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Driver Sought After Fatally Striking Pedestrian on Route 1

August 13, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK,NJ  - Police on Monday are searching for a driver who fatally struck a 31-year-old pedestrian on Route 1 in Woodbridge and fled the scene, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a statement.

John Kukuch, of Woodbridge was struck and fatally injured about 1:23 a.m. on Route 1 south, just south of the exit for Route 35, Carey said in a joint statement with Woodbridge ...

Dozens Join National Night Out Effort for Community and Police Relations

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - On a hot and muggy summer night, city residents gathered in parks and housing developments across New Brunswick on Tuesday in a display of community spirit for the annual National Night Out.

Held in municipalities through out the state and across the nation, the festive events that have been held for decades are designed as a way to bring neighborhoods and police ...

Obituary for Christine A. McConnachie, Somerville Accident Victim

 

CLINTON, NJ - Christine A. McConnachie, age 52 years, of Clinton Township, NJ, died Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Somerville, NJ.

Born in Philadelphia, daughter of Ralph and Elizabeth Houseknecht Adamson, of Moorestown, NJ, she had resided in the Flemington and Clinton areas since 1993.

Christine was a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College and received her PhD. In Chemistry ...

Some Students in NJ Could Go To Middlesex County College For Free in 2019

August 2, 2018

TRENTON, NJ— Some county college students around the state could attend classes in 2019 for free thanks to a pilot program launched by Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration yesterday.

The program, the Community College Innovation Challenge, is the first phase of the governor’s initiative to provide two years of community college free for students across the state. It was ...

New Brunswick Schools Get More State Aid Under New Funding Formula

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - State aid for the city's schools will increase $6.3 million under a legislation Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law this week to revise the formula for distributing funding.

New Brunswick will receive $133,216,698 for the 2018-19 school, an increase of 5 percent from the $126,873,046 the school district receive this past academic year.

Murphy this week signed a ...

Rutgers Hikes Tuition, Student Fees for 2018-2019 Academic Year

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University Board of Governors today approved a 2.3 percent hike in tuition and fees, as well as increases for dorm rooms and meals, for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The increase now brings the annual cost for undergraduate students to $14,975, which is $337 more than this past school year.

Student housing will increase 1.9 percent, and ...

State Commisssioner Champions Food Assistance, Slams Proposed Aid Cuts

August 14, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - One of the city's summer farmer's market got a visit from a state commissioner Tuesday who trumpeted not only what was being sold but how it was sold to promote the federal Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) former known as food stamps.

"I'm really excited how our SNAP program is combined with these farmer's markets to make sure people ...

State Commisssioner Champions Food Assistance, Slams Proposed Aid Cuts

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - One of the city's summer farmer's market got a visit from a state commissioner Tuesday who trumpeted not only what was being sold but how it was sold to promote the federal Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) former known as food stamps.

"I'm really excited how our SNAP program is combined with these farmer's markets to make sure people ...

Homeowners Facing Foreclosure Get Free Mediation Counseling Against Lenders

NEWARK, NJ - A new state program will offer mediation counseling services to New Jersey residents facing foreclosure, giving them at least a fighting chance when going up against lenders during the legal process.

The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency is using $1 million to fund the program to help up to 2,000 homeowners facing foreclosure. Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver announced the new ...

Piscataway Native Elijah Barnwell Switches to Defense in ‘Unselfish Move’ for Rutgers Football

August 14, 2018

PISCATAWAY, NJ – At the start of training camp for the Rutgers football team at the beginning of August, there were a few notable position changes. But none were more eye opening and drastic than redshirt freshman Elijah Barnwell switching from offense to defense, from running back to linebacker.

Barnwell, a Piscataway native and Class of 2017 Piscataway High School graduate, was slated ...

Student Climbs Out of Dunk Tank for Chess Match with His Mentor

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - It was an unusual start to a chess match, a game of cat-and-mouse that unfolded away from the board - a 30-minute pursuit of the challenger by his mentor who had taught him the game as a youngster in elementary school more than 20 years ago.

Today,they are colleagues, both members of the Borough Council.

Dennis Sullivan, the mentor, is a retired Somerville teacher who ...

Lace Up The Sneakers For September's Spotswood 5K

SPOTSWOD, NJ - The countdown clock is up and running at the Spotswood Recreation Department's website for the borough's annual Spotswood 5K on Saturday, September 8. The annual Fun Run gets the family-friendly event started at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K hits the streets at 8:45 a.m. Runners and walkers are welcome for both races.

Participants can run the entire 5K course or walk. Strollers ...

Homeowners Facing Foreclosure Get Free Mediation Counseling Against Lenders

August 14, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - A new state program will offer mediation counseling services to New Jersey residents facing foreclosure, giving them at least a fighting chance when going up against lenders during the legal process.

The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency is using $1 million to fund the program to help up to 2,000 homeowners facing foreclosure. Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver announced the new ...

City Mural Tells Residents Struggles, 'Dreams of Our Children'

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Among the images depicted are a mother standing with her arm around her daughter's shoulder, and a father watching over his son in a toy car.

