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Dunkin’ of Philadelphia Awards Six South Jersey Students with Academic Scholarships

July 27, 2021

Philadelphia, PA. (July 26, 2021) – Dunkin’ and its greater Philadelphia-area franchisees, in partnership with Scholarship America, today announced the recipients of its twelfth annual Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program. The program helps high school seniors and college students in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Kent and New Castle counties in Delaware pursue a part-time or full-time undergraduate degree at the institution of their choice.

From over 900 applicants, Dunkin’ and Scholarship America selected 25 students to receive a $2,000 academic scholarship to an accredited two or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school of their choice for fall 2021. Dunkin’s Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program was open to current part-time and full-time undergraduate students and high school seniors. Dunkin’ awarded a total of $50,000 to the 25 recipients who were selected based on their academic records, demonstrated leadership skills, and overall commitment to their schools and local communities.

To date, the Dunkin’ Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program has awarded $500,000 in scholarships to 300 outstanding high school seniors and college students. The program was founded in 2009 by Dunkin’s Philadelphia-area franchisees as a way to ease the financial burden of college for students throughout the region.

“On behalf of my fellow Philadelphia franchisees, we are honored to award these 25 exceptional students with the 2021 Dunkin’ Philadelphia Regional Scholarships,” said Perry Shah, local Dunkin’ franchisee and Philadelphia regional advertising committee chairman. “We are proud to continue the tradition to further students’ educational goals in our community as well as celebrate a major milestone this year: providing over half a million dollars to our local students since the program’s inception in 2009!”

The 2021 Dunkin’ Regional Scholarship recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, 2021, at Cherry Street Pier. More details on the awards ceremony to come in the following weeks.

The 2021 Dunkin’ Regional Scholarship recipients are as follows: (Six South Jersey below out of 25 total) Photos provided by: Dunkin Scholarship Program:

Atlantic County 

Recipient: Abigail Smith

Hometown: Hammonton, NJ

High School: Hammonton High School

University: Stockton University

Bio: Abigail Smith is a recent graduate from Hammonton High School, where she was the National Honor Society Vice President. In addition, Smith was a Team Captain for Field Hockey and Track & Field and earned nine Varsity Letters in three sports throughout high school. In her free time, Abigail enjoyed participating in a variety of service-oriented clubs. This fall, Abigail will attend Stockton University, where she plans to pursue a degree in Health Sciences. 

Burlington County

Recipient: Amanda Neve

Hometown: Browns Mills, NJ

High School: Pemberton Township High School 

University: University of Miami

Bio: Amanda Neve is a recent graduate from Pemberton Township High School and Rowan College at Burlington County, Class of 2021, where she received her Associate’s Degree in Biology. Neve graduated with high honors in high school and college and graduated top 10 in her class at Pemberton Township High School. This fall, Amanda will attend University of Miami, where she plans to pursue a degree in Biochemistry And Molecular Bio. 

Camden County 

Recipient: Raphael Littwin

Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJ 

High School: Cherry Hill High School West

University: University of Pennsylvania

Bio: Raphael Littwin is a recent graduate from Cherry Hill High School West, where he was the Valedictorian of his graduating class. Littwin was involved in Student Government, Peer Leaders, National Honor Society, and a member of the Varsity Volleyball Team. Raphael also held leadership positions throughout high school, including DECA Chapter President, Principal’s Advisory Council Member, Spanish Honor Society President, and Jewish Student Union President. This fall, Raphael will attend the University of Pennsylvania.

Cape May County 

Recipient: Julia Knopp

Hometown: Ocean View, NJ

High School: Ocean City High School 

University: Northeastern University

Bio: Julia Knopp is a recent graduate from Ocean City High School where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Knopp was a member of the National Honor Society and a 4-Year Varsity Spring Track Athlete. In her free time during the summer, Julia worked at an ice cream shop. 

Gloucester County

Recipient: Kelly Wei

Hometown: Sewell, NJ

High School: Washington Township High School

University: Brown University

Bio: Kelly Wei is a recent graduate from Washington Township High School. She held leadership roles during high school, including Class Charge of Class Council Executive Board, Asian American Club President, Yearbook President, Co-President of Freshmen Transition, Secretary of Business Education Honor Society. Wei was also a member of the National English Honor Society. Kelly was awarded Senior Hall of Fame recipient. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and boba. This fall, Kelly will attend Brown University, where she plans to pursue a degree in Computer Science.

Mercer County

Recipient: Alyssa Deevey

Hometown: Robbinsville, NJ

High School: Robbinsville High School

University: Ramapo College of New Jersey

Bio: Alyssa Deevey is a recent graduate from Robbinsville High School, where she was a four-year Principal Honor Roll Student. Deevey participated in Field Hockey and Lacrosse. Alyssa enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, the beach, community service, and church in her free time. Alyssa is a current employee at Dunkin’. 

This fall, Alyssa will attend Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she plans to pursue a degree in Nursing.  

Note: All photos provided by Dunkin Scholarship program.

