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Rutgers Restricts Students, Faculty, and Staff From Traveling to Four Nations Hit Hard by Ebola

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On November 21, Rutgers sent a mass email to all members of its community regarding a new policy on Ebola control that the university is instating.

The message was sent by Brian L. Strom, the Inaugural Chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

In the new policy Rutgers students, faculty, and staff are restricted from official or authorized travel to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Mali, four nations with high reports of Ebola cases.

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Helmetta Animal Shelter Placed Under Quarantine

UPDATE (11/15): The City of New Brunswick announced on its website yesterday it was "temporarily" using Blumig Kennels in East Brunswick, as a result of the quarantine at Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter.

HELMETTA, NJ—As of November 13, no animals will be going into or out of the Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter following a quarantine by the county Department of Health and a raid by the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA).

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New Millennium Bank Freed From FDIC Consent Order

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–New Millennium Bank announced on October 3 that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has terminated their consent order which they agreed to with the bank on November 16, 2010.

The recent recapitalization of the city-based bank, in which an investor group raised $16.8 million in new capital for the bank, led to the termination of the consent order.

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Democrats Hope to Maintain Control of All County Freeholder Positions

UPDATE (11/5): Carol Barrett came in first place with 76,270, with 60% of the vote across the county.  Her running mate Charles Tomaro also won his seat for a full term, but trailed behind Barrett by almost 4,000 votes.  Republican candidates garnered 53,747 and 51,482 votes and 166 write-in votes were cast.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—This Tuesday is Election Day in New Jersey, and two candidates are going to be elected to the position of Middlesex County Freeholder.

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City of New Brunswick Stands By Embattled Helmetta Animal Shelter

HELMETTA, NJ—Sick animals, dirty cages, foul odors, and poor record keeping are just a few of the complaints that have been filed against the Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter.

Though the shelter is based in the county's tiniest town, and controlled by the local government there, it is responsible for providing animal control and shelter services to 21 communities in Middlesex and Monmouth Counties, including New Brunswick.

One of those towns, Spotswood, has already notified the shelter that it will be terminating their contract.

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Rare Strain of Enterovirus Confirmed in Middlesex County Children

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced on October 7 that it had confirmed cases of enterovirus-D68 in a second Middlesex County child, raising the total number of confirmed cases in New Jersey to fourteen.

Confirmed cases of enterovirus-D68 have been reported in Camden, Mercer, Burlington, Sussex, Passaic, Essex, Morris, and Middlesex Counties so far.  All of the cases reported involve children ages 14 and under.