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French Street farmer's market opens for business after hit and run smashes store

October 17, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - After a hit and run early Saturday morning left the New Brunswick Farmer’s Market heavily damaged, the store started resuming normal operations.

Business was as usual starting the morning of Sunday, October 15, said Jin Kim, owner of the farmer’s market, although patrons have been slow to come back in.

Kim attributed the low turn-out to many ...

Rutgers student sexually assaulted in College Avenue dorm room

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A female student affiliated with the university was reportedly sexually assaulted when a man randomly walked into her dorm room on October 13, according to police.

The assault happened at around 4:30 p.m. in Mettler Hall on College Avenue, Rutgers police said in a university-wide crime alert.

The victim was sitting in her room with the door open, when an unknown man ...

South Brunswick Police Offering Reward For Gas Station Shooting Information

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Police, in conjunction with Middlesex County, are offering a reward for information regarding Sunday morning’s shooting during a botched robbery at a Route 27 gas station that left the attendant in serious condition.

In a press release Monday afternoon, Chief of Police Raymond Hayducka said the department is offering a reward for information about the robbery ...

A Night to Celebrate Success on the PARCC Test

October 19, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Board of Education meeting on October 17 celebrated the success of city students who have done well on the PARCC standardized testing.

About 450 students and their families packed the auditorium at New Brunswick High School to celebrate achievement, as the school district works to continually improve the overall performance on the annual testing. Each child, in ...

School bus driver charged with leaving special needs boy on bus for 4 hours

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A New Brunswick school bus driver is being held in jail over charges of child endangerment after allegedly leaving a 9-year-old boy with autism on a school bus for four hours, authorities announced on October 13.

The suspect, 60-year-old New Brunswick resident Hardy Sannoh, is accused of abandoning the child on the school bus on October 12, according to a joint ...

Four water sources with high levels of lead being replaced, school officials said

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Four water sources in the city’s schools are being replaced or upgraded after testing positive for high levels of lead this June, according to district superintendent Aubrey Johnson.

One fountain has been removed, and another is being replaced, Johnson said, while the other two are having filtration systems added.

Officials will then re-test water samples from the ...

October 17 is the election registration deadline. Here's what you need to know

October 17, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Tuesday, October 17 is the last day for voters in New Brunswick to register for the elections on November 7.

While the gubernatorial race between Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Kim Guadagno is the main event, there’s still a lot of action going on at the local level.

Voter registration forms are available at the New Jersey Department of State website. You ...

Legislators and activists demand tougher gun laws

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Congressional representatives, local leaders and advocates gathered on the steps of New Brunswick City Hall on October 6 to make the case for more stringent, nationwide gun regulations in the midst of the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Congress members Frank Pallone and Bonnie Watson Coleman demanded action, joined by Assemblyman Reed Gusciora and area ...

Feds probing $1 million in spending by "troubled" housing authority

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Federal officials are probing the New Brunswick Housing Authority (NBHA) over $1 million it may have improperly spent, and are pushing the authority to turn over all documents related to those expenditures.

According to a federal report by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the authority failed to follow the proper procedures for purchasing goods and ...

Rutgers Football hit with NCAA sanctions, escapes harsher penalties

September 23, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - As the Rutgers football team prepares for its game today against the University of Nebraska, the talk among the faithful is a two-year probation period for the struggling program.

The NCAA's Division I Committee on Infractions panel ruled the university failed to monitor its football program, the NCAA announced Friday afternoon.

The penalties fell short of ...

New Brunswick Plows Ahead with Amazon Proposal

October 18, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Newark may have gotten the state’s stamp of approval for the Amazon HQ2, but local officials say the Hub City still has what it takes.

The New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO) submitted its application directly to Amazon on Tuesday, October 17, said Chris Paladino, DEVCO’s president, adding that he was “very proud” of the ...

Developers propose new hotel at Route 18-US 1 intersection

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city planning board is considering proposals for a four-story hotel on Route 18 north.

Highview Hospitality NB, LLC, based in Red Bank, is looking to build the 109 room hotel on 19 Route 18 North, on the traffic circle surrounded by the US 1 North - Route 18 North interchange.

Initially, the plans would have gone before the board at its October 16 meeting. However, ...

Luxury Apartment Complex Built on former Seward Johnson Estate in Highland Park Opens

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ - The Merriewold at Highland Park, a 196-unit luxury apartment complex on a bluff overlooking the Raritan River, opened its doors to the community with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday.

The complex was designed to blend in architecturally with the fabled Merriewold Castle, which was built on the property in 1926 by Seward Johnson, the son of New Brunswick-based ...

New Brunswick Plows Ahead with Amazon Proposal

October 18, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Newark may have gotten the state’s stamp of approval for the Amazon HQ2, but local officials say the Hub City still has what it takes.

