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South Brunswick Police Need Your Help

July 12, 2018

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - South Brunswick Police have received video of the ATM heist from the gas station on Route 1. 

Officer Brooke Goetz and Jamal Benbow worked with gas station management to review surveillance video of the station. Officers observed two suspects break into the lobby at 2:38am Saturday morning and load the ATM machine into a van. The ATM may have contained $500 in ...

Prosecutor: Body of Man Found in Franklin is Homicide Victim

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – Police have determined that the body of a man found in a wooded area off Phillips Road Sunday night is the victim of a homicide.

Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson identified the victim as Darren Fordham, 26 of Somerset.

Fordham suffered multiple gunshot wounds, according to Robertson, who gave the following account:

A 911 emergency call was ...

Police locate 14-year-old girl

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Police issued an alert early Thursday seeking help in locating a girl who was reported missing.

Alma Garcia, 14, was found before 8:30 a.m. Thursday, after last seen about 7 a.m. Wednesday in the area of Sanford Street and Commercial Avenue.

The girl’s mother had found self-inflicted cuts on the youth’s left arm, and the words “Help me” cut ...

Rutgers Hikes Tuition, Student Fees for 2018-2019 Academic Year

July 18, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University Board of Governors today approved a 2.3 percent hike in tuition and fees, as well as increases for dorm rooms and meals, for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The increase now brings the annual cost for undergraduate students to $14,975, which is $337 more than this past school year.

Student housing will increase 1.9 percent, and ...

MCVTS Graduates 469 Students in Ceremonies on Five Campuses

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - The Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools granted diplomas to 469 students in graduation ceremonies held simultaneously on all five campuses on June 27.

“I know that all of the people here have been a part of your journey and they are all still committed to you,” Middlesex County Freeholder Shanti Narra said before a packed auditorium on the MCVTS ...

Somerville: Immaculata High School Names Joan Silo Head of School

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ – A 16-year veteran of Catholic school education has been named the new head of school for Immaculata High School.

Joan Silo, Ed.S., most recently principal at St. Helen Catholic School in Vero Beach, Fla., will begin her new role on July 16, according to Msgr. Seamus F. Brennan, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish and director of Immaculata High School.

In ...

East Brunswick Zoning Board Meeting Attracts a Crowd with Many Concerns

July 17, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -Nearly 600 residents of East Brunswick and Spotswood turned out for the East Brunswick Zoning Board meeting on Monday to have their questions answered regarding the proposed development at the intersection of Summerhill Road and Old Stage Road. 

Seats filled quickly at the JoAnn Magistro Performing Arts Center in Hammarskjold School, as activists and ...

17 Fascinating Facts About Rutgers Athletics

July 10, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - For all the critics of the athletics program at New Jersey’s largest public university, there are more than a dozen reasons to cheer for successes of the sports programs and teams on the playing fields, in classrooms and beyond.

Here are 17 on the field and off the field things this took place this past academic year at Rutgers University:

1. Rutgers had four ...

RU Ready for Rutgers Football? Tickets on Sale July 12

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - There's a lot of promotions planned this fall as part of the Rutgers football season.

Single game tickets go on sale Thursday, July 12, with seven home games. There's matchups against Big Ten East opponents Michigan and Penn State, and a first-time cross divisional meeting with Northwestern.

If football is not your thing, there's plenty ...

Tune-in: Piscataway Residents Join 60 Team New Jersey Athletes at 2018 Special Olympics USA Games

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – Piscataway residents, Nicholas Buchek and Louis Fowlkes are two of sixty Team New Jersey athletes and Unified partners headed to Seattle for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, states a news release.

From July 1-6, Team New Jersey will join thousands of Special Olympics athletes and coaches from across the nation, along with tens of thousands of volunteers, family ...

Are You a Playwright? Playhouse 22 has a Stage for You

July 18, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Playhouse 22 is now accepting submissions for the "Third Thursday Play Reading Series." After having much success and interest this past season with play readings, the local theater company has decided to continue this in our 2018-2019 season.

​The play readings will be performed on the third Thursday of each month throughout ...

Festival of the Sea at St. Francis in Brant Beach August 8-12

BRANT BEACH - Everyone enjoys the excitement of a summer carnival.  It brings out the child in all of us.  Since 1975, St. Francis of Assisi Parish has been hosting the Festival of the Sea Carnival, annually.   The Festival of the Sea begins Wednesday, August 8, and continues through Sunday, August 12. The carnival will be open nightly (weather permitting) from 6:00 to ...

Somerville: Gallery Hosts Photo Society's 90th Anniversary Exhibit

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Arts on Division is presenting “Visions of Raritan Photographic Society – A Celebration of 90 years” from Thursday, July 19 to Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018 at the Gallery on Division, 15B Division Street.

