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Hamilton's Patriotic Committee Celebrates 25 Years in Service

May 14, 2021

HAMILTON, NJ --  Mayor Jeff Martin and Councilman Anthony Carabelli, Jr. recently honored the Hamilton Township Patriotic Committee (HTPC) with a joint proclamation in commemorating the group's 25th Anniversary. The Committee was established under former Mayor John K. Rafferty, Col. (USA Retired) and Robert E. Watson who now serves at the helm as the HTPC ...

Farmer's Market Sowing Seeds for Season Opening

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Get ready to stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables as well as locally made home and garden items at the Robbinsville Township Farmer's Market!  After being canceled last year out of caution during the coronavirus pandemic, the outdoor market will be opening for the 2021 season on July 6.

The Market will include vendors, including but not limited ...

Vaccines Available for Kids Age 12-15 Through School Clinic; What Hamilton & Robbinsville Parents Need to Know

May 13, 2021

HAMILTON, NJ — With state health officials opening up the Pfizer vaccine to children aged 12 to 15, the Hamilton Township School District (HTSD) is partnering with Olden Avenue Pharmacy to hold a vaccine clinic. On Monday, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded emergency authorization of the Pfizer vaccine to individuals age 12 and ...

Walk-In Vaccine Clinics Available Throughout Local Area This Week

MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- Advancing efforts to vaccinate Mercer County residents against COVID-19, numerous locations throughout the area are holding walk-in clinics this week. While they vary in time and vaccine being administered, all are offered at no-cost to the public. 

Below is a list of upcoming walk-in clinics that may be subject to change or ...

Mayor Martin Proposes $142.5M Budget with Flat Tax Rate for Hamiltonians

May 12, 2021

HAMILTON, NJ -- Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin proposed the municipality's 2021 Budget Tuesday night before the Township Council. Martin said that the $142.5 million budget keeps taxes flat while investing in a brighter future. 

The 2020 municipal tax rate of .822 cents is added to the combined 2020 fire tax rate of .333 cents to create a new combined 2021 tax rate of ...

Allegations at Temple Accused of Human Trafficking 'Unfathomable' Says Gov. Murphy

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Governor Phil Murphy on Wednesday called allegations of human trafficking and labor abuse made against the  BAPS Temple in Robbinsville horrific and disturbing and indicated that individuals who may be victims are receiving medical care. 

Murphy's comments came a day after the FBI executed a court order action at the Temple following a class ...

Fire Safety Alert: Kidde Recalls Smoke Detectors for Failure to Sound Alarm in Fire

May 15, 2021

NEW JERSEY — A nationwide safety recall of certain Kidde smoke detectors that have reportedly failed to sound off during smoke conditions or a fire has been announced.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission on May 6 announced the recall of 225,000 Kidde smoke and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms — Model Series 2040, 2050, 2060 and 2070, which have a TruSense ...

UPDATE: Police Locate Missing 15-Year Old Jason Fisher Known to Frequent Hamilton

BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ – The Bordentown Township Police Department was quickly able to locate a missing juvenile on Wednesday.

Before being reported missing, Jason Fisher, age 15, of Bordentown Township, was last seen at 10:50am on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at his residence in Bordentown Township.

Jason is described as a white male with blue eyes and black and purple hair. He is ...

Rotary Clubs to Walk Against Mental Health Stigma

May 12, 2021

MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- The Rotary Clubs across New Jersey will be stepping out and stepping up awareness of mental health and substance use disorders to fight stigma through a series of walks on Saturday, May 22. The Awareness Walks strive to eliminate stigma associated with mental health and substance use disorders through education. Stigma is seen as the primary barrier to those ...

Local Meals on Wheels Program Now on Smile Amazon

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- The Robbinsville Township Meals on Wheels program has some to really smile big about. Supporters can help them with the touch of a finger through the Smile.Amazon Program!

The Robbinsville Meals On Wheels, Inc., program was recently approved to be part of the program. When anyone places an order through, a half of a ...

Hamilton Man Charged with Murder in 2018 Shooting of Nottingham High Basketball Player

March 30, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Murder charges have been filed against a Hamilton Township man, and three others, in connection with the homicide of Kuyler Fowler - a well-known Nottingham Basketball player. Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced the charges on Tuesday following an investigation conducted by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force into the May 30, 2018 ...

Now Law: Parental Notification Required for Juvenile Marijuana, Alcohol Offenses

TRENTON, NJ — Parents will now be notified the first time their underage child is caught using or possessing marijuana or alcohol under a measure signed into law on Friday by Governor Phil Murphy.  The law sponsored by Senator Linda Greenstein (D-Mercer/Middlesex) and Assemblyman Dr. Herb Conaway (D-Burlington) revises the recently enacted adult-use cannabis law ...

Hamilton's Dr. Rocco Named School Superintendent of the Year

May 14, 2021

HAMILTON, NJ -- Hamilton Township School District Superintendent Dr. Scott Rocco is receiving high marks from his Mercer County education community colleagues.  The Mercer County Association of School Administrators (MCASA) recently named Dr. Rocco as the 2021 Mercer County Superintendent of the Year.

The group said that, during this unprecedented school year, Dr. Rocco has ...

Breaking Down Barriers to STEM Education Under New Benson Law

TRENTON, NJ – A new law sponsored by Assemblyman Daniel Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex) is aimed at closing the gap when it comes to women, minorities and other populations in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM.)  The law creates a statewide program to assist universities in recruiting and retaining individuals from these underrepresented ...

Robbinsville Temple Faces Allegations of Human Trafficking, Forced Labor & Abuse in Workers' Class Action Lawsuit

May 11, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Federal law enforcement officials descended on the BAPS Temple in Robbinsville on Tuesday to execute court orders on the property where workers say they were victims of human trafficking and labor abuse. Six plaintiffs have filed the lawsuit on behalf of approximately 200 other Indian nationals who claim they were forced labor and faced ...

Hamilton Animal Shelter Looking for Purr-Fect Cat Foster Families

April 29, 2021

HAMILTON, NJ -- The Hamilton Township Animal Shelter and Adoption Center is looking for the purr-fect foster homes for cats until they can be adopted into their fur-ever families.

In a social media post, the Shelter said they "received a large number of cats from an unfortunate situation and while they have lived with other cats, their people-skills are lacking. We are ...

Dog Rescued from Afghanistan Now Missing in Transport Through Local Area

HAMILTON, NJ --  A volunteer group that helps bring dogs from Afghanistan to safety in America is asking for the public's help locating a dog who is lost in Hamilton.  

On Thursday, April 15, the Kabul Small Animal Rescue received two dogs -- Apollo and Wazira (Wazzy) -- at Dulles International Airport in Virginia to transport them to their forever homes ...

Robbinsville Celebrates Arbor Day with Tree Planting at Miry Run

April 30, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Members of the Robbinsville Township Administration, Recreation, Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC), Office of Community Development and the Department of Public Works celebrated Arbor Day on Friday with the planting of three Japanese Lilac Trees at Miry Run.

Recently, Robbinsville was named a "Tree City USA" Community for the 10th straight ...

Hamilton Township Named 'Tree City USA' for 15th Year, Growing the Residential Tree Program

HAMILTON, NJ – In commemoration of Arbor Day, Hamilton Township announced on Friday that it has been named a 2020 Tree City USA for the fifteenth consecutive year. Through the efforts of the Hamilton Township Shade Tree Commission, the Township launched a residential tree planting initiative in September to further grow their green efforts.

The Township will ...

RVille LAX Player, Girl Scout Shooting to Score a New Lacrosse Practice Wall

May 4, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Lacrosse plays a big roll in Lynsey Parrott's life, so she is using her skills as a Girl Scout to create a lacrosse wall in Robbinsville's Community Park for fellow players to enjoy and hone their skills. 

Recently, the Robbinsville Lacrosse Association’s (RLA) girls program was moved from Blakely Park on Meadowbrook Road where there is a ...

Legendary Women's Basketball Coach C. Vivian Stringer, Rutgers Agree to Contract Extension Through 2026

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University and head women's basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension that will keep the Hall of Fame coach courtside through the 2025-26 season.

Stringer, who ranks fifth in career victories (1,055) among women’s basketball coaches, will be 78 when the new contract expires.

Stringer, who just celebrated ...

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As Mercer County Tourism Nose Dives During Pandemic, State Industry Ready for Strong Rebound

May 14, 2021

MERCER COUNTY, NJ — Struggling under coronavirus restrictions and travel limitations, New Jersey’s tourism industry took a major hit last year, with the number of people visiting the state — and the amount of money they spent — registering dramatic declines, according to the state’s 2020 tourism report.  Mercer County was the hardest his with the deepest decline ...

Mercer County Honors Correctional Officers Week

TRENTON, NJ -- Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes tipped his hat to the men and women at Mercer County Correction Center in honor of National Correctional Officers Week. Hughes honored the Officers for "all they do to keep our community safe while representing Mercer County with pride, dedication, and professionalism."

Mercer County's correctional officers work to ...

Normal Delivery of Gas Expected in Days With Colonial Pipeline Operations Restarted

May 13, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Colonial Pipeline Co. announced in a statement late Wednesday evening that the pipeline that was shutdown by a ransomware hack last week was going to restart and begin operating again. 

“Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue ...

Advocacy Group Applauds Murphy, Legislators for Effort to Fight Organ Donor Insurance Discrimination

NEW JERSEY, NJ  – Science in Donation, a non-profit organization devoted to supporting, educating, and advocating on behalf of the interests or members of the donation and transplant communities, is celebrating Governor Phil Murphy’s signing of a new law that prohibits insurance discrimination against living organ donors.

Since its launch, the group has been advocating against ...

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital-Hamilton Announces Featured Community Education Programs

May 11, 2021

Kids in the Kitchen
Hands-on cooking class directed by a dietitian.  For children and their parent/caregiver. $5 per child/ $5 per parent/caregiver. Register 48 hrs in advance; limited class size.
Wed., June 2; 6:30 to 8 p.m. (ages 6+)

Farm Fresh & Flavorful – Down-home favorites with a twist, in celebration of June Dairy Month
Wed., July 7; 6:30 to 8 ...

Robbinsville Provides Update on Proposed Warehouse at Mercer Corporate Park

At the February 23, 2021 Robbinsville Township Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting, the Board granted bifurcated use variance approval to allow Johnson Development Associates Inc. to develop two light-industrial warehouse/office facilities at the existing Mercer Corporate Park.

Mercer Corporate Park is located near the New Jersey Turnpike, just off Interstate 195, and close to the ...

Shower the People You Love With Love: Five Tips for Growing the Love in Your Relationship

I may be putting you on the spot, but have you in the past week told your partner how much they mean to you? I’m thinking of something from the heart like, “Knowing you’re there for me makes me feel so cared for and lucky.” Or a bit milder like, “I appreciate the way you put up with my meltdown the other day.”

If your answer is no, you’re not alone.

CareOne's EVP and CNO Share their Thoughts on Nurses Day 2021

May 13, 2021

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To CareOne nurses and all nurses everywhere:

Each May we celebrate the birthday of the pioneer of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. From the start of her career, Florence Nightingale was challenged with crisis such as Cholera and the trauma of war. These crises provided a deep desire to improve care and conditions for her patients. The birth of the modern ...

Robbinsville BOE Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week

The Robbinsville Board of Education wants to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude and appreciation for our teachers and all the District's dedicated employees who help make our schools a special place for more than 3,100 students.

We've experienced a year like no other. While it was not easy for anyone, we appreciate how our dedicated and determined teachers and staff worked ...

New Jersey Date Night: Stroll Through These Gorgeous Gardens

May 13, 2021

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

There’s always something growing in New Jersey, be it excitement for warmer weather or the flowers in everyone’s yard. Celebrating springtime in the Garden State requires a garden date. We have so many options at our fingertips — possibilities guaranteed to inspire romance and ...

Find Your Green Thumb: NJ Experts Offer Tips for Starting a Kitchen Garden

NEW JERSEY — They don’t call this The Garden State for nothing.

Want to bring out your inner green thumb this season? There’s no better time than now to get started on a kitchen garden.

“There is no mastery of gardening, you just get better at guessing,” said Bloomfield’s L. Be. Sholar, who offers gardening tips on her blog, Farm-Based ...

Saddle Up with Horse Back Riding at Mercer Stables

May 14, 2021

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP – Mercer County Stables has expanded its offerings with recreational and therapeutic programs, a statement announced. The 243 acres of marked trails and pastures at the Mercer County Stables sit on the winding, field-lined Federal City Road in Hopewell Township.

“Our Park Commission has made Mercer County Stables accessible for people from all ...

Charging Back: Renaissance Faire Set to Open

BORDENTOWN, NJ — What better way to celebrate the re-socialization of modern society than to attend an outdoor local Renaissance Faire that incorporates social responsibility into its theme? 

The New Jersey Renaissance Faire (NJRF) will be holding court at Liberty Lake Day Camp on Saturday and Sunday, May 29 and 30 and Saturday and Sunday, June 5 and 6, from 10AM to 6PM, as it ...

Chris Smith Votes Against Equal Pay

May 11, 2021

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 ...

Emergency Rooms In NJ Flooded With Children Seeking Help With Mental Health

The Covid 19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental health of children across New Jersey. The people most impacted by Covid-19 are the most vulnerable members of our society. Emergency rooms across New Jersey and the country have been flooded with parents seeking help for children struggling with anxiety, depression and behavioral issues.

Over the past decade the number of ...

Local Journalists Grapple with New Era of ‘All Politics is National’

Like it or not, the idea that “all politics is local'' is no longer reality. Instead, local government has been poisoned by the toxic political environment once confined at the state and federal levels.

Local reporters used to be shielded from the national political discourse, in part because municipal elections typically don’t include Rs or Ds next to candidate ...

My Decision Whether or Not to Run for Another Term as Mayor

April 30, 2021

When the time came to decide whether or not to run for another term as your mayor after the year we just endured together, the real questions were:

How do we do better?

How can we be better?

How can I be better, both as your mayor and as a person?

What I’ve learned is those questions cannot be answered from the sidelines, at least not for me.

That is why I am once again ...