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Paintball Attack Blocks Away From Rutgers Campus, Police Say

February 13, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A group of so-called Rutgers affiliates were attacked with paintballs several blocks away from campus on Monday evening, authorities said.

The victims were walking through the area of Bristol Street between Guilden and Delafield Streets at around 6 p.m. on Feb. 12, when they were attacked with paintballs, according to a university-wide statement from the Rutgers police ...

New Brunswick Off-Duty Cop Charged in Bar Fight Near Rutgers Campus

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A New Brunswick cop has been charged in connection with a fight at a popular college hang-out, authorities announced on Feb. 8.

While off duty, Anthony Jones, a New Brunswick police officer, was involved in a scuffle while inside the Golden Rail Tavern on Easton Ave., on Jan. 21, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey.

The bar, adjacent to the College ...

New Brunswick High School Fight Caught on Camera

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A fight between several New Brunswick high school students was captured on camera by a local student and posted to social media.

The 11 second video depicts a group of students engaged in a brawl. One student can be seen pummeling another student in the head, while that student is curled in a fetal position, according to the video.

Another student can be seen laying on ...

Nate Harris named New Brunswick head football coach

February 21, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - A star defensive linemen for New Brunswick High School has been named the new head football coach at his alma mater.

The New Brunswick Board of Education unanimously approved Nate Harris for the job Tuesday night. Harris was among the best defensive linemen in New Brunswick Zebras history and graduated in 2004 in the top 10 of his high school class. He went on to earn an ...

Fourteen Fulbright Grants Go to Rutgers This Year

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - Rutgers University students and alumni received 14 Fulbright grants this year, putting the institution among the top producers of Fulbright students for the ninth consecutive year.

“For the ninth consecutive year, Rutgers University–New Brunswick continues its proud tradition of being a top American producer of Fulbright students,” ...

Four NBHS Students Picked for Congressman's Youth Advisory Council

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  – Four New Brunswick High School students – Alyssa Sanchez Lora, Yue Lian, Jennifer Miguel Torres, and Olga Miranda – were selected from a broad pool of applicants to serve on Congressman Frank Pallone Jr.’s 2018 Youth Advisory Council.

This opportunity will enable the students to participate in quarterly meetings, offer input about legislative ...

Gov. Phil Murphy Hosts Mayors Roundtable in New Brunswick

February 16, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios welcomed New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick on Feb. 14, as the Governor hosted mayors from throughout the County for a roundtable discussion on critical issues facing the County’s towns and residents.

“I am very excited that you have come here to discuss priorities and how ...

New Year, New Parks in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The City of New Brunswick is proud to announce the next phase of an initiative to renew and re-energize our parks system.

As part of the City’s Healthier New Brunswick strategic action plan, a team of professionals in research, planning and government joined together to comprehensively review the City park system for the purpose of maximizing its benefits for all ...

Rutgers, Highland Park DREAMer to Accompany Congressman to State of the Union​ Address

​NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - The president’s first​-​ever ​State of the Union​ Address​ will serve as a​n opportunity for members of Congress to bring along constituents whom they feel represent vital issues ​back home.

At least nine such representatives from the New York metro area have announced plans to do so; ranging from women’s issues to ...

Nate Harris named New Brunswick head football coach

February 21, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - A star defensive linemen for New Brunswick High School has been named the new head football coach at his alma mater.

The New Brunswick Board of Education unanimously approved Nate Harris for the job Tuesday night. Harris was among the best defensive linemen in New Brunswick Zebras history and graduated in 2004 in the top 10 of his high school class. He went on to earn an ...

RU's Heatter Earns Big Ten Freshman of the Week

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - After a memorable collegiate debut, Eric Heatter of the Rutgers baseball team earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week in an announcement from the league office on Monday. The left-handed pitcher struck out eight in four shutout innings of relief to beat a nationally-ranked Miami squad in the series finale.

“This is a well-deserved honor for Eric,” head ...

East Brunswick Business Owner Sues to Stop New Hotel Going Up in New Brunswick

February 15, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -The owners of an East Brunswick hotel are suing to halt the construction of another such establishment a few miles away in New Brunswick.

Shan & Dylan LLC, who own a Comfort Suites just off Route 18, filed suit in an effort to press the New Brunswick Planning Board to rescind its approval of the four-story hotel, which ​was issued in November.

That proposal calls for ...

Rutgers College Ave Starbucks Scheduled to Reopen Feb. 19

February 14, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers students won’t need to venture that far off campus to get their Starbucks fix.

The Starbucks at The Yard@College Avenue, located at the corner of College Avenue and Hamilton Street, will reopen on Feb. 19, a Starbucks spokesperson confirmed in an email.

The site had been closed for the entire Fall 2017 academic semester, following contractual issues between ...

