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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In the city's northwestern corner, by the Delaware and Raritan Canal, there is a hidden and very private treasure, owned by New Brunswick's own Fortune 500 company, Johnson & Johnson.
It is called the Riverview Guest House, not to be confused with the Henry Guest House, which is next to New Brunswick's library in the Fourth Ward.
This house will be soon be sprouting a one-story boardroom, after proposal which was unanimously approved by the city's Zoning Board of Adjustment on December 21.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Easton Avenue restaurant district may continue to grow if landlords Elie and Julian Khater take full advantage of his approval granted by the New Brunswick Zoning Board of Adjustment on December 21.
Khater secured variances to allow for 18 Condict Street, a house with a garage on the ground floor, to be replaced by a slightly larger building with two apartments and a ground-floor retail space, good for use as a store or a restaurant.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) looks to continue its expansion in the Fifth Ward of the city, with two new development projects approved by the Planning Board on December 8.
The hospital has apparently decided not to go ahead with the East Tower expansion, which the Planning Board had previously approved.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On December 8, the New Brunswick Planning Board approved the expansion of the Scala Bakery, which has been located at 10 Charles Street for more than two decades.
Landowner Ronald Struminger, who also owns the nearby Foodtown supermarket, intends to demolish the current 2.5 story house, as the owner's bakery needs room in which to grow.
A storage trailer has already been removed. The bakery's first-floor space will grow by 1,033 square feet with an addition to the bakery's front.
WASHINGTON, DC--The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has unveiled a plan for the Northeast Corridor, the railroad line that connects New Brunswick to New York, Philaelphia, and other major cities.
The plan does not yet call for a course of action, but instead lays out four options, one of which will become the "Preferred Alternative."
UPDATE (1/26): The plans for the microbrewery and the mixed-use building at 364 Somerset Street were approved 6-0. Construction Management Associates postponed their hearing on plans for 15 Maple Street until further notice.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Zoning Board of Adjustment is scheduled to hear proposals large and small at its annual reorganization meeting on January 25 at 7:30pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Middlesex County Sheriff's Office will hold its Civilian Academy in April, according to an announcement from Sheriff Mildred S. Scott.
Scott announced that her office would be holding a Sheriff's Civilian Academy for Middlesex County residents.
The academy will be held weekly and last eight weeks. The classes will be taught at the Middlesex County Police Training Center on North Patrol Road in Edison.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--In 2015's most contentious Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting, the board unanimously approved variances to allow for a small grocery store in the Fourth Ward on October 26.
The 7-0 vote clears the way for the owner of Marquez Grocery on Jersey Avenue to open up a similar bodega on Joyce Kilmer Avenue.
About one out of every three audience members cheered the decision, which involves the bodega owner's wife relocating her existing beauty salon to make room for the store.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A humble church located between New and Morris Streets may soon be standing a little taller after the city approved its plans for an expansion on September 28.
The little church is sandwiched between Rockoff Hall, the city's first downtown dormitory, and a pair of abandoned buildings slated for demolition.
A 22-story residential highrise is planned for that site, as we reported in 2014.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On July 13, a chemical company opened its new industrial facility which packages calcium chloride for salting the roads in the wintertime.
Occidental Petroleum Company subsidiary CalChlor is renting the warehouse at 760 Jersey Avenue, a recently-renovated contaminated site that was once home to car battery plant.
Situated along the Northeast Corridor railroad tracks, not far from the Jersey Avenue train station, the facility recieves calcium chloride and packages it into plastic bags.
PISCATAWAY, NJ—Rutgers University officially terminated head football coach Kyle Flood and athletic director Julie Hermann on November 29, in what the school's President termed "a day of change."
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) obtained five variances from the city's Zoning Board on May 18, including one that will allow them to add three floors to a brand-new 11-story structure.
Among the approvals granted for RWJUH properties was another that gave the go-ahead to erect a large digital billboard on the side of the new parking/office building, similar to the "Jumbotron" screens displayed in Times Square.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—It was drizzly and rainy on the afternoon and evening of November 10, but that didn't faze celebrants from attending the kickoff of Rutgers' 250th anniversary year.
Technically, November 10, 2015, was Rutgers 249th birthday, not the 250th. The date marks the anniversary of the day that the University charter was signed back in 1766.
