Category: Millstone

Updated: NJ State Police Vehicle Trapped In Wires On Conover Road After Public Works Removing Tree Accidentally Pushed Tree Into Utility Pole


August 7, 2020 Update 12:45 pm:

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–According to NJ State Police Spokesman Trooper Charles Marchan, Yesterday, at 8:33 pm, a trooper from Hamilton Station was responding to a tree down in the roadway on Conover Road in Millstone Township, Monmouth County.

According to Marchan, the trooper requested the assistance of Millstone Township Public Works to move the tree. Millstone Twp Public Works was operating a case front loader to clear the tree from the roadway, when they accidentally pushed the tree into a utility pole which fell on the troop car while the trooper was inside. The trooper was not injured.


SEE OFFICIAL REPORT ABOVE FROM NJ STATE POLICE

LAST NIGHTS REPORT HERE:

11:00 PM UPDATE: Radio reports are that the Trooper is out of the vehicle and is OK.

11:05 PM Update: Some fire department units returning.

11:12 PM Update: All fire department units are clear the scene turned over to NJSP

BREAKING NEWS REPORT: This is a breaking news report and have an e-mail into NJ State Police for official comment on the situation. Once we receive official information story will be updated and any corrections made. Reports are from radio radio and other sources.

August 6, 2020, updated at 11:00 pm, updated 11:05 pm, 11:12 pm

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Just after 10:00 pm a NJ State Police vehicle reportedly became trapped in wires in front of 45 Conover Road when wires and a transformer fell. Millstone Township Fire Department and a chief from Manalapan Fire Company are on scene. JCP&L during initial contact could not give an estimate of how long it would take to respond. By 10:30 pm a JCP&L supervisor was on scene assessing the situation.

Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Services and a JCP&L supervisor is on scene at the time of this report. Check back for an update.

As of 11:00 pm the trooper is now free of the vehicle and is reportedly OK from radio reports at the scene.

11:05 some fire department units are returning.

11:12 pm all fire department units are clear the scene turned over to NJSP

Tropical Storm Isaias Update

Yesterday’s MidJersey.News coverage here: Tropical Storm Isaias Hits Area


August 5, 2020

PSE&G Reports 9,3958 power outages with 292,052 customers affected as of 12:30 pm

JCP&L Reports 527,305 customers affected at of 12:30 pm

Atlantic City Electric reports 4,448 active outages with 64,761 customers affected as of 12:30 pm

JACKSON, NJ (OCEAN)–Governor Phil Murphy visited Jackson Township this morning to assess damage from Tropical Storm Isaias with Senator Sam Thompson, Ocean County Freeholder Director Joe Vicari, and Mayor Mike Reina. Government officials are continuing to work closely with the utilities to get the lights back on as quickly and safely as possible.


MidJersey.News has been monitoring fire department, police and EMS activity and fire departments from our area have been sent to several locations overnight and this morning for carbon monoxide issues dealing with generators too close to the house or running in a garage. Please use these appliances properly, keep them far away from the home, and also make sure you have batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors and verify they are working.


Upper Freehold and Allentown, Message from Hope Fire Company:

Good Morning. We realize that some will be without power for a few days. HFC will be opening it’s doors for anyone that is in need of charging devices from now until 4pm. We do have charging stations setup in our meeting room for your convenience. We ask that you please wear masks when coming into our facility and, to practice social distancing measures, we will be allowing up to 10 people in at a time. Also, we do have bagged ice that we can give you (2 bags per person) and should you need to use our showering facilities, that area is open as well. Non-potable water will be available so please, bring your buckets or containers. Again, masks are required and you must be symptom free to enter the building. Should you have any questions you can email me at president@hopefirecompany.com or reach out to me directly at 609-556-9764.



North Hanover, Jackobstown:

We have put the hose out for residents to get water if needed. While clean water direct from our well we don’t recommend it for drinking but if you need to flush a toilet it will work. Bring your own container. The station is closed to members only at this time, please do not enter the station for any reason. Thank you




There are still numerous roads closed, trees and wires down please avoid those areas and do not go around cones or barricades. Stay far away from any wires because you will not know if they are live or energized, leave that up to the professionals to determine.


Water and Ice available for JCP&L customers:

Water and Ice Locations

Water and Ice Available to JCP&L Customers

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) is restoring service to customers who lost power due to Tropical Storm Isaias. JCP&L is offering free water and ice to customers remaining out of service. Customers can pick up water and ice at the following locations:

(Last updated 8/5/2020)

BURLINGTON COUNTY

  • Acme Supermarkets, 18 Broadway Rd. Store 7908, Browns Mills

ESSEX COUNTY

  • Shop Rite of Millburn, 220 Main Street, Millburn, Essex County
  • Kings, 778 Morris Tpke, Short Hills, Essex County

HUNTERDON COUNTY

  • Shop Rite of Hunterdon, 50 Rte 513 BLDG D, Clinton, Hunterdon County
  • Shop Rite of Hunterdon272 Rt. 202 & Rt. 31, Flemington, Hunterdon County
  • Kings, 531 U.S. Hwy. 22 East, Whitehouse Station, Hunterdon County

MERCER COUNTY

  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 319 Rt 130N, East Windsor
  • Shop Rite – Pennington, 2555 Pennington Rd, Pennington

MIDDLESEX COUNTY

  • Acme Supermarkets, 3505 Route 9, Old Bridge
  • Saker Shop Rites, Inc., 2909 Washington Rd., Parlin

