Dave Schatz

Dave is a freelance journalist who contributes regularly to New Brunswick Today.  

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJThe downtown Superfresh finally closed for good on June 1 following a years-long struggle to survive.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–About 50 protesters uniformly filled Albany Street on April 25 for the annual Johnson & Johnson (J&J) shareholders meeting to convey a message: The price of bedaquiline, a lifesaving tuberculosis (TB) drug sold by J&J, should be no more than a dollar a day.

    They chanted in succession, “Pills cost pennies. Greed costs lives,” while most held one or more pill bottles as props.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ- Los latinos e hispanos tienen un poder adquisitivo “impresionante” y están dando una nueva forma al mercado de consumidores en los Estados Unidos, según un informe titulado “Comprender el mercado hispano”.

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    PROVIDENCE, RI- Johnson & Johnson, con sede en New Brunswick, planea contratar hasta 75 personas para un nuevo centro de tecnología de salud en Providence, Rhode Island.

    La gigante farmacéutica planea inaugurar su nuevo centro del analítica y salud en la primavera de este año, y podrá beneficiarse de un acuerdo que proporciona el espacio temporal sin costo alguno a la compañía mientras se remodela el edificio en cuestión.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ- El supermercado más nuevo de la ciudad ha cambiado su nombre una vez más.

    Después de 17 meses como “Key Food Marketplace”, el supermercado de 50,000 pies cuadrados cambió el nombre de su marca a “Superfresh”.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — El Servicio Público de Energía y Gas (PSEG) y el Centro Tyler Clementi de Rutgers University se han asociado para ofrecer incentivos a escuelas secundarias públicas interesadas en ofrecer una "iniciativa de empoderamiento juvenil" para jóvenes LGBTQ, según un comunicado de prensa.

    Una donación de $10.000 de parte de la Fundación PSEG al relativamente nuevo centro en Rutgers financiará la iniciativa, dice el comunicado.

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    AVENEL, NJ- Amazon.com, la mayor empresa de comercio electrónico del mundo, está contratando a más de 5,000 trabajadores temporales en el Estado de New Jersey.

    Se necesitan trabajadores en los centros de Avenel, Elizabeth, Logan Township, Moonachie, Robbinsville y Swedesboro, dijo un portavoz de Amazon.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ-- Johnson & Johnson (J&J) ha hecho un serio movimiento para resolver miles de demandas presentadas por mujeres que afirman que sufrieron lesiones debido a inserciones de malla quirúrgica vaginal realizadas por su filial Ethicon, según un informe de Bloomberg.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Nearly a year after changing its name to Superfresh, the 49,000 square foot market inside the city's “Wellness Plaza” on Kirkpatrick Street has shrunk in size.

    The store is privately owned and operated, but rents the entire space from New Brunswick Parking Authority (NBPA). Over the past fourteen months, the owners have fallen behind in rent by more than $500,000, owed to NBPA.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Fireworks-related injuries sent nearly 13,000 people to emergency rooms across the country last year, according to the federal government.

    “Celebrate safely when using fireworks,” cautioned the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) as Independence Day approached, citing holiday barbeques, cookouts and pool parties.

    The CPSC said eight fireworks-related deaths were reported in 2017, with the victims ranging in age from four to 57.

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    WASHINGTON, D.C.–Wells Fargo Bank must pay $1 billion to federal regulators over two counts of corporate malfeasance against its mortgage and auto lending business.

    The fine represents the largest imposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and most severe levied by the administration of President Donald Trump.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–En diciembre del año 2016,los abogados de Stephen Lanzo III, un residente de NJ de 46 años con mesothelioma, pusieron una demanda contra la compañía Johnson & Johnson y sus abastecedores de talcos, diciendo que el uso de talco para bebés por parte de Lanzos le habían causado la enfermedad.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier were ordered to pay a man and his wife a combined $117 million following a major case held in Middlesex County Courthouse.

    On April 11, the jury awarded punitive damages of $80 million after it failed to agree with the pharmaceutical giant’s counsel that the company did not act with “malicious conduct” when it deliberately continued to sell talcum powder containing trace amounts of asbestos.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–In December 2016, attorneys for Stephen Lanzo III, a 46-year-old New Jersey resident with mesothelioma, filed a complaint against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and its talc supplier claiming that Lanzo’s use of J&J’s baby powder caused his disease.

