HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Young Professionals Group (YPG) of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton Foundation is excited to announce their 15th Annual All In Good Taste Virtual Beer and Wine Tasting event. This year, the YPG is honoring Brian Hartmann, CFP and Partner at Granite Bridge Wealth, as Young Professional of the Year.
This year’s event will be held virtually. Attendees will purchase a “Tasting” package, which includes beer and wine vouchers, appetizers and dessert, access to the live event with beer and wine sommeliers, souvenir gifts and more. Tasting packages can be picked up from Blend Bar & Bistro, where vouchers can be redeemed on-site.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On Saturday 216 tires and other items were pulled from the D & R State Park area of Duck Island. The cleanup was organized by volunteers from the Central Jersey Stream Team, Hackensack Riverkeeper, D&R Canal State Park Staff and the owner of Tire Disposal Service. The funding for the cleanup event was sponsored by the Mercer County Clean Communities program.
PARTNERSHIPS! This is how we can achieve our goals in creating a healthier environment for all. On this past rainy Saturday morning 10 dedicated volunteers from the Central Jersey Stream Team and the Hackensack Riverkeeper, 3 D&R Canal State Park Service Staff and the owner of Tire Disposal Service pulled out 216 muck filled tires from the canal at the Duck Island section of the park. While these groups provided the muscle power, the Mercer County Clean Communities program funded the responsible disposal of the tires. Some of these tires date back to the 1960’s!!! We can’t thank all of these groups enough for taking on this challenge and look forward to PARTNERING with them again. There is more work to be done but with dedication of organizations like these we can make a difference. Please consider volunteering for a clean up near you, every set of hands is appreciated.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– Hamilton Police are investigating a robbery that occurred at the Subway on Route 33 in Hamilton
The robbery occurred sometime after 7:00 pm on February 26. Hamilton Police were detailed to the Subway located at 233 Route 33 on a robbery investigation. Responding officers were met by a juvenile employee who advised officers that he was robbed by a white male that brandished a knife. After ordering a sandwich, the suspect displayed a knife and demanded money from the cash register. After taking the money, the suspect fled the store on foot down Route 33 towards Nottingham Way.
The suspect is described as a white male, 5’8” tall, wearing a gray winter jacket, black pants, tan ski cap, white button up shirt, gloves and a surgical mask.
Anyone with additional information regarding this incident or can identify the suspect is asked to contact Detective Joseph Ialacci at (609) 689-5822 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The public can also leave a message on the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)— On February 26, Hamilton Police were detailed to the unit block of Coral Drive on a robbery investigation that included a firearm being discharged.
Police received multiple 911 calls just after 4:00 pm stating a person on Coral Drive pulled out a gun and shot it. Responding officers were met by a male and female victim that reported they were approached by a black male suspect armed with a handgun, as they were exiting their vehicle. The male suspect demanded money and a backpack from the victims. During the course of the struggle, the gun was discharged, and the male suspect, along with a second suspect towards Alton Road.
Neither of the victims sustained gunshot injuries, however one of the victims was assaulted by the suspect.
The first suspect was described as a black male, 5’8” tall, wearing a black hoodie, gray face mask, and displayed a semi-automatic handgun.
The second suspect was described as a taller black male, wearing a tan or yellow hoodie, and a black face mask.
No arrests have been made.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Nicholas Schulte of Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section at (609)689-5825. Detective Schulte can also be contacted via email at email@example.com. The public can also contact the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609)581-4001.
BREAKING NEWS REPORT: This is a breaking news report from on scene information, radio reports, and sources. Once official information is available, the story will be updated.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– Hamilton Police are investigating a possible shooting that occured in the unit block of Coral Drive just after 4:00 pm this afternoon.
Officers responded to Coral Drive near Alton Road after multiple 911 callers stated a person pulled a gun out and shot it. No one was shot in the shooting, but one man was whipped with the weapon. EMS responded to the scene and the victim was treated for his injuries.
It is not yet confirmed if the gun was discharged or not.
This incident remains under investigation by Hamilton Police Division.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton (RWJUH) Hamilton, 1 Hamilton Health Place, Hamilton, NJ, now offers a post-COVID-19 recovery program through its rehabilitative therapy services. The program uses the latest research to help patients recuperate from COVID-19. This three-phase program is customized to each patient to help them regain strength and functional abilities following COVID-19.
Telehealth and in-person treatments are available for physical, occupational and speech therapy. The team evaluates each patient’s needs and goals for their post-COVID-recovery and also screen for other needs with which RWJUH Hamilton can provide support.
The program includes physical therapy to reduce weakness, to improve breathing, gait and balance, and to build endurance. Occupational therapy helps patients to become more able to independently complete activities of daily living and cognitive rehabilitation and speech therapy focus on swallowing and speech difficulties.
