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—From the basement shows to the legendary Court Tavern, the Hub City's local music scene is often touted as one of the best in the tri-state area. But while New Brunswick has long been known as a hotbed for live music, this weekend a live game show might be the main attraction.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Beginning today, the city is actively publicizing the "serious violations" at the water utility that "had the potential to expose the public to disease-causing microorganisms."
According to information in the official announcement, the city ignored state and federal laws and repeatedly failed to notify the public of potentially dangerous water. For at least three years, water quality failed to meet federal and state standards and the public was not notified.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Brian Levine, the mayor of Franklin Township is not happy with New Brunswick's Water Utility, which provides millions of gallons of water to his town's residents each and every day.
Levine said he was surprised that New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill never contacted him about major problems at the city's Water Utility, which serves residents in New Brunswick, Franklin, and Milltown.
UPDATE (11/25): This article has been updated to include donations made by Edward O'Rourke directly to Mayor James Cahill's campaign.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The man who has been blamed for a years-long cover-up of water quality violations has given more than $1,500 to support local politicians in New Brunswick, according to the Election Law Enforcement Commission's website.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A Water Utility official being blamed for covering up violations of safe drinking water standards for several years has not been fired, according to the City Council.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The newest data available shows that violent crime is down so far in 2013, but reports of theft and larceny have increased by a sizable margin.
As of October, the city had three reported murders, including two stabbings and one gun murder. At the same point last year, twice as many homicides had been reported.
TRENTON, NJ—On September 9, Gov. Chris Christie signed a new law that requires out-of-state police to notify New Jersey's government officials before conducting counter-terrorism operations within the state.
The bill, A2948, was passed by the state legislature after it was discovered that New York City police was conducting extensive surveillance on Muslim communities within New Jersey, including at Rutgers University.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—City officials have yet to respond to charges the New Brunswick Water Utility repeatedly lied in water quality reports filed with the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
The DEP announced late today that it has filed administrative orders alleging the New Brunswick Water Department repeatedly filed false reports for various water quality tests, submitted incorrectly calculated test results, and failed to notify the public when standards were not met.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A popular bus driver at Rutgers University was recently forced to resign from his position with the school's bus company, but students are speaking out on behalf of the worker.
Stanley McNeil's absence from his usual route has spurred students to organize an online petition calling for his reinstatement that has already garnered more than 4,000 signatures.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A local organization is turning up the heat on employers who don't pay their workers, or fail to meet federal minimum wage and overtime standards.
New Labor was founded in 2000 as "an alternative model of worker organization that combines new and existing strategies to improve working conditions and provide a voice for immigrant workers throughout New Jersey."
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Thousands of workers in New Brunswick will get a raise, thanks to the 61% of New Jersey voters who approved a constitutional amendment to increase the minimum wage in yesterday's election.
Results provided by Assistant City Clerk Leslie Zeledon show that the question passed by an even larger margin here in New Brunswick, where 80% of voters supported the $1 wage hike, which will automatically rise to account for inflation in future years.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—NBToday sat down with State Senator Barbara Buono, a candidate for Governor in the November 5 election, to discuss her views on important local, county, and state issues.
In the August 2 interview, Buono said that a former chairman of the Middlesex County Democratic Party who helped marshall support for her past campaigns had obviously broken the law and should be punished.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—NBToday sat down with State Senator Barbara Buono, a candidate for Governor in the November 5 election, to discuss her views on important local, county, and state issues.
In the August 2 interview, Buono said her opponent's silence on a recent Supreme Court decision that "gutted" the Voting Rights Act spoke volumes about his lack of commitment to an issue fundamental to democracy.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—One year ago, Rutgers University began the long process of recovery after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, which caused the evacuation of thousands of students from every dormitory in the city.
But some say the recovery won't be complete until the school releases the findings of a report assembled by a university task force. The administration of University President Robert Barchi is apparently attempting to keep the report under wraps.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—TD Bank, located at 70 Bayard Street, will begin enforcing stricter rules about who is allowed in their parking lot, beginning today.
The bank has been warning people who park there for weeks that anyone who is not "in the bank conducting bank business" will be towed starting November 4.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Since 1894, a small triangular plot of land in downtown has been home to a monument honoring the thousands of lives lost in the American Civil War.