    The trial, which is being held before Judge Ana Viscomi at the Middlesex County Courthouse on Paterson Street, began on January 29.

    It is expected to be handed to a jury for a verdict sometime in March.

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    EDISON, NJ–Saker ShopRites, Inc., a family business that operates grocery stores in Central Jersey, has recalled nearly 20,000 pounds of pork and chicken empanadas that were "misbranded" and fail to list egg as an ingredient.

    The recall was announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). 

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    SAYREVILLE, NJ—Along the Raritan River waterfront sits 418 acres of land that a national developer plans to transform into “Riverton,” a $2.5 billion mixed-use development.

    The land, near one of the busiest sections of the Garden State Parkway, was once home to a paint factory owned by NL Industries.

    Previously known as National Lead, the company was responsible for manufacturing lead-based paints until such products were banned by the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–A Johnson & Johnson (J&J) unit on December 14 was ordered to pay $15 million to a woman implanted with its faulty transvaginal mesh product, nine years back.

    Elizabeth Hrymoc, 71, had sued Somerville-based Ethicon, whose parent company is J&J, which has been located in Hub City since 1886.

    The award approved by the jury included $4 million in compensatory damages for the plaintiff, $1 million for her husband, and $10 million in punitive damages.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–A city-based importer of mattresses and rugs, together with the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), has recalled about 6,200 mattresses due to a fire hazard.

    Since the “Basic 6-inch and Basic 8-inch” mattresses made in China fail to meet the federal flammability standard for mattresses, Superior Importers, LLC, is providing a free mattress cover as a repair-remedy.

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    HOUSTON, TX–On November 9, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies (J&JMDC) officially opened the Center for Device Innovation at the Texas Medical Center (CDI@TMC).

    A collaboration between the Houston-based medical center and Johnson & Johnson Innovation LLC, the new facility will “accelerate development of breakthrough medical devices technologies,” according to a news release.

    It represents another significant American expansion for the corporate giant based in New Brunswick.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Leclerc Foods, a PA-based distributor issued a recall on November 23 of a single lot of “Fit & Active Chocolatey Chip Protein Meal Bars” with a “best by” date of May 24, 2018.

    The bars were shipped to and sold by Aldi supermarkets in New Jersey and 20 other states.

    According to a news release, the recall “was initiated as a precautionary measure after a small piece of yellow plastic was [found] by a consumer in the product.

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    PISCATAWAY, NJ–Sky Blue FC, the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) club that utilizes Rutgers University’s Yurcak Field for home matches, hired Denise Reddy as its new head coach, the team announced on November 15.

    Reddy, a “Jersey Girl” who was an All-American in her college days at Rutgers, has years of coaching experience in the United States and Europe.

    She began coaching in 2007 as head coach of Jersey Sky Blue, the W-League club that preceded Sky Blue FC as a pro club prior to NWSL’s launch.

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    EDISON, NJ–Work Out World (WoW) has changed the name of the eleven fitness clubs it operates in New Jersey, capitalizing on the name of a foundation started by its owners.

    A Google search for “Jersey Strong Foundation” leads one to JerseyStrong.com, a website pitching their gym business, which was recently renamed “Jersey Strong.”

    Launched in 2007 as the "Work Out World Foundation," the nonprofit rebranded in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

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    SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ– La grande minorista Target Corporation está elevando su salario mínimo a $11 la hora, con planes de elevar a $15 a fines de 2020.

    Al parecer, Target está compitiendo para ocupar empleos de bajos salarios como los trabajadores están en fuente corta en medio de un mercado laboral limitado.

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    SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ–Big-box retailer Target Corporation is raising its minimum wage to $11 an hour, with plans to raise it to $15 by the end of 2020.

    Target is reportedly competing to fill low-wage jobs as workers are in shorter supply amid a limited labor market.

    Target, which employs about 323,000 people, said it will extend the new wage rate to current staff as well as “more than 100,000 hourly team members [it plans on] hiring for the holiday season.”

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ– New Brunswick's main cable provider, Altice USA, is offering eligible families and senior citizens fast internet service for just $15 a month.

    As of September, "Economy Internet" low-cost broadband service has been available to new residential customers who qualify for the National School Lunch Program or senior citizens eligible for Supplemental Security Income, announced the company recently.

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    METUCHEN, NJ–Middlesex County’s first Whole Foods Market will open at 645 Middlesex Avenue in Metuchen on October 11.

