NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Morris Kafka is out as President of New Brunswick's most active crime watch programs, and longtime 2nd Ward resident Maria Pellerano is in.  Tonight, she will preside over her first meeting as President, the first time in 18 years Kafka will not lead the group.

The change comes amidst a crime wave plaguing the area served by the organization.  Two police-involved shootings also occurred in the ward during the past six months.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The NYPD utilized a secret unit of undercover officers, who used CIA training to infiltrate muslim communities up and down the East Coast of the United States.  But we already knew that.  We also knew that many of the officers on the special detail worked out of an apartment in downtown New Brunswick, until their cover was blown in June 2009.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ –  Shiela Oliver, an Essex County politician who made history in 2010 when she was elected Speaker of the NJ General Assembly, is the first African-American woman to hold the title.

And tonight she'll be speaking at the New Brunswick Free Public Library, in honor of Black History Month.

The event starts at 7pm in the Carl Valenti Community Room.  It is free and open to the public.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Newark Star-Ledger reported that over 70 people protested in cold weather against the latest accusations of police brutality against the New Brunswick Police Department.

Another protest held later in the week drew fifteen people during inclement weather.  The next protest is scheduled for Wednesday at 4:30pm, at the site where police shot Victor Rodriguez, a 19-year-old who may now be paralyzed.  His family said he had previously fired shots from a starter's pistol to scare away two unknown assailants.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Last month's sudden closing of the Court Tavern may appear to some like the nadir of the music scene in New Brunswick.  The Home News Tribune ran a headline calling it "the end of an era in New Brunswick."

New Brunswick has long been a hot spot on the indie, punk , and–more recently–the hip-hop circuits.  In recent years, it has springboarded several Hub City bands to stardom like the Gaslight Anthem and Thursday, both of whom have gone on to tour the world.

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