Smoke From Western Wildfires Picked Up By Jet Stream And Brought To Our Area

Wildfire Smoke has created a haze in the sky turning the sun and moon a reddish color.

July 20, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE – HAMILTON, NJ (MERCER)- ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The skies were hazy and the sun was a strange color today due to wildfires in the Western United States and Canada that were picked up by air currents and brought to our area.

The National Weather Service Tweeted, “Anyone notice how hazy the skies have looked of late? This is due to smoke from the U.S. wildfires which is getting transported across the country via the jet stream. While most of the smoke is higher in the sky, some of it could make its way closer to the ground.”

The National Weather Service issued a Air Quality Alert today. An Air Quality Action Day for Particulate Matter (PM2.5) has been declared for Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Levels of Particulate Matter (PM2.5) are forecast to rise into the unhealthy for sensitive groups (USG) category due to a plume of smoke, associated with the Canadian wildfires, moving over the region. Sensitive individuals, including those with heart or lung disease, the elderly, and young should limit strenuous activities and the amount of time active outdoors.

The good news is that tomorrow cold front will help usher out the smoke but there is potential for strong thunderstorms. The National Weather Service states that Thursday could quite possibly be the best weather day in July.

Air Quality Alert

Northwestern Burlington-Southeastern Burlington-
1139 AM EDT Tue Jul 20 2021

...Air quality alert is in effect from 12 PM Tuesday  until 12 AM

The New Jersey Department of Environmental
Protection has issued an air quality action day for the following

Burlington...Somerset...Southeastern Burlington...Sussex...Warren.

An Air Quality Action Day for Particulate Matter (PM2.5) has been
declared for Tuesday, July 20. Levels of Particulate Matter (PM2.5)
are forecast to rise into the unhealthy for sensitive groups (USG)
category due to a plume of smoke, associated with the Canadian
wildfires, moving over the region. Sensitive individuals, including
those with heart or lung disease, the elderly, and young should
limit strenuous activities and the amount of time active outdoors.


Welcome Home Ross Colton; First Stop On Stanley Cup Summer Tour In Robbinsville And Hamilton

July 16, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Tradition is that every summer after the Stanley Cup Finals the winning team gets the cup for a tour for around 100 days a year in the off season. Robbinsville’s Ross Colton was the first team member of the Tampa Bay Lightning to tour with the cup for the day. Ross spend the morning in Hamilton at Ice-Land Skating Center and then Robbinsville Township in the afternoon.

Ross Colton grew up in Robbinsville and played hockey locally for Mercer Chiefs at Ice-Land and Princeton Day School before being drafted into the NHL with the Tampa Bay Lightning and was in his rookie year when he scored the only goal in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals clinching the cup for Tampa Bay.

Photos from today’s events:

Ross Colton with Robbinsville Township firefighters in front of Squad 40.

(Ed Note: Some Robbinsville firefighters share a ticket plan for the NJ Devils a number of years ago and when I could not make a Devils/Rangers game for work or another reason, I gave the tickets to a friend of Ross (a NJ Devils fan back then) and went with Richie S. that was a Ranger fan and was prior to him going to PDS since I remember asking him if he was playing for Robbinsville at that point and said PDS– prior to I used to take a lot of hockey photos for local papers and that’s how it worked out. Section 1 Row 19 Seats 1 & 2 on 3-19-13) So 8 years later here he is in front of our Squad

Truck Overturns On NJ Turnpike In Robbinsville

July 16, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Around 4:00 a.m. a truck northbound on the NJ Turnpike just prior to mile marker 63 lost control hit a guard rail and ran off the roadway and down and embankment. NJ State Police and the NJ Turnpike authority responded. There are no known injuries reported.

As of 6:00 a.m. Haines Towing was on scene removing the vehicle.

No further information is available at this time.

Vehicle Crashes Into Utility Pole In Robbinsville

July 14, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Yesterday, July 13, 2021 just after 7:00 p.m. the Robbinsville Police and Robbinsville Fire Department/EMS responded to the intersection of Pond Road and Hutchinson Road for a vehicle into a utility pole. The driver was out of the vehicle on arrival but the utility pole was damaged and reported to be smoking. Police and firefighters stood by until PSE&G arrived.

Robbinsville Township Police is investigating the crash, no further information is available at this time.

Photos by Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

“Ross Colton Day”-Stanley Cup Coming To Robbinsville With Ross Colton, Who Scored Only Goal In Game 5 Of Stanley Cup Playoffs

July 14, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Join Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried, members of Township Council and fans everywhere in celebrating “Ross Colton Day” on Friday, July 16 at the West Town Center Lake Gazebo beginning at 2 p.m. The Robbinsville native and lone goal scorer in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Stanley Cup-clinching victory over the Montreal Canadiens July 7 is scheduled to bring Lord Stanley’s Cup to town for one day only and wants the entire community and hockey fans throughout Mercer County to share in this historic achievement!

