Category: East Windsor

One Transported From East Windsor Crash

November 22, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Around 9:00 a.m. East Windsor and Monroe Township Fire Companies were dispatched to Twin Rivers and Lake Drives for a box truck into a car with reported entrapment. Captial Health EMS and Paramedics responded to the scene. One person was transported to the hospital and the injuries did not seem life-threating. East Windsor Police Department is investigating the crash. No additional details are available.



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.


Missing Votes Found And Being Counted In Mercer County

November 10, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello told MidJersey.News in an email, “Although this is under the board of elections, I have been informed that they were all found by them and are being counted.”

As reported yesterday by MidJersey.news a bag of Robbinsville emergency ballots went missing, and also 3 Princeton districts also appeared to be missing as of this morning.

The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Spokesperson  Casey DeBlasio, told MidJersey.news in an email, “I can confirm the county clerk did reach out to the prosecutor today.  We are reviewing her concerns to determine what further action should be taken.”

MidJersey.news did reach out to Mercer County Board of Elections this morning and have not received a reply yet.

Check back with MidJersey.news we will update as information becomes available.

Yesterday’s MidJersey.News story here:




Mercer County Unofficial Results

November 9, 2022

MERCER COUNTY, NJ –See below for unofficial election results at of 11/9/2022 at 4:00 p.m.

https://results.enr.clarityelections.com/NJ/Mercer/116247/web.307039/#/summary

*Results are not official until all votes are counted and certified. This includes ballots cast by mail, provisional, and ballots requiring a signature cure. These first two reports above must be ADDED for a cumulative total (until further notice)! –Note the PDF files below and the above link must be added together to get the most accurate until updated by County Clerk’s Office

See the Mercer County Clerk’s Official Website for latest information here






Election Problems Reported In Mercer County, NJ

November 8, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Township reported on social media that due to a Mercer County-wide system outage, all voting machines are currently down in each district across the County.

Voters can still report to their respective polling locations and vote on a standard ballot and insert their ballot into the “emergency slot” in the machine. However, Mercer County officials will be unable to tally those votes tonight and are working to fix the system issue.

8:00 a.m. UPDATE:

Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello posted on Facebook that there is a glitch with the Dominion scanners. Voters can still vote by completing their ballots and placing them in the top of the scanning machine in the slot where the emergency ballots are placed. Everyone can vote manually, so rest assured no one will be disenfranchised.

8:08 a.m. UPDATE:

Mercer County reports: The Board of Elections has advised the county of issues with voting machines. Poll workers will be on hand to walk voters through the process. The board is working with Dominion, the machine maker, to resolve the issue.



“All votes cast in this General Election will be scanned on high capacity scanners by the Mercer County Board of Elections, at their central location, instead of at the polling locations by the voters. The Board of Elections is a bipartisan commission. Fortunately, we have hand-marked paper ballot system.

The Mercer County Clerk’s Office does not oversee voting machines or the voting equipment, but all three offices work together to make sure that the process is secure and transparent.

We made it through Hurricane Sandy, through 2020 and we will make it through this one too and no one will be disenfranchised.”

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Update from the Mercer County Superintendent of Elections Nathaniel Walker

November 8, 2022 – 2 p.m.

Soon after polls opened this morning, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, poll workers became aware of an issue with the voting machine scanners. Voters are being asked to fill out the ballot as they normally would. A contingency plan is in place for all ballots cast at all locations to be scanned at the secure Board of Elections office.

Again, ballots will be scanned just as they would at the polling location. Every ballot that has been cast will be counted, no voter will be disenfranchised, and the integrity of the election is intact and secure.

Additionally, provisional ballots are available to those who would prefer to vote provisionally. A provisional ballot can be obtained at a voter’s polling location.

Further information will be reported as it becomes known.

– Nathaniel Walker, Mercer County Superintendent Of Elections

nwalker@mercercounty.org

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.


Two DUI Crashes Reported Hours Apart In East Windsor

November 4, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–East Windsor Police Department responded to two different DUI crashes on October 27, 2022. The first crash was reported at 4:49 p.m. on Route 130 South and the second crash was reported on Etra Road at 7:41 p.m.

