Contractor Strikes Line, Causes Gas Leak in New Brunswick

August 17, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — An early-morning gas leak disrupted business as usual near the city's downtown, according to officials.

Around 8:15 a.m. today, Aug. 17, a contractor damaged a gas line near 226 George St., a spokesperson for the utilities provider PSE&G, Brooke Houston, told TAPinto New Brunswick. That stretch of road is near Hassart and Carman streets, according to ...

Cops Searching for Purse Snatcher Who Claimed to Have Gun

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Police are trying to identify a man who's suspected of stealing a purse in the city's downtown and then warding off a good Samaritan by saying he had a gun, according to a press release.

The robbery took place around 8 a.m. July 24 on Spring Street, New Brunswick Police Capt. J.T. Miller wrote in the announcement.

A woman left the Starbucks on George ...

New Brunswick Cops to Target Drunk Drivers

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — If you plan to catch a buzz, plan to catch a cab.

Otherwise, you could end up in cuffs. That's especially true from Aug. 18 through Sept. 4 in New Brunswick, where city police are taking part in the national 2017 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, a crackdown on drunk driving around Labor Day.

Cops intend to post sobriety checkpoints and conduct ...

Lead Tests Reveal 4 Contaminated Water Sources in New Brunswick Public Schools

July 31, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Four water sources in various city schools have been shut down and marked for remediation after testing positive for lead above the legal limit, according to results posted by New Brunswick's public school district.

The tests occurred throughout the district over two days in late June, scrutinizing 260 sources of drinking water, according to a note from ...

Thousands Switch to Digital Parking Permits in New Brunswick

August 8, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Roughly 4,000 residents had traded their old hang-tags for new digital parking permits by the end of July, according to the New Brunswick Parking Authority.

The agency's executive director, Mitchell Karon, recently provided an update on the digital permitting program. New Brunswick launched that initiative in June, requiring residents who use on-street ...

After Stumble, New Brunswick Looks to Raise Sewer Rates Tonight

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Sewer rates have been slated to rise since the start of summer, but several administrative errors have blocked that from happening.

The New Brunswick City Council will look to change that tonight, Aug. 2, at its 5:30 p.m. meeting in City Hall. The panel is set to vote on an ordinance that would boost sewer rates for residents and businesses.

At first, city ...

$10K Grant to Boost Community Policing Awarded to New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The city's police department was one of 28 agencies to receive a grant designed to improve relations between cops and the community, according to an announcement from the state Office of the Attorney General.

New Brunswick police received $10,000 from the Det. Matthew L. Tarentino Community Policing Grant Program, a new initiative undertaken by the attorney ...

Local Kids' Soccer Club Calling All Players

August 14, 2017

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Get ready to kick into action.

The Spotswood Soccer Club's registration for the fall recreational season is open for children ages 4 through 12. Children from area towns are welcome to join the club, which features youth, junior, senior and premier levels. The club does not impose residency restrictions, and the price is the same regardless of whether the player is a ...

Rutgers Names Football Practice Complex After Star Alumnus

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The Scarlet Knights have a new castle.

Rutgers University's athletics department revealed its upgraded Marco Battaglia Practice Complex yesterday, Aug. 6, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Busch Campus. The facility—named for the former Rutgers tight end, who was an All-American and Big East Offensive Player of the Year—will serve the football ...

Somerset Patriots Sign Rutgers Outfielder Tom Marcinczyk

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset Patriots have signed former Rutgers outfielder Tom Marcinczyk. He joins Somerset after concluding his collegiate career at Rutgers University earlier this year.

In his senior season at Rutgers, Marcinczyk played in 52 games and hit .274 with seven home runs, 29 runs batted in, and 32 runs scored while hitting in the middle of the Rutgers’ lineup.

Council Holds Off On Tax Exemption for New Brunswick Building

August 17, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — It remains unclear whether the developer of a nine-story, mixed-use building at the corner of Easton Avenue and Hamilton Street will land a long-term tax exemption, in exchange for an annual payment to the city.

The New Brunswick City Council was scheduled to hold a public hearing on the matter last night, Aug. 16, in City Hall. Afterward, the panel was ...