But if city leaders get their way, that memorial will soon be joined by another life-size statue that will rise as tall as thirteen feet, according to the leader of a private group that has been slowly fundraising for the project over the past decade.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—NBToday sat down with State Senator Barbara Buono, a candidate for Governor in the November 5 election, to discuss her views on important local, county, and state issues.
In the August 2 interview, Buono addressed several controversies at her alma mater, Rutgers University, and pledged to make higher education a priority.
At a recent debate this month, the two major-party candidates sparred about the performance of Rutgers University's President Bob Barchi.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Cory Booker is the next Senator from the state of New Jersey, propelling the longtime Newark politician to Washington D.C.
There, he will be one of two Senators representing New Jersey through 2014, finishing out the six-year term of the late Frank Lautenberg. Next year, he will have to run for re-election if he wants to keep the job.
83% of voters in New Brunswick supported Booker who defeated Republican Steve Longen by a 2,149 to 400 margin in the Hub City.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A broad coalition of NJ DREAM Act supporters are celebrating the fact that they can now count the state's governor among their ranks, but the victory announcement was not without incident.
In a bizarre scene that unfolded at a gala in a downtown hotel, city police arrested an activist for trespassing, seemingly at the request of the event's organizers: the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey (LLA-NJ).
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--For the ninth consecutive year, the jazz scene is taking center stage in the city this weekend as the New Brunswick Jazz Festival takes place in several venues.
A kickoff celebration and dance party at Christopher's (located inside the Heldrich Hotel) hosted by the NJ Chapter of Chicago Steppers, and features Valerie Adams and The New Dimensions Band.
The fun continues tomorrow with a variety of performances across the downtown.
Below is the schedule for tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 5th:
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS), based in New Brunswick, is asking for the public’s help to maintain an adequate supply of “universal” blood.
And they are offerring a valuable incentive: a chance to win tickets to New Jersey's first Super Bowl.
In the August 2 interview, Buono said she would have moved NJTransit trains to higher ground if she were in charge during the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—For the second year in a row, something that the city administration originally did not want to happen became a reality, thanks to citizens who gathered signatures and submitted legal petitions to the city government.
Last year, citizens fought for and won the right to elect their own school board members in a close vote after submitting a petition to force the issue onto the ballot.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A spokesman for longtime Mayor James Cahill confirmed for the first time last week that the mayor has been collecting a $99,735 annual pension since 2011.
In an unusual arrangement that would be illegal under today's laws, Cahill retired from a six-figure job with the county government on January 1, 2011, and promptly began collecting his pension while continuing to draw a salary from the city government he leads.
UPDATE/CORRECTION (4:25PM): Friends of the victim have contacted New Brunswick Today to inform us that she was a transgender woman named Eyricka. The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office press release on which the following article is based referred to the deceased as a man named Evan. We regret the error.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Eyricka Morgan, a 26-year-old city resident, was killed in a stabbing Tuesday night in a rooming house located at 180 Baldwin Street in the city's Second Ward.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city's five council members will be forced to take an up or down vote on whether to ban a dangerous type of oil and gas drilling within city limits at their October 2 meeting.
The vote, which council members had attempted to avoid by passing a weaker measure after activists asked for a full-on ban.
In the August 2 interview, Buono said she would be an ally for the middle-class and working poor of New Jersey, as well as students and the unemployed, if elected Governor.
"Where do I begin?" Senator Buono said when asked what makes her different than incumbent Chris Christie, who is running for a second term.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—NBToday sat down with State Senator Barbara Buono, a candidate for Governor in the November 5 election, to discuss her connection to New Brunswick and her views on important local, county, and state issues.
In the August 2 interview, Buono said she had fond memories of her time as a public defender based in New Brunswick, and starting a private law practice in the Hub City.
"I love New Brunswick... Boy has it changed over the past twenty years," said Buono.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A unique burlesque show is bringing its brand out of basements and attics, and into the city's most famous rock club tonight.
Brunswick Basement Burlesque consists of three women and one man who hope to replicate the style of American burlesque popular more than a century ago.
