Category: East Windsor

Severe Flooding From Thunderstorms And Possible Tornados Hit Area

July 29, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–MidJersey.News was able to capture possible tornadic activity in the area of Old York Road and the NJ Turnpike. The clouds with rotation indicating a possible tornado was spotted behind the Field Of Terror off of Windsor Prineville Road as it moved toward Millstone Township. Further down the road the tornadic activity crossed Winsor Prineville Road towards Roosevelt and Clarksburg.

Just prior to the possible tornado spotting there were reports of damage to a building on Route 130 in Robbinsville and wires down near Gordon Road, Perrineville Road and Allen’s Road.

Several people were stuck in vehicles around the area including Mercer Street Hightstown, Main Street Hightstown, One Mile Road East Windsor, Route 571 East and West Windsor.

MidJersey.News will be out in the morning to check for damage in the areas where the possible tornado was spotted. This is the same area where the NWS reported the rotation.











Two Vehicle Crash On Old York Road In East Windsor

July 29, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Around 8:50 a.m. a two vehicle accident with airbag deployment occurred at the intersection of Old York Road and Windsor Perrineville Road. The East Windsor Police Department and East Windsor First Aid Squad were dispatched to the scene. Apparently there were no reported injuries in the two vehicle crash.

East Windsor Police is investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.

East Windsor Township Police Blotter July 28, 2021

July 29, 2021

EAST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The East Windsor Township Police Department initiated the following police reports through Wednesday, July 28, 2021.


1) Drugs
Location: Intent Group/ 658 Etra Road Time/Date: 10:14 PM, 7-22-2021

The officer was detailed to the Intent Group located at 658 Etra Road for a report of a suspicious vehicle pulling in and out of the parking lot. During the investigation, suspected methamphetamine was located in the vehi cle. The driver was arrested and later released pending court action.

Defendant:

Charges:

Nicholas Gresko

Hamilton, NJ
26 Years of Age

Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance · Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Arresting Officer: PO Christopher McDermott #117

2) DUI
Location: Twin Rivers Mall/ 659 Abbington Drive Time/ Date: 2:18 AM, 7-24-2021

The officer was detailed to the area for a report of a possible intoxicated driver who was involved in a motor vehicle accident. While en-route further information was provided that the vehicle had left the scene and was now parked on Probasco Road. Upon speaking with the driver, he exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The driver was later released pending court action.

Defendant:

Charges:

Leonzo R. Roblesmenchu

East Windsor , NJ
25 Years of Age

DUI
Reckless Driving Careless Driving
Failure to Maintain Lane
Leaving the Scene of an Accident Failure to Report an Accident Uninsured Motor Vehicle

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Nicholas Hoffmann #108

3) DUI
Location: Probasco Road Time/Date: 2:27 AM/ 7-24-2021

The officer was detailed to the area for a report of a possible intoxicated driver who was involved in a motor vehicle accident related to the previous DUI. While en-route further information was provided that the vehicle had left the scene and was now parked on Probasco Road. Upon speaking with the driver, he exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests . The driver was later released pending court action.

Defendant: Sergio H. Duenas East Windsor, NJ 48 Years of Age

Charges: DUI
Reckless Driving Careless Driving
Failure to Maintain Lane Unlicensed Drive Uninsured Motor Vehicle

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Nicholas Hoffman #108

4) DUI
Location: Route 130 South/ Hankins Road Time/ Date: 12:59 AM/ 7-25-2021

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing the vehicle fail to maintain its lane. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests . The individual was later released pending court action.

Defendant: Nirav N. Patel Piscataway, NJ 38 Years of Age

Charges: DUI
Reckless Driving Careless Driving
Failure to Maintain Lane Failure to Keep Right

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Thomas Nicola #119

5) DUI
Location: 72 Route 571
Time/ Date: 2:25 AM, 7-28-2021

While conducting building checks behind East Windsor Village, the officer observed a parked vehicle with its headlights on, driver side door open and the drivei .J eeping in the driver seat. Upon speaking with the driver , he exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The driver was later released pending court action.

Defendant:

Charges:

Raymundo Quiroz-Ramirez

Hightstown, NJ
28 Years of Age

DUI
Reckless Driving Careless Driving
Open Container in Motor Vehicle Consuming Alcohol in Motor Vehicle

Arresting Officer: Christopher McDermott #117


The charges referenced above are merely accusations and the press and public are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


East Windsor Police Blotter

July 22, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The East Windsor Township Police Department initiated the following police reports through Wednesday, July 21, 2021.

Reminder defendants are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty.

  • Obstruction of Justice

Location: Mercer Street/ Airport Road, East Windsor, NJ 08520

Time/Date: 12:20 PM, 7-15-2021

The officer was detailed to the area for a report of possible theft of construction equipment.  The investigation revealed that the defendant was caught by the construction workers and unsuccessful in taking the equipment.  Furthermore, the defendant provided false information to the officer, attempting to conceal his identity.  The defendant has been charged and released pending court action. 

Defendant:            John Patrick Cassidy

                              Plainsboro, NJ 08536

                              19 Years of Age

Charges:                Obstruction of Justice

Arresting Officer: PO Robert Galvin #106

  • Motor Vehicle Theft

Location: 150 Milford Road, East Windsor, NJ

Time/Date: 1:30 PM, 7-15-2021

The officer was detailed to the area for a report of a stolen motor vehicle.  Investigation revealed that two (2) National Tree Company employees removed the car keys from an employee backpack and stole the vehicle from the warehouse parking lot.  The vehicle was located in front of the defendant’s residence located in Ewing, NJ.   The defendant’s have been charged pending arrest and court action.

Defendant:            Danjulo O. Scott

                              Ewing, NJ

                              22 Years of Age

Charges:                Motor Vehicle Theft

                              Conspiracy

Defendant:            Hysson A. Jones

                              Ewing, NJ

                              18 Years of Age

Charges:                Motor Vehicle Theft

                              Conspiracy

Arresting Officer: Detective Robert Davison #86

  • Drugs

Location: Route 130 North/ Old Cranbury Road/ Days Inn

Time/Date: 8:51 AM, 7-21-2021

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 130 North and Old Cranbury Road after observing a vehicle speeding.  During the investigation, suspected crack/cocaine were located in the vehicle.  Continued investigation led officers to the Days Inn where additional suspected crack/cocaine were located in the defendant’s hotel room.  The driver and passenger were arrested and later released pending court action. 

