HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)—At approximately 8:30 pm tonight Hightstown Police officers were dispatched to Peddie Lake, adjacent to Tavern on the Lake for an unresponsive person in the water. The Hightstown Fire Department’s Dive Team along with Robbinsville Township EMS initially responded to the scene for a recovery. Additionally, Robbinsville Township Fire Department and Cranbury Fire Company also responded to the scene for extra assistance in the recovery. The subject was removed from the water by the fire department and pronounced dead.
Hightstown Police identified the subject as Mr. Dana “Mike” Fields, a 60-year-old resident of Hightstown.
The incident is currently under investigation, but the incident does not appear to be suspicious at this time. Any witnesses or persons with information surrounding this incident is asked to contact Det. Mecca, Hightstown Police Department, at 609-448-1234 x 540.
This is at least the second known person to be recovered from Peddie Lake this year. A missing East Windsor man was recovered on Sunday February 2, 2020 you can read that MidJersey.News story at the following link:
HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–During this time where school, work and life events are put on pause, free time has become an opportunity for community support to shine. Richard Zhu, a sophomore at the Peddie School in Hightstown, NJ, could not resist to continue his passion for art. Zhu saw the potential for something beautiful resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic – he founded The Art of Remembrance organization, using fine art, poetry, illustrations, and creative writing to support Alzheimer’s disease.
Zhu, along with his talented peers, Carol Ge, Tianran Song, Vincent Zhang, Yuchi Zhang, and Lily Wang, designed a creative arts magazine to raise money to support the Long Island Alzheimer’s and Dementia (LIAD) Center, a social adult day program in Westbury, NY that has pivoted its hands-on programs to virtual platforms to continue support for families living with the challenges brought on by cognitive impairment.
“In a span of less than eight years, my grandmother, Hu Weide, went from a caring and joyous woman to a shadow of herself,” says Richard Zhu. “In her honor, we curated a collection of our art, which explores human emotion during times of crisis…through our art, we hope to rejuvenate people during this time and support those most vulnerable.”
“We are so touched by the Art of Remembrance’s generosity and inspired by their creativity,” says Tori Cohen, Executive Director of the Long Island Alzheimer’s & Dementia Center. “Their unique fundraiser will help the LIAD Center continue to provide families critically needed resources, such as support groups and stimulating virtual activities, as well as a safe place to return to when our doors reopen. I’m sure Richard’s grandmother is so proud of the direct impact he and his partners will have on so many of our families, providing a sense of hope and comfort during this overwhelming time.”
To support The Art of Remembrance and learn more about the LI Alzheimer’s & Dementia Center’s COVID-19 programs and services, visit www.lidementia.org or call (516) 767-6856.
About the Long Island Alzheimer’s & Dementia (LIAD) Center For over 30 years, the LIAD Center has been providing supportive community-based services to Long Island families living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The LIAD Center offers hands-on and stage-specific programs and services to diagnosed individuals and caregivers. The 501 (c)(3) takes considerable pride in its pioneering role in cutting-edge services that foster the independence, dignity, well-being, and safety of individuals with dementia. Its state-of-the-art center is located at 1025 Old Country Road in Westbury. Until there is a cure, the LIAD Center is the best place for families to find support, guidance, and hope.
to love her
is to link dendritic arms
in an electrifying jazz dance of blushing Oxytocin
leaping and rolling along the fatty floors till it bursts
through the calcified studio doors
and into Dopamine’s arms–they dash in dizzying circles
through basal ganglia and gray matter cortices
and the brain is a sizzling city of people spraying the blush in sprawling graffiti
singing the systolic songs of every palpitation
till the beats thud down every street and they
are the set crew constructing your dazzling dance
of infatuation this
a dance of constructed aluminum frames
glossy bicycle bells tinkling down every street
whispering songs of whirring chains–
the world scrawls gaseous graffiti with gray exhaust pipes,
dashing poison upon the seas till the polyps collapse in dizzy circles
within bleached calcium cages and acidic arms pry open oyster shells
till they burst–yet the Dutch are rolling
forth in neighborhoods
of bikers tying wire struts together
into a gift of unblemished oxygen and nitrogen
each citizen plugging into the city till it is electrified and Humanity
ROBBINSVILLE-EAST WINDSOR-HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)—Today is Airborne Day and it is a special day to honor the US Airborne Forces and the first parachute jump of 48 members of the US Army Parachute Test Platoon on August 16, 1940 during World War II.
A roadside monument sits along Route 130 in the Windsor section of Robbinsville Township honoring the US Army Parachute Test Platoon that worked there during World War II. Two towers left over from the World’s Fair were brought to the location and used for the tests located at Route 130 and Voelbel Road formerly known on maps then as parachute road.
Active members of current Airborne and Special Forces Airborne units, Airborne Association of NJ and Special Forces Association New Jersey Chapter held a ceremony to commemorate the day. Since the weather was not cooperating at the test site the ceremony was move from the outdoor location to the American Legion about half mile up the road.
According to the 82nd Airborne Association North Jersey Chapter Chairman Vic Balint the day is to honor the Airborne soldier and the original parachute test platoon. In 1918 Brigadier General William Lendrum ”Billy” Mitchell or the US Army Air Corps suggested to General John Joseph “Black Jack” Pershing was air service advisor and should employee airborne troops in World War 1, and like the idea but the war ended in November 1918 and the idea never happened.
