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New Brunswick Police Gain Accreditation for Another 3 Years

March 25, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -  A state association has again given passing marks to the New Brunswick Police Department, which received a highly valued accreditation for another three years.

The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police re-credited the city police following a rigorous week-long process of reviewing departmental policies and soliciting comments from residents.

To pass the ...

2 Firefighters Promoted to New Leadership Roles

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Two firefighters with the New Brunswick Fire Department were promoted to new leadership roles this week.

Lieutenant Michael Dillon, who has served with the fire department since the year 2000, was promoted to the rank of Captain. And, firefighter Alexander Eristavi, a 23-year veteran of the fire department, was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.

Eristavi has ...

Man Grabs Woman Out of Car at Wal-Mart, Goes on Crime Spree

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - A woman was forcibly removed from her car in the East Brunswick Wal-Mart parking lot on Sunday by a man who stole the vehicle and then committed a series of crimes in Woodbridge.

On March 12, 2019, detectives from both East Brunswick and Woodbridge Police Departments charged a Linden man with multiple crimes stemming from two incidents on March 10, 2019.   East ...

New Brunswick paraprofessional, coach charged with sexually assaulting teen at school

March 20, 2019

A New Brunswick middle school paraprofessional and assistant basketball coach is charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old female student on school property, authorities announced.

Eugene Colbert, 31, of South River, a paraprofessional in the New Brunswick school system, as well as a member of the coaching staff allegedly engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with the ...

$223.5 Million Proposed School Carries Nearly $95 Average Tax Hike

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city school board has proposed a $223.5 million budget for the next school year that would be $9.5 million more than the current budget and would add an estimated $94.98 to the property tax bill for the average homeowner.

Under the proposal introduced at the board meeting last week, local taxes would account for $31.7 million of all revenue for the budget to fund ...

New Program Keeps Special Needs Students in New Brunswick Schools

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It began with a simple request more than three years ago. New Brunswick school officials had several special needs students and wanted to give them classes in city schools instead of having them transported out of city each day to programs in another town.

"Once the child is placed out of the district, it's hard to get them back," said Gary Molenaar, assistant ...

New Brunswick Police Gain Accreditation for Another 3 Years

March 25, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -  A state association has again given passing marks to the New Brunswick Police Department, which received a highly valued accreditation for another three years.

The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police re-credited the city police following a rigorous week-long process of reviewing departmental policies and soliciting comments from residents.

To pass the ...

What $427K of Your Local Tax Dollars Purchased this Month in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It is technically called an articulated wheel loader, and you can get one for $62,620, with a cab.

That is how much the New Brunswick city council agreed to spend for this machine that most people would call just another large earth-moving machine, one of those big yellow vehicles commonly seen at construction sites.

This is just one of the large purchases council ...

Dems Tap New Brunswick Mayor's Advisor for Freeholder Seat

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It appears New Brunswick may keep its representation on the Middlesex County freeholder board as Middlesex County Democrats on Monday picked a city government administrator to succeed retiring freeholder and former city councilwoman Blanquita Valenti.

Clary Azcona-Barber, a management specialist in Mayor James Cahill's office, won the Democratic Organization endorsement ...

Ashnault and Suriano both win in rematches to advance to NCAA finals

March 25, 2019

Anthony Ashnault and Nick Suriano have been making New Jersey wrestling history even before they both took their first steps onto the mat representing Rutgers wrestling. The dynamic duo will be reaching yet another Scarlet Knight first on Saturday, as they both will be competing in championship matches in the NCAA Division I tournament in Pittsburg.

Ashnault and Suriano both came out ...

Ashnault and Suriano both win in rematches to advance to NCAA finals

Anthony Ashnault and Nick Suriano have been making New Jersey wrestling history even before they both took their first steps onto the mat representing Rutgers wrestling. The dynamic duo will be reaching yet another Scarlet Knight first on Saturday, as they both will be competing in championship matches in the NCAA Division I tournament in Pittsburg.

Ashnault and Suriano both came out ...

Ashnault and Suriano win in NCAA finals to become RU wrestling's first ever national titlists

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It took six long hard years, but Anthony Ashnault has finally reached his goal. The South Plainfield native was already Rutgers University's most winning and most decorated wrestler heading into the 2019 NCAA Division I wrestling tournament, but after his victory on Saturday night, he can call himself a national titlist.

Ashnault earned a 9-4 win ...