Defendant:            Joshua Shane Martinez          

                              New York, NY

                              24 Years of Age

Charges:                Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance

                              Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in a Motor Vehicle

                              Speeding

Defendant:            Celine Marie Mendoza

                              Brooklyn, NY

                              24 Years of Age

Charges:                Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance

Arresting Officer: PO Thomas Nicola #119


East Windsor Announces Summer Events At Etra Lake Park

July 15, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov announced that East Windsor Township will be offering a summer program of free events at Etra Lake Park, kicking off with “Jersey Four” on Sunday, July 18 at 6:00 P.M.  “Jersey Four,” a Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons tribute band, will perform hit songs from the very beginning of The Four Seasons journey, through Frankie Valli’s solo career, to present day Four Seasons shows.  All time song favorites highlighting the show will include “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Rag Doll”, “Walk Like a Man” and “Who Loves You”.

On Saturday, July 31 at 7 P.M. is “Family Night in the Park”, featuring a large-screen viewing of the movie “Trolls World Tour” under the stars.  “Trolls World Tour”, a 2020 American 3D computer-animated film, stars Queen Poppy and her friends as they embark on a daring mission try to unite the Trolls and save music from Queen Barb and King Thrash of the Hard Rock Trolls.  The evening will begin at 7 P.M. with games, DJ music and dancing prior to the movie starting at dusk.  The rain date for this event is Sunday, August 1.

On Sunday, August 8 at 6 P.M. “AM Gold”, a New York City based tribute band will be performing the adult-contemporary hit songs from the late 1970’s through the mid 1980’s. Artists include Hall & Oates, Steely Dan, Huey Lewis, Christopher Cross, and Lionel Richie.

On Sunday, August 22 at 6 P.M. “Wooden Ships Band,” a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young tribute band, will reproduce their songbook to take their audience back in time to the era of the 1970’s during the Woodstock festival, but with a twist – the beautiful, intricate vocal harmonies are sung by three women! “Wooden Ships Band” is composed of seasoned, well-respected musicians who will deliver a show featuring classic music that has stood the test of time. 

On Sunday, August 29 at 6 P.M. “Gathering Time,” a Long Island based folk rock/Americana/AAA trio, has toured both in the United States and internationally, mixing new interpretations of both ‘60s and ‘70s classic and old traditional tunes with their strong original songs.  Their sound reflects the voicings and arrangements of the genre’s pioneers, The Byrds, Peter, Paul & Mary, Joni Mitchell, and Crosby, Stills & Nash, brought into today with an acoustic-electric alchemy all their own.

Mayor Mironov stated, “East Windsor Township is excited to invite residents back together to beautiful Etra Lake Park to enjoy this free summer series of concerts and events.  Bring your blankets and chairs, enjoy the Park grills and amenities, and join with your neighbors for a great night out.”

These free events are made possible through the generous contributions of many area businesses.  In the event of questionable weather, residents can call the East Windsor Information Hotline at (609) 443-4000, ext. 400 after 1 PM the day of the event. 



Serious Crash In East Windsor, Hickory Corner and Route 33

July 8, 2021—Updated 4:15 p.m.

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–East Windsor Township Police say that on Thursday, July 8, 2021 at approximately 8:51 a.m. police responded to a motor vehicle crash on Route 33 at the intersection of Hickory Corner Road.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the operator of a 2005 Dodge Caravan a 50-year-old from New Brunswick, was traveling west on Hickory Corner Road. The Dodge Caravan failed to stop at a red traffic signal when it collided with a 2018 Mazda CX5 driven by a 36-year-old East Windsor resident who was traveling south on Route 33.

The driver of the Dodge Caravan sustained non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the collision and she was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton by rescue squad personnel.

The driver of the Mazda CX5 and a juvenile passenger sustained non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the collision and were transported to Pen Medicine Princeton Medical Center in Plainsboro, NJ by rescue squad personnel.

The matter remains under investigation by the East Windsor Police Department. No charges have been filed at this time.

Responding agencies: East Windsor Police Department, East Windsor Rescue Squad District # 1, Robbinsville Township EMS, and Robert Wood Johnson EMS.


NJ State Troopers Help Distribute Food to Families in Mercer County

July 6, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–On June 27, 2021 several New Jersey State Troopers helped distribute groceries to more than 1,000 families at a distribution event in East Windsor, Mercer County. Troopers joined community volunteers to help empty boxes, pack bags, and hand out groceries. The event was hosted by Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) and Rise.To learn more about the TASK, please visit https://www.trentonsoupkitchen.org To learn more about Rise, please visit https://www.njrise.org

Driver Extricated From Overturned Vehicle In East Windsor

July 6. 2021 — Updated at 4:20 p.m. with information from East Windsor Police Department

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–At 6:59 a.m. East Windsor Police, EMS and firefighters were dispatched to an overturned vehicle on Yorkshire Drive near Kent Lane. East Windsor Police confirmed entrapment on arrival. A vehicle hit a utility pole and overturned trapping the occupant. East Windsor Fire Companies 1 & 2 (42 & 46) and Hightstown Fire Company (41) responded to the scene for extrication. East Windsor Rescue Squad EMS – RWJ EMS were also sent to the scene.

The extrication took about 15 minutes. Cranbury Service Center righted the vehicle, cleaned up the scene and towed the vehicle away. JCP&L was on scene and will need to replace the utility pole.

Police say that the preliminary investigation revealed the operator of a 2019 Toyota Rav4 a 57 year old East Windsor resident was traveling north in area of Kent Lane when driver lost control, struck a utility pole, and overturned. The driver of the Toyota was extricated from her vehicle by fire department personnel.

Police also said that the driver sustained non-life-threatening injuries as result of the collision and she was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, NJ by rescue squad personnel.

Responding agencies: East Windsor Police Department, East Windsor Volunteer Fire Companies 1 & 2, Hightstown Fire Company, East Windsor Volunteer Rescue Squad District 1 and Robert Wood Johnson EMS.




