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Man Jumps in Front of Train in New Brunswick

April 5, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK – A passenger was struck and killed by an Amtrak train at the New Brunswick train station on Wednesday April 4. 

The victim was identified  as 54-year-old East Brunswick resident, Venugopal Menon.

Menon was struck at 10:15 a.m. and he died on the scene. None of the 74 passengers and crew on the train were injured, according to an Amtrak ...

NB Public Schools task force takes on chronic absenteeism

April 19, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK – Being absent for just two days each month means a student will miss 10 percent of the entire school year – enough to negatively impact that student’s academic performance.

It’s sobering information, and a clear demonstration that chronically absent students are at a tremendous educational disadvantage, one from which many of them will never recover.

High school mediation program helps students "work things out"

NEW BRUNSWICK - According to NBHS Dean of Students Christopher Tullo, mediation helps students handle any problem they may have encounter with others in a mature way.

Mediation is an opportunity for teens to discuss their issues in a non-confrontational matter with an administrator present. With school violence and cyberbullying making major headlines daily, Tullo says the program seeks to ...

Rutgers Professor Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

NEW BRUNSWICK - Helen M. Berman, Board of Governors distinguished professor emerita of chemistry and chemical Biology at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Berman is among 213 people elected to the academy this year, including author Ta-Nehisi Coates, actor Tom Hanks, President Barack Obama, Supreme ...

Longtime city staffer tapped as new department head

April 16, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK – A long-time city hall employee with more than 20 years in the municipal government is now in charge of the Department of Social Services.

Mayor James Cahill picked Melanie Ford to be the next director of the department, succeeding former director David Blevins who retired late last year.

Ford began working for the city in 1997. In 2003, Ford was promoted to director of ...

New Online Services Locator Puts Resources at Your Fingertips

NEW BRUNSWICK – Need a little help locating food, substance abuse resources, job training, veterans services, housing or caregiving? Middlesex County is making it much easier to locate these and other services with the introduction of its new online Services Locator.

This state-of-the-art database of services and programs is available on the County website ...

Have Thoughts on Legal Weed? Assembly Joe Danielsen Wants to Hear from You

EDISON, NJ - Lifelong Franklin resident, Assemblyman Joe Danielsen (D-17 Middlesex/Somerset), chairman of the Assembly Oversight, Reform, and Federal Relations Committee will host the first installment of his "Cannabis Listening Tour" at Middlesex Community College this Saturday. 

The hearing is open to the public and will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Former 6'8" Yankees Farmhand Signs with Patriots after Open Tryout

April 15, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots signed right-handed pitcher David Palladino for the 2018 season following open tryouts at TD Bank Ballpark Saturday.

Palladino enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and first in the Atlantic League. The 6’8” righty spent the first five years of his professional career in the New York Yankees organization. He most recently ...

Rutgers wrestling is one hot ticket

NEW BRUNSWICK - The magic of three-time All-American Anthony Ashnault was a key reason why the Rutgers wrestling team is one of the hottest tickets in collegiate wrestling.

While Rutgers struggles to attract football fans, in comparison to other Big 10 teams, the Scarlet Knights are strong on the mat, finishing fourth nationally in average home attendance for ...

Did Racism Prevent Babe Ruth from Becoming a Major League Manager?

BRONX, NY – As baseball approaches the April 15 anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s breaking the color barrier, a new book, BABE RUTH - A Superstar’s Legacy by Jerry Amernic, makes the case that The Bambino never got the coveted opportunity to become a big-league manager for fear that he might push for integration.

Babe Ruth’s grandson, Tom Stevens, wrote the Foreword ...

Governor Names New Brunswick an "Opportunity Zone"

April 9, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Monday that the U.S. Department of Treasury has approved New Brunswick as one of 169 recommended designations for Opportunity Zones throughout the Garden State.

The Opportunity Zone Program is designed to drive long-term capital investments into low-income rural and urban communities. There are 75 municipalities in the state ...

New Brunswick law firm named one of healthiest companies in nation

April 10, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - A long-time city law firm has been named one of the "Healthiest Companies in America."

Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas, LLP received the designation from Interactive Health, a national provider known for its preventive health programs that encourage employees to adopt new health habits.

Hoagland Longo is one of just 184 companies across the ...

Hillary tell Rutgers crowd she remains optimistic

March 30, 2018

PISCATAWAY – Despite a narrow a bid to become President of the country, and seeing all the deep divides in government and the nation in the past year, Hillary Rodham Clinton remains optimistic that many pressing issues will encourage more people to participate in public policy and upcoming elections.

Speaking before more than 5,000 people at Rutgers University on ...

New Brunswick mayor and council members announce re-election bid

NEW BRUNSWICK - Mayor Jim Cahill announced his bid for re-election along with his running mates, City Councilman Kevin Egan and City Councilwoman Rebecca Escobar, citing forward progress and key accomplishments that are improving the quality of life in the Hub City.

Key among these are the 7,000 new jobs created for local residents over the last 10 years, development of housing units for all ...

Eleven Events Happening in New Brunswick This Week (April 18)

April 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK – After a tease of summer weather it’s back to being cool but not enough that you wouldn’t want to get outside. This week has concerts, block parties, free hot dogs, and plenty more to do in Hub City.

Wednesday, April 18

If you’re craving hot dogs then it’s your lucky day. RUPA’s annual Hot Dog Day is back with all the free hot dogs (plus ...

New Brunswick Ciclovia opens 2018 Season

NEW BRUNSWICK  – New Brunswick Ciclovia will open its 2018 season on Sunday, April 22 for another fun day of open streets and active living for all. 

Now in its fifth year, 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., more ...

Artie Lange to hold benefit for wife of fellow 'Howard Stern Show' cast member

Comedian Artie Lange will perform at the Stress Factory in New Brunswick, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. All proceeds will benefit Robin Salem, the wife of longtime “Howard Stern Show” engineer Scott Salem, known to listeners as “Scott the Engineer." Robin is recovering from multiple cancers, and has been bedridden for the last two years.

“While our insurance ...

Hot Dog! City eatery gets shout out profile on cable TV show

March 29, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK – If you have ever eaten "The Nicky Newarker" or the "The Miami Hound Machine," this story will be of great interest to you, a true hot dog lover.

Destination Dogs, the eatery specializing in hot dogs that opened in the city about six years ago on Paterson Street, will be featured on the Travel Channel show “Food Paradise” next month, a ...

Elijah’s Promise to celebrate Earth Day weekend, April 21 & 22

April 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK – Elijah’s Promise will bring a weekend of outdoor music, food and fun to New Brunswick, April 21 and 22, with an Earth Day Fest at Promise Garden on Tabernacle Way and the spring opening of the new Esperanza Mercado on Joyce Kilmer Avenue.

The Earth Day Fest at Promise Garden (across from 52 Tabernacle Way) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, will ...

Ammon Foundation donates to Elijah’ Promise to support culinary student in addiction recovery

NEW BRUNSWICK – The Ammon Foundation of Linden, the philanthropic arm of Ammon Labs, will help fund the tuition of an individual in addiction recovery enrolled at Elijah’s Promise’s culinary school this summer. The scholarship grant fulfills a mission of both organizations to help change the lives of underserved and at-risk individuals.

“It is a great honor to ...

Amazon keeps showing it is a good neighbor in Middlesex County

EDISON – Leslie Stivale took the call in her office at the Triple C Housing late in January and was surprised by the news.

Amazon, which had opened a fulfillment center in Edison in October, was offering hundreds and hundreds of household items, from cleansers to slippers, to people with disabilities and those previously homeless people. Amazon called to help Triple ...

Elijah’s Promise to celebrate Earth Day weekend, April 21 & 22

April 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK – Elijah’s Promise will bring a weekend of outdoor music, food and fun to New Brunswick, April 21 and 22, with an Earth Day Fest at Promise Garden on Tabernacle Way and the spring opening of the new Esperanza Mercado on Joyce Kilmer Avenue.

The Earth Day Fest at Promise Garden (across from 52 Tabernacle Way) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, will ...

