Rutgers Names Jonathan Holloway the 21st President of the University and its first Black President in its History

Jonathan Holloway has been named the 21st President of Rutgers University – the institution’s first Black president in the school’s 253-year history. Dr. Holloway,  an eminent historian, author and academic administrator, will begin his presidency on July 1, 2020, following successful tenures at Northwestern and Yale. The move to replace the university’s current president, Robert Barchi, came after Dr. Barchi announced his retirement to start in July. 

Most recently serving as Northwestern
University’s provost, Dr. Holloway was also the first Black dean for Yale College. 

Before completing his full five-year term in 2017, he had an untimely resignation in 2016, a year after Yale experienced heightened racial tensions, when a school committee had warned students against wearing offensive Halloween costumes (blackface, turbans, Native American headgear).  

Black Yale students were displeased with
Holloway’s many days of silence over the racial incidents, including a protest. He later went on
to apologize to students. 

The newly appointed president received his
bachelor’s degree in American studies from Stanford and a postgraduate degree
in history from Yale. 

He gave an emotional and touching speech, reflecting on a call he had with his late mother years ago while attending graduate school. 

back tears while still making the audience laugh, Dr. Holloway recalled telling
his mother about what he eagerly thought was a potential job offer from

While he didn’t get offered a position with the
prestigious university as a graduate student, that moment would pave the way
for his future. “Wouldn’t you know it, this time my hope paid off,” he said,
“Mom, I got the job.”

The newly voted president said he was most
interested in the job because of the excellence and motivation the university
has to conduct “life-changing research.” 

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy tweeted his excitement – ” Dr. Holloway clearly showed he had the vision & experience to put the needs of students first & lead Rutgers to the next level.” READ MORE

A New Solar Farm in Highland Park Highlights the Potential of Energy Storage Batteries

From 19 February 2020

A new solar farm on a former garbage dump went into service this week in Highland Park, but this project also featured energy storage batteries, a key component of the Murphy administration’s ambitious plans to transition New Jersey to 100% clean energy. The Highland Park Solar Storage System is the
35th overall solar project and the fifth solar storage system that the Public
Service Electric & Gas utility has built. Is it a trend for the future? “Unquestionably,’’ answered Lyle Rawlings, the
president and CEO of Advanced Solar Products, the solar and storage system firm
PSE&G hired to design, procure and build the system for Highland Park. “Inevitably, it’s the wave of the future. We don’t get to 50 percent (clean
energy) by 2030, let alone the governor’s goal of 100 percent by 2050 without
energy storage.”

Energy storage is a top priority in the
administration’s clean-energy plan. READ MORE

Cheers to 100 Years: Join Pino’s Celebration of a Century in Highland Park on Feb. 14

Appropriate for Valentine’s Day, Highland Park is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its love affair with Pino’s. Everyone is invited to celebrate Highland Park’s entertainment “heart,” watering hole, living room, live music venue, and gift basket shop and wine cellar on Friday February 14, 2020, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., 13 North Fourth Avenue. The event will be a tribute to the history of Highland Park and the 100-year journey of Pino’s. At the event, Pino’s will debut their 100-Year-Anniversary
cocktail menu, featuring a Highland Park Scotch tasting and Birnn Chocolate
pairing for just $10, plus Highland Park chocolate whiskey cupcakes, live music
with Rouvan and imagery/artifacts provided by the Highland Park Historical
Society. Aside from its great selection of beers, wines, and gifts,
Pino’s is Highland Park’s de facto gathering spot in all weather, indoors and
outdoors; it is part of the fabric of the community. READ MORE

HP’s Human Relations Commission Responds to the Recent Spate of Anti-Semetic Events

The following is an open letter to the community from the members of the Highland Park Human Relations Commission

The Human Relations Commission is outraged, angry and saddened by the spate of anti-Semitic events that have happened in New York City and in New Jersey, including right here in Highland Park. It is essential for us to identify t he origins of this rising hatred and to address it deliberately. The Human Relations Commission welcomes the opportunity to work with the members of our community and with our elected officials on the local, county, and state level in order to make sure that hate truly has no home here. As a community, we have a moral obligation to learn fro one another and to understand one another through policy programming, education, and compassion

We all must act from a position of hope to empower and engage our neighbor so we never live in fear. We refuse to live in fear. READ MORE

Two Juveniles Charged with Acts of Criminal Mischief in HP

Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher Kuberiet and Chief Richard Abrams of the Highland Park Police Department announced that two juveniles have been charged with criminal mischief regarding acts of graffiti in Highland Park. The juveniles, whose names will not be released due to their age, have been charged with acts of criminal mischief for the incidents that were reported on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at approximately 11:30pm when multiple areas near South First Avenue, Johnson Street and Cedar Ave were spray painted. Due to the close proximity to the Congregation Ahavas Achim and recent tragic events throughout the country, a joint investigation was conducted by Detectives from the Highland Park Police Department, Middlesex County Prosecutors Office and New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. Upon further investigation it was determined that these acts were not perpetrated with bias intent. On Monday, December 30, 2019, Detectives from Highland Park Police Department took a female juvenile into custody and charged her with four counts of criminal mischief. READ MORE

HP Police Department Went on a Special Assignment – Bringing Joy to Children

Highland Park Police Officers last week played the role of Santa for
children at Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick. They made a toy
delivery and also offered hugs to the children – and got hugs and big smiles in
return. These toys were purchased by the Officers, Dispatchers, and
Administrative Staff. Highland Park Police Department officers and staff were so pleased that they
could deliver Christmas cheer early – and receive such joy in return. READ MORE

Rutgers Professor Sheds New Light on Some of the Oldest Holiday Traditions

Did you know yuletide caroling began 1,000 years before Christmas existed? Or how about the fact that mistletoe was used to represent immortality long before the holiday reached Europe? And before there was eggnog, the medieval English drank wassail made from mulled ale. Maria Kennedy, an instructor of folklore at Rutgers University–New Brunswick’s Department of American Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences, has researched the European holiday traditions that predate – and became an inseparable part of – Christmas. —What is the origin of Christmas caroling? READ MORE

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

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

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

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