Category: Upper Freehold

Head-On Crash on Route 537 Leaves One Dead and One in Serious Condition

September 17, 2023

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–New Jersey State Police, SFC Philip Curry of the Office of Public Information told that on September 17, 2023, a crash occurred at 2:50 p.m. on County Road 537 westbound milepost 34.4 in Upper Freehold. The preliminary investigation revealed that a Jeep Laredo was traveling westbound on County Route 537 in Upper Freehold Township, Monmouth County. A Buick Enclave was traveling eastbound on County Route 537. In the area of milepost 34.4 the Jeep crossed over the center line in an attempt to overtake traffic and impacted the Buick head on. As a result of this crash the driver of the Buick, a 79-year-old female from Manalapan, NJ, sustained fatal injuries. The driver of the Jeep, John Shovelin III, 23, of Rumson, NJ, sustained serious injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

Bicyclist Injured In Old York Road Crash

August 5, 2023

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)-UPPER FREEHOLD (MONMOUTH)–Around 8:18 p.m. last night August 4, 2023, the Robbinsville Township Fire Department, Robbinsville, EMS, Captial Health Paramedics and Allentown EMS were sent to Old York Road and Herbert Road for an injured person that was riding a bicycle. Robbinsville Township Police and New Jersey State Police also responded to the scene.

Upon arrival a person was found with significant injuries and was transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, for treatment. A “trauma alert” was called.

Details surrounding the crash were unclear and no further details are available at the time of this report. The New Jersey State Police is investigating.

Traffic Alert County Road 539 Closed Near Allentown

July 21, 2023

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Around 3:15 firefighters from Hope Fire Company/Upper Freehold Township and Captial Health EMS responded to County Road 539-Allentown Davis Station between High Street and Walnford Road. Upon arrival it was found a vehicle hit a pole and wires were down on the roadway. The roadway from County Road 539 by the Cream Ridge Golf Course to Main Street Allentown will be closed until repairs are made.

Seek alternate routes use Route 526 Bypass to County Road 526 to Sharon Station Road to County Road 539.

Currently Google Maps shows a 1/2-mile traffic delay in the area.

Upper Freehold Township Firefighters reported that units currently operating at a Motor Vehicle Accident involving powerlines across the roadway. High Street to 539 will be shut down until further notice. Please use caution in the area and find an alternate route of travel.

Upper Freehold Township Professional Firefighters photo

Fight to save NJ’s Revolutionary War sites could gain strength from new grant program

July 14, 2023

By: Press Release, Assembly Republicans

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Alex Sauickie has introduced a measure that would create a grant program to save Revolutionary War sites under threat of development.

“New Jersey, which is known as the “Crossroads of the American Revolution,” played too pivotal a role in our nation’s fight for independence to put profits over preservation,” Sauickie (R-Ocean) said.

Because of New Jersey’s location between Philadelphia and New York, the state was the setting for more Revolutionary War battles and skirmishes than anywhere else.

“The fate of America was decided in several significant battles on New Jersey soil. Every effort must be made to preserve as much of that history as possible for future generations,” Sauickie continued. 

The site of a Revolutionary War skirmish in Allentown and Upper Freehold, which was critical in helping George Washington plan the Battle of Monmouth, could soon be home to two giant warehouses. Once an encampment of Redcoats, the 66 acres looks like it did in 1778, but developers who purchased it have plans to transform it into storage facilities with more than 100 loading docks for the hundreds of trucks that will come through.

As residents look for ways to save the site, Sauickie saw an opportunity to create a state grant program that would allow local governments and nonprofits to preserve Revolutionary War battlefields, encampments and skirmish sites in New Jersey. Under the proposal, the State Department would award grants to towns and organizations to save Revolutionary War sites that are endangered by development. 

