Category: Hightstown-East Windsor

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

December 23, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Mercer County Prosecutor Warns Of Phone Scam

December 21, 2022

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

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

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

East Windsor Township Presents Business Awards

December 19, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


East Windsor Participates In Womanspace “Communities of Light”

December 13, 2022

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


Chimney Fire Extinguished In East Windsor

December 11, 2022

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

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


Photos by: Steven Kadir


Hightstown Engine Company Dedicates Memorial For Fallen Firefighter

November 25, 2022

HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–Tonight, Hightstown Engine Company # 1 held a dedication for a memorial site in the front of the firehouse for Dave Lidke who passed away in the line of duty on December 23, 2013. The fire company color guard posted the colors, and the dedication was held at the site at 5:30 p.m. The memorial contains a bench, small patio positioned next to a small tree.

See post from Hightstown Engine Company # 1 below:


We’ve all experienced loss in different ways. As we continue to move forward we cannot forget the one’s we’ve loved and lost. This is the purpose of a memorial. It’s a subtle but constant reminder celebrating the heroic lives of ordinary people. When you sit and reflect on the bench that has been added to the front of the firehouse you are paying homage to those who have come before us and paved the way.

The bench and small patio are neatly positioned next to a beautiful small tree. This tree is a memorial to our dear friend Dave Lidke who sadly passed away in the line of duty on December 23rd, 2013. It too is a memorial, albeit a living one, meant to carry forward the spirit of a man for whom that tree represents.

The bench is made of stone, it’s a rock. That’s what the fire department has always been thanks to those who have come before us. The tree is full of life and growth that’s what we will continue to be within this community.

Here’s to what was and what will always be.

It would be a sincere and much appreciated gesture to have many of you with us today at 5:30pm when we dedicate this new memorial space. We want to be surrounded by the community we love to serve as we conduct this brief ceremony.





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

November 12, 2022

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

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

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

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

Moving forward, County Executive Hughes proposes the following:

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

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

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

File photo: Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes


File photo: Robbinsville Township Mayor Dave Fried

Robbinsville Township Mayor Dave Fried said in a Facebook post:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

November 10, 2022

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

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

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

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


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


Law Enforcement Investigates Death Of 18-Year-Old

November 7, 2022

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


Port Jefferson, NY, Woman Killed On NJ Turnpike As Wheel Crashes Though Windshield

November 7, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Sgt. Philip Curry of the New Jersey State Police Public Information Unit told MidJersey.news the crash occurred at 4:53 p.m. on the NJ Turnpike northbound on the inner roadway at MP 67.6 in East Windsor, Mercer County.  Preliminary investigation revealed that an Acura MDX was traveling south on the NJTPK on the inner roadway when the left front wheel became separated from the vehicle.  The wheel then traveled over the center divider and entered the northbound inner roadway.  The wheel then impacted the front windshield of a northbound traveling Acura RDX.  The impact caused fatal injuries to the front seat passenger of the RDX, Susan Dagrosa, 75, of Port Jefferson, NY.  The driver of the RDX was not injured. The crash remains under investigation.

Yesterday’s MidJersey.news story here:




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

November 6, 2022

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

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

UPDATE HERE:




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


East Windsor Township Remembers 21st Anniversary of 9/11

September 21, 2022

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

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


Overturned Vehicle On St. James Place In East Windsor

September 21, 2022

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



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

September 20, 2022

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



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

September 12, 2022

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

The GoFundMe is at this link.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Anthony (A.J.) Dewayne Collins



13-Year-Old Hightstown Boy Dies After Being Struck By Car

September 10, 2022

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HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–Hightstown Police Department reported that on Friday, September 9, 2022, at approximately 9:00 p.m., officers from Hightstown Police Department were dispatched to the intersection of West Ward Street and Mercer Street for a pedestrian struck by a vehicle; updates from dispatch reported the subject unconscious but breathing. 

Sergeant Miller and Officer Moreno arrived on location to find a thirteen (13) year old male, resident of Hightstown Borough, and a student at Melvin H. Kreps Middle School, unconscious with severe trauma to the body and head.  While waiting for emergency medical services to arrive, the child slipped into cardiac arrest and officers began lifesaving measures, beginning CPR.  Hightstown EMS arrived on scene and continued with lifesaving measures, with police assisting.  Paramedics from Capital Health arrived on location and transported the victim, with Hightstown EMS, to Capital Health Trauma Center, Helene Fuld Campus, in Trenton, and continued the performance of lifesaving efforts.

