FRANKLIN, NJ—In 2002, a New Brunswick schoolteacher started a drill team to give her students at Paul Robeson Community School something positive to do after school.

Now, more than a decade later, the Divas & Gents drill and drum squad is still going strong and, though it is based in a neighboring municipality, more than half of its members are New Brunswick residents.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Tonight, Rutgers University President Robert Barchi is scheduled to address the elected student leaders of the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) and participate in a public question and answer session for the first time since he took office on September 1.

His predacessor, Richard McCormick, traditionally took questions for hours following his State of the University address at a University Senate meeting each September.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Plans for a makeover of Recreation Park are moving forward, with a target to open a new skate park and community garden by the end of this year.

Recreation Park is located on Pine Street in New Brunswick right where Sanford Street becomes Georges Road.  The neighborhood surrounding the park has been a focus of a community-based partnership between the city and the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—As support swelled for a geology museum believed to be on the chopping block, Rutgers University President Robert Barchi assured its supporters that the school will not be closing the 141-year-old free museum.

Still, supporters of the museum are concerned over conflicting reports that appeared in the student newspaper and on the internet.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Easton Avenue will soon be home to yet another new restaurant, as a local favorite burger joint, White Rose System, prepares to open this spring.

Owner Mike Litos says he is in the permit application process for the new location, which will replace the Lay-Z Shopper convenience store.  Litos expects to be open for business in the near future, perhaps as soon as April.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Brunswick Parking Authority's Executive Director Mitch Karon told the authority's board that "going green" will be a focus of his this year.

One new initiative Karon hopes will incentivize electric car ownership is the installation of charging stations for electric vehicles in two of the authority's parking decks.

Two charging stations will be installed at the Wellness Plaza garage, while another will be placed in the Gateway Center garage.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Brunswick Parking Authority's board of commissioners welcomed a new member as they held their annual re-organization meeting on January 23.

Anthony Barber, a former city police officer who also worked for the Trenton Police Department, was appointed by Mayor James Cahill to serve on the authority's five-member board, which will continue to be comprised entirely of white males in 2013.

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