Milltown Ice Cream Depot Inviting Folks To Come Out To Its Grand Re-Opening

March 24, 2019

MILLTOWN, NJ - "I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream," as the timeless children's song goes. It's never too early or too late for ice cream. So mark the calendars for the grand re-opening of the Milltown Ice Cream Depot on Friday, March 29 at 11 a.m. The popular ice cream shop will be opening its doors to customers for the first time in the store's new location ...

Raritan Valley Line Mayors Alliance Encourage Towns to Pass Resolutions Calling for Restoration of Direct Train Service to NYC

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Borough Council has passed a resolution calling on Governor Murphy, DOT Commissioner Guteirrez-Scaccetti, and State Senators to restore the off-peak direct "one-seat ride" service into New York City along NJ Transit's Raritan Valley Line (RVL).

 

Service was suspended on RVL, Atlantic City and Princeton Lines in 2018. The other lines have ...

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City Arts Center Names 2 Theaters for Long-time Patrons, $7.7 Mill in Donations

March 25, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Elizabeth Ross Johnson was a newspaper reporter in Alaska, managed an inn in Maine, and created an agency orphans in Cambodia, all before opening a folk art gallery in New York City. She died in June 2017 of Alzheimer's.

Her legacy will live on with the naming of the 463-seat Elizabeth Ross Johnson Theater in the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC), the ...

Twelve Events Happening in New Brunswick This Week (March 25)

NEW BRUNSWICK – Last week of March!? Where did the month go? For those wanting warm weather and more outdoor events, the Hub City is getting ready for that transition! So enjoy the last week of March events and then off to April we go.

Tuesday, March 26
2019 Part-Time and Summer Job Fair 11 a.m.
Where: College Ave Student Center

Various employers will be on site and ready to ...

Easter Egg Hunt Continues Use of Age-Old Symbol for Annual City Event

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The use of decorated eggs is a tradition begun thousands of years ago.

For generations the colorful egg shells have been a symbol of the Easter celebration, with some Christians associating the red with the blood of Jesus, or the cracking of the shell as the opening of the tomb.

This year the city will continue the tradition, with an Easter Egg hunt scheduled on April 6 ...

Recall Alert - Metal Pieces Found in Tyson Chicken Strips

March 25, 2019

WASHINGTON - Approximately 70,000 pounds of Tyson Foods, frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strips may be contaminated with pieces of metal, announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The recall was initiated after two consumer complaints were received.

The frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strips that are being recalled were produced on November 30, ...

13,500 Reasons to Love East Brunswick's New Metro Diner

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -   The new Metro Diner on Route 18 South in East Brunswick may be the first diner in this "Southern hospitality" chain to put down roots in New Jersey, but owners Mike and Jennifer Killeen have already made lots of friends in the community.  This past weekend, during a "soft" (practice) opening, the Killeens hosted a fundraiser for two ...

Senior 'HomeSharing' Program Keeps People in Homes, Cuts Costs

March 6, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Middlesex County officials are urging seniors who struggle with meeting expenses to consider a program matching homeowners with other seniors looking to share a residence because of the high cost of housing.

Bridgewater-based HomeSharing Inc. is a non-profit organization that helps people maintain their homes by finding the right fit with another ...

Adult Troop Leaders Needed as Girl Scouts Membership Skyrockets in Newark

NEWARK, NJ -- There’s a myth about all those Thin Mints, Tagalongs and Do-si-dos the CEO of Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey (GSHNJ) wants to dispel.

“It’s not a cookie program. It’s not a cookie sale,” Natasha Hemmings said while sitting in Whole Foods in Downtown Newark, catching a quick bite before she headed out to another meeting.

“It’s an ...

Adult Troop Leaders Needed as Girl Scouts Membership Skyrockets in Newark

NEWARK, NJ -- There’s a myth about all those Thin Mints, Tagalongs and Do-si-dos the CEO of Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey (GSHNJ) wants to dispel.

“It’s not a cookie program. It’s not a cookie sale,” Natasha Hemmings said while sitting in Whole Foods in Downtown Newark, catching a quick bite before she headed out to another meeting.

“It’s an ...

Residents and activists square off with unions over controversial pipeline project

March 20, 2019

EAST BRUNSWICK – Politicians, residents and environmental groups found themselves at odds with unions over an extension of the Transco natural gas pipeline that would run through New Jersey and the Raritan Bay to New York.

Williams, the energy infrastructure company that owns and operates the Transco pipeline, wants to build a 32,000 horsepower compressor station in Franklin and 3.5 ...

