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How This Week’s 8-Kilogram Cocaine Bust Allegedly Went Down

June 29, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The seeds for the alleged drug bust that has alarmed some city residents were planted earlier this month, when cops learned that a man named Yunior Martinez-Jimenez was allegedly selling large amounts of cocaine in New Brunswick, according to a criminal complaint.

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations division arrested three ...

Smoldering AC Unit Prompts Evacuation at Rutgers

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Just when you need the air-conditioner to kick into high gear.

The New Brunswick Fire Department received a call at 3:11 p.m. yesterday, June 27, for a smoldering air-conditioning and heating unit at 50 Labor Center Way, according to the city. The building serves as Rutgers University’s Labor Education Center and houses part of the School of Management and Labor ...

1 Woman Dead in New Brunswick Fire

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — One woman died early this morning in a house fire on Stockton Road, according to police.

Loretta Katko, a 73-year-old woman, was found dead in a bedroom of her 29 Stockton Rd. home after New Brunswick firefighters and police responded to a call around 12:44 a.m., June 28, cops said.

“Upon their arrival heavy smoke was observed pushing out from the eaves of ...

Information Sessions Scheduled for MCVTS Adult Cosmetology Program

June 5, 2017

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Two information sessions for prospective adult cosmetology students have been scheduled by the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools.

The first session will be held Monday, June 12, at 6 p.m. on the MCVTS East Brunswick Campus, 112 Rues Lane. The second is scheduled for Saturday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to noon on the Piscataway Campus, 21 Suttons ...

Lack of Notification Delays Ethics Board Hearing

June 26, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The failure to alert the subject of an ethics complaint to a hearing, which was scheduled for this evening, June 26, pushed the New Brunswick Ethics Board to adjourn without tackling the matter.

Attorney J. Peter Jost—who is counseling the board in the wake of an ethics complaint filed against its regular lawyer—attributed the board’s decision to not ...

New Brunswick Raises Water and Sewer Rates

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Customers of the New Brunswick Water Utility can expect to pay more in sewer and water fees.

The New Brunswick City Council raised the water and sewer rates through two ordinances adopted at its June 21 meeting.

Homes, commercial businesses and industrial operations will see a 5 percent increase in their sewer rates beginning July 1, City Administrator Thomas ...

Water Main Break Closes Portion of Somerset Street

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — After a water main break early this morning shut down part of Somerset Street, the city expects the stretch of road to soon reopen.

The break occurred near Somerset’s intersection with Oxford Street, according to the city. At around 7:15 a.m., workers closed Somerset between Oxford and Cogswell Place, New Brunswick spokesperson Jennifer Bradshaw ...

Local Football Star Returns to Middlesex County for Youth Football Camp

June 26, 2017

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Almost seven years ago Piscataway native Malcolm Jenkins formed his own charity called “The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation”. According to its website, “The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation is committed to youth development in underserved communities through programs and initiatives that emphasize education, character development, leadership, life skills, health and ...

Caity Hughes smacks two-run home run, but Black falls to Pink, 7-6, in the 2017 GMC senior softball All-Star Classic

SOUTH PLAINFIELD -- Thirty-eight seniors from the Greater Middlesex Conference all came together after competing against each other all season long Tuesday night just days before their graduation commencements for the GMC Softball Coaches Association All-Star Classic at Pony/Pitt Street Park in South Plainfield.

The players split between the Pink and Black teams, including South ...

Time To Register For Milltown's Annual Firecracker 5K

MILLTOWN, NJ - Yes, runners and walkers it's time to book a spot in Milltown's twenty-seventh annual Fourth of July Firecracker 5K. Online registration is up and running with the price set to go up at 12 a.m. on Monday, June 12. The cost of the Fun Run is currently $7 and the 5K is $25. On June 12, the entrance fee for the Fun Run will be $10 and the 5K will be $30. T-shirts are ...

9-Story Apartment Building Slated for Easton and Hamilton

June 27, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The developer of an incoming apartment building hopes to pull some Rutgers University students out of the sprawling city and into a nine-story, 181-unit apartment building in a highly-trafficked area.

The building at 78 Easton Ave. will replace an existing three-story medical building at the road’s intersection with Hamilton Street. The new structure will ...

Council to Consider $18.5M in Bonds, Tax Abatement for Performing Arts Center

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The City Council could choose to fund $18.5 million in work on New Brunswick’s incoming performing arts center tonight, according to a proposed ordinance.