High-Tech Gadgetry Fuels the 35th Anniversary of the World Series of Birding

BERNARDSVILLE – For any real competitor, there’s the ultimate competition: think the Final Four. Or the Super Bowl. Or the biggest cucumber at the state fair.

For birdwatchers, the not-to-miss event is the annual World Series of Birding, to be held Saturday, May 12. It’s a proud New Jersey exclusive.

Individuals and teams fan out across the state for a ...

Scientific Diving Class Opens Doors for Rutgers Undergraduates

NEW BRUNSWICK - Breathing through their Scuba gear, Ailey Sheehan and her classmates dropped a new and improved lionfish trap – a hinged net that will help scientists study that invasive fish in the Caribbean – into the dive pool at Rutgers.

Sheehan, a junior marine science major, discovered the opportunity to help design, build and conduct underwater testing of the ...

Opioid crisis hits children, seniors across Middlesex County

April 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK – Several times each week, Sayreville Police officers respond to calls of an opioid drug overdose and find a person near death, and Chief John Zebrowski sees the reports they file.

Officers must apply Narcan, a powerful opioid antidote administered through the nose, that quickly counteracts the overdose and saves the person for that episode. Too ...

New fitness courts coming to two city parks

NEW BRUNSWICK - City officials announced on Wednesday that new fitness courts will soon be installed at Buccleuch Park and Alice Jennings Archibald Park.

The two exercise stations, one at each park, are being described as state-of-the-art and outfitted with specialized exercise equipment targeting different areas of the body for a full circuit training.

The stations also link with ...

City Announces Mayor's Wellness Campaign

NEW BRUNSWICK - With promises of sunny weather, at some point, city officials have released the annual spring schedule for the Mayor’s Wellness Campaign.

The full calendar offers a selection of fun, family-friendly and free fitness and wellness activities for city residents. The campaign, coordinated by the city and Robert Wood Johnson Fitness and Wellness Center, in ...

Outside agency sought to provide police dispatchers

April 19, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK – Ever wanted to be a police dispatcher? New Brunswick is looking for you. The city, which has struggled to attract and retain sufficient staff for the job, is seeking proposals from outside agencies that could provide police dispatchers, officials said.

Currently the city has 12 dispatchers, three less than the 15 desired to fill all shifts.  The result has been ...

Editor of East Brunswick Sentinel charged with possessing child porn

EAST BRUNSWICK -  The editor of the East Brunswick Sentinel, the North Brunswick Sentinel, and the Cranbury Press has been charged with possession of child pornography following a legal search of his Cherry Hill home Tuesday.

Timothy Ronaldson, 35, has been charged with possession of child pornography, according to Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Cherry ...

State orders New Brunswick financial consultant to pay $750,000 for alleged Ponzi Scheme

NEW BRUNSWICK – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the New Jersey Bureau of Securities announced today that a New Brunswick man and his companies have been ordered to pay $750,000 for selling New Jersey investors more than $7 million worth of unregistered securities tied to an alleged $1.2 billion nationwide Ponzi scheme. 

 

Jeffrey Mitchell Isaacs, proprietor ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - April 18, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

PATERSON - At campaign rallies, why not just cut to the chase? That's what's happening in the Silk City, where a local social media celebrity was handing out $20 bills to would-be voters at a rally on Sunday for mayoral contender Pedro Rodriguez. Our favorite entertainer of all time, Fatboy SSE, had a thick wad of cash, which he was passing out ...

The Jaffe Briefing - April 17, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

AT THE POLLING BOOTH - Guess what? New Jerseyans don't like the Trump tax plan. It's also not surprising that a potential voter revolt could flip all five of the state's Republican House seats, according to a new Monmouth University poll. NJ.com reports that the new federal tax bill disproportionately hurts taxpayers in New Jersey ...

The Jaffe Briefing - April 16, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

TRENTON - As Gov. Phil Murphy was in Cleveland to celebrate his buddy, Jon Bon Jovi, who entered the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday, the paperwork is piling up at the office. NJ.com is quick to note we are approaching the end of the first 100 days of the Murphy Administration and there are a gaggle of bills to sign or reject. Lots of ...

