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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Elijah’s Promise, which operates one of the region’s largest soup kitchens and a number of other social services, has named Michelle Wilson its third Executive Director.

    The non-profit organization's Board of Trustees appointed Wilson to the post at its January meeting.

    She brings over two decades of experience in community development and food security to her new role.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Según la encuesta "Point in Time" (PIT, punto en el tiempo,--un conteo anual de personas sin hogar en todo el estado--hizo por la organización NJCounts, el número de personas sin hogar en New Jersey ha disminuido por 409.

    Sin embargo, el Condado de Middlesex vio un aumento de 20% en personas sin hogar, según el informe elaborado por Monarch Housing Associates.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—According to this year’s NJCounts “Point in Time” (PIT) survey--an annual count of homeless statewide--the number of homeless persons counted in New Jersey has decreased by 409.

    However, Middlesex County saw a 20% rise in homeless persons counted, according to the report produced by Monarch Housing Associates.

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    EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—A local non-profit is helping young people on the autistic spectrum find meaningful employment all while selling gourmet popcorn.

    Dr. Steven Bier of East Brunswick said he developed Popcorn for the People in 2015 to help his 26 year-old-son, who is high functioning autistic, find meaningful employment.

    “I decided to take the bull by the horns,” Dr. Bier said, as he and a number of other local residents founded a non-profit called “Popcorn for the People.”

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On Mondays this fall, the New Brunswick Public Library will be hosting a free “Young Athletes” program for children ages 2-7, sponsored by the Special Olympics of New Jersey.

    The weekly program, which starts October 17, helps children improve gross motor skills, improve social and language skills, and develop skills for future participation in sports.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A new project proposed by several Rutgers University cooperatives could result in beautiful "rain gardens" adorning the New Brunswick Public Library by the end of October.

    The proposal was presented to the city's Library Board of Trustees at its most recent meeting, where they were urged to quickly approve the project so the necessary grant funding, which runs out at the end of October, may be obtained.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Middlesex County’s homeless rate has decreased nearly 24% over the last year, according to a recently released report on homelessness statewide.

    The Point in Time County (PITC) survey, conducted annually across the state by Monarch Housing Associates, reported that overall New Jersey’s homeless rate has decreased 12% since 2015.

    According to this year’s report, the number of homeless reported in Middlesex County reached a five-year low of 457.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Non-profit community development corporations (CDC's) in Middlesex County have contributed $460 million towards the state’s economy, according to a new report from the Housing and Community Development Network of NJ (HCDNNJ).

    The report, which touted a statewide economic impact of $12 billion, was released at a June 29 press event held inside "Promise House," a supportive needs housing project located on Redmond Street and funded by city non-profit Triple C Housing.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--For the sixth year in a row, the city's Environmental Commission, and Recylcing Coordinator Donna Caputo are teaming up to organize neighborhoods to fight litter.

    The commission announced its plans to continue the Clean City Block Captains program at their February meeting.

    The Block Captains program, which was founded in 2010, organizes residents to be “city block captains," volunteers who organize and educate their neighbors about the litter problem and participate in multiple monthly cleanups.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—With the city's enthusiastic Recycling Coordinator Donna Caputo as their special guest, the Environmental Commission's February meeting focused heavily on recycling.

    Not only is the city considering hiring a new recycling contractor, and parting ways with its longtime service provider, the Middlesex County Improvement Authority, but they are also beginning to audit the effectiveness of recycling in the city's public schools. 

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Community members were able to formally give their input on how to address safety on Livingston Avenue, one of the county's most dangerous roadways.

    Nearly 50 area residents came to the brand-new Redshaw Elementary School on February 11 for the first of a number of planned public input meetings on an engineering study, with the goal of making that roadway safer for all users.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Hundreds of homeless people visited Elijah's Promise soup kitchen on January 28 to be counted in the county's 2015 Point in Time Survey, an annual measurement of the homeless population in Middlesex County.

