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Salute To The Great Cities Of The American Revolution As Seen In Transit Though Mercer County

July 4, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, EAST WINDSOR, HAMILTON, NJ (MERCER)–If you were lucky enough to be outside this afternoon around 5:15 you would have seen a military fly over called “Salute To The Great Cities Of The American Revolution” en route from New York City to Philadelphia.

Trenton, NJ the home of the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area where just north of there General George Washington crossed the Delaware on December 25, 1776 was not on the official list of the “Great Cities”

Still the region from the Monmouth Battlefield, extending though Cranbury, Hightstown, Robbinsville, Hamilton and turning at Trenton towards Philadelphia was still able to see the fly over even though it was not officially on the program.

Spectators were able to see a variety of aircraft from the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Marine Corps including: U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, followed by B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, F-15 and F-22 fighters and U.S. Marine Corps F-35 fighters in transit from New York City to Philadelphia.


Secretary Esper approved a Department of the Interior request for DOD support to the 2020 Salute to America. DOD will provide aerial, musical and ceremonial support to this year’s celebration in Washington, D.C. This year’s support will also include a flyover of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, as well an aerial salute to several cities that played roles in the American Revolution.
 
The highlight of this year’s celebration will be our salute to the Great Cities of the American Revolution. The flyovers will begin in Boston and proceed to New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore. From there they will join other Department of Defense and heritage aircraft in the Salute to America over our nation’s capital. In all, roughly 1,700 service members will support the celebrations.

The aircraft are scheduled to overfly each of the cities, beginning at approximately 4:00 pm, then fly on to the next city. U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps jets will fly over in five waves. The flyovers will be led by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, followed by B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, F-15 and F-22 fighters and U.S. Marine Corps F-35 fighters.  

BOSTON:  The aircraft are scheduled to overfly the center of the city at approximately 4:00 pm approaching from the northeast at 1,000 feet above the ground.  Multiple aircraft will overfly the U.S.S. Constitution and then proceed over Fenway Park before departing the city. 

NEW YORK:  The aircraft are scheduled to fly down the Hudson River at approximately 5:00 pm and pass just east of the Statue of Liberty.  

PHILADELPHIA:  The aircraft are scheduled to overfly the center of the city at approximately 5:15 pm approaching from the northeast at 1,000 feet above the ground.  Multiple aircraft will fly over Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell and then proceed southwest out of the city.

BALTIMORE: The aircraft are scheduled to overfly Fort McHenry at approximately 5:30 pm approaching from the northeast at 1,000 feet above the ground.  Multiple aircraft will overfly Fort McHenry before turning south out of the city.

The flyovers provide an opportunity for DOD to demonstrate the capabilities and professionalism of the United States Armed Forces. Flying hours are a sunk cost for the Department of Defense, and these aircraft and crews would be using these hours for proficiency and training at other locations if they were not conducting these flyovers.
 
DOD is proud to help celebrate the nation’s 244th birthday. We are grateful for our nation’s support as we defend our country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


Photos below by: Dennis Symons from East Windsor looking towards Hightstown and Robbinsville


Photos below by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News from the Scenic Overlook on I-295 in Hamilton Township

BREAKING: Serious Accident On NJ Turnpike With Fatality About One Mile From Exit 8

SEE UPDATED STORY HERE: UPDATE: NJ State Police Report A 1 Year Old Child Has Died In Last Nights Accident 4 Others With Severe To Moderate Injuries On NJ Turnpike

BREAKING NEWS REPORT: Information from radio traffic and what was observed on scene at a distance. Once official information is avaiable story will be updated and corrections made if needed.

June 26, 2020 date of accident 11 pm, published June 27, 2020 1:39 am. minor updates at 10 am. Still waiting for official news release from NJ State Police. Updated at 11:30 with some corrections see the new story link posted above for latest information about the accident.

CRANBURY, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–At 10:52 pm tonight a serious accident occurred on the NJ Turnpike in the area of the 69 mile marker south bound lanes. The accident appears to have occurred in a “Z-Cut” area marked “NO TURNS” that are used for emergency equipment. The area is approximately one mile north of Exit 8 Hightstown. A tractor trailer with Amazon Prime markings collided with a car in the area of the emergency access cut though.

The Hightstown Fire Company, Cranbury Fire Company, Robbinsville Township Fire Department EMS, Hightstown First Aid Squad, Mercer County Paramedics and others responded to the scene.

Two were heavily entrapped in the back seat of the car and firefighters with the assistance of a crane from George’s Garage lifted the front of the tractor trailer off the trapped occupants and free them.

A medical helicopter from Cooper University Healthcare “Cooper-2” flew one of the occupants that were heavily entrapped to Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center Trauma Unit in New Brunswick. The center roadway was shut down for the accident and the helicopter landed on the highway nearby.

Two occupants from the front of the vehicle were transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center Trama Unit in Trenton.

It is reported that one person from the back seat has died.

New Jersey State Police have shut down the inner roadway for the accident investigation. The Middlesex County Medical Examiner was en route to the scene at the time of this report.

The accident investigation on the Turnpike is active at this time and the inner roadway is expected to be shut down for hours.

Once official information becomes available this story will be updated, information obtained is from radio reports and observations. See updated story here: SEE UPDATED STORY HERE: UPDATE: NJ State Police Report A 1 Year Old Child Has Died In Last Nights Accident 4 Others With Severe To Moderate Injuries On NJ Turnpike



BREAKING: Firefighters Rescue And Revive 2 Cats From Motel Fire In East Windsor

BREAKING NEWS: This is from on scene reports and radio traffic. Once official information is made available story will be updated and any corrections/additions made if necessary.

