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What's Going on This Weekend Around the Area?

July 30, 2021

MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- The weather will be a bit cooler after a wild week of heat and storms, so it's a perfect opportunity to head outside with the family for some fun in the area.

On Saturday night, enjoy music under the stars with the Mercer County Park Commission's Free concert series featuring an Eagles cover band and rock and roll  starting at ...

National Weather Service: Tornado Watch in Effect for Thursday Evening

NEW JERSEY --  The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Tornado Watch for most of New Jersey for Thursday until approximately 9:00 p.m. Thunderstorms also are expected to move through the state with high winds and heavy rain. 

The Tornado Watch includes Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Warren, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, ...

Zero Percent Business Loans Available Under Mercer County Partnership

July 26, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced on Monday that, through a partnership with UCEDC, a second round of COVID-19 crisis business loans are now available.  The ongoing partnership with the UCEDC offers a variety of different lending packages including the Crisis Loan Second Round. Small businesses can apply to borrow up to $15,000 in funding at ...

Job Lot to Replace Walmart at Nassau Park Shopping Plaza

WEST WINDSOR, NJ --  If you felt a void in the retail shopping lobe of your brain when the Walmart store at Nassau Park on Route 1 closed last August, you may soon feel the warm rush of a replacement store: Ocean State Job Lot, a discount retail chain with 146 store locations across the Northeast, has purchased the former Walmart location at 101 Nassau Park Boulevard and plans to open ...

Gov. Murphy Signs Landmark Universal Maternal and Infant Care Legislation 

July 30, 2021

NEWARK, NJ – In a state faced with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy aims to tackle those numbers with the establishment of a universal home nurse visitation program for newborns.

Murphy signed a landmark bill (S690) on Thursday giving New Jersey one of the most comprehensive and robust home visitation programs in the country.

The ...

Hamilton YMCA Talks Learning Loss, Food Insecurity with Sen. Greenstein

HAMILTON, NJ -- The Hamilton Area YMCA highlighted their mission to tackle learning loss and food insecurity in the community with Senator Linda Greenstein (D-Middlesex/Mercer) who pushed for state funding to sponsor programs. Board members and staff of the Hamilton Area YMCA gave Greenstein a tour of their facilities and discussed their programs servicing the Hamilton ...

Murphy Responds to Updated CDC Masking Guidelines

July 28, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Following the recent upsurge in the Delta variant of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on July 27 updated its guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated. The CDC said that while individuals can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic to reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, wearing a mask ...

Hamilton, Robbinsville Say 'No' to Retail Cannabis Sales

HAMILTON - ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Hamilton and Robbinsville Town Councils both passed local ordinances for their respective towns this week banning the retail sales of legalized recreational marijuana for adults.  The ordinances passed unanimously -- on Tuesday night during the Hamilton Council meeting and on Thursday night during the Robbinsville Council meeting. 

Robbinsville ...

Enjoy Vacay While You're Away with Social Media Tips From Sheriff Kemler

July 20, 2021

MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- Mercer County Sheriff Jack Kemler wants everyone to "play it safe and enjoy your well-deserved summer vacation" but urged area residents to be social media savvy to protect their home while out of town. 

Kemler recently issued a set of tips to Mercer County residents on how to protect themselves and their home.  For starters, he said to "Never ...

Hamiltonian Arrested for Arson in Apartment Fire

HAMILTON, NJ -- The Hamilton Township Police Division (HPD) announced on Thursday the arrest of a local man who allegedly lit a fire in his own apartment causing it and other neighboring units to be damaged. 

At approximately 1:39p.m. on July 14, Hamilton Police Officers and Hamilton Firefighters were dispatched to the Winding Brook Apartment located on Bradford Avenue ...

Santa is Coming to Celebrate Christmas in July

July 17, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ --Santa Claus is coming to town to check to see if local kids are making his Naughty or Nice list so far this year. 

"It might be hot and humid here in New Jersey, but Santa is going to brave the heat for a special mid-year trip down from the North Pole to see if all the children (and parents too) are being good this year," the Rotary Club of ...

Biking to Benefit Anchor House's 43rd Annual 'Ride for Runaways'

CENTRAL NEW JERSEY — For the 43rd annual Ride for Runaways hosted by Anchor House, riders will embark on bike rides eight local routes throughout central New Jersey for a total of 500 miles traveled in eight days. It is expected that 35 riders will participate in the bike ride. The Ride For Runaways traditionally features a seven-day, 500-mile bike beginning at locations in ...

Community Offers Prayers, Support for Josephson Family After Guilty Verdict in Uber Murder Trial

July 28, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Messages of support and prayers are pouring in for Robbinsville's Josephson family following the conviction and life sentence of a South Carolina man in connection with kidnapping and murder of 21-year-old Samantha. In a tragedy that rocked the country and brought rideshare safety to the forefront, Nathaniel Rowland, 27, of New Zion, South ...

South Carolina Man Guilty of Murder, Kidnapping of Robbinsville's Samantha Josephson in Ride-Share Tragedy

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- It only took a few hours on Tuesday for a jury to return a verdict in the trial of the South Carolina man charged with killing Robbinsville Township’s Samantha Josephson after he allegedly posed as an Uber driver.  Nathaniel Rowland, 27, of New Zion, South Carolina, was found guilty on all three charges: murder, kidnapping, and possession of a weapon during ...

Greenstein's Civics for Middle Schoolers Measure Now Law

July 26, 2021

TRENTON, NJ – In an effort to ensure students are receiving adequate civics and government education, legislation sponsored by Senators Shirley Turner, Troy Singleton, M. Teresa Ruiz, and Linda Greenstein, requiring civics instruction in middle school, was enacted into law on Friday.

“By deepening civics instruction in middle school and high school, we are giving students the ...

Robbinsville's Samuel Regen Named Youth Advocate of the Year, Awarded a Scholarship by Tourette's Association

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ --  Recent Robbinsville Township High School graduate Samuel Regen was named Youth Advocate of the Year and awarded a scholarship by the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders (NJTCS) for his service to the non-profit agency. Regen was one of only four students presented with the advocacy award and one of 16 individuals ...

Annual Mercer County 4-H Fair Opens This Weekend for 102nd Year

July 27, 2021

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, NJ – For the 102nd year, the 4-H Fair is back for two days of family fun. This year's event will feature children’s activities, hay rides, animal shows, music, farm tours, exhibits and more.  Plenty of food and beverages, including homemade ice cream, also will be available at the fair.

The annual Mercer County 4-H Fair will ...

Robbinsville Middle Schooler Wins State Teen Media Creativity Contest

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Robbinsville Township's Charvi Yetish showed off her talent and creativity to win the 2021 New Jersey Child Support Teen Media Contest held by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, which celebrated the support of family, friends and loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Students across New Jersey were asked to submit artistic visual and written ...

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Mercer Park Commission Opens Plan for Moores Station Quarry for Public Comment

July 13, 2021

HOPEWELL, NJ -- On Monday, the Mercer County Park Commission released draft Master Plan for the Moores Station Quarry, located in Hopewell Township adjacent to Baldpate Mountain. During the past year, the Mercer County Park Commission and a team of consultants performed environmental research on the Moores Station Quarry and hosted a series of public meetings to gather ideas for ...

Mercer County 4-H Fair to Open for 102nd Year, Welcomes Exhibitors

HOPEWELL, NJ -- The 102nd annual Mercer County 4-H Fair will be open between 10:00a.m. and 8:00p.m. on Saturday, July 31, and between 10:00a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 1 at the Mercer County Park Commission's Howell Living History Farm. The Farm is located on Valley Road, just off Route 29, seven miles north of Washington Crossing -- the GPS address is 70 ...

NJ Parkway Service Areas Renamed After Icons Sinatra, Morrison, Bon Jovi & Others Showcasing Cultural History

July 28, 2021

NEW JERSEY --  What's in a name? In New Jersey, a lot, especially for icons who are well known throughout the world.  On Tuesday, commemorated as National New Jersey Day, Governor Phil Murphy announced that nine service areas along the Garden State Parkway will be renamed after New Jersey icons and Hall of Fame Inductees 

The name ...

NJ Higher Education, Property Tax Benefits Bumped Up for Veterans and Active-Duty Service Members

TRENTON, NJ – Under a trio of bills signed into law on Thursday by Governor Phil Murphy, New Jersey veterans and active military service members will have easier access to higher education, and expanded access to the disabled veterans’ property tax exemption. An annual grant program within the Troops to College Program will be established to ...

Despite Loss in Regional Finals, Robbinsville Renegades Heading to Little League World Series

July 29, 2021

BRISTOL, CT --  Though the Robbinsville Renegades fell short of winning the Easter Regional Finals in a 1-0 loss to New York state's team on Thursday, this year's COVID-19 amended rules still has them heading to the Little League World Series.

Thursday's matchup, the second meeting between New Jersey's and New York's entrants, was a ...

Robbinsville Renegades Win Again, Ready for Thursday Appearance in Regional Final

BRISTOL, CT - The Renegades of Robbinsville got back to their winning ways on Wednesday by beating Delaware 8-0 in the Eastern Regional Semifinal, and thereby clinching a spot in Little League World Series play Thursday. 

While entering the do-or-die game in an unusual spot for them, having lost, against New York, for the first time all season just a day previously, Coach Mike Sabol ...

Are you preparing to return to work? NJ TRANSIT is ready for you.

NEW JERSEY — The pandemic resulted in a unique work-from-home model for many New Jersey residents, with a “new normal” evolving as infection rates decline.

While some employers may intend to keep remote work options in place, a growing trend reveals many companies transitioning back to in-person workplaces.

Roadways already show evidence of rush-hour congestion as workers ...

What is a Wasp

Every year, around 62 people die from hornet, wasp, or bee stings. These creatures may be little, but they can be very dangerous if you or someone you know has an allergy. 

You may be allergic to a particular insect, which means it's important to know the difference between them.

So what is a wasp? And how can you identify them? We'll discuss these ...

Harambe Social Services, Inc. Statement on Yasemin Uyar

July 23, 2021

NEW JERSEY – Harambe Social Services, Inc. is heartbroken by the death of Union County resident, 24 year-old Yasemin Uyar. Although there is much that we do not know about this case, what is clear is that Yasemin was a victim of domestic violence. Our thoughts are with her family and her young son, Sebastian.

Yasemin’s mother’s impactful statements on social media have ...

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Putting Heart into Your Celebrations

When it comes to birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions, most people celebrate with a meal and presents. But I’m wondering, how often do you tell the celebrant how much they mean to you?

For most of us the answer is—never!

Yet the value of expressing your heart can be more precious than a new computer or diamond earrings. Words from the heart enter the heart. They ...

Bring the Sunshine Indoors With These 4 Simple Décor Ideas

As summer approaches, everyone is eager to spend more time outside enjoying the sun. It’s also the perfect time to transition your home décor to reflect the added daylight and brightness outside. If you’re ready to bring more of the sunshine inside this season, here are four great ways to easily update your décor for a lighter and brighter feeling.

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How to Incorporate Chalk Paint Into Your Next Project

Chalk paint is all the rage for that cozy richness it gives to furniture, décor, and even walls. The matte finish adds a softness to bold colors and a thickness that covers even the most worn down surfaces.

 

Home decorating moguls love chalk paint, and now you can, too - here’s the lowdown on why, where, and how to use chalk paint for your next DIY decorating ...

In Season: The Best Ways to Cook NJ Sweet Corn

July 28, 2021

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey sweet corn is in season until the beginning of September. Take advantage of this local summer veggie by eating it as soon as possible after it’s picked — the sugar turns to starch as it ages.

For storage, keep fresh corn on the cob in the husk in the fridge. Once you’re ready to enjoy your corn, remove the husk and silk, wash it and try one of ...

The Secrets Behind the Deliciousness of NJ Summer Tomatoes

NEW JERSEY — For many who call the Garden State home, summer tastes like the first bite of a ripe, juicy Jersey tomato plucked fresh from a roadside farm stand or local farmers market.

But for every delicate tomato dripping with flavor we devour on the spot or place ever so carefully in our canvas bag to bring home from the market, we struggle to understand its secrets. What makes the ...