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Armed Robbery at Route 18 North Dunkin Donuts

November 23, 2017

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Around 4:30 on Thanksgiving morning, East Brunswick patrol units responded to the Dunkin Donuts at 18 North and Edgeboro Road on the report of an armed robbery.  

An investigation revealed the suspect entered the Dunkin Donuts, brandished a handgun, and demanded money from the register, according to a report issued by the East Brunswick Police ...

New Brunswick man charged in fatal Friday evening shooting near local park

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A New Brunswick man is sitting in the Middlesex County jail following his arrest in connection with a fatal shooting Friday evening, authorities announced Wednesday.

Kim Carter, 37, of New Brunswick, faces charges of murder and unlawful possession of a weapon, following an investigation by local authorities into the fatal Nov. 17 shooting, said Middlesex County Prosecutor ...

Man Dies after Falling 60 Feet at Piscataway Construction Site

PISCATAWAY, NJ – A 20-year-old man died after falling 60 feet from a roof at a River Road construction site early Sunday morning, police said.

According to Piscataway police, the man was working on the roof of a warehouse under construction when the accident happened shortly after 8 a.m.  

The man’s identity and other details of the accident were not released.

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

November 22, 2017

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 ...

New Brunswick schools recognized for implementing 21st-century, technology-based education

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The New Brunswick Public School District was recognized and certified as a “future-ready school” by the state education department, for the district’s implementation of effective digital learning policies and practices into its curriculum.

New Brunswick was one of 63 recipients of this certification, which marked the first wave of N​ew Jersey schools ...

Rutgers Leaders to Join Governor-Elect Murphy’s Transition2018 Team

November 22, 2017

More than 20 leaders at Rutgers University, including Rutgers University–New Brunswick Chancellor Deba Dutta, will join Governor-elect Philip D. Murphy’s Transition2018 committees to undertake policy analysis and recommendations on a host of state issues and new initiatives as the new gubernatorial administration prepares to take office.

The committees, comprised of policy experts ...

New parking authority budget means residents avoid rate hike, mostly

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city parking authority is planning to vote on its 2018 budget, and residents and visitors will, for the most part, not see any increases to the parking rates.

The exception is with the monthly parking passes, which will increase by $5 a month. Beyond that, hourly rates at the facilities and meters will remain the same as 2017, according to Mitch Karon, executive ...

Q&A: How Governor-Elect Murphy Can Lead a Successful Transition

How New Jersey’s incoming governor handles the next several weeks can “make or break his first year in office,” according to Rutgers experts.

Fortunately, Governor-elect Phil Murphy can turn to Rutgers University-New Brunswick and its Eagleton Center on the American Governor for guidance on how to make the most of the crucial period leading up to ...

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 ...

Freshman Boys Win County Soccer Crown

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The New Brunswick High School freshman boys soccer team defeated Old Bridge, 7-0, to win their third consecutive GMC county championship game. The Zebras were led by Yeffry Rodriguez and Roberto Camarillo, each scoring two goals, while Saul Rojas, Ramon Tobar, and Kyle Diaz each contributed their own. "The boys want to thank everyone that came out to support them," ...

City looking to redevelop underutilized park

November 16, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city is looking to renovate and beautify Feaster Park on Commercial Avenue, an area which officials say has been historically underused.

Feaster Park has a “passive design,” according to Glenn Paterson, the city's planning director. That is, the park emphasizes open space rather than recreational equipment or programming.

Sitting along Commercial ...

Premier Properties Celebrates its "Curb Appeal" in New Brunswick

New Brunswick, NJ -  Premier Properties of New Brunswick took home the prestigious Curb Appeal award for its 17 Mine Street apartment building at the New Jersey Apartment Association’s (NJAA) 24th Annual Garden State Awards.

Judged by a panel of multifamily (apartment) industry experts from New Jersey and beyond, the achievement distinguishes Premier Properties as one of ...

$2.5 billion mixed-use project approved for Raritan River waterfront

SAYREVILLE, NJ -North American Properties (NAP), a privately-held, multi-regional real estate operating and development company with properties across the United States, recently announced “Riverton,” a 418-acre, shovel-ready waterfront redevelopment on the Raritan River, in a joint venture with New Jersey-based PGIM Real Estate.

In what is considered the largest mixed-use project ...

Premier Properties Celebrates its "Curb Appeal" in New Brunswick

November 16, 2017

New Brunswick, NJ -  Premier Properties of New Brunswick took home the prestigious Curb Appeal award for its 17 Mine Street apartment building at the New Jersey Apartment Association’s (NJAA) 24th Annual Garden State Awards.

Judged by a panel of multifamily (apartment) industry experts from New Jersey and beyond, the achievement distinguishes Premier Properties as one of ...