June 20, 2020

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Firefighters responded to a fire at the Town House Motel on Franklin Street this afternoon around 12:30 pm. Upon arrival firefighters found heavy smoke coming from Room 216 and the adjacent rooms. Firefighters forced the door and extinguished the fire in the room and found two cats suffering smoke inhalation during their search. Firefighters removed the two cats and brought them outside near the command post and with assistance of EMS were able to revive the cats.

Firefighters and EMS used special oxygen masks designed for animals and were able to revive them. After about 20 minutes of oxygen treatment and stimulation the cats were able to come around and appear that they will survive. The two cats were later transported to the NorthStar Vets in Robbinsville a 24 hour animal hospital. They should be ok after treatment.

The fire was under investigation at the time of this report. Once official information is available it will be posted.


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BREAKING: Turnpike Horror, 10 Horses Died In Horse Trailer Fire, 1 Person Inhalation Burns, 1 Other Injured

Breaking News, some reports from official sources and some reports from on scene and radio traffic, reported as accurately as possible

Updated at 9:40 am. with what we know

Updated at 1:00 pm with some details from social media

June 7, 2020

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–New Jersey State Police confirmed that 10 horses died in a horse transport truck accident with fire early this morning on the New Jersey Turnpike. The truck was a very large tractor trailer style horse transport.

One Facebook witness said they were passing the area at the time and saw flames 20 feet in the air coming from the wreckage.

The transport vehicle traveling north lost control and struck a concrete divider in the area of the bridge support for an emergency U-Turn on the highway then caught fire.

NJSP did not confirm that two persons were injured including one with inhalation burns to the lungs. The injured people were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick trauma center.

The accident and fire occurred around 3:00 am this morning on the New Jersey Turnpike “truck lanes” outer roadway near mile marker 68.6 north bound which is between Wycoff Mills Road and Brick Yard Road, approximately 1 mile north of Exit 8 Hightstown

Multiple fire departments and ambulance crews responded to the scene including units from Hightstown, East Windsor 1 & 2, Cranbury, Plainsboro and Monroe. Hightstown First Aid Squad transported 2 to RWJ, New Brunswick.

It was reported the horse transport was coming from Florida.

No further information is available at this time. NJSP would not give name of carrier or farm that horses belonged to.

One unconfirmed source stated that the horse trailer may have been en route from Ocala, Florida to Sarasota, NY carrying race horses for a race today and training at Saratoga Springs.


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Black Lives Matter Protest In Hightstown

June 2, 2020

Photos and story by: Dennis Symons, Jr.

HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)—A Black Lives Matter protest was held in Highstown, NJ this afternoon. The march started at the Hightstown High School proceeded up Main Street to the center of town. Traffic was shut down for about ½ hour during the protest. Protesters voiced their concerns and talked with police.

One of the protesters said, “We are not here to hate, we are here to gather in love, we love you guys (the police) and want you to love us back. The color of our skin should not threaten anybody, we are all the same, we bleed the same, we are all humans, we are all the same. God made us all equal, it should not take this long for us to have equality. We are tired of being tired.”

Officers of the Hightstown Police Department were asked by protesters to “take a knee” in support and they did, shook hands, and hugged. The protesters then marched up Mercer Street back towards to the high school.

This was a peaceful protest and were no known reported incidents.

Ed note: I know a lot of the protesters from high school sports programs and also the police both sides great people.

YouTube video with an HD camera:

From Facebook Live Video:

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Flight Plan For Operation “America Strong” For April 28, 2020 Released

April 27, 2020

NAS PENSACOLA, Fla. – The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, and the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, will honor frontline COVID-19 responders and essential workers with formation flights over New York City, Newark, Trenton and Philadelphia April 28. The flight plans have been released to the public this morning and can be viewed below.

See previous Stories on the event here:

Thunderbirds, Blue Angels to Salute New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania COVID-19 Responders Tuesday April 28, 2020

President Donald J. Trump Announces “Operation America Strong” Thunderbirds and Blue Angels Fly Over Airshows Coming To A City Near You

Blue Angels and Thunderbird Combined Fly-By Event Is In “Planning Stage” – Will Not Be Today

“Echoing Our Appreciation” to Healthcare Workers & The Front Porch Project

April 23, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township Police, Robbinsville Township Police, Hamilton Township Fire Dept., Robbinsville Township Fire Dept., Hope Fire Company, Mercer County Sheriff Officers, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, along with Mayor Jeff Martin, Mayor David Fried and many others came together tonight to honor and show thanks to healthcare workers at RWJ University Hospital at Hamilton.

A large American Flag hung from Hamilton Township Fire Department’s Truck 17 and police cars surrounded the truck with their lights on. At one point during the event sirens from the emergency vehicles were activated to show appreciation. Almost everyone in attendance cheered, clapped, held a variety of thank you signs for health care workers and many signs read “Heroes work here” The event was held at the evening shift change near the employee entrance. All in attendance were required to wear a face covering and practice social distancing as much as possible.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton’s President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Freeman said at the event, “I am here representing Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton and all our heroes. On behalf of our heroes who are working every single day taking care of our community, I am so proud of them and this effort that the mayors have put on just shows how much you are appreciated. It is really important to understand that the work you do will always, always be appreciated and well beyond this crisis. You are making a statement that this hospital is here for our families, our friends and our community. So bless you all and you are all heroes.”


As the event was happening at RWJ Hamilton Hospital the surrounding communities took part in the Front Porch Project to honor health care workers. Even the Robbinsville Township Council got involved prior to their meeting tonight. More on Front Porch Project tomorrow since several photographs and videos were sent to the Hamilton Mayor’s Office and will be shared in another story.



