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Rutgers Installs Security Cams on New Brunswick Streets

September 19, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - Rutgers University has installed security cameras at 12 sites in the city's fifth and sixth wards, areas around the school where students often frequent and live in off-campus housing.

This effort to deter crime is the result of a partnership involving university police, the university's chancellor for New Brunswick, the university Student Assembly and the city, Rutgers ...

Update: Police Locate Missing 'Special Needs' Man

UPDATE - Police this morning announced that the missing man, Dijon Hodges, was located. No other information was released.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Police early today issued a plea for the public's help in locating a missing 20-year-old special needs resident.

Dijon Hodges was last seen on Phelps Avenue in the city, police said.

Hodges, an African-American, is described as five-feet, ...

Hillsborough Man Snagged in Statewide Sting of Suspected Child Predators

TRENTON, NJ – A 54-year-old Hillsborough man is one of 24 suspects arrested in “Operation Open House,” a sting set up by law enforcement officials to capture alleged child predators using social media to lure underage girls and boys for sexual activity, according to state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal.

The sting was set-up at a residence in Toms River. The underage ...

Franklin Township: Motivational Video Goes Viral

September 20, 2018

SOMERSET, NJ - Who got the props? Franklin High School's administrative team is who. 

The team published a video produced and directed by Michael Pinnix, FHS performing arts teacher, last Wednesday, it has gone viral with more than 4,000 views. 

"It is attention-grabbing, FHS Principal, Frank Chmiel said. "Once we have the students’ attention, they can see ...

Lawmakers Question State Education Commissioner on Rush to Phase Out PARCC

TRENTON, NJ— Lawmakers on a joint Senate-Assembly education committee expressed concerns and questioned Gov. Phil Murphy’s rush to phase out a statewide standardized exam, calling for meetings to be held and more data to be provided.

State education commissioner Lamont Repollet appeared before a joint hearing of the Senate and Assembly Education committees on Monday to testify ...

High Lead Levels Found in 29 of 335 School Water Outlets

NEW BRUNSWICK,NJ  - High levels of lead were found in 29 water faucets and other outlets located in four city schools, according to water test results that the school district released recently.

Schools Superintendent Aubrey Johnson said water samples were taken from 335 faucets, sinks and ice makers and other outlets were tested and the majority showed lead levels below the permitted ...

New App Helps Residents Report Problems to New Brunswick

September 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK,NJ - Telling city hall about that pothole down the block or the clogged street drain flooding the street just got easier with the municipality now offering an app residents can use, to report, and send a photo, of a problem they see on the street.

ReportIt.com is now available to let New Brunswick officials know about non-emergency problems.

City officials this week said the ...

Booker, Menendez Condemn Supreme Court Nominee at New Brunswick Church

NEW BRUNSWICK - Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez joined with Rep. Frank Pallone today at Mt. Zion AME Church in the city to press their objections to U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the Republicans senators in favor of his confirmation.

Booker, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, again attacked GOP senators for refusing to release documents that Kavanaugh had ...

Arts Contest, Workshops at New Brunswick Library

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Artistic photographs, drawings and paintings from city residents will be judged and placed on display in the first visual arts contest sponsored at the city library.

Themes selected for the contest focus most of the social issues facing urban areas today, including including civil rights, culture, homelessness/food scarcity, environmental justice, immigration/worker rights, ...

Wasserman FG Clinches Win for Hillsborough as Clock Runs Out

September 5, 2018

WOODBRIDGE, NJ  - Field goal kicker Franklin Wasserman split the uprights as the clock ran out to cap off a back-and-forth 27-25 win for the Hillsborough Raiders over Colonia High School  in the opening game of the season for the two teams.

The Hillsborough junior booted the game-winner from 38 yards out, one of two FGs he had in the game; he also converted on three extra-point ...

NJ Reentry Program Expands, Helping Woman, Minorities, Veterans

August 31, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Reentry, the program that former Gov. Jim McGreevey started to help recently released inmates obtain housing and employment, is now moving to assist a large segment of society with training for and placement in jobs in construction trades through a program called NJBuild.

At ceremonies Thursday marking the opening of the NJBuild office in New Brunswick, McGreevey said the ...

Ten Events Happening in New Brunswick This Week (September 16)

September 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK – I think by now we might be in the swing of things right...? Whether we are working, interning, going to school we got this on lock down, but we also need to make sure we are making time for fun. So check out the list below and figure out what event you are going to attend to give yourself a break!

Monday, September 17
Tech Involvement Fair, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Where: Busch ...

Cool Joyous Jazz on Hot Summer Downtown Day

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  -Melodious riffs from keyboards, drum bass guitars, saxophones filled downtown George Street on Saturday afternoon for the second day of the Central Jazz Festival.

Hundreds of people plunked down their folding chairs in the middle of the thoroughfare closed off for the day as musicians took to to the portable stage stretched across the road to hear four hours of jazz ...