Well Involved NJDOT Tractor Fire on Route 33/Mercer Street In East Windsor

June 28, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–East Windsor Fire Company and Hightstown Fire Company were dispatched to Mercer Street / Route 33 across from Home Depot for a tractor on fire around 2:18 p.m. Responding units reported a large column of smoke in the area and upon arrival found a well involved NJ DOT tractor on fire. Firefighters used water and firefighting foam to put the fire out. There was a small diesel spill on the side of the roadway and the NJ Department of Environmental protection was called. The roadway was shut down and a detour was set up in the area until the situation could be resolved.


Dryer Fire Quickly Extinguished In East Windsor

June 24, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–East Windsor, Monroe and Hightstown Fire Companies responded to Wayne’s Wash World in the 600 Block of Abbington Drive for a smoke condition. When firefighters arrived they found a smoke condition in the business from a dryer that had clothes inside that were smoking. The fire was contained to the dryer. The clothes were removed and wet down and the dryer was placed out of service. All fire companies returned when completed. No damage to the structure and the business was able to reopen quickly thanks to the early 9-1-1 call and quick response by local fire departments.


East Windsor Police Blotter June 2021

June 17, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–East Windsor Police Blotter through June 16, 2021.


1)            DUI

Location: Route 33/Route 133 Time/Date: 2:10 AM, 6/4/2021

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing a vehicle stopped in the lane of travel on Route 33 near Route 133. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests . The individual was later released pending court action.

Defendant:                         Marco   Vivar East Winds or, NJ 25 Years of Age

Charges:              DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Bryan Butchon

2)            DUI

Location : Etra Road/Ward Street Time/Date: 12:15 AM, 6/6/2021

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing the vehicle fail to maintain its lane. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The individual was later released pending court action.

Defendant:         Jose Morocho-Arias Hightstown, NJ

34 Years of Age

 Charges:             DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving

Failure to Maintain Lane Failure to Wear Seatbelt

Arresting Officer: Sergeant David Oleksy

3)            Drugs

Location: Days Inn

Time/Date : 4:15 AM, 6/6/2021

The officer located a disoriented male in the Days Inn parking lot. While speaking with the individual , the officer observed drug paraphernalia in plain view inside his vehicle. The officer conducted a vehicle search and located wax folds of heroin and hypodermic needles. The individual was arrested and released pending court action.

Defendant:         David Rakowski Clarksburg, NJ 41 Years of Age

Charges:              Possession of Heroin

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Joseph Zucchero

4)            DUI

Location : Probasco Road Time/Date: 8:35 PM, 6/6/2021

The officer responded to Probasco Road, at the request of a neighboring police agency, to search for a vehicle regarding a motor vehicle accident that occurred in their jurisdiction. The officer located the involved vehicle and individual, who appeared intoxicated. The individual admitted to driving the vehicle and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests . The individual was later released pending court action.

Defendant:                         Edgar Ortega East Windsor, NJ 50 Years of Age

Charges:              DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving

 Arresting Officer : Patrol Officer Joseph Zucchero

5)            DUI

Location: Route 133/Route 33 Time/Date : 12:30 AM, 6/9/2021

The officer responded to Route 133 East near Route 33 for a single car motor vehicle accident. Investigation revealed that the driver struck a guardrail. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests . The individual was later released pending court action.

Defendant:                         Nina Hannah Dundalk , MD 31 Years of Age

Charges:              DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving

Failure to Maintain Lane Driving While Suspended Unlicensed Driver

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Nicholas Hoffmann

6)            DUI

Location: Route 571/Route 133 Time/Date: 12:50 AM, 6/12/2021

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing the vehicle make an improper turn and fail to maintain its lane.   The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The individual was later released pending court action.

Defendant:                         Maeve Sheridan East Windsor, NJ 22 Years of Age

Charges:              DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving

Failure to Maintain Lane Improper Turn

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Joseph Zucchero

7)            DUI

Location: Route 130 South Time/Date: 1:05 PM, 6/12/2021

The officer responded to Route 130 South near Royal Plaza for a single car motor vehicle accident. Investigation revealed that the car struck a utility pole and the driver suffered minor injuries. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest. The driver was taken to RWJ Hamilton hospital for treatment and was released pending court action.

Defendant:

Charges:

Nicholas Baka Newark, NJ

55 Years of Age

DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving

Failure to Maintain Lane Umegistered Vehicle

Open Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle Consumption of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Nicholas Enea


8)            DUI

Location: Route 130/Route 133 Time/Date: 10:50 PM, 6/14/2021

The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing the vehicle fail to properly utilize its turn signal while making a lane change. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The individual was later released pending court action.

Defendant:

Charges

David Angelo Toms River, NJ 57 Years of Age

DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving Failure to Signal Obstructing Traffic

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Michael Whalen


The charges referenced above are merely accusations and the press and public are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


One Injured In Route 130 Crash In East Windsor

June 12, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Around 1:07 p.m. a vehicle traveling south bound on Route 130 crashed into a utility pole injuring the driver and damaging the pole. Robbinsville and East Windsor Police responded to the 9-1-1 calls reporting the accident. Robbinsville Township Fire Department, East Windsor Fire Company, Robbinsville EMS and Capital Health Paramedics were on scene treating the injured driver. Traffic on Route 130 was backed up for about 1/4 mile until the vehicle was towed away. The driver was transported to a local hospital. No further information is available at this time.


From the June 2021 East Windsor Police Blotter:

The officer responded to Route 130 South near Royal Plaza for a single car motor vehicle accident. Investigation revealed that the car struck a utility pole and the driver suffered minor injuries. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest. The driver was taken to RWJ Hamilton hospital for treatment and was released pending court action.

Defendant:

Charges:

Nicholas Baka Newark, NJ

55 Years of Age

DUI

Reckless Driving Careless Driving

Failure to Maintain Lane Umegistered Vehicle

Open Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle Consumption of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Nicholas Enea


Deck Fire Quickly Extinguished Before It Could Spread

June 8, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–East Windsor Police, East Windsor Fire Company and Hightstown Fire Company were on scene at a reported deck fire on Dutch Neck Road this morning around 10:19 a.m.

