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Sunday, 26 March 2017
Trenton Campus Gallery to Present ‘Schools for the Colored’ by Award-Winning Photographer Wendel White April 6-May 4 Opening Reception and Artist’s Talk April 12, 5 to 8 p.m.




MCCC’s Trenton Campus Gallery to Present ‘Schools for the Colored’

by Award-Winning Photographer Wendel White

April 6-May 4
Opening Reception

Artist’s Talk April 12, 5 to 8 p.m.



Bellevue School for the Colored,” Trenton, N.J., by Wendel White.  White’s exhibit, “Schools for the Colored,” comes to MCCC’s JKC Gallery, 137 No. Broad Street, from April 6 to May 4. An opening reception and artist’s talk take place on April 12, 5 to 8 p.m. More information is available at www.mccc.edu/jkcgallery.


Trenton, N.J. – Mercer County Community College (MCCC) announces the opening of “Schools for the Colored,” a photography exhibit by Wendel White, at the college’s James Kerney Campus (JKC) Gallery in Trenton. The show runs from Thursday, April 6 through Thursday, May 4. The Gallery at the James Kerney Campus is located in the Trenton Hall Annex at 137 North Broad Street across from the James Kerney Building.

Under the direction of Michael Chovan-Dalton, who coordinates the Photography and Digital Arts programs at MCCC, the Gallery will host an Artist’s Talk and Opening Reception Wednesday, April 12, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., which coincides with the ribbon cutting for the new building earlier in the day. White's talk is expected to begin at 5:45 pm.

Gallery hours for this show are Mondays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon, and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m.

The exhibit by White, a highly acclaimed, award-winning photographer, originated with his “Small Towns, Black Lives” project. According to White, the project began as a modest attempt to depict daily events and activities in a small, historically African American community near the southernmost tip of New Jersey.

Now, 15 years after the first project, “Schools for the Colored” integrates black and white images with digital media to depict the racially segregated school buildings and landscapes that existed in the northern “free” states. White’s method of obscuring the landscapes in the images adds a photographic “veil” that correlates to historian and activist W.E.B. DuBois’ explanation of an early schooling experience. “I was different from the others; of like, mayhap, in heart and life and longing, but shut out from their world by a vast veil,” DuBois observed on his writings.

Wendel White was born in Newark and grew up in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. His work can be found in museum and corporate collections such as the New Jersey State Museum; The Museum of Fine Art in Houston, Texas; Johnson and Johnson in New Brunswick, and the Paul R. Jones Collection of African American Art at both the University of Delaware and The University of Alabama. White has served on the board of directors for the Society for Photographic Education and as board chair for the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. He is currently Distinguished Professor of Art at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

More information about The Gallery at the James Kerney Campus is available at www.mccc.edu/jkcgallery.

Posted by tammyduffy at 6:56 AM EDT
Saturday, 25 March 2017
America’s improbable pillow king




America’s improbable pillow king




 Mike Lindell was an insomniac with a crack cocaine addiction when the idea for “the world’s best pillow” came to him in a dream, said writer Josh Dean. Last year, his sales hit $280 million.



As so many great entrepreneurial success stories do, the tale of Mike Lindell begins in a crack house. It was the fall of 2008, and the then-47-year-old divorced father of four from the Minneapolis suburbs had run out of crack, again. He had been up for either 14 or 19 days, trying to save his struggling startup and making regular trips into the city to visit his dealer, Ty. This time, Lindell arrived at Ty’s apartment and received a shock instead: The dealer refused his business. Ty wasn’t going to sell him any more crack until he ended his binge. He’d also called the two other dealers Lindell used and ordered them to do the same.


Many people would be ashamed by this story. Lindell tells it all the time. “I was like, ‘Wow, drug dealers care!’” he says. The moment wasn’t the end of his drug abuse, which started in his 20s when he owned bars and stretched through the early years of MyPillow, the Chaska, Minn., company he founded in 2005 to fulfill his dream of making “the world’s best pillow.” It was, however, his low point. It was when he vowed to get better.


