Salwador Szurlej

Salwador Szurlej holds an M.A. in Psychology from Kean University (2014) and a B.A. in Sociology from Rutgers University (2011). Born in Poland but a life-long resident of Middlesex County, his interests include culture, behavior, and society. He can be reached at

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ-- En marzo, el gobernador Chris Christie se unió a varios gobernadores republicanos para apoyar una demanda en contra de la orden ejecutiva del Presidente Barack Obama que protegerá de deportaciones a millones de inmigrantes indocumentados.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--In March, Governor Chris Christie joined many Republican Governors in support of a lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama’s executive order protecting millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation.

    Christie has been relatively quiet about his own views on immigration until recently, all while weighing a run for the Republican Presidential nomination.

    Some say his newfound opposition to the reform shows he is pandering to Republicans nationwide instead of thinking of the residents of New Jersey.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Tonight at 6:30pm and 8pm, inside the Unity Square Community center (81 Rmsen Avenue) in New Brunswick, there will be two Spanish-language information sessions regarding changes resulting from an Executive Order issued by President Obama last week.

    On November 20, President Obama made a speech announcing the major immigration reforms.

    The changes will provide protection from deportation for nearly 5 million immigrants living in the United States, including thousands in New Brunswick and across Middlesex County.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On Wednesday, November 5, the city's Latino community came out in full force to attend a City Council hearing on a resolution calling on New Jersey's government to issue "driving privilege cards" to undocumented residents.

    The massive turnout, which rivaled the largest crowds ever to attend a New Brunswick City Council meeting, was organized by Faith in New Jersey, a multi-racial and multi-faith network working to advance a "social justice agenda."

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—For the first time in history, the City of New Brunswick will employ a community organizer.

    Without advertising the position, which pays $36,000 a year, the city offerred the job to Keith Jones II, the politically-active chairman of the New Brunswick Community Food Alliance.

    Jones has accepted the offer and started the job the week of October 20, according to city officials.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--On Saturday, October 25, from 10am to 3pm, the New Brunswick Community Farmers Market will hold a "Dia De Los Muertos party" at 178 Jones Avenue, near the Cook campus of Rutgers University.

    Dia De Los Muertos, or "Day of the Dead," is a long-running Mexican tradition and is also celebrated in many other cultures around the world.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On Sunday, October 12, New Brunswick will see the third and final Ciclovia event of 2014.

    The idea behind Ciclovia originated in Bogota, Columbia, where the city regularly shuts down streets to automobiles and opens the roads for residents to walk, bike, skate and participate in other healthy activities.

    The event will begin at 10AM and continue till 3PM, closing down set roadways for both visitors and the New Brunswick community to enjoy.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Anticipating a large amount of auto and pedestrian traffic before, during, and after Saturday's first-ever Big 10 Rutgers football game against Penn State, police have ordered no parking on the vast majority on Easton Avenue.

    Starting 8am on Saturday until 4am Sunday, parking on Easton Avenue between Somerset Street and Landing Lane will be off-limits.  The road is typically free to park on with the exception of two blocks between Hamilton and Somerset Streets.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On Tuesday, September 9 at around 8:45pm, local police responded to Mi Tierra Bar on reports of an individual inside with a handgun.

    Police had identified the suspect upon arriving to the scene as 31-year-old Highland Park resident Obed Salas-Ramos and found a 9mm handgun in his possession, according to a press release issued Wednesday.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--New Brunswick police announced yesterday that they are investigating a shooting that occurred early on Saturday, September 6 near the intersection of Handy Street and Jersey Avenue.

    Officers responded to a disturbance call phoned in by a passerby around 2:30 am and shortly afterward, police radio transmissions indicate that shots had been fired.

    A 45-year-old New Brunswick resident named Enrique Perez suffered a gunshot wound to his buttock, according to a press statement issued by police.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Governor Chris Christie will be traveling to Mexico today and spending a total of three days south of the border this week, according to his public schedule.

    Christie and his delegation of New Jersey leaders will meet with Mexican business leaders with the goal of promoting “increased trade, economic growth, job creation and higher education in both New Jersey and Mexico.”

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Thousands of local residents along with a plethora of community organizations turned out Saturday for the second "Ciclovia" of 2014, which blocked off 3.2 miles of city streets to vehicular traffic.

    The practice, originating in Bogota, Columbia, temporarily closes down streets to automobiles and opens the roads for residents to walk, bike, skate, or participate in other healthy activities.  Yesterday's event marked the third Ciclovia held in the Hub City.

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    UPDATE: Fireworks and a concert scheduled for tonight, Thursday, July 3, have been postponed to Sunday, July 6, due to an inclement weather forecast.

    Residents may still head over to State Theatre tonight for a 5:30 p.m. reading of the Declaration of Independence, followed by a free screening of the film "National Treasure".

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--On Saturday, June 14, the American Conference on Diversity's annual Diversity Stride Walk-a-thon was held in Buccleuch Park.

    The organization sought to raise money towards their education and awareness programs while spreading their organization's message of togetherness.

    “This day is dedicated to promoting community unity,” says the American Conference on Diversity President and CEO Elizabeth Williams-Riley.