The New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO) submitted its application directly to Amazon on Tuesday, October 17, said Chris Paladino, DEVCO’s president, adding that he was “very proud” of the ...

On the Hunt for Records—and Some Magic—in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The interior of Spina Records looks like it could pass for a very over-the-top friend's basement music collection.

Boxes of records fill the room, and more recognizable album covers—from acts like Metallica, The Smiths and Prince—line the walls. Antiques and novelty items, like a ceramic dog and a pair of antlers, fill whatever space is left. And the ...

October 17 is the election registration deadline. Here's what you need to know

October 17, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Tuesday, October 17 is the last day for voters in New Brunswick to register for the elections on November 7.

While the gubernatorial race between Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Kim Guadagno is the main event, there’s still a lot of action going on at the local level.

Voter registration forms are available at the New Jersey Department of State website. You ...

Former President Obama to visit Newark to campaign for Murphy

Former U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to roll into downtown Newark on Thursday to campaign for the Democratic New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy as the battle to run New Jersey heats up in the race's final weeks. 

Obama's appearance in New Jersey's largest city less than three weeks before the Nov. 7 election on behalf of Murphy is ...

9 events happening in New Brunswick this week

October 16, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It finally feels like fall, and Halloween is fast approaching, so grab your pumpkin-spice latte and check out some of the Fall-themed and spooky events happening around the Hub City.  (If you have any great upcoming events in New Brunswick, please email me at dmunoz@tapinto.net)

And here we go:

October 17

The Yard @ College Avenue is hosting its annual Fall ...

Raritan River Festival and rubber duck race come to town

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - 2017 Raritan River Festival and Rubber Duck Race ths past Sunday, Sept. 24 at Boyd Park. The rubber duck race is hosted by the Beez Foundation, a group committed to funds to support research for pediatric brain cancer, awareness and support for individuals and their families affected by the disease. The group also honors the legacy of Jennifer Beisswanger, daughter ...

10 events going on in New Brunswick this week

The weekend is over and Monday is here. But with plenty going on in the Hub City, you’ll find lots to do this week.

Tuesday, Oct. 10

New Jersey Gubernatorial Debate Watch at The Yard @ College Ave, 40 College Avenue. Pre-debate activities at 6:30 p.m. and debate at 7 p.m. Featuring food, trivia and prizes. There are plenty of issues for the two leading candidates ...

Hub City kicks off first Oktoberfest in decades

October 8, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Hub City held its first annual Oktoberfest in nearly 30 years, starting off new tradition for New Brunswick.

Several blocks of George Street and a portion of Bayard Street were closed off to cars, as pedestrians took to the streets for the Oktoberfest.

At one end of the street, musicians from a variety of local bands performed on stage. At the other end, fairgoers ...

City market reviving Hub City tradition this weekend

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Hub City is hoping to revive an annual tradition with the introduction of its first Oktoberfest in nearly 30 years.

On Saturday, October 7, from noon to five, patrons can stroll along George and Bayard streets and take part in a variety of autumn and Oktoberfest-themed flair.

The last Oktoberfest in New Brunswick was in 1989 and had already been in its ...

Amazon Donates Kindles to Non-Profit Group Dedicated to Helping Edison Families

October 13, 2017

EDISON, NJ - Amazon joined with Edison Mayor Tom Lankey to present 42 Kindles and an Amazon Echo to leaders of Edison Community Action Reaches Everyone, Inc. (C.A.R.E.), a non-profit organization that helps reduce the socio-economic and emotional barriers affecting local students.

Ryan Smith, General Manager of the Amazon Fulfillment Center that will be opening in Edison this fall, ...

Hub City honors domestic violence victims and survivors with candlelight vigil

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Hub City came together on October 11 for a candlelight vigil at the United Methodist Church, to honor those who’ve been affected by domestic abuse.

In attendance were New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill, Highland Park Mayor Gayle Brill Mittler, and Assemblyman Joe Danielsen, who represents New Brunswick in the State Assembly.

Maliha Janjua, Director of Client ...

Grab a Buddy and Go Get Muddy: 40th Annual East Brunswick Road Races and Your First Mud Run October 15

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ– The Township of East Brunswick and the Raritan Valley Road Runners are sponsoring the 40th Annual East Brunswick Road Races.  Participants will enjoy a Kids Dash, a 1-Mile Fun Run, and a 5K and 10K race.  This popular community event will be held at the Community Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Road on Sunday, October 15, 2017. 

Registration will begin at ...

Biden Comes to New Brunswick with Frank Discussion About Sexual Assault

October 12, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Joe Biden called upon Rutgers University students to take an active stance to end sexual assault during a  discussion October 12 visit to the university.

The former vice president was on campus speaking for the “It’s On Us” nationwide campaign against sexual assault on college campuses.