At the hospital, despite valiant efforts by all involved, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by hospital staff at 10:20 p.m. 

The accident was investigated by Hightstown Police Department and Mercer County Prosecutor’s Officer-Serious Collision Response Team.  Det. Mecca and Det. Vaccaro continued the investigation, which was determined to be accidental, with no criminality associated with the incident; the investigation revealed that the victim, a bicyclist, was struck while crossing the roadway as the driver, Ms. Kathryn Wagner, a resident of East Windsor, New Jersey, made a left turn from Mercer Street, onto West Ward Street.  Ms. Wagner remained on scene and was cooperative with the investigation.  Ms. Wagner was later issued a traffic summons for careless driving. 

School personnel were advised of the incident to prepare for any services that students may need as a result of this event.  Any witnesses to this incident, that may have information, are encouraged to contact Sgt. Miller or Det. Mecca at the Hightstown Police Department.  The Hightstown Police Department would like to thank all those that remained on scene, cooperated with the investigation, and assisted with this tragic event.



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Serious Crash Investigation In Hightstown, NJ


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September 9, 2022

HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–Around 9:00 p.m. Hightstown Police, EMS and Captial Health Paramedics MSU were dispatched to the area in front of the Hightstown Diner at Mercer and West Ward Streets. Upon arrival it was reported that Police and EMS found a juvenile that was riding a bicycle that was struck by a car. The juvenile was transported to Captial Health Regional Medical Center, Trauma Center in Trenton, NJ for treatment. Hightstown and East Windsor Police were on scene conducting a serious traffic investigation and West Ward Street was closed.

Hightstown Fire Company was dispatched to the scene to assist police around 11:00 p.m.

No further details are available at this time. Further details will be posted as information becomes available. Police are still on scene conducting a serious traffic investigation.

UPDATE at this link:



East Windsor Man Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Manslaughter


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


September 8, 2022

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



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East Windsor Township Celebrates National Night Out

August 8, 2022

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

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

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

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


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


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

August 5, 2022

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




One Reported Injury On New Jersey Turnpike Crash In East Windsor

August 5, 2022

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




East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov Administers Oath Of Office To New Police Lieutenant And Sergeant

July 8, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov administered the oaths of office to promoted police officers, new Police Lieutenant Thomas Meyer and new Police Sergeant Joseph Carabelli, to fill existing openings in the police department, in front of Township officials and police at a recent ceremony.

Mayor Mironov stated,  “This is an exciting evening for East Windsor Township and our Police Department, where we promote two experienced officers who have worked for these opportunities and achieved positive scores in the testing process.  Tonight is a tremendous celebration for the Police Department, where we all congratulate the promoted officers, recognize their achievements and welcome working as a team as they continue to progress and demonstrate their abilities in their new positions.”

New Police Lieutenant Thomas Meyer, hired in August 2006, has served in Uniform Services including as a Field Training Officer and Secondary Officer-in-Charge, and in May 2013, was assigned as a Detective to Investigative Services.  In August 2017, Officer Meyer was promoted to Sergeant serving as a Platoon Supervisor and Field Training Program Coordinator, then in January 2019, was assigned as Detective Sergeant serving as the Investigative Services Supervisor.  Lieutenant Meyer also has served as a Public Information Officer, Humane Law Enforcement Officer, Municipal Counter Terrorism Coordinator, Internal Affairs Unit member, and part-time Instructor at the Mercer County Police Academy.  During his career, Lieutenant Meyer has received several awards and recognitions.  Lieutenant Meyer earned a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Juris Doctor Degree from Seton Hall University School of Law.  Lieutenant Meyer is assigned as the interim Commander of Administrative Services.

New Police Sergeant Joseph Carabelli, hired in May 2011, has served in Uniform Services including as a Field Training Officer, Secondary Officer in Charge and Primary Officer in Charge.  In February 2020, Officer Carabelli was assigned as a Detective to Investigative Services, and also has served as a part-time instructor at the Mercer County Police Academy.  During his career, Sergeant Carabelli has received several recognitions and awards.  Sergeant Carabelli earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Seton Hall University and a Master’s Degree in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  Sergeant Carabelli is assigned as a platoon supervisor in Uniform Services.


East Windsor Township Mayor Janice S. Mironov administered the oath of office to new Police Sergeant Joseph Carabelli (center left) and new Police Lieutenant Thomas Meyer (center right) in a ceremony attended by Chief of Police James Geary (right), elected officials and other police officers.


