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91-Year-Old Man Charged in Alleged Hit-and-Run Crash

February 22, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Police have filed two charges against a 91-year-old New Brunswick man after he allegedly hit a pedestrian earlier this month and fled the scene.

Joseph De Blasi is facing charges for failure to yield to a pedestrian and leaving the scene of an accident. The suspect lives on Jefferson Avenue, not far from where the alleged crimes occurred.

At 8:05 a.m. Feb. 2, ...

Following Retirements, 5 New Brunswick Cops Climb the Ranks

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The city has a few new high-ranking police officers.

New Brunswick promoted five cops to the ranks of sergeant and lieutenant last week in a ceremony at City Hall. The officers took the oath of office alongside Mayor Jim Cahill and their friends and family members.

“With these promotions, these men take their places in their new leadership ranks to help ...

Edison: One Killed, Driver Charged With DWI After Car Hits Tree

EDISON, NJ – One 22-year-old township man is dead and another resident is charged with driving while intoxicated following a single-car crash Saturday morning, officials said.

According to police, Mandeep Singh, 21, of Edison was driving on Old Post Road near Preston Street with three people in his car when he veered off the road and hit a tree at 5:03 a.m., Saturday.

One of the ...

New Brunswick Schools Chief Pledges Support for Immigrant Students

February 22, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — For weeks, rumors have floated around the city that some undocumented immigrants are afraid to go to work or school.

Aubrey Johnson, superintendent of New Brunswick Public Schools, said last night that he and his employees have the backs of all students, including undocumented immigrants. The district has various polices in place that protect students’ rights ...

Facing Below-Average Grad Rates, New Brunswick Aims to Help Kids Reach College

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Jadelyn Flores is bound for the Ivy League.

After she graduates from New Brunswick High School this spring, the teen plans to study sociology, economics or politics at Princeton University. One of the world’s elite schools, Princeton admits just 7 percent of applicants.

Another student in the public school district made the waiting list. And last year, a ...

Exclusive: Now In His Second Year, New Brunswick Schools Chief Sees the Possibilities

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Aubrey Johnson knows a thing or two about tough towns.

The son of Panamanian immigrants, he grew up in Brooklyn’s East New York section, one of the city’s hardest neighborhoods. He also ran an auto-glass business with his dad in Hunts Point in the Bronx. You might’ve seen a late-night HBO special on the area. And he worked for more than 15 years in ...

In New Brunswick, A Different Kind of Protest

February 21, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The wind whipped and stung more than it had in weeks as Bob Dylan songs played from a Macbook at Voorhees Mall, Rutgers University’s sweeping lawn off College Avenue.

A handful of people gathered around a rainbow-colored blanket. Near them sat bags of Milano cookies, homemade sandwiches and a batch of ravioli stuffed with spinach and cheese and covered in ...

Tomaro Takes Reins as Middlesex Freeholder Deputy Director

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — After roughly six years as a Middlesex County Freeholder, Charles Tomaro has been voted the board’s deputy director.

Tomaro, a Democrat from Edison, received the nod last night at the board’s meeting in New Brunswick. His ascension comes after the panel’s prior deputy director, Carol Bellante, resigned last month.

“The reason why we live in ...

New Brunswick Proposes Pay Raise for City Council

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — City Council members could receive a raise that would increase their pay by thousands of dollars over the next several years.

New Brunswick’s governing body introduced an ordinance to establish the rising pay scale last night during its Feb. 15 meeting. Before the council votes on the measure, residents may speak about the proposal at the council’s 6:30 ...

What's Going On In New Brunswick This Week?

February 21, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -- Are you sick of doing the same old things? There's no reason to fall into a rut in New Brunswick. This week alone, for instance, you can catch a basketball game, watch a couple of famous comedians perform or listen to some great music.

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

Tuesday, Feb. 21

Interested in ...

Rutgers Football Players Assist at Operation Shoebox New Jersey Packing

 

MANVILLE, NJ  - More than 300 volunteers helped Operation Shoebox New Jersey commemorate its 12th anniversary Saturday by packing 1,200 personal care packages that will be shipped to United States military personnel stationed around the world.

