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Man with Assault Rifle, Bullet-Proof Vest Arrested After Leaving Strip Club

September 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A man armed with an assault rifle and wearing a helmet and bullet-proof vest was arrested Tuesday moments after he left a strip club where he worked on Route 35 in Sayreville, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a statement today.

Kevin Smith, 32, of Keyport, was arrested on Sept. 11, after leaving the Visions Gentlemen's Club on Route 35 in the Melrose ...

2 people beaten in New Brunswick after argument, Rutgers police say

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - Rutgers police are searching for a man who assaulted two people affiliated with the university following an argument early Tuesday morning.

Police said the two victims were beaten about 1 a.m. on Easton Avenue near Courtland Street.

No weapons were used, authorities said.

They said both of the victims went to a local hospital for treatment of injuries.

Police ...

2 people beaten in New Brunswick after argument, Rutgers police say

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - Rutgers police are searching for a man who assaulted two people affiliated with the university following an argument early Tuesday morning.

Police said the two victims were beaten about 1 a.m. on Easton Avenue near Courtland Street.

No weapons were used, authorities said.

They said both of the victims went to a local hospital for treatment of injuries.

Police ...

Lawmakers Question State Education Commissioner on Rush to Phase Out PARCC

September 17, 2018

TRENTON, NJ— Lawmakers on a joint Senate-Assembly education committee expressed concerns and questioned Gov. Phil Murphy’s rush to phase out a statewide standardized exam, calling for meetings to be held and more data to be provided.

State education commissioner Lamont Repollet appeared before a joint hearing of the Senate and Assembly Education committees on Monday to testify ...

High Lead Levels Found in 29 of 335 School Water Outlets

NEW BRUNSWICK,NJ  - High levels of lead were found in 29 water faucets and other outlets located in four city schools, according to water test results that the school district released recently.

Schools Superintendent Aubrey Johnson said water samples were taken from 335 faucets, sinks and ice makers and other outlets were tested and the majority showed lead levels below the permitted ...

$115M Rutgers Chemistry Building Formally Opens

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University today held an opening ceremony for its new $115 million Chemistry and Chemical Biology building providing laboratories for research in the fields of health and alternative energy among other sciences.

The four-story, 144,000 square-foot structure on the Busch Campus in Piscataway includes classroom space, and combines programs that previously were ...

New App Helps Residents Report Problems to New Brunswick

September 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK,NJ - Telling city hall about that pothole down the block or the clogged street drain flooding the street just got easier with the municipality now offering an app residents can use, to report, and send a photo, of a problem they see on the street.

ReportIt.com is now available to let New Brunswick officials know about non-emergency problems.

City officials this week said the ...

Booker, Menendez Condemn Supreme Court Nominee at New Brunswick Church

NEW BRUNSWICK - Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez joined with Rep. Frank Pallone today at Mt. Zion AME Church in the city to press their objections to U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the Republicans senators in favor of his confirmation.

Booker, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, again attacked GOP senators for refusing to release documents that Kavanaugh had ...

Arts Contest, Workshops at New Brunswick Library

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Artistic photographs, drawings and paintings from city residents will be judged and placed on display in the first visual arts contest sponsored at the city library.

Themes selected for the contest focus most of the social issues facing urban areas today, including including civil rights, culture, homelessness/food scarcity, environmental justice, immigration/worker rights, ...

Wasserman FG Clinches Win for Hillsborough as Clock Runs Out

September 5, 2018

WOODBRIDGE, NJ  - Field goal kicker Franklin Wasserman split the uprights as the clock ran out to cap off a back-and-forth 27-25 win for the Hillsborough Raiders over Colonia High School  in the opening game of the season for the two teams.

The Hillsborough junior booted the game-winner from 38 yards out, one of two FGs he had in the game; he also converted on three extra-point ...

Scarlet Knights Up Their Game-Day Experience for Fans

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - Fans going to Scarlet Knights football games will find a long list of ways to improve their game day this year, from the convenience of digital tickets, to opportunities for sideline passes to bottomless popcorn buckets, or maybe a healthier BBQ chicken and mushroom sandwich.

Rutgers University will let fans receive the tickets in advance electronically and print them ...

