Category: East Windsor

Jersey Mike’s Hosts Day Of Service On Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day To Benefit Rise And T.A.S.K.

January 25, 2023

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov and local legislators joined Jersey Mike’s and Prestige New Jersey All-Star United States 2023, chaired by Evelyn McCleod, for a service event to honor the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The service project was to designate and promote Jersey Mike’s as a drop off site for residents to bring lightly used clothing, coats, shoes and children’s clothing and warm socks for those in need.  The donations are to benefit area non-profits Rise and Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (T.A.S.K.). Additionally, Jersey Mike’s donated a portion of proceeds from pre-ordering subs for Super Bowl parties to support these area organizations.  Jersey Mike’s East Windsor, located in the East Windsor Township Center Plaza at 319 Route 130 North, will continue to accept donations through the end of February.

Mayor Mironov stated,  “East Windsor Township recognizes service as an important community value and is grateful to Jersey Mike’s and Prestige New Jersey for initiating and partnering on this project to help others. Since 2011, Jersey Mike’s locations throughout the country have raised more than $67 million for worthy local charities.  It is especially meaningful to do so honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and this “Day of Service”.  We specifically thank Evelyn McCleod of Prestige New Jersey All-Star United States 2023 for all her good work, as well as the Jersey Mike’s hosts, franchise owners Evan Mayer and Gerrit Curran;  Director of Operations Tom Orrok, and General Manager Mike Mariano for their generous support of our local non-profit Rise and the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, which has served over 6 million meals to County residents.”  

            Assemblyman Dan Benson stated,  “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a federal holiday designated as a “National Day of Service”,  and it was great to join together at Jersey Mike’s to support this positive example of community partnership to help those in need.”

Evelyn McCleod, Prestige New Jersey All-Star United States 2023, reminded everyone,  “Service to others isn’t an annual event; it’s a lifestyle!”.  


East Windsor Mayor Janice S. Mironov, Senator Linda Greenstein and Assemblyman Dan Benson join Jersey Mike’s staff and volunteers for a Day of Service.  Pictured (from left to right) are:  Mike Mariano, General Manager;  Leah Martucci, Rutgers Intern – Rise;  Assemblyman Dan Benson;  North Jersey Outstanding Teen Kylie;  Evelyn McCleod, Prestige New Jersey All-Star United States 2023;  Mayor Janice S. Mironov;  Gerrit Curran, owner;  Senator Linda Greenstein;  and Diane McGinn.


East Windsor’s Leena Sandhu Selected to Ride on the 2023 Donate Life Rose Parade float in Pasadena, CA

December 23, 2022

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – NJ Sharing Network recently honored kidney transplant recipient Harleen (Leena) Sandhu of East Windsor, New Jersey, as she gets set to participate in the 2023 Donate Life Rose Parade float during the 2023 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, on January 2, 2023. Leena will ride on the float, which is the world’s most visible campaign to inspire people to save and enhance lives with the powerful message of organ and tissue donation. The Sharing Network Foundation is the proud sponsor of Leena’s trip to the 2023 Rose Parade.

Leena grew up in Central New Jersey after immigrating from India with her parents when she was a year old. At age 16, while a sophomore at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School, she was diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disease that attacks the body’s healthy tissue. During her time in college at Rutgers University, Leena’s condition worsened. Ultimately, her kidneys failed, and she started dialysis.

“I struggled every day for five years while I was on dialysis,” said Leena. “While waiting for a transplant miracle, I mentally felt hopeful, but physically, I was very fatigued all of the time.”

Leena’s mother, Daljeet Sandhu, helped make that miracle come true. Thankfully, Daljeet was able to be a living kidney donor. Stuart R. Geffner, MD, and the medical team at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center performed the successful transplant surgery in September 1997.

“My mother’s selfless gift gave me a second chance at life,” said Leena. “I am grateful beyond words because it allowed me to live a normal life – something many people take for granted.”

For the next 18 years, Leena’s health and energy were fully restored thanks to her mother’s kidney. At 27, she was excited to start her first job post college at the American Red Cross, and then settled into a career in Medical Device Product Management. As an avid traveler, she enjoyed the freedom to explore countries across the world without the restrictions of a dialysis machine.

Unfortunately, in 2015, the transplanted kidney failed, and Leena was, once again, placed on dialysis. Four months later, Leena was matched to a deceased organ donor and underwent a second successful transplant once again performed by Dr. Geffner and the Cooperman Barnabas medical team.

Organ donation through a living and deceased donor has given Leena a second chance at life twice. Leena has now trekked to 30 countries and visited 41 states, enjoys gardening, photography, and the outdoors. She also got married in 2018.

During all her adventures and experiences, Leena is forever mindful of the selfless decisions made by her mother and her organ donor. Leena volunteers with NJ Sharing Network and is excited to be part of the 2023 Rose Parade.

“The biggest gift you can give someone is the opportunity to lead a healthy life,” said Leena. “Organ donors are truly heroes in every way.”

According to United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), there are over 100,000 Americans – nearly 4,000 of whom live in New Jersey – waiting for a life-saving transplant. One organ and tissue donor can save eight lives and enhance the lives of over 75 others. To learn more, get involved and register as an organ and tissue donor, visit www.NJSharingNetwork.org.


Leena Sandhu and her husband, Brett Scott (Photo Courtesy of NJ Sharing Network)


Mercer County Prosecutor Warns Of Phone Scam

December 21, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported today this his Cyber Crimes Unit is investigating recent telephone scams where callers spoof the non-emergency telephone numbers for various police departments within Mercer County in an attempt to scam residents.  The scammers falsely claim the resident has a warrant for their arrest.  As a reminder, law enforcement will never ask for payment of any type over the phone nor will they ask for personal identifying information that could be used for fraudulent purposes. Law enforcement and government agencies will also never ask you to pay by unusual methods, such as gift cards, wire transfers or cryptocurrency.

Scammers research potential victims on the internet and social media. Then they call and deceive their victims into thinking the callers are law enforcement officers, prosecutors or police employees.  Scammers may spoof a law enforcement telephone number, falsely showing on the victim’s caller ID.  They threaten victims with arrest for outstanding warrants or other legal issues.

Should you receive a call from a police department within Mercer County or the Prosecutor’s Office, please confirm who you are speaking with. If you believe you received a scam telephone call, hang up and call the number back.  If the call is legitimate, you’ll be connected with a police dispatcher or receptionist who can verify the caller’s identity.  Report any scam calls to your local law enforcement agency.  Please share this message with your family and friends, especially the elderly, to help prevent phone scams.

East Windsor Township Presents Business Awards

December 19, 2022

EAST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)– Mayor Janice Mironov presented the East Windsor Township 2021 Annual Business Awards to Holiday Inn and National Convention Center, Modway, and Moonshot Farm.  The purpose of the annual Township awards program is to recognize local businesses that have made special efforts to improve or contribute to the community.

