Category: Hamilton

Baseball: Hamilton West 13 At Nottingham 3

May 15, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The visiting Hamilton West baseball team won their game against Nottingham this morning with a final score of West 13, Nottingham 3.

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Baseball: Notre Dame 3 At Steinert 9

May 15, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Steinert baseball at home this morning scored a 9-3 win over Notre Dame.

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Hamilton Township, Hamilton Township School District & Olden Pharmacy Announce COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for Students Ages 12+

May 13, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– In a collaborative effort, Hamilton Township, the Hamilton Township School District (HTSD) and Olden Pharmacy will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for students ages 12+ on Monday, May 17, 2021 at Crockett Middle School by appointment only.

It was announced this week that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Pfizer vaccine be made available to administer to children ages 12-15 years. Prior to this decision, the Pfizer vaccine was only approved for individuals age 16 and above.

In a formal statement, the CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said, “For vaccination to do its job, we must do our critical part. That means vaccinating as many people as possible who are eligible. This official CDC action opens vaccination to approximately 17 million adolescents in the United States and strengthens our nation’s efforts to protect even more people from the effects of COVID-19. Getting adolescents vaccinated means their faster return to social activities and can provide parents and caregivers peace of mind knowing their family is protected.”

Any parent or guardian seeking an appointment for their child at Monday’s clinic which will be held between the hours of 2 and 6 PM may register for an appointment with Olden Pharmacy directly via their website at www.oldenpharmacy.com/hamilton.

“We are excited to provide the COVID vaccine in one of our district schools to all of our students from the age of twelve years old and up,” stated HTSD Superintendent Dr. Scott Rocco. “This is the result of a tremendous amount of teamwork between the township, Olden Pharmacy, and our school district. In particular, I would like to thank Marta Audino, our Director of Student Services, who has spearheaded our COVID response this year, and Chris Hellwig of the Hamilton Township Health Department, who has worked closely with us throughout the pandemic. Providing vaccines to our students, now that the vast majority of our faculty and staff are vaccinated, provides another level of protection for our students, faculty, and staff.”

Hamilton Township Division of Health reminds residents that all three available COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective and continues to encourage all individuals age 12 and older to get vaccinated. Those seeking vaccination may contact the Division of Health by telephone at (609) 890-3884 or (609) 890-3647 or email covidvaccine@hamiltonnj.com.

“I want to thank Olden Pharmacy and HTSD for their outstanding partnership in bringing vaccine to our area students”, said Mayor Martin. “The more people we can vaccinate, the safer it is for everyone. This is just one more step towards the normalcy we all crave.”

Update: Colonial Pipeline Back Online

May 13, 2021 –Updated again at 4:40 p.m.

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–As we reported Saturday on the Colonial Pipeline that runs though New Jersey and supplies gasoline, diesel fuel and aircraft fuel to the eastern part of the country has announced that the entire pipeline should be operational by noon today. There is no need to hoard gasoline or other fuel and disrupt the local supply chain as seen and reported in other parts of the country.

Locally the pipeline runs though Burlington, Mercer County, Middlesex County on its way to Linden, New Jersey and was shut down to a ransomware cyber attack.

System Restart and Operational Update #2
Update: Thursday, May 13, 4:40 p.m.

Colonial Pipeline has continued to make substantial progress in safely restarting our pipeline system. We can now report that we have restarted our entire pipeline system and that product delivery has commenced to all markets we serve.

Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions during this start-up period. Colonial will move as much gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel as is safely possible and will continue to do so until markets return to normal.

This would not have been possible without the commitment and dedication of the many Colonial team members across the pipeline who worked safely and tirelessly through the night to get our lines up and running. We are grateful for their dedicated service and professionalism during these extraordinary times.

See update below from the Colonial Pipeline:

Update: Thursday, May 13, 9 a.m.

Colonial Pipeline has made substantial progress in safely restarting our pipeline system and can report that product delivery has commenced in a majority of the markets we service. By mid-day today, we project that each market we service will be receiving product from our system. The green segments on this map are operational, meaning product delivery has commenced. Blue lines will be operational later today.

This would not have been possible without the commitment and dedication of the many Colonial team members across the pipeline who worked safely and tirelessly safely through the night to get our lines up and running. We are grateful for their dedicated service and professionalism during these extraordinary times.


Colonial Pipeline Company, founded in 1962, connects refineries – primarily located in the Gulf Coast – with customers and markets throughout the Southern and Eastern United States through a pipeline system that spans more than 5,500 miles. The company delivers refined petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, home heating oil, and fuel for the U.S. Military. Colonial is committed to safety and environmental stewardship across its operations.

Colonial Pipeline is the largest refined products pipeline in the United States, transporting more than 100 million gallons or 2.5 million barrels per day. Colonial transports approximately 45 percent of all fuel consumed on the East Coast, providing refined products to more than 50 million Americans. 

Specifically, Colonial transports various grades of gasoline, diesel fuel, home heating oil, jet fuel, and fuels for the U.S. military through a pipeline system. The system is connected refineries in the Gulf Coast and in the Northeast. The majority of the system is underground, with tankage and other facilities at key receipt, storage and delivery points.


Related MidJersey.news coverage on Colonial Pipeline incident here:

Colonial Pipeline initiated the restart of pipeline operations today; Several days to return to normal

Colonial Pipeline Works To Restore Service, US FMCSA Issues Emergency Declaration In 18 States To Control Shortages

Update: Colonial Pipeline System Disruption

Cyber Attack Shuts Down Colonial Pipeline



Colonial Pipeline initiated the restart of pipeline operations today; Several days to return to normal

May 12, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MECER)–As reports were coming in of gas stations running out of gas in the south east United States from the hoarding of gasoline and other fuel products the Colonial Pipeline announced the restart of of the pipeline after a ransomware cyber attack. The company states that it may take several days for the delivery supply chain to return to normal. See press releases from Colonial Pipeline below for the latest updates.

