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7 Officers Join Police Department, City's Largest Force Will Get Even More

January 17, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Seven officers were ceremoniously sworn-in to join the city police department on Tuesday, bringing the force to a total of 149.

Taking the oath of office at city hall were Guiseppi Fatula, Timothy Hagerty, James Perotti, Christopher Mohr, Julio Urena and Robert Taveras.

Each of them completed graduated this week from the Cape May Police Academy where they completed 21 ...

New Brunswick Police Capt. Promoted to Deputy Chief, 1st in Department in 3 Decades

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A city police captain with nearly 27 years on the force will now serve as deputy chief, the first person to hold that position in the department in more than 30 years.

City officials today announced that Vincent Sabo, the executive officer of the department, was promoted to the deputy's post on Jan. 8, 2019.

“Deputy Chief Sabo is a trusted senior member of ...

Taxi Driver Strikes 3 Girls, Boy in New Brunswick on their Walk to School

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Four pedestrians walking to school were struck by a taxi driver today as they crossed a street while walking in a crosswalk, police said.

Authorities said the pedestrians were struck about 8:48 a.m. on Townsend Street.

The victims included two girls, ages 8 and 10, who were on their way to school and an 18-year-old woman and 3-year-old boy who were accompanying ...

Nuns Assigned to Immaculata Community to Leave Somerville after 61 Years

January 14, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - The Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will end their association with Immaculate Conception School and Immaculata High School after 61 years and will be reassigned to other responsibilities at the end of the school year.

The Sisters had met with Msgr. Seamus F. Brennan last month to inform him of their decision, which was based on numbers – too few ...

High School Students To Show Their Knowledge in 'Brain Bee' Competition

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - High school students will have a chance next month to show how smart they are and possibly win cash prizes at a New Jersey Regional Brain Bee hosted at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway.

Using a system similar to a spelling bee, students will be quizzed about the human brain and central nervous system on a book that can be downloaded from the ...

County Officials Remind Residents February SNAP Benefits Will Be Issued Today

January 17, 2019

CAMDEN, NJ—Camden County officials are reminding residents that the SNAP benefits issued today are to be used for the month of February.

The SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] benefits have been issued early due to the ongoing federal government shutdown, and Camden County SNAP recipients’ EBT cards should have been all reloaded today for the month of February, ...

Continuing Gov. Shutdown Could Leave Hundreds of Landlords Unpaid

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The partial government shutdown has not impacted the federally funded New Brunswick Housing Authority, but that could soon change.

However, if the shutdown lasts to the end of the month, authority employees could be furloughed and hundreds of landlords in New Brunswick and neighboring Franklin Township would fail to receive payments through the section 8 housing subsidy ...

Transportation, Development Are Major Goals of Middlesex Freeholders

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Amid much pomp in a packed auditorium at Middlesex County College, county Freeholders Ronald Rios and Shanti Narra took the oaths of office for new terms Monday in ceremonies marked with the presence of numerous elected Democrats, from the local, county, state and federal levels, including Gov. Phil Murphy.

"As Middlesex County, so goes the state of New Jersey," ...

Road Warrior Finds a Home with Somerset Patriots

January 16, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots have signed 2018 Atlantic League left-handed pitcher Luis Cruz for the 2019 season.

“I am very happy to be able to play with the Somerset Patriots this season,” said Cruz. “I will do everything in my power to help this team win.”

Cruz enters his first year in Somerset and second season in the Atlantic League. The southpaw ...

'69 Mets to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of World Series Win at TD Bank Ballpark

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset Patriots will host a special 50th Anniversary Celebration of the 1969 World Series Champion New York Mets at TD Bank Ballpark on Sunday, June 9.

Four members of the 1969 World Series Championship team will be in attendance to be honored down on the field during the pre-game ceremonies and then sign autographs for fans at the ballpark. Scheduled to appear ...

All-Star Lefty Reliever Mike Antonini Back with Patriots for 2019 Season

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots have re-signed left-handed pitcher and 2018 Atlantic League Post-Season All-Star Mike Antonini for the 2019 season.

“I’m grateful to be back with the Patriots for another season,” said Antonini. “I look forward to contributing in any way I can to help bring a championship back to Somerset.”

Antonini enters his third ...

Jersey Avenue Getting 2 Huge New Warehouses

January 15, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Jersey Avenue corridor, already home to large warehouse operations, now will have more with the city approving two more of the structures, each with more than 50,000 square feet of space.

