Category: Upper Freehold

Serious Head On Crash With Multiple Injuries Reported On Old York Road

January 25, 2023

UPPER FREEHOLD (MONMOUTH) ROBBINSVILLE (MERCER)–Around 7:17 p.m. both Robbinsville and Allentown firefighters were dispatched to Old York Road between New Street and Herbert Road for a head on collision with injuries. Robbinsville Police, NJ State Police, Captial Health Allentown EMS and Paramedics, Robbinsville EMS, Millstone Township Fire/EMS and Monmouth County Paramedics also responded to the scene.

Upon arrival it was found that a person in a car ran head on into a pickup truck and the driver of the car was entrapped. Firefighters from both Hope Fire Company of Allentown and Robbinsville Fire Department worked to free the injured driver. The driver was turned over to EMS and transported to the Trauma Center at Captial Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. A “trauma alert” was called en route to the hospital.

Occupants from the pickup truck were treated by Captial Health EMS Allentown and also transported to Captial Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton.

New Jersey State Police is investigation the crash and currently the roadway is closed for a serious traffic investigation.

No other details are available at this time.

Update at 10:45 p.m. The Hope Fire Company of Allentown was requested to respond back to the scene to help pry the vehicles apart so they could be towed away.

Old York Road borders both Robbinsville in Mercer County and Upper Freehold Township in Monmouth County.



Car Fire On I-195 In Upper Freehold Township

January 16, 2023

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Firefighters from Hope Fire Company responded to I-195 west bound in the area of mile post 10 for a car fire last night January 15, 2023, at 7:43 p.m. When firefighters arrived, they found a car fire with a well involved engine compartment. Firefighters pulled a hose line and quickly extinguished the fire. No additional details are available about the fire.


Bystander photos and video



Person Evaluated After Fall Into Frigid Assunpink Lake As Skiff Overturns

January 16, 2023

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–At 2:16 p.m. the New Jersey State Police, Hope Fire Company/Upper Freehold Firefighters, Conservation Officers, and Captial Health-Allentown, all responded for a report of an overturned kayak with a person in the Assunpink Lake in the Assunpink Wildlife Management Area. Upon arrival a small boat-skiff was found near the island and the person was able to make it back onto the skiff. The skiff was brought ashore, and the person was transferred to emergency medical services to be evaluated after being pulled from the frigid water. It did not appear that there were any injuries in the incident. No other details are available at this time.



The Veterans Of The Ye Olde Robbins Burial Place

December 14, 2022

Photos and story by: Tom Robbins

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Barely visible among the leaves lies an American flag in front of a tombstone with the inscription that reads: “William Thomas Co. C. 29th. Reg. N.J. Vol. Born Oct. 3., 1820 Died Apr. 7, 1904.”  The flag seems new, but the tombstone looks neglected and old. Decorating graves with flags became popular after the Civil War, when General John A. Logan who led an organization for Civil War Veterans called for a nationwide Remembrance Day to honor those who died defending our country.  “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies lie in almost every city, village, hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. Known initially as Decoration Day, today, it is known as Memorial Day.  Memorial Day, is set aside to honor those who lost their lives during war, while Veterans Day is a day to celebrate all who have served.

In 1931, Lieutenant Soden, who had been recording the names of veterans in New Jersey cemeteries, and County Superintendent of Soldiers’ Graves, Robert Miler, took on the task of planting flags on all soldier’s graves not just those who died in service to this country. They visited various Monmouth County cemeteries including Covell Hill (aka Ye Olde Robbins Burial Place). 

The Civil War veterans buried in the Ye Olde Robbins Burial Place include Thomas and three others: Samuel Rose, Enoch Giberson and Mathias Barcalow Estel. William Thomas was the son of William Thomas, Sr., and Mary Holman. He married Margert Perrine and had eight daughters. He served as a Private in the 29th Regiment from August 25, 1862 to June 30, 1863.

