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Vaccine Clinics in the Mercer County Community, Regional Sites This Week

June 13, 2021

HAMILTON, NJ -- The area COVID-19 vaccine clinics in the coming week will move toward community events and locations as the effort throughout Mercer County to reach residents continues.  The County also announced that its regional location at the CURE Arena will be closing at the end of the month. 

Below are the upcoming vaccine clinics in the area and the brand of vaccine ...

Mercer County to Celebrate Pride Month at Flag Raising

TRENTON, NJ -- Mercer County will celebrate June as LGBTQ Pride Month with a flag raising ceremony on Thursday evening. Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes will lead the ceremony to honor the inclusion and rights of Mercer County's LGBTQ community. 

Mercer County's Pride Flag-Raising Ceremony will begin at 5:00p.m. at the Mercer County Annex located at ...

Science in Donation Offers Healthy Wishes to 8-Year-Old Transplant Recipient

June 13, 2021

NEW JERSEY – The recent successful heart transplant surgery of TJ Olsen, the 8-year-old son of former New Jerey high school standout and NFL tight end, Greg Olsen, is a testament to the strength of the organ transplant system in the United States, a spokesman for Science in Donation said.

Science in Donation is a non-profit organization of organ donation professionals, physicians, ...

State Health Community Corps Coming to Hamilton to Educate Residents About Vaccines

HAMILTON, NJ -- Hamilton Township announced that members of the COVID-19 Community Corps will be in the community to help provide information and resources related to the pandemic and particularly providing information about access to vaccines. The Community Corps is an expanded initiative put forth by the Office of the Governor and the New Jersey Department of ...

Robbinsville Council Adopts Municipal Budget with Steady Tax Rate

June 12, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Robbinsville Township Council adopted the annual municipal budget at its Thursday night meeting.  The annual budget of $25.9 million represented a steady tax rate for 2021 at 51.8 cents per $100 of assessed value (also 51.8 in 2019 and 2020), with the average assessed home in Robbinsville valued at $378,500. 

This is the ninth consecutive year that the ...

Martin Proposes Ordinances Regulating Retail Marijuana, Cultivation Facilities in Hamilton

HAMILTON, NJ – Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin has announced a trio of proposed ordinances to regulate the retail sale and cultivation of marijuana within the town. Under Martin's proposals which will be presented to the Township Council at its meeting on June 15, cannabis retail locations will be banned in Hamilton, while a maximum of two cultivation facilities will ...

1966 Piper Aircraft Makes Emergency Landing on Robbinsville Street

June 6, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- The Federal Aviation Administration will conduct an investigation into the Sunday evening plane crash that closed the intersection of Robbinsville Township's Gordon and Sharon Roads according to the local police department.  

According to the Robbinsville Township Police Department (RTPD), they received a 9-1-1 call at approximately 5:00p.m. advising ...

Plane Crashes on Road Closing Main Robbinsville Intersection

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Around 6:00p.m. Sunday night, the Robbinsville Township Office of Emergency Management issued an alert after a plane crashed in the road closing the intersection of Sharon Road and Gordon Road for an undetermined amount of time.  The plane landed on Sharon Road - just down the street from the Elementary School. The residential area also includes Community ...

Rotary Club Rounding Up Bikes for Boys & Girls Club

June 12, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- The Hamilton-Robbinsville Rotary Club is holding its annual bike collection drive to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County.

Used bikes are being collected and will be refurbished and sold through the Boys &Girls Club Bike Exchange program. 

The Rotary Club Bike Collection Drive will be held on Saturday, June 26 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 pm at ...

Robbinsville's Annual 'Pay it Forward' Event to Help Bring a Service Dog to Local Breden Family

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- In keeping with the annual tradition, Robbinsville Township announced on Monday their "Pay it Forward" beneficiary for this year's State of the Township address. For 2021, the Township has chosen to support Kelly Breden - a 17-year-old resident who is just one of 157 individuals who have the extraordinarily rare genetic disorder PACS 1 -- also ...

