Category: Upper Freehold

Monmouth County “Volunteer In Parks” Crew Performs Trail Maintenance Tonight At Clayton Park

September 21, 2022

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Monmouth County Park System “VIP-Volunteer In Parks” trail crew has been working repairing trails in Clayton Park over the past few months. This evening crews were spotted working on Bridges Trail.

According to the Monmouth County Park System website, Volunteers can be found in many different roles throughout the Park System. Every year, over one thousand individuals enrich the Monmouth County Park System through their dedication in the “Volunteers in Parks” program.  The steadfast support of our volunteers contributes to the success of recreation programs, special events, and facilities.

If interested in sharing your time and talents and become a member of the Park System Volunteer team click here: Volunteers In Parks Program

Trail crew doing trail maintenance and trail construction tonight at Clayton Park in Upper Freehold Township. MidJersey.News photo

Traffic Alert: Sharon Station Road Closed Due To Wires Down

September 20, 2022

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–According to a witness a truck traveling south on Sharon Station Road between Herbert and County Road 524 struck a pole and snapped it at the base causing wires to crash to the ground and land on the roadway. The witness stated the truck continued on and did not stop. Hope Fire Company/Upper Freehold Township Firefighters responded just before noon for the wires down. New Jersey State Police provided traffic control until barricades could be brought from Upper Freehold and Monmouth County to close the road. A representative from Jersey Central Power and Light was on scene assessing the situation. New Jersey State Police was looking for the truck that struck the utility pole.

No further details are available at this time.



12-Year-Old All-stars Win NJ States, 3rd Place In Mid-Atlantic Region

September 5, 2022

ALLENTOWN – UPPER FREEHOLD, NJ (MONMOUTH)–In the 70th season of the Allentown/Upper Freehold Cal Ripken league, this year’s 12-year-old Redbird All Star team won the organization’s first ever 12-year-old state championship.
In the District and State Tournaments, where they won both tournaments, they went for a combined 9-0 record, outscoring their opponents 105-30. This was their second consecutive District Championship for the team.
The Redbirds went on to the Mid-Atlantic regional tournament where they finished in 3rd place out of 10 teams. They had an overall summer record of 18-5, outscoring the opposition 201-69.


2022 Cal Ripken State Champions, the Redbirds won 15-2 against the defending state champion, Mt Laurel. Coaches: Jeff Heissler, Kevin Kolbeck, Steven Toporek, Tedy Filis, Front row L to R: Aiden Deal, Santo Vasta, Chase Toporek, Zack Cieslak, Ryan Heissler. Back row: L to R: Dominick Kolbeck, Luke Barber, Damien Porras, Danny Ducalo, Vincent Filis, Zack Guttorsmen, Luca Franzen, Matt Laurinaitis


Allentown FFA chapter of Allentown, NJ, named 3 Star Chapter for 2022 National Chapter award by National FFA Organization

The Allentown FFA chapter of Allentown, NJ, has been recognized in 2022 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization.

The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. These chapters improve chapter operations using the National Quality FFA Chapter Standards and a Program of Activities that emphasizes growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership.

Chapters that received star ratings during judging this summer and will be recognized at the 95th National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct 26-29.

All star-rated FFA chapters receive honors made possible by corporate sponsor John Deere.

“At John Deere, we believe that FFA will grow the next generation of leaders capable of changing the world for the better,” Aaron Wetzel, vice president of production systems at John Deere, said. “Star chapters help inspire these vital leaders through their exceptional commitment to FFA’s mission, which they bring to life through inspiring agricultural education, rich career exploration, and meaningful community service.”

The National FFA Organization is a school-based national youth leadership development organization of more than 735,000 student members as part of 8,817 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.