Enoch Giberson, Jr. also served in the 29th Regiment of the NJ Volunteers as a Private from August 25, 1862 to June 30, 1863.  He was the son of Enoch Giberson, Sr., and Phebe Anderson. His grandfather, James Giberson, served in the militia during the Revolutionary War.  He never married and lived in Millstone near the burial ground.

 Samuel Rose, born on June 20, 1838 to Witron and Rebecca Rose, served in Company E, 11th Regiment New Jersey Volunteers from September 27, 1864 to June 28, 1865.  He also lived in the vicinity of the Robbins Burial Ground at the time of his death on December 22, 1912. He married Elizabeth Estel whose brother Mathias Barcalow Estel served in the Civil War.

Mathias Estel lived near Red Valley and was married to Jane Smires in 1851 who died in 1895. He served in the 10th Regiment of the New Jersey Volunteers from September 19, 1864 to June 22, 1865.  

Four Civil War veterans lie peacefully on top of Covell Hill marking time till judgement day.


However, a fifth veteran, a Revolutionary War one interred here, is Randal Robbins who was born May 27, 1739 and died April 19, 1798.  He served in Captain Robert Rhea’s Monmouth County Militia.

Randal lived on the farm of his grandfather, Aaron Robins, south of the I-195 and York Road interchange where the Reed Sod Farm is located. Randal had nine children with his first wife Abigail Rogers and five children with second wife Rebecca Rogers, Abigail’s sister, who married Randal after Abigail’s death in 1785. His descendants became trustees to the Ye Olde Robbins Burial Place handing down the deed of trust to the West, Flock, Rue and Field descendants. In 2020, Mr. Thomas Robbins, a descendant of Randal, discovered that the New Jersey Department of Environment Green Acres program did not acquire the burial ground when they formed the Assunpink Wildlife Management Area.
The burial ground, overgrown with weeds, needs a long overdue cleanup. The Allentown Village Initiative (TAVI) is interested in organizing a cleanup next spring and volunteers are welcome to participate. Details will be forthcoming early next year.

Story excerpted from Mr. Robbins’ book “A Mystery in the Woods – Ye Olde Robbins Burial Place.  To purchase a copy, contact him at tomrobbins@comcast.net.


Location of cemetery on Google Maps


No Serious Injuries Reported In Two Separate Accidents On Old York Road

December 8, 2022

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–There were no reported serious injuries in two separate accidents hours apart in the same location on Old York Road yesterday Wednesday, December 7, 2022.

The first accident was reported in the 1300 Block of Old York Road about 1/8 mile south of Herbert Road when a vehicle left the roadway and ended up in a field of sod. The Robbinsville Township Fire Department and EMS were dispatched at 3:05 p.m. Upon arrival none of the occupants of the vehicle wanted transport to the hospital.

The second accident was reported at 8:00 p.m. when a sport utility vehicle overturned onto its roof in the area as the earlier accident. The Hope Fire Company of Allentown and Allentown-Capital Health EMS were detailed to the scene. Upon arrival the occupants were out of the vehicle and did not wish transport to the hospital. Hope firefighters remained on location until the vehicle was upright and fire police assisted with traffic control.

New Jersey State Police are investigating both crashes. No additional details are available.


The first accident was reported in the 1300 Block of Old York Road about 1/8 mile south of Herbert Road when a vehicle left the roadway and ended up in a field of sod. The Robbinsville Township Fire Department and EMS was dispatched at 3:05 p.m. Upon arrival none of the occupants of the vehicle wanted transport to the hospital.


The second accident was reported at 8:00 p.m. when a vehicle overturned onto its roof in the same area as the earlier accident. The Hope Fire Company of Allentown and Allentown-Capital Health EMS was detailed to the scene. Upon arrival the occupants were out of the vehicle and did not wish transport to the hospital.


Tractor Trailer Hauling Municipal Waste Catches Fire On I-195 In Upper Freehold Township

November 25, 2022

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Firefighters from Hope Fire Company of Allentown were dispatched to I-195 west bound near mile post 9.6 for a tractor trailer smoking at 3:57 p.m. Upon arrival firefighters found a trailer on fire that was disconnected from the tractor and the vehicle was full of municipal waste. Firefighters initially started working on the fire using a 1 3/4 hand line then once the cover over the burning materials was removed switched to deck gun operations. Millstone Township Fire Department brought an engine and a tanker to the scene for additional water and manpower.






