Jad Kaado

Jad can be reached at jkaado@NewBrunswickToday.com.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—As of July 1, Rutgers University officially has Dr. Debasish "Deba" Dutta as its new "New Brunswick Chancellor."

    Dutta replaced Professor Richard L. Edwards, who left the position after a five-year tenure and will take a one-year sabbatical before returning to the faculty.

    A distinguished academic hailing from Purdue University in Indiana, Dr. Dutta comes to Rutgers after spending two years as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity for that school.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--On June 18 at 7:00 p.m., the New Jersey International Film Festival will hold its final night of the season at Voorhees Hall on College Avenue.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Hub City will be host an array of activities and excitement on Saturday, June 4, as the city's 41st Annual Hungarian Festival is held along Somerset and Plum Streets.

    The festivities begin at 11am and last all day.

    One of the largest festivals of in New Brunswick, and one of the only places where alcoholic beverages can be sold and consumed in public, the Hungarian Festival pays homage to the city's rich connection with the Eastern European nation.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Discovery Jersey Arts, a cosponsored project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the ArtPride of New Jersey Foundation, is holding their annual People’s Choice Awards.

    Three of New Brunswick’s own institutions, The New Jersey Film Festival, George Street Playhouse, and the State Theatre, are among a handful of organizations honored with nominations for 2016.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On September 15, the State Theater held a free event in the middle of Livingston Avenue to promote their upcoming show "The Supernaturalists," a magic show created, directed, and produced by well-known magician Criss Angel. 

    But the event appeared to come to a premature and anticlimactic end when performer Spencer Horsman was hospitalized after failing to escape from a "water torture cell," a small cube filled completely with water and suspended by a crane.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Jersey Film Festival, celebrating its 34 year anniversary, is beginning its fall season with film screenings on September 11 at 7:00 p.m. at Rutgers University's Voorhees Hall, Room 105.

    The Film festival is a project that spans over five months, with winners announced after the screenings on Saturday, October 9, 2015

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On Friday, August 21, Tumulty’s Pub is hosting a special event to promote opposition to human trafficking occurring all over the world.

    The event, entitled “Night for a New Day,” will run from 8:00 p.m. until midnight in the basement of the pub, located at 361 George Street.

    It will be hosted by local musician and artist Silent Knight, from The Band Called Fuse, and will feature musical performances from Highland Society, Sad Lips, and Foxanne.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--A renowned New Brunswick based film festival will be celebrating its 20th anniversary on Saturday, May 30th, by opening the festivities until the 14th of June in the Hub City. The New Jersey International Film Festival, which began in 1996, is an annual festival where feature length independent films are screened in a competition.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--The Force will soon be strong in the Hub City on Monday May 4.

    That night, Destination Dogs is holding their second annual "May the 4th" party from 9:00 pm to 2 a.m.

    Also known as Star Wars Day, the unofficial holiday gets its name from the catchphrase “May the Force be with you,” made famous in Star Wars, the classic science fiction franchise created by filmmaker George Lucas.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A coalition of community leaders and members from Unity Square, the Esperanza Project, and New Labor have been ramping up pressure on New Brunswick's City Council to pass an ordinance requiring paid sick leave for nearly all employees in the Hub City.

    Paid sick leave is time off from work that employees can utilize in order to tend to health and safety concerns, or care for sick children, while still being able to retain their pay and not risk losing their job.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—coLAB Arts, a local non-profit arts organization, is working to put on a series of "48-hour Musicals" event, the first in the area, in conjunction with the Hub City Music Festival.

    The non-profit has paired theater professionals with New Brunswick DIY-scene bands, and tasked the groups with creating new and original 15-minute musicals within a 48-hour time frame.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Once foreclosed and abandoned, a property on Stratford Place in the city's Fourth Ward has been renovated and sold to a popular man affiliated with the city's non-profit sector who says he looks forward to raising his family in the Hub City.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In response to the harsh treatment in the sweatshops of Bangladesh, as well as the efforts of a collaboration of local student organizations, Rutgers University has cut ties with two clothing manufacturers.