Students, faculty, administrators, alums, and others gathered for a variety of activities and enjoyed free food and beverages
EDISON, NJ—On October 24, a 77-year-old monument to the Township's most famous resident was re-dedicated after the completion of a multi-million dollar revitalization project, to much applause.
Located at 37 Christie Street in Edison, the light atop the tower was lit as part of a ceremony at 7 pm, but the festivities began at noon, with a ribbon-cutting scheduled for 12:30 pm. The lighting was accompanied by a countdown and the throwing of a ceremonial switch in front of the tower.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Rutgers University will be honoring erstwhile governor of New Jersey, James Florio, who is also a member of the Rutgers faculty, on October 14 in downtown New Brunswick.
The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy is naming a scholarship and one of its rooms after Florio at the special event.
The festivities kick off at 4 pm in the Civic Square Building at 33 Livingston Avenue.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Livingston Avenue is known for its many large and fancy mansions, many of which have been turned into professional offices, and for being a dangerous road for pedestrians.
For the most part, the avenue has four lanes of auto traffic, and two more lanes for parked cars. Sidewalks on either side are wide, but crossing the street can be difficult because it's 60 feet from curb to curb.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--September 18 marked the return of "parklets" to New Brunswick, courtesy of PARK(ing) Day, a nationwide event celebrating green spaces in urban areas.
The concept, thought up by anti-automobile thinkers in San Francisco, is to turn metered parking spaces into parklets, also known as "PARK(ing) spaces," for a few hours.
This year, from 10 AM to 5 PM, three spaces in different locations, were turned into parklets. Each pop-up parklet had a different theme.
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.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Arnold Anderson, a teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School, was reported late 46 times during the 2013-2014 school year and 65 times in the previous school year by the school's principal.
According to the charge against him, he was late by five minutes or more on sixteen occasions.
The city school district pressed for Anderson's termination from Roosevelt Elementary School as a result of continuous tardiness, but Anderson argued that the school's principal was out to get him.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—An environmental investigation into contaminated groundwater is reportedly underway on "Lot 8," the former site of the city's famous grease trucks.
Presently an active construction site, the property was once home of the Johnson family mansion, before it became a fraternity house that was bulldozed and turned into a parking lot in the 1960's.
In 2016, Rutgers will be opening a 15-story privatized dormitory in conjunction with New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO).
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city's parking authority is looking to use license plate readers (LPR's), the same technology that local police departments have been using to quickly look up registration information on vehicles.
Mitch Karon, the Executive Director of the New Brunswick Parking Authority (NBPA), told his board on July 22 that it will soon be debuting the technology for a 90-day trial period and using it to enforce permit parking on city streets.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—While highway and transit funding in New Jersey has been granted a temporary reprieve, the clock is still ticking as the funds responsible for powering infrastructure construction dry up.
Both the federal and state "transportation trust funds" were designed to rely on gas taxes, but in recent years, increasing construction costs have combined with a flat tax on gas to cause a fiscal imbalance.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Rutgers University released a design of a new University shield in honor of its 250th anniversary celebration, with festivities set to commence this fall on the 249th anniversary.
The shield replaces a heraldic shield, used on the University gonfalon, which was created in 1966 for the University's bicentennial.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Key Foods is hiring, and it will be a union shop, according to signs taped to the windows at the city's Health and Wellness Plaza, the former home of FreshGrocer.
Applications will be accepted at the building, located at 100 Kirkpatrick Street in downtown, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, June 19.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Rutgers University is spending $20,000 to investigate how to improve the bicycle path connecting New Brunswick and Piscataway at the site of the Route 18 bridge.
Mayor James Cahill identified the nexus of George Street and the John Lynch Bridge as a priority among missing bicycle links. The longtime Mayor asserts that the study "will provide input to the city's strategic planning and improvement projects for bridge access and bicycle network connectivity."
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Construction is expected to begin this summer on a new 20,000 square foot "learning center" adjacent to the Jameson dormitories on Jones Avenue.
The Global Village Learning Center will include both classrooms and student housing to serve the Douglass Residential College at Rutgers University.
The center will house 37 Douglass students, as well as a large meeting room aimed at "offering students a supportive living-learning environment."
