Category: Allentown

Robbinsville Blanks Lawrence Ice Hockey 6-0 on Senior Night

January 21, 2022

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–This afternoon at Mercer County Skating Center the Robbinsville-Allentown Coopertive Ice Hockey Team blanked Lawrence High School with a final score of 6-0. It was also Robbinsville Raven’s Senior Night

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Robbinsville Ravens Ice Hockey Defeats Paul VI High School 4-3

January 5, 2022

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Ravens-Allentown Red Birds cooperative Ice Hockey Team defeated Paul VI High School of Haddonfield with a final score of 4-3 at Mercer County Skating Center.

The Robbinsville Ravens Ice Hockey Team is a cooperative team between Robbinsville and Allentown High Schools.

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Governor Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy Announce the Return of The Holidays at Drumthwacket

New Jerseyans Invited to Drumthwacket for Open House Tours to View Holiday Decorations

December 10, 2021

PRINCETON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy today announced the return of The Holidays at Drumthwacket, a longstanding tradition of open house tours at the Governor’s official residence in Princeton to celebrate the holiday season. New Jerseyans are invited to attend the open house tours to view the holiday decorations on display. The Drumthwacket Foundation, in partnership with six garden clubs from across New Jersey, have decorated each room using fresh arrangements and greenery to complement the architecture and decor of the historical property. “The holiday season is a wonderful time to celebrate with loved ones and reflect on our blessings,” said First Lady Tammy Murphy, President of the Drumthwacket Foundation. “After a challenging year for all, we are thrilled to open the People’s House and invite everyone to safely tour the beautiful décor and magical holiday displays created by New Jersey’s renowned garden clubs. Phil and I look forward to this tradition every year, and we are grateful that we can once again open Drumthwacket’s doors to share in this joyous season with all New Jerseyans.” The tours are self-guided and there will be several docents stationed throughout Drumthwacket to answer questions and provide historical information about the property. The open house tours will be held on the following dates:

  • Thursday, December 16, 2021, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 18, 2021, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 20, 2021, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Admission and on-site parking are free of charge, but reservations are required to ensure proper social distancing. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask. To make tour arrangements, visit https://drumthwacket.org/visit/open-houses/.  TheHolidays at Drumthwacket includes the following display presentations located throughout the first floor of the residence: 
Entrance Gate & Window Wreaths
Decorated by Belvidere Garden Club
Simplistic elegance characterizes the Entrance Gate wreaths decorated with pinecones, berries, and pheasant feathers with splashes of crystal and gold and complimented by rich red velvet ribbon trim. The 29 window wreaths are festooned with bows of rich red velvet ribbon. 

Foyer
Decorated by Keyport Garden Club
The theme of this room is pearl, gold, and silver elegance. The Pearl represents Keyport itself as it is often called the “Pearl of The Bayshore” and the gold and silver speak to the elegance. The staircase is adorned with tear drop garland adorned with cream, gold, and silver ribbons. The tree in the foyer is decorated with ornaments representing Keyport. The sideboard is adorned with both a Menorah, honoring Chanukah, and a Nativity, honoring Christmas. The dried florals in the foyer have been harvested from Keyport Garden Club member gardens. 

Dining Room
Decorated by Garden Club of Long Valley
The stunning Tiffany silver punch bowl is filled with orchids, anthurium, western cedar, and magnolia branches with white ferns, pampas grass, lunaria, and dried Chinese lanterns. Each table setting features small botanical packages. The mantles are adorned with garlands and white magnolia branches. The room’s magnificent 9 foot tree is decorated with dried hydrangea and ornaments inspired by the room’s hand-painted wall panels. 

Parlor
Decorated by Warren Garden Club
The parlor’s theme is a “Tribute to the State Forests and State Parks of Warren County.”  Faux flora and fauna are aesthetically interspersed with fresh plant materials providing a glimpse of the wonders of nature which may inspire visits a State Forest or State Park in the future.