"We do old-school traditional burlesque," founder Jess Paikarovski told the Home News Tribune.
FREEHOLD, NJ—A former county sheriff who pleaded guilty to corruption charges will go to jail for up to nine years, in accordance with a plea agreement with the NJ Attorney General's office.
Joe Spicuzzo, 67, is ineligible for parole for the first two years of his sentence, according to the plea agreement approved by Judge Anthony Mellaci.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Tomorrow, Gov. Chris Christie is expected to join officials from the city government, Rutgers University, and the New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO) to celebrate the groundbreaking on a slew of university development projects.
The event will take place on Seminary Place at noon on Thursday September 19, according to the Governor's public schedule.
UPDATE: The Planning Board voted unanimously to approve the new projects 7-0.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city's Planning Board is preparing to take a final vote tonight on a project that its planners say will dramatically transform the College Avenue area.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Bricks reportedly came tumbling from the top of an eight-story building at about 5:30 this morning, prompting the police to close one block of George Street for the past twelve hours.
The Chase bank branch in the building was closed, and the bank is directing people to other branches. One worker named Elizabeth told New Brunswick Today that no one was hurt.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A rainy forecast and poor planning caused a chaotic start to the Rutgers school year Monday, as droves of students were prevented from entering the school's annual involvement fair once the crowd reached capacity.
Normally, the event is held outside on Voorhees Mall, but predicted thunderstorms caused Rutgers to relocate to a student center and gymnasium on College Avenue. The event began at 2pm, but around 3pm the inclement weather ended, revealing a beautiful day and a mob of students looking to get involved.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Following an investigation into claims that he sexually harrassed women who worked for him, Mario Vargas quietly resigned from his executive director position at the Puerto Rican Action Board (PRAB) last month, according to a source.
The source has indicated that Vargas' alleged behavior was the subject of an internal investigation that yielded evidence he had inappropriate relationships with multiple female employees at the non-profit.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The price of metered on-street parking will increase between 20% and 50% if the City Council approves a law scheduled for a vote this evening.
The New Brunswick Parking Authority (NBPA) says it wants to implement the rate hike to pay for new parking meters that will take credit cards, as well as a system that will allow for credit card payments via telephone at any meter.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In 2011 New Brunswick’s City Council supported a statewide ban on fracking, a type of gas drilling that has yet to be attempted in New Jersey, but one that has been proven to cause earthquakes and poison drinking water in other states.
Food & Water Watch organizers and city residents came out in force earlier this year to call on the council to take "the next logical step" and pass an ordinance banning fracking within the city limits.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Three of the famous grease trucks had to be towed out of their longtime home Friday morning.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A large crowd is expected tonight at what is sure to be a memorable farewell to a Rutgers culinary tradition as the city's famous grease trucks prepare to leave a Rutgers parking lot that they have called home for 21 years.
Fears that the trucks would be packing up early tonight led hundreds of fat sandwich fans to wait in line patiently for a taste of history last night, as a television news crew broadcast live from the scene of the spectacle.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Newark's Mayor won a decisive victory across the state in today's special primary election for United States Senate.
Cory Booker also bested his three opponents among New Brunswick voters, earning the votes of 764 city residents, nearly half of all of those who voted.
New Brunswick voters largely mirrored the voting patterns of other Democrats statewide, with Frank Pallone receiving an extra boost from the Hub City. He has represented New Brunswick as a Congressman for two decades.
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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In heavily Democratic New Brunswick, most voters will have four choices in their party primary today, deciding who will carry the torch for the late Frank Lautenberg who passed away this summer with just over a year left on his six-year term.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A former city police officer accused of mishandling 81 internal affairs complaints will not go to jail.
Instead, former head of internal affairs Richard Rowe was sentenced to two years on probation by Judge Bradley Ferencz this morning. County prosecutor Andrew Carey gave up on prosecuting more serious charges and Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Mannion negotiated the guilty plea.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Five gunshots rang out at the intersection of Easton Avenue and Bristol Street at about 2:42 am the morning of August 4. But that was just one of several instances of violence in that neighborhood over the course of that night.