UPDATE (4/28): The Zoning Board of Adjustment unanimously approved the planned 28-unit building on Morrell Street, and its developer said he hopes to start construction in three months.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—More apartments geared towards college students are planned for an area between Morrell and Ray Streets in the Sixth Ward.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--"Lord Nelson," a 42-year old horse that had served Rutgers University for 37 years, has died.
Lord Nelson was reportedly born at a quarter-horse ranch in Oklahoma, and by about five years later, he was living at Roosevelt Sales Stables in Edison, when Rutgers acquired him in 1978.
That year, Lord Nelson's education consisted of training with the New York Mounted Patrol for a season. He was driven into NYC each day during this training session.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--A mulch factory near a New Jersey Transit railyard has allegedly left numerous railroad passengers feeling, well, stinky.
EDISON, NJ--On Tuesday, March 31, at 2:50 PM, a man showed up at Magyar Savings Bank on Inman Avenue, asserted that he had a weapon without showing it, and recieved cash from frightened bank tellers.
This was at least the second robbery this month, following a similar incident on March 17, when the TD Bank on Oak Tree Road was held up.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Plans for a new four-story apartment building on a lively block of Easton Avenue was approved unanimously by the city's Planning Board on February 26.
The structure would replace two-story mixed-use buildings that housed popular businesses before they were destroyed by a four-alarm inferno on March 3, 2004.
Three years after the fire, David Abisleiman, of the family that runs Evelyn's Lebanese restaurant at 45 Easton Avenue, bought the property for a dollar from other family members.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—New Brunswick Tomorrow, a non-profit organization, is calling for volunteer urban planners to help with the French Street commercial area.
French Street is the epicenter of New Brunswick's growing Latino community, and one of the focus areas of NB Tomorrow's Esperanza Neighborhood Project.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--It's a big week for the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership, a stewardship group that looks after the Raritan River and its many tributaries.
On Monday March 9, from 1:30-3:30PM, the organization invites members of the public to a "special presentation" of water quality data in the public meeting room of the New Brunswick Elks Lodge, located at 40 Livingston Avenue.
CRANBURY, NJ--The fallout continues from the New Jersey Turnpike's multiple simultaneous pileups on February 9.
The day after the crashes, the state transportation commissioner and Turnpike Authority chairman, Jamie Fox, ordered a review of the incidents.
The review is examining the factors that caused the mega-crashes, including execution of the Turnpike Authority's winter weather plan, the signs that were posted, vehicle speed, the time that speed limits were lowered, and road conditions.
CRANBURY, NJ—Yet again, ice decorated the roads of New Jersey including its main artery, the NJ Turnpike, making driving conditions treacherous and causing a 23+ car pileup.
The highway turned into what one Twitter user called a "skating rink" between Exit 8 and Exit 8A in Middlesex County, leading to the deadly series of crashes in Cranbury Township.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—After nearly a year of public hearings, more than a dozen hours of testimony, two demolitions, and numerous objections to the process moving forward, the city's Planning Board still isn't any closer to voting on a developer's controversial plans for Mine Street.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—For the third time in fifteen years, the Rutgers administration has unveiled plans to dramatically change the College Avenue campus.
This time the plans come as part of the school's latest "Physical Master Plan," an effort to follow up on the goals of the Strategic Plan.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--With 707 housing units permitted between last January and last November, the Hub City is in third place among New Jersey's 565 municipalities in housing permits.
Those 707 units have a combined value of $138,163,436, making New Brunswick second-place in total value of new residential construction.
Only Toms River and Jersey City outrank New Brunswick in number of housing units allowed to be built with permits issued in 2014. In total value of permitted units, New Brunswick is second only to Jersey City.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Shareef Holder, a 29-year-old city resident, pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter and heroin possession, with intent to distribute it.
Holder took a bad situation and made it worse when he crashed into a car on Van Dyke Avenue and then tried to drive away from the scene.
The initial crash happened between 9pm an 10pm on September 28, 2013. What happened next ended up taking an innocent person's life and damaging several more vehicles.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The houses at 17 and 29 Mine Street, and a garage between them, are slated to be demolished this month, according to activist Jennifer O' Neill, who has been fighting plans for a 52-unit apartment complex in the same location.
On August 8, the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office deemed the three-block street eligible for a historic district designation.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The enormous Brower Commons Dining Hall on College Avenue was burglarized over the New Year's holiday, according to Rutgers police.