Front Porch Project To Honor Healthcare Workers Thursday Evening

ROBBINSVILLE-EAST WINDSOR-HAMILTON-NJ (MERCER)–On Thursday April 23 from 7-7:30 p.m., Hamilton, Robbinsville and East Windsor residents can show appreciation to our healthcare workers on the front lines by participating in the “Front Porch Project,” hosted by Hamilton Township and RWJ-Hamilton.

Ways residents could show appreciation is by hanging a banner, taking photos, making some noise, chalk your walk, or other creative projects. Do these at home, not at a public place, or by going to a hospital by please practice proper “social distancing.”

When you are finished send photos and videos to mayor@hamiltonnj.com and tag photos and videos on social media at @HamiltonTwpNJ and @RWJHamilton also use hashtags #HamiltonProud #EchoingAppreciation #HopeIsInHamilton and #HeroesWorkHeretag

Careless Smoking; Porch Fire Quickly Extinguished

April 19, 2020

HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–A small fire on a porch was quickly contained in the 400 Block of Stockton Street tonight. Around 8:50 pm a passerby reported smoke from a building and called 9-1-1 alerting the police and fire departments.

Upon arrival it was found that a wicker type chair was on fire on the porch and was able to be quickly extinguished. The Hightstown Fire Marshal has ruled the cause “Careless Smoking”

Hightstown Fire Company, East Windsor Fire Company and Cranbury Fire Company and Hightstown Police Department responded.

NJ Semifinalists for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

April 17, 2020

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

Local coverage area semifinalists:

Vineeth Duggirala, East Windsor – Mercer County Technical Schools – Health Science Academy

Jonathan Li Lin, Cranbury – Princeton High School

Lucy Zou, East Brunswick – East Brunswick High School

Laura Futamura, Middletown – High Technology High School


New Jersey Full List:
NJ – Rohan Amin, Denville – Delbarton School
**NJ – Grace Elizabeth Brokenshire, Woodbury Heights – Gateway Regional High School
**NJ – Alicia Caichen, Paramus – Bergen County Technical Hs
NJ – Elizabeth Angelina Caso, High Bridge – North Hunterdon High School
*NJ – Elli Choi, Tenafly – Tenafly High School
NJ – Eunice Y. Chong, Demarest – Northern Valley Regional High School
NJ – Shawnak Deb, New Providence – Union County Magnet High School
NJ – Vineeth Duggirala, East Windsor – Mercer County Technical Schools – Health Science Academy
*NJ – Laura Futamura, Middletown – High Technology High School
*NJ – Felicia He, Saddle River – The Brearley School
NJ – Kevin Huang, Bellmawr – Triton Regional High School
NJ – Jonathan Koa, Mahwah – Mahwah High School
**NJ – Dong Jun Lee, Fort Lee – Bergen County Technical High School
NJ – YoungEun Lee, Demarest – Northern Valley Regional High School
*NJ – Jeffrey Xiang Liao, Livingston – Livingston High School
NJ – Jonathan Li Lin, Cranbury – Princeton High School
NJ – Shreya Nuli, Bridgewater – Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School
NJ – Ojas Parmar, Edison – Rutgers Preparatory School
NJ – Jason Ping, Fort Lee – Academy for the Advancement of Science & Technology
NJ – Katie Volpert, Highland Park – Highland Park High School
**NJ – Alan Yeung, Sparta – Sparta High School
NJ – Ethan Zhang, Short Hills – Millburn High School
NJ – Kathryn Shao Zheng, Tenafly – Tenafly High School
NJ – Lucy Zou, East Brunswick – East Brunswick High School

East Windsor Fire Company’s John Brooks Receives National Volunteer Fire Council Lifetime Achievement Award

April 15, 2020

More about the 2020 Award Winners Here

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–John Brooks has been a member of the East Windsor (NJ) Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 since April 1979, when he joined as a junior firefighter. Throughout his 41 years with the department, Brooks has served in various key positions of leadership including trustee, president, vice president, lieutenant, captain, assistant chief, deputy chief, and chief. He was on the Committee of the East Windsor Township LOSAP in 2000; the LOSAP program was approved by referendum for East Windsor’s four volunteer emergency services organizations in 2001. He currently serves as chair of the bylaws and awards committees and is a member of numerous other committees, in addition to remaining a dedicated volunteer firefighter.

Brooks is constantly looking for ways to improve the services and operations of his fire company for the benefit of the residents of East Windsor. He has been instrumental in procuring and designing the township’s fire apparatus including the engine, rescue, tele-squirt, mini pumper, and ladder. He is consistently a top 10 responder for the company, answering several hundred calls annually. In addition to serving as the longest active riding firefighter in East Windsor, he also holds the distinction of being the youngest elected fire chief in Mercer County, NJ.

A two-time recipient of the township’s Firefighter of the Year Award, Brooks takes pride in being a volunteer firefighter and spends countless hours annually training the next generation of responders. ln 2014, he joined the East Windsor Rescue Squad District II as assistant chief to guide the organization’s development. He actively rides multiple nights a week on the ambulance and serves as a mentor to newer and younger members. He is also a life member of the New Jersey State Firemen’s Association and an active member of the East Windsor Township Firemen’s Relief Association.

Neighboring Mercer County Municipalities and Greenhill Pharmacy Partner to Secure Medication for COVID-19 Positive Patients

April 2, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – (April 2, 2020) – Greenhill Pharmacy has partnered with East Windsor Township, Robbinsville Township and Hamilton Township to provide Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate, in combination with the antibiotic Zithromax, to treat COVID-19 (coronavirus) positive patients throughout Mercer County at no cost beginning Friday, April 3, 2020.