Music RoomDecorated by West Trenton Garden Club
The theme for this room is “Gingerbread Wonderland.”  Several gingerbread houses and ornaments adorn the carved mantle and period tables. The room’s central round table resemble a town center with a large tree in the middle surrounded by a gingerbread village. 

Library
Decorated by Allentown Garden Club
The theme in this room is “Peace,” which is symbolized by white doves and feathers, olive branches and origami cranes in addition to white orchids and peace lilies. To create a welcoming and peaceful holiday atmosphere, the Library celebrates both Christmas, with traditional decorations and trees, and Kwanzaa, with décor representative of this annual celebration of African-American culture. 

Governor’s Study
Decorated by Allentown Garden Club Co-Chair Debi DeLorenzo & Chris Endris
The Governor’s study is adorned with natural arrangements and mementoes of Christmas past.



Allentown FFA Fall 2021 Activities

December 9, 2021

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–We are happy to announce that the Allentown FFA Chapter participated in its first sponsored leadership event for the 2021-2022 academic year through the LEAD leadership conference held on October 1st at Rutgers University. The chapter saw many people attend the conference that encompassed COLT (chapter officer leadership training), LOC (leadership and opportunities conference) and SGC (state greenhand conference), and then meeting at the Ag building the next day to virtually complete the conference conducted with the New Jersey State Officer Team. In regards to development activities, the members of the FFA continue practicing for Fall CDEs in Fruit & Vegetable Identification, Milk Quality and Products, Turf Management, and Land Evaluation competitions. Competitions will be held in November at Rutgers University. The Allentown FFA Chapter would like to wish good luck to all the teams competing!




The Allentown FFA team also is pleased to announce the success of the Flower Bulb Sale that concluded on Wednesday October 20th, and the successive annual fruits sale that kicked off on October 15 that will continue until November 22, 2021; so get your fruit and cheesecake while they’re still in stock. If you have any questions or would like to pick up an order form, please see an officer or advisor.

The Allentown FFA Chapter conducted it’s Halloween Poster Contest at Newell Elementary School with the objective of informing kids on how to be safe during Halloween which finished successfully with many enthusiastic participants from the elementary school. Starting with Halloween, the October chapter meeting say many people dress and have lots of fun with the activities such as pumpkin painting and the haunted escape room that was made in the Agricultural building. For staying informed on FFA events and activities, continue to view the FFA website for the monthly newsletter for all updates on the Allentown FFA Chapter and we wish luck for all members for the month of November. We would love to invite anyone who wishes to come to the November Chapter Meeting that will be held on November 18, 2021, and for all questions regarding anything FFA, don’t hesitate to contact an FFA officer or advisor.

Honor Society Inductions: The Allentown FFA Chapter assists the National Honor Society advisors by attending the National Honor Society induction ceremony and handing out programs and acting as ushers the guests. The chapter also provided the stage floral decorations for the Honor Society Inductions- Latin, English, History, Fine Art, Math, Spanish, French, Science and Italian- as well as the National Honor Society Induction.

Thanksgiving Floral Arrangement Sale: The Allentown FFA sold flower arrangements that were Thanksgiving themed. We sold them to community members and staff of UFRSD. Single candle arrangements are $20.and cornucopias were $24.

Popcorn Park Zoo Donation Collection: Every year, the Allentown FFA hosts the Popcorn Park Pet Supply Drive to assist animals in the shelter. We do this by placing bins in various locations, including the 3 UFRSD schools, Ag stores in Allentown and Millstone, and other locations. For the drive, make flyers to show what types of supplies are needed by the shelter. We typically leave the bins at their location for a month and check them periodically to see if they need to be emptied. All officers must receive approval from their location before placing a bin there. After the donation drive is over, we pack a vehicle with the donations and deliver them to the zoo.


New Jersey FFA Assocation Officer Visit to Allentown FFA on November 15, 2021:


On December 4, 2021, Allentown FFA participated in the New Jersey FFA Association Mission Conference! Members learned about personal development!