East Windsor Police arrived and helped to snuff the fire, and kept it from spreading. East Windsor and Hightstown firefighters soaked the area down and checked for extension.

It was reported that some lighting caught fire and was quickly extinguished keeping the fire from spreading to the rest of the deck and home. Only minor damage reported, the East Windsor Fire Marshal was called to the scene for the investigation. No other information was available.

Serious Accident On NJ Turnpike Prior To Exit 8 Injures Two

June 1, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Fire Department and Hightstown Fire Company were dispatched to the NJ Turnpike inner roadway at mile post 65.6 north bound for two vehicle accident with roll over and entrapment at 11:42 a.m. Robbinsville EMS, Capital Health EMS, Cranbury First Aid Squad and Capital Health Paramedics responded and treated patients on scene. One person was transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center and a “trauma alert” was called. Another person was transported to RWJ at Hamilton Hospital with non-life threating injures. Robbinsville firefighters help get patients out of vehicles for transport and stood by until vehicle could be removed by the George’s Garage.

New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.


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Trammell Crow Company Breaks Ground On “Innovation Park” In East Windsor

June 1, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov, Deputy Mayor Peter Yeager and Council Members Denise Daniels, Alan Rosenberg and John Zoller, joined Trammell Crow Company Managing Director Andrew Mele and other Trammell Crow representatives, for a groundbreaking ceremony for “Innovation Park”, a state of the art business park located at 148 Princeton Hightstown Road.


“Innovation Park”, located on an 86.97 acre parcel formerly occupied by McGraw Hill, will consist of two buildings, one 406,669 square feet and the second 167,500 square feet. The contemporary business campus was designed specifically for innovative high-tech and pharma related tenants, featuring modern attractive architectural features, internal space configured specifically for advanced technological users with a high percentage of office space, outdoor walking paths and public spaces, and additional landscape berming with deciduous, ornamental and evergreen trees.
Mayor Mironov stated, “This groundbreaking is an exciting day to celebrate the start of this innovative project, featuring a unique combination of tenant space geared towards highly specialized technological and pharmaceutical users, striking architectural elements and attractive open public spaces. This is a great, prominent location in the center of our community that is ideal for a well-designed and appealing facility such as Innovation Park, with unbeatable access to major markets, a highly qualified labor force and excellent transportation networks including the New Jersey Turnpike as well as Route 133, Route 130, Route 33 and Route 571. East Windsor has long been considered a major epicenter for high-tech, high growth research and development pharmaceutical-related companies, and this cutting edge facility is planned and designed to attract high quality tenants to our already vibrant and diverse business community.”


Trammell Crow Company Managing Director Andrew Mele stated, “Innovation Park is unlike any project we’ve ever developed in New Jersey that combines exceptional architectural design, high performance functionality and public open green space all located in one of the most desirable communities in the region. We have great confidence that Innovation Park will not only attract world-class companies to East Windsor, but it will also serve as a model for future developments in New Jersey and beyond.”

Trammell Crow Company, founded in 1948, is one of the nation’s leading developers and investors in commercial real estate. Trammell Crow employs nearly 600 professionals in the United States and Europe and has developed or acquired 2,800 buildings valued at nearly $70 billion and over 625 million square feet. Trammell Crow serves users of and investors in office, industrial, healthcare, multi-family residential, and mixed-use projects.


East Windsor Township Child Passenger Car Seat Safety Initiative

May 17, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov announced that East Windsor Township is launching a Child Passenger Car Seat Safety initiative to run from June through September, underwritten by a $6,000 New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety grant. This pro-active initiative, offered for Township residents will be held at the East Windsor Police/Court building located at 80 One Mile Road on Friday, June 4, Wednesday, June 23, Monday, July 12, Tuesday, August 3, and Thursday, September 23 from 3 P.M. to 7 P.M.

The Township program is designed to outreach and educate motorists about properly securing children passengers in child seats as required by State law. Pursuant to this program, residents, at no cost, can have their child car seats inspected for proper fit and installation in their vehicles and receive educational materials regarding use of child car seats and current child restraint laws. A complete inspection of a child passenger car seat takes less than 10 minutes and is conducted by a nationally certified child passenger safety seat technicians, no appointment is necessary.

According to Mayor Mironov, “Statistics assembled from several organizations including the American Automobile Association and the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety underscore that having a properly installed child passenger car seat is extremely important to ensure the safety of our young children in motor vehicles. It is noteworthy that motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for young children and that four out of five child car seats are incorrectly installed. The proper use of child car seats is one of the simplest and most effective means to protect young children passengers.” Mayor Mironov added, “This pro-active initiative is to focus publicly on the high value of using child car seats and most critically using them properly. East Windsor’s grant-funded program will allow residents, at no cost, to have their child car seats inspected by a professionally certified technician to ensure they are properly installed, and receive educational literature offering tips on child safety in vehicles. All East Windsor residents with child passenger car seats are strongly encouraged to attend one of these free events.”

Motor vehicles crashes are the leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths among children ages 14 and under in the United States.  Properly installed child safety seats, can prevent injuries and save lives. Young children restrained in child seats have an 80 percent lower risk of fatal injury than those who are unrestrained. Child safety seats have been shown to reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants less than one year old and by 45 percent in toddlers ages one through four years. National studies have determined that most child safety seats are improperly installed or misused, thus negatively impacting the safety value of these devices.



33rd annual Rainville Awards honor URI student leaders

Recipients of this year’s A. Robert Rainville Team Excellence Award are Carlee Kerr ‘21 of East Windsor, New Jersey, Maya Moran ‘21 from Brockton, Mass., and Veronica Seay ‘21 from Brockton, Massachusetts and Joseph Amaral from Warwick. 


May 17, 2021

KINGSTON, R.I. — May 17, 2021 — The University of Rhode Island recently honored three undergraduate student leaders and one student organization as  part of its  33rd annual A. Robert Rainville Student Leadership Awards ceremonies. The award is named in memory of A. Robert Rainville ’64, vice president for Student Affairs 1980-86, who was a friend and mentor to students.

This year’s recipients are Marland Chang of Cranston, Student Leadership Award; James Cocozza of Cranston, Employee Excellence Award, and Naomi Pajarillo of Providence, Robert L. Carothers Servant Leadership award. Members of University of Rhode Island’s Diversity Dialogues were awarded The Team Excellence Award.