The FDA issued an emergency-use authorization for this combination of drugs for treatment and mitigation of the impacts of COVID-19. In lockstep with Governor Phil Murphy’s order, only individuals who have tested positive according to the State’s guidelines and have a prescription from their doctor can obtain the course of treatment. Hydroxychloroquine must be …

1. Prescribed for the treatment of COVID-19
2. Supported by a positive test result AND documented on the hard copy prescription
3. Limited to a 14-day supply

The current supply will be allocated to local hospitals, residents of Mercer County (with or without insurance) and first-responders. Greenhill Pharmacy will coordinate contactless delivery via pharmacy staff or courier free to all patients. The prescription will be delivered via courier after prior arrangements are made with the patient and/or their caretaker. In order to best verify and expedite the process, your doctor should send the prescription to Greenhill Pharmacy electronically. The East Windsor-based pharmacy is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Doctors and hospitals can contact the pharmacy at info@wilmingtonrx.com

“Thank you to Greenhill Pharmacy for not only helping Robbinsville, Hamilton and East Windsor, but all of Mercer County as we push forward together through this crisis,” Mayor Dave Fried said. “We are doing everything we possibly can to minimize the damage in this war against a potent, invisible enemy.”

As of Wednesday, April 1, 2020 a total of 333 people had tested positive for COVID-19 in Mercer County, resulting in three deaths.

“We are extremely grateful to Greenhill Pharmacy in East Windsor, always a pro- active local caring company, which once again has stepped up as our partner in this vital effort to help our communities at this critical time,” East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov said.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).

Mercer County opened the testing center at Quaker Bridge Mall in Lawrence Tuesday by appointment-only for symptomatic residents age 18 or older who have a prescription from their primary health care provider (PCP). If you are symptomatic for COVID-19 and wish to be tested, contact your PCP. If you are not symptomatic (i.e. fever 100.4 or greater and without a prescription) you likely will be turned away from the test site.

“On behalf of everyone in Hamilton, I want to thank Greenhill Pharmacy as well as East Windsor and Robbinsville Townships for their partnership in our joint effort to fight COVID-19 and help the residents in our extended communities,” Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin said.  

Hankins Road Closed Due To MVA With Wires Down

March 20, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hankins Road is closed due to a motor vehicle accident where a car struck a utility pole. The Road is closed between Woodland Drive, East Windsor Township and South Lane West Windsor Township. The accident is reported in front of 121 Hankins Road.

Be prepared for the road to be closed for an extended time until the utility pole can be replaced.

The Robbinsville Township Police Department is on scene and the East Windsor Fire Company and Robbinsville Township Fire Departments responded to the scene.

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COVID-19 Spreading In Area Take CDC Advice Keep Social Distances And Stay Home If Possible

March 18, 2020

As of 12:33 am. John Hopkins coronavirus COVID-19 tracker has reported 6,362 cases of coronavirus in the United States and close to 200,000 worldwide. There are 267 cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey alone. We are aware of a case in Hightstown, another case in Monroe, a case in the UFT School District, among others in the area. We are going to report less on individual cases since it is predicted many more cases will be in our area soon.

Another COVID-19 tracker is here and also seems accurate.

Since the spread is most likely in every town please use “universal precautions” as in treat almost everyone as they could possibly be infected.

Follow the CDC advice, practice social distancing and try and stay home as much as possible over the next few weeks. We know many still need to work but avoid contact at work, do not shake hands, keep a distance, if you get sick stay home and do not contaminate others. If you have a thermometer take your temperature you may not even know you are sick and spreading the virus. Wash hands, don’t touch your face, clean your phone and other items, cough or sneeze into your elbow and other good hygiene items until we get though this.

Another good idea is when you go food shopping is wipe down the cart handles with a sanitizing wipe and wear gloves while shopping as seen in a video from Italy.

If you have taxes, court, local government business contact your local officials via their websites or phone prior to heading to local municipal buildings. Most government buildings are locked and have drop boxes out side for pickup and deliveries. Try and pay by mail or use credit card via websites for business. There are too many agencies to list in our area so use Google or other search engine to find your local government.

Governor Murphy, Governor Cuomo, and Governor Lamont Announce Regional Approach to Combatting COVID-19

March 16, 2020

The three States will limit crowd capacity for recreational and social gatherings to 50 people – effective by 8 PM tonight 

Restaurants and bars will close for on premise service and move to take-out and delivery only effective 8 PM tonight

Movie theaters, gyms and casinos will temporarily close effective 8 PM tonight

Uniform approach to social distancing will slow spread of COVID-19 throughout the tri-state area

PRESS RELEASE FROM GOV. MURPHY’S OFFICE: TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)—Amid a lack of federal direction and nationwide standards, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont today announced a regional approach to combatting the novel coronavirus – or COVID-19 – throughout the tri-state area.

These uniform standards will limit crowd capacity for social and recreational gatherings to 50 people, effective 8 PM tonight. This follows updated guidance that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued yesterday recommending the cancellation or postponement of in-person events consisting of 50 people or more.

The three governors also announced restaurants and bars will close for on premise service and move to take-out and delivery services only. These establishments will be provided a waiver for carry-out alcohol. These measures will take effect at 8 PM tonight.

Finally, the three governors said they will temporarily close movie theaters, gyms and casinos, effective at 8 PM tonight. 

This uniform approach to social distancing is meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. 

