Stephen Roca

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ- El 12 de enero, un teléfono habría explotado en la escuela secundaria de New Brunswick, según el testimonio de varios estudiantes y profesores.

    La explosión ocurrió cerca del mediodía después de que un estudiante dejó caer su teléfono, mientras lo cargaba conectado a un tomacorriente dentro de un aula D-pod en el segundo piso.

    Todas las fuentes que fueron entrevistadas por New Brunswick Today dijeron que el teléfono que estalló era un iPhone.

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    EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ— El equipo Zebras de New Brunswick lograron una vez más un lugar en los playoffs del Grupo Central V del Torneo Estatal después de derrotar a los Bears de East Brunswick culminando así su temporada regular el 4 de noviembre.

    Los Zebras terminaron otra fuerte temporada regular, haciendo un promedio de 24 puntos por juego y ganando cuatro de sus seis juegos pasados esperando un exigente comienzo 0-3 contra una dura competencia.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -- Un proyecto de ley para enviar $10 millones al históricamente  desfinanciado programa de control y reducción de plomo de Nueva Jersey fue "vetado" por el Gobernador Chris Christie, incluso después de haber sido aprobado por las dos cámaras de la Legislatura del Estado.

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    New Brunswick, NJ-- Los crímenes violentos giguen plagando la ciudad durante la temporada festiva, cuando un hombre fue disparado dos veces en la pierna por la calle Harvey cerca de la calle French, aproximadamente a las 12:15am el 26 de diciembre.

    La víctima entró corriendo por la puerta del lado de Hub Liquors, un bar que más bien parece una tienda de licores, dejando un rastro de sangre, lo que forzó el establecimiento a cerrar temprano.

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    New Brunswick, NJ -- Con los recientes esfuerzos para encontrar un nuevo director atlético para la Universidad de Rutgers, luego del despido de Julie Hermann, talvez la institución debería haber observado al mismo Rob Thomas de New Brunswick High School, ya que cuatro entrenadores de NBHS fueron reconocidos como "entrenador del año" en sus respectivos deportes.

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    EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ--The New Brunswick Zebras once again earned a playoff spot in the Central Group V State Tournament after besting the East Brunswick Bears to cap off their regular season on November 4.

    The Zebras finished off another strong regular season, averaging 24 points per game and having won four of their last six games following a challenging 0-3 start against tough competition.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On a chilly and windy Friday night, running the football appeared to be the best way to move the chains.

    The New Brunswick Zebras (3-5) football team worked their offensive line to fight through adversity and come out with a much-needed win against the Howell Rebels (4-4), after trailing 20-19 in the third quarter.

    The win puts the Zebras in playoff contention, though they still need the Edison Eagles to lose to the Piscataway Chiefs this week.  Edison will make the playoffs if they beat Piscataway.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--For the first time in two seasons, the New Brunswick High School (NBHS) boys soccer team lost two consecutive games.

    Each of the losses were by a narrow margin, by just one goal.   The Zebras lost to Monroe 3-2 in their final regular season game, and then dropped another contest to the Metuchen Bulldogs by a score of 2-1 in the Greater Middlesex Conference (GMC) Tournament.

    For Metuchen, it was redemption of a 5-1 loss suffered at the hands of the Zebras in last season's GMC tournament.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Two sacks, two interceptions, 34 unanswered points in the first half, along with a recovered kick return, helped the Old Bridge Knights (4-1-1) put the Zebras (2-4) away on Senior Night and continue their unbeaten 4-0-1 division record.

    Quarterback Artur Sitkowski, running back Nick Sodano, and wide receiver/cornerback Anthony Imbimbo were able to run through holes and make big plays the entire night, all making sure to credit their offensive and defensive line.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Matt Mischler has been a nightmare for the New Brunswick Zebras' soccer team.

    Collectively, he has scored seven goals against them in three matches, including a hat-trick to knock them out of the semifinals of the state tournament last season.

    The new Red Division champion Monroe Falcons (14-1-1) are 3-0 against the Zebras (11-3-2) within the past year, having beaten them 4-1 in a match earlier on.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -- Believe it or not, this game was tied 7-7 at halftime, but ended with a total of 53 points on the scoreboard.

    It was a tale of two halves for the New Brunswick Zebras football team, who were clicking on offense in the second half and pulled away from the Edison Eagles on homecoming night to pick up another Red Division win.

    It was also a big night for Zebras quarterback Jah'Bree Seawright-Jeffery, one of the team's most gifted and talented athletes.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Brunswick Zebras boys soccer team has continued to impress in GMC Red Division play thoughout the season, after making the jump up from the White Division this fall.

    Their only losses have come from Monroe and Old Bridge, with hopes of claiming the division title still alive, and the Zebras are currently in second place behind Monroe.

