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Longtime Hamiltonian, WW II Veteran Louis Carlucci Celebrates 100th Birthday

February 25, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. –Louis Carlucci, a World War II veteran who grew up in the Chambersburg section of Trenton and called Hamilton home for more than 60 years celebrated his 100th Birthday on February 19.

Carlucci, now a resident of Greenwood House, a care home in Ewing Township, celebrated his big birthday with his two daughters, Dawn and Susan, with a “window ...

Traffic Alert: Route 33 Roadway Project to Cause Thursday Roadway Closure

HAMILTON, NJ -- Area motorists who travel the busy Route 33 corridor in Hamilton should be prepared for delays on Thursday. The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced on Wednesday that Route 33 daytime shoulder closures will be required roadway improvement project begins between 7:00am and 5:00pm on Thursday. 

According to DOT, this is the start of a ...

St. Francis Medical Center Hosting Information Session for Potential Nursing Students

February 24, 2021

HAMILTON, NJ -- The St. Francis School of Nursing is gearing up to host an information session for prospective nursing students.

Prospective nursing school students will have an opportunity to virtually meet faculty and staff, learn about the program’s curriculum, and have questions answered through either of the two virtual open houses that will be held between 4:00pm and ...

St. Francis Medical Center Seeks to Dispel Vaccine Myths

TRENTON, NJ - There is a lot of misinformation circulating about the COVID-19 vaccine, Dr. Syed Husain, an infectious disease specialist at St. Francis Medical Center, said

“Our infectious disease team has received many questions about the vaccine, asking us what is true and what is false. It’s important to separate fact from fiction when deciding whether to get the ...

Martin, Fried Encourage Customers to Dial Into Board of Public Utilities Optimum/Altice Hearings

February 22, 2021

HAMILTON, NJ – Mayors Dave Fried and Jeff Martin are encouraging Hamilton and Robbinsville residents who are customers of Altice/Optimum USA to voice their views on their service cable and internet provider at next month's public hearing. Following a litany of complaints regarding poor service and customer service by Altice/Optimum the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities ...

Optimum, Altice Service Complaints to Be Examined Before State Board of Public Utilities

TRENTON, NJ -- Contnuing to follow up on Optimum/Altice USA customer complaints, Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried and Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin announced on Friday that the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will hold a public hearing about poor service and unfair consumer pricing.  

In issuing its initial findings into an investigation that Fried, ...

State Police Warns of Scammers Pretending to Be Troopers

February 20, 2021

TOTOWA, NJ -- The New Jersey State Police is warning the public about a series of fraudulent phone calls, or spoof calls, requesting Social Security numbers from private citizens.

The suspect(s) are using the legitimate phone number, 973-785-9419, for the New Jersey State Police Totowa Station and are posing as New Jersey State Troopers. During the calls, a man with a foreign accent ...

Serious Motor Vehicle Accident in Hamilton Sends Two Drivers, Multiple Passengers to the Hospital

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ – Hamilton Township Police are investigating a serious motor vehicle accident that sent multiple individuals to two area hospitals on Sunday afternoon. The accident occurred at approximately 10:30 am on Sunday at the intersection of Cedar Lane and Sylvan Avenue in Hamilton. 

According to the Hamilton Police Division, Natacha Andujar-Cordero, of Trenton, ...

Motorist's Medical Episode Causes Four Car Accident at Hamilton Marketplace

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ – A driver experiencing a medical emergency while at the Hamilton Marketplace shopping plaza during a busy afternoon led to a multi-car accident according to the Hamilton Police Division (HPD).  On Saturday, at just about 3:00 pm, HPD responded to a "call with entrapment" in front of the Party City store. 

HPD said the driver, ...

Annual Winter Donation Drive Launched to Help Students 'Shine and Inspire'

February 25, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- The Mercer County Board of County Commissioners is teaming up once again with the Mercer County-based non-profit  -- Shine and Inspire -- for their annual winter donation drive. In year’s past donation boxes would be found throughout the County, but as with most things, things are a bit different this year. Donations can be made exclusively through Sine ...

Join the Fight Against Cancer, Blood Illnesses at Be the Match event

TRENTON, NJ -- This weekend individuals who want to join the fight against life-threatening blood cancers and other blood illnesses can get onto the field at a Be The Match event held in conjunction with The Trenton Thunder and the Icla da Silva Foundation. A donor event like this can save the life of children, including one young New Jersey girl. 

