Category: Hamilton

NJ Motor Vehicle Commission Disaster Day 2 After Reopening

Hamilton’s Tyler Eckel has been in line 6 hours for his new driver’s licence and still has not received service, expecting another 1 to 2 hour wait at the time of this report.

Update 1:45 pm Tyler finally received his driver’s licence after waiting 8 hours and 15 minutes in line!

July 8, 2020

See yesterday’s MidJersey.News story here: NJ MVC FAILURE: 1,000s Wait In Extreme Long Lines At NJ Motor Vehicle Commission Buildings, Complete Chaos as Fights Reported In Trenton and Edison

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Some waited all night and many stood in line before the sunrise this morning to wait at the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission, Bakers Basin Office for drivers licences and other processing that needed to be done in person.

Hamilton Township Photojournalist Tyler Eckel, 17 from Hamilton High School West has been in line since 5:30 am waiting for his 1st drivers licence with his twin brother Kyle Eckel, and friend Devin Gonzalez 17, also of Hamilton.

At 11:30 Tyler Eckel still thinks he has at least an hour or two wait to get in to process the paperwork for his new licence even though being in line for 6 hours, since 5:30 am.

Talking to people waiting at the end of the line that snakes around the building and ends near Route 1. Many of those in line believed they shut the line down around 9:00 am and cut the line off at about 350 people waiting for service. The same scene is happening all across the State at every Motor Vehicle Agency.

At the Bakers Basin location there is a NJ Motor Vehicle Commission Truck assisting with processing paperwork and licences. The truck is lettered “NJ Driving Forward” but from the looks at the scene it is everything but driving forward. Poorly anticipating the shut down and how much processing needed to be done in person NJ Motor Vehicle Commission has failed their customers.


Salute To The Great Cities Of The American Revolution As Seen In Transit Though Mercer County

July 4, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, EAST WINDSOR, HAMILTON, NJ (MERCER)–If you were lucky enough to be outside this afternoon around 5:15 you would have seen a military fly over called “Salute To The Great Cities Of The American Revolution” en route from New York City to Philadelphia.

Trenton, NJ the home of the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area where just north of there General George Washington crossed the Delaware on December 25, 1776 was not on the official list of the “Great Cities”

Still the region from the Monmouth Battlefield, extending though Cranbury, Hightstown, Robbinsville, Hamilton and turning at Trenton towards Philadelphia was still able to see the fly over even though it was not officially on the program.

Spectators were able to see a variety of aircraft from the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Marine Corps including: U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, followed by B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, F-15 and F-22 fighters and U.S. Marine Corps F-35 fighters in transit from New York City to Philadelphia.


Secretary Esper approved a Department of the Interior request for DOD support to the 2020 Salute to America. DOD will provide aerial, musical and ceremonial support to this year’s celebration in Washington, D.C. This year’s support will also include a flyover of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, as well an aerial salute to several cities that played roles in the American Revolution.
 
The highlight of this year’s celebration will be our salute to the Great Cities of the American Revolution. The flyovers will begin in Boston and proceed to New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore. From there they will join other Department of Defense and heritage aircraft in the Salute to America over our nation’s capital. In all, roughly 1,700 service members will support the celebrations.

The aircraft are scheduled to overfly each of the cities, beginning at approximately 4:00 pm, then fly on to the next city. U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps jets will fly over in five waves. The flyovers will be led by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, followed by B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, F-15 and F-22 fighters and U.S. Marine Corps F-35 fighters.  

BOSTON:  The aircraft are scheduled to overfly the center of the city at approximately 4:00 pm approaching from the northeast at 1,000 feet above the ground.  Multiple aircraft will overfly the U.S.S. Constitution and then proceed over Fenway Park before departing the city. 

NEW YORK:  The aircraft are scheduled to fly down the Hudson River at approximately 5:00 pm and pass just east of the Statue of Liberty.  

PHILADELPHIA:  The aircraft are scheduled to overfly the center of the city at approximately 5:15 pm approaching from the northeast at 1,000 feet above the ground.  Multiple aircraft will fly over Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell and then proceed southwest out of the city.

BALTIMORE: The aircraft are scheduled to overfly Fort McHenry at approximately 5:30 pm approaching from the northeast at 1,000 feet above the ground.  Multiple aircraft will overfly Fort McHenry before turning south out of the city.

The flyovers provide an opportunity for DOD to demonstrate the capabilities and professionalism of the United States Armed Forces. Flying hours are a sunk cost for the Department of Defense, and these aircraft and crews would be using these hours for proficiency and training at other locations if they were not conducting these flyovers.
 
