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Greenstein's Single-Use Plastic Bag Bill Passes Legislature

September 27, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- The State Legislature passed a measure on Thursday aimed at fighting widespread plastic pollution.  Sponsored by Senator Linda Greenstein (D-Mercer/Middlesex), it would prohibit businesses from using single-use plastic bags and other disposable containers if signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy.

“If you go to the shore, you see plastic ...

Rep. Chris Smith Calls for Creation of Public Land for Veterans' Treatment, Therapy

WASHINGTON, DC -  Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-4) hailed the recent passage fo the Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act that would provide increased access to federal lands for the purposes of veterans’ medical therapy.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD, between 11 and 20 percent of veterans who served in ...

New Jersey Date Night: Butter Them Up with Lobster

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

We’re trading our flip flops for boots and our shorts for sweatshirts. Picnic dates on the shore might be coming to an end but one seaside dish that never goes out of season is lobster. 

Baked, broiled or served chilled, the ever-popular crustacean makes for a great meal on your ...

Road Construction to Begin on Windsor Road in Robbinsville

ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ -- Robbinsville Township is urging motorists to avoid Windsor Road while construction is underway.  Roadwork will begin, on Windsor Road from County Culvert (just east of 207 Windsor Road) to Sharon Road. Motorists should anticipate partial and/or complete closure of the roadway during construction

Weather permitting, the construction will take ...

Road Construction to Begin on Windsor Road in Robbinsville

September 27, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ -- Robbinsville Township is urging motorists to avoid Windsor Road while construction is underway.  Roadwork will begin, on Windsor Road from County Culvert (just east of 207 Windsor Road) to Sharon Road. Motorists should anticipate partial and/or complete closure of the roadway during construction

Weather permitting, the construction will take ...

Hamilton School District Hiring Substitute Teachers

HAMILTON, NJ -- Hamilton Township School District is looking for substitute teachers to step in for those who may be out for a sick day or for a few months on an extended leave of absence.   The school district is looking for both short-term and long-term substitute teachers.  In-person teaching is anticipated to resume in Hamilton Township around October 13.

The ...

Mercer County Library System, Robbinsville Branch to Reopen

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- The Mercer County Library System will be reopening for readers and resource users to visit in-person.  The libraries, including the Robbinsville Branch, will be opening to the public on October 5 for a limited capacity in keeping with state guidelines. 

Computer use will be limited to one-hour increments and will require a reservation. 

The limited ...

Hamilton School District Opening 'Pop Up' School Houses

September 14, 2020

HAMILTON, NJ -- It hasn't been a normal Back to School September for students, so it makes sense that there will be a new approach to connecting parents with schools first-hand. That is why the Hamilton Township School District will be hosting "Pop-Up School Houses" this fall at four elementary schools.

This will be the first year that the School District is ...

Hamilton Siblings Ages 12 and 15 Missing Says Police Department

September 26, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ --  The Hamilton Township Police Department issued an alert on Saturday morning asking for the public's help locating two Hamilton siblings - Sarah Gaillard and Moses Gaillard. The pair were last seen at approximately 7:00 pm on Friday, September 25 leaving their grandmother's home at that time.   

Moses Gaillard, 15, is described as a ...

Witnesses Sought in Crash at Intersection of Kuser, Klocker Roads

HAMILTON, NJ -- The driver involved in motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Klockner and Kuser roads in Hamilton was pulled from his burning car by a police office and local resident early Wednesday morning. The Hamilton Police are looking for witnesses in the ongoing accident investigation.

The accident, which occurred at approximately 2:00 am on September ...

Hamilton Police Seek Witnesses to Serious Crash

HAMILTON, NJ -- Hamilton Township Police are looking to speak with individuals who may have witnessed, or have information about, a serious motor vehicle accident that happened in the early morning hours of Saturday. According to offials the crash took place at the intersection of Cedar Lane and Woolsey Street at  2:27 a.m. 

The two-car accident involved a 2016 Black BMW ...

Rep. Chris Smith Calls for Creation of Public Land for Veterans' Treatment, Therapy

September 27, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC -  Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-4) hailed the recent passage fo the Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act that would provide increased access to federal lands for the purposes of veterans’ medical therapy.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD, between 11 and 20 percent of veterans who served in ...

Steps to Strengthen New Jersey’s Long-Term Care Industry Now Law

TRENTON, NJ -- Saying that residents and staff of long-term care facilities in New Jersey have borne an outsized burden of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy signed several pieces of legislation on Wednesday to address systemic challenges, mitigate the impact of COVID-19, and strengthen preparedness for future outbreaks.

Of the more than 14,000 New Jersey residents killed by ...

New Movie Added to Drive-In Event Calendar at Mercer County Park Commission

September 21, 2020

WEST WINDSOR, NJ -- The Mercer County Park Commission has made an addition to the popular line-up of drive-in movies. The Commission, in coordination with the Princeton National Rowing Association, will now screen the movie "A Most Beautiful Thing" that tells the story of the first all-Black high school rowing team.

The movie will be held as a drive-in on Sunday, September ...

Health Officials Investigating Potential Cluster of Legionnaires' Disease in Hamilton

September 25, 2020

HAMILTON, NJ – Hamilton Township officials announced Friday that a potential cluster of Legionnaires’ disease cases has been discovered within the community. The cluster under investigation by the Division of Health, in coordination with the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), includes four Township residents with confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease, two of ...

Dr. Fauci to NJ: "All in This Together; We Will End it Together"

NEW JERSEY -- Governor Phil Murphy was joined by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, Thursday morning for a live virtual conversation on COVID-19 (coronavirus) in New Jersey. The national expert in infectious disease said that he often points to New Jersey, which was among the first states to be “hit badly as cases ...

Exposed To COVID-19? There's an App for That

TRENTON, NJ – The state is piloting a mobile app that will notify residents if they have been in close, prolonged contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said state employees as well as students from Montclair State University, Stockton University, and Passaic County Community College have been testing the app.

“You ...

New Hamiltonians Leading the Salvation Army Serving Mercer County

September 25, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- When Alan and Isabella Porchetti received the call that they would be the new leaders at the Salvation Army based in Trenton serving Mercer County they were excited for the opportunity to serve the community. A married couple now living in Hamilton Township, the Porchettis are not your average Corps officers. 

Alan is an experienced musician and Isabella is a ...

Hamilton Remembers 9/11 in Annual Somber Ceremony

HAMILTON, NJ -- Hamilton Township local leaders, first responders, members of the faith community, veterans and families came together on Friday to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America on September 11. 

Mayor Jeff Martin and Council President Rick Tighe led the ceremony which was head at the 9/11 Memorial Cove in Veterans Park. The area ...

Celebrating the American Flag: Robbinsville Hangs New Flags on 9/11

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Almost 100 area residents came out to show their pride in the American flag on the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the country. The group of veterans, families, men, women, and children from all walks of life showed the diversity of the community and unity in their support for the country.

At the event, Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried reiterated ...

Greenstein's Single-Use Plastic Bag Bill Passes Legislature

September 27, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- The State Legislature passed a measure on Thursday aimed at fighting widespread plastic pollution.  Sponsored by Senator Linda Greenstein (D-Mercer/Middlesex), it would prohibit businesses from using single-use plastic bags and other disposable containers if signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy.

“If you go to the shore, you see plastic ...

Power for Electric Vehicles Can Be Built Into Homes Under New Law

TRENTON, NJ -- Under a new law sponsored by Senator Linda Greenstein and Assemblyman Dan Benson (both D-Middlesex/Mercer), buyers will soon have the option to have electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure built right during construction. 

“Our goal to have an entirely electric transportation fleet by 2050 will only be successful with a robust charging ...

Get Ready to Shred at Annual Hamilton Paper Shredding Event

HAMILTON, NJ -- Hamilton Township's annual free paper shredding event will be held on Saturday, September 26 at the Hamilton Police Division Parking lot near the Municipal Court entrance at 1270 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road. 

The free event, held so that residents can safely dispose of papers and documents, particularly those with sensitive information will begin at 8:00 ...

Hamilton Man Detained, Charged in Connection with Additional Sexual Assaults

September 23, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Mercer County Superior Court, Judge Robert W. Bingham II ordered a Hamilton resident Eridson M. Rodriguez detained on Wednesday in connection with multiple sexual charges. Rodriguez, 26, was recently arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault and two counts of third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact. 

Rodriguez ...

Greenstein Proposal to Examine Safety, Rights of Inmates Now Law

TRENTON, NJ  – A newly formed commission will take a close look at potential incidents of sexual assault, misconduct, and harassment by staff against inmates in state correctional facilities under a new law sponsored by Senator Linda Greenstein (D-Mercer/Middlesex)

"While we have enacted multiple pieces of legislation to address issues of sexual assault and misconduct ...

Notorious RBG Got Her Start in Newark

NEWARK, NJ - Long before she became a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent nearly a decade in Newark as a professor at the School of Law–Newark, now Rutgers Law School.

Ginsburg, 87, who died Friday after a battle with pancreatic cancer, worked at the law school from 1963 to 1972, a period when it was at the forefront of the social justice ...

High School Football Officials to Participate in Diversity Workshops

September 14, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – The NJSIAA (New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association), the governing body for high school sports in New Jersey, has announced a first-of-its-kind partnership with the NFL. The organization will host a two-day, virtual, diversity, bias, and cultural competence workshop for football game officials. The two-day session’s goal is to increase ...

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Mercer County to Provide At-Home, On-Site COVID Tests

September 26, 2020

MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced on Friday that the County will be providing at-home and on-site COVID-19 testing services under a new contract with Vault Medical Services of New Jersey.  The $357,500 contract, which is being funded by a State of New Jersey Coronavirus Relief Fund grant, was approved by the Board of Chosen Freeholders ...

NJ's Largest Running Corn Maze Mercer's Howell Farms Opens

MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- New Jersey's longest running corn maze - Mercer County's Howell Farms - opened Saturday for its 24th season. The maze will be open from noon until 4:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday for the remainder of September and from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Fridays, noon until 8:00 p.m. Saturdays, and noon until 4:00 p.m. Sundays through October.

The maze will also be ...

Clean Out those Garages at Mercer County Hazardous Waste, Electronics Recycling Day

TRENTON, NJ - The Mercer County Improvement Authority will host its routine Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste Disposal Day for residens to dispose of materials that have piled up in their garages, sheds or basements. 

The Mercer County Improvement Authority (MCIA) Disposal Day will take place on Friday, September 18 between 12:00pm and 5:00 pm and Saturday, Sept.

Murphy Blasts Republicans’ ‘Blatant Power Grab’ in Rushing to Replace Ginsburg

September 22, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday said Republican lawmakers are displaying “rank hypocrisy” in looking to “ram a nominee” for the seat left vacant by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with less than seven weeks to go before Election Day 2020.

Three days after Ginsburg’s death, Murphy — a Democrat — called out U.S. Senate Republicans ...

West Coast Wildfires Bring Smoke to Northeast Skies

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The prevailing haziness of the past few months is proving to be more than just mental today. That's because smoke from the massive wildfires impacting numerous locations along the West Coast of the United States has worked its way into the jetstream, creating a faint pall over East Coast skylines.

According to New York Metro Weather, "Visible satellite imagery shows ...

Head of Motor Vehicle Commission Praises Agency Despite Widespread Criticism

TRENTON, NJ – Sue Fulton read a recent tweet from a man who had arrived at his local Motor Vehicle Commission agency site and, in short time, gleefully walked away with his new license plates.

Even Fulton, the head of the much-maligned and often-mocked state department, had to admit that such words of praise are few and far between these days.

Amid a storm of complaints of long lines ...

Plant Trees Now for Decades of Shade and Beauty

September 20, 2020

Cooler temperatures and warm soil make fall a great time to add trees to your landscape. Make the most of this investment of money and time and give your tree its best chance at survival with proper planting and care.

Select a tree suited to the growing conditions, your landscape design and available space. Make sure it tolerates the sunlight, soil and temperature extremes. Check the tag for ...

Paterson Will Pilot Guaranteed Income

“I'm now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective — the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.”

- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In June 2020, a coalition of mayors founded Mayors for a Guaranteed Income (MGI) to advocate for direct, recurring cash payments to everyday ...

Chris Smith Silent on Trump’s Lies, Insults to Veterans

Chris Smith, Republican from New Jersey’s Fourth Congressional District, often portrays himself as a moderate, bipartisan leader from a pre-Trump era. He tries very hard to not let the worst of Trump tarnish this carefully maintained image, but the act has been stretched beyond credulity.

Unlike a true bipartisan leader, Smith refuses to condemn even the most egregious of Trump’s ...

Trenton Renewables Recycles Food Waste to Create Renewable Energy

September 22, 2020

With new regulations mandating the recycling of food waste taking effect in 2021, Trenton Renewables, New Jersey’s only food waste recycling and Class I Renewable Energy Facility, today hosted a plant tour and briefing to engage the community about this new legislation and showcase New Jersey’s continued leadership in fostering a thriving, green economy.

Effective in 2021, NJ ...

New Jersey Date Night: Butter Them Up with Lobster

September 27, 2020

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

We’re trading our flip flops for boots and our shorts for sweatshirts. Picnic dates on the shore might be coming to an end but one seaside dish that never goes out of season is lobster. 

Baked, broiled or served chilled, the ever-popular crustacean makes for a great meal on your ...

It’s Harvest Time! 5 Fun New Jersey Wineries to Visit this Autumn

Wine experts say that fall is prime time for visiting wineries in New Jersey because it is the harvest season, when grapes are ripe on the vine.  

Over the years, the Garden State has earned credibility as a quality wine-producing state, in great part due to its fertile soil.

If you’re looking for a fun way to spend a day this season, consider a trip to one of ...