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East Brunswick Schools Affected By Shelter In Place

November 12, 2019

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ--Earlier today, a suspicious person led to a need for three schools to issue a shelter in place order for a period in the early afternoon.  The following was issued by the East Brunswick School District:

At 2:10 PM today EBPD received a report of a suspicious male, possibly carrying a weapon, in the area of Arthur Street near East Brunswick High School (EBHS). During ...

2019-2020 Community Programs Free High School Equivalency and Citizenship Programs

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Public School District Community Programs Department is offering High School Equivalency and Citizenship programs free of charge to all Adult East Brunswick residents, as well those in as surrounding communities.

The High School Equivalency Program is currently running and will conclude in May. Classes are held on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from ...

East Brunswick Public Library to Screen Documentary "American Creed"

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ  – East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) and the East Brunswick Human Relations Council are hosting a screening of the PBS documentary American Creed on December 4 at 7:00 pm. The screening is followed by a Community Conversation facilitated by Sylvia Chan-Malik, Ph.D., of Rutgers University.

 

In the documentary ...

Rutgers Gets $34.5M Grant for its Protein Data Bank

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The RCSB Protein Data Bank headquartered at Rutgers University–New Brunswick has been awarded $34.5 million in grants over five years from three U.S. government agencies.

The funding – an approximately 5% increase over the previous five-year period – covers ongoing operations and will expand the reach of the world’s only open-access, digital data ...

Watson Coleman Joins Delegation to Israel, Meets with Israeli and Palestinian Leaders

November 8, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) spent the November District Work Period learning more about both the strategic partnership between America and Israel and the challenges facing the region while on the ground in Israel with the American Israel Educational Foundation (AIEF), the charitable organization affiliated with AIPAC.

Watson Coleman, along with a ...

Spotswood Department Of Public Works Hiring

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Department of Public Works is seeking a full-time sanitation laborer. The union position comes with benefits and a starting salary of $32,469. Applications can be downloaded online and returned in person to Cate Leedy in the Spotswood Borough Administration Office or emailed to cleedy@spotswoodboro.com. Interested candidates can view the full list of required duties online or ...

East Brunswick Public Library to Screen Documentary "American Creed"

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ  – East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) and the East Brunswick Human Relations Council are hosting a screening of the PBS documentary American Creed on December 4 at 7:00 pm. The screening is followed by a Community Conversation facilitated by Sylvia Chan-Malik, Ph.D., of Rutgers University.

 

In the documentary ...

Car Hits Construction Vehicle, then Another Vehicle in Route 18 Crash

November 15, 2019

OLD BRIDGE, NJ - An accident occurred when a car traveling south in the left lane of Route !8 hit a road construction vehicle and then sped into the right lane this morning.

Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Chief William Volkert of the Old Bridge Police Department announced today that police are investigating a motor vehicle crash in which one person was ...

Jamesburg Man Charged with Murder in Stabbing Deaths of his Father and Another Township Resident

JAMESBURG, NJ - A dangerous blaze covered the evidence of two murders in a Jamesburg house fire last Wednesday, November 6, 2019.  Jaree D. Kitchen has been charged with the first-degree murder of his father Clifford Kitchen.  Now he will face the same charge in the stabbing death of Gregory Fischer.

Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Chief ...

5 Adult Day Care Employees Indicted for Abusing Patients in East Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Four New Brunswick residents who work at Broadway Respite and Home Care facility in East Brunswick are among those facing charges after police say two severely disabled individuals were physically abused at the facility in May.  Broadway Respite provides daycare and therapy for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

A grand jury returned ...

Two Murders in Jamesburg Covered by House Fire

JAMESBURG, NJ - Two people were murdered this week in Jamesburg, with a home fire providing at least a dangerous distraction from the violent crimes.

Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christie L. Bevacqua and Chief James J. Craparotta of the Jamesburg Police Department announced today that Jaree D. Kitchen, 21-year-old borough man, has been arrested and charged with murder and aggravated ...

