Category: Upper Freehold

BREAKING: Large Power Outage

September 28, 2020

UPDATE As of 9:30 parts of Robbinsville and Upper Freehold have been restored. Others in East Windsor and Hightstown are still out.

UPDATE At of 11:30 pm Hightstown and East Windsor is still without power and estimated restore time is 1:30 am.

UPDATE 9:00 am 9/29/2020 the outage reporting map is still showing some power failures in East Windsor and Millstone with an estimated 11:30 am restoration time. Most have been restored over night but a few are still without power.

ROBBINSVILLE-UPPER FREEHOLD- EAST WINDSOR- MILLSTONE– Wide area power problems in Robbinsville, East Windsor, Upper Freehold and Millstone in areas served by JCP&L no status or cause reported.

JCPL has been notified.

5th Annual NJ Fire Museum Open House & Firefighters Memorial Services

September 27, 2020

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The 5th Annual NJ Fire Museum Open House and Firefighters Memorial Services were held today at the Fire Museum. There were views of several generations of apparatus and equipment, demonstrations, food served by Hope Fire Company, and a memorial service held at the NJ Firefighters Memorial for fallen firefighters.



Live fire sprinkler demonstration by NJ Chapter-PenJerDel Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association.




Vote-By-Mail Drop Box Arrives In Allentown

September 22, 2020

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–An Allentown resident told MidJersey.News that around 11 pm last night a delivery crew installed a Vote-By-Mail Drop Box in front of Allentown at Borough Hall on Main Street. There are currently 17 Vote-By-Mail Drop Box locations for Monmouth County, this is the furthest west serving Western Monmouth County.

A current list of Vote-By-Mail Drop Box locations for Monmouth County can be found here.

Vote-By-Mail Drop Box Locations

Pursuant to State law, the November 3, 2020 General Election will be conducted primarily by Mail-In Ballot in New Jersey.

If you wish to place your Mail-In Ballot in a secure drop box, below are the locations throughout the County which will be available starting the week of September 15. Addresses in the list below are clickable and will bring up Google Maps.

Voters can drop their voted Mail-In Ballot into these Board of Elections Drop Boxes anywhere in the County up until 8 p.m. on November 3, 2020. You do not have to be a resident of the town where the drop box is located. Be advised that these drop boxes are under video surveillance and are monitored by the Monmouth County Board of Elections, which can be reached at 732-431-7802.

For more information about the General Election process, click here.

LocationAddressEntry
1Aberdeen Municipal Building1 Aberdeen Square
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
2Allentown Borough Hall8 North Main Street
Allentown, NJ 08501
3Asbury Park City Hall1 Municipal Plaza
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
City Council Chambers (Bangs Avenue Entrance)
4Borough of Belmar Municipal Building601 Main Street
Belmar, NJ 07719
5Eatontown Borough Municipal Building47 Broad Street
Eatontown, NJ 07724
Rear Entrance
6Board of Elections Office300 Halls Mill Road
Freehold, NJ 07728
Side Entrance
7Hazlet Agency – NJ Motor Vehicle Commission1374 Highway 36
Hazlet, NJ 07730
Airport Plaza
8Howell Township Municipal Building4567 Route 9 North
Howell, NJ 07731
Rear Entrance
9Long Branch City Hall344 Broadway
Long Branch, NJ 07740
10Manalapan Township Municipal Building120 County Road 522
Manalapan, NJ 07726
11Middletown Municipal Building1 Kings Highway
Middletown Township, NJ 07748
12Croydon Hall900 Leonardville Road
Leonardo, NJ 07737
13Neptune Township Municipal Building25 Neptune Boulevard
Neptune, NJ 07753
Library Entrance
14Ocean Township Town Hall399 Monmouth Road
Oakhurst, NJ 07755
15Red Bank Borough Municipal Building90 Monmouth Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701
16Rumson Borough Hall80 East River Road
Rumson, NJ 07760
17Wall Township Municipal Building2700 Allaire Road
Wall, NJ 07719

Worker Suffers Serious Injures In Construction Accident At Sharon Station Road Site

September 9, 2020

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–New Jersey State Police spokesman Sgt. Philip Curry stated Troopers were detailed to Sharon Station Road in Upper Freehold Township at 2:09 pm for a male injured at a construction site. The male construction worker suffered serious injures and was transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. The accident is currently under investigation.

Firefighters from Hope Fire Company of Allentown-Upper Freehold Twp., Capital Health-Allentown EMS, and paramedics responded to the scene. A landing zone was set up near the accident for a helicopter but was recalled due to length of time for the helicopter to respond.

Man Rescued From Grain Bin

August 14, 2020

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Members of the Hope Fire Company of Allentown-Upper Freehold firefighters helped a man from a grain bin on Route 524 around 11:40 am. The man was stuck in the bin for a short time and was able to climb out to the roof of the bin prior to the fire department and EMS arrival. With help of farm staff firefighters helped the man to a lift and was lowered to the ground. The man was transported to RWJ at Hamilton Hospital by Capital Health ambulance for evaluation and appeared in good spirits and ok.

