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New Brunswick Woman Arrested for Allegedly Fleeing Crash

July 25, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A city woman who allegedly crashed her car into a building this weekend and then fled the scene is facing several charges, according to police.

Shafeefah Robinson, 29, allegedly lost control of her blue Saturn at 5:32 a.m. July 22 and hit the structure at 51 Throop Ave., New Brunswick Police Capt. J.T. Miller told TAPinto New Brunswick. Robinson then allegedly drove ...

Fallen Power Line Ignites New Brunswick Porch

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A primary power line collapsed today and set fire to the porch of an Easton Avenue home, according to the city.

New Brunswick firefighters received a call for a “small fire” at 199 Easton Ave. at 9:51 a.m. July 24 and arrived on scene four minutes later, city spokesperson Jennifer Bradshaw told TAPinto New Brunswick. The fire department cleared the scene ...

New Brunswick Cops Searching for Driver Who Hit 2 People

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A double hit-and-run this weekend sent two men to the hospital with minor injuries, according to police.

New Brunswick cops have yet to identify or locate the suspect and the vehicle, Capt. J.T. Miller told TAPinto New Brunswick.

The driver allegedly struck two men at around 12:16 a.m. Saturday, July 22, as they tried to cross Handy Street, Miller said. The ...

New Brunswick Schools Chief Gets $20K Bonus

July 21, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The superintendent of New Brunswick’s public school district will receive a $20,696.50 bonus after reaching several goals over the past academic year.

The city Board of Education approved the merit-based bonus for Aubrey Johnson this week, at its July 18 meeting. The payout comes on top of his $177,500 salary for the year, bringing his total earnings to ...

How New Brunswick Students Can Get a Free Backpack

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Can you hear that? It’s the sound of back-to-school commercials—and maybe a few screaming children.

Although summer is still roaring, it’s time to start preparing for school in September. And The Salvation Army wants to provide free backpacks to low-income students in New Brunswick and other Middlesex County municipalities.

Parents from the Hub ...

Robeson School Construction Offered Students Hands-On Learning

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — It’s not every day that budding engineers get a chance like this.

Fifteen New Brunswick High School students recently embarked on an engineering project revolving around the architectural blueprints for the expansion of the Paul Robeson Community Theme School for the Arts, according to the city’s public school district.

“With engineering, one of ...

Parking Authority OK’s Retroactive Pay Raises for Union Members

July 6, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The city Parking Authority has approved a deal with a union that cements pay increases dating back to 2016 and a change in how certain employees are paid for overtime.

The Board of Commissioners passed the resolution that confirmed the collective bargaining agreement with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 102—which represents fewer than 20 ...

Middlesex Falls to Union in a Nail-Biting Snapple Bowl All-Star Game

July 21, 2017

UNION, NJ -  In the 24th Snapple Bowl, Union County was able to secure the win over Middlesex in a closely contested game. The game came down to the final few possessions, but Union ultimately locked down a 27-14 win.

Former East Brunswick High School teacher and football coach Marcus Borden, the Snapple Bowl founder and director, has raised close to $600,000 from the games ...

Parking Authority Borrows $3.9M to Buy Land for Ferren Project

July 5, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The city Parking Authority plans to issue $3.9 million in notes to buy two properties that will one day house a parking garage near the site of the former Ferren Mall.

The Board of Commissioners approved the resolution last week, at its June 27 meeting. The state Local Finance Board previously green-lit borrowing for the project, the parking authority’s ...

Check Out the 9-Story Apartment Building Coming to Easton and Hamilton

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Earlier this week, TAPinto New Brunswick reported on a nine-story, 181-unit apartment building that’s poised to take root on the corner of Easton Avenue and Hamilton Street.

The story drew plenty of interest on the website and across social media. But what it didn’t include were high-resolution renderings of what the building and how it fits into the ...

9-Story Apartment Building Slated for Easton and Hamilton

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The developer of an incoming apartment building hopes to pull some Rutgers University students out of the sprawling city and into a nine-story, 181-unit apartment building in a highly-trafficked area.