DOD is proud to help celebrate the nation’s 244th birthday. We are grateful for our nation’s support as we defend our country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


Photos below by: Dennis Symons from East Windsor looking towards Hightstown and Robbinsville


Photos below by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News from the Scenic Overlook on I-295 in Hamilton Township

Car Fire On Route 33 In Hamilton Quickly Extinguished

July 2, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Hamilton Township Fire Department responded to the 1900 Block of Route 33 West near George Dye Road at 8:25 pm for a well involved car fire. Firefighters from Stations 17 and 12 quickly knocked down the fire. Hamilton Township Police directed traffic around the scene since the car fire was in the lane of travel. There were no injures in the fire. No other information is available.

German American Kickers Return To Play And Announce Summer Camp In August

June 30, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—Youth sports have been slowly returning to the fields of New Jersey since the COVID-19 crisis the past few months. The German American Kickers of Mercer County has started practice and plans to resume playing games in the next few weeks and hosting a camp at the end of August.

The German American Kickers has entered a partnership with Schaechter Sports, a youth soccer development organization based in Germany. The organization brings in a high level of youth development, coach education, cultural and player opportunities in Germany as well as bringing a European style youth summer camp to the central NJ region.

The main goal of the partnership is for the GAK to continue to provide high level soccer experience and leverage additional opportunities for players in central New Jersey. Under the partnership, GAK will receive consultation services, coach training, age appropriate curriculum, and opportunities to travel to Germany to participate in competitive tournaments and training sessions with first division professional Bundesliga clubs. The exclusive partnership allows both organizations to work closely with each other while maintaining their own identity. The initial term of the partnership will be for three years with the option and intention to grow the partnership and continuously renew thereafter.

The relationship between German American Kickers and Schaechter Sports started last year and led to a highly successful summer camp. The camp was coached by two highly qualified UEFA licensed coaches, Marcus Becker and David Mueller, who traveled to New Jersey from Germany for two weeks to coach the camp and manage the staff. Marcus Becker is a former professional player, a UEFA “A” licensed coach and former Real Madrid youth academy coach. David Mueller is the location manager for Schaechter’s US presence. He is also a UEFA “B” licensed coach and talent identification recruiter and was responsible for identifying Weston McKennie of the US National Team. The camp will be offered again this year at German American Kickers in late August.

The German American Kickers Sports Chairman, Paul Bette, explains that, “We are excited about working closer with Schaechter Sports because the partnership is consistent with German American Kickers’s mission to provide a positive and very competitive soccer experience at an affordable price. This unique program differentiates us from other clubs throughout the entire state and will be a draw for our club.”

For more information about the German American Kickers click here

For more information about Schaechter Sports of Germany click here

Trenton Water Works Issues 2020 Water Quality Report

Trenton Water serves Trenton, Ewing, Hamilton, Hopewell, Lawrence

June 29, 2020


SEE OTHER MIDJERSEY.NEWS Stories on Trenton Water Here:

Attorney General, DEP File Lawsuit Asking Court to Address Violations at Trenton Water Works that Pose Risks to Public Health

NJDEP Requests NJ Attorney General To File Legal Action Against Trenton For Failure To Comply With Safe Drinking Water Act


TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Water Works, the public water system that serves approximately 250,000 consumers in a five-municipality service area in Mercer County, today issued its 2020 Water Quality Report.

“The report provides an informative summary of our drinking water quality,” said Michael Walker, TWW’s Chief of Communications and Community Relations. “Consumers can also read about TWW’s work to reduce exposure to lead, our success in eliminating disinfection byproducts, active capital projects, and how our public water system operates.”

The 2020 Water Quality Report was mailed to TWW’s 63,000 customers, published online, and distributed to other parts of the water utility’s service area, as is required by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations. 

The report can be downloaded from TWW’s website at www.trentonwaterworks.org/ccr. Service-area residents can request a mailed report by phoning the Office of Communications and Community Relations at (609) 989-3033.

Hamilton Police Investigate Facebook Threat To Blow Up Primary Election Ballot Boxes

June 24, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On June 23, 2020, Hamilton Police Detectives initiated an investigation from a complaint regarding a Facebook post that originated from the Mercer County Board of Elections.  The observed posting was viewed on the Hamilton Township Facebook page and posted by a female that stated “Let’s blow them up.” The comment was in regards to the posting of the locations of the Primary Election ballot boxes.

It was determined by Hamilton Police Detectives during the investigation that there was no viable or credible threat to any property or any ballot box in the Mercer County area.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Tom Clugsten at 609-581-4027 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.


Mercer County Board Of Elections Website

Drop boxes are available if you prefer not to send the ballots through the mail. Locations of drop boxes were selected by the Mercer County Board of Elections at these locations:

  • Hamilton Call Center, 5 Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. Way, Hamilton, NJ (next to the Hamilton Library)
  • East Windsor Court, 80 One Mile Road, East Windsor
  • Hopewell Township Administration Building, 201 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville, NJ
  • Trenton, Courthouse Annex, 209 S. Broad Street (in front), Trenton, NJ
  • Princeton Municipal Building, 400 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ


Another Accident On NJ Turnpike This Morning

June 22, 2020

BREAKING NEWS REPORT: Once official information is available story will be updated.

