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Two Trucks Overturn on Turnpike in New Brunswick

March 28, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Two tractor-trailers overturned on the Turnpike last night in New Brunswick, sending one person to the hospital, according to New Jersey State Police.

The accident occurred at 9:07 p.m. March 27 on the northbound section of the highway, near mile marker 84.1, State Trooper Alejandro Goez told TAPinto New Brunswick.

How, exactly, the trucks toppled over remains ...

RUPD Car Strikes Student in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A Rutgers University Police Department car struck a student last week on the Cook Campus, according to a school official.

Emergency responders evaluated the woman, who was not “seriously injured,” Rutgers spokesperson Karen Smith told TAPinto New Brunswick. The student declined additional medical care at the scene.

“The accident was the result of ...

Man Jumps to Death in Downtown New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A 21-year-old man from Piscataway killed himself this weekend by leaping from a downtown New Brunswick building, according to police.

The man, who police have not identified, jumped from the top floor of the Morris Street Parking Deck, police said. That’s attached to Rutgers University’s Rockoff Hall and between Morris and New streets, with frontage on the ...

Fighting Lagging State Aid, New Brunswick School Budget Would Raise Taxes

March 27, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Residents are in line to pay more in taxes as the city’s school district attempts to preserve its educational programs and workforce amid a slowdown in state aid increases.

New Brunswick’s board of education approved its $201 million budget for the 2017-18 school year during a meeting late last week at the high school. Residents may vote on the spending ...

More than 200 MCVTS Students Compete during Annual Career and Tech Expos

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Art made from trash, a safety sleeve for auto mechanics, a smartphone “ap” to aid musicians, emergency lighting for car breakdowns, and light therapy for Alzheimer’s patients were among the projects showcased during the annual Career and Tech Expos on the five campuses of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools.

With the theme “Own ...

Got Character? New Brunswick Middle School Does

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The Hub City has character.

That’s according to the New Jersey Alliance for Social, Emotional and Character Development. The group tapped New Brunswick Middle School as one of its 2017 schools of character, according to an announcement from the district.

“This designation celebrates our middle school’s exceptional character-focused instruction and ...

New Brunswick Lands Policing Grant

March 29, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Every dollar counts.

New Brunswick recently authorized its application for and acceptance of a $60,000 Safe and Secure Communities grant. The state-funded program is designed to help municipal police departments to beef up their ranks.

“We’ve received this grant annually for many years,” city spokesperson Jennifer Bradshaw said.

While the money ...

Easter is Coming to New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — What do dyed eggs have to do with Easter?

In some Christian sects, red symbolizes the blood of Jesus. But, more than anything, hunting for the colorful eggs is a longstanding and fun tradition—and one the kids can soon enjoy in New Brunswick.

The city’s recreation department plans to host an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 1 in Buccleuch ...

New Brunswick’s Ethics Board Probes 3 Complaints

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The city’s ethics board is busy.

At its meeting this week, the six-member panel formed subcommittees to scrutinize three complaints surrounding people who perform work for or sit on various municipal entities. That list includes the ethics board’s own attorney, a New Brunswick Housing Authority staffer who also sits on the parking authority’s board ...

Anthony Ashnault Becomes Rutgers' First Three-Time All-American, But Falls In Semifinals Of The 2017 NCAA D1 Wrestling Championships

March 23, 2017

ST. LOUIS, MO. -- Rutgers University wrestler and South Plainfield native Anthony Ashnault strives and works everyday for one goal: a national title.

The school's first three-time All-American, Ashnault, the fifth-seed at 141 pounds, will have one more chance at that feat after falling in the semifinals for the second year in a row to top-seeded Dean Heil of Oklahoma State, this time by a ...

RU Lacrosse Ranked No. 1? You Better Believe It

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — It’s not often that the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team energizes university athletics.

Fans, students and alumni are more inclined to tailgate and cheer for football—even when the team isn’t at its best. Women’s basketball, of course, has also enjoyed a long and successful run at Rutgers.

But lacrosse is making the big waves now.

The ...

Rutgers Wrestler Anthony Ashnault Repeats As 141-Pound Big Ten Champion

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ-- Anthony Ashnault must listen to a heavy dose of rap artist DJ Khaled because all he does is win.

The top-seeded 141-pound Rutgers wrestler defeated seventh-seeded Javier Gasca III of Michigan State 15-2 (major decision) in convincing fashion to earn his second straight Big Ten championship inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on the campus of Indiana University on Sunday.

Housing Project Could Occupy Former Hoffman Pavilion Site

March 28, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A 66-unit residential building for low-income people who are 55 or older is one step closer to taking root near the city’s downtown, despite objections from members of a nearby church.

The New Brunswick Zoning Board of Adjustment approved the site plan and several variances for the project last night, during its March 27 meeting in City Hall.

The green light ...

Parking Authority Eyes Bank Property for Ferren Redevelopment

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The Ferren Mall and parking deck is no more.