            Mayor Mironov explained the categories include:  Business Beautification – creating an attractive appearance, for example, through landscaping, flowers and other enhancements to their structures and site; Community Service – providing for community contributions and service; and Community Enhancement – providing any community value added aspect related to their business, for example, extraordinary job creation or an unusual or special product or opportunity.  Green and sustainable practices, for example, green products, energy conservation, reduction of waste and energy consumption also are encouraged.

            Holiday Inn & National Conference Center, located at 399 Monmouth Street, was recognized with 2021 Business Award for “Business Beautification”, accepted by Carey Tajfel, President and Francine Tajfel, General Counsel. Holiday Inn and National Conference Center performed extensive renovations through 2020 to the interior and exterior of their facility, resulting in a modernized upgraded looking facility for their guests and visitors to the East Windsor area.  The Holiday Inn, an IHG Hotel located off New Jersey Turnpike East Windsor Exit 8, has 201 guest rooms, a popular statewide used 14,000 square foot National Conference Center, a full-service restaurant, bridal suite, ballroom, outdoor seating, business center, a fitness facility and an outdoor pool.  Mayor Mironov stated,  “Holiday Inn East Windsor has made a substantial reinvestment in their hotel and statewide popular conference center providing a renovated modernized facility which we highly value.”

Modway, located at 329 Wyckoff Mills Road on the redeveloped former National Lead site which is highly visible from the New Jersey Turnpike, was recognized with 2021 Business Award for “Community Service/Sustainable Green Practices”, accepted by Tuvya Griesman, Chief Executive Office.  Modway, a furniture designer and supplier company, stepped up to help address food needs during the pandemic and partnered with RISE and the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen to host food distribution events and has continued to demonstrate their commitment to the community.  Modway also has demonstrated sustainable practices by installing major solar rooftop arrays, to provide a significant amount of their company energy needs and promote clean energy.   

Mayor Mironov stated,  “Over the past three years, with Township support, Modway has stepped up and hosted food distribution partnering with RISE and the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen to meet the demand for food during the height of the pandemic and continuing its involvement.”

            Moonshot Farm, located at 415 Imlaystown Road, was recognized with 2021 Business Award for “Community Enhancement”, accepted by owners Rebecca Kutzer-Rice and Mark Ginsberg.  Moonshot Farm, a family-owned cut flower farm launched in 2019, specializes in bee-friendly cut flowers sustainably grown without chemical herbicides or pesticides, raw honey, pasture-raised rainbow eggs, make-your-own floral arrangement and holiday wreath classes and private events.  Moonshot Farm also offers a pick-your-own flowers, a Crop Share Agreement (CSA) in which residents can buy a piece of land and grow their own flowers and sponsors a popular Bouquet-of-the-month Club subscription of 3 or 6 months, DIY wreath kits and holiday gift boxes.  Their packaging is zero-waste and plastic free. 

            Mayor Mironov stated,  “East Windsor’s Moonshot Farm is a unique family owned entrepreneurial small cut flower business using organic practices and featuring pick-your-own flowers and creative subscriptions and hands on classes. This young family left their Brooklyn home to open their farm and “shoot for the moon”.  We applaud their entrepreneurial spirit and value the special business understanding which they have brought to our community.”


Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members congratulate the three recipients of 2021 East Windsor Township Business awards.  Pictured (from left to right) are:  (front row) Carey Tajfel, President, Holiday Inn and National Conference Center;  Francine Tajfel, General Counsel, Holiday Inn and National Conference Center;  Mayor Janice S. Mironov;  Rebecca Kutzer-Rice, Owner, Moonshot Farm;  Tuvya Griesman, Chief Executive Officer, Modway;  Council Member Marc Lippman;  (back row)  Council Member Alan Rosenberg;  Deputy Mayor Peter Yeager;  Council Member David Russell, and Council Member John Zoller.


Mayor Janice S. Mironov presents 2021 Business Award for “Business Beautification” to Holiday Inn and National Conference Center, accepted by Carey Tajfel, President, and Francine Tajfel, General Counsel.


Mayor Janice S. Mironov presents 2021 Business Award for “Community Service” to Modway, accepted by Tuvya Griesman, Chief Executive Officer.


Mayor Janice S. Mironov presents 2021 Business Award for “Community Enhancement” to Moonshot Farm, accepted by owners Rebecca Kutzer-Rice and Mark Ginsberg, and their daughters Rose and Violet.


East Windsor Mayor Janic Mirnov Administers Oath Of Office To New Police Officer

December 15, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov administered the oath of office to new police officer Dylan P. Dempsey, who fills a police department vacancy.  Police Officer Dempsey will be assigned to a Uniform Services Platoon of the police department.

Police Officer Dylan P. Dempsey graduated from the Ocean County Police Academy in April 2022 and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Administration from Rutgers University.  Prior to joining the East Windsor Police Department, Officer Dempsey worked as a Class II Special Law Enforcement Officer with the Point Pleasant Beach Police Department.

Mayor Mironov welcomed family members and police officers in attendance, and stated, “I congratulate new Police Officer Dempsey who successfully passed the scrutinous selection process to become part of our East Windsor team. We wish him a great and satisfying career here, and look forward to his service to our community.”


East Windsor Township Mayor Janice S. Mironov administered the oath of office to new Police Officer Dylan P. Dempsey (center) in a ceremony attended by Chief of Police Jason Hart (right), elected officials and other police officers.


East Windsor Participates In Womanspace “Communities of Light”

December 13, 2022

Mayor Janice S. Mironov, Deputy Mayor Peter Yeager, Council Members Denise Daniels, Alan Rosenberg, and John Zoller joined with police officers and residents to participate in the 2022 Township Womanspace “Communities of Light” event at the East Windsor Municipal Building.  The purpose of “Communities of Light” is to raise funds for Womanspace and focus public awareness on the important issue of domestic violence and services available to victims.  Mayor Mironov issued a Proclamation to kick off the event, where Township officials and residents joined together to light candles around the entire perimeter and walkways of the Municipal Building for Communities of Light, sponsored by Womanspace, the primary non-profit organization in Mercer County providing a comprehensive array of services, crisis intervention and support for victims of domestic violence and their families.

Mayor Mironov stated, “‘Communities of Light’ is intended to serve as a beacon of hope for individuals and families who are impacted by the dreadful situation of domestic violence.  Our participation is to demonstrate our support of victims and their families, as well as recognition that domestic violence knows no boundaries and impacts every community regardless of race, religion or socio-economic background.”

Mayor Mironov added, “As a community we wish to express our strong support for organizations like Womanspace and our local Domestic Violence Victim Response Team and to recognize the important assistance they provide to victims of domestic violence.  We hope that our participation will help focus public attention on the important subject of domestic violence and to encourage residents to become more aware of support efforts and resources available to victims and families.”