Governor to Close State's Women's Prison Amid Investigation of Use of Excessive Force

June 7, 2021

CLINTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy announced Monday his plan to close the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, the state's only women's correctional facility, following an investigation into a violent attack on prisoners on January 11. The decision comes following the release of an investigative report prepared by former state comptroller Matt Boxer and law firm ...

New Marijuana Laws Explained by Incoming President of NJ State Association of Police Chiefs

NEW JERSEY- Now that state lawmakers have passed measures to create a marketplace for recreational marijuana in New Jersey, the big challenge for local police departments is how to enforce these new regulations and to educate people about the seismic shift in thinking.

Sayreville Police Chief John Zebrowski, who is also the incoming president of the New Jersey State Association ...

Trenton Catholic Preparatory Academy Welcomes Marty Flynn as Athletics Director

June 14, 2021

HAMILTON, NJ -- Well-known student athletics coach and program director Marty Flynn will be taking over as athletics director of Trenton Catholic Preparatory Academy, Inc. (TCPA), McCorristin Campus as it embarks on the new era for the school. Flynn, an alum of the former St. Anthony High School (Class of 1969), will begin his new role immediately leading the "Iron ...

Mercer County Commissioners Award Scholarships to Hamilton, Robbinsville Students

MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- The Mercer County Board of Commissioners recently announced the 11 students who have been awarded scholarships to attend Mercer County Community College (MCCC). Two of the scholarship recipients live in Hamilton Township -- Annaela Boahene, who attends Steinert High School, and Sameer Chaudry, who attends Hamilton High School West.  A third ...

Benson Bill to Expand Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Passed

May 31, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Legislation encouraging the use of electric vehicles (EVs) that are more environmentally-friendly than traditional vehicles that run on gas or diesel, and sponsored by Assemblyman Dan Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex) was passed by the New Jersey General Assembly recently. 

Under the measure, an application for development submitted solely for the installation of ...

Mercer County Park Wildflower Meadow Transformation Underway

WEST WINDSOR, NJ -- The Mercer County Park Commission began the process of converting about 32-acres of lawn to native wildflower meadow at Mercer County Park last week for visitors, both humans and the buzzing variety, to enjoy.

This first step in preparing the site, includes selectively applying a broad spectrum herbicide will be to the existing lawn by a certified pesticide ...

Have You Seen Lost Little Pug Macy?

June 7, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- An area family is looking for help finding their puppy pet pug who ran away Sunday night after being scared by nearby fireworks. Macy and her Wojton Family live in the Windsor Meadows neighborhood off of Tindal Road in Robbinsville, however, it is believed that she may have run a bit far away. 

An energetic and fast puppy, she was last seen shortly after 9:30p.m.

Be Kind Partners with The Healthy Animal Partner for Cat Food, Supplies Drive for Animal Shelter

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- To help meet the needs of the cats currently under the care of the Hamilton Township Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, the area non-profit Be Kind is partnering with The Healthy Animal of Robbinsville for a donation collection of cat food, kitty litter, cat toys and supplies. The Center recently announced that the shelter had a ...

Tour Historic WWII Aircraft at Trenton-Mercer County Airport this Weekend

June 10, 2021

EWING, NJ -- Several World War II aircraft will be flying into Trenton-Mercer Airport this week for tourists to view. The CAF AirPower History Tour featuring historic World War II aircraft will provide cockpit tours, flight demonstrations, and rides.  

The event features the B-29 Superfortress FIFI, the most advanced bomber of World War II; the T-6 Texan, legendary ...

Looking to Tell Great Stories, Antiques Roadshow Coming to Hamilton

HAMILTON, NJ -- Ever wonder about the story behind that family heirloom? Is it worth more than you thought? You have until June 7 to apply to get an expert opinion of an appraiser with Antiques Roadshow when it comes to Hamilton Township to film an episode of the show. 

Marsha Bemko, executive producer of Antiques Roadshow, talked to TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville about how this ...