Several members of the Rutgers football team came to help, as did several other groups, including the Boy Scouts, Troop 193; Girl Scouts, ...

Anthony Ashnault Is Hitting His Stride For Rutgers Wrestling

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -- Anthony Ashnault is used to winning.

In fact, the Rutgers University wrestler was the first-ever four-time and undefeated New Jersey State Champion, winning the state crown at 103, 112, 126, and 138 pounds in a 170-0 career at South Plainfield High School.

At Rutgers, Ashnault sports an official 84-15 overall record up to this point, is a two-time All-American at 141 ...

Plans to Make Livingston Avenue Safer Move Forward

February 14, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – For years, Livingston Avenue has acted as a wide speedway for some drivers, a view supported by a Rutgers University report. Over the past 15 years, hundreds of drivers and pedestrians, including schoolchildren, have reportedly sustained injuries on the main road.

After New Brunswick’s top fire official struck three kids in a crosswalk in May 2014, residents ...

Mayor, Devco Unveil Vision for $215 Million Cultural Center Project

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — When the city completes its downtown arts and theater redevelopment project, a 27-story, $215 million tower will likely rise above Livingston Avenue, drawing nearly 40,000 additional people to the city per year, according to local officials.

To clear the path for this vision, demolition work could begin in early April. The 335-foot-tall building, which will house two ...

Metered Parking to Take Root on Union Street

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Drivers will soon need to pay to park their cars on a stretch of Union Street that rubs shoulders with The Yard.

The New Brunswick City Council adopted an ordinance last week that clears the path for time-limit parking on the eastern side of the road, between Hamilton and Mine streets. The meters will follow a progressive rate schedule, which means people pay greater ...

New Brunswick Hospital Receives Women's Choice Award

February 20, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — They do say Mom knows best.

Saint Peter’s University Hospital has won a 2017 Women’s Choice Award for being selected one of the country’s best hospitals for patient experience, according to a press release. In making the decision, the award presenters considered women patient satisfaction, physician communications, how response nurses and other ...

After Tech Glitches, RU Catching Up On Unpaid Bills

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – After problems with Rutgers University’s new, digital accounting system left thousands of vendors without paychecks, the school’s president said today those debts should be settled in roughly one month.

Rutgers launched a cloud-based finance program called Cornerstone in October. The move was reportedly supposed to simplify accounting in the wake of the ...

College Avenue Starbucks to Reopen This Week

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Rutgers University students won’t need to venture far from campus for their Starbucks fix any longer.

The Starbucks at The Yard, near the corner of College Avenue and Hamilton Street, is slated to reopen come Thursday or Friday, according to the developer of the site.

The coffee shop reportedly shuttered in January, less than two months after its grand ...

Mapping the RU Anti-Trump March through New Brunswick

February 1, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — You’ve probably read about the protesters who marched last night through Rutgers University’s College Avenue Campus and downtown New Brunswick.

Now here’s your chance to see it.

TAPinto New Brunswick has compiled a multimedia map of the demonstration, from its speeches and chants to its route through the city. Scroll below to view original video ...

As RU Protest Grew, A Small Pro-Trump Group Stood Nearby

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Anthony DelConte held a black-and-white American flag, marked with one thin blue line, over his shoulder.

It was a pro-police banner. Nearby, his friends wore camouflage Rutgers hats and “Make America Great Again” gear, flying a pro-President Donald Trump flag. During the run-up to last November’s presidential election, the roughly 10 young men would ...

Thousands March in New Brunswick, Calling for Revolution and Justice in Trump’s America

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A cry for revolution boomed through Rutgers University’s College Avenue Campus and the streets of New Brunswick Tuesday evening, as an estimated 2,000 protesters marched against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

Many of the protesters were university students or faculty members, but people from all sorts of backgrounds joined them. They ...

What's Going On In New Brunswick This Week?

February 21, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -- Are you sick of doing the same old things? There's no reason to fall into a rut in New Brunswick. This week alone, for instance, you can catch a basketball game, watch a couple of famous comedians perform or listen to some great music.

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

Tuesday, Feb. 21

Interested in ...

What's Going On In New Brunswick This Week?

