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Hub City Happenings

May 16, 2022

PISCATAWAY, NJ – In many ways, Kamil Skup’s journey to graduation day at Rutgers can be traced to 1979, when his father and avowed supporter of dissident Lech Walesa’s Solidarity trade union was barred by communist authorities from returning to his native Poland. “He had come here to visit and ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A 7,500-square-foot lot on George Street that has been vacant for more than a decade could soon be the site of a four-story mixed-use building. A developer who received preliminary and final site plan approval at Monday night’s Planning Board meeting proposes three commercial ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ –  Facebook recently reminded Abby Merrill about her first Rutgers Day, stirring memories of the afternoon her heart melted at the sight of baby pigs and other animals on Cook Campus. Little did the communications major – or any of the other 100,000 people who attended the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The president of a Rutgers fraternity is urging its members to continue to do charitable work in response to two recently reported anti-Semitic attacks targeting its house on Sicard Street. “We started a campaign that has raised about $5,500 for the Jewish-Ukrainian refugees ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Rutgers University Police Department is investigating the theft of catalytic converters cut from vehicles parked at Douglass Campus in New Brunswick and Busch Campus in Piscataway. Police said catalytic converters were stolen from vehicles parked in the following ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House Chief Medical Advisor who rose to national prominence during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, will take part in the Rutgers commencement ceremony at SHI Stadium next month, a source has told TAPinto New Brunswick. Fauci’s presence ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Esther Reyes saw her assignment in Intermediate Drawing as a chance to channel her pain and outrage into art. The junior at New Brunswick High School created a multilayered image, at the center of which is a black man crying with the arm of a police officer reaching across ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – James Long wants this array 13,000 shotgun casings standing dutifully shoulder to shoulder on the floor of the Hungarian Heritage Center to become a conversation starter. The Greater Brunswick Charter School art teacher is hoping this art piece can foster interaction between ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – There’s love – not to mention the aroma of fine fare and the sounds of couples laughing - in the air everywhere you turn in City Center, where Valentine’s Day arrives with great deals, live music and endless opportunities for a romantic getaway. Unless you are a restaurateur, ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Where Miami and New York City meet in New Jersey "to create an atmosphere." That’s how Charlie Mayo describes the vibe inside Cuzin’s Seafood and Clam Bar, the newest restaurant in the city. “Everyone is welcome – we don’t care if you come dressed in Louboutins or Nike ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Charlie Mayo has succeeded in duplicating his super successful Marlboro restaurant Cuzin's Clam Bar with a second location in New Brunswick. With his spectacularly talented head chef Jimmy Vastardis whom I’ve known for decades, they did it at 78 Albany St. Seafood may be ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A developer can move forward with plans to raze two vacant buildings on Bayard Street and put up a seven-story apartment after receiving approval from the city’s Zoning Board on Monday night. Thomas Kelso, attorney for 89 Bayard LLC, unveiled plans for a 47,000-square-foot ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Erin Twohig and Dylan Mitzak were stationed in the back of the room, diligently squeezing moisturizer from family-sized containers into bottles with an opening smaller than a dime.  Aside from a tiny amount of Suave (advanced therapy with rich hydrators!) that had pooled on ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream, and so do a couple of dreamers here in New Jersey.  They dream of literacy and art, of bonding people together with words and images, and of helping children and adults read their way to freedom and beauty.  Tomorrow, they will tell the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The New Brunswick Police Department swore in four new officers at a ceremony Monday morning at City Hall.  Officers Emmanuel Quinones and Wilson Toribio are recent graduates of the Cape May Police Academy's 21-week training program. Officer Alexander Snyder joins the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Several residents want to use at least part of a park proposed to take shape downtown to as a place to take their dogs. Dan Dominguez, New Brunswick’s Director of Planning, Community and Economic Development, said “dog park” was detected often by a program that scanned for ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A redevelopment plan unveiled at Monday night’s Planning Board meeting calls for the existing structures on sprawling tract where Sears stood for decades to be leveled. About 600 townhouse units, more than 20,000 square feet of retail space, a supermarket and hundreds of ...

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10 People to Watch in 2022 is a series created by TAPinto New Brunswick NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Chef Curtis McNair helped Elijah’s Promise prepare about 350,000 meals in 2021. In fact, the community kitchen’s meal output has more than tripled since before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The hard work ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Francis Schott may have helped conceive of the annual fireworks shows that blast a glittery glow into the New Brunswick sky each New Year’s Eve. And, yes, he has even helped plan their detonation from the roof of the Heldrich Hotel each year. All of that behind-the-scenes ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Residents will have a chance to provide input on a street mural that will be created with a $25,000 Asphalt Art Initiative grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. A meeting is planned for Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Unity Square Community Center at 81 Remsen Ave. to ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Norman Daniels, one of 11 men to take the oath of allegiance on Friday to join the New Brunswick Fire Department, stood with his new badge proudly pinned to the chest of his carefully creased uniform. His journey to the graduation ceremony can be traced to when Daniels was in ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A meditation space, an herb garden, a dining area, a playground. The 30 or so residents who attended Thursday night’s meeting at the First Reformed Church on Bayard Street had various suggestions for a new park that will be built on a vacant lot downtown. Soliciting such ...

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Summer: The Donna Summer Musical at The State Theatre New Jersey With a score featuring more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You Baby,” “Bad Girls,” and “Hot Stuff,” experience a moving tribute to the Queen of Disco and an icon among pop music fans, Latino music lovers ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Jonathan Diaz came all the way from Avenel to comb through the rows of brushes along one aisle at Beauty Plus. “I come here because of the prices and the selection,” he said one morning last week. “I will miss this place.” It’s been a sad time for Diaz and the other ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Elaine Wolf was busy Monday morning cooking stuffing, wrapping cooked turkey breast and working hard to prepare the Thanksgiving Day meal that Elijah’s Promise will be serving. Wolf said there was a lot of hustle and bustle - and an air of excitement - inside the community ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – One of the city’s most beloved holiday traditions is returning in December. New Brunswick’s City Center horse-drawn carriage rides will commence on Dec. 3 – the same night as the city’s annual tree lighting event. Tickets are now available for this safe, fun ride through ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A new tenant will be traveling some 5,000 miles to take up resident in the New Jersey Innovation and Technology Hub. Tel Aviv University will have a presence at the 550,000-square-foot, $665 million project in downtown New Brunswick after the Israeli school and Rutgers signed ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Jazmin Green’s voice cracked with emotion as she recited “Why Did You Leave,” a poem written to her father. She was just 2 when Harold A. Royster III was shot and killed on the corner of Seaman Street and Throop Avenue on June 12, 1989. Green’s poem addresses the lingering ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Councilman John Anderson’s heart will swell with pride Thursday when he looks up and sees his the faces of his dad and his uncle. Anthony J. Anderson, who served in the Army, and Charlie Bausch, who served in the Navy, are two members of inaugural class of the Hub City Heroes ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – They came thundering down Somerset Street, their long beards, bandanas and leather jackets flapping in the breeze. But under their helmets’ hard exterior, these motorcyclists have soft spots in their hearts for children who are in the hospital as the holidays ...

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