Robbinsville Ice Hockey Comes Back from Deficit to Beat Hopewell 4-2

December 9, 2021

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Last night at Mercer County Park Skating Center Robbinsville Ice Hockey was down by 2 goals with nothing on the board after 2 periods against Hopewell Valley. In the 3rd period Robbinsville scored 3 goals and 1 ENG empty netter goal to bring the final score Hopewell 2, Robbinsville 4.

Hopewell Valley / Montgomery Ice Hockey vs. Robbinsville / Allentown Ice Hockey are cooperative teams with a combination of players from each school.


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Almost Total Lunar Eclipse Over NJ

November 19, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–A partial lunar eclipse started around 2:30 a.m. peaked about 4:00 a.m. and concluded around 5:30 a.m. early this morning. The almost total partial lunar eclipse was visible over most of the United States.

Photos below were taken from the Robbinsville, Upper Freehold, Allentown area of New Jersey.

To read more about the eclipse visit NASA “An Almost Total Lunar Eclipse”





After Successful Gun Buyback In Asbury Park, Second Gun Buyback Event To Be Held In Freehold Township

October 29, 2021

FREEHOLD NJ (MONMOUTH)–Following a successful gun buyback held in Asbury Park last weekend, a second such event will be held next month, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced Friday.

The second gun buyback in as many months is scheduled to take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 20 at the Bethel AME Church on Waterworks Road in Freehold Township.

The event is being sponsored by the Prosecutor’s Office, the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, under the leadership of Sheriff Shaun Golden; the Freehold Borough Police Department, under the leadership of Chief Craig W. Dispenza; the Freehold Township Police Department, under the leadership of Chief George K. Baumann; and the Bethel AME Church, under the leadership of the Rev. Ronald L. Sparks.  

The payment schedule for the Freehold gun buyback will differ slightly from that of the event in Asbury Park; assault weapons will be collected in exchange for $250 in cash, handguns for $100 apiece, and shotguns and rifles for $25 apiece. There will be no cash compensation for ammunition, replica guns, or BB and pellet guns. All weapons must be transported to the gun buyback safely, unloaded, in a secured box or carry case, or with a trigger lock.

As with the Asbury Park event, the gun buyback will be strictly anonymous, with no questions asked of those surrendering firearms. There will also again be no limit on the number of firearms that can be turned in per person.

Today’s announcement comes on the heels of a New Jersey Office of the Attorney General press conference hosted yesterday at the National Guard Armory in Lawrenceville, where Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck announced that nearly 3,000 firearms were turned in by residents at state- and locally sponsored gun buyback events held across the state on Saturday, October 23 at 10 locations, including Asbury Park.

A total of 360 firearms, including 159 handguns, 133 rifles and shotguns, and three assault weapons were surrendered over the course of about eight hours in Asbury Park.

“We couldn’t be prouder of our results in Monmouth County, where more firearms were collected at a single site during a gun buyback event than at any point in more than eight years,” Acting Monmouth County First Assistant Prosecutor Michael Wojciechowski said. “Those results illustrated obvious and robust interest in the availability of such programs, and we are pleased to offer yet another chance, on the other side of the county, for individuals to safely and anonymously rid themselves of unwanted firearms in exchange for cash.”

The two gun buyback events in Asbury Park and Freehold marked Monmouth County’s first such events since 2017.


Monmouth County (Asbury Park)
Acting County Prosecutor Lori Linskey
Total weapons: 360
Assault weapons: 3
Rifles/shotguns: 133
Handguns: 159




Acting AG Bruck and 9 County Prosecutors: New Jersey’s Largest Ever Single-Day Gun Buyback Yields Nearly 3,000 Firearms

Speaking at a press conference yesterday October 28, 2021 at the National Guard Armory in Lawrenceville, Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck announced that nearly three thousand firearms were turned in by residents at state-and locally-sponsored gun buyback events that were held on Saturday, October 23 at ten locations in partnership with Bergen, Camden, Cumberland, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Salem, Somerset, and Union Counties.

