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    EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ--Amidst the rides, carnival faire, and live music, it might be easy to miss the central theme of the Middlesex County Fair, which began August 1 and runs through August 7.

    But in a quieter corner of the fairgrounds, the 78th annual countywide celebration turns into an homage to local agriculture and the people behind the food production.

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    WOODBRIDGE, NJ–The township recently settled a civil lawsuit for $70,000 in which three Elizabeth residents claimed their Constitutional rights were violated and they were threatened with a firearm by a local police officer at the Woodbridge Center Mall in May 2014.

    The settlement, which was offered on April 10, grew out of an alleged encounter with Officers Dennis Benigno, now retired, and Andrew Lyszyk, according to a civil suit filed in U.S. District Court.

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    PERTH AMBOY, NJ--The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office (MCPO) announced charges against Pishoi Bakoom, a 27-year-old Woodbridge resident, whom authorities allege struck a pedestrian on Convery Boulevard on June 24, before fleeing the scene in his 2012 BMW coupe.

    The crash occurred near the intersection with Harding Avenue at about 11:11pm, according to a statement released by the MCPO on July 11, nearly three weeks after the incident.

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    PERTH AMBOY, NJ–Video of city police officer Davis Salazar slamming resident Edwin Rodriguez to the ground in his home on State Street shed new light on the Perth Amboy Police Department's recent decision to grant Rodriguez an $850,000 settlement in a subsequent civil suit.

    The footage, obtained by New Brunswick Today, begins with Salazar standing in the doorway of Rodriguez's residence in Perth Amboy on Sept. 5, 2013, ordering Rodriguez to produce identification.

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    PERTH AMBOY, NJ--The City of Perth Amboy has officially cut former Chief of Police Benjamin Ruiz loose.

    The announcement that Mayor Wilda Diaz's administration terminated Ruiz came shortly after the former chief was brought up on additional charges, expanding the scope of the allegations against him.

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    CARTERET, NJ--Two men pleaded guilty to charges related to the shooting death of a Maryland resident that took place in Carteret in 2013, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.

    Daniel Gillens, a 24-year-old Newark resident, pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated manslaughter, admitting he shot and killed 26-year-old Deonte J. Shackleford while he was in New Jersey visiting relatives on April 5, 2013, according to the prosecutor's statement.

    Gillens was sentenced to 25 years in state prison as part of the plea bargain.

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    PERTH AMBOY, NJ—Perth Amboy's embattled chief of police, Benjmain Ruiz, was arrested and charged for allegedly trespassing on May 31, adding to a litany of charges already levied against him.

    Ruiz, the 54-year-old suspended police chief, was apprehended May 31 and accused of trespassing on the property of a Smith Street convenience store and impersonating a police officer when confronted by the store's owner and employees, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a press release.

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    PERTH AMBOY, NJ--Just down the road from the embattled Landings at Harborside development – which never materialized into the condominium community, park, and marina that was promised by developer Charles Kushner – sits what is known to locals as "the Rosengarten Tract."

    That empty pair of lots, formerly the General Cable manufacturing facility and the site of a large fire in the 1980's, was acquired by Middlesex County for $5.15 million in 2014 under the auspices of revitalizing it into a public waterfront park.

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    WOODBRIDGE, NJ—It’s been just shy of a year since the abandoned General Dynamics facility in Woodbridge Township was demolished, and now the remediation of the contaminated property at 150 Avenel Street is underway.

    The environmental cleanup is expected to culminate with a multi-phase, $50 million redevelopment project to create an "artists' village" in the footprint of the military contractor's former manufacturing plant.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--The Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders is getting back to business in 2016, after hosting its reorganization meeting on January 6.

    A largely ceremonial affair to swear in newly elected or re-elected members, the reorganization meeting is a forum to set the committees for the year to come and appoint the county's Freeholder director, as well as give the officials-elect an opportunity to speak on their goals for the coming year.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On January 21, the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders unanimously introduced a proposed $439.5 million operating budget for 2016, which represents a 2% increase over the previous year's budget.

    Prior to the budget presentation, Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios commended the staff and department heads for their work creating the proposal.

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    HIGHLAND PARK, NJ--An unusually warm December afternoon brought with it spirited calls for peace, love, and acceptance as Central Jersey residents pushed back against rising Islamophobic rhetoric.

    The Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War hosted the rally on the corner of Raritan and Adelaide Avenues, replete with signs proclaiming contempt for racism.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Partners in Care (PIC), an independent healthcare practitioner’s association that services New Brunswick and the surrounding area, and NJ-HITEC, a program run out of NJIT that aids doctors and hospitals with the modernization of health records, announced a partnership yesterday which will bring NJ-HITEC’s assistance to the 450 member PIC network.

    The network's mission is to reduce overall healthcare costs and prevent emergency room visits, thereby reducing the ultimate burden that all of society must shoulder.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Healthcare Quality Strategies, Inc. (HQSI), New Jersey’s recipient of Medicare quality improvement contracts for the past three decades, issued a report regarding behavioral health issues in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

    New Brunswick was included as one of ten municipalities profiled within the report.

    Nicole Skywer-Brandwene, a clinical program manager at HQSI, said the nature of the company’s work involves helping hospitals, nursing homes, and doctor’s offices to improve healthcare quality and access.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—161,775 state residents signed up for health insurance during the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) open enrollment period, according to an announcement last week.  An additional 98,240 people signed up for Medicare.

    "Today's numbers underscore New Jerseyans' desire to access quality, affordable health care coverage for their families," US Congressman Bill Pascrell said in a press release.  "There was a clear need for the ACA and these numbers show that the law is working."

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Richard Reeves, a professor at the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California, visited Rutgers University on March 27 to speak about the dynamic environment of modern journalism.

    Reeves is a syndicated columnist and has worked for notable publications such as the New York Times, New Yorker, and Esquire magazine, as well as authored several books.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Wireless Information Network Laboratory (WINLAB) at Rutgers University developed an application for smartphones that can track which other applications are trying to access a user’s location data.

    The Rutgers Privacy App was developed as a part of a March 2013 field study.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Even though the state's two largest cities have adopted laws requiring paid sick leave for private sector employees, New Brunswick's city government is hesitant to follow suit.

    "At this time the mayor is not in favor of doing that," said Russell Marchetta, a spokesman for Mayor James Cahill, at the November 6 City Council meeting.

    Council President Rebecca Escobar had previously said she would be inclined to support a paid sick leave policy, but that the city did not have an official position.