After ICE Raids, New Brunswick Activist Urges Undocumented Immigrants to Prepare

April 24, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Teresa Vivar has a simple warning for undocumented immigrants: Know your rights.

Tensions in New Brunswick’s immigrant community have risen after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested six people with alleged gang ties last week on civil immigration charges. The raids began early Thursday, sweeping up people on their way to work and causing ...

Cops Searching for Suspect in Assault Near Easton Avenue

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A man received treatment for non-life-threatening injuries early this morning after being assaulted by an individual with a “sharp object,” according to a crime alert from the Rutgers University Police Department.

The incident occurred around 2:04 a.m. April 23 on an unidentified street connected to Easton Avenue, according to police.

After the attack, ...

PHOTOS: Details of ICE Raids Emerge; New Brunswick Police Deny Involvement

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — At least 12 people were caught up in seven raids carried out by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents yesterday throughout New Brunswick, according to one activist’s count.

Teresa Vivar of LAZOS America Unida, a nonprofit that advocates for Latinos’ rights, told TAPinto New Brunswick that the wave of raids began before 6 a.m. April 20 and ...

Fighting Lagging State Aid, New Brunswick School Budget Would Raise Taxes

March 27, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Residents are in line to pay more in taxes as the city’s school district attempts to preserve its educational programs and workforce amid a slowdown in state aid increases.

New Brunswick’s board of education approved its $201 million budget for the 2017-18 school year during a meeting late last week at the high school. Residents may vote on the spending ...

New Brunswick Area Job Fair Draws Hundreds

April 20, 2017

SOMERSET, NJ - Over 70 employers and 350-plus job seekers gathered at The Imperia for Assemblyman Joe Danielsen's and the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce's third annual job fair.

This year's job fair was the biggest to date, and Danielsen attributes that to the outreach efforts set forth by him and his team.

"We changed our strategy, we put much more time and ...

What History Lives in Your Backyard? In New Brunswick, Quite a Bit

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Did you know that the city’s first residents were members of the Lenni Lenape tribe? Or that the tycoon Andrew Carnegie paid $50,000 toward the construction of the New Brunswick Free Public Library?

Bits and pieces of history remain throughout the Hub City—if you know where to look.

To that end, the City of New Brunswick and the New Brunswick ...

Violators Face Fines as Parking Rules Return to New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Spring means many things in New Brunswick—including the pivot to alternate-side parking.

The regulations require vehicles to not park on certain sides of a given street during certain time periods. They kicked back into gear Saturday, April 1, and run through October.

Drivers who don’t abide by alternate-side parking orders may face a fine of $25, ...

NJIT math professor predicts MLB post-season teams

April 4, 2017

Sorry New York Yankees and Mets fans. A Newark math professor predicts your teams won't make the post season.

New Jersey Institute of Technology math professor Bruce Bukiet predicts the Boston Red Sox will top the American League East and the Washington Nationals will take the National League East.

Bukiet, who is also an associate dean at the Newark college and a Mets fan, has ...

Will the Cultural Center Redevelopment Project Usher In Gentrification?

April 20, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Hardly a day goes by in the Hub City without mention of the push to build a sprawling downtown tower with two theaters and more than 200 apartments.

Local officials and private developers have promoted the Cultural Center redevelopment project with much excitement, stoking anticipation for the 22-story Livingston Avenue landmark that they claim will boost ...

Owners Must Register Vacant Buildings or Face Fines in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Abandoned, decrepit buildings in the city are about to cost their owners more money.

Effective June 1, people who own vacant properties—any building that’s not legally occupied or on the market, and can’t be without repairs—must register the sites with New Brunswick. Along with their contact information and those of any maintenance worker, the ...

Planning Board Approves Ambitious Plans for New Brunswick Cultural Center Redevelopment

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The city’s downtown performing arts center is one step closer to becoming reality.

The Planning Board approved the proposal for a mixed-use tower off Livingston Avenue and a corresponding Bayard Street parking deck at its meeting this week. While the New Brunswick Development Corporation, or Devco, has scaled down the scope of the project, officials believe it ...

In New Brunswick, Rutgers Alum Tells the Tale of Keurig Coffee

March 30, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Hub City hosted some of the best and brightest in business this week—and the keynote speaker was one of Rutgers University’s own.

