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Police Vow Crackdown on Underage Drinking at Far Hills Race Meeting

October 19, 2018

FAR HILLS, NJ – State, County and local law enforcement agencies plan a coordinated crackdown on underage drinking at Saturday's Far Hills Race Meeting.

Police will conduct identification checks of underage individuals suspected of drinking alcoholic beverages on the race grounds. Those individuals that are identified as underage will be taken into custody, charged and ultimately ...

EBPD Seeks Man Who Approached Boy at Bus Stop

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - East Brunswick residents are cautioned to be aware that an adult male approached a young student yesterday as the student exited his school bus.

The East Brunswick Police Department is investigating a suspicious incident in which a juvenile reported being chased by an adult male after getting off his school bus.  The incident occurred on Monday, October 1, 2018 at ...

New Brunswick Fire Department T-Shirts to Fight Breast Cancer

NEW BRUNSWICK,NJ - City firefighters are selling t-shirts, not to promote the department, but to raise funds as part of the October observation of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

For a $20 donation, people can purchase a t-shirt from firefighters through the end of the month. For a $30 donation, people can purchase a hooded sweatshirt. Both will have the emblem of the fire department in ...

Celebrating With Dance, Music and Art to Re-open Robeson School

October 19, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Parents and other city residents filled the halls of Paul Robeson Community School on Thursday night to celebrate the re-opening of the building after a two-year expansion and renovation.

Students performed dance works and showed off their art for the adults who came to see the school  that was closed in 2016. Work was completed in time for students to return last ...

325 Students honored for PARCC State Test Results

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Parents and children filled the auditorium at New Brunswick High School on Tuesday as school board officials spread the news of improving scores on the state required PARCC tests and recognized students who had performed well.

Board members honored 325 students in grades three through six who exceeded grade-level level expectations on the most recent test standardized ...

Hundreds Honor Vice Principal Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Several hundred people filled the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens today at the funeral service for New Brunswick Vice Principal Tyrone Harrison, who was struck by a car and killed.

"I know this is tough for all of us," Harrison's brother, Shawn, told the people who filled the pews. "Yet, you look around this church. Everyone here Tyrone ...

New Brunswick, Perth Amboy Mayors Call for Passage of $15 min wage

October 11, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Workers representing several labor union advocacy groups joined with the mayors of New Brunswick and Perth Amboy today in urging state legislators to increase the minimum in New Jersey to $15 an hour.

"It's time for New Jersey to raise the minimum wage to a just wage," said New Brunswick resident Maria Gonzalez, a members of Workers United and the Service ...

Baraka Backs Booker: 'It is Trump That is Running America Into the Ground'

NEWARK, NJ - Mayor Ras Baraka came out in support of U.S. Sen. Cory Booker after President Donald Trump said the former mayor “ran Newark, New Jersey into the ground.”

Booker, a Democrat, was Newark's mayor from 2006 to 2013. He is currently a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that has been questioning Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, ...

Middlesex County Buying 700 Voting Machines and a Helicopter

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Middlesex County freeholders expect to borrow $7.6 million to purchase 700 voting machines and a helicopter for pesticide spraying, 

"These new voting machines will be ready for the 2019 primary election and provide a considerable cost savings to the county," Freeholder Leslie Koppel said at the freeholders meeting Thursday. Her comments came moments before ...

Atlantic League Honors Patriots' Patrick McVerry as Top Exec

October 17, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball has named Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerrythe 2018 Joe Klein Executive of the Year.

The Somerset Patriots also received the Ken Shepard Award For Promotional Excellence for the second consecutive season.

McVerry oversaw the Somerset Patriots’ 20th Season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018, where the ...

Patriots' Shorstop, Pitcher Named Post-Season Atlantic League All-Stars

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball announced Tuesday that shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez and relief pitcher Mike Antonini have been named to the 2018 Post-Season All-Star Team.

Rodriguez earns this selection after completing his second season with the Somerset Patriots. The everyday starting shortstop led the Patriots in games played (122), at-bats (432), hits ...

Somerville Football Standout Nominated for USA Heart of a Giant Award

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - Two football standouts from Somerset County have been nominated to receive the 2018 USA Football Heart of a Giant Award presented by the Hospital for Special Surgery and the National Football League NY Giants.

Joseph Ciempola, a senior and captain of the Somerville High School football Pioneers, and Tom Zdroik, a member of the Hillsborough High School football Raiders ...

New Brunswick TO Take Next Step in Handling Abandoned Houses

October 19, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - City council members next month will vote on an ordinance for the redevelopment of abandoned homes that allow for hiring companies that will either rehabilitate a house and demolish the structure and put up a new one.

This week the council introduced the ordinance calling for a plan to redevelop scattered sites throughout New Brunswick where properties that are run down and ...