Traffic Alert: Route 539 Upper Freehold Township

August 12, 2022

UPPER FREEHOLD, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A vehicle traveling in the area of 135 County Road 539 near the Cream Ridge Winery lost control, ran off the roadway and hit a utility pole. Firefighters from Upper Freehold Township – Hope Fire Company, Capital Health EMS – Allentown, and New Jersey State Police responded to the scene. First arriving firefighters reported the vehicle went though the pole and the driver was out of the vehicle. There were no apparent injuries in the crash.

Expect traffic delays on Route 539 between Polhemustown Road – Holmes Mill Road and Walnford Road near the Cream Ridge Winery while the utility pole is replaced.


Traffic Alert: Rt 524 In Upper Freehold Twp. Closed Due To Crash And Utility Pole Replacement

August 1, 2022

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Around 2:30 p.m. a pickup truck pulling a horse trailer traveling east bound near 725 Route 524 lost control and damaged a utility pole. Luckily there were no reported injuries and no horses were in the trailer at the time of the crash. Firefighters from Upper Freehold Township – Hope Fire Company responded to the scene and closed the roadway until JCP&L arrived to make repairs. Route 524 from Sharon Station Road to Imlaystown Hightstown Road will remain closed into the overnight hours for a pole replacement and utility repairs. The New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash. No further details are available at this time.



Allentown 7U Baseball Remains Undefeated 24-0 So Far This Season

July 10, 2022

ALLENTOWN-UPPER FREEHOLD TWP., NJ (MONMOUTH)–The Allentown / Upper Freehold Baseball, 7U Redbirds are on the ride of their young lives this season.  They are currently still undefeated with a combined record of 24-0 between the Travel and Allstar season that began in March.  The 7U Redbird team has won four titles so far.  Starting with a championship at the Homerun for Heroes Tournament in Vorhees on Memorial Day weekend.  Next up was completing a perfect travel season and winning the West Division Championship.  The redbirds followed that up by winning the Cinnaminson Summer Slam Tournament on June 26, 2022.  The redbirds most recent title came this weekend in Delran vs 16 other teams in the Summer Slugfest Tournament.


The coaches are:

 Chris Georges, Paul Bencivengo, Scott Noga and Jim Sapia. 

The players are:

 AJ Gualtieri, Austin Stover, Conor Mctamney, Jack Bencivengo, Jack Georges, Jax Lepoidevin, Jaxson Sapia, Joey Hope, Kaden Nisar, Luke Noga, Kris Smith, Luke Starace, Mike Clyne       

Photos and story provided.


Crash Closes Route 539 In Upper Freehold Township For Utility Repairs

July 9, 2022

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Around 7:13 p.m. on July 8, 2022 a vehicle lost control overturned and damaged a utility pole on County Road 539 South of Winchester Boulevard about 1/2 mile from Allentown High School. Hope Fire Company of Allentown and Allentown – Capital Health EMS were dispatched for reported entrapment and possible injuries. It appears that the person was able to make it out of the vehicle without extrication and was able to walk from the scene after being checked by EMS personnel. Jersey Central Power and Light was on scene making repairs and Route 539 was expected to be closed for an extended period of time for repairs to the utility poles damaged. New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash. No further information is available at this time.




I-195 Crash In Upper Freehold Spills Paint All Over Roadway

July 1, 2022

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Around 7:38 a.m. firefighters from Upper Freehold Township-Hope Fire Company of Allentown and Capital Health EMS – Allentown responded to I-195 East Bound for a multi-vehicle accident. The accident was found between Exit 8 and Exit 11 in the left shoulder of the highway. A pickup truck carrying paint was involved in the crash and spilled paint all over the roadway. There was of one person with moderate injuries and others with minor injuries. New Jersey State Police, NJ DOT closed two lanes diverting traffic to the shoulder and away from most of the spilled paint during the clean up operation. No further details are available at this time.



This morning the members of IAFF Local 4306 responded on to 195 for a MVA. Crews secured the power to the vehicle and stayed to help block traffic. Photo: IAFF Local 4306


Rutgers Professor & Upper Freehold Township Resident, Dr. Peter DeSciscio, Installed As NJDA President 

June 13, 2022

North Brunswick, NJ – Dr. Peter L. DeSciscio, who practices in South Amboy, was installed as the 153rd President of the New Jersey Dental Association on June 8 at the organization’s Semi-Annual House of Delegates Meeting.

Dr. DeSciscio has been in private practice as well as a faculty member at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine since 1987.  

Dr. DeSciscio graduated The College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers) in 1985. Following a General Practice Residency at the Jersey City Medical Center he returned to the New Jersey Dental School in Newark to begin his teaching career. He is currently a professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and has held numerous positions during his 35 years at the school including Assistant Dean, Government Affairs, Dental Director of the school-affiliated Plainfield Health Center, President of the Alumni Association, President of the Academic Assembly, and he currently serves on the Appointments and Promotions Committee. Dr. DeSciscio was the recipient of the 2004 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Foundation of Rutgers School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. DeSciscio joined the New Jersey Dental Association in 1990 and has held numerous leadership positions within the organization including Trustee, Secretary, Treasurer, and Vice President. He also served as President of the Middlesex County Dental Society (an NJDA component society) and was a recipient of the Presidential Recognition Award from NJDA.

“I have had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Peter DeSciscio for close to 30 years, ” said Dr. Maxine Feinberg, former American Dental Association President. “I am confident that NJDA, its’ members and the public will be well served during his tenure as President. I look forward to our continued collaboration, as I am certain he will continue to lead with passion and integrity.”

Dr. DeSciscio’s leadership experience extends beyond Rutgers and NJDA. He was a Board Member of the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry for 10 years and served as President of that body in 2006-2007.  He was also President of both the Fauchard Dental Society of New Jersey and the New Jersey Academy of General Dentistry. Nationally, he was the President of the American Association of Dental Boards. Dr. DeSciscio has been inducted into both the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists.

In addition to serving as NJDA President for the 2022-23 term he currently holds positions as Vice Chair of the Exam Committee for the American Board of Dental Examiners (ADEX), Faculty Advisory Board member for Colgate Dental Educators, and Exam Committee member for the American Board of Dental Examiners Restorative Subcommittee.

Dr. DeSciscio was raised in Edison, New Jersey and attended St. Joseph’s High School in Metuchen.  He then attended St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology in 1981.  While there, he was inducted into the Cross Keys Honor Society.

Dr. DeSciscio is the owner of Amboy Dental Arts, located at 210 Augusta Street in South Amboy, NJ. He resides with this wife Pina and their two daughters Gracemary and Sophia in Upper Freehold Township, NJ.


Dr. Peter L. DeSciscio, who practices in South Amboy, was installed as the 153rd President of the New Jersey Dental Association on June 8 at the organization’s Semi-Annual House of Delegates Meeting.


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NJ Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service Held

June 6, 2022

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–On Saturday June 4, 2022 the “New Jersey Fallen Firefighters & Fire Museum Memorial Service” was held. In 2021 New Jersey had nine Line-of-Duty Deaths.

2021 Line-of-Duty Deaths (LODDs) in New Jersey:

  1. Atlantic City Fire Department, Anthony Carfagno
  2. East Orange Fire Department, Vincent Intiso
  3. Erskine Lakes Fire Company, John Jonker, Sr.
  4. Hillsborough Fire Company, William Shaffer
  5. Irvington Fire Department, Victor Melillo
  6. Jackson Fire Company #1, Nicholas Prioli
  7. Jersey City Fire Department, John Ruddy
  8. Kingston Fire Department, Dennis Shennard
  9. Middlesex County Haz-Mat Unit, Donald Trout

The New Jersey Fire Museum and Fallen Firefighters Memorial is located at 4 Polhemuston Road, Allentown, New Jersey 08501

For more information visit: https://njfiremuseum.org/



No Serious Injuries Reported In Old York Road Crash

May 26, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE – UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP — Around 9:44 p.m. 9-1-1 calls were received for a crash at the intersection of Old York Road and Herbert Road, NJ State Police and Robbinsville Police responded to the scene. It appeared that a vehicle proceeded though a stop sign on Herbert Road and crossed Old York Road and came to rest on an embankment on the opposite side of Old York Road.

