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Police identify one of two ‘squatters’ killed in fire

May 30, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - Authorities today identified one of two people killed in a weekend fire as a 30-year-old homeless man.

Police said Alexander Merino-Martinez was one of the two men believed to be squatters who were found in a boarded-up house on Seaman Street that was discovered burning about 9:50 p.m. Saturday.

Firefighters pulled Merino-Martinez and another man out of the house, and the ...

Two squatters perish in Seaman Street fire

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Authorities are calling a Saturday night blaze "accidental," after two alleged squatters died in the flames.

Police responded to a condemned, boarded-up home on Seaman Street at 9:50 p.m. on Saturday. The dwelling was already engulfed in fire. Two men were pulled out of the burning structure and taken to Robert Wood Johnson Wood University Hospital in ...

Applications to Rutgers jumps nearly 10 percent; increase from out-of-state students

June 15, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Applications to Rutgers University this year increased 9.4 percent over last year, university President Robert Barchi told the Board of Governors at a meeting this week.

The university received nearly 45,000 applications this year, Barchi said.

That included a 20 percent increase in the number of students from outside New Jersey applying to Rutgers, the university ...

City school administrators are driven up the wall at Lord Stirling

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - In a rare moment, three school officials were suspended by students at Lord Stirling School recently, all as part of a project to promote reading.

Students recently were given duct tape to suspend city school Superintendent Aubrey Johnson and two school administrators from a wall for more than a hour as a reward for completing month-long reading assignments.

The stunt ...

NBHS students participate in Princeton University summer journalism program

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - I am proud to have won admittance into the prestigious Princeton Summer Journalism program. There are only  30-40 places and I competed against 300 applicants.

For the past three years students from NBHS have nationally competed and won admittance into this prestigious program. Founded in 2001 by Princeton University alumni, the program connects students ...

Gov. Murphy still pushing a millionaire's tax, won’t say when he'll sign sports betting, weed bills

June 8, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - With a showdown on the state budget looming just 22 days away, Gov. Phil Murphy today re-emphasized his call for a tax on the state’s wealthiest households while hoping to avoid another shutdown of state government.

“Do I still want a millionaire’s tax? The answer is ‘yes,’ “ Murphy said at a press conference at the John ...

DevCo is building a new version of "The Yard." You may be surprised to see where.

June 6, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - In 2016, Rutgers University proudly opened “The Yard,” a student housing and retail complex along College Avenue built under the direction of the New Brunswick Development Corp.

Now the corporation, the non-profit development arm for the City of New Brunswick and commonly known as DevCo, is replicating the housing and commercial construction more than two hours ...

NB Performing Arts Center getting glass skin

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Ask most people about last winter and the likely answer would be a recollection of late season storms. But the mild February and short-lasting March storms were certainly good for construction work in the Hub City.

The weather allowed work to proceed on the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, a $172 million project begun last October. Any visitor to the city will ...

Discussing N.J.'s business of the future - legal marijuana

June 15, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - There were lawyers, bankers, CPAs and hopeful future entrepreneurs, all meeting in New Brunswick to discuss the future of one business: the legal sale of marijuana.

The gathering of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association at the Blackthorn restaurant in New Brunswick on Wednesday attracted a diverse crowd, with some dressed in neat blue jeans and others in suits and ...

Three new eateries coming to downtown New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University students returning to class this fall will have three new eateries available in a former Easton Avenue book store: an Israeli burger chain and two other restaurants.

Burgerim Gourmet Burgers, originally an Israeli chain featuring mini burgers that has 60 franchises nationally and internationally, plans to open it’s first New Jersey outlet at 37 ...

Yoga, music, fresh veggies and cake open 10th-annual farmers market

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city will kick off the opening of the annual New Brunswick Community Farmers Market (NBCFM) with a big celebration.

On Saturday, June 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be free yoga programs along with live music, cooking demonstrations,  henna tattoos and face painting. Cake will be available as part of the opening day.

The markets, which bring fresh produce ...

County Democrats re-elect their leaders

June 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - In a party election with very little drama, the Middlesex County Democrats re-elected their leaders Tuesday night by an acclamation vote.

Chairman Kevin P. McCabe and Vice Chair Beatrice Moskowitz will now serve their fifth term, leading the powerful Middlesex County Democratic Organization (MCDO) for another year.

“Our organization is as strong as it has ever ...

New Brunswick mayor seeks eighth term, faces challenge from activist

NEW BRUNSWICK - Mayor James Cahill was the only candidate for mayor to run in Tuesday’s primary, but he will not run uncontested for re-election in November.