The post-COVID-19 physical therapy rehab program is offered at RWJUH Hamilton’s Columbus, Ewing, Hamilton, Howell, Lawrenceville and Windsor rehab services locations; speech and occupational therapy for the COVID-19 rehab program is offered at select offices. For more information or to schedule a consultation for a location convenient for you, call 877-342-2795 or visit rwjrehab.com
Located in Hamilton Township, NJ, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, serves communities within a five-county area and includes an acute care hospital, cancer center, affiliated medical group, Lakeview Child Centers and the RWJ Fitness & Wellness Center. RWJBarnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton, in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey – the state’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center – brings a world class team of researchers and specialists to fight alongside you, providing close-to-home access to the latest treatment and clinical trials. For more information, visit us at www.RWJBH.org/Hamilton and follow the hospital on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– In response to the State’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget proposal including $6.86 million in K-12 school aid funding for Hamilton Township – a 9.1% increase from Fiscal Year 2021 (FY 21), State and local leaders provided the following statements:
In response to the increased aid, Hamilton School District Superintendent Dr. Scott Rocco stated, “The Hamilton Township School District is appreciative of the recent announcement of increased state aid funding to our schools. This additional funding will allow us to continue to invest in our students academically and support our students socially, and emotionally as we turn the corner on the global COVID-19 pandemic. As a district, a town, and a community we are grateful for the commitment of these dollars to our students and our schools. In addition, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to our local, county, and state partners who’ve worked to make this come to fruition.”
“There is no greater investment than an investment in education,” commented Mayor Jeff Martin. “This significant increase in funding will aid Hamilton Schools to continue to safely and effectively educate our children as we continue through this pandemic.”
“With COVID-19 hitting our communities hard, we must ensure that school districts not only have the resources to protect students and staff from spreading and contracting COVID-19, but also to continue to deliver the quality education inherent in New Jersey public schools,” said Senator Linda Greenstein. “I am excited to see this large increase in funding for the Hamilton School District and will continue to fight for the resources needed to support our community.”
“We have long advocated that large suburban school districts like Hamilton deserve more state funding, given the many needs and challenges they have faced, made even more evident during the COVID-19 pandemic,” stated Assemblyman Daniel Benson. “I am pleased that the Governor’s budget includes over $6 million more in aid to meet the needs of our children, while providing tax relief to Hamilton’s seniors and families.”
“In a time where our students have been receiving instruction remotely, it is important now more than ever that our schools are supported,” said Asm. DeAngelo. “I join my colleagues Senator Greenstein, Assemblyman Benson and Mayor Martin in celebrating the announcement of $6.8 million being directed towards the Hamilton Township school district. Our students and families will certainly benefit from this funding.”
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– Hamilton Fire Department was dispatched to 105 Paterson Avenue, First Class Auto Salvage, around 11:37 this morning on a reported vehicle fire.
The first due engine arrived on scene and reported a large pile of debris and vehicles on fire. Additional engines and an additional squad were requested to the scene. Multiple lines were stretched, quickly extinguishing the flames. No one was injured in the incident.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The NJ Public Employment Relations Commission sided with the Hamilton Township Police Benevolent Association Local 66 and Superior Officers Association 66A that Hamilton Township violated the New Jersey Employer – Employee Relations Act in an unfair practice. The Commission granted interim relief to the unions for the Township’s unilateral changes to PBA and SOA’s pay issuance date in December 2020 and January 2021, unilateral changes to PBA and SOA’s bi-weekly base pay paycheck amounts in 2021, and termination of sick leave buyback for 2020, violate sections 5.4a(1), (2), (3), (5) and (7) of the New Jersey Employer-Employee Relations Act, N.J.S.A. 34:13A-1, et seq.
According to the decision, “The Designee determined that PBA and SOA demonstrated the requisite elements for interim relief under Crowe v. DeGioia, 90 N.J. 126, 132-134 (1982), and enjoined and restrained Hamilton from: 1) unilaterally changing the pay issuance date for the pay period of December 14 to 27, 2020, from December 31, 2020 to a pay date of January 1, 2021; 2) unilaterally changing bi-weekly base pay amounts in 2021 to “annual salary” divided by 27, instead of 26; 3) refusing to reinstate sick leave buyback processing for 2020 for all eligible PBA and SOA members; and 4) refusing to rescind any notice to employees that Hamilton would delay or reduce pay in 2020 and 2021, or refusing to process and pay 2020 sick leave buybacks pursuant to the PBA and SOA CNAs.”
The order states, “PBA and SOA’s application for interim relief is granted. Hamilton is enjoined and restrained from:
1) unilaterally changing the pay issuance date for the pay period of December 14 to 27, 2020, from December 31, 2020 to a pay date of January 1, 2021;
2) unilaterally changing bi-weekly base pay amounts in 2021 to “annual salary” divided by 27, instead of 26; 3) refusing to reinstate sick leave buyback processing for 2020 for all eligible PBA and SOA members; and 4) refusing to rescind any notice to employees that Hamilton would delay or reduce pay in 2020 and 2021, or refusing to process and pay 2020 sick leave buybacks pursuant to the PBA and SOA CNAs.
ROBBINSVILLE-HAMILTON TOWNSHIPS, NJ (MERCER)–In response to a wave of complaints regarding poor service and unfair consumer pricing by Optimum/Altice USA, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has found sufficient cause to investigate Optimum/Altice USA and convene a public hearing on March 16, 2021.
The BPU said in a February 17 order it had:
“reviewed the various complaints, municipal government official resolutions and requests for Board investigation and intervention in this matter, and HEREBY FINDS that there is sufficient cause to convene a proceeding to afford the municipal officials and Altice customers the opportunity to voice their concerns about the services received from Altice; as well as afford the company the opportunity to respond to these concerns before determining what corrective action may be warranted and should be taken in this matter.”