Acting AG Bruck made the announcement with county prosecutors and law enforcement leaders from participating locations. The “Guns for Cash” events in Englewood, Camden, Bridgeton, Trenton, Somerset, Asbury Park, Carneys Point, Elizabeth, Plainfield, and Westfield yielded 2,806 firearms.

Acting AG Bruck noted that the weapons collected at the ten locations included 1,196 handguns, 1,206 rifles/shotguns, and 29 assault weapons. A breakdown of the firearms collected by county is as follows:

Bergen County (Englewood)
County Prosecutor Mark Musella
Total weapons: 248
Assault weapons: 1
Rifles/shotguns: 95
Handguns: 119

Camden County (Camden City)
Acting County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer
Total weapons: 249
Assault weapons: 2
Rifles/shotguns: 101
Handguns: 120

Cumberland County (Bridgeton)
County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McCrae
Total weapons: 391
Assault weapons: 10
Rifles/shotguns: 142
Handguns: 168

Mercer County (Trenton)
County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri
Total weapons: 194
Assault weapons: 2
Rifles/shotguns: 102
Handguns: 58

Middlesex/Somerset Counties (Somerset)
County Prosecutors Yolanda Ciccone & Michael H. Robertson
Total weapons: 621
Assault weapons: 2
Rifles/shotguns: 274
Handguns: 239

Monmouth County (Asbury Park)
Acting County Prosecutor Lori Linskey
Total weapons: 360
Assault weapons: 3
Rifles/shotguns: 133
Handguns: 159

Salem County (Carneys Point)
Acting County Prosecutor Kristin J. Telsey
Total weapons: 223
Assault weapons: 3
Rifles/shotguns: 92
Handguns: 86

Union County (Elizabeth, Plainfield, Westfield)
County Prosecutor William A. Daniel
Total weapons: 520
Assault weapons: 6
Rifles/shotguns: 267
Handguns: 247

New Jersey residents were invited to turn in up to three firearms of any type “no questions asked,” and could earn a maximum of $750. Under standardized pricing set for the buybacks, gun owners were paid $25 for inoperable firearms and BB/pellet guns, $125 for rifles and shotguns, $200 for handguns, and $250 for assault weapons. The buybacks were funded predominantly by forfeiture dollars obtained by the local police departments and County Prosecutors’ Offices, as well as forfeiture funds from the Division of Criminal Justice.

Each of the gun buybacks represented a collaboration between law enforcement and community stakeholders, who promoted and assisted with the events. The nearly three thousand guns collected at the buybacks were rendered inoperable by local police who staffed each event, and will be melted down.

“Every single gun recovered represents a potential life saved,” said Acting Attorney General Bruck. “Our gun buyback events are a great example of what can be accomplished when law enforcement agencies work together with the communities they serve.”

“We are committed to doing everything in our power to reduce gun violence in New Jersey,” said Lyndsay V. Ruotolo, Director of the Division of Criminal Justice. “We saw an outpouring of support from community members and leaders this past Saturday, and the latest results are proof positive that the gun buyback is a successful way for us to actively, collaboratively, and successfully participate in a united violence reduction effort.”

Statements of support from local leaders:

“Like so many public safety efforts, reducing gun violence requires a variety of strategies. In addition to our traditional and core law enforcement functions, we know that reducing the availability of guns, community engagement, and tackling addiction and poverty are just some of the ways we can make an impact,” said Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella. “Thank you, Acting Attorney General Bruck, for inviting the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and our local partners in the Englewood Police Department and Bergen County Sheriff’s Office to participate in the gun amnesty program.”

“The CCPO is proud to have been a part of this statewide initiative that resulted in thousands of guns being collected,” said Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer. “Those guns will never make it to the streets or fall into the hands of a child because of the outstanding team effort, spearheaded by Acting Attorney General Bruck, and his vision for a safer New Jersey. This gun buy back was just one chapter in our mission to reduce gun violence in our county and state.”