See other story from this morning: BREAKING: NJ State Police Vehicle Destroyed By Dump Truck On NJ Turnpike

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–There have been multiple accidents on the NJ Turnpike this morning, this one is at mile marker 58 north bound near the Woodrow Wilson Service Area. A van traveling north bound lost control and overturned several people were injured with non-life-threatening injures.

Robbinsville Township Fire Department, Bordentown Township Fire Department and EMS were on scene. NJ State Police is investigating the crash.

UPDATE: “All Hands” Fire At Palermo’s On Klockner Ave

June 17, 2020

SEE EARLIER MIDJERSEY.NEWS STORY HERE: All Hands Fire In Hamilton Leave 3 People Displaced

From Hamilton Township Police News Release:

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 11:42 pm, Officers A. Lucidi and M. Stefanelli responded to a report of a structure fire at Palermo’s on the 300 block of Klockner Avenue.   Upon arrival the Officers saw an active blaze on the porch to an upstairs apartment above the restaurant.  The Officers accessed the roof via the stairs to the upstairs apartment and were able to wake the three residents inside of the apartment.  The residents were safely evacuated and moved away from the structure.  Hamilton Firefighters from Stations 12, 14, 16, 17 and 18 responded and extinguished the fire.

The fire caused damage to the exterior porch, exterior stairs, side and interior of the structure. No deaths or injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is was determined to be accidental by the Fire Marshall.

All Hands Fire In Hamilton Leave 3 People Displaced

June 16, 2020

Breaking news report from the scene if more information becomes available or corrections made the story will be updated.

UPDATE AT THIS LINK: UPDATE: “All Hands” Fire At Palermo’s On Klockner Ave

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–A fire reported just before midnight in a commercial building with an apartment above left three temporary homeless and the building damaged.

Hamilton Township Fire Department responded to the 300 block of Klockner Road by Collier Avenue and found an exterior fire extending into the buildings walls. An “all hands” was called sending additional resources to the scene. The fire was quickly knocked down but crews remained on scene for quite some time for overhaul and checking for hot spots.

The Hamilton Township Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire at this hour. The Township’s Health and Building Departments were also being notified.

The Red Cross was notified to find temporary shelter for two adults and one child.

No further information is available at this time.

Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin Introduces First Budget

June 16, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–This evening, Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin will present his inaugural budget for 2020 to the Township Council. 

“The 2020 Budget was going to be a difficult budget for Hamilton Township starting on the very first day of the year,” said Mayor Jeff Martin.  “As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Township was put in an even more difficult budgetary position.  This administration has made many difficult decisions over the past few months that impact our employees, our residents and our businesses, but which we believe puts Hamilton on a stronger financial foundation.”

As of January 1, 2020, Hamilton found itself in a budget hole totaling roughly $4 million, the largest portion of which was from a decrease in available surplus funds.  At the end of 2019, Hamilton only had approximately $6.1 million in surplus funds available despite last year’s CFO estimating Hamilton would be able to use $6.6 million in surplus to balance 2020’s budget.  This amount is in stark contrast to the $9.2 million available in surplus the prior year.   Additionally, the Township saw numerous cost increases, almost entirely out of its control, when compared to the 2019 adopted budget. These increases total $2.125 million in operating expenses.

In March, Hamilton, like every other municipality in the country, was presented with the COVID-19 pandemic.  While the federal government provided bailouts to the cruise industry, airline industry and many others to make up for lost revenues, it has not provided similar relief to local governments.  Hamilton anticipates revenue losses ranging from $300,000 loss in Municipal Court fees, $450,000 in bank interest income, $25,000 loss on golf center revenue, and others totaling $1.85 million as a result of the pandemic.

To overcome the nearly $8 million budget gap, the Administration reviewed the budget line-by-line to see where any savings could be realized.  As a result, the Township had to initiate furlough almost all part-time employees, cut overtime, and cut many of our residents’ favorite activities such as Azalea Fest due to both health and budget concerns.  These cuts totaled over $650,000.   Additionally, almost all employees on expired contracts have agreed to a one-year contract extension which includes a 0% pay raise this year and other one-time savings.  The Township is working to secure the commitment to these savings from the other unions as well.  These savings, once agreed to by all unions, will result in a savings of approximately $1.25 million. 

“Our township employees also gave back so that not all of the burden fell on our residents and businesses,” stated Martin. “I want to publicly thank them not only for their commitment in getting the job done each and every day but also for their partnership in being part of the solution to overcoming our budgetary problems. “

While these savings are substantial, and should only cause a minimal disruption to services in 2020, they are not enough to overcome the significant budget hole Hamilton faces.  Therefore, the budget contains a tax increase of 4.4 cents.  For an average Hamilton home valued at $225,000, this increase will result in a local tax increase of $8.33 per month. 

“We do not take this increase lightly, especially with the state of today’s economic picture,” said Martin.  “However, this year’s budget is nearly $500,000 less than 2019’s adopted budget and is $2.3 million less than what was forecasted for the 2020 budget.  This means we made cuts everywhere we could without putting our residents’ health and safety at risk.“

The Township Council meeting will be held this evening at 6:30 pm via teleconference. Residents can find instructions on how to join the call on the Township website, www.HamiltonNJ.com.

Shots Fired In Hamilton

June 16, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On Monday, June 15, 2020 at 9:58 p.m., Officers were detailed to Adella Avenue on the report of shots fired.  Upon arrival the officers were told by bystanders that multiple shots were fired on the street.  Bullets holes were located in several vehicles parked on Adella Avenue as well as some of the houses.  There were no reported injuries.  Two possible suspects were seen fleeing the area on foot.  The first suspect was described as a B/M, approximately 5’6, 130lbs, with short braided hair, and wearing a white t-shirt.  The second suspect was described as a B/M, approximately 5’11, 110lbs, with dreadlocks and wearing a red shirt.  Both were last seen running down Rosalia Avenue.

The shooting incident remains under investigation by the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section.  Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Larry MacArthur at 609-689-5827 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.

5 Years After 6 Alarm Fire, BLM Protesters Bring Attention To Abandoned And Fire Damaged Properties In Hamilton Bromley Section

Hamilton Township appears to be trying but “Due to the Governor’s halt on foreclosure actions, this has slowed the process of the Township gaining ownership.

MidJersey.News Investigates:

June 16, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At a protest on Thursday June 11, 2020 Black Lives Matter protester Tracey D. Syphax made a statement about the Bromley section of Hamilton and a multi alarm fire 5 years ago.

“I am going to mention one more thing about the Bromley Section of the city. We know that structure racism exists, houses burned down in the Bromley Section almost 5 years ago, those houses are still sitting there, that would happen in no other neighborhood in Hamilton but Bromley. That has to change. That’s racism. That’s separation. That’s underclass and we must speak up against that. We have some action items that we are going to demand Hamilton and Mercer County hold to before this is over.” –Black Lives Matter protester Tracey D. Syphax


MidJersey.News remembers the 6-Alarm fire well and checked with the Hamilton Township Mayor’s Office about the status of the burned and abandoned buildings in the Bromley Section on East State Street in Hamilton.

From MidJersey.News and OnSceneNews records this fire was on or about June 9, 2015 (see video below) and took a ride to East State Street where the fire occurred 5 years ago and confirmed that the buildings are still there abandoned. (see photos below)

After reaching out to the Mayor’s office we recieved this reply:

Since the start of the year, the Township has started the foreclosure process to gain ownership of the homes so that eventually they can be torn down and new homes can be put up in their place. Due to the Governor’s halt on foreclosure actions, this has slowed the process of the Township gaining ownership. –Hamilton Township Mayor’s Office

Upon the MidJersey.news investigation the buildings were noticed and posted on April 22, 2019 with an “Unsafe Structure Notice” It appears that Hamilton Township is Trying but is held up by Governor Murphy’s COVID-19 restrictions on foreclosures.

See Governor’s Office Story here on foreclosures.


7 minutes 25 seconds in this video you can hear the statement about the fire 5 years ago in the Bromley Section:


Photos and video below by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

June 9, 2015 video by Brian McCarthy OnScene News

Black Lives Matter Promises To Continue To Protest The Stone Terrace At John Henry’s

June 15, 2020

Related MidJersey.News story from Thursday July 11, 2020 here: Black Lives Matter Protest The Stone Terrace At John Henry’s, Then Take Protest To Co-Owners Home Over Facebook Posts

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 100 Black Lives Matter protesters were in front of the Stone Terrace at John Henry’s this afternoon. The group is continuing their protest of alleged racist Facebook posts by one of their employees. The employee has since been let go as per a Facebook post on Friday as seen below from The Stone Terrace at John Henry’s.

Even with the employees firing, protesters said today they will be there every day starting at 3:30 pm and continue protesting until their demands are met.



Attorney General, DEP File Lawsuit Asking Court to Address Violations at Trenton Water Works that Pose Risks to Public Health

June 15, 2020

DOWNLOAD COMPLAINT HERE:

www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases20/TWW-Complaint.pdf

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today that the State has filed a lawsuit against the City of Trenton and Trenton Water Works seeking to compel them to take legally required actions to protect and strengthen the City’s water system, including actions necessary to reduce the risk of lead and pathogens in drinking water.

Trenton Water Works (TWW) supplies approximately 29 million gallons of drinking water daily to more than 200,000 people, including residents of Trenton and four neighboring municipalities – Ewing, Hamilton, Hopewell, and Lawrence Townships.