In 1939 General Gorge C. Marshall US Army Chief of Staff directed U.S. Army General George A. Lynch to “Make a study for the purpose of determining the desirability of organizing, training, and conducting tests of a the small detachment of air infantry with a view to determine whether or not our army should contain a unit or units of this nature”
Many in the military disagreed with this philosophy and argued that the airborne force was not needed for America during World War II.
Despite this thinking General Marshall gave his approval on July 25, 1940 to immediately establish a parachute test platoon to test the development of airborne troops.
The original test platoon was 48 paratroopers 2 officers and 46 enlisted. The platoon started training and developing equipment and policies that would be used by future airborne forces. Many of the techniques developed then are in use today.
During the original testing during the test platoon’s third week they were sent to Safe Parachute Company, Hightstown, NJ (Robbinsville former Washington Township) because there were two 150-foot towers left over from the 1939 World’s Fair. The original test platoon spent 10 days in New Jersey before returning to Georgia.
After additional testing and successful demonstrations by the test platoon the war department activated the 501st Parachute Infantry Battalion, on October 1, 1940 and located at Fort Benning Georgia.
Lawrence Taylor, Sr. President of the Special Forces Association, Chapter 19 for the State of New Jersey continued and stated that Amelia Earhart was the first one to jump off of a 115 foot tower in Jackson, NJ on June 2, 1935.
In 1934, Stanley Switlik and Amelia’s husband, George P. Putnam formed a partnership and created the first parachute jump tower in the US. The tower was located where Great Adventure is today. Switlik Parachute Company formed in 1920 and is still operating in Trenton and Hamilton Township, NJ
BREAKING NEWS REPORT: From radio, on scene and witness reports. If official information is made available the story will be updated and corrected.
EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Sometime around 4:00 a fire broke out in the Americana Kitchen & Bar at 359 Route 130 sending fire departments from around the area to the scene. A witness standing on the side of Route 130 by CVS told MidJersey.News he was on his way home from work and something did not look right with smoke coming from the diner, he stated he called 9-1-1.
Radio reports that and firefighters were seen hosing down HVAC units on the roof that appeared to have been involved in fire.
The fire appears to be a 2nd Alarm with units responding from at least 10 departments: East Windsor Fire Company, Hightstown Fire Company, West Windsor Fire Company, Princeton Junction Fire Company, Robbinsville Township Fire Department, Hamilton Township Fire Department, Princeton Fire Department, Plainsboro Fire Department, Monroe Fire Department and Jamesburg Fire Company.
All units except for East Windsor were clear by 5:55 am and East Windsor Fire Company remained on scene with fire investigators while the investigation is being conducted. East Windsor Fire Company cleared at 6:26 am.
There is no official word on the cause of the fire.
Americana Kitchen & Bar’s Facebook reporting small fire in a roof top HVAC unit. Hopefully they can fix this and reopen soon.
The winds from Tropical Storm Isaias have created problems with trees and wires throughout every town in the area, do not travel unless necessary.
Roads closed, multiple Power outages, blown transformers, live wires burning, trees and debris in the roadway with multitude of other problems are some of the things first responders are dealing with at this hour.
Emergency Management and Police Departments remind that 9-1-1 is for emergency use only. Restrict travel due to many trees, wires and debris in roadways and do not cross barricades.
Millstone Township reports: All residents should shelter in place. Many trees down throughout the Township and many roads are closed. Windsor Road/Perrinville; Rochdale Ave ; Rising Sun Tavern ; Agress Road/Bittner Road; Bittner Road/Millstone Road; Backbone Hill Road/Schoolhouse to White Birch; Sweetmans Lane near Stillhouse Rd; Mercy Mount Rd; Bessie Court.
Governor Murphy and Colonel Callahan Advise New Jerseyans to Prepare for Hurricane Isaias
TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy and Colonel Patrick Callahan today advised New Jerseyans to prepare for the impact of Hurricane Isaias. Additionally, a tornado watch has been issued throughout the state. The Office of Emergency Management will continue to monitor the conditions of the hurricane and are working with counties to address any storm-related needs.“As Hurricane Isaias continues to move throughout our state, we encourage all residents to take necessary precautions to stay safe and secure,” said Governor Murphy. “Our main concern is public safety, and our emergency response team is prepared to help New Jerseyans with any needed assistance during this time.”New Jersey State Police Superintendent and State Director of Emergency Management Colonel Patrick Callahan stressed the importance of connecting the public with reliable information sources to further assist them in their individual preparedness plans.“Events such as Superstorm Sandy have taught us that awareness and preparedness saves lives. We encourage everyone to stay connected and be prepared,” said Colonel Callahan. “Make time with your family to build a kit, a go-bag, and create a communication plan. Tune in, log-on, opt-in, ‘like’ or ‘follow’ state, county, local and federal agencies for credible disaster-related information such as alerts and warnings; situational awareness updates; and where to find help. Personal connections matter, too. After you’ve completed your household preparedness activities, be a good neighbor and lend a hand to someone who may need assistance.”A list of New Jersey’s County Offices of Emergency Management, with social media and local alert system links, may be found on our newly redesigned New Jersey Office of Emergency Management Website: www.ready.nj.gov.NJOEM also recommends specific emergency preparedness actions:Make an emergency kit: Emergency kits will allow individuals and families to survive several days without access to food, water or electricity. Emergency kits should include at least a three to five day supply of non-perishable food and water, prescription medications for up to two weeks if available, baby supplies, pet supplies and any additional items for special medical needs such as an extra pair of eye glasses and batteries for hearing aids. Your kit should also include important phone numbers for doctors as well as car cell-phone chargers. While gathering your emergency kit, pack a go-bag for your family as well. Your family go-bag should be something such as a duffle bag or gym bag that is easily accessible so you can grab it and go in the event that a firefighter or police officer knocks on your door and tells you to evacuate immediately. These bags should include items such as prescription medication, food, water, extra clothing, and copies of important documents and phone numbers to get you through the first few critical days. For information on how to put a family emergency kit together, visit www.ready.nj.gov. Make an emergency plan. Make plans with family and friends in case you’re not together when any type of emergency – natural, technological or man-made – occurs. Discuss how you will contact each other, where you will meet and what you will do in different situations. Become familiar with your town’s evacuation routes. For information on how to put a family emergency plan together, visit www.ready.nj.gov. Pets are family too! Be sure to include them in your emergency plans by visiting www.animalemergency.nj.gov.