The Board designated Commissioner Mary-Anna Holden as the Presiding Officer. Holden “is authorized to rule on all motions that arise during the proceedings and modify any schedules that may be set as necessary to secure a just and expeditious determination of the issues.”
The public hearing will be held virtually. Information concerning participation in the public hearing will be posted on the BPU website. Attorneys for the Townships of Robbinsville and Hamilton filed dual letters to Lawanda Gilbert, Director of the BPU Office of Cable Television and Telecommunications, requesting an investigation into the under performing utility in August, 2020.
In addition to Hamilton and Robbinsville, the order lists the boroughs of Dunellen and Sayreville, along with the Townships of Green Brook, Howell, Jackson, Montville, North Brunswick and Piscataway. The BPU received complaints and resolutions from at least 10 municipalities and several state legislators concerning various issues their residents and constituents cited alleging inadequacy and lack of service provided by Altice USA. In the complaints, the municipal and legislative officials cited: “Frequent and lengthy service disruptions (across all services), inconsistent connections and fluctuating Internet speeds, long telephone wait times, poor customer service, and an inability to get a satisfactory response to these issues from the company both before and after the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The letters detail just 11 examples from the hundreds of complaints received by the respective municipal offices at Robbinsville and Hamilton over the past several months citing poor customer service, unstable Internet connections, insufficient network capacity and allegations of price-gouging.
“It is the duty of Optimum (Altice USA) as a utility to furnish safe, adequate and proper service for its customers … and they have failed in that duty,” Robbinsville Township Mayor Dave Fried said last summer. “We should not have to continuously pressure this provider to do its job.”
Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin also received a flood of complaints regarding Optimum/Altice USA (formerly Cablevision) and requested the BPU immediately commence an investigation into the services being provided to both Robbinsville and Hamilton pursuant to powers vested in the Board.
“Having reliable cable and internet service has never been more of a necessity than this year has proved it to be,” Martin said. “Both municipalities’ residents have experienced similar, unacceptable issues and a lack of timely remediation from Optimum. Mayor Fried and I will fight for our residents by partnering together on this issue and hope that by doing so it will provide for a stronger likelihood of these concerns being taken seriously by the State. “
MidJersey.news has reached out to others in the community to reflect on the loss of Jack. Please check back we will have more to add to this story soon.
February 18, 2021 updated with additional reflections from the community, more to follow.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Yesterday, Hamilton Township, Mercer County, and the State of New Jersey lost one of the greats, John K. Rafferty. Jack Rafferty, as everyone knew him, was a well-respected man who dedicated 24 years of his life as Hamilton Township’s first full-time Mayor. Prior to his time as Mayor, Jack served six years on what was then the Hamilton Township Committee (now Council). Jack’s love of public service did not end there, as he also served one term in the New Jersey General Assembly.
Jack’s tenure as Mayor saw Hamilton Township become one of New Jersey’s largest municipalities. Under his stewardship Hamilton Township welcomed Hamilton Hospital (now RWJ Hamilton), the Hamilton Train Station, and the development of Veterans Park. Jack will forever leave his mark on Hamilton Township as Hamilton’s main post office on Route 130 and the YMCA facility on Whitehorse-Mercerville Road each bear his name.
Jack continued to give back to Hamilton Township after retiring from his position as Mayor – serving as the Executive Director of the Hamilton Partnership and remaining active in the New Jersey Republican Party where he served on the New Jersey Republican State Committee. A mentor to many and a friend to all, Jack’s legacy will live on through his children and grandchildren as well as all those who had the pleasure of knowing him.
“As Mayor of Hamilton Township and on behalf of our entire community, I wish to express my deepest sympathies and condolences to his wife Doris and the entire Rafferty Family during this very difficult time,” said Mayor Jeff Martin. “I trust his family, friends, and loved ones will find solace in knowing Jack’s many years of dedicated service to our community will live on in Hamilton Township, Mercer County and New Jersey for eternity.”
Former Mayor Kelly Yaede commented, “Hamilton Township lost a truly good man, a dedicated public servant who loved his family and his community. He led a growing town into a thriving community during his tenure. He was beloved by residents regardless of party affiliation; a true leader who put the needs of residents first. The collective sadness realized today in Hamilton with the passing of Mayor Jack is palpable.”
In remembering Jack Rafferty, former Mayor John F. Bencivengo stated, “Mayor Jack Rafferty, his name and his life will never be forgotten. We lost our shining star, a friend to all, a great public servant, a family man, and our mayor for more than two generations. Once a mayor, always a mayor. To me, he was my mentor, friend, and a blessing in my life. Hamilton will forever be in his debt. He turned a place into a township, a township into a strong community of families, parks, schools, and thriving businesses – “Safe, Clean and Beautiful.” We shall miss him; I will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Former Mayor Glen Gilmore expressed his condolences, stating, “Mayor Rafferty’s legacy of leadership will forever loom large over Hamilton. He always cared about people more than politics – which is what we could use more of now. He was always a friend to me and I will miss his smile.”
“Mayor Rafferty left an indelible mark on Hamilton Township. We can all learn from his example and strive to be more like Jack,” said Mayor Martin.