Two Found Dead at the Location of a Fire in Jamesburg

JAMESBURG, NJ -  Two people were found dead when first responders went to a fire in a single-family home in Jamesburg.  Neither the cause of death nor the identities of the individuals is known at this time.

Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christie L. Bevacqua and Chief James J. Craparotta of the Jamesburg Bridge Police Department announced today that two people were found dead ...

Piscataway Woman Charged with Vehicular Homicide for Stelton Road Head-on Collision

November 16, 2019

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Nijer Reaves, 20 of Piscataway has been arrested on vehicular homicide charges for an Oct. 6 head-on collision that killed a motorcyclist on Stelton Road, said Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Piscataway Police Chief, Michael McLaughlin on Friday.

Reaves’s charges were upgraded to vehicular homicide in the second degree after the ...

Man Charged with First-Degree Murder of Co-Worker in Plainsboro

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Following a case that shocked Central New Jersey this summer, a Camden County man was indicted on seven charges resulting from the killing of his coworker when she went home on her lunch break.  Kenneth Saal is facing a mandatory life without parole sentence on the first-degree murder count.

Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet announced ...

Basketball Coach Arrested for the Alleged Sexual Assault of a Child

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - A 29-year-old Woodbridge man who serves as a basketball coach at a Red Bank-based private training club has been arrested for the alleged sexual assault of a child.

Corey J. Pinto, who serves as a coach at Hoops America, was arrested Wednesday and charged with 12 criminal counts including aggravated first-degree sexual assault, according to a press release issued by ...

Mothers of Treyvon Martin, Eric Garner, Others to Speak at Rutgers About Social Justice

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Sybrina Fulton, Lesley McSpadden and Wanda Johnson are just a few members of a group that no one ever wants to join.

They are united in their heartbreak and outrage since their sons Trayvon Martin (Fulton), Michael Brown (McSpadden) and Oscar Grant (Johnson) were killed by gun violence.

Fulton, McSpadden, Johnson and the other members of The Mothers of the Movement are ...

Five East Brunswick Players Named to 2019 All-GMC Girls Tennis Team

November 13, 2019

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -- Five members of the East Brunswick girls tennis team were named to the Greater Middlesex All-Conference Team for 2019.

East Brunswick, the Group 4 state champion, won the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions for the first time in 11 years in October. The Bears defeated Moorestown Friends, 4-1, in the final.

Naomi Karki, Phoebe Su, Katie Wong, Christina Steiner and Anagha ...

Dash for Diapers (formerly Track Friday) Keeps Babies in Middlesex County Covered

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ -  The name may have changed, but the good stuff remains!  Back again this Thanksgiving, the Diaper Dash (formerly Track Friday) will be a day of fitness and fun to support the AECDC-Central Jersey Diaper Bank.  Burn off some of those Thanksgiving calories while giving back to the community.

Hosted at the Highland Park High School track on November 29 from ...

East Brunswick Football Program Made Measurable Strides in 2019

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -- Although the East Brunswick football team lost, 15-13, to Sayreville in the final game of the season Thursday night, the Bears made measurable strides to head into the new decade with what seems like a solid foundation for the future.

The Bears led at halftime, 13-7, and could have led by nine, but a 25-yard field goal attempt was ruled wide to the right with 35 seconds ...

Interfaith Council Collects Toys, Spreads Joy

November 10, 2019

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -  The East Brunswick Interfaith Clergy Council is sponsoring a Holiday Toy Drive for kids in the township.  

Residents are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys to the EB Rec Center at 334 Dunham's Corner Road through the month of November.

Items will be shared with local charities.

The feeling of joy will be shared with everyone.

East Brunswick's Annual Veterans Day Observance to Be Held on November 11

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ  – The Township of East Brunswick’s Veteran's Day Observance will be held on Monday, November 11, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. outdoors  in Veterans Park at the East Brunswick Municipal Complex, 1 Jean Walling Civic Center Drive.  In the event of inclement weather, the program will move indoors to the East Brunswick Senior Center.