The Raritan Photographic Society, founded in 1929, is the oldest photography club in New Jersey. The exhibit celebrates the organization's 90 years ...

Festival of the Sea at St. Francis in Brant Beach August 8-12

July 16, 2018

BRANT BEACH - Everyone enjoys the excitement of a summer carnival.  It brings out the child in all of us.  Since 1975, St. Francis of Assisi Parish has been hosting the Festival of the Sea Carnival, annually.   The Festival of the Sea begins Wednesday, August 8, and continues through Sunday, August 12. The carnival will be open nightly (weather permitting) from 6:00 to ...

It's the Third of July, Chris Fritz and the Impulsives Lead Tuesday's Night Entertainment Opportunities on Long Beach Island and in Stafford

LONG BEACH ISLAND –Tuesday entertainment headlines with a free concert from 7-9 p.m. at Bayview Park in Long Beach Township.  Chris Fritz and the Impulsives are performing  Visitors are reminded to bring a beach chair, a cooler to enjoy the concert and beautiful sunset at the bay. 

Here is the list of Tuesday',s additional entertainment options in Stafford ...

LBI Summer Soiree "Boardwalk Nights" on Friday, August 10 at the Sea Shell Resort and Beach Club to Benefit David's Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation

BEACH HAVEN, NJ - On August 10, the inaugural LBI Summer Soiree “Boardwalk Nights” (formerly Island Gala) will take  to the breathtaking Sea Shell Resort & Beach Club on Friday, August 10 to benefit David's Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation.

The LBI Summer Soiree is brought to you by key supporting company D. Finelli Construction. David Finelli was ...

Festival of the Sea at St. Francis in Brant Beach August 8-12

July 16, 2018

BRANT BEACH - Everyone enjoys the excitement of a summer carnival.  It brings out the child in all of us.  Since 1975, St. Francis of Assisi Parish has been hosting the Festival of the Sea Carnival, annually.   The Festival of the Sea begins Wednesday, August 8, and continues through Sunday, August 12. The carnival will be open nightly (weather permitting) from 6:00 to ...

Summer Benefit On Tap To Help Longtime Spotswood School District Kindergarten Teacher With Cancer

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The borough's Polish American Club will be the site for the Fight the Fight for Janice benefit on Saturday, July 28 at 3 p.m. The event is to help Janice Cooper, a longtime kindergarten teacher at the Spotswood School District's Schoenly School, in her fight against colon cancer.

Cooper was diagnosed prior to the start of the 2016-17 school year shortly after learning ...

LBI Summer Soiree "Boardwalk Nights" on Friday, August 10 at the Sea Shell Resort and Beach Club to Benefit David's Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation

BEACH HAVEN, NJ - On August 10, the inaugural LBI Summer Soiree “Boardwalk Nights” (formerly Island Gala) will take  to the breathtaking Sea Shell Resort & Beach Club on Friday, August 10 to benefit David's Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation.

The LBI Summer Soiree is brought to you by key supporting company D. Finelli Construction. David Finelli was ...

Hillsborough: Mental Health Survivor's Blog Tells It Like It Is

July 13, 2018

BELLE MEAD. NJ - Miranda Bayne was 13 when she began to suffer the first signs of a mental disorder.

That was 12 years ago. Now, numerous hospitalizations and life crises later, she is a brave and passionate fighter, not only for herself and her emotional well-being, but for the thousands of others who are just like her.

Bayne credits the Carrier Clinic for giving her this courage and inner ...

Drunken Motorcyclist Causes Death of Passenger

July 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Ruddy Custodio, 30, of Piscataway was charged on July 16, 2018 with vehicular homicide in the second degree caused by driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.  On July 16, 2018, Custodio lost control of the motorcycle he was driving and hit a curb, causing catastrophic injuries that resulted in the death of his passenger Jessica Montes, 28, also of ...

Woodbridge Lawyer Faces 5-year Sentence for $310K Theft from Clients

NEW BRUNSWICK - A Woodbridge lawyer who admitted stealing from two clients over housing deals now faces a five-year prison term and must repay $310,000 to the clients,  authorities said today.

In one case the lawyer, 64-year-old Richard Zuvich, admitted taking the proceeds from the sale of his client’s house, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a statement.

In the ...

Judge Orders Evaluation for Man Accused of Killing Sister

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Superior Court judge has ordered psychological evaluation for a man who was extradited from Canada to face charges for the October 2017 fatal shooting of his sister.