The break-in occurred between noon on December 31, and 9:30 am on January 2, suggesting that few or no Rutgers staff were watching the building during the holiday.
It is unclear what was stolen, if anything, and there is no description of the suspects.
HAVANA, CUBA—Pope Francis brokered a deal between the Obama administration and Cuba leader Raul Castro, helping to thaw relations between Cuba and the USA.
"I have instructed Secretary of State John Kerry to re-establish diplomatic relations that have been severed since 1961," wrote President Barack Obama in a mass e-mail.
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ—A committee created by Governor Chris Christie to explore ways to revitalize the struggling economy of this city has recommended the creation of a private non-profit development corporation similar to the New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO).
PISCATAWAY, NJ—Rutgers business school director Sharon Lydon says that the incoming "freshman" MBA class next year will be mostly female, the first time that this has happened.
Further, Rutgers has achieved this distinction ahead of schools that the US News and World Report regards more highly, such as the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and the Harvard program.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Some people are upset about more than just the traffic jams caused by the continuing re-construction of New Brunswick's main artery, Route 18.
NJ Department of Transportation (NJDOT) is currently working to destroy and replace two three-lane bridges that carry Route 18 over US Highway 1 in New Brunswick.
The northbound bridge is to be replaced by a wider one, as the northbound shoulder on the right of Route 18 will become an active travel lane between Westons Mill Pond and Route 1.
UPDATE (6/5): As expected, Cory Booker won overwhelmingly, garnering 56% of the vote to Jeff Bell's 42%. Booker was the most popular candidate for office in New Brunswick, where he pulled down 83.6% of the vote on Election Day.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Today is Election Day, and New Jerseyans will send one of seven men to the high office of Senator.
EXITS 6-9, NJ—After four years, the New Jersey Turnpike widening project appears to be nearing its end, but questions about the state's transportation priorities persist.
The repaving and widening has made for a smoother ride, and congestion appears to be low. The expansion lengthens the traditional Turnpike division between cars-only lanes and cars-trucks-buses lanes.
PISCATAWAY, NJ—The Rutgers University Board of Governors approved a plan to centralize administrative services in a newly-purchased office building at a total cost of more than $16.1 million.
Rutgers has recently expanded to include most of what was once the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, and the result was a worsening of a problem with administrative services being scattered. Service offices are spread throughout Piscataway, New Brunswick, and Newark.
PISCATAWAY, NJ—On October 9, the Rutgers Board of Governors approved an amendment to Head Football Coach Kyle Flood’s employment contract that would significantly increase his salary.
The contract extension, negotiated just two days before his team lost to Penn State in their first Big Ten game, gives Flood two more years and various pay increases.
The deal does not alter Flood's base salary, however it includes additional compensation that would soon make Flood the highest-paid state employee.
PRINCETON, NJ—A former vice president of consumer education of Johnson and Johnson, and NBC chief medical correspondent, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, has been placed under a mandatory Ebola quarantine after allegedly being seen running errands in Mercer County in violation of a voluntary quarantine.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--More than 200 years ago, a copper mine operated deep beneath the surface of the Hub City's Sixth Ward, according to state geologists, roughly traversing the same area where present-day Mine Street and parts of Rutgers University occupy.
"We believe mine workings have been intersected in and around Mine Street during construction of the sewer or water mains many years ago," said Fred Sickels of the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A miniature park sprouted up in downtown on Friday September 20, spanning five spaces on Bayard Street and commemorating a holiday of sorts.
The occasion was "PARK(ing) Day," on which people occupy parking spaces with temporary "parklets" in cities across the world.
The PARK(ing) Day movement began with a parking space in San Francisco in 2005, and spread around the world by 2011.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The federal government has taken its first step toward increasing the speed of trains along the Northeast Corridor, the nation's busiest passenger rail line.
The federal government announced plans to pour $450 million into upgrading the infrastructure that connects two of New Jersey's most important cities: New Brunswick and Trenton.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city government, perhaps in a hunt for money to pay for numerous new parking decks paid for with borrowed money, approved a new charge for parking on College Avenue when Rutgers has home football games.
Previously, parking on the main drag of the university was free on weekends.
But, under the new ordinance, approved unanimously on August 6 by the City Council, the parking meters on College Avenue will now charge parkers a whopping $10, but that their parking space will be good for a full 24 hours.