    As the 18th Whole Foods in New Jersey, the operation is expected to create some 160 local jobs, according to the grocer, which will include a fast casual Tex-Mex restaurant.

    The outpost has been slated to open for more than two years, well before the epic news came in June that Amazon.com Inc. agreed to buy the natural foods grocer for $13.7 billion.

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    EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ–J.C. Penney is opening toy shops inside all its stores and doubling the assortment available online, the retailer said recently.

    The shops, which will appear adjacent to the Disney Collection inside Penney locations, will display toys for kids of all ages including dolls, action figures, racing cars, arts and crafts, board games, plushes and learning sets from brands such as Hasbro, Mattel, Playmobil, and Fisher Price, for instance, said Penney.

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    LOS ANGELES, CA–On August 21, a 63-year-old woman with terminal ovarian cancer won her lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) over claims its talc-based bath products caused her disease.

    Eva Echeverria, like many other women currently suing J&J, used common personal hygiene products that contained talc like Johnson’s baby powder and Shower to Shower.

    Echeverria was diagnosed with cancer in 2007. Now, a decade later, a jury awarded her $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–El 19 de julio, un residente de New Brunswick confesó que cometió un fraude cuando uso fraudulentamente un préstamo federal de $2 millones para sus gastos personales, de acuerdo a la publicación de prensa del Departamento de Justicia (DOJ)

    El hombre de 58 años, John Cheng, se declaró culpable en las cortes federales de Newark por cargos relacionados al fraude de solicitud de préstamo.

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    EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ–Traveling out of Hub City via Route 18 you may see the large electronic billboard advertising Moe’s Southwest Grill towering above Old Bridge Turnpike.

    But a mile ahead, on the left, between W. Prospect and Wilmot Streets, the new Moe’s franchise that promised to open this summer is completely dark.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–A Hub City resident admitted on July 19 to defrauding a bank by fraudulently using a federally-backed $2 million small business loan for personal expenses, according to a Department of Justice (DoJ) news release.

    The man, John Cheng, 58, pleaded guilty in Newark federal court over charges related to loan application fraud.

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    CAMP HILL, PA—Rite Aid Corporation announced on June 29 that it will sell 2,186 stores to larger competitor Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (WBA), for $5.175 billion in cash in a wide-ranging deal.

    Walgreens said it expects the initial closing of the transaction within six months, after which it will begin buying the Rite Aid stores and switch them to Walgreens stores.

    The drugstore chain also said it would terminate the merger agreement announced in 2015, which failed to win antitrust approval. 

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    TRENTON, NJ–Governor Chris Christie on August 7 announced his decision to sign legislation that makes it illegal in the Garden State to sell unsafe used tires that pose a risk to motorists.

    The bill, A-3896, was first introduced by Assemblywoman Shavonda E. Sumter more than a year ago.

    Under the new law, it only takes a single unsafe condition on a tire for a business to be hit with a $500 fine for selling one.

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    NEW YORK, NY–A Wells Fargo Bank partner that provides credit card processing services to merchants nationwide has been served with a lawsuit over the use of misleading sales tactics and overbilling for services, according to Reuters News Service.

    The commercial enterprise, Wells Fargo Merchant Services, promised merchants it would offer transparent pricing, but instead charged unauthorized fees disguised with deceptive language in monthly statements, according to the report outlining the pending class action.

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    COLTS NECK, NJ–Retro Fitness, the growing NJ-based company, hired its first chief operations officer (COO) recently.

    While Retro has grown to 61 locations throughout the Garden State, it's also been busy franchising its “low-cost” gym model in other states as well.

    The new COO, former Starbucks executive Mike Rogers, is reportedly a savvy leader who was employed by the coffee giant for two decades.

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    DETROIT, MI—General Motors Co. (GM) said on June 22 that it concluded a three-year consent order with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding vehicle safety issues.

    While problems with defective ignition switches have reportedly caused 124 deaths and 275 injuries since GM began a recall in early 2014, the three-year order resolves claims over the timeliness of the recall, among other things.

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    NEWARK, NJ—On June 20, 27-year-old Angel Angulo admitted his role in a large-scale conspiracy to steal tens of thousands of credit and debit card numbers from customers at Michaels' art supply stores in several states, including NJ.

