A Dream Remembered

The 50th anniversary of the march on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech has many local New Jersey reverberations. Georgette Gilmore, editor of Barista Kids, related her Montclair family’s specific connection to the march on Baristanet.

Gilmore writes of following in the footsteps of her father-in-law who marched in 1963, as well as being a biracial family marching in 2013:

“We explained to our daughters that the feeling and atmosphere was different fifty years ago. That things were much more difficult for Black people in 1963. And that they owe so much to those who marched and gave their lives before them, so that they could have the life they live today.”

Georgette Gilmore's father-in-law second from left in 1963 in Washington, D.C. Courtesy of Baristanet

Georgette Gilmore’s father-in-law, Dr. Edwin C. Gilmore, second from left in 1963 in Washington, D.C. Courtesy of Gilmore/Baristanet

On More Monmouth Musings, Art Gallagher pulls together reporting from several sources of the course of years (from NJ.com to the Asbury Park Sun to TriCity News to the Asbury Park Press) to take a wide view of violence in Asbury Park — and ponder what might be done.

Back to school? Maybe not for one Paterson proposed charter: Neighbors are organizing to stop the school’s opening, saying it will exacerbate parking woes and traffic congestion. In Westfield, a local mom asks for clarification of anti-bullying laws.

Blogfinger continues to chronicle the saga of one town that has not received FEMA funding as yet to rebuild its waterfront.

Cleanup in Ocean Grove on Nov. 3, 2012. Ocean Grove is one of two towns in NJ to be denied FEMA funding. Credit: Paul Goldfinger

Cleanup in Ocean Grove on Nov. 3, 2012. Ocean Grove is one of two towns in NJ to be denied FEMA funding. Credit: Paul Goldfinger

Diane Lilli of Jersey Tomato Press is waiting for local reaction on a story she’s run about sex-in-a-box drive-through prostitution in Zurich. Perhaps this could be a good alternative to those Cedar Grove massage parlors?

Punsters will enjoy this one: Livingston was voted to have the best tasting water in the state by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Water Works Association, as very appropriately reported by Livingston TAP (get it?).

Cliffview Pilot sent us a bushel full of local reporting, highlighted by a good news story of a missing 81-year-old found safe and sound. Jerry DeMarco credits law enforcement, emergency workers and his audience for the good reporting:

“As far as I’m concerned, it’s EXACTLY what hyperlocal is all about. They give me all they can — info, photos, tip after tip after tip — and then trust me to get it accurate and readable….

“No matter where media heads, nothing will beat sourcing and shoe leather.”

Our full roundup:

50 Years Later, Retracing the March on Washington Baristanet
Supersize it? Drive thru Sex in Zurich launches tomorrow Jersey Tomato Press*
Authorities Raid Cedar Grove Massage Parlors Jersey Tomato Press*
Highlands Home Collapses While Being Lifted More Monmouth Musings*
The Toy Soldier Company: Home to Jersey City’s Little Big Man Jersey City Independent
Shooting Epidemic In Asbury Park, Community Resignation Setting In More Monmouth Musings*
Patersonians petition to fight new charter school Paterson Times
Livingston Awarded Best Tasting Water in New Jersey Livingston TAP
Livingston Resident Spends Big Bucks to Acquire Vintage Star Trek Ship Livingston TAP
Two chefs in the kitchen make Lambertville Mexican-Peruvian restaurant worth a visit EthnicNJ.com*
Missing Bergenfield man, 81, found in neighbor’s backyard Cliffview Pilot*
We Need Better Understanding of Anti-Bullying Laws, Westfield Mom Tells BOE Westfield Patch
Latest News About the Rebuilding Project in Ocean Grove, N.J. —based on an interview with Ralph delCampo of the OGCMA, on August 26, 2013 Blogfinger
Westfield’s High S&P Rating Affirmed, Outlook Revised to ‘Stable’ Westfield TAP
Essex County Tennis Star Althea Gibson Commemorated with US Postal Stamp West Orange TAP
*Stories are available for repost through our Story Exchange.


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