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Tower Celebrating Thomas Edison Re-opens After $3.9 Million Renovation

EDISON, NJ—On October 24, a 77-year-old monument to the Township's most famous resident was re-dedicated after the completion of a multi-million dollar revitalization project, to much applause.

Located at 37 Christie Street in Edison, the light atop the tower was lit as part of a ceremony at  7 pm, but the festivities began at noon, with a ribbon-cutting scheduled for 12:30 pm. The lighting was accompanied by a countdown and the throwing of a ceremonial switch in front of the tower. 

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VIDEO: Fire Erupts at Historic Synagogue in Downtown NB

UPDATE:'s Suzanne Russell has reported that Rabbi Abraham Mykoff ran into the burning house of worship and rescued the synagogue's Sefer Torah, a handwritten copy of the Torah, the Jewish holy book. 

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Helicopters and fire engines began pouring into the Hub City on October 23 after one of the few remaining historic structures in dowtown caught fire.

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Free Gallery Exhibition on Soviet Nonconformist Artist Open Through February

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A new gallery exhibition on Soviet dissident artist and painter Vagrich Bakchanyan will be opening at the Zimmerli Art Museum on Saturday, October 24.

Entitled “Vagrich Bakhchanyan: Accidental Absurdity,” the gallery will be hosted in the Dodge Wing Lower Level section of the museum, and will feature artwork throughout Bakhchanyan’s career.

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NBPD Rolls Out Retrofitted Military Vehicle, Wants New Prisoner Van

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—City police are rolling out a new vehicle that once served as a "radio/communications vehicle" for the US military, adding a second mobile precinct to the department's fleet.

In photographs taken in Buccleuch Park, the six-wheeled truck appears to be larger than any other in the New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD) vehicle, including its police boat and existing mobile precinct.

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Police: Woman Jumps to Her Death From Paterson Street Parking Deck

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—An unidentified woman died on Sunday, October 18 at approximately 1:30pm, after jumping off of the Paterson Street parking garage in an "apparent suicide," according to authorities.

New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD) spokesperson Captain JT Miller said the agency investigated "an apparent suicide when an individual jumped from the Paterson Street deck yesterday afternoon."

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Youth Empowerment Services Encourages New Brunswick Kids to Make Healthy Life Choices

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–In a room on George Street filled with books, educational games, and bright posters on the walls, Barry Smith talks about hot dogs.

“We try to feed the kids every time,” he says, referring to the X-cite Night program. “On Monday they got hot dogs and chips.”

X-cite Night, a sports and recreation program that runs from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM on Monday and Thursdays, is one of the many programs run by Barry Smith, the staff, and the volunteers at Youth Empowerment Services. 

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New Superintendent Hires Rutgers Alum He Worked With in Paterson

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A resident of the city's Sixth Ward is leaving her position with the Paterson school system for a higher-paying position in New Brunswick's schools.

Marnie McKoy becomes the first major Paterson school official to follow Aubrey Johnson from the Silk City to the Hub City.  Johnson was named New Brunswick's first new Superintendent in a decade, and took office in July.

McKoy will earn $157,000 as the district's new Director of Human Resources starting November 2.  

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