Molly O'Brien

Molly O'Brien has been writing for New Brunswick Today since February 2013 and can be reached at mollykob@gmail.com.

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    HIGHLAND PARK, NJ—Award-winning local hip hop artist Jason Fraticelli, better known by his stage name "Silent Knight," will be hosting a fundraiser on Friday, July 27 to raise awareness on the serious issue of human trafficking.

    The event, starting at 7pm, is to take place at Pino's Gift Basket Shoppe and Wine Cellar. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $10. 

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—All defendants arrested on a warrant in New Jersey are now subject to a new system involving them being given a "risk assessment" score, also known as a Public Safety Assessment (PSA) score.

    Thanks to new state laws, and an amendment to the State Constitution approved by voters in 2014, New Jersey courts have moved towards a new model of deciding conditions of release and bail for criminal defendants.

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    EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ--On the afternoon of Friday August 12, children played unphased in the front lobby of the Raritan Valley YMCA as their mothers nursed their baby siblings.

    About a dozen mothers and children gathered in the front lobby of the Raritan Valley YMCA, located on Tices Lane in East Brunswick, where an incident of alleged discrimination against a breastfeeding mother recently took place.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Local nonprofit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Middlesex County will honor Mayor James Cahill

    Mayor Cahill, in addition to twelve others that make up an Honorary Committee will be acknowledged and honored at Steakhouse 85 during an open house brunch program on May 1.

    “It’s a privilege to honor Mayor Jim Cahill at the Toast," said licensed social worker Stephanie Brown, who is the Program Director for CASA of Middlesex County.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Do you want to learn English as a second language? Would you like to do so in a relaxed environment?

    Free ESL classes, known as the Conversation Cafés, are starting up again this month at several locations in the city of New Brunswick.

    The Conversation Cafés are a great way to practice English speaking skills and meet new people.

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    SAYREVILLE, NJRobert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) hosted their third community forum on human trafficking, entitled "Human Trafficking: Let's Make This the End of the Road Part III," in partnership with American Academy of Pediatrics, Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey, NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking and the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.

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    HIGHLAND PARK, NJSarah Collins Rudolph will speak at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Awards Program hosted by the Highland Park Human Relations Committee and Community Services.

    Free and open to the public, the ceremony starts at 7pm and will end at 9pm.  The event is at Highland Park High School, 102 North Fifth Street in Highland Park.

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    HILLSBOROUGH, NJ—Doctors, cancer survivors, and community members gathered at Amsterdam Elementary School for the seventh annual Steeplechase Distance Run, a fundraiser for cancer research

    The event was organized by the Somerset Health Care Foundation and the proceeds will go to the Steplechase Cancer Center, a sizeable outpatient care center located in Somerville.

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    TRENTON, NJ—In response to a police shooting that nearly killed a 14-year-old boy, panel discussions and a rally for justice will take place  at the Trenton War Memorial (1 Memorial Drive) from 8:30am until 3:45pm on September 30.

    The discussions are being co-sponsored by the US Department of Justice (USDOJ) and the NJ Attorney General's Office, and their event is titled "Building Trust: Police/Community Relationships."

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—This Sunday from 12 to 6pm, there will be a free event celebrating Latino and Caribbean culture at the Alice Jennings Archibald Park.

    This event is open to the public and will have special programs for senior citizens and children.

    Archibald Park is located on Wright Place, behind the McKinley Community School on Van Dyke Avenue.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Those interested in helping children who have been removed from their birth parents' homes due to allegations of abuse and/or neglect can submit applications to volunteer with a Middlesex County-based organization known as CASA up until September 30.

    CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, and the CASA of Middlesex County is just one of many branches of a national organization.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Brunswick Free Public Library, located at 60 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick, will be hosting an an art exhibit celebrating works of renonwed Latino visual artists from the Dominican Republic, Colombia, and El Salvador.

    The exhibit, free and open to the public, will be on display from September 13 until October 31.