Visit Keris Tree Farm & Christmas Shop In Allentown, NJ

November 24, 2022

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The Keris Tree Farm and Christmas Shop is celebrating over 33 years growing, cutting, and selling trees on a 24-acre farm just outside Allentown at 848 Route 524 also known as New Canton Stone Tavern Road. Keris Tree Farm is family owned and operated since 1977 and the first trees were harvested in 1990. The farm has choose-and-cut trees by the foot, balled trees, fresh pre-cut Canadian Balsam and Fraser Fir, wreaths, roping and seasonal greenery.

The Christmas shop is where the magic happens, a winter wonderland of artisan made crafts, decorations and holiday gifts. Maggie has hand curated merchandise from artisans to antiques for over thirty years… her eye for design and vintage holiday decor makes it such a special holiday shopping experience.

2022 Event List:

The Allentown High School Choir will be singing Christmas carols! December 4th 12:30

Backyard Brews will be set up with hot beverages and snacks for sale on 11/26-11/27, 12/3-12/4, and 12/10-12/11. @backyard_brews_

Hours:

Tuesday-Friday 10-5, Saturday and Sunday 9-5, CLOSED MONDAYS

​Closed Thanksgiving Day

Facebook: Keris Tree Farm & Christmas Shop


On the porch you’ll find bundles of greenery for sale, including winterberry, holly, magnolia, branches and many types of evergreen cuttings stocked fresh.




The Christmas shop is where the magic happens! Maggie has hand curated merchandise from artisans to antiques for over thirty years… her eye for design and vintage holiday decor makes it such a special holiday shopping experience. If you’ve never entered the shop you don’t know what you’re missing! The exterior is unassuming but the inside is glowing with many treasures to find.



Choose and cut a tree, or tag a tree to cut later in the season. Visit the Christmas shop! The farm has a selection of white pine roping, Fraser Fir wreaths, Noble Fir wreaths, greenery, magnolia, winterberry and holly branches. Also live balled Christmas trees!



Photos of the Keris Farm and Christmas Tree Shop showing overall quantity of trees in different stages of growth. As the trees get older and sold room is made to plant new trees for future years.


Allentown FFA Earns Top Spots at New Jersey FFA Fall Competitions

November 22, 2022

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–On Thursday, November 17th, 2022, the Allentown FFA participated in Fall Career Development Events, hosted by the New Jersey FFA Association at Rutgers University, School of Environmental & Biological Sciences (SEBS). The Allentown FFA earned top spots in Land Judging, Fruit & Vegetable Identification, Turf Management, and Forestry.


Allentown FFA Members won 1st in the State for the Land Judging & Homesite Evaluation Event. During this event, members evaluate soil texture, determine slope, erosion, and other factors that will determine land use. Team members included (and their rank):

  • Sean Cary- First Place
  • Derek Voorhees- Second Place
  • Gavin Byrne- Fifth Place
  • Brayden Jany- Ninth Place

Land Judging has qualified to represent New Jersey at the National Land & Range Judging Contest in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma this May.


Fruit & Vegetable Identification also placed 1st in the State. In this contest, members must identify 50 different types of fruits and vegetables, judge fruits and vegetables based on appearance and other quality standards, and complete a written exam on the produce industry. Team Members included (and their rank):

  • Sophia Jones- First Place
  • Maddin Emmons- Eighth Place
  • Adam Ugi
  • Paige Conroy

Forestry placed 2nd in the State. Members in this contest measured and identified trees, completed a forestry business plan, evaluated common tree disorders, and completed a written exam on the forestry industry. Team Members included (and their rank):

  • Matthew McCormick- Second Place
  • Anna Holman- Eighth Place
  • Cody Ponzio
  • Rafferty Burden


Turf Management earned 3rd in the State. In this contest, students identified common turf and weed species, identified common turfgrass equipment, evaluated a turf site, and completed a written exam on turfgrass. Team members included (and their rank):

  • Kathryn Giovanelli- Fifth Place
  • Allison Josielewski-Tenth Place
  • Lilly Haines
  • Kaci Byrne

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. To learn more about the Allentown FFA, please visit FFA.ufrsd.net.