Charles Kratovil, a local activist and editor of the blog New Brunswick Today, filed petitions to run as an independent candidate for the city’s top office.

Cahill received 1,145 votes as the only candidate seeking the ...

Game on! Primary elections name candidates for 2018 elections

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Though many positions were unchallenged within their parties, Tuesday's primary elections established official candidates in New Jersey for the state, county, and local levels that could have a major impact on national, statewide, and local politics.  Will New Jersey be part of the "Blue Wave" of Democrats who will challenge the policies of ...

Eight Events Happening in New Brunswick This Week (June 18)

June 18, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - Summer officially starts June 21st but the weather is saying otherwise. Thanks to the sunshine and warm air most people want to spend their time outdoors. This week there are plenty of events going on outside and inside the Hub City!

Monday, June 18

Beat The Clock - 8:00 p.m.

Where: Blackthorn Restaurant and Irish Pub New Brunswick

Blackthorn Restaurant ...

Free summer movie series coming to State Theatre New Jersey

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The free summer movie series is returning to the State Theatre New Jersey with six family-friendly movies. 

Once a week from July 3 to August 7, the 1,850-seat restored theater will showcase movies free of charge to the community, offering young people the chance to enjoy these films, whether with their families, summer camps, or other groups.

The lineup ...

New Brunswick will mark Juneteenth with parade & heritage festival

NEW BRUNSWICK – New Brunswick will commemorate Juneteenth, the holiday that commemorates the liberation of the last remaining slaves in the United States, with a parade and festival sponsored by the the Vulcan Pioneers of New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Area Branch of the NAACP.

The parade will begin 11 am on Saturday, July 16th at the intersection of George Street and Remsen Avenue, ...

New Brunswick Students Say "NO" to Drugs Through D.A.R.E.

May 30, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK – The City of New Brunswick continued its more than 25-year pledge to help our kids live healthy and safe lives with a new class of nearly 800 D.A.R.E. graduates, all pledging to live free of the negative influences of drugs and alcohol.

Since 1991, The City of New Brunswick has used the national D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program in New Brunswick Public ...

Knights of Columbus honor New Brunswick residents making a difference

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A group of special community members who make a daily difference in New Brunswick were treated to a special recognition ceremony during the annual Knights of Columbus Community Awards Night on May 23 at Saint Peter’s University Hospital.

Each year, Knights of Columbus, Council No. 257 recognizes people and institutions from ...

Summer Ciclovia Scheduled for June 9

June 1, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK – Open Streets are back on Saturday, June 9, bringing a New Brunswick Ciclovia route spanning several city streets and two parks for a day of summer fun.

New Brunswick Ciclovia is a family-friendly event that emphasizes healthy living and community building by opening our streets and offering programming for all to enjoy.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., roads throughout New ...

Couple netted $8M from fake Uggs, designer bags, prosecutor says

June 15, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Plainsboro couple could face charges of of selling counterfeit designer shoes and handbags, netting $8 million and sending $3 million to people in China, authorities said today.

Yan Shi, 36, and her husband, Weiping Liu, 40, were arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree money laundering and second-degree conspiracy to violate the New Jersey Trademark ...

Two arrested in shooting during drug deal gone bad, police say

NEW BRUNSWICK - Two Atlantic County men were arrested for the shooting of two New York City men during a drug deal gone bad in New Brunswick early Tuesday, police said.

The suspects, Darnell Lewis, 19 and Christopher Gist, 18, both of Egg Harbor, were arrested Tuesday in Egg Harbor and each was charged with attempted murder, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and weapons offenses,  New ...

NBPD swears in six new officers

The City of New Brunswick Police Department swore in six new officers at a ceremony Tuesday at City Hall.

Mayor Jim Cahill administered the oath of office to Officers Josue Plaza, Paul Palma, William Krapf, Jon Hamann, Daniel Faller and Matthew Beltranena before a crowd of friends and family during June 12th's City Council meeting.

