Hub City Happenings

July 25, 2021

Check Out the Library’s Garden Program Children 5-12 are invited to the New Brunswick Public Library garden (located between the library and the Henry Guest House) to listen to garden stories and help grow vegetables in the garden. We will meet Mondays at 10 a.m. through Aug. 9. For more ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Tom Stead, who has brought leadership to the New Brunswick High School athletic department after a tumultuous time and has steered it through the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, has issued his resignation as athletic director. Patricia Sadowski, the chair of the athletics ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The city’s premier performing, visual and culinary arts festival is returning next month. The 11th annual Hub City Sounds series presented by New Brunswick Cultural Center/Arts New Brunswick will run Aug. 7 through Oct. 31. The free family-friendly series will take place ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Restaurant Week is returning this year with an invitation to come back to your favorite bars and restaurants in New Brunswick. And for those who have been dining in City Center and throughout the rest of the city – whether you were picking up, ordering out, enjoying the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The city’s newest restaurant, a 2,200-square-foot space on Easton Avenue, has opened just in time to take part in the city’s Restaurant Week. Ani Ramen House serves up dinner daily, with to-go, delivery and lunch options to follow in July. Along with its custom-made ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The much-anticipated return of the annual Independence Day fireworks show is going to have to wait a few more days. The event is being moved to Monday, July 5 because of the threat of rain. The show was originally scheduled for Thursday, July 1, but there is a 90% chance ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A cherished city tradition making a comeback. The annual Independence Day Celebration – including the fireworks show – will return July 1. The fireworks show which brings thousands of people to Boyd Park and the surrounding area each year was canceled last year as the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The tears of happiness flowed down the mother’s face. Her daughter, Stephanie, had just been announced as the valedictorian of the New Brunswick High School Class of 2021. Stephanie’s sister, Nathalie, was just named the salutatorian. For Rosa Maria Gonzalez, there was ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – One hundred and fifty-five years passed from the day the enslaved people of Galveston, Texas, were informed of the Emancipation Proclamation to the day last September when New Jersey declared Juneteenth an official holiday. In recognition of Juneteenth’s new status as a state ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It was a hot day in the Hub City in a neighborhood tucked in behind the Library, across from an historic cemetery, and down the block from the iconic George Street Co-Op. This past Sunday there was dancing in the street - New Brunswick's 55 Morris Street to be precise - and an ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A bear has been spotted near the city’s border with East Brunswick for the second time in as many days. However, the bear that was seen Wednesday between Lipman Drive and Ryders Lane/Cobb Road in New Brunswick is apparently a different bear than the one spotted on ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ —  A black bear was spotted wandering the wilds of New Brunswick on Tuesday. The New Brunswick Police Department issued an alert on Tuesday after the bear was spotted near Rutgers Gardens and Ryders Lane. The police are offering this advice if you spot a bear: Use caution ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy’s COVID-19 updates have frequently included a list of cities with the lowest percentage of vaccinated residents. One chart last month listing the cities with a population above 10,000 with under 50% vaccination rate showed that New Brunswick was tied with ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK and HIGHLAND PARK, NJ - The Doughboy - an iconic statue that has stood sentinel in the borough for almost 99 years before being felled by a wayward truck last year - is back. The statue has been returned to his post at the fork where Route 27 (Raritan Avenue) and Woodbridge Avenue ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The Rutgers Occupational Training and Education Consortium today announced that 22 city businesses have earned the Rutgers OTEC High Road Seal of Approval after completing a COVID-19 workplace health and safety program. Business owners will display the seal on their ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Residents living near the site of the shuttered Sears on Route 1 have complained that the area has been piling up with abandoned vehicles and various forms of trash.  They have also complained that some people are sleeping in cars on the site. The City Council voted 5-0 at ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Law enforcement officers from the New Brunswick Police Department will join with police from around the country in cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign. Beginning May 24 and running through June 6, the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – School officials continue to finalize COVID-19 safety protocols as the New Brunswick School District inches closer to its projected April re-entry. One thing will be certain when in-person instruction resumes: Students will be required to wear masks or face disciplinary ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Visitors marveled at ice sculptures, took carriage rides, sang along with carolers and gazed at holiday lights strung high above the streets. Restaurants hosted outdoor diners in heated tents and the annual tree lighting ceremony was held at 19 different locations – and even ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The opening of city schools for in-person instruction has been postponed until April. Superintendent of Schools Aubrey Johnson had circled today as the launch of the district’s re-entry plan for its 9,800 or so students, with K-5 staff members scheduled to return. At ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A former New Brunswick High School vice principal has filed a discrimination lawsuit in Middlesex County Superior Court against the Board of Education and others, claiming she was terminated because of her race and age. Rene Edghill Smith, 60, who is Black and lives in the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – One firefighter sustained a minor injury battling a fire at an abandoned warehouse at 298 Jersey Avenue on Tuesday night. The fire was extinguished in about an hour and Jersey Avenue was reopened for traffic, according to a spokesman for the city. The fire is still under ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Plans to build the state’s first free-standing cancer hospital - the centerpiece in a sweeping, $750 million project that will transform the Somerset Street health care corridor - has been approved by the city. The Planning Board voted 7-0 Tuesday night to allow Cancer ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The first babies born in 2021 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital were twins Jade Eloni and Jasmine Elle Mayes. Older sister Jade (5 pounds, 2 ounces) arrived at 12:39 p.m. on Jan. 1, and Jasmine (5 pounds, 1 ounce) followed shortly after at 12:55 p.m. The proud ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Saint Peter’s University Hospital welcomed its first baby to be born in 2021 at 3:29 a.m. Parents Chirag (father) and Bhumika (mother) Patel of Milltown welcomed a baby boy, Aryan. He weighs 7 pounds, 15 ounces. Saint Peter's is renowned for its childbirth care. In ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on the restaurants and small businesses downtown. Servers, bus boys, bartenders, managers and other back-of-the-house staff are feeling the pinch this holiday season. In direct response, the "Rally Together" program ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Some cool toys, a STEM-based gift, even a winter hat and gloves set - Jen Olawski usually gives some pretty awesome presents to the students of New Brunswick during her annual Reason for the Season event. This year, when so many of the city’s children have had their lives ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy is scheduled to tour Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for employees Thursday morning. State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli is also expected to look on as front line hospital employees receive the COVID-19 ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The owner of a popular downtown bar and restaurant has been slapped with a penalty for violating Gov. Phil Murphy's COVID-19-related executive orders. Adam Zebib, who has owned the George Street Ale House for 11 years, is facing a 25-day suspension of the bar’s liquor ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK — Rashel Bernal Reyes’ life straddles two New Brunswicks: The City of New Brunswick where she was raised and Rutgers-New Brunswick where she is a student. “One of my friends dropped me off from class last year. The moment you turn from Rockoff Hall, past the cemetery, there are ...

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