Wednesday, May 12, 5:10 p.m.

Colonial Pipeline initiated the restart of pipeline operations today at approximately 5 p.m. ET. 

Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions during the start-up period. Colonial will move as much gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel as is safely possible and will continue to do so until markets return to normal.

As we initiate our return to service, our primary focus remains safety. As part of this startup process, Colonial will conduct a comprehensive series of pipeline safety assessments in compliance with all Federal pipeline safety requirements. 

This is the first step in the restart process and would not have been possible without the around-the-clock support of Colonial Pipeline’s dedicated employees who have worked tirelessly to help us achieve this milestone. We would also like to thank the White House for their leadership and collaboration, as well as the Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, FBI, PHMSA, FERC and other federal, state and local agencies for their ongoing support.

We will continue to provide updates as restart efforts progress.

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Tuesday, May 11, 5:15 p.m.

Colonial Pipeline continues to make forward progress in our around-the-clock efforts to return our system to service, with additional laterals operating manually to deliver existing inventories to markets along the pipeline. Markets experiencing supply constraints and/​or not serviced by other fuel delivery systems are being prioritized. We are collaborating with the Department of Energy (DOE) to evaluate market conditions to support this prioritization. 

Since our pipeline system was taken offline, working with our shippers, Colonial has delivered approximately 967,000 barrels (~41 million gallons) to various delivery points along our system. This includes delivery into the following markets: Atlanta, Ga., Belton and Spartanburg, S.C., Charlotte and Greensboro, N.C., Baltimore, Md., and Woodbury and Linden N.J.

Additionally, in preparation for our system restart, we have taken delivery of an additional 2 million barrels (~84 million gallons) from refineries for deployment upon restart. 

Consistent with our safety policies and regulatory requirements, Colonial has increased aerial patrols of our pipeline right of way and deployed more than 50 personnel to walk and drive ~ 5,000 miles of pipeline each day. 

Actions taken by the Federal Government to issue a temporary hours of service exemption for motor carriers and drivers transporting refined products across Colonial’s footprint and actions taken by several Governors to lift weight restrictions on tanker trucks should help alleviate local supply disruptions. This is in addition to the Reid Vapor Pressure wavier issued today by the U.S. EPA that will also help alleviate supply constraints in several states serviced by our system. We would like to thank the White House for their leadership and collaboration in resolving this matter as well as the DOE, PHMSA, FERC and other federal agencies for their ongoing support. 

Our primary focus remains the safe and efficient restoration of service to our pipeline system, while minimizing disruption to our customers and all those who rely on Colonial Pipeline. We will continue to provide updates as restoration efforts progress.


Related MidJersey.news coverage on Colonial Pipeline incident here:

Colonial Pipeline Works To Restore Service, US FMCSA Issues Emergency Declaration In 18 States To Control Shortages

Update: Colonial Pipeline System Disruption

Cyber Attack Shuts Down Colonial Pipeline


One Injury In NJ Turnpike Accident

May 12, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Fire Department and EMS, and Bordentown Township Firefighters responded to the NJ Turnpike north bound at mile marker 57.2 for a motor vehicle accident. NJ State Police were on scene requesting paramedics for advanced life support. Robbinsville Township EMS and Capital Health Paramedics transported the victim to the local hospital. No further information is available.

UPDATE: Firefighters extinguish house fire in Hamilton

May 12, 2021–Updated

The Hamilton Township Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating and told MidJersey.news that the cause of the fire is undetermined but did not appear to be suspicious in nature.

By: Tyler Eckel

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– Officials are investigating a fire that occurred at a duplex home in Hamilton early Wednesday afternoon.

The fire occurred around 1:30 pm. Hamilton firefighters responded to the area of East State Street and Park Lane on a reported house fire. The first alarm was called when units arrived on the scene with heavy smoke and heavy fire from the rear of 19 Park Lane. Multiple hose lines were stretched into operation to place the fire under control. The bulk of the fire was knocked down around 1:50 pm.

The Fire Marshal’s office reported one firefighter was checked out by EMS at the scene.

Bystanders state that the resident of the home said he was upstairs when he heard a pop and then smelled smoke. Bystanders also said that the resident made another phone call before calling 911.

The Hamilton Township Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating and told MidJersey.news that the cause of the fire is undetermined but did not appear to be suspicious in nature.



Mayor Martin Proposes Municipal Budget with Flat Tax Rate

May 11, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–This evening, the Martin administration introduced the 2021 municipal budget to Township Council which features a flat tax rate. Mayor Jeff Martin’s budget address can be found below:

The last year has been extraordinarily difficult not only for Hamilton, but the World.  The COVID-19 pandemic has caused numerous disruptions both individually and as a community.  However, with our vaccine rollout well underway, brighter days lay ahead.  Likewise, the 2021 budget projects brighter days ahead for Hamilton. 

First, let me begin by recognizing the extraordinary work of Hamilton’s municipal employees.  Throughout the pandemic, they have come to work each day in service to our Township.  Thanks to their dedication and hard work, our town successfully continued operations throughout the pandemic to provide so many essential services to our residents and businesses.  Our Water Pollution Control (Sewer), Police Division, and Health Department answered the call each and every day, unable to take a day off.  My appreciation goes out to their leaders – Carrie Feuer, Chief James Stevens, and Kathy Fitzgerald for steering their respective departments through difficult times. 