DEP and the City have, over the past decade, executed multiple Administrative Consent Orders (ACOs) in which Trenton agreed to cure its many failures to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act.  Among other things, TWW agreed to replace thousands of lead service lines and cover a finished water reservoir, actions that are necessary for TWW to comply with state and federal law and effectively minimize public health risks. However, due in part to the inaction of Trenton’s City Council, TWW has missed many critical deadlines, has not met its obligations to replace a significant portion of lead service lines, has failed to protect its open, 78-million-gallon reservoir of treated water from contamination and reduce the risk of pathogens in the water supply, and has failed to satisfy a series of other operations and maintenance obligations. Underlying this lawsuit is the Trenton City Council’s May 7, 2020 rejection of TWW’s request for millions of dollars to meet these clear legal obligations.

“After years of mismanagement, and after the Trenton City Council recently failed to take necessary steps to address the serious shortcomings in the City’s water system, the State was left with no choice but to file this suit,” said Attorney General Grewal. “Our lawsuit demands that TWW meet its obligations to reduce the risk of lead exposure by replacing lead service lines, and to comply with a range of other environmental laws that go directly to the health of the public and especially of Trenton’s children. New Jersey’s public water systems must be held to the highest standards and must live up to their environmental and public health obligations.”

“DEP’s singular goal is to ensure safe and reliable drinking water for the people served by Trenton Water Works,” said Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe. “DEP recognizes that Mayor Gusciora has made progress in improving TWW and protecting public health, and recently proposed plans that would enable the system to meet its Safe Drinking Water Act obligations. Unfortunately, in light of the Trenton City Council’s recent refusal to adequately fund drinking water system improvements, it has become all the more clear that TWW will not meet its obligations under the Safe Drinking Water Act and DEP’s orders.  DEP has been left no choice but to take legal action, and we have confidence that Attorney General Grewal and his team will help us bring swift relief to the people of Trenton and the communities who rely on TWW for their drinking water.”

Lead Service Lines Issue

As the Complaint explains, lead can occur in drinking water when lead service lines within water distribution systems and household plumbing corrode.

Wherever the lead levels exceed 15 parts per billion for a sufficient number of samples from a single water system — as revealed through tap water sampling — that system has experienced an “Action Level Exceedance” and federal law requires water systems to implement techniques to minimize the risk and to replace a percentage of its lead service lines.

According to today’s lawsuit, the City experienced lead-related Action Level Exceedance events during three monitoring periods in 2017 and 2018. TWW was required to replace seven percent of its lead service lines within a year of its first Action Level Exceedance. TWW did not meet that first deadline, and subsequently entered into an ACO with the DEP in July 2018.

Under that ACO, the TWW committed to replace seven percent of its lead lines – over 2,500 lines in all – by December 31, 2019. The City missed that deadline, and will miss an upcoming deadline in July to replace an additional seven percent of its lead lines, totaling 14%. To date, it has replaced only 828 of its lines, or roughly two percent.

As a result of the City’s failure to meet its agreed-upon obligation to replace many aged and corroding lead service lines, today’s lawsuit argues, DEP has been forced to seek court intervention.

The lawsuit asserts that legal action seeking a court order is required because the defendants have not taken all necessary steps to “mitigate the risk of potential lead contamination in drinking water.” The lawsuit also seeks immediate relief from the Court.

Remaining Environmental Issues

In addition to demanding that TWW replace sufficient lead service lines, the lawsuit addresses TWW’s failures to reduce the risk of contamination in its reservoir, as well as TWW’s inability to comply with other maintenance and operational requirements.

TWW maintains a seven-acre reserve reservoir, which contains millions of gallons of usable, treated water, and provides drinking water to consumers when the system is unable to meet demands. Because that reservoir is uncovered, it is subject to contamination from the elements and from birds or other animals, which poses a continuing risk of introducing pathogens into the water supply.

According to the Complaint filed today, DEP ordered installation of a floating cover to protect the reservoir from contamination more than a decade ago, and it ordered TWW to complete the cover project by 2009. The lawsuit notes that the City did not comply with DEP’s order, and that it missed two extended deadlines in the process.

As a result, in 2018, the City and DEP agreed to an ACO extending the deadline for cover installation until 2023 – with an added requirement that Trenton fulfill a number of interim milestones in 2018 and 2019 to ensure installation of the cover by the agreed-upon deadline.

According to today’s complaint, the City has not completed those steps in a timely manner, and now indicates it wishes to abandon the cover project in lieu of an alternative approach – a series of above ground storage tanks to prevent the contamination of its reserve water supply. To date, Trenton has not formally requested DEP approval of the storage tank project, which is projected to cost tens of millions of dollars. Nor has it provided a schedule for completion, or an indication of how it intends to fund the project.

At the same time, the ACO to which the City and DEP entered also required TWW to meet a series of operations and maintenance requirements, which it has repeatedly failed to do.

