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Seven alleged gang members arrested following months-long crime spree

December 14, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Seven alleged gang members were arrested following a months-long crime spree across New Jersey, which included attempted murder, attempted carjacking, armed robbery and weapons possession.​

The ​rampant ​crime spree ran from September 7 to November 30, said Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey, while the arrests ​occurred between November 29 and December ...

Rutgers affiliate mugged near college campus

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - An affiliate of Rutgers University was mugged Monday evening on Stone Street between Easton Avenue and Sicard Street, Rutgers police said in a campus-wide statement.

The victim reportedly was talking with a man who then struck him, took items ​of​ value and fled, police said, all around 6:40 p.m.

No major injuries were reported, police said, and the victim ...

Crash on Route 18, US 1, Leaves Local Residents Without Power

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A traffic accident on the ramp from US 1 south to Route 18 north Tuesday evening left local residents without power for hours on end, local officials confirmed.

On Tuesday evening, a car struck a utility pole on the ramp, knocking it over and causing an electrical transformer to light on fire, according to city spokesperson Jennifer Bradshaw.

While the vehicle’s ...

Roosevelt Elementary School students, staff ​show pride with their own music video

December 4, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - If you haven’t ​yet ​seen the Roosevelt Elementary School’s Music Video, it’s definitely worth the watch.

The four​-​minute video showcases the talent of a handful of teachers and students, on top of the dozens of students who were involved with the ​production.

It starts out with an aerial shot of the school, where a drone ...

City library collecting, preserving websites as historical documents

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The phrase “historical artifact,” might not conjure up the image of an online chat room from the 1990’s, a Geocities website or your Myspace page.

But interestingly enough, it all makes up a rich and nuanced history that’s made the internet what it is today.

Like the books and papers you’d find at a library, websites can also be lost ...

Local students perform mini concert tour in Asbury Park, NYC and Philly

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - ​New Brunswick musicians - an orchestra of middle and high school students​ -​ ​got an experience of a lifetime, ​tour​ing​ with violinist Lindsey Stirling for three of her performances these past couple weeks.

The​ eight-piece orchestra performed with Stirling at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park on November 9, the Beacon Theatre in New York City on ...

Four Middlesex Attorneys Nominated to Judicial Positions

December 5, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Gov. Chris Christie on Monday announced he was nominating four Middlesex County attorneys to judicial appointments, the latest in a wave of appointments made by the lame duck governor.

Patrick Bradshaw, a partner in the New Brunswick-based Kelso & Bradshaw firm, was nominated as a Superior Court judge in Middlesex County.

Bradshaw’s partner, Thomas Kelso, is ...

Rabid Cat Found In Edison

EDISON, NJ – Middlesex County health officials said Wednesday that a rabid cat was found in the area of Woodbridge Avenue and Mill Road.

According to a press release from the Middlesex County Office of Health Services, a resident found the cat in that area on November 12 and attempted to care for it.

The cat’s health deteriorated and was eventually put to sleep at a local ...

New Brunswick sports bar to pay $57K to former employees, following wage theft suit

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A New Brunswick sports bar has agreed to pay $57,500 to six former employees, following a wage theft lawsuit that went on several years, according to a release from New Labor, a local worker’s rights group.

The lawsuit, filed by former employee James Gerard, accused World of Beer of violating state and federal minimum wage laws, according to a federal lawsuit ...

New Brunswick native, longtime boxer, wins global title in Atlantic City

November 21, 2017

ATLANTIC City, NJ - New Brunswick native and longtime professional boxer Jorge “King” Diaz won the global Fecarbox Title this past weekend. Jorge now stands in the World Boxing Council’s Top 15 Title

The ​match on the evening of November 18 in Atlantic City went on for eight rounds against professional boxer Adam Lopez, according to Jorge, and it become one of his ...

Hub City native, longtime boxer, facing off for global title in Atlantic City this Saturday

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - New Brunswick native and legendary boxer Jorge “King” Diaz has certainly had his ups and downs over the years, and in some ways, he’s epitomized the rags to riches story.

