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Street Smart Campaign

Mayor Warren Cooper and Police Chief Al Kurylka announced on May 11, 2015 that the Borough of Frenchtown is participating in a new pedestrian safety education campaign to reduce pedestrian-motor vehicle crashes in New Jersey. The local collaboration, “Frenchtown Street Smart” includes the Borough, local volunteers and HART Commuter Information Services, the local non-profit dedicated to sustainable transportation.

This campaign will focus on reinforcing four key behaviors to improve safety. Motorists will be reminded to obey posted speed limits and stop for pedestrians in crosswalks (as required by New Jersey law). Pedestrians will be reminded to use crosswalks. Both motorists and pedestrians will be encourage to avoid distractions, such as talking or texting on a cell phone.

“Everyone has a role to play in pedestrian safety,” says Mayor Warren Cooper. “Frenchtown’s participation in this program is based on our interest in keeping Frenchtown a safe, walkable community,” he adds.

“Approximately 4,000 vehicles travel the Uhlerstown-Frenchtown bridge daily,” says Chief Al Kurylka. “That is a significant volume of traffic traveling through the heart of our downtown,” he notes. “Keeping pedestrians safe is a top priority and we welcome a campaign like this to raise awareness of both motorists and pedestrians.”

The Street Smart Frenchtown awareness campaign includes a street banner on Bridge Street, posters, displays and information cards distributed throughout town to reinforce the four key behaviors noted above. Students from Frenchtown Elementary School have created lawn signs to promote the messaging and various forms of social media will be employed to spread the word.

Law enforcement officials will also monitor key locations for the safety of all roadway users. “We’ll be interacting with motorists to make sure they know and obey the law and stop for¬†pedestrians in the crosswalk,” said Chief Al Kurylka. “We’ll also be reminding pedestrians to use crosswalk or cross at intersections and not jaywalk.” Officers will also address speeding and distracted driving and walking, which often contribute to pedestrian-related crashes.

Businesses, organizations and individuals interested in helping to promote the Frenchtown Street Smart message in Frenchtown or in bringing a Street Smart campaign to their community may contact Liz Usmiani, liz@harttma.com or call 908-788-5553, or visit www.harttma.com/streetsmart

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A Message from Chief Kurylka

I would like to dispel a rumor  that the individual arrested in Tinicum Township for a home invasion was one of the subjects we had for soliciting without a permit. THIS IS NOT TRUE!

However, there are several vehicles being broken into on River Road in Pennsylvania. I urger you to lock your vehicles and by all means, DO NOT leave your keys or anything of value in the vehicle. If you should see anything suspicious or appears to be out of place, call the police.

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Strong Arm Robbery

On Sunday, March 22, 2015, Patrolman Robert Young Jr. responded to the Frenchtown IGA for a reported theft. Upon arrival, patrol met with a 91 year old female, who related that an unknown subject pulled her purse off of her shoulder and took off running. There was a witness who took off after the suspect. A search of the area was with negative results. The victim was not hurt and the total dollar amount in the purse was $20.00.

Description of the suspect is as follows: White male, dark blue jeans, green sweat jacket with hood on his head, 5′ 10″, 170 lbs, 19-20 years of age, slim build with no facial hair. If anyone has information, please contact the Frenchtown Police at 908-996-2341. The Hunterdon County Crime Stoppers have posted a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of this suspect.

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Spreading Christmas Joy

Christmas 2014 Collins 006On 12/24/14 the Frenchtown Police Department brought Christmas Joy to the Collin’s Family. Edward (EJ) was given a new bicycle, a new Police/Fire scanner and then as a surprise was taken to Country Arch Rest Home to spend some time with his father.

Group picture – George Collins, EJ, Chief Kurylka, Patrolman Robert Young Jr

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