They came for a joint dinner meeting of the New Jersey chapters of Financial Executives International and the Association for Corporate Growth. As rain pounded the streets Tuesday night, March 28, dozens of dealmakers ...

Saint Peter’s Names Interim CEO Following Resignation

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The head of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System has stepped down after nearly 10 years at the helm of the Hub City-based medical group.

Saint Peter’s released a statement from its chairman today announcing the resignation of Ronald Rak. At the same time, the chairman said Leslie Hirsch, who was hired in 2015, would take the reins as interim CEO and president ...

Supporters Raise $150,000 for Assemblyman Craig Coughlin

March 30, 2017

At a fundraiser last night in Woodbridge, supporters raise​d an impressive​ $150,000 for the re-election campaign of Assemblyman Craig Coughlin (D-19th Dist.) More than 100 people attended the two-hour event.

Coughlin was introduced by Assemblyman Jerry Green of Plainfield (D-22nd Dist.), who said he was looking forward to Coughlin's leadership in the Assembly and his strong ability to ...

Looking for Love? Try the New Brunswick Jazz Project

April 19, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Mike Bond was so emotional he could barely say the words.

After playing a set on the piano for the New Brunswick Jazz Project, he calmed down for a few minutes and prepared for the big moment. He started by singing a jazz standard called “A Beautiful Friendship,” a tune he practiced all week, even though it had long been the anthem of his relationship.

Make Some Noise: Hub City Music Festival to Support Elijah’s Promise

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The fifth annual Hub City Music Festival is set to boom and groove through New Brunswick this week.

The event began with a series of shows over the weekend. It’s slated to resume on April 20 with an all-star open-mic night at Glo. After that, roughly 20 bands and musical theater performances will play across the city and in Highland Park next ...

Spring Brings a Stranger and a Song to New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Gary Martin has been told he looks intimidating.

Maybe it’s because his sunglasses shield his eyes, like a poker player hiding a tell. It could be that his shaved head makes some folks think he’s an undercover cop. He’s not sure.

But he certainly didn’t appear threatening today, as he strummed his black Carvin acoustic guitar and sang ...

The 6 Best Dive Bars in New Brunswick

April 21, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Sometimes all you need is a cold pint of beer, a raggedy barstool and a good jukebox.

Sure, downtown New Brunswick’s chic bar and restaurant scene has few rivals in the area, or even the state. Where else can you hear jazz four nights a week, eat kangaroo or catch a first-rate theatrical performance?

Yet there’s something equally charming about a good ...

The Top 9 Places for Date Night in Downtown New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The most difficult part is behind you.

Despite your jitters, shaky voice and obviously faux sense of confidence, you managed to squeeze out the words: Do you want to grab dinner tomorrow night? And, to the surprise of you and your roommates alike, it worked. You’re finally going on that date.

New Brunswick, of course, is made for this kind of thing. In fact, ...

High School, College Students Sought For County Youth Conservation Corps

April 24, 2017

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Applications are now being accepted for the Middlesex County Youth Conservation Corps, whose mission is to protect and preserve the more than 8,000 acres of Open Space owned and maintained by Middlesex County.

The County recognizes that these natural areas must always be guarded from misuse, polluters and the forces of nature, and needs help in keeping these ...

In a Push for Energy Savings, Rutgers OKs $75 Million in Upgrades

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — For decades, Rutgers University facilities near its flagship New Brunswick campus and in Newark have relied on two plants for power, heating and cooling.

One was installed on Busch Campus in 1996 and is on its way to becoming obsolete. The other came to Newark in 1987 and, now past its prime, runs at just 60 percent of its full capacity, according to documents ...

RU Students Clean Streets, Build Bridge with New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Most Rutgers University students were hunkered down in the library, strolling around the city or sipping a drink on Sunday, which was perhaps the nicest day of the year.

But not everyone took the day for themselves. Indeed, dozens of students came out to Union Street during the afternoon of April 2 to clean litter and junk from a New Brunswick neighborhood that sits ...

In New Brunswick, RU Med Students Refine Skills, Treat the Poor

April 18, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – What goes on in the classroom is just one piece of the education received by Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical Students.

In fact, New Brunswick itself serves as a larger clinic for the school’s budding doctors and medical professionals. Through several school-led programs, med students provide free care and outreach to residents of a city in which 34 ...

Hub City Hospital Earns High Safety Marks

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — They don’t call it the Healthcare City for no reason.