Along with that move, the council is scheduled to vote on a tax-exemption agreement for the developer of the $169 million project slated for Livingston Avenue and an ordinance that would allow the city to back ...

South Brunswick: Part Of Route 1 Shoulder To Ease Rush Hour Congestion Beginning June 26

June 19, 2017

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – It’s been a long time in coming, but the morning and evening rush hours may get better on Route 1 thanks to a state Department of Transportation pilot program using some of the road’s shoulders starting next Monday.

Police announced Monday that the Hard Shoulder Running project, a .25-mile section of Route 1 between Independence Way and Raymond Road, ...

After Tie, Incumbent Emra Seawood Wins Special School Election

June 21, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The city’s former Board of Education president has kept her seat on the panel, according to unofficial election results provided by New Brunswick’s city clerk.

Emra Seawood won the special election yesterday, June 20, for a three-year term on New Brunswick Public Schools’ board.

Seawood received 261 ballots, or more than 56 percent of the vote, ...

Special School Board Election in New Brunswick Tomorrow, June 20

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — It’s not often that an election results in a tie. But that’s what happened in the city’s Board of Education election in April, an outcome that has forced a special run-off race.

To break the tie, the polls will once again open in New Brunswick, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow, June 20.

At stake is one three-year seat on the city school board. Emra ...

Slate of Incumbent Democrats Beat Challengers in Middlesex Primaries, Unofficial Results Suggest

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Despite an energetic challenge from a progressive wing, incumbent Democrats in Middlesex County appear to have won their party’s nominations in races for freeholder and the state Assembly and Senate in the 17th legislative district, according to unofficial election results.

The slate of candidates for the Middlesex County Democratic Organization in contested ...

12 Events Going On In New Brunswick This Week

June 26, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Summer keeps getting hotter in the Hub City.

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

Monday, June 26

The city’s ethics board is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall. The panel is overseeing several complaints recently filed against various local officials.

Might as well make tonight ...

10 Events Going On In New Brunswick This Week

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — There’s a lot to do—and celebrate—in the Hub City this week. Residents even get the chance to vote—again.

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

Tuesday, June 20

Get out and vote. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the special run-off election for a three-year term on the ...

10 Events Going On In New Brunswick This Week

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Too hot and sweaty in your apartment? Cool down with some of the most interesting events and activities that the Hub City has to offer.

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

Monday, June 12

Want to understand Rutgers University’s vision for its presence in New Brunswick going forward? The city ...

A New Summer Classic: Strawberry Basil Lemonade

June 21, 2017

Strawberry fever may go to your head, and you might suddenly find yourself with more berries than you know what to do with.

There is a good chance that some at the bottom of the carton will be a little less camera-ready than the ones on top. But hey are still tasty and juicy but not pretty. A gorgeous local berry is a terrible thing to waste.

When that happens, make a batch of ...

6 Coffeeshops to Check Out in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Coffee lovers know that not just any cup will do.

And these days, the shop and its atmosphere are almost as important as the brew. That’s especially true for Rutgers University students and professionals who work from home and spend much of their time in these communal spaces.

Luckily, the Hub City has no shortage of top-notch coffeeshops. Downtown New ...

Workers Fight Invasive Weed Threatening City Water Supply

June 6, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – An intruder has taken to one of New Brunswick’s two sources of drinking water, threatening drinking water for residents here and beyond, according to City Hall.

The New Jersey Water Supply Authority, the public entity that oversees the Delaware & Raritan Canal, hopes to curb the growth of Hydrilla, an “invasive aquatic weed” whose presence could ...

After Compromise, Saint Peter’s Cancer Center will Shine on Easton

June 27, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A nondescript brick building on Easton Avenue will soon be brought into the Saint Peter’s University Hospital campus.

Well, the building—a cancer center at 215 Easton. Ave, across the street from the hospital—is already part of Saint Peter’s. But its lack of branding would’ve pushed few passersby make that connection.

Now, the ...

Next Step in Robert Wood Johnson’s Emergency Room Expansion Begins Tomorrow

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The second phase of construction for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s upgraded emergency department is slated to launch tomorrow, June 14, and span six weeks, according to the medical center.

Anyone in need of treatment must enter the emergency room through the intersection of Easton Avenue and Little Albany Street, according to the hospital. Since ...