Planning board members on Monday approved construction of a 51,180-square-foot building at 750 Jersey Ave., next door to the Occidental Chemical building.

This is the second of ...

3 Stores, Apartments Approved on Vacant Route 27 Lot Despite Parking Limits

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Despite concerns about parking, city officials Monday approved plans for a building with three ground-floor stores and three apartments above them on a vacant lot at Somerset Street about two blocks from the city high school.

Planning board members unanimously approved plans for the two-story building at 938 Somerset St. The structure will face Somerset Street, which ...

"Highly Suspect" Survey Hits Homes in Sayreville

SAYREVILLE, NJ - The Sayreville Economic & Redevelopment Agency (SERA) is expressing deep concerns about a questionable poll mailed to Borough households in the waning days of 2018.

The poll was mailed from an unknown third party describing itself as the “National Community Based Development Initiative.” This group, which is apparently seeking residents’ opinions ...

Tour of Somerville Wins Tourism Award from Somerset County Business Partnership

January 14, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - The Tour of Somerville, which draws over 1,000 cyclists and thousands of spectators from the region and around the world to the downtown district Memorial Day weekend is the winner of the “Tourism Champion” category in the Salute to Tourism Awards which will be presented Jan. 18th at the Bridgewater Marriott.

Sponsored by the Somerset County Business ...

The History of the Brunswick Square Mall...and Its Future

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Brunswick Square Mall attracts thousands of shoppers throughout Middlesex County every year. It is one of the defining features in East Brunswick and the place most people tend to associate with the township. However, in recent years, the mall has struggled to keep up with the times, especially due to the fact that many of the other malls in the county are a lot more ...

Downtown Somerville Alliance Hires New Executive Director

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Natalie Pinero, former public information officer for Union Township and director of Legislative Research and Constituent Outreach for Union County will be hired as the new executive director of the Downtown Somerville Alliance at Monday night's reorganization meeting.

She is also an adjunct professor at Kean University, where she teaches Public Relations and Business and ...

Rutgers Grad Sets His Eyes on “The Arts” for Roselle

January 17, 2019

ROSELLE, NJ - What is your definition of the Arts? When you ask some people, the first thing that comes to mind is paintings, crafts, and other hands-on types of works. Others will say it's beautiful music. But what about Film Making? Yes, that is art too!

Roselle’s newest Councilman John Fortuna - a graduate of Rutgers University - is one who takes the "Arts” ...

Scholars, Artists to Explore Sexuality for Rutgers-Newark's Black History Month Conference

NEWARK, NJ - Scholars and artists will be brought together at Rutgers University - Newark next month to explore sexuality in the African American community.

The 39th annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series will be the premier event for Rutgers - Newark’s Black History Month conference. The event, named after the late East Orange native and pioneering African-American historian, ...

Somerville: How Sweet it Is! Seniors Create Chocolate Treats

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Tony Brokenborough and Carol Freedman, owners of Carol’s Creative Chocolatez on Division Street, hosted a private event for the residents of Brandywine Living, who made the trip earlier this week from their residence in Princeton to spend two hours immersed in the world of chocolate.

Wearing hair nets and aprons, the seniors learned about the history of chocolate and ...

New Brunswick to get a 'Biergarten,' Newest Downtown Restaurant

January 3, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Hub City is joining in a popular trend and getting a beer garden of sorts this spring when a new restaurant opens, filling a now-vacant location near the train station.

Redd's Biergarten will open at the foot of Easton Avenue, in the prime downtown site that was previously home to Brother Jimmy's BBQ.

It will be the third location for Redd's. The first ...

Red and Green for Christmas: Cranberry and Pistachio Cookies

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Remember that commercial when the gorgeous Catherine Deneuve sat casually on the edge of a pool table with her blonde hair cascading over one shoulder, as she said in a velvety French accent, "Please don't hate me because I'm beautiful?"  I remember hating her because she was beautiful.

On a similar note, I am here pounding on my ...

Roberto Sayers of South Plainfield Sworn in as Executive Member of NAACP

January 14, 2019

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  –  A resident of the borough for 12 years, Roberto Sayers first became involved with Metuchen-Edison Area Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) two years ago and, in late 2018, was elected to serve on its board. He was sworn in to a three-year term as an Executive Member during a Jan. 10 ...

Stores Offer Free Coffee to Furloughed Federal Workers

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Federal employees who are out of work because of the partial government shutdown now can find a little bit of sympathy from a group of New Jersey coffee shops that are giving the workers free cups of java and some pastry.