Jorge was born in New Brunswick and throughout his youth, moved around to Puerto Rico, Franklin Township and North Brunswick, before finally settling down in Somerset some years ...

Student housing high rise approved for downtown New Brunswick

December 13, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A new apartment high rise will be coming to downtown New Brunswick in the next few years, after city officials approved the project application at the December 11 Planning Board meeting.

The ​location at 90 New Street and sandwiched between the New Brunswick Elks Lodge and Rockoff Hall, which primarily houses Rutgers ​University ​students.

Sitting on ...

Unclaimed Million Dollar Lottery Ticket Sold in Milltown

December 1, 2017

MILLTOWN, NJ - Who wouldn't want to find out they were holding a million dollar lottery ticket? Well, someone is. An unclaimed Cash4Life second-tier lottery ticket worth one million dollars will expire on December 8, 2017, if it is not claimed. The ticket was purchased at the Joyce Kilmer Service Area on the New Jersey Turnpike in Milltown.

The rest stop is located at the 78.7 mile post ...

Voting Block: In wake of Murphy victory, downtown Newark hopes for action, not hype

NEWARK, NJ--In downtown Newark, some might say that it was inevitable that Democrat Phil Murphy was going to win the 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial election. Others might say that it is inevitable that the ongoing revival of the heart of New Jersey's largest city will continue to pulse powerfully. But for anybody who hangs out on Halsey Street, the live wire that connects the bright spots of ...

Voting Block: In wake of Murphy victory, downtown Newark hopes for action, not hype

December 1, 2017

NEWARK, NJ--In downtown Newark, some might say that it was inevitable that Democrat Phil Murphy was going to win the 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial election. Others might say that it is inevitable that the ongoing revival of the heart of New Jersey's largest city will continue to pulse powerfully. But for anybody who hangs out on Halsey Street, the live wire that connects the bright spots of ...

New Brunswick bids farewell to lead Smithereen singer Pat DiNizio

December 14, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The December 12 death of Pat DiNizio, lead singer of the Smithereens has left a hole in the hearts of area musicians and die-hard fans.

And that’s largely because the Smithereens were so ingrained in Central Jersey’s music scene, tracing traces
its roots back to the Court Tavern in the 1980’s, before the kick-off and success of the band’s ...

11 Events Happening in New Brunswick This Week

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Explore downtown New Brunswick as the city comes alive with holiday magic this week. 

Monday, December 11

Stop by the New Brunswick Free Public Library for movie night with a screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Come enjoy a film with family and friends. The show runs 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. and the library is located at 60 Livingston Avenue.

Wednesday, December ...

11 Things Happening in New Brunswick This Week

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The weather is chilly, the air is festive and the Christmas lights line the streets of New Brunswick. See what’s going on across the city and get out and do something this week.

Tuesday, December 5 

The Zimmerli Art Museum presents its monthly Art After Hours, the first Tuesday of every month. Featuring exhibition tours, demonstrations, live music and more.

Old Bay holding its last concerts as it prepares to close at the end of December

December 7, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Old Bay, a household name across the Hub City, will go out with a bang before shutting its doors for good at the end of the month. 

On Saturday, December 9, The Do Rights will have their last concert there. The next weekend, on Saturday, December 16, P-Funk North will perform for the final Old Bay concert. Then on December 23, the restaurant will host its ...

Column: Kasai Restaurant Brings Creative Sushi, Hard to Find Sashimi & High-End Sake to the Hub City

Another sushi restaurant with a lounge in the same location as the previous sushi restaurant with a lounge? The same giant Buddha statue and koi pond? This seems familiar.

It isn’t.

I knew Hotoke was on its way out a few years back, when in addition to not updating the majority of their menu or wine list in well over a year, they began transforming into a dance club on weekends. A ...

