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Reporter at New Brunswick Today

Richard researched transportation, land use, history, and other topics. Investigated site plans. Attended public meetings (planning board, zoning board, parking authority board of directors, City Council) to record and help determine what was discussed. Analyzed blueprints and site plans to determine what land uses sites would be put to. Photographed sites that would be affected by proposed projects, as well as sites involved in news events. Employed Sketchup CAD to visualize new land uses, such as buildings and structures. Critiqued and wrote articles in fast-paced work environment, writing before deadlines. Made judgments as to what constituted proper material to include in articles. Created a zoning map; am working on ways to show it to the public. Consulted vintage maps to determine historic land uses.

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Former Rutgers Employee Who Exposed Mike Rice Scandal Got $500K

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Former Rutgers Assistant Basketball Coach Eric Murdock received $500,000 to split with his attorney after a years-long legal battle with his former employer, according to's Keith Sargeant.

In 2014, Murdock's explosive allegations about Coach Mike Rice mistreating players garnered national media attention and led to the ouster of multiple university officials including Rice and Athletic Director Tim Pernetti.

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Board Approves Expansion of Johnson & Johnson Riverview Guest House

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In the city's northwestern corner, by the Delaware and Raritan Canal, there is a hidden and very private treasure, owned by New Brunswick's own Fortune 500 company, Johnson & Johnson.

It is called the Riverview Guest House, not to be confused with the Henry Guest House, which is next to New Brunswick's library in the Fourth Ward.

This house will be soon be sprouting a one-story boardroom, after  proposal which was unanimously approved by the city's Zoning Board of Adjustment on December 21.

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New Retail Spot and Two Apartments Approved For Condict Street

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Easton Avenue restaurant district may continue to grow if landlords Elie and Julian Khater take full advantage of his approval granted by the New Brunswick Zoning Board of Adjustment on December 21.

Khater secured variances to allow for 18 Condict Street, a house with a garage on the ground floor, to be replaced by a slightly larger building with two apartments and a ground-floor retail space, good for use as a store or a restaurant.

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Charles Street Bakery Expansion Approved by Planning Board

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On December 8, the New Brunswick Planning Board approved the expansion of the Scala Bakery, which has been located at 10 Charles Street for more than two decades.

Landowner Ronald Struminger, who also owns the nearby Foodtown supermarket, intends to demolish the current 2.5 story house, as the owner's bakery needs room in which to grow.

A storage trailer has already been removed. The bakery's first-floor space will grow by 1,033 square feet with an addition to the bakery's front. 

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Board Hearing Proposals For Downtown Microbrewery and Two Apartment Buildings

UPDATE (1/26): The plans for the microbrewery and the mixed-use building at 364 Somerset Street were approved 6-0.  Construction Management Associates postponed their hearing on plans for 15 Maple Street until further notice.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Zoning Board of Adjustment is scheduled to hear proposals large and small at its annual reorganization meeting on January 25 at 7:30pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall.