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New Brunswick Men Arrested for Allegedly Shoplifting from Wegmans

May 26, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Two New Brunswick residents were arrested for shoplifting May 8 after they were allegedly found with hundreds of dollars worth of items from Wegmans, according to Bridgewater Township Police.

Jingru Huang, 26, and Jarrod Welsh, 29, were charged with shoplifting after being found with $267 worth of merchandise.

Huang and Welsh were processed and released pending a court ...

New Brunswick's Fire Director Involved in Another Crash

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The city’s fire director—who struck three kids with an SUV in 2014 and recently regained permission to drive a municipal vehicle—got into a crash last week, according to a police report.

New Brunswick cops found that Robert Rawls, the fire department head of 11 years, wasn’t at fault.

Rawls was driving his city-owned 2017 Chevy Tahoe on the ...

Firefighters Respond to Another Jet Skier Stuck on the Raritan

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — City firefighters responded to a report last weekend of a jet skier stranded on the Raritan River, according to a New Brunswick official.

TAPinto New Brunswick received an alert around 4:10 p.m. Sunday, May 21, regarding the incident.

When New Brunswick firefighters hit the water, they found the jet skier near Middlesex County’s Johnson Park, city ...

Middlesex County College Graduates 1,500 Students

May 24, 2017

EDISON, NJ - A total of 1,509 degrees and certificates were awarded to 1,476 students by Middlesex County College Tuesday, May 23 at the 50th annual commencement exercises witnessed by approximately 3,500 guests in the Expo Center in the Raritan Center.

Valedictorian Sara Rose Chirco delivered the class welcome, sharing her experiences and aspirations. Chirco is a liberal arts and ...

Date Set for New Brunswick BOE Runoff Election

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Didn’t vote in this year’s school board election? Here’s another chance.

Polling hours for the runoff election for a three-year seat on the New Brunswick Public Schools Board of Education are scheduled for 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, according to the district.

The rare special election comes in the wake of a May 12 recount that saw two ...

Recount Shows Tie in New Brunswick BOE Race, Spurs Runoff Election

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — It’s not over yet.

Weeks after the April 25 election, who will claim the third three-year term on the New Brunswick Public Schools Board of Education remains unclear. The most recent break in the unconventional election story came late last week, May 12, when a recount reportedly resulted in a tie between the two candidates vying for that seat.

Emra Seawood, ...

New Brunswick Parking Garages to Undergo $543,000 in Repairs

May 25, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The city’s nine public parking garages are marked for renovations this year, according to the New Brunswick Parking Authority.

The cost is expected to run more than $543,000, according to a resolution approved last night, May 24, by the authority’s Board of Commissioners. That number is in line with how much is typically budgeted—between ...

Advocacy Group Wants Your Ideas on the Future of Local News

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — What would you do if you had the opportunity to reshape local news coverage in the Garden State?

News Voices: New Jersey, a project of the media-advocacy group Free Press, wants to hear your answers. The organization plans to hold a forum on the future of local news from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, at Rutgers University, 4 Huntington St., New Brunswick.

The ...

Residents Prepare for New Brunswick Parking to Go Digital

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — More than 500 city residents have registered for digital parking permits since signups began early this month, according to the New Brunswick Parking Authority.

The new residential permitting system will eliminate the use of hang-tags, officials have said. Instead, enforcement officers will verify someone’s parking status by scanning the license ...

Somerset Patriots Add Major League Outfielder Greg Golson

May 26, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots have announced the signing of outfielder Greg Golson.

Golson enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and his fourth in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. His Atlantic League career includes 2013-14 with the Lancaster Barnstormers and 2016 with the New Britain Bees.

Last season, Golson was a key member of the New Britain offense, ...

Somerset Patriots Sign Pitcher El' Hajj Muhammad Of Franklin, NJ

BRIDGEWATER, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced the signing of right-handed pitcher El’ Hajj Muhammad.

The Franklin, New Jersey native enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and in the Atlantic League.

He spent most of his eight-year professional career in the Cincinnati Reds organization before joining the Chicago White Sox organization last year.

Muhammad is a ...

Yankee Historian Marty Appel Writes Definitive Bio of Baseball’s Greatest Character, Casey Stengel

NEW YORK, NY – New York Yankees historian and former publicity director Marty Appel, author of the acclaimed Pinstripe Empire and New York Times best seller, Munson: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain, has released CASEY STENGEL: Baseball’s Greatest Character (Doubleday; March 28, 2017; $27.95), an intimate portrait and definitive account of a baseball icon.

