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New Brunswick Shooting Injures 3

September 20, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — One person has been hospitalized with serious wounds and another two injured as a result of a shooting Tuesday night near Throop Avenue, police confirmed in a statement.

Authorities believe that multiple suspects targeted multiple victims. The incident was not random, New Brunswick police Capt. J.T. Miller said. The shooting ...

Man Charged in New Brunswick Hit-and-Run Against 10-Year-Old

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A man from North Brunswick struck a child with his car and fled on Monday before returning to the scene, city police said.

When Anderson Bourdierd, 21, came back to speak with cops, they charged him with failure to exhibit documents, leaving the scene of a crash and failure to report a crash, New Brunswick police Capt. J.T. Miller told TAPinto New Brunswick.

The ...

Cops Arrest 1 of 2 Men Wanted for New Brunswick Murder

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The alleged murderer named Maniac is still on the loose, but police nabbed his counterpart today, they said in a press release.

Rayshawn Riddick, a 31-year-old from Newark, was taken in this morning by the FBI, the New Brunswick Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office, according to the announcement. They didn't say where they caught ...

Parking Authority Attorney Gets $200 Ethics Fine

September 20, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The attorney for the city parking authority was fined for state ethics violations after failing to disclose multiple sources of income.

Leonard Bier, the attorney for the New Brunswick Parking Authority, will be fined $200, according to a video recording by the activist community paper New Brunswick Today, which raised the allegations over a year ago.

The fine ...

In New Brunswick, a Call to Impeach Trump

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — When protesters took to the city's downtown last week, their message was clear: It's time to give President Donald Trump the boot.

A few dozen people attended the rally to impeach Trump on the evening of Sept. 6, outside Rep. Frank Pallone Jr.'s office on Church Street. There, a handful of speakers urged the congressman and other leaders to push for ...

Ahead of City ID Launch, New Brunswick Tries a Test Run

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Don't ask Bob Belvin how the machine works. He attributes it to magic.

What matters is that it does work.

That's one thing that Belvin, head of New Brunswick's public library, is testing. The machine is a high-tech one used to verify the validity of personal documents, like a driver's license. The device will be used to help launch the city's ...

New Brunswick Zebras 0-2 After Falling to South Brunswick 35-7

September 19, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Zebras football team is off to a rough start, losing its first two games of the season.

After opening the season with a 64-7 loss to Piscataway, the Zebras struggled in South Brunswick last Friday night, losing by 35-7. New Brunswick’s Daze Hicks scored the lone touchdown for the visiting team.

South Brunswick's Vikings put ...

New Brunswick Zebras Fall Hard to Piscataway in Football Season Opener

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- A few weeks ago, Piscataway High School head varsity football coach Dan Higgins said the Chiefs’ offense will be balanced.

Higgins also said in order to win football games this season, the offense, defense, and special teams have to be clicking on all cylinders.

“We pride ourselves on doing the little things right,” said Higgins, who doubles as a police ...

What's New At Rutgers' High Point Solutions Stadium This Year

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — When you hop on the bus from College Avenue for tonight's Rutgers University football game, you'll also be en route to a new experience.

The Scarlet Knights have upped their game for gameday this year, bringing new activities, concessions and more to fans, according to the Athletics Department. Among the improvements are a practice complex, app, grub ...

New Amazon HQ? Why Not New Brunswick?

September 22, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Middlesex County, New Brunswick and Rutgers University officials are eyeing the Hub City and surrounding area as a potential spot for Amazon’s “HQ2,”an East Coast headquarters, that would employ as many as 50,000 people  

The online retail giant, which is headquartered in Seattle, announced its plans earlier this month to pump $5 billion into the ...

City Council Paves Way for Easton Ave. Redevelopment

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The bid for tax exemption status of a nine-story, mixed use building on Easton Avenue received a stamp of approval from the City Council, in a 4-0 vote at its Sept. 20 meeting.

Under the agreement, 78 Easton Ave. Urban Renewal LLC, a subsidiary of the Missouri-based Collegiate Development Group of St. Louis, Mo, will pay $1.1 million annually in lieu of taxes over ...

Council Still Weighing Tax Exemption for New Brunswick Building

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Whether a developer looking to build a nine-story, mixed-use building on Easton Avenue will receive a long-term tax exemption—and what the deal might look like—is up in the air.