    Business relationships with OC Sports/Outdoor Cap and VF Corporation, which owns the Jansport line of apparell, were ended earlier this month.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Sources say that staff layoffs, at least for managers, are part of a deal to outsource the management of the Rutgers University Telefund, as an outside company prepares to take over July 1.

    The operation will still remain at 303 George Street in downtown New Brunswick, and officials maintain it "will continue to employ approximately 100 students each semester."

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—People from all over the region enjoyed the festivities associated with New Brunswick's 39th Annual Hungarian Festival this past Saturday, June 7.

    Much of Somerset and Plum streets were closed to automobile traffic to accomodate the large affair.  Hungarians from near and far, as well as neighborhood residents cashed in on the gorgeous weather, filling the streets.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—As Rutgers University enters the NCAA Big 10 Conference, a series of controversies has beset the athletics department, ranging from financial issues to outright abuse of student players.

    Most recently, however, a new tragedy has occurred involving Philip Nelson, a recent Rutgers Football pick up, who transferred from the University of Minnesota during this offseason.

    On May 14, Nelson, 20, was dismissed from the Rutgers Football team in lieu of an assault charge in his hometown of Mankato, MN.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Eduardo H. Escobar-Landaverde has worked out a plea deal with the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office after admitting to the killing a rival gang member in the Hub City.

    The incident occurred on January 9, 2012, in the vicinity of Somerset and Louis Streets in New Brunswick.  Escobar-Landaverde fatally shot Oswaldo Lozada, 21, prosecutors say.

    Escobar-Landaverde, a member of the 18th Street gang reportedly said that he carried a weapon for the purpose of firing upon rival gang members.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—New Brunswick resident Akim Williams, 27, was sentenced to three years in prison on April 28, just over a year after he was shot for firing his weapon at New Brunswick police officers on April 6, 2013.

    Police had received reports of a man walking into town openly brandishing a handgun.  When they confronted him, authorities say Williams shot first.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On May 3, Christ Church in New Brunswick will be hosting an Aftermath Recovery Benefit Concert for survivors of the Typhoon Haiyan disaster that occurred in Southeast Asia in November 2013.

    The Haiyan Typhoon is considered one of the worst natural disasters to have ever been recorded, responsible for over 6,000 mortalities and 27,000 injuries just in the Philippines alone.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On Sunday, April 27, New Brunswick organization New Labor is co-sponsoring a march and rally with New Jersey Environment Council on Workers' Memorial Day.

    Workers' Memorial Day is an annual international commemoration that remembers workers who have died or been injured while working.

    The rally will begin at Lord Stirling Elementary School, located on 101 Redmond Street at 1 pm.

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    EDISON, NJ—New Brunswick resident and opera singer Amy Suznovich is throwing a free public concert for veterans at the Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park, at 132 Evergreen Road in Edison.

    The event, entitled "Amy Suznovich In Concert: A Tribute to the Veterans” is scheduled for Monday, February 24 from 3.30pm-4.30pm.  The "Music Appreciation Hour" event is free and open to the public.

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    PISCATAWAY, NJ—Last night, February 1, Rutgers University held an exclusive event entitled “Meet the Coaches and RU Basketball Greats” as part of an initiative to renovate the Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC) on Livingston Campus.

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    FRANKLIN, NJ—Al anochecer del domingo, se le disparó a un residente y rapero exitoso llamado Eric Andrews Jr. en la barbería de la calle Somerset.

    Según la Fiscalía del Condado de Somerset, el señor Andrews, conocido por su nombre artístico 'E-9', fue asesinado en la barbería ‘Nu Trendz Hair Salon’ poco antes de las 18:00 horas.

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    FRANKLIN, NJ—Early Sunday evening, a New Brunswick resident and successful hip-hop musician named Eric J. Andrews Jr. was fatally shot inside a hair salon on Somerset Street.

    According to the Somerset County Prosecutor's office, Andrews, who also went by the stage name E-9, was gunned down inside Nu Trendz Hair Salon at 563 Somerset Street, shortly before 6pm.