“We are pleased with the results of the Gun Buy Back in Cumberland County,” said Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae. “391 firearms were collected and will not fall into the wrong hands as a result of this program.  We see this as one piece of an ongoing initiative to promote gun safety and eradicate gun violence in our community.  I would like to thank the Cumberland County Chiefs and Sheriff for their support in making this very important program a success.”

“Mercer County is proud to have played a part in such a successful collaboration,” said Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri. “To see such a turnout from our citizens and community leaders was so encouraging and demonstrates people really want to make a difference.  Mercer County pledges to continue to put the work in every day to combat gun violence and remove illegal guns from our neighborhoods.”

“The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office is proud to have shepherded this important endeavor undertaken by Middlesex and Somerset law enforcement and made possible by the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens,” said Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone.  “With nearly 3,000 firearms safely recovered from across our State, these are weapons that can never find their way into the hands of those who would do harm to our communities.”

“We couldn’t be prouder of our results in Monmouth County, where more firearms were collected at a single site during a gun buyback event than at any point in more than eight years,” Acting Monmouth County First Assistant Prosecutor Michael Wojciechowski said. “Gun violence being a monumentally daunting public-safety concern, it is so deeply encouraging to consider that none of the 360 weapons turned in last weekend will ever be used to harm anyone. On behalf of Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey, we extend our sincere thanks to our trusted partners with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Board of Monmouth County Commissioners, Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, and Asbury Park Police Department for their assistance, and in particular to the Second Baptist Church of Asbury Park and Pastor Semaj Vanzant Sr. for their hospitality.”

“This program was a tremendous success for Salem County, allowing us to collect five times as many guns as at prior events,” said Acting Salem County Prosecutor Kristin J. Telsey. “Every gun collected represents the possibility that a life has been saved by removing the potential for a tragic accident or an act of violence as a result of that firearm.  While these programs alone will not end gun violence, the removal of 223 guns from Salem County alone does make a real difference.  Thank you to all of our partnering agencies and to every person who came out to make this effort such a success.”

“We welcome the opportunity to participate in the gun buyback program with our law enforcement partners throughout the State,” said Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. “Reducing the amount of firearms that could potentially cause violence in our communities is a top priority for all of us and we will continue to participate in initiatives that make our neighborhoods safer.”

“I am pleased to share that Saturday’s gun buyback event in Union County netted a total of more than 520 unwanted firearms,” said Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel. “Through our partnerships with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Union County Board of County Commissioners, Union County Sheriff’s Office, Union County, Elizabeth, Plainfield, and Westfield police departments, local houses of worship, and with the enthusiastic participation of community members, countless acts of gun violence and unanticipated tragedy have been prevented.”

In New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy and Acting AG Bruck are leading a comprehensive, statewide effort to reduce gun deaths, which pairs the latest evidence-based policing strategies with innovative, community-based prevention programs. The three-pronged approach to tackling this public health crisis includes addressing the root causes of violence; keeping guns away from those most likely to harm others; and taking swift action against those who break the law.

Residents with questions about the buyback effort can call the Attorney General’s Office of Constituent Services at (609) 984-5828 or visit www.njoag.gov/gunbuyback/.

Allentown FFA Fruit and Cheesecake Sale Underway

October 27, 2021

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–It’s the time of year again for the Allentown FFA Fruit and Cheesecake Sale (formerly the Citrus Sale). You can place an order with any FFA member or adviser or place an order through the online form (the online form allows you to use a credit card). If you would like to pay with cash or check, please email ffa@ufrsd.net
  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!  All orders due by 11/22/2021!  
2021 Fruit Pricing: . All indications are pointing to an excellent crop this year! 