Stark & Stark Announces Two New Shareholders

Attorneys Bhaveen R. Jani and Max L. Schatzow elevated to shareholders

July 13, 2021

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Stark & Stark announced that Bhaveen R. Jani and Max L. Schatzow have been elected as shareholders of the firm.

“Stark & Stark is very proud of our new 2021 shareholders,” said Managing Shareholder Michael Donahue of Stark & Stark. “Bhaveen and Max are leaders in their practice areas and communities, and I have no doubt that their expertise and dedication will serve our clients well for years to come.”

Bhaveen Jani, Esq., a resident of Flemington, is a trial attorney in the Accident & Personal Injury Group at Stark & Stark. He focuses his practice in the areas of motor vehicle and tractor-trailer crashes which result in catastrophic injuries, construction accidents, and premises liability matters. Mr. Jani, who joined the firm in 2018, appears frequently in federal, state, and appellate courts in New Jersey.

Max Schatzow, Esq., who joined Stark & Stark in 2013 and resides in Robbinsville, is a member of the firm’s Investment Management & Securities Group. Mr. Schatzow concentrates his practice on counseling financial service entities including investment advisers, broker-dealers, and private investment companies (e.g., hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate funds, and “fund of funds”) on registration, compliance, liability, and litigation issues.

Disaster Averted As Vehicle Burns At Fuel Pumps On NJ Turnpike, Richard Stockton Service Area In Hamilton

July 12, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Several 9-1-1 calls were received reporting a vehicle on fire next to the gas pumps at the NJ Turnpike at the 6S Richard Stockton Service Area around 1:40 p.m., smoke could be seen billowing from the sky over 5 miles away. Hamilton Township Fire Department, Robbinsville Township Fire Department, Hope Fire Company of Allentown and Bordentown Township were dispatched to the scene of the fire.

Upon arrival first crews reported heavy fire from a vehicle and fire that was extending to gas pumps and the canopy over the gas pumps. Fire crews went in service with a 1 3/4″ hand line and quickly knocked down the fire. The ladder company extended the ladder to check for extension on top of the canopy.

The vehicle was destroyed as well as the gas pump suffered heavy damage. Heavy smoke and some flame damaged the canopy. It appeared that near by security camera was melted in the fire from the heat as well as the light fixtures.

The Robbinsville Township Fire Marshal was on scene investigating and assisting a Fire Marshal from the State of New Jersey Division of Fire Safety. There was no word on the cause and the fire is still under investigation. Fire Marshals were reviewing security footage at the time of this report.

NJ State Police were also on scene.

If more information becomes available the story will be updated.

Robbinsville’s Ross Colton Clinches Stanley Cup For Tampa Bay Lightning With Only Goal In Game 5

July 7, 2021

TAMPA, FL — Robbinsville’s Ross Colton scored tonight’s only goal against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals clinching the cup for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa’s David Savard passed to Ross Colton and scored the game’s only goal at 13:27 in the second period.

Ross’s name will be engraved on the Stanley Cup the oldest existing trophy to be awarded to professional sports franchises in North America. The Stanley Cup championship team is allotted 100 days during off-season to pass around the Cup. Usually each member of the team is allowed to retain the cup for a day with a official “cup handler”

Robbinsville’s Ross Colton scored the game’s only goal in the second period as the Tampa Bay Lightning clinched their 3rd Stanley Cup championship and second in as many years with a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens tonight.
Congratulations to Kelly, Rob, Ross and the entire Colton family!

I-195 Ramp Accident, One Minor Injury Reported In Robbinsville

July 1, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Around 2:07 p.m. the Robbinsville Township Police received a 9-1-1 call for a car off the roadway on I-195 West Bound at mile marker 7.4 with reported injuries. Robbinsville Township Fire Department and EMS responded as well as NJ State Police. Minor injuries were reported it was unclear if any needed transport to the hospital.

NJ State Police is investigating the crash.

No other details were available.

Rotary Club Of Hamilton – Robbinsville Collect 56 Bikes For Boys and Girls Clubs of Mercer County Bike Exchange

HAMILTON – ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Rotary Club of Robbinsville – Hamilton reported they collected 56 bicycles and scooters for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County Bike Exchange at an event held today at Friendly’s Restaurant in the Foxmoor Shopping Center.

The Robbinsville Township Police were on scene giving demonstrations in bike safety, and a demonstration of Robbinsville’s K-9 officers Quori and Corbin.

After the K-9 demonstration K-9 Officer Quori’s 6th birthday was celebrated with special Friendly’s ice cream.

Head On Crash Sends 2 To The Hospital In Robbinsville

June 22, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Police Department received 9-1-1 calls reporting a crash in the 1300 Block of Old York at 6:31 p.m. The Robbinsville Police Department, Robbinsville Fire Department and EMS responded to the scene of the head on crash. Robbinsville EMS and firefighters treated the injured on scene and requested an additional ambulance from Allentown for assistance. Two people were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threating injuries.

The Robbinsville Township Police Department temporarily closed the roadway between New Street and Herbert Road in the New Sharon section of town.

The Robbinsville Township Police Department is investigating the crash.

