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Shake It RU: Rutgers Dance Marathon Tops $1 Million Mark

Credits: Rutgers University Dance Marathon

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Two consecutive, 12-hour dance sessions weren’t exhausting enough to quiet the crowd.

Participants of this year’s Rutgers University Dance Marathon, squeezed into the Rutgers Athletic Center, roared with shouts and applause when they got the news: They broke the fundraising record for the event by raking in more than $1 million.

The party, which occurred on March 31 and April 1, featured more than 1,700 dancers and 200 volunteers, according to the university. In its 19th year, the Dance Marathon’s haul pushed its all-time earnings to $6 million.

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“The goal in our minds is always just to break the record. Period,” Jennifer Noji, a senior and the event’s marketing director, told Rutgers Today. “That’s what we strive for: more Rutgers and community involvement.”

And the Dance Marathon has indeed become a staple of campus life for many at Rutgers. University officials tout the event as the “largest student-run philanthropic” effort in New Jersey.

Throughout the years, tens of thousands of people have busted a move and broke a sweat on the dance floor, representing any number of organizations, from sororities and fraternities to clubs and independent teams.

What’s more, the money raised goes toward the Embrace Kids Foundation. The New Brunswick-based charity group supports the non-medical needs of kids with cancer and blood disorders, along with their caregivers, according to Rutgers. The nonprofit provides assistance to more than 300 patients.

Some beneficiaries even participated in the marathon.

“It’s just a beautiful sight to see the students and the families and patients dancing together,” Noji told Rutgers Today. “We are all standing and dancing together for one cause.”

Volunteers raise money through friends, family members and corporate sponsors. Some hold bake sales and similar fundraising drives, according to the university.

Dancers must raise at least $350, volunteers are responsible for $100 and planners need $450-$700 to take to the floor.

The marathon used to run 30 hours straight. But last year, in the face of swelling participation numbers, organizers decided to divide the event into two 12-hour jams.

It’s no surprise why the amped-up crowd broke out into a frenzy upon learning they had beaten the fundraising record. As red and white strips of paper flooded The RAC and scorekeepers held high signs proclaiming the more-than-$1 million victory, it was clear that these students had left their mark—and, in doing so, lent a hand to those who need it most.

The only question: How high can they go in 2018?

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Missing in Warren: Have You Seen Jax?

March 22, 2018

WARREN, NJ - Have you seen Jax? Jax is a young Husky missing from the Reinman Road area on Thursday afternoon.

His family says, “Our dog ran out of the yard. He is a husky and less than a year old. Very friendly and responds to Jax. Please share and contact me if you see him! Thank you so much 😞 he does not like cars by the way!”

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UPDATE: Four’Easter May Bring Another Foot of Snow, Be Prepared for School Closures and Power Outages in Warren Township and Surrounding Area

March 20, 2018

WARREN, NJ - Happy Spring. Get the milk, bread and eggs. Get the generator, gas and chainsaw and be prepared to lose another day of spring break if Wednesday is called a snow day. Heavy mixed precipitation is expected with snow accumulations of 8 to 14 inches in our area by Wednesday evening when the fourth Nor’easter of the year hits. #foureaster is trending, and Winter does ...

Warren Township to Collect Winter Storm Quinn Tree Debris

WARREN, NJ - The Department of Public Works of Warren Township will be collecting tree and brush debris from all Warren Township residents in the aftermath of Winter Storm Quinn.

Due to the intense effects of Storm Quinn that impacted Warren Township on March 7, the Township Committee has authorized and directed the DPW to. begin the collection process ...

Somerset County Opens Emergency Shelter for Storm Victims at RVCC

BRANCHBURG, NJ – Due to the extended power outages in Somerset County as a result of Winter Storm Quinn and the expected cold temperatures over the next few days, the Somerset County Office of Emergency Management has partnered with the American Red Cross to open a shelter for county residents at Raritan Valley Community College.

The shelter opened as of 5:30 p.m. Saturday, ...

Update from Warren Office of Emergency Management on Saturday, Mar. 10

WARREN, NJ - The Warren Township Office of Emergency Management has provided a timeline and Jane Asch at Warren’s Office of Emergency Management has updated storm recovery information as of 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10 with the following:



The most pressing issue is restoration of power. It may be helpful to understand the triage system both JCP&L and ...

North Plainfield Firefighters will host their 15th St. Baldrick’s Day head-shaving event on March 24

March 22, 2018

The North Plainfield Firefighters will host their 15th St.Baldrick’s Day head-shaving event on March 24th, 1pm at fire headquarters.


