Greg Schiano Returns as RU Head Football Coach – NJ native led Scarlet Knights to six bowl appearances

Greg Schiano, who led Rutgers to new heights from 2001-11, returns as the head football coach “On the Banks.” Schiano’s appointment as head coach comes following the Rutgers Board of Governors’ approval today of contract terms.

The Wyckoff, New Jersey, native directed the Scarlet Knights to six bowl appearances, coached 83 RU players who signed NFL contracts and guided the program to the top APR score in the nation during his previous 11 seasons in Piscataway. He was named the 2006 National Coach of the Year. Schiano, who has three nine-win campaigns and coached 16 Rutgers All-America selections, holds a 68-67 record as the Rutgers head coach, including a 56-33 mark in his last seven seasons. The 68 wins are fourth in school history, behind Frank Burns (78), Harvey Harman (74) and John Bateman (73). “Rutgers University and this football program have meant the world to me and my family,” said Schiano.”I arrived here in 2000 with the goal to build a program that would be a source of pride for the state of New Jersey and develop great young men. READ MORE

Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers Is Certified Sensory Inclusive

KultureCity has partnered with the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University to make all of the programs and events that the museum organizes to be sensory inclusive. This new initiative promotes an accommodating and positive experience for all guests with a sensory issue who visit the Zimmerli. The certification process, coordinated by curator of education Amanda Potter, entailed the staff at the Zimmerli being trained by leading medical professionals on how to recognize those visitors with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation. Sensory bags, equipped with noise canceling headphones (provided by Puro Sound Labs), fidget tools, verbal cue cards (produced in conjunction with Boardmaker), and weighted lap pads also are available to all guests at the Zimmerli who may feel overwhelmed by the environment. Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD, and other similar conditions. READ MORE

Celebrate and Support the Highland Park Retail Community – and Bring Joy to Everyone

Don’t Miss the Fun! Small Business Weekend in Highland Park
Saturday Nov 30 & Sunday Dec 1

SMALL BUSINESS DEALS & DISCOUNTS
Follow our Small Business page — Highland Park’s business deals, discounts, and events will be posted on our page! HOLIDAY ARTISAN MARKET
Saturday 11/30, 12 pm – 7 pm & Sunday 12/1, 12 pm – 4 pm
212 Raritan Ave
Vendors, live music, photos with Santa, caroling, food trucks, and a gingerbread house contest

TREE LIGHTING
Saturday 11/30, 6 pm – 7 pm
212 Raritan Ave
Live music, caroling, hot chocolate…and Santa on the Highland Park fire truck! FREE MOVIE: STAR WARS
Saturday 11/30, 8 pm
Inside Pino’s, 4 North 4th Ave
The Highland Park Outdoor Movie Theater is delighted to present the original theatrical release of STAR WARS! CENTRAL JERSEY POP-UP FLEA MARKET
Saturday 11/30, 10 am – 7 pm & Sunday 12/1, 10 am – 4 pm
431 Raritan Ave
Vendors, food trucks, and live music

MUSIC AROUND TOWN
Roving caroling courtesy of the Highland Park Community Chorus on Saturday & roving troubadour Dennis MC DoNoUgh! READ MORE

Give a Gift of Love in Motion – Gift Certificate for Princeton Ballet School Classes

Princeton
Ballet School, the official school of American Repertory Ballet, now has gift
certificates available to make it easy to give the gift of dance to a
friend or loved one for the holidays…or anytime. The school offers a variety of
ballet programs and other dance classes for both beginner-level and experienced
dancers ages three through adult.

As a former
principal dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, and
currently the executive director of Princeton Ballet School and American
Repertory Ballet, Julie Diana Hench knows how well dancing can position
individuals for success throughout their lives. “Dance has many proven benefits
beyond the studio,” says Ms. Hench. “It teaches you how to be resilient, how to
work hard, problem solve, and express yourself creatively. Giving the gift of
dance can have a lasting positive impact on an individual’s life.”

Princeton
Ballet School gift certificates can be applied to Hand-in-Hand classes, Open
Enrollment classes, New Student registration, Current Student tuition and
Summer classes. READ MORE

State Climatologist Sheds Some Light on the Record Cold Temperatures in NJ

Today’s low temperature in New Brunswick was 20 degrees, a record for Nov. 13 dating back to 1896, according to Dr. David A. Robinson, the New Jersey State Climatologist and a distinguished professor in the Department of Geography in the School of Arts and Sciences. The previous record was 23 degrees in 1920. Today’s low was also the fifth coldest temperature on record in New Brunswick for so early in the season, according to Dr. Robinson, who oversees the Rutgers NJ Weather Network and helps coordinate the New Jersey Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network. Last Saturday’s low fell to 19 degrees and was the coldest for Nov. READ MORE