Hope Fire Company of Allentown and Robbinsville Township Fire Department and EMS were detailed for reported injuries. Upon arrival of emergency services, it was determined that the injury was minor, and no transport was needed.

Firefighters stood by while a tow truck from Treat’s Garage, Mackey’s Towing removed the vehicle.

Robbinsville Township Police Department is investigating the accident.

No further details are available.


One Injured After Vehicle Crashes into Fence in Upper Freehold Township

May 3, 2022

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–At 5:36 p.m. The Hope Fire Company of Allentown and Capital Health – Allentown EMS were dispatched to Route 526 for a vehicle into a fence. The vehicle was found crashed into the Hot Lead Stables (White Birch Farm) fence and the driver was injured. Firefighters and EMS worked to remove the occupant from the vehicle and move them to the ambulance. The occupant was transported to Captial Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. It was unclear why the vehicle left the roadway and crashed. New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash. No further details are available at this time.



Two Manalapan, NJ Men Busted in String of Car Burglaries in Millstone, and Upper Freehold Twps. in Monmouth County

Multiple car burglaries in Millstone Township and Upper Freehold Township. Troopers discovered that 20 vehicles were burglarized in the area and that various items were stolen.

May 3, 2022

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–New Jersey State Police Report that they have arrested Michael Guzman, 38, and David Voight, 27, both of Manalapan, N.J., for a string of car burglaries in Monmouth County.

During the month of April, troopers from Troop “C” Hamilton Station began investigating multiple car burglaries in Millstone Township and Upper Freehold Township. Troopers discovered that 20 vehicles were burglarized in the area and that various items were stolen.

While investigating these crimes, troopers obtained surveillance footage from a residence that captured two suspects burglarizing several vehicles. Through various investigative means, troopers identified Guzman and Voight as the suspects.

On April 27, detectives from Hamilton Station along with members of the State Police Fugitive Unit located and arrested Guzman and Voight at their residence in Manalapan. During the ongoing investigation, a search warrant was executed at the residence and Voight’s vehicle. As a result, detectives recovered numerous items linked to the burglaries that will be returned to the victims in this case.

Michael Guzman and David Voight were charged with burglary and theft. They were lodged at the Monmouth County Jail.

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



Million Dollar Replay Grand Prize Winner from Lawrenceville, NJ, Hamilton Man Wins 100K

$1,000,000  Ronald Demura Lawrenceville 

$100,000 Christopher Croux Hamilton 

April 29, 2022

New Jersey Lottery’s Million Dollar Replay Grand Prize Drawing was held today at Caesars Atlantic City Hotel and Casino, where more than $1,500,000 in prizes were awarded to our lucky players. Today’s top prize winner was Ronald Demura of Lawrenceville in Mercer County. The winner stood up in shock as his name was called out as New Jersey Lottery’s newest millionaire. Fourteen other Lottery players also received prizes ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 as part of the Grand Prize Drawing.

Throughout 2021, New Jersey Lottery players from all over the state submitted their non-winning instant tickets online for a second chance to win big prizes. Each quarter, 100 names were selected and awarded a $250 prize, as well as entry into today’s Grand Prize Drawing. An additional 19 raffle prizes were awarded to Million Dollar Replay finalists in attendance at the event today: seven $1,000 drawings, seven $300 Scratch-Offs drawings, and five gift basket drawings (containing $200 in Scratch-Offs plus Lottery swag). In addition to these drawings, there were 16 prizes drawn for the livestream sweepstakes open to the public, including one gift basket and 15 $200 Scratch-Off prizes. Guests also enjoyed the photo booth and prize wheels that provided many other opportunities to win.