Q&A: How Governor-Elect Murphy Can Lead a Successful Transition

November 15, 2017

How New Jersey’s incoming governor handles the next several weeks can “make or break his first year in office,” according to Rutgers experts.

Fortunately, Governor-elect Phil Murphy can turn to Rutgers University-New Brunswick and its Eagleton Center on the American Governor for guidance on how to make the most of the crucial period leading up to ...

Coalition-Led Ballot Question Approved, Safeguarding Pollution Settlements

NEWARK, NJ -  Voters provided permanent relief to communities harmed by industrial pollution on Tuesday by approving an environmental coalition-led ballot question that prevents money earmarked for environmental restoration from being raided by Trenton lawmakers.

The measure was declared passed with 69 percent support.

“By approving Ballot Question 2, voters created a ‘lock ...

NJ Election 2017: Incumbents Sweep in New Brunswick

WOODBRIDGE, NJ - The Democrats have come out ahead in the county-wide freeholder and state legislature races. Here are the numbers below.

Sen. Bob Smith easily defeated his Republican challenger, Daryl Kipnis, with 71 percent of the vote. Smith, of Piscataway, received 27,235 votes throughout the 17th Legislative District, compared to 10,976 for his challenger to earn another four-year term in ...

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

November 22, 2017

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 ...

9 events going on in New Brunswick this week

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and on top of that, the Hub City still has lots to offer. Whether it’s getting tons of great food, or volunteering at a soup kitchen,  check out what’s happening this week.

Monday, November 20

This Thanksgiving season, New Brunswick residents will be eligible for a free turkey. Just stop by the city hall, 78 Bayard ...

9 events going on in New Brunswick this week

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The chilly weather is here to stay and the season of giving is well underway. Find out how you can get involved in the community. Or find a place to cozy up and read a good book or watch a good movie.

Monday, November 13

Taking the jump from the dorm to off-campus living can be a challenge for students, but Rutgers Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships is ...

TAPinto Editors offer last minute tips for making packaged Thanksgiving stuffing your own

November 23, 2017

NUTLEY, NJ - We've all been there, we go to bed on Wednesday night thinking this is going to be the smoothest Thanksgiving ever, only to wake on Thursday morning with the "we don't have enough food" panic. A bunch of TAPinto editors go together and figured out an easy solution: an extra side dish.

In an unscientific twitter survey, "stuffing" got more votes as a ...

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 ...

Irish pub to replace Old Bay restaurant, following final farewell in December

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The longtime Old Bay establishment will be replaced by an Irish pub, once the restaurant closes its doors for good in December.

The opening date of the new restaurant, “Blackthorn Irish Pub & Restaurant,” hasn’t been finalized, but the target date is February or March, with renovations starting in January.

Patrons can expect live music on ...

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

November 22, 2017

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 ...

9 events going on in New Brunswick this week

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and on top of that, the Hub City still has lots to offer. Whether it’s getting tons of great food, or volunteering at a soup kitchen,  check out what’s happening this week.

Monday, November 20

This Thanksgiving season, New Brunswick residents will be eligible for a free turkey. Just stop by the city hall, 78 Bayard ...

Middlesex County, state officials, celebrate 18 adoptions as part of National Adoption Day

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - When Gianni Dias-Raimundo found out at 8 years old that she was adopted, the revelation didn’t come out of left field for her.

Gianni had, until that moment, always found something to be amiss. For one, her parents, adopted brother and family were all white.

Years later, the now 17-year-old Elizabeth resident is a straight-A student, aspiring nurse and Rutgers ...

City looking to redevelop underutilized park

November 16, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city is looking to renovate and beautify Feaster Park on Commercial Avenue, an area which officials say has been historically underused.

Feaster Park has a “passive design,” according to Glenn Paterson, the city's planning director. That is, the park emphasizes open space rather than recreational equipment or programming.

Sitting along Commercial ...

Coalition-Led Ballot Question Approved, Safeguarding Pollution Settlements

NEWARK, NJ -  Voters provided permanent relief to communities harmed by industrial pollution on Tuesday by approving an environmental coalition-led ballot question that prevents money earmarked for environmental restoration from being raided by Trenton lawmakers.

The measure was declared passed with 69 percent support.

“By approving Ballot Question 2, voters created a ‘lock ...

New Brunswick government to experiment with municipal electric car

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city parking authority will be experimenting with an electric car, ​in an effort to go green.

The move was announced by Mitch Karon, executive director of the New Brunswick Parking Authority, at the October 25 board of commissioners meeting.

Officials expect the car, a 2017 Nissan Leaf, to be delivered to the parking authority by mid-November, according to ...

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

November 18, 2017

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 ...