Atlantic League Honors Patriots' Patrick McVerry as Top Exec

October 17, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball has named Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerrythe 2018 Joe Klein Executive of the Year.

The Somerset Patriots also received the Ken Shepard Award For Promotional Excellence for the second consecutive season.

McVerry oversaw the Somerset Patriots’ 20th Season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018, where the ...

Dollar General Opens for Business in South Plainfield

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  - Dollar General has opened its doors in South Plainfield at their newest location, 138 South Plainfield Ave..  The store prides itself on providing value to customers as a general store that carries high-quality, frequently used products at a lower price than traditional grocery stores.

“We’re really excited to be open,” said Manager of the ...

Workshop Offered for Would Be Business Entrepreneurs

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Elijah's Promise, which began as a food pantry and expanded into a culinary school prepare food service workers for jobs, will now host a workshop for people planning to start their own business.

The free session will be Oct. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the food training school, 211 Livingston Ave.

Elijah's Promise is presenting the program along with the UCEDC, ...

Get A Scare On With Milltown's Haunted River Walk

October 19, 2018

MILLTOWN, NJ - Get ready for an early Halloween thrill with the borough's annual Haunted River Walk. This year's creepy stroll along the Mill Pond Path is full of things that go bump in the night and features a haunting through history theme. The scream-worthy event is hosted by Joyce Kilmer School's Class of 2019. All of the proceeds from the event go to support the school's ...

Twelve Events Happening in New Brunswick This Week (October 15)

NEW BRUNSWICK – I think most of us are finally used to the fall, crisp air by now and seeing pumpkins and corn stalks on every other corner. Below is a list of events you can rely on to have a good time celebrating the month of October and autumn is general.

Tuesday, October 16
Career Exploration Night: Life Sciences & Health 6-8 p.m.
Where: Busch Student Center

Connect and ...

Twelve Events Happening in New Brunswick This Week (Oct. 8)

NEW BRUNSWICK – Second week of October? Already? As we continue to head deeper into fall more and more fun fall activities submerge. Looking for something to do? Take a look below, you will certainly find something.

Tuesday, October 9 
Lord of Dance Dangerous Games               8 p.m.
Where: State Theatre New ...

“Eat Mor Chikin” Chick-fil-A Coming to South Plainfield

October 17, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Zoning Board unanimously approved an application for Chick-fil-A to move to Middlesex Mall. Chick-fil-A will knock down the former Wells Fargo Bank located at the corner of Hadley Road and Stelton Road and build a new 5,000 sq ft state of the art facility. The facility which is expected to open next summer will included a double drive ...

Somerville: CROP Walkers Step Up, Step Out on a Brisk Sunday to Feed the Hungry

October 21, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Bundled up against the brisk wind and 47 degree temperature, members of several Central New Jersey congregations joined together Sunday afternoon to participate in the 44th annual CROP Hunger Walk hosted by the First Reformed Church on Main Street.

Carry multi-colored balloons, members of First United Methodist Church of Somerville, North Branch Reformed Church, Congregational ...

Enterprising Hillsborough Students Ship Clothing to Villages in India

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Rohan Singh and Ritik Gupta, seniors at Hillsborough High School are helping impoverished populations in some of the most underprivileged parts of Southeast Asia by tutoring  younger students, cleaning out their closets and asking others to do the same.

Through their nonprofit charity organization “Coaching to Contribute,” Rohan and Ritik have shipped over ...

Lavallette Beach Unveils Brendan Tevlin Memorial Playground

LAVALLETTE, NJ — A New Jersey State Police helicopter flew overhead and members of the United States Coast Guard floated nearby as hundreds celebrated the grand opening of a playground recently built in Lavallette Beach in memory of Livingston resident Brendan Tevlin a little more than four years after he was fatally shot in West Orange.

Firefighters and other volunteers from across the ...

St. Peter's Hospital 'Exploring' Partnership Possibilities

October 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - St. Peter's University Hospital is the latest health care center to announce it is considering a merger with another hospital or agency.

Leslie Hirsch, interim CEO and president of St. Peter's Healthcare System - the parent company of the hospital - said the hospital this month began a process of identifying potential partners. Hirsch said no timeline was set ...

Passenger Who Flew to Newark Could Have Exposed Others to Measles: Health Officials

NEWARK, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health said any person who was in Newark Liberty International Airport on Sept. 28, 2018, between 5:30 and 10:30 a.m. may have been exposed to measles.

Someone flying from Tel Aviv in Israel had the highly contagious infection and arrived in Terminal B at the airport, the department said. The person, whose name was not released, may have traveled ...

'Wellness on Wheels' Brings Healthy Eating to Communities

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Call it bringing the farm and the kitchen to the residents of the city.

