Charlie is a community organizer in New Brunswick, and a Rutgers journalism graduate. He can be reached at (732) 993-9697 or editor@NewBrunswickToday.com.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On June 19, the NJ Department of Transportation announced it was suspending the pilot program responsible for installing cameras at 15 intersections in Middlesex County to catch motorists running red lights.
But don't let that make you think you can beat New Brunswick's camera.
The problem is that the vast majority of intersections were never checked to ensure the yellow lights were lengthy enough to comply with the state statute.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Two men found shot on Suydam Street are in critical condition at Robert Wood Johnson Universtiy Hospital, according to a report on New Brunswick's Patch.com.
The story, written by Patch.com's Rachel Gillet, formerly a correspondent for the Daily Targum, described the incident as a "robbery gone bad."
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On Wednesday, the Rutgers University Board of Governors thanked outgoing President Richard McCormick for his service and assigned the school's chief executive position to Richard Edwards. Edwards will hold the top job until September 1, when Dr. Robert Barchi will take office.
McCormick went out with a bang, as school officials outlined an ambitous plan to develop several sites in the city's Sixth Ward in a partnership with the New Brunswick Development Corporation (Devco).
UPDATE: The Home News Tribune is reporting that the girl found floating unconsicous in a swimming pool Tuesday afternoon has died. NBPD spokesman JT Miller did not return three calls from NewBrunswickToday.com seeking an update on her condition.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Several New Brunswick police and fire units scoured a Fifth Ward neighborhood, in search of an autistic 7-year-old girl who had been reported missing at approximately 5:55pm yesterday.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Anish Joshi loved New Brunswick. He lived in One Spring Street, a highrise condominium complex that was until recently the city's tallest building.
He worked across the street at 53 Paterson Street, where he ran his own legal practice for years. Joshi also served as a member of the city's Environmental Commission.
He recieved the 2012 Professional Acheivement Award from the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—When residents bought their townhouse condominiums in the relatively new Fulton Square community in New Brunswick's 2nd Ward, they were told they were buying in a gated community.
But the gates installed by developer Edgewood Properties proved to be insufficient. They broke easily and were rarely functional or effective, according to residents.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Nearly one year ago, the nation's top news agency broke an astonishing story that the New York City police department may have been conducting a widespread unconstitutional surveillance operation based in the downtown New Brunswick.
Now, that same agency, the Associated Press (AP) has filed suit against the city's police department after New Brunswick Police Director Anthony Caputo denied their request for documents and audio related to one of the most peculiar 911 calls ever made in New Brunswick.
PISCATAWAY, NJ—Rutgers University's athletics department is planning to turn over control of their lucrative concessions business next month to a private corporation, according to the response to a public records request filed by NewBrunswickToday.com.
Sodexo, a multinational corporation based in the suburbs of Paris, France, is expected to take over the concessions operations on July 1, according to Tim Pernetti, the Athletic Director at Rutgers.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city's mayor swore in another four police officers that the city has picked up from Trenton's force on May 22.
A total of seven police officers were hired this year using a grant from the federal government. All seven came from Trenton, where Mayor Tony Mack laid off 111 officers last year.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Proposed city laws must be approved twice by the City Council and then signed by the Mayor before they take effect. Most of these laws, also called "ordinances," are introduced in New Brunswick's City Council and passed unanimously without a fight.
But one law that all five members supported on "first reading" drew enough criticism at a required public hearing for its "second reading" to force the council to back down and elect not to pass no law at all.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Hundreds of community members came out to the dead-end block of Sandford Street next to the headquarters of the Puerto Rican Action Board (PRAB) to celebrate the organization's 40th birthday.
Food and dessert vendors sold hot and cold dishes, while live musicians serenaded the crowd on stage. Nearby, a man offerred himself as a victim in the event's dunk tank. But by far the longest line was for free face-painting.
PISCATAWAY, NJ—In a ceremony that was likely extra special for the thousands of mothers who watched their children graduate on Mother's Day, Rutgers extended degrees to a record 13,465 students.
For the second straight year, the University held a large ceremony at Rutgers Stadium, as well as dozens of smaller departmental ceremonies where the names of graduates were actually read aloud.