Patrol Officer Evan McNamara responded at 4:49 p.m. to Route 130 South for a minor two vehicle rear end crash. The driver of one of the involved vehicles exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The driver was later released pending court action. Gerri Lynn Goldberg, 59, Cranbury, NJ charged with DUI, Reckless Driving and Careless Driving.

Patrol Officer Thomas Nicola responded at 7:41 p.m. to Etra Road for a report of a single vehicle crash. Investigation revealed that the vehicle left the roadway and collided with a utility pole. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests. The driver was later released pending court action. Suresh Menon, 57, East Windsor, NJ was charged with DUI, Reckless Driving, Careless Driving and Failure to Maintain Lane.

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


Trenton Man Arrested For Shoplifting $1,134. Items From East Windsor Target

November 4, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–East Windsor Police Department responded on October 31, 2022 to the East Windsor Target on Route 571 at 2:10 p.m., for reported shoplifting. East Windsor Officer, Detective Kenny Azambuja, arrested Kent J. Baptiste, 37 of Trenton, NJ after an investigation revealed that Baptiste left the store without paying for $1,134.67 worth of merchandise. Baptiste was placed under arrest and later released pending court action.

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



Lieutenant Jason Hart Sworn In As New East Windsor Township Chief Of Police

October 13, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Lieutenant Jason Hart was sworn in as East Windsor Township’s new Chief of Police by East Windsor Mayor Janice S. Mironov, at a ceremony in the Municipal Courtroom, attended by large numbers of Township officials, police officers and family and friends.  Chief Hart’s appointment follows the retirement of Chief of Police James Geary, who served 27 years with the police department.

Mayor Mironov detailed Chief Hart’s career and accomplishments with the Township department.  Chief of Police Hart joined the Township police department in January 2004, after graduating from the Ocean County Police Academy and serving as a Special Police Officer in Seaside Park Borough.  During his career with the Township, Chief Hart has been a Defensive Tactics Instructor, Field Training Officer, Secondary Officer in Charge, Evidence Technician, Firearms Instructor, and Detective in Investigative Services.  He was promoted to Sergeant in July 2015, serving as a Platoon Supervisor, Traffic Safety Unit Supervisor and Investigative Services Supervisor.  Chief Hart was promoted to Lieutenant in January 2020 serving as Investigative Services Commander, Uniform Services Commander and Internal Affairs Commander. 

Chief Hart has been awarded the Life Saving Medal, the Samaritan Officer of the Year Award, two Unit Citation Medals, Educational Achievement Medal, several Awards of Merit and numerous Letters of Recognition from his superior officers and members of the community.  He received a bachelor’s degree from Albright College and master’s degree from The Collage of New Jersey, and is a 2019 graduate of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Command and Leadership Academy.

Mayor Mironov stated, “Chief Jason Hart comes to this top position with an extremely wide breath of law enforcement experience, substantial training and credentials, and demonstrated performance and leadership.  We are confident that Chief Hart brings to this position of responsibility the background and personal qualities which will enable him to be an effective Police Chief and to continue to develop a high caliber of performance for our department.”

Chief Jason Hart, after taking the oath of office administered by Mayor Mironov, expressed his gratitude to the Mayor and Council and to all of his fellow police officers and former Township police chiefs.  Chief Hart stated, “I am very excited and truly honored to have been granted the opportunity to serve as East Windsor Township’s chief of police.  I look forward to many years of continued service with the men and women of our police department on behalf of the entire community.”


Mayor Janice S. Mironov administered the oath of office to new East Windsor Township Chief of Police Jason Hart as his wife Beth holds the Bible.


Mayor Mironov and newly appointed Chief of Police Jason Hart at the October 6 swearing-in ceremony.


Jersey Mike’s Subs Opens In East Windsor Town Center Plaza

October 3, 2022

EAST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)– Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Member John Zoller joined Co-Owners Evan Mayer and Gerrit Curran and staff for the grand opening of Jersey Mike’s Subs in the East Windsor Town Center Plaza, anchored by ShopRite and Picture Show movie theater, on Route 130 North.  Evan Mayer, who began his career with Jersey Mike’s in 1998, and his business partner Gerrit Curran currently own and operate two other Jersey Mike’s franchise locations, including Princeton and Hamilton.  The new location in East Windsor has provided the owners the opportunity to bring the country’s #1 Most Admired Fast-casual Brand according to QSR’s 2019 Reader’s Choice Awards to local residents.

