News & Events

News & Events
3-13-17
Winter Storm Stella:

Please be advised, the coming weather system has the potential to drop 18 to 24 inches of heavy snow on our area. It is projected to start sometime around Midnight tonight and end late afternoon Tuesday. There will be complete white outs and high winds. When out walking, please stay to pedestrian areas only (stay out of streets) and wear highly visible clothing. Watch for downed trees and power lines, don’t go near them, report to the police dept. right away.

Keep in mind, the police dept. has the medicine pickup program with the Frenchtown Pharmacy for anyone not able to get out to get their medicines. Please call to arrange in as much advance as possible with the Pharmacy.

As this is expected to be a heavy snow, when shoveling, please use extreme caution and don’t overexert yourself.

During the storm any NON EMERGENCY questions, please call police headquarters at 908-996-2341 and leave a message.

If you have an EMERGENCY please call 911 or dispatch at 908-996-4820.

Mayor Brad Myhre and OEM, Karen Harmon are declaring a preliminary State of Emergency.

2-13-17

We would like to thank Ms. Lois Bondler’s 3rd grade class students at Frenchtown Elementary School for the terrific pictures they made for the Police Officer’s and support person at this department! We appreciate the positive messages very much!!

12-22-2016

Red Christmas gift box and baubles on background of defocused golden lights.

All of us here at the Frenchtown Borough Police Department Wish you the beauty, blessings and joy this season brings. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
10-20-16
The Frenchtown Halloween Parade will be held on Saturday October 29th, 2016. Registration will be at the American Legion on 6th Street from 3pm to 6pm. Parade forms on River Road by the Bridge at 6pm, step off is 6:30pm. Judging will be at the Legion.
Trick or Treating will be on Monday October 31st from 6 to 8pm.
 7-8-16
Police Remembrance
4-14-16
File of Life:
We would like to remind everyone about our File of Life program. The packet offered contains 1 Red sticker, 1 Clear/Red folder, 1 card which will contain your vital information. This is a great and easy way for First Responders to get your vital information in the event you are unable to give that information yourself.
The card is filled in with your vital/emergency/medical information and is placed in the folder. The Sticker would then be secured to and the folder placed in an area which can be easily found by First Responders (ex. the refrigerator). For further details contact us at 908-996-2341.
File of life

4-14-16

Project Medicine Drop:
During the past few months we have collected 54 lbs of medication.  Anyone is welcome to come in to Police Headquarters to drop off any old medication in the Drop Box located here. We can accept any medications with the exceptions of liquids and sharps (needles).  All medications get incinerated. If you have any questions, please call us at 908-996-2341

Medicine Drop ready for incineration 4-14-15 - 3

 

 

Date:  4-3-16

Incident:  Property Damage

Officer:  Ptl. Edward Krutsick

On Saturday April 3, 2016, a large tree fell behind 13 Kingwood Ave., damaging the roof of 13 Kingwood along with 2 windows at 15 Kingwood Ave.  In the driveway between both residences 2 vehicles sustained damage, 1 being a 2006 Jeep Laredo, which was totaled, the other being a 2006 VW Jetta which sustained front end damage.  Both vehicles are owned by the residents at 15 Kingwood Ave.

The Frenchtown Fire Dept. responded and did an excellent job in securing the roof at 13 Kingwood Ave., and then removing the tree from the damaged vehicles.

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3-22-16  Just a reminder – Community Easter Egg Hunt 3-26-16

Easter Egg Hunt Flyer

 

3-18-16

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3-7-16

Community Easter Egg Hunt -March 26th

Easter Egg Hunt Flyer

2-4-16

Frenchtown Borough Police Dept. Chief Allan W. Kurylka, Patrolman Paul Murphy, Patrolman Edward Krutsick and Patrolman Robert Young Jr. dressed to attend the services for Det. Matthew McGinley.

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1-28-16

Winter Storm Jonas – Blizzard 2016

Wow, we got hit with 31″ of snow and what an adventure! I would like to acknowledge and thank the following:

My Officers, who worked endless hours prior to the start of the storm to well after its conclusion.

Our Road Department also, who suffered some vehicular breakdowns and overcame them.

The Hunterdon County Road Department and Bridges, thank you for your prompt response.

Frenchtown and Hunterdon County OEM.

Great job Matarazzo Excavating for helping with snow removal!

Kudos to the Frenchtown Fire Dept., they were superior in assisting with pulling out stuck vehicles.

To our Resident’s and Business Owners, a very special thanks for being helpful and supportive!

And to our Mayor, Brad Myhre, thank you very much for opening that account at Napoli to feed all the workers, it was really appreciated!