NJSP Investigating Body Found In Retention Basin Next To Cream Ridge Golf Course

August 5, 2020

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–According to NJ State Police Spokesman Sgt. Lawrence Peele, yesterday at approximately 12:00 pm, troopers and detectives responded to the area of County Route 539 in Upper Freehold Township for the report of a deceased male in a drainage basin north of the Cream Ridge Golf Course. 

According to NJ State Police, the body of the adult male victim was transported to the Middlesex Regional Medical Examiner’s Office in North Brunswick for a postmortem examination.  The case remains under investigation and there is no additional information available at this time.

Allentown Fall Festival 2020 Canceled Due To COVID-19 Concerns Will Return In 2021

August 5, 2020

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The Allentown Business Community Association has posted a notice on Facebook that the 2020 Fall Festival also known as the “Harvest Festival” is canceled this year due to COVID-19 concerns. See below:


THE 2020 HARVEST FESTIVAL IS OFFICIALLY CANCELLED.

After 35 consecutive years, the Allentown NJ Fall Harvest Festival will not be held this fall. The cancellation is due to the NJ statewide shut down. Our upmost concerns are for the safety of our community, our attendees and our businesses. We hope to see everyone again next year. Thank you and be safe.

Tropical Storm Isaias Update

Yesterday’s MidJersey.News coverage here: Tropical Storm Isaias Hits Area


August 5, 2020

PSE&G Reports 9,3958 power outages with 292,052 customers affected as of 12:30 pm

JCP&L Reports 527,305 customers affected at of 12:30 pm

Atlantic City Electric reports 4,448 active outages with 64,761 customers affected as of 12:30 pm

JACKSON, NJ (OCEAN)–Governor Phil Murphy visited Jackson Township this morning to assess damage from Tropical Storm Isaias with Senator Sam Thompson, Ocean County Freeholder Director Joe Vicari, and Mayor Mike Reina. Government officials are continuing to work closely with the utilities to get the lights back on as quickly and safely as possible.


MidJersey.News has been monitoring fire department, police and EMS activity and fire departments from our area have been sent to several locations overnight and this morning for carbon monoxide issues dealing with generators too close to the house or running in a garage. Please use these appliances properly, keep them far away from the home, and also make sure you have batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors and verify they are working.


Upper Freehold and Allentown, Message from Hope Fire Company:

Good Morning. We realize that some will be without power for a few days. HFC will be opening it’s doors for anyone that is in need of charging devices from now until 4pm. We do have charging stations setup in our meeting room for your convenience. We ask that you please wear masks when coming into our facility and, to practice social distancing measures, we will be allowing up to 10 people in at a time. Also, we do have bagged ice that we can give you (2 bags per person) and should you need to use our showering facilities, that area is open as well. Non-potable water will be available so please, bring your buckets or containers. Again, masks are required and you must be symptom free to enter the building. Should you have any questions you can email me at president@hopefirecompany.com or reach out to me directly at 609-556-9764.



North Hanover, Jackobstown:

We have put the hose out for residents to get water if needed. While clean water direct from our well we don’t recommend it for drinking but if you need to flush a toilet it will work. Bring your own container. The station is closed to members only at this time, please do not enter the station for any reason. Thank you




There are still numerous roads closed, trees and wires down please avoid those areas and do not go around cones or barricades. Stay far away from any wires because you will not know if they are live or energized, leave that up to the professionals to determine.


Water and Ice available for JCP&L customers:

Water and Ice Locations

Water and Ice Available to JCP&L Customers

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) is restoring service to customers who lost power due to Tropical Storm Isaias. JCP&L is offering free water and ice to customers remaining out of service. Customers can pick up water and ice at the following locations:

(Last updated 8/5/2020)

BURLINGTON COUNTY

  • Acme Supermarkets, 18 Broadway Rd. Store 7908, Browns Mills

ESSEX COUNTY

  • Shop Rite of Millburn, 220 Main Street, Millburn, Essex County
  • Kings, 778 Morris Tpke, Short Hills, Essex County

HUNTERDON COUNTY

  • Shop Rite of Hunterdon, 50 Rte 513 BLDG D, Clinton, Hunterdon County
  • Shop Rite of Hunterdon272 Rt. 202 & Rt. 31, Flemington, Hunterdon County
  • Kings, 531 U.S. Hwy. 22 East, Whitehouse Station, Hunterdon County

MERCER COUNTY

  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 319 Rt 130N, East Windsor
  • Shop Rite – Pennington, 2555 Pennington Rd, Pennington

MIDDLESEX COUNTY

  • Acme Supermarkets, 3505 Route 9, Old Bridge
  • Saker Shop Rites, Inc., 2909 Washington Rd., Parlin