MONMOUTH COUNTY

  • Acme Supermarkets, 576 River Rd., Store 7949, Fair Haven
  • Acme Supermarkets, 3241 Route 9, Store 7960, Freehold
  • Acme Supermarkets, 990 Shrewsbury Ave., Tinton Falls
  • Acme Supermarkets, 2007 Route 35, Wall
  • Food Circus (a/k/a Foodtown), 1560 Rt 35, Store 269, Ocean Twp
  • Food Circus (a/k/a Foodtown), 2204 Rt 35 & Sea Girt Ave, Store 268, Sea Girt
  • Food Circus (a/k/a Foodtown), 9 Rt.  36, Bayshore Plaza, Store 266, Atlantic Highlands
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 3585 Hwy 9, Freehold
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 280 Hwy 9 N, Morganville
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 2200 Asbury Ave., Neptune 07753
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., Routes 36 & 71, West Long Branch 07764
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 1151 Shrewsbury Ave., Shrewsbury 07722
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 4594 Rt 9 S, Howell 07731
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 2445 Rt 34, Wall  07719
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 1801 Route 35, Wall Twp.
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 318 Lloyd Rd., Aberdeen
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 3140 State Hwy 35, Hazlet 07730

MORRIS COUNTY

  • ACME, 550 Myrtle Ave., Boonton
  • ACME, 329 Speedwell Ave, Morris Plains, Morris County
  • ACME Oak Ridge, 5774 Berkshire Valley Road, Oak Ridge
  • ACME, 690 Millbrook Avenue, Randolph
  • ACME, 123 E Main St Suite 1, Denville
  • Kings, 115 Hawkins Place, Boonton
  • Kings, 88 East Main St, Mendham
  • Kings, 393 Main Street, Chatham, Morris County
  • Kings, 977 Valley Rd, Gillette, Morris County
  • Kings, 191 South Street, Morristown, Morris County
  • Kings, 184 Columbia Tpk., Florham Park, Morris County
  • Kings, 191 South Street, Morristown, Morris County
  • Shop Rite of Morris, 1711 Routes 10 (& 202), Morris Plains
  • Shop Rite of Chatham, 641 Shunpike Rd / Southern Blvd, Chatham
  • Shop Rite of Chester, 195 Route 206 South, Chester
  • Shop Rite – Ronetco, 90 Bartley Rd Flanders, Flanders
  • Shop Rite – Ronetco, 75 US 46 Netcong
  • Shop Rite , 437 Rt 46, Rockaway
  • Shop Rite – Ronetco, 281-021 Rt 10, Succasunna
  • Shop Rite, 1153 Valley Road, Stirling, Morris County
  • Shop Rite, 314 Rt 15, Wharton

OCEAN COUNTY

  • Acme Supermarkets, Route 35 & Washington, Ortley Beach/Seaside Heights           
  • Perlmart Shop Rite 427, 429 Atl City Blvd., Store 663 Bayville
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc. 668 Rt 70, Brick 08723
  • Perlmart Shop Rite, 328 Route 9, (Lacey) Store 655, Lanoka Harbor
  • Perlmart Shop Rite, 1001Rt 70W, (Manchester) Store 659, Manchester
  • Perlmart Shop Rite, 260 County Line Rd., Store 661, Jackson
  • Perlmart Shop Rite, 860 Fischer Blvd, Store 656, Toms River
  • Perlmart Shop Rite, 100 Town Center Bldg 9, Store 665, Waretown
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 2 Rt 37 West, Toms River 08753

SOMERSET COUNTY

  • Kings, 450 Rt. 206N & Hills Dr., Bedminster
  • Saker Shop Rite -Branchburg, 3166 Rt 22, Somerville
  • Shop Rite of Bernardsville, 93 Morristown Rd (Rt 202), Bernardsville
  • Kings, 100 Morristown Rd., Bernardsville
  • Kings, 64 Mt. Blvd Brady Shopping Center, Warren

SUSSEX COUNTY

  • ACME Vernon, 530 Route 515, Vernon, Sussex County
  • ACME Sussex, 455 Route 23 North, Byram, Sussex, Sussex County
  • Shop Rite – Ronetco, 90-80 Rt 206 N Byram NJ, Sussex County
  • Shop Rite – Ronetco, 270 Rt 23 N Franklin NJ, Sussex County
  • Shop Rite – Ronetco, 125 Water St. Newton, Sussex

UNION COUNTY

  • ACME, 1260 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, Union County
  • Shop Rite of Springfield, 727 Morris Tpke, Springfield, Union
  • Kings, 784 Springfield Ave, Summit, Union County

WARREN COUNTY

  • ACME Blairstown, 152 Route 94, Blairstown,
  • Shop Rite – Ronetco, 1965 Rt 57 Hackettstown NJ
  • Shop Rite of Hunterdon, 1207 Rt. 22, Phillipsburg (Greenwich Store)
  • Shop Rite of Washington, 2 Clubhouse Dr @ Route 31, Washington


Serious Accident In Millstone, Victim Flown To Trauma Center By NJSP Helicopter

July 20, 2020

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The Millstone Township Fire Department was dispatched at 10:22 am to the intersection of Perrineville Road and Giant Maple Court for a two vehicle accident. Firefighters requested assistance from Monroe Township Fire Department Station 57 to help with the extrication of a person trapped.

A Jeep overturned and up righted during the two vehicle collision. The driver of the Jeep was heavily entrapped and was freed by firefighters from Millstone and Monroe Townships using extrication tools.

While firefighters were conducting a heavy extrication they called for a medical helicopter for faster transport to the trauma center. The New Jersey State Police sent the “North Star” medical helicopter and landed at the little league field on Perrineville Road. The patient was transferred from the Robert Wood Johnson Ambulance to the helicopter and was flown to RWJ Hospital New Brunswick trauma center. Manalapan Township Fire Department stood by at the landing zone and assisted.

There were no reported injuries in the other vehicle in the collision.


A Perrineville Road accident victim is loaded onto the NJ State Police Helicopter “North Star” at the Millstone Township little league field on Perrineville Road July 20, 2020


Allentown High School Class of 2020

July 9, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–After a long wait for outdoor graduations due to the COVID-19 pandemic Allentown High School’s Class of 2020 was able to have a full commencement this afternoon. This was Allentown High Schools Ninety-Fifth commencement.

The ceremony was held outdoors at Arm & Hammer Waterfront Park due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Photo gallery:

BREAKING: Fatal Accident In Millstone Township

June 23, 2020

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–New Jersey State Police said a fatal accident was reported on Carrs Tavern Rd at 3:18 pm.