During the football stadium ceremony, the Rutgers Board of Governors surprised outgoing President Richard McCormick with a Rutgers degree of his own.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Tensions ran high in the auditorium of Paul Robeson Elementary School at last night's meeting of the Fulton Square Condominium Association, the first since a man was accidentally killed in his home by a bullet not intended for him on May 4.
Over 50 residents of the Fulton Square neighborhood attended the complicated meeting which included the first (sort of) public explanation of why the "gated" community's gates have been broken or left open pretty much ever since the community opened five years ago.
UPDATE (4:08am): This story has been updated to include information from the county prosecutor's statement and the Deloatch family's response.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A grand jury sitting in New Brunswick has decided not to file charges against two New Brunswick police officers involved in the killing of a 46-year-old unarmed man.
But, in a move that the man's next-of-kin called "very unprofessional," the county prosecutor's office announced the decision to the media without informing them first.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Just twelve hours after an early morning shooting took place outside townhouses on Neilsen Street, less than a mile away a 40-year-old contractor was shot and killed in his home by what might have been a rifle, according to police transmissions.
But Richard Chang was not the intended target of the shot that killed him, according to the release.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Police say a 26-year-old man from Jamesburg was shot in the chest early Friday morning on the southernmost block of Neilsen Street, between Commercial Avenue and Bishop Street.
The shooting was reported at about 3:30 am at 10 Neilsen Street, a townhouse complex located across the street from the Rutgers Public Safety Building, which houses the Rutgers University Police Department.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—New information in yesterday's Star-Ledger revealed that more than $31,000 has gone missing from a secretive campaign slush fund known as "Women For Good Government."
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—While the mayor of 21 years hasn't yet announced whether he will seek a seventh-term in the city's highest office in 2014, that hasn't kept him from raising funds for the campaign already.
Cahill filed with New Jersey's Election Law Enforcement Commision (ELEC) to declare contributions towards his 2014 campaign for the Democratic nomination for mayor.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Money came in from corporations, developers, lawyers, engineers, consultants, and contractors, many that do business with the government, then it was transferred to political campaigns.
And that's pretty much all that happened at New Brunswick's "Women For Good Government," one of ten bare-bones fundraising operations in New Jersey that have been linked to the Middlesex County Democratic Organization and two state legislators in recent news reports.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—After a tense four-hour Planning Board meeting last month, one of the city's biggest property owners and developers unanimously recieved the board's approval for their latest redevelopment project.
At 135 Somerset Street, Boraie Development plans to demolish eight homes and build a luxury apartment building that will be the one of the tallest in the city's Fifth Ward, second only to the company's other skyscraper, One Spring Street.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In New Jersey, a political action committee (PAC) only needs two people to put their name on paper, a chairperson and a treasurer, in order to legally exist.
Barbara G. Benson served as Women For Good Government's first Chairwoman. She listed an address in Middlesex Boro and her occupation as an administrator at a law firm in the same municipality.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In August 2007, two women filed paperwork to create a political action committee (PAC) for the stated purpose to "help elect and support candidates to public office." One was an official associated with the city government and the local Democratic party.
Over the next three years, "Women For Good Government" quietly raked in over $238,000, and just as quietly donated most of it to political candidates before it mysteriously ceased operations in 2010, with just over $31,000 remaining in its coffers.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Robert Barchi was named the 20th President of Rutgers University on April 11. He is a medical doctor and currently the President of Thomas Jefferson University, a medical school in Philadelphia.
The Rutgers Board of Governors unanimously selected Barchi based on the recommendation of the Presidential Search Committee, which was chaired by Motorola CEO Greg Brown.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city's embattled police department has been sued by its own officers for the second time in less than a week, according to court documents.
This time, the current department director Tony Caputo is charged, as well as City Administrator Thomas Loughlin, and several other defendants that were named in a suit filed a few days earlier by New Brunswick Police Lieutenant Steven Middleton.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Just ten days after two city councilmen announced their retirement, the city's Democratic Committee voted to endorse a ticket of three candidates for New Brunswick City Council in a closed meeting Thursday night.
The candidates include one incumbent, Elizabeth "Betsy" Garlatti, who has served on the Council since 2004.
