St. Francis hospital up for sale, Legionnaires' Disease in Mercer County, Trenton's official candidate list & more

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St. Francis hospital in jeopardy of closing

A public hearing was held on September 12 at the Ambassador Banquet and Catering in Trenton, New Jersey to discuss Capital Health's proposed sale of St. Francis Medical Center. Members of the public were invited to file written comments and exhibits or appear at the hearing in-person or remotely and speak.

St. Francis Medical Center was founded in 1874 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia as Trenton’s first hospital. Today, it is an acute care teaching hospital with more than 300 medical staff physicians representing all specialties and a member of the Trinity Health System. Known as the Heart Hospital, St. Francis is Mercer County’s only comprehensive cardiac surgery program.

Critics of the proposed sale have stated the possibility of the hospital's closure would leave a major void in quality healthcare and jobs for city residents.

Members of the public wanting to submit written comments or other materials may provide them to representatives of the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety or the New Jersey Department of Health at the hearing or may send them any time before the time of the hearing or until the close of the record on September 19, 2022 by mail or email to:

New Jersey Dept. of Law & Public Safety

Division of Law

Hughes Justice Complex

25 Market Street

P.O. Box 106

Trenton, NJ 08625

Attention: Deputy Attorney General Eileen W. Siegeltuch

New Jersey Department of Health

Office of Legal and Regulatory Compliance

P.O. Box 360

Trenton, NJ 08625

Attention: Joy Lindo, Director

For more information, please contact Eileen W. Siegeltuch, Deputy Attorney General, at (609) 376-2891.

Reports of Legionnaires' Cases in Mercer County

There have been two more cases of Legionnaires' disease reported in Hamilton Township this past August. According to Trenton Water Works, their customers should take precaution of possible Legionella growth in their water systems.

Legionella is a form of bacteria that quickly morphs into a disease of the lungs if ingested. It is most commonly found in outdoor bodies of water such as lakes and rivers. However, they are often found in man-made water systems such as water storage tanks, hot tubs, spa pools, humidifiers and generally treated drinking water.

Health officials of Mercer County say that this is not an issue for healthy individuals but those who are 50 years-old or older or have underlying health conditions should take heed of possible infection. Here a few ways to take precautionary measures:

  • After periods without usage, allow faucets and showers to run for three minutes at the least
  • Routinely clean shower heads, faucet aerators, and water filters used throughout your home
  • Maintain your hot water tank temperature to 120℉

Mercer County to Hold First Annual Half Marathon

It’s time to break out your old pair of running sneakers and start training right away – Robbinsville Township will hold Mercer County’s first annual half marathon on Sept. 18.

The half marathon features a U.S.A Track and Field certified 13.1-mile course that passes through Robbinsville’s tranquil country roads and farmland.

The course gets started at Robbinsville Community Park located at 14 West Manor Way. It begins bright and early at 8 a.m. sharp and will conclude at approximately 11 a.m. The marathon will be held rain or shine, so ponchos are recommended, just in case.

To find out more information, visit

Celebrating Puerto Rican Arts and Culture at the Conservatory Mansion

Saturday, September 25, 2022 from 3 pm to 7 pm, Casa Cultura and the Trenton Puerto Rican Community & Friends Organization are joining together to host the celebration of Puerto Rican musical group, Hermanos Gonzalez. Artist Jazmyn Jones will also be in the building featuring pieces dedicated to her Puerto Rican roots. The Puerto Rican culture will be celebrated in the form of music, food, and ambiance. This event will be held outdoors. Bring your lawn chairs and dancing shoes.

Congratulations to all the candidates who have been certified by the city clerk. Trenton, get to know these names. They may be your next city council members.

Job Postings

Looking for means of employment? You can find listings of various job opportunities in the Trenton area here.

This Week’s Weather

Figuring whether to bring an umbrella along with you this week? This week shows partly cloudy conditions with scattered storms throughout the area with a high of 82℉. For this week’s weather forecast, click here.

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