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 ...

9-story apartment complex with roof-top pool formally opens in New Brunswick

June 19, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city's latest luxury apartment building recently held a formal opening for the complex on Neilson Street that has a roof-top pool with cabanas and grills, a dog park and pet spa.

The Quincy, a 393-unit, nine story building opened last month, offering studio and one- and two-bedroom apartment ranging in size from 503 to 1,236 square feet.

Mayor James Cahill said ...

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

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 ...

Milltown Seeking Full Time Accounting Clerk

June 20, 2018

MILLTOWN, NJ - The borough is seeking to hire a full time accountant for the Finance and Administrative Department. Qualified applicants would need to perform a variety of clerical, administrative and financial tasks. Candidates should possess excellent computer, organizational skills as well as exceptional verbal and communication skills in addition to being able to multi-task. Knowledge of ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

There’s a Hidden Gem for All to Enjoy in Plainsboro

June 20, 2018

PLAINSBORO – It is a typical spring morning at New Jersey Audubon’s Plainsboro Preserve.

Ducks are swimming in Lake McCormick, birds are going through their daily routine within more than 1,000 acres of preserved open space, and the latest school buses are rumbling along the gravel road, passing through the entrance at 80 Scotts Corner Road.

On this particular day, two ...

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 22, 2018

TRENTON - Well, the state Legislature passed a budget yesterday. But that matters little in the overall drama, as it now goes to Gov. Phil Murphy and his sharp red pen. The governor still remains as odds with his Democratic counterparts who left a meeting with him yesterday claiming no progress. He's "completely dishonest with us," charges Senate President Steve Sweeney.

The Jaffe Briefing - June 21, 2018

TRENTON - No one questions that the state pension system is a mess. And that's why some proposed legislation is getting a critical eye. Politico says the Assembly is set to vote on a bill today that it claims is "expressly written" to fatten the pensions of Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-Essex) and state Sen. James Beach (D-Camden) without them having to ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 20, 2018

STATEWIDE - What? So you are saying the state's pawn shops, second-hand stores and scrap metal yards are mob-infested? How could that possibly be? Well, just ask the scrappy State Commission of Investigation, which issued the 100-page report yesterday detailing how the mob is encouraging drug addicts to steal items to fuel this in-the-dark industry. Not only are these ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 19, 2018

TRENTON - It is June. That must mean our state lawmakers are yelling at each other over the proposed state budget, which must be adopted by the end of the month or government shuts down. Some media is refraining from coverage of the daily blow-by-blow, as the typical resident just assumes taxes will go up, no matter what. But, here is the latest. Gov. Phil Murphy has his proposed ...

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 ...

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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 " 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 ...

City recognizes New Brunswick ball player inducted into women’s Hall of Fame

June 22, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - Chris Dailey grew up in the city, and played basketball for St. Peter's High School and  Rutgers University, and was on the team that won a national AIAW championship her senior year in college.

She became an assistant coach at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., then was an assistant to Rutgers coach Theresa Grentz before becoming an assistant coach on ...


New Brunswick journalism teacher offers thanks

June 22, 2018

Dear TAPInto New Brunswick,

As the year comes to a close, I want to offer you my sincere thanks for how you positively impacted my students this year.

In their end of year reflections, the students recounted what it meant for them to get their stories published.  Assignments were no longer something just connected to a grade, it was also connected to their passion.

The positive ...

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

June 20, 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 p.m. 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 will be ...

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 ...