Category: Allentown

Freedom Day A Juneteenth Celebration In Allentown

June 19, 2021

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)-A Juneteenth celebration was held today in Heritage Park in Allentown. It was a day of unity where everyone was invited to come together and celebrate the voices from diverse Africana (African American) culture.

Allentown Village Initiative walking tour with local historian John Fabiano, Executive Director, Monmouth County Historic Commission, “They Came For Freedom: Allentown & the Underground R.R.” was held in the morning. The tour visited several significant Underground Railroad locations in and around Allentown. To read more on the Underground Railroad read New Jersey’s Underground Railroad Heritage, “Steal Away, Steal Away” A guide to the Underground Railroad in New Jersey, download and read free from the NJ State Library.

Throughout the day there were several performances, music, and speakers on the stage. In the park there were several interactive displays on African American history and cultural heritage.


Allentown High School Class of 2021 Senior Car Parade

June 18, 2021

ALLENTOWN-UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The Allentown High School Senior Car Parade, a tradition that was restarted last year due to COVID-19 was held tonight though the streets of Allentown and Upper Freehold Township. The parade started at 6:00 p.m. and featured the Class of 2021. It was reported the tradition was held prior to 1980 and faded away and restarted last year due to the pandemic. The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office and members/fire police from the Hope Fire Company of Allentown assisted with the parade.

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Allentown High School 2020 Senior Parade Click Here


Beloved Former Upper Freehold Regional School District Superintendent Dr. Fitzpatrick Passes Away

June 13, 2021

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Dr. Richard (Dick) Fitzpatrick, Upper Freehold Regional School District Superintendent of Schools from 2007 to 2018 has passed away. The notification was emailed and posted online in a statement from Mark Guterl the current Superintendent of Schools. The full statement below:

Dear UFRSD Community,

It is with tremendous sadness that I report the passing of our former beloved Superintendent, Dr. Richard (Dick) Fitzpatrick. Dick’s tenure in the UFRSD was transformative, student-centered and impactful. It is a sad day in the UFRSD, but our many wonderful memories of Dr. Fitzpatrick will definitely be in the forefront of our feelings soon.  

Dr. Fitzptrick came to the district in 2007 with an unmatched energy and passion for kids. Anyone who knew Dick or came into contact with him knows that he loved our students…”his kids.” His love for students and people was the foundation for every decision he made, and became the central focus of the UFRSD’s transformation academically and culturally. Patrick Nolan, Board of Education President recalls, “Dr. Fitzpatrick came to us at a moment of great growth in our communities and transition in our district. He influenced our evolution in so many areas, including our current curriculum and our hiring practices. Most of all, he was the biggest cheerleader for our students, no matter what they were doing. Many of the accolades that our district currently enjoys are a result of his passionate leadership. He touched the lives of so many here, and we owe him great thanks.”  Dick’s impact on the district will be lasting. 

Dick’s belief in our staff and his love for the community was also witnessed day in and day out. He was constantly on the move and loved interacting with as many people as he could every single day of school. Whenever you were talking with Dick, you felt as if you were the only one that mattered at that moment.  His personal attention to every member of our district and community gave everyone a model of what it meant to always put people first. 

For those who didn’t know Dr. Fitzpatrick, you should know that he would do anything for anyone and was definitely focused on doing whatever he could to make a difference. He cherished his large family and his numerous grandchildren. He loved working with Villages in Partnership and the people of Malawi. He thought highly of the entire community and alway felt that this was a special place to work. Dick believed in kids and loved them as if they were his own. He preached that if students did their “personal best” there was nothing that could stop them. 

Fortunately, Dr. Fitzpatrick made all of us want to do our “personal best,” which motivated everyone to be better. This I guess is central to what Dick did for all of us, make us better. The UFRSD will forever be grateful to have had Dick Fitzpatrick as a part of our family.

Dick Fitzpatrick – Superintendent of Schools – 2007 – 2018; Cheerleader for the UFRSDl – Forever. 

My best,

Mark Guterl

Superintendent of Schools   





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

June 10, 2021

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

As I always say, we are better together. Please read today’s announcement from Robbinsville. https://www.robbinsville-twp.org/news_detail_T2_R513.php

Sincerely,

Mayor Fritts

Allentown

Lacrosse: Allentown Girls Defeat Manasquan In NJSIAA Semifinal Round, Final Round Tomorrow At Rumson-Fairhaven

June 9, 2021

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Yesterday’s (June 8, 2021) NJSIAA semifinal round of the girls lacrosse South Jersey, Group 2 Tournament was on hold due to lighting and needed to be finished today because of a thunderstorm and the final round being set for tomorrow.

Just as the Allentown and Manasquan girls took the field a clap of thunder was heard putting the game on hold for a half hour. The lacrosse teams were finally able to take the field at 4:18 p.m. when the all clear was given.

The game resumed with 14:32 left in the second half. Score was Allentown 8 and Manasquan 7 when the game resumed.

The game was tied 9-9 as the clock in regulation ran out. Allentown was able to score first in overtime and won the game sending them to the final round tomorrow.

The Allentown girls team will play at Rumson-Fairhaven tomorrow in the final round at 2:00 p.m.

Rumson-Fairhaven is ranked #1 and Allentown is ranked #2

Yesterday’s MidJersey.news story: Girls Lacrosse: NJSIAA Tournament Game On Hold Due To Thunderstorm

In other Allentown NJSIAA tournament play, Baseball and Softball are both at Colts Neck High School tomorrow both games are set for 2:30 p.m.



Girls Lacrosse: NJSIAA Tournament Game On Hold Due To Thunderstorm

June 8, 2021

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Due to a thunderstorm the South Jersey Group 2 Girls Lacrosse NJSIAA Tournament game between Allentown and Manasquan is on hold and will be finished tomorrow afternoon June 9, 2021 at Allentown at 4:00 p.m.