“We are three short years away from celebrating our nation’s 250th birthday. To lose a part of our American Revolution history now to storage facilities that could be located elsewhere would be devastating,” Sauickie added. “Hoping that historical preservation prevails in this fight is not enough. We must support the people and towns that put in the work to save the sites and stories that make us Americans. This grant program is a way to bolster their tireless efforts.”

The bill (A5677) has been referred to the Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committee.

“The fate of America was decided in several significant battles on New Jersey soil. Every effort must be made to preserve as much of that history as possible for future generations,” Assemblyman Alex Sauickie

The site of a Revolutionary War skirmish in Allentown and Upper Freehold, which was critical in helping George Washington plan the Battle of Monmouth, could soon be home to two giant warehouses. Once an encampment of Redcoats, the 66 acres looks like it did in 1778, but developers who purchased it have plans to transform it into storage facilities with more than 100 loading docks for the hundreds of trucks that will come through. file photos

Vehicle Crashes And Burns In Upper Freehold Twp.

June 30, 2023

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–About 6:35 p.m. yesterday June 29, 2023, a vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a utility pole head on and ended up on the opposite side of roadway and burned on CR 524 in front of Keris Tree Farm. Hope Fire Company of Allentown/Upper Freehold responded to the scene and found a fully involved vehicle and extinguished the flames. The occupants were lucky to escape the crash and flames on their own power and were treated by Captial Health EMS/Allentown. It was unclear if anyone was transported to the hospital from the scene. New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash. Jersey Central Power and Light will need to replace the damaged utility pole. No other information is available.

Serious Crash Reported On CR-524 In Upper Freehold

June 26, 2023

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Around 7:20 p.m. the Hope Fire Company/Upper Freehold Firefighters and Capitol Health EMS responded to a head-on collision on County Road 524/New Canton-Stone Tavern Road, west of Sharon Station Road. Upon arrival firefighters and EMS treated victims and an additional ambulance was called from Robbinsville Township EMS to the scene. Two people were transported to local hospitals for treatment. Firefighters controlled a fluid spill from the vehicles. New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash. The roadway was closed a short time for cleanup. No further details are available at this time.

2023 Allentown High School Senior Class Car Parade

June 16, 2023

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Last evening June 15, the Allentown High School Class of 2023 held their Senior Class Car Parade though Allentown, Upper Freehold and Millstone Townships. The procession started in 2020 during the pandemic year when prom was canceled due to COVID-19. The tradition continues now in its fourth year. Members of the Hope Fire Company of Allentown/Upper Freehold Twp Firefighters and the Monmouth County Sherriff’s Office escorted the Senior Class Parade though the towns.

Photo gallery:

Allentown, NJ, Woman Charged in Fraudulent Mortgage Scheme

Secured $840k home with bogus documents

June 8, 2023

BORDENTOWN CITY, NJ (BURLINGTON)–Burlington County Prosecutor LaChia L. Bradshaw and Bordentown City Police Chief Shaun Lafferty announced that an Allentown, New Jersey woman has been charged with providing fraudulent documents to obtain a mortgage, and attempting to use a fraudulent $76,000 check to cover the closing costs of the real estate transaction.

Sydne Phillips, 32, was charged with two counts of Theft by Deception (Second Degree), Identity Crime – Impersonation (Second Degree) and two counts of Forgery (Third Degree).

She was taken into custody June 1 and lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility in Mays Landing pending a detention hearing in Superior Court. The case will be prepared for presentation to a grand jury for possible indictment.

The investigation began in January after a representative of a Bordentown City title company approached police with a fraudulent check in the amount of $76,652.79 that had been provided at closing by Phillips.

The investigation, which is continuing, revealed that the check was part of a scheme that allowed Phillips to secure a mortgage on an $840,000 house on Cannonball Court in Allentown, (UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP) New Jersey. She is also accused of forging multiple documents, using the identity of a relative, providing fraudulent tax income forms for that relative, and providing fraudulent bank account statements. She was taken into custody at the residence she is accused of illegally obtaining.