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Mercer County Farmer's Market Nutrition Program Providing Produce for Seniors

June 14, 2021

TRENTON, NJ  -- Older adults in Mercer County will once again be able to receive fresh-produce checks that will enable them to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables at participating farm stands under the Senior Farmer's Market Nutrition Program. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mercer County Office on Aging have had to change the process for receiving checks in order to keep ...

Mercer County Accepting Applications Until June 30 for Energy Assistance Programs

MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- Mercer County will be accepting applications for the Universal Service Fund (USF) Program to help residents cover the cost of certain utility bills until the end of the month. Residents who pay their own heating costs, and meet the income guidelines, may be eligible to receive financial assistance with their winter heating bill. Residents with medical ...

Bah Humbug... How One School District Just Stole Christmas, Other Holidays from Calendar

June 13, 2021

RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph Board of Education voted unanimously to remove the names of all holidays from the school calendar, and plans to simply call everything "Day Off".  The decision shocked those who were left in attendance, after many others had walked out or been asked to leave by security from a raucous public audience that had reached 125 people at one ...

Greenstein Bill Offering Increased Flexibility to Charities Passes Senate

TRENTON, NJ  – A bill sponsored by Senator Nellie Pou and Senator Linda Greenstein that would ease reporting requirements for charitable organizations in receipt of in-kind contributions was passed 37-0 on Thursday.

The bill, S-844/A-4635, excludes non-monetary donations from counting as gross revenue for the purpose of financial reporting requirements, before triggering the ...

Robbinsville Softball Clinches Sectional Title in a Shut-Out Against Bordentown

June 12, 2021

BORDENTOWN, NJ - The last time the Robbinsville Ravens played the Bordentown Scotties in the Group 2 Sectional Finals was two years ago and the Ravens lost 10-0. Fast-forward two years and a pandemic later, the second seeded Ravens got their revenge on the top seeded Scotties and beat BTown 4-0.

Ravens starting pitcher Shea Krebs pitched a shutout and struck out four batters and only gave up ...

Robbinsville to Face Bordentown in Final Round of H.S. Softball Tournament

BORDENTOWN, NJ -- Softball players from nearby towns of Robbinsville and Bordentown will face each other in the final round of the Central Jersey Group 2 NJSIAA tournament on Saturday afternoon.

The Bordentown Scotties cinched their role in the game after beating Governor Livingston on Thursday evening in a tight 6-5 win. The Robbinsville Ravens cruised to a 15-4 win over South ...

Patients Are Still Waiting— More Medical Marijuana Permits Are Needed Now in NJ

June 14, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- The Cannabis Regulatory Commission’s repeated recognition of the significant supply issues in the medical marijuana marketplace at its initial meetings is greatly appreciated by the 110,000+ qualified medical patients across New Jersey who face challenges accessing the quality, affordable medical cannabis they need to treat their qualifying conditions. However, the time is ...

The Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton Welcomes Nationally Recognized Specialty Oncologists

HAMILTON, NJ, May 19, 2021 -- The Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey are pleased to announce that Malini Patel, MD, will officially be joining The Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton as Director of Medical Oncology in June 2021;  she is available for immediate ...

Relationships are Messy: Some Keys to Embracing the Messiness

“Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes are uncertain. People are irrational.” Hugh MacKay

My husband Gus and I just finished watching the Netflix series Last Tango in Halifax. The jumble of thoughts and good feelings I am left with inspire me to explore the messiness of relationships. Ooh, can they be messy! 

The two main characters, ...

Sprinkler System on the Fritz? Tips and Tricks for What to Fix and When to Call

Outdoor sprinkler system on the fritz with summer around the corner? Here are seven tips and tricks for fixing it yourself and when to call the pros.

Assess and Adjust Sprinkler Heads
The first clue to any sprinkler system problem is usually a sprinkler head that’s not performing optimally. Maybe it won’t raise or lower, it’s spraying unevenly, or it’s not spraying the ...

