Activism, Politics, and Monuments Men

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Politics, crime, activism and the arts filled local news sites throughout New Jersey this week.On the activism front, Brick City Live touted a hyperlocal social network in Newark that is creating a sense of community in neighborhoods. West Orange TAP reported on local parents of special education students observing Autism Awareness Month. Maplewood TAP covered a community forum held by a new organization of parents concerned about equality for Black students in the South Orange-Maplewood school district.


In politics, Hoboken Patch highlighted the feud between Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Gov. Christie over Sandy Aid money in the aftermath of the release of the Christie administration-commissioned Mastro report. Paterson Press reported on the controversy over the purchase of a new car for its mayor as well as the mayor’s decision to stop fighting a parking ticket and pay for it (out of his own pocket).

Quiet Westfield saw a mini crime wave this week with a carjacking and a very pregnant credit card thiefHoboken 411 broke the news on a missing resident. Patricia Millier of Wall Patch wrote about a drug sting in Monmouth County. Hopatcong-Sparta Patch reported on a student who attacked a teacher — and had his defense demolished by video footage of the incident. The Verona-Cedar Grove Times followed the trial of the accused killer in a 2009 gas station homicide.

Flying glass from this window injured a Garfield firefighter. Credit: CliffviewPIlot/Garfield PD

Flying glass from this window injured a Garfield firefighter. Credit: CliffviewPIlot/Garfield PD

In arts and culture, Morristown Green promoted a new video series “Open Spaces, Historic Places.” And a real life “Monuments Man” was honored in Livingston, as covered by The Alternative Press.

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Our full roundup this week:

Have You Seen Andrew Jarzyk? Hoboken 411

Hoboken Mayor’s Sandy Funding Accusations ‘Demonstrably False,’ Report Says Hoboken Patch
New SOMA Parent Organization Seeks ‘True Equality’ for Black Students Maplewood TAP

West Orange Special Education Advisory Parent Committee Meets on Autism TAP West Orange 
Former Livingston Resident and Real-life Monuments Man Honored Thursday TAP Livingston
Garfield boy, 16, charged with throwing bottle that nearly blinded firefighter CliffviewPilot*
Confusion over Plainfield/ North Plainfield Zip Codes Costing the Public Money TAP North Plainfield 
Westfield Mayor Speaks About Car Jacking TAP Westfield
Carjacking in Westfield Monday Ended With Crash in Mountainside (UPDATED) TAP Westfield
Westfield Wallet Thieves Spent More Than $1,000 at Shop Across The Street From Victim TAP Westfield
NJ tells Paterson to get vacation and sick payments back from elected officials Paterson Press
Paterson provides its new mayor with a new Chevrolet Suburban Paterson Press
In a reversal, Paterson mayor opts to pay his city parking ticket Paterson Press
Newarkers use new tech to get to know their neighbors Brick City Live
Worth the walk: Student art at the Atrium in Morristown Morristown Green
‘Open Spaces, Historic Places’: New video shows sunny side of Morris County Morristown Green

Point Boro, Spring Lake Residents Arrested In Drug Sting That Spanned Two States Wall Patch
Students Attack Sparta High School Teacher in Cafeteria, Police Say Hopatcong-Sparta Patch
Attorneys question key witness in trial for 2009 Verona murder Verona-Cedar Grove Times

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Andrew Guadagnino, NJ News Commons intern, contributed to this report.

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