The investigation was conducted by the Prosecutor’s Office and the Bordentown City Police Department, with assistance from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. The lead investigators are BCPD Detective Justin Lewandowski and BCPO Detective Michele Ragone.

Phillips is being prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Assistant Prosecutor Andrew R. McDonnell, supervisor of the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit.

All persons are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Note: The Allentown mailing address provides service in parts of Upper Freehold Township.

Burlington Prosecutor’s Office Press Release

Sydne Phillips, 32, was charged with two counts of Theft by Deception (Second Degree), Identity Crime – Impersonation (Second Degree) and two counts of Forgery (Third Degree).

Smoke From Quebec, Canada Creates Hazy, Smoky Skies In New Jersey

June 6, 2023

MOUNT HOLLY, NJ — The National Weather Service Philadelphia Mount Holly reported hazy, smoky skies across the Northeast today that are having impacts on air quality. But where did all of this thick, heavy smoke come from? Raging wildfires in Quebec, Canada are generating large smoke plumes to the north and ALL of the smoke is being funneled right into the Northeast thanks to steering currents from a stationary low off the coast of Maine and a strong high over the Great Lakes and Ontario. Additional smoke and haze is expected to arrive around sunset tonight and continue into the day tomorrow, bringing air quality concerns along with it.

McGuire Airforce Base – KWRI METAR (Meteorological Aerodrome Reports) data indicated 3 miles visibility CLR with haze late this afternoon. Since that report the visibility has increased to 5 miles with haze and broken clouds tonight. Haze could be seen throughout the area and with a smell of smoke. Trenton Mercer Airport KTTN reports 3 miles visibility and overcast skies tonight.

Photos from the Allentown – Upper Freehold Township areas showing hazy smoky skies.

Here is a look at the current surface visibility restrictions due to the Canadian wildfire smoke across the area. The smoke and haze should slowly improve overnight, however an additional plume of smoke is expected to arrive Wednesday afternoon and evening

Haze and smoke will continue tonight through Wednesday. Temps will be near normal. Some isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible to the north Wed afternoon, but most areas will remain dry.

For air quality in your area, check

NJ Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service Held

June 3, 2023

ALLENTOWN – UPPER FREEHOLD TWP., NJ (MONMOUTH)–The New Jersey Fallen Firefighters Memorial and Fire Equipment Museum held the 2023 annual Memorial Service this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. This is a special tribute to Our Fallen Firefighters. “Those brave and courageous heroes who un-selflessly dedicated their lives, fighting to protect the lives and property of people, some of them they knew and many of them they would never meet. Their memory lives in our hearts and with the families left behind.”

Those who have died in the Line-of-Duty in New Jersey in 2022:

Harrison Fire Department – Vincent Doffont

Keyport Fire Department – Timothy Pfleger

Saddle Brook Fire Department – Basil Pizzuto

Upper Saddle River Fire Department – Alex Moss

Westwood Fire Department – Kevin May

According to The U.S. Fire Administration statistics there have been 30 firefighter fatalities in the United States in 2023 as of June 3, 2023.

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Photos: Anthony Greco

F-250 Pickup Strikes Pedestrian And Flees The Scene In Upper Freehold Township

May 19, 2023

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Sgt. Philip Curry of the New Jersey State Police, Office of Public Information told MidJersey.News that a crash occurred at 8:58 p.m. last night on Miers Road near Burlington Path Road in Upper Freehold Township.  Based on initial information, an unknown Ford F-250 struck a vehicle and a pedestrian and fled the scene.  The pedestrian sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to an area hospital.  The F-250 operator has not been identified and this crash is still under investigation.

More Warehouses Proposed For Central New Jersey Next To Allentown

ED Note: This information was supplied directly from Allentown Borough’s Newsletter. For the latest information see the Allentown Borough website and check the Announcements page on the website.