The building at 78 Easton Ave. will replace an existing three-story medical building at the road’s intersection with Hamilton Street. The new structure will ...

11 Events Going On This Week In New Brunswick

July 17, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — From a festival in the park to a free movie in the dark, New Brunswick has plenty this week to keep you busy—whether you’re a parent with kids to entertain, a twenty-something or a college student here for the summer.

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

Monday, July 17

Forget groceries.

Hub City Dance School Marks 15th Anniversary

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — For 15 years, aspiring dancers and musicians have honed their craft with help from InSpira Performing Arts and Cultural Center. And along the way, the dance and music academy has become something of a Hub City institution.

InSpira, based off Jersey Avenue, celebrated its anniversary with a season titled “Make An Impact,” according to the school. It ...

9 Events Going On This Week In New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — We hope you’re hungry—for affordable grub, Beatles knowledge and more. It’s all here in the Hub City.

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

Monday, July 10

Forget groceries. Restaurant Week 2017 is in full swing, so be sure to check out which joints are participating and what ...

Jersey Freshcipes: Grilled Jersey Corn with Garlic Chili Butter and Lime

July 19, 2017

The "Jersey Freshcipes" contest is the hottest thing in the kitchen this summer. TAPinto caught up with contest winner Melissa Raho of Behind the Plates, who served up grilled Jersey corn with garlic chili butter and lime.

Corn is at its peak in the Garden State from around the Fourth of July through Labor Day, making it the perfect must-serve for a Jersey ...

DIGinto New Brunswick: Stage Left Steak Stakes Its Claim—In More Ways Than One

Note: This column is the first in a monthly series called DIGinto New Brunswick. The Hub City has a rich and diverse culinary scene, its menus constantly changing. I’ll be doing the leg work at your favorite spots and some hidden gems, sampling various dishes at one New Brunswick restaurant every month and reporting back on which food is worth your taste buds’ time. So sit back, ...

Roosterspin Brings Korean Fried Chicken, Cocktails and Karaoke to New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The bird has landed.

Roosterspin, the New Jersey-based Korean fried chicken joint, has brought its fusion food, craft cocktails and tunes to the Hub City. The restaurant launched last week with a soft opening, meaning it has served only dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. each day, according to the business.

The 130-seat eatery and bar is expected to fully open tomorrow, ...

Volunteers Needed to Assemble Care Packages for US Troops Overseas

July 18, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ  - Volunteers are needed to assemble personal care packages that will be shipped to US troops deployed around the world from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 22 at TD Bank Ballpark.

The Somerset Patriots and Operation Shoebox New Jersey will host the event. Members of the Patriots are expected to help out packing boxes.

Volunteers will form an assembly line and ...

Activists Want New Brunswick to Run On Clean Energy

July 20, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Can New Jersey—and New Brunswick—operate entirely on renewable energy?

Some activists think so. And they want elected officials in the Hub City to make that commitment—the sooner the better, but by 2035 at the latest.

Junior Romero, the Central New Jersey organizer for the advocacy group Food & Water Watch, brought the idea to the City Council ...

New Brunswick Children’s Hospital and Car Crash Survivor Rally for Medicaid in D.C.

July 18, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Khalil Pereira was on his way home from college when the unthinkable happened.

The freshman and his friends were cruising along the Garden State Parkway in a silver Pontiac Grand Am when it drove off the road and ultimately rolled across the highway. The crash ejected Pereira from the backseat.

At just 18 years old, he suffered a severe traumatic brain ...

A Footprint and a First for Babies at Saint Peter’s

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Before yesterday, each baby born at Saint Peter’s University Hospital—or just about anywhere, for that matter—had one thing in common: inky feet.

Shortly after each infant’s first breath, nurses took their footprints. The ink-and-paper process was a messy one, hospital workers said, and it often yielded cloudy results. In fact, the imprecise ...