TAPinto.net Named Partner of the Year by NJ News Commons

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -  TAPinto.net has been named Partner of the Year by NJ News Commons, a network of more than 230 news organizations across New Jersey.  The award goes to a journalist or news organization that showed overall excellence in their work for 2017.    

Joe Amditis, Associate Director of the Center for Cooperative Media, said TAPinto won the award ...

TAPinto.net Sets All-Time Monthly Traffic Record With More Than 2.3M Pageviews In January 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - In January 2018, TAPinto.net set an all-time record for the most traffic in any single month since its inception 9 years ago.   

From Jan. 1, 2018 to Jan. 31, 2018, TAPinto registered 913,468 readers and 2,328,707 pageviews, up from 799,995 readers and 1,934,413 pageviews during the same period a year ago. 

"Since Facebook relegated news to ...

Ten Events Happening in New Brunswick This Week

February 20, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The snow has passed and this week is looking a lot warmer. Enjoy the milder temperatures and take the time to do something fun in town.

Tuesday, Feb. 20

It’s Turn It Up Tuesday at Robert Wood Johnson Fitness & Wellness Center. There will be local vendors, group fitness classes, health information, and a cooking demo. This event runs from 5:00 to 8:00 ...

Theater Review: Rutgers Theater Group Tries its Best with “Godspell”

NEW BRUNSWICK - In a battle of musicals which star Jesus, “Jesus Christ Superstar” is definitely the winner. While “Godspell” does feature good songs, the scenes between the music vary from simply passable to so annoying they can cause a headache.

Of all of the past musicals to feature for their 20th anniversary, why did the student-run Livingston Theatre Company (LTC) ...

Five Last-Minute Dates For Valentine’s Day

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - We’re all busy people and we forget things sometimes. So if you forgot  to make a reservation at ​your favorite New Brunswick​ restaurant that’s been booked for weeks​,​ you can still make it look like you had a ​fully ​planned evening with your significant other​.

Courtesy of your friends at TAPInto New Brunswick, here are our  ...

New Brunswick Prisoner Reentry Site to Open Tomorrow

February 19, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Former Gov. Jim McGreevey, who has made prisoner reentry programs his major focus, will be on hand tomorrow to open a new site on Livingston Avenue. 

McGreevey runs the New Jersey Reentry Corporation (NJRC), a nonprofit agency serving court-involved individuals. The opening is set for 11 a.m. at  57 Livingston Avenue, Unit 3, New Brunswick, N.J.

Verizon Features Vets4Warriors on FiOS 1 News

Fatima Aguilar’s first day on the job at Vets4Warriors was anything but normal. A military veteran serving as a Second Lieutenant with the New Jersey National Guard, she found herself in a potential suicide crisis situation as soon as she hit the phones.

“I started around three and a half years ago on the overnight shift, and my very first call was a US Marine veteran who was on a ...

New Brunswick Community Chips in for Lifetime Resident, Activist With Many Hats

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A longtime local resident and community activist, Brian Gardner​,​ has worn many hats as he’s found ways to be involved with the city.

Soon after graduating high school, he found a job as a maintenance worker at the New Brunswick Free Public library, where he worked his way up to children’s services, where he mentored hundreds of youth.

And then five ...

Saint Peter's Hospital Rolls Out "Go Red Health Village," for Women's Health

February 5, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ-- Hundreds of women stopped by Saint Peter’s University Hospital on Friday, Feb. 2, for Go Red Day. 

During the nationwide event, women from across the country wear red to raise awareness and funds for women's coronary health. 

Saint Peter's, to get involved every year, holds free nutrition counseling and health screenings for blood pressure, ...

NJ Deputy Health Commissioner at New Brunswick, Reminding You to Get Vaccinated

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Flu season is well underway, and having claimed the life of a four year old New Jersey girl, it's poised to be one of the worst in years. 

But there's one weapon in your arsenal against this year's flu season; the flu vaccine. 

To drive that point home, NJ Principal Deputy Commissioner of Health Jackie Cornell went to the Eric B.

New Brunswick Prison Reentry Site to Open February

February 14, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The New Jersey Reentry Corporation (NJRC), a nonprofit agency serving court-involved individuals, is pleased to announce the grand opening a new reentry site in Middlesex County on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m.

NJRC's new office will be at 57 Livingston Ave. During the opening, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin will offer remarks and cut the ribbon. NJRC ...

Highland Park Cop Charged in New Year's Drunk Driving Incident

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ - A Highland Park off-duty cop has been charged in a New Years Eve drunk-driving incident which left three people seriously injured, authorities announced on Wednesday.

Norman E. Brown, 44 of Perth Amboy, faces charges of assault by auto and driving while intoxicated, according to a statement from Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey and Woodbridge Policy Director Robert ...

New Brunswick Police Lieutenant Demoted, Report Says

NEW BRUNSWICK, - A New Brunswick police lieutenant was demoted to sergeant following a Jan. 2017 internal affairs review, public records show.