Postponed due to lightening. Game will resume with 14:32 left in the second half. Score is 8-7 Allentown.

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Scenes from the NJSIAA Tournament held at Allentown on June 8, 2021. The game between Allentown and Manasquan is on hold due to a thunderstorm and will be restarted on Wednesday June 9, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. So far Allentown leads by 1 goal and the score is Allentown 8 Manasquan 7 with 14:32 left to play in the second half.

Allentown Lacrosse Beats Hopewell Valley In Quarterfinal Round Of NJSIAA Tournament

June 3, 2021

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–In the quarterfinal round of the 2021 NJSIAA Boys Lacrosse Tournament, South Jersey, Group 2, Allentown scored 14 and Hopewell Valley scored 8 goals. Allentown will take on Rumson-Fair Haven at Rumson on Saturday in the semi-final round.

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68th Allentown Memorial Day Parade And Memorial Service 2021

May 31, 2021

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MERCER)–The 68th Annual Allentown Lions Club Memorial Day Parade and Memorial Service was held today. The parade started at 10:30 a.m. at the north end of Main Street and ending at the Newell Elementary School on High Street. Immediately following the parade the annual memorial service was held and concluded around 12:20 p.m.

A list of participants were, Allentown Lions Club Grand Marshal Dr. Joan Ruddiman, The Allentown Hope Fire Company, The Award Winning AHS Redbird Marching Band, The Allentown First Aid Squad, Jerry Rife and the Rhythm Kings, Allentown Borough Police Dept., The Ancient Order of Hibernian Bagpipe Band, Elected Officials from Allentown and Upper Freehold, New Egypt Fire Co., Larry the Lion, The Shamrock and Thistle Pipe and Drum Band, The Allentown Village Initiative (TAVI) The Knights of Columbus AHR Color Guard Dragons Lacrosse Team, Special Music Provided by DJ Nebbs, The Upper Freehold Professional Firefighters, The Allentown High School FFA and their Salute to our Agricultural Heritage, Allentown/Upper Freehold Little League and Softball Teams, Uncle Sam, Allentown Troop 180A Boy Scouts, Allentown Boy Scout Troop 55, Jacobstown Fire Co., Allentown Pack 180 Cub Scouts, Allentown-Robbinsville Girl Scouts, Clever Clover 4-H Horse Association of Millstone, Civil Air Patrol Color Guard, Crescent Temple Provost Guard, Shrine Clowns, Tin Lizzies, Chesterfield Hose and Crosswicks Fire Co., The FEZ Float, The Allentown Garden Club, Mid-Jersey Antique Cars and others.

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Stone Bridge Middle School Student Sets Up “Missing Man Table” For Memorial Day

May 27, 2021

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP-ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–At the entrance of Stone Bridge Middle School, student Dylan Lacroix, a Cadet Airman 1st Class in the Civil Air Patrol, has set up a “Missing Man Table.” He brought up the idea to Mrs. Folino and Mr. Myslinski.

The missing man table is traditionally part of military dining ceremonies and may also be performed for Veterans Day and Memorial Day services. The table has many different items to symbolize the missing soldiers.

The sign in front of the table reads:

“The table that stands before you is a place of honor. In setting this table, we acknowledge those missing from our celebration tonight. And, we remember them.”

* The table is small, and set for one — symbolizing the vulnerability of a lone prisoner against his captors.

* The tablecloth is white — symbolizing purity of intention in responding to the nation’s call to arms.

* The chair is empty, for they are not here.

* The wine glass is inverted — they cannot toast with us this night.

* The slices of lemon — reminding us of their bitter suffering.

* The grains of salt — representing the countless tears of the families.

* The single red rose — reminding us of loved ones who keep the faith awaiting their return.

* The burning candle and yellow ribbon — symbolizing everlasting hope of a reunion with the missing.


Baseball: Hopewell 3 At Allentown 1

May 19, 2021

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)—The visiting Hopewell Valley baseball team won their game at Allentown today with a final score of Hopewell 3 and Allentown 1

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2021 Allentown Memorial Day Parade

May 19, 2021

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The 2021 Allentown Lions Memorial Day Parade will be held Monday, May 31, 2021.

The Parade is rain or shine and begins at 10:30 a.m.

Please arrive early and remember Main Street and High Street will be closed.

A Memorial Service will follow the parade on the Allentown Grammar school grounds.

In addition, prior to the start of the parade there will be a bicycle decorating contest sponsored by the Allentown Business Community Association at 16 Allen Drive.

All participants are welcomed to ride their bicycles in the parade. 

Facebook link to the event: https://fb.me/e/1Xjqzssig


Strober Selected All-Centennial First Team in Singles

May 11, 2021

LANCASTER, Pa. – Washington College sophomore Landon Strober (Millstone, N.J./Allentown High School Class of 2019) has been named All-Centennial Conference first team singles in men’s tennis in a vote conducted by the conference’s head coaches. In addition, sophomore Christian Gruyon (Bronx, N.Y./Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy) was named to the Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship Team.

Strober, who played No. 1 singles in every match this season, went 5-4 overall and 4-2 in Centennial matches. His five wins tied for tops on the team this spring.

“Landon is one of the hardest workers I have seen since being at Washington College day in and day out,” stated Reynolds. “He competed at the top of our line-up this year, going 5-2 at number one. His ability and perseverance to find ways to stay in matches is something we have been looking for to help our team succeed. This young man is going to continue to get better, and the second half of his career at Washington College is going to be a lot of fun to watch!”

Gruyon was named to the All-Sportsmanship for the first time. Each Centennial Conference member institution was permitted to nominate one student-athlete who exemplifies the best in sportsmanship for the All-Sportsmanship Team.