    The scheme involved swapping out point of sale (POS) terminals at various locations with “counterfeit POS devices” that used “wireless technology” to steal card numbers from customers.

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    EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—A new Moe’s Southwest Grill franchise is being built-out on Route 18 North and will open in July, according to a district manager.

    “We are opening in July,” said Dominique, a woman whose name and phone number is listed on a help wanted sign and banner at the new fast-casual Mexican restaurant currently under construction.

    The business is seeking managers, shift leaders, crew members, cashiers, a [back of house] "prep" worker, and a catering manager, according to the signs.

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    NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ–Skechers, USA, Inc., is opening its second “factory outlet” store in the area on Route 1 in North Brunswick on Friday June 16.

    The new store is located just outside the city of New Brunswick, in the shopping center anchored by a Raymour & Flanagan on Route 1 South and North Oaks Boulevard.

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    FRANKLIN, NJ—About 130 workers at more than a dozen Dollar Express stores will be without jobs by June 30, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) filed with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The Dollar Express banner is only two years old and was created in 2015 by a private equity group so that Family Dollar could sell about 323 stores, and thus satisfy Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) antitrust concerns -- paving the way for it to merge with Dollar Tree.

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    NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ–“Welcome to the start!” Race Director, Lou Ann Benson, told about 175 runners and walkers in North Brunswick Community Park at the 38th Annual Memorial Day 5K on Monday.

    “Bring the sunshine with you out on the course today,” said Benson.

    As the director of parks, recreation and community services for North Brunswick Township, Benson has overseen the event many times before.

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    NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ—Levin Management Corporation (LMC) “ultimately prevailed in securing Trader Joe’s for the North Village Shopping Center,” confirmed Michael Hritz, Director of Community Development for North Brunswick Township.

    All the development partners shared a common interest: bringing a popular grocery store to the area, said Hritz.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—RWJ-Barnabas Health suddenly appointed a new CEO to lead Hub City’s Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, amid the recent resignation of Michael Antoniades.

    While scant information is being released by the hospital organization, Antoniades was the CEO for about 14 months before he stepped down, and his resignation leaves many unanswered questions.

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    TRENTON, NJ–New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced on May 24 that the State will receive $1.04 million from a 42-state civil settlement with Johnson & Johnson.

    The Garden State participated in the settlement to resolve allegations that J&J's McNeil-PPC unit "made false or misleading representations about its over-the-counter [OTC] products," while also distributing products that were "adulterated as a matter of federal law," according to Porrino. 

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–A building at 777 Jersey Avenue formerly occupied by the Middlesex County Board of Elections, is now the new, 42,000 square foot, “Spectrum Pharmacy Institute (SPI).”

    SPI, a unit of Spectrum Chemical Products, manufactures and distributes pharmaceutical compounding chemicals, equipment, supplies.

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    BRIDGEWATER, NJ—When Valeant, the scandal-ridden pharmaceutical giant, acquired Johnson & Johnson’s Shower to Shower body product in 2012, it didn’t foresee being up against more than 30 lawsuits claiming that talc—an ingredient in the product—could cause cancer.

    But news broke on May 9 that Valeant believes J&J is obligated to pay for its legal defense and compensate Valeant, according to a transcript of Valeant’s first quarter earnings call.

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    MILLTOWN, NJ– La tienda Home Depot está contratando miles de asociados para su período más activo de 120 días del año, dijo un vocero de la empresa.

    Hay 67 tiendas de Home Depot en Nueva Jersey y es ahí donde están la mayoría de los puestos de trabajo. Sin embargo, también hay puestos vacantes en los otros centros de distribución de Home Depot en todo Nueva Jersey.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Members of  the Mesh Awareness Movement (MAM) want Johnson & Johnson’s shareholders “to know they are investing in criminal behavior,” according to a statement.

    The group, a grassroots effort to bring awareness to the harmful effects of mesh on the human body, held a rally against J&J in New Brunswick on April 27, during its annual meeting of shareholders. 

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Two women who spearhead “Mesh Awareness Movement” (MAM) have been busy organizing a rally that will take place outside the Johnson & Johnson (J&J), annual shareholders meeting, on April 27, at the State Theatre.

    Asked the day before the MAM rally how many women were expected to be in the Hub City and attend the “peaceful protest,” Tammy Jackson, a Kentucky resident and co-founder of the group, said: “Between everybody about 50 to 60 people.”