Mayor Mironov stated, “Jersey Mike’s Subs is a popular well know sub shop brand which strategically determined to open on the visible highly travelled vibrant Route 130 business corridor in East Windsor. We welcome the popular Jersey Mike’s Subs to our Township, joining our broad and diversified business community.” 

Since 2011, Jersey Mike’s locations throughout the country have raised more than $67 million for worthy local charities. In 2022, the company’s 12th Annual Jersey Mike’s Month of Giving in March raised $20 million for the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games and Special Olympics State Programs.  Locally, to celebrate their grand opening, the owners organized a fundraiser in support of the East Windsor Regional School District Hightstown High School Athletics program.

Founded in 1956 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, Jersey Mike’s Subs is the pioneer of the submarine sandwich, with over 2,000 restaurants open or under development nationwide.  According to their website, Jersey Mike’s strives to serve their customers quality meats and cheeses which are sliced on the spot, served on in-store baked bread.  They are also known for exceptional customer service and giving back to the local community.

Current hours of operation for dine-in or takeout are from 10 am to 9 pm daily.  For further information, call (609) 301-5050 or visit www.jerseymikes.com.

319 US-130, East Windsor, NJ 08520


Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Member John Zoller join franchise owners to
celebrate the grand opening of Jersey Mike’s Subs in the East Windsor Town Center
Plaza on Route 130 North. Pictured (from left to right) are: Gerrit Curran, owner;
Council Member John Zoller; Mayor Janice Mironov, and Evan Mayer, owner.


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.



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.



Bennington Drive File Photo


East Windsor Township Unveils New Gateway Signs

August 24, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members along with East Windsor Economic Development Committee co-chairs unveiled new gateway signs installed at major entrances to the Township.  The new modern blue and white signs, sponsored and funded by local businesses, depict the Township signature logo, the 1797 year of Township incorporation, and the Township tagline “East Windsor Community & Commerce”.  The Township thanks business sponsors Aurobindo Pharma, CentraState Medical Center, H & H Appliance, Hovione, Shiseido Americas and Working Dog Winery.  

The Township Economic Development Committee project, spearheaded by Council Member David Russell, former Economic Development Committee Chair, provides identification points for entrances to the Township and promotes local businesses.  The six locations of the new gateway signs are Route 130 North (near Conover Road), Route 130 South (near Old Cranbury Road), Princeton-Hightstown Road eastbound, Old Trenton Road north bound, Windsor Perrineville Road at Old York Road, and Route 33 West (near Twin Rivers Drive). 

Mayor Mironov stated, “East Windsor’s new gateway entrance signs are a welcomed addition to the Township, and we thank our sponsors and those individuals involved in this important project.  The branded message of ‘Community & Commerce’ appropriately describes East Windsor Township with our strong business and residential neighborhoods.”


Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members join with co-chairs of the East Windsor Economic Development Committee to unveil new gateway signs to the Township. Pictured (from left to right) are:  Oren Livne, Economic Development Committee Co-Chair; Council Member John Zoller; Mayor Janice Mironov; Stephen Lach, Economic Development Committee Co-Chair, and Council Member David Russell.


Shiseido Americas And East Windsor Host U.S. Senator Cory Booker With Tour Of East Windsor Facility And Town Hall With Local Employees During Summer 2022 Road Trip

Booker Concluded the 2022 Jersey Summer Road Trip yesterday and visited all 21 counties during the trip, focused on his ongoing work to serve the people of New Jersey



EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Shiseido Americas executives welcomed U.S. Senator Cory Booker to a tour of the East Windsor facility and a town hall with local employees.  Shiseido, celebrating its 150th Anniversary, opened in East Windsor in 1998 and is now home to the company’s North American manufacturing center and one of its Global Innovation Centers.  Senator Booker toured the East Windsor Shiseido facility, one of the Township’s premier employers, and conducted a Town Hall Question & Answer forum with a packed room of company employees, among 21 county events in New Jersey. 