Scarlet Knights Up Their Game-Day Experience for Fans

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - Fans going to Scarlet Knights football games will find a long list of ways to improve their game day this year, from the convenience of digital tickets, to opportunities for sideline passes to bottomless popcorn buckets, or maybe a healthier BBQ chicken and mushroom sandwich.

Rutgers University will let fans receive the tickets in advance electronically and print them ...

East Brunswick Launches Search for Redevelopers on Route 18 South

August 21, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ —On Monday, August 13, 2018, the Township of East Brunswick formally posted notice of their search for redevelopers to improve and repurpose the blighted 18 Center Shopping Center, the outdated Loehmann's Plaza, and the surrounding areas. These areas represent some of the best untapped commercial and mixed-use potential in Central New Jersey. Less than a mile from the ...

These Are The Abandoned Properties New Brunswick Will Foreclose On

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - City officials on Monday released the first list of nine abandoned properties targeted for forfeiture by New Brunswick, the result of a two-year effort to remove dozens of blighted buildings and redevelop lots for and new housing.

City council members two years ago passed two ordinances calling for the creation of a list of properties considered abandoned or vacant as ...

These Are The Abandoned Properties New Brunswick Will Foreclose On

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - City officials on Monday released the first list of nine abandoned properties targeted for forfeiture by New Brunswick, the result of a two-year effort to remove dozens of blighted buildings and redevelop lots for and new housing.

City council members two years ago passed two ordinances calling for the creation of a list of properties considered abandoned or vacant as ...

NJ Reentry Program Expands, Helping Woman, Minorities, Veterans

August 31, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Reentry, the program that former Gov. Jim McGreevey started to help recently released inmates obtain housing and employment, is now moving to assist a large segment of society with training for and placement in jobs in construction trades through a program called NJBuild.

At ceremonies Thursday marking the opening of the NJBuild office in New Brunswick, McGreevey said the ...

East Brunswick Launches Search for Redevelopers on Route 18 South

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ —On Monday, August 13, 2018, the Township of East Brunswick formally posted notice of their search for redevelopers to improve and repurpose the blighted 18 Center Shopping Center, the outdated Loehmann's Plaza, and the surrounding areas. These areas represent some of the best untapped commercial and mixed-use potential in Central New Jersey. Less than a mile from the ...

Ten Events Happening in New Brunswick This Week (September 16)

September 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK – I think by now we might be in the swing of things right...? Whether we are working, interning, going to school we got this on lock down, but we also need to make sure we are making time for fun. So check out the list below and figure out what event you are going to attend to give yourself a break!

Monday, September 17
Tech Involvement Fair, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Where: Busch ...

Cool Joyous Jazz on Hot Summer Downtown Day

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  -Melodious riffs from keyboards, drum bass guitars, saxophones filled downtown George Street on Saturday afternoon for the second day of the Central Jazz Festival.

Hundreds of people plunked down their folding chairs in the middle of the thoroughfare closed off for the day as musicians took to to the portable stage stretched across the road to hear four hours of jazz ...

Twelve Events Happening in New Brunswick This Week (September 10)

NEW BRUNSWICK – As most of us get into our school and work routine, we sit and wonder what can we do for fun when we get out? Well no worries, here is a list, mark it twice and go have a good time in the Hub City!

Tuesday, September 11
Mindfulness Meditation Noon-1:00 p.m.
Where: Rutgers Student Activities Center

Mindfulness teaches us to be compassionate, non-judgmental observers ...

Hub City Music Sizzle Continues into Fall

September 3, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - Sure, summer is nearly over, but the city will still be echoing with music into the fall through festivals planned into October.

On Saturday, Sept. 15, the city will host the Central Jersey Jazz Festival from 1 to 6 p.m.

Performances by Terri Lyne Carrington Quartet, Eddie Allen 3hree for Louis, Matthew Whitaker Trio and the New Brunswick Brass Band will be heard on George ...

Australian Toddler Needs Helping Hand on Journey to Boston Hospital

September 13, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Tilly Mahon is flying from Melbourne, Australia to the United States in less than a month to meet her grandfather, Colin Driver, a long awaited event filled with anticipation but fraught with anxiety and angst.

Two-year-old Matilda, aka Tilly, her mom, Jane, father, Matthew and 5-year-old brother James are flying 10,318 miles from "Down Under" because Tilly needs ...