The Township’s ...

The New Jersey Origins of Green Bean Casserole

November 16, 2019

Ever wonder where the Thanksgiving classic Green Bean Casserole came from? Turns out it was created in the Garden State.

The turkey day staple was invented in 1955 in Campbell’s test kitchen in Camden by recipe developer Dorcas Reilly, who Campbell’s refers to as the “Grandmother of Green Bean Casserole.”

According to Smithsonian.com, the Associated ...

Coyote Bites Man Near Rutgers Campus

PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers University Police are investigating a report of an aggressive coyote that bit a man along the Rutgers Preserve on Livingston Campus in Piscataway early Thursday morning,

Rutgers police have also closed the preserve to the public as they investigate the incident with the help of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, the police said.

The ...

Piscataway Woman Charged with Vehicular Homicide for Stelton Road Head-on Collision

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Nijer Reaves, 20 of Piscataway has been arrested on vehicular homicide charges for an Oct. 6 head-on collision that killed a motorcyclist on Stelton Road, said Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Piscataway Police Chief, Michael McLaughlin on Friday.

Reaves’s charges were upgraded to vehicular homicide in the second degree after the ...

East Brunswick: The History of the Public Schools: The First Era

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - 

One major draw for people who want to move to East Brunswick is our top-notch public schools. Speaking personally, it was the main reason my parents decided to move to this town. The school system has a long and extensive history. For this article, I will be addressing the first era of the public schools, followed by additional articles covering its continued ...

South Brunswick Shop-Rite Opens on Route 1 North

November 7, 2019

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Yesterday was the grand opening of a brand new Shop-Rite in South Brunswick located on Route 1, Monmouth Junction. The new state-of-the-art store will be approximately 72,000 square feet and will employ 300 plus employees, both part-time and full time. The first 125 customers to shop at the store received a complimentary goodie bag with groceries and flowers.

In ...

ShopRite of South Brunswick Set to Open

November 3, 2019

MONMOUTH JUNCTION, NJ - South Brunswick residents will have a new supermarket to head to as the ShopRite of South Brunswick opens on Wednesday, November 6 with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7 a.m. The 72,000 square foot supermarket will employ around 300 full and part-time associates.

“We are excited to bring a world class shopping experience to our customers," said Richard ...

Six Things to Help Evergreens Through Winter

November 13, 2019

Prepare your evergreens now before winter weather takes its toll on your boxwood, arborvitae and rhododendrons. Winter wind, sun, frozen soil, snow and ice can wreak havoc on our plants, especially evergreens.

Water plants, especially evergreens and new plantings, thoroughly before the ground freezes. Evergreens continue to lose moisture throughout the winter even when the soil is frozen or ...

South Brunswick Votes Down Open Space Tax Increase

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Last Night, voters in South Brunswick voted against a measure to increase funding to the Open Space, Recreation and Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund. If voted into law, the township would increase the usual four cents per $100 of collected property tax revenue that is spent on acquiring land and preserving water areas to seven cents. The measure would increase ...

Harvest Time for Cranberries in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens

Growing cranberries is a family business in New Jersey, with a lifestyle that involves intense work during a growing season, nurturing plants and flooding fields for gathering fruit. Nobody knows this better than Bill Cutts, one of three generations of family members who are now reaping the harvest deep in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens.

The Cutts family has been farming blueberries and ...

East Brunswick Honors Vets with Special Ceremony

November 13, 2019

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Township held their annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Municipal complex last night. The event consisted of a wreath ceremony to honor those who lost their lives in active combat, prayer sermons from both the Catholic and Jewish leadership in East Brunswick and a speech from a local veteran. The ceremony was performed with the assistance of the Veterans ...