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–On April 18, Hub City-based corporation Johnson & Johnson (J&J) published quarterly sales numbers that were below estimates amid sluggish U.S. sales, though world-wide sales increased.

    But a bright spot for J&J is the pending acquisition of Swiss biotech group Actelion Ltd., which J&J is buying for $30 billion.

    Actelion was founded in 1997 and employs more than 2,000 people.  It is a biotechnology and pharmaceutical company that specializes in rare diseases.

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    EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ–Ailing retailer PaylessShoe Source, on April 4, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and said it plans to “immediately” shutter its East Brunswick outpost in the Mid-State Mall on Route 18 North and Tices Lane.

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    TRENTON, NJ – Western Union debe tomar acción y disciplinar a sus agentes que no se adhieren a los protocolos obligatorios para evitar transferencias fraudulentas de dinero, indica un programa que tiene el objetivo de detener a los estafadores que quieren perjudicar a la gente.

    Nueva Jersey se unió recientemente a un acuerdo legal de varios estados derivado de quejas en contra de Western Union por no evitar transferencias fraudulentas de dinero, según la Fiscalía General del Estado.

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    MILLTOWN, NJ–The Home Depot is hiring thousands of associates for its busiest 120-day period of the year, said a company spokesman.

    There are 67 Home Depot stores in New Jersey and that’s where most of the jobs are. However, openings can also be found at Home Depot's half a dozen distribution centers in the Garden State.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Two American paragons of retail, Sears Roebuck & Company and Kmart said historical income from operations reflected “substantial doubt” over their ability to stay in business, according to a March 22 regulatory filing.

    Twelve years ago, the two titans merged to form Sears Holdings, the parent company which now finds itself in debt.

    That debt has so far added up to $4.2 billion, and Sears Holdings said it doesn’t know if it can obtain the badly needed cash to meet its business obligations.

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA–In Philadelphia's mass tort program, thousands are suing Brunswick-based Johnson & Johnson (J&J) over alleged injuries caused by the Pharma's Risperdal medication and the volume of cases on file has grown.

    The amount of cases increased by 550 last year, up nearly 40% from 2015, reports the Legal Intelligencer.

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    EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ–J.C. Penney (JCP) said on February 24 that it expects to shutter up to 140 U.S. stores beginning in April, but won't release a list of closures until mid-March.

    It’s not clear if the JCP in Brunswick Square Mall on Route 18 South will remain open beyond April.

    Most of the stores on JCP's list of targeted store closures will close before July 1, according to a news release.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Hispanics and Latinos have “impressive” purchasing power and are reshaping consumer markets in the United States, according to a report titled "Understanding the Hispanic Market."

    With an average age of 28, they are the nation’s youngest consumers, “and tend to be brand-loyal consumers, especially when culturally-sensitive marketing and advertising are used to target them,” says the report, which tapped various census data and statistics.

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    NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ—A new QuickChek convenience store and fueling station located at How Lane and Jersey Avenue in North Brunswick represents the company’s 134th store in the Garden State.

    The 5,496-square-foot store opened for business on February 21.

    The fresh convenience market, as the new stores are sometimes called, will be open 24-hours a day and serve hot coffee, iced coffee, as well as fountain or dispensed "QuickFreeze" drinks for children to enjoy, all free, thru March 5, to help launch the store. 

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Hub City's Sears department store is likely not among the company's locations targeted for closure, because the real estate it sits on is owned by Sears and serves as collateral for the company's pension fund.

    The struggling Sears Holdings Corporation said it improved overall business performance during the last four months of 2016, according to a February 10 news release.

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    TRENTON, NJ--Wawa Inc. argued in New Jersey federal court on February 10 that a former fuel associate was terminated for failing to record cash sales, not because he complained a superior told him to speak in English, according to a report from Law360.com. 

    Pennsylvania-based Wawa, which operates about 245 conveniences stores in the Garden State and sells fuel at more than 130 sites, also said its one-time employee's discrimination suit should be dismissed, according to the report.

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    TRENTON, NJ–Western Union should shape up and discipline its agents who don’t adhere to mandatory protocols preventing fraudulent money transfers, indicates a program that aims to stop scammers from ripping people off.

    The Garden State recently joined a multi-state legal settlement stemming from complaints against Western Union for not preventing fraudulent money transfers, according to the NJ Attorney General's Office.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–The Hub City's newest supermarket has changed its name once again.