MONMOUTH COUNTY

  • Acme Supermarkets, 576 River Rd., Store 7949, Fair Haven
  • Acme Supermarkets, 3241 Route 9, Store 7960, Freehold
  • Acme Supermarkets, 990 Shrewsbury Ave., Tinton Falls
  • Acme Supermarkets, 2007 Route 35, Wall
  • Food Circus (a/k/a Foodtown), 1560 Rt 35, Store 269, Ocean Twp
  • Food Circus (a/k/a Foodtown), 2204 Rt 35 & Sea Girt Ave, Store 268, Sea Girt
  • Food Circus (a/k/a Foodtown), 9 Rt.  36, Bayshore Plaza, Store 266, Atlantic Highlands
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 3585 Hwy 9, Freehold
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 280 Hwy 9 N, Morganville
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 2200 Asbury Ave., Neptune 07753
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., Routes 36 & 71, West Long Branch 07764
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 1151 Shrewsbury Ave., Shrewsbury 07722
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 4594 Rt 9 S, Howell 07731
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 2445 Rt 34, Wall  07719
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 1801 Route 35, Wall Twp.
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 318 Lloyd Rd., Aberdeen
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 3140 State Hwy 35, Hazlet 07730

MORRIS COUNTY

  • ACME, 550 Myrtle Ave., Boonton
  • ACME, 329 Speedwell Ave, Morris Plains, Morris County
  • ACME Oak Ridge, 5774 Berkshire Valley Road, Oak Ridge
  • ACME, 690 Millbrook Avenue, Randolph
  • ACME, 123 E Main St Suite 1, Denville
  • Kings, 115 Hawkins Place, Boonton
  • Kings, 88 East Main St, Mendham
  • Kings, 393 Main Street, Chatham, Morris County
  • Kings, 977 Valley Rd, Gillette, Morris County
  • Kings, 191 South Street, Morristown, Morris County
  • Kings, 184 Columbia Tpk., Florham Park, Morris County
  • Kings, 191 South Street, Morristown, Morris County
  • Shop Rite of Morris, 1711 Routes 10 (& 202), Morris Plains
  • Shop Rite of Chatham, 641 Shunpike Rd / Southern Blvd, Chatham
  • Shop Rite of Chester, 195 Route 206 South, Chester
  • Shop Rite – Ronetco, 90 Bartley Rd Flanders, Flanders
  • Shop Rite – Ronetco, 75 US 46 Netcong
  • Shop Rite , 437 Rt 46, Rockaway
  • Shop Rite – Ronetco, 281-021 Rt 10, Succasunna
  • Shop Rite, 1153 Valley Road, Stirling, Morris County
  • Shop Rite, 314 Rt 15, Wharton

OCEAN COUNTY

  • Acme Supermarkets, Route 35 & Washington, Ortley Beach/Seaside Heights           
  • Perlmart Shop Rite 427, 429 Atl City Blvd., Store 663 Bayville
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc. 668 Rt 70, Brick 08723
  • Perlmart Shop Rite, 328 Route 9, (Lacey) Store 655, Lanoka Harbor
  • Perlmart Shop Rite, 1001Rt 70W, (Manchester) Store 659, Manchester
  • Perlmart Shop Rite, 260 County Line Rd., Store 661, Jackson
  • Perlmart Shop Rite, 860 Fischer Blvd, Store 656, Toms River
  • Perlmart Shop Rite, 100 Town Center Bldg 9, Store 665, Waretown
  • Saker ShopRites, Inc., 2 Rt 37 West, Toms River 08753

SOMERSET COUNTY

  • Kings, 450 Rt. 206N & Hills Dr., Bedminster
  • Saker Shop Rite -Branchburg, 3166 Rt 22, Somerville
  • Shop Rite of Bernardsville, 93 Morristown Rd (Rt 202), Bernardsville
  • Kings, 100 Morristown Rd., Bernardsville
  • Kings, 64 Mt. Blvd Brady Shopping Center, Warren

SUSSEX COUNTY

  • ACME Vernon, 530 Route 515, Vernon, Sussex County
  • ACME Sussex, 455 Route 23 North, Byram, Sussex, Sussex County
  • Shop Rite – Ronetco, 90-80 Rt 206 N Byram NJ, Sussex County
  • Shop Rite – Ronetco, 270 Rt 23 N Franklin NJ, Sussex County
  • Shop Rite – Ronetco, 125 Water St. Newton, Sussex

UNION COUNTY

  • ACME, 1260 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, Union County
  • Shop Rite of Springfield, 727 Morris Tpke, Springfield, Union
  • Kings, 784 Springfield Ave, Summit, Union County

WARREN COUNTY

  • ACME Blairstown, 152 Route 94, Blairstown,
  • Shop Rite – Ronetco, 1965 Rt 57 Hackettstown NJ
  • Shop Rite of Hunterdon, 1207 Rt. 22, Phillipsburg (Greenwich Store)
  • Shop Rite of Washington, 2 Clubhouse Dr @ Route 31, Washington


Multiple Incidents On I-195 In Upper Freehold Create Local Traffic Issues

August 1, 2020

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Multiple incidents on Interstate 195 East Bound this afternoon caused at least a 4 mile backup on the highway sending drivers to side roads causing local traffic issues.

