Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Mercer County is celebrating its 175th Anniversary and is inviting residents to share their historical photos, letters and documents.
Mercer County is celebrating its 175th Anniversary this year, and you’re invited to the party! Mercer residents, past and present, are invited to bring historical photographs, letters and other special documents to be scanned at one of the County’s “Participate Please” events being held throughout the year. The first takes place on Tuesday, May 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Lawrence Branch of the Mercer County Library System, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence. County staff will be on hand to scan your material on site. Originals immediately go back to the owners. Bring a flash drive if you wish to leave with a digital image. Mercer County’s long, interesting history is richly colored by the waves of immigrants who came from around the world to …
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Graduates include volunteers from Lawrence, East Windsor, Hightstown and Princeton.
Saturday, April 20
Mercer County has a stronger public health force now that certificates have been awarded to the 29 members of the county’s first Medical Reserve Corps graduating class. The graduates, 23 of whom attended the April 17 ceremony at the County’s Dempster Fire Training Academy in Lawrence, are professional medical and non-medical volunteers who have completed an intensive training regimen that prepared them to assist during a public health emergency. MRC is part of the national Citizen Corps initiative; there are MRC programs nationwide, including about two dozen in New Jersey. Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes told the graduates that MRC volunteers were on hand at the Boston Marathon on April 15 to assist runners who might have …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Potential buyers can shop for homes in East Windsor, Ewing, Hamilton, Hightstown, Hopewell Borough, Hopewell Township, Lawrence, Pennington, Princeton, Robbinsville and West Windsor.
Mercer County wants to help families achieve the dream of home ownership through its First-Time Homebuyer Program workshops. “Mercer County is again offering assistance to potential homeowners through our First-Time Homebuyer Program, and I invite you to sit in on one of the upcoming workshops to learn more about the lending process,” Merrcer County Executive Brian M. Hughes said. Participants will learn how the mortgage process works, and lenders will be available hand to guide applicants and provide answers. Two of the greatest obstacles faced by potential first-time homebuyers are down payment and closing costs. The Mercer County First-Time Homebuyer Program assists income-eligible applicants by contributing up to $7,000 toward …
Saturday, March 23, 2013
No registration is required, but attendees must show proof of residence.
- LOCAL CONNECTIONS
Saturday, March 23
Mercer County residents may dispose of electronic waste today, March 23, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Parking Lot 1 on Hamilton Avenue directly across the street from the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton and will be held rain or shine. Attendees must show proof of residence, such as a drivers license, and commercial and industrial waste will not be accepted. The Mercer County Improvement Authority will also offer a paper shredding service. Up to eight boxes or bags of paper may be discarded. Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes reminds residents that New Jersey’s Electronic Waste Recycling Act requires that certain electronic devices and components be discarded in an environmentally safe manner. The Mercer County E-Waste …
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes outlined the rise in economic activity in the county concluding that although “times are still tough … the road ahead looks promising.”
Mercer County is seeing a surge of economic activity and is faring better than the state and nation from an employment standpoint, according to government and business leaders who spoke at the eighth annual Mercer County Economic Summit on February 28. The event, held at Mercer County Community College, was titled “The Road Ahead: Preparing Your Business for 2013 and Beyond.” It was presented Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes, the Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Mercer County Office of Economic Development & Sustainability, in partnership with the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce. Hughes outlined the rise in economic activity taking place across Mercer County, concluding that although “times are still tough … the road …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Authorities said Jeffrey Garrett, 36, of Trenton pleaded guilty to robbing the same Chase Bank branch in Hamilton Township twice. During the second holdup, he carjacked a car and shot the vehicle's owner and a bank teller, who both survived.
- POLICE & FIRE
Thursday, February 28
A Mercer County, N.J., man was sentenced today (Feb. 28) to 30 years in prison for robbing the same bank in Hamilton Township twice, carjacking a vehicle and shooting two people, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Jeffrey Garrett, 36, of Trenton, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan in Trenton federal court to four counts of an indictment charging him with two armed bank robberies, carjacking, and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. Judge Sheridan imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court. Based on documents filed in the case and statements made in court, the following details about Garrett’s crimes were released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Garrett robbed the Chase Bank …
Monday, February 18, 2013
Eligible farmers now have eight months to apply for emergency loan assistance.
Monday, February 18
Fourteen counties in New Jersey, including Mercer County, have been granted a National Disaster Designation following five months of extreme weather, Governor Chris Christie announced on Friday. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack granted the relief in light of Superstorm Sandy, a snowstorm, Nor'easter, drough, high winds, hail, excessive heat and rain and flash flooding between June 28 and November 8, 2012. The declaration also includes Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Sussex and Warren Counties. The aid is designed to offer relief to farmers who lost crops or suffered structural damages to their farms through the severe weather. “Superstorm Sandy not only …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Drivers should be prepared for longer than expected commute times on Monday morning due to slippery roads.
The National Weather Service in Philadelphia/Mount Holly has issued a freezing rain advisory for Mercer County from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Monday. Freezing rain advisories have also been issued for Morris, Hunterdon, Somerset and Bucks County, Pa. Drivers should be prepared for longer than expected commute times due to slippery roads. The NWS urges drivers to slow down, use caution while driving and give themselves extra braking distance. Bridges and overpasses may be extremely slippery, according to the NWS Warmer air will move in and change freezing rain to rain in most areas by 8 a.m.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Users can access Mercer County recycling collection information via their smartphones.
Tuesday, February 5
Editor's Note: The following is a news release issued by Mercer County. If you are one of the growing number of people who have a smartphone or tablet, you can download a Mercer County App that puts recycling and special waste collection details and more at your fingertips, anytime you want them. “Mercer County is pleased to announce that we’ve just launched a mobile app that contains all of the information people need to know, tailored specifically to their neighborhoods, about our residential recycling services,” said Mercer County Executive Brain M. Hughes. Called ‘my-waste,’ the app lets mobile device users download the full range of information that is normally on the Mercer County Improvement Authority’s website including residents’ …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Mercer County Horticulturist Barbara J. Bromley will teach the classes on Wednesday evenings Feb. 6-27 at the Mercer County Extension office on Spruce Street in Lawrence Township.
Editor's Note: The following is a news release issued by Master Gardeners of Mercer County. As spring approaches, many homeowners will have questions about what should be done to have a nice lawn in 2013 and still maintain a healthy environment and a reasonably intact wallet. A four-part course, Basics of Successful Lawn Care, will be offered at the Mercer County Rutgers Cooperative Extension office for professionals in the lawn care industry and for homeowners who care for their own lawns or hire maintenance companies. Join Mercer County Horticulturist Barbara J. Bromley on Wednesday evenings, Feb. 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Pesticide recertification credits are being offered. The charge will be $12 per class or $40 for all…