East Windsor Township Independence Day Celebration Rescheduled To Saturday, July 9, 2022 At Etra Lake Park

July 6, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members remind all area residents to join with Township officials on Saturday, July 9, 2022, for the rescheduled East Windsor Township Independence Day Celebration, at Etra Lake Park.  The Independence Day Celebration was postponed from its original date of July 2 due to anticipated weather conditions.

The Independence Day celebration free entertainment begins at 6 P.M. with Jerry Rife’s Rhythm Kings Dixieland Jazz Band, a 6-piece band from the Delaware Valley area, best known for its traditional jazz sound.  They will be followed at 7:45 P.M. by the Trenton Brass Quintet Plus One, a 6-piece ensemble from Central Jersey performing Americana and a variety of popular melodies.  The spectacular fireworks display will commence immediately following the musical presentations, at approximately 9:30 P.M.

Mayor Mironov stated that, “Our Nation’s Independence Day is a great occasion for our residents to join together in celebration and recognition of our blessings of liberty and freedom.” She urged everyone to, “bring your blankets and chairs, and use the barbecue grills for a night of free fun at beautiful Etra Lake Park.”  There also will be vendors present for purchase of refreshments.  This free event is made possible through the generous contributions of many area businesses.

East Windsor Township thanks the following community businesses whose generous contributions have underwritten and made this summer entertainment possible:  Platinum Sponsors – Aurobindo, Novitium Pharma and QTS Data Centers;  Diamond Supporters – Hovione;  Gold Sponsors – The Woods at East Windsor, Comcast and One Mile Storage;  Silver Sponsors – Continental Auto Repair, LLC, Fordoz Pharma, IXP Corporation, McCaffrey’s Market, John Mayorek and Taco Bell;  Bronze Sponsors – Centrastate Healthcare Systems and Moe’s Southwest Grill.



East Windsor Announces Independence Day Celebration On July 2, 2022, And Summer Programs At Etra Park

June 20, 2022

EAST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–  Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members invite all area residents to join with Township officials on Saturday, July 2 for the East Windsor Township Independence Day Celebration, at Etra Lake Park.  The rain date is Saturday, July 9.

The Independence Day celebration free entertainment begins at 6 P.M. with Jerry Rife’s Rhythm Kings Dixieland Jazz Band, a 6-piece band from the Delaware Valley area, best known for its traditional jazz sound.  They will be followed at 7:45 P.M. by the Trenton Brass Quintet Plus One, a 6-piece ensemble from Central Jersey performing Americana and a variety of popular melodies.  The spectacular fireworks display will commence immediately following the musical presentations, at approximately 9:30 P.M.

Mayor Mironov stated that, “Our Nation’s Independence Day is a great occasion for our residents to join together in celebration and recognition of our blessings of liberty and freedom.” She urged everyone to, “bring your blankets and chairs, and use the barbecue grills for a night of free fun at beautiful Etra Lake Park.”  There also will be vendors present for purchase of refreshments.  This free event is made possible through the generous contributions of many area businesses.

Mayor Mironov announced that the East Windsor Township summer program of free events at Etra Lake Park will continue on Saturday, July 16 at 7 P.M. with “Family-Night-In-The-Park”, featuring a large screen viewing of the newly released Disney computer-animated fantasy comedy film “Encanto” about Colombian teenager Maribel Madrigal who faces the frustration of being the only member of her magical family without special powers.  The movie will be preceded by games, crafts, DJ Music and dancing.

On Sunday, July 24 at 6 P.M. “Wooden Ships Band”, a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young tribute band reproduces the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young songbook and will take attendees back in time to the era of the 1970’s.  All time Crosby, Stills song favorites highlighting the show will include Suite Judy Blue Eyes, Teach Your Children, Helplessly Hoping, Woodstock and Déjà Vu.

On Sunday, August 7 at 6 P.M., “Gypsy”, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band will perform with Stevie Nicks vocals and visuals that capture Nicks’ stage presence. “Gypsy” performs the greatest hits from Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac, including Stand Back, Rhiannon, Gold Dust Woman, Don’t Stop and so many more.

On Sunday, August 21 at 6 P.M., “B-Street Band” will perform, which is the top requested Bruce Springsteen tribute band on the circuit performing over 200 shows per year throughout the country.  “The Boss” himself has made an appearance to see the show, underscoring that the performance will be second-to-none, with favorite hits such as Cadillac Ranch, My Home Town, Glory Days, Hungry Heart and The River.