Stay informed: NJOEM recommends the following ways to stay informed about emergencies:
Online: Use credible websites to get information about natural hazards and emergency preparedness. NJOEM works closely with the National Weather Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency regarding forecasts and other important disaster news.
National Weather Service NJ is covered by two different weather stations: Mount Holly, NJ for most of the State and Upton, NY for the NE part of the State. For Northeast NJ residents and commuters to/from New York City, please visit: www.weather.gov/okx/. For the rest of New Jersey please visit: www.weather.gov/phi/.
Register Ready: www.RegisterReady.nj.gov – New Jersey’s Special Needs Registry for Disasters allows NJ residents with disabilities or access and functional needs and their families, friends and associates an opportunity to provide information to emergency response agencies, so emergency responders can better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergency. The information collected here is confidential and will not be available to the public. The information will be held securely and only used for emergency response and planning.
NIXLE – Subscribe to the NJ State Police (NJSP) on Nixle Connect at http://local.nixle.com/new-jersey-state-police/. New Jersey residents can register to receive messages by sending a text message with their zip code to 888777 (data rates may apply depending on your plan). Online registration is also available at www.nixle.com
CMAS – the Community Mobile Alert System – this nationwide system is now being used the National Weather Service to transmit urgent weather info to your cell phone. A warning means the hazard is imminent; a watch means conditions are favorable for the hazard to occur. Your cell phone must be WEA (Wireless Emergency Alert) enabled to receive these messages.
NOAA Weather Radio: A nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service Office. NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. NOAA Weather Radios are typically inexpensive, readily available in stores and can often be programmed for your specific area. http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/
ROBBINSVILLE, EAST WINDSOR, HAMILTON, NJ (MERCER)–If you were lucky enough to be outside this afternoon around 5:15 you would have seen a military fly over called “Salute To The Great Cities Of The American Revolution” en route from New York City to Philadelphia.
Trenton, NJ the home of the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area where just north of there General George Washington crossed the Delaware on December 25, 1776 was not on the official list of the “Great Cities”
Still the region from the Monmouth Battlefield, extending though Cranbury, Hightstown, Robbinsville, Hamilton and turning at Trenton towards Philadelphia was still able to see the fly over even though it was not officially on the program.
Spectators were able to see a variety of aircraft from the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Marine Corps including: U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, followed by B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, F-15 and F-22 fighters and U.S. Marine Corps F-35 fighters in transit from New York City to Philadelphia.
Secretary Esper approved a Department of the Interior request for DOD support to the 2020 Salute to America. DOD will provide aerial, musical and ceremonial support to this year’s celebration in Washington, D.C. This year’s support will also include a flyover of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, as well an aerial salute to several cities that played roles in the American Revolution.
The highlight of this year’s celebration will be our salute to the Great Cities of the American Revolution. The flyovers will begin in Boston and proceed to New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore. From there they will join other Department of Defense and heritage aircraft in the Salute to America over our nation’s capital. In all, roughly 1,700 service members will support the celebrations.
The aircraft are scheduled to overfly each of the cities, beginning at approximately 4:00 pm, then fly on to the next city. U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps jets will fly over in five waves. The flyovers will be led by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, followed by B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, F-15 and F-22 fighters and U.S. Marine Corps F-35 fighters.
BOSTON: The aircraft are scheduled to overfly the center of the city at approximately 4:00 pm approaching from the northeast at 1,000 feet above the ground. Multiple aircraft will overfly the U.S.S. Constitution and then proceed over Fenway Park before departing the city.
NEW YORK: The aircraft are scheduled to fly down the Hudson River at approximately 5:00 pm and pass just east of the Statue of Liberty.
PHILADELPHIA: The aircraft are scheduled to overfly the center of the city at approximately 5:15 pm approaching from the northeast at 1,000 feet above the ground. Multiple aircraft will fly over Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell and then proceed southwest out of the city.