Twelve Events Happening in New Brunswick This Week (September 10)

NEW BRUNSWICK – As most of us get into our school and work routine, we sit and wonder what can we do for fun when we get out? Well no worries, here is a list, mark it twice and go have a good time in the Hub City!

Tuesday, September 11
Mindfulness Meditation Noon-1:00 p.m.
Where: Rutgers Student Activities Center

Mindfulness teaches us to be compassionate, non-judgmental observers ...

Hub City Music Sizzle Continues into Fall

September 3, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - Sure, summer is nearly over, but the city will still be echoing with music into the fall through festivals planned into October.

On Saturday, Sept. 15, the city will host the Central Jersey Jazz Festival from 1 to 6 p.m.

Performances by Terri Lyne Carrington Quartet, Eddie Allen 3hree for Louis, Matthew Whitaker Trio and the New Brunswick Brass Band will be heard on George ...

Australian Toddler Needs Helping Hand on Journey to Boston Hospital

September 13, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Tilly Mahon is flying from Melbourne, Australia to the United States in less than a month to meet her grandfather, Colin Driver, a long awaited event filled with anticipation but fraught with anxiety and angst.

Two-year-old Matilda, aka Tilly, her mom, Jane, father, Matthew and 5-year-old brother James are flying 10,318 miles from "Down Under" because Tilly needs ...

Donors At Upcoming Brunswick Square Mall Blood Drive To Receive AMC GIft Card

EAST BRUSNWICK, NJ - The New York Blood Center has been fighting a summer-long shortage, stressed by the recent hurricane in Hawaii. On Friday, September 7, Brunswick Square Mall will be hosting a blood drive from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. in their center court. All donors wil receive a $10 AMC Movie gift card as a thank you.

Donors should be between the ages of 17 and 75 and be in good physical ...

East Brunswick Veteran Honored in Street Sign Program

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - East Brunswick resident Louis J. Luczu was honored by his hometown of North Brunswick under their Veteran Street Sign Program.  This program allows township residents who were Wartime Veterans to be recognized by adding their name on a secondary street sign to an existing municipal road.

The sign reading Luczu Way was unveiled, and corresponding mayoral proclamations ...

New Jersey Audubon to Hold Annual Hawkwatch Event on Saturday, September 15

September 13, 2018

BERNARDSVILLE – Now is the time to catch migrating birds in the skies of New Jersey.

Pete Dunne, New Jersey Audubon Birding Ambassador, will lead the public to experience “a river of raptors” on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A rooftop observation deck is the perfect setting to observe migrating species like Re-tailed and Cooper’s Hawks, Osprey, ...

Governor Murphy Authorizes Prescribed Burns to Improve NJ Forests

CAMDEN, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy has signed legislation (A. 1675) that authorizes prescribed burning in New Jersey in certain circumstances.

The rationale: Fire is a normal and necessary process helping to ensure healthy habitat in state forests, about 775,000 acres from Cape May to High Point.

Environmentalists say it is critical for our wildlife, particularly in the Pinelands, ...

Fall Sports Season Heightens Risk of Head Trauma

September 18, 2018

TRENTON – The return to school also means a return to highly-competitive sports, prompting the need for student-athletes across New Jersey to heed caution, especially in contact sports such as football and soccer.

The New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA) believes that caution begins with the youth sports coach and parents, who must be aware of all risks and develop a ...

Rutgers Profs study the Medical Use of Bear Drool

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It is not the easiest thing to get, and something the average person has never thought about, but scientists have found a medical value in, of all things, salvia from East Siberian brown bears.

Scientists from Rutgers, working with others in the field, have used bacterium from the wild animals to see if it inhibits harmful bacteria, according to study published online ...

Donors At Upcoming Brunswick Square Mall Blood Drive To Receive AMC GIft Card

EAST BRUSNWICK, NJ - The New York Blood Center has been fighting a summer-long shortage, stressed by the recent hurricane in Hawaii. On Friday, September 7, Brunswick Square Mall will be hosting a blood drive from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. in their center court. All donors wil receive a $10 AMC Movie gift card as a thank you.

Donors should be between the ages of 17 and 75 and be in good physical ...

Rutgers Installs Security Cams on New Brunswick Streets

September 19, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - Rutgers University has installed security cameras at 12 sites in the city's fifth and sixth wards, areas around the school where students often frequent and live in off-campus housing.

This effort to deter crime is the result of a partnership involving university police, the university's chancellor for New Brunswick, the university Student Assembly and the city, Rutgers ...

New Brunswick man killed while attempting to cross Route 18

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A 45-year-old city man was struck and fatally injured while attempting to cross Route 18 in New Brunswick early this morning.

Christoph Freese was attempting to cross Route 18 near Commercial Avenue at 4:52 a.m. when he was struck by a 2006 red Dodge Charger driven by a 32-year-old man from Woodbridge, according to police.

The Dodge Charger was heading northbound on ...