State Police said that preliminary details indicate that a Buick Century traveling on Carrs Tavern Road ran off the roadway and into several bushes. The driver of the Buick was pronounced dead at the scene. Cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Allentown High School, Class Of 2020, Senior Parade

June 6, 2020

ALLENTOWN-UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–This evening a Senior Class Car Procession was held from 5 to 7 pm to celebrate the Allentown High School Class of 2020. Tonight would have been Allentown’s Prom but since the covid-19 pandemic that was canceled.

The Seniors were be led by the New Jersey State police, DJ Nebbs Entertainment and Hope Fire Company also assisted with traffic control around the township.

71 Scouts From Millstone And Upper Freehold, Camping Apart yet Together

June 1, 2020

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–In this time of social distancing, being “together” is tough.  This weekend, families from both Cub Scout Pack 116 and Boy Scout Troop 116 of Millstone Township went camping…. at home. With the aid of a private Facebook group and Zoom video conferencing; scouts and their families spent time outside cooking, building campsite gateways, doing scavenger hunts and pioneering projects. 

Fifty families with 71 scouts located in both Millstone and Upper Freehold and ranging in age from 6 years to adult participated in the weekend long event. Cubmaster, Chris Weltner, commented, “This was an excellent event, the weather could not have been any better. I am proud of the scouts who attended and showed their scouting skills and scout spirit. This pack/troop interaction should occur more often and I look forward to participating in person.” 
Teaching, learning & growing… that was the highlight of the weekend that held the theme “Scouts Camping Apart yet Together: bridging the gap from Lion to Eagle”. Each morning began with a rousing Reveille and each night ended with Taps played by the Troop 116 Buglers. George Schmidt, Senior Patrol Leader, said “I was happy to see so many scouts getting involved in different activities. It was the closest thing we have had to a camp out in months.”
The older scouts from Troop 116 posted instructional videos ranging from cooking, hiking and First Aid skills to pioneering projects, Leave No Trace tips and flag retirement ceremonies. Challenges were made and accepted by scouts of all ages… cooking, camp gateway projects, scavenger hunts, scout skills, and, of course, a s’mores challenge ended Saturday night on a sweet note! Troop Committee Chair, John Keleher. noted that he was “really impressed by not only the engagement of the scouts, but the quality of the content that was posted and shared online. The amount of effort these boys put in was really great!”  

Are you interested in learning more about Scouting? For boys in Kindergarten through 5th grade, please visit millstonepack116.org and for boys 6th grade and older, please visit https://millstonetwp116.mytroop.us/. Dens and patrols are always forming and you are welcome to Join the Adventure! 

Memorial Day In Millstone And Allentown

May 27, 2020

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP AND ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Troopers from the New Jersey State Police Troop C Hamilton attended a small Memorial Day Ceremony at the Veteran’s Memorial in Millstone Township.

Also Hope Fire Company had a small parade though Allentown in remembrance of Memorial Day.

Hightstown Memorial Day Services Here as reported earlier

Free Ice Cream Or Italian Ice Special Event Held By Vesuvio’s Pizza Of Millstone

April 29, 2020

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Yesterday between 3 pm and 6 pm Vesuvio’s food truck “Slices and Ices” handed out over 350 free ice creams and Italian ices during a special event held across from the pizzeria in the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices NJ Properties lot.

Frank Costaglioa from Vesuvio’s provided the free ice cream and Italian Ice. Volunteers including eleven agents from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices NJ Properties helped take orders, direct traffic and hand out ice in a manor to keep the “social distancing” practice in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the kids arrived with their parents someone took the order and then a few seconds later they were handed their treats. Vesuvio’s offered vanilla or chocolate ice cream and the other option was cherry or lemon Italian ice. Everyone had gloves and masks to keep everyone save.

4 Injured In Serious Accident In Millstone

April 25, 2020

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A total of four people were injured with non-threatening injures in an accident around 2 pm this afternoon. The accident occurred between a Nissan Murando and a Harley Davidson motorcycle leaving three people trapped upside down in the Nissan and the motorcyclist injured. The collision was at the intersection of Millstone Road and Stage Coach Road-Route 524 also known as “Scooter’s Corner”

The Millstone Township Fire Company responded and requested assistance from several area agencies including Monroe Township Fire Department and Hope Fire Company of Allentown. First Aid Squads were Millstone Township, RWJ Hospital EMS, Allentown First Aid-Capitol Health EMS, and Freehold.

When the Millstone Township Fire Department arrived they found three trapped upside down in the Nissan Murando set up extrication equipment and quickly removed three trapped.

A helicopter was called from the NJ State Police for the motorcyclist but was not needed. The motorcyclist was taken to Jersey Shore Medical Center. Three from the Nissan were taken to CentraState Medical Center in Freehold.

No additional details were ready at the time of this report. Initial reports were that all patients had non-threatening injures.

Rep. Chris Smith’s Annual High School Art Competition Opens ‘Virtually’

April 24, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER) – For the first time ever, the annual Congressional Art Competition held by Rep. Chris Smith as part of a national competition for his district’s high school students, will be a “virtual” online show to ensure the safety of students, parents, teachers and the interested public.

    In response to the coronavirus national emergency, the artwork, which is normally displayed for a month at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton’s Lakefront Gallery, will be posted on Smith’s congressional website ensuring that the students who have worked for many months can still take part in the national competition.

    “For these young student artists whose school year has been turned upside down by coronavirus, I am happy we found a way forward and I am grateful to the parents, judges and teachers for making needed adjustments,” Smith said.

    “We received strong support for a virtual art competition rather than cancel the show outright due to COVID-19 restrictions,” Smith said. “Safety is paramount, and a virtual gallery enables us to proceed safely not only for the students and parents, but for the patients and workers at RWJ-Hamilton, which has in the past, graciously hosted the show,” he said.

“I am delighted that this year’s show wasn’t canceled, but continued as an online competition,” said Wall High School art teacher, Jill Alexander, who has been preparing her students to enter the show every year for the past six years. “Students in the 4th district are thankful for the great show that Congressman Chris Smith puts on each year, but especially this year because of the challenges everyone is facing.”