The organization's "executive" committee met privately this week to interview four candidates for the remaining two spots.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - This Tuesday, several residents of New Brunswick's 5th Ward neighborhood are expected to attend a public meeting where the city's Planning Board will decide on an application filed by Boraie Development LLC to build a new mixed-use apartment building.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A New Brunswick police lieutenant recently filed a lawsuit that claims Peter Mangarella, the city's police director from March 2010 to June 2011, used a racial slur that was derogatory of African-Americans.
The suit also said that Mayor James Cahill failed to take "appropriate remedial action," when it was brought to his attention by the police union.
Last January, in his sixteenth year on the police force, Steven Middleton, an African-American officer who lives in the city, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Eight years ago, she was the new kid on the block at the city council. Now, Councilwoman Elizabeth Garlatti is poised to become the most senior member on the body if she can win re-election this November.
The city's Democratic Party organization announced yesterday that Garlatti will be seeking a third term on the city council, according to a report on Patch.com.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - At Wednesday's Council meeting, New Brunswick City Councilman Kevin Egan said he was told that a New Brunswick police vehicle may have been involved in a drug crime charged to Andrew Ferrazzoli, 51, of Piscataway.
Ferrazzoli worked in the police department as a "services office manager" and was in charge of the department's vehicle maintenance and purchasing.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – In the latest scandal to rock the city’s embattled police department, Andrew Ferrazzoli, a civilian employee of the NBPD, quietly resigned two weeks ago following a drug charge he picked up in Franklin Township.
As part of an operation spearheaded jointly by Somerset and Middlesex Counties dubbed “Operation: Corridor Crackdown,” over 30 people were arrested and charged with buying or selling cocaine along the Route 27 corridor on February 17.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Morris Kafka is out as President of New Brunswick's most active crime watch programs, and longtime 2nd Ward resident Maria Pellerano is in. Tonight, she will preside over her first meeting as President, the first time in 18 years Kafka will not lead the group.
The change comes amidst a crime wave plaguing the area served by the organization. Two police-involved shootings also occurred in the ward during the past six months.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The NYPD utilized a secret unit of undercover officers, who used CIA training to infiltrate muslim communities up and down the East Coast of the United States. But we already knew that. We also knew that many of the officers on the special detail worked out of an apartment in downtown New Brunswick, until their cover was blown in June 2009.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Shiela Oliver, an Essex County politician who made history in 2010 when she was elected Speaker of the NJ General Assembly, is the first African-American woman to hold the title.
And tonight she'll be speaking at the New Brunswick Free Public Library, in honor of Black History Month.
The event starts at 7pm in the Carl Valenti Community Room. It is free and open to the public.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Newark Star-Ledger reported that over 70 people protested in cold weather against the latest accusations of police brutality against the New Brunswick Police Department.
Another protest held later in the week drew fifteen people during inclement weather. The next protest is scheduled for Wednesday at 4:30pm, at the site where police shot Victor Rodriguez, a 19-year-old who may now be paralyzed. His family said he had previously fired shots from a starter's pistol to scare away two unknown assailants.
UPDATE: This story has been updated to include the identity of the victim, and further information on the shooting.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office is once again investigating an incident where New Brunswick police fired their guns at people in the troubled Remsen Avenue neighborhood. The latest victim, a 19-year-old man, was rushed to a hospital where he is currently undergoing treatment.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It took authorities years to realize that dozens of files containing complaints lodged by citizens against NBPD officers had gone missing. Ultimately, Sgt. Richard Rowe, who ran the Internal Affairs division from 2003 to 2007, was blamed for the problem.
Authorities also alledge he tampered with the files and failed to fully investigate 81 of the complaints against his fellow officers, leaving them open indefinitely.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Leonel Lopez Hernandez was just 26 years old when he was fatally struck in a hit and run by a Toyota 4Runner SUV near the intersection of Georges Road and South Talmadge Street.
He leaves behind a pregnant 24-year-old wife and two young children. Hernandez was employed at Bristol-Myers-Squibb's facility in New Brunswick and was on his way home from work when he was hit shortly before 11pm Wednesday evening.
CAMDEN, NJ - In a surprising move, a committee appointed by Governor Christie recommended that Rutgers University's Camden campus and law school be handed over to Glasboro, NJ's Rowan University.