Team Excellence Award recipient: Diversity Dialogues

Diversity Dialogues’ main goal is to create a safe space at the University of Rhode Island where students can learn, discuss, and reflect on  topics regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion through student-led workshops. The workshops help foster learning and understanding of what can be difficult topics because of the lack of inclusive curriculum in American school systems. Diversity Dialogues have created workshops for more than 1,500 students, including organizations such as Greek Life, Resident Advisors, URI 101, as well as education majors and more. Through the members’ workshops they conducted pre- and post-tests on subjects such as microaggression, social identity, and privilege, and saw significant statistical evidence of how people grasped the material and learned how to become better allies to their marginalized peers. The group recognizes that ignorance and misunderstanding of topics involving diversity, equity, and inclusion stem from a lack of consistent curriculum taught in schools about power, social identity, and implicit stereotypes. The team continues to make efforts that provide opportunity and better understanding to students to improve URI’s cultural competence.


“These students have enthusiastically taken on what I believe is our biggest need as a URI community, and a society: engaging people in critical conversations about topics that are challenging but necessary,” said Kristina Perelli, director of New Student Programs in University College for Academic Success. “This team is disrupting the status quo and creating student-driven change through education and the power of peer-to-peer learning and mentoring.” 

Recipients of this year’s A. Robert Rainville Team Excellence Award are Carlee Kerr ‘21 of East Windsor, New Jersey, Maya Moran ‘21 from Brockton, Mass., and Veronica Seay ‘21 from Brockton, Massachusetts and Joseph Amaral from Warwick. 


East Windsor Man Charged With Animal Cruelty Admitted Into PTI Program

The PTI program requires him to complete 40 hours of community service, pay fines and costs associated with the case, obtain/maintain employment, and report to a supervising probation officer as directed for a three-year period.  He is also forbidden from owning or possessing any animals during the term of PTI.

May 13, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A 36-year-old East Windsor man charged in February 2020 with animal cruelty was admitted into the pretrial intervention program (PTI) this week, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

On Thursday afternoon, May 13, 2021, Matthew Wydrinski entered a plea of not guilty to an accusation charging him with third-degree animal cruelty before Mercer County Superior Court Judge J. Adam Hughes.  Wydrinski’s participation in the PTI program requires him to complete 40 hours of community service, pay fines and costs associated with the case, obtain/maintain employment, and report to a supervising probation officer as directed for a three-year period.  He is also forbidden from owning or possessing any animals during the term of PTI.

This case relates to an incident that occurred in East Windsor Township in November 2019.  At that time, an internet post was created for the purpose of obtaining assistance for a sick dog.  Authorities learned that the dog referenced in the post – a seven-year-old pit bull – later died as the result of being severely undernourished.  On February 13, 2020, Wydrinski was charged with third-degree animal cruelty for failing to provide the animal with necessary care. 

According to the New Jersey Courts website, PTI provides defendants, generally first-time non-violent offenders, with opportunities for alternatives to the traditional criminal justice process of ordinary prosecution.  PTI seeks to render early rehabilitative services when such services can reasonably be expected to deter future criminal behavior.

Pursuant to 2C:44-1(e), unless certain factors are present, there is a presumption of non-incarceration for convictions of third-degree crimes.  None of those factors were present in this case.  Additionally, Wydrinski is 36 years old with no criminal history of any kind.  PTI is specifically designed to allow defendants with no criminal record to avail themselves of supervisory treatment rather than incarceration in certain situations.  Lastly, none of the presumptive factors against admission into PTI set forth in 2C:43-12(b)(2) apply.

“Currently, the New Jersey Legislature does not classify animal cruelty crimes as crimes of violence.  I am aware that steps are being taken in the Legislature to change this classification and remove animal cruelty crimes from the purview of PTI,” Prosecutor Onofri said.  “Regardless of my personal views on animal cruelty laws, I am bound to enforce the law as it is written.  Until such time as animal cruelty laws are changed, PTI will remain an appropriate and common resolution to these types of crimes.”

Update: Colonial Pipeline Back Online

May 13, 2021 –Updated again at 4:40 p.m.

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–As we reported Saturday on the Colonial Pipeline that runs though New Jersey and supplies gasoline, diesel fuel and aircraft fuel to the eastern part of the country has announced that the entire pipeline should be operational by noon today. There is no need to hoard gasoline or other fuel and disrupt the local supply chain as seen and reported in other parts of the country.

Locally the pipeline runs though Burlington, Mercer County, Middlesex County on its way to Linden, New Jersey and was shut down to a ransomware cyber attack.

System Restart and Operational Update #2
Update: Thursday, May 13, 4:40 p.m.

Colonial Pipeline has continued to make substantial progress in safely restarting our pipeline system. We can now report that we have restarted our entire pipeline system and that product delivery has commenced to all markets we serve.

Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions during this start-up period. Colonial will move as much gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel as is safely possible and will continue to do so until markets return to normal.

This would not have been possible without the commitment and dedication of the many Colonial team members across the pipeline who worked safely and tirelessly through the night to get our lines up and running. We are grateful for their dedicated service and professionalism during these extraordinary times.

See update below from the Colonial Pipeline:

Update: Thursday, May 13, 9 a.m.

Colonial Pipeline has made substantial progress in safely restarting our pipeline system and can report that product delivery has commenced in a majority of the markets we service. By mid-day today, we project that each market we service will be receiving product from our system. The green segments on this map are operational, meaning product delivery has commenced. Blue lines will be operational later today.

This would not have been possible without the commitment and dedication of the many Colonial team members across the pipeline who worked safely and tirelessly safely through the night to get our lines up and running. We are grateful for their dedicated service and professionalism during these extraordinary times.


Colonial Pipeline Company, founded in 1962, connects refineries – primarily located in the Gulf Coast – with customers and markets throughout the Southern and Eastern United States through a pipeline system that spans more than 5,500 miles. The company delivers refined petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, home heating oil, and fuel for the U.S. Military. Colonial is committed to safety and environmental stewardship across its operations.