“We love going to Robert Wood Johnson’s impressive gallery, and unfortunately that just wasn’t possible this year. My students start working in September preparing their best artwork to submit, and this show is the highlight of the year for us. 

“High school students across the country will miss the opportunity to participate in many events this year, including proms, sporting events and even graduation,” Alexander said. “We are really pleased the art competition survives.” 

             The 2020 show will be exhibited in a virtual art gallery, will use online judging, with winners to be announced in May. Smith’s three-member team of professional judges, whose works are also normally displayed at the show, will also have artwork posted in an online gallery.

     This year, students who place in the competition—as best-of-show, and first, second and third runners-up and honorable mentions—will receive ribbons and all participants will be mailed Congressional Certificates, instead of being presented them in person.

   The best-in-show winner will be displayed in the Capitol Building in Washington along the busy public corridor/tunnel between the Cannon House Office Building and the Capitol Building for one year with other winners from across the nation. All the artwork entered into Smith’s competition this year will be displayed in his online gallery for one year.

   Every year the Congressional Institute sponsors this national high school art competition to recognize and foster artistic talent in each congressional district. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Participation in the contest is at the discretion of each Member office. Currently, the Institute plans to accept the top winning artwork from every congressional show in America by June 18 and hold a reception in Washington on July 22.

     For information about the 2020 NJ-04 show or to view the 2019 and prior year winners visit Congressman Smith’s Congressional Art Competition web page.

Single Car Accident In Millstone

April 18, 2020

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A single car accident into a tree occurred in the 300 Block of Route 527A-Smithburg Road at 4:57 pm. The Millstone Township Fire Department, NJ State Police and EMS responded. NJ State Police are investigating the crash. No further details are available at the time of this report.

Fatal Accident In Millstone

April 1, 2020

Updated: NJSP released the name of the victim, Jeremy Pulley, 38, of Freehold had passed away in the accident.

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)—One person passed away from a single car crash on Route 537 near Six Flags Great Adventure this morning according to New Jersey State Police. The reportedly lost control and crashed into a utility pole around 7 am. The New Jersey State Police are investigating. The name of the deceased was being withheld pending notification of the family. The exit ramp from 195 to 537 was closed for several hours for the accident investigation.

Congressman Smith Working to Bring Home Americans Trapped in Peru

March 24, 2020

In an urgent phone conversation Saturday, March 21st with U.S. Ambassador to Peru, Krishna Urs, Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04) a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, urged the Ambassador to reach out to U.S. citizens and reassure those spread-out across Peru that they have not been forgotten nor abandoned.

There are reportedly 5,000 Americans trapped in Peru needing the immediate assistance of the U.S. government in order to get home,” said Smith, who has been contacted by more than a dozen travelers with New Jersey roots.

The Administration has been working on some limited options, but we are asking the State Department to raise the bar and expand their efforts to include chartering planes or using military aircraft.”

Seven hundred Americans, including some from my district, are stuck in parts of Peru, such as Cusco, which is 11,000 feet above sea level where air quality is thin and a strict curfew is enforced.  It’s time to let these Americans and their worried families in the U.S. know that their country will employ more resources to bring them home safely,” Smith said.

In addition to speaking with the Ambassador, Smith has been working with State Department officials for several days. A human rights leader in the Congress, Smith has written three letters to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo outlining the location and needs of the New Jersey residents and others desperate for assistance to come home.

 “I ask your assistance in prioritizing the evacuation from Peru of these and other Americans by any appropriate, practicable and timely manner, including the chartering of private or commercial aircraft or the utilization of military planes,” Smith said in his March 20th letter in which he named specific Americans needing assistance.

Smith also led a letter cosigned by two additional members of the Foreign Affairs Committee which said in part “Amid the press of so many concerns prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, we appreciate the efforts undertaken thus far on behalf of our citizens abroad, but nonetheless ask that you reassure trapped Americans and their families that their needs are being prioritized.”

Americans in Peru and elsewhere around the globe should know that we are doing everything we can to reunite them with their loved ones,” he said.

According to news reports, on March 15 the Peruvian government abruptly announced it would close

all borders, effective March 16, subsequently issuing a 15-day quarantine. It later announced that March 22 would be the final day the country would allow official flights to repatriate foreign visitors before the country closed all borders, effectively trapping many Americans and other international visitors in the South American nation. Further repatriation efforts require diplomatic intervention, something Rep. Smith is urging our Ambassador and State Department to prioritize.

Upper Freehold Regional School Buildings Closed Until After Spring Break April 20th, Online Learning Continues

March 20, 2020

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–See letter sent out to families of Upper Freehold Regional School District:

March 20, 2020
Dear UFRSD Family,
I hope this letter finds you well. It is remarkable to think about how different things are in such
a short amount of time. In these times, we are seeing our schools, our staff, our students, our
community, our state and country rise up to battle this moment in our history. I continue to be
proud of the work that everyone is doing to make this moment meaningful for kids. We are all a part
of this team of Redbirds, and I couldn’t be prouder of the entire UFRSD community.
As you may remember, the UFRSD and Millstone Township School District made the decision last week
to close our schools through March 27, 2020. We made this decision to support the recommendation of
social distancing to help slow the spread of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) virus. This past week, the
Governor closed all schools in New Jersey “until further notice.” All indications point to a much
longer closure for our schools. Therefore, Dr. Huss and I made the decision to close schools
through spring break. Spring break begins on Thursday, April 9th (early dismissal schedule) and has
our schools reopening on Monday, April 20, 2020. There will be no remote learning during the week
of spring break (April 10 – April 19), because, more than ever, we recognize the real need for a
mental break this year..
We are fully aware that this date may need to continue to be adjusted. We will monitor all
information and continually consult with the Department of Health and the Department of Education
to determine if the April 20th date is a realistic one.
I am an eternal optimist, and I know we will get through this challenging time together. We have
always been a great district, and this extraordinary community just continues to show how amazing
people do amazing things.
Stay healthy, and I will continue to look forward to our return to school at some point in the
future. I miss everyone.
My best,
Mark Guterl
Mark Guterl
Superintendent of Schools

Governor Murphy, Governor Cuomo, and Governor Lamont Announce Regional Approach to Combatting COVID-19

March 16, 2020

The three States will limit crowd capacity for recreational and social gatherings to 50 people – effective by 8 PM tonight 

Restaurants and bars will close for on premise service and move to take-out and delivery only effective 8 PM tonight

Movie theaters, gyms and casinos will temporarily close effective 8 PM tonight

Uniform approach to social distancing will slow spread of COVID-19 throughout the tri-state area

PRESS RELEASE FROM GOV. MURPHY’S OFFICE: TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)—Amid a lack of federal direction and nationwide standards, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont today announced a regional approach to combatting the novel coronavirus – or COVID-19 – throughout the tri-state area.