Norman Smith, Robbinsville resident and co-founder of Project Freedom said, “Jack Rafferty was a friend; he was a friend to me, a friend to Project Freedom, and a friend to the disability community. I was a small part of Jack’s gubernatorial campaign, and this opened doors for me to co-found Project Freedom. When Jack was in the legislature, he secured seed money that enabled our first complex to be planned. Jack established one of the first Mayor’s Office for Disabilities in New Jersey during a time when we had very limited community visibility. He truly was an angel to Project Freedom, and for that reason we gave Jack our first Angel Award.”
U.S. Representative Chris Smith said, “Jack Rafferty was an extraordinary leader—a visionary and doer of great deeds—especially for the people of Hamilton Township. He was smart, tenacious, selfless and had a sense of humor that always brought a smile to anyone he met. He was kind and caring—and had a great big heart. As the can-do mayor, Jack made Hamilton a great place to live and improved the quality of life for all. All Hamiltonians were his priority I was privileged to work with Jack on many projects including establishing the Hamilton train station and securing Hamilton’s postal identity. Like a great quarterback, he knew how to effectively lead the Rafferty team of dedicated professionals. He and first lady Doris made all of us Hamiltonians proud.
My wife Marie and I considered Jack a good friend who lent his political expertise to many of my campaigns. We mourn Jack’s passing but celebrate a life that has made all the difference in the world. Rest in peace, our friend.”
Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried said, “Jack Rafferty was not only a giant among men in the political arena, he was a husband, a father, a mentor and a friend. Jack was the mayor I always wanted to be. He was a larger-than-life personality who garnered the respect of his friends, as well as his opponents on each side of the political aisle. I was extremely fortunate that he took me under his wing very early in my career and was always there to lend advice, or a helping hand at any hour of the day or night. My deepest condolences and those of my entire Administration and Township Council go out to his family and many friends. Jack was a true legend, and he will be greatly missed.”
Former Senator Bill Baroni said, “Today, a big part of the heart and soul of Hamilton – my hometown – is gone. Perhaps no person since our namesake Alexander Hamilton has done more to make our town what it is today than our Mayor Jack Rafferty.
I have known Mayor Rafferty my whole life. I remember him in my living room at a meeting of our neighborhood association; he came to our little block parties, our school assemblies, our soccer league openings. He was there when my Mom died – and he performed the wedding when my Dad married my stepmom. Everyone in Hamilton knew him – because he knew us. He made our town the perfect place to grow up. Today, because we have lost Jack Rafferty, our town is a little less perfect.
It seems we are losing Hamilton’s greatest generation. Jack Lacy, Jack Zoller, Franny McManimon, Maury Perilli, Paul Kramer, and now our Mayor Jack Rafferty. All of us in politics follow in their footsteps and can only hope to do a fraction of the works they did.
Mayor Rafferty loved the theatre. In the hit musical Hamilton – our towns namesake – the last line sang by all the cast is, “Who tells your story?” Mayor Rafferty, we will tell your story. A story that takes us to Sayen Gardens and Veterans Park; to a library we never had, parks we could only imagine; a police station that helps keep us safe; and the fact that we can use “Hamilton” on our mail. There are thousands of stories we will tell – because you made our town.
Jack Rafferty, Rest in Peace. Or in his beloved Irish, Seán Ó Rabhartaigh, Ar dheis dé go raibh a anam.” — Bill Baroni
Governor Phil Murphy said, “Over 24 years in office, former Hamilton Mayor Jack Rafferty helped transform the town into a thriving and growing community. We send our condolences to his family and to every Hamiltonian whose life he impacted.”
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton, 1 Hamilton Health Place, Hamilton, NJ, is pleased to announce new RWJUH Hamilton Foundation Board leaders and members, who assumed their new roles in January 2021. Yolanda Zaffutti Stinger, formerly the Foundation Board’s Vice Chair, ascended to the position of Chair; Foundation Board member Mary Pucciarelli took on the role of Vice Chair; and the Board welcomed two new members, Ryan Kennedy and Christina Spinelli.
Lifelong Hamilton resident Yolanda Zaffutti Stinger has been a committed member of the RWJUH Hamilton Foundation for over a decade; as Vice Chair, she was a natural fit for the Chair position. In addition to her work with RWJUH Hamilton, Stinger is involved in a variety of other community-oriented organizations. “Giving back to the community is so important to me,” she says.
In her new role as Vice Chair, Mary Pucciarelli of Brielle, NJ, a decade-long Foundation Board member, enthusiastically continues her dedication to the RWJUH Hamilton Foundation, which supports the programs and patients of the hospital. “I’ve been so proud,” says Pucciarelli of her tenure with the Foundation, “to work with so many people from the Hamilton community.”
New Board members Ryan Kennedy of Hopewell Borough, NJ, and Christina Spinelli of Hamilton, NJ – a former member of the hospital’s Young Professionals Group (YPG) – are enthusiastic about their upcoming efforts on behalf of the Foundation, as well. With the ascensions of Stinger and Pucciarelli to their new positions and the additions Kennedy and Spinelli, the Foundation Board will continue its work to contribute to the evolution of RWJUH Hamilton in order to best serve its community. Former Foundation Board Chair and Chair-elect of the hospital Board, Nina Melker, says, “I know we have built a strong Foundation Board. These changes will continue to bring us forward and help us grow.”
