Category: Robbinsville

Robbinsville New Jersey Man Among 4 Indicted In $3.5 Million COVID-19 Kickback Conspiracy

December 7, 2022

NEWARK, N.J. – Four people have been charged for their roles in a kickback conspiracy involving COVID-19 testing that defrauded federal health insurance programs, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.

Abid Syed, 45, of East Hanover, New Jersey; Tariq Din, 55, of Saddle River, New Jersey; David Weathers, 59, of the Bronx, New York; and Muhammed Aurangzeb, 45, of Robbinsville, New Jersey, are each charged by indictment with one count of conspiracy to violate the federal Anti-Kickback Statute for their roles in a scheme to defraud Medicare and the Health Resources and Services Administration COVID-19 Uninsured Program. Weathers and Aurangzeb had their initial appearances via videoconference today before U.S. Magistrate Judge José R. Almonte. Aurangzeb was released on $100,000 unsecured bond and Weathers consented to detention. Syed and Din were charged by criminal complaint on April 11, 2022.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

From April 2021 to April 2022, Syed and Din operated and controlled Metpath Laboratories, a clinical laboratory located in Parsippany, New Jersey, that conducted testing to detect the presence of COVID-19 in samples obtained from patients. Through Metpath, Syed and Din paid kickbacks to “marketers” – including Weathers and Aurangzeb – for referrals of COVID-19 test samples to Metpath. Weathers and Aurangzeb were each paid $5 to $30 per referral.

The conspirators tried to make the payments appear to be for legitimate business expenses. For example, Syed altered the amount of the kickback payment to make it appear as if the marketer was a “consultant” for Metpath with legitimate business expenses. In another instance, Weathers’ company – MedtechCares Inc. – issued invoices to Metpath to make it appear as though the kickback payments from Metpath were legitimate business expenses, when in fact the payments were entirely for the referrals.

Metpath received more than $3.5 million in insurance reimbursements from federal health insurance programs for COVID-19 test samples referred by Weathers and Aurangzeb.

The charge of conspiracy to violate the federal Anti-Kickback Statute is punishable by a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison. The maximum fine for each count is $250,000, or twice the gross profit or loss caused by the offense, whichever is greatest.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy, with the investigation leading to the charges.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney DeNae M. Thomas of the Health Care Fraud Unit in Newark.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Defense counsel:
Syed: Lee Vartan Esq., West Orange, New Jersey
Din: Amy Luria Esq., Michael Critchley Esq., and Armando Suarez Esq., Roseland, New Jersey
Aurangzeb: Bruce Levy Esq., Hackensack, New Jersey
Weathers: Jeff Greco Esq., New York



Mercer County Military Action Council Donates Funds To Send A Hero Home for the Holidays

December 5, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)-The Mercer County Military Action Council (MCMAC) is donating $2,500 to Send a Hero Home for the Holidays, a program that pays for the travel expenses of  junior service members who could not otherwise afford to visit their families during their holiday leave.

MCMAC partnered with the Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton during its annual Flags for Heroes campaign to raise money for this worthy cause. The campaign allows contributors to sponsor or purchase a flag in honor of veterans or active duty service members, as well as local first responders, hospital workers, teachers and whomever they consider a “hero” in their life.  Nearly 300  flags were flown on the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s Hamilton Campus and dedicated during a pre-Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 5.

“We are thrilled to be able to send junior service members home for the holidays. This is our way of saying ‘thank you for your service,’ ” Regina Arcuri, chairwoman of MCMAC, said, adding that the whole family sacrifices when a member enters the military. “We are giving these families a chance to spend time with their loved one and reassure them that their sacrifice is greatly appreciated.”

The Rotary Club presented a ceremonial check to MCMAC’s leadership during the club’s Dec. 2 meeting at PJ’s Pancake House in Robbinsville.

William “Bill” Cleave, vice chairman of MCMAC, said this is the second year that his organization and the Rotary Club teamed up to support the Send a Hero Home for the Holidays program.

“Both organizations share a dedication to those in the military, and we are happy that some active duty military will be able to spend the holidays with loved ones because of this contribution,” Cleave said.

MCMAC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the service members and the mission of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, as well as active-duty personnel, reservists, guardsmen, veterans and their respective families living in local towns.

For more information about the Mercer County Military Action Council or to become a member, visit www.mcmilitaryactioncouncil.org


Pictured left to right: Kalpana Patel, Rotary president; Greg Kruse, retired USAF JAG and trustee of Knights of Columbus Council 17430; Alan Gilmore of Pennington, MCMAC secretary; Regina Arcuri of Robbinsville, MCMAC chairwoman; and Bill Cleave of Pennington, MCMAC vice chairman.


County Executive Hughes Calls For Answers, Changes In Wake Of Election Challenges; Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried Provides Update

November 12, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–In the wake of numerous issues with voting and counting on Election Day, challenges that are still under investigation, Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes is calling for a thorough public review of what went wrong and a comprehensive overhaul of the elections process in Mercer County.