Just a few days ago, workers knocked down the final brick. Mitchell Karon, executive director of the New Brunswick Parking Authority, which owns the Albany Street site, said all that remains is the cleanup.

Now, the parking authority is pushing to buy a neighboring 12,700-square-foot piece of land for the redevelopment ...

Demolition Underway as Wolfson Deck Begins Transformation into Public Park

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A cathedral of concrete and steel on a plot of land in downtown New Brunswick is on its way to becoming a public park.

Workers began knocking down the shuttered Wolfson Parking Deck last month, a county official said shortly after the delayed project kicked off. The demolition is but the first phase in a county-led drive to turn the parcel into a public park in the ...

Saint Peter’s Names Interim CEO Following Resignation

March 29, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The head of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System has stepped down after nearly 10 years at the helm of the Hub City-based medical group.

Saint Peter’s released a statement from its chairman today announcing the resignation of Ronald Rak. At the same time, the chairman said Leslie Hirsch, who was hired in 2015, would take the reins as interim CEO and president ...

From Typewriters to Smartphones, Arlene Fricke Still Clocks In

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Arlene Fricke’s shorthand resembles, well, not much of anything.

The writing style, known as Gregg Shorthand, is a relic of days long gone. Fricke learned the trick at the Berkeley Secretarial School, from which she graduated in 1967. Only those in the know can decipher the messages hidden in the code’s squiggles, loops and scratches.

For many years, ...

TAPinto CEO Shapiro goes “One on One” with Steve Adubato

TAPinto.net CEO and Publisher Michael Shapiro appeared on “One on One” with Steve Adubato Thursday night and answered questions about the role of hyperlocal online news media.

The interview was broadcast on WNYY, NJTV and WNET. Adubato closed by saying that “Michael Shapiro, he is on the cutting edge of media.“

Shapiro answered a wide-range of questions about ...

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Wisniewski Discusses Urban Housing Issues

March 16, 2017

Democratic Assemblyman and New Jersey gubernatorial candidate John Wisniewski campaigned in Newark to talk about the state's housing issues, believing that they should be tackled with a practical approach as part of a progressive agenda. 

"Affordable housing is a moral obligation. We have to address this gap in our humanity," said Wisniewski, of Middlesex County, to a group ...

Meet the Local Activist Group that Started Long Before Trump’s Rise

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Terrorists had just attacked the World Trade Center, killing thousands and shattering what was perhaps a naïve sense of American invincibility, when the resistance began.

Some of its founders gathered near Livingston Avenue and George Street on a day shortly after 9/11. Sam Friedman, a Highland Park resident who works in AIDS research, made sure he was there. He ...

What's Going On In New Brunswick This Week?

March 27, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Do you like to dance? How about talking science or eating hot dogs? Well, you can do it all in the Hub City, and there's no need to wait.

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

Monday, March 27

Are you a Second Ward resident who’s concerned about crime and quality of life? Then join the Second ...

What's Going On In New Brunswick This Week?

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Welcome back, spring breakers. While your time off was surely exciting, New Brunswick has a lot going on, too. So dive back into life in the Hub City.

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

Tuesday, March 21

Magic’s in the air. That’s because MAZE is set to perform at 7 p.m. in Trayes Hall. The ...

What's Going On In New Brunswick This Week?

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Whether you want to protect your digital privacy or drink booze for a good cause, the Hub City has you covered.

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

Monday, March 6

Here’s the thing about social media: If you’re not careful, your dirty laundry can end up everywhere. But Cullen Hoback, the ...

Your Guide to St. Paddy’s Day Deals on Tap in New Brunswick

March 16, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Not long ago, some in the Hub City celebrated a wonderful mutation of St. Paddy’s Day on the 17th of each month. Whether it was April or December, bagpipes were never too far away.

We owed the party to McCormick’s Pub, a crusty but cozy dive bar near Somerset Street’s intersection with Louis. Its owners slashed Irish drink prices and cooked corned ...

Through Nonprofit, New Brunswick Student Helps Kids in Africa

March 20, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Alie Kanu was on his way to completing high school in 2011 when his older brother died.

That Kanu had finished primary and much of secondary school in itself was a feat. He was born and raised in Congo Town, a poor community prone to seasonal flooding and without basic sanitary infrastructure, in the embattled West-African nation of Sierra Leone.

He was waiting for ...

KidFest at RU to Focus on Health, Fun

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Want to learn how to keep your kids healthy—and give them a fun day?

Then this is for you.

The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital plans to host KidFest 2017 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow, March 18, at Rutgers University’s College Avenue Gymnasium, 130 College Ave. The radio station Magic 98.3 FM is partnering with the ...

Rutgers University Student to Hold Food Drive at Walmart in Piscataway

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers University student, Amoli Kulkarni, is partnering with Move For Hunger, a national non-profit organization based in Asbury Park, to host a food drive at a local Walmart store, according to a news announcement.

Collection boxes will be set up at Walmart, located at Centennial Square in Piscataway, on April 1st and 2nd ...