Communities of Light raises funds for Womanspace, the primary non-profit organization in Mercer County providing crisis intervention and support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  The mission of Womanspace is to provide a comprehensive array of services to individuals impacted by domestic violence and dedicated to improving the quality of life for women and their families.


Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members join with other participants at the municipal building for “Communities of Light” event to raise funds and public awareness for Womanspace, the primary provider of services for victims of domenstic abuse.  Pictured (from left to right) are:  Sergeant Ryan Ballard;  Detective Kenny Azambuja;  Council Member John Zoller;  Lieutenant Matthew Oehling;  Chief of Police Jason Hart;  Council Member Denise Daniels;  Township Manager James Brady;  Mayor Janice Mironov;  Deputy Mayor Peter Yeager;  Womanspace Representative Yvonne Rivera;  Lieutenant Ryan Mattek;  Detective Michelle McCandrew;  Lieutenant Thomas Meyer;  Lieutenant Cory Paieda;  Detective Timothy Purpuri;  Detective Philip Melhorn;  Detective Sergeant Paul Wille, and former East Windsor Chief of Police and past President of Womanspace Board William Spain.


Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members join with Police Department members at the municipal building for Township participation in “Communities of Light” event to raise funds and public awareness for Womanspace, the primary provider of services for victims of domestic abuse.  Pictured (from left to right) are:  Sergeant Ryan Ballard;  Detective Sergeant Paul Wille;  Council Member Denise Daniels;  Lieutenant Cory Paieda;  Mayor Janice Mironov;  Detective Timothy Purpuri;  Lieutenant Ryan Mattek;  Chief of Police Jason Hart;  Detective Kenny Azambuja;  Lieutenant Thomas Meyer;  Lieutenant Matthew Oehling;  Detective Michelle McCandrew, and Detective Sergeant Philip Melhorn.


Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members issue Proclamation designating December 5, 2022 as “Communities of Light” day on which East Windsor Township participated by lighting up the municipal building, to raise funds for Womanspace and focus public awareness on the important subject of domestic violence an support for victims and families.  Pictured (from left to right) are:  Council Member John Zoller;  Council Member Denise Daniels;  Deputy Mayor Peter Yeager;  Womanspace Representative Yvonne Rivera;  Council Member Alan Rosenberg;  Mayor Janice Mironov;  former East Windsor Chief of Police and past President of Womanspace Board William Spain;  Chief of Police Jason Hart, and Township Manager James Brady.


Chimney Fire Extinguished In East Windsor

December 11, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Yesterday afternoon, December 10, 2022 local firefighters responded to the 100 Block of Dorchester Drive for a smoke condition reported coming from the basement. Firefighters arrived and investigated the smoke condition and found a fire in the chimney. Firefighters quickly brought the fire under control.

It is good practice to have a Chimney Sweep, clean and inspect your chimney prior to operating the fire place, wood stove or other fuel burning appliance each year prior to operation to the fuel burning season.


Photos by: Steven Kadir


One Transported From East Windsor Crash

November 22, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Around 9:00 a.m. East Windsor and Monroe Township Fire Companies were dispatched to Twin Rivers and Lake Drives for a box truck into a car with reported entrapment. Captial Health EMS and Paramedics responded to the scene. One person was transported to the hospital and the injuries did not seem life-threating. East Windsor Police Department is investigating the crash. No additional details are available.



County Executive Hughes Calls For Answers, Changes In Wake Of Election Challenges; Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried Provides Update

November 12, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–In the wake of numerous issues with voting and counting on Election Day, challenges that are still under investigation, Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes is calling for a thorough public review of what went wrong and a comprehensive overhaul of the elections process in Mercer County.

“After issues in the last two elections, I have come to the conclusion that we must fundamentally change the management of the election process in Mercer County because it is clearly not working,” the County Executive said. “There are legal limits to what I can do as County Executive but rest assured that I will do everything within my power to ensure the integrity of elections in Mercer County and will tolerate nothing less.”

In Mercer County, three separate entities, the Board of Elections, the Superintendent of Elections, and the Office of the County Clerk each plays a role in elections. Board of Elections commissioners are appointed by the respective County Chairs of the Republican and Democratic Parties, the Superintendent of Elections is an appointee of the Governor, and the County Clerk is an elected position.

“I am happy that Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami-Covello requested that the County Prosecutor look into the election. But we also need a more thorough and public review. We’ve got too many people in control and the quality of our elections has suffered as a result, undermining peoples’ faith in the democratic process,” Mr. Hughes said.

Moving forward, County Executive Hughes proposes the following:

  • Request a special meeting of the Commissioner Board to bring together the Clerk, Superintendent and Election Board Chair explain to the public what went wrong.
  • Reform and simplify our election process by merging and unifying the Office of the Superintendent and the Board into one, and having an experienced Executive Director oversee our elections.
  • Call on legislators to enact changes that will allow Mercer County to reform our system.
  • Pledge any county resources needed to ensure every vote is counted and help get to the bottom of what went wrong hasten and conclude investigation.

“I pledge to you that we will get to the bottom of this and that every vote will be counted,” Mr. Hughes said. “I have listened to the people of Mercer County and have spoken with election officials, and we are committed to finding out how we can improve the election process and to prevent future incidents as the one on Election Day.”

In Mercer County, the Office of the County Executive does not supervise the Board, their offices, nor does it have jurisdiction. The board is responsible for selecting polling places, training board workers, receiving and counting vote-by-mail ballots, and counting and certifying provisional ballots. The Superintendent of Elections handles voter registration, renews registration records, investigates provisional ballots, and is the custodian of voting machines. The County Clerk designs and prints all election ballots, processes vote by mail applications, and officially certifies the election results.

File photo: Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes


File photo: Robbinsville Township Mayor Dave Fried

Robbinsville Township Mayor Dave Fried said in a Facebook post:

“Regarding the events of Election Day, here is what we know so far.

Either the machine scanners did not work, or the ballots were printed incorrectly and the machines did their jobs and correctly spit them out as invalid. An investigation is reportedly under way, and Robbinsville will join other elected officials across Mercer County to see that the investigation is complete and transparent.

Let me be clear: I am not blaming anyone. Honestly, I do not know how this happened. Pointing fingers without all the facts is not productive. We do know that this is the second straight year the County process did not work as it should have, and I am not happy with much of what I saw.

One of the basic tenets of our democracy is the right to vote, and that every vote will be counted.

As of today, it appears our District 5 ballots (Library) have been found after having been misplaced. That information was given directly to our Municipal Clerk Michele Seigfried from the County.

Just a quick note about our clerk’s office. Michele and her team of Deputy Clerk Kaitlyn Macellaro and Sandy DeLorenzo performed exceptionally under extremely difficult conditions this past week. I cannot thank them enough for their service to our Township. The same goes for our Administration team, led by B.A. Joy Tozzi, each of whom worked all hours of the day and night in the chaotic aftermath of Election Day.