Governor Murphy said, “With all we are seeing in our state – and across our nation and around the world – the time for us to take our strongest, and most direct, actions to date to slow the spread of coronavirus is now. I’ve said many times over the past several days that, in our state, we are going to get through this as one New Jersey family. But if we’re all in this together, we must work with our neighboring states to act together. The work against coronavirus isn’t just up to some of us, it’s up to all of us.”

“Our primary goal right now is to slow the spread of this virus so that the wave of new infections doesn’t crash our healthcare system, and everyone agrees social distancing is the best way to do that,” Governor Cuomo said. “This is not a war that can be won alone, which is why New York is partnering with our neighboring states to implement a uniform standard that not only keeps our people safe but also prevents ‘state shopping’ where residents of one state travel to another and vice versa. I have called on the federal government to implement nationwide protocols but in their absence we are taking this on ourselves.”

Governor Lamont said, “The only way to effectively fight the spread of COVID-19 is by working together as states. We have shared interests, and a patchwork of closures and restrictions is not the best way forward. I know that because of this collaboration, we will save lives.” 

East Windsor Regional Schools Remote Learning Plan Starts March 17

March 14, 2020

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–After careful consultation with our local health officials, local government, and the NJDOE, we are announcing that the East Windsor Regional School District will begin to implement its remote learning plan beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. We expect this plan to be in effect through Sunday, March 29, 2020. Please read the update from Mark Daniels, Superintendent of Schools

Down load original letter here:
EAST WINDSOR REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
Mark Daniels Superintendent

March 13, 2020

Dear East Windsor Regional School District Community:

After careful consultation with our local health officials, local government, and the NJDOE, we are
announcing the East Windsor Regional School District will begin to implement its remote learning
plan beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. We expect this plan to be in effect through
Sunday, March 29, 2020. During this time period, students will engage in learning activities while
at home, and receive virtual support from their teachers. During this two week period, we will
assess the continued implementation of remote learning based on the guidance from our public health
officials and will communicate any necessary changes or updates. Although we do not have a
known confirmed case in the East Windsor Regional School District at this time, I do not want to
wait until one is identified and it becomes too late to limit the spread of this
highly contagious virus. This is being implemented as a precautionary and proactive approach to
reduce the risk for our students, staff and families.

As you know, on Monday, March 16, students are already planned to follow an early
dismissal schedule. We ask that students be prepared to bring home at the end of the day any
materials they may need to engage in remote instruction, including musical instruments,
textbooks, technology, reading materials, other relevant supplies.

As a district, we have worked diligently during the last few weeks to prepare for this possibility.
Our remote learning plan consists of a combination of on-line learning opportunities, combined
with a series of traditional learning activities consisting of books,
instructional packets, supplementary handouts, and other relevant resources. Teachers will be
accessible to students and parents during remote learning to answer questions, and to provide
guidance and support. It is important to clarify that remote learning does not mean that our
district will be completely closed. Our buildings will be operational and staff members will be
present to answer questions and offer support.

As previously mentioned, the following buildings will be open for students to access breakfast and
lunch (8:00-12:00): EMK, PLO, GNR, MHK, and HHS. Students can select the building that is
closest to their residence for breakfast/lunch. These food items will only be grab and go.

During the two week remote learning time period, all district activities and athletic
events (including practices) will be postponed or cancelled. This includes facility use, events,
and rental activities.

We will continue to provide timely updates throughout the upcoming remote learning
period. Please feel free to contact your school by phone or email for further questions or concerns
once our remote learning plan starts. Continue to check the district’s website for ongoing
updates http://www.ewrsd.org.

I recognize this is a unique and difficult time, but I am confident that as a school community, we
can overcome the challenges ahead. I would like to express my deep appreciation to the entire
school community for its continued flexibility, understanding, and support.

Sincerely,

Mark Daniels

Superintendent of Schools

25A Leshin Lane III Hightstown, New Jersey 08520 111 (609) 443-7717, X2020

Census 2020 Survey Is Arriving By Mail

March 13, 2020

By: Dennis Symons, Jr.

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)—The 2020 Census count is underway and I received my invitation by mail today. As per the instructions I logged onto My2020census.gov and entered my code Census ID Code. There were some very basic questions of who was living in the home and birthdays. It was one of the easiest census forms I have ever completed and took less than two minutes to complete from start to finish, even though it says it could take an average of 10 minutes to complete.

The Census is counted every 10 years and many things from voting districts, financial aid, Federal, State and Local government services and more use this government data. A response is required by law and should be very easy to complete if you have received the invitation from United States Census Bureau.

Frequently asked questions of the Census Bureau:

