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Rutgers Center Battles Noise Pollution Nationwide

May 11, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - Eric Zwerling got a call this week from a man was living next to a fitness center, complaining he repeatedly heard the loud thud heavy free weights and medicine balls hit the floor.

The man was recovering from having a pace maker in his chest and wondering of the impact of the noise from the gym.

“I’ve received thousands of calls,” said Zwerling, ...

NJ Autism Rates Continue to Rise, Rutgers Study Shows

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Autism rates in New Jersey continue to rise and lead the nation, according to findings from a Rutgers University study.
 
In a report that examined reports of eight-year-old children, a university study found one in 34 had autism, an increase of 19 from two years ago.

“It is now clear that what we saw in 2016 was just a pause along the way.  It ...

Stories About Juvenile Death Row Inmates Featured in New “Docu-play”

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ - The United States is apparently the only country in the world where children are given death sentences.

A new documentary play by Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg titled Life, Death, and Life Again: Children Sentenced to Die in Prison is being performed with coLAB Arts at the Reformed Church in Highland Park. The play will tell the true stories of people who committed violent ...

Former Gov. Florio, Gun Violence Activists, Offer Blueprint

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Former Gov. James Florio recalls a curious detail about his 1974 Congressional run in New Jersey’s 1st Legislative District: He had the support of the National Rifle Association. 

In today’s political climate, a nod from the gun lobby for a Democratic candidate who supports gun control is unthinkable. But 40 years ago, it was not a big ...

"Eggs-actly" What They Need: Easter Bunny Delivers Socks for US Troops Overseas

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - The Easter Bunny emptied the jelly beans, chocolate and decorated eggs from his basket yesterday and replaced the traditional contents with pairs of socks destined for US military personnel overseas.

The Easter Bunny – aka Felix Ciattarelli – traveled from Raritan to Somerville Friday afternoon down Main Street, carrots in one hand, holding on to the cab of a ...

Rail Coalition Reaffirms One-Seat Ride Commitment to/from NYC

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Replacing longtime chairman and now-retired Somerset County Freeholder Peter S. Palmer, Union County Freeholder Bruce H. Bergen has been named chairman of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition, a rail transit advocacy group representing towns and counties along the NJ Transit Raritan Valley line.

“Somerset County remains committed to the work of the Raritan Valley Rail ...

State Legislators Pass Package of Gun Control Measures

TRENTON, NJ -– The Extreme Risk Protective Order Act of 2018 - which authorizes new protective orders against those who pose a significant danger by either possessing or purchasing a firearm -  was one of several gun control measures passed by state legislators yesterday.

The Assembly bill was approved by a vote of 59-13- with 5 abstentions.

The flurry of votes came less than 48 ...

East Brunswick's Asaro-Angelo Receives Unanimous Vote to be NJ Labor Commissioner

TRENTON, NJ -  East Brunswick's Robert Asaro-Angelo has been unanimously voted in by the New Jersey State Senate to serve the Murphy administration as the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development by a vote of 38-0.

A native New Jerseyan, Asaro-Angelo has been the Acting Commissioner since being nominated by Gov. Phil Murphy in January.

He was lauded during his Senate ...

Murphy’s Puerto Rico Relief Commission Looks to Connect Families to Resources

PERTH AMBOY - Stephanie Márquez-Villafañe, president of the student-based Puerto Rican action group Rutgers Unión Estudiantil Puertorriqueña, offers a sobering assessment of New Jersey’s Puerto Rican student community in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the worst hurricane to hit the U.S. territory in recorded history.

"University students have ...

School Bus Driver Charged with Sex Assaults Against Students

MONTGOMERY, NJ – An 84-year-old township resident has been arrested and charged with sexual assault against an 8- and 12-year-old and as many as seven other children while a bus driver going back to the 1960s, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Edward Atoeff of Cherry Valley Road was the owner and operator of Jastyke Transportation at the time of the alleged ...

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