NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–The Force will soon be strong in the Hub City on Monday May 4.

That night, Destination Dogs is holding their second annual "May the 4th" party from 9:00 pm to 2 a.m.

Also known as Star Wars Day, the unofficial holiday gets its name from the catchphrase “May the Force be with you,” made famous in Star Wars, the classic science fiction franchise created by filmmaker George Lucas.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A coalition of community leaders and members from Unity Square, the Esperanza Project, and New Labor have been ramping up pressure on New Brunswick's City Council to pass an ordinance requiring paid sick leave for nearly all employees in the Hub City.

Paid sick leave is time off from work that employees can utilize in order to tend to health and safety concerns, or care for sick children, while still being able to retain their pay and not risk losing their job.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—coLAB Arts, a local non-profit arts organization, is working to put on a series of "48-hour Musicals" event, the first in the area, in conjunction with the Hub City Music Festival.

The non-profit has paired theater professionals with New Brunswick DIY-scene bands, and tasked the groups with creating new and original 15-minute musicals within a 48-hour time frame.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In response to the harsh treatment in the sweatshops of Bangladesh, as well as the efforts of a collaboration of local student organizations, Rutgers University has cut ties with two clothing manufacturers.

Business relationships with OC Sports/Outdoor Cap and VF Corporation, which owns the Jansport line of apparell, were ended earlier this month.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Sources say that staff layoffs, at least for managers, are part of a deal to outsource the management of the Rutgers University Telefund, as an outside company prepares to take over July 1.

The operation will still remain at 303 George Street in downtown New Brunswick, and officials maintain it "will continue to employ approximately 100 students each semester."

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—As Rutgers University enters the NCAA Big 10 Conference, a series of controversies has beset the athletics department, ranging from financial issues to outright abuse of student players.

Most recently, however, a new tragedy has occurred involving Philip Nelson, a recent Rutgers Football pick up, who transferred from the University of Minnesota during this offseason.

On May 14, Nelson, 20, was dismissed from the Rutgers Football team in lieu of an assault charge in his hometown of Mankato, MN.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Eduardo H. Escobar-Landaverde has worked out a plea deal with the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office after admitting to the killing a rival gang member in the Hub City.

The incident occurred on January 9, 2012, in the vicinity of Somerset and Louis Streets in New Brunswick.  Escobar-Landaverde fatally shot Oswaldo Lozada, 21, prosecutors say.

Escobar-Landaverde, a member of the 18th Street gang reportedly said that he carried a weapon for the purpose of firing upon rival gang members.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—New Brunswick resident Akim Williams, 27, was sentenced to three years in prison on April 28, just over a year after he was shot for firing his weapon at New Brunswick police officers on April 6, 2013.

Police had received reports of a man walking into town openly brandishing a handgun.  When they confronted him, authorities say Williams shot first.