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Paintball Attack Blocks Away From Rutgers Campus, Police Say

February 13, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A group of so-called Rutgers affiliates were attacked with paintballs several blocks away from campus on Monday evening, authorities said.

The victims were walking through the area of Bristol Street between Guilden and Delafield Streets at around 6 p.m. on Feb. 12, when they were attacked with paintballs, according to a university-wide statement from the Rutgers police ...

New Brunswick Off-Duty Cop Charged in Bar Fight Near Rutgers Campus

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A New Brunswick cop has been charged in connection with a fight at a popular college hang-out, authorities announced on Feb. 8.

While off duty, Anthony Jones, a New Brunswick police officer, was involved in a scuffle while inside the Golden Rail Tavern on Easton Ave., on Jan. 21, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey.

The bar, adjacent to the College ...

New Brunswick High School Fight Caught on Camera

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A fight between several New Brunswick high school students was captured on camera by a local student and posted to social media.

The 11 second video depicts a group of students engaged in a brawl. One student can be seen pummeling another student in the head, while that student is curled in a fetal position, according to the video.

Another student can be seen laying on ...

New Brunswick Charter School Teachers Rally Over Contract Issues

February 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Teachers and management of the Greater Brunswick Charter School are at an impasse over the terms of a new contract.

The charter school’s 53 educators, represented by the Brunswick Charter Education Association, have been without a contract since July 1, 2017. The school’s educators are responsible for teaching ​an estimated 400 students who attend the K-8 ...

As Black History Month Begins, A War Hero’s Memory Lives On

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - As was the case for African American men during the First World War, Richard O. Goines was officially barred from any combat role.

It didn’t stop Goines from signing up. And so he became one of 250 men from New Jersey who served in the decorated  “Harlem Hellfighters,” a segregated​ "​colored​"​ unit, officially called the 369th ...

New Brunswick Library to Unveil English for Beginners Program

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city library will be unveiling an English for beginner's program, thanks to a $10,000 grant from the American Library Association (ALA). 

ALA officials announced New Brunswick's grant in a Jan. 26 press statement, along with 19 other libraries across the country. New Jersey's only other library to get the grant was the Princeton Public ...

Gov. Phil Murphy Hosts Mayors Roundtable in New Brunswick

February 16, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios welcomed New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick on Feb. 14, as the Governor hosted mayors from throughout the County for a roundtable discussion on critical issues facing the County’s towns and residents.

“I am very excited that you have come here to discuss priorities and how ...

New Year, New Parks in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The City of New Brunswick is proud to announce the next phase of an initiative to renew and re-energize our parks system.

As part of the City’s Healthier New Brunswick strategic action plan, a team of professionals in research, planning and government joined together to comprehensively review the City park system for the purpose of maximizing its benefits for all ...

Rutgers, Highland Park DREAMer to Accompany Congressman to State of the Union​ Address

​NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - The president’s first​-​ever ​State of the Union​ Address​ will serve as a​n opportunity for members of Congress to bring along constituents whom they feel represent vital issues ​back home.

At least nine such representatives from the New York metro area have announced plans to do so; ranging from women’s issues to ...

East Brunswick Business Owner Sues to Stop New Hotel Going Up in New Brunswick

February 15, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -The owners of an East Brunswick hotel are suing to halt the construction of another such establishment a few miles away in New Brunswick.

Shan & Dylan LLC, who own a Comfort Suites just off Route 18, filed suit in an effort to press the New Brunswick Planning Board to rescind its approval of the four-story hotel, which ​was issued in November.

That proposal calls for ...

Rutgers College Ave Starbucks Scheduled to Reopen Feb. 19

February 14, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers students won’t need to venture that far off campus to get their Starbucks fix.

The Starbucks at The Yard@College Avenue, located at the corner of College Avenue and Hamilton Street, will reopen on Feb. 19, a Starbucks spokesperson confirmed in an email.

The site had been closed for the entire Fall 2017 academic semester, following contractual issues between ...

TAPinto.net Named Partner of the Year by NJ News Commons

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -  TAPinto.net has been named Partner of the Year by NJ News Commons, a network of more than 230 news organizations across New Jersey.  The award goes to a journalist or news organization that showed overall excellence in their work for 2017.    

Joe Amditis, Associate Director of the Center for Cooperative Media, said TAPinto won the award ...

TAPinto.net Sets All-Time Monthly Traffic Record With More Than 2.3M Pageviews In January 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - In January 2018, TAPinto.net set an all-time record for the most traffic in any single month since its inception 9 years ago.   