NEWARK, NJ—The New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO) is expanding its reach further outside of the city where it started, playing a lead role in the renovation of a Newark skyscraper built in the late 1920's in partnership with Rutgers University.
The project, known as 15 Washington Street, is DEVCO's third development project outside of New Brunswick, and the second in Newark, the state's largest city.
Since 2000, when the Rutgers-Newark Law School left the structure, the impressive building has sat largely unused.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ— At least one restaurant won't make it to the end of the city's two-week-long "Restaurant Week."
Maoz Vegetarian, which had an outfit at 385 George Street, appears to have closed up shop last week, although it was advertising on its Facebook page as recently as July 8.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Taverns are now prohibited in the "highway commercial district" of New Brunswick, located along Route 1, thanks to a new law recommended by the city's Planning Board and passed by the City Council last week.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Two pit bulls are dead, and a four-year-old girl named Harmony Halyer is badly hurt, after the dogs attacked her on Thursday July 3 shortly before 8pm, according to an announcement issued by Police Department Director Anthony Caputo and Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—As the final storefront in Ferren Mall closes, the powerful government agency that owns the vacant structure has entered into an agreement with a developer to market their prime real estate.
On the April 21 New Brunswick Parking Authority (NBPA) Board of Commissioners meeting, the board approved an exclusive marketing deal to let the New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO) recruit tenants for potential large-scale developments on the large site.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Walmart truck driver Kevin Roper pleaded not guilty in the automobile crash that left one man dead and three others injured Saturday morning, including actor and comedian Tracy Morgan.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Rutgers Athletics Director Julie Hermann told the press last week that she wants to make the Rutgers football experience more like Disney World, as Rutgers prepares to join the Big Ten athletic conference officially on July 1.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A 22-story tower is set to rise over New Street, the latest in a neighborhood full of recent housing developments, such as Rockoff Hall, The Heldrich and The George.
At the May 13 Planning Board meeting, board members unanimously approved a project with more units than had been previously approved for the site in 2009.
Currently, the site is home to two abandoned buildings that likely were built in the 19th century, including the former New Brunswick Counseling Center at 84 New Street, and a vacant lot.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A pipeline that burst underneath the Raritan River on February 14 was just the first in a series of gas explosions that have rocked New Jersey and New York this year.
Thankfully, no one was hurt in the New Brunswick incident, though the smell of natural gas did descend upon Highland Park for much of the afternoon.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—What is perhaps the most desolate block of the city's main drag is about to see its first new building in a while.
The block of George Street between Morris Street and Tabernacle Way is home to the Bravo supermarket and the Abundant Life church, but, other than those, the site is mostly vacant or used for parking.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Residents of New Brunswick, including students at Rutgers University, now have a new option for getting around.
Enterprise has teamed up with the city's parking authority to offer a car-sharing service, for the first time since ZipCar pulled out the Hub City a few years ago.
Like ZipCar, Enterprise CarShare specializes in urban areas and college campuses, places where people get off transit and need to get to places outside of transit-friendly areas.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A report issued in March by Rutgers University suggested major changes to Livingston Avenue, but the changes proposed came too late to prevent a tragic crash that seriously injured three local children last week.
However, some ideas in the 24-page report have now been fast-tracked by Middlesex County, which owns the dangerous road.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—You might wonder what a “castle” is doing amidst the dorms of Rutgers University, so close to the Brower Commons and Demarest Hall.
Bishop House was built in 1852, but it didn't become property of Rutgers University until 1925.
On July 12, 1976, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Today it is one of 20 such places still preserved in the city.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A newly-constructed fraternity house is opening in the Hub City for the first time in a long time.
The latest building built by controversial developer Construction Management Associates will become the home of Zeta Beta Tau, the world's oldest and first Jewish fraternity.
Mayor James Cahill was in attendance at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held last month, as was Rutgers Greek affairs dean Joanne Arnholt.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—When a local Bennigan's restaurant and bar went out of business, local bar owner Larry Blatterfein pursued plans to open up a sports bar in its place.
At the time, Blatterfein owned Knight Club, one of the more popular bars on the Easton Avenue corridor.
He said his second proposed establishment, a bar geared toward fans of the New York Yankees, would create 75 jobs and improve the city's tax base.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Rutgers Day is being celebrated today. This fifth annual event, a festival involving the College Avenue, Cook/Douglass, and Busch campuses, also includes much older traditions including the New Jersey Folk Festival, and Cook College’s Ag Field Day.