The annual event welcomes volunteer “Shavee’s” into the firehouse to brave-the-shave as a sign of solidarity with kids who lose their hair to cancer treatments. A small but meaningful and significant ...

JCP&L Update: Preparing for the Storm


With predictions of more than a foot of heavy, wet snow and wind gusts up to 45 mph, JCP&L is prepared for the storm. We have implemented storm and staffing plans and are ready to respond appropriately should this next wave of severe weather cause power outages. 

What we’ve done to prepare: 

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AAA Cautions: Daylight Saving Could Affect Daily Commute

March 10, 2018

WARREN, NJ - AAA is reminding drivers that the change to Daylight Saving Time may create distractions on the roadway and challenges for drivers who lost an hour of sleep. Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday at 2 a.m.

“As we spring forward, drivers should be aware that the time change will also mean changes to driving habits,” said Robert Sinclair, Manager of Media ...

Warren Township Ranks as 25th Safest City in America and 6th in New Jersey for 2018, National Council for Home Safety and Security Says

March 22, 2018

WARREN, NJ - Warren Township is the sixth safest city in New Jersey and also ranks as No. 25 in the Top 100 Safest Cities in America for 2018, the National Council for Home Safety and Security says in its latest ranking.


“As Mayor, I believe that I speak for the entire Township Committee regarding our appreciation of the efforts of our Police Department and all ...

Recycling Will be Collected as Scheduled in Warren and Watchung, Senior Centers Closed

WARREN, NJ - Recycling will be picked up as scheduled today, March 22 in Warren, Watchung, and Martinsville. Leave recyclables at the curb. The Somerset County Recycling Division thanks residents for their patience and cooperation.

You can view the 2018 Recycling Collection Schedule and more at


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School Bus Driver Charged with Sex Assaults Against Students

MONTGOMERY, NJ – An 84-year-old township resident has been arrested and charged with sexual assault against an 8-and 12-year-old and as many as seven other children while a bus driver going back to the 1960s, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Edward Atoeff of Cherry Valley Road was the owner and operator of Jastyke Transportation at the time of the alleged ...

Whole Foods Delays Opening Due to Predicted Storm

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — Whole Foods, in the new Chimney Rock Plaza in Bridgewater, is officially opening its doors on Friday, March 23.

It was originally scheduled to open March 21, but the opening was delayed because of the predicted nor'easter.

The Bridgewater location is the first Whole Foods in Somerset County. 

The 49,000-square-foot store is featuring ...

The Perfect Travel Pack - The Airport Repack Because of a Delayed Flight - What You Really Need

March 21, 2018

If you have traveled a lot, you have had a canceled flight.  Do you know how to do an airport in such cases?

Well, on a recent canceled flight on Norwegian Air from Berlin to New York, we had to do it.  Our experience is now your gain.

The slide show above shows you step by step, how it was accomplished.  Here we will explain it.

For starters, think about your ...

Air Travel Alert - 1,810 Area Flights Canceled for Wednesday - Check Here For Survival Tips in this Fourth Nor’easter

Whenever there is inclement weather, it pays to keep informed. Wednesday, March 21, 780 flights from Newark and 440 from JFK are already canceled.  LaGuardia canceled 590.  In other words, you are probably snowed in today.

Most Airlines now offer APP, text, or email updates to flight delays.  Make sure to sign up for them.  That will ...

Will Your Air Travels Be Impacted by Our Fourth Nor’easter (Fourth? Is it the End?)

After three Nor’easters, you would think we could catch a break. They do say the fourth one is always the best.  This time, we should be very well practiced.

By now, you know the drill. This article has advice on local and airline support services. You may want to bookmark the page for future reference. 

Most Airlines now offer APP, text, or email updates to flight ...

St. Patrick’s Day Sobriety Check in Belmar/Neptune Area on Tap by State Police

March 17, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Giving no details on location and time, New Jersey State Police plans to conduct a sobriety checkpoint on Saturday, March 17 in the area of Belmar and Neptune Township,

The state police made the announcement on its Facebook page, alerting motorists that state troopers will be pulling over vehicles at this undisclosed location and time  “looking for signs of ...

'Trying' explores age, youth and points of history in poignant production

‘Trying’ explores youth, age and points of history in poignant production

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The George Street Playhouse presents an engrossing, two-character play based on the real life of Francis Biddle, former Attorney General.

Biddle, a Harvard educated lawyer, served under Franklin Roosevelt and later Harry Truman during the Nuremberg Tribunal. His ...