Most concerning, just last month, the Trenton City Council rejected TWW’s request for more than $83 million in bonds, which included $50 million for the protection of the finished water in the system, and which was also necessary to ensure that other maintenance and operations obligations are satisfied. That decision has necessitated today’s action; it is part of a pattern of inaction and outright refusal to marshal the resources necessary to meet the City’s legal obligations to effectively run the water system and protect the public health.

Another Vehicle Fire On NJ Turnpike, Busy Day For Robbinsville Firefighters

June 14, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP-ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Firefighters responded to another vehicle fire on the NJ Turnpike around 8 pm this evening at mile marker 57.2 southbound. This time it was a well involved van on fire. Mutual aid was sent from Hamilton Township Fire Department (Engine 19) and also Bordentown Township to supply extra water and help extinguish the fire.

Robbinsville Firefighters were also on the NJ Turnpike this afternoon see MidJersey.News story here: Well Involved Car Fire NJ Turnpike Near Exit 7A

Robbinsville Firefighters also responded to a vehicle into a townhome around noon see MidJersey.News story here: Car Crashes Into Foxmoor Townhome

Hamilton Township Police Seek Tips To Help Solve Bias Crime Incident

June 12, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Police are currently investigating a Bias Incident on 06/11/2020 which occurred in Hamilton Township, New Jersey. Unknown suspect(s) spray painted “Kill N***ers” on several street surfaces in Hamilton Township.

We are urging anyone with information as to the perpetrator(s) of this offense to contact Detective Ben Zuzzio at (609) 581-4030 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tips Line (609) 581-4008.

Hamilton Firefighters Quickly Knock Down House Fire

June 11, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Hamilton Township Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 200 Block of Samdin Boulevard tonight around 11:45 pm. Upon arrival firefighters found smoke visible from the exterior of the second floor. Upon entry fire was found on the second floor, two 1 3/4 hand lines were used to extinguish the fire.

Public Service Electric Gas, Hamilton Township Fire Marshal, Hamilton Township Building Department and Trenton Water, Hamilton Township Police Department all responded to the scene.

No further information is available about the fire at this time.

Black Lives Matter Protest The Stone Terrace At John Henry’s, Then Take Protest To Co-Owners Home Over Facebook Posts

Protesters even knelt on the sidewalk on front of a co-owner’s home for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in memory of George Floyd

June 11, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Black Lives Matter protesters picketed in front of the Stone Terrace At John Henry’s upscale event venue on Kuser Road this evening against alleged racist Facebook posts by a co-owner/chef of the establishment. Protesters marched up and down the sidewalk in front of the business as numerous passing vehicles honked horns in support of the protest.

Some of the screen shot images that protesters deemed racist from the personal Facebook account of the co-owner/chef can be found on the company’s Yelp page under reviews and photos here.

Earlier today Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin released a statement condemning the posts. See earlier MidJersey.News story here: Hamilton Twp. Mayor Jeff Martin Releases Statement On Local Business Owner’s Facebook Posts

After the protest was complete at Stone Terrace At John Henry’s on Kuser Road some of the protesters went to the home of a co-owner of the establishment and continued there.

Protesters knelt on the sidewalk on front of the home for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in memory of George Floyd the man who died being detained by police in Minneapolis that has sparked protests around the world.

Another protest of of the Stone Terrace At John Henry’s is planned for Monday at 9:00 am to coincide with the grand reopening of the venue after the covid-19 crisis.

MidJersey.News has sent an e-mail to the main e-mail account of The Stone Terrace At John Henry’s for a statement but has not received a reply as of this post. The establishment’s Facebook and Twitter appear to be shut down but the main website is working.


5:40 pm update on June 12, 2020 the restaurant has posted a statement on their Facebook page 2 hours ago you can read it here:



Hamilton Twp. Mayor Jeff Martin Releases Statement On Local Business Owner’s Facebook Posts

June 11, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The modestly upscale event venue The Stone Terrace by John Henry’s on Kuser Road has come under fire after one of the co-owners-chef allegedly made racist posts on his personal Facebook account. Some of the screen shots from the posts can be found on their Yelp page here under reviews photos here also on Yelp.

Area social media accounts have reports that there will be a protest in front of the venue at 6 pm. about the posts.

Mayor of Hamilton Township Jeff Martin held his Inauguration ceremony there on January 1, 2020 and has released a statement:


𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗠𝗮𝘆𝗼𝗿 𝗝𝗲𝗳𝗳 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝗴𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗝𝗼𝗲 𝗥𝘂𝘀𝘀𝗼 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗧𝗲𝗿𝗿𝗮𝗰𝗲

I’m saddened and horrified to see Mr. Russo holds such hateful and abhorrent views. Had I known he held these racist feelings, I would never have attended, supported, or held events at his restaurant. I unequivocally condemn his words and his disregard for human decency.

Hamilton’s diversity is one of the best parts of our Township. We have residents of all races, religions, ages, creeds, nationalities, and beliefs. We have people who live in urban, suburban and rural communities. Like America, our diversity is our strength.