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    EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—Detectives of the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office (MCPO) participated in a basic training session on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's) and the legal processes in obtaining them on August 22.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On Tuesday, June 16 at 6:30pm, the Mt. Zion AME Church, located at 39 Morris Street, will host a discussion on "The Comunity and the Police - Our Next Steps."

    The event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by several branches of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A video posted to the internet on June 10 shows a woman being forced to the ground by three city police officers near the intersection of Easton Avenue and Condict Street.

    Police on the scene told bystanders to "Get back, I don't want to knock you over," as the woman was taken down by officers and arrested.

    Members of the crowd shouted "Assault on a black woman," and "Look at what he did," as the woman was being held down by officers on the sidewalk.

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    HIGHLAND PARK, NJ—A silent art auction and live classical performance to benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Middlesex County, will take place at Pino's on Saturday May 30 at 8pm.

    CASA of Middlesex County is a nonprofit currently looking for volunteers to start free training in Fall 2015 and is just one branch of a national organization that advocates for the needs of foster children in court.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Just weeks before the state of Palestine was recognized as an official member of the International Criminal Court, several speakers at a sold-out event in New Brunswick compared the struggle of its people to the tension between police and civilians in the United States.

    On March 12, members of the Rutgers chapter of the Palestinia Children Relief Fund (PCRF) successfully raised over $5,500 at their annual Spring Gala.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Spring is here!

    And as usual, the New Brunswick Free Public Library will celebrate the coming of the season with a fun and traditional Holi celebration, on Saturday, March 28.

    The library is located at 60 Livingston Avenue and the event is free and open to the public.

    Holi is an annual celebration, an Indian tradition that is now celebrated all over the world.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—During what was the highest-grossing performance ever in State Theatre history, Harry Connick Jr. and his band of ten musicians fired up the stage and kept Mardi Gras alive.

    The evening was lively and playful, as Connick danced and engaged in banter with audience members.

    The February 22 show coincided with the 2015 Academy Awards, but that didn't stop the sold-out crowd of about 1,800 from packing the house.

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    SEACAUCUS, NJ—On March 12, at the headquarters of the clothing company The Children's Place, 27 activists were arrested after demanding compensation for the tragic Rana Plaza factory collapse on April 23, 2013.

    Several of these activists were students at Rutgers University, and members of the Rutgers Chapter of United Students Against Sweatshops Local 109 (Rutgers USAS).

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Until the end of this month, those interested may get the opportunity to advocate in court, this coming spring, for the best interests of a child in the foster care system living in Middlesex County.

    Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA of Middlesex) is currently seeking volunteer advocates to speak up for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect and who are currently a part of the child welfare court system.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--On March 4th at 12 noon, poet and Chair of the Rutgers University Women's and Gender Studies Department will visit the New Brunswick Free Public Library to speak on the life and work of Nelson Mandela.

    The Public Library is located at 60 Livingston Avenue and this program is offered as part of their Brown Bag Luncheon series. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lunch. The event, free and open to the public, will be held in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Born Malcolm Little and best known as Malcolm X, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, was a faith leader and activist who participated in various human rights movements advocating for the prosperity and welfare of Black people and rejecting ideas of racism, capitalism and inequality.

    February 21 marked 50 years since the Malcom X was assassinated in New York City, and supporters in New Brunswick are planning to hold an event in his memory.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK,NJ—coLAB Arts, a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to funding emerging artists in New Brunswick, is starting 2015 off strong with a series of programs for students, families, writers, and other interested community members.

    The organization says the goal of its 2015 programs are "to holistically engage and discuss current social issues, and strengthen its presence and impact in the New Brunswick community."

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Early developmental screenings for children ages 1 through 5 will be made available at the city's public library this Saturday, January 17, thanks to the Children’s Specialized Hospital.

    At the New Brunswick Free Public Library, located at 60 Livingston Avenue, registration is encouraged for the free-of-charge developmental screenings, which will be held every 30 minutes from 10 AM to 5 PM.