A witness told NJ.com there was a brawl that took place an hour earlier in the same vicinity. And less than an hour after the shooting, a man showed up at St. Peter's University Hospital with a stab wound that he sufferred somewhere on Easton Avenue, according to police radio transmissions.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—As the grease trucks begin their final week in the parking lot they made famous, it appears that Rutgers officials have pitted the owners of the five trucks against one another.
Thursday will be their last day at the current location where they have been parked for 21 years.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The end of an era is coming August 15, when Rutgers University will force the five remaining "grease trucks" to vacate a university parking lot that they have made famous with their presence over the past 21 years.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Four men have plead not guilty in two separate murders that occurred last month.
Danilo Lemus-Ramos, 18, Edwin Morales, 20, and Adrian Islas, 25, plead not guilty to charges that they murdered an alleged rival gang member, 19-year-old Eduardo “Snoopy” Mendez on July 13.
FRANKLIN, NJ—A loaded handgun was among the array of items littering the banks of Mile Run Brook, a stream that separates the City of New Brunswick from Somerset County's Franklin Township.
A Highland Park resident volunteering at the clean-up was the first to stumble upon the handgun, which was loaded and cocked. Both Franklin and New Brunswick police responded to the peaceful situation to take reports.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city's new 24-hour supermarket is changing distributors already, along with seven other stores currently operating under the same brand name in Pennsylvania and Delaware.
FreshGrocer, a market that opened in November across from the train station, operates in a space leased from the New Brunswick Parking Authority on the ground floor of a 9-story parking garage that also includes a fitness center.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—City firefighters responded to a wild scene earlier tonight after a thunderstorm brought down a live power line in a precarious place shortly after 7pm.
The line sparked extensively, initially lighting a car on fire. The fire eventually spread to 44 Louis Street, located near the intersection with Brookside Avenue.
Large crowds gathered to watch as the carfire grew in strength and firefighters waited for utility workers to turn off the power line before extinguishing that blaze.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—City resident David Campos-Garcia was fatally stabbed this morning shortly before 3am, according to a press release from county prosecutor Andrew Carey.
According to police radio transmissions, the stabbing took place in the street front of a Mexican restaurant located at 316 Suydam Street, near the railroad overpass.
Based on preliminary information, officers were seeking a Hispanic man running up Suydam Street toward Joyce Kilmer Avenue, wearing a white jacket and black jeans.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Eduardo "Snoopy" Mendez, 19, was gunned down on the sidewalk in front of 236 Talmadge St. last Saturday night, between Livingston and Lee Avenues.
Neighbors, including a former police lieutenant, told the Newark Star-Ledger they were shocked that someone was killed on their block, which was usually quiet and peaceful.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Today at 1pm, a newly-expanded Rutgers Board of Governors met for the first time to open its hearing on the 2013-2014 academic year tuition cost.
But one of its newest members, New Brunswick resident Martin Perez was conspicuously absent. Sources say State Senate President Steve Sweeney surprised the university with the threat of a lawsuit if Perez was permitted to participate in the meeting.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—County officials were quiet today about the fate of at least a half-dozen county sheriff's officers and investigators who paid bribes to obtain their jobs.
As we reported last month, longtime county sheriff Joe Spicuzzo admitted he sold investigator jobs for bribes as high as $25,000. The fallout of his guilty plea continues to impact the department and the upcoming election for sheriff.
TRENTON, NJ—Led by Senate President Steve Sweeney, state officials have been quietly working this week to enact a major change that would eliminate the larger half of Rutgers University's governance structure, the 247-year-old Board of Trustees.
The change would also give Governor Christie and his successors full control over the appointments to the remaining half of the governance structure, the powerful Board of Governors.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Hub City continued to be the state's 27th-largest municipality by population last year, according to recently released numbers. Between 2010 and 2012, New Brunswick's official population grew by 873 residents, or 1.6%.
New Brunswick's official 2012 population is 56,160, though the actual number of residents is likely much higher due to large numbers of undocumented immigrants and college students.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Middlesex County's longtime Sheriff Joe Spicuzzo plead guilty to bribery earlier today in Monmouth County Courthouse today after two years of limbo, where it seemed for a while that he might get off.
