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Baseball: Hamilton West 13 At Nottingham 3

May 15, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The visiting Hamilton West baseball team won their game against Nottingham this morning with a final score of West 13, Nottingham 3.

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Update: Colonial Pipeline Back Online

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See update below from the Colonial Pipeline:

Update: Thursday, May 13, 9 a.m.

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

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


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

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

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


Related MidJersey.news coverage on Colonial Pipeline incident here:

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

May 12, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

We will continue to provide updates as restart efforts progress.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Related MidJersey.news coverage on Colonial Pipeline incident here:

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

Update: Colonial Pipeline System Disruption

Cyber Attack Shuts Down Colonial Pipeline


One Injury In NJ Turnpike Accident

May 12, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Fire Department and EMS, and Bordentown Township Firefighters responded to the NJ Turnpike north bound at mile marker 57.2 for a motor vehicle accident. NJ State Police were on scene requesting paramedics for advanced life support. Robbinsville Township EMS and Capital Health Paramedics transported the victim to the local hospital. No further information is available.

Mayor Martin Proposes Municipal Budget with Flat Tax Rate

May 11, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–This evening, the Martin administration introduced the 2021 municipal budget to Township Council which features a flat tax rate. Mayor Jeff Martin’s budget address can be found below:

The last year has been extraordinarily difficult not only for Hamilton, but the World.  The COVID-19 pandemic has caused numerous disruptions both individually and as a community.  However, with our vaccine rollout well underway, brighter days lay ahead.  Likewise, the 2021 budget projects brighter days ahead for Hamilton. 

First, let me begin by recognizing the extraordinary work of Hamilton’s municipal employees.  Throughout the pandemic, they have come to work each day in service to our Township.  Thanks to their dedication and hard work, our town successfully continued operations throughout the pandemic to provide so many essential services to our residents and businesses.  Our Water Pollution Control (Sewer), Police Division, and Health Department answered the call each and every day, unable to take a day off.  My appreciation goes out to their leaders – Carrie Feuer, Chief James Stevens, and Kathy Fitzgerald for steering their respective departments through difficult times. 

The 2021 budget I present to you recognizes the continued responsibilities we have in the face of COVID-19 while respecting the difficult financial hardship many of our residents and businesses continue to face.  In light of that recognition, this budget keeps taxes flat for 2021.  The 2020 municipal tax rate of .822 cents is added to the combined 2020 fire tax rate of .333 cents to create our new combined 2021 tax rate of 1.155.  Even while keeping taxes flat, we recognize the importance of investing in our Township to create a brighter future for Hamilton Township.  

For the first time, Hamilton has created an office of Vacant and Abandoned Properties (VAP).  Under the direction of Director Fred Dumont, our VAP office is charged with identifying abandoned properties and working on turning those properties around.  These properties are eyesores for neighbors – driving down property values; presenting challenges to our public safety professionals, both as fire hazards and use for illegal activities; and many become health hazards over time.  Fixing this problem is not a short term issue, especially as we come out of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Furthermore, as there is the potential for a housing crisis, getting ahead of the problem now will pay dividends well into the future.  I hope the importance of addressing this issue in Hamilton will receive commitment from you, our Council, in 2021 and well into the future.

This year is also the first time we present the Hamilton Township Fire Division.  This Administration has worked tirelessly with Chief Richard Kraemer in setting up the Fire Division for short and long-term success.  As the Fire Division operates together as a cohesive unit in 2021 and into the future, we are confident it will provide the continued services our residents have come to expect in a more efficient way.  I’m excited to see Chief Kraemer’s work as the first ever Hamilton Fire Chief. 

The Capital Budget reflects our commitment to investing in Hamilton’s future.  The last year has further proven the need for our municipal government to continue to invest in technology, both as the continued wave of the future, and as a way of providing a more efficient and customer friendly service.  The technology upgrades in this budget put our town on a path of maintaining and improving our technology.

As outdoor recreation demands continue to rise, Hamilton will continue our commitment to providing these services to our residents – both at Veteran’s Park and throughout Hamilton’s 60-plus other parks as well.  $500,000 is provided for upgrades to our tennis courts and thanks to Council, we also are applying for an additional $500,000 for the conversion of more tennis courts into pickleball courts.  Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the country and our goal for being a destination for pickleball players has resulted in Hamilton being chosen to host a USA Pickleball sanctioned tournament this August that will draw people from all over the region.  The investment we make today will be a boon for tourism for years to come.  Additionally, Hamilton will be receiving new playground equipment at Limewood Park, through a combined partnership of Joey’s Little Angels and Where Angels Play– a $100,000 value at no cost to our residents!