“After issues in the last two elections, I have come to the conclusion that we must fundamentally change the management of the election process in Mercer County because it is clearly not working,” the County Executive said. “There are legal limits to what I can do as County Executive but rest assured that I will do everything within my power to ensure the integrity of elections in Mercer County and will tolerate nothing less.”

In Mercer County, three separate entities, the Board of Elections, the Superintendent of Elections, and the Office of the County Clerk each plays a role in elections. Board of Elections commissioners are appointed by the respective County Chairs of the Republican and Democratic Parties, the Superintendent of Elections is an appointee of the Governor, and the County Clerk is an elected position.

“I am happy that Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami-Covello requested that the County Prosecutor look into the election. But we also need a more thorough and public review. We’ve got too many people in control and the quality of our elections has suffered as a result, undermining peoples’ faith in the democratic process,” Mr. Hughes said.

Moving forward, County Executive Hughes proposes the following:

  • Request a special meeting of the Commissioner Board to bring together the Clerk, Superintendent and Election Board Chair explain to the public what went wrong.
  • Reform and simplify our election process by merging and unifying the Office of the Superintendent and the Board into one, and having an experienced Executive Director oversee our elections.
  • Call on legislators to enact changes that will allow Mercer County to reform our system.
  • Pledge any county resources needed to ensure every vote is counted and help get to the bottom of what went wrong hasten and conclude investigation.

“I pledge to you that we will get to the bottom of this and that every vote will be counted,” Mr. Hughes said. “I have listened to the people of Mercer County and have spoken with election officials, and we are committed to finding out how we can improve the election process and to prevent future incidents as the one on Election Day.”

In Mercer County, the Office of the County Executive does not supervise the Board, their offices, nor does it have jurisdiction. The board is responsible for selecting polling places, training board workers, receiving and counting vote-by-mail ballots, and counting and certifying provisional ballots. The Superintendent of Elections handles voter registration, renews registration records, investigates provisional ballots, and is the custodian of voting machines. The County Clerk designs and prints all election ballots, processes vote by mail applications, and officially certifies the election results.

File photo: Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes


File photo: Robbinsville Township Mayor Dave Fried

Robbinsville Township Mayor Dave Fried said in a Facebook post:

“Regarding the events of Election Day, here is what we know so far.

Either the machine scanners did not work, or the ballots were printed incorrectly and the machines did their jobs and correctly spit them out as invalid. An investigation is reportedly under way, and Robbinsville will join other elected officials across Mercer County to see that the investigation is complete and transparent.

Let me be clear: I am not blaming anyone. Honestly, I do not know how this happened. Pointing fingers without all the facts is not productive. We do know that this is the second straight year the County process did not work as it should have, and I am not happy with much of what I saw.

One of the basic tenets of our democracy is the right to vote, and that every vote will be counted.

As of today, it appears our District 5 ballots (Library) have been found after having been misplaced. That information was given directly to our Municipal Clerk Michele Seigfried from the County.

Just a quick note about our clerk’s office. Michele and her team of Deputy Clerk Kaitlyn Macellaro and Sandy DeLorenzo performed exceptionally under extremely difficult conditions this past week. I cannot thank them enough for their service to our Township. The same goes for our Administration team, led by B.A. Joy Tozzi, each of whom worked all hours of the day and night in the chaotic aftermath of Election Day.

Over in Princeton, it seems they discovered ballots still in their machines. During in-person voting on Election Day, two slots for placing ballots were used. The first was the so-called emergency slot. This was used in the early part of the day because officials had hoped the scanner problems could be fixed before polls closed. As the day went on, that emergency bin became full and the scanners were removed so the main bin could be used. They discovered Princeton’s ballots were still in some of those containers since both sides were not emptied. It also appears that the documentation of the chain of custody regarding our ballots was quite poor, allowing the ballots to be apparently misplaced for a time.

The courts have ordered all the machines returned to the Mercer County Board of Elections for inspection to ensure there are no more ballots in those machines, including the ones deployed in Robbinsville.

I DO NOT believe there was any type of fraud, and I DO NOT believe there are any conspiracies at work here. I do believe mistakes were made at a time in our nation when it can ill-afford to stumble on Election Day.

We have spent millions of dollars on these machines and ballots, and they clearly did not work as advertised. It is time to reassess and come up with a better system. Those of you who voted early did not seem to have any issues. Perhaps we need to consider moving entirely in that direction. I will be attending all upcoming Mercer County Commissioner’s meetings until we have a real and fortified plan. Together, I am hopeful we will come up with a solution. Robbinsville has no intention of paying for this process unless real change is implemented.

I have no reason to believe, even with ballots that may or may not still be out there, that our local results will change.