No further information is available at this time.

Robbinsville Township Municipal Clerk Michele Seigfried Named MCANJ Municipal Clerk Of The Year

June 16, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)—Today the Municipal Clerks’ Association of NJ, annual meeting was held at the Mercer County Boathouse, and Robbinsville Municipal Clerk Michele Seigfried was named Municipal Clerk Of The Year.

Honorees are those individuals who have made positive contributions to the profession for the benefit of all Municipal Clerks. Honorees must be members of the MCANJ, currently employed as a Municipal Clerk and tenured in their positions. Qualifications must include activities within the MCANJ and may include related community and volunteer work.

Michele Seigfried started her career in Plainsboro Township as the Deputy Township Clerk in 1998.  In 2003, she was hired as the Municipal Clerk and Registrar of Vital Statistics for Robbinsville Township.  She holds a BA from the College of New Jersey and earned the Registered Municipal Clerk, Certified Municipal Clerk, Certified Municipal Registrar, and Master Municipal Clerk certifications.

She has been speaking at training seminars for over 16 years on topics such as writing, liquor licensing, elections, vital statistics, management, legislation, for organizations such as the NJ League of Municipalities, the Municipal Clerk’s Association of New Jersey, AM/PM Services, the New Jersey Tax Collectors and Treasurers Association, various County Municipal Clerk’s Associations, and libraries.

She is a member of the MCANJ, the International Association of Municipal Clerks, Municipal Clerks’ Association of Mercer County, the Florence Township PTA, and the Registrars’ Association of New Jersey.

She has served on many committees over the past 18 years for the MCANJ including their Advisory Board, Records Committee, Manual Review Committee, Education Committee, Laws Affecting Municipal Clerks Committee, and Mini Conference Committee. She also previously served on the NJ League of Municipalities Legislative Committee, Rutgers University Writers Conference Advisory Board, IIMC Region II Conference Committee, and the Robbinsville Township Cable TV Advisory Committee.  She served as President for the Municipal Clerks’ Association of Mercer County from 2006-2010 and 2014-2016.

She is currently the Co-Chair of the MCANJ Conference Committee (2000-2022), Co-Chair of the MCANJ Legislative Committee, and the NJ Division of Community Affairs RMC State Exam Review Committee.  Michele also writes humorous articles for the MCANJ Newsletter, entitled ‘The Quill” as part of the Quill Committee and volunteers for Girl Scout Troop 21430.

All photos by: Dennis Symons, Jr. for MCANJ

All photos by: Dennis Symons, Jr. for MCANJ

One Injured In Route 130 Crash In East Windsor

June 12, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Around 1:07 p.m. a vehicle traveling south bound on Route 130 crashed into a utility pole injuring the driver and damaging the pole. Robbinsville and East Windsor Police responded to the 9-1-1 calls reporting the accident. Robbinsville Township Fire Department, East Windsor Fire Company, Robbinsville EMS and Capital Health Paramedics were on scene treating the injured driver. Traffic on Route 130 was backed up for about 1/4 mile until the vehicle was towed away. The driver was transported to a local hospital. No further information is available at this time.

From the June 2021 East Windsor Police Blotter:

The officer responded to Route 130 South near Royal Plaza for a single car motor vehicle accident. Investigation revealed that the car struck a utility pole and the driver suffered minor injuries. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest. The driver was taken to RWJ Hamilton hospital for treatment and was released pending court action.



Nicholas Baka Newark, NJ

55 Years of Age


Reckless Driving Careless Driving

Failure to Maintain Lane Umegistered Vehicle

Open Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle Consumption of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle

Arresting Officer: Patrol Officer Nicholas Enea

2021 Robbinsville Township Municipal Budget Adopted by Council

Includes 9th Straight Year of Flat or Reduced Taxes

June 11, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Township Council members adopted the 2021 municipal budget of $25,920,553.33 – a budget featuring a flat or reduced tax rate for the ninth consecutive year – following a public hearing and vote.

The 2021 rate remains steady at 51.8 cents per $100 of assessed value (also 51.8 in 2019 and 2020), with the average assessed home in Robbinsville valued at $378,500. A penny in the Robbinsville tax rate is worth $264,254.59.

Among the key investments is $200,000 ($600,000 over three years) to join the Mercer County Police Radio System, which will expand coverage to ensure officer safety. The current system is at the end of its useful life and the new system will allow immediate communication ability with other municipal, county and state agencies. If the Mercer County Rapid Response partnership is activated, the RTPD’s new radios will provide interoperability with other responding agencies.

“Considering everything we’ve all been through and emerging from a pandemic, nine straight years of flat or reduced taxes is just remarkable,” Township Council President Mike Cipriano said. 

Other allocations include $1.67 million for water main improvements at Newtown Village, approximately $2 million to construct an all-purpose recreation facility near the old pool at Miry Run, $220,000 to expand the existing and very popular volleyball courts at the Municipal Complex behind the library and funding for a new all-abilities playground at Tantum Park. As part of a three-year project, $350,000 from the open space fund has been allocated for walking and biking paths, along with other elements at Miry Run. Funds also have been earmarked for additional affordable housing programs and road restoration projects, including the completion of Voelbel Road and the developments at Hillside and Windswept.

