Category: Upper Freehold

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”





Marty’s Place In Upper Freehold Township To Join Senior Dog Rescue Organizations Nationwide In Celebrating “Saving Senior Dogs Week”

National Senior Dog Awareness Campaign to Benefit Senior Dog Rescues in the United States October 25 – 31, 2021

October 19, 2021

UPPER FREEHOLD, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary is pleased to announce its participation in the third annual Saving Senior Dogs Week from October 25 – October 31.

Presented by Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary in California, Saving Senior Dogs Week is a week-long national social media and PR campaign to increase public awareness of the struggles of homeless senior dogs, the joys of adopting them, to reduce unnecessary euthanasia, and to provide existing senior dog rescues across the country with much-needed funding to carry out their missions. www.savingseniordogsweek.org

“We are excited to be joining forces with senior dog rescues nationwide in raising awareness and funds for senior dogs,” said Doreen Jakubcak, Marty’s Place founder and executive director.

NEW FOR 2021: Saving Senior Dogs Week is thrilled to partner with the New York Dog Film Festival™ for their 2021 campaign. The New York Dog Film Festival™ supports animal welfare organizations across the country that focus on the most vulnerable dogs: the older ones. A portion of every ticket sold across the country will benefit all the participating rescues of Saving Senior Dogs Week. Marty’s Place will be featured in this year’s Festival. The Festival Premiere on October 24th kicks off Saving Senior Dogs Week, but, of course, the life-saving rescues and adoptions take place all 52 weeks of the year, as does the festival’s support of their work.

According to Alice Mayn, executive director of Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary, and creator of Saving Senior Dogs Week, support for the campaign has grown each year.  “The continued and growing support from our sponsors and rescues has been phenomenal. We still have a long way to go but I feel incredibly positive about the progress and difference we are making.”

It is estimated that approximately 670,000 shelter dogs are euthanized each year in the United States. Senior dogs are the least likely to be rescued or adopted from shelters and are most at risk of being euthanized. Although there are an estimated 14,000 animal rescue organizations nationwide, approximately 50 of them are dedicated exclusively to rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing senior dogs.

Seventy-five percent of the proceeds from the fundraising campaign will be divided equally among the participating senior dog rescue organizations. The remaining twentyfive percent of the funds will go into the Saving Senior Dogs grant fund to provide veterinary care and dog supplies for new 501(c)3 senior dog rescues. 100% of the funds will go towards saving thousands of homeless senior dogs.

Current partnering Saving Senior Dog Week rescue organizations include: Albert’s Dog Lounge Dog Rescue – Wisconsin; Daisy Lu – Southern California; Dog Lodge – Texas;  Forever Dream Senior Dog

Sanctuary – North Carolina; Forever Loved Pet Sanctuary – Arizona; Frosted Faces Foundation – Southern California; Gray Face Acres Senior Dog Rescue – Maryland; Grand-Paws Senior Sanctuary – Southern California; Gray Paws Sanctuary – Pennsylvania; Homer J’s Senior Dog Sanctuary – Nevada; Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary – Northern California; Lionel’s Legacy – Southern California; Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary – New Jersey; Muttville – Northern California; Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary – Tennessee; Peace of Mind Dog Rescue – Northern California; The Roland Senior Dog Rescue Gang – Florida; Senior Dog Haven & Hospice – Delaware; Senior Dog Sanctuary – Maryland; Senior Paws Rescue – Indiana; Tails of Gray – Northern California; Top Dog Foundation – Minnesota; Vintage Paws Rescue – Florida; Vintage Pet Rescue – Rhode Island; Whispering Willows Senior Dog Sanctuary – Missouri.

Special thanks to the 2021 Saving Senior Dogs Week Sponsors:  Jonathan and Germaine Heiliger, Canna-Pet, Healthypaws Pet Insurance & Foundation, Subaru Marin, Zoetis, Mezzetta Family Company, Fairfax Veterinary Clinic, Radio Pet Lady Network and New York Dog Film Festival.

