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Protect Your Packages from Porch Pirates Says Mercer Sheriff

December 2, 2021

MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- Mercer County Sheriff Jack Kemler wants to make sure that those presents you order online aren't stolen by porch pirates before they can get to your family and friends. 

Kemler reminded Mercer County residents that it's not just on Cyber Monday but during the entire holiday shopping season that "when the peak shipping period arrives, package theft ...

Pardon Our Noise: JBMDL Releases December Noise Calendar

JOINT BASE, NJ — If you live in the Hamilton or Robbinsville area, you may be used to noise coming from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JBMDL).

JBMDL has released its monthly "Noise Level Calendar" for December 2021 so that its neighbors know what to expect when it comes to sounds coming from the Base. 

The calendar is broken down into three ...

Supporting Small Businesses Beyond Retail is Important for the Community Says Shop Hamilton Director

November 28, 2021

HAMILTON, NJ -- Small Business Saturday is often synonymous with hitting local retail stores to kick-off holiday shopping as opposed to larger big box stores that draw big crowds on Black Friday. 

It should mean more than just supporting retail businesses though; it should remind consumers of the year-round need to support local small businesses in every industry throughout the year ...

Geo Greens Goes Vertical at New Hydroponics Farm in Hamilton

HAMILTON, NJ – Hamilton Township is getting a little bit greener thanks to one of the newest businesses -- Geo Greens -- a vertical hydroponics farm that recently celebrated it's grand opening. 

Mayor Jeff Martin, Jackeline Mejias-Fuertes and Lilian Maura, Regional Directors of the New Jersey Small Business Development Center were recently on-hand to ...

First Omicron Variant Case Confirmed in New Jersey

December 3, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy and Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli announced the State Department of Health has confirmed a case of the omicron variant in a traveler to the state.  The person has been identified by the state as an adult female, who is a fully-vaccinated resident from Georgia, and had recently traveled to South Africa.

She tested positive on November 28 ...

Robert Wood Johnson Hospital Hamilton Celebrates 50 Years Taking Care of the Community

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ -- To commemorate 50 years providing health care to the Hamilton and greater Mercer County community, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, recently held a procession ceremony to mark the milestone anniversary. 

The procession ceremony recreated the first time the ambulances pulled into Hamilton ...

Todd Sworn In as Newest Robbinsville Township Councilman

December 3, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Robbinsville Township's newest council member, Mike Todd, was sworn into office by Mayor Dave Fried during Thursday evening's council meeting to fill the remaining two years of the term vacated by former Councilman Dan Schuberth. 

Todd, who ran unopposed for the remainder of the unexpired term, garnered 3,137 votes in the November general ...

Gov Murphy, Health Advocates Call for Passage of Reproductive Rights Legislation

NEW JERSEY -- On Wednesday morning, while the United States Supreme Court began hearing arguments on a legal challenge that could overturn the country's landmark Roe v. Wade reproductive rights precedent, Governor Phil Murphy held a virtual press conference with the state's reproductive rights advocates calling for the passage of a state law on similar women's health ...

Strike a Pose: Mercer Sheriff Officer, K9 Partner Featured in Charitable Calendar

December 1, 2021

MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- Mercer County Sheriff's Officer Mike Mullen and his K-9 partner, Bodhi, recently struck a pose or a good cause as part of a calendar for a good cause -- to benefit the Capital K9 Association, a non-profit organization supplying bulletproof vests and special equipment for working K-9’s.

Mullen, who is a 10-year veteran of the Sheriff’s ...

Annual 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' DUI Prevention Campaign Underway

NEW JERSEY – Don't drink a few too many glasses of holiday cheer and get behind the wheel of a car. That's essentially the message of the Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck and the Division of Highway Traffic Safety as the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” holiday campaign is now underway to target impaired driving during the busy ...

Celebrate Clara Barton's 200th Birthday at Local Historic School Building

December 2, 2021

BORDENTOWN CITY, NJ — One of Bordentown City's most famous figures is celebrating a special birthday this year — 200! — and the Bordentown Historical Society (BHS) is planning a special event in her honor. 

Clara Barton, famous for her role in founding the American Red Cross, will be turning 200 on December 25, 2021. The Bordentown Historical Society is planning ...

Celebrate Christmas on the Howell Living History Farm

HOPEWELL, NJ -- Enjoy the beginning of the holiday season at the Howell Living History Farm's Christmas on the Farm program this weekend to enjoy crafts, farm animals, and a look inside the property's circa-1900 farmhouse. 