Hamilton will also prioritize the investment and management of our infrastructure.  Thanks to Public Works Director Chris Markley, Hamilton will now have employees dedicated to maintaining our stormwater infrastructure including cleaning out drains and maintaining basins ensuring less flooding concerns here in Hamilton.  Hamilton continues to address our responsibility in maintaining Hamilton’s roads with over $5 million in new road projects – much of it from State grant monies. 

Finally, while our intention was to wait to introduce our 2021 Budget inclusive of monies from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan (ARP), with the complex set of rules just released this week we did not want to delay budget introduction any further.  Hamilton’s estimated ARP grant is $17.1 million over two years, monies that will go to securing our finances and help us overcome many additional expenses to address the pandemic.  We will present our plan for the ARP monies to Council for your consideration in the weeks to come, but I think it an enormous achievement to present a flat budget without the benefit of the ARP monies. 

I thank the Council for the opportunity to present our 2021 budget and look forward to working with you in continuing to overcome all of the challenges presented to us over the last year.

Update: Colonial Pipeline System Disruption

Update — Sunday, May 9, 2021

On May 7, 2021 Colonial Pipeline Company learned it was the victim of a cybersecurity attack and has since determined that the incident involved ransomware. Quickly after learning of the attack, Colonial proactively took certain systems offline to contain the threat. These actions temporarily halted all pipeline operations and affected some of our IT systems, which we are actively in the process of restoring.

Leading, third-party cybersecurity experts were also immediately engaged after discovering the issue and launched an investigation into the nature and scope of this incident. We have remained in contact with law enforcement and other federal agencies, including the Department of Energy who is leading the Federal Government response. 

Maintaining the operational security of our pipeline, in addition to safely bringing our systems back online, remain our highest priorities. Over the past 48 hours, Colonial Pipeline personnel have taken additional precautionary measures to help further monitor and protect the safety and security of its pipeline.

The Colonial Pipeline operations team is developing a system restart plan. While our mainlines (Lines 1, 2, 3 and 4) remain offline, some smaller lateral lines between terminals and delivery points are now operational. We are in the process of restoring service to other laterals and will bring our full system back online only when we believe it is safe to do so, and in full compliance with the approval of all federal regulations.

At this time, our primary focus continues to be the safe and efficient restoration of service to our pipeline system, while minimizing disruption to our customers and all those who rely on Colonial Pipeline. We appreciate the patience and outpouring of support we have received from others throughout the industry. 


Related MidJersey.news coverage on Colonial Pipeline incident here:

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

Update: Colonial Pipeline System Disruption

Cyber Attack Shuts Down Colonial Pipeline


Cyber Attack Shuts Down Colonial Pipeline

May 8, 2021 –Updated

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Colonial Pipeline the largest refined products pipeline in the United States, transporting more than 100 million gallons of fuel daily to meet the energy needs of consumers from Houston, Texas to the New York Harbor was shut down to a sever cyber attack as announced this morning. The attack has taken certain IT systems off line and the pipeline is working to restore the pipeline to normal operation. The pipeline moves 2.5 million barrels per day providing gasoline, diesel fuel, home heating oil, jet fuel to all major airports in region and fuel for the military though the pipeline system.

Locally the pipeline runs from the south though Burlington (Bordentown, Joint Base), Mercer County (Hamilton, Robbinsville-East Windsor), Middlesex (Cranbury, Monroe, South Brunswick), Union County (Linden).


Statement from Colonial Pipeline:

On May 7, the Colonial Pipeline Company learned it was the victim of a cybersecurity attack. In response, we proactively took certain systems offline to contain the threat, which has temporarily halted all pipeline operations, and affected some of our IT systems. Upon learning of the issue, a leading, third-party cybersecurity firm was engaged, and they have already launched an investigation into the nature and scope of this incident, which is ongoing. We have contacted law enforcement and other federal agencies. 

Colonial Pipeline is taking steps to understand and resolve this issue. At this time, our primary focus is the safe and efficient restoration of our service and our efforts to return to normal operation. This process is already underway, and we are working diligently to address this matter and to minimize disruption to our customers and those who rely on Colonial Pipeline.

Media Statement Updated: Colonial Pipeline System Disruption

Updated — Saturday, May 8, 12:30 p.m.

On May 7, the Colonial Pipeline Company learned it was the victim of a cybersecurity attack. We have since determined that this incident involves ransomware. In response, we proactively took certain systems offline to contain the threat, which has temporarily halted all pipeline operations, and affected some of our IT systems. Upon learning of the issue, a leading, third-party cybersecurity firm was engaged, and they have launched an investigation into the nature and scope of this incident, which is ongoing. We have contacted law enforcement and other federal agencies. 

Colonial Pipeline is taking steps to understand and resolve this issue. At this time, our primary focus is the safe and efficient restoration of our service and our efforts to return to normal operation. This process is already underway, and we are working diligently to address this matter and to minimize disruption to our customers and those who rely on Colonial Pipeline.