    The Zebras picked up another dramatic win over the East Brunswick Bears on October 6 after trailing 0-2 for the first 70 minutes of the game.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On Friday October 7, the New Brunswick Zebras football team (1-4) got off to a good start but were ultimately outscored at home by the Middletown North Lions (3-1).

    With quarterback Jah'Bree Seawright-Jeffery going 6 for 6 including a 41-yard touchdown to Kadas Reams to lead 7-0, along with a big defensive stop after the Lions failed a fourth and one conversion, the game looked promising for the Zebrasafter the the first six minutes of play.

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    MONROE, NJ—Comfortable with their 20-point lead at the end of the third quarter, the New Brunswick Zebras took their foot off the gas pedal, allowing the game to finish with just a six-point margin of victory.

    Starting off strong in the first three quarters, the Zebras scored massive touchdowns of 70, 63, 51, 28, and 27 yards, and caused four forced fumbles on the Monroe Falcons, recovering two of them on kickoffs.

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    PARLIN, NJ—The Sayreville Bombers (3-0) are equipped with arguably the most balanced offensive attack in the Greater Middlesex Conference.

    Against the New Brunswick Zebras (0-3), Sayreville scored a total of eight times, consisting of four rushing and three passing touchdowns, and one 83-yard kick-return.

    After being asked whether he prefers to run or pass the ball, Sayreville head coach Chris Beagan responded, "Well, pick your poison."

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On a hot and humid 91-degree night at Memorial Stadium, the New Brunswick Zebras football team hosted a packed house as they welcomed in the Piscataway Chiefs to begin their inaugural season in the Greater Middlesex Conference's Red Division.

    For the Zebras to win games in this division, they need to be flawless. It's tough to pull this off for any team in week one, and on this particular Friday night, they were far from it.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Some critics say this is a re-building year for the NBHS Zebras boys soccer team, in light of the absence of some of their top players from last year's 20-2 team.

    This includes Golden Boot winner Kevin Sanchez, Jason Zarate, Raul Galindo, Alexis Narvaez, Arlin Martinez, Carlos Santos, Adam Sarmiento, Kevin Canseco, and Claudio Guzman.

    These players were responsible for 104 of the 115 goals scored last season.

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    COLONIA, NJ--On a hot and humid 85-degree day, the New Brunswick Zebras persevered on the road against the Colonia Patriots, earning their first win of the season on September 8.

    The Zebras were coming off a successful 2015 season, finishing 15-7 as the second best team in Central Jersey Group IV play.

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    PISCATAWAY, NJ—With over 3,000 in attendance at home which included many girls from the Players Development Academy (PDA), Sky Blue FC (6-6-4) dropped the ball with a 1-3 loss in a crucial match against the visiting Chicago Red Stars (8-4-4).

    Sky Blue FC did not pick up where they left off after finishing 3-1 before the four-week break for the Olympics.

    The team was playing aggressive and hungry to win, pressuring their opponents with a fierce tenacity to win each challenge and took down the best team in the league.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Pokémon Go is the free "augmented reality" mobile phone game that has taken the country by storm, bringing its millions of users outdoors all over the U.S.

    Nintendo and The Pokémon Company released the game in the U.S. on July 7, and it quickly captured more daily users than Instagram and Snapchat.  Within the first week, more than 21 million users had signed up to play.

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    PISCATAWAY, NJ—On July 23, Sky Blue FC (6-4-4, 22 pts) secured a 1-0 victory over the visiting Washington Spirit (8-2-3, 26 pts) in front of their fans at Yurcak field on the Rutgers campus.

    Achieving something they haven't since 2014, Sky Blue FC extended their unbeaten to streak to three and disrupted Washington's first-place chances, sending themselves into a tied position for fourth place with the Chicago Red Stars.

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    PISCATAWAY, NJ—In yet another case of a Rutgers University student athlete allegedly assaulting a member of the university community, a recent lawsuit has shined a light on a violent incident involving one of the baseball team's top pitchers.

    It all started on October 18, 2014, when then-19-year-old Rutgers freshman John O'Reilly reportedly returned to the South Tower dormitory on the Livingston Campus in a state of intoxication.

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    PISCATAWAY, NJ—On a cool and misty Saturday night, Sky Blue FC (4-4-4, 16 pts) was able to secure a 1-0 victory over the visiting Houston Dash (2-7-1, 7 pts) in front of their fans at Yurcak field on the Rutgers campus.

    For Sky Blue, the region's team in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), this was a much-needed victory, as the team picked up three points to put them in playoff contention.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ— Finishing 11-9 overall, 7-7 in the GMC blue division as the fifth best team, years of hard work have finally paid off to disrupt an over 30-year old losing pattern.

    The team earned three points at GMCs this year, advancing all three singles flights from the preliminary round to the 1st Round, consisting of all-blue division player and MVP, Abelardo Cruz, Felix Rojas, and Francisco Brena.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—With the presence of his family, coaches and teachers, Maurice Ffrench signed a National Letter of intent to play football for the University of Pittsburgh, accepting a full-ride scholarship on February 3.