    After 17 months as "Key Food Marketplace," the 50,000 square-foot market is changing to a new brand name: "Superfresh."

    Key Food Stores Co-Operative Inc. "intends to utilize the SuperFresh brand going forward for all Key Food stores in New Jersey,” according to Jennifer Bradshaw, the City of New Brunswick's public information officer.

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    PROVIDENCE, RI–Hub City-based Johnson & Johnson plans to hire as many as 75 people for a new health technology center in Providence, Rhode Island.

    The pharma giant plans to launch its new analytics and health center by the spring of this year, and will be able to take advantage of a deal providing temporary space at no cost to the company while the building in question is remodeled.

    Dozens of high-skilled information technology workers will develop software and analyze datasets, among other tasks, at the new office.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Single-cup coffee pods, refrigerated iced coffee, and pre-made, ready-to-drink coffee are giving grocery retail sales a “jolt,” according to a report from the trade magazine Supermarket News (SN).

    A "pod" or "k-cup" is coffee, tea, or even hot chocolate, that is sealed inside filter paper. Pods are also known as coffee capsules, or pads, and are round soft and pliable, according to coffeewarehouse.com.

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    NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ–DeVry University, a for-profit school with a location in North Brunswick and dozens of others in the US, has agreed to a $100 million settlement of a federal lawsuit over claims made in its advertising.

    The suit alleged that the school misled prospective students with ads promising high employment success upon graduation, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on December 15.

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    WASHINGTON, DC—A recent shift in some key sectors of the economy "has led to millions [of] workers [only] working part-time hours" when they'd prefer to be working full-time, according to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).

    "Part-time workers face shortages of pay and work hours and deserve policy remedies for their problems," said EPI President Lawrence Mishel.  "They are a sizable and growing share of the workforce [and] policymakers need to address their problems."

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    WASHINGTON, D.C.–Financial companies should watch how they motivate their employees and service providers to obtain sales or business goals, said the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on November 28.

    Programs that tie outcomes to certain benchmarks, says the Bureau, may lead to consumer harm and pose risks to consumers.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Public Service Electric and Gas (PSEG) and the Tyler Clementi Center at Rutgers University are partnering to provide incentives to public high schools interested in offering a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) "youth empowerment initiative," according to a news release.

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    SALT LAKE CITY, UT–Grappling with a myriad of lawsuits over charges it opened customer accounts without proper customer consent, Wells Fargo & Company has requested that a U.S. court should force customers suing it to settle disputes privately via arbitrations, rather than in court.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Amazon.com Inc.’s vital holiday deliveries may be disrupted due to a pilot strike, according to a Wall Street journal report, which cites challenges with the company’s “in-house transportation network.”

    On November 23,  a “longstanding labor dispute” heated up as pilots “contracted to deliver Amazon packages began picketing,” says the report, noting that pilots employed by only one of Amazon’s two airline partners, Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) were picketing.

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    EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—Golfsmith, which is now owned by Dick's Sporting Goods, is hosting closing sales at all four of its Garden State locations. 

    How much longer will the stores remain open?

    While the store manager in East Brunswick said they were "hoping for the end of December," but weren't sure yet, a manager in Bridgewater said they didn't have a final date.

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    TAMPA, FL–In October, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) formally opened a new Global Services delivery center in Tampa, Florida, honoring its summer of 2015 initiative to establish a site in the state, according to a press release.

    In the new, state-of-the-art, 88,500-square-foot building in Tampa’s Hidden River Corporate Park, about 250 J&J Global Services employees were on board for the mid-October launch.

    However, by 2020, the company expects to employ 540 people at the Tampa site.

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    EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—Dick's Sporting Goods is buying Golfsmith’s U.S. business for about $70 million, reports Reuters, citing unnamed sources.

    Dick’s plans to keep as many as 30 Golfsmith stores in the U.S. open, though it’s not clear whether the sporting goods retailer will re-brand the shops, says the report.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Another jury in St. Louis awarded a different woman millions of dollars over claims that Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J’s) baby powder, which contains talc, caused her ovarian cancer.

    The loss, J&J’s third in a row over an alleged injury from using the pharmaceutical giant’s simple talcum powder, this time, resulted in a $70 million award, reports Bloomberg. 

