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UPDATE: Robert Wood Johnson Takes In Kids from Route 18 Bus Crash

January 17, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - More information has come to light on the two-bus crash yesterday that sent 15 children, including one who was treated for a broken leg, to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

Helicopters flew over Route 18 in East Brunswick yesterday morning as police and firefighters responded to the collision, which occurred on the southbound side of the highway, ...

Rutgers Police Train to Combat On-Campus Shooter

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It’s the kind of training one hopes to never put to use.

The Rutgers University Police Department this week held two drills that simulated what would happen if there were an active shooter on campus. More than 100 RUPD officers, outside law enforcement members and faculty and staff members participated in the programs, which occurred Wednesday around the CAPS building ...

New Brunswick Cop Promoted to Lieutenant

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A longtime city police officer who once nabbed a suspect featured on the TV show “America’s Most Wanted” has been promoted to lieutenant.

Officials formally recognized the promotion of Frank Bertucci, a 22-year veteran of the New Brunswick Police Department, during a Jan. 4 ceremony at City Hall.

The new gig boosts Bertucci’s annual salary ...

Rutgers Helps to Form “Big Data” Alliance

January 18, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Rutgers University is helping to build a team of state colleges and nonprofits known as the New Jersey Big Data Alliance, which aims to find ways to best use the information harnessed from smartphones and computers.

Along with eight other schools, Rutgers recently signed a memorandum of agreement to formally establish the tech-heavy group.

“The signing of the ...

Senate Bill Expands Varsity Letter Eligibility Beyond Athletics

TRENTON, NJ -The Senate Education Committee has passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer) and Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to extend opportunities to earn varsity letters to high school students who participate in competitive activities other than athletics.

“A varsity letter has become a ...

School District Confronts Problems Uncovered by Audit

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - An independent audit of the city school district’s finances over the past year has revealed three issues that officials plan to tackle head-on.

New Brunswick Public Schools Business Administrator Richard Jannarone announced the findings of the district’s auditor, Samuel Klein and Company, during last month’s Board of Education meeting. TAPinto New ...

College Avenue to Undergo Traffic, Parking Changes

January 16, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The latest step in the overhaul of College Avenue is underway.

Last weekend, workers covered 50 New Brunswick Parking Authority meters between Huntington and Hamilton streets with bags, marking much of the parking on College Avenue for removal.

Bike and bus lanes are slated to take the place of those parking spaces, in a move that Rutgers University and city ...

New Brunswick Looks to Improve Downtown Theater and Cultural District

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – One may argue it isn’t exactly Broadway, but New Brunswick’s downtown theater district is on the verge of blossoming into something new.

The city Planning Board this week recommended approval of a 65-page redevelopment plan for properties associated with the New Brunswick Cultural Center, the nonprofit group charged with overseeing the growth of downtown ...

New Brunswick Offers Free Rabies Clinic for Pets

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Want to keep your dog or cat free of rabies this year? Here’s your chance.

New Brunswick is holding a free rabies clinic from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Department of Public Works garage, 400 Jersey Ave.

The city requires dogs and cats to have rabies vaccines that are valid through November. Participants must bring their pet’s renewal ...

Boys Basketball: Determined New Brunswick Loses to Undefeated Scotch Plains-Fanwood

January 16, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- A 10-0 start in high school basketball is a remarkable feat. It's even more remarkable when the team went 21-3 the year before. 

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys' basketball team has accomplished just that after Friday's 59-45 win over a scrappy and determined New Brunswick team, as they match the 1997-98 team for the best start in school ...

What's Going On In New Brunswick This Week?

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It might be cold tonight, but both the weather and the Hub City are heating up. Whether you’re interested in music, tax tips or film, New Brunswick has something good in store for you this week.

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

Monday, Jan. 9

Want to see government and developers in action? The New ...

NJ Devils Spread Cheer to Sick Children

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - They didn’t exactly live up to their name.