For information in the event of inclement weather for any of these events, call the East Windsor Information Hotline at (609) 443-4000 ext. 400 after 1 P.M. on the day of the event.  If there is inclement weather for the concerts (July 24, August 7, August 21), the program will be moved indoors to the East Windsor Regional School District Hightstown High School auditorium.

East Windsor Township thanks the following community businesses whose generous contributions have underwritten and made this summer entertainment possible:  Platinum Sponsors – Aurobindo, Novitium Pharma and QTS Data Centers;  Diamond Supporters – Hovione;  Gold Sponsors – The Woods at East Windsor, Comcast and One Mile Storage;  Silver Sponsors – Continental Auto Repair, LLC, Fordoz Pharma, IXP Corporation, McCaffrey’s Market, John Mayorek and Taco Bell;  Bronze Sponsors – Centrastate Healthcare Systems and Moe’s Southwest Grill.






Serious Head-On Crash In Hightstown Sends Two To Hospital

June 13, 2022

HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–Around 9:00 p.m. a serious head-on crash occurred in the 200 Block of Franklin Street near Cole Avenue, there were two reported injuries with one person trapped reported by Hightstown Police on scene. Hightown Fire Company, Cranbury Fire Company, Hightstown First Aid, Robbinsville EMS and Capital Health Paramedics were dispatched to the scene.

Firefighters and EMTs worked to quickly remove one of the occupants. Hightstown First Aid Squad and Captial Health Paramedics transported one person to the Trauma Center at Captial Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton and a “trauma alert” was called. The second ambulance from Robbinsville also transported one person to Captial Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton.

The accident is under investigation by the Hightstown Police Department. No further details are available at this time.



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Tri-County Cooperative Market

June 12, 2022

HIGHTSTOWN, NJ – Farmers are gearing up and improvements have been made at the historic Tri-County farmers’ cooperative and auction market on Route 33. First opened in 1933 at the height of the Great Depression, in recent years, the market has opened itself up to the public and a variety of restaurant and catering hall owners from around New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.

Farmer George Asprocolas of Asprocolas Acres in Millstone is president of the vegetable and fruit growers’ cooperative. Each week, three days during the week, at the height of the season, farmers bring their extra produce to Tri-County’s loading docks and walk-in refrigerators, to sell at wholesale prices. The market is open Wednesdays in June, depending on the weather and availability of cool weather crops like asparagus, peas, strawberries and a variety of lettuces.

“We had some paving of our parking lots done last season, and we also put a new roof on our extra storage building,” Asprocolas said, “we have two contractors who will add garage doors to our open loading dock building. Much of the funding for the improvements at this historic marketplace came from grants from the United States Department of Agriculture [USDA.]

“Every year it varies a little bit, but we usually have between 45 and 60 participating farmers in the cooperative,” Asprocolas said, adding customers can check in with the cooperative’s website to see available produce.Tri-County’s loading docks also host farmers from as far away as Swedesboro and Vineland, Vernon in Sussex County and even a few Amish farmers from Lancaster, Pa. “We regularly get participating farmers from a wide range of areas,” he said.

While farmers who wholesale their excess produce at Tri-County all season long pay annual membership dues, what’s most remarkable about the operation are the low buyer’s fees. Customers such as churches or schools, can come in and buy in wholesale quantities for a $2 fee. Customers get to “know their farmer” and support local farms by purchasing Jersey Fresh products. For more information, updated produce lists and instructions on how to order online or via phone, refer to our website:

www.tricountycoop.net

Facebook: Tri-County Cooperative Auction Market

Hours of Operation

April – May: Wednesdays: 5:30PM – 9:00 PM

June – October” Mondays: 5:30PM – 9:00 PM Wednesdays: 5:30PM – 9:00 PM Fridays: 5:30PM – 9:00 PM

619 Route 33 West

Hightstown, NJ 08520




Just picked produce on the way to the market.


TRI-COUNTY COOPERATIVE MARKET HISTORY

* The non-profit, tax-exempt Section 521 Tri-County Cooperative Market was founded in 1933 by a group of farmers from Mercer, Monmouth and Middlesex counties at the height of the Great Depression.

*What began as a wholesale-only market has recently opened its doors and loading bays to restaurant owners, chefs, caterers and members of the general public who wish to take advantage of wholesale prices.

*Products from up to 50+ farmers – from all over the Garden State — are available during the growing season.

*The Tri-County Auction Market Association owns just under five acres of land off Route 33 in Hightstown. The land was purchased for $1 from farmers Bertha and James Taylor on Aug. 18, 1937.