BALTIMORE: The aircraft are scheduled to overfly Fort McHenry at approximately 5:30 pm approaching from the northeast at 1,000 feet above the ground. Multiple aircraft will overfly Fort McHenry before turning south out of the city.
The flyovers provide an opportunity for DOD to demonstrate the capabilities and professionalism of the United States Armed Forces. Flying hours are a sunk cost for the Department of Defense, and these aircraft and crews would be using these hours for proficiency and training at other locations if they were not conducting these flyovers.
DOD is proud to help celebrate the nation’s 244th birthday. We are grateful for our nation’s support as we defend our country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Photos below by: Dennis Symons from East Windsor looking towards Hightstown and Robbinsville
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Several accidents have occurred on the NJ Turnpike this evening at 9:52 pm at Exit 8 in Hightstown a tractor trailer overturned with injures at the north bound on ramp to the NJTP. Hightstown Fire Department and Hightstown First Aid Squad were at the scene. Robbinsville Township Fire Department responded but was not needed.
At 3:07 am the Robbinsville Township Fire Department responded to the NJ Turnpike at mile marker 59 for a single car accident with heavy front end damage. It appears one person was injured in this accident. The person was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton.
Around 3:30 am in Cranbury at mile marker 70 Cranbury First Aid Squad responded to a motor vehicle accident with three injures. Patients from that accident were transported to Princeton Medical Center Plainsboro.
CRANBURY, NJ (MIDDLESEX)—New Jersey State Police report that a motor vehicle accident occurred Friday, June 26 at 10:52 pm on the southbound outer roadway at mile marker 69.
Preliminary reports by NJSP are that a Toyota Camry and Volvo tractor trailer were traveling southbound on the New Jersey Turnpike in the area of mile marker 69 when the Volvo struck the rear of the Toyota.
As a result of the collision the driver of the Volvo, Euclides R. Santos , 53 year old male of New York, NY suffered moderate injuries. Driver of the Toyota, Kazara P. Leacock, 24 year old female of Randallstown, MD suffered moderate injuries. Passenger of the Toyota, Messiah Gray, 1 year old male juvenile of Randallstown, MD suffered fatal injuries. Passenger of the Toyota, Hilkiah Leacock-Small, 3 year old juvenile male Randallstown, MD suffered serious injuries. Passenger of the Toyota, Cheryl Leacock, 61 year old female of Randallstown, MD suffered moderate injuries.
BREAKING NEWS REPORT: Information from radio traffic and what was observed on scene at a distance. Once official information is avaiable story will be updated and corrections made if needed.
June 26, 2020 date of accident 11 pm, published June 27, 2020 1:39 am. minor updates at 10 am. Still waiting for official news release from NJ State Police. Updated at 11:30 with some corrections see the new story link posted above for latest information about the accident.
CRANBURY, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–At 10:52 pm tonight a serious accident occurred on the NJ Turnpike in the area of the 69 mile marker south bound lanes. The accident appears to have occurred in a “Z-Cut” area marked “NO TURNS” that are used for emergency equipment. The area is approximately one mile north of Exit 8 Hightstown. A tractor trailer with Amazon Prime markings collided with a car in the area of the emergency access cut though.
The Hightstown Fire Company, Cranbury Fire Company, Robbinsville Township Fire Department EMS, Hightstown First Aid Squad, Mercer County Paramedics and others responded to the scene.
Two were heavily entrapped in the back seat of the car and firefighters with the assistance of a crane from George’s Garage lifted the front of the tractor trailer off the trapped occupants and free them.
A medical helicopter from Cooper University Healthcare “Cooper-2” flew one of the occupants that were heavily entrapped to Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center Trauma Unit in New Brunswick. The center roadway was shut down for the accident and the helicopter landed on the highway nearby.
Two occupants from the front of the vehicle were transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center Trama Unit in Trenton.
It is reported that one person from the back seat has died.
New Jersey State Police have shut down the inner roadway for the accident investigation. The Middlesex County Medical Examiner was en route to the scene at the time of this report.
The accident investigation on the Turnpike is active at this time and the inner roadway is expected to be shut down for hours.
BREAKING NEWS: This is from on scene reports and radio traffic. Once official information is made available story will be updated and any corrections/additions made if necessary.
June 20, 2020
EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Firefighters responded to a fire at the Town House Motel on Franklin Street this afternoon around 12:30 pm. Upon arrival firefighters found heavy smoke coming from Room 216 and the adjacent rooms. Firefighters forced the door and extinguished the fire in the room and found two cats suffering smoke inhalation during their search. Firefighters removed the two cats and brought them outside near the command post and with assistance of EMS were able to revive the cats.
Firefighters and EMS used special oxygen masks designed for animals and were able to revive them. After about 20 minutes of oxygen treatment and stimulation the cats were able to come around and appear that they will survive. The two cats were later transported to the NorthStar Vets in Robbinsville a 24 hour animal hospital. They should be ok after treatment.
The fire was under investigation at the time of this report. Once official information is available it will be posted.
BREAKING NEWS FROM THE SCENE AND RADIO REPORTS WILL BE UPDATED WHEN INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE
June 7, 2020
EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–A New Jersey State Police vehicle was struck in the rear tonight at mile marker 65.3 south bound inner roadway (car lanes) just south of Exit 8 around 10:41 pm tonight. From photos it can be seen that multiple vehicles including a NJ Trooper vehicle were damaged. One person was transported to the hospital by the Hightstown First Aid Squad. No further information was available about the accident. Once released the story will be updated. Robbinsville Township Fire Department was dispatched to the scene but not needed.
