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2 days ago
Nursing Homes Use Virtual Reality Tech to Help Residents Cope with Isolation
To help residents deal with social isolation, Parker Life at Landing Lane in New Brunswick has incorporated the virtual reality platform called Rendever.
2 days ago
Nearly 75 Displaced, Some With Injuries, in Carteret Apartment Complex Fire
One of the six buildings in Carteret's Bristol Station apartment complex was destroyed in a fire that began at approximately 2 p.m. on July 23, leaving dozens of people homeless and causing an unknown number of injuries.
5 days ago
Monroe Man Charged with Manslaughter After Another Fatal Crash in Old Bridge
A 40-year-old man from Monroe was charged with Aggravated Manslaughter, Vehicular Homicide, and three counts of Assault by Auto after being involved in a fatal crash that resulted in the death of Ciara Gee, a 20-year-old woman from Raleigh, North Carolina.
Jul 1, 2021
With EDA Backing, Non-Profit Buys Meals From Local Restaurants For NJ’s Needy
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) awarded $14 million in grants to 27 organizations through its Sustain and Serve NJ program.
Jun 27, 2021
South Plainfield Councilman Becomes New County Chairman of Republican Party
Rob Bengivenga, a five-term councilman from South Plainfield, defeated Perth Amboy Republican Chair Sharon Hubberman by a vote of 191-79 to become the next MCRO Chairman.
Jun 18, 2021
Middlesex County’s Only Accredited Senior Center to Begin Re-opening in July
The pandemic forced the staff at the Silver Linings Senior Center to focus on virtual programming, but it was recently announced that it will be open for limited indoor programs and classes beginning July 6.
Jun 17, 2021
New Brunswick BOE: “No Comment” on Bomb Threat That Led to School Evacuation
School district officials refused to say if they ever notified parents about the June 9 evacuation and relocation of hundreds of McKinley School students, apparently due to a bomb threat.
Jun 17, 2021
Two South River Police Officers Allege Sexual Abuse Against Supervisor
Two male South River Police Department officers allege that their supervisor sexually harassed and assaulted them while on the job.
Jun 17, 2021
Franklin Residents Have Not Given Up Trying to Stop Construction of New Library
A few Franklin Township residents remain committed to trying to preserve a heavily wooded parcel of value to their local neighborhood that now is the proposed construction site for a new library branch.
Jun 7, 2021
After Cancelling 2020 Elections, Republican Chair Plans to Step Down
Middlesex County Republican Organization Chairwoman Lucille Panos says she will likely step down from her position and not seek re-election at this year's party re-organization meeting.
May 29, 2021
Immigrant Advocates Protest Murphy’s Plan For “Excluded” Workers Relief Fund
A 150-strong crowd of mostly undocumented low-wage workers, their families and their advocates marched in Newark on May 19 to protest the amount of money allocated to a COVID-19 relief fund for "excluded" workers announced by Governor Phil Murphy.
May 24, 2021
Rutgers Board Votes to Divest From Fossil Fuel Industry
Rutgers University’s fiduciary oversight body, the Joint Committee on Investment (JCOI), announced that they will divest $80 million of Rutgers’ $1.6 billion endowment from the fossil fuel industry in a move celebrated by climate activists.
May 20, 2021
Memories From The Melody, Part 2: The 1990’s
During the 1990's, the dormant rock’n’roll scene would experience a revival, and the Melody Bar would gain international renown alongside its most popular DJ, Matt Pinfield.
May 15, 2021
Assemblyman Quietly Takes on New $87K Job as Interim Head of Sewerage Authority
Assemblyman Joseph Danielsen landed another government job at a local public agency earlier last year, after the Franklin Township Sewerage Authority (FTSA) board hired him to positions that pay Danielsen an additional $87,327 per year in salary.
May 12, 2021
Governor Admits “The Healthcare City” is Actually The Least Vaccinated in NJ
Despite being home to the worldwide headquarters of vaccine maker Johnson & Johnson, and being nicknamed "The Healthcare City," less than one-third of the New Brunswick's eligible residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
May 8, 2021
Downtown Yoga Studio Adapts to COVID-19 Through Community Collaborations
Garden of Healing is still a place of peace and positive energy in the heart of downtown New Brunswick, but they've expanded their offerings outside of the center by partnering with other organizations.
May 2, 2021
Hundreds March Through New Brunswick at Memorial Rally For Fallen Workers
On April 25, over a hundred workers representing labor organizations and unions across New Jersey joined with local supporters in New Brunswick for the Annual Worker’s Memorial March.
Apr 29, 2021
Paul Robeson’s Childhood Home in Princeton Being Restored as Civic Center
The birthplace and childhood home of legendary Rutgers alumnus Paul Robeson is undergoing renovations to restore its status as a local civic center.
Apr 20, 2021
Hub City’s Latest Daytime Shooting Kills Man, Causes Car Crash
Someone was shot inside a vehicle in broad daylight for the second time in less than a week here, and this time the victim is dead.
Apr 14, 2021
In Setback for J&J’s COVID-19 Vaccine, Federal Government Pauses Distribution
The Acting FDA Commissioner told reporters that half a dozen "cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot" had occurred nationwide in women who were administered the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.