To anyone I may have missed, my apologies and thank you all for the support and help during this historic storm!

Allan W. Kurylka

Chief of Police

 

12-31-15

All of us here at the Frenchtown Police Dept. want to wish everyone a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year!

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12-23-15

All of us here at the Frenchtown Police Dept. want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year!
Christmas Ornament

 

11-25-15

The Frenchtown Police Department would like to wish everyone a Happy, Healthy and Safe Thanksgiving Holiday!

11/6/2015

I would like to thank the following for making our Halloween Parade and Halloween a success. the Frenchtown American Legion, Parade Judges, Frenchtown Fire Department, Frenchtown O.E. M., Milford-Holland Rescue Squad, Holland C.E.R.T.

Thank you again for making these events a success!

Allan W. Kurylka

Chief of Police

 

11-4-15

Congratulations to Brad Myhre on winning the election for Mayor of Frenchtown.  We have worked with Brad in the past with positive results and we look forward to working with him again.  We know that our residents will be happy also with the end results of the hard work ahead of him.  Again, Congratulations from the Frenchtown Police Dept.

 

10-28-15

Reminders**

We will be handing out reflective wristbands at Frenchtown School the week of 10/26/15. There will be a limited supply of additional wristbands that can be picked up at Police Headquarters between the hours of 8 and 4 before Friday.

Reflective Wristband Flyer 2015

The Frenchtown Halloween Parade will be held on Friday October 30th, 2015. Registration will be at the American Legion on 6th Street from 4pm to 6pm. Parade forms on River Road by the Bridge at 6pm, step off is 6:30pm. Judging will be at the Legion.

Trick or Treating will be on Saturday October 31st from 6 to 8pm.

10-23-15

We will be handing out reflective wristbands at Frenchtown School the week of 10/26/15. There will be a limited supply of additional wristbands that can be picked up at Police Headquarters between the hours of 8 and 4 before Friday.

Reflective Wristband Flyer 2015

 

10-22-15

Reminder:
The Frenchtown Halloween Parade will be held on Friday October 30th, 2015. Registration will be at the American Legion on 6th Street from 4pm to 6pm. Parade forms on River Road by the Bridge at 6pm, step off is 6:30pm. Judging will be at the Legion.

Trick or Treating will be on Saturday October 31st from 6 to 8pm.

 

10-21-2015

This is an important update from your electric company, Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L).

JCP&L has received increased reports of scammers targeting utility customers.  In the latest scam, a telephone caller poses as an electric utility company employee and threatens to shut off the customer’s power unless an immediate payment is made.  In many cases, the customer is told to pay using a pre-paid debit card, such as a Green Dot/MoneyPak card, a money transfer service like Money Gram or Western Union, or in person at a physical location.

Be aware that scammers often use Caller ID spoofing software to lead you to believe you are receiving a call from JCP&L, and/or provide you with a fake “verification” phone number.  These call-back numbers may even include exact replicas of greetings and hold messages you would hear when calling JCP&L’s Contact Center.
Facts to remember:
·        If your account is past-due, you will receive a written notice of your account status, with instructions on how to avoid disconnection of service.
·        While JCP&L representatives may call a customer whose bill is in arrears in order to remind them that a payment is due, the representative would explain how a payment can be made using JCP&L’s established payment options.
·        They will not demand a payment over the phone or at a particular physical location.
·         JCP&L does not accept prepaid debit cards or wire transfers as payment, and our representatives will not demand your bank information or credit card number over the phone.
What you should do:
·        If you receive a suspicious call, hang up immediately.
·        If you believe you have been a victim of this scam, please contact your local police department or the state attorney general’s office.
·        If you have purchased a Green Dot card to pay your electric bill and would like to request a refund from Green Dot/MoneyPak, visit www.moneypak.com/refundrequest.aspx.*
*FirstEnergy is not affiliated with Green Dot Corporation and is not responsible for any refunds associated with Green Dot purchases.  Any questions regarding the MoneyPak Refund Request should be directed to Green Dot Corporation.
Visit the Scam and Fraud Information section on the FirstEnergy website at www.firstenergycorp.com/scaminfo for updates on known scams and tips to help ensure the safety of your family, property and personal information.

 

10-20-15

Please note how to report streetlight outages in the document attached.

Streetlight outage reporting

10-8-15

The Frenchtown Halloween Parade will be held on Friday October 30th, 2015.  Registration will be at the American Legion on 6th Street from 4pm to 6pm.  Parade forms on River Road by the Bridge at 6pm, step off is 6:30pm.  Judging will be at the Legion.