ABOUT MARTY’S PLACE SENIOR DOG SANCTUARY

Inspired by a senior dog adoptee named Marty and the plight of other aging canines with nowhere to safely and comfortably live out their “golden” years, Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary was founded in 2015. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization provides a permanent and protected environment for dogs aged seven and older when their owners or other animal rescue/shelters can no longer care for them.

While adoption may be an option for some residents, when it is not, Marty’s Place provides senior dogs a loving home for life in a cage-free, family-like environment with full, personalized attention given to their needs for the rest of their lives.

Situated on 25 acres, the 8,000-square-foot facility in Upper Freehold, N.J., also offers a swim program for its residents and non-resident dogs of all ages in its indoor, saltwater pool.  

For more information visit:  www.martysplace.org or call 609-259-1278.


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


Celebrate Marty’s Place Howl-o-Ween On October 23

Canine Costume Contests, a Leisurely Walk, Hay Rides, Live Music,  Games, Activities, Food, Vendors and more will Highlight Festival

September 9, 2021

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Celebrate the joys of autumn—with or without your canine companion—and help raise funds for senior dogs at Marty’s Place’s Howl-o-Ween Family Fest.

The dog-friendly festival will be celebrated at Marty’s Place, located at 118 Route 526 in Upper Freehold, on Saturday, October 23 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Rain date is Sunday, October 24.)  Highlights will include canine costume contests, a fun leisurely walk, hay rides, pet photo booth, K-9 police dog demonstrations, sanctuary tours, live music from the SunDog Band, vendors, food trucks, basket and 50/50 cash raffles, and other fall-inspired games, challenges and activities for children, adults and canines.

“This is our largest fundraiser of the year, and we’re so glad that we can gather again in-person to celebrate our four-legged friends and help raise much-needed funds to help senior dogs,” said Doreen Jakubcak, founder and executive director of Marty’s Place. “Senior dogs are the least likely to be rescued or adopted from shelters and are most at risk of being euthanized. We want to continue to help as many as older dogs as we can and the proceeds from this event will allow us to save more seniors.”

Adults, children and dogs are welcome to dress in costume (if your pooch enjoys dressing up) and participate in a variety of fun costume contests. Prizes will be awarded in several categories including: best and scariest costumes, dog / owner duo costume, and best overall.

Admission for the event is $5 for adults; children under six are free. All proceeds will benefit the senior dogs cared for by Marty’s Place.

Sponsors supporting Marty’s Place and the event include:  Arya Properties LLC, Crossroads Realty, Golden Grange Kennels, Heartland Veterinary and Boarding, HomeLight, Sandra M. Iammatteo, Esq., Nancy Karpf, Morgan Engineering LLC, Viacomp Inc., and Pamela White.

About Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary

Inspired by a senior dog adoptee named Marty and the plight of other aging canines with nowhere to safely and comfortably live out their “golden” years, Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary was founded in 2015. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization provides a permanent and protected environment for dogs aged seven and older when their owners or other animal rescue/shelters can no longer care for them. 

While adoption may be an option for some residents, when it isn’t, Marty’s Place provides senior dogs a loving home for life in a cage-free, family-like environment with full, personalized attention given to their needs for the rest of their lives.

Situated on 25 acres, the 8,000-square-foot facility in Upper Freehold, N.J., also offers a swim program for its residents and non-resident dogs of all ages in its indoor, saltwater pool.  

For more information visit:  www.martysplace.org or call 609-259-1278.


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.


Accident On I-195 Injures One Backs Up Traffic

August 7, 2021

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Last night August 6, around 9:07 p.m. the Hope Fire Company of Allentown and Allentown-Capital Health EMS were dispatched to I-195 west bound at mile marker 12.4 for an accident. Upon arrival it appears that one person was injured and at least one other did not want transport to the hospital. The New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash. The accident caused a traffic backup of over a mile in the west bound direction. No further information is available at this time.