Starting around 12:20 a car fire was reported at mile marker 13 in the median. Hope Fire Company of Allentown responded and reported a minor accident, Allentown EMS was on scene checking for injures.

A short time later EMS was sent to mile marker 13.6 for a pepper spray issue. Unconfirmed radio reports were sketchy but NJSP radio was heard that a vehicle was stopped after driving erratically with 5 occupants after initially did not pull over. Some fled scene and and possibly 2 were arrested for unknown issues. (These are breaking news reports and if and when official information becomes available the story will be corrected and updated with official information.- A reporter has reached out for details on the incident)

NJ DOT highway vehicles were with a broken down vehicle around the 13.8 mile marker.

As these multiple incidents occurred on Interstate 195 East a four mile backup occurred and those who use Google Maps, Waze or other GPS traffic mapping program were rerouted off the highway onto back roads. A long steady stream of vehicles were seen on Route 526, 524, Old Noah Hunt Road, Pine Drive, Burnt Tavern Road and others were backed up due to highway traffic being rerouted. It appears most were heading to Six Flags Great Adventure, Hurricane Harbor or rerouting back onto 195 East at Route 537.

Google Traffic is showing no traffic backups at the time of the posting of this report at 3:20 pm.

Firefighters Extinguish Car Fire That Extended To Exterior Of Home

July 22, 2020

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The Hope Fire Company of Allentown, Millstone Township Fire Department and New Egypt Fire Department responded to Steeple Chase Court around noon for a car fire. Upon arrival a car was on fire in the driveway that was spreading towards the house. Firefighters arrived and were able to quickly knock down the fire and prevented further damage to the home. The fire is under investigation by the Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s Office.

Hope Fire Company of Allentown reported on their Facebook page that they handled 2 serious accidents, 1 car fire with exposure to a home and a fire alarm today all in the 90F+ hot and humid heat wave. Millstone and New Egypt Fire Departments helped at calls today in the township.

Jackson Man Killed In Serious Accident On I-195

July 22, 2020, Updated July 23, 2020 at 11:15 am.

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–At 6:46 am the Hope Fire Company of Allentown and the Millstone Township Fire Department responded to I-195 west bound in the area of mile marker 13.4 for a severe accident.

According to NJ State Police spokesman Philip Curry, Mario Shehata, 30 of Jackson was killed in the crash while operating a Honda Civic eastbound on 195.

The Honda Civic crossed the center median and struck an Acura which was going westbound. The driver of the Acura was Richard Carter, 37 ,of Farmingdale according to an update on Thursday from NJ State Police.

The westbound lanes were completely closed just before 8 a.m., for the accident investigation, creating a multi-mile delay approaching the crash scene. The left lane was reopened about 11:45 a.m.

Curry said that cause of the crash remains under investigation.


 

Large Amount Of Bales On Fire In Robbinsville

July 21, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At 5:19 pm the Hope Fire Company of Allentown and the Robbinsville Township Fire Department were dispatched to a large amount of straw bales on fire. The fire was located at Old York Road between Sharon and Herbert Roads. Due to the amount of bales on fire the Millstone Township Fire Department and the New Jersey Forrest Fire Service also responded with additional equipment. Firefighters had to break apart the flaming bales by hand to extinguish the fire during a heat wave, current temperature is over 90F in NJ.

Old York Road between Sharon Road and Herbert Road was closed during the fire.

See Comet Neowise Before Its Gone

July 14, 2020

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A newly discovered comet that was found on March 27, 2020 called comet Neowise can bee seen just after dusk and the early morning hours for the next few days. The next time you’ll be able to see comet Neowise will be 6,766 years from now so you might want to get a look at it tonight just after dark.

If viewing it is best to use a application such as “Star Walk 2” to help find the elevation and area in the sky to look. Just after dark it can be seen in the north west sky and in the early morning hours it can be seen in the north east sky.

Tonight look north west about an hour after sunset and you’ll have about an hour to see it before it dips below the horizon at 11:25 pm. The comet will rise in the north east around 2:54 am and can be seen until about an hour before sunrise but as the sun rises the view of the comet fades quickly so earlier the better.

If viewing bring binoculars, spotting scope or telescope for the best view. For the next few days you can see it with the naked eye after that you will need optical assistance.

If photographing suggested items would be:

  1. Tripod
  2. Lens 300 mm or longer.
  3. Shutter release or use timer in camera so you do not get shake.
  4. Manual focus on comet or other distant object and hyper focus in “live view” zoomed in if you have that option.
  5. Shut off image stabilizer (if camera has it) to prevent a shake effect.

You will also need to find an area with a large field with a clear view to the north west sky for after sunset and a north east view for before sunrise. Take many different exposures and bracket in “manual mode” to make sure you get the exposure correct.