Instead, under a plea agreement with the Attorney General's Office, the 67-year-old will serve up to nine years in state prison, but will become eligible for parole after two years.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Judge Bradley Ferencz acquitted two men convicted of failing to report the thefts of their fellow employees at the New Brunswick Parking Authority on May 16.
But the county prosecutor's office tells NewBrunswickToday.com that it will appeal the judge's decision.
“Given that the jury found the defendants guilty, we disagree with the judge’s decision, and our office is filing an appeal,” said Andrew Carey, the new Middlesex County Prosecutor.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—If you went to the city's website and believed what you read, you would think that a group of emergency responders and public safety officials were meeting once a month to discuss important issues related to emergency management.
But you would be dead wrong. Not only does the Emergency Management Council not have meetings, but at least two of its own members said they had never heard of the council, and it appears that the group exists only on paper.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Police are investigating a robbery and assault that took place in an apartment building on Union Street near Rutgers College Avenue Campus on Friday night.
New Brunswick Police Department was first notified of the incident at 7:02 pm when a resident of 40 Union St. attempted to alert authorities that he was being threatened by three unknown assailants with a handgun who demanded he turn over his property.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—As Rutgers University tries to put recent scandals behind them, the university's embattled athletics department announced Friday that its new head basketball coach, Eddie Jordan, had enrolled in two summer classes towards a degree the university erroneously reported he had.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In February, the New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO) sold the city's first downtown dormitory, Rockoff Hall, for $44.1 million to a company based in Pittsburgh with a reputation for student housing.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—At the May 15 meeting of City Council, a spokesman for Mayor James Cahill assured the Council that the mayor had filled all but one of the positions on the city's nineteen appointed volunteer boards and commissions.
However, a document updated in response to questions from NewBrunswickToday.com indicates that there are far more openings on the boards than the city spokesman led the council to believe.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—City police originally planned to evacuate hundreds of elementary school students Wednesday morning, after a note was discovered that contained a bomb threat, according to a report on NJ.com.
But police officials called off the evacuation and instead quietly searched the school for a bomb. A spokesman for the department was light on details, declining to say where the note was found or what exactly it said.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—After videos of Mike Rice bullying the Rutgers men's basketball team became public on April 2, Tim Pernetti was forced to resign from his position as the Rutgers Athletic Director.
Six weeks later, Rutgers President Robert L. Barchi and an enormous committee hedged over the final choice of who would replace Pernetti, a university alum and popular personality.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A North Brunswick police cruiser evidently crashed into a tree at the corner of Livingston Avenue and Hale Street earlier this evening, injuring the officer behind the wheel and another individual.
It's not immediately clear what precipitated the the crash that occurred shortly after 7:30pm, but the accident appears to have involved at least two vehicles.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The City Council's five members are poised to adopt an ordinance that would to ban smoking in all city parks and other city property.
A final vote scheduled for tomorrow will be preceeded by a public hearing where the council will hear questions and comments on the ordinance from anyone.
The hearing will take place at the council's regular meeting, held on the top floor of City Hall at 6:30pm.
Council President Rebecca Escobar, herself a smoker, has said publicly that she supports the law.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Multiple sources have confirmed that former Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan has resigned from office, following a difficult week that saw an onslought of criticism on the eleven-year veteran.
As we reported last month, Gov. Chris Christie announced his intention to replace Kaplan as the county's top law enforcement official with Andrew Carey, a former colleague of the governors' in the US Attorney's office.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Edward Spencer, a longtime city employee and political figure, was chosen by his fellow board of education members to serve as the board president for the second consecutive year.
The board unanimously voted to keep Spencer in the leadership role, and Pat Sadowski as Vice President, at their annual re-organization meeting Tuesday night at New Brunswick High School.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Police spokesman JT Miller confirmed that a person was shot earlier this evening in the city's Second Ward.
An unidentified individual was reportedly shot in the leg at 177 Throop Avenue at approximately 4:50 p.m., according to police radio transmissions.
Multiple units patroled the area in search of a black four-door vehicle with tinted windows that fled on Delavan Street towards Lee Avenue.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Yesterday, a county judge decided to postpone the sentencing of two former New Brunswick Parking Authority (NBPA) employees convicted in January of official misconduct for failing to report thefts by their fellow employees.
