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Robbinsville Police Taking Back Unused Medications, Vape Pens and E-Cigs Safely

October 19, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- The Robbinsville Township Police Department (RTPD) is participating in the annual “National Take Back Initiative” held by the national Drug Enforcement Agency to safely remove potentially harmful medications and substances from homes. 

Local residents can anonymously dispose of their unused, unwanted and expired medicine, including vape pens and ...

Hamilton YMCA to Host Blood Drive with Red Cross

HAMILTON, NJ --  The Hamilton Area YMCA is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive this week to boost blood supply before the winter months. 

Those who wish to donate blood should bring identification such as a driver's license with them and be prepared to answer basic health care questions.

Blood donations can only be made every 56 days while ...

Route 130 Wawa Opens it's Doors Officially

October 14, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- After years of anticipation, the Wawa convenience store and gas station on Route 130 south in Robbinsville finally opened Thursday morning to much fanfare, a parking lot full of customers, and cars at the gas pumps. 

Located at the corner of Meadowbrook Road, the convenience store and gas station chain will offer a wide-range of made-to-order meals as ...

Five Tips to Prevent Identity Theft, Cybercrime During Cybersecurity Awareness Month

NEW JERSEY – Cybersecurity Awareness Month (October 2021 #BeCyberSmart) raises awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across America, ensuring that everyone has the resources needed to be safer and more secure online. 

Cases of cybercrimes are growing astronomically. The National Review reported in Nov. 2020 that cybercrime damages are expected to reach $6 trillion ...

Vaccine Clinics Frequently Available Locally

October 20, 2021

HAMILTON, NJ -- County and local health departments continue to provide easy access to initial COVID-19 vaccines as well as booster shots to individuals in recommended groups almost any day of the week.

The Hamilton Township Health Department will be holding several vaccine walk-in clinics:

Saturday, October 23, Tuesday, October 26 and Thursday, October ...

Bayer Issues Voluntary Recall of Specific Lotrimin® and Tinactin® Spray Products Due to the Presence of Benzene

WHIPPANY, N.J.-- All unexpired Lotrimin® AF and Tinactin® spray products are being voluntarily recalled due to the presence of benzene in some product samples, Bayer, the product's manufacturer has announced.  

All products with lot numbers beginning with TN, CV or NAA and distributed between September 2018 to September 2021 are being ...

New Law Stops E-Z Pass from Overcharging Customers

October 20, 2021

TRENTON, NJ – A new law championed by Assemblyman Dan Benson (D-Mercer/Middlsex) to make sure that the thousands of commuters who use E-ZPass toll booths daily are quickly notified of an overcharge or toll fee on their account has been signed into law by Governor Murphy.

“An E-ZPass customer should know immediately if their account is being charged,” said Benson, ...

School Mask Mandate Opponents Rally at the State House

TRENTON, NJ -- Hundreds of New Jerseyans gathered outside the State House Annex Building in Downtown Trenton on Monday to rally against Governor Phil Murphy's executive order which mandates that school employees must receive a COVID-19 vaccination. 

Organizers intentionally planned the rally to be held on the same day that the Governor's Order took effect ...

Elderly Mom Struck by Car, Suffer Serious Injuries During Afternoon Walk with Her Son

October 17, 2021

HAMILTON, NJ -- While walking along South Broad Street in Hamilton, a Trenton man and his elderly mother were struck by a car on Saturday afternoon sending one to the hospital with serious injuries. 

According to Hamilton Township Police Division, at Angel Ortiz, 51, and his mother, Anna Ortiz, 75, were walking when they entered the crosswalk at the intersection ...

Hamilton Police, FBI, Others Diffuse Explosive Situation

HAMILTON, NJ - A 47-year-old Hamilton man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly detonated a number of explosive devices in the area of Groveville/Hamilton Road.

According to a statement by the Hamilton Police Division, an investigation was launched following reports of numerous loud explosions in the area. 

At approximately 6:30 p.m. police say, members of ...

Picture Perfect Fall Day at Hamilton's Oktoberfest

October 17, 2021

HAMILTON, NJ -- It was a perfect sunny, crisp and breezy day in Hamilton Township for the return of the annual Oktoberfest. Thousands of festival-goers enjoyed the day walking through Hamilton's crown jewel - Veterans Park -- to enjoy live music at the performance stage, slide down the giant inflatable bounce houses, enjoy a pint or two in the beer garden, take a little rest and warm up ...

RiverFest Returns to Bordentown City Saturday

BORDENTOWN CITY, NJ — A popular event in Bordentown City is slated to make its return this weekend after being canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

RiverFest is a large fundraising event for Hope Hose Humane Co. #1, which is Bordentown's oldest all-volunteer fire company. Held at Bordentown Beach, it is an all-day, family-friend event that features ...

Mercer County Prosecutor to Participate in Statewide Gun Buyback Program

October 19, 2021

TRENTON, NJ – The Mercer County Prosecutor is working with the Office of the New Jersey Attorney General for the latest one-day "Cash for Guns" buyback program to get guns off the streets.  Bergen, Camden, Cumberland, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Salem, Somerset, and Union counties will hold events simultaneously, making it the largest such single day ...

Hamilton Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Drug Trafficking, Firearms Crimes

TRENTON, NJ – A Hamilton man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug trafficking while carrying a handgun loaded with 30 rounds of ammunition.

According to Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig, Armond Holloway, 45, previously pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp via video conference to Count Two of an indictment charging ...

How to Keep Our Children Safer in the Classroom

October 18, 2021

Have you ever thought about how important it is to synchronize activities and, for that matter, technologies? For example, without a conductor and a high level of coordination and teamwork, a symphony orchestra wouldn’t be completely coordinated to play the right notes at the right time. This same principle of coordination applies to a school’s emergency response system. 

A ...

High Marks Given to Hamilton Township School District for Communications

HAMILTON, NJ --The Hamilton Township School District (HTSD) earned high marks recently from the New Jersey School Public Relations Association (NJSPRA) with two 2021 School Communication Awards for their work in the last year to connect with the community through different platforms. 

“During the pandemic, HTSD looked to expand the way we communicated with our school ...

Police, Fire Department Wiffleball 'Battle of Hamilton' to Benefit the Miracle League

October 20, 2021

HAMILTON, NJ -- The Hamilton Police Division will take on the Hamilton Township Professional Firefighters in an exhibition wiffleball game to support the Miracle League, a nonprofit that creates barrier-free play on the baseball diamond.

The Wiffleball World Series: Battle of Hamilton will be played on Saturday, October 23 at 1:00 p.m. at the Miracle League ...

Wilson Center to Hold 'You Are Worthy' Workshop to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence

HAMILTON, NJ -- Hamilton Township's John O. Wilson Neighborhood Center is hosting a free community workshop during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month to help individuals facing abuse and to shine a light on it in the community. 

The "You Are Worthy" workshop will be led by Ruby L. Thomas, CADC, MHT, a certified counselor, and member of Aaron Chapter #8, ...

Mercer County Looking for Volunteers for Abbott Marshland, Duck Island Clean-Up

September 12, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- A coalition of volunteer organizations and the Clean Communities programs in Mercer and Hunterdon counties, together with the NJ State Park Service, will be holding the 4th annual Delaware River Cleanup for the morning of Saturday, September 18 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

“While it is wonderful to see people enjoying the river, unfortunately trash ...

10 High Impact Tulips to Delight Your Neighbors

October 8, 2021

Big, bold and beautiful, these dazzling tulips are sure to brighten your gardens and neighborhood. Include a few or all ten to create a colorful display throughout the spring that is sure to delight you and everyone who passes by.

Welcome spring with Red Emperor, one of the earliest tulips to bloom. It’s not surprising it has remained popular for more than 80 years. Also known as Madame ...

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Hitting it Big: Someone in Mercer County is $1M Richer

October 6, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Someone's lucky numbers came in -- in a big way. A NJ Lottery Mega Millions ticket worth $1 million was sold at a liquor store in Mercer County. 

The only second-tier prizewinning ticket matched five of the five white balls drawn in Tueday's drawing winning the $1,000,000 prize. The ticket was purchased ...

Mercer County's 'Workforce Learning Link' to Help Jobseekers Improve Skills

MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- Mercer County officials want to help job seekers improve their work skills through a new Workforce Learning Link (WLL). The program, announced by Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes on Thursday, is aimed at helping county residents whose current job skills may be holding them back. 

Operated through the Mercer County One-Stop Career Center, the WLL is ...

Take a Bike Ride in the Mercer County Moonlight

October 12, 2021

MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- Enjoy the crisp fall air and a bike ride on Saturday night with the Full Moon Bike Ride in Mercer County. 

Cyclists will pedal through the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) and Mercer Meadows on a six-mile route for a unique experience out in the park. Adults and kids aged 12 and up are invited to join the LHT Full Moon Bike ride on ...

Hamilton Youth Recreation League Enrollment to be Reimbursed by Township

HAMILTON, NJ -- Hamilton Township families who have registered their child in a non-profit youth recreation league in 2021 will be receiving reimbursements according to a recent announcement by Mayor Jeff Martin.  The Township will be using $100,000 of federal assistance provided under American Rescue Plan (ARP) to reimburse families for up to $200/child in reimbursement ...

Vice President Harris Talks Child Care Funding, Vaccinations During New Jersey Stops

October 9, 2021

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Vice President Kamala Harris visited Montclair State University (MSU) and Essex County College during her stop in New Jersey on Friday to promote vaccines and to highlight the importance of federal funding for child care.

During her visit to MSU, Harris was accompanied by Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) and Governor Phil Murphy as they toured the Ben Samuels ...

Ousted from the Will, Daughter Charged in Murder of 87-Year-Old Father & His Girlfriend

SURF CITY, NJ — The woman accused of murdering her father and his girlfriend at a Surf City home was recently excluded from his will, according to an affidavit of probable cause obtained by TAPinto. 

A neighbor who was friends with the couple told police that Sherry Lee Heffernan regularly had disagreements with her father and that she was not included in his will after it was ...

NJ TRANSIT’s Mobile App Upgrades: Keeping Riders in the Know

NEW JERSEY – With more and more riders returning to public transportation, NJ TRANSIT’s recent changes to mobile apps literally represent well-timed upgrades.

Smartphone users can readily appreciate the ease of information available at their fingertips. A few swipes on the mobile app replace the need for paper schedules and more.  The mobile app is available on both Google ...

Hamilton Animal Shelter Offering Free Rabies Shots

October 13, 2021

HAMILTON, NJ -- The Hamilton Township Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will be holding a free rabies clinic to ensure that local cats and dogs are protected. To be vaccinated, a cat or dog must be at least three months old.

The free rabies clinic will be held on Tuesday, November 9 between 5:00p.m. and 7:00pm at the McManimon Recreation Center located ...

Hamilton Animal Shelter Reducing Adoption Fees for Feline Friends

HAMILTON, NJ -- If you've been considering a new feline family member, the Hamilton Township Animal Shelter and Adoption Center is making it a little more financially affordable by temporarily reducing cat adoption fees. 

All cats who are eligible for adoption are vaccinated, spayed and neutered and micro-chipped. Pictures and information about cats who are looking for their ...

How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs

Have you ever been swarmed by a bug and noticed a strange and unpleasant smell?

You probably encountered a stink bug.

Chances are, if you have a stink bug infestation, your nose will let you know and you'll want to get rid of the problem as soon as possible. 

Keep reading to learn more about how to get rid of stink bugs. 

Understanding Stink Bugs

Whether you already ...

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton Announces Featured Community Programs for November 2021

October 20, 2021

COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAMS
 

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Central New Jersey Heart Walk invites participants to reconnect for heart health this Halloween.

The American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization focused on heart and brain health for all, is inviting Hunterdon, Somerset, Mercer and Middlesex Counties back to its premier event to boost physical and mental health through healthy habits while supporting the lifesaving mission.

On Sunday, October 31st, Heart Walk participants and teams are invited to Thompson Park in ...

Do You Fear Loved Ones Dying? You’re Not Alone

“The thing about death is that we’re all terrified of it happening and we’re devastated when it does, and we go out of our way to pretend neither of these things is true.”

Jodi Picoult, The Book of Two Ways

I have a habit that I never speak about with others. It’s one of those things I just do automatically. Not every single day, but frequently, I worry about ...

Steps to Minimize Your Chances of Developing Breast Cancer

Breast cancer has affected millions of women worldwide, and chances are you or someone you know has been impacted by this disease.

Though there is no known way to prevent or cure breast cancer, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk, especially if you take action while you’re younger and healthier. Here is a list of things you can do and lifestyle changes that could reduce the ...

How to Clean and Care for Your Gutters

Being a homeowner means weekends doing chores or finding reliable service companies to take on tasks for you. Gutters play an important role in protecting your home and should be added to your bi-annual home maintenance schedule.

Cleaning gutters yourself is typically not difficult, depending on the size of your home, your physical ability to climb ladders, and the current condition of your ...

Top Halloween Costumes for 2021

Halloween is just around the corner, so it’s time to start planning costumes for the whole family! Whether you’re trying a DIY look for your crew, hosting a party for friends, or trying to win the office costume contest, knowing this year’s hottest looks will give you the edge. Here are some of the costumes sure to be popular for kids and adults this year.

Space Jam: A New ...

Add These Spooktacular Sides to Elevate Your Halloween Party

Fall brings yearnings for warm and cozy gatherings with friends and family. If hosting a Halloween party is on your agenda this year, you are in luck! From alarming appetizers and devilish dips to spooktacular salads, we have gathered some of the most delicious and fun recipes for creepy fun.

 

Appetizers

Set the mood for your party right from the start with Halloween-themed ...

Robbinsville Student to School Board: Set us Free

October 6, 2021

The below letter to the editor was submitted by Rachael Godfrey as she presented it at a September 28 Robbinsville Board of Education meeting. 

There’s a saying in my family, it goes “I’m here before you today, because I have something to say.” I’m a junior at RHS and I don’t speak for all the students. But, I can tell you that I speak for quite a few ...

Parents Fighting School-Based Covid Protocols are Harming Children, School Employees, Town

Just like everyone else in every town in New Jersey, Robbinsville residents are tired of Covid-19 protocols. In a very strange turn of events, parents of Robbinsville are divided on the State-mandated mask requirement and are positively livid that the high school has had to close this week due to 3 clusters of positive Covid-19 cases among the student body. We are in an outbreak situation.

Behind the Headlines: How a Text Message Led a TAPinto Franchisee to Get Answers for His Community

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The text message was straight and to the point.

“Hey they have all of our (expletive) and we can’t get it out.”

That certainly got John Mooney’s attention.

Then the TAPinto Scotch Plains/Fanwood franchisee saw a post on Facebook and started asking some questions.

“They said ‘hey this is going on — we’re going to ...