Dash for Diapers (formerly Track Friday) Keeps Babies in Middlesex County Covered

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ -  The name may have changed, but the good stuff remains!  Back again this Thanksgiving, the Diaper Dash (formerly Track Friday) will be a day of fitness and fun to support the AECDC-Central Jersey Diaper Bank.  Burn off some of those Thanksgiving calories while giving back to the community.

Hosted at the Highland Park High School track on November 29 from ...

Interfaith Council Collects Toys, Spreads Joy

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -  The East Brunswick Interfaith Clergy Council is sponsoring a Holiday Toy Drive for kids in the township.  

Residents are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys to the EB Rec Center at 334 Dunham's Corner Road through the month of November.

Items will be shared with local charities.

The feeling of joy will be shared with everyone.

For "No Shave November, " the EBPD Lets Whiskers Roam Free

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Police Department is once again taking on No-Shave November to raise money for cancer awareness. Started in 2009, the movement at no-shave.org encourages individuals, businesses and organizations to forgo shaving the entire month of November to grow their hair in honor of cancer patients, many of which lose their own hair during treatment.

The ...

How Middlesex County is Welcoming Refugees

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ - Jolie fled Congo because of war and spent 10 years as a refugee in Uganda. When she finally boarded a plane to come to the United States, she brought her four children, two suitcases stuffed with their possessions and a dream of a better life.

"I didn't have a husband," she said. "He was dead in the war. I don't have (a) mother, no auntie. I ...

Coyote Bites Man Near Rutgers Campus

November 16, 2019

PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers University Police are investigating a report of an aggressive coyote that bit a man along the Rutgers Preserve on Livingston Campus in Piscataway early Thursday morning,

Rutgers police have also closed the preserve to the public as they investigate the incident with the help of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, the police said.

The ...

Hundreds Line Up in Somerville for Hepatitis A Vaccine

SOMERVILLE, NJ – For the second day in a row, hundreds of people stood in line outside the Somerset County Human Services building on Warren Street waiting to be vaccinated against the Hepatitis A virus in response to a public health warning issued by state and county health officials who reported that a deli worker at the nearby ShopRite supermarket had been diagnosed with the communicable ...

Pallone Pushes For Residents to Take Advantage of Health Care Enrollment

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The waiting room at the Eric B. Chandler Health Center on Thursday was crowded with wheezing moms, sneezing dads and kids with the sniffles.

As soon as they are feeling better, Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. wants them to sign up for health insurance during the open enrollment season.

Pallone (D-6) held a press conference at the health center on George Street to ...

Plan Ahead For Amaryllis Blooms All Winter Long

November 13, 2019

Let amaryllis fill your home with flowers for the holidays and keep the blossoms coming all winter long. When you plant several different types of amaryllis bulbs, from both the southern and northern hemisphere, you can be sure to get a long-lasting, colorful show that will brighten your mood and surroundings throughout the winter months.

Kick off the holiday season with amaryllis bulbs that ...

Interfaith Council Collects Toys, Spreads Joy

November 10, 2019

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -  The East Brunswick Interfaith Clergy Council is sponsoring a Holiday Toy Drive for kids in the township.  

Residents are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys to the EB Rec Center at 334 Dunham's Corner Road through the month of November.

Items will be shared with local charities.

The feeling of joy will be shared with everyone.

How East Brunswick Voted in 2019

November 6, 2019

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Democrats were celebrating last night at the East Brunswick Hilton, having held major seats in the New Jersey State Assembly and the Middlesex County Freeholders.  The big winner, though, was Mildred Scott who gleaned 69,383 votes - the highest among any candidate in the county - to remain in her position as Middlesex County Sheriff.

The Board of ...

What's Open and Closed on Election Day?

NEW JERSEY - Election Day is Tuesday, November 5. Polls are open across the Garden State from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. Election Day is not a federal holiday, but it is a state holiday in New Jersey. Since Election Day is not a federal holiday, there will be mail delivery on November 5. However, state offices and courts will be closed. The Division of Motor Vehicles and Inspection ...