*Veteran third and fourth generation farmers recall how farm trucks would be lined up all the way to Route 130 in the 1960’s and 70’s during operating hours at the market, before a lot of precious, fertile farmland in central New Jersey – some of the most fertile farmland in the United States — was sold off to developers for housing and office parks.

*Farmers pay a nominal fee at the start of each growing season to belong to Tri-County Farmers Cooperative Market, and Future Farmers of America, [FFA] members, benefit from free membership in this unique, tax-exempt, Section 521 farmer-owned facility.

*There are no membership fees for buyers. This means a family of five or several neighbors buying together can come in during market hours and order a bushel of corn

–about 64 ears — at $14 to $16.

*With a redesigned website, www.tricountycoop.net, transactions between buyers and sellers are conducted much more easily. Restaurant chefs and suppliers can place

orders via the website. Farmers who operate their own retail stands can order produce they don’t grow from other farmers.

*The Tri-County Market remains a farmer-run, farmer-owned tax-exempt cooperative with four officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, and five general members.

*Restaurant owners come from as far away as Connecticut to purchase “Jersey Fresh” produce at the market’s official seasonal hours from”5:30 until the last farmer leaves” on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. People from the restaurant industry can also pick up and order produce on Tuesdays and Thursdays by calling to make an appointment.

*With a large walk-in refrigeration area on site, patrons of the Tri-County Cooperative Market [who understand the seasonal nature of fruits and vegetables,] can order any of the following products at wholesale prices.


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East Windsor Township Recognizes Student Winners Of Township Earth Day Recycling Poster Contest

June 3, 2022

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

RECYCLE all items that can be recycled.

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

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

REBUY buy goods that use recycled materials.

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

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

The student winners were:

1st PLACE WINNERS

Grade K-2 – Lithikha Vijayakumar (Ethel McKnight)

Grade 3-5 – Ruhee batool Shek sarafdeen (Perry L. Drew)

2nd PLACE WINNERS  

Grade K-2 – Jenise Ahenkora (Walter C. Black)

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

3rd PLACE WINNERS

Grade K-2 – Josephine Hayston (Ethel McKnight)

Grade 3-5 – Jenessa Ahenkora (Grace N. Rogers)

HONORABLE MENTION

Grade K-2 – Lucy Loonan (Ethel McKnight)

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

            All of the winning student posters will be displayed through the month of June in the Township municipal building. 


Mayor Janice S. Mironov, joined by Council Members and Earth Day Poster Contest winners, issues Proclamation recognizing Earth Day in East Windsor Township.  Pictured (from left to right) are: (front row) Jenise Ahenkora; Josephine Hayston; Lucy Loonan; Lithikha Vijayakumar; (middle row) Ruhee batool Shek sarafdeen; Jenessa Ahenkora; Mayor Janice S. Mironov; Madeline Hayston;Mukund Sairakshan Prabakaran; (back row) Council Member Al Rosenberg; Council Member Marc Lippman; Deputy Mayor Peter Yeager; Council Member David Russell; Council Member Denise Daniels, and Council Member John Zoller.


Mayor Janice S. Mironov recognized the Grades K – 2 student winners of the East Windsor Earth Day Recycling Poster Contest.  Pictured (from left to right) are: Lithikha Vijayakumar; Jenise Ahenkora; Mayor Janice S. Mironov; Lucy Loonan, and Josephine Hayston.


Mayor Janice S. Mironov recognized the Grades 3 – 5 student winners of the East Windsor Earth Day Recycling Poster Contest.  Pictured (from left to right) are: Ruhee batool Shek sarafdeen; Mukund Sairakshan Prabakaran; Jenessa Ahenkora, and Madeline Hayston.


East Windsor Recognizes Gun Violence Awareness Day On June 3

June 1, 2022

EAST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov, joined by members of Mercer County Moms Demand Action, issued a Mayoral Proclamation recognizing June 3 to raise awareness about the impacts of gun violence and to encourage responsible gun ownership and use.  Mercer County Moms Demand Action is a grassroots movement seeking to raise awareness about the impacts of gun violence and keeping families safe.

Mayor Mironov stated, “Gun violence is a tragic reality nationwide, with more than 100 Americans killed each day.  We encourage everyone to ‘Wear Orange’ on June 3, ‘National Gun Violence Awareness Day’, as a means to honor and remember all victims and survivors of gun violence and to recommit ourselves to doing all that we can to reduce the impacts of sensely gun violence in our community and in our nation.” 