For the second time, at its Sept. 6 meeting, the New Brunswick City Council voted to table the ordinance that would enshrine a tax agreement for a subsidiary of the Missouri-based ...

On the Hunt for Records—and Some Magic—in New Brunswick

September 21, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The interior of Spina Records looks like it could pass for a very over-the-top friend's basement music collection.

Boxes of records fill the room, and more recognizable album covers—from acts like Metallica, The Smiths and Prince—line the walls. Antiques and novelty items, like a ceramic dog and a pair of antlers, fill whatever space is left. And the ...

With Rutgers Ties, Local Popcorn Company Employs Adults With Autism

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Popcorn for the People, East Brunswick's venture into "social entrepreneurship," has officially opened its new location on Hart's Lane. True to its motto, "Autism at Work," the staff was preparing dozens of bags of fresh treats to be sold at the first Rutgers University football game, making sure to have enough cookies-and-cream popcorn, which ...

Everything's Bigger at Amazon: Pallone Visits Center Where Robots and People Work Together

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ — When you walk into Amazon's 1-million-square-foot fulfillment center in Carteret, it's difficult to grasp its size.

Sure, the parking lot is bigger than many. And from the outside, the warehouse certainly looks huge. But it doesn't hit you until you head upstairs, walk a path called the “green mile” and come to a balcony overlooking the ...

Davell Crawford Trio Closes 4-Day Central Jersey Jazz Festival

September 19, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ - He’s been dubbed the “Piano Prince of New Orleans,” but for a few hours late Sunday afternoon, Davell Crawford presided as the “King of the Central New Jersey Jazz Festival,” entertaining thousands of jazz aficionados gathered on East Main Street and the lawn of the historic Somerset County Courthouse.

Crawford, accompanied by drums and bass, was ...

10 Events Going On This Week In New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Well, Monday's almost over. But there's plenty to get done here in New Brunswick this week.

Check out TAPinto New Brunswick’s weekly roundup of some of the best tickets in the city.

Monday, Sept. 11

Get your shave and smoke on. Rutgers' Catholic student group holds its Barbasol Men's Night at 8 p.m. at 108 Townsend St. Attendees may receive ...

State Theatre Names Rutgers Alum Acting President and CEO

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The State Theatre has a new leader.

The company's board of trustees announced this week its appointment of Anna Marie Gewirtz to acting president and CEO. She previously served as the theater's senior vice president and chief of external affairs under Thomas J. Carto, who's leaving his post.

“Anna Marie is integral to our recent success in ...

DIGinto New Brunswick: Fritz’s is a Total Eclipse of the (Artichoke) Heart

August 31, 2017

Note: This column is part of a monthly series called DIGinto New Brunswick. The Hub City has a rich and diverse culinary scene, its menus constantly changing. I’ll be doing the leg work at your favorite spots and some hidden gems, sampling various dishes at one New Brunswick restaurant every month and reporting back on which food is worth your taste buds’ time. So sit back, relax, ...

Column: Ramen Nagomi Elevates a College Student Staple

Note: This is a column by food writer Devin Healey. Manager Tim Wong was so gracious with his time and in-depth in his responses that this story on New Brunswick’s popular noodle shop will run in two parts on TAPInto New Brunswick. This is part one.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — I love ramen. I crave it. When it’s cold outside, when I’m sick, when I’m hungover.

In New Brunswick, a Push to Help Post-Harvey Houston

September 7, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The Hub City knows what kind of damage a major storm can cause.

But New Brunswick residents also know how critical charity is in the wake of such a disaster. While the city and the rest of New Jersey received help from far and wide after Superstorm Sandy in 2012, now some local leaders are stepping up to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston.

City Council ...

Local Trucking Company Sends First Convoy To Aid Hurricane Harvey Victims (WITH VIDEO)

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - State and local police escorted five tractor trailers to the state line Wednesday morning, heading to Texas with donations for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

The effort is part of a continuing drive by Hermann Transportation Services in Monmouth Junction to help those in need after the devastating storm.

Company owners and brothers, Jeff and Bryan Hermann took to ...

New Brunswick Coffeeshop to Donate All Profits to Harvey Victims

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Just the excuse you need to make that espresso a double.

Hidden Grounds, the popular coffeeshop with two locations on Easton Avenue in New Brunswick, plans to donate 100 percent of its profits over the next week to families affected by Hurricane Harvey. The coffee retailer announced the move today, complementing the tall order with a GoFundMe page through ...