The two men convicted are Emil Hanna, who worked for the authority since 2001 and made $30,304 annually, and Emad Naguib, who worked for the authority since 2003 and made $26,872.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Incumbents Benito Ortiz, Pat Sadowski, and John Krenos were victorious in today's election to keep their seats on the city's elected school board
987 city residents turned out to vote at the city's thirteen polling places today.
Benito Ortiz lead the six candidates with 69% of the votes cast, followed closely by running mates Sadowski and Krenos, with 65% and 63% respectively.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—City residents are slowly trickling into polling places this afternoon, but the turnout numbers appear to be on pace to surpass January's total of 766.
Polls will remain open until 9 p.m. this evening in the city's first regular school board election, which pits three incumbents against a coordinated campaign by three residents including a former board member.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Chaos erupted on a street in the city's Sixth Ward Saturday afternoon, as a block party thrown by residents devolved into mayhem. Meanwhile, local police staged a block away, gathering riot gear and seeking manpower from nearby departments.
NewBrunswickToday.com arrived on the scene shortly after 5:00pm, responding to a report of brutality by Rutgers police against a party-goer.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—City police teamed up with cops from Rutgers University, North Brunswick, and Franklin Township to respond to a large disturbance in the city's Sixth Ward.
An all-day party dubbed "Delafest" grew throughout the afternoon, as hundreds of residents and visitors filled Delafield Street and packed porches and rooves to capacity.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—For the first time in city history, candidates seeking positions on the powerful Board of Education spoke in the same forum, held last night by the non-profit Unity Square.
The six candidates seeking three open positions, including all three incumbents, answered eight questions submitted by audience members, in addition to giving opening and closing statements. Video is available exclusively through NewBrunswickToday.com.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—City police are working with authorities in Somerset County and New York to investigate the disappearance of a college student who has been missing since Tuesday.
Paige Aiello, a Hillsborough resident who attends The College of New Jersey in Ewing and works two jobs, has not been seen since Tuesday afternoon.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—It's been many years since residents were able to witness opposing candidates in any election share the same stage.
Tonight, all six candidates running in the city's first regular school board election are expected to address the public at Lord Stirling Elementary School, as part of a "candidate's forum" that starts at 7pm.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Rutgers director of intercollegiate athletics Timothy Pernetti resigned Friday following an embarrassing scandal involving the misconduct of head basketball coach Mike Rice.
Pernetti played football for Rutgers in the early 1990's, and he made the unusual jump from television executive to college athletics director in 2009 when he was hired to the $410,000 job by then-President Richard McCormick.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Firefighters spent roughly two hours this morning combating a blaze that started in a residential home on Suydam Street near the Northeast Corridor railroad.
The fire broke out at around 4 am, waking neighbors and catching the attention of passers-by on the main thoroughfare.
It eventually spread to two adjacent homes, damaging them and displacing at least 20 residents. Multiple companies responded to battle the fire, including those from New Brunswick, Edison, East Franklin, and East Brunswick.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Neither city police nor Rutgers University notified the public of an incident where a man was slashed in the chest with a knife in front of the Corner Tavern last Saturday morning.
The crime incident occurred on the corner of Somerset Street and Easton Avenue in New Brunswick at around 2:22 a.m., according to a report by NJ.com's John Clayton.
MIDDLESEX, NJ—At a town hall event on Tuesday, Governor Christie pledged to look into a controversial election held in New Brunswick this January, in response to a question posed by the editor of New Brunswick Today.
"Can you please promise me that you will look into this matter and ask your Attorney General's office to make sure that there weren't any laws violated in our first-ever historic school board election?" asked the author of this article.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city's parking authority will begin enforcing alternate side parking regulations today, requiring drivers to park on only one side of certain streets for two hours at a time.
The regulations are meant to allow the Department of Public Works' street sweepers to go right up to the curb, but violators frequently end up in the way, leading to large numbers of parking tickets.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—More than a dozen residents came out to the city's public library last Tuesday to sign up to serve as "clean city block captains," volunteers who organize and educate their neighbors about the litter problem.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In a battle to earn the third and final spot on the Democratic Party's ticket for open seats on the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Piscataway Council President Ken Armwood defeated Cathy Nicola, a North Brunswick Councilwoman at the party's March 20 convention.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Governor Chris Christie announced Thursday he intends to nominate a new man to serve as the top law enforcement official in Middlesex County.