The comet can be seen all over the country in the night sky. The images below were taken in Upper Freehold Township near the border of Robbinsville Township.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) today sanctions Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) for his work on human rights

July 13, 2020

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), an internationally recognized American human rights lawmaker, said the “proximate cause” of today’s sanction against him appears to be his authorship of the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act.  “In my remarks on the floor of the House during debate, I underscored the fact that President Xi Jinping is directly responsible for the genocide against the Muslims.

   “The U.S. sanctions Chinese officials for egregiously abusing human rights and Beijing responds by sanctioning Members of Congress for defending human rights.

    “We must continue to stand with the Chinese people against an increasingly authoritarian Chinese government that represses legitimate desires for liberty and justice.”

 On May 27th, Smith said “Communist party general secretary Xi Jinping’s ongoing genocide against the approximately 10 million Uyghurs living in Xinjiang in northwestern China demands action.

Smith said, “Today, more than a million Uyghurs are in concentration camps. Millions more are harassed, beaten, raped and tortured—and forced abortion and coercive sterilizations are commonplace.” Click here or on video image above to watch Rep. Smith’s May 27 remarks.

    According to the Associated Press,  “China said Monday it will impose sanctions on three U.S. lawmakers and one ambassador in response to similar actions taken by the U.S. last week against Chinese officials over alleged human rights abuses against Muslims in the Xinjiang region.

    “U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, Rep. Chris Smith and Ambassador for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback were targeted…Foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said the U.S. move had “seriously damaged China-U.S. relations” and that China was determined to uphold its national sovereignty against what it sees as interference in its internal affairs.”

    In mid-May, the Chinese government through its propaganda organ the Global Times  had threatened Smith with “pain” for authoring the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act and the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act.

    The Chinese government also objected to Smith bill, the Compensation for the Victims of State Misrepresentations to the World Health Organization Act of 2020  which will waive the Foreign Immunities Act to legally empower U.S. citizens to sue the government of China for monetary damages, “for personal injury or death, or damage to or loss of property, occurring in the United States as a result of a willful or grossly negligent misrepresentation of information to the World Health Organization.”

    The Global Times article continued, “Smith has also been a frequent instigator on China-related topics, particularly on so-called human rights issues. In March 2019, Smith introduced legislation to tackle China’s political influence in the US by saying ‘Beijing’s influence operations are sophisticated and threatening.  China won’t just strike back symbolically but will impose countermeasures that will make them feel the pain, analysts said.”

    Smith said, “Two weeks ago, I was briefed by the FBI that the threat was real and the CCP’s action could take many forms, from bribes to social media disinformation and worse and for starters–visa denial–today’s sanction. When COVID-19 abates, I was/am planning a trip to Hong Kong, Beijing and to Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang.”

    In 2006, my work computers were hacked by the Chinese government. According to the House tech experts, they took what was on my computer as well as my human rights committee computers. In 2006, I chaired a landmark hearing focused on the complicity of Google, Yahoo, Cisco and Microsoft in Beijing’s censorship, surveillance, arrest and jailing of human rights and democracy activists.

    Smith has chaired more than 60 congressional hearings on Chinese human rights abuses, from China’s “soft power” use of Confucius Institutes, to NYU and other institutions of higher learning being given unimaginable deals, the pervasive use of forced abortion, coerced sterilization, torture, religious persecution, laogai labor, and organ harvesting.

NJ State Police Arrest Man In Connection Of Upper Freehold Burglaries

July 10, 2020

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Troopers Arrest Man for Commercial Burglary and Theft of Services

The New Jersey State Police have arrested Christopher Woods, 56, of Howell, N.J., for allegedly committing several burglaries at storage facility in Upper Freehold Township, Monmouth County.

On Friday, July 3, troopers from Hamilton Station began investigating multiple burglaries at the Store and Lock Self Storage facility in Cream Ridge, Monmouth County. As a result of the investigation, troopers identified Woods as the suspect of three burglaries at the facility during the month of May.

Troopers determined on three seperate occasions Woods used bolt cutters and stole approximately $ 5,000 worth of personal property. Troopers also discovered he failed to reimburse the facility for contracted services on numerous occasions totaling $1500.

Troopers located Woods later that day at a residence in Howell and arrested him without incident.

Christopher Woods was charged with burglary of a commercial structure and theft of services. He was released pending a court date.

Charges are mere accusations, and the accused is considered innocent until proven guilty.

Truck Rips Down Phone And Fiber-optic Cable

July 10, 2020

UPPER FREEHOLD, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Around 10:45 a delivery truck on Imlaystown-Hightstown Road tangled in some wires and pulled down almost a half mile of telephone and fiber-optic cable. The accident happened in the area of 90 Imlaystown-Hightstown and wires were down almost Yeger Drive, luckily none fell into the roadway itself just short of a 1/2 mile of wire.

Firefighters from Hope Fire Company helped remove cable from the truck so it could be moved after Jersey Central Power and Light checked the area. Verizon was notified so expect a repair crew in the area this afternoon.

