additional measures will be announced in the coming days.
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The National Westher Service confirmed Blizzard Conditions along the entire coastal strip of New Jersey from Cape May to Sandy Hook, NJ during the Nor’easter of January 28 and 29, 2022. A blizzard is defined as three or more hours of visibility reductions to one quarter mile or less due to falling or blowing snow, and sustained winds or frequent gusts of 35 mph or greater. Shore areas received 11 to 21 inches of snow reported.
Moving further west inland towards Trenton areas of Western Monmouth, Western Ocean, and Western Burlington and Mercer County received around 9 to 10 inches of snow. Further north in the areas north of our reporting area such as Hunterdon, Warren, Morris, Passaic and Sussex Counties received 2.1 to 5.6 inches of snow.
WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville-Allentown High School Cooperative Ice Hockey Team defeated Princeton 2-1 this afternoon at the Mercer County Skating Center. Princeton outshot Robbinsville with 53 to 22 shots on goal but, Robbinsville’s Daltan Tilghman (AHS) was able to put 2 in the back of the net. Robbinsville’s goalie Zander Wiley like a brick wall stopped 52 of 53 shots on goal. It was the first time Robbinsville has defeated Princeton since 2016.
WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–This afternoon at Mercer County Skating Center the Robbinsville-Allentown Coopertive Ice Hockey Team blanked Lawrence High School with a final score of 6-0. It was also Robbinsville Raven’s Senior Night
WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville-Allentown High School Cooperative Hockey Team defeated Hamilton this evening with a final score of 5-2. Robbinsville’s Jack Morgan scored his first goal tonight.