Over in Princeton, it seems they discovered ballots still in their machines. During in-person voting on Election Day, two slots for placing ballots were used. The first was the so-called emergency slot. This was used in the early part of the day because officials had hoped the scanner problems could be fixed before polls closed. As the day went on, that emergency bin became full and the scanners were removed so the main bin could be used. They discovered Princeton’s ballots were still in some of those containers since both sides were not emptied. It also appears that the documentation of the chain of custody regarding our ballots was quite poor, allowing the ballots to be apparently misplaced for a time.

The courts have ordered all the machines returned to the Mercer County Board of Elections for inspection to ensure there are no more ballots in those machines, including the ones deployed in Robbinsville.

I DO NOT believe there was any type of fraud, and I DO NOT believe there are any conspiracies at work here. I do believe mistakes were made at a time in our nation when it can ill-afford to stumble on Election Day.

We have spent millions of dollars on these machines and ballots, and they clearly did not work as advertised. It is time to reassess and come up with a better system. Those of you who voted early did not seem to have any issues. Perhaps we need to consider moving entirely in that direction. I will be attending all upcoming Mercer County Commissioner’s meetings until we have a real and fortified plan. Together, I am hopeful we will come up with a solution. Robbinsville has no intention of paying for this process unless real change is implemented.

I have no reason to believe, even with ballots that may or may not still be out there, that our local results will change.

Thus, I sincerely congratulate our three new Board of Education members – Jeffrey Pierro, Raghu Nandan and Peter Oehlberg. I wish each of you the best of luck, and I am sorry your first election was fraught with so much turmoil.

I have always said putting your name on a ballot is one of the most difficult – but potentially rewarding things – a person can do. Although no candidate should have to wait days for results in 2022, each of you earned your rightful place among your other BOE members.

While Ballot Question #1, which sought to combine our Planning and Zoning Boards into a consolidated Land Use Board, did pass, Ballot Question #2 regarding an increase in our Open Space tax to preserve more land and slow development did not. I know times are tough. That is why we put items such as these questions on the ballot. Sometimes we think we know what the residents want, but this process helps us know for certain.”





East Windsor Recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month And Participation In in Womanspace “Communities of Light” On December 5

November 10, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice Mironov, Deputy Mayor Peter Yeager, and Council Members Denise Daniels, David Russell, Alan Rosenberg and John Zoller, joined by Womanspace Chief Operating Officer, Client and Community Services Susan Victor and Chief of Police Jason Hart, proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, praising Womanspace and the Domestic Violence Victim Response Team “for their commendable efforts in focusing attention on the important community subject of domestic abuse and providing support and resources for abuse victims.”   

            Mayor Mironov noted, “East Windsor was the first municipality in Mercer County to step up and establish a Domestic Violence Victim Response Team with the help of Womanspace and our Police Department.”  Mayor Mironov’s Proclamation reads, “The East Windsor Domestic Violence Victim Response Team and Womanspace have provided a coordinated community response that has served hundreds of local residents during its years of operation, and has improved many lives in our community by advocating the importance of victim safety as well as accountability for abusers.  The pro-active commitment by East Windsor Township through its Domestic Violence Victim Response Team and Womanspace visibly demonstrates to our residents and surrounding municipalities that we are united in combating domestic violence and that it is unacceptable to our entire community.”

            Mayor Mironov and Township officials further kicked off East Windsor Township’s participation in Womanspace December 5 “Communities of Light encouraging residents and local groups to join in and support this event, geared to raise funds and awareness of domestic violence and services available to victims.  Mayor Mironov stated, “We hope that our participation will help focus public attention on the important subject of domestic violence and to encourage residents to become more aware of support efforts available to victims and families.  As a community, we wish to express our strong support for Womanspace and to recognize the important assistance they provide to victims of domestic violence.”  She added, “the lighting of luminaries is a unique means of increasing local awareness of the ongoing presence of domestic violence in all of our communities and to serve as a symbol of hope for all those who struggle with violence in their homes.”

Mayor Mironov called on all residents and businesses to participate by purchasing candles and gathering at the East Windsor Municipal Building (16 Lanning Boulevard) on December 5, 2022 at 5 p.m. to light up the East Windsor Municipal Building, followed by light refreshments.  Citizens can participate by purchasing luminary kits, containing six candles each, for $10 at any time at the Police/Municipal Court Building (80 One Mile Road) and bringing luminary kits to the event.  All proceeds will go 100% directly to Womanspace, the primary Mercer County organization providing a comprehensive array of services to individuals affected by domestic violence and dedicated to improving the quality of life of abuse victims and their families.  For further information, call (609) 448-5678, ext. 236.


Mayor Janice Mironov and Council Members present Proclamation recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month – October to Womanspace and kicks off East Windsor Township participation in the Womanspace “Communities of Light” event on Monday, December 5. Pictured (from left to right) are:  Council Member Denise Daniels, Council Member David Russell,  Womanspace Chief Operating Officer Susan Victor,  Council Member Alan Rosenberg,  Mayor Janice Mironov,  Council Member John Zoller,  Chief of Police Jason Hart and Deputy Mayor Peter Yeager.


Missing Votes Found And Being Counted In Mercer County

November 10, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello told MidJersey.News in an email, “Although this is under the board of elections, I have been informed that they were all found by them and are being counted.”

As reported yesterday by MidJersey.news a bag of Robbinsville emergency ballots went missing, and also 3 Princeton districts also appeared to be missing as of this morning.

The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Spokesperson  Casey DeBlasio, told MidJersey.news in an email, “I can confirm the county clerk did reach out to the prosecutor today.  We are reviewing her concerns to determine what further action should be taken.”

MidJersey.news did reach out to Mercer County Board of Elections this morning and have not received a reply yet.

Check back with MidJersey.news we will update as information becomes available.

Yesterday’s MidJersey.News story here:




Election Problems Reported In Mercer County, NJ

November 8, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Township reported on social media that due to a Mercer County-wide system outage, all voting machines are currently down in each district across the County.

Voters can still report to their respective polling locations and vote on a standard ballot and insert their ballot into the “emergency slot” in the machine. However, Mercer County officials will be unable to tally those votes tonight and are working to fix the system issue.

8:00 a.m. UPDATE:

Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello posted on Facebook that there is a glitch with the Dominion scanners. Voters can still vote by completing their ballots and placing them in the top of the scanning machine in the slot where the emergency ballots are placed. Everyone can vote manually, so rest assured no one will be disenfranchised.

8:08 a.m. UPDATE:

Mercer County reports: The Board of Elections has advised the county of issues with voting machines. Poll workers will be on hand to walk voters through the process. The board is working with Dominion, the machine maker, to resolve the issue.



