New Brunswick Top Stories

May 31, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Lester Holt used his commencement address Sunday as a clarion call to 13,057 Rutgers-New Brunswick graduates to come reshape the country, if not the world. And although the NBC news anchor recorded his speech in May and was specifically addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy closed out his daily COVID-19 press conference on Friday with comments about the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer in Minneapolis kept his knee on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes. "George Floyd should be alive today – ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK. N.J. - Some 300 people gathered at the location of the 2011 shooting of a black man by a New Brunswick police officer to protest the death of George Floyd. Floyd died on May 25 after Minneapolis, Minn., police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than 8 ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Front-line health care heroes have worked long hours for several weeks with COVID-19 patients, and at places such as Saint Peter's University Hospital, there's help those who have been helping others. Saint Peter’s has been making additional support available to doctors, ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Got a kindergartner who refuses to practice sight words? An out-of-sorts elementary schooler who’s experiencing nightmares? A middle schooler who hasn't turned in an assignment since April? Or siblings who squabble about anything and everything all day, every day? You’re not ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The New Brunswick High School senior class trip to Walt Disney World was canceled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and now the school board is suing an Orlando tour operator who has refused to refund the students’ money. The board has filed a lawsuit seeking a $68,000 ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ - Middlesex County health officials began COVID-19 testing in Piscataway on Thursday with its new drive-through clinic at the former Ericksson property along Hoes Lane. Through windows opened about an inch, county medical personnel coached patients on how to take the new ...

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – A second suspect has been arrested and charged with murder in the May, 2019 shooting death of 30-year-old David D. Anderson at Naaman Williams Park, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. Ameer Harris aka “A Dot”, 29, of Camner Avenue, New Brunswick ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Two New Brunswick High School scholar-athletes, volleyball star Litzy Martinez-Ruiz and wrestling standout Zion Blanco, have been recognized by the Greater Middlesex Conference for their success in the gym and the classroom. Although the coronavirus pandemic forced officials ...

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TRENTON, NJ  — New Jersey’s medical director on Thursday set the record straight on the newly-arrived trend of donning a face mask as means of COVID-19 protection but not including one’s nose — known as “mask droop syndrome.” “We understand that it’s uncomfortable, that people have problems with ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Schools should consider screening visitors with non-contact thermometers and excluding anyone with a fever exceeding 100.4, according to graduation ceremony guidelines released late Wednesday night by the State Department of Education. The guidance outlines three options for K-12 ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - New Brunswick High School will host an in-person graduation ceremony on July 8 for the Class of 2020. The ceremony will take place outdoors at Memorial Stadium a 975 Joyce Kilmer Ave. Students and two invited guests will be required to wear face coverings and will be ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - An inexpensive and readily available saline solution can be used to safely store and transport coronavirus samples and help resolve a nationwide shortage of the solution needed to complete COVID-19 testing, according to Rutgers researchers. In a study published in The Journal ...

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TRENTON, NJ — One month into New Jersey’s recovery period, trends in data are showing the state is well past COVID-19’s harrowing April peak.  But according to officials, the decreases in new cases and hospitalizations aren’t a declaration of victory. Gov. Phil Murphy reminded citizens on ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Hurrying off to The Hamptons or Hilton Head? Carpooling to Cape Cod or Cape May? With Memorial Day behind us and summer just down the road, a Rutgers expert recommends that you pack your hand sanitizer, mask and common sense along with your sunscreen and sandals when you go ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Lee Kenneth Richardson, who co-founded Crossroads Theatre Company and watched it rise from humble beginnings in a converted sewing factory to become a Tony Award-winning local theater, has died. Richardson passed away Sunday at 69 after compiling a long and varied career ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Class of 2020, grab your caps, gowns and get ready for the pomp and circumstance of a live graduation ceremony. Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing today that outdoor graduation ceremonies adhering to appropriate health and safety guidelines can be held ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – To address the i­ncreasing concerns of students and families about the availability of standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Rutgers University-New Brunswick will make these tests optional for students applying for admission for the spring or ...

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NEW JERSEY — (Updated 11:48 a.m.) Amid increasing pressure from students and their families, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that schools will be allowed to have in-person graduation ceremonies, something that would have previously been prohibited under the state’s COVID-19 social distancing ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Jack Morris has been described as a shrewd businessman and a tireless worker who started his multimillion-dollar real estate empire at 18 when he borrowed money from his grandfather to buy a bulldozer to build his first house. Others who know him well talk about his soft spot ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ — Middlesex County health officials will open a new drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in Piscataway at 1 Ericsson Drive on May 28 and May 29. Testing is free and by appointment only.  “With a saliva-based test developed at Rutgers University and a drive-thru testing site just up ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – In the darkest moments of their battle with COVID-19, Diana Solis and her husband, David, struggled to even move. The virus had rendered them so powerless on the second floor of their Cape Cod-style home that Diana Solis said she sometimes wondered if they were going to make ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ — Piscataway Police are investigating a shooting that left a 50-year-old South Plainfield man injured. Police said the shooting was reported at about 9:13 Thursday night near Rushmore Ave. and Fourth Street in the township’s Arbor section, according to MyCentralJersey.com on ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Graduates of Rutgers-New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences will experience many of the typical traditions in a decidedly atypical way at University Commencement: A Virtual Celebration on Sunday, May 31, at 2 p.m. Together, they will be watching to share in ...

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NEW JERSEY — In time for Memorial Day weekend, Gov. Phil Murphy lifted the 10-person outdoor limit on gatherings on Friday, now granting up to 25 to congregate — so long as they adhere to the proper COVID-19 safety protocols.  “So if you were looking forward to gathering with your neighbors for ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The parent of a Rutgers student has filed a class-action lawsuit against the university seeking repayment for tuition and other costs Rutgers is withholding in violation of state law, the suit alleges. The parent, who is represented by the Seattle-based firm of Hagens Berman ...

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TRENTON, NJ – The head of the state's Department of Labor said Thursday that the measures enacted to slow the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 have resulted in the state’s unemployment numbers soaring to their highest recorded levels. Robert Asaro-Angelo said that the state’s unemployment rate ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – An illness related to COVID-19 is increasingly affecting children and forcing the medical community to re-examine what it thought it knew about the coronavirus, according to a Saint Peter’s University Hospital expert. Dr. Siva Jonna, a pediatric intensivist at The Children’s ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — For New Brunswick residents, having access to the largest federal nutrition program has still meant leaving your home to shop during a COVID-19 state of emergency. That will change in a week’s time. Residents enrolled in New Jersey’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A city councilman has been accused of repeatedly exposing himself to a Democratic activist and using his influence to prevent her from getting grant writing work when she rebuffed his advances, according to a lawsuit the activist filed. Glenn Fleming, a council member since ...

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