The 5-member University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ Advisory Committee, chaired by Dr. Sol J. Barber, also supported the already-proposed merger of parts of UMDNJ, including the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey into the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - January 17 was a sad day for the city of New Brunswick. It was the day Bobby Albert might have shut down the Court Tavern for the last time. Albert has yet to spell out exactly why he closed up shop, but the historic venue has not opened for business since.
Once part of a thriving underground music scene in New Brunswick, the Court Tavern became one-of-a-kind as other clubs in the city shut down. Venues like the Roxy, Budapest, Patrixx, and The Melody Bar each closed their doors years ago.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city's famous mobile food trucks, known here and across the world for their "fat sandwiches" may soon be facing removal from campus soon under a proposal being implemented by Rutgers University's Department of Transporation Services (RUDOTS).
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - City Councilman Kevin Egan indicated it is unlikely a city school never replaced after its demolition almost seven years ago will be built in 2012, at the Council's December 28 meeting.
Egan, who also serves on New Jersey's School Development Authority, blamed "budgetary issues" for the failure to construct a new building to replace the A.C. Redshaw Elementary School on Livingston Avenue.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It appears two people were murdered in two crime hotspots within 10 hours of one another the night of January 9.
Oswaldo Lozaro, 21, died from gunshot wounds sustained near the intersection of Louis and Somerset Streets in the Fifth Ward at 8:32 pm. Mr. Lozaro was a city resident, according to a report on New Brunswick's Patch.com. He died at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital shortly before 10pm.
HIGH ATOP NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The newest and tallest highrise in New Brunswick is looking for residents, so long as they don't make either too much or not enough money.
The building's residential portion, marketed as "The Vue," offers 150 apartments, both 1 and 2 bedroom-units, on floors 9 thru 20 of the skyscraper. The units will be managed by Philadelphia-based Pennrose Properties. Additionally, floors 21 to 23 consist of 42 condominiums with similar floorplans that will be constructed with superior materials.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - After two public auctions, the city has sold the debts on 749 properties to investors in the form of tax sale certificates, according to the city's Finance Director. And that figure marks a 20% increase over last year's number.
Mayor James Cahill's office has not responded to several requests for comment on the increase.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - This week, Mayor James Cahill re-appointed 27 individuals to continue in their volunteer positions on various city boards & commissions, naming only eleven new board members, the vast majority of which were appointed to the Senior Citizen Advisory Council.
BRONX, NY - Following today's huge victory over Iowa State in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano declared, " Eric! Eric, this one's for you!" referring to the University football player from Avenel, NJ paralyzed last October, Eric LeGrand.
Just one day earlier, the Men's Basketball team scored a huge win of their own, defeating the Florida Gators, ranked tenth in the nation, in double overtime at the Louis Brown Athletic Center in Piscataway.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A 41-year-old city man was seriously injured in a shooting on Monday afternoon at the Brunswick Arms Apartment building.
According to James Queally's article on NJ.com, police said the shooting occurred at about 4:45pm and was related to a domestic dispute.
NBPD Sgt. Mark Pappas told NJ.com that the victim was being treated for life-threatening injuries at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan and Warden Edwin Cicchi announced second-degree sexual assault charges against the county jail's assistant director Derick Stevens on December 22.
Authorities say that Stevens, a resident of Burlington Township, had sex with a 21-year-old female inmate in the year in September or October of 2000.
They also say he attempted to bribe the woman not to talk to investigators about the incident on December 5, according to a report in the Newark Star-Ledger
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The owner of a Geographic Information System (GIS) company based in downtown New Brunswick is able to spend Christmas with his family after he and his son were detained by federal immigration authorities for over two months.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Jack Klugman, famous for his roles in Quincy M.E. and The Odd Couple, is the last living cast member of the 1957 film, "Twelve Angry Men," according to a report on NJ.com.
He will once again play Juror No. 9 at the George Street Playhouse's theatrical version of the classic. The show will run from March 13 to April 8, according to the report.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University's administration appears poised to go to war with unions representing their faculty and staff. In a surprising move this month, the University's Board of Governors in effect voted to punish unionized workers by granting raises and bonuses to non-union employees only this year.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Like it or not, New Brunswick's Congressman will most likely be a Democrat for much, if not all, of the next 10 years.
