Ilya Arbit

Ilya is a professional journalist with over a decade of work in TV, Radio & Print media. He has reported all over the country and around the world for news organizations big and small. He is in the Hub City to tell relevant stories about the community that matter to its residents, visitors & leaders. He can be reached at

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city of New Brunswick has long been known as a major transportation hub for the region. It’s no surprise then, that the official nickname is “Hub City”. With its proximity to New York City as well as being a key rail destination, a home for a major university and the seat of Middlesex County government - New Brunswick has been growing at a record pace in recent years thereby putting a heavy strain on local transit options.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Teniendo como fondo los escalones de la Alcaldía de esta ciudad, Charlie Kratovil, hizo oficial en fecha reciente su candidatura para dirigir los destinos de esta pujante comunidad del este del país.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - On the afternoon of Wednesday, June the 6th, on the steps of City Hall in the heart of New Brunswick, a longtime resident, and editor of this publication, Charlie Kratovil, formally announced his candidacy for the mayor of New Brunswick.

    Kratovil, known to locals for his advocacy against corruption in the city as well as watchdog reporting on government affairs, is challenging incumbent Mayor James Cahill who is running for re-election to the 8th term in office.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico and quickly became one of the most devastating storms to hit the island in modern history.

    With sustained winds of 64 miles per hour and gusts of up to 109 miles per hour, Puerto Rico was in a complicated position, having to respond to one of the most intense natural disasters in its history despite undergoing internal challenges including its own debt crisis, corruption, and political uncertainty.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ— All the latest movie blockbusters point to one thing - comic books & their superheroes are the latest pop culture obsession.

    Not to be outdone by the big names like Marvel and DC Comics, some local artists & writers are taking back the grassroots, under the radar spirit of early comic book development with a formidable challenge: producing an entire 24-page comic book in just 24 hours during a competition that yields major prizes.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Throughout the 1990’s and 2000’s, young kids were enamored with radio-controlled (RC) vehicles.

    Some found it even more exciting if those vehicles could fly, like RC planes and helicopters.

    These primitive radio remote-controlled contraptions proved to be precursors to devices that are now classified officially as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s), which are sometimes referred to as drones.

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    CLINTON, NJ—A former Middlesex County probation officer got a taste of the law when she was sentenced to three years of imprisonment for accepting bribes from a defendant.

    Rhonda Battle, age 48, is now staying at theEdna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, where she is expected to serve at least two years before she will be eligible for parole.

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    NEWARK, NJ—The Lietenant Governor and a former Ambassador to Germany celebrated their victories in the primary election for the state's highest office on June 6.

    Both Kim Guadagno and Phil Murphy will face off in November's general election, along with up to five independent candidates who submitted petitions to get on the ballot.

    Murphy was widely favored to secure the nomination, but Guadagno's path was more competitive.  Both secured about 48% of the vote statewide.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Brunswick Free Public Library (NBFPL) is preparing to celebrate some local photographic visionaries.

    Friday, June 9 at 6:30pm, the library will open its doors and welcome visitors to the Carl T. Valenti Community Room where the winners of the 10th Annual Photography Contest will be announced.

    Afterwards, a viewing of the winning photographs with a reception will commence at the Alfa Art Gallery.

    The contest and exhibition started as a pilot program at the library in 2008.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A former drug treatment counselor at a Perth Amboy clinic "Journey to Wellness" has admitted to doling out favors for his clients in exchange for cash.

    Anthony Trimble from Howell Township admitted to taking about $1,500 from his clients who had been placed on probation and providing them with favorable reports on their progress.

    Trimble, age 54, pleaded guilty to a count of theft by unlawful taking as part of a plea deal that was reached with the Middlesex County Prosecutor Christine D'Elia.