The two-story high mural painted in bright yellows, reds and blue on the side of store on Jersey Avenue is intended in part to attract people to the French Street corridor commercial area.

It is also intended to tell the ...

Somerville: Grand Opening of Stickley Audi Furniture Store Affirms Downtown Resurgence

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - Grand Openings on Main Street have been the norm the past several years as the borough’s resurgence as "Somerset County’s Downtown" continues to unfold.

Complete with colored ribbon, oversized shears, grinning politicians and proud retailers, the wave of Grand Openings commemorate the new businesses, specialty stores, boutiques and restaurants that ...

Youths Showcase Music, Dance, Drama Skills

August 9, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Sixty city students will display their talents in singing, drama, music and dance Friday night , Aug. 10, 2018, in the in the summer youth performing arts finale at the Middle School, 1125 Livingston Ave.

Performances begin at 6 p.m. for what is the 22nd Anniversary of the program titled Artists Mentoring Against Racism, Drugs & Violence, Healing Through the ...

Six Piscataway Residents Among Winners of Middlesex County Senior Art Competition

MIDDLESEX COUNTY - Six Piscataway residents were recently recognized for their submissions in the Middlesex County Senior Art Competition, according to a Friday news release.

Carol O’ Neill, Donald O’Brien, Julie Toigo, Barbara Dalto, Jonathan Wosu, Ricardo Miranda participated in the competition which is open to all professional and non-professional Middlesex County artists over ...

Hillsborough Rotary Fair Opens Tuesday, Aug. 14

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ -The brightly lit midway arch is once again expected to welcome an average of 15,000 local residents to the annual six-day Rotary Fair beginning Tuesday, August 14.

Located adjacent to the Hillsborough Promenade, 315 Route 206, the Fair transforms the field into a classic carnival with over 20 amusement rides, games of chance, food vendors and local business ...

New Brunswick Heralds Arrival of "Jersey Fresh Season"

August 1, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - City residents need only walk down the block to see why it's called the "Garden State." August is the perfect month to sample local produce at one of New Brunswick's farmer's markets, popping up around town this week and remaining open through October.

The New Brunswick Community Farmers Market on Jones Avenue is open on Tuesdays and ...

August Race For Veterans In Memory Of Fallen Spotswood Soldier

July 25, 2018

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ - Thompson Park will host the Race for Veterans 5K and one-mile run on Sunday, September 9 at 9:30 a.m. The race will be run in honor of SPC. Michael L. Gonzalez and is sponsored by the Butterfly Circle of Friends.

The Butterfly Circle of Friends works to assist those in need, especially veterans, service members and their families. The non-profit organization is comprised ...

EARTH Center Open House Offers Fun for the Whole Family

August 10, 2018

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Would you like to learn how spruce up your garden, spend a day at the park, or enjoy the fun of a fair? You can do it all at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County’s Open House and Folk Fest!  This event will be held Saturday, August 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the EARTH Center located in Davidson's Mill Pond Park ...

New Brunswick Leaders Vote on 'Renewable Energy' Ordinance

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - City officials are one step closer to purchasing electricity in bulk for all residential property owners, and to requiring that the energy eventually come entirely from environmentally-friendly renewable sources.

Council members last week passed an ordinance on first reading to have the city negotiate with a power supplier to provide electricity to all city homeowners at ...

NJ Clean Communities Honors Local Tzu Chi Chapter for Volunteerism

EDISON, NJ – The Tzu Chi Foundation of Central New Jersey is the recipient of the N.J. Clean Communities Council’s (NJCCC) 2018 “Volunteerism Award” for its “outstanding” 16-year commitment to a cleaner and healthier Edison. 

Volunteers from Tzu Chi’s Edison Chapter have held monthly cleanups at man-made Lake Papaianni, in a 15-acre ...

Free Health Screenings, Nutritional, Dental, Lifestyle Info Offered

August 14, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Health screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and lead contamination will offered for free to people of all ages Friday at the Eric B. Chandler Health Center.

Open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the health fair in the center at 277 George St., will also offer vision screenings for adults, and body mass index and body fat calculations, as well as free and ...

Update: Service Restore After Water Main Break, Road Re-opened

Update: City officials this afternoon said water service throughout New Brunswick has been restored, and the portion of Livingston Avenue that was closed has been reopened.

Officials said that although the water is safe, hydrants mut be flushed which will disturb iron deposits in the water lines and cause discoloration. Officials advise people not to run hot water or doing laundry while ...

Plea Issued for Summer Blood Drive

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The New Jersey Blood Services is seeking donors for blood drive Thursday to replenish ever decreasing supplies.

"We are still dealing with our summer shortage situation caused by school closings and vacations and even the weather, so extra help is needed," said Lynne Ross, account manager for NJ Blood Services.

"Every person who donates can help three ...

Hillsborough Man Faces Federal Charges for Ponzi Scheme Targeting Seniors

August 1, 2018

NEWARK, NJ – Daniel Rivera, a Hillsborough resident and a former registered investment advisor was arrested Wednesday on charges stemming from an investment fraud targeting elderly investors, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

The 48-year-old man was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 31 on three counts of wire fraud. He was scheduled to appear Wednesday before U.S.