Donors At Upcoming Brunswick Square Mall Blood Drive To Receive AMC GIft Card

EAST BRUSNWICK, NJ - The New York Blood Center has been fighting a summer-long shortage, stressed by the recent hurricane in Hawaii. On Friday, September 7, Brunswick Square Mall will be hosting a blood drive from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. in their center court. All donors wil receive a $10 AMC Movie gift card as a thank you.

Donors should be between the ages of 17 and 75 and be in good physical ...

East Brunswick Veteran Honored in Street Sign Program

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - East Brunswick resident Louis J. Luczu was honored by his hometown of North Brunswick under their Veteran Street Sign Program.  This program allows township residents who were Wartime Veterans to be recognized by adding their name on a secondary street sign to an existing municipal road.

The sign reading Luczu Way was unveiled, and corresponding mayoral proclamations ...

New Jersey Audubon to Hold Annual Hawkwatch Event on Saturday, September 15

September 13, 2018

BERNARDSVILLE – Now is the time to catch migrating birds in the skies of New Jersey.

Pete Dunne, New Jersey Audubon Birding Ambassador, will lead the public to experience “a river of raptors” on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A rooftop observation deck is the perfect setting to observe migrating species like Re-tailed and Cooper’s Hawks, Osprey, ...

Governor Murphy Authorizes Prescribed Burns to Improve NJ Forests

CAMDEN, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy has signed legislation (A. 1675) that authorizes prescribed burning in New Jersey in certain circumstances.

The rationale: Fire is a normal and necessary process helping to ensure healthy habitat in state forests, about 775,000 acres from Cape May to High Point.

Environmentalists say it is critical for our wildlife, particularly in the Pinelands, ...

Rutgers Profs study the Medical Use of Bear Drool

September 13, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It is not the easiest thing to get, and something the average person has never thought about, but scientists have found a medical value in, of all things, salvia from East Siberian brown bears.

Scientists from Rutgers, working with others in the field, have used bacterium from the wild animals to see if it inhibits harmful bacteria, according to study published online ...

Donors At Upcoming Brunswick Square Mall Blood Drive To Receive AMC GIft Card

EAST BRUSNWICK, NJ - The New York Blood Center has been fighting a summer-long shortage, stressed by the recent hurricane in Hawaii. On Friday, September 7, Brunswick Square Mall will be hosting a blood drive from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. in their center court. All donors wil receive a $10 AMC Movie gift card as a thank you.

Donors should be between the ages of 17 and 75 and be in good physical ...

Teal Ribbons Help Hillsborough Observe National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ  - Susyn Timko needs volunteers to  help "Turn the Town Teal" on Thursday,Aug. 30 to commemorate National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

Timko, a local musician, has coordinated the national program in Hillsborough for the past nine years in memory of her mother who died from ovarian cancer.

Timko will pre-cut and distribute strips of teal ribbon for ...

R U Wrestler Arrested for Off-Campus Assault of Rutgers Students

September 14, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A member of the Rutgers University wrestling team was arrested and charged with beating two Rutgers students in an off-campus incident on Sept. 4, police announced today.

Brett Donner, 21, of Wall, was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated assault, Rutgers police said in a statement.

The Rutgers wreslting team roster list's Donner as a red-shirt sophomore ...

Man with Assault Rifle, Bullet-Proof Vest Arrested After Leaving Strip Club

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A man armed with an assault rifle and wearing a helmet and bullet-proof vest was arrested Tuesday moments after he left a strip club where he worked on Route 35 in Sayreville, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a statement today.

Kevin Smith, 32, of Keyport, was arrested on Sept. 11, after leaving the Visions Gentlemen's Club on Route 35 in the Melrose ...

Three men beat, rob New Brunswick man; police issue alert

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A city resident was beaten by three armed assailants who took the victim back to his apartment and stole property and narcotics, Rutgers police said in an alert today.

They said New Brunswick police are investigating the robbery, which occurred Monday about 10:30 p.m., when the victim, who is not affiliated with the university went to a prearranged meeting on Robinson ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - September 17, 2018

CHATSWORTH - Lot of chatting this morning in New Jersey's cranberry bogs, with word of a new bill in Trenton that would officially deem blueberry as the official state muffin. Politico reports that Assemblywoman Carol Murphy (D-Burlington) has introduced this controversial legislation, at the request of well-intended children involved in a non-profit. These kids clearly ...

