Category: Robbinsville

Wilmington, Delaware, Man Dies in NJ Turnpike Tractor Trailer Crash in Robbinsville

May 10, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Trooper Brandi Slota from the New Jersey State Police, Public Information Unit told MidJersey.News that Troopers responded to a two vehicle crash on the NJ Turnpike southbound on the outer roadway in Robbinsville Twp, Mercer County at approximately 2:30 p.m.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a Kenworth tractor was pulling an enclosed trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike in the southbound outer Roadway and a Western Star tractor was pulling a flatbed trailer directly behind the Kenworth tractor.  

In the area of milepost 59.9, the front of the Western Star tractor struck the rear of the trailer being pulled by the Kenworth tractor. The Western Star tractor struck the right concrete traffic barrier and the left guardrail. During the crash, the sheetrock load from the Western Star’s trailer was spilled onto the right lane and right shoulder.  As a result of the crash, the driver of the Western Star, identified as Wilbert Normand, 50, of Wilmington, Delaware sustained fatal injuries.

Original MidJersey.News story here:



Construction Van Burns on NJ Turnpike Near Exit 7A in Robbinsville

May 10, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Just before 3:20 p.m. firefighters operating at a serious tractor trailer crash south of Exit 7A noticed a column of smoke in the air north of their location and called for mutual aid from Hamilton and Allentown-Upper Freehold to handle a construction van fire.

Firefighters from Hamilton Township arrived at mile post 60.6 and found a well involved construction van on fire that had a report of acetylene and oxygen tanks exploding inside prior to arrival. Firefighters used a 1 3/4 hose to knock bulk of the fire down and another line to extinguish the fire. Firefighters from Allentown-Upper Freehold arrived on scene and assisted.

The fire on the inner roadway plus the accident on the outer roadway and a couple of other reported incidents backed traffic up approximately 6 miles from an area south of Exit 7A to Old York Road in East Windsor.

No additional details are available at this time.




Related incident just south of this fire:


Serious Crash on NJ Turnpike South of Exit 7A

May 10, 2022

Update here:

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–A serious tractor trailer crash occurred around 2:37 p.m. near mile post around 59.8 south bound in the outer roadway just south of Exit 7A. The driver of the truck suffered life threatening injuries at the time of the crash. Firefighters from Robbinsville, Hightstown and Bordentown responded to the scene to extricate the driver. EMS from Robbinsville and Capital Health Paramedics responded to the scene. The New Jersey State Police requested a medical helicopter to the scene that was later canceled. Radio reports indicated the driver passed away at the scene. The New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash.

Traffic was backed up for over six miles in the south bound direction while the accident was investigated and the truck and its contents were removed from the Turnpike.

As of 8:00 p.m. traffic is flowing normally on the NJ Turnpike.

Check back for further updates.










Overturned Truck on NJ Turnpike in Robbinsville Causes Traffic Delays for Miles

April 27, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–At 12:42 p.m. the Robbinsville Township Fire Department was dispatched to the New Jersey Turnpike at mile post 63.7 North Bound (North of Exit 7A) Outer Roadway for an overturned delivery truck with reported injuries and extrication. Upon arrival of the fire department a truck was found across three lanes of travel and the two occupants of the truck were able to self-extricate and the occupants did not want transport to the hospital. Traffic was backed up for miles in the North Bound direction and vehicles had to use the inner shoulder to get by the accident scene. A NJ State Trooper was able to move the truck out of the roadway using a push bumper saving truck drivers and other motorists of even longer delays. The truck was moved the right lane by Troopers and Haines Towing Services of Bordentown was able to upright the truck and tow it away. It was reported that the delivery truck was full and carrying food items and drinks.






Go Fund Me Set Up for Residents Who Suffered Major Loss in Robbinsville Fire

April 26, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–A Go Fund Me has been set up for the Slezaks who suffered a major loss at a house fire on April 20, 2022 on Voelbel Road.

https://gofund.me/157f90b4

My name is Donna Brandt. I am setting up this Go Fund Me page for my Cousin John Slezak, his two sons and five dogs.

April 20, 2022, in New Jersey, Robbinsville Township Fire Department Fire crews called for an “All Hands” (full 1st alarm) to send additional mutual aid to the scene from surrounding departments. Unfortunately, the home and all the contents were lost entirely. Luckily, the family was able to get out unharmed.

The home has minimal insurance, so it will not cover all losses. The family and dogs have now been displaced for approximately nine months.

John is a hard-working family man who has never missed a day of work to care for his family. But, regrettably, they are now finding themselves with just the clothes on their backs.

Please find it in your heart to donate to my Cousin’s family struggle.

ALL funds will go directly to the family for everyday expenses.

https://gofund.me/157f90b4



April 21, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–At 11:21 p.m. last night April 20, 2022 the Robbinsville Township Fire Department was detailed to the 100 Block of Voelbel Road for a house fire. Robbinsville firefighters arrived about 11:25 p.m. and reported fire showing from the front of the building, and stretched a hand line to the front of the building. Fire crews called for an “All Hands” (full 1st alarm) sending additional mutual aid to the scene from surrounding departments. Within 10 minutes of arrival firefighters had the fire quickly knocked down and under control. The fire was reported electrical in nature. No additional information is available at this time.