    (Health)
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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Tonight at 5:30pm in the Multipurpose Room of the Rutgers Student Center on College Avenue, there will be a new type of event on campus.

    An interfaith discussion, free and open to the public, will be hosted by the Rutgers-based organization Student Peacemakers.

    The Peacemakers aim to facilitate discussion on issues concerning tolerance, peace, religion, human rights, inclusivety and global advancment.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On December 4, Catholic Charities is hosting another Spanish-language information session detailing the ramifications of a recent executive order on immigration signed by President Barack Obama.

    Tonight, at 7pm, in the auditorium of the Lord Stirling Elementary School at 101 Redmond Street at 7pm, lawyers will explain in detail the country's new policies of Deferred Action for Parents (DAP) of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Tonight at 6:30pm and 8pm, inside the Unity Square Community center (81 Rmsen Avenue) in New Brunswick, there will be two Spanish-language information sessions regarding changes resulting from an Executive Order issued by President Obama last week.

    On November 20, President Obama made a speech announcing the major immigration reforms.

    The changes will provide protection from deportation for nearly 5 million immigrants living in the United States, including thousands in New Brunswick and across Middlesex County.

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    SOMERSET, NJ—The New Brunswick branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held their 41st annual Freedom Fund Luncheon on November 1, entitled "All In For Justice and Equality: Yesterday and Today - Continuing the Struggle".

    The event took place at the First Baptist Church at 771 Somerset Street, just days before the general election.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In an international show of support of those who have suffered or continue to suffer from sexual abuse and domestic violence, Rutgers students, as well as faculty, staff, friends, and colleagues joined together for a day-long event on October 29 dubbed "Carry the Weight."

    It all started when a Columbia University art student, Emma Sulkowicz, decided to carry her own dormitory mattress whenever she was on campus as part of her senior thesis.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Lazos América Unida, a New Brunswick non-profit group dedicated to serving the needs of the Mexican-American families in the area, and the Rutgers Center for Latino Arts and Culture (CLAC) are teaming up to host a Dia de los Muertos party in the community room of the city's public library, located at 60 Livingston Avenue.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—There are a number of fun things to do on Halloween this year, including a Halloween Parade on 

    The New Brunswick Recreation Department is hosting two free public events on Thursday, October 30 in Buccleuch Park. 

    Then on Halloween Day, community organizations will be hosting two "trunk or treat" events offering free candy to children who are accompanied by an adult.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Tonight at 7pm, a local agency will be hosting a Candlelight Vigil to honor those who survived domestic violence in Monument Square Park, located at the corner of George Street and Livingston Avenue.

    The vigil will feature survivors and other speakers who will address the public on potential solutions to the epidemic of domestic violence.

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  New Brunswick will also be the site of a large march against domestic violence on Saturday October 18.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Daryl Brown, a musician, producer, artist, and son of the late James Brown met with fans and members of the press yesterday evening at Delta's restaraunt on Dennis Street.

    Brown released his new book, "My Father the Godfather," in July 2014. During a two-month promotional tour, Brown made sure to stop by his original hometown to sign books and take pictures at the Dennis Street restaraunt and bar.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Since the August 9 shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old man named Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the greater New Brunswick community has been actively organizing peaceful events to protest, organize, and educate about issues of police violence and race relations.

    Community leaders scheduled a peaceful march starting at 7pm tonight, August 21.  The march will begin at 211 Woodbridge Avenue in Highland Park and travel along Route 27,  into the City of New Brunswick.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—As commercial uses of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's) continue to make headlines, the city's own private non-profit developer recently published a new video recorded by a DJI Phantom, a popular brand of remote controlled quadricopters.

    Ominous music accompanies stunning shots of buildings erected by New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO), including the Heldrich Hotel on George Street, and the Gateway Center on Somerset Street.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ— El nuevo Centro Comunitario Unity Square tuvo una ceremonia de inauguración el Jueves en 81 Remsen Avenue en la esquina con Suydam Street, sitio de una anterior estación de bomberos.