Rutgers Alum Wins Award for Restoring Quail Habitat

September 13, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Rutgers University's reach extends beyond the lab or boardroom and into some of the state's wildest areas.

That much was made clear this week with the announcement that Bill Haines Jr., who graduated from the school in 1975, won New Jersey's first-ever National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative's National Fire Bird Conservation Award.

The honor ...

September 7, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Their specialty might be fighting fires, but the city's fire department will switch its focus for a day to recent blood shortages.

The New Brunswick Fire Department plans to host a community blood drive from noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at New Jersey Blood Services, according to City Hall. Appointments are available here, though walk-ins will also be accepted.

If ...

New Brunswick's Rep. Pallone to Introduce Bill to Reduce Prescription Drug Costs

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Reducing the high cost of prescription medication was the lunchtime topic at the Piscataway Senior Center on Monday, where Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ-6) announced his proposed legislation for drug price controls and how the federal government could require drug makers to be more accountable and transparent when it comes to pricing and production ...

Medical Records and Personal Information Allegedly Stolen in Middlesex County

September 13, 2017

EDISON, NJ - Fernando Rios, 33, was arrested yesterday on one count of identity theft in the second degree, one count of trafficking in personally identifying information in the second degree and one count of burglary in the third degree. 

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief James Conroy of the East Brunswick Police Department said the Sayreville man was ...

Molotov Cocktail Cop Gets 20 Years in Prison

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Former Edison police officer Michael Dotro will spend the next 20 years in prison for a series of crimes committed in the last five years, including the attempted murder of a supervising officer and his family, officials said yesterday.

According to a press release from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Dotro, 40, of Manalapan, will serve at least 17 ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - September 20, 2017

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

TRENTON - In all the fluff of a political season - when all candidates promise to save the world in exchange for your precious vote - there's one issue that needs addressing: the F grade that our state finances have received from Truth in Accounting - a think tank that analyzes government financial reporting. Of no surprise, the think tank ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, September 23, 2:00 PM

The Metlar-Bodine House Museum, Piscataway

The Wreck of The Broker: The Story of New ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

Sat, September 30, 11:00 AM

East Brunswick Elks, East Brunswick

ParaX Paranormal Expo

Arts & Entertainment

What's New at Rutgers This Year? For Starters, College Avenue

September 6, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — If you've recently walked College Avenue, you know just how different it looks.

But Rutgers University's upgrades didn't end there. In fact, from a renovated football practice complex to revamped food options, quite a bit has changed on the banks since the spring semester finished.

“This past year has been especially rewarding because we've ...

Rutgers President Criticizes Trump's Move to End DACA

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Rutgers University's president strongly rebuked President Donald Trump's decision today to end an executive order protecting young undocumented immigrants from deportation.

Robert Barchi, Rutgers' president, sent a letter to the university community in defense of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, commonly known as DACA, and what it does ...

Get Ready for Sunday's Annual Rubber Duck Race

September 22, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The 2017 Raritan River Festival and Rubber Duck Race is coming to town this Sunday, Sept. 24, noon to 6 p.m. at Boyd Park, on the riverside of Route 18 and Commercial Avenue in New Brunswick.

Admission is free and parking is available at the Rutgers University Public Safety Parking Deck.

Now in its 38th year, the festival first came to light in 1980, in celebration ...

State Infant/Child Car Seat Rules Currently in Effect

September 13, 2017

TRENTON, NJ - Effective September 1, 2015, legislation set in place revised parameters relative to the use of infant / child car seats in the Garden State. New Jersey guidelines currently mandate the following:

Newborn to Age 2

Children under age 2 and under 30 lbs. must be in a rear-facing car seat with a five-point harness. Toddlers who are tall or have long legs ...

OPINION

Should New Brunswick Become the New State Capital?

September 21, 2017

Dear TAPInto New Brunswick,

 I'm a thinker-and hopefully not an idealist as much as a pragmatist.  Growing up I thought I wanted to be an engineer, but only later did I realize I was mainly preoccupied in the learning of the concepts, physics, more than the application, engineering, of the craft.  It was not because I did not want to apply what I learned in the classroom in ...

LD17 Assembly Candidate Robert Quinn initial platform proposals

September 12, 2017

                “What are you offering me?”

                It is a phrase occasionally heard on the campaign trail, albeit sometimes articulated in a less blunt fashion. Still, while it is direct, it is an important question to be answered ...