The Mayoral Proclamation issued by Mayor Mironov states, “Americans are 26 times more likely to die by gun homicide than people in higher-income nations.  New Jersey has the 44th highest rate of gun deaths in the United States with 445 gun deaths every year and a rate of 5.0 deaths per 100,000 people.  We renew our commitment to reduce gun violence and encourage responsible gun ownership to help keep all of our citizens and children safer.”


Mayor Janice S. Mironov, joined by Council Members, presents Proclamation recognizing National Gun Violence Awareness Day to members of Mercer County Moms Demand Action.  Pictured (from left to right) are: Council Member John Zoller; Sherry Hurwitz; Teska Frisby; Mayor Janice Mironov; Fran Carroll; Council Member Al Rosenberg; Council Member Denise Daniels, and Pat Clark.


Serious NJ Turnpike Crash At Exit 8 Backs Up Traffic Over 6 Miles All The Way To Exit 7A

May 29, 2022

Update: As of 5:15 p.m. traffic issues from this accident have resolved.

Update from NJ State Police: Trooper Brandi Slota from the New Jersey State Police, Public Information Unit told MidJersey.news that the crash occurred at 2:29 p.m. on the Turnpike inner lanes northbound at milepost 67.1.  Preliminary investigation reveals that a box truck was traveling on the outer lanes when it came through the guardrail and struck a Jeep, then subsequently struck a Honda.  There were two minor injuries.


EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–At 2:32 p.m. the Robbinsville Township Fire Department, Hightstown Fire Department, Robbinsville EMS, Hightstown First Aid and Captial Health Paramedics responded to the NJ Turnpike north bound near Exit 8. It appears that a box truck traveling north bound in the outer roadway broke though a guard rail into the inner roadway crossed over multiple lanes of traffic, and collided with two vehicles before coming to rest near the off ramp for the NJ Turnpike. There were reports of two people with non-life-threating injuries that were transported to local hospitals for treatment. Firefighters assisted the injured and applied oil absorbent from spilled fuel and oil from the vehicles. NJ State Police is investigating the crash.

At times traffic in the north bound direction was backed up six miles in the north bound direction all the way to Exit 7 A in Robbinsville.

At 4:35 p.m. Google Traffic reports a 4-mile delay prior to Exit 8 in the north bound direction prior to the crash.

See update from NJ State police above the origninal MidJersey.News story.











21 Men Arrested in Undercover Operation Targeting Child Predators Using Social Media to Lure Children for Sex

Charges Stem from “Operation Risky Business,” a Collaborative Investigation Led by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Division of Criminal Justice, New Jersey State Police, and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations

May 26, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–New Jersey Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin and Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri today announced the arrests of 21 alleged child predators in “Operation Risky Business,” a multi-agency undercover operation targeting individuals who allegedly were using social medial in an attempt to lure underage girls and boys for sexual activity.  The defendants will be prosecuted by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the Division of Criminal Justice.  

The underage “children” were, in fact, undercover officers.  Most of the defendants in Operation Risky Business were arrested at either the undercover residence in Hamilton Township or another meet-up location, including the Hamilton Train Station. Those who went to the undercover house allegedly expected to find their victims home alone. Instead, they found law enforcement officers prepared to arrest them and process any evidence seized.  Those arrested include four Megan’s Law registrants, an injury lawyer from Georgia, an information technology worker, a dump truck driver, and a pastry chef from the Pocono Mountains region. One defendant was arrested and charged in two cases because he was chatting online with two separate undercover officers.

The operation was led by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit, the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice Financial and Cyber Crimes Bureau, and the New Jersey State Police, in collaboration with U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, and additional federal, state and county law enforcement agencies listed below.

“Operation Risky Business is a great example of how successful law enforcement agencies can be when they collaborate across all levels like they did here by proactively investigating and arresting predators who sought to sexually exploit children,” said Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin. “We are committed to working collaboratively in order to aggressively investigate and prosecute sex offenders. But we also need parents to talk to their children about the dangers of social media and let them know not everyone who they encounter online is who they initially claim to be.”

“Not in Mercer.  Not our children.  Not under my watch.  That’s the message we are sending to sexual predators with collaborative efforts like Operation Risky Business,” said Prosecutor Onofri.  “Social media sites have become hunting grounds for individuals looking to exploit children.  Law enforcement will continue to use every investigative tool at our disposal to aggressively pursue and prosecute these predators that attempt to exploit our most innocent victims, but we can’t do it alone.  Parents and guardians can do their part by remaining vigilant.  Talk to your children about the dangers that exist on social media and gaming apps, and monitor their online activity.”