Breaking News, some reports from official sources and some reports from on scene and radio traffic, reported as accurately as possible
Updated at 9:40 am. with what we know
Updated at 1:00 pm with some details from social media
June 7, 2020
EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–New Jersey State Police confirmed that 10 horses died in a horse transport truck accident with fire early this morning on the New Jersey Turnpike. The truck was a very large tractor trailer style horse transport.
One Facebook witness said they were passing the area at the time and saw flames 20 feet in the air coming from the wreckage.
The transport vehicle traveling north lost control and struck a concrete divider in the area of the bridge support for an emergency U-Turn on the highway then caught fire.
NJSP did not confirm that two persons were injured including one with inhalation burns to the lungs. The injured people were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick trauma center.
The accident and fire occurred around 3:00 am this morning on the New Jersey Turnpike “truck lanes” outer roadway near mile marker 68.6 north bound which is between Wycoff Mills Road and Brick Yard Road, approximately 1 mile north of Exit 8 Hightstown
Multiple fire departments and ambulance crews responded to the scene including units from Hightstown, East Windsor 1 & 2, Cranbury, Plainsboro and Monroe. Hightstown First Aid Squad transported 2 to RWJ, New Brunswick.
It was reported the horse transport was coming from Florida.
No further information is available at this time. NJSP would not give name of carrier or farm that horses belonged to.
One unconfirmed source stated that the horse trailer may have been en route from Ocala, Florida to Sarasota, NY carrying race horses for a race today and training at Saratoga Springs.
HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)—A Black Lives Matter protest was held in Highstown, NJ this afternoon. The march started at the Hightstown High School proceeded up Main Street to the center of town. Traffic was shut down for about ½ hour during the protest. Protesters voiced their concerns and talked with police.
One of the protesters said, “We are not here to hate, we are here to gather in love, we love you guys (the police) and want you to love us back. The color of our skin should not threaten anybody, we are all the same, we bleed the same, we are all humans, we are all the same. God made us all equal, it should not take this long for us to have equality. We are tired of being tired.”
Officers of the Hightstown Police Department were asked by protesters to “take a knee” in support and they did, shook hands, and hugged. The protesters then marched up Mercer Street back towards to the high school.
This was a peaceful protest and were no known reported incidents.
Ed note: I know a lot of the protesters from high school sports programs and also the police both sides great people.
HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–Members of the Hightstown Fire Company, Mayor Larry Quattrone, and others gathered this morning for a Memorial Day Service and wreath laying at three memorials in town.
A short memorial service was held at three locations starting at 9:00 am. Cedar Hill Cemetery, Civil War Monument on Stockton Street and the memorial by the Hightstown Library where the services concluded at 9:30 am.
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Chief Raymond Hayducka of the South Brunswick Police Department announce that authorities are investigating a crash that occurred earlier today in the Township.
The crash occurred at approximately 8:38 am on Route 1 Northbound in the vicinity of Northumberland Way.
Patrolman Michael Leung of the South Brunswick Police Department and Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that at approximately 8:38 am, a 2005 Kenworth T80 dump truck loaded with gravel was traveling on Route 1 when it struck a 2016 Nissan Rogue.
The driver of the Nissan Rogue, a 48-year-old female, of Hightstown was injured and transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
The truck driver, a 24-year-old male from Staten Island, in an attempt to avoid the collision, swerved, overturned, and lost its load on the roadway; the truck then caught on fire. The truck driver did not suffer significant injuries.
No charges have been filed, but the investigation is active and is continuing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Patrolman Leung at (732) 329-4646, or Detective Berman at (732) 745- 4328.
NAS PENSACOLA, Fla. – The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, and the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, will honor frontline COVID-19 responders and essential workers with formation flights over New York City, Newark, Trenton and Philadelphia April 28. The flight plans have been released to the public this morning and can be viewed below.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township Police, Robbinsville Township Police, Hamilton Township Fire Dept., Robbinsville Township Fire Dept., Hope Fire Company, Mercer County Sheriff Officers, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, along with Mayor Jeff Martin, Mayor David Fried and many others came together tonight to honor and show thanks to healthcare workers at RWJ University Hospital at Hamilton.
A large American Flag hung from Hamilton Township Fire Department’s Truck 17 and police cars surrounded the truck with their lights on. At one point during the event sirens from the emergency vehicles were activated to show appreciation. Almost everyone in attendance cheered, clapped, held a variety of thank you signs for health care workers and many signs read “Heroes work here” The event was held at the evening shift change near the employee entrance. All in attendance were required to wear a face covering and practice social distancing as much as possible.
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton’s President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Freeman said at the event, “I am here representing Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton and all our heroes. On behalf of our heroes who are working every single day taking care of our community, I am so proud of them and this effort that the mayors have put on just shows how much you are appreciated. It is really important to understand that the work you do will always, always be appreciated and well beyond this crisis. You are making a statement that this hospital is here for our families, our friends and our community. So bless you all and you are all heroes.”