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– The Hamilton Fire Department responded to 356 Schiller Avenue around 10:25 pm Tuesday night on a reported house fire. Companies arrived on scene with smoke showing from the second floor and called the “all-hands,” sending additional apparatus, manpower, and resources to the scene. Two hose lines were stretched in operation, quickly knocking down the fire. Command placed the fire under control around 10:37 pm. It is unknown if anyone was injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–A vehicle lost control and crashed though a guardrail and down an embankment seriously injuring at least one occupant this afternoon around 2:25 pm. on Interstate 295. NJ State Police, Hamilton Township Fire Department, RWJ EMS, and Capital Health paramedics responded to the area of mile marker 59 North Bound for a person trapped and unconscious in a vehicle with a reported fire under the hood of the vehicle. The person was extricated and transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center, EMS alerted the trauma center they were en route with a person with serious injuries. NJ State Police are investigating the crash, no other information is available at this time.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– Hamilton Police are investigating a serious crash that sent multiple people to the hospital that occured at about 10:31 am on February 14.
According to police, a 2013 Toyota Prius, operated by Natacha Andujar-Cordero, of Trenton, was traveling East on Sylvan Avenue when she entered the intersection of Cedar Lane. Andujar-Cordero’s vehicle was then struck by a 2008 Kia Sedona, operated by Gina Desamours-Joseph of Hamilton. The Kia was traveling South at the time of the crash.
Andujar-Cordero was trapped inside of her vehicle and Hamilton Fire Department responded to the scene for extrication.
Andujar-Cordero was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center along with her passengers for serious injuries. Desamours-Joseph was transported to St. Francis Medical Center along with his passenger.
This crash is being investigated by Officer Christopher Clugsten and Officer Bryan Wood. Any witnesses are asked to contact the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit at 609-581-4000. Information may also be left anonymously through the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.
BREAKING NEWS REPORT: This report is based off of radio reports, close sources, and on scene information. Once more information comes available, the post will be updated.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)— Two cars were involved in a crash at Cedar Lane and Sylvan Avenue around 10:30 this morning.
Hamilton Fire Department responded for reported entrapment, and performed a “door pop” to free the patient from their vehicle.
Robert Wood Johnson EMS, Nottingham First Aid Squad, Trenton EMS, and Capital Health Paramedics responded to the scene and transported 5 people to the hospital. Three patients were transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center with “trauma alerts” called. Two patients were transported to St. Francis Medical Center with minor injuries.
Hamilton Police Division’s traffic unit is investigating. Cedar Lane remains shut down between Newkirk Avenue and South Olden Avenue.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– At about 2:59 pm, Hamilton police received a call for a motor vehicle crash with entrapment in front of the Party City in Hamilton Marketplace.
Hamilton Police say the driver of a 2005 Nissan Altima, Ernest Seubert, 91, of Monroe Township, suffered a serious medical episode, which resulted in a four car collision at the Hamilton Marketplace in front of the Party City store.
Seubert, along with his passenger, were transported by EMS to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital at Hamilton for their injuries. No other injuries were reported at the scene by the occupants of the other vehicles.
The crash investigation is ongoing and any witnesses are asked to contact Officer Christopher Clugsten of the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit at (609)581-4000 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609)581-4008.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP(MERCER)– Around 3:00 pm, Hamilton Police Department, Hamilton Fire Department, Robbinsville Fire Department, Robert Wood Johnson EMS, and Capital Health Paramedics responded to the Petsmart in Marketplace for a motor vehicle crash with entrapment. One patient was extricated from the vehicle and transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in very serious condition. Another patient was transported to Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton in stable condition.
Hamilton Police Division’s Traffic Unit is investigating the crash. The area is shut down for investigation and cleanup.
BREAKING NEWS REPORT: This report is based on radio reports and on scene information. Once more information becomes available, the story will be updated and corrections will be made.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– A 31 year old Hamilton woman was arrested yesterday following a robbery that occurred at the Circle Deli located at 3212 South Broad Street.
The customer entered the family owned and operated small business on February 9 around 3:30 pm, and began to argue with the employee about payment over merchandise. During the argument, the female grabbed the glass tip jar and threw it to the ground. She took the money from the tip jar off the floor, told the employee she was keeping the money, and attempted to leave. The employee blocked the exit door to keep the female from leaving, when the female began to repeatedly strike her with a closed fist.
The female stopped striking the employee when she was informed the police were called. She then dropped the money on the floor. Once police arrived on the scene, she was placed under arrest. The employee refused any medical attention.
The arrestee was identified as Melissa Williams, 32, of Hamilton. She was charged with Robbery.
MidJersey.News had a chance to speak to one of the 911 callers at the scene. The 911 caller stated she attempted to call the Deli to order food, when it was taking a while for the phone to be answered. Once the phone was answered, she states no one acknowledged the call, but a female was heard in the background yelling, “Give me the f*cking money b*tch.” That’s when she disconnected with the Deli and called 911.
Another employee that was at the Deli at the time of the robbery told MidJersey.News that this is not the first time this lady has caused a disturbance in the business, however it has never gotten physical and was usually quickly resolved among themselves.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Nick Schulte of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigation Section at 609-689-8525 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.