City looking to redevelop underutilized park

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city is looking to renovate and beautify Feaster Park on Commercial Avenue, an area which officials say has been historically underused.

Feaster Park has a “passive design,” according to Glenn Paterson, the city's planning director. That is, the park emphasizes open space rather than recreational equipment or programming.

Sitting along Commercial ...

Family of RU student, suicide victim, starting ​fund for financial hardships

EDITOR’S NOTE: All photos ​are courtesy of the Selfo family.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The family of a Rutgers student who took her own life ​in ​early November have set up a GoFundMe ​campaign ​to help weather the financial burdens ​that have followed her death.

Rutgers ​pharmacy major Irisa Selfo, age 20 of Fair Lawn, passed away on November 6. She left behind her ...

New Brunswick man charged in fatal Friday evening shooting near local park

November 22, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A New Brunswick man is sitting in the Middlesex County jail following his arrest in connection with a fatal shooting Friday evening, authorities announced Wednesday.

Kim Carter, 37, of New Brunswick, faces charges of murder and unlawful possession of a weapon, following an investigation by local authorities into the fatal Nov. 17 shooting, said Middlesex County Prosecutor ...

Caseworker charged with sexually assaulting Highland Park minor, authorities say

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ - A former caseworker is being held at the Middlesex County jail over charges that he sexually assaulted a Highland Park resident under 16 years old, and used marijuana with the victim, authorities announced on November 18.

Police suspected that the caseworker, 23-year-old Monmouth Junction resident Miguel Garrido, was involved with the sexual assault, since the incident ...

Essex County man found dead after shooting near Feaster Park

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - An Essex County man died Friday night after a shooting in New Brunswick, authorities announced November 18.

Tawan J. Moses, 25 of East Orange, was found dead by authorities at 8:30 p.m. on Throop Avenue near Feaster Park according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey.

Moses had multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - November 17, 2017

** The Jaffe Briefing is over the river and through the woods for Thanksgiving, returning Monday, November 27 ** 

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Tom MacArthur has the distinction of being the only member of New Jersey's congressional delegation to support $1.5 trillion in tax cuts for businesses and individuals.  MacArthur was also ...

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Rutgers Leaders to Join Governor-Elect Murphy’s Transition2018 Team

November 22, 2017

More than 20 leaders at Rutgers University, including Rutgers University–New Brunswick Chancellor Deba Dutta, will join Governor-elect Philip D. Murphy’s Transition2018 committees to undertake policy analysis and recommendations on a host of state issues and new initiatives as the new gubernatorial administration prepares to take office.

The committees, comprised of policy experts ...

Grad students pushing for university response on Congress tax bill

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers ​University ​graduate students are pushing the university president for assurance that he’d advocate for them against a potential tax-hike by Congress, which ​many argue ​could hit graduate students particularly hard.

The House of Representatives plan, which passed last week, would turn the tuition remission for graduate and teaching assistants into a ...

Rutgers president addresses controversial bias incidents, says they're protected by ​First ​Amendment

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers President Robert Barchi stood by his affirmation ​of​ the First Amendment, saying those ​protections ​extend to ​the recent rash of ​anti-Semitism on campus.

At the November 16 student government town hall, Barchi​ noted the protections to incidents such as the anti-Semitic posts allegedly shared on the Facebook of a food science professor, the ...

South Brunswick: Phone Syncing Leads To Car Thieves Arrest (WITH VIDEO)

November 14, 2017

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Syncing your phone to a stolen car will likely lead police straight to your doorstep.

That’s the lesson learned by three Somerset County juveniles this week.

Police charged the three with theft, receiving stolen property and eluding a police officer after they led police on a brief chase Nov. 6.

According to police, the incident started at 5:30 p.m. when ...

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Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe Endorses Senator Menendez for Re-election

November 18, 2017

METUCHEN, NJ – Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe endorsed Senator Bob Menendez for re-election, citing the senator’s longtime commitment to fighting on behalf of New Jersey’s families in Washington.

            “Senator Menendez has dedicated his career to working for the interests of ...

Four Rutgers Professors Named Fellows of AAAS

November 22, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Four Rutgers University professors have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an honor bestowed by their peers for scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance human knowledge.

The honorees, representing Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health ...

Column - Ramen Nagomi Part II: Tim, Sabastian, and Our Interview Continued

November 6, 2017

Note: This is a column by food writer Devin Healey. Manager Tim Wong and Chef Owner Sabastian Karyadi were so gracious with their time and in-depth with their responses that this story on New Brunswick’s favorite noodle shop will run in two parts. This is part two, but you can find part one here.

I recently took some time to get to know Ramen Nagomi’s General Manager Tim Wong and ...