“All votes cast in this General Election will be scanned on high capacity scanners by the Mercer County Board of Elections, at their central location, instead of at the polling locations by the voters. The Board of Elections is a bipartisan commission. Fortunately, we have hand-marked paper ballot system.

The Mercer County Clerk’s Office does not oversee voting machines or the voting equipment, but all three offices work together to make sure that the process is secure and transparent.

We made it through Hurricane Sandy, through 2020 and we will make it through this one too and no one will be disenfranchised.”

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Update from the Mercer County Superintendent of Elections Nathaniel Walker

November 8, 2022 – 2 p.m.

Soon after polls opened this morning, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, poll workers became aware of an issue with the voting machine scanners. Voters are being asked to fill out the ballot as they normally would. A contingency plan is in place for all ballots cast at all locations to be scanned at the secure Board of Elections office.

Again, ballots will be scanned just as they would at the polling location. Every ballot that has been cast will be counted, no voter will be disenfranchised, and the integrity of the election is intact and secure.

Additionally, provisional ballots are available to those who would prefer to vote provisionally. A provisional ballot can be obtained at a voter’s polling location.

Further information will be reported as it becomes known.

– Nathaniel Walker, Mercer County Superintendent Of Elections

nwalker@mercercounty.org

Law Enforcement Investigates Death Of 18-Year-Old

November 7, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–East Windsor Police report, on Monday November 7, 2022, at approximately 9:09 a.m., members of the East Windsor Police Department and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office responded to the Bear Brook, located off of Oak Creek Road, for a report of an unattended death. Investigators located the body of Julia McDaid, 18, of East Windsor. The East Windsor Police Department and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office are actively investigating the incident, however preliminary investigation indicates no signs of foul play.


Tire Crashes Though Windshield Reportedly Killing Woman On The New Jersey Turnpike Near Exit 8

November 6, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–At 5:06 p.m. Robbinsville EMS and Paramedics were dispatched to the New Jersey Turnpike north bound inner roadway at mile post 67.5 for a “pronouncement” Initial 9-1-1 radio reports indicated that mile post 67.6 a tire flew from the south bound side of traffic, into oncoming traffic then into the windshield of a north bound vehicle striking the occupant. Initial unconfirmed reports that a female occupant of the vehicle was deceased.

The left lane of the New Jersey Turnpike inner roadway was shut down for the crash investigation and Troopers were scene checking the roadway for evidence. New Jersey State Police are actively investigating the crash at the time of this report.

UPDATE HERE:




Above New Jersey State Police search for evidence along the New Jersey Turnpike in the area of Exit 8 in a fatal crash investigation.


Two DUI Crashes Reported Hours Apart In East Windsor

November 4, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–East Windsor Police Department responded to two different DUI crashes on October 27, 2022. The first crash was reported at 4:49 p.m. on Route 130 South and the second crash was reported on Etra Road at 7:41 p.m.

Patrol Officer Evan McNamara responded at 4:49 p.m. to Route 130 South for a minor two vehicle rear end crash. The driver of one of the involved vehicles exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The driver was later released pending court action. Gerri Lynn Goldberg, 59, Cranbury, NJ charged with DUI, Reckless Driving and Careless Driving.

Patrol Officer Thomas Nicola responded at 7:41 p.m. to Etra Road for a report of a single vehicle crash. Investigation revealed that the vehicle left the roadway and collided with a utility pole. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The driver was later released pending court action. Suresh Menon, 57, East Windsor, NJ was charged with DUI, Reckless Driving, Careless Driving and Failure to Maintain Lane.

Despite having been charged, every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Trenton Man Arrested For Shoplifting $1,134. Items From East Windsor Target

November 4, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–East Windsor Police Department responded on October 31, 2022 to the East Windsor Target on Route 571 at 2:10 p.m., for reported shoplifting. East Windsor Officer, Detective Kenny Azambuja, arrested Kent J. Baptiste, 37 of Trenton, NJ after an investigation revealed that Baptiste left the store without paying for $1,134.67 worth of merchandise. Baptiste was placed under arrest and later released pending court action.

Despite having been charged, every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.



Lieutenant Jason Hart Sworn In As New East Windsor Township Chief Of Police

October 13, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Lieutenant Jason Hart was sworn in as East Windsor Township’s new Chief of Police by East Windsor Mayor Janice S. Mironov, at a ceremony in the Municipal Courtroom, attended by large numbers of Township officials, police officers and family and friends.  Chief Hart’s appointment follows the retirement of Chief of Police James Geary, who served 27 years with the police department.

Mayor Mironov detailed Chief Hart’s career and accomplishments with the Township department.  Chief of Police Hart joined the Township police department in January 2004, after graduating from the Ocean County Police Academy and serving as a Special Police Officer in Seaside Park Borough.  During his career with the Township, Chief Hart has been a Defensive Tactics Instructor, Field Training Officer, Secondary Officer in Charge, Evidence Technician, Firearms Instructor, and Detective in Investigative Services.  He was promoted to Sergeant in July 2015, serving as a Platoon Supervisor, Traffic Safety Unit Supervisor and Investigative Services Supervisor.  Chief Hart was promoted to Lieutenant in January 2020 serving as Investigative Services Commander, Uniform Services Commander and Internal Affairs Commander. 

Chief Hart has been awarded the Life Saving Medal, the Samaritan Officer of the Year Award, two Unit Citation Medals, Educational Achievement Medal, several Awards of Merit and numerous Letters of Recognition from his superior officers and members of the community.  He received a bachelor’s degree from Albright College and master’s degree from The Collage of New Jersey, and is a 2019 graduate of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Command and Leadership Academy.

Mayor Mironov stated, “Chief Jason Hart comes to this top position with an extremely wide breath of law enforcement experience, substantial training and credentials, and demonstrated performance and leadership.  We are confident that Chief Hart brings to this position of responsibility the background and personal qualities which will enable him to be an effective Police Chief and to continue to develop a high caliber of performance for our department.”

Chief Jason Hart, after taking the oath of office administered by Mayor Mironov, expressed his gratitude to the Mayor and Council and to all of his fellow police officers and former Township police chiefs.  Chief Hart stated, “I am very excited and truly honored to have been granted the opportunity to serve as East Windsor Township’s chief of police.  I look forward to many years of continued service with the men and women of our police department on behalf of the entire community.”


Mayor Janice S. Mironov administered the oath of office to new East Windsor Township Chief of Police Jason Hart as his wife Beth holds the Bible.


Mayor Mironov and newly appointed Chief of Police Jason Hart at the October 6 swearing-in ceremony.


