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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.

The veteran police reporter will be speaking at our Innovating the Local News Ecosystem Conference tomorrow at Montclair State University on the subject of “Setting Your News Metabolism.”

In other news, MyVeronaNJ.com looks at the fancy college offers coming in to Verona High School’s class of 2014, and Blogfinger alerts readers about changes in yard sale ordinances in order to save a few dollars if they wait to buy permits.

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

*Asterisked articles are available for reposting through the NJ News Commons Story Exchange.

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