  1. What is the 2020 Census?The goal of the census is to count every person living in the United States, once, only once and in the right place. Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution mandates that this population and housing count occur every 10 years. Census data guide how more than $675 billion of federal funding is distributed to states and communities each year.
  2. Am I required to respond to the 2020 Census?Yes, you are required by law to respond to the 2020 Census (Title 13, U.S. Code, Sections 141 and 193). We are conducting the 2020 Census under the authority of Title 13, U.S. Code, Sections 141, 193 and 221. This collection of information has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The eight-digit OMB approval number is 0607-1006. If this number were not displayed, we could not conduct the census.
  3. Are my answers confidential and private?Yes. The Census Bureau is required by law to protect your information. The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify you or your household. Per the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015, your data are protected from cybersecurity risks through screening of the systems that transmit your data. All web data submissions are encrypted in order to protect your privacy.Title 13 of the U.S. Code protects the confidentiality of all your information. Violating the confidentiality of a respondent is a federal crime with serious penalties, including a federal prison sentence of up to five years, a fine of up to $250,000, or both. Only authorized individuals have access to the stored data, and the information you provide to the Census Bureau may only be used by a restricted number of authorized individuals who are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of your individual responses. Your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.For more information about how we protect your information, please visit our website at census.gov and click on “Data Protection and Privacy Policy” at the bottom of the home page. This page also includes information about the collection, storage, and use of these records. Click on “System of Records Notices (SORN)” and look for Privacy Act System of Records Notice COMMERCE/CENSUS-5, Decennial Census Program.
  4. Who should complete the 2020 Census questionnaire?This 2020 Census questionnaire should be completed by the person who owns or rents the living quarters or any other person who is at least 15 years of age with knowledge of the household.
  5. How do I change my answers?For questions where you must choose a single response from a list, clicking another response will change your answer to that response.If it is a “select all that apply” question, you may click on a selected check box to unselect the box and remove it as one of your answers.
  6. How long will the 2020 Census questionnaire take?The Census Bureau estimates that completing the questionnaire will take 10 minutes on average.
  7. How will the Census Bureau use the information I provide?By law, the Census Bureau can only use your responses to produce statistics.
  8. Is it safe to complete the 2020 Census questionnaire online?Yes. For each online questionnaire, we are required to provide an explanation to respondents about the confidentiality of the data and the laws that protect those data (e.g., Title 13, U.S. Code Section 9 (a)).Per the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015, your data are protected from cybersecurity risks through screening of the systems that transmit your data. All web data submissions are encrypted in order to protect your privacy, even in the remote chance that your responses are intercepted.More information on this topic can be found on the Data Protection and Privacy Policy webpage (http://www.census.gov/privacy/).
  9. Will the results be published?Yes. By law, the Census Bureau can only use your responses to produce statistics. The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify you or your household. The Census Bureau plans to make results of this study available to the general public. Results will be presented in aggregate form and no personally identifiable information will be published.Information quality is an integral part of the pre-dissemination review of the information disseminated by the Census Bureau (fully described in the Census Bureau’s Information Quality Guidelines at https://www.census.gov/about/policies/quality/guidelines.html). Information quality is also integral to the information collection conducted by the Census Bureau and is incorporated into the clearance process by the Paperwork Reduction Act.
  10. Do I have to complete the 2020 Census questionnaire for my household members?Yes, you will be asked to provide information for each household member.

Updated: Route 130 and Route 33 in East Windsor Serious Accident

March 10, 2020

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Route 130 and Route 33 closed due to accident investigation. East Windsor and Hightstown Fire Companies on scene and were detailed there approximately 10:30 pm. Police have area closed. No further details are available at this time.

UPDATE: 12:30 am., Vehicles have been removed from the roadway and roadway has reopened.

Updated March 11, 2020 –Press Release from East Windsor Township Police:

March 10, 2020, Route 130 North at Route 33 (Mercer Street), Time 10:24 PM

On Tuesday March 10, 2020, the East Windsor Police responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision on Route 130 north at the intersection of Route 33 (Mercer Street). Upon patrol arrival two vehicles (MV#l) and (MV#2) were found to have been involved in a motor vehicle collision. The preliminary investigation revealed that MV#l was traveling north on Route 130, approaching the intersection of Route 33 (Mercer Street) and collided with MV#2. The driver of MV#l suffered serious injuries and was transported to Helene Fuld Hospital by East Windsor District Volunteer Rescue Squad #1. The driver of MV#2 suffered no injuries. East Windsor District I and II Fire also responded and extinguished MV#l that had caught fire after reaching its final resting place on the southbound side of Route 130, south of Hickory Comer Road. This incident remains under investigation by the East Windsor Township Police Department Traffic Safety Unit.

Operator MV#l: Erica Cintron (Age 30) Voorhees NJ Vehicle #12017 Ford Fusion (Blue)

Operator MV#2 Charles Cyrus (Age 68) Trenton NJ Vehicle #2 2002 Honda Accord (Green)

Responding Agencies:
East Windsor Township Police Department
East Windsor Volunteer Fire Company #1
East Windsor Volunteer Fire Company #2
East Windsor Volunteer Rescue Squad #1
East Windsor Volunteer Rescue Squad #2

Capital Health EMS – Paramedics

Hightstown Volunteer Fire Company



Route 130 and Route 33 Closed due to accident investigation. This is only part of scene another location a few hundred yards north of this location.

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Missing Person From East Windsor Recovered from Peddie Lake

February 2, 2020

Official press release from Hightstown Police Department:

HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–On Sunday, February 2, 2020 at approximately 3:00 p.m., officers from Hightstown Police Department responded to a resident’s call from Ward Street regarding a body in the water. Upon the officers’ arrival, a subject was found in the water, deceased, proximal to the bridge on Ward Street. The decedent was positively identified by family as Geovanny Urgiles, a 34 year old male of East Windsor, who was reported as a missing person during the week of January 28th to the East Windsor Police Department, who were also present and assisted at the scene

There were no signs of foul play and the decedent was turned over to the Medical Examiner’s Office for Mercer County. The Hightstown Fire Department Dive Team and Water Rescue personnel assisted with the recovery, along with partners from Robbinsville EMS Station 40 and paramedics from Capital Health. An autopsy will be performed by the medical examiner’s office to determine a cause of death. The investigation will remain active until such a determination is made. Anyone with information that may aid in the investigation is asked to contact Det. Jerry Mecca of the Hightstown Police Department at 609-448-1234 x 540.

Wrestling: Allentown Falls To Hightstown 21-52

January 29, 2020

By: Dennis Symons, Jr.

HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–The Allentown Redbird wrestling team fell to the Highstown Rams with a final score of 21-52 tonight.

It was Hightstown’s Senior Night and the Rams locked up the Colonial Division Title at the last home meet of the season. The next match ups for most local teams will be at Robbinsville High School this Saturday for the Mercer County Wrestling Tournament.