    Y Viernes, 13 de junio, visitantes al nuevo centro pueden disfrutar a una presentación pública del primer partido de la selección Mexicana en el mundial a las 12:00 pm. Más tarde, habrá una fiesta comunitaria en la calle enfrente del centro.

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    UPDATE (6/13): Due to inclement weather, the block party has been postponed until next Friday 6/20.  People are still welcome to watch the World Cup at the community center.

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The brand-new Unity Square Community Center held a grand opening ceremony Thursday at 81 Remsen Avenue, the site of a former firehouse at the corner with Suydam Street.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Tonight, from 7pm until 9pm,there will be a free open mic at Hidden Grounds coffee shop at 106 Easton Avenue, the latest in a series of similar events.

    "Expressions of Self and Soul" invites all performing artists to the stage. The event welcomes all styles including spoken word poetry, comedy, Neo Soul, reggae, open jam, and hip hop.

    For the past seven months, local artist and proud father Ptah Ennead Aten has been hosting these open mic style events all over town.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK,NJ–A campaign grows against the millions of deportations separating families across the nation.

     “#Not1More weaves together all of our voices in a central location so that local efforts to stop deportation and build community are strengthened and accompanied by cultural creations that illustrate the ugliness of criminalization and the beauty of our communities,” reads their official website.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–On May 19, thousands of students, faculty, family members, and friends gathered near Passion Puddle on a beautiful day to celebrate the 2014 Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Science convocation.

    The event was a "Bring Your Own Lawn Chair" event for the families and friends of the graduates.

    Rush Holt was the keynote speaker that day, addressing the students with his take on the Dr. Seuss title, "Oh, the Places You'll Go!"

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Marissa Paternoster, lead guitarist and singer of Screaming Females, has so far painted two big bird-looking creatures on the side of the parking deck, located at Plum Street and Prospect Street.

    Joe Steinhardt, founder of New Brunswick based record label Don Giovanni Records, has been working closely with the city's growing non-profit organization coLAB Arts on developing this public art project.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Clases gratis de ESL para adultos están disponibles en diferentes partes de la ciudad gracias a un curso de la Universidad de Rutgers y un proyecto creado recientemente que está basado en la comunidad y está logrando grandes progresos en la construcción de relaciones de los residentes de la comunidad de New Brunswick.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Tonight, eight local residents will compete for title of Grand Slam Champion at the Crossroads Theatre, on the corner of George Street and Livingston Avenue.

    Free for those who attend, the show starts at 7pm tonight on Saturday, April 26.

    Residents Carla Ulbrich, Pedro Serrano, Dean Rogers, David Harris, Dusty Ballard, JUDY, and artist Sam Romero have all been selected to tell their own New Brunswick story.

    Audience members will also have a chance to participate. 

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Free adult ESL classes are available through various parts of the city thanks to a Rutgers University course and a recently formed community-based project that has been making great strides in building relationships within the New Brunswick community.

    The classes themselves are free for any adult who wishes to practice their English as a Second Language. They are available at various locations including the New Brunswick Free Public Library, Youth Empowerment Services, and New Labor.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—For one night only, a radio play adaptation of "Moby Dick" will be peformed on stage by Raconteur Radio, a theater group formed out of a former bookstore in Metuchen.

    The performance starts at 8pm on Saturday March 22 at Crossroads Theatre, located at 7 Livingston Ave.

    Made possible by the arts and culture non-profit coLAB, this 55-minute staged radio drama is an adaptation of the original 700-page book written by Herman Melville.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ-En la noche del 18 de febrero el activista local Carlos Rojas se declaró culpable por un cargo de "conducta desordenada" y pagó una multa de $ 500 en la Corte el Municipal de New Brunswick.

    Como se informó en Octubre del 2013, Rojas fue detenido de forma inesperada en el Hotel Hyatt Regency durante la gala 2013 de la organización Alianza de Liderazgo Latino de New Jersey (LLA-NJ) con sede en New Brunswick.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On the evening of February 18, local activist Carlos Rojas plead guilty to a charge of "disorderly conduct" and paid a fine of $500 at the New Brunswick Municpal Court in downtown.