Thus, I sincerely congratulate our three new Board of Education members – Jeffrey Pierro, Raghu Nandan and Peter Oehlberg. I wish each of you the best of luck, and I am sorry your first election was fraught with so much turmoil.

I have always said putting your name on a ballot is one of the most difficult – but potentially rewarding things – a person can do. Although no candidate should have to wait days for results in 2022, each of you earned your rightful place among your other BOE members.

While Ballot Question #1, which sought to combine our Planning and Zoning Boards into a consolidated Land Use Board, did pass, Ballot Question #2 regarding an increase in our Open Space tax to preserve more land and slow development did not. I know times are tough. That is why we put items such as these questions on the ballot. Sometimes we think we know what the residents want, but this process helps us know for certain.”





Missing Votes Found And Being Counted In Mercer County

November 10, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

Yesterday’s MidJersey.News story here:




More Mercer County Election Chaos As Robbinsville Ballots Go Missing!

November 9, 2022 — Updated

Robbinsville District 5, Princeton District 21, 11 and 9 all report 0 Votes!

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–In a statement posted to Facebook by Robbinsville Township, Mayor Dave Fried said, “Robbinsville Township was contacted by Mercer County Election officials at approximately 5 p.m. today and were informed that the ballots of one of our districts had gone missing.

The fundamentals of Democracy is that every vote would be counted.

Clearly, this has yet to happen in Robbinsville, as approximately 11% of our residents’ votes have yet to be safely delivered and tallied. We’re working with the County, which is in charge of our elections, but please know we will not rest until we get to the bottom of this unconscionable mishap, and we will not consider the 2022 election over in Robbinsville until every single ballot is counted and done so securely.”

As Reported yesterday by MidJersey.news there was a total failure reported with voting machines in Mercer County and “Emergency Ballots” had to be used. Now Robbinsville Emergency Ballots go missing.

In a PDF Document available on the Mercer County Clerk’s Office website it shows districts with missing votes:

Robbinsville Twp 5 Registered: 835 Votes: 0 Voted at District # 5 – Mercer County Library, 42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road

Princeton 21 Registered: 547 Votes: 0 Community Park School, 372 Witherspoon St., Art Room District 9, 11, 21

Princeton 11 Registered: 1594 Votes: 0 Community Park School, 372 Witherspoon St., Art Room District 9, 11, 21

Princeton 9 Registered: 1070 Votes: 0 Community Park School, 372 Witherspoon St., Art Room District 9, 11, 21

There was no statements made by Princeton about any uncounted or missing votes. Check back tomorrow as this story develops.




See yesterday’s story here:


November 8, 2022

6:35 p.m.

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

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

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

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Update from the Mercer County Superintendent of Elections Nathaniel Walker

November 8, 2022 – 2 p.m.

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

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

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

Further information will be reported as it becomes known.

– Nathaniel Walker, Mercer County Superintendent Of Elections

nwalker@mercercounty.org


Mercer County Unofficial Results

November 9, 2022

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

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

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

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






Two Injured In NJ Turnpike Crash Near Exit 7A In Robbinsville

November 8, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Sgt. Philip Curry from the New Jersey State Police, Public Information Unit told MidJersey.news that a crash occurred at 3:54 p.m. on the NJ Turnpike southbound on the inner roadway at mile post 61.9 in Robbinsville.  Preliminary information revealed that a Chevy Trailblazer lost control, struck the guardrail, then struck a Toyota Rav4 and overturned.  Both drivers sustained minor injuries. Robbinsville Fire Department and EMS responded to the scene.


Election Problems Reported In Mercer County, NJ

November 8, 2022

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

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

8:00 a.m. UPDATE:

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

8:08 a.m. UPDATE:

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



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

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

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

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Update from the Mercer County Superintendent of Elections Nathaniel Walker

November 8, 2022 – 2 p.m.

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

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

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

Further information will be reported as it becomes known.

– Nathaniel Walker, Mercer County Superintendent Of Elections

nwalker@mercercounty.org

Two Motor Vehicles Crash On Old York Road At Montgomery Way

October 31, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Hope Fire Company and Allentown – Captial Health EMS responded at 6:37 p.m. to Old York Road and Montgomery Way for a T-bone crash with reported injuries. Robbinsville Township Police and New Jersey State Police also responded to the scene of the crash. The injuries were minor, and one person was placed in the back of the ambulance for evaluation of injuries but did not seek transport to the hospital. Hope Fire Company stood by for cleanup and assisted Robbinsville Police with traffic control. The Robbinsville Township Police Department is investigating the crash.



Robbinsville History Teacher by Day, Phillies Ballgirl by Night

October 20, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)-When the first pitch is thrown at 7:37 p.m. Friday, as the Philadelphia Phillies take on the San Diego Padres in the National League Championship Series, you can bet that Kelly Fleck will have a great view at Citizens Bank Park.