Hidden Grounds Coffee, which has two shops in New Brunswick, as well as locations in Jersey City and Hoboken, posted signs in the store windows with the ...

Fund Launched for Piscataway Sixth Grader’s Funeral Expenses

PISCATAWAY, NJ – 11-year-old Cameron Jean-Pierre may have suffered a fatal allergic reaction to the smell of fish being cooked at his grandmother’s home in Brooklyn, NY where he was visiting on New Year’s Day, according to a WABC news report.

The official cause of death for Cameron is still under investigation.

In the WABC news report Thursday, ...

Middlesex County Offers Additional Flu Clinics

January 16, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - As the mid-way point of the winter season approaches, Middlesex County is offering additional clinics for residents to receive flu vaccinations.

“Preventions like vaccines keep us healthy during harsh winter weather, and ensure good health for our families and co-workers," Freeholder Director Ronald Rios said in a statement this week.

County officials cite ...

Rutgers Prof Gets $400K Grant Using Smartphones for Monitoring Diseases

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - These days there is one item people keep with them constantly: a smartphone.

Now a Rutgers University professor has received a $400,000 grant to see if those smartphones can gather data on the effects of conditions that literally cause people to shake, such as Parkinson's Disease.

The National Institutes of Health gave the grant to Jean-Francois Daneault, an ...

First Babies of the Year Born Minutes Apart in New Brunswick Hospitals

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The happy part of Happy New Year came less than three hours after the ball dropped for families who each welcomed new babies born just minutes apart at New Brunswick's two hospitals.

Adina and Binyamin Bril became parents for the first time when their daughter was born at 2:21 a.m. today at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. The mother was admitted to hospital in ...

Sheriff's Office Offers Close-up Look Through Academy

January 16, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Residents can once again get a close-up look at the Middlesex County Sheriff's Office through an eight-week Civilian Academy.

This academy is designed to show Middlesex County residents on the functions and duties of the sheriff’s office.

The program is conducted at the Middlesex County Fire Academy in Sayreville and begins March 14, from 7  to 9 ...

Long-time New Brunswick Law Firm Names Executive Committee Member

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A long-time New Brunswick law firm has appointed a new member to the company's executive committee.

Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas, LLP announced that Chad Moore will serve on the firm’s nine-member committee.

“We are pleased to welcome Chad to our executive committee. Chad’s considerable experience and talent will help drive our ...

Edison Man Pleads Guilty to Scam Targeting Senior Citizens

NEW BRUSNWICK, NJ - An Edison man has pleaded guilty to his part in an international-based computer scam that stole $25,000 from 83 senior citizens, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a statement.

Mohammed Alam, 25, is expected to be sentenced to probation after pleading guilty in Superior Court to a charge of third-degree theft of moveable property, Carey said ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - January 11, 2019

NORTH JERSEY - Not everyone is man enough to be a Girl Scout. That's quite evident in the latest episode of the Jaffe Podcast, in which we chat with the CEO of the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey, serving seven counties. Natasha Hemmings says there's this myth that Girl Scouts exist just to sell you a box or three of cookies. The fact is Girl Scouts are running programs for ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 10, 2019

NORTH JERSEY - On this day, 20 years ago, we got our first look at a modern-day gangster, cigar in mouth, driving down the New Jersey Turnpike, to a funky beat. We saw the refineries and the tank farms. And we saw Interchange 13 in all its glory, the airplanes out of Newark, the pizza joint, the iconic New Jersey signs and, in the end, a Jersey-style McMansion. Yeah, we're talking about ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 9, 2019

WAYNE - Back in the day, a "Cannabis Institute" at a New Jersey college typically comprised a bong, a couple boxes of half-eaten pizza and some R.E.M. But this is a new generation, and now colleges are eager to create "Institutes" about pretty much anything. And, so, prospective students at William Paterson University will soon be getting wooed by the newly-announced ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 8, 2019

MARLTON - New Jersey doesn't need DPW crews; it needs goats. A local farmer is collecting her neighbors' discarded Christmas trees and feeding them to her pack of 12 hungry goats. Philly.com thinks this woman may have struck gold. Why should we all have to pay to haul away our holiday trees - and hope they get recycled - when all we need is just a fence and a goat? Last ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 7, 2019

STATEWIDE - Property taxes across New Jersey jumped by another $639 million in 2018, reaching nearly $30 billion. Consider yourself damn lucky; this is apparently "good news." The average tax bill went up just $77, the lowest annual increase that anyone can remember, giving the "average taxpayer" - whoever that may be - a tax bill in 2018 of $8,767. This is the eighth ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 4, 2019

STATEWIDE - Yeah, yeah, we've heard all the Jersey jokes. "The Armpit of America" and a lot of other stuff. Har-Har. You would think our streets are filled with trash, as we sit it in our diners, smoke cigarettes and gaze at our tire piles. But the true, hard fact is that New Jersey is one of the cleanest states in the nation, and new findings from the New Jersey Clean ...

