Mike Montemarano

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    Arts and culture have been critical to the city's continued success over the years, and have been a major part of the reason why New Brunswick remains the "Hub City" of Central New Jersey.

    A thriving music scene, three state-of-the-art theatres, a free art museum at Rutgers, two downtown art galleries, and the most popular comedy club in the state are just a few of the attractions of New Brunswick's rich culture.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Rutgers University Libraries launched a new project, dubbed "the New Brunswick Music Scene Archive," on October 22.

    The library hopes the archive will help document local music history, which has been scattered and driven underground over the past few decades, but not forgotten.

    "New Brunswick has been host to a vibrant musical community for such a long time," said Christie Lutz, the Head of Public Services at Rutgers Libraries.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Edward Romano, a student leader notable for his active role as the President of Rutgers University Democrats, passed away on September 30.

    The cause of death remains unknown.  His heart stopped beating at some point prior to that morning.

    Ed Romano was at the start of his senior year at Rutgers, majoring in History and Political Science.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—After two months in limbo, the Court Tavern will reopen on September 4, under the leadership of experienced local music promoter Brittney Dixon, also known as Brittney On Fire.

    The first show, called A New Hope, will be kicked off by booked bands Owel, Chemtrail, GayGuy/StraightGuy, Centennials, and Delsea.

    Doors open at 7:30pm and the first band is scheduled to go on at 8pm.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—New Brunswick’s Court Tavern, a longtime staple of underground music that has spurred the success of countless music acts, closed down indefinitely on July 3.

    Newspapers were seen piling up outside the establishment's front door last week, and its future is uncertain for the second time since 2012.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Since their first 2011 album release, “Sucker Punch Gospel,” the local favorite Fuse has been setting precedence for the latest in DIY-style hip hop.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On May 9, New Brunswick’s The Do Rights will be performing at The Old Bay, a French Creole and Cajun-style restaurant and bar known for hosting live music.

    Since forming in 2010, the band has undergone many developmental changes since their inception as an instrumental funk group, through lineup changes such as such as the addition of singer Rolonda Franklin.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On April 11 and 12, Rutgers hosted its 16th annual Dance Marathon, the state's largest philanthropic event, which serves as a fundraiser for the city-based Embrace Kids Foundation.

    Funded by student organizations, fraternities and sororities, Rutgers alumni, and other company sponsors, just over $692,000 has been raised this year, adding to the total of $4.2 million raised since the event’s inception.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--On December 31, Angel Aguilar, a five-year-old boy living in New Brunswick, was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, a malignant form of cancer which typically strikes during early childhood.

    This form of cancer is profoundly resistant to all forms of treatment, and the last few decades of research have shown little improvements in cure rates or treatments.