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New Brunswick Escapes Snow This Evening, ​But ​Get Ready for Snow​y Commute​ Wednesday ​Morning

January 16, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, N J - Looks like the snow will be coming a day later than expected, but make sure you keep your snow boots handy.

Weather forecasts are calling for up to four inches of snow to blanket New Brunswick overnight. The snow shouldn’t be an issue for today, and your evening commute ​should be free of any snow.

Yet come ​Wednesday, the snow will be in force, posing a real ...

New Brunswick Man Arrested Following Sunday Morning Slashing

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Police arrested a New Brunswick man in connection with a knife fight early Sunday morning, authorities confirmed on Monday.

The incident left one man, a 22-year-old New Brunswick resident, with injuries to his hand, according to police spokesperson Captain JT Miller.

Officers responded to the incident at 3:19 a.m. on Jan. 14, after reports came in of an altercation in ...

New Brunswick Fire Thursday Evening Leaves Residents Displaced

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Several residents were displaced following a New Street fire on Thursday evening, escaping without injury, city officials said.

The fire was reported at 8:58 p.m. on Jan. 11 for the three-story dwelling, and firefighters were on the scene three minutes later, according to city spokesperson Jennifer Bradshaw.

Firefighters found the blaze at the rear exterior of the ...

Challenges Abound for Gov. Murphy, Say Rutgers Experts

January 16, 2018

From legalizing marijuana to funding the public employee pension system, New Jersey’s incoming governor faces challenges that require investments of time, leadership and communication

Phil Murphy, who today becomes New Jersey’s 56th governor, takes the helm of a state facing numerous challenges – fiscal, infrastructure, and transportation, to name a ...

Outgoing Gov. Christie Selects State Appointee for New Brunswick Housing Authority Board

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Gov. Chris Christie has appointed Boraie Redevelopment realtor Ramon Alayon to the board of the city’s housing authority, a position which hasn’t been filled in years.

The move was announced late Wednesday afternoon by the lame duck governor, a day after his final State of the State Address and less than a week before Christie is set to leave ...

New Brunswick, Rutgers Leaders Look Towards 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - What’s your new year’s resolution for 2018? Maybe you want to lose some weight, eat healthier and work out more.

But what if you’re overseeing a university of 60,000 students, faculty and staff, or a city of 55,000 residents and tens of thousands more daytime commuters​?​

We reached out to Rutgers University and New Brunswick officials to get an ...

No. 17 Rutgers Wrestling Edges No. 24 North Carolina, 18-17, SPHS Alums DelVecchio and Heilmann both Win

January 14, 2018

PISCATAWAY -- Scott DelVecchio of Rutgers and Troy Heilmann of North Carolina indirectly faced-off against each other last night as the 17th-ranked Scarlet Knights locked horns on the wrestling mat with the No. 24 Tar Heels.

DelVecchio and Heilmann both hail from South Plainfield High School. They both are two members of the famed Murderers’ Row, a nickname given to the SPHS wrestling ...

Rutgers Men's Basketball Coach Approved for $8M Raise, 3 Year Contract Extension

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University officials have signed off on a three-year extension for head men’s basketball coach Steve Pikiell, now set to run through the 2023-2024 season.

The move came at a specially-called Board of Governors meeting on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 10.

Pikiell’s initial contract was signed in March 2016 and set to run five years, of which he’d be ...

NJ Legislation Could "Change the Landscape of High School Sports," Uncertain​ Future in​ New Brunswick

​NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - ​State legislation that​ would​ allow school districts with multiple high schools to pool athletic resources and form cooperative sports teams could have a big impact on New Brunswick.

The potentially ground-breaking changes to the state's high school athletic program are about to hit the desk of Gov. Chris Christie, after they passed the General ...

New Starbucks, Luxury Apartments Coming to US 1 South in New Brunswick

January 9, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A new Starbucks on ​Route 1 South ​could​ be the crown jewel of an ambitious redevelopment in the works, known as The Edge at Raritan Heights.

The 2,000​-​square​-​foot drive thr​u​ Starbucks is expected to open in the summer and construction is already underway, according to a spokesperson for the ​international ​coffee franchise.

The Edge at Raritan ...

Mixed-used building approved for Livingston Ave.​, as residents raise parking concerns

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city’s zoning board approved a variance for a mixed-use development on Livingston Avenue, at a site left barren by a fire in July 2015.

Residents can expect a three-story mixed use building at 251 Livingston Ave, at the corner of Livingston Avenue and Stratford Place.

It will feature 1,800 square feet of office space at the first floor and residential units on ...

Facebook Changes Its News Feed; How You Can Get Your Local News

January 16, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Facebook recently announced it is changing its news feed and algorithms so that news from legitimate publishers and posts from businesses will seldom appear. 