Jersey Mike’s Subs Opens In East Windsor Town Center Plaza

October 3, 2022

EAST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)– Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Member John Zoller joined Co-Owners Evan Mayer and Gerrit Curran and staff for the grand opening of Jersey Mike’s Subs in the East Windsor Town Center Plaza, anchored by ShopRite and Picture Show movie theater, on Route 130 North.  Evan Mayer, who began his career with Jersey Mike’s in 1998, and his business partner Gerrit Curran currently own and operate two other Jersey Mike’s franchise locations, including Princeton and Hamilton.  The new location in East Windsor has provided the owners the opportunity to bring the country’s #1 Most Admired Fast-casual Brand according to QSR’s 2019 Reader’s Choice Awards to local residents.

Mayor Mironov stated, “Jersey Mike’s Subs is a popular well know sub shop brand which strategically determined to open on the visible highly travelled vibrant Route 130 business corridor in East Windsor. We welcome the popular Jersey Mike’s Subs to our Township, joining our broad and diversified business community.” 

Since 2011, Jersey Mike’s locations throughout the country have raised more than $67 million for worthy local charities. In 2022, the company’s 12th Annual Jersey Mike’s Month of Giving in March raised $20 million for the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games and Special Olympics State Programs.  Locally, to celebrate their grand opening, the owners organized a fundraiser in support of the East Windsor Regional School District Hightstown High School Athletics program.

Founded in 1956 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, Jersey Mike’s Subs is the pioneer of the submarine sandwich, with over 2,000 restaurants open or under development nationwide.  According to their website, Jersey Mike’s strives to serve their customers quality meats and cheeses which are sliced on the spot, served on in-store baked bread.  They are also known for exceptional customer service and giving back to the local community.

Current hours of operation for dine-in or takeout are from 10 am to 9 pm daily.  For further information, call (609) 301-5050 or visit www.jerseymikes.com.

319 US-130, East Windsor, NJ 08520


Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Member John Zoller join franchise owners to
celebrate the grand opening of Jersey Mike’s Subs in the East Windsor Town Center
Plaza on Route 130 North. Pictured (from left to right) are: Gerrit Curran, owner;
Council Member John Zoller; Mayor Janice Mironov, and Evan Mayer, owner.


East Windsor Township Remembers 21st Anniversary of 9/11

September 21, 2022

EAST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–East Windsor Township held a 9/11 ceremony including a wreath laying to remember the 21st Anniversary of 9/11 on Sunday, September 11 at the East Windsor Municipal Building grounds, at the 9/11 Memorial.  East Windsor Township held and dedicated a 9/11 Memorial 30 days after the events of 9/11 and annually has honored and remembered this day.  East Windsor annually remembers Township residents Colleen Barkow, Lorraine Bay, Debbie Bellows, Anil Bharvaney, Neil Lai, Ruth Lapin as well as Joseph Pycior, and All Other Lost September 11, 2001.

Participants in the ceremony included: East Windsor Volunteer Fire Company No. 1; East Windsor Volunteer Fire Company No. 2; Volunteer Firefighter William Kerr; Boy Scout Troops 59, 6284 and 63;  Cub Scout Pack 53; Apollo Lodge #41; Liliana Morina, East Windsor Regional School District, Hightstown High School; East Windsor Regional School District, Hightstown High School Small Ensemble; Rabbi Jay Kornsgold, Beth El Synagogue; Reverend Stephen E. Bryant, Sr., St. James AME Church; Reverend James R. Egan, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church; Police Chief James Geary and Police Department, and Mayor Janice S. Mironov and elected officials.


Overturned Vehicle On St. James Place In East Windsor

September 21, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Around 12:30 p.m. a vehicle lost control on St. James Place near North Main Street, hit a tree and overturned in the roadway and a person was reported trapped. East Windsor Police, Hightstown Fire Company, East Windsor Fire Company #2, Monroe Township Fire Department and Cranbury First Aid Squad were all dispatched to the scene. When EMS arrived, they reported entrapment and firefighters said they were going to perform a “door pop” to help get the person out of the vehicle. It was reported that there were no serious injuries, and no one was transported to the hospital. Cranbury Service Center up righted the vehicle and towed it away. East Windsor Police is investigating the crash. No additional details are available at this time.



Roofer With Reported Serious Injuries After Fall Off 2-Story Roof

September 20, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)—Around 2:50 p.m. it was reported that a roofer fell off a second story roof to the ground and had severe injures on Nettleton Drive section of Twin Rivers. East Windsor Police, East Windsor EMS and Capital Health Paramedics responded to the scene. The person was transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton for treatment. No additional details or information about the person’s condition is available at this time.



Kreps School Parent Teachers Organization Establishes GoFundMe To Aid Family Who Lost Their Child In Friday’s Devastating Accident In Hightstown

September 12, 2022

HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–Kreps PTO is organizing a fundraiser for the family of Anthony (A.J.) Dewayne Collins who was lost in Friday’s devastating Accident in Hightstown, NJ.

The GoFundMe is at this link.


GoFundMe for Anthony (A.J.) Dewayne Collins:

On September 9, 2022, the East Windsor & Hightstown community suffered a devastating loss. Anthony (A.J.) Dewayne Collins Jr., born June 29, 2009, in New Brunswick, N.J., was called home this Friday, September 9, 2022. He grew up in New Brunswick and recently moved to Hightstown, where he attended Melvin H. Kreps Middle School.

His family will always love his bright smile, his love of reading, his fascination with Legos, and the way he took his job as a big brother and uncle seriously.

A.J will be deeply missed by his mother, Elba Quiñones, his father, Anthony Collins, his brothers Christofer and Isaiah, his little sister Analisse, his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and nieces, the staff and students at Gifted & Talented Academy (GTA) at Lincoln Annex, and the Kreps Middle School community. A.J. brought joy wherever he went.

Please consider donating to help the family with the funeral and related costs they will incur.

Please keep A.J.’s family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

This is the official fundraiser for Anthony (A.J.) Dewayne Collins and is being managed by the Kreps PTO.

If you have any questions, please contact the Kreps PTO via facebook messenger. Our email can also be found on facebook.


Anthony (A.J.) Dewayne Collins



East Windsor Man Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Manslaughter


Jefrey Vasquez-Calderon, 40, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree aggravated
manslaughter before Mercer County Superior Court Judge Robert E. Lytle on September 6.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, the state will recommend that Vasquez-Calderon be
sentenced to 22 years in state prison under the No Early Release Act.


September 8, 2022

An East Windsor man charged with the February 2019 stabbing death of Luis Sanchez pleaded
guilty this week to aggravated manslaughter, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri
reported.
Jefrey Vasquez-Calderon, 40, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree aggravated
manslaughter before Mercer County Superior Court Judge Robert E. Lytle on September 6.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, the state will recommend that Vasquez-Calderon be
sentenced to 22 years in state prison under the No Early Release Act.
The guilty plea is a result of an investigation conducted by the Mercer County Homicide Task
Force and the East Windsor Township Police Department. On Wednesday, February 27, 2019,
at approximately 8:30 a.m., East Windsor police responded to Sanchez’ residence in the first
block of Bennington Drive and found him unresponsive on the back patio area of the home.
There were visible wounds and trauma to Sanchez’ body and he was pronounced dead at the
scene.
Investigation revealed that Sanchez and Vasquez-Calderon left a nearby liquor store and
lounge together earlier that evening. After returning to Sanchez’ residence, Vasquez-Calderon
stabbed Sanchez numerous times with a knife. The two men were acquaintances and neighbors
who both lived in the first block of Bennington Drive.
Assistant Prosecutor Timothy McCann represented the state. Vasquez-Calderon is scheduled
to be sentenced on November 4.