Fleck, an AP history teacher for the past two years at Robbinsville High School, also happens to be finishing her stint as a Phillies Ballgirl, a part-time job she has had on plenty of summer nights and weekends over the last two baseball seasons.

“Friday night is going to be awesome; I can’t wait for the hometown crowd,” Fleck said. “The excitement of playoff baseball is just incredible. It’s something I’ve been waiting to experience.”

Fleck, 23, will be in left field for Saturday night’s game to grab foul balls and toss them into the crowd. During the rest of the homestand, Fleck will be in the stands, serving as an ambassador for the Ballgirls and helping out with the stadium’s recycling efforts.

“The fans have been great; they are always nice to me because they want me to throw them a foul ball,” Fleck said. “Every once in a while, I’ll hear `Ms. Fleck! Ms. Fleck!’ and I’ll know instantly that some of my students from Robbinsville came to see the Phillies play.”

Fleck even has her own baseball card, which she signs and hands out to fans during the game. She also distributes “rally towels” to fans, while also selling 50-50 raffles to raise money for Philadelphia-based charities.

There are 19 Phillies Ballgirls, all of whom are eager to rotate onto the field during a big weekend of playoff baseball in Philly.

During the season, in which the Phillies played 81 home games and then defeated the Atlanta Braves in the wild-card playoffs, Fleck would take the 80-minute drive from her home in Ocean Gate to serve as a Ballgirl for the Philly fans.

So how did this history teacher become a Phillies Ballgirl?

The Phillies advertise on college campuses. Her two older sisters, Joanna and Jenna, became Ballgirls. So, when it was time for Fleck to try out in 2020, she was ready. She competed with about 100 candidates who submitted videos. She went through an on-camera interview, as well as tests in fielding, throwing and batting. Some of the women even played college ball, so competition was fierce.

“Over the past two seasons, I’ve made some good plays out there,” Fleck said. “Usually, I let the foul ball hit the wall first because, as you can imagine, the players hit the ball really hard. It can get a little scary out there. I once got a bruise.”

Fleck said she will be retiring as a BallGirl this season, as the Phillies only allow two seasons, based on the high demand.

Robbinsville Schools Superintendent Brian Betze said the school community will be cheering on the history and global studies teacher this weekend.

“Robbinsville may have its Mets, Phillies and Yankee fans, but we are all certainly Kelly Fleck fans,” Betze said. “What a tremendous opportunity for her. We are all very proud.”

Fleck said she is squarely focused on the best-of-seven series against the Padres, but can’t help but dream what would happen if the Phillies win the whole thing. “The Ballgirls would certainly be in the parade,” she said. “And, who knows, maybe we will get a World Series ring!”

It all depends, this teacher notes, if the Phillies make some history.


Robbinsville Settles Friendly Football Pizza Bet With Upper Freehold Township

October 6, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A friendly pizza bet placed between Robbinsville and Upper Freehold Township Mayors and committee members about an hour before a home coming game between Allentown High School and Robbinsville on September 16, 2022. It was decided that if Allentown wone the game Robbinsville would provide De Lorenzo’s Tomato Pie to the next Upper Freehold committee meeting and if Robbinsville won Upper Freehold would provide Sorella’s Trattoria pizza to Robbinsville’s committee meeting.

The game was played on September 16, 2022 with Allentown winning with a score of 35-18 resulting that Robbinsville would have to deliver on that promise at tonight’s Upper Freehold Township committee meeting.

The special delivery was made by the Robbinsville Township Police Department just before 7:00 p.m. prior to the start of the Township meeting by Sergeant Scott Kivet and Patrol Officer Rene Godfrey.

The committee members expressed interest in coming up with additional fun for next year’s game.

Mayor Dave Fried posted on Facebook tonight, “Tonight I paid our debt to Upper Freehold for beating us in football. We had a wager that whoever won the game would have pizza delivered to the Council Meeting. Thus, we had Robbinsville’s finest deliver well Robbinsville’s finest. Thank You Sam Amico and DeLorenzo’s We will get them next year for sure.”






De Lorenzo’s Tomato Pies in Robbinsville, New Jersey, holds a 9.2 Barstool Sports “One Bite” Pizza rating you can watch that review below:


Traffic Alert: NJ Turnpike Backed Up 6-Miles Going South Of Exit 8 To Exit 7A Due To Crash

Overturned truck involved with at least one other vehicle just prior to Exit 7A at Mile Post 61.4 South Bound with three ALS type injuries. (Advanced Life Support)

October 6, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–At 3:12 p.m. the Robbinsville Township Fire Department was dispatched for an overturned vehicle with entrapment at mile post 61.4 south bound outer lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike just prior to Exit 7A. When firefighters and EMS arrived it was determined that there were three ALS – Advance Life Support patients and additional Captial Health Paramedics and ambulances from Allentown and Bordentown were requested to the scene. Three people were transported to Captial Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton and trauma alerts were called.