This will be frustrating for people who use Facebook to find news and information relevant to them, said TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro. 

“Relegating legitimate news publishers and ...

Burger Business Turns ​Off the Grill at The Yard

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Another business at The Yard@College Avenue, Bella’s Burger Shack, is now closed, and unlike the neighboring Starbucks, it​ has apparently​ left for good.

A sign had been posted on the front door of the restaurant, reading that Dec. 22, 2017 w​as the last day the shack would be in business.

Bella’s Burger Shack, which has its other location in ...

Nine Events Happening in New Brunswick This Week

January 15, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The spring semester is kicking off this week and Rutgers students are back in town. Find out how you can take part in the fun.

Monday, Jan. 15

Join artists and community activists for kick-off day for the “Windows of Understanding” art exhibit, with tours of window installations, led by artists and organizers. Tours will begin 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., both ...

Eight Events Happening in New Brunswick This Week

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Once the snow starts to melt, and the water main break and mess on George Street gets cleaned up, check out what's happening around town this week.

Monday, Jan. 8

Cold and snowy days often make for staying indoors and watching a movie. Stop by the New Brunswick Free Public Library, 60 Livingston Ave., to do just that, with a screening of Selma. The movie starts 6:30 ...

Eight Events Happening in New Brunswick This Week

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - George Street is slippery with ice and the decorations at Monument Square will soon be taken down. But with tons going on in the city, there'll be surely something to warm you up. 

Tuesday, January 2

The Zimmerli Art Museum is holding its annual after hours event from 5 to 9 p.m. The evening will feature tours of two exhibits: “Absence and Trace: The ...

Cookiepalooza : Santa's Trash Cookies

December 29, 2017

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Though they sound like they may land you on the naughty list, these delicious Santa's Trash cookies are sure to make Santa happy. I found it while searching for some new cookie inspiration, and then found out that my niece Ashley had made a special request for this cookie. Ashley has a nut allergy and cannot always indulge in holiday treats, but this recipe is nut ...

New Brunswick, Highland Park, Rutgers, Use Art to Team Up Against Hate

January 10, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Hate incidents across the country have been on the rise in the past year, and New Brunswick has been no exception.

That’s why city officials and volunteers will be partnering with ​the Borough of ​Highland Park and the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, for a month-long arts project meant to promote peace, love and understanding.

“Windows ...

Amazon Donates $25,000 to Support Edison Charities

Amazon leaders joined with Edison Mayor Tom Lankey at the municipal complex on December 27 to present $5,000 checks to five local charities that serve township residents.

The end-of-the-year donations came as a surprise for the non-profits, who received a call in the past week from the mayor’s office with the good news that Amazon was eager to donate $25,000 in Edison, where the ...

New Brunswick Police Bring Holiday Gifts and Cheer to Local Children's Hospitals

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Who knew Santa Claus carried a badge and a gun? Or served on the New Brunswick Police Department?

Santa and his elves, played by members of the New Brunswick police, visited kids across the city this past week to drop off toys.

Police detective Bill Coleman of the Juvenile Unit played the part of Santa, while other police officers played the part of the elves.

On ...

New Brunswick Beekeepers Abuzz Over Proposed State Rules

January 15, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city’s beekeepers have been pushing back against a set of rules proposed by the state Department of Agriculture, which they worry could force many of them ​to get a new hobby or business.

The proposals would strictly regulate everything to do with beekeeping and set up fees, waiver applications, setback requirement and zoning laws.

The state agriculture ...

New Brunswick Expands Solar Panel Projects, Adds New Green Tech

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - For the past several years, the city has been pushing for a green approach to urban living, with the goal of lowering New Brunswick’s eco-footprint and electric bill.

In December 2017, the city council voted to expand a solar panel project that’s been in the works since 2009.

Under this project, solar panels are​ used for generating electricity for ...

State Unveils $786K Grant to Local Opioid Recovery Center

January 4, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Solutions to the state’s opioid crisis have landed in the lap of The Center for Great Expectations, an outpatient drug rehab center which operates in New Brunswick and across Middlesex, Somerset and Hunterdon counties.

The center is being armed with a $786,524 grant to provide treatment services for opioid-dependent pregnant and postpartum women and older adults, NJ ...

Prison for Two Former New Brunswick Employees in Parking Fee Theft Scheme

January 7, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -  Two former employees of the New Brunswick Parking Authority will spend time behind bars after they were found guilty of official misconduct, authorities announced late Saturday evening.

The sentencing of Emil Hanna, 62, and Emad Naguib, 56, both of Old Bridge, marks the closure of another chapter in a years-long legal battle.

On Friday afternoon, both were handed a ...