Council Considers $1.1M Annual Payment Instead of Taxes for Easton Avenue Building

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The developer that plans to construct a nine-story, mixed-use building off Easton Avenue could pay $1.1 million each year instead of property taxes, if the City Council adopts a proposed ordinance tonight.

The developer, a subsidiary of the Missouri-based Collegiate Development Group, won approval from the city's zoning board in June to put up a 181-unit apartment ...

As Theater Demolition Progresses, New Brunswick Looks Toward the Future

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Walk around downtown New Brunswick during any workday and you'll hear it: the sounds of a changing city.

Workers, perched on cranes and manning excavators, tear into buildings and rubble off Livingston Avenue. Heavy machinery roars, and tumbling building materials rumble. The scatterbrained noise tells passersby that something is going on here.

And that ...

Before Trump Broke Up Biz Council, Johnson & Johnson CEO Resigned

August 16, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The head of Johnson & Johnson decided to step down from President Donald Trump's Manufacturing Council today, prior to its disbandment, according to the company.

Alex Gorsky, chairman and CEO of the New Brunswick-based Johnson & Johnson, announced his exit in a statement, following reports published yesterday, Aug. 15., which said he planned to remain ...

Noted New Brunswick Audiophile and HiFi Haven Founder Dies at 89

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Martin “Marty” Borish, a Rutgers University electrical engineering grad who opened the cult audio shop HiFi Haven in New Brunswick in the 1950s and went on to found NAD Electronics, died last month. He was 89.

Borish met his end after a “quiet and dignified battle with cancer” on July 11. That followed a long and illustrious career in ...

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Phil Murphy Taps Newark Native Sheila Oliver as Running Mate

July 27, 2017

On the day she was officially named the Democratic lieutenant gubernatorial candidate, Assemblyman Sheila Oliver's mind went back to Bock Avenue, the one-block street in Newark's South Ward where she grew up and where her political awakening began. 

"It was a very multicultural and multiethnic neighborhood when I grew up there," said Oliver, 65, a 13-year state ...

As City Arts Scene Evolves, State Theatre Names 5 New Board Members

August 18, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A handful of business heavyweights are set to steer the State Theatre into the future.

The Livingston Avenue-based theater company this week announced five new appointments to its board of trustees. The list represents a who's-who in high-level businesses in New Brunswick and beyond, pulling from Johnson & Johnson, Bank of America and more.

“These ...

Free Outdoor Historic Concert Series at East Jersey Old Town Village in Piscataway

PISCATAWAY, NJ – County residents are invited to “enjoy live music in a beautiful, historic setting,” the Middlesex County Office of Arts and History said in an announcement. 

The free event will take place at East Jersey Old Town Village, 1050 River Rd., Piscataway.

Performances are scheduled for:

6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27

Mark ...

15 Events Going On This Week In New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK — Now that you're back in the workweek groove, take a look at ways to unwind or get involved in the Hub City.

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

Tuesday, Aug. 15

It's movie night. The final such event for Rutgers summer students begins at 7 p.m. with “Detroit,” and “Annabelle: ...

In New Brunswick, Dinner and a Movie for Foodies

August 15, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — It's easy to compare Mark Pascal and Francis Schott, the owners of Catherine Lombardi and Stage Left Steak, to the two brothers who own an Italian restaurant in 1950s New Jersey in the film “Big Night.”

Why? Pascal and Schott know a thing or two, after all, about running an authentic Italian eatery. Catherine Lombardi is renowned not just in New ...

Roosterspin Wins New Brunswick’s War of the Five Wings

Editor's note: This is food writer Devin Healey's review of the new restaurant Roosterspin.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Game of Thrones' Westeros may have the War of the Five Kings, but New Brunswick has the War of the Five Wings. With the opening of Roosterspin on the corner of Albany and Spring streets, and the imminent opening of the Rick Ross-approved Wingstop ...

Go for Seconds at Extended New Brunswick Restaurant Week

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Didn't get to try that prix fixe menu? Or perhaps you need another bite of that limited-time-only appetizer.

You're in luck. New Brunswick Restaurant Week 2017 isn't over yet. An extended version of the culinary celebration is set to hit 13 of the 25 participants, according to an announcement from New Brunswick City Center, the municipality's ...