    As we reported in October 2013, Rojas was unexpectedly arrested at the Hyatt Regency Hotel during the 2013 gala for the New Brunswick-based organization Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey (LLA-NJ).

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    TRENTON, NJ- Es todavía considerado legal en Nueva Jersey, la Vigilancia aérea radio controlada sin orden judicial a vehículos aéreos no tripulados incluso equipados con armamento.
    El martes 21 de enero el Gobernador Chris Christie vetó el proyecto de ley que habría puesto restricciones en el tránsito de naves aéreas no tripuladas (UAV). No dio ninguna explicación por su decisión.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Last April, University President Bob Barchi appointed Gregory Jackson to a newly-created position in his administration: Chief of Staff.

    Previously a Rutgers Associate Vice President and Interim Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Jackson has served as Barchi's "right hand man" from the beginning of his administration in September 2012.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ— Today there will be free family activities plus special performances and workshops at various downtown venues including the State Theatre, Crossroads Theatre, George Street Playhouse, United Methodist Church.

    There will also be a heated tent set up in front of the State Theatre (15 Livingston Ave) known as the "Hub City Big Top," where families can enjoy free balloon animals, face painting, games, music, and more!

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A record label started in New Brunswick is celebrating their 10th anniversary at several concerts taking place in Brooklyn from Thursday evening February 6 through Saturday February 8.

    Don Giovanni Records will celebrate ten years in business with their annual showcase, taking place at two separate concert venues in Brooklyn.

    The showcase schedule is as follows:

    (Music)
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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Due to the snowfall that started early this morning, all school in New Brunswick is cancelled today Monday February 3 from morning until evening.

    This includes all Rutgers University and Middlesex County College (MCC) classes on all campuses and every school in the New Brunswick Public School District.

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    TRENTON, NJ—Warrantless surveillance by airborne drones, and even unmanned aerial vehicles with weapons attached to them, are still considered legal in New Jersey.

    On Tuesday January 21, Governor Chris Christie pocket vetoed the bill that would have put restrictions on the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).  He gave no explanation for his decision.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – La Universidad Rutgers estará probando los llamados aviones a control remoto o comúnmente llamados Drones, de uso por las agencias del Gobierno de los Estados Unidos.

     La Administración Federal de Aviación (FAA) anuncio que se efectuaran pruebas con estos aparatos en diferentes sitios como Rutgers, Virginia Tech, y la Universidad de Maryland.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Soon, the State Theatre will be presenting several Tony Award-winning musicals that celebrate dance, culture, and romance like Memphis in February, Rock of Ages in March, and West Side Story in May and the first week of June

    Tickets for the show range from $35 to $75.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Unmanned aerial vehicles have been flying in the City since at least 2009.

    As we reported earlier this month, drone technology is to be tested by Rutgers University in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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    Update: According to New Brunswick Today’s Richard Rabinowitz, unmanned aerial vehicles have been in New Brunswick since at least 2009.

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Rutgers University will be testing unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly referred to as drones, for use by U.S. government agencies.

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced plans on Monday to test unmanned flying aircrafts at several colleges including Rutgers, Virginia Tech, and the University of Maryland.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Coming this weekend, there will be two special dance performances at the George Street Playhouse (9 Livingston Ave).

    Both performances start at 7pm on Saturday December 28 and Sunday December 29. Tickets are $10 and can also be bought online.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Undocumented high school graduates will now be allowed to pay in-state tuition at all of New Jersey's public colleges, including Rutgers.

    Just in time for spring semester, the change in policy comes as a welcome one for the Hub City, where a large portion of residents are undocumented immigrants, many of whom were brought to New Brunswick as children.

    New Brunswick played an important supportive role in getting this piece of legislation the attention it has received.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Lazos América Unida, the downtown Oaxacan-Mexican cultural and youth center, will host its holiday season Posada Navideña show on Friday December 20 at 8pm.