  • Florida Navel Oranges: 4/5 Box (72-88 pieces)- $38.00, 2/5 Box (36-44 pieces)- $25.00, 1/5 Box (10-12 pieces)- $20.00)
  • Florida Juice Oranges– 4/5 Box (64-125 pieces)- $37.00, 2/5 Box (32-65 pieces)- $23.00, 
  • Red Grapefruit4/5 Box (32-48 pieces)- $38.00, 2/5 Box (16-24 pieces)- $25.00 , 1/5 Box (10-12 Pieces)- $20.00
  • Mixed (Navels/ Grapefruit) 2/5 Box (10-20 Navels, 8-12 Grapefruit)- $32.00
  • Clementines– 1/5 Box (40-50 pieces)- $28.00
  • Anjou Pears– 4/5 Box (80-120 pieces)- $64.00, 1/4 Bushel (20 pieces)- $30.00
  • Red Delicious Apples– 4/5 Bushel (80-120 pieces)- $65.00, 1/4 Bushel (20-22 pieces)- $30.00
  • Golden Pineapples- Case of 3- $21.00

Mixed Gift Boxes

  • Trio Mixed Box– (8 Red Delicious Apples, 8 Anjou Pears, 8 Navels- $31.00
  • Citrus Mixed Box- (8-14 Navels, 6 Red Grapefruit, 8-14 Juice Oranges, 12-14 Clementines- $35.00
  • Fresh Fruit Sampler- (Red Delicious Apples, Navels, Anjou Pears, Clementines (16 pieces)- $30.00
  • Apple Sampler- Sampler of Red Delicious, Gala, Golden Delicious, Gala, and Granny Smith (16 pieces)- $30.00
  • Apple and Pear Sampler- Sampler of Red Delicious Apples, Anjou Pears, Granny Smith Apples, Red Anjou Pears (16 pieces)- $30.00
  • Farmer’s Fresh Box- Includes a variety of vegetables for your holiday dinner (25-26lbs)- $37.00 

Cheesecakes

  • Available in Plain, Strawberry, and Chocolate Symphony- $18 Each 

All of the funds raised will help support travel to leadership conferences, competitions, and support FFA activities throughout the year. Thank you for your support! 


Make plans now to attend the ABCA’s Fall Festival going on this weekend!

October 8, 2021

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The Allentown Business Community Association’s Fall Fall Festival returns this Saturday, October 9th and Sunday, October 10th. The annual festival features live music, the Allentown Lions Club’s Craft Beer Garden, food trucks, classic cars, wine tasting, moon bounces, community groups, local fundraisers, and a host of activities for children of all ages. Live music will take place near the Old Mill. The 4-H Clever Clovers will be in Heritage Park. The Allentown Public Library Association will be selling 50/50 tickets. Showcasing local crafters and artisans selling their wares, this is an event you do not want to miss!

Main Street, between Church Street and High Street, will be closed off to traffic between the hours of 7:15AM and 6PM on both days.There will be a free shuttle to the festival from the Allentown High School parking lot. The shuttle runs 8:30AM to 6PM. Masks are required while riding the shuttle. The shuttle will drop visitors off at Pete Sensi Park. 

Handicapped restroom facilities will be located at the intersection of Church Street and South Main Street near the Allentown Shell Station and by the Old Mill. Additional restrooms will be located on Lakeview Drive behind the Ely Sluder Law Office and behind Bloomers ‘N Things to Do. All restroom facilities will feature hand washing stations. 


Here is the live music schedule for performances by the Old Mill.

Saturday, October 9th                                       Sunday, October 10th
11AM-12:30PM Rangers Nouveau            11AM-12:30PM Georgia Owen
1PM-2:30PM Matt Delre                2:30PM Steven Peter Rodgers & Friends
3PM-4:30PM Siren                               3PM-4:30PM Andrew Lobby


The Allentown Lions Club’s Craft Beer Garden
is open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 

Children and friendly dogs are welcome at the Allentown Lions Club’s Craft Beer Garden. All under age visitors must be accompanied by an adult 21 and older. Anyone purchasing beer will need to show ID and wear a wristband before entering the Beer Garden. 

There will be 24+ local craft beers on tap with root beer and water for the kids. Beer tickets are $6 each and are redeemable for one beer. There will be 16-oz servings of most varieties with 12-oz pours of the stronger varieties. All beers must be consumed in the Beer Garden, but you are free to leave the area and return to explore the Fall Festival.

