Sarah Beth Kaye

Sarah Beth Kaye works as NBToday's Community Engagement Director. She is interested in promoting community news and programs, as well as meeting the residents of Hub City. In her spare time, Sarah Beth is a member of the NJ Hellrazor's roller derby team.

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    Both landlords and tenants (those who rent) have rights and responsibilities when it comes to renting an apartment or home. Follow this guide, brought to you by PRAB, Unity Square, Esperanza Neighborhood Project, and New Labor, to see what to do before, during, and after renting a residence.

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    HIGHLAND PARK, NJ--On June 11, the Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War (CJCAEW) will host a film screening and discussion about the Women’s Liberation movement.

    This event will be held at the Reformed Church of Highland Park and will start at 7:30 PM.  The event is free and open to the public, although donations will be gratefully accepted.

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    EDISON, NJ—On Saturday, June 11, Middlesex County groups will hold the 8th annual 5K run and walk for pancreatic cancer awareness. 

    This run or walk will also double as an opportunity to raise funds for research and to support the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

    Participants can choose to either run or walk the certified USA Track and Field certified course. The race will be held at Roosevelt Park in Edison. Registration begins at 8:00 AM and the race will start at 9:00 AM.

    (Health)
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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On June 3 and 4, Hub City's George Street Playhouse will be presenting free performances of R.N. Sandberg's dark comedy "Terra Incognita."

    The newest play from StoryWorks production company is free to the public and starts at 8 p.m. both nights.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On Thursday, April 28, at 7pm at the Crossroads Theatre, coLAB Arts will present its annual dance concert.

    Entitled Motion: Dance Works, the concert will feature four original pieces choreographed specifically for this event.

    Each piece, created by choreographers Joe Monteleone, Stephanie Nerbak, Robert Mark Burke, and Hillary Pearson, will channel a specific local community organization.

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    What is Paid Sick Time?

    Paid sick time is a New Brunswick law through which workers earn between 24-40 hours of paid sick time off a year.

    To qualify for paid sick time you must work at least 20 hours a week in the City of New Brunswick for a business that has ve or more full time employees (or full time employee equivalents). Some exceptions may apply

    If you work for a staffing agency and the agency provides transportation from New Brunswick to the work site, then you are also eligible for paid sick time.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Early on Sunday, March 13, NJ TRANSIT will shut down all railroad service if the agency's administration cannot reach a deal with a coalition of unions representing the railroad workers.

    "NJ TRANSIT Rail Operations faces the prospect of a systemwide shutdown should the membership of its rail union opt to participate in a work stoppage," reads an alert on the NJTransit.com website.

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    MIDDLESEX, NJ--Inspired by the Jersey Devil, the legendary monster that haunts the Pine Barrens, Demented Brewery in Middlesex is bringing a unique craft beer drinking experience to Central Jersey.

    “I remember hearing stories about the Jersey Devil when I was growing up, and [the name] Demented just popped into my head,” said owner Tom Zuber.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On February 16, Tangila Jordan gave her brother Willie Napier the ultimate gift, her kidney. The surgery took place at 7:30 a.m. at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital.

    Napier was 15 years old when he was first diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes which has led to the recent failure of his kidney and pancreas.

    It was approximately a year ago that Napier was informed that he needed a kidney transplant and it was then that the siblings discovered they were a match.

    (Health)
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    Editor's Note: This is sponsored content.

    Brothers Alexander and Dimitrios Patakos say they owe everything they have to New Brunswick, New Jersey.

    “New Brunswick is a great city because New Brunswick was the reason that we catched ourselves,” said Alex. Dimitrios agreed, “New Brunswick saved my life. I’m super patriotic about New Brunswick.”

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--On December 19, 2015, Embrace Kids Foundation invited 600 children and family members to a Star Wars themed holiday party with food, gifts, and over 40 volunteers from local Lucas Film Limited Costumed Charity Organizations who dressed up in character and entertained the children.

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    Many readers have recently asked us about what to do if ICE (United States Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement) visits New Brunswick.