Troopers Bust High End Vehicle Crime Ring Operating In Millstone And Upper Freehold Townships; NJSP Investigation Takes Down Organization

The auto-theft ring targeted high-end vehicles in Monmouth County, Mercer County, Ocean County, Union County, Essex County, Somerset County, Hunterdon County, Burlington County, Bergen County, Middlesex County and New York State.

November 18, 2022

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)– The New Jersey State Police have charged six suspects and dismantled an auto theft ring in New Jersey and New York linked to the theft of more than 30 high-end vehicles worth more than $3 million during a seven-month investigation.

In May, detectives with the Troop “C” Criminal Investigation Office began investigating multiple high-end motor vehicle thefts in Millstone Township and Upper Freehold Township. As a result, detectives identified Geovanni Hernandez, 24, of Newark, N.J. as a suspect and linked him to the theft of a BMW M8 and three Land Rover Range Rovers in Upper Freehold Township and Millstone Township. On July 22, detectives located Hernandez and arrested him.

As a result of the on-going investigation, detectives identified Carlos Sanchez, 23, of Newark, N.J. as the leader of an auto-theft ring targeting high-end vehicles in Monmouth County, Mercer County, Ocean County, Union County, Essex County, Somerset County, Hunterdon County, Burlington County, Bergen County, Middlesex County and New York State. Detectives also identified James Lanier, 24, Solomon Mickens, 23, and Sadiq Griggs, 23, all of Newark, N.J. as associates.

Through various investigative means, detectives determined that the suspects were also targeting residences while victims were home and committed burglaries in an attempt to steal the vehicles. After stealing the vehicles, the suspects would transport them to other locations where they were given fraudulent vehicle identification numbers to be re-titled and sold through an online marketplace.

On November 17, members of the Troop “C” Criminal Investigation Office, State Police Auto Theft Task Force, T.E.A.M.S. Unit, K-9 Unit, and Strategic Investigations Unit Central with assistance from members of the United States Marshals NY/NJ Fugitive Task Force and Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office executed search warrants at the residences of Mickens and Sanchez, and at a motel in Avenel, N.J. where Sanchez was staying. As a result of the searches, detectives arrested Sanchez and Mickens and seized a 9mm handgun, a high-capacity magazine, key fobs, and electronic devices linked to the operation. Detectives later arrested Griggs at a residence in Newark and Lanier in a vehicle in Newark. Destiny Montalvo, 21, of Newark, N.J. was located at her residence and was arrested for conspiring to dispose of evidence.

Below: NJ State Police staging in Upper Freehold Township, it was unclear if this operation had anything to do with the bust mentioned.

The suspects were charged with the following:

Carlos Sanchez

• Leader of an auto theft trafficking network

• Conspiracy to commit theft

• Theft by unlawful taking

James Lanier

• Conspiracy to commit theft

• Theft by unlawful taking

• Burglary

Geovanni Hernandez

• Conspiracy to commit theft

• Burglary

• Theft

• Receiving stolen property

Solomon Mickens

• Conspiracy to commit theft

• Theft by unlawful taking

Sadiq Griggs

• Conspiracy to commit theft

Destiny Montalvo

• Tampering with physical evidence

All suspects were lodged in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution pending a bail detention hearing. This case is being prosecuted by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

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


Car Hits Pole; Minor Injuries Reported In Upper Freehold Township, Assunpink Wildlife Mgt. Area

November 8, 2022

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The Hope Fire Company of Allentown and Allentown EMS were dispatched around 5:21 p.m. to a reported vehicle into a pole. The accident was located in the 300 Block of Clarksburg-Robbinsville Road between Eldridge Road and South Rochdale Avenue in the Assunpink Wildlife Management Area. Allentown EMS treated the person on scene but it was unclear if person was transported to the hospital. Firefighters from Hope Fire Company notified JCP&L of a cracked utility pole that will need repair. The New Jersey State Police were on scene investigating. No additional details are available.