    Ranked as the 45th best player in New Jersey, Ffrench received All-White Division and All-Greater Middlesex Conference honors this past season.

    A dangerous and versatile player, he compiled 1,375 rushing yards, 727 receiving yards and 24 total touchdowns.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—With the recent struggles to find a new athletic director for Rutgers University, perhaps the university should have been looking to New Brunswick High School's very own Rob Thomas, as four NBHS coaches were recognized as "coach of the year" in their respective sports.

    “New Brunswick has a dedicated coaching staff that recognizes the importance of excelling both on and off the field,” says Jorge E. Diaz, New Brunswick High School principal.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—If I told you the New Brunswick Zebra football team would be playing in the state semifinals two years ago, after they went 1-9 and couldn't score more than two touchdowns in a game, would you have believed me?

    The New Brunswick Zebras were fantastic this season, and although they didn't achieve their goal of a state championship, they brought pride back into the community and have once again become a respected football team.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On a windy night with temperatures in the mid-40's, the New Brunswick Zebras (9-1) battled the visiting Freehold Township Patriots (4-6) in the first round of the New Jersey Central Group V state tournament.

    The wind proved to be a factor as it picked up in the second half, making it near impossible for either team to complete passes.

    In their meeting earlier in the regular season, the Zebras won 38-28 in a high-scoring game.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The wonderful and exciting season for the #11 New Brunswick boys soccer team (20-2) came to an end on November 10, as they suffered their second loss of the season.

    The Zebras fell to the #16 Monroe Falcons (17-4-2) in the central group four state tournament semifinals, but their spectacular season will not soon be forgotten.

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    METUCHEN, NJ— For the first time since 2009, the New Brunswick Zebras football team is heading to the state playoffs.

    On a breezy and cloudy Saturday afternoon, the New Brunswick Zebras (8-1) needed to bounce back from their first loss of the season and secure a road win against a rigid St. Joseph Falcons (3-5) team to secure a playoff berth.

    In a run-dominated game, each team clashed in the trenches, hardly attacking through the air.

    This was a game loaded with penalty after penalty, constantly stopping the clock.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—How in the world did the New Brunswick High School football team get so good?

    It seems the stars have finally aligned for this football team, as the 7-1 Zebras are poised to clinch a division title, if they can defeat St. Joseph's High School on November 7.

    The Zebras are currently sitting atop the Greater Middlesex Conference White Division, just ahead of South Plainfield and Colonia.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--This season has been magical for the New Brunswick High School boys soccer program, as the varsity, junior varsity (JV), and freshman teams have racked up a total of 45 wins and only two losses.

    Although the Zebras varsity team was eliminated by South Plainfield in the Greater Middlesex Conference (GMC) tournament, in their first loss all season, they still have the state championship tournament to look forward to.

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    WOODBRIDGE, NJ—On a chilly Halloween night, the top-seeded South Brunswick Vikings boys' soccer team collided with the red hot sixth-seeded South Plainfield Tigers, in a gruesome battle for the Greater Middlesex Conference County Championship.

    The atmosphere was electric, as parents, students, and fans packed Nicholas A. Priscoe Stadium in Woodbridge, NJ, cheering and screaming at every play made in the match.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--The New Brunswick boys varsity soccer team is the new champions of the Greater Middlesex Conference White Division.

    The team remains convincingly undefeated (14-0-0) as it is now ranked No. 20 in the state, having beaten each white division opponent twice.

    On October 8, the Zebras had to take care of business against the South Plainfield Tigers (12-5-0) to claim the white division title. With South Plainfield's only loss in the division coming against New Brunswick, the title was up for grabs.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ— The New Brunswick High School Lady Zebras soccer team (10-2-0) are on an eight-game winning streak after a slow 2-2 start to their season.

    Having led the Greater Middlesex Conference Gold Division along with South River and Dunellen, it was a fight until the very end for the division title.

    In recent games, New Brunswick battled against three other teams, needing to get as many wins as they could muster.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The undefeated New Brunswick boys varsity soccer team has been destroying their opponents in the Greater Middlesex Conference white division.

    Clicking on all cylinders, this team is solid in every aspect of the game, and halfway through the season, they have yet to lose.

    Most recently, the Zebras defeated Sayreville by a score of 5-0 on September 29 to improve their record on the year to 9-0-0.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--With a chance to take a lead in the Greater Middlesex Conference's gold division, the New Brunswick girls varsity soccer team (4-2-0) came ready with a fire under them in the September 23 game.

    The Lady Zebras hosted the visiting John F. Kennedy Mustangs (1-7-0) in an evenly matched game. With tenacious defense played by both sides, the two teams made it difficult to create opportunities to score.