As the event was happening at RWJ Hamilton Hospital the surrounding communities took part in the Front Porch Project to honor health care workers. Even the Robbinsville Township Council got involved prior to their meeting tonight. More on Front Porch Project tomorrow since several photographs and videos were sent to the Hamilton Mayor’s Office and will be shared in another story.
ROBBINSVILLE-EAST WINDSOR-HAMILTON-NJ (MERCER)–On Thursday April 23 from 7-7:30 p.m., Hamilton, Robbinsville and East Windsor residents can show appreciation to our healthcare workers on the front lines by participating in the “Front Porch Project,” hosted by Hamilton Township and RWJ-Hamilton.
Ways residents could show appreciation is by hanging a banner, taking photos, making some noise, chalk your walk, or other creative projects. Do these at home, not at a public place, or by going to a hospital by please practice proper “social distancing.”
When you are finished send photos and videos to email@example.com and tag photos and videos on social media at @HamiltonTwpNJ and @RWJHamilton also use hashtags #HamiltonProud #EchoingAppreciation #HopeIsInHamilton and #HeroesWorkHeretag
HIGHTSTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–A small fire on a porch was quickly contained in the 400 Block of Stockton Street tonight. Around 8:50 pm a passerby reported smoke from a building and called 9-1-1 alerting the police and fire departments.
Upon arrival it was found that a wicker type chair was on fire on the porch and was able to be quickly extinguished. The Hightstown Fire Marshal has ruled the cause “Careless Smoking”
Hightstown Fire Company, East Windsor Fire Company and Cranbury Fire Company and Hightstown Police Department responded.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.
Local coverage area semifinalists:
Vineeth Duggirala, East Windsor – Mercer County Technical Schools – Health Science Academy
Jonathan Li Lin, Cranbury – Princeton High School
Lucy Zou, East Brunswick – East Brunswick High School
Laura Futamura, Middletown – High Technology High School
New Jersey Full List: NJ – Rohan Amin, Denville – Delbarton School **NJ – Grace Elizabeth Brokenshire, Woodbury Heights – Gateway Regional High School **NJ – Alicia Caichen, Paramus – Bergen County Technical Hs NJ – Elizabeth Angelina Caso, High Bridge – North Hunterdon High School *NJ – Elli Choi, Tenafly – Tenafly High School NJ – Eunice Y. Chong, Demarest – Northern Valley Regional High School NJ – Shawnak Deb, New Providence – Union County Magnet High School NJ – Vineeth Duggirala, East Windsor – Mercer County Technical Schools – Health Science Academy *NJ – Laura Futamura, Middletown – High Technology High School *NJ – Felicia He, Saddle River – The Brearley School NJ – Kevin Huang, Bellmawr – Triton Regional High School NJ – Jonathan Koa, Mahwah – Mahwah High School **NJ – Dong Jun Lee, Fort Lee – Bergen County Technical High School NJ – YoungEun Lee, Demarest – Northern Valley Regional High School *NJ – Jeffrey Xiang Liao, Livingston – Livingston High School NJ – Jonathan Li Lin, Cranbury – Princeton High School NJ – Shreya Nuli, Bridgewater – Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School NJ – Ojas Parmar, Edison – Rutgers Preparatory School NJ – Jason Ping, Fort Lee – Academy for the Advancement of Science & Technology NJ – Katie Volpert, Highland Park – Highland Park High School **NJ – Alan Yeung, Sparta – Sparta High School NJ – Ethan Zhang, Short Hills – Millburn High School NJ – Kathryn Shao Zheng, Tenafly – Tenafly High School NJ – Lucy Zou, East Brunswick – East Brunswick High School
EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–John Brooks has been a member of the East Windsor (NJ) Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 since April 1979, when he joined as a junior firefighter. Throughout his 41 years with the department, Brooks has served in various key positions of leadership including trustee, president, vice president, lieutenant, captain, assistant chief, deputy chief, and chief. He was on the Committee of the East Windsor Township LOSAP in 2000; the LOSAP program was approved by referendum for East Windsor’s four volunteer emergency services organizations in 2001. He currently serves as chair of the bylaws and awards committees and is a member of numerous other committees, in addition to remaining a dedicated volunteer firefighter.
Brooks is constantly looking for ways to improve the services and operations of his fire company for the benefit of the residents of East Windsor. He has been instrumental in procuring and designing the township’s fire apparatus including the engine, rescue, tele-squirt, mini pumper, and ladder. He is consistently a top 10 responder for the company, answering several hundred calls annually. In addition to serving as the longest active riding firefighter in East Windsor, he also holds the distinction of being the youngest elected fire chief in Mercer County, NJ.
A two-time recipient of the township’s Firefighter of the Year Award, Brooks takes pride in being a volunteer firefighter and spends countless hours annually training the next generation of responders. ln 2014, he joined the East Windsor Rescue Squad District II as assistant chief to guide the organization’s development. He actively rides multiple nights a week on the ambulance and serves as a mentor to newer and younger members. He is also a life member of the New Jersey State Firemen’s Association and an active member of the East Windsor Township Firemen’s Relief Association.
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – (April 2, 2020) – Greenhill Pharmacy has partnered with East Windsor Township, Robbinsville Township and Hamilton Township to provide Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate, in combination with the antibiotic Zithromax, to treat COVID-19 (coronavirus) positive patients throughout Mercer County at no cost beginning Friday, April 3, 2020.
The FDA issued an emergency-use authorization for this combination of drugs for treatment and mitigation of the impacts of COVID-19. In lockstep with Governor Phil Murphy’s order, only individuals who have tested positive according to the State’s guidelines and have a prescription from their doctor can obtain the course of treatment. Hydroxychloroquine must be …
1. Prescribed for the treatment of COVID-19 2. Supported by a positive test result AND documented on the hard copy prescription 3. Limited to a 14-day supply
The current supply will be allocated to local hospitals, residents of Mercer County (with or without insurance) and first-responders. Greenhill Pharmacy will coordinate contactless delivery via pharmacy staff or courier free to all patients. The prescription will be delivered via courier after prior arrangements are made with the patient and/or their caretaker. In order to best verify and expedite the process, your doctor should send the prescription to Greenhill Pharmacy electronically. The East Windsor-based pharmacy is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Doctors and hospitals can contact the pharmacy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Thank you to Greenhill Pharmacy for not only helping Robbinsville, Hamilton and East Windsor, but all of Mercer County as we push forward together through this crisis,” Mayor Dave Fried said. “We are doing everything we possibly can to minimize the damage in this war against a potent, invisible enemy.”
As of Wednesday, April 1, 2020 a total of 333 people had tested positive for COVID-19 in Mercer County, resulting in three deaths.
“We are extremely grateful to Greenhill Pharmacy in East Windsor, always a pro- active local caring company, which once again has stepped up as our partner in this vital effort to help our communities at this critical time,” East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov said.
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).
Mercer County opened the testing center at Quaker Bridge Mall in Lawrence Tuesday by appointment-only for symptomatic residents age 18 or older who have a prescription from their primary health care provider (PCP). If you are symptomatic for COVID-19 and wish to be tested, contact your PCP. If you are not symptomatic (i.e. fever 100.4 or greater and without a prescription) you likely will be turned away from the test site.
“On behalf of everyone in Hamilton, I want to thank Greenhill Pharmacy as well as East Windsor and Robbinsville Townships for their partnership in our joint effort to fight COVID-19 and help the residents in our extended communities,” Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin said.
ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hankins Road is closed due to a motor vehicle accident where a car struck a utility pole. The Road is closed between Woodland Drive, East Windsor Township and South Lane West Windsor Township. The accident is reported in front of 121 Hankins Road.
Be prepared for the road to be closed for an extended time until the utility pole can be replaced.
The Robbinsville Township Police Department is on scene and the East Windsor Fire Company and Robbinsville Township Fire Departments responded to the scene.
As of 12:33 am. John Hopkins coronavirus COVID-19 tracker has reported 6,362 cases of coronavirus in the United States and close to 200,000 worldwide. There are 267 cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey alone. We are aware of a case in Hightstown, another case in Monroe, a case in the UFT School District, among others in the area. We are going to report less on individual cases since it is predicted many more cases will be in our area soon.
Since the spread is most likely in every town please use “universal precautions” as in treat almost everyone as they could possibly be infected.
Follow the CDC advice, practice social distancing and try and stay home as much as possible over the next few weeks. We know many still need to work but avoid contact at work, do not shake hands, keep a distance, if you get sick stay home and do not contaminate others. If you have a thermometer take your temperature you may not even know you are sick and spreading the virus. Wash hands, don’t touch your face, clean your phone and other items, cough or sneeze into your elbow and other good hygiene items until we get though this.
Another good idea is when you go food shopping is wipe down the cart handles with a sanitizing wipe and wear gloves while shopping as seen in a video from Italy.
If you have taxes, court, local government business contact your local officials via their websites or phone prior to heading to local municipal buildings. Most government buildings are locked and have drop boxes out side for pickup and deliveries. Try and pay by mail or use credit card via websites for business. There are too many agencies to list in our area so use Google or other search engine to find your local government.
EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–After careful consultation with our local health officials, local government, and the NJDOE, we are announcing that the East Windsor Regional School District will begin to implement its remote learning plan beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. We expect this plan to be in effect through Sunday, March 29, 2020. Please read the update from Mark Daniels, Superintendent of Schools
Dear East Windsor Regional School District Community:
After careful consultation with our local health officials, local government, and the NJDOE, we are announcing the East Windsor Regional School District will begin to implement its remote learning plan beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. We expect this plan to be in effect through Sunday, March 29, 2020. During this time period, students will engage in learning activities while at home, and receive virtual support from their teachers. During this two week period, we will assess the continued implementation of remote learning based on the guidance from our public health officials and will communicate any necessary changes or updates. Although we do not have a known confirmed case in the East Windsor Regional School District at this time, I do not want to wait until one is identified and it becomes too late to limit the spread of this highly contagious virus. This is being implemented as a precautionary and proactive approach to reduce the risk for our students, staff and families.
As you know, on Monday, March 16, students are already planned to follow an early dismissal schedule. We ask that students be prepared to bring home at the end of the day any materials they may need to engage in remote instruction, including musical instruments, textbooks, technology, reading materials, other relevant supplies.
As a district, we have worked diligently during the last few weeks to prepare for this possibility. Our remote learning plan consists of a combination of on-line learning opportunities, combined with a series of traditional learning activities consisting of books, instructional packets, supplementary handouts, and other relevant resources. Teachers will be accessible to students and parents during remote learning to answer questions, and to provide guidance and support. It is important to clarify that remote learning does not mean that our district will be completely closed. Our buildings will be operational and staff members will be present to answer questions and offer support.
