Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.
Sleep deprivation seems to be a recurring theme for Jerry DeMarco of Cliffview Pilot. This week, he broke two huge stories within two days. DeMarco was first on the scene to report a DWI collision, the first to ID the police officer involved — and his condition — and the first to ID the driver charged. DeMarco was also the first to break the story of the shooting of an undercover cop in Garfield.
In other news, MyVeronaNJ.com looks at the fancy college offers coming in to Verona High School’s class of 2014, and Blogfinger takes credit for an expected reduction in the fee for yard sales.
In case you missed it, New Jersey Arts News produced a dazzling video of the 2014 “Living Local Expo,” featuring a municipal curbside composting program in Princeton and abundant produce from Mercer County’s many local farms.
Our full roundup:
West Orange Residents Participate in 5K Run or Dye Event at Met Life Stadium TAP West Orange
Select Towing and Auto Repair in West Orange is the Only Green Certified Repair Facility in Essex County TAP West Orange
Livingston High School Graduate Sentenced to Six Years In State Prison For Stealing Over $900,000 From Elderly Brothers TAP Livingston
Sen. Cory Booker Meets YTTW Graduates Employed by Saint Barnabas and Discusses LEAP Act TAP Livingston
Trial Begins Against Livingston Township Manager Michele Meade on Tuesday TAP Livingston
Curbside Composting and Local Farming Displayed at ‘Living Local Expo’* New Jersey Arts News
A Historic New Jersey Sports Moment Blogfinger
Westfield Easter Egg Hunt Draws Hundreds to Mindowaskin Park TAP Westfield
Westfield Neighborhood Council Speaks, More About Mobile Command Center, At Town Council Meeting TAP Westfield
Westfield Board of Education Approves Locker Room Renovations, Considers Stand-Alone Wrestling Room TAP Westfield
Middletown Calls On Christie, Legislature To Allow Affordable Housing Funds to Assist Sandy Impacted Homeowners* More Monmouth Musings
Edible Jersey’s 2014 Local Heroes Edible Jersey
Bergen Prosecutor’s Task Force Detective OK After Being Shot During Pot Bust in Garfield* Cliffview Pilot
Judge says Lodi teacher accused of DWI crash that injured BCPD officer can’t enter plea* Cliffview Pilot
Bergen County Police Department Officer Critical, Driver Arrested, Following Route 46 Crash in Lodi* Cliffview Pilot
Lodi High School Teacher Released on $150G Bail After Crash Critically Injures Bergen PD Officer* Cliffview Pilot
Bergen County Officer ‘Staying Strong’ After Lodi Crash, Department, Union Say* Cliffview Pilot
Family of Critically Injured Officer Thanks Well-Wishers for ‘Love, Concern,’ BCPD for ‘Endless Assistance’* Cliffview Pilot
Save Money on Yard Sale Permit, Wait Until April 29 to Buy Blogfinger
Eight Years of “Operation 15-45” Build a Level of Trust between Community and Police TAP North Plainfield & Green Brook
Verona High School Class of 2014 Headed To Top U.S. Colleges* MyVeronaNJ
Neighborhood Spotlight: Journal Square Jersey City Independent
PATCO is Getting Upgrades and John Dougherty Wants to Ruin it All South Jerseyist
Andrew Guadagnino, NJ News Commons intern, contributed to this report.