    Las Posadas, literally translating to "Christmas shelter" or "holiday inn," is a Spanish holiday, celebrated all over the world, particularly in Mexico and the US.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Fab Faux are scheduled to perform at the historic State Theatre once again this Saturday Novemer 23.  This time they will be accompanied by their own horns and strings sections.

    Will Lee, the house bassist on David Letterman's talk show, and his neighbor Rich Vivino, band leader for Conan O'Brien's show, started the cover band  in 1998 along with New Jersey’s Jack Petruzelli, Rich Pagano, and Frank Agnello.

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    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.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Adults 18 and older who qualify for Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen may be eligible for free healthcare at the Promise Clinic on George Street.

    The Homeless Indigent People Health Outreach Project (HIPHOP) Promise Clinic is a volunteer-based student-ran operation providing “community outreach, health promotion, preventitive education, and clinical services” to uninsured clients of Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Several English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation groups are available for adults in New Brunswick.

    There are both free and paid classes for beginners, intermediate, and advanced English speakers during the day and the evening.  Students can learn practical terms, conversation skills, and more in small groups or one-on-one conversations.

    Here is a list of ESL conversation groups currently meeting in New Brunswick:

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Three new volunteer offices joined the New Brunswick Auxiliary Police this summer.

    Jorge Basilio, 23, Carlos Gomez, and Alejandro Henriquez, 27, graduated from the Middlesex County Auxiliary Police Academy in Edison in June.  There are now ten auxiliary officers in New Brunswick.

    "Congratulations to the three New Brunswick residents who graduated from the Auxiliary Police Academy last week!" boasted the city government's Facebook page.

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    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.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Día de Muertos, a popular Mexican holiday, begins tomorrow and a local organization will be sponsoring several events during the holiday weekend.

    Lazos América Unida, a Oaxacan cultural center based in downtown New Brunswick, will be sponoring the events, which honor the dead.  The name of the holiday translates to "Day of the Dead" in English.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The NYC theater hit, "I Hope They Serve Beer on Broadway by Tucker Max" is coming to New Brunswick for eight performances beginning tonight at the George Street Playhouse.

    Presented by New Brunswick's own SmugBug Productions, the show had previously sold out its debut run on 43rd Street in Manhattan this summer.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Saint Peter’s University Hospital, in conjunction with ArtWorks the Naomi Cohain Foundation Inc., recently unveiled a new custom-built "art cart" for their pediatric patients.

    The Surprise! Supplies portable art cart is filled with crayons, markers, paper, and other materials for children who are undergoing long procedures like chemotherapy and blood transfusions.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — With a grant from the Karma Foundation, the State Theatre is proud to host this year’s New Jersey Blues & Jazz Festival, a series of blues and jazz concerts, featuring a number of famous musicians.

    B.B. King returns to the State Theatre tomorrow evening at 8pm, to play music. This time, King comes with with special guest The Robert Cray Band, a blues group from Georgia.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On October 2, Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) University Hospital finalized its deal to merge with the Somerset Medical Center in Somerville.

    This merger will secure RWJ’s position as the most comprehensive healthcare system in Central Jersey.  The system includes the main hospital in New Brunswick as well as partnerships in other cities including Hamilton, Rahway, Old Bridge, and Perth Amboy.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The German Oktoberfest is making its way to the Hub City this week!

    The beer festival originated in 1821 at a royal wedding, and turned into an annual tradition that has spread across the globe. See below for three Oktoberfest celebrations in the city:

    THE OLD BAY RESTAURANT
    Sunday October 13, 2013 1pm-7pm
    61-63 Church Street
    (732) 246-3111

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—This Saturday, the New Brunswick Jazz Project is celebrating the Central Jersey Jazz Festival at Monument Square, located in front of the Heldrich Hotel.

    This Saturday’s headliners include critically acclaimed jazz musicians such as drummer Ralph Peterson and the Unity Project, featuring saxophonist Don Braden.

