Crime, Corruption and Doggie Doo Don’ts

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Local news reporting is keeping Jerry DeMarco at Cliffview Pilot sleep-deprived. DeMarco tells us that in one 18-hour span from Tuesday to Wednesday, he “nailed three major Bergen scoops that are being followed all around.”It began with “No leads in search for missing Ridgefield girl, 13“; followed by “Five firefighters, homeowner injured in Montvale deck collapse” and ended with “Sexually explicit’ remark to young-looking woman leads to arrest in Leonia luring attempts.”

In Westfield, editor/reporter Jackie Lieberman followed up on the story of a wallet thief who turned herself in. “I’m especially proud that we got the photo of the looooonnng receipt showing what she spent on someone else’s card at Victoria’s Secret,” Lieberman tells us. “So that’s what $1,100 worth of underwear looks like.”

On the local-leaders-behaving-questionably beat, Jay Rahman at Paterson Times posted one story about a city council candidate who took out a large loan only to default on it two months later and second story is about the state-appointed school superintendent overruling the local school boardNew Brunswick Today broke the story of a local developer scoring cheap public land.

Also in Paterson, Joe Malinconico at the Paterson Press reported that “residents who complained about the city’s performance in clearing the snow after storms and fixing the subsequent potholes now have something else to gripe about,” with the cost of snow removal and pothole repairs exceeding the municipal budget by $800,000.

Westfield TAP also covered the Westfield Regional Board of Health’s monthly meeting, where they found out which restaurants need to step up their food safety practices and members discussed the possibility of requiring daycares to post their immunization rates:

The staff over at Baristanet really stepped into a good story with the post When Someone’s Dog Keeps Pooping on Your Lawn. The plentiful comments seem to suggest that bad pet and pet owner behavior is running wild in Montclair and environs.Jersey City Independent also covered the lighter side of town with one story about the hidden gem 15 Fox Place and another about a new arts showcase in the Heights.

Read our full roundup below:

No leads in search for missing Ridgefield girl, 13 Cliffview Pilot*
Five firefighters, homeowner injured in Montvale deck collapse Cliffview Pilot*
Sexually explicit’ remark to young-looking woman leads to arrest in Leonia luring attempts Cliffview Pilot*
When Someone’s Dog Keeps Pooping On Your Lawn Baristanet
Evans overrides school board’s amended resolution protesting SFRA abandonment Paterson Times
Jackson, council at-large candidate, defaulted on $140,000 city loan Paterson Times
Study highlights flaws in Paterson’s school guidance program Paterson Press
Facing fines, Paterson McDonald’s reopens its bathroom, but for customers only Paterson Press
Snow removal and pothole repairs create $800,000 emergency for Paterson Paterson Press
Crystal Plaza Continues Three-Generation Legacy TAP Livingston
Star-Ledger Lays Off  167 Employees, 25% of Newsroom Staff TAP Livingston
Bare Soles: Brings a Unique Arts and Performance Experience to the Heights Jersey City Independent
You Came to the Right Place–15 Fox Place Jersey City Independent
ACLU-NJ Alleges Discriminatory ID Policies in West Orange School District TAP West Orange
West Orange Resident Joins With Sandy Hook Parent to Recognize National Crime Victims’ Rights Week TAP West Orange
Westfield, Cranford Residents Speak Against Proposed Athletic Field at Union County College TAP Westfield
Westfield Board of Health Debates Immunization at Childcare Centers, Drug Abuse Education and More at Meeting TAP Westfield
Wallet Thief Who Stole from Westfield Merchants Turned Herself In, Police Say TAP Westfield


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

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