Two New Jersey Devils visited 10 RWJBarnabas Health facilities last month, including the Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick. Miles Wood and Nick Lappin, the up-and-coming hockey players, met with more than 60 pediatric patients who ranged in age from birth to 21 years old, according to a press ...

College Avenue to Undergo Traffic, Parking Changes

January 16, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The latest step in the overhaul of College Avenue is underway.

Last weekend, workers covered 50 New Brunswick Parking Authority meters between Huntington and Hamilton streets with bags, marking much of the parking on College Avenue for removal.

Bike and bus lanes are slated to take the place of those parking spaces, in a move that Rutgers University and city ...

New Brunswick Looks to Improve Downtown Theater and Cultural District

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – One may argue it isn’t exactly Broadway, but New Brunswick’s downtown theater district is on the verge of blossoming into something new.

The city Planning Board this week recommended approval of a 65-page redevelopment plan for properties associated with the New Brunswick Cultural Center, the nonprofit group charged with overseeing the growth of downtown ...

Funeral Home Parking Lot Expansion Clears Path for Luxury Apartment Building

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Easton Avenue is one step closer to another change.

The New Brunswick Planning Board approved the Boylan Funeral Home’s application to expand its parking lot last night, during the panel’s Jan. 9 meeting.

That will result in the elimination of the funeral home’s 15-space satellite parking lot across the street, enabling the development in its ...

Rutgers Helps to Form “Big Data” Alliance

January 18, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Rutgers University is helping to build a team of state colleges and nonprofits known as the New Jersey Big Data Alliance, which aims to find ways to best use the information harnessed from smartphones and computers.

Along with eight other schools, Rutgers recently signed a memorandum of agreement to formally establish the tech-heavy group.

“The signing of the ...

New Brunswick Businesses Anticipate Ferren Mall Redevelopment

This is the latest story in an ongoing series about the Ferren Mall redevelopment project.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - For neighboring business owners, it sometimes seems like the Ferren Mall and parking deck is nothing more than a structure crumbling into ruins.

But, as demolition crews reduce the decades-old building to rubble, the site draws ever closer to a rebirth. In the near ...

Council Changes Zoning for J&J Property Near Canal

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – It might not be as iconic as the red-brick Johnson Hall, which overlooks the Raritan River, greeting visitors and motorists driving along Route 18. But Johnson & Johnson’s Riverview Guesthouse has seen its share of corporate titans.

The building, which has been around for at least 50 years and possibly more, sits on wooded land that abuts Delaware & ...

Where the City and County Stand in Electing Women to Local Offices

January 5, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Two of the City Council’s five members last year were women—or 40 percent. That’s enough to earn New Brunswick a pat on the back, according to standards set by one research and education group.

Across Middlesex County, however, the ratios of women to men who held elected office last year were bleaker, according to figures released today by the Center ...

New Brunswick Council Welcomes New Member, Changes Leadership

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The City Council looks a bit different than it did just a week ago.

For one, Suzanne Sicora-Ludwig took her seat on the dais during the Jan. 4 reorganization meeting. The Democrat won an uncontested election in the fall, replacing longtime New Brunswick Council Member Elizabeth “Betsy” Garlatti.

“I just want to thank everybody for being here and for ...

Amid Fan Pressure, B Street Band Pulls Out of DC Inaugural Festivities

January 16, 2017

FANWOOD, NJ -- The  B Street Band, a popular Bruce Springsteen tribute band for more than three decades, has played Jersey Shore bars and local festivals, as well as the 2009 Garden State Ball for Barack Obama's first Inauguration and a return engagement four years later. However, the band, which pioneered the "tribute band" concept in 1980, has never received as much ...

What's Going On In New Brunswick This Week?

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Hub City is booming with fun activities this week, whether you’re a returning Rutgers student who’s looking to catch a game or a New Brunswick resident who wants to enjoy a few laughs.