These uniform standards will limit crowd capacity for social and recreational gatherings to 50 people, effective 8 PM tonight. This follows updated guidance that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued yesterday recommending the cancellation or postponement of in-person events consisting of 50 people or more.

The three governors also announced restaurants and bars will close for on premise service and move to take-out and delivery services only. These establishments will be provided a waiver for carry-out alcohol. These measures will take effect at 8 PM tonight.

Finally, the three governors said they will temporarily close movie theaters, gyms and casinos, effective at 8 PM tonight. 

This uniform approach to social distancing is meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. 

Governor Murphy said, “With all we are seeing in our state – and across our nation and around the world – the time for us to take our strongest, and most direct, actions to date to slow the spread of coronavirus is now. I’ve said many times over the past several days that, in our state, we are going to get through this as one New Jersey family. But if we’re all in this together, we must work with our neighboring states to act together. The work against coronavirus isn’t just up to some of us, it’s up to all of us.”

“Our primary goal right now is to slow the spread of this virus so that the wave of new infections doesn’t crash our healthcare system, and everyone agrees social distancing is the best way to do that,” Governor Cuomo said. “This is not a war that can be won alone, which is why New York is partnering with our neighboring states to implement a uniform standard that not only keeps our people safe but also prevents ‘state shopping’ where residents of one state travel to another and vice versa. I have called on the federal government to implement nationwide protocols but in their absence we are taking this on ourselves.”

Governor Lamont said, “The only way to effectively fight the spread of COVID-19 is by working together as states. We have shared interests, and a patchwork of closures and restrictions is not the best way forward. I know that because of this collaboration, we will save lives.” 

Messages From Monmouth County And Millstone Township On COVID-19

March 13, 2020

FREEHOLD AND MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Due to the cancellation of group activities on the local, state and national levels, all Millstone Township recreational programs, both travel and non-travel, adult and youth programs,  have been suspended through Sunday, April 5th 2020.  This includes games, practices and events.  Further evaluation will be made in early April regarding lifting or extending this suspension. 

Video from Millstone Township Mayor and Deputy Mayor Regarding COVID-19

Monmouth County takes action in response to COVID-19

Beginning Saturday, March 14, no public access to County buildings

FREEHOLD, NJ –The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and County officials are
taking action out of an abundance of caution to protect and keep residents safe from the
spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
“Our number one priority is the safety of our residents and so, at this time, we have decided to
take immediate actions to prevent the COVID-19 in Monmouth County libraries, parks and
public buildings,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “In attempt to curb the spread of
COVID-19, Monmouth County will be suspending all public building access and programs
beginning tomorrow.”
“We want to remind residents to remain calm and make sure you have the most accurate and
up to date information, which you can get from the Centers of Disease Control or the New
Jersey Department of Health. Please help us spread facts, not fear,” added Freeholder Director
Arnone.
Beginning Saturday, March 14, and through Sunday, March 22, all Monmouth County Library
branches and the Monmouth County Park System buildings will be closed to the public. County
golf courses and park spaces will remain open.
Beginning Monday, March 16, public access will be restricted from all buildings with the
exception of the Monmouth County Division of Social Services (MCDSS). For MCDSS,
protections will be put into place to ensure that there is no physical contact between
Monmouth County employees and the residents seeking services.
All Monmouth County employees will report to work and be available to residents by phone
and by email.
“We understand that the COVID-19 situation is unsettling for some and want to arm our
residents with the information they need,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley,
liaison to the Monmouth County Department of Health and Human Services. “There is a
Monmouth County Health Department’s phone bank will open Monday at 9 a.m. for residents
who have any questions and concerns about COVID-19, or need to talk to someone about how
this situation is affecting them.”
Crisis Counselors from the Monmouth County Division of Behavioral Health are available
through the phone banks to help residents who may be experiencing stress or anxiety due to
the evolving situation. The counselors will provide County residents with guidance to help
them through this challenging time.
The Monmouth County Health Department phone bank will open Monday, March 16 at 9 a.m.
and can be reached at 732-845-2070.