Forget Pita: Falafel is in Everything

January 14, 2019

Falafel, that tasty vegetarian Mediterranean street food made from chickpeas, isn’t just for pitas anymore. It’s showing up in sub sandwiches, salads, chips, pizzas – even soup.

Why is it so popular?

“It’s vegetarian and a hearty add on,” said David Delinko, owner of The Salad House of Somerville, where customers can get warm pieces of ...

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Mon, January 21, 10:00 AM

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Education Giving Back

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Rutgers Prof Gets $400K Grant Using Smartphones for Monitoring Diseases

January 9, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - These days there is one item people keep with them constantly: a smartphone.

Now a Rutgers University professor has received a $400,000 grant to see if those smartphones can gather data on the effects of conditions that literally cause people to shake, such as Parkinson's Disease.

The National Institutes of Health gave the grant to Jean-Francois Daneault, an ...

Ex-Rutgers Player Charged in Murder Plot Now Accused of Trying to Contact Victim

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - A Rutgers University student accused of plotting to kill his ex-girlfriend's parents has been arrested again and charged with trying to contact the woman.

Izaia Bullock, 22, of South River, a former university football player, was arrested Thursday and charged with contempt of court for allegedly violating an order prohibiting him from reaching out to the victim, ...

Rutgers Physician Inducted into National Hall of Fame

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Jeffrey Carson has built a career becoming an expert on blood.

As a physician, Carson has challenged the efficiency of common practices for blood transfusions, established national standards for when to give transfusions, and led an international research team in a study of more than 60 years of data on the introduction of red blood cells to increase hemoglobin levels in ...

New Brunswick Residents Face Panhandlers Outside Homes Daily

January 17, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It is a nearly daily occurrence for Janelle Williams. She pulls into the parking lot of her Douglas Estates North development off Redman, and a man comes up asking for money before she can get out of the car.

"I know they have a right to free speech, but we have a right not to consistently have panhandlers right at our door," Williams, the president of the ...

Planning Board Hears Testimony from South Plainfield Fire, Environmental Experts

January 16, 2019

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – At a Jan. 8 meeting, the South Plainfield Planning Board resumed its hearing on M&M Realty Properties proposal for 1111 Durham Avenue. 

At this time, John Taikina, director of real estate development for M&M, presented a few minor changes to the plans – made at the request of the municipality – and testimonies from borough ...

OPINION

Federal Shutdown Hits and Hurts New Jersey

January 11, 2019

Dear Editor:

New Jersey’s Mayors and local governing bodies don’t always agree on everything. But they know what they need to do to meet the public’s need for essential services. And every year, despite natural disasters, despite fluctuations in the economy, and despite actions taken – and not taken – by other levels of government, they adopt budgets and continue ...

CASA of Middlesex Helping More Foster Kids; Volunteers Sought

January 15, 2019

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ  -  CASA of Middlesex County helped nearly 110 children in foster care in 2018, opened a record number of new cases in fall 2018 and helped guide the handling of these sensitive cases so children could find safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.

“We had a great year, with many new volunteers coming on board to ensure these vulnerable children receive ...

Toxic Stress Causes Lifelong Adverse Effects on New Jersey’s Youngest and Most Vulnerable Children

January 11, 2019

NEW JERSEY -- Dr. Arturo Brito was recently a guest on Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato, where he discussed the effects of toxic stressors on children from the ages zero to three, and how New Jersey lawmakers are helping to combat this critical issue.

Toxic stressors, explained Dr. Brito, are those stressors that can be persistent, chronic and severe. Infants and young children exposed to ...

Nissan Becomes First Japanese Car Company to Enter Formula E Auto Racing Series

NEW YORK -- TAPintoTV spoke with Roel de Vries, VP/Head of Global Marketing at Nissan Motor Company, at the 2018 New York International Auto Show about the 2018/2019 Formula E racing season. Nissan’s new electric racing car marks the first Japanese manufacturer to participate in the global all-electric auto racing series.

“Formula E is a logical extension of our long-term belief in ...