Jackie Erb, a ...

FBI Newark Provides Tips for Avoiding Romance Scams

February 14, 2021

NEWARK, NJ -- Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and the FBI's Newark Field Office wants to make the public aware of possible romance scams.

Romance scams occur when a criminal uses a fake online identity to gain a victim’s affection and trust.

These scammers are present on most dating and social media sites. They look to establish a relationship as quickly as ...

Mercer County Trio Arrested with Large Cache of Guns, Munitions and Meth

TRENTON, NJ --  Following a month-long investigation, the Mercer County Narcotics Task Force (MCNTF) arrested three individuals while seizing 11 guns, high-capacity rifle magazines, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and approximately $1,000 in methamphetamine. Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced the arrests of three suspects on Thursday.

At approximately ...

Murphy Commits $29.5 Million to Support College and University Students Statewide

February 25, 2021

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy and Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Brian Bridges announced that $29.5 million in federal funding will be available to New Jersey’s institutions of higher education amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to support the goals of the State Plan for Higher Education through a competitive challenge grant and address student food insecurities ...

College Scholarships Available from Rotary Club of Robbinsville and Hamilton

HAMILTON-ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- The Robbinsville Hamilton Rotary Club is now accepting scholarship applications from Robbinsville and Hamilton Township high school seniors who are planning to attend a two-year or four-year college.  Scholarships also are available for students who plan to attend a vocational or technical school after graduation. 

According to a 2020 Sallie Mae ...

Climate Vulnerability to Be Included in Municipal Plans Under Greenstein/Benson Law

February 16, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Legislation requiring local governments to include climate vulnerability in their municipal master plans was signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy on Wednesday. 

“Much of New Jersey is susceptible to the effects of climate change, from the flood plains in Central Jersey to the low-lying Shore towns and the wild-fire prone forests of North and South ...

Ice Storm Appears Set To Strike Monday

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – Another winter weather advisory has been posted by the National Weather Service for a coastal storm expected to make its way into New Jersey Monday afternoon, following the same path as Saturday night’s weather system. As was the case in the Saturday storm, the major concern is not snow, except for far northwest NJ, rather a larger period ...

Skyzone 'Little Leapers' Bringing Active Fun for Toddlers

February 16, 2021

HAMILTON, NJ -- Parents of toddlers should make some time on their weekend calendar to enjoy active fun at the indoor trampoline park Sky Zone in Hamilton. Their new Little Leapers program allows parents and kids age five and under to explore, play, and grow together. Through a mix of structured and unstructured activities, little kids will enjoy ...

Mercer County Library System, Rider University Partner for Virtual Tournees Film Festival

MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- The Mercer County Library System, which includes the branch in Robbinsville, is partnering with Rider University to host the first virtual Tournees Film Festival. The series of six films will begin on February 18 and continue until April 29. 

Made possible through a Tournées Film Festival grant from the FACE Foundation, these films include ...

New Jersey to Reopen High School Sports to Spectators; Parents Will Get to Watch Their Children Compete

February 13, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy has eased some restrictions on the number of spectators that can attend high school and other youth sporting events both indoors and outdoors.

According to the Executive Order Murphy signed Friday, youth sporting events may now choose to allow up to two parents or guardians per athlete under the age of 21 to attend practices and competitions, as long as the ...

Churches Prepare for Ash Wednesday with Health Precautions for Parishioners

February 16, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ -- As devout Christians across the world prepare for Ash Wednesday, the reality of the ongoing health pandemic has churches making adjustments to keep their parishioners healthy.  

Father Matt from The Christ Church Parish in Bordentown explained the changes in their parish from the normal three to four services usually held on Ash ...

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Mercer County Commissioners Hailed for Resolution Condemning of Hate, Extremism

February 19, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- The Mercer County Board of County Commissioners recently unanimously passed a resolution co-sponsored by County Executive Brian M. Hughes condemning hate and extremism particularly demonstrated through the January 6 domestic terrorism incident on the United State Capitol in Washington D.C.

The resolution denounced anti-government extremism, white supremacy, racism, ...

