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East Brunswick is a township in Middlesex County, New Jersey on the southern shores of the Raritan River.  As of 2010 census, East Brunswick's population is 47371 people.  East Brunswick is a classic, suburban commuter community that stretches over 23 square miles with a multitude of housing choices on the eastern side of town: single family homes, townhouses, condominium and apartment complexes.  The western side is the 6.7 square mile Rural Preservation Zone. 

Commuters enjoy easy access to Routes 1, 130 and the Garden State Parkway; it is 31 miles southwest of New York's Times Square and 49 miles northeast of Center City Philadelphia.  Approximately 75% of all working residents commute to New York City daily. Route 18 runs through the eastern part of the township.

Lawrence Brook, a tributary of the Raritan River, runs along the western border of the township. Farrington Lake and Westons Mill Pond are sections the Lawrence brook that have been widened by the presence of man-made dams.

East Brunswick is known for its excellent schools and services including an award winning library.  The system has more than 8,500 students and over 90% of its graduates go on to higher education studies. The high school has been named a Star School by the State of New Jersey.

The East Brunswick Public Schools serve students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.  All students in kindergarten through grade 5 attend the elementary school closest to them and are Bowne-Munro, Central (renovated in 2007), Murray A. Chittick, Frost, Irwin, Lawrence Brook (renovated in 2007), Memorial (recently burned down, soon to be rebuilt) and Warnsdorfer.  There are two middle-level schools; Hammarskjold Middle School for grades 6 and 7 and Churchill Junior High School for grades eight and nine.  East Brunswick High School serves grades 10-12.

Hatikvah International Academy Charter School, a Hebrew language charter school for grades K-2, with plans to add a new grade each year until an eight grade is offered.  A lottery is held each year, with separate draws for residents of East Brunswick Township and non-residents.] The school plans to build as part of the Campus for Jewish Life (formerly the YM-YWHA of Raritan Valley).

New Jersey Transit bus service is provided on the 134 and 138 routes to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, on the 68 to Jersey City, and on the 811, 815 and 818 local routes.

Suburban Transit operates to NYC every 10–15 minutes from both the Transportation Center and Tower Center; it takes about 30–50 minutes depending on traffic.

Route 18 passes through East Brunswick, and is an important artery connecting not only to New Brunswick/U.S. Route 1 to the Jersey Shore, but also to the New Jersey Turnpike, Interstate 95 (which also passes through the township). 

East Brunswick is 22 miles from Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark / Elizabeth, via the New Jersey Turnpike.  John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens is 33.7 miles away, traveling via the Belt Parkway after crossing through Staten Island.  LaGuardia Airport is 34.3 miles away.

The Raritan River Railroad runs through the town, where two businesses still receive weekly freight shipments of plastic. There have been proposals to turn the line into a light rail corridor.

Points of Interest include--
- The East Brunswick Public Library is the busiest single municipal library building in the state of New Jersey, open more hours each week than any other public library in the state.  It has achieved national recognition for the quality of its collections, programs and services to all segments of the community.
- The Two Tower Center Complex includes two 23-story office towers and a 15-story Hilton Hotel, located near the intersection of the New Jersey Turnpike and Route 18. The two towers are among the tallest structures in Central Jersey, and can be plainly seen for several miles up and down the Turnpike and U.S. Route 1 and 18. The towers are so tall that they cast a shadow into the Rutgers Village neighborhood in New Brunswick.
- Playhouse 22 - East Brunswick's Community Theatre and Performing Arts Center - resides in the multi-purpose Community Arts Center at Heavenly Park, East Brunswick's newest park. Recognized in 2000, as Community Theatre of the Year in New Jersey, Playhouse 22 has staged many hit musicals, dramas, comedies and original works.
- The County Fair Grounds is where the Middlesex County Fair is held every August for seven days and provides festivities and food for families not only in Middlesex County but throughout Central Jersey located on Cranbury Road (County Route 535).

Recreational offerings are diverse and include one of the township's star attractions, Crystal Springs Aquatic Facility, a blue water swimming area with a lazy river, Olympic size lap pool, several wading pools, and a water slide. In addition, the Township boasts two private swim clubs, many tennis courts, five private health clubs and fourteen public parks on 600 acres.

Tamarack Golf Club, which includes two 18-hole courses and is owned by Middlesex County, is also located in the Township.  Farrington Lake and Westons Mill Pond, 2 segments of Lawrence Brook, are favorites of canoeists, kayakists and nature lovers.  The town also has the Giarmese Farm, Lake-View Day Camp, Frost Woods Park, Ireland Brook County Park, East Brunswick Community Park, and Jamesburg Park.

In addition, there are several areas designated in East Brunswick to remain as green spaces as part of the Openspace Preservation Plan.

National Register of Historic Places listings include--
- Edward S. Kearney House, NJ 18, East Brunswick
- Old Bridge Historic District, Main St., East Brunswick

History of the general area of central New Jersey, this area was once occupied by the Lenape Native Americans.  Around the late 17th century, settlers began arriving in the northern part of East Brunswick, and by the mid-19th century, a small village had formed in the southeastern part, known as the Old Bridge section of the town.

It was incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature in 1860 from portions of both Monroe Township and North Brunswick Township.  Portions of the township were taken to form the following towns--
--Washington town within the township (1870; became independent as South River in 1898)
--Helmetta (1888)
--Milltown (1889)
--Spotswood (1908).

The township grew steadily as a rural farming community.  After decades as a quiet farming area, East Brunswick began to change in the 1930s. Large scale housing and road construction, especially after World War II, transformed the sleepy community into a large suburban town. The extension of the New Jersey Turnpike to East Brunswick in 1951 led to a sharp spike in population growth.

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