Category: Allentown

Allentown, New Jersey Leukemia Survivor Meets Stem Cell Donor At Gift Of Life Marrow Registry 5K

January 25, 2023

Boca Raton, FL, – Peter Grehlinger, a 61-year-old survivor of Acute Myelogenous Leukemia met the man who saved his life with a blood stem cell transplant, 34-year-old Tory Foster. The heartwarming and emotional introduction took place at the Gift of Life Marrow Registry Steps for Life 5k Run & Walk in Boca Raton January 22, 2023 at the FAU Stadium.

Grehlinger, an engineer, husband and father of two resides in Allentown, N.J. and was thrilled to meet Foster, a father of an 11-year-old son from The Villages, Fla. The two had never met before, as transplants are anonymous for the first year under federal regulations.

Foster, who donated to Grehlinger in August 2021, joined the registry in 2019 at a Misfits Gaming viewing party held at Florida Southern College.

The two were introduced by Gift of Life Steps for Life 5k co-founders and co-chairs Wendy Schulman, Dana Aberman and Donna Krasner. After sharing Grehlinger’s story with attendees, they invited Foster to join them and meet his recipient for the first time. The emotional pair shared a warm hug and were thrilled to finally meet each other.

“With my donors DNA ‘floating around inside of me’, we share a natural bond,” said Grehlinger. “I hope Tory realizes what a great deed he has done.”

“I’ve always wanted to help people, and this was the ultimate way of helping someone,” said Foster. “I was very happy about being able to do something like this for someone. You could be the reason someone sees tomorrow.”

The 13th annual family-friendly race featured a 5k that was chip-timed and certified along with children’s activities including a petting zoo, face painting, bounce house, Superhero Sprint, music, snacks and more.

The event benefited Gift of Life Marrow Registry, a nonprofit registry for blood stem cell and marrow donors facilitating matches between donors and patients. Stem cell and marrow transplants have the potential to cure leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell, inherited immune disorders, and 70 other life-threatening conditions.

Gift of Life is currently searching for donors for multiple blood cancer patients. Those wishing to join the registry and learn if they are a lifesaving match for a patient can visit

“For 30 years Gift of Life has had one mission – to ensure that every patient has a donor available at the time they are needed,” said Gift of Life Founder and CEO, Jay Feinberg, himself a transplant survivor. “Every person fighting to overcome blood cancer deserves a second chance at life. Our donors tell us that saving a cancer patient’s life is one of the most incredible, life-changing experiences possible.”

About Gift of Life Marrow Registry

Gift of Life Marrow Registry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla. Established in 1991, Gift of Life Marrow Registry is dedicated to saving lives by facilitating blood stem cell and bone marrow transplants for patients battling leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell, inherited immune disorders, and other blood-related diseases. To learn more about Gift of Life Marrow Registry, visit

TAVI Allentown Arts Series Presentation: Was Molly Pitcher from Allentown?

January 19, 2023

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The iconic vision of Molly Pitcher at the Battle Monmouth has been shared with history students for generations. Although part of Revolutionary War lore, questions about Molly abound: Who was she? Where did she come from? Is the story we’ve all been told true?

Resident historian John Fabiano will delve into the legend of Molly Pitcher on Sunday, February 5, 2023 beginning at 3:00 p.m. at Crossroads Youth Center, 75 South Main Street, Allentown, NJ 08501. Mr. Fabiano’s free presentation, “A Servant at Mrs. Watkins’ – Molly Pitcher’s Local Origin,” is part of the “Allentown Arts” series presented by The Allentown Village Initiative (TAVI) focusing on the history and arts of Allentown, New Jersey.

Fabiano, who serves as the Executive Director of the Monmouth County Historical Commission, has spent years researching Molly Pitcher and the role she played at this pivotal battle in the War for Independence. Passing centuries have created the challenge of separating fact from fiction to reveal the amazing story of a determined local woman.

TAVI is a volunteer-driven 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose focus is on local history education and historic preservation, natural resource protection, economic development, and the arts and culture. A quaint and quiet town of 1,800 residents set apart from the bustle of urban New Jersey, Allentown is conveniently located just minutes from Exit 7a on the New Jersey Turnpike, one hour south of New York City, and less than an hour north of Philadelphia.

