April 24, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

‘Mad Dog’ Lopez inducted into rock hall

A s Bruce Springsteen began his speech to induct the E Street Band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he said, “In the beginning, there was Vini ‘Mad Dog’ Lopez …” More...

Food donations needed for contest

The South Brunswick Food Pantry has partnered with the Feinstein Foundation for the foundation’s 17th annual Challenge to Fight Hunger. Each year, from March 1 to April 30, each food item donated to the pantry will be valued at $1. More...

Library drives residents to read

SOUTH BRUNSWICK — The South Brunswick Public Library celebrated National Bookmobile Day on April 16 by announcing that the library’s bookmobile will be back in operation by May. More...

Expos to assist those with disabilities

The Division of Developmental Disabilities Planning for Adult Life Opportunity Expos will be held 5-8 p.m. April 30 at L’Affaire, 1099 Route 22 East, Mountainside; 5-8 p.m. May 15 at Middlesex High School, 300 John F. More...

Seniors invited to talk with assemblyman

The South Brunswick Senior Center, 540 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction, will host a visit by New Jersey Assemblyman Jack M. Ciattarelli (R-16) at 12:15 p.m. April 28. More...

Nonprofit director wins Humanitarian Award

NORTH BRUNSWICK — Sylvia Axelrod, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New Jersey (NAMI NJ), North Brunswick, will be honored with the Humanitarian Award by Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of New Jersey. More...

Magyar Bank to host paper-shredding days

Magyar Bank will hold Community Shred Day from 10 a.m. More...

Bill seeks to clarify use of high beams

A n issue regarding a person’s First Amendment rights on New Jersey roads is making its way into the halls of the State House, as a local lawmaker wants to decriminalize the use of a vehicle’s headlights as a means of warning drivers that More...

Former Middlesex County College coach charged in sexual-assault case

A Jackson resident who is associated with a youth basketball organization in Middlesex County was arrested by Jackson police earlier this month following allegations that he had sexually assaulted a male teenager for approximately two years. More...

Roundtable will address housing in Princeton

The League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area will host “Affordable Housing: Opportunities and Challenges in Princeton” from 7-9 p.m. More...

Jazz flutist to entertain May 2 at Senior Center

The South Brunswick Jazz Café will welcome Wendy Zoffer on the jazz flute at 8 p.m. May 2 in the Herb Eckert auditorium of the South Brunswick Senior Center, 540 Route 522, Monmouth Junction. More...

Community blood drive set for April 26

A South Brunswick Community Blood Drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26 at the Community Center, 124 New Road, Monmouth Junction. More...

Conservation Corps seeking summer help

Applications are being accepted for the Middlesex County Youth Conservation Corps. Members earn $8.50 per hour for working Monday through Friday from June 30 through Aug. 22 in Old Bridge, Monroe and South Brunswick. More...

Schools can win a playground by saving toothpaste tubes

TerraCycle, in partnership with Colgate and ShopRite, has announced the Recycled Playground Challenge, a new initiative that aims to encourage healthy smiles and environments among schoolchildren and consumers. More...

Athletes to be inducted into Hall of Fame

The New Brunswick High School Athletic Hall of Fame will induct 10 athletes and two honorees into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame with a ceremony at the Hyatt- New Brunswick at 6 p.m. May 3. More...

Diocese to celebrate pope canonizations

The Diocese of Metuchen will hold three celebratory events for the faithful — a concert, Mass and lecture — in honor of the canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II April 27 in Rome. More...

There is plenty for children to do, see and learn in the area

Check out these local businesses that cater to children and parents: More...

Follow some tips to decrease family screen time

Smartphones and tablets appear to have staying power.The Pew Research Center confirms that smartphone penetration has surpassed the 50 percent mark among mobile subscribers. More...

Farmlands bike tour showcases rural routes throughout state

Those traversing the highways and byways of New Jersey are often doing so behind the wheel of a vehicle, making their way through traffic-clogged conditions. More...