Robbinsville Township Looks to Preserve 824 Robbinsville-Allentown Road Parcel; Awaits Appraisal

June 10, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor David Fried will seek Council support in order to purchase and preserve Block 41.01, Lot 1 on the Robbinsville Township Tax Assessment Map, commonly known as the Wittenborn property at 824 Robbinsville-Allentown Road, near its border with Allentown Borough and Monmouth County.

According to Mayor Fried, the approximately 15-acre parcel should be preserved to prevent further development. The Township Department of Community Development has ordered a professional appraisal by Sockler Realty Services Group, Inc. Robbinsville previously prioritized this parcel, which is currently zoned as “Village Transitional,” for Open Space Acquisition/Preservation Lands when performing its Master Plan Review.

Block 41.01, Lot 1 is located along the proposed development of Mercer Corporate Park, which made headlines for its application before the Township Zoning Board April 20. Residents living along the Indian Run waterway in Allentown were vocal in their opposition to the Johnson Corporation development due to what some consider to be the imminent destruction of an endangered bird habitat.

Preservation of Block 41.01, Lot 1 demonstrates to Robbinsville’s neighbors in Monmouth County that the Township is committed to preventing negative impacts to this area by decreasing the potential for increased traffic and other activity. Robbinsville preserved approximately 54 acres directly across Robbinsville-Allentown Road near the Wittenborn property in 2008. Since taking office in 2005, Mayor Fried has preserved more than 1,250 acres of open space.

In 2016, Robbinsville residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of increasing the Open Space Tax levy by 1.5 cents for every $100 of assessed value to purchase the property formerly known as Washington Woods (225 acres), as well as the golf course at Miry Run (158 acres) – both in partnership with Mercer County.

Allentown’s Mayor Fritts put out a special announcement about the preservation today:

For months I have been meeting and discussing a variety of topics with our neighbors.

Robbinsville’s Mayor fried and I have discussed mutual interests and one of those interests which is a top priority of our historic village, is preserving the Wittenborn property.

Today I bring great pleasure in announcing that Robbinsville has publicly stated their desire and efforts to preserve Wittenborn on behalf of Robbinsville and Allentown.

This is just one of the initiatives that we are currently working on with more great news to come in the coming weeks. On behalf of the Allentown governing body and myself, our promise is to do everything we can to ensure a quality future.

As I always say, we are better together. Please read today’s announcement from Robbinsville.


Mayor Fritts


NJ Turnpike Accident South Of Exit 7A

June 10, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township and Bordentown Township Fire Departments and EMS responded to the NJ Turnpike just south of Exit 7A on the inner roadway for an accident at 7:25 p.m. yesterday June 9, 2021. It appeared that the accident near the end of the on ramp south bound to the NJ Turnpike. There was one reported injury and was transported by Capital Health EMS to the local hospital with minor injuries.

No further information is available.

Project Freedom, Freedom Village In Robbinsville Town Center South, Grand Opening

June 9, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Township Mayor Dave Fried, flanked by Business Administrator Joy Tozzi, members of Township Council and his staff, were on hand today to help cut the ceremonial ribbon at Freedom Village – the new Project Freedom location in Town Center South.

The original Project Freedom Robbinsville (NJ) location at 223 Hutchinson Road is a complex of 30 units designed specifically to provide housing and activities for 46 individuals with various disabilities. That project was completed in October, 1991.

Project Freedom Is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that develops and operates barrier-free housing to enable individuals with disabilities to live independently. In addition, supportive services such as recreation, training and advocacy are provided.

The brand new, 72-unit apartment community features one, two and three bedroom apartments surrounding a large Community Center. The buildings are a three-story design, with private entrances in front and all are totally barrier-free and accessible for people using wheelchairs. The buildings have elevators, central heat and air conditioning.

“This is a great day for Project Freedom and I believe a great day for Robbinsville,” Project Freedom Executive Director Tim Doherty said. “We’ve had such a good partnership with the town over the years. Our mission is independence – independence for individuals with disabilities and that is very special to us.”

Mayor Fried lauded the beautiful complex and paid tribute not only to Doherty and Project Freedom Co-Founder Norman Smith for their monumental efforts, but also to former Washington Township mayor and current Project Freedom Board of Trustees Charmain Herb Schneider for “helping to set the foundation that makes Robbinsville such a great place to live.”

“Robbinsville is home to the first Project Freedom and we could not be more proud that Tim and Norman chose Robbinsville again,” Mayor Fried said. “Robbinsville has embraced affordable housing, and what many people don’t know is our town is 10 percent affordable. But I challenge them all the time to find it and point it out to me. That’s because of places such as this. We want everyone to feel welcome. We want everyone to feel included. When we talk about inclusion we all have to work together and get things done. We want everyone to feel like they are a part of this community and this facility in the heart of Town Center really represents what we’ve been trying to accomplish.”