    This event is part of New Brunswick Cultural Center's free outdoor music series Hub City Sounds.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The outdoor music series "Hub City Sounds" will continue through the month of September with two free concerts this weekend in Boyd Park.

    This September 7 and 8, coLAB Arts presents LOVE NEW BRUNSWICK WEEKEND: A Celebration of the eclectic music scene at Boyd Park.

    This is the second year Hub City Sounds is being celebrated, now with even more participation from local organizations.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The new school year may start tomorrow, but that hasn’t stopped the city’s children from reading all summer with the New Brunswick Free Public Library.

    The library has just concluded its Summer Reading Program. This year brought in over 500 students from grades K-12, who together completed 4,468 hours of reading in just 6 weeks.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Jersey Civil Service Commission (NJCSC) is accepting applications for new police officers until September 4.

    The announcement was made through the New Brunswick Police Department’s online alert system at Nixle.com.

    To be eligible to take the civil service test for police officers, one must be a U.S. citizen with a valid NJ driver's license, be between the ages of 18 and 35 years old, and have earned a high school diploma or GED.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—An unidentified man, who appears to be in his late 20's or early 30's, is still unconscious after being struck by an automobile on July 22.

    The accident occurred at approximately 2:19am, near the intersection of Commercial Avenue and Neilson Street.

    It was not a hit-and-run according to the police. The man is about 5’4” and 150 pounds.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Two free concerts this weekend at the Boyd Park amphitheatre will kick off the second annual Hub City Sounds music, dance, and arts festival.  

    The festival is a new annual New Brunswick tradition, spearheaded by the New Brunswick Cultural Center, that features a series of concerts and live performances.  Each of the festival's events in August and September are free and open to the public.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Over forty different restaurants in New Brunswick are offering a variety of "Restaurant Week" deals this week, up from 25 that participated last year.

    The two-week long discounts continue through this Saturday, July 27.  The campaign is organized by New Brunswick City Market, a quasi-governmental agency that promotes local businesses in the downtown area.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—This Wednesday at 10:30am, the historic State Theatre on Livingston Ave. will be screening the 2010 film The Karate Kid starring Jackie Chan. Tickets are just $5.

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    EDISON, NJ—Networking opportunities will abound tomorrow for Middlesex County's Hispanic and non-Hispanic professionals with the upcoming New Jersey Hispanic Business Expo event at The Pines Manor on Route 27. 

    The event provides an opportunity to meet professionals from all over the county, and to promote and exhibit a business or restaurant.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Celebrate Independence Day in the town where it was first celebrated!

    Today, New Jersey Historical Society will  give a talk about George Washington at Buccleuch Mansion at Buccleuch Park at 1:30pm.

    New Brunswick is having a 4th of July weekend with a full schedule of events for this Sunday, the 7th,  ending with a dazzling firework display over the Raritan river.

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    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.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Last Friday, after investigations of an online based prostitution ring, police across the nation arrested eleven individuals on charges of promoting and engaging in prostitution, among other crimes.

    Officials said that two teenage girls, ages 15 and 17, were rescued in New Brunswick and will be returned to their families.  It is not immediately clear where exactly the girls were rescued from.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Much has been written about Iran's recent presidential election, won by Hassan Rowhani on Friday.

    But those in the Hub City know there's a local angle to this story: Dr, Hooshang Amirahmadi, a Rutgers professor of planning and international development has twice waged campaigns to become the political leader of Iran.

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    SOMERSET, NJ—Hundreds flocked to Chef’s Night last Monday, a gala fundraiser held to benefit Elijah’s Promise Culinary School.

    The organization raised more than $75,000 in one evening at The Palace in Franklin Township.  Tickets to the dinner went for $135.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—This Thursday June 6 the Children’s Specialized Hospital will be providing free-of-charge, quick developmental screenings for children ages 1 to 5 years old at the New Brunswick Free Public Library, located at 60 Livingston Avenue.