Vehicle Rolls Over On I-195 In Upper Freehold, Near Imlaystown Exit

July 21, 2021

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Around 12:11 p.m. a vehicle lost control traveling in the west bound direction on I-195 just past exit 11 Imlaystown and overturned. NJ State Police, Hope Fire Company of Allentown – Upper Freehold, and Allentown EMS – Capital Heath responded to the scene. Upon arrival the vehicle was already up righted. It was reported that the driver refused medical treatment.

NJ State Police is investigating the crash. No further information is available.


Cold Front Brings Severe Thunderstorms, Relief From Smokey Haze On The Way

NJ DEP Issues “CODE ORANGE” Air Quality Alert For Mercer and Burlington Counties

July 21, 2021

MOUNT HOLLY, NJ (BURLINGTON)– The National Weather Service Mount Holly has issued a severe thunderstorm watch and now several warnings throughout the area as a cold front moves though the area. The good news is that this should provide relief from the hazy skies created by wildfire smoke in our area that was picked up by the jet stream. Once the thunderstorms move through the area the weather should improve.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has issued a code orange air quality alert Wednesday for Mercer and Burlington Counties.

A code orange air quality alert means that air pollution concentrations within the region may become unhealthy for sensitive groups. Sensitive groups include children…people suffering from asthma… heart disease or other lung diseases…and the elderly. The effects of air pollution can be minimized by avoiding strenuous activity or exercise outdoors.

Related MidJersey.News story here:

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






Air Quality Alert

NJZ015-019-027-220400-
Mercer-Northwestern Burlington-Southeastern Burlington-
850 AM EDT Wed Jul 21 2021

...AIR QUALITY ALERT IS IN EFFECT FOR WEDNESDAY JULY 21...

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has
issued a code orange air quality alert Wednesday for Mercer
and Burlington Counties.

A code orange air quality alert means that air pollution
concentrations within the region may become unhealthy for
sensitive groups. Sensitive groups include children...people
suffering from asthma... heart disease or other lung
diseases...and the elderly. The effects of air pollution can
be minimized by avoiding strenuous activity or exercise outdoors.

For more information on ground-level ozone and fine
particles...visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/

$$



Accidents Cause Afternoon Traffic Delay In Upper Freehold Township On I-195

July 17, 2021

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–NJ State Police responded to an accident on I-195 east bound in the area of the 9.4 mile marker for a car off the side of the roadway around 2:30 p.m. Upon arrival troopers notified Fire and EMS to respond to the highway. Shortly after another accident happened about 1/3 of a mile possibly due to traffic backing up. Hope Fire Company of Allentown, Robbinsville Township Fire Department, EMS from Allentown and Robbinsville responded to the scene of both crashes. It was unclear if anyone that reported injuries was transported to the hospital from either accident. Traffic was backed up 2.5 miles into Robbinsville Township. NJ State Police is investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.


Great Adventure Entrance Ramp Accident Causes Traffic Backups

July 10, 2021

JACKSON, NJ (OCEAN)–Around 1:00 p.m. a vehicle crash was reported on the Six Flags Great Adventure ramp from Route 537 to the park. Upon EMS and police arrival an accident was found at the top of the bridge. It was reported one person was hurt in the accident and transported to a local hospital.

The accident caused a traffic backup from I-195 to the park entrance on Route 537 in the west bound direction. In the east bound direction Route 537 was backed up about two miles past Hawkin Road. It took about an hour and a half for the traffic to completely subside according to Google Maps. Traffic is currently flowing normal for a weekend at this time.

Traffic Alert: Manure Truck Fire 195 West Bound In Upper Freehold

July 9, 2021

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–At 5:04 a.m. the Hope Fire Company of Allentown and Millstone Township Fire Department were dispatched to I-195 West Bound for a truck fire. Upon arrival they found a truck loaded with horse manure on fire and the load was dumped on side of road at mile marker 13.2 west bound. Firefighters used several tanker loads of water to extinguish the fire, approximately 18,000 gallons of water so far.

