NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The city's Zoning Board of Adjustment unanimously approved plans last week to convert the former White Lotus natural and organic bedding store at 191 Hamilton St. into RUFresh, a local apparel and design store.

Owners Elli Elshenawy and Michael Schuerman hope the store will become a home away from home for students and locals who have an interest in fashion and design.  Not only will the store offer name brands like Ralph Lauren, but also lesser-known brands like Surela Fashion, created by a Rutgers graduate.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – It took authorities years to realize that dozens of files containing complaints lodged by citizens against NBPD officers had gone missing.  Ultimately, Sgt. Richard Rowe, who ran the Internal Affairs division from 2003 to 2007, was blamed for the problem.

Authorities also alledge he tampered with the files and failed to fully investigate 81 of the complaints against his fellow officers, leaving them open indefinitely.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Leonel Lopez Hernandez was just 26 years old when he was fatally struck in a hit and run by a Toyota 4Runner SUV near the intersection of Georges Road and South Talmadge Street.

He leaves behind a pregnant 24-year-old wife and two young children.  Hernandez was employed at Bristol-Myers-Squibb's facility in New Brunswick and was on his way home from work when he was hit shortly before 11pm Wednesday evening.

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CAMDEN, NJ – In a surprising move, a committee appointed by Governor Christie recommended that Rutgers University's Camden campus and law school be handed over to Glasboro, NJ's Rowan University.

The 5-member University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ Advisory Committee, chaired by Dr. Sol J. Barber, also supported the already-proposed merger of parts of UMDNJ, including the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey into the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – January 17 was a sad day for the city of New Brunswick.  It was the day Bobby Albert might have shut down the Court Tavern for the last time.  Albert has yet to spell out exactly why he closed up shop, but the historic venue has not opened for business since.

Once part of a thriving underground music scene in New Brunswick, the Court Tavern became one-of-a-kind as other clubs in the city shut down.  Venues like the Roxy, Budapest, Patrixx, and The Melody Bar each closed their doors years ago.

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