“Through collaborative efforts like this, we are sending a strong message to parents that we must remain vigilant and do our part to protect children by keeping communication open and warning them about the dangers of the Internet,” said Director Lyndsay V. Ruotolo of the Division of Criminal Justice. “We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners across all levels to investigate, apprehend, and prosecute offenders who attempt to sexually exploit children. There is no higher priority than keeping our children safe.”

“Operation Risky Business was a complete success; however, it is also a sobering reminder that there is no shortage of online predators willing to exploit children.” said Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “We remain committed to seeking out these criminals but remind parents and guardians that they need to be aware of the dangers that exist online and do their part to actively monitor and safeguard their children’s activity.”

“HSI is committed to supporting coordinated operations, helping ensure the children of our communities are protected from dangerous predators,” said Special Agent in Charge Jason J. Molina of HSI Newark.

About half of the arrests in Operation Risky Business were made over a four-day period from April 7 through April 10.  The defendants were from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and one from Georgia.  They are variously charged with offenses including second-degree attempted luring, second-degree attempted sexual assault, third-degree attempted endangering the welfare of a child, and fourth-degree attempted criminal sexual contact.  Arrest warrants for the remainder of the suspects were forwarded to the U.S. Marshals Service, who tracked down the rest of the alleged predators over the last few weeks.

The undercover law enforcement members who conducted the chats with the defendants were specially trained members of the New Jersey ICAC Task Force. The defendants typically initiated contact based on profiles posted on social media platforms by the undercover detectives and agents. The social platforms that were used in these encounters included Kik, Skout, Whisper, Grindr, GROWLr, and MeetMe.  Once chatting began, the undercover officers clearly identified themselves as underage girls or boys.  Despite that information, the defendants allegedly engaged the purported “children” in conversations about sex, and all 21 defendants are alleged to have made arrangements to meet the “children” for sex.  Some of the chats were conducted over a period of several weeks leading up to the “meet-up” week when arrests were made.

Prosecutor Onofri advised parents to familiarize themselves with the apps their children use, as well as signs that their children may be targets of online exploitation.  “Spending an increasing amount of time online, becoming secretive about their online conduct, switching screens or closing tabs or windows whenever a parent is close, using sexual language they would not be expected to know and becoming emotionally volatile, these are all red flags,” he said.

The undercover house was staffed with dozens of law enforcement officers, analysts and attorneys.  Attorneys and detectives drafted search warrants for electronic devices that were seized from the defendants.  These devices were taken to the forensic computer laboratory at the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for full forensic examinations.  These examinations, which are ongoing, will enable investigators to determine if the devices contain evidence of any prior encounters by the defendants with underage victims, which might constitute additional cases of luring, sexual assault or child endangerment.

The defendants were lodged in the Mercer County Correction Center until detention hearings were held.  Three defendants – Gregory Barger (who is a registered sex offender in Pennsylvania), Justin Wann, and James Hendryx – were ordered detained in jail pending trial.  The other defendants were released subject to stringent pre-trial monitoring conditions, including at a minimum reporting regularly to Pre-Trial Services staff and prohibitions from using the internet except for work or having any unsupervised contact with children under 18.

The following 21 men were arrested in Operation Risky Business and are charged as indicated.  They allegedly believed they were communicating with a minor as described in parentheses.  The prosecuting agency is also specified.


  1. Laurentiu Tonea, 41, East Windsor, NJ.  (Girl, 14)  Tonea is an information technology worker in Edison, NJ.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, two counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted criminal sexual contact, attempted luring.  The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO) is prosecuting.

  2. Richard Parsons, 42, Cumming, GA.  (Girl, 14)  Parsons is an injury lawyer.  Charges: Two counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted criminal sexual contact.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  3. Michael Kramer, 52, Philadelphia, PA.  (Girl, 15)  Kramer is a dump truck driver. Charges: Attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted sexual assault, attempted possession of child pornography, attempted manufacturing of child pornography.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  4. Robert Franklin, Gloucester City, NJ.  (Girl, 13)  Charge: Attempted endangering the welfare of a child. MCPO is prosecuting.

  5. Jesus Clavel Villa, 49, Trenton, NJ.  (Girl, 14)  Villa is a cook in Trenton.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child.  The Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) is prosecuting.