The Jaffe Briefing - September 14, 2018

STATEWIDE - Are you happy? Like, really, really happy? Well, you should damn well be, according to one of those clickbait websites that churns out "studies." The site has declared that New Jersey is the 13th happiest state, based on 31 "key indicators." Even though taxes are high, traffic is heavy and the state is drowning in debt, the typical New Jerseyan seems to ...

The Jaffe Briefing - September 13, 2018

MORRIS PLAINS - Former Gov. Chris Christie was in town yesterday, as the locals celebrated the dedication of "Chris Christie Drive," from Hanover Avenue to Central Park. There were no traffic cones, traffic jams or local officials being threatened in any way. No one carried ice cream cones and yelled. No one sat on beach chairs, on empty beaches. No one disappeared for two years to ...

The Jaffe Briefing - September 12, 2018

JERSEY CITY - Not the target of an investigation (yet)? Well, no harm in being prepared. Perhaps, that really is the reason why 10 top city officials suddenly got instructions should they ever get slapped with subpoenas. Corporation Counsel Peter Baker fired off a memo telling officials to quickly alert the city's legal ...

The Jaffe Briefing - September 10, 2018

ATLANTIC CITY - Well, America has a new "Miss America." Likely the only reason you know that is because of the controversial decision this year to ditch the swimsuit competition, the only part of this woefully outdated annual event that generates any interest at your local bar. That said, the new winner, Miss New York, says she was relieved there was no swimsuit competition for the ...

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Fri, September 21

TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater

Somerset Patriots Playoffs

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Sat, October 27, 12:00 PM

East Jersey Old Town Village, Piscataway

Revolutionary War Encampment

Arts & Entertainment Education Food & Drink

R U Wrestler Arrested for Off-Campus Assault of Rutgers Students

September 14, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A member of the Rutgers University wrestling team was arrested and charged with beating two Rutgers students in an off-campus incident on Sept. 4, police announced today.

Brett Donner, 21, of Wall, was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated assault, Rutgers police said in a statement.

The Rutgers wreslting team roster list's Donner as a red-shirt sophomore ...

2 people beaten in New Brunswick after argument, Rutgers police say

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - Rutgers police are searching for a man who assaulted two people affiliated with the university following an argument early Tuesday morning.

Police said the two victims were beaten about 1 a.m. on Easton Avenue near Courtland Street.

No weapons were used, authorities said.

They said both of the victims went to a local hospital for treatment of injuries.

Police ...

2 people beaten in New Brunswick after argument, Rutgers police say

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - Rutgers police are searching for a man who assaulted two people affiliated with the university following an argument early Tuesday morning.

Police said the two victims were beaten about 1 a.m. on Easton Avenue near Courtland Street.

No weapons were used, authorities said.

They said both of the victims went to a local hospital for treatment of injuries.

Police ...

Hunger Action Month Push for People to Donate

September 7, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - There are 30 days in September, and Middlesex County Food Bank has a suggestion for each of those days. giving people ways to donate food or collect donations to replenish lagging supplies at the county bank.

"Currently, the supply of nonperishable foods and necessities at MCFOODS (the county food bank) is dangerously low," said Jennifer Apostle, coordinator ...

Jazz Aficionados Flock to Central New Jersey for 3-Day Music Festival

September 11, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ  -  All that jazz started here ten years ago, and has since found a home in two other central New Jersey locations, a three-day festival of live music, visual arts and fine dining expected to draw thousands of jazz fans from throughout the tri-state region.

Founded in 2008, the Somerville Jazz Festival has grown in sophistication, drawing top-flight talent and a loyal ...

OPINION

NJSHA to Hold Town Hall Meetings to Focus on Government Issues Affecting Speech, Language and Hearing Services

September 17, 2018

CHERRY HILL – The New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA) is inviting the public to attend a free program featuring Deputy Assembly Speaker Pamela Lampitt of Voorhees that focuses on government issues that affect speech, language and hearing services in the state.

Lampitt, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, will be presenting before NJSHA members and the public on ...