All proceeds from this event so to support the Allentown Lions Club and their work raising scholarships for area high school students, funding community service projects, and supporting locals with medical equipment and vision testing. 

The festivities kick off on Friday night with the “Hometown Takeover” between 5PM and 9PM and continue on Saturday and Sunday between the hours of 12PM and 9PM. There will be live music all weekend long. The Hope Fire Company will be selling food in the Beer Garden as a fundraiser. 

Here is the live music schedule for performances in the
Allentown Lions Club’s Craft Beer Garden. 

Friday, October 8th aka “Hometown Takeover”                                                                     

7:00PM-9:00PM Georgia Owen                                       

Saturday, October 9th
1:00PM-4:00PM Audio Pilot                                                                               

4:00PM-8:00PM Sideways Willy                                                                                   

Sunday, October 10th                                             

1:00PM-5:00PM Union Band


UPDATE: Gofundme To Help Allentown High Students Involved In Serious Accident Yesterday Is Now Closed, Refunds Will Be Issued

At this time the families have asked to keep the matter private.

September 21, 2021–Update

From Gofundme organizer Charlie Pallitto, We would like to thank everyone for their generous support to the families involved in Monday’s accident. At this time the families have asked to keep the matter private. We would like to refund all donations and apologize for any inconvenience. You should expect a refund from GoFundMe within 7 days. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families involved.

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A Gofundme has been set up for Celso Eurich, Mathew Eurich, Jordan Duffy and Charlie Duffy who were involved in a serious motor vehicle accident yesterday morning in East Windsor. All were seriously injured and remain in the hospital at the time of this posting. According to Allentown High School Principal Connie Embley in a letter sent out to parents earlier today, “At this time, the boys are still dealing with serious injuries and we all remain hopeful for the recovery process to begin soon.”

The Gofundme organized by, Charlie Pallitto of Millstone reads:

On Monday, September 20, 2021, at approximately 7:00 a.m., Celso Eurich, Mathew Eurich, Jordan Duffy & Charlie Duffy were found in a serious automobile accident. There is not much we can do in a tragic situation like this other than send our prayers to the families, and keep them in our thoughts. All of the donations will be equally split between both of the family’s caught in this terrible accident. Any donations would be extremely appreciated. these are great families and we are trying to do the most we can to help them, Thank you.



Dear Parents,

On behalf of the Duffy’s and Eurich’s they appreciate your concern and prayers.  At this time, the boys are still dealing with serious injuries and we all remain hopeful for the recovery process to begin soon.  While the boys are in ICU, they cannot receive any visitors or any flowers, food or items.  While the thoughts are very much appreciated, please do not  allow your children to go to the hospital or send anything.    There will be time to shower them with things as they recover.  Luckily, there are no head injuries with any of the boys.

Please continue to pray, that is the most important thing at this time.  As soon as we know what we can do to help the families, I will let you know.

This is such a great community and your support is very much appreciated.  I will keep you updated.


Connie Embley


Children Raise $200 For Local Organizations With Lemonade Stand

September 7, 2021

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Kristopher, 6 and Aubrie Smith, 9 hosted a lemonade stand for an entire weekend in August with the intent of raising funds for Hope Fire Co. and Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary. Thanks to the generosity of the Community these kids were able to raise $200.00. Each Organization received or will receive $100.00. 

Pictured is the donation being handed to Alex Nebbia, President of Hope Fire Co. And Kris Smith,  Treasurer. 

The $100.00 donation for Marty’s Place will be added to a donation/collection drive in October in connection to a 10th birthday request from Aubrie.




U.S. Army Field Band’s Jazz Ambassadors will perform a free concert in Allentown, NJ

August 23, 2021

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Acclaimed as the premier touring jazz big band in the United States, the US Army Field Band’s Jazz Ambassadors will perform a free concert in Allentown, New Jersey on Sunday, September 26, 2021 beginning at 3 p.m. behind the Allentown United Methodist Church, 23 Church Street, Allentown, NJ. In case of rain, the concert will be held on the same date and time in the Allentown High School Auditorium at 27 High Street, Allentown, NJ 08501.