    Last year, just over 1,400 homeless were counted at three locations in the county, the vast majority of them at the New Brunswick soup kitchen, located on Neilsen Street.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--The Martin Luther King Holiday is about more than having a day off, said Reverend Dr. Harmut Kramer-Mills of the First Reformed Church of New Brunswick, the speaker at the 25th Annual Interfaith MLK Celebration at Saint Peter’s hospital.

    “This is the first of our problems,” Harmut Kramer-Mills said.

    “The fatal misunderstanding that Martin Luther King Day is just another day off.”

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Mayor James Cahill's "State of the City" speech on Janaury 2 was interrupted by applause once: after he announced the opening of a long-awaited elementary school in the city's Second Ward.

    On Monday January 5, nearly 1,000 elementary school students entered through the doors of the $52 million A. Chester Redshaw Elementary School for the first time.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—As the summer draws to a close, families are harvesting the various crops grown at the nine community gardens throughout the city.

    Each one part of the New Brunswick Community Garden Coalition, these gardens include a tremendous variety of produce, including many types of peppers, a variety of herbs and beans, lettuces, tomatoes, cucumbers, and even melons. In addition, residents also grow flowers in the gardens.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city school district is hoping a “green” energy savings project will save the district some “green” over the long term.

    New Brunswick's Board of Education recently launched the $16 million project aimed at making many of the district's older schools more energy efficient.

    The project, which began in June, will continue throughout the coming school year, with an anticipated completion date of September 2015.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Shouts of “Be on your toes!” and “Quality over quantity!” could be heard from the soccer fields at New Brunswick High School on Saturday, August 16, as both the boys and girls soccer teams were working hard to prepare for the upcoming season.

    The teams practiced ball control drills, quick touch passes to teammates, and making accurate crosses and finishing at the net. With new head coaches for both teams, the Zebras boys and girls soccer teams are looking to take some big steps forward this season.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A group of about 20 residents gathered at Joyce Kilmer Park on Saturday to complete the first of several litter cleanups organized by the Esperanza Neighborhood Project.

    The group, which included a number of children, filled up bags with trash and recycling, as well as swept up leaves and other debris from streets and sidewalks in and around Livingston Avenue.

    “The idea is to make New Brunswick more clean,” said Flor Cruz, one of the block captains for the clean-up.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—“How much of this?” 4-H assistant Laura Eppinger asked six year-old Olga, pointing to a jug of water.

    “Three,” Olga said.

    “How much of this?” Eppinger then asked, pointing to a bottle of distilled vinegar.

    “One,” replied Olga.

    The quick review was part of a free youth gardening program put on by the Rutgers 4-H at the New Brunswick Community Farmers Market on Jones Avenue on Saturday.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On August 5, residents gathered at outdoor events across the city to build community and meet the officers who police their streets.

    The annual tradition, known as National Night Out, is an anti-crime event that takes place in many communities across the country on the first Tuesday in August.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A 17-year-old New Brunswick resident was recently granted a dream trip to visit the Walt Disney World theme parks by the Sunshine Foundation, which answers the dreams of children living with life-long chronic illnesses.

    Zaire, who has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and developmental delays, took the trip with his grandmother and caregiver, Beverly Marshall, as well as his nurse from Bayada Home Health Care and other family members.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Thousands of local residents along with a plethora of community organizations turned out Saturday for the second "Ciclovia" of 2014, which blocked off 3.2 miles of city streets to vehicular traffic.

    The practice, originating in Bogota, Columbia, temporarily closes down streets to automobiles and opens the roads for residents to walk, bike, skate, or participate in other healthy activities.  Yesterday's event marked the third Ciclovia held in the Hub City.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Zebras of New Brunswick High School have turned in their most successful season in boys tennis since the team was re-established ten years ago.

    The Zebras, a team with no seniors, finished fourth in the Greater Middlesex Conference (GMC) blue division after winning five regular season matches.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Brunswick Public Library will use a $10,000 LibraryLinkNJ grant to host programs for the community such as sewing, knitting and crocheting, jewelry making, paper crafts, and rainbow looms.

    Young Adult Librarian Rosy Henderson said the library hopes to host open houses this summer and launch the new programs this fall.