There was ...

3rd Time’s a Charm? New Brunswick Performing Arts Center Gains Approval

May 26, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Last night’s city Planning Board meeting smacked of the film “Groundhog Day.”

A subsidiary of the New Brunswick Development Corporation, better known as Devco, won approvals during the May 25 special meeting for a $173 million, 22-story performing arts center tower on Livingston Avenue. The Cultural Center redevelopment project stands to yield ...

Cultural Center Parking Lot to Close as Demolition Nears

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — And so it begins.

The Cultural Center parking lot on Bayard Street is scheduled to permanently close around June 5, making way for the demolition of the Crossroads Theatre and the George Street Playhouse, according to the New Brunswick Parking Authority.

“That’s a tentative date,” the agency’s executive director, Mitchell Karon, said this ...

County Commits $12M to New Brunswick Cultural Center Tower

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — When the 22-story performing arts center opens in downtown New Brunswick, two of its floors will belong to Middlesex County.

The Board of Chosen Freeholders adopted an ordinance last night, May 18, that reallocates $17.5 million from previously issued bonds to other projects. Among them is the purchase of two floors of office space, at a cost of $12 million, in the ...

Former Vermont governor touts would-be New Jersey governor in Newark church

May 25, 2017

The Rev. Ronald L. Slaughter stood before 100 people at his regular weekly noontime service at St. James AME in Newark, providing a message that was both spiritual and political. 

"Politicians come and go, but God will keep you from falling," said Slaughter, with cries of "Amen" resounding from the pews. "You need to make a choice to affirm who you are ...

Date Set for New Brunswick BOE Runoff Election

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Didn’t vote in this year’s school board election? Here’s another chance.

Polling hours for the runoff election for a three-year seat on the New Brunswick Public Schools Board of Education are scheduled for 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, according to the district.

The rare special election comes in the wake of a May 12 recount that saw two ...

Recount Shows Tie in New Brunswick BOE Race, Spurs Runoff Election

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — It’s not over yet.

Weeks after the April 25 election, who will claim the third three-year term on the New Brunswick Public Schools Board of Education remains unclear. The most recent break in the unconventional election story came late last week, May 12, when a recount reportedly resulted in a tie between the two candidates vying for that seat.

Emra Seawood, ...

Shakespeare in The Yard? College Ave Spot to Host Summer Shows

May 23, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The Yard at College Avenue will heat up on Thursday nights in June.

The venue plans to host three free performances next month, from William Shakespeare to jazz and opera. Each showing will feature a cash bar. Patrons will need to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs.

The move aligns with a long-stated goal of the New Brunswick Development Corporation, or ...

12 Events Going On In New Brunswick This Week

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Rutgers University’s spring 2017 semester is a mere memory. But the Hub City remains vibrant, even if the campus has emptied.

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

Monday, May 22

Interested in learning about land use? Check out the 7:30 p.m. meeting of the New Brunswick Zoning Board of Adjustment at ...

In New Brunswick, Teens Play Concert Against Drug Abuse

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Who said music needs to be about sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll?

The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey hosted its 13th annual New Jersey Shout Down Drugs Prevention Concert on Friday, May 19 at Rutgers University’s Nicholas Music Center in New Brunswick.

The event drew 21 high-school students from across the state who performed 13 musical acts, ...

Column: A “Taste of Greece” Comes to the Hub City

May 24, 2017

Editor’s note: This is food writer Devin Healey’s first column for TAPinto New Brunswick.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — It turns out you don’t need to cross the Atlantic to get great Mediterranean food.

Two weeks ago, I was invited to a night of hospitality and a smorgasbord of delicious Greek cuisine in my own backyard.

New Athens Corner has been a staple of the Highland ...

Memorial Day Parade Comes to the Hub City

May 26, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Barbecues, buddies and burgers might typically be associated with this long holiday weekend. But there’s more to Memorial Day than summer fun.

The federal holiday is meant to honor military veterans who died while fighting for the U.S.

To that end, the Veterans Alliance of Raritan Valley will hold a parade on Monday, May 29, in New Brunswick.

The event ...

Saint Peter’s Earns Nod for Treating Stroke Patients

May 24, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Teri Ackerson’s left arm abruptly went numb in May 2013. Then the left side of her face sagged, and she could no longer talk.

Ackerson knew what that meant: She was having a stroke.

