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Hub City Happenings

August 10, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A sprawling plan to redevelop a large swath of Jersey Avenue – one that has had a $170 million price tag attached to it – took another step closer to becoming a reality Monday night. The city’s Planning Board voted to memorialize Jersey Ave NB Urban Renewal LLC’s application ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The first Latino from New Brunswick to become Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge 324 – which traces its roots in the city back 126 years – is bringing a fresh perspective and a dynamic energy to his role. Jerry Mercado’s goals include boosting membership after it was effected by the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The El Rancho Bar and Grill on French Street will be expanding under plans that were approved by the Zoning Board at the meeting on Monday, July 25. Under the application, El Rancho owner Rafael Gomez would raze the two buildings he owns at 127 and 129 French St., but the bar ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A woman’s top with hand-stitched black beads.  A blanket with images of butterflies, fruit and pyramids in rows.  A stuffed burro crafted with wool and festooned with a rainbow-hued mane and tail. From the looms and nimble fingers of sewers from the Oaxaca, Guerrero and ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Carlos Adorno’s family takes pride in the sergeant-turned-patrolman for the New Brunswick Police Department’s two tours of service in Iraq with the U.S. Army. With Junior Adorno in failing health, time was of the essence to honor Carlos’ valor with one of the Hometown Heroes ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The 12th annual Hub City Sounds festival is returning with a wide array of musical performances, including Indo-American beats, Caribbean sounds and bebop jazz. Presented by New Brunswick Cultural Center/Arts New Brunswick, the free festival will kick off Saturday, July 23 ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Jay Goldberg gathered a few fellow volunteers at Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple to make start making bagged lunches when he saw food insecurity spreading across the city during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Well, that’s part of the story.  There was also the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The first detailed look at the much-anticipated $665 million New Jersey Innovation and Technology Hub has revealed that it is an innovation unto itself. The most prominent component of the first phase of the project, which was unveiled and unanimously approved at Monday’s ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The future of a plan to turn the former Sears site on Route 1 into a 720-unit housing development is unclear after the city’s Housing Authority did not designate a redeveloper for the project. Three members of the board abstained during the special meeting on Wednesday, June ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers will implement flexible work arrangements for employees as part of a new extensive program that draws from lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rutgers Future of Work initiative, announced last week by President Jonathan Holloway, builds on the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Police are investigating after someone was punched near the Rutgers bus stop on College Avenue early this morning. The victim, who was not identified in a press release issued by the Rutgers University Police Department, was transported to a local hospital where he or she was ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Several events are planned throughout the city to commemorate Juneteenth, a federal holiday marking the end of slavery in the United States. The highlight of the citywide celebration will be the Juneteenth Celebration Parade and Cultural Festival, organized by the Vulcan ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Vinnie Brand has kept ’em laughing as the owner of The Stress Factory since 1994, but the increased foot traffic he has recently noticed around City Center is no joke. “I’ve been in town for a long time and I’ve never seen this kind of activity before this late in the ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ – In many ways, Kamil Skup’s journey to graduation day at Rutgers can be traced to 1979, when his father and avowed supporter of dissident Lech Walesa’s Solidarity trade union was barred by communist authorities from returning to his native Poland. “He had come here to visit and ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A 7,500-square-foot lot on George Street that has been vacant for more than a decade could soon be the site of a four-story mixed-use building. A developer who received preliminary and final site plan approval at Monday night’s Planning Board meeting proposes three commercial ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ –  Facebook recently reminded Abby Merrill about her first Rutgers Day, stirring memories of the afternoon her heart melted at the sight of baby pigs and other animals on Cook Campus. Little did the communications major – or any of the other 100,000 people who attended the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The president of a Rutgers fraternity is urging its members to continue to do charitable work in response to two recently reported anti-Semitic attacks targeting its house on Sicard Street. “We started a campaign that has raised about $5,500 for the Jewish-Ukrainian refugees ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Rutgers University Police Department is investigating the theft of catalytic converters cut from vehicles parked at Douglass Campus in New Brunswick and Busch Campus in Piscataway. Police said catalytic converters were stolen from vehicles parked in the following ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House Chief Medical Advisor who rose to national prominence during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, will take part in the Rutgers commencement ceremony at SHI Stadium next month, a source has told TAPinto New Brunswick. Fauci’s presence ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Esther Reyes saw her assignment in Intermediate Drawing as a chance to channel her pain and outrage into art. The junior at New Brunswick High School created a multilayered image, at the center of which is a black man crying with the arm of a police officer reaching across ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – James Long wants this array 13,000 shotgun casings standing dutifully shoulder to shoulder on the floor of the Hungarian Heritage Center to become a conversation starter. The Greater Brunswick Charter School art teacher is hoping this art piece can foster interaction between ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – There’s love – not to mention the aroma of fine fare and the sounds of couples laughing - in the air everywhere you turn in City Center, where Valentine’s Day arrives with great deals, live music and endless opportunities for a romantic getaway. Unless you are a restaurateur, ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Where Miami and New York City meet in New Jersey "to create an atmosphere." That’s how Charlie Mayo describes the vibe inside Cuzin’s Seafood and Clam Bar, the newest restaurant in the city. “Everyone is welcome – we don’t care if you come dressed in Louboutins or Nike ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Charlie Mayo has succeeded in duplicating his super successful Marlboro restaurant Cuzin's Clam Bar with a second location in New Brunswick. With his spectacularly talented head chef Jimmy Vastardis whom I’ve known for decades, they did it at 78 Albany St. Seafood may be ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A developer can move forward with plans to raze two vacant buildings on Bayard Street and put up a seven-story apartment after receiving approval from the city’s Zoning Board on Monday night. Thomas Kelso, attorney for 89 Bayard LLC, unveiled plans for a 47,000-square-foot ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Erin Twohig and Dylan Mitzak were stationed in the back of the room, diligently squeezing moisturizer from family-sized containers into bottles with an opening smaller than a dime.  Aside from a tiny amount of Suave (advanced therapy with rich hydrators!) that had pooled on ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream, and so do a couple of dreamers here in New Jersey.  They dream of literacy and art, of bonding people together with words and images, and of helping children and adults read their way to freedom and beauty.  Tomorrow, they will tell the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The New Brunswick Police Department swore in four new officers at a ceremony Monday morning at City Hall.  Officers Emmanuel Quinones and Wilson Toribio are recent graduates of the Cape May Police Academy's 21-week training program. Officer Alexander Snyder joins the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Several residents want to use at least part of a park proposed to take shape downtown to as a place to take their dogs. Dan Dominguez, New Brunswick’s Director of Planning, Community and Economic Development, said “dog park” was detected often by a program that scanned for ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A redevelopment plan unveiled at Monday night’s Planning Board meeting calls for the existing structures on sprawling tract where Sears stood for decades to be leveled. About 600 townhouse units, more than 20,000 square feet of retail space, a supermarket and hundreds of ...

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