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

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


Related MidJersey.news coverage on Colonial Pipeline incident here:

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

Update: Colonial Pipeline System Disruption

Cyber Attack Shuts Down Colonial Pipeline



The last time the Colonial Pipeline had an issue in the area was on October 3, 2008 in Hamilton Township Mercer County near Allentown-Yardville Road at the NJ Turnpike. A crew doing soil borings for the NJ Turnpike widening project drilled into the Colonial Pipeline causing an oil spill. Hamilton Township Fire Department and the Hamilton Township Hazardous Materials Team responded to the incident.

Hamilton Fire Department provides mutual aid in Morrisville, PA house fire

May 3, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

MORRISVILLE BOROUGH, PA (BUCKS)–A fire ripped through a home in Morrisville, PA on Monday, damaging a neighboring home, and cooking a vehicle. Hamilton Fire Department Truck Company 13 and Battalion Chief 10 were called in for mutual aid in knocking down the fire.

It occurred sometime around 12:00 pm in the 200 block of West Palmer Street. Fire crews arrived with a well involved house fire, which extended to a vehicle and a neighboring house. The fire also brought down electrical wires. The second alarm was quickly struck, sending additional crews from Morrisville and a company from Hamilton, NJ to the scene.

Sources tell MidJersey.news that the residents were not home at the time of the fire. Sources also say the house was occupied by one dog and three cats, who, unfortunately, did not make it out.

No one was injured in the fire. This incident remains under investigation.

Hamilton Welcomes Ridder Custom Woodwork

May 3, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin, Associate Director of Economic Development, Kate Kane, and SHOP Hamilton Chair Jay Dugan were present to welcome Ridder Custom Woodwork, LLC with a Grand Opening Ceremony & Ribbon Cutting on Saturday April 24th, 2021.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ridder Custom Woodwork to Hamilton Township.  Phil’s unique talent and craft of woodworking is exceptional. His woodworking shop is the perfect addition to Studio Park.”  said Mayor Jeff Martin.

Owner Phil Ridder has had a passion for woodworking at an early age while watching his father work, who was a master cabinet maker.  At the age of 12, he bought his firsthand tools using earnings he made as a paperboy. Phil started his career in civil engineering technology and building construction and worked on diverse jobs from designing bridges to assisting with the construction of buildings and high rises as a project engineer. Phil returned to his fist love in 2010 when he established Ridder’s Custom Woodwork in Flemington, New Jersey. Phil’s new 6,000 square foot space in Studio Park replaces his former 900 square foot home workshop in his basement. Phil researched all over the state and choose Hamilton Township for its central location and then fell in love with the Modern Recycled Spaces at Studio Park.

Ridder Custom Woodwork specializes in handcrafted custom furniture, cabinets, built-ins, bars, mirrors, gifts, awards, memorials and other custom items. Phil will design, build and deliver cabinets and furniture to areas all over New Jersey. Now his new centrally located space makes it convenient for clients to visit.

Visit hamiltonnj.com/economicdevelopment to learn of the new businesses that have recently opened or have relocated to Hamilton and read up on why Hamilton is a great place for businesses to call home!

To learn more about Ridder Custom Woodwork LLC, visit their website www.ridderworks.com or Facebook www.facebook.com/Ridders-Custom-Woodwork-LLC-297306807316010



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Hamilton, NJ 08609,USA

Mercer County Reopens Church Street Bridge in Hamilton

April 30, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughesannounced that the bridge on Church Street over Doctors Creek in Hamilton Township was reopened to the motoring public this afternoon under budget.

The Mercer County Department of Transportation and Infrastructure began the rehabilitation of the bridge in March 2020. Officially known as Bridge No. 672.2 on Church Street, the structure traverses Doctors Creek in the Groveville neighborhood of Hamilton Township.

The old bridge carrying Church Street over Doctors Creek was a concrete-encased steel stringer bridge. The structure was considered structurally deficient due to poor condition of the substructure.

The reconstructed bridge consists of a reinforced concrete substructure on top of steel piles. The superstructure consists of steel stringers and a composite concrete deck with a protective deck overlay. The structure supports a 32-foot-wide cart way and two 5-foot-wide sidewalks. The reinforced concrete railings aesthetically mimic the craftsmanship of the original structure built in 1929. The cross section at the bridge consists of two 12-foot travel lanes and two 4-foot shoulders.

Marbro Inc. of Montclair was the successful low bidder at $4,921,117. The contract was awarded in February 2020 and work commenced in March 2020.


Hamilton Township Named Tree City USA® for Fifteenth Year

April 30, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–In honor of this Arbor Day, Hamilton Township announces that it has been named a 2020 Tree City USA for the fifteenth consecutive year.

Hamilton achieved this prominent environmental designation by the Arbor Day Foundation, a million-member nonprofit conservation and education organization, by meeting the program’s four requirements:  have a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. 