The 2021 budget I present to you recognizes the continued responsibilities we have in the face of COVID-19 while respecting the difficult financial hardship many of our residents and businesses continue to face.  In light of that recognition, this budget keeps taxes flat for 2021.  The 2020 municipal tax rate of .822 cents is added to the combined 2020 fire tax rate of .333 cents to create our new combined 2021 tax rate of 1.155.  Even while keeping taxes flat, we recognize the importance of investing in our Township to create a brighter future for Hamilton Township.  

For the first time, Hamilton has created an office of Vacant and Abandoned Properties (VAP).  Under the direction of Director Fred Dumont, our VAP office is charged with identifying abandoned properties and working on turning those properties around.  These properties are eyesores for neighbors – driving down property values; presenting challenges to our public safety professionals, both as fire hazards and use for illegal activities; and many become health hazards over time.  Fixing this problem is not a short term issue, especially as we come out of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Furthermore, as there is the potential for a housing crisis, getting ahead of the problem now will pay dividends well into the future.  I hope the importance of addressing this issue in Hamilton will receive commitment from you, our Council, in 2021 and well into the future.

This year is also the first time we present the Hamilton Township Fire Division.  This Administration has worked tirelessly with Chief Richard Kraemer in setting up the Fire Division for short and long-term success.  As the Fire Division operates together as a cohesive unit in 2021 and into the future, we are confident it will provide the continued services our residents have come to expect in a more efficient way.  I’m excited to see Chief Kraemer’s work as the first ever Hamilton Fire Chief. 

The Capital Budget reflects our commitment to investing in Hamilton’s future.  The last year has further proven the need for our municipal government to continue to invest in technology, both as the continued wave of the future, and as a way of providing a more efficient and customer friendly service.  The technology upgrades in this budget put our town on a path of maintaining and improving our technology.

As outdoor recreation demands continue to rise, Hamilton will continue our commitment to providing these services to our residents – both at Veteran’s Park and throughout Hamilton’s 60-plus other parks as well.  $500,000 is provided for upgrades to our tennis courts and thanks to Council, we also are applying for an additional $500,000 for the conversion of more tennis courts into pickleball courts.  Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the country and our goal for being a destination for pickleball players has resulted in Hamilton being chosen to host a USA Pickleball sanctioned tournament this August that will draw people from all over the region.  The investment we make today will be a boon for tourism for years to come.  Additionally, Hamilton will be receiving new playground equipment at Limewood Park, through a combined partnership of Joey’s Little Angels and Where Angels Play– a $100,000 value at no cost to our residents!

Hamilton will also prioritize the investment and management of our infrastructure.  Thanks to Public Works Director Chris Markley, Hamilton will now have employees dedicated to maintaining our stormwater infrastructure including cleaning out drains and maintaining basins ensuring less flooding concerns here in Hamilton.  Hamilton continues to address our responsibility in maintaining Hamilton’s roads with over $5 million in new road projects – much of it from State grant monies. 

Finally, while our intention was to wait to introduce our 2021 Budget inclusive of monies from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan (ARP), with the complex set of rules just released this week we did not want to delay budget introduction any further.  Hamilton’s estimated ARP grant is $17.1 million over two years, monies that will go to securing our finances and help us overcome many additional expenses to address the pandemic.  We will present our plan for the ARP monies to Council for your consideration in the weeks to come, but I think it an enormous achievement to present a flat budget without the benefit of the ARP monies. 

I thank the Council for the opportunity to present our 2021 budget and look forward to working with you in continuing to overcome all of the challenges presented to us over the last year.

Firefighters quickly put out church fire in Hamilton

May 10, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– Hamilton Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire that broke out at a church in the 200 block of Main Street.

Firefighters responded to the New Horizon Baptist Church just before 6:30 pm for a fire alarm activation. While responding, the assignment was upgraded to a reported building fire.

Crews arrived on the scene and reported heavy fire, and the first alarm was called. Two hose lines were stretched into operation to quickly knock down the fire, keeping it isolated to one section of the building. It was placed under control at 6:45 pm.

It appears roof work was being done at the time of the fire, however it is unknown if the construction is related to the cause of the fire.

This building also happens to be the former Groveville District #9 Firehouse, before relocation to their new firehouse on Crosswicks Hamilton Square Road.

Colonial Pipeline Works To Restore Service, US FMCSA Issues Emergency Declaration In 18 States To Control Shortages


Move slider to 3:41 for President Joe Biden’s remarks on the Colonial Pipeline.


May 10, 2021

Update — Monday, May 10, 12:25 p.m.

Colonial Pipeline continues to dedicate vast resources to restoring pipeline operations quickly and safely. Segments of our pipeline are being brought back online in a stepwise fashion, in compliance with relevant federal regulations and in close consultation with the Department of Energy, which is leading and coordinating the Federal Government’s response.

Restoring our network to normal operations is a process that requires the diligent remediation of our systems, and this takes time. In response to the cybersecurity attack on our system, we proactively took certain systems offline to contain the threat, which temporarily halted all pipeline operations, and affected some of our IT systems. To restore service, we must work to ensure that each of these systems can be brought back online safely.

While this situation remains fluid and continues to evolve, the Colonial operations team is executing a plan that involves an incremental process that will facilitate a return to service in a phased approach. This plan is based on a number of factors with safety and compliance driving our operational decisions, and the goal of substantially restoring operational service by the end of the week. The Company will provide updates as restoration efforts progress.

We continue to evaluate product inventory in storage tanks at our facilities and others along our system and are working with our shippers to move this product to terminals for local delivery. Actions taken by the Federal Government to issue a temporary hours of service exemption for motor carriers and drivers transporting refined products across Colonial’s footprint should help alleviate local supply disruptions and we thank our government partners for their assistance in resolving this matter.

Our primary focus continues to be the safe and efficient restoration of service to our pipeline system, while minimizing disruption to our customers and all those who rely on Colonial Pipeline. We appreciate the patience of the traveling public and the support we have received from the Federal Government and our peers throughout the industry.