At of 8:00 a.m. there is a 4 mile backup on I-195 west bound according to Google Maps. It will take quite some time for the material to be removed from the side of the roadway.

No further information is available.


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


GRIDLOCK: Traffic Woes Continue From Six Flags Great Adventure Weekend Traffic In Jackson, Upper Freehold And Millstone

July 5, 2021

UPPER FREEHOLD, MILLSTONE, NJ (MONMOUTH)–JACKSON TOWNSHIP, NJ (OCEAN)–Another weekend another traffic jam at Six Flags Great Adventure on Route 537 in Jackson Township. The Jackson Township Police Department earlier today issued a “Traffic Advisory” for a high volume of traffic heading into Six Flags Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor. Jackson Township Police closed jug handles at intersections/traffic lights to try and help keep the traffic flowing.

Google Traffic was showing backups on County Road 537 West Bound 2 miles from Holmson to Great Adventure Gate. County Route 537 East Bound backed up over 2 miles from past Hawkin Road to the Great Adventure Gate. Interstate I-195 East bound was backed up at times over 4 miles or 5 miles from the Great Adventure Gate.

Local roadways were also backed up as people tried to find other was into the park. Problems were reported on Emely’s Hill Road, Millers Mill Road, Pine Drive and others. Residents reported being blocked in their own driveways by the traffic and gridlock conditions.

NJ Department of Transportation 511NJ issued several Tweets today on Six Flags Great Adventure Traffic:





Facebook user Joline B. from Millstone wrote:

The Great Adventure traffic has bled over onto Pine Drive. Our driveways are blocked by cars, in gridlock, looking for a way to shortcut into GA. There is no shortcut through this neighborhood!!! No one answers the traffic line at the Jackson Sate Police location. We are all stuck at home. This is ridiculous. Great Adventure needs to fund/supply additional police so that this does NOT happen. Very frustrated and it is getting worse by the week.


Jackson Township Police Traffic Advisory for July 5, 2021:

**TRAFFIC ADVISORY**

Rt. 537/Monmouth Road is experiencing a high volume of traffic heading in to Six Flags and Hurricane Harbor. Our Officers and NJSP are in the area monitoring the situation and also dealing with multiple minor motor vehicle accidents. We have just been advised that the majority of the traffic appears to be heading to Hurricane Harbor and as a result the water park has just reached its attendance capacity and it has been closed to further entry. As a result the traffic backup will likely get worse. Please use caution if you need to travel through the area.


June 6, 2021 MidJersey.news article on Six Flags Great Adventure Traffic: Traffic Alert: Avoid 537 In Area Of Great Adventure Due To Traffic Jam; Jackson Police Issue Statement On Traffic



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.

Video and photo gallery from the 2021 Senior Car Parade:




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   





Traffic Alert: Avoid 537 In Area Of Great Adventure Due To Traffic Jam; Jackson Police Issue Statement On Traffic

June 6, 2021

JACKSON, PLUMSTED (OCEAN)-MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP AND UPPER FREEHOLD, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Jackson Township Police Department has issued a statement on the traffic backup on Route 537 in Jackson Township, entering and exiting Six Flags Great Adventure.

Currently Google Maps Traffic has the backup on Rt. 537 from Six Flags entrance to I-195 (1 Mile)

In the opposite direction on Rt. 537 backup starts in Plumsted Township, near Loveman Road to the main entrance of Great Adventure. (2.75 Miles)

In Upper Freehold Township traffic is backed up on Millers Mill Road all the way to Red Valley Road near the curve according to Google Maps. (1 mile on Millers Mill and an additional 1 Mile on Rt. 537 for a total of at least 2 miles in backup)

Jackson Township Police:

We are WELL aware of the heavy traffic in Rt. 537/Monmouth Road leading to Six Flags Great Adventure. It’s that time of that year. Security and the authorities working there have all been advised. Please be patient and refrain from calling us to further advise us of the traffic situations unless you have a police emergency and need our assistance. Dispatch is being overloaded with calls for the traffic situation. Everyone is doing the best they can to accommodate everyone and get everyone in and out safely. Thank you all and stay cool today!!!!