15-Year-Old Charged with April 12 Fire on Route 33 in Robbinsville

April 26, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Police say that a 15-year-old Robbinsville resident was charged with one count of Arson and one count of Burglary in regards to the Route 33 fire on April 12, 2022. Police said they are unable to release any further information, due to the fact that the accused is a juvenile.

On April 12, 2022, around 6:53 p.m. the Robbinsville Police Department received multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting a fire in the 2300 block of Route 33. A Robbinsville police officer also reported seeing a column of smoke in the air and the Robbinsville Township Fire Department was dispatched. Mutual aid fire departments were also called to the scene from Hamilton, and others.

Upon arrival of the first fire apparatus, fire crews reported a well involved abandoned building on fire and used a deck gun to start knocking down the fire. Hamilton Township fire department arrived and assisted pulling two hand lines and helped set up a water supply.

Fire crews had the bulk of the fire knocked down within minutes but remained on scene for extensive overhaul and also for the fire investigation. Hope Fire Company of Allentown responded initially to the scene but was diverted to cover any additional calls. Other mutual aid departments not on scene were recalled en route.

Robbinsville Township Police closed Route 33 in both directions until the fire was brought under control and apparatus and fire hoses could be removed from the highway.

Arson investigators were called from the Mercer County Prosecutors Office, detectives from the Robbinsville Township Police Department, and the Robbinsville Township Fire Marshal’s Office was also on scene for the investigation. The fire was in an old, abandoned 20×30 feet garage that was in a wooded area. PSE&G was called to the scene but did not find any electricity or gas to the building.



File photos and video from the April 12, 2022, fire in Robbinsville by: Dennis Symons, Lea Keegan Harrison, Marcello Dellegrotti, and others.




House Fire in Robbinsville Quickly Extinguished

April 21, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–At 11:21 p.m. last night April 20, 2022 the Robbinsville Township Fire Department was detailed to the 100 Block of Voelbel Road for a house fire. Robbinsville firefighters arrived about 11:25 p.m. and reported fire showing from the front of the building, and stretched a hand line to the front of the building. Fire crews called for an “All Hands” (full 1st alarm) sending additional mutual aid to the scene from surrounding departments. Within 10 minutes of arrival firefighters had the fire quickly knocked down and under control. The fire was reported electrical in nature. No additional information is available at this time.



Photos from RTFD Facebook



Fatal Crash on NJ Turnpike in Robbinsville Involving a Tractor Trailer; Delays Up To 6 Miles

Update from NJ State Police:

Troopers responded to a motor vehicle crash at 3:43 a.m. on the New Jersey Turnpike north on the outer roadway, mile post 63.4, Robbinsville, Mercer County.

Based on a preliminary investigation, Franklin S. Parker, a 36 year-old male of Eden, MD, was operating a tractor trailer northbound on the New Jersey Turnpike in the area of mile post. 63.4, the tractor trailer entered the left shoulder and struck the left guardrail, overturned, and impacted a concrete bridge support. As a result of the crash Franklin S. Parker sustained fatal injuries. The crash remains under investigation and there is no additional information available at the moment.

April 21, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Around 3:47 a.m. multiple 9-1-1 calls were received reporting a serious crash involving a tractor trailer on the NJ Turnpike at mile post 63.5 north bound (North of Exit 7A — Between Exit 7A and Exit 8). Hightstown and Robbinsville Fire Departments were sent to the scene for an extrication. Robbinsville EMS, East Windsor EMS, and Captial Health Paramedics were also on scene. Medivac 2 from Hackensack University Medical Center flew to the scene and cleared at 5:28 a.m. A victim was pronounced at the scene about the same time. The NJ Turnpike was closed for the investigation and clean up but some lanes have since reopened.

This is a breaking news report from the scene and radio reports, once official information becomes available the story will be updated with information from NJSP.






Multi Vehicle Accident in Robbinsville on NJ Turnpike

April 15, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Fire Department was dispatched to the NJ Turnpike in the area of mile post 63.9 North bound at 4:56 p.m. Upon arrival it was determined that there were several injuries from a multi vehicle accident and another ambulance was needed and responded from Bordentown Township. Several were transported to local area hospitals with BLS type injuries. No further information is available about the crash.



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Fire Quickly Knocked Down in Robbinsville; Arson Investigators Probe Cause of Fire

April 12, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Around 6:53 p.m. the Robbinsville Police Department received multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting a fire in the 2300 block of Route 33. A Robbinsville police officer also reported seeing a column of smoke in the air and the Robbinsville Township Fire Department was dispatched. Mutual aid fire departments were also called to the scene from Hamilton, and others.

Upon arrival of the first fire apparatus, fire crews reported a well involved abandoned building on fire and used a deck gun to start knocking down the fire. Hamilton Township fire department arrived and assisted pulling two hand lines and helped set up a water supply.

Fire crews had the bulk of the fire knocked down within minutes but remained on scene for extensive overhaul and also for the fire investigation. Hope Fire Company of Allentown responded initially to the scene but was diverted to cover any additional calls. Other mutual aid departments not on scene were recalled en route.

Robbinsville Township Police closed Route 33 in both directions until the fire was brought under control and apparatus and fire hoses could be removed from the highway.