Former Firefighter Found Guilty in Sex Crimes Spree Across Middlesex County

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A former fire commissioner for Franklin Township could spend as many as 30 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of a sex crimes spree, authorities announced on January 3.

Thomas Canales, 39 of Franklin Township, was found guilty of seven counts by a jury, including sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, according to a statement from Middlesex County ...

New Police Reports Shed Light on Edison Man's Death Following Altercation with Cops

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ - Newly released police reports further detail the scuffle between Edison resident Daniel Nagahama, age 28, and Highland Park police.

The June 2016 incident left Nagahama dead several hours later, after he was taken to Robert  Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

Four police reports were filed following the incident, each by a Highland Park police ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - January 12, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

YOUR BACKYARD - If we don't kill our bears, their children and grandchildren will be living in your backyard. That is one way to summarize a 12-page report from state wildlife officials, claiming that Gov.-elect Phil Murphy's plan to stop the bear hunts could cause their population to double by 2022, NJ.com reports. Murphy wants to ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 11, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

UP THE CREEK - New Jersey has a weaker tax base, higher taxes and simmering fury amongst taxpayers. It is a recipe for financial trouble, reports The Wall Street Journal, noting it has been more than 20 years since New Jersey was current on its pension payments, leaving the state nearly $100 billion in the hole. And while ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 10, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie talked for more than two hours yesterday, in his farewell "State of the State" address, highlighting all of his accomplishments. He served eight years (well, minus the two years he ran for President) and has done so much that we must recognize and appreciate. So, without further ado, free of slant or snark, here is ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 9, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

TRENTON - With the end of this session of the New Jersey Legislature, there were plenty of bills flying everywhere yesterday, furiously voted on and moved from desk to desk and chamber to chamber. When the dust settled yesterday, and exhausted lawmakers ran out of things on which to vote, here's some stuff heading on to the lame-duck governor's ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 8, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

NORTH JERSEY - There's lots of brain power at work to sidestep the new federal tax law that limits property tax deductions. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is talking about lawsuits and eliminating the state income tax, replacing it with a payroll tax. In California, they want to set up a charity, allowing taxpayers to make "donations," ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 5, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

STATEWIDE - There's a lot that will be said about Gov. Brendan T. Byrne this morning, as the state learns that one of its beloved politicians has died at age 93. There was no one who could master a one-liner better than the former governor, and everyone has a story. We recall, quite fuzzily, when Byrne attended an event in Woodbridge in the ...

Burger Business Turns ​Off the Grill at The Yard

January 16, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Another business at The Yard@College Avenue, Bella’s Burger Shack, is now closed, and unlike the neighboring Starbucks, it​ has apparently​ left for good.

A sign had been posted on the front door of the restaurant, reading that Dec. 22, 2017 w​as the last day the shack would be in business.

Bella’s Burger Shack, which has its other location in ...

Rutgers Men's Basketball Coach Approved for $8M Raise, 3 Year Contract Extension

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University officials have signed off on a three-year extension for head men’s basketball coach Steve Pikiell, now set to run through the 2023-2024 season.

The move came at a specially-called Board of Governors meeting on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 10.

Pikiell’s initial contract was signed in March 2016 and set to run five years, of which he’d be ...

Former Rutgers Football Player Pleads Guilty in 2015 Home Invasions

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A former Rutgers University varsity football player admitted his role in a series of armed robberies and home invasions, authorities announced on Jan. 8.

Tejay Johnson, 26, of Egg Harbor, will spend 15 years behind bars as part of a plea agreement, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey said in a statement.

He ple​ade​d guilty to an array of robbery and burglary ...

OPINION

Letter to the Editor: Proposed Medicaid Cuts Threaten Families

January 5, 2018

Medicaid – the safety next for millions of Americans – continues to be under attack.

Whether debating healthcare legislation, tax reform or deficit reduction, lawmakers see Medicaid as some magic source of ready-made cost savings. Many don’t seem to understand how intertwined Medicaid is within society; a lifeline for so many families – like mine.

I am the parent of ...

Hopewell Entrepreneur Back in Full Swing After Minimally Invasive Heart Procedure

January 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Some people dream about retirement. Not David Bregenzer. At 85 years old, this Hopewell, New Jersey resident still loves running the local oil company he founded in 1970. In fact, you’ll typically find him at the office six or seven days a week – unless, of course, he’s at his favorite golf club, working on his swing. Aside from family, those interests ...

Get Off the Couch. Walk the Dog. Live Longer.

January 15, 2018

“Sitting is the new smoking”. This is the new mantra in cardiology and global population health. Sitting, or a sedentary lifestyle, has long been known as a risk factor for the development of heart disease.

Excessive sitting is also associated with a higher mortality rate. Is sitting really as bad as smoking for your health? Why is sitting so detrimental? What strategies can combat ...