Norman Smith, Co-Founder and Associate Executive Director of Project Freedom said, “This December will mark the 30th anniversary of 34 people with disabilities making Robbinsville our home. We were welcomed with open arms by the community as we shopped, played, and thrived in a neighborhood that grew around us. We rolled and walked though diverse neighborhoods where our presence was not seen as unusual. Our neighbors have helped us when our chairs mysteriously found mud holes, and we helped them with community efforts for the betterment of the community. So, it is very exciting for me to see another neighborhood in Robbinsville develop where Project Freedom will be a key part.”

“This is your home now. More importantly, this is a place where you can start down a path of independence and freedom. Follow your dreams. Follow your heart. Follow your ambitions. Whatever path you choose, honor your freedom and do it with determination!” Smith said.

BREAKING: Plane Crashes During Forced Landing In Robbinsville; Pilot Walks Away From Crash With No Major Injuries

June 6, 2021 –Updated with official press release from Robbinsville PD

On June 6, 2021 at approximately 17:02 hours, Robbinsville Township Police Communications received a 911 call advising of a place crash in the area of Gordon and Sharon Road. Upon patrol unit’s arrival to the area, the pilot of the aircraft was observed walking around the area and a plane was located in the middle of Sharon Road near the intersection of Gordon Road. The pilot of the plane was identified as a 47 year old male from East Windsor, New Jersey. The pilot was transported via ambulance for minor back pain. The aircraft was identified as a 1966 Piper aircraft. Preliminary investigation has determined that the pilot took off from the Robbinsville Airport shortly before the crash and that the pilot experienced some sort of mechanical failure while in flight, causing him to perform an emergency landing .This investigation is still on going and notification was made to the Federal Aviation Administration for further investigation.

Original breaking news report:

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Preliminary information indicates a pilot taking of from Trenton-Robbinsville Airport N87 lost power and tried to make a forced emergency landing, crashing into a tree then a utility pole with live wires and a transformer. The plane then turned and landed on Sharon Road near Gordon (Page’s Corner) at 5:02 p.m.

The pilot did not appear to be injured and was up and walking around, turned off the batteries before walking to the ambulance for evaluation. Police reported that the man was transported to the hospital with minor back pain.

Robbinsville Township Police Department, Robbinsville Township Fire Department, Hamilton Township Fire Department and RWJ EMS responded to the scene.

Investigators were en route from the FAA, NJ DOT Division of Aeronautics to the scene.

Witnesses in the area of the old Miry Run Golf Course now Robbinsville Open Space posted on Facebook hearing the planes engines sputter.

Jersey Central Power and Light cut power to the lines and firefighters extinguished the burring transformer, utility pole and phone and cable wires.

Sharon and Gordon Roads will be closed for some time for the investigation and the utility pole replacement. Power in the immediate area will be out for an extended period while wires and utility poles are replaced.

Update the plane has been placed on a tow truck and transported to Trenton-Robbinsville Airport N87 on Sharon Road.

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Amazon Adjusts Drug Testing Policy To No Longer Include Marijuana In Drug Screening Program

June 2, 2021

In a recent Amazon blog post Amazon stated they will no longer include marijuana in their comprehensive drug screening program for positions not regulated by the Department of Transportation, and will instead treat marijuana use the same as alcohol use. The post stated Amazon will continue to do impairment checks on the job and will test for all drugs and alcohol after any incident.

The blog post reads:

In addition to changing our Time off Task policy, we’re adjusting our drug testing policy. In the past, like many employers, we’ve disqualified people from working at Amazon if they tested positive for marijuana use. However, given where state laws are moving across the U.S., we’ve changed course. We will no longer include marijuana in our comprehensive drug screening program for any positions not regulated by the Department of Transportation, and will instead treat it the same as alcohol use. We will continue to do impairment checks on the job and will test for all drugs and alcohol after any incident.

And because we know that this issue is bigger than Amazon, our public policy team will be actively supporting The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2021 (MORE Act)—federal legislation that would legalize marijuana at the federal level, expunge criminal records, and invest in impacted communities. We hope that other employers will join us, and that policymakers will act swiftly to pass this law.

Thank you for everything you do each day to help on our journey to be Earth’s Best Employer and Earth’s Safest Place to Work. It will take time, investment, invention, and determination, and we’ll continue to share updates with you as we go. We’re so proud of all of our teams who are helping us get better every day.” — A message to U.S. Operations employees from Dave Clark, CEO, Worldwide Consumer.

To read the full Amazon blog post click here

Robbinsville Township Police Blotter May 2021

June 1, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Police Blotter for May 2021 is below:

  1. DWI
    Date: May 1, 2021
    Time: 2039
    Location: Route # 130
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Justin McLaughlin

Accused: Jorge Arevalo Age 50
Trenton, NJ
Charged: Driving While Intoxicated
Reckless Driving
Failure to Maintain Lane
Careless Driving
Open Container of Alcohol

Charged and released pending Court.

  1. Burglary/Theft
    Date: May 3, 2021
    Time: 1203
    Location: Conoco Gas Station
    Reporting Officer: Detective Robert Quinn

Victim reported vehicle was entered and $550 of cash was removed from vehicle.

  1. DWI/Narcotics
    Date: May 15, 2021
    Time: 0041
    Location: Route #33
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Robert Morgano

Accused: David Kology Age 51
Philadelphia, PA
Charged: Driving While Intoxicated
Possession of Methamphetamine
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
CDS in a Motor Vehicle
Reckless Driving
Unsafe Lane Change

Charged and released pending Court.

  1. DWI/Narcotics
    Date: May 18, 2021
    Time: 1913
    Location: Hadley Drive
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Ryan Meehan


  1. DWI
    Date: May 19, 2021
    Time: 2355
    Location: Route #33
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Robert Morgano

Accused: Joseph Capizzi Jr Age 34
Bordentown, NJ
Charged: Driving While Intoxicated
Reckless Driving
Unsafe Lane Change
Careless Driving

Charged and released pending Court.

  1. DWI
    Date: May 20, 2021
    Time: 2333
    Location: Robbinsville-Allentown Road
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Justin McLaughlin

Accused: David Miller Age 56
Robbinsville, NJ
Charged: Driving While Intoxicated
Reckless Driving
Careless Driving
Failure to Maintain Lane

Charged and released pending Court.

  1. Burglary/Theft
    Date: May 22, 2021
    Time: 1816
    Location: Community Park
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman John Cain

Victim reported unknown person(s) broke window on her vehicle and removed pocketbook and cash valued at $382.

  1. Theft
    Date: May 22, 2021
    Time: 1356
    Location: Route #33 Rite Aid
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Ryan Meehan

Accused: William Henderson Age 50
Trenton, NJ
Charged: Theft
Resisting Arrest
Obstruction of Justice

Charged and released pending Court.

  1. DWI
    Date: May 28, 2021
    Time: 0058
    Location: Route #130/33
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Michael Slinger

Accused: Robert Kahrs Age 23
East Windsor, NJ
Charged: Driving While Intoxicated
Reckless Driving
Careless Driving

Charged and released pending Court.

  1. DWI
    Date: May 30, 2021
    Time: 0444
    Location: Route # 130
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman James Pica

Accused: Priya Patel Age 31
Old Bridge, NJ
Charged: Driving While Intoxicated
Reckless Driving
Careless Driving
Following to Closely
Failure to Maintain Lane

Charged and released pending Court.

All accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a Court of law.

Robbinsville Township Board of Education unanimously approved the 2021-22 budget

June 1, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Township Board of Education unanimously approved the 2021-22 district budget with a flat tax rate for the third consecutive year.

The adopted budget includes a 2.89% increase in operating budget spending and represents a zero increase in the local tax levy. This budget follows two consecutive years of decreases in the local tax levy helpingresidents andtaxpayers for the 2021-22 school year.

The budget for the 2021-22 school year, adopted on April 27, 2021 at the Board of Education meeting, allows the tax rate to remain steady at 1.6762% of assessed value, with the average assessed home in Robbinsville valued at $378,500.

As part of the approved budget the members of the Board of Education are supporting key investments in the school district that include the following:

  • Increase classroom spending and per pupil spending (currently the district is spending $14,318 per pupil; new budget allocates a $14,836 increase per pupil)
  • Maintain and increasing instructional programs
  • Remediation of possible learning loss
  • Adding new teachers and staff to help with mental health, reading and special education
  • Limit taxes to ratable growth
  • Investing in facilities to maintain good repair of our capital assets, buildings and grounds

The district is also planning to add additional resources to address mental health. “We know that our students and families have experienced a lot throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and as we move forward, we want to ensure that resources are available to address and prioritize those needs,” said Board President, Vito Galluccio.

Other planned additions included additional resources for special education. This budget includes additional positions within the district. These positions include a social worker, reading specialists, Board Certified Behavioral Analyst and an academic support teacher for the high school. All of these new hires are resources that the district needs and are tied into individualized education plans (IEPs) for students. 

The Board of Education has designated three primary goals for the 2021-22 school years. The first goal is work to open schools fully, safely and within the guidelines of the State of New Jersey Department of Education and CDC guidelines. Second is that we continue to focus on providing a quality education for all students and ensuring the socio-emotional learning is provided for students, staff and families that are both virtually and in-person. Third, establishing the goal that all students will read on-level by the end of 4th grade.

“The budget for the upcoming school year addresses many of the areas that the administration has asked the board to focus on and will help our students and the level of education we are providing,” said Brian Betze, Superintendent. “The work done for this budget by our business administrator, Nick Mackres and Dr. Kimberly Tew, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction was exceptional and has allowed us to find savings, areas of improvement and ways to make improvements in the classrooms. Both the board and I are appreciative of the work that was done to create this budget.”

The budget has been sent to the state for its final approval.