Dancer stands with New Jersey Outdoor Alliance On Wildlife Management Area Closings


See related MidJersey.News stories here: Assunpink, Stone Tavern, Rising Sun And Prospertown Lakes Shut Down, Not Just The Boat Ramps As “Restricted” Areas July 6 to 27, 2020

Prospertown And Assunpink Boat Ramps “Restricted” Due To State Employee Furloughs


TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The New Jersey Outdoor Alliance took a major hit this week when Governor Phil Murphy decided to close many of the wildlife management areas due to budgetary constraints. The organization released a statement on Murphy’s actions, saying that it makes no sense to furlough land management staff since they are paid by profits made from the users of the parks and license fees. 

Assemblyman Ron Dancer agrees with the NJOA and called on Governor Murphy to reconsider these latest rounds of closures.

“Our park systems continue to get the short end of the stick,” stated Dancer (R-Ocean). “After fighting for weeks to get the parks to reopen, now Gov. Murphy restricts public access to the outdoor wildlife management areas.  We cannot continue to allow the misuse of fees paid for fishing and hunting licenses that are dedicated to keep open, manage and maintain our wildlife management areas as pointed out by the NJOA.”

This isn’t the first time the group has challenged Murphy on his executive orders.  For weeks, NJOA repeatedly called on Murphy to reopen parks which eventually led to the reopening of state parks.  

Allentown High School Class of 2020

July 9, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–After a long wait for outdoor graduations due to the COVID-19 pandemic Allentown High School’s Class of 2020 was able to have a full commencement this afternoon. This was Allentown High Schools Ninety-Fifth commencement.

The ceremony was held outdoors at Arm & Hammer Waterfront Park due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Photo gallery:

Search On For Missing Dog From Yesterday’s Upper Freehold Accident

UPPER FREEHOLD, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A vehicle overturned yesterday around 10 am on Herbert Road near Imlaystown-Hightstown Road with a minor injury. After the accident a poodle ran from the vehicle and has not been caught as of the time of this report. The dog has been seen in the area but has not been able to be captured according to Facebook posts. Visit the Lost Dogs of Monmouth County page below for updates. If you have seen the dog or able to capture the dog please call the number below listed in the caption.

While MidJersey.News was out yesterday we were keeping a lookout for the dog while doing the story on the Assunpink being closed. We did not see the dog while out and about at the different lakes. Hopefully we have some luck today.

From the Lost Dogs Of Monmouth County page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1439085923026939/



From the Hope Fire Company page: https://www.facebook.com/Hfc821/

Assunpink, Stone Tavern, Rising Sun And Prospertown Lakes Shut Down, Not Just The Boat Ramps As “Restricted” Areas July 6 to 27, 2020

These are some of the most popular fishing lakes in the Mid Jersey region that have been shut down. Even Govenor Phil Murphy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe talked about how great of an activity fishing is and being able to practice social distancing during COVID-19 briefings.

July 8, 2020

See earlier MidJersey.News story here: Prospertown And Assunpink Boat Ramps “Restricted” Due To State Employee Furloughs

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, MILLSTONE, (MONMOUTH), JACKSON, (OCEAN), NJ — Earlier today MidJersey.News has e-mailed the Division of Fish & Wildlife asking for a “clarification” on the “restricted areas” e-mail and what it means other than what is indicated on the website.


Late this afternoon MidJersey.News acting on a tip that entire lakes are shut down not just “boat ramps” as indicated on the State of NJ, Division of Fish & Wildlife’s web page. (see screen shots below)

MidJersey.News is perplexed trying to figure out why these particular lakes were targeted as “restricted” and shut down due to furloughs. There are no life guards since swimming is not allowed, no fees, no guard shack like at state parks, wildlife management areas are carry-in carry-out for trash = no trash pick up, emergency services such as EMS and rescue are handled by local fire companies and first aid squads, police matters are handled by NJ State Police. The wildlife management areas are low maintenance and are not labor intensive.

Fishing is a “great social activity” and using that 6 foot fishing pole is a great way to measure social distancing while out fishing. Now NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife has closed some of the most popular fishing lakes in the Mid-Jersey region a great activity that is COVID-19 compliant.

Even Govenor Phil Murphy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe talked about how great of an activity fishing is and being able to practice social distancing, see below transcript from March 31, 2020:

TRANSCRIPT: March 31th, 2020 Coronavirus Briefing Media

Commissioner of Environmental Protection Catherine McCabe:

“If you love to fish, a great social activity, we have good news for you. I shouldn’t say a great social activity – I actually meant to say a great solo, not social. Trout season will open ten days early tomorrow, Wednesday April 1st, for catch and release only. This is to help us to help you maintain safe social distance while fishing. We’ve released the state-raised trout early to disperse them before fishing season opens so that you can disperse, too as you move out to catch them, instead of everyone gathering around the hatchery on day one of Trout Season, which is traditional.