“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “The trees being planted and cared for by Hamilton are ensuring that generation to come will enjoy a better quality of life. Additionally, participation in this program brings residents together and creates a sense of civic pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”

Thanks to the efforts of the Hamilton Township Shade Tree Commission, the Township was able to launch a residential tree planting initiative this past September. The Township will spend over $1 million to remove dead and dying trees and plant new trees around town. The program is funded by private developers that pay into an escrow fund when trees are removed from properties under construction and, under the law, can only be used for this purpose. While the Township takes requests for new trees year round, we are ramping up our efforts to reach all Hamilton Township residents on a neighborhood by neighborhood level.

The Township plans to have the trees planted so that they will not interfere with sidewalks or utility lines.  While there is no cost to residents for the trees, the Township asks that residents jointly care for the tree in the first three years of growth.

Residents may contact the Division of Planning at (609) 890-3645 or via email at RPoppert@HamiltonNJ.com for more information on the residential tree planting program. 

“Planting new trees throughout Hamilton, at no cost to our residents, is a win-win,” said Mayor Jeff Martin.  “If ever there was a time for trees, now is that time. Healthy trees provide environmental benefits such as cleaner air and cooler temperatures for homes they help shade – helping to lower energy consumption.  Having been recognized as Tree City USA for fifteen years now, Hamilton has demonstrated a commitment to the mission that the Arbor Day Foundation sets forth– to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.”

More information on the Tree City USA program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.


Hamilton’s Great Dine Out Is Coming This May

April 29, 2021

HAMILTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Jeff Martin is excited to announce the first ever “Hamilton’s Great Dine Out” will be held May 17-24, 2021.  This event, which will support our local eateries, is a collaboration between the Hamilton Township Department of Community & Economic Development, SHOP Hamilton, the Hamilton Partnership, and the Hamilton Township Economic Development Advisory Commission (HTEDAC), and most importantly, many of your favorite eateries. 

Hamilton Township is home to over 200 eating establishments, including bakeries, coffee shops, pizzerias, delis and restaurants offering cuisines to suit every taste.  As one of the hardest hit industries during the Coronavirus pandemic, “Hamilton’s Great Dine Out” highlights how important our local eateries are to our community.

Many of Hamilton’s restaurants are small businesses owned and operated by our fellow Hamiltonians.  They are also known for their generosity – giving back to various sectors of our community over the years and to many frontline workers during the pandemic. 

Hamilton Township restaurants are encouraged to pick their favorite signature dishes and fan-favorites to share with diners during the week-long event.  Guests will be able to enjoy Hamilton’s local eateries and support our small business community in any way they feel safe and comfortable – whether it be dining in, take out, delivery, or outdoor dining.  With great choices for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert, foodies from Hamilton and the surrounding area are encouraged to have fun, try something new, and enjoy amazing meals.

“Hamilton’s restaurants have been an integral part of the fabric of our great town.  They have given back to our community over the years – donating to our sports teams, our schools, non-profits, various other organizations and events,” stated Mayor Jeff Martin.  “Now it is our turn to be there for them.  I ask those who are able, to join me in giving back by taking part in any way you prefer – dine-in, take out, or delivery from one or more of our local food establishments throughout the week.”

From May 17th through May 24th diners are encouraged to dine in or take out from one of our many restaurants and post their meals on social media with the hashtag #HamiltonDineOut.


Truck Carrying Two Vehicles Flips, Causes Traffic Jam On NJ Turnpike

April 28, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– A pickup truck hauling a van and a sedan flipped over on the New Jersey Turnpike, causing a traffic jam, Wednesday afternoon.

It occurred around 2:40 pm. Robbinsville Township Fire Department along with Bordentown Township Fire Department responded to the Northbound outer lanes near milepost 57.2 for a reported crash with three vehicles overturned.

Fire Companies arrived on the scene and secured the three vehicles. No injuries were sustained in the incident.

New Jersey State Police had the shoulder and right lane shut down for accident investigation and cleanup. It also appears that there was a partial shutdown of the Northbound outer lanes.

No further info is available at this time.


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Hamilton resident named board chair of the Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey

Rachel Holland brings nonprofit leadership experience to the organization

April 27, 2021

Rachel Holland, owner of Rachel Holland Special Events, LLC, has been named chair of the board of directors for the Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey. GSCSNJ announced today that the Hamilton resident will lead the

22-person board as they continue advancing the organization’s mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Holland has been a Girl Scouts member for more than 35 years. She was in one of the legacy councils from age eight until 18 and became a volunteer after college. In her new role, Holland is making history as the first board chair to serve as a Girl Scout in the council she will now lead. 