South Brunswick summer camps offer enrichment, sports

Registration is available for South Brunswick Community Education’s “Your Summer, Your Choice” summer camps. Day camps will be held 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 30 to Aug. 15. More...

Candidates to debate during April 29 forum

The League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area is sponsoring a debate among the four candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to succeed Rep. Rush Holt in New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District. The debate will take place at 7 p.m. More...

Harpsichord player to play during free concert

Gavin Black will perform on the harpsichord at 12:15 p.m. April 30 as part of the First Reformed Church of New Brunswick’s Downtown Lunchtime Recital Series. More...

22nd Annual Central Jersey RV Show and Food Drive to be held May 2-4

The 22nd Annual Central Jersey RV Show once again expects to draw a record crowd in addition to collecting a record amount of food donations. The dates for this year’s event are May 2-4. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. More...

SOUL POWER

Kia’s Soul gets a makeover for 2014 that adds both style and substance to this already endearing compact hatchback.

We’ve always had a fondness for small hatchbacks that pack maximum utility into affordable and fun-to-drive packages. One of the top models in that regard in recent years has been the amenable-yet-quirky Kia Soul. More...

Opinion

Health care options exist for small businesses

Small business owners looking to make sense of the Affordable Care Act and provide health insurance options to their employees have new resources available. More...

Photo

The remains of the boardwalk along the beaches of Long Branch as seen on April 17. More...

Business

Limited-time $10,000 incentive draws active adult buyers to Pointe at Turnbury

The generous $10,000 incentive developer Millennium Homes is offering at The Pointe at Turnbury continues to draw buyers to the active adult community in South Brunswick, just a few miles outside of downtown Princeton. More...

Somerset Gate more than 60 percent sold out; community to open new section

The final sections of Somerset Gate, a luxurious gated community featuring spacious two-bedroom townhomes priced from $239,900, have just been released for sale. More...

REAL ESTATE BRIEFS

Jack Waters, regional vice president of Weichert, Realtors, announced that Donna Warters of the East Brunswick office was recognized for her exceptional industry success during March. More...

Emergency managers learn from Sandy

I n New Jersey, where tornadoes, wildfires, blizzards, nor’easters and hurricanes are just some of the disasters perpetually on the horizon, it pays to be prepared. More...

Public works supervisor’s suit claims retaliation

A supervisor with the Public Works Department has filed a lawsuit against North Brunswick, claiming he was the victim of retaliation after he voiced concerns over what he described as illegal acts. More...

Animal cruelty case spurs increase in enforcement

Following the death of a 3-month-old boxer puppy named Caramel, both the township of North Brunswick and the Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter will be stepping up enforcement of animal cruelty laws. More...

Earth Day cleanup coming to Kingston

The Kingston Greenways Association will hold an Earth Day cleanup session on April 26. From 9-11 a.m., volunteers will collect trash around the Rockingham Historic Site, 84 Laurel Ave., Kingston section of South Brunswick. More...

Dominican Republic mission cited as life-changing experience

SOUTH BRUNSWICK — After spending two years in the Dominican Republic, Alex Gruber said he has a new outlook on life. More...

Event to salute former state fairgrounds site

Grounds For Sculpture (GFS), the 42- acre sculpture garden located in Hamilton, will honor its roots as the site of the New Jersey State Fairgrounds. The park will be turned into a fantasy fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More...

Clothing drive benefits cancer scholarship fund

Marna’s Pals, Ameritex and Crunch Fitness will hold a clothing drive from 9 a.m. to noon April 26 at Crunch Fitness, 2421 Route 1 South, North Brunswick. Clothing, shoes, linens and apparel are needed. More...

Denim Day to support victims of sexual violence

Middlesex County will recognize Denim Day on April 25 by encouraging all residents to wear denim to raise awareness of sexual violence. More...

Nominations needed for Heartsaver Awards

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are currently seeking nominations for the American Heartsaver Awards. More...

