NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Non-profit community development corporations (CDC's) in Middlesex County have contributed $460 million towards the state’s economy, according to a new report from the Housing and Community Development Network of NJ (HCDNNJ).

The report, which touted a statewide economic impact of $12 billion, was released at a June 29 press event held inside "Promise House," a supportive needs housing project located on Redmond Street and funded by city non-profit Triple C Housing.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—With the city's enthusiastic Recycling Coordinator Donna Caputo as their special guest, the Environmental Commission's February meeting focused heavily on recycling.

Not only is the city considering hiring a new recycling contractor, and parting ways with its longtime service provider, the Middlesex County Improvement Authority, but they are also beginning to audit the effectiveness of recycling in the city's public schools. 

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Community members were able to formally give their input on how to address safety on Livingston Avenue, one of the county's most dangerous roadways.

Nearly 50 area residents came to the brand-new Redshaw Elementary School on February 11 for the first of a number of planned public input meetings on an engineering study, with the goal of making that roadway safer for all users.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Hundreds of homeless people visited Elijah's Promise soup kitchen on January 28 to be counted in the county's 2015 Point in Time Survey, an annual measurement of the homeless population in Middlesex County.

Last year, just over 1,400 homeless were counted at three locations in the county, the vast majority of them at the New Brunswick soup kitchen, located on Neilsen Street.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–The Martin Luther King Holiday is about more than having a day off, said Reverend Dr. Harmut Kramer-Mills of the First Reformed Church of New Brunswick, the speaker at the 25th Annual Interfaith MLK Celebration at Saint Peter’s hospital.

“This is the first of our problems,” Harmut Kramer-Mills said.

“The fatal misunderstanding that Martin Luther King Day is just another day off.”

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—As the summer draws to a close, families are harvesting the various crops grown at the nine community gardens throughout the city.

Each one part of the New Brunswick Community Garden Coalition, these gardens include a tremendous variety of produce, including many types of peppers, a variety of herbs and beans, lettuces, tomatoes, cucumbers, and even melons. In addition, residents also grow flowers in the gardens.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city school district is hoping a “green” energy savings project will save the district some “green” over the long term.

New Brunswick's Board of Education recently launched the $16 million project aimed at making many of the district's older schools more energy efficient.

The project, which began in June, will continue throughout the coming school year, with an anticipated completion date of September 2015.

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