Colonial Pipeline is the largest refined products pipeline in the United States, transporting more than 100 million gallons or 2.5 million barrels per day. Colonial transports approximately 45 percent of all fuel consumed on the East Coast, providing refined products to more than 50 million Americans. 

Specifically, Colonial transports various grades of gasoline, diesel fuel, home heating oil, jet fuel, and fuels for the U.S. military through a pipeline system. The system is connected refineries in the Gulf Coast and in the Northeast. The majority of the system is underground, with tankage and other facilities at key receipt, storage and delivery points.


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Colonial Pipeline initiated the restart of pipeline operations today; Several days to return to normal

May 12, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MECER)–As reports were coming in of gas stations running out of gas in the south east United States from the hoarding of gasoline and other fuel products the Colonial Pipeline announced the restart of of the pipeline after a ransomware cyber attack. The company states that it may take several days for the delivery supply chain to return to normal. See press releases from Colonial Pipeline below for the latest updates.

Wednesday, May 12, 5:10 p.m.

Colonial Pipeline initiated the restart of pipeline operations today at approximately 5 p.m. ET. 

Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions during the start-up period. Colonial will move as much gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel as is safely possible and will continue to do so until markets return to normal.

As we initiate our return to service, our primary focus remains safety. As part of this startup process, Colonial will conduct a comprehensive series of pipeline safety assessments in compliance with all Federal pipeline safety requirements. 

This is the first step in the restart process and would not have been possible without the around-the-clock support of Colonial Pipeline’s dedicated employees who have worked tirelessly to help us achieve this milestone. We would also like to thank the White House for their leadership and collaboration, as well as the Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, FBI, PHMSA, FERC and other federal, state and local agencies for their ongoing support.

We will continue to provide updates as restart efforts progress.

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Tuesday, May 11, 5:15 p.m.

Colonial Pipeline continues to make forward progress in our around-the-clock efforts to return our system to service, with additional laterals operating manually to deliver existing inventories to markets along the pipeline. Markets experiencing supply constraints and/​or not serviced by other fuel delivery systems are being prioritized. We are collaborating with the Department of Energy (DOE) to evaluate market conditions to support this prioritization. 

Since our pipeline system was taken offline, working with our shippers, Colonial has delivered approximately 967,000 barrels (~41 million gallons) to various delivery points along our system. This includes delivery into the following markets: Atlanta, Ga., Belton and Spartanburg, S.C., Charlotte and Greensboro, N.C., Baltimore, Md., and Woodbury and Linden N.J.

Additionally, in preparation for our system restart, we have taken delivery of an additional 2 million barrels (~84 million gallons) from refineries for deployment upon restart. 

Consistent with our safety policies and regulatory requirements, Colonial has increased aerial patrols of our pipeline right of way and deployed more than 50 personnel to walk and drive ~ 5,000 miles of pipeline each day. 

Actions taken by the Federal Government to issue a temporary hours of service exemption for motor carriers and drivers transporting refined products across Colonial’s footprint and actions taken by several Governors to lift weight restrictions on tanker trucks should help alleviate local supply disruptions. This is in addition to the Reid Vapor Pressure wavier issued today by the U.S. EPA that will also help alleviate supply constraints in several states serviced by our system. We would like to thank the White House for their leadership and collaboration in resolving this matter as well as the DOE, PHMSA, FERC and other federal agencies for their ongoing support. 

Our primary focus remains the safe and efficient restoration of service to our pipeline system, while minimizing disruption to our customers and all those who rely on Colonial Pipeline. We will continue to provide updates as restoration efforts progress.


Related MidJersey.news coverage on Colonial Pipeline incident here:

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Colonial Pipeline Works To Restore Service, US FMCSA Issues Emergency Declaration In 18 States To Control Shortages


Move slider to 3:41 for President Joe Biden’s remarks on the Colonial Pipeline.


May 10, 2021

Update — Monday, May 10, 12:25 p.m.

Colonial Pipeline continues to dedicate vast resources to restoring pipeline operations quickly and safely. Segments of our pipeline are being brought back online in a stepwise fashion, in compliance with relevant federal regulations and in close consultation with the Department of Energy, which is leading and coordinating the Federal Government’s response.

Restoring our network to normal operations is a process that requires the diligent remediation of our systems, and this takes time. In response to the cybersecurity attack on our system, we proactively took certain systems offline to contain the threat, which temporarily halted all pipeline operations, and affected some of our IT systems. To restore service, we must work to ensure that each of these systems can be brought back online safely.

While this situation remains fluid and continues to evolve, the Colonial operations team is executing a plan that involves an incremental process that will facilitate a return to service in a phased approach. This plan is based on a number of factors with safety and compliance driving our operational decisions, and the goal of substantially restoring operational service by the end of the week. The Company will provide updates as restoration efforts progress.

We continue to evaluate product inventory in storage tanks at our facilities and others along our system and are working with our shippers to move this product to terminals for local delivery. Actions taken by the Federal Government to issue a temporary hours of service exemption for motor carriers and drivers transporting refined products across Colonial’s footprint should help alleviate local supply disruptions and we thank our government partners for their assistance in resolving this matter.

Our primary focus continues to be the safe and efficient restoration of service to our pipeline system, while minimizing disruption to our customers and all those who rely on Colonial Pipeline. We appreciate the patience of the traveling public and the support we have received from the Federal Government and our peers throughout the industry.


The FBI confirms that the Darkside ransomware is responsible for the compromise of the Colonial Pipeline networks. We continue to work with the company and our government partners on the investigation. 



REGIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARATION
UNDER 49 CFR § 390.23 

No. 2021-002

ALABAMA, ARKANSAS, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, DELAWARE, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, KENTUCKY, LOUISIANA, MARYLAND, MISSISSIPPI, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, NORTH CAROLINA, PENNSYLVANIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, TENNESSEE, TEXAS, AND VIRGINIA

In accordance with the provisions of 49 CFR § 390.23, the Regional Field Administrators for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Eastern, Southern, and Western Service Centers hereby declares that an emergency exists that warrants issuance of a Regional Emergency Declaration and an exemption from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety (FMCSRs), except as otherwise restricted in this Emergency Declaration.  Such emergency is in response to the unanticipated shutdown of the Colonial pipeline system due to network issues that affect the supply of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products throughout the Affected States.  This Declaration addresses the emergency conditions creating a need for immediate transportation of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products and provides necessary relief.  Affected States and jurisdictions included in this Emergency Declaration (“Affected States”) are:  Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

By execution of this Emergency Declaration, motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance to the emergency in the Affected States in direct support of relief efforts related to the shortages of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products due to the shutdown, partial shutdown, and/or manual operation of the Colonial pipeline system are granted relief from Parts 390 through 399 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations except as restricted herein.   