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    WOODBRIDGE, NJ—Apparel retailer Wet Seal will open a short-term outlet in Woodbridge Center Mall on November 3, according to a company news release. 

    New Jersey is just one of the nine U.S. states where Wet Seal will open a total of 13 pop-up locations for the gift-giving season, but only at General Growth Properties malls, which, as we reported, are hoping to combat high vacancy rates. 

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    WASHINGTON, DC--On October 11, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), hit Comcast Corporation with a $2.3 million fine over their wrongful charges to cable TV customers for services and equipment they never authorized. 

    The fine, levied by the FCC's enforcement bureau, resolves a two-year investigation of the Philadelphia-based corporation, which was spurred by consumer complaints. 

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    DEERFIELD, IL—Walgreens Boots Alliance, which operates 146 Walgreens stores in New Jersey, reported better than expected quarterly profit, although sales came up light. 

    The drugstore giant also extended its deadline to acquire Rite Aid, saying the $17 billion merger should close by January 27, 2017, rather than the end of this month, according to a news release.

    If approved, the deal would yield the largest drugstore chain in the country.

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    AVENEL, NJ–Amazon.com, the largest e-commerce company in the world, is hiring more than 5,000 seasonal workers in the Garden State.

    Workers are needed at centers in Avenel, Elizabeth, Logan Township, Moonachie, Robbinsville, and Swedesboro, said an Amazon spokesperson.

    Amazon is creating 120,000 seasonal positions at its U.S. fulfillment centers, sortation centers and customer service sites for the holidays, according to a company news release.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Hub City is now home to a large, 82-seat Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, which opened on September 3. 

    District managers Dwayne Hayes and Robert Jackson who work for Parikh Network LLC, the owner of the new franchise, explained their main desire: serving the community. 

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    NEW YORK, NY--The Pennsylvania-based cable giant Comcast Corporation says it hopes to launch a cellphone service by the middle of next year.

    Comcast, which offers cable service in more than half the Garden State, is the top broadcasting and cable television company in the U.S., reporting $16.9 billion in revenue last year.  

    The mobile service would be offered as an add-on for existing customers, but only in the areas where Comcast provides cable.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Wells Fargo & Company's, chief executive, John Stumpf, spoke to U.S. Senators on September 20, saying that he takes "full responsibility" for the unethical activity at his company.

    Wells Fargo, the third-largest bank in the U.S. as measured by its holdings, is caught up in an embarrassing scandal over its employees opening some 2 billion fictitious bank accounts or unauthorized credit cards. 

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    WASHINGTON, DC–At the end of July, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) said it wanted to hear from the public regarding payday loans.

    When people are short cash, they turn to "payday" and similar loans to get by, said David Silberman, author of a Policy & Compliance blog on the CFPB’s website.

    But Silberman says payday loans, which quickly produce cash, usually carry an average annual interest rate of more than 300% – plus additional fees – and sometimes become debt traps.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Hub City healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) said on September 16 it will spend $4.33 billion in cash to acquire Abbott Medical Optics (AMO), based in Santa Ana, California.

    J&J said the deal will help “strengthen global leadership in eye health adding cataract and refractive eye surgery to [our] vision care” holdings and consumer eye health units.

    The investment will include eye care products in cataract surgery, laser refractive surgery and consumer eye health, said J&J.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–On September 12, a U.S. Congresswoman formally recommended that the Department of Labor (DOL) investigate Denver-based Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. for possible wage theft.

    "Wage theft disproportionately affects low-wage, hourly workers," said U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro, a Democrat from Connecticut, in a letter to the DOL.

    The Labor Department, a federal agency based in Washington, DC, has not yet responded.

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    EDISON, NJ–An alliance led by General Growth Properties Inc. and another mall owner, Simon Property Group Inc., won an auction on August 30 for the assets of ailing teen apparel retailer Aeropostale Inc., saving it from bankruptcy liquidation.

    The price is $243.3 million and the consortium will keep 229 of the 800 Aeropostale stores in the chain, or nearly 30%, open for business.

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    WOODBRIDGE, NJ--Sears hopes the small fashion boutiques it is building inside some existing stores will entice consumers to visit more often.

    The launch of “Showcase at Sears,” a collection of European and Latin American apparel brands at two Garden State stores this fall, will not include the Hub City's Sears location on Route 1 South.