An estimated 1,000 students and Rutgers affiliates attended, ...

Four water sources with high levels of lead being replaced, school officials said

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Four water sources in the city’s schools are being replaced or upgraded after testing positive for high levels of lead this June, according to district superintendent Aubrey Johnson.

One fountain has been removed, and another is being replaced, Johnson said, while the other two are having filtration systems added.

Officials will then re-test water samples from the ...

How Neurosurgery Helped Me Cope with Parkinson’s Disease

I was attracting unwanted attention again. My head would not stop moving. It swiveled side to side while my body wiggled.

It was April 2014. I was trying to watch my daughter’s kindergarten teacher get married inside a beautiful church in South Orange. I couldn’t stand still.

"I have Parkinson’s," I whispered to a woman who I thought was sympathetically looking ...

French Street farmer's market opens for business after hit and run smashes store

October 17, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - After a hit and run early Saturday morning left the New Brunswick Farmer’s Market heavily damaged, the store started resuming normal operations.

Business was as usual starting the morning of Sunday, October 15, said Jin Kim, owner of the farmer’s market, although patrons have been slow to come back in.

Kim attributed the low turn-out to many ...

Franklin man sentenced to 23 years in prison for Highland Park sexual assault

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ - A Franklin Township man must serve 23 years in prison and register as a sex offender after assaulting a Highland Park woman in February, authorities announced on October 16.

On February 19, Brandon Cox, 23 of the Somerset section of Franklin Township, approached a mother who was walking her child, outside the Harper Avenue apartments in Highland Park, Middlesex County ...

Legislators and activists demand tougher gun laws

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Congressional representatives, local leaders and advocates gathered on the steps of New Brunswick City Hall on October 6 to make the case for more stringent, nationwide gun regulations in the midst of the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Congress members Frank Pallone and Bonnie Watson Coleman demanded action, joined by Assemblyman Reed Gusciora and area ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - October 19, 2017

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL - There was actually some substantive discussion in last night's scrappy gubernatorial debate about the state pension fund, currently about $66 billion underfunded. The fund would swallow up about $5 billion in the state treasury, if there was money to fully fund it. Phil Murphy wants to shore up the pension, somehow, and then ...

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New Brunswick Plows Ahead with Amazon Proposal

October 18, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Newark may have gotten the state’s stamp of approval for the Amazon HQ2, but local officials say the Hub City still has what it takes.

The New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO) submitted its application directly to Amazon on Tuesday, October 17, said Chris Paladino, DEVCO’s president, adding that he was “very proud” of the ...

Rutgers student sexually assaulted in College Avenue dorm room

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A female student affiliated with the university was reportedly sexually assaulted when a man randomly walked into her dorm room on October 13, according to police.

The assault happened at around 4:30 p.m. in Mettler Hall on College Avenue, Rutgers police said in a university-wide crime alert.

The victim was sitting in her room with the door open, when an unknown man ...

University eyeing former VP as potential commencement speaker

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Following the appearance of former Vice President Joe Biden at the Rutgers College Avenue Gym on October 12, the university is eyeing Biden as the potential 2018 commencement speaker.

The former vice president had dropped the rumor while taking selfies with students following his appearance, according to a post on the Rutgers subreddit.

Rutgers officials confirmed ...

South Brunswick Police Offering Reward For Gas Station Shooting Information

October 16, 2017

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Police, in conjunction with Middlesex County, are offering a reward for information regarding Sunday morning’s shooting during a botched robbery at a Route 27 gas station that left the attendant in serious condition.

In a press release Monday afternoon, Chief of Police Raymond Hayducka said the department is offering a reward for information about the robbery ...

OPINION

A Call to Action on Healthcare

September 24, 2017

Dear TAPInto New Brunswick,

On July 29, 2016, one week after my 41st birthday, with no warning, I experienced a Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection. SCAD is an uncommon heart condition that causes arteries in the heart to tear, leading to a blockage of the artery, and, in my case, a heart attack.  I HAVE NO KNOWN RISK FACTORS FOR HEART DISEASE.  

I am a mother of two young ...

Construction funding of the North Brunswick Train Station to be Announced

October 19, 2017

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - County, state and local officials will be holding a press conference at The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille in North Brunswick on October 28 at 4 p.m. to announce funding for the construction of the new North Brunswick Tration station and commter parking lot. 

Speakers will include State Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney, NJ State Senator Bob ...

No Government Shutdown for Now, But Medicaid Remains at Risk

October 2, 2017

While federal lawmakers avoided a government shutdown this fall, the next budget battle is just months away. Because Congress approved only a short-term fix, leaders will need to once again negotiate a spending plan and the debt ceiling.

Despite the recent bipartisan deal, Medicaid remains a primary target for budget cuts.

People with disabilities, advocates, and concerned citizens deserve ...