The story is impossible to confirm; Ty isn’t reachable for comment. But it’s become part of Lindell’s legend.


Eight-plus years later, Lindell is sober and phenomenally successful. He quit everything—alcohol, powdered cocaine, and crack—after one final party on Jan. 16, 2009, and presides over an empire that’s still growing precipitously. Last year he opened a second factory, saw sales rise from $115 million to $280 million, and almost tripled his workforce, to 1,500. To date he’s sold more than 26 million pillows at $45 and up, a huge number of them directly to consumers who call and order by phone after seeing or hearing one of his inescapable TV and radio ads.


On this day in early November, he’s just back from a week in New York, spent celebrating the election of Donald Trump. He’s spent the morning catching up on business with various employees who cycle in and out.


“This is my head of IT, Jennifer Pauly,” Lindell says, as a young woman pops in. “She’s a good example of me taking my employees and knowing their skills. I have a housepainter in charge of all my maintenance at the factory. Jennifer is self-taught. Did you ever go to school for IT?”


“I took some Microsoft classes, but that’s basically it,” she says. “I knew how to run a spreadsheet, and that’s why he trusted me with data.”


Lindell laughs loudly. He wears two discreet hearing aids, but everyone says he’s been boisterous forever. “God’s given me a gift to be able to put people in the right position, where their strengths are!” he says.


Next, Heather Lueth, Lindell’s oldest daughter, the company’s graphic designer, comes in to talk about the latest email campaigns. MyPillow is, someone at the company told me, more a family forest than a family tree. Lindell’s brother Corey, who invested at one of MyPillow’s lowest points, is now the second-largest shareholder. His job: doing essentially whatever. Today he’s fixing a grandfather clock.


Larry Kating, director of manufacturing, calls from the new factory in nearby Shakopee to discuss whether or not to make 30,000 pillows for Costco that the store hasn’t asked for yet. Lindell’s vote: Go for it! “You’re always juggling stuff like that,” he says. He’s an unusual manager, governing largely on instinct and by making seemingly wild gambles that he swears are divinely inspired. “We don’t use PowerPoints,” he says. “I end up getting stuff in prayer.”


The pillow came to him in a dream. This was 2003. Lindell owned a pair of successful bars outside Minneapolis and enjoyed the lifestyle a bit too much. He was, he says, a “very functional drug user” with four kids and a nice house. He helped with homework, took the family on vacation, and was a decent father and husband, other than the fact that he used cocaine.


Throughout his life he’d sought the perfect pillow. He never slept well, and things kept happening to worsen the problem. He got sciatica. He was in a bad car accident. He nearly died while skydiving, after nearly dying while motorcycling on his way to skydiving. He got addicted to cocaine.


When he did sleep, it was fitful. “That’s one of the problems with cocaine,” he says, seemingly without irony. One morning, after he woke—or maybe he was still up, he can’t recall—he sat at the kitchen table and wrote “MyPillow” over and over until he’d sketched the rough logo for a product that didn’t exist. When his daughter Lizzie came through and saw him maniacally scribbling the same words over and over like Jack Nicholson in The Shining, she asked what he was doing.


“I’m going to invent the best pillow the world has ever seen!” he exclaimed. “It’s going to be called MyPillow!”


The only way Lindell was ever happy with a pillow was when he found a way to, in his words, “micro-adjust” an existing one. It would typically be foam; he’d yank and pull the filling apart to break up the inside, then arrange and pile up the torn foam like a mouse building a nest, until it was the right height for his neck. Then he’d sleep. By morning, it would be all messed up again.


When Lindell imagined his perfect pillow, it was micro-adjustable but would keep its shape all night. He bought every variety of foam and then asked his two sons to sit on the deck of the house with him and tear the foam into different-size pieces that they’d stuff into prototypes for testing. Day after day they did this, until Lindell settled on a mix of three sizes of foam—a pebble, a dime, and a quarter, roughly. When he stuffed just the right amount of that mixture into a case and shmushed it around to the shape he wanted, it held that shape. It was perfect.


Lindell believed this pillow “would change lives.” He made 300 and went in search of buyers, stopping at every big-box retailer in the area. “I said, ‘I have the best pillow ever made. How many would you like?’” You can imagine how that went.


When someone suggested he try a mall kiosk, Lindell borrowed $12,000 to rent one for six weeks, starting in the middle of November 2004. He sold his first pillow the first day and it was, he says, “the most amazing feeling.” But he’d priced the product too low. His cost was more than the retail price. Plus, his pillow was too big for standard pillowcases.


The kiosk failed. He borrowed more money against the house, and also from friends who weren’t sick of him yet. When desperate, he counted cards at the blackjack table to pay for materials. Eventually, all the casinos within a day’s drive banned him.


The day after he closed the kiosk, he got a call from one of the few customers, who declared, “This pillow changed my life!” This enthusiastic buyer ran the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show, one of the largest for home products in the country. He wanted Lindell to have a booth.


Lindell took 300 pillows (this time they were a standard size) and sold them all. He also got himself invited to take a spot at the Minnesota State Fair and sold well. This was a revelation. There were dozens of home-and-garden shows around the country and countless more fairs. “Those are your testing grounds,” he says. A product that works at the fair works, period.


For the next few years, this is basically how the company operated. Lindell and a few key salespeople drove around in trucks stuffed full of pillows to sell at fairs. They were all effective, but no one’s pitch—sermon was more like it—moved the merch like Lindell’s.


He didn’t give up the drugs. His habit continued, his 20-year marriage broke up, and he lost his house, because he was constantly borrowing money to pay his suppliers. He was barreling toward that moment with Ty, the dealer. Finally, he had one last blowout and quit cold turkey. “I knew if I waited one more day, it would be over,” he says.


Lindell knew the best way to sell his pillow was to present his story live, as he’d been doing at shows since 2005. He decided to make an infomercial. His friends thought he was nuts.


The spot opened with Lindell, in a satiny blue button-down that’s now his trademark garment, saying, “Don’t change that channel, because the next half hour is going to change your life.” He just ad-libbed, saying, for instance, that down pillows were “the worst thing that ever happened to America” and that MyPillow was so malleable that “you can fold it up into little balloon animals.”


The half-hour infomercial aired for the first time on Oct. 7, 2011, at 3 a.m. on the East Coast. The business “went straight up,” Lindell says. He hired everyone he could find—literally off barstools sometimes—and put them to work answering phones or sewing on machines that he stuffed into every corner of a local bus garage lent to him by a friend. In six months, he grew from 50 to 500 employees and sold almost $100 million in pillows.


But Lindell never bothered to figure out his indirect costs. He didn’t really even know what those were. Checks were flying off his desk, more and more of them to pay for the infomercial spots, with no way to know which ones were working and which were just wasted money. He was losing $250,000 a week.


What saved the entrepreneur was FedEx. It hadn’t occurred to him to negotiate shipping rates; he just paid retail with a bunch of different shippers. A company rep came in, asked about his costs, and offered him a rate so low he couldn’t believe it. “Wow,” Lindell said. “You can do this?” Overnight, a red number turned black.


Walking through the factory, Lindell shows off his newest products: a dog bed and a mattress topper. Then he points out a section of the building where returns are handled. Fewer than 3 percent of MyPillow buyers return products, he says, and “less than 1/20th of 1 percent of those return a product twice.” Lindell obsesses over customer satisfaction. If a customer is on hold for more than a few minutes, he gets an alert on his phone. He expects customer emails to be answered within minutes, and if a queue builds up, he gets an alert about that, too. He often handles hundreds of minutes of calls per month himself.


