New Biergarten Set to Open Next to Train Station This August

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Brunswick Parking Authority (NBPA) found a tenant for the space that previously housed Brother Jimmy’s Barbecue at 5 Easton Avenue.

After months of delays, Redd’s Biergarten is tentatively set for a “soft opening” in mid-August, according to the NBPA Executive Director’s report to his Board of Commissioners on July 24.

“I’m 99.9 percent certain the first day we will be open to the general public will be August 19th,” confirmed Frank Pinto, one of the three men behind Redd’s.

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Radio Host to Take Over as Mayor’s Spokesman

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Bert Baron, an award-winning radio host in the area, will be joining the administration of Mayor James Cahill.

The AM radio host will take over the role of “public information officer” from Jennifer Bradshaw, who joined Cahill’s team in 2014.

“Upon her return, she will assume a new role in the field of Personnel management with the City’s Administration department, reporting to City Administrator Daniel A. Torrisi,” reads the statement released by the city government on July 24.

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Crane at Hamilton and Easton Collapses Into Homes During Storm

MASSIVE CRANE BUILDING 9-STORY APARTMENT BUILDING DAMAGES HOMES ON HAMILTON AND CONDICT

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A brief storm appears to have downed a massive construction crane, causing serious damage to at least two structures.

The crane at 78 Easton Avenue came down at approximately 7pm on Sunday, July 21. CBS New York’s reported wind gusts in excess of 60 miles per hour around that time.

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SCOOP: Another New Brunswick Official Quietly Charged in Criminal Bribery Scheme

GUILLERMO QUINONES, JR. BECOMES 4TH NEW BRUNSWICK WATER UTILITY EMPLOYEE CRIMINALLY CHARGED SINCE 2015

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A 49-year-old city employee has been charged with bribery and official misconduct in a widening investigation by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.

Guillermo Quinones, Jr. was quietly hit with the two criminal charges on April 16, making him the fourth Water Utility worker in the administration of Mayor James Cahill to be charged with crimes in the past four years.

One official, who covered up problems with the city’s drinking water, did time in state prison. Two more have pleaded guilty and are awaiting multi-year prison sentences.

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City Fails to Release Environmental Statement After Board Approves Apartments For Contaminated Land

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSIONERS SAY THEY WERE NOT CONSULTED BEFORE ZONING BOARD RUSHED TO GRANT APPROVAL TO DEVELOPER TIED TO “DIRTY DIRT” CASE

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city’s Zoning Board unanimously voted to approve plans for a new five-story building that would take over public property for a private purpose, all on a site that requires significant environmental remediation.

In the process, the city’s Acting Planning Director claimed that the Environmental Commission had been consulted, a claim that members of the commission dispute.

City officials also struggled to provide an explanation for why a required environmental statement about the development had been withheld from this newspaper prior to the hearing, and promised to release it swiftly–a promise they went on to break.

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