Currently at 5:00 p.m. Google traffic reports that traffic is backed up over six miles going south bound between Exit 7A and Exit 8 avoid the NJ Turnpike in this area. NJ Turnpike reports all lanes blocked until further notice.

The New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash.

There are no additional details available at this time.


UPDATE:

The New Jersey State Police Public Information Unit says that the crash occurred at 3:09 p.m. on the NJ Turnpike southbound on the outer roadway at mile post 61.4 in Robbinsville Township. The preliminary investigation revealed that a Mack truck with semi-trailer was traveling south in the right lane of the outer roadway. A Honda CRV was traveling south in the center lane of the outer roadway. In the area of mile post 61.4 the front right of the Honda struck the front left of the Mack. After the initial impact, the Honda struck the left guardrail and the Mack struck the left guardrail causing it to overturn. The driver of the Mack sustained serious injuries and the driver of the Honda sustained moderate injuries. The southbound outer roadway was closed for approximately 5 hours and caused major traffic congestion. The cause of the crash is under investigation.






Serious Crash Reported On NJ Turnpike South Of Exit 7A In Hamilton Township

October 6, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 9:20 a.m. the Robbinsville Fire Department and EMS along with Bordentown Township firefighters responded to the New Jersey Turnpike just south of Exit 7A for an overturned truck with reported entrapment in the outer lanes of the roadway. Upon arrival at mile post 59.2 it was determined that a person was not entrapped but had a severe ALS type head injury. The person was placed in the ambulance and transported with a trauma alert called to Captial Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, Captial Health Paramedics met the ambulance enroute to the trauma center. The New Jersey Turnpike Authority was on scene inspecting road damage and making repairs. NJTPA also had a sand truck to mitigate a fuel spill from the overturned truck. The New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash.

No further details are available at this time.



Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried Delivers 2022 State Of Township Address

October 4, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Dave Fried delivered the 2022 State of Robbinsville Township address today via video courtesy of Pulse Productions.

Due to logistics and time constraints regarding this year’s possible beneficiary candidates, the anticipated “Pay it Forward” component of the annual address has been pushed back to May, 2023.

“There were just too many hurdles to overcome in 2022. Our plan is to hold that event, hopefully bigger and better than ever, in May of 2023,” Mayor Fried said. “This is an event we look forward to each and every year. We don’t do anything unless we have all possible resources at our disposal to provide the best possible experience for our beneficiary(s), all of our generous sponsors and the community.”

Donations for Robbinsville families in need are being accepted via PayPal through our SOTT fiscal sponsor, the C.A.R.E. program. Those updated links, as well as a formal release date for Mayor Fried’s video, will be provided soon.

Previous “Pay it Forward” recipients include the Shepherd Family, Quilts for Comfort, Deborah Dauer, the C.A.R.E. Program, Mercer Street Friends Food Bank, “We Love Our R’ville Neighbors” campaign and Kelly Breden.

Since 2015, those efforts have raised over $400,000.




Robbinsville Schools Work with Police to Create a Safer Crosswalk at Pond Road Middle School

September 30, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Following a bicycle accident on September 14, in which a student at Pond Road Middle School was injured, school officials are working with the Robbinsville Police Department to ensure the crosswalks are as safe as possible.

The accident occurred at 7:50 a.m. about 100 yards south of the school, in which the 10-year-old student sustained a leg injury when his bicycle hit a passenger vehicle. The boy is now recovering.

In response, Robbinsville Police Chief Mike Polaski has been in discussions with school and municipal officials about ways in which the local streets could be safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers. The police chief also spoke at the September 27 Board of Education meeting to address the community’s concerns.

“We understand that there is a perception from some in the community that we have a safety issue at that mid-block crosswalk,” Polaski said. “We are working with the school district and the township administration to increase safety near the Pond Road Middle School. We have already assigned a stronger police presence.”

In addition, the township has re-lined the crosswalk between Route 526 and Hutchinson Road where the incident occurred to make the markings more pronounced. There is also a traffic enforcement message board to remind drivers to slow down in a school area.

Police have also hired a crossing guard, with training expected in early October, for the location, located mid-block between two housing developments.

Schools Superintendent Brian J. Betze said student safety is always the top priority.

“We are thankful that our student involved in the accident is recovering well, but incidents like this always make us take pause and see if we can do better,” the superintendent said. “I am thankful for our partnership with the Robbinsville Police Department and Robbinsville Township, which have equally stepped up to ensure Pond Road is as safe as possible for our students as well as the overall community.”




Construction Worker Dies At BAPS Mandir In Robbinsville, NJ

September 23, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—Robbinsville Township Police reported that on Friday September 23, 2022 Robbinsville Police, Robbinsville Fire, Robbinsville EMS were dispatched at 3:44 p.m. to the BAPS Temple at 100 North Main Street in the Windsor section of the Township for a construction accident. Upon arrival police officers were directed to the rear of the property where curbing was being installed. It was determined that a construction accident occurred resulting in a worker fatality. The victim a 57-year-old male from Hillside, NJ was located and pronounced dead at the scene. Police say that next of kin notifications are pending and the incident is being investigated by the Robbinsville Township Police Department.