As previously mentioned, the following buildings will be open for students to access breakfast and lunch (8:00-12:00): EMK, PLO, GNR, MHK, and HHS. Students can select the building that is closest to their residence for breakfast/lunch. These food items will only be grab and go.
During the two week remote learning time period, all district activities and athletic events (including practices) will be postponed or cancelled. This includes facility use, events, and rental activities.
We will continue to provide timely updates throughout the upcoming remote learning period. Please feel free to contact your school by phone or email for further questions or concerns once our remote learning plan starts. Continue to check the district’s website for ongoing updates http://www.ewrsd.org.
I recognize this is a unique and difficult time, but I am confident that as a school community, we can overcome the challenges ahead. I would like to express my deep appreciation to the entire school community for its continued flexibility, understanding, and support.
Superintendent of Schools
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ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)—The 2020 Census count is underway and I received my invitation by mail today. As per the instructions I logged onto My2020census.gov and entered my code Census ID Code. There were some very basic questions of who was living in the home and birthdays. It was one of the easiest census forms I have ever completed and took less than two minutes to complete from start to finish, even though it says it could take an average of 10 minutes to complete.
The Census is counted every 10 years and many things from voting districts, financial aid, Federal, State and Local government services and more use this government data. A response is required by law and should be very easy to complete if you have received the invitation from United States Census Bureau.
What is the 2020 Census?The goal of the census is to count every person living in the United States, once, only once and in the right place. Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution mandates that this population and housing count occur every 10 years. Census data guide how more than $675 billion of federal funding is distributed to states and communities each year.
Am I required to respond to the 2020 Census?Yes, you are required by law to respond to the 2020 Census (Title 13, U.S. Code, Sections 141 and 193). We are conducting the 2020 Census under the authority of Title 13, U.S. Code, Sections 141, 193 and 221. This collection of information has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The eight-digit OMB approval number is 0607-1006. If this number were not displayed, we could not conduct the census.
Who should complete the 2020 Census questionnaire?This 2020 Census questionnaire should be completed by the person who owns or rents the living quarters or any other person who is at least 15 years of age with knowledge of the household.
How do I change my answers?For questions where you must choose a single response from a list, clicking another response will change your answer to that response.If it is a “select all that apply” question, you may click on a selected check box to unselect the box and remove it as one of your answers.
How long will the 2020 Census questionnaire take?The Census Bureau estimates that completing the questionnaire will take 10 minutes on average.
How will the Census Bureau use the information I provide?By law, the Census Bureau can only use your responses to produce statistics.
Will the results be published?Yes. By law, the Census Bureau can only use your responses to produce statistics. The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify you or your household. The Census Bureau plans to make results of this study available to the general public. Results will be presented in aggregate form and no personally identifiable information will be published.Information quality is an integral part of the pre-dissemination review of the information disseminated by the Census Bureau (fully described in the Census Bureau’s Information Quality Guidelines at https://www.census.gov/about/policies/quality/guidelines.html). Information quality is also integral to the information collection conducted by the Census Bureau and is incorporated into the clearance process by the Paperwork Reduction Act.
Do I have to complete the 2020 Census questionnaire for my household members?Yes, you will be asked to provide information for each household member.
EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Route 130 and Route 33 closed due to accident investigation. East Windsor and Hightstown Fire Companies on scene and were detailed there approximately 10:30 pm. Police have area closed. No further details are available at this time.
UPDATE: 12:30 am., Vehicles have been removed from the roadway and roadway has reopened.
Updated March 11, 2020 –Press Release from East Windsor Township Police:
March 10, 2020, Route 130 North at Route 33 (Mercer Street), Time 10:24 PM
On Tuesday March 10, 2020, the East Windsor Police responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision on Route 130 north at the intersection of Route 33 (Mercer Street). Upon patrol arrival two vehicles (MV#l) and (MV#2) were found to have been involved in a motor vehicle collision. The preliminary investigation revealed that MV#l was traveling north on Route 130, approaching the intersection of Route 33 (Mercer Street) and collided with MV#2. The driver of MV#l suffered serious injuries and was transported to Helene Fuld Hospital by East Windsor District Volunteer Rescue Squad #1. The driver of MV#2 suffered no injuries. East Windsor District I and II Fire also responded and extinguished MV#l that had caught fire after reaching its final resting place on the southbound side of Route 130, south of Hickory Comer Road. This incident remains under investigation by the East Windsor Township Police Department Traffic Safety Unit.
Operator MV#2 Charles Cyrus (Age 68) Trenton NJ Vehicle #2 2002 Honda Accord (Green)
Responding Agencies: East Windsor Township Police Department East Windsor Volunteer Fire Company #1 East Windsor Volunteer Fire Company #2 East Windsor Volunteer Rescue Squad #1 East Windsor Volunteer Rescue Squad #2
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–In Mercer County Tournament’s final four Trenton Catholic Academy boys defeated Hightstown High School with a final score of 85-63. Trenton Catholic Academy will take on Nottingham High School in the final Friday at 7 pm at the Cure Insurance Arena.