A commission charged with re-drawing New Jersey's thirteen Congressional districts into just twelve decided to go with the Republican team's proposal in a 7-6 vote this morning at the Heldrich Hotel in downtown New Brunswick.
UPDATE: New video of Bill Bray and Tormel Pittman's shouting match is below.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - On Wednesday, the City of New Brunswick released the only video of the December 7 public shouting match between city activist Tormel Pittman, and Bill Bray, the Mayor's spokesman who left the administration two days later.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - One man can make a difference. His name is Charlie Renda.
When the City Council introduced a new law to ban bicycles from all city sidewalks in September, cyclists including Mr. Renda spoke out against the measure. The Council tabled the law, and the city's administration responded with a new proposal that was much more comprehensive, but still included the same steep penalties for violators.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - As Governor Christie prepares to embark on the second half of his four-year term, some of his closest cabinet members have been leaving the administration.
On Thursday, it was announced that Richard Bagger, Christie's Chief of Staff since he took office, will be resigning his position and taking a job as a senior vice president at CelGene Corp., a multinational biopharmaceutical company based in Summit.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Employees of the city's Department of Planning, Economic & Community Development have taken over one of former public information officer Bill Bray's duties.
Kyle Kirkpatrick and Department Director Glenn Patterson have been sharing the responsibility of managing the city's Twitter account since Bray's departure nearly two weeks ago. They even went so far as to change the city's handle on the popular social media service.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The City Council has been trying to re-institute a bicycle ban on city sidewalks ever since they realized that they repealed the 100-year-old provision accidentally last October.
Tonight, it appears likely they will approve a much broader law that will, among other things, institute the ban on every city sidewalk, with the exception of "multi-use paths" along Routes 18 & 27.
PISCATAWAY, NJ - In October 2010, Eric LeGrand sufferred a career-ending injury that many thought would leave him paralyzed for life. A year later, his triumphant return was voted the best moment of 2011 in all of sports.
On a surprisingly snowy Halloween 2011 at Rutgers Stadium, he led his former teammates out of the tunnel and onto the field for an epic battle with the West Virginia Mountaineers. Rutgers kept the game close until the end, even taking a lead into the fourth quarter, but the main attraction that day was LeGrand's return.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The New Brunswick High School teacher who plead guilty to sexual misconduct and sexual assault of two girls he supervised as a private karate instructor was sentenced three years in prison Monday.
Joel Levy, 44, will also have to register as a sex offender and will no longer be allowed to be a public school teacher in New Jersey. He was also placed under parole supervision for life, according to a report on MyCentralJersey.com.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Asbury Park Press' Capitol Quickies blog reported that Governor Christie visited the New Brunswick home of Frank Deiner, Jr. for a "conversation with taxpayers about ending payouts to retiring public employees for unused sick days."
NEWARK, NJ - Another one bites the dust. William Owen Jr. resigned his position heading the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, following the university's board of trustees meeting, where no signal was given of his departure.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Newark Star-Ledger's Tom Haydon is reporting that Carlos Fernandez, age 20, has been arrested and charged with starting a fire on Friday that damaged three buildings on Somerset Street.
The fire started shortly before 4pm at 272 Somerset Street, a boarded-up home in the city's Fifth Ward. The blaze spread to buildings on either side, seriously damaging the law office of Alexander Takacs at 270 Somerset Street and a private residence at 272 Somerset Street.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Once again, New Brunswick finds itself at the center of the biggest political battle in the state.
In the same luxury hotel where partisans fought over which towns would be grouped with each other in districts for state-level elections, a new group with a similar charge will determine the boundaries of New Jersey's 12 federal election districts. In 2012, each district will hold an election to send one representative to the US Congress.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A whopping 1,500+ properties in the City of New Brunswick were listed for an upcoming tax sale in the legal notices of the December 11 issue of the Home News Tribune.
In New Jersey, municipalities are required to schedule all delinquent properties for an auction of the lien. Investors can buy the liens on properties that do not settle up with the city in an auction scheduled for December 21.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Shortly before 4pm today, a fire broke out in the city's Fifth Ward on Somerset Street, between James and Alexander Streets.