A spokesperson for the Department of Labor told MidJersey.News that OSHA-Occupational Safety and Health Administration is also investigating.



MidJersey.News File photos from May 11, 2021


Previous MidJersey.news stories about BAPS Mandir from May 2021 there have been no updates provided from authorities about the below stories from 2021.



Pond Road Middle School Student Struck Riding Bicycle To School

2nd Known student struck within a week while riding a bicycle in Mercer County, NJ

September 14, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Police, Fire, EMS and Capital Paramedics were dispatched to Pond Road near the Pond Road Middle School for a pedestrian motor vehicle crash at 7:51 a.m. Upon arrival Police and firefighters found a child struck on his bicycle with BLS type injuries reported.

Robbinsville Township Police Department Chief Mike Polaski told MidJersey.News that a 10-year-old child was struck on a bicycle this morning on his way to school. He suffered a non-life-threatening leg injury and was transported to Capitol Health in Hopewell.

No additional details about the accident are available at this time.



This is the second known bicycle accident involving a student in Mercer County within a week. It was just last Friday night when a 13-year-old Kreps School student was struck on his bike reportedly returning home from a football game at Hightstown High School. The child suffered fatal injuries in the tragic accident. A GoFundMe has been set up by the Kreps Parent Teachers Organization to help the family.


SafeKids.Org offers five tips for students riding bicycles:

Top Tips

  1. Wear a properly-fitted helmet. It is the best way to prevent head injuries and death.
  2. Ride on the sidewalk when you can. If not, ride in the same direction as traffic as far on the right-hand side as possible.  
  3. Use hand signals and follow the rules of the road. Be predictable by making sure you ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between cars.    
  4. Wear bright colors and use lights, especially when riding at night and in the morning. Reflectors on your clothes and bike will help you be seen.
  5. Ride with your children. Stick together until you are comfortable that your kids are ready to ride on their own. 

Learn More

The ride is just beginning. Check out more bike safety tips.


Robbinsville Remembers September 11

September 11, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Township Fire Department hosted a September 11th memorial ceremony at the Township 9/11 Memorial on Lake Drive just before 10:00 a.m. Police, Fire, EMS, Elected Officials, Veterans and Robbinsville residents were all in attendance. Firefighters and Township Committee officials spoke on the 21st anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001, the loss of Township resident Pamela Gaff and others who lost their life that day. At the closing of the memorial ceremony all in attendance placed flags around the memorial in remembrance of that tragic day.



Car Fire South Of Exit 7A Extinguished

September 10, 2022

HAMILTON, NJ (MERCER)—Firefighters from Robbinsville and Bordentown Townships were dispatched to a vehicle fire on the New Jersey Turnpike at mile post 59 south bound inner roadway just south of Exit 7A. Smoke could be seen in the air and the vehicle was fully involved in flames on arrival. Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire. Occupants of the vehicle stood by in the shoulder with Robbinsville EMS while the fire was extinguished. No injuries were reported. NJ State Police was on scene for traffic control. No further details are available.




Firefighters From 3-Counties Flow Over 2,000 Gallons Per Minute During Training Exercise

September 10, 2022

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)-ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)—Hope Fire Company of Allentown-Upper Freehold hosted a “large diameter” hose drill this morning at Mercer Corporate Park. Firefighters were able to flow over 2,000 gallons per minute from a drafting point, though several relay engines and finally to a discharge point consisting of ladders or an engine. The training was designed to unify tactics between three counties and started with over an hour of classroom training at Hope Fire Company then the firefighters went to Mercer Corporate Park for practical training. Other departments participating were: Robbinsville Fire Department, Hamilton Fire Department, Consolidated Fire Association (Bordentown City), Jacobstown (North Hanover), Chesterfield, Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s Office, Monmouth County Fire Coordinators.




Robbinsville School Officials Unveil 5,300 Solar Panels as Part of Clean Energy Project

September 9, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–There are many benefits to the clean energy project that was installed in the parking lots of Robbinsville High School and the Pond Road Middle School this summer.

The school district will be saving more than $100,000 a year on energy costs and did not pay a penny for this public-private initiative approved by the State of New Jersey. There are also now solar canopies that will protect cars from the elements, while an education program is being created to use solar panels as a teaching tool for students in regard to the importance of green energy.

And, of course, the school district is also joining in the global effort to use solar as a way to fight off climate change.

“We could not be more pleased with this project,” said Schools Superintendent Brian Betze. “At absolutely no cost to taxpayers, we have been able to install millions of dollars of solar infrastructure in our parking lots, saving substantial electrical costs every single year.”