New Brunswick Seeks Block Captains to Clean City

March 24, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — City officials are calling on residents to volunteer to clean New Brunswick streets.

The Clean City Block Captain program is composed of people who organize litter-removal efforts on their individual blocks. Some do the work on their own, while others round up their neighbors to help, as well, a city official said.

“They are completely volunteer and dedicate ...

Students Statewide Join Together for New Jersey Clean Communities Council’s Annual Environmental Exchange

There was plenty of time for serious discussion about discarded plastic bags in public parks, about trash in urban waterways and ways to ensure school buildings recycle as much paper as possible.

And the annual Environmental Exchange – concluding tomorrow – included plenty of hands-on opportunities for 130 students from across the state to pick up litter, participate in scavenger ...

Wanted: Your Input, as Local Bike-Share Program Takes Shape

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — No bike? No problem.

Rutgers University—along with a number of state and local partners, including New Brunswick—is gearing up to launch a regional bicycle-share program. The undertaking, known as Knight Cycle, would give people access to bikes in the Hub City and several nearby communities, according to the school.

But the details of the bike-share ...

Where Homeless People and Addicts in New Brunswick Can Seek Help Right Now

March 17, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – When you’re in the depths of addiction or homelessness, finding a path out might seem difficult.

A few weeks ago, TAPinto New Brunswick published a story about a couple whose shared heroin addiction put them on the streets. The story of Chelline and Rick sparked intense online conversations and reached thousands of people.

But it also begged an important ...

Robert Wood Johnson Launches Nursing Education Center

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — They’re among the first people you see when getting medical treatment—and they’re learning cutting-edge techniques in the Hub City.

Thousands of nurses are slated to walk through the Betty Wold Johnson Center for Nursing Education, a New Brunswick facility recently unveiled by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

A “generous gift” ...

Robert Wood Johnson's Expansion Alters Traffic in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — As workers expand the emergency room at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, some motorists will need to map out new routes.

A portion of Little Albany Street, the road that connects Easton Avenue and Somerset Street, is closed to regular traffic beginning this week. Through July 2018, only emergency vehicles may access the area between the emergency room entrance ...

City Man Sentenced to 40 Years for Murdering Former RU Student

March 20, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The man convicted of killing a popular former Rutgers student named Billy McCaw has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

State Superior Court Judge Dennis Nieves handed down the sentence today to Timothy Puskas, a New Brunswick resident, before a crowd that spilled into the hallway. Following the news, some began to shed tears as they left the courtroom, while others ...

Middlesex Ethics Board Dismisses Complaint Filed Against Its Attorney

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Middlesex County’s ethics board has thrown out a complaint that claimed the panel’s attorney violated state law by not filing a financial disclosure statement.

The board made the decision this afternoon during a special meeting in the county freeholders’ meeting room on Bayard Street in New Brunswick. In doing so, it cleared its attorney, Anthony ...

Conflict Pushes Water Utility Bribery Trial to Union County

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The criminal cases against two city water utility employees have been transferred to Union County due to a conflict of interest, according to court officials.

William Ortiz and Joseph DeBonis were charged late last year for allegedly scheming to reduce an unnamed customer’s water and sewer bill in exchange for cash. Ortiz faces charges of bribery and official ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - March 29, 2017

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

ELSEWHERE - It's a very convenient day for Gov. Chris Christie to be in Washington, D.C. with the President, as two of his former aides are to be sentenced in Newark in the Bridgegate scandal. As the lives of Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly are further shattered by the infamous lane closures of 2013, we are all still left wondering what Christie knew ...

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$1 Million Gift Launches RU Agribusiness Program

March 28, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Could the next head of Monsanto or DuPont Pioneer hail from Rutgers?

Maybe.

The not-for-profit Clearing Corporation Charitable Foundation recently established a $1 million endowment to develop a new agribusiness program within the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Students with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and who meet other ...

Don't Wait: RU to Offer Parking Passes for Commencement

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Rutgers University seniors who want parking passes for the commencement ceremony should act soon, according to an announcement from the school.

Members of the Class of 2017 may receive two parking passes for the celebration at no cost. To do that, they must register online between 10 a.m. March 20 and 9 a.m. April 17, according to Rutgers.

Earlier this year, ...

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Letter: Endangered Species Act is Endangered

March 29, 2017

Dear Editor:

New Jersey Audubon is deeply concerned about ongoing efforts on Capitol Hill to undermine the Endangered Species Act – a law passed by near-unanimous, bi-partisan support in 1973 - which works to recover threatened and endangered species. 

The attempts to roll-back the Act, if successful, would gravely threaten our incredible wildlife across America. There is no ...

Master Gardeners Offer Workshop on “Successful Gardens in Small Spaces”

March 27, 2017

EARTH CENTER - Warm weather is just around the corner, and soon it will be time to start planting fruits and vegetables. If you would like to grow fresh produce at home, but aren’t sure if you have enough room for planting, join the Master Gardeners of Middlesex County for an upcoming workshop titled, Successful Gardens in Small Spaces.

This FREE workshop is scheduled ...