During a court hearing today, Judge Michael Toto granted a defense attorney's request to have the suspect, Arun Aftab, 34, of Perth Amboy, be evaluated, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - July 18, 2018

STATEWIDE - One business in Pleasantville has flooded 32 different times since the early 1990s, and rebuilt each time with taxpayer money. A single-family home in North Wildwood has been flooded and rebuilt 23 times, again, on your dime. NJ.com reports that New Jersey is filled with 3,330 properties that have routinely flooded since the 1970s, some as many as 20 or more times, yet ...

The Jaffe Briefing - July 17, 2018

CAPE MAY - Call it a slow news day, nationwide, as the story of a lost dog somehow hit all the news wires. The pug named "Bean" escaped its owner's rental house over the weekend and wandered around backyards before police scooped it up on New Jersey Avenue. Cape May cops, likely not overrun with rampant crime from the bed-and-breakfast set, had plenty of time to post the ...

The Jaffe Briefing - July 16, 2018

STATEWIDE - No one really wants to talk about it. But every time you turn on a household faucet for tap water, its likely messing with a centuries-old system that's possibly leaching lead. And, because of so many World War I-era systems, some parts of the state have an over-abundance of water, while others easily face drought. Of course, upgrading our water ...

The Jaffe Briefing - July 12, 2018

WAYNE - Honey! Cancel our Aug. 9th anniversary dinner! I've got other plans! That's the night you can join this bozo and scores of others at "Lace," a Wayne "gentleman's club" where America's favorite tramp - Stormy Daniels - will strip live and in person. Stop at the bank, trade in your wad of 20s for stacks of singles.

The Jaffe Briefing - July 11, 2018

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL - There's a Democratic primary in New York between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and "Sex in the City" star Cynthia Nixon. And why do we care? Because our governor is not blindly throwing his support behind Cuomo in the race, reports New Jersey Globe. "We're not getting involved in that," Murphy said, when asked who he supports, admitting he ...

The Jaffe Briefing - July 9, 2018

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL - It looks like Republicans aspiring for federal office have found a talking point to slam Democrats with: the new, $37.4 billion state budget under Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy. It has millions in tax increases, NJ.com reports, and those Republicans running for Congress want to show New Jersey voters how reckless those tax-crazy Democrats can be.

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Rutgers Prof to Climb Alps for Climate Change Study on Glaciers

July 18, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Lauren Neitzke Adamo has long enjoyed hiking along trails and through forests and over rock formations largely to see the natural surroundings.

“I’ve been a huge science nerd all my life,” said Adamo, who has a doctorate degree and is co-director of the Rutgers University Geology museum in New Brunswick.

Next month Adamo will head to the Swiss Alps ...

RU ready for RU Brewfest?

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - There's a lot of promotions planned this fall, as part of the Rutgers football season.

Single game tickets go on sale Thursday, July 12, with seven home games. There's matchups against Big Ten East opponents Michigan and Penn State, and a first-time cross divisional meeting with Northwestern.

If football is not your thing, there's plenty else ...

New Brunswick Man Charged in Sex Assault of Ex-Girlfriend

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A city man was arrested today and charged with sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend and assaulting a bystander who tried to intervene, Rutgers University police said.

Frank Ferraro, 26, was arrested and charged with sexual assault and aggravated assault, university police said.

They said the victim was attacked about 5:27 p.m. Tuesday, July 3,  at the ...

Woodbridge Lawyer Faces 5-year Sentence for $310K Theft from Clients

July 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - A Woodbridge lawyer who admitted stealing from two clients over housing deals now faces a five-year prison term and must repay $310,000 to the clients,  authorities said today.

In one case the lawyer, 64-year-old Richard Zuvich, admitted taking the proceeds from the sale of his client’s house, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a statement.

In the ...

OPINION

To Our Current and Future Representatives

July 17, 2018

To Our Current and Future Representatives - Wherever They May Be:

We can never forget we are a nation of immigrants. 

We cannot fall prey to fear, ignorance and anger when we  have been historically driven by freedom and justice. 

We must have the courage and will to fight hate, bigotry and prejudice. 

We must not wake up to what we hoped was a bad dream and ...

2018 Asm. Joe Danielsen Backpack Drive Collection

July 13, 2018

After last year’s remarkable success in providing our children with the essentials to begin the new school year, I am pleased to announce that preparations for our Annual Backpack and School Supply Drive are in full swing!

            The collective kindness and generosity shown by the wonderful residents, businesses, and social ...

Make the Call, Save a Life

July 12, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - There is much focus on preventative opioid abuse education. Rightfully so. However, the goal in addressing the opioid epidemic is saving lives. Even if that means just saving one life. While people are becoming increasingly aware of resources relating to rehabilitative services, support groups for friends and family of addicts, and training parents for signs of opioid and ...