Arts & Entertainment

PHOTOS: Rutgers Day Officially Brings Spring

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Russian nesting dolls reveal secrets Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Musical walking sticks for sale Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick Sports
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Teeny tiny books Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Stained glass mosaics catch the light Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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It was a day to celebrate folk traditions. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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East Brunswick's finest supporting the economy. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Art in Coin. Will we have coins anymore? Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Pawprints and peace signs capture the spirit of the day Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Abe Lincoln, revisited Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Native American music and images filled the air Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Hand-blown glass by local artists Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Carin Baum, of East Brunswick's www.treasuretreemosaics.com Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Older than the USA Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Student volunteers, shining in the sun at Rutgers Day Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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On the corner of George Street and Albany Street Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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New garage band? The New Brunswick Seedlings? See you at the Court Tavern... Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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BRUUUUUUUUCE... Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Lawrence Brook Watershed partnership - speaking out for our local preservation www.LBWF.org Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Students teaching students about their environment Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Celebrating Cook College and it's long tradition in the natural sciences Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Rutgers Farm Market meats will be for sale at Rutgers Gardens next Friday Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Pigs just having a bit of a hang Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Waiting for Charlotte... Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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"TAPping" into Rutgers GSE class of 1991 Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Smart cookies Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Something for everyone on Rutgers Day Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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A t-shirt motto: "If you're not doing it outdoors, it isn't any fun." Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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"If you can spell it, we can make it" www.jerseyplateart.com Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Best shirts at the festival Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Maglione's Italian Ices, as devoured by Jeannine and Dave Lonski, East Brunswick's official tasters Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Blacksmiths "striking while the iron is hot" Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Pottery teacher Anneliese Mueller and her husband Ernst shop for handmade children's toys. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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The Magnolia Street String Band perform Americana Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Founder of the Turkish Republic, poses for pictures. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, NJ - All local campuses of Rutgers University came alive this weekend for the annual Rutgers Day event and the New Jersey Folk Festival.

The Saturday festival began with a parade. Rutgers musicians were joined by the North Brunswick High School Raiders Marching Band, the Rutgers cheerleaders, the Rutgers Marching Scarlet Knights and the Scarlet Knight mascot.

Busch Campus in Piscataway hosted dozens of workshops for children, prospective students and adults, covering topics like remaining flexible through the years and other medical information sessions to non-alcoholic "mocktails" demonstrated by the Rutgers Culinary Club.

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East Brunswick's Anneleise Mueller, a 1990 Rutgers alumna who makes the soup for Elijah's Promise, joined her husband, Ernst, at Busch to explore engineering programs and see the labs on campus.

"It's exciting to see what's new to learn," she said.

In New Brunswick, thousands of visitors occupied the streets of the Cook-Douglass Campus to view and participate in programs presented by university organizations, local artisans, folk musicians, farmers and historians. There were speeches and songs, plants and pigs, traditional crafts and innovative creations. And there was plenty of food, with trucks selling everything from vegan burgers and university-grown meats to lobster mac and cheese.

The event, which ran from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featured performances on three stages by bluegrass singers, harpists, Lenni Lenape tribal performers and a Turkish band.

On the Cook Campus, Rutgers let its agricultural soul shine. Families visited Rutgers cows, sheep, and pigs. The farm store, which serves both the farmers' markets in New Brunswick and at Rutgers Gardens, was open, selling packages of local, organic meats.

And there were plants. Varietal tomatoes, especially. Visitors carted around plants and seedlings to usher in the spring on the 80-degree day that graced the festival after a night of lightning and thunder in Middlesex County.

