New Brunswick saw a 64 percent increase in assaults with guns in 2017, which is part of the reason the New Brunswick Police Department coordinated with federal, state, and county law enforcement to investigate some of the crimes. Charlie Kratovil of New Brunswick Today says much of the violence occurs in and around Throop Avenue, which is known to local police as "the hot zone."
NEIGHBORS REMEMBER COLLINGSWOOD MAN WHO LIVED ON THE EDGES OF THEIR LIVES
Chrissy Spallone of NJ Pen tells the story of Steve Merton, a longtime resident and staple of pedestrian life in downtown Collingswood. Merton recently lost a second battle with cancer and died at the age of 59.
RUTGERS PLANS NEW CHAPTER FOR NEW BRUNSWICK'S RIVERFRONT
The 2030 physical master plan for Rutgers University in New Brunswick could bring about a new chapter for the city's relationship with the Raritan River. Dan Munoz of TAPinto New Brunswick says the expansion of Route 18 through New Brunswick cut much of the city off from the riverfront, but the new plan includes “improvements for open space and parkland along with Raritan River.”
MANCHESTER DEALS WITH ROAD DANGERS
The main roads that cut through Manchester Township — like Route 70, for instance — are in bad shape. But Chris Lundy of Jersey Shore Online says the township can't do anything to fix or improve the busy thoroughfares because the majority are controlled by the state or county, and the township can't make changes to roads it doesn't own.
CRANFORD TEEN RAISES MONEY FOR LIAM'S ROOM ONE LOLLIPOP AT A TIME
Audrey McMahon, 13, is putting her trusty chocolate melter and chocolate molds, which she received as a Christmas gift four years ago, to good use. Leah Scalzadonna of TAPinto Cranford says McMahon is churning out chocolate lollipops and selling them to raise money for Liam's Room, a Westfield-based organization that provides palliative care to children and their families.