Clearly, a much larger discussion on race and racism, on diversity, on compassion, and on acceptance is not only needed, but necessary. Today, I am leading the first of those discussions with members of our law enforcement and minority community. I am happy to lead and participate in those discussions locally, but they must also occur across our state and country. Until we come together to ensure hate has no home, we will continue to face the ugliness that is racism.


Black Lives Matter Protest In Hamilton

June 10, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–A Black Lives Matter protest was held this evening at Sayen Gardens by the gazebo near Mercer Street. Several people from the community spoke about racism in the community and a march was held up Mercer Street towards Route 33. The protest was peaceful.

Photo gallery from the Hamilton Black Lives Matter protest:

Car Loses Control, Crashing Down Embankment Into Parking Lot

June 9, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Just after 10:30 pm a vehicle traveling on South Broad Street between Sunnybrae Boulevard and Argonne Ave lost control crashing down an embankment. The vehicle came to rest in a parking lot of Dover Manor Apartments between Buildings A & B. The Hamilton Township Fire Department and RWJ Hamilton EMS responded to the scene. It did not appear there were any injures in the accident. The Hamilton Township Police Department is investigating.


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Hamilton Schools 2020 Graduation Outdoors At Waterfront Park, Trenton Thunder Stadium, July 29

June 8, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–See announcement from Hamilton Schools:

We are excited to announce that after much planning and effort HTSD will
hold The Class of 2020 graduation for all three high schools at:
Trenton Thunder Stadium on July 29, 2020 (rain date July 30, 2020)

Each high school will have its own graduation with students sitting on the
field and parents and guests in the stands. We will, by executive order and
contract with the stadium, need to practice social distancing and abide by
some health requirements (wearing masks) so tickets will be limited to
approximately 4 per family. We are currently developing the seating chart and will provide additional tickets to families, if possible.

The Board of Education, district administration and building principals have been committed to making graduation as special as possible, given the
circumstances and legal limitations. We hope that having a graduation on
the field at Thunder Stadium will give our students and families a positive
and memorable graduation experience that they will always remember.
We will post a thank you shortly to a number of groups that have helped us make this happen for our students.

More details for graduates and their families will follow in the near future.


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Breaking: Hamilton Firefighters Rescue Person From Multi-Vehicle Accident

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 6:45 pm. Hamilton Township Police and Firefighters were dispatched to Route 130 and North FedEx Drive for a multi-vehicle accident. One person was trapped in their vehicle and had to be extricated by the Hamilton Township Fire Department. At least two people were transported to the hospital for their injuries.

Hamilton Township Police are investigating.

Breaking news report, reporting what is known about the accident at the scene. Will update story with official information when it becomes available.

Also just before 9 pm. tonight Hamilton Township Firefighters responded to the Walmart on Marketplace Boulevard for a well involved car fire in front of the main entrance. Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire within a few minutes. No other information was available.


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Hamilton Township and Public Unions Reach Agreement on Furloughs

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Township has reached an agreement with public unions to help address the extraordinary financial situation the Township faces as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Already facing a budget deficit left by the previous administration, the Township must address a significant budgetary hole caused by decreased revenues before it introduces its 2020 budget later this month. Public union leaders and Township administrators worked collaboratively in recent weeks to reach an agreement on a furlough proposal that will save the Township approximately $500,000 over the next two months. Union members voted overwhelmingly in favor of the proposal late last week.

Under the approved agreement, Township employees earning less than $65,000 per year will have a furlough of two days per week for the next nine weeks. Furloughed employees will continue to receive their same level of health insurance and pension credits.

Under the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program, employees may qualify for additional unemployment benefits. The local Hamilton community will potentially realize an infusion of approximately $800,000 in federal monies from the FPUC program. This provision, along with other portions of the agreement, should prevent the Township from initiating any layoffs.

“This is obviously not something that we wanted to do, but it is a necessary step to ensure that we are in a solid financial position heading into 2021,” says Mayor Jeff Martin. “The provisions of the agreement will allow our employees to collect payments without losing any income.”

“I sincerely thank our collective bargaining unions for their continued partnership and understanding of shared sacrifices during these uncertain times. I also want to thank the residents in advance for their understanding as this may result in a temporary disruption in services.”

Uniformed police officers, emergency dispatchers, and Water Pollution Control (sewer) employees are exempt from the furlough, which began on Monday, June 1st.

UPDATE: Missing Adult Located

June 4, 2020

LOCATED-Missing Person Adult-LOCATED

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Mary Jo Rosati/49 yrs of age/currently homeless was reported missing May 24, 2020 by her mother.  She was last seen wearing a gray colored long sleeve shirt, blue denim jeans and black boots. Ms. Rosati has not been seen or heard since March 24, 2020. 

Anyone with information pertaining to Ms. Rosati’s whereabouts please contact Detective Daniel Inman of the Hamilton Police Criminal Investigation Section at (609) 581-4035 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tips Hotline at (609) 581-4008.