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.

Video and Photo Gallery:




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.


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


Firefighters Extricate Driver Of Pickup On I-195 In Upper Freehold

May 18, 2021

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Around 10:45 a.m. firefighters from Upper Freehold-Hope Fire Company of Allentown Station 82-1 were dispatched to I-195 West Bound near mile marker 13 for a motor vehicle accident.

When firefighters arrived the found a pickup onto a tree and the driver was heavily entrapped. Firefighters used hydraulic rescue tools to free the driver of the vehicle.

Allentown-Capital Health EMS and Paramedics from Monmouth County transported the driver to Capital Health Regional Medical Center Trauma Unit in Trenton, NJ. A trauma alert was called en route to the hospital.

New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash. The accident caused a little over a mile delay but traffic was able to get by in the left lane until the roadway was clear.

No further information is available at this time.


Old York Road, CR 539 Milling And Paving Plan Alternate Route Tuesday – Thursday

May 10, 2021

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)-ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)– A milling and paving project is scheduled for Tuesday May 11, 2021 though Thursday May 13, 2021. The resurfacing project will be on Old York Road County Road 539 in the area of New Sharon between Herbert Road and Gordon Road.

The work is scheduled to start at 7:00 a.m. and conclude by 3:00 p.m. each of the three days so plan an alternate route if traveling in the area.

The west side of Old York Road is Robbinsville Mercer County, and the east side of the road is Upper Freehold Township, Monmouth County.


The paving limits are from Walters Road to New Street. Old York Road 539 will be milled on Tuesday, May 11, paved on Wednesday, May 12 and painted on Thursday, May 13. There will be detour signs to assist drivers in moving around the project.

Tom Arnone

Director of the Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners

Liaison to Public Works


Road Repair And Paving Scheduled For Assunpink WMA

May 6, 2021

UPPER FREEHOLD, NJ (MONMOUTH)–There will be road repair/paving activity at the Assunpink Wildlife Management Area Tuesday, May 11 through Wednesday, May 19, 2021. There will be no road closures but traffic may be reduced to one lane. The Conservation Center parking lot will be closed one day for paving during the work period.



Water Rescue On The Assunpink Lake

May 2, 2021

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Around 7:45 pm last night May 1, 2021, the Hope Fire Company of Allentown Station 82-1 was dispatched to the Assunpink Lake main parking lot for a raft loosing air with three people on board including a child. Firefighters responded to the ramp and put two boats in service. After making contact with the distress sinking raft it was found that no one was injured and the raft was towed back to shore. The occupants were evaluated by Allentown-Capital Health EMS. NJ State Police also responded and assisted locating the raft. Game wardens from the NJ Division of Fish And Game were also on scene doing an investigation. There were unconfirmed reports that occupants of the raft did not have personal flotation devices but was unable to be confirmed at this time.

Do not venture out on any body of water without a personal flotation device worn or in your possession.


From Hope Fire Company:

Assunpink Water RescueThis evening, HFC volunteers were dispatched to a boater in distress on the Assunpink Lake. Chief 8266 with Marine 1 and 2 in tow responded with Engine 8276 and Utility 8286 to the boat ramp. Marine 1 and 2 were launched within minutes of each other, en route to the distressed boaters. Initial contact was made by Marine 1 to find the boaters uninjured and able to be towed to the nearest shore point. In all, 3 victims were safely returned to shore and all units were back in service within two hours.

UPDATE: 5Help Foundation Fundraiser For Football Coach And Teacher Who Lost Their Home And 2 Dogs In Yesterday’s 4-Alarm Fire

April 23, 2021

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–A Allentown Football Coach and wife who is a Newell Elementary School art teacher lost their home and two dogs yesterday in a tragic 4 alarm fire. The home was completely burned and nothing was salvageable. Please consider a donation to help them with immediate needs.