“Girl Scouts gives girls a way to experience so many different experiences and activities. Whether girls are interested in the outdoors, or STEM, the arts or robotics, or civic engagement, Girl Scouts helps girls find their passion and voice and hone it with the help of wonderful role models and peers who encourage and help them succeed, said Holland.”  

As board chair, Holland wants to increase fundraising efforts and integrate some of the key learnings from the pandemic to provide more girls with access to the Girl Scout movement. “We have come out of a year like no other and if COVID taught the world anything, it is to be prepared and gather support from the community. Our diversity and inclusion efforts are also paramount to our success as a movement. Working within our communities and with our girls to acknowledge our differences and similarities teaches them important life skills. Learning about diverse cultures, backgrounds, and abilities, is key to our overall goal of inspiring the next generation of girls who will run the world, said Holland.”

“We are excited to have Rachel bring her passion for Girl Scouts and her wealth of knowledge to lead our board of directors,” said Ginny Hill, GSCSNJ CEO. “As a lifetime member, Rachel knows firsthand the power of Girl Scouts and is a prime example of the type of leaders that come through our movement. We are grateful for her years of dedication to our organization and look forward to seeing her help take us to new heights in the years to come.”

In addition to serving on the GSCSNJ board for the past nine years, Holland is involved with and serves on the boards of a number of other nonprofit organizations. She resides in Hamilton with her husband Kevin Drennan, and two daughters Eva and Jacqueline, who are both Girl Scouts.

Baseball: Steinert 5 At Allentown 2

April 26, 2021

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The visiting Steinert Spartans with 5 runs and Allentown Redbirds with 2, final score.

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RWJ Hamilton Hospital Community Blood And Platelet Drive

April 26, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The local supply of blood and platelets, critical for patients needing surgery, during trauma situations or when receiving treatment for cancer, is dangerously low.  To help stabilize and replenish the supply, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton, 1 Hamilton Health Place, Hamilton, NJ, is hosting a community blood and platelet drive on Monday, May 12 from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm in the hospital’s Outpatient Auditorium on the first floor of Outpatient Services Building # 5.

“The blood supply has been strained and very unstable since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. After 14 months of not having access to many of our usual donor groups, the situation has become quite dire,” said Richard Freeman, President and Chief Executive Officer, RWJUH Hamilton.

While walk-ins are welcome, appointments are strongly encouraged to help maintain physical distancing protocols. Blood and platelet donors may schedule an appointment by phone at 732-235-8100, ext. 221 or online at http://www.rwjuhdonorclub.org. Donors with questions about medical eligibility for donation can call 732-235-8100, ext. 248.

Blood collected during the drive will remain within the RWJBarnabas Health system, including the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton and the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. 

Multiple protocols are in place to ensure the health and safety of donors, including pre-screening upon entry, mandatory masking and physical distancing of stations and enhanced disinfecting protocols of high-touch surfaces.  All donors receive refreshments at the bedside, a “Life’s Essential” tee shirt and a chance to win a $50 gift card.  Platelet donors also receive a $10 gift card. 


Photo Gallery: Robbinsville at Steinert Lacrosse

April 24, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The visiting Robbinsville Ravens with 16 goals at Steinert Spartans with 1 goal final score. Photo Gallery:

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Hamilton Welcomes Charming Puppy Cuts

April 22, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township Councilman Anthony Carabelli, Jr., Mercer County Commissioner Samuel Frisby, and members of the Hamilton Township Economic Development Advisory Commission(HTEDAC) were present to welcome Charming Puppy Cuts with a Grand Opening Ceremony & Ribbon Cutting on Friday, April 16th, 2021.

“We are thrilled to see Charming Puppy Cuts open in Hamilton Township. We welcome Charmin as she brings her talent and services to our furry, four-legged community” said Council Carabelli.

Owner, Charmin Rodriguez has been dreaming of having her own location for years and started as a mobile professional dog groomer. She did a lot of research before selecting Hamilton Township and before finding the perfect location in the Mercer Woods Shopping Center on Whitehorse-Mercerville Rd.

Charmin offers private grooming sessions for a stress free experience for dogs and their owners.

To learn more about Charming Puppy Cuts Visit https://www.facebook.com/charmingpuppycuts

Visit hamiltonnj.com/economicdevelopment to learn of the new businesses that have recently opened or have relocated to Hamilton and read up on why Hamilton is a great place for businesses to call home!



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1 Injury Reported In NJ Turnpike Motorcycle Accident At Richard Stockton Service Area

April 18, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Fire Department, EMS and Capital Health Paramedics were dispatched to the NJ Turnpike South Bound at the Richard Stockton 6S Service Area Ramp for a motorcycle accident at 2:53 pm. Upon arrival Fire and EMS found one minor injury that was treated at the scene. It was reported a car hit a motorcycle on the rest area ramp. No further information is available.