The Jaffe Briefing - April 13, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

STATEWIDE - One would think Gov. Phil Murphy, as our powerful chief executive, would be paid among the highest of all state employees after, of course, the Rutgers head football coach. But the Asbury Park Press has revealed a startling fact: there are more than 1,060 government employees who earn more than the governor. Murphy makes a ...

The Jaffe Briefing - April 12, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

TRENTON - Senate President Steve Sweeney wants to teach the new governor who is really in charge of the Statehouse, blocking confirmation votes for at least two of Gov. Phil Murphy's Cabinet members. This smack down could delay the approval for at least two months for Lamont Repollet, the acting education commissioner, and Zakiya Smith Ellis, ...

The Jaffe Briefing - April 11, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

TRENTON - Sure, New Jersey loves the idea of free community college and expanded pre-K education. But are we willing to pay for it? Gov. Phil Murphy's proposed $37.4 billion budget is now getting picked apart in the state Legislature - with criticism even coming from Democratic circles. That's because of a net $1.5 billion in tax increases ...

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Rutgers professor named Pulitzer Prize finalist

April 19, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - For Evie Shockley, poetry – and her professorship at Rutgers University–New Brunswick – are central to her engagement with a world that needs change and central to the ways she prepares students to do their own engagement.

This week, Shockley was selected as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the poetry category. The Pulitzer ...

Rutgers Professor Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

NEW BRUNSWICK - Helen M. Berman, Board of Governors distinguished professor emerita of chemistry and chemical Biology at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Berman is among 213 people elected to the academy this year, including author Ta-Nehisi Coates, actor Tom Hanks, President Barack Obama, Supreme ...

Questions now swirl around reported Rutgers theft

NEW BRUNSWICK - A crime alert issued by Rutgers police about an armed robbery on Tuesday April 10 has turned out to be false. 

Upon further investigation, police said the alleged incident in front of the Campbell Hall dorm on George Street did not happen as was initially reported. Police had said initially that the suspect showed a handgun, ordered the ...

NB Public Schools task force takes on chronic absenteeism

April 19, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK – Being absent for just two days each month means a student will miss 10 percent of the entire school year – enough to negatively impact that student’s academic performance.

It’s sobering information, and a clear demonstration that chronically absent students are at a tremendous educational disadvantage, one from which many of them will never recover.

High-Tech Gadgetry Fuels the 35th Anniversary of the World Series of Birding

April 6, 2018

BERNARDSVILLE – For any real competitor, there’s the ultimate competition: think the Final Four. Or the Super Bowl. Or the biggest cucumber at the state fair.

For birdwatchers, the not-to-miss event is the annual World Series of Birding, to be held Saturday, May 12. It’s a proud New Jersey exclusive.

Individuals and teams fan out across the state for a ...

OPINION

Safe Sleep for Babies Requires Effort from All

April 10, 2018

For more than a decade, my organization, Keeping Babies Safe (KBS), has sounded the steady drumbeat of safe sleep awareness, which in turn has created bans on dangerous products and has helped enact laws that work to ensure babies are sleeping safely.

In 2018, KBS kicked off its latest awareness campaign designed to promote safe sleep practices and products ...

Spring Boutique in East Brunswick April 22nd

April 15, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK - Come and shop for Mother's Day, Father's Day and End-of-Year gifts for your favorite teachers & school staff. The Sisterhood of Temple B’nai Shalom will host its Spring Boutique on Sunday, April 22, 2018, from 9:45 am to 3:00 pm.  A variety of vendors will be participating.  Items available for shopping will include fashion jewelry, handbags, ...

Why People Should Visit Black Churches and Black People Should Welcome Them

March 29, 2018

Dear TAPInto New Brunswick,

In New Jersey, segregation is a cultural issue that demands the immediate attention of Christians. Nearly 87 percent of Christian churches in the U.S. are either made up of only white, or only African-American parishioners. When we worship in the comfortable bubble of segregation, we miss the opportunity for racial reconciliation, as mandated by Jesus:

"A ...