Family of Fallen Police Officer Will Benefit from Somerset Patriots Golf Tournament

August 17, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – A portion of the proceeds raised by the Somerset Patriots during the team's 18th Annual Golf Classic at Neshanic Valley Golf Course in Neshanic Station on Monday, Sept. 11, will be donated to the family of fallen Summit police Det. Matthew Tarentino.

Tarentino, a lifelong resident of Somerville, was killed in a three-car collision on Route 78 May 30 while ...

Gear Up for School with Free Supplies in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — As some kids begin to come down with the back-to-school blues, parents might be even more peeved about what they'll shell out on school supplies.

But don't fret: The number could be smaller than you think.

That's because the New Brunswick's recreation department plans to give away free school supplies and backpacks on Sept. 2 to families who live in ...

Summer Arts Campers Perform, Host Carnival Parade Tonight

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Dignity, respect, unity—and building a strong community. That's the theme of this year's showcase put on by a city arts summer camp.

The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight, Aug. 11, at New Brunswick Middle School, 1125 Livingston Ave. Sixty kids from the city will perform and display their visual artwork, as part of the “I am Dignity, I am ...

Bulk Collection in Student Neighborhoods Hits Record Numbers

August 15, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Think about how much stuff—couches, coffee tables and more—come through the city in a given year.

While immeasurable, the number is no doubt high, in large part due to the presence of Rutgers University students. Each school year, they settle in off-campus neighborhoods, near the College Avenue and Cook campuses and beyond, and fill their apartments with, ...

What You Need to Know About the Eclipse and Its History in New Jersey

NEW JERSEY — The United States will experience a solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, which New Jerseyans can partially view—if the weather cooperates.

If you lived in one of the 14 states the eclipse is crossing with its 70-mile wide path, you’d be all set.

But if you use safety glasses to view the event, between 1:23 p.m. and 4 p.m., and most especially ...

County to host “Magnificent Monarch Migration” Event at East Jersey Old Town Village in Piscataway

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Have you ever stopped to admire the beauty of a butterfly?

One of the most recognizable species, the orange and black monarch, is preparing for an epic migration, and according to a news release, Middlesex County can give you an up-close look at this natural phenomenon.

Every year millions of monarchs take part in this long journey. As host of a Monarch Waystation, ...

After Shootings, New Brunswick to Host Forum on Violence

August 17, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Bullets and bloodshed in the city and nearby communities this summer have spurred activists and local leaders into action.

An “emergency” community meeting to attempt to solve the problem is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. tonight, Aug. 17, at the Progressive Lodge, in the second-floor Masonic temple, 186 Hale St. All residents are encouraged to attend and voice ...

Robert Wood Johnson Named State's 3rd Best Hospital

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -- Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is among the best hospitals in New Jersey, according to a list published by U.S. News & World Report.

The annual rundown ranks the top medical centers in the country and each state. Analysts reviewed hospitals' performance in clinical specialties, procedures and conditions. They based each score on ...

Saint Peter's Earns Gold Seal for Safety, Patient Care

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — If it were a grade-school report card, Saint Peter's University Hospital would be owed some celebratory ice cream.

The New Brunswick hospital recently received the “Gold Seal of Approval” from The Joint Commission, a decades-old nonprofit organization that accredits medical centers across the country, according to an announcement.

The award marks ...

Former Edison Police Officer Facing More Charges

August 17, 2017

EDISON, NJ – Former police officer Michael Dotro is facing even more charges after allegedly tampering with a witness in one of the criminal cases pending against him, prosecutors said Thursday.

In a press release from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, officials said Dotro, 40, of Manalapan, is now charged with witness tampering and conspiracy to commit witness tampering ...

Local Activists to Host “Vigil Against Hate” After White Nationalist Attacks

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Across the country and in national media, many folks are asking a stinging question: What's wrong with the United States?

That thought came, of course, as a reaction to violence committed by white nationalists and members of the so-called Alt Right this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, who were there to rally against the removal of a ...

State Suspends Nursing License of Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Patients

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The man charged with sexually assaulting two patients at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital cannot work as a nurse, at least for now, according to an announcement from the state Office of the Attorney General.