Monroe Mayor Calls for Zoning Board to Reject Proposed SPII-LLC Housing Development on Route 33

The Monroe Township Zoning Board is expected to hear an amended application on Tuesday, March 26 that would bring 206 new housing units and retail to an environmentally-sensitive area of Monroe, at the Millstone River.

Mayor Gerald Tamburro said the area is home to a bald eagle’s nest perched near the Millstone River. Under state and federal law, it can be illegal to construct buildings ...

City's Farmers Market Eagerly Awaits Spring

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The New Brunswick Community Farmers Market will expand this spring in size and scope.

The expansion takes place thanks to a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2018 Farmers Market Promotion Program.

The funds will be used over three years to re-launch and “re-familiarize the community with the market,” said Dr. William Hallman, ...

Komen North Jersey Pink Tie Party: Survivors Serve up Hope

March 25, 2019

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — The co-anchor for ABC News’ 20/20 had recently turned 40 when she was asked to take a mammogram for a television segment.

Amy Robach had every intention of turning down the story, but five years later Robach is thankful she did take the cancer screening.

Speaking to about 400 people at the Susan G. Komen North Jersey affiliate’s Pink Tie Party on Friday, ...

Rutgers-Led Team Awarded $29M National Health Grant

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Rutgers University-led team, that includes two other major New Jersey higher education institutions, has been awarded a $29 million grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH)  to develop patient treatments based on results found in laboratories as well as in clinics, Rutgers announced.

The five-year grant was awarded to the Rutgers Institute for ...

Second New Brunswick Food Delivery Man Robbed, Assaulted

March 18, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A man delivering a food order to a city residence was attacked by two robbers who punched the victim and stole the food and personal property, Rutgers University police said in an alert issued today.

The victim, who was robbed at an off-campus location, was the second delivery man attacked in five days.

The latest robbery occurred Saturday about 8 p.m. on Dix Street ...

Food Delivery Driver Robbed Off Rutgers Campus

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - City police are investigating the robbery of a food delivery man who was attacked by three men Tuesday as he got in his car after delivering food to a Baldwin Street home, authorities said.

The robbery occurred about 11:53 p.m. on Baldwin Street, between Jones and Nichol Avenues, after the victim got in his car and one man entered the vehicle and pushed a hard object ...

Man Given 8-Year Sentence in $180K Mortgage Re-Finance Scheme

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A man who stole mortgage payments through a phony refinancing scheme that forced a couple to default on their mortgage was sentenced to eight years in prison, and ordered to reimburse the couple $180,867, authorities said today.

Robert Perniola, 60, of Pompano Beach, Fla., formerly of Manalapan, received funds from the homeowners who thought Perniola was assisting them ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - March 25, 2019

TRENTON - It's Monday morning, so let's discuss death. The state Legislature is set to vote today on physician-assisted suicide, making New Jersey the eighth state in the union that allows "aid in dying." Residents with a terminal, incurable, irreversible disease would have the legal right to decide how and when to die. This has all been a tremendous source of debate over ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 22, 2019

HAMILTON - There are nearly 11,000 people employed at NJ Transit, yet not one of them has the responsibility of opening the Hamilton train station each morning. Rather, NJ.com reports, that task is delegated to the people who work at Dunkin' Donuts. No sugarcoating here, NJ Transit freely admits that employees of the mega-coffee chain's location here have the key to the ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 21, 2019

STATEWIDE - President Trump was busy attacking the news media yet again yesterday, as he continues to claim any negative reporting about his administration is "fake." Yes, this continues to be dangerous stuff, as the president is the zen master in breezily dismissing cold, hard fact as fanciful fiction. The future of journalism is at a crossroads, with constant credibility ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 20, 2019

Welcome to the International Day of Happiness! This year's theme? "Happier Together!" Spring arrives, thankfully, at 5:58 p.m.

MONROE - This town's mayor has devised a clever new strategy to block overdevelopment: fighting for the nesting grounds of a local bald eagle, TAPInto New Brunswick reports. Mayor Gerald Tamburro is urging local ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 19, 2019

HOBOKEN - Aww, c'mon. That's really the only thing one guy can say, after Google Maps somehow caught him in mid-fall. Up through 8 p.m. yesterday, if you typed "725 Willow Ave. Hoboken, New Jersey" in Google Maps and clicked "street view," this is what appeared. Really, what are the odds?

TRENTON - Cash remains king in New Jersey, even though all those ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 18, 2019

TRENTON - The state is going to the dogs, which apparently have a terrific lobbyist in Trenton. Somehow, Fido, Rover and other four-legged friends have convinced lawmakers in the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee to support a bill that would limit the number of dogs euthanized after they attack.  NJ 101.5 reports that the legislation would only allow dogs who are ...