    The new specialty shops are “initially launching” in just five area stores, according to Sears, including the ones at Woodbridge Center Mall and the Newport Centre Mall in Jersey City.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Walgreens has done something ahead of other retailers: integrate its loyalty program with Android Pay "mobile wallet" technology.

    A mobile wallet is "a way to carry your credit card or debit card information in a digital form on your mobile device," according to Wells Fargo.

    Consumers using Walgreens' "Balance Rewards" loyalty program can now apply their loyalty account at checkout while using Android Pay, the mobile wallet technology championed by Google.

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    TRENTON, NJ–A large mutual-fund group has filed a lawsuit against Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc., alleging the company took part in “a fraudulent scheme” that cost it billions of dollars.

    The investment group, T. Rowe Price Inc., which was formerly one of Valeant’s biggest investors, but sold most of its shares in May, is claiming the company’s operating methods exposed it to “massive risks” costing shareholders dearly.

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    NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ–DeVry University on August 24 appointed Steven Nelson as the new president of its North Brunswick campus.

    With locations across the country, DeVry is one of the largest for-profit universities in North America, and it is a part of DeVry Education Group, a "global provider of educational services."

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--A charity fighting to curtail the rise of dangerous, drug-resistant bacteria in milk and meat products served at all McDonald’s restaurants, announced a crowdsourcing campaign on August 4.

    The charity, UK-based ShareAction, has a vision: all corporate investments should be socially responsible.

    It's launched an online movement making it easy for people to email McDonald's Corp. CEO Steve Easterbrook and urge him to stop the regular use of antibiotics in the company’s global livestock supply chains.

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    SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ--“It’s tough when it’s statewide, you know,” said a Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) employee stationed at the reception area directly inside the main entrance at the location in Dayton.

    It was July 26, not long after the agency's offices on Route 130 North opened at 8:00 a.m. for the day.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–A 17-year-old from Tennessee who took Johnson & Johnson’s antipsychotic drug Risperdal suffered a severe enough injury to be awarded $70 million in compensatory damages by a Philadelphia jury on July 1.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Hungry? You may soon be able to dine at a new "Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen" franchise expected to open on George Street by the middle of July.

    The new Popeyes, which will be the first in New Brunswick, is still being readied for opening by Parikh Network LLC, a family business with plenty of experience in multi-unit franchising.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Johnson & Johnson's "industry-first hybrid cloud" stores 2.8 times the amount of data that Google processes every day, according to one of the company's Executive Vice Presidents.

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    SOMERSET, NJ—Three years ago, Sally Lewis, purchased a pair of IKEA 6-drawer "MALM" dressers for a guest room in her home, but due to Ikea’s latest recall concerning a tip-over hazard, she says she’ll request a refund from the Netherlands-based company.

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    PISCATAWAY, NJ–A British sporting goods retailer, and Modell’s Sporting Goods, could, in collaboration, acquire about 200 Sports Authority stores, sources have told the Wall Street Journal.

    While Going-out-of-business sales were held ahead of Sports Authority store closings in Piscataway, East Brunswick, and Manalapan, there are still a handful of locations still operating in the Garden State, including Union, West Long Branch, Secaucus, Hazlet, Flemington, Mount Laurel, Ramsey and two in Paramus.

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    MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA–We colloquially call them flying cars – personal, electric, autonomous aircraft, explained business journalist Brad Stone.

    Along with colleague Ashley Vance, Stone wrote a recent Bloomberg Business Week cover story about Google co-founder Larry Page’s two secret “flying-car factories.”

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Johnson & Johnson (J&J) said on June 1 the Ebola virus triage diagnostic test it developed with the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Belgium is now authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency use.

    The test detects the presence of the Ebola Zaire virus when patients exhibit signs and symptoms of the disease.

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    NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ–A strike that took nearly 40,000 Verizon Communications Inc. employees out of work since April 13 has officially come to an end.

    “I expect that [Verizon] workers will be back on the job next week,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, in a statement on May 27.

    The strike reportedly affected the company's traditional landline phone business the most.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–What would have been the fifth annual College Ave. Mile road race on Saturday, June 4, is officially cancelled, leaving unanswered questions and surprised runners.

    In 2014 the event became an “all-divisions” USATF-NJ championship race and this year it was slated to garner 700 points in the New Balance Grand Prix scoring system for USATF-NJ members competing in the short, one-mile, “Open Championship,” road race.