Wilber Hernandez, 29, was arrested in mid-July on four counts of sexual assault, local authorities said at that time. He's facing one count of ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - August 11, 2017

**The Jaffe Briefing Heads to the Beach on Monday, Returning After Labor Day**


LAMBERTVILLE -  Suds will be flowing Sunday night, as Dawn dish liquid has invited the entire town to a Family Dinner on North Union Street to see if it can clean 5,760 dishes... with just one bottle of dish liquid. The company is building a 2,000-foot-long ...

Upcoming Events


Sun, August 20, 2:00 PM

Indian Queen Tavern - East Jersey Old Town Village, Piscataway

“Magnificent Monarch” Migration

Arts & Entertainment Education Government Green

Fri, August 25, 8:00 PM

State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, September 9

Edison High School Matthew J. Drawl Stadium, Edison

Edison High School Festival of Marching

Arts & Entertainment Education Food & Drink Giving Back Other Sports

How Rutgers Alumni are Bringing Quail Back to New Jersey

August 9, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Outside Rutgers Gardens and a few other choice spots, this city and its high-rise apartment buildings and busy streets seemingly bear little connection to New Jersey's vast woodlands. Yet from this urban center, Rutgers University has managed to impact the wildest stretches of the state.

Just look at the Northern Bobwhite Quail.

Not long ago, the lack of young ...

Amid Trump's Garden State Vacation, Rutgers Professor Blasts Anti-Jersey Jokers

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Rutgers University may tout its global reach, but this weekend one of its professors went to bat for its Jersey Roots.

Brian Murphy, a history professor and director of the Honors College at Rutgers' Newark campus, wrote a column for Politico Magazine on the Garden State, its presidential history and its rich—if often mocked—culture.

The ...

Rutgers New Brunswick Ranked Best 4-Year College in State

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University's New Brunswick has been ranked the No. 1 college in New Jersey by a national online education service.

The rankings released Monday by are based on an analysis of 13 different criteria.

Thirty-three four-year schools in New Jersey were each scored on a 100-point scale, using the most recent data available from government ...

Woman Suffers Minor Injuries After Car Goes Into Water (VIDEO)

August 18, 2017

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – A Somerset woman suffered only minor injuries after escaping her car, which was submerged under about 8 feet of water Friday morning, police said.

According to police, Stephanie Trent, 42, of Somerset, was driving her 2013 Honda Accord south on Route 1, near the Islamic Society of Central New Jersey mosque, at 8:30 a.m. when she swerved to the right to avoid a ...

Morris County Woman Confessed to Grandma Anti-Freeze Murder Plot, Police Say

August 14, 2017

ROXBURY, NJ – The Succasunna woman accused of trying to poison her grandmother with anti-freeze last month admitted her actions both to investigators and to a friend, according to police.

When questioned by detectives, the woman, Elise Conroy, 26, admitted pouring anti-freeze into grape juice she gave to her grandmother in late July, police said. They said she confessed that her plan was ...


NJ Audubon Lauds Lawmaker on Efforts to Keep Open Parks and Beaches

August 4, 2017

Dear TAPInto Editor:

New Jersey Audubon appreciates the work of Assemblyman John McKeon (D-27th Dist), the sponsor of legislation that requires state parks, forests and other natural and historic areas to remain open to the public for seven days if state government is shut down in the future.

This legislation, A5128, which received strong bi-partisan support, provides a safeguard to ...

County Launches New Greenway App

August 4, 2017

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - The Greenway App, an interactive map of Middlesex County's newest natural attraction, will make it easier for residents to use the park and pathway while also experiencing some local businesses.

Middlesex County’s new interactive map enables residents to explore the sites and businesses along the Middlesex Greenway. Now you can locate stores, restaurants, bus ...

Open Letter to Rutgers Administration Over Hypocrisy

August 7, 2017

Rutgers University,

Isn’t intellectual diversity a wonderful concept? Unlike race, gender, sexual orientation or religion, ideas carry with them real variety. Regardless of aesthetic difference, we’re all the same on the inside. What makes people, and students, unique are our varying ideas, not what we look like. That’s the diversity our university should ...