The FBI confirms that the Darkside ransomware is responsible for the compromise of the Colonial Pipeline networks. We continue to work with the company and our government partners on the investigation. 



REGIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARATION
UNDER 49 CFR § 390.23 

No. 2021-002

ALABAMA, ARKANSAS, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, DELAWARE, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, KENTUCKY, LOUISIANA, MARYLAND, MISSISSIPPI, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, NORTH CAROLINA, PENNSYLVANIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, TENNESSEE, TEXAS, AND VIRGINIA

In accordance with the provisions of 49 CFR § 390.23, the Regional Field Administrators for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Eastern, Southern, and Western Service Centers hereby declares that an emergency exists that warrants issuance of a Regional Emergency Declaration and an exemption from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety (FMCSRs), except as otherwise restricted in this Emergency Declaration.  Such emergency is in response to the unanticipated shutdown of the Colonial pipeline system due to network issues that affect the supply of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products throughout the Affected States.  This Declaration addresses the emergency conditions creating a need for immediate transportation of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products and provides necessary relief.  Affected States and jurisdictions included in this Emergency Declaration (“Affected States”) are:  Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

By execution of this Emergency Declaration, motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance to the emergency in the Affected States in direct support of relief efforts related to the shortages of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products due to the shutdown, partial shutdown, and/or manual operation of the Colonial pipeline system are granted relief from Parts 390 through 399 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations except as restricted herein.   

This Emergency Declaration provides for regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations while providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts transporting gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products into the Affected States during the emergency from shortages due to the shutdown, partial shutdown, and/or manual operation of the Colonial pipeline system.  Direct assistance terminates when a driver or commercial motor vehicle is used in interstate commerce to transport cargo or provide services not in support of emergency relief efforts related to the shortages of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products due to the shutdown, partial shutdown, and/or manual operation of the Colonial pipeline system in the Affected States, or when the motor carrier dispatches a driver or commercial motor vehicle to another location to begin operations in commerce.  (49 CFR § 390.23(b)).  Upon termination of direct assistance to emergency relief efforts related to the shortages of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products due to the shutdown, partial shutdown and/or manual operation of the Colonial pipeline system in the Affected States, the motor carrier and driver are subject to the requirements of 49 CFR Parts 390 through 399, except that a driver may return empty to the motor carrier’s terminal or the driver’s normal work reporting location without complying with Parts 390 through 399.  When a driver is moving from emergency relief efforts to normal operations a 10-hour break is required when the total time a driver operates conducting emergency relief efforts, or a combination of emergency relief and normal operation, equals 14 hours.  

All other applicable safety requirements remain in place and will be enforced by the FMCSA.  Specifically, nothing contained in this Emergency Declaration shall be construed as an exemption from the controlled substances and alcohol use and testing requirements (49 CFR Part 382), the commercial driver’s license requirements (49 CFR Part 383), the financial responsibility (insurance) requirements (49 CFR Part 387), the hazardous material regulations (49 CFR Parts 100-180), applicable size and weight requirements, or any other portion of the regulations not specifically authorized pursuant to 49 CFR § 390.23. 

Motor carriers or drivers currently subject to an out-of-service order are not eligible for the relief granted by this declaration until they have met the applicable conditions for its rescission and the order has been rescinded by FMCSA. 

In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.23, this declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect until the end of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR § 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M. (ET), June 8, 2021, whichever is earlier.  FMCSA intends to continually review the status of this Emergency Declaration and may take action to modify or terminate the Emergency Declaration sooner if conditions warrant.


Taft Kelly, Regional Field Administrator
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Eastern Service Center


Darrell L. Ruban, Regional Field Administrator
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Southern Service Center


Scott G. Hernandez, Regional Field Administrator
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Western Service Center


Related MidJersey.news coverage on Colonial Pipeline incident here:

Colonial Pipeline Works To Restore Service, US FMCSA Issues Emergency Declaration In 18 States To Control Shortages

Update: Colonial Pipeline System Disruption

Cyber Attack Shuts Down Colonial Pipeline


Update: Colonial Pipeline System Disruption

Update — Sunday, May 9, 2021

On May 7, 2021 Colonial Pipeline Company learned it was the victim of a cybersecurity attack and has since determined that the incident involved ransomware. Quickly after learning of the attack, Colonial proactively took certain systems offline to contain the threat. These actions temporarily halted all pipeline operations and affected some of our IT systems, which we are actively in the process of restoring.

Leading, third-party cybersecurity experts were also immediately engaged after discovering the issue and launched an investigation into the nature and scope of this incident. We have remained in contact with law enforcement and other federal agencies, including the Department of Energy who is leading the Federal Government response. 

Maintaining the operational security of our pipeline, in addition to safely bringing our systems back online, remain our highest priorities. Over the past 48 hours, Colonial Pipeline personnel have taken additional precautionary measures to help further monitor and protect the safety and security of its pipeline.

The Colonial Pipeline operations team is developing a system restart plan. While our mainlines (Lines 1, 2, 3 and 4) remain offline, some smaller lateral lines between terminals and delivery points are now operational. We are in the process of restoring service to other laterals and will bring our full system back online only when we believe it is safe to do so, and in full compliance with the approval of all federal regulations.

At this time, our primary focus continues to be the safe and efficient restoration of service to our pipeline system, while minimizing disruption to our customers and all those who rely on Colonial Pipeline. We appreciate the patience and outpouring of support we have received from others throughout the industry. 