Bennington Drive File Photo


No Injuries Reported As Truck Leaves Roadway And Crashes Into Woods On NJ Turnpike

August 27, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–At 9:11 p.m. the Hightstown Fire Company, Hightstown First Aid, Robbinsville Fire Department and NJ State Troopers were sent to mile post 65.2 south bound outer roadway for a tractor-trailer in the woods with reported injuries. Upon arrival the tractor-trailer was into the woods but there were no injuries or entrapment. NJ State Police and NJ Turnpike Authority were standing by waiting for tow trucks to extricate the vehicle from the woods. NJ State Police is investigating the crash. No additional details are available at this time.




East Windsor Township Unveils New Gateway Signs

August 24, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members along with East Windsor Economic Development Committee co-chairs unveiled new gateway signs installed at major entrances to the Township.  The new modern blue and white signs, sponsored and funded by local businesses, depict the Township signature logo, the 1797 year of Township incorporation, and the Township tagline “East Windsor Community & Commerce”.  The Township thanks business sponsors Aurobindo Pharma, CentraState Medical Center, H & H Appliance, Hovione, Shiseido Americas and Working Dog Winery.  

The Township Economic Development Committee project, spearheaded by Council Member David Russell, former Economic Development Committee Chair, provides identification points for entrances to the Township and promotes local businesses.  The six locations of the new gateway signs are Route 130 North (near Conover Road), Route 130 South (near Old Cranbury Road), Princeton-Hightstown Road eastbound, Old Trenton Road north bound, Windsor Perrineville Road at Old York Road, and Route 33 West (near Twin Rivers Drive). 

Mayor Mironov stated, “East Windsor’s new gateway entrance signs are a welcomed addition to the Township, and we thank our sponsors and those individuals involved in this important project.  The branded message of ‘Community & Commerce’ appropriately describes East Windsor Township with our strong business and residential neighborhoods.”


Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members join with co-chairs of the East Windsor Economic Development Committee to unveil new gateway signs to the Township. Pictured (from left to right) are:  Oren Livne, Economic Development Committee Co-Chair; Council Member John Zoller; Mayor Janice Mironov; Stephen Lach, Economic Development Committee Co-Chair, and Council Member David Russell.


Shiseido Americas And East Windsor Host U.S. Senator Cory Booker With Tour Of East Windsor Facility And Town Hall With Local Employees During Summer 2022 Road Trip

Booker Concluded the 2022 Jersey Summer Road Trip yesterday and visited all 21 counties during the trip, focused on his ongoing work to serve the people of New Jersey



EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Shiseido Americas executives welcomed U.S. Senator Cory Booker to a tour of the East Windsor facility and a town hall with local employees.  Shiseido, celebrating its 150th Anniversary, opened in East Windsor in 1998 and is now home to the company’s North American manufacturing center and one of its Global Innovation Centers.  Senator Booker toured the East Windsor Shiseido facility, one of the Township’s premier employers, and conducted a Town Hall Question & Answer forum with a packed room of company employees, among 21 county events in New Jersey. 

            The Shiseido East Windsor 350,000 square foot facility employs over 340 workers, produces over 2,600 products, and includes manufacturing and innovation with three shifts/five days per week.   Shiseido is an environmental leader, with installation of their solar array, and LED upgrades.  Shiseido cosmetic and perfume brands include:  Shiseido Ginza Tokyo, NARS, Drunk Elephant, Cle de peau, Tory Birch, Serge Lutens, Issey Miyake, Dolce & Gabbana, and Narciso Rodriguez. 

            Mayor Mironov stated, “East Windsor is proud of the beneficial partnership we have enjoyed with the global cosmetics giant Shiseido, which is a great business model, community model and a pro-active environmental leader.  Shiseido represents for East Windsor the best of our high-tech, high-growth companies within our Einstein’s Alley corridor.  Shiseido, with a long company history of promoting and protecting our green environment, directed by the dedicated corporate leadership and staff of Shiseido Americas, has set an admirable model for businesses in our community and around the world.  We are pleased to welcome and bring together another partner in Senator Booker to learn more about Shiseido’s business operations, innovative ideas and sustainable practices and leadership.”

Founded in 1872 by Arinobu Fukuhara with its origins as a western pharmacy in Ginza, Tokyo, Shiseido is one of the oldest and largest cosmetics companies in the world. Shiseido employs 42,000 employees in 120 countries and regions, with over $7.5B in net sales.  Shiseido operates in six regions:  Americas, Europe, China, Japan, Travel Retail, and Asia-Pacific (APAC).    Their mission includes “beauty innovations for a better world”.


From visits to businesses to local farms, roundtable discussions to townhalls, press conferences to small business walks, U.S. Senator Cory Booker concluded his 2022 Jersey Summer Road Trip yesterday. Over six days, Booker visited all 21 counties in New Jersey and highlighted his efforts to secure congressionally directed spending for critical New Jersey projects and organizations, his support of local industries, and his continued commitment to serving the state’s residents.

Booker launched his tour in Stafford Township to discuss the On P.O.I.N.T. program, which provides on-site social workers for police departments to address the high volume of social service-related calls and incidents they receive. He then announced legislation that would expand the VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, which promotes housing stability among very low-income veteran families, to former members of the National Guard and Reserves.

Booker hosted a listening session with New Jersey stakeholders to discuss food insecurity and hunger in New Jersey, the need to reform our nation’s food system, and the rising incidence of diet-related diseases. Booker will use the comments and feedback he received at the listening session, cohosted with New Jersey Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, for the upcoming White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health that he successfully secured funding for. Booker also announced over $1 million in federal grant money for Norwescap Food Bank to increase its capacity to distribute food and build a more modern facility.

To close out his road trip, Booker hosted a roundtable discussion in Cumberland County to discuss the county’s work to implement community violence intervention strategies that aim to reduce and prevent gun violence. Booker has been a proponent of such strategies; in 2019, he introduced the Break the Cycle of Violence Act, legislation that would provide federal grants to communities for gun violence intervention and prevention programs designed to interrupt cycles of violence. Research has shown that a combination of community-oriented intervention programs and commonsense gun control policies can reduce gun violence rates.