Cookie-Palooza: Butter Pecan Cookies

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - My grandmother loved butter - she cooked in nothing but, she was fond of melba toast lathered in the stuff, her favorite candy was butter crunch, her favorite cookie was a pecan sandy and her favorite ice cream was butter pecan. 

So this year I went in search of a cookie that reminded me of my Grandma who passed away just a month shy of her 98th birthday. These ...

Elijah's Promise holds annual Thanksgiving soup kitchen, brings out hundreds of guests

November 29, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Elijah’s Promise has built a reputation as one of the most prominent soup kitchen’s in the Central Jersey region​.​

​This Thanksgiving, organizers had another go at living up to that title.

The numbers are now in: ​More than 500 meals were served to guests who came and went over the course of Thanksgiving day, many of them homeless, or among the ...

Piscataway Youth Donates New Toys to CINJ; Thanks the Public for Fundraising Support

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Mikey Wojcik, a 12-year old Piscataway student suffered tremendous loss in his short life. On January 21, 2015, he lost his dad to pancreatic cancer and shortly after also lost his uncle to cancer.

However, through all of this tragedy, he was able to start a fundraiser to raise money to purchase new toys for the children at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey ...

Elijah's Promise preps hundreds of Thanksgiving meals for those in need

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Elijah’s Promise has built up a reputation as one of the most prominent soup kitchens in the Central Jersey region, and this Thanksgiving, the organizers will have another go at living up to that name.

This Thanksgiving, organizers are expecting to serve hundreds guests, ranging from the homeless to some of the area’s neediest families.

So for the past week ...

City parking authority receives its first electric vehicle

December 6, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city parking authority added an electric vehicle to its fleet of trucks and cars in a push to adopt cost effective and environmentally friendly practices, officials announced in a statement.

The vehicle, a 2017 Nissan Leaf, will be used for the same functions as any other parking authority vehicle, namely parking enforcement and maintenance of different ...

New amenities, things to do, coming to Buccleuch Park

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Local residents​, Rutgers students​ and nature aficionados will soon be able to enjoy​ a new and improved Buccleuch Park.

​N​ew features will be installed in the portion of the park adjacent to the New Brunswick Senior Center, according to city spokesperson Jennifer Bradshaw.

The plans call for new bocci ball and shuffleboard areas, exercise stations and a ...

New Brunswick Recognized for Eco-Friendly 'Green' Efforts

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Hub City is keeping up with its mission to go green, and groups across the state are taking notice.

​City officials announced they have maintained bronze status for 2017 from Sustainable New Jersey.

The non-profit encourages municipalities across the state to develop and expand environmentally​-​friendly and eco-conscious programs, documenting progress along the ...

Rabid Cat Found In Edison

November 30, 2017

EDISON, NJ – Middlesex County health officials said Wednesday that a rabid cat was found in the area of Woodbridge Avenue and Mill Road.

According to a press release from the Middlesex County Office of Health Services, a resident found the cat in that area on November 12 and attempted to care for it.

The cat’s health deteriorated and was eventually put to sleep at a local ...

New amenities, things to do, coming to Buccleuch Park

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Local residents​, Rutgers students​ and nature aficionados will soon be able to enjoy​ a new and improved Buccleuch Park.

​N​ew features will be installed in the portion of the park adjacent to the New Brunswick Senior Center, according to city spokesperson Jennifer Bradshaw.

The plans call for new bocci ball and shuffleboard areas, exercise stations and a ...

Piscataway Youth Donates New Toys to CINJ; Thanks the Public for Fundraising Support

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Mikey Wojcik, a 12-year old Piscataway student suffered tremendous loss in his short life. On January 21, 2015, he lost his dad to pancreatic cancer and shortly after also lost his uncle to cancer.

However, through all of this tragedy, he was able to start a fundraiser to raise money to purchase new toys for the children at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey ...

City officials decline to criminally pursue incidents of white supremacist flyers

December 11, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Police officials have declined to pursue criminal charges against a group behind a series of anti-immigration flyers posted across the city last week, local officials said.