Serious Accident On NJ Turnpike Prior To Exit 8 Injures Two

June 1, 2021

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Fire Department and Hightstown Fire Company were dispatched to the NJ Turnpike inner roadway at mile post 65.6 north bound for two vehicle accident with roll over and entrapment at 11:42 a.m. Robbinsville EMS, Capital Health EMS, Cranbury First Aid Squad and Capital Health Paramedics responded and treated patients on scene. One person was transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center and a “trauma alert” was called. Another person was transported to RWJ at Hamilton Hospital with non-life threating injures. Robbinsville firefighters help get patients out of vehicles for transport and stood by until vehicle could be removed by the George’s Garage.

New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.

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No Injuries In Truck Accident On I-195 Ramp to NJ Turnpike

May 30, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Fire Department and EMS were detailed to I-195 East Bound at the ramp to the NJ Turnpike for a truck off the road and on fire. Upon arrival there was no fire and the driver was out of the vehicle and reported uninjured. The truck lost control on a rain slicked road and ran off the roadway. The New Jersey State Police were on scene investigating.

Robbinsville Township Council Meetings To Reopen For In-person Attendance

May 27, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Township Council meetings will reopen to the public for in-person attendance on June 10, 2021

Below are the remaining meetings dates following tonight’s final remote session via

Additionally, face coverings are no longer required for entrance into Township buildings effective Friday, May 28, 2021.

Indoor capacity limits will remain in place until Friday, June 4, 2021.

2021 In-Person Meeting Dates:

Location: 2298 Route 33, Robbinsville, NJ 08691. Public Meeting Room

June 10, 2021

June 24, 2021

July 8, 2021

July 22, 2021

August 12, 2021

August 26, 2021

September 9, 2021

September 23, 2021

October 14, 2021

October 28, 2021

November 18, 2021 (3rd Thursday)

December 2, 2021 (1st Thursday)

December 16, 2021 (3rd Thursday)

2021 Robbinsville Memorial Day Commemoration Held At Community Park

May 27, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The 2021 Robbinsville Memorial Day Commemoration was held at Community Park by Robbinsville Township and the Robbinsville American Legion Post 530.

Robbinsville Township Mayor Fried said, “We are a grateful Nation, we always been a grateful Nation, we always appreciated those who sacrificed who have given before us and will continue to give after us and continuing to give right now.”

“This weekend is a day to remember, a day to give thanks, a day to be grateful and this is the greatest place on Earth to live and we all need to be thankful and grateful we have the honor of living here and continue to remember that every day.” said Mayor Fried.

Councilwoman, Deborah Blakely said, “We owe so much to the brave men and women who gave their lives for our freedoms, for our piece of mind and for our safety. Special souls who fought for a country they so loved, freedoms they cherished and for people they did not even know.”

“Today and always Robbinsville, honors you, remembers you and will forever be grateful for the men and women who courageously gave their lives for us.” said Council Woman, Blakely.

Councilman Ron Witt said, “My father went to the United States Naval Academy, and went onto flight school, served on the USS Yorktown and the USS Intrepid. He flew off those carriers in the Vietnam Conflict, an incredible man, and I get goosebumps thinking about my father, who passed away four years ago, but I think about him each and every day.”

“From the bottom of my heart, to every service member, law enforcement, and first responders that are here I thank you for everyone past, current and future that will lay down, support and do what is necessary to preserve our way of live, I sincerely thank each and everyone of you. said Councilman, Witt.

Commander John Poland from the Robbinsville American Legion Post 530 said, “How important for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and sheroes. This recognition must include the approximate 1,400,000 men and women who serve today in our Nation’s military. Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer and this year most people are looking forward to ridding their selves of their masks and grabbing a burger and a cold one. But first we must remember that those throughout the years who have gone to do our country’s bidding and have not returned home or have come home broken and hurting. We always must remember their sacrifices and be thankful for our freedoms.”

Robbinsville American Legion Post 530 Adjutant Mel Boyce played “Taps”

A wreath was placed at the base of the of the American Flag in Robbinsville Community Park at the conclusion of the commemoration.


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9-1-1 Call For Serious Accident Was Found On NJ Turnpike

May 22, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At 9:42 p.m. the Robbinsville Township Police Department received a 9-1-1 call for a serious accident on Gordon Road near Princeton Memorial Park. Robbinsville Township Police, Robbinsville Fire, EMS and Paramedics responded to Gordon Road and nothing was found. Police, EMS and Firefighters searched roadways and parks in the area from Route 130 to Old York Road and still nothing was found.

A short time later at 10:06 p.m. an accident was spotted from the Sharon Road overpass in the area of the 62.7 mile marker north bound outer roadway. Firefighters, EMS and paramedics were redirected to the Turnpike.

Upon arrival a person was found to be in a serious accident and was transported by Robbinsville EMS and Capital Paramedics to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. A “trauma alert” was called due to the seriousness of the injuries.

NJ State Police is investigating the crash on the NJ Turnpike. No further information was available.