Paul Rando

Paul Rando is a Rutgers senior, a creative writer, and a House Usher at the State Theatre.  You can contact him at

  • Photo Credit: NBPD

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Noble Aaron El Shabazz is not one to give up on a fight.  For the past four years, he has challenged a system that he says is corrupt to the core: the New Brunswick city government.

    After allegedly being racially profiled and harassed twice by New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD) officers in 2010, Shabazz filed internal affairs (IA) complaints with the department.

  • Photo Credit: The Okee Dokee Brothers

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The children’s folk duo "The Okee Dokee Brothers" are set to perform at 1PM and 4PM on Sunday and will also play two performances for schools on Monday at 10AM and 12PM, at the Crossroads Theatre on Livingston Avenue.

    In May of this year, Joe Mailander (guitar) and Justin Lansing (banjo) released their latest album, "Through the Woods: An Appalachian Adventure Album," which features songs written during their month-long hike on the Appalachian Trail.

  • Photo Credit: Artie Bennett

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Do you want help explaining to youngsters what noises come out of their bodies?  Would you like to talk to them about feelings and temper tantrums?

    Popular children’s book writer Artie Bennett is slated for an appearance tomorrow morning at 11 am at the Rutgers University Barnes & Noble, and his books deal with those very subjects.

  • Photo Credit: Tim Hildebrand

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--On September 17, punk rocker Sammy Kay played with his band at the Court Tavern on Church Street to kick off a global tour that will last almost 100 days, ending just before Christmas.

    The tour will take him across the United States, through Canada, to Germany, Spain, England, France, as well as other countries.

    It’s a big season for Sammy Kay—he also has two new records for sale. 

    One is an LP called Fourth Street Singers, and the other is an EP called Second Chances.

  • Photo Credit: Charlie Kratovil

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--On September 26, the City of New Brunswick took one step further into the 21st century with the implementation of the first smartphone application to connect residents with their government in city history.

    MyWaste, a free application that lets users check garbage and recycling pick-up days in their zone, and set reminders of upcoming collection days and events, is now available to New Brunswick residents.

    The app has several other functions, connecting the public directly with the Department of Public Works.

  • Photo Credit: Stage Left

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A $38,000 bottle of Balvenie 50 single-malt scotch, one of only 131 in existence, will soon be on its way to the Hub City from Balvenie Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland.

    The owners of Stage Left, a downtown restaurant on Livingston Avenue, are planning to open it as part of a swanky celebration on January 10.

    The scotch comes from one of two European oak casks filled in 1963, and is one of just 15 bottles that are coming to America.

  • Photo Credit: Paul Rando

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Geocaching is essentially a global scavenger hunt that is becoming increasingly popular in New Brunswick.

    All one needs to participate is a pen and a device that uses the global positioning system (GPS).

    Geocaching is a sport, which began in May 2000, when GPS systems became accurate enough to locate a container—or at least to bring an individual within several feet of it.

  • Photo Credit: Literacy New Jersey

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Literary Programs of New Jersey and Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey, two organizations that served the Middlesex County area, have partnered with Literacy New Jersey in February, in a merger that combined seven different groups all with the same goal: improving literacy in their communities.

    The newly formed conglomerate of those seven groups, Literacy New Jersey (LNJ), is based in Metuchen and offers services in New Brunswick.

  • Photo Credit: Caitlyn Gilvary

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Creative writers, rejoice: a new writer’s group launched quietly at Hidden Grounds Café last May, a place for writers to develop their ideas, their talent, and their community.

    Hub City Writers (HCW), founded by rising Rutgers senior Caitlyn Gilvary, meets weekly at the popular café on Easton Avenue, and involves a member reading what he or she has written since the previous weeks’ meeting, and then receiving critiques from their creative peers.

  • Photo Credit: New Brunswick Free Public Library

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On Saturday, June 21, the New Brunswick Free Public Library (NBFPL) kicked off its sixteenth annual Summer Reading Program for kids and teens, and its second annual program for adults.

    From 1-3pm, people of all ages came to the basement to sign up for the programs, with a turnout that was “at least as good as last year and probably much better,” according to Children’s Librarian Tamara Richman.

  • Photo Credit: Facebook

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Rutgers University Junior Asad Asif was inaugurated earlier this month as a member of the Middlesex County Republican Committee, a position to which he was unanimously elected with one vote, his own.

    Asif, age 19, did not go into the June 3 primary election with any expectation of taking office three days later, nor did he vote for himself for selfish reasons.

  • Photo Credit: Shaka Burrito

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On Monday, Shaka Burrito opened its doors to the public as the latest and most unique entry in a long line of New Brunswick burrito restaurants.

    Settling into the ground floor of 120 Albany Street, Shaka features a menu inspired by the popular fare at global surfing hotspots like the Hawaiian islands and Batu Karas, Indonesia.