For more information, visit and follow TAVI on Instagram @tavi.nj and Facebook:

Notre Dame Ice Hockey Over Robbinsville 3-2

December 21, 2022

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Notre Dame Ice Hockey scored within the last 15 seconds of the 3rd period winning the game against Robbinsville-Allentown this afternoon at Mercer County Park Skating Center. The final score was Notre Dame 3 Robbinsville-Allentown 2. See below for today’s photo gallery:

Photo gallery:

Tractor Trailer Hauling Municipal Waste Catches Fire On I-195 In Upper Freehold Township

November 25, 2022

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Firefighters from Hope Fire Company of Allentown were dispatched to I-195 west bound near mile post 9.6 for a tractor trailer smoking at 3:57 p.m. Upon arrival firefighters found a trailer on fire that was disconnected from the tractor and the vehicle was full of municipal waste. Firefighters initially started working on the fire using a 1 3/4 hand line then once the cover over the burning materials was removed switched to deck gun operations. Millstone Township Fire Department brought an engine and a tanker to the scene for additional water and manpower.

Visit Keris Tree Farm & Christmas Shop In Allentown, NJ

November 24, 2022

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The Keris Tree Farm and Christmas Shop is celebrating over 33 years growing, cutting, and selling trees on a 24-acre farm just outside Allentown at 848 Route 524 also known as New Canton Stone Tavern Road. Keris Tree Farm is family owned and operated since 1977 and the first trees were harvested in 1990. The farm has choose-and-cut trees by the foot, balled trees, fresh pre-cut Canadian Balsam and Fraser Fir, wreaths, roping and seasonal greenery.

The Christmas shop is where the magic happens, a winter wonderland of artisan made crafts, decorations and holiday gifts. Maggie has hand curated merchandise from artisans to antiques for over thirty years… her eye for design and vintage holiday decor makes it such a special holiday shopping experience.

2022 Event List:

The Allentown High School Choir will be singing Christmas carols! December 4th 12:30

Backyard Brews will be set up with hot beverages and snacks for sale on 11/26-11/27, 12/3-12/4, and 12/10-12/11. @backyard_brews_


Tuesday-Friday 10-5, Saturday and Sunday 9-5, CLOSED MONDAYS

​Closed Thanksgiving Day

Facebook: Keris Tree Farm & Christmas Shop

On the porch you’ll find bundles of greenery for sale, including winterberry, holly, magnolia, branches and many types of evergreen cuttings stocked fresh.

The Christmas shop is where the magic happens! Maggie has hand curated merchandise from artisans to antiques for over thirty years… her eye for design and vintage holiday decor makes it such a special holiday shopping experience. If you’ve never entered the shop you don’t know what you’re missing! The exterior is unassuming but the inside is glowing with many treasures to find.

Choose and cut a tree, or tag a tree to cut later in the season. Visit the Christmas shop! The farm has a selection of white pine roping, Fraser Fir wreaths, Noble Fir wreaths, greenery, magnolia, winterberry and holly branches. Also live balled Christmas trees!

Photos of the Keris Farm and Christmas Tree Shop showing overall quantity of trees in different stages of growth. As the trees get older and sold room is made to plant new trees for future years.

Allentown FFA Earns Top Spots at New Jersey FFA Fall Competitions

November 22, 2022

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–On Thursday, November 17th, 2022, the Allentown FFA participated in Fall Career Development Events, hosted by the New Jersey FFA Association at Rutgers University, School of Environmental & Biological Sciences (SEBS). The Allentown FFA earned top spots in Land Judging, Fruit & Vegetable Identification, Turf Management, and Forestry.

Allentown FFA Members won 1st in the State for the Land Judging & Homesite Evaluation Event. During this event, members evaluate soil texture, determine slope, erosion, and other factors that will determine land use. Team members included (and their rank):

  • Sean Cary- First Place
  • Derek Voorhees- Second Place
  • Gavin Byrne- Fifth Place
  • Brayden Jany- Ninth Place

Land Judging has qualified to represent New Jersey at the National Land & Range Judging Contest in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma this May.

Fruit & Vegetable Identification also placed 1st in the State. In this contest, members must identify 50 different types of fruits and vegetables, judge fruits and vegetables based on appearance and other quality standards, and complete a written exam on the produce industry. Team Members included (and their rank):

  • Sophia Jones- First Place
  • Maddin Emmons- Eighth Place
  • Adam Ugi
  • Paige Conroy

Forestry placed 2nd in the State. Members in this contest measured and identified trees, completed a forestry business plan, evaluated common tree disorders, and completed a written exam on the forestry industry. Team Members included (and their rank):

  • Matthew McCormick- Second Place
  • Anna Holman- Eighth Place
  • Cody Ponzio
  • Rafferty Burden

Turf Management earned 3rd in the State. In this contest, students identified common turf and weed species, identified common turfgrass equipment, evaluated a turf site, and completed a written exam on turfgrass. Team members included (and their rank):

  • Kathryn Giovanelli- Fifth Place
  • Allison Josielewski-Tenth Place
  • Lilly Haines
  • Kaci Byrne

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. To learn more about the Allentown FFA, please visit

Dump Truck Crash Closes Route 526 In Upper Freehold Township

County Road 526 is closed between Allentown and Sharon Station Road due to electrical wires down on the roadway.