From Jan. 1, 2018 to Jan. 31, 2018, TAPinto registered 913,468 readers and 2,328,707 pageviews, up from 799,995 readers and 1,934,413 pageviews during the same period a year ago. 

"Since Facebook relegated news to ...

Five Last-Minute Dates For Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - We’re all busy people and we forget things sometimes. So if you forgot  to make a reservation at ​your favorite New Brunswick​ restaurant that’s been booked for weeks​,​ you can still make it look like you had a ​fully ​planned evening with your significant other​.

Courtesy of your friends at TAPInto New Brunswick, here are our  ...

Nine Events Happening in New Brunswick This Week

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Valentine’s Day is this week and love is in the air. New Brunswick has something for you and that special someone.

Monday Jan. 12

ProPublica and The Florida Times will be unveiling the findings of their investigative series, “Walking While Black,” in this informative lecture. Reporters Topher Sanders and Ben Conarck will be on hand to answer questions ...

Court Tavern Musicians Bid Farewell to Smithereens Singer Pat DiNizio

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Two of the founding members of the Smithereens came to the Court Tavern on Saturday evening to pay tribute to the late Pat DiNizio, the band’s lead singer, who passed away in December.

The Feb. 3, Saturday evening concert, titled “Blood & Roses: The Court Tavern Memorial Tribute to Pat DiNizio,” featured covers of 15 of the alternative band’s ...

Verizon Features Vets4Warriors on FiOS 1 News

February 12, 2018

Fatima Aguilar’s first day on the job at Vets4Warriors was anything but normal. A military veteran serving as a Second Lieutenant with the New Jersey National Guard, she found herself in a potential suicide crisis situation as soon as she hit the phones.

“I started around three and a half years ago on the overnight shift, and my very first call was a US Marine veteran who was on a ...

New Brunswick Community Chips in for Lifetime Resident, Activist With Many Hats

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A longtime local resident and community activist, Brian Gardner​,​ has worn many hats as he’s found ways to be involved with the city.

Soon after graduating high school, he found a job as a maintenance worker at the New Brunswick Free Public library, where he worked his way up to children’s services, where he mentored hundreds of youth.

And then five ...

Point-in-Time Event at Elijah's Promise Helps Area Homeless

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Dozens of homeless gathered at Elijah’s Promise, the city’s prominent soup kitchen, for the Point-In-Time Survey, a nationwide census on America’s homeless.

All 21 counties across New Jersey are taking part on Jan. 24 to administer the survey. Elijah’s Promise was one of three agencies coordinating the roll-out of the survey in Middlesex County, the ...

Saint Peter's Hospital Rolls Out "Go Red Health Village," for Women's Health

February 5, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ-- Hundreds of women stopped by Saint Peter’s University Hospital on Friday, Feb. 2, for Go Red Day. 

During the nationwide event, women from across the country wear red to raise awareness and funds for women's coronary health. 

Saint Peter's, to get involved every year, holds free nutrition counseling and health screenings for blood pressure, ...

NJ Deputy Health Commissioner at New Brunswick, Reminding You to Get Vaccinated

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Flu season is well underway, and having claimed the life of a four year old New Jersey girl, it's poised to be one of the worst in years. 

But there's one weapon in your arsenal against this year's flu season; the flu vaccine. 

To drive that point home, NJ Principal Deputy Commissioner of Health Jackie Cornell went to the Eric B.

New Brunswick Prison Reentry Site to Open February

February 14, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The New Jersey Reentry Corporation (NJRC), a nonprofit agency serving court-involved individuals, is pleased to announce the grand opening a new reentry site in Middlesex County on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m.

NJRC's new office will be at 57 Livingston Ave. During the opening, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin will offer remarks and cut the ribbon. NJRC ...

Highland Park Cop Charged in New Year's Drunk Driving Incident

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ - A Highland Park off-duty cop has been charged in a New Years Eve drunk-driving incident which left three people seriously injured, authorities announced on Wednesday.

Norman E. Brown, 44 of Perth Amboy, faces charges of assault by auto and driving while intoxicated, according to a statement from Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey and Woodbridge Policy Director Robert ...

New Brunswick Police Lieutenant Demoted, Report Says

NEW BRUNSWICK, - A New Brunswick police lieutenant was demoted to sergeant following a Jan. 2017 internal affairs review, public records show.

City officials confirmed at the Feb. 7, 2018 city council meeting that William Oels III was the officer who had been demoted.