Related MidJersey.news coverage on Colonial Pipeline incident here:

Colonial Pipeline Works To Restore Service, US FMCSA Issues Emergency Declaration In 18 States To Control Shortages

Update: Colonial Pipeline System Disruption

Cyber Attack Shuts Down Colonial Pipeline


Fundraiser held at Captain Paul’s Firehouse Dogs to raise money for Joey’s Little Angels new playground

March 8, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– Hundreds participated in a fundraiser that was held at Captain Paul’s Firehouse Dogs today to raise money for Joey’s Little Angels playground being built in Hamilton’s Limewood Park.

Joey’s Little Angels is a non-profit organization organized in memory of 15-month-old Joey Angiolino. Joey was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease called Hurler’s Syndrome at just seven months old, and passed away in 2010. The organization was started by his parents, who are both teachers in Mercer County, to provide assistance to families who have children going through similar situations.

Joey’s Little Angels is currently working with Where Angels Play Foundation to build a playground at Limewood Park in the Golden Crest section of Hamilton Township, Mercer County. The playground will be called Joey’s Place. Joey’s Little Angels is raising money over the next year for the the playground to be built, and hope to have it up for kids to play in April of 2022.

The fundraiser was held at Captain Paul’s Firehouse Dogs from 11am to 5pm on Saturday, in efforts to help Joey’s Little Angels and Where Angels Play Foundation build the playground. When you visited Captain Paul’s and chowed down on their great food, a portion of the proceeds were donated towards the efforts to build Joey’s Place.

If you didn’t make it out to Captain Paul’s and wish to donate towards the build, you can donate here.


Background behind Where Angels Play Foundation and their playground builds:

Shortly after the Newtown, CT tragedy, the New Jersey State FMBA, like everywhere else, was already struggling to be productive and helpful to advocate for firefighters and their families, supporting countless communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The FMBA also struggled to find a way to appropriately honor these children and their families for the tragedy that they suffered. That’s when they came up with the idea to build twenty-six playgrounds in communities destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, each one honoring a teacher or student that was lost that day in Newtown, CT.

Twenty-six playgrounds have been constructed all along the coast of three states. They have been built by firefighters, police officers, teachers, support staff, and volunteers in an attempt to connect two tragedies that eerily share the same name in a way that people can never forget. Each playground reflects the personality of the teacher or child for whom it would be named. This project has the approval of all of the families of those lost in Connecticut. After The Sandy Ground Project was completed in just 18 months, the 26 families wanted to “pay it forward” and continue to build playgrounds to honor others in needy communities across the country as well as internationally. Thus, Where Angels Play Foundation was born.

Currently, Where Angels Play Foundation is working with Joey’s Little Angels to build a playground in memory of Joseph “Joey” Thomas Angiolino. In December of 2009, at 7 months of age, Joey was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease called Hurler’s Syndrome. At 15 months of age, after a tremendous battle, Joey became an angel. Joey’s Little Angels is founded by Joey’s family who are very active in their community to raise money for various children’s hospitals. In April of 2022, “Joey’s Place” will be built in Limewood Park to celebrate the life of Joey.


About Captain Paul’s Firehouse Dogs:

Captain Paul’s Firehouse dogs is located at 2230 Princeton Pike in Lawrence Township. According to their website, Captain Paul’s is a small family-owned and operated business in Mercer County. It was established in 2009 when the owner, Paul Tweedly, retired from the Trenton Fire Department as Captain after 26 years of service.

It is a business “Dedicated to the men and women associated with emergency services, the military and their families, and for all those who volunteer to help others.”

The variety of menu items can be viewed here. They offer takeout and outdoor dining, as indoor dining is limited.


Layout for Joey’s Place in Limewood Park



Cyber Attack Shuts Down Colonial Pipeline

May 8, 2021 –Updated

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Colonial Pipeline the largest refined products pipeline in the United States, transporting more than 100 million gallons of fuel daily to meet the energy needs of consumers from Houston, Texas to the New York Harbor was shut down to a sever cyber attack as announced this morning. The attack has taken certain IT systems off line and the pipeline is working to restore the pipeline to normal operation. The pipeline moves 2.5 million barrels per day providing gasoline, diesel fuel, home heating oil, jet fuel to all major airports in region and fuel for the military though the pipeline system.

Locally the pipeline runs from the south though Burlington (Bordentown, Joint Base), Mercer County (Hamilton, Robbinsville-East Windsor), Middlesex (Cranbury, Monroe, South Brunswick), Union County (Linden).


Statement from Colonial Pipeline:

On May 7, the Colonial Pipeline Company learned it was the victim of a cybersecurity attack. In response, we proactively took certain systems offline to contain the threat, which has temporarily halted all pipeline operations, and affected some of our IT systems. Upon learning of the issue, a leading, third-party cybersecurity firm was engaged, and they have already launched an investigation into the nature and scope of this incident, which is ongoing. We have contacted law enforcement and other federal agencies. 

Colonial Pipeline is taking steps to understand and resolve this issue. At this time, our primary focus is the safe and efficient restoration of our service and our efforts to return to normal operation. This process is already underway, and we are working diligently to address this matter and to minimize disruption to our customers and those who rely on Colonial Pipeline.

Media Statement Updated: Colonial Pipeline System Disruption

Updated — Saturday, May 8, 12:30 p.m.

On May 7, the Colonial Pipeline Company learned it was the victim of a cybersecurity attack. We have since determined that this incident involves ransomware. In response, we proactively took certain systems offline to contain the threat, which has temporarily halted all pipeline operations, and affected some of our IT systems. Upon learning of the issue, a leading, third-party cybersecurity firm was engaged, and they have launched an investigation into the nature and scope of this incident, which is ongoing. We have contacted law enforcement and other federal agencies. 

Colonial Pipeline is taking steps to understand and resolve this issue. At this time, our primary focus is the safe and efficient restoration of our service and our efforts to return to normal operation. This process is already underway, and we are working diligently to address this matter and to minimize disruption to our customers and those who rely on Colonial Pipeline.