On Wednesday, Wellness on Wheels, a 35-foot van complete with a hydroponic garden and food preparation area, was unveiled for a maiden visit in New Brunswick, the first in a series of demonstrations to show children and adults the importance of healthy lifestyles.

RWJBarnabas Health created the ...

Woman Charged in Crash that Killed East Brunswick Man

October 18, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Paterson woman was a arrested and charged with homicide for a fatal drunk-driving crash last month in which an 80-year-old man was killed another person was injured on Route 1 in North Brunswick, authorities said.

 Elizabeth Gomez, 42, faces one count of second-degree vehicular homicide for the crash in the early morning hours of Sept. 22, Middlesex County Prosecutor ...

Woman Charged with Providing Drugs in Overdose Death

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - A Sayreville woman is being held in the county jail today on charges of providing drugs to another woman who died from an overdose, authorities said.

Danielle Urbanowicz, 30, of the Parlin section of Sayreville, was arrested and charge with a single count of strict liability in the drug of a Middlsesex Borough woman last month, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew ...

Former Firefighter Charged in Teen Sex Assault

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A former Perth Amboy firefighter faces charges of sexually assaulting a teenager over a period of four years, when the victim was 13 to 16 years old,  with the first assault occurring a decade ago, authorities said today.

Hugo Fleites, 57, of Perth Amboy was arrested today and charged with one count of second-degree sexual assault from incidents that occurred ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - October 12, 2018




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The Jaffe Briefing - October 11, 2018




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OFF THE RAILS - Rail cars that are 40 years old. Buses that have run up 500,000 miles. And no plan to replace any of them. That's just one of the findings in the NJ Transit audit released yesterday, a must-read for commuters as they stand on the platform and wait for their ...

The Jaffe Briefing - October 10, 2018




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OFF THE RAILS - NJ Transit riders: Sorry. Besides the chronically-cancelled, jam-packed trains, it looks as if commuters will also be slapped with rate hikes beginning next summer, to pay for the privilege of all this crappy service. Gov. Phil Murphy was able to hike ...

The Jaffe Briefing - October 9, 2018

TRENTON - Legislative aides are getting raises, and you can assume that will tick off taxpayers. But it has been a really, really long-time coming. For 16 years, each member of the state Assembly has only had $110,000 for staff salaries. As time has gone by, and the jobless rate has dropped, it has become increasingly more difficult to find talented people to work these jobs, which promise ...

New Brunswick Approves New Fraternity House on Tiny Lot

October 10, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - It is a narrow lot, barely 25 feet wide, created through a subdivision more than 150 years ago, and now it will be the long-sought home to a Rutgers University fraternity.

City zoning board members Tuesday approved plans for Phi Sigma Kappa to build its new three-story house on the lot at 27 Stone St., a block from the university's College Avenue campus.

Once ...

Rutgers Police Issue Alert About Assault Victim Taken to Hospital

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -  A Rutgers University student was taken to the hospital early Sunday after he was beaten by two men on Easton Avenue, police said in a statement.

The assault occurred about 2:15 a.m. when the victim, who was on Easton Avenue between Bristol and Courtland streets, was in a verbal argument with one of the men, and was struck and knocked to the ground. The victim was then ...

Rutgers Police Issue Alert About Assault Victim Taken to Hospital

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -  A Rutgers University student was taken to the hospital early Sunday after he was beaten by two men on Easton Avenue, police said in a statement.

The assault occurred about 2:15 a.m. when the victim, who was on Easton Avenue between Bristol and Courtland streets, was in a verbal argument with one of the men, and was struck and knocked to the ground. The victim was then ...

OPINION

Find the Right Job for You at Middlesex County’s Fall Job Fair

October 19, 2018

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Are you looking for employment or a new job opportunity? Maybe you’re new to the workforce and aren’t sure where to start looking for a job. The Middlesex County Office of Workforce Development may be able to get you on the right track at its Annual Fall Job Fair.

The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Woodbridge Community ...

OPINION: We Need To Strengthen Disability Rights Law

October 7, 2018

This week marks an important milestone in the civil rights movement for people with disabilities:  the one-year anniversary of the passage of the Stephen Komninos Law in New Jersey.

Named after a young man who died almost 10 years earlier to the day — due to inexcusable neglect by his group home staff — the landmark law established policies and procedures for protecting those ...

Third Annual Lincoln of Wayne Car and Bike Show Raises Money For First Responders

October 10, 2018

WAYNE, NJ - The third-annual Lincoln of Wayne Black Label Car & Bike show raised money for first responders including the Wayne Fire Department, Wayne EMS and the Wayne PBA.

"Every event we put on over the course of the year is always a fundraiser, so today we raise money for the community that supports us all year long.. that's our first responders," said Lincoln of Wayne ...