City officials confirmed at the Feb. 7, 2018 city council meeting that William Oels III was the officer who had been demoted.

But they declined to discuss Oels’ demotion at the meeting, citing a policy to not discuss personnel matters in ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - February 22, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

TRENTON - If New Jersey raises the sales tax back to 7 percent, will anyone notice? That's the big question from New Jersey Policy Perspective, which questions last year's gimmick that cut the sales tax rate to 6.625 percent. NJ 101.5reports that tax cut equates to $2 a week in "savings" for middle-class families. Meanwhile, this ...

The Jaffe Briefing - February 21, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

ON THE HIGHWAY - Authorities were frantically looking into a "mystery tar" that appeared suddenly on cars driving along I-295 in South Jersey, causing tires to gel with the road. They quickly realized that a stretch of the highway in Salem County was smeared with liquid asphalt, leaked from a tanker and causing dozens of cars to get ...

The Jaffe Briefing - February 20, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

STATEWIDE - Jittery parents are sending their jittery kids to jittery schools this morning, as classes resume after a President's Day weekend filled with wall-to-wall news coverage about gun safety. School districts statewide have been reporting threats - all thankfully not credible - as district leaders are on the highest alert. East Brunswick, for ...

The Jaffe Briefing - February 16, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

E STREET - While a tired nation is demanding gun control (yet again), Springsteen guitarist Stevie Van Zandt is having none of it. No stranger to political opinions, the New Jersey icon tweeted "What happened to us? We are averaging 2 school shootings per week AND WE DO NOTHING ABOUT IT!" Many tone-deaf politicians on Capitol Hill ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 15, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

TRENTON - As state lawmakers are set to announce a bill at 11 a.m. to decriminalize pot - an issue that has consumed the Statehouse -  the Record is reporting on an often-ignored issue: the state's ridiculously antiquated liquor laws. For example, supermarkets in the state can only have up to two liquor licenses, stemming ...

The Jaffe Briefing - February 14, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

ON AIR - Gov. Phil Murphy had his very first "Ask the Governor" monthly program last night. He appeared on News 12 New Jersey to field your questions about all things New Jersey. Impossible to recap an hour segment. Of course, we will try: New Jersey should be a better place to retire. The state pension mess will be solved.

Trees Have Sex? Rutgers Researchers Have All the Answers

February 22, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A few years ago, Rutgers researcher Jennifer Blake-Mahmud was working on a botany project in Virginia when colleagues pointed out a striped maple, a common tree in the understory of mountain forests from Nova Scotia to Georgia. 

 

“They told me, ‘We think it switches sex from year to year, but we don’t know why,’ and I said, ...

Rutgers Union Rally Planned Friday for $15 Minimum Wage

New Brunswick, NJ - On Friday, February 23, student groups, a coalition of Rutgers unions, and representatives from campuses across the nation will hold a rally and march on College Avenue to demand a $15 minimum wage.

The action, initiated by the Rutgers chapter of United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) and the Rutgers American Association of University Professors - American Federation of ...

RU Students Rejoice: Starbucks Reopens at The Yard@College Avenue

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - In what many consider to be the biggest news of the day on the Rutgers University campus, the Starbucks at The Yard@College Avenue has once again reopened.

Officials with the New Brunswick Development Corp. reported this morning that the popular coffeehouse is open "for good."

The Starbucks at The Yard@College Avenue, located at the corner of College ...

Valeski: Placing Police Officers in Schools was Planned for Two Years

February 21, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - In the midst of a media firestorm Tuesday, Dr. Victor Valeski, East Brunswick Superintendent of Schools, fielded questions from local and national journalists regarding the placement of armed police officers inside each of the district's K-12 buildings.  The move seemed to many as a "knee-jerk" reaction to the fear generated by the massacre of ...

Shouts of Racial Slurs Bring Police to Sparta Theatre

February 21, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police were called to the New Vision Sparta Theater on Sunday night because of a woman shouting slurs in a screening of Black Panther.

Former New Jersey Assembly candidate Michael Grace was in the theater when two people started yelling racial slurs including “look at these ‘n-word’” and “can you believe these ...

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Letter to the Editor: Low-Income Families Who Need Safe Cribs Have Nowhere to Go

February 15, 2018

One recent email came from a pastor in East Orange, sharing the struggles of a young couple who have no safe place for their baby to sleep.

Then, there was also a phone call from a Newark hospital, making its fourth request in two years, as well as a frantic text from Puerto Rico, for a family who lost everything in the hurricane.

They all pleaded for the same thing: A safe crib for a ...

Somerset Patriots Sign Frontier League All-Star RHP Randy McCurry

February 17, 2018

The Somerset Patriots have announced the signing of right-handed relief pitcher Randy McCurry for the 2018 season.

“I’m excited to play in the Atlantic League this year,” said McCurry. “It’ll be a transition for me but I am ready to face some really good competition and help the team win.”

McCurry enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and ...