Hamilton Welcomes Rothman Orthopaedic Institute to Brand New, State-of-the-Art Location

April 16, 2021

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HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin, Councilman Charles (Chuddy) Whalen, Councilman Rick Tighe, County Commissioner John Cimino, Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo and other Township Officials were present to welcome Rothman Orthopaedic Institute with a Grand Opening Ceremony & Ribbon Cutting on Wednesday April 14th, 2021.

“It is so wonderful to see Rothman Orthopaedic Institute expand to their brand new location here is Hamilton. We are thrilled they have decided to continue to invest in our township, bringing their top notch services to our residents” said Mayor Martin.

Located at 1079 Whitehorse Mercerville Rd., formally occupied by Kmart, this spacious over 15,000 sq. ft.  state-of-the-art space replaces the former Rothman Orthopaedics location in Mercerville, NJ, and offers a variety of convenient on-site services for patients. Features include: 3,400 sq. ft. dedicated to Physical Therapy, Hand Therapy and Occupational Therapy; on-site x-ray at the time of your appointment; 21 exam rooms; and onsite orthotic and bracing services fabricated by our experienced practitioners. In addition, this location also has an Urgent Care for immediate orthopaedic medical attention without an appointment.

Prior to Merging with Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, Trenton Orthopaedic Group has been a pillar in the Hamilton Community for nearly 50 years. In 1976, Trenton Orthopaedic Group moved from Trenton to their first location at 1675 Whitehorse Mercerville Road. Later in 1999 Trenton Orthopaedic Group moved as a 6 group provider to their previous location – 1225 Whitehorse Mercerville Road located across from the Hamilton Police Station. In addition, they have been covering athletics at all 3 of the Hamilton High Schools: Steinert, Hamilton West and Nottingham as well as Trenton Catholic Academy (formally McCorristin Catholic High School) since 1988.

Rothman Orthopaedic physicians are not only board certified in orthopaedics, they are fellowship-trained in specific specialties.
To learn more about Rothman Orthopaedic Institute visit www.RothmanOrtho.com  or www.facebook.com/RothmanOrtho

Visit www.hamiltonnj.com/economicdevelopment  to learn of the new businesses that have recently opened or have relocated to Hamilton and read up on why Hamilton is a great place for businesses to call home!

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Nurses At RWJ Hamilton Receive Nursing’s Highest Honor

April 16, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The nurses of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton, 1 Hamilton Health Place, Hamilton, have received nursing’s most prestigious honor – Magnet® recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Only 8 percent of hospitals nationwide have achieved this distinction; previously, only 32 hospitals in New Jersey received this recognition. RWJUH Hamilton makes number 33.

              “We can officially say what we have always known: RWJUH Hamilton nurses are among the nation’s best,” said Richard Freeman, President and Chief Executive Officer at RWJUH Hamilton. “Our community can be assured that they are getting the highest quality care from skilled, compassionate nurses.”

              The American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, is the world’s largest nursing credentialing organization. Its internationally renowned Magnet Recognition Program® was developed to recognize healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and uphold innovative professional nursing practice.

“Magnet® recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence,” said Lisa Breza, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at RWJUH Hamilton. “We are extremely proud of our nurses for achieving this honor. They truly represent the best in their profession.”

              RWJUH Hamilton applied for Magnet® recognition last year, submitting an application demonstrating how it meets the many nursing standards. Representatives from the American Nurses Credentialing Center conducted a three-day virtual survey in early March 2021, interviewing staff, physicians and community members and observing patient care.

“We congratulate all of our nurses on successfully completing the Magnet® journey,” said Jacqueline Ciccarelli, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, MPD, Manager, Magnet Program and Nursing Performance Improvement, at RWJUH Hamilton. “Their pride in their profession and their commitment to our patients are extraordinary. We are honored that they choose to work at RWJUH Hamilton and are committed to supporting their professional growth.”

Magnet looks for collaboration amongst all hospital staff as part of its evaluation. “We thank everyone who worked so hard over the past year to coordinate our Magnet® application and survey. But really, it is a reflection of the exceptional teamwork here at RWJUH Hamilton every day,” Freeman added.

RWJUH Hamilton’s nurses are involved in virtually every area of the hospital, from providing bedside care to serving as educators, researchers, advanced practice specialists and administrators and spearheading information technology and quality improvement initiatives. Many have achieved advanced certifications in nursing specialties such as cardiology, critical care, bariatrics, oncology, orthopedics, surgery and others.

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Where Angels Play Foundation Teams Up with Joey’s Little Angels and Hamilton Township to Create “Joey’s Place” Playground

April 14, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin, Where Angels Play Foundation Founder Bill Lavin and Joey’s Little Angels founders James and Nicole Angiolino jointly announced a public-private partnership to create “Joey’s Place” playground at Limewood Park in Hamilton, NJ.  This playground will be built at no-cost to Hamilton taxpayers with money raised by Where Angels Play with a goal of $100,000.