For years, MyPillow was advertised as the cure for almost every sleep problem as well as many health ailments. Ads boasted that using one could alleviate fibromyalgia, joint pain, and restless leg syndrome, as well as promote delta sleep, the most restorative phase of the sleep cycle. Early last fall, Lindell settled with 10 California district attorneys who sued MyPillow for false advertising, arguing that these claims had no scientific backing. The company denied any wrongdoing but agreed to pay $1 million to settle and to remove those claims from any advertising in California.


The California suit was briefly embarrassing but seems to have had no lingering effects. It certainly hasn’t hurt sales or Lindell’s enthusiasm. The new factory could run faster and soon will, he says. MyPillow could push production up to more than 85,000 pillows a day. To get there, he says, all he needs to do is buy more media. He says that what he calls the “tsunami”—the next boom in sales, the one that will lead to $1 billion—started last fall. The election was just another harbinger.


Two women who did merchandising for the Trump campaign have stopped by for a tour and have been tailing our group. They seem in awe of the scale and efficiency here, from an essentially flat and somewhat chaotic-seeming organization ruled by a single outlandish man.


What’s the largest sales month you’ve ever had? one asks.


“MyPillow is always the biggest we’ve ever been on the day you’re standing here,” Lindell replies.



Posted by tammyduffy at 12:01 AM EDT
Saturday, 18 March 2017
Smart Shoes







Smart shoes are a small market right now. As a result, you may be hard-pressed to find a pair that fits your style. And wearing different shoes to match an outfit means you lose the smart features. The Lechal smart insoles solve that problem by allowing you to transfer the brains from shoe to shoe. Now you can stay connected no matter the attire.


Lechal insoles and buckles can turn your regular pair of shoes into smart shoes and will change the way you see the world and navigate it. Slip these smart insoles into your favorite pair of shoes or just lace up the buckle into your sneakers, set your destination in the Lechal app, and let your feet lead you there through gentle vibrations and simple patterns. Lechal’s smart pods, embedded and encased in the insoles or buckles automatically pair with your phone via Bluetooth and use haptic feedback (gentle vibrations) to take you places. The shoe that vibrates is the way to go. Whether you're exploring your city or in a new country, whether you're walking or cycling, whether it's your daily commute or off-roading, there's a Lechal mode for you. It even works offline! Which means you can wander off with no data connectivity or get off a plane in a new country and Lechal will work, always in all ways. With battery life of over 15 days, Lechal allows you to navigate intuitively and hands-free. The accurate fitness tracking features are an added bonus! You can measure the calories burnt, distance travelled, or steps taken. Keep a log of all your fitness activity, set goals, and even pick your routes based on the fitness metrics you can achieve. Available in both small and large sizes, with an option of trim-to-fit, and a handy buckle attachment, the insoles are an easy addition to any pair of footwear and complement every lifestyle.


Lechal insoles use haptic feedback and GPS technology to keep you going in the right direction, show you where you’ve been, track your fitness levels, and more. By connecting with the Lechal app on your phone, your feet can tell you where to go as the app sends specific vibrations to your foot. This means less time staring at your phone, and more time focused on the world around you.

For instance, as you approach an upcoming turn, a slight vibration in your left or right foot will tell you all you need to know. There are unique vibration patterns for different kinds of turns and even for rerouting. With the app, you can also set specific waypoints along the route. As you reach each destination, the insoles will notify you. They can also be used offline to download maps beforehand. This is extremely helpful when going on a hike or traveling abroad.



Lechal insoles can also be used in tandem with the app to record data. See something of interest along the way? You can tag these locations for later use or send a location directly to a friend for a meetup. Or maybe you found a new trail or faster walk through the city. You can record the exact path for future excursions.

Another great use for the insole is tracking fitness. Set a goal using the Lechal app for any distance, step count, or calories to burn. The insoles will vibrate once you’ve reached your goal. As a step counter, you can’t get much more accurate than a sensor under your foot. When it says 10,000 steps, it means 10,000 steps.