November 2, 2022

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A dump truck traveling east on County Road 526 just prior to 7:30 a.m. lost control, hit a utility pole and ran off the roadway into a wooded area. Upper Freehold Township – Hope Fire Company firefighters responded to the crash at 7:29 a.m. and upon arrival it was determined that the driver was able to self-extricate and no injuries were reported. Live electrical wires from the broken utility pole were in the roadway closing the roadway. NJ State Police closed Route 526 from Allentown at the 526 Bypass (by firehouse) to Sharon Station Road. Plan alternate routes until utility pole repairs are made.

Upper Freehold Township Adds New Firefighters

October 7, 2022

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Last night Upper Freehold Township swore in two new firefighters and re-swore in two firefighters and a Captain. The new firefighters were Anthony Patten and Vincent Vacchiano and two other firefighters who were re-sworn in last night were Blake Nebbia and Nicholas Brown. The captain who was also re-sworn in was Scott Royle.

 Awards were also given out during the township meeting last night. Firefighters Blake Nebbia, Anthony Patten, and Matthew Jakob, were given a unit citation for actions taken at a motor vehicle accident on June 10, 2021. The three firefighters pulled the driver out of the vehicle, as the vehicle was on fire. Due to COVID 19 this award was not able to be given until last night. The second award that was handed out was for a CPR save. Firefighters Blake Nebbia, Nicholas Brown, Vincent Vacchiano, Ryan Oppegaard received this award for their actions reviving a person.

Allentown Firefighters Respond To Crash On South Main Street

September 17, 2022

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.

12-Year-Old All-stars Win NJ States, 3rd Place In Mid-Atlantic Region

September 5, 2022

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

U.S. Army Field Band’s Jazz Ambassadors Come To Allentown, NJ

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

Visit 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.

Allentown FFA chapter of Allentown, NJ, named 3 Star Chapter for 2022 National Chapter award by National FFA Organization

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.

Vehicle Strikes Utility Pole On Main Street In Allentown

Main Street South Bound Detour Until Repairs Made

August 2, 2022

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 7U Baseball Remains Undefeated 24-0 So Far This Season

July 10, 2022

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       

Photos and story provided.

I-195 Crash In Upper Freehold Spills Paint All Over Roadway

July 1, 2022

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

2022 Allentown Memorial Day Parade

May 30, 2022

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

• Crescent Temple Mini Cars

• Brownies & Cub Scouts

• Monmouth Hunt Club, Allentown Garden

• Club, DJ Nebbs

• Antique Cars

2022 Memorial Day Parade Photo Gallery:

90-Minute Underground Railroad Waling Tour On Juneteenth In Allentown, NJ

May 16, 2022

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  Registrants will be assigned timed starts in 30 minute intervals beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 18, 2022.

Perennial Home Opens in Allentown, NJ

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:

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.

Facebook: @PerennialHomeNJ
Instagram: @perennialhome

Monday – Saturday | 10am – 5pm
Sundays (after Thanksgiving & December) | 12:30 – 4pm

Reminder: Spring Stroll in Allentown, NJ, Main Street Closed Between Church and High Streets

May 1, 2022

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. 

Million Dollar Replay Grand Prize Winner from Lawrenceville, NJ, Hamilton Man Wins 100K

$1,000,000  Ronald Demura Lawrenceville 

$100,000 Christopher Croux Hamilton 

April 29, 2022

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:

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.

$1,000,000 Ronald DemuraLawrenceville 
$100,000 Christopher CrouxHamilton 
$100,000 Thach HieuCamden 
$50,000 Rick Bunnell Rockaway
$50,000 Kevin LindholmWoodbridge 
$50,000 Richard San AndresFreehold 
$25,000 Daniel DesantoIselin 
$25,000 Mike SeminaraLedgewood 
$25,000 Patrick SweeneyRahway 
$25,000 James WelshmanBayville 
$10,000Andrea Giedosh Pitman 
$10,000 Dwayne AngleroCream Ridge 
$10,000 Kenneth OliverRoselle 
$10,000 Michelle SperberBeachwood 
$10,000Linda Handel Clifton 

Two Teens Killed and 3 Other Teens Injured in Tragic Route 9 Crash

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

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.

My best,

Mark Guterl

Superintendent of Schools

Robbinsville Ice Hockey Shuts Out Lawrence 6-0

February 11, 2022

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.

Speeders Beware! Speed Enforcement Zones = Court Appearance Required in Allentown, NJ

February 10, 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.



Mayor Fritts

Snow Totals in New Jersey from Jan 28-29, 2022 Blizzard

January 30, 2022

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.