Trick or Treating will be on Saturday October 31st from 6 to 8pm.

 

DEA RX Take Back Day, September 26, 2015 10am – 2pm

DEA Rx Take Back Day

 

Community Safe Syringe Disposal Program information:

Community Safe Syringe Face

Community Safe Syringe Inside

 

I would like to extend a huge thank you to EVERYONE who helped make the Fireworks in Frenchtown on Sunday September 6th, 2015 a huge success.   With special thanks to the Frenchtown Fire Dept. and Rescue Squad. The biggest thanks, however, must go to Dr. Boom for the spectacular display. The fireworks were enjoyed immensely by everyone who viewed them!

Allan W. Kurylka

Chief of Police

 

Reminder:  Fireworks Sunday September 6, 2015 at Dusk  – Old Frenchtown Field, Harrison Street, Frenchtown

Parking will be allowed in the old Bio Serve lot across from Edith Ort Thomas elementary school.

Riverfest will also be taking place on Bridge Street from 12-5pm.  Come and enjoy all of the scheduled events and visit the stores in town.

Any questions, please contact us at 908-996-4820

 

 

 

DEA Rx Take Back Day

 

 

As you know we were unable to host National Night Out this year (It will be back next year). We are pleased to announce that on September 6th, at dusk, we will be hosting Fireworks in our park, across from Edith Ort Thomas school. Dr. Boom promises this will be bigger than ever.

Also, earlier in the day, River Fest will be held on Bridge Street from 12pm to 5pm.

This will be a spectacular day, so come on out.

 

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.

 

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.

The Frenchtown Police Department would like to remind residents that the Frenchtown Police Department has arranged for “Emergency Pick Up”, of needed medications for Senior Citizens/Shut Ins, from the Frenchtown Pharmacy.

This service is provided as a “Quality of Life Issue” within the Borough of Frenchtown.

This is a direct result of the collaboration of the Frenchtown Police Department and the Frenchtown Pharmacy.

The criterion for this service is as follows:

Individuals must be a current customer of the Frenchtown Pharmacy. However, medical emergencies will be considered by the Frenchtown Pharmacy and dealt with accordingly.

Medications will be picked up after a phone call from the customer to the Pharmacy. At that time, customers will authorize the Police Department to pick up and deliver their medications. For new or emergency customer, the customer will provide all necessary information to the Pharmacy via telephone.

Weather is such that Seniors/Shut Ins, can not respond to the Pharmacy themselves.

The Pharmacy will take credit card information over the phone or bill the customer. The Police Department will not handle any money.

A prescription should be on file with the Frenchtown Pharmacy or information should be provided to the Pharmacy, so the customer’s doctor can be contacted, if necessary.

Requests need to be made during normal Pharmacy hours and a Frenchtown Police Officer must be on duty.

Individuals will be required to complete a form, provided by the Police Department, showing receipt of the medication(s).

 

The Frenchtown Borough Police Department has been given a Permanent Prescription Drop Off Box. The public is encouraged to take the opportunity to dispose all of their unused or expired household pharmaceutical waste by bringing it to Police Hq’s and placing the medication into the Drop Box. You and what medications are being deposited into the Drop Box will be anonymous.

The Drop Box accepts household medications, pills, capsules, patches and pet medications. The Drop Box will NOT accept mail, trash, syringes or liquids.

The public may come to Police Hq’s 27 Second St, Frenchtown, NJ at any time.
We are please to announce that Stephen Scully did finally meet his favorite race car driver, Tony Stewart on June 2, 2013. Also, Tony Stewart won the race. Congratulations to Stephen and Tony Stewart.

 

 

A message from Chief Kurylka:

I request everyone who is applying for a Purchaser ID Card for a Firearm and /or a Handgun Permit, please make sure the application is properly completed in its entirety. Follow instructions on each line. This form also must be completed in duplicate. If there are any questions, please call me at 908-996-2341.

Thank you,

Chief Kurylka

 

 

Important Messages delivered by Nixle

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in News | 0 comments

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Street Smart Campaign

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in News | 0 comments

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

A Message from Chief Kurylka

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in News | 0 comments

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.

Strong Arm Robbery

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in News | 0 comments

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.

Spreading Christmas Joy

Posted by on Dec 29, 2014 in News | 0 comments

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

Happy Holidays

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in News | 0 comments

On behalf of Chief Kurylka and the officers of the Frenchtown Police Department, we would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year.