    The screenings, also known as Quick Peek, will be held every 30 minutes from 10am until 7pm.  Experts will be on hand and “sharing valuable resources for parents curious about their child's early development.”

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On Wednesday, June 5, certified tea specialist and food historian Judith Krall-Russo, will speak at a public library’s program titled, “Blueberries: New Jersey’s Wonder Fruit.”

    Those in attendance will learn about the history of blueberries, and how they were first cultivated in New Jersey.  Krall-Russo will also discuss the health benefits and different ways to prepare blueberries.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Brunswick Free Public Library's nonprofit organization will be welcoming an artist, author, and independent filmmaker Hisani P. Dubose tomorrow at 3pm in the Henry Guest House, next to the library on Livingston Avenue.

    Dubose is an author, educator, and independent filmmaker.  She will be speaking about her 2010 book “Do I Have to be a Starving Artist in the 21st Century?”

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Andrew Carey of New Providence is now entering his third week as Acting Middlesex County Prosecutor, but not much is known about the new appointee.

    Jim O'Neill, longtime spokesman for the prosecutor's office confirmed that his new boss has not yet re-located to Middlesex County.  O'Neill said Carey's move is still in the works, but declined to say which municipality the prosecutor intends to move to.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Students and Rutgers community members working to get the school to withdraw any financial stake it has in oil and gas companies.

    The Rutgers Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign describes itself as a “coalition of Rutgers community members working to push the Rutgers Governing Boards into divesting the University’s endowment from the fossil fuel industry.”

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On April 15, the first day of the weeklong Tent State University event, the co-founder and chief coordinating organizer of a local non-profit ran a workshop to inform the community about bout the organization, its roots, and what it aims to do in the city.

    Homeless Empowerment Project Community Action Team (HEP/CAT) is a private non-profit focused on direct service to the homeless community, identifying and assisting homeless teens and young adults.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Last Friday, Rutgers University’s Aresty Research Center for Undergraduates held their ninth annual university-wide Undergraduate Research Symposium.

    The Symposium was at the Rutgers Student Center on College Avenue, and it featured the work of 450 student researchers from over 60 different departments.

    Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers evaluated the presentations.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Brunswick Renters Union, in conjunction with Rutgers University's Office of Student Legal Services (SLS), is presenting their second "Annual Landlord/Tenant Workshop."

    The event describes itself as a place "to educate you about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant."

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Stephanie Rivera, current student at Rutgers University, is running for a position on New Brunswick’s School Board Education.

    Rivera, along with two others, are striving to change the way New Brunswick's Board of Education handles New Brunswick schools and the community.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On Thursday April 11, Unity Square held a bilingual forum for the six Board of Education candidates at Lord Stirling Community School.

    The floor opened for discussion with several questions from the audience.

    The first two questions were grouped together, and they were both on the topic of parental involvement:

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    NEW YORK, NY—Rutgers University's spoken word poetry group, Verbal Mayhem, was invited to the 2013 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) at Barnard College in New York earlier this month

    Shireen Hamza, Alyea Pierce, Dennis Sholler, and Kate Thomas represented Rutgers-New Brunswick at the national competition.

    There was a total of 59 teams invited to CUPSI, and each team performed at least twice in the preliminary bouts.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Brunswick Free Public Library, located at 60 Livingston Ave, will hold its Sixth Annual Photography Contest over the next two months. 

    This year's theme is "New Brunswick: My City," and anyone is eligible to enter up to three of their own original photos.  The only rule is the photos must have been taken between April 8 and June 14.

    Submissions will be judged by professional photographers, as well as the library staff.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Mabel Smith Douglass Library hosted an event Thursday evening that featured spoken word performances by members of Rutgers University's Verbal Mayhem, as well as a student-produced video that featured accounts from lawyers, historians, and prisoners released from Guantánamo Bay.

    Attorney Yvonne Bradley said it is unbelievable "how fear and propaganda can make a difference on how people see things."