2nd Annual Poetry Month Celebration Anthology

To commemorate National Poetry Month, April 2014, the Raritan Valley Federation of Libraries will publish its second annual Poetry Month Celebration Anthology. This year’s theme is “Our Town,” commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the play by Thornton Wilder.

Poets whose work is chosen for the Anthology will be invited to read at their home library’s Poetry Celebration in April. Participating libraries include Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Dunellen, Middlesex, New Brunswick and Raritan.

The Celebration Reading at New Brunswick Free Public Library will take place Monday, April 28 in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

Good Friday

New Brunswick City Government will be closed today in observance of Good Friday. Please have a safe and healthy Easter weekend holiday.

Offices Closed Tomorrow

Please be advised that New Brunswick City Government offices will be closed tomorrow (April 18) for Good Friday. Offices will reopen again Monday, April 21st.

Suzzanne Douglas Group performs for The New Brunswick Jazz Project tonight from 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm at The Hyatt, 2 Albany St.

For more information and other upcoming events in Hub City, visit: http://thecityofnewbrunswick.org/events/month/

Fire Hydrant Flushing


During the week of Monday, April 21, 2014 and continuing through Friday, May 9, 2014, the New Brunswick Water Utility will be flushing water mains throughout the City. Most City fire hydrants will be flushed at night between the hours of 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. There will also be some daytime flushing.

Please note: It is a natural occurrence, when water mains are flushed, that water appears discolored. Please allow water to run for a short period of time until the discoloration is gone. If water is discolored, please be advised that the water is not harmful in any way.

Taxes Expected to Remain Flat with 2014 Municipal Budget

by Jbradshaw on April 16, 2014 in All Posts, City Council, New Brunswick News

Taxes in New Brunswick are expected to remain flat for the coming fiscal year, according the 2014 municipal budget, unveiled at the April 16 City Council meeting.

The Municipal and Library tax rate will remain the same in 2014. Accordingly, taxes are expected to remain flat. Through this spending plan, all municipal services will be maintained or expanded.

The budget includes the hiring of four new firefighters and 20 new police officers in 2014. This additional staff will result in increased neighborhood and City-wide safety, as well as added area security for large-scale events such as the Big 10 season.

It also covers all winter storm expenses incurred earlier this year, the furnishing of the Remsen Avenue Fire Museum, and continued upgrades to the Water Treatment Plant, including improvements to water storage tanks and filtration systems.

This budget takes special care to accommodate the continued roll-out of the City’s Complete Streets Policy, including improvements to French Street, traffic signal replacements, barrier-free improvements, and the repaving of Suydam Street, inclusive of bike lanes.

New lighted flashing crosswalks will also be installed at the intersections of Throop and Suydam and Charles Street and Joyce Kilmer Avenue, and bike corrals are to be put in at various locations throughout the City.

Other expansions include the continuation of a plan to renovate Recreation Park and three planned Ciclovia dates in 2014.

“We anticipate being able to continue to offer fine, high quality programs and services that enhance the lives of our residents,” said Mayor Jim Cahill.

Celebrate Earth Day Through A Composting 101 Potluck

The New Brunswick Community Food Alliance and the New Brunswick Environmental Commission are hosting a Composting 101 Information Session and Potluck event on April 22nd at the New Brunswick Free Public Library, 60 Livingston Ave.

Celebrate Earth Day enjoying food and learning ways to keep our Earth full of nutrients and life!

Composting is when organic materials, like leaves and vegetables, naturally decompose into a dark, crumbly material called compost. Compost provides nutrients to plants and improves soil. Creating a farm fresh lifestyle is easier than you think and healthy.

Feel free to bring a dish to this event or simply show up!

Coming Soon: 2014 Urban Cleanup Week!

New Brunswick students collect litter in town with Fred Stanger, a volunteer from the Middlesex County Division of Solid Waste Management and Joey Morales from the City of New Brunswick Department of Public Works during the 2013 School Kids Sweep Up Day.

Urban Cleanup Week for 2014 is almost here!

From Monday, April 21 through Sunday, April 27, the city will host themed days where residents, businesses and volunteers will be invited to do their part to keep New Brunswick clean and green.

On Monday, April 21, “Make Your Storefront Look Great Day” will invite businesses to clean up to 24″ into the street in front of their storefronts, wash their windows and sidewalks and remove graffiti and litter.
On Tuesday, April 22, 5th graders from select schools in town will clean up litter in their school neighborhoods for “School Kids Sweep Up Day.” They will also be educated about litter and protecting the environment. The day will be highlighted by a Clean City Celebration and a “Slam Dunk the Junk” basketball tournament.
On Earth Day, Wednesday, April, 23, New Brunswick residents may drop off paint, paint-related items, TV’s and computers at the New Brunswick DPW lot between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free biodegratable leaf bags (20 per property) and free compost and mulch will be available, while supplies last.
“Tidy-Up Thursday” on Thursday, April 24, will invite nonprofits and houses of worship in New Brunswick to clean up litter on their respective properties.
On Friday, April 25, the first 200 New Brunswick residents to come to the Livingston Park Nursery, 1036 How Lane, will receive two free four-packs of annual flowers during “Flower Up Friday.” Additional flowers can be purchased for 20 percent off that day for New Brunswick residents only.
Large volunteer groups will conduct litter cleanups throughout the city on Saturday, April 26 for “Large Volunteer Group Cleanup Day.”
Residents will be asked to clean up litter on their laws, sidewalks, curbs and 24″ into the street on Sunday, April 27 for “Sweep-up Sunday.”

For more information on the City of New Brunswick’s clean city programs, visit http://thecityofnewbrunswick.org/public-works/ or call (732) 745-5245.

Opening Day for New Brunswick Little League

Mayor Jim Cahill tossed out the first pitch of the season at the Youth Sports Complex on Saturday for New Brunswick Little League.

The league’s 2014 season is highlighted by its hosting of the Little League District 10
Championship from July 8-10.

New Brunswick Little League offers tee-ball and baseball for players between the ages of 4-14.

For more information on the league, visit http://newbrunswicklittleleague.org.

Cricket and half-marathon today in Buccleuch Park. The great weather this weekend is bringing lots of people out to New Brunswick’s parks. Cricket and half-marathon today in Buccleuch Park. The great weather this weekend is bringing lots of people out to New Brunswick’s parks. Cricket and half-marathon today in Buccleuch Park. The great weather this weekend is bringing lots of people out to New Brunswick’s parks.

Cricket and half-marathon today in Buccleuch Park. The great weather this weekend is bringing lots of people out to New Brunswick’s parks.