Team Score Allentown 21 Hightstown 52

Individual scores:

126lbs.  Allentown Kolin O’grady 3, Hightstown Gio Morina 6 (w )

132lbs.  Allentown Joey Lamparelli (Pin 2:18), Hightstown Anthony Orlando

138lbs.  Allentown Jack McDonough, Hightstown Kether Thornton (Pin 0:37)

145lbs.  Allentown Parker Schloss 6, Hightstown Elijah Rodriguez 17 (w )

152lbs.  Allentown Matt Paglia 6 (w ), Hightstown Alex Stavrov 3

160lbs.  Allentown Doug Fusco 7, Hightstown Robert Doss 14 (w )

170lbs.  Allentown Nick Golden (Pin 0:57), Hightstown Nico Leaver

182lbs.  Allentown Paskal Miga (Pin 4:22), Hightstown Juan Cobos

195lbs.  Allentown Walter Diebel (Pin 4:49), Hightstown Chris Stavrov

220lbs.  Allentown Dan Schweitzer, Hightstown Brenden Hansch (Pin 1:34)

Heavy weight Allentown Jake VanDenBogart (Pin 1:16), Hightstown Bryan Bonilla

106lbs. Allentown FFT, Hightstown Robert Fattore

113lbs.  Allentown Vinny Grassullo, Hightstown Sean Baur (Pin 2:45)

120lbs.  Allentown Vinny Datello, Hightstown Joe Obst (Pin 1:27)

Another Accident On Old York Road Within 7 Days Causes Delays and Power Issues

Breaking crews are still on scene: Expect power problems, traffic delays and detours until repairs are made.

January 17, 2020

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Another crash within the past 7 days on Old York Road creating traffic problems and power problems for the residents of Upper Freehold, East Windsor and Robbinsville as a vehicle cut a pole in half. These accidents are is in a section where two counties and three townships come together. The previous accident was on January 10th and residents were without power close to 10 hours while repairs were made.

Robbinsville Police, East Windsor Police and NJ State Police are on scene, as well as the Robbinsville Township Fire Department, East Windsor Fire Company, Hightstown Fire Company, and Millstone Township Fire Department. Allentown First Aid Squad and Robbinsville FD EMS also on scene.

Update, Robbinsville, East Windsor, and Hightstown Fire has cleared the scene. Millstone Township Fire Department remaining on scene since it is Millstone Township. Expect power problems, traffic delays and detours until repairs are made.

Power Restored 7:50 AM From East Windsor Accident

January 10, 2020 Updated January 11, 2020

By: Dennis Symons, Jr.

EAST WINDSOR, NJ(MERCER) — A vehicle lost control on Old York Road just after 10 pm and took out a utility pole between Sharon Road and Windsor Perrineville Roads. Wires are down on the roadway and Jersey Central Power and Light is en route to make repairs. The driver was temporarily trapped in the vehicle and East Windsor and Hightstown Fire Departments were dispatch along with East Windsor First Aid and Mercer Paramedics. The driver self extricated prior to arrival. Power is out in parts of Robbinsville, Upper Freehold and East Windsor.

Power was restored at 7:50 am January 11, 2020 after Jersey Central Power and Light worked though the night to make repairs.

Christmas Lighting Ceremony and Santa Parade

November 29, 2019

By: Dennis Symons, Jr.

HIGHSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–The Annual Christmas Lighting of the Highstown Engine Company #1 lights and Santa Parade was held on November 29, 2019. Santa was escorted to the firehouse in a parade of fire trucks, ambulances, police cars and a float of Hightstown High School Softball players. When Santa got to the firehouse he threw the big light switch to light the firehouse Christmas lights. Santa proceeded upstairs to meet children and hear their Christmas wishes and have a photo take with Santa. The Girl Scouts also sang Christmas carols during the event.

Firefighters Battle Truck Fire on NJ Turnpike

November 27, 2019

By: Dennis Symons, Jr.

EAST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP–Hightstown Engine Company #1 firefighters were called to the NJ Turnpike at 8:04 pm to Mile Marker 68.5 South Bound for a well involved truck fire.

Upon arrival of the first responding units firefighters found a 53 foot length moving truck fire well involved in fire. Mutual aid fire departments were called from Robbinsville Township Fire Department, Cranbury Fire Department, Monroe Township Fire Department, East Windsor Fire Company.

No further information was available, firefighters were still on scene at time of this report.

Mercer County reopens Old Trenton Road bridge in East Windsor

Mercer County Press Release 11/14/2019:

TRENTON — Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced that the bridge on Old Trenton Road (County Route 535) located between One Mile Road and Princeton-Hightstown Road in East Windsor Township was reopened to the motoring public early this evening on budget. Officially known as Mercer County Bridge No. 861.1, the structure carries Old Trenton Road over a tributary of the Millstone River.

The Mercer County Department of Transportation and Infrastructure began the bridge replacement project on Aug. 1, 2019. In an effort to expedite completion of the project, Mercer County employed Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) technology, which included use of pre-fabricated components. Standard construction likely would have resulted in a completion time of six to nine months. However, use of ABC enabled the project to be completed in 106 calendar days despite weather-related delays and unforeseen utility conflicts.

The previous structure consisted of a single-span concrete-encased steel stringer bridge.  The structure was considered functionally obsolete due to substandard roadway width.  The replacement structure is 19-foot-6-inch clear span by 51-foot-6-inch-wide single-cell culvert structure supported on two spread footings. The new cross-section at the bridge consists of two 12-foot travel lanes, two 6-foot shoulders and two 6-foot sidewalks.