“I want to thank Where Angels Play and Joey’s Little Angels for their dedication to community service – more specifically to always helping kids be kids”, said Mayor Martin.  “James, Nicole and their legions of supports have contributed so much to Hamilton and our greater community that it is a fitting tribute that their son Joey have a permanent home here in Hamilton.  Moreover, this is a win for our community to have a new playground all at no cost to the taxpayer.” 

Where Angels Play Foundation was founded by former NJFMBA President Bill Lavin after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT.  Bill’s idea was to build 26 playgrounds in Hurricane Sandy destroyed communities – one to honor the memory of each teacher or student lost that day in Newtown, CT. 

“Where Angels Play Foundation has had the privilege of working with amazing families and communities across the US and around the world.  Our mission began in 2003 in Sea Bright, New Jersey.  55 playgrounds and each one special in its own way. To be able to partner with Joey’s Little Angels in our home State with an organization and a little boy who has already changed so many lives and a family that has given so much to honor their son, is just another level of inspiration for us! Especially after such a difficult year, our organization like so many, are in need of an uplifting positive healing project like Joey’s playground.  I am grateful for the trust James and Nicole have placed with the Angels Army and the great community of Hamilton Township.” 

Joey’s Little Angels was founded by James and Nicole Angiolino of Hamilton, NJ, after the passing of their son Joseph Thomas Angiolino. He passed away after a courageous battle with Hurler’s Syndrome at 15 months of age.  James, Nicole and their family, friends, and supporters have raised over $150,000 in donations and collected over 30,000 toys to be donated to over 30 pediatric hospitals nationwide to children battling various illnesses. 

“We have had tremendous support from our family, friends and the Hamilton community. We are looking forward to working with Where Angels Play and Hamilton Township to give back to the people that have supported the mission of Joey’s Little Angels. We are looking forward to seeing the children of Hamilton playing, smiling and creating memories with friends and family at Joey’s Place! We could not think of a better way to honor him!” 

For those interested in donating to this project, please visit http://whereangelsplayfoundation.org/our-playgrounds/upcoming/ or https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/joeys-playground



First Bank Announces Participation in the EVERFI Financial Literacy Bee To Support Youth Financial Education

Financial Literacy Month student challenge equips young people with money management skills and supports remote learning

April 13, 2021

HAMILTON, NJ (MERCER)–First Bank announced that it is sponsoring the EVERFI Financial Literacy Bee, taking place April 1-15, 2021. The EVERFI Financial Literacy Bee is a nationwide financial literacy challenge for high school students.

As families across the country are struggling financially in the wake of the pandemic, from unemployment to career shifts to a reduction in income, the EVERFI Financial Literacy Bee provides an opportunity for students to learn the critical importance of saving and budgeting for short-term and long-term financial goals.

The virtual challenge, created by social impact education innovator EVERFI, and supported by leading financial institutions nationwide, features four short digital lessons followed by a capstone essay contest in which students ages 13-18 in the United States and Canada share a short-term or long-term savings goal and outline their plan to achieve that goal. Winners of the EVERFI Financial Literacy Bee will receive a total of $20,000 in college scholarships.

“In these times of financial uncertainty for many Americans, First Bank is especially committed to engaging its communities, increasing financial literacy, and driving impactful change,” said Patrick L. Ryan, First Bank President and CEO. “We are proud to be supporting parents and students at this time through the Financial Literacy Bee and hope it will help drive dinner-table conversations about important financial topics.”


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By competing in the challenge, participating students will gain new skills to create a personalized financial decision-making framework that they can apply to their lives now and in the future. Topics include how to save, set financial goals, budget, and invest.

“The pandemic has shone a bright light on the financial vulnerability of most Americans, with 40 percent of American consumers reporting that they had trouble paying at least one bill or expense in 2020,” said Ray Martinez, co-founder and president, EVERFI. “We’ve always been committed to helping students increase their financial literacy, and during this historic time, we are also working to help parents feel more comfortable having dinner-table conversations about money. The Financial Literacy Bee is a fun way for students to learn important strategies to increase savings.”

In addition to supporting the EVERFI Financial Literacy Bee, First Bank works with EVERFI to provide schools-based financial education to elementary, middle, and high schools across their New Jersey and Pennsylvania communities.

To learn more about the EVERFI Financial Literacy Bee, visit https://firstbanknj.blog/2021/03/22/first-bank-partners-with-everfi-in-the-2021-financial-literacy-bee/


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Hamilton Fire Department quickly knocks fire in a laundromat

April 6, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– Fire companies in Hamilton operated a first alarm fire, early Tuesday afternoon.

Companies responded to the laundromat at 3800 Quakerbridge Road around 12:45pm for a reported heavy smoke condition in the building.

