Category: Hightstown

Christmas Lighting Ceremony and Santa Parade

November 29, 2019

By: Dennis Symons, Jr.

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

Firefighters Battle Truck Fire on NJ Turnpike

November 27, 2019

By: Dennis Symons, Jr.

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

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

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

Hightstown Engine Co. # 1 Christmas Tree & Wreath Sales

November 23, 2019

HIGHTSTOWN, NJ–The Highstown Engine Co. # 1 received a shipment of fresh Christmas Trees this morning. The Fire Department will be selling those starting this afternoon, and open every day until sold out. Hours Monday to Friday 4:30 pm to 9 pm, Weekends 8 am to 9 pm. The fire department will provide free local delivery for your tree. All trees are $60.00, exception really tall trees which are $100.00 The fire company will also be taking orders for blankets and wreaths. The fire company is located in the center of town at 140 N Main St, Hightstown, NJ 08520

Mercer County reopens Old Trenton Road bridge in East Windsor

Mercer County Press Release 11/14/2019:

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

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

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

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

Mercury Transit 2019

Updated to include additional photos of the transit and exit.

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

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

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Feels More Like January Than November This Morning

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

2nd Alarm Fire Damages Home in Hightstown

November 6, 2019, HIGHTSTOWN, NJ– A two alarm fire damaged a home in the 400 block of South Main Street around 10 a.m. this morning. Initial reports of a struck gas line with a fire in the basement came across the radio and the fire spread to the 2nd floor due to older “balloon” constructed home. Firefighters and investigators were still on scene at the time of this report and an official cause of the fire has not been released. Check back further information to follow when it becomes available.

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