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

Tuesday, Jan. 17

Celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

New Brunswick Looks to Improve Downtown Theater and Cultural District

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – One may argue it isn’t exactly Broadway, but New Brunswick’s downtown theater district is on the verge of blossoming into something new.

The city Planning Board this week recommended approval of a 65-page redevelopment plan for properties associated with the New Brunswick Cultural Center, the nonprofit group charged with overseeing the growth of downtown ...

What's Going On In New Brunswick This Week?

January 16, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Hub City is booming with fun activities this week, whether you’re a returning Rutgers student who’s looking to catch a game or a New Brunswick resident who wants to enjoy a few laughs.

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

Tuesday, Jan. 17

Celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

What's Going On In New Brunswick This Week?

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It might be cold tonight, but both the weather and the Hub City are heating up. Whether you’re interested in music, tax tips or film, New Brunswick has something good in store for you this week.

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

Monday, Jan. 9

Want to see government and developers in action? The New ...

As New Brunswick Changes, the Corner Tavern Remains

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Vinnie Inzano has tended bar at the Corner Tavern since 1976, when his father bought the watering hole. He’ll probably continue tending bar there until it either closes or, only slightly less imaginable, a catastrophe wipes New Brunswick off the map.

At the intersection of Easton Avenue and Somerset Street, the Corner Tavern has welcomed travelers from the train ...

Saint Peter’s to Celebrate MLK Jr. Day

January 13, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — For 26 years, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System has celebrated Martin Luther King Jr., his role in the civil rights movement and impact on the U.S.

This year will be no different in New Brunswick.

Saint Peter’s is hosting an interfaith event honoring the reverend and civil rights leader at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16 in the Sister Marie De Pazzi ...

Charity Hosts Party, Donates Gifts to Kids at Robert Wood Johnson

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Hundreds of sick children spent the holidays in Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, but Santa's sleigh did not pass them over.

The Embrace Kids Foundation recently hosted its 25th annual holiday party at the hospital's Arline and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard. During the event, 200 pediatric patients and their families received more than $50,000 in gifts and ...

NJ Devils Spread Cheer to Sick Children

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - They didn’t exactly live up to their name.

Two New Jersey Devils visited 10 RWJBarnabas Health facilities last month, including the Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick. Miles Wood and Nick Lappin, the up-and-coming hockey players, met with more than 60 pediatric patients who ranged in age from birth to 21 years old, according to a press ...

UPDATE: Robert Wood Johnson Takes In Kids from Route 18 Bus Crash

January 17, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - More information has come to light on the two-bus crash yesterday that sent 15 children, including one who was treated for a broken leg, to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

Helicopters flew over Route 18 in East Brunswick yesterday morning as police and firefighters responded to the collision, which occurred on the southbound side of the highway, ...

Saint Peter’s to Celebrate MLK Jr. Day

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — For 26 years, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System has celebrated Martin Luther King Jr., his role in the civil rights movement and impact on the U.S.

This year will be no different in New Brunswick.

Saint Peter’s is hosting an interfaith event honoring the reverend and civil rights leader at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16 in the Sister Marie De Pazzi ...

Saint Peter’s University Hospital Auxiliary
 Donates Money Toward Emergency Services

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The Saint Peter’s University Hospital Auxiliary donated $20,000 last month to the hospital's emergency department.

The gift was part of the auxiliary's $100,000 pledge toward the department's fundraising campaign. The auxiliary collected the money during its second annual pocketbook bingo event, which was held in late October.

For Murder Victim’s Family, A Guilty Verdict Means Justice

January 17, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Few in the courtroom this morning expected to hear the words so soon.

After making sure a juror who fell ill last week was better, state Superior Court Judge Dennis Nieves announced around 10 a.m. that the jury had reached a verdict in the trial of Timothy Puskas. The New Brunswick resident had pleaded not guilty to killing Billy McCaw, a former Rutgers student, in ...