You can read about the 4 Alarm Fire here: Officials investigating multi-alarm fire in Upper Freehold Township


To access the 5Help Foundation’s help page see link below:

Fire Destroys Allentown Football Coach & Newell Teacher’s Home


The 5Help Foundation’s fundraiser:

Allentown Football Coach, Mike DeRisi, his wife, Kim, a Newell Elementary art teacher, and his family lost their home & 2 dogs in a fire on Nicholas Court in Allentown yesterday!

The DeRisi family is very involved in the district both on the field, in the classroom, and their daughter an 8th grader at StoneBridge.

Donations are needed to help the family with immediate needs.

Can you help? No donation is too small even if it is $5! 100% of your donations are tax-deductible through Millstone, NJ teen founded 5Help Foundation with 100% going to help the DeRisi Family!

Venmo, Paypal, & Check Options Available. Go to www.5help.org or email 5helpteam2@gmail.com. Checks can be sent to: 5Help Foundation, 200 Village Center Drive #7392, Freehold, NJ 07728.

Thank you for helping in this tragic situation!

Special thank you to Mrs. Kim Mangrella for reaching out to us and asking us to help & the Merkel family for pointing us in the right direction to get the word out.

Drew, Tim, Heather & the 5Help Team


Video by: Ryan Mack, Jersey Shore Fire Response

OUT OF GAS: Trenton Man In Custody After Armed Carjacking In Morrisville, PA, Ends In Robbinsville, NJ

April 23, 2021 — Updated

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton Police Department Detective Captain Peter Weremijenko told MidJersey.news that on Thursday April 22, 2021 around 10:08 pm Trenton Police Offices Olix Heredia and Marvin Hebert were on patrol in the area of West End Avenue when they saw a 2019 Jeep Compass, bearing a Pennsylvania license plate, driving in the area.  The officers were aware that the vehicle was reported as carjacked at gunpoint earlier in the evening in Morrisville PA.  The officers attempted to stop the vehicle when the driver of the Jeep accelerated and drove away.  Officers Heredia and Hebert continued to pursue the carjacked Jeep through the City of Trenton, onto Rt 195, then onto Rt 130.  The pursuit ended when the Jeep ran out of gas on Rt 130 south in Robbinsville.  The New Jersey State Police and Robbinsville Police Department assisted the Trenton Police Department to bring this incident to a peaceful conclusion. 

 Taken into custody and charged was:

Christopher R. Hersey, 30-year-old male from General Greene Ave. in Trenton

  • Eluding (2nd degree) 2C:29-2b
  • Several motor vehicle violations

New Jersey State Police Sgt. Philip Curry of the Public Information Unit told MidJersey.news that, on Thursday, April 22, at 10:15 p.m. Trenton Police Department notified the New Jersey State Police that they were engaged in a pursuit with a stolen vehicle that was heading out of Trenton. 

Troopers joined the pursuit as it continued on I-195 before the suspect vehicle exited the highway and traveled through multiple jurisdictions.  During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle struck two marked pursuing NJSP vehicles.

The pursuit concluded on US-130 south MP 65 in Robbinsville Township where the suspect, Christopher Hersey, 30, of Trenton, N.J.  was arrested.

Hersey was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, criminal mischief and was lodged at the Mercer County Jail.




Video of pursuit in Trenton by Waterfront Park-Arm and Hammer Stadium on Route 29 Video by MidJersey.news reader Jacqueline Leslie

See last night’s breaking news story here: Armed suspect leads multiple police agencies on high speed pursuit after carjacking in Trenton, ends in Robbinsville



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Armed suspect leads multiple police agencies on high speed pursuit after carjacking in Trenton, ends in Robbinsville


UPDATE HERE: OUT OF GAS: Trenton Man In Custody After Armed Carjacking In Morrisville, PA, Ends In Robbinsville, NJ


April 23, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

BREAKING NEWS REPORT: This is a breaking news report from radio reports, on scene information, and sources. Once official information is available, the post will be updated.

