Samantha Popp

Samantha Popp is a writer and Realtor from Central Jersey who used to rent in New Brunswick.  She writes a blog about her adventures selling real estate at www.popprealtor.com and can be reached at spopp@weichert.com.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On Thursday, May 21 at noon, the Women’s League of Rutgers University (WLRU) will hold its annual luncheon at the Rutgers Club, located at 199 College Avenue.

    The luncheon’s main speaker is Kofi Genfi, a technology consultant, spoken word artist, and freelance writer who will address “raising women’s self-awareness through community service.”

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Otra víctima de robo de salarios ha recuperado con éxito los salarios impagados que datan de 2010 bajo la Ordenanza de Robo de Salarios de New Brunswick.

    Cuando Irene López salió de su posición en La Hacienda en la 251 French St. en 2010, pidió que se preste el equilibrio de su salario a su partida.

    Pero ella no los recibió.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Another victim of wage theft has successfully recovered unpaid wages dating back to 2010 under the New Brunswick Wage Theft Ordinance.

    When Irene Lopez left her position at La Hacienda Food and Grocery Store at 251 French Street in 2010, she requested that the balance of her wages be paid upon her departure.

    But she did not receive them.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—“I like knowing where my food comes from,” said Maria Ramirez, a participant in one of the many community gardens throughout the city facilitated by New Brunswick Community Food Alliance.

    Ramirez was joined by leaders including for a discussion about the organization’s efforts to promote healthy food accessibility and equity in the Hub City at the NBCFA's annual "Food Forum," held January 10 at the Lord Stirling Community School.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A judgement owed to New Brunswick resident Mirna Gonzales Garcia has finally been paid by her former employer, Las Cazuelas.

    This resolution comes as a conclusion to a more than two year long battle with the restaurant over allegedly unpaid wages and unfairly compensated overtime that amounted to over $7,000.

    “I lost my job and friendships in this fight,” Garcia told New Brunswick Today.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On Saturday, October 17, beginning at 9:30 am, the New Brunswick 4-H will be kicking off the first installment of "4-H Science Saturdays" at the Unity Square Community Center at 81 Remsen Avenue.

    The event will last until noon, and represents a partnership between Bristol Myers Squibb and science educators at the Rutgers 4-H department.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Greater Brunswick Charter School invites community members to attend its third annual "Global Cardboard Challenge" from 8:30-11:30 am this Saturday, October 11.

    This free event is open to the general public and invites children and families from all over to celebrate creativity and imagination.

    As part of the Imagination Foundation’s Global Cardboard challenge, children from around the world construct projects from cardboard and recycled materials.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—For the students that graduated from New Brunswick High School this past June, going to college or getting a job are usually next on the agenda. But for students with disabilities, those kinds of post-school plans can sometimes seem out of reach.

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    Business of New Brunswick: The planning of a new restaurant may require months, even years worth of work to perfect the menu, the location, and the many other angles that must be considered before grand opening.

    Bruce Jones of Papa Grande Grill on Louis Street did it quicker; developing their unique and affordable Tex-Mex concept in only took three and a half weeks.

    (Food)
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    HIGHLAND PARK, NJ—The Highland Park Board of Education (BOE) and the district's union are gearing up for a big day on Monday.

    During the day, the BOE and the Highland Park Education Association (HPEA) will participate in a state mediation session, the third so far in their year-long contract dispute.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The City Clerk's Office has notified the management of a new restaurant on Somerset Street that their license to do business is in jeopardy due to a wage theft judgment against them.

    Wage theft is the illegal practice of not compensating workers for time worked or rightfully owed benefits.

    On July 24, members of Unity Square and New Labor picketed the Las Cazuelas Mexican Restaurant, located in the former BudaBar location, in protest of unpaid wages to one of the restaurant’s employees.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Tonight, July 24 at 7pm, there will be a free Wage Theft and Labor Rights workshop hosted by Unity Square and New Labor, located at the Unity Square Community Center at 81 Remsen Avenue.

    The workshop will be the second one held today, on the heels of a successful 11am workshop.

    Participants will learn about labor rights and the wage and hour laws under state and local ordinances.

    The workshop will also address wage theft and how to recover unpaid wages.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On July 6 at 4pm, there will be a free, exclusive screening of "Paid Driver for Hire: A Rock 'n' Road Pilgrimage" at the Ale N Wich Tavern, located at the  corner of Louis and Hamilton Streets.

    The product of a Kickstarter campaign and a cross-country adventure, the Berneziak Films doucmentary celebrates singer-song writer Shane Gooding's life and the independent record stores that give aspiring musicians a place to be heard.

    (Music)
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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—As many rental communities in New Brunswick turn over to new residents during the summer, vacating renters are hoping to receive their security deposits back from their landlords.

    It is important for both tenants and landlords to know their responsibilities for dealing with the security deposit under New Jersey state law.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A landlord-tenant relations and small claims court workshop is being held at the New Brunswick Public Library Community Room on Wednesday, June 11 from 5 to 7 PM.

    The workshop is free and open to the public.  However, the nature of the discussion will be informational only and personal cases cannot be discussed, according to the event announcement.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—It’s a special time of year in some neighborhoods, as large numbers of homes transition to new renters as Rutgers summer break begins.

    Since 75% of New Brunwick residents are renters, it's important for both tenants and landlords to understand their rights and responsiblities under New Jersey state law, and local ordinances.