According to the Colonial Pipeline website the “Colonial Pipeline is the largest refined products pipeline in the United States, transporting more than 100 million gallons or 2.5 million barrels per day. Colonial transports approximately 45 percent of all fuel consumed on the East Coast, providing refined products to more than 50 million Americans. 

Specifically, Colonial transports various grades of gasoline, diesel fuel, home heating oil, jet fuel, and fuels for the U.S. military through a pipeline system. The system is connected refineries in the Gulf Coast and in the Northeast. The majority of the system is underground, with tankage and other facilities at key receipt, storage and delivery points.”


Related MidJersey.news coverage on Colonial Pipeline incident here:

Colonial Pipeline Works To Restore Service, US FMCSA Issues Emergency Declaration In 18 States To Control Shortages

Update: Colonial Pipeline System Disruption

Cyber Attack Shuts Down Colonial Pipeline



The last time the Colonial Pipeline had an issue in the area was on October 3, 2008 in Hamilton Township Mercer County near Allentown-Yardville Road at the NJ Turnpike. A crew doing soil borings for the NJ Turnpike widening project drilled into the Colonial Pipeline causing an oil spill. Hamilton Township Fire Department and the Hamilton Township Hazardous Materials Team responded to the incident.

Hamilton Fire Department provides mutual aid in Morrisville, PA house fire

May 3, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

MORRISVILLE BOROUGH, PA (BUCKS)–A fire ripped through a home in Morrisville, PA on Monday, damaging a neighboring home, and cooking a vehicle. Hamilton Fire Department Truck Company 13 and Battalion Chief 10 were called in for mutual aid in knocking down the fire.

It occurred sometime around 12:00 pm in the 200 block of West Palmer Street. Fire crews arrived with a well involved house fire, which extended to a vehicle and a neighboring house. The fire also brought down electrical wires. The second alarm was quickly struck, sending additional crews from Morrisville and a company from Hamilton, NJ to the scene.

Sources tell MidJersey.news that the residents were not home at the time of the fire. Sources also say the house was occupied by one dog and three cats, who, unfortunately, did not make it out.

No one was injured in the fire. This incident remains under investigation.

Hamilton Welcomes Ridder Custom Woodwork

May 3, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin, Associate Director of Economic Development, Kate Kane, and SHOP Hamilton Chair Jay Dugan were present to welcome Ridder Custom Woodwork, LLC with a Grand Opening Ceremony & Ribbon Cutting on Saturday April 24th, 2021.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ridder Custom Woodwork to Hamilton Township.  Phil’s unique talent and craft of woodworking is exceptional. His woodworking shop is the perfect addition to Studio Park.”  said Mayor Jeff Martin.

Owner Phil Ridder has had a passion for woodworking at an early age while watching his father work, who was a master cabinet maker.  At the age of 12, he bought his firsthand tools using earnings he made as a paperboy. Phil started his career in civil engineering technology and building construction and worked on diverse jobs from designing bridges to assisting with the construction of buildings and high rises as a project engineer. Phil returned to his fist love in 2010 when he established Ridder’s Custom Woodwork in Flemington, New Jersey. Phil’s new 6,000 square foot space in Studio Park replaces his former 900 square foot home workshop in his basement. Phil researched all over the state and choose Hamilton Township for its central location and then fell in love with the Modern Recycled Spaces at Studio Park.

Ridder Custom Woodwork specializes in handcrafted custom furniture, cabinets, built-ins, bars, mirrors, gifts, awards, memorials and other custom items. Phil will design, build and deliver cabinets and furniture to areas all over New Jersey. Now his new centrally located space makes it convenient for clients to visit.

Visit hamiltonnj.com/economicdevelopment to learn of the new businesses that have recently opened or have relocated to Hamilton and read up on why Hamilton is a great place for businesses to call home!

To learn more about Ridder Custom Woodwork LLC, visit their website www.ridderworks.com or Facebook www.facebook.com/Ridders-Custom-Woodwork-LLC-297306807316010



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Hamilton, NJ 08609,USA

Mercer County Reopens Church Street Bridge in Hamilton

April 30, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughesannounced that the bridge on Church Street over Doctors Creek in Hamilton Township was reopened to the motoring public this afternoon under budget.

The Mercer County Department of Transportation and Infrastructure began the rehabilitation of the bridge in March 2020. Officially known as Bridge No. 672.2 on Church Street, the structure traverses Doctors Creek in the Groveville neighborhood of Hamilton Township.

The old bridge carrying Church Street over Doctors Creek was a concrete-encased steel stringer bridge. The structure was considered structurally deficient due to poor condition of the substructure.

The reconstructed bridge consists of a reinforced concrete substructure on top of steel piles. The superstructure consists of steel stringers and a composite concrete deck with a protective deck overlay. The structure supports a 32-foot-wide cart way and two 5-foot-wide sidewalks. The reinforced concrete railings aesthetically mimic the craftsmanship of the original structure built in 1929. The cross section at the bridge consists of two 12-foot travel lanes and two 4-foot shoulders.

Marbro Inc. of Montclair was the successful low bidder at $4,921,117. The contract was awarded in February 2020 and work commenced in March 2020.


Hamilton Township Named Tree City USA® for Fifteenth Year

April 30, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–In honor of this Arbor Day, Hamilton Township announces that it has been named a 2020 Tree City USA for the fifteenth consecutive year.

Hamilton achieved this prominent environmental designation by the Arbor Day Foundation, a million-member nonprofit conservation and education organization, by meeting the program’s four requirements:  have a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. 

“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “The trees being planted and cared for by Hamilton are ensuring that generation to come will enjoy a better quality of life. Additionally, participation in this program brings residents together and creates a sense of civic pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”

Thanks to the efforts of the Hamilton Township Shade Tree Commission, the Township was able to launch a residential tree planting initiative this past September. The Township will spend over $1 million to remove dead and dying trees and plant new trees around town. The program is funded by private developers that pay into an escrow fund when trees are removed from properties under construction and, under the law, can only be used for this purpose. While the Township takes requests for new trees year round, we are ramping up our efforts to reach all Hamilton Township residents on a neighborhood by neighborhood level.

The Township plans to have the trees planted so that they will not interfere with sidewalks or utility lines.  While there is no cost to residents for the trees, the Township asks that residents jointly care for the tree in the first three years of growth.

Residents may contact the Division of Planning at (609) 890-3645 or via email at RPoppert@HamiltonNJ.com for more information on the residential tree planting program. 

“Planting new trees throughout Hamilton, at no cost to our residents, is a win-win,” said Mayor Jeff Martin.  “If ever there was a time for trees, now is that time. Healthy trees provide environmental benefits such as cleaner air and cooler temperatures for homes they help shade – helping to lower energy consumption.  Having been recognized as Tree City USA for fifteen years now, Hamilton has demonstrated a commitment to the mission that the Arbor Day Foundation sets forth– to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.”

More information on the Tree City USA program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.


Hamilton’s Great Dine Out Is Coming This May

April 29, 2021

HAMILTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Jeff Martin is excited to announce the first ever “Hamilton’s Great Dine Out” will be held May 17-24, 2021.  This event, which will support our local eateries, is a collaboration between the Hamilton Township Department of Community & Economic Development, SHOP Hamilton, the Hamilton Partnership, and the Hamilton Township Economic Development Advisory Commission (HTEDAC), and most importantly, many of your favorite eateries. 

Hamilton Township is home to over 200 eating establishments, including bakeries, coffee shops, pizzerias, delis and restaurants offering cuisines to suit every taste.  As one of the hardest hit industries during the Coronavirus pandemic, “Hamilton’s Great Dine Out” highlights how important our local eateries are to our community.

Many of Hamilton’s restaurants are small businesses owned and operated by our fellow Hamiltonians.  They are also known for their generosity – giving back to various sectors of our community over the years and to many frontline workers during the pandemic. 

Hamilton Township restaurants are encouraged to pick their favorite signature dishes and fan-favorites to share with diners during the week-long event.  Guests will be able to enjoy Hamilton’s local eateries and support our small business community in any way they feel safe and comfortable – whether it be dining in, take out, delivery, or outdoor dining.  With great choices for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert, foodies from Hamilton and the surrounding area are encouraged to have fun, try something new, and enjoy amazing meals.

“Hamilton’s restaurants have been an integral part of the fabric of our great town.  They have given back to our community over the years – donating to our sports teams, our schools, non-profits, various other organizations and events,” stated Mayor Jeff Martin.  “Now it is our turn to be there for them.  I ask those who are able, to join me in giving back by taking part in any way you prefer – dine-in, take out, or delivery from one or more of our local food establishments throughout the week.”

From May 17th through May 24th diners are encouraged to dine in or take out from one of our many restaurants and post their meals on social media with the hashtag #HamiltonDineOut.


Truck Carrying Two Vehicles Flips, Causes Traffic Jam On NJ Turnpike

April 28, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– A pickup truck hauling a van and a sedan flipped over on the New Jersey Turnpike, causing a traffic jam, Wednesday afternoon.

It occurred around 2:40 pm. Robbinsville Township Fire Department along with Bordentown Township Fire Department responded to the Northbound outer lanes near milepost 57.2 for a reported crash with three vehicles overturned.

Fire Companies arrived on the scene and secured the three vehicles. No injuries were sustained in the incident.

New Jersey State Police had the shoulder and right lane shut down for accident investigation and cleanup. It also appears that there was a partial shutdown of the Northbound outer lanes.

No further info is available at this time.


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Hamilton resident named board chair of the Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey

Rachel Holland brings nonprofit leadership experience to the organization

April 27, 2021

Rachel Holland, owner of Rachel Holland Special Events, LLC, has been named chair of the board of directors for the Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey. GSCSNJ announced today that the Hamilton resident will lead the

22-person board as they continue advancing the organization’s mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Holland has been a Girl Scouts member for more than 35 years. She was in one of the legacy councils from age eight until 18 and became a volunteer after college. In her new role, Holland is making history as the first board chair to serve as a Girl Scout in the council she will now lead. 

“Girl Scouts gives girls a way to experience so many different experiences and activities. Whether girls are interested in the outdoors, or STEM, the arts or robotics, or civic engagement, Girl Scouts helps girls find their passion and voice and hone it with the help of wonderful role models and peers who encourage and help them succeed, said Holland.”  

As board chair, Holland wants to increase fundraising efforts and integrate some of the key learnings from the pandemic to provide more girls with access to the Girl Scout movement. “We have come out of a year like no other and if COVID taught the world anything, it is to be prepared and gather support from the community. Our diversity and inclusion efforts are also paramount to our success as a movement. Working within our communities and with our girls to acknowledge our differences and similarities teaches them important life skills. Learning about diverse cultures, backgrounds, and abilities, is key to our overall goal of inspiring the next generation of girls who will run the world, said Holland.”

“We are excited to have Rachel bring her passion for Girl Scouts and her wealth of knowledge to lead our board of directors,” said Ginny Hill, GSCSNJ CEO. “As a lifetime member, Rachel knows firsthand the power of Girl Scouts and is a prime example of the type of leaders that come through our movement. We are grateful for her years of dedication to our organization and look forward to seeing her help take us to new heights in the years to come.”