This Emergency Declaration provides for regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations while providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts transporting gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products into the Affected States during the emergency from shortages due to the shutdown, partial shutdown, and/or manual operation of the Colonial pipeline system.  Direct assistance terminates when a driver or commercial motor vehicle is used in interstate commerce to transport cargo or provide services not in support of emergency relief efforts related to the shortages of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products due to the shutdown, partial shutdown, and/or manual operation of the Colonial pipeline system in the Affected States, or when the motor carrier dispatches a driver or commercial motor vehicle to another location to begin operations in commerce.  (49 CFR § 390.23(b)).  Upon termination of direct assistance to emergency relief efforts related to the shortages of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products due to the shutdown, partial shutdown and/or manual operation of the Colonial pipeline system in the Affected States, the motor carrier and driver are subject to the requirements of 49 CFR Parts 390 through 399, except that a driver may return empty to the motor carrier’s terminal or the driver’s normal work reporting location without complying with Parts 390 through 399.  When a driver is moving from emergency relief efforts to normal operations a 10-hour break is required when the total time a driver operates conducting emergency relief efforts, or a combination of emergency relief and normal operation, equals 14 hours.  

All other applicable safety requirements remain in place and will be enforced by the FMCSA.  Specifically, nothing contained in this Emergency Declaration shall be construed as an exemption from the controlled substances and alcohol use and testing requirements (49 CFR Part 382), the commercial driver’s license requirements (49 CFR Part 383), the financial responsibility (insurance) requirements (49 CFR Part 387), the hazardous material regulations (49 CFR Parts 100-180), applicable size and weight requirements, or any other portion of the regulations not specifically authorized pursuant to 49 CFR § 390.23. 

Motor carriers or drivers currently subject to an out-of-service order are not eligible for the relief granted by this declaration until they have met the applicable conditions for its rescission and the order has been rescinded by FMCSA. 

In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.23, this declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect until the end of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR § 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M. (ET), June 8, 2021, whichever is earlier.  FMCSA intends to continually review the status of this Emergency Declaration and may take action to modify or terminate the Emergency Declaration sooner if conditions warrant.


Taft Kelly, Regional Field Administrator
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Eastern Service Center


Darrell L. Ruban, Regional Field Administrator
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Southern Service Center


Scott G. Hernandez, Regional Field Administrator
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Western Service Center


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East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov Recognized Ronald Balint During National Volunteer Week

May 4, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov proclaimed National Volunteer Week and recognized longtime East Windsor resident Ronald Balint, Chairperson of the Township Environmental Commission and Chairperson of the East Windsor Green Team for his outstanding service and accomplishments.  Mayor Mironov noted, “Each year in East Windsor Township we observe National Volunteer Week as we are very blessed to have a great number of citizens who volunteer their time, skills and talents to participate in our government, and during this time we recognize an individual or group who embodies the spirit of volunteerism and have particularly contributed to the programs and activities in the Township.”

Mayor Mironov recognized Ronald Balint and his numerous contributions to the Township, as a volunteer Member since 2000 and Chairperson of the Environmental Commission and as Chairperson the East Windsor Green Team, since 2011.  Mayor Mironov’s Proclamation states, “as Chairperson of the Environmental Commission, Ronald Balint has been a dedicated and valuable caring leader for the local environment, and has contributed to numerous Township initiatives and events, including initiating and executing the Etra Park Arboretum project, organizing and carrying out the annual Arbor Day Tree Tubeling Giveaway, and maintaining the Township Community Forestry Management Plan.  Ronald Balint, as Chairperson of the Green Team, conscientiously and actively oversees and coordinates all application details of the Township Sustainable Jersey action items and certification submissions, and as a result of his effective organizational skills and tireless efforts, East Windsor earned Bronze Level Certification in 2012, and Silver Level Certification in 2015 and 2018, and in the process of finalizing the 2021 filing to renew the Township Silver Level Certification — a prestigious achievement that reflects Ronald’s hard work, dependability, resourcefulness, and commitment to sustainability.”

Mayor Mironov stated, “Ronald Balint truly is an exceptional asset to East Windsor and our entire community due to his tenacity, tireless work ethic, and unwavering commitment to the enviromment.  He is highly regarded by Township elected officials and staff as an outstanding and dedicated volunteer, and we are extremely thankful to Ronald for all of the time and energy he has selflessly dedicated to East Windsor.” 

Council Member John Zoller, who serves as Council liaison to the Environmental Commission, also thanked Ron Balint for his extraordinary efforts, stating, “Ron has always done a good job moving the Township forward toward achieving our goals, and it is our honor to recognize him.”

Serious Crash On NJ Turnpike

May 2, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Last night May 1, 2012 around 11:40 pm the Robbinsville Township Fire Department and EMS were dispatched to a accident near the 65 mile marker for an accident with injuries. It appears that a vehicle was traveling south bound in the outer lanes and suffered significant heavy front end and other damage. Once the fire department and EMS arrived it was determined that the occupant did not want transport to the hospital. No other information is available about the accident. The right lane and shoulder was closed until the vehicle could be towed away causing about a 1/2 mile backup for a short time.


East Windsor Earth Day Recycling Poster Winners

September 29, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov recognized the elementary school winners of the East Windsor Township Earth Day Recycling Poster Contest at a recent Council meeting.  The theme of the poster is to promote any or all of the “4 R’s” of the East Windsor Township Recycling Program Logo, which are:

            RECYCLE all items that can be recycled.

            REUSE other items rather than throw them out in the trash.

            REDUCE materials into their homes that then have to be disposed of.

            REBUY buy goods that use recycled materials.

