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VIDEO: Arrests Made After License Plate Reader Technology Helps NBPD Identify Stolen Car

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On the morning of July 20, a city police officer was alerted to a nearby stolen vehicle thanks to a technological tool that is becoming more and more common in law enforcement.

At approximately 8:40 am, the license plate readers on an unmarked city cop car told Officer Adan Ramirez that he was in the vicinity of a 2000 Lexus 300 that had been reported stolen the previous day.  That occurred near the intersection of Livingston Avenue and Elizabeth Street.

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Sweeney Loses Court Case Over Martin Perez Appointment to Rutgers Board of Governors

TRENTON, NJ—A state appellate court ruled in favor of Governor Chris Christie's decision to appoint New Brunswick resident Martin Perez to the powerful Rutgers University Board of Governors.

The ruling comes after a long and drawn out legal and political battle between the Republican Governor and Senate President Steve Sweeney, a Democrat from South Jersey.

Sweeney sought to stop the appointment Perez, who is currently the only Latino on the Board of Governors.

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VIDEO: DEVCO “Drone” Reaches New Heights in Hub City

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—As commercial uses of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's) continue to make headlines, the city's own private non-profit developer recently published a new video recorded by a DJI Phantom, a popular brand of remote controlled quadricopters.

Ominous music accompanies stunning shots of buildings erected by New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO), including the Heldrich Hotel on George Street, and the Gateway Center on Somerset Street.

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Las Cazuelas Restaurant License in Jeopardy Due to Wage Theft Ordinance Violation

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The City Clerk's Office has notified the management of a new restaurant on Somerset Street that their license to do business is in jeopardy due to a wage theft judgment against them.

Wage theft is the illegal practice of not compensating workers for time worked or rightfully owed benefits.

On July 24, members of Unity Square and New Labor picketed the Las Cazuelas Mexican Restaurant, located in the former BudaBar location, in protest of unpaid wages to one of the restaurant’s employees.

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New Comedy Showcase at Tumulty’s Pub

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Unbeknownst to many of the residents of New Brunswick there is a growing underground comedy scene in the Hub City.

For decades, local comedians have made it a habit to work out their sets every Wednesday at the Open Mic Night in the Stress Factory Comedy Club on Church Street, but that venue is far from the only place in town that hosts shows.

Dan Farley and Shawn Barron were inspired to start their own show recently, inspired in part by a series of "speakeasy" comedy shows that take place in residential basements.

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Rutgers University Police Department is Hiring Cops

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Rutgers University Police Department is currently hiring qualified individuals for the position of a Police Officer on their Cook campus location in New Brunswick.

The position will offer individuals various challenging and exciting career experiences.  Although RUPD is not a Civil Service agency, RUPD officers do participate in Police and Fire Retirement System and earn state benefits.

The starting base salary is $42,812 upon completion of field training.

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Theatre Review: Youth Theatre Company Stages “Gypsy” at Villagers

FRANKLIN, NJ—Sometimes things work out in one’s favor, like getting an email from a theater announcing a production after its season had concluded.

Assuming this was one of Villagers main-stage production, this reviewer and his wife found themselves at the Sunday matinee, pleasantly surprised to find not a main-stage production but rather one mounted by Teensvill, Villagers in-house youth company.

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