Boat Fire In Robbinsville

June 3, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–A 5:39 pm the Robbinsville Township Police Department and Robbinsville Fire Department were dispatched to Route 130 and Sharon Road for a boat fire. Upon arrival police and fire found boat heavily involved in fire with an exposure of a camper trailer.

Firefighters went in service with a 1 3/4″ line and police directed traffic at the scene. Additional aid was called from Hamilton Township Fire Department to assist with manpower. The boat appeared to be totaled but the camper had exterior fire damage. The fire is currently under investigation by the Robbinsville Township Fire Marshal.

Update: The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental.

Arrested For Obstructing And Violation Of Curfew After Attempted Burglary

June 2, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On June 1, 2020 at 10:20 p.m. the Hamilton Police Division arrested Armando Recinos-Velasquez 18 yrs. Of age from Trenton, NJ for Obstructing the Administration of Law and violation of Hamilton Twp. emergency curfew restrictions following a report of an attempted burglary to the Oasis Deli 1641 South Olden Avenue.  Recinos-Valasquez was arrested following a brief foot pursuit and taken into custody without further incident.

The Oasis Deli and surrounding businesses had no other signs of entry or attempted entry.

All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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Six Arrested In Hamilton For Curfew Violation And Possession Of Marijuana

June 2, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On June 2, 2020 at 12:45 a.m. the Hamilton Police Division arrested 6 parties for violation of the Hamilton Twp. Emergency Ordinance Curfew Violation and possession of under 50 grams of marijuana.  The arrest occurred pursuant to an investigation of two suspicious vehicles that were occupied and stopped in the Delta Gas Station located 1406 Chambers Street Hamilton, NJ.  The following parties were arrested pursuant to an investigation of Possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and Violation of the Emergency curfew in effect throughout Hamilton Twp.

Jaimielyn A. Williams B/F 18 yrs of age from Langhorne, Pa; a W/M juvenile 17 yrs. Of age from Levittown Pa;

A W/M juvenile 16 yrs of age from Bristol, Pa; A B/F juvenile 17 yrs. Of age from Bristol, Pa; A B/M juvenile from Langhorne, Pa; and a H/M from Trenton, NJ. 

All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Lock Down, As Regional Curfew Continues: 7 pm to 6 am For Hamilton, Ewing, Trenton

June 2, 2020

Note: If you got to have a WaWa they close about 5:30 pm because they need to clean the store and get ready for the next day. Get your WaWa before 5:30 pm.

HAMILTON, TRENTON, EWING, NJ (MERCER)–While minor incidents occurred last evening, Hamilton Township will continue the regional curfew imposed yesterday in Trenton, Ewing, and Lawrence from 7:00 PM this evening, Tuesday, June 2, 2020 through 6:00 AM Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

IT IS ORDERED THAT:

1.      All provisions from the prior Proclamations of Local Disasters Emergency shall remain in effect;

2.      All Township parks and other public areas shall be closed from the hours of 7 p.m. to 6 a.m;

3.      All businesses, including essential businesses as designated by the Governor, shall be closed to the public during the hours of the curfew; essential employees of essential businesses, including distribution centers, shall be exempted from this curfew;

4.      Hotels and their employees shall be exempted from this curfew;

5.      All persons shall shelter in place in their residence;

6.      Persons reporting to or from, or performing their essential job including, but not limited to, government officials or employees conducting their official duties, health care workers, law enforcement or emergency personnel, shall be exempted from this curfew;

7.      There shall be no deliveries during the curfew, except to essential services and businesses which have confirmed that employees are present to accept deliveries, even while closed to the public; delivery services shall not deliver packages to any closed business or residence during the curfew;

8.      Persons travelling because of a reasonable fear for his or her health or safety, shall be exempted from this curfew;

9.      Persons travelling at the directions of law enforcement or other governmental agency shall be exempted from this curfew;

10.  Persons seeking medical attention, essential social services or assistance from law enforcement or emergency services, shall be exempted from this curfew.


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FBI Seeking Information on Individuals Inciting Violence During First Amendment-Protected Peaceful Demonstrations

June 2, 2020

The FBI respects the rights of individuals to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights. Our mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution is dual and simultaneous, not contradictory.
 
Accordingly, we are committed to apprehending and charging violent instigators who are exploiting legitimate, peaceful protests and engaging in violations of federal law. The continued violence, potential threat to life, and destruction of property across the United States interferes with the rights and safety of First Amendment-protected peaceful demonstrators, as well as all other citizens.
 
To help us identify actors who are actively instigating violence in the wake of Mr. George Floyd’s death, the FBI is accepting tips and digital media depicting violent encounters surrounding the civil unrest that is happening throughout the country.
 
If you witness or have witnessed unlawful violent actions, we urge you to submit any information, photos, or videos that could be relevant to the case at fbi.gov/violence.
 
You may also call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) to verbally report tips and/or information related to this investigation.