Arson investigators were called from the Mercer County Prosecutors Office, detectives from the Robbinsville Township Police Department, and the Robbinsville Township Fire Marshal’s Office was also on scene for the investigation. The fire was in an old abandoned 20×30 feet garage that was in a wooded area. PSE&G was called to the scene but did not find any electricity or gas to the building.

Currently the official cause of the fire is listed as “undetermined” but as the investigation continues that could change.

Information contained in the article is from on-scene reporting and radio reports. Once additional details become available the story will be updated and any corrections made.


Above photos by: Lea Keegan Harrison


Above video and photos by: Marcello Dellegrotti





Drug Bust at Exit 7A in Robbinsville; $212.5K in Heroin and $1K in Coke Seized

April 11, 2022

A month-long investigation into narcotics distribution in the Trenton area has culminated with the arrest of a Trenton man and the seizure of $212,500 in heroin, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

On Tuesday, April 7, 2022, as part of an ongoing investigation being conducted by members of the Mercer County Narcotics Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security Investigations, detectives conducted a motor vehicle stop of a white Acura TL belonging to Dionys Rivas as it exited the New Jersey Turnpike at exit 7A in Robbinsville Township.  Rivas, 33, was driving the vehicle and his girlfriend, Rosilenny DeJesus, was in the front passenger seat.  Both were detained without incident.  A search of the vehicle revealed 425 bricks of heroin inside a gym bag in the trunk.  A subsequent search of Rivas’ residence on South Clinton Avenue revealed 10 grams of cocaine.

Rivas and DeJesus, 22, were each charged with numerous narcotic offenses, including first-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance and first-degree possession with the intent to distribute.  The prosecutor’s office has filed motions to detain both Rivas and DeJesus pending trial.

According to Prosecutor Onofri, the street value of the confiscated heroin is approximately $212,500 and the cocaine is approximately $1,000.

Despite having been charged, all persons are presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Rivas and DeJesus, 22, were each charged with numerous narcotic offenses, including first-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance and first-degree possession with the intent to distribute.  The prosecutor’s office has filed motions to detain both Rivas and DeJesus pending trial.


Robbinsville Democratic Club Donates $2000in Humanitarian Aid to the People of Ukraine

March 31, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – On March 27, the Robbinsville Democratic Club purchased $1000 in medical supplies and donated an additional $1000 by check to support the humanitarian efforts of St. George Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Hamilton, NJ, which is gathering and shipping much-needed supplies directly to the people of Ukraine. The Club is collecting supplies locally and fundraising indefinitely, as Ukraine and its allies respond to the Russian invasion.

“We began this fundraising drive with the goal to raise $500 for supplies, but we had such an overwhelming response from our generous Club members, friends, and family that we decided to do even more,” says Kiran Agrahara, the Club’s president. “We decided to set a goal of raising $1000 for supplies and $1000 to offset shipping costs, as it costs thousands of dollars to send just one truck’s worth of supplies to Ukraine. We are thrilled to say we met that goal.”

The partnership between the Robbinsville Democratic Club and St. George began a little over a month ago, when Natalia Krupa, the church’s donation drive liaison, posted to a local Facebook group that she was seeking cardboard boxes to use for shipments abroad. Heidi Wolfinger, the Club’s philanthropy committee chair, reached out to determine how the Club could support the church in its efforts, and has since become a hub for residents in Robbinsville and surrounding towns who want to help. In addition to the $2000 raised via its GoFundMe campaign, the Club has also donated bags upon bags of clothing, personal hygiene products, and medical supplies collected from residents in Robbinsville and communities nearby.

“The support from Robbinsville and surrounding towns for the Ukrainian people has been inspiring,” says Wolfinger. “Sadly, the need for support is not over, as the war rages in Ukraine. As we watch the devastation, thousands of miles away, knowing that we are doing our best to support their efforts is some solace. Democracy is not guaranteed or free. It needs daily tending and the war in Ukraine is evidence of that. Thank you, to everyone who has donated so far.”

People interested in donating supplies should visit the Robbinsville Democratic Club’s Facebook page for drop-off locations as well as the most up-to-date list of humanitarian needs (it shifts as conditions on the ground change). Alternatively, people can donate to this fundraising link, where 100 percent of proceeds will be used each week to purchase high-priority donation items.

“We want to thank the Robbinsville Democratic Club for its generous donation and continued assistance to the St. George Ukrainian Orthodox Church,” says Krupa. “The Robbinsville Democratic Club has gone above and beyond to help and support people in crisis in Ukraine.”

In addition to this effort, the Robbinsville Democratic Club is raising money for a Robbinsville High School scholarship, coordinating a Pride event and LGBTQ forum in June, and spearheading a Juneteenth celebration. Prospective members and friends can contact the Robbinsville Democratic Club executive board at robbinsvilledemclub@gmail.com.

About the Robbinsville Democratic Club
The Robbinsville Democratic Club was founded in 2019 to give Democrats in Robbinsville a place to discuss issues central to the Democratic platform and get involved to make positive change locally and beyond. Membership is open to students and adults in Robbinsville and surrounding communities. For more information, visit www.robbinsvilledemocraticclub.org



Former RSA Soccer President Tom Pagani Honored as NJ Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year

March 10, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–New Jersey Youth Soccer has announced that former RSA Soccer President Tom Pagani is being honored as a 2021 NJYS Liesel Krehan Volunteer of the Year. A lifelong member of the New Jersey soccer community, Pagani tragically passed away in late 2021, but his legacy is one that continues to have a tremendous impact throughout RSA and the youth soccer landscape at large.