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Valentine’s Day brings plenty of fun to the Hub City. But this week’s activities certainly aren’t limited to the smitten and love-stricken.

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

Monday, Feb. 13

What’s more romantic than a scavenger hunt? A genetics-related scavenger hunt, of course.

Michael Jackson Event May Be Thriller at Brunswick Square

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - On Saturday, February 11 between 11am and 1 pm, Brunswick Square, one of East Brunswick’s family shopping, dining and entertainment destinations, will present the  KidX program “Moonwalk with MJXpressions.” Children will enjoy a class in pop-singer essentials, including a create-your-own sequin glove craft project and a dance workshop ...

What's Going On In New Brunswick This Week?

February 6, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It’s that desolate time of year when football is over and baseball has yet to begin. But sports fans--and everyone else--will be pleased to learn that New Brunswick still offers plenty of fun and informative activities this week.

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

Monday, Feb. 6

Get funky with ...

Ready for Spaghetti with 4-H on February 19

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Cranbury Road is the place if residents want to get saucy in February when the Middlesex County 4-H Youth Development program on Sunday, Feb. 19, hosts the “I Love 4-H” Spaghetti Dinner Benefit.

This dinner is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. at the County’s 4-H Youth Center, located at  645 Cranbury Rd. in East ...

What's Going On In New Brunswick This Week?

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Do you like sports, politics or art? How about drinking tequila? Well, no matter your favorite hobby, there’s something for everyone in New Brunswick this week.

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

Tuesday, Jan. 31

Protesters plan to gather outside Brower Commons, College Avenue, at 4:45 p.m. for an ...

What's Going On In New Brunswick This Week?

February 6, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It’s that desolate time of year when football is over and baseball has yet to begin. But sports fans--and everyone else--will be pleased to learn that New Brunswick still offers plenty of fun and informative activities this week.

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

Monday, Feb. 6

Get funky with ...

County to Celebrate Black History Month in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – County officials plan to bring in Black History Month with a Pan-African ceremony and flag-raising tomorrow, Feb. 4, in the Hub City.

The Board of Chosen Freeholders and the county’s Young Democrats’ Black Caucus and legislative delegation will host the event, which is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in the county administration building, 75 Bayard St.

The ...

Ready for Spaghetti with 4-H on February 19

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Cranbury Road is the place if residents want to get saucy in February when the Middlesex County 4-H Youth Development program on Sunday, Feb. 19, hosts the “I Love 4-H” Spaghetti Dinner Benefit.

This dinner is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. at the County’s 4-H Youth Center, located at  645 Cranbury Rd. in East ...

New Brunswick School Board Pays $1.7 million for Energy Upgrades

January 25, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — It’s time for the city’s school district to pay up.

The Board of Education approved a nearly $1.7 million payment to TD Equipment Finance last week, for $17 million in energy-related improvements that have taken place throughout New Brunswick Public Schools. The district will continue to pay for the upgrades, which were green-lit almost three years ago, ...

Robert Wood Johnson Named a Top Hospital for Kidney Transplants

February 21, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — If you need a kidney transplant, you’re in the right city.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s kidney transplant program is among the 30 best kidney transplant centers in the country, according to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients. The group also named the hospital one of 53 in the U.S. with the “best organ transplant ...

New Brunswick Hospital Receives Women's Choice Award

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — They do say Mom knows best.

Saint Peter’s University Hospital has won a 2017 Women’s Choice Award for being selected one of the country’s best hospitals for patient experience, according to a press release. In making the decision, the award presenters considered women patient satisfaction, physician communications, how response nurses and other ...

In Battling Cancer, Saint Peter’s Focuses On the Heart and Art

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The fight against cancer extends far beyond the immediate effects of the disease.

That thought, in part, prodded Saint Peter’s Healthcare System to launch last month a cardio oncology program, which is designed to protect the hearts of cancer patient. It’s key, according to the hospital, because heart issues are often a greater danger to cancer patients ...

Dozens Demand Pro-Immigrant Policies, Sanctuary at City Council Meeting

February 16, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The push for the city to “codify” its pro-immigrant stances continued last night, Feb. 15, as a standing-room-only crowd packed a New Brunswick City Council meeting that went on for hours.