May 5, 2023

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Allentown Borough Officials, Allentown and Upper Freehold residents have come together to oppose two warehouses with applications to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for a flood hazard area Individual Permit and Freshwater Wetlands GP-6, GP-7, GP-11, and Transition Area Waiver – Averaging Plan. The site is proposed to construct two proposed warehouses and ancillary parking, sidewalks, driveways, loading docks, stormwater and utility improvements. The complete permit application package can be reviewed at the municipal clerks’ office or by appointment at the Department of Environmental Protection Trenton Office.

According to an email sent by Allentown Borough on May 2, 2023, The Borough has assembled a professional team that includes Borough Engineer Carmela Roberts, PE, CME; Land-Use Attorney Michele R. Donato; and  Environmental Consultant Attorney Stuart J. Lieberman.  These professionals are working with the Governing Body on a response statement and template letter that residents can use to oppose this development on our borders. It will be posted as soon as it is received.  

Take action by Thursday, May 11th to oppose the proposed Stein warehouse development on Old York Road

Below are all of the documents the Borough has received relating to the proposed development of the Stein property on Old York Road. This property is also known as Block 26, Lots 1 & 3 in Upper Freehold Township and Block 41.01, Lots 3 & 4 in Robbinsville Township. There is an application before the Monmouth County Planning Board and we expect that one will be before the Upper Freehold Township Planning Board. 

The Borough has assembled a professional team that includes Borough Engineer Carmela Roberts, PE, CME and Environmental Consultant Attorney Stuart J. Lieberman to represent the Borough as the applications move forward, but we still need your help to voice opposition to this development.

Use the template below to respond to the NJDEP in writing by Thursday, May 11th. If you are a resident of Indian Run, we also ask you to include any information about flooding on or around your property with supporting photographs or videos. Letters can be sent to the NJDEP directly. Copies of letters, photographs or videos sent can be dropped off at Borough Hall or sent to 

 Bohler’s Letter to the Borough- April 26, 2023
 Bohler’s Letter to the Borough- April 27, 2023
 Ecolsciences Freshwater Wetlands Environmental Report- April 28, 2023
 Mapping and photographs- March 24, 2023
 David Steinberg’s Letter to the NJDEP- January 24, 2023
 Template Letter Word
 Template Letter PDF

ED Note: This information was supplied directly from Allentown Borough’s Newsletter. For the latest information see the Allentown Borough website and check the Announcements page on the website.

Residents have started a petition that can be viewed here:

Overdevelopment is once again threatening our rural environment and quality of life. This time, the literal foundations of our towns are at stake.

Active Acquisitions Upper Freehold LLC has applied to build two large warehouses on Block 26, Lots 1, 2, & 3 in Upper Freehold Township (UFT). The builder would pave over 23 acres of UFT farmland on scenic Old York Road! This farmland has been in use for over 200 years!

The plan may require a separate wastewater mitigation system or sewer, potentially leading to MORE WAREHOUSE DEVELOPMENT, affordable housing developments, and HIGHER TAXES from increased school district enrollments. This is how chasing ratables actually ends up INCREASING taxes!

Tell the Upper Freehold Township Committee at to say NO to:

  • ANY new VARIANCES tied to this proposal
  • MORE TRUCK TRAFFIC from over 100 truck loading docks 
  • INCREASED COSTS for police, fire & first aid services resulting in HIGHER TAXES
  • Required amendments for the construction of new SEWERS
  • Higher CRIME without a local police force to promptly respond
  • FLOODING due to increases in stormwater 
  • DESTRUCTION of the UFT Township, Monmouth County and NJDOT approved Scenic Byway and loss of open space
  • INCREASED TRAFFIC, CONGESTION, AND EMISSIONS with more than 600 additional cars on our roads
  • IRREVESABLE HARM TO WILDLIFE that use this land as their only home
  • This MEGA WAREHOUSE will degrade the quality of life for residents of Upper Freehold Township, the historic village of Allentown Borough, and everyone in the region.

Your opinions matter! The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) wants your comments. 

Tell the NJDEP to deny the builder’s application for a wetland’s waiver and flood hazard permit. That will only happen if they hear from YOU.