County officials monitoring Coronavirus situation in
Monmouth County

FREEHOLD, NJ –With four presumptive positive cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Monmouth
County, County officials are assuring residents that they are monitoring the situation and taking action
to ensure the public health and safety of Monmouth County residents.
Two of the presumptive positive cases include a 66 year old female from Hazlet and an 83 year old
female from Hazlet who are both being treated at Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical
Center. The Golden Age Adult Day Care Program, where both of these individuals were clients, has
voluntarily closed and is working in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Health and the
Monmouth County Health Department.
The two other cases include a 27 year old male from Little Silver who recently attended the Biogen
conference in Boston and a 17 year old female from Little Silver who is an immediate family member
of the 27 year old male.
“We continue to assure you that the freeholder board is actively engaged and in constant contact with
the local mayors and the New Jersey Legislative Delegation as well as the New Jersey Governor’s
Office and the New Jersey Department of Health,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “We
are committed to ensuring that the County has the necessary resources to respond and mitigate this
evolving situation.”
“All Monmouth County and municipal health officials are following guidelines set forth by the Centers
of Disease Control (CDC) the Governor’s State of Emergency Declaration and the New Jersey
Department of Health (NJDOH) for response to COVID-19 cases,” added Freeholder Director
Arnone.
All Monmouth County and municipal health officials are following the guidelines set forth by the CDC
and the NJDOH for monitoring and response to COVID-19 cases.
The best defense against the Coronavirus is to practice safe respiratory hygiene and take steps to
prevent the spread of germs including washing hands, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home
when sick. However, residents should be aware that as investigations into these four cases continue,
additional cases may be identified.
“Again we would like to reiterate that it is important to have factual, up to date information about the
coronavirus,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Kiley. “If you have questions, go directly to the CDC,
the New Jersey Department of Health or the Monmouth County Health Department.”
There have been social media reports of individuals going door to door claiming to be from the CDC.
The CDC is not deploying teams of people to go door to door and conduct surveillance, so people
should not let these individuals in their homes or speak with them.
The CDC has a “share the facts, stop fear” page which is quite useful in determining what is fact vs.
fiction with regard to the coronavirus. It can be accessed at cdc.gov/coronavirus.
Timely and accurate information can also be found at http://www.nj.gov/health and anyone with questions
can call the NJDOH COVID-19 24-Hour Public Hotline 1-800-222-1222 or email to ncov@dohnj.gov.
Links to the CDC and New Jersey Department of Health are currently posted to the Monmouth County
Health Department webpage, http://www.visitmonmouth.com/health.

Census 2020 Survey Is Arriving By Mail

March 13, 2020

By: Dennis Symons, Jr.

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)—The 2020 Census count is underway and I received my invitation by mail today. As per the instructions I logged onto My2020census.gov and entered my code Census ID Code. There were some very basic questions of who was living in the home and birthdays. It was one of the easiest census forms I have ever completed and took less than two minutes to complete from start to finish, even though it says it could take an average of 10 minutes to complete.

The Census is counted every 10 years and many things from voting districts, financial aid, Federal, State and Local government services and more use this government data. A response is required by law and should be very easy to complete if you have received the invitation from United States Census Bureau.

Frequently asked questions of the Census Bureau:

  1. What is the 2020 Census?The goal of the census is to count every person living in the United States, once, only once and in the right place. Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution mandates that this population and housing count occur every 10 years. Census data guide how more than $675 billion of federal funding is distributed to states and communities each year.
  2. Am I required to respond to the 2020 Census?Yes, you are required by law to respond to the 2020 Census (Title 13, U.S. Code, Sections 141 and 193). We are conducting the 2020 Census under the authority of Title 13, U.S. Code, Sections 141, 193 and 221. This collection of information has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The eight-digit OMB approval number is 0607-1006. If this number were not displayed, we could not conduct the census.
  3. Are my answers confidential and private?Yes. The Census Bureau is required by law to protect your information. The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify you or your household. Per the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015, your data are protected from cybersecurity risks through screening of the systems that transmit your data. All web data submissions are encrypted in order to protect your privacy.Title 13 of the U.S. Code protects the confidentiality of all your information. Violating the confidentiality of a respondent is a federal crime with serious penalties, including a federal prison sentence of up to five years, a fine of up to $250,000, or both. Only authorized individuals have access to the stored data, and the information you provide to the Census Bureau may only be used by a restricted number of authorized individuals who are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of your individual responses. Your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.For more information about how we protect your information, please visit our website at census.gov and click on “Data Protection and Privacy Policy” at the bottom of the home page. This page also includes information about the collection, storage, and use of these records. Click on “System of Records Notices (SORN)” and look for Privacy Act System of Records Notice COMMERCE/CENSUS-5, Decennial Census Program.
  4. Who should complete the 2020 Census questionnaire?This 2020 Census questionnaire should be completed by the person who owns or rents the living quarters or any other person who is at least 15 years of age with knowledge of the household.
  5. How do I change my answers?For questions where you must choose a single response from a list, clicking another response will change your answer to that response.If it is a “select all that apply” question, you may click on a selected check box to unselect the box and remove it as one of your answers.
  6. How long will the 2020 Census questionnaire take?The Census Bureau estimates that completing the questionnaire will take 10 minutes on average.
  7. How will the Census Bureau use the information I provide?By law, the Census Bureau can only use your responses to produce statistics.
  8. Is it safe to complete the 2020 Census questionnaire online?Yes. For each online questionnaire, we are required to provide an explanation to respondents about the confidentiality of the data and the laws that protect those data (e.g., Title 13, U.S. Code Section 9 (a)).Per the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015, your data are protected from cybersecurity risks through screening of the systems that transmit your data. All web data submissions are encrypted in order to protect your privacy, even in the remote chance that your responses are intercepted.More information on this topic can be found on the Data Protection and Privacy Policy webpage (http://www.census.gov/privacy/).
  9. Will the results be published?Yes. By law, the Census Bureau can only use your responses to produce statistics. The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify you or your household. The Census Bureau plans to make results of this study available to the general public. Results will be presented in aggregate form and no personally identifiable information will be published.Information quality is an integral part of the pre-dissemination review of the information disseminated by the Census Bureau (fully described in the Census Bureau’s Information Quality Guidelines at https://www.census.gov/about/policies/quality/guidelines.html). Information quality is also integral to the information collection conducted by the Census Bureau and is incorporated into the clearance process by the Paperwork Reduction Act.
  10. Do I have to complete the 2020 Census questionnaire for my household members?Yes, you will be asked to provide information for each household member.

2020 NJ-4th District Congressional Art Competition Open to High School Students

March 3, 2020

HAMILTON, N.J. (MERCER)– It’s not too late for high school students to sign up for the national 2020 Annual Congressional Art Competition hosted locally by Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04) for Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean students who live in the Fourth Congressional District he represents.

   The deadline for entry is March 13 for current high school student artwork recently completed, or works specifically created just for the competition, that meet the originality, suitability, size and other entry guidelines of the national competition. Click here for 2020 rules of entry, entry forms, a list of towns in the Fourth District and other important information.

