Nick West

Nick West is a contributing reporter, photographer, and layout editor who lays out every print issue of New Brunswick Today. Nick is a Rutgers alumnus and NJ native who has been spotted in the wild at New Brunswick Jazz Project shows.

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  • Photo Credit: Nicholas West

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Natasha Rodgers grew up around her grandfather Simuel’s non-profit organization.

    The group supported needy families out of the Humanity Baptist Church in Newark in the 60's and 70's with meal programs, a low-cost thrift-store, and a “safe-play street,” where she remembers playing with other children "without fear of being harmed" in a cordoned off section of the Church’s otherwise dangerous neighborhood.

  • Photo Credit: Jimmy Katz

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Rutgers alumni Sean Jones and Orrin Evans are headlining the Central Jersey Jazz Festival in New Brunswick on Saturday, September 19, from 1-6pm at George Street & Livingston Avenue, in what will be a must-see, free performance hosted by the New Brunswick Jazz Project.

    Amid a tsunami of negative athletics department press, contemporary jazz giants Jones and Evans bring some good news to the Rutgers University community.

  • Photo Credit: Sigrid Thørbjornsen

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Trumpeter Lee Hogans’ latest album, What We Play is Life, is an impressive showcase of his fluency in the languages of jazz, funk, and soul. As Lee is a current member of legendary bassist Marcus Miller’s band and a former member of the bands of Maceo Parker, Prince, and Jay-Z, this comes as no surprise. 

  • Photo Credit: Alfa Art Gallery

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--The first exhibition at the Alfa Art Gallery to include all forms of media, ranging from oil painting and mixed media to stained glass and sculpture, is set to open this Friday, June 27th.

    "Perceptions of the Human Body and Form" opens with a reception from 6:30 to 10:30 pm Friday night, and will be on exhibit until Saturday, July 26th.

    The gallery is located at 108 Church Street in downtown New Brunswick.

  • Photo Credit: Rutgers Writers House

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—This Thursday at 10:00 AM, The All Ages Show: RU's First Annual Young Adult & Juvenile Fiction Conference will take place at the Rutgers Barnes & Noble, located at 100 Somerset Street.

  • Photo Credit: Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Authorities are still searching for New Brunswick residents Jonathan Rodriguez, 21, and Steven Perez, 19, two of the three men charged with the murder of Raheem Fuqua.

    Fuqua was fatally shot in front of his house on Seaman Street last Saturday.  The investigation has determined that Fuqua was the intended target of the shooting, which was not a random act.

  • Photo Credit: RU Continuing Education

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--In late January, a delegation of 21 senior government officials from the province of Jiangxi, China, attended a Certificate Program in Public Administration at Rutgers University.

  • Photo Credit: Jessica Ackerly Band

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--For the fourth year in a row, the New Brunswick Jazz Project is celebrating Women's History Month with Women in Jazz, a series of 12 women-led performances at The Hyatt, Makeda, Sophie’s Bistro, and Tumulty’s.

    Tonight's show is at Tumulty's and features Jessica Ackerly, a guitarist and master's graduate of the Rutgers' Mason Gross School of the Arts.

  • Photo Credit: Darcy O. Thompson

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—After 25 years in downtown New Brunswick, Amber Lion Antiques will be closing at the end of September.

  • Photo Credit: Rutgers Career Services

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Are you a college student or graduate in need of a job or internship?

    Then head over to New Jersey Collegiate Career Day this Thursday at the Rutgers Student Center and Brower Commons, 126 & 145 College Avenue, New Brunswick, between 9:30 am and 3:30 pm.

    Sponsored by the Rutgers-New Brunswick Career Services division and open to the general public, NJ Collegiate Career Day is the largest college recruitment fair in the state, connecting over 150 New Jersey-based employers with job seekers of various experience levels.