Tom Pagani has left behind a legacy at RSA that few will ever reach,” said Patrick Fuentes, New York Red Bulls Regional Coordinator. “The tireless hours of work and passion towards RSA has helped to inspire a generation of players and volunteers to carry on his legacy.”

During his tenure as RSA President, Pagani sought to advance the Robbinsville-based club to new heights. He was a selfless leader who allowed the experience and expertise of others to take center stage in order to help the club grow. In the fall of 2021, RSA reached its highest membership in years due to his incredible guidance and countless hours of work.

Pagani could most often be found at the soccer fields, whether it was helping to organize the field setup, remedy any problems that should arise or simply to watch the teams at the club play. In addition to his tireless work at RSA, Pagani fostered various relationships throughout the state to assist in the development of the game in Robbinsville and the surrounding region. Among those connections included a partnership with the New York Red Bulls to provide coaching for players at RSA and allowing New Jersey ODP to use fields for ODP events. Additionally, Pagani provided fields and resources for Mooch Soccer, a non-profit program for inner city youth, so they could have a home for training and games.

The NJYS Liesel Krehan Volunteer of the Year Award is presented to an individual or individuals who serve as a great role model to the soccer community while also demonstrating a willingness to promote the game through their actions and individual character. Along with Pagani, Bill Smith of Toms River Independent Club was also acknowledged with the award this year by NJ Youth Soccer.

RSA Soccer has opened its spring tryouts process, and registration is now open. RSA is an official New York Red Bulls Youth Partner, and all player evaluations are led by our professional Red Bulls Coaching Staff. Tryouts open on March 30th and run through the week of April 8th. Learn more.



NJ Convoy to DC North Route Day 1

March 5, 2022

The New Jersey Convoy to Washington DC started in North Jersey today near Mahwah and proceeded down several highways on their way to New Egypt Speedway for a rally at 6:00 p.m. On Sunday the Convoy will leave New Egypt Speedway and proceed to several highways and meet at Salem County Fairgrounds for a final send off to Washington DC on Monday.

According to NJTruckerConvoy.com In solidarity with our brothers and sisters nationwide in the global Freedom Convoy phenomenon, a peaceful, nonpartisan convoy & event has been planned statewide in New Jersey from March 5th – March 6th, 2022. We Americans love our freedoms and our country. This convoy aims to restore our civil liberties and freedoms. Our goal is to protect the freedom of choice for future generations. It’s not about political parties, but more so, we believe our government has forgotten its place and has no regard for our Founding Fathers’ instructions, The Constitution of the United States of America. We believe that the power of politicians on all sides has been abused. We demand our voices be heard once again. We, The People, of all political affiliations & walks of life, demand the restoration of our democracy and an end to all unconstitutional mandates.





Well Involved Tractor Trailer Fire on New Jersey Turnpike Extinguished

March 2, 2022

BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON)–Around 12:45 p.m. a tractor trailer traveling on the outer roadway in the area of mile post 56.9 south bound, caught fire and quickly became fully engulfed. The contents of the tractor trailer were reported clothing and t-shirts. Robbinsville Township and Burlington Township firefighters responded to the scene and a water tanker was called from Hope Fire Company Allentown-Upper Freehold for additional water. Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire and remained on location to fully extinguish any hot spots. No additional information is available at this time.




Mercer County Proposed 2022 Budget Calls for Flat Tax Levy

February 22, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)– Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes has presented to the County Board of Commissioners his administration’s proposed 2022 budget, a $358 million spending plan that stays within the state-mandated 2-percent cap and would result in no increase to the tax levy.

Mr. Hughes on Feb. 22 presented an overview of his administration’s budget proposal to the commissioners, who will review the document over the coming weeks before voting on its adoption.

Of the total budget, $269 million would be collected through property taxes, the same levy as last year.

“This document represents our effort to provide the best possible government in the most cost-effective manner to the taxpayer,” Mr. Hughes said. “The ongoing pandemic has tested us as never before. While we may have changed the way we deliver some services, I am proud of the fact that we have continued to provide resources our residents expect, and I applaud the creativity of our county workforce, including this board, for their flexibility.”

A resident’s actual tax rate will rise or fall depending on his or her municipality once the county rate is equalized to reflect the difference between municipal property assessments and property market values.

The budget proposes that $6.5 million of the County’s surplus be used, leaving a $33 million balance, along with $22 million from the federal American Rescue Plan fund to “help offset the enormous expenditures incurred during the unprecedented pandemic response,” Mr. Hughes said. The spending plan “reflects our continued response to the challenges brought by the pandemic and the toll it has taken on the health of our residents, as well as our county finances, and as a result of our responsible planning, we can propose a budget that is considerate of our taxpayers and offers relief by holding the line,” Mr. Hughes added.


Robbinsville Ice Hockey Defeats Notre Dame 4-2

February 9, 2022

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville-Allentown High School Cooperative Ice Hockey Team defeated Notre Dame with a final score of 4-2 at the Mercer County Skating Center tonight. This win gives Robbinsville the #2 seed in the Mercer County Tournament.

