Reporter at New Brunswick Today | mobrien@nb.today

Molly O'Brien started writing for New Brunswick Today as a freelance reporter in February 2013.

Molly writes stories on government, arts, free events, bilingual events, education and more.

Molly graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in French Linguistics and Linguistics, where she also studied Writing and Journalism. Molly also graduated Rutgers Law School.

She is open to any suggestions for stories or tips. You may contact her via text at 732-743-8993.

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Harry Connick Jr. Show Breaks Record as Highest-Grossing Event in State Theatre History

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—During what was the highest-grossing performance ever in State Theatre history, Harry Connick Jr. and his band of ten musicians fired up the stage and kept Mardi Gras alive.

The evening was lively and playful, as Connick danced and engaged in banter with audience members.

The February 22 show coincided with the 2015 Academy Awards, but that didn't stop the sold-out crowd of about 1,800 from packing the house.

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Rutgers Students and Factory Collapse Survivor Arrested During Protest of Clothing Company

SEACAUCUS, NJ—On March 12, at the headquarters of the clothing company The Children's Place, 27 activists were arrested after demanding compensation for the tragic Rana Plaza factory collapse on April 23, 2013.

Several of these activists were students at Rutgers University, and members of the Rutgers Chapter of United Students Against Sweatshops Local 109 (Rutgers USAS).

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Non-Profit Seeking Volunteers to Advocate for Children in Family Court

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Until the end of this month, those interested may get the opportunity to advocate in court, this coming spring, for the best interests of a child in the foster care system living in Middlesex County.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA of Middlesex) is currently seeking volunteer advocates to speak up for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect and who are currently a part of the child welfare court system.

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“The Poetry of Social Justice and the Legacy of Nelson Mandela” Program at Public Library

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–On March 4th at 12 noon, poet and Chair of the Rutgers University Women's and Gender Studies Department will visit the New Brunswick Free Public Library to speak on the life and work of Nelson Mandela.

The Public Library is located at 60 Livingston Avenue and this program is offered as part of their Brown Bag Luncheon series. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lunch. The event, free and open to the public, will be held in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

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50 Years After His Murder, Rutgers Organization to Honor Malcolm X

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Born Malcolm Little and best known as Malcolm X, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, was a faith leader and activist who participated in various human rights movements advocating for the prosperity and welfare of Black people and rejecting ideas of racism, capitalism and inequality.

February 21 marked 50 years since the Malcom X was assassinated in New York City, and supporters in New Brunswick are planning to hold an event in his memory.

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Artist Collaborative Hosting Writing Workshop, Film Screening, and Story Slam in January

NEW BRUNSWICK,NJ—coLAB Arts, a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to funding emerging artists in New Brunswick, is starting 2015 off strong with a series of programs for students, families, writers, and other interested community members.

The organization says the goal of its 2015 programs are "to holistically engage and discuss current social issues, and strengthen its presence and impact in the New Brunswick community."

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Forum For Dialogue, a Faith-Based Conversation on Tolerance

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Tonight at 5:30pm in the Multipurpose Room of the Rutgers Student Center on College Avenue, there will be a new type of event on campus.

An interfaith discussion, free and open to the public, will be hosted by the Rutgers-based organization Student Peacemakers.

The Peacemakers aim to facilitate discussion on issues concerning tolerance, peace, religion, human rights, inclusivety and global advancment.