    Though we do not have any information on if or when this will happen, we do want to try our best to answer reader questions about what to do regarding the situation if you come in contact with ICE.

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    In November, we sourced reader questions and asked our supporters to vote on the question they were most interested in seeing answered. The question “Why does New Brunswick have a high rate of homelessness and what is being done to solve that problem?” was asked twice as many times than any other question.

    Here is our in depth report on homelessness in New Brunswick, and what is being done to provide every resident a home.

    A Campaign From Those On the Ground

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—PRAB, a comprehensive human services agency located on Jersey Avenue, works hard each winter to make sure that every family in Middlesex County lives in the warm and comfortable house they deserve.

    Initially started in 1969 as the Puerto Rican Action Board, PRAB has grown to be Middlesex County’s designated Community Action Agency and official processing agent for helping residents apply for energy assistance programs.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--On December 16th, New Brunswick City Council will hold a public hearing and, perhaps a final vote, on the city's proposed Paid Sick Leave Ordinance.

    Known as Ordinance O-121501, this law would amend and supplement the revised general ordinances of the city, specifically Title 8, Chapter 56, to provide for "paid sick time" and "paid safe time" for many workers in New Brunswick.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Crossroads Theatre, located at the heart of Downtown at 7 Livingston Avenue, has a strong tradition of bringing African-American theater, stories, and traditions to the people of New Brunswick.

    In 1999, Crossroads was the first African- American theatre to receive the Tony award for “Outstanding Regional Theatre” and they have been nominated for and won several other theatre and community awards.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Brunswick City Council will introduce a Paid Sick Leave ordinance at its December 2 meeting.

    The ordinance will require businesses to provide all full time employees with 40 hours of paid sick leave a year, and all part-time employees with 24 hours a year, in line with almost a dozen other cities in New Jersey.

    But it will also include the strongest language yet to deal with temporary agencies, where one in every eight workers are employed.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The first annual Hub City Hero award, a community service and activism award organized by New Brunswick Today, was awarded to Anthony Mendia on November 8, 2015.

    Nominees for the Hub City Hero award were gathered from NBToday readership and other members of the public, and the top six nominees were opened to a public online voting process. Each nominee had a small biography about his or her work in the community and a portrait.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Four boxers from Brunswick Boxing and Fitness Club won the New Jersey Diamond Glove award and nine boxers from the gym participated.

    The New Jersey Diamond Glove Tournament consists of three separate boxing matches.

    To win the NJ Diamond Glove, a boxer must win all three fights.

    (Sports)
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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--On November 7, a GoFundMe user named “Concerned Alumnus” created a campaign to raise $1.5 million dollars to buy out Rutgers University football coach Kyle Flood’s contract.

    The fundraising page is run by an anonymous person who identifies as a “very proud Alumnus of Rutgers University and [as someone who] will always continue to advocate for it.”

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--To celebrate a year of accomplishments and hard-hitting news, New Brunswick Today is hosting a party on November 8 from 5 PM-9PM at The Court Tavern.

    This party, which is open to the public, will have great food from local restaurants, a live band, and is a great opportunity to meet some amazing people.

    Buy your tickets here!

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--In a room on George Street filled with books, educational games, and bright posters on the walls, Barry Smith talks about hot dogs.

    “We try to feed the kids every time,” he says, referring to the X-cite Night program. “On Monday they got hot dogs and chips.”

    X-cite Night, a sports and recreation program that runs from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM on Monday and Thursdays, is one of the many programs run by Barry Smith, the staff, and the volunteers at Youth Empowerment Services. 

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--New Jerseyans are preparing for another hurricane potentially hitting the Garden State this weekend.

    Governor Chris Christie declared a state of emergency following predictions that Hurricane Joaquin, recently upgradeded to a Category 4 superstorm, may strike the East Coast of the United States.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In a meeting room on the side of the children’s room at the New Brunswick Free Public Library, tween librarian Chelsea Woods encourages the participants of her Tween Stories Club to expand their imaginations.

    “He might just be a cowboy, or an actor that dresses up,” she says while holding a small figurine of Woody from the Toy Story franchise.