The school district contracted with HESP Solar of Montvale, which installed the two canopy systems through July and will sell excess energy on the power grid. The system will generate enough solar power to serve 300 homes.

One system is in the rear of the high school; the other is in the front parking lot of the middle school. The 5,300 solar modules will jointly produce 3 million kilowatts of electricity annually, replacing about 80% of the schools’ electrical consumption with renewable energy.

School officials negotiated the electric rate prior to the rise in inflation, at 4.7 cents per kilowatt hour with only a 1% increase per year, allowing the district to accurately budget its utility expenses over the next 15 years without concern of fluctuations in the market.

Nick Mackres, the district’s business administrator/board secretary, said the school district launched its solar energy program in 2015, when the district installed a roof-mounted solar system, generating 90,000 kilowatt hours per year, at Sharon Elementary School.

At the end of the power purchase agreement in 15 years, the school district could either ask the vendor to remove the solar panels at no cost, purchase the infrastructure at a discounted rate or extend the agreement.

“Every dollar I save in operations is a dollar more that can be used to fund education in the classroom and a dollar less we have to raise taxes,” Mackres said. “We are saving more than $100,000 a year at no cost to taxpayers for the betterment of all students and staff.”

School officials are eager to infuse solar energy lessons into the science and technology curriculum, explaining how the sun provides such a tremendous amount of energy that it can satisfy all of the Earth’s needs in a fraction of a day.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to bring clean energy at a reasonable price into our facilities,” said Rich Young, vice president of the Robbinsville Board of Education. “This state-of-the-art system will use the power of the sun to power our schools while saving the district tens of thousands of dollars in energy costs each year. Those savings can now be reallocated to improve curriculum and help create new opportunities for students and staff — real money that can be spent in the classroom where it’s most needed and most important.”



As part of the agreement with the solar company, the vendor will be providing additional solar panels that will be used in the classroom for lessons on green energy. Students would be able to connect a voltage meter that shows how the solar panels trap and generate electrical power.

The project also features an online kiosk, in which students and the community-at-large can track solar usage and its environmental benefits. With a little more than a month’s operation, the kiosk shows that the schools’ clean energy project is already equivalent to saving nearly 500 trees, more than 462,000 miles of driving vehicles, or offsetting more than 1 million pounds of carbon.

“I would like to express my appreciation to the school administration as well as the board of education for continuing our efforts to make the Robbinsville schools as clean and green as possible,” said Board President Vito Galluccio. “We are fortunate to be among a small contingent of school districts in New Jersey that have embraced solar energy as a way to cut energy costs while providing a new avenue of hands-on learning for our students.”





Robbinsville School District Solar System

Robbinsville Public School District recognizes our responsibility to protect the environment and is committed to reducing our carbon footprint. Each school building participates in solar energy programs to minimalize the impact our district has on the environment.

Robbinsville High School and Pond Road Middle School

The Robbinsville High School and Pond Road Middle School solar project was developed and constructed by HESP Solar, and was commissioned in the summer of 2022. The project consists of two canopy systems that jointly produce approximately 3,000,000 kWh of electricity annually, replacing over 80% of the schools’ electrical consumption with clean, renewable energy. In all, over 5,300 Waaree Solar modules were installed at Robbinsville High School & Pond Road Middle School for a total of 2.6 MW dc with 33 string inverters converting the solar energy into usable electricity.

View our solar kiosk to see live data from the solar panels

Sharon Elementary School

Sharon Elementary School has a district-owned, roof-mounted solar system producing 90,000 kilo-watt hours per year installed with the latest addition in 2015.

View our solar kiosk for Sharon Elementary School to see live data from the solar panels

No Serious Injuries Reported In Route 33 Crash

August 31, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Just after 12:30 p.m. the Robbinsville Police Department, Robbinsville Fire Department and EMS responded to Route 33 and Robbinsville-Edinburg Road for a motor vehicle crash. Firefighters and EMS treated for minor injuries on scene and no one was transported to the hospital. Robbinsville Township Police is investigating the crash. No further details are available at this time.



Two Minor Injuries Reported In NJ Turnpike Crash In Robbinsville

August 29, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Fire Department and Captial Health EMS were requested by NJ State Police to respond to a crash with injuries at mile post 64 south bound outer lanes at 3:16 p.m. Upon arrival two people were treated on scene then transported to a local hospital with reported minor injuries. No additional details are available about the accident.



No Injuries Reported As Truck Leaves Roadway And Crashes Into Woods On NJ Turnpike

August 27, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–At 9:11 p.m. the Hightstown Fire Company, Hightstown First Aid, Robbinsville Fire Department and NJ State Troopers were sent to mile post 65.2 south bound outer roadway for a tractor-trailer in the woods with reported injuries. Upon arrival the tractor-trailer was into the woods but there were no injuries or entrapment. NJ State Police and NJ Turnpike Authority were standing by waiting for tow trucks to extricate the vehicle from the woods. NJ State Police is investigating the crash. No additional details are available at this time.