In addition to serving on the GSCSNJ board for the past nine years, Holland is involved with and serves on the boards of a number of other nonprofit organizations. She resides in Hamilton with her husband Kevin Drennan, and two daughters Eva and Jacqueline, who are both Girl Scouts.

Baseball: Steinert 5 At Allentown 2

April 26, 2021

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The visiting Steinert Spartans with 5 runs and Allentown Redbirds with 2, final score.

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RWJ Hamilton Hospital Community Blood And Platelet Drive

April 26, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The local supply of blood and platelets, critical for patients needing surgery, during trauma situations or when receiving treatment for cancer, is dangerously low.  To help stabilize and replenish the supply, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton, 1 Hamilton Health Place, Hamilton, NJ, is hosting a community blood and platelet drive on Monday, May 12 from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm in the hospital’s Outpatient Auditorium on the first floor of Outpatient Services Building # 5.

“The blood supply has been strained and very unstable since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. After 14 months of not having access to many of our usual donor groups, the situation has become quite dire,” said Richard Freeman, President and Chief Executive Officer, RWJUH Hamilton.

While walk-ins are welcome, appointments are strongly encouraged to help maintain physical distancing protocols. Blood and platelet donors may schedule an appointment by phone at 732-235-8100, ext. 221 or online at http://www.rwjuhdonorclub.org. Donors with questions about medical eligibility for donation can call 732-235-8100, ext. 248.

Blood collected during the drive will remain within the RWJBarnabas Health system, including the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton and the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. 

Multiple protocols are in place to ensure the health and safety of donors, including pre-screening upon entry, mandatory masking and physical distancing of stations and enhanced disinfecting protocols of high-touch surfaces.  All donors receive refreshments at the bedside, a “Life’s Essential” tee shirt and a chance to win a $50 gift card.  Platelet donors also receive a $10 gift card. 


Photo Gallery: Robbinsville at Steinert Lacrosse

April 24, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The visiting Robbinsville Ravens with 16 goals at Steinert Spartans with 1 goal final score. Photo Gallery:

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OUT OF GAS: Trenton Man In Custody After Armed Carjacking In Morrisville, PA, Ends In Robbinsville, NJ

April 23, 2021 — Updated

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Department Detective Captain Peter Weremijenko told MidJersey.news that on Thursday April 22, 2021 around 10:08 pm Trenton Police Offices Olix Heredia and Marvin Hebert were on patrol in the area of West End Avenue when they saw a 2019 Jeep Compass, bearing a Pennsylvania license plate, driving in the area.  The officers were aware that the vehicle was reported as carjacked at gunpoint earlier in the evening in Morrisville PA.  The officers attempted to stop the vehicle when the driver of the Jeep accelerated and drove away.  Officers Heredia and Hebert continued to pursue the carjacked Jeep through the City of Trenton, onto Rt 195, then onto Rt 130.  The pursuit ended when the Jeep ran out of gas on Rt 130 south in Robbinsville.  The New Jersey State Police and Robbinsville Police Department assisted the Trenton Police Department to bring this incident to a peaceful conclusion. 

 Taken into custody and charged was:

Christopher R. Hersey, 30-year-old male from General Greene Ave. in Trenton

  • Eluding (2nd degree) 2C:29-2b
  • Several motor vehicle violations

New Jersey State Police Sgt. Philip Curry of the Public Information Unit told MidJersey.news that, on Thursday, April 22, at 10:15 p.m. Trenton Police Department notified the New Jersey State Police that they were engaged in a pursuit with a stolen vehicle that was heading out of Trenton. 

Troopers joined the pursuit as it continued on I-195 before the suspect vehicle exited the highway and traveled through multiple jurisdictions.  During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle struck two marked pursuing NJSP vehicles.

The pursuit concluded on US-130 south MP 65 in Robbinsville Township where the suspect, Christopher Hersey, 30, of Trenton, N.J.  was arrested.

Hersey was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, criminal mischief and was lodged at the Mercer County Jail.




Video of pursuit in Trenton by Waterfront Park-Arm and Hammer Stadium on Route 29 Video by MidJersey.news reader Jacqueline Leslie

See last night’s breaking news story here: Armed suspect leads multiple police agencies on high speed pursuit after carjacking in Trenton, ends in Robbinsville



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Armed suspect leads multiple police agencies on high speed pursuit after carjacking in Trenton, ends in Robbinsville


UPDATE HERE: OUT OF GAS: Trenton Man In Custody After Armed Carjacking In Morrisville, PA, Ends In Robbinsville, NJ


April 23, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

BREAKING NEWS REPORT: This is a breaking news report from radio reports, on scene information, and sources. Once official information is available, the post will be updated.

TRENTON (MERCER)– A police pursuit involving multiple jurisdictions occurred late Thursday night following a carjacking of a Jeep Compass in Trenton.

Trenton Police called the pursuit around 10:00 pm, after a reported carjacking in the city. State Police joined the chase once the suspect vehicle got onto I-195. The vehicle continued to flee Eastbound on I-195 to Route 537 in Jackson, where he turned back around and went Westbound. The suspect exited I-195 into Hamilton, where he fled down Klockner Road and got onto Route 130. The pursuit continued on Route 130 Northbound to South Brunswick, where the suspect then turned around again, going South on Route 130. The suspect was reported to be armed with a gun. The vehicle reached speeds of 130 miles per hour while running red lights, and reportedly crashed into a few State Police troop cars during the pursuit.

The chase finally came to an end at about 11:03 pm in front of the A&M Market on Route 130 in Robbinsville. One male was taken into custody and transported to the hospital.

Vehicle drove though several towns including, Trenton, Hamilton Township, Robbinsville Township, Upper Freehold Township, Millstone Township, Jackson Township, East Windsor, Cranbury, South Brunswick, North Brunswick.

This is a developing story. Check back for more info.