You can purchase the Lechal Smart Insoles from the Amazon Launchpad program. Each pair of insoles are unisex and can be purchased for $180. The associated app can be downloaded for any iOS or Android device

Posted by tammyduffy at 12:01 AM EDT
Saturday, 11 March 2017
Couple fined for Vandals Handiwork on Their Home



Couple fined for Vandals Handiwork on Their Home



An interracial Connecticut couple whose home was vandalized by a racial slur has been fined for failing to cover it up.


The slur was spray-painted over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend on the garage door of Heather Lindsay, who's white, and Lexene Charles, who's black.


Lindsay says their home has been vandalized multiple times. She says Stamford authorities have failed to properly investigate and she won't remove the slur until they do.


The city issued a blight citation, which carries a $100 daily fine.


NAACP representatives on Monday called for a full investigation, including canvassing the neighborhood and posting a patrol car to make sure the couple is safe.


The city's director of public safety says an investigation is underway.

Posted by tammyduffy at 12:01 AM EST
Saturday, 4 March 2017







Photos and video of the event at the following links below






This past week brought high winds to the Mercer County area. On March 2, at approximately 7:15AM,  a large tree fell onto the high tension wires due to high winds, on Sweetbriar Ave in Hamilton Township. The tree severed the wires, an explosion happened and the hot 30,000 volt high tension wires were flapping around for 2 hours on the street, before the power company came to shut the power off. 

A single Hamilton police officer came  to the scene quickly.  This was during rush hour.  As anyone in the township knows, this is a high traffic zone during rush hour.  All of the traffic lights on the road were off due to severed high tension wire killing all the power in the community. This solitary Hamilton police officer had quite the task to deal with because it was morning rush hour.  He parked his policer crusier catty corner near Sandalwood Ave. He ran down the street to stop traffic near Leigh Ave to divert it down the side streets. This included all the truck traffic as well. He had all the tractor trailers driving thru the residential community from Whitehead and from Sloan Rd.

The first truck that took the turn onto Sandalwood created quite the emergency situation. He drove his rig right through all the broken, hanging 30,000 hot volts of wire. YEP....he did that. When he started to do this you could see the telephone poles on the entire street get pulled as if to come down. The fire department had arrived by this time and saw what this driver had done and ran to his truck to scream  STOP!!
The solitary Hamilton police officer was standing next to his cruiser and allowed this truck to do this.  But in his defense, he was one person trying to manage quite a horrible situation.  The director of public safety in Hamilton should be ashamed of themselves for putting this amazing officer in this position. It's completely unfair and dangerous to have done to this police officer. 

At this point, the traffic on Sweetbriar Ave was a complete mess. All the trucks on the road were making uturns on the road creating massive havoc. The tractor trailers and cars were making uturns on the road for about 30 minutes before the solitary police officer went higher up on the road to close the road at the light above American Metro Way.  
We learned from the fire department that the reason there was one solitary police officer dispatched was because there was only one to send. There were no others available.
There was no warning given to residents from the township leadership of the dangerous situation that was right outside their doors. (the live 30,000 volts wires that were swinging in the breeze) 
Our hearts go out to the single police officer that was on site. We question as to the type of training they are given to manage these kinds of situations. Neighbors were all out walking around right next to the live wires before the fire department arrived to warn everyone of the live wire situation.

The tractor trailer that drove throught the live wires was told by the fire department to stay in his truck. They had to leave the truck driver in his cab because he was grounded in the truck. If he got out he would have been eletrocuted. The driver sat there for over 1.5 hours.  He kept his rig running the entire time polluting the community.  The township has ordinances that state you cannot leave your vehicles idle.

In speaking with the Firemen on the scene, they stated that Hamilton only had one cop to send.  They validated that why there was only one officer on the scene.
Residents can be frustrated with the actions of the officer, but he was one guy.  Why would the leadership of Hamilton put this police officer in harms way and make him manage a tough situation by himself?  What kind of training do they go thru to ensure their safety in this kind of situation? In the evenings, the police also travel solo in the town. With the rise in crime in Hamilton this is not a good situation for residents or the policemen's safety. 

