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Longtime city staffer tapped as new department head

April 16, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK – A long-time city hall employee with more than 20 years in the municipal government is now in charge of the Department of Social Services.

Mayor James Cahill picked Melanie Ford to be the next director of the department, succeeding former director David Blevins who retired late last year.

Ford began working for the city in 1997. In 2003, Ford was promoted to director of ...

New Online Services Locator Puts Resources at Your Fingertips

NEW BRUNSWICK – Need a little help locating food, substance abuse resources, job training, veterans services, housing or caregiving? Middlesex County is making it much easier to locate these and other services with the introduction of its new online Services Locator.

This state-of-the-art database of services and programs is available on the County website ...

Have Thoughts on Legal Weed? Assembly Joe Danielsen Wants to Hear from You

EDISON, NJ - Lifelong Franklin resident, Assemblyman Joe Danielsen (D-17 Middlesex/Somerset), chairman of the Assembly Oversight, Reform, and Federal Relations Committee will host the first installment of his "Cannabis Listening Tour" at Middlesex Community College this Saturday. 

The hearing is open to the public and will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

City landlords must issue written receipt for rent under proposed ordinance

NEW BRUNSWICK – Julia Cruz has heard the stories for years.

Tenants in apartments in the city pay rent in cash, but do not get a receipt. Then a landlord claims the rent was not paid, or worse, a new landlord takes over the apartment and suddenly hikes the rent above city limits because there is no record of previous monthly charge.

“A lot of people don’t have receipts. So ...

Schools closed Thursday, city council meeting postponed, warning center open

NEW BRUNSWICK  - The city council meeting was canceled for Wednesday night because of the storm, and has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 27.

This is second time this month  that a city had to reschedule a council meeting because of the snowy weather. A meeting was canceled March 7 and rescheduled for March 13. Because of that change, the city had to re-advertise several bond ...

$100-plus tax hike under proposed city budget

NEW BRUNSWICK – Mayor James Cahill has proposed a $94.5 million budget with funding to hire police and firefighters and improve parks and the city water system, but carries an average $111 tax hike for property owners.

In a budget message posted on the city website, Cahill outlined plans to continue renovations of city parks, including Feaster and Kossuth parks. There are plans for new ...

Whose fault is an $8,100 water bill? House owner and city point fingers

NEW BRUNSWICK - Over of the last five years, Mark Van Burik received quarterly water bills for the four-unit house he owns on Comstock Street and rents out to college students, with each quarter's bill averaging about $525. That was until the last quarter.

In February, Van Burik got a bill for the finally three months 2017, only this time the total was $8,117.07.

Van Burik suspects ...

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