Marathoners in Ocean Grove, NJ. April 27, 2014. Credit: Paul Goldfinger.

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey. 

The mayoral race isn’t the only game in town in Newark: Newark Now profiles assemblyman Wilfredo Caraballo who is running for Council at Large. In the engaging video, Caraballo discusses his calls for school superintendent Cami Anderson to apologize or resign, and his proposal for new legislation that would create a public advocate in Newark City Hall.

Speaking of elections, things are never dull in Paterson where Federal, state, and local officials from the Democratic Party were booed as they endorsed a mayoral candidate in the city’s non-partisan mayoral election set for May 13. Read the Paterson Times’s coverage here.

Speaking of protests, New Brunswick Today videotaped Monday’s protest at Rutgers against commencement speaker Condoleezza Rice from inside the Old Queens administration building, which was locked down for over six hours after roughly 45 protesters took the building by storm demanding a meeting with Rutgers President Bob Barchi. See the video here.

In Westfield, TAP reports that a video showing “bizarre” behavior by a school principal has raised eyebrows. Nonetheless, the same principal was just appointed by Gov. Christie to the Education Commission.

In happier news, John Mooney of Scotch Plains/Fanwood TAP explains why Fanwood was among eight winners of the 2014 Smart Growth Awards bestowed by New Jersey Future, a nonpartisan organization that promotes responsible land-use policies. NJ Tech Weeklycovers an investor “speed dating” event in Hoboken.

The Jersey City Independent feature on St. Paul’s Lutheran Church was a timely Easter profile. St. Paul’s is thinking outside the box by renovating and renting space at low-cost to nonprofits that provide community services such as housing for troubled teens, substance abuse counseling, food pantries and co-ops, and community gardens.

“If money were no object, where would you live?,” asks Kevin Coughlin of Morristown Green. Coughlin suggest Blairsden, Morristown Green’s “2014 Mansion in May.” See it here. Paul Goldfinger of Blogfinger captured some terrific images of marathoners as they passed through Ocean Grove on Sunday.

Marathoners in Ocean Grove, NJ. April 27, 2014. Credit: Paul Goldfinger.

Marathoners in Ocean Grove, NJ. April 27, 2014. Credit: Paul Goldfinger.

On West Orange TAP, West Orange High School reporter, senior Clarissa Ford, wrote about Oscar-nominated filmmaker Michael Bonfiglio’s visit to the school. Plus, the West Orange Township Council gets into a discussion on the West Orange Jitney, which has always been a free service to residents.

Our full roundup:

Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker Visits West Orange High School West Orange TAP

West Orange Township Council Meeting Spurs Jitney Discussion West Orange TAP

Journalists Gather to Discuss, and Rebuild, the Business of Local News NJ News Commons
New Jersey Marathon Comes to Ocean Grove on Sunday, April 27, 2014 Blogfinger
Rutgers Students Storm Administration Building in Protest of Condoleezza Rice Graduation SpeechNew Brunswick Today
Video of Westfield High School Principal’s ‘Bizarre’ Performance Surfaces Westfield TAP
Westfield High School Principal Peter Renwick of West Orange Appointed to Education Commission by Gov. Christie Westfield TAP
Mansion in May: Where yesterday and today converge in corridors of imagination Morristown Green*
NJIT Launches Innovation Institute in Newark Glocally Newark*
Former New Jersey Public Advocate & Current Newark At Large Councilman Candidate Wilfredo Caraballo interview: To Cami Anderson, Apologize or Resign Newark Now
James Monroe School Demolition Delayed Pending Asbestos Removal Edison TAP
How Fanwood Won Scotch Plains/Fanwood TAP
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church: A Model for Urban Ministry and Sustainability Jersey City Independent
Bloomfield athletes appear on Wheaties box Bloomfield Life
Pascrell, Currie, endorse Sayegh; Wimberly backs out Paterson Times
Startups, Investors Give Thumbs Up to Hatch NJ Hoboken “Speed Dating” Event NJ Tech Weekly*

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