Saint Peter’s University Hospital earned an A grade in the Leapfrog Group’s spring 2017 hospital safety report, maintaining the top ranking for four straight biannual cycles.

“Saint Peter’s is deeply committed to the safety of our patients, as this grade shows, and we take ...

Better Healthcare? Study Finds New Brunswick “Hotspots,” Aims to Improve Treatment

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — There’s room to improve the Healthcare City, according to a new study by Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Researchers found the existence of so-called “hotspots,” which are home to a high concentration of Medicaid patients who often patronize New Brunswick’s hospitals, according to the school. Emergency room bills for these people ...

Birdsall Executive from New Brunswick Pleads Guilty, Faces Jail Time for Pay-to-Play

April 12, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A city resident and former executive of Birdsall Services Group, the engineering firm that closed in the wake of a sweeping pay-to-play scheme, will likely serve jail time.

James Johnston, 55, pleaded guilty today, April 12, to a fourth-degree charge of “making prohibited corporate political contributions” on behalf of Birdsall, according to the state ...

New Brunswick-Based Probation Officer Agrees to 3 Years for Taking Bribes

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A probation officer who worked with people admitted to drug court in New Brunswick pleaded guilty today to taking money in exchange for keeping a man’s name off a random drug-testing list, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Rhonda Battle, a 48-year-old Roselle resident, has agreed to serve three years in state prison with no chance of ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - April 24, 2017


ON THE RAILS - As weary, hesitant, harried and worried commuters approach their local train station this morning and give a silent prayer that somehow their train will actually appear somewhat on time, the problem is much bigger than basic incompetence. The Northeast Corridor needs about $28 billion or so in repairs to its antiqued equipment, which ...

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Protest or Problem? Rutgers Revises Its “Disruption” Policy

April 17, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Rutgers University has shored up policy language so that community members and administrators alike may better understand the line between a protest and disruption.

The Board of Governors approved two resolutions earlier this month defining what, exactly, constitutes a disturbance that violates Rutgers policy. Among other things, the revisions lay out a list of ...

Shake It: RU Dance Marathon Tops $1 Million Mark

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Two consecutive, 12-hour dance sessions weren’t exhausting enough to quiet the crowd.

Participants of this year’s Rutgers University Dance Marathon, squeezed into the Rutgers Athletic Center, roared with shouts and applause when they got the news: They broke the fundraising record for the event by raking in more than $1 million.

The party, which ...

Battling for Big 10 Success, Rutgers Approves $115 Million Practice Facility

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A sprawling new athletics practice facility is set to take root on Rutgers University’s Livingston Campus come fall 2019.

The Board of Governors approved the construction of the $115 million project yesterday, April 6, during its meeting in Winants Hall. If all goes as planned, it will yield a four-story, 125,000-square-foot practice facility for basketball, ...

High School, College Students Sought For County Youth Conservation Corps

April 24, 2017

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Applications are now being accepted for the Middlesex County Youth Conservation Corps, whose mission is to protect and preserve the more than 8,000 acres of Open Space owned and maintained by Middlesex County.

The County recognizes that these natural areas must always be guarded from misuse, polluters and the forces of nature, and needs help in keeping these ...


Letter: Endangered Species Act is Endangered

March 29, 2017

Dear Editor:

New Jersey Audubon is deeply concerned about ongoing efforts on Capitol Hill to undermine the Endangered Species Act – a law passed by near-unanimous, bi-partisan support in 1973 - which works to recover threatened and endangered species. 

The attempts to roll-back the Act, if successful, would gravely threaten our incredible wildlife across America. There is no ...

5th Annual Autism Awareness Swim & Play Fundraiser At ESCNJ Aquatics & Fitness Center

April 24, 2017

The Educational Services Commission of  New Jersey (ESCNJ) Aquatics & Fitness Center’s annual fundraiser on behalf of  Autism New Jersey has led the way in raising funds the past two years,  and this year’s effort promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Held in conjunction with National Autism Awareness Month, the 5th Annual Autism Awareness Swim & Play ...

The New Brunswick Music Scene: A World of Solace, Friendship and No BS

April 23, 2017

Editor's note: This is the first in a regular series of columns by Amy Barenboim, a Rutgers University student who covers and provides commentary on local issues.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — There is another side to nightlife in New Brunswick that is devoid of frat parties, bar-hopping and anonymous one-night stands. Underneath those conventional festivities--literally--is a whole different ...