Saint Peter’s Gets $45,000 for Breast Health Services

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A nice outfit can go a long way.

The Saint Peter’s University Hospital Auxiliary raised $45,000 for breast care services through a fashion show held in March, according to the healthcare group.

The donation brings the auxiliary’s total amount raised for breast health over the past nine years to $480,000, according to the hospital.

Kathleen Killion, a ...

ICE Arrests 3 on Criminal Charges with Help from City Cops and County Prosecutor

June 28, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents detained and arrested three people on undisclosed federal criminal charges late Tuesday afternoon, June 27, in New Brunswick, according to multiple law enforcement sources.

A crowd of concerned residents and community organizers looked on as officers from several agencies entered a multi-family home at 302 Redmond St., near ...

3 Men Plead Guilty to New Brunswick Stabbing Death

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Three men pleaded guilty yesterday to the fatal stabbing of a city man who was sitting on the steps outside his apartment complex, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Enrique Perez Galindo, 29, was killed around around 2:30 a.m. Feb. 25 near his Hamilton Street residence. He returned to his apartment but was pronounced dead at 2:39 a.m., ...

Jury Convicts Woodbridge Conspirator Of Murder In Edison Man’s Beating Death

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A Middlesex County jury convicted Michael Doce, 36, of the Colonia section of Woodbridge on Tuesday for his role in convincing a man to beat Edison resident Kelvin Dumo to death in Sayreville in 2011, officials said.

According to a press release from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, jurors returned the guilty verdict for murder and conspiracy to commit ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - June 28, 2017

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

ATLANTIC CITY - A huge potential win for New Jersey in its ongoing quest for legalized sports betting occurred yesterday, as the U.S. Supreme Court said it would listen to an hour of arguments this fall. Politico reports New Jersey has been challenging the federal law that bans states from allowing organized sports betting. It makes ...

Rutgers Ranks High Among Research Universities

June 23, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — There seems to be something to the slogan “Jersey Roots. Global Reach.”

For the second consecutive year, Rutgers University has cracked the top 100 list of the world’s premier research universities, according to CWTS Leiden Rankings. Rutgers placed 34th in the United States and 77th internationally, in a group of more than 900 schools from 54 ...

At Rutgers, a History of Conservatism Intertwined with Controversy

Editor’s note: This story is the fourth in a five-part series on the Rutgers Conservative Union. Through that lens, TAPinto New Brunswick intends to provide a comprehensive look at an energetic year of on-campus activism at New Jersey’s flagship university. The third part is available here.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — As the clock ticked closer to 10 p.m., the ...

Read Our 5-Part Series on the Rutgers Conservative Union

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Over the past week, TAPinto New Brunswick has published the first several parts of a comprehensive series on an arguably historic year of activism at Rutgers University. We've told this story through the lens of the Rutgers Conservative Union, a campus group that has made waves since its formation in the spring semester.

So far, the series has sparked plenty ...

County and Activists Defend Middlesex Policy Against Attacks from GOP, ICE

June 20, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Since Middlesex County adopted a policy forbidding, in most cases, its jail and sheriff’s department from aiding immigration authorities, the feds, national right-leaning media and local Republicans have come out against the move.

But the backlash has also re-energized the pro-immigrant activists who pushed the county to adopt the policy in the first place.

OPINION

In the Meadowlands, New Jersey Must Protect Migrating Birds

June 23, 2017

With ongoing construction in the Meadowlands in recent decades, an unanticipated cost has become more and more apparent: an alarming number of bird deaths.

The Meadowlands attracts tens of thousands of birds each year, representing more than 200 species, as it offers a diversity of habitats and sits in the Atlantic Flyway, a major migration corridor for many different birds, from ...

New Jersey Blood Services Declares Blood Emergency

June 26, 2017

New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS) and its parent company,  New York Blood Center (NYBC), have declared a blood emergency and are asking the public to please find time to donate blood at a NJBS donor center or convenient blood drive to help replenish the community’s blood supply. Recent national tragedies are reminders that it is imperative to always have an adequately stocked blood ...

One More Trenton Raid?

June 20, 2017

June is budget month in Trenton; the Governor and state Legislature are seeking to balance the budget in a challenging fiscal situation. Unfortunately, environmental funds top the list of places to find “extra” money to balance the budget.

Just a few months ago, with strong bipartisan support, the state Legislature acted to give voters the opportunity to protect natural resource ...