Click HERE for a template a letter of opposition to the NJDEP. The deadline to submit letters is Thursday, May 11 


Documents below provided by Allentown Borough:

ED Note: This information was supplied directly from Allentown Borough’s Newsletter. For the latest information see the Allentown Borough website and check the Announcements page on the website.

National Weather Service Confirms EF-1 Tornados In Crosswicks And Allentown-Cream Ridge Areas

April 3, 2023

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The National Weather Service Mount Holly has determined that tornadoes hit the Crosswicks, Allentown-Cream Ridge areas during the storms of April 1, 2023. The National Weather Service determined them to be in the EF-1 range with an estimated maximum of 90 MPH. Further details will be are yet to be determined such as path and width of the tornados. Check back for updates.

Allentown-Cream Ridge Tornado…

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    110 mph
Path Length /statute/:  4.0 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   550 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             April 1, 2023
Start Time:             7:14 PM EDT
Start Location:         Allentown / Monmouth County / NJ
Start Lat/Lon:          40.1541 / -74.5715

End Date:               April 1, 2023
End Time:               7:17 PM EDT
End Location:           Upper Freehold Twp / Monmouth County / NJ
End Lat/Lon:            40.1484 / -74.4965

A new QLCS tornado developed just west of a neighborhood on 
Walnford Road southeast of Allentown. The most significant damage 
from the tornado occurred to properties within the neighborhood, 
especially those along an open field to the southeast. The tornado
was also near its widest point in this area. Numerous trees were 
uprooted or snapped within the neighborhood. A few homes sustained
removal of roofing material, siding removal, windows blown out, 
and a couple garage doors blown out. Damage in this area was 
consistent with wind speeds estimated to be near 110 mph. An 
irrigation pivot was blown into a fence separating the 
neighborhood and the field where it was toppled over, partially 
into some residential yards.

The tornado continued eastward across the field toward Allentown 
Davis Station Road where another shorter irrigation pivot was 
overturned. Along the road, several trees were snapped or uprooted
near and northwest of the intersection with Polhemustown Road and
Holmesmill Road. A wooden power pole was also leaning in the 
direction of the tornado’s motion. The tornado continued east 
along Allentown Davis Station Road where more mainly minor tree 
damage occurred. At the traffic circle intersection with Sharon 
Station Road, several road signs were blown down in various 
directions. The tornado moved east-southeastward into a field just
south of a farmstead and north of Davis Station Road. The tornado
entered another wooded residential area near the intersection of 
Davis Station Road ans Harvey Road where more significant tree 
damage occurred and the tornadic circulation widened. The tornado 
moved east across Meirs Road where numerous trees were snapped or 
uprooted on residential properties, once of which fell onto power 

The tornado moved east toward a residential neighborhood along 
Long Acre Drive where some additional tree damage occurred. The 
tornado moved east of the residential area across a tree line and 
then dissipated in an open field along Emleys Hill-Prospertown 

Crosswicks-Hamilton Twp NJ Tornado…

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    100 mph
Path Length /statute/:  2.8 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   300 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             April 1, 2023
Start Time:             7:08 PM EDT
Start Location:         Crosswicks / Burlington County / NJ
Start Lat/Lon:          40.1525 / -74.6461

End Date:               April 1, 2023
End Time:               7:11 PM EDT
End Location:           Upper Freehold Twp / Monmouth County / NJ
End Lat/Lon:            40.1550 / -74.5945

After a straight line wind event upstream toward Bordentown along
Ward Avenue, a QLCS tornado developed in the village of 
Crosswicks around 7:08 PM EDT. Much of the damage in Crosswicks 
was primarily tree damage with numerous trees uprooted or snapped.
Additional straight line wind damage occurred south of the 
village that was not directly related to the tornadic circulation.
The tornado moved east out of the village just north of Ellisdale
Road where fairly significant tree damage continued on 
residential properties. The tornado moved into an inaccessible 
wooded area along Crosswicks Creek where it crossed into Hamilton 
Twp in Mercer County. It emerged along a tree line near the back 
of the Sawmill YMCA property where it continued east toward the 
intersection of Sawmill Road and Iron Bridge Road. Near this 
intersection, several trees were uprooted.