Clothing, household items being collected

North Brunswick 12-U Baseball will hold a fundraising clothing drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 by the batting cages at North Brunswick Community Park, 2350 Route 130. More...

Collection of curbside brush begins May 5

South Brunswick has announced a spring curbside brush collection. Items that will be picked up include brush, branches, shrubs and bushes that are less than 4 feet in length and less than 5 inches in diameter. More...

Woman dies in Route 130 crash

NORTH BRUNSWICK — A 50-yearold Highland Park woman was killed when the vehicle she was driving struck a utility pole on April 11. The incident occurred along Route 130 near Renaissance Boulevard, according to police Lt. Gina Braconi. More...

Police probe recent burglaries

SOUTH BRUNSWICK — Police are investigating two burglaries that took place in town over the past two weekends. The first burglary took place April 4 on Dickinson Road and the second occurred April 12 on Kathy Street. More...

Charleston Place holds rummage sale

Charleston Place Senior Citizen Housing will hold a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 25-26 at the housing center, 3424 Route 27, Kendall Park. Proceeds will enable existing senior programs to continue. More...

Alternate transit considered best option for Skyway riders

Officials with the state Department of Transportation are urging commuters to ditch their cars in the wake of the closure of the Pulaski Skyway. More...

Players sought for volleyball tournament

available for the first 15 teams that sign up. The cost is $25 per person or $150 per team of six to nine players before May 1, and $30 per player or $165 per team after. To register, visit www.marnaspals.com/volleyball. More...

Sara’s Law brings attention to notifying next-of-kin

I t has been three years since the passage of Sara’s Law — and Betty Dubinin is still getting the word out to the public about a state Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) registry for next-of-kin contacts. More...

Presentation to focus on heroes of So. Bruns.

The “Living Legacies” project is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. April 30 at the South Brunswick Senior Center, 540 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction. More...

School district to show students’ art creations

Artwork created by students of the South Brunswick School District will be on display for the public from 6-9 p.m. More...

Facts about childhood fever

Fevers scare many parents.When a child’s temperatures rises, it can induce panic and helplessness. More...

Keeping kids active once the school year ends

I n many ways, today’s kids have busier schedules than any previous generation of youngsters. More...

Walk MS to be held in Babbage Park

Walk MS will be held April 27 at Babbage Park, Hollywood Place, North Brunswick. The walk to raise money to find a cure for multiple sclerosis (MS) begins at 10 a.m. Registration begins at 9 a.m. More...

Lunch program will address spiritual aging

Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman will present “That Our Hearts May Grow Wise: Cultivating Wisdom As We Age” at noon April 30 at The Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus, Wilentz Residence Building, 360 DeMott Lane, Somerset. More...

Cops & Rodders car show set for April 27

North Brunswick PBA Local 160 will hold its annual Cops & Rodders car show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 at DeVry University, 630 Route 1 North, North Brunswick. The rain date is May 4. More...

Rutgers Day, Ag Field Day, Folk Festival offer fun for all

Rutgers Day will welcome new additions this year, including a parade along College Avenue, displays about Rutgers’ participation in the Big Ten conference and health sciences programming on Busch Campus. The event takes place from 10 a.m. More...

Letters

Criminals don’t count bullets

While other crimes are on the decrease in New Jersey, shootings are on the increase every day. More...

Sunday comic offers religious ‘gems’

Reading the Sunday comics or even the daily ones is a way of life for many here in America. This tradition has been going on for many decades. The comics can make you laugh or make you think about the theme they portray. More...

Sports

Vikings tennis wins four of five to start season

SOUTH BRUNSWICK S outh Brunswick High School’s boys tennis team continued its strong start by winning four straight matches last week to up its record to 4-1. More...

SPORT SHORTS

Join the Jay Dooley Memorial Foundation (JDMF) on May 16-17 for the Fourth Annual JDMF 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament at Holy Cross School in Rumson. More...