            The Shiseido East Windsor 350,000 square foot facility employs over 340 workers, produces over 2,600 products, and includes manufacturing and innovation with three shifts/five days per week.   Shiseido is an environmental leader, with installation of their solar array, and LED upgrades.  Shiseido cosmetic and perfume brands include:  Shiseido Ginza Tokyo, NARS, Drunk Elephant, Cle de peau, Tory Birch, Serge Lutens, Issey Miyake, Dolce & Gabbana, and Narciso Rodriguez. 

            Mayor Mironov stated, “East Windsor is proud of the beneficial partnership we have enjoyed with the global cosmetics giant Shiseido, which is a great business model, community model and a pro-active environmental leader.  Shiseido represents for East Windsor the best of our high-tech, high-growth companies within our Einstein’s Alley corridor.  Shiseido, with a long company history of promoting and protecting our green environment, directed by the dedicated corporate leadership and staff of Shiseido Americas, has set an admirable model for businesses in our community and around the world.  We are pleased to welcome and bring together another partner in Senator Booker to learn more about Shiseido’s business operations, innovative ideas and sustainable practices and leadership.”

Founded in 1872 by Arinobu Fukuhara with its origins as a western pharmacy in Ginza, Tokyo, Shiseido is one of the oldest and largest cosmetics companies in the world. Shiseido employs 42,000 employees in 120 countries and regions, with over $7.5B in net sales.  Shiseido operates in six regions:  Americas, Europe, China, Japan, Travel Retail, and Asia-Pacific (APAC).    Their mission includes “beauty innovations for a better world”.


From visits to businesses to local farms, roundtable discussions to townhalls, press conferences to small business walks, U.S. Senator Cory Booker concluded his 2022 Jersey Summer Road Trip yesterday. Over six days, Booker visited all 21 counties in New Jersey and highlighted his efforts to secure congressionally directed spending for critical New Jersey projects and organizations, his support of local industries, and his continued commitment to serving the state’s residents.

Booker launched his tour in Stafford Township to discuss the On P.O.I.N.T. program, which provides on-site social workers for police departments to address the high volume of social service-related calls and incidents they receive. He then announced legislation that would expand the VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, which promotes housing stability among very low-income veteran families, to former members of the National Guard and Reserves.

Booker hosted a listening session with New Jersey stakeholders to discuss food insecurity and hunger in New Jersey, the need to reform our nation’s food system, and the rising incidence of diet-related diseases. Booker will use the comments and feedback he received at the listening session, cohosted with New Jersey Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, for the upcoming White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health that he successfully secured funding for. Booker also announced over $1 million in federal grant money for Norwescap Food Bank to increase its capacity to distribute food and build a more modern facility.

To close out his road trip, Booker hosted a roundtable discussion in Cumberland County to discuss the county’s work to implement community violence intervention strategies that aim to reduce and prevent gun violence. Booker has been a proponent of such strategies; in 2019, he introduced the Break the Cycle of Violence Act, legislation that would provide federal grants to communities for gun violence intervention and prevention programs designed to interrupt cycles of violence. Research has shown that a combination of community-oriented intervention programs and commonsense gun control policies can reduce gun violence rates.

“Over the past days, I’ve had the chance to meet with advocates, elected officials, and residents of the Garden State who have graciously shared their feedback, concerns, and stories with me,” said Sen. Booker. “These conservations will stay with me and help me further advocate for our state as I return to Washington. It’s an honor to serve the people of New Jersey, and I know that together, we will address the unique challenges our state and nation faces.”


Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Shiseido Executive Team welcome U.S. Senator Cory Booker to the East Windsor Shiseido Americas facility for a tour and an employee Q&A Town Hall.  Pictured (from left to right) are:  Gail Boye, Executive Vice-President, Product Innovation & Commercialization; Ross Hammond, Vice-President, Manufacturing & Plant Manager; U.S. Senator Cory Booker; Max Bogaert, Executive Vice-President, Operations Shiseido Americas; Mayor Janice S. Mironov; and Takahiro Iwabuchi, Senior Vice-President, Regulatory & Americas Innovation Center.