The tornado continued east along Sawmill Road toward Extonville 
Road Where additional trees were uprooted. The tornado dissipated 
in a field around 7:11 PM EDT east of Extonville Road where it 
crossed just over the Monmouth County boarder into Upper Freehold 
Twp. No additional tornadic damage was observed east of this field
across Ellisdale Road until the next tornado began near Walnford 

Storm damage from the April 1, 2023 storm as seen on April 2, 2023.

Driver Charged With Death By Auto, DWI And Other Charges In Fatal Crash That Killed Motorcyclist From Upper Freehold Twp., NJ

April 3, 2023

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Police have identified the victim of the fatal crash on Friday March 31, 2023, on Old York Road at Montgomery Way as Jake Schreck, 22, of Upper Freehold Township, NJ.

Police say that on March 31, 2023, at 5:40 p.m. Police, Fire and EMS responded to the area of Old York Road (CR Route 539) and Montgomery Way for a motor vehicle crash with injuries. Upon arrival police found two vehicles, a Harley Davidson Motorcycle, and a Toyota Camry. The operator of the motorcycle was treated and transported to RWJ at Hamilton Hospital where he was later pronounced.

The Robbinsville Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit along with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Serious Collision Response Team investigated the crash. The roadway was closed for approximately three hours for the investigation.

Today Robbinsville Police reported that they have charged Ketan Kabaria, 47, of Yardley, Pennsylvania who was driving a Toyota Camry with the following offenses. Death By Auto (2nd Degree), Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Driving and Failure to yield right of way at an intersection. Kabaria, was placed under arrest and was later transported to the Mercer County Correctional Facility.

Anyone with pertinent information related to this case is asked to contact the Robbinsville Township Police Criminal Investigations Unit at 609-259-3900

Storm Damage Reported In Hamilton And Upper Freehold Townships

April 3, 2023 Update:

The National Weather Service will be conducting storm surveys in the area of Crosswicks/Hamilton and Cream Ridge, NJ

April 2, 2023

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)-UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The National Weather Service has not issued a tornado damage report for the areas damaged by yesterday’s storms for Hamilton and Upper Freehold Township. The line of damage starts prior to the Sawmill YMCA Day Camp and Miracle Filed for the Miracle League of Mercer County and continues a path of destruction for about 5 miles though Upper Freehold Township near the Cream Ridge Winery and past County Road 539 just north of the golf course. See map below designed by Brian K. from Twitter in regards to post on the NWS Mount Holly Twitter.

So far there have been four confirmed tornados in New Jerey, Jackson Township, Sea Girt, Howell Township, and Cinnaminson. The damage in Hamilton and Upper Freehold Township has not been listed as of 8:00 p.m. April, 2.

The Miracle League of Mercer County, NJ was supposed to have an Opening Day and Easter Egg Hunt but had to be cancelled due to the storm damage at the Sawmill Road Facility.

Week 2 games originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 6 will also – unfortunately – be cancelled.
We will provide updates via email, text alert, and social media throughout the week.

Graphic from Twitter posted by Brian K

PSE&G workers replace a pole this morning, April 2, 2023, that was damaged by yesterday’s storm (April 1, 2023) on Groveville – Allentown Road.

Storm damage in Hamilton Township, Mercer County, NJ at the Sawmill YMCA Day Camp and Recreation Center, Miracle Filed, on Sawmill Road.

Storm damage in Upper Freehold Township, Monmouth County in the area of Walnford Road, Quaker Hill Road, Tyler Court, and Polhemustown Roads this afternoon. Many trees were damaged, trees on houses, and farm irrigation equipment damage.