But they declined to discuss Oels’ demotion at the meeting, citing a policy to not discuss personnel matters in ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - February 16, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

E STREET - While a tired nation is demanding gun control (yet again), Springsteen guitarist Stevie Van Zandt is having none of it. No stranger to political opinions, the New Jersey icon tweeted "What happened to us? We are averaging 2 school shootings per week AND WE DO NOTHING ABOUT IT!" Many tone-deaf politicians on Capitol Hill ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 15, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

TRENTON - As state lawmakers are set to announce a bill at 11 a.m. to decriminalize pot - an issue that has consumed the Statehouse -  the Record is reporting on an often-ignored issue: the state's ridiculously antiquated liquor laws. For example, supermarkets in the state can only have up to two liquor licenses, stemming ...

The Jaffe Briefing - February 14, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

ON AIR - Gov. Phil Murphy had his very first "Ask the Governor" monthly program last night. He appeared on News 12 New Jersey to field your questions about all things New Jersey. Impossible to recap an hour segment. Of course, we will try: New Jersey should be a better place to retire. The state pension mess will be solved.

The Jaffe Briefing - February 13, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

ON THE RAILS - Perhaps Donald Trump is still ticked that New Jerseyans had no interest in his team, the New Jersey Generals, which played football in the now-defunct USFL. Or, perhaps he is angry we didn't frequent his now-defunct casinos in Atlantic City. Or, perhaps he is seeking revenge for the fact that 546,345 more New Jerseyans voted for ...

The Jaffe Briefing - February 12, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

ON THE RAILS - Anyone who commutes by train should be laser focused on Donald Trump today. Not to capture the latest buffoonery, but because the President is unveiling his long-awaited infrastructure plan. Will this "master of the deal" step up and deliver the $15 billion of so that was promised for the Gateway Tunnel project? Or will he play ...

The Jaffe Briefing - February 9, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

LEONIA - You can't make everyone happy. That's the message for Leonia officials, who solved one issue, and are now dealing with another. First, they appeased residents by blocking George Washington Bridge traffic from heading down 60 local streets. But now, as the Record reports, local businesses are breathing fire because, well, the ...

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Don’t Blame Hurricanes for Most Big Storm Surges in Northeast

February 16, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Hurricanes spawn most of the largest storm surges in the northeastern U.S., right? Wrong, according to a study by Rutgers University–New Brunswick scientists.

Extratropical cyclones, including nor’easters and other non-tropical storms, generate most of the large storm surges in the Northeast, according to the study in the Journal of ...

Criminal Charges for Rutgers Student Protesters From $15 Min. Wage Campaign

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Police have issued charges to a dozen of the Rutgers University student activists who disrupted a public meeting in December.

The students, from the Rutgers chapter of United Students Against Sweatshops, disrupted the Dec. 12 Board of Trustees meeting as part of their campaign for a university-wide $15 minimum wage.

As the meeting started, students pushed through a rope ...

Rutgers-New Brunswick to Exhibit Papers of Sen. Frank Lautenberg

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey’s longest-serving U.S. senator, left an outsize imprint on state politics and national policy by the time he died while in office, in 2013.

His papers, now curated and maintained by the Rutgers University Libraries, encompass 2,250 boxes of hats, buttons, campaign stickers, vinyl records, paper documents and other artifacts that, laid end ...

Verizon Features Vets4Warriors on FiOS 1 News

February 12, 2018

Fatima Aguilar’s first day on the job at Vets4Warriors was anything but normal. A military veteran serving as a Second Lieutenant with the New Jersey National Guard, she found herself in a potential suicide crisis situation as soon as she hit the phones.

“I started around three and a half years ago on the overnight shift, and my very first call was a US Marine veteran who was on a ...

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Letter to the Editor: Low-Income Families Who Need Safe Cribs Have Nowhere to Go

February 15, 2018

One recent email came from a pastor in East Orange, sharing the struggles of a young couple who have no safe place for their baby to sleep.

Then, there was also a phone call from a Newark hospital, making its fourth request in two years, as well as a frantic text from Puerto Rico, for a family who lost everything in the hurricane.

They all pleaded for the same thing: A safe crib for a ...

Somerset Patriots Sign Frontier League All-Star RHP Randy McCurry

February 17, 2018

The Somerset Patriots have announced the signing of right-handed relief pitcher Randy McCurry for the 2018 season.

“I’m excited to play in the Atlantic League this year,” said McCurry. “It’ll be a transition for me but I am ready to face some really good competition and help the team win.”

McCurry enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and ...