R U Wrestler Arrested for Off-Campus Assault of Rutgers Students

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A member of the Rutgers University wrestling team was arrested and charged with beating two Rutgers students in an off-campus incident on Sept. 4, police announced today.

Brett Donner, 21, of Wall, was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated assault, Rutgers police said in a statement.

The Rutgers wreslting team roster list's Donner as a red-shirt sophomore ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - September 20, 2018

TRENTON - So, if New Jersey lights up for legal weed, what will it all mean? New Jersey lawmakers have emerged from the fog with a proposed bill - not yet fully baked - suggesting the lowest marijuana taxes in the nation, at just 10 percent (for starters.) There would be set-asides for minorities, small businesses and women to get retail licenses, as well as preferences given to ...

The Jaffe Briefing - September 18, 2018

TRENTON - If, one day, New Jersey becomes a shining example for miraculously digging itself out of debt, perhaps historians will dig up this little story. Gov. Phil Murphy and the public sector labor unions seem to be on the same page - for this fleeting moment - to save $500 million in health care benefits from 800,000 current and retired teachers. Retired teachers will be moved to ...

The Jaffe Briefing - September 17, 2018

CHATSWORTH - Lot of chatting this morning in New Jersey's cranberry bogs, with word of a new bill in Trenton that would officially deem blueberry as the official state muffin. Politico reports that Assemblywoman Carol Murphy (D-Burlington) has introduced this controversial legislation, at the request of well-intended children involved in a non-profit. These kids clearly ...

The Jaffe Briefing - September 14, 2018

STATEWIDE - Are you happy? Like, really, really happy? Well, you should damn well be, according to one of those clickbait websites that churns out "studies." The site has declared that New Jersey is the 13th happiest state, based on 31 "key indicators." Even though taxes are high, traffic is heavy and the state is drowning in debt, the typical New Jerseyan seems to ...

The Jaffe Briefing - September 13, 2018

MORRIS PLAINS - Former Gov. Chris Christie was in town yesterday, as the locals celebrated the dedication of "Chris Christie Drive," from Hanover Avenue to Central Park. There were no traffic cones, traffic jams or local officials being threatened in any way. No one carried ice cream cones and yelled. No one sat on beach chairs, on empty beaches. No one disappeared for two years to ...

The Jaffe Briefing - September 12, 2018

JERSEY CITY - Not the target of an investigation (yet)? Well, no harm in being prepared. Perhaps, that really is the reason why 10 top city officials suddenly got instructions should they ever get slapped with subpoenas. Corporation Counsel Peter Baker fired off a memo telling officials to quickly alert the city's legal ...

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R U Wrestler Arrested for Off-Campus Assault of Rutgers Students

September 14, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A member of the Rutgers University wrestling team was arrested and charged with beating two Rutgers students in an off-campus incident on Sept. 4, police announced today.

Brett Donner, 21, of Wall, was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated assault, Rutgers police said in a statement.

The Rutgers wreslting team roster list's Donner as a red-shirt sophomore ...

2 people beaten in New Brunswick after argument, Rutgers police say

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - Rutgers police are searching for a man who assaulted two people affiliated with the university following an argument early Tuesday morning.

Police said the two victims were beaten about 1 a.m. on Easton Avenue near Courtland Street.

No weapons were used, authorities said.

They said both of the victims went to a local hospital for treatment of injuries.

Police ...

2 people beaten in New Brunswick after argument, Rutgers police say

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - Rutgers police are searching for a man who assaulted two people affiliated with the university following an argument early Tuesday morning.

Police said the two victims were beaten about 1 a.m. on Easton Avenue near Courtland Street.

No weapons were used, authorities said.

They said both of the victims went to a local hospital for treatment of injuries.

Police ...

Update: Police Locate Missing 'Special Needs' Man

September 19, 2018

UPDATE - Police this morning announced that the missing man, Dijon Hodges, was located. No other information was released.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Police early today issued a plea for the public's help in locating a missing 20-year-old special needs resident.

Dijon Hodges was last seen on Phelps Avenue in the city, police said.

Hodges, an African-American, is described as five-feet, ...

Jazz Aficionados Flock to Central New Jersey for 3-Day Music Festival

September 11, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ  -  All that jazz started here ten years ago, and has since found a home in two other central New Jersey locations, a three-day festival of live music, visual arts and fine dining expected to draw thousands of jazz fans from throughout the tri-state region.

Founded in 2008, the Somerville Jazz Festival has grown in sophistication, drawing top-flight talent and a loyal ...

OPINION

Dems Accuse Hugin of Using Cancer Patients as "Pawns"

September 18, 2018

WOODBRIDGE, NJ –  Senator Joe Vitale, Chairman of the New Jersey Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee, has spent his entire political career fighting for quality, affordable health care.  Senator Vitale issued the following statement in response to Bob Hugin using cancer survivors as pawns to achieve political gain:

“Bob Hugin did not save people ...