There was zero calls to residents to warn them of the live 30,000 volts that was swinging in the breeze to tell them to stay inside.
It took PSEG all day to fix this situation. Residents reached out to the mayors office, all calls went unresponded to. Residents in this Cornell Heights area have been trying to contact the mayor and the leadership for years on the tractor trailer issue in the neighborhood. All plea's for help go unanswered. Due to the fact these cries for help continue to be unanswered, residents that day reached out to Govenor Christie's office. They got one of his assistants. This assistants very snotty response was," Govenor Christie is not responsible for helping with this situation. He has nothing to do with your safety".
Thank God there are term limits for governors, because we need a govenor that cares about NJ residents safety.  Too bad  there are no term limits for mayors. The governors need to care when local leadership is not responding to residents and allowing unsafe communities to fluorish. What is happening in Hamilton, Mercer county is quite concerning for residents and the police department.The recent crime reports are equally as concerning in the township.

What would happen if Hamilton township had a large issue occur? We guess you better hope you have a shelter to go hide in on your property. For the local leadership will not help or guide residents on how to be safe. 

Posted by tammyduffy at 8:50 AM EST
Updated: Saturday, 4 March 2017 8:58 AM EST
Friday, 3 March 2017
China's 'Kung Fu Grandma' still teaching martial arts at 93





China's 'Kung Fu Grandma' still teaching martial arts at 93



 China's 93-year-old "Kung Fu Grandma" has been practicing martial arts for 89 years and says she has no plans to stop anytime soon.


Zhejiang province resident Zhang Hexian, 93, dubbed the "Kung Fu Grandma," said she started learning kung fu from her father when she was only a toddler.


"I started when I was four years old," Zhang told CNN. "It's my family tradition that has lasted more than 300 years."


"I was born in 1924, at a time when China was at war with other countries," she said. "So [kung fu] was also a good way to learn self defense."


"My dad took me to sleep at that time. When we woke up in the morning, we started practicing kung fu in bed. I learned basic martial arts skills such as pushing palm and throwing a punch at an early age," Zhang told Chinese news agency CCTV.


Zhang, whose hometown is known as "the village of martial arts" due to the popularity of kung fu, followed in her father's footsteps by instructing her family. She said many of her family members have now moved away, so she teaches her neighbors.


Zhang said she was amused to learn that she had become famous as the "Kung Fu Grandma" online.


"I never thought about being famous," she said. "If people love kung fu, my family can teach them. We have been teaching people around here -- but I never imagined we'd get the attention of others around the world."

Posted by tammyduffy at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: Friday, 3 March 2017 7:41 PM EST
Wednesday, 1 March 2017
Toxic Town




Congoleum demolition on Sloan Rd Hamilton NJ


Residents in Hamilton, NJ, Mercer County are very worried. They are worried because their leadership again remains silent on a critical issue. 


For several months the old Congoleum site on Sloan Rd has been in demolition mode.  Over the past week a unique thing has been happening. 



There are numerous dead geese scattered near the site on a daily basis. Why are all the geese all of the sudden dying since the active demolition at the site?  We have not had a lot of rain and on numerous days during residents daily exercise runs,there are dust clouds that blow through the neighborhood from the site. It's overwhelming. 


Initially, during the demolition there were water trucks out there, but that lasted just a few days.  The team drivers driving the demo equipment are also not wearing protective gear. That is not acceptable. They are being exposed to all the toxins on that site. Residents were under the impression that there was a lot of soil, water and other remediation to be done prior to demolition. Everyone is very surprised to see the demo taking place at the expediated rate that it is.

Residents have contacted the township and have received zero response in regards to all these dead geese and the dust plumes. The residents deserve answers.

In July 2015 forms were submitted to indicate that liquid phase phthalate had be found at the site.  The detrimental effects of these contaminates are pretty severe.