If you find others gathered at your favorite fishing hole, consider trying a new location this year. The fish have moved out and you should, too. And at a minimum, please spread out to at least the required six-foot social distance. Conveniently, this is the typical length of a fishing pole so it should be easy for you to measure. And for better fishing you’ll probably want more distance anyway. If someone gets too close to you, have a friendly conversation about that six-foot distance or find another spot.

So, please do feel free to go out there and get some exercise and enjoy yourselves, whether in a park or a forest or along a fishing stream. But please, please be responsible and remember that social distancing is absolutely essential to keeping you, your families and our communities safe, and to help us all flatten the curve of this serious viral outbreak. Thank you.”

Governor Phil Murphy:

“And the notion also, to be able to go outside and get some fresh air in a responsible way has to be a part of what our plan is about.”

“So, I just want to reiterate, whether it’s fishing on that six-foot pole, which I think is a great way to think about it, or outside walking, hiking, jogging, please, please, please keep your distance. Thank you. Again, it’s great having you and thank you for everything you do. And Sean, nice to have you with us as well.”


According to the NJ DEP, Division of Fish & Wildlife, The Wildlife Management Area System web page as currently posted as of 7/8/2020 it indicates that Assunpink: “Main Lake Boat Ramp” “Rising Sun Boat Ramp” “Stone Tavern Boat Ramp” “Shotgun and Archery Range” Prospertown Lake: “Main Lake Boat Ramp” Collier’s Mills: “Shotgun, Archery and Rifle Ranges”


The website does not indicate that the entire lake system would be shut down but signs and barricades as seen below indicate differently:

Entrances to Assunpink Lake, Stone Tavern Lake, Rising Sun and Prospertown Lake all closed as seen below, all lakes are labeled “Restricted Area” and closed:

Prospertown And Assunpink Boat Ramps “Restricted” Due To State Employee Furloughs

See list of other “restrictions” at Wildlife Management Areas throughout the state including range “restrictions” at Assunpink and Colliers Mills below:

SEE UPDATED STORY HERE: Assunpink, Stone Tavern, Rising Sun And Prospertown Lakes Shut Down, Not Just The Boat Ramps As “Restricted” Areas July 6 to 27, 2020

July 8, 2020

UPPER FREEHOLD, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Due to temporary state-mandated employee furloughs, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Fish & Wildlife is temporarily restricting access to some Wildlife Management Areas throughout the month of July.

New Jersey State Government employee furloughs are underway for the month of July as a result of agreements reached between the State and public employee unions to address the economic downturn resulting from the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife manages the state’s Wildlife Management Areas, and is authorized to limit access to these areas in order to protect public health, safety, and the environment during this time pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:25-2.26.

For a list of Wildlife Management Areas affected by the temporary access restrictions, visit https://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/wmas.htm

Due to state-mandated employee furloughs, access to the following Wildlife Management Areas is restricted through July 27:

WMA Specific Area
AssunpinkMain Lake Boat Ramp
AssunpinkRising Sun Boat Ramp
AssunpinkStone Tavern Boat Ramp
AssunpinkShotgun and Archery Range
Belvidere Boat LaunchBelvidere Boat Launch
Black RiverShotgun Range
Clarks PondBoat Ramp
ClintonShotgun Range
ClintonArchery Range
ClintonRifle Range
Colliers MillsMuzzleloader and Archery Ranges
Flatbrook Shotgun and Archery Ranges
GreenwoodParkers Pit
Ken Lockwood GorgeKen Lockwood Gorge
Higbee BeachThree (3) Primary Parking Areas
Jakes Landing (Dennis Creek)Boat Ramp
Makepeace LakeShooting Range
Malibu BeachMain Parking Lot
Malibu BeachSmall Triangle to North of Main Parking Lot
ManchesterJeffrey’s Branch Area
Menantico PondsBoat Ramp
Millville Shooting Range
Pequest Archery Range
Prospertown LakeMain Lake Boat Ramp
Rainbow LakeBoat Ramp
Rieglesville Boat LaunchRieglesville Boat Launch
Round Valley Boat Ramp
Salem RiverBoat Ramp
Shaws Mill PondBoat Ramp
Spicers CreekBoat Ramp
Stafford ForgeShotgun, Muzzleloader and Archery Ranges
TuckahoeArchery Range
TuckahoeImpoundements, Corbin City and Tuckahoe
Tuckahoe Boat Ramp
Union LakeBoat Ramp
White OakPonds
Wildcat RidgeSplit Rock Reservoir
Winslow EastPonds

2 Car Accident Sharon Station Road And 524

June 25, 2020

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A two car accident occurred at the intersection of Sharon Station Road and County Road 524 around 1:50 pm. The Hope Fire Company, Allentown First Aid Squad and NJ State Police responded to the scene. Upon arrival one vehicle was found on its side and the other with heavy front end damage. Luckily it appears that there were no injures in the crash. The NJ State Police is investigating the accident. No further information is available.

Allentown High School, Class Of 2020, Senior Parade

June 6, 2020

ALLENTOWN-UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–This evening a Senior Class Car Procession was held from 5 to 7 pm to celebrate the Allentown High School Class of 2020. Tonight would have been Allentown’s Prom but since the covid-19 pandemic that was canceled.