For Parents Like Me, Pot Legalization in New Jersey is a Dilemma

I like Gov. Phil Murphy, but he's making a liar out of me. Me and millions of parents. For a couple of generations now, mothers and fathers have been warning children about the dangers of pot smoking. Now the governor comes along and tells them there is no Santa Claus.

I’ve been warning my children about pot for 20 years. That’s not exaggeration. It started when my ...

New Jersey Date Night: Tropical Getaways, No Passports Necessary

March 25, 2019

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Warm weather is only weeks away, but residents of New Jersey know that it’s really a few weeks too many.  A lot can still happen before spring kicks in; big snowstorms, heavy winds and temperatures that make you think your new next-door neighbors will be a family of penguins. If we haven’t ...

Upcoming Events

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Wed, March 27, 12:00 PM

The Cornelius Low House Museum, Piscataway

Midcentury New Jersey: The Garden State in the ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

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Thu, March 28, 12:00 PM

The Cornelius Low House Museum, Piscataway

Midcentury New Jersey: The Garden State in the ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

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Fri, March 29, 12:00 PM

The Cornelius Low House Museum, Piscataway

Midcentury New Jersey: The Garden State in the ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

Anthony Ashnault, NCAA National Champ, Triumphantly Returns to Rutgers

March 24, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Anthony Ashnault stepped off the bus and onto the pavement of the parking lot in the back of the College Ave Gym, put his hands up in the air, and smiled from ear to ear.

Fans greeted Ashnault, a South Plainfield native who just captured the 2019 149-pound NCAA wrestling championship for Rutgers, Nick Suriano (133 pound champ), and the Scarlet Knights coaching staff ...

Rutgers Faculty Authorize Union to Strike

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University officials say they are "making progress" with the labor union representing faculty, but still the American Association of University Professors-American Federation of Teachers - representing 4,800 full-time faculty and graduate employees - is considering a first-ever strike.

University officials say they have met 33 times with the ...

Second New Brunswick Food Delivery Man Robbed, Assaulted

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A man delivering a food order to a city residence was attacked by two robbers who punched the victim and stole the food and personal property, Rutgers University police said in an alert issued today.

The victim, who was robbed at an off-campus location, was the second delivery man attacked in five days.

The latest robbery occurred Saturday about 8 p.m. on Dix Street ...

13,500 Reasons to Love East Brunswick's New Metro Diner

March 13, 2019

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -   The new Metro Diner on Route 18 South in East Brunswick may be the first diner in this "Southern hospitality" chain to put down roots in New Jersey, but owners Mike and Jennifer Killeen have already made lots of friends in the community.  This past weekend, during a "soft" (practice) opening, the Killeens hosted a fundraiser for two ...

Hillsborough Schools Face Tough Choices; Teacher Layoffs Possible

March 21, 2019

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Stung by the defeat of a March 12 referendum that would have raised over $8 million to stabilize the school budget and implement full-day kindergarten, the Board of Education is considering several cost-saving options for the 2019-20 school year – including layoffs upwards of 50 teachers and staff.

Other remedies under consideration to overcome a $5 million shortfall ...

OPINION

Why Raise Taxes and Jeopardize 87,000 Jobs in New Jersey?

March 18, 2019

Over the past two decades, the child care industry in New Jersey has invested heavily in the latest technologies and infrastructure to serve infants as young as six weeks old.

Heavily regulated by the state Department of Children and Families (DCF), this industry serving 350,000 children in the state now deploys biometric finger entry, electronic daily reports to parents, cameras and silent ...

Free Admission to Theatre Panel Discussion

March 25, 2019

WOMEN IN THEATRE LEADERSHIP

A Panel Discussion at the Lewis Center for the Arts in Princeton

Presented by the New Jersey Historical Commission and New Jersey Theatre Alliance

MORRISTOWN, NJ – A free panel discussion and Q&A with Artistic Directors from four professional equity theatres in the Garden State will be held at the Lewis Center for the Arts at 122 Alexander Street in ...

Etheridge Family Medical: Spring Cleaning

March 25, 2019

 Etheridge Family Medicine: "Where we focus on preventive care for a long, healthy and prosperous life." 

SOMERSET, NJ - WOW!

It's that time of year again already. Spring is finally here, bringing with it hopes of better days to come, beautiful warm weather and dreamy star-filled nights.

Rather than focus on our usual goals of beautifying our houses and yards ...