 

 

A message from Frenchtown Police Dept and JCP&L/First Energy

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in News | 0 comments

A message from Frenchtown Police Dept and JCP&L/First Energy

lightsThe holiday season is the most popular time for home decoration. JCP&L/First Energy offers the following safety tips to ensure holiday lighting displays remain safe throughout the season.

OUTDOOR LIGHTING SAFETY

-Check all lights for frayed wires or areas where insulation has pulled away from plugs or sockets. Discard and replace any damaged light strings.
-Take extra care using a ladder to install lights – avoid contact with overhead wires and make sure the ladder is placed on solid, level ground that isn’t slippery.
-Ensure that tacks or nails used to hold light strings do not pierce any insulation on wires or light sockets.
-Use only extension cords that are approved for outdoor use. Those cords must meet rigorous safety standards that indoor cords may not meet.
-Outdoor lights, inflatables and other decorations should be plugged into outlets protected by ground fault interrupters.
-Place outdoor lights on a timer or turn them off before you go to bed.

INDOOR LIGHTING SAFETY

-Inspect all light strings and cords for any damage, including frayed wires or insulation that has pulled away from light sockets or plugs. Also check for chewing or scratching damage if you have pets in the house. Discard and replace any damaged light strings.
-Live trees should be kept well-watered.
-No more than three (3) strings of standard indoor lights should be connected to any extension cord.
-Make sure cords are placed where they wont be stepped on, kinked or pose a tripping hazard.
-Lights should not be permitted to touch drapes, furniture or carpeting.
-Lights should be turned off overnight and when no one is home.

A message from Chief Kurylka

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Dear Residents,

I have seen some emails, messages being sent via social media.

I would like to share the following information about Ebola with you.

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has increased the possibility of patients with Ebola traveling from the affected countries to the United States. The likelihood of contracting Ebola is extremely low unless a person has direct unprotected contact with the body fluids of a person (like urine, saliva, feces, vomit, sweat, and semen) who is sick with Ebola or direct handling of bats or nonhuman primates from areas with Ebola outbreaks. Initial signs and symptoms of Ebola include sudden fever, chills, and muscle aches with diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain occurring after about 5 days. Other symptoms such as chest pains, shortness of breath, headache, or confusion, may also develop. Symptoms may become increasingly severe and may include jaundice (yellow skin), severe weight loss, mental confusion, bleeding inside and outside the body, shock, and multi-organ failure.

The incubation period for Ebola, from exposure or when signs or symptoms appear, ranges from 2-21 days (most commonly 8-10 days). Any Ebola patient with sign or symptoms should be considered infectious. Ebola patients without symptoms are not contagious. The prevention of Ebola includes actions to avoid exposure to blood or body fluids of infected patients through contact with skin, mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, or mouth, or injuries with contaminated needles or other sharp objects.

This information has been obtained via the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

If you should have any questions please contact Division of Public Health 908-788-1351

Lets all use good common sense.

If you wish to talk to me, my door is open, or call, 908-996-2341

Your Chief of Police

AWK

 

 

 

Hunterdon Pedestrian Safety Awareness Month: “Be Safe, Know your Space”

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in News | 0 comments

This years message, “Be Safe: Know your Space”, reminds pedestrians that when there are no sidewalks present, they should walk/run facing traffic.

Motorists:

* Watch for pedestrians as you would watch for wildlife along side of the road.

* Give pedestrians walking along the side of the road about 3 feet of clearance

* Be particularly aware in the early morning hours and in the evening when darkness, sun glare, or shadows can impede vision

* Stop and stay stopped for pedestrians in marked crosswalks (it’s the law)

* Avoid distractions while driving (cell phone, texting, eating)

Pedestrians:

* Use marked crosswalks and sidewalks. Do not jay-walk

* Stop and look left, right and left again before crossing

* Where there is no sidewalk, walk FACING traffic.

* Make eye contact with drivers

* When using earphones, remove one earbud so that you can hear oncoming cars.

* Avoid distractions such as texting or talking on your cell phone

* Wear hi-visibility clothing (hi-viz yellow) and reflectives

 

Streetlight Outage

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Streetlights brighten up a community and help keep it attractive and safe. If you see a streetlight out, please read and follow the below…

Call our automated outage reporting line at 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877). For faster service, use the phone number associated with your account and say “streetlight problem” after the greeting.

Visit www.firstenergycorp.com and select your electric company. Under Outages, c lick on “Report Streetlight Problems.”

WHEN YOU CONTACT FIRST ENERGY, PLEASE LET THEM KNOW THE FOLLOWING:

Your name and phone number, in case we need more information.

Address where the streetlight located – neatest house or business address and the nearest cross street.