Dump Truck Crash Closes Route 526 In Upper Freehold Township

County Road 526 is closed between Allentown and Sharon Station Road due to electrical wires down on the roadway.

November 2, 2022

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A dump truck traveling east on County Road 526 just prior to 7:30 a.m. lost control, hit a utility pole and ran off the roadway into a wooded area. Upper Freehold Township – Hope Fire Company firefighters responded to the crash at 7:29 a.m. and upon arrival it was determined that the driver was able to self-extricate and no injuries were reported. Live electrical wires from the broken utility pole were in the roadway closing the roadway. NJ State Police closed Route 526 from Allentown at the 526 Bypass (by firehouse) to Sharon Station Road. Plan alternate routes until utility pole repairs are made.

Two Motor Vehicles Crash On Old York Road At Montgomery Way

October 31, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Hope Fire Company and Allentown – Captial Health EMS responded at 6:37 p.m. to Old York Road and Montgomery Way for a T-bone crash with reported injuries. Robbinsville Township Police and New Jersey State Police also responded to the scene of the crash. The injuries were minor, and one person was placed in the back of the ambulance for evaluation of injuries but did not seek transport to the hospital. Hope Fire Company stood by for cleanup and assisted Robbinsville Police with traffic control. The Robbinsville Township Police Department is investigating the crash.



Upper Freehold Township Adds New Firefighters

October 7, 2022

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Last night Upper Freehold Township swore in two new firefighters and re-swore in two firefighters and a Captain. The new firefighters were Anthony Patten and Vincent Vacchiano and two other firefighters who were re-sworn in last night were Blake Nebbia and Nicholas Brown. The captain who was also re-sworn in was Scott Royle.

 Awards were also given out during the township meeting last night. Firefighters Blake Nebbia, Anthony Patten, and Matthew Jakob, were given a unit citation for actions taken at a motor vehicle accident on June 10, 2021. The three firefighters pulled the driver out of the vehicle, as the vehicle was on fire. Due to COVID 19 this award was not able to be given until last night. The second award that was handed out was for a CPR save. Firefighters Blake Nebbia, Nicholas Brown, Vincent Vacchiano, Ryan Oppegaard received this award for their actions reviving a person.

Robbinsville Settles Friendly Football Pizza Bet With Upper Freehold Township

October 6, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A friendly pizza bet placed between Robbinsville and Upper Freehold Township Mayors and committee members about an hour before a home coming game between Allentown High School and Robbinsville on September 16, 2022. It was decided that if Allentown wone the game Robbinsville would provide De Lorenzo’s Tomato Pie to the next Upper Freehold committee meeting and if Robbinsville won Upper Freehold would provide Sorella’s Trattoria pizza to Robbinsville’s committee meeting.

The game was played on September 16, 2022 with Allentown winning with a score of 35-18 resulting that Robbinsville would have to deliver on that promise at tonight’s Upper Freehold Township committee meeting.

The special delivery was made by the Robbinsville Township Police Department just before 7:00 p.m. prior to the start of the Township meeting by Sergeant Scott Kivet and Patrol Officer Rene Godfrey.

The committee members expressed interest in coming up with additional fun for next year’s game.

Mayor Dave Fried posted on Facebook tonight, “Tonight I paid our debt to Upper Freehold for beating us in football. We had a wager that whoever won the game would have pizza delivered to the Council Meeting. Thus, we had Robbinsville’s finest deliver well Robbinsville’s finest. Thank You Sam Amico and DeLorenzo’s We will get them next year for sure.”






De Lorenzo’s Tomato Pies in Robbinsville, New Jersey, holds a 9.2 Barstool Sports “One Bite” Pizza rating you can watch that review below:


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.