Top Local News

2 Firefighters Promoted to New Leadership Roles

March 21, 2019

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 ...

UPDATE: New Brunswick Police Locate Missing Youth

UPDATE: City police early on Friday announced that the missing youth had been located. No other details were released.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - City police issued a plea for the public's help in finding a missing 14-year-old New Brunswick youth who was last seen on Tuesday.

Authorities say Otoniel Martinez-Ulloa was wearing a pink sweater, gray jacket and khakis the last time he was ...

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 ...

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

March 21, 2019

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 ...

Beware: Trash and Recycling Police May Be Coming to Your Neighborhood

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It is mostly the plastic bags that cause the problem, said City Council President John Anderson.

Those bags, he said, can not be put in the bins with other recycled plastic, paper and cardboard items that are placed at the curb each week for collection. The bags, Anderson said, gum-up the sorting process for all the items being recycled.

The problem has reached a point ...

Buddy Basketball All-Star Game Lets Everyone Shine

March 11, 2019

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - It's hard to believe that the Buddy Ball All-Star Game has been in East Brunswick for the past twelve years, yet it is still one of the premier sports events in the township.  Says Mayor Brad Cohen, "It is a true East Brunswick experience.  It's really something special about our town."

"Twelve years ago, our goal was to showcase the ...

Ashnault Earns Third Big Ten Championship; Becomes RU's All-Time Wins Leader

Scarlet Knights history was made this weekend at the Big 10 Wrestling Championships tournament in Minneapolis. For the first time in Rutgers program history, two Scarlet Knights made it to the tournament's final round, and both of them came out on top to take first-place finishes. South Plainfield native Anthony Ashnault took home the first place title at 149-pounds, and Nick Suriano won the ...

DelVecchio pulls of last-second escape to book spot in state championship bout; Sacco and Niemeyer alive in wrestlebacks

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - One second. Zach DelVecchio had just one second to score off an escape, or his dreams of making it to the NJSIAA state tournament championship final would be coming to a definitive end. Most wrestlers wouldn’t be able to rise to the challenge in that situation, but DelVecchio isn’t like most wrestlers. The South Plainfield 220-pound willed his way to a ...

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

March 20, 2019

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 ...

Mark Your Calendars For Upcoming MCRCC Events in March









 

 

 

Joint Chamber Meet & Greet

 

Embassy Suites by Hilton 
Piscataway-Somerset Hotel,

121 Centennial Ave., Piscataway

Thursday, March 14

5-7 p.m.

 

 

Click Here For ...

Be A Part of What Everyone is Talking About at the Zimmerli Museum

Located just four minutes away from the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and just a stroll down George Street in downtown New Brunswick, is the Zimmerli Art Museum on Rutgers University's College Avenue Campus.

 

The magnificent 70,000-square-foot facility holds a collection of 60,000 pieces of art; with a wide range of media and a survey of Western art from the ...

Jetty documentary The Oyster Farmers Enjoys Official Release via Virgil Films

March 20, 2019

LONG BEACH ISLAND - The Oyster Farmers, a feature length documentary centering on coastal life in New Jersey, was officially released today, March 19 via Virgil Films.

Jetty decided to fund the film via its Jetty Rock Foundation, the 501(C)3 nonprofit arm of the brand, in 2016, but the ethos of the film truly begins with Superstorm Sandy.

Director Corinne Ruff was emotionally torn in 2013.

Jersey Shore Outdoors: LBI Fishing Update by Jim Hutchinson Sr.

STAFFORD and LONG BEACH ISLAND - Although the inshore striped bass season opened on March 1, I have heard very little regarding any true action in our area. Things are always slow early in the year, but usually there are some smaller ones being caught. I see a couple of reasons for this One is the low water temperatures we are experiencing that do little to stimulate the stripers’ ...

Twelve Events Happening in New Brunswick This Week (Mar. 18)

NEW BRUNSWICK – Let spring begin!  This week we say goodbye to winter 2019 and soon our "cabin fever" will be gone.  As we continue through March we will soon start seeing more and more events taking place outside.  Come out and enjoy all the festivities in and around Hub City.

Monday, March 18
The United States Army Field Band & Soldiers Chorus 7 ...

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 ...

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, ...

Rutgers-Led Team Awarded $29M National Health Grant

March 12, 2019

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 ...

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

New Brunswick

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 ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 15, 2019

STATEWIDE - Well, this changes everything. Apparently, we now have the go-ahead to give the middle finger to cops who routinely pull us over. A federal appeals court has ruled a Michigan woman's constitutional rights were violated when she gave the Jersey salute to a cop in 2017. At first, the officer gave her a ticket for a lesser offense. But then she gave him the finger, prompting him ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 14, 2019

CAMDEN - It was in 1997 when City Clerk Luis Pastoriza took a second jobas the registrar of vital statistics. And now he thinks it's about damn time he gets paid. Pastoriza is demanding to plead his case to a jury, claiming in a lawsuit that he has been flatly denied compensation for those 22 years of extra labor, reports TAPInto Camden. Not only that, ...

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 ...

In Westfield, NJ, a Dream to Help People Live Better Through Food at Fettle + Fare

March 17, 2019

Opening a new restaurant is rarely an easy task, and for Fettle + Fare owner Amanda Vargas, who has multiple sclerosis and is legally blind, the journey to create her shop in Westfield, NJ, was extra challenging. 

It was here that she created a space that is more to her than a place to find tasty, nutritious food. It’s a symbol of growth and helping others ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_aaf10e294244087424cd_mid-century_nj_exhibit_rack_card_page_1

Thu, March 21, 12:00 PM

The Cornelius Low House Museum, Piscataway

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

Arts & Entertainment Education

Carousel_image_aaf10e294244087424cd_mid-century_nj_exhibit_rack_card_page_1

Fri, March 22, 12:00 PM

The Cornelius Low House Museum, Piscataway

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

Arts & Entertainment Education

Carousel_image_4faf7d760273c75aa7c5_njmd_logo

Sat, March 23, 10:30 AM

Piscataway Public Library, Piscataway

New Jersey Makers Day at Piscataway Public Library

Arts & Entertainment Education

Rutgers Faculty Authorize Union to Strike

March 20, 2019

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 ...

Rutgers Urging Students to get Meningitis Vaccination, State Declares Outbreak

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University this afternoon announced that it is urging students to get a vaccination against meningitis following a state Department of Health decision to declare an outbreak of the disease because of two cases on campus this winter.

"To protect the student population, we are strongly recommending that all Rutgers–New Brunswick undergraduate students and ...

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 ...

Lost Souls Public Memorial Project

March 21, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Lost Souls Public Memorial Project 2nd Annual Recitation of Names

 

East Brunswick, NJ – Wednesday, May 22, 2019 – The Lost Souls Public Memorial Project will be holding a memorable evening of dinner, performance poetry, and a recitation of the names of the Lost Souls on May 22 from 7-9pm, to be held at Baker’s Barn at 93 Church ...