   “Every year the artwork submitted by the students is impressive,” Smith said. “It is encouraging and inspiring to see such a high level of artistry being pursued by our students and fostered by art teachers in the Fourth Congressional District. Three professional judges, whose artwork will also be on display, will pick the winners.”

   The artwork entered into the competition this year will be displayed and open to the public at the Lake Front Gallery of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton (RWJ-Hamilton) from March 31, 2020 through May 1, with winners announced at the end of the show. Last year the nearly 70 entries represented a variety of styles and mediums.

  The judges are dedicated, experienced local artists who have roots in the community.

Every year the Congressional Institute sponsors this national high school visual art competition to recognize and foster artistic talent in each congressional district. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Participation in the contest is at the discretion of each Member office.

    Students who place will receive ribbons and all participants are presented with congressional certificates.

Student artwork will on be display during normal hospital visiting hours at the RWJ-Hamilton Lakefront Art Gallery located in the Tower on the first floor mezzanine, directly above the café and gift shop area. RWJ-Hamilton is located at One Hamilton Health Place, Hamilton, NJ, Mercer County.

   To enter a piece of artwork or for more information, call Smith’s Constituent Service Center at (609) 585-7878.

   Information about the 2020 NJ-04 show or to view the 2019 and prior year winners visit Congressman Smith’s Congressional Art Competition web page.

Municipalities in New Jersey’s 4th Congressional District 2013-2022
Allentown Manasquan Bay Head
Avon-By-The-Sea Middletown (part)* Jackson
Belmar Millstone Lakehurst
Bradley Beach Neptune City Lakewood
Brielle Neptune Township Manchester
Colts Neck Ocean Township Plumsted
Eatontown Red Bank Point Pleasant Borough (part) *
Englishtown Roosevelt Point Pleasant Beach
Fair Haven Rumson
Farmingdale Sea Girt
Freehold Borough Shrewsbury Borough
Freehold Township Shrewsbury Township
Holmdel Spring Lake
Howell Spring Lake Heights Mercer County
Lake Como Tinton Falls Hamilton
Little Silver Upper Freehold Robbinsville
Manalapan Wall

  • Point Pleasant Borough and Middletown are split between Congressional Districts. If students live in
    either of these towns and are unsure of their District, please call 609-585-7878 and provide the
    student’s complete home address. The staff will be able to research in which District the student lives.

Ice Hockey: Robbinsville Ravens 5 Hopewell Bulldogs 2

January 17, 2020

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Ravens ice hockey team defeated Hopewell Valley High School Bulldogs with a final score of 5-2.

Note: The Robbinsville Ravens are a cooperative team between Robbinsville High School and Allentown High School.

Photo gallery:

Another Accident On Old York Road Within 7 Days Causes Delays and Power Issues

Breaking crews are still on scene: Expect power problems, traffic delays and detours until repairs are made.

January 17, 2020

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Another crash within the past 7 days on Old York Road creating traffic problems and power problems for the residents of Upper Freehold, East Windsor and Robbinsville as a vehicle cut a pole in half. These accidents are is in a section where two counties and three townships come together. The previous accident was on January 10th and residents were without power close to 10 hours while repairs were made.

Robbinsville Police, East Windsor Police and NJ State Police are on scene, as well as the Robbinsville Township Fire Department, East Windsor Fire Company, Hightstown Fire Company, and Millstone Township Fire Department. Allentown First Aid Squad and Robbinsville FD EMS also on scene.

Update, Robbinsville, East Windsor, and Hightstown Fire has cleared the scene. Millstone Township Fire Department remaining on scene since it is Millstone Township. Expect power problems, traffic delays and detours until repairs are made.

3+ Alarm Mansion Fire In Millstone Township

January 4, 2020

Updated 11:48 am 1/5/2020, with information from Millstone Township Fire Chief John Fiore

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)—Fire fighters responded to a 3 Alarm Fire including sending a “Tanker Strike Force” at 4 Fitzpatrick Lane at 8:59 pm sending fire departments from 4 counties to the scene.

According to Fire Chief John Fiore, calls were reporting flames from the rear of the home, adding to the difficulty of finding the exact address was multiple calls reporting addresses on nearby Pine Hill Road. The fire chief called a 2nd alarm prior to the arrival of fire apparatus due to the amount of calls and information provided by the public and a call from the fire alarm monitoring company.

Milestone Township does not have fire hydrants so water must be trucked in using fire service tankers (aka tenders in other parts of the country) a “tanker strike force” was called. Due to strong winds and blowing embers neighbors homes were checked to make sure the embers did not start a fire and in the nearby woods the chief told our corespondent.

The site remains a NJ State Police “crime scene” while the Monmouth County Fire Marshall’s Office conducts their investigation. The cheif stated that homeowners were not home at the time of the fire. One wall and the garage is still standing everything else is a total loss. The fire department cleared the scene around 4 am.

The house measurement from Google Maps is approximately 110×65 feet and appears to be 2 ½ stories falling into the definition of a “mansion” Firefighters, police and fire investigators were on scene at the time of this report. More information will be released when it becomes available.

List of fire departments responding:

32-1 Millstone Township, 82 Allentown/Hope Fire Company, 56 Jackson-Cassville, 54 Jackson Mills FD, 12 Englishtown, 57 Monroe-Applegarth, 16-1 Freehold Township Independent, 19-2 Howell Township- Adelphia Fire Company, 26-1 Manalapan- Gordons Corner Fire Company, 26-2 Manalapan Fire Company, 41 Highstown Fire Company, 39 New Egypt Fire Company (Plumsted Twp), 23 Monroe District # 3, 49 Plainsboro, Jamesburg, East Windsor, West Windsor, Cranbury. Chesterfield covered Allentown, Helmetta covered Monroe 57.


1/5/2019 10 am Update from NJ State Police: NJ State Police received the call at 9:01 pm and said that no one was home was unoccupied at the time of the fire. NJ State Police said based on preliminary investigation nothing suspicious was noted. No additional information from police was available.