Crews arrived on scene with smoke showing and called the first alarm. A hose line was stretched into operation and the fire was quickly extinguished.

The fire is under investigation.



Burglary Arrest In Hamilton

April 6, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On April 6, 2021 at approximately 1:58 AM, Officer Jordan Kostoplis was in the area of Sylvan Avenue and Graffam Avenue when he heard a loud power tool coming from the parking lot of Marrazzo’s Auto Service.  He also saw a white Acura idling on Sylvan Avenue behind the business with its lights off.  He then observed the white vehicle leave the area and enter the parking lot of the Exxon on South Olden Avenue.  The vehicle then returned to Sylvan Avenue and again stopped behind Marrazzo’s.  The vehicle then backed up towards the Officer’s vehicle and he observed two males hop the fence from Marrazzo’s and enter the white vehicle which left the scene.  Responding Officers stopped the vehicle on South Olden Avenue and located a Milwaukee battery powered saw in plain view on the backseat.  Further investigation revealed the males that entered the vehicle had attempted to cut off a catalytic converter from a van parked in Marrazzo’s lot.  All three occupants were placed under arrest.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Lizbeth Crespo, 26, of Trenton.  The males were identified as Xavier Zayas, 38, of Trenton and Rafael Laureanofuentes, 23, of Trenton.  All three were charged with Burglary, Criminal Attempt Theft, Criminal Mischief, and Possession of Burglar’s Tools.  Zayas was also charged with Possession of Suboxone and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Laureanofuentes was also charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Pat Quick of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section at 609-581-4111 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.

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


UPDATE: Arrests Made In Shooting/Aggravated Assault On April 1, 2021

April 3, 2021

Original MidJersey.news BREAKING NEWS story here from April 1, 2021: Reported shots fired during fight in Hamilton



HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On April 1, 2021 at approximately 11:00 pm, Hamilton Police were detailed to the area of Barnt Deklyn Road and Andrew Street for a disturbance involving several people fighting. Responding Officers located several people still in the area and learned that two handguns were involved in this incident. Investigating officers located a spent handgun shell casing at the scene. Once victim was located with a head injury from being struck with the butt of a gun. He was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital.

Hamilton Officers developed information to charge 20 year old, Chesterfield resident, Christian Elley and 20 year old, Hamilton resident, Mario Cruz with Aggravated Assault, and various Weapons Offenses.

Hamilton Police Detectives Patrick Quick and Robert Whartenby, additionally charged 18 year old Hamilton resident, Dominic Maloney, with Terroristic Threats, and Various Weapons Offenses including the Community Gun Offense.

All three suspects were processed and transported to the Mercer County Correctional Facility awaiting arraignment.

Hamilton Police Detectives are asking the public if anyone has additional information regarding this investigation to contact Detective Robert Whartenby of the Hamilton Police Criminal Investigations Section at (609) 581-4032 or via email at rwhartenby@hamiltonpd.org The public can also contact the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008.

Every defendant is innocent until being found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Original MidJersey.news BREAKING NEWS story here from April 1, 2021: Reported shots fired during fight in Hamilton

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“Coffee With a Cop” to raise awareness of autism, hosted at Rt 33 Starbucks

April 2, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– A “Coffee With a Cop” event was hosted at the Robbinsville Starbucks on Route 33 this morning, raising autism awareness.

It was held from 9:00 am, to 11:00 pm. Officers from multiple departments, including Hamilton, Robbinsville, NJ State Police, The College of New Jersey Police, Pennington, Trenton, West Windsor, Ewing, and others made an appearance.

Hamilton and Robbinsville Police had tables set up out front in order to raise awareness for autism. Hamilton Police were handing out autism awareness identification stickers, which will alert police and other first responders that an autistic person may be present at the location the sticker is displayed. If you missed this great event, and wish to receive stickers, you can contact Detective Robert O’Hare of the Hamilton Police Division Community Policing Section at 609-581-4021 or rohare@hamiltonpd.org. You can also receive these stickers from your child’s School Resource Officer or L.E.A.D officer working in various Hamilton Public Schools.

This is all part of a coordinated effort that has been sponsored by a number of police departments throughout the county regarding progressing the issue of autism awareness. The cooperative effort is meant to focus on the issues that challenge police officers on a day to day basis when dealing with autistic individuals. The program intends on focusing the caregivers of the autistic individual in their potential interactions with police.

Today, a number of departments gathered at the Starbucks in Robbinsville to kick off the program. Robbinsville has been a lead in autism awareness, and that is why they were chosen to be the first stop. The efforts of the new program will be ongoing over the next few months in surrounding towns throughout the county.

An event is being planned to be held in Hamilton Township in June of this year.

In addition to raising autism awareness, this event was a great to bring police and the community together, engaging in conversations while enjoying a cup of coffee.

All COVID-19 guidelines were followed.