UPDATE: Meirs Road Construction will need to continue for an additional two weeks past the projected completion day previously stated. Should now be completed by March 10, 2020
February 8, 2020
UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)– Meirs Road between Route 537 and Jonathan Holmes Road will be closed for repairs, Tuesday February 11 to Tuesday February 25. (weather dependent). A culvert at the bridge needs to be repaired and the road will need to be closed.
Local traffic from Jonathan Holmes or Route 537 to the bridge. Barriers will be placed at the bridge. First Responders will have access.
The school bus stop for these residents will be at Meirs and Jonathan Holmes.
UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Shortly after 2 pm today what appeared to be a hawk or other raptor was caught up in electrical equipment for a solar farm near the Union Transportation Trail by the Route 524 entrance. The short circuit and resulting arc made a loud explosion sending sparks in to the tall dry grass below causing a brush fire. Power issues were reported in Upper Freehold Township and neighboring Robbinsville who also receives power from this area.
The Hope Fire Company of Allentown, the NJ Forrest Fire Service and NJ State Police responded to the scene. The brush fire in the grass below was approximately 20 x 75 feet in size and was extinguished quickly with Brush 82.
The fire company remained on scene for Jersey Central Power and Light to arrive to make repairs.
Allentown and Upper Freehold entered into a shared service agreement on February 1st to continue providing emergency medical services to residents in both communities. For the past year, Robert Wood Johnson has provided 12-hour EMS coverage for both Allentown and Upper Freehold Township. This one-year agreement has ended. This, combined with the decline in first aid volunteers in recent years, has necessitated the need to explore an alternate solution to ensure 24-hour EMS coverage. The two municipalities have awarded a contract to Capital Health EMS.
The partnership between Capital Health EMS and the Allentown First Aid Squad will enable our current first aid squad volunteers to provide services for sporting events, furnish a second ambulance when requested, and allow for more community outreach. Capital Health will house their ambulance and EMTs at the Allentown First Aid Squad Building. Allentown Borough will make a contribution to Allentown First Aid Squad for their continued volunteer efforts through education and outreach as it is essential that we continue the legacy of Allentown First Aid and help them serve our communities.
This agreement is possible due to the collaborative efforts among Allentown Borough, Upper Freehold Township, Allentown First Aid Squad, and Capital Health, all working together to provide high-quality care for our residents. For more information, click here.
The Allentown FFA Parents, Alumni, and Friends (PAF) will be hosting the 13th Annual Gift Auction andSpaghetti Dinner on March 21st, 2020 at 6:00PM at the Hope Fire House, 82 County Road 526 in Allentown, NJ. Doors will open at 5:30PM. The Allentown FFA PAF provides support to the Allentown FFA Chapter of Allentown High School throughout the year through scholarships, leadership training programs, and more.
Proceeds from the Allentown PAF Alumni Gift Auction will provide students with opportunities to pursue careers in veterinary science, agricultural technology and mechanical systems, earth sciences, environmental science, horticulture, aquaculture, and many other essential fields of work. Students are given the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom through FFA activities, such as competitive events and leadership trainings.
This event provides the Allentown FFA PAF with necessary funds to assist with chapter activities. This includes travel to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, the New Jersey FFA Convention, and various Career Development Events (CDEs) throughout the year. These are tremendous opportunities for members to grow personally and professionally. Through fundraising events, such as the Annual Gift Auction, all students have the opportunity to participate in any of the Chapter, State, and/or National activities, regardless of their financial situation.
Admittance for the 13th Annual Gift Auction is $15.00. The admittance ticket includes an All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner. Seating is limited to the first 175 individuals. Please arrive early to secure your seat. No seats will be saved. Donations are also being accepted.
Join the Allentown FFA Alumni/ PAF at this special event and support this very worthy cause!
For further information, please contact the Allentown FFA at (609) 259-7292 x1440 or x1443. To learn more about the National FFA Organization, please visit ffa.org.
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)-UPPER FREEHOLD TWP (MONMOUTH)–A serious accident occurred just after 7 am this morning in the 1400 block of Old York Road. The Robbinsville Township Fire Department, Allentown Fire Company-Hope Fire Company and Hamilton Township Fire Departments responded for the extrication of the driver and passenger of one of the vehicles. EMS from Capitol Health Systems and RWJ Hospital transported two people to the hospital. The Robbinsville Township Police Department is investigating the accident.
Old York Road between Walters Road and Herbert Road is closed until the accident investigation is completed.
In a string of accidents the past three weeks this is the 3rd time the road way had been closed due to a serious accident.