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New Brunswick

The Jaffe Briefing - June 19, 2018

TRENTON - It is June. That must mean our state lawmakers are yelling at each other over the proposed state budget, which must be adopted by the end of the month or government shuts down. Some media is refraining from coverage of the daily blow-by-blow, as the typical resident just assumes taxes will go up, no matter what. But, here is the latest. Gov. Phil Murphy has his proposed ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 18, 2018

DOWN THE SHORE - If you see all those mega-mansions on the beach, and admit to being just a wee bit jealous, here's something to quietly smile about: All of those glorious homes will likely be underwater.  NJ Spotlight reports rising sea levels make the New Jersey coast particularly vulnerable, with the Garden State ranking second to Florida with the biggest chronic risk ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 15, 2018

JERSEY CITY - Should topless women be allowed in the city?  That's the big issue consuming the City Council these days, as members continue to debate 1980s-era obscenity laws. There was supposed to be a vote at the council meeting on Wednesday, but it didn't happen. Before there is a vote, it appears the goal is to wrangle support of all nine members of the City Council. The nagging ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 14, 2018

EAST RUTHERFORD - The typical sports fan in New Jersey has until 2026 to get excited about professional soccer. That's because the Meadowlands could be the epicenter of the soccer world, a contender to host the World Cup. It could be  an amazing coup for New Jersey, although expect worldwide marketers to try to convince everyone that the big game would be played in "New ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 13, 2018

ATLANTIC CITY - When the Hard Rock Café and Casino opens June 28, a strip club will also open on the property. But this isn't your typical, dark titty bar. No, it is 36,000 square feet of space, about the size of a typical Marshalls. So, figure the place is wall-to-wall strippers, each jiggling for money. That could equal about 300 jiggles per minute on a ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 12, 2018

STATEWIDE - Perhaps it is time for the state to upgrade to Windows 95, as the second big computer crash in a week spelled disaster for the state's computer systems. The biggest hit came to the state's Motor Vehicle agencies, jamming efforts to renew driver's licenses, or for people to get titles or register vehicles. This mess somehow made the lines at the MVC even longer, the ...

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June 5, 2018

New Brunswick, N.J. - Researchers at  University–New Brunswick’s Rutgers Center for Vector Biology have found exotic longhorned ticks in four New Jersey counties – and confirmed that these northeast Asian ticks have been present in the Garden State since at least 2013.

The new detection of these ticks in Mercer County was made through the first-ever statewide ...

Rutgers football stadium has a new name

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Many still call it Rutgers Stadium.

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Composer lyrisicist Sondheim at Rutgers, tells would-be writers ‘it’s hard work’

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Acclaimed Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim says his work is less about talent and more about the labor and drudgery of “hard work.”

“It’s not about waiting for inspiration. It’s not about talent,” Sondheim said Friday while speaking before an audience at Rutgers University’s Nicholas Music Center.

“You ...

Couple netted $8M from fake Uggs, designer bags, prosecutor says

June 15, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Plainsboro couple could face charges of of selling counterfeit designer shoes and handbags, netting $8 million and sending $3 million to people in China, authorities said today.

Yan Shi, 36, and her husband, Weiping Liu, 40, were arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree money laundering and second-degree conspiracy to violate the New Jersey Trademark ...

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Hearing Loss Common in School-Aged Children

May 30, 2018

With close to 15% of U.S. children ages 6–19 experiencing hearing loss, New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA) notes that May Is Better Hearing & Speech Month is the ideal time for parents to learn more about the sometimes-subtle signs of hearing loss, ways it can affect school-aged children, and where to find help.

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Promise Culinary School Slates Open Houses June 21 and 22 In New Brunswick with Tours, Tastings, Prizes

June 15, 2018

Promise Culinary School will host open houses for the community and prospective students on Thursday, June 21, from noon to 3 p.m. and 5  to 7:30 p.m., and on Friday, June 22, from noon to 4 p.m. at 211 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick. The events are free and open to the public.

The events will include kitchen tours, demonstrations, tastings, raffles and prizes. Tours and activities ...

Ensure Safe Sleep While Traveling with Baby

June 6, 2018

As we approach the summer, there will be plenty of expected travel for families, from visiting grandma at the beach to heading out on a long, well-deserved vacation. 

When staying overnight at a friend’s or family’s place, it is important to maintain the same sleep practices as you do at home. Your baby should be sleeping in a safe, modern crib that meets the latest ...