The Howell Living History farm is a 130-acre Mercer County Park that is offers special tours and activities to celebrate the season ...

Fraudulent $5M SBA Loan Application for Robbinsville Business Lands Banking Lender in Jail

December 2, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- The chief lending officer for a New Jersey bank will be heading to jail after pleading guilty of knowingly and fraudulently applying for a $5 million Small Business Administration (SBA) loan for a Robbinsville Township business. 

According to U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig's office, James Bortolotti, 53, of Pennslyvania, learned of an SBA lending program ...

Three Ewing Police Officers Indicted for 'Unreasonable, Excessive Force' in Assault on Minor

TRENTON, NJ -- Three Ewing Township police officers have been indicted on federal civil rights charges for using "unreasonable and excessive force" in an assault on a 16-year-old African-American while he was being placed under arrest. 

According to the U.S. District Attorney's office who announced the federal grand jury indictment on Friday, now ...

Mercer, Local School Districts Receive $800K in Funds for Emergency Needs

November 25, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Mercer County Vocational and Special Services schools as well as Hamilton and Robbinsville School Districts will receive state funds to help meet emergent and capital maintenance needs. 

The combined total of almost $800 allocated for these four districts also will be used to ensure safe and healthy learning environments for students during the ...

Hamilton School District Hiring for a Range of Positions, Holding Job Fair

HAMILTON, NJ -- The Hamilton Township School District is looking for educational professionals and school support staff to join the school district's team to fulfill a wide range of open positions. The District is specifically holding a virtual job fair for special education teachers. 

The District is looking for special education teachers for all levels of students, ...

'Tis the Season: Toys for Tots Drop-Off Locations Around the Area

November 29, 2021

HAMILTON - ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- With the countdown to Christmas now on, the Annual Marines Toys for Tots campaign is underway nationally with numerous locations around Hamilton and Robbinsville Townships. 

According to Toys for Tots, in 2020, 19,546 toys were distributed to support 13,953 children in the greater Mercer County area. 

Traditionally, the Toys for Tots ...

Hamilton's Wilson Center Gives Out 250 Thanksgiving Baskets

HAMILTON, NJ -- Two hundred and fifty Hamilton families will have a feast to enjoy this Thanksgiving thanks to the generosity of fellow Hamiltonians who supported the Food Drive and distribution held by the John O. Wilson Center. 

Families who signed up for their free, bountiful baskets before November 12 received all the fixings on Monday for their Thanksgiving meal, ...

Gift Spring Blooms for the Holiday

November 21, 2021

Give the gift of spring this winter to gardeners and non-gardeners alike.  A pot of tulips, daffodils or other spring flowering bulbs is sure to brighten a dreary winter day and elevate the recipient’s mood.

Spring flowering bulbs need 12 to 15 weeks of temperatures between 35 and 45 degrees to initiate flowering. This happens naturally in areas with cold winters. Bulbs are planted ...

How to Keep Gardening After First Fall Frost in Hamilton

HAMILTON, NJ - There is nothing worse than frost in the forecast and a garden full of vegetables not quite ready for picking. Use some simple strategies to extend the growing season and keep enjoying garden-fresh vegetables.

Fortunately, some vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and brussel sprouts tolerate frost and even taste better after a slight chill. Most of these ...

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Trenton-Mercer Airport Chief Hamiltonian Melinda Montgomery Named to Prestigious Aviation Board

December 3, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- In a testament to her more than 30 years of experience in the aviation industry, Trenton-Mercer Airport Manager Melinda Montgomery, A.A.E. recently joined the New Jersey Aviation Association (NJAA) Board of Directors 

Under Montgomery’s airport management, the Trenton-Mercer airport reached its highest commercial success with close to ...

BeiGene Closes on Property for New U.S. Manufacturing and Clinical R&D Center

HOPEWELL, NJ – BeiGene, Ltd., a global biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing innovative cancer medicines worldwide, announced Tuesday that it has purchased a 42-acre site at the Princeton West Innovation Campus in Hopewell, N.J. to house a new state-of-the-art manufacturing campus and clinical R&D center.

As a key part of BeiGene’s continued ...

Scudders Falls Bridge Work to Close Part of Route 29

December 1, 2021

EWING, NJ – Motorists who use the Route 29 southbound bypass lane that crosses beneath the Scudders Falls (I-295) Toll Bridge should expect traffic diversions through nearby service ramps and roundabouts because of road construction work according to the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission,

The detours will take effect at 7:00 a.m., Thursday and will be ...