The three campuses involved - Busch, College Avenue, and Cook/Douglass - each have their own specialties or "themes".
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ-La primera de las dos nuevas torres esta bajo construcción en el Hospital Universitario Robert Wood Johnson, en el marco de los planes aprobados por la Junta de Planificación de la ciudad el año pasado.
La primera fase del proyecto, un garaje de 7 pisos, coronada con dos pisos de oficinas del hospital, fue aprobado en mayo.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Big Pharma giant Johnson and Johnson is holding its annual shareholder meeting on this morning amid protests over the company's pelvic mesh implants at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Brunswick.
The protests began with a press conference call at 11 am on April 23rd, where survivors of the mesh implants, along with supporters of those survivors explained their request for a congressional investigation.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Tent State University, an annual weeklong protest and campout begins tonight on Rutgers' Voorhees Mall and runs through Friday April 25.
This annual event began in 2003 as a protest against funding cuts and skyrocketing tuition at Rutgers University. Over the years the protest has also focused on the Iraq War and other economic and social justice issues.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—El Consejo de La Facultad de la Universidad de Rutgers pasó una resolución el viernes condenando la selección de Condoleezza Rice para dar el discurso de grado del 2014.
Rice, quien fuera considerada por muchos como una figura controversial en la administración de George W. Bush no ha sido bien recibida por la comunidad de la universidad desde que se anunció el mes pasado que ella daría el discurso.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Sandray Lemay-Callahan was killed crossing Route 1, one of the tri-state area's most dangerous highways for pedestrians on a Wednesday night last fall.
Sadly, her death was one of many on the route that traverses Middlesex County and has historically connected New Brunswick to cities like Trenton, Elizabeth, Newark, and Jersey City.
More than 16% of pedestrian deaths in Middlesex County occurred on the fabled highway.
NEWARK, NJ—People with certain disabilities who don't know how to get around on New Jersey Transit (NJT) and other transportation systems, can learn how, thanks to a new collaboration between NJT and Rutgers University.
The two organizations have teamed up to create a new program, NJTIP@Rutgers, which gives people guides to teach them, either one-on-one or in small groups.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The first of two new towers is under construction at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, as part of plans approved by the city Planning Board last year.
The first phase of the project, a 7-story parking garage, topped with two stories of hospital offices, was approved in May.
This project is being built on an 8.35 acre property that was mostly occupied by a gravel parking lot, and was once eyed as a site for a towering research facility.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—McKinney Properties, the Pittsburgh-based company that recently purchased the city's only downtown dormitory, is aggressively renting out the building for the next school year.
Previously, Rutgers University filled the building with its students through a housing lottery, under the building's developer and original owner.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In front of a packed audience at City Hall's Council Chambers, the Planning Board announced it would hold off on a controversial plan for a new Sixth Ward apartment complex in an effort to hear more testimony.
Their meeting went on for more than three hours Tuesday night, as the developer, experts, and opponents testified before the board on the proposed 57-unit apartment building, and a 43-space underground parking garage.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Unity Square, a project of Catholic Charities that focuses on a 37-block neighborhood in the heart of New Brunswick, is searching for a new community organizer and "housing and tenant rights coordinator" for New Brunswick.
The charity is a partnership between Catholic Charities-Diocese of Metuchen and Sacred Heart Parish located at 56 Throop Avenue. Last year, organizer Jason Rowe proved instrumental in helping secure the passage of a local law against wage theft, the first in New Jersey.
TRENTON, NJ—The New Jersey State Assembly's Transportation Committee held a hearing to investigate transportation problems associated with the state's first-ever Super Bowl on Monday, but nobody from NJTransit or the National Football League bothered to show up.
NFL and NJT had assumed that there would be up to 15,000 train riders headed to the Super Bowl. Instead, the Meadowlands rail link was deluged with 33,000. Meanwhile, hundreds of empty buses stood on standby miles away, and went unused.
TRENTON, NJ--Delays and mishaps, even before the last month's first-ever New Jersey Super Bowl, have called into question whether NJ Transit (NJT) was truly ready to handle an event of such epic proportions.