Foggy Accident Scene On NJ Turnpike In Robbinsville

August 23, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Fire Department, EMS and NJ State Troopers were dispatched to the New Jersey Turnpike north bound at mile post 63 inner roadway for an overturned vehicle at 4:22 a.m. with reports of entrapment. Upon arrival a vehicle was found on its side against the Jersey barrier along with another damaged vehicle. EMS transported two people to RWJ at Hamilton Hospital in stable condition. New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash. No further details are available at this time.

There is heavy fog in the area, slow down and use caution while driving this morning.



GoFundMe Set Up For 19-Year-Old Killed In Robbinsville Motorcycle Crash On I-195

Nearly 300 donors have contributed $18,000 to honor the memory of the victim, 19-year-old Mohammad Abbas of Perth Amboy, who was tragically killed when he was fatally struck by a truck while riding his motorcycle to the mosque.

Ali-Ahmed Shah, Mohammed’s friend, wrote in the GoFundMe, “Mohammad was a loving son, brother, cousin, and friend to everyone who was lucky enough to know him. He graduated a few months ago from John F. Kennedy High School in Iselin, NJ. The positive energy and vibe he brought to the classroom with his magnetic personality is something his classmates will forever cherish.”

To view the GoFundMe, please visit: https://gf.me/v/c/vnkt/in-loving-memory-of-agha-mohammad-raza-abbas


The GoFundMe Reads:

In the early evening of Sunday, August 14, 2022, 19-year-old Mohammad Abbas was on his way to the mosque on his motorcycle, until he was involved in an accident and lost his life.

Mohammad was a loving son, brother, cousin, and friend to everyone who was lucky enough to know him. He graduated a few months ago from John F. Kennedy High School in Iselin, NJ. The positive energy and vibe he brought to the classroom with his magnetic personality is something his classmates will forever cherish.

Mohammad was also an active member of his Muslim community. He would always assist with setting up and cleaning up at his local center. His presence at the center never went unnoticed, whether with his radiant smile during a happy occasion or being at the forefront of the Azadaari during sad ones. His final act was going from one majlis to another, genuinely exemplifying the dedication and love he had for serving the Ahlul Bayt (a.s).

A few friends from John F. Kennedy High School and the Astaana Youth Group have come together to start this initiative of setting up a fund in his name. The funds raised will be sent to a charity of the family’s choice.

We ask you to keep Mohammad and his loving family in your prayers. Any monetary donation you can make would be greatly appreciated. We are grateful for all the love and support.

Thank you.

Astaana Youth Group

Heather

Gianna

Michelle





Fully Involved Tractor-Trailer Fire On NJ Turnpike At Exit 7A In Robbinsville

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Firefighters from Robbinsville, Hightstown, and Allentown-Upper Freehold Hope Fire Company battled a well involved tractor-trailer fire on the New Jersey Turnpike this morning at mile post 61.5 south bound outer lanes at the Exit 7A off ramp. Robbinsville firefighters were dispatched at 9:26 a.m. and reported seeing a column of smoke after pulling out of the firehouse on Route 130. Mutual aid was requested from Allentown for a water Tanker (tender) and Hightown Fire Company. Firefighters had the flames knocked down quickly and remained on scene for overhaul.





On Tuesday there were multiple truck accidents with fire on the New Jersey Turnpike you can read that story here:


Multiple Fiery Truck Crashes Make NJ Turnpike Highway To Hell

August 16, 2022

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP (BURLINGTON) – HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)–Two separate fiery truck crashes involving multiple trucks sent firefighters from Burlington, Mercer and Monmouth to the two scenes on the New Jersey Turnpike between Exit 7A and Exit 7 this morning. Firefighters were sent from Bordentown Township, Robbinsville Township, Hamilton Township, Allentown-Upper Freehold – Hope Fire Company, and Chesterfield-Crosswicks.

Sgt. Philip Curry from the New Jersey State Police, Public Information Unit told MidJersey.News the first crash was at 9:48 a.m. a dump truck was involved in a crash on the NJ Turnpike southbound on the inner roadway at Mile Post 55.6 in Chesterfield.  As a result of the crash, the dump truck became fully engulfed.  The occupants of the truck were able to exit and did not report any injuries.  The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The second crash occurred at 11:17 a.m. on the NJ Turnpike at Mile Post 59.3 on the southbound outer roadway in Hamilton Township.  Two tractor trailers and a box truck were involved in a crash causing one of the tractor trailers and the box truck to become fully engulfed.  The occupants of the trucks were able to exit and did not report any injuries.  The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Google Maps had delays of up to 5 miles going south bound south of Exit 7A.








Photos from the fiery Chesterfield crash on the NJ Turnpike:


Photos from the fiery truck crash on the NJ Turnpike in Hamilton Township: