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Reporting a suicide is always difficult business. As Krystal Knapp notes on Planet Princeton, suicides in private homes are generally not reported but those that take place in public are — such as the suicide of a 23-year-old man from the roof of a public parking garage in Princeton earlier this week.
In an editor’s note, Knapp explains why she does not name the victim and asks readers if they would like to participate in a forum on suicide prevention and mental health.
In other news, local journalists throughout the state have been sitting through budget meetings and addresses.
West Orange TAP had two budget stories this week: Essex County Exec Joe DiVincenzo is proposing a modest 1.5% tax hike, but the town of West Orange is besting the Exec by proposing a 0% increase — for the fourth time in the last five years.
Meanwhile, Midland Park Press reports that Midland Park is looking at a 4% tax hike.