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Mercer County Sites Offer Tax Help to Qualified Citizens

February 8, 2022

Free tax preparation assistance available in Mercer County

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)— Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes reminds residents that many sites throughout Mercer County offer free income tax preparation assistance to help them prepare and file their 2021 taxes. The deadline for filing 2021 tax returns for both state and federal taxes is April 18, 2022. Below is a list of sites where free income tax preparation assistance is being provided to qualified individuals. Call the site for required paperwork.

AARP Tax-Aide program sites in Mercer County

The AARP Foundation provides Tax-Aides to assist people with low to moderate incomes with 2018 tax preparation at Mercer County Connection, libraries and other sites. For more information, including a list of documents to bring to the Tax-Aide site, visit www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/.

Ewing Branch, Mercer County Library System, 61 Scotch Road, Ewing
Wednesdays, 1:30 to 5 p.m. Appointment necessary; call (609) 882-3148.

Ewing Library Hollowbrook Branch, 320 Hollowbrook Drive, Ewing
Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon. Appointment necessary; call (609) 883-5914.

Hamilton Senior Center, 409 Cypress Lane, Hamilton
Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Appointment necessary; call (609) 890-3686.

Hopewell Branch, Mercer County Library System, 245 Pennington Titusville Road, Pennington
Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointment necessary; call (609) 737-2610.

Lawrence Headquarters Branch, Mercer County Library System, 2751 Brunswick Ave., Lawrence
Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointment necessary; call (609) 882-9246.

Lawrence Senior Center, 30 East Darrah Lane, Lawrence
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointment necessary; call (609) 844-7048. Seniors preferred.

Mercer County Connection, through United Way, 957 Route 33 (Acme shopping center), Hamilton
Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Appointment necessary; call (609) 890-9800. Mercer County residents only.

Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon St., Princeton
Mondays, 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointment necessary; call (609) 924-9529, ext.1220

Princeton Senior Resource Center, 45 Stockton St., Princeton
Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Appointment necessary; call (609) 924-7108.

Robbinsville Branch, Mercer County Library System, 42 Robbinsville Allentown Road, Robbinsville
Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Appointment necessary; call (609) 259-2150.

RWJ Fitness and Wellness Center, 3100 Quakerbridge Road, Mercerville
Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Appointment necessary; call (609) 584-5900.

West Windsor Senior Center, 271 Clarksville Road, Princeton Junction
Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointment necessary; call (609) 799-9068.

IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program sites in Mercer County

The VITA Program generally offers free tax help to people who make $54,000 or less, people with disabilities, and limited-English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities. For more information, visit www.irs.gov/Individuals/Free-Tax-Return-Preparation-for-You-by-Volunteers.

Boys & Girls Club of Trenton, 212 Centre St., Trenton
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, noon. to 3 p.m. Walk-ins welcome; call (609) 392-3191 for required paperwork.

Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County, 1040 Spruce St., Lawrence
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, noon. to 3 p.m. Walk-ins welcome; call (609) 392-3191 for required paperwork.

Catholic Charities of Trenton, 39 North Clinton Ave, Building 1, Side Door, Trenton
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, noon to 3 p.m. Walk-ins welcome; call (609) 394-5181 for required paperwork.

United Way of Greater Mercer County, 3150 Brunswick Pike, Crossroads Corporate Center, Suite 230, Lawrence
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 5 to 8 p.m., Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, and Saturdays, noon to 3 p.m. Appointment required; call (609) 896-1912, for required paperwork.


Update: 23-Year-Old from Iselin Seriously Injured in East Windsor, NJ Turnpike Crash

February 7, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Trooper Brandi Slota from The New Jersey State Police, Public Information Unit told MidJersey.News that Troopers responded to a multi motor vehicle crash on the New Jersey Turnpike southbound outer lane at milepost 65.5 in East Windsor Twp at approximately 6:28 a.m. The preliminary investigation revealed that a Freightliner tractor semi-trailer was traveling south on the New Jersey Turnpike outer Roadway in East Windsor Township, Mercer County.  A Nissan Rogue was traveling south, directly behind the Freightliner. A second Freightliner tractor semi-trailer was disabled on the right shoulder of the roadway. In the area of milepost 65.5, the front of the Nissan collided with the rear of the first Freightliner traveling directly in front of it and subsequently the rear of the second Freightliner disabled on the right shoulder.  As a result, the driver of the Nissan, identified as Peter J. Pascalli Jr., 23, of Iselin sustained serious injuries and was transported to the hospital. 


This morning’s breaking news story here:

February 7, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–A serious crash occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike in the area of mile post 65.5 south bound outer lanes around 6:37 a.m. It appears that a car rear ended a tractor trailer, and one was entrapped in the wreckage. Firefighters from Robbinsville Township Fire Department and Hightstown Fire Company extricated the occupant of the vehicle in about 30 minutes. Tow truck operators from Treats Garage – Mackey’s Towing in the Windsor Section of Robbinsville helped use their truck to pull the car back enough to help in the extrication. Robbinsville EMS, Cranbury EMS and Hightstown EMS along with Captial Health Paramedics were also on scene. There were reports that NJSP escorted the ambulance to the Trauma Center at Captial Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. NJ State Police are investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.