Marbro Inc. of Long Branch was the successful low bidder at $1,637,117. The contract was awarded on June 13, 2019.

Mercury Transit 2019

Updated to include additional photos of the transit and exit.

November 11, 2019, ALLENTOWN-ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – This morning about 7:35 a.m. Eastern Standard Time the planet Mercury started it’s transit across the sun. In a rare event, the transit is where the planet crosses in front of the sun and can be seen from planet Earth. The next time this can be seen from planet Earth will be in 2032. The transit will be complete today around 1:04 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. If you have proper equipment you can see this yourself from just about anywhere in the United States and beyond.

Do not look directly at the sun you won’t be able to see it without some magnification and certified eye protection. Use proper equipment for viewing the sun such as certified eclipse glasses and special filters for cameras and telescopes. I tried looking though eclipse glasses that I had from left over from the eclipse a few years ago and could not see it. Using the camera with a special coated filter with 600mm magnification equivalent I was able to capture images of this event. If you do not use proper equipment you will suffer eye damage and damage to your photographic equipment.

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Feels More Like January Than November This Morning

ALLENTOWN-ROBBINSVILLE, NJ—Joint Base McGuire (the default for our area by many weather apps) may be reporting 22F this morning but out here in the Allentown-Robbinsville area we are waking up to temperatures in the 19F range confirmed by 3 different sensors just before 7 a.m. Bundle up if you are going to the “Run As One 5K Run/1 Mile Walk” over in Hamilton or doing any outside activity it will be a cold one. NJ101.5 Traffic Desk is also reporting some ice on certain roadways so use caution driving.

Route 130, Hankins Road-Conover Road Realignment Continues, Conover Road Remains Closed at Route 130 During Construction

EAST WINDSOR–ROBBINSVILLE, NJ– The improvement project provides for Route 130, Hankins Road and Conover Road to be realigned to meet at a single point controlled by a traffic signal and allowing for all left-turn movements.  Upon completion, drivers will be able to make signal protected left turns from Route 130 South onto Conover Road and from Conover Road onto Route 130 South, and allow direct access across Route 130 from Conover Road to Hankins Road.  This realignment project includes drainage improvements and the relocation of existing utilities.  The project is partially funded by a $525,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation.  A December 1 completion date is anticipated, weather permitting. 

Local Election Results

Incumbents Witt, Ciaccio and Schuberth Re-Elected to Township Council

By: Robbinsville Township from press release

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – (November 5, 2019) – Following a contentious race for Robbinsville Township Council, incumbents Ron Witt, Christine Ciaccio and Dan Schuberth were elected to another four years as part of a landslide victory Tuesday over first-time challengers Paul Kranz, Rakhi Upadhyay and Roland Allen.

The ticket of Witt, Ciaccio and Schuberth won all 9 districts in convincing fashion with 6,435 votes (68.8 percent), including mail-in totals. All three incumbents surpassed 2,000 votes with Schuberth setting the pace at 2,261.

In the race for Robbinsville School Board, incumbents Craig Heilman (2,191) and President Jane Barker (2,154), along with a fine showing from newcomer Chris Emigholz (2,112), were the three candidates elected to four-year terms. Challenger Avery Hutchinson (1,207) rounded out the BOE voting.

The current Township Council of Witt, Ciaccio, Schuberth vice president Mike Cipriano and Vince Calcagno have worked with Mayor Dave Fried and Administration to lower municipal taxes four straight years, bring seven new tenants online in the Foxmoor Plaza and have helped push the amount of land set aside for open space to over 1,000 acres, among other accomplishments.

All vote tallies are unofficial until being certified by the Mercer County Clerk.

Links to results from each county provided by each board of election and county clerk’s office:

Monmouth County Election Results will be posted at this link soon as they are available after polls close.

Ocean County Board of Elections Live Election Results at this link

Mercer County Board of Elections Live Election Results at this link.

**All winners announced below are unofficial until announced by the County Clerk in each respective county. **

Upper Freehold Township

Running unopposed incumbents Stanley Moslowski, Jr. and LoriSue Mount were reelected to Township Council.

Upper Freehold Regional School District

William Borkowski (Allentown) won running unopposed

Vanessa DePompo and Christine Ciccarone (Upper Freehold) won running unopposed.

Allentown Borough

Allentown was a really tight race as of right now it appears that Thomas Fritts won race for mayor. Martha Johnson and Daniel “Danny” Payson won council seats. Race is too close to call until certified by County Clerk and Board of Elections

Millstone Township

Albert Ferro ran unopposed for township council.

Millstone Township Board of Education

788 write in votes no name listed

Roosevelt Boro

Peggy Malkin ran unopposed for mayor, Michael B. Hamilton and Luke d. Dermody won 2 year full council seats and Chad Vroman won a 1 year unexpired term for a vacancy.

Hamilton Township Mercer County

Winning a the seat for Mayor was Jeff Martin. Pasquale “Pat” Papero, Jr. and Nancy Phillips won township council seats.

Hightstown Borough

Steven Misiura and Joshua Jackson won 3 year terms on council. Joseph Cicalese won a one year unexpired term on council.

East Windsor

Janice S. Mironov, Marc Lippman, Peter Yeager and John Zoller won four year terms on council.

East Windsor Board of Education

Ram K. Ramachandran, Bertrand Fougnies and Nicole LaRusso won seats

Plumstead Township

Herbert F. Marinari and Robert W. Bowen won 3 year terms on township committee. Leonard A. Grilleto won a 1 year unexpired term on township committee.

Plumstead Township Board of Education

Leslie Septor and Sandra M. Soles won seats.