    “We're definitely going to be doing open houses so everyone is familiar with what we have,” Henderson said.

  • Photo Credit: Charlie Kratovil

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A report issued in March by Rutgers University suggested major changes to Livingston Avenue, but the changes proposed came too late to prevent a tragic crash that seriously injured three local children last week.

    However, some ideas in the 24-page report have now been fast-tracked by Middlesex County, which owns the dangerous road.

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    UPDATE (10:10PM): This story has been updated to include information from NBC New York and the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—New Brunswick's Fire Director was involved in a car accident that seriously injured three children this afternoon on Livingston Avenue.

    The youngest of the children was a six-year-old boy, who was struck along with two 14-year-old girls, one of whom sufferred a broken leg, according to NBC New York.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The City of New Brunswick will host a number of cleanup events in honor of Urban Clean-Up week, which spans from April 21-27.

    These will include litter cleanups at various locations throughout the city, as well as opportunities for residents to recycle electronics and obtain free compost, mulch and flowers.

    Monday, April 21 is Make Your Storefront Look Great Day. Volunteers will help businesses remove litter from the storefront, wash sidewalks, and remove graffiti and clean windows.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In honor of the "National Day of Hope," Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) and Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey (PCA-NJ) hosted a workshop titled “Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention: Basics 101” on April 2.

    National Day of Hope is observed on the first Wednesday of every April as part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

    Over 30 participants were in attendance including RWJUH staff, nurses, nursing students, medical students, chaplains, and other local community members.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Public and non-profit managers who are interested in leadership roles can now register for the spring session of Rutgers' Mini-Masters in Public Administration program, which offers classes in New Brunswick.

    The 30-hour program is conveniently structured for working professionals with classes on five Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 4, 11, 25 and May 2 and 9.

  • Photo Credit: Charlie Kratovil

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Here a pothole, there a pothole, everywhere a pothole.

    In order to respond to the drastic toll this winter has taken on New Jersey's roads, the NJ Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced last month that it will soon be launching a massive road repair campaign.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A deal may soon be in place to fill the vacancies left by the sudden closing of the Tangerine Grill and Kaati Zone in the Asian food court at 375 George Street.

    Morton Herman, who manages the property on behalf of the Jacobs family, said he hopes a deal to acquire new tenants for 6,400 square foot retail space very soon.

    “We have a lot of interest, including a couple of national franchises,” Herman said, adding that he hopes the original vision for using the space as a food court can be revived.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--City police are investigating a hit-and-run that resulted in the death of a 67-year-old man sometime late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.

    The incident occurred at the intersection of Bayard Street and Neilson Avenue near the Wolfson Parking Deck. At five AM, New Brunswick police reported that they suspected the man to be dead on arrival of law enforcement.

    City police who arrived on the scene reported that the man was unresponsive with no breathing.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Inside the conference space at the Heldrich Hotel, young professionals from companies such as TD Bank, Johnson & Johnson, and Wells Fargo peered intently at one another.

    The speaker, Jennifer Smith, had just asked the group, seated around a conference table, to observe their peer's sitting position.

    “The question is, 'What message are you sending'?” said Smith, the founder of Growth Potential Counseling, during her session which focused on body language, gestures, and words.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Biking through the streets of downtown New Brunswick may soon get a little bit easier, thanks to a $6 million plan for a major bikeway planned for the city's central business district.

    Construction on the first downtown bike lanes, which would connect Rutgers campuses on opposite ends of the city, is set to begin this spring, the Middlesex County Transportation Coordinating Committee announced at its January 28 meeting.

    Plans for such a bike lane have been in the works for more than a decade.

  • Photo Credit: Charlie Kratovil

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Imagine living through one of the coldest of winters in recent memory without having a warm place to stay.

    Long-term homelessness is an issue that various county organizations are trying to address, as Elijah's Promise hosted the annual "Point in Time Count & Survey" on Wednesday to determine the number of homeless individuals in the county and provide them services.

    Elijah's Promise, the city's only soup kitchen, was one of three sites in the county where the survey was conducted.