New Jersey Lottery Executive Director James Carey, who assisted in the drawing, said, “I am thrilled to hold our 11th annual Million Dollar Replay.  After last year’s event was virtual due to the pandemic, we are excited to be back in-person.  Being able to add the excitement of minting a new millionaire makes it even better.”

Master of Ceremonies Steve Trevelise of NJ101.5 entertained the audience with jokes and witty banter throughout the event by interacting with the guests and prizewinners. Host Lauren Berman, conducted the drawing for the semi-finalists with the help of Lottery staff. The entire drawing process was completed under the observation of Mercadien, P.C. Certified Public Accountants.

The excitement of winning was already in the air when after Host Lauren Berman directed attention to the Big Spin wheel located next to the stage. The Big Spin game is New Jersey Lottery’s revolutionary new Scratch-Off that  allows  players  the  opportunity  to  extend  their  play  beyond  the  paper  ticket  to online for a chance to spin a large mechanical wheel to win up to $300,000. Two players won an opportunity to spin the wheel. Both contestants won $50,000 each. For information on The Big Spin Scratch-Off ticket and jackpot, visit our website at: https://www.njlottery.com/en-us/scratch-offs/01728.html

Grand Prize Winner Story:

Ronald Demura is a regular Lottery player, who plays consistently at the same two retailers near his home. He came to the Million Dollar Replay hoping to win something and was in shock when his name was called to win the million dollar prize. His wife and the rest of the room cheered as he began walking toward the winners’ table. Saying that he was ecstatic is an understatement. Ronald has been retired for a few years, enjoying life with his family. Now he will get to pay off his house and, hopefully, his wife can join him in retirement.


PrizeNameCity/State
$1,000,000 Ronald DemuraLawrenceville 
$100,000 Christopher CrouxHamilton 
$100,000 Thach HieuCamden 
$50,000 Rick Bunnell Rockaway
$50,000 Kevin LindholmWoodbridge 
$50,000 Richard San AndresFreehold 
$25,000 Daniel DesantoIselin 
$25,000 Mike SeminaraLedgewood 
$25,000 Patrick SweeneyRahway 
$25,000 James WelshmanBayville 
$10,000Andrea Giedosh Pitman 
$10,000 Dwayne AngleroCream Ridge 
$10,000 Kenneth OliverRoselle 
$10,000 Michelle SperberBeachwood 
$10,000Linda Handel Clifton 


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.





Serious Crash in Upper Freehold Under Investigation

March 3, 2022 Update:

Trooper Charles Marchan from the NJ State Police Public Information Unit told MidJersey.News that Troopers responded to a motor vehicle crash at 4:22 p.m. on CR 524, milepost 11.03, in Upper Freehold Township. 

Based on a preliminary investigation a Toyota Rav4 was traveling northbound on CR 43 (Imlaystown- Hightstown Road). A Hona motorcycle was traveling eastbound on CR 524. At the intersection of CR 524 and CR 43 (Imlaystown-Hightstown Road) the Honda motorcycle impacted the driver side of the Toyota. The operator of the Motorcycle Victor J. Runner, a 60-year-old man of Millstone N.J. suffered serious injuries. 

The crash remains under investigation and there is no additional information available at the moment. 


March 2, 2022

UPPER FREEHOLD, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Around 4:20 p.m. a motorcycle and a Toyota collided at the intersection of Route 524 and Imlaystown-Hightstown Road collided leaving one person with severe life-threating injuries. New Jersey State Police, Hope Fire Company of Allentown-Upper Freehold, and Allentown EMS and Capital Health Paramedics responded. The injured person was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. New Jersey State Police Serious Collision Investigation Team has responded and investigating the crash. No further details are available at this time.