The flyers proclaimed that “America is a white nation” and that any “illegal aliens” should be promptly reported to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), even providing the ...

City approves legal bill in political retribution suit

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A week after the city reached a settlement with a former police lieutenant, the city council approved more funds for legal representation in another case, of business administrator Thomas Loughlin, in a suit that stretches back to 2012.

Three African American police officers, Arthur Anderson, Maurice Finney and Tony Ingram, filed suit against the city and several officials ...

White supremacist group posts anti-immigration flyers across New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -  Police are investigating white supremacist flyers which were posted on George Street in downtown New Brunswick on the afternoon on December 6. 

The flyers allege "white Americans" have a "civic duty" to report undocumented immigrants to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Included at the bottom of the flyer is the number to the US ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - December 15, 2017




The Jaffe Briefing will publish its final issue of the year today, returning Tuesday, January 2. Happy 2018 to all!


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 JERSEY CITY - Season's greetings and peace on Earth. Unless you happen to be an imam from Jersey City, who apparently called Jews in Israel "apes and pigs." NJ ...

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Traffic Advisory for Rutgers Big Chill 5K Run/Walk on December 2

December 1, 2017

Be advised that on Saturday, December 2, Rutgers Recreation Big Chill 5K run/walk will take place from 7 a.m. to noon. Due to this event, there will be full and partial closures to several main roads in the New Brunswick area including College Avenue between Buccleuch Park and Somerset Street. 

The following roads will be closed intermittently: Somerset Street from ...

Sigma Chi members deny allegations of antidepressant-spiked drinks

December 15, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - TAPinto New Brunswick sat down with several members of the Sigma Chi fraternity at their house, following allegations that the chapter spiked women’s alcoholic beverages with Xanax antidepressants.

The four members, all of whom declined to be named, denied the allegations of any such activity or wrongdoing.

Rather, they said that the allegations were made by the ...

Former Rutgers student pleads guilty to involvement in cyber attacks against university

TRENTON, NJ - A former Rutgers student pleaded guilty to his involvement in a series of cyber attacks against the Rutgers University computer network, which left the internet crippled for days at a time, US Department of Justice Officials announced on December 13.

Paras Jha, 21, of Fanwood, faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, US officials announced, after he pled ...

Rutgers student activists disrupt board of trustees, call for minimum wage increase

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Dozens of students activists interrupted the Rutgers Board of Trustees December 12 meeting as part of their campaign for a campus-wide $15 minimum wage.

Many of them chanted slogans such as “If we don’t get it, shut it down,” and “We want just, and power, and 15 an hour.” Others hel​d​ up signs which ​simply ​read ...

NJTV to put spotlight to New Brunswick with "In Your Neighborhood" special

December 12, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - ​NJTV - typically broadcasting from its home in downtown Newark - is coming to New Brunswick these next couple weeks, as part of their “In Your Neighborhood” series.

NJTV’s program will bring together different key figures from across the city, similar to In Your Neighborhood specials the​ station has ​broadcast in Asbury Park, Camden ...

OPINION

A Threat to Patient Choice; Horizon Limits Network - Letter to the Editor

December 6, 2017

A 96-year old patient recently arrived at my office in Monroe and burst into tears, saying her insurance company called to tell her she needed to switch doctors. She brought a letter indicating that I would no longer be in-network for her Medicare Advantage plan with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield. 

The state’s largest carrier had excluded from its new Medicare ...

Advisory: Code Blue in Effect for Evening of Thursday, December 14

December 14, 2017

Due to frigid temperatures, Code Blue will be in effect for the evening of Thursday, December 14. 

Accordingly, the Henry Guest House, located at 58 Livingston Avenue (next to the New Brunswick Free Public Library) will be open overnight as a warming center between the hours of 7 p.m. tonight and 7 a.m. Friday. 

Code Blue goes into effect when temperatures dip below 20 ...