New Brunswick Children’s Hospital Named Among Best in U.S.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The Healthcare City is once again living up to its name.

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital ranked among the country’s best medical center for kids in a new list compiled by U.S. News and World Report. Specifically, the hospital earned the 39th spot for its urology program.

This is the fifth time the ...

New Brunswick Man Admits $2M Loan Fraud

July 24, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — You could say it was a bad bet.

A New Brunswick man admitted last week to defrauding a bank when he used more than $2 million in government-backed small business loans to pay off gambling debts and other personal expenses, rather than buying and upgrading a restaurant, according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Justice.

John Cheng, 58, pleaded guilty ...

ICE Arrests 3 on Criminal Charges with Help from City Cops and County Prosecutor

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents detained and arrested three people on undisclosed federal criminal charges late Tuesday afternoon, June 27, in New Brunswick, according to multiple law enforcement sources.

A crowd of concerned residents and community organizers looked on as officers from several agencies entered a multi-family home at 302 Redmond St., near ...

3 Men Plead Guilty to New Brunswick Stabbing Death

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Three men pleaded guilty yesterday to the fatal stabbing of a city man who was sitting on the steps outside his apartment complex, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Enrique Perez Galindo, 29, was killed around around 2:30 a.m. Feb. 25 near his Hamilton Street residence. He returned to his apartment but was pronounced dead at 2:39 a.m., ...

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Investors Bank June 2017 Retail Sector Commentary

“Retailing is a disaster.”  That is a common refrain these days.  But that is not correct.  Although brick and mortar retailers are having a rough go of it, total retail demand is rising at a decent pace.  What is happening is that the retailer of choice is becoming – more and more – the Internet.  But that change, although destructive for many, is ...

Rutgers New Brunswick Ranked Best 4-Year College in State

July 24, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University's New Brunswick has been ranked the No. 1 college in New Jersey by a national online education service.

The rankings released Monday by Schools.com are based on an analysis of 13 different criteria.

Thirty-three four-year schools in New Jersey were each scored on a 100-point scale, using the most recent data available from government ...

The New Costs of Room and Board at Rutgers New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The price of tuition, fees, room and board at Rutgers University is set to rise in the upcoming school year. But how, exactly, will this affect you?

TAPinto New Brunswick combed through budget documents to figure that out. A story yesterday broke down increases to tuition and mandatory fees. Here’s a rundown on how the price hikes will touch housing and ...

Rutgers Raises Tuition, Fees to Support $4.4B Budget

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Rutgers University students can expect to pay about 1.85 percent more for their education in the coming academic year.

Rutgers’ Board of Governors approved increases to the cost of tuition, housing, dining and mandatory student fees at its meeting today, July 19, in Winants Hall.

In total, the cost of attendance for a typical New Jersey ...

Witnesses to History Reflect on Newark Riots 50 Years Later

July 13, 2017

Part 1 of a series on the 50th Anniversary of the Newark riots

During the riots that exploded in Newark 50 years ago today, Junius Williams was a young Yale law student working over the summer as a community activist in the city.

To mark the 50th Anniversary of the Newark riots, TAPinto Newark has written a four-part series looking at the riot and its impact on the ...

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Step in Time! Mary Poppins at Play-in-the-Park

July 25, 2017

EDISON, NJ - All the best songs and the sense of excitement accompany a new nanny who arrives to tame some unruly children in Disney's Mary Poppins, a merry enactment of P. L. Travers' beloved children's book.  The Middlesex County’s Plays-in-the-Park is proud announce the third and final production of its 2017 season, the engaging story of a family brought back ...

Menendez Calls for Bipartisan Review of Affordable Care Act

July 25, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC - In 2003, when President George Bush and the Republican Congress passed the Medicare Part D prescription drug program, I voted against it. Like most Democrats, I couldn’t support a plan that left millions of seniors – including my mother who suffered from Alzheimer’s – with huge prescription drug bills under what would later become known as the Medicare ...