BREAKING: Jury Finds New Brunswick Man Guilty of Killing Former RU Student

Note: This story has been updated. Click here to read more.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A jury this morning found Timothy Puskas guilty of murdering Billy McCaw, a former Rutgers student, on a cold night in February 2014.

The verdict, which found Puskas guilty of four murder and weapons charges, came after five days of tense deliberations. Shortly before 10 a.m., the court was informed that ...

Jurors in New Brunswick Murder Trial Grow Sick, Stressed

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Can the three-day weekend refresh jurors so that they might return to the courthouse tomorrow ready to decide the murder trial of Timothy Puskas?

That’s what nearly everyone involved with the case is wondering right now.

Puskas has pleaded not guilty to bludgeoning and leaving for dead Billy McCaw, a former Rutgers and Kean University student, in February ...

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Jaffe Morning Briefing - January 18, 2017

January 18, 2017

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

STATEWIDE - There are nervous parents who insist their cherubic kids get the full meal plan at college so they don't starve themselves. And there are college students, who discover that cold pizza and a few swigs of last night's Busch Light make for a nutritious and balanced breakfast. And then, there's Assemblyman Jamel Holley, noting too ...

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Rutgers Helps to Form “Big Data” Alliance

January 18, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Rutgers University is helping to build a team of state colleges and nonprofits known as the New Jersey Big Data Alliance, which aims to find ways to best use the information harnessed from smartphones and computers.

Along with eight other schools, Rutgers recently signed a memorandum of agreement to formally establish the tech-heavy group.

“The signing of the ...

For Murder Victim’s Family, A Guilty Verdict Means Justice

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Few in the courtroom this morning expected to hear the words so soon.

After making sure a juror who fell ill last week was better, state Superior Court Judge Dennis Nieves announced around 10 a.m. that the jury had reached a verdict in the trial of Timothy Puskas. The New Brunswick resident had pleaded not guilty to killing Billy McCaw, a former Rutgers student, in ...

BREAKING: Jury Finds New Brunswick Man Guilty of Killing Former RU Student

Note: This story has been updated. Click here to read more.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A jury this morning found Timothy Puskas guilty of murdering Billy McCaw, a former Rutgers student, on a cold night in February 2014.

The verdict, which found Puskas guilty of four murder and weapons charges, came after five days of tense deliberations. Shortly before 10 a.m., the court was informed that ...

Where the City and County Stand in Electing Women to Local Offices

January 5, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Two of the City Council’s five members last year were women—or 40 percent. That’s enough to earn New Brunswick a pat on the back, according to standards set by one research and education group.

Across Middlesex County, however, the ratios of women to men who held elected office last year were bleaker, according to figures released today by the Center ...

Rutgers Responds to Union “Wage Theft” Complaints Filed With Feds

January 12, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Four unions that say they represent thousands of Rutgers University employees have filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Labor, claiming that the school violated federal law in neglecting to pay medical school staffers for one week of work.

The affected employees worked for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and the Robert Wood Johnson ...

OPINION

Women's March on Washington: Why, and Why Now

January 11, 2017

As Donald Trump’s inauguration draws near, a number of groups are planning various events and rallies – perhaps most notably, the Women’s March on Washington. I have read a number of opinion pieces and spoken to many people about the March, and several questions and criticisms seem to consistently arise. I would like to address two of the major themes.

(Q) The election is ...

Alternatives Names Amazon Fulfillment 2016 Employer of the Year, Recognizes Brian Cige, Esq., Clients and Staff

January 16, 2017

RARITAN, N.J. – Alternatives, Inc., a provider of comprehensive services to people and families with special needs in Central New Jersey, named Amazon Fulfillment in Florence, N.J., 2016 Employer of the Year. Alternatives also recognized Brian M. Cige, Esq., Law Office of Brian M. Cige, Somerville, N.J., with the Alternatives 2016 Community Service Award. In addition, Alternatives ...