Upgrade Your Patio for Under $100

As the weather warms up and we all head outside, you may be envisioning an updated patio space to gather with your friends and family. While some outdoor items can be pricey, many simple updates are budget-friendly while making a big impact. If you’re ready to transform your outdoor space without spending a fortune, here are five of the best ways to get started.

Solar Lights

Adding ...

Celebrate Dad with These 4 Fun Ideas

With Father’s Day fast approaching and the possibility of gatherings and parties becoming more likely in many areas, the time is perfect for a celebration that highlights Dad’s favorites and creates a lasting memory for family and friends. If you’re eager to plan something special, here are four ways to celebrate Dad that your guests won’t soon forget!

Crawfish ...

Shop Your Home for Living Room Décor Updates

Planning to host an event includes prepping your spaces - cleaning, decorating, designing - if it’s not in the cards to overhaul your living room décor this year, you don’t have to give up on a new look entirely. Shop your home for items that need a new life in your living room; sometimes, a change of location is all that you need to highlight beloved treasures by pulling them ...

Fresh Air and Fitness: 4 Outdoor Workouts for Every Level

Fresh air and fitness – a great combination for any wellness routine! As the weather warms up, consider adding some outdoor workouts to your regular exercise regimen. New surroundings can often make the same moves feel more challenging and exciting, so heading out to your backyard is an easy way to refresh any routine that’s starting to feel repetitive. Here are four great outdoor ...

Spa Day at Home: How to Choose the Best Face Mask for Your Skin

More than ever, home skincare routines are the best way to take advantage of spa-quality products to give you clear, glowing, refreshed skin. Face masks are a great addition to any skincare routine, and regular use (2-3 times per week), can make a noticeable impact on your skin’s health. For everything you need to know when choosing a face mask, read on!

Tubes and Creams Vs. Single-Use ...

Fire Union President: COVID Couldn't Stop Us From Doing Our Job

June 6, 2021

New Jersey is opening back up and the firefighters, EMTs, and dispatchers of the NJFMBA could not be happier. While protecting our communities is our job, building the community is our passion, and that has been difficult over the past 15 months.

Like everyone, we were struck by the uncertainty that COVID-19 brought to the municipalities we serve. This was an uncertainty that extended across ...

Investigating the “Facts and Causes” of the Attack

Below are the comments given by Representative Chris Smith on May 19, 2021 in support of a House Commission investigating the Capitol Attacks of January 6: 

Madame Speaker, the chairman and ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee have negotiated in good faith over several weeks a bipartisan bill—H.R. 3233—to establish a ten-member national commission to ...

Restaurants Offer Entertainment, Outdoor Spaces to Bring Back Diners

June 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Indoor dining is back at full capacity in restaurants around the Garden State. But while some diners have been eager to get back inside, many have gotten out of the habit, and some still eye gathering maskless indoors with trepidation.

To woo diners back, some restaurants are turning to enhanced outdoor spaces, live entertainment and good old-fashioned fun.

Khris Raina, ...

New Jersey Date Night: A Revolutionary Trip to Bordentown

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Making a day of a date is a great way to create memories with your love, but when you choose to spend that time in Bordentown, it’s guaranteed to go down in relationship history. New Jersey has many historical towns and Bordentown, settled in 1682, is a true standout. Here you can visit the Clara ...

Proposed Warehouse Would Impact Local Rural Nature

May 15, 2021

Dear Editor,

I'm writing this in response to Robbinsville's recent statement concerning the warehouse proposal for Mercer Corporate Park on Robbinsville-Allentown Rd. I do not believe it provided residents a complete and accurate assessment of the proposal.  

1. Unlike the previous industrial park, this application to build two massive warehouses was done as quietly as ...

Chris Smith Votes Against Equal Pay

Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed HR7 - the Paycheck Fairness Act.  Despite his prior support, Republican Chris Smith voted against this bill.  

Representative Chris Smith of New Jersey’s 4th congressional district voted yes on comparable  legislation many times in his career.  In fact, as recently as March 2019 Smith supported an ...