“All of us who work for New Brunswick ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - June 18, 2018

DOWN THE SHORE - If you see all those mega-mansions on the beach, and admit to being just a wee bit jealous, here's something to quietly smile about: All of those glorious homes will likely be underwater.  NJ Spotlight reports rising sea levels make the New Jersey coast particularly vulnerable, with the Garden State ranking second to Florida with the biggest chronic risk ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 15, 2018

JERSEY CITY - Should topless women be allowed in the city?  That's the big issue consuming the City Council these days, as members continue to debate 1980s-era obscenity laws. There was supposed to be a vote at the council meeting on Wednesday, but it didn't happen. Before there is a vote, it appears the goal is to wrangle support of all nine members of the City Council. The nagging ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 14, 2018

EAST RUTHERFORD - The typical sports fan in New Jersey has until 2026 to get excited about professional soccer. That's because the Meadowlands could be the epicenter of the soccer world, a contender to host the World Cup. It could be  an amazing coup for New Jersey, although expect worldwide marketers to try to convince everyone that the big game would be played in "New ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 13, 2018

ATLANTIC CITY - When the Hard Rock Café and Casino opens June 28, a strip club will also open on the property. But this isn't your typical, dark titty bar. No, it is 36,000 square feet of space, about the size of a typical Marshalls. So, figure the place is wall-to-wall strippers, each jiggling for money. That could equal about 300 jiggles per minute on a ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 12, 2018

STATEWIDE - Perhaps it is time for the state to upgrade to Windows 95, as the second big computer crash in a week spelled disaster for the state's computer systems. The biggest hit came to the state's Motor Vehicle agencies, jamming efforts to renew driver's licenses, or for people to get titles or register vehicles. This mess somehow made the lines at the MVC even longer, the ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 11, 2018

MANTUA - Ever hear of the Wenonah Police Department? Neither did we, but it doesn't really matter because it no longer exists. At 12:01 a.m. on June 1, the department officially disbanded, with the 2,200 residents of this speck of a town in Gloucester County now being protected and served by the Mantua Police Department - other cops we've never heard about. It was high time for the ...

Upcoming Events

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Tue, June 19, 6:30 PM

Mt Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, New Brunswick

Juneteenth - a Day of Remembrance

Arts & Entertainment

Thu, June 21, 8:00 PM

New Brunswick

Sing-a-Long Grease: 40th Anniversary

Rutgers-led “Tick Blitz” finds exotic Longhorned Ticks statewide

June 5, 2018

New Brunswick, N.J. - Researchers at  University–New Brunswick’s Rutgers Center for Vector Biology have found exotic longhorned ticks in four New Jersey counties – and confirmed that these northeast Asian ticks have been present in the Garden State since at least 2013.

The new detection of these ticks in Mercer County was made through the first-ever statewide ...

Rutgers football stadium has a new name

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Many still call it Rutgers Stadium.

But for seven years, the university's football stadium has been known as High Point Solutions Stadium, thanks to a $600,000 annual agreement with a Sparta-based company. But, as the company has shifted its marketing, so has the stadium's name.

So, now, Rutgers is officially home to "HighPoint.com Stadium" for the 2018 ...

Composer lyrisicist Sondheim at Rutgers, tells would-be writers ‘it’s hard work’

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Acclaimed Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim says his work is less about talent and more about the labor and drudgery of “hard work.”

“It’s not about waiting for inspiration. It’s not about talent,” Sondheim said Friday while speaking before an audience at Rutgers University’s Nicholas Music Center.

“You ...

Couple netted $8M from fake Uggs, designer bags, prosecutor says

June 15, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Plainsboro couple could face charges of of selling counterfeit designer shoes and handbags, netting $8 million and sending $3 million to people in China, authorities said today.

Yan Shi, 36, and her husband, Weiping Liu, 40, were arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree money laundering and second-degree conspiracy to violate the New Jersey Trademark ...

OPINION

Hearing Loss Common in School-Aged Children

May 30, 2018

With close to 15% of U.S. children ages 6–19 experiencing hearing loss, New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA) notes that May Is Better Hearing & Speech Month is the ideal time for parents to learn more about the sometimes-subtle signs of hearing loss, ways it can affect school-aged children, and where to find help.

“Some children are born ...

Promise Culinary School Slates Open Houses June 21 and 22 In New Brunswick with Tours, Tastings, Prizes

June 15, 2018

Promise Culinary School will host open houses for the community and prospective students on Thursday, June 21, from noon to 3 p.m. and 5  to 7:30 p.m., and on Friday, June 22, from noon to 4 p.m. at 211 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick. The events are free and open to the public.

The events will include kitchen tours, demonstrations, tastings, raffles and prizes. Tours and activities ...

Ensure Safe Sleep While Traveling with Baby

June 6, 2018

As we approach the summer, there will be plenty of expected travel for families, from visiting grandma at the beach to heading out on a long, well-deserved vacation. 

When staying overnight at a friend’s or family’s place, it is important to maintain the same sleep practices as you do at home. Your baby should be sleeping in a safe, modern crib that meets the latest ...