This is a repeat performance by the township leadership. During the demolition of the American Standard factory, allowed contaminates to blow around to the detriment of the residents.  The mayor of the time issued an executive order to stop construction and mandate processes to ensure the safety of the public due to the issues.

The residents of the Cornell Heights area deserve a SAFE ENVIRONMENT. This is not acceptable in the eyes of the residents.  The residents  have asked  the DEP for a detailed report and update on what is going on at the site remediation. They want to know what has been done to the surrounding areas to protect the safety of the environment, the waterways and the residents.  The detrimental effects of these contaminates at the site can be pretty severe.

The residents of the Cornell Heights in Mercer County, Hamilton Township, area deserve a SAFE ENVIRONMENT! the lack of continued response from the leadership is not acceptable. So residents reached out to the DEP and they look forward to their response.

We hope to see in the near future a detailed report and update on what is going on at the site remediation. They have also asked the DEP what they are doing to ensure the safety of the surrounding Miry Run area, and the waters surrounding the area, since the demolition began.

Posted by tammyduffy at 8:18 AM EST
Sunday, 26 February 2017
How Safe Are Residents in Hamilton, Mercer County?












How Safe Are Residents in Hamilton, Mercer County?




The leadership has been silent on crime of late. Residents interviewed do not feel safe. The feelings of residents are clearly justified in the recent crime reports. The reports demonstrate the following:  These results come directly from  NJSP (New Jersey State Police reports).




Hamilton, Mercer County Results from 2015 to 2016



Robbery by firearm from 2015 to 2016 is up another 190%.


Since 2014 Robbery by firearm has gone up 440% in Hamilton NJ, Mercer County in total.


Robbery by other dangerous weapon up another 133%


Since 2014 Robbery by dangerous weapon has gone up 533% in Hamilton NJ, Mercer County in total.


Assault by gun up another 75%


Since 2014 Assault by gun has gone up 200% in Hamilton NJ, Mercer County in total.


Aggravated Assault up another 5.3%


Since 2014 Aggravated Assault has gone up 76.5% in Hamilton NJ, Mercer County in total.


Forcible and Unlawful entry up another 8%

Since 2014 Forcible and unlawful entry has gone up 76.5% in Hamilton NJ, Mercer County in total.


Larceny up another 6%


Since 2014 larceny has gone up 69.2% in Hamilton NJ, Mercer County in total.


By the end of 2015, Rape was up by 63.6%.

By the end of 2015, attempted rape was up by 100%



On February 27,2017 the new 2017 NSP report was released. The results so far are demonstrating, comparing Jan 2016 to Jan 2017:


Forcible and unlawful entry for Hamilton residents is already demonstrating an already additional 72.7% increase. Forcible entry in the city of Trenton in the new year, demonstrates a 46.3% DECREASE!


Unlawful entry for Hamilton residents is already demonstrating an additional 50% increase. Unlawful entry in the city of Trenton in the new year, demonstrates a 57.7% DECREASE!


Simple assault for Hamilton residents is already demonstrating an additional 106.3% increase. Simple assault in the city of Trenton in the new year, demonstrates a 35.3% increase. Hamilton is demonstrating a 71% higher rate of simple assault in January than the city of Trenton in 2017.


Stay safe everyone....be alert!



Posted by tammyduffy at 10:41 AM EST
Updated: Sunday, 26 February 2017 11:16 AM EST





credit: Robert Gladden / ©A.M.P.A.S.



Upon recommendation by the Sound Branch Executive Committee, the Academy’s Board of Governors voted Thursday (2/23) to rescind the Sound Mixing nomination for Greg P. Russell from "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" for violation of Academy campaign regulations.  The decision was prompted by the discovery that Russell had called his fellow members of the Sound Branch during the nominations phase to make them aware of his work on the film, in direct violation of a campaign regulation that prohibits telephone lobbying.  An additional nominee for "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" will not be named in his place.  The remaining Sound Mixing nominees for the film are Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth.