Serious Crash on NJ Turnpike in East Windsor


Update:


February 7, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–A serious crash occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike in the area of mile post 65.5 south bound outer lanes around 6:37 a.m. It appears that a car rear ended a tractor trailer, and one was entrapped in the wreckage. Firefighters from Robbinsville Township Fire Department and Hightstown Fire Company extricated the occupant of the vehicle in about 30 minutes. Tow truck operators from Treats Garage – Mackey’s Towing in the Windsor Section of Robbinsville helped use their truck to pull the car back enough to help in the extrication. Robbinsville EMS, Cranbury EMS and Hightstown EMS along with Captial Health Paramedics were also on scene. There were reports that NJSP escorted the ambulance to the Trauma Center at Captial Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. NJ State Police are investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.


Multi-Vehicle Crash on NJ Turnpike in Robbinsville Injuries 3

February 4, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At least three people were injured in a multi-vehicle crash on the New Jersey Turnpike in the area of milepost 64.5 south bound on the inner roadway. The Robbinsville Township Fire Department, Robbinsville EMS along with the Hightstown First Aid Squad were dispatched to the scene at 8:24 p.m. Firefighters had to use extrication equipment to free one of the occupants of the vehicles. The New Jersey State Police are investigating the crash and no further information is available at this time.


Traffic Alert: Traffic Delays on Route 130 Due to Snapped Utility Pole

January 31, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Around 9:30 a.m. the Robbinsville Police and Fire Department were dispatched to the area of 1369 Route 130 for a traffic accident with wires down across the roadway.

Police and firefighters responded and the incident involved a tractor-trailer, tow truck and a boom truck. A utility pole was snapped on the south bound side and the support pole across the roadway was also broken off at the base. Fluids leaked out from a downed transformer.

The Mercer County Fire Police, NJ Department of Transportation and NJ State Police also assisted in traffic detours in the area.

Currently the south bound lane of Route 130 is closed between North Main Street-Voelbel and Windor Road-Church Street.

Power was out in the area and most customers have been resorted except those closest to the incident.


From 511nj:

NJ DOT – TOC South: Crash and Downed pole and Downed wires and Transformer fire on US 130 southbound North of Church Rd (Robbinsville) All lanes closed and detoured follow detour. use caution




Clickbait Website Daily Voice Steals MidJersey.News Copyrighted Material; Uses Clearly Marked Photo Without Permission

January 27, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–MidJersey.News was alerted this afternoon about the clickbait website Daily Voice using MidJersey.News copyrighted material in one of their online stories that was shared on Facebook. The clearly marked copyrighted work was taken from the fire department’s website and shared on their website.

MidJersey.news has reached out by emailing the Daily Voice at 3:44 p.m. to remove the copyrighted work. As of 4:34 p.m. MidJersey.news has not received a reply why the clearly marked material was stolen and used on their site.

Robbinsville Blanks Lawrence Ice Hockey 6-0 on Senior Night

January 21, 2022

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

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Robbinsville Police Blotter December 2021 Through January 2022

January 19, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Robbinsville Township Police Blotter for December 2021 and January 2022


  1. DWI
    Date: December 1, 2021
    Time: 1857
    Location: Route 130 South
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Ryan Meehan

Accused: Ruth Komiskey Age 56
Yardville, NJ
Charged: DWI
Careless Driving
Reckless Driving
Possession of an open container of alcohol

Charged and released pending Court.


  1. DWI
    Date: December 4, 2021
    Time: 0208
    Location: Pond Road
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Ryan Meehan

Accused: Cheryl Dimeglio Age 51
Robbinsville, NJ
Charged: DWI
Careless Driving
Reckless Driving
Speeding

Charged and released pending Court.


  1. DWI
    Date: December 6, 2021
    Time: 0113
    Location: Sharon Road
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Ryan Meehan

Accused: Debra Barrett Age 56
Robbinsville, NJ
Charged: DWI
Refusal to submit to breathe testing
Careless Driving
Reckless Driving
Charged and released pending court


  1. DWI
    Date: December 10, 2021
    Time: 0201
    Location: Route 130 South
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Thomas Septak

Accused: Eliza Somerselle
East Windsor, NJ

Charged: DWI
Unsafe Lane Change
Obstruction of Windshield
Obstruction of Vehicles
Careless Driving
Reckless Driving
Failure to exhibit registration and insurance

Charged and released pending Court.


  1. DWI
    Date: December 13, 2021
    Time: 0032
    Location: Route 33
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Justin Mclaughlin

Accused: Sterlynn Ransom Age 42
Robbinsville, NJ

Charged: DWI
Careless Driving
Reckless Driving
Unlicensed Driver
Suspended Driver’s License
Failure to stop for traffic light
Following too closely
Failure to signal
Improper operating of vehicle on divided highway

Charged and released pending Court.


  1. Narcotics
    Date: December 15, 2021
    Time: 0834
    Location: Tanager Lane
    Reporting Officer: Sergeant Scott Kivet

Accused: Ryan Mahon Age 33
Hamilton, NJ

Charged: Possession of CDS
Possession of drug paraphernalia
Possession of Hypodermic Needle

Charged and released pending Court.