TRENTON (MERCER)– A police pursuit involving multiple jurisdictions occurred late Thursday night following a carjacking of a Jeep Compass in Trenton.

Trenton Police called the pursuit around 10:00 pm, after a reported carjacking in the city. State Police joined the chase once the suspect vehicle got onto I-195. The vehicle continued to flee Eastbound on I-195 to Route 537 in Jackson, where he turned back around and went Westbound. The suspect exited I-195 into Hamilton, where he fled down Klockner Road and got onto Route 130. The pursuit continued on Route 130 Northbound to South Brunswick, where the suspect then turned around again, going South on Route 130. The suspect was reported to be armed with a gun. The vehicle reached speeds of 130 miles per hour while running red lights, and reportedly crashed into a few State Police troop cars during the pursuit.

The chase finally came to an end at about 11:03 pm in front of the A&M Market on Route 130 in Robbinsville. One male was taken into custody and transported to the hospital.

Vehicle drove though several towns including, Trenton, Hamilton Township, Robbinsville Township, Upper Freehold Township, Millstone Township, Jackson Township, East Windsor, Cranbury, South Brunswick, North Brunswick.

This is a developing story. Check back for more info.






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Officials investigating multi-alarm fire in Upper Freehold Township

April 22, 2021

By: Tyler Eckel

UPPER FREEHOLD (MONMOUTH)– Fire companies responded to a multi-alarm house fire early Thursday afternoon.

It happened around 1:00 pm. Multiple calls came in reporting a house located at 17 Nicholas Court was on fire. The full first alarm was called when New Jersey Forrest Fire Services observed a column of smoke in the air.

Crews on the scene reported heavy fire throughout the dwelling, and called the second alarm. Within minutes there was a partial collapse of the home, and the fire was upgraded to the fourth alarm.

Multiple hand lines and master streams were put into operation to bring the blaze under control. The bulk of the fire was knocked down just before 2:00 pm.

It is reported that at least one firefighter was injured in this incident.

The fire remains under investigation by the Monmouth County Fire Marshall, Upper Freehold Fire Prevention Bureau, and New Jersey State Police.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for more info.

Video by: Ryan Mack, Jersey Shore Fire Response

Video by: Ryan Mack, Jersey Shore Fire Response

Photos by John Lenhardt



Upper Freehold Swears in New Firefighters

April 21, 2021

ALLENTOWN – UPPER FREEHOLD TWP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–On April 19th, 2021 Upper Freehold Township held a very small ceremony where 3 New Firefighters were sworn in by Business Administrator Dana Tyler at the fire station. After the new personnel were sworn in each Firefighter was “Pinned” by a close family member. The “Pinning” is the placing of the Firefighter’s Official Badge of Service on their uniform for the first time, as they begin their service for our community. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the event was limited to immediate family of the 3 Firefighters, co-workers, and representatives from local fire departments.

Firefighter Scott Royle took the position of Captain, charged with oversight of the Fire & Emergency Services for Upper Freehold Township and The Borough of Allentown under the direction of The Township Committee. Captain Royle comes to us with 18 years of experience at various agencies in Monmouth County. He is a US Navy Veteran and worked in the private fire investigation industry prior to coming to us. He continues to volunteer with the Matawan Fire Department and is a great asset to the town.

Firefighter Nick Brown a resident of Eatontown, NJ. He volunteered with Eatontown Fire Department, Tinton Falls Fire Department, & Eatontown Emergency Medical Services before coming to Upper Freehold Township. He has been a firefighter since 2015. He worked Per-Diem for South Wall Fire Rescue since 2019 and with us since early 2020, before being offered a spot as a full-time firefighter.

Firefighter Blake Nebbia grew up in the Upper Freehold Twp. and Allentown area. He has lived here for 17 years. He joined Hope Fire Company 9 years ago and has work extremely hard to get to this spot. Firefighter Nebbia is a graduate of Allentown High School and worked for Upper Freehold School District till he was offered a full-time position. He also worked Per Diem with Ewing Township as a firefighter.