The nurse and former stroke coordinator at Saint Peter’s University Hospital also knew what to do. She stayed calm as she jotted down the timing of her symptoms and what, ...

County Mosquito Commission Offers Advice on Starting Early to Minimize Mosquitoes

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - The Middlesex County Mosquito Extermination Commission has been inspecting and treating mosquito sites throughout the County and is offering advice to residents on curbing the mosquitoes in their yards. Spring is a good time of year to find and remove areas where mosquitoes are likely to breed, such as standing water.

Deepak Matadha, superintendent of the ...

Sun Shines on Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure as Thousands Participate at Liberty State Park

JERSEY CITY, NJ - "This is my fight song, take back my life song." Katy Perry's version of Rachel Platten's "Fight Song" anthem blared across Liberty State Park Sunday morning as thousands of women and men gathered to participate in the tenth annual Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure. Perry's lyrics did indeed apply to the many breast cancer ...

NJ Transit Staffer Charged in Alleged Ticket Scheme at New Brunswick Station

May 22, 2017

NEWARK, NJ  – John A. Davey, 49, of East Brunswick, has been arrested and charged with official misconduct, theft and forgery, according to an announcement today from Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and New Jersey Transit Police Chief Christopher Trucillo.

An NJ Transit ticket agent for 29 years, Davey allegedly forged rail tickets and sold them for cash at the ...

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Costs Push The Rutgers Club to Leave College Avenue

May 24, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The Rutgers Club, a university restaurant intertwined with Scarlet Knight culture, will soon leave the College Avenue building where it has operated since its inception.

The club plans to relocate from the house at 199 College Ave. to the second floor of the Livingston Dining Commons in Piscataway in late August, according to an email sent from Felicia McGinty, ...

Life After the Murder Trial: Honoring the Legacy of Billy McCaw

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — They call him Billy the Kid.

They play soccer because it’s his sport. They wear No. 9 because it’s his number. They smile and laugh, even as they compete hard as ever, because it’s his style.

But most of all, they miss him.

“Something like this embodies what Billy was about,” Dylan Klemuk-San Martin said as feet shuffled across the ...

Pallone Announces $865,430 Federal Grant to Rutgers to Support Special Education

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced in a news release Monday that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded Rutgers University $865,430 through the Special Education Research Program.

Rutgers will use the funds to study the effectiveness of training for behavioral support providers, in order to ensure teachers and paraprofessionals have the tools ...

County Commits $12M to New Brunswick Cultural Center Tower

May 19, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — When the 22-story performing arts center opens in downtown New Brunswick, two of its floors will belong to Middlesex County.

The Board of Chosen Freeholders adopted an ordinance last night, May 18, that reallocates $17.5 million from previously issued bonds to other projects. Among them is the purchase of two floors of office space, at a cost of $12 million, in the ...

State Police Forum in New Brunswick to Focus on Missing Persons

May 19, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — If you know someone who is missing, the New Jersey State Police wants to help.

A forum on missing persons and what can be done to find them is scheduled for 1-5 p.m. tomorrow, May 20, at Rutgers University’s College Avenue Student Center, 126 College Ave., New Brunswick.

The free event is open to the public. State police extend a specific invitation to ...

OPINION

Ron Rios: Middlesex County Addresses Pancreatic Cancer

May 26, 2017

Pancreatic cancer is now the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths. It is predicted that by the year 2020, it will have moved to the second leading cause. It is called the "silent killer" because of how difficult it can be to diagnose until it is in its later stages. These factors, combined with the unknown cause of the disease, have led the medical community to call for ...

Saint Peter's University Hospital to Host Open House for Students Interested in Healthcare, IT, Engineering, Nursing and Technology

May 23, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – May 23, 2017 – Saint Peter's University Hospital welcomes students ages 14 to 20 to attend an open house for the hospital’s Exploring program. This is an exciting opportunity for local residents and their parents. Please join members of Saint Pater’s University Hospital on Wednesday, May 31, at 6:45 p.m. at Saint Peter's University Hospital, 254 ...

Respect!/¡El Respeto: Workers' Memorial Day March Fosters Community, Respect

May 2, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -- In a room aglow with orange, the color of the pro-worker nonprofit New Labor, a large and diverse crowd gathered at Anshe Emeth Synagogue. The sense of community was palpable as children, parents, workers and supporters gathered. Everyone seemed to know each other as people hugged and smiled.

This was not like some other rallies, filled with anger and discontent. As ...