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Mercer County Sheriff's Office, Robbinsville Police Drug Take Back Day Rids Pounds of Drugs from Homes

October 28, 2020

TRENTON - ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Following this past Saturday's Prescription Drug Takeback Day, Mercer County Sheriff Jack Kemler reported that nearly 20pounds of unused, expired, and old medications were disposed. During the four-hour event, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office collected a wide-range of prescription drugs ranging from everyday blood pressure and heart ...

Robbinsville Shred Day to Get Rid of Those Pounds of Paper

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Robbinsville Township wants residents to safely dispose of papers and documents, particularly those items with sensitive information, through their Shred Day event.  

The annual free paper shredding event will be held on Saturday, November 7 at the local Fire House located at 1149 Route 130 between 9:00 am until 1:00 pm, or until the shred ...

Mercer County Drive-Thru Fair to Connect More than 40 Employees with Job Seekers

MERCER COUNTY, NJ --  Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes reminded local residents that it's not too late to sign up for Wednesday's job fair.  Job seekers can connect with more than 40 potential employers who are actively looking for new employees. Additionally, Mercer County will offer free information on other county services and resources.  

This will be ...

Hanging on by a Thread, Some NJ Restaurateurs Fear the Worst This Winter

NEW JERSEY — During the typical holiday season, hundreds of thousands of dollars flow through the Rail Yard Tavern in Fairlawn.

From Thanksgiving to New Years, hundreds bustle in and out of the restaurant every weekend. By this time, its 186 seats are reserved months in advance for Christmas parties, one of the most lucrative times of the year. 

But not this year.

“We ...

Robbinsville Shred Day to Get Rid of Those Pounds of Paper

October 27, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Robbinsville Township wants residents to safely dispose of papers and documents, particularly those items with sensitive information, through their Shred Day event.  

The annual free paper shredding event will be held on Saturday, November 7 at the local Fire House located at 1149 Route 130 between 9:00 am until 1:00 pm, or until the shred ...

Mercer County Drive-Thru Fair to Connect More than 40 Employees with Job Seekers

MERCER COUNTY, NJ --  Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes reminded local residents that it's not too late to sign up for Wednesday's job fair.  Job seekers can connect with more than 40 potential employers who are actively looking for new employees. Additionally, Mercer County will offer free information on other county services and resources.  

This will be ...

Strut Your Pup or Cat at Annual Robbinsville Halloween Pet Parade, Costume Contest

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Get those Halloween costumes ready for yourself, your children, and your family pet and join in the fun of Robbinsville's second annual Pet Parade and Costume Contest. 

The Pet Parade will be stepping off at 10:00 am on Halloween, October 31 at the Town Center Gazebo on Lake Drive. There is a $10 fee to participate in the parade and costume contest but it's ...

Mercer County Sheriff's Office, Robbinsville Police Drug Take Back Day Rids Pounds of Drugs from Homes

October 28, 2020

TRENTON - ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Following this past Saturday's Prescription Drug Takeback Day, Mercer County Sheriff Jack Kemler reported that nearly 20pounds of unused, expired, and old medications were disposed. During the four-hour event, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office collected a wide-range of prescription drugs ranging from everyday blood pressure and heart ...

It's Official: The Hamilton Township Fire Department is One

HAMILTON, NJ - Five years, thousands of signatures from Hamilton residents, hundreds of hours of hearings and meetings, and two mayors.

That formula came together Tuesday as Mayor Jeff Martin officially signed off on the consolidation of Hamilton’s former nine fire districts to create one combined Hamilton Township Fire Department.

The department, which will be headed by Fire ...

Hamilton Township Fire Consolidation, New Firefighter Contracts Approved by Council

HAMILTON, NJ -- On Tuesday, the Hamilton Township Council sounded the final bell on the archaic fire district structure that has managed fire service locally by unanimously approving an ordinance that would merge the archaic fire district structure into one entity. The Hamilton Township Fire Department will come into official existence on January 2, ...

Benson Looks to Cut Long MVC Lines with Online Check-In Program

October 25, 2020

TRENTON, NJ --  Assemblyman Dan Benson is hoping to address the backlog at the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) offices which have been swamped after the agency was closed for three-month because of the COVID-19 pandemic by creating an online check in system.

"The MVC has been working to clear its backlog from the spring closures, while also accommodating current ...

Gov. Murphy, First Lady to Quarantine After Exposure to Coronavirus

BLACKWOOD, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy abruptly left a press briefing Wednesday after learning that an individual with whom he was in close proximity with on Saturday has tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus). Murphy, 63, was hosting an outdoor press briefing at the student center of Camden County College (CCC) to announce $14 million in funding for ...

Power Outages, Internet Failures 'Can't Continue' Say Mayors Fried and Martin at Greenstein's Senate Story Response Hearing

TRENTON, NJ -- The rate at which power is restored and the reliability of internet service was once again on top of the agenda on Monday at an almost four-hour Senate Law and Public Safety Committee hearing chaired by Senator Linda Greenstein (D-Mercer/Middlesex.) 

Among those testifying were Robbinsville Township Mayor Dave Fried and Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin who spoke to ...

Robbinsville's Together in Motion to Host Annual 'Cranksgiving' Event

October 26, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Get ready to ride for the annual "Crankgiving" cycling event, which began in 1999, to raise money for local food banks and shelters. Apart, Together in Motion, a locally owned virtual fitness studio, recently announced that they will be participating once again in this year's Cranksgiving cycling event. 

"We are so happy that we can ...

Mercer County Providing Free At-Home COVID Tests

MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced on Wednesday that the county will be providing free at-home COVID-19 (coronavirus) testing for certain residents. The program will be open to Mercer County residents who are age 14 or older and individuals who are first responders or health care workers in the County.

“Testing for COVID-19 is necessary to ...

Emergency Food Market to Provide Free Fruits, Veggies and Dairy for Mercer Residents

MERCER COUNTY, NJ --  Mercer County will once again be providing free healthy foods local families struggling through the COVID-19 heath and economic crisis at Friday's Emergency Free Farm Market. Families who are temporarily facing food insecurity will be provided a box of healthy fruits, vegetables and dairy while supplies last. 

The Emergency Free Farm Market ...

Robbinsville PBA Raising Funds, Awareness for Breast Cancer Research

October 14, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- The officers at the Robbinsville Police Department give back to the community every day.   This month, they are taking on an additional task to help raise awareness and support of breast cancer research. 

The Robbinsville Township PBA #344 is hosting their annual pin fundraiser.  The specially constructed metal pins are designed with the ...

Rotary Club Partnering with Boys & Girls Club for Annual Bike Exchange

ROBBINSVILLE - HAMILTON, NJ -- The Robbinsville - Hamilton Rotary Club is partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County to host their annual Fall Bike Drive. The annual project has donated bicycles collected from the public to the Boys and Girls Club Bike Exchange.  

The almost 50 volunteers with the Bike Exchange repair the used bicycles, sell ...

Hamilton Rotary Set to Raise 'Flags for Heroes'

ROBBINSVILLE - HAMILTON, NJ -- The Rotary Club of Robbinsville-Hamilton recently announced the launch of it's first "Flags For Heroes" program aimed at giving local residents the opportunity to honor their personal hero. 

Residents and businesses can sponsor an American flag, three-feet by five-feet, that will be placed on the grounds of Robert Wood Johnson ...

130 Dogs and Cats Rescued from Disaster Plagued Puerto Rico

October 18, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Approximately 130 dogs and cats arrived at the Morristown Airport after being rescued from Puerto Rico earlier this month. 

The Sato Project, Wings of Rescue, and Greater Good Charities made it possible for the rescued animals to be evacuated from the streets of Puerto Rico or pulled from overburdened shelters impacted by recent earthquakes and/or damaged by ...

Benson Law Allows Residential Electric Vehicle Charging Installation

October 20, 2020

TRENTON, NJ --  The use of electric vehicles (EV) is getting a boost under a pair of new laws to expand residential access to electric vehicles.  Under a law sponsored by Assemblyman Daniel Benson (D-Hamilton) and signed by Governor Phil Murphy on Monday community associations are prohibited from placing unreasonable restrictions of EV charging infrastructure and ...

Will Sun Soon Shine on Hamilton's Patterson Avenue Landfill Site?

HAMILTON, NJ -- A well-known Hamilton Township property that has fallen into disrepair and delinquency could get a new use thanks to action by the Hamilton Township Council. At a recent meeting, the legislaitve body unanimously passed a resolution deeming the land that was the Patterson Avenue Landfill as an "area in need of redevelopment." 

The resolution noted that the ...

Mercer County Legislator Aims to Help Former Prisoners Regain Entry into Workforce

October 24, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Mercer County State Senator Shirley Turner (D-Mercer-Hunteron) is seeking to encourage employers to hire ex-offenders by championing legislation that would authorize corporation business tax and gross income tax credits for businesses that employ recently released inmates. 

The Senate Commerce Committee approved the legislation and it must now be considered by the ...

Robbinsville's O'Donnell Family: Drunk Driver 'Took a Piece of Our Hearts'

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Jim and Betty O’Donnell had that sinking feeling late on October 1 when their son Brian did not get home from work at his normal time, the instinct that something was wrong sank in.

Even at 32 years old Brian, Jim and Betty's oldest child, would always call home around 11:00 p.m. when he was leaving work at Mecho Shades in Edison, just to let them know ...

MVC Adopts Sami's Law Rideshare Regulations

TRENTON, NJ -- The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) adopted regulations on Thursday to build upon the state's "Sami's Law" aimed at protecting customers of ride-sharing networks such as Uber or Lyft. "Sami's Law" is named after Robbinsville's Samantha Josephson who was brutally murdered while attending college in South Carolina ...

Indoor Sports Can Resume Practice, Games With Covid Capacities 

October 13, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Practice that involves contact and indoor sports scrimmages will once again be possible despite the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday as he signed a new executive order.

No. 187 allows for sports to resume activities inside defined as “medium risk” and “high risk” by the New Jersey Department of Health’s ...

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Pair Arrested in Death of Trenton Brothers Ages 8, 16 Says County Prosecutor

October 23, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -  Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced on Friday the arrests of two individuals who allegedly murdered brothers Gustavo,16, and Johnny,8, Perez while they stoodin front of a second floor kitchen window of their residence on Mulberry Street in Trenton residence on Tuesday night. 

After its investigation, the Mercer County ...

Mercer County Nutrition Program Providing Healthy Meals for Seniors

MERCER COUNTY, NJ --  Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes recently reminded residents of the availability of healthy meals available through the Mercer County Senior Nutrition Program. Even during the ongoing pandemic, and following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the program never stopped serving meals. 

Adults who are 60 years or older, their ...

Housing Assistance Available for Mercer County Residents

TRENTON, NJ -- Mercer County residents can now apply for a statewide program to help them pay current housing costs or bills that are overdue as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Individuals who have faced a loss of income, reduced hours at work, being unable to work due to being high-risk or having to quarantine or isolate, and being unable to work due to a child’s ...

Gov. Murphy Tests Negative for Coronavirus 4 Times But Will Continue Virtual Briefings 

October 26, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Five days after Gov. Phil Murphy suddenly left a briefing in Camden County over concerns of having the coronavirus, he said this afternoon he has not been symptomatic and tested negative four times since last Monday.

First Lady Tammy Murphy, who entered a voluntary self-quarantine with the governor last week, has tested negative three times.  

Still, ...

Murphy Says NJ Will Be Prepared Once A COVID-19 Vaccine Is Available

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey has submitted a draft of a coronavirus vaccine distribution plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Gov. Phil Murphy and other state officials announced Monday during a virtual press briefing. 

While a COVID-19 vaccine or therapeutic has not been created, the governor said the “growing reality” is that one or more vaccines ...

Benson Wants to Brighten Up Our Towns Through 'Creative Crosswalks' Program

TRENTON, NJ --  Assemblyman Dan Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex) wants to improve pedestrian safety while encouraging students to get involved and demonstrate their ingenuity through the Creative Crosswalks Pilot Program. It would allow New Jersey students to help design these painted "Creative Crosswalks" using a combination of colors, textures, and ...

Senior Freeze Deadline Extended

October 25, 2020

We are very pleased that on October 22, 2020, the New Jersey Treasurer’s office extended the Senior Freeze filing deadline from November 2, 2020 to December 31, 2020.  This is a welcome development because many seniors were scrambling to meet the original date. 

Nevertheless, there is still a need for applications to be prepared as soon as possible.  The Treasurer’s ...

Chris Smith Crushes Scripted Opponent at Debate 

October 25, 2020

 Schmid stands by smears in her mailers, as Dems forewarned 

On multiple issues covered in an hour-long forum hosted by the Asbury Park Press, Rep. Chris Smith, the 20-term incumbent in New Jersey’s Fourth District, crushed his challenger highlighting his record of legislative accomplishment and his bipartisanship as a problem solver. 

Early in the debate, Smith called ...

Construction Advancing on Model, First Homes at Vintage at Hamilton

HAMILTON, NJ -- Construction is moving along at Vintage at Hamilton, Sharbell Development Corp’s new Mercer County community featuring 122 townhomes and duplexes for active adults aged 55 and over. Work is currently underway on the community’s model, as well as the first homes, with the builder anticipating them to be completed next summer. Located in Hamilton Township, sales have ...

There are numerous signs of Chris Smith’s legendary legislative effectiveness

October 21, 2020

More than ever, we need leaders who are honest, seasoned, tenacious, and effective. In the Fourth Congressional District, that leader is Chris Smith.

Here in New Jersey, there are numerous signs of Chris Smith’s legendary legislative effectiveness. On the economy, he has supported all the Coronavirus relief laws, including the Paycheck Protection Program that is helping more than 157,000 ...

Hanging on by a Thread, Some NJ Restaurateurs Fear the Worst This Winter

October 27, 2020

NEW JERSEY — During the typical holiday season, hundreds of thousands of dollars flow through the Rail Yard Tavern in Fairlawn.

From Thanksgiving to New Years, hundreds bustle in and out of the restaurant every weekend. By this time, its 186 seats are reserved months in advance for Christmas parties, one of the most lucrative times of the year. 

But not this year.

“We ...

New Jerseyans Say ‘Cheese!’ (But Hold the Dairy) with Vegan Cheese

Is plant-based cheese really cheese? Well, sort of. But instead of dairy from cows, sheep or goats, vegan cheesemakers are making it with plant milk, nuts, tapioca and even rice.

There are many different methods to make vegan cheese nowadays. The easy way? Using a plant-based milk base (from foods like cashews or almonds) and adding a few thickening agents and seasonings.

Plant-based ...