NJTransit Installing Contactless Pay Ticket Machines

NEWARK, NJ – NJ TRANSIT riders will now be able to purchase their tickets without having to reach for the hand sanitizer and receipt at the same time, thanks to the installation of a modern contactless system. 

The nation's largest public transportation system, NJ TRANSIT, announced that it has completed the installation of 558 new, modernized ticket ...

Rutgers Women's Soccer Team with Hamilton's Gia Girman Headed to College Cup

November 27, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ - For the first time since 2015, the Rutgers University women's soccer team punched its ticket to the 2021 NCAA Women's College Cup to advance out of the quarterfinals.

The number five ranked Rutgers team played before a crowd of almost 4,700 fans who braved the cold Friday night at Yurcak Field in New Brunswick. 

One of Hamilton's ...

Hamilton West Retains Bragging Rights with Thanksgiving Day Victory Over Steinert

HAMILTON, NJ - It wouldn’t have been Thanksgiving without some football, and in Mercer County “the big game” was, once again, Hamilton West vs Steinert. 

The two schools have a storied rivalry, and they met for the 63rd in history on Thursday with Hamilton West winning 21-16. 

The rivalry jitters were in the air in Hamilton as there were seventeen penalty flags ...

Rabies Clinic Set to Robbinsville's Fury Residents

November 8, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - The West Windsor Health Department that serves Robbinsville Township is hosting a free rabies vaccination clinic to protect local pets. The Clinic is only open to residents of Robbinsville, Hightstown, and West Windsor.

The Free Rabies Clinic will be held on Saturday, November 13 between 9:00 am and 11:00 am (rain or shine) at the West Windsor Fire House ...

DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP, Bolsters Its Ranks by Adding New Attorneys, Gaining Depth to Practice Areas and Expanding Purview Into New Industry

December 2, 2021

PARAMUS, NJ - DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP, is pleased to announce it has bolstered its law practice with the addition of thirteen new legal professionals, effective on December 1, 2021. This expansion provides the firm with additional expertise in existing practice areas such as complex litigation, labor and employment, land use, real estate, and banking as well as extends ...

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton Stroke Program Receives Donation from the Bob's Funds Against Stroke Trauma Annual ‘Strokes 4 Strokes’ Golf Outing

HAMILTON, N.J.- Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, received a donation to the RWJHamilton Stroke Program from Bob's Funds Against Stroke Trauma (BFAST) with money raised from the organization’s ‘Strokes 4 Strokes’ golf outing held on September 9 at Mountain View Golf Course.

The ‘Strokes 4 Strokes’ ...

NJ TRANSIT’s Renaissance Plans Focus on a Decade of Enhancements

NEW JERSEY – The state’s most extensive transit system recently laid out plans for a massive transformation intended to make it tops as far as reliability and efficiency.

According to NJ TRANSIT President and CEO Kevin Corbett, President, the company intends to make up for lost time and has already begun the process. Strategic plans made through 2030 bring a promise of increased ...

Thanksgiving Month: A Way to Celebrate the Goodness

There’s no better time than Thanksgiving month to open our hearts and minds to the gift of gratitude. Yes, gratitude is the simple key to celebrate all the good that we just haven’t had eyes to see. It’s even more inviting to explore gratitude when you learn from the Harvard Medical School Bulletin that gratitude is consistently associated with greater happiness, improved ...

Mercer Division of Public Health Gives Case Information, Overview of COVID-19 Efforts

December 3, 2021

The Mercer County Division of Public Health and County Executive Brian M. Hughes provide the following COVID-19 update: 

In Mercer County, cases remain high with around 28 cases per 100,000 residents reported a day, based on the past week’s reports.
There have been a number of questions related to the Omicron variant. There is a great deal that is unknown at this ...

Practical Skincare Gifts She’s Sure to Love

When it comes to gifting, we often think along the lines of gift cards, flowers, candies, and chocolates. While those items are classic crowd-pleasers, skincare can also make a great gift.

Here are practical gifts for every skincare fanatic on your list, from mask lovers to eye cream connoisseurs.

Facial Cleanser

One of the most essential needs for a woman’s skincare routine is a ...

10 DIY Décor Ideas for Your Holiday Home

So much of the joy from the holiday season comes from entertaining. Whether you’re throwing a big bash for the neighborhood or hosting a more intimate gathering of close family and friends, filling your home with exciting and colorful decorations is a must.

Rather than buying everything pre-made, consider rounding out your décor collection with some DIY items that highlight your ...

TAPinto Tips: Let TAPinto Be Part of your Marketing Plan

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The TAPinto network of 90 franchised sites in New Jersey ...