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School Bus Accident In Millstone Twp, Driver Injured

December 2, 2019

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The Millstone Township Fire Department (IAFF Local #4388) responded to a school bus accident at 1:40 pm today. The school bus was carrying sixteen students in grades Kindergarten though 5th grade. At the intersection of Sweetman’s Lane and Millstone Road it collided with a Dodge Ram pickup.

The crash brought down a utility pole and transformer on top of the school bus. The sixteen children from the Millstone Elementary and Millstone Primary Schools were evacuated and uninjured in the accident. The driver of the bus was hospitalized with non life-threatening injures at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. The driver of the Dodge Ram pickup refused treatment at the scene.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the NJ State Police.

Millstone Township Schools dismissed classes early today in anticipation of today’s winter storm.

Shout out to Vesuvio’s Pizzeria & Family Restaurant, the kids were evacuated to the pizzeria and were treated to pizza while waiting transport back to the school. (Ed note: After years of sampling Vesuvio’s pizza it is great pizza)

Millstone Township BSA Troop 116 Holds Eagle Court of Honor

November 30, 2019

By: Dennis Symons, Jr.

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Millstone Township, Boy Scouts of America, Troop 116 held an Eagle Court of Honor today. Six Scouts made the Rank of Eagle Scout, it is the the highest rank in BSA an honor that only 2 to 4% of all Scouts achieve. Luke D. DePinho, Jordan Daniel Lisnow, Nicholas Luke Meier, Noah Lee Meier, Andrew Joseph Raccuglia, and Jared Scott Skidmore obtained the highest rank in the BSA as Eagle Scout.

Dancer, Clifton district awarded more than $3.25 million in transportation grants

November 29, 2019
TRENTON, N.J. – Thirteen municipalities in the 12th legislative district will receive more than $3.25 million in grants from the Department of Transportation, Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Rob Clifton announced today.
 
“This funding will help get vital roadway projects moving and will make much-needed improvements for the benefit of motorists,” said Dancer (R-Ocean).
 
The towns in Dancer and Clifton’s district will use the money for roadway preservation, one of the seven project categories under the municipal aid program. The others include roadway safety, quality of life, mobility, bikeway, pedestrian safety and bridge preservation.
 
“Local commuters and families deserve safer roads, resurfaced roads and peace of mind when travelling in our district. These funds will provide a better and safer experience,” said Clifton (R-Monmouth).
 
NJDOT provides 75 percent of the grant amount when a town awards a contract and the remaining 25 percent upon completion of the project.
 
The following towns and projects in district 12 have been awarded funding:

Municipality                     Grant Amount         Name of Project
Chesterfield Township $244,000.00 Sykesville Rd Improvements Phase II
New Hanover Township $244,000.00 Cookstown Hockamick Road
North Hanover Township $240,000.00 Schoolhouse Road Phase II
Old Bridge Township $312,338.00 Phillips Drive Improvements
Allentown Borough $180,000.00 Improvements to Waldron Road, Quinn Road, and Hamilton Street
Englishtown Borough $154,000.00 Heritage Drive and Raymond Court Improvements
Manalapan Township $270,000.00 Improvements to Gordons Corner Road
Matawan Borough $200,000.00 Overbrook Lane Improvements
Millstone Township $180,000.00 Nurko Road
Roosevelt Borough $255,000.00 Improvements to School Lane
Upper Freehold Township $330,000.00 Burlington Path Road
Jackson Township $425,000.00 Improvements to Wright DeBow Road, Phase II
Plumsted Township $218,000.00 Tower Road Resurfacing

Millstone Scouts Collect over 1,250 lbs food

November 22, 2019

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ–Scouts are HELPFUL As we move into the season of giving, the scouts from Pack 116 in Millstone Township held their annual Scouting for Food drive and collected over 1,250 lbs of food and other non-perishable items that were donated to the Caring Hearts Food Pantry, also in Millstone. (www.upcm.org)

Scouts ranging in age from 5-10 years old collected food from friends, neighbors and family, then sorted and stacked food on the shelves of the food pantry last Friday evening. 

For more information about joining Pack 116, please visit

https://millstonetwp116.mypack.us/

Multiple Vehicle Burglaries in Upper Freehold and Millstone Township

November 23, 2019

By: NJ State Police

***PLEASE SHARE***

The New Jersey State Police is seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a man who committed multiple vehicle burglaries earlier today between the hours of 1 a.m and 4 a.m. in the townships of Millstone and Upper Freehold, Monmouth County.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 6 feet tall, stocky build, wearing a green-hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and gray and white sneakers.

The suspect was observed entering unlocked motor vehicles and removing items.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the New Jersey State Police Hamilton Station at 609-584-8115.

As always, we urge residents to lock their vehicles and keep valuables out of sight.

Anonymous tips are welcome.

Mercury Transit 2019

Updated to include additional photos of the transit and exit.

November 11, 2019, ALLENTOWN-ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – This morning about 7:35 a.m. Eastern Standard Time the planet Mercury started it’s transit across the sun. In a rare event, the transit is where the planet crosses in front of the sun and can be seen from planet Earth. The next time this can be seen from planet Earth will be in 2032. The transit will be complete today around 1:04 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. If you have proper equipment you can see this yourself from just about anywhere in the United States and beyond.

Do not look directly at the sun you won’t be able to see it without some magnification and certified eye protection. Use proper equipment for viewing the sun such as certified eclipse glasses and special filters for cameras and telescopes. I tried looking though eclipse glasses that I had from left over from the eclipse a few years ago and could not see it. Using the camera with a special coated filter with 600mm magnification equivalent I was able to capture images of this event. If you do not use proper equipment you will suffer eye damage and damage to your photographic equipment.

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Feels More Like January Than November This Morning

ALLENTOWN-ROBBINSVILLE, NJ—Joint Base McGuire (the default for our area by many weather apps) may be reporting 22F this morning but out here in the Allentown-Robbinsville area we are waking up to temperatures in the 19F range confirmed by 3 different sensors just before 7 a.m. Bundle up if you are going to the “Run As One 5K Run/1 Mile Walk” over in Hamilton or doing any outside activity it will be a cold one. NJ101.5 Traffic Desk is also reporting some ice on certain roadways so use caution driving.