Mercer County Mourns Loss of Jack Rafferty Long-time Public Servant

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ -- The loss of long-time former Mayor Jack Rafferty rippled throughout Mercer County on Thursday. He is being remembered as a life-long public servant, influential local official, mentor and friend. He was the longest serving mayor in Hamilton Township at more than two decades at the helm of what is now ones of the largest municipalities in New ...

Rutgers President Stands By Virtual Graduation Decision, Doesn't Want a 'Super-Spreader Event'

February 25, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University President Jonathan Holloway acknowledged that his decision to forgo in-person commencement ceremonies this spring was an unpopular one among the many who sent him letters over the past week.

And, he is doubling down on his decision to hold them virtually and not run the risk of turning Rutgers commencement into a super-spreader event.

“I want ...

NJ Easing Restrictions for Religious Gatherings, Live Sports, Entertainment Venues

NEW JERSEY — “Good trends,” as Gov. Phil Murphy put it Monday, will allow New Jersey to expand its COVID-19 gathering limits.

The changes go into effect immediately. Religious services at churches, mosques and other houses of worship will be allowed to run at 50% capacity.

Also in effect, two parents/guardians will be allowed to attend indoor and outdoor college ...

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Plants and Pets: Do They Mix Well Together?

February 21, 2021

HAMILTON, NJ -- Did you know that the plants in your house can harm your furry friend? Although plants bring beauty and health benefits to the lives of people, there are numerous plants that simply are not good to have in the household if you have pets.

According to the Humane Society, these poisonous plants can cause adverse reactions from mild nausea to even death in pets. Depending on the ...

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February 25, 2021

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Concerned Persons For Adoption (CPFA) to Host 38th Annual "Let's Talk Adoption" Conference – To Be Held Virtually – Friday, March 12 & Saturday, March 13 from 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

The "Let's Talk Adoption" Conference is a dynamic and educational event coordinated entirely by CPFA volunteers and co-sponsored by the Rutgers University School of Social Work and the Adoption Agency Council of New Jersey. The goal is to educate and support those involved in the adoption constellation. This non-profit conference has received accolades throughout its 38-year ...

Plan Ahead with the 13th Annual LBI Region Wedding Road Show & Party Planning Virtual Tour April 25

Connect and get info to create your celebration in this unique destination. Learn the latest tips and trends in an interactive virtual expo with local experts from the Long Beach Island Region of Coastal New Jersey. The members of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce are preparing their "lucky" 13th Annual Wedding Road Show & Party Planning event to take place in a new ...

Vaccinating As a Family, Keeping Us All Healthy

February 10, 2021

Minority communities historically have had mixed feelings about vaccinations, due to events in history such as the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.

In this "study", which took place in the 1930s, 600 African American men were studied on the effect of untreated Syphilis. They were divided into two groups-- 399 without the disease and 201 with the disease. During this time, they were ...

Loosening Dining Restrictions While Continuing to Vaccinate New Jerseyans

Governor Murphy this week announced a loosening of indoor restrictions that were put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. The 10 percent boost in indoor capacity for restaurants, gyms and certain other establishments and activities – along with the lifting of the statewide 10 p.m. restaurant indoor service limit – is less relief than struggling businesses would like. But it means ...

A Vaccination Story: Taking My First Shot to Defeat COVID-19

It's been a long pandemic, and I was happy to be at the Essex County Vaccination Site at the Livingston Mall this week receiving my first dose of the Moderna vaccine.

All the volunteers, Essex County Police and medical staff on site were very welcoming and friendly.

I arrived early for my 11:20 a.m. appointment to find a line that looked endless. The space is organized ...

NJ Cookbook Author Shares Her Favorite Hamantaschen Cookie Recipe for Purim

February 21, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Jewish festival of Purim is almost here, which means it’s time for hamantaschen! 

The traditional triangle-shaped cookies have a reputation of being a little dry, but Shannon Sarna, cookbook author and editor of The Nosher, swears by the recipe below.

The South Orange mom of three said her children love getting creative while helping ...

Cheers! Celebrate National Drink Wine Day New Jersey Style

NEW JERSEY — Raise a glass! Thursday, Feb. 18, is National Drink Wine Day.

New Jersey oenophiles have plenty to celebrate, including more than 60 wineries right here in the Garden State.

Wine has been made in New Jersey since before the American Revolution, but thanks to changes in state laws that made winemaking more feasible as a business here, it’s during the last two decades ...