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Stone Bridge Middle School, True North Robotics Team

April 19, 2021

ALLENTOWN, UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–This year a competitive Lego robotics team was established at Stone Bridge Middle School. Melissa Domen, the business leader of the Allentown high school robotics team, is the founder of the middle school team.

The name of the middle school team, True North Robotics, unites Stone Bridge Middle School’s motto of “Finding your True North” with the students’ passion for robotics. With the guidance of high school students on Redbird Robotics, 14 middle school students have learned programming, building, and teamwork skills, while having a successful rookie season this year so far.

On Feb. 13, 2021, True North Robotics did an outstanding job at the virtual Qualifying Event competition and headed to the virtual Southern NJ District Championship competition on April 10. The team received the Robot Design Award and the Breakthrough Award. At the Qualifying Event, the students placed fifth and sixth in the robot challenge game. At the Southern NJ District Championship competition, the students won the Rising Star Award and held an overall score well above the average for a rookie team.

Participating teams were judged on four different components during the competition including the Robot Game, a Robot Design Presentation, an Innovation Project Presentation, and a Core Values activity. For the Robot Game and Robot Design, the team built and programmed two different robots made out of Legos to complete a series of obstacles in 2.5 minutes. For the Innovation Project, True North Robotics invented and created prototypes of special swimming gear to help prevent swimmer’s ear and a mobile gym to encourage everyone to be more active.

In February 2020, Melissa Domen was awarded a grant by the Upper Freehold Regional Education Foundation to start True North Robotics. Since middle school level robotics competitions have a limit of 10 team members per team, True North Robotics split into two smaller competition teams. One competition team is called True North Robotics Impact and has eight students (Aaryan Desai, Ioanna Varouhakis, Vishek Desai, Luke Greenbaum, Taylor Lalla, Elena Mathew, Theo Renzulli, Jeremy George) , and the other competition team is called True North Robotics Innovation and has six students (Sean Gavin, Mia Laudien, Remy Fortsch, Aarav Patnaik, Benjamin Utset, Sienna Jones). Each of the smaller group team names are named after the Core Values of FIRST: Discovery, Innovation, Impact, Inclusion, Teamwork, Fun, Coopertition, and Gracious Professionalism.

The nonprofit organization FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. FIRST runs many types of robotics competitions for different grade levels from PreK through 12th grade. Both True North Robotics and Allentown High School Redbird Robotics are FIRST robotics competition teams. The True North Robotics’s competition level is called FIRST Lego League, and the Allentown High School Redbird Robotics’s competition level is called FIRST Robotics Competition.

What makes this team unique compared to other middle school robotics teams is that this team is 100% student run. Shane Conlin, Amelia Tricker, and Liam Granaghan are current Allentown high school students on the Redbird Robotics team and have been helping the True North Robotics team this season. Mr. Mark Guterl, Mrs. Stefanie Folino and Mr. Brian Myslinski have also been a great support for the team since its start. It has certainly been a team effort to get this team up in running with success. It has been quite an experience starting up a new competitive robotics team during a pandemic. The season kicked off in the summer of 2020 with online meetings. Students learned several skills like coding a robot, building robots, robotics competitions, the culture of the FIRST organization, and high school robotics. The end of the summer was also spent meeting in-person to build robots and obstacles made out of Legos. Safety measures such as social distancing and sanitizing were practiced at every single meeting. Both online and in-person meetings were held four days a week throughout the school year. Usually the competition season for middle school robotics starts in August and ends in December. But with it being a new team in a pandemic, this year’s season started in June 2020 and will be continuing until the end of April 2021. Soon, the team will start planning next year’s season. The team is always looking for new Stone Bridge Middle School students to apply for the team. Also, if you are a local individual or business that would like to get involved with the Upper Freehold Regional School District Robotics Teams, please email 1807frc@gmail.com