Occupants Escape Fiery Crash in Upper Freehold

February 28, 2022

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A Range Rover traveling east bound on Davis Station lost control near the curve in the area of Harvey Road causing the vehicle to leave the roadway. The Range Rover knocked over road sign, cut a cedar tree in half and burst into flames when it came to rest against a utility pole. The Hope Fire Company of Allentown-Upper Freehold, New Jersey State Police and Allentown-Capital Health EMS were dispatched to the scene around 2:24 p.m. Luckily, occupants were able to escape the fiery wreckage prior to first-responders arrival since the vehicle was found fully involved in fire. Hope Fire Company-Upper Freehold Firefighters quickly knocked down the flames. There was heavy fire damage to the utility pole and JCP&L and other utilities were notified. Occupants of the vehicle were walking around at the scene and appeared uninjured and may have been transported for a medical evaluation. The New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash. No further details are available at this time.


Accident Closes Roadway for Over 24-Hours for Utility Repairs

February 10, 2022

UPPER FREEHOLD, NJ (MONMOUTH)–As of 10:00 p.m. tonight, utility workers continue to make repairs to damaged utility poles on County Road 524, also known as New Canton-Stone Tavern Road. Over 24 hours ago at 7:40 p.m. February 10, a vehicle ran off the roadway overturned on its side and damaged the pole and at least one adjacent pole and equipment. Power was knocked out in the area and was restored within a few minutes. Alarms were triggered at several nearby warehouses and a smoke condition was reported at a warehouse on Montgomery Way in Robbinsville due to the power issue. Several area fire departments responded to the warehouses and were clear in about 40 minutes as firefighters investigated the smoke condition.

Utility workers from Jersey Central Power and Light – JCP&L, worked through the night to replace at least two poles and damaged equipment. Verizon was seen this afternoon repairing their equipment and Cablevision Optimum is also making repairs.

As of 10:00 p.m. NJ State Police still had the roadway shut down and utility workers could still be seen working in the area.

See last night’s story below:





Traffic Alert: Car Damages Utility Pole on CR-524 in Upper Freehold Township; Roadway Will be Closed for an Extended Period

February 9, 2022

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Around 7:49 p.m. the Hope Fire Company of Allentown and Allentown EMS – Capital Health were dispatched to County Road 524 also known as New Canton -Stone Tavern Road for a vehicle into a utility pole. While responding firefighters were notified that the vehicle was on its side and had someone trapped inside. Upon arrival the driver was able to self-extricate on their own power and did not appear to have any serious injuries. Firefighters are currently standing by and fire police have the roadway closed between Old York Road and Sharon Station Road. This appears to be an extended operation due to the damage and amount of wires that the pole has. The New Jersey State Police are investigating the crash.

At 9:00 p.m. JCP&L has arrived, and the Monmouth County Road Department has set up barricades in the area for a detour.

It was only 7 days ago when the roadway was closed between Sharon Station Road and Imlaystown Hightstown Road for an extended time due to a pole cut down on a curve before Tractor Supply near the Westhaven Farm.

One Injured in I-195 Crash in Upper Freehold

February 4, 2022

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Trooper Brandi Slota of the New Jersey State Police Public Information Unit told MidJersey.News that Troopers responded to a motor vehicle crash on I195 eastbound at milepost 11 in Upper Freehold, Monmouth County at approximately 6:20 p.m. The preliminary investigation revealed a Ford pickup truck was traveling eastbound on I-195 when it ran off the roadway.  The driver was transported to a nearby hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The crash remains under investigation, and no other information is available at this time.

The Hope Fire Company of Allentown, Allentown First Aid- Capital Health and Millstone Township Fire Department responded to I-195 for the accident.

Vehicle Hits Utility Pole and Ends Up in Field in Upper Freehold Township

February 2, 2022

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–About 2:39 p.m. the NJ State Police, Allentown-Hope Fire Company and Allentown-Capital Health First Aid Squad responded to the 700 Block of County Road 527 also known as New Canton-Stone Tavern Road for an accident. Upon arrival it was found that a car hit a utility pole and ended up in a field. No serious injuries were reported. Jersey Central Power and Light-First Energy was called for the damaged pole and wires. George’s Garage removed the vehicle from the field using the crane on a rotator then transferred the car to a flatbed tow truck. The roadway was expected to be closed for hours for the repairs. Monmouth County Road Department set up road closed signs at CR-524 at Sharon Station Road and also Imlaystown-Hightstown Road. No further information is available at this time.