    This Tween Stories Club activity focused on story creation, narratives, and character development.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—“Transportation is a factor of many major life decisions,” said Keep Middlesex Moving Director of Operations Roberta Karpinecz.

    Keep Middlesex Moving, a non-profit focused on transportation and transit safety, helps make these major life decisions much easier.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein visited New Brunswick on the weekend of August 15-16 to talk to concerned residents about her presidential platform and about the Green Party in general.

    Stein is a medical doctor from Massachusetts who says she now practices "political medicine" because modern-day politics is the most serious illness affecting everyday Americans.  She has previously run for Governor of Massachusetts in 2002, and made her first Presidential run in 2012.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--The women who work or volunteer at Manavi, a non-profit organization created to combat gender violence and abuse in South Asian communities, can collectively speak over 250 languages and dialects.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Looking to celebrate the 4th with some fireworks? Check out this list below, and have a Happy Independence Day!

    The highlight of the weekend is sure to be a re-enactment of the original July 4, 1778 celebration ordered by George Washington.

    "On the 4th of July in Buccleuch Park at 1:30 p.m. there will be a /feu de joie/ celebrating the 237th Anniversary of the original /feu de joie/ ordered by George Washington in 1778," wrote Bob Belvin, Director of the city's public library.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—“Hidden Grounds Coffee Shop is always evolving,” the shop's co-owner Anand Patel told New Brunswick Today.

    “We will always try our best to offer something new and exciting,” said the entrepreneur who has been successful in his first two years in business, and now wants to expand.

    What started as a small basement storefront at 106 Easton Avenue is now expanding and evolving into a local favorite spot for meeting friends, hosting events, and enjoying a delicious cup of coffee.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Patrick Awosogba, a Rutgers University freshman, recently passed away after collapsing during a recreational basketball game on February 22.

    Awosogba collapsed around 2 PM at the Rutgers University Cook/Douglass recreation center.

    Lifeguards immediately administrated CPR, and Rutgers Emergency Medical Technicians showed up soon after. Police officers also arrived on the scene.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Rutgers University's Medical School was awarded $550,000 to study childhood autism and developmental disorders in New Jersey.

    This grant is part of $20 million the Center of Disease Control and Prevention is allotting to autism monitoring centers across the United States. This funding will be allotted in a four year cycle.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—“Riot on the Dance floor: The Story of Randy Now and City Gardens,” a documentary about the iconic Trenton punk and indie music venue, will be screened at 7pm on January 31 in room #105 of Voorhees Hall on the Rutgers College Avenue campus.

    This documentary, and a short piece entitled “Fur Peace Ranch: It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This,” by Andie Walla, will kick off the New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2015 season.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Saturday, December 6 brings the once in a year opportunity to the home of one of New Brunswick's most famous writers and residents, Joyce Kilmer.

    The house, located at 17 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, at the corner with Welton Street, will be open from 10 AM to 4 PM for touring in observance of his 126th birthday.

    Hosted by the New Brunswick Historical Association, admission and tours will be free.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Hundreds of students, faculty, and community members rallied and marched across the city on November 25, in response to the decision of a St. Louis County, Missouri grand jury investigating the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

    City officials estimate there were some 400 protestors, while organizers said there were more than 500 present for the march down George Street.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Known for its fat sandwiches, Rutgers University, and a slew of healthcare institutions, the Hub City another unique claim to fame: one of the best DIY (do-it-yourself) music scenes in state.

    Known as the "basement scene," most shows are played in the basements of people who organize both local and touring bands to play shows together.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Carlos Ocon, a 61-year-old New Brunswick resident, was arrested on July 26 and charged with sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl.

    The assault, which took place on Friday July 25, allegedly occurred in Boyd Park, located between Route 18 and the Raritan River.

    Through the investigation, it was determined that Ocon approached the child outside of a store on Remsen Avenue, and led her to Boyd park.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—With the help of two recent donations from government entities, a new supportive housing location for victims of domestic violence will be able to begin construction in early September.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city of New Brunswick offers a free summer youth program from June 30th to August 8th of the summer.