"The Board of Governors’ decision to rescind Mr. Russell’s nomination was made after careful consideration," said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.  "The Academy takes very seriously the Oscars voting process and anything – no matter how well-intentioned – that may undermine the integrity of that process."


The Board determined that Russell’s actions violated a campaign regulation that unequivocally prohibits telephone lobbying.  It states that "contacting Academy members by telephone to promote a film or achievement is expressly forbidden, even if such contact is in the guise of checking to make sure a screener or other mailing was received."


The members from each of the Academy’s branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, musicians, composers and lyricists vote the nominations for song and score.


During the nominations process, all 456 voting members of the Sound Branch received a reminder list of film titles eligible in the Sound Mixing category in order to vote.


The nominees for Sound Mixing are:

Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye

Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace

Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A. Morrow

David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth


The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.  The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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Saturday, 25 February 2017
Former Guerrilla Girls Address Art and Activism in a Free Public Program at the Zimmerli on February 27





Former Guerrilla Girls Address Art and Activism

in a Free Public Program at the Zimmerli on

February 27


 Guerrilla Girls



The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers invites the public to “Artists and Activism: A View from Behind the Gorilla Mask” on Monday, February 27, beginning at 7 p.m.

This free program features two former members of the original Guerrilla Girls, a group of anonymous artists that formed in 1985 to expose inequality within the art world, to discuss their experiences carrying out that mission. Please note that the talk takes place in Voorhees Hall 105, adjacent to the Zimmerli. A public reception follows in the museum lobby.


Artists and Activism: A View from Behind the Gorilla Mask” welcomes two guest speakers who discuss their experiences with the Guerrilla Girls, artwork that has been inspired by the group’s mission, and the ongoing efforts of artists to bring attention to the inequality that persists in the art world, often reflecting the attitudes and trends of society at large. From the beginning, the group has used humor and statistics to draw attention to the minimal representation of women and artists of color, as well as the frequent objectification of women in art, in museums and galleries.


Over the 30 years of their history, the group has addressed issues such as gender, income inequality in the arts and in business, and the importance of funding for women’s health. Members assume the names of historic women artists and wear gorilla masks in public to conceal their identities, focusing on the issues rather than individuals (a practice the speakers observe). The event coincides with the Zimmerli’s exhibition Guerrilla (And Other) Girls: Art/Activism/Attitude, which includes the group’s witty and incisive posters, on loan from the Rutgers University Libraries Special Collections and University Archives, as well as works by women artists who have been aligned with the group’s mission, drawn mostly from the Zimmerli’s collection. “Artists and Activism” is free and open to the public. For more details, please visit www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu




The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum houses more than 60,000 works of art, ranging from ancient to contemporary art. The permanent collection features particularly rich holdings in 19th-century French art; Russian art from icons to the avant-garde; Soviet nonconformist art from the Dodge Collection; and American art with notable holdings of prints. In addition, small groups of antiquities, old master paintings, as well as art inspired by Japan and original illustrations for children’s books, provide representative examples of the museum’s research and teaching message at Rutgers. One of the largest and most distinguished university-based art museums in the nation, the Zimmerli is located on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Established in 1766, Rutgers is America’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning and a premier public research university.



Admission is free to the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers. The museum is located at 71 Hamilton Street (at George Street) on the College Avenue Campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. The Zimmerli is a short walk from the NJ Transit train station in New Brunswick, midway between New York City and Philadelphia.


The Zimmerli Art Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and select first Tuesdays of the month, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and major holidays, as well as the month of August.


PaparazZi Café is open Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a variety of breakfast, lunch, and snack items. The café is closed weekends and major holidays, as well as the months of July and August.


For more information, visit the museum’s website www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu or call 848.932.7237.



The Zimmerli’s operations, exhibitions, and programs are funded in part by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and income from the Avenir Foundation Endowment and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment, among others. Additional support comes from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts and the Estate of Victoria J. Mastrobuono; and donors, members, and friends of the museum.


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