  1. Narcotics
    Date: December 13, 2021
    Time: 1347
    Location: I-195
    Reporting Officer: Detective Shawn Bruton

Accused: Joshua Fife Age 31
Morrisville, PA

Charged: Possession of CDS
Maintenance of lamps

Charged and released pending Court


  1. Weapons Possession
    Date: 01/01/2022
    Time: 0106
    Location: I-195
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Thomas Septak

Accused: Terrance White Age 29
Lewes, DE

Charged: Unlawful Possession of Weapon

Charged and released pending Court


  1. DWI
    Date: 01/07/2022
    Time: 0419
    Location: Route 130 North
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Colin Lockwood

Accused: David Montalvovilla Age 29
Hightstown, NJ

Charged: DWI
Careless Driving
Reckless Driving

Charged and released pending Court


  1. DWI
    Date: 01/01/2022
    Time: 0104
    Location: Route 130 North
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Matthew Hill

Accused: Robert Jewell Age 39
Hamilton, NJ

Charged: DWI

Charged and released pending Court


  1. DWI
    Date: 01/10/2022
    Time: 2005
    Location: Robbinsville-Allentown Road
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Ryan Meehan

Accused: Luis Lopez-Alvarado Age 58
Hamilton, NJ

Charged: DWI
Reckless Driving
Careless Driving

Charged and released pending Court


  1. Theft/Shoplifting
    Date: 01/11/2022
    Time: 1121
    Location: Route 33
    Reporting Officer: Patrolman Alex Vazquez

Accused: Gordon Asmuth Age 71
Hightstown, NJ

Charged: Theft
Shoplifting

Charges and released pending court


All accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a Court of law.

Update: Officials Determine Fire Was Accidental in Robbinsville Fire, GoFundMe Set Up for Family

January 16, 2022

UPDATE:

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Fire Department was dispatched to the 1st Block of Tindall Road at 1:12 p.m. for a reported house fire. Numerous passersby that called 9-1-1 were reporting heavy smoke and flames from the roof area of the structure.

First arriving firefighters reported they had a large amount of fire showing through the roof and rear of the structure and were in the process of pulling handlines to start to extinguish the fire. A number of mutual aid departments were called to the scene and three lines were stretched and operating to extinguish the fire. The fire was placed under control around 2:00 p.m.

The fire investigation team including Robbinsville Police, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the Robbinsville Township Fire Marshal were all on scene this afternoon and worked to determine the cause of the fire. Fire Officials told MidJersey.News that they located the source of the fire and fire was determined to be accidental.

Fire departments dispatched to the scene were Hamilton, East Windsor, Monroe, Hightstown, West Windsor. Bordentown and Allentown covered the township for any additional calls.

Robbinsville Police had the roadway shut down in the area of the fire and was reopened later this afternoon.

Since our earlier report a GoFundMe has been set up for the family that lives in the home, please see the links and information from the GoFundMe below:


Please consider a donation to the DiMeglio family the links to the GoFundMe below:

DiMeglio Family Fire

Hi, my name is Vinny DiMeglio. I am writing on behalf of my parents Susan & Luigi DiMeglio. My parents have always been very selfless and have never extended a hand to ask for anything. As the saying goes, “their door is always open.” They give and give and never ask. This is why I am creating this account for them because even in a time of need, I don’t think they would ask for anything.

Today, our family home since 1994 accidentally caught fire. The damage is extensive and it’s questionable whether or not the house can be saved. Thankfully, and more importantly, no one was hurt. We tried to salvage what we could but so much has been ruined. It’s a funny thing. If you live in Robbinsville, you probably know our home. It’s unique and stands out among the rest. It feels like even if you don’t know me or my family, well, you probably know our house. Who knows if it can be restored to its former self.

Let me tell you about the two amazing and wonderful people that need your help.

My Father, an Italian immigrant since the 1960s has worked every day since he arrived in the US when he was 9 years old. He’s owned many food businesses throughout the years and has fed more mouths than I could ever count. He’s been there feeding you and your family through good times, bad times, or for just a simple meal. But he’s always been there. Sadly, to make matters worse, he’s been out of work since the start of Covid, picking up odds and ends where he can but without work, it’s left him and my Mom in a difficult situation.

My Mother, aside from being a grace from God for raising me and my brothers (Frank & Anthony), was a Speech Pathologist with Mercer County Special Services for nearly 30 years before she retired. The work that she did for many can not adequately be described. A brief example: When I was 14, a woman tapped my Mom on the shoulder to say hello. When I asked the woman how she knew my Mom, she very sincerely said “Your Mom taught my son to speak.” I’ll never forget that moment because until then, I didn’t know how much of a superhero my Mom actually is.

Look, this isn’t easy for me to write. I always think of my parents as being very successful and full of blessings. But the last two years have not been easy and now without their home, the next year is likely to be very challenging. I want to do whatever I can to help. They’ve been members of the Robbinsville community since 1994 and more specifically Mercer County for decades. For the first time, they need your help.

Please consider donating whatever you can. I know it’s cliche but even the smallest amount will help. The next few days and weeks will be extremely challenging for them and if I can take one stress away then well, I’ve done my job. If you can’t donate then a positive thought, text or even a prayer would mean the world to us.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and we truly hope for a better tomorrow for all!

Sincerely,

Vinny DiMeglio

Go to this link to donate: https://gofund.me/085da3e9


https://gofund.me/085da3e9





Firefighters Extinguish House Fire in Robbinsville

January 16, 2022

UPDATE:


Earlier MidJersey.News report below:


Breaking news preliminary report, check back for updates when they become available:

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Fire Department was dispatched to the 1st Block of Tindall Road at 1:12 p.m. for a reported house fire. Numerous passersby that called 9-1-1 were reporting heavy smoke and flames from the roof area of the structure.