If Christie gets his way, Andrew Carey, currently the chief of the US Attorney's narcotics unit in Newark, will replace longtime prosecutor Bruce Kaplan. In the near future, the State Senate will be asked to consent to Carey's appointment.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Six candidates seeking election to three seats on the city's board of education will be given the chance to debate one another on April 11, thanks to the efforts of Unity Square, a Catholic Charities initiative based out of the Sacred Heart Church at 81 Throop Av.
The director of the organization asked all six candidates to save the date on the evening of Thursday April 11, "for a bilingual candidates’ forum at a site TBD in the Unity Square neighborhood."
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A "drug deal gone bad" scenario unfolded Monday night inside a commercial building on Bayard Street that left two suspects at large and one man shot, according to city police.
The unidentified 22-year-old victim was shot in the leg shortly after 8 p.m.
At 8:09 p.m., a police unit was dispatched in response to the shooting. Within minutes, all available units were on their way to the 93-year-old office building.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Only one of three incumbents will be seeking re-election in this year's campaign for Middlesex County's Board of Chosen Freeholders, as former New Brunswick City Councilwoman Blanquita Valenti will seek a fourth term on the governing body.
Valenti, a former teacher in Woodbridge Township and widow of a former New Brunswick City Commissioner, served on New Brunswick's appointed school board from 1971-1974 and first joined the City Council by appointment in 1990.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On February 21, a 10-year-old girl was seriously injured after being was struck by a police vehicle operated by Middlesex County Sheriff's Officer Kevin Comiskey, according to a report on New Brunswick's Patch.com.
Comiskey makes $75,562 and has been with the sheriff's department since 2005.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Beginning in the early morning hours of February 9, as a blizzard descended on the city, police officers coordinated with the city's official towing companies to remove parked vehicles from dozens of major thoroughfares.
All in all, police ordered the towing of at least 116 vehicles from city streets designated as snow emergency routes in less than 48 hours.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—State law requires at least 60 days notice to hold an election. So for January 22's election to have been properly noticed, the board of education would have had to be give notice to the City Clerk and Middlesex County Board of Elections by November 23.
The only problem? That would be impossible because no one knew if New Brunswick's board of education would be elected or appointed until the results of a November 6 referendum were certified on November 29.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Board of Education President Ed Spencer used every trick in the book to prevent NewBrunswickToday.com from asking a simple question of the city's new elected board members, as they faced the public for the first time.
"That will not happen... We do not do that. We do not do that. I will not allow it," said Spencer, a mayor-appointed board member who makes $58,828 annually as director of the city's teen center.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The City Council was surprised to learn that a suspended police officer is back on the force, after previously being indicted for illegally voting in New Brunswick elections while he lived in other towns
After the council was asked by NewBrunswickToday.com whether rumors were true that former Lt. Robert Tierney had returned to active duty, the city's Business Administrator jumped in.
"He is [back on the force]," Thomas Loughlin told the Council.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Tom Kelso and George Hendricks are two of the most powerful attorneys in New Brunswick's political machinery, and they're usually on the same side when it comes to elections.
Hendricks is a former City Councilman who opposed electing New Brunswick's school board, a change voters made in November. He earns $113,400 salary as the board's attorney, but also operates a private practice in the city.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Three incumbents appointed to serve on the city's school board by Mayor James Cahill will seek election to the board for the first time this April, after voters ditched the appointed system in a close vote last November.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Even as the city's school board added its first-ever elected members Tuesday night, serious questions remained regarding the legality of the very election that sent them into public office.
Political newcomers Ronald Hush and Diana Fajardo surprised everyone, but especially their opponents, when their petitions to run for school board were submitted on Christmas Eve, three days after the advertised deadline.
FRANKLIN, NJ—In 2002, a New Brunswick schoolteacher started a drill team to give her students at Paul Robeson Community School something positive to do after school.
Now, more than a decade later, the Divas & Gents drill and drum squad is still going strong and, though it is based in a neighboring municipality, more than half of its members are New Brunswick residents.