  6. Moises Cortes Diaz, 35, New Brunswick, NJ.  (Girl, 13)  Diaz is a self-employed painter.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted manufacturing of child pornography.  DCJ is prosecuting.

  7. Joseph Roman, 31, Denville, NJ.  (Girl, 14)  Roman is unemployed and a registered sex offender.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, two counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted manufacturing of child pornography.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  8. Emanuel Rodriguez, 25, Trenton, NJ.  (Girl, 14)  Charges: Two counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted manufacturing of child pornography. MCPO is prosecuting.

  9. Gregory Barger, 37, Morrisville, PA.  (Girl, 14)  Barger is a self-employed painter and a registered sex offender in Pennsylvania.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted kidnapping.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  10. Justin Wann, 35, Paulsboro, NJ.  (Girl, 14)  Wann is a self-employed painter.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted kidnapping, attempted criminal sexual contact, attempted endangering the welfare of a child.  MCPO is prosecuting. (Also see # 16 for second case)

  11. Frank Duggan, 54, Bordentown, NJ.  (Girl, 14)  Duggan is unemployed.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted manufacturing of child pornography.  DCJ is prosecuting.

  12. Nestor Alonso Chappuis, 37, Hamilton, NJ.  (Girl, 14)  Chappuis is unemployed and a registered sex offender.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  13. Evan Sluka, 27, Blakeslee, PA.  (Girl, 14)  Sluka is a chef in Stroudsburg, PA.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted criminal sexual contact.  DCJ is prosecuting.


  14. James Hendryx, 26, Hamilton, NJ.  (Boy, 14)  Hendryx is unemployed.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  15. Kyle Zang, 31, Stewartstown, PA.  (Girl, 14)  Charges: Two counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted manufacturing of child pornography.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  16. Justin Wann, 35, Paulsboro.  (Girl, 14)  Wann is a self-employed painter.  Charges: Four counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child.  MCPO is prosecuting.  This second case is based on an additional chat with another undercover officer.

  17. Christopher Baez, 36, New York, NY.  (Girl, 14)  Baez is a restaurant worker.  Charges: Two counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted manufacturing of child pornography.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  18. Joseph Zekas, 49, Williamstown, NJ.  (Girl, 13)  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted criminal sexual contact, attempted endangering the welfare of a child.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  19. Taylor Picillo, 29, Hamilton, NJ.  (Boy, 14).  Picillo is employed by a solar energy equipment supplier in Rocklin, CA.  Charges: Attempted sexual assault, attempted luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child, resisting arrest.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  20. William Oldham, 45, Williamstown, NJ.  (Girl, 14)  Oldham is a fence installer. Charges: Two counts of attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted manufacturing of child pornography.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  21. Charles Amer, 50, Maple Shade, NJ.  (Girl, 13)  Amer is a warehouse laborer and a registered sex offender.  Charges: Attempted endangering the welfare of a child, attempted luring.  MCPO is prosecuting.

  22. Yohann Rigogne, 41, Philadelphia, PA.  (Girl, 14)  Rigogne is unemployed.  Charge: Attempted endangering the welfare of a child.  MCPO is prosecuting.

Second-degree charges carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000, while third-degree charges carry a sentence of three of five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.  Fourth-degree charges carry a sentence of up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Prosecutor Onofri commended all of the individuals and agencies who conducted Operation Risky Business.  He thanked the members of the ICAC Unit who led and coordinated the operation for the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, particularly Sergeants Joe Paglione and Michael Castaldo, under the direction of Chief of Detectives Jessica Plumeri.  He also thanked Assistant Prosecutor Alycia Beyrouty, chief of ICAC, and Chief Jillian Carpenter of the state Division of Criminal Justice Financial and Cyber Crimes Bureau.

He further commended all of the members of the New Jersey State Police who worked on Operation Risky Business, under the direction of Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, particularly Lieutenant Stephen Urbanski and Detective Sergeant Paul Sciortino, and all of the special agents of U.S. Homeland Security Investigations – Cherry Hill Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jason J. Molina, particularly Supervisory Special Agent John Fitch.

Prosecutor Onofri also thanked the following federal, state and county agencies that assisted in Operation Risky Business:

  • New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice Financial and Cyber Crimes Bureau
  • New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Mercer County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Camden County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Mercer County Central Motor Pool

The charges against the defendants in Operation Risky Business are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.  Because they are indictable offenses, they will be presented to a grand jury for potential indictment.