Now, a legislative committee in Trenton will be investigating this and other perceived failure's of the state's mass transit system over the past several years.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Rutgers University's New Brunswick Faculty Council passed a resolution on Friday condemning the selection of Condoleezza Rice as the 2014 commencement speaker.
Rice, who is considered by many to be a controversial official in the administration of President George W. Bush, has not been well-received by the university community since she was announced as the graduation speaker last month.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Peter Rona, a well-known Rutgers professor who has traveled deep under the ocean's surface, passed away on February 19 at the age of 79 from blood cancer.
Rona was remembered as a frequent traveler aboard submersibles, and as a worker with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), according to fellow professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences Ken Miller.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The daily student newspaper at Rutgers University elected a new editorial board last weekend, as it attempts to move forward from a controversy where both sides of the Israel-Palestine debate have laid blame on the paper.
The Daily Targum's new editor-in-chief Alex Meier has taken over for Enrico Cabredo. Cabredo was the the third individual to serve in that role over the tumultuous 2013-2014 year. Each and every February, a new board is selected.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A gas pipeline owned by PSE&G ruptured today under the Raritan River, causing two geysers of natural gas to erupt near the Northeast Corridor rail bridge.
The ruptured line has sent strong odors of natural gas wafting through the area, with complaints of the smell coming from as far away as Highland Park High School.
The New Brunswick Fire Department and PSE&G are currently working on the broken line. Parts of Johnson Drive are closed so crews could access the leak site.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Last June, New Jersey Transit struck a deal with Optimum to provide a commercial wireless internet (wi-fi) service at its stations for the next 20 years.
New Brunswick was among the first stations picked, along with Newark's Penn and Broad Street Stations, Rahway, Trenton, Summit, Hoboken, Metropark, the Meadowlands station, Summit, and Montclair State University.
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.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--On the first day of the spring semester, Rutgers president Bob Barchi ordered an early end to the day due to snow accumulation and dangerous roads.
The last class today will end at 3:35PM, according to the announcement made by Rutgers Police at 12:35PM.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A report issued by Rutgers University late last year confirmed major mistakes and miscommunications between the school and its host city during the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Two unfortunate Rutgers students reportedly found themselves at the business end of an imitation firearm on the night of January 11, according to New Brunswick police.
The couple was walking somewhere near Guilden and Mine streets at the time, near the Olde Queen's Tavern, around 10:15 PM on a Saturday night when the robbery occurred
A man on a bicycle allegedly pulled the silver handgun out of his pocket, pointed it at the two 21-year-olds, and demanded, "Give me everything you have!"
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).
TRENTON, NJ—Governor Chris Christie announced the firing of one of his closest aides this morning, the third appointee of his to fall victim to an embarrassing scandal involving a purposeful traffic jam caused to punish a local politician.
On September 9, two of three toll booths serving an onramp to the George Washington Bridge were blocked by cones and re-assigned to serve through traffic. This caused traffic to back up throughout the nearby town of Fort Lee.
The new traffic pattern continued to wreak havoc for four days.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Real estate giant Mack-Cali announced on Thursday the $41.1 million acquisition of three apartment buildings containing a total of 200 residences in downtown New Brunswick.
The compounds in question are the Riverwatch Commons and Richmond Court, located on Hiram Square and Dennis Dennis Street respectively. The properties are next to each other.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A recently released report commissioned by Rutgers President Bob Barchi found that many of the 6,000+ students evacuated from their dormitories at Rutgers University didn't think highly of the school's response to the storm.
Just 5% of evacuees who responded to a Rutgers survey rated their evacuation experience as excellent, while 15% rated it as good, 25% as adequate, 21% as poor, and 31% as very poor.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A bicycling festival held in many cities across the world known as Ciclovia wheeled its way into the Hub City for the first time on October 6, thanks to the support of seven sponsors who spent a total of $83,780.
Locals enjoyed the cloudy but pleasant day, playing sports and doing physical activities in the streets. Kids and adults found themselves walking, running, and playing in the street as well as riding bikes, scooters, skates and other non-motorized transportation.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Wenner Bread Products, a company based on Long Island, wants to convert a vacant building into a commercial bakery that they say will bring 250 jobs to New Brunswick.
The New Brunswick Planning Board approved a plan to expand the warehouse, add eight 50-foot tall grain silos, and install commercial breadmaking equipment, although most of the building is to remain a warehouse.