    Together, E-9 and his childhood friend 6FO frequently collaborated and were scheduled to perform at a New York City club tonight for New Year's Eve.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On Wednesday, the New Brunswick City Council unanimously passed an ordinance banning wage-theft, setting a precedent and making New Brunswick the first municipality in the state of New Jersey to pass such a law.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On October 23, Robert Ramnarine, a former executive from Bristol-Meyer and Squibb was sentenced to 366 days in prison for insider trading.

    Ramnarine had inside knowledge of his employer’s planned acquisition of Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc, a public company, along with other potential acquisitions such as ZymoGenetics and Pharmasset Inc.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The City Council is attempting to back off of a promise to adopt an ordinance strengthening protections for workers, according to the agenda for tonight's meeting.

    An email alert from New Labor, the organization leading the campaign, said, "After repeatedly expressing their willingness to pass an ordinance, the New Brunswick City Council has suddenly switched to talk of a resolution, rather than an ordinance."

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    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."

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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 she would have moved NJTransit trains to higher ground if she were in charge during the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy.

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    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 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In anticipation of the upcoming Super Bowl in New Jersey, Tumulty’s Pub on George Street will be hosting a free educational event focusing on human trafficking throughout the United States this Monday August 12 at 6:45pm.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--On June 1, the 38th annual Hungarian Festival occupied Somerset and Plum Streets in the Fifth Ward, in a celebration of traditional Hungarian.

    The festival spanned the entire Saturday, bringing together various activities available for the public.

    Opening with a parade that travelled along Somerset Street, the festival officially commenced by public benedictions by two pastors from the Hungarian Christian churches located on the same street, and a cultural ambassador from Hungary.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In the largest political demonstrations in New Brunswick since 2007, more than 500 people gathered on Saturday May 25, in solidarity against the multi-national corporation Monsanto.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Home News Tribune (HNT) reported that longtime County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan has resigned from office to take a position in the state Attorney General's office.

    "MCP Bruce Kaplan resigned today to take a job as counsel to Division of Justice in AG Office. Sen. Bob Smith rumored to have hooked him up," tweeted HNT reporter Bob Makin early Saturday morning.

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    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.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Among the hot topics at a candidate forum for today's school board election were the quality of the New Brunswick Public Schools, both in their physical condition and academic rankings.

    New Brunswick has a total of seven elementary schools, one middle school, one K-8 community school, and two high schools.  However, the statistics of both schools are combined

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Earlier today, the Middlesex County Prosecutor announced the identity of a man shot yesterday afternoon by city police and the charges against the suspect.

    Authorities say that 26-year old male Akeem Williams was walking down Sanford Street past the Anesh Emethe Memorial Temple at 222 Livingston Avenue, when he fired the handgun he was carrying and was gunned down by city police near the interesection of the two streets.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Around 12:30 pm this afternoon, an armed man was shot by New Brunswick Police officers at the corner of Livingston Avenue and Sanford Street.

    The suspect, who was carrying a handgun according to police, was shot by local officers in front of Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple at 222 Livingston Ave.

    The gunman was rushed to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where he is being treated and held as a prisoner.

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    PISCATAWAY, NJ—Dr. Eddy Arnold, a professor at Rutgers University, was awarded an anticipated $10.1 million dollars in federal funding for his work in anti-HIV research, according to a report on NJ.com

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Last month, the American Nurses Association gave Robert Wood Johnson’s nursing staff the 2012 Outstanding Nursing Quality Award for the second consecutive year, according to a report in the Home News Tribune.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—As support swelled for a geology museum believed to be on the chopping block, Rutgers University President Robert Barchi assured its supporters that the school will not be closing the 141-year-old free museum.

    Still, supporters of the museum are concerned over conflicting reports that appeared in the student newspaper and on the internet.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Rumors swirled this week that the Rutgers' 141-year-old Geology Museum may soon be closed, putting in jeopardy the future of the specimens and collections.

    Each year, the museum hosts an annual open house featuring a mineral sale, public lectures from local and visiting faculty members, and educational activities designed for K-12 students.

    Last Saturday, scores of mineral enthusiasts, faculty, local residents, and students of all ages filled the Geology Museum and Scott Hall for the 45th annual open house.