NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Superintendent Aubrey Johnson confirmed that the city school district is backing off its plan to use a warehouse building on Van Dyke Avenue as an elementary school this year.

The "warehouse school" had previously hosted students while a new elementary school and new high school were constructed, sparking opposition from parents and community leaders.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD) is investigating a sexual assault reported in the backyard of a home on Richardson Street, between Senior and Wyckoff Streets near Rutgers University on August 30.

Police responded to the scene shortly after receiving a call from the victim at approximately 2:46 A.M., saying that a man had stolen her cell phone and tried to sexually assault her.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—No written contract existed between Rutgers University and Verificient Technologies, the company responsible for the student-monitoring, anti-cheating software ProctorTrack, during the first seven months that their software was rolled out.

Instead, Verificient and the Rutgers Center for Online and Hybrid Leaning (COHILT) had a "verbal agreement" while the contract was under legal review, according to Rutgers Media Relations.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city's Housing Authority has lost another member of its powerful Board of Commissioners due to an issue with her eligibility to serve in the position.

Ida Brangman had lived in the newer of two senior buildings known as Providence Square, located at 55 Harvey Street and was the only "resident" commissioner on the NBHA board.

Brangman served on the NBHA board since January 2011, but had not attended a board meeting in over a year.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—An event that brought Governor Chris Christie to the Hub City appears to have been responsible for the unauthorized takeover of several public parking meters on August 25.

Christie's campaign for President organized the event at the Chabad House on College Avenue, but never asked permission to take over the metered spaces on Senior Street.

At least a half-dozen meters were closed to the general public and identified as "Press parking ONLY."

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On August 10, the Middlesex County Board of Elections offices moved to 11 Kennedy Boulevard in East Brunswick, leaving behind its location in the Hub City.

The office had been based in New Brunswick, the seat of government for Middlesex County, for longer than officials can remember.

The Board office has been the place to submit voter registration forms or request voter records, tasks that are critical to local, county, state, and national political campaigns.

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