“Over the past days, I’ve had the chance to meet with advocates, elected officials, and residents of the Garden State who have graciously shared their feedback, concerns, and stories with me,” said Sen. Booker. “These conservations will stay with me and help me further advocate for our state as I return to Washington. It’s an honor to serve the people of New Jersey, and I know that together, we will address the unique challenges our state and nation faces.”


Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Shiseido Executive Team welcome U.S. Senator Cory Booker to the East Windsor Shiseido Americas facility for a tour and an employee Q&A Town Hall.  Pictured (from left to right) are:  Gail Boye, Executive Vice-President, Product Innovation & Commercialization; Ross Hammond, Vice-President, Manufacturing & Plant Manager; U.S. Senator Cory Booker; Max Bogaert, Executive Vice-President, Operations Shiseido Americas; Mayor Janice S. Mironov; and Takahiro Iwabuchi, Senior Vice-President, Regulatory & Americas Innovation Center.


Mayor Janice S. Mironov and U.S. Senator Cory Booker address a packed room of employees for a Q&A Town Hall meeting at Shiseido Americas East Windsor facility.


East Windsor Township Dedicates Restored Etra Lake Park Arboretum Supported By Sustainable Jersey Grant

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members joined with Environmental Commission members and Sustainable Jersey to dedicate the restored Township Arboretum at Etra Lake Park.  A Sustainable Jersey grant funded by the PSEG Foundation, supported the Arboretum project which included cleanup and access improvements, planting of native trees, installation of identification signage and markings which can be accessed via smartphone, and preparation of maps and informational materials to share with the community and promote the Arboretum. 

Mayor Mironov stated, “East Windsor is excited to open to the public this Arboretum located at Etra Lake Park to establish an educational center for students and our entire community.  The Township Arboretum will serve as a ‘living’ outdoor museum and educational resource for the community to share information on the legacy of trees and forest ecology in a creative and fun convenient park setting.  We look forward to residents utilizing the Arboretum to learn more about native trees and their role in local landscaping and planning, and providing and promoting self-guided tour materials to share the Arboretum.”   

The East Windsor Arboretum is easily accessible within East Windsor’s crown jewel Etra Lake Park, which offers many recreation opportunities including walking and jogging trails along with a rich landscape of plant species, birds and wildlife.    The Arboretum features 29 native tree species, a mix of newly planted and mature trees, marked with identification tags.  Each tree has a scannable smartphone QR code which provides a link to the description of the characteristics and origins of the tree.  The Arboretum start place is designated by a new large sign next to the park’s Environmental Center displaying a map and tree locations.   Some of the native tree species include:  sweetgum, white oak, sassafras, sycamore, mulberry, mockernut hickory, sweetbay magnolia and witch hazel, among the 29 trees featured.  An accompanying brochure with a depiction of the Arboretum map and tree locations assists self-guided tours.  The Arboretum provides educational value to the local community and schools.

East Windsor Township achieved and remains at the prestigious Silver Certified Level New Jersey Sustainable community and has been a Tree City USA municipality for the past 21 years.  Sustainable Jersey is a voluntary program open to municipalities and schools which desire to work collectively toward a more sustainable New Jersey. Acting with state agencies, non-profit organizations, foundations, academia and industry, Sustainable Jersey researches best practices for what communities could do to contribute to a sustainable future.

Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members join with members of the East Windsor Environmental Commission and Green Team for the dedication of the restored Township Arboretum at Etra Lake Park. Pictured (from left to right) are: Council Member Alan Rosenberg; Ronald Balint, Chairperson, Environmental Commission and Green Team; Council Member John Zoller; Council Member David Russell; Adam Palant, Environmental Commission Member; Gary Wroblewski, Environmental Commission Member; Council Member Marc Lippman; Deputy Mayor Peter Yeager;  Mayor Janice Mironov, and Randall Solomon, Executive Director, Sustainable Jersey.


East Windsor Township Celebrates National Night Out

August 8, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–East Windsor Township celebrated “National Night Out” on August 2, at the East Windsor P.A.L. complex, which featured crime watch information, fire and EMS equipment displays, games and activities, and over 60 organization and business booths.  The event, hosted by Mayor Janice Mironov and Council Members and Chief of Police James Geary and the police department and attended by well over 2,000 people, was to demonstrate the commitment of East Windsor Township to promoting a cooperative partnership among police, local government officials and citizens to vigilance and crime prevention throughout the East Windsor community. 

Mayor Mironov issued a Mayoral Proclamation which was presented to the Neighborhood Crime Watch members, reading “National Night Out Against Crime is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and foremost send a strong message to criminals letting them that the community and police have joined together in fighting crime.”

The many fun and educational activities at National Night Out included demonstrations by canine trained in detecting illegal drugs, child car safety seat inspections and police car tours, as well as fire hose demonstrations, climbing obstacle course, inflatable games, face painting and air brush tattoos, plus music and refreshments.  Community groups and area businesses hosted booths with information and giveaways supporting the National Night Out theme.

Mayor Mironov stated,  “National Night Out was a tremendous community success and we thank our police department, our volunteer fire company and rescue squad volunteers, and the many businesses and organizations for their support and participation in helping to make East Windsor’s National Night Out such an outstanding event.”


Mayor Janice S. Mironov presents Proclamation for 2022 “National Night Out” to East Windsor Neighborhood Crime Watch members during the event held at the East Windsor P.A.L. complex.  Pictured (from left to right) are:  Neighborhood Crime Watch Member Wayne Varga;  Neighborhood Crime Watch Member Joseph Lamagna;  Neighborhood Crime Watch Member Mindy Gerber;  Neighborhood Crime Watch Member Richard LaBone;  Neighborhood Crime Watch Chairperson Vincent Citarella;  Council Member John Zoller;  Mayor Janice S. Mironov;  Council Member David Russell;  Police Lieutenant Ryan Mattek;  Police Chief James Geary;  Council Member Marc Lippman;  Deputy Mayor Peter Yeager, and Council Member Alan Rosenberg.


Fully Involved Dump Truck Fire On New Jersey Turnpike In East Windsor, NJ

August 5, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–At 3:19 p.m. Hightstown and Robbinsville Fire Departments were dispatched to the New Jersey Turnpike at mile post 65 in the south bound outer lanes for a fully involved dump truck on fire. Firefighters from Hightstown and Robbinsville extinguished the fire and called a water tanker from Cranbury Fire Company to the scene. New Jersey State Police shut down a lane of travel during the firefight. No further details are available at this time.




One Reported Injury On New Jersey Turnpike Crash In East Windsor

August 5, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–At 7:16 a.m., Robbinsville and Hightstown Fire Departments were dispatched to mile post 65.3 south bound in the outer lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike for an overturned van with entrapment. RWJ EMS, Captial Health Paramedics and NJ State Police also responded to the scene. It was determined that several people riding in the van were able to get out on their own power and extrication was not needed. One person was transported with non-life-threatening injuries to a local hospital for treatment. New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash. No further details are available at this time.