Ballot Question Decides Support for Vets in Retirement Communities

NEW JERSEY - In the upcoming local elections on November 5th, voters in New Jersey will decide whether to extend a tax deduction for veterans living in Continuing Care Retirement Communities. This is the only public question that will appear in every ballot in the state. Because this tax deduction is enshrined in New Jersey’s state constitution, any change must be decided by the ...

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The New Jersey Origins of Green Bean Casserole

November 16, 2019

Ever wonder where the Thanksgiving classic Green Bean Casserole came from? Turns out it was created in the Garden State.

The turkey day staple was invented in 1955 in Campbell’s test kitchen in Camden by recipe developer Dorcas Reilly, who Campbell’s refers to as the “Grandmother of Green Bean Casserole.”

According to Smithsonian.com, the Associated ...

East Brunswick: The History of the Public Schools: The First Era

November 15, 2019

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - 

One major draw for people who want to move to East Brunswick is our top-notch public schools. Speaking personally, it was the main reason my parents decided to move to this town. The school system has a long and extensive history. For this article, I will be addressing the first era of the public schools, followed by additional articles covering its continued ...

Opponents Of School Sale Want to 'Show Them We're Not Going Away'

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - About 20 residents met Monday night to discuss strategies to block the possible sale of a neighborhood elementary school to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

Their grassroots campaign to halt the sale of the Lincoln Annex School will start with attending the Nov. 19 school board meeting to voice their opposition. They are also planning a protest outside the school at ...

Woodbridge Man Charged in Murder of Roommate

MIDDLESEX COUNTY - A Woodbridge man has been charged with the murder of his roommate.

Corne Dionisio, 33, was arrested Saturday and has been charged with first-degree murder, one count of aggravated assault in the second degree and two counts of  aggravated assault in the third degree in the murder of Fidel Ruiz, 32, of Woodbridge, according to a press release from Middlesex County Acting ...

South Brunswick Township Honors Vets With Special Ceremony

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Township of South Brunswick held their annual Veteran’s Day celebration at the Municipal Complex to honor those in the community who have served their country. The event featured a salute to the local veterans with accompaniment from the South Brunswick High School marching band and colorguard. In attendance was South Brunswick Mayor Charles Carley, Deputy Mayor ...

Dash, Splash, and Bash With Thanks4Giving In Asbury Park

November 15, 2019

ASBURY PARK, NJ – On Saturday, November 16, 2019, Thanks4Giving to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey (SONJ) will be held near Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ. This annual plunge has evolved into two great events, now incorporating a run along the boardwalk in the all new Turkey Dash 5K before plungers take the Turkey Splash in the crisp Atlantic Ocean.

Organized by the Law ...

Freeholder Director Rios Encourages Year-Long Support for Vets

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day.  At the first Armistice Day, on November 11, 1919, President Wilson stated:

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed ...

'A Doll's House Part 2' Makes Timeless Claims at Summit Playhouse

SUMMIT, NJ – You wouldn’t think a follow-up to Henrik Ibsen’s play about Nora Helmer in 19th century Norway would be especially relevant today.

But the smart, funny sequel by Lucas Hnath has much to say about marriage, the cost of independence, abandoning one’s family and other issues that ring true. When Nora insists that marriage won’t exist in 20 or 30 years, ...

HomeGrown Discovers Ridgewood NJ Hot Spot, Steel Wheel Tavern, on the Right Track

November 15, 2019

RIDGEWOOD, NJ -- In the current episode of HomeGrown, Host Stephanie Willoughby met with Glenn Carlough, Co-Owner of Steel Wheel Tavern, located just steps from the Ridgewood Train Station. The establishment recently celebrated their three year anniversary and regularly hosts community events, live music and a dance party every Saturday. 

Being so close to the train station has inspired ...