    The program, entitled Play S.A.F.E (Summer Activities For Everyone), is targeted for six to twelve year olds who live in the city.  Over 2,000 children are expected to participate in the program.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—New Brunswick’s Chamber Orchestra presented a weekendlong festival of events incorporating dance, art, and music for the community.

    On Friday there was an opening reception at Alfa Art Gallery in which members of the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra played and community members mingled.

    The artwork of John Hawaka was also displayed. One of his pieces helped inspire the creation of the festival.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—New Brunswick, NJ-El nuevo Senador de Nueva Jersey Cory Booker habló a un grupo de casi solo estudiantes el martes, 18 de febrero en Hickman Hall en el campo Douglass.

    El evento fue organizado por el Instituto Político de Rutgers.

    El Senador Booker abrió con un discurso de 30 minutos, sobre sus principios en la política como el consejero de Newark y de la guerra publica de palabras con Conan O'Brien.

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    PISCATAWAY, NJ—Gloria Steinem, a famous author, lecturer, editor, feminist activist, and opinion leader on issues of equality, spoke at the Livingston Student Center.

    The Institute for Women’s Leadership Consortium organized this lecture. Members include Douglass Residential College, Center for Women and Work, Institute for Women and Art, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, and several other organizations

    The lecture was sponsored by Susan and Michael J. Angelides.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—New Jersey's newest US Senator Cory Booker spoke to a crowd of mostly Rutgers students on Tuesday February 18 in Hickman Hall on the Douglass campus.

    The event was hosted by the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers

    Senator Booker opened with a 30-minute speech, touching on his early days in politics as a Newark City Councilman, and public war of words with Conan O'Brien.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Around 900 Rutgers faculty members, mostly adjuncts, also known as "non-tenure track professors," are closing a tense bargaining session over pay increases and better job titles.

    The American Association of University Professors-American Federation of Teachers (AAUP-AFT) attained several improvements for the non-tenure track professors in the latest agreement, which was recently approved by the union.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Students brought some festive holiday cheer to Rutgers University President Robert Barchi last Thursday, in a creative form of protest: Christmas caroling.

    Led by the Rutgers chatper of USAS, United Students Against Sweatshops, at least 20 students stood out front of Winants Hall and protested for the University to change its code of conduct for licensing and apparel.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Women Aware, the designated agency to support victims of domestic violence in Middlesex county, recently opened three apartment units created solely for survivors of domestic abuse.

    There is a four-bedroom, three-bedroom, and two-bedroom unit within the same building near the city's downtown. The apartment complex took two years to build and furnish.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Town Clock Community Development Corporation (CDC) is poised to build a housing community inside the First Reformed Church that will be a haven for domestic abuse survivors when it opens in the spring of 2015.

    The church, which dates back to 1717, has a congregation of around 60 people but enough space for 600.  So, they have decided to restructure the sanctuary from one large room into ten affordable apartments, along with a multiuse worship and community space.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On July 1, Rutgers finally absorbed the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, a financially troubled but academically respected medical school that started as a part of Rutgers.

    Rutgers took over most parts of UMDNJ this summer.  Meanwhile, the UMDNJ School of Osteopathic Medicine was absorbed by Rowan University and Newark's University Hospital became a separate state-owned entity, no longer be affiliated with any university.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On June 23, more than 60 local residents attended a community discussion conducted in Spanish at the United Church of Christ regarding the hot topic of federal immigration reform. The grassroots included a question and answer period that lasted over an hour.

    If passed into law, the current proposed immigration reform bill will impact a large portion of the New Brunswick community who are trying to obtain their United States citizenship.  Issues such as family sponsorship, proof of work, and legal advice were discussed.

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    NEWARK, DE—Students and allies from the Northeast region, including a busload from Rutgers New Brunswick campus, protested Sallie Mae’s predatory lending practices on Thursday May 30.

    The protest, which had two components, took place at Sallie Mae headquarters in Newark, Delaware.