Exchange Student Sexually Assaulted in Her New Brunswick Home

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -  A foreign exchange student who rented a room in a New Brunswick home was sexually assaulted by another resident of the home who entered her room while she was sleeping, authorities said.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Director Anthony Caputo of the New Brunswick Police Department announced that a New Brunswick man was arrested and ...

Franklin Township: Danielsen Sponsors New Medical Marijuana Bill

SOMERSET, NJ - Assemblyman Joe Danielsen (D), who represents the 17th District in New Jersey State Assembly, recently unveiled his sponsorship of Assembly No. 10, a bill revising the requirements to authorize and access medical marijuana.

This announcement comes in response to Governor Phil Murphy’s plans to open six more dispensaries claimed to help better serve New Jersey’s ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - August 9, 2018

LAWRENCEVILLE - Dropping nearly $60,000 a year on private college, one would assume some palatial digs. But Rider University is taking huge lumps from the Princeton Review, which has ranked the college Number One in the nation under the category of "Is that a Dorm?" School officials are quick to note a $15 million plan to upgrade student living, but not before getting slammed ...

The Jaffe Briefing - August 14, 2018

OCEANPORT - If it weren't for recently-adopted sports betting, one could assume Monmouth Park could easily go bankrupt and become the home to the latest sprawling condo complex, with plenty of space for Phase I, Phase II and even Phase III. The Asbury Park Press reports the non-profit that owns Monmouth Park owes $30 million to a management company who runs the racetrack.

The Jaffe Briefing - August 7, 2018

ON THE RAILS - It's getting a little tiring to keep slamming NJ Transit. But the rail agency, for a myriad of reasons, keeps canceling trains this summer. Every morning rush, trains simply don't show, prompting commuters to jam on stuffy, overcrowded trains on 90-degree days, knowing they will be late, again, for work. Now, Trenton lawmakers are demanding legislative hearings to ...

The Jaffe Briefing - August 6, 2018

STATEWIDE - While it feels like marijuana is virtually legal in New Jersey, you might want to keep the bong tucked quietly at home. USA Today did an "investigation," revealing that the Garden State has the highest rate of marijuana arrests in the nation. In 2016, there were 32,270 marijuana possession arrests here - more than murder, rape, assault or any type of theft.

The Jaffe Briefing - August 2, 2018

GALLOWAY - For Stockton University students, it was a helluva run. For the past few years, 200 lucky students got to live in a freshly-renovated Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, featuring room service, free laundry and flat screens - all for the bargain price of a public university. Pretty darn posh. But the school has ultimately decided to sell its golf resort-turned-awesome dorm for ...

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York Revolution vs. Somerset Patriots

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It was J-E-T-S at RU on Saturday

August 6, 2018

PISCATAWAY, NJ - The Jets were on the banks Saturday night, using High Point Solutions Stadium as host of their Green and White scrimmage. 

It was a great time for Jets fans to see the team's young quarterback Sam Darnold throw some passes during a loose scrimmage that had plenty of offense and no real defense (so no one got injured.) There were plenty of fans in Jets garb, as ...

Is NJ Having a Burb Bounce Back?

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Suburban growth may be making a comeback. 

A new Rutgers Regional Report, “The ‘Burbs’ Bounce Back: ‘Trendlet’ or ‘Dead Cat Bounce’?” finds that the demographic shifts of the early part of the decade, 2010-2016, where urban areas had a strong resurgence, may be shifting back to the ...

Rutgers, RJWBarnabas Enter $1B, 20-Year Agreement

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University today entered an agreement with RWJBarnabas Health in which the hospital group will provide the university with $1 billion over the next 20 years for medical research and support for the medical school.

Under the public-private partnership, RWJBarnabas will fund and have access to latest medical research at the state university to improve health ...

Youths Showcase Music, Dance, Drama Skills

August 9, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Sixty city students will display their talents in singing, drama, music and dance Friday night , Aug. 10, 2018, in the in the summer youth performing arts finale at the Middle School, 1125 Livingston Ave.

Performances begin at 6 p.m. for what is the 22nd Anniversary of the program titled Artists Mentoring Against Racism, Drugs & Violence, Healing Through the ...

OPINION

Stop the Garden State from becoming the Pipeline State

August 2, 2018

Series Issue 6:  Williams-Transco’s NESE and Compressor Station 206:  Who Will Protect Us?

The costs of continuing to build natural gas facilities and pipelines will be borne by all of us and future generations who will contend with health issues, impacts from severe weather events, potential lessening of property values, and other inherent dangers from air and water pollution ...

New Brunswick Tomorrow’s Bobadilla Summer Soccer Academy Empowers Children to Make a Difference in Their Community

August 6, 2018

New Brunswick, NJ – On Tuesday, July 31, 2018, New Brunswick Tomorrow’s (NBT) Bobadilla Summer Soccer Academy held a graduation event for 150 participants who attended this year’s camp.

Named after its creator, Mike Bobadilla, Captain of the New Brunswick Police Department, the Bobadilla Summer Soccer Academy  is a FREE five-week summer camp. Using soccer as a vehicle to ...