NBC4, whose news helicopter hovered overhead, said there were no reported injuries shortly after 6pm.
Three homes were damaged: 268, 270, and 272 Somerset Street, according to Patch.com. Fire departments from surrounding communities responded as well as the New Brunswick Fire Department.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A particularly well-written letter to the editor published in Tuesday's Daily Targum perhaps revealed the latest racial discrimination scandal at Rutgers University.
The letter alledges that an unnamed "white doctoral student" who also serves as an instructor in the English Department sent an invitation to the white students in her class for a balls-to-the-wall celebration of racist culture, complete with a screening of "Song of the South" and maybe even some "watermillyum" (watermelon).
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - One man died last night in a fire at 204 Easton Avenue, near the intersection with Courtlandt Street. The two-alarm blaze engulfed a two-family house next to Knights Deli, a convenience store in the heart of the Sixth Ward student neighborhood.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan has called for a special grand jury to hear the case against two New Brunswick police involved in the shooting death of Barry Deloatch on September 22.
According to a report by Bob Makin of the Home News Tribune, the jury will hear the case on consecutive days to "minimize any unnecessary outside influences on the jury or the witnesses who appear before it."
PISCATAWAY, NJ - The latest media outlet to conduct an analysis of Rutgers Athletic Department has found the same thing everyone here already knew: the University overestimated future attendance at football games to justify the $102M expansion of Rutgers Stadium.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - As the City Council considers new restrictions on bicyling in the city, an online poll conducted on the Rutgers student newspaper's website, 65% of respondents said they supported building bicycle lanes in New Brunswick.
UPDATE: Michael Beltranena in the New Brunswick Mayor's Office says Bray tendered his resignation on Monday December 5, two days prior to his verbal confrontation with Tormel Pittman.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Maybe he knew he was on his way out and didn't give a hoot.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The former Rutgers student charged with invading the privacy of Tyler Clementi rejected a plea deal that would have let him avoid jail time and pledged local objection to his potential deportation by the feds.
Dharun Ravi left the University in his first semester, due to the high-profile case brought against him by the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office after Clementi, his roommate, leaped to his death from the George Washington Bridge in September 2010.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Yet another shooting occurred early Friday morning in the city's Fifth Ward.
The Newark Star-Ledger broke the story that a 17-year-old man was wounded near the intersection of Florence and Somerset Streets, near the city's border with Franklin Township.
They also pointed out it was not an isolated incident, one of more than twelve shootings since early November.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It’s official: New Brunswick's newest road will also be last in alphabetical order. The City Council approved the name Zebra Way for a new connector road, a nod to the mascot of New Brunswick High School.
The project was funded by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money provided by the federal government.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A tax consultant based in New Brunswick admitted to his role in a "check-kiting" scheme that involved 15 bank accounts at New Millenium Bank and Brunswick Bank & Trust.
And on Monday, Amro Badran, age 54, plead guilty to a federal bank fraud charge being brought by the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Paul Fishman. The Newark Star-Ledger reported that his scheme involved artificially inflating the values of the accounts.
SOMERSET, NJ – Barry Deloatch, Jr., 24, of Piscataway, was seriously injured when a vehicle he was a passenger in crashed and overturned, bringing an end to a brief high-speed police chase early Thanksgiving morning.
Mr. Deloatch underwent surgery yesterday for internal bleeding and relatives report that he is in stable condition at University Hospital in Newark.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The old CTown supermarket will live on under a new brand run by the same company, Krasdale Supermarkets.
Bravo stores are in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Florida, as well as New Jersey, took over the site in November and began by improving the buliding, which stands at the corner of George and Morris Streets.
Upgrades include ground-level windows and a new paintjob.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - On Wednesday, November 15, city officials celebrated the opening of yet another massive parking structure.
Mayor James Cahill said "If it was easy, everyone would be doing it," according to the Daily Targum.
The new garage has 656 spaces, which will be available to the public at the rate of $2/hour. Like most of the authority's decks, it is fully automated.
A Timeline: Mayor Cahill's Police Department, 2010-2011
March 1, 2010: Director Caputo Retires
New Brunswick Police Director Tony Caputo retires. He begins collecting a $115,020 pension and also receives a $376,234 payout for unused sick and vacation time.