The band is coming to Allentown at the invitation of The Allentown Village Initiative (TAVI) through its “Allentown Arts” program, a series of performances and exhibits throughout the year designed to highlight the artistry of Allentown and Upper Freehold in the historic setting of the village of Allentown. Allentown Arts is made possible through the generosity of our community as well as a grant from Monmouth Arts, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners.

Established in 1969, the 19 piece Jazz Ambassadors orchestra has performed in all 50 states and around the globe. From Carnegie Hall to London, and now to Allentown New Jersey, the Jazz Ambassadors have brought America’s original art form – jazz – to audiences of all ages. Please bring a chair and join us for a program of favorites. Make it an afternoon and enjoy a stroll down historic Main Street with its unique shops and restaurants. More information on the band is available at https://www.armyfieldband.com/about/ensembles/jazz-ambassadors .

Visit www.allentownvinj.org for news and information about TAVI’s ongoing community service programs. A volunteer driven, 501(c)(3) organization, TAVI welcomes everyone’s input and participation. The Jazz Ambassadors’ visit to Allentown is a collaborative effort between TAVI and the Allentown United Methodist Church, the Allentown Business Community Association (ABCA) and Bruno’s One Sweet Ride, which hosted its “Artist on the Avenue” concerts throughout the summer. The next “Allentown Arts” program is scheduled for Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of Allentown United Methodist Church featuring the talented faculty and students of Allentown’s own Mill Pond Music Academy.


Illegal Clamming Bust In Allentown, NJ Conservation Officers Seize 64,000 Corbicula Freshwater Clams, Keep Contaminated Clams From Food Supply

July 26, 2021

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–On July 18, Conservation Police Officers Nicole Carman and Michael Bickerton investigated a group of four out-of-state individuals who were collecting freshwater clams from Doctors Creek in Allentown, New Jersey. This creek is in the immediate vicinity of a sewage treatment plant. The waterway is deemed condemned by NJDEP due to pollution, rendering shellfish dangerous to public health if consumed. Officers apprehended the individuals in possession of approximately 64,000 corbicula clams, which are an invasive species. Thanks to a call from an observant passer-by, these clams were seized before they could find their way into the food supply chain. Please contact the 24-Hour DEP Hotline at 877-WARN-DEP if you observe individuals collecting freshwater clams or mussels.



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

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

July 20, 2021

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

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

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

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








Air Quality Alert

NJZ001-007-008-009-010-012-015-018-019-027-210400-
Sussex-Warren-Morris-Hunterdon-Somerset-Middlesex-Mercer-Camden-
Northwestern Burlington-Southeastern Burlington-
1139 AM EDT Tue Jul 20 2021

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

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

Camden...Hunterdon...Mercer...Middlesex...Morris...Northwestern
Burlington...Somerset...Southeastern Burlington...Sussex...Warren.

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

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Dump Truck Crash On I-195 East Bound In Upper Freehold Township Backs Up Traffic For Hours

July 8, 2021

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Around 5:53 a.m. the Hope Fire Company of Allentown/Upper Freehold along with Capital Health – Allentown EMS responded I-195 east bound in the area of mile marker 9.4 for an overturned dump truck. The driver lost control and crashed into the median then spilled the load of crushed stone onto the highway. It was reported that the driver suffered non-life-threating injuries and was taken to Capital Health in Trenton, NJ.

The highway was closed down to one lane as the dump truck was up righted and towed away by Hawks Towing. NJ Department of Transportation was on scene with a front end loader to try and clear the roadway of the spill.

NJ State Police is investigating the crash.


The clean up scene is still active and as of 10:00 a.m. the traffic on I-195 east bound is backed up 4 miles into Robbinsville Township Rt 526


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.