About 35 people, including residents and outside activists, urged New Brunswick officials to adopt “concrete” polices and issue written directives to ensure ...

After Protest, New Brunswick Mayor Responds to Pro-Immigrant Demands

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Dozens of protesters gathered outside City Hall last week, urging New Brunswick to adopt a list of seven policies designed to help protect undocumented immigrants under Donald Trump’s presidency.

The rally was the result of comments made by Mayor James Cahill and his staff, whose critics said his stances were not strong enough.

But the mayor issued a ...

What is a Sanctuary City and How Does it Affect Your Neighborhood

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - This past week saw a slew of New Jersey mayors and elected officials sign orders upholding their sanctuary status, which has been met with a mixture of both optimism and skepticism. TAPinto  takes a closer look of what "sanctuary city" actually means. 

What is a "sanctuary city"?

Sanctuary cities or counties, are areas where the ...

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Jaffe Morning Briefing - February 22, 2017

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP - Maybe it was a fight over the last six-pack of generic cola, or maybe there was a special deal on an odd batch of drain cleaner or Halloween candy from 2015. Whatever the case, cops are investigating the fight between two guys yesterday at a dollar store. One guy is facing aggravated assault charges from the brouhaha yesterday, after he ...

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In New Brunswick, A Different Kind of Protest

February 21, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The wind whipped and stung more than it had in weeks as Bob Dylan songs played from a Macbook at Voorhees Mall, Rutgers University’s sweeping lawn off College Avenue.

A handful of people gathered around a rainbow-colored blanket. Near them sat bags of Milano cookies, homemade sandwiches and a batch of ravioli stuffed with spinach and cheese and covered in ...

Rutgers Football Players Assist at Operation Shoebox New Jersey Packing

 

MANVILLE, NJ  - More than 300 volunteers helped Operation Shoebox New Jersey commemorate its 12th anniversary Saturday by packing 1,200 personal care packages that will be shipped to United States military personnel stationed around the world.

Several members of the Rutgers football team came to help, as did several other groups, including the Boy Scouts, Troop 193; Girl Scouts, ...

Anthony Ashnault Is Hitting His Stride For Rutgers Wrestling

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -- Anthony Ashnault is used to winning.

In fact, the Rutgers University wrestler was the first-ever four-time and undefeated New Jersey State Champion, winning the state crown at 103, 112, 126, and 138 pounds in a 170-0 career at South Plainfield High School.

At Rutgers, Ashnault sports an official 84-15 overall record up to this point, is a two-time All-American at 141 ...

Edison: One Killed, Driver Charged With DWI After Car Hits Tree

February 20, 2017

EDISON, NJ – One 22-year-old township man is dead and another resident is charged with driving while intoxicated following a single-car crash Saturday morning, officials said.

According to police, Mandeep Singh, 21, of Edison was driving on Old Post Road near Preston Street with three people in his car when he veered off the road and hit a tree at 5:03 a.m., Saturday.

One of the ...

Edison: One Killed, Driver Charged With DWI After Car Hits Tree

February 20, 2017

EDISON, NJ – One 22-year-old township man is dead and another resident is charged with driving while intoxicated following a single-car crash Saturday morning, officials said.

According to police, Mandeep Singh, 21, of Edison was driving on Old Post Road near Preston Street with three people in his car when he veered off the road and hit a tree at 5:03 a.m., Saturday.

One of the ...

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STILES: N.J. airfields can also be for the birds

February 9, 2017

Sound conservation practices are built on a solid foundation in science.

At New Jersey Audubon, we’ve practiced this model since 1897, as we work to make New Jersey a better place for people and wildlife.

A recent example of this work can be found at the state’s airports and airfields. In New Jersey’s dense landscape, airfields have become critical for supporting ...

Somerset Patriots National Anthem Auditions Set For Saturday, March 11th

February 17, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots, along with Magic 98.3 FM and WCTC 1450 AM, have announced that the team will host National Anthem Auditions March 11 from noon to 4 p.m. at Bridgewater Commons Mall. 

The event will be a fundraiser designed to benefit Operation Shoebox New Jersey, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to collecting donated supplies to ship ...