Trenton Police welcomes 9 new officers to force

TRENTON NJ: The newest class of graduates from the Mercer County Police Academy. At a badge pinning ceremony, the Trenton Police department welcomed nine new police officers to the force Wednesday afternoon. Police Director Wilson and Mayor Reed Gusciora praised the new officers with excitement as family and friends filled the room.

House in Westward known for Halloween display catches fire

TRENTON NJ: Trenton firefighters battled the first alarm fire in the 700 block of Riverside Ave between General Green Ave Early morning Tuesday just after 1:00 Am. Firefighters encountered fire from the home’s first floor. Trenton Fire chief reported that one person was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Firefighters rescued one dog from home; unfortunately, the second did not survive the fire. The fire was placed under control at 2:30 Am. One dog was being administered oxygen and suffered burned was later transported by Trenton Humane Police after a while.

The fire is under investigation by the city Fire marshal. This home is no stranger to the Westward. The past 8 years, the Bakers have been putting on an impressive Halloween display that draws out a lot of attention to the home that sits off Route 29. Our condolences go out to the family of the loss of the pet.

Trenton Animals rock Welfare Services rejected by state DCA halting operations

UPDATE: From Trenton Animals rock as of 5:16 Pm Monday . We are aware now that several people have called the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and have been told that they did not reject our contract. At this point we have no idea what has happened. We received that email this morning with no warning, after being instructed to continue to operate as if the proposal submitted had been approved. We did just that. We are NOT abandoning animals and are in constant contact with the animal control officers to assist them because they – admittedly – cannot do what we’ve been doing. Please go easy on us – and them. They don’t know what is going on either. We just know we were asked to hand in our keys. The Humane Society is working on our behalf as well to try to ensure there is a stay so that no animals can be euthanized. We are moving dogs in to foster homes and working with our shelter partners. Continue to ignore the lies and hate on other sites. We stand by our budget proposal 100% and are proud to want to pay people a living wage for services and not to overwork them in a devastatingly difficult field. We will continue to do what we can to get the animals into foster, other shelters and rescues and will keep on fighting to continue all the great work we have started. It cannot go back to the way it was. Thank you all for the support.

Trenton Animals rock posted this alerting message to the Facebook page Monday morning.

This morning the Executive Director of Trenton Animals Rock was informed by Arch Liston, Chief of Staff for the City of Trenton, that our proposal to operate Animal Welfare Services for the City of Trenton had been rejected by the NJ Department of Community Affairs due to excessive costs. While we have requested more details on this matter, we were instructed by Mr. Liston to file an OPRA request to obtain that.

We do not know when this decision was made by the DCA and were not given any indication that this was a possibility prior to being notified by email this morning. Further, we have not been given any information as to a workaround to allow us to continue offering animal welfare services.

Since January 1, 2022 we have been operating on good faith, without a contract, but given this new information, we cannot continue. Therefore, effective immediately, all animal welfare services that were being provided by Trenton Animals Rock have been stopped.

This includes:

-Animal Welfare Services including feeding, spot cleaning, assessments, vaccinations, socialization, training, medication

-Administrative services: answering phones, emails, community concerns related to vaccinations, medical, behavioral and other animal needs

-Intake; including vaccinating, recording, monitoring all animals that enter the shelter both as strays and surrenders

-Volunteer management; including recruiting, training, management, scheduling and the operation of extended hours

-Placement; including foster and adoptive services for all animals in shelter

-Medical; including spay/neuter, 4DX, microchipping

-Purchasing and inventory; including ordering food, medicine, vaccine and supplies and inventory management

-Rabies clinic on Jan 30 cancelled

-Promotion of animals in shelter for foster/adoption

-Database management

-Veterinary oversight

-Maintenance; including cleaning, dishes, laundry, common areas.

Monday afternoon Trenton’s animals rock were instructed to turn in keys. Trenton Animal rock continue to remain in contact with animal control and the team there that they have worked so closely with. Trenton’s animals rock also stated “”We are NOT abandoning those animals or our staff that we also care deeply about, or the residents of this city we have been helping.”

If you are interested in fostering a dog, please apply immediately at tarnj.org/foster. Emails can be sent to info@tarnj.org. Please note many of these dogs need to be kept separate from other animals, so homes with no other pets are needed most.

UPDATE: Ewing Police involved crash

EWING PD: On January 20, 2022, at approximately 8:09 pm, Officer Rick Sookhu was sent to the area of Pennington Road and Lanning Street for a disabled vehicle in the roadway. Upon nearing the intersection of Main Boulevard, Officer Sookhu struck an unoccupied vehicle from behind. Investigation revealed that the vehicle had become disabled and was left partially on Route 31 in the Southbound curb lane. The vehicle was obscured by brush and overgrowth in the area and did not have any lights illuminated. Officer Sookhu was able to notify other officers of the crash and his location. Officer Sookhu was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Officer Sookhu was later released. It is not believed that anyone was near the disabled vehicle when it was stuck, and there were no other injuries. A police K9 was used to search the area for anyone who may have been injured in the crash and not immediately located by responding officers. The investigation also revealed that Sookhu was traveling under the posted speed limit when he struck the vehicle.

NJ Weedman Ed Forchion Endorses Crystal Feliciano Candidate for Trenton City Council At-Large

TRENTON, N.J. – Thursday , Robert Edward “Ed” Forchion, Jr., also known as the NJ Weedman, announces his endorsement of Crystal Feliciano in her candidacy for Trenton City Council At-Large in the November 2022 municipal election.

Ed Forchion is a free speech and cannabis rights activist and local business owner in Trenton. His popular restaurant, NJ Weedman’s Joint, is located on E. State Street, directly across from Trenton City Hall. In addition, Forchion recently opened a new hip-hop art and music lounge, The Joint of Miami, located in the Wynwood District. He is the founder of the Legalize Marijuana Party of New Jersey and Civil Rights Advocate, focusing on the adverse effects of the “war on drugs.”

“Crystal believes in the cannabis movement and realizes the economic benefits the industry can bring to the Capital City. She will be an effective bridge between the citizens and the administration, regardless of who leads it. More importantly, being an educator, I believe that Crystal will advocate for our youth, who are the most precious asset in Trenton. She will work to ensure that collaborative efforts are formed to help provide resources to aid in their civic growth and community development as responsible young men and women,” said Forchion.

Feliciano announced her candidacy for City Council At-Large in early November 2021, highlighting the need for sound development projects, initiatives to spur economic growth in Trenton, restorative justice, and safe outlets for the youth.

“Many thanks to NJ Weedman for his endorsement of my candidacy for City Council At-Large. I look forward to collaborating with him on future projects,” said Crystal Feliciano. “As the attitude towards cannabis changes in the world surrounding us, we must better educate ourselves on the cannabis industry and the social and economic benefits it can bring to the Capital City.” ###

Ewing Fire battle second alarm house fire

Ewing, NJ (Mercer) Ewing township fire crews battled a second-alarm blaze that ripped through a home on the 300 block of Beachwood Ave. The fire brought out surrounding fire departments from Mercer county there were no reported injuries one dog was located inside the home and was not harmed. The fire was placed under control just before 10:00 Am.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Firefighters battle vacant house fire in SouthWard

Trenton, Nj (Mercer) Trenton Firefighters responded to the 600 block of Centre Street just after 5:00 Pm Sunday. Initial reports that were screaming heard from the vacant home after receiving multiple calls. Firefighters arrived to heavy fire coming from the second floor and did a sweep of the home did not find anyone. The fire remains under investigation. No injuries were reported

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