NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) obtained five variances from the city's Zoning Board on May 18, including one that will allow them to add three floors to a brand-new 11-story structure.

Among the approvals granted for RWJUH properties was another that gave the go-ahead to erect a large digital billboard on the side of the new parking/office building, similar to the "Jumbotron" screens displayed in Times Square.

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PISCATAWAY, NJ—Just minutes before starting off nearly 200 runners and 100 walkers ready for a 5K Turkey Trot/1-Mile Fun Walk on November 21, the race director told them the organization they were supporting had opened its Hub City soup kitchen a record 31 times last year as an overnight shelter for people in need.

Jim Zullo is the head of Elijah’s Promise, the city-based food justice organization that has operated in New Brunswick since 1989. One of many services they provide is shelter on nights when the temperature turns frigid or snow falls.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—City police are investigating a string of armed robberies targeting Rutgers students near the school's campuses in the city, including two involving a handgun and one involving a BB gun.

The incidents come just two weeks after Halloween weekend, when three young men, including two students, were injured in a gruesome knifefight inside a Rutgers dormitory, and another student reported being robbed on-campus and threatened with a "sharp object."

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–The Taco Bell on Somerset Street, along with all 6,000 U.S. restaurants in the quick-service chain, will serve only "cage-free" eggs by the end of 2016.

Taco Bell will make the switch from regular eggs, which are produced less humanely by caged hens, ahead of any other national chain that serves breakfast, according to a November 16 Taco Bell press release. 

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HIGHLAND PARK, NJ—Four people from New Brunswick were arrested in what authorities described as a "a scheme to pass bad checks in four counties and collect more than $100,000 from local banks and check-cashing businesses."

The Middlesex County Proecutor's Office (MCPO) announced 16 arrests in total, which included individuals from Roselle, Rahway, Mahwah, Linden, Elizabeth, and Ewing as well as one person from Michigan, according to the MCPO press release

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NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ—A New Brunswick man and a Princeton woman were arrested on outstanding warrants before police say they found two guns, inclduing a sawed-off shotgun in their vehicle.

"During the early morning hours of November 8th, a Patrol Sergeant rolled up upon a suspicious vehicle on Livingston Avenue near Route One," reads a Facebook post by the North Brunswick Police Department.

The Facebook post identified the suspects as 26-year-old Wendell Pittman, of New Brunswick, and 38-year-old Menga Ramos, of Princeton.

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