Hamilton Police remind the public that despite having been charged, every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond reasonable doubt in a court of law.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP-TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Phil Murphy today highlighted two programs that will support the transformation of contaminated brownfields into vibrant community assets.
The Brownfield Redevelopment Incentive will provide tax credits to support brownfields remediation projects and the Brownfields Loan Program makes low-interest loans of up to $5 million available to brownfield redevelopment projects for all aspects revitalization, including assessment, investigation, and demolition.
“Investing in communities is one of the pillars of our plan to bring about a stronger, fairer New Jersey,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “Supporting brownfields revitalization projects that transform dangerous, contaminated sites into valuable community assets is crucial to building vibrant neighborhoods and spurring equitable economic growth throughout New Jersey.”
The announcement took place at Mill One, a 19th Century shirt mill on the border of Trenton and Hamilton that has been rehabilitated through a collaboration between developer Modern Recycled Spaces and nonprofit Isles, Inc. The redeveloped property includes the “Social Profit Center,” led by Isles, which will house and support a collection of nonprofit organizations, socially conscious businesses, and local artists, as well as mixed-use, office, and other commercial spaces. The project is being restored to historic preservation standards and has been placed on the National Historic Registry, and includes green technology with solar panels on part of the roof, a “green roof” that reduces storm water impacts, and super-efficient HVAC systems.
“Transforming brownfields into productive properties is one of the more potent aspects of the incentive program,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney. “Changing contaminated land into job-producing projects has environmental, economic, and social justice benefits. The ability to attract and retain jobs and generate economic activity is an urgent need as we work to maintain our competitive edge during the coronavirus. We have to be resourceful and innovative in the face of one of the most challenging crises of our time.”
“These incentive projects are needed to spur business and job growth as we come out of a pandemic crisis that has devastated broad sectors of our economy,” said Senator Sarlo, Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee chair and co-prime sponsor of the program. “Most importantly, it will provide tax incentives to attract the jobs we want – jobs that pay good salaries in industries that will transform communities, partner with our higher education sector on R&D, provide valuable job training and be good corporate citizens. These are investments in immediate needs and future opportunities.”
“Ensuring that brownfields are converted from dangerous tracts of lands into safe and productive properties that create jobs and improve our environment was a pivotal component of the incentive program,” said Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin. “Equitably boosting New Jersey’s economy while remediating contaminated sites is a win-win for our state and its nine million residents. Job creation and retention was always the critical goal of the incentive program and today’s announcement is just the beginning of more great things to come.”
“With the right resources and support, brownfields can be transformed into thriving spaces that benefit our environmental and economic health,” said Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin. “These investments will remove barriers to funding for organizations looking to make a change in their communities and spur local economic growth. This was a major facet we considered when approving the incentive program.”
“Revitalizing brownfields is essential to achieving Governor Murphy’s vision for a greener, fairer New Jersey. The Brownfields Loan Program is a unique tool that provides much-needed resources to support the planning and remediation stages of brownfields rehabilitation projects,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “The Brownfield Redevelopment Incentive and the Brownfields Loan Program will play a central role in driving equitable community revitalization and growth across the state.”
“Cleaning up brownfields and replacing them with valuable assets creates new paths for economic growth,” said New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Shawn LaTourette. “Brownfields remediation supports Governor Murphy’s environmental protection, environmental justice, and economic growth goals, but they need financial resources to succeed. The Brownfield Redevelopment Incentive and Brownfields Loan Program will open the door to more successful remediation by filling in one of the most pervasive funding gaps that holds back these projects.”
“By transforming contaminated and unused properties into assets that bring in money and create new opportunities, brownfields remediation drives inclusive and equitable development that generates economic growth and supports healthy communities,” said NJEDA Senior Brownfields Advisor Elizabeth Limbrick. “The Brownfield Redevelopment Incentive and Brownfields Loan Program will provide investment resources where they are most needed to have the biggest impact on New Jersey residents’ quality of life.”
Historically, remediation has been a major barrier to successful brownfield redevelopment projects because of the lack of funding sources available to support site assessment, planning, and cleanup. The Brownfield Redevelopment Incentive and Brownfields Loan Program aim to address this challenge by filling in these funding gaps.
The Brownfield Redevelopment Incentive is a one-time tax credit that will be issued to developers in the year they complete a remediation project. The tax credit will support costs associated with assessment, investigation, and remediation activities, as well as hazardous materials abatement, waste disposal, and structural remediation. The program is subject to a $50 million annual cap with a maximum $4 million tax credit per project. Tax credits will be awarded through a competitive application process. The NJEDA will release more details on the program specifics and application later this year.
The Brownfields Loan Program offers low-interest financing of $100,000 to $5 million for all aspects of brownfields revitalization projects, including assessment, investigation, and demolition. Loans will be awarded through a competitive application process, with projects receiving scores based on various details about the brownfield site and the proposed redevelopment project. Projects that provide beneficial end uses that promote environmental resiliency, public health, and community well-being will receive higher scores and may also qualify for interest rate reductions if approved for financing.
Applications for the Brownfields Loan Program are now open. More information about the program and details on the application are available at https://www.njeda.com/bfloans.