The Seniors were be led by the New Jersey State police, DJ Nebbs Entertainment and Hope Fire Company also assisted with traffic control around the township.

Severe Thunderstorms Moving Through Area

June 3. 2020

Severe thunderstorms moving through area take cover. Wires are down, trees down, power is out. Wires may be live do not get near, if down call power company and notify 9-1-1. Stay safe.

Severe thunderstorms moving through Allentown Robbinsville Upper Freehold area.

71 Scouts From Millstone And Upper Freehold, Camping Apart yet Together

June 1, 2020

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–In this time of social distancing, being “together” is tough.  This weekend, families from both Cub Scout Pack 116 and Boy Scout Troop 116 of Millstone Township went camping…. at home. With the aid of a private Facebook group and Zoom video conferencing; scouts and their families spent time outside cooking, building campsite gateways, doing scavenger hunts and pioneering projects. 

Fifty families with 71 scouts located in both Millstone and Upper Freehold and ranging in age from 6 years to adult participated in the weekend long event. Cubmaster, Chris Weltner, commented, “This was an excellent event, the weather could not have been any better. I am proud of the scouts who attended and showed their scouting skills and scout spirit. This pack/troop interaction should occur more often and I look forward to participating in person.” 
Teaching, learning & growing… that was the highlight of the weekend that held the theme “Scouts Camping Apart yet Together: bridging the gap from Lion to Eagle”. Each morning began with a rousing Reveille and each night ended with Taps played by the Troop 116 Buglers. George Schmidt, Senior Patrol Leader, said “I was happy to see so many scouts getting involved in different activities. It was the closest thing we have had to a camp out in months.”
The older scouts from Troop 116 posted instructional videos ranging from cooking, hiking and First Aid skills to pioneering projects, Leave No Trace tips and flag retirement ceremonies. Challenges were made and accepted by scouts of all ages… cooking, camp gateway projects, scavenger hunts, scout skills, and, of course, a s’mores challenge ended Saturday night on a sweet note! Troop Committee Chair, John Keleher. noted that he was “really impressed by not only the engagement of the scouts, but the quality of the content that was posted and shared online. The amount of effort these boys put in was really great!”  

Are you interested in learning more about Scouting? For boys in Kindergarten through 5th grade, please visit millstonepack116.org and for boys 6th grade and older, please visit https://millstonetwp116.mytroop.us/. Dens and patrols are always forming and you are welcome to Join the Adventure! 

Memorial Day In Millstone And Allentown

May 27, 2020

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP AND ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Troopers from the New Jersey State Police Troop C Hamilton attended a small Memorial Day Ceremony at the Veteran’s Memorial in Millstone Township.

Also Hope Fire Company had a small parade though Allentown in remembrance of Memorial Day.

Hightstown Memorial Day Services Here as reported earlier

Traffic Alert: 195 East Bound Mile Marker 9.5 Upper Freehold Twp. Overturned Dump

May 26, 2020

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The Hope Fire Company of Allentown was dispatched to 195 East Bound at mile marker 9.5 for an overturned dump truck around 3:20 pm. Upon arrival they found a dump truck overturned in the median that lost its load of stone. There was one injury reported in the accident.

Expect traffic delays on Interstate 195 East Bound mile marker 9.5 until the stone and truck can be removed from the roadway and median. The traffic is currently backed up to the Robbinsville-Allentown Exit 7

Two Accidents On Route 524 This Morning

Currently a second accident has Route 524 near East Branch Closed

May 23, 2020

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Around 6:50 am a car overturned on Route 524. Hope Fire Company closed the roadway and stood by until the vehicle could be removed. The roadway for the first accident was reopened at 7:50 am.

A second accident occurred about 7:40 a.m. at Route 524 and East Branch Road. The Hope Fire Company has just arrived and is extinguishing a car fire related to the accident. Allentown EMS is on scene treating one person. Car fire was extinguished at 7:55 a.m. and JCP&L was dispatched.

Traffic Alert: Wires Down Route 524 Road Closed

UPDATE MORE ROADS CLOSED SEE BELOW:

May 19, 2020

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–County Road Route 524 is closed between East Branch Road and Imlaystown Hightstown Road for wires down. Hope Fire Company of Allentown and NJ State Police are on scene. JCP&L has been dispatched for repairs.


From Hope Fire Company:

⚠️⚠️⚠️MULTIPLE ROAD CLOSURES⚠️⚠️⚠️

Rt 526 is closed from Sharon Station Rd to Imlaystown-Hightstown Rd

Rt 524 is closed from Imlaystown-Hightstown Rd to the area of the Horse Park

Chambers Rd is closed from Yellow Meetinghouse Rd to Rues road

These are all due to wires or trees down in the area.

Crews are also currently operating at the Horse park for a brush fire. All units are currently operating on these calls.

Please use alternate routes if possible.