JERSEY CITY, NJ–Some of the state's largest cities are now following New Brunswick's lead on the issue of wage theft.

On July 15, Jersey City Council unanimously passed an anti-wage theft ordinance, which allows authorities to suspend or deny business licenses to owners that are found to be committing wage theft.

It becomes the fifth ordinance of this kind to be adopted in the state, after the unprecedented efforts of activists and members of New Labor and Unity Square to investigate and expose the problem in New Brunswick.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Just weeks away from beginning the next stage in reaching her dream of becoming a doctor, Rutgers graduate Hinal Patel died doing what she loved.

Patel, 22, an emergency medical technician with Spotswood Emergency Medical Services, was killed July 25 when her ambulance – en route to an emergency– collided with a car in East Brunswick. 

Her shift that day was intended to be her last before resuming her studies.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city's parking authority is looking to use license plate readers (LPR's), the same technology that local police departments have been using to quickly look up registration information on vehicles.

Mitch Karon, the Executive Director of the New Brunswick Parking Authority (NBPA), told his board on July 22 that it will soon be debuting the technology for a 90-day trial period and using it to enforce permit parking on city streets.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Rutgers football’s 2016 recruiting class has added one of the top kickers in the country, as Alex Barbir announced that he has committed to Rutgers on Friday.

Barbir, who attends South Forsyth High School in Cumming, GA, made his announcement via Twitter, where he wrote, “I am officially committing to THE RUTGERS UNIVERSITY F.A.M.I.L.Y.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–The phrase “dream, believe, succeed” is more than just a decorative motto on the t-shirts designed for the Rutgers Future Scholars (RFS) program.

Dr. Eve Remsen Sachs, program coordinator of the Rutgers Future Scholars, discussed the program’s functions and objectives.

“The purpose is to offer hope, opportunity, and the promise of scholarship support if admitted to college,” Sachs said.

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NEW YORK, NY—The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene will present a long lost operetta at the Nicholas Music Center at Rutgers University as part of the 2015 Mason Gross Summer Series, on August 5 at 7 p.m.

The NYTF is the world’s longest running and America’s only surviving Yiddish Theater Company.

The operetta, entitled Di Goldene Kale, which translates to The Golden Bride, is a story about an orphan girl who attracts many suitors after she gains an inheritance.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city's new downtown supermarket, Key Food Marketplace, is set to open on August 21, at the site of the former FreshGrocer.

New Brunswick Parking Authority (NBPA) Executive Director Mitch Karon told his Board of Commissioners about the positive news at the July 22 NBPA meeting.

Karon also announced plans to create 19 short-term, off-street parking spaces along Kirkpatrick Street, a requirement of the lease with the limited liability company that will officially run the supermarket.

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