First arriving firefighters reported they had a large amount of fire showing through the roof and rear of the structure and were in the process of pulling handlines to start to extinguish the fire. A number of mutual aid departments were called to the scene and three lines were stretched and operating to extinguish the fire. The fire was placed under control around 2:00 p.m.

The fire investigation team including Robbinsville Police, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and Robbinsville Township Fire Marshal are currently on scene investigating the cause of the fire.

Fire departments dispatched to the scene were Hamilton, East Windsor, Monroe, Hightstown, West Windsor. Bordentown and Allentown covered the township for any additional calls.

Robbinsville Police had the roadway shut down in the area of the fire.

Tindall Road is closed between Brookshire Dr and Wildflower Trail due to fire department activity.

Tindall Road is closed between Brookshire Dr and Wildflower Trail due to fire department activity. 

Instructions:

Please avoid area.


Multi Vehicle Accident on NJ Turnpike in Hamilton

January 14, 2022

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville and Bordentown Township Fire Departments and EMS were dispatched to Mile Post 57 for a multi vehicle accident in the outer roadway at 3:23 p.m. It appears that injuries were minor, and it was unclear if the person who reported non-life-threating injuries was transported. NJ State Police is investigating the crash. Traffic was backed up close to two miles until the vehicles were towed from the scene.

Robbinsville Democratic Club Elects New Executive Board

January 10, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)-– On December 8, voting members of the Robbinsville Democratic Club elected four new members of the executive board to serve two-year terms until December 2023, effective immediately. The President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary are joined by the Robbinsville Democratic Committee Chair in making up the executive board. The new board members include:

Kiran Agrahara, President: Kiran Agrahara has been a resident of Robbinsville for 13 years. He is a senior technologist at the largest semiconductor company in the world, and has held leadership positions at several tech start-ups in the past in the areas of strategy and technology sales.

Amanda Gruber, Vice President: Amanda Gruber has worked in the financial sector for the past 16 years, where she is active with her office’s LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group. She has lived in Robbinsville for 10 years with her husband and twin boys.

Susan Scibilia, Treasurer: Susan Scibilia has lived in Robbinsville for over two decades. She works in higher education and spends time volunteering for a variety of organizations in the local community.

Melissa Kvidahl Reilly, Secretary: Melissa Kvidahl Reilly moved to Robbinsville in 2017. She is a freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience writing for various trade and consumer publications, as well as higher education and corporate clients.

The executive board can be reached at robbinsvilledemclub@gmail.com.

About the Robbinsville Democratic Club
The Robbinsville Democratic Club was founded in 2019 to give Democrats in Robbinsville a place to discuss issues central to the Democratic platform and get involved to make positive change locally and beyond. Membership is open to students and adults in Robbinsville and surrounding communities. Learn more at www.robbinsvilledemocraticclub.org.

2022 Robbinsville Township Council Reorganization Meeting

January 7, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Deborah Blakely took the oath of office for the four-year Council seat she captured in the November 2, 2021 election at last night’s Robbinsville Township Council Reorganization Meeting.

Dave Fried was elected to another four-year term as mayor in November with a record 4,267 votes and will be sworn-in on January 27.

Ms. Blakely received the most votes of any Council candidate with 3,157 votes and was elected Council vice president by her peers. She also chaired the January 6 meeting.

Mike Cipriano was sworn-in by Municipal Clerk Michele Seigfried via telephone on January 5, but participated remotely. Mr. Cipriano was re-elected Council president.

The 2022 Robbinsville Township Council is comprised of Mr. Cipriano, Ms. Blakely, Ron Witt, Chris Ciaccio and Michael Todd, who secured the two-year unexpired term vacated by Dan Schuberth last year. Mr. Todd took his oath in December.

Police Chief Michael Polaski took his ceremonial oath after officially being sworn-in on December 29, just prior to the retirement of former chief Chris Nitti, who retired after 28 years with the department.

In addition, Business Administrator Joy Tozzi, Township attorney Bruce Darvas, Director of Community Development Paul Renaud and Director of Public Works Chris Rupp all were reappointed to their current positions, serving at the pleasure of the mayor.

Mr. Fried became the first Robbinsville mayor directly elected by the voters and was sworn-in on July 1, 2005 by then-U.S. Attorney Chris Christie.

Mayor Fried was re-elected in 2009 by a margin of nearly 2-to-1 over former Councilwoman Sonja Walter, then elected to his third term with a convincing victory over former Councilman David Boyne in November, 2013. He defeated Walter again in 2017 with 71 percent of the vote before running unopposed in 2021. His current term expires on December 31, 2025.

Chief Polaski, 46, grew up in Lacey Township, where he began his law enforcement career as a Special Officer in 1994.

“I am humbled and honored by this opportunity,” Chief Polaski said. “I appreciate Mayor Fried, Administrator (Joy) Tozzi and the rest of the selection panel for having the faith in me to lead this great department. Like every other man and woman on the force, I come to work every day to serve and protect the residents of Robbinsville, and I look forward to doing so in my role as Chief.”