Mayor Janice S. Mironov and U.S. Senator Cory Booker address a packed room of employees for a Q&A Town Hall meeting at Shiseido Americas East Windsor facility.


East Windsor Township Dedicates Restored Etra Lake Park Arboretum Supported By Sustainable Jersey Grant

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members joined with Environmental Commission members and Sustainable Jersey to dedicate the restored Township Arboretum at Etra Lake Park.  A Sustainable Jersey grant funded by the PSEG Foundation, supported the Arboretum project which included cleanup and access improvements, planting of native trees, installation of identification signage and markings which can be accessed via smartphone, and preparation of maps and informational materials to share with the community and promote the Arboretum. 

Mayor Mironov stated, “East Windsor is excited to open to the public this Arboretum located at Etra Lake Park to establish an educational center for students and our entire community.  The Township Arboretum will serve as a ‘living’ outdoor museum and educational resource for the community to share information on the legacy of trees and forest ecology in a creative and fun convenient park setting.  We look forward to residents utilizing the Arboretum to learn more about native trees and their role in local landscaping and planning, and providing and promoting self-guided tour materials to share the Arboretum.”   

The East Windsor Arboretum is easily accessible within East Windsor’s crown jewel Etra Lake Park, which offers many recreation opportunities including walking and jogging trails along with a rich landscape of plant species, birds and wildlife.    The Arboretum features 29 native tree species, a mix of newly planted and mature trees, marked with identification tags.  Each tree has a scannable smartphone QR code which provides a link to the description of the characteristics and origins of the tree.  The Arboretum start place is designated by a new large sign next to the park’s Environmental Center displaying a map and tree locations.   Some of the native tree species include:  sweetgum, white oak, sassafras, sycamore, mulberry, mockernut hickory, sweetbay magnolia and witch hazel, among the 29 trees featured.  An accompanying brochure with a depiction of the Arboretum map and tree locations assists self-guided tours.  The Arboretum provides educational value to the local community and schools.

East Windsor Township achieved and remains at the prestigious Silver Certified Level New Jersey Sustainable community and has been a Tree City USA municipality for the past 21 years.  Sustainable Jersey is a voluntary program open to municipalities and schools which desire to work collectively toward a more sustainable New Jersey. Acting with state agencies, non-profit organizations, foundations, academia and industry, Sustainable Jersey researches best practices for what communities could do to contribute to a sustainable future.

Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members join with members of the East Windsor Environmental Commission and Green Team for the dedication of the restored Township Arboretum at Etra Lake Park. Pictured (from left to right) are: Council Member Alan Rosenberg; Ronald Balint, Chairperson, Environmental Commission and Green Team; Council Member John Zoller; Council Member David Russell; Adam Palant, Environmental Commission Member; Gary Wroblewski, Environmental Commission Member; Council Member Marc Lippman; Deputy Mayor Peter Yeager;  Mayor Janice Mironov, and Randall Solomon, Executive Director, Sustainable Jersey.


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 Officer

July 26, 2022

EAST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Janice S. Mironov administered the oath of office to new police officer Oksana Kopyto, who fills a police department vacancy.  Police Officer Kopyto will be assigned to a Uniform Services Platoon of the police department.

Police Officer Oksana Kopyto is an East Windsor resident who graduated from the Mercer County Police Academy in July 2022 and has an Associate of Science Degree from Mercer County College.

Mayor Mironov welcomed family members and police officers in attendance, along with Council Members Denise Daniels, Alan Rosenberg and John Zoller, and stated, “I congratulate new Police Officer Kopyto who graduated from the Mercer County Police Academy last week and successfully passed the scrutinous selection process to become part of our East Windsor team. We wish her a great and satisfying career here and expect her to serve our community in an outstanding manner.”


East Windsor Township Mayor Janice S. Mironov administered the oath of office to new Police Officer Oksana Kopyto (center) in a ceremony attended by Chief of Police James Geary (right), elected officials and other police officers.


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.






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.