Winners from Grades K – 2 and Grades 3 – 5 all received Mayoral Certificates of Recognition and gift certificates to Barnes and Noble, donated by corporate sponsor Shiseido America.

            Mayor Mironov congratulated all of the students stating, “we are very proud of all of the students who participated in the Township Earth Day Recycling Poster Contest, and who demonstrated an interest at a very young age in encouraging recycling as an important tool for creating a greener environment.  The posters designed by the students creatively and colorfully serve to remind everyone of the importance of practicing and promoting recycling to help protect and preserve our environment.  All of the participating students did an outstanding job and are to be commended for their great interest in recycling.”

The student winners were: 

1ST PLACE WINNERS

Grade K-2 – Tavo Lopez (Ethel McKnight)

Grade 3-5 – Madeline Hayston (Perry L. Drew)

2ND PLACE WINNERS

Grade K-2 – Luke Brooks (Walter C. Black)

Grade 3-5 – Logan Pablacio (Perry L. Drew)


3RD PLACE WINNERS

Grade K-2 – Sean Kelly (Ethel McKnight)

Grade 3-5 – Andrea Ferreyra (Perry L. Drew), Julia Mahoney (Perry L. Drew) 

HONORABLE MENTION

Grade 3-5 – Sydney Benjamin (Perry L. Drew), Mukund Sairakshan Prabakaran (Perry L. Drew)  


Three vaccine mini-clinics for eligible teens 16 and 17 Who Attend Robbinsville, West Windsor or Hightstown

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Pfizer Vaccination for Eligible Teens April 27-29 The West Windsor Health Department is partnering with Hamilton Township, Princeton and Olden Pharmacy to offer Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations to individuals 16 and 17 years of age who live, work or attend school in West Windsor, Robbinsville or Hightstown.

These mini clinics will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, Wednesday, April 28 and Thursday, April 29. Appointments are required and parents or guardians must attend the clinic. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact the Health Department at 609-936-8400 or email vaccine@westwindsortwp.com


Man Wanted For Stealing Items In East Windsor Township

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The New Jersey State Police and the East Windsor Township Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a man who allegedly broke into three Sea Box freight storage containers and stole several items.

On Sunday, April 11, at approximately 10:00 a.m., the suspect cut the padlocks on three storage containers located in the township and removed a pallet of LED parking lot lights.  The suspect also stole a Honda generator, two jumping jack power tools, a rotary laser, a concrete saw, two rolls of copper, a trash pump, an impact drill, and a plastic blower. 

Prior to departing, the suspect removed a security camera from the scene and placed it in his vehicle while it was still recording.  He then fled in a Ford van, pickup truck, or box truck with a circular-shaped sticker in the driver’s side corner of the windshield.

Detectives with the State Police Forensic Imaging Unit completed a detailed sketch of the suspect based on surveillance images.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective McCandrew of the East Windsor Police Department at 609-448-5678, ext. 230 or email mccandrew@ewpd.com.

Anonymous tips are welcome.



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Car Carrier Fire On New Jersey Turnpike South Of Exit 8

April 14, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–A 1:08 pm the Hightstown and Robbinsville Township Fire Departments were dispatched to a vehicle fire on the NJ Turnpike at Mile Marker 66 South Bound just south of Exit 8 Hightstown/East Windsor.

When the first firefighters arrived they found a car carrier fire carrying several cars on fire on the shoulder. Heavy black smoke could be seen for miles as the vehicles burned and flames were about 20 feet in the air at times above the well involved vehicle.

Water tankers were called from East Windsor Fire Company, Plainsboro Fire Company and Monroe Township for additional water to fight the fire. The firefighters had the flames under control within about a half hour.

Fire units were on scene until 2:34 pm as they mopped up hot spots.

There was a significant south bound traffic delay of 3 miles according to Google Maps at the time of this report.

No further information is available at this time and no word on the cause of the fire.



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East Windsor Memorial Tree Program For Arbor Day April 30, 2021

April 14, 2021

EAST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov is encouraging residents and groups to honor Arbor Day celebrated on Friday, April 30, 2021, by planting a tree under the Township Memorial Tree Grove Program.

According to Mayor Mironov, “this Memorial Tree Program offers Township residents a unique opportunity to provide a living memorial to a deceased relative or friend or in remembrance or commemoration of a special person, group or event. The planting of a tree provides a special means to provide a living memorial to a deceased person or in honor of a special event while enhancing the environment of our community.”

The Township Memorial Tree Grove is located on the grounds of the East Windsor Municipal Building along Lanning Boulevard. A granite marker with the name of the deceased person or event to be remembered is provided with each tree. Residents or groups can order a tree under the Memorial Tree Program through the Township Public Works Department. The cost includes the granite marker and tree planting.

Memorial trees will be planted during a planting season, either Spring or Fall. Donors can indicate their preference for the type of tree they would like planted. Brochures describing the program and costs, which include an order form, are available on-line at the Township website east-windsor.nj.us, or call the Department of Public Works for program information and forms at (609) 443-4000 ext. 215.



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East Windsor Receives Tree City USA Community Designation and Tree City Growth Award

April 12, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov announced that East Windsor Township has been named a 2020 Tree City USA community by the National Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to community forestry.  East Windsor, for the 21st year, has earned this recognition by meeting the four standards set by the Arbor Day Foundation:  having a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. 

East Windsor Township also has been awarded a Tree City USA Growth Award for 2020, a recognition awarded to communities that “demonstrate higher levels of tree care and community engagement.”  The Growth Award recognizes Tree City USA municipalities that achieve major milestones and annual activities that build upon their Tree City USA designation and combine to build sustainable community forestry programs over the long term.

Mayor Mironov stated “trees are a vital component of our community that provide long term environmental and economic benefits.  Trees help clean the air, conserve soil and water, moderate temperature and bring the beauty of nature into our daily lives.”  Mayor Mironov continued, “East Windsor Township remains committed to a healthy community environment, and we are proud of our long term 21 year designation as a Tree City USA community.  Significantly, East Windsor has earned the prestigious Tree City Growth Award in recognition of our efforts toward a long term sustainable future and the dedication of East Windsor’s elected officials, staff and citizens who work to grow and enhance our forestry and preserve our environment.”

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by The National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service.  The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.