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What's that Booming? JBMDL Releases 'Pardon Our Noise' January Noise Level Calendar

January 10, 2021

JOINT BASE McGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, NJ-- If you live in the Robbinsville, Hamilton or surrounding area, you are probably used to noise coming from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JBMDL).

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

The calendar is ...

Hamilton Animal Shelter Hosting Rabies Clinic for Township Cats, Dogs

HAMILTON, NJ -- The Hamilton Township Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will be holding its first rabies clinic of the year.  The Township's free rabies clinic strives to protect local cat and dog that are at least three months old. 

The free rabies clinic will be held on Saturday, January 9 between 9:00am and 1:00pm at the McManimon Recreation ...

Deadline Extended for State Property Tax Program for Seniors

TRENTON, NJ -  New Jersey seniors still have time to apply for the Senior Freeze Program. The deadline for Property Senior Freeze Property Tax Relief (PTR) program jas been recently extended to February 1, 2021.

The property tax reimbursement program for eligible seniors and disables residents and is designed to "freeze" the burden of increasing ...

Bomb Squad Called to Hamilton Home After Landlord Finds Suspicious Device

January 15, 2021

HAMILTON, NJ - An imitation explosive device brought members of the New Jersey State Police Bomb Unit and a Mercer County Sheriff’s Bomb Detection Dog to a Hamilton home on Thursday.

According to Detective Joseph C Wilk, the owner of the S. Olden Street residence shared a picture of the device found in their tenant’s bedroom with members of the Hamilton Police Department.

The ...

Hamilton Man Arrested in Trent Jewelers Burglary

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ -- The Hamilton Township Police Division announced the Thursday arrest of a local man accused of burglarizing Trent Jewelers. At approximately 1:57 am, on January 14, Officers were detailed to Trent Jewelers located at 16 Edinburg Road on a report of a burglary in progress. 

Witnesses say they heard a loud bang and saw a suspect crawl through the bottom of ...

Hamilton Police Seek Suspects in Auto Business Explosion

HAMILTON, NJ -- The Hamilton Police said on Thursday that they are looking for help identifying a potential suspect in connection with an explosive device found in the parking lot of Absolute Auto Solutions located at 336 Route 130. 

On January 11 at 9:00 pm, Hamilton police officers were detailed to the auto store in response to a report that of an explosion in the parking ...

Mercer County Opening COVID Vaccination Site

January 15, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes announced on Friday that the County will be opening a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at CURE Insurance Arena in partnership with Capital Health, which will manage the site. A soft opening is planned for next week. 

Hughes said state officials anticipate that the federal government soon will be releasing increased amounts of ...

Murphy Announces Expansion to Vaccination Eligibility

TRENTON, NJ -- Individuals ages 65 years and older and those between the ages of 16-64 with medical conditions (defined by the CDC) that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination beginning Thursday, according to Gov. Phil Murphy, who shared the news at his COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday. The governor also announced ...

Health Care Staff at RWJUH-Hamilton Receive Second Vaccine Dose, Urges Public to Register

HAMILTON, NJ -- Twenty-one days after the first COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccines were given to front-line staff, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, administered the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Tuesday. The vaccines were given to the initial group of high-risk employees who received their first dose ...

Taking the Oath: Blakely Sworn into Serve on Robbinsville Township Council

January 13, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Robbinsville's newest member of the Township Council was sworn into office on Wednesday. Accompanied by her two daughters, Brielle and Maggie, long-time resident Deborah Blakely was administered the oath of office by Mayor Dave Fried. 

On January 7, Blakely was appointed unanimously to the seat which was vacated when former Councilman Dan Schuberth ...

Senate Passes Greenstein Bill for Families of 9/11 Police Volunteers

TRENTON, NJ -- Legislation sponsored by Senator Linda Greenstein (D-Middlesex/Mercer) to provide benefits to surviving family members of police officers who volunteered in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks has been approved by the Senate on Monday.

Senate Bill (S-3208) would provide accidental death benefits to a surviving spouse or a surviving child of a ...

Murphy Orders U.S. and NJ Flags to Be Flown at Half-Staff on Jan 11 in Honor of Officer Brian Sicknick

NEW JERSEY -- Governor Phil Murphy has ordered that all U.S. and New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff on Monday, January 11 in honor of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick,42,of South River, who died following injuries sustained while defending the U.S. Capitol when it was under siege by rioters on January 6.

In signing the executive order, Murphy said ...

Rutgers Students to Host DeLorenzo's Pizza Fundraiser for Embrace Kid Foundation, RU Dance Marathon

January 8, 2021

HAMILTON, NJ -- What is normally one of the most anticipated events for Rutgers University students - Dance Marathon - has been paused because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. So, one of the most famous pizza restaurants in New Jersey - DeLorenzo's -- is stepping up to help raise money for the annual Embrace the Kids fundraiser. 

On Saturday, January 9, skip cooking, go ...

Mercer County Brings Holiday Cheer Through Toys for Tots Program

TRENTON, NJ -- Led by the Mercer County Park Commission Rangers, with full support of County Executive Brian M. Hughes and Parks Executive Director Aaron T. Watson, the annual Mercer County Toys for Tots campaign recently wrapped up following a year when the pandemic has caused distress for so many families. The annual program collected toys for children of all age groups were collected ...

Habitat for Humanity Donates Critical Masks to Mercer County OEM

HAMILTON, NJ -- Regardless of the circumstances, including the ongoing health pandemic, Habitat for Humanity of Burlington and Mercer Counties (Habitat BMC) continues to bring homes, hope, and healing to families in need. When the agency recently received a donation of N95 masks, it was, therefore instinctual to reach out to local leaders and quickly coordinate their ...

'This is Who your Silence is Enabling,' Murphy Says to Those That Fail to Denounce Violent Capitol Siege

January 12, 2021

NEW JERSEY — The threat of Trenton protests on Jan. 17 looms, following a massive insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. last week.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Colonel Pat Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, said Monday that NJ authorities are prepared and on high alert.

“We need to bat 1,000 every day. To the governor's point [we] will be ...

Hamiltonian Promoted to Executive Director of State Parole Board

TRENTON, NJ,  -- After 35 years working to reform inmates and help them safely re-enter society, Hamiltonian David Wolfsgruber has been elevated to lead the day-to-day operations at the New Jersey State Parole Board as executive director. The Board announced the promotion of Wolfsgruber, who will oversee and manage the critical state agency that ...

Hamilton Woman Charged with Knowingly Stealing Survivor Pension Benefits

TRENTON, NJ  –Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced on Thursday that a Hamilton woman has been indicted for allegedly stealing more than $268,000 by fraudulently collecting survivor benefits from her deceased husband’s pension for nearly 10 years after she remarried and allegedly knew she was disqualified for such benefits.

Sandra VonScheven, 44, was ...

This Year Teachers, HS Seniors Will Not Be Evaluated the Same in New Jersey

January 12, 2021

NEW JERSEY — A new executive order will mean sweeping changes for the way teachers and students are evaluated for the 2020-2021 school year.

Gov. Phil Murphy, who has long said this isn’t a normal school year due to COVID-19, announced the changes during a Monday press conference on pandemic updates.

As part of the order, high school seniors won’t have to pass an exit ...

Citing Financial Struggles, Trenton Catholic Academy to Close

HAMILTON, NJ -- A school that has been known by generations of Hamiltonians as St. Anthony's, McCorristin, and finally as Trenton Catholic Academy (TCA) for the last 15 years, has announced that it will be closing. Citing financial struggles that have left the school with a "$2 million deficit each year and a cumulative need for $24 million in financial support over the ...

Prescribed Burn Scheduled by County Park Commission for Mercer Meadows

January 9, 2021

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, NJ  -- The Mercer County Park Commission announced on Friday that it will perform prescribed burns at Mercer Meadows in the coming days that will continue during the winter and spring.. Last year, an initial prescribed burn was performed in collaboration with the NJFFS and the Park Commission’s Stewardship Department.

According to the Park ...

'Farmers Make, The World Takes' Car Parade Rallies for Kissan Farmers

ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. – Residents from across New Jersey came together on Saturday to show their support for the Kissan Farmer Protests occurring in India in a “Farmers Make, The World Takes" car parade. The movement showed solidarity with farmers while bringing awareness to the issues affecting farmers in India.

The parade, made up of honking cars ...

HS Football: State Championship Proposal Passed By NJSIAA Membership

January 14, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - New Jersey may soon crown a statewide high school football champion.

In an overwhelming vote of 318 to 12, with six schools abstaining, the NJSIAA Constitution to remove a prohibition of naming state-wide champions in the sport. The NJSIAA is the body that oversees high school sports in the state. 

 It is expected now that a measure will be put forward by ...

NJ High School Sports Winter Season May Resume on Jan. 2: Murphy

TRENTON, NJ -- In a highly anticipated announcement, Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday at his COVID-19 press briefing that indoor sports may resume on Saturday, January 2, 2021, with safety protocols in place. However, the regional suspension of interstate youth hockey competitions will continue through at least January 31.

“NJSIAA welcomes the governor’s announcement and continued ...

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Mercer County Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman Tests Positive for Coronavirus

January 11, 2021

MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) received a positive rapid antigen test result for COVID-19 on Monday, according to a press release from her office. She believes she was exposed during protective isolation in the U.S. Capitol building as a result of insurrectionist riots on January 6. As reported by multiple news outlets, a number of members within the space ...

Mercer County Park Commission Opens 2021 Class for Environmental Stewards

WEST WINDSOR, NJ -- The Mercer County Park Commission announced on Friday that registration is now open for the 2021 Rutgers Environmental Steward program. The program prepares adult volunteers to tackle environmental issues in their local community by offering training in climate change, soil health, alternative energy, water resource protection, invasive species, habitat ...

Murphy: Vaccine Pre-Registration Portal a Success; NJ Seeks Retired Healthcare Professionals to Help

January 6, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced during his COVID-19 press briefing Wednesday that nearly half a million New Jersey residents have pre-registered to receive the coronavirus vaccine and that additional vaccine distribution centers will open. He also made a plea for retired health care professionals to volunteer to help with the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in the ...

Bill Sponsor 'Disappointed' in Murphy Veto of Legislation to Expand Outdoor Dining

TRENTON, NJ – Senator Nellie Pou (D-Paterson) is “disappointed”, she said, with Governor Phil Murphy’s veto of legislation she sponsored that would have expanded opportunities for restaurants, bars, and breweries to extend outdoor services areas to include covered and uncovered patios, decks, yards, walkways, and parking lots for both food and alcohol consumption.

The ...

New Year's Greetings from Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes

January 3, 2021

2020 will be remembered as the year that challenged and tested all of us in many ways. So many people couldn't see their loved ones, spent days in isolation, or tragically lost a friend or family member. Most importantly, we came together to fight the virus as one. This past year has strained us, but the fight is not over. As our front-line and public health professionals are giving it their ...

10 Things You Should Know about New Jersey’s New Cannabis Law

On December 17, 2020, the New Jersey Legislature passed the massive 240-page Assembly Bill 21, also known as The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act. Assembly Bill 21 establishes the framework for adult-use cannabis and paves the way for the industry in New Jersey through licensing and taxation. The vast and comprehensive Bill is ...

RWJUH-Hamilton Works to Joint Commission Certification

January 15, 2021

HAMILTON, NJ -- Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton, 1 Hamilton Health Place, Hamilton, New Jersey, recently received re-accreditation by the Joint Commission (TJC) and earned re-certification in stroke, total hip and knee replacement and spine surgery.

The Joint Commission is an independent organization that assesses continuous quality improvement efforts in patient ...

RWJUH-Hamilton Presented with Health Care Heroes Original Painting from Local Artist Joe Lamattina

HAMILTON, NJ — Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton, 1 Hamilton Health Place, Hamilton, New Jersey, was presented with the donation of a piece of multimedia artwork, “Healthcare Angels,” by its creator, New Jersey-based artist Joe LaMattina. This original piece, an homage to front line healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, will be placed on ...

Hamilton Accident Victim Receives $800K Settlement

The law firm of Stark & Stark announced it has obtained a settlement of $800,000 in a case involving a 49-year-old man who was rear-ended in his car on I-195 in Hamilton, NJ. As a result of the vehicular accident, he suffered injuries to both his back and neck and ultimately had to undergo a lumbar decompression and laminectomy.

The victim, a resident of Delanco, was represented by ...

Chris Smith Complicit in Capitol Chaos

January 10, 2021

Like many Republicans, Chris Smith is trying to disassociate himself from the Trump-induced insurrection in our nation’s Capitol on January 6th. Before we credit Smith for speaking against Trump’s madness, we should remember that he is complicit in bringing about that shameful episode and shows no sign of changing. 

Trump has been lying about fraudulent votes since immediately ...

Sometimes a Name is More Than Just a Name

 "Why the move to County Commissioners was a "No-Brainer"  

On August 21, 2020, Governor Murphy signed legislation eliminating the term Freeholder. The newly signed law requires all boards of chosen freeholders to be known as boards of county commissioners by January 1, 2021.

The term freeholder dates before the American Revolution, it was used to refer to ...

New Jersey Date Night: Get Comfortable at These Good Old-Fashioned Diners

January 14, 2021

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

A new year is upon us and optimistically one may believe that the possibilities are endless. Granted we just came off a year so horrific that it makes Divorce Court look better than Disneyland, so it’s reasonable to be a little trepidatious. But then again, aiming for the positive is a mindset that ...

Mocktails are the Key to Enjoying Dry January — Try Ginger ‘Mock-jito’ Recipe

NEW JERSEY — Every January for the past three years, Shivam Patel voluntarily trades in a beer for a bottled water at his favorite Jersey dive bar. Patel is one of many who participate in Drynuary, or Dry January, abstaining from alcohol for the entire month in an effort to be healthier.

Originating in the UK as an advocacy campaign, the wellness trend started with just 4,000 people ...