Credit: Kevin Coughlin/Morristown Green

A Smashing Celebration

Last weekend, local news media went whole hog with Fourth of July coverage: parades, fireworks, re-enactments. But Kevin Coughlin of Morristown Green also had to contend with covering some mayhem. Three young men in Morristown celebrated the 4th in the wrong way when they got drunk and one tackled another, sending him through the glass window of a wedding dress shop.

The Alternative Press-West Essex has gotten a lot of buzz with their story on the recently closed Pal’s Cabin, a West Orange institution, is continuing to provide its classic cuisine at Fairchilds Market.

In other local food news, Diane Lilli of The Jersey Tomato Press has struggled with keeping Montclair’s Samba restaurant a secret pleasure or sharing it with the world. She finally decided to share. And this just in: Lilli was up all last night covering a hostage situation in Roseland.

Blogfinger is keeping a close eye on Ocean Grove’s still unreconstructed middle boardwalk and beachfront. The town, reports editor Paul Goldfinger, “is unique because only Ocean Grove, among all the area beach towns, has been refused FEMA funding.”

Proving that all weather is local, some towns in NJ had nary a drop of rain on Sunday night; meanwhile a microburst ravaged parts of Caldwell and some other West Essex towns, See Carolyn Volpe Curley‘s photos here.

Some New Jersey townspeople have had it with teardowns: The Alternative Press-Westfield reports that several Westfield residents, including a former mayor, came before the town council to argue that the demolition of a property and construction of a two-family home at that location could endanger the street’s historic status application.

Cliffview Pilot was the first to have the story on how a local advocate for the disabled was pinned in her electric scooter by a car when she tried to exit a supermarket parking lot from the in ramp.

More Monmouth Musings posts Open Pubic Record Act-obtained emails purportedly showing collusion between a Middletown Library director and a Democratic committee candidate to undermine the oversight of the library by its board and the committee. The Democratic candidate responds briefly in the comments.

Finally, Maplewood Patch — through an “anonymous tip” — broke the story of how the local schools superintendent is a finalist for a job in the Ann Arbor, MI school district. The super is looking at a $40,000 reduction in pay due to the salary cap when his contract expires next June.

Our full roundup of the best in local New Jersey reporting this week:

Video: ‘Quarter Past July,’ celebrating Independence in Greater Morristown Morristown Green
Man charged with tackling friend through Morristown shop window Morristown Green
Westfield Town Council Approves Unpopular Walnut Street Demolition Permit at Meeting Westfield TAP
Pals Cabin Announces Partnership with Fairchilds Market in Roseland West Essex TAP
Sunday’s Storm Wreaks Major Damage in Caldwell, Essex Fells, Roseland and West Caldwell West Essex TAP
Paterson’s system for tracking public safety workers’ hours is broken, officials say Paterson Press
Newark Mayoral Town Hall Meeting – Democracy Works! Newark Now
Humanities Hit: Medieval to Digital NJ Arts News
2012 Police Car Shipment Still Not Ready for Patrol Livingston TAP
Nutley volunteers preparing for third Alabama trip Nutley Sun
Israeli jeweler brings her ‘fantasy’ to NJ New Jersey Jewish News
Dance me to the end of the world – after we eat at Samba The Jersey Tomato Press
Middletown Library Director and Democratic Committee Candidate Worked Together To Undermine Oversight, Raise Funds For Democratic Campaign More Monmouth Musings
OCEAN GROVE TOWN MEETING: July 6, 2013 Blogfinger
Police: Fort Lee disabilities advocate, 64, pinned on scooter after going wrong way Cliffview Pilot*

BREAKING: Roseland shooter/intruder holds family in home; SWAT and police save the day The Jersey Tomato Press

*Stories with an asterisk can be embedded via the NJ News Commons Story Exchange, which you can find here. There are now more than 21 New Jersey media outlets participating in the Story Exchange.

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