The Brownfield Redevelopment Incentive complements NJEDA Community Revitalization, a suite of solutions including the Brownfields Loan Program and the Brownfields Impact Fund designed to support development that transforms underutilized and contaminated spaces into community assets, with the goal of achieving a greener New Jersey. This includes ensuring that residents living in communities that have historically suffered from disinvestment, environmental contamination, and health disparities benefit from brownfields redevelopment.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER): Hamilton Township’s Department of Community and Economic Development announces program to assist with utility, rent and mortgage relief to qualifying Township residents.
Hamilton Township has secured over $650,000 of its federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) CARES Funds (CDBG-CV 3) in order to fund the Township’s Mortgage & Rental Relief Assistance Program. Program applications will fall into two categories – residential and business assistance. Program applications will be reviewed in coordination by the Township and Arm In Arm, a local non-profit agency which assists Mercer County residents with food, housing, and job support.
The residential portion of the Mortgage & Rental Relief Program will allow for rental, mortgage or utility assistance to low and moderate income households that have had a substantial reduction in income or became unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The emergency rental or mortgage assistance grant has a cap of $10,000 throughout a period of six months. All approved applicants will be reviewed at the three-month interval to see if they are still in need of assistance.
“Many Hamilton residents have experienced a significant disruption to their lives – both their health and economically. This program goes a long way to ensure these residents do not fall behind on their rent, mortgage or utility and will allow them and their family to have a safe place to live,” said Mayor Jeff Martin. “I want to thank Fred Dumont, Director of Community & Economic Development, and his team for partnering with Arm In Arm so these funds get distributed as quickly as possible to those who need them.”
“This program helps our homeowners and renters but just as important it helps our landlords and financial institutions,” stated Fred Dumont, Director of Community and Economic Development. “It allows people to stay in their homes, allows the landlords to pay their taxes, and the banks to keep our residents employed. Coupled with our upcoming commercial mortgage and rental relief program, this is a big lift to our economy.”
Details on the business portion of the Mortgage & Rental Relief Program will be announced at a date in the near future. Individuals and businesses seeking to review the program requirements or to apply may do so by visiting HamiltonNJ.com/MortgageRentalRelief or arminarm.org/HTA
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The management of Sakana Asian Cuisine Restaurant plans to reopen once reconstruction is complete following a kitchen fire Sunday they said in an online statement:
Dear all customers, Recently there was a accident that cause a fire inside the kitchen of our restaurant. We will be closing down the business temporarily. We will begin reconstruction ASAP. We hope that you can come join us again once we reopen. We thank you for your understanding and we appreciate all the support that you have given us. Thank you again, Sakana Management
An aggressive firefight at the Sakana Restaurant in the Clover Square Mall kept flames from spreading out of the kitchen and spreading to the rest of the strip mall on Sunday January 31, 2021. Fire crews from Hamilton, Robbinsville and Lawrence were at the scene. Fire crews were met with fire in the kitchen area of the restaurant and quickly extinguished the fire using an aggressive interior attack using two 2 1/2 inch hand lines saving most of the restaurant, and attached businesses in the mall. Attached businesses in the mall were able to reopen that same day and the restaurant should be able to quickly rebuild. West Windsor and Hamilton’s hazardous materials team also mitigated chemicals that reacted that were creating fumes after the fire was out.
January 31, 2021, Updated to include hazardous material response by Hamilton and West Windsor
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 7:30 am multiple 9-1-1 calls reported smoke coming from the roof in the 3100 Block of Quakerbridge Road from the Sakana Asian Cuisine Restaurant. Upon arrival of the Hamilton Township fire chief a full first alarm “all hands” fire was called sending additional Hamilton firefighters, and firefighters from Lawrence Township and Robbinsville Township Fire Departments to the scene. Fire crews pulled two 2 1/2 inch hand lines and advanced though the front door to a fire in the ceiling of the kitchen area in the rear of the store. Ladder companies laddered the building and worked on the roof. The fire crews inside pulled down the ceiling and extinguished the fire. A five inch supply line was laid out to Quakerbridge road to the fire hydrant temporarily closing the roadway until the fire was out. A roadblock was set up by the Hamilton Township Police Department and Hamilton Fire Police set up a detour in the area. The fire was under control by 8:00 am. Firefighters were able to hold the fire to the kitchen area at the rear of the restaurant and kept the fire from spreading to the roof and attached stores in the strip mall.
PSE&G, Hamilton Township Building Department, Hamilton Township Health Department also responded to the scene. The fire is under investigation by the Hamilton Township Fire Marshal.
Hazardous materials teams from Hamilton and West Windsor Township responded to the scene after the fire was out to mitigate chemicals that were undergoing a hazardous chemical reaction. Hamilton and West Windsor Hazmat teams mitigated the hazard and contained the chemical without incident.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– On January 8, 2021, it was announced by the Diocese of Trenton that Trenton Catholic Academy, a Pre-K through 12th grade school, will permanently shut its doors on June 30, 2021.
Trenton Catholic Academy, also known as McCorristin High School and St. Anthony’s High School, have been a cornerstone of Catholic education in the community since its establishment in 1962, with outstanding academics and athletics, a 100% graduation rate, and 100% college acceptance rate. Despite the changing of names, the school’s icon remains the Iron Mike, paying respect to Michael P. McCorristin, the man who built the school with volunteers and contractors, and made it all possible.
“It is a sad day for the Diocese of Trenton, Trenton Catholic Academy (TCA), and Hamilton Township,” said Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin in his statement. “Whether known as Anthony’s, McCorristin, or TCA, there has always been a great partnership between the school and the Township. Hamilton is committed to helping TCA and the Diocese in the months to come. On behalf of the Township, I thank them for their nearly 60 years of providing a high quality, well-rounded education to those in our greater Hamilton community,” Martin continued.
The school has sent many of their students to top colleges and universities. Iron Mike alumni have gone on to prestigious careers and several have advanced to play professional sports. “Most importantly, the school has succeeded in meeting the hopes of the school’s late founding president St. Joseph Sister Dorothy Payne, who wanted her students to be: ‘Good kids that live good lives that make the world a better place,'” Diocese of Trenton said in a statement.
The group is made up of alumni, administrators, coaches, business people, and supporters.
ironmikesfund.com is available now to accept tax-deductible donations. “We are asking for your financial support, or better yet, your investment in the future of our children and our world. A united group of alumni, administrators, coaches, business professionals and supporters are currently working on a detailed plan to keep the doors open for many years to come. Please help by donating to www.ironmikesfund.com. Your gift to the Iron Mikes Fund provides the financial means to keep our school open as an independent school. This will help our students to continue to excel in academics, athletics and overall student life. Your contribution will have far reaching rewards into the future,” ironmikesfund.com told MidJersey.News.
ironmikesfund.com would like to thank donors in advance for your careful consideration and tax-deductible pledge to save their school.
HAMILTON TWP (MERCER): A single car crashed into a tree shortly after 10:00 Tuesday night at the corner of Arena Drive and Gropp Avenue. The tree was snapped in half and scattered across the roadway and a nearby resident’s lawn. A utility pole was also damaged in the crash.
Hamilton Fire Department responded to the scene as a precaution to secure any hazards that may have been present.
No one was injured in the crash.
The tree was removed from the roadway and is pending pickup by the Township.
Statement from Mayor Martin and Chairman Vince McKelvey of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee of Hamilton:
January 25, 2021
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–It is with great disappointment and regret that after careful consideration of the Hamilton Township St. Patrick’s Day Parade Board of Trustees, the 2021 Hamilton St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been canceled. In the best interest of all involved, including attendees, it was mutually decided that the Parade could not be held safely during the COVID-19 pandemic we continue to face.
While Hamiltonians are saddened that they could not celebrate and honor the 2020 Grand Marshal Jerry Sheridan and Miss St. Patrick Nicole Brown, we remain thankful for the outpouring of support the Parade Committee has continued to receive, particularly from our partners including the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, IBEW Electrical Workers Local Union No. 269, First Bank, and Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union 9. Perhaps most of all, we thank the loyal parade attendees, who we hope stay safe and well during these troubling times. We look forward to safely celebrating St. Patrick’s Day together in 2022. Erin go Bragh!
Photos and video from last year’s Saint Patrick’s Day, Lia Fail Pipes and Drums played a couple of songs in front of Hamilton Township Fire Department Station 17 since the 2020 parade was canceled and wanted to honor the tradition of St. Patrick’s Day.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER): Hamilton Police and EMS responded to Route 156 and Yardville Allentown Road just before 10:00 pm for a person that was struck by a vehicle. The man was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in stable condition.
The intersection was shut down for a short period of time.
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Once again, Mercer County Sheriff Jack Kemler has issued a warning to area residents regarding telephone scammers posing as Mercer County Sheriff’s Officers. Over the past month, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous complaints about suspected phone scams asking residents for personal bank account information or cash payments. Some calls have reached residents throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The scammers identify themselves as Mercer County Sheriff’s Officers along with fictitious badge numbers. The callers state they have an arrest warrant related to money laundering charges and need access to their bank accounts. The scammers also suggest meeting at a location and to bring cash for bail or fines. Otherwise, they will be taken into custody. “I can state with confidence the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office will never call anyone and ask for their bank account number or to meet in an odd location to pay bail or fines with cash,” said Sheriff Kemler.Unfortunately, it is difficult to crack down on telephone scammers because calls are often generated from phone banks located out of state. While the calls remain under investigation, the best advice is to exercise common sense. If a resident suspects a particular telephone call may be a scam, do not give out any personal information and simply hang up. Anyone who receives such a call and is uncertain of its validity should report the call to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office at 609-989-6111.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER): Hamilton Police are seeking information in regards to a man that hasn’t been seen since August of 2020.
On January 14, 2021, Todd Dekis was reported missing by a family member. The family member told police that they have not seen Dekis since August of 2020. Dekis’ family also reported seeing anonymous Facebook posts suggesting that Dekis may be hospitalized. Police contacted all local hospitals, but Dekis was not located.
Dekis is described as a 35 year old white male, 6’0”, 140 lbs., blue eyes and black hair. It is unknown what Dekis is wearing and the family does not believe he has a cell phone. Dekis may be homeless at this time and may be in the Trenton area.
Anyone with any information regarding the missing person is asked to contact Detective Dan Inman of the Hamilton Police Criminal Investigation’s Section at 609-581-4035 or the the Hamilton Police Division Tip Line at 609-581-4008.