Snow Totals in New Jersey from Jan 28-29, 2022 Blizzard

January 30, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The National Westher Service confirmed Blizzard Conditions along the entire coastal strip of New Jersey from Cape May to Sandy Hook, NJ during the Nor’easter of January 28 and 29, 2022. A blizzard is defined as three or more hours of visibility reductions to one quarter mile or less due to falling or blowing snow, and sustained winds or frequent gusts of 35 mph or greater. Shore areas received 11 to 21 inches of snow reported.

Moving further west inland towards Trenton areas of Western Monmouth, Western Ocean, and Western Burlington and Mercer County received around 9 to 10 inches of snow. Further north in the areas north of our reporting area such as Hunterdon, Warren, Morris, Passaic and Sussex Counties received 2.1 to 5.6 inches of snow.





Jersey Shore Fire Response Live Video from January 29, 2022









Dancer Bill Creating Permanent State Firefighter Museum and Memorial Advances to Governor’s Desk

December 20, 2021

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–TRENTON, NJ –Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s bill establishing a permanent New Jersey museum and memorial honoring the history and sacrifice of firefighters was back in the Assembly today to concur with Senate amendments.

The bill (A5075/S4001) removes the New Jersey Fire Museum from Department of Environmental Protection oversight and creates an independent commission to take over those responsibilities.

Since 2015, the fire museum has displayed its donated memorabilia in a private warehouse provided by Upper Freehold Township. The state has been unsuccessful at obtaining funding or finding a permanent location for the museum for the last 50 years.

“A commission that is committed to New Jersey’s firefighting history will be in a better position to procure a stable home for the museum, which will provide more opportunities to engage and educate the public,” Dancer (R-Ocean) explained. “From preserving historic fire equipment to honoring our fallen heroes, the museum serves an important mission and deserves a dedicated space.”

Under the bill, the museum and memorial will have the ability to manage its own affairs by adopting rules for its governance, utilizing state offices and hiring staff, and entering into state contracts for the museum and its projects. The commission can address budgeting issues and oversee the museum’s expansion and development.

The bill appropriates $200,000 to help fund the museum and its projects. It was advanced to the governor’s desk by a unanimous vote in the Assembly on Monday.








Two Accidents Reported in Upper Freehold Township

December 4, 2021

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–It was a busy night for Hope Fire Company of Allentown with two different accidents. The first accident was on Sharon Station Road on the curve about 1/4 mile from Herbert Road at 12:20 a.m. A GMC traveling north bound ran off the opposite side of the roadway and landed on its side in a ditch. There were initial reports of entrapment and Hope Fire Company called backup from Robbinsville, but occupants were able to be talked out of the vehicle before arrival. Allentown EMS/Capital Health transported one occupant to RWJ at Hamilton Hospital with what appeared to be minor injuries. The driver was transported to the police station. Firefighters stood by until the vehicle could be removed from the towing company clearing the scene around 1:30 a.m.

In a separate accident at 12:52 a.m. a Dodge hit a deer on Holmes Mill Road near Walnford Road there were no reported injuries but the vehicle landed in a ditch and was unable to get out of the vehicle. Firefighters helped the occupant out of the vehicle and stood by for NJ State Police and the towing company.

New Jersey State Police is investigating both incidents.

Almost Total Lunar Eclipse Over NJ

November 19, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–A partial lunar eclipse started around 2:30 a.m. peaked about 4:00 a.m. and concluded around 5:30 a.m. early this morning. The almost total partial lunar eclipse was visible over most of the United States.

Photos below were taken from the Robbinsville, Upper Freehold, Allentown area of New Jersey.

To read more about the eclipse visit NASA “An Almost Total Lunar Eclipse”





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

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

October 19, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT MARTY’S PLACE SENIOR DOG SANCTUARY

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

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

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

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


Make plans now to attend the ABCA’s Fall Festival going on this weekend!

October 8, 2021

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The Allentown Business Community Association’s Fall Fall Festival returns this Saturday, October 9th and Sunday, October 10th. The annual festival features live music, the Allentown Lions Club’s Craft Beer Garden, food trucks, classic cars, wine tasting, moon bounces, community groups, local fundraisers, and a host of activities for children of all ages. Live music will take place near the Old Mill. The 4-H Clever Clovers will be in Heritage Park. The Allentown Public Library Association will be selling 50/50 tickets. Showcasing local crafters and artisans selling their wares, this is an event you do not want to miss!

Main Street, between Church Street and High Street, will be closed off to traffic between the hours of 7:15AM and 6PM on both days.There will be a free shuttle to the festival from the Allentown High School parking lot. The shuttle runs 8:30AM to 6PM. Masks are required while riding the shuttle. The shuttle will drop visitors off at Pete Sensi Park. 

Handicapped restroom facilities will be located at the intersection of Church Street and South Main Street near the Allentown Shell Station and by the Old Mill. Additional restrooms will be located on Lakeview Drive behind the Ely Sluder Law Office and behind Bloomers ‘N Things to Do. All restroom facilities will feature hand washing stations. 


Here is the live music schedule for performances by the Old Mill.

Saturday, October 9th                                       Sunday, October 10th
11AM-12:30PM Rangers Nouveau            11AM-12:30PM Georgia Owen
1PM-2:30PM Matt Delre                2:30PM Steven Peter Rodgers & Friends
3PM-4:30PM Siren                               3PM-4:30PM Andrew Lobby


The Allentown Lions Club’s Craft Beer Garden
is open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 

Children and friendly dogs are welcome at the Allentown Lions Club’s Craft Beer Garden. All under age visitors must be accompanied by an adult 21 and older. Anyone purchasing beer will need to show ID and wear a wristband before entering the Beer Garden. 

There will be 24+ local craft beers on tap with root beer and water for the kids. Beer tickets are $6 each and are redeemable for one beer. There will be 16-oz servings of most varieties with 12-oz pours of the stronger varieties. All beers must be consumed in the Beer Garden, but you are free to leave the area and return to explore the Fall Festival.

All proceeds from this event so to support the Allentown Lions Club and their work raising scholarships for area high school students, funding community service projects, and supporting locals with medical equipment and vision testing. 

The festivities kick off on Friday night with the “Hometown Takeover” between 5PM and 9PM and continue on Saturday and Sunday between the hours of 12PM and 9PM. There will be live music all weekend long. The Hope Fire Company will be selling food in the Beer Garden as a fundraiser. 

Here is the live music schedule for performances in the
Allentown Lions Club’s Craft Beer Garden. 

Friday, October 8th aka “Hometown Takeover”                                                                     

7:00PM-9:00PM Georgia Owen                                       

Saturday, October 9th
1:00PM-4:00PM Audio Pilot                                                                               

4:00PM-8:00PM Sideways Willy                                                                                   

Sunday, October 10th                                             

1:00PM-5:00PM Union Band


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

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

September 9, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary

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

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

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

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


Children Raise $200 For Local Organizations With Lemonade Stand

September 7, 2021

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Kristopher, 6 and Aubrie Smith, 9 hosted a lemonade stand for an entire weekend in August with the intent of raising funds for Hope Fire Co. and Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary. Thanks to the generosity of the Community these kids were able to raise $200.00. Each Organization received or will receive $100.00. 

Pictured is the donation